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Global Politics and Economics: A 21st Century View
Presented by Parag Khanna, author of 'The Second World: Empires and the New Global Order.' Khanna is a senior research fellow and director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. (Filmed at TEDxBrussels.)
1. Our lives are increasingly shaped by events that occur at a great distance from us GLOBALISATION – INTERDEPENDCE – INTERCONNECTEDNESS
2. Social Media is revolutionising global politics

The study of major global issues such as war, human rights, terrorism as well as the internal politics of major countries and crisis areas.

Newspaper Map is a great tool for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world. Newspaper Map claims to have geolocated 10,000 newspapers.
To find a newspaper you can browse the map then click on a placemark to open the link within to read a newspaper.
Breaking News presents a constant stream of headlines from around the world. A map of story locations resides behind the news stream that greets you on the homepage. Click the tiny map icon in the upper-right corner of the news stream to find stories by location instead of by topic.

Lowy Institute:
Global Politics Online:
Transparency International:
Google News:
Google Alerts:
Around the globe with Instagram:

Becoming A Global Politics Observer
1. Follow the latest news:
Go to and personalise your news feed.
2. Follow the conversations of leaders:
Go to and search for leaders’ Facebook and Twitter ‘Internet’ pages. e.g. ‘angela merkel twitter‘ (or facebook).
3. Learn about a country's politics, history and culture:
Go to and search for countries and major events.
4. Watch videos of interviews and events:
Go to and search for leaders’ names and events.

Social PoliticsSocial Politics is an expression used to describe the use of social media in politics. The 2008 U.S. presidential election came to be known as "the social media election” as a result of the Democrats use of the Internet as a marketing tool. However it is now generally recognised that the 2012 presidential election was the year that social politics came of age.
Since the 2008 ‘social election’ the ‘big three’ social media services, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have grown and matured and new social media services that are now being used in social politics have emerged.

Global Social PoliticsIn 2004, when Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook as a way to connect with fellow students he certainly would not have envisaged the impact that Facebook with other social media tools ,would have on politics around the world.
In the spring of 2011, the world watched as revolutionary fervour swept the Middle East, from Tunisia, to Egypt, to Syria and beyond. Startling images captured by civilians on the scene were viewed via Facebook and other social media tools by people around the world. There can be no doubt that social media, played a part in these political upheavals.
The Internet, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have reconstituted, especially among young people, how social relationships are constructed and how communication is produced, mediated, and received. They have also ushered in a new regime of visual imagery in which screen culture creates spectacular events just as much as they record them. Under such circumstances, state power becomes more porous and there is less control. Text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Internet have given rise to a reservoir of political energy that posits a new relationship between the new media technologies and politics

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