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BBC News - Country Profiles
Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries and territories, and background on key institutions; also includes audio and video clips from BBC archives
CIA World Factbook
Information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 266 world entities
Links to electronic resources from around the world, provided by the Library of Congress
A world leader in geography, cartography and exploration
TED: World Cultures
A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of world cultures
Wade Davis on endangered cultures
With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, which are disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate (22:04).
For more information about this subject or this speaker, visit this talk at ted.org.
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