The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, a new four-volume work edited by John Esposito, includes substantial entries on Albania, the Balkan states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. This collection of 750 articles covers religious thought, political practice, social developments, and literary trends. The encyclopedia may be ordered for $395 from:
Barbara von der Heydt's report to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "Corruption in Russia: No Democracy Without Morality," is available from:
Harvard University's Ukrainian Research Institute publishes Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine, a bimonthly newsletter which analyzes political, cultural, and economic issues. Annual subscriptions are $25.00. Perspectives
2 (July-August 1995) featured an article on the Peresopnytsia Gospel,
one of the most beautiful surviving East Slavic manuscripts.
The U.S. Department of State issues travel warnings and consular information sheets on all nations via the Internet. Sheets provide details on entry requirements, medical facilities, crime, and locations of embassies and consulates. Readers may find many of the suggestions to be overly cautious. However, the sheets often provide useful advice, such as emergency telephone numbers and warnings against specific criminal activities. These postings are available at the URL: "http://www.stolaf.edu/network/travel-advisories.html" or by dialing 202-647-9225 with a modem.
"How To Work With Russian Customs at St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport," a practical guide for travelers, can be read at the URL "http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/russian.customs.airport.html."
The Society for Romanian Studies Newsletter is available free of charge via e-mail. Contact Paul Michelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central European Foundation (SEN) recently published "The Situation of Abandoned Children in Slovakia," a paper by Marek Rohacek and Vladislav Matej. This study advocates alternative family care (AFC), either foster care or adoption, for institutionalized orphans as a more humane means of meeting the needs of children lacking parents or lacking caring parents. It also favors a redress in the legal balance of parents' rights (seen as overemphasized) versus children's rights (seen as too limited). In Slovakia 9,700 institutionalized children reside in 21 Ministry of Health Care (MHC) facilities with 1,100 children ages 0-3 years old, 73 Ministry of Education and Science (MES) facilities with 4,500 children ages 2-18, MES dormitory schools with 2,000 children, 40 Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Family (MLSF) facilities with approximately 2,000 children under the age of 18.
The report states:
NGO Law in Brief explains legislation relevant to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) operating in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Central Asia. This 28-page document includes discussions of tax and employment regulations and extensive coverage of the May 1995 Russian Republic law "On Public Associations." To request a gratis copy, contact:
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