Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at http://fita.org, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

My name is John McDonnell, and for years I've been writing about useful Web sites for businesspeople, in various publications. Now I've focused on international trade, using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international businesspeople, and some sites that are just plain fun for anyone.

Here are the sites:



I used to know a grizzled old editor who thought online newspapers would never succeed. "Who's going to sit in front of a computer screen reading the newspaper?" he said. Well, he was wrong. These days, millions of people get their news online, and there are thousands of newspapers with online editions. If you're looking for a particular newspaper on the Web, go to Abyz News Links at www.abyznewslinks.com. This site has links to newspapers, news media, and news sources worldwide, arranged by continent and sub-divided by country. And if you're looking for a newspaper, in, say, Tunisia, you just type that keyword in the search box and you'll get links to all the online newspapers from that country. Plus, the site contains a short list of designated "hot spots" around the world so you can quickly find news about those areas.




The 450 million people of Latin America are a huge market for goods and services, and anyone who wants to reach them could benefit from visiting Internet Resources for Latin America at lib.nmsu.edu/subject/bord/laguia, a useful Web site developed by librarian Molly Molloy of New Mexico State University. Longtime readers of Really Useful Sites know that I love Web sites created by librarians, because they're well- researched and non-commercial, and this one is no exception. It has a real-time newsfeed, links to Latin American newspapers, a list of gateway sites to Latin America, public domain databases, articles on current events, links to Latin American government sites, and much more. Good job, Molly!

There are lots more links to these countries at the FITA site. Go to FITA's International Trade Web Resources at http://fita.org/webindex/, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and then scroll down to Latin America. Or simply type "Latin America" in the search box at http://www.fita.org/.




Mike Paull left Seattle on May 10 for Shanghai, China. Paull's trip ended a week later with an accident that resulted in three broken ribs, a fractured collarbone and internal bleeding. Immediately following the accident, Paull, 48, was taken to the only medical care available - a hospital in Dezhou, China. Not knowing how he was going to get home to the proper medical care he so needed and desired, Paull contacted MedjetAssist.

"I joined MedjetAssist just prior to my trip," said Paull. "Once I contacted them, I was able to rest easier. They took care of everything. They monitored the medical care I was receiving in China, made all of the transportation arrangements and had me back home in Seattle in several days."

MedjetAssist is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MedjetAssist member now at reduced FITA rates.




The thing I love the most about the Internet is that it spreads knowledge around freely. Where people in specialized fields like investing, trade, science, etc., used to hoard their knowledge, with the growth of the Internet that knowledge is now freely available to everyone. A great new example of this is MavicaNET at www.mavica.ru/directory which calls itself a multi- lingual search catalog, edited by browsers themselves. MavicaNET invites people to "make yourself really useful" by submitting, categorizing, and rating sites. People all over the world are doing it -- currently there are 283,037 links in 21,826 categories involving 23 different languages in MavicaNET. You can search by language, category, or keyword, and you can even use filters (Web Resources, News, Organizations, etc.) to narrow your search further. If you want to become an editor yourself and add sites, it's easy and fun to do so.




There's a drought in my part of the world, and it's got a lot of my neighbors talking about global warming. I'm not sure of the facts on this issue, but after my lawn turned brown and my trees started dying I decided to learn more about what's going on. Global Environment Outlook at grid2.cr.usgs.gov/geo/geo3/index.htm has information from the United Nations Environment Programme. It offers a comprehensive look at the recent history of global environmental change, and gives four possible environmental scenarios for the next 30 years. You must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files, but there's a link to a site where you can download it. This site has a lot of detail about a subject that affects all of us, and the generations that come after us.