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Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. In this issue I profile a site that will help you do business successfully with European Union countries. I also found a site that will keep you up to date on world terror hotspots. one that has links to just about every map and atlas on the Web, and one that will translate any language from Afrikaans to Yiddish.

OUR FEATURED REGIONAL SITE -- EUROGUIDE

http://www.euroguide.org/euroguide/subject-listing/

The European Union has been a good thing for international trade, because it centralized lots of opportunities. There are so many opportunities, however, that it can be overwhelming. That's why a site like Euroguide ( http://www.euroguide.org/euroguide/subject-listing/ ) is so useful. Euroguide, developed by a group of libraries, is a gateway to Web sites which contain information about the European Union. It's been around for awhile, but it's been updated so that you can now browse 60 subject categories (everything from Acronyms to Youth). When you do a search on Euroguide, the links take you to specific pages within sites, instead of just the home page, so you find the information you need as fast as possible.

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CENTER FOR DEFENSE INFORMATION

http://www.cdi.org

With terrorism becoming a fact of life in so many parts of the world, it pays for international businesspeople to stay up to date on terror "hot spots" in the globe. You'll find that the Web site of The Center for Defense Information ( http://www.cdi.org ) is a valuable resource. Started by retired senior U.S. military officers, CDI is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that does independent research on the social, economic, environmental, political and military components of global security. The site has up-to-date articles and analysis on topics like North Korea, space security, missile defense, Al Qaeda, U.S.-Arab military relations, and much more.

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FITA's GLOBAL TRADE BOOK STORE

http://www.fita.org/marketplace/books.php

FITA's Global Trade Book Store (http://www.fita.org/marketplace/books.php) offers some of the best books and publications available on international business and importing and exporting.

One reader reviews the book Export Import by Joseph A. Zodl as follows:

"Zodls book was one of many Ex/Im books Ive looked at. His book is a quick read and one can easily finish it in one sitting. He has enough detail to give you an excellent overview of ExIm and also plenty of guidelines and pointers to strong resources. With this book, you should have enough to take your business into ExIm without much difficulty. You will have to learn more, or course, but Zodl gives you enough information to seek the right team and expert advice (many times free expert advice) and ask the correct questions."

Another reader reviews the book Building an Import/Export Business by Kenneth D. Weiss

"I bought a whole library of Ex/Im titles to learn the trade, and I must tell you that starters in this business will not find a better book. It is very well written, holds your hands, yet very entertaining and indeed you learn the whole business of Export-Import. A decent high-school student can read through this book and right away open his own Ex/Im startup. And by the way, there is absolutely no riches overnight. If you hussle, and stick with it, you'll triumph."

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MAPSAREA.COM

http://www.mapsarea.com

I like maps. Maybe it's the visual presentation of information, or maybe it's that maps make me dream about traveling, or maybe it's just that I like to know my place in the world. Whatever the reason, I can't resist looking at a map, even if I'm not going anywhere. If you're like me, you'll love http://www.mapsarea.com ( http://www.mapsarea.com/ ). It's a gateway to world maps and atlases, and it's got enough to keep you occupied for weeks. There are maps of continents, oceans, outer space, planets, weather systems, and roads, to name just a few. There are also atlases of information, like a historical atlas of the 20th century, that present statistics (population, wars, mortality, etc.) in a visual format that is easy to understand.

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TRANSLATION WIZARD

http://www.faganfinder.com/translate

Even though English is the second most widely used language (behind Mandarin Chinese), there are times, especially if you do business internationally, when a knowledge of English isn't enough to get the job done. That's when you need to visit the Translation Wizard ( http://www.faganfinder.com/translate ) site. Just type some words in the translation box, select the applicable languages, and the Wizard will translate for you. The Wizard can handle a wide variety of languages, from Afrikaans to Yiddish, and it will even identify a language for you, if you have a document or Web site that's written in a language you don't know.

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