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Festive good wishes

23 Dec 2010 2:40pm

Posted by Lorna Meaney 23 Dec 2010 2:40pm

Festive good wishes

23 Dec 2010 2:40pm

As December draws to a close, I'd like to draw your attention to some of the latest content to have gone live on the website.  Recent additions to the website include the latest content from Keesings Record of World Events, and two new Breaking History articles:  US response to North Korean shelling of Yeonpyeong, and Saudi Arabia: Arrest of al-Qaida militant.

Here at Keesings we would like to thank our users for their continued custom and to wish you a merry festive season and a happy New Year; we look forward to bringing you concise and informed reporting of the events of 2011 and beyond.   

Posted by Lorna Meaney 23 Dec 2010 2:40pm

50,000 pages of printed content!

01 Oct 2010 12:56pm

It is a pleasure to announce that with the publication of the July/August 2010 edition of Keesing's Record of World Events, we have finally reached over 50,000 of printed content!  

All Keesing's Record of World Events content is available for subscribers to read, and we hope you continue to enjoy using the resource, as we aim towards reaching 100,000 printed pages and beyond.


Posted by Lorna Meaney 01 Oct 2010 12:56pm

New content for March...

31 Mar 2010 3:32pm

I am pleased to announce the addition of new content to the website.  In the past month, content from the January issue of Keesing's Record of World Events has gone live on the website, as well as two new Breaking History articles. 

The first of March's Breaking History articles features the promotion of President Yoweri Museveni's son in Uganda, and the wider issue of political succession elsewhere in Africa.  The second Breaking History article looks at the extreme cold weather currently being experienced in Mongolia, and the UN's pledge of aid to the region. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 31 Mar 2010 3:32pm

Breaking History update

24 Feb 2010 5:01pm

I am pleased to announce that two new Breaking History articles are now live on the website.  This month, we have focused on both the earthquake in Haiti, and the Greek economic crisis.   We hope you continue to enjoy using Keesing's World News Archive.  

Posted by Lorna Meaney 24 Feb 2010 5:01pm

Ninth International CISS Millennium Conference

26 Jun 2009 4:40pm

Keesing's was delighted to sponsor the conference of the Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section of the International Studies Association in Potsdam, Germany in June, . The conference was held at the Cecilienhof Palace, where the 1945 Potsdam Accord was signed, so the sense of history was all pervasive. The conference was small and friendly and I was made to feel especially welcome by the CISS Section Chair, Sai Felicia Krishna-Hensel, who had gathered an impressive range of panelists from universities and organisations around the world, who spoke on themes ranging from energy security to how great powers shape the international system, and from the role of Malta and Cyprus in the EU to globalisation and multipolarity. It was a fascinating event, and I was delighted that so many of the delegates already knew Keesing's through their research.

by Fran Alexander, Editor

Posted by Lorna Meaney 26 Jun 2009 4:40pm

Keesing's and "citizen journalism"

29 May 2009 3:25pm

Newspapers are a large part of the raw material that we use to compile Keesings, so we are very aware of the skill and dedication that goes in to high quality reporting.  It has become very fashionable to say that crowdsourcing or citizen journalism can replace professional writers and editors, and provide free news.  People like personal stories, told with emotion, and as ways of getting people interested in an event, they can be compelling.  This can be especially valuable in drawing attention to events that would otherwise be hidden or go unnoticed (such as the 2007 uprising in Burma).  What personal emotional accounts dont usually do is provide anything beyond the thrills and chills of the moment.  They do not explain the context, how the events relate to other events, what the causal factors were, whether they are likely to occur again, and so on.  Such analysis takes time and skill.  Not every personal account will be insightful you need some way of picking out the most informative, which is the job of an editor.  The most informative is not necessarily the most popular, so even voting and review systems will be just as likely to pick out silly or offensive stories as ones that actually explain anything.  (I just looked at the top two stories on the digg crowdsourced news website they were 5 things you didn't know about Terminator's Skynet and Headless chicken lives for 18 months.)

The use of crowdsourcing in the media coverage of tsunami of 2004 is often given as an example of how exciting citizen journalism is, because it brought on-the-spot images to a global audience extremely quickly.  The footage from mobile phones was certainly frightening and dramatic, but by itself said little else.  Most people can probably guess that being caught up in a tsunami would be a very frightening experience, but you cant guess from sharing in the fear what the government response would be, whether a warning could have been sounded, or what could be done to prevent loss of life from similar events in future.  The scary images will not indicate whether poverty or environmental degradation were significant in the tsunamis impact.  To answer those sorts of questions requires expertise.  The job of a journalist is to realise that such questions are important and to seek out the relevant expertise to write an informative not just emotional story.

At Keesings we seek to provide simple definitive accounts of what actually happened.  We leave it to our readers to imagine the emotional impact.   

by Fran Alexander, Editor

Posted by Lorna Meaney 29 May 2009 3:25pm

Threat of global flu pandemic

12 May 2009 3:50pm

I would like to draw your attention the latest 'Breaking History' feature which has just been published on the site. 

With researchers at London's Imperial College predicting that swine flu could infect a third of the world's population if it continues to spread at its current rate, we've produced an article on the development of the outbreak.  The article also looks at the international response to swine flu, and the history of flu pandemics.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 12 May 2009 3:50pm

International Studies Association (ISA) 50th convention

27 Feb 2009 9:28am

Keesing's was a platinum sponsor of the International Studies Association (ISA) 50th convention in New York last week.  Some 5,000 academics and researchers from around the world attended.  The range of papers and poster sessions was huge and the Keesing's stand in the large exhibition hall received numerous visitors.  

I really enjoyed having the chance to meet so many people who regularly use Keesing's and to hear about the fascinating range of research methods and topics Keesing's supports.  Keesing's has been used to generate random samples of key political events for trend analysis, to confirm casualty figures in peace and conflict studies, to create a database of major instances of urban violence, and to produce a list of periods when Indian states were under federal control.  

Another pleasure was talking to a number of younger students who had not yet used Keesing's but were very interested in what we provide.  Several assured me that they had been looking for just such a source to help them with their studies so I hope there will be even more innovative and imaginative uses of Keesing's by the young researchers of the future.

Fran Alexander, Editor

Posted by Lorna Meaney 27 Feb 2009 9:28am

Catch up with Keesing's

20 Feb 2009 12:12pm

Hi, I hope you have enjoyed the winter.

Here at Keesing's we have continued to be very busy. We continue to monitor the news, check facts, and strive towards objectivism; all of this results in150 new articles being added to the archive every month. 

We continue to produce our Breaking History feature, in which we examine current political issues and breaking news stories.  Please click here to read our latest Breaking History article, in which we examine the conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Also, I'm always working upon ways to develop the website and to bring you new and exciting content.  I look forward to keeping you updated. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 20 Feb 2009 12:12pm

Summer update

22 Jul 2008 3:05pm

I'm pleased to announce that the May content of Keesing's Record of World Events is now live on the site.  The issue includes articles covering the Burmese cyclone disaster, and the landing of the Phoenix spacecraft on Mars. 

Also, we have recently published 'Breaking History' articles on the election victory of Fernando Lugo in Paraguay and Condoleezza Rice's visit to Lebanon.   

Posted by Lorna Meaney 22 Jul 2008 3:05pm

Content update

23 Jun 2008 3:35pm

I am pleased to announce that the March and April issues of Keesing's Record of World Events are now live on the site.   Click on the March and April links to start reading news from around the world, including the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination and the Italian general election.

If you're not a subscriber, click here view a range of subscription offers. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 23 Jun 2008 3:35pm

International content

16 May 2008 3:53pm

I am pleased to announce that a new “Breaking History” is now live on the site concerning the eastward expansion of NATO. 

Here at Keesing's we are committed to providing comprehensive information on all regions of the world, covering all major developments in all countries.  Our international section covers various international organizations, the environment, science and technology, and war crimes etc.  To read more international Breaking Histories, please click here. 

Here is a useful tip when searching the archive:  in general, stories that affect two or more countries are filed under the smaller country and not mentioned at the larger country. In some cases, for example when a story that involves another country is also bound up with an internal political scandal, it is mainly treated under the smaller country and cross-referred to from the larger country.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 16 May 2008 3:53pm

February's issue of KRWE is now live

25 Apr 2008 2:55pm

Posted by Lorna Meaney 25 Apr 2008 2:55pm

Keep up to date with Breaking Histories

15 Apr 2008 10:35am

I am pleased to announce that we've just published a new Breaking History concerning the decline of Antarctic minke whale numbers and the history of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).    

If you are a keen reader of Breaking Histories, remember that you can receive notifications whenever we publish a new BH article through RSS feeds. News feeds allow you to subscribe to Breaking History articles, read them in your own news reader, or syndicate them to your website.  You can even specify which feeds interest you by choosing a particular region.   If you would like to know more about using the RSS functionality of Keesing's, please click here. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 15 Apr 2008 10:35am

UKSG Conference

11 Apr 2008 3:34pm

This week I have been in Torquay, as I attended the UK Serials Group (UKSG) conference and exhibition.  It was a pleasure meeting some of you who already subscribe to Keesing's, and I'm always excited about talking about the archive to new people.

One of the stand-out sessions that I attended was given by Robin Hastings and Bobbi Newman called "Implementing Library Learning 2.0 at your library".  Robin and Bobbi started a programme which encouraged their fellow staff at Missouri River Regional Library to “experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”.  By starting a blog, uploading photos, and trying different search engines, the staff at MRRL were able to keep up to date with the way their patrons were using the web. 

The talk was quite inspirational, and I recommend their blog to anyone who would like to improve their Web 2.0 skills.  Web 2.0 has become a common phrase, referring to websites which encourage creativity and collaboration; I hope that you continue to enjoy using Keesing's in a creative manner by tagging articles, using the MyNotes feature and reading this blog. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 11 Apr 2008 3:34pm


20 Mar 2008 5:39pm

Spring is in the air, and therefore we thought that it was time to “spring clean” the Keesing's website.  The observant amongst you may have noticed how the Keesing's homepage has been redesigned slightly – I hope that the fresh new design makes navigating around the Keesing's website a little easier.

Here in the UK office, we are about to enjoy our four-day national Easter holiday, but  before we begin our break, I would like to alert you to the fact that the January content of Keesing's Record of World Events is now live on the site. As well as the latest issue of KRWE going live, a new “Breaking History” has also been published today; click here to read about the collapse of Italy's ruling coalition. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 20 Mar 2008 5:39pm

International Women's Day

06 Mar 2008 1:30pm

It is fitting to reflect on the life of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as this Saturday – March 8 – is International Women's Day.  

Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, then in Albania, she was said to have had at the age of 12, a vocation to serve the poor.  At the age of 18 she joined the Loreto nuns, who were doing missionary work in India.   

After being trained in Dublin and serving her novitiate in Darjeeling (India) she went to Calcutta, where she took her vows in 1928. 

From 1929 to 1948 she taught at St Mary's High School in Calcutta, but in the latter year she moved into the slums of Calcutta "to serve God among the poorest of the poor". In 1950 she founded the order of the Missionaries of Charity, which in 1952 opened a home for the destitute dying in Calcutta and which by 1977 had 81 schools, more than 300 medical dispensaries and some 65 relief centres and missions in more than 50 Indian cities and also in many other countries.

To learn more about Mother Teresa, click on the links that follow.  Also, when researching other remarkable women, remember to consult the "People" list of topics when you search the archive; this list of the individuals mentioned in our articles enables you to quickly identify the people who have shaped history.     

October 2003 – Pope John Paul II beatifies Mother Teresa.

Sept. 5, 1997 – Mother Teresa dies in Calcutta aged 87.

October 1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 06 Mar 2008 1:30pm

Nuclear Armament

29 Jan 2008 1:05pm

Today is the anniversary of the French authorities' decision to undertake nuclear disarmament.  On January 29, 1996, French President Jacques Chirac announced that he had decided “permanently to end French nuclear tests”, after a series of tests in the Pacific had provoked widespread international concern.

Nuclear disarmament and rearmament continues to shape the global political landscape; French Presidnet Sarkozy announced on Nov. 7, 2007 that a nuclear-armed Iran was “unacceptable”.   If you wish to keep track of developments concerning armament, please remember that it is one of the "topics" through which you can filter your search results.

Below are three free "Breaking Histories" articles concerning nuclear armament:

Posted by Lorna Meaney 29 Jan 2008 1:05pm

New Year, new content

16 Jan 2008 1:38pm

Welcome to the first blog entry of 2008! 

To herald the New Year, I'm pleased to announce that new content is now live on the site, including the November issue of KRWE.   November's issue includes the imposition of a state of emergency in Pakistan; the appointment of Nur Hassan Hussein as the new prime minister of Somalia and a report on the Annapolis Middle East peace conference.  Please click here to browse the issue.

Also, the first two Breaking Histories of 2008 are now live on the site.  Click here to read about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, or click here to read about Polish-US relations regarding the US-proposed missile defence system to be built in eastern Europe. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 16 Jan 2008 1:38pm

A Christmas Message

24 Dec 2007 12:08pm

In 1932 a British tradition began when King George V broadcast a Christmas message to his subjects.  This first Christmas message was broadcast from the King's Sandringham residence, and the tradition of the message is now continued by Queen Elizabeth II.  King George commissioned Rudyard Kipling, author of the Jungle Book, to write the speech, in which the King stated that he was speaking “from my home and from my heart to you all”.   In the speech, the King marvels at the “wireless” technology which enables him speak to the people of his empire,to those “cut off by the snows, the desert, or the sea”. 

To read the entire Christmas message, please click here. 

With today being Christmas Eve, I would like to take this opportunity to wish our users a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of everyone here at Keesing's. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 24 Dec 2007 12:08pm

New content

20 Dec 2007 4:03pm

I am pleased to announce that the content of the October issue of Keesing's Record of World Events is now live on the site.  Click here to access the new content. 

Also, a new "Breaking History" is now live.  Click here to read about the Venezuelan public's rejection of President Hugo Chávez Frías's proposal to reform the constitution. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 20 Dec 2007 4:03pm

18th December - International Migrants Day

18 Dec 2007 10:33am

On Dec. 4, 2000, the UN General Assembly declared that Dec. 18 would be International Migrants Day. The UN's decision to adopt an International Migrants Day is indicative of the increasing number of migrants (who now compose three per cent of the global population) and the need to address the complex socio-political issues surrounding mass migration.  The UN hopes that the day will encourage the international community to protect the human rights of all migrant.

Here are a collection of migration related links:

June 2005 – The International Organisation for Migration's (IOM) World Migration Report 2005 refutes the belief that migration imposes a burden on the welfare systems of receiving countries is unfounded.  The report states that most migrants contribute much more in taxes than they receive in benefits.

June 2002 – The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) produces a report warning that the global preoccupation with security in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the USA threatens to undermine economic globalisation and could damage long-term economic growth.  The report predicts a crackdown on illegal migrant workers in developed countries, which would reduce the remittances sent back to home countries.

January 1952 - The International Refugee Organization (IRO) concludes its operations. A total of 1,619,008 persons had received some form of assistance from the Organization.

December 1951 - The Naples Conference on Migration is attended by delegates from 27 countries.

October 1945 - An estimated 13,000,000 Germans are forced to evacuate Poland, Czechoslovakia, Silesia and East Prussia.  The New York Herald-Tribune describes the movement as: "one of the greatest mass migrations in history…flowing like a gigantic tidal wave into the Russian-occupied zone". 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 18 Dec 2007 10:33am

1st December - World AIDS Day

03 Dec 2007 5:05pm

December 1 was World AIDS day and the UN chose ‘leadership’ as the day's theme.  The focus on 'leadership' in fighting the war against AIDS also builds upon last year's theme of 'accountability'.   With 'leadership' in mind, here is a selection of articles which chart the global response to the disease. 

•April 2007  - World Health Organisation (WHO) - HIV/AIDS developments.

•March 2007 -  South Africa, new AIDS plan.

•August 2006 - The 16th biennial International AIDS Conference (Toronto, Canada).

•September 1998.  The Washington Post reports that French researchers have discovered a new strain of the HIV virus which had hitherto escaped detection by standard blood tests.

•July 1994 -  WHO report on the sharp rise in AIDS cases.

•November 1992. - Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific.

•August 1987 - International AIDS issues.

•April 1985 - First International AIDS Conference is held in Atlanta, United States.  

Posted by Lorna Meaney 03 Dec 2007 5:05pm

September KRWE content goes live

13 Nov 2007 11:00am

I am pleased to announce that the content of the September issue of Keesing's Record of World Events is now live on the site. 

September's top stories include:

  Zimbabwe: freeze on wages

  United States: debate over Iraq war strategy

  Burma: suppression of uprising

  Russia: new prime minister and cabinet

  Iraq: visit by US president

  Space: launch of Japanese lunar orbiter

I would also like to draw your attention to a new category which has been created in KRWE - since the August edition we now have an 'Arctic' section to cover the territorial claims countries are making over the region. 

In this month's edition you can read how the European Space Agency (ESA) declared the Northwest Passage as “fully navigable” for the first time since monitoring began in 1978.  The opening of the passage creates the most direct potential shipping route from Europe to Asia. Our Arctic section will enable you to follow the development of any territorial disputes which may arise from the Northwest Passagebecoming viable for commercial shipping.  Analysts have speculated that the development could reignite a diplomatic dispute between Canada, which claimed jurisdiction over the waters of the Northwest Passage, and the USA, which regarded the route as an international strait.

If you would like instant access to any of the above articles, please click here to sign up for a Keesing's account - you can view unlimited content from just $7.95 for 24 hours' access. 

Posted by Lorna Meaney 13 Nov 2007 11:00am

Anniversary of the "fall" of the Berlin Wall.

09 Nov 2007 5:04pm

This weekend marks the anniversary of an event in history which the Washington Post called “the most stunning step since World War II towards ending the East-West division of Europe”. 

Eighteen years ago today, on Nov. 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall "fell" when East Germans were allowed to enter West Germany.  Egon Krenz , East Germany's new leader, announced that East Germans could in future travel freely abroad, simply using an exit visa stamped in their identity cards.

Over the weekend of Nov. 10–11 around 2,000,000 East Germans flooded through breaches in the Berlin Wall, which had divided the city since 1961. 

Enjoy your weekend, and if you wish to learn more about the fall of the Berlin Wall, please click here.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 09 Nov 2007 5:04pm

Your Personal Portfolio

31 Oct 2007 11:18am

One of my favourite features on the archive is my portfolio.  I must confess that I am not a tidy person. My desk is always covered in numerous scraps of paper with pieces of information on: phone numbers, “To Do” list, and messages to give to people. Until recently, I was perpetually scribbling down page references when I was researching a topic on the archive, this was until I started to utilise the Portfolio feature.

In your personal portfolio you can select and store articles so that when you return to Keesing's you can find them again quickly, without having to conduct the search again.  The portfolio is a simple feature, but it makes a big difference when conducting research - try using it the next time you know you will want to return to an article.  To learn more about how to use the feature, please click here.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 31 Oct 2007 11:18am

Benazir Bhutto

19 Oct 2007 1:40pm

Today, the Pakistan government confirmed that Pakistan's upcoming presidential elections would not be affected by yesterday's twin bomb attack on the city of Karachi.  The attack targeted the homecoming procession of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan.  Bhutto was returning to Pakistan after eight years in self-imposed exile.  Over 130 people were killed in the blasts. 

Benazir Bhutto links:

August 2007.  Representatives of President Pervaiz Musharraf continue negotiations in London with self-exiled former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and senior officials of her Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in an attempt to reach a power-sharing agreement that would allow her to return to Pakistan.

Nov. 5, 1996.  President Farooq Ahmed Leghari dismisses the Bhutto's government and dissolves the National Assembly.

Oct,  6, 1993.  Bhutto returns to the position of prime minister of Pakistan.  The national turnout for the election is low, at around 41 per cent, with voter apathy particularly marked in Sind province, the PPP's home base.

Aug. 6, 1990.  After 20 months in office, Bhutto is dismissed as prime minister by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.  Khan accuses Bhutto 's government of corruption, abuse of power and of other acts "in contravention of the Constitution and the law".

Nov. 16, 1988. Bhutto becomes Pakistan's first female Prime Minister.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 19 Oct 2007 1:40pm

July & August KRWE content goes live

16 Oct 2007 5:36pm

I am pleased to announce that the content of the July and August issues of Keesing's Record of World Events has now been added to the online archive.  Below are just some of the 249 new articles that are now live on the site.  Click on a headline to go straight to the article, or click here to sign up for a Keesing's account today. 


      Sudan: agreement on UN-AU operation for Darfur

        United States: calls for new strategy over war in Iraq

        Pakistan: siege of Red Mosque

        Turkey: general election

        Palestine: Israeli support for Abbas administration

        UN: Global Compact summit


        Sierra Leone: presidential and legislative elections

        United States: resignations of key Bush allies

        India: nuclear agreement with USA

        Russia: resumption of long-range bomber patrols

        Iraq: civilian deaths in truck bombing

        Arctic: claims of territorial rights

Posted by Lorna Meaney 16 Oct 2007 5:36pm

A new Breaking History

08 Oct 2007 3:46pm

A new Breaking History is now live on the site: “USA: Credit Crisis”  The repercussions of the crisis are continuing to emerge, as EU finance ministers are set to meet tomorrow to review whether economic strategy needs to be altered to avoid repeating the economic problems the global markets have witnessed this summer.  The dynamics of international finance are obviously complex, but the article and timeline provide a concise overview of the history behind the current economic situation. 

To move away from new content and the complexities of global market forces for a moment, I would also like to direct you towards another article, as today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Ernesto Guevara de la Serna – “Che” Guevara.  Click here to read the contemporary Keesing's account of the life of the Argentinean-born, Cuban revolutionary.  

Posted by Lorna Meaney 08 Oct 2007 3:46pm

Political Protest

24 Sep 2007 2:53pm

Back in June we profiled Aung San Suu Kyi in a Keesing's Breaking History.  Over the weekend, Suu Kyi's detention has again been a focus of the news, as Rangoon, the largest city in Burma, has experienced mass demonstrations against the country's military junta. The Burmese police reportedly barred protesters from approaching the house of Suu Kyi (who won the Nobel peace prize in 1991), but Suu Kyi came to the gates of her home in an act of unity with the protesters. 

If you are interested in this weekend's protests in Burma, I would recommend reading the Suu Kyi Breaking History.  Suu Kyi’s life and current situation are vital to understanding the political situation in Burma. 

If you are interested in other political protests, click here to read about the “Tiananmen Square student protests of 1989, or here to read about the 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which Martin Luther King Jr delivered his famous "I had a dream" speech.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 24 Sep 2007 2:53pm

If you still haven't found what you're looking for

20 Sep 2007 1:50pm

I have previously mentioned how much I enjoy browsing the archive, but Keesing's really comes into its own when you want a specific piece of information.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find what you are looking for, so here are a few tips which I hope will assist you in getting results:

Date range – The archive goes all the way back to 1931, but if you know a date connected to what you are looking for, try narrowing the date range. You can also choose to sort results either by newest (most recently published) articles first, or by oldest articles first.

Click on a cluster - Clusters allow you to organise your search results.   When you search for a topic, look at the bottom of the left hand side bar and click on a cluster to filter your search.  There are “country” clusters and “person” clusters and you can also tag articles and create your own clusters. 

Select a topic - You can refine searches by selecting a topic.  All Keesing's articles are given keywords which help to identify their content.  The list of topics can be found on the left hand side bar. Simply click on it to refine your search. 

The Keesing's topics are: appointments; constitution and governance;  disarmament and rearmament; economy; elections; environment; foreign relations; human rights; international organisations; legal issues; legislation; political parties; science and technology; social issues; terrorism and war. 

Keep things simple – sometimes being too specific can yield few results, so try a simpler search with fewer words.  For example, instead of searching for "February 2007 Sri Lanka government changes", search for "government changes", narrow the date range to February 2007, and use the nations cluster to find Sri Lanka.

I hope these tips will help you when using the site. 

For further information visit out “help” page which contains lots of useful advice on how to get the most out of the archive.  Happy searching!  

Posted by Lorna Meaney 20 Sep 2007 1:50pm

A different view of the news

12 Sep 2007 10:42am

Whilst monitoring the news today, I have read numerous reports concerning the EU's decision to abandon its plans to turn the UK metric.  Many articles have humorously reflected on the British victory of retaining the right to drink a 'pint' and other articles have used the decision as a way of examining the relationship between the EU and the UK.

However, it was only when I searched the Keesing's archive that I managed to escape a Eurocentric view of metrication.  Within a few minutes I'd learnt how India had begun to introduce the metric system in 1958 and in the same year Japan had made the metric system compulsory in all shops and businesses. 

I could continue listing facts about metrication, but my point is that my search stands as testament to the Keesing's editorial principal of internationalism.  Whatever you choose to research today, I hope you'll also be impressed by the breadth of our coverage.  Click here to enter the archive and start exploring over 75 years of news from around the world.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 12 Sep 2007 10:42am

Hurricane Felix

04 Sep 2007 4:49pm

Keesing's strives to accurately record the world’s most significant political, social, and economic events.  Much of Keesing's content concerns political developments, but in every issue we also document natural disasters, environmental issues, and scientific discoveries.  With Hurricane Felix approaching the coasts of Nicaragua and Honduras, I wanted to look back though the archive to see how Central America and the nearby Caribbean islands have previously been affected by hurricanes.

Hurricane Mitch, 1998.  The November 1998 issue of Keesing's records how Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America from Oct. 27 to Nov. 1, 1998, claiming more than 10,000 lives, destroying tens of thousands of homes, wiping out water, road, and electrical systems, and ruining crops.  As many as 2 million people were left homeless.  [For the full article see 'Nov 1998-Hurricane Mitch' p. 42608.]

Hurricane Hugo, 1989.  The September 1989 issue reports of the destruction caused by Hurricane Hugo.  The hurricane formed in the Atlantic Ocean, with winds of up to 140 mph, and first crossed land on Sept. 17 over the islands of Guadeloupe and its dependencies in the Leeward Islands, where six people were reported killed and 10,000 people made homeless.  The hurricane went on to cause widespread devastation in the north-eastern Caribbean and the south-eastern United States.  An estimated 25 people were killed on Puerto Rico and 100,000 left homeless.  [For the full article see 'Sep 1989 -Hurricane Hugo' p. 36891.]

Hurricane Allen, 1980.  In the August 1980 edition of Keesing's you can read a report on the devastation caused by Hurricane Allen.  The hurricane struck St Lucia on Aug. 4, devastating banana plantations and killing 17 people.  In the following days, the worst effects of the hurricane were felt in southern Haiti, where at least 67 people died and official estimates put the economic damage at over $400,000,000 (equivalent to about two-fifths of the country's GDP); in northern Jamaica, where there were at least six deaths and 4,000 people were made homeless; and in Cuba, where four deaths were reported and extensive economic damage was caused.  [For the full article see 'St. Lucia-Hurricane disaster' p. 30482.]

Puerto Rico, September 1932.  The archive started in 1931 and the earliest record of a hurricane comes from September 1932, when “a Hurricane devastated the islands of Porto Rico”.  The Red Cross reported from San Juan (the capital) that 197 persons had been killed and 1,800 injured.  Nearly 9,000 homes were destroyed and 75,000 people rendered temporarily homeless.  [For the full article see 'September 1932 Hurricane' p. 487.]

The Keesing's Archive has reports on natural disasters from 1931 to the present day.  If you are interested in researching the history of hurricanes, 'disaster' is one of the key topics by which you can orgainse your archive search results.  To read the full articles on the hurricanes, please click here to join Keesing's today.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 04 Sep 2007 4:49pm

'Must Read' articles

29 Aug 2007 6:24pm

Despite it being ill mannered, I find it difficult to resist the urge to read a newspaper over someone's shoulder on a bus or a train. Similarly, a headline or a person's name will catch my eye when I am browsing through the archive and I cannot resist quickly reading the article.  I have therefore decided to start posting articles on here which have this 'must read' effect on me - I hope you will enjoy them too. 

Today, a statue of former South African President Nelson Mandela was unveiled in
Parliament Square, London. At the unveiling Prime Minister Gordon Brown referred to Mandela as the "greatest and most courageous leader of our generation" and such a statement immediately made me want to read about Mandela's life.

The Keesing's World News Archive search engine makes researching individuals easy, and our articles are rich in hyperlinked cross references.  An article from the February 1990 issue of Keesing's Record of World Events reports President De Klerk's opening of Parliament speech in which the impending release of Nelson Mandela is announced and also the abolishment of the ban on the ANC, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC–the ANC's smaller rival) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).  To read the full article, click here to sign up for a Keesing's account today.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 29 Aug 2007 6:24pm

May and June KRWE content goes live

21 Aug 2007 11:54am

In my last post I alerted you to the Breaking Histories that have been produced recently, but this is not the only new content on the web site.  I am pleased to announce that the May and June 2007 issues of Keesing's Record of World Events are now online.

Here in the Cambridge editorial office, we are currently working on our summer double issue. Having worked here for nearly a month now, it is fascinating to follow the impressively rapid evolution of a news story.  A story will break, be researched and authenticated, before a series of articles are written which create our monthly issue.  However, the process does not stop there: the content then appears live on the Keesing's web site, becoming part of the archive.

The archive is an invaluable tool for placing stories in both an immediate and historical context. Our Breaking Histories section gives you this context, but it is easy to explore the background to any story by following cross references or clicking on key words.  Having recently finished my degree (and having previous experience as a librarian), I understand the importance of accurate research and I look forward to announcing more content as it goes live.

Posted by Lorna Meaney 21 Aug 2007 11:54am

Greetings from the new online editor

14 Aug 2007 10:13am

I would like to introduce myself, in this, my first blog entry.  My name is Lorna, and after a fortnight working here at Keesing’s, I am settling into my role as the new online editor.

My work here at Keesing’s is proving busy and varied.  Tracking news stories, proofing texts, getting articles ready to go online – I find myself on a steep learning curve.  One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of my job is in knowing that I am now part of a team that contributes to keeping the archive alive.

Sat at my desk, I can see every edition of the journal dating back to 1931, and at my fingertips I have the online version of this rich archive.  It is an incredible resource, and I hope you get as much enjoyment from exploring the archive as I do.

As I get to grips with my new job, I want to use this blog to chart my exploration of the functionality of the website, as well as announcing content as it goes live.   As ever, our breaking history section gives you the historical context of the biggest news stories from around the world.  This month, you can even go into space and read about the discovery of the new Saturian moon  (pub 30 Jul 2007).


Posted by Lorna Meaney 14 Aug 2007 10:13am

Breaking History in June

26 Jun 2007 3:07pm

Our Breaking History section continues to bring you comprehensive background and analysis on the issues making today's headlines. This month we have new features on militant activity in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger delta; on Aung San Suu Kyi's continuing detention in Burma; and on political tension and terrorism in Turkey. Keep watching the site for more.

Posted by Laura Morley 26 Jun 2007 3:07pm

April KRWE content goes live

21 Jun 2007 10:19am

The contents of the April 2007 issue of Keesing's Record of World Events are now live on the site.

You'll find regional leading stories on presidential and legislative elections in Nigeria, approval in the United States of an Iraq withdrawal timetable, China-Japan relations, former president Yeltsin's death in Russia, Iraq's refugee crisis, and the UN Security Council debate on climate change.

Click here to start your research.

Posted by Laura Morley 21 Jun 2007 10:19am

Special Library Association conference - June 8 2007

08 Jun 2007 3:26pm

Staff from our UK and US offices have been attending the Special Library Association's annual conference, held this year in Denver, Colorado. It was a great chance for the team to meet many of you, and pick up useful leads and feedback on the site. We're listening to all your ideas and working with our developers to help bring them to life.

Visitors from the show might want to read a little more about us, check out our archive content, or send feedback. We appreciate all your input - watch this space for details of how we're working to implement your suggestions.

Posted by Laura Morley 08 Jun 2007 3:26pm

March content live - May 25th

08 Jun 2007 3:20pm

Keesing's Record of World Events for March 2007 - our latest published content - is live today on the site. Visit the database to start reading the latest world news - 152 articles on news from around the globe. Not a subscriber? You can try out all the site's features and view all the content you want from US$7.95 for 24 hours' access.

Posted by Laura Morley 08 Jun 2007 3:20pm

New in Breaking History - May 31, 2007

08 Jun 2007 3:05pm

Visit the Breaking History feature section for background on the latest stories making the news. This week we have coverage on women's rights and dress codes in Iran; Paul Wolfowitz's resignation at the World Bank; and the release of Luis Posada Carriles in Cuba.

Want to see more? Each Breaking History story includes a full timeline, with links to contemporary Keesing's coverage of background developments, so you can follow events through the century in our online archive. Subscriber access is available from US$7.95 for 24 hours.

Posted by Laura Morley 08 Jun 2007 3:05pm

Breaking History roundup - May 15

08 Jun 2007 2:59pm

Our Breaking History section, home to comprehensive articles with the background on today's headlines, features three new stories for early May: Haiti's groundbreaking elections; the beheading of hostages in the Philippines; and the death of Talibaan leader Mullah Dadullah in Afghanistan. Check out the articles for thorough, concise coverage of the history behind the headlines.

Posted by Laura Morley 08 Jun 2007 2:59pm

New content live: Jan and Feb 2007

30 Apr 2007 3:45pm

We're pleased to announce that the content from the January and February 2007 issues of Keesing's Record of World Events is now live on the site. This means the site now has the very latest Keesing's content, all fully searchable and augmented with features to support your research. The March 2007 issue is in processing now; look out for the content on the site in mid-May.

Over on our Breaking History section you can also find a brand new feature on the World Bank, amid calls for Paul Wolfowitz's resignation. Find out the history behind the Bank's anti-corruption policies, and background on Wolfowitz's own four-decade career.

Like the new content? Think we're missing something? Let us know.

Posted by Laura Morley 30 Apr 2007 3:45pm

Breaking History: a new format - April 19, 2007

19 Apr 2007 11:34am

Our Breaking History articles were getting to be so comprehensive, they ran long - so we've launched a new format, effective from the latest article, to make them easier to read. Check out our newest Breaking History feature, on opposition to the Zimbabwean government, and you'll see that the article text and timelines each now have their own pages, so they're easier to view and more browser-friendly.

We'll be switching older content over to the new format in due course; meanwhile, bring yourself up to date on the latest stories, and let us know what you think. 

Posted by Laura Morley 19 Apr 2007 11:34am

New homepage design

28 Mar 2007 4:40pm

Check out the home page - we've launched a brighter, sharper new design, featuring a little more information about the site and a set of links to take you straight to the material you want. We're also showcasing a quote from one of our first reviews, from Angela Natividad at CMSWire - you can read the full review here.

New features: You asked for a more highly-visible log-in button, so we've added that at the top of the page; we've also provided a link straight to our Advanced Search page so you can get going as soon as you hit the site. We're always eager to hear further suggestions on how to improve the site, so please get in touch ( with any thoughts.

Coming soon on the site, we're planning a 'Take the Tour' feature to walk you through the bells and whistles of; we're also adding more content all the time to Breaking History, where we break down today's headline-making stories in the light of historical context. New articles this week cover the latest developments in the Middle East peace process, George Bush's Latin America tour, and the continuing violence in Sri Lanka. Read them today to brief yourself on the history behind the headlines.

Posted by Laura Morley 28 Mar 2007 4:40pm

RSS and latest articles live - 14 March, 2007

14 Mar 2007 5:23pm

A couple of exciting new developments on the site today. Firstly, we've added the articles from the December 2006 issue of Keesing's Record of World Events. You can find this latest content in the database through the search engine.

We've also added a new feature to the Breaking History feature section: RSS feeds. Now you can read Keesing's in your favourite feed reader, or receive updates whenever we add new content to Breaking History. Please let us know how you like the new features, especially if you're interested in syndicating our content - we love to hear about how you use us.

Posted by Laura Morley 14 Mar 2007 5:23pm

ISA Convention - 8 March, 2007

08 Mar 2007 11:30am

Just back from the International Studies Association's 48th annual convention, held this year in Chicago, Illinois, where we officially launched the site. It was a most successful show, where we met hundreds of interested researchers and heard some invaluable commentary on the site and how it could grow. We also received our first reviews: from CMSWire; from Information Today; and from WebSearchGuide's Internet News. It's a pleasure to see users really appreciating the site's scope and possibilities, and picking up on the value of clusters, tags, and notes - the same features we're most excited about. As always, we would value commentary from anyone using the site.

We're working on some key ideas now, particularly on adding RSS feeds to the Breaking History section. You'll find a new article there on women in politics, with an update on North Korea's nuclear programme scheduled for later today too.

Lastly, our blog icon came in for some attention from reviewers, who wanted to know why a manual typewriter would inspire thoughts of blogs. This is a fine question. (Similarly, why should the standard RSS icon inspire thoughts of syndication? It appears to represent a piece of smoked salmon.) In this case, the blog typewriter represents the Keesing's marriage of old  - what CMSWire called 'anal-retentive' editorial practices, that value rigour, comprehensiveness, precision, and objectivity - and new, in the form of Web 2.0 clustering and tagging functions and state-of-the-art search facilities. It's also just prettier to look at than the text editing software in which the blog is actually composed...

Posted by Laura Morley 08 Mar 2007 11:30am

We're Live! - Feb 23, 2007

23 Feb 2007 1:57pm

Welcome: today we have officially moved to our new, permanent location - - and we're now live. The site has been over a year in the making, and it is immensely exciting to cut the red tape at last and declare it open. Thanks are due to our developers Squiz.

Sign-ups are now live using the secure Click-and-Buy system, so you're just clicks away from trying full access to our 76-year archive. You can sign up for a day, a month, or a year at a time. Why not try a free search of the database to see how much coverage we have on your topics of interest? Registering allows you full access to our articles, plus a host of research tools: a portfolio in which to save articles of interest; the capacity to write and store annotations with articles; and our groundbreaking tags and clusters systems, which allow you to filter search results by the names of persons or countries that interest you.

If you want a feel for the tone and scope of our coverage, visit the Breaking History section, where we have updated features on Iran's nuclear programme and on avian flu. These features are compiled by an expert Keesing's writer, and sample the full breadth of our archive in light of today's headlines.

We're delighted to be live, and to have the site ready to serve your research. Tell us what you think of us, tell us how we can be better, and tell us how you use us. We'll keep bringing you history as it happens.

Posted by Laura Morley 23 Feb 2007 1:57pm

Clusters, sign-up, and searching - Feb 12, 2007

13 Feb 2007 10:42am

This is another busy week on the site, as our developers put the finishing touches on some core features. One is the account creation facility, which will let users sign up to access the site. We're just days away from finishing this - then you'll be able to start researching, read articles, save them to your own portfolio, create and save your own notes and tags, and enjoy the full power of the Keesing's database. We're excited about this: watch this space.

Another nearly complete feature enhances the Clusters facility. Clusters are key to the research possibilities of Keesing's online. They identify and group together references to the content researchers find most useful - the names of people and places. Want to filter your search results to view any articles that mention a particular individual, or refer to a country of interest? Clusters let you do so at a single mouse-click. They also give you an overview of the most important persons related to a given topic, and the countries that are referenced most often in relation to your search term. You can read more about clusters here, and keep watching the blog for details of the feature's full launch.

The developers are also working to enhance your power to search within a single article, while we add extra articles to the database and improve the help files. If there's anything you'd like to see in those files, or elsewhere on the site, please do let us know.

Posted by Laura Morley 13 Feb 2007 10:42am

Updates - Jan 29, 2007

02 Feb 2007 3:49pm

We've made a couple of updates and changes on the site this week, so you should be seeing improved functionality. Our web developers upgraded us to the latest version of MySource Matrix, the Open Source content management system that powers the site. That should mean you'll find the site running very smoothly. It also allowed us to iron out some bugs in our error-reporting system, which allows you to inform us of any problems you come across as you browse the archive. As I'll be discussing in detail later, building this site out of the raw hard-copy of our print publication has been a painstaking and inventive process. If you come across any articles where it hasn't worked as well as it should, we would love to know. Our editorial team in Cambridge can then start trouble-shooting.

The content from the November 2006 print edition is now live online too - and you can read three new Breaking History articles covering developments in France, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Another change you'll see on the front page is the addition of a graphical button for this blog - featuring a genuine photograph of the machine on which this blog is written. Almost...

Posted by Laura Morley 02 Feb 2007 3:49pm

Introducing Breaking History - 25 Jan, 2007

25 Jan 2007 1:53pm

Today on the blog I'm introducing one of the most exciting features on our new site: Breaking History.

Keesing's is a staple on news desks, in information agencies, and for government departments across the globe, because we provide instant historical perspective on the critical developments of today. Our new Breaking History section lets all our users exploit the archive's power just as these agencies do: each week, we break down a key news story with analysis, background, and a timeline with links to contemporary coverage from Keesing's century-spanning archive. Each Breaking History report is free to access and available in  printer-friendly and email versions. Academics, students, and news-junkies alike can use these comprehensive briefings to master at a glance the history behind today's headlines.

Breaking History is researched by an expert writer for Keesing's Record of World Events, to the same exacting standards we uphold in our monthly publication. Each report contains up to one hundred links to articles in our archive, so you can follow up in depth the details that interest you. We cover six sections: Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and global stories on international organisations and issues, the environment, space, and science. Topics we've covered so far include the execution of Saddam Hussein, North Korea's nuclear programme, the crisis in Darfur, and the career of the Mars Global Surveyor.

As ever, we'd love your feedback on this feature - otherwise, keep checking back for comprehensive context and analysis on history as it breaks.

Posted by Laura Morley 25 Jan 2007 1:53pm

Welcome to the new Keesing's site - 19 Jan, 2007

23 Jan 2007 2:48pm

Welcome to the new Keesing's Archive online: 76 years of comprehensive, full-coverage world news, indexed and tagged to provide a fully searchable archive. We've spent thousands of hours digitising decades-old copy and developing features to make the site into an indispensable resource. This blog will keep you up to date with site developments and improvements, offer walking tours of our functions and features, and tell you how we converted our historic publication into a modern research tool. Please check back over the coming days to follow as we develop the site.

While the site is in beta form, we're especially interested in your feedback on features, functionality, and the look and feel of the site. We want to hear about features you'd like to see, and I'll be solicting feedback on some of our future plans. We've been working on the site for over a year: let us know what you want to see next. Each page has a 'report a problem' function - please tell us if you find anything, and we'll fix it. You can send feedback here.

Meanwhile, you can start using the site by searching for the topics that interest you. Visit our Breaking History section - free, historical context on current events, today's news in the light of 76 years of history. You can learn more about Keesing's Worldwide, the site, and our content, at the About Us section. You can also refer to our full help files or contact form for any queries.We hope you enjoy using the site, and that you'll let us know your impressions and ideas. Next on the blog: our first feature tour, Breaking History.

Posted by Laura Morley 23 Jan 2007 2:48pm

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