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  Western world Summary
Originally defined as Western Europe, most modern uses of the term refer to the societies of Europe and their close genealogical, linguistic, and philosophical colonial descendants, typically included are those countries whose dominant culture is derived from European culture, such as North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Western countries have in common a high average material standard of living, compared to the rest of the world.
Western society is sometimes claimed to trace its cultural origins to both Greek thought and Christian religion, thus following an evolution that began in ancient Greece, continued through the Roman Empire and, with the coming of Christianity (which has its origins in the Middle East), spread throughout Europe.
www.bookrags.com /Western_world   (3616 words)

  Western world - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Asian countries of Japan, South Korea, and the Republic of China (Taiwan) are sometimes considered part of the West and sometimes not.
Western society may be thought of as following an evolution that began with the philosophers of Athens such as Solon and Socrates.
As the eastern and western churches spread their influence, the line between "East" and "West" can be described as moving, but generally followed a cultural divide that was defined by the existence of the Byzantine empire and the fluctuating power and influence of the church in Rome.
open-encyclopedia.com /Western_world   (2022 words)

 Western culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Western world is a group of countries and cultures of which the composition depends on the definition used.
In this definition, Western culture is the set of literary, musical, philosophical and other traditions from Western Europe and countries whose history is strongly marked by Western European immigration or settlement.
The origins of Western Culture are often cited as ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, and Catholic and Protestant Christianity, and as such, some describe it the "Judeo-Christian culture".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Western_culture   (717 words)

 ipedia.com: Western world Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Huntington and his followers understood "The West" to be roughly synonymous with the Euro-Atlantic civilization, although countries with roots in other civilizations, such as Greece, Turkey, or Japan, may choose to ally themselves with the West as a result of having absorbed "Western" ideas and values into their societies.
Western countries have in common a high (relative) standard of living for most citizens - compared to the rest of the world.
As the eastern and western churches spread their influence, the line between "East" and "West" can be described as moving, but generally followed a cultural divide that was defined by the existence of the Byzantine empire and the fluctuating power and influence of the church in Rome.
www.ipedia.com /western_world_1.html   (2015 words)

 Nigeriaworld Feature Article - Divorce rates - Africa Vs Western Countries
While, laws in western countries protect the woman and encourage her to get out of such relationship, there are no such laws anywhere else (either in Africa or Middle East).
Marriages are ending on regular bases in western countries because the society is not tolerant to domestic abuse, while in Africa there is still some level of tolerance to a husband beating his wife.
Western countries have a culture of me, myself and I. When things go wrong in a marriage, the only person that counts is me. While an African woman would think about the children and their future as a reason to stay in the "suffering" of marriage, most westerners don't have that concept.
nigeriaworld.com /articles/2005/may/021.html   (1695 words)

 Land Reform in Eastern Europe - Western CIS, Transcaucuses, Balkans, and EU Accession Countries
The Western CIS countries, with the exception of Moldova, are still struggling over meaningful private ownership of agricultural land and the right to sell land, to mortgage land, and to use land to its best use without interference from the State.
In these Western CIS countries, where parcels of land are large enough to establish private farms, the State does not need to be involved in land consolidation efforts and does not need to hold land back for this purpose.
In the Western CIS, farmers did not withdraw their land from the collectives (see privatization recommendations), and in the EU accession states many of the new owners were not farmers or even rural residents, and therefore leased their land back to the collective.
www.fao.org /DOCREP/007/AD878E/AD878E08.htm   (3719 words)

 Developing countries need greenbacks, not Greenpeace - theage.com.au   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
When western European governments suggested the UN hold a world environment summit in 1992, the developing countries agreed to go along only on condition that it was a UN Conference on Environment and Development.
They got Western governments to propose an international ban on DDT because it posed some risk to wildlife in farmlands in Western countries, until it was pointed out that it was the only effective global control on malaria - a threat to the lives of millions in the developing world.
Developing countries strongly backed the launch of the "Development Round" of negotiations in the WTO at Doha last year, in which a key objective is to get Europe to open its markets for exports from developing countries.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2002/08/26/1030053032900.html   (701 words)

 Western Europe travel guide - Wikitravel
Western Europe is one of the regions of Europe.
All the countries of Western Europe are members of European Union and NATO (except the Republic of Ireland).
The region "Western Europe" is sometimes confused with the "Western Bloc", which was a Cold War name for the market-economy countries of Europe, as opposed to the Eastern Bloc of communist countries.
wikitravel.org /en/Western_Europe   (155 words)

 Western world at AllExperts
Although Israel,Singapore,Taiwan and Hong Kong are not members of the OECD, they might also be regarded as "west" or "north" countries, because their high living standards and their social, economical and political structure are quite similar to those of the OECD member countries.
Today, the term "western" refers to the group of nations which are allied with the United States and Western Europe.
Geographically western nations such as Cuba and Venezuela are normally not considered "western" due to their political opposition to the powerful western leaders.
en.allexperts.com /e/w/we/western_world.htm   (3001 words)

 Western countries - FreeEncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Western countries (or sometimes the West) is a somewhat imprecisely-defined term - derived from the old dualsim of East (Asia) and West (Europe) - now used to refer to wealthy and industrialised countries, as the inheritants of European societies, and their colonial legacies.
Depending on context, the Western countries may be restricted to the founding members of NATO in addition to Austria, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
A different attack on the concept of Western values is advocated by those who advocate Islamic values or Asian values[?].
openproxy.ath.cx /we/Western_countries.html   (653 words)

 Asylum under threat - Protecting Refugees 50 Years On: What Future For Refugee Protection?
First, many of the policies introduced by Western European governments have systematically obstructed the right to seek and enjoy asylum and have made it very difficult for those in fear of their lives to leave their country of origin freely and seek asylum elsewhere.
Like all "safe country of origin" policies, these proposals risk refusing asylum to individuals in need of international protection merely on the basis of their nationality.
While many refugee hosting countries have legitimate security concerns, including cross-border incursions, militarization of refugee camps, and the fear of conflicts spilling over from neighboring refugee-producing countries, efforts by governments to address these concerns should not result in a curtailment of the rights and freedoms of refugees.
www.hrw.org /campaigns/refugees/section-3-1.htm   (1920 words)

 Poll: Big gap in Western, Muslim views - The Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- A ``deep attitudinal divide" exists between Western and Muslim publics, with Muslims in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa more critical of Westerners than vice versa, but attitudes are not monolithic and a ``middle ground" is particularly apparent among European Muslims, according to a survey released today.
Muslims and non-Muslims interviewed in 13 countries converge on few issues, but they agree that relations between Muslims and Westerners are bad, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization.
Publics in Western countries blame Muslim countries for what they perceive to be government corruption, lack of education, and Islamic fundamentalism.
www.boston.com /news/world/articles/2006/06/23/poll_big_gap_in_western_muslim_views   (871 words)

 Hsien-tsang: Buddhist Records of the Western Countries
This country was above 1000 li from east to west and 600 li from north to south: its capital being 17 or 18 li in circuit.
This country, which is situated in the mountains, is 400 or 500 li in circuit, long from north to south and narrow from east to west.
This country is above 800 li from east to west and 400 li north to south, reaching on the north to the Oxus.
www.iras.ucalgary.ca /~volk/sylvia/Hsien-Tsang.htm   (10755 words)

 INDOlink - Analysis - The Growing Clash Between Western and Islamic Values
The Islamic countries are experiencing a rapid growth of population, but most of the western countries are facing a decline in population or aging of the population.
In many western countries, particularly in the western European countries, because of decline or aging of the population, many young Muslims are migrating there to meet the shortages of labor.
For the western society, the main issue is the freedom of the press while for the Islamic countries, it is the question of religious sentiments.
www.indolink.com /displayArticleS.php?id=020906113610   (795 words)

 Francophone countries (from western Africa, history of) --  Encyclopædia Britannica   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
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It is latitudinally divided into two parallel belts of land: the western portion of the Sudan, a geographic area that stretches across the entire width of Africa, and the coastal region, or Guinea Coast.
Originally known as hillbilly or mountain music, country music grew from the folk music that was brought to North America by Anglo-Celtic settlers in the 1700s and 1800s.
www.britannica.com /eb/article-54872?tocId=54872   (760 words)

 Articles - Western world   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At the same time, Roman rule in the western half crumbled under pressures from outside the empire and was slowly rebuilt, but the culture divided between two sources of power, the Pope and the Emperor.
The term "Western world" is often interchangably with the term First World stressing the difference between First World and the Third World or developing countries.
Western countries have in common a high standard of living for most citizens - compared to the rest of the world.
gaple.com /articles/Western_world?mySession=62b3defd0935531b4d8d8670...   (2143 words)

 sciforums.com - What is Eastern and Western countries?
Western culture is a geographical, historical, cultural, linguistic connection, none of which correspond with Hungary.
Hungary is not a western nation you are an eastern nation wearing western clothes.
Eastern Europeans have been for Western Europe the first region to be “imperialized” in the sense that we used them for cheap labour etc. I wouldn’t say you are an Eastern European society.
www.sciforums.com /showthread.php?t=40268   (1617 words)

 People's Daily Online -- Western countries question Thai tsunami victims identification process
Seven Western countries recently submitted a joint complaint to Thai police chief, urging the completion of Thai tsunami victims identification process and demanding an audit on donated funds for that purpose allegedly misused, a report said Monday.
The TDVI was established by the international community in January 2005 to conduct identification of the victims from the Dec. 26, 2004 tsunami.
The letter also raised a sensitive issue concerning the suspected misuse of funds donated by citizens of the seven countries to support the identification work.
english.people.com.cn /200612/25/eng20061225_335720.html   (450 words)

 The Zimbabwe Independent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Wade was commenting on the Cancun meeting between the African countries and some of the world's economic powerhouses that hit a snag after the two parties failed to agree on the issue of subsidies.
"If the West countries who are Africa's major trading partners want to continue with the subsidies, then they must be prepared to compensate our poor farmers who fail to sell their agricultural produces on the world market because of the unfair advantage that the farmers in the north are getting," he said.
He however called on donor countries and the G8 members not to hold Nepad to "ransom because of a few countries that fail to adhere to the standards of good governance".
www.theindependent.co.zw /news/2003/October/Friday3/1029.html   (564 words)

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The indigenous population of Western Sahara is known as Sahrawis, corresponding to the ahl al-sahel (people of the coast).
The holding of a referendum on Western Sahara would mean the establishment of a pro- West, Muslim democracy that would be a beacon of hope to that region of the World.
Furthermore, it would bring about justice for the Sahrawi people who have been living in refugee camps since their country was invaded by Morocco in 1975.
www.lycos.com /info/western-sahara--countries.html   (252 words)

 Of African presidents standing firm against western negative publicity
Most African countries appreciate what western countries contribute to their development however; it is worth mentioning that the western press normally portrays Africa negatively.
Some countries which might be willing to assist or invest in Africa might be discouraged by some of these negative reports by the western press.
African leaders should therefore serve their nations by refusing to dance to the tune of the western countries.
www.ippmedia.com /ipp/guardian/2007/02/23/84970.html   (708 words)

 ENN: Environmental News Network [[ ENN Magazine 351 ]]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The logic behind this concept—referred to as ecological debt—is surprisingly simple: certain countries are getting richer because of damage to the environment and the social structure of other countries and it’s high time those other countries were compensated.
Moreover, developing countries are often used as garbage dumps for dangerous chemicals and poisons that are mainly produced by Western countries.
The idea is that wealthy countries that exceed their due share of world resources should pay extra in compensation, with these funds used to restore the ecological debt.
www.enn.com /mag.html?id=351   (806 words)

 Re: Khalsa Raj
Western countries, such as U.S., has people of vastly different religious and cultural difference, and yet U.S. never has any problems like India.
Western countries have rule of law, which is not the same thing as democracy.
The countries that have achieved the rule of law are the best countries in the world.
www.sikhnet.com /sikhnet/discussion.nsf/ca32680024ff68b487256a08007e86d8/486eff07e04ad5bb87257013006fac37!OpenDocument   (210 words)

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