Country Studieshttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html An old favorite now available on the web, this series offers "description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political systems and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors." The Library has this series in print and it may be borrowed.
Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs http://www.state.gov/e/eeb/ "Formulates and carries out U.S. foreign economic policy, integrating U.S. economic interests with our foreign policy goals so that U.S. firms and investors can compete on an equal basis with their counterparts overseas."
Middle East & Jewish Studies Internet Resources - Columbia University Libraries http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/indiv/mideast/index.html A well balanced and extensive set of resources made up of an "on-going compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense) available on the global Internet."
International Labour Organization http://www.ilo.org/global/lang--en/index.htm For data on workers, labor practices and other work related issues. The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world. Web site also features reports on Child Labor and fair globalization.
Gender Statshttp://devdata.worldbank.org/home.asp “A database of gender statistics and indicators…. including national statistics, United Nations databases, and World Bank-conducted or funded surveys."