American and (to a lesser extent) British news
media have greeted many of our
government's actions with, if not approval, tacit acceptance
in fear of being labeled
But others, outside the former British empire,
have different views of the
war on terror. Voices from the other side of this
conflict, whether from regions that have spawned
the bulk of our opponents or regions which bear
the brunt of collateral damage, are all too
easy to dismiss. But what of other voices ...
voices from countries which are neutral in this
conflict, or even allied to us, but see our
actions through the lens of another culture's values?
Now, I speak more than just English, but both
France and Japan are fairly American-friendly
countries and I'm not fluent enough to comprehend
a foreign-language newspaper in any event. But
English is one of the most popular languages in
the world, pushed by both the American hegemony
and the pervasiveness of the Web.
Even within the former British empire there
are serious differences in how the news is
reported: America and Canada, England and Ireland,
even Australia and India all have their own
unique views. But surely if we step beyond the
wreckage of England's colonial ventures there
will be other sources - Russian, Chinese,
Arabic ... all with their own unique viewpoints.
So the topic of this Call for Knowledge is:
What are the best sources of non-American news
in English on the web?
(If you're confused on how to mail using this link,
see this commentary.)
As this is the first Call for Knowledge, a let me
take a moment to go over the rules. The Call for
Knowledge is an informal contest to compile
information about a topic of interest. I'll accept
submissions for two weeks, then collate them into
a brief article highlighting the best submissions.
I'll rank the submissions, and the "best" submission
will win a Library of Dresan prize of some kind.
Since this is a contest, there are ground rules
on how to submit:
The criteria for this Call for Knowledge are:
- Submissions will be accepted for two weeks.
For this contest, that's Midnight, March 30th.
- Submissions to the call must be sent to the
link. This is a contest, so friends who send entries
my home address will be disqualified.
- Submissions must meet the Criteria of the Call. For each call, I'll list a
formal set of criteria which entries must satisfy to be
- The bulk of the site must be in English.
An English version of a site in another language is
acceptable only if the bulk of the site is translated.
- The site must be freely available on the web.
Paid subscriptions are not allowed, but free registration
a la the New York Times is acceptable.
- The site must originate outside the United States.
Additional points will be given for sources outside the
former British empire.
- The site must be a credible source of news and opinion. Propaganda sites
sponsored by a government, crank sites which contain only
opinions, and weblogs are disallowed.
I'll collate answers to the Call over the next two weeks
and rank them on a totally subjective scale. I'll post
the winners of the call at the next site update on the 30th.
The submitter of the winning entry will get something nice,
like a gift certificate or a Library of Dresan t-shirt.
I look forward to seeing your entries!
See you in 15.
- The Centaur