Most of our knowledge about global
events comes from the mass media. However, as most journalists will acknowledge, it
is impossible for anyone from a specific culture to present all (or even most) points of
view concerning a given story or issue. One of the great advantages of the Internet
is that it makes available to users media accounts from all over the world. Below
are a few sources representing various points on the political spectrum. You can
find an extensive list of
media resources at the Foreign
Policy site. In addition, there is a growing list of radio
and television sites on the Web. You'll need Real Audio or another player to use
them, but most can be downloaded for free. Check, for example, at RealNetworks.
Good source of information on Africa with reports from
Africa's newspapers, magazines and news agencies, plus unedited statements and reports
from governments, non-governmental organizations and other news makers.
As the worlds news flows increasingly from Asian
nations, those people looking for a credible online source that concentrates on this
region will find it in _Asia Times Online_. The sites front page features top
stories from Asia Times journalists as well as from other online dailies and reports,
including the _South China Morning Post_, _Business Times Online_, and the
_Australian Financial Review_. The site offers separate sections for China, Southeast
Asia, Japan, the Koreas, India/ Pakistan, Central Asia, and Oceania as well as departments
devoted to Business Briefs, Global Economy, and Media and Industrial Technology. The
entire site, including archives, is searchable. (Scout Report for the Social Sciences,
BBC News Online [RealPlayer]
Get the news from a European perspective.
A Canadian perspective on global and national events.
Christian Science Monitor
An excellent source of national and international news.
- CNN Custom News
Create your own personal newspaper at CNN. Just supply
the topics, issues, or countries, or global area that you want to know about, and each day
CNN filters the news to bring you what you want.
If you want to check out a conservative slant on the news,
this is one place to do it.
A good source for news that you won't see in the mainstream
media. Illustrates one of the liberating influences of the Web, and the
availability of alternative news sources and interpretations.
"The Earth Times is the leading independent international nonpartisan
newspaper on the environment and sustainable development, and such interrelated concerns
of the international system as population, conflict-resolution, governance, human-rights,
trade, and women's and children's rights. Published by the not-for-profit Earth Times
Foundation, the newspaper specifically explores the subject of change--how individuals and
institutions work in their own societies to tackle their challenges and generate positive
change in social and economic conditions."
Economic and Political Weekly
Based in India, the pages of the EPW feature some of
the most relevant debates, particularly in development economics, sociology and
socio-political issues. It contains * research articles in economics, sociology,
political science and other emerging disciplines scholarly commentary on topical
developments, in-depth reports on peoples struggles, regular columns by eminent
social scientists, book reviews, weekly statistical updates, analytical review of company
performances, monthly review of the money market
Electronic Telegraph (free,
but registration required)
A good source of news from Europe.
Commentary on US--USIA
A service provided by the U.S. Information Agency, you can
find commentaries on major international events from news sources all over the world.
Green Left Weekly
News Service [RichLink]
This weekly describes itself as follows: "In these days
of growing media concentration, Green Left Weekly is a proudly independent
voice committed to human and civil rights, global peace and environmental sustainability,
democracy and equality. By printing the news and ideas the mainstream media won't, Green
Left Weekly exposes the lies and distortions of the power brokers and helps us to
better understand the world around us." The Australian-based publication is one
of the best of the alternative news sources.
"Created and maintained by Boston University Law Student
Markos Alberto Moulitsas Zuniga, this site serves as a clearinghouse for Latino-interest
news. Users will find daily news updates in English and Spanish with links to full-text
articles in English- and Spanish-language US newspapers. The site also features opinion
pieces, interviews, and a useful collection of related links. Users working on their
bilingual skills will also appreciate a recently added feature that allows readers to
immediately translate words or phrases in selected opinion pieces." (Scout report,
Institute for Global
An excellent source of progessive news that is often not
covered by the mainstream press. "The Institute for Global Communications
(IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well
as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and
Institute for Public Accuracy
The IPA represents more of a check on the influences of think
tanks more than it represents the media. However since most of the public policy
perscriptions of think tanks are disseminated through the media (often as fact), the
attempt by IPA to "broaden public discourse in mainstream
media, while building communication with alternative media outlets and grassroots
activists" is much needed. Check their news releases.
International Herald Tribune
Good source for mainstream, international news.
The "Media Channel" is the brainchild of Danny Schechter, a documentary
journalist, former CNN and "20/20" producer, and author of "The More You
Watch, the Less You Know." A not-for-profit project of OneWorld Online, the Global
Center, and Globalvision New Media, the site offers content from more than 300
international media-issues organizations; daily media news; original contributions from
journalists, researchers, and whistle-blowers; and tools to encourage public involvement
in media activism. (Brittanica Site of the Day, 2/23/00)
Burgeoning media conglomerates, the homogenization of news
and entertainment offerings, and the penetration of U.S. cultural products into
international markets have spawned myriad media watch groups. While publications such as
"Brills Content" and "FAIRs EXTRA!" mainly track U.S.
offerings, the "Media Channel," which launched February 3, bills itself as
"the Internet supersite for reliable and critical information about media
New York Times (Requires
One of the best of the mainstream newspapers, but you still
need to balance what appears in the Times with material from other mainstream
sources. As good as some of the reporting is, the paper is still heavily tilted
toward business news.
Sponsored by the League of Revolutionaries for a New America,
People's Tribune, offers a communists view of globalization and its affects on
people, particularly workers.
A good place to find alternative news information.
Largely concerned with American politics, it provides lots of information on the workings
of the nation-state. Check out the "American Indicators" page,
particularly ecology. How many Asians die each year from air pollution? How
many die of bad water and santitation? What percentage of the children in Shanghai
have led levels considered dangerous to mental development?
The world as we know it through the mass media is filtered
through the social and cultural biases of those who report it and who choose what to show
and print and what not to. Often there are events that, for various reasons, are not
reported or are underreported whose importance is far greater than their media
exposure. Project Censored offers one solution by each year choosing important
stories that, for whatever reason, are not adequately covered.
"Public Citizen is the Internet brainchild of the
consumer advocacy group bearing the same name, itself founded by consumer advocate Ralph
Nader. Information on auto safety, campaign finance, the Multilateral Agreement on
Investment (MAI), and NAFTA, among other topics, is available from an alphabetical
pull-down list. Current news and recent reports by Public Citizen authors enumerate and
comment on current consumer issues and trends." (Scout Report for Business and
- South China Morning Post
How do global events look from the other side of the
world? You can check here at the South China Morning Post. Compare for
yourself the headlines here with those in the Western media.
Townhall.com: Conservative News
A politically conservative source of news and information,
Townhall defines itself as "the first truly interactive
community on the Internet to bring Internet users and public policy organizations together
under the broad umbrella of 'conservative' thoughts, ideas and actions." There
are lots of links to other conservative organizations.
Truth in Media
A good source of alternative news and analysis of
global affairs. There are bulletins from different areas of the world offering
interpretations of events you ar enot likely to find in mainstream media.
UN News Service
A good source for international news an events and for what
is happening at the United Nations. There is a good summary of daily global events
at the Newservice
"Provided by the UN Foundation, UN Wire is a
new "daily news summary covering the United Nations, global affairs and key
international issues." Users interested in the UN or global affairs will find UN Wire
an excellent resource for quick, concise accounts of the days major stories. Each
day, UN Wire covers issues such as UN Affairs; Health; Women, Children, and Population;
Environment; Trade; Humanitarian Aid; Human Rights; and Peacekeeping. Typical entries
include a few short paragraphs and direct links to the original news source and/or related
resources. Free registration is required and users can subscribe for free daily email
summaries of the headlines." (The Scout Report, 1/22/99)
Excellent source of world news, with continent by continent