A question about sources for finding out about world events was asked in comments and this post is my attempt at answering it. I think that learning about what’s happening in the world from reading U. S. news sources is very difficult not so much because of partisanship but because that rather than getting 50 different opinions you’re more likely to get the same opinion 50 different times. Most U. S. news sources these days rely on the same wire services and those are two frequently just regurgitating press releases.
In the UK news outlets tend to be affiliated with political parties. You can always rely on The Telegraph (not so affectionately referred to as “the Torygraph”) to give you the Conservative on events, domestic or foreign. The Guardian usually has a Lib-Dem slant. I don’t know of a non-tabloid reliably pro-Labor news outlet. The Mirror is a tabloid, pretty reliably pro-Labour, but specializes in “weird news”. The BBC? I find the Beeb a good source for world news, better than American sources.
My preferred news source for events in Africa and the Near East, particularly former French possessions, is Le Monde. Sadly for Anglophones, there isn’t an English-language version.
If you don’t check in with Pravda’s English language version on world events, you’re really only getting half the story. You will get a drastically different version of the news. I also check in with a half dozen other Russian news sources but they’re all Russian language.
I have found Al Jazeera’s coverage of world news remarkably good.
For world opinion writing, world opinion about the U. S., you really should check out WorldMeet.us. The site features English language translations of opinion writing from all over the world. They’ve asked me to translate Russian opinion writing for them but I’ve demurred.
Anybody have any suggestions?