SPIEGEL Surfs the Web: Mirror, Mirror on the Web
A new Web site offers a portal of daily news about the United States from non-US sources. To our American friends out there: after finishing your daily diet of the usual English-language newspaper and corn flakes, you might want to pay Watching America a visit.
WatchingAmerica.com holds the mirror up to America, as seen from abroad.
Holding up an international mirror to see how other countries view one's culture isn't always an easy thing to do, especially if you're an American looking to Europe or a European looking to America. But it's a necessity -- whether we like it or not. A useful new Web site -- and our readers in the diplomatic corps may want to bookmark this -- provides a daily portal of news about the United States in the English language from the foreign press. The stories reflect attitudes that are different from those found in Washington and can often give interesting insights into the way America is viewed abroad. In cases where sites aren't available in English, Watching America also provides some translations.
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