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View of America Watching America


Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Have you ever wondered what people in other parts of the world think of us Americans? Perhaps you've travelled to another country and gotten a feel for this. And you've likely heard stories about how nasty the French can be, especially to Americans in Paris. Maybe you've even experienced it yourself.

WatchingAmerica is a website where articles about the U.S. from all over the world are translated into English, allowing Americans and non-Americans alike to learn how the U.S. and its government are perceived globally. Its tag line is "Discover what the world thinks of U.S."

WatchingAmerica has been online since 2005, discussed extensively in the mainstream media, and worked its way up to the top 90,000 websites in the world, and top 15,000 in the U.S. Over 300 volunteer translators, and an editorial team of about 50, provide access to 6,000 articles per year in English. Since the site provides content not available anywhere else, it is regularly consulted by the CIA and the U.S. State Department.

WatchingAmerica was founded by a Brit named Robin Koerner, who now lives in the U.S. His project is 100 percent non-political and non-partisan; The highest standards of neutrality and integrity are maintained. It has no affiliation with, nor funding from, any organization or corporation.

As Koerner says:

"It is not our purpose to find favorable or unfavorable content, but to reflect as accurately as possible how others perceive the richest and most powerful country in the world. We have no political agenda.

We hope that the insights gained by reading various points of view will help to raise levels of debate, open minds, and promote understanding among the people of the world.

If coverage of an issue, on a particular day, surprises or irritates, remember that we are reporting what is out there, and trying to show the fullest range of views. We don't endorse the content presented, or imply anything about the motivation behind or accuracy of the original sources. WatchingAmerica does not seek to influence opinion by selective presentation."

Thus, the articles on WatchingAmerica span the gamut from vitriolic, sarcastic, mocking, angry, and disappointed to envious, admiring, expecting, looking up, and praising the U.S. The articles that I personally translate into English are originally in French, but not necessarily from France; they could be from Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa, or any number of .....
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Congress keeps ceding power to the President - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

I've never been able to figure out why Congress seems so interested in giving up power. When you're sworn in as a member on Capitol Hill, you take an oath to uphold the Constitution, which places Congress first in the firmament of national governanc ..... 
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One Moment Please - We make progress when we buy local - 1/24/11

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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Today marks the second consecutive year in which we have dedicated our resources to sharing the "State of the Union" for Fillmore County in what has been titled the Progress E ..... 
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One Moment Please - Our Super Bowl

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

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In July, the 2011 MS TRAM will be rolling through this area with a resting place in Lanesboro on the eve of Wednesday, July 27.

A bike ride like the MS TRAM presents a ..... 
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It may be up to us

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Our best intentions about health care may be a dream for another century. Who, really, is big enough to take on the most profitable industry in the economy? Taking on Wall Street bankers and the Auto Makers is baby food compared to Big Pharma and th ..... 
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The Monopoly game and economic recovery

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

Americans seem to constantly ask the pressing question: of "When will economic recovery be accomplished?" We are not patient people and demand instant return to economic stability.

I recall from my past, the time spent playing that famous bo ..... 
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A New Year's resolution for politicians

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

The last few years have been especially tough for many and for the country as a whole. I don't know if the last decade has yet been named, but "turbulent" would sum it up. We have endured two wars, 9/11 and the worst recession in history.

T ..... 
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One Moment Please - Constant reminders are important

Fri, Jan 7th, 2011
Posted in Commentary

By Jason Sethre

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Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Thu, Dec 30th, 2010
Posted in Commentary

Do you know your new Commissioner of Agriculture?

Eunice Biel

Former Minnesota state Senator and Murdock area farmer David Frederickson

will become the new Minnesota Secretary of Agriculture when Mark Dayton

becomes the s ..... 
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