Watching Watching America (Updated)
Are you aware of Watching America? It’s a site that provides a wonderful service, publishing translations of articles on the U. S. from newspapers, magazines, and online sources all over the world. They are mostly articles about the U. S. written by foreign authors for a foreign audience and provide an interesting counterpoint to what you might read in our own media.
The editors of Watching America strive neither for favorable nor unfavorable content, attempting instead to portray as accurately as possible how we’re portrayed in the overseas press.
Their above-the-fold front page articles right now are
Change and Barack, America’s First Leftist President? from Mexico’s La Jornada, a somewhat swooning article which I think exhibits a lamentable lack of understanding of the American political spectrum.
You might also find this article interesting:
Tomorrow’s America and Us from France’s Le Monde, an article on the prospects for American policy regardless of who is elected in November.
After finding one blooper in one of their translations from German I’ve been checking their translations from the languages with which I’m familiar (mostly German and French) and have found them to be mostly decent, workmanlike translations.
By the way, they’re looking for translators. I’m entertaining the idea of doing an occasional translation for them from Russian, since they don’t seem to have a great deal of coverage of the Russian press. John Burgess, are you listening? They could use your help!
I see that Ed Morrissey has posted a commentary on the La Jornada article.