The University of Oklahoma hosts an international conference that
attracts luminaries from all over the globe. A former British prime
minister speaks in Oklahoma City. Some of our largest local
companies announce mergers and acquisitions with foreign
Lots of reasons for Oklahomans to take a global view of the news
The Internet is a big help.
Many of the world's best newspapers all over the world post their
news, features, even crossword puzzles, on the Web. You can get
directly from the horse's mouth by visiting their sites. And given
time differences (London is six hours ahead of us) you can get
tomorrow's news from The Times of London tonight.
There's also something very enlightening, sometimes even amusing,
about reading these newspaper stories about the United States.
Seeing yourself through another's eyes can be fascinating, and
Some of these sites are in foreign languages, which shouldn't be a
problem for loyal readers of this column (eight of you, at last
count) who will recall that two Web sites will translate entire Web
pages for you. They are http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com/cgi-
bin/translate? and http://www.travlang.com/languages/.
Here are some best bets from Cybergeek's research:
Complete? You've never seen a complete newspaper until you've
read The Times of London. And it's all online, posted about 8 p.m.
Oklahoma time every day. Usually between 250 and 300 stories are
added daily. You can read some superb foreign coverage, some funny
and droll commentary, even strangely interesting pieces about nature
and gardening. Don't be put off by the registration request; it's
The Guardian and The Observer, two upscale and somewhat more
liberal newspapers, also have daily online editions at this address.
Neither is as complete as The Times, but the commentary is a little
sharper and there's more photography. (Enough about cricket,
London's Daily Mirror is a flashy down-scale tabloid, and its Web
site is a good cyberspace version. It's visually, well, stimulating,
with rotating images, changing pictures, blinking things, hotlinks
circulation-building contest sites and, oh yes, some very short,
punchy news stories. Wouldn't it be a kick if one of these contests
were won by somebody in, say, Wewoka?
The Independent tries to be England's least biased newspaper. …