“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.” – John F. Kennedy
The greatest advances in our lifetimes have been made in how we communicate with each other. We marvel at how cable television, smartphones, social media, and advanced computing has made the world smaller and connected us all. One of the advantages and disadvantages of these advances has been a news and media experience that is increasingly tailored to our individual tastes and beliefs. This is clearly evident in selecting news sources that are more likely to reinforce our existing viewpoints rather than challenge what we believe. Similarly, websites have become so adept at predicting our browsing habits they are able to recommend products and articles to us that already fit within these same tastes and desires.
At The International Observer, we certainly do not feel that it is wrong to stand up for certain values and principles or that all things moral are relative. We do feel, though, that everybody would benefit from being more exposed to viewpoints that challenge the narratives within our minds. If you feel very strongly about something you should be able to articulate your opponent’s viewpoints as clearly as they can. Our philosophy is to always, “Challenge Yourself.” That means we hope our readers are able to draw connections between pieces of the world they previously thought were separate, evolve their viewpoints, or perhaps walk away with an even stronger conviction in their previous viewpoint.
You will find six main sections to The International Observer:
We call the first section “Watching theWorld, ” and we hope it will serve as your definitive guide to what is going on in the world – from San Francisco to Tokyo and from Stockholm to Cape Town – we do our best to summarize the most important items around the world we consider to be worth your attention.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
Our “Secret Destinations” section covers opinion and analysis and invites you to read thorough and intelligent coverage of important issues in international affairs and politics. Whereas “Watching the World” is intended to deliver you factual news stories, “Secret Destinations” articles involve normative positions that can be debated from around the world in the comments section.
“Education is the most powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
We call our coverage of business and economics “Commanding Heights”. Here you will find a combination of articles that explain in simple terms what the ongoing barrage of economic data actually means for our world along with a wealth of that economic data itself as well as articles covering the latest trends in corporations and entrepreneurship.
“The Public Conscience” takes an international approach to legal systems and the practitioners of those systems. We are as concerned with decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States as we are with the Supreme Court of India and are particularly concerned with issues of international human rights.
“The law is the public conscience.” – Thomas Hobbes
If you are interested in discovering which movies at the theater closest to you is the best or would like to appreciate your favorite song on the radio in greater depth, our “A Crack in Everything” section can probably help. Here, in writings devoted to culture, we combine film reviews with writing about art and music and lists of our favorite cultural achievements from around the world.
“Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
Finally, “Tomorrow” covers science and technology stories that make you want to believe in the future again, with the biggest breakthroughs in medicine, information technology, and industry.
How can you get the most out of The International Observer? We hope that if you do nothing more than come each day for the latest stories and analysis that your life will be enriched by it. But, we also hope that you will want to go beyond that and take part in the conversation by leaving your comment or making a submission that we will publish on your behalf. You are also welcome to contact us directly if you feel that coverage of a specific topic is lacking or you have other suggestions.
Above all, we hope that The International Observer shrinks the world for you and that assists you in challenging yourself each day.
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