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The year 2011 proved to be a monumental one in world history and, perhaps symbiotically, for world news media. Few understood the year we were in store for in the early days of February, as many of us, glued to Al Jazeera, obsessively monitored the unfolding revolution on the streets of Cairo. Whether it was the uprisings in the Arab world or the economic meltdown in the West, this year provided plenty of fodder for the growing foreign policy news scene on the web.
But this should serve as a note of caution to those in the media, as much of the earlier jubilation over the Egyptian revolution is now tempered, and Europe remains mired in its economic crisis. This year brought seismic change to many parts of the world - change requiring cautious and sober analysis.
It's with that in mind that RealClearWorld selected its list of Top Five World News Sites for 2011. Whether they were challenging the conventional foreign policy thinking or simply following the money trail, these websites cut through the clutter and offered international news junkies a different way to understand the changing world.