Best World Opinion Sites of 2013

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The Economist

In the lower-left hand corner of the table of contents of each issue is a little-known inscription that reads: “Published since September 1843 to take part in 'a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.’" The Economist has remained true to that mission for over 170 years. Its concise, well-written articles on global events -- which are also infused with insightful opinion -- make the weekly newspaper indispensable reading for anyone claiming an interest in world affairs. In fact, the magazine was called the “Voice of the New Global Elite” by a 2012 article published in The National Interest. But, in an era in which print publications are going out of business, what explains the continued success of The Economist? Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist, offered this explanation in an interview with RealClearWorld: "The Economist does something unusual -- it curates the week's news into a finite, finishable package, which can be read in either print or digital format. It's the antidote to the feeling of information overload. And as the media environment becomes noisier and more complex, the value of a trusted filter increases. I think that explains why we continue to do well, though we are anything but complacent about it." Indeed. Complacency will never do in the eternal struggle against ignorance. 2013 Keeper: "The Euro-Zone Crisis: Just When You Thought It Was Safe..."

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