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WHAT WE DO
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Worldcrunch is a Paris-based digital news magazine, delivering the best international journalism in English for the first time. We work with the world's top media sources (Le Monde, Les Echos, Die Welt, Kommersant, El Espectador and 25+ others) and a team of multilingual journalists and translators to publish exclusive reportage and provide a uniquely global view of events.


"Worldcrunch allows you to tap the editorial expertise of leading news outlets around the world with a kaleidoscope of perspectives on global issues."

— The New York Times Syndicate

HOW WE DO IT

How do you build a new worldwide source of quality journalism from the bottom up? How do you cover all the angles of an ever more complicated, interconnected world, and not go broke in the process? How do you deliver global journalism that is actually global?

Our starting point was to break down that invisible wall of language that shuts off much of the world's best news coverage. Together, we could rethink the most basic ways to reach readers with great stories, see how far technology can take us and where a human touch is necessary.

Worldcrunch is the first news source to allow readers in English to have access to top international journalism, regardless of its original language. We work with the world's leading news brands, identifying their most relevant and fascinating stories and applying our unique, journalistic system of professional translation and editing. (Yes, we are humans here!)

With this method, we are able to deliver on-the-ground reportage from across the globe, as well as sharp analysis from a wider range of viewpoints than you can find anywhere else. Worldcrunch reports the big story hiding in a small town in China, cultural clashes that connect the continents, the latest in food and travel from the next European city you'll be visiting, a surprising opinion from voices you wouldn't have otherwise been able to understand. (And no, you won't always agree with them.)

Worldcrunch is a strong believer in the power of networks. We have established partnerships with top media brands around the world to build a framework for copyright access and distribution. We also have a growing network of journalists and translators around the planet, with whom we are refining the system for spotting the right story in any language, and delivering it accurately and artfully in English.

The other network, of course, is you. We've stayed in regular touch with our readers since we launched a few years back, eager to see how you think, what you want, who you are. It's exciting and encouraging, though sometimes confounding. Still, we're getting a pretty clear picture of what draws people to our site.

We know, for example, that it's likely that you've traveled outside your country at least once in the past year (or wish you had), and many of you can communicate in another language other than your own (or wish you could!). You are eager to find fresh ways into ongoing stories and debates, and needless to say you are acutely curious about world events. You are someone who doesn't just land in a new place and stand back or lean back, you seek out, soak in. You overhear a conversation in a language you don't know and wonder what they might be talking about ... and glance at the local papers in a faraway place and ask yourself what's really happening here. This is the need we aspire to respond to. And we're glad you've found us.

One last thing: Though we are working with top news brands, we are a young, independent and still relatively small news company. To keep us going, and growing, we are relying on support from our readers. Consider subscribing to Worldcrunch today.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF WORLDCRUNCH

Here's an interview with Worldcrunch co-founder Jeff Israely. We have been written about in The New York Times. We've also been featured in the Harvard Nieman Lab, Columbia Journalism Review, and WAN IFRA, among other publications.

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Geopolitics

Putin Psychology 101: The World Tries To Get Inside Russian Leader’s Head

Experts in geopolitics and the workings of world leaders have accelerated a two-decade long quest to understand the motivations of the enigmatic man in the Kremlin.

Vladimir Putin during the president's annual press conference in Russia

Kremlin.ru
Anna Akage

PARISVladimir Putin’s origin story, fed by Russian propaganda into the Western media, centers around his rise to lead Russia after a strategic KGB posting in the closing years of the Cold War. Understanding his current geopolitical ambitions would thus require that we imagine the mindset of a Soviet spymaster ready to manipulate world politics for the past two decades as he attempts to build a new Russian empire.

But what if Putin was nothing more than a desk clerk in his late 1980s posting in the eastern German city of Dresden? If the young functionary was simply a convenient tool plucked by the circle of oligarchs formed around then Russian president Boris Yeltsin to secure their own status? That indeed is the reading from influential Russian blogger and political analyst Maxim Katz, who last year exposed recently declassified documents that Putin was a minor player who went by the codename of “Moth” — not a bear or tiger, or even a hamster!

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