I was sent an article from the New York Times only to find out that my free articles for the month had run out. I had heard about using Google Translator to get around firewalls (I'll be trying it at work today [Nope, the IT guys at this base are smarter than that]) so I figured it might work for this article. Sure enough, I could read the article without paying.
Here's how you do it. Go to Google Translator, feed the URL into the translation box, and hit "Translate". There you have the French (or whatever) version of the website. Now click View: Original and you have the normal version of the site.