Until recently, few people took seriously the possibility that Scotland might actually secede from the United Kingdom. However, with a referendum scheduled for September 18, the latest polls show secession in the lead for the first time, and gaining dramatic momentum. The British government is frantically scrambling to offer the Scots a much more autonomous form of federalism, to head off the drive for full independence. Meanwhile, the specter of a diminished Britain has led to speculative attack against the British pound. What's going on here? For one thing, with the European Union allowing membership for lots of micro-states, the idea of splitting up established countries with minority regions becomes economically plausible. An independent Scotland, population 5.3 million, would be a bigger country than nine EU members -- Ireland, Lithuania, Croatia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, Luxembourg and Malta.
Unlike the neocons that ran Bush's failed foreign policy, President Obama is not going to be rushed into another ground war. He believes he needs a strong coalition, including Arab countries, and a more inclusive Iraqi government, to ensure a broader and more enduring solution.
Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.
I lived in Manchester for the past year and explored North England's gorgeous countryside from there, but I also found time to squeeze in a couple of jaunts to nearby Wales.
At stake is not only the happiness of the Ukrainian family but the happiness of the common Europe home. We can still avoid an Anna Karenina ending. There's still time to prevent the train wreck of a new Cold War.
There is no doubt that the Visa Waiver Program merits a national discussion free from partisan politics. Terrorists have already used the VWP to gain access to soft targets. Whether additional security measures would have prevented their entry is the $64 million question.
Although I was born more than five years after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, the horrors of the Second World War were abundantly real - and constantly present - in my childhood.
Until now, President Obama's foreign policy appeared to be based more on reason than emotion. However, the rise of ISIL may have cost Obama his equanimity. After promising to strictly limit the mission in Iraq, Washington is preparing to expand the war to Syria. Instead, the administration should push other nations into the lead.
When Jackie and I had a look-see of the Hotel Café Royal, on Regent Street perilously close to the Circus, I was surprised to find myself hankering after the place. It is everything Piccadilly Circus isn't: calm, quiet, good-looking and elegant.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, much of the US is cooler than normal, but the eastern Pacific warm spot continues to prevent much rain from reaching California, which is hotter than normal.
Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.
Inspired by the season's most sophisticated runway fashions, all the pastries and confections are designed after specific looks.
The bright, sour fillets upended my expectations of both flavor and texture.
President Barack Obama is at last signaling that he may be ready to reverse one of his most foolish and perplexing stances. That is his refusal to strike against ISIS in Syria because it would aid the Assad regime in continuing to exist.
As is the case with many villages in England's Cotswolds area, the epicenter of the wool trade town of Northleach is the old market place -- which is dotted with small neighborhood eateries and watering holes like The Red Lion and the Black Hat Cafe.
How unusual has the weather been? No one event is "caused" by climate change, but global warming, which is predicted to increase unusual, extreme weather, is having a daily effect on weather, worldwide.