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This Is London. With Loads Of Smog

AP | Posted 04.03.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Schools have closed their playgrounds and ambulance staff are reporting a surge in breathing problems as smog blankets parts of Englan...

Equal Marriage Comes to Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Patrick Davies

Britain has had civil partnerships since 2005, but a clear majority felt that we needed full marriage equality. As of last Saturday, that's what we have. Our view is clear: Marriage is one of our society's most important institutions.

Elections for Dummies: Why Do We Let Elections Legitimize Tyrants?

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Tinsley

Every year the international community (meaning the developed Western nations, the UN and the European Union) spends millions of dollars bankrolling ballots in profoundly undemocratic places. Why do we bother?

On Islam and Feminism

Sami H. Elmansoury | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Sami H. Elmansoury

My concern is the rush to defend these actions. My concern is the lack of recognition that there is, in fact, a problem. My concern is the dominating reluctance to speak out.

Real-World Lessons From the Crimean Crisis

Pablo Freund | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Pablo Freund

I don't advocate armaments, but the Ukrainian and global community's impotence to release Russia's grip highlights the practical value of nuclear energy and weapon-based deterrence. This lesson is not lost to foreign policy and military strategists around the world.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.03.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

Doing Business in the United Kingdom: Cross-Cultural Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 03.03.2014 | Business
Lisa Mirza Grotts

When traveling abroad, it's important to learn about the people and culture you are doing business with, so as not to be misunderstood or appear rude. Here are some tips for businesspeople and other visitors traveling in the UK.

The USA Has a Monarchy. Let It Have a Glorious Revolution

Robin Koerner | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

This year marks the 1,000th anniversary of political liberty. When the United States began, the tradition in which it was founded was already 762 year...

The Beatles Rock the British Embassy Yet Again, 50 Years On

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Five decades on from The Ed Sullivan Show, the effect is still with us. The British Invasion may have started with the Beatles, but it certainly didn't end with them.

Illegal Wildlife Trade Threatens Global Security

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Patrick Davies

Almost five hundred years ago, in 1515, the German artist Albrecht Dürer made a woodcut of a rhinoceros that has become famous throughout the world. The exotic image delighted Europe in its own day. Centuries later, it was still being published in biology textbooks.

Hey Man, Why Are You Surfing on a River?

Off Track Planet | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

When land's got you locked and your surfboard is ready to go, there's no need to get your shorts in a knot because inner city rivers are the new waves...

PHOTOS: Flood-Stricken Britain Suffers Through Another Storm

AP | Posted 02.12.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Britain's weather service says it sees the tentacles of climate change in a spate of storms and floods battering the country, but has ...

When Traveling, Don't Forget About the 'Whoops Money'

Christina Kelly | Posted 04.05.2014 | Travel
Christina Kelly

The bottom line is, no matter how much you prepare for your trip, there will always be whoopses. In a way, our 'whoops' moments made for the funniest parts of our trip. Instead of feeling angry towards them, learn to embrace the whoops.

'Nichification' and More Alter Mostly Mobile Classifieds

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.03.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Here's a new one: 'nichification' in classified advertisements. As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.

WATCH: Stunning Side-By-Side Look At London In 1927 And 2013

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

You may not be able to actually travel through time, but this video will get you pretty close. 86 years ago, filmmaker Claude-Friese Greene releas...

There's No Downton It -- Americans Love Brit Culture

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Downton is the most watched show in PBS' history, but it's by no means Britain's only success story on U.S. television. Few cultural partnerships can match ours for closeness or longevity.

Does Umbrella Bed Refill or Rehash 2 Tone Ska?

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

It wasn't until the '90s that the third wave of Ska achieved commercial success. This begs the question: Does Umbrella Bed, a 2 tone band from Minneapolis, move Ska into a new wave, perhaps the fourth, or has the sound remained the same?

Why I'm Sounding More British by the Day

Oneika Raymond | Posted 03.09.2014 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

The change crept up on me slowly, unceremoniously, just as stealthily and sneakily as a cat. While I haven't done a  full-blown Madonna (she was hea...

First British Delegation In Years Visits Iran

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 03.09.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A British Parliament delegation arrived in Tehran on Tuesday on the first visit by U.K. lawmakers to Iran in years, as the two c...

UK Braces For More Flooding

AP | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) — Britain's coastal residents were bracing Monday for more flooding with lashing winds, rain and high tides expected. Waves of up to 27...

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

3 Charming and Affordable European Cities You Haven't Visited Yet

Budget Travel | Posted 02.12.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Anybody visiting a city from which both J.R.R. Tolkien and Ozzy Osbourne sprang should be prepared for a dose of cognitive dissonance, and Birmingham (or "Brum," as it's affectionately known in the U.K.) delivers.

Prosperity Knocks

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Sir Peter Westmacott

Growth is not as strong as we want it to be. Investment and exports are too low. To take on these issues, we need to keep bearing down on the deficit and making life easier for businesses -- both those already in the UK and international firms that want to invest.

Why Human Rights Matter

Patrick Davies | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Patrick Davies

Human rights and poverty reduction will always be at the core of the British government's foreign policy. Belief in political and economic freedom, in human rights and in the rule of law, are part of our national DNA.

Hardliners and Comprehensive Nuclear Deal

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Anyone who has studied Iran's nuclear policies closely for the last decade would be cognizant of the fact that the first deal has never culminated into a comprehensive and enduring agreement addressing the concerns behind Iran's nuclear ambitions.