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In Celebration of Our National Anthem's Bicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.

British-American Translation

Robin Koerner | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Everyone knows the old saw, attributed to George Bernard Shaw, "Britain and America are two countries, divided by a common language." Fortunately, there is a simple formula for translating between them: the British understate, while the Americans overstate.

It Hasn't Been a Good Day: William Dalrymple, Bosnia, Punjab, Zimbabwe and ... Robin Williams

T. Sher Singh | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

He was a year younger than me, I note immediately. That's so very young, I say to myself. It saddens me because I enjoyed his work, all the way from his television days in the early 1980s to his recent, sporadic appearances on the big screen.

In Celebration of Jamaican Independence: The 7 Greatest Things About Jamrock

Karen Fragala Smith | Posted 08.07.2014 | Black Voices
Karen Fragala Smith

Pop open a Red Stripe, break out the reggae and fire up a "birthday candle" in honor of Jamaica's 52 years as an independent nation. It has not been an easy road since Jamrock's 2 million citizens saw the Union Jack flag lowered for the last time.

Hey, Whiny British Authors... You Want Fries (Ahem, Chips) with That?

Michael Levin | Posted 07.31.2014 | Books
Michael Levin

Evidence has arrived in the form of an article that British authors are earning Dickensian starvation wages.

14 Awful British Foods That Make Us Proud To Be American

Foodbeast | Posted 09.02.2014 | Taste
Foodbeast

This Independence Day, remember there's plenty reason to revel in our independence, especially the fact that we didn't get stuck eating that awful soggy grey stuff they call "food" on the other side of the pond.

Honours: Much More Than Angelina!

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Sir Peter Westmacott

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame (the female equivalent of a Knight) of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours this month. A lot of Americans may not know what that entails, so I thought I'd try and explain.

Amma Asante's Belle: An Important Film

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Sheryl Estrada

As a black woman of diverse heritage myself, which includes a grandmother who was biracial and raised in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1930s, where slavery only ended only about 60 years prior, this important film resonates with me.

Based on Books by Lara Jones, Poppy Cat Gets It Right for Preschoolers

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 07.14.2014 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Looking for something special for your preschooler younger brother or sister? Check out Poppy Cat: Birthday Treasure and Other Adventures based on t...

Interview: Richard Ayoade Seeing Double

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Gloomy, claustrophobic and haunting, Richard Ayoade's second film, The Double, has been described by some as a dark comedy, a label that leaves Ayoade scratching his distinctive head.

Finally, A Simple Guide To The Brits' Weirdly Named Cakes

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Taste

Banbury, Eccles, Jaffa, Dundee, there are so many great ones to discover.

Equal Marriage Comes to Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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.

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Doing Business in the United Kingdom: Cross-Cultural Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 05.01.2014 | 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.

1% Somalia Pirates, 99% Somali People: Captured by British Ex-Marine in Pirate Hunter

James Grundvig | Posted 04.22.2014 | Books
James Grundvig

As Americans queued in the early hours of November 28, 2008, in anticipation of Black Friday shopping, the chemical tanker MV Biscaglia was under attack in the Gulf of Aden -- with a security detail of just two unarmed men and a ship laden with tons of highly flammable palm oil.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie. Shemlan: A De...

The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

What an eye-catching headline! The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between ...

"Princely Postcard"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 12.30.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima It would not be classic British understatement to say that Prince Charles and I have a lot in common. For one thing, as my wife, Sue...

Interview With the Youngest Artist to Have Ever Officially Painted Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Lisa Chau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Lisa Chau

Furr's grandmother introduced him to oil paints when he was 12 years old. He would set up a still life with fruit and paint it. He was obsessed -- he loved and still loves oil paint and the distinct smell of pure turpentine. "I was lucky. I found my dharma at age 12 years," he says.

Bastille Storm the British Embassy

Patrick Davies | Posted 12.01.2013 | Entertainment
Patrick Davies

We did something unusual at the Embassy on Saturday: we hosted a rock concert. Bastille, one of Britain's hottest new bands, dropped by during their U.S. tour and played a short acoustic set.

Congress' Labor Daze

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Rather than discussing the pros and cons of striking Syria today, we have to point out something which should be glaringly obvious -- that Congress will be continuing their fifth week of vacation rather than returning to Washington to vote on whether America should go to war.

UK YouTube Stars To Launch Comedy Show at Avalon Sept. 13

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

UK YouTube Stars are 'like The Beatles all over again'

Shira Lazar | Posted 10.26.2013 | Media
Shira Lazar

Sam Pepper and Mazzi Maz have made their names online with outrageous pranks, stunts, tattoos and comedy. Now they're hitting the road, bringing the...

How to Bother a Brit

Rosa Lia June | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy
Rosa Lia June

So... you want us to be bemused not just because we drank too much but because you really didn't mind your manners? Well, here's how.

Constitutional Changes Are for Myanmar's Own Good

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 10.02.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

As long as Myanmar has a constitution that is directly or indirectly controlled by the military, or by any elite pact, the country will remain in the category of a "defective" or "incomplete" democracy.