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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfinished Song is set in England. But this is not a pastoral view of England set in rolling hills or a period piece in frilly bloomers. This is the other England that one rarely sees on the silver screen.