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In Time for the Scottish Referendum, the Battle of Bannockburn Gets a Facelift

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 07.31.2014 | Travel
Helen I. Hwang

The 1314 Battle of Bannockburn victory for the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence, led by Robert the Bruce, inspired the Scots to believe they could triumph even if they were outnumbered and outarmored by the English.

Nonprofits: Are Your Clients Integrated Into Your Organization?

Mark Horvath | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Mark Horvath

By including clients in every aspect of a charity, the organization is transformed immediately into a nonprofit that can adopt to the real needs of the people they serve. Plus, clients will develop self-worth and ownership in their own lives and the charity.

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

What the Scottish Referendum Teaches the World

Ziad Haider | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Ziad Haider

While the movie Braveheart elicits eye rolls in Scotland for its inaccuracies (and marvel at its impact on tourism), William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, two key characters, are central figures in Scottish history.

Revealed: Heather Zichal Met With Cheniere Executives as Obama Energy Aide Before Board Nomination

Steve Horn | Posted 06.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

According to a DeSmogBlog review of White House meeting logs, between 2009 and 2013, the Obama White House held 32 meetings with Cheniere board members and lobbyists.

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

90-Year-Old Woman 'Dragged Off' And Raped: Cops

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 06.25.2014 | Crime

Police said a 90-year-old woman was "dragged off" the road and raped this week in the English town of Rochdale. According to statement released by ...

Honours: Much More Than Angelina!

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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.

My Scotland, Our Britain, a Future Worth Sharing

Gordon Brown | Posted 06.19.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

Could Scotland be the pacemaker for nationalist breakaways in Spain, Belgium, Italy and Eastern Europe? And could it demonstrate, as victories for anti-immigrant parties did in last month's European elections, that even the most advanced industrial nations are not immune from nationalist or protectionist movements?

If You Thought There Was Only One British Accent...

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 06.19.2014 | Comedy

Have you ever thought that there was only ONE British accent (and then wished you had it)? If so, you're in for a brilliant awakening. In this sho...

World Cup Woes: Domestic Violence Spikes With Every Loss

Ravishly | Posted 06.19.2014 | Women
Ravishly

Not to interfere with anyone's celebration of Team USA's defeat of Ghana or anything, but there's a darker side to the World Cup that's been drowned out as if by an international vuvuzela: the competition's ongoing connection to domestic abuse.

Britain To Re-open Embassy In Iran

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | World

LONDON, June 17 (Reuters) - Britain plans to re-open its embassy in Iran, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Tuesday, sa...

Britain's Still Making Excuses for Bahrain

David Mepham | Posted 06.02.2014 | World
David Mepham

While Bahrain's serious rights abuses have provoked condemnation from many governments around the world, the UK's response has been both feeble and ineffective.

Urban Artists Build A Street Offering To Peru

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 05.21.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Starting today, for one week only, the Andes will be inside the Somerset House. London's spectacular neo-classical home of arts and culture along...

McDonald's Expands 'Build Your own LTO' Promo

BurgerBusiness | Posted 07.20.2014 | Taste
BurgerBusiness

McDonald's is letting UK customers handle the tricky matter of menu development, if only briefly, through its popular crowdsourcing promotion, My Burg...

Experts Say UK's Optional Filtering Equals Choice, Not Censorship

Larry Magid | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

The obvious problem with the UK approach is that it's one-size-fits-all so a household of adults, teens and young children would have a single setting -- likely to protect the youngest children -- that will affect all users.

Eight Wonders Sites in Europe

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Happy voyage! Like J.R.R. Tolkien would say: "Not all those who wander are lost."

Summer Break? We Do It a Little Differently in the UK!

Zoe Williams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Zoe Williams

We can grow our own vino too -- who needs sunny weather to make a corker of a bottle of wine?

What UKIP Must Learn from the American Liberty Movement

Robin Koerner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

If UKIP really is a "libertarian" party (and the jury is very much still out), and wishes to benefit from the inherent popularity of liberty, then it must prove it.

Christian Supremacy Strikes Again

Wayne Besen | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The attention-seeking gaudiness of how some promote their God (and careers) speaks more to public relations than actual piety. Individuals who are truly at peace with their beliefs would be content to pray privately and without showy fanfare.

A Radiant Light From Across the Pond

Wyatt O'Brian Evans | Posted 06.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Wyatt O'Brian Evans

I interviewed Babsi for two main reasons: One, I'm into alternative music. But most importantly, the artist -- who's straight -- is a committed ally and friend to/of the LGBT community.

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 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.

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

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 05.27.2014 | 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 05.12.2014 | 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.