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Selfies for LGBT Equality UN-Style (VIDEO)

Charles Radcliffe | Posted 10.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Radcliffe

This year, the UN Human Rights Office set up a photo booth near the entrance to the iconic General Assembly Hall. Visitors were invited to stop by and have their photo taken while holding up a sign affirming their support for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

India-US: Will a Strategic Partnership Emerge?

Aparna Pande | Posted 09.25.2014 | World
Aparna Pande

Americans have pinned hopes on a strategic partnership with India and the prospect of large contracts for U.S. corporations, on several previous occasions. But the India-US relationship has moved forward by inches, not miles. Will things be different this time?

Modi's Power Play - Can Obama Charm Him?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

Undoubtedly, America wants to get India's support for its Russian sanctions. But it is very unlikely that America can get India to abandon it's long term Russian ally.

Deaths in Peru Show the Need to Protect Land Rights of Local Communities

Marie Clarke Brill | Posted 09.19.2014 | Impact
Marie Clarke Brill

Unfortunately, this problem is by no means limited to Peru. Poor communities in many countries around the world are being kicked off their land, often to be replaced by large agri-business projects that cause environmental damage and bring little or no benefits to the local area.

Don't Just Make History at the People's Climate March

Adam Greenberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Adam Greenberg

Next Tuesday, President Obama and 124 other world leaders will convene in New York City for a United Nations summit to address climate change.

Why We Need to Build World-Changing Ideas That Scale

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

From a young age I understood that humans were infinitely powerful, but that some had less access to resources, inhibiting them from bringing their full potential to life.

Modi's Visit to America - Obama's Golden Opportunity

Elena Ulansky | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

The new Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be meeting with President Barack Obama on the 30th of September. Prime Minister Modi is arriving at a moment when India-America relations have been worse then ever in recent memory.

Fethullah Gulen's Maxim: Live So That Others May Live

Emre Celik | Posted 09.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Emre Celik

Gulen places a great importance on the interdependence of individuals, communities, nations and systems on one another. Each fundamental unit within any system plays a role and has an inexplicable effect -- small or great -- on every other unit within such a system.

Israeli Land-grabs and Settlements: More Than Merely 'Counterproductive'

Avner Gidron | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Avner Gidron

The US administration, concerned about this move's impact on the moribund peace process, has urged the Israeli government to reverse its decision. But if a peace process is to have any chance of success, its sponsors, and the USA in particular, must recognize that the settlements are more than a diplomatic obstacle.

Russia-India Marching Ahead

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.27.2014 | World
Elena Ulansky

If western sanctions serve to increase ties between Russia and India, as well as Russia and China, it may be that the sanctions have backfired and strengthen rather than hurt Russia's standing in the world.

America's 7 Deadliest Landmarks

Thrillist | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

To find out how deadly each landmark is, we went all small data, crunching the numbers with a calculator to determine the total (and average) number of deaths at each site.

Torch of Friendship

Patrick Davies | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Patrick Davies

Needless to say, we've put the events of August 1814 far behind us. So much so, in fact, that when the British prime minister, David Cameron, visited the White House two years ago, he and President Obama, fresh from watching a March Madness basketball game together, traded wisecracks about the burning.

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.

What Message Must John Kerry Bring to Myanmar Leaders?

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is arriving in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 9 for a three-day visit. The U.S. government should use its economic and political or even its military leverage for a smooth democratic transition and for the consolidation of democracy in Myanmar

Businesses From Across America Are Investing in Britain

Patrick Davies | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Patrick Davies

As we at the Embassy are very fond of repeating, Britain and the US do a huge amount of business together. Perhaps that's what you would expect from two of the largest, most advanced and most open economies in the world. But you needn't take my word for it: The investment numbers for 2013-14 are in, and they are impressive.

Playing House Should Be Renewed, Now

Cara Joy David | Posted 09.27.2014 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Playing House -- created by, and primarily written by, its stars, Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair -- is about best friends. It's really not about that much more than that.

Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

Techonomy | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

By Bill Dietrick [Image via Shutterstock] There's a renaissance underway in American manufacturing. Even as rising wages and energy costs in China...

'Don't Cry for Us, Argentina' as Powerhouse Germany Is First European Team to Win World Cup in the Americas

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports
Ashley Jude Collie

Germany earned its 4th World Cup title but first in 24 years -- titles just don't come easy. In the process, Germany saved more salt being rubbed into Brazil's still fresh wounds.

Welcome to the USA: I Am an American

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Text of speech given to more than 1,000 new citizens from 104 countries at a naturalization ceremony being sworn in at the Paramount Theater in Oakla...

Everybody Left the World Cup Party When Her Left Tit Popped

Shanrah Wakefield | Posted 09.07.2014 | Comedy
Shanrah Wakefield

Although he had wanted to give her the best high five of all, he missed and slapped her left tit instead. It was entirely by accident, but the result was that Courtney's monstrous jug popped like a balloon and everybody found out that it was, in actual fact, a piñata.

How You Know When You're Not Satisfied

Posted 09.10.2014 | Entertainment

When was the moment you knew you weren't satisfied? That was the question we posed to our readers last week, and you came through with awesome sto...

America The Beautiful, In 14 Hypnotic Time Lapse GIFs

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 07.03.2014 | Travel

The Fourth of July usually means that most of us get a whole federal holiday to stop and smell America's roses. And oh, how they smell good. Ser...

The 21 Most Perfectly American Things To Happen Since America's Last Birthday

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

Because America. That's why.

9 Reasons To Love California

Global Yodel | Posted 09.01.2014 | Travel
Global Yodel

In most parts of the state, it's sunny -- all the time -- and save for the occasional earthquake, living is good.