USA

The Kennedy Assassination Did Change Everything, But You Had to Have Been There to Know It

Bonnie Greer | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Bonnie Greer

On 22 November 1963, in the US, after lunchtime, (my hometown of Chicago is in the same time zone as Dallas) on a school day, we were told that the President had been shot dead. I walked home, crying. It was raining, like something out of a corny movie. People were wailing; standing around stunned; praying out loud

Adventuring in the Pocono Mountains

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

Just 75 miles from New York and 85 miles from Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains make for a convenient retreat and with so much to offer throughout the seasons, from outdoor adventures, fine dining, shopping and pampering, it's a destination that can be enjoyed by all.

Reborn as a Woman: A Radical Review of Gravity

Kester Brewin | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kester Brewin

--Warning This Post Contains Spoilers-- I saw Gravity last week. It's a very good film that has stuck with me since, but the question that has bugged me is this: what is the film actually about? Here's my radical view: Gravity is a new creation myth for the USA...

Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

Birthday Getaways | Stylish Indulgence in NYC

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

I had made up my mind, I would not allow my 30th birthday to transpire without an explosion of fun and indulgence. And so I embarked on my very first trip to New York City, for a birthday getaway of culture, fine dining and pampering.

Back Towards the Brink in Iraq as Old Tensions Are Renewed

The Conversation UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

We are seeing old tensions and new combine, pushing Iraq once again to the edge of a very steep cliff. In 2008, sectarian violence was at a high level, but the trend was downward from the heights of the civil war that started in earnest in 2006; now the trend is, if anything, upwards...

President Obama Must Understand Nuri Al-Maliki Is the Cause of Violence in Iraq not the Solution

Lord Maginnis | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As long as the hostages are unjustly held, and suffering through abhorrent conditions, the U.S. should not adopt silence in dealing with the captors. Instead they must demand that Maliki releases the hostages now or future bilateral relations could be harmed.

Children & ICT - The Global Village In Action

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Digital subterfuge and parental disapproval are at times inevitable. In effect, many teens are using digital media just as they previously used music or fashion; as a means to help define their identity and facilitate their transition into adulthood.

Homeland: From Exceptional to Boring Absurdities...One Season Too Many?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Dan Ehrlich

Now that the much anticipated Season 3 of Homeland is well underway many viewers, including myself, may be thinking the writers should have called it quits after Season 2. They seemed to have lost the script.

Dallas: The American Dream of My Childhood and the Boobs Are Impressive

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

After a day's work I'm taken to watch the Dallas Mavericks basketball game. I love it; glamour, excitement, fast action sport and more than anything, impressively well-endowed cheerleader girls during the intervals.

The Write Place

Mike Gerrard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

From the frozen north to the steamy south, and from the buzz of New York to the Pacific Ocean, America's landscapes have always inspired its authors.

Sweetpins Appeals Australians to Kick Cancer: Will National Stockings Day Catch Hold of the Breast Cancer Awareness?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Preetam Kaushik

Till the sultry Angelina Jolie looked at the world in its eye and revealed she had just undergone double mastectomy to reduce her chances with developing cancer, discussions about the killer disease were more done in apologetic tones.

Top 5 Iconic US Tourist Spots

Stephen M. Baker | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen M. Baker

I noticed recently that it was Christopher Columbus Day and so asked my work colleagues what they considered to be the most iconic tourist spots in America. Here's our top 5! How many have you seen?

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

Thoughts on America From a 21st Century British Pioneer... or How to Launch a UK Brand in the USA

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

Twenty years ago, when I started JoJo at a kitchen table, I would never have imagined taking a day trip to follow up on a first meeting with Bloomingdale's as I have just done. I only thought as far as the next wages bill or supplier payment run.

Eerie Tales on the Mexican Border

Max Lewis Barnard | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Max Lewis Barnard

Through the crowd of noise I pointed at my backpack and then at the border crossing. They seemed to understand and signalled for me to hurry. As the truck started to move forward, the forlorn eyes combed the desolate street, impaired by the relentless rain and the bumpy road.

War Is Coming: What the Politicians Can't and Won't Tell Us

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

A third world war - nuclear or conventional - is a good bet and not far off and, other than to make another cup of tea, nothing can be done to stop the next global convulsion...

America Weak?: What Syria Calls a Victory Is Democracy in Action

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

What dictators in that region can't fathom is how a democracy works. How President Obama could back down on the use of force because the American people and their congressional representatives didn't want another Middle East war. Such populist power is unknown in Arab countries. Yet it would be a big mistake to hold the view the US has chickened -out of the fray.

Putin Rescues Obama With an Offer He Couldn't Refuse - So What's Next?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

As I said in my previous blog, Russia has a better handle on the Syrian situation than does America. And now a Russian president has done something no other Russian leader has ever done...erased a red line and extracted a US president from a no win situation.

Colombia: Back in the Big Time?

Kevin Blundell | Posted 09.11.2013 | UK Sport
Kevin Blundell

As Colombia look set to qualify for the FIFA World Cup for the first time since France hosted the competition in 1998, the current crop of players bring back memories of their greatest team to date.

The USA's Ten Most Visited National Parks

Mike Gerrard | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gerrard

If asked to name National Parks in the USA which attract most visitors, I bet most people would opt for the Grand Canyon, with maybe Yellowstone or Yosemite next. Here are the ten most visited National Parks, with the latest 2012 visitor figures as provided by the National Parks Service. Each park also has a suggestion as to how you might visit it from the UK.

Syria: Cameron Reminds Obama What Makes a Relationship Special is The Democratic Process

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

US-UK "Special Relationship" dead?... Hardly, since British Prime Minister David Cameron gave President Obama a gift that keeps on giving by letting Parliament decide if the UK would or wouldn't join America in attacking Syria. How's that a gift?

Intervention, and How to Swing It

Daniel M. Swain | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel M. Swain

The anti-intervention left and right have totally given up on the idea of the most powerful countries in the world being able to have any positive effect upon the world at large. In addition the anti-war movement claims to be on the side of peace, as if we occupy a world created by Disney, where the world is a simple choice between peace and war.

TRAVEL EYE: Driving Route 66 - The Ultimate American Adventure

Karen Edwards | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Edwards

We're on a road trip. In my book; the 'ultimate road trip'. We're travelling Route 66 - also known as the 'Main Street of America' and the 'Mother Road'. We're very excited.

Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.