WorldViews: United Kingdom


Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 10/31/2013

How British colonialism determined whether your country celebrates Halloween

Why Australia still doesn’t celebrate the holiday today.

By Max Fisher  |  01:22 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Teju Cole’s 9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask

Yes, the first question of his parody is "What is Britain?"

By Max Fisher  |  09:33 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  9 questions, Syria, United Kingdom

Posted at 07:08 PM ET, 08/29/2013

Don’t blame Cameron for the Syria vote. Blame the ghosts of Iraq.

Britain never quite exorcised those ghosts, as the United States did.

By Max Fisher  |  07:08 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Syria, United Kingdom

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Here are the five best British tabloid front pages on the royal baby

They're certainly memorable.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 05:32 AM ET, 07/23/2013

The world's monarchs are going to be almost exclusively male for a very long time

Most monarchies either bar women from the throne or, with Monday's British royal son, have only men in line.

By Max Fisher  |  05:32 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Last vestiges of the British empire complicate royal baby's succession to the throne

If Middleton has a daughter, anti-monarchists in Australia and Canada could cause her big trouble.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, Canada is a foreign country, United Kingdom

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 07/22/2013

British news site offers 'Republican' option for readers sick of royal baby news

The Guardian's special homepage toggle serves anti-monarchists.

By Max Fisher  |  08:42 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013

A delightful video guide for how to become a British monarch

The rules of royal succession are weirder and more elaborate than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  10:40 AM ET, 07/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013

DNA tests estimate that Prince William is 0.3 to 0.8 percent Indian

A distant relative of the next king of England appears to have been Indian.

By Max Fisher  |  03:58 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  India, United Kingdom

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013

London knife attack boosts British far-right groups on social media

The sudden surge in attention to the anti-Islamic English Defense League illustrates some ongoing tensions in British society.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:37 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2013

British politician compares London machete attack to U.K. policy in Syria

George Galloway says his government's support for Syrian rebels is akin to the bizarre machete attack.

By Max Fisher  |  03:55 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Chilling video of London attacker explaining machete attack on reported soldier

The man carried a knife and a machete, his hands covered in blood.

By Max Fisher  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013

U.K. lawmakers debate leaving the European Union

"I don't think the status quo in the European union is acceptable today."

By Eliza Mackintosh  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2013

U.K. officials review security plans for London Marathon and Thatcher's funeral parade

After the blasts at the Boston marathon, British officials are reviewing plans for their own public events.

By Anthony Faiola  |  10:00 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Here's the brilliant SNL skit on the pro-Thatcher punk band that never was

It's funny, but it's also a reminder of the real and often tense divide in Britain over Thatcher's legacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Margaret Thatcher leaves complicated, sometimes bitter legacy in U.K.'s former colonies

Her support of reliably anti-communist regimes and effort to revitalize British foreign policy alienated former members of the empire.

By Max Fisher  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Margaret Thatcher helped invent ice cream as we know it

Before she became the "Iron Lady," Thatcher worked as a chemist on the research team that stabilized soft-serve.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:51 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/08/2013

'Irony Lady': How a Moscow propagandist gave Margaret Thatcher her famous nickname

A Soviet army captain and a bored Reuters reporter unintentionally gave the U.K. prime minister her famous monicker.

By Max Fisher  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Thatcher and Reagan: Was their 'special relationship' partly a myth?

The famous partnership between the U.S. and U.K. heads of state covered over a number of sometimes bitter disputes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/08/2013

U.S. and U.K. conservatives join to lionize Thatcher as a 'legend' and 'inspiration'

Politicians in both the United States and U.K. praised the former prime minister for her role in the Cold War.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Video: Early adapter Margaret Thatcher loved the Internet before it was cool

Back in the 1990s, Thatcher argued against fears that the Web might lead to moral decay.

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/26/2013

A surprising map of the world's national holidays (only two countries have no national day)

The world is mostly divided between countries that celebrate independence and countries that celebrate unification or revolution.

By Max Fisher  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  denmark, Maps, United Kingdom

Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 02/05/2013

On social media, archaeologists roll their eyes at Richard III skeleton discovery

Some British academics say the media "jamboree" around Richard III distracts from the real research.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:28 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Amazing photo of King Richard III's tiny, curved spine proves Shakespeare was wrong

The just-unearthed skeleton solves a 500-year-old mystery and contradicts Shakespeare's famous portrayal.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013

British gangs use flare guns now because they can't find real ones

Eight takeaways from the U.K.'s remarkable success in curbing gun deaths.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 02/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/23/2013

Map: What Europeans think of the EU (Brits really don't like it)

The U.K. is the state where voters are more likely to call EU membership bad for their country.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Maps, The European Experiment, United Kingdom

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Video: Why Queen Elizabeth waited 60 years to attend a cabinet meeting

The queen avoided cabinet meetings for her first 60 years in office, a reminder of the British monarchy's complicated legacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012

Map: Which of the world's monarchies allow female royal succession

The remaining royal families are about split on the issue of whether to allow women to the throne, with some debating it heatedly.

By Max Fisher  |  01:10 PM ET, 12/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, belgium, Bhutan, Cambodia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Maps, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 11/20/2012

The video of a teenage girl's random assault that has London up in arms

The story is getting wide play, revealing British anxieties about crime in their typically safe capital.

By Max Fisher  |  02:35 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Kingdom

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Jill Kelley is also an honorary consul for South Korea

The Tampa socialite reportedly spent time at the British embassy as well.

By Max Fisher  |  01:00 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diplomacy, South Korea, United Kingdom

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Report: British attorney general thinks strike on Iran could be illegal

The Guardian reports on a secret legal memo shaping London's response.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 10/17/2012

Four reasons Scotland might decline independence

Economics and poor timing trump one of the longest-running independence movements in European history.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Elections, europe, The European Experiment, United Kingdom

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Wales to U.K.: We want more governing powers

Wales doesn’t want independence, just more powers.

By Karla Adam  |  08:39 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Wales, United Kingdom