Monday, September 19, 2011
When it comes to forming a national soccer team, conventional wisdom would suggest that the very best players would get their names on that roster. Not so in the United Kingdom. Gordon Farquhar of the BBC explains the incredibly esoteric debate over who gets to play on the "British" Olympic soccer team.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Six men and one women have been arrested by British police on suspicions of planning a terror attack in Birmingham. While the details are not yet known, police say the threat appears to involve Islamist radicals. The suspects are between the ages of 22 and 32, and are all British citizens. Bob Walker, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest.
Monday, August 15, 2011
British Prime Minister David Cameron has responded to last week's riots by bringing in outside counsel. On Saturday, Cameron announced that he’ll be seeking advisement from Bill Bratton, an American policeman with a history of combating street crime. Bratton served as New York City police commissioner under Rudy Guiliani, and as chief of police in Los Angeles he overhauled the police department after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. The British media are calling Bratton a "supercop," but the British Police have not taken kindly to the announcement.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Journalist Rupert Allman was born in London, and lived in the British capital for much of his life before joining The Takeaway in New York as the program's managing editor. He happened to be visiting his hometown last week when the riots broke out that have since dragged on for four nights and spread to other major British cities. Like many Britons, the worst unrest in a generation has made Allman reflect on decades of failed social policy that was crafted to promote equality, but instead has ingrained societal tension further. "Social mobility has struck down and hasn't gone anywhere," Allman says. "Those at the very bottom have stayed at the very bottom."
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Voters across the UK are heading to the polls today to vote in their local elections. There’s also a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would change how the voting system works. On today’s Backstory, David Rennie, Political Editor and Bagehot columnist for The Economist, and Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist for The Financial Times, explain what that would mean for UK politics.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
As if the U.S. military didn't have enough to worry about...
The British government plans deep cuts in defense spending to try and bring their budget under control. In this global age, every action takes place on the world's stage, and Britain's main ally—the U.S.—is worried that the cuts will affect Britain's ability to fight alongside American troops.
New York Times London correspondent John Burns joins us, along with Ret. Col. Peter Mansoor, who teaches military history at the Ohio State University.
Monday, September 06, 2010
A case involving the royal family and one of England's biggest tabloids, News of the World, has resurfaced. In 2005, two newspaper employees were charged with hacking into voicemails, but Scotland Yard didn't pursue the case any further. However, new reports reveal that there may have been a culture of hacking at the paper.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that he is set to step down as Labour Party leader by September. This shocking announcement comes in the wake of last Thursday's elections which saw the Conservative Party win the most seats, but not the majority.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
It’s decision time in the U.K. today: Voters in Britain are casting their votes in the general election – and it’s the most unpredictable election in a generation.
Laura Lynch is the London-based correspondent for PRI’s The World. She’s already exercised her right to vote this morning and will be heading down to Parliament green to cover the election later today.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
The attempted bombing of Times Square by a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin got the attention of the world, but has uncomfortable echoes for Britain in particular. The London underground bombings in July 2005 were committed by UK citizens of Pakistani descent and the UK has been dealing with many attempted acts of “home-grown terrorism” since then.