Winston Churchill

Allied forces building harbours in France.

D-Day succeeded thanks to an ingenious design called the Mulberry Harbors


Churchill and his team of engineers, scientists and military officers designed a marine staging area known as the Mulberry Harbors, later actualized in the prime minister’s bathtub. This design would later be the key to their success in the invasion of Normandy, France, on D-Day.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to a joint meeting of Congress on March 3, 2015. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and President pro tempore of the Senate Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) applaud behind Netanyahu.

Netanyahu punctuates speech to Congress with American pop culture and flattery

Global Politics
Matthew Barzun, America's ambassador to London, is also an ambassador of rock.

This US ambassador to Britain practices ‘vinyl diplomacy’

Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, 1920

How the Nazis helped Coco Chanel — and Chanel No. 5

The World

Winston Churchill Addresses the Nation

The World

For the Russians, D-Day was significant, but maybe not as important as the West imagines

Conflict & Justice

The Soviet Union sacrificed a lot during World War II. Millions of Russians died, more than from any other country. And for them, the D-Day invasions were an answer to their appeals to the West to relieve pressure on the Soviet forces who were battling the Nazis.

Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, drinks a shot of vodka while visiting a market as part of his party Duma election campaign in the southern Russian city of Stavropol.

How vodka became the beloved drink it is today in Russia

Lifestyle & Belief

Russians and Vodka. It seems like a crude stereotype, but Lawrence Schrad has taken a deeper look at the history that led to the country’s love affair with the drink.

China’s copycat town emblematic of Chinese passion for look-a-likes

Global Politics

China’s love with copies is well-known. There are the fake Apple stores, the fake landmarks and, it turns out, fake whole towns. In China, though, imitation is really more a sign of appreciation, than a lack of creativity.

Remembering an American contrarian: Christopher Hitchens dead of cancer

Arts, Culture & Media

Christopher Hitchens, a man who wasn’t afraid to take on anyone, died on Thursday of esophageal cancer. He was famous for his biting criticism of, well, everyone, from Henry Kissinger, “a war criminal,” to Mother Theresa, “a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud,”

British Cartoonist Steve Bell Draws American Presidents

Global Politics

Cartoonist Steve Bell has been skewering British politicians since his career took off in the late 1970s. Because his obsession is politics, a good number of American presidents have come in for in his particular brand of satire. Steve Bell’s leftist politics inform how he characterizes US presidents. George W. Bush was easy. Barack Obama: not so much.