‘Outlander’ Brings Surge of Tourists to Scotland

The popular television series "Outlander," which started in 2014 and can be streamed on Amazon Prime and the Starz network, has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season and is generating "phenomenal" international tourist growth in Scotland. The story of an English woman in 1945 who touches magic standing stones and "falls through time"... Continue Reading →

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The Myth of European Nation-States Still Sways Opinion

Those annoyed by the requirements of the European Union often express nostalgia for a past that did not exist: the nation-state -- sovereign jurisdictions whose relatively homogeneous citizens or subjects spoke a common language and descended from a shared ethnicity.  These nation-states never actually existed for more than a few decades, Yale University European History Professor... Continue Reading →

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Evocative Short Films on Turkey

Turkish Fantasia, a six-minute film from Brandon Li on Vimeo. "A twisted, surreal journey through Turkey." The filmmaker shot this on an impromptu trip to his friend's wedding in Ankara. "Featuring the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia, the mosques of Istanbul, streets of Ankara, wild dogs, whirling dervishes, flying kites, and of course a Turkish wedding."... Continue Reading →

Discovering Wales and Welsh Ancestry

Wales: Feisty and Poetic, by Rick Steves. From Bristol, England, my wife, son and I dashed -- by train -- over to Cardiff, Wales to add another country to our roster and to dine at a nice restaurant and try a little Welsh cuisine such as cawl, Welsh rarebit, laverbread, Welsh cakes, bara brith and Glamorgan sausage. We had little time... Continue Reading →

European Anti-semitism on the Rise, Again?

"On the continent that saw the Holocaust, Jewish people are worried," the Sidney Morning Herald reports. Across Europe -- in Austria, Germany, France, the UK, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Italy, Poland -- anti-semitism seems to be on the rise. Historical markets to anti-semitism around Europe should be reminders not to return to a dark past. In 1144, Europe... Continue Reading →

Despite Its Sinister Image, Russia Has Given the World Some of the Greatest Music Ever Composed

Steve Rosenberg, BBC Moscow Correspondent and a classical pianist, spends most of his time reporting on Russia's dark side: "everything from hacking to meddling in elections, to the annexation of Crimea, to Russia's military intervention in Eastern Ukraine. And of course the British government's conclusion that it was Moscow that orchestrated the Novichok nerve agent... Continue Reading →

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