How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisine

“We need to forget about this so we can heal,” said an elderly white woman, as she left my lecture on the history of enslaved cooks and their influence on American cuisine. Something I said, or perhaps everything I said, upset her. My presentation covered 300 years of American history that started with the forced […]

Investors are gorging on American assets

Investors are gorging on American assets

ECONOMISTS think prices, like spilt ketchup, are sticky. They move only slowly as firms digest economic conditions. Financial markets are an exception. Computerised trading by thousands of participants means prices, especially of currencies, can move in a McFlurry. Since The Economist last updated the Big Mac index (BMI), our lighthearted guide to currency valuation, burger […]

Trump Finishes Coloring American Flag Picture|Humor

Trump Finishes Coloring American Flag Picture|Humor

WASHINGTON, DC – After working on it for a year and a half, President Donald Trump has finished coloring the first page of his Presidential Coloring book. “You should see this page, some people say it’s the best page of coloring that has ever been colored,” Trump said. “Do you think that Crooked Hillary would […]

This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans

This Innovative Memorial Will Soon Honor Native American Veterans

UPDATE 6/26/18: The National Museum of the American Indian has just announced its selection of Harvey Pratt’s Warrior Circle of Honor design for its new memorial to Native American veterans, which is expected to grace the National Mall by late 2020. Harvey hopes the memorial he envisioned will become a sacred place for Native Americans […]

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, with the goal of using algorithms to predict the reply to an e-mail. In May they were fundraising for their startup, EasyEmail, when Google held its annual […]

Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen

Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen

WARFARE has been transformed by drones. Using pilotless aircraft armed with precision weapons America can kill its enemies—in, say, the Hindu Kush or Syria—with a click of a mouse. There is a similar shift in economic diplomacy, where Uncle Sam has perfected new weapons that exploit its power over the world’s financial plumbing and over […]

Kremlin counts on American people to study US House report on Russia, promises surprises

Kremlin counts on American people to study US House report on Russia, promises surprises

The latest US House Intelligence Committee report on Russia should make people wonder about the real reasons for the continuing Russian collusion hysteria, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters. “We would like to hope that some people in America actually read this report, because sometimes there is an impression that these reports are […]

A White Man in a Truck Mowed Down a Young Native American Man. Was It a Hate Crime?

This story was originally published by ProPublica. The submissions from Native Americans have come into ProPublica’s Documenting Hate database with regularity: In Reno, Nevada, a truck was driven into a group of Native people protesting Columbus Day, injuring one; a Navajo woman in Flagstaff, Arizona, reported being told, “Go back to where you came from” by a […]

An American ban puts China’s ZTE in peril

An American ban puts China’s ZTE in peril

TALK of restricting the use of Chinese telecoms equipment in the West is growing. This week the curbs went the other way, when America banned its companies from selling hardware and software for seven years to one of China’s state-owned tech champions, ZTE. On April 16th America’s Department of Commerce said that China’s second-largest telecoms […]

What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely American

What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely American

When she was six years old, Jessica Weisberg went on a family trip to Washington, D.C. Somewhere between the tour of the Arlington Cemetery and a visit to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, she had a dizzying revelation: all the sites they were walking through had been erected for people who had died. Then she realized […]

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