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The Best Cutting Boards & How to Care for Them

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>Cutting boards are some of the most-used kitchen tools, so it's important to choose the best one for your cooking style. Here's everything you need to</i> …

Woodworking

How Wealthy Arab Gulf States Shape The Washington Influence Game

With million-dollar investments on K Street, Arab autocrats make it difficult for those they dislike to get a hearing in D.C.<p>WASHINGTON -- The United Arab Emirates spent more than $12 million on lobbying and public relations here in 2014.<p>That cash secured representation from several of Washington's …

Human Rights

Army allows women to attend elite Ranger Course classes

The Army announced Wednesday that "qualified personnel" will be allowed to attend all elite Ranger Course classes going forward "regardless of gender," just days after the Ranger school graduated two women from its grueling combat training program for the first time.<p>The Army said all current …

Military

Carson team thinks Fiorina should be on main debate stage

Carly Fiorina should have a spot on CNN’s main debate stage, Ben Carson’s campaign manager said on Monday.<p>“We don’t like how far back they’re going in the polls,” Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett said of CNN. “We think it’s ridiculous that Carly Fiorina isn’t on the debate. She’s what, fifth? …

Government

Kosher Style

I grew up what you might call "lowly Orthodox" meaning we kept the meat and dairy dishes separate but ate the fish sandwich at McDonald's.<p>My mother, Harriet, had her own special brand of Jewish. I called it "Reader's Digest kosher." For those old enough to remember Reader's Digest, that is.<p>For …

People who sleep less than six hours are four times more likely to catch a cold

Study finds sleep is a more important factor in catching a cold than stress, smoking, education, or income<p>Lack of sleep is the most important factor in determining whether someone will catch a cold, new research has found.<p>Sleepers who managed fewer than six hours of slumber each night are four …

Sleep

Architizer

Morocco sets off on 10 year plan to hold back the desert

The road to Fam El Hism in south eastern Morocco is a lonely, hot and dusty one.<p>The harsh climate and low rainfall means little grows here.<p>According to Morocco’s High Commission for Water, Forests and the Fight against Desertification, 80 per cent of the country is prone to desertification.<p>The …

The Cause of Ethiopia's Recurrent Famine Is Not Drought, It Is Authoritarianism

Twenty years ago one Ethiopian Diaspora in Washington asked the late Prime minister Meles Zenawi what his vision for the country was. A rather polite and amiable Meles outlined his vision in a very human centered way. He said he hopes that in ten years every Ethiopian will have enough to eat three …

In Iran, a Women’s Soccer Revolution

In a country where women aren’t allowed to attend soccer games, the sport is taking off at the youth level—in part thanks to an Iranian-American<p>By<p>Bill Spindle<p>Bill Spindle<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@BillSpindle<p>Google+<p>bill.spindle@wsj.com<p><i>Tehran</i><p>Women, and women’s sports, still face stiff winds of …

Women's Sports

Did Israel and Palestinian militants commit war crimes in Gaza?

The devastation caused by 50 days of fighting between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip a year ago was staggering.<p>On the Palestinian side, more than 2,000 people were killed, many of them civilians. Entire city blocks were reduced to rubble, and much of the electricity and …

Israel

Flight Attendants at Qatar Air May Soon Break Free of Mad Men-Era Rules

It’s 10 a.m. in Doha and more than 200 Qatar Airways flight attendants are gathered in an airport hotel ballroom.<p>Taking the microphone, one woman …

'Several dead' in Israeli retaliation against rocket attacks from Syria

The Israeli air force has fired missiles into Syria in a retaliatory assault for rocket attacks in northern Israel.<p>The Syrian army says at least five civilians died when Israel targeted the Quneitra area in the Syrian Golan Heights. An Israeli defence official claims the assault killed four …

Couple Asks Their Adorable Grandmas to Be Flower Girls at Wedding

Patrick and Rachel Givens knew that they wanted to uniquely celebrate their amazing grandmas on the day of their wedding. Rather than simply honoring them with a speech, the couple asked Grandma DD and Grandma Joanne to be <i>co-flower ladies</i>. "They both ecstatically accepted, thrilled that we had …

Polish brothers at arms

Donald Tusk may be the most senior office-holder in Europe, but that doesn’t keep him out of the political fray in his native Poland. With …

Europe

How Kate Middleton Imploded the Class System and Gave Rise to a New Kind of Brit

The Upper Middleton Class has arrived and is taking over.<p>It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the Duchess of Cambridge is a "jolly good thing" for Britain. Paeans have been written to her beauty, her radiant smile, her glorious tresses, and those mystifying espadrille wedges. What has …

Carly Fiorina Opposes A Paid Maternity Leave Requirement

The GOP presidential hopeful says the question should be left to employers.<p>Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said Sunday that she would oppose a government requirement to give workers in the private sector paid maternity or paternity leave.<p>"I don't think it's the role of government to …

Government

British Taste Treats

These days, the stereotype of "bad food in Britain" is woefully dated. Britain has been on the leading edge of the foodie revolution, and I find it's easy to eat very well here. Here are some examples of the foods I've enjoyed in my British travels.<p>One of the joys of traveling in Britain is …

The Illustrated Guide To Every Meaningful Donut

<i>By: Andy Kryza</i><p><i>Credit: Meghann Stephenson/Jennifer Bui/Thrillist</i><p>Donuts are the Hansel of the pastry world: so hot right now! But with so many variations out there, it can be hard to tell your crullers from your long johns... and that's before paczki join the party. To help you sort through the …

Obama, Putin, Rouhani, Xi and Hollande to address UN on same day

Lineup for opening morning of general assembly marking 70th anniversary of United Nations presents possibility of rhetorical fireworks in New York<p>It promises to be a rhetorical battle of the titans, on a scale not seen for at least a decade. On a Monday morning in late September, Barack Obama, …

Russia

Nicole Kidman: Hollywood is 'not an even playing field' for women

Nicole Kidman has taken aim at sexism in Hollywood, claiming the film industry does not represent an “even playing field” for women.<p>Speaking at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles, the Oscar-winning Australian actor praised the organisation for its pioneering work supporting …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

When moths come to stay, there’s only one solution

There's only one way to totally eradicate an infestation - as the Natural History Museum is discovering<p>Call in the killer wasps! As a self-trained expert on moth infestation, I’ve been saying it for years – to derision, mainly. Well to all those sneerers: I told you so. The Natural History Museum, …

Insects

Controversy Follows As Activists Cross North-South Korean Border

The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride. South Korean immigration officials insisted that a group of 30 international women, including American feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Prize laureates, take a ride across the border for their own …

North Korea

Lost Hillary Clinton tape: what the candidate can learn from her 32-year-old self

In 1979, the new first lady of Arkansas sat down for a local TV interview. Who better to advise the 2016 presidential frontrunner?<p>In 1979, Hillary Rodham was 32, and barely a month into her new role as the wife of the governor of Arkansas. Young, with her own career as a lawyer, and having declined …

Government

The Christian right is losing women: Why more and more are embracing non-belief

In 1993, women comprised 16 percent of atheists and agnostics. Today that number is closer to 50 percent<p>Atheists were abuzz this week over Pew Research releasing new numbers showing that the number of “nones” (people who have no religion at all) in the U.S. is soaring to record levels, making up a …

12 Steps to Successly Promote your Photography on Instagram

If you’re reading this and are interested in digital photography, chances are you’re a user of Instagram, the current goliath of social media in …

Everything we know about the death of Osama Bin Laden is wrong

A controversial report by Seymour Hersh leaves still more questions than answers, but it does make one thing clear<p>Everything you know about Osama bin Laden's killing is wrong.<p>That's the short version of a very long Seymour Hersh story, just published in the London Review of Books, which offers an …

6 things you should never say to an expat

As part of our Expat Experience questionnaire, we asked people to share what one thing they were tired of hearing from people, either in their old …