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Sisters No More: Strain on US-Japanese Relations Because of a Statue

The concept of the sister city started sometime in the 1950s, but a lot of people tend only to know the term from browsing a town’s Wikipedia page. New York and Beijing are sister cities, as are Paris and Seoul, as well as Krakow and Edinburgh. This particular bond between cities is meant to strengthen … Continue reading

Recap (June 22 – July 6)

So, I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before here. I’ll be doing a recap of roughly the past two weeks. Because a lot of notable stuff has been going on, and it would be wrong to talk about just one of these stories. First thing’s first… Salvador Dalí’s daughter. In late June, a Spanish … Continue reading

28 Years Later

I’ve taken an interest in photography lately. I think it started in January, when I saw Letizia Battaglia’s Palermo photographs. They were on display at the MAXXI in Rome. To see something nearly a world away, in a different time, from a completely different perspective through a single photograph, a single moment, is one of … Continue reading

Painting the Upside Down

Hey, I’m back. I know I’ve been away for a while, but I’ve been roaming about Southern Europe for a month…   … on top of that, I’ve been trying to manage my schoolwork among other things. To make up for roughly three months of radio silence, I’ve decided to write about something that I know everyone … Continue reading

The Piss Police

Ulm Minster in the city of Ulm, Germany became the tallest structure in the world in 1890. It held that title for eleven years until the completion of Philadelphia City Hall in 1901. Even though the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is taller than Ulm Minster by about 2,200 feet, Ulm Minster … Continue reading

East Meets West

About a year ago, members of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh) participated in the destruction of the ruins at Palmyra in Syria. Among the sites destroyed was the Tower of Elahbel, the Monumental Arch, and the Temple of Bel. I understand that no sane person would be sightseeing around Syria at the moment, but the ruins … Continue reading