The Dark Side

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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

Victory at the Hague

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been used in the past to condemn some of the worst criminals in the world since 2005. Muammar Gaddafi, Joseph Kony, Omar al-Bashir, et cetera. Every one of the people indicted has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes. But just last week, the definition of … Continue reading

The Black Anniversary

In June 2015, I had the opportunity to visit the British Museum while in London with my family. While there, my father and I entered a room that he would later describe as “an entire room dedicated to thievery.” The room that he spoke of was the Duveen Gallery, which houses the famous, or rather … Continue reading