Kyoto in Cherry Blossom Season

“The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life.” Skylife — April 2017 In a scene from the movie The Last Samurai, the character of Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto, the samurai leader, walks in a temple garden surrounded by sakura (cherry blossoms) …

Cloaked in Secrecy: How the Saudis’ $110 Million Gift to UN Counterterrorism Is Being Spent

PassBlue — Nov. 21, 2016 NEW YORK — The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Center was set up in 2011 with money from Saudi Arabia to combat terrorism worldwide. Some experts, however, now question the center’s ability to eliminate terrorist threats. There are also questions about whether the money that the Saudis donated, a whopping $110 million, is being spent …

Turkish Justice Minister On Fethullah Gülen: ‘The U.S. Will Not Choose A Terrorist Over Turkey’

Huffington Post Oct. 29, 2016 Bekir Bozdağ, who was in the U.S. to push for the exiled cleric’s extradition, also told The WorldPost Turkey’s post-coup purge isn’t “100 percent over.” Photo credit: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Turkey’s justice minister recently met with his American counterpart, Loretta Lynch, in Washington to discuss the extradition of …