A Pinch of Spice

GASTRONOMY WORLD WAKES UP TO MAGICAL INGREDIENTS — INCLUDING A GOOD OLD TURKISH CHILI. Skylife — March 2017 Recent developments in many countries around the world may have left everyone wondering whether or not we are nearing the end of globalization and a return to isolation. But in true fashion of the zeitgeist’s mantra of …

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 …