For Japan, the Northern Territorial issue is a major stumbling block in improving relations with Russia. For the latter, the issue no longer exists. Nevertheless, the Japanese maintain that without resolving it, negotiations for a peace treaty cannot be undertaken, while the Russians claim that the nonexistent issue has nothing to do with the question of a peace treaty (Kim, 1886: 86). The controversy revolves around a group of four islands called Etorofu, Kunashiri, Shikotan, and Habomais, which are between Sakhalin and Hokkaido. At the end of World War II, in accordance with the Yalta agreement (as well as Postdam and Cairo), Russia took over the islands as the United States occupied Okinawa; the 1952 San Francisco treaty confirmed this (Kim, 1986: 86).
Historically, Soviet-Afghan relations were known for their shift from cooperation to occupation. How this happened is complex and requires looking at the reasons for the Soviet invasion in the first place, what the Soviets wanted to accomplish with it, what their plan was and how they implemented it, and the consequences of their intervention. To start, Afghanistan was receiving loans from the Soviet Union because they needed to establish their gas industry. However, Afghanistan did not have the money to return their loans and this resulted in a conflict (Plekhanov, Personal Communication, 2015).
When it came time to select a topic for this next essay, I was pleased to find that Indigenous literature was an option. It is seldom discussed in the debate on world literature, yet traditional storytelling, which includes Indigenous literature, is supposedly the oldest method of imparting knowledge, culture, and experience. I was especially curious to learn how the imagistic techniques and metaphorical power of Indigenous narration would operate as a commentary on contemporary genres. Having done so, I contend that Drew Hayden Taylor’s short story collection, Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories (hereafter abbreviated as Your Chief), challenges prevalent tropes in science fiction by indigenizing colonial literature. Taylor’s future-oriented reinterpretation of humankind through the Indigenous lens reminds readers of the postcolonial traumas Indigenous peoples in Canada and worldwide still endure. Your Chief also strives to empower Indigenous communities with its forward-looking motifs.
In the age of multimedia storytelling and digital experience, luxury goods company Dior has their actors implement emotional labour by crafting enchanting stories with their brands and communicating with their audience in an alluring fashion.
I used to watch plenty of television shows as a child, but one, in particular, that had always fascinated me was The Toy Castle. If you are a 90s kid from Canada like I am, chances are you'll either remember it fondly or will have tried very hard to block out memories of the production's supposedly terrifying acting style.
Whodunit enthusiasts have yet to witness another crime author be garlanded with the same, if not more, praise than record-breaking writer Agatha Christie, whose novels have sold over two billion copies worldwide (The Home of Agatha Christie) long after her death. My experience with Christie’s works is admittedly limited, as I have only seen a theatrical performance of The Mousetrap and the 2017 film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express (hereafter shortened to Orient Express). However, Christie’s masterful command of the twist ending in this novel has led me to explore the rest of her library, and, by extension, the history of Orient Express for the present paper.