France is Re-thinking its anti-Syria Stance: Hezbollah or Takfiri and Sectarian Barbarity?

France is Re-thinking its anti-Syria Stance: Hezbollah or Takfiri and Sectarian Barbarity? Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of President Hollande in France sadly joined the anti-Syria alliance against secular Syria. This witnessed secular France allying itself with sectarian and Takfiri sponsoring nations, most notably this applies to Qatar, Saudi…

Japanese Art in the Meiji Period

Japanese Art in the Meiji Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Meiji Period (1868-1912) was very dynamic in many ways because new thinking, modernization, radical change, and a plethora of other factors, altered the cultural landscape in all major cities. However, the countryside often ticked to a different beat despite important reforms and…

Without Lips Teeth Feel the Cold? Chinese Support for Russia in the Ukraine Crisis

Without Lips Teeth Feel the Cold? Chinese Support for Russia in the Ukraine Crisis Publication: China Brief By: Clark Edward Barrett The Jamestown Foundation Since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, China has been remarkably forthright in its consistent opposition to the imposition of sanctions against Russia following the country’s annexation of Crimea in March…

America and Turkey to Train another Terrorist Force against Syria: Iran must Counter in Iraq

America and Turkey to Train another Terrorist Force against Syria: Iran must Counter in Iraq Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times America knows full well that international jihadists and various terrorist forces have utilized NATO Turkey in order to kill in Syria. Not content with this, NATO powers now support financing another proxy…

China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2)

China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2) Publication: China Brief By: Clark Edward Barrett The Jamestown Foundation Since 2009, the Chinese government, in cooperation with state-run and private firms, has conducted an import substitution campaign in its computer server market, which is currently dominated by U.S. information technology (IT) companies…

President El-Sisi of Egypt Orders Strikes Against ISIS after Christians Killed in Libya

President El-Sisi of Egypt Orders Strikes Against ISIS after Christians Killed in Libya Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt immediately met the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church after hearing about the barbaric murders of 21 Coptic Christians. El-Sisi expressed his deep sorrow to Pope Tawadros…

Samurai Taira no Tadamori: Art and Folklore in Japan

Samurai Taira no Tadamori: Art and Folklore in Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art and folklore depicts Taira no Tadamori (1096-1153) most favorably because this notable samurai feared nothing in this world. Likewise, within the rich world of Japanese folklore and spirituality Tadamori also didn’t fear the unseen world of dark mysteries.…

Sweden Grapples with Rising Extremism

Sweden Grapples with Rising Extremism Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation Placid constitutional monarchy Sweden used to be perceived as largely immune from Islamist terrorism; even Osama bin Laden, in a videotaped speech in November 2004, said: “Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar…

Japanese Art and Nationalism: The World of Yokoyama Taikan

Japanese Art and Nationalism: The World of Yokoyama Taikan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yokoyama Taikan (1868-1958) was born in the prefecture of Ibaraki but he moved to Tokyo in 1878. This period of history in Japan would witness many events because time didn’t stand still during the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods of…

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition

Burkina Faso: Nine Months to Complete the Transition International Crisis Group   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Blaise Compaoré’s resignation on 31 October 2014, the day after a historic insurrection, came as no surprise. Growing old and out of touch with reality, his regime has given way to an uncertain transition, led by a military-civilian government…

Syria and the Gulf and NATO Islamist Terrorist Sponsored Networks

Syria and the Gulf and NATO Islamist Terrorist Sponsored Networks Helmut Joachim Schmidt, Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Cold War and the disintegration of Yugoslavia witnessed murky dealings by political elites in Washington and London respectively. Afghanistan became a rallying point for creating and molding not only Sunni Islamic terrorism…

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging Conflicts

Sudan and South Sudan’s Merging Conflicts International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS Neither the peace agreement that ended Sudan’s second civil war (1983-2005) nor South Sudan’s 2011 independence brought stability. A difficult divorce that included a border conflict, an oil shutdown, then brief cooperation, has been followed since December 2013 by a new phase…