Japanese Nikkei 225 Nosedives on Economic Uncertainty from China

Japanese Nikkei 225 Nosedives on Economic Uncertainty from China Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The economic crisis in China is hitting global stock indexes therefore the Nikkei 225 in Japan fell by 4.61 per cent yesterday. This reality highlights the importance of China internationally and internally for the Japanese economy. Therefore,…

Iraq: Conflict Alert

Iraq: Conflict Alert International Crisis Group A wave of protests has brought Iraq to the edge of yet more serious conflict. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has introduced sweeping reforms to halt the deterioration but in a manner that may make things worse. An important course correction is needed if he is to survive politically and…

India Faces Up to Growing Islamic State Threat

India Faces Up to Growing Islamic State Threat Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation   One of the first indications of the Islamic State’s potential appeal in India occurred in late 2014, when Aarif Majeed, a youth from the state of Maharashtra, returned to the country from Iraq, where he had reportedly…

Caucasus and Chechen Islamists Continue to Butcher in Syria: NATO Turkey and Intrigues

Caucasus and Chechen Islamists Continue to Butcher in Syria: NATO Turkey and Intrigues Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama of America and the leaders of France, Turkey, and the United Kingdom, continue to support a mythical “moderate third force” in Syria, despite many past failures. One intriguing source of collective…

Sri Lanka Between Elections

Sri Lanka Between Elections International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY A half year after Maithripala Sirisena’s stunning defeat of President Mahinda Raja­paksa raised hopes for democratic renaissance, the complexities of partisan politics, and Rajapaksa himself, have returned to centre stage. Sirisena’s initial months with a minority government led by the United National Party (UNP) have opened…

Bangladesh Islamists Slaughter Another Secular Writer

Bangladesh Islamists Slaughter Another Secular Writer by IPT News   Investigative Project on Terrorism Five men posing as prospective tenants stormed the Dhaka apartment of blogger Niloy Neel Friday afternoon, hacking him to death. Neel, 40, is the fourth secular blogger murdered in Bangladesh this year. American Avijit Roy, 45, was killed in February when…

Living Flowers of Ikebana: Richness of Culture in Japan

Living Flowers of Ikebana: Richness of Culture in Japan Sarah Deschamps and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The history of ikebana (living flowers) is extremely fascinating because it tells us a lot about aspects of Japanese culture and how the different thought patterns can be seen in art. Ikebana is also known by the name…

Kurdish PKK States NATO Turkey is Protecting ISIS in Syria: Timidity of ISIS Towards Turkey

Kurdish PKK States NATO Turkey is Protecting ISIS in Syria: Timidity of ISIS Towards Turkey Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is abundantly clear that the failure of ISIS (Islamic State – IS) to erase the fighting capabilities of the Kurds in Northern Syria became a serious issue…

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster

Venezuela: Unnatural Disaster International Crisis Group OVERVIEW The accelerating deterioration of Venezuela’s political crisis is cause for growing concern. The collapse in 2014 of an incipient dialogue between government and opposition ushered in growing political instability. With legislative elections due in December, there are fears of renewed violence. But there is a less widely appreciated…

Obama Administration Undercutting Ukraine’s Position in the Minsk Armistice Negotiations

Obama Administration Undercutting Ukraine’s Position in the Minsk Armistice Negotiations Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Vladimir Socor The Jamestown Foundation Urged by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Kyiv last week, Ukraine took a first step toward legalizing the secessionist authorities in the country’s constitution (see EDM, July 20). Concurrently, US Vice President…

ISIS Leaning Turkey at Loggerheads with America: Syria, NATO, the Kurds and Real Rogue State

ISIS Leaning Turkey at Loggerheads with America: Syria, NATO, the Kurds and Real Rogue State Ramazan Khalidov, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Erdogan of Turkey is going against the international grain because he and the current ruling party of this nation are focused on containing the Kurds at any cost.…

Russian Federation Kills 8 ISIS Terrorists in Ingushetia: Syria, FSB and Ticking Time Bomb

Russian Federation Kills 8 ISIS Terrorists in Ingushetia: Syria, FSB and Ticking Time Bomb Murad Makhmudov, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation knows that Gulf and NATO intrigues in Syria have enabled untold numbers of international terrorists to enter this nation. This reality should boost military support from the…

Japanese Folklore and Art: Samurai Tadamori and Taira Clan

Japanese Folklore and Art: Samurai Tadamori and Taira Clan 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.…