Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State

Disappeared: Justice Denied in Mexico’s Guerrero State International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Executive Summary is also available in: Spanish Horrific, unpunished human rights violations have blurred the lines between politics, government and crime in Mexico’s south-western Guerrero state. Drug gangs not only control the illegal heroin industry and prey on ordinary citizens…

Yuzo Saeki and Alyse Radenovic: Emotions, Influence and Sorrow of France and Kosovo

Yuzo Saeki and Alyse Radenovic: Emotions, Influence and Sorrow of France and Kosovo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yuzo Saeki and Alyse Radenovic come from extremely different cultures and belong to different periods of history. Yet the one binding reality is their love of art irrespective if their respective thought patterns are different. This…

Russian Federation, Syria and Centralization: Gulf and NATO States must Refrain from Interference

Russian Federation, Syria and Centralization: Gulf and NATO States must Refrain from Interference Murad Makhmudov, Toshiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation must utilize all respective forces in order to turn the tide against NATO and Gulf sponsoring terrorist states. It is no secret that NATO Turkey is the main…

China’s Ethnic Policy Under Xi Jinping

China’s Ethnic Policy Under Xi Jinping Publication: China Brief Volume: 15 Issue: 20 By: James Leibold The Jamestown Foundation Since assuming power in November 2012, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary General Xi Jinping has sought to put his imprimatur on the contentious realm of ethnic policy. As with other agenda items, Xi has sought to…

Art of Japan and Meiji Ukiyo-e: Times of Change (1868-1912)

Art of Japan and Meiji Ukiyo-e: Times of Change (1868-1912) 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…

Art of Japan and Fujishima Takeji: Influence of European Art

Art of Japan and Fujishima Takeji: Influence of European Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Fujishima Takeji was born in (1867-1943) Kagoshima and during his informative years he studied brushwork techniques in 1882 from Togaku Hirayama. However, in 1884 Fujishima Takeji moved to Tokyo and at first he studied traditional Japanese painting under Gyokusho…

ISIS Rapes Women Toward Allah

ISIS Rapes Women Toward Allah by Abigail R. Esman Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Women sold as slaves. Women beaten in the streets. Women raped for sport. Girls as young as 8 or 9 years old forced into marriages with strangers, and bound to sexual servitude. The reports of the atrocities perpetrated…

The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm

The Central Sahel: A Perfect Sandstorm International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The huge, sparsely populated, impoverished Sahel is affected by growing numbers of jihadi extremists and illicit activities, including arms, drugs and human trafficking, estimated to generate $3.8 billion annually. Borders are porous, government reach limited. Populations and unemployment are soaring. Within this perfect storm…

Japan Art and Sawako Utsumi: Mystical Reality of Mount Fuji

Japan Art and Sawako Utsumi: Mystical Reality of Mount Fuji Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Mount Fuji in Japan means many things to different individuals because of the symbolic importance of this highly impressive and unique mountain. Internationally, Mount Fuji is famous and for individuals flying to Japan for the first time, then the…

Sudan Sends Troops to Yemen to Assist Saudi Arabia Coalition: Iran and Abandoned Shia

Sudan Sends Troops to Yemen to Assist Saudi Arabia Coalition: Iran and Abandoned Shia Salma Zribi, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The fixation of Iran with Israel is doing little to assist the abandoned Shia in Bahrain, Pakistan and Yemen – and other nations where they face endless persecution. This reality…

Tokyo Fashion in Aoyama: The Height of Debonair

Tokyo Fashion in Aoyama: The Height of Debonair Sarah Deschamps and Tomoko Hara Modern Tokyo News Aoyama fashion is famous in Tokyo because you have so many exquisite boutiques in this very exclusive area.  The fashion boutiques are a splendid mixture of American, European, and Japanese fashion. Indeed, the various mosaic within European fashion means…

Parliamentary Elections Confirm Kyrgyzstan’s Pro-Russian Orientation

Parliamentary Elections Confirm Kyrgyzstan’s Pro-Russian Orientation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: George Voloshin The Jamestown Foundation On October 4, Kyrgyzstan held parliamentary elections—the first in the country’s history in which the authorities used voters’ biometrics to obtain quick and reliable polling data. While the definitive results will only be released 20 days after the vote…

Japanese Art and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e and Historical Revolution

Japanese Art and Sadahide: Bijin-ga to Yokohama-e and Historical Revolution Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Utagawa Sadahide (Gountei Sadahide) lived to see the first years of Japanese modernization that began in 1868 with the start of the Meiji Restoration. Intriguingly, he also focused on depicting foreign nationals that were now allowed to…

US to send 300 Troops to Boost Cameroon in Fight against Boko Haram: Chad and Nigeria

US to send 300 Troops to Boost Cameroon in Fight against Boko Haram: Chad and Nigeria Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Since Muhammadu Buhari became the President of Nigeria a new fresh impetus against Boko Haram is gradually occurring. Despite this, Boko Haram keeps on launching fresh…

Algeria and Its Neighbours

Algeria and Its Neighbours International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Algeria is emerging as an indispensable broker of stability in North Africa and the Sahel. Where insecurity, foreign meddling and polarisation are on the rise across the region, it has at key moments promoted dialogue and state-building as the best means for lifting neighbours out of…

Japanese Warlord and Art: Nobunaga, Centralization, Innovation and Art in the late 16th Century

Japanese Warlord and Art: Nobunaga, Centralization, Innovation and Art in the late 16th Century Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The warlord Oda Nobunaga (1534-1582) was extremely multi dimensional despite his harsh reputation. This single figure in Japanese history laid the foundation stone for the centralization of Japan based on his tenacity, creativity, openness to…

Turkey Suffering because of Internal and External Policies of Erdogan and Davutoglu: Kurds and Socialists

Turkey Suffering because of Internal and External Policies of Erdogan and Davutoglu: Kurds and Socialists Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Turkey is reeling from another barbaric terrorist attack that is aimed at shackling all progressive Turkish and Kurdish forces in this nation. In Pakistan, this nation destabilized itself…

China and Russia Multiply Efforts in Global Agenda-Setting

China and Russia Multiply Efforts in Global Agenda-Setting Publication: China Brief By: Vitaly Kozyrev The Jamestown Foundation At the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in late September, the leaders of China and Russia condemned western unilateralism (Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, September 28; UN.org, September 28). Chinese President Xi Jinping launched his week-long…

Saudi Arabia Threatens to Supply Surface-To-Air-Missiles to Terrorists in Syria: Russia Should Play Checkmate

Saudi Arabia Threatens to Supply Surface-To-Air-Missiles to Terrorists in Syria: Russia Should Play Checkmate Murad Makhmudov, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saudi Arabia is the most despotic nation in the world because not one single Buddhist temple or Christian church is tolerated. Similarly, women face being whipped if they are not…

Somaliland: The Strains of Success

Somaliland: The Strains of Success International Crisis Group OVERVIEW Somaliland’s hybrid system of tri-party democracy and traditional clan-based governance has enabled the consolidation of state-like authority, social and economic recovery and, above all, relative peace and security but now needs reform. Success has brought greater resources, including a special funding status with donors – especially…

Snowden says GCHQ in the UK can Obtain Total Control Over Smartphones: UK and Terrorist Ratlines

Snowden says GCHQ in the UK can Obtain Total Control Over Smartphones: UK and Terrorist Ratlines Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Edward Snowden warns about the role of big government in the United Kingdom (UK) and how the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) can literally control smartphones at the drop of a…

Anonymous takes on Saudi Arabia in Order to Help Ali Mohammed al-Nimr

Anonymous takes on Saudi Arabia in Order to Help Ali Mohammed al-Nimr Ramazan Khalidov, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Saudi Arabia is being targeted by Anonymous because of the genuine threat against the life of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr. Anonymous, a network of highly intelligent and dedicated hackers, is…