Monthly Archive: December, 2015

A Sisyphean Task? Resuming Turkey-PKK Peace Talks

A Sisyphean Task? Resuming Turkey-PKK Peace Talks International Crisis Group OVERVIEW Locked in their deadliest violence in two decades, the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) should urgently resume peace talks.… Continue reading

Islamic State Barbarians Holding over 3,000 Yazidis: Syria is on the Frontline against ISIS

Islamic State Barbarians Holding over 3,000 Yazidis: Syria is on the Frontline against ISIS Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to various reports it is believed that… Continue reading

Regional Nations Opposed to Obama’s National Security Slant Aimed at Venezuela

Regional Nations Opposed to Obama’s National Security Slant Aimed at Venezuela Joachim de Villiers, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Obama was on the wrong side of history when… Continue reading

Ito Shinsui and Art of Japan: The Old Mirror of Beauty and the New World

Ito Shinsui and Art of Japan: The Old Mirror of Beauty and the New World Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) is a notable twentieth century artist from… Continue reading

UK Investigation Prompts Visa Ban for Muslim Brotherhood Members

UK Investigation Prompts Visa Ban for Muslim Brotherhood Members by Steven Emerson IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism   Muslim Brotherhood officials who have made extreme statements will be barred from receiving visas… Continue reading

Cameroon and Darkness of Gulf Islamism and Sudan: Christianity, Sufi Strains and Takfiris

Cameroon and Darkness of Gulf Islamism and Sudan: Christianity, Sufi Strains and Takfiris Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Central African Republic was torn apart when… Continue reading

Art of the Middle Kingdom (China) and Land of the Rising Sun

Art of the Middle Kingdom (China) and Land of the Rising Sun  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Tensho Shubun was inspired by an array of areas related to China.… Continue reading

China’s Draft Cybersecurity Law

China’s Draft Cybersecurity Law Publication: China Brief Volume: 15 Issue: 24 By: Zunyou Zhou The Jamestown Foundation In early December, China and the United States reached an agreement in their first round of… Continue reading

Japanese Photography: Non Modernist View of Revolutionary Japan by Kazumasa (1860-1929)

Japanese Photography: Non Modernist View of Revolutionary Japan by Kazumasa (1860-1929) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The photography of Ogawa Kazumasa (1860-1929) provides an alternative glimpse into the changing reality of Japan… Continue reading

Burundi Rejects Proposed African Union “Invasion Force”

Burundi Rejects Proposed African Union “Invasion Force” Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Parliamentarians in Burundi have reacted strongly to attempts by outside nations to meddle into… Continue reading

South Sudan: On the Brink of Renewed War

South Sudan: On the Brink of Renewed War International Crisis Group A major breach of the agreement signed in Addis Ababa and Juba in August to end South Sudan’s now two-year old civil… Continue reading

Japan Art and Rinpa: Seventeenth Century Kyoto, Nichiren Buddhism and Modern Art

Japan Art and Rinpa: Seventeenth Century Kyoto, Nichiren Buddhism and Modern Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese historical art is blessed with many forms inspired internally and from the richness of… Continue reading

Europe and Takfiri Islamist Killers: Iraq, Somalia and Syria

Europe and Takfiri Islamist Killers: Iraq, Somalia and Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to face a civilizational war because Takfiri indoctrination, Gulf petrodollar… Continue reading

Syria and Terrorist Intrigues of NATO Turkey: NATO is Shaming Itself

Syria and Terrorist Intrigues of NATO Turkey: NATO is Shaming Itself Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The secular government of Syria continues to hold out against… Continue reading

Kazakhstan Looks to India, Iran for Access to the World’s Oceans

Kazakhstan Looks to India, Iran for Access to the World’s Oceans Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 217 By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation Since achieving independence in 1991, following… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Kobayashi Kiyochika: Intriguing Personal History

Art of Japan and Kobayashi Kiyochika: Intriguing Personal History Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) fought on the wrong side of history, if you happen to be… Continue reading

Japanese Art and Mystery of Folklore: Historical and Modern Influence of Kintaro

Japanese Art and Mystery of Folklore: Historical and Modern Influence of Kintaro Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kintaro remains extremely popular in modern Japan because of the power of animation and other… Continue reading

Mali: Peace from Below?

Mali: Peace from Below? International Crisis Group The full briefing is currently available in: French OVERVIEW After a summer marked by renewed clashes in northern Mali, a surprising détente began taking shape in… Continue reading

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Modern Reflection of Sakai Hoitsu

Japanese Art by Sawako Utsumi: Modern Reflection of Sakai Hoitsu Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Sakai Hoitsu was born in the middle of the eighteenth century and religion would… Continue reading

Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah Condemns Takfiri Jihadists: Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria

Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah Condemns Takfiri Jihadists: Afghanistan, Lebanon and Syria Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, is one of the most powerful… Continue reading

Burundi needs Support against Internal and External Intrigues

Burundi needs Support against Internal and External Intrigues Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Burundi needs neither internal nor external intrigues to create destabilization.… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Intriguing Art of Ito Shinsui

Art of Japan and Intriguing Art of Ito Shinsui Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Ito Shinsui (1898-1972) leaves a lasting legacy because he produced many stunning pieces of art. His… Continue reading

Militant Islamists, Organized Crime and the Balkan Diaspora in Europe

Militant Islamists, Organized Crime and the Balkan Diaspora in Europe Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 23 By: Ebi Spahiu The Jamestown Foundation In light of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13,… Continue reading

NATO and Obama Continue to Allow Turkey to Plot ISIS and Sectarian Intrigues against Syria

NATO and Obama Continue to Allow Turkey to Plot ISIS and Sectarian Intrigues against Syria Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is abundantly clear that Shia… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Ogata Korin: The Importance of Hoitsu in Saving Korin

Art of Japan and Ogata Korin: The Importance of Hoitsu in Saving Korin Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The art of Ogata Korin remains potent because of clarity and his own unique… Continue reading

Libya: NYT, Sputnik Agree with Hoekstra’s ‘Architects of Disaster’

NYT, Sputnik Agree with Hoekstra’s ‘Architects of Disaster’ by Pete Hoekstra IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism The New York Times and the Russian state news agency Sputnik agree with my new book,… Continue reading

Chad Rocked by Triple Sunni Islamist Suicide Attack by Boko Haram

Chad Rocked by Triple Sunni Islamist Suicide Attack by Boko Haram Jibril Khoury, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The nation of Chad, along with other regional nations including… Continue reading

Art of Japan and Gyoshu Hayami: A Rich Artistic Soul

Art of Japan and Gyoshu Hayami: A Rich Artistic Soul Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) sadly passed away at a relatively young age but despite this the power of… Continue reading

Northeast Asia Art and Impact on Japan: Edo Era and Bunjin Culture

Northeast Asia Art and Impact on Japan: Edo Era and Bunjin Culture Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Bunjinga school of thought ran deep within the literati of Japan during the Edo period. Bunjin (literati) artists… Continue reading

Mali: Radisson Blu Hotel Attack Meant to Thwart Peace Accord

Mali: Radisson Blu Hotel Attack Meant to Thwart Peace Accord by Amb. John Price Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism The Nov. 20 terrorist attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in… Continue reading

Shia Persecution at the hands of Takfiri Islamists and State Institutions: Shia Pilgrims in Iraq

Shia Persecution at the hands of Takfiri Islamists and State Institutions: Shia Pilgrims in Iraq Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is difficult to imagine that Shia Muslims are… Continue reading