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 ISIS (Islamic State) is holding over 3,000 Yazidis in Iraq and Syria. This reality is extremely beguiling given the barbaric nature of…

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 new Islamist strains from outside nations like Chad and Sudan impacted on the delicate balance between Christians and Muslims. Similarly, the nation…

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 high-level dialogue on fighting cybercrime and other malicious cyber activities (China Daily, December 2; Legal Daily, December 2). The meeting marked a…

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 ancient China and Korea. At the same time, religious and philosophical influence naturally flowed within the historical legacy of Japanese art. Therefore,…

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 October 2015 following a series of talks between leaders of the Coalition of Azawad Movements (CMA), the main rebel coalition, and those…

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 individuals within the entire Middle East despite his power base being firmly entrenched in the Levant. Indeed, the continuing evolution of Hezbollah…

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 artwork came to the fore during the Taisho and Showa periods in Japan, whereby he became famous for stunning images of beautiful…

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, Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya, which posits that President Obama’s and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s signature foreign policy…

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 being constantly targeted by Sunni Takfiri Islamists during religious pilgrimages in modern day Iraq. Yet for the Shia religious persecution is sadly…