African Union Backs Down by Listening to Burundi

African Union Backs Down by Listening to Burundi Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The African Union (AU) finally listened to political elites in Burundi therefore this organization will no longer send 5,000 peacekeepers to this nation. Instead, the AU now insists that political dialogue is needed in order…

China’s Counter-Terrorism Calculus

China’s Counter-Terrorism Calculus Publication: China Brief Volume: 16 Issue: 2 By: Jacob Zenn The Jamestown Foundation China’s growing global footprint, escalating conflicts and the spread of terrorism in theaters ranging from Syria to Afghanistan and Southeast Asia have created openings for non-state actors to target Chinese interests and citizens overseas. Accompanying China’s growing global footprint…

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas Galina Zobova and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the Zika virus will spread to all but two nations throughout South America and North America, with Canada and continental Chile being the two exceptions. Of course,…

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture

Art of Japan, Culture and Religion: Old World and Fusions of Modern Culture Tomoko Hara and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Shintoism runs deep throughout Japanese religion even when outwardly Buddhism may appear predominant. This is based on fusions and gentle ideas that have penetrated various different Buddhist sects. Indeed, even when it appears…

The Maldives: Losing a Tourist Paradise to Terrorism

The Maldives: Losing a Tourist Paradise to Terrorism Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 2 By: Sudha Ramachandran The Jamestown Foundation Renowned for pristine beaches and crystal blue waters, the Maldives is rapidly gaining prominence as a haven for jihadist recruitment. Maldivian men – reportedly 200 of them – have been streaming to Iraq and…

France to Support Tunisia during Trying Times: Instability and Terrorism

France to Support Tunisia during Trying Times: Instability and Terrorism Nawal Soueif, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times North Africa is currently blighted by instability, terrorism, poverty and other negative factors. Similarly, unemployment rates are high in several European nations and France also is blighted by terrorism. Therefore, with convulsions still rocking…

Azerbaijan Seeks a Quiet Geopolitical Approach: Russian Federation and Turkey

Azerbaijan Seeks a Quiet Geopolitical Approach: Russian Federation and Turkey Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The political elites in Baku are at pains to distance Azerbaijan from the entanglements of the Russian Federation and Turkey. Of course, in order to achieve this then Azerbaijan must contemplate serious issues from…

Japan Artist and Derbyshire: Churches and Landscapes of Bamford, Edale, Grindleford and New Mills

Japan Artist and Derbyshire: Churches and Landscapes of Bamford, Edale, Grindleford and New Mills Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Derbyshire in England is blessed with countless adorable villages and towns throughout the High Peak region. Indeed, the entire county is a wonder for tourists who cherish nature, culture and history. On top of this,…

Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Russia Plan to Expand Energy Cooperation

Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Russia Plan to Expand Energy Cooperation Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Armen Grigoryan The Jamestown Foundation In Yerevan, on December 23, the energy ministers of Armenia, Georgia, and Iran as well as the chief executive of the Rosseti joint-stock company, which manages Russia’s power distribution grids, signed a memorandum on cooperation…

Sunni Islamists Kill Many in Burkina Faso: Takfiri Jihad, Terrorism and Sectarianism

Sunni Islamists Kill Many in Burkina Faso: Takfiri Jihad, Terrorism and Sectarianism Omar Abdullah Ismail, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the past two weeks Sunni Takfiri Islamists have attacked many nations including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Turkey. At the same time, nations like…

Japanese Art and Ike No Taiga (1723-1776): China, Poverty, Stratification and Myths

Japanese Art and Ike No Taiga (1723-1776): China, Poverty, Stratification and Myths Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Edo Period is famous for isolating Japan from the outside world and equally known for stratification. This applies notably to events prior to the last few decades of the demise of the Edo Period because Western…

Saudi Arabia is Pulverizing Yemen: Feudal Islamist Monarchy, Sectarianism and Western Powers

Saudi Arabia is Pulverizing Yemen: Feudal Islamist Monarchy, Sectarianism and Western Powers Salma Zribi, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Saudi Arabia and allies of this nation are pulverizing Yemen to pieces on a daily basis. Indeed, nothing is sacred because mosques, hospitals, schools, food centers and the entire infrastructure are being…

Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats

Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats International Crisis Group OVERVIEW Tajikistan, Central Asia’s poorest state, is under dangerous pressure both internally and externally. President Emomali Rahmon’s 23-year rule is marred by violence, lack of accountability, corruption and mass migration. Remittances and drug trafficking are key sources of income. Controls on religion and political opposition,…

Al-Shabaab Recruitment from Kenyan Universities Alarms Officials

Al-Shabaab Recruitment from Kenyan Universities Alarms Officials Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Sunguta West The Jamestown Foundation Al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based Islamist militant organization, is still actively recruiting from neighboring Kenya even as the group suffers major setbacks in southern Somalia. Underpinning the group’s notable success in recruitment is the radicalization and indoctrination of young men in…

Lake Chad Basin and Islamist Threat against Christians and Muslims: Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria

Lake Chad Basin and Islamist Threat against Christians and Muslims: Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Sunni Takfiri Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram continues to slaughter and intimidate. However, unlike past years prior to 2015 this now equally applies to parts of Cameroon,…

Japanese Artist and Stunning Derbyshire: New Mills and Brailsford Christian Church

Japanese Artist and Stunning Derbyshire: New Mills and Brailsford Christian Church Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The stunning landscape of the High Peak in Derbyshire is a real treasure and the same applies to the surrounding area. This applies to stunning nature, amazing villages within the mountain landscape, beautiful rivers, adorable Christian churches, tranquil…