Zimbabwe: Stranded in Stasis

Zimbabwe: Stranded in Stasis International Crisis Group OVERVIEW Zimbabwe is floundering, with little sign of meaningful reform and sustainable, broad-based recovery. Political uncertainty and economic insecurity have worsened; the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) government has consolidated power, as the opposition stumbles, but is consumed by struggles over who will succeed President…

The Battle for the Euphrates: Turkey’s Response to Kurdish Expansion

The Battle for the Euphrates: Turkey’s Response to Kurdish Expansion Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume By: Wladimir van Wilgenburg The Jamestown Foundation In an unexpected move on December 26, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), captured the Tishreen Dam close to Manbijin, Syria (YPGrojava, December 30, 2015).…

Merkel and Political Correct Coercion in Germany: Trojan Spyware and Merkel’s GDR Mirror

Merkel and Political Correct Coercion in Germany: Trojan Spyware and Merkel’s GDR Mirror Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chancellor Merkel and the current ruling party appear to believe that they have the right to alter the ethnic and religious landscape of Germany, without any questions being asked. Indeed, if individuals don’t…

Assyrian Christians Pay for Freedom from ISIS in Syria: Islamist Takfiris, Ransom and Persecution

Assyrian Christians Pay for Freedom from ISIS in Syria: Islamist Takfiris, Ransom and Persecution Jibril Khoury, Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists belonging to ISIS (Islamic State – IS) in Syria have finally released the last 43 kidnapped Assyrian Christians of the original 230 that were taken by this Islamist…

Venezuela on the Edge

Venezuela on the Edge International Crisis Group The 6 December parliamentary election in which the Venezuelan opposition won a landslide victory and a two-thirds legislative majority, combined with the ongoing economic meltdown, should have encouraged a more conciliatory stance by the government and a mutual search for a basic political agreement. But it has not,…

Merkel is Ignoring Abuses against the Kurds: Germany, Turkey and Migrant Crisis

Merkel is Ignoring Abuses against the Kurds: Germany, Turkey and Migrant Crisis Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chancellor Merkel is dictating to democratic European nations who oppose her migration and refugee policies. Not only this, the same Merkel is currently sounding like a recent mouthpiece of President Erdogan of…

Opposition Accuses Turkey of Supporting ISIS and other Jihadists against Syria: NATO says?

Opposition Accuses Turkey of Supporting ISIS and other Jihadists against Syria: NATO says? Nuray Lydia Oglu, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times It is no open secret that international jihadists and the flow of military arms have been flowing into Syria since Gulf and NATO powers began to destabilize this nation. However,…

Tunisian MB Leader’s ‘Time’ Column Glosses Over Tunisia’s Jihadi Problem

Tunisian MB Leader’s ‘Time’ Column Glosses Over Tunisia’s Jihadi Problem by John Rossomando IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi, founder and head of Tunisia’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked Ennahda Party, claims in a recent Time magazine column that his country offers the antidote to the poison spread by the Islamic State (ISIS). That’s an…

Gulf and NATO Flooded Syria with Terrorists: Economic Blockade, Refugees and President Assad

Gulf and NATO Flooded Syria with Terrorists: Economic Blockade, Refugees and President Assad Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The destabilization policies of major Gulf and NATO powers led to NATO Turkey being an open conduit for terrorists alongside a brutal economic blockade. Not only this, but weapons and international sectarian jihadists…

Chechen Muslims Loyal to Russia are Assisting in Syria by Infiltrating ISIS and al-Qaeda

Chechen Muslims Loyal to Russia are Assisting in Syria by Infiltrating ISIS and al-Qaeda Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Russian Federation is multi-ethnic and multi-religious and clearly the armed forces resemble the religious mosaic of Syria. Orthodox Christians in the armed forces of the Russian Federation may predominate, just like…

With Allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia the US doesn’t need Enemies: Erdogan Must Go

With Allies like Turkey and Saudi Arabia the US doesn’t need Enemies: Erdogan Must Go By Vojin Joksimovich, PhD Modern Tokyo Times Turkey and Saudi Arabia, routinely referred to as the United States (US) Middle East allies, have been implicated supporting the Islamic State (IS) or ISIS or ISIL (term used by president Obama) or…

Protests in Azerbaijan: A Political and Economic Watershed

Protests in Azerbaijan: A Political and Economic Watershed Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 13 Issue: 21 By: Zaur Shiriyev The Jamestown Foundation Following the devaluation of Azerbaijan’s national currency, the manat, in December 2015—the second in a year—the public has struggled to understand how this policy will affect their daily lives. The impact has become…