Christian Lady Paraded Naked by Muslim Mob in Egypt: President el-Sisi Vows Justice

Christian Lady Paraded Naked by Muslim Mob in Egypt: President el-Sisi Vows Justice Boutros Hussein, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The President of Egypt, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, promises that everything will be done to bring a Muslim mob to justice for parading an elderly Christian lady naked through the streets.…

Oman as a Counter-Terrorism Model for the GCC States

Oman as a Counter-Terrorism Model for the GCC States Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Alexandria Caputo The Jamestown Foundation Omani youth, according to one recent poll, see the ideology of Islamic State (IS) as the largest obstacle facing their Gulf nation (Times of Oman, April 16). The survey, conducted by international polling firm Penn Schoen Berland,…

Kobayashi Kiyochika and Japanese Art: Meiji Entanglements

Kobayashi Kiyochika and Japanese Art: Meiji Entanglements 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 a pro-Meiji reformer. The alternative view is that he fought on the side that desired to preserve the status quo against reforms being implemented…

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias

South Sudan’s South: Conflict in the Equatorias International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The formation of a transitional government following Riek Machar’s return to Juba in April marked the most significant milestone of the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) that ended the twenty-month…

Kintaro in Japanese Folklore and Art

Kintaro in Japanese Folklore and Art Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kintaro remains extremely popular in modern Japan because of the power of animation and other aspects of modern culture that maintains his rich visibility. In the Edo period the world of noh, kabuki and ukiyo-e provided a rich vein of information about Kintaro.…

Sunni Islamists Slaughter Many in Syria after Targeting Alawites: Russian Federation and ISIS

Sunni Islamists Slaughter Many in Syria after Targeting Alawites: Russian Federation and ISIS Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamists in Syria target predominantly Alawite areas in Tartous and Jableh. Immediately, ISIS (Islamic State – IS) claimed responsibility for the suicide and car bombing attacks that have left at least 78…

Shia Muslims Killed by ISIS Sectarian Terrorists in Iraq: Shia Cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr

Shia Muslims Killed by ISIS Sectarian Terrorists in Iraq: Shia Cleric Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr Ramazan Khalidov, Takeshi Hasegawa, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In the last two weeks, hundreds of mainly Shia Muslims have been killed in the capital of Iraq by brutal Sunni Takfiris. This applies to many different sectarian terrorist attacks…

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa

Implementing Peace and Security Architecture (III): West Africa International Crisis Group This report is also available in: français EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), now in its 41st year, has a formidable record, both in its efforts to enhance regional economic integration, its initial mandate, and to promote peace…

Alawites Massacred in al-Zara by Sunni Takfiris: Alawites to the grave, Christians to Beirut

Alawites Massacred in al-Zara by Sunni Takfiris: Alawites to the grave, Christians to Beirut Murad Makhmudov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamist Takfiris from Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra overran a mainly Alawite village in central Syria several days ago. Since then, reports stress that many Alawite civilians have been butchered.…

INF Treaty Increasingly in Danger, as Russia Balks at New Missile Defense Base in Romania

INF Treaty Increasingly in Danger, as Russia Balks at New Missile Defense Base in Romania Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Pavel Felgenhauer The Jamestown Foundation The United States missile defense (MD) base near the Romanian town of Deveselu, west of Bucharest, became operational this week, armed with 24 SM-3 Block IB interceptors, guided by a…

President Obama in non-Political visit to Hiroshima: Abe and Obama in Dignified Approach

President Obama in non-Political visit to Hiroshima: Abe and Obama in Dignified Approach Kanako Itamae, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Barack Obama of the United States of America will pay a poignant visit to the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Given the devastating nuclear attack that killed vast numbers of…

Tunisia: Transitional Justice and the Fight Against Corruption

Tunisia: Transitional Justice and the Fight Against Corruption International Crisis Group The full report is available in: Français The executive summary is also available in: العربية EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Political tensions between supporters and opponents of Tunisia’s transitional justice process and of its application in the economic realm are delaying the implementation of policies necessary to stimulate…

Christian Refugees in Germany Suffer Discrimination in Camps by Muslims: Mirror of Pakistan

Christian Refugees in Germany Suffer Discrimination in Camps by Muslims: Mirror of Pakistan Jibril Khoury, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Open Doors Germany, and others, continuously report attacks and open discrimination against Christians and other non-Muslim minorities including the Yazidis in various refugee/economic migrant housing centers. The perpetrators in these…

Waka Poetry in Old Japan: Ono no Komachi and Myths

Waka Poetry in Old Japan: Ono no Komachi and Myths Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The waka poet, Ono no Komachi, is a noted poet in Japan. This reality is abundantly clear because Komachi is numbered within the Thirty-six Poetry Immortals in the land of the rising sun. Komachi, according to tradition, was born…

Egypt and America: Emails Show Clinton Was Told About Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda Links

Emails Show Clinton Was Told About MB-AQ Links by John Rossomando IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails suggest that she may have known about connections between the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and hardcore jihadist groups such as al-Qaida early in the 2011 Arab Spring. Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal noted…

Prime Minister Abe of Japan to meet President Putin of Russia: Territorial Window?

Prime Minister Abe of Japan to meet President Putin of Russia: Territorial Window? Galina Zobova, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan will shortly meet President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. This meeting is potentially important because it provides both nations the chance to move forward…

Persecution of the Shia and Holy Pilgrimage: Institutional Hatred and Takfiri Islamists

Persecution of the Shia and Holy Pilgrimage: Institutional Hatred and Takfiri Islamists 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 a common reality…