Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath

Circassians Divided Over Turkish Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath Publication: North Caucasus By: Valery Dzutsati The Jamestown Foundation Many from Turkey’s North Caucasian diaspora supported President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the failed July 15 coup. At least some North Caucasians, however, have doubts about extending their support to the Turkish president. The Circassian activists are…

First Female Elected Governor of Tokyo: Yuriko Koike Promises to Reinvigorate Tokyo

First Female Elected Governor of Tokyo: Yuriko Koike Promises to Reinvigorate Tokyo Kanako Itamae and Hiroshi Saito Modern Tokyo Times A very chaotic Tokyo election resulted with Yuriko Koike emerging victorious. This reality happened despite her own party, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), refusing to support her. Therefore, Koike appealed directly to all Tokyoites…

Visegrad Unity is Essential for Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Slovenia need Embedding

Visegrad Unity is Essential for Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, and Slovenia need Embedding Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The continent of Europe is once more beset by major convulsions of which many are self-induced. Once, it appeared that the European Union was based on the interests of the respective citizens…

Zimbabwe’s Threadbare Theatre of Reform

Zimbabwe’s Threadbare Theatre of Reform Piers Pigou Senior Consultant, Southern Africa International Crisis Group Zimbabweans are slowing rediscovering the courage to speak out as Zimbabwe’s much-vaunted reform process is consumed by insincerity, slow-burn crisis, and infighting over the succession to 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Complementing growing opposition activity, recent weeks have seen a rash of…

Nice Holiday for Merkel during Death and Terror in Germany, then says No Refugee Change

Nice Holiday for Merkel during Death and Terror in Germany, then says No Refugee Change Murad Makhmudov, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Chancellor Merkel had a delightful holiday while Germany was beset by several barbaric attacks that killed many people. Like usual, just like other political correct politicians who reside in…

Japan in ¥28 Trillion Economic Package and a Ridiculously Small Increase in Hourly Rate for the Poor

Japan in ¥28 Trillion Economic Package and a Ridiculously Small Increase in Hourly Rate for the Poor Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced yet another mega-stimulus package. Yet, in all truth, these endless packages appear to be assisting corporate Japan, construction companies, major shareholders, and…

Sunni Islamists butcher Christian Priest in France: Hungary and Visegrad Needed

Sunni Islamists butcher Christian Priest in France: Hungary and Visegrad Needed Nawal Soueif, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sunni Islamist barbarians who behead and butcher Alawites, Christians, Yazidis, and the Shia in countless nations, are now turning to Belgium, France, and Germany, to spread fear. The latest Sunni Islamist Takfiri attack…

Israel Seeks to Create an Islamist and Sectarian Free Zone in Southern Syria: Independent Syria

Israel Seeks to Create an Islamist and Sectarian Free Zone in Southern Syria: Independent Syria Ramazan Khalidov, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gulf and NATO nations have collectively conspired to defeat the central government of Syria. This includes democratic and feudal monarchies siding with Sunni Islamist sectarians against the mosaic of…

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence

Pakistan’s LeJ Baluchistan Operations Ready for Resurgence Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 14 Issue: 15 By: Farhan Zahid The Jamestown Foundation Sectarian violence in Pakistan’s troubled Baluchistan province dropped dramatically with the death of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi’s (LeJ) leader Usman Saifullah Kurd in 2015. Attacks, however, have continued under the group’s new leader, Dawood Badini, and LeJ appears…

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice

Venezuela: Edge of the Precipice International Crisis Group The full briefing is also available in: español OVERVIEW In December 2015, President Nicolás Maduro immediately recognised the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition’s resounding legislative election victory. For the first time in over sixteen years, the prospect arose of political cohabitation between the alliance led by the ruling…

United Kingdom should stop Softbank from Buying ARM: Mass Debt and National Interests

United Kingdom should stop Softbank from Buying ARM: Mass Debt and National Interests Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   The United Kingdom government should step-in in order to protect ARM Holdings being sold to highly indebted Softbank. Not only is the debt ratio of Softbank alarming, but more important the national…

Moscow ‘Bypassing’ Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India

Moscow ‘Bypassing’ Armenia to Reach Azerbaijan, Iran and India Publication: Eurasia Daily By: Paul Goble The Jamestown Foundation Perhaps the most important geopolitical development of mid-July 2016 was not the continuing conflict in the South China Sea, the failed coup in Turkey, or terrorist violence in France—all of which attracted considerable international attention—but rather the…

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt

Modern Japanese Artist and Utrillo: Seasonal Change of Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Notre-Dame de Clignantcourt in the life of Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) wasn’t a particular historical and famous Christian church in Paris. However, this Catholic place of worship certainly hit a right chord with Utrillo because he painted this scene,…

Gulf and Western-Backed Terrorists in Syria Behead a Palestinian Boy after Taunting Him

Gulf and Western-Backed Terrorists in Syria Behead a Palestinian Boy after Taunting Him Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Gulf and Western-backed sectarians in Syria captured a terrified young Palestinian boy in Aleppo, then shortly afterwards they taunt and behead him without one ounce of compassion. On the contrary, just like other…

Turkey under Despotic President Erdogan: Coup Plotters Rushed on Fear of Immediate Arrests

Turkey under Despotic President Erdogan: Coup Plotters Rushed on Fear of Immediate Arrests Nuray Lydia Oglu, Noriko Watanabe, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The botched coup against President Erdogan appears to be based on bringing plans forward because of knowing about imminent arrests. According to internal sources in Turkey, at least 300 prominent…

Nagorno-Karabakh: New Opening, or More Peril?

Nagorno-Karabakh: New Opening, or More Peril? Europe Report N°239 4 Jul 2016 International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS The pattern of military escalation on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border and Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) since at least 2011 meant it should not have been the surprise it was when major fighting broke out…

Japanese Buddhism, Kukai (774-835), and Koyasan: A lone cloud has no place to settle

Japanese Buddhism, Kukai (774-835), and Koyasan: A lone cloud has no place to settle Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese Buddhism, just like Christianity and Islam internationally, is divided into various sects and thought patterns. One of the great Buddhist spiritual teachers of old Japan is Kukai (774-835). This is based on the teachings…