Nigeria and Rape in Camps: Takfiri Barbarity to Alleged Rape by Nigerian Officials

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Japanese Artist Keisai Eisen: Poverty and Independence

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African Powers Must Support Democracy in DR Congo

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Breathing Art and Endless Passion by Paul Gauguin and L.S. Lowry

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Philippines and Japan: Duterte seeks a Reduced US Role in Asia with Russia on the Horizon

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Japanese Green Tea Ceremony and High Culture: Culture, History, and Formal Settings

Japanese Green Tea Ceremony and High Culture: Culture, History, and Formal Settings James Jomo, Kanako Itamae, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese green tea ceremony was first documented in the ninth century but elements emerged in the eighth century according to some historians. Not surprisingly, major modifications and deeper meanings – in…

Japanese Art and Traditional Dress of Females

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Turkey and Russia Work on Normalizing Relations, Sign Agreement on Scaled-Back Turkish Stream Pipeline

Turkey and Russia Work on Normalizing Relations, Sign Agreement on Scaled-Back Turkish Stream Pipeline Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Orhan Gafarli The Jamestown Foundation Earlier this month, Turkey hosted the 23rd World Energy Congress in Istanbul. The theme of the Congress, held on October 9–13, was “Embracing New Frontiers.” The participants—who included 3 presidents, 56…

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes

Japan Artist and English Landscapes: Laburnum Tree, Brailsford Church, and Shinto Themes Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The recent oil painting by Sawako Utsumi, a Japanese contemporary artist, of a laburnum tree fits eloquently with her watercolor of a Christian Church in Brailsford, Derbyshire. This is based on the connection of the color yellow…

Europe’s Terror Challenges: The Returnee Threat

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Pakistan’s Jamaat-ul-Ahrar: A Violent Domestic Threat

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Russian Federation and Tajikistan: Afghanistan Sums Up Obama’s Legacy

Russian Federation and Tajikistan: Afghanistan Sums Up Obama’s Legacy Ramazan Khalidov, Sawako Uchida, and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   President Obama of America talks like an effective leader but the reality is the opposite in the realm of international relations. Indeed, only Obama could destabilize Iraq for a second time based on being…

Buddhism and Japanese Calligrapher Sugawara Mitsushige: Bodhisattva Kannon

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Russia Deepens Middle East Military Footprint With Joint Exercises in Egypt

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Japanese Animation and Timeless Classic: Princess Mononoke

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Softbank of Japan in Mega Fund with Saudi Arabia where Women Persecuted and Buddhism is Illegal

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