Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU

Calls for U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Iraq Continue as al-Amiri Emerges as Leader of PMU Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 18 Issue: 1 By: Rafid Jaboori The Jamestown Foundation The crisis in relations between the United States and Iraq’s Shia-led government has deepened over the last few weeks and especially after the killing of Iran’s top…

Art of Japan and reflecting on a different age

Art of Japan and reflecting on a different age Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese artist Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) went against the grain in the eighteenth century because he was greatly influenced by the Muromachi Period. This period, dated 1336 to 1573, but officially coming into existence in 1338, intrigued Shōhaku greatly. Therefore,…

Japan PM to visit Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates: US and Iran

Japan PM to visit Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates: US and Iran Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In a sign that America and Iran are seeking to salvage something positive despite heightened tensions, the leader of Japan will go ahead with his regional visit to the Middle East.…

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission

Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran before the planned Self Defense Force mission Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan seeks restraint from America and Iran over the ongoing crisis between both nations. This rupture increased after America killed Qassem Soleimani, the Quds…

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran 

Lebanon blighted by internal issues but Hezbollah threatens to embroil the nation for Iran  Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Enormous demonstrations have taken place in Lebanon because of mounting economic, political, and social problems. At the same time, political cronyism and the sectarian nature of politics is holding back the hope…

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)

Japanese art and Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Japanese woodblock (ukiyo-e) artist Torii Kiyonaga was a very innovative artist who helped to enhance the prestige of the Torii School. Indeed, despite Kiyonaga not belonging to the Torii family, he still rose to the top and adopted this esteemed name. Kiyonaga…

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq 

US airstrike takes out Qassem Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Iraq  Ramazan Khalidov and Lee Jay Walker  Modern Tokyo Times  President Donald Trump permitted to take out General Qassem Soleimani based on the recent escalation in Iraq. Of course, for Trump, and others in his administration opposed to the actions of Iran, then…

Austria Conservative and Green coalition: “To protect the climate and borders” – Visegrad nations 

Austria Conservative and Green coalition: “To protect the climate and borders” – Visegrad nations  Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Sebastian Kurz of Austria is an extremely dynamic politician. Thus, his announcement of a coalition with the Green Party will most likely see him returning to be the Chancellor of Austria. Therefore,…

Buddhism and poetry in Japan during the Nara Period

Buddhism and poetry in Japan during the Nara Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Yamabe no Akahito belongs to the world of eighth-century Japan when Nara was the cradle of high culture in this nation. In truth, the jigsaw of his life is extremely difficult to piece together. Hence, his relationship with the…

North Korea leaves the US door open despite possible new nuclear tests: Japan is looking on

North Korea leaves the US door open despite possible new nuclear tests: Japan is looking on Ri Kuk-Chol and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, is letting America know that unless genuine dialogue occurs, then new major military tests may take place. This relates to the possible resumption…

Planting the Seed: Ethnic Policy in Xi Jinping’s New Era of Cultural Nationalism

Planting the Seed: Ethnic Policy in Xi Jinping’s New Era of Cultural Nationalism By: James Leibold The Jamestown Foundation The recent leak of secret Chinese Communist Party (CCP) documents in Xinjiang provides irrefutable evidence of the CCP’s radical plan to fundamentally remake Xinjiang society and transform the thoughts and behaviour of its Muslim minorities (ICIJ,…

Egyptian Government Cracks Down on Radical Schools

Egyptian Government Cracks Down on Radical Schools by Hany Ghoraba Special to IPT News Investigative Project on Terrorism Despite the destruction of the Muslim Brotherhood’s hierarchy by Egyptian authorities after the June 2013 revolution, the 91-year-old group remains influential in Egyptian society. This is especially true in its education system. But there are signs the…

Germany, the EU, and Russia condemn US sanctions over Nord Stream 2

Germany, the EU, and Russia condemn US sanctions over Nord Stream 2 Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Germany, the European Union (EU), and the Russian Federation have all condemned America after the White House issued sanctions on companies dealing with Nord Stream 2. Once more, the United States under President Donald…

Hizb ul-Ahrar: Pakistan’s Cross-border Taliban Problem Remains Critical

Hizb ul-Ahrar: Pakistan’s Cross-border Taliban Problem Remains Critical Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation Following a notable lull in militant activity, Pakistan is now facing a unique militant escalation targeted against its security forces in the North Waziristan area and bordering regions. Despite the Taliban force largely being subdued following the concerted…

Myanmar is a distortion for Islamic and Western nations to hide their crimes: CHT, ICJ, and OIC

Myanmar is a distortion for Islamic and Western nations to hide their crimes: CHT, ICJ, and OIC Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Myanmar is seeking to stabilize the democratic path despite countless ethnic issues that beset this nation, the result of decades of authoritarian rule. At the same time, endless negative…