President of Tunisia suspends parliament further and consolidates: Regional issues

President of Tunisia suspends parliament further and consolidates: Regional issues Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kais Saied of Tunisia is suspending parliament further while consolidating his position and aims. Last month, he fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi citing national security. Therefore, in this interim period, Saied intends to shore up Tunisia…

Chad downsizes its armed forces in the Sahel: Islamist terrorism and France

Chad downsizes its armed forces in the Sahel: Islamist terrorism and France Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The armed forces of Chad are known throughout the Sahel and Lake Chad region for their professionalism in fighting against several Sunni Islamist terrorist groups. However, political tensions and other negative forces beset Chad.…

Rwanda helps Mozambique to dislodge Sunni Islamist forces in Mocimboa da Praia

Rwanda helps Mozambique to dislodge Sunni Islamist forces in Mocimboa da Praia Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The increasing Sunni Islamist insurgency in Northern Mozambique led to several African nations sending military forces to support Mozambique. At first, Mozambique sought to utilize private security networks to train and support the armed…

Cholera deaths in Nigeria surpass 650 people

Cholera deaths in Nigeria surpass 650 people Kanako Mita and Noriko Watanabe  Modern Tokyo Times Cholera deaths have surpassed 650 people in Nigeria. Reports claim that the crisis is intensifying even if the north remains the current epicenter. Therefore, urgent internal assistance is needed to quell the ongoing crisis. In the last few weeks, a…

Tunisia plunged into a new political crisis

Tunisia plunged into a new political crisis Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Kais Saied of Tunisia fired Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi claiming national interest. Saied then did the same to the Defense Minister as a sign of consolidating his actions. Therefore, Tunisia is being plunged once more into a new…

UN pained by the growth of Islamist terrorism in Africa: Obama and Libya debacle

UN pained by the growth of Islamist terrorism in Africa: Obama and Libya debacle Murad Makhmudov and Lee jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times A panel of experts concerning terrorism and geopolitical issues notified the United Nations (UN) about their concerns for Africa. In the first six months of this year, al-Qaida, ISIS (Islamic State), and other…

Ethiopia announces unilateral ceasefire in Tigray: Armed forces pull out of Mekelle

Ethiopia announces unilateral ceasefire in Tigray: Armed forces pull out of Mekelle Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The armed forces of Ethiopia have pulled out of Mekelle, the capital of Tigray. This rapid development happened after the government of Ethiopia declared a unilateral ceasefire that coverts the region of Tigray. Irrespective…

Hunger stalks vast numbers in Madagascar

Hunger stalks vast numbers in Madagascar Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Madagascar continues to face an enormous humanitarian crisis where hunger blights untold numbers. According to the World Food Program, over one million people in southern areas are “marching toward” the horrendous result of starvation. This includes hundreds of thousands of…

Sunni Islamists massacre over 130 in Burkina Faso

Sunni Islamists massacre over 130 in Burkina Faso Murad Makhumdov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Burkina Faso is blighted by Sunni Islamist terrorist groups and ethnic tensions. Indeed, ethnic, religious, and political tensions throughout the Sahel region are extremely alarming. Therefore, ethnic and Islamist massacres occur in Burkina Faso, Chad,…

Tigray Defense Forces Resist Ethiopian Army Offensive as Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethnic Militias Enter the Fray

Tigray Defense Forces Resist Ethiopian Army Offensive as Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethnic Militias Enter the Fray Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: Michael Horton The Jamestown Foundation After nearly seven months of fighting, the war in Ethiopia’s Tigray region shows no sign of abating. Instead, the highly predictable has occurred: the war has metastasized into a grinding…

Islamists in the DRC kill at least 55 people: Anglican Christian pastor killed

Islamists in the DRC kill at least 55 people: Anglican Christian pastor killed Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is blighted by ethnic and religious tensions. At the same time, serious health concerns exist. These include cholera, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, intestinal parasites, malaria, outbreaks of measles that…

Over 170 dead from Yellow Fever in Nigeria

Over 170 dead from Yellow Fever in Nigeria Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yellow Fever is responsible for over 170 deaths in Nigeria since an outbreak was confirmed last month. The death toll is high because only 530 suspected cases have been reported. Therefore, the fear is that the crisis will…

Alleged massacre in Ethiopia: Tigray crisis

Alleged massacre in Ethiopia: Tigray crisis Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Tensions in the region of Tigray in Ethiopia are ongoing and many people have died in recent clashes. The thorny issues of power concentration, federalism, regional grievances, ethnicity, religion, a unitary state, and political differences all exist in Ethiopia to…

African Union calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia: Tensions in Tigray

African Union calls for an immediate ceasefire in Ethiopia: Tensions in Tigray Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Ethiopia is multi-ethnic and multi-religious and many faultlines exist. Thus, issues around power concentration, regional dynamics, political differences, and ethnic issues can quickly spiral out of control. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed…

Religious leaders in Sudan declare freedom of faith: Animism, Christianity, and Islam

Religious leaders in Sudan declare freedom of faith: Animism, Christianity, and Islam Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Islamism and Arabization caused enormous convulsions in the recent history of Sudan. Indeed, in recent times the nation split into ethnic and religious lines with the creation of South Sudan. However, both Sudan and…