Colombia needs help with migrants fleeing poverty from Venezuela: Trump condemns Maduro

Colombia needs help with migrants fleeing poverty from Venezuela: Trump condemns Maduro Chika Mori and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times Colombia faces many internal problems related to the recent history of this nation and the brutal civil war. On top of this, social deprivation and issues related to crime and narcotics concern many in Colombia.…

Venezuela braced for violence after opposition leader declares himself Acting President

Venezuela braced for violence after opposition leader declares himself Acting President Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times People in Venezuela are bracing themselves for fresh political violence that may ultimately reach a new level. Indeed, with President Donald Trump of America supporting the leading opposition leader Juan Guaidó, then the international dimension…

Nicaragua accused of alleged extrajudicial executions under the leadership of Daniel Ortega

Nicaragua accused of alleged extrajudicial executions under the leadership of Daniel Ortega Kanako Itamae and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times According to Amnesty International, the government of Nicaragua under President Daniel Ortega is being accused of state-sanctioned extrajudicial executions. This strong accusation is based on the deaths of 83 protestors in the last six…

Killing Catholic Priests in Mexico and the Philippines: Father Mark Anthony Ventura murdered

Killing Catholic Priests in Mexico and the Philippines: Father Mark Anthony Ventura murdered Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you close your eyes and think about parts of the world where Roman Catholic priests could be killed, then immediately you think about nations like Nigeria and Pakistan. Of course, Christian clergy…

Mexico is the most dangerous place to be a Catholic Priest: Lawlessness and drug cartels

Mexico is the most dangerous place to be a Catholic Priest: Lawlessness and drug cartels Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In many parts of the world you have war, religious persecution, failed states, international terrorist groups, and other negative realities. Yet, for Roman Catholic priests the most dangerous nation in the…

Mercosur Nations Suspend Venezuela and Request an Immediate Political Transition

Mercosur Nations Suspend Venezuela and Request an Immediate Political Transition Sawako Uchida and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times South American nations are putting pressure on Venezuela because of the authoritarian tendencies of President Nicolas Maduro who rules this country. Hence, Mercosur, a powerful trade bloc in South America, suspended Venezuela after recent political events.…

Mexico, NSO Group, Israel, and Spying via Pegasus: The New Enemies of the State?

Mexico, NSO Group, Israel, and Spying via Pegasus: The New Enemies of the State? Chika Mori and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Mexico, according to various sources, is now allegedly spying on individuals that seek to inform based on investigative journalism, tackle corruption, or who seek to defend human rights in…

Venezuela: In a Hole, and Still Digging

Venezuela: In a Hole, and Still Digging Phil Gunson Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group Images of the bloodied face of Venezuelan opposition MP Juan Requesens, a vicious, diagonal gash across his left temple, graphically conveyed in recent days the lengths to which the government of President Nicolás Maduro appears prepared to go in order…

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map

Venezuela Is Falling off the Map Phil Gunson Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group Incoming U.S. President Donald Trump’s first foreign-policy surprise could pop up just a few hours’ flying time south of Miami. A tense political standoff between an increasingly desperate population and a dictatorial regime in Venezuela worsened in early January after the…

Another Prison Massacre in Brazil

Another Prison Massacre in Brazil Boutros Hussein and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The government of Brazil needs to formulate new policies to stem recent grim massacres inside prisons that are obviously out of control. According to the latest massacre, another thirty prisoners were mainly beheaded or burnt alive. This follows on from around 100…

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela? Phil Gunson – Senior Analyst, Andes International Crisis Group In recent weeks Nicolás Maduro appears to have taken a back seat to Venezuela’s top general, defence minister Vladimir Padrino López, who also – unusually – holds the post of operational commander of the armed forces. On 11 July, Maduro announced that he…

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…

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff

President Rousseff of Brazil is Making Matters Worse by Naming Lula Da Silva to be Chief-Of-Staff Joachim de Villiers, Michiyo Tanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is facing internal pressure from ordinary Brazilians who are disillusioned with her economic policies and issues related to corruption. This reality should…

Venezuela on the Edge

Venezuela on the Edge International Crisis Group The 6 December parliamentary election in which the Venezuelan opposition won a landslide victory and a two-thirds legislative majority, combined with the ongoing economic meltdown, should have encouraged a more conciliatory stance by the government and a mutual search for a basic political agreement. But it has not,…

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas

Brazil and World Health Organization: Growing Spread of Zika Virus throughout the Americas Galina Zobova and Kanako Itamae Modern Tokyo Times The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the Zika virus will spread to all but two nations throughout South America and North America, with Canada and continental Chile being the two exceptions. Of course,…