Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back

Takfiris Kill in Kenya and Nigeria: Christian Leaders and Indigenous Islam Must Fight Back Lielit Kebede, Nuray Lydia Oglu and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists keep on butchering in Kenya and Nigeria and clearly central forces in Nigeria can’t contain Boko Haram. Kenya currently isn’t on the level of daily massacres like…

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan

Tensho Shubun and Impact of China: Zen Buddhist Priest in 15th Century Japan Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   Artists in old Japan highlight the power and influence of China. At the same time, the uniqueness of Japanese culture also shines through because of specific elements that existed and influenced artists. In modern Japan…

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals

Georgian Chechens Increasingly Play Key Roles in Both Islamic State and Its Rivals Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 217 By: Mairbek Vatchagaev The Jamestown Foundation After the followers of Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed their allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) organization (sedmitza.ru, June 30), some of the rebel forces opposed to Syrian…

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia

Iran should focus on Shia Day and not Jerusalem Day: Takfiris, Sponsored Sectarianism and Killing the Shia Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The Islamic Republic of Iran is entering a very dangerous period because the changing reality of the Middle East is increasing in its hatred towards the Shia. Of course,…

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability

A Coup Ordained? Thailand’s Prospects for Stability International Crisis Group EXECUTIVE SUMMARY On 22 May, for the twelfth time in Thailand’s history, the army seized power after months of political turbulence. This is not simply more of the same. The past decade has seen an intensifying cycle of election, protest and government downfall, whether at…

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential

Foreign Policy of Japan: No Warrior Benkei in Sight therefore China and Russia are Essential Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Since the post-World War Two period it is abundantly obvious that America predominates when it comes to the foreign policy of Japan. Indeed, the relationship, despite having some ups and downs, continues to blossom…

The Maldives and Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise?

The Maldives-Syria Connection: Jihad in Paradise? Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 22 By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation The Maldives, the Muslim-majority archipelago country in the Indian Ocean, is going through a tumultuous time, facing increasing Islamist activities at home, an exodus of radicalized youth to join the jihad in Syria and a growing…

Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd”

Josetsu and Art: Relations between China and Japan are based on “Catching a Catfish with a Gourd” Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times China and Japan have so much in common based on the richness of Buddhism, Confucianism, the arts, culture, gardens, Zen, and a plethora of areas related to high culture. Yet, relations in…

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya

East African States Need To Keep Gulf Powers At Bay: Al-Shabaab Massacre in Kenya Boutros Hussein and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The latest massacre by al-Shabaab (al-Shabab) in Kenya highlights the entire danger to East Africa and this reality is trickling down to Central Africa. This threat applies to Takfiri Islamists that are…

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers

Mali: Last Chance in Algiers Africa Briefing N°104 International Crisis Group OVERVIEW As northern Mali experiences renewed violence, peace negotiations in Algiers offer a unique opportunity to resolve the crisis. But after almost two months of negotiations, peace remains a distant hope. The Malian government and participating armed groups have struggled to find common ground.…

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed

NATO Turkey, Erdogan, Davutoglu and Terrorism: The FSA, al-Qaeda and ISIS Conduit wants Syria to be Bombed Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times President Erdogan and Prime Minister Davutoglu of NATO Turkey are continuing to call for direct military intervention against Syria alongside funding proxies on the ground to an even higher…

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy

Iranian-Turkish Relations Vis-à-Vis Turkey’s Energy Transit Policy Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 11 Issue: 204 By: Orhan Gafarli The Jamestown Foundation Despite Western economic sanctions, Iranian-Turkish relations have been developing in many different directions in recent years. Illustratively, on October 24–25, the Eastern Anatolia Development Agency (DAKA), Iran’s Foreign Ministry Institution for Political and International…

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues

Syrian Government is an Essential Pivot in the Stabilization of the Region: US Confusion Continues Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The government of Syria continues to fight tenaciously against many outside nations and international jihadists, that both seek to destroy the secular fabric of this country under President Bashar al-Assad. In…

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Japanese Art: Edo, Meiji, Poverty and the Ravages of Depression Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi literally lived in two worlds and this applies to not only the Edo Period and Meiji Period but also to his chaotic lifestyle. However, despite this, Yoshitoshi produced stunning art and he…

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence

Yasui Sotaro and Art of Japan: Paris and Domestic Influence Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yasui Sotaro (1888-1955) was born in Kyoto and he is famous for yoga (Western-style) portraiture. It is clear that this talented individual understood his vocation because he pursued a career in art despite his family desiring a more commercial career. Therefore,…

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not?

Tentative Steps in the Pipeline between China and Japan: Territorial Dispute, or not? Kanako Itamae and Jay Doggett Modern Tokyo Times It is firmly believed that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Xi Jinping of China will meet next week. According to various sources this will take place during the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic…

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan

Conflict Alert: Looming Military Offensives in South Sudan International Crisis Group Warring parties in South Sudan’s civil war are preparing for major offensives as seasonal rains ease. Hardliners in both the government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) are entrenching their positions, and think, as one opposition commander declared, “we will settle this…

Pakistan’s Anti-India Spy Network Eyes Vital Defense Infrastructure from Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s Anti-India Spy Network Eyes Vital Defense Infrastructure from Sri Lanka Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 19 By: Animesh Roul The Jamestown Foundation India’s intelligence agencies have been investigating an espionage network reportedly run by Pakistan’s external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), from Sri Lankan soil. The ISI uses legitimate government structures like…

Takfiri Barbarity and Sharia Apartheid Laws: Boko Haram and the Nightmare of Nigeria

Takfiri Barbarity and Sharia Apartheid Laws: Boko Haram and the Nightmare of Nigeria Paul Joseph Nzeribe, Lielit Kebede and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Takfiri Islamists that turn to the sword are committing untold barbarity in countless nations. Indeed, it is difficult to pin down if Takfiri Islamists are more inhumane in Afghanistan, Iraq,…

China’s Railway Diplomacy in the Balkans

China’s Railway Diplomacy in the Balkans Publication: China Brief Volume: 14 Issue: 20 By: Dragan Pavlicevic The Jamestown Foundation In November 2013, China, Serbia and Hungary signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Hungaro-Serbian High-Speed Railway (HSR), connecting Belgrade and Budapest by rail to facilitate transporting Chinese exports from Greek ports…

“Power Purification” Law and Merkel Slow Down Progress in Ukraine-Russia Diplomacy

“Power Purification” Law and Merkel Slow Down Progress in Ukraine-Russia Diplomacy Vojin Joksimovich, PhD Modern Tokyo Times “Power Purification” Law The Ukrainian Parliament, Verkhovna Rada, has passed a new law translated as “Power Purification.” It appears that the prime mover was the Prime Minister (PM) Arseniy Yatsenyuk. It should be recalled that he was Victoria…