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27 Mar
Marginalization of Tajikistan’s Political Opposition Could Threaten Security Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Mark Vinson The Jamestown Foundation On March 1, Tajikistan held parliamentary elections. The Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan (IRPT) officially received less than 2 percent of the votes cast and lost its only two seats in the 63-member parliament (BBC Tajik, March […]
25 Mar
Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Japanese Art: Natural Beauty in a Changing WorldLee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Kuniyoshi is amongst the crème de la crème of ukiyo-e artists because his artwork was truly amazing and so powerful.  Kuniyoshi, just like other famous Japanese artists like Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, was very diverse. This is […]
25 Mar
Christian Survival in Syria Relies on President Assad: Ghosts of Cyprus, Kosovo and Iraq Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The demise of Orthodox Christianity in Northern Cyprus and Kosovo took place on the watch of Western powers, the ambitions of Turkey and the geopolitical and religious ambitions of feudal Gulf monarchs. […]
24 Mar
Syria is the Terrorist Graveyard of NATO Turkey: Obama and Ten Steps Back Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The secular government of Syria continues to hold out against the many Gulf and Western intrigues that have tried to oust the current leadership at all costs. Prior to the […]
24 Mar
Ginza Fashion, Cosmetics and Technology: Shiseido The Ginza Kanako Itamae and Sarah Deschamps Modern Tokyo Times Tokyo is famous for exquisite boutiques and where high fashion flourishes throughout this mega-city. Not surprisingly, Shiseido The Ginza suits this environment because of the rich sophistication to be found throughout this delightful store. On top of this, Shiseido […]
23 Mar
The New Silk Road and Latin America: Will They Ever Meet? Publication: China Brief By: Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga The Jamestown Foundation Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Silk Road stretches over 8,000 miles from China to Europe, traversing the Eurasian land mass and even touching Africa, but notably excludes one continent on the other side of the […]
22 Mar
Ike No Taiga and Japan Art: Rich Legacy of China and Shattering the Myths of the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Japanese art is very distinctive and contrasts greatly with classical European art. This notably applies to religious differences, environmental factors, culture, limited social interaction between both artistic poles – and other […]
21 Mar
Takfiri Islamists in Yemen Slaughter over 140 People: ISIS, Operatives or Al-Qaeda? Boutros Hussein, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The one constant theme in Egypt, Kosovo, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, and probably now in Yemen, is that certain massacres and events appear to have a hidden hand involved. This includes utilizing various […]
20 Mar
Woman with Mental Health Problems Lynched in Afghanistan for Burning the Koran Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times In Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, a woman with mental health problems was lynched by many individuals and then set alight after being stoned. The Taliban may openly kill apostates and do other barbaric […]
19 Mar
Terrorists Kill Many in Tunisia: The Ongoing Arab Winter Nawal Soueif, Takeshi Hasegawa and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   It is known that at least nineteen innocent people have been butchered in Tunisia by suspected Sunni Takfiri Islamists that deem murder to be a religious duty. In the past, Tunisia was once viewed […]
18 Mar
Utagawa Toyokuni and Japan Art: My pictures – they are merely something that I draw! Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Utagawa Toyokuni was born in 1769 and died in 1825 during the Edo Period in Japan. Sadly, despite producing elegant and stylish art he gave a rather negative comment about his artistic merits.  Indeed, […]
18 Mar
Islamic State Loots Archaeological Sites for Cash Publication: Terrorism Monitor By: John C. K. Daly The Jamestown Foundation By late 2013, more than 90 percent of Syria’s cultural sites lay in regions affected by fighting and civil unrest, leaving them open to plunder. In addition, regions of Iraq now under the control of the Islamic […]
17 Mar
Heirinji Zen Temple in Saitama: Buddhism and Tourism on the Fringe of Tokyo Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times If you adore history, culture, and the rich legacy of Buddhism, then a visit to Heirinji Zen Temple in Saitama prefecture is extremely rewarding. This fascinating temple is located in Niiza but the closeness to Tokyo […]
16 Mar
Turkmenistan and the Geopolitical Tightrope between Russia/Iran and NATO/EU Powers Nuray Lydia Oglu, Hiroshi Saito and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The nation of Turkmenistan is of major geopolitical significance because of its shared borders with Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Of equal significance is the coastal area that links Turkmenistan to the Caspian […]
15 Mar
President Obama Condemned by Regional Nations over Venezuela Joachim de Villiers, Noriko Watanabe and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times   President Obama was on the wrong side of history when America plugged to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and in other nations in North Africa and the Middle East. Similarly, he is on […]
14 Mar
Ando Hiroshige and Japanese Art: Complexity of Culture and Powerful Mirage Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Ando Hiroshige is deemed to be one of the finest artists to bless the country of Japan. On top of this, this amazing artist also influenced famous artists like Van Gogh.  Not surprisingly, Hiroshige left a lasting impression […]
13 Mar
Japanese Art and Gyoshu Hayami: Northern Renaissance to Bunjinga Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Gyoshu Hayami (1894-1935) was born in the Meiji era whereby Japan entered a period of rapid modernization. However, his art belongs to the Taisho and Showa periods of Japanese history because he was too young to make a […]
13 Mar
China’s Tacit Approval of Moscow’s Ukraine Policy Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Roger McDermott The Jamestown Foundation Since Moscow initiated military operations in Ukraine in February 2014, China has seemingly adopted an ambiguous stance as Russia’s annexation of Crimea and destabilization of southeastern Ukraine evoked international condemnation. During the past year, Beijing and Moscow strengthened […]
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