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The oil profits flow out of Kashgar

Fri, 08/08/2008 - 12:00

A slightly-delayed posting. I've been out in Kashgar, where the Chinese government says 16 policemen were killed on Monday by jihadists bent on disturbing the Olympic games.

World leaders welcomed to Beijing. Silence on human rights and terrorist threats

Fri, 08/08/2008 - 12:00

Hu Jintao greets 80 international political figures. Press and TV do not mention the threat of attacks, but residents are afraid to leave their homes. The local population is absent from celebrations. Dissidents, protestant pastor, bishops under surveillance. Jacques Rogge gives his “blessing” to Beijing’s “good” air

Backlash Over Chinese Handling of Muslim Minority

Fri, 08/08/2008 - 12:00

Experts Wonder if China's Crackdown on Muslim Minority is Fueling Violent Sentiment

Mao's ghost

Fri, 08/08/2008 - 12:00

The spirit of the chairman haunts the Beijing Olympics

Swifter, higher, weaker

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:00

Behind the sporting glitz, anxieties about minorities and the economy

Gwynne Dyer: China's failed colonial policy means greater Olympics risk

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:00

Safety is our top concern," said China's Vice-President Xi Jinping in late July, pointing to the deployment of 100,000 troops around Beijing and the surface-to-air missile batteries that protect the main stadiums as proof of the regime's determination to ensure that no terrorist attack would disrupt the Olympic Games.

The Fate of China's Minorities

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:00

Disdained by the Chinese majority and harassed by the government, Beijing uses its ethnic minorities to portray itself as a seemingly tolerant and multiethnic nation. Now the identity of China's minorities is threatened by modernization, commerce and pop culture.

The plight of the Uighurs: China's Muslims suffering as much as the Tibetans

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:00

"Amnesty International has documented that, since 2001, “tens of thousands of people are reported to have been detained for investigation in the region, and hundreds, possibly thousands, have been charged or sentenced under the Criminal Law; many Uighurs are believed to have been sentenced to death and executed for alleged “separatist” or “terrorist” offences.”

China and the Enduring Uighurs

Thu, 08/07/2008 - 12:00

On Aug. 4, four days before the start of the Beijing Olympics, two ethnic Uighurs drove a stolen dump truck into a group of some 70 Chinese border police in the town of Kashi in Xinjiang, killing at least 16 of the officers.

Calling China's Human Rights Bluff

Tue, 08/05/2008 - 12:00

Every aspect of life under totalitarian governments is political, from sports to culture to business. President Bush and other world leaders attending the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics this week should stop pretending otherwise, especially to the Chinese people.

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