July 2017

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Now Deletes Messages in Real Time

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:47

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:44
A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

China makes Pakistan an offer it cannot refuse

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:34

A leg-up from an all-weather friend

Detained Uyghur Students Held by Egypt’s Intelligence Service

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:31
A Uyghur student sits at a restaurant table in Cairo while police detain others behind him.

Reports suggest the more than 200 Uyghurs are being interrogated ahead of deportation to China.

Dodging Chinese Police in Kashgar, a Silk Road Oasis Town

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:29
Police officers on patrol in Kashgar, China, checked the identification documents of passers-by in December. These two passers-by happened to be plainclothes policemen. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The five policemen in black uniforms surrounded the young man and his friend on the sidewalk.

Uighur Activists Say Detained Students Moved to Cairo Prison

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:19
File photo of a mosque at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, from which Uyghur students have been rounded up at China's behest.

Egyptian authorities transferred scores of detained students from China's Uighur community to a massive prison complex in Cairo on Wednesday for interrogation alongside Chinese officials, students and activists from the ethnic minority said.

Letters on Egypt

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 21:17

We write on behalf of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) of North America and its Committee on Academic Freedom to deplore the detention since July 3, 2017, of at least sixty-two Uighur students, citizens of the People’s Republic of China, studying in Egypt, and the deportation to China of at least twelve.

Chinese Shed Tears for Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:43
Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting at the memorial for Liu Xiaobo held at the Taiwan Center in Flushing on July 15. (Photo via World Journal)

Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace laureate who died on July 13, has had some critics among exiled radical Chinese dissidents. But the Taiwan Center in New York was overflowing with his “comrades” and admirers at a memorial held for him on July 15.

Silk Way Rally: In China’s troubled region of Xinjiang, high security for off-road race

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:37

Dozens of police officers wearing bulletproof vests and toting assault rifles guard the camp of an international off-road race across China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang.

China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fears

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:16

Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country.