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Dec 18, 2006

Faced with mounting inequality and rising street protests, China is turning to Canada as a source of ideas on how to defuse ethnic conflicts and build a social safety net.

Dec 15, 2006

Abdel rubbed his clean-shaven chin as he and three friends finished up a dinner of goat soup and noodles. "The government doesn't allow young people here to grow beards," he said in this ancient Muslim city in China's western Xinjiang province. "If you do, they will send you to the lao gai suo (forced labor camps). This is a communist country, and it is scared of Muslims."

Dec 15, 2006

Local governments in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) continued strict controls in 2006 over the observance of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. Local governments reported promoting rules that prevented students and teachers from observing the month-long holiday, which began in late September.

Dec 9, 2006

Since 2000, Beijing has poured billions of dollars into its rustic western provinces, leaving local ethnic groups feeling threatened.

Dec 8, 2006

Rebiya Kadeer has been likened to the Dalai Lama, and the comparison grew more apt when the Uighur (pronounced wee-gur) human rights activist became a close contender for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, an award conferred on the Dalai Lama in 1989.

Nov 29, 2006

On a warm Friday last March, after a hearty breakfast of fish cakes and salad, Huseyin Celil climbed into a car for a ride across the pockmarked streets of Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

Nov 19, 2006

On a recent Friday, the holy day of Islam, crowds swelled inside the antique Jame mosque, the largest in this ancient town in Xinjiang Province in the far west of China, home to the nation's small but restive Muslim minority.

Nov 18, 2006

Fragrant pears, with exotic provenance and a legendary reputation, have arrived in the United States for the first time after a journey that evokes Marco Polo.

Nov 14, 2006
Nov 12, 2006

The story of Almijan, a gaunt 31-year-old former silk trader with nervous eyes, has all the markings of a public health nightmare. A longtime heroin addiction caused him to burn through $60,000 in life savings. Today, he says, all of his drug friends have AIDS and yet continue to share needles and to have sex with a range of women - their wives, prostitutes or, as he said, "whoever."

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