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Mar 2, 2007

The lure of "home'' is powerful. But a Canadian passport is no guarantee that citizens won't come to grief when they venture into perilous realms. This is self-evidently true for naturalized Canadians who have previously fled from those areas, precisely because they believed themselves at risk of persecution and prosecution.

Feb 27, 2007

Supporters of Huseyin Celil, a Canadian citizen detained in China, say
that his court-appointed lawyer is inadequate and that Canada's
Department of Foreign Affairs has recommended they obtain independent
legal advice there.

Feb 27, 2007

It's taken me a few days to get a functioning URL of Martin Wayne's Asia Times piece on East Turkestan; mea culpa for that. However, I have now had the chance to examine Wayne's assertion that Communist China (a) has confronted al Qaeda, (b) has largely handled al Qaeda, and (c) its performance in "Xinjiang" can be a model for the rest of the world.

Feb 22, 2007

Chinese President Hu Jintao wrapped up his eight-country, twelve-day African tour this month in the midst of controversy regarding China’s role in the continent. Government officials from the countries that received China’s leader expressed gratitude for their guest’s generous offers of aid, cancellations of debt and promises of trade and investment.

Feb 22, 2007

China is sending more troops to the mostly Muslim province of Xinjiang in the far west of the country. Concerns are rising in Beijing of ethnic unrest in the border region. Its plans for economic development there may be in trouble.

Feb 21, 2007

Abu Bakker Qassim faced an unusual situation for a man in prison: His captors, the U.S. military, had essentially declared him innocent. Then again, most of his situation seemed highly unusual. For nearly five years, since being rounded up by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001, Qassim, an ethnic Uighur Muslim from the western Chinese province of Xinjiang, sat in the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Feb 20, 2007

A Chinese Canadian businessman from Mississauga has been detained – without formal charge – in Fujian, China, for four months in the midst of a business dispute with his distribution company's Hong Kong supplier.

Feb 17, 2007

The widow of an ethnic Uyghur Russian popstar who died in Moscow Jan. 19 has denied reports that her husband committed suicide, saying she suspects he may have been poisoned.

Feb 17, 2007

He is a very stubborn man, a pious imam and a proud Uighur. He's drawn the wrath of China's authorities who brand him a terrorist. Huseyin Celil is also a Canadian, jailed in an unknown prison in western China. And his case is straining relations between the two nations

Feb 13, 2007

Globalization has always been a dodgy term. As a clever neologism, it flatters our need to believe that the times we inhabit offer something truly new. Pause to think about it more clearly, though, and even a basic knowledge of geography or history turns up examples in almost every corner of the globe of the kinds of intercourse that turns global into globalization.

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