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Souls of Uighur Folk

  • Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:32

In his 1903 classic, William Du Bois considered what he called ‘double consciousness,’ defining it as a “sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.”

Carolyn Drake An apartment complex in Kashgar for Uighurs displaced by development projects, 2009

China: What the Uighurs See

  • Mon, 04/13/2015 - 19:38

Xinjiang is one of those remote places whose frequent mention in the international press stymies true understanding.

Suspected Uighurs from China’s troubled far-western region of Xinjiang rest inside a temporary shelter after they were detained at the immigration regional headquarters near the Thailand-Malaysia border in Hat Yai, Songkla. Two police raids in January freed a total of 636 people.(Photo: Reuters)

Uighurs as the invisible victims of the international system

  • Sun, 04/12/2015 - 21:59

The situation of Uighurs in China shows that what Assad did in Syria does not stay in Syria. Methods of repression spread and embolden other regimes. If this is not be stopped it will become a model for other oppressive governments around the world

Dispatches From Xinjiang: The Future Of Uyghur Tradition In “Rahime,” A Short Film By Mukaddas Mijit

  • Thu, 04/09/2015 - 21:07

In the short film Rahime, the Uyghur ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Mukaddas Mijit portrays a moment in the life of her grandmother.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin launches the Russian section of the Russia-China oil pipeline in the far eastern region of Amur, Aug. 29, 2010.

Doubts Rise on Russia-China Gas Deal

  • Tue, 04/07/2015 - 21:50

Ten months after agreeing to build a natural gas pipeline to eastern China, Russia is reportedly trying to shift deliveries to a cheaper western route.

Mosques and Islamic Identities in China

  • Fri, 04/03/2015 - 00:00

This essay is part of the series “All About China”—a journey into the history and diverse culture of China through essays that shed light on the lasting imprint of China’s past encounters with the Islamic world as well as an exploration of the increasingly vibrant and complex dynamics of contemporary Sino-Middle Eastern relations.

For more than a year the authorities in Xinjiang have been campaigning against men growing beards. —Reuters

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s vow of silence

  • Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:31

Recently, in a country that is decidedly not France, a Muslim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for keeping a beard.

FILE - Ethnic Uighur Muslims line up beside a police van in Khlong Hoi Khong of southern Songkhla province, Thailand, March 15, 2014.

Court Rules Suspected Uighur Family Must Remain in Thai Custody

  • Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:38

A Thai court Friday ruled that a family of 17 - suspected to be Uighur Muslims - must remain in custody until their nationalities are proven.

Human Rights Situations Requiring the Human Rights Council’s Attention

  • Wed, 03/18/2015 - 19:38

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

A different tune – music, identity and resistance in far west China

  • Thu, 03/12/2015 - 20:30

Author Nick Holdstock explores musical traditions and pop sensibilities in Xinjiang, China.

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