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Circling the wagons

  • Thu, 05/23/2013 - 23:28

In a region plagued by ethnic strife, the growth of immigrant-dominated settlements is adding to the tension

Portraits of Uighurs, China's Embattled Muslim Minority

  • Thu, 05/23/2013 - 00:00

Photographer Eleanor Moseman shows the daily lives of a people native the Xinjiang region, whom the country's majority population tends to treat with suspicion.

Photo: unknown, a mosque in Kashger. Banner: It’s prohibited for the following people to go to the mosques to practice religion: 1) Communist Party members, 2) Government employees and retirees, 3) Under 18, 4) Cadres, 5) Women

Sacred Right Defiled: A Former Imam Discusses Uyghur Religious Freedom

  • Wed, 05/22/2013 - 00:00

Late in 2012, in an undisclosed location and over cups of sweet tea, I sat down with a former Imam to talk about Uyghur religious freedom in China.

Red Tape: Chinese Government Regulation of Uyghur Religious Freedom

  • Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:13

It is Ramadan. The Chinese government has mandated all restaurants remain open for business during fasting hours.

Salman Rushdie on Chinese Censorship

  • Mon, 05/06/2013 - 21:24

An interview with the award-winning author about freedom of expression, the People's Republic, and how literature can thrive under repressive governments.

At the Tomb of Imam Asim

  • Wed, 05/01/2013 - 21:32

Mystics seem to have a penchant for seeking out remote locations. Perhaps out-of-the-way spots are more conducive to contemplation, and they add an element of enigma when chosen as a final resting place.

China’s Black Hole

  • Mon, 04/29/2013 - 21:46

Let's face it: We have little idea what's actually going on in Xinjiang and Tibet.

ONCE A SILK ROAD BY ADAM RUSZKOWSKI

  • Thu, 04/18/2013 - 21:51

The largest ethnic group, the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uighurs, has lived in China’s shadow for centuries.

Gender and Ethnic Tensions in Western China

  • Fri, 04/12/2013 - 00:00

The March 2013 sentencing of 20 Uyghur men in Xinjiang, China, on terrorism- and separatism- related charges highlights ongoing frictions in China’s far west.

Four Issues Facing China

  • Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:41

There are four fundamental issues that China’s new leaders must face: economic performance, social stability, leadership cohesion, and foreign policy.

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