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A Chechnya in the making

  • Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:11

An iron fist in Xinjiang is fuelling an insurrection. China’s leadership must switch tactics

Chinese soldiers in riot gear secure the area outside the Id Kah Mosque, after Imam Jumwe Tahir was killed by assailants following early morning prayers on July 30, 2014 in old Kashgar. (Kevin Frayer—Getty Images)

In the Shadow of Beijing’s Rule: Uighur Life in the Ancient City of Kashgar

  • Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:07

Getty photographer Kevin Frayer documents a people fighting to maintain their cultural and religious independence

Spreading the net

  • Thu, 08/07/2014 - 22:02

New episodes of violence and repression have heightened tensions in Xinjiang

A Uighur boy sits atop a horse as he has his picture taken outside the Id Kah Mosque before the Eid holiday on July 28th, in old Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The ping and reciprocal pong of a Xinjiang city’s internal diplomacy

  • Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:59

In a Chinese regional capital, Uighurs and Hans live in fearful, policed peace

Repression in China and Its Consequences in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:35

A series of violent incidents in China involving Uyghurs has focused increasing attention on the Turkic Muslim minority group and on the religious and political situation in their homeland, China’s vast northwestern province known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or East Turkistan).


  • Mon, 08/04/2014 - 11:55

The increasing tensions between the Uighurs and the Chinese government, and the increasing number of violent incidents in Xinjiang (aka East Turkistan) in the last two years demonstrate that the region has become a hot bed of ethnic conflict.

Dispatches From Xinjiang: “Encounter On The Silk Road” At The Xinjiang Art Biennale

  • Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:03

A lot of people turned out for the final day of the Xinjiang Art Biennale on July 20 at the International Expo Center.

How China Dismantled the Uyghur Internet

  • Tue, 07/22/2014 - 18:50

In a 10 month period, China destroyed 80% of the Uyghur Internet in a massive digital book burning.

Two women stand by a roadblock as they take a picture in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur region, in September, 2009

Uyghurs' Predicatement Between Sinification And Chinese Securitization In Xinjiang

  • Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:15

Chinese authorities appealed to nationalism to mobilize huge Chinese masses when rapid economic growth started to transform the socio-political structure of the country with a lack of adherence to communist ideals during the post-Deng Xiaoping era.

A man leads camels at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. (Courtesy Reuters)

Suicide By Drought

  • Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:45

How China is Destroying Its Own Water Supply