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The Battle for Guantánamo

  • Sun, 09/17/2006 - 12:00

Col. Mike Bumgarner took over as the warden of Guantánamo Bay in April 2005. He had been hoping to be sent to Iraq; among senior officers of the Army’s military police corps, the job of commanding guards at the American detention camp in Cuba was considered not particularly challenging and somewhat risky to a career.

Why a rising China can't dominate Asia

  • Thu, 09/14/2006 - 12:00

"China can't dominate Asia; there are too many governments in Asia." This comment by a senior Chinese official during a recent interview in Beijing reflects realities of power that make Chinese leadership in Asia unlikely under foreseeable circumstances.

The Dragon Looks West: China and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization

  • Thu, 09/07/2006 - 12:00

In 1996, five countries—China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan—formed an organiza­tion, the Shanghai Five, to resolve border disputes among its members. With the addition of Uzbekistan in 2001, it became the Shanghai Cooperation Organi­zation (SCO), a grouping of Russia, China, and a number of under-developed and developing nations with little to bind them together save geography.

Islam with Chinese characteristics

  • Tue, 09/05/2006 - 12:00

The muezzin sounds the evening call to prayer. White skullcaps glint in the fading brightness of the setting sun as the faithful make their way into the mosque. The shush of whispered "salam alaikums" fills the hall. Outside, the mosque's minarets stretch up into the sky; a single crescent moon decorates the top of the green dome.

The second liberation of Tibet?

  • Tue, 09/05/2006 - 12:00

A rather strange piece of news appeared recently in the press: a German Google Earth user spotted a military base in China’s Northern plains......

Letter from China: The patience of China vs. the patience of Tibet

  • Fri, 09/01/2006 - 12:00

China There are no boundary markers at the edge of this town to signal to travelers that they are entering a different world, but the feeling could not be more distinct even if there were.

Why India will overtake China

  • Thu, 08/31/2006 - 12:00

 On behalf of thousands of peasants from his native village, Ma Wenlin, a self-taught lawyer in northern China, sued the local government in 1997 to recover taxes that had been illegally assessed.

Halfway to China's Collapse

  • Thu, 08/31/2006 - 12:00

The Coming Collapse of China, my book, predicts the fall of the Chinese Communist Party by the end of this decade. We are now at the halfway point between its publication in 2001 and that time. So is China's leading political organization on schedule for a fall?

China's Uyghur Muslims

  • Tue, 08/29/2006 - 12:00


Devotional chants ring out all around me. The walls of this ancient mosque resonate in harmony with these chants, rewarding the hundreds of people deep in prayer with an atmosphere of surreal calm.

Sizing up the dragon's 'miracle'

  • Mon, 08/28/2006 - 12:00

     On May 10, 1869, a hastily arranged, Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Summit, Utah, marked the opening of the World’s First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States that connects the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.

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