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Beijing Launches “All-Out Offensive” Against Uyghur Minority

  • Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:27

Beijing has unleashed an “all-out offensive” in the far western province of Xinjiang on the pretext of a terrorist threat from members of the nation’s predominantly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.


  • Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:24

For their unprecedented scale and effectiveness, China’s efforts at censorship have been dubbed the “Great Firewall.” China, however, now has grander ambitions. Without much fanfare, the Chinese government has turned its focus outward, seeking to take its influence over the information environment global.

Where is Ethnicity?:Intersectionality in the Chinese Feminist Movement

  • Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:27

The Chinese feminist movement has been making impressive waves over the past few years. Largely made up of young women, Chinese feminist activists  have been using their fiercely creative social media skills and performance art to bring their campaigns for gender equality to a broader audience.  

Ian Johnson

What Xinjiang needs is de-escalation - Ian Johnson

  • Fri, 03/03/2017 - 15:43

While religion is getting more leeway in China, the opposite is happening for the Tibetans and Uighur, says journalist Ian Johnson, author of the upcoming book The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao in the Globe&Mail. Just last week Xinjiang, home to the Uyghur, saw a strong increase in security forces.

Remembering the Ghulja Incident: 20th Anniversary of ‘Uyghur Tiananmen’ Passes With Little Notice

  • Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:47

20 years on, the Ghulja Incident has largely disappeared from public imagination.

“Counterterrorism” in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:51

Terrorist attacks are becoming more frequent in China’s Xinjiang province, and the Chinese government is in desperate need of a new counterterrorism strategy.

Chinese soldiers amass outside of Labrang Monastery in Gansu Province to prevent protests during Losar, the Tibetan lunar New Year festival, in February 2016 (Christophe Boisvieux/Getty Images).

The Battle for China’s Spirit

  • Tue, 02/28/2017 - 17:40

Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping

Ilham Tohti

China’s imprisonment of Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti has dire consequences

  • Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:31

The nomination last week of the imprisoned Uyghur Professor Ilham Tohti for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is welcome recognition of the role this courageous individual has played in working for the fundamental rights of a beleaguered people.

Chinese soldiers march past the Id Kah Mosque, China’s largest, on July 31st, 2014, in Kashgar, China. (Photo: Getty Images)

China Is Creating an Unprecedented ‘Security State’ in Xinjiang

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 18:02

A scholar suggests Beijing is heightening its suppression of the Uyghur ethnic minority.

Is China’s Counterterrorism Policy in Xinjiang Working?

  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:54

China’s Xinjiang experience demonstrates the perils of large-scale anti-Muslim policies.