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Elliot Sperling

The Dire Consequences of the Imprisonment of Ilham Tohti

  • Mon, 02/06/2017 - 15:33

In memory of Elliot, who passed away last week. I recovered this from my email archive, dated September 17, 2016, the day after Ilham Tohti was nominated for the Sakharov Prize. It is published here for the first time.

Villagers attend a religious meeting organized by the local government in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Nov. 3, 2015. Sun Junbin for Sixth Tone

The Quiet Undercurrents of South Xinjiang

  • Fri, 02/03/2017 - 17:22

A photographer documents the daily lives — from the mundane to the invasive — of northwestern China’s Uyghur ethnic minority.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on January 17, 2017       © 2016 Reuters

China's Xi Is No Answer To Trump

  • Thu, 02/02/2017 - 17:39

China’s President Xi Jinping visited Davos and the United Nations office in Geneva this month, portraying himself as a defender of global order on issues ranging from climate change to peace, as the world anticipates the new Trump administration. 

Opening Plenary with Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China in Davos, January 17, 2017. Copyright by World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico Xi Jinping delivered the opening plenary at Davos 2017

The Obstacles to China's Bid for Soft Power

  • Mon, 01/30/2017 - 16:57

China’s president wants to be seen as leading the defense of globalization, but this will be easier said than done.

President Xi Jinping pictured earlier this month at the UN’s headquarters in Geneva. Photo: Reuters

How Xi Jinping has taken on multiple roles ... and amassed unrivalled power in China

  • Fri, 01/27/2017 - 20:31

President now has 12 posts that give him control and oversight over most areas of government, the economy and the military

Chen Quanguo visits a “convenience police-post” in Lhasa, TAR, during Chinese New Year festivities in 2012.

China Poised to Repeat Tibet Mistakes

  • Mon, 01/23/2017 - 18:10

Abusive Policies Planned for Uyghur Region

Repression of the Uighurs in China: Religious or Political Issue?

  • Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:30

The Chinese authorities launched a strong campaign against terrorism, with several restrictions to discriminate Muslims. The reason that led China to suppress much of the Uyghurs' freedom is not an aversion to Islam. Instead, its phobia is towards the threat of a loss of authority over its territory.

Rectifying Islam: Oppression of the Uighurs

  • Thu, 01/12/2017 - 19:12

Analyzing and critiquing media coverage of education in conflict and post-conflict regions and challenging the "conflict" discourse.

The road to the Kazakh border in Horgos. This is a part of the Western Europe-Western China Expressway, which goes from Lianyungang on the coast of China to St. Petersburg, Russia, and is a vital road corridor of the New Silk Road. Image: Wade Shepard.

Horgos: The First New City Of The New Silk Road Emerges As A Robot Manufacturing Hub

  • Tue, 01/10/2017 - 18:46

In the spring of 2015 I found myself walking through the streets of Horgos, a place on the Chinese side of the China/ Kazakhstan border that has recently reemerged as the first new city of the New Silk Road. 

For centuries, Uyghurs have journeyed between the different Muslim shrines dotting the Taklamakan Desert, such as this one. Now, the Chinese state has forcibly closed many of them.

Silent Prayer - The Chinese state’s siege on Uyghur ways of worship

  • Thu, 01/05/2017 - 19:06

The tomb of the Muslim saint Imam Asim lies in China’s Taklamakan Desert, at the end of a long walkway lined with poplar trees.