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Deadly blasts rock Xinjiang

  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:57

An explosion hit a shopping area in Luntai county, and two more blasts were reported in nearby towns

Why are Uyghurs so Good at English?

  • Mon, 09/22/2014 - 20:53

Ever since Kasim Abdurehim, the founder of the private English school Atlan, took third place in the national English speaking contest in 2004, Uyghurs have found their way into the final rounds of almost every major English speaking competition in the nation.

Opponents of Scotland's secession bid celebrated in Glasgow on Friday.Credit Andy Buchanan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Chinese React to Scotland’s Display of Self-Determination

  • Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:28

Now that Scottish voters have rejected independence at the ballot box, China’s senior leadership is undoubtedly breathing a sigh of relief.

  Policemen in riot gear guard a checkpoint on a road near a courthouse where ethnic Uighur academic Ilham Tohti's trial is taking place in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region September 17, 2014.  Credit: Reuters/Stringer

China separatism trial of Muslim scholar ends, verdict next week: lawyer

  • Fri, 09/19/2014 - 19:26

China's trial of a Uighur scholar on separatism charges completed its two days of evidence on Thursday, and his lawyer said a verdict in a case that has drawn international criticism would come next week.

Guzelnur (R), wife of Ilham Tohti, takes a rest as lawyer Li Fangping (L) chats with one of Tohti's three brothers outside the Urumqi Intermediate People's Court prior to the scholar's trial resumption after a lunch break, Sept. 17, 2014.

Trial of Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Ends, Verdict To Come 'Soon'

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:31

'It is not a crime to express one's views, nor to carry out research,' Tohti tells the court.

WUC Appeals to Indonesia Not to Send Uyghur Suspects Back to China

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:27

World Uyghur Congress leader Rebiya Kadeer says she fears they will face harsh punishment on their return home.

Chinese police ask a group of people who were denied entry to the Urumqi Intermediate People's court to leave as the trial of Ilham Tohti begins in Urumqi, Sept. 17, 2014.

China separatism trial of Muslim scholar ends, verdict next week: lawyer

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:24

 China's trial of a Uighur scholar on separatism charges completed its two days of evidence on Thursday, and his lawyer said a verdict in a case that has drawn international criticism might come next week.

Human Rights Watch says Tohti's trial, in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi, is a 'travesty of justice' [Getty Images]

Trial of Uighur scholar resumes in China

  • Thu, 09/18/2014 - 19:14

Prominent academic Ilham Tohti faces 10 years to life in prison on charges rights activists dismiss as arbitrary.

Ilham teaching. Photo from the Tibetan writer Woeser’s Twitter account @degewa.

Ilham Tohti Says

  • Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:13

The Uighur economics professor, and founder of Uighurbiz website, is on trial today in Urumqi on separatism charges. The following excerpts were compiled by Ilham’s close friend and Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser in February this year shortly after his arrest.

Economist Ilham Tohti, from China's predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region, speaks to students at the Central Nationalities University in Beijing in 2009.  (Elizabeth Dalziel/AP)

Uighur scholar’s daughter laments China’s ‘ridiculous’ charges against her father

  • Wed, 09/17/2014 - 19:09

In February 2013, Jewher Ilham was due to accompany her father to the United States for a month, to help him settle in as he took up a new job as a visiting scholar at Indiana University.

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