Tag: China

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

Ilham Tohti Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  (New York) – The prosecution of China’s most prominent Uighur scholar, the economist Ilham Tohti, is a disturbing example of politicized show trials and intolerance for peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial only serves […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

“If you want to run an empire, the best possible way is to have unity through diversity. You don’t chop off heads, you bring people in, you invite them to convert. If they don’t, well, God will take care of that but in the meantime, they pay higher taxes.” Professor Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware  by […]

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Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for CHINA BRIEF (Volume: 14 Issue: 17) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities. The provincial government has once again reinforced its ban on Ramadan fasting for Uyghur […]

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Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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China’s New Silk Road Strategy

China’s New Silk Road Strategy

[ 0 ] May 22, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE: In the current issue of Middle East Report, we write about the strategic logic of China’s increasing investment in teaching Middle Eastern languages, particularly Arabic, Persian and Turkish. A key goal of the push for Middle Eastern […]

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China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

China’s Strategic Middle Eastern Languages

[ 0 ] May 21, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST RESEARCH AND INFORMATION PROJECT (MERIP) SPRING 2014 ISSUE:  Though the People’s Republic of China has extensive commercial ties in the Middle East, its three strategic partners in the region are Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. It is not surprising, therefore, that the major Middle Eastern […]

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Shaping Things to Come: America’s Role

[ 0 ] May 2, 2014 |

by SIMON SERFATY for THE NATIONAL INTEREST on APRIL 30, 2014:  RAYMOND ARON CALLED THE TWENTIETH CENTURY “the century of total war,” and so it was, arguably the worst ever, exceeding even the devastation created by the Thirty Years’ War. As many as 175 million people were deliberately killed, whether in combat or in cold […]

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