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China’s Hui Muslims fearful after Chinese New Year education ban

Saturday, 17 February 2018

For some in China’s ethnic Hui Muslim minority here, a recent ban on young people engaging in religious education in mosques is an unwelcome interference in how they lead their lives. Their big fear is the Chinese government may be bringing in measures in this northwestern province of Gansu that are similar to some of those used in the crackdown on Uighur Muslims in the giant Xinjiang region further to the west.Well-integrated into society and accustomed to decades of smooth relations with ...

WATCH: Dubai marks Chinese New Year with spectacular show on Burj Khalifa

Friday, 16 February 2018

The city of Dubai celebrated the Chinese New Year with a spectacular dragon-themed light and sound show on Burj Khalifa, the global icon.With a newly produced and captivating show, Dubai pays tribute to the thousands of Chinese residents in the UAE with a dragon-themed show reflecting the Chinese cultural symbols and traditions.Following a sparkling display, a ‘Happy New Year’ message in Chinese came to life on Burj Khalifa’s façade bringing the laser show to a ...

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in Afghanistan

Monday, 12 February 2018

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps an inevitable part of the life being led by the Afghan people for the past decades, while any attempt to bring peace in the region is bound to meet rabid resistance owing to the conflict of interest among the concerned ...

Syed Jawaid Iqbal

How the Chinese are ‘re-educating’ the entire Muslim Uyghur population

Saturday, 10 February 2018

China makes the news quite often these days. And for good reason: the Dragon will determine much of our future in the rest of the world for the coming century, whether we like it or not. Some of what China is doing on the international stage is undoubtedly positive. For example, just as the United States has abandoned its role as global leader in the efforts to combat climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President, China has swiftly moved in to fill the void. As the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

The Chinese ‘war on terror’ on Uighur Muslims

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

In the aftermath of 9/11, the “War on Terror” has become a ubiquitous feature of the global landscape. We know of it in the West, we know of it in Russia, in Myanmar, the Central African Republic – in most places surrounding the Islamic world. Here, it is mostly a code word for suppression of Islam and of Muslim minorities. And of course, the “War on Terror” is everywhere within the Islamic world itself. Regimes are waging wars and everyone, especially the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

China’s jihadist crisis reaches a critical juncture

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

In recent years, jihadists born in dozens of countries worldwide from Albania to Zimbabwe have joined extremist groups operating in the Levant. Since ISIS lost its strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa last year, security apparatuses across several continents have been deeply concerned about the threat of their own citizens, who became further radicalized, highly-trained, disciplined, and battle-hardened in Iraq and Syria, returning home to wage terrorism.China is a case in point. As of May 2017, 4,000 ...

Giorgio Cafiero

The New Cold War is happening in Africa

Monday, 29 January 2018

There is a new Cold War that is brewing and the African continent is slated to be its epic center. With China's impressive rise as an economic superpower and Russia’s re-emergence as a strong military contender, the United States government is giving more attention on Africa.This fact has been confirmed once more by a just-released US National Defense Strategy, which makes for a worrying read. As Robert Borosage, Andrew Backevich and others opined, the document offers no strategy but ...

Ramzy Baroud

Why Pakistan is no longer much use to the US

Monday, 22 January 2018

Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan has been an instrumental US ally in south and central Asia. And the close relationship has continued in the years after. Pakistan has been key to the US efforts in Afghanistan since 2001, as the only reliable staging post in a region squeezed between Iran and China. In the service of this alliance, the US has supported Pakistan through thick and thin, through military dictatorships, through developing their own nuclear arsenal and through successive scandals ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

ANALYSIS: Did the US sink an Iranian oil tanker en route to North Korea?

Monday, 15 January 2018

An Iranian tanker sank on Sunday after catching fire for eight days in Chinese territorial waters. The crew, which numbered to 32 individuals, all died with no survivors. According to the official Iranian narrative, which was reported by the official Persian-speaking media outlets, the tanker Sanchi collided with a Chinese ship. In an interview with Iranian state television, the head of the Port and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad confessed that: “There is no hope in saving ...

Explosion risk for Iranian oil tanker ablaze off China

Monday, 8 January 2018

An Iranian oil tanker ablaze off the Chinese coast is at risk of exploding or sinking, authorities said Monday, as they reported there was no sign of survivors 36 hours after the vessel erupted in flames. A huge fire was still raging around the stricken ship, which had been carrying 136,000 tonnes of light oil, with fierce heat and thick black smoke billowing from the vessel and the surrounding sea. Rescuers attempting to reach the crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis were being beaten back ...

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