China government’s undesired websites unveiled

Originally published by E-Taiwan News, 12 February 2010

Google’s row with China over Internet freedom has aroused an universal concern for its controversial mechanism of information censorship. Many cannot help but wonder what is China’s rationale underlying Internet censorship? And what kind of websites are forbidden?

Recently, Phoenix Weekly stationed in Beijing published a “confidential blacklist,” revealing a series of unwelcome websites – KMT is surprisingly included in the list.

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Door open to remaining Uighurs, says Palau

Originally published by Australia Network News, 11 February 2010

Palau President Johnson Toribiong says he is standing by his offer to temporarily resettle five Uighurs still being held in America’s Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

The men are the last of a group of 22 captured in Afghanistan after the US invasion in 2001.

Last year six of the detainees were moved to Palau – prompting suggestions that it was in return for financial aid from the United States.

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Trekking 1,000km in China for e-mail

Originally published by BBC, 11 February 2010

On the streets of the capital, Urumqi, people huddle around braziers to keep warm. The call to prayer rings out from the minaret of a mosque.

Every few minutes in the middle of Urumqi another security patrol passes. Chinese policemen in smart blue uniforms march in line, brandishing their guns.

Police vans drive by slowly with their blue and red warning lights flashing, officers in helmets and camouflage gear peering watchfully out.

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US ASEAN ambassador ends Cambodia trip, slams Uighur expulsions

Originally published by Monsters & Critics, 10 February 2010

Phnom Penh – A senior US envoy to South-East Asia wrapped up a brief visit to Cambodia Tuesday saying he had reiterated to Phnom  Penh that Washington remained ‘very disappointed’ with its December expulsion of 20 Uighur asylum-seekers to China.

The US still had no news on the fate of the Uighurs, said Scot Marciel, the US ambassador for ASEAN Affairs, in charge of relations with the 10 members of the Association of South-East Asian Nations.

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US won’t forgive Lon Nol debt

Originally published by Phnom Penh Post, 10 February 2010

The United States has no plans to forgive Cambodia’s decades-old debt, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday, after Cambodian officials renewed requests for the country’s Lon Nol-era debt to be erased from the books.

Speaking to reporters near the end of a brief visit to Cambodia on Tuesday, Scot Marciel, the US Ambassador for ASEAN affairs and the deputy assistant secretary of state for its East Asia and Pacific bureau, said his government’s stance on the issue had changed little, despite repeated requests.

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China sees an array of Internet threats and moves to tighten control

Originally published by My Digital FC, 9 February 2010

Deep inside a Chinese military engineering institute in September 2008, a researcher took a break from his duties and decided — against official policy — to check his private e-mail. Among the new arrivals was an electronic holiday greeting card, purportedly from a state defense office.

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Turkish World Cinema Days to Be Held In Istanbul

Originally published by Turkish Weekly, 8 February 2010

“The 4th Turkish World Cinema Days” will be held in Istanbul from February 15 to 18.

Numerous awarded movies from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, Bashkortostan and Tatarstan will be screened during the festival which aims at highligting the common culture of the participating countries, officials said in a written statement on Monday.

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Meeting highlights plight of refugees

Originally published by Phnom Penh Post, 8 February 2010

A CONFERENCE highlighting the plight of Khmer Krom, Uighur and Hmong refugees held Friday in Rome has drawn international attention to ongoing problems faced by a group of Khmer Krom refugees in Cambodia.

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