China stages another mass anti-terror rally in Xinjiang

Reuters, 20 February 2017

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By Ben Blanchard — Chinese security forces have staged another mass anti-terror rally in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, parading hundreds of armed men through the streets of the regional capital Urumqi in a show of force after an uptick in violence.

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China’s Self-Defeating Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Xinjiang

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By Michael Clarke — The correlation between regime type and the likelihood of terrorism has been a subject of scholarly attention for decades. One major stream of debate suggests that authoritarian regimes, unconstrained by civil society and democratic processes, make it harder for terrorist groups to organise and operate.

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Uyghurs Are Told to Confess Political ‘Mistakes’ in Mass Meetings

Radio Free Asia, 15 February 2017

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By Shohret Hoshur — In scenes reminiscent of China’s Cultural Revolution, ethnic Uyghurs in the country’s Xinjiang region are being called to meetings to confess their “crimes,” with punishment threatened for those whose misdeeds come to light in other ways, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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China’s ‘War on Terror’ is fracturing Uighur society

Asian Correspondent, 13 February 2017

By Matthew Abbey — For centuries, acts of terror have been employed to instill fear in the populace, however today the world is witnessing an unprecedented amount of attacks.

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Beijing’s New Scorched-Earth Policy Against the Uighurs

The Jamestown Foundation, 7 February 2017

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Cutting Tools Must be Registered With Police, Authorities in a Xinjiang County Say

Radio Free Asia, 16 January 2017

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RFA Uyghur Service — Authorities in an ethnic Uyghur county of northwest China’s Xinjiang region have ordered that all tools used for cutting must be registered with police, with the user’s ID number engraved on the blade of each tool in an apparent bid to discourage its use as a weapon, sources say.

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Xinjiang town orders residents to engrave names and ID numbers on to all knives, including kitchen tools

Hong Kong Free Press, 12 January 2017

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By Catherine Lai — A town in the restive region of Xinjiang has ordered that citizens engrave their ID numbers on all knives.

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Central Asian Uighurs Caught Between Two Fires

Transitions Online, 11 January 2017

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By Ky Krauthamer — The chairman of Kyrgyzstan’s Uighur council of elders, Alisher Nasrakhunov, says the situation in Xinjiang – where hundreds of Uighurs have reportedly died in clashes with Chinese forces in the past few years – is of concern to the community.

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