For immediate release
June 29, 2010
Contact: World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org)
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 (Munich, Germany), +1 (202) 535 0048 (Washington, DC, USA)
On July 5, 2010 and in the days surrounding July 5th, Uyghurs in exile and their supporters around the globe will stage demonstrations and other actions to commemorate the one-year anniversary of one of the saddest and most horrific days in the history of the Uyghur people and of East Turkestan (also known as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China) and to ensure that the world does not forget about the devastating plight of the Uyghur people.
On July 5, 2009, Chinese security forces brutally suppressed a peaceful protest by Uyghurs in Urumchi, the regional capital of East Turkestan, and killed many protestors according to eyewitnesses. Ethnic unrest and violence followed, as well as one of the Chinese government’s fiercest and most repressive crackdowns on Uyghurs in history.
The World Uyghur Congress (www.uyghurcongress.org), which promotes the human rights of the Uyghur people on behalf of the Uyghur exile community worldwide, is spearheading the global commemoration of July 5th. WUC and its affiliate Uyghur human rights organizations are organizing actions in 17 countries, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Turkey, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. The actions will include demonstrations in front of Chinese foreign missions, marches, and conferences and teach-ins on the July 5th events and the aftermath. For a list of actions worldwide, see
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Originally published by Reuters,28 June 2010
By Chris Buckley
BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese military denied media reports that an artillery drill in the East China Sea was a rebuke of a planned military exercise between South Korea and the United States.
Analysts and a military officer said the live ammunition exercise starting on Wednesday that will close off parts of the East China Sea off China’s coast over six days were routine and the timing was coincidental.
“The PLA artillery exercise in the East China Sea and the joint U.S.-South Korea exercise in the Yellow Sea are a complete coincidence,” Li Daguang, a professor at China’s National Defense University told the Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper under mainland control.
“The outside world shouldn’t read anything into this.”
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Originally published by Reuters,29 June 2010
By Jeremy Pelofsky
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities said on Monday they have broken up a spy ring that carried out deep-cover work in the United States to recruit political sources and gather information for the Russian government.
Authorities charged 11 individuals with the plot, 10 of whom were arrested on Sunday in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Virginia on charges including conspiracy to act as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation and money laundering.
The group, dubbed the “Illegals,” was accused of being tasked by the Russian intelligence agency SVR to enter the United States, assume false identities and become “deep-cover” Americans, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
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Originally published by The Australian,28 June 2010
By Rowan Callick
Kevin Rudd’s failure to engage China during his tenure spotlights his weaknesses
ONE of the most curious elements in the downfall of Kevin Rudd is what went wrong with Lu Kewen’s Big Chinese Adventure. It is a saga that ran parallel to the broader domestic failures that caused his demise. It is also one in which his weaknesses became apparent earlier, perhaps because it is an area of such special significance to him.
It requires the most careful probing because its lessons for Australia’s economic and strategic future are so telling.
When he became prime minister, a sense of mild exultation coursed through the community of people engaged in the relationship between Australia and China.
This was not only because he speaks Chinese, but also because of his understanding of China — not always the same thing. This appeared to provide Australia with a clear opportunity for differentiation from the rest of the West, and thus potentially better economic terms and a sound strategic relationship, or dialogue.
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