Weibo brings change to China

BBC News, 31 July 2012

The breadth and nature of public debate in China has been drastically changed by the use of social media, but is it really just a poor replacement for real social change?

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Hong Kong fights China ‘brainwashing’

news24, 31 July 2012

Hong Kong – Hong Kong parents are battling plans to introduce lessons praising China’s Communist Party rule, saying the curriculum amounts to brainwashing and an attack on the city’s cherished freedoms.

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China says US report describing restrictions on global religious freedom is full of prejudice

The Washington Post, 31 July 2012

BEIJING — China said Tuesday that a U.S. report describing repression of religion in China and elsewhere is a political tool based on groundless accusations that displays Washington’s arrogance and ignorance.

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Pakistani Faces Eviction in Xinjiang

RFA, 30 July 2012

The businessman in China’s northwest says he is being forced out because of ties to a missing Uyghur.

A Pakistani entrepreneur who had spoken out on behalf of a Uyghur employee that disappeared in the aftermath of ethnic unrest in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region is facing eviction by the Chinese company that owns his business’s building.

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Religious Freedom ‘Declines Markedly’ in China

RFA, 30 July 2012

The US State Department hits out at China for its policies on Tibetan Buddhists and Uyghur Muslims in an annual report on global religious freedom.

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US Panel Urges Calm Ramadan for Uighurs

onIslam, 29 July 2012

WASHINGTON – Appalled by the massive crackdown on Uighurs in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, a US government panel on religious freedom has urged Chinese authorities to end restrictions imposed on Uighur Muslims during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, The Uyghur American Association website reported.

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China waste water pipeline scrapped after protest

BBC News, 28 July 2012

Authorities in China say a project to build a waste water pipeline in the city of Qidong has been scrapped after a protest over pollution.

Demonstrators took to the streets of the city, north of Shanghai, and ransacked local government offices.

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Restrictions Imposed on Aid Recipients

RFA, 28 July 2012

Chinese authorities require Uyghurs to declare loyalty to the State to qualify for government aid.

Authorities in northwestern China are requiring ethnic Uyghurs from impoverished communities to sign pledges affirming their allegiance to the ruling Chinese Communist Party and curtailing their religious freedom in exchange for welfare money, according to a Uyghur media organization in exile.

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