Secret Files Untold Story of CIA Covert Operations in Tibet

Secret Files Untold Story of CIA Covert Operations in Tibet

20:57 13.12.2016Get short URL 175917 The publication of the US' secret intelligence documents on the CIA covert operations in Tibet back in 1998 came like a clap of thunder in a clear sky. The declassified memoranda shed light on Washington's interference on China's domestic affairs since the later 1950s and the Dalai Lama's cooperation with the CIA. The controversy sparked recently by US President-elect Donald Trump's tough remarks regarding the "One China" policy and the ...

Intelligence Leaks Reveal Erdogan Regime Arming Criminal Turkish Gangs in Germany Osmanen-Germania

Intelligence Leaks Reveal Erdogan Regime Arming Criminal Turkish Gangs in Germany

Intelligence Leaks Reveal Erdogan Regime Arming Criminal Turkish Gangs in Germany BY PATRICK POOLE DECEMBER 14, 2017 CHAT 24 COMMENTS An explosive report has revealed that close associates of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and officials of his AKP Party are funding and arming criminal gangs in Germany. This information reportedly was leaked by German intelligence to several media outlets, which subsequently published the allegations. German-language outlet ...

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Human rights group to take unprecedented legal step against Azerbaijan

The country’s refusal to release a political prisoner could lead to its expulsion from the Council. By GINGER HERVEY The Council of Europe on Wednesday formally agreed to take legal action against Azerbaijan over its refusal to release an opposition politician from jail. At its weekly meeting, the human rights organization’s Committee of Ministers — the foreign ministers of the 47 countries that make up the Strasbourg-based group — notified Azerbaijan of its intention to trigger ...

In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War

In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War

A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict. And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview ...

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived the attempted coup in Turkey 2017

Erdogan isn’t the root of Turkey’s troubles

 by Steven A. Cook President Recep Tayyip Erdogan survived the attempted coup in Turkey one year ago this Saturday, but the aftermath has been ugly. A purge that the government had begun well before the failed putsch accelerated and has since ruined the lives of more than 200,000 people and counting. In mid-April, the government staged a referendum on the powers of the presidency. The “yes” votes carried the day, but barely. Observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in ...

Pirate Bay founder - We’ve lost the internet, it’s all about damage control now

Pirate Bay founder: We’ve lost the internet, it’s all about damage control now

At its inception, the internet was a beautifully idealistic and equal place. But the world sucks and we’ve continuously made it more and more centralized, taking power away from users and handing it over to big companies. And the worst thing is that we can’t fix it — we can only make it slightly less awful. That was pretty much the core of Pirate Bay’s co-founder, Peter Sunde‘s talk at tech festival Brain Bar Budapest. TNW sat down with the pessimistic activist and controversial figure to ...

What’s going on with Qatar?

What’s going on with Qatar?

Tensions have resurfaced in a sustained media onslaught that has again cast Qatar as a threat to stability and security in the Persian Gulf. At the heart of the latest argument among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are incendiary comments attributed to Qatar’s Emir Tamim at a military graduation ceremony May 23. A report published on the Qatar News Agency (QNA) website later that day alleged that the emir stated that Qatar had a tense relationship with President Trump’s ...

The Nikola Tesla Interview That Was Hidden For 116 Years Will Blow Your Mind

The Nikola Tesla Interview That Was Hidden For 116 Years Will Blow Your Mind

In 1899, Nikola Tesla did an interview with a journalist named John Smith, and the ideas expressed by Tesla in that interview were so revolutionary, that the contents of it were covered up and hidden away for over 100 years. During the interview, the scientist and inventor explained how "everything is light" and that the sun's rays can unravel his visions for the future of humanity. Tesla was widely believed to have invented ways to provide the whole world with a free and unlimited ...

Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

Does Iraq Have a Plan for After the Islamic State?

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Monday that the United States will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq, bringing the total upwards of 4,600 as preparations get underway to recapture Mosul from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. It comes as Iraqi forces and militias, with U.S. backing, have retaken large swaths of territory from the group, but this progress may come to naught if the state cannot extend rule of law to newly liberated areas, says Ned Parker, former Baghdad bureau chief for ...

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The Logic of the Political Purge

Turkey’s president has arrested thousands of people to hang onto power. Can it work? The attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016, could have been a promising moment, one that encouraged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to pursue a decidedly more democratic path. He could have used the opportunity to educate his citizens on the merits of electoral, rather than military, solutions to political conflict. After every major opposition party came out against the coup attempt, he could have seized ...

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan chairs a National Security Council (MGK) meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RTSIUNU

How Erdogan Made Turkey Authoritarian Again

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. In October 2004, the European Commission offered Turkey a formal invitation to begin negotiations for membership in that exclusive club of democracies, the European Union. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which had been in power for just two years at the time, hailed the commission’s offer as validation of its self-described Muslim Democrat worldview. Yet only a few years after that triumphant moment, Recep Tayyip Erdogan—who was prime minister for ...

The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

The U.S. Vice President and Foreign Policy

Introduction For most of U.S. history, the vice presidency was an office of little power or prestige. The incumbent’s chief responsibilities were to preside over the Senate, voting only in the case of a tie, and, on the rare occasion, replace a fallen president. By contrast, vice presidents in the twenty-first century are likely to be integral members of an administration, directly involved in shaping policy at home and abroad. Many historians say the office has been elevated to such a ...

China and Turkey & Uyghur

China and Turkey vow greater anti-terrorism cooperation

Turkey will not allow its soil to be used for activities that damage China's security, the two countries' foreign ministers agreed on Wednesday, following recent disputes over China's Muslim Uighur ethnic minority that had soured ties. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of Uighurs keen to escape unrest in China's western Xinjiang region have travelled clandestinely via Southeast Asia to Turkey, where many see themselves as sharing religious and cultural ties. Beijing says some Uighurs then end ...

Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar Jailed in China, Is Nominated for Rights Award

Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar Jailed in China, Is Nominated for Rights Award

GENEVA — A prominent Uighur scholar who is serving a life sentence for separatism in a Chinese prison was named on Wednesday as a finalist for a prestigious human rights award for trying to promote dialogue in the troubled Xinjiang region of China. The scholar, Ilham Tohti, was chosen by the Martin Ennals Foundation, based in Switzerland, as one of three candidates for its annual prize recognizing the work of human rights defenders. The group, which is named after the founder of Amnesty ...

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China asks Indonesia to deport detained Uighur terror suspect

JAKARTA — China has asked Indonesia to deport a suspected Uighur terrorist detained here since December and alleged to have links with Islamic State, authorities said Thursday. "There was indeed a request from the Chinese embassy to deport a Uighur terrorist suspect currently under police detention," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said in a media briefing. "We will see later whether we can meet their request after knowing his nationality," he said. The man, identified as ...

Inauguration of the Conference on Uyghur Refugees

Inauguration of the Conference on Uyghur Refugees

The first international conference tackling the rights of Uyghur refugees and asylum seekers was inaugurated yesterday [25 April 2016] in Berlin. The two-day event entitled “The Rights of Uyghur Refugees: Past and Present Challenges” is the result of a fruitful collaboration between three of the most active organisations in the field of Uyghur rights: the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP), with the ...

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China Detains 41 Uyghurs Who Skipped a Funeral of a Local Communist Functionary

More than 40 Uyghurs were detained last week because they failed to show up for a prominent Communist Party member’s funeral in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned. Included among the 41 people detained by authorities are local religious leaders from Oymanbaytoqay village of Ghulja (In Chinese, Yining) County including the Imam Enver Hesen and the Muezzin Ekber Nesirdin, local residents told RFA. While local law-enforcement officials acknowledged they ...

Armed Chinese paramilitary policemen march during an anti-terrorist drill in Hami, northwest Chinas Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 2 July 2013.

China has vowed to ramp up patrols and crack down upon terrorist groups after staging large military exercises in the restive Xinjiang region following clashes that killed at least 35 people. Beijing also dispatched two high-ranking officials to the far western region following a top-level Communist Party meeting presided over by President Xi Jinping. We will step up actions to crack down upon terrorist groups and extremist organisations and track the wanted, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the partys Politburo Standing Committee, said after arriving in the Xinjiang capital Urumqi, Xinhua news agency reported. Meng Jianzhu, another senior party official, was also in Urumqi making detailed anti-terror arrangements, it said.

Deleted Xinjiang ‘Heroes’ List Revealed Details of Unconfirmed Clashes

An official list of Uyghur police officers who died last year in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region has confirmed details of previously unacknowledged clashes with members of the mostly Muslim minority group, sources say. The list, titled “Our Heroes” and published online on April 1 by China’s Ministry of Public Security, was taken down shortly after it became clear that many of those named had not been killed in the line of duty, but had died in traffic or drowning accidents or of ...

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Indonesia will not send four Uyghurs to China: Officials

Indonesian officials said Thursday they had turned down a request from the Chinese government to exchange a fugitive Indonesian banker captured in China for four Uyghur prisoners serving terrorism-related sentences in Indonesia. Uyghurs Ahmet Mahmut, Altinci Bayram and Abdul Basit in Indonesian custody Indonesian Attorney General Agung M. Prasetyo told parliament that the government had refused the Chinese request for a four-for-one swap of prisoners, but that the Chinese had agreed to ...

China intensifies controversial crackdown on Uighurs

Xinjiang attacks killed at least 18 people

Xinjiang attacks killed at least 18 people 1. Kashi city, Xinjiang, violent attacks again Monday, a group of Uighurs armed with knives and explosives attacked the road checkpoints, killing at least 18 people, including 3 policemen and 15 of the attackers.A former local government officer said killed up to 28 people, most of them passers-by. 2. Chinese authorities in Xinjiang news website said, minfeng County, hotan Prefecture, the League recently held village Beer Festival, drew criticism ...

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China police checkpoint attack ‘kills 18′ in Xinjiang

A US media report says at least 18 people have been killed in the Chinese region of Xinjiang during a clash at a police checkpoint. According to US-based Radio Free Asia, ethnic Uighurs – part of China’s Muslim minority – attacked the police on the outskirts of Kashgar city on Monday. The Chinese authorities have refused to comment on the incident. Hospital workers in Kashgar told the BBC several injured police received medical treatment. Radio Free Asia reports the attackers killed police ...

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Boy’s Death in Thailand Highlights Plight of Uyghur Detainees

Five months after the in custody-death of a 3-year-old ethnic Uyghur boy in southern Thailand, questions remain over the circumstances leading to his demise and conditions facing some 370 other Uyghur refugees detained for more than a year after fleeing northwestern China’s Xinjiang region. Abdullah Abduweli had been receiving treatment for tuberculosis – a highly contagious bacterial infection of the lungs – for around two months at a hospital in Hat Yai before he died early on Dec. 22, ...

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China denying passports to restrict critics, minorities

Order to hand over passport to police raised eyebrows because Xinjiang is home to China’s minority Uighurs Beijing: Hand your passport to the police or it will be cancelled, read the notice to all 4.4 million residents of far-northwestern China’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture. The demand would now seem outrageous to most Chinese, who, more than a decade since passport restrictions were eased, have become increasingly accustomed to travelling abroad for tourism, study or work. Yet the ...

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Uyghur Farmer Dies in Jail Under Mysterious Circumstances

An ethnic minority Muslim Uyghur farmer serving a 10-year sentence for “illegal religious activities” has died in jail in western China’s Xinjiang region amid concerns of torture, his brother said. Yakob Idris, who died on Sept. 23, had been in good health when he was sentenced in May at a mass trial held at a sports field in Ghulja city [Yining in Chinese] of Kepekyuzi town in western China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). But authorities transferred Idris, who was aged 56, to ...

tohti China’s Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs

China’s Fruitless Repression of the Uighurs

Last week, a court in China’s far western Xinjiang region sentenced Ilham Tohti, a member of the Uighur minority, to life in prison for the crime of “inciting separatism.” The conviction of this moderate scholar elicited international condemnation; the sentence was an order of magnitude longer than those given to other Chinese dissidents. But, far from being a show of strength, the sentence is a sign of the confusion and desperation behind the government’s policies toward Uighurs. That Mr. ...

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Four Killed in New Violence, Nine Sentenced to Death in Xinjiang

Four people, including a police officer, have been killed and several others wounded in fresh violence in China’s troubled Xinjiang region, where nearly a dozen ethnic minority Uyghurs received the death penalty Thursday on terrorism-related charges, according to officials and residents. The killings occurred in two incidents in Toksu (in Chinese, Xinhe) county in Xinjiang’s Aksu perfecture on May 29, a week after Chinese authorities launched a year-long campaign against terrorism following a ...

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At Least a Dozen Killed, 100 Wounded in Bugur Riots in Xinjiang

At least a dozen people, including three policemen, were killed and about 100 injured in attacks targeting government buildings and police stations in a southern prefecture of China’s restive Xinjiang region at the weekend, local officials and eyewitnesses said, as details of the violence emerged Thursday. The Xinjiang government’s Tianshan web portal had said on Monday that two people were killed in the Sept. 21 bomb attacks by suspected Uyghurs on at least three locations in Bugur (in ...

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Rudd defends granting of visa to Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer

KEVIN Rudd today strongly asserted Australia’s right to determine who enters the country amid the fallout over the visit by a woman China regards as a terrorist. The Prime Minister defended the granting of a visa to Uighur activist Rebiya Kadeer, a decision Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has conceded had angered China. “The Government I lead is one where Australia makes decisions on who it issues visas to or not,” Mr Rudd said today. The strongly worded statement of sovereignty comes ...

Uyghur Religious Leader on Hunger Strike After Fifth Jail Term

Uyghur Religious Leader on Hunger Strike After Fifth Jail Term

A Uyghur religious leader jailed in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region has entered the third month of a hunger strike after he was slapped with a fifth prison term, prompting concerns over his health from family members and rights groups. Abdukiram Abduveli, 59, was first sentenced in 1993 to 12 years in prison for spreading “counterrevolutionary propaganda,” apparently for advocating the spread of Islam, and has now served nearly twice his original term, New York-based Amnesty International ...

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Conference Exposes Uyghur Struggle for Freedom of Religion

In light of the ongoing violations of religious freedom in East Turkestan and considering the limited international response to China’s abuse of Uyghur fundamental human rights, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) convened a high-level conference in Brussels entitled “In Defense of Religious Freedom: The Uyghur Struggle For Human Rights”, hosted by Ms Izaskun Bilbao Barandica MEP (ALDE). The 3-day event brought together academics and ...