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‘Admit Your Mistakes, Repent’: China Shifts Campaign to Control Xinjiang’s Muslims - WSJ
A semblance of normalcy appears to have returned to areas that were once patrolled by paramilitary police and armored vehicles and were once largely devoid of working-age Uighur men—targets of the re-education campaign. Street-corner checkpoints have been abandoned. Young men laughed and joked with friends.

Facial-recognition scans and manual and electronic ID checks are still pervasive, taking place at the entrances of residential compounds and public buildings rather than on the street. The doorways to some Uighur homes are still marked with a QR code that police can scan for information on the people living inside.

Discerning the truth in Xinjiang remains a challenge. Local officials block foreign reporters from moving freely in the region, particularly in the vicinity of re-education camps. Xinjiang’s Propaganda Bureau didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Local Uighur residents shy away from speaking to reporters, fearful of official retribution, making it difficult to have more than brief conversations with them.
Uighur  Muslims  religion  religiousfreedom  China  surveillance  persecution 
14 days ago by dwalbert
How the Lawyer Who Beat Chevron Lost Everything
Steven Donziger won a multibillion-dollar judgment against Chevron in Ecuador. The company sued him in New York, and now he’s under house arrest.
chevron  corruption  law  persecution  smear.campaigns  energy  oil  petroleum  capitalism  ecuador  activism  corporate.crime  corporate.corruption  corporate.state 
19 days ago by po
The West cannot survive without a re-energised belief in Christianity | The Spectator
I have come to a disconcerting conclusion. The West cannot really survive as the West without a re-energised belief in Christianity. The idea that we can live off Christianity’s moral capital, its ethics and traditions, without believing in it, appeals naturally to conservatives of a certain age. But you cannot inspire the young with a vision which you happily admit arises from beliefs that are fictional and nothing more than long-standing superstition. Christianity is either true, or it’s not much use at all.
Christianity  culture  persecution 
6 weeks ago by whatithunk
‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims
“Family members, including you, must abide by the state’s laws and rules, and not believe or spread rumors,” officials were told to say. “Only then can you add points for your family member, and after a period of assessment they can leave the school if they meet course completion standards.”The line that stands out most in the script, however, may be the model answer for how to respond to students who ask of their detained relatives, “Did they commit a crime?”The document instructed officials to acknowledge that they had not. “It is just that their thinking has been infected by unhealthy thoughts,” the script said.“Freedom is only possible when this ‘virus’ in their thinking is eradicated and they are in good health.”
NYTimes  China  Muslim  persecution 
november 2019 by thomas.kochi

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