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China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’

HOTAN, China — On the edge of a desert in far western China, an imposing building sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Large red characters on the facade urge people to learn Chinese, study law and acquire job Read more…


How Does Australia See Itself?

The colour, beauty and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. — Phil Johnston ___ The classless nature of pubs in Australia. — Barton Quilkey ___ Herds of Emus. Hundreds of them out by Booligal or Ivanhoe. — Davis Read more…


U.N. Panel Confronts China Over Reports That It Holds a Million Uighurs in Camps

Beijing tightened controls and surveillance of Xinjiang’s population after an eruption of violence aimed at Han Chinese, the dominant ethnic group in China, in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, in 2009 and an attack in Beijing in 2013 attributed to Uighur Muslims. Read more…


How Syrians Pioneered Digital Tools to Stand Up to Authorities

What is Beirut’s tech scene like? What are some of the most popular homegrown apps there? There are some tech start-up incubators in Beirut. Lebanon has terrible communications infrastructure, except for a small area in downtown Beirut that has better Read more…


Looking Through the Eyes of China’s Surveillance State

ZHENGZHOU, China — They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into your eyes. Surveillance cameras are everywhere in Read more…


Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

ZHENGZHOU, China — In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station. In Qingdao, a city famous for its German colonial heritage, cameras powered by artificial intelligence helped Read more…