The Chinese Bin Laden: The terrorist leader China forgot

Written by Stephen Sullivan

On December 15,repparttar People's Republic of China commenced a series of press releases on "Uygur Terrorism" in which they "publicly" and forrepparttar 126006 "first time" identified Uygur organisations and individuals that they claim to be terrorists.

The Uygur are a Turkic/Muslim ethnic group numbering some 7 million who live mainly inrepparttar 126007 economically and strategically important north western border region known as Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

A Caucasian race and speakingrepparttar 126008 Turkic languagerepparttar 126009 Uygur have long harbored sentiments of independence and there were several isolated incidences of violence perpetrated inrepparttar 126010 1990s by individuals or small groups claiming to represent this cause. More realistically todayrepparttar 126011 Uygur generally seek nothing more than greater autonomy and cultural integrity withinrepparttar 126012 PRC

The Chinese have repeatedly claimed that there existed several well organised and active "separatist/ terrorist" organisations whose objective were forrepparttar 126013 Uygur to gain independence from China andrepparttar 126014 establishment ofrepparttar 126015 state of East Turkestan.

They have attributed some 400 terrorist acts to these groups which they claim have resulted in 200 deaths and 400 injured to these groups since 1990.

Onrepparttar 126016 basis of this "organised" and "ongoing" terrorist activityrepparttar 126017 PRC has very heavily cracked down on any form of dissent, rights of association, free speech and religious freedom. Amnesty International, among other groups and commentators, has claimed numerous incidence of unlawful detention, prison sentences and even executions inrepparttar 126018 name ofrepparttar 126019 "War on Terrorism".

It is also claimed, by some who are knowledgeable inrepparttar 126020 "Uygur Question", that like some other states in Central Asia and elsewhere, China have usedrepparttar 126021 events of "9/11" andrepparttar 126022 subsequent "War on Terrorism" to mask ongoing and premeditated attacks on this ethnic group. By bringing their policies concerningrepparttar 126023 Uygur underrepparttar 126024 banner of The "War" they have been successful in achieving their objectives without international scrutiny, and further, in fact,repparttar 126025 likes ofrepparttar 126026 US have turned a "blind eye" to these activities as a trade off for Chinese support.

Amongrepparttar 126027 organisations listed in these series of press releases wasrepparttar 126028 "East Turkestan Islamic Movement" a little known group who had been listed in 2002 as an internationally recognised terrorist organisation byrepparttar 126029 UN as a result of lobbying by China and supported byrepparttar 126030 United States.

Earthquake Diplomacy

Written by Arthur Zulu

Earthquake Diplomacy Relief materials cannot bring peace (Satire)

It is good to send aid to quake victims. But it cannot stoprepparttar terrorists andrepparttar 126005 nukes.

Whatrepparttar 126006 people of Bam didn't suffer inrepparttar 126007 hands ofrepparttar 126008 leaders ofrepparttar 126009 'rogue state' of Iran, was inflicted on them by an earthquake. Sorepparttar 126010 city of about 80,000 souls had her population reduced by half byrepparttar 126011 fateful hand of 'nature.' But I am not going to talk of miracles. Likerepparttar 126012 unearthing of a man in a closet after two weeks. No,repparttar 126013 doctors had better explain that.

I am only interested in how this member ofrepparttar 126014 infamous 'Axis of Evil' suddenly becamerepparttar 126015 beloved country afterrepparttar 126016 disaster.

Not that this wasrepparttar 126017 only sin of Iran. Back inrepparttar 126018 day,repparttar 126019 country had taken hostage of Americans. This Islamic state had also been guilty of gross human rights violations. And it is fingered to be hiding nukes--make it weapons of mass destruction. This is besidesrepparttar 126020 several alleged terrorists' hideouts in that 'outlaw regime.' But now, thank God forrepparttar 126021 earthqake. Because what man would neither achieve by declaringrepparttar 126022 Year of Peace nor by praying for peace in Rome, is going to be brought about byrepparttar 126023 maddening ofrepparttar 126024 earth.

There was general sympathy for Iran afterrepparttar 126025 quake. Allrepparttar 126026 country's enemies came to her rescue. Even one of her obdurate enemies sent large sums of money, relief materials and disaster management experts to Iran. That country even planned to send a high level representatio to Iran, but this was randomly rebuffed.

The UN was not left inrepparttar 126027 show of suppport. It has already gone up cap in hand begging for millions of dollars to help Iran. Perhaps, this prodigal son will gain sanity and return someday. Who knows. Perhaps even Iraq would be a better place to live afterrepparttar 126028 hanging of Saddam who was found hiding in a spider holerepparttar 126029 other day. Who knows. Perhaps North Korea would stop playing hide and seek, and start playing ball someday--like Lybia. Who Knows. And then we would hold hands together and start shouting, Peace and Security!

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