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Aug30

China is treating Islam like a mental illness

By: Sigal Samuel Source: The Atlantic One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates—most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority—have told reporters that over the course of an indoctrination process lasting several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, and recite Communist Party propaganda songs for hours each day. There are media reports of inmates being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden to Muslims, as well as reports of torture and death. The sheer scale of the internment camp...

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Aug18

A trade war between Turkey and the US over a pastor?

By: Robert Fisk Source: Independent  It needs a stroke of genius to soften the heart for poor old Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Those of us who have always believed that Erdogan is a bit off his rocker must still be appalled that a US president infinitely more cracked than the Turkish variety is trying to impoverish Nato’s second largest military ally. True, Erdogan locked up 50,000 Turks – including an American pastor, of whom more later – after the attempted coup against him two years ago, but hasn’t Egypt’s president/field marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi broken this record by banging up 60,000 supposed Islamists in his own country’s prisons? And what about Haider al-Abadi’s mass hangings in Iraq?...

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Jul08

Jordan’s Baqaa refugee camp and Palestinian right of return

By: Mustafa Abu Sneineh Source: Middle East Eye BAQAA REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan – It is half an hour’s drive from the Jordanian capital of Amman to Baqaa, where 119,000 Palestinian refugees have lived since the refugee camp was set up in 1968. It is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan and one of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s 10 officially registered refugee camps in the country. The camp lies 20km north of Amman and sits on a low ground where rainwater gathers and pours in from the surrounding mountains. Greenhouses and crops of tomatoes, olive trees and citrus fruits enclose the camp and form its borders. Kathem Ayesh, the head of the Jordanian...

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