Is China the New Champion of Globalization?

On January 25, addressing a virtual World Economic Forum, China’s President Xi Jinping not only strongly advocated for a multilateral approach to the COVID-19 pandemic but insisted on the virtues and systemic benefits of free trade and globalization. Jeopardizing those elements may introduce...

Sweden Leads the Way on Uighur Rights

June 16, 2020

Article 1 of the UN Refugee Convention defines a refugee as “someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.” In...

China’s Uighur Persecution: Ethnic Diversity Is a Challenge to Beijing

March 25, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Dr. Anna Hayes, senior lecturer of political science at James Cook University in North Queensland, Australia. Uighurs are a Turkic people native to Central and East Asia and one of the 55 ethnic minorities officially recognized by the...

China’s Treatment of Uighur Muslims Is Cultural Genocide

March 13, 2019

Beijing’s attempt to strip Uighur Muslims of their identity, of their religion and of what they stand for is nothing short of a cultural genocide. According to numerous reports by human rights groups and the media, over a million Uighur Muslims are being held in detention camps in China’s...

Fear and Loathing in Xinjiang: Ethnic Cleansing in the 21st Century

December 17, 2018

What we are witnessing in Xinjiang is a new form of ethnic cleansing that draws from all of these mass atrocities of the past while benefiting from the technologies of control available in the 21st century. Over the last two years, there has been a flurry of news coverage of the mass human...

What’s Missing from Bernie Sanders’ Progressive International?

October 29, 2018

To challenge fascists and weak-tea liberals, Sanders has called for an international progressive movement. In his recent speeches and articles, Bernie Sanders has been talking about forming a Progressive International. It’s about time. The alt-right, thanks in part to Steve Bannon, has formed...

The Dilemmas of China’s Economic Rise

October 09, 2018

The question remains whether China will adjust to the status quo of the global economy and abide by the laws — or not. China’s economic growth over the last 30 years has astounded the world. Since 1978, under the tenure of Deng Xiaoping, China has embarked on a process of transformation that...