Thomas Harris

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Sen. Chuck Schumer blasts Steve Bannon, says fake news could end 'America as we know it'

Good journalism keeps country from going 'over the cliff,' senator told press crowd<p>Sen. Chuck Schumer slammed right-wing media and presidential …

Want to resist the post-truth age? Learn to analyze photos like an expert would

“When photography was invented,” photo historian Vicki Goldberg once said, “it was thought to be an equivalent to truth. It was truth with a capital T.”<p>But as viewers quickly learned, seeing isn’t always believing. Even in the early history of photography, hoaxes like the Cottingley fairies taught …

Donald Trump

Beijing warns citizens in Turkey of anti-China protests

Beijing has warned its citizens travelling in Turkey to be careful of anti-China protests, saying some tourists have recently been "attacked and disturbed".<p>The notice, posted on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on Sunday, said there had been "multiple" demonstrations in Turkey targeting the …

Could China, the World's Biggest Carbon Emitter, Ever Go Green?

Its cities are cloaked in smog, the water is polluted and the economy is hugely reliant on coal, the dirtiest form of energy. But now, China is …

Fossil Fuels

Uzbekistan: A dying sea, mafia rule, and toxic fish

<b>Aralkum, Uzbekistan</b> - White flurries blur the sky and spread over the soil. A thin layer of fine powder blankets the shaking, twisted, skeletons of shrubs. The landscape resembles a dry, wintertime desert.<p>But it's April in western Uzbekistan, a Central Asian nation known for its cotton production - …

Central Asians respond to the lure of Islamic State

<b>The video of Tajikistan's former special service chief Gulmurod Khalimov announcing his "defection" to Islamic State (IS) has caused alarm in Central Asia, renewing debate over the threat the group might pose to the region.</b><b>Some worry that Central Asia might follow the radical path of countries such</b> …

Xi Jinping’s China is the greatest political experiment on Earth | Timothy Garton Ash

The success or failure of the president’s domestic programme will determine whether there is peace or war in east Asia<p>Can Xi do it? This is the biggest political question in the world today. “Yes, Xi can,” some tell me in Beijing. “No, he can’t,” say others. The wise know that nobody knows.<p>There is …

China

The Chinese government’s new censorship target: itself

First, 11 Chinese students studying abroad in Australia, the US, and the UK wrote an open letter to the people of China, enumerating the horrors of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre—which has its 26th anniversary next month—and calling upon the Communist Party to put those responsible on …

China

The sex school breaking taboos in Kyrgyzstan

Teaching people to be confident about intercourse is vital, says founder, whose classes have been so successful she is expanding into neighbouring Kazakhstan. Eurasianet reports<p>When Rakhat Kenjebek kyzy opened Kyrgystan’s first sex school three years ago, she wasn’t sure how it would be received. …

Soviet Union

Grief not justice for Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan

Zahira doesn’t like to return to the site, a concrete slab which covers the entrance to the cellar where her twin brother Hassan hid.<p>“Most of us …

Turkmenistan's dictator just built a huge golden statue of himself riding a horse

There is now a 69-foot statue of President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov riding a golden horse atop a cliff of white marble in the center of town, The Guardian reports.<p>Berdymukhamedov, who has run the country since 2006 as a dictatorship, says he commissioned the statue at the people's …

Central Asia's capital cities have been building some of the most amazing and space-like architecture in the world

The capital cities of both Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) and Kazakhstan (Astana) have architecture and statues you'll struggle to find anywhere else in the world.<p>These are some of the more otherworldly statues and buildings built in the two cities since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Uzbekistan: Imprisoned rights advocate’s letter sheds more light on torture in prisons

Mr Azam Farmonov in an undated photo prior to conviction. No information is available on his current status and wellbeingNews broke last week that …

Uzbekistan's answer to the selfie stick

<b>Take a modern device, attach it to an ancient farming implement and what do you have? Well in one central Asian country - a wry political comment.</b><p>In a nation with strong farming tradition, the everyday farming hoe is a national symbol. And for Uzbeks, the hoe - or "ketmon" - has recently taken on a …

Memo to Afghanistan: Don't forget Russia | Politics

When Ashraf Ghani became the president of Afghanistan last September, he pledged to improve relations with all neighbours, mainly Iran and Pakistan. While he has focused almost entirely on improving relations with Pakistan, and on bringing China on board for his top priority of talks with the …

Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions

China, Russia and the U.S. each have visions to connect Central Asia with the rest of Eurasia.

China's one-child policy breeds 'little emperors with skewed values', writer Xinran Xue says

One of China's most influential expat writers says the country's one-child policy has had alarming unforeseen consequences and produced a generation …

Sociology

China's new silk road could change global economics forever

Beginning with the marvelous tales of Marco Polo's travels across Eurasia to China, the Silk Road has never ceased to entrance the world. Now, the ancient cities of Samarkand, Baku, Tashkent, and Bukhara are once again firing the world's imagination.<p>China is building the world's greatest economic …

Sticking with the strongmen in Central Asia

IN 1989, the ruling Politburo of the Soviet Union chose new leaders for two of the empire’s Central Asian republics. Twenty-six years later, Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan and Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan are still in power. They have weathered the Soviet Union’s collapse, wars in Afghanistan …

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fearsDefenceTalk.com | at DefenceTalk

Russia has deployed hundreds of troops for drills in Central Asia with its ex-Soviet allies in a show of force as anxiety grows over a surge in …

Afghanistan

China: What the Uighurs See

Xinjiang is one of those remote places whose frequent mention in the international press stymies true understanding. Home to China’s Uighur minority, …

China

How Moscow’s migrant workers became fighters for the Islamic State

<i>Fighters from the world’s largest terrorist group, the Islamic State of Syria and Lebanon (ISIL), have threatened to open a new front, this time in Central Asia. In April 2015, in the Tajikistani capital Dushanbe, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov spoke of the threat of an invasion of</i> …

Islam

China's 'One Belt, One Road' Strategy

TAIPEI — China's "one belt and one road" initiative could usher in a new era that sees China as the undisputed geopolitical powerhouse in the region, …

China

Tajik Authorities Hunt the Hijab and Battle the Beard

Central Mosque in Dushanbe. Picture from RFE/RL. Used under creative commons.Practicing Islam is becoming harder in Tajikistan, a majority Muslim …

Why Russia Will Send More Troops to Central Asia

Officially, these developments are tied to growing concern over violence spilling over from Afghanistan into Central Asia. It is a legitimate fear …

Dreaming of Uighuristan

<b>The Uighurs of north-western China have long fled to neighbouring countries of Central Asia to escape restrictions on their freedom at home. But now - as China's influence grows across the region - campaigning for Uighur independence has become impossible in Central Asia too.</b><p>The outside world knows …

ISIS Caliphate News: Islamic State Sending Militants To Central Asia, India, China And Europe, Iran Warns

The Islamic State group may soon send its fighters into Central Asia, India, China and Europe, Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan warned …

Life in China’s “Outer Lands”

The photographer Q. Sakamaki is familiar with dislocation. As a child growing up in Japan, he moved frequently with his family from one city to another to accommodate the demands of his father’s banking job. The experience not only gave him a taste for new places and faces but an acquaintance with …