Soccer star sparks controversy with Xinjiang social media posts
Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil has become the latest international celebrity caught in a political storm in China after he strongly criticized Beijing’s policies in Xinjiang. The German soccer player hit out at the Muslim world’s silence over allegations of widespread human rights abuses in the far western region, where a million mainly Uygur Muslims have reportedly been detained in re-education camps. The comments prompted a backlash from Chinese newspapers and social media users, some of whom accused him of “hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.” China’s state broadcaster CCTV did not air Arsenal’s Sunday matchup against Manchester City. Özil, whose family originates from Turkey, pos
Report details workings of China’s secretive Muslim detention camps
Newly published documents purported to be leaked directives have detailed inner workings of China’s mass detention of the Muslim minorities in the nation’s far western region of Xinjiang. A Sunday report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) says the documents offer a granular window into the day-to-day operations of the camps, where an estimated 1.5 million people have been detained.  Analysts told the group these classified documents confirm many previous reportings from eyewitness and reported accounts of what Beijing calls “re-education” programs to prevent terrorism. Responding to the Guardian, a partner of the ICIJ, the Chinese government called the docum