Islamic State Is Not a State

A couple of weeks ago, a group of Yezidi women kidnapped, enslaved, and raped by the Islamic State (IS) lost what could have been a landmark case at the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The women sought damages from an Australian-born IS fighter, Khaled Sharrouf, under the terms of New South Wales’ victim compensation scheme. Sharrouf himself is believed to have been killed in Syria in 2017. Long before the decision, Ben Saul Read More …

Islamic State Is Not a State

A couple of weeks ago, a group of Yezidi women kidnapped, enslaved, and raped by the Islamic State (IS) lost what could have been a landmark case at the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal. The women sought damages from an Australian-born IS fighter, Khaled Sharrouf, under the terms of New South Wales’ victim compensation scheme. Sharrouf himself is believed to have been killed in Syria in 2017. Long before the decision, Ben Saul Read More …

U.S. Blacklists Chinese Tech Firms Over Abuses in Xinjiang

The Trump administration is adding 28 Chinese entities including top AI companies and state security bureaus to a U.S. blacklist to block these organizations from importing American technology and other vital components. The revised Entity List includes 20 Chinese government and police units with jurisdiction in Xinjiang and eight companies that have supplied surveillance equipment used in the suppression of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the region. The addition of these companies to the Read More …

Minitrue: Delete “South Park” Episode “Band in China”

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All websites: Delete the episode “Band in China” from the 23rd season of U.S. animated show “South Park.” Close relevant comment boards, put [“South Park”] on banned search keyword list, and immediately remove relevant resources. (October 4, 2019) [Chinese] The Comedy Central animated show “South Park” has Read More …

Translation: “China’s Last Rockets Fan”

On October 6th, a Sina Weibo user who was unhappy with the backlash over the Houston Rockets controversy expressed  his anger by posting a photo of himself holding an unlit lighter against the Chinese flag. The photo was accompanied by the hashtags: “I live and die with the team,” and “Come arrest me.”  The netizen was pictured wearing an eye patch (in what seems like a gesture of solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong). Shortly Read More …