By Justin Ben-Adam Rudelson (2/16/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Although China's brutal suppression of the Tibetans garners a great deal of international attention, outbreaks of Uyghur violent protest against the government have made Xinjiang more of a worrisome political flash point to the government than either Taiwan or Tibet. The execution of Uyghurs for "separatist" activities have been numerous since February 1997 when huge protests broke out in Ili, near the Kazakhstan border and turned violent. At least ten possibly as many as 300 were killed.
By Andrew McGregor (2/26/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)BACKGROUND: A native of southern Saudi Arabia, al-Walid\'s real name is \'Abd al-Aziz al-Ghamidi. In 1987, al-Walid left for Peshawar, the transit point for Arab volunteers heading into Afghanistan. There, he would have received training and support from the Mukhtab al-Khidmat, an organization run by Dr.
By Michael Denison (2/26/2003 issue of the CACI Analyst)BACKGROUND: The postings were made to the Centrasia.ru site and signed Usman Khaknazarov, political analyst. The name is unknown to local observers and several analysts, together with the banned opposition party Erk, believe that this is a pseudonym for a senior government official.
By Beatrice Hogan (3/1/2000 issue of the CACI Analyst)
BACKGROUND: Unlike the transitioning countries in Eastern Europe, the Central Asian states have no history of independence. The landlocked countries have been pawns of different empires for centuries. They were first ruled by various khanates, then were caught in the 19th century "Great Game" struggle of empires between Britain and Russia, then were controlled by Tsarist Russia before being subsumed by the Soviet Union.
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