Interview


‘It Hurts my Heart to See my Children Cry For Their Mother’ Monday, September 17th, 2018

Amina Allahberdi, a 32-year-old Uyghur woman from Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) married Saudi Arabian national Sait Ibn Abood Shahrani in 2010 and relocated to Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushait city soon after. The mother of a..

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‘She Can’t Make Public Appearances’ Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Cologne-based Tienchi Martin-Liao, president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, recently met up with Liu Xia, the widow of late Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, after her arrival in Germany following eight years of house arrest. She spoke to RFA's Mandarin Service about how Liu Xia is finding..

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‘No New Flowers of Thought Are Blooming’ Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Wang Dan, a former leader of the 1989 student-led democracy movement in China that ended when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) opened fire on unarmed civilians with machine guns and tanks, recently founded a think-tank to research democratic reform in the country called Dialogue China. Wang, who..

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‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’ Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78. Isa, who has lived in exile since 1994, last..

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‘I Still Have Flashbacks to That Night’ Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Zhang Shijun is a former People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier who was sent into Beijing in 1989 at the start of martial law after several weeks of student-led protests on Tiananmen Square. Diplomatic archives recently declassified by the U.K. government said the troops of the PLA's 27th army were..

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‘I Cannot Express The Pain And Helplessness I Feel’ Friday, June 1st, 2018

Nurbiye Nurtay, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), has been living in Malaysia practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years. She lost contact with her family in Ghulja (Yining) county, in the XUAR's Ili Kazakh (in Chinese,..

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‘I Wanted Her to be Safe’ Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Omer Ghoja’abdulla, an ethnic Uyghur Muslim from northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has been living in Istanbul, Turkey practicing traditional Uyghur medicine for the last three years. He lost contact with his sister, 55-year-old Oghulnisa Ghoja’abdulla, who lives in Hotan (in Chinese,..

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‘I Came to Live a Life Free From Surveillance’ Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Veteran Chinese rights activist Zhang Lin arrived in the United States on Jan. 26 to be reunited with his two daughters who fled China after being denied schooling by the country's state security police. Zhang's youngest daughter Anni was once dubbed "China's youngest prisoner of conscience" after..

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‘Hun Sen Has Crossed The Red Line’ Friday, November 17th, 2017

Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy has been forced to live in exile since 2015 in the face of questionable defamation charges made against him as part of Prime Minister Hun Sen's harsh crackdown on the opposition ahead of July 2018 elections. He spoke with RFA Khmer..

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John Brennan’s Police State USA – OpEd Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Did the United States warn Russia to stay out of Syria? Yes, they did. Did they tell the Russians that if they joined the war against ISIS and helped Bashar al Assad the US would make them pay a heavy price? Yes. Did US agents and diplomats warn their Russian counterparts that Russian troops..

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Untold hardships got me into activism: Tamang Friday, September 15th, 2017

Chari Maya Tamang, co-founder of Shakti Samuha, the first organisation in the world run by survivors of human trafficking, has been generating awareness about trafficking as well as conducting reparation, reintegration and rehabilitation programmes. Born in 1975 in Haibu Municipality,..

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‘Barack Obama was decidedly the worst U.S. president ever’ Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Dmitri Babich has worked as a journalist in Russia since 1989, for newspapers, news agencies, radio, and television. He says that he used to always interview people, while lately people interview him. (Interview By David Swanson) According to Babich, myths about Russian media, such as that one..

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Hills must not be split from the Terai: Shashanka Koirala Friday, February 17th, 2017

A scion of the Koirala family, Shashanka Koirala is the general-secretary of the Nepali Congress and a lawmaker from Nawalparasi district in the Terai. A soft-spoken and suave politician, junior Koirala has shown reservations about an array of issues that his president Sher Bahadur Deuba is pushing..

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Should California Secede? An Interview with David Swanson Friday, February 10th, 2017

On November 21st, California secessionists calling themselves “Yes California” filed papers with the California Secretary of State proposing a November 2018 ballot measure that would ask registered voters whether California should secede from the US and become its own nation. If passed, the..

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Nancy Pelosi Backs Bombings But Views Impeachment as Inhumane Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The last time Nancy Pelosi took impeachment off the proverbial table was 10 years ago. At that time, I reported on an unusual incident: Stage set: a dining room at left, an office at right A woman enters the office where the phone is ringing. She answers it. NP: Hello? Why do you ask? Yes, I'm..

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US War Strategists: Military Defeats And Political Success – OpEd Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

In a previous article (‘US: The Century of Lost Wars’) I recorded the repeated US military defeats over the past two decades. In this discussion I will describe the..