China bans Xinjiang Muslims from Ramadan Fast

In another development to the rapidly deteriorating relations between the ethnic Uighur population and Chinese authorities,¬†government departments in Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan.¬†Authorities did not provide a rationale for the ban, citing only that the ban was enacted “in accordance with instructions from higher authorities.” Officials have consistently…

Crimeans vote to split from Ukraine, rejoin Russia

The Crimean referendum election on Russian annexation took place yesterday. With more than 50% of the vote accounted for, exit polls demonstrate that an overwhelming majority (close to 95%) of Crimeans supports the secession from Ukraine, as reported by the head of referendum committee Mikhail Malishev However, instead of defusing tensions, the referendum has merely…