I am concerned that selective outrage over politically-convenient events worsens polarisation of groups and contributes to lazy simplistic narratives for explaining complex world events. It seems a worthwhile activity to question these simplistic narratives, and I wrote on this for Global Politician earlier this month.
This update is not about the article, though, but about my surprise to see this article republished in some rather odd places.
The World Uyghur Congress published the entire article, presumably because I compared the outrage over Tibet (and Palestine) with general indifference to the Uyghur independence movement in Xinjiang, China. The Uyghur Human Rights Project also republished it in full.
Well fair enough, it's interesting for me since I've never been to China, but it does make sense. This, less so:
Люди обычно думают, что Палестина важна. Ирландские националисты рисуют на стенах в Белфасте палестинские флаги. Испанские школьники шлют в израильское посольство письма с требованием положить конец "убийствам" в Палестине. Люди, не имеющие к ней никакого личного отношения, очень сильно озабочены происходящими там событиями
The article pops up in Russian here too, as well as on a few discussion forums and apparently, though I can't find a direct link to it anymore, on the Pacific Islands Governance Portal.
I am just amazed at how far this article has travelled. It's cool, but also a reminder of how careful journalists need to be when their work is published online. These words can end up being scrutinised in the most unexpected places: best make them good ones.