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Chinese government muzzles Ai Weiwei: no talking, no tweeting and no travel for a year

from Reuters:

BEIJING | Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:34am EDT

(Reuters) - No talking, no tweeting and no travel for a year -- these are some of the conditions of Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei's release from more than two months in detention, underscoring Beijing's efforts to muzzle dissent.

The comprehensive gag on Ai, who is not allowed to post anything on Twitter or accept interviews for a year, raises questions about the Chinese government's repeated claims that his detention was based on economic crimes.


We send our best wishes to Ai Weiwei on his release from three months of Chinese government detention. We sincerely hope that he will be able to resume his activist role as provocateur, dissident and gadfly within China, continually offering a critique of the entrenched Communist Party bureaucracy.

Ai Weiwei released on bail, returns home

After almost three months of detention by Chinese government authorities, Ai Weiwei was released yesterday on bail and returned to his home in Beijing.

Ford Crull's painting performance on a Shanghai street

Received from Ford Crull in Shanghai:

OK, so I survived the performance. It was all improvised. I had one hour to paint these 2 canvases while 2 Chinese musicians each played for a half hour. It is very humid here so I was sweating bullets, but I just about got it done. The scaffolding wasn't quite high enough, so I stood on the ends to reach the top. I will touch it up when it comes back to Red Town in Shanghai where it will be permanently displayed.

Ai Weiwei has surgery in Germany after attack by Chinese police

from Freize:

Ai Weiwei has undergone surgery for cerebral haemorrhage in a Munich hospital four weeks after being beaten up severely by Chinese policemen in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. In previous months Weiwei had been documenting and publicizing the names of more than 5000 children who had died under collapsing, ill-constructed school buildings in the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The alleged attack came on 12 August, the night before he planned to attend the trial against fellow investigator and activist Tan Zuoren, who was charged with ‘subversion’.

Suffering headache since then, which had become more severe during his stay in Munich (he is there in preparation for a show at Haus der Kunst), Weiwei went for a check-up, and doctors advised an emergency operation, he told Süddeutsche Zeitung.


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The World is Yours (But Also Ours) - O Zhang @ CRG Gallery


The World is Yours (But Also Ours)


DECEMBER 12, 2008 - JANUARY 31, 2009
opening reception: Friday, Dec 12, 6-8pm

For her first solo exhibition in the United States, O Zhang transforms CRG's space with an installation that has at its center images from her latest photographic series: The World is Yours (But Also Ours).

Olympics Conclude Without Any Major Disruptions

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The 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing concluded today without experiencing any major disruptions. This despite an announcement by the Chinese government that they had set aside designated protest zones, and even furnished these with basic accommodations for the protesters.

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