1. Dissidents

    Ai Weiwei Accepts Job in Berlin

    Activist artist Ai Weiwei gestures while speaking to journalists gathered outside his home in Beijing, China, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Ai, the most high-profile target of a sweeping crackdown on activists in China, has returned home late Wednesday after nearly three months in detention. The official Xinhua News Agency said Ai confessed to tax evasion, accusations his family had long denied and which activists had denounced as a false premise for detaining him. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Ng Han Guan

    Ai Weiwei, the dissident Chinese artist, has accepted a job as a visiting lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2012, but will the Chinese government allow him to accept it? He tells The New York Times he’s not sure and is not too hopeful, since the university “shows strong support for my moral position.” News of the job offer came as another prominent Chinese dissident, the writer Liao Yiwu, turned up in Berlin after secretly fleeing China.

    Read it at The New York Times