Did You Know About This?

Some interesting teaching/discussion possibilities here (and here) related to China and the recent crackdown on dissent. From The Wall Street Journal:

The U.S., Britain, France and Germany called for the release of Ai Weiwei, one of China’s most-famous artists, as his detention by Chinese authorities raised fears among his supporters that he could be charged with subversion or held indefinitely in extra-judicial custody as dozens of other activists have been over a six-week crackdown on dissent.

Mr. Ai, an outspoken critic of the government who has more than 70,000 followers on Twitter, has been out of contact since Chinese officials prevented him from boarding a flight from Beijing to Hong Kong on Sunday morning and then led him away, according to several of his friends and assistants.

Interesting, no?