Newsweek’s Newest Writer: Ai Weiwei

NewsWeek's Newest Writer: Ai Weiwei

Two months after he was released from government detention, dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has written an essay for the online version of Newsweek. It’s about economic oppression, human rights, and urban sprawl in Beijing:

“Every year millions come to Beijing to build its bridges, roads, and houses. Each year they build a Beijing equal to the size of the city in 1949. They are Beijing’s slaves.”

Read it here.

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One Response to “Newsweek’s Newest Writer: Ai Weiwei”

  1. Mike Licht Says:


    “Ai Weiwei Has The Last Word. For Now,” Kia Vahland, Süddeutsche Zeitung, via Worldcrunch

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