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China Hands $2.3 Million Tax Bill to Artist Ai Weiwei

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Dissident artist Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities have ordered his company to pay more than $2.3 million in fines and back taxes, demanding payment before the middle of November. Ai told reporters Tuesday that he will not pay unless he and his accountants determine that the company actually failed to pay taxes. He says that […]

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Ai Weiwei Exhibit to Open in Taiwan

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is set to open a new exhibit in Taiwan even though he himself is not allowed to leave Beijing. The exhibit, titled “Absent,” officially opens Saturday at the Fine Arts Museum in Taipei. It features 21 of his works, including a photo of someone making an obscene gesture in Beijing’s […]

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Artist’s Wife Asks China to Reject Secret Arrests

Posted September 28th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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The wife of renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose arrest earlier this year sparked international outrage, is urging Chinese lawmakers to reject legislation that would allow police to hold dissidents in secret locations without informing their families. Lu Qing said the draft legislation, if enacted, will, in her words, “slow the progress of our civilization.” […]

Artist Vann Nath, Khmer Rouge Survivor, Dies at 66

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Cambodia’s Vann Nath, one of only seven survivors of a vast and notorious Khmer Rouge torture center, died Monday at age 66. The human rights icon and artist was hospitalized late last month after heart problems and has been in a coma for days. His son-in-law called his death “a big loss for the history […]

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Artist Vann Nath, Khmer Rouge Survivor, Dies at 66

Posted September 5th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Family members say Cambodia’s Vann Nath, one of only seven survivors of a vast and notorious Khmer Rouge torture center, died Monday at age 66. The human rights icon and artist was hospitalized late last month after suffering heart problems and has been in a coma for days. His son-in-law told the French news agency […]

Ai Weiwei Called “Politically Feisty” in First Post-Release Interview

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 4:20 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei denies that he confessed to tax evasion and says he will continue to speak out against injustice in his first published interview since being released on bail in June. The internationally renowned artist also describes his sense of isolation during almost three months of detention following his arrest at […]

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Ai Weiwei Called “Politically Feisty” in First Post-Release Interview

Posted August 10th, 2011 at 12:40 am (UTC-5)
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Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei denies that he confessed to tax evasion and says he will continue to speak out against injustice in his first published interview since being released on bail in June. The internationally renowned artist also describes his sense of isolation during almost three months of detention following his arrest at […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Wife, Lawyers Dispute Tax Charges at Hearing

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The wife and associates of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei appeared Thursday before a local taxation bureau to challenge charges that the artist has evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, appeared at the hearing with lawyers for the design company Beijing Fake Cultural Development, which Lu heads. The lawyers complain […]

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Ai Weiwei’s Wife, Lawyers Dispute Tax Charges at Hearing

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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The wife and associates of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei appeared Thursday before a local taxation bureau to challenge charges that the artist has evaded hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes. Ai’s wife, Lu Qing, appeared at the hearing with lawyers for the design company Beijing Fake Cultural Development, which is headed by Lu. The […]

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Chinese Artist Seeks Review of Tax Claim

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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The design firm of Chinese government critic Ai Weiwei is challenging a $1.85 million tax bill presented by authorities to the acclaimed artist and activist just days after he was released from nearly three months of confinement. A lawyer retained by Ai’s company said he filed an appeal Wednesday asking for an administrative review of […]

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