Chinese Authorities Release Ai Weiwei on Bail After Three Months in Jail

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Like Al Capone before him, they locked Ai Weiwei up for tax evasion (well, that's what Chinese authorities decided on, anyway, after the initial arrest didn't include any explanation of the charges). Except unlike Capone, the famous artist and activist (whose work is currently on display outside the Plaza) was really wanted for using his international platform to criticize the Communist Party leadership's abysmal record on corruption and human rights. [NYT]