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Some links on the recent crackdown by the Chinese Communist Party on dissidents and human rights activists in China, including detained artist Ai Wei Wei:

Updated: April 15, 2011

The Economist: “China’s New Rulers: Princelings and the Goon State”

The Guardian: Crackdown in China Spreads Terror Among Dissidents

James Fallows in The Atlantic: The Chinese Crackdown: Arrogance or Insecurity?

Chris Buckley at Reuters: China Crackdown Driven by Fears of a Broad Conspiracy

The last interview of artist Ai Wei Wei before his detention – at The Guardian:
Ai Wei Wei: ‘China in Many Ways is Just Like the Middle Ages’

The New York Times: An Artist takes on Role of China’s Conscience

The Guardian: China must be held to Account over ‘Disappeared’ Lawyers