SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST (China), AFP

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BEIJING - Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has released a foul-mouthed heavy metal music video entitled Dumbass that parodies his months in police detention.

In the video for the top single from his upcoming debut album The Divine Comedy, Weiwei tells the story of his 81 days in secret detention for tax evasion in 2011, which sparked international outrage.

AFP describes the five-minute song as being peppered with bad language, as it includes lyrics like "Stand on the frontline like a dumbass, in a country that puts out like a hooker."

The music video culminates with Weiwei shaving his head and trademark beard and putting on women's underwear.


For the video -- which was shot by Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle, best known for working with Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-wai -- the political activist told AFP that he created an "exact model" of the room in which he was kept for much of his detention.

"Being in that environment makes me realise that for these people, the only available release or means to kill time is music," the 55-year-old Beijing-based artist said in a press release quoted by the South China Morning Post.

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Why Ghosts Of Hitler Keep Appearing In Colombia

Colombia's police chiefs must be dismally ignorant if they think it was "instructive" to expose young cadets bereft of historical education to Nazi symbols.

Nazi symbols were displayed in public at the Tuluá Police Academy

Reinaldo Spitaletta

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BOGOTÁ — Adolf Hitler was seen in 1954, wandering around the chilly town of Tunja, northeast of the Colombian capital. The führer was, they said, all cloaked up like a peasant — they even took a picture of him. Later, he was spotted nearby at the baths in the spa town of Paipa, no doubt there for his fragile health.

A former president and notorious arch-conservative of 20th century Colombian politics, Laureano Gómez used to pay him homage. A fascist at heart, Gómez had to submit to the United States as the victor of World War II. He wasn't the only fascist sympathizer in Colombia then. Other conservatives, writers and intellectuals were fascinated by Nazism.

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