political propaganda

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In a letter dated July 23, 1938, sent by the Japanese modernist poet Yone Noguchi to the Nobel Prize winning author Rabindrath Tagore — the first non-European to receive the award — Noguchi wrote the following justification for his country’s invasion of China, effectively ending their friendship:

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A current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute selects visuals from World War I to illustrate how starkly the era’s propaganda contrasted with the images of the conflict created by artist soldiers.

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As a way to guide public opinion to a collective obedience, governments around the world have employed art. These visual modes of propaganda can be powerful and moving, and they haven’t disappeared, as proved by the playing cards showing members of Saddam Hussein’s regime distributed by the US during the 2003 Iraq invasion. The British Library in London is opening an exhibition that examines extensively this tradition of control.

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MIAMI — Years after his election, Hugo Chávez is a galvanizing figure in Venezuela. But what role are street artists playing in Chávezist Venezuela?

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North Korea’s New Website

by An Xiao on May 18, 2012

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LOS ANGELES — North Korea has a new website. And as far as I can tell, it’s not a parody.

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