Posts Tagged ‘war’

Iranian singer Pari Zangeneh, song to a sparrow

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Blind Iranian legend Pari Zangeneh sings the song Gonjishkake Ashi Mashi, described by an Iranian friend as “a song of warning to a little sparrow which is coming around too close to people; saying it could be destroyed and eaten in the pool of painting (which is human society).

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“Endgame Strategy” by Pulitzer Prizewinner Chris Hedges

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“We will have to rapidly create small, monastic communities where we can sustain and feed ourselves. It will be up to us to keep alive the intellectual, moral and cultural values the corporate state has attempted to snuff out.”

If you think the essay below is apocalyptic raving, remember that Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer prize winner and former New York Times political journalist.

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Spomenik: The End of History, by Jan Kempenaers

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Photo essay of post-war Yugoslavian monuments and architecture by Belgian artist Jan Kempenaers, from the Crown Gallery site. “Spomenik” means monument, and all of these structures were meant to commemorate WWII losses and point to progress and a generally utopian future. Thanks to the turmoil of subsequent wars in the former Yugoslavia, these brutalist monuments have fallen into disrepair.

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Afghan war rugs – where are the red rugs?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

While on the topic of Afghanistan, here are some examples of Afghani war rugs. Production of these pictorial rugs began in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and persisted throughout the civil war and into the US invasion. Woven by men, the rugs depicted the dominant reality of the time—battle, maps, weaponry, helicopters, tanks.

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Dazzle painting

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

“Dazzle painting,” devised in Britain during WWI, was based on the theory that complex optical patterns would confuse enemy naval rangefinders by disguising a ship’s speed and direction. It employed a number of visual tricks including the painting of false bow waves on rear portions of the ship rather than the prow. There’s a fascinating explanation of how it was meant to work here.

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