The Most Powerful Mafia Of The World

10. (Yardies gang) Jamaican-British Mafia (Yardies gang)

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On the tenth place came from Jamaica in the UK who moved to England in 50 years. This ethnic group controls a good part of the operations on the arms trade and drugs. This Mafia is not trying to infiltrate government agencies, and therefore not as strong as the others. In the British police do not dare to classify Yardie gangs as organized crime, because they have no real structure or the central government.

09. Albanian Mafia

The Most Powerful Mafia Of The World

Albania is composed of numerous criminal gangs. Their rules have remained unchanged since the XV century … The Albanian mafia is involved in white slave trafficking, alcohol and tobacco, controlling prostitution, car theft and racketeering. His “activities” she began in the 80’s of last century. Widely represented in the U.S. and Britain. A distinctive feature is the brutality used in promotions for revenge.

08. Serbian mafia

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Serbian mafia has found its place in the ranks of leaders, because it works in dozens of countries and is linked to drug trafficking, contract killings, racketeering, robbery, and control rates and gambling houses. The lists submitted to Interpol about 350 Serb civilians, who often are staff members and leaders of major drug cartels in the world. Serbian gangsters known and intellectual robberies, which often act out Hollywood scripts, as well as fast and clean executions. Currently there are about 30-40 teams working in Serbia

07. Israeli Mafia

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These guys are working in the field of banditry in many countries, the main kind of activity – drug trafficking and prostitution. Times have changed, and if they had once looked with awe because of their ability Roofing is now a ruthless killer is not much thought before pulling the trigger. Russian-Israeli mafia is stronger in the U.S. political system so well that knock them out of there by force, even the vaunted U.S. military.

06. Meksikanskaya Mafia

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Mexican Mafia – a powerful criminal organizations in the U.S., leaving the roots in the prison world. Originated in the first 50 years, was positioned as the protection of Mexicans imprisoned in the United States, from other criminals and security of prisons. Main activities – extortion and drug trafficking. Tend to be short shrift over the disagreeable and not paying them to set them the same tax.

05. Japanese Yakuza

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The Japanese mafia is proudly traces its origin from the impoverished gentry samurai, or ronin, as they are called in Japan. The heirs of the founding fathers of many children of noblemen, who were not often nothing more than the sword, they will inherit only the right to wear a sword, and even her hair in a samurai: shave the forehead and crown, the long hair from the back in a tight plait braid, and stick to a bluish scalp. Although the Japanese mafia is known throughout the world, in everyday life of this town once uglyadet it hard. Meanwhile, the Japanese mafia has one hundred and ten thousand people, while loud and boisterous American – all twenty thousand. If we consider that the U.S. population is about twice as much as the Japanese, it is easy to calculate that for every Japanese has eleven times more than the American, professional rapists, robbers and murderers. Fields of activity: racketeering, distribution of pornography banned from Europe and America, prostitution and illegal immigration.

04. Chinese triads

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The fact that the rapidly growing China is rapidly emerging as the leader for Global Development, said today all over the world. But there are negative aspects of this process. As we strengthen the leading position of China in the global economy, Chinese organized crime is rapidly expanding its presence in transnational criminal ways. “Triad” has already made a “third world” their competitors! “Riding” the migration process, mafia structures of China and the Chinese mafia in other countries took a leading position in the organization of human trafficking and establishing flows of illegal migration. The report by Europol (June of 2006) noted that Chinese mafia groups as a leader in human trafficking in countries of the European Union. Chinese “triads” pushed Japan’s homegrown mafia – the Yakuza: the share of the Chinese account for about half of all crimes committed by foreigners.

03. Colombian drug cartels

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Colombian mafia is one of the world’s largest supplier of cocaine. All the efforts of public authorities are still in vain, as the business of gangsters are more than successful. Colombian drug mafia has existed since the mid-60’s of last century. Cartels “Medellin” and “Kali” very quickly became the leading producer of cocaine in the world.

02. Sicilian and American Cosa Nostra

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Salvatore Lo Bue, Salvatore Lo Cicero, Gaetano Lo Presti, Giuseppe Scaduto, Antonino Spera, Gregorio Agrigento, Luigi Caravello, Mariano Troia, Giovanni Adelfio and Francesco Bonomo ? XIII ?. Members of the Sicilian Mafia (from left), Salvatore Lo Bue, Salvatore Lo Cicero, Gaetano Lo Presti, Giuseppe Scaduto, Antonino Spera, Gregorio Agrigento, Luigi Caravello, Mariano Troia, Giovanni Adelfio and Francesco Bonomo In the XIII century. Sicily is constantly robbing not only the Algerian pirates, and French troops, mercenaries, who served severoitalyanskim dukes and princes. Organized armed struggle against the French islanders began in 1282 under the slogan «Morete alla Francia, Italia anela» («Die, France – sigh, Italy), the first letters of appeal Sicilians were the battle cry:« Mafia! ». Soon self-defense units have become units of professional soldiers, who began to take tribute from the peasants for protection from external enemies. In the XIX century. Mafia, which became a uniform system, even tried to achieve separation of the island from Italy and requested the union by Giuseppe Garibaldi, but forces the Principality of Piedmont caused her defeat. At the end of the XIX century. Thousands of Sicilians to escape from poverty and clan wars, moved to America. In major U.S. cities arose Cosa Nostra («Our Business”) – a network of the Sicilian “family” that controlled the casinos, smuggling, prostitution, illegal liquor, tobacco and weapons, and engaged in racketeering. All “konsorterii” Sicily are “respectable community, led by Capo di tutti Capi, the head of all the chapters. Important figures in the structure of the Mafia are also picciotti di ficatu (assassins), stopalieri (bodyguards), gabellotti (judges) and consiglieri (advisers).

01. Russian Mafia

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Russian Mafia has 500 000 people. Her godfathers control 70% of the Russian economy, as well as prostitution in Macau, and China, illegal drug trafficking in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, money laundering in Cyprus, Israel, Belgium and England, car theft, trafficking in nuclear materials and prostitution in Germany. With the disappearance of the Iron Curtain, the expansion of Russian crime has ceased to be controlled and directed, as it was before the Soviet collapse. The first wave of “exporting” crime area, then still the Soviet Union, took place in the early 70’s, when allowed to emigrate to Israel of Soviet Jews. This wave was not comparable with the second – when the collapse of the Soviet Union collapsed, the Iron Curtain. Then the world is, indeed, has estimated the size of Russian crime, which he called “Russian mafia”. Russian crime community is sometimes very specific interests in different countries. So, in December 1993, the Western press for the first time mentioned that the grouping of “shaking” of the Russian hockey players playing in foreign clubs, the so-called “foreign players”. The mass of material on the subject in the press in the years to say that “racket sport has acquired a truly industrial scale. According to some, now Russia’s criminal community operates in 50 countries.According to an American professor Louise Shelley, the PMA in 1991 withdrew from the Russian Federation $ 150 billion. According to other sources – $ 50 billion, but too much.

The Countries To Avoid If You Hate Spiders

Along with heights, a fear of spiders has to be one of the most common phobias humans have. Most experts believe it is because in our evolutionary past we dealt with poisonous spiders and therefore we developed a phobia of them as a survival mechanism. These days, spiders are all over the world and they come in many shapes and sizes, along with degrees of poison. So if you hate spiders, you should probably stop reading now but if you hate spiders, you should also keep reading to know the countries to avoid.

Laos: Home of the Largest Spider

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The Giant Huntsman Spider is justly named since it is the largest spider in the world in terms of leg span. Its leg span is a very large spider with a leg span of one foot. One foot may not seem like much compared with birds, rodents and more, but for a spider it is downright terrifying. First discovered in 2001 in Laos, over the past ten years, over 1,000 new species have been found in the entire Greater Mekong Sub-region. Many were very surprised that a spider this large went undiscovered for so long. As the World Wide Fund for Nature said, “Some of these species really have no business being recently discovered.”

Experts believe that it is a cave-dwelling spider because of its pale color, so make sure you stay out of the caves in Laos!

Brazil: Home of the Second Largest Spider

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Okay, the Giant Huntsman Spider is big, and while it is the largest spider, it may not be the scariest one that you come across. That title goes to Goliath Birdeater, which is found in South America and primarily in Brazil. It is a member of the tarantula group and was believed to be the largest spider in the world until the Giant Huntsman was discovered. The reason that it was named the Goliath Birdeater Spider is because explorers in the 19th century witnessed it eat a hummingbird.

With a leg span of 11 inches and a weight of six ounces, it is a deep-burrowing species found in swampy areas. Sadly for the males, females will mate with them and then kill the mates and the females will typically live for as long as 25 years. This spider may be large, but it is pretty harmless to humans beyond giving them a heart attack. Most describe the venom from the spider to feel like a wasp sting. The species typically eats insects, but it has been found to eat rodents, lizards, bats and even some snakes.

Brazil: Home of the Most Venomous Spider

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Okay, another big reason to avoid Brazil if you hate spiders. Not only do they have a very large spider, they have a very poisonous spider. In fact, they have the most venomous spider in the world; The Brazilian Wandering Spider.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider is a highly aggressive and venomous spider found all over South and Central America, and especially in Brazil.

It is called the Brazilian Wandering Spider because it wanders the jungle floor at night, instead of staying in a web. During the day, the spider can be found in termite mounds, fallen logs and in banana plants. It will also hide in dark and moist places in or near where humans live.

If you are bit by this spider, the neurotoxin will cause you to lose muscle control, your breathing will become labored and eventually you will become paralyzed and asphyxiation will begin. Not only that, you can expect intense pain and inflammation due to the venom. One odd thing that the bite also causes is an erection that will last for many hours, will be very uncomfortable and may leave you impotent.

Since the spider wanders, it is very dangerous to humans, especially in areas that are densely population. It will hide in clothes, cars, boots and in boxes which leads to sudden bites on hands and feet when it is surprised. It can also travel around the world in banana crates, where it ends up in grocery stores. This happened in Bridgewater, England when a man was bitten by one of the spiders. He survived but it took him an entire week to recover.

Australia: Home To Spider Attacks

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While Australia only ranks ninth in terms of contact with venomous spiders, per capita, at .14 deaths per 1,000,000 people, it is still a place with plenty of deadly spiders. In fact, many feel that Australia may have the most deadly spiders on Earth.

Just some of the spiders found in Australia that can harm humans include:

• The Australian Funnel-Web Spider is one of the most dangerous in the world and will often bite rather than run away. It is typically found within 100 km of Sydney and its toxin is highly toxic to primates. Males have more potent venom than females and are often encountered in the summer time. Bites from the males have resulted in death if medical attention is not sought.

• The Redback Spider does not bite often but when it does it is highly toxic and dangerous for the elderly and children. Roughly 20 percent of those bitten by the spider require treatment. There have been no deaths since 1956 when the antivenom was created and most of the bites are from female spiders. Typical symptoms usually involve mild pain that is short-term. Of course, bites can also cause extreme pain and sweating, as well as swelling and swollen lymph nodes. Other issues that can result from the bite include seizure, coma, respiratory failure and more depending on the person who was bitten.

• The Mouse Spider is a burrowing spider that has a deadly venom, which can cause serious harm to humans. Severe symptoms can develop, which require emergency medical treatment but bites are rare and there have been no recorded human deaths.

• The Australian Huntsman Spiders are not very aggressive but they will defend their nests and make threat displays to humans who tread too closely. They can move rapidly and they will often enter houses. IF you are bit, they symptoms are very unpleasant but not life-threatening.

• The White-Tailed Spider is not as dangerous as other spiders, but it is still not pleasant to be bit by one. Its bite usually causes the same type of symptoms as a bee sting, but on occasion nausea, vomiting and headache can develop.

Spiders are not very pleasant for most of us and while only a few are truly dangerous to humans, we all fear them. Whether it is a Daddy Long-Legs or a Huntsman Spider, we all feel fear when we come across a spider. If you live somewhere like Canada, then you don’t have too many big spiders, but if you live in Brazil, Laos, or Australia, you may deal with spiders that truly do make your skin crawl.

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Weird Inventions

1. Two headed bottle

2 head bottle

I guess this thing is very handy when you have a dog and a cat and they hate each other. Now you can pour water in their bowl at the same time.

2. The 95 cm belt

95 cm belt

This belt must be very useful to those of you who are on a diet. This way you can see if you have put on some weight or not!

3. The breast coffin

breast coffin

I have the feeling they came up with the extra breast space in coffins after Pamela Anderson got her third breast implants operation. Or was it Jordan that made those people thing about it?! It doesn’t matter right now. Ladies, your breasts are safe even after you die!

4. The double umbrella

double umbrella

Now I know what inspired Rhianna. “You can get under my umbrella…” Hehe, clever girl! She knew about the double umbrella from the beginning. I wonder how do you close that thing?
5. The finger dish

finger cup

Now anyone can be a waiter. You won’t drop the sodas on that girls’ top anymore (such a shame, she was wearing a white t-shirt) and you won’t have to pay for damages anymore.
6. The flower lamp


I don’t like this lamp. It’s scary. It looks like a giant spider.

7. The hairy t-shirt

baby hairy tshirt

This one is pretty old but it’s sure funny as hell! Still I wouldn’t want my husband wearing a t-shirt like that. I don’t like hairy, sweaty chests.

8. The arm camera


I like this one. It’s pretty hard to take a picture of the two of you making out. Or hugging or kissing!
9. The couple bed


I really don’t get this one. It’s not like we’d need a mark in bed. Besides, we’re sleeping in each others arms. You should try it sometimes, it’s very relieving.

10. The shower mic

spounge mic

This one right here might be the solution for my noisy neighbors. They’re like always making weird noise the the bathroom.

11. Penguin tea clock

penguin tea

This is my husband’s favorite toy. He loves penguins and with a toy like that I would convince him to drink tea more often.

12. The perfect modern IT office

perfect IT office

No comment on this one!

13. The hand-shape glass


I want a dozen of glasses like that! Then I wouldn’t brake them! Nor would my daughter!

14. The shoe box stairs

shoe stairs

These stairs are pretty old, I have seen pictures of this inventions over the internet for the last 4-5 months but a friend of mine just won’t believe these are real. I would need stairs like that. Although my house is not that small, I have like a tone of shoes. I think I’ll just give them away to someone who will wear them.

15. The spring bed


I want a bed like that! Unless it’s noisy it’s the perfect bed for us.

16. Tea toaster


Nope, those toasters don’t make tea. But they sure look cute.

17. Weird stair


100Years Of Propaganda: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Propaganda is most well known in the form of war posters. But at its core, it is a mode of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Although propaganda is often used to manipulate human emotions by displaying facts selectively, it can also be very effective at conveying messages and hence can be used in web design, too.

Notice that propaganda uses loaded messages to change the attitude toward the subject in the target audience. When applied to web design, you may experiment with techniques used in propaganda posters and use them creatively to achieve a unique and memorable design.

In this article, we look at various types of propaganda and the people behind it, people who are rarely seen next to their work. You will also see how the drive for propaganda shaped many of the modern art movements we see today. Notice that this post isn’t supposed to be an ultimate showcase of propaganda artists. Something or somebody is missing? Please let us know in the comments to this post!

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William Orpen: England, 1917

Orpen studied at the Slade School in London alongside the likes of Augustus John and Wyndham Lewis. He produced some of his best work while at the school and became known for his portraits. A friend of Orpen then arranged for him to paint the pictures of senior military officials, such as Lord Derby and Churchill. In 1917, he was recruited by the government’s head of War Propaganda to the Western front to paint images of war-torn France. It was there that Orpen painted his most famous piece, “Dead Germans in a Trench.”

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Dimitri Moor: Russia, 1917–1921

Dimitri Moor (or Dmitry Stakhievich Orlov) changed the face of graphic design in Soviet Russia back in 1918. His work dominated both the Bolshevik Era (1917–1921) and the New Economic Policy (1921–1927). The main theme of Moor’s work is the stark contrast between the oppressive evil and the heroic allies. A lot of pressure was put on Russian workers to rise up against imperialism.

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A lot of Moor’s artwork was restricted to black and red. Black was generally used for the main part of the poster, and all of the solid colors for the capitalists. Red was used for socialist elements such as flags and workers’ shirts.

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This is a lesser known poster by the artist, appealing for help for those staving from the Russian famine in 1920. It features the single word “Pomogi,” meaning help. The drawing is of an old man who is just skin and bone. The last stalks of barley are barely visible in the background.

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El Lissitzky: Russia, 1920

El Lissitzky spent his whole career absorbed by the belief that the artist could be an agent for change and good, and his work in a lot of respects shows this. He himself was a huge agent of change in the artistic movements of the time. He was one of the fathers of suprematism, along with Kazimir Malevich; and along with many of his peers, he changed the look of typography, exhibition design, photo montage and book cover design. Most of the modern techniques we see today and that appear in film and modern Kenetic typography are the product of Lissitzky’s work.

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Beat the Whites With the Red Wedge, 1920

One of his most famous pieces, shown below, really embodies Lissitzky’s work. It is so avant garde that even a lay person could recognize the style. The abstract geometric shapes and clear color pallet scream of modernist art, and yet the poster has a real message. It describes the Russian revolution that took place in 1917. The white circle represents the royalists from the old regime, and the red triangle represents the communists moving in and changing opinion. It has been described as a stylized battle plan for communist victory.

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You might also recognize it from Franz Ferdinand’s album cover:

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Then in 1921, El Lissitzky accepted a job as the Russian cultural ambassador to Germany. His work influenced a lot of the iconic designs of the Bauhaus and De Stijil movements. His last poster, seen below, was a return to propaganda, with a poster encouraging the Russian people to help Russia build more tanks to win the war against Nazi Germany.

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Strakhov Braslavskij: Russia, 1926

Braslavskij was known for his posters that promoted the emancipation of women. During this time in Russia, the idea of gender equality was growing. Emancipated women were seen to be supporters of the communist agenda, and so they needed to be freed from their so-called duties as wives and mothers.

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The emancipation of women and the socialist movement went pretty much hand in hand. In the poster below, we see almost a confluence of the sexes. The woman is drawn somewhat androgynously, wearing masculine clothing that hides her female figure, and a cold hard stare that hides her emotions. Behind her is her place of work, showing that women can do the same hard labor as men, and she carries the red flag of the communist movement.

The curious thing is that the image shows not so much the emancipation of women as it does a way to turn women into men, dressing them in men’s clothing, showing them as working in factories, and hiding their femininity. It seems the real reason to emancipate women was simply to increase the workforce and thus strengthen the communist movement.

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Hans Schweitzer: Germany, 1930s

In Germany in the 1930s, propaganda was in full swing and being used by Hitler’s advisers to call the German people to arms and spread lies about the Jews. One of the most famous artists behind Nazi propaganda was Hans Schweitzer, known as “Mjolnir.” This poster by Hans Schweitzer shows the typical pro-Nazi theme of the German army’s strength, depicting an S.A. man standing next to a solider. The text reads, “The guarantee of German military strength!”

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This next poster by Mjolnir, titled “Our Last Hope: Hitler” was used in the presidential elections of 1932, when Germany was suffering through its great depression. Nazi propagandists targeted the German people who were unemployed and living on the breadline, and they suggested Hitler as their way out, their savior.

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The propaganda then used the scapegoat of the Jews, blaming them for all of Germany’s problems and the war. Many posters were entitled, “He is guilty for the war.” This was the key message of Hitler to start his campaign of terror and for the ethnic cleansing that ensued. Almost the entire campaign from beginning to end was driven by the artist Mjolnir. Just as the media molds public opinion today, Mjolnir most definitely molded the opinion of the German people through his designs. There is no doubts about the immorality and emotional deception of these designs; they are still worth mentioning because they were extremely powerful and effective at the time.

Valentina Kulagina: Russia, 1930

Kulagina was one of the few female poster artists to emerge from the 20th century. Her art was heavily influenced by suprematism, and you can see the similarity between her work and that of El Lissitzky. This poster, called “To Defend USSR” was created by Kulagina in 1930. It takes a cubist perspective in its multi-dimensional shapes, and it shows the Red army as huge almost robotic figures, marching from the factories to fight the war. They are surrounded by the tiny white airplanes of the royalists, which appear to have no effect on them at all and in fact seem to be flying through the figures.

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Phillip Zec: England, 1930

Phillip Zec was probably best known for his depictions of Nazis as snakes and vultures. At the time, Nazis were usually drawn as bumbling clowns or buffoons. But Zec brought out the more sinister side of the German regime in his drawings. Hitler reportedly hated Zec so much that he added him to his black list and ordered his arrest following the invasion of Britain. He blamed Zec’s Jewish ancestry for his extreme ideas.

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This poster by Zec was a call for women to join the war effort by working in the munitions factories.

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This ugly toad is former Prime Minister of France Pierre Laval, who decided to work closely with the Nazi command during World War II.

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This illustration is about the French Resistance, telling Hitler that it was very much alive.

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Gino Boccasile: Italy, 1930

Gino Boccasile was a supporter of Benito Mussolini and produced a lot of propaganda for him. His posters became increasingly racist and anti-semitic as his support for the German puppet state increased. After the war, Boccasile was sent to prison for collaborating with the fascist regime. The only work he could find after his release from prison was as a pornographic artist and working in advertising for Paglieri cosmetics and Zenith footwear.

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He became well known for his advertising and pornography.

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Pablo Picasso: Spain, 1937

Picasso painted Guernica in response to the bombing of the town by Germany and Italy, which were following orders from Spanish Nationalist forces, on 26 April 1937. It must be said that it was commissioned to Picasso long before the bombing of the town und was supposed to be a classic painting first; after the bombings, Picasso changed his drawing to respond to the recent bombing. The giant mural shows the tragedy of war, using innocents civilians as the focal point. It became a huge symbol of anti-war, and upon completion it was exhibited worldwide to spread the message. The piece also educated other countries about the horror of the Spanish Civil War, which till then most people had never heard of.

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Norman Rockwell: US, 1939

Norman Rockwell is probably one of the best known of the propoganda movement. He admitted that he was just a propaganda stooge for the Saturday Evening Post. The newspaper paid many artists and illustrators to whitewash American news with patriotism and propaganda for around 50 years.

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His work has often been dismissed as idealistic or sentimental. His depiction of American life included young boys running away from a “No swimming” sign, and happy-go-lucky US citizens going about their business unaware of the crumbling world around them.

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Rockwell’s famous Rosie the Riveter poster is shown below, representing the American women who worked in the munitions and war supplies factories during World War II. This was a call to arms for the women of America to become strong capable females and support the war effort.

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J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!,” commonly mistaken to depict Rosie the Riveter, conveyed the same message:

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Rockwell was always unhappy with the politics of the Saturday Evening Post, so in his later years, he took up the controversial subject of racism in America. He became respected as a painter for these hard-hitting pieces of American culture, much more so than for his work for the Saturday Evening Post. The piece below is called “The Problem We All Live With.” It is not known whether this painting is based solely on the Ruby Bridges story, because it was also thought that the idea came from John Steinbeck’s book Travels With Charley.

The subject was the integration of black children in American schools. Little Ruby Bridges was filmed making her way into the William Franz School at 8:40 am. At this time, a gigantic crowd of 150 white women and male youth had gathered. They threw tomatoes and shouted vile comments at the tiny girl. It is hard to look at this picture without being affected.

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Xu Ling: China, 1950

It is hard to find details on these Chinese artists, but we can focus on what they intended to convey with their artwork. This piece is a caricature of the American commander in Korea at that time, General MacArthur. It shows the US as an aborrent evil, and Macarthur is shown stabbing a Korean mother and child. Bombs labeled US are being dropped on cities in China in the background as the US invades Korea.

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Ye Shanlu (???): China, 1952

Again, little is known of the artist, but we do know this piece told people to get immunized against any epidemics to combat germ warfare. The Chinese were convinced that the US was planning to use bacterial weaponry against them, so they set about organizing massive inoculation drives to protect the Chinese people.

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Ning Hao: China, 1954

Along the lines of Rosie the Riveter, this Ning Hao piece reflects women being asked to work in the factories alongside men, partially to support their emancipation, but mostly to increase the labor force in China.

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Jim Fitzpatrick: Ireland, 1968

Jim Fitzpatrick was a well-known Irish Celtic artist of his time, but he is probably best known for his Che Guevara poster in 1968. It is said that Fitzpatrick took the death of the revolutionary personally. He had once met him when Guevara flew into Ireland in 1963 and checked into the Marine Hotel pub in Kilkee. Fitzpatrick was only a teenager at the time and had been working there over the summer. The poster became a global icon during the anti-Vietnam war protests and is now the symbol of F.A.R.C. in Columbia, a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary guerrilla organization, which is involved in the ongoing Colombian armed conflict. Zapatista Army of National Liberation (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN), a revolutionary group based in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico, uses this symbol as well.

The image was also used during the violent Paris student riots in 1968. Across the rest of the West, the Marxist Che Guevara image is overused by any kid suffering from teenage angst.

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Huynh Van Thuan: Vietnam, 1972

I could not find any information about Huynh Van Thuan, but I found this piece reminiscent of 1960s movie posters about the Vietnam war and so decided to include it.

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Micah Ian Wright: US, 2003

After Micah Wright graduated, he worked a while for Nickelodeon and wrote for The Angry Beavers cartoon. Then in 2003, just before the invasion of Iraq, Micah published his anti-war protest book. The book was filled with satires of old war propaganda posters that Micah had reprinted with modern war messages.

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Brian Lane Winfield Moore: US, 2009

Brain Moore is a modern propaganda artist who exhibits his work on his blog. He lives in Brooklyn and is probably best known for his promotion of net neutrality and his work during the 2009 Iranian election protests. The posters are based on old WWII propaganda posters but updated in their message to match today’s technology and Web culture.

This poster was a comment on the 2009 Iran election protests. He borrowed the old “loose lips” refrain and replaced it with tweets.

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This next one was about the proposed Internet regulation that would supposedly curb illegal activities on the ‘net and help fight the “war on terror.”

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Unknown artist: UK, 2010

I could not identify the artist behind this one but had to include it for its clever use of old Tory values and the play on the Scooby Doo gang’s unveiling of the monster. The Tory party now occupies 10 Downing Street, and David Cameron is now Prime Minister of United Kingdom. This poster shows the lack of faith in Cameron’s promise to be a force for change and not just another Thatcher.

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Image credit: Von Pip

Last Click

Nick Griffin is not an artist, he is the chairman of the British National Party (BNP). Just as most other national parties across the globe, BNP is a good example of propaganda techniques being used to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. BNP has used them to build their hate-filled ranks for years. BNP is extremely good at speaking to people in plain, emotional language and affecting those who experience personal problems and want to find someone who can be blamed for these problems.

Just like many other national parties, BNP is blaming foreigners for these problems and uses strong religious metaphors to deliver the message. Very powerful, yet extremely unethical. This is an example of propaganda being used to manipulate people in a very deceptive, unfair manner.

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Oldest Mosques in the World

01. Quba Mosque, Saudi Arabia

First Built: 622
The designation of the oldest mosque in the world requires careful use of definitions, and must be divided into two parts, the oldest in the sense of oldest surviving building, and the oldest in the sense of oldest mosque congregation. Even here, there is the distinction between old mosque buildings that have been in continuous use as mosques, and those that have been converted to other purposes; and between buildings that have been in continuous use as mosques and those that were shuttered for many decades. In terms of congregations, they are distinguished between early established congregations that have been in continuous existence, and early congregations that ceased to exist (wikipedia). 09 More after the break…
02. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, Saudi Arabia
First Built: 622

03. Masjid al-Qiblatain, Saudi Arabia

First Built: 623

04. Jawatha Mosque, Saudi Arabia

First Built: 629

05. Masjid al-Haram, Saudi Arabia

First Built: 638

06. Great Mosque of Kufa, Iraq

First Built: 639

07. Mosque of Uqba, Tunisia

First Built: 670

08. Imam Hussain Mosque, Iraq

First Built: 680

09. Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem

First Built: 705

10. Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Tunisia

First Built: 709