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Ted Rall’s “Censored” Obama Cartoon and Other Controversies

Are editorial decisions really censorship? When I discussed the issue with Ted Rall, America’s most widely read alternative editorial cartoonist, he was unequivocal: “To edit is to censor. It’s true. Look it up in the dictionary.” And thus, his latest blog column headline is “I have been censored by Daily Kos.” I recommend that you...

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Defusing the World’s Hot Spots, Hollywood Style

If you are wondering who can defuse a keg of dynamite on the Sub-Continent, the Middle East or Northern Africa, don't think "Hurt Locker," think Shirley Temple. Before she was an official ambassador, she was the defacto princess of simple solutions.

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Ai Weiwei’s Neo-Reality

A new documentary film Ai Weiwei – The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen will be out soon and the poster announcing the film is as provocative as the artists. Thanks to Kellerhouse and Johnsen I reached Ai Weiwei through email with a few questions about art and provocation, and how he felt about...

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The Human Stain

Chalk wipes off with water or disappears with time. The racist image, however, isn't as easily erased. It's a stain -- a human stain. The artifacts of institutional racism in the United States are apparent in many vintage advertisements, comic books, cartoons, product packages, board games, novelty toys, picture postcards and every other kind...

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Rising Sun and the Dogs of War

Wars are fought as much on paper as in the air, on the sea and in the dirt. During World War II the Germans had a slew of army- and navy-derived periodicals, touting the victories and lamenting some defeats. The Japanese were not reserved about their patriotic publishing. Some of their wartime journals were...

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No один ребенок Left Behind

This 1959 Visual Russian Dictionary for grade schoolers (учащийся) suggest that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.

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Civil Rights History as Graphic Novel

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. Artist Nate Powell discusses his work on a new graphic novel that details Congressman John Lewis' struggle for civil and human rights.

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Lettering in the Butter Dish

At the turn of the century, the French Republic was threatened by a military-church-aristocracy coalition and a huge bureaucratic machine dominated by L’assiette au Beurre or the Butter Dish.

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Vive La Liberation!

Have you wondered what it would be like to have your city liberated from enemy occupation? Those living in 1944 during the liberation de Paris would have had that experience.

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The Mandela Poster Project

Graphic designers in 70 countries created more than 700 posters to celebrate Nelson Mandela's life and legacy for The Mandela Poster Project. 95 selected posters are now on display.