Download the John Lennon/Yoko Ono “War is Over (If You Want It)” Poster in 100+ Languages

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Over on the ImaginePeace website, Yoko Ono invites you to download and share a poster declaring “War is Over (If You Want It)” in over 100 languages — everything from Arabic and Afrikaans to German, Hindi, Tibetan and Yiddish.

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How to Defeat the US with Math: An Animated North Korean Propaganda Film for Kids

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Yes, North Korea won yesterday. Threatening 9/11-like violence, the DPRK scared Sony and America’s four largest theater chains into pulling the plug on the release of The Interview. And, just like that, Americans lost their right to watch their own propaganda films — even dumb funny ones — in their own theaters.

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Three Strikingly Different Views of North Korea, the Most Secretive Country in the World

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I once asked a friend based in Seoul, South Korea who used to write for a prestigious news magazine what that magazine wanted to hear from the Korea beat. “Let’s see… North Korea, North Korea, and more North Korea,” he replied.

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A Haunting Drone’s-Eye View of Chernobyl

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Back in August, Colin Marshall remarked that drones “have drawn bad press in recent years: as the intrusive tools of the coming surveillance state, as deliverers of death from above in a host of war zones, as the purchase-delivering harbingers of world domination by Amazon.com.

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Read Online Key Documents from the Ferguson Grand Jury: Witness Testimony, Forensic Evidence & More

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Tonight, a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot to death Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri this past summer. Following the controversial decision, St.

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Edward Snowden Explains Why He Blew the Whistle on the NSA in Video Interview with Lawrence Lessig

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Most likely everything you know about Edward Snowden’s unmasking of government surveillance programs has come through an indirect source — meaning, you haven’t had the chance to learn about Snowden’s motivations, thought processes, goals, etc. from Snowden himself. Here’s a chance to change that.

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Stephen Colbert & Neil Young in a Comic Duet: “Who’s Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)”

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Neil Young has a new book out — Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars — which means he’s doing a quick media blitz.

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Brian Eno’s Take on the Gaza Conflict Appears on David Byrne’s Web Site

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On his web site, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne writes:
I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno. I shared it with my office and we all felt a great responsibility to publish Brian’s heavy, worthy note.

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Did the Wayback Machine Catch Russian-Backed Rebels Claiming Responsibility for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17?

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If you’re a long-time reader of Open Culture, you know all about Archive.org — a non-profit that houses all kinds of fascinating texts, audio, moving images, and software. And don’t forget archived web pages.

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