Will Ukraine be next? – Poster of the Week


Places the U.S. Has Bombed Since W.W.II
Josh MacPhee
Stencil, 2002
Chicago, IL
18391

Josh MacPhee* produced this poster before the U.S. attacked Iraq. Even though Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. saber-rattling had been escalating for months. Sound familiar?


On January 11, 2003—two months before the US bombed Iraq—CSPG opened an Anti-War poster exhibition at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica. MacPhee’s poster greeted viewers as they entered the gallery. Many responded, “that’s too many places, it can’t be accurate.” They were right, it wasn’t accurate . . . but not because it listed too many places the U.S. had bombed, but because it had left some out.


Based on the ongoing and escalating anti-Putin rhetoric coming from politicians and corporate media, another name may soon be added to the list. Let’s not let that happen.


Resources:


Katrina vanden Heuvel, A path out of the Ukraine crisis:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/15/path-out-of-ukraine-crisis/


Background of the conflict:

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/30/russia-ukraine-war-kiev-conflict


Places the U.S. has bombed since WWII:

https://williamblum.org/chapters/rogue-state/united-states-bombings-of-other-countries



*Josh MacPhee is a designer, artist, activist, and archivist. He is a founding member of both the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative and Interference Archive in New York.

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