The Best Propaganda of 2012
The Propagandist magazine has had a busy year taking the fight to the enemy. The pen is still mightier than the sword and our army of contributing writers has slashed its way through it's fair share of battles.
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The war continues, but let us pause for a moment to reflect on our victories.
Here we present our most popular propaganda of 2012.
- The Persistent Afghan Pipeline Conspiracy Theory. Plenty of people still think the West is involved in Afghanistan for access to cheap resources. Plenty of people would be very, very wrong.
- Croatia's Silent Approval of the Ustasha Regime. Old hatreds come to life in the Balkans.
- Tarek Fatah Faces Down Islamist Fanatic on Twitter. Again. Social media... showing off the best and worst that humanity has to offer.
- Facebook Dress Codes for Women in Hijab. "Could it be that a society that espouses the view that the display of women’s bodies begets their subjection to unwanted sexual advances, or to rape and assault, is more likely to see a higher incidence of sexual harassment and sexual violence against women?"
- Creationism is Anti-American. The USA's technological edge is undermined by superstition in the science classroom.
- And the Award for Best Wife Beater Goes to... Chris Brown. Tell him what we've all won!
- Review. Looking Into The Pit In The Dark Knight Rises. Batman and his foes challenge icons and tropes of storytelling about good and evil.
- Irish Artist Nicky Larkin. Against Useful Eejits. An artist's journey from viewing Israelis as the enemy to seeing them as people may signal a turning point away from Ireland's traditional anti-Israeli groupthink.
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Call to Convert Muslims is a Bad Idea. Converting the West's Muslims into Christians may have unforeseen consequences. Better to stand by secular principles.
- Why Not Blame Islam? Mohammed Merah targeted innocents in France in a series of grisly killings before his own death at the hands of police. Is it not worth examining his self-declared motives to help prevent similar, ongoing tragedies?
Confusion to our enemies!