Monthly Archives: November 2015

Peace Symbols and Rumors of War

Je Su-24 Sukhoi
From Paris to Syria: all in one.

Blending contemporary symbology: from Charlie Hebdo and the Paris Attacks to the downing of the Russian Su-24 jet by Turkey, near the Syrian-Turkish border.

Here is the speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I before the United Nations General Assembly in 1963 (also used in 1976 by Bob Marley and the Wailers as lyrics to the song War):

«That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.»

Beheadings: from Caravaggio to Terrorism

Beheadings: from Caravaggio to Terrorism
Decapitations and Art History.

Here goes a close-up of a terrorist from the simple infographic in the post How To Recognize Moderate Rebels. Decapitation often inspired Art through history. The story of Judith beheading Holofernes was painted by many different artists, such as Gustav Klimt, Cristofano Allori, and Caravaggio. Caravaggio also painted several versions of Salome with the Head of John the Baptist, The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, (considered his masterpieces and one of the most important artworks in Western painting), and David with the Head of Goliath, on which the artist depicted himself as Goliath.

Who knows what Caravaggio would have thought about ISIS decapitations!