"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Soviet and Cuban Posters - Everlasting images - everlasting truths

This is a poster you can find, with many others @ "Posters of Cuba- the Crimson Dawn Island"

Foreign Debt /IMF (International Monetary Fund) 1983 OSPAAAL

"From now on, depressions will be scientifically created. "
Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. , 1913

“The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an international organization that oversees the global financial system by observing exchange rates and balance of payments, as well as offering financial and technical assistance. Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., USA”. This is an unsophisticated quote from Wikipedia, which certainly does not describe why Jesus is crucified on the USD sign with the IMF abbreviation on the poster above...."

This is one of two sites run by Alexander Zhakarov (?) - the other is A Soviet Poster A Day .

Each contain superb examples of the the art of political / propaganda posters, crisp graphics, combined with stylish typography to convey a single simple, strong political thought / message with great clarity.

Each poster is presented with a brief history of the artist (if known) it's message and historical context. Visit.

Lessons not lost of course on our own politicians ...

Although many will remember the huge success (measured by column inches of comment in the Jewish Chronicle) Labour had in pre - election January 2005 with this wonderful creation ...

We never did get to find out whether it was Trevor Beattie at the TBWA agency of foul mouthed or ranting Alastair Campbell who was the design genius behind this one. (Resulting in AC calling Jeremy Paxman a "twat" (whatever that is) .. or more precisely he punched into his Blackberry ..."Posters done by tbwa according to polotical [sic] brief. Now fuck off and cover something important you twats."

Mr Tony Blair (who was at the time both prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party) reminded everyone that the Holocaust did not begin with the gas chambers but "with a brick through the window of a Jewish business, desecration of a synagogue, the shout of racist abuse in the street".

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