Archive for the 'Paper bullets' Category

876 framed stickers in “Paper Bullets” exhibition


German Spuckies 1980s: 18

U.S. Industrial Workers of the World Labor Union 1910s-1930s: 12

Misc. U.S. Politicians: 38

U.S. President Richard Nixon: 17

U.S. President George W. Bush: 18

U.S. World War II: 27

Arab Spring / Religion: 18

Ukraine / Maidan Protests: 12

Russia: 7

Falange Spanish Right-Wing Movement Anthem: 13

Mixed Themes: 45

U.S. War in Vietnam: 32

Race: 15

Immigration / Borders: 28

Environment: 42

Spain / Catalonian Separatist Movement: 51

German Political Parties: 67

Surveillance: 24

St. Pauli Football Club: 47

Die Linke German Political Party: 23

U.S. Gender 1980s: 43

Gender / Sexuality: 63

Capitalism / Economy: 47

ACAB: 43

Antifa: 55

Protest / Resistance: 71


Paper leaflets today

In an article North Korea Warns South Over Leaflets, the NY Times reported last week, “North Korea opened fire on Friday after anti-Pyongyang activists in the South sent large balloons sailing across the border with leaflets criticizing the North’s government…. In a commentary published on Saturday [October 11, 2014], the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said that the leaflets were ‘an intolerable political provocation’ and ‘psychological warfare,’ and that Seoul and Washington were behind them, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.”


Check out earlier posts about my Paper Bullets sticker exhibition in Berlin and to see an example of a paper bullet from the Gulf War.

For more info and pictures about recent paper leaflets dropped in North Korea, see also South Korean Activists Drop Anti-Pyongyang Leaflets and USBs into North Korea (International Business Times) and Rival Koreas trade fire over propaganda balloons (UK Mail Online).

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Photo by Ahn Young-Joon from the Associated Press (I will remove photo from post if the AP makes a stink.)

Paper Bullets – an example

In conjunction with the Paper Bullets exhibition that’s on display right now at Hatch Kingdom, I included an example of an actual paper bullet to show people what they look like (see lower right). This “confetti soldier” was probably dropped from the sky by U.S. military forces during the Gulf War in 1991.


My colleague at SLU, Gisele El Khoury, helped again with the Arabic translations.  Here is the front.



هذه البداية فقط!

فعسى أن

تكون هذه قنبلة حقيقية

نرغب في المحافظة

على الأناس الأبرياء

وصدام يقودهم في

طريق الدمار والموت

المحتوم. نريدعإغلامهم


صدام هو


نعم، إن القوات المتعددة الجنسيات على

قدرة تامة بشن هجوم صاعق في أي آن أو مكان!



This is only the beginning!


this will be

a real bomb

We would like to protect

the innocent people

and Saddam is leading them

to the road of destruction and inevitable death.

We want to inform them

With the truth!

Saddam is

the reason

Yes, the multinational forces are fully able to launch a terrible attack at any time and in any place


Here is what’s on the back.



لقد عزلكم صدام عن العالم

الجامعة العربية

الجامعة العربية الإسلامية

وجمعية الامم المتحدة

جميعها أدانت أعمال صدام

وحشدت ٢٨ بلداً قوات لها

وذلك نتيجة لأعماله. وتشارك

بلدان أخرى في حشد قواتها

لا تجعل صدام سبباً لجلب الدمار


The truth

Saddam isolated you from the world

The Arabic League

The Islamic Arabic League

And the United Nations

All condemned Saddam’s actions

And 28 countries mobilized its forces

As a result of his work (I think they mean “actions”).

Other countries participate by mobilized its forces

Don’t let Saddam be a reason for bringing destruction on you!

I’ve done a fair amount of research on paper bullets, but one great source to begin with is anything by retired SGM Herbert A. Friedman, and in particular this essay called Falling Leaves. He was also interviewed about paper bullets in Cabinet Magazine in 2003. More to follow.



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