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Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are over, according to 'Yes Men' NY Times spoof

Commuters in many US cities learned during Wednesday's morning rush hour that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had ended, at least according to a spoof of one of the country's top newspapers by the liberal pranksters the "Yes Men".

 

Some 1.2 million copies of a newspaper that strikingly resembled The New York Times were handed out in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington.

At first glance, the parody, which uses the newspaper's signature gothic font on the nameplate, could easily be mistaken for the real thing.

But on closer inspection, the 14-page paper was headed with the motto "All the news we hope to print", a twist on the paper's traditional "All the news that's fit to print", and the parody copy was dated July 4, 2009.

The lead story in the paper appears beneath the headlines "Iraq War Ends" and "Troops to Return Immediately." Another story declares, "Nation Sets Its Sights on Building Sane Economy."

The activists behind the prank say they wanted to make sure the administration of Democratic President-elect Barack Obama keeps its promises.

The team behind the paper- which also announced the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs and a recall for all cars that run on petrol - included three New York Times staffers whose names will remain a secret, said Wilfred Sassoon, a freelance journalist who helped create the paper with about 30 other writers.

The project was paid for by small, online contributions "to maintain the pressure on the people we've elected so they do what we've elected them to do."

"This is obviously a fake issue of The Times. We are in the process of finding out more about it," said Catherine Mathis, a spokesperson for The New York Times.

 
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