Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

Arab Voices brought to you by Twitter

In my attempt to find current news on graffiti, I stumbled upon something even more worthy of mentioning. “The website Small World News is translating and transcribing phone messages from Egypt (among other places like Libya, Syria, Gaza, Yemen, Saudi … Continue reading

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Flowers of Revolution

Ali Farzat is a Syrian political cartoonist who is well known for his satires of Arab rulers and authorities. Out of the cartoons that we discussed in class, I particularly liked the one of the tree and flower. Cameron and … Continue reading

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Handala

Having spoken a lot about cartoons in class, I decided to research some Israeli/Palestinian cartoons. One of the most interesting things I came across was a little cartoon character by the name of Handala. Created by the late Palestinian cartoonist … Continue reading

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Ali Farzat and the Syrian Regime

Ali Farzat’s cartoons are characteristically printed without captions. This feature allows him to critique authoritarian regimes more generally, but it also allows the reader to interpret for his- or her-self where the cartoon takes place and, I believe, leads to … Continue reading

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Shame in the Syrian Revolution

For this blog post, I was really struck by the fact that we, as a class, seemed to be fairly unsure as to how we ought to interpret the above cartoon. After considering it for a while, though I can’t … Continue reading

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The Evasive Power of Facebook

When we were analyzing Ali Farzat’s cartoons in class, I found the two featuring Bashar Al-Assad himself particularly interesting.  These cartoons evoke themes similar to that of his other work, such as the government’s empty promises of reform and the … Continue reading

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The Power of a Cartoon

As many people have posted about Ali Farzat, I wanted to further look into the impact of his political cartoons. I see that Sam has mentioned the story of Ali Farzat getting essentially jumped by “thug” security forces of the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Graffiti: Keizer

I read Uprisings in Translation, the blog of a friend and Tufts alumna living in Cairo, in which she translates and discusses the graffiti she sees around the city.  Recently, she met with street artist Keizer to talk about his work … Continue reading

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Libyan Graffiti

As I stumbled through dozens of photos of Libyan graffiti throughout the revolution, I noticed that most of them were decorated with red, black, and green. These were the colors of the Libyan flag during the time of Pan-Arabism and … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Censorship

We’ve been viewing and discussing many images about the Arab Spring and political cartoons, but what does it all mean? What exactly is free speech and what is the difference between the cartoons drawn by Ali Farzat and Danish JP … Continue reading

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