Category Archives: Arab Spring

This is a more thematic category. Because you can use more than one category at once, you can group posts about media from the Arab Spring in a this category in addition to any of the others.

Hip hop and the Arab Spring

The censorship of media during the Arab Spring called for new ways of communicating dissatisfaction with the nations’ leaders, and has by many been called a “revolution of the young.” One example of this is the role that hip hop, … 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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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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Reclaiming Barriers

While browsing the internet the other day I came upon an article called “Egypt artists “reopen” street by graffiti protest”, published by the Houston Chronicle.  It is about the emergence of graffiti in Cairo on the concrete barriers set up … Continue reading

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The Syrian Revolution: Beyond what the naked eye can see

Ali Farzat is a Syrian cartoonist, born in 1951, who has earned international recognition for his political cartoons. Farzart has used his cartoons to make strong political criticisms, refusing to give into pressure to limit his criticism of the Syrian … Continue reading

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Ali Farzat

Ali Farzat is a Syrian political cartoonist, whose work gets published both printed in Syria, and more recently also on his own Facebook page. While his relationship with the Syrian regime has been on the brighter side, Farzat’s images are … Continue reading

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Kharabeesh Cartoons, “Le Journal Du Zaba 001-003″

Kharabeesh cartoons, often referred to, as the Arab version of Jibjab is a Jordanian Company that uses a combination of cartoons, comedy and politics to spread not only laughter but also, an underlying message about current affairs in the Arab … Continue reading

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Zenga Zenga

“Zenga Zenga” is the song and viral YouTube video created by Israeli journalist and musician Noy Alooshe. “Zenga Zenga” parodies the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the song on video were both made before Gaddafi was killed in late 2011 … Continue reading

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