New Egyptian monopoly game

New Egypt monopoly

This is a cartoon about the dictatorship in Egypt, where many people go to jail for blogging etc.

Several hundred Egyptian journalists took to social media Sunday to reject a recent policy declaration by newspaper editors pledging total support to the state and banning criticism of the police, army and judiciary in their publications: here.

Bahrain news about other subject than killing its own people

This is called [The Full Video] Bahrain‘s army deliberately kills peaceful protesters.

From the Pan-Arabia Inquirer (Spreading the hummous of satire over the flatbread of news):

Bahrain “pleased as punch” to be making international headlines for something other than murdering own citizens

September 23, 2014

Sources in the Bahraini government have revealed that the country was delighted to have been involved in the recent airstrikes against ISIS forces in Syria alongside the US, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

“To be honest, we’re pleased as punch to be in the headlines for something other than shooting our own people dead on the streets,” said an insider, adding that he was “a little surprised to have been invited to join in given recent, you know, things.”

A Jordanian source later added that it was “just a nice feeling to be in the news at all.”

With airstrike allies like Bahrain…: here.

New cartoon book on British government

This video from Britain is called In the Picture- Cartoonist of the Year – Martin Rowson.

By David Peel in Britain:

Insurrectionary lines

Saturday 20th September 2014

Martin Rowson’s hilarious assault on the Lib Dem coalition clique in his new cartoon book is an incitement for action, says DAVID PEEL

The Coalition Book
by Martin Rowson
with an introduction by Will Self
(SelfMadeHero, £19.99)

IF YOU love biting visual and verbal satire on the political mess we are in, you need Martin Rowson.

His Coalition Book features slugs, monsters, breasts, muppets, puppets, fops, voids, serpents, sneakcads, gimps and fat cats, to name just a highly comic few.

The superb foreword by Will Self will have you in stitches too but, by the time you reach the end, you will want to be out on the streets calling for a revolution to sweep away this corrupt gang of crooks and charlatans.

What is wonderful about this collection of hundreds of Rowson cartoons, first published in the Morning Star and in more right-wing media like the Mirror and Guardian, is that we get his words.

They are a hilarious diatribe on the rotten state of our divided nation and they complement in every way the luminous power of his nightmarish illustrations.

Self believes this era will be remembered as the golden age of Rowson, a time when his friend and sometime collaborator finally blossomed from a shrunken figure drawing stick men to the tall and erect chronicler of late capitalism and its downfall.

But what of the limping official opposition to the “men in pin-striped suits with their heads stuffed up their arses” — the Conservative Party — or Nigel Farage, the snake and Thatcherite banker, who Rowson says is about as insurrectionary as a Powerpoint presentation at McKinsey’s?

What of the Lib Dems and their “leader,” the little wooden boy who wanted to be a real politician but turned out to be a source of useful timber?

They get the same beautifully brutal and excoriating treatment, although there could be much more of Miliband, the star-struck lover of austerity-lite and his “we’re tougher than the Tories” crew.

With Christmas coming, this will make the ideal extra-large stocking filler and, fittingly, the penultimate page features the Spirit of Christmas Present showing a terrified Cabinet cowering in bed together and being shown their “children” — ignorance and want.

As Rowson ruefully observes, we are living in coalition Narnia land and ruled by the children of the Witch, where it is always winter, and never Christmas.

It is a poignant conclusion which begs the reader to look around, see the devastation, and act.

Iraq war re-start cartoon

Iraq war cartoon by Brian McFadden

This is a cartoon by Brian McFadden from the USA.

It is about the United States re-starting war in Iraq; a war expanding into Syria as well.

THE US’ top military commander General Dempsey has broken ranks with President Obama by telling the Senate Armed Services Committee that US troops may become involved in ground attacks against the Islamic State, and that he may recommend it, despite the repeated pledges to the contrary from President Obama: here.

The House passed measures to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against ISIS, and the vote moves to the Senate today. And President Obama walked back General Dempsey’s comments about boots on the ground in Iraq. [WSJ]

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday declared that foreign ground troops are neither necessary nor wanted in the battle against the Islamic State (Isis) group. He flatly rejected the idea after US Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey on Tuesday said that US ground troops may be needed if current efforts to combat Isis fail: here.

British cartoonist Martin Rowson on cartoons

This video from Britain is called Martin Rowson – The Power of the Political Cartoon.

By Chris Bartter in Britain:

Rowson draws on weapons of mass political destruction

Saturday 16th august 2014

Martin Rowson: Hung, Drawn And Quartered

Assembly Rooms


AS ONE of the increasingly popular spoken-word events staged as part of the Assembly Rooms’ Fringe programme, Martin Rowson’s talk deals with the history of the cartoon and caricature from cave painting up to the present.

On the way Rowson — cartoonist to the Morning Star and Guardian among others — highlights the contributions made by his heroes through the ages, including Willima Hogarth, James Gillray, David Low and Ronald Searle.

He lets us in on some of the secrets of the cartoonist’s craft and it is fascinating to see the distinguishing aspect of a cave-painted rhinoceros — its horn — exaggerated to bring out its essential “rhinocerosness.”

Tony Blair cartoons by Martin Rowson

Rowson’s at pains to emphasise that the increasingly bland marketing of today’s politicians has led to cartoonists creating elements to undermine them — John Major’s underpants, Tony Blair’s staring eyeball and Nick Clegg as Pinocchio included. It seems that Labour PM Harold Wilson got it right in the 1970s when he adopted the public use of a pipe — privately he smoked cigars — because if you’re going to be lampooned at least give cartoonists an innocuous feature to concentrate on.

Intriguing too is the level of personal animosity a cartoonist has for his subject, or should that be victim?

Driven by Anne Widdecombe’s insistence that political cartooning is “just good fun” Rowson maintains: “No it isn’t. We really are out to destroy you.”

While that does go some way to explain the viciousness of some contemporary cartoons, Rowson’s included, one is left wondering if this is a general trait of cartoonists or, in this case, whether it’s the personal being rationalised into a generality.

Hung, Drawn… is a relatively short piece and there is much more, surely, to come on this topic from Rowson.

But it’s hugely informative — he tells us that the word “cartoon” only took on in its current meaning after its usage in Punch magazine in the 19th century, for example — and as one would expect from such a brilliant satirist it is certainly a thought-provoking exercise.

More please.