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You've Walked Like An Egyptian; now it's time to Rock The Casbah!

I'd hardly had time to catch my breath after millions of courageous Egyptians ran the Mubarak regime out of the country before the scene shifted to Algeria, where they're getting revved up to fight the Second Battle Of Algiers. Get out there and rock it, Algerians!

14 Feb 2011

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Thanks for your detailed reply, Mike. I understand that the statue was based on Libertas, the roman Goddess of freedom.

Incidentally, I've been hitting the Reply button to the copies of your messages that drop into my Inbox. Do my replies actually get back to you 'cos they're all addressed to

02 Mar 2011

Excellent point; actually, Carlos Latuff and I had a very long and interesting discussion via email about this a few weeks ago, and he makes the very same point you do. Having been born American, it's part of a visual vocabulary I instinctively go to -- along with the image of the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, and the famous Rosie The Riveter "We Can Do It" poster, but I'm going through a bit of brainstorming now, trying to come up with something universally recognizable that isn't a distinctly American iconography, even though I see many cartoons on here from places as far away as Kiev and Prague using the Statue of Liberty.

What's ironic though, now that I think about it, is that the Statue Of Liberty was a gift to the USA from the French, and was created by a French sculptor, and also bears a resemblance to the central figure in Delacroix' painting "Liberty Leading The People."

02 Mar 2011

I'm not convinced that your use of the Libertas characterisation is entirely appropriate. Sure, on the surface it is a generally acknowledged symbol of freedom, but it is also widely regarded as emblematic of the USA - almost as familiar as the Stars and Stripes.

Sad to say, there is no indication that the public uprisings in North Africa have in any way been instigated or encouraged by the “Land of the Free” establishment; indeed, there is every reason to believe that, for a long time, Washington has been quite happy to turn a blind eye to all sorts of despotic shenanigans as long as the oil keeps flowing.

Furthermore, the statue was given to the USA by the French. Given France's unfortunate history of exploitation in North Africa, it makes it even less apposite.

Or is all the above really an intentional and subtly ironical back story?

(Incidentally, is it not ironic that the Statue of Liberty was closed to the public for eight years after 9/11?)

You may think I’m reading too much into your cartoon. I do appreciate that many viewers will have an attention span of less than ten seconds, but, if a picture is worth a thousand words, it’s a shame that a lot of people never get past the first sentence!

02 Mar 2011

Hey Mike, great cartoon! It's featured on this Al Jazeera live blog on Algeria:

15 Feb 2011

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