Erdoğan and the Penguin: satire in modern Turkey

It’s usually a happy coincidence when something you’re writing about comes barging onto the topical agenda, but when the bull takes the form of the president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and the china shop is satire itself, it’s rotten luck you’ve fallen on (although it certainly vindicates your focus). Continue reading Erdoğan and the Penguin: satire in modern Turkey

Lignes claires: fragmented identity in Belgian satirical magazines

People write off Belgium as something of a ‘non-country’. This is unfair, although it’s understandable why some people might think this; e.g., there is no such language as ‘Belgian’ – Belgium famously comprises two major linguistic zones, a poorer  French-speaking southern region called Wallonia (people from which are called ‘Walloons’) and a wealthier Dutch-speaking northern region called Flanders (people from which are ‘Flemish’ or ‘Flemings’). There is a small enclave of German-speakers on its border to the east. Continue reading Lignes claires: fragmented identity in Belgian satirical magazines

Political satire in the Republic of Ireland: a snippet view

Satire runs deep in the Irish Republic, documenting antibiosis with Britain and its hard, ongoing self-discovery. Looking back at this output in our happier times, you’re spoiled for choice.

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The winner of this year’s Editorial Cartooning Pulitzer Prize

GgcJ7.St.138 Kevin Siers, of the Charlotte Observer, has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning.

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Venezuela

Though nearly twice the size of Europe, South America only has twelve sovereign states; and given their closely interrelated national lineages, all its constituents have had enough political drama in their relatively brief and tumultuous histories to make it feel like a really rowdy extended family. Continue reading Venezuela

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