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
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
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.
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