January 31, 2011 Special Dispatch No. 3550

The Middle East Crisis Part VII - Cartoons on Wave of Protest in Arab World

January 31, 2011
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 3550

Cartoons published in the Arab press in response to the current wave of protests in Egypt and in the Arab world at large addressed the causes of the protests, the responses of the Arab leaders to them, and the anticipated fate of these leaders, as well as the reaction of the Americans to the protests and the key role played by the Internet in facilitating them.

The following is a sample of cartoons:

The Causes of the Protests

Unemployment, corruption, poverty, violence, ignorance, backwardness and oppression fuel unrest in the Arab street

Al-Arab (Qatar), January 29, 2011

A desperate Arab world puts itself on fire

Filastin (Gaza), January 30, 2011

The demon of unemployment, corruption, and poverty toys with Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Yemen

Akhbar Al-Khalij (Bahrain), January 29, 2011

Having turned its back on reform, the Arab world is on the brink of the abyss

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), January 31, 2011

Demands for freedom are threatening to burst the bottle

Al-Akhbar (Lebanon), January 31, 2011

Protest Spreads from Country to Country

The sign, held by Tunisia, calls to spread the revolution to other countries

Al-Safir (Lebanon), January 29, 2011

Egypt – the first domino of corrupt regimes to follow Tunisia

Al-Arab (Qatar), January 30, 2011

Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt burn within the building of the Middle East

Al-Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), January 29, 2011

Two presidents (Ben Ali and Mubarak) down, 20 more to go

Al-Shurouq (Algeria), January 30, 2011

The pilots exchange news: "I've got a fleeing president," "I've got a king," "Mine's a crown prince," "I've got a first lady"

Al-Safir (Lebanon), January 28, 2011

The Arab Leaders Turn a Deaf Ear to the Protests

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), January 31, 2011

The leader tells his flunky: "Cheap gas will enable them all to put themselves on fire, and we'll be rid of them."

Al-Rai Al-'Am (Kuwait), January 29, 2011

Cartoons on the Protests in Egypt

"The Egyptian people says 'No' to Mubarak"

Al-Shurouq (Algeria), January 29, 2011

Egyptian people holds up demand for freedom

Al-Ghad (Jordan), January 30, 2011

Looters run off with stolen goods, carry off the letters making up the word "Egypt"

Al-Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), January 31, 2011

Egypt laments the acts of vandalism, arson and looting

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), January 31, 2011

Egypt calls for help

Akhbar Al-Khalij (Bahrain), January 31, 2011

Mubarak: "All these belong to the one percent that did not vote for me. Where are the other 99 percent?!!"

Al-Watan (Qatar), January 31, 2011

Mubarak tries to put out the flames with an eye-dropper

Akhbar Al-Khalij (Bahrain), January 31, 2011

Mubarak hangs on by a thread

Al-Arab (Qatar), January 30, 2011

The army – Mubarak's last hope

Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), January 31, 2011

The U.S.'s Role in and Reaction to the Protests

"America's help can't stop the revolution of rage"

Al-Binaa (Lebanon), January 31, 2011

The U.S., in a tub labeled "the third world" dragging skulls representing "Palestine," "Afghanistan" and Iraq," demands "freedoms first!!"

Al-Iqtisadiyya (Saudi Arabia), January 21, 2011

The Internet, Facebook and Twitter – Key Players in the Protests

"Internet in Egypt"

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), February 1, 2011

'The weapons of revolt in the third millennium"

Al-Imarat Al-Yawm (UAE), January 25, 2011

Twitter topples presidents

Al-Qabas (Kuwait), January 30, 2011

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