Middle East

Conflict & Justice

Just a mile from Gaza, a Kibbutznik cartoonist holds steadfast to his left wing beliefs

For all of his 61 years, Israeli political cartoonist Arnon Avni has lived in a kibbutz just a mile from the Gaza Strip. He's proud of his left-wing roots and remains steadfast in his liberal politics but his expectations have changed. Avni no longer speaks realistically of peace with Palestinians. His hope these days is for a reconciliation between Arabs and Israelis, an agreement that they have two drastically different narratives and that both can be right.

Arts, Culture & Media

Banksy's spoof video of Syrian rebels gets panned by a Middle East satirist

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When British artist Banksy does something, people take notice. The unidentified and mysterious graffiti artist has posted a film online that spoofs Syrian rebels and shows them accidentally killing Dumbo the Elephant. The video's gone viral and has generated a lot of reaction in the Twittersphere.