Middle East

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.

Global Politics

For Egypt's government, being funny is no laughing matter

A new Onion-like fake news outlet in Egypt publishes a fake news story about how Swedish police used laughing gas to disperse a women's-rights protest. Egypt's government and independent media reprint the story as if its real. An ad by an Egyptian mobile phone company features a puppet explaining how to use a sim card. A nationalist blogger charges that the ad is a coded message by the Muslim Brotherhood to incite violence. What's going on?