50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Ali Ferzat, Syria

Ali Ferzat, Syria

Syrian political cartoonist Ali Ferzat, influential across the Arab-speaking belt, took the government and elite to task in his drawings. Previously, Ferzat didn't directly chide Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, only addressing him symbolically. But following the popular uprising and the bloody crackdown, his depictions have changed. The veteran cartoonist was kidnapped and badly beaten in 2011. His hands have since healed and he's back at the drawing board, partaking in what he's called Syria's new revolutionary art. One of the many works featured on his Facebook site is pictured here.

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