image for blog 2image for blog 1  This week in Diigo, I posted two articles about the cartoonists Mohamed Anwar and Andeel. Both work for the prominent newspaper “Al-Masry Al-Youm” in Egypt. The first article I posted is from Guernica, a popular magazine in Egypt, and is about Mohamed Anwar and Andeel. The article follows both of their satirical cartoons about political events happing daily in Egypt. Both artists try to capture the every day struggles and challenge Egyptians face every day. The article further alludes towards the struggles journalists and illustrators in having their art and articles declined because it went against the regime. However, this does not stop Anwar or Andeel who both publish their art of social media, such as Facebook. Since the fall of Mubarak, Egyptians continue to face limitations of their freedom of speech, along with other basic freedoms, restricting artists across Egypt to publish their works. The above pictures are works from both Anwar and Andeel. The first image is entitled “Description of the New Protest Law” by Anwar, depicting how the military and police are not responsible for protestors. This is in response to the idea of using a realists way of detaining protestors. Anwar seems to incorporate more of a cosmopolitan viewpoint in his works. He strongly believes in having a fundamental respect for one another and how diversity is important for society with a shared morality.  in  The other image is entitled “Non-mother-fucking-Violent” by Andeel, who is indicating how the military uses brute force and how the Muslim Brotherhood are armed and dangerous, rather than peaceful. Andeel is also against this idea of having a realists way of handling the people within the state. However, Andeel incorporates a more radical approach throughout his works. This can be inferred by the use of aggressive colors he, such as red,  in his cartoons. He has an approach to change the government by altering their social structures in a radical approach.   The second article I posted from Diigo this week from “The National” talks about how Mohamed Anwar depicted the new president of Egypt, El-Sisi and its importance. Anwar believes that is important to depict the new president in order question his every move. Anwar art is not just a cartoon, but an outlet to a political debate. Both cartoonists try not to side with one view, but rather illustrate images of what is happening in Egypt, making people question the government and to try to understand what is occurring. Even without newspapers publishing their art, millions are following their works on social media, a way around their lack of free speech. Even though the two artists have different perspectives, it is interesting how both artists, based on the interviews, equally want to spread information about the events and issues in their country to public through cartoons. Despite their distinct opposition in ideologies, it’s unique that both artists are friends and both want to accomplish similar goals with their cartoons. This idea changes my idea of how different perspectives on government can come to together and have fundamental similar goals.   image for blog 3

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