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The deposed elite snips Arab Spring

Posted in egypt, iraq, libya, syria by Blimp deflator on January 28, 2012

The deposed elite snips Arab Spring
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of November 26, 2011.

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Western complicity in Middle East tyranny

Posted in egypt, history, iraq, libya by Blimp deflator on September 17, 2011

Western complicity in Middle East tyranny
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 5, 2011. But remember: “We look forward, not backward.” (And anything that happened more than six months ago is ancient history, and no longer relevant.)

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Two masters of the expansive gesture

Posted in egypt, israel by Blimp deflator on March 27, 2011

Two masters of the expansive gesture
Ah, those were the days! This charming snap of George W Bush and chum Hosni Mubarak is from the March 2011 edition of Australia/Israel Review — a magazine I have been receiving through my employer. But as I am retiring on March 31, I will no longer be able to quote from it in my blog posts at tweetextensions.com.

Glancing at the article by Jeremy Jones on the back cover, the following passage caught my eye:

    As Gerard Henderson has noted, there is a diversity in the Greens, with some members socially progressive or genuinely concerned with environmental issues, while others are simply reactionary — opposed to progress, jealous of and angry at people who have been socially or economically successful, and in need of hatred and diversion elsewhere to complement their own contempt for others. / The Israel boycotters are in the latter category. . .

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Netanyahu and the new order in the Middle East

Posted in egypt, israel by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Netanyahu and the new order in the Middle East
Cartoon from The Dominion Post of March 1, 2011. The Arabs are “overthrowing the old order” not because they are “suddenly thinking for themselves”, but because they have finally overcome their crippling fear of the Western-backed dictators who ruled them.

Goodbye dictatorship, hello democracy

Posted in egypt by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Goodbye dictatorship, hello democracy
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 15, 2011. The cartoonist is Malcolm Evans.

Sphinx returns Mubarak the Rat to his owner

Posted in egypt by Blimp deflator on March 6, 2011

Sphinx returns Mubarak the Rat to his owner
A tasty morsel for Uncle Sam’s doorstep. Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 12, 2011.

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New Zealand gets its priorities right

Posted in egypt, new zealand by Blimp deflator on February 22, 2011

New Zealand gets its priorities right
Cartoon from The Dominion Post of February 10, 2010. Richie McCaw is the captain of the All Blacks rugby team.

PS: Give the man a beer — preferably a Lion Red. He’ll soon feel better.

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US gets top marks for hypocrisy

Posted in egypt, history by Blimp deflator on February 22, 2011

US gets top marks for hypocrisy
Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of February 10, 2011.