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From political satire to absurd jokes, from cartoons to stand-up comedy, amidst the political turmoil, humour is taking new forms across the region.

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Smelly feet 12.01.12 — Mashallah Team CultureSociety Algiers

Graphic designer and cartoonist Bahia Beauvais likes to tell stories about her couscous-infused, culturally mixed, childhood.

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Top Goon 14.01.12 — Micheline Tobia Rights & dissent Damascus

Meet Beesho, a caricature of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and the star character of satire finger puppet show ‘Top Goon, Diaries of a Little Dictator’.

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Laugh here! 16.01.12 — Mashallah Team CultureRights & dissent Beirut Cairo Damascus Istanbul Jeddah Mashallah region

A tribute to the cartoonists and caricaturists who have been busier than ever the past year, capturing the spirit of the revolutions and kept us smiling.

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The other Recep 18.01.12 — Clément Girardot CultureSociety Istanbul

No, this is not about Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Meet Recep Ivedik, endlessly popular in Turkish cinema today.

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Private: The power of comics 19.01.12 — Farea Al-Muslimi CultureRights & dissent Sanaa

Yemen’s Rashad Al-Sameai has an ability to speak to the hearts and minds of regular Yemenis, making him the most famous cartoonist in the country.

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Salafi satire 21.01.12 — Nina Hubinet Society Cairo

Happy, white-clad girls dancing and playing ball in a garden. A kitschy ad? No, just an online promo video for Egypt’s Al Nour Salafi party.

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Ramize Erer: caricatures and customs 22.01.12 — Mike Chevreuil Culture Istanbul

Turkish cartoonist Ramize Erer has been drawing attention for 30 years to, among other issues, the relationship between men and women in Turkish society.

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Ramize Erer: caricatures et mœurs 22.01.12 — Mike Chevreuil Culture Istanbul

La caricaturiste Ramize Erer dessine depuis 30 ans. Elle est connue pour son regard libre et acerbe sur les relations homme-femme en Turquie.

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3al6ayer 24.01.12 — Micheline Tobia CultureSociety Jeddah

3al6ayer — with 16 million viewers on YouTube — has sparked a small (yet huge) humour revolution among Saudi Arabia’s online youth.

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Simply different 22.01.12 — Jenny Gustafsson Society Kuwait City

Moustache is a short film by Kuwaiti film maker Meqdad Al-Kout, humourising non-conformity with the norms of society.

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Quand j’étais gamine 12.01.12 — Mashallah Team Society Algiers

Bahia Beauvais, graphiste et dessinatrice, aime jouer de son métissage frites-couscous en se racontant à travers des souvenirs d’enfances.

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Drôles de salafistes 21.01.12 — Nina Hubinet Society Cairo

Des fillettes en blanc jouent dans un jardin, floutées par une brume féérique. La vidéo du parti salafiste a suscité l’ire de la blogosphère égyptienne.

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بدون شنب 22.01.12 — Jenny Gustafsson CultureSociety Kuwait City

.شنب فيلم قصيريروي قصة ابو شنب وهو رجل غير قادر على زراعة الشنب. تحدث ما شاء الله مع مخرج الفيلم مقداد الكوت عن عمله

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