My Father, the Cleaver: Remembering a Libyan Cartoonist’s Satirical Legacy

My Father, the Cleaver

From his exile in northern England, the Libyan satirist Hasan Dhaimish skewered Moammar Gadhafi and his ilk for decades with his razor-sharp cartoons. After the dictator’s fall, Dhaimish took his work into overdrive — but without a central target, his net widened, and his isolation deepened.

In Cracking Jokes, a Satire Publication Takes Aim at Authoritarians’ Grip

A Satire Publication Takes Aim at Authoritarians' Grip

Satire won’t change anyone’s mind, but it might get someone sitting on the fence to consider another perspective. Satire won’t topple thrones, but it will unsettle their occupants. It won’t change rules on freedom of speech (except maybe in the wrong direction), but it will remind people what freedom of speech looks like.

The Strange Death of Turkish Satire

The Strange Death of Turkish Satire

A former prime minister of Turkey once said, “Humor is a punch; one never knows who it will hit or when.” In modern Turkey, it is increasingly the centuries-old tradition of political satire that is weathering punches from the state, a victim of the gradual culling of free speech.