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Cartoon counter-attack

April 2, 2006

Egyptian cartoonists at Cairo newspaper El Fagr pay back Jyllands-Posten’s caricaturists in their own coin — sort of.

They make the original Danish offerings appear even more tame, tentative, timid, bland and benign than they did in the first place.

Here’s a teaser:

antidanish

Note — sigh — that it’s the ever-wicked Jews who are behind the whole imbroglio. Wouldn’t you just know it. As if you ever doubted it.

(Via Sandmonkey.)

Also: Freedom for Egyptians is another excellent Egyptian blog.

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8 comments

  1. A little off topic: You didn’t say when you’re coming to Central Europe, but I’ll be in Budapest until mid July. You’re very welcome to look me up if you’re passing through. Just email me. In the meantime, opera information is here: http://www.jegymester.hu/index_eng.html


  2. A little off topic: You didn’t say when you’re coming to Central Europe, but I’ll be in Budapest until mid July. You’re very welcome to look me up if you’re passing through. Just email me. In the meantime, opera information is here: http://www.jegymester.hu/index_eng.html
    and the fabulous Palace of the Arts has its program somewhere here: http://www.muveszetekpalotaja.hu/index.jsp?language=en&languageCode=1


  3. James – unfortunately, it will be in October. We are hoping (desperately) to get to a performance of The Magic Flute at the Vienna State Opera on 6 Oct before going on to Prague and Budapest, but the tickets aren’t available online yet. Thanks for the offer, though!


  4. A shame. But make the most of Budapest anyway. Last weekend there was a fringe ‘Mozart marathon’ performed in a converted factory as part of the Spring Festival – the three da Ponte operas in one day. I missed Figaro, but had front row seats to Cosi and Don Giovanni. The front row, mind you, is where the performers sat too, instead of going offstage. The staging was pretty post-modern (which worked better for Cosi than DG) but the acting was really good, and the music (miraculously, given the amount of leaping about by the singers) dead straight and heavenly.


  5. I envy you that experience.My wife and I will keep an eye out for anything comparable. We do want to go to the VSO, though, even if just once in a lifetime and at the cost of the third mortgage.

    (We should have been having this discussion on the classical music post a km or two further down.)


  6. Sounds incredible. Enjoy ‘Zauberflote’ if you can make it! “the staging was pretty post-modern…” are the avant trends in opera staging working out OK these days? (haven’t seen much lately.) I caught the Peter Sellars version of “Don Giovanni” (set in East Harlem) a zillion years ago, and it was pretty great. (caught his “Nixon in China,” too, at BAM, but missed “Cosi,” which Those Who Knew said was the best of the lot.) Also, I’m told Bob Wilson has been doing tremendous things in staging the classical repertory (never seen his opera versions, but I’ve seen some of his originals, like “the CIVIL warS” and “Alcestis,” which were goddamn mind-blowing!) Anyway, enjoy….


  7. j_p_z, I don’t think it’s the nature of the staging that counts, but whether it’s done well. I’ve seen one of Sellars’ productions — could it have have been Rigoletto set in Chicago gangsterland? — and it didn’t work. I’ve seen Rigoletto set in Fascist Italy, and it did work. Seen Magic Flute as a drunkard’s dream — didn’t work. Seen Figaro updated to 1920’s Italy — worked brilliantly.

    There are no rules about non-traditional intepretations of opera except the most ancient ones: either they work, or they don’t. And that goes for traditional productions as well.


  8. opera in prague

    Interesting post. I came across this blog by accident, but it was a good accident. I have now bookmarked your blog for future use. Best wishes. Tamer Hosny.



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