Tuesday, January 13, 2009

With life being so depressing around us, how about some 'funnies' from Egypt?

A friend sent me an email today from Egypt with some painful political cartoons by a talented cartoonist known as Sharif Arafa. His web page is here, but was still under construction at the time this posting is written.

The cartoons are more painful for those who know Egypt well, or know some places like it: you know is on planet Earth, yet is seems on another planet.

I am not sure if the 'humor' will be appreciate by many, but I will give it a shot (and include some translation in English).


"You need to know, Egypt was once a very different place"


On the left: "Education in Egypt", and the poor thinker is memorizing 20 centuries-old poetry about 'tribal supremacy and pride' from the 'official study book'
On the right: "Education abroad". And the thought process does not nead my explanation!

This is a most painful one: Protesting America, while willingly drowning themselves in consuming American culture and products.

Another painful one. The hard core criminal asking the nerdy-looking newcomer: "Here for theft or murder?".
The nerdy guy answer is... well, you can read it in English.

And FYI, Facebook protests in Egypt can land you in jail!

And concluding with this sad one.
The 'remnants-of-a-person' says: " .. no money ... and I cannot find a job .. but that is OK .. it is still a life."

This last one brings up the issue I hate the most about Egyptians: their eternal contentment- the contentment that makes them put up with what other humans would not put up with.

They manage to survive, but at what price.



  1. soooo true...! i love ur blog..isnt it weird how wt makes ppl laugh is the sadest thing around them?!...

  2. Thanks for the comment Salma.
    I guess it is a survival mechanism to laugh in horrible situations, otherwise, life becomes unlivable.
    Unfortunately, feeling that life is unlivable is sometimes the only motivation to change it into something better, or at least try to.

    I should not be so hard on Egyptians, but they are really wonderful people and it hurts me seeing how deterioration does not seem to hit any bottom. Patient and flexibility can be a virtue, but I think they have toooo much of the two.