I followed political caricaturists in the Lebanese press for years now, and I can say I have two favourites. They are Armand Homsi in Annahar newspaper and Saad Hajo in Assafir newspaper.
I like Armand Homsi’s caricatures as they are spot on in summarizing explicitly the political situation or position(s) of different players, while Saad Hajo (a Syrian) does just that but in a very very abstract way or implicitly if you want. Hajo gives no hints or indication (in words), but he leaves the reader to ‘imagine’ what he is trying to say. I always loved it…try to follow him, he is very different! He has been with Assafir for the past16 years.
The below caricature showed up in Assafir by Hajo on 15.10.2011. I am sure you see how this applies to any dictator’s ‘ruling chair’ with some ‘medical context’, and it gets more applicable as you get closer in your thinking to your home country. But hey, Saad Hajo didn’t say anything, did he? For God’s sake, it’s just a red chair!
Below is a translation of a quoted paragraph, from an article appeared in Arabic in the renowned London based daily newspaper Al-Hayat – dated 9th July 2011 by Salim Nassar. The author tried to list the beneficiaries from the 2005 Killing of Rafik Hariri, the ex-Prime Minister of Lebanon (or Rafiq Hariri). He ended his article mentioning the assassination of John F Kennedy i.e. we might not know the truth. Hezbollah, the main named suspect (according to the media) by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, was discussed in three words only.