Last March I had the opportunity to visit Beirut. There I was able to see up close the impressive redevelopment of Lebanon since the war that devastated the country in the 1980’s. I was also keenly aware of the tensions that currently lie just beneath the surface of this beautiful yet potentially explosive land.
My visit helped inform this cartoon that I drew for this week’s edition of The Economist. There is no question that visiting the Middle East has made me feel more connected to the stories playing out in the region.No comments
From March 12- 23rd I had the great pleasure to visit Amman, Jordan and Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Strategic Speakers initiative sponsored by the US Embassies in the region. ┬áThe purpose of my visit was to meet and talk with a wide array of citizen groups about issues surrounding freedom of expression and how cartoons and animation can promote social and political change.
It was an exhilarating and educational experience for me. I addressed students on six campuses, enjoyed panel discussions with cartoon and animator colleagues, met with local civic leaders and enjoyed exhibition openings in several venues.
I was left with a wide variety of impressions… I would like to share a few. Read more3 comments