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Cartoon Roundup: January 20th, 2014

Cartoons commented on Facebook filtering, music censorship, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and more.

Soft War: A Losing Battle

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has long warned against the dangers of cultural assault and soft war against the ideals of the Islamic Republic. Actors within the Islamic Republic including Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Basij forces, and fundamentalist Ayatollahs have also utilized soft power and allocated significant budgets to this soft war.

Cartoon Roundup: January 7th, 2014

Cartoons commented on the economy, announcements by the Minister of Communication, pollution, and Internet relationships.

Cartoon Roundup: December 17th, 2013

In this week's cartoon roundup, commentary on: Ahmadinejad's challenge to Rouhani,"More Children, Happier Life" billboard, reactions to the World Cup draw, and more.

Yellow Dogs and the Burial Debate

Following the murder of the American based Iranian rock band Yellow Dogs, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance issued a permit for the burial of two of its members in the artist section of Behesht Zahra (the biggest cemetery in Tehran), initiating a wave of negative criticism against the Ministry for its decision in the press and online, and revealing deep divisions between governmental bodies, regulatory agencies, and political camps.

The Iran Nuclear Negotiations: How Iranian Media Covers the Supreme Leader's Foreign Policy

In a speech to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on September 17, 2013, Supreme Leader Khamenei unveiled a new approach to Iranian diplomacy, emphasizing that moving forward, it would be carried out with “heroic flexibility.” Although the term heroic flexibility remains somewhat vague and open to interpretation, it indicates a shift in Iranian foreign policy, and is now becoming synonymous with Iran’s approach to foreign policy, with noticeable shifts since Rouhani took office.

Cartoon Roundup: December 2nd

In this week's Cartoon Roundup: Illustrations comment on the Geneva 5+1 nuclear deal and the negative impact of television.

Singing solo in Iran: the debate on women performing in public

Female singers have been prohibited from performing solo in public in Iran since the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979. In a speech during the 14th annual House of Music Awards, celebrated Iranian musician Dariush Pirniakan criticized the fact that “women have been deprived of singing in the presence of men.” A sensitive subject, Pirniakan’s comments elicited reactions from both sides: the grand ayatollahs and political hardliners who support the ban, and the musicians, women’s rights activists, and civil society members who are against it.