I have only recently discovered this brilliant Brazilian political cartoonist after I highlighted on Instablogs his cartoon on the Iraqi shoe thrower.
I then found out the Latuff’s specialty is Middle East satire that is anti-Zionist and anti-U.S. foreign policy in the region. For whatever reason, the Middle East is a passion of Latuff. I do not know if he is of Arab heritage, millions of Brazilians are and Latuff is a somewhat Arab sounding name. Does anyone know his heritage?
Naturally, given my own aversion to Zionism and criticism of American foreign policy in the region, though my criticism does not stem from general Marxist-tinged anti-Americanism; nonetheless I found Latuff to be a very decent cartoonist and very illustrative of political circumstances
Here is a sampling:
Latuff’s illustrates the efforts be Israel’s American supporters to create a “zero-tolerance” for criticism of Israel.
The hatred of Islamic fundamentalism toward America is religious and must be stamped out, but the aversion to America in the broader Muslim world is political and underpinned by legitimate grievances. Americans often ask “why do they hate us?,” but seldom seeking to answer that instead relying on the answer that they hate us for “our freedom.” We need more cartoonist like Latuff in America. What I am saying, we need a cartoonist like Latuff in America.
Alan Dershowitz [or Douchowitz] is one of America’s and the world’s most vile immoral Zionist. This is a guy who advocated that Israel level any city/town with a bulldozer if any one Palestinian suicide bomber originates from that locale. Collective punishment against innocent civilians is a defined war crime. And, yet, Douchowitz still teaches at the world’s preeminent college.
It is astounding the Zionists are given carte blanche in the U.S. to smear individuals with a bigot label when Zionism is itself a hateful supremacist ideology that since the beginning has shown racist contempt to the Arabs.
The U.S. Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs David Welsch was quoted, anonymously though it was obvious it was him, twice on the violence between Hamas and Fatah and he stated both times, “I like this violence.” The U.S. and Israel both attempted to undermine the Fatah-Hamas coalition government, because of their dogmatic opposition to working with Hamas.
What Palestine could be.
And, my favorite, because it’s so true: Vive Palestine