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Turkey, and Qatari Soccer, and Cartoons

First of all, Turkey’s defense minister has announced the conclusion of an operation against the PKK, according to Al Arabiya.  The operation included incursions into Iraq in an effort to pursue the PKK.  This of course comes several days after an earthquake that shook Turkey and has resulted in at least 500 deaths.

Next, a Qatari soccer team is doing well in the Asian Champions League.  The future World Cup host in 2022 ought to have its national team start to winning more, so I suppose this club team is a good sign.

Finally, the New York Times has a nifty read up about Arabs’ expanding interest in animation as a medium.  Especially online, cartoons are an affordable way to create content that carries political messages, or is simply entertaining.

Online Arab creativity has also been galvanized by high Internet and mobile penetration, affordable Internet and cellphone services, censorship in traditional media outlets and the fact that most of the world’s 300 million Arabs are tech-savvy youths who scour the Internet for content that piques their interests.

The two things to pay attention to are whether or not cartoons will be able to make the jump to television, and whether or not the cartoonists themselves can find the financing needed to  expand their operations (basically, a la South Park).


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