Ali Ferzat is Syria’s most renowned cartoonist. A kind man, but with a great sense of cynicism and satire. In the past 19 months, he has become one of the leading figures of the Syrian revolutionary movement.
Twelve days ago, Ferzat came to pick up his Sakharov Prize in the European Parliament, the EU institution that grants this annual prize to defenders of freedom of expression. Ferzat was unable to pick up his prize until just recently: he was stuck in Kuwait after having fled Syria in 2011.
The morning after the award ceremony, I had the privilege of interviewing this great personality, who was ranked 10th on the 2012 TIME magazine list of most influential people in the world. A great conversation and a lot of insights on how he experiences the revolution – turned rebels struggle.
“Let me ask you a question,” he says, leaning closer across the table. “Who is behind the Syrian regime, you think? The regime doesn’t exist anymore – it is a myth. Today, the revolution is against outside powers: China, Russia, Iran, Hezbollah. If Assad was on his own, we would have toppled the regime in two months.”
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My profile of the cartoonist was published in the British ‘compact’ daily The Independent. Read the profile by clicking on the picture below!
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You can also find the link HERE!
Update: the pdf was uploaded on Issuu on 1 November 2012. To read more articles of mine in the fancy Issuu magazine page layout, have a look on this link…