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Nicaragua, a country in the heart of Central America, is ruled by President Daniel Ortega and by VP Rosario Murillo, his wife.Nicaragua, a country in the heart of Central America, is ruled by President Daniel Ortega and by VP Rosario Murillo, his wife.They are in their third consecutive term, helped by opportunistic reforms and electoral fraud. Nicaragua's population has been suffering many years of electoral fraud, rights restrictions, selective repression, social media and internet censorship of late and the mismanagement of a recent ecological disaster of catastrophic proportions.But the last straw was the enactment -without popular consultation- of a law that affects the country's social security, curtailing the rights of current and future pensioners, in addition to increasing the quotas of current contributors. The people revolted in protest.The protests began discreetly, because we are in a country where anyone who goes out to the streets to criticize the government, however small is the protest, it's crushed by mobs like the JS-19 (a paramilitary arm of the government) and the police itself.When protests began also to emerge recently at the universities, which the Ortegas consider their stronghold, the situation began to get out of control.At this moment there are protests and repression practically all over the country.There has been destruction, aggression and deaths. There is also censorship, several TV channels that reported the attacks were abruptly removed from the air and international journalists who entered the country reported that the authorities confiscated their equipment. Local journalists on the street have been repressed, beaten, assaulted and denigrated.Yesterday I accompanied one of the youth's demonstrations. I participated as a communicator and as a citizen. While I was uploading news about the protest to the digital news website where I publish my cartoons, I could attest the civic attitude of the attendees, even though they had to avoid several anti-riot checkpoints.At the end of the march, a member of the pro-government mobs fired several shots while the police near him did nothing to stop his aggression. Fortunately, there were no injuries.Later in the social media, some pro-government people that recognized me on the streets were denouncing that I was "leading" the youth march, something totally false.This is just a small example of the official campaign to discredit anyone who reports what happens.The president has not show his face since the protests began and Rosario Murillo, the VP and government's spokesperson, in a George Orwell's Big Brother style, likes to name war, "peace", and violence, "love". Nicaragua urges the rest of the world to pay attention to the events occurring here. We do not want to become another Syria.The memory of the war we experienced and suffered in the 1980´s is still fresh in our memory.

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La situación de Nicaragua en corto: La situación de Nicaragua en corto:   Nicaragua, en el mero centro de Centroamérica es gobernada ya por tercer período consecutivo (gracias a reformas oportunistas y fraudes electorales) por Daniel Ortega presidente y su esposa Rosario Murillo como vicepresidenta.Luego de varios años de estar sufriendo fraudes electorales, cercenamiento de derechos y represión selectiva, más los recientes intentos por censurar las redes sociales y el mal manejo de un reciente desastre ambiental de grandes proporciones al parecer la gota que ha derramado el vaso es la promulgación inconsulta de una reforma a la ley de seguro social del país que cercena derechos de actuales y futuros pensionados además de gravar más las cuotas de los cotizantes actuales.  Las protestas comenzaron tímidamente en un país donde quien salga a criticar el gobierno a la calle, por pequeño que sea, es aplastado por las turbas como la JS-19 que maneja el gobierno y la misma policía. Cuando las protestas comenzaron a aflorar incluso en las universidades, que el Orteguismo considera su bastión privado, la cuestión comenzó a salirse de control. En este momento hay protestas y represión  prácticamente en las 4 esquinas del país. Hay destrucción, agresión y muertos, hay tambien censura, varios canales que informaban de las agresiones fueron abruptamente sacados del aire, periodistas internacionales que entraron al país se dice les decomisaron los equipos y los periodistas en la calle son reprimidos, golpeados, asaltados y denigrados. En lo personal el día de ayer acompañé a una de las marchas de los jóvenes como comunicador y como ciudadano, estuve transmitiendo el desarrollo y pude atestiguar el civismo de los asistentes, a pesar que tuvieron que sortear varios retenes de antimotines. Al final de la marcha un miembro de las turbas oficialistas disparó varias veces mientras la policía cerca de él no hizo nada. Afortunadamente no hubieron heridos. Luego en las redes gente desubicada que me reconoció estaba diciendo que yo andaba "liderando" a los jóvenes lo cual es falso. Pero es parte de la campaña de desprestigio a todo el que reporte lo que pasa cá. El presidente NO ha dado la cara en lo más mínimo y la voz cantante del gobierno: Su esposa Rosario Murillo, al mejor estilo del Gran Hermano de George Orwell llama a la guerra paz y a la violencia amor.  Nicaragua necesita que el mundo vuelva sus ojos acá. No queremos convertirnos en otra Siria cuando todavía tenemos el recuerdo de la guerra de finales del siglo pasado fresco en la memoria.

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The Mexican master cartoonist & colleague Rogelio Naranjo, passed away on Nov 11, 2016. Born in Morelia, Mexico in 1937, he is one of a triumvirate of emerging political cartoonists (the other are Eduardo del Rio "Rius" and Helio Flores) who fluorished in Mexico at the end of the tumultuous 1960's, denouncing the government and its represive policies with their cartoons. They would influence new generations of cartoonists.
Naranjo's style was simple and complex at the same time, a clean silhouette will be filled with countless small lines and plenty of irony. He was a founder in 1968 of La Garrapata, an influential satyrical magazine. He also contributed to diverse critical, intelectual and opposition publications, with regular cartoons in the daily El Universal and the weekly Proceso. Received awards for his work in Cuba, Nicaragua, Portugal and in his native Mexico. In 2011 Naranjo donated more than 10,000 of his cartoons to the National Autunomous University of Mexico. A retrospective of his work was exhibited at UNAM Tlatelolco in 2012 and was titled "Vivir en la Raya" or "Living in the Line", a Mexican expression which means living on the edge or day to day. A phrase that also summarizes his life, according to his drawing style.
161114Feggo Homenaje a Naranjo
I had the chance to meet him only once, back in 1984, at his home in Mexico City but was honored to have crossed paths with him working in publications like La Garrapata, Insurgencia Popular, Crítica Política and La Cultura en México/Siempre. I'm sharing here some of his works plus a cartoon/ homage I did for his retrospective's catalog exhibition (it was nice to find a photo of him with my cartoon in the back!) Rest in peace, and among us, within the millions of lines he draw.

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When you are mentioning Carlos Nine's name anywhere in the world of graphic arts, you can hear a „Ahhh!“, which meens approval, pleasure, admiration. It´s like saying „ Do not say anything, with Nine we don´t need a discussion, he is the best“. Talking about Nine after July 16th 2016 it´s like adding to our big admiration also a big sadness, because the extraordinary and great artist Carlos Nine is no longer with us.
The most relevant in his marvelous drawings is a mixt of lyricism and irony, a subtle fantasy and fine eroticism attached to a magnificent coloration. There are drawings which let us feel well and which give harmony to our souls. He is clearly recognizable, and fortunately also recognized by editors and colleagues from all over the world.
You could find his biography on the web, for example here you have a site: Carlos Nine

I only wish to comment how I met Carlos Nine for the first and only time in my life. It´s not pathetic or extraordinary, but it will remain in my memory all my life.
A few years ago, at the turn of the millennium, my friend Izel Rozental proposed to me to organize an exhibition with Latin American cartoonists to be shown at the Schneidertempel Art Center from Istanbul. Then I did not have the long list of cartoonists from South America I have today, but in one of my trips to Argentina I contacted everybody I knew in my country. I got contributions from Crist, Angonoa, Ana von Rebeur, Furnier, Lombar, Maicas, Langer, etc. I also took some of my own cartoons. I did not know Carlos Nine personnaly, but I had his phone number, so I called him thinking that he was perhaps too busy or not interested into the project.
But not at all. We made an appointment and I went to his house, with great expectation because I always was a fan from his graphic art.

He received me in his studio with the warmth and friendliness which is typical for kind people, I talked with him about the project of this very first exhibition dedicated to Latin American Cartooning in Turkey, and suddenly he gave me some of his originals. Not only that, we also talked about Cartooning in Argentina and in Europe, about the happiness we have making our job and also about the troubles which began to loom in the graphic world. I talked with him about FECO, our organization working for international Cartooning, he showed me his files… We looked and studied his drawings and watercolors, his books and catalogues, while chatting and chatting. I was increasingly admiring and also amazed with all this beautiful work.

When I said good bye I noticed that I was not only with a great artist but also with a wonderful man, a talented and a rather simple person, without any blaze of glory, because it does not correspond with his way of being.

The exhibition “Latinoamericano Karikatürler/Cartoons” took place in 2002 in the beautiful room of Schneidertempel Art Center, an ancient synagogue remodeled for exhibitions and events in the Galata area, and the public could see and admire several representatives from current Cartoonists from Latin America. We had - in addition to those already named – Ares, Garrincha and Lauzán from Cuba, Pilozo from Ecuador, Boligán from Cuba-Mexico, Santiago, Ronaldo and Simanca from Brazil, Morales from Guatemala, and so on. Of course we had the works from Carlos Nine, with his absolutely original and fantastic trait. All the original works were returned later to their authors and what it left
us is a good catalogue as the memory of that important exhibition.

Marlene Pohle
Funes, 2016-07-28


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Cuando se nombra a Carlos Nine en cualquier rincón del mundo de la gráfica se escucha un „Ahhh!“ que indica aprobación, placer, admiración. Es como decir „Huelgan palabras, con Nine no se discute, es el mejor“. Nombrar a Nine después del 16 de julio de 2016 es agregarle a esa admiración también una gran tristeza, porque el gran hombre y artista Carlos Nine ya no está entre nosotros.
Nos quedan, eso sí, sus dibujos extraordinarios, mezcla de lirismo e ironía, de una sutil fantasía y un fino erotismo unidos a una coloración magnífica. Son dibujos que hacen bien al alma y producen placer al espíritu. Reconocible entre mil, por suerte también reconocido entre editores y colegas a nivel internacional.
Su biografía está en la web, por si alguien no la tiene totalmente presente. Por ejemplo: Carlos Nine

Yo quisiera solamente comentar cómo conocí a Carlos Nine, que no es patético ni extraordinario, pero quedó en mi memoria entre las cosas más recordables de mi vida.
Hace algunos años, cuando fue el cambio del milenio, me propuso mi amigo Izel Rozental organizar una muestra de dibujos de humor de artistas latinoamericanos, para ser presentada en el Centro Cultural Schneidertempel, de Estambul. En aquel entonces yo no tenía aún una lista de numerosos dibujantes de Latinoamérica, pero en uno de mis viajes a mi país Argentina me contacté con los que más conocía, es decir mis colegas argentinos. La predisposición para colaborar fue fantástica, sobre todo que en ese entonces no se enviaban dibujos via e-mail, sino que debían ser originales. Conseguí colaboraciones de Crist, de Angonoa, de Ana von Rebeur, de Furnier, de Lombar, de Maicas, de Langer, etc. También utilicé algunas obras mías. A Carlos Nine no lo conocía personalmente, pero tenía su número de teléfono y le llamé pensando en que quizás estuviese muy ocupado o no le interesaría el proyecto.
Pero no, combinamos una cita y fui a su casa, con mucha expectativa porque siempre admiré mucho su arte gráfico.
Me recibió en su atelier con una calidez y simpatía propias de las personas con las que una en seguida se siente bien, le hablé del proyecto de esta primera exposición que se haría en Turquía dedicada al humor de América Latina, y en seguida me entregó algunos dibujos originales. No sólo eso, pues nos pusimos a charlar del mundo del cartoon en Argentina y en Europa, de los placeres que nos otorga nuestra tarea y de las dificultades que ya entonces empezaban a vislumbrarse en el mundo gráfico. Le hablé de nuestra organización FECO al servicio del humor gráfico internacional, él me mostró sus archivos... Juntos miramos dibujos y dibujos, sus acuarelas, sus libros, mientras charlábamos. Yo estaba cada vez más encantada con el material que con tanto gusto y tomándose todo el tiempo del mundo me mostró explicándome los detalles de esto y de lo otro. Cuando me despedí me di cuenta que no sólo había estado con un gran artista sino también con un hombre magnífico, de un talento extraordinario y sencillo a la vez, sin ninguna aureola de gloria, porque eso no correspondía a su ser.
La exposición „Latinoamericano Karikatürler/Cartoons“ tuvo lugar en 2002 en esa hermosa sala del Schneidertempel Art Center, una antigua sinagoga remodelada para exposiciones y eventos en el barrio de Galata, y el público presente pudo mirar y admirar varios exponentes del humor actual en Latinoamérica. Además de los ya nombrados también se unieron Ares, Garrincha y Lauzán de Cuba, Pilozo de Ecuador, Boligán de Cuba-México, Santiago, Ronaldo y Simanca de Brasil, Morales de Guatemala, y varios más. Por supuesto estaba la obra de Carlos Nine, con su estilo absolutamente original y fantástico.
Todas las obras originales fueron más tarde devueltas a sus autores por la organización del Schneidertempel y lo que nos queda es un buen catálogo como memoria de esta muestra importante.

Marlene Pohle
Funes, 2016-07-28

Inoubliable Dr. Fernando Puig-Rosado, médecin ni des pauvres ni des riches n’ayant pratiquement jamais pratiqué en tant que praticien et ce heureusement, non pas pour d’éventuels malades de ceci ou cela, mais pour ses innombrables admirateurs qui ont eu l’immense plaisir de profiter pendant de longues et heureuses années de ses merveilleux dessins de grand enfant n’ayant jamais vieilli. Je me dois d'ajouter que bien qu’Espagnol, c’était un ami. D’ailleurs et pour le prouver, avec Antonio Antunes et d’autres amis portugais, nous avions très respectueusement salué il y a quelques années, lors du vernissage d’une superbe exposition de ses oeuvres à Vila Franca de Xira copieusement arrosée d’un rouge aussi rouge et noir que lui, ce magnifique sosie d'un Vasco da Gama à la joyeuse figure sillonnnant des mers inconnues afin de nous aider à découvrir enfin la route vinicole des Indes et qui vient de nous quitter nous laissant seuls et malheureux au bord du chemin. Tu vas beaucoup nous manquer, très cher Fernando Puig-Rosado y Vasco da Gama, et je peux t’assurer qu’on pensera très fort à toi chaque fois qu’on lèvera notre verre plein et qu’on le videra.

Et puis, ces jours-ci, un autre grande du dessin d'humour nous a également quitté: Chimulus. Et là je perds quelqu’un qui aurait pu être un ami mais dont je n’ai jamais eu le plaisir de faire la connaissance bien qu’ayant échangé avec lui quelques e-mails et des promesses de rencontre jamais réalisées. Et cela, je le regrette comme je regrette profondément son départ précoce vers le purgatoire des dessinateurs de presse qui, comme lui, se sont soudainement arrêtés à mi-chemin de notre commune voie sans issue. Il n’aura donc pas pu achever l’infernale carrière qu’est devenue le chemin de croix du dessinateur de fond dans sa grande solitude et que son immense talent aurait permis de poursuivre, même si dans la douleur, pour encore de nombreuses années. Son regard très critique et ses dessins au graphisme épuré et à la subtilité on ne peut plus acérée vont beaucoup me manquer.

Je remarque au passage que tous deux ont été sauvagement assassinés par un serial killer bien connu sous le nom de Cancer. Une saloperie d’assassin de masse qui court toujours. Que fait la police ?! Que fait Sarkozy ?!

Amitiés attristées.
Carlos Brito

PS: Entre-temps, le dessin qui dérange continuera de disparaître, lui aussi, des journaux tombés progressivement entre les mains pas très honorables des banquiers, marchands de canons et autres seigneurs des nouvelles technologies...


Utopia is it future or no future ? Is it the possibility or the impossibility of a better future on earth before the very final end in about 4 billion years ?

I think that humankind has started very early searching for something better than our small short lives spent running and hunting... or being hunted. In fact, I think we have never accepted our condition of little poor things full of fear and lost in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in a vast univers we didn't understand. But I also think that the very first liberation gesture of humans has happened at the very right moment we started looking at the stars and thinking of infinite.

Humanity is made of reality but also of dream, perhaps first of all of dream. Dreaming of another world is perhaps the first way humans choosed to try to scape from a reality which is mostly made of negative things: hunger, cold, fear, violence, slavery, hate, poverty, ilness, death... History is full of fight and blood. Reality of human beings have been builded all along our time on earth by war and destructions. And that is not at all finished...

So, the idea of Utopia happened, in old times and, later, in modern times. At the 19th century new concepts where thought by some intellectuals who tried to think philosophy, economics, sciences in a different way. They invented new rules in order to bring a new kind of light over the difficult life of most people. A different light to show the way to a new world made of harmony and happiness. They have refused the reality of a society of power, money, exploitation and they have builded virtual marvelous cities, ideal cities made of solidarity and progress where quality should be the norme, not quantity.

On the contrary, the model of our modern society is more than ever "no quality but quantity". That's why, perhaps, our "ideal" of Utopia, today, is made of just a little more ecology in order to have a little more quality of food and a little more quality of drinking and a little more quality of air in order to go on living our little lives a little longer... Big ideas seem not to have anymore place in our society. The old good model called "American way of life" is leading everywhere on earth and earth is not big enough for that model, but we keep going straight on, I don't know where... That's why I'm afraid there is no future for Utopia.

But, I should like to believe that a very little light is still shining in the dark. For instance, here in Niels Bugge, a beautiful couple of dreamers, the very modern utopists Gitte and Poul, are building a new concept in the Danish countryside made of a very high quality of life. On that way to make people being much better together, we, cartoonists of several countries, we have been following them with our cartoons but also our friendship and our vision perhaps different of things. With our sense of humour, our non acceptation of everything which is wrong all over the world and with the help of our little pencils we, perhaps the last Mohicans, we still are drawing for a possible new world made of utopias. Even if we don't believe it really migh happen someday.

Anyway, perhaps this is time to ask my good friend and great Swedish cartoonist Riber Hansson to join me so I nominate him Doctor Honoris Causa in International Cartoonism by the Danish "University" of Niels Bugge.

Thank you. Tak. Or tak-tak, as say Swedish...

Carlos Brito

Viborg, the 28th May 2016

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