Archive for July, 2010

Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing at sunset by Yonatan Frimer

July 29, 2010

Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing at sunset.
maze cartoon psychedelic kissing couple iran and turkey
Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing with a psychedelic sunset behind them.
By Yonatan Frimer
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Turkish-Iran Relations: Old Rivals or New Best Friends?

Many in the West are increasingly concerned about a Turkish-Iranian alliance against the US and Israel. However the two countries, despite their increasingly closer political and economic ties, compete over the leading position in the Middle East and for the favor of the Arab masses. For the moment the competition is materializing in pro-Palestinian endeavors like the so called “freedom flotillas” and fiery speeches against Israel by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On June 29, 2010, Ankara, in a first sign of frustration, called on Iran to return “as soon as possible” to the negotiating table over a nuclear fuel swap deal. According to a senior Turkish diplomat, Turkey voted against tougher UN sanctions under the condition that Iran would engage itself in talks on its controversial nuclear program. However, on June 28, 2010 Ahmadinejad announced that any negotiations will be postponed until late August in order to “punish” Western powers. Tehran left it unclear when and if it will continue to talk with Brazil and Turkey, its two allies.

Maze cartoon of whispers in the dark about bombing Iran by Yonatan Frimer

July 28, 2010

Maze cartoon of whispers in the dark about bombing Iran.
maze cartoon whisper on Iran by Yonatan Frimer
Maze cartoon of one person whispering to the other, “PSSST, Carl, I think they are going to hit Iran.”
By Yonatan Frimer
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Maze cartoon of the WORST time to answer you cellphone by Yonatan Frimer

July 27, 2010

Maze cartoon of the WORST time to answer you cellphone.
maze cartoon cell phone acrobats
Maze cartoon of acrobats on the trapeze. The cellphone of one rings and he says, “ooooh! Hold on 1 sec, Linda, I really need to grab this call.
By Yonatan Frimer
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Maze cartoon of pizza delivery to the International Space Station by Yonatan Frimer

July 24, 2010

Maze cartoon of pizza delivery to the International Space Station

maze cartoon Space Shuttle Pizza
Maze cartoon of the space shuttle and the international space station. The space shuttle has the words “Domino’s” on it and the International Space Station exclaims, “Dude, that took way longer than 30 minutes!   By Yonatan Frimer
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Maze cartoon of Middle East peace talks flat tire by Yonatan Frimer

July 20, 2010

Maze cartoon of Middle East peace talks flat tire.
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Maze cartoon of sports car to represent Middle East peace talks with a flat tire to represent the proximity talks being replaced by a spare “Direct talks”
By Yonatan Frimer
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Fatah leader says no progress in proximity talks

A senior Fatah leader said here on Thursday that the Israeli-Palestinians proximity talks did not yield any progress that meets previously set conditions.

The meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Tuesday did not provide any good signs, Nabil Shaath, a Fatah Central Committee member, told reporters in Cairo after meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.

Shaath and Moussa discussed the Middle East peace process and ways to achieve the Palestinian reconciliation and end the Israeli embargo imposed on the Gaza Strip since 2007.

“There has not been any progress through the indirect talks, and thus, a meeting (of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee) requested by the Palestinian National Authority and was agreed to by Secretary-General of the Arab League, will take place soon,” Shaath said, adding “that meeting will assess the whole situation and will make an Arab decision on the issue.”

According to the Fatah leader, the Palestinian decision will be submitted to the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-up Committee’s meeting scheduled for July 29, to coordinate a concerted Arab action.

Click here to read the full article on Global Times

Maze cartoon of nuclear horse race, with Iran catching up by Yonatan Frimer

July 20, 2010

Maze cartoon of nuclear horse race, with Iran catching up.
maze cartoon Nuclear Horse Race
Maze cartoon of horse in the nuclear race, with USA, Russia and France in the lead, and with Iran trailing but catching up.  By Yonatan Frimer
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Iran will not back down in nuclear standoff: Ahmadinejad

QAZVIN – Iran will not step back an inch in its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Qazvin on Monday.

No sanctions resolution can force Iran to relinquish its right to access to nuclear technology, he added.

The president stated that the imposition of sanctions on Iran has not only proven to be counterproductive but has actually helped the country consolidate its self-sufficiency.

Since they imposed sanctions on Iran in 2006, the country’s industrial exports have nearly tripled in Qazvin and some other provinces, he noted.

“If they step up their pressure now, our industrial complexes will be able to become competitive at the international level,” he added.

He also criticized …. (Read full article on Tehran Times)

Maze cartoon of color test on Hamas TV in Europe. by Yonatan Frimer

July 17, 2010

Maze cartoon of color test on Hamas TV in Europe.
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Maze cartoon of color test for Hamas TV in Europe. By Yonatan Frimer
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Hamas TV forced to halt broadcasts to Europe

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A France-based satellite provider is halting broadcasts of the Hamas TV channel to Europe and parts of the Arab world because of concerns that it spreads incitement, a station official said Tuesday.

The decision will deprive Gaza-based al-Aqsa TV of most of its viewers, said the channel’s head, Hazem Sharawy.

The Hamas station — best known for its children’s programs glorifying violence against Israel — is the centerpiece of a growing media operation of Gaza’s Islamic militant Hamas rulers. Losing the satellite provider will hamper the group’s attempts to spread its message and raise funds abroad.

The decision to cut off the Hamas station came six years after a similar move by France and the U.S. against al-Manar, the channel of Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah.

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Maze cartoons of Ban Ki Moon and Osama Bin Laden on Facebook by Yonatan Frimer

July 14, 2010

Maze cartoon of Ban Ki Moon cleaning up world mess.
maze cartoon Ban Ki Moon
Maze cartoon of Ban Ki Moon cleaning up the mess of the world while saying, “We can’t prevent anything, we just clean up the mess afterwards. Created by Yonatan Frimer
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Osama Bin Laden liking the new Facebook privacy settings.
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Maze cartoon of Osama Bin Laden exclaiming, “These new Facebook privacy settings are GREAT!” as he sits in front of an old school computer with Facebook open. Created by Yonatan Frimer
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Maze cartoon on volatility of stock markets. By Yonatan Frimer

July 11, 2010

Maze cartoon on volatility of stock markets. By Yonatan Frimer
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Maze cartoon of a bear and a bull in a room with a referee who says, “How about you run one day and the other runs the next day…” Created by Yonatan Frimer
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Earnings reports could spark summertime market rally

TORONTO — Investors could find a reason to extend last week’s strong advance on North American stock markets if U.S. second-quarter corporate earnings, the first of which are expected Monday, live up to high expectations.

“If we can get some confirmation from the earnings and then the stocks rally on that, it will be a very good sign that we’ll have a decent summer,” said Blair Falconer, portfolio manager at HSBC Securities.

North American markets finished higher last week, with the TSX up 3.34 per cent and the Dow industrials ahead 5.28 per cent as bargain hunters moved in following big slides of over four per cent the previous week.

Projected profits rise as stocks fall

NEW YORK — Analysts are raising earnings estimates for U. S. companies at the fastest rate since at least 2004 during a quarter when stocks have posted some of their biggest losses in 16 months on concern that the economy will sink back into a recession.

Profit for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index now are expected to jump 34 percent this year, according to more than 8,000 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. On March 29, the projected increase had been 27 percent. The revision is the greatest during any quarter in at least six years.

But lower-than-forecast home sales, manufacturing and private-sector job growth have sent the benchmark gauge for U. S. equities down 11 percent since hitting 1,217 April 23, despite last week’s rally.

Israel on 4th of July Maze Cartoon by Yonatan Frimer

July 11, 2010

Maze cartoon of Israel on the 4th of July.    By Yonatan Frimer

maze cartoon 4th of July Gaza Fireworks
Maze cartoon of Israel on 4th of July. As fireworks appear in the sky, one monkey says to the other, “Oh Wow! I didn’t realize Israel has fireworks on July 4th!” The other responds, “Oh we don’t, those are just rockets from Gaza.”
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Qassam hits building in southern community

A Qassam rocket landed near a building in one of the communities in the Sdot Negev Regional Council early Wednesday, causing damage to a packing-house. There were no reports of injuries.

Avi Aptelboim, head of the community’s emergency squad, reported that “a Color Red siren was sounded at around 4 am, followed by a rocket which landed inside the community, near the packing-house. The packing-house sustained heavy damage and it won’t be operated today. There were no injuries, thank God.”

“The rocket landed right next to the packing-house.
The equipment near the packing-house was damaged, and the building itself sustained damage from shrapnel,” said one of the residents.

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