Political Cartoon: Tunisia’s Red Wave and Iran’s Green Movement

Political Cartoon: Tunisia’s Red Wave and Iran’s Green Movement
by KavehAhangarAdel

Every revolution is different.

Yet it has one thing in common.

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Darius Kadivar

NP Jaan for your Information I was Never Green ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

SATIRE: I voted 

I just know one Flag and it's the Legitimate One:

Googoosh & Mehrdad Shenasname Man


Take Care Sweetheart !







Mardom Mazloom

NP, wrong!

by Mardom Mazloom on

Tunisien security forces are crual, yeah, but there are no such Basij, nor Sepah there. When the tunisian army turned its back to Ben ali, the dictatorial regime collapsed, ain't it?

In Iran, the lompen militia (thugs) did't hesitate to kill/torture/hang people. We have to wait until the schism in the conservative camp goes its way, and then people's mouvement will overcome.

Your anti-imperialist side didn't make you more human, did it? You prefer to defend a tyranny, in order to prevent imperialists to do what your regime is already doing to our people!!

Why don't you bring Mina back to Iran in order to protect her from the adverse sides of the imperialist country where you are?!!


Niloufar Parsi,

by KavehAhangarAdel on

Thanks for weighing in.  Looking forward to having more civil discussions.

I draw and write from the heart, nothing measured about it. :)

My focus is and always will be humanity.


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Niloufar Parsi


by Niloufar Parsi on


i enjoyed reading your measured response, and look forward to more exchanges with you.


colours and opticians and blah blah? whatever! btw, you seemed to advocate revolution last year... green demise did it for you?


tunisia has one of the most repressive security forces in the world. there is no comparison with iran. let's not kid ourselves. egyptians are nervous though. so they should be. as should yemen, jordan, saudi arabia, Syria and all the sheikhdoms that are nowhere near a shade of democracy. their emerging model is turkey, not iran.


i had a Berber boss once. fiercely ethical and wonderful woman. have admired them ever since!

btw, you know the main difference between Berbers and Aryans? one actually exists! ;)



united is the key for any change

by afshinazad on

Either it Tunisia or Iran if there is no unification and single goal and single voice, it, makes no difference which colour it could be yellow or blue or white, main goal must be removal of cancer from motherland either you will called it Revolution or restoration and getting our freedom and culture and dignity back. if there are forces we assume stopping us, I would say it is us stopping ourselves and it is us following people like Mousavi or people like him who are left arm of the Regime, how can we make a change which we are asking same people who are enemy of the nation and treason and betrayal goes beyond our imagination

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

What a sad comparison ?

Iran &tunis; one used to be called berber and the other Ariyans.

But it turns out up side down The berbers are acting more civilized than the Barbaric Mollahs !!



Darius, I appreciate..

by KavehAhangarAdel on

your indepth (informative and entertaining) journey into history.  As an artist I understand that what I draw may strike and push buttons(however unintended sometimes) but I am happy that it opens the dialogue. 

About the "green" question, as I said before to me it means "growth" ( as my Avatar suggests :) 

I agree that a "revolution" in the typical sense is not the solution and I hope my illustration shows that cleary.

Being a constitutionalist means one would have to be able to sit down with rational people and discuss (as we are doing now!) yet I am afraid right now it is a bit difficult in Iran today.  

Which brings me to the point I made about violence brings violence. And there I agree with you that the model in India and Ghandi's struggle is valid.

I believe a rebirth from within is what's happening and it begins with the youth in Iran.

And I thank you for your attention and interest in my work despite differences in opinion sometimes.




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Nice comparison

by divaneh on

Wish we were as lucky. Tunisia unlike Iran is a major tourist attraction and its economy very vulnerable to world public opinion. Any more violence could bring down the economy and the government. Another difference was the use of armed professional forces for the control of the uprising instead of armed thugs. We just have a much harder task at hand.

Mash Ghasem

The only difference between India and Iran

by Mash Ghasem on

is that; in the former what we have is a  rapidly developing Capitalism, reaching to be a world power, whereas in Iran Capitalism, as such (under Shah or IR) has not been as sucessful and  seems eternally unable to introduce "proper" relations of production.

As far as the comparison between Iranian and Tunisian states and opposition: NOT A SINGLE STATE IN THE WORLD COMES CLOSE TO THE LEVEL OF UTTER VIOLENCE UNLEASHED BY ISLAMIC REPUBLIC AGAINST IRANIAN PEOPLE ON A DAILY BASIS. And yet strive. We shall overcome.

Darius Kadivar

Precisely and that is why I don't advocate a Revolution ;0)

by Darius Kadivar on

But a Restoration:

Shapour Bakhtiar Suggests REGIME CHANGE based on Restoring the 1906 Constitution (1988)

No offense intended But I think the Trouble with most of You Wishful Jomhurykhah's be it "Green", "Red", "Black"  or any other "Color" is that you are unable to grasp a very basic concept that has defined our national identity for better or for worse more than 25 centuries and that is:  "Harmony" 

Googoosh & Mehrdad Shenasname Man 

Words For Eternity ...

The Trouble with you guys I am afraid is that you have turned "Republicanism" ( as opposed to Constitutionalism) into a Stubborn Dogma blinding you to any other creative or alternative option ... 


ROYAL FORUM: Explaining the Concept of a Constitutional Monarchy to a Staunch Republican


No Wonder that a former British Colony like India is a democracy since 1948 where as a country like Iran which never was a colony is a dictatorship since 1953:


THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: How Would You Evaluate Iran's Democracy Index in 1953 ?


The Indians learned about the democratic process of self governing from their Former British Masters.

Something which we clearly have not even a 100 Years after the Constitutional Revolution except for a minor few :

HISTORY FORUM: Nader Naderpour on Iran's Constitutional Revolution and European Rennaissance (1996)


PRAISE FOR REZA SHAH: Adjoudani Slams Lack of Recognition for Pahlavi Dynasty's Founder 


If we were less Anglophobic as a nation for the reasons we all know and need not to repeat here ... We could have probably learned one or two useful things from the British:

HISTORY FORUM: How Truly Democratic is The British Monarchy ? 

Including ... Flexibility ! 

And a sense of Humor:

YES, PRIME MINISTER: A Step By Step Guide To Mossadegh's Premiership and the Coup of '53 ... 

Which explains why I have always found the outrageous comparison of a stubborn man however nationalist like Mossadegh to a flexible visionary like Ghandi to be one of the greatest jokes of the past 58 years. 

Oh and I've got the feeling I'm not alone in thinking that way ...

A Genuine Irandokht Begs to differ   

GIVE ME BACK MY COUNTRY: Bold Poem by a fellow compatriot denounces Ahmadinejad's Iran




PS: I don't expect you to share my assessment by the way just stating my take on this Pre - Selected "GREEN" Question ...  

Related Blog: 

How YOUR "Green" Color Was Chosen & By WHOME ! 


PSS: Oh And being a Constitutionalist does not stop me from appreciating your Witty and insightful Cartoons nevertheless ... So no offense intended in my critical outlook on your eventual "Jomhurykhah" preferences to which you are rightfully entitled of course. As a Constitutionalist I simply don't share it for the reasons explained above.






One person does not make a revolution...

by KavehAhangarAdel on

Nor does one person/monarch/political/religious party own a "color" or a Movement and right to freedom that belongs to a nation.

Iran has weathered invasions (whether physical or ideologic) throughout the centuries and been able to assimilate and integrate  the offenders.

Violent change will eventualy bring a violent outcome.

To me "Green" means growth not a specific affiliation. 

I appreciate all the comments and views and frankly welcome it.

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Mardom Mazloom

NP, the revolution is going on ...

by Mardom Mazloom on

The Tunisian government was less crual (about a factor of 1000) and didn't use bottles to torture people nor hanged/killed/raped them as much as your beloved Mullahs and their Basiji thugs. The mouvement in Iran is far to be finished, look at the pitiful schism between the conservative camp, you as a blind false-anti-imperialist has to open your eyes.

Wondering what kor-kori would you chant when IR will be removed for ever from our land.

Darius Kadivar

NP Jaan Oh But that is Only because You are Color blind ;0))

by Darius Kadivar on

and missed the color in between which completes the picture: 

IRAN - White (peaceful) Revolution by SHAH -1963

As for the "R" Word it doesn't stand for "REVOLUTION" but "RESTORATION" :

Fereydoun Farokhzad - Padeshah


But while we are waiting for the inevitable outcome which you and your like minds still fail to see I can highly recommend you to two very good Opticians I happen to know which I would be more than happy to introduce you to Separately  for Each Eye :

One happens to be English:

RESTORATION: Britain's 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 and the 'Bill of Rights'

The other Spanish :

HISTORY FORUM: Franco's Ghost- Spain's Painful Road Towards National Reconciliation





It s all to do with the colour, I've been telling you!

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

But seriously, one fact that even the islamist regime's little agent is for once correctly eluding to is this:

The fascist, terroristic  islamist regime of Iran can only be removed through a series of well organised general strikes, culminating into a violent, yet well planned revolutionary uprising. The revolutionary violence towards the islamist leadership and their criminal mercenaries should be so severe , to remain a lesson for any future tin pot little fascist dictator for generations to come...... 


Niloufar Parsi

unless of course

by Niloufar Parsi on

one is a revolution and one is not?

are we still pushing a green revolution fantasy? how about a dose of reality?

it took the tunisians less than one month to remove their president. how are the greens doing in iran?

Darius Kadivar

I always thought there was something of a Vulcan in Moussavi LOL

by Darius Kadivar on

Star Trek-Spock Has No Emotions

You never how Green is one's Blood until One sees one  ... ;0)

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