Let’s take a spin around the globe via cartoons, shall we? Cartoons are bringing the world together and don’t you believe a word otherwise.

§An Iranian cartoonist has won a Chinese humor contest! What the–

Mohammad Ali Khalaji succeeded in winning the prize among 360 world participants from over 30 countries.

With concentration on the themes of fantasy, dream and wish, the second and the third prize went to cartoonists from Russia and China.

Also a British cartoonist managed to win the jury award in the event.

§ Meanwhile, in Munich, they are celebrating the cartoons of Zimbabwe!

The exhibition, “A Cartoonist’s View of Zimbabwe – Political Cartoons since Independence “is a frankly critical exhibition, which would not be possible in Zimbabwe,” said Robert Hochreiter, the co-ordinator of HaMuPa. More than 80 interested guests attended the launch of the exhibition last month. In the last few years there have been a number of events dealing with the subject of the relationship of Munich to Harare. To mark the end of the celebrations of 10 years of twinning Munich-Harare, this first viewing is a welcome opportunity to have good conversations, to look critically at the situation in Zimbabwe and Harare and to see the problems in the country where our twin city lies through the eyes of African cartoonists, and so to approach them differently.

§ In India, however, they are turning to the visual stylings of locals to see the worlds with fresh eyes.

An exhibition of comic wall posters by “common people” from India and Pakistan – was held at the Bukhtiar Labour Hall on Tuesday.

World Comics India (WCI) and Insan Foundation Pakistan (IFP) organised the exhibition. Covering a vast spectrum of subjects such as alcoholism, education, health, gender equality, aggression, peace, friendship and nuclearisation, the described true stories of people from India and Pakistan.

Sharad Sharma, a cartoonist from Jaipur (India) and the founder of WCI, was the facilitator. He said exhibition was aimed at creating “common people’s media”. A large number of people could not afford newspapers, magazines or televisions, he said, and cartoons had proven to be the most powerful communication tools.