July 25, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

The Real Housewives of the Middle East!

Thanks to my wonderful editor at Tablet, Bari Weiss and Alana Newhouse, intrepid EIC. Always inspiring to work with them.

http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/114533/real-housewives-of-the-mideast?all=1

The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 1
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The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 4
The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 5
The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 6
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The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 8
The Real Housewives of the Middle East, by Steve Brodner, p. 9

Comments

  1. ALEX MCCRAE says:

    Hi Steve,

    Hate to be a petty nitpicker here, but as much as I enjoyed your inclusion of Mrs. Kim (née Ri Sol Ju) in your housewives parody, your stretching the physical boundaries of “the Middle East” to encompass North Korea seems….. well… a major stretch. But I think we can chalk up this mild deviation to cartoonist’s license. HA! Really, no biggie. ( Hmm… but perhaps your editor, or art director on this piece insisted Mrs. Kim be in the mix?)

    For me, your overall excellent, lively satire does bring us a whole new meaning to the phrase, “my better half’, as this motley mix of spouses of Middle Eastern despots* can’t intrinsically be that much BETTER than their power obssessed, egoistic, controlling, and in some cases, barbaric husbands. (The lesser of two evils?)

    Interestingly, we have a wife like Sara Netanyahu who I’m guessing, may have a bit of the-woman-behind-the-throne** influence on hubby, Bibi, whilst at the extreme opposite end of the wifely-influence-continuum, we have that passel of ‘faceless’, burka-ed wives (13 in all) of Saudi King Abdullah. These garbed-in-all-black women I would imagine have little say in how their lives, or their country’s fortunes will play out, going forward.

    We in the West know that Saudi Arabia is one of the most supressive, oppressiive countries in the entire Middle East re/ the affording of the most basic human rights and freedoms to Saudi women, and young girls. We also are aware that the ancient Wahhabist version of Islamic Sharia law, is the ruling law of the land…. a truly barbaric, brutal reading of the Koranic text.

    (Of course, these endemic human rights violations on the Saudi’s part didn’t appear to dampen the cosy (and mutually financially benificial) relationship of the Bush clan with the Saudi potentates over the past several decades, where oil appeared to be even thicker than blood.

    Both Queen Rania of Jordan, and Asma al-Assad of Syria project a more outwardly Western (as opposed to Semitic/ Arabic) sophisticated, stylish, wordly, dare I say, humane ‘facade’, or persona, to the mainstream media, w/ their individual histories of higher education and early professional careers having been persued in the West.

    And yet, in particular, in Syria’s first-lady Asma’s case, we have clearly witnessed in the past year, or so, where this woman, despite her surface attractiveness and patina of urbanity, has, at least symbolically, as much spilled blood of innocent Syrians on her finely manicured hands, as her maniacal, brutish, demented husband.

    I say arrange a pay-per-view block-buster rock’em-sock’em globally televised cage match between this handful of Middle Eastern despots’ wives vs. the feisty Housewives of New Jersey…. and may the bitchiest team win.

    Now THAT would be a ‘situation’.

    *I wouldn’t put Hussein of Jordan, or Bibi Netanyahu of Israel in the “despot” category.

    **Bibi may at times act like a kingly type, but he hasn’t been sitting on a throne these days…. other than that porcelain washroom ‘convenience’. (Groan)

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