From July 27 to August 12, London hosts the thirtieth Olympiad. London will be the first city to have held the modern Games for the third time, after 1908 and 1948. For the first time since the funeral of King George VI in 1952, Big Ben rang for 3 minutes to mark the occasion.
Born in 1963, Lebanese-Iraqi cartoonist Hassan Bleibel publishes in several Middle-Eastern newspapers including Lebanon’s Al-Mustaqbal and As-Safir, and Egypt’s Al-Ahram. His work has also featured in the western press – in Le Monde and Courrier Internationalin France, and also in the International Herald Tribune.