Chinese cartoonist Crazy Crab (a pseudonym) compares the improbable escape of legal activist Chen Guangcheng, who is blind, to that of Andy Dufresne in the 1994 film “The Shawshank Redemption”. Chen Guangcheng reportedly slipped away from his well-guarded rural village on Sunday night and was driven away by activists who then transferred him to a secret location in Beijing.
Kamal Sharaf is an artist and satirist in Yemen who has dared to question the status quo. Throughout the Arab Spring, Sharaf challenged former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and suffered for it. He was forcibly taken from his home in 2010 and spent a month in prison. These days Kamal Sharaf continues to take comparatively progressive stands on issues like women’s rights and is not afraid to question the direction of the new Yemeni president. He’s also outspoken about the case of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye who was sent to prison the same time as Sharaf but still languishes there.