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About Ranan Lurie

Named by the Guiness Book of World Records as “the most widely
syndicated political cartoonist in the world,” Ranan Lurie has an
unbeatable audience—and accolades to back it up. The Wall Street
deemed Lurie “a master caricaturist,” Time magazine described
him as “a journalist of Olympian stature,” and Bill Moyers proclaimed
him “the dean” of his profession. Born in Israel, Lurie has been an
American citizen since 1974, and from the outset his comics have taken a
discerning look at international events. His approach to contemporary
politics is wry, yet also well-informed, no doubt because he possesses a
first-hand knowledge of international affairs. He has interviewed, on a
one-on-one basis, over 70 world leaders, among them Ronald Reagan, George
Bush, James Baker, Yitzak Rabin, Henry Kissinger, Boutrous
Boutrous-Gali, Kofi Annan, and Ariel Sharon. His devotion to
understanding his subject material led the United Nations to create an
award for international cartoonists bearing his name in 1995.

Lurie’s animated cartoons will be featured on the Village Voice Web site
in the coming weeks every Monday and Thursday. His contribution
there will be a humorous and, more important, insightful commentary on
contemporary world events, during an increasingly confrontational state
of international affairs.

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