20 September 2013
Last updated at 02:09
Sudanese artist Khalid Albaih publishes cartoons on his "Khartoon" Facebook page - merging the word cartoon with his country's capital, Khartoum. A selection is now on show at the Edge of Arabia gallery in London. This one coincided with the first reports of chemical weapons being used in Damascus, earlier this year.
Reports that the US would supply some help to Syrian rebels came at the same time as news of a working gun being made using a 3D printer in the US. Here Albaih combined both stories - while also expressing scepticism about the value of the US aid.
He is also sceptical about the US's claims to be a beacon of tolerance and human rights...
This Khartoon was inspired by leaked documents revealing that the US National Security Agency was tapping into the servers of nine internet companies, including Google, as part of the Prism surveillance programme.
Albaih says many in the Arab world look to Turkey as an example of a secular state run by an Islamic party. But many were disappointed when Prime Minister Recep Erdogan blamed social media, rather than his own policies, for protests in Istanbul earlier this year.
Albaih found the energy of the Arab Spring in 2011 a constant source of inspiration. This Khartoon reflects a widespread loss of trust in state media as people turned to social media for news instead.
When the former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was forced to leave his country for medical treatment, Albaih sensed the ageing leader's days in power might be numbered.
He is still optimistic that democracy will succeed in the Arab world. But here he questions whether the leaders who have followed Hosni Mubarak in Egypt have made any real difference.
In this Khartoon, Albaih has a dig at fundamentalist Muslims, accusing them of treating women as objects or possessions.
Will there be peace in the Arab world? One day, he thinks, but not soon. "It's a lot of people from different sects, different religions, different countries talking about the same idea and if I change somebody's mind with my drawing I think I have done my job." Albaih was interviewed on Newsday on the BBC World Service.