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When Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the U.A.E. recalled their envoys from Qatar early last month not many people saw the funny side, but for the team behind The Pan-Arabia Enquirer, the news item was a source of satirical gold.In the media frenzy surrounding the series of uprisings dubbed the Arab Spring, a number of international outlets suggested that satire had helped to fuel the demonstrations and pointed out that the number of satirical blogs and TV shows tackling socio-political issues from a humorous but critical perspective had increased in their wake.Karl Sharro, who founded Karl reMarks in 2008 as a blog for serious commentary on the Arab world, found that satire was the best tool for tackling the complexities of the regional situation at a time when radical changes were taking place.In spite of the fact that the website's homepage is tagged with the line: "The World's Only 7-Star Satirical News Site," the site's layout and vaguely believable name are enough to fool many readers and media outlets into mistaking the content for serious news.While El Koshary Today and The Pan Arab-Enquirer were producing works of satire before the Arab Spring began, the PAE writer said the uprisings had helped pave the way for others.
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