Karl Sharro speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Beirut, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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"It took decades," Karl Sharro tweeted recently, "but Beirut is finally the Beirut of the Middle East".Following the military intervention in Yemen last week, Sharro mocked-up a diagram to illustrate "geopolitical relationships in the Middle East".Sharro never set out to be an online celebrity. Sharro partially traces his humor to his AUB education.It presaged Sharro's wildly popular spoof conversation between ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist.Sharro also pointed to the advent of social media as a driver of his blog's rapid rise in popularity.While his blog houses his satirical writings, drawings and videos, Sharro said most people first encounter his work through his Twitter or Facebook accounts. Part of Sharro's popularity stems from his ease in both the English and Arabic-speaking worlds.Sharro admits that he finds writing satire in English easier.Married with two young daughters, Sharro does not foresee himself moving back to Beirut.
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