Gol Aqa (Flower Man) is not only Iran's most popular satirical magazine but it also claims to have the highest circulation among all the country's 400-plus periodicals. With the exception of members of the clergy, it pokes fun at senior government officials as well as political, social and economic ills.
The six-year-old weekly, edited by kiyoumars Saberi, has been threatened with closure more than once. Saberi is a veteran satirist who in the 1960's worked for Tofiq (Success), a popular satirical magazine under the shah.
Here are sample cartoons from Gol Aqa with Persian text and English translations. (Note: A common Iranian is usually referred to as Asib Pazir or "vulnerable" because he or she is vulnerable to inflationary pressures.)
Segregated bus seats
Minister of Islamic Guidance
Men & women
Rejected classical poets