Halloween has found its way into this week’s cartoons but the scary images are not witches or goblins but pumpkins wearing face masks and sneezing trick-or-treaters. It’s the ghostly spirit of the H1N1 flu. And, the new sexy: hand sanitizers.
Balloon boy made a lasting impression on cartoonists all over the world. It conjured images as familiar as a ballooning deficit and as unusual as the Afghan election being carried away in a balloon.
Global reaction to President Obama’s winning of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has ranged from praise to anger. Editorial cartoonists across the globe have certainly wasted no time in putting pen and ink to paper. The World’s Carol Hills has been trolling through some of their work today, and put together this slideshow.
The Iranian president becomes the Joe Wilson of the UN General Assembly meeting. The real ‘Mad Men’? They’re in the Middle East. And nuclear weapons — the actual weapons — find the idea of disarming, well, disarming.
This week’s cartoons is show how difficult it is for President Obama to heal the US health care system, discipline Wall Street, or satisfy his European allies. We also see Israel defend itself against a UN report and who needs new footwear? The just-freed Iraqi shoe thrower.
President Obama’s hard sell on healthcare reform inspired a number of cartoonists this week. They also offer some visual thoughts on the increasingly suspect vote in Afghanistan, the health of embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe even the Beatles remastered.
Cartoonists this week are captivated by the upending of Japan’s ruling party after almost 60 years in power. They also have fun with Disney’s purchase of Marvel Comics, and it’s back to school time….amid the specter of the swine flu.
Cartoonists around the world mark the passing of another Kennedy and what it may mean for his favorite issue: reforming healthcare. The CIA comes in for some dark caricatures after this week’s report detailing aggressive forms of interrogation. So does Libya for its warm reception of one of its own: the terminally sick (and to many sickening) convicted Lockerbie bomber.
Afghans went to the polls this week and international cartoonists felt compelled to comment about it. You’ll see plenty of burkas, and Kalashnikovs, often in the same image. The cartoons are somber, poignant, provocative and deeply irreverent.
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Each week, The World brings you the best in political cartooning from across the globe. In this week’s cartoon slideshow, artists take aim at Afghanistan’s upcoming elections, the continued detention of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, and those noisy town hall meetings about health care reform in the United States.
This week’s cartoons reflect the shifting political ground under President Barack Obama. We see his approval ratings slip, more negative chatter about his ‘beers-at-the-White House’ as a teachable moment about race, and the seething debate over how to reform healthcare. But then the dramatic release of two American journalists from North Korea and cartoonists pick up their pencils and brushes to rehash former President Clinton’s reputation as a charmer.
This week cartoonists take a jab at President Obama’s attempts to defuse a racial flare-up by inviting the protagonists to the White House for a beer.
They also have fun with global warming fears, North Korea, the stunning corruption scandal in New Jersey, and the news that Microsoft and Yahoo are ganging up on Google.
Cartoonists find poignancy in the timing of the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing and the death of veteran newsman Walter Cronkite. President Obama goes in for some image polishing, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have a long-distance war of words, and rumors of doping haunt the Tour de France.
Cartoonists find humor — sometimes quite dark humor — in President Obama’s offer of hope on his visit to Ghana, Iceland’s interest in joining the European Union, the politics of fighting global warming, the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, and the current obsession with facebook.