In recent weeks, several of Egypt’s most popular and prominent satirists, talk show hosts and journalists have received formal complaints that their work has insulted President Mohamed Morsi.
There are three dramas unfolding across the Middle East and you can see them all represented in this cartoon slideshow.
The global cartoon reaction to President Obama’s victory is decidedly mixed. In this slideshow you’ll see a victory cigar here and there, and a funny cartoon that replaces that dog on top of the car with Romney himself and more.
In South Africa, a four-year saga over a political cartoon is over, and the winner appears to be the cartoonist, Zapiro, the pen name of Jonathan Shapiro. Sunday President Jacob Zuma announced he was dropping all charges against Zapiro and a local newspaper The Sunday Times, over a cartoon published in 2008.
Marco Werman talks with The World’s Cartoon Editor Carol Hills about the case of JERM (Jeremy Nell), a South African cartoonist who’s been let go from his job from The New Age newspaper.
Bicycle spokes have been transformed into syringes and Livestrong wristbands now read Livewrong and worse in these cartoons about how the mighty Lance Armstrong has fallen. In one cartoon the now disgraced multiple Tour de France yellow jersey winner wins an Oscar for his bravura performance and in another some familiar Mafia dons consider getting into cycling.
These political cartoons satirize Germany’s Angela Merkel visit to Greece this week. It was brief but certainly daring, since the German Chancellor is not exactly the most popular figure in Greece at the moment. Merkel after all is responsible for forcing Greeks onto an extreme austerity diet. Then again, it’s also thanks to Merkel that Greece is still in the Euro game. These political cartoons reflect the saint and sinner image of Angela Merkel in Greece.
It’s been a week of Middle East machinations. This slideshow of cartoons show a Syrian leader with blood on his hands — literally, a feckless United Nations that can talk the talk but not walk the walk where Syria is concerned.
Mahmoud Takes Manhattan in this slideshow of cartoons about the Iranian president’s visit to the UN General Assembly’s annual gathering of world leaders in New York. Ahmadinejad has enjoyed the freedom to insult during his visit and President Obama has enjoyed the freedom to express his vigorous defense of the value of freedom of speech. But he still has a lot of convincing to do.
“Stowaway” is the story of an Ethiopian boy named Fanuel who makes a harrowing 12,000-mile journey to the United States with the help and hindrance of samaritans and traffickers alike.
The offensive Muhammad video and the Muhammad cartoons in the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo have cartoonists musing over whether there are limits to freedom of speech. Their declarations are sometimes gentle, sometimes forceful, and sometimes completely equivocal.
Cartoonists battle on the front line of freedom of speech. And events this week have put to the test just what responsibilities that freedom entails. Kevin Kallaugher draws for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun and Patrick Chappatte cartoons for the International Herald Tribune.
Many South Africans thought former ANC youth leader Julius Malema had gone quietly into the night. The young firebrand was fired by the ANC earlier this year. But the controversy over the shooting of striking miners by police has given Malema a populist springboard back into the political limelight.
Marco Werman talks with The World’s cartoon curator Carol Hills about how cartoonists are using both humor and tragedy, and sometimes a mixture of both, to represent the stalemate in Syria.