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.
You’ll see ski masks, tights and short skirts in these cartoons about the case of Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band who took to the altar of Moscow’s main cathedral in February to belt out a song against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi hasn’t been seen in public since June. Marco Werman speaks to The World’s Carol Hills who is following the story.
Song Byeok does satirical art critical of the North Korean regime, including a painting of Marilyn Monroe’s body, with the head of Kim Jong Il.
Kuang Biao is one of the most talented and gutsy cartoonists who has dared to visually comment on sensitive subjects.
In his latest book, “Journalism,” cartoon reporter Joe Sacco brings together a collection of his short form reportage from the past decade.
Some cave paintings dating as far back as 30,000 years may have been man’s earliest entertainment. French archaeologist and filmmaker Marc Azéma has spent 20 years studying movement in animal cave paintings in France and Spain and he’s concluded that the images were designed to be looked at sequentially, much like a cartoon or film.
The painting, which showed Zuma with his genitals exposed, has caused a furor in South Africa.
A friendly Sphinx extends his paw to cast a vote while ancient pyramids are turned into ballot boxes and voting booths in these cartoons about Egypt’s historic elections. But look closely, one ballot box turns out to be a mirage and another is being clutched by a group that doesn’t want to let go: Egypt’s military. The World’s Carol Hills narrates.
Cartoonists ponder the big question: What if Greece “Grexits” and leaves the eurozone? Look for ruins in ruin, bottles of ouzo, tightening belts, loaded guns, torches, togas, and Angela Merkel zinking the unzinkable in these images from (mostly) European cartoonists.
A cartoon that was published in India more than 60 years ago has caused a showdown between India’s Education Ministry and the nation’s Dalit community.
Iranian cartoonist Mahmoud Shokraiyeh has been sentenced to a flogging for depicting an Iranian politician in a soccer jersey.
The Chinese civil rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng become a household word in the space of about 10 days. His daring escape from house arrest, his circuitous route to the US Embassy in Beijing, the tense negotiations between the US and China, the deal reached, his decision to leave the Embassy, and then the deal gone sour. Chinese netizens and cartoonists (using pen names) have followed the saga with solidarity, humor and solemnity.