Like the grains of sand in the drip of time, so are the days of Julian Assange holing up in the embassy of Ecuador.
The Spring of 2012 saw France heading to the polls in a vote that would determine whether the people of Gaul would re-elect President Sarkozy or replace him with his main political rival, Francois Hollande.
The incumbent President was facing a man who had never held office before, yet whose personal charisma with the voters was showing him to lead in the polls right up until polling day.
Laughzilla drew this French Presidential Elections Political Cartoon for The Daily Dose to celebrate some rare coincidences about recent Presidential election coincidences in the political history of France.
Anyone who knows their French history will notice that this comic references the Principate of Andorra, which is headed by two power-sharing heads of state, one of whom is the acting President of France.
This cartoon was contributed to the cause of the #OccupyBrieBallots movement, because the Top 1% of French Cheese Eaters should not own more than half of all the stinky cheese in France.
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Kofi Annan’s 6 point plan was due to go into effect with measurable goals on April 10th and April 12th. Other than silencing the guns (not entirely), there was little change on the ground in Syria.
Bashar Assad was clearly playing the diplomatic game to his strengths, namely, deceiving the international community as much as he could, and taking advantage of all the many conflicts around the globe which were distracting attention from forcing his hand to stop the war against his own people and begin real democratic reforms.
To satire this situation, Laughzilla penned this simple and powerful caricature of Mr. Annan and Mr. Assad, each issuing a different half of the cease fire order. This Annan Assad Cease Fire editorial cartoon first appeared in The Daily Dose on April 12, 2012.
As the Passover holiday arrived, it left some Jews thinking about their neighbors afflicted by the tyrrany of their scornful dictator, Bashar Assad.
And so, Laughzilla penned this Hebrew or Syrians Fleeing Cartoon for The Daily Dose, in support of donating art to the #OccupyExodus movement, because the top 1% of refugees should not own more than half of all the mass migrations.
Kicking off April 2012 was the ongoing massacre in Syria at the hands of Bashar Assad’s armed forces. He made a mockery of the UN 6 Point Peace Plan by ratcheting up the pressure on his opponenets, just as he was supposed to be laying down his guns in a cease fire, to be started by a withdrawal of troops from town centers, and more. What happened instead was that he killed more Syrians, at a faster clip.
The Daily Dose thought to caricature this failure of diplomacy in the name of saving democracy, by burying democacy in a grave, with Assad standing above, giving the old April Fool’s phrase, in this Assad Accepts. April Fool’s Cartoon.
This editorial cartoon was drawn by Laughzilla and first published on April 1st, 2012.
It was an unusual turnout for an odd election in Senegal. The second round of voting for the President went from disturbingly unrestful and violent, to a sweeping victory for democracy, albeit one which delivered little in the way of real change in its immediate aftermath.
Other than changing presidents peacefully, Senegal chose Mr. Sall, the former protege of Mr. Wade, to succeed Mr. Wade. Yes, it was a change of leadership, but one that leaves unanaswered many questions about the future of this once peaceful west African nation, once considered a model of a developing, peaceful democratic nation, despite its rampant corruption at the highest levels of government.
And so Laughzilla drew this Senegal Elections Cartoon for The Daily Dose on the eve of the decisive round at the polls.
As March 2012 rolled along, the murder carried on, and the international calls to end it were squirmish and mealy-mouthed, at best.
It has been causing bone-chilling laughter ever since.
In the Middle of March, Bashar Assad kept up his killing spree, offing his own subjects at a rate of 30 or so a day, estimates indicated.
And so it was that the violence in Syria was dominating headlines in the middle of March, 2012, and Syria’s strongest neighbor, Israel, was not doing anything to help calm the situation, or support either side. The internationally acclaimed practice of political non-interference was at play. This, is realpolitik.
In response to this form of political idleness, Oy Vey and Laughzilla thought it would make a nice statement to draw an editorial cartoon to point out the hypocrisy of the Israeli government’s policy, given how many thousands of innocent civilians were being slaughtered in their neighboring state. Why not at least send humanitarian aid? Why not Love Thy Neighbor as the good book says.
Of course, the answer is, this is politics, and unfortunately for the people of Syria, their country is not blessed with large resources of oil or gas.
Here, the iconic American leader of historic legacy is framed by the “Miss Me Yet?” question.