Global Satire

Global Satire looks at world events through the lens of political cartoons, comedy, graphic journalism and wit (ha-ha and dark) in all its forms. Our focus is every corner of the globe. The idea is to explore what satirists around the world are poking fun at, or darkly laying bare. Our assumption is that a cartoon, joke, or wry comment can explain a vexing political issue as well (and often better) than any amount of punditry. Created by Carol Hills. 

Global Politics

Jacob Zuma offers to pay back some of the $23 million in state funds used to upgrade his private home

For six years, South African President Jacob Zuma justified the $23 million state-funded "improvements" to his private residence. Now he says he's willing to pay back some of the costs. South African satirist Zapiro, a relentless Zuma critic, says Zuma has run into an obstacle he can't get around: South Africa's highest court.

Arts, Culture & Media

Mandela's love for humor was on full display when he sat for an interview with 'Evita'

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Nelson Mandela was many many things, among them a lover of humor and satire. He once sat down for a 30-minute TV interview with a man in a dress pretending to be an apartheid-era Afrikaner housewife. Mandela knew that talking to the fictitious Evita Bezuidenhout was going to reach more people than appearing on the nightly news. Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys was the man behind Evita.

Global Politics

R.K. Laxman, cartoonist who chronicled India's first 60 years of independence, has died

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For decades, millions in India took the political temperature of their country by looking at R.K. Laxman's daily cartoon, published each morning on the cover of The Times of India. His cartoons were so popular that even those politicians skewered by Laxman were honored to have caught his attention. Laxman died Monday. He was 94.

Global Politics

Three years on, an anonymous Tunisian satirist is still waiting for a political revolution in his country

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Three years ago, a Tunisian architect was blogging anti-government sentiments anonymously from Paris. His views reflected those protesters in Tunisia who ushered in the Arab Spring. Today, the Tunisian blogger and cartoonist is still very much a part of the conversation about the future of his country. But he's still anonymous, and waiting hopefully for real political change to take place in his country.

Arts, Culture & Media

Mandela's love for humor was on full display when he sat for an interview with 'Evita'

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Nelson Mandela was many many things, among them a lover of humor and satire. He once sat down for a 30-minute TV interview with a man in a dress pretending to be an apartheid-era Afrikaner housewife. Mandela knew that talking to the fictitious Evita Bezuidenhout was going to reach more people than appearing on the nightly news. Satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys was the man behind Evita.

Arts, Culture & Media

After a fracas over French 'male-only' prize for graphic novelists, world takes note of women artists

For 43 years, graphic novelists and comics artists have gathered in the French town of Angoulême to celebrate their burgeoning art and award prizes. But in all that time, only one woman has won the Grand Prix, a "lifetime achievement" award. After this year's list of 30 nominees contained no women at all, an uproar ensued.

Global Politics

R.K. Laxman, cartoonist who chronicled India's first 60 years of independence, has died

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For decades, millions in India took the political temperature of their country by looking at R.K. Laxman's daily cartoon, published each morning on the cover of The Times of India. His cartoons were so popular that even those politicians skewered by Laxman were honored to have caught his attention. Laxman died Monday. He was 94.