IN IMAGES … THE SADDEST SIGNS OF OUR TIME

All sad, but unfortunately true

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‘SUMMERTIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY’ …. FOR SOME

Enjoy

Not so easy for some …..

Images by Carlos Latuff

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According to the country currently housing migrant children in cages, the body responsible for upholding international standards for human rights, the UN Human Rights Council, is no longer “worthy of its name.”

TOO LEFT FOR THE RIGHT … ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’

Cartoons about Trump’s policies by Rob Rogers that PittsburghPG refused to publish. Then he was fired.

Images by Rob Rogers

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Cartoonist Fired as Paper Shifts Right

By Kim Lyons

Rob Rogers joined The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as a staff editorial cartoonist in 1993 and for years his cartoons have appeared in the newspaper roughly five days a week. But in late May, around Memorial Day, he said, they began disappearing.

In just over a week, Mr. Rogers said, six of them were killed, one after it had been placed on a page. The first of the killed cartoons, which Mr. Rogers posted to social media and on his website, depicted President Trump placing a wreath on a tombstone that read “Truth, Honor, Rule of Law.”

Over the past three months, Mr. Rogers said, 19 cartoons or proposals for cartoons were rejected by either the editorial page editor, Keith Burris, or the publisher, John Robinson Block.

Mr. Rogers did not receive an official explanation for why the cartoons were killed, he says, but he was presented with a set of guidelines that included setting certain conditions on his work and an approval process for his cartoons.

“I felt they were going to be able to restrict my ability to do my job,” said Mr. Rogers, who declined to give specifics about the guidelines.

“I think they were definitely trying to send me a message,” he added. “It felt like they were pushing me out.”

On Thursday, his suspicions were confirmed when he was fired during an off-site meeting with two Post-Gazette human resources representatives.

“They said, ‘This is your last day,’” he said. “It was like those movies you see on TV where the cop has to hand in his badge and his gun, only I was afraid they were going to ask for my pen.”

Mr. Burris said The Post-Gazette offered to allow Mr. Rogers to continue working as an independent contractor, but Mr. Rogers declined.

The firing is the latest controversy involving the newspaper’s editorial pages. In January, The Post-Gazette and its sister paper, The Toledo Blade, published an editorial titled “Reason as Racism” that defended President Trump’s stance on immigration despite his profane description of countries like Haiti or those in Africa when discussing the issue. Mr. Burris, then the editorial page editor of The Blade, was the author of the editorial, which drew condemnation from the Post-Gazette newsroom, some members of the Block family and from outside critics.

Mr. Rogers is unabashedly liberal and many of his cartoons, including several the paper refused to publish, were critical of President Trump.CreditRoss Mantle for The New York Times

In March, the papers’ owner, Block Communications, merged the editorial pages of the two publications, appointing Mr. Burris as editor, vice president and editorial director. He has since written several editorials praising the president, part of a rightward shift by the once-liberal editorial page.

Mr. Burris said Friday that while he may be more to the right than Mr. Rogers, his goal is to make sure The Post-Gazette is “independent and thoughtful” in its approach, without any ideological intent.

“I’m certainly not in Trump’s base and I don’t think our publisher is, we just don’t think he’s Satan,” Mr. Burris said. “We never said ‘don’t do Trump cartoons.’ A Trump cartoon every day is not interesting, and a Trump cartoon every day that’s not funny and is just enraged is not particularly effective.”

Mr. Burris added that his role in some of the changes to the editorial page has been overstated. “This sort of portrayal of me as a right-wing yahoo riding in on a steed from Ohio with a red cap on is just silly and it’s belied by — well, just read my stuff.”

But on the Post-Gazette’s Friday editorial page, a statement attributed to the editorial board professed “gratitude and affection” for Mr. Rogers. “There has never been any intention to silence or suppress Mr. Rogers. Nor would we ever ask him to violate the dictates of his conscience. Rather, we have sought to engage in the necessary journalistic practices of editing, gatekeeping and collaboration.”

Mr. Rogers, whose cartoons are unabashedly liberal, said he was uneasy about his future at the paper from the time Mr. Burris was brought on board. “They clearly had a mission to change the editorial page and I wasn’t getting in line so they decided it was time to change the cartoon as well,” he said.

Mr. Burris said he did not enter into his working relationship with Mr. Rogers with any expectations.

“I don’t think it was doomed from the start,” Mr. Burris said. “But it’s like when a marriage is in trouble and you go to mediation or a counselor, you both have to really buy into it. Sometimes one party just can’t help it; they’re just too angry to buy into it.”

A 1999 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Mr. Rogers has won numerous awards for his work, which is syndicated by Universal Press Syndicate.

“The firing of Rogers and the absence of his cartoons from the editorial pages is a blow to free expression and to the existence of a free and open marketplace of ideas,” Pat Bagley, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, said in a statement.

Mr. Rogers said his work would continue to appear in syndication and on social media. He also has plans for other projects.

“I can’t imagine during the next few years of the Trump presidency that I won’t be at my drawing table most days,” he said.

TOONS OF THE DAY UNINTENTIONAL MURDER

Images by Carlos Latuff

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MONTH OF PRIDE FOR BDS

First, they were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Now this;

Argentina’s Soccer Association cancels the friendly soccer match between Argentina and “Israel”, planned to be held in occupied Jerusalem soon, in response to BDS 

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Argentina cancels football friendly with Israel in Jerusalem

The match was expected to be played at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem which was once home to a Palestinian village.

Argentina‘s national football team has cancelled an upcoming friendly match with Israel, Argentine news sources reported.

Argentinian sports website Minutouno reported on Tuesday that Saturday’s game in Jerusalem had been “suspended” amid an “escalation of violence, threats and criticism” directed at captain ‘Leo’ Messi.

Argentina, a major contender to win the World Cupthis summer, has made four previous pre-World Cup visits to Israel since 1986.

The fixture between the two teams was set to be played in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium on June 9, which is built on land that was once a Palestinian village that was destroyed in 1948.

Israeli media reported that in light of this latest development, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak to his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri by telephone.

The ambassador of Palestine in Argentina, Husni Abdel Wahed, had expressed his opposition to the friendly.

“This match would be similar to us celebrating … the occupation of Malvinas,” he told Radio Cooperativa on Tuesday, referring to the Falkland Islands.

Abdel Wahed went on to say that the match was part of the celebrations of Israel’s 70th anniversary since its establishment in 1948, after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their villages and lands by Zionist paramilitaries.

“For us, it is unacceptable to hold this game in Jerusalem because it is occupied territory, and it is painful to see that the team, which has the love and support of so many Palestinians and Arab citizens, support the violation of international law,” he said.

‘Nothing friendly about military occupation ‘

Last month, the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement launched a campaign urging Argentina to pull out of the fixture.

“There is nothing ‘friendly’ about military occupation and apartheid,” the movement said, which calls for an end to the occupation of Palestine, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and equal rights for Palestinians citizens of Israel.

“Don’t play Israel until Palestinians’ human rights are respected.”

BDS criticised the fixture as “political”, and accused Israeli officials of using it to cover up attacks on Palestinians “on and off the field”.

As part of the campaign, Mohammed Khalil, a Palestinian footballer, directed a message towards Argentina’s beloved forward Lionel Messi.

“I call on the Argentinian team and especially captain Lionel Messi – because he is very popular in Palestine, particularly in the Gaza Strip – to stand in solidarity with Palestinians and to boycott the scheduled game with Israel, which is occupying our land,” Khalil said.

Khalil was shot by Israeli snipers on March 30, during the first Friday protests of Palestinians demonstrating east of Gaza, demanding their right to return.

He was shot in both of his legs, and one of his kneecaps had to be removed, putting an end to his footballing career.

Earlier this week, the head of the Palestinian Football Association (PFA) Jibril Rajoub slammed the friendly as being opposite “a game of peace”.

“The Israeli government is trying to give it political significance by insisting it be held in Jerusalem,” Rajoub said.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA NEWS

SADDEST TOON OF THE WEEK

Sad, but unfortunately true 😦

IN TOONS ~~ A HISTORY OF ISRAELI GENOCIDE

Israel …. Then and Now

Images by Carlos Latuff

The Catastrophe is NOT over!

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The catastrophe then and now!

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Gaza Massacre

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Another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force. A violation of international standards, committing what appear to be willful killings constituting war crimes.

 

Today is the 70th anniversary of Yawm an-Nakba or Nakba Day. On this day Palestinians mark the anniversary of the Nakba (“Catastrophe”) when they were violently forced from their land and homes as Israel was created in 1948.

More than 750,000 indigenous Palestinians were violently driven from their land and homes. As thousands of their fellow country people were slaughtered around them, they fled in terror to neighboring countries and to the West Bank and Gaza. To this day, Israel refuses to allow them to return to the land they were forced from – despite international law giving them that right to return.

But the Nakba didn’t end in 1948. It has continued for 70 years, as Israel continues to steal and occupy Palestinian land and oppress the indigenous Palestinian population.

Stay Human!

IN TOONS ~~ EXCEPTIONAL EXCEPTIONS

Images by Carlos Latuff

World’s most moral army IDF, with two exceptions: KIDS & JOURNALISTS, Rules to be implemented in Gaza.

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Israeli soldiers celebrate after shooting unarmed protesters and Israel continues to do nothing about it.

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Israel at 70 years is using Military Snipers to kill innocent Palestinians who are peacefully protesting in Gaza

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As always, the world looks the other way

A CARTOON ISRAEL DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEE

REPOST THIS …. MAKE IT GO VIRAL!

After a Danish paper published this caricature, the Israeli ambassador to Denmark condemned it, asked for it to be removed, and requested an apology from the paper. So now people on FB are posting it to make it go viral. 

Yallah ..

 

SUNDAY’S TOON ~~ 2 TRIALS, ONE CRIMINAL

Image by Carlos Latuff

IN TOONS ~~ DANCING TO THE DRUMS OF WAR

In a rare public expression of support for Israel by a radical Islamist figure in Syria, a former leader in al-Qaeda’s Syrian militia on Saturday welcomed Israeli airstrikes against Syrian and Iranian targets in the country after an Iranian drone infiltrated Israeli airspace, and called on the Jewish state to quickly “uproot” Iran from its northern neighbor.

Full report HERE

Images by Carlos Latuff

In a Middle East plenty of collaborators, is refreshing to see an Arab country repealing an Israeli aggression, something I haven’t seen since Israel-Hezbollah War in 2006.

Waiting for some statement from  Netanyahu and his far-right zealots about the Israel F-16 jet shot down in Syria airspace. What’s next? More airstrikes against “Iran targets”? Boots on the ground?

NEW TOON ~~ PALESTINE DESIGNATED #1 SHITHOLE COUNTRY

Image by Carlos Latuff

‘He wants to kill us’— Gazans fear for the worst as Trump severs aid to Palestinian refugees
Read more HERE

IN TOONS ~~ FACEBOOK JOINS THE WAR AGAINST PALESTINE

Facebook has been on a censorship campaign against Palestinian activists, deleting accounts at the direction of the US and Israeli governments.

Images by Carlos Latuff

The ‘War’ was started by the Israeli government issuing a blacklist …..

Omar Barghouti: “By waging an all-out war on the peaceful #BDS movement for Palestinian rights and by now banning international human rights organizations from entry, Israel’s desperate and brutal attempts to weaken support for BDS are already backfiring.”
More HERE

MIDWEEK TOONS ~~ WAR HERE, WAR THERE, WAR EVERYWHERE …. TIME FOR A CHANGE!

Last time I heard “time for change” coming from White House, countries like Libya and Syria were devastated. Is this statement a declaration of war against Iran?

Image by Latuff

And North Korea Too ….


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THE BEST AND WORST PERSONS OF 2017

These are the picks of Carlos Latuff

First, the best …… Ahed Tamimi

 

And the worst ……. Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

 

Beauty and the beast …..

 

She can’t be broken!

Lawyer asks Ahed during her hearing: are you ok? Ahed replies: yeah [& a victorious smile]

FREEDOM IS #1 ON PALESTINIAN CHILDREN’S WISHLIST

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Source of these cartoons

 

IMAGE OF THE DAY ~~ GRAFFITI FROM JESUS’ BIRTHPLACE …. UNWELCOMING TRUMP

Palestinian children look at graffiti depicting US President Donald Trump and slogans against US Vice President Mike Pence painted on Israel’s security barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem during clashes with Palestinian protesters near an Israeli checkpoint on December 7, 2017. (AFP/Thomas Coex)

Mary and Joseph couldn’t cross into Bethlehem today …..

 

A merry little Christmas: separating the holy family from Bethlehem in a Christmas card (art work by http://www.banksy.co.uk/)

IT’S NOT JUST THE STATUS OF JERUSALEM THAT’S AT STAKE

It’s ALL of Palestine, Gaza in particular as can be seen in the following ….

By Carlos Latuff

One artist and one bull artist

TOOSDAY’S TOON …. US EMBASSY MOVING TO JERUSALEM

Image by Latuff

Might as well just blow Palestine off the map completely

TOOSDAY’S TOON ~~ PUNISHING PALESTINE FOR ISRAEL’S CRIMES

The State Department threatened to close the Palestinians’ Washington office unless they enter into direct negotiations with Israel, and drop requests to ICC to prosecute Israelis for crimes against Palestinians.

Image by Carlos Latuff


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Trump administration threatens to close Palestinians’ office in Washington DC

 

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