Caesar Has Won

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I never really thought this could happen. I understand the rightful rise of antiestablishment politics, but I feel that this is very much a devastating showcase of the fragility of democracy. In dire times extremists and populists always rise up, and in a country where half the population is poor this electoral result should not be too much of a surprise considering his establishment opponent. His VP is even more terrifying to me. While Trump is an incompetent non-thinker, Mike Pence is a smart, hardliner with a very religious and creationist bent. I really did think our country would not get duped like this. This is the American Brexit. Leaders like Trump are rising everywhere(Britain, France, Philippines, Greece). Brace for impact. Caesar has won.

 

Erdogan’s Erosion of Turkish Democracy and Secularism: Post Failed Coup

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President Recip Tayip Erdogan has begun to increase his power grab on the nation of Turkey, using the recent failed split military coup d’état against his as pretext. While helping to boost the Turkish economy, Erdogan has been endlessly been trying to change Turkey from a Kemalist, secular, republic into an islamist theocracy.

Some great material to read further on the matter would be the following:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36838347

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36838347

https://www.netflix.com/watch/80098793?trackId=14170289&tctx=0%2C6%2C518f4de2-4881-451d-9dbb-c3f2e9cdd576-143370789

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Brexiting off the Globe

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Brexiting off the Globe

 

 

I use to be completely against the idea of the European Union. What does a person from France have in common with a person in Lithuania? However, since the night of the Brexit, my mind immediately changed when I really dug into the subject. Yes, the EU is a weird, bureaucratic mess, complex, and is in a rough spot economically as of now. However, I have come to realize that a United Europe is the way forward, because of the nature of the free trade across all these countries, the securement of human rights, freedom of movement, and the coming together of nations once literally at war. I makes me think of the United States, with vastly different cultures across the states, and yet things mostly work.

The British, blinded by nationalism and jingoistic rhetoric from the likes of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage, have exited one of the largest trading blocks in the world. Britain will now be less involved in the world, as globalization is inevitable and must be embraced. This was essentially a protest vote, with dire consequences.

Le Mangue

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This is my homage to one of the best caricaturists and cartoonists ever, Honoré Daumier. This is both a visual allusion to his famous cartoon, “Les Poires”(The Pears), depicting the then King Louie Philippe of France in 1831.

This caricature is a depicting of current Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. Mauro is the successor of power following the death of previous “president” Hugo Chavez. Although Chavez had his own horrible track record on human rights and clamping down on the press when they challenged his vision of an authoritarian socialist Venezuela, Maduro has gone after the opposition almost more violently, using a private militia called the Colectivos to threaten or even kill members of the opposition (VICE).

Recently there have been a string of strange occurrences of Venezuelans throwing yellow mangos at Maduro, often with written demands of new apartments(http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/world/venezuela-maduro-mango-to-the-head/). This seemed a fitting story to center this cartoon on, by drawing Maduro as the embodiment of giving favors to his Chavista supporters among the population. He is saying, “Soy Maduro, pero no estoy maduro”, a play on the double use of “maduro”, meaning, “ripe”, or the president’s name. He is Maduro, but not a ripe or mature one.

Vive Daumier.