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Oppression like never before – 18 Brilliant Cartoons

 That Will Make You Think About Oppression Like Never Before

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”– George WashingtonCan someone’s expression become a cause of riots? Can a cartoon incite violence among the minorities of a country who feel offended because it shows them in a bad light? Who marks the boundaries where self-expression turns into offensives against a particular group?

These are the questions that Iranian cartoonist Mana Neyestani must have asked himself repeatedly. His cartoon about Iran’s minority Azeris, landed him in jail and turned his life upside down. He ended up in exile in France. His days in the prison became his motivation to begin socio-political commentary about the oppression of Iran and the word at large.

His cartoon strips have taken the form of a graphic novel titled “An Iranian Metamorphosis,”which was published recently. His work has won him accolades and brickbats from different groups depending on whom he chose to condemn.

Freedom from oppression and condemnation of censorship is the common string running through his cartoons which don’t just speak out but scream in our faces. The hypocrisy of our society and the doublespeak of those who preach the ideals of peace and democracy are brutally revealed in these black and white caricatures. The cartoon strips have made him a sensation in the online world where state censors haven’t fully reached yet.

The voices of dissent can be heard clearly through his cartoons, and his iron will coupled with optimism shines bright through the tough times that the world witnesses today. Following are some of his works around oppression, freedom of speech, herd mentality, nuclear power obsession of Iran and other themes including internet activism.

Context: Effect of the sanctions on Iran due to its nuclear program

Context: International media’s long ignorance of the Syria war


Context: State of homosexuals in Iran

homosexuals in iran

Context: Iran’s deliberation about the bill that would prevent population control measures
Title: Orgasm!

#WTFnews" data-image-description="<h1></h1> <div></div> <div>Author(s): <a href="">Alok Gupta</a><a href="" target="_blank"> </a></div> <div>Date:Jun 10, 2014</div> <div> <div> <p>Health ministry announces vaccination drive to curb AES; branch of National Institute of Virology to be established in the district in Bihar</p> </div> <div></div> <p><img title="Photo: Sonal Matharu" alt="image" src="" width="457" height="332" border="0" />Photo: Sonal Matharu</p> <p>As many as 42 children have died of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in the past fortnight in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. Expressing alarm over the deaths, the Union health ministry has put in place a plan to tackle the disease.</p> <p>A special vaccination drive on the lines of pulse polio campaign will be launched from June 22; simultaneouly, measures taken by Gorakhpur district authorities of Uttar Pradesh to curb AES-related deaths will be implemented on a “war footing” in Muzaffarpur also. The Union health ministry has also decided to start an early warning system and provide 100 ventilators for hospitals in Muzaffarpur.</p> <p>The slew of decisions were taken after a high-level meeting on Tuesday morning, chaired by Union health minister, Harsh Vardhan, at the ministry’s Nirman Bhawan headquarters in Delhi. The meeting was attended by health minister of Bihar and health secretaries of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.</p> <p><strong>Measures to be adopted</strong></p> <p>“We are launching crucial life-saving measures in 36 districts of Bihar to control death of infants due to AES. The Union government will provide all possible help to the state,” Harsh Vardhan said.</p> <p>Senior officials in the meeting pointed out that authorities in Gorakhpur district, which was witnessing a large number of AES deaths, have controlled the disease in the past two years. It was agreed the same model would be adopted in Bihar to contain spread of AES. Deaths in Gorakhpur were controlled to a large extent after setting up a branch of National Institute of Virology and early warning system.</p> <p><strong>Help sought from CDC, Atlanta</strong></p> <p>The Union minister announced that a branch of National Institute of Virology would be set up in Muzaffarpur as well. Besides this, the Union health ministry will also approach Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control (CDC) for permanent eradication of AES virus. A scientist from CDC, Atlanta, is already treating and trying to save lives of AES-affected children in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH).</p> <p>AES-related deaths of children are being reported in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for the past 15 years. Earlier, Bihar was facing the double whammy of infant deaths due to AES and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). In the last two years, Bihar controlled JE-related deaths by importing vaccines from China. But the elusive AES virus continues to kill children.</p> <p>Around 88 children are still struggling for life in SKMCH and Kejriwal Hospital in Muzaffarpur. According to state health department, AES has spread to eight more districts. Eight children have been admitted in the state capital’s Patna Medical College and Hospital.</p> <p>Unabated deaths of children have instilled fear and anger among the families of the deceased children.</p> <p>When Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi visited  families of the victims on Sunday, angry parents protested against him and complained of lack of medicines and beds in the hospitals. District magistrate Anupam Kumar tried to calm down the angry families but in vain.</p> <p>The chief minister immediately announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 each to families of the deceased. He pulled up the hospital authorities and district administration and directed officials to immediately provide adequate medical facilities to the victims.</p> <p>“AES virus affects only children. Once attacked by the virus, children suffer from encephalitis-like symptoms,” said Rajiva Kumar, head of paediatrics at Kejriwal Hospital.</p> <p><strong>Reason for AES still a mystery</strong></p> <p>A series of researches that <a href="" target="_blank">blamed litchi </a> and mango plantations, bats and even river water have been inconclusive. Recently, head of Patna AIIMS, GK Singh, had linked <a href="" target="_blank">river water flowing from Gorakhpur to Muzaffarpur as a reason for spread of AES in Bihar</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Read mor where –</p> </div> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-38916" src="" alt="orgasm" width="485" height="373" />

Context: State of the developing world and rosy picture being painted for the children
Come out, the world is beautiful!

Come out, the world is beautiful.

Context: Freedom through war (Bush and drone attacks)
Title: Freedom for a second

freedom for a minute

Context: Censorship 32582_122256154482526_5369139_n

Context: False portrayals by the media

#goodnews" data-image-description="<div> <div> <h1></h1> </div> <div></div> <div>By Divyesh Singh, Mumbai Mirror | Jun 11, 2014, 12.58 AM IST</div> <div></div> </div> <div> <div id="commntData"> <div id="storydiv"> <div id="LeftData"> <div id="sshow"> <div> <div></div> <div id="bellyad"> <div> <div><img title="Kalva medical college’s perv professor held" alt="Kalva medical college’s perv professor held" src=",width-300,resizemode-4/01-01.jpg" width="300" border="0" vspace="0" /></div> <div> <div>Dr Sahileshwar Natrajan. Mirror’s first report on the students’ complaint</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div id="ftredcmt"></div> </div> <div id="relartstory"> <h2></h2> <div id="tab-container"></div> </div> <div id="inc_dec"> <div><em>The arrest followed Medical Education Minister Jitendra Awhad’s visit to the college on Tuesday.</em></p> <p>Over seven weeks after a group of current and ex-students of the Kalwa-based Rajiv Gandhi Medical College accused surgery department head, Dr Shaileshwar Natrajan, of sexually harassing them, the accused senior professor was arrested by Thane police late Tuesday afternoon.</p> <p>Around 2 pm on Tuesday, State minister for medical education Jitendra Awhad visited the college and spoke to some students before approaching Kalwa police station officials, asking why a police complaint had not been taken despite such serious allegations against Natrajan.</p> <p>Following Awhad’s visit, Additional CP (Crime) Ravindra Singhal also reached Kalwa police station to take stock of the issue. Around 4 pm, college dean Dr Choity Maitra filed a complaint with Kalwa police against Natrajan, based on the findings of an internal inquiry committee set up to probe the allegations on April 30.</p> <p>According to the complainants, Natrajan would force them to demonstrate breast self-examination techniques in class and touch them inappropriately while claiming to have done so inadvertently.</p> <p>The students’ complaint was highlighted by Mirror on April 26, two days after the victims sent an anonymous email to the college dean and the Thane Commissioner of Police. They had also formed a WhatsApp support group to bring more victims on board.</p> <p>Emboldened by the Mirror report, around 30 ex-students had come out with sordid tales of harassment by Natrajan. Based on the complaints, college authorities suspended the accused and formed an inquiry committee on April 30 to probe the allegations. During its 41-day probe, the committee recorded the statements of around 40 ex-students and had submitted its report to Maitra recently.</p> <p>“I approached the police and filed the case against Dr Natrajan as the sexual harassment committee report found him guilty. All allegations made by the students were proved to be true. The allegations were of a very serious nature, and when it came to light that he had actually abused students I decided to file a police case in this regard. I have informed Thane Municipal Commissioner Aseem Gupta about the case” said Maitra. A departmental inquiry is also in progress against Natrajan.</p> <p>“We have presently booked him under IPC section 354, but we will go through the report submitted by the college inquiry committee as well as the victims’ statements after which further sections may be added,” said PI Ravikant Mahalekar with Kalwa police station.</p></div> <div></div> <div>Read mir eher-</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-38921" src="" alt="manan021.preview" width="538" height="576" />

Context: Manufacturing support for the leaders

freedom of speech

Title: Battle


Context: False sense of freedom

Breaking free

Title: Constructive Criticism

Constructive Criticism

Title: Extremists

#WTFnews" data-image-description="<p>The campus magazine for 2013-14 was released on June 4 and one of its pages titled ‘negative faces’ featured a photograph of Modi.</p> <p><a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-38331" alt="modimask" src="" width="300" height="181" /></a></p> <p><span style="color: #444444; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">The principal of a government polytechnic in Kerala and four students were among seven people booked by police on Tuesday over putting a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in their campus magazine under a list of “negative faces” that also included Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.</span></p> <p>Cases had been registered against four students, associated with the magazine, its Principal M N Krishnan Kutty, staff Editor Gopi and the owner of a printing press for offences under Indian Penal Code (IPC) including concealing design to commit offence, wantonly giving provocation, punishment for defamation and printing matter known to be defamatory. The polytechnic is located in Kuzhoor.</p> <p>The campus magazine for 2013-14 was released on June 4 and one of its pages titled ‘negative faces’ featured a photograph of Modi. Others figuring in the collage include, sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, LTTE supremo V Prabhakaran, Adolf Hitler, Al-Qaeda chief Laden and George W Bush, police said. They said the case was booked on a complaint by a social worker Subash.</p> <p>The magazine was brought out by a team of campus editors of the institution, whose student union is stated to be controlled by a pro-Left campus outfit. The polytechnic authorities hinted that the magazine would be withdrawn as it has sparked a controversy. Local BJP workers staged a protest and burnt copies of the controversial magazine.</p> <div> <div id=":1xi" tabindex="0" role="button" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content"><img alt="" src="" />Read more here –</div> </div> " data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-38926" src="" alt="Extremist" width="592" height="720" />

Title: Medical Care

Medical Care

Title: Lashes


Context: Iran’s nuclear obsession


Title: Naked


Context: Illustration of the contest between Iran and its international foes

Cartoon of the Day. Mana Neyestani illustrates the contest between Iran and its international foes

Title: Trust was banned

Trust was banned

Context: Political lies


Context: Syria’s non allegiance to UN


Title: Few Centimeters to the Execution

Few Centimeters to the Execution

Context: Gender Equality

Women's equality

Context: Contrast between the developed and developing world

Context: Hope


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