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Reflecting on the current asylum policy for Haitian refugees, this cartoon seeks to point out how racism is still present in the American immigration system. In this specific example of a series of recent measures to reform the traditional system of immigration, Homeland Security has announced that the Temporary Protected Status program (TPS) for Haitian refugees will be permanently ending, compromising the livelihoods of 50,000 Haitians. This proves to be problematic because, after the 2010 earthquake which destroyed much of the country, many Haitians reestablished themselves in the United States and now call it home.

Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken recently resigned from office, after facing accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct from eight women. On the other hand, Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has also had multiple accusations of sexual misconduct alleged against him but has continued to deny any wrongdoing on his part. This cartoon clearly demonstrates how although Franken and Moore face the same accusations, the difference between the two is that Moore’s actions go relatively ignored by his party, while Franken’s actions cost him his position in office.

Time Magazine’s Person of the Year title went to the “Silence Breakers” this year. The “Silence Breakers” are the group of women and men who have sparked a nationwide conversation about sexual abuse, especially in places of prominence or power. This certain cartoon alludes to the Justice League, a fictional superhero team, to draw comparisons between the brave actions of both superheroes and the Silence Breakers.

On Dec. 6, Donald Trump declared that the United States officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, stirring tensions worldwide. He announced that the U.S. Embassy will be moving within the next few years from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Proud of his decision, he eagerly told reporters that he had accomplished what no other president had done before. Meanwhile, the extremist group, Hamas, has called for another intifada, or uprising, in the Arab world. Political experts fear that Trump’s decision has thrust Israel into an even more precarious situation while derailing all Middle East peace efforts.

Wildfires are far from being considered as an unusual event in California. Many wildfires have threatened several communities in Southern California this December. Although they are more commonplace during the summertime, Santa Ana winds have contributed to the dry, hot weather that has facilitated the conditions in which wildfires typically thrive. Fortunately, the majority of the wildfires have been mostly contained, thanks to fire departments across the state.

In light of the ongoing investigation of a Trump campaign collusion with Russia lead by Robert Mueller, Trump and his political team have continued to deny allegations of foreign involvement during his campaign. Donald Trump, as well as others like Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos could potentially face charges if proven to have collaborated with Russian authorities during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Manafort, the chairman of the Trump campaign for five months, has been accused of laundering millions of dollars as well as failing to disclose the fact that he lobbied the American government on behalf of the Ukrainian government. Gates, Trump’s junior business associate, faces the same indictment as Manafort, as he allegedly followed him to Ukraine to meet members of the Russian oligarchy. On the other hand, Papadopoulos has been accused of collaborating with Russian representatives who had offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. More indictments and guilty pleas for members of Trump’s political team are anticipated in the near future.

In recent news, North Korea has claimed to have newly developed the capability to launch a nuclear warhead missile able to reach the United States mainland. U.S. president Donald Trump, upon hearing the news, disregarded North Korea’s announcement and commented on the matter, calling North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “little rocket man,” in reference to the Elton John song. That is why the cartoon above depicts Kim Jong Un singing the lyrics “Do you see what I.C.B.M?”; an I.C.B.M. is an intercontinental ballistic missile–it also happens to be a play on the Christmas song “Do You See What I See?”

This cartoon seeks to directly address the men who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Louis C.K, Al Franken, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein. They are shown in a large group, all saying the phrase “me too,” in reference to the #MeToo social media movement which allows victims of sexual assault and harassment to speak out against their perpetrators. By doing this, the artist conveys the size and gravity of the growing sexual assault problem that plagues both Hollywood and Washington D.C. today.

 

[Note: All cartoons are sourced from U.S. News (https://www.usnews.com/cartoons), cartoon credits and rights belong to the artists or publishers as listed on each cartoon]

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