Are the Millennium Development Goals so successful that they can be called Weapons of Misery Destruction? This cartoon is part of our project Kids & Cartoonists.
Saad, this one was in the newsroom, but some time ago (February 2011). It was selected and published in our book 'Kids & Cartoonists', but I was not yet published on the CM website. We have an archive of unpublished cartoons, and from time to time we'll run one of them.
Very Powerful cartoon Spiros.....
I have one question to the CM: I didnt saw this cartoon when it was pitch, is that part of the technical problem in the website? and same thing with other chosen cartoons, I never saw them before, I just saw them when it was cartoon in the main page not in the Newsroom...thanks and best regards
Glad you agree :-) Being a cynic myself (I think that's in the job description, or it should be) I am well accustomed to the rather similar phenomenon of big corporatiobs exploiting everyone and everything but "giving back" through charity or something (tax-deductible of course) so it wouldn't be much of a paradox. Still,it would be unfair to pin ALL third world problems to exploitation from the West (civil wars help plenty, too) and after all, the UN is larger that just the West. So, unnamed vultures and signed arrows it is :-)
Right decision, I think! Being a cynic, my thought immediately was that the vultures must be portraying the Western nations exploiting Africa. These Western nations are also committed to the MDGs so that would make the cartoon a nice paradox ;)
Thanks, Tjeerd. Laboured for a bit with putting names on the vultures like "poverty", "illiteracy" and such, but then I thought that it would be pretty much self-explanatory that it should read as anything and everything that pesters third world nations.
Inventive cartoon. I like the positive outlook on the way the MDGs (should) function. Who did you have in mind when drawing the vultures?
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