A Year in Toons


2010 certainly wasn’t a dull year.
Between Wikileaks and BP’s leaks, D’s and R’s battling for Congress, iPads making many forget what books feel like, and of course the now ubiquitous tea partiers — there was maybe too much material.
Meanwhile the Obama team grappled for new solutions in the Middle East and beyond – notably, with Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and Iran. DC got a new mayor, the US and Russia got a nuclear treaty, and a giant volcano even erupted.
TWN‘s cartoonist Jonathan Guyer has been following all of these movements with a fountain pen in hand. Enjoy this slideshow of 2010 in ‘toons – many of these originally debuted here at The Washington Note.
And if your memory needs a quick refresher, click here to see how 2009 looked in ‘toons.
All the best for the New Year!
— Steve Clemons


18 comments on “A Year in Toons

  1. PissedOffAmerican says:

    A whopping 44% of Israelis FAVOR a ban on renting or selling land and housing to Arabs.
    27 wives of prominent Israeli Rabbis have signed a letter calling on Jewish women to avoid intermarriage with Arabs and even avoid working alongside Arab men.
    Palestinian detainees are systematically denied the right to meet a lawyer during interrogations.
    From the AIPAC website….
    “Over just six decades, Israel has grown from a country born into unrelenting adversity into a nation of limitless progress: a defender of free speech and minority rights, an outpost of women’s rights, a beacon of science and higher learning, an open door for immigrants – an outstretched hand to a world in need. Because of her unwavering commitment to democratic ideals, Israel is America’s indispensable ally in a sea of dictatorships”


  2. rc says:

    and one might add this from the same source (above).
    It was Joachim Prinz of the American Jewish Congress who made a speech that influenced a younger Helen Thomas. He said, “When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.”
    A silent night for silent knights?


  3. rc says:

    Of course here is the Christmas spirit in action today… or is this one for Easter?
    “All I would like is for people to know what I was trying to say, that Palestinians are living under tyranny and that their rights are being violated. All I want is some sympathy for Palestinians,” she says. (Helen Thomas: Thrown to the wolves)


  4. rc says:

    Mr.Murder, Dec 27 2010, 12:07PM — of course you hit the nail on the head but the resounding silence says more imo.
    The awkward truth is no one really knows for certain … and more pragmatically, no one in the power stream really cares. As long as there is a bowl of water to wash the blood off the hands then all is business-as-usual.
    Obama, being an enlightened closet Moslem, will accept the divine intervention at birth scenario, but the rest of the tragedy is a little more complicated it seems.
    The bottom line judgment: better that one man die than the (tribal) system fail.
    The whole thing is on shakey ground — but a good story it seems meeting fundamental human needs for certainty. For example, check out this:
    “Professor Schlomo Sand, the author of The Invention of the Jewish People, is a tenured professor of European History at the University of Tel Aviv. His questioning of the very notions which underpin the existence of Israel caused widespread controversy.” http://www.abc.net.au/rn/latenightlive/stories/2010/3077320.htm [if the audio does not work then skip to the main program on Wednesday 29 December 2010 (repeat) and fast forward to 2nd interview. Copy at http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2010/12/lnl_20101229.mp3%5D


  5. questions says:

    Great critique of “off setting behavior” (or the Jevons effect) regarding energy efficiency:
    In other words, efficiency is still plenty worth it, at least in the scope covered here.
    Not addressed is substitution — do we really “save” with efficiency or transfer to other energy-consuming activities.
    But energy use might not be the only issue, anyway, as car driving, say, has other deleterious effects that some other activities might not have.


  6. questions says:

    A great chart:
    Indeed, “wall of worry” is a good descriptor.
    We should all be looking for the other bricks that will fit into this wall.


  7. questions says:

    “What especially touched her, she says, is “what you learn about forgiveness. We get so resentful and we hold grudges over so many trivial things here. To be able to forgive someone who macheted your entire family and to live as neighbors, that’s amazing.””


  8. questions says:

    And there’s been massive inflation on top of it all…..
    “”This case isn’t going to bring down Ahmadinejad, but it may get very ugly,” said Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a regional political analyst at Emirates University. “It’s a commentary on the troubled state of Iranian politics at the moment.”
    Ahmadinejad has faced a growing internal backlash from conservative leaders – including influential parliament speaker Ali Larijani. They are upset by the president’s combative nature and deepening links with the vast military-economic network run by the Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s most powerful force which led the crackdown on the reformist movement after Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election last year.
    The political infighting escalated earlier this month when Ahmadinejad suddenly dismissed his longtime foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, a close ally of Larijani. Many lawmakers and others denounced the move as further evidence of Ahmadinejad’s steamrolling style. He dumped Mottaki in apparent retaliation for disagreements that included control over foreign ministry posts. ”
    And they just hanged an “Israeli spy” so I would guess Iran is going to be a hot story for another year.
    As will Pakistan as it fights itself and others. What’s a country to do in the throes of modernization when there’s such a strong anti-modernizing force competing with “it’s the economy, stupid”
    This is how it all starts…. First KFC, then actual rights…. How long did it take for the US to go from women behind the fast food counter to women’s voting…. (hmmm, ok, we went the other direction, but only because we didn’t have KFC to start with.)
    We really do need a good book on reformations and possibility in the ME. It takes a historian to write it….


  9. questions says:

    More foreclosure stuff:
    With a map!
    And from HuffPo:
    When we insist on tying insurance to employment, well, we get this in a recession.
    We probably have to make it cheaper to higher people, and getting insurance out of the job market might be a good start. Even if we don’t really want a nation of “deadbeats”, I get the feeling that insurance isn’t really a deadbeat issue, it’s an issue of humanity. The ACA probably needs to be bent, tweaked, and made more extensively available sooner.
    Will the Republican House go for it? HaHaHa.


  10. questions says:

    Chris Christie/Cory Booker knock down!
    And THE MAP:
    It’s pretty striking.
    And once again we have to ask what the hell we’re doing, if the necessary component can be done by some other means, and what the hell we’re doing.
    Can we separate out the necessary from the reputational? The “good” (hmmm) from the “dumb”? Can we back off a significant portion of our “demands” in the same way that we’d like Israel to back off of some of its demands? Can we see ourselves in a clearer light? It’s really time to look a little more carefully at what the hell we’re doing, and try to accomplish the necessary goals in some other fashion.
    Because, indeed, we’re not even doing what we’re “doing” or so these maps would indicate.


  11. questions says:

    And all this time I thought you were just playing piano and having a REAL life!
    Happy New Year, Paul!


  12. Paul Norheim says:

    Happy New Year from Addis Ababa.
    Bad broadband connections here, but I`ll read TWN more frequently again when I`m back in Norway, after 7 weeks in Ethiopia.


  13. rc says:

    Here is another kind of tune…

    Monday, Dec 27, 2010 14:17 ET
    War Room
    U.N. maps belie claims of Afghan progress
    By Justin Elliott
    The big takeaway from the Obama administration’s review of the Afghan war this month was that the strategy is working. But a new independent assessment suggests just the opposite: that, in fact, the situation is deteriorating.
    It comes in the form of United Nations security maps obtained and described by the Wall Street Journal. These maps are used by UN personnel to make decisions about where they can operate within the conutry — so presumably the UN takes their composition seriously. According to the Journal, this is the change that occurred between the March and October editions of the maps:
    In the October map, just as in March’s, nearly all of southern Afghanistan


  14. J Guyer says:

    oops… here’s the link to 2009 in Toons.
    cheers and wishing you a great new year,


  15. Mr.Murder says:

    The reason for the season?
    We just finished celebrating the birth of the world’s greatest gift to humanity.
    A child whose pregnant mother crossed how many borders?
    A family who were homeless in a new place. Or at best, in a town where their money ‘was not good enough’ and had to choose a cave full of animal stock instead of an affordable hotel or new home.
    He died a victim of being tortured to death, as a political prisoner.
    Will Obama use an empty cell at Gitmo to set aside for J.C., esq. or do we even have empty space there? Would he issue an edict, with the help of the Roman Senate, that would prohibit the liability of any corporation from our republic in handling and detaining such prisoners?


  16. Steve Clemons says:

    POA — you are probably right, but I really like Jonathan Guyer’s
    great work. He’s a hard working guy in New America’s Middle East
    Task Force whose cartoon talent is getting more widely recognized.
    Hope you and yours are well. I managed to miss the big storm that
    hit DC yesterday but am back in Washington tomorrow. Know that
    thrills you. 🙂 You won’t like my bigger piece on Obama’s foreign
    policy course that I hope to get up today — but pom-poms or not,
    the tests for Obama’s team that I outline at the bottom are what
    will matter most. All best, steve


  17. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Steve, we no longer require the services of political cartoonists. The myriad selection of so-called “Think Tanks” are now quite capable of providing us with an ample daily supply of mirth and irony.


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