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Best Cartoons of 2017

In 2017, we received 8,086 cartoons in our newsroom. 200 of these we're published on our homepage as a daily cartoon. Of these 200, these are our 10 favorites:


1. The Evolution of Peace?

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Many cartoonists satirize the March of Progress, but few so aptly as this cartoon by Mohamed Ajeg where the dove of peace transforms into the Grim Reaper. Published in April 2017.


2. Wait...What?!

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Hypocrisy and politics go hand in hand far too often, and sometimes you need a cartoonist to break down the story and show the depravity that unfortunately defines the foreign policy of many countries. Here Skelf points out how UK policy enables ISIS to carry out terrorist attacks in Great Britain. Published in May 217.


3. Trump's Policy Agenda

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The first year of the Trump presidency (especially the first half of 2017) summed up by Marian Kamensky. Published in June 2017.


4. Fast Fool

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Rodrigo de Matos takes on the fast food industry and the way they lure children into an unhealthy lifestyle. Published in June 2017.


5. The US & North Korea


The ongoing crisis between the US and North Korea reminded Tjeerd Royaards of a classic movie. Published in August 2017.


6. Social Media Solidarity

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What is a 'like' worth, asks Tomas. Published in September 2017.


7. The Dictatorship

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The roots of a dictatorship run deep, making a transition to freedom and democracy difficult. We have seen how difficult this can be in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, with several countries gliding back toward an authoritarian regime. More recently, the removal of Mugabe is reason for hope, but now Zimbabwe faces the challenge of dealing with Mugabe legacy. Cartoon by Osama Hajjaj. Published in September 2017.


8. A Portrait of Aung San Suu Kyi

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And even a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize can transform into the figurehead of a state whose violent policies do not befit a democracy, but seem more appropriate to the military dictatorship that Burma (now Myanmar) was for a long time. The Rohingya crisis as drawn by Latif Fityani. Published in September 2017.


9. #MeToo

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Sexual harassment visualized, by Doaa Eladl. Published in October 2017.


10. Hope for the Future

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We're ending this year's top ten with a message of hope, by Anne Derenne. No matter how much violence is in our past, we can build a better future. Wishing everyone all the very best for 2018!

Street Art: Christmas in Yemen

Artist Igor Dobrowolski has created a street art project in Berlin combining pictures from the war in Yemen with Christmas imagery. The result is haunting.


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Project description:

One child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen” -UNICEF

More than 50,000 children expected to die of starvation and disease by end of 2017.

The USA, UK, France, Spain, Canada, and Turkey transferred nearly US$5.9 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia between 2015 and 2016, including drones, bombs, torpedoes, rockets, and missiles, which risk being used to facilitate serious violations in Yemen. -Amnesty International

Britain has blocked European Union efforts to establish an independent international inquiry into the war in Yemen, prompting dismay among human rights groups. -The Guardian

At least 4,600 civilians killed during the conflict, More than 8,000 civilians injured.More than 1,200 Children, had been killed. -Amnesty International

Cluster bombs are indiscriminate weapons that have been rightly banned by more than 100 countries including the UK, so it’s truly shocking that a British cluster munition has been dropped on a civilian area in Yemen. -Amnesty International

Since March 2015, the US and UK have together transferred more than US$5 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia which is leading the military coalition in Yemen. -Amnesty International

All parties to the armed conflict committed serious violations of international law with impunity. The Huthis and their allies took no steps to investigate serious violations by their forces and hold those responsible to account. -Amnesty International

The USA, UK and France must immediately cease supplying arms to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting in Yemen, which is impeding humanitarian assistance, including items indispensable to the survival of civilians, said Amnesty International today. According to the UN and humanitarian agencies, food and medicine are being blocked and vital supplies will run out in a matter of weeks. -Amnesty International


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Cartoon Competition & Exhibition: The Art of Resistance

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We're inviting cartoonists from around the globe to send in their work for a new international cartoon competition and exhibition with the theme resistance. Send in your work to [email protected].

"What would you do?" - may be the most asked question when we talk about oppression and resistance during World War II. Many of us wonder: what would I do under those circumstances?

Resistance is not a simple choice. The outcome of resistance is never clear, and the consequences of such a decision could be dire, to you, or, perhaps even worse, to your family.

Great ideals such as (fighting for) freedom, democracy and human rights are often associated with resistance, but perhaps the human conscience is the most important motivator for us to take action, to resist when we see our fellow humans facing injustice and or repression. Not resisting out of a love for exalted values, but out of a sense of responsibility for the people around you.

In the age of Trump, growing inequality, corporate greed and rising populism, resistance is still as relevant as ever. Show us your way to resist in a cartoon!

Rules of Participation

1. This competition is open to all cartoonists from all over the world. Cartoonists can send in work that  is unpublished, or work that has been published before.
2. The cartoons should reflect the theme resistance.
3. Cartoon can black and white or in color, and be created using any technique.
4. Cartoons must be sent in via email to [email protected].
5. Cartoon size must not exceed A3 at 300dpi, in PNG or JPG format.
6. Each cartoonist can send in a maximum of three works.
7. Participants must include the following in their submission:
        - Full name & address.
        - Email & telephone number.
        - Short bio (max. 250 words).
8. The deadline of the competition is February 23, 2018, 23:59 GMT.


1. A jury will convene in March 2018 to select cartoons for the exhibition and to determine the winners.
2. The first prize winner will receive €1000 and a plaque. In addition, the winner will receive one night accommodation for two persons to attend the opening of the exhibition on May 24, 2018 in Middelburg, the Netherlands. (Please note that travel costs are not included.)
3. The second prize winner will receive €750 and a plaque.
4. The third prize winner will receive €500 and a plaque.
5. Ten honorable mentions will receive a plaque.
6. Selected works will be included in the exhibition The Art of Resistance, which will be on display in de ZB in Middelburg and (optionally) other locations during in spring/summer 2018. Selected cartoon will also be published on the website of Cartoon Movement.
7. Winners and artists of selected works will be informed by the end of March 2018.


1. Copyright of the submitted cartoons will remain with the artist.
2. Submitted cartoons may be used (non-exclusively) by the competition organization for the exhibition and for promotional purposes, in print and online.

'The Art of Resistance' is a joint project organized by ZB, Switch, Cultuurwerf and Cartoon Movement. 'The Art of Resistance' is part of Four Freedoms Throughout The Year, also made possible by the Province of Zeeland and vfonds/Year of Resistance.