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In today’s featured cartoon, Adam Zyglis comments on a US federal judge — appointed by former president Donald Trump — striking down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for airplanes and other forms of public transit. This comes as Covid cases are on the rise in the US. The virus is depicted wearing a red cap, associated with Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) movement.
Kevin Siers also takes a dig at the US district judge’s decision to strike down the mask mandate, which was instituted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The judge had ruled that this exceeded the CDC’s “statutory authority”.
Peter Brookes comments on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — who has been fined over government parties that breached lockdown regulations in the ‘Partygate’ scandal — attempting to turn the page on the domestic controversy by emphasising his role in the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Earlier this month, Johnson had made a surprise visit to Kyiv, met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and pledged aid.
Amid escalating violence in and around al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem over the past week, with more than 200 Palestinians reportedly injured in clashes with Israeli police, Carlos Latuff criticises the apparent priorities of Arab states — although Arab ministers have issued a statement condemning “Israeli attacks and violations against worshippers”.
With Earth Day having been observed Friday (22 April) Hypathie comments on the state of the environment and the threat of more and more species becoming extinct.