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American PoliticsPolitical ParticipationArticleAmerican People Ruled Unfit To Govern4/14/1999http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-people-ruled-unfit-to-govern,748/The Supreme Court declares the American public unfit to govern, due to apathy and lack of political knowledge.
American PoliticsVotingArticleHuge Democracy Geek Even Votes In Primaries10/2/2002http://www.theonion.com/articles/huge-democracy-geek-even-votes-in-primaries,1389/Differences between primary and general election voters
American PoliticsCivil LibertiesArticleBill Of Rights Pared Down To A Manageable Six12/18/2002http://www.theonion.com/articles/bill-of-rights-pared-down-to-a-manageable-six,15/ Post-9/11 some rights are eliminated from the constitution.
American PoliticsCollective ActionArticleCitizens Form Massive Special Disinterest Group3/17/2004http://www.theonion.com/articles/citizens-form-massive-special-disinterest-group,1144/Citizens who don’t hold strong preferences attempt to organize.
American PoliticsVoting; Political Influence DisparitiesArticleScratch 'N Win Ballots To Debut In November7/19/2006http://www.theonion.com/articles/scratch-n-win-ballots-to-debut-in-november,2002/ Lottery tickets to determine number of votes each citizen can cast.
American PoliticsMid-term ElectionsVideoDaily Show Rock! - Mid-Term Elections11/6/2006http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-november-6-2006/daily-show-rock----mid-term-elections Parody of “School House Rock” illustrates the problems of incumbency advantage and low voter turnout.
American PoliticsElectionsVideoRon Paul’s Colbert Bump6/21/2007http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/88989/june-21-2007/ron-paul-s-colbert-bump Appearing on The Colbert Report gives Ron Paul a huge bump in the polls
American PoliticsCivil LibertiesVideoInternet Censorship: Animated Editorial Cartoon10/15/2007http://youtu.be/pV1V1nusPjkInternet censorship as a violation of civil liberties.
American PoliticsMedia and MilitaryVideoThe Less You Know - Message Force Multipliers4/22/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-22-2008/the-less-you-know---message-force-multipliers Pentagon uses ex-military leaders to communicate the Bush administration’s message on Iraq
American PoliticsPublic FinancingVideoIndecision 2008 - Finance Reform6/23/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-june-23-2008/indecision-2008---finance-reform Obama goes back on public finance pledge
American PoliticsBureaucracyVideoBe Patient This Gets Amazing - EPA E-Mail6/25/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-june-25-2008/be-patient-this-gets-amazing---epa-e-mail EPA and Bush Administration clash over greenhouse gas regulations
American Politics2008 ElectionCartoonThe Politics of Fear7/21/2008The New Yorker. Available online by searching “New Yorker Obama Cartoon” on Google Images.Magazine cover depicting stereotypes of Barack and Michelle Obama
American PoliticsGender and ElectionsVideoSarah Palin Gender Card9/3/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-september-3-2008/sarah-palin-gender-card Juxtaposed media clips illustrate double standard for female candidates
American PoliticsGender and ElectionsVideoPalin / Hillary Open9/27/2008http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/palin-hillary-open/656281/ Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as Palin and Clinton discussing sexism in the campaign
American PoliticsIsolationismImageSeuss110/5/2008http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/seuss1.jpgThe United States' historical tendency to go vascilate between isolationism and internationalism.
American PoliticsIsolationismImageSeuss110/5/2008http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/seuss1.jpgThe United States has a tendency to go between isolationist and internationalist tendencies, notably being isolationist before the last world war.
American PoliticsUndecided VotersVideoThe Stupid Vote10/7/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-october-7-2008/the-stupid-vote Influence of (often uninformed) swing voters
American PoliticsInterest GroupsArticlePowerful Special Interest Group Momentarily Blanks On Agenda10/21/2008http://www.theonion.com/articles/powerful-special-interest-group-momentarily-blanks,6411/ Ironically, a narrowly-focused interest group forgets its issue
American PoliticsFilibusterArticleBreaking: Obama to Nominate Jesus Christ to the Supreme Court- Republicans Announce Filibuster.5/1/2009http://politicalhumor.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/5/1/726798/-BREAKING:-Obama-to-nominate-Jesus-Christ-to-Supreme-CourtRepublicans-Announce Congressional opposition is always quick to oppose the President, regardless over what.
American PoliticsCampaign PromisesArticleObama Revises Campaign Promise Of 'Change' To 'Relatively Minor Readjustments In Certain Favorable Policy Areas'5/29/2009http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-revises-campaign-promise-of-change-to-relati,6743/ Obama has a hard time following through on lofty campaign promises.
American PoliticsInterest GroupsArticleObama Delivers Whispered, Untelevised Speech On Gun Control2/4/2011http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-delivers-whispered-untelevised-speech-on-gun,19068/ The power of the NRA makes it difficult for the president to speak out on gun control
American PoliticsGay MarriageArticleFuture U.S. History Students: 'It's Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marriage'2/8/2011http://www.theonion.com/articles/future-us-history-students-its-pretty-embarrassing,19099/ Future students are surprised by homophobia, just as current students are surprised by the racism of previous generations.
American PoliticsCongressArticleCongress Gets In 12 Solid Hours Of Gridlocking Before Calling It A Day5/4/2011http://www.theonion.com/articles/congress-gets-in-12-solid-hours-of-gridlocking-bef,20304/ Difficulty of passing legislation through Congress.
American PoliticsGoing PublicVideoArmadebtdon 2011 - Call Congress7/26/2011http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-july-26-2011/armadebtdon-2011---call-congress Obama urges Americans to call Congress and ask for a balanced approach to the debt limit
American PoliticsPolitical PartiesImageDC Earthquake8/27/2011http://politicalhumor.about.com/b/2011/08/27/political-cartoons-of-the-week-104.htm Political polarization between parties hampers the ability of the legislature to function.
American PoliticsVoter FatigueImageHow to Increase Voter Turnout.2/2/2012http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ey8tkpGpu1g/TuE-av-EKcI/AAAAAAAAAB4/MavtaHxUji4/s1600/6.jpgVoter turnout in the United States is extremely low, to the point that American voters vote more for American Idol than for politicians
American PoliticsSupreme CourtImagePartisan Supreme Court4/5/2012http://media.caglecartoons.com/media/cartoons/10/2012/04/05/109446_600.jpgSupreme Court Justices are portrayed as the animals of their political affiliations
American PoliticsPolitical PartiesImageCampaign Push8/24/2012http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Cartoons/2012/August/Campaign-Push.aspxIt is in the best interest of political parties to publicly shun candidates who harm the party’s credibility
American PoliticsFederalismImageMay I Peas Be Excused?1/14/2013http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Cartoons/2013/January/May-I-Peas-Be-Excused.aspxObamacare serves as an example of federalism, as “red states” aren’t necessarily cooperating
American PoliticsFederalismVideoGun Control & State Sovereignty: Cliff Sloan1/29/2013http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/423308/january-29-2013/gun-control---state-sovereignty---cliff-sloan?xrs=share_copyArticle 6 of the U.S. Constitution asserts the power of the Federal government over the states, verses states maintaining nullification through the Tenth Amendment
American PoliticsDronesVideoSkygall2/6/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-6-2013/skygallThere is a lack of clarity in the Obama administration about the limitations on the use of drones
American PoliticsConstituenciesArticleRich White People Get Latino Guy To Do Some Work For Them2/13/2013http://www.theonion.com/articles/rich-white-people-get-latino-guy-to-do-some-work-f,31285/Reaching out to ethnic groups successfully is a vital move for modern day political success
American PoliticsBipartisan cooperationArticleObama, Congress Must Reach Deal On Budget By March 1, And Then April 1, And Then April 20, And Then April 28, And Then May 12/27/2013http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-congress-must-reach-deal-on-budget-by-march,31460/Polarization causes gridlock on important decisions, like budgets.
American PoliticsPolitical PartiesImageReaching Across the Aisle3/2/2013http://www.cagle.com/tag/reaching-across-the-aisle/#.UTvCchzCaSoPolitical parties have a tendency to point fingers at their opponents rather than take responsibility themselves
American PoliticsChecks and Balances; Filibuster; CongressImageWar Powers3/8/2013http://media.townhall.com/Townhall/Car/b/lb0308cd20130307091737.jpgRand Paul’s filibuster of Obama’s nomination of Brennan is an example of Congressional oversight over executive power.
American PoliticsMidterm and Special ElectionsVideoOn Topic- Indecision- Midterms and Special Elections3/11/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-11-2013/on-topic---indecision---midterms-and-special-electionsMidterm and special elections have low turnout and a small effect the balance of power in Congress.
American PoliticsPolitical SpeechesVideoOn Topic- Politicians Speak- Speeches3/18/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-18-2013/on-topic---politicians-speak---speechesCatch phrases, campaign speeches, sponsors, rhetorical tools and political posturing color all political speeches.
American PoliticsGaffesVideoOn Topic- Politicians Speak- Gaffes3/18/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-18-2013/on-topic---politicians-speak---gaffesThe gaffe can make or break a political campaign
American PoliticsDebatesVideoOn Topic-Politicians Speak- Debates3/18/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-18-2013/on-topic---politicians-speak---debatesDebates serve as a forum for politicians to assert themselves.
American PoliticsCongressVideoOn Topic- Division of Power- Congress3/21/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-may-21-2012/on-topic---division-of-power---congressReasons why people view Congress as inefficient
American PoliticsPresidential PowerImageThe King Can Do No Wrong09/24/2008http://paw.princeton.edu/issues/2008/09/24/pages/2698/index.xml?page=9FDR’s expansion of presidential power, particularly in his third term, was hotly debated.
American PoliticsCongressImageCongress Popularity1/13/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Congress-Popularity.htmCongress’s approval ratings have been notoriously low.
American PoliticsWomen in CombatImageWomen Already in Combat1/20/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Women-Already-in-Combat.htmThe Pentagon’s decision to allow women onto the frontlines is a reflection of modern realities in the American military.
American PoliticsGridlockImageState of Disunion2/10/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/State-of-Disunion.htm The opposing party has a lot to gain politically from questioning the President.
American PoliticsCongressImageCongress Crisis, Inc2/17/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Congress-Crisis-Inc-.htm Congress has been struggling politically.
American PoliticsRedistrictingCartoonThe Gerry-mander3/26/1812The Boston Gazette. Available online by searching “Gerrymander Cartoon” on Google Images.Political redistricting creates strangely shaped electoral districts
American PoliticsPolitical PartiesImageHerding Cats3/3/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Herding-Cats.htm Getting politicians to agree in the Republican party is difficult.
American PoliticsPollingVideoHow Pollsters Work2/5/2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhNoUUDeViU&feature=relatedOn the BBC show “Yes, Prime Minister” pollsters get a “balanced sample” by changing how they ask survey questions.
American Politics 2000 Presidential electionsCartoonOfficial Florida Presidential Ballot6/22/1905http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/V/j/florida_confusing_ballot.jpgSolve the puzzle to cast your vote
American Politics Presidential DebatesParody ArticleBush-Gore Presidential Debate Transcript6/22/1905http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/bldebateparody.htmA transcript of what was heard during one of the Bush-Gore debates
American Politics Supreme CourtArticleSupreme Court Overturns Car12/9/1997http://www.theonion.com/articles/supreme-court-overturns-car,1632/The Supreme Court throws a wild party
American Politics Lobbyists / EthicsArticleSenate Ethics Committee To Meet In New Ethics Committee Mansion2/15/2006http://www.theonion.com/articles/senate-ethics-committee-to-meet-in-new-ethics-comm,1897/?ref=autoThe Senate weighs ethics issues best when secluded...in corporate funded opulence
American Politics Campaign Finance / Political PartiesArticleThird-Party Cola Demands Ad-Campaign-Finance Reform11/6/2006http://www.theonion.com/articles/thirdparty-cola-demands-adcampaignfinance-reform,2085/?ref=autoThird party soft drinks call for an end to two brand dominance
American Politics Campaigns / PanderingArticleAs Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Court Fat Vote1/21/2008http://www.theonion.com/video/as-obese-population-rises-more-candidates-courting,14203/Politicians attempt to take advantage of America’s growing waistlines in a blatant display of political pandering
American Politics FramingVideoO-SPAN: Congress Struggles to Come Up With Cool Name For Drug Law7/10/2008http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05VYJZgIyKQCongress has a difficult time coming up with a catchy title for their new drug bill.
American Politics Youth involvement in PoliticsVideoElection ’08: Study Finds Youth Don’t Follow Office Politics7/29/2008http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHm7-Z4spHwStudies show that today’s youth are apathetic towards office politics, much to the concern of their older colleagues. What impact will their refusal to participate have on the future political order?
American Politics Negative Campaign AdvertisingVideoElection ’08: Obama Runs Constructive Criticism Ad on McCain9/30/2008http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPTB7-ecDC8The Obama campaign decides to run some constructively critical ads against McCain.
American Politics Campaigns / PanderingVideoIn The Know: New Live Poll Lets Pundits Pander To Viewers In Real Time7/10/2009http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFpK_r-jEXgNew live polls allow pundits to adjust their comments according to the beliefs of the audience in real time.
American Politics National Debt; fiscal policyVideoUS Government Stages Fake Coup to Wipe out National Debt8/4/2009http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRgRz3nSG7oGovernment resorts to “unconventional” methods in order to solve debt crisis
American Politics Three Branches of American governmentVideoLooney Tunes: Daffy Duck for President9/16/2009http://youtu.be/VJXhXGE2CR0Daffy Duck uses all three branches of government to fight Bugs Bunny
American Politics Civilian Control of the MilitaryVideoUS Army Chain of Command12/1/2009http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/257716/december-01-2009/u-s--army-chain-of-commandColbert explains what the of the US Army Chain of Command shouldn’t look like
American Politics EconomicsImageJobs7/4/2010http://city-countyobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Political-Cartoons-Jobs-0714101.jpg The public sector overpowers the private sector’s ability to create jobs.
American Politics LobbyistsArticleAmerican People Hire High Powered Lobbyist to Push Interests in Congress10/6/2010http://www.theonion.com/articles/american-people-hire-highpowered-lobbyist-to-push,18204/In order to increase their influence amongst their elected officials, everyday Americans have banded together to hire lobbyists to represent them.
American Politics Gridlock in CongressImageSuper -committee1/10/2011http://media.cagle.com/10/2011/10/01/98752_600.jpgPartisan polarization often keeps Congress and in this case the subcommittee within it, from working effectively
American Politics Free SpeechVideoSupreme Court Revokes Annoying Man's Free Speech Rights8/19/2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTmN8C4tbwkAnnoying man loses right to free speech
American Politics PopulismVideoPresident’s Approval Rating Soars After Punching Wall Street Banker in The Face10/14/2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pt5VUhZODGgPresident Obama’s approval ratings skyrocket after punching Wall Street Banker
American Politics State of the Union; rhetoricVideo“The State of the Union is Strong”, Says Man Burdened With Shielding Americans From the Truth3/8/2012http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLMPm0M3PNM&list=UUfAOh2t5DpxVrgS9NQKjC7AThe State of the Union is strong, as long as you have the right frame of mind, a healthy imagination, and a willingness to be deceived by politicians.
American Politics Social MediaVideoReport: Every Potential 2040 President Already Unelectable Due to Facebook4/26/2012http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2bniFJigI0Due to social media, regrettable actions can now be captured in real time and broadcast to the world.
American Politics Undecided VotersVideoUndecided Voter9/3/2012http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/undecided-voter/n27698/Undecided voters have some very important questions for the candidates
American Politics Identity PoliticsArticleDNC Keynote Speaker Definitely Not Keynote Speaker Only Because He's Latino9/4/2012http://www.theonion.com/articles/dnc-keynote-speaker-definitely-not-keynote-speaker,29435/The DNC attempts to preempt any accusations that their keynote speaker got the spot by being Latino
American Politics Election 2012VideoThe Onion Voter’s Guide to Barak Obama9/24/2012http://www.theonion.com/video/the-onion-voters-guide-to-barack-obama,29673/A well-informed public is vital to the health of democracy. This video attempts to provide viewers with background information on President Barack Obama.
American Politics Election 2012VideoThe Onion Voter’s Guide to Mitt Romney10/2/2012http://www.theonion.com/video/the-onion-voters-guide-to-mitt-romney,29764/A well-informed public is vital to the health of democracy. This video attempts to provide viewers with background information on the head of the GOP’s 2012 ticket, Governor Mitt Romney.
American Politics Swing States - OhioVideoThe Onion’s Swing State Analysis: Ohio10/8/2012http://www.theonion.com/video/the-onions-swing-state-analysis-ohio,29840/Several of the past elections have been decided by just a handful of “swing states”. This video is a humorous introduction to the swing state of Ohio.
American Politics Swing States - FloridaVideoThe Onion’s Swing State Analysis: Florida10/12/2012http://www.theonion.com/video/the-onions-swing-state-analysis-florida,29924/Several of the past elections have been decided by just a handful of “swing states”. This video is a humorous introduction to the swing state of Florida.
American Politics VotingVideoFlorida to Experiment with new 600 lever Voting Machines10/14/2012http://www.theonion.com/video/florida-to-experiment-with-new-600lever-voting-mac,29700/A new voting machine is the answer to Florida’s troubles
American Politics US Foreign PolicyArticleThe Idiot’s Guide to Foreign Policy10/22/2012http://www.indecisionforever.com/blog/2012/10/22/the-idiots-guide-to-foreign-policyA satirical look at several regions and US policies therein
American Politics CampaignsArticleUS Baby Kissing Ring Exposed11/5/2012http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/11/05/us-baby-kissing-ring-exposed/Thousands of politicians have been implicated in a nation-wide baby kissing ring
American Politics Female votersVideoGirls on the Side12/4/2012http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-4-2012/girls-on-the-sideIn Order to win elections, the GOP must extend a hand to women voters
American Politics CongressVideoAuthorities on Alert as Hundreds of Crazed Sociopaths Enter Congressional Chambers3/19/2013http://www.theonion.com/articles/authorities-on-alert-as-hundreds-of-crazed-sociopa,31732/The Congressional Chambers are being overrun by (duly elected) sociopaths, who are spending countless hours droning on about obscure topics.
American Politics ObstructionismVideoThe Red Tape Diaries3/27/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-march-27-2013/the-red-tape-diaries Obstructionism is a political tactic being used by Republicans. .
American Politics IslamaphobiaVideoSharia Mops3/27/2013http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424812/march-27-2013/sharia-mopsTennessee lawmakers mistake a mop sink for a Muslim foot bath.
American Politics EnvironmentalismImageClimate Change Delay11/15/2009http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Climate-Change-Delay.htm The United States refuses to comply with international treaties about climate change.
American Politics Economic systemsWeb page (printable)Parable of the Ismshttp://www.two-cows.net/if_you_have_two_cows.htmlMany different forms of government and economic systems are compared in this classic parable.
American Politics Taxes / BudgetingArticleNation Demands Tax Dollars Only be Wasted on Cool Stuffhttp://www.theonion.com/articles/nation-demands-tax-dollars-only-be-wasted-on-stuff,17704/Americans have decided: if the government must waste money, they should do so on cool stuff.
Comparative PoliticsTreaties / AlliancesArticleChinese, Ants Announce Alliance10/9/1996http://www.theonion.com/articles/chinese-ants-announce-alliance,1121/A groundbreaking treaty has brought together two of the most populous political groups in history. This article touches on power politics, and the formation of alliances based on mutual interest.
Comparative PoliticsCoupsArticleBloodless Coup a Real Letdown2/16/2005http://www.theonion.com/articles/bloodless-coup-a-real-letdown,1291/Revolutionaries are saddened to hear that a coup in a small Central Asian nation was executed efficiently and with minimal bloodshed.
Comparative PoliticsPreemptive WarArticleDemocratic Middle Eastern Union Votes To Invade U.S.6/22/2005http://www.theonion.com/articles/democratic-middle-eastern-union-votes-to-invade-us,1345/A coalition of Middle Eastern countries decides the U.S. is a dangerous rogue state that must be contained
Comparative PoliticsDemocracyArticleIraqi Constitution Ratified, Burned11/2/2005http://www.theonion.com/articles/iraqi-constitution-ratified-burned,1825/ Difficulties of the democratic transition
Comparative PoliticsDictatorshipsVideoIn The Know : Kim Jong-Il's Approval Rating Plummets to 120%3/7/2008http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dn5f0-y71tEKim Jong Ill’s approval ratings fall below 150% for the first time
Comparative PoliticsGlobal Reaction to US ElectionsVideoInternational Male11/6/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-november-6-2008/international-male Various global leaders react positively to Obama’s election
Comparative PoliticsParty IdentificationVideoChangeling4/29/2009http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-april-29-2009/changeling Specter changes parties
Comparative PoliticsAfghan electionsArticleAfghan Presidential Election A Celebration Of All Forms Of Government11/11/2009http://www.theonion.com/articles/afghan-presidential-election-a-celebration-of-all,2847/In Afghanistan all forms of government are on proud display
Comparative PoliticsUS-China RelationsVideoSNL Skit: President Obama and Hu Jintao Hold Joint Press Conference at G-2011/17/2010https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGlbRrF_BasFormer Chinese President Hu Jintao asks Obama when the US will pay China back the money it’s owed.
Comparative PoliticsAfrican Countries; National IdentityArticleGuinea, Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau no longer sure which is which1/17/2011http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2011/01/17/guinea-equatorial-guinea-and-guinea-bissau-no-longer-sure-which-is-which/People are confused by the similar sounding names of a group of African nations.
Comparative PoliticsEU Debt CrisisArticleGreece dresses troops in German uniforms and reverse-invades self6/25/2011http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2011/06/25/greece-dresses-troops-in-german-uniforms-and-reverse-invades-self/This NewsBiscut article discusses the ramifications of the Euro Crisis on national identities and domestic politics.
Comparative PoliticsComparing US and CanadaVideoPlayground politics - Canada9/7/2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4fvNPlx6mQThe difference between Canada and the US
Comparative PoliticsEU Debt CrisisArticleGreece Shocked to Learn It Is Now Owned By Germany10/1/2011http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2011/10/01/greece-shocked-to-learn-it-is-now-owned-by-germany/After agreeing to a bailout deal, Greek officials forgot to read the small print. They were shocked to discover that they are now wholly owned by Germany.
Comparative PoliticsIsraeli-Iranian RelationsArticle‘Radicalized agnostics’ threatening to derail Middle East war process3/7/2012http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/03/07/radicalised-agnostics-threatening-to-derail-middle-east-war-process/Radical Agnostics are coming between two nations that seem destined for war
Comparative PoliticsEuropean UnionArticleWhy the European Union Won the Nobel Peace Prize10/12/2012http://www.indecisionforever.com/blog/2012/10/12/why-the-european-union-won-the-nobel-peace-prizeA list of reasons why the EU won the Nobel Peace Prize
Comparative PoliticsPublic opinion / InterventionArticleHaving Gone This Far Without Caring About Syria, Nation To Finish What It Started11/12/2012http://www.theonion.com/articles/having-gone-this-far-without-caring-about-syria-na,30346/Public opinion towards intervention in Syria has never been high, and no matter how bad the situation there becomes Americans will continue to be apathetic.
Comparative PoliticsIsraeli-Palestinian relationsArticlePalestinians, Israelis Come Together to Mock Obama’s Hopelessly Naïve Speech3/21/2013http://www.theonion.com/articles/palestinians-israelis-come-together-to-mock-obamas,31767/?ref=autoThe Palestinians and Israelis finally find common ground: Obama’s ideas to solve their long-simmering disputes are hopelessly naïve.
Comparative PoliticsSocialismCartoonSocialism Illustratedhttp://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/K/k/1/socialism_explained.jpgWhen asked for spare change, a man gives it-by reaching into the pocket of a passing stranger
International RelationsHuman RightsArticleHow Many Atrocities Does It Take To Get Into USA Today?12/1/1999http://www.theonion.com/articles/how-many-atrocities-does-it-take-to-get-into-usa-t,10894/ Satire written from the perspective of the attention-seeking President of Burundi
International RelationsEthnic ConflictArticleNorthern Irish, Serbs, Hutus Granted Homeland In West Bank6/20/2001http://www.theonion.com/articles/northern-irish-serbs-hutus-granted-homeland-in-wes,305/ Ethnic minorities centrally located to minimize conflict
International RelationsMilitary InterventionArticleN. Korea Wondering What It Has To Do To Attract U.S. Military Attention2/12/2003http://www.theonion.com/articles/n-korea-wondering-what-it-has-to-do-to-attract-us,35/Feeling left out and unloved by the US military, North Korean ruler Kim Jong Ill wonders what Iraq has that his county doesn’t.
International RelationsUnited NationsArticleU.S. Forms Own U.N.3/26/2003http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-forms-own-un,145/ The US gets frustrated with the slow pace and indecision of the UN
International RelationsClassified Documents/ Government Secrecy ArticleCIA Realizes It’s Been Using Black Highlighters All Along11/30/2005http://www.theonion.com/articles/cia-realizes-its-been-using-black-highlighters-all,1848/After an internal review, it is discovered that the CIA has mistakenly used black highlighters on publically available documents.
International RelationsCoupsArticleRebels Immediately Regret Seizing Power In Zambia12/6/2006http://www.theonion.com/articles/rebels-immediately-regret-seizing-power-in-zambia,2103/ Rebels learn the difficulties of governing after taking over in a coup.
International RelationsGlobal RelationsVideoAli G - International Relations12/8/2006http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6_BU9El33k&feature=relatedStrategies for Foreign Policy, Gulf War, Iran and Iraq.
International RelationsSomaliaVideoSomali political cartoon1/18/2007http://youtu.be/etVcB0GrV2ICartoons depicting the turmoil in Somalia, including the creation of Somaliland
International RelationsEconomic developmentVideoChinese Boom: Animated Editorial Cartoon2/17/2007http://youtu.be/90PEu2M9LnUChinese society faces development challenges because of its stark divisions between rich and poor.
International RelationsBalance of PowerVideoBillions and Billions8/22/2007http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-august-22-2007/billions-and-billions The US balances power by supplying money and weapons to all sides
International RelationsHistorical AnalogiesVideoMagical History Tour8/23/2007http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-23-2007/magical-history-tour President Bush analogizes Iraq and past wars
International RelationsPolitical RegimesVideoFidel Castro: Animated Editorial Cartoon2/27/2008http://youtu.be/0t0KHivBaBsDeath of a totalitarian leader does not necessary ensure the end of a totalitarian regime.
International RelationsInternational ConflictVideoRusso-Georgian Conflict8/14/2008http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-14-2008/russo-georgian-conflict 2008 Presidential candidates propose different solutions to conflict
International RelationsThe Cold WarVideoThe Cold War Animated11/30/2008http://youtu.be/bIGk9qu2_iMThe Cold War arms race forced the economic collapse of the Soviet Union.
International RelationsUnited NationsArticleBan Ki-Moon “Asks Firmly” to speak with Iran8/28/2009http://politicalhumor.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm%3Fheadline=s3i58835The United Nations lacks the proper authority to force rogue nations to comply with its mandates.
International RelationsPower PoliticsArticle Liechtenstein, Andorra Forced To Fight By Larger Countries9/11/2009http://www.theonion.com/articles/liechtenstein-andorra-forced-to-fight-by-larger-co,2803/Growing bored with mere economic negotiation, the larger countries of Europe decide to bully a fewer smaller states
International RelationsPalestineVideoPalestinian Alarm Clock11/18/2009http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7_0NoRHOEMSatirical take on Palestinians’ use of violence
International RelationsInternational AidVideoFunny Or Die Presents: Playground Politics--Africa2/12/2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Si1lxcwJqI0 Children on a playground act out Africa receiving aid from the IMF
International RelationsNorth KoreaVideoFunny Or Die Presents: Playground Politics--America and North Korea6/21/2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZheoDvQ_UUQ Children on a playground act out the US negotiating with North Korea
International RelationsIranian politicsVideoKaveh Adel Political Cartoons about Iran9/23/2010http://youtu.be/bscGxZYkvv0The events of the chaotic 2009 elections in Iran led to many uncertainties among the Iranian people about the regime.
International RelationsInternational MediaArticleStandoff In Ivory Coast Threatens To Boil Over Into Full-Scale News Blurb1/13/2011http://www.theonion.com/articles/standoff-in-ivory-coast-threatens-to-boil-over-int,18813/ Even major international news items get little attention
International RelationsRevolutions in MENAVideoThe Rule of the Nile1/27/2011http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-january-27-2011/the-rule-of-the-nile Discussion of who deserves credit for uprisings
International RelationsDictatorshipVideoNorth Korea Launches New Ad Campaign3/1/2011http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/71f30e0a5d/libya-unrest-north-korea-launches-new-ad-campaign North Korea is a great destination, compared to MENA, because of stability.
International RelationsRealism vs. Idealism Video America at Not-war—Obama’s Pragmatic Foreign-Policy Decisions3/29/2011http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-march-29-2011/america-at-not-war---obama-s-pragmatic-foreign-policy-decisions Comparing Obama’s pragmatic rhetoric on Libya to more idealistic rhetoric from other presidents
International RelationsUS-Israeli RelationsArticleGovernment Official Who Makes Perfectly Valid, Well-Reasoned Point Against Israel Forced To Resign5/20/2011http://www.theonion.com/articles/government-official-who-makes-perfectly-valid-well,20499/ United States’ unconditional support for Israel hurts debate
International RelationsUS Relations with MexicoVideoPlayground politics - Mexico9/7/2011http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-CvvT0ojMg&feature=relatedChildren on a playground discuss the drug trade between the US and Mexico
International RelationsEurozone Debt CrisisVideo A Closer Look at Europe11/18/2011http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/weekend-update-a-closer-look-at-europe/1366743Satirical news report of the Eurozone Debt Crisis
International RelationsAmerican hegemonyImageUncle Sam and the United Nations.12/1/2011http://blog.seattlepi.com/davidhorsey/files/2011/12/Sam-UN-19921-640x448.jpgThe United States emerges as the dominant world power after the fall of the Soviet Union.
International RelationsDependency TheoryImageSweat Shops2/7/2012http://media.caglecartoons.com/media/cartoons/34/2012/02/07/105888_600.jpg The United States benefits from cheap labor in countries like China.
International RelationsIranian nuclear developmentVideoNo Exit Existential Threat2/17/2012http://youtu.be/yAbKCuQSof4The Iranian government hopes to use the leverage of fear of its nuclear development and nuclear capacity to gain power in the region.
International RelationsWarfareArticleUN Rules Should Make Wars a Little Less “Rapey and Killy”2/24/2012http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/02/24/un-rules-should-make-wars-%E2%80%98a-little-less-rapey-and-killy%E2%80%99/The UN attempts to make warfare a little less distasteful
International RelationsWarArticleU.S. Military Desperate To Be Handed Just One Solid War It Can Knock Out Of The Park3/28/2012http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-military-desperate-to-be-handed-just-one-solid,27770/The US Military wants a real opponent next time
International RelationsUS-China relationshipArticleUS Signs Declaration of Dependence on China10/26/2012http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-signs-declaration-of-dependence-on-china,30113/The US officially acknowledges its dependence on China in writing
International RelationsGovernment CensorshipImageCensorship China1/8/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/b/2011/08/27/political-cartoons-of-the-week-104.htmMedia censorship in China has a direct impact on the amount of information accessible to citizens
International RelationsGay MarriageVideoKeep Calm and Marry On2/6/2013http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-6-2013/keep-calm-and-marry-onComparisons between debates over gay marriage in the United States and the United Kingdom
International RelationsDiplomacyArticleUS Ambassador Politely Asks UN Colleagues to Stop Showing Up Drunk to Meetings3/4/2013http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/03/us-ambassador-politely-asks-un-colleagues-stop-showing-drunk-meetings/62750/#.UTX6J77xcE4.facebookAmerican political primacy gives the country considerable leeway in how it conducts diplomatic affairs with other nations.
International RelationsAuthoritarian RegimesImageThe Pallbears3/8/2013http://www.usnews.com/usnews/php/galleries/image.php/1717/5/5.jpgAuthoritarian leaders support each other.
International RelationsIsraelArticleObama Sarcastically Asks How Israel Afforded Such A Great Missile Defense System3/20/2013http://www.theonion.com/articles/obama-sarcastically-asks-how-israel-afforded-such,31750/It’s no secret how Israel is able to attain the means to build its arsenal, particularly with American support
International RelationsSino-American RelationsImageObama’s Bow11/15/2009http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Obama-s-Bow.htm China’s ownership of U.S. Treasury bonds has a direct impact on political interactions.
International RelationsChinaImageChina Army Hackers2/17/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/China-Army-Hackers.htmDespite denials to the contrary, it is fairly obvious that the PLA has been responsible for Chinese cyberhacking.
International RelationsChinaImageChinese Espionage2/17/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Chinese-Espionage.htmChina acts friendly diplomatically but engages in cyber espionage against the United States
International RelationsNorth KoreaImageKim-Jong-Rodman3/3/2013http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/politicalcartoons/ig/Political-Cartoons/Kim-Jong-Rodman.htmKim-Jong-Un’s threats of nuking the United States are taken about as seriously as Dennis Rodman himself.
International Relations Arab Spring in EgyptImageEgypt Revolution 2/20/2013http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/3/x/3/Egypt-Revolution.jpg The Egyptian revolution demonstrates that uprisings do not always end solidly in democracy
International RelationsDemocracy PromotionArticleDead Iraqi Would Have Loved Democracy3/26/2003http://www.theonion.com/articles/dead-iraqi-would-have-loved-democracy,1421/The irony of civilian casualities as a result of democracy promotion efforts.
Political TheoryMarxismArticleMarxists' Apartment A Microcosm Of Why Marxism Doesn't Work11/13/2002http://www.theonion.com/articles/marxists-apartment-a-microcosm-of-why-marxism-does,1382/ College students run into problems implementing Marxism in their apartment
American PoliticsMedia BiasArticleRupert Murdoch Admits FOX News Began as Political Satire11/28/2014 http://glossynews.com/top-stories/politicos-and-polticians/201411280331/rupert-murdoch-admits-fox-news-began-as-political-satire/#more-46600Murdoch confesses that FOX News was originally intended to satirize conservative ideology.
International RelationsTerrorism and CensorshipImageCharlie Hebdo Cover1/12/2015http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/comic-riffs/wp/2015/01/12/charlie-hebdo-reveals-next-cover-a-cartoon-of-prophet-muhammad-behind-the-sign-je-suis-charlie/ Cover of the "survivor's" edition of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, published one week after a terrorist attack on the magazine.
American PoliticsPolice MistrustArticleAmish NYPD Cop Tickeled at Chance to Shun Mayor1/10/2015http://thesatirist.com/news/Amish_NYPD_Officer_Shuns_Mayor.htmlPacifist Amish-heritage policeman pleased to turn his back on someone as NYPD protest lack of support from the Mayor.