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Cartoon mocking the SDS party

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Cartoons mocking the SDS party - Images by Eugene Ipavec, 4 January 2020

two from the cover of the 22 March 2019 issue of the radical / satirical weekly Mladina. The cover story of the 22 March 2019 issue of the radical / satirical weekly Mladina was on the somewhat servile relationship of the Slovene parties of the right toward Hungarian strongman Orbán; the SDS party in particular had openly sought Orbán's patronage, and had accepted Hungarian funds to set up a cable "news" channel.

The cover illustration showed a caricature of Orbán giving a fascist salute while being bodily shielded by adoring Slovene politicians, with a hybrid Slovene-Hungarian flag flying above. (The story title is a parody of the Yugoslav-era slogan "we do not want what is others', we will not yield what us ours" - here it becomes "we will give up Europe before we give up Orbán.")
The issue caused a minor diplomatic kerfuffle, with the Hungarian government sending an irate protest note over the fascist salute in particular. Mladina responded with a sarcastic fake apology, which included a redrawn cover in which Orbán was instead brandishing an olive branch a and had a flower in his hair, while the flag was changed to a rainbow.

Eugene Ipavec, 4 January 2020

Actually, there is another known slogan from the First Serbian Uprising, which has been varied in Serbia ever since, but also in other ex-Yugoslav countries: Glavu dajem, Krajinu ne dajem (I will give my head, but not Krajina). Those words were said by Veljko Petrović, better known as Hajduk Veljko (Wikipedia), the voivode of Timočka Krajina (a region in eastern Serbia, centered at Negotin), who was killed in the Battle of Negotin in 1813 after having successfully resisted Ottoman forces for years; only after his death were the Ottomans able to conquer the region. The story title might actually be a parody of both slogans, while the Yugoslav-era one might also have been partly inspired by the earlier one from Serbia.

Tomislav Todorović, 4 January 2020

Cartoon featuring Donald and Melania Trump


Slovene-American hybrid flag, as represented in a cartoon - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 7 July 2016

Thee cover of the 14 August 2015 issue of the radical / satirical weekly Mladina has its illustration dedicated to the issue's cover story, "Slovenia's First Son-in-Law," about Donald Trump's improbable connection to that country (it is where his current wife hails from), a caricature of Donald and Melania Trump in Slovene national costume. It also features a rather handsome mash-up of the US and Slovene flags as its backdrop.

Eugene Ipavec, 7 July 2016

Cartoon on the border dispute with Croatia


Slovene-Croat hybrid flag, as represented in a cartoon - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 19 June 2010

There is a maritime border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia in the Bay of Piran (map). The largest of a slew of petty acrimonies between the two countries, it stems from the fact that the former Yugoslavia was not terribly rigorous in demarcating the internal borders between its constituent Republics. Even though the dispute is literally a tempest in a teapot, it has been a consistent nuisance since both countries' independence in 1991 (history).

There are periodic efforts to resolve the issue, none of which have gone anywhere, amounting to what the media have called a "interminable diplomatic soap opera". An effort currently underway elicited a political cartoon in the Slovene weekly Mladina, which supports the arbitrage process. The cartoons features a Slovene flag with a field of Croatian checkerboard replacing thewaves (symbolizing among rivers and sea) at the foot of mount Triglav, andthree old soldiers supposed to be three senior national figures (France Bučar, Tine Hribar and Boris Pahor) who have condemned the current arbitrage process in strident terms, as an "act of collaboration". I believe the flag in the caricature is supposed to impute a somewhat hyperbolic expansionist sentiment to them, that is "Croatia's sea is Slovenian".

Eugene Ipavec, 20 June 2010

"Where Did Slovenia Vanish Off To" video


Slovene-Tahitian hybrid flag, as represented in a video - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2010

A variant of the Slovenian flag appears in a comic web video entitled Gdje je nestala Slovenija? ("Where Did Slovenia Vanish Off To?"). The video is a mock news report starring Croatian singer and actress Severina Vučković as an anchor covering the overnight disappearance of Slovenia, which is eventually found to have been mysteriously moved to the Pacific Ocean, south of Tahiti. The inhabitants decide that they like the new location more, because the surfing is great, and the new flag is superimposed over the end credits: as present but with a palm tree.

Eugene Ipavec, 22 September 2010

Cartoon on the influence of Catholic Church


Slovene crossflag, as represented in a cartoon - Image by Željko Heimer & Eugene Ipavec, 24 September 2010

A variant of the Slovenian flag appeared on a November 2005 cover of the weekly Mladina to illustrate a cover story (text) on what the magazine considered to be the undue influence of the Catholic Church on the 2004-08 center-right government.
The variant adds two blue squares to either side of the blue stripe, transforming it into a wide Latin cross. The coat of arms is moved down, to its vertex.

Eugene Ipavec, 24 September 2010