French publication Charlie Hebdo has once again come up with a controversial cartoon. This time, on his satirical cover, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi is linked to the current crisis in Afghanistan.
In the magazine. Latest cover, Three women are wearing blue burqas with Macy’s name and 30 number printed on them. The caption reads, “Taliban, they’re worse than you think.”
Messi has just been introduced as a player for Paris Saint-Germain, where he will wear the number 30 shirt. There is no doubt that the purpose of the cartoon is to highlight the relationship between the six-time Ballon d’Or winner and the new club and the world of Islam.
PSG is a state-owned club funded by the Emir of Qatar. Coincidentally, Qatar has also been accused of financing Islamic terrorism. The country is also hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to its history of human rights violations.
The exact relationship between the Taliban and Qatar is unclear, but Charlie Hebdo wants to shed light on the situation. Messi has been fielded, as he will undoubtedly be a good way to focus on the subject, whether he likes it or not.
Less than two weeks after the withdrawal of US and coalition forces, the Taliban released cartoons after regaining control of Afghanistan. Now, millions of Afghans who worked for the US military are at risk of being killed and executed. Similarly, many basic human rights have been taken away from women based on Islamic laws which the Taliban are enforcing by force.
Women have been forced to drop out of school, and they can no longer work. In fact, they should not be seen on the streets without a male guardian. If they get sick, they are not allowed to be treated by male doctors.
There is widespread international outrage over the situation, but the rich and powerful Arab states have largely remained silent. The United States has been blamed for some of the chaos since the end of its 20-year presence in the country, which began after the 9/11 attacks.
Charlie Hebdo wants to make a point, despite the dire consequences when his offices were attacked in 2015 after a photograph of the Prophet of Islam.