This cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times relates to the expected release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained by the Burmese authorities for 15 of the last 21 years.
The cartoon shows the pro-democracy icon standing beside three Burmese generals. The latter are looking at their shadows and wondering why they are shorter than Suu Kyi's.
To fully understand this cartoon, you need to know an English idiom. If something or someone casts a long shadow, they have considerable influence on other people or events. • The Second World War cast a long shadow over the first half of the decade, and its consequences were felt all over the world. The cartoonist seems to be saying that Suu Kyi is assured of a place in history, and will be remembered long after the Burmese military junta is forgotten.