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Ibtisam Barakat


Patent for an Invented People

[Cartoon: Patent for an invented people. Image by Ibtisam Barakat.]

This cartoon is a response to the dangerous and perplexing position stated, and reiterated, by US Republican party 2012 presidential nomination candidate, Newt Gingrich, that the Palestinians are an invented people. Specifically, he claims that they were invented in the 1970s. In such a strange and an unfounded claim, Mr. Gingrich, is echoing a statement made by Ms. Golda Meir. She was one of the founders of the State of Israel and the fourth Israeli Prime Minister who was ...

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Welcome to the New Egyptian ParliaMENt

[Cartoon: A woman stands outside the male-dominated Egyptian parliament. Image by Ibtisam Barakat.]

This cartoon is a response to the astonishing fact that the number of women who won seats in the post-Mubarak Egyptian parliamentary elections is a mere eight. Indeed women do not exceed two percent of the total number of elected members. To be more precise, they constitute one and a half percent of the “Parliament of the Revolution.” What can a revolution against "dictatorship" amount to in reality and practice if men who have been dictating policy and social life ...

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Map of Libya According to Qaddafi Imagi-Nation

[Image by Ibtisam Barakat]

[This cartoon was prepared after Qaddafi's third speech on February 25, in which he equated Libya with himself . . . ]

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Qaddafi: "Song of the Rain"

[Image design by Ibtisam Barakat]

  This cartoon in Arabic is about Qaddafi's speech last night in response to the Libyan people's revolution which is at its height this week. Amid rumors that he fled to Venezuela and much news that the Libyan people have secured control on many of the cities, to give a speech and claim that he is still in control, Qaddafi appeared in a jeep! He opened the door only to acknowledge that it was raining outside, so he folded back his giant umbrella and decided not to give ...

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Ibtisam Barakat

Ibtisam Barakat is a bilingual Palestinian-American poet, artist, translator, and author of the critically-acclaimed memoir, Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, published by FSG Books in 2007. Her 2010 book in Arabic, Al-Ta' Al-Marbouta Tateer (The Letter T Escapes), won the Anna Lindh Foundation's Read Everywhere Award for its unique approach to young Arabic readers. Currently, Ibtisam is working on a sequel for Tasting the Sky, among other creative projects. More information is available on the author's website: