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Khalil Bendib, Too Big To Fail. Washington, DC: Tadween Books, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What was the idea behind putting together this collection of political cartoons? Khalil Bendib (KB): It struck me at some point after the Arab Spring and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima—both following closely in the footsteps of the Wall Street meltdown—that epochal changes seemed to be finally happening all around us. The hubris of so many tyrannies, whether they be ...Keep Reading »
Western nations have long snickered at the lack of democracy in most of the Middle East and North Africa and have offered ad nauseum free advice to Arab leaders on how to conduct their own affairs. But on occasion tables are turned, and the special wisdom and expertise of these oft-derided Middle Eastern leaders becomes very precious indeed for Western leaders who know a thing or two about bombing foreign civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq, yet are at a loss when it comes to ...Keep Reading »
What’s in a word? Different people have divergent interpretations for the seemingly innocuous word “dialogue.” In Damascus, it might mean one thing, in Sanaa another, and in Tripoli yet another. Let us consult the classic, illustrious Baath Party’s Arabic-Arabic Dictionary and see what it might say...Keep Reading »
Just as Zeus put Hercules through a series of humbling labors not so long ago, so too do the Gods of neo-liberalism and colonialism today put Greece’s current fearless leader through many an unsavory janitor’s task. A dirty job, but someone has to do it...Keep Reading »
The International Criminal Court has now officially made Qaddafi an internationally wanted felon, for Crimes Against Humanity. Libyans everywhere are excitedly anticipating his imminent downfall. However, the “King of Kings” seems to lack the ability to take a hint.Keep Reading »
After over a decade-long search, the Obama administration is gloating over the murder of the Western world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden, making him the third Reagan-supported criminal (after Saddam Hussein and Augusto Pinochet) to die since the turn of this century. As the United States celebrates the death of its staunchest enemy and steals the world media’s attention from the bloody protests in Syria and Yemen, the ‘Arab Spring’ perseveres into its fourth ...Keep Reading »
Khalil Bendib is America's most wanted political cartoonist: when he sees a sacred cow, he thinks "shish kebab." His cartoons have been published in hundreds of publications across the country and across the globe, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and other large newspapers. His cartoons have been collected in the book Too Big to Fail (Tadween, 2015).
"The main aims of the democratization package seem to be covering up the state’s colonial history and responsibility for the “Kurdish problem,” and deliberately overlooking the economic marginalization and class stratification, as well the intensification of a class-based division of labor, in the country."click | email | tweet