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RBG RIP

I was saddened to hear of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing. She died at a bad time for editorial cartoons, late on Friday when the cartoonists are off and the newspapers had been put to bed for the weekend – and she died at an even worse time for the nation as her pivotal, conservative successor is likely to be confirmed by a hypocritical, lame duck, Republican Senate. Here’s my cartoon.

Here are the first RBG obit cartoons to come in.

Taylor Jones

 

Steve Sack

 

Pat Byrnes

 

John Darkow

 

Dave Granlund

 

Dave Whamond

 

Dave Fitzsimmons

 

Randy Enos

 

Bill Day


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New Cartoon Brings Death Threats from ISIS/ISIL/DAESH

My cartoonist buddy Osama Hajjaj in Jordan drew a cartoon this week that he describes as depicting Arab women’s struggle and suffering under Islamic/Sharia Law. Osama tells me he’s received a torrent of abusive reaction to the cartoon from Muslim readers, but more of a concern are credible death threats from ISIS/ISIL/DAESH members emanating from Jordan and neighboring Syria. Osama writes:

“… but no matter what, those cowards won’t stop me and I still believe that Freedom of thought and expression is a human right. To detain and threaten people for exercising their human rights is the epitome of barbarism. Blasphemy is a crime for those who have weak ideas and corrupt morals.”

Osama sent me links to some news reports about the ISIL/ISIS/DAESH death threats, like this one, but I must admit, my Arabic is a little rusty. Police in Jordan are investigating. Being an editorial cartoonist in the Middle East is a dangerous job. See more of Osama Hajjaj’s work here.