Where is the concept of forgiveness in Islam?


A Jordanian writer has been shot dead outside court where he was due to face charges for sharing a caricature on social media that was seen as insulting Islam.

The gunman was arrested at the scene, state news agency Petra said. A security source said he was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher in a mosque in the capital.

Writer Nahed Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist was arrested last month after he shared a caricature that depicted a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and cashews.

In the cartoon, the man also asks God to clear his dishes and put a door on his tent and knock before entering. Read more »

Cartoons are powerful influencers


Terrorists-vs-CartoonistsI saw a powerful cartoon by Evans the other day and it made me reflect on how a skilled cartoonist can influence people. The cartoon is simple and clear in its message. It blames Islamic terrorism on America. I strongly disagree with its message but I can appreciate how skilled and clever Evans is in his work. It motivated me to find more cartoons that show different views of Islamic terrorism.


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American Cartoons blamed for conflict in the Middle East

 Egypt's SIS head Salah Abdel Sadek has blamed the Tom and Jerry cartoon, video games and violent movies for violence in ...

An Egypt official has blamed ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons for violence in the Middle East. Yes seriously.

Add this to the list of reasons for violence and extremism in the middle east.

Tom and Jerry cartoons.

That’s what the head of Egypt’s State Information Service declared in a speech this week at Cairo University. And, oh yes, in case the audience didn’t take him seriously about his theories on the dim-witted cat and the pesky mouse, he offered two more reasons: video games and violent movies.

Tom and Jerry portrays “the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him … and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes set in (the viewer’s) mind that this is natural,” SIS head Salah Abdel Sadek told the audience…


We here at Whaleoil take our cartoons very seriously. Since we have already had a complaint to the Human Rights Commission, I think that as responsible publishers we should warn you of the possible side effects of reading Whaleoil.

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Whaleoil cartoon meant to create debate – creates debate


A cartoon posted online highlighting child abuse with tā moko, was posted with the intention to spark national debate around a controversial issue. The cartoon has angered a Māori advocate calling it racist but an expert moko artist says the image does have its merits.

Naida Glavish surrounds herself with images of meaning in her office, but Whaleoil’s latest cartoon has her enraged.

“When I saw this picture I thought, racism is very much alive amongst us at the moment”, says Glavish.

The cartoon was recently published by blogger Cameron Slater. Mr. Slater told Te Kāea it was the first cartoon they’d posted by cartoonist Boom Slang, and it was a move to provoke debate around child abuse. Read more »


More cartoons about BDS that the censors don’t want you to see

 Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

In a follow up to my post ‘Ten cartoons that the censors do not want you to see,‘ here are some more cartoons. They expose some uncomfortable truths about the BDS movement and are censored by many social media and mainstream media outlets. Buzzfeed took down an entire post of the TICP that contained ten cartoons. I have reproduced all of them here because Buzzfeed, Facebook, Twitter and the main stream media need to learn that freedom of speech will not be denied.

 By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation Makes Sense... From the TICP - The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation
Makes Sense…
From the TICP – The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

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A reader emails Jim Hubbard


Jim Hubbard penned a disgusting cartoon about me and my travels to Gallipoli to honour my great-grandfather Harry Crozier.

A reader was incensed and emailed him.    Read more »

A message for Shayne Currie and other cowards

Caroline Fourest appears on the U.K. outlet Sky News to discuss the cowardice of UK journalists and editors in not showing the Charlie Hebdo front page.

She expresses her disgust at their cowardice and  then she holds up a copy on live television, and the host obligingly demonstrates Fourest’s point:

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Comment of the Day

From a commenter yesterday:

I sent the NZH some feedback as soon as I came across their article…

“To the New Zealand Herald. Your decision not to show the latest Charlie Hebdo cover while simultaneously using the headline “Defiant Charlie’s New Cover” is loathsome.

I note you have since changed the headline and removed the text where you state that you made this decision voluntarily, but the fact remains – you have withheld what will undoubtedly become a satirical statement of historical significance, and in doing so you contradict every facet of the right to immutable freedom of speech upon which you rely for your journalistic license.

Shame on your editorial decision.

Unlike Charlie Hebdo you cede your raison d’être to terrorist criminals and betray one of the most important societal influences that you should be upholding.

Demonstrating to society that freedom of speech can be successfully withheld from its participants via disgusting acts of violence is despicable.”

Well said.

Fairfax, TVNZ and TV3 all showed the cover.

The NZ Herald should rename themselves The Dhimmi Herald.


The Charlie Hebdo front page the NZ Herald are too gutless to publish

The NZ Herald has written a story about the front page for tomorrow’s Charlie Hebdo edition and despite being sent it they are refusing to publish it. The NZ Herald originally stated that they had chosen NOT to publish it but have now removed that comment from their article.

The front page of the upcoming “survivors” edition of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo shows a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad holding up a “Je Suis Charlie” sign under the words: “All is forgiven”.

The front page was released to media today ahead of the magazine’s publication on Thursday NZ time, its first issue since an attack on the weekly’s Paris offices last week left 12 people dead, including several cartoonists.

It also shows Muhammad with a tear in his eye.

The special edition will have a print run of three million copies instead of the usual 60,000.

It will also be offered “in 16 languages” for readers around the world, one of its columnists, Patrick Pelloux, said today.

Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, Richard Malka, told French radio the upcoming publication would “obviously” lampoon Muhammad – among other figures – to show staff would “cede nothing” to extremists seeking to silence them.

“We are not giving an inch. The spirit of ‘Je Suis Charlie’ also implies a right to blaspheme,” Mr Malka said.

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‘Who’d dare publish now?’ – Swedish cartoonist


muhammad-as-he-should-be-depictedFamous Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, known for his controversial drawings of the Prophet Muhammad, told RT that he fears for the freedom of publications to print what they want, following the deadly shooting in Paris that killed 12 people.

Vilks met Stephane Charbonnier, the editor of Charlie Hedbo, just months ago.

The Swedish cartoonist shot to prominence in 2007 after he drew a cartoon with a head of Prophet Mohammed with a body of a dog. His works were due to have been displayed at a local gallery, but the exhibition was canceled because of security concerns. The 68 year-old has faced death threats, while he was punched during a lecture he gave in 2010. He believes that an exception shouldn’t be made for Islam, when all other religions have accepted that cartoons can poke fun at them.

Following the shootings in the French capital, Vilks said that he had been offered extra protection.“Yes, they have strengthened protection around me. They have taken different measures,” Vilks told Reuters, without giving further details.

So this is just a few crazy murderers then?   Or are we talking about a world-wide chilling effect on freedom?    Read more »