Khalil Bendib

Khalil Bendib is the janitor -- or minesweeper -- of political cartooning in America. Potentially explosive issues avoided by other cartoonists, such as racial injustice, labor and class struggles, U.S. imperialism, environmental degradation, the scapegoating of Muslims and Arabs and the complicity of our Orwellian media are all grist to his mill. Where others see sacred cows, Mr. Bendib sees the potential for shish kebab.

Berkeley-based, award-winning editorial cartoonist Mr.Bendib is known both as an editorial cartoonist and commentator. Born under colonial rule in Algeria during the war of independence against France, Khalil is the only widely read political cartoonist in North America who brings a non-Eurocentric perspective to our media.
His cartoons are featured in over 1,700 small and mid-size newspapers across the country, including many Arab, Muslim, African-American, progressive and environmental publications, and can be viewed at His books of cartoons include It Became Necessary to Destroy the Planet in Order to Save it (PlanNine,2003,) Mieux Vaut Empire qu'en Pleurer (E-dite, Paris 2005) and Mission Accomplished (Interlink, 2007.) His cartoons have been featured in USA Today, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other mainstream newspapers.
Mr. Bendib is also co-host of the KPFA weekly radio show "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa" www. and is frequently on the road giving talks and presentations on matters of political cartooning, media censorship and Middle East/North Africa issues. His unique, humorous presentations are a crossbreed of comedy routine, informative political commentary and powerpoint cartoon slide show.
Islamophobia and Civil Liberties: Muslim Canary in the Mine Shaft? • "Clash of Civilizations:" (Make Love, not Jihad!) • Of Red Herrings and Scapegoats • Post 9/11: Big Brother, U.S. Muslims and Muslim look-alikes • Religious Freedom and the Separation of Mosque and State • Flying While Muslim: Wear a Turban, Go to Jail • Tortured Logic: Who Needs a Habeas Corpus anyway?
Humor me: What's funny? • Stereotypes that Tickle (Stop, you're KILLING me!) • Hollywood and the Movie Arab • Freedom of Speech vs. Hate Speech: Danish cartoons, Don Imus, Rush, etc... • Media Censorship vs. the Internet: Political Cartooning in the Age of Consolidated Media • Sacred Cows and Shish Kebab: The State of Political Satire in America
• Linking the Dots: Guantanamo and the Prison Industrial Complex • Divide and Conquer: the Politics of Colonialism • "Sunni vs. Shia:" Between Iraq and a Hard Place • Shades of Brown: Race, Immigration and Sundry Scapegoats • R Freedom: Why do they HATE us?!?
• Food for Thought: GMOs Will Feed the World • Environmental Racism and the Global South • Old-style Colonialism vs. Globalization: Same Difference? • The Privatization of War, Water and Everything Under the Sun
Topics covered
  • Political Cartooning
  • Media Censorship
  • Issues in the Middle East/North Africa
  • Post 9/11: U.S. Muslims and Identity in a Big Brother State
If you would like to plan a speaking event with Khalil, please contact him at kbendib [at] sbcglobal [dot] net or (510) 558-0945.