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Shahid Mahmood
Shahid Mahmood grew up in Pakistan. He was the editorial cartoonist for the
national newspaper in Pakistan, Dawn. Residing in Toronto, Shahid’s work has featured in numerous International publications ranging from Courrier
International to the Guardian. His work was viewed by world leaders at the 1997 APEC Conference, enjoyed by John F. Kennedy Jr., and managed to
continuously enrage Benazir Bhutto. Shahid is internationally syndicated with the New York Times Press Syndicate and has work archived at the Museum of Contemporary History in Paris. His cartoon exhibition, Enduring Operation
Freedom, critical of President Bush’s War-on-Terror, was censored and shut
down in 2002; he has received death-threats from Islamic fundamentalists for his depiction of the Taliban as Koran-reading-apes; and he is presently in the midst of a legal struggle to remove his name from the now infamous one-million-person No-fly List. His political cartoons can be viewed at:

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Charlie Hebdo: What Offends Does Not Make It Factual

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:42 PM

Twelve people were killed in a senseless attack on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. Masked gunmen entered the offices of the magazine and opened fire. Those killed included three well-known cartoonists along with the magazine's editor Stephane Charbonnier. I met Charbonnier a couple of times in France....

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132 Dead Children: Only Obeying Orders

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 1:11 PM

On December 16th I was in an auditorium in Toronto waiting for my son's music recital to begin. As the one hundred five and six-year old students shuffled in, lining up on stage, my phone started to vibrate with a news alert. My son smiled, shyly waving at me, while...

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Supporting Syria

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 12:42 PM

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Eating Children, Satirically Speaking

(2) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Paul Krassner, the American stand-up comedian, once said, "For years, reality has been nipping at the heels of satire. Now, it's finally caught up. I don't need to make this stuff up." Krassner was prescient -- Donald Trump recently withdrew a $5-million lawsuit he filed against comedian Bill Maher for...

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Killing Shiites

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Years ago, in an airport in the Middle East I struck-up a conversation with an Arab while we waited for our connecting flights. In our ensuing conversation he made many references to a minority group in his country called rafidah. I had never heard of the term and asked him...

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Empty Chairs and Hope

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 3:04 PM

For years, my wife and I would sit around our kitchenette table that sits four, having our meals -- the weight of two empty chairs, bearing down on both of us. The empty chairs -- a stark reminder of what was missing in our otherwise fulfilling lives. We had been...

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The Motion of Heavenly Bodies

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Sir Isaac Newton said, "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people." There is no disputing physics -- it is a science that involves the analysis of matter and its motion through both space and time. Motion is a human propensity, embedded in our...

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The Power of Apathy

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2012 | 11:45 AM

On an Air Canada flight a few weeks ago, I sat in front of a group of Cenovus oil rig workmen. Before take-off, two of the workmen proceeded to viciously kick me in the back multiple times, calling me a rag-head. They yelled, ordering me to give the passengers sufficient...

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What is Your Kafka Plan Frequent Flyer Number?

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 12:16 PM

When entering Chile, disembarking at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport two months ago, I was separated from my family and taken away by Interpol. I was questioned, fingerprinted, and photographed for over an hour. Between questioning, I excused myself to use the washroom. While scrubbing the black ink off...

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The Total Sum of Tiny Pushes

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 5:46 PM

Caroline Kennedy recently released an audio interview of her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, conducted soon after President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Radio channels have been repeatedly playing snippets of her conversations. It is intriguing to hear Jacqueline Kennedy speak, providing as her daughter says, "snapshots of a world we barely recognize."...

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Letterman's Tongue and the Jihadist

(4) Comments | Posted September 2, 2011 | 10:46 AM

Our world is comprised of inconsistencies that we are perpetually trying to understand. When we solve these cognitive riddles we laugh. Laughter releases tension and is a shared expression of relief. There was much to laugh at this week. The Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann defended recent comments about natural...

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A Nightingale, the Cream-pie and Two Flying Shoes

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 12:33 PM

In developing countries, any attempts to raise an awareness of wrongdoing usually results in imprisonment or death. In the west, unless an individual has clear access to money and power, the system itself stonewalls any recourse.

As a political cartoonist, trying to remove himself from the US No-fly List,...

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A Shock of Peroxide-Blonde Hair

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Geert Wilders judges others based on ethnicity. He is well known for his anti-immigration politics and routinely refers to himself as a "Dutch freedom-fighter." As a Dutch politician and filmmaker, Mr. Wilders was cleared last week of inciting hatred against Muslims. This editorial, however, is not about the...

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Double-Tapping and Double-Clicking Osama

(3) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 12:03 PM

I was recently asked by a radio station host in California, "What was your reaction, as a Muslim, to the Americans burying Osama's body at sea? Was this appropriate?"

He explained that a spokesperson from Al-Azhar University in Cairo had gone on record by saying, "Islam is opposed to...

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Muslim Superheroes and the House Radicalization Hearings

(5) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 4:13 PM

"Without the bitter, the sweet ain't as sweet." --Vanilla Sky

Batman, in his comic book quest for justice, realizes he cannot stand alone in his crusade against global crime. The super-hero's recent choice of a new partner, Nightrunner, an Algerian Muslim living in Paris, has become a source of torment...

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Raymond Davis -- Deport the Killer

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 8:12 AM

Raymond Davis is emblematic of the West's relationship with today's autocrats and dysfunctional democracies. His story highlights an impunity that the United States and its allies are discovering is very hard to cover-up in our digital age. The pro-reform groups, rallying in the Middle East, are not only...

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Pakistan to Hunt Down Militants

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2008 | 7:22 PM


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Obama Wins

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 11:35 PM


Read more reaction from HuffPost bloggers to Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election

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McCain and the Racial Line

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2008 | 6:47 PM


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From Russia With Love... Palin Style

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2008 | 1:55 PM


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