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Editorial cartoons: Arab cartoonists weigh in from Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt

February 4, 2011 |  6:16 pm

No views on North African strife are more sobering and compelling than those of Arab cartoonists. Lebanon's Hassan Bleibel portrayed the enormously heavy burden of repression. Jordan's Emad Hajjaj ominously rendered authoritarianism's boiling point. But Egypt's Amr Okasha -- struggling in the eye of the revolutionary storm, when order broke down and chaos broke out -- exhibited a special defiant courage. He took time from defending his property from thugs to dispatch a President Hosni Mubarak sphinx, its stone face slowly deteriorating into rebellion's rubble.

-- Joel Pett

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Editorial cartoon by Hassan Bleibel / Al-Mustaqbal (Beirut, Lebanon)

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Editorial cartoon by Emad Hajjaj / Al-Ghad (Amman, Jordan)

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Editorial cartoon by Amr Okasha / Al Wafd Opposition Newspaper (Cairo, Egypt)

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Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.

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