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One of the outcomes of the Arab Spring (on the ‘soft side’ of things) is the increase of the national pride of the nations that experienced uprisings, especially where the revolutions were successful. Egypt’s revolution has been called ‘sexy’, and revolution in Tahrir Square (or Tahrir Roundabout) became a role model for almost anyone writing or planning a protest. Egyptians and Tunisians are proud of themselves and of the outcomes of their revolutions.

Of course, having this national pride is a main ingredient for a revolution to start in the first place. But it seems caricaturist Ali Al-Ghamedi has interpreted this national pride in a wrong and possibly offensive way to Egyptians and others, as shown in the below caricature published on the Saudi al-madina.com. The caricature has caused a storm of criticism, especially from Egyptians who exist in considerable numbers in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf as working expats including a blue-collar workforce.

I post the caricature below, with some of the comments on it here (posted by the readers of the al-madina.com). The cartoon has been removed now, so I had to retrieve it from the cache.

Clearly, there is some supremacist theme to the ‘arrivals’ to Saudi Arabia in this cartoon. All jobs, skilled or unskilled, build the country and its economy. A country has to preserve all humans rights, and treat its residents in an equal and fair way irrespective of their job.

The term ‘arrivals’ is translated from Arabic, and it’s is an accepted term used in the Gulf and in this cartoon to refer to foreigners.

Honestly, this is a typical problem in any country where immigration is an issue. Hey, what about the typical distorted stereotype of the Syrians (workers) in Lebanon? But again, this may be changing now, due to the current Syrian uprising!

How do you find the caricature, and how offensive, if any?

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