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January 13, 2009 No.
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Arab Cartoons on Russia-Georgia Conflict and on Russia-U.S. Relations

Arab cartoons have been following the development of the conflict between Russia and Georgia, focusing on the political relations between Russia and the U.S. as well.

Most Arab cartoons identify Georgia as a victim of Russia, which is often portrayed as an angry bear, and blame, at the same time, the West for the Georgian crisis.

The following are examples of these cartoons:

Russia-Georgia Conflict

The cartoon says: "The Opening of the Olympic Games... and of War Games…"

On torch: "Ossetia"

On bombs in torch: "Russia" and "Georgia"

Al-Watan (Qatar), August 9, 2008

Cartoonist: Eley Saba

On the big bear on the left: "Putin"

On the bear on the right: "Medvedev"

On the hedgehog: "Georgia"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), August 15, 2008

Cartoonist: Hasan Blebel

The cartoon says:

On the soldier: "Russia"

On the sign: "Georgia"

On the bottom: "Russia Begins its Retreat from Georgian Territory"

Al-Jarida (Kuwait), August 17, 2008

Cartoonist: Stavro

The cartoon says:

On the arm eaten by the bear: "Georgia"

Al-Watan (Qatar), August 15, 2008

Cartoonist: Eley Saleba

The cartoon says: "Russia-Georgia"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), August 18, 2008

Cartoonist: Hasan Blebel

The cartoon says: "In the Caucasus…"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Hasan Blebel

The cartoon says:

On the small flag: "Georgia"

On the soldier's shoulder: "Russia"

Al-Hayat (London-based, Saudi-owned), August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Habeeb Haddad

Akhbar Al-Arab (UAE), August 11, 2008

Cartoonist: 'Aamer Al-Zo'abi

The West Did Not Help Georgia

The cartoon says: "Georgia Awaits Western Intervention"

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London-based, Saudi-owned) August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Amjad Rasmi

The cartoon says:

On the bear: "Russia"

On the man: "Georgia"

On the hand: "West"

A- Madin (Saudi Arabia), August 24, 2008

Cartoonist: Alaa Allaqeta

The cartoon says: Wordplay on the name "Georgia"

The victim cries out for help to "George [Bush]"

Al-Nadwah (Saudi Arabia), August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Adel Saead

The cartoon says:

On the hat of the man on the right: "Russia"

On the slapped kid: "Georgia"

On the kid hiding behind Russia: "South Ossetia"

The hand slapping: "Traaaaakh"

America says: "Aaakh"

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), August 12, 2008

Cartoonist: Jehad Awartany

On the Russia-Georgia Ceasefire

The cartoon says:

On sleeve of arm signing agreement: "Georgia"

On bloodstained bear paw: "Russia"

On the document: "Articles of the Ceasefire"

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London-based, Saudi-owned), August 17, 2008

Cartoonist: Amjad Rasmi

The cartoon says:

On the hat: "Russia"

Soldier: "Withdraw!"

On the bleeding corpse: "Georgia"

Al-Watan (Qatar), August 20, 2008

Cartoonist: Eley Saba

Georgia as Iraq

The cartoon says:

On the road sign: "Iraq"

Al-Watan (Qatar), August 15, 2008

Cartoonist: Eley Saleba

Cold War

The cartoon says:

On the tank: "Russia"

On the sign on the left: "America"

On the sign on the right: "Georgia"

Akhbar Al-Arab (UAE), August 16, 2008

Cartoonist: Amer Al Zohbi

The cartoon says:

On the bear: "Russia"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), August 21, 2008

Cartoon: Emad Hajaj

The cartoon says: "The Cold War is Back"

Akhbar Al-Arab (UAE). August 17, 2008

Cartoonist: 'Aamer Al-Zo'abi

The cartoon says: "Cold War"

Tishreen (Syria), August 21, 2008

Cartoonist: Dijwar

The cartoon says: "The Cold War"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), August 23, 2008

Cartoonist: Hasan Blebel

The cartoon says:

On the bear: "Russia"

On the missile: "The [U.S.] Missile Shield"

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), August 18, 2008

Cartoonist: Jehad Awartany

The cartoon says: "The Return of the Cold War"

Al-Arab Al-Yawm (Jordan), August 22, 2008

Cartoonist: Naser Jafery

The cartoon says: "Poland: The 'Deployment' of the Missile Shield"

Al-Mustaqbal (Lebanon), August 19, 2008

Cartoonist: Hasan Blebel

Russia Knocking at the Door of Syria

The cartoon says:

On the bear: "Russia"

On the door: "Syria"

On the sign behind the door: "Lebanon"

Al-Balad (Lebanon), August 23, 2008

Cartoonist: Stavro

Russia and the NATO

The cartoon says: "Are you a new member of NATO?"

On the man's hat: "Georgia"

Al-Khaleej (UAE), August 19, 2008

Cartoonist: Ali Kalel

The cartoon says: "Russia"

Al-Khaleej (UAE), August 14, 2008

Cartoonist: Ali Kalel

The cartoon says:

On the man: "Russia"

On the baby: "Georgia"

On the Soldier: "NATO"

Oman newspaper (Oman), August 18, 2008

Putin

The cartoon says:

On Putin: "Putin"

On the medal: "Georgia"

On Medvedev: "Medvedev"

Al-Watan (Saudi Arabia), August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Jehad Awartany

The cartoon says:

On the right: "The U.S. support to Georgia"

On the sign:

  • Georgia
  • W.
  • Bush

Al-Watan (Qatar), August 13, 2008

Cartoonist: Eley Saleba

The cartoon says:

On Putin: "Putin"

On the tank: "The NATO"

Al-Dustour (Jordan), August 14, 2008

Cartoonist: Jalal Alrefaie

The cartoon says:

On the lamp: "Russia"

Al-Ghad (Jordan), August 15, 2008

Cartoonist: Emad Hajaj

The cartoon says: "Putin"

Al-Hayat (London-based, Saudi-owned), August 20, 2008

Cartoonist: Habeeb Haddad

*A. Mahjar Barducci is a research fellow at MEMRI.