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August 16, 2006

Time to Retire Arab Stereoytpes?

imageIf the articles I read from Australian news sources are any indication, Australia has a more passionate relationship with its editorial cartoonists than America does and a more active, currrent interest than that enjoyed by the United Kingdom. (I'm having one of those mornings where I'm confused by basic fact, so if "United Kingdom" is an outmoded term, please forgive me.) This editorial by Abe Ata therefore doesn't surprise in its length and easygoing breadth of its analysis of Arab stereotypes in its cartooning, and how this has an impact in Australia according to such factors as Arab/Muslim distinctions, the socio-economic status of Australia's muslims, and the effect some cartoons may have on the Arab Christian minority. I don't know if I agree with all of the analysis, but it's nice to have the general issue on the table.
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