Ref NoLDG/1/1/16
TitleThe loneliness of the long distance runner
Extent1 cartoon
Creator NameGibbard; Leslie David (1945-2010); cartoonist
DescriptionCartoon shows an Arab man in an extravaggant car speeding towards a sign labelled "world of plenty". A white man with glasses wearing a t-shirt labelled "the West" runs frantically after the Arab holding out the body of a starving black man.

The cartoon probably relates to the 1973 Oil Strike in which the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries organised an oil embargo against the West in response to American support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War. This move was considered by many at the time to be a sign of the end of the old dream of the non-aligned movement: that the wealth of oil-producing third world countries could be used for the benefit of the third world in general. Many saw the oil strike as a sign that oil-rich Arab nations were prepared to leave the rest of the third world behind in order to benefit themselves.
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