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SpongeBob SquarePants takes over the Middle East

The cartoon character is ubiquitous in Egypt and beyond

By Raphael Cormack  


On a recent trip to Upper Egypt, Andrew Leber went into a shop near Sohag train station. He wanted to take some photos for a project that started a few months ago. A bystander, leaning against his motorcycle, took exception to this and strode purposefully over to Leber. Producing a pistol from his belt, he demanded to know what was going on. Frantically both Leber and the shopkeeper told the man…

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