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February 6, 2006

Your Daily Danish Cartoons Update

* I'd suggest anyone coming to this issue for the first time or wanting a refresher or different perspective on week one check out Tim Cavanaugh's essay at Even if you don't agree with Cavanaugh's central premise that this explosion of protests is an overall, positive good, he provides a fine summary with several smart insights. Plus, Cavanaugh linkblogs more smoothly than anyone writing for the Internet.

* The big news this morning is the continuing protests and the violent nature of same. Four people have died amid several injuries in Afghanistan. Embassies were burned in Syria and Lebanon. A Catholic priest in Turkey may have been killed in relation to this controversy, and even if that turns out not to be true, the assumption it was is a story, too. The BBC has a protests pictures roll.

* In terms of the expanding scope of the political fall-out, Chechnya is now barring Danish aid workers. The protests have gone as far as New Zealand and Indonesia. Kofi Annan calls for calmer heads to prevail.

* In case you missed it, one of the most depressing developments over the long weekend was the firing and arrest of Jordanian editor Jihad Momani, who reprinted the cartoons and called for a more reasonable response from Muslims. He is interviewed here.

* Just about every idiot with a blog has seemingly weighed in. Smarter people have, too.

* The United States editorial cartooning reaction has been varied. Most newspapers are choosing not to run the original cartoons. Signe Wilkinson suggests that Muslim fight back with cartoons of their own. Some of the first wave of U.S. newspapers editorials are being picked apart by bloggers that recall different stances on what they feel are similar issues.

* The Telegraph's David Rennie tries to track down the "extra" cartoons, cartoons which were much more provocative than the actual Jyllands-Posten cartoons and were mixed into initial reports in many areas, contributing greatly to the protests.

* Concerning the economic boycott portion of the protests, the calls for boycotts intensify, the Associated Press does some math, and dairy giant Arla Foods remains a cogent example of the effects.

* In the at this point depressingly minor, working-towards-a-solution department, it looks like the newspaper Jyllands-Posten is working directly with Muslim leaders in Denmark to issue a joint statement regarding the matter.
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