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February 16, 2006

Your Daily Danish Cartoons Update

* Yale explores root causes, or how the publication of a dozen cartoons featuring Muhammed in a Danish newspaper led to multiple deaths and worldwide protests.

* The only place I can find protests happening yesterday is in Pakistan.

* Although the above did get into financial matters a bit, here's a better piece on the status of various boycotts, which mentions that in addition to simply losing money directly, trade ties are being damaged that will cost additional millions to repair.

* One of the first articles we linked to was a Tim Cavanaugh essay suggesting that the discussion in many circles could end up an overall good. It looks like some days later Danish moderates agree with him.

* Dimona Comix publisher Amitai Sandy has entered into the cultural discussion through the sense-of-humor door by sponsoring an anti-Semitic cartoon contest targeted towards Jewish entrants. You have to love any press release with quotes like, "'We'll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!' said Sandy 'No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!'"

* Much less funny is a prank played on Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig regarding the aforementioned Iranian contest.

* The goofiest Danish Cartoon comparisons I've heard thus far have both come from sportswriters. Some guy last week on a TV show I was watching said something like "that's like electing Randy Moss the president of Denmark and expecting him to take care of the cartoon problem." And another guy called news of Wayne Gretzky being somewhat near a gambling ring "the Danish cartoon of Canadian sport." Not exactly "Brokeback Mountain" saturation, but this story can officially please go away now.

* The writer Peter David comments on the matter. If you go to the comments area, I recommend some Persian food.
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