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February 8, 2006

Your Daily Danish Cartoons Update


* Tom Toles' cartoon works both as commentary on this controversy and as a sly wink in the direction of his own editorial cartoon story from last week.

* President Bush says stop the violence, and repeats the line about the freedom of speech and responsiblity.

* The protests related to last Fall's publication in Denmark of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammed seemed less violent yesterday than they were Monday and over the weekend. The heaviest action seems to have been intermitten flare-ups throughout the day in Tehran. While the big words today are "increased security" in various hotspots, it's interesting to note that Danish representatives to the imminent Winter Olympics are expecting no additional safeguards.

* The editorial staff of the New York Press has walked out in protest of not being allowed by the publisher to reprint the cartoons in an issue dedicated to the controversy. Jyllands-Posten's Carsten Juste says no to suggestions he resign. While it's been argued that Jyllands-Posten turned down some Jesus cartoons at an earlier date, we can all breathe easy that they seem willing to publish Holocaust cartoons in coordination with an Iranian paper's contest.

* Upon hearing that last item, one imagines Kirk Cameron has assembled a crack screenwriting team to re-write the first 20 minutes of his next television movie, because nothing says "easing of tensions" like applying political pressure on the Israeli government using Holocaust imagery. Then again, there's been very little discussion of what sounds like a Hustler-style cartoon starring Hitler and Anne Frank. It's even not funny like a Hustler cartoon.

* News concerning boycotts is very light today. This article about the potential for economic action in Turkey suggests boycotts would probably end up being more harmful to Turkey than Denmark.

* Enough time has passed for the political charges and counter-charges to ramp up. Somebody clever found the origin of one of the "additional" cartoons being shown around by Danish muslims which some claimed were legitimate and had been sent to Muslims privately. Another source claims that Danish law was ignored when the original images were published. Hirsi Ali gives an interview on the entire matter. Here's a round-up of Middle East bloggers writing on the subject. Michael Kimmelman weighs in on the power of imagery.

* In the cartoonist reaction department, the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists has released their brief statement, whily Lynn Johnston makes public her thoughts through her syndicate. Zapiro weighs in.

* Danish muslims remain split on the subject.
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