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February 20, 2008

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

* the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, the target of a foiled assassination attempt and the author of the cartoon that was republished in part to support the cartoonist and his newspaper after that assassination attempt, has been asked to leave the hotel he's been staying in since November when threats against the lives of the cartoonist and his wife became legitimate enough for Danish authorities to step in.

* the majority of wire coverage seems focused on stories that are a day old: Egypt banning a few foreign publications that republished one of the Danish cartoons, worries that a violent incident involving a Gaza strip library can point to the republication as an instigating factor and a large protest by Egyptian students.

* Pakistan has joined the parade of nations calling in their Danish representative and being assured that the Danish government had nothing to do with the republication.

* ditto Jordan

* a protest in Indonesia

* here's that lengthy and informative blog post from Jakob Illeborg that I forgot to formally link up yesterday.

* according to this news report, precocious Yemenis are already boycotting Danish products. The economic portion of the original Danish Cartoons controversy was just in the last few months completely healed.

* the Guardian reports on a very big protest in Beirut. There's something odd about the article that I can't quite place.
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