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April 17, 2008

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

* a Danish court has increased the jail terms given to three men for planning a bombing attack because of the Muhammed caricature cartoons published in Jyllands-Posten Fall 2005.

* Reason takes a look at the context of "mandatory niceness" that led to the human rights commission hearings involving the now-defunct Western Standard.

* the cartoonist Kurt Westergaard is pleased that the Dutch film Fitna has excised a few moments that utilized his famous bomb-in-turban Muhammed caricature.

* the Danish terrorism threat level has been raised. Again.

* Pakistani officials are still talking about action regarding the re-publication earlier this year of one of the Muhammed caricatures.

* it looks like Danish food giant Arla Food did get hit in the political turmoil surrounding the more recent re-publication.

* Armenia is apparently anti-blasphemy. I found it a little bit interesting that Fitna was summarized in terms of potential offense as a film with one of the cartoons in it, which a) is no longer true, and b) doesn't describe what most people are reported to have found offensive about the film.

* Danish officials may have warned their citizens against travel to Algeria. I say "may" because something about the report doesn't sit right with me, namely the specificity of the warning combined with the vagueness of the citation.
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