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
* 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
* 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.
posted 8:00 am PST
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