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September 3, 2007

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

While not directly involved, memories of riots, deaths, boycotts and international political turmoil in early 2006 caused by the publication of Muhammed caricatures in the paper Jyllands-Posten certainly inform the current, at this time more modest but more quickly progressing sequel surrounding the publication of a Muhammed caricature by Lars Vilks in a Swedish newspaper.

* Egypt and Turkey have joined Iran and Pakistan as nations offering up some sort of official, party- or national-level negative response to the cartoon's publication.

* Copies of the publication were burned in Orebro.

* The newspaper will run the offending editorial's text in Arabic; the same article has Vilks saying he's received multiple death threats.

I think a distinction worth tracking here is in the differing aims of the two newspapers, although I'm not sure the debate hasn't been totally hijacked by political people doing what they want to do with it, rendering all analysis futile.

P.S. -- Terrorism-related arrests in Copenhagen is a big news item today, and it's likely many of the articles will mention the cartoons as a reason why Denmark's officials were worried about something like this developing.
posted 10:22 pm PST | Permalink

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