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March 9, 2011

Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update: Ramirez Pleads Guilty

* Jamie Paulin Ramirez pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a Philadelphia district court to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, in relation to an attempt by individual in the US and abroad to kill the Swedish artist Lars Vilks for his cartoon putting the head of Muhammed on the body of a dog -- not one of the Danish cartoons, but a doodle made by the artist in the context of the upset caused by those original cartoons. Ramirez was part of a group that included Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose that conspired on the Internet to support the murder of Wilks and to receive training themselves for the purpose of carrying out various planned-on, nefarious activities. LaRose entered a guilty plea on related charges in early February. Ramirez could receive up to 15 years in prison. The evidence against Ramirez apparently included e-mail correspondence and a trip to Ireland where she met with other co-conspirators.

* Ibn Warraq writes about the complicated and at time stuffed with assumptions issue of whether or not the depiction of Muhammed has been banned, but how he gets there may be of more interest: describing a 1955 public art incident in New York that engaged many of the same issues.

* an arrest in Glasgow related to the Stockholm bomb blasts on Christmas reminds that the Lars Wilks cartoon was a reason publicly cited for the terrorist incident.
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