The Danish cartoon violence and controversy hasn't ended, it's just slipped slightly under the radar (for the blogs anyway, MSM never had it to begin with).On Sunday, tens of thousands of people massed in Pakistan and Turkey to protest the cartoons. About 50,000 people, many chanting "Hang those who insulted the prophet," rallied Karachi, site of the U.S. consulate terror attack last week. The protesters burned the Danish flag, hit an effigy of President Bush with a stick and chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Musharraf." In Turkey, some 20,000 protesters chanting anti-Danish slogans gathered in the eastern city of Erzurum, reports said. Just like the protest arrangement last week at UC Irvine, men and women stood separated by a barrier, NTV television reported. The protesters chanted slogans denouncing Denmark and cried "Allah is Great," the Anatolia news agency said.
There is, however, some positive news. We know the Danes are a strong and resilient people, and now the Muslim world is learning that resiliency first-hand. Three weeks after rioting Muslims stormed the gates and shut down the building, the Danish embassy in Indonesia reopened on Monday.
We also read some encouraging news coming out of Kuwait. Their parliament voted unanimously for implement a new law banning the imprisonment of journalists without a final court ruling and allowing new newspapers to publish for the first time in three decades. Kuwaiti governments have since the mid-1970s imposed a total ban on issuing licenses for new newspapers, and journalists could hitherto be jailed while under interrogation for an alleged offense. This is a welcome advance in the cause of free speech and applaud the Kuwait's for this reform.