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Death of a European Literary Genius, Muriel Spark

by Norwegian Chef Sun Apr 16th, 2006 at 07:01:03 AM EST

Dame Muriel Spark dies aged 88

Jean, Jean, roses are red
All the leaves have gone green
And the clouds are so low
You can touch them, and so
Come out to the meadow, Jean

Jean, Jean, you're young and alive
Come out of your half-dreamed dream
And run, if you will, to the top of the hill
Open your arms, bonnie Jean

Till the sheep in the valley come home my way
Till the stars fall around me and find me alone
When the sun comes a-singin' I'll still be waitin'

For Jean, Jean, roses are red
And all of the leaves have gone green
While the hills are ablaze with the moon's yellow haze
Come into my arms, bonnie Jean

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Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies

by Norwegian Chef Fri Mar 31st, 2006 at 02:08:44 AM EST

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once.

The famous painting of the German artist Van Clomp, the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies, has been rediscovered in a forest outside of Nouvion, France buried in a large, hollowed out knockwurst.

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Breaking News: Swedish Foreign Minister Resigns over Cartoons

by Norwegian Chef Tue Mar 21st, 2006 at 05:32:58 AM EST

The Mohammed cartoon controversy, the story that will not die, has claimed another leading victim, the Swedish Foreign Minister, Ms Laila Freivalds.

Facing a surging opposition in the six-month run up to the national election and enduring ongoing criticism from the mainstream press for  ordering the closure of a rightwing website that was going to publish the cartoons without due process of law, Ms Freivalds has tendered her resignation, which the Prime Minister has accepted.  

Regardless of one's political leanings, this is going to be one interesting and nail-biting election coming up in Sweden.

The BBC has the following clip:

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Death of an Estonian Hero

by Norwegian Chef Sun Mar 19th, 2006 at 06:10:05 AM EST

There are few real statesmen left today, but Estonia lost one of the best this week in Lennart Meri.  He was the first President of Estonia after more than 50 years of illegal Soviet occupation.  Acclaimed author, adventurer, linguist, historian, and statesman, he typified a lost generation of renaissance men, of great learned and intrepid European individuals who went on to become elder statesmen.  A great maverick and a man of conscience.  In this current Golden Age of Dogmatic Idiots led by Bush, Chirac, Berlusconi, Ahmadinejad, Putin and the like, what agreat loss for Estonia and the world.

Here are a few good eulogies:

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob

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Mahathir's Daughter says Malaysian Muslim women suffering 'apartheid'

by Norwegian Chef Mon Mar 13th, 2006 at 06:52:23 AM EST

In her usual column in the Malaysia Star, Marina Mahathir, leading Malaysian women's rights activist, press columnist and daughter for Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed claims that Malaysian Muslim Women are suffering from a home grown form of "apartheid".

This criticism from such a prominent Muslim women has caused quite a stir in Malaysia.

Here are her Musings as she entitles them:

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Cartoon Update: Newsweek Exclusive Interview of Yemeni Editor

by Norwegian Chef Sat Mar 11th, 2006 at 12:37:18 PM EST

Newsweek has just published an exclusive interview with Mohammed al-Asaadi, the Yemeni Editor of the Yemen Observer who is now imprisoned and facing prosecution calls for the death penalty.  

Here are a few excerpts (see also yesterday's diary):

Promoted by Colman

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Cartoon Update: Yemeni Editor Faces Death Penalty/ You Can Help

by Norwegian Chef Thu Mar 9th, 2006 at 06:50:42 AM EST

The trials of various editors who published various cartoons in predominately Muslim countries took a dramatic turn today when the prosecution lawyers called for the death penalty for Mohammed Al-Asadi, the Editor-in-Chief of the Yemen Observer.  The Yemen Observer is a prominet English Language newspaper.   (See more deatils below)

Meanwhile the publication of the cartoons which continued through February has largely ceased in most places. The Wikipedia article continues to be a good source of information as various elements of the story continue to unfold.

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Cartoon Update: Muslim Editors and University Newspapers

by Norwegian Chef Wed Feb 15th, 2006 at 05:25:05 AM EST

The plight of the 8 Muslim Editors continues.  Here is the latest from Reporters without Borders:

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Cartoon Update: 8 Muslim Editors Arrested, Help Them!!

by Norwegian Chef Mon Feb 13th, 2006 at 05:37:34 AM EST

Promoted by Sirocco.

I have been asked to cross-post this here, so I am doing so.

As the cartoon drama continues to unfold, 8 Muslim editors (2 Jordanians, 4 Yemenis and 2 Algerians), whose papers have published the cartoons have been arrested.  Here is who they are:

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