Plot to Kill Muhammad Cartoonist

Denmark’s intelligence agency have arrested three people that were planning to kill one of the cartoonists of the controversial prophet Muhammad cartoon published in the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper. 72 year old cartoonist Kurt Westergaard and his 66 year old wife Gitte Westergaard have been under police protection for the past few months.

Two of the suspects held are Tunisians and the third is a Moroccan Dane.Continue Reading

Orhan Pamuk Assassination Plot Foiled

Most of the posts on Art News Blog that mention the country of Turkey seem to be about artists suffering for their art. Like the Turkish author Elif Shafak insulting Turkish identity or the British born artist Michael Dickinson fighting for his freedom.

So, keeping with that theme, the Guardian has reported that a plot to kill the Nobel Prize winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk has recently been interrupted. Thirteen people have been arrested in Turkey and accused of plotting to assassinate the author.Continue Reading

Michael Leunig Interview

The quirky Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig was recently interviewed on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope program.

He’s famous for cute little people with big noses, ducks, teapots, and for creating the odd controversy or two. His poetic little cartoons have provoked enough people to receive a steady stream of hate-mail and death threats.Continue Reading

Muslim Cartoon Controversy

The outrage over the publication of cartoons originally posted in the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper has escalated into violence and destruction. Embassies in Beirut and Damascus have been torched by protestors.
Despite the attempts of clerics to stay the mainly young male crowd, hundreds of men, some carrying green flags with the words “God is Great” written in Arabic, pushed them away and threw cans of tear gas back at police.Continue Reading