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Although his now infamous cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed were published over four years ago, Danish caricaturist Kurt Westergaard is clearly still feeling the aftereffects of the controversy the images caused. The news that a Somali man broke into Westergaard’s home yesterday, seemingly intent on killing the cartoonist, demonstrates the continuing power of the cartoons to inflame the passions of some Islamic extremists.

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Tom Toles, 26 January 2009

I was perusing around a while back and saw that the Political Cartoon Gallery (run by the Political Cartoon Society) are currently hosting an exhibition of Obama-related cartoons. I won’t make it to London before 13 June, sadly, but it should be an intriguing exhibition.

On a closely related note, back in March I gave a paper here at UCD discussing satire and regime change in France in 1848 and in America in 2008/9. With a bit of editing, it may turn up here at some stage.

PS The above cartoon is by Tom Toles and appeared in the Washington Post on 26 January 2009.

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