From the Danish daily newspaper Ekstra-Bladet here :
"The American professor Claudia Kiburz has been fired from her teaching position at Sheikj Zayed University in Dubai for having distributed copies to her students of the Mohammad cartoons published by Jyllands-Posten, so that they could discuss the issue. That provoked complaints, however, whereupon she was fired, according to her colleagues who do not want to reveal their names. Kiburz taught English at the university which is exclusively for women. Local newspapers report that it was sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak, minister of education in the United Arab Emirates and president of the university, who fired Kiburz." hat tip expat Swede.
A las protestas que recogía ayer, se añaden hoy las de:
Our slogan will be 'no violence' and we appeal for calm and peace," Zoubouer Hachani, a spokesman for the Al Qods mosque, told reporters Friday. The event is to take place in front of McGill University's downtown campus on Saturday afternoon. Protesters will not march by the Danish consulate as originally planned.
A Montreal police spokesman said Friday they will have extra officers on duty, as per usual with protests, and will block streets in the area to control traffic and the crowd. A coalition of 50 other Muslim groups had appealed to organizers to cancel the demonstration out of fear tensions could spill over as they have elsewhere.
AROUND 200 mainly Muslim protesters marched to the Danish Embassy in Venezuela's capital Caracas today and burnt a Danish and an American flag, as protests over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed spread to Latin America.
The demonstrators left a prayer session at a Caracas mosque and marched together, chanting in Arabic, to the embassy where they doused a Danish and an American flag with petrol and set them alight on the building's steps.
It was the first such demonstration in Latin America in a sweeping global protest over the cartoons that has brought tens of thousands of Muslims to the streets from Jakarta to Nairobi, killing at least 11 people so far.
The drawings, considered blasphemous by many Muslims, were first published in a Danish newspaper, but have since appeared in a number of other publications around the world.
"This is a peaceful march so that people don't keep picking on Muslim people," said Elias Antonio, a young Venezuelan protester sporting a red baseball cap.
That was easy to forecast: German novelist and Nobel laureate Guenter Grass, a prominent left-wing critic of the USA ever since the Vietnam war, blasts the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for the publication of the Mohammad cartoons:
"This was a conscious and planned provocation by a right-wing Danish newspaper," said German Guenter Grass, who took the Nobel Prize in 1999.
Grass described the Danish publishers of the caricatures as "xenophobic right-wing radicals" and the subsequent violent Muslim protests as "a fundamentalist response to a fundamentalist act."
"Where does the West take that arrogance to impose what must and must not be done?" Grass asked, stressing the relativity of the freedom of opinion in the West where the media are controlled by conglomerates "monopolizing the public opinion."
Poor Muslim extremists ... they had to respond (burning houses, issuing death threats, etc., etc.) to a fundamentalistic act (publishing cartoons).
I never looked at it this way, but 9/11 probably was just a fundamentalist response - a bit rough, maybe - to a fundamentalistic act of "the West". For the moment I can't come up with one, but I'm sure Guenter Grass can help us out...
Publicar unas caricaturas: fundamentalista. Matar un sacerdote y a otras 11 personas, quemar embajadas y banderas, amenazar con el exterminio de los que se burlen, critiquen, calumnien etc, el Islam: igual de fundamentalista y mucho menos pacífico. Cada vez entiendo menos esta lógica...
Del blog de Andrew Sullivan, tomo dos entradas: la llamada "los peligros de la moderación":
"A true Muslim moderate is one who protests desecrations of all faiths. Those who don't are not moderates but hypocrites, opportunists and agents for the rioters, merely using different means to advance the same goal: to impose upon the West, with its traditions of freedom of speech, a set of taboos that is exclusive to the Islamic faith. These are not defenders of religion but Muslim supremacists trying to force their dictates upon the liberal West.
And these "moderates" are aided and abetted by Western "moderates" who publish pictures of the Virgin Mary covered with elephant dung and celebrate the "Piss Christ" (a crucifix sitting in a jar of urine) as art deserving public subsidy, but who are seized with a sudden religious sensitivity when the subject is Muhammad. "
I have to say that the performance of the British and American media this past week has made me sad to be a journalist. The main objective of those editors has been sensitivity; the last imperative has been giving readers the information we need to understand the world around us. If you want to know why newspapers are struggling, you just found out.
y la llamada "la sumisión se extiende":
Michelle Malkin has a round-up of various governments now censoring portrayal of Muhammad. Canada, Ukraine, Malaysia, Yemen, Sweden, and South Africa are among the beacons of appeasement. The EU is mulling a new media guideline to conform with the demands of Hezbollah. The editor who commissioned the cartoons has been sent on an indefinite leave. In America and Britain, the government does not need to censor the press. The press is only too willing to do what the Islamists want, without any prodding from the government. It's amazing how quickly the Jihadists have succeeded in intimidating the West into giving up critical freedoms in a matter of days. Now, wait till they have a nuke.
Se censura la imagen de Mahoma en Canadá, Ucrania, Malasia, Yemen, Suecia y Sudáfrica. Se ha suspendido indefinidamente a Fleming Rose, el editor que dio el permiso para la publicación de las caricaturas, porque dijo que quería publicar las viñetas que va a publicar Irán sobre el Holocausto. Y termina: es sorprendente lo rápido que los jihadistas han conseguido intimidar a Occidente para que renuncie a libertades críticas en cuestión de días. Ahora esperen a que tengan una bomba nuclear".
También cita Omar de Iraq The Model opina sobre el tema:
"You know that those cartoons were published for the 1st time months ago and we here in the Middle East have tonnes of jokes about Allah, the prophets and the angels that are way more offensive, funny and obscene than those poorly-made cartoons, yet no one ever got shot for telling one of those jokes or at least we had never seen rallies and protests against those infidel joke-tellers.
What I want to say is that I think the reactions were planned to be exaggerated this time by some Middle Eastern regimes and are not mere public reaction. And I think Syria and Iran have the motives to trigger such reactions in order to get away from the pressures applied by the international community on those regimes." - the indispensable Omar, at Iraq the Model.