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Jeff Goldstein / protein wisdom:
Identity Politics, Free Speech, and the Future of worldwide Liberalism, 2: a follow-up  —  From Islam Online: … [all emphases mine]  —  Note the bolded text, because it draws clear (if to be expected) lines of demarcation between the actions of the rival "protest" groups:
Associated Press:
Cartoon row: Danish embassy ablaze  —  DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian demonstrators stormed the Danish Embassy in Damascus Saturday and set fire to the building, witnesses said.  —  The demonstrators were protesting offensive caricatures of Islam's Prophet Mohammed …
Embassies burn in cartoon protest  —  Syrians have set fire to the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Damascus to protest at the publication of newspaper cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.  —  Angry protesters attacked the Norwegian mission after storming the Danish site amid chants of "God is great".
Boston Globe:
Forms of intolerance  —  FREEDOM OF expression is not the only value at issue in the conflict provoked by a Danish newspaper's publication of cartoons satirizing Islam's founding prophet, Mohammed.  The billowing controversy is being swept along by intolerance, ignorance, and parochialism.
Glenn Reynolds /
DANISH EMBASSY BURNED in Syria.  Gateway Pundit has a roundup.  This really is a case of civilization against the barbarians.  The good news is that moderate Muslims are standing up for civilization: … The bad news is that the Boston Globe is siding with the barbarians, comparing the Danish cartoonists to Nazis.
Gateway Pundit:
Danish Embassy Torched in Syria!  —  Witnesses say that protesters set the entire building ablaze which also houses embassies of Chile and Sweden!  —  Chanting "God is Great," they stormed the embassy, burned the Danish flag and replaced it with another flag reading "No God but Allah, Mohammad is His Prophet."
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
If you get rid of the Danes, you'll have to keep paying the Danegeld  —  It's some time since I visited Palestine, so I may be out of date, but I don't remember seeing many Danish flags on sale there.  Not much demand, I suppose.  I raise the question because, as soon as the row about the cartoons …
Albert Aji / Associated Press:
Syrians Torch Embassies Over Caricatures  —  DAMASCUS, Syria - Thousands of Syrians enraged by caricatures of Islam's revered prophet torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus on Saturday — the most violent in days of furious protests by Muslims in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Cartoon controversy spreads throughout Muslim world
Dean / Dean's World:   News Flash: Neal Boortz is Just Another Foaming Islamophobe (JIFA)
George Jahn / Associated Press:
IAEA Reports Iran to U.N. Security Council  —  VIENNA, Austria - The U.N. nuclear watchdog Saturday reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council in a resolution expressing concern that Tehran's nuclear program may not be "exclusively for peaceful purposes."  Iran retaliated immediately …
Washington Post:
U.N. Nuclear Agency Reports Iran to Security Council  —  Move Signals Growing Unease About Nation's Nuclear Program  —  VIENNA, Feb. 4 — The United Nations nuclear agency reported Iran to the U.N. Security Council on Saturday, signaling growing worldwide unease about the nature and intent …
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
NASA Chief Backs Agency Openness  —  A week after NASA's top climate scientist complained that the space agency's public-affairs office was trying to silence his statements on global warming, the agency's administrator, Michael D. Griffin, issued a sharply worded statement yesterday calling for …
Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:
The Bush war on science (Part CXIII): the Big Bang is just an opinion
Discussion: The Peking Duck
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Postage Is Due for Companies Sending E-Mail  —  Soon companies will have to buy the electronic equivalent of a postage stamp if they want to be certain that their e-mail will be delivered to many of their customers.  —  America Online and Yahoo, two of the world's largest providers of e-mail accounts …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Boing Boing
New York Times:
Oil Graft Fuels the Insurgency, Iraq and U.S. Say  —  BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb. 4 — Iraqi and American officials say they are seeing a troubling pattern of government corruption enabling the flow of oil money and other funds to the insurgency and threatening to undermine Iraq's struggling economy.
Discussion: Needlenose and TalkLeft
Mike Allen / Time:
How Gonzales Plans to Defend Eavesdropping  —  TIME Exclusive: Attorney General will tell Senators that wiretaps target suspects, not innocents … Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales plans to use a Congressional hearing on Monday to lash out at "misinformed, confused" …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Louis Charbonneau / Reuters:
Iran is world's top sponsor of terrorism: Rumsfeld  —  MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld accused Iran on Saturday of being the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, a charge that his Iranian counterpart rejected as "ridiculous" and "outrageous."

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