Look past the cartoons, writes Christian Parenti of The Nation. The violence in Afghanistan stems from grievances over four years of occupation by U.S. and NATO troops and ineffectual foreign aid schemes. | story
The Tehran city council-owned newspaper says it is testing the West’s arguments about freedom of expression. | story Meanwhile, Four Afghans are killed in cartoon-related protests near the U.S. base in Bagram—the first time violence has been directed against America in the controversy. | story
As violence spreads across the world, Editor & Publisher has the best take yet on why most U.S. news outlets won’t re-publish the satirical images. | story ABC is one of the very few to do so. | video (there’s a commercial) Update: Check out the way Truthdig’s Mr. Fish depicted Jesus in a cartoon. Is it offensive, an exercise in free speech, or both?