Young man caught up in 'Jihad Jane' case gets 5 years for aiding terrorism

Young man caught up in 'Jihad Jane' case gets 5 years for aiding terrorism

PHILADELPHIA, April 18 (UPI) -- A young man who admitted aiding the would-be terrorist nicknamed "Jihad Jane" apologized to his parents as he was sentenced to five years in a U.S. prison.
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Prosecutors want long prison term for 'JihadJane'

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman who called herself "JihadJane" deserves a long prison term in spite of her cooperation with investigators, federal prosecutors say.

Swedish artist roughed up by guards over gun sculpture

MALMO, Sweden, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A 73-year-old Swedish artist who was bruised and bloodied by guards who mistook his sculpture for a real pistol said he filed a report against them.

Acquittal upheld in Vilks case in Sweden

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A court of appeals in Sweden upheld the acquittal of three men charged with preparing to murder controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks.

Audience members throw eggs at Lars Vilks

KARLSTAD, Sweden, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Angry audience members threw eggs at controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks as he spoke about his Mohammad cartoons and freedom of speech.
Cartoonist murder plot trial nears end

Cartoonist murder plot trial nears end

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Three men accused of planning to murder controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks should be sentenced to prison, prosecutors said in closing arguments.

Judge bars niqab-wearing women

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Swedish judge said he barred three women wearing Muslim niqabs Friday because he has a duty to see the faces of those in his courtroom.

Firebomb attack brings prison sentences

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, July 15 (UPI) -- Two brothers who firebombed the home of a Swedish cartoonist who drew the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog were sentenced to prison Thursday.

Swedish cartoonist's home damaged

HELSINGBORG, Sweden, May 16 (UPI) -- Police in southern Sweden arrested two men for trying to burn the home of Lars Vilks, the cartoonist targeted by al-Qaida after he drew the Prophet Mohammed.

Swedish artist attacked during lecture

UPPSALA, Sweden, May 12 (UPI) -- A Swedish artist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a dog was in a secure location Wednesday after being attacked during a lecture, police in Sweden say.
3 freed in Ireland in Vilks plot probe

3 freed in Ireland in Vilks plot probe

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 13 (UPI) -- Three of seven suspects arrested in Ireland for an alleged murder plot against a Swedish artist who drew a Mohammed cartoon have been freed, officials say.

Mohammed cartoonist banned from gallery

OSLO, Sweden, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A Swedish artist says an Oslo art gallery's refusal to show his comical paintings of the Muslim prophet Mohammed makes his work more "interesting."

Al-Qaida threatens Swedish artist

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Sweden is trying to prevent another cultural row between the Muslim world and the West after al-Qaida offered $100,000 for the murder of a Swedish artist who drew the Prophet Mohammad.

Extremists force cartoonist into hiding

NYHAMNSLAGE, Sweden, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Swedish artist Lars Vilks has been forced into hiding because of threats from an al-Qaida cell over his caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.

Iraqi group offers blood money for artist

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- An Internet audio message said to be from al-Qaida in Iraq offered a $100,000 reward for killing a Swedish artist who caricatured the Prophet Mohammed.
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Lars Vilks
Colleen R. LaRose, who calls herself "Jihad Jane" is seen in a June 26, 1997 mug shot released by the Tom Green County Jail in San Angelo, Texas. Larose was indicted on March 9, 2010 for recruiting foreign terrorists and threatening to murder Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. UPI/Tom Green County Jail

Lars Endel Roger Vilks (born 20 June 1946) is a Swedish artist. He is best known for his drawings of Muhammed, prophet of Islam.

Vilks was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. His father is from Latvia and his mother is Swedish. He earned a Ph.D. in art history from Lund University in 1987, and worked at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts from 1988 to 1997. From 1997 to 2003, he was a professor in art theory at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. As an art theorist, Vilks is a proponent of the institutional theory of art.

Although an academically trained art theorist, Vilks is a self-taught artist. In the 1970s, he started painting, and in 1984, he embarked on creating the idiosyncratic sculptures that have been his hallmark, starting with Nimis. At this time, in the early 1980s, postmodernism made its definite entry into the Swedish art scene, using inspiration from e.g. the French art philosopher Jean-François Lyotard. Conceptual artists took the place of the earlier modernists on the contemporary art scene. These conceptual artists did not want their art to have any aesthetic or programmatic content, but instead often focused on the artist's self. Vilks was part of this movement in Sweden, and among other things turned himself in as a piece of art to the spring saloon at Vikingsberg in Helsingborg, and turned his own car into a piece of art at the fall exhibition at Skånes konstförening.

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