All the worldly news that catches my eye


Europe moves to end passport-free travel in migrant row (ontd_political) – Papers please. *sighs*


Australian journalist arrested for reporting facebook security breach (boing boing)

Muslim group wants Sharia Law in Australia (ontd_political)


Belarus: opposition presidential candidate sentenced to 5 years hard labor (Boing Boing)


Canada-U.S. border under scrutiny again (CBC News) — Let me state for the record, I don’t believe that tightening security on the Canadian border is worth it. I don’t believe that the “wall” in Mexico is worth the money. I think this is all bull-hockey. In fact, if you *want* to find a way past the border. You *will* find a way. We should be reaching out and unifying with our neighbors, not trying to build fences to keep us apart. “Good fences make good neighbors” is *not the point* if you *read the damned poem*

Canadian copyright collective wants a music tax on memory cards (Boing Boing)

The coming conservative court: Harper to reshape judiciary (ontd_political)


For Chinese, kidney donation is a click away (Al Jazeera)

One-Dog only (ontd_political)

US to break China web firewall (ontd_political) – Okay, so really, this is an American thing, but it’s sparked by what’s happening in China. And it’s actually rather amusing, considering the amount of net control the US wants to enact.


Denmark to lay claim to North Pole, leaked documents suggest (ontd_political)


So technically this is happening in the US, but it’s important to France:

Update on the accused rapist IMF chief (ontd_political)

I.M.F. Head Is Arrested and Accused of Sexual Attack (ontd_political)

Amid global recession, new IMF strategy: raping commoners one at a time (boing boing)

Don’t let Dominique Strauss-Kahn become the victim (ontd_political)


Former Nazi Camp Guard Gets Five Years (Discovery News)

Judge Files Complaint against Merkel over Bin Laden Comments (ontd_political)


Greek officials urge calm after racist attacks (Las Vegas Sun)


Guatemala: 27 massacred, decapitated in Petén by paramilitary drug gang Los Zetas (UPDATED)
(boing boing)


Acid blinding sentence of Iranian man postponed (ontd_political)


QEII makes first ever official visit to the Republic of Ireland (ontd_political)


Who cares if Hamas recognises Israel? (ontd_political)


How Fudai, Japan Defied The Tsunami Devastation (ontd_political)


Pakistan slams US over Bin Laden raid (ontd_political)

Pakistan bombings: Taliban admits Shabqadar attacks (BBC News) – Killing your own is *not* the way to get recruits.


The Long Overdue Palestinian State (ontd_political)

Who cares if Hamas recognises Israel? (ontd_political)


Russia arrests man who ate human liver with potatoes (Yahoo News)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi woman seeks to put women in the driving seat (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia: A Woman Challenges the Law by Driving in Jeddah (Global Voices)


Nobody expects the Spanish revolution: photos from “Real Democracy” protests in Spain (boing boing)

Tens of thousands march in Spain to protest against austerity measures, banks, politicians (ontd_political)

Update on “Spanish Revolution” protests: riot police surrounding protesters in Madrid (Boing boing)


Syrian dissidents use donkeys to smuggle videos to Jordan (boing boing)


Blackwater founder Erik Prince building American-led army of revolution-crushing mercenaries in UAE (Boing boing)


Uganda lawmakers remove death penalty clause from anti-gay bill (ontd_political) – I don’t even have *words* for how much the idea of this pisses me off.

The Uganda Anti-Gay Bill’s U.S. Roots (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Nadine Dorries tells child sex abuse victims to ‘just say no’ (ontd_political)

Council removes foreign language papers from libaries to encourage English speaking (The Telegraph)

Wise Wizard telling kids about Teh Gay!. i.e. Fabulous Pride is Contagious (ontd_political) – I love Sir Ian McKellen. This is absolutely brilliant

If Scotland does secede, I won’t be alone in mourning for my country (ontd_political)

UK copyright reforms sound sane, useful (boing boing)


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