World News – Sick at Heart

Why is it that when I start to review the world news, it’s almost uniformly bad? Seriously, we need more positive stories. Can’t spread peace if all we see is turmoil.

ACTA, TPP, CISPA, etc.

CISPA is SOPA 2.0: petition to stop it (Boing Boing)

Inventor of the Web condemns UK Internet surveillance plans (Boing Boing)

WIPO caught secretly funneling cash to North Korea to buy patent database computers (Boing Boing)

Understanding TPP, ACTA’s nastier, more secret little brother (Boing Boing)

Why a pro-SOPA MPAA technologist changed sides and went to work for ISOC (Boing Boing)

SOPATrack: an app to show connections between campaign donations and voting records (Boing Boing)

New EU ACTA reviewer also recommends not signing it, calls ACTA a threat to civil liberties (Boing Boing)

Hilary Clinton to world governments: the world will divide into “open” and “closed” societies based on their Internet policies (Boing Boing)

Debunking CISPA supporters’ claims of harmlessness, inevitability (Boing Boing)

Americas Summit

Latin American leaders, Obama to discuss ending the war on drugs (Boing Boing)

Calls for Drug Decriminalization in Latin America (The Moderate Voice)

Signs that two of Latin America’s most powerful drug gangs, Zetas and Maras, are joining forces (Boing Boing)

Repression Will Win Out Over Legalization at Summit of the Americas (El Carabobeno, Venezuela) (The Moderate Voice)

Blaming Washington: Why the Americas Summit was a Bust (El Pais, Spain) (The Moderate Voice)
European Union

Austerity is Europe’s mutual suicide-pact (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Adding Insult to Injuries, and Deaths (The Moderate Voice)

Bahrain

Hunger-striking Bahraini dissident Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja near death; Formula One president still plans to run races in Bahrain (Boing Boing)

Canada

Successful, full, gay-friendly, arts-friendly public high-school in Peterborough, Ontario slated for closure (Boing Boing)

Canada Post sues crowdsourced postal-code database, claims copyright in Canadian postal-codes (Boing Boing)

Canada’s universities and colleges capitulate to copyright strong-arm tactics (Boing Boing)

Toronto’s dingleberry mayor releases $2 graffiti-reporting app (Boing Boing)

China

China detains Tibetans returning from Buddhist festival, arrests devotee who sees vision of Dalai Lama in the Moon (Boing Boing)

Disney Will Help China Develop Animation Industry (Newsy.com)

Greece

Suicides in Greece increase 40% (Boing Boing)

India

Indian skeptic charged with “blasphemy” for revealing secret behind “miracle” of weeping cross (boing Boing)

Iran

Iran denies reports that internet will be cut, replaced by “clean, national intranet” (Boing Boing)

Iran’s “Halal Internet” evolves into a mere more-ambitious censorship regime (Boing Boing)

Israel

For Passover fun in Israel, a safari of animals crafted from Coca-Cola trash (Boing Boing)

Italy

Centurions battle cops at Colosseum (Boing Boing)

Malawi

Blogger scoops news of Malawi President’s death, is detained and harassed by police (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea’s Loss of Face. What Now? (The Moderate Voice)

‘Unimaginable and Miserable Punishment’ to Follow Interception of DPRK Satellite (Rodong Sinmun, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING: North Korea Launches Long-Range Missile — May Have Failed (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Sweden

Screaming black female circumcision cake controversial (Boing Boing)

Voices: Makode Aj Linde And That Cake (Racialicious)

Syria

Malware targeted at Syrian activists can operate webcam, disable AV, keylog, steal passwords (Boing Boing)

Syria: UN-sponsored peace treads softly (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

A Russian City Always on the Watch Against Being Sucked Into the Earth (NY Times)

This church scandal in Russia involves Photoshop, and a disappearing $30K watch (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Black London firefighter beaten, tazed and charged for offering assistance to cops had his complaint buried (Boing Boing)

Norwich City soccer team demands teen’s arrest for finding unannounced images on public website (Boing Boing)

Regulator: Amazon UK’s “release date” delivery promise not misleading (Boing Boing)

Evidence of Britain’s colonial crimes revealed, including orders to cover up evidence of further atrocities (Boing Boing)

Tony Blair channels Ronald Reagan, “doesn’t remember” sending dissidents to Libya for torture (Boing Boing)

London’s dystopian Olympics: criminal sanctions for violating the exclusivity of sponsors’ brands (Boing Boing)

Son of the world news

ACTA

Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers (Boing Boing)

Michael Geist’s magisterial ten-minute ACTA takedown
(Boing Boing)

Anonymous

Hacker, Informant and Party Boy of the Projects (NY Times)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Report: LulzSec members arrested (Boing Boing)

Anonymous rocked by revelation that top LulzSec hacker was FBI snitch (Boing Boing)

LulzSec frontman Sabu was FBI informant, fed Stratfor docs to Wikileaks from an FBI-owned computer (Boing Boing)

Latin America

Inmate’s Lament: ‘Rather Be Dead Than Here’ (NY Times)

Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier in Kandhar Kills 16 Afghan Civilians Including 9 Children (The Moderate Voice)

After slaying of 16 Afghan civilians, American Army sergeant held for investigation (Boing Boing)

Taliban Vows Revenge After U.S. Soldier Murders 16 Afghans, Including 9 Kids (The Moderate Voice)

Taliban Claim Afghan Killing Spree not Work of Lone U.S. Soldier (The Frontier Post, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Soldiers Tackle Man on Fire During Panetta’s Afghan Visit (ABC News)

Your tax dollars at work: Afghan Air Force used as “flying drug mules” (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Belgian copyright society wants royalties for library volunteers who read to small groups of children (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadian copyright consultation drawing to a close – time to contact your MP (Boing Boing)

Last chance for Canadians to weigh in on Canada’s SOPA (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Canada’s ridiculous university copyright deal poised to become law (Boing Boing)

Petition to preserve the CBC’s musical archive (Boing Boing)

Canadian music labels demand keys to the Internet (Boing Boing)

Maher Arar on Canada’s pro-torture policy (Boing Boing)

Canadian record industry demands SOPA-style censorship (Boing Boing)

Canada to science: Drop dead (Boing Boing)

Handbook explaining your electronic privacy rights at the Canadian border from the BCCLA (Boing Boing)

China

Interviews Before Execution: Chinese reality talk show with death row inmates (Boing Boing)

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

China: 30-story prefab skyscraper built in two weeks. Of course it’s safe! (Boing BOing)

Egypt

‘How will Egypt Regain Custody of Fugitive Americans?’, Protesters Ask (Al-Gomhuriah, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s Sarkozy “sorry” for tomato attack: source (Reuters)

Germany


Five Hundred New Fairy Tales Found in Germany
(Writer’s Write)

Iran

Netanyahu Warns: Strike on Iran Won’t Necessarily Be Months Away (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Los Galgos Guapos (“The Handsome Hounds”): photo-essay on greyhound rescue in Tijuana (Boing Boing)

Morocco

Hillary Clinton: ‘Hide the February 20 Movement from Me’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

NZ set to put source-shielding journalistic privilege at judges’ mercy (Boing Boing)

Phillipines

Filipinos Debate Racism in a Men’s Magazine (International Herald Tribune)

Russia

Russia: A Hacking War Before the Presidential Elections? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Stunning Russian Election Shocker! (The Moderate Voice)

Switzerland

Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned (BBC)

Syria

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad email leak (Boing Boing)

China stakes claim in Mideast diplomacy with Syria initiative (The Moderate Voice)

Video: In Syrian hospital, doctors torture patients brought in from protests (Boing BOing)

Crossing into Syria: a plea from the Free Syrian Army (Boing Boing)

Syria’s Deputy Oil Minister Defects to Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Tibet

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Medical aid worker on Kony 2012: “The aid industry has just been Biebered.” (Boing Boing)

The Nearly Forgotten U.S. Military Mission to “Stop Kony” (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

It’s complicated — responding to Kony 2012 (Slacktivist)

Kony 2012’s Visible Funding: Invisible Children’s anti-gay, creationist, Christian right donors (Boing Boing)

Meanwhile, On The TumblR: Rosebell Kagumire Adds Her Voice To The #StopKony Debate (Racialicious)

‘They Feel Like We Have An Agenda’: Religion And The Invisible Children Campaign (Racialicious)

Kony 2012 screening in Uganda results in anger, rocks thrown at screen (Boing Boing)

We Are Not Invisible: 5 African Women Respond To The Kony 2012 Campaign (Racialicious)

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign (Boing Boing)

Joseph Kony documentary: bringing the world’s attention to the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army (Boing Boing)

#StopKony: Activism Or Exploitation? (Racialicious)

Kony 2012: a viral mess (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Grim Meathook Future, English style (Charlie’s Diary) — Again, DO NOT FOLLOW this model Europe. It’s *not working*.

Lockdown London: how the Olympics will turn London into (more of) a police state (Boing Boing)

Stolen bench found in shed (Boing Boing)

Staines woman dressed as boy jailed for sex assaults (BBC)

Island of Guersney moots becoming a “libel haven” where rich & powerful can sue & silence critics (Boing Boing)

‘Oh, London, You Drama Queen’ (The NY Times)

UK police/spies colluded with giant construction firms to build illegal blacklist database of whistleblowers, trade-unionists (Boing Boing)

Revenge of the world news

For some reason, the world just won’t stop coming up with new and intriguing things for me to read. Why is that?

ACTA

What the US government tells European parliamentarians about ACTA (Boing Boing)

Danish band claims collecting society prevented them from playing anti-ACTA gig (Boing Boing)

AnonymousB/c they cross borders

Spain, South America arrest 25 in Anonymous crackdown, with Interpol assist (Boing Boing)

Antarctica

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Australia

Cudo Stupidity Followup (Whatever)

Australian Senate calls for apology on forced adoptions (ontd_political)

Abortion outrage: Mums should be allowed to terminate newborns, say Australian academics (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Inside Kabul: landmine survivor aid activist live-blogs from lockdown in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)

Why Would Afghani citizens be so angry? (Religion News)

Bolivia

Bolivian riot cops gas, beat wheelchair protesters (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Bulgaria

Icebound, long-abandoned Communist flying saucer in the cliffs of Bulgaria (Boing Boing)

Canada

BC government considering legislation to remove teachers right to strike. (ontd_political)

Independent watchdog says Canada’s 2011 elections may have been corrupt (Boing Boing)

Canadian record labels to Canadian Parliament: we want to be able to control search engines, social networking, blogs, video sites, and community sites. Oh, and we want an iPod tax. (Boing Boing)

Alberta doctors continue to bill province for ‘treating’ homosexuality (ontd_political)

China

Hong Kong Airlines accused of profiting from “flying Taiji dolphin coffins” (Boing Boing)

Finland

Finnish alpha males go Esther Williams for breast cancer (Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog)

India

India’s Government Grudgingly Releases Report on Nuclear Power’s Effect on Human Health (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

SKS, world’s largest microfinance service, drives debtors to suicide (Boing Boing)

Ireland

Irish SOPA signed into law (Boing Boing)

Japan

America and Japan ‘Too Hasty’ about Resuming Nuclear Plant Construction (Shimpo Hebei Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown, one year later: Frontline doc airs [Feb. 28] on PBS (Boing Boing)

Haunting photos from Fukushima, one year later: “Invisible You,” by Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Join a live Q&A about the first few days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis (boing Boing)

Fukushima and mental health (Boing Boing)

Nigeria


What Happens When U.S. Law Collides With Int’l Law? That’s for The Supremes To Sort Out
(The Moderate Voice)

North Korea


U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea
(ontd_political)

Pakistan

“Saving Face” May be a Saving Grace for Women Victims of Acid Attacks (Muslimah Media Watch)

Russia

The ‘Brutality of the World’, According to Vladimir Putin (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)


‘Russia’s Place in a Changing World,’ By Vladimir Putin (Moskovskiye Novosti, Russia)
(The Moderate Voice)

Anti-Gay Law Stirs Fears in Russia (ontd_political)

Spain

Hactivistas protest brutal Spanish copyright law with flood of complaints (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria says referendum results coming Monday; vote punctuated by new violence (CNN)

Marie Colvin: a portrait of the slain war correspondent, by Molly Crabapple (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Labour to Britain’s Internet: drop dead (Boing BOing)

Make little, make often: how manufacturing could work in the UK (Boing Boing)

Tory Lord tells peers about a weird Internet scam at great length (Boing Boing)

HIV treatment to be free for undocumented migrants and non-UK citizens. (ontd_political)

NHS bill: goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance (ontd_political) — Please don’t follow the US example. ktnxbai

Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe attacks gays in birthday rant (ontd_political)

Do I really need catchy titles about world news?

As always, these are just the stories that caught my attention. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t miss something important. Or even that these are important, just that they interested me and I hope you find something intriguing here.

ACTA

MEP who resigned ACTA role explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public’s personal information (Boing Boing)

Bulgaria and Netherlands back away from ACTA (Boing Boing)

On ACTA, U.S. Media Turned The Other Way (The Moderate Voice)

Pictures from Berlin’s anti-ACTA protest (Boing Boing)

Alan Moore explains the Guy Fawkes mask, Occupy, Anonymous and anti-ACTA protests (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing’s Beschizza talks Megaupload, ACTA, and torrent justice on RT TV (Boing Boing)

Olympics

Fraud charges leveled at security director for the Rio Olympics (Security Director News)

United Nations

FCC commissioner: don’t let the Internet fall into the UN’s hands (Boing Boing)

In Syria, the U.N. Security Council Fails the World (The Kochi Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Help on the Way for Afghan Children Dying of Cold (The Moderate Voice)

Bahrain

Protest iPad, Bahrain (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Answering work emails after hours is overtime: Brazil (The Star)

Canada

Anonymous video threatens Canada’s domestic spying minister with embarrassing disclosures (Boing Boing)

Toronto’s librarians need your help and love (Boing Boing)

Rick Mercer: valuing online privacy doesn’t make you criminal, it makes you Canadian (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spy-bill minister has no idea what is in his own law (Boing Boing)

Canadian MP: if you oppose warrantless snooping, you “stand with child pornographers” (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill: be very afraid (Boing Boing)

Canada’s bull-moose civil libertarian on Canada’s new domestic spying law (Boing Boing)

Involuntary transparency for Canada’s spying-bill MP (Boing Boing)

Can you spot the difference on “lawful access” bill? (Canada.com)

Canadian MP demands trick photography to disguise rampant Friday absenteeism in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Canadian tweeps bare all for spying MP (Boing Boing)

Newspaper claims Vikileaks Twitter account traced back to House of Commons (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill also allows appointed “inspectors” unlimited access to ISP data (Boing Boing)

Canada’s government muzzles scientists, stonewalls press queries about health, environment and climate (Boing Boing)

Canada’s sweeping new, evidence-free electronic spying bill (Boing Boing)

Vast hordes of Canadians speak out on proposed copyright legislation; lend your voice! (Boing Boing)

Canadian universities sign bone-stupid copyright deal with collecting society: emailing a link is the same as making a photocopy, faculty email to be surveilled (Boing Boing)

China

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

Xi Jiping’s hall of mirrors (The Moderate Voice)

China’s Vice President lived in a cave for 7 years, eating gruel (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Raids on Offices of American NGOs Reveal Scheme to ‘Partition’ Egypt (Al Ahram, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Archaeologists discover tomb of female singer in Valley of the Kings (The Independent)

Egyptians Refuse to Accept What America Would Reject (Amal al-Oumma, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Georgia

Response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (Boing Boing)

One more response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, by Some Guy from Georgia (Boing Boing)

Germany

Das Liquid Democracy and the German Pirate Party (Boing Boing)

Nazi Baggage Complicates Germany’s New Role as ‘America of Europe’ (Die eit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)


Hamburg, Germany: Preventive Detention Controversy Splits Politicians and City Residents (Guest Voice)
(The Moderate Voice)

Berlin cuts down 1/6th of the Unter den Linden lime trees to expand underground train line (Ontd_political)

Greece

My Big Fat Greek Economic Crisis (The Moderate Voice)

All is not well in Greece (Boing Boing)

India

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Polio breakthrough: India marks disease-free year (The Raw Story)

Iran

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Was American arrested for spying in Iran producing “propaganda games” for CIA? (Boing Boing)

Risky Profession: Yet Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Corruption in Iraq: ‘Your son is being tortured. He will die if you don’t pay’ (The Guardian)

Israel

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Injured Israeli: On Way Home From New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Truth and consequences: FRONTLINE’s brilliant documentary on Fukushima (Boing Boing)

Mexico

President Calderon Implores the U.S.: ‘No More Weapons!’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

With Tale of Drug Lord, U.S. Builds Case for Mexico Intervention (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war (Boing Boing)

Mexican scientists successfully test vaccine that could cut heroin addiction (The Guardian)

Myanmar

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home (BBC)

US to exchange ambassadors with Burma (BBC)

The Netherlands

Dutch court gives rightsholder group unchecked power to block IPs and domains in the Netherlands (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Nothing To Envy: North Korea (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistani newspaper ad seeks bids for a Great Firewall of Pakistan (Boing Boing)

Saudi Arabia

Interpol accused after Saudi Arabia arrests journalist over Muhammad tweet (Boing Boing)

Syria

Report: Syrian Government Using Human Shields on Tanks (The Moderate Voice)

Did Syria’s army use sat-phone surveillance to hunt down and kill journalists? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Losar: Tibetan New Year, and “mandatory celebrations” (Boing Boing)

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK gov’t: yes, we kidnapped people and sent them to be tortured by Qaddafi, but you can’t sue us (Boing Boing)

Britain’s threatening and clueless domain takedown message (Boing Boing)

Colorblind painter’s wearable “synesthesia camera” reportedly broken by police (Boing Boing)

Data viz: whom did the UK government invite to emergency talks about the health reform bills? (Boing Boing)

A generational failure (The Moderate Voice) — Honestly, the thing that surprises me most is that she only applied for 200 positions before she killed herself.

Bankster might lose his knighthood (Boing Boing)

UK education minister: times are tough, let’s spend £60M on a new yacht for the Queen! (Boing Boing)

British admin for download links database may be first extradited to US for copyright charges (Boing Boing)

England worst place in the world for bogus “walking while brown” stop-and-searches (Boing Boing)

Cash-strapped UK local authorities spent £0.5B on CCTV in 4 years (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

Our Unwelcome Guest: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (El Universal, Venezuela) (The MOderate Voice)

Ahmadinejad and Chavez Agree: ‘Our Weapon is Love’ (El Universal, Venezuela) (The Moderate Voice)