All the news that’s not fit to print

So, this world situation seems to be a little bit more depressing every day. How is that even possible? I’m not exactly an optimist after all and yet the world still manages to disappoint me.

United Nations

Three Portuguese Language States Ignore UN Convention Against Torture (Global Voices)

Afghanistan

An ‘Evolution in Thinking’ in Afghanistan (Global Voices)

Algeria

Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis (Global Voices)

Azerbaijan

Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Missed Call – A Tool For Protest? (Global Voices)

Brazil

Deadly Nightclub Inferno Leaves Brazil in Mourning (The MOderate Voice)

Cicero Guedes, Brazilian Landless Leader is Murdered in Rio (Global Voices)

Brazil: Families Evicted from Pinheirinho Still Without a Proper Home (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Central African Republic: How Strong Is The Peace Deal? (Global Voices)

Egypt

The Egyptians Want to Overthrow the Regime (Global Voices)

The People Egypt’s Revolution Left Behind (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt Protesters Torch Brotherhood Party HQ: AFP (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Berlin activists create CCTV-smashing street game (Boing Boing)

India

India Sees Push for Police Reform after Rape Outcry (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Outrage as Berlusconi Praises Mussolini on Holocaust Day (The Moderate Voice)

Mali

U.S. to Provide Aerial Refueling for French Warplanes (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

French-led Troops in Mali Seize Airport at Islamist Bastion (The Moderate Voice)

U.S. Air Force Transports French Troops to Mali (The Moderate Voice)

Mauritania

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice (Global Voices)

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Peace March: ‘Stop Violence in North Myanmar’ (Global Voices)

Mozambique

Mozambique: Citizen mobilization to help flood victims (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Violent Anti-Mining Protests in Lambayeque (Global Voices)

Russia

Where Russia’s Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov’s Suicide (Global Voices)

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda” (Global Voices)

Slovakia

Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga (Global Voices)

Somalia

Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King (Global Voices)

Tibet

Tibetan teen dies before immolation protest, leaves note for Dalai Lama’s return (Boing Boing)

Turkey

After 15-year Trial in Turkey, Pınar Selek Sentenced for Life (Global Voices)

United Arab Eremites

Blogging for UAE Detainees (Global Voices)

So, that peace on earth thing

…not so much.

As always, these are just the stories that caught my eye.

British Royal HoaxI’m pulling this one out because there’s a lot of places involved and I don’t feel like multiple links. I’m actually torn about including this story. I don’t know that the surviving family members need the pain of the continuing media exposure and reliving the pain of their wife/mother/daughter/sister/cousin/friend’s suicide. So, on second thought, I’m removing all links to this story.

Afghanistan

Breaking: Member of Special Operations Forces Killed in Rescue of American in Afghanistan (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

Cambodia

Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages (Boing Boing)

Canada upgrades immigration screening with biometrics (The security Director News)

China

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

Denmark

Jews Warned Not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Overplayed His Hand: Analysts (The Moderate Voice)

Hungary

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India (Global Voices)

Indian Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar Dies, Aged 92 (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Italy’s Berlusconi Announces Fresh Run for PM (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea

North Korea says it successfully launched satellite into orbit (CBS News)

Pakistan

Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

Pakistan Leader Visits Shot Girl in British Hospital (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts (Digital Journal)

Swedish Probe into Holocaust Victims’ Ashes Painting (The Moderate Voice)

Syria

NBC’s Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria (Boing Boing)

Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller (Boing Boing)

Where does Assad’s online army come from? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

United Kingdom

Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees (Boing Boing)

Britain to Allow Gay Marriages in Churches (The Moderate Voice)

Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim (Boing Boing)

Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck (ITV)

Zambia

Zambian President Orders Killing of “Rebels” No One Can Find (Global Voices)

Spinning at the Top of the World

So, for some reason, unknowable to mortals like myself, news-worthy stuff keeps happening in places that aren’t the US. Crazy right? Important things that affect very real people and sometimes very large groups of people.

United Nations

Act now to stop unaccountable, censor-friendly UN agency from hijacking control of the Internet! (Boing Boing)

Interpol

Interpol Elects Its First Female President, And You Don’t Want to Mess With Her (the Mary Sue)
Taliban

Taliban uses CC instead of BCC, exposes identity of 400+ contacts (Boing Boing)

Africa

Teenage Girls Harness the Power of Urine, Create a Pee-Powered Generator (The Mary Sue)
Afghanistan

Afghan Women Learn Literacy Through Mobile Phones (The Moderate Voice)

EU

EU’s trillion euro budget summit ends in failure (Repost Us)

Canada

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is out (Boing Boing)

Canadian Supreme Court puts Viagra in the public domain because Pfizer wouldn’t disclose enough of its workings (Boing Boing) — This is Schadenfreude pie at its best.

Chile

China Unveils New Leadership With Xi at Helm (The Moderate Voice)

Cosplaying Chilean students protest education cuts (Boing Boing)

China

Barbie crashes and burns in China (Boing Boing)

Firefighters in Tiananmen Square at the ready to douse self-immolators (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Egypt

Egypt Judges Slam Morsi Over ‘Unprecedented Attack” (The Moderate Voice)

Cairollers: Cairo’s first rollerderby team (Boing Boing)

Morsi meets judges over Egypt power grab dispute (The Moderate Voice)

Finland

Finnish police confiscate 9-y-o’s laptop after she downloads a song from the Pirate Bay (Boing Boing)
France

More than 100,000 March Against Gay Marriage in France (The Moderate Voice)

Gaza Strip

Gaza Death Toll passes 100 as Truce Efforts Build (The Moderate Voice)

Israel PM says Hand Held Out in Peace, Other Holds Sword (The Moderate Voice)

Truce Agreed to End Week of Gaza Bloodshed (The Moderate Voice)

World Powers Denounce Terrorist Israel bus bombing (The Moderate Voice)

Blast on Tel Aviv Bus as Gaza Truce Remains Elusive (The Moderate Voice)

Israeli Gaza Raids Continue, Hitting Media Centre (The Moderate Voice)

Israel air raids kill 10, destroy Hamas HQ in Gaza (The Moderate Voice)

Israel OKs reserve call-up of up to 75,000: TV (The Moderate Voice)

Eight Journalists Wounded After Israeli Missile Strikes Gaza Media Center (the Moderate Voice)

Greece

Hacker steals entire nation’s identity (Boing Boing)

India

Bring Mumbai Masterminds to Justice: Indian Press (The Moderate Voice)

Iran

Iran Minister Confirms Firing at US Drone in Gulf (The Moderate Voice)

Iranian Blogger Who Died In Custody Is Buried (Radio Free Europe Radio Library)

Israel

Israel Presses Gaza Assault as Rocket Panics Tel Aviv (The Moderate Voice)

Rocket defense of Beersheva (Boing Boing)

Israel live-tweets Gaza offensive (Boing Boing)

Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry (USA Today)

Italy

Student Riots in Italy: a dispatch from Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)

Gay anti-mafia politician breaks mold in Sicily (Reuters)

Mexico

Who is shooting and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and why? (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Fears blight ‘Malala Day’ in schoolgirl’s hometown (The Moderate Voice) — I don’t blame them for being afraid. Cowards who shoot at children are unpredictable. I applaud the courage that it takes to continue when you’re scared.

Palestine

Arafat Body ‘To be Exhumed Tuesday’ for Poison Tests (The Moderate Voice)
Russia

Meet Sveta, Pussy Riot’s perky, pro-Putin antithesis (Boing Boing)

Russians enraged with bureaucrat motorcades creating massive gridlock on a daily basis (Boing Boing)

A Single, Severed Cable Cut Contact Between Russia and Its Satellites (The Atlantic)

Grandma in Russia kills wolf with bare hands and axe (Metro UK)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women (The Raw Story)

Somalia

Deforestation Risks Turning Somalia to Desert (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Catalan Leader Seeks ‘Freedom’ in Snap Election (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Following a chain of unexplained deaths in Thailand (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill (ontd-polical)

United Kingdom

Britons! Stop the Snoopers’ Charter, end the government’s spying plan! (Boing Boing)

UK: ex-politician wrongly accused as pedo will sue tweeters who linked him to sex abuse (Boing Boing)

UK man gave cocaine to trick-or-treaters by mistake (Reuters)

Love-rat dad of nine children to eight women who headbutted ex-girlfriend in row over cheese toastie jailed for just 20 days (The Daily Mail)

Twitter and UK libel law (Boing Boing)

I hope you kept the receipt (ontd-Political)
Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital (Irish Times)

Scottish charity looks to save forgotten forest of wee trees (ontd-political)

ORG needs your money to kill UK copyright trolls (Boing Boing)

Petition for transparency in the selection process for the new BBC boss (Boing Boing)

Apple ordered to pay Samsung’s legal fees in UK after ‘false and misleading’ notice (Boing Boing)

Tower of London intruder walks off with keys (Reuters)

Why the UK’s mandatory opt-out censorware plan is stupid (Boing Boing)

Man ordered not to throw horseshit at Prince Charles (Boing Boing)

UK lawmakers slam Starbucks, Amazon and Google on tax (The Passive Voice)

BBC director general George Entwistle resigns in wake of misreported pedo story (Boing Boing)

Add witty title here – World News

With Sandy blowing through, I’m a little behind on everything. Still, I’ve collected some articles and I think they might even be interesting to other people. So here we go.

Africa

An African Election: Rhetoric Around Voting In Close Elections (Racialicious)

Middle East

New respiratory virus identified in the Middle East: What you need to know (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s first female rapper tells the stories that might otherwise be lost (The Guardian)

Canada

Inside Montreal’s Mafia Wars (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Canada gets a huge raft of user-rights in copyright (Boing Boing)

Survey: Canadian retailers losing $10.8 million per day to shrink (Security Director News)

U.S., Canada test harmonization of cargo screening at border (Security Director News)

China

China won’t permit human rights monitors in Tibet, because hey, come on, nothing bad is going on there, you guys

What it’s like to be a journalist in China (Boing Boing)

China’s leadership change leaves Obama little respite (Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Egypt Plans to Pull Plug on All Night Shopping (The Moderate Voice)

Greece

In Greece, financial tragedy creates horrific conditions for cancer patients (Boing Boing)

Germany’s Merck halts supply of cancer drug to Greek hospitals (Reuters)

Guatemala

7.4 quake strikes Guatemala; at least 15 dead, 100+ missing (Boing Boing)

Hungary

Man steals phone on subway (Boing Boing)

India

World’s Biggest School Gives Indian Kids Lessons for Life (The Moderate Voice)

Starbucks Launches First Cafe in India (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Israelis Aim to ‘Fix World’ with Custom Cannabis (The Moderate Voice)

Kebedom Mengistu’s little newspaper gives hope to Africans who’ve fled to Israel (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Manslaughter Verdict For Italian Experts Who Failed To Warn Of Earthquake (The Moderate Voice)

Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter after failing to predict L’Aquila quake; face 6 years in prison (updated) (Boing Boing)

Former Italian PM Berlusconi gets 1-year reduced sentence for fraud (RT News)

Seismologists guilty in Italy: More on the L’Aquila verdict, and what it means for the future of science (Boing Boing)

Collective Intelligence: Science on Trial, Berlusconi sentenced. Dispatch from Italy, by Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)

Netherlands

Dutch government scraps “weed cards” – foreigners will still be able to smoke weed in Amsterdam’s “coffee shops” (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

New Zealand has Hobbit Coins(I Can Has Cheezburger)

New Zealand record industry flubs its first three-strikes prosecution (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Second to US in Obesity, Mexico Wants Kids to Slim Down (The Moderate Voice)

Kidnapped radio engineers forced to build comms networks for the Zetas, never seen again (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Pakistan Girl Shot by Taliban Stands Up for First Time (the Moderate Voice)

Pakistan acid attack parents ‘feared dishonour’ (BBC)

Panama

Panama leader tells Germany he wants to adopt euro (Reuters)

Russia

Pussy Riot activists sent to secret harsh labor camps (Boing Boing)

Spain

Spain’s Empty Highways Lead to Bankruptcy (The Moderate Voice)

Spanish Novelist Javier Marias Refuses Spain’s National Narrative Award, 20,000 Euro Prize (Writers Write)

South Africa

South African Police Unit Prosecuted for Fighting Violence with Thuggery (The Moderate Voice)

South Korea

Quack medicine pills made from babies and super bacteria smuggled from China to South Korea (Boing Boing)

Syria

Free/open source programmer and Creative Commons activist Bassel Khartabil faces torture in notorious Syrian prison (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

English town wins its war against chain coffee (Boing Boing)

UK record industry demands expansion of the Great Firewall of Britain (Boing Boing)

Accidental CC from wedding planner to couple reveals thriving English class snobbery (Boing Boing)

UK surgeon accused of misdiagnosing cancer to perform unnecessary surgeries on women (Boing Boing)

Britain’s free press cringes in anticipation of coming regulation; plutocrats and oligarchs celebrate (Boing Boing)

Big World Keep on Turnin’

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye.

Europe

Black Market for Body Parts Spreads Among the Poor in Europe (NYTimes)

Afghanistan

Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)

Angola

Chinese-built ghost town in Angola – the first of many to come? (Boing Boing)

Belarus

Dissidents airdrop hundreds of free-speech teddybears over Belarus (Boing Boing)

Cambodia

Unknown Respiratory Disease in Cambodia (WHO)

Malaysia

Blogger arrested for sultan slur (The Herald Sun)

Mexico

Mexico’s ‘maquiladora’ labor system keeps workers in poverty (McClatchy)

Paraguay

Paraguay ‘Coup’ has all the ‘Hallmarks of the CIA’ (El Telegrafo, Ecuador)
(The Moderate Voice)

Japan


First of Japan’s 50 reactors restarts since nuclear crisis; Japan’s energy policy still in turmoil
(Boing Boing)

On Battle of Okinawa Anniversary, Okinawans Feel Abandoned By Mainland (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

The Magnitsky List, America’s ‘Secret’ Weapon! (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

South Korea


South Korea may resume whaling, like Japan, “for scientific purposes”
(Boing Boing)

Sweden

Peter “Brokep” Sunde, railroaded into Swedish prison by Big Content (Boing Boing)

Syria.

Wikileaks releases Syrian govt. emails (Boing Boing)

World News Insanity

Remember, these are just the ones that have caught my eye. I make no representations as to continuity. *winks*

Olympics

G4S: the scandal-embroiled “private security” behemoth that will provide 10,000 “security contractors” to London 2012 (Boing Boing)

Scottish cops auto-Godwin Olympic sceptic (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s supergran crimebuster on wheels (BBC)

Canada

Canadian government wants to fill airports with KGB-style hidden microphones (Boing Boing)

Hollywood’s secret, aggressive copyright lobbying campaign in Canada (Boing Boing)

Old-fashioned animation expresses Winnipeggers’ concern over mass-privatisation (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Turmoil Backdrop Election (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING NEWS: Egyptian Court Rules Parliament Illegal (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Photo released of Ray, the “forest boy” of Germany (Boing Boing)

Forest boy identified (Boing BOing)

Greece

Greece’s Pro Bailout Party Wins (For Now) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Ex-Governor Calls Charges He Worked with Drug Cartels a ‘Desperate’ Campaign Stunt (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Poland

President Komorowski Thanks Obama for Helping Dispel ‘Vicious, Unjustified Language’ (Dziennik, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

Scotland

UPDATED: Scottish town council shuts down 9-y-o girl’s wildly popular school lunch blog (BOing Boing)

Spain

Spain’s Economic Recovery’s Biggest Hurdle: Public Trust? (The Moderate Voice)

Spanish activists raise money to sue bank boss at center of financial crisis (Boing Boing)

Spanish Rescue Package Will Further Bleed Taxpayers
(The Moderate Voice)
Syria

Conflict in Syria Now Threatens World Peace (Trouw, The Netherlands) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK government offers unlimited budget to pay ISPs to spy on us (Boing Boing)

Tories divided over UK spying bill, Home Secretary dismisses critics as “conspiracy theorists” who want to protect freedom for “criminals, terrorists and paedophiles” (BOing Boing)

UK-wide workshops on how to talk to your MP about Internet spying and censorship (Boing Boing)

UK economic crisis ends, Tories celebrate by committing £1.8B to spying (Boing BOing)

David Cameron’s daughter Nancy left behind at pub (BBC)

Royal Ascot employs dress code assistants (BBC)

World News Roundup

Wow, I’m a bit behind on this. Some of these stories may have lost their bloom, but I still think they’re important.

International Court

Charles Taylor Guilty Of War Crimes (The Moderate Voice)

Olympics

Private security at London Olympic site illegally harasses photographers shooting from public land (Boing Boing)

East London residents warned of surface-to-air missiles sited on their roofs for the Olympics (Boing Boing)

Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment
(Charlie’s Diary)

European Union

Merkel sleepless over Hollande (The Moderate Voice)

Left Kind Of Wins In France; Chaos Wins In Greece
(The Moderate Voice)
At Stake Today In Europe — The Rule Of Banks (The Moderate Voice)

European Elections: And So the Left Was Right (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

American ‘Scandals’ Pile Up as Afghan Pullout Nears: (Die Zeit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)

Armenia

Armenian political rally ends in tragedy when political hydrogen balloons burst into flames (Boing Boing)

Austria

House built upside-down in Austria becomes tourist attraction (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Brazil’s copyright societies indicted for fraud, new law demands efficient, transparent collecting societies (Boing Boing)

Canada

Ebook Price Fixing Nightmare Continues: Apple Facing Three Class Action Suits in Canada (Writers Write)

Canada’s national copyright office doesn’t understand copyright ( Boing Boing)

Canadian Universities have one week to reject an insane copyright licensing deal that raises the cost of course materials by more than 600% (Boing Boing)

Vancouver’s Supervised Drug Injection Center: How Does It Work? (The Awl)

China

Have Beijing Leaders Absorbed Chen Guangcheng’s Message? (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Peng Peng, a newly cloned “good fat” sheep in China (photo) (Boing Boing)

Publishers in China Start Printing Advertisements on Book Covers (Writers Write)

Additional Thoughts on the Chen Guangcheng Episode. (The Moderate Voice)

China wants to name Dalai Lama’s successor. Dalai Lama: “LOL!” (Boing Boing)

China Relents on Chinese Dissident (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng ‘Deluded’ by Western Media Attention (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng is West’s Latest ‘Tool’ to Undermine China’s Political System (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

France

Sarkozy Kicked Out (The Moderate Voice)

France Heads to the Polls: Will Nicolas Sarkozy Survive? (The Moderate Voice)

CERN scientist sentenced to 5 years in terrorism case (Boing Boing)

Guatemala

10MM images from Guatemala’s National Police go online: disappearances, STD experiments, more (Boing Boing)

In Guatemala, pirate Mayan radio connects marginalized indigenous communities (Boing Boing)

Iran

Iranian finance/tech manager publishes 3,000,000 bank accounts’ details and PINs (Boing Boing)

Iran Says It Is Copying Captured Drone (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraq’s Political ‘Sheep’ Keep Blaming America (Al Qabas, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

The ‘Calamitous’ Results of America’s Iraq Withdrawal (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Now Mexicans Returning to their Native Country (The Moderate Voice)

Three journalists slain in Mexico’s Veracruz (Al Jazeera)

Netherlands

The Netherlands: Normal Life for Dementia Patients (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistan and America: Preparing for a Timely ‘Divorce’ (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Peru

877 dolphins wash up dead in Peru. Why? (Boing Boing)

Russia

Savage beatings for pro-democracy, anti-Putin protesters in Russia (Boing Boing)

South Africa

Rape in South Africa: Still All Too Common (The Root) — ditto on the not watched comment

United Kingdom

Pirate Bay enjoys 12m extra visitors on day one of court-ordered UK censorship (Boing Boing)

UK Border Authority orders Heathrow to suppress evidence of massive customs queues (Boing Boing)

UK MPs: Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run an international corporation (Boing Boing)

Powerful US Senator wants to know more about the Murdoch empire’s UK crimes (Boing Boing)

Building covered in old clothes (Boing Boing)

The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules (BBC News)

UK nightclub bouncers demanding access to your Facebook profile as a condition of entry (Boing Boing)

The Winnemem Wintu Nation

Winnemem Wintu Nation Fights Against The Clock To Preserve Their Heritage (Racialicious)