Up and Down on the Hobby Horse – world news

Things never seem to change. Really. There’s always just one more dreadful story. And while I’d love to promote only fun stories, I think the depressing ones are important. As always, these are links to the things that caught my attention.

Africa

China’s health aid in Africa leads to flood of fake drugs (Boing Boing)

Armenia

Armenian Blogger on Trial for Satire Photo of Politician (Global Voices)

Australia

Australia legalizes violent video games (Boing Boing)

Central African Republic

Journalist Killed During Ceasefire Talks in Central African Republic (Global Voices)

Czech Republic

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions (Global Voices)

Russia

Murder Trail Leads to Russian Facebook of Horrors (Global Voices) <– Remember innocent until proven guilty. But the immediate reactions from the social networks is fascinating.

Turkey


Zonguldak Accident Draws Attention to Turkish Miners’ Plight
(Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Top UK entertainer sexually abused hundreds, mostly children (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

Venezuela’s future uncertain amid Chavez absence (Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen (Global Voices)

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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)

Wide World Events

There’s still massive shifts happening across the world and they’re as hard to predict for the lay person as plate techtonics.

These are the bits that caught my attention.

#hackergate

James Murdoch, “the first Mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise” (Boing Boing)

NewsCorp shareholders revolt against Murdoch family (Boing Boing)

Africa

Al Qaeda Threatening Positive Progress in Africa (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

Europeans: EU to vote on ACTA, get informed and involved! (Boing Boing)

Argentina

Three-Eyed Fish Discovered Near Argentinian Nuclear Facility (io9)

Canada

How Toronto Lost Its Groove (ontd_political)

Torture victims target Bush’s Surrey visit (ontd_political)

China


China Completes Second Orbital Docking
(Discovery News)

Egypt

Egypt: “social media activist” hero Alaa Abd El-Fattah jailed for another 15 days (Boing Boing)

France

Hostages freed by al-Qaeda arrive home in France (ontd_political)

French court sends EDF execs to jail for hacking, spying on Greenpeace (Boing Boing)

Germany

After 43 years, Germans finally to see Star Trek Nazi episode on network TV (ontd_political)

Greece

Hopes Raised in Europe and U.S.: Greece Swears in New Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (The Moderate Voice)

Greenland

Greenland ice sheet melting at unprecedented rates (ontd_political)

India

Is It Time For India To Try On Its Super Power Shoes & Start Being One? (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Ex-Israeli President to serve 7 years for rape (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Judge Goldstone’s Offensive Apology for Apartheid (ontd_political)

Italy

New PM Monti looks to form new cabinet (ontd_political)

Berlusconi To Resign (The Moderate Voice)

Berlusconi Bye Bye? (Boing Boing)

Presto Panico: Berlusconi Screws The Pooch, Italy, Maybe The World (The Moderate Voice)

Berlusconi to neo-fascists: “I’ll be back.” (Boing Boing)

Bye-bye, Bunga-bunga: “Addio Berlusconi” (Boing Boing)

Iran

Op-ed by US hiker jailed in Iran: solitary confinement is torture (Boing Boing)

Is There A Middle Ground In Dealing With The Threat Of A Nuclear Iran? (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING: Massive Explosion Reported at Military Base West of Tehran (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

ICYMI: Crowdsourcing radiation data inside Fukushima hot zone, Xeni in Japan (Boing BOing)

Hacking geigers: Safecast crowdsources radiation data in Japan after Fukushima disaster (Boing Boing)

What’s the fallout for pets abandoned in Japan’s Fukushima hot zone? (Boing Boing)

Safecast draws on power of the crowd to map Japan’s radiation (Boing Boing)

New International Report Shreds Japan’s Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Inside Fukushima: 8 months after disaster, foreign journalists get first look at crippled nuclear plant (Boing Boing)

Tsunami dead were idiots for being too slow, says minister (ontd_political)

Libya

Gaddafi Said To now be Buried in Secret Location along with others. (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Anonymous Spokesman Flees Over Safety Concerns (Discovery News)

Mexico helicopter crash kills Interior Secretary Blake Mora (ontd_political)

Prostitutes, pot, pet peacocks, and plasma TVs found in Mexico prison raid (Boing Boing)

Mexico: moderator of online discussion forum about narcos reported as tortured, decapitated by narcos (UPDATED) (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Nuevo Laredo online says murdered man wasn’t blogger or “social media” reporter, but scapegoat for terror (Boing Boing)

Mexico’s “War on Drugs” leads to catastrophic rise of murder, torture, “disappearance” (Boing Boing)

Report: “No proof” man killed in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was social media user (Boing Boing)


Mexico: Interior Minister killed in mysterious chopper crash 3 years after predecessor’s death in mysterious plane crash
(Boing Boing)

Malaysia

Stolen government of Malaysia certificate used to sign malicious fake Adobe software update (Boing Boing)

The Netherlands

Halal and kosher hit by Dutch ban (ontd_political)

Russia

Russia Mars Probe May Fall to Earth in January (Discovery News)

Toxic Russian Mars Probe Heads Back to Earth (Discovery News)

Russian Mars Probe ‘Considered Lost’ (Discovery News)

Russia’s Mars Mission May Be In Trouble (Discovery News)

Sweden

School head on rape claim: ‘boys will be boys’ (ontd_political)

Switzerland

Muslims outraged over pig parts dumped at Swiss Mosque site (ontd_Political)

Syria

Human Rights Watch reports “Crimes against humanity” in Syria (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Flood-hacking in Thailand (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK City Forcing Taxi Drivers To Record All Passengers (Consumerist)

‘Can He Speak English?’ Westminster Official Asks Welsh Teacher And Former Union President (ontd_political)

UK religious, political leader calls gay rights Advocates ‘Gaystapo’ (ontd_political)

Secret documents reveal the flimsy case for Ofcom to give into BBC’s public TV DRM demands (Boing Boing)

British man calls police after confusing the Moon for a UFO (io9)

Sales tax is still regressive, gravity still sucks, and George Osborne is still a delusional ideologue (Boing Boing)

The Stimulus Worked (The Moderate Voice)

Liberal whingers are wrong – we should shut our libraries (ontd_political) — Just a note. In answer to the first question – I went to the library two weeks ago and I’ve got one of the books sitting on my desk right now. So /insert rude gesture here/

Venezuela

BREAKING: Wilson Ramos Rescued, Safe in Venezuela (The Moderate Voice)

New, Old, and In Between World News

The world continues to explode with news. Below are just some of the bits I’ve captured. From earthquakes to dictator’s to human rights. These have caught my attention.

Africa

Open For Questions: Crisis in the Horn of Africa (The White House)

European Union

EU Leaders Meet. Ordinary Europeans Weep. Bankers Celebrate. (The Moderate Voice)

Oh No He Didn’t: Sarkozy tells Cameron to ‘shut up’ on eurozone (ontd_political)

Argentina

Former Argentine naval officer Alfredo Astiz has been jailed (ontd_political)

Australia

Australian detention centres breaking people – report (ontd_political)

Canada

Mystery feet identified (Boing Boing)

Air Canada flight attendants blocked from legal strike, says labour board (ontd_political)

Canada Blocks Torture Case Against Bush (ontd_political)

Mountie slapped for online office striptease (ontd_political)

Canadian Tory MP: Don’t worry about violating our stupid new copyright law, because we probably won’t catch you if you do (Boing BOing)

Toronto mayor confronted by comedy interviewer calls 911, reportedly shouts “You bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city! (Boing Boing)

Rob Ford denies calling 911 dispatcher names (ontd_political)

France

Long Pursuit of Justice Takes a Father Beyond the Law (ontd_political)

India

On contraception and abortion and their linkage to population control in India (ontd_political)

“Wife-sharing” haunts Indian villages as girls decline (ontd_political)

Ireland

Two dead, hundreds stranded in Irish flooding (Reuters)

Libya

Gadhafi Was Brutalized More Than Originally Thought (The Moderate Voice)

“A new era of promise”: President Obama on the Declaration of Liberation in Libya (White House)

When Condoleezza Rice met Moammar Gaddafi (The Washington Post)

Criminal Court in Indirect Talks With Qaddafi Son, Prosecutor Says (New York Times)

The New Libya Is Not Off To A Good Start (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Blog del Narco, site chronicling Mexican drug cartel violence, is under attack (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

NIGERIAN KING SUES SHELL FOR $1 BILLION (Discovery News)

Palestine

Palestinian Bid for Full Unesco Membership Imperils American Financing (Ontd_Political)

Russia

Russian families sue child mix-up hospital (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Nayef named Saudi crown prince (Reuters)

Will Saudi Succession Impact the Country’s Energy Exports? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Unemployment Rising in Spain (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thai floods shut Bangkok’s second largest airport as PM warns of possible inundation (The Washington Post)

Fears of Food Shortages Rise With Thai Floods (The Wall Street Journal)

Tunisia

Tunisians Going to the Polls in the First Post Arab Spring Elections (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Turkey

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY PULLED FROM TURKEY RUBBLE (Discovery News)

The Earthquake in Turkey (The White House)

Earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 possibly killed (ontd_political)

7.2 earthquake hits Turkey, more than a thousand feared dead (Boing Boing)

Turkey earthquake: Death toll passes 430 (BBC News)

United Kingdom

Stuart Walker found burned by roadside in Cumnock (ontd_Political)

MP withdraws from Commons Committee over threats of violence (ontd_political)

Tree surgeon in trouble over deceased father’s egg collection (ontd_political)

Royal Shazam: The Biggest Shakeup In The Rules Of Succession For British Royalty (The Moderate Voice)

Margaret Thatcher reimbursed for more than £500K in expenses by UK taxpayers (Boing Boing)

Yemen

More turmoil in Yemen. Possible turning point? (ontd_political)

Gravitational pull of that which needs attention

I was planning to add in Occupy Wall Street here, but it really needed its own post. I’ll be out tomorrow.

Global

As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe (ontd_political)

Africa

FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa (White House)

#hackergate


News Corp may face American class action suit
(ontd_political)

Strauss-Kahn

Former IMF boss claims immunity in civil case (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Lone Female Air Force Pilot (ontd_political)

Australia

Australia to let women fight on the front line (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain medical staff sentenced over protests (ontd_political)

We stand by the Bahraini protestors; we stand by their delicious supression, which we had a hand in! (ontd_political)

Bolivia

Native protests in Bolivia violently repressed by police (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Brazilian woman found alive in morgue by daughter (boing boing)

Canada

Williams Lake girl accuses RCMP of assault (ontd_political)

Baby Joseph’ Dies at Home After Long Treatment Battle (ontd_political)

Abortion debate reopened, Tory MP Trost says (ontd_political)

Top court to rule Friday on Vancouver’s supervised injection site (ontd_political)

Redmen team name irks Saskatoon high school graduate (ontd_political)

Canada urged to launch Cheney torture probe (ontd_political)

St. Albert dad fights public school division over Lord’s Prayer (ontd_political)

Toronto Convention Centre charges attendees $150/day to use WiFi (Boing Boing)

‘Taking Back Their Power’ on Parliament Hill (ontd_political)

Vancouver’s new sex-trade strategy praised by advocacy group (ontd_political)

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Freed Men Citizenship restored (ontd_political)

China

China space launch “all systems go” for Thursday (Boing Boing)

2 Tibetan monks set themselves on fire as part of protest (ontd_political)

Man who kept sex slaves in cellar sacked, loses Party membership (Shanghai Daily)

China will launch a prototype of its space station later this week (i09)

Journalist Is Detained in China for Article on Sex Slaves (ontd_political)

China: Awesome gentleman builds homemade flying contraption powered by eight motorcycle engines (Boing boing)

France

Child finds jar of fingers (boing boing)

France: The Battle against Sexism (ontd_political)

France’s burqa ban: women are ‘effectively under house arrest’ (ontd_political)

Deprived of mosque, Paris Muslims pray in fire station (ontd_political)

Germany

Unidentified teenage boy emerges from forest (Boing Boing)

Indonesia

Suicide Bombing in Indonesia (ontd_political)

Iran

Iran blocks TOR, TOR unblocks itself later that day (Boing boing)

What media coverage omits about US hikers released by Iran (ontd_political)

Israel

Shelly Yachimovich elected as new leader of Israel’s Labor Party (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

lets get down to brass tacks… (ontd_political)

Israel approves 1,100 settler homes in Gilo, Jerusalem (ontd_political)

The IDF quietly abandons its spin on Eilat attack (ontd_political)

Palestinians ready to put statehood on backburner in favour of peace talks (ontd_political)

Italy

Italian MPs propose Internet disconnection law: one copyright accusation from anyone and you lose your Internet connection (Boing boing)

Italy Actually Going Through With Manslaughter Trial of Seismologists (ontd_political) — This is idiocy.

Belen, Berlusconi, and bunga-bunga (Boing Boing)

Kenya

FGM: Kenya acts against unkindest cut (ontd_political)

Good news in Kenya slum (ontd_political)

Lebanon

In Beirut, a beauty parlour for 4-year-old girls (Boing Boing)

Libya

President Obama at the U.N. on Libya: “We will Stand with You” (White House)

Mexico

Cartel thugs go phishing in Mexico: Fliers circulate with fake email to “denounce” Monterrey narcos (Boing Boing)

Five human heads found at Acapulco, Mexico primary school, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (boing Boing)

Who are Los Mata Zetas? “Zetas Killers” viral video promises vengeance on Mexican drug cartel (Boing Boing)

Woman in Mexico beheaded for posting about narcos on social networking site (boing boing)

Mexico: 35 bodies in Veracruz, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (Boing BOing)

Mexico: As corpses stack up in narco-violence, president launches surreal TV tourism campaign (Boing Boing)

Mexico drops charges in Veracruz “Twitter Terorrism” case (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Drug cartels shift threats to social media (Boing Boing)

Namibia

GENOCIDE SKULLS RETURNED TO NAMIBIA (Discovery News)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi king revokes flogging of female driver (ontd_political)

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections (ontd_political)

South Sudan

Google adds South Sudan to Google Maps (ontd_political)

Spain

Bullfighting ends in Catalonia Spain (ontd_political)

Syria

Hell is Syria: 18-year old woman dies gruesome death in detention (Boing Boing)

Tasmania

Tasmania to leglise gay marriage (maybe) (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandans say they were beaten and forced from homes to make room for carbon credit forest (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method: Christians Outraged (ontd_political)

Brain-damaged woman’s family loses right to die case (ontd_political)

UK Labour Party wants journalism licenses, will prohibit “journalism” by people who are “struck off” the register of licensed journalists (Boing Boing)

UK patent office seeks public’s help with prior art that invalidates patent applications (boing boing)

The gender-free British passport: UK travellers may no longer have to declare their sex, to spare feelings of ‘transgender people’ (ontd_political)

Dale Farm: Travellers win injunction delaying eviction (ontd_political)

A Slap on the Wrist for Satoshi Kanazawa (Racialicious)

Turn, Turn, Turn,

I make no representations for these stories being anything more than the ones that caught my eye. There’s so much going on that I know I can’t keep up with it all. I can’t even keep up with everything that’s happening in my own back yard. And that’s okay. Not ideal, but okay.

Africa

Aircraft carrier left us to die, say migrants (ontd_political)

One in three Africans is now middle class, report finds (The Guardian) Well, if there’s one above and one below, this is probably the right mix. Middle class, being in the middle.

Brazil

Brazil top court recognizes same-sex civil unions (ontd_political)

Japan

Two months on (Charlie’s Diary)

Libya

Iman al-Obeidi is alive! (ontd_political) — Shaming victims of rape is done in the states. I don’t believe it here. I don’t believe it there.

Mexico

Tens of Thousands March in Mexico City (NY Times)

Morocco

Al-Qaeda denies role in Morocco cafe blast (ontd_political)

Scotland

Scottish election: SNP surges to ‘historic’ victory (ontd_political)

Spain

Spanish cancer scientist rages at government in funding row (El Pais)

Syria

Govt rounds up hundreds of anti-regime activists (ontd_political)

Syria’s man-in-the-middle attack on Facebook (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Richest students to pay for extra added places at Britain’s best universities? (ontd_political)

Clegg threatens to veto NHS reforms in bid to reassert himself (ontd_political)

This seems like a good argument for AV or PR in itself: Straws drawn to break a tie (ontd_political)

Contaminated Zam Zam holy water from Mecca sold in UK (ontd_political)

Women mobilise for first British ‘SlutWalk’ rally (ontd_political)

Ukraine

Nationalists attack WWII veterans and Russian diplomats in W. Ukraine