What a world! What a world!

And I don’t even like that movie.

Anyhow, these are the stories that caught my eye recently.

Nobel Prizes

The First Chinese Laureate: Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (Writer’s Write)

United Nations

Latin American Nations Push UN to Drop Zero Tolerance on Drugs (The Moderate Voice)

Australia

Australian Prime Minister Gillard’s Sexism Speech Sparks Divisive Reaction (The Moderate Voice)

Australian PM lances a sexist boil in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Australian Attorney General says that public scrutiny of spying bill would not be in the public interest (Boing Boing) <– I don't know about you, but when I hear that, the only thing I can think is "what the *Hell* is this man trying to cover up.

Austria

Austrian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier in Record Space Jump (The Moderate Voice)

Bhutan

Bhutan Aims to Be First 100% Organic Nation (The Moderate Voice)

Brazil

Brazil to roll out national radio-chip ID/surveillance/logging for all vehicles (BOing Boing)

Bolivia

Kids are at Home, with Parents, in Bolivia Prisons (The Moderate Voice)

Canada

Canadian Teen Who Posted Anti-Bullying Video Commits Suicide (Newsy.com)

What Canada stands to lose in the war on science (Boing Boing)

China

Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China (Boing Boing)

France

Climate of Fear Takes Hold in France’s Jewish community (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

German teen sells mum’s jewels for brothel visit (Reuters)

Twitter censors Germans’ access to Neo-Nazi group’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Greece

Antifascist Greek protesters say they were tortured by police (Boing Boing)

GreeceWatch: Troika Spat, Cuts Near, Rightist Rage (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

India

India’s Top Court Orders Toilets for Every School (The Moderate Voice)

India’s 50,000 Missing Children (The Moderate Voice)

India Fights to Protect Traditional Home Remedies (The Moderate Voice)

Lebanon

The Help: Status, Servants and Double Standards in Lebanon (The Global Mail)

Libya

Libya Consulate Was Invaded, Torched by Armed Mob: US (The Moderate Voice)

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Netherlands

Dutch government gives itself the right to break into your computer and destroy it (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

To summarize the below: The Taliban are whiney, scared, little boys, who can’t handle the idea that a woman is a person and has the ability to think, learn, and succeed. To prove to their spineless little wonder-worm that they’re better than women, they attacked a little girl. Brilliant, a******les.

All my love, affection, good wishes, and compassion go to Malala Yousafzia

Pakistan Child Rights Activist Shot in Head: Doctors (THe Moderate Voice)

Online diaries of girl who took on Taliban and was shot as punishment (BOing Boing)

Taliban Vow Again to Kill Pakistani Girl (The Moderate Voice)

Shot Pakistani girl shows improvement: military (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Child Activist Facing ‘Critical’ 36-48 Hours (The Moderate Voice)

Doctors Hopeful for Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban (The Moderate Voice)

Why Malala Yousafzia Matters (The Moderate Voice)

Serbia

The Decent People: LGBT pride in the former Yugoslavia (Boing Boing)

Spain

Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK website taken down by spurious copyright complaint regarding UK ultra-right groups (Boing Boing)

Cheating F1 team wins the right to deduct its fines from its taxes (Boing BOing)

UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour (Boing BOing)

As it happened: Gary McKinnon extradition decision (BBC)

Gary McKinnon on the decision not to extradite him to the USA (Boing Boing)

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)

World News that Ain’t No Joke

Happy April Fool’s Day.
I really wish that some of the stories below *were* hoaxes. Sadly, they’re not.

Afghanistan

‘Mr president, I want an answer’ (Al-Jazeera)

World News: U.S. Pays ‘Blood Money’ to Afghan Shooting Victims’ Families (Newsy.com)

Austria

Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work – report (Reuters)

Australia

Less range but more space for lasting change (Ontd_political)

Australia’s hidden stash of censored books (Boing Boing)

Australia’s government won’t disclose its secret copyright meetings because knowing what went on isn’t in the public interest (Boing Boing)

Canada

Massive Protest in Quebec Against Tuition Fees Hikes (ontd_political)


Miss Universe Canada disqualifies Vancouver-based transsexual contestant
(ontd_political)

Ontario Appeal Court nixes brothel ban; gives government one year to rewrite law (ontd_political)

Canadian Penny Killed in Canada (ontd_political)

Canadian cops want to add a spying tax to phone bills to pay for warrantless wiretapping (Boing Boing)

Chile

Landmark ruling for LGBT rights in Chile (Boing Boing)

China

China’s ageing population and the “demographic time-bomb” (Boing BOing)

Anonymous set of photos labelled “Pics from a Chinese gangsters phone” show torture, cars, puppies, piles of money (Boing Boing)

France

Alleged Islamic militant suspected of murdering children and their Rebbe, is dead in France after standoff (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Pirate Party wins seats in second German state (boing BOing)

German man accused of injuring child with poisoned chocolate bunny (Boing Boing)

Greece

In economically devastated Greece, internet-enabled barter economy rises (Boing Boing)

Greece Has Two Problems: (i) Who Is Going to Eat the Losses on Its Current Debt? (ii) How Is It Going to Balance Its Trade and Its Government Finances Going Forward? (Brad deLong)

India

Narendra Modi: India’s Next Prime Minister? (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Venice Sinking More Than Previously Thought (Discovery News)

Japan

U.S. Transcripts on Fukushima ‘Shame’ Japanese Leadership (Too Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (The MOderate Voice)

Mexico

Mexico hit by magnitude 7.6 quake (updated) (Boing Boing)

Strong Quake Strikes Near Acapulco (The Moderate Voice)

The Netherlands

Dutch Catholic Church accused of castrating 10 young men (Boing Boing)

North Korea

U.S. President Has ‘Misperception’ About ‘Peaceful’ Satellite Launch (Korean Central News Agency, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

Norway

Norway’s new Minister of International Development is a D&D champ who thinks LARPs can change the worlds (Boing Boing)

Oglala Sioux


Oglala Sioux press suit to shut down illegal sale of 4.5 million cans of beer to
(ontd_political)

Russia

National Anti-Gay Bill Submitted to Russian Duma (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen pay to save The Hobbit pub from trademark trolls (Boing Boing)

London thinktank has already lofted a fleet of swarming file-sharing drones (Boing Boing)

UK tories embroiled in Cornish Pasty row (Boing Boing)

UK MPs recommend laws compelling Google to censor search results (Boing Boing) — really? The UK is turning into China…?

Tory MP complains of Gurkhas “sitting” and “wandering” in his town (ontd_political)

Virgin Islands

Gay cruise not so gay after two arrested on “buggery” in Caribbean (Boing Boing)

Up, Down, All Around the World

And away we go. Your ’round the world trip, will be starting shortly. Please keep your hands and feet inside the flying carpet.

Africa (Horn of)

Horn of Africa drought: ‘A vision of hell’ (ontd_political)

Austria

Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity (ontd_political)

EU

European E. coli: Why more outbreaks could happen (boing boing)

UN

Canada boycotts UN arms talks over North Korea role (ontd_political)

Australia

chinese australians want government apology for past discrimination (angry Asian man)

Belarus

Belarus cracks down on protests by arresting one armed man for clapping & mute for shouting (ontd_political)

Canada

Canada’s Net Neutrality failure: ISPs are dirty, but regulators refuse to investigate (boing boing)

Racism stings Asian women worse than sexism: Study (Vancouver Sun)

Gaza Strip

Israel fucks with palestinian children’s education (ontd_political)

Greece

Once Greece goes… (Greece and EU economy) (ontd_political)

Guatemala

Argentine folk singer and peace activist shot dead (ontd_political)

India

President Obama on the Attacks in Mumbai(white house)

Pakistan

U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid (ontd_political)

Russia

Putin sent by God, says Kremlin chief (boing boing)

Robber Beat Up by Hair Salon Owner and Kept as Sex Slave (ontd_political)

Anger Grows in Russia Over Ship Sinking (ontd_political)

South Sudan

South Sudan counts down to independence (ontd_political)

South Sudan’s Moment of Promise (White House)

South Sudan’s flag raised at independence ceremony (ontd_political)

Sweden

Woman beats up groper – goes free (ontd_political)

Swedish scientists OD on sleeping pills to demonstrate homeopathic medicine has no effect (ontd_political)

Syria

Assad loyalists storm US and French embassies (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales (ontd_political)

News of the World

Satan Holds Press Conference: Rupert Murdoch Will Not Be Allowed Entrance into Hell. (ontd_political)

#hackgate update (ontd_political)

Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive (Guardian)

#hackgate update: James Murdoch could face charges on both sides of the Atlantic (ontd_political)

Phone-hacking probe: Dowlers say Brooks should quit (ontd_political)

Phone-hacking: US senator requests probe (ontd_political)

NOTW sister paper finally acknowledge scandal ramifications, remains objectionable while doing so (ontd_political)

Fox News won’t touch Murdoch story with a “ten foot turban Durbin” (boing boing)

Murdochs bow to pressure to attend UK parliament (ontd_political)

FBI ‘to open’ 9/11 victim phone hack investigation (ontd_political)

Source: FBI launches investigation into Murdoch’s News Corp. (cnn)

Confessions of a ‘News of the World’ Reporter (Exclusive) (ontd_political)

Prosecute News Corp. (slate)

Phone hacking: Murdochs agree to appear before MPs (BBC)

How News Corp. Received Billions In Tax Refunds (ontd_political)

Murdock’s Newscorp made $10 billion in profit, paid negative $4.5 billion in taxes (ontd_political)