The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.

Afghanistan

Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.

Argentina

Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.

Bahrain

Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)

China

China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)

Ghana

Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)

Guatemala

Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)

Kuwait

Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)

Macedonia

Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)

Mexico

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)

Nepal

Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)

Russia

Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)

Singapore

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)

Swaziland

Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)

Syria

UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)

Yemen

Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (Global Voices)

Creeped out by the World… news

Remember, this is drained through the filter of my interest…

United Nations

U.S.-led “war on drugs” questioned at U.N. (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

EU working group produces the stupidest set of proposed Internet rules in the entire history of the human race (Boing Boing)

Middle East

Alleged Anti-Muslim Film Maker Arrested, in Court (The Moderate Voice)

Man behind “Innocence of Muslims” video ordered jailed for violating fraud probation by using computers (Boing Boing)

Bahrain

CNN suppresses its own award-winning doc on human rights abuses in Bahrain; has commercial ties to the regime (Boing Boing)

Canada

Copyright lobbyists secretly engineering clawback of Canadian user rights (Boing Boing)

Art textbook with no art: school trying to fix it (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Michael Sinan, Mr. Gay Denmark 2012, On Being Out And Proud As A Muslim (Huffington Post)

Egypt

Let Us Boycott and ‘Put on Trial’ Those Who Mock Muhammad) (Gomhuria, Egypt (The Moderate Voice)

‘Prophet Mohammad Endured Personal Insults without Retaliating’ (Web Site of the Grand Mufti, Egypt)

France

French doctors on trial for cancer radiation overdoses (The Guardian)

Greece

Greek State Tries to Stem Neo-Nazi Rise (The Moderate Voice)

Honduras

Pinochet 2.0: US economist talks Honduras’ military dictator into establishing a private city owned and regulated by offshore corporations (Boing Boing)

India

Walmart Aims for First India Store in 12-18 Months (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Eurocrisis Spurs Italy’s ‘Big Baby’ Boom: Grown Children Living with Parents (The Moderate Voice)

Iran

Iranian cleric beaten and hospitalized by “badly covered” woman (Boing Boing)

Mexico

In Mexico, Breaking Out of Jail the Easy Way (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

New Zealand’s spies illegally bugged Kim Dotcom, complicity may go all the way to the prime minister’s office (Boing Boing)

Prime Minister of New Zealand apologizes to Kim Dotcom for letting spy agency wiretap him (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Pakistan Rejects Filmmaker Bounty as Muslims Keep Up Protest (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Minister Offers Bounty for Anti-Islam Film-Maker (The Moderate Voice)

New Film Protests in Pakistan as Death Toll Rises to 21 (The Moderate Voice)

Panama

Panama’s new copyright law is the worst in the history of the universe (Boing Boing)

Russia

Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Man dresses as car seat in attempt to move to Spain without the usual red tape (Boing Boing)

After Spain Nixes New Fiscal Deal, Catalonia Considers Independence Push (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK government spent millions arming and training Congolese and Sudanese soldiers (Boing Boing)

UK banks use robo-callers to make fraud-check calls, conditioning customers to hand out personal information to anonymous machines that phone them up out of the blue (Boing Boing)

Pranksters crash final speech of corporate tax avoidance taxman, posh hilarity ensues (Boing Boing)

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)

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)

World’s not Gone Yet

And so, we begin the new year. It’s looking pretty much just like the end of 2011 though. Except for the terrifying American politics scene, but then, that doesn’t really apply to world news. 🙂

Middle East

If Washington Makes War on Iran, it will be America’s Last (Samidoon, Palestinian Territories)

2012: Start of an Historic Realignment in the Mideast (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Some Good News for a Change: Afghanistan’s Pop Idol (The Moderate Voice)

Making Afghanistan Safe For China (The Moderate Voice)

Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Has Thyroid Cancer (ontd_political) — Hey, BBC (see below article) Here’s a woman for your list!

Bahrain

Human rights: Washington is unsure but UN shows gumption (The Moderate Voice)

Belarus

Belarus bans browsing foreign websites (Boing Boing) — And this will be enforced how? SOPA?

Canada

Canadians: tell Parliament to preserve Canada’s public domain!
(Boing Boing)

Rob Ford is still a wife-beating asshole, Toronto continues to want to throw him in the Don River (ontd_political)

China

PEN American Center Denounces Secret Trials, Imprisonment of Two Chinese Dissident Writers (Writers Write)

Denmark

Danish company helped Iran with surveillance program that identified journalist who was arrested and tortured (Boing Boing)

Finland

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success (ontd_political)

France


Oscar Wilde’s tomb renovated to protect it from kisses
(ontd_political)

Germany

President Accused of Threatening Tabloid Newspaper (ontd_political)

Greece

Greek economic crisis turns tragic for children abandoned by their families (ontd_political)

Iran

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati (BBC News)

It is Iran that May Soon Find Itself ‘Wiped Off the Map’ (Al-Seyassah, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

Iran tests new radar-evading missile (Boing Boing)

Iraq

Experienced War Vets To Decide Fate Of Haditha Massacre Ringleader (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Iraq’s youngest photographer. He is 8 years old. (Boing Boing)

Israel

Israeli Girl, 8, at Center of Tension Over Religious Extremism (ontd_political)

Israeli politicians decry ultra-Orthodox protesters’ use of Holocaust imagery (ontd_political)

Jamaica

Jamaica’s new PM vows to ditch royal rule (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

Nigeria strikes over soaring fuel costs (BBC News)

Norway

OMG: Eye test blooper on Norwegian news (ontd_political)

Palestine

Priests fight with broomsticks at Church of the Nativity (Boing Boing)

Russia

Absurd Human Rights Report May Hasten End of Putin Era (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Progress and Issues in the Saudi Kingdom with Women’s Unmentionables (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Leaked memo: USA blackmailed Spain into passing brutal, censoring copyright law (Boing Boing)

Sweden

File-sharing becomes a recognized religion in Sweden (Boing Boing)

Sweden hands its official Twitter account over to a different citizen each week (ontd_political)

Switzerland

Holodeck here we come! Augmented reality takes over Swiss park (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Grieving Mohamed Bouazizi (Zungu Zungu)

United Kingdom

Unable To Find 12 Women Of The Year, BBC Crowns Panda Instead (ontd_political) — Seriously? SERIOUSLY BBC? FU. Ah-em.

What a World, What a World

World events that have caught my eye. Some of them big. Some of them small. Some of them, that no one in a year will remember at all.

European Union

Analysis: Europe’s austerity zeal risks killing the patient (Reuters)

Bangladesh

So she’ll learn to write with her left hand _and_ go back to school anyway (ontd_political)

Burkina Faso

What is Victoria’s Secret? Child Labor (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian MPs use bogus video-game industry data to defend hated DRM law they’re about to ram down the country’s throat (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 (Slacktivist)

Bahrain

UPDATED: Danish human rights activist arrested in Bahrain, faces torture: will Danish foreign minister intervene?

Egypt

Protesters Torch Famed Institute of Egypt: Rare Books, Manuscripts and Maps All Destroyed (Writers Write)

Egypt Youth Delusioned – We Were Better Off with Mubarak (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

‘Stubborn’ Iraqis Mistaken to Demand America Withdraw (Sotal Iraq, Iraq) (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

How Can Israel Please the American Government, Media, and “Experts”? It Can’t (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Wild monkeys and boars enlisted to help measure Fukushima radiation in Japan (Boing Boing)

Japan’s Prime Minister Declares Fukushima Plant Stable (New York Times)

New Zealand

Baby Seal Breaks into House and Promptly Takes a Nap (ontd_Political)

North Korea

Kim Jong-Il Dies (The Moderate Voice)

North Korean diplomacy, with a side of slaw (Boing Boing)

Kim Jong Il is dead (Slacktivist)

North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Boing BOing)

(Video Animation) Kim Jong-il Dead, North Korea’s Future Uncertain (The Moderate Voice)

Kim Jong Il Dead (Political Cartoon) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Woman Beheaded for ‘Witchcraft’ (ABC News)

Sweden

Everyday Swedes take over management of nation’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Syria

Is Syria’s election a sham?(The Week)

Thailand

Lese Majeste -15 Years For Insulting The King (The Moderate Voice)

United States – Native Nations

Why Are Indian Reservations So Poor? A Look At The Bottom 1% (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Receding Inflation In Britain (New York Times)

London cops apologise to young photographer who was told that shooting Armed Forces Day parade was “anti-social,” “gay,” “stupid” and an offense under the Terrorism Act (Boing Boing)

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)

World News – A little something for everyone?

So, there were some huge things going on in the states. That’s cool. Thing is, I don’t hear much about world news in my day to day wanderings. Well, not without the help of all the lovely people at the other ends of fiber-optic cables. Forget the dark, cousins, look for the glow of computer screens and the quick-like-a-bunny cell-phone videos. From Lulzsec to drug cartels, there’s so much going on in the world and not *nearly* enough time to know it all. So, I’m going wide, not deep.

IMF

Christine Lagarde named IMF chief (ontd_political)

United Nations

Poor countries host vastly more refugees than rich ones (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Siege ended at Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continental (storyful)

Afghanistan: “Go Skateboarding Day” in Kabul (photo) (boing boing)

Australia

In Australia, Reality TV Tackles Immigration

Bahrain

Bahrain unrest: Eight Shia activists sentenced to life (ontd_political)

Bahrain: 8 prominent opposition activists sentenced to life in prison (boing boing)

Belarus

Belarus: KGB goes after activists through their social media accounts (boing boing)

Brazil

‘Uncontacted’ Amazon tribe found in Brazil (ontd_political)

Bulgaria

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Canada

Toronto police swear off kettling (boing boing)

American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On His Laptop (i09)

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund backs traveller arrested at Canadian border for “pornographic” manga on his hard drive (boing boing)

What happened before the Vancouver riot kiss (boing boing)

Harper parties in asbestos central as Canada blocks dangerous-goods listing (ontd_political)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Will Skip Toronto’s Pride Parade (ontd_political)

China

China demands Ai Weiwei pay $1.85 million in taxes, fines (Reuters)

China artist Ai Weiwei released on bail (ontd_political)

China: artist, poet, activist Ai Weiwei released on bail (boing boing)

Cuba

Cubans stage ‘independent’ Gay Pride march (The Miami Herald)

Denmark

Denmark Leads Challenge to Europe’s Open Borders (ontd_political)

Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use (boing boing)

France

Chinese immigrants to France attacked in Paris (BBC)

Greece

Greece Explodes over austerity measures that will sacrifice the people for the elite’s wealth. (ontd_political)

Haiti

WIKILEAKS HAITI: HAÏTI LIBERTÉ/THE NATION MAGAZINE JOINT INVESTIGATION PART 1 (ontd_political)

Hungary

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima babies and how numbers can lie (boing boing)


Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’
(ontd_political)

Jordan

Sex Abuse Alleged at Apparel Maker TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT (ontd_political)

Lybia

Rape in Libya: The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name (Yahoo!News)

Mexico

Mexico Captures Alleged Head Of Cult-Like Cartel (ontd_political)

Journalist and family shot dead in Mexico (boing boing)

The Netherlands

Geert Wilders pushes Netherlands to class immigrant grandchildren as non-native (The Telegraph)

Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Cleared Of Hate Speech Charges (TP Muckracker)

Netherlands first EU country to enshrine net neutrality into law (ontd_political)

North Korea

Undercover video from North Korea: starving children, hungry soldiers
(boing boing)

Russia

ChronoPay Co-Founder Arrested (Krebs on Security)

Rwanda

Former Women & FamilyAffairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko sentenced re: Rwandan genocide (ontd_political)

Slovakia

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Sweden

No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias (ontd_political)

Syria

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

Turkey

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Hackers publish “private” Tony Blair info (boing boing)

David Cameron’s local Tory chairman found dead in Glastonbury toilet (The Telegraph)

LEAKED: UK copyright lobby holds closed-door meetings with gov’t to discuss national Web-censorship regime (boing boing)

News on the Earth goes round and round

You know what’s harder than keeping track of what’s happening in the world today? Thinking up new and unusual titles for said round up. Pretty soon we’re going to be doing dated “world news roundup” posts, and *then* my muses will be sorry.

Then again, probably not. Muses have no shame.

European Union

E.coli strain gripping Europe is rare and ‘super toxic’ (ontd_political)

Olympics

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

United Nations

UN report says 3 Strikes copyright termination is illegal (Boing Boing)

Australia

Teenager joins in class action over false arrests (Sydney Morning Herald)

Fair Work Australia rules in favour of $19.40 pay rise for lowest earner (ontd_political)

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Australia’s misplaced it’s X-Files (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain protests: Trial opens for 47 doctors and nurses (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian Senate page disrupts Parliament’s opening with STOP HARPER sign (Boing Boing)

And the BAMF Of The Month Award goes to . . . (ontd_political)

School suspends student for refusing to remove personal animation from YouTube, threatens other students for petitioning on his behalf (boing boing)

Egypt

Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution (ontd_political)

Fury over advert claiming Egypt revolution as Vodafone’s (ontd_political)

Egypt: “Virginity tests will spark next revolution” (Boing Boing)

France

The problem with Christine Lagarde (ontd_political)

French MP on gay marriage: ‘Why not legalise bestiality?’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Police vultures (Boing Boing)

Gautemala

U.S. syphilis experiment in Guatemala “infected 1,300” (Global Post)

India

Baba Ramdev’s fast looms over government (ontd_political)

Iran

Anonymous makes off with scanned passports from Iran, 10k e-mails (Ars Technica)

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

Iran: Blogger Hossein Derakshan’s appeal denied for 19.5 year prison sentence (boing boing)

Italy

Berlusconi is the nation (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: League of elder heroes volunteer to clean up Fukushima, instead of young folks
(Boing boing)

Radiation released at Fukushima double the original estimate (ontd_political)

Kuwait

Men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job – and all this from a WOMAN (ontd_political)

Lybia

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Libya: welcome, Maya Mohamed Nabbous (newborn daughter of slain internet journalist) (boing boing)

Libya: Gaddafi used rape as a weapon, gave troops Viagra, says ICC prosecutor (boing boing)

Macedonia

Macedonia erupts after young man beaten to death by special police in public square (boing boing)

Mexico

Mexico: 500 migrants found in trucks in Chiapas (ontd_political)

Mexico returns 400 of 513 migrants found in trucks (ontd_political)

Mozambique

Mozambique Vaccinates to Reduce Measles Deaths (Discovery News)

Netherlands

96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor (ontd_political)

Poland

Polish soldiers acquitted in Afghanistan war crimes trial (ontd_political)

Photos: President Obama in Poland (white house)

Qatar

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Serbia

Ratko Mladic, truculent and smirking, faces his accusers at The Hague (ontd_political)

Mladic in The Hague (Boing Boing)

Spain

Political passion and pragmatism meet in Spain protests (ontd_political)

Contortionist thief hid in luggage checked on airport shuttle bus (boing boing)

Syria

Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for “Children’s Friday” (Boing Boing)

‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped (ontd_political)

Kidnapped blogger = hoax? (ontd_political)

UAE

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Ukraine

Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Young Londoners still don’t feel police are on their side (Guardian)

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics (ontd_political)

“Not Ever” Ad Campaign to Attempt to Inject some HUMANITY into the World (ontd_political)

Vince Cable to warn GMB against co-ordinated strikes (ontd_political)

How higher tuition fees will cost the government more (ontd_political)

The human cost of welfare reform (ontd_political)

PM hits back over Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of welfare reforms (ontd_political)

Breaking News: Tory MP arrested on suspicion of sexual assault (ontd_political)

Venezuela

In a first, Venezuela suspends driver’s license (Reuters)

Yemen

Yemen: Civil war hits President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Boing Boing)

Thousands flee Yemeni capital as battles rage (ontd_political)

World News Roundup

Why does it seem as though things aren’t getting better? Still, there’s some positive news. Or at least some news that doesn’t make you want to take a rusty spoon to your eyes here too.

As always, there’s more than one side to any story. These are just the stories I’ve gotten to here. Some of them I have comments on, some of them I don’t. Make your own decisions.

Australia

Student Finds Missing Mass, Remains Fabulous While Doing So (ontd_science)

Gay safe sex ads reinstated after uproar (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Women The Latest Target Of Bahrain’s Crackdown (ontd_political)

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi woman cuts off attacker’s penis (ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazil sex education material suspended by President (ontd_political)

Rainforest activists murdered in Brazil (boing boing)

Canada

“Democracy” and the Desecration of Native Burial Sites (Alternet)

Bill proposes trans protection to B.C. Human Rights Code (ontd_political)

Canadian Tories refuse to send soldiers to help flood victims because they’d compete with the private sector (Boing Boing)

China

Gold-farming in a Chinese forced-labor camp (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: general confirms “virginity checks” forced on female protesters by military (boing Boing) – I’d say something, but I really don’t want that much profanity on this page.

Egypt lifts four-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, giving Palestinians safe passage out of Israel (ontd_political) – Something good to counter-balance the bad.

New shape of the struggle in Egypt (ontd_political)

France

Sarkozy minister accused of sexual harassment (ontd_political)

Strauss-Kahn assembles crisis team to fight back (ontd_poltical)

Georgia

Georgian protests: Two killed as police clear Tbilisi (ontd_political)

Germany

Germany: Nuclear power plants to close by 2022 (ontd_political)

New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich (ontd_political)

India

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions (ontd_political) – an interesting bio of a Bollywood actress.

As Wealth and Literacy Rise in India, Report Says, So Do Sex-Selective Abortions (NYT)

Indonesia

In ‘Food Deserts,’ Oases of Nutrition (NYT)

Iran

Ahmadinejad thinks Europe is using the Weather Dominator to steal Iran’s rain (ontd_political) – See, you can screen The Avengers for some people without explaining that it’s a bad fantasy movie.

Italy

Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope’s Adviser (ontd_political)

Tapes show Italian priest lured teenage boys for sex, paid them with cocaine (boing boing)

Italy earthquake experts charged with manslaughter (ontd_political)

Japan

Hashimoto stalks anthem foes (ontd_political)

Japan’s government suggests workers wear Hawaiian shirts to cut down on a/c (ontd_political)

Malta

Malta prepares to vote in historic referendum to allow divorce (ontd_political)

Mexico

Mexico: kindergarten teacher keeps class calm with song as narco gun massacre rages outside (Boing Boing)

Mexican teacher calmed primary pupils with song during drug shooting (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Sworn In As President (ontd_political)

Russia

Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence (ontd_political)

Rwanda

One of the masterminds of Rwanda genocide captured in DRC (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi woman wants to give women the right to drive in her country (boing boing)

Serbia

RATKO MLADIĆ ARRESTED (ontd_political)

Ratko Mladic, “God of Genocide,” arrested (boing boing)

People I don’t feel bad for: Ratko Mladic (ontd_political)

South Africa

In South Africa’s black townships, being gay can be fatal (LA Times)

Spain

Mother sets fire to daughter’s gloating rapist. (ontd_political)

Syria

Witness: Shattered humanity inside Syria’s security apparatus (Reuters)

YouTube unblocks video of 13yo Syrian boy allegedly tortured, killed by government thugs (boing boing)

Sudan

Sudan: 150,000 flee Abyei clash, says southern minister (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist (ontd_political)

Cookie law makes most UK websites illegal: what you need to know (SilkTide)

Four arrests after patient abuse caught on film (ontd_political)