Spinning on our Axis

As always these are just the things that have caught my eye.


Bangladesh: Another Indigenous Girl Raped and Killed (Global Voices)


One-armed man arrested in Belarus for clapping (Boing Boing)


Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)


Unaware, China’s Handan City Consumed Toxic Water for Days (Global Voices)

Chinese Journalists Demand Resignation of Provincial Propaganda Chief (Global Voices)

Website of a Liberal Political Journal Shut Down in China (Global Voices)

China’s Propaganda Department Threatens to Dissolve Beijing News (Global Voices)

China’s Blames “Foreign Forces” for Press Freedom Protests (Global Voices)

China Press Freedom Campaign Swells with New Rally (Moderate Voice)

Censorship Meets Rare Defiance as Journalists Strike in China (Boing Boing)

Cote d’Ivoire

Ivorian Blogger Questions Government’s Response to Abidjan Stampede (Global Voices)

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Elusive Quest for Peace with the M23 in the DRC (Global Voices)


Ecuador: President Refuses to Inaugurate Wind Farm (Global Voices)


Row over 3rd Generation Contraceptive Pills in France (Global Voices)

Dueling Demonstrations Surround Same-Sex Marriage in France (Global Voices)


India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)


Japan Scrambles Jets to Head Off China Plane (Moderate Voice)


Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)


Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir (Global Voices)

New Zealand

Chinese tourists say crooked NZ tour-operator took them to a “buffet” that was really a church soup-kitchen (Boing Boing)


Shot Pakistan Schoolgirl Malala Leaves UK Hospital (Moderate Voice) —YAH!!!!

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)


Vladimir Pozner & Russia’s Own Political Correctness (Global Voices)

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecutor Seeks Flogging for Saudi Women Protesters (Global Voices)

70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia (CNN)


Delhi Rape Case Sparks Death Penalty Debate in Singapore (Global Voices)


Twitterer Called to Testify in Spain for Gramsci Quotes (Global Voices)

Spanish locksmiths won’t help banks evict people from their homes (Boing Boing)

South Korea

South Korea: The Secret Agent’s Illegal Electioneering
(Global Voices)


Assad’s Fantasies Fuel Syria’s Tragedy (Moderate Voice)

Nearly 9,000 Syrians Flee to Jordan in Six Days: Govt (Moderate Voice)


Tunisian Army Critic Gets a One-Year Suspended Jail Sentence (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Nepali Citizen Arrested in the UK for Alleged War Crimes (Global Voices)

Irish town councillor tries to get state-owned piece of art removed from public gallery (Boing Boing)


Zambian Ex-President Banda on his 2011 Election Defeat (Global Voices)


Serious Business of the World

As always, these are the stories that have caught my eye, nothing more, nothing less.


UPDATED: 17-y-o arrested in England for sending nasty tweet to losing Olympian (Boing BOing)

Olympics spectator with Parkinson’s wants ‘exoneration’ after arrest (The Guardian)

Why do Olympic records keep getting broken? (Boing BOing)

Wikileaks – Assange

Ecuador’s president denies granting asylum to Wikileaks’ Assange (Boing BOing)

WikiLeaks: From ‘Torch of Democracy’ to Anti-American ‘Cudgel’ (Die Presse, Austria) (The Moderate Voice)

UK/Ecuador Assange asylum standoff continues (Boing BOing)

A Global Glimpse at the Diplomatic Standoff Over Julian Assange (Sweden, Ecuador, Britain and Australia News Providers) (The Moderate Voice)

Ecuador claims UK threatens to barge in to embassy and grab Assange (Boing BOing)


Belarus sacks top brass over teddy bear scandal (Reuters)


Canadian border guards stop looking for dope exporters, focus on stolen cars and fissiles (Boing BOing)


Houses built on the roof of a shopping mall give residents a yard in town (i09)

Traffic hacks: elderly woman in China ties sex doll to tree to slow motorists (Boing Boing)

Man in rural China loses arms in industrial accident, makes his own prostheses (Boing Boing)

China’s one-percenters make ready to take the money and run (Boing Boing)

Pigs Depicted Having Sex Doggy-Style In Zhengzhou Public Square Are Said To Represent Filial Piety (Beijing Cream)


France’s batshit HADOPI copyright law on life-support; three strikes is dying (Boing BOing)


Gambia: Free activist jailed for life over anti-government T-shirts (My Joy Online)


German copyright trolls will single out cops, Arab embassies and clergy for accusations of porn downloads (Boing Boing)


Guatemala: Former police chief convicted in 1980s disappearance (Boing Boing)


Neo-Nazi MEP from Hungary discovers he is Jewish (Boing Boing)


After worst blackout in global history, India’s power minister rates his performance as “Excellent” (Boing BOing)


Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses (The Frisky)


FBI Probed GOPers’ Alcohol Plentiful Incident In Israel Where One Let It All Hang Out In Nude Swim (The Moderate Voice)


Prosecutors Start Criminal Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Bloomberg)

Japan: record high radiation levels found in Fukushima fish, more than a year after nuclear accident (Boing Boing)

Lakota Nation

Lakota Sacred Grounds removed from auction…. FOR NOW (ontd_political)


Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche (Reuters)

New Zealand

Man suffocated to death in DIY gadget-control helmet (Boing Boing)


Anders Behring Breivik declared sane and sentenced to 21 years (Ontd_political)


Why Our Entirely Reasonable Support For Jailed Russian Punkettes Could Trigger World War III (ontd_political)

Pussy Riot’s closing statement (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in a penal colony, release new anti-Putin single (Boing Boing)

Gay parades banned in Moscow for 100 years (BBC)

Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic] (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot solidarity protests: Topless lady with chainsaw cuts down massive crucifix in Kiev (Boing BOing)

When Putin’s Thugs Came for Me (WSJ)

Not a Pussy Riot protest: the Face-Kini is big in China (Boing BOing)

Sri Lanka

French tourists in Sri Lanka receive suspended jail terms for pretending to kiss Buddha statue (Boing BOing)


Kremlin Suspends Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

Syrian Military Defectors in Turkey: Should They Return Home and Join the Fighting? (The Moderate Voice)

Syria’s Latest and Highest-Level Defections (The Moderate Voice)

Syria: Mapping the insurgency (BBC News)


Thailand: politician accidentally kills woman with machine gun in restaurant (Boing Boing)


New reports of Tibetans burning themselves alive to protest Chinese opression (Boing Boing)


Ebola in Uganda (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

Porn Trial: How Consenting Sex May Be Illegal in the UK (ontd_political)

Disabled can go for gold in Paralympics but can’t earn brass. (ontd_political)

The Grave of Richard III may be under parking lot (Discovery News)

Gender-neutral toy department (Boing Boing)

Call centre brings in prison labour at £3/day, fires regular workers (Boing BOing)

UK prisons to open outsource call centres; David Cameron urges business to switch to prison labour (Boing Boing)

How Hollywood-funded corporate vigilantes in the UK shut down SURF THE CHANNEL and sent its owner to jail (Boing Boing)

English seaside town with no chain coffee shops fights off Costa Coffee incursion (Boing Boing)

Amazon recruits 5000 UK cornershops to act as delivery depots (Boing BOing)

Man in a coma is “fit for work,” loses disability benefits (Boing Boing)

Boots keeps selling quack remedies intended for babies, even after they are banned from US import over fears of broken glass (Boing BOing)

Big World Keep on Turnin’

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


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


Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)


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


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


Unknown Respiratory Disease in Cambodia (WHO)


Blogger arrested for sultan slur (The Herald Sun)


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


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


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)


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)


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


Wikileaks releases Syrian govt. emails (Boing Boing)

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)


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

Making Afghanistan Safe For China (The Moderate Voice)


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


Oscar Wilde’s tomb renovated to protect it from kisses


President Accused of Threatening Tabloid Newspaper (ontd_political)


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


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)


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)


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


Nigeria strikes over soaring fuel costs (BBC News)


OMG: Eye test blooper on Norwegian news (ontd_political)


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


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)


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


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)


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


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.

Up, Down, Back and Forth, World News from Around the Globe

As always, these are just the events that captured my attention.

There’s more under the #OccupyWallStreet post, since that went world wide this week.

I have no predictions on what’s going to happen next. But, my, it is exciting isn’t it?

Just when you thought the story was over:

Tom Watson to attend NewsCorp board meetings with “details of previously undisclosed surveillance methods” (Boing Boing)

European Union

EU vs Facebook: Facebook’s dossiers on Europeans breach EU privacy laws (Boing Boing)


New South Wales Parliament rejects motion to sack Magistrate with bi-polar disorder (ontd_political)


Belarus central bank sells off its office furniture (The Guardian)


In Bhutan’s young democracy, a Dragon King comes of age (ontd_Political)


Canadian Tories admit that Canadians don’t want DRM rules, push for them anyway (Boing BOing)

Texas conservatives reject Harper’s crime plan (ontd_political)

Canadian government advice defines abortionists as terrorists (Boing Boing)

Mother of former UW student who was charged in campus poster spree says her son is sick, not a women-hater (ontd_political)

Ottawa councillor’s bullied son commits suicide (ontd_political)


Mother’s fight to exonerate executed son galvanizes China (ontd_political)

China’s “Steve Jobs-style” Innovators (ontd_political)


France orders ISPs to block site showing police misconduct videos (Boing Boing)

French Polynesia

Yachtsman eaten by cannibals. Or not. (Boing Boing)


Greece: Mother of All Strikes Ahead of Tough Austerity Vote (The Moderate Voice)


Wall Street Uprisings Herald Victory of Islam and Iran! (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran) (The Moderate Voice)


Remembering Gaza (ontd_political)

Prominent Palestinian prisoners to be freed in swap with Israel (ontd_political)


Rome Burns (Boing Boing)


Japan: High radioactive cesium concentrations found in plankton off Fukushima shores (BOing Boing)

Tokyo radiation hotspot ‘not linked to Fukushima’ (ontd_political)

At a Tokyo radiation hotspot, weirdness abounds (Boing BOing)

(UPDATE V) Being On The Right Side Of History — For A Change (The Moderate Voice) – WARNING: Graphic Images

Gaddafi killed in hometown, Libya eyes future (Reuters)

Qaddafi: Reports that ‘They Got Him,’ Perhaps Killed Him (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING NEWS Reuters: A Captured Wounded Moammar Gadhafi Reported Dead UPDATE: Purported Cellphone Photo of Wounded or Dead Dictator Released (The Moderate Voice)

Why We Love the Porn of War (Forbes)

President Obama’s Remarks on the Death of Muammar el-Qaddafi (White House)

The Day Gaddafi Died: Photos (warning, graphic content) (Boing Boing) – WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Gadhafi’s Death and The Word on the Street (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Gaddafi is dead (ontd_political)

Muammar Gaddafi killed (Boing Boing)


Anna Grodzka Becomes Poland’s First Openly Transgender Member Of Parliament (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi men arrested over viral video about poverty in Riyadh (Boing Boing)


Spain’s Basque Separatist ETA Group Announces “Definitive” End to Violence (The Moderate Voice)

Basque Separatists Declare Halt to Violence (ontd_political)

Spain’s stolen babies, and the families who lived a lie (ontd_political)


Nun becomes ninth Tibetan to self-immolate as protest against Chinese military repression


Turkey’s Kurds long for “Kurdish Spring” (ontd_Political)

United Kingdom

The government’s controversial NHS bill for England has cleared a crucial hurdle after peers rejected a proposal to send it for further scrutiny. (ontd_political)

Why are more people opting for legal name-changes than ever before? (Boing Boing)

May vows Hillsborough facts in full (ontd_political)

Spinning like a Top – World News

Wow, so, um, yeah. There’s still stuff going on and this might be why the world seems to be spinning *faster* the older I get. It’s as if time passes exponentially faster every year.


What Rupert Murdoch Means For You Personally (alter.net)

Tom Watson, MP: copyfighting terror of News International (Boing boing)


Air France will only use male stewards when Strauss-Kahn flies (ontd_political)


Mandatory detention policy under question (ontd_political)


Taking Action Against Inaction In Belarus (ontd_political)


Sao Paulo council calls for Heterosexual Pride Day (ontd_political)


Canada marks 35 years since abolition of the death penalty (ontd_political)

HIV-killer declared a dangerous offender (ontd_political)


Following weeks of strikes, Chile government open to discuss education reform (ontd_political)

Chilean riot police crack down on student protests over education funding (ontd_political)


Chinese Couple Sells Their 3 Kids to Play Online Games (ontd_political)

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)


CUBATV: photos of Cuban televisions and environs (boing boing)

Racism is still an issue in Cuba (Fresno Bee)


Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution (boing boing)


France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

France, the world’s most depressed nation? (ontd_political)

French minority advocates call for statistics on diversity (France 24/7)


“Narcosubmarine” carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine nabbed in Honduras (boing boing)


You Cannot Put Rules On Love (ontd_political) —This is an amazing interview.


India’s sharp-shooter granny fighting male domination (ontd_political)


Iranian sentenced to blinding for acid attack pardoned (ontd_political)


More than 150,000 take to streets across Israel in largest housing protest yet (ontd_political)

Israel sues Bedouin for $500,000 in eviction costs. (ontd_political)


Japan to fire 3 top nuclear officials (ontd_political)

Tokyo University Professor Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” (ontd_political)


Mayor of Vilnius takes his bike lane rules seriously — no, I mean PRETTY FUCKING SERIOUSLY (ontd_political)


Norway attacks: Was Breivik a Christian terrorist? (ontd_political)

Married lesbian couple rescued 40 teenagers from drowning during Utøya shooting (boing boing)

Pamela Geller Edits Post to Conceal Violent Rhetoric in ‘Email from Norway’ (ontd_political)

Portraits put a face on Norway massacre (ontd_political)

Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter (ontd_political)

Pam Geller Justifies Breivik’s Terror: Youth Camp Had More ‘Middle Eastern or Mixed’ Races Than ‘Pure Norwegian’ (ThinkProgress) — I really can’t wrap my head around this rhetoric. It is *not* okay to murder people. It’s not okay for *anyone* to go around murdering children.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket At Norway Funerals (ontd_political — And I won’t even *start* in on my opinions of these slavering, hate-mongering, idiots.


France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)


Ollanta Humala is sworn in as new Peru president (ontd_political)


Russia Backtracks on Plan to Sink Space Station (Discovery News)

Russia Rapidly Losing Permafrost (Discovery News)

On the DDoS Attack Last Week (ontd_political)

Suquamish Tribe

Native American tribe votes to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (ontd_political)


China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Teenager said to be LulzSec’s Topiary bailed (boing boing)

Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes (boing boing)

Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police (ontd_political)

Freedom of Information requests show that UK copyright consultation was a stitch-up; Internet disconnection rules are a foregone conclusion (boing boing)

Benefits assessment firm causing ‘fear and loathing’ among claimants, says MP (ontd_political)

Britain bans 2 misleading makeup ads (ontd_political)

UK government kills Copyright Great Firewall, establishes user rights (boing boing)

E-petitions urge MPs to debate return of death penalty (BBC)

Woman suggests that indebted students sell organs to wipe out student debt, isn’t a parody (ontd_political) — Okay, so, hands up, how many people considered donating eggs/sperm/blood when they were in school for the cash? I know I wasn’t the only one who researched it when I was in school.

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)


Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity (ontd_political)


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


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


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


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


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)


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


Argentine folk singer and peace activist shot dead (ontd_political)


President Obama on the Attacks in Mumbai(white house)


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


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)


Woman beats up groper – goes free (ontd_political)

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


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)