Up, Down, All Around, World News

Why can’t we all just get along?

United Nations

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities (The Moderate Voice) — Hint: B/c they are @#^$%$*(%(@#$ing idiots and the idiots are already putting in a protest to downgrade the bastards to something worse.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store (The Passive Voice)

Organized crime, bureaucratized (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadians: write to Parliament about keeping generic pharma available to poor countries (Boing Boing)

Why copyright trolls will have a hard time shaking down Canadians (Boing Boing)

China

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president’s identity (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Islamists rally for Morsi as rifts widen (The Moderate Voice)

Panel to vote on new Egypt constitution amid turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt sentences ‘Innocence of Muslims’ director to death, in absentia (Boing Boing)

Finland

In Finland, piracy fines are orders of magnitude higher than fines for rape, torture and murder (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (The Moderate Voice)

India

Indian village bans mobile phone use by women (Yahoo News)

India’s ‘Dancing Bears’ Retire in Animal Rights Victory (The Moderate Voice)

India to change hate speech law after Facebook row (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine (New York Times)

Amazons with a Cause (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico: Calderon’s Legacy of Blood and Busts (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Can Mexico’s President-elect Peña Nieto and Obama set a new tone? (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
(Boing Boing)
New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws — and corrupt police raids (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Covert assassin weapons from North Korea (Boing Boing)

Norway

Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room (Boing Boing)

Palestine

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Arafat’s remains exhumed to rule out murder by radioactive polonium poisoning (Boing Boing)

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Ad for freelance Russian bank-robbers (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria Mixing Chemicals for Sarin Gas: US Official (The Moderate Voice) — Because if a tiny terrorist group can do it, why not a country?

Syrian internet blackout continues for second day (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims’ details to crime boss (Boing Boing)

UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay (Boing BOing)

Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site (Boing Boing)

UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy (Boing Boing)

Son of the world news

ACTA

Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers (Boing Boing)

Michael Geist’s magisterial ten-minute ACTA takedown
(Boing Boing)

Anonymous

Hacker, Informant and Party Boy of the Projects (NY Times)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Report: LulzSec members arrested (Boing Boing)

Anonymous rocked by revelation that top LulzSec hacker was FBI snitch (Boing Boing)

LulzSec frontman Sabu was FBI informant, fed Stratfor docs to Wikileaks from an FBI-owned computer (Boing Boing)

Latin America

Inmate’s Lament: ‘Rather Be Dead Than Here’ (NY Times)

Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier in Kandhar Kills 16 Afghan Civilians Including 9 Children (The Moderate Voice)

After slaying of 16 Afghan civilians, American Army sergeant held for investigation (Boing Boing)

Taliban Vows Revenge After U.S. Soldier Murders 16 Afghans, Including 9 Kids (The Moderate Voice)

Taliban Claim Afghan Killing Spree not Work of Lone U.S. Soldier (The Frontier Post, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Soldiers Tackle Man on Fire During Panetta’s Afghan Visit (ABC News)

Your tax dollars at work: Afghan Air Force used as “flying drug mules” (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Belgian copyright society wants royalties for library volunteers who read to small groups of children (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadian copyright consultation drawing to a close – time to contact your MP (Boing Boing)

Last chance for Canadians to weigh in on Canada’s SOPA (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Canada’s ridiculous university copyright deal poised to become law (Boing Boing)

Petition to preserve the CBC’s musical archive (Boing Boing)

Canadian music labels demand keys to the Internet (Boing Boing)

Maher Arar on Canada’s pro-torture policy (Boing Boing)

Canadian record industry demands SOPA-style censorship (Boing Boing)

Canada to science: Drop dead (Boing Boing)

Handbook explaining your electronic privacy rights at the Canadian border from the BCCLA (Boing Boing)

China

Interviews Before Execution: Chinese reality talk show with death row inmates (Boing Boing)

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

China: 30-story prefab skyscraper built in two weeks. Of course it’s safe! (Boing BOing)

Egypt

‘How will Egypt Regain Custody of Fugitive Americans?’, Protesters Ask (Al-Gomhuriah, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s Sarkozy “sorry” for tomato attack: source (Reuters)

Germany


Five Hundred New Fairy Tales Found in Germany
(Writer’s Write)

Iran

Netanyahu Warns: Strike on Iran Won’t Necessarily Be Months Away (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Los Galgos Guapos (“The Handsome Hounds”): photo-essay on greyhound rescue in Tijuana (Boing Boing)

Morocco

Hillary Clinton: ‘Hide the February 20 Movement from Me’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

NZ set to put source-shielding journalistic privilege at judges’ mercy (Boing Boing)

Phillipines

Filipinos Debate Racism in a Men’s Magazine (International Herald Tribune)

Russia

Russia: A Hacking War Before the Presidential Elections? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Stunning Russian Election Shocker! (The Moderate Voice)

Switzerland

Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned (BBC)

Syria

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad email leak (Boing Boing)

China stakes claim in Mideast diplomacy with Syria initiative (The Moderate Voice)

Video: In Syrian hospital, doctors torture patients brought in from protests (Boing BOing)

Crossing into Syria: a plea from the Free Syrian Army (Boing Boing)

Syria’s Deputy Oil Minister Defects to Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Tibet

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Medical aid worker on Kony 2012: “The aid industry has just been Biebered.” (Boing Boing)

The Nearly Forgotten U.S. Military Mission to “Stop Kony” (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

It’s complicated — responding to Kony 2012 (Slacktivist)

Kony 2012’s Visible Funding: Invisible Children’s anti-gay, creationist, Christian right donors (Boing Boing)

Meanwhile, On The TumblR: Rosebell Kagumire Adds Her Voice To The #StopKony Debate (Racialicious)

‘They Feel Like We Have An Agenda’: Religion And The Invisible Children Campaign (Racialicious)

Kony 2012 screening in Uganda results in anger, rocks thrown at screen (Boing Boing)

We Are Not Invisible: 5 African Women Respond To The Kony 2012 Campaign (Racialicious)

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign (Boing Boing)

Joseph Kony documentary: bringing the world’s attention to the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army (Boing Boing)

#StopKony: Activism Or Exploitation? (Racialicious)

Kony 2012: a viral mess (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Grim Meathook Future, English style (Charlie’s Diary) — Again, DO NOT FOLLOW this model Europe. It’s *not working*.

Lockdown London: how the Olympics will turn London into (more of) a police state (Boing Boing)

Stolen bench found in shed (Boing Boing)

Staines woman dressed as boy jailed for sex assaults (BBC)

Island of Guersney moots becoming a “libel haven” where rich & powerful can sue & silence critics (Boing Boing)

‘Oh, London, You Drama Queen’ (The NY Times)

UK police/spies colluded with giant construction firms to build illegal blacklist database of whistleblowers, trade-unionists (Boing Boing)

More Madness of the World

So, I missed a week and I’ll probably be buried by interesting/important stories with two weeks worth of stuff to go through. A few things may get missed. Still, here’s what managed to catch my eye.

Interpol

Interpol adds Gaddafi to Most Wanted list (ontd_political)

#hackergate

‘Hackgate’ and the British ruling class – Richard Seymour (ontd_political)

European Union

EU investigates insects as next big food source (ontd_political)

Australia

Australia’s Fair Pay commission to investigate CoS and Sea Org (ontd_political)

Third gender option added to Australian passports (boing boing)

Belgium

European Freedom Not Fear demonstration in Brussels this Saturday (boing Boing)

Belize

Belizean Barrier Reef Sunk by Quake (Discovery News)

Canada

Harper says ‘Islamicism’ biggest threat to Canada (ontd_political)

How Chief Atahm Elementary School Became a Success Story (ontd_political)

Canada’s Tories set to reintroduce DRM-friendly copyright bill without consultation (boing boing)

Cherokee Nation

US government warns Cherokee nation not to exclude black freedmen (ontd_political)

China

China’s village of the bachelors: no wives in sight in remote settlement (ontd_political)

Chinese netizens angered by “princelings” — spoiled children of the rich and powerful (boing boing)

77-year-old woman strips to protest the demolition of her home (ontd_political)

China wants to build a $126-million comic book museum shaped like giant speech bubbles (i09)

Colombia

Colombia: national ID system mocked indigenous people with made-up insult names (boing boing)

Denmark

Denmark elects center-left government, first female PM
(ontd_political)

Egypt

2 articles on the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo & video about Turkey and Israel (ontd_political)

Angry crowd turns on journalists reporting embassy attack in Egypt (ontd_political)

France

France bans public Muslim prayers (ontd_political)

‘Leak risk after explosion at French nuclear plant’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Bonn’s sex meter makes it easy for sex workers to pay taxes (ontd_political)

Bavaria: Fugitive German cow Yvonne gives herself up (ontd_political)

India

India: eye-scans and numeric IDs to connect the poor to growth resources (boing boing)

Israel

ISRAEL Netanyahu Besieged, From Within and Without (ontd_political)

Some 450,000 Israelis march at massive ‘March of the Million’ rallies across country (ontd_political)

Video seen by Catrina Stewart reveals the brutal interrogation of young Palestinians (ontd_political)

Lubavitch school says no black Jews (ontd_political)

Ivory Coast

Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: Kan feared Tokyo would become uninhabitable after Fukushima nuclear crisis (Boing Boing)

Typhoon Talas kills at least 20 as it passes Japan (ontd_political)

Libya

UCLA Math Major Fighting in Libya (ontd_political)

Mexico

Mexico: “Twitter terrorists” face 30 years in prison for inciting panic (Boing boing)

Crónicas de Héroes: positive actions by everyday citizens in México (boing boing)

Wikinarco: mapping narcoviolence (boing boing)

Mexico: two tortured, murdered as warning to those using Twitter and blogs to report narco-crime (boing boing)

New Zealand

Female Australian Prime Minister told to ‘get on the spouses bus’ at International Forum (ontd_political)

Palestine

PLO official: Palestinian state to be free of Jews (ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine in Sri Lanka (boing boing)

Sweden

Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone (ontd_Political)

Switzerland

UBS trader in $2 billion loss on Unauthorized Trade (ontd_political)

Tanzania

Scores drowned in Zanzibar ferry sinking (ontd_political)

Turkey

Turkish Academy of Science to lose its ability to govern itself (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

MPs Vote Through Controversial Health Bill; Dorries abortion counselling reforms rejected (ontd_political)

The end of the NHS as we know it? (ontd_political) [Op-Ed]

Gay blood donor ban to be lifted (ontd_political)

It’s time to abolish the 50p tax rate (ontd_political) [Op-Ed]

David Cameron: parents of truants face benefit cuts (ontd_political)

Is the NHS an ex-Parrot? (ontd_political)

EDL ‘violently attacked’ journalists, claims NUJ (ontd_political)

Health ministers ‘oppose abortion advice changes’ (ontd_political)

Scottish Tory Leadership favourite to “disband party” (ontd_political)

For sale: One Health service (63); moderate condition (ontd_political)

LibDems get to vote on copyright reform, but who inserted the clause saying downloading should be a criminal act? (boing boing)

UBS trader in $2 billion loss on Unauthorized Trade (ontd_political)

PLANS TO CUT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS FROM 650 TO 600 MEMBERS (ontd_political)

Influx of rioters leads to new gang violence in UK prisons (boing boing)

Yet more news of the world

Once again, I find myself endlessly fascinated by world events. With the unprecedented amount of information at our fingertips every day, it’s hard to sift through the chaff to find the wheat. These are the grains I’ve collected.

News of the World

Zondervan bible publishers react to ethical issues raised over ownership by Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-laden News Corporation (God Discussion)

Murdoch-detector browser add-ons warn you when you’re reading Murdoch-tainted news (boing boing)

James Murdoch’s evidence challenged (BBC)

Piers Morgan not linked to phone spying scandal, no way no how, nuh-uh (boing boing)

Pie-throwing backfires as Wendi Murdoch wins plaudits and Rupert wins sympathy (ontd_political)

EU

Euro Zone Leaders Clinch Rescue Plan for Greece (ontd_political)

More online surveillance needed, officials in Europe say (Deutsche Welle)

Belgium

Belgium ban on face veil comes into force (ontd_political)

Canada

Health Canada’s solution to problems with the medical marijuana program: MOAR WRENCHES! (ontd_political)

Toronto councillor to Margaret Atwood on library closures: “get elected to office or pipe down” (boing boing) — Funny, I thought Canada was a democracy. As in the elected officials represent the people?

Libraries, child nutrition, Toronto Zoo: Final report suggests deepest cuts yet (ontd_political)

Critics silenced as transgendered Calgarian wins breast implant contest (ontd_political)

China

Bullet Train collision in China, 33 reported dead. (ontd_political)

Cuba

The Castros: Ian Sansom on a family that’s a dictatorship, not merely a dynasty (ontd_political)

Finland

Finland’s high-quality, consistent education system eschews tests, reveres teachers (boing boing)

Ghana

Ghana’s Western Regional Minister Orders All Gays Arrested (ontd_political)

Honduras

Honduras: From outcasts to unsung heroes, migrants support the national economy (lo-de-alla)

Israel

Arab Spring spirit inspires Israel tent cities (ontd_political)

Israeli women sneaking Palestinian women to the beach (ontd_political)

March for Peace (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: angry Fukushima citizens confront government (video) (boing boing)

Mexico

ATF Accused in Congressional Report of ‘Arming’ Cartel for ‘War’ Through Operation Fast and Furious (ontd_political)

Mexico: another journalist killed (boing boing)

Norway

As it happened: Norway attacks (BBC)

Bomb goes off in Oslo (ontd_political)

President Obama: Our Hearts Go Out to the People of Norway (The White House)

Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism (boing boing)

Norway mourns island youth camp and Oslo attacks (BBC)

Oslo Suspect Wrote of Fear of Islam and Plan for War (NYT)

Looking to place blame for the attacks that took place in Norway, many looked no further than the Muslim community. (ontd_political)

Norway, Islam and the threat of the West (ontd_political) <– refers to this Article (posted here) misidentified Christian arsonist as Jew (ontd_political)

Oslo bombing, shooting (big photo gallery, news updates) (boing boing)

Oslo Terrorist Used Modern Warfare 2 as “Training-Simulation”, World of Warcraft as Cover (ontd_political)

Regarding Norway (Swan Tower)

Pundits deploy retrocausality to blame Islam for Norway attacks (boing boing)

Norwegian PM refuses to let terrorist attacks drive his country to intolerance and paranoid “security” (boing boing) – *loud and enthusiastic clapping from me*

The news coverage of the Norway mass-killings was fact-free conjecture (ontd_political)

Glenn Beck compares murdered Norway campers to “Hitler Youth” (boing boing)

Jazz parade in Molde, Norway to commemorate terrorist victims (boing boing)

Norway treatise says ‘indigenous Europeans’ must be punished for ‘cultural suicide’ (LA Times)

Oslo: Thousands of people raising roses to commemorate the dead (boing boing)

Jeff Sharlet on Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik (boing boing)

Peru

Susana Baca becomes Peru’s first black government minister (The Guardian)

United Kingdom

Daily Show episode yanked from UK TV because Brit law prohibits using Parliamentary footage in satire (boing boing)

Why they call the Tories “the nasty party” (boing boing)

LulzSec’s Topiary arrested, say cops (boing boing)

ATOS case study: man awarded 0 points in disability test, man dies of lung problems shortly after (ontd_political)

Wales

Church in Wales inquiry after rector burns Bible pages (ontd_political)