Some people want the world to burn

Sometimes, I’m one of them.
Most of the time, I find it a relatively pleasant place. Mostly harmless, even.
Then, I read the news.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: All Road Leads To Shahbagh (Global Voices)

Bhutan

One Joke Too Many? Bhutanomics Satire Blog is Suddenly Blocked (Global Voices)

Brazil

Solidarity Rises from Southern Brazil’s Sunday Flames (Global Voices)

Brazil in Mourning After the Tragic Fire in Santa Maria (Global Voices)

Cambodia

Cambodia: Funeral of King Father Sihanouk (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian businesses lobby for the right to infect peoples’ computers with viruses and rootkits (Boing Boing)

New Canadian coin features the incredibly badass Quetzalcoatlus — and it glows in the dark (i09) — So, now I need to go find myself some Canadian currency because, DUDE, dinosaurs.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan invests in Internet surveillance company that backstops notorious dictatorships (Boing Boing)

Chile

Chile: Controversial Campaign of a Presidential Candidate (Global Voices)

China

China: Cartoon-Costumed Migrant Workers Protest Unpaid Wages (Global Voices)

Hacking Incidents Ignite Fears Over China (Moderate Voice)

China: Police Pressure Whistleblower to Expose Source (Global Voices)

Ancient strain of rice rediscovered in China (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Ecuador: Humour and Election Time (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt: Prime Minister’s ‘Bad Boobs’ Speech Transcribed (Global Voices)

Dignity, Courage and Hypocrisy: Egyptian Man Stripped Naked by Police (Global Voices)

Egypt Silent on Sinai Flooding (Global Voices)

Gambia

It’s Four-Day Week In Gambia (Global Voices) – Now, if the US would just get behind this sort of idea…

Guinea-Bissau

Panic and Terror Walk Hand-in-Hand in Guinea-Bissau (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Parents Turn to Obama Over Baby Formula Shortage (Global Voices)

Iran

Iran Sent One Monkey Into Space and Another Came Back (Global Voices)

Iran: Will Thieving Officials Also Have Their Hands Chopped Off? (Global Voices) – Punishments should be irregardless of class and money don’t you think? Might keep them from getting… out of hand, as it were.

Mystery of the Iranian Space Monkey (Boing Boing) – Nice to see Iran focusing on something like exploring the stars. Whether it’s going as well as they’d like to present, I cannot say.

Japan

Japan’s Corporate Slaves Put Humor to Hard Work (Global Voices)

On Whale Bacon, and changing attitudes toward whales as food in Japan (Boing Boing) – We can only hope that soon Greenpeace won’t have to block whaling ships any longer.

Mali

Mali: Threats All Around (Global Voices)

Mexico

Boy, 16, shot 11 times in the back at Mexico/US border fence (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Shock and Speculation after Blast in Pemex Headquarters (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Why Death for Distributing Polio Vaccine in Pakistan? (Global Voices)

Papua New Guinea

Burnt alive! (Post Courier) – Really? Really? Sorcery? Murdered by a town for “sorcery”?

Paraguay

Paraguay: Presidential Candidate Dies in Helicopter Crash (Global Voices)

Paraguay After Presidential Candidate Lino Oviedo’s Sudden Death (Global Voices)

Portugal

Portugal: Authorities Bring Charges Against Women Activists (Global Voices)

Russia

RuNet Freedom: a Pirate’s Revenge (Global Voices)

Russia’s Internet Censorship “Experiment” (Global Voices)


Sleeping judge fired
(Boing Boing)

The End of Russia’s Thaw Hurts Medvedev, Navalny, & Friends (Global Voices)

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights (Global Voices)

Escaping Russia’s “Vulgar, Primitive” Secularism (Global Voices)

Spain

Corruption Case Threatens Spain’s Ruling Party – and Its Economy (Moderate Voice)

Spain’s Scandal-Hit Royals Pin Hopes on Prince (Moderate Voice)

“Hands up! This is a robbery!”: Protests Continue in Spain (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Korea’s Spy Agency Takes Criticism to Heart .. and Court (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan: Who Misled Noam Chomsky? (Global Voices)

Thailand

Somyot Case Ignites Lese Majeste Debate in Thailand (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago

Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival? (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago: Questionable Résumés (Global Voices)

Tunisia

Secular Politician Shot Dead, Protests Erupt Across Tunisia (Global Voices)

Turkey

Turkey Suicide Bomber Hits US Embassy, Guard Killed (Moderate Voice)

In Istanbul, Tourists Seek Their Dream Moustache (Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

U.K. “beef lasagne” made entirely of horse meat (Boing Boing)

Where’s The Beef? Burger King Finds Horsemeat In Its U.K. Patties (ontd_political)

Surrey woman left without care dies in hospital (ontd_political)

Briton Finds ‘Rare Whale Vomit’ Worth 50,000 euros (Moderate Voice)

Richard III unexpectedly pretty (Boing Boing) – Imagine! He looks like his painting. (Minus the hunch)

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)

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?

#hackergate
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)

Australia

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

Belarus

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

Bhutan

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

Canada

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)

China

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

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

France

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

French Polynesia

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

Greece

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

Iran

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

Israel&Palestine

Remembering Gaza (ontd_political)

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

Italy

Rome Burns (Boing Boing)

Japan

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)

Libya
(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)

Poland

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

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)

Tibet

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

Turkey

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)