Last Raw Deal goin’ down

So, the Pope’s retired and the North Korea is doing nuclear tests. We’re just having a banner year already. Put it in your diaries, cousins. You’ll want your grandkids to remember this s**t.

Angola

Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)

Antarctica

Lake-drilling team discovers life under the ice (Nature) — Hey, I already knew about this. I watch X-files… Oh, that’s not a documentary? Who knew?

Australia

Australian Sport: Drugs, Match Fixing Linked to Organised Crime (Global Voices) — Are you shocked? I’m not. Seriously, drugs and match fixing. It’s the basis for a goodly number of enterprises for org. crime.

Bangladesh

#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger (Global Voices)

Videos from #Shahbag, Bangladesh’s Generation Square (Global Voices)

Bangladesh Unites at Shahbag for 42-Year-Old War Crimes (Global Voices)

Bangladeshi Women Join Shahbag Protests in Remarkable Numbers (Global Voices)

In Pictures: The Protesting Crowd In Shahbag (Global Voices)

#Shahbag in a 144 Characters (Global Voices)

Bolivia

Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)

Brazil

With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)

Canada

One Phone Call is Not Enough: Court Rules You Have the Right to Google a Lawyer (Michael Geist)

Canadian cops can use electronic surveillance without reporting it (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Internet snooping bill is dead (Boing Boing)

China

Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (Moderate Voice)

Citizens Document Extreme Water Pollution in China (Global Voices)

Chinese Planned to Kill Drug Lord With Drone (Moderate Voice)

Colombia

Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín (Global Voices) — When I wrote that short story, I never expected it to become *real* in any way.

Ecuador

Ecuador: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)

Finland

Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)

France

Horsemeat Scandal Spreads as French Retailers Pull Foods (Moderate Voice) — So, what’s the bigger deal? The fact that the meat is not as advertised, or that people are actually eating horses?

Germany

From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)

Honduras

Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)

Hungary

Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)

India

India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)

Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan’s Porn Law is Strangling Artists (Global Voices)

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Japan’s Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands (Global Voices)

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Kashmir

Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)

Kenya

Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)

Kuwait

Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)

Libya

A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)

Malaysia

Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)

Mali

The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)

Mauritania

Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)

Mexico

Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar

Myanmar: Media Freedom Still Under Threat (Global Voices)

E-Mails of Reporters in Myanmar Are Hacked (NYT) – Hmmm… a mostly repressive government reading emails, hmmm…

North Korea

North Korea’s blast: China Holds the Cards (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Stokes Global Fury with Nuclear Test (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Conducts 3rd Nuclear Test (Global Voices)

North Korea conducts third nuclear test in DPRK history (Boing Boing) – Okay, so this likely links back to the same story, but it’s got a better picture.

Pakistan

Pakistan’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa (Global Voices)

Rome <– You did remember that this is its own country right? The Pope's actually the leader of a nation, not just a religion?

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa (Global Voices)

Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow (Global Voices)

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (UDATE 2 with ROUNDUP) (The Moderate Voice)

Papal Frontrunners Include Two Africans And One Canadian (The Moderate Voice)

Pope’s Brother Knew of Planned Resignation (Moderate Voice) — Well, God forbid the man talk to his *family* rather than the press first. The nerve.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: Live Report (Moderate Voice) – Well, not so live anymore.

How Will the Catholic Church Handle a Living Ex-Pope? (The Moderate Voice) — Well, hopefully, he’ll retire to a monastery with a bunch of other retired priests and live out his life praying and working in the garden.

A Non-European Pope (The Moderate Voice) — I think it would be cool to have an African pope. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to necessarily change anything in terms of the direction of the church – given the power of the Curiate – but a little new blood in the papacy would be welcome.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Pulse’ Is Having a Bad Day (The Moderate Voice)

Russia


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor
(i09)

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign (Global Voices)

Meteor explodes over Russia (Boing BOing)

“Pedophile’s Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist (Global Voices) — I’ve an idea. How about leaving it live and spying on it somehow. Like a little malicious script that will let you see who’s reading it.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad (Global Voices)

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested for “Impairing Development” (Global Voices)

Senegal

Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)

Spain

Spain: lawmakers want bullfighting to be protected as cultural heritage (Boing Boing) — That’s like saying that America should protect dog fighting. No. Just No. That which was acceptable in the past, is not exactly what is acceptable in the future.

Under Pressure, Spain Opens Door to Foreclosure Reform (Global Voices)

Spain: Bail of 8,1 Million Euro for the King’s Son-in-law (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)

Tajikistan

Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)

Turkey

Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

TESCO attaches tracking armbands to employees (Boing Boing)

UK “forced labor” welfare scheme nailed in court (Boing Boing) — There’s a huge difference between “prove to us your trying to find a job” and “do this unpaid labor for for-profit companies so I get my kickback.”

Guerrilla Benchers replace street furniture removed to discourage homeless people (Boing Boing0

London mayor praises horse meat (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)

Revenge of the world news

For some reason, the world just won’t stop coming up with new and intriguing things for me to read. Why is that?

ACTA

What the US government tells European parliamentarians about ACTA (Boing Boing)

Danish band claims collecting society prevented them from playing anti-ACTA gig (Boing Boing)

AnonymousB/c they cross borders

Spain, South America arrest 25 in Anonymous crackdown, with Interpol assist (Boing Boing)

Antarctica

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Australia

Cudo Stupidity Followup (Whatever)

Australian Senate calls for apology on forced adoptions (ontd_political)

Abortion outrage: Mums should be allowed to terminate newborns, say Australian academics (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Inside Kabul: landmine survivor aid activist live-blogs from lockdown in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)

Why Would Afghani citizens be so angry? (Religion News)

Bolivia

Bolivian riot cops gas, beat wheelchair protesters (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Bulgaria

Icebound, long-abandoned Communist flying saucer in the cliffs of Bulgaria (Boing Boing)

Canada

BC government considering legislation to remove teachers right to strike. (ontd_political)

Independent watchdog says Canada’s 2011 elections may have been corrupt (Boing Boing)

Canadian record labels to Canadian Parliament: we want to be able to control search engines, social networking, blogs, video sites, and community sites. Oh, and we want an iPod tax. (Boing Boing)

Alberta doctors continue to bill province for ‘treating’ homosexuality (ontd_political)

China

Hong Kong Airlines accused of profiting from “flying Taiji dolphin coffins” (Boing Boing)

Finland

Finnish alpha males go Esther Williams for breast cancer (Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog)

India

India’s Government Grudgingly Releases Report on Nuclear Power’s Effect on Human Health (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

SKS, world’s largest microfinance service, drives debtors to suicide (Boing Boing)

Ireland

Irish SOPA signed into law (Boing Boing)

Japan

America and Japan ‘Too Hasty’ about Resuming Nuclear Plant Construction (Shimpo Hebei Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown, one year later: Frontline doc airs [Feb. 28] on PBS (Boing Boing)

Haunting photos from Fukushima, one year later: “Invisible You,” by Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Join a live Q&A about the first few days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis (boing Boing)

Fukushima and mental health (Boing Boing)

Nigeria


What Happens When U.S. Law Collides With Int’l Law? That’s for The Supremes To Sort Out
(The Moderate Voice)

North Korea


U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea
(ontd_political)

Pakistan

“Saving Face” May be a Saving Grace for Women Victims of Acid Attacks (Muslimah Media Watch)

Russia

The ‘Brutality of the World’, According to Vladimir Putin (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)


‘Russia’s Place in a Changing World,’ By Vladimir Putin (Moskovskiye Novosti, Russia)
(The Moderate Voice)

Anti-Gay Law Stirs Fears in Russia (ontd_political)

Spain

Hactivistas protest brutal Spanish copyright law with flood of complaints (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria says referendum results coming Monday; vote punctuated by new violence (CNN)

Marie Colvin: a portrait of the slain war correspondent, by Molly Crabapple (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Labour to Britain’s Internet: drop dead (Boing BOing)

Make little, make often: how manufacturing could work in the UK (Boing Boing)

Tory Lord tells peers about a weird Internet scam at great length (Boing Boing)

HIV treatment to be free for undocumented migrants and non-UK citizens. (ontd_political)

NHS bill: goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance (ontd_political) — Please don’t follow the US example. ktnxbai

Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe attacks gays in birthday rant (ontd_political)

New in the World of Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow… whatever

So, I normally try to say something passably clever or at least summarize what’s going on, but my brain’s on vacation. I’ll just offer up this vague disclaimer. These are just the things that caught my eye. Not everything that’s happening. Maybe not even the most important things, but still they’ve intrigued me/upset me/made me smile.

MegaUpload

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in New Zealand court (Boing Boing)

United Nations

Russia and China Veto Syrian Resolution (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Children Freezing to Death: Another Horrific Side of the Afghanistan War (The Moderate Voice)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian MPs wear Guy Fawkes mask for ACTA session (Boing Boing)

Canada

Debunking the record industry shill who said that his amendments to Canada’s proposed copyright law are no big deal (Boing Boing)

Muslim man’s motivational text to colleagues leads to terror probe (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new SOPA-style copyright bill could shut down YouTube (Boing Boing)

China

Three Tibetan herders burn themselves alive in protest (Boing Boing)

Communist tablet? (Boing Boing)

Two Tibetans shot dead, another self-immolation, as China’s dissent crackdown continues (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification (TechDirt)

Egypt

Islamists Win 70% Of Seats In Egyptian Parliament (The Moderate Voice)

India

Porn in parliament ends ministers’ careers (Boing Boing)

Salman Rushdie Cancels Appearance at Jaipur Literary Festival Due to Assassination Threat (Writers Write)

Iran

Iran attacks internet access on Islamic Revolution anniversary (Boing BOing)

Iraq

(UPDATED) Yet Again, No Accountability For Marines In Iraq (The Moderate Voice)

Ireland

Irish journalist humiliates EuroBank technocrat who won’t stop ducking hard questions (Boing BOing)

Japan

Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials (Boing BOing)

Inside the Fukushima exclusion zone: the photography of Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexican Banda bandits blamed for school tuba thievery (Boing Boing)

Candidacy tests Mexico’s culture of machismo (Yahoo News)

Romania

Romania’s prime minister doesn’t know why he signed ACTA, Czech Republic’s out (Boing Boing)

Russia

Julian Assange to host Wikileaks TV show on Kremlin-funded Russian cable network (Boing Boing)

Sweden

Unexplained 60 meter object resting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Sweden (Boing BOing)

Syria

Report: Assad’s Office Hacked, Password Was ‘12345’ (Talking Points LiveWire)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry on the techno-cluelessness of English judges (Boing Boing)

English plainclothes police officer follows himself for 20 minutes (Boing Boing)

Fred Goodwin is no longer a knight (Boing BOing)

Undercover UK cops infiltrated environmental groups, seduced women in the groups, fathered children with them, abandoned them (Boing Boing)

Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo’s composition (Boing Boing)

You Spin Me Right Round

And so, we have a round-up of news and information. This is world news. Not the science, not the pop-culture. Well, not unless it touches something deeper.

And yet, I know there’s more that I’ve missed and some things that may be old news to some, yet still new to me.

Oh, and something new. The links should pop up in a new window or tab today.

Terrorism – not sure where to put this elsewise –

9/11 Terrorists Debunk 9/11 Conspiracies (Discovery News)

Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)

South Pole

SOUTH POLE STROKE VICTIM DENIED EVACUATION (Discovery News)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian rally links Roma to organised crime (Ontd_political)

Canada

Debunking James Moore’s talking points on Canada’s new copyright law (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new copyright law punishes blind and visually impaired people (Boing Boing)

Awesome mentor program for Toronto high schoolers (Boing Boing)

China

Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

Admired and reviled, Chinese-American ambassador challenges China’s views on ethnicity (ontd_political)

Denmark

Denmark is to impose the world’s first “fat tax” in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease. (ontd_political)

Iceland

Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not (ontd_political)

First lady of Iceland climbs security fence to join protesters (Boing Boing)

India

Inter student sets herself ablaze for Telangana cause (ontd_political)

Indonesia

Indonesia’s only female sex therapist tackles myths about AIDS, pregnancy online (ontd_political)

Iran

Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales (Bloomberg)

Mystery surrounds suicide of Iranian bloggers (ontd_political)

Israel

Court to rule on legality of Israeli ultra-Orthodox ‘Taliban sect’ (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Palestinian Prisoners Take Center Stage in Palestine (Huffington Post)

Italy

Wikipedia Shuts Down Italian Site In Response To Berlusconi’s New Wiretap Act (ontd_political)

Italy’s insane Internet law prompts removal of Italian Wikipedia (Boing Boing)

Japan

Govt to position Tohoku as hub for rare metal recovery (ontd_political)

Kenya

Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)

Mexico

Until 2 years do us part? (ontd_political)

Namibia

Namibia: Skulls Repatriated – But No Official German Apology (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta (Platform)

Russia

Gay Rights Rally Assault Charge Is Dropped (ontd_political)

Russia’s Putin says wants to build “Eurasian Union” (ontd_political

South Africa

Slow Visa Processing Leads to Cancellation of Dalai Lama’s trip to South Africa (ontd_political)

Tibet

Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Bletchley Park gets a £4.6m grant, financed by government pro-innumeracy programme (Boing Boing)

UK would be financially worse off without Scotland says Goldie (ontd_political)

Some UK rail stations add airport-style body-scanners (Boing Boing)

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)