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)

So, that peace on earth thing

…not so much.

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

British Royal HoaxI’m pulling this one out because there’s a lot of places involved and I don’t feel like multiple links. I’m actually torn about including this story. I don’t know that the surviving family members need the pain of the continuing media exposure and reliving the pain of their wife/mother/daughter/sister/cousin/friend’s suicide. So, on second thought, I’m removing all links to this story.

Afghanistan

Breaking: Member of Special Operations Forces Killed in Rescue of American in Afghanistan (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

Cambodia

Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages (Boing Boing)

Canada upgrades immigration screening with biometrics (The security Director News)

China

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

Denmark

Jews Warned Not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Overplayed His Hand: Analysts (The Moderate Voice)

Hungary

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India (Global Voices)

Indian Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar Dies, Aged 92 (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Italy’s Berlusconi Announces Fresh Run for PM (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea

North Korea says it successfully launched satellite into orbit (CBS News)

Pakistan

Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

Pakistan Leader Visits Shot Girl in British Hospital (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts (Digital Journal)

Swedish Probe into Holocaust Victims’ Ashes Painting (The Moderate Voice)

Syria

NBC’s Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria (Boing Boing)

Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller (Boing Boing)

Where does Assad’s online army come from? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

United Kingdom

Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees (Boing Boing)

Britain to Allow Gay Marriages in Churches (The Moderate Voice)

Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim (Boing Boing)

Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck (ITV)

Zambia

Zambian President Orders Killing of “Rebels” No One Can Find (Global Voices)

Big World Keep on Turnin’

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

Europe

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

Afghanistan

Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)

Angola

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

Belarus

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

Cambodia

Unknown Respiratory Disease in Cambodia (WHO)

Malaysia

Blogger arrested for sultan slur (The Herald Sun)

Mexico

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

Paraguay

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

Japan


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)

Russia

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)

Sweden

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

Syria.

Wikileaks releases Syrian govt. emails (Boing Boing)

News and World Events – Um, oy veh?

So, no fancy title. But I need to clean out my tabs and reading files. And so, here we have a bunch of articles that caught my attention and I think need to be passed on.

European Union

Sterilised Roma woman wins human rights appeal (Human Rights Europe)

European Court of Justice: spying with national copyright censorwalls is illegal (Boing Boing)

Left, right, left: how political shifts have altered the map of Europe (The Guardian)

#hackergate

News of the World shredded hard-drives, laptops (Boing Boing)

J.K. Rowling Testifies During Phone Hacking Inquiry (Writers Write)

Aussie senator: News Corp offered me favorable coverage if I killed legislation it didn’t like (Boing Boing)

Cambodia

Lucky iron fish persuades Cambodian women to cook with iron, stave off anemia (Boing Boing)

China

Vladimir Putin scoops Chinese peace award (The Guardian)

Denmark

Man doused himself with petrol (Politiken)

Egypt

Egypt: 33 dead in Tahrir protests, as “Arab Spring” mirrored in bloody Fall (Boing Boing)

Egypt in turmoil before first free elections (The MOderate Voice)

Egypt police detain, beat, sexually assault US-based journalist Mona Eltahawy; other journalists also targeted (Boing Boing)

Estonia

Estonian Marathon Bans Black Runners (Racism Daily)

First Nations

Canadian indigenous band declares state of emergency due to horrific conditions, government takes no notice (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greece, the CDS Market, and BNP (Brad deLong)

Iran

Iran stares down America and the UN over its nuclear hopes (The Moderate Voice)

Libya

Ethnic Hatred Taints Liberated Libya (Racialicious)

New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister sends police to raid major news outlets over covert recording of negotiations with far-right party (Boing Boing)

New Zealand Election Mandates Social Media Blackout (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistan telecom censors ban 1,500 words that must not be texted (Boing Boing)

Russia

Russian social media erupts as Putin apparat tries to suppress video of booing crowd (Boing Boing)

Thousands of Russian nationalists march in Moscow (Associated Press)

Serbia

Citizens hold protest against asylum seekers (B92)

Spain

Europe Ailing Economy Consquences: Conservatives Expected to Win Big In Spain (The Moderate Voice)

Spain Conservatives Get Huge Win: Rajoy Warns “No Miracles” (The Moderate Voice)

Sweden

Swedish Pirate Party MEP Amelia Andersdotter, on taking office at long last (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

Criminals fall for beer sting (The Guardian)