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)

Running in Circles – World News

Things change, stories linger, things *don’t* change. It’s still the world and we’re stuck with it, so might as well keep an eye on what’s happening.

#hackergate

NoW placed hacking lawyers under surveillance (BBC News)

G-20

Progress at the G-20 (The White House)

Australia

Qantas/Unions ongoing dispute: Qantas grounds all flights (Ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazilian police car rams smuggler’s airplane (Boing Boing)

Despite Booming Economy, Brazilians Rally Against Amazonian Dam (The Moderate Voice)

China

Hollywood production in Chinese city of Linyi attended by human rights abuses (Boing Boing)

China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Blasts Off (Discovery News)

Colombia

Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: Tarek Shalaby on “Free Alaa. Again.” (Boing Boing)

Free Alaa. Again. (Boing Boing)

Upcoming elections in Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood Buying votes (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Fresh German police-malware uncovered; everything the police said in defense to date revealed as lies (Boing Boing)

Greece

The Crisis in Greece Threatens European and American Economies (The Moderate Voice)

BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING BONDS (The Moderate Voice)


Do Greeks Want to Stay in the Euro Zone? That Is the Question.
(ontd_political)

Hungary

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Iran

Arab Spring Pushes Iran Closer to Nuclear Weapons (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraq: more blasts and few US gains (The Moderate Voice)

‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’ (ontd_Political)

Israel & Palestine

new Israeli airstrike into Gaza after “ceasefire” (ontd_Political)

UNESCO Fiasco: Dancing to Netanyahu’s Tune (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima: The first 24 hours (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists (ontd_political)

Nicaragua

We Hates Them Meeses To Pieces (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Sesame Street International: Pakistani Edition Of Iconic Kids’ Show Launched (ontd_political)

Pakistan Indictments in Assassination of Benazir Bhutto (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Russian historian charged with grave robbing after police discover “gruesome tableau” of 29 mummified bodies in his home (Boing Boing)

Russia dumps daylight savings (Boing Boing)

Serbia

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Somalia

Al-Qaida targets Somalia drought victims with cash handouts (ontd_political)

Sweden

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks loses appeal. Will be extradited to Sweden to face charges

Pirate Party mysteriously barred from exhibiting at Sweden’s Gamex (Boing Boing)

Julian Assange loses extradition appeal (Boing Boing)

Syria

Why Syria Is Different Than Libya. Or Is It? (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thailand is 20% underwater, and is second-biggest hard drive producer after China. Now do you care about the floods? (Boing Boing)

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

Tibet

Exiled Tibetans hold memorial for self-immolators protesting Chinese military rule (Boing Boing)

Tunisia

Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council (Boing Boing)

Turkey

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

    United Kingdom

Prince Charles exercises a secret veto over a wide swath of UK legislation (Boing Boing)

England

London cops recording movements & association with mobile tracking device: “blanket & indiscriminate” (Boing Boing)

Scotland

Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems has a hot new political strategy – racist, alarmist photoshopping! (ontd_Political)

Wales

Welsh nightclubs to fingerprint customers (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)

Proud World Keep on Burnin’

I think the big story this week is the fact that London is burning. I’m not sure how long it’s going to last, but I’d have to say I’m not surprised. London protests aren’t always the calmest…

#hackergate

Piers listened to voicemails; Guardian editor also used voicemail ‘hack’ (boing boing)

WSJ publisher quits, Murdoch’s British chief leaves as mogul tries to stem hacking scandal (ontd_political)

The Six Worst Things to Happen to Rupert Murdoch Today (ontd_political)

Rebekah Brooks arrested (boing boing)

The Most Incredible Thing Fox News Has Ever Done (ontd_political)

Rebekah Brooks arrested by hacking police (ontd_political)

Fox & Friends lash out at News of the World critics (boing boing)

Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson quits (BBC)

#hackgate: Continuation of the fustercluck (ontd_political)

Damning 2007 letter asserts that phone hacking was an open practice at News of the World

Strauss-Kahn

Nafissatou Diallo speaks out at press conference (ontd_political)

Nafissatou Diallo, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Race, Immigration, and Power (Racialicious)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: New York meeting suggests accusers could unite (ontd_political)

IMF

Court to investigate Lagarde for abuse of authority (ontd_political)

East Africa

East Africa Drought Linked to La Niña (Discovery News)

Help East Africa post (ontd_political) – A list of donation sites/humanitarian aid in the area.

On the Ground in the Horn of Africa (White House)

One of the roots of Somalia’s famine -> American Imperialism (ontd_political)

Latin America

Sustainable Development, Not ‘Green Economy’ (IPS)

Australia

Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake has died (ontd_political)

Lest we forget: the amnesia preserving Australian self-image (ontd_political)

Australian police: Man arrested in fake bomb case (ontd_political)

Brazil

Uncontacted Amazonian tribe may have been killed by drug trafficers (ontd_political)

Poor Brazilian women see job prospects widen
(ontd_political)

Canada

Ford administration wants homeless removed from streets (ontd_political)

Canadian scholars & public interest groups oppose Canada’s Internet spying law (boing boing)

Edmonton teen needed help, not a virtual posse hunting her down (ontd_political)

‘This Place Saved My Life’: Inside the Rainier Hotel (ontd_political)

Chile

What the fuck is wrong with some people? (ontd_political)

The buried story of Los 33 (mindhacks)

Chile miners sue government for negligence (ontd_political)

China

Tibetan monk self-immolates to protest China (boing boing)

Artist Ai Weiwei speaks on conditions of imprisonment: “mental torture” (Boing boing)

Colombia

Indigenous languages thriving in Colombia (Al Jazeera)

Denmark

Shepard Fairey beat up in Copenhagen: by thugs, and by local media (Boing Boing)

Egypt

King Tut’s Treasures Return Home (Discovery News)

Egypt’s iconic antiquities chief fired (Google News)

Germany

Experts Baffled by Mysterious Underground Chambers
(Der Spiegel)

Strange tunnels of Austro-Germany (boing boing)

Remains of Nazi Rudolf Hess Exhumed (Discovery News)

India

Anti-corruption activist arrested in India, begins fast in custody (ontd_political)

Anna Hazare arrest: A million mutinies erupt across India (ontd_political)

Indonesia

Indonesian Survivor of Mob Attack by Islamists Is Sentenced (ontd_political)

Israel

More than 250,000 demonstrate across Israel to protest high cost of living (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Boycott the state, not just the settlements (ontd_political)

IDF forces arrest 12 people protesting for social justice in West Bank (ontd_political)

Japan

Who is the man living in Fukushima evacuation zone? (boing boing)

Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril (ontd_political)

Japan demonstrates against Korean entertainment (ontd_political)

What sulfur particles in California can tell us about Fukushima (boing boing)

Firsthand from Fukushima: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Show (radio) (boing boing)

Japanese cabinet approves plan to set up new nuclear watchdog (ontd_political)

Kenya

Preying on poverty – Sex tourism in Kenya (ontd_political)

Libya

Libyan Women Challenge Mindset Created by Tyranny (ontd_political)

Libyan rebels claim Gaddafi son killed (ontd_political)

Libya: Britain using Celt mercenaries to suppress riots (boing boing)

New Zealand

New Zealand Parliament may lose Internet access due to insane new copyright law

Nigeria

Nigeria oil spills have created ecological disaster, report says (ontd_political)

Palestine

Last keffiyeh factory in palestine turns to social media to stay in business (ontd_political)

Philippines

Filipinos cry sacrilege over art with Christ, phallic symbols (ontd_political)

Poland

Poland’s former deputy PM Andrzej Lepper dead at 57 (ontd_political)

Somalia

The territorial control fight contributes to the humanitarian catastrophe (ontd_political)

Famine in Somalia: The Lives We Can Save (White House)

A tortured choice in famine: Which child lives? (ontd_political)

South Africa

World Athletics 2011: Oscar Pistorius in South Africa squad (BBC)

South Korea

South Korea to abandon “real name” internet policy (boing boing)

Syria

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain recall ambassadors from Damascus, as President Assad replaces his defence minister. (ontd_political)

Syrian ministry hacked (boing boing)

Thailand

Thai Tourists Died from Bed Bug Pesticide (Discovery News)

All the news that’s fit to…

Rather, all the news I’ve bothered to pay attention to and magnify, is more to the point. I don’t have comments on some of it. Some of it is stories I just keep an eye on. And the rest just struck my fancy.

Global

2011 Global Peace Index Results (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Taliban kill dozens in attack on Afghan construction site (ontd_political)

Canada

..First Nations leaders concerned over ministry change to ‘aboriginal’ from ‘Indian’ (ontd_political)

China

Falun Gong sues Cisco over complicity in China’s “Golden Shield” – allege torture, murder (Boing boing)

Colombia

Red-crested rodent reappears after 113 years (i09) — Adorable! I’m so glad that they’re not extinct after all!

Congo

Do We Have the Congo Rape Crisis All Wrong? (ontd_political)

Denmark

Denmark bans Marmite (boing boing)

France

Strauss-Kahn’s pals bid to pay off woman’s kin (ontd_political)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: why French women put up with it (The Telegraph)

Germany

German police seize Pirate Party servers, looking at Anon’s toolkit (ArsTechnica)

German police raid German Pirate Party’s servers two days before election (Boing boing)

India

India education: Dalit student suicide (Global Post) — Being an American, and believing in equality, the caste system distresses me. *This* type of report is even more distressing because it indicates that things are not getting better for people at the bottom.

India’s unwanted girls (ontd_political)

Israel

Israel approves new West Bank settler homes: NGO (Google News)

Italy

Silvio Berlusconi warns Milan could become ‘Gypsytown’ (ontd_political)

Malaysia

16 killed in landslides at Malaysian orphanage (ontd_political)

Palestine

Palestinians’ Abbas vows UN statehood bid (ontd_political)

Russia

Moscow Pride to go ahead despite ban (ontd_political)

Sweden

Sweden deports Turkmen dissident (ontd_political)

Turkey

Turkish Website Threatens to Post More Sex Tapes (ontd_political)

Turkmenistan

Sweden deports Turkmen dissident (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

London’s Latin Americans ‘face exploitation at work’ (BBC)

Wikipedia edits from parliament airbrush Dorries sex abuse row (ontd_political) — The sheer ignorance in Dorries’ statement makes me foam at the mouth, so I won’t say more than be aware of this. This is common thinking, obviously.

Tory causes more outrage with ‘date rape’ comments (ontd_political)

Be Careful What You Wish For… (Scottish election results) (Slacktiverse)

President Obama Speaks to the Parliament in London: “The Time for Our Leadership is Now” (White House)