News of the World -Feb

I so can’t think of any catchy titles – what with 74 dead in a football (soccer to Americans) riot in Egypt and 16 dead in the snowfall in Europe. I just don’t have the energy to be anything but snarky and slightly disgusted with the state of the world. Beyond that, here’s the news that’s caught my eye:

MegaUpload
(b/c this one gets its own section b/c it seems to be crossing all sorts of borders)

The MegaUpload Shutdown Effect (Boing BOing)

Attorney General set to destroy tens of millions of users’ legitimate MegaUpload files (Boing Boing)

MegaUpload raided, founder arrested; Anonymous launches mass DDoS against entertainment companies and US law enforcement (Boing Boing)

Twitter

Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime – how will that work? (Boing Boing)

Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required (Boing BOing)

EFF: “What Does Twitter’s Country-by-Country Takedown System Mean for Freedom of Expression?” (Boing Boing)

Twitter’s early-bird special on censorship (Boing Boing)

United Nations

UN Report: Al Qaeda strengthened by NATO’s Libya War (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

European Court Says UK Cannot Deport Terror Suspect (Boing Boing)

Chief ACTA Eurocrat quits in disgust at lack of democratic fundamentals in global copyright treaty (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Questions Turn into Concern and Doubts (The Moderate Voice)

Inspector found Afghan goat giveaway “lacked accountability” (Muckrock)

Canada

Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet (Boing BOing)

Straight dope on Canada’s new copyright law, ACTA, and SOPA (Boing Boing)

Major labels demand that SOPA be folded into Canada’s new copyright law, C-11 (Boing Boing)

China

Tibet: China’s bloody crackdown on Tibetan protesters escalates, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

China: dissident on trial after Skypeing poem (Boing Boing)

Microblogging in China: Unstoppable!? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Cuba

Cubans Desperate to ‘Rip’ Prison at Guantanamo Out of their Land (Juventud Rebelde, Cuba) (The Moderate Voice)

Falkland Islands

Latin America Must End British Colonialism and U.S. Imperialism (Opera Mundi, Brazil) (The Moderate Voice)

France

French court rules that it’s illegally anticompetitive for Google to provide free maps API (Boing Boing)

Guatemala

Guatemala: at long last, ex-dictator Rios Montt in court over possible genocide charges (Boing BOing)

Iran

Severe Sanctions on Iran – is it too little and too late? (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

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

Japan

After nuclear disaster, a harsh winter for Fukushima’s abandoned pets (big photo gallery) (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico Drug Violence – ‘Business is Business’ (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Here’s the utterly inconsequential recording that resulted in NZ PM John Key ordering raids on the free press (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Associated Press Independence in Doubt after ‘Deal’ with North Korean Regime (The Daily North Korea, South Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

Norway

Strange and intrusive bathroom rules at Norwegian companies (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

President Obama Finally Admits to the Obvious: Murderous Drone Attacks (The Nation, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Poland

Polish MPs wear Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA (Boing Boing)

Poland’s Prime Minister wants to put the brakes on ACTA (Boing Boing)

Portugal

Talking Taxes: Warren Buffett, His Secretary, and the Grocer (World Meet)

Russia

In Russia, tiny protest sparks big police response: LEGO minifigs, South Park dolls, and Wall-e demonstrate for democracy (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Slovenia’s ambassador apologizes to her children and her nation for signing ACTA, calls for mass demonstrations in Ljubljana tomorrow (Boing Boing)

South Korea

South Korea indicts man for retweeting North (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Woman, 25, asked for ID to buy teaspoons as they could be used as drug paraphernalia (Nothing to do with Arbroath)

London’s anti-ACTA demonstration, one week from TOMORROW (Pub date Feb 2) (Boing Boing)

Tourists deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes (Updated) (Boing Boing)

Scunthorpe photographer faces down abusive security guards at Golden Wonder factory who want to enforce imaginary law against taking pictures from the public pavement (Boing Boing)

Spinning like a Top – World News

Wow, so, um, yeah. There’s still stuff going on and this might be why the world seems to be spinning *faster* the older I get. It’s as if time passes exponentially faster every year.

#hackergate

What Rupert Murdoch Means For You Personally (alter.net)

Tom Watson, MP: copyfighting terror of News International (Boing boing)

Strauss-Kahn

Air France will only use male stewards when Strauss-Kahn flies (ontd_political)

Australia

Mandatory detention policy under question (ontd_political)

Belarus

Taking Action Against Inaction In Belarus (ontd_political)

Brazil

Sao Paulo council calls for Heterosexual Pride Day (ontd_political)

Canada

Canada marks 35 years since abolition of the death penalty (ontd_political)

HIV-killer declared a dangerous offender (ontd_political)

Chile

Following weeks of strikes, Chile government open to discuss education reform (ontd_political)

Chilean riot police crack down on student protests over education funding (ontd_political)

China

Chinese Couple Sells Their 3 Kids to Play Online Games (ontd_political)

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

Cuba

CUBATV: photos of Cuban televisions and environs (boing boing)

Racism is still an issue in Cuba (Fresno Bee)

Egypt

Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution (boing boing)

France

France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

France, the world’s most depressed nation? (ontd_political)

French minority advocates call for statistics on diversity (France 24/7)

Honduras

“Narcosubmarine” carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine nabbed in Honduras (boing boing)

Iceland

You Cannot Put Rules On Love (ontd_political) —This is an amazing interview.

India

India’s sharp-shooter granny fighting male domination (ontd_political)

Iran

Iranian sentenced to blinding for acid attack pardoned (ontd_political)

Israel

More than 150,000 take to streets across Israel in largest housing protest yet (ontd_political)

Israel sues Bedouin for $500,000 in eviction costs. (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan to fire 3 top nuclear officials (ontd_political)

Tokyo University Professor Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” (ontd_political)

Lithuania

Mayor of Vilnius takes his bike lane rules seriously — no, I mean PRETTY FUCKING SERIOUSLY (ontd_political)

Norway

Norway attacks: Was Breivik a Christian terrorist? (ontd_political)

Married lesbian couple rescued 40 teenagers from drowning during Utøya shooting (boing boing)

Pamela Geller Edits Post to Conceal Violent Rhetoric in ‘Email from Norway’ (ontd_political)

Portraits put a face on Norway massacre (ontd_political)

Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter (ontd_political)

Pam Geller Justifies Breivik’s Terror: Youth Camp Had More ‘Middle Eastern or Mixed’ Races Than ‘Pure Norwegian’ (ThinkProgress) — I really can’t wrap my head around this rhetoric. It is *not* okay to murder people. It’s not okay for *anyone* to go around murdering children.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket At Norway Funerals (ontd_political — And I won’t even *start* in on my opinions of these slavering, hate-mongering, idiots.

Panama

France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala is sworn in as new Peru president (ontd_political)

Russia

Russia Backtracks on Plan to Sink Space Station (Discovery News)

Russia Rapidly Losing Permafrost (Discovery News)

On the DDoS Attack Last Week (ontd_political)

Suquamish Tribe

Native American tribe votes to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (ontd_political)

Tibet

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Teenager said to be LulzSec’s Topiary bailed (boing boing)

Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes (boing boing)

Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police (ontd_political)

Freedom of Information requests show that UK copyright consultation was a stitch-up; Internet disconnection rules are a foregone conclusion (boing boing)

Benefits assessment firm causing ‘fear and loathing’ among claimants, says MP (ontd_political)

Britain bans 2 misleading makeup ads (ontd_political)

UK government kills Copyright Great Firewall, establishes user rights (boing boing)

E-petitions urge MPs to debate return of death penalty (BBC)

Woman suggests that indebted students sell organs to wipe out student debt, isn’t a parody (ontd_political) — Okay, so, hands up, how many people considered donating eggs/sperm/blood when they were in school for the cash? I know I wasn’t the only one who researched it when I was in school.

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)

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)

Other side of the globe, right next door

Good news, bad news, and the occasional fun tidbit that catches my eye. I make no bones about the fact that this is strictly a compilation of things that intrigue me.

Algeria

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika vowed to make legislative and constitutional reforms (ontd_political)

Brazil

Why in the Hell can we not do something similar? Oh, wait, “free market”. My BS meter goes off every time I hear people claiming that government interference isn’t good for business. Go read Upton Sinclair. The Jungle, specifically.

I do think, however, that this is something that could be done on a local level. For example, in the state of Virginia. Just think of the reduction of obesity if we make fresh, non-processed food available in the food deserts. And then the attendant changes in health care costs, the rise of… oh, now I’m just being crazy. Seriously, though, fresh produce, supporting local farmers, what’s wrong with that?

The City that Ended Hunger: A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: end hunger. (yes magazine)

Canada

Um, excuse me? Canada? WTF?

Elections Canada rejects Tory effort to annul votes at University of Guelph (ontd_political)

Cuba

You know, there’s a problem when Cuba’s sounding more reasonable than Canada…

Cuba’s president Castro backs term limits (ontd_political)

Egypt

You know why I’m not an archeologist today? At some point in my high school career, I realized that I would be fighting *forever*. I would have to fight to get my name published without using my initials. I would be in constant fights for funding. I would be fighting to be heard and not patted on the head and sent to the kitchen. And I’d be fighting corruption or bribing officials myself. I knew that and I know it still. I still hate having it confirmed.

Famed Egyptologist sentenced in corruption case

Ivory Coast and Oklahoma

Why the Hell is a senator, who theoretically believes in democratic government, supporting a man who won’t step down from office when the newly elected president is trying to take office? Seriously people. If this is your senator? Get him out of the American Congress. He obviously doesn’t understand the idea of elections.

Inhofe Defends Ivory Coast Strongman With ‘Happy Face’ (VIDEO) (TPM)

Liechtenstein

I spy, with my little eye, the newest trend in weddings:

Liechtenstein for hire at $70,000 a night (ontd_political)

Montenegro

Homeland of Nero Wolfe. He was a freedom fighter there. This is the sound of the country that created him. Well, they’re official anthem at least.

Video

Qatar

Funny, we don’t hear much about Qatar in the states. But they’re important. And not just because they have oil. They’re reasonable. Support the values of democracy and human rights. (Something which even the USA screws up on sometimes.) And a good, local voice, is always more welcome talking to the neighbors than someone from half a globe away who starts pontificating.

Remarks by President Obama and Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani of Qatar After a Bilateral Meeting (White House)

United Kingdom

Hey, check it out. The UK decides in favor of right to assembly. And tells the cops that they can’t treat a peaceful crowd as if they’re a riot.

UK court rules that kettling was illegal (boing boing)