Up and Down on the Hobby Horse – world news

Things never seem to change. Really. There’s always just one more dreadful story. And while I’d love to promote only fun stories, I think the depressing ones are important. As always, these are links to the things that caught my attention.

Africa

China’s health aid in Africa leads to flood of fake drugs (Boing Boing)

Armenia

Armenian Blogger on Trial for Satire Photo of Politician (Global Voices)

Australia

Australia legalizes violent video games (Boing Boing)

Central African Republic

Journalist Killed During Ceasefire Talks in Central African Republic (Global Voices)

Czech Republic

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions (Global Voices)

Russia

Murder Trail Leads to Russian Facebook of Horrors (Global Voices) <– Remember innocent until proven guilty. But the immediate reactions from the social networks is fascinating.

Turkey


Zonguldak Accident Draws Attention to Turkish Miners’ Plight
(Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Top UK entertainer sexually abused hundreds, mostly children (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

Venezuela’s future uncertain amid Chavez absence (Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen (Global Voices)

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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)

What a World, What a World

World events that have caught my eye. Some of them big. Some of them small. Some of them, that no one in a year will remember at all.

European Union

Analysis: Europe’s austerity zeal risks killing the patient (Reuters)

Bangladesh

So she’ll learn to write with her left hand _and_ go back to school anyway (ontd_political)

Burkina Faso

What is Victoria’s Secret? Child Labor (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian MPs use bogus video-game industry data to defend hated DRM law they’re about to ram down the country’s throat (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 (Slacktivist)

Bahrain

UPDATED: Danish human rights activist arrested in Bahrain, faces torture: will Danish foreign minister intervene?

Egypt

Protesters Torch Famed Institute of Egypt: Rare Books, Manuscripts and Maps All Destroyed (Writers Write)

Egypt Youth Delusioned – We Were Better Off with Mubarak (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

‘Stubborn’ Iraqis Mistaken to Demand America Withdraw (Sotal Iraq, Iraq) (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

How Can Israel Please the American Government, Media, and “Experts”? It Can’t (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Wild monkeys and boars enlisted to help measure Fukushima radiation in Japan (Boing Boing)

Japan’s Prime Minister Declares Fukushima Plant Stable (New York Times)

New Zealand

Baby Seal Breaks into House and Promptly Takes a Nap (ontd_Political)

North Korea

Kim Jong-Il Dies (The Moderate Voice)

North Korean diplomacy, with a side of slaw (Boing Boing)

Kim Jong Il is dead (Slacktivist)

North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Boing BOing)

(Video Animation) Kim Jong-il Dead, North Korea’s Future Uncertain (The Moderate Voice)

Kim Jong Il Dead (Political Cartoon) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Woman Beheaded for ‘Witchcraft’ (ABC News)

Sweden

Everyday Swedes take over management of nation’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Syria

Is Syria’s election a sham?(The Week)

Thailand

Lese Majeste -15 Years For Insulting The King (The Moderate Voice)

United States – Native Nations

Why Are Indian Reservations So Poor? A Look At The Bottom 1% (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Receding Inflation In Britain (New York Times)

London cops apologise to young photographer who was told that shooting Armed Forces Day parade was “anti-social,” “gay,” “stupid” and an offense under the Terrorism Act (Boing Boing)