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)

Up, Down, All Around, World News

Why can’t we all just get along?

United Nations

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities (The Moderate Voice) — Hint: B/c they are @#^$%$*(%(@#$ing idiots and the idiots are already putting in a protest to downgrade the bastards to something worse.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store (The Passive Voice)

Organized crime, bureaucratized (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadians: write to Parliament about keeping generic pharma available to poor countries (Boing Boing)

Why copyright trolls will have a hard time shaking down Canadians (Boing Boing)

China

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president’s identity (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Islamists rally for Morsi as rifts widen (The Moderate Voice)

Panel to vote on new Egypt constitution amid turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt sentences ‘Innocence of Muslims’ director to death, in absentia (Boing Boing)

Finland

In Finland, piracy fines are orders of magnitude higher than fines for rape, torture and murder (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (The Moderate Voice)

India

Indian village bans mobile phone use by women (Yahoo News)

India’s ‘Dancing Bears’ Retire in Animal Rights Victory (The Moderate Voice)

India to change hate speech law after Facebook row (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine (New York Times)

Amazons with a Cause (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico: Calderon’s Legacy of Blood and Busts (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Can Mexico’s President-elect Peña Nieto and Obama set a new tone? (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
(Boing Boing)
New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws — and corrupt police raids (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Covert assassin weapons from North Korea (Boing Boing)

Norway

Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room (Boing Boing)

Palestine

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Arafat’s remains exhumed to rule out murder by radioactive polonium poisoning (Boing Boing)

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Ad for freelance Russian bank-robbers (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria Mixing Chemicals for Sarin Gas: US Official (The Moderate Voice) — Because if a tiny terrorist group can do it, why not a country?

Syrian internet blackout continues for second day (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims’ details to crime boss (Boing Boing)

UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay (Boing BOing)

Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site (Boing Boing)

UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy (Boing Boing)

Creeped out by the World… news

Remember, this is drained through the filter of my interest…

United Nations

U.S.-led “war on drugs” questioned at U.N. (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

EU working group produces the stupidest set of proposed Internet rules in the entire history of the human race (Boing Boing)

Middle East

Alleged Anti-Muslim Film Maker Arrested, in Court (The Moderate Voice)

Man behind “Innocence of Muslims” video ordered jailed for violating fraud probation by using computers (Boing Boing)

Bahrain

CNN suppresses its own award-winning doc on human rights abuses in Bahrain; has commercial ties to the regime (Boing Boing)

Canada

Copyright lobbyists secretly engineering clawback of Canadian user rights (Boing Boing)

Art textbook with no art: school trying to fix it (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Michael Sinan, Mr. Gay Denmark 2012, On Being Out And Proud As A Muslim (Huffington Post)

Egypt

Let Us Boycott and ‘Put on Trial’ Those Who Mock Muhammad) (Gomhuria, Egypt (The Moderate Voice)

‘Prophet Mohammad Endured Personal Insults without Retaliating’ (Web Site of the Grand Mufti, Egypt)

France

French doctors on trial for cancer radiation overdoses (The Guardian)

Greece

Greek State Tries to Stem Neo-Nazi Rise (The Moderate Voice)

Honduras

Pinochet 2.0: US economist talks Honduras’ military dictator into establishing a private city owned and regulated by offshore corporations (Boing Boing)

India

Walmart Aims for First India Store in 12-18 Months (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Eurocrisis Spurs Italy’s ‘Big Baby’ Boom: Grown Children Living with Parents (The Moderate Voice)

Iran

Iranian cleric beaten and hospitalized by “badly covered” woman (Boing Boing)

Mexico

In Mexico, Breaking Out of Jail the Easy Way (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

New Zealand’s spies illegally bugged Kim Dotcom, complicity may go all the way to the prime minister’s office (Boing Boing)

Prime Minister of New Zealand apologizes to Kim Dotcom for letting spy agency wiretap him (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Pakistan Rejects Filmmaker Bounty as Muslims Keep Up Protest (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Minister Offers Bounty for Anti-Islam Film-Maker (The Moderate Voice)

New Film Protests in Pakistan as Death Toll Rises to 21 (The Moderate Voice)

Panama

Panama’s new copyright law is the worst in the history of the universe (Boing Boing)

Russia

Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Man dresses as car seat in attempt to move to Spain without the usual red tape (Boing Boing)

After Spain Nixes New Fiscal Deal, Catalonia Considers Independence Push (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK government spent millions arming and training Congolese and Sudanese soldiers (Boing Boing)

UK banks use robo-callers to make fraud-check calls, conditioning customers to hand out personal information to anonymous machines that phone them up out of the blue (Boing Boing)

Pranksters crash final speech of corporate tax avoidance taxman, posh hilarity ensues (Boing Boing)

World’s not Gone Yet

And so, we begin the new year. It’s looking pretty much just like the end of 2011 though. Except for the terrifying American politics scene, but then, that doesn’t really apply to world news. 🙂

Middle East

If Washington Makes War on Iran, it will be America’s Last (Samidoon, Palestinian Territories)

2012: Start of an Historic Realignment in the Mideast (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Some Good News for a Change: Afghanistan’s Pop Idol (The Moderate Voice)

Making Afghanistan Safe For China (The Moderate Voice)

Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Has Thyroid Cancer (ontd_political) — Hey, BBC (see below article) Here’s a woman for your list!

Bahrain

Human rights: Washington is unsure but UN shows gumption (The Moderate Voice)

Belarus

Belarus bans browsing foreign websites (Boing Boing) — And this will be enforced how? SOPA?

Canada

Canadians: tell Parliament to preserve Canada’s public domain!
(Boing Boing)

Rob Ford is still a wife-beating asshole, Toronto continues to want to throw him in the Don River (ontd_political)

China

PEN American Center Denounces Secret Trials, Imprisonment of Two Chinese Dissident Writers (Writers Write)

Denmark

Danish company helped Iran with surveillance program that identified journalist who was arrested and tortured (Boing Boing)

Finland

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success (ontd_political)

France


Oscar Wilde’s tomb renovated to protect it from kisses
(ontd_political)

Germany

President Accused of Threatening Tabloid Newspaper (ontd_political)

Greece

Greek economic crisis turns tragic for children abandoned by their families (ontd_political)

Iran

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati (BBC News)

It is Iran that May Soon Find Itself ‘Wiped Off the Map’ (Al-Seyassah, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

Iran tests new radar-evading missile (Boing Boing)

Iraq

Experienced War Vets To Decide Fate Of Haditha Massacre Ringleader (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Iraq’s youngest photographer. He is 8 years old. (Boing Boing)

Israel

Israeli Girl, 8, at Center of Tension Over Religious Extremism (ontd_political)

Israeli politicians decry ultra-Orthodox protesters’ use of Holocaust imagery (ontd_political)

Jamaica

Jamaica’s new PM vows to ditch royal rule (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

Nigeria strikes over soaring fuel costs (BBC News)

Norway

OMG: Eye test blooper on Norwegian news (ontd_political)

Palestine

Priests fight with broomsticks at Church of the Nativity (Boing Boing)

Russia

Absurd Human Rights Report May Hasten End of Putin Era (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Progress and Issues in the Saudi Kingdom with Women’s Unmentionables (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Leaked memo: USA blackmailed Spain into passing brutal, censoring copyright law (Boing Boing)

Sweden

File-sharing becomes a recognized religion in Sweden (Boing Boing)

Sweden hands its official Twitter account over to a different citizen each week (ontd_political)

Switzerland

Holodeck here we come! Augmented reality takes over Swiss park (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Grieving Mohamed Bouazizi (Zungu Zungu)

United Kingdom

Unable To Find 12 Women Of The Year, BBC Crowns Panda Instead (ontd_political) — Seriously? SERIOUSLY BBC? FU. Ah-em.

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)

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)

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)