Spinning at the Top of the World

So, for some reason, unknowable to mortals like myself, news-worthy stuff keeps happening in places that aren’t the US. Crazy right? Important things that affect very real people and sometimes very large groups of people.

United Nations

Act now to stop unaccountable, censor-friendly UN agency from hijacking control of the Internet! (Boing Boing)

Interpol

Interpol Elects Its First Female President, And You Don’t Want to Mess With Her (the Mary Sue)
Taliban

Taliban uses CC instead of BCC, exposes identity of 400+ contacts (Boing Boing)

Africa

Teenage Girls Harness the Power of Urine, Create a Pee-Powered Generator (The Mary Sue)
Afghanistan

Afghan Women Learn Literacy Through Mobile Phones (The Moderate Voice)

EU

EU’s trillion euro budget summit ends in failure (Repost Us)

Canada

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is out (Boing Boing)

Canadian Supreme Court puts Viagra in the public domain because Pfizer wouldn’t disclose enough of its workings (Boing Boing) — This is Schadenfreude pie at its best.

Chile

China Unveils New Leadership With Xi at Helm (The Moderate Voice)

Cosplaying Chilean students protest education cuts (Boing Boing)

China

Barbie crashes and burns in China (Boing Boing)

Firefighters in Tiananmen Square at the ready to douse self-immolators (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Egypt

Egypt Judges Slam Morsi Over ‘Unprecedented Attack” (The Moderate Voice)

Cairollers: Cairo’s first rollerderby team (Boing Boing)

Morsi meets judges over Egypt power grab dispute (The Moderate Voice)

Finland

Finnish police confiscate 9-y-o’s laptop after she downloads a song from the Pirate Bay (Boing Boing)
France

More than 100,000 March Against Gay Marriage in France (The Moderate Voice)

Gaza Strip

Gaza Death Toll passes 100 as Truce Efforts Build (The Moderate Voice)

Israel PM says Hand Held Out in Peace, Other Holds Sword (The Moderate Voice)

Truce Agreed to End Week of Gaza Bloodshed (The Moderate Voice)

World Powers Denounce Terrorist Israel bus bombing (The Moderate Voice)

Blast on Tel Aviv Bus as Gaza Truce Remains Elusive (The Moderate Voice)

Israeli Gaza Raids Continue, Hitting Media Centre (The Moderate Voice)

Israel air raids kill 10, destroy Hamas HQ in Gaza (The Moderate Voice)

Israel OKs reserve call-up of up to 75,000: TV (The Moderate Voice)

Eight Journalists Wounded After Israeli Missile Strikes Gaza Media Center (the Moderate Voice)

Greece

Hacker steals entire nation’s identity (Boing Boing)

India

Bring Mumbai Masterminds to Justice: Indian Press (The Moderate Voice)

Iran

Iran Minister Confirms Firing at US Drone in Gulf (The Moderate Voice)

Iranian Blogger Who Died In Custody Is Buried (Radio Free Europe Radio Library)

Israel

Israel Presses Gaza Assault as Rocket Panics Tel Aviv (The Moderate Voice)

Rocket defense of Beersheva (Boing Boing)

Israel live-tweets Gaza offensive (Boing Boing)

Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry (USA Today)

Italy

Student Riots in Italy: a dispatch from Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)

Gay anti-mafia politician breaks mold in Sicily (Reuters)

Mexico

Who is shooting and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and why? (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Fears blight ‘Malala Day’ in schoolgirl’s hometown (The Moderate Voice) — I don’t blame them for being afraid. Cowards who shoot at children are unpredictable. I applaud the courage that it takes to continue when you’re scared.

Palestine

Arafat Body ‘To be Exhumed Tuesday’ for Poison Tests (The Moderate Voice)
Russia

Meet Sveta, Pussy Riot’s perky, pro-Putin antithesis (Boing Boing)

Russians enraged with bureaucrat motorcades creating massive gridlock on a daily basis (Boing Boing)

A Single, Severed Cable Cut Contact Between Russia and Its Satellites (The Atlantic)

Grandma in Russia kills wolf with bare hands and axe (Metro UK)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women (The Raw Story)

Somalia

Deforestation Risks Turning Somalia to Desert (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Catalan Leader Seeks ‘Freedom’ in Snap Election (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Following a chain of unexplained deaths in Thailand (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill (ontd-polical)

United Kingdom

Britons! Stop the Snoopers’ Charter, end the government’s spying plan! (Boing Boing)

UK: ex-politician wrongly accused as pedo will sue tweeters who linked him to sex abuse (Boing Boing)

UK man gave cocaine to trick-or-treaters by mistake (Reuters)

Love-rat dad of nine children to eight women who headbutted ex-girlfriend in row over cheese toastie jailed for just 20 days (The Daily Mail)

Twitter and UK libel law (Boing Boing)

I hope you kept the receipt (ontd-Political)
Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital (Irish Times)

Scottish charity looks to save forgotten forest of wee trees (ontd-political)

ORG needs your money to kill UK copyright trolls (Boing Boing)

Petition for transparency in the selection process for the new BBC boss (Boing Boing)

Apple ordered to pay Samsung’s legal fees in UK after ‘false and misleading’ notice (Boing Boing)

Tower of London intruder walks off with keys (Reuters)

Why the UK’s mandatory opt-out censorware plan is stupid (Boing Boing)

Man ordered not to throw horseshit at Prince Charles (Boing Boing)

UK lawmakers slam Starbucks, Amazon and Google on tax (The Passive Voice)

BBC director general George Entwistle resigns in wake of misreported pedo story (Boing Boing)

Up, Down, All Around the World

And away we go. Your ’round the world trip, will be starting shortly. Please keep your hands and feet inside the flying carpet.

Africa (Horn of)

Horn of Africa drought: ‘A vision of hell’ (ontd_political)

Austria

Austrian driver’s religious headgear strains credulity (ontd_political)

EU

European E. coli: Why more outbreaks could happen (boing boing)

UN

Canada boycotts UN arms talks over North Korea role (ontd_political)

Australia

chinese australians want government apology for past discrimination (angry Asian man)

Belarus

Belarus cracks down on protests by arresting one armed man for clapping & mute for shouting (ontd_political)

Canada

Canada’s Net Neutrality failure: ISPs are dirty, but regulators refuse to investigate (boing boing)

Racism stings Asian women worse than sexism: Study (Vancouver Sun)

Gaza Strip

Israel fucks with palestinian children’s education (ontd_political)

Greece

Once Greece goes… (Greece and EU economy) (ontd_political)

Guatemala

Argentine folk singer and peace activist shot dead (ontd_political)

India

President Obama on the Attacks in Mumbai(white house)

Pakistan

U.S. Is Deferring Millions in Pakistani Military Aid (ontd_political)

Russia

Putin sent by God, says Kremlin chief (boing boing)

Robber Beat Up by Hair Salon Owner and Kept as Sex Slave (ontd_political)

Anger Grows in Russia Over Ship Sinking (ontd_political)

South Sudan

South Sudan counts down to independence (ontd_political)

South Sudan’s Moment of Promise (White House)

South Sudan’s flag raised at independence ceremony (ontd_political)

Sweden

Woman beats up groper – goes free (ontd_political)

Swedish scientists OD on sleeping pills to demonstrate homeopathic medicine has no effect (ontd_political)

Syria

Assad loyalists storm US and French embassies (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales (ontd_political)

News of the World

Satan Holds Press Conference: Rupert Murdoch Will Not Be Allowed Entrance into Hell. (ontd_political)

#hackgate update (ontd_political)

Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive (Guardian)

#hackgate update: James Murdoch could face charges on both sides of the Atlantic (ontd_political)

Phone-hacking probe: Dowlers say Brooks should quit (ontd_political)

Phone-hacking: US senator requests probe (ontd_political)

NOTW sister paper finally acknowledge scandal ramifications, remains objectionable while doing so (ontd_political)

Fox News won’t touch Murdoch story with a “ten foot turban Durbin” (boing boing)

Murdochs bow to pressure to attend UK parliament (ontd_political)

FBI ‘to open’ 9/11 victim phone hack investigation (ontd_political)

Source: FBI launches investigation into Murdoch’s News Corp. (cnn)

Confessions of a ‘News of the World’ Reporter (Exclusive) (ontd_political)

Prosecute News Corp. (slate)

Phone hacking: Murdochs agree to appear before MPs (BBC)

How News Corp. Received Billions In Tax Refunds (ontd_political)

Murdock’s Newscorp made $10 billion in profit, paid negative $4.5 billion in taxes (ontd_political)

And that’s the news for the week

Things are up-down-sideways this week.
Some really weird doings and some unsurprising doings. And as usual, I’ll only comment if I *really* have something to say.

Google’s semi-annual transparency report: government takedown requests for 2010 (boing boing)

IMF

Egypt to IMF: Suck it! (ontd_political)

Olympics

South Korea to host 2018 Winter Games (ontd_political)

South-East Asia

Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia (Guardian)

United Nations

U.N. Women’s Agency Being ‘Strangled at Birth’ (ontd_political)

Belarus

Rainbow flag banned in Belarus (ontd_political)

Brazil

Innovation in education in Brazil (ontd_political)

Brazil rises up for free speech in 40 national demonstrations (boing boing)

Bosnia

Dutch state ‘responsible for three Srebrenica deaths’ (ontd_political)

Canada

Our home on Native land (ontd_political)

Ex-Toronto Mayor Hopeful pulls a Michelle Bachmann, spies on lesbians at Toronto Dyke March (ontd_political)

Egypt

Egypt to IMF: Suck it! (ontd_political)

France

Strauss-Kahan to Face Tristane Banon Rape Allegation (ontd_political)

Allies of Dominique Strauss-Kahn eye political comeback (BBC)

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number Five: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim (ontd_political)

Funny, the things that don’t make it into the New York Times (ontd_political)

Slate, you have failed me for the last time (ontd_political)

Still a Case for Trying Strauss-Kahn (ontd_political)

Tristane Banon: “Why I’m pressing charges against DSK.” (ontd_political)

DSK accuser sues NY Post for “prostitute” report (ontd_political)

Before You Judge, Stand in Her Shoes (ontd_political)

French writer to file assault complaint on Strauss-Kahn (ontd_political)

Sources: Strauss-Kahn case near collapse (ontd_political)

Gaza Strip

flotilla opinion piece (ontd_political)

Hysteria, ‘hasbara’ and the flotilla (ontd_political)

two articles on the gaza flotilla (ontd_political)

Greece

Greece blocks Canadian boat in Gaza flotilla (ontd_political)

Iceland

Iceland considers prescription-only cigarettes (ontd_political)

India

Row after India’s health minister calls homosexuality a disease (ontd_political)

Israel

Hundreds in Jerusalem protest the arrest of senior rabbis (ontd_political)

Italy

Italian telco regulator grants itself power to censor Internet; Obama administration approves (boing boing)

Malaysia

Bersih 2.0: Rally for clean and fair elections in Malaysia (ontd_political)

The Netherlands

Dutch state ‘responsible for three Srebrenica deaths’ (ontd_political)

For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents (ontd_political)

Dutch Move To Ban Kosher, Halal Slaughter (ontd_political)

Palestine

What is the ‘right’ type of resistance? (ontd_political)

Scotland

Jellyfish shut down nuclear power plant (ontd_political)

Somalia

U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia (ontd_political)

South Africa

South Africa’s lesbians fear corrective rape (ontd_political)

Spain

Spanish anti-piracy execs busted for ripping off artists (boing boing)

Switzerland

Swiss group distributes antisemitic flyer (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Tunisia’s Ben Ali guilty on drugs and gun charges (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

NI to claim Rebekah Brooks was on holiday during Dowler phone hacking (Guardian)

British PM calls for official phone-hacking inquiry (ontd_political)

Victims of Terror Attacks are Fair Game in the Quest to Sell More Papers. (ontd_political)

Murdered schoolgirl was among cellphone “hacking” victims (Boing Boing)

The NOTW phone hacking: Milly Dowler and Hugh Grant Edition (ontd_political)

Lee Hall: ‘I will fight this” (ontd_political)

Missing Milly Dowler’s voicemail was hacked by News of the World (ontd_political)