The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.

Afghanistan

Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.

Argentina

Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.

Bahrain

Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)

China

China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)

Ghana

Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)

Guatemala

Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)

Kuwait

Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)

Macedonia

Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)

Mexico

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)

Nepal

Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)

Russia

Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)

Singapore

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)

Swaziland

Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)

Syria

UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)

Yemen

Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (Global Voices)

Flaming balls of…. world news

There’s been a surge of nasty news these past few weeks. Death, destruction, with the occasional bright spot of a new baby panda in the DC National Zoo, and the documentation of an adorable new monkey. (Not that those two stories are actually *in* this post, but they do exist…)

Middle East (See also Libya links)

Story of “Muhammed” Movie Gets Even Weirder (ontd_political)

Two Die in Pakistan as Film Violence Spreads (The Moderate Voice)

Letter from a Scared Actress (Neil Gaiman)– This is an important read that talks about the move that has been used to spark off the riots. (<– note, protests shouldn't *kill* people)

Fresh Protests as Prophet Cartoons Fuel Muslim Fury (The Moderate Voice)

Influence of Salafists Grows After Arab Spring (The Moderate Voice)

Anti-Islam Film, UN Human Rights and the Politics of Turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

The Prophet Motive (The Moderate Voice)

Manipulated Outrage and Misplaced Fury (Hudson Institute)

Middle East mobs freaking the hell out over YouTube video (Boing Boing)

Canada

Ontario dad wants option of pulling kids out of class based on religious beliefs (ontd_political)

Canada Breaks Off Relations With Iran (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Questions surround security detail at Montreal shooting (Security Director News)

A mandatory $180 art school textbook about “prehistory to 1800” with no pictures, thanks to a lack of mysterious “copyright clearances” (Boing Boing)

Canadian mint claims copyright over pictures of pennies (Boing Boing)

China

Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan (ontd_political)

Japan firms stop China operations after protests (afp.com)

Artist Ai Weiwei captures footage of protesters attacking US ambassador’s car in Beijing (Boing Boing)

Japanese man attacked with hot noodles over Sino-Japan geopolitics (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Obama Makes News on Egypt, as Questions Rise on Benghazi Commando Raid (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s Hadopi finally punishes someone for infringement — a guy whom everyone agrees isn’t an infringer (Boing Boing)

Germany

Court: saying ‘no’ not enough to stop sex (ontd_political) — I do not have enough curse words in my vocabulary to express my disappointment with this court.

Nude monk tripping on bad berries (Boing Boing)

Ghana

What Voices Count?: on Voter Fraud and Intimidation (Racialicious)


The Right to Information: A Building Block of Democracy [An African Election]
(Racialicious)

Guatemala

Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego erupts (Boing Boing)

India

Growing Backlash Over Indian Cartoonist Arrest (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Obese elephants in Tamil Nadu given slimming help (BBC)

Indian Cartoonist Freed from Jail (Guest Voice) (the Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Kickstarting a hackerspace in Iraq (Boing Boing)


Iraq’s First Hackerspace Will Run on ‘Irrational Optimism’
(Wired.com)

Israel

Israel: Is Netanyahu Going ‘Crazy?’ (The Moderate Voice)

Sorry Bibi – Americans don’t want to fight your war (The Moderate Voice)

Haaretz Editorial Warns Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Not to Meddle in US Presidential Election (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Japan Takes Cautious Tone in Dispute with Increasingly Assertive China (The Moderate Voice)

Libya

US Ambassador Killed as Libya Mob Storms Embassy (The Moderate Voice)

Secretary Clinton Calls Attack “Savage,” with Film Uproar Leaving Foreign Service Heroes Dead in Benghazi (The Moderate Voice)

If the Prophet Can be Insulted, then the Holocaust can be Questioned (Al Watan, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Remembering Sean “Vilerat” Smith, killed in Benghazi (Boing Boing)

Libyan Fatwa Court Calls Attack on Americans an ‘Offense to Islam’ (Al Watan, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Al Qaeda Says Libya Was Revenge Attack, US Deploys Forces (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

More signs point to “Media for Christ” firm behind “Innocence of Muslims” (Boing Boing)

Gawker outs director of “Innocence of Muslims” as softcore porn director (Boing Boing)

VIDEO: Americans killed in Libya honored at Andrews Air Force Base (The Moderate Voice)

Man believed to be “Innocence of Muslims” filmmaker once arrested for making PCP (Boing Boing)

Libya Attack: Who’s Behind the Inflammatory Video (The Moderate Voice)

The Pentagon on Libya (The Moderate Voice)

Report: Mysterious gentleman behind Anti-Muhammad movie an ex-meth cook (Boing Boing)

Snapshots from Benghazi (Boing Boing)

On the So-called Film that So-called Incited an Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi (The Moderate Voice)

If You Wondered: US Ambassador Chris Stevens’s Death (The Moderate Voice)


Official Details Benghazi Attack, Vows to Support Libya (Updates)
(The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Business Plan Remakes Meth Market (The Wall Street Journal)

Malaysia

Malaysia offers “spot the gay kid” seminars for teachers and parents (Boing Boing)

Native American Nations

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice (NY Times)

Pakistan

Three Killed as Pakistan Protests US-Made Film (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Conflict Fuels Marijuana Boom (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan blocks YouTube over “Innocence of Muslims” (Boing Boing)

Philipines

Thin-skinned, plagiarizing Philippines Senator criminalizes “libel” with last minute stealth-attack on cybercrime bill (Boing Boing)

Poland

Rash of demonic possessions in Poland gives rise to ‘Exorcist Magazine’ (i09)

Dried riverbed reveals stolen architecture, unexploded artillery shells (Boing Boing)

Rome

“Lovers locks” to be cut from Roman bridge (Boing Boing)

Russia

No criminal charges for owners of Russian ‘slave’ factory (ontd_political)

Russia reveals large deposit of “extra-hard” diamonds in asteroid crater (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored. (ontd_political)

Every Women’s Refuge in the UK Could Close Due to Universal Credit (ontd_political)

Tim Berners-Lee blasts UK government’s Internet spying plan (Boing Boing)

New Transport Minister convicted in 2009 of careless driving in incident that left cyclist with broken neck (Road CC)

Act today to stop the Daily Mail’s campaign to establish opt-out censorship in the UK (Boing Boing)

Archaeologists believe they have found skeleton of King Richard III (Telegraph)

UK government is squatting on 1.67 million unused IPv4 addresses (Boing Boing)

UK Tories put a spam kingpin in charge of the party (Boing Boing)

Uruguay

Uruguay Takes ‘War on Drugs’ in New Direction: The State as Dealer (The Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Protester Shot Dead as Mob Storms US Embassy in Yemen (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

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)