Last Raw Deal goin’ down

So, the Pope’s retired and the North Korea is doing nuclear tests. We’re just having a banner year already. Put it in your diaries, cousins. You’ll want your grandkids to remember this s**t.

Angola

Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)

Antarctica

Lake-drilling team discovers life under the ice (Nature) — Hey, I already knew about this. I watch X-files… Oh, that’s not a documentary? Who knew?

Australia

Australian Sport: Drugs, Match Fixing Linked to Organised Crime (Global Voices) — Are you shocked? I’m not. Seriously, drugs and match fixing. It’s the basis for a goodly number of enterprises for org. crime.

Bangladesh

#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger (Global Voices)

Videos from #Shahbag, Bangladesh’s Generation Square (Global Voices)

Bangladesh Unites at Shahbag for 42-Year-Old War Crimes (Global Voices)

Bangladeshi Women Join Shahbag Protests in Remarkable Numbers (Global Voices)

In Pictures: The Protesting Crowd In Shahbag (Global Voices)

#Shahbag in a 144 Characters (Global Voices)

Bolivia

Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)

Brazil

With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)

Canada

One Phone Call is Not Enough: Court Rules You Have the Right to Google a Lawyer (Michael Geist)

Canadian cops can use electronic surveillance without reporting it (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Internet snooping bill is dead (Boing Boing)

China

Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (Moderate Voice)

Citizens Document Extreme Water Pollution in China (Global Voices)

Chinese Planned to Kill Drug Lord With Drone (Moderate Voice)

Colombia

Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín (Global Voices) — When I wrote that short story, I never expected it to become *real* in any way.

Ecuador

Ecuador: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)

Finland

Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)

France

Horsemeat Scandal Spreads as French Retailers Pull Foods (Moderate Voice) — So, what’s the bigger deal? The fact that the meat is not as advertised, or that people are actually eating horses?

Germany

From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)

Honduras

Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)

Hungary

Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)

India

India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)

Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan’s Porn Law is Strangling Artists (Global Voices)

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Japan’s Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands (Global Voices)

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Kashmir

Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)

Kenya

Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)

Kuwait

Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)

Libya

A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)

Malaysia

Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)

Mali

The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)

Mauritania

Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)

Mexico

Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar

Myanmar: Media Freedom Still Under Threat (Global Voices)

E-Mails of Reporters in Myanmar Are Hacked (NYT) – Hmmm… a mostly repressive government reading emails, hmmm…

North Korea

North Korea’s blast: China Holds the Cards (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Stokes Global Fury with Nuclear Test (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Conducts 3rd Nuclear Test (Global Voices)

North Korea conducts third nuclear test in DPRK history (Boing Boing) – Okay, so this likely links back to the same story, but it’s got a better picture.

Pakistan

Pakistan’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa (Global Voices)

Rome <– You did remember that this is its own country right? The Pope's actually the leader of a nation, not just a religion?

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa (Global Voices)

Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow (Global Voices)

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (UDATE 2 with ROUNDUP) (The Moderate Voice)

Papal Frontrunners Include Two Africans And One Canadian (The Moderate Voice)

Pope’s Brother Knew of Planned Resignation (Moderate Voice) — Well, God forbid the man talk to his *family* rather than the press first. The nerve.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: Live Report (Moderate Voice) – Well, not so live anymore.

How Will the Catholic Church Handle a Living Ex-Pope? (The Moderate Voice) — Well, hopefully, he’ll retire to a monastery with a bunch of other retired priests and live out his life praying and working in the garden.

A Non-European Pope (The Moderate Voice) — I think it would be cool to have an African pope. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to necessarily change anything in terms of the direction of the church – given the power of the Curiate – but a little new blood in the papacy would be welcome.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Pulse’ Is Having a Bad Day (The Moderate Voice)

Russia


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor
(i09)

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign (Global Voices)

Meteor explodes over Russia (Boing BOing)

“Pedophile’s Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist (Global Voices) — I’ve an idea. How about leaving it live and spying on it somehow. Like a little malicious script that will let you see who’s reading it.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad (Global Voices)

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested for “Impairing Development” (Global Voices)

Senegal

Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)

Spain

Spain: lawmakers want bullfighting to be protected as cultural heritage (Boing Boing) — That’s like saying that America should protect dog fighting. No. Just No. That which was acceptable in the past, is not exactly what is acceptable in the future.

Under Pressure, Spain Opens Door to Foreclosure Reform (Global Voices)

Spain: Bail of 8,1 Million Euro for the King’s Son-in-law (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)

Tajikistan

Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)

Turkey

Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

TESCO attaches tracking armbands to employees (Boing Boing)

UK “forced labor” welfare scheme nailed in court (Boing Boing) — There’s a huge difference between “prove to us your trying to find a job” and “do this unpaid labor for for-profit companies so I get my kickback.”

Guerrilla Benchers replace street furniture removed to discourage homeless people (Boing Boing0

London mayor praises horse meat (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)

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)

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)