Proud World Keep on Burnin’

I think the big story this week is the fact that London is burning. I’m not sure how long it’s going to last, but I’d have to say I’m not surprised. London protests aren’t always the calmest…

#hackergate

Piers listened to voicemails; Guardian editor also used voicemail ‘hack’ (boing boing)

WSJ publisher quits, Murdoch’s British chief leaves as mogul tries to stem hacking scandal (ontd_political)

The Six Worst Things to Happen to Rupert Murdoch Today (ontd_political)

Rebekah Brooks arrested (boing boing)

The Most Incredible Thing Fox News Has Ever Done (ontd_political)

Rebekah Brooks arrested by hacking police (ontd_political)

Fox & Friends lash out at News of the World critics (boing boing)

Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson quits (BBC)

#hackgate: Continuation of the fustercluck (ontd_political)

Damning 2007 letter asserts that phone hacking was an open practice at News of the World

Strauss-Kahn

Nafissatou Diallo speaks out at press conference (ontd_political)

Nafissatou Diallo, Dominique Strauss Kahn, Race, Immigration, and Power (Racialicious)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn: New York meeting suggests accusers could unite (ontd_political)

IMF

Court to investigate Lagarde for abuse of authority (ontd_political)

East Africa

East Africa Drought Linked to La Niña (Discovery News)

Help East Africa post (ontd_political) – A list of donation sites/humanitarian aid in the area.

On the Ground in the Horn of Africa (White House)

One of the roots of Somalia’s famine -> American Imperialism (ontd_political)

Latin America

Sustainable Development, Not ‘Green Economy’ (IPS)

Australia

Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake has died (ontd_political)

Lest we forget: the amnesia preserving Australian self-image (ontd_political)

Australian police: Man arrested in fake bomb case (ontd_political)

Brazil

Uncontacted Amazonian tribe may have been killed by drug trafficers (ontd_political)

Poor Brazilian women see job prospects widen
(ontd_political)

Canada

Ford administration wants homeless removed from streets (ontd_political)

Canadian scholars & public interest groups oppose Canada’s Internet spying law (boing boing)

Edmonton teen needed help, not a virtual posse hunting her down (ontd_political)

‘This Place Saved My Life’: Inside the Rainier Hotel (ontd_political)

Chile

What the fuck is wrong with some people? (ontd_political)

The buried story of Los 33 (mindhacks)

Chile miners sue government for negligence (ontd_political)

China

Tibetan monk self-immolates to protest China (boing boing)

Artist Ai Weiwei speaks on conditions of imprisonment: “mental torture” (Boing boing)

Colombia

Indigenous languages thriving in Colombia (Al Jazeera)

Denmark

Shepard Fairey beat up in Copenhagen: by thugs, and by local media (Boing Boing)

Egypt

King Tut’s Treasures Return Home (Discovery News)

Egypt’s iconic antiquities chief fired (Google News)

Germany

Experts Baffled by Mysterious Underground Chambers
(Der Spiegel)

Strange tunnels of Austro-Germany (boing boing)

Remains of Nazi Rudolf Hess Exhumed (Discovery News)

India

Anti-corruption activist arrested in India, begins fast in custody (ontd_political)

Anna Hazare arrest: A million mutinies erupt across India (ontd_political)

Indonesia

Indonesian Survivor of Mob Attack by Islamists Is Sentenced (ontd_political)

Israel

More than 250,000 demonstrate across Israel to protest high cost of living (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Boycott the state, not just the settlements (ontd_political)

IDF forces arrest 12 people protesting for social justice in West Bank (ontd_political)

Japan

Who is the man living in Fukushima evacuation zone? (boing boing)

Japan Held Nuclear Data, Leaving Evacuees in Peril (ontd_political)

Japan demonstrates against Korean entertainment (ontd_political)

What sulfur particles in California can tell us about Fukushima (boing boing)

Firsthand from Fukushima: Xeni on The Madeleine Brand Show (radio) (boing boing)

Japanese cabinet approves plan to set up new nuclear watchdog (ontd_political)

Kenya

Preying on poverty – Sex tourism in Kenya (ontd_political)

Libya

Libyan Women Challenge Mindset Created by Tyranny (ontd_political)

Libyan rebels claim Gaddafi son killed (ontd_political)

Libya: Britain using Celt mercenaries to suppress riots (boing boing)

New Zealand

New Zealand Parliament may lose Internet access due to insane new copyright law

Nigeria

Nigeria oil spills have created ecological disaster, report says (ontd_political)

Palestine

Last keffiyeh factory in palestine turns to social media to stay in business (ontd_political)

Philippines

Filipinos cry sacrilege over art with Christ, phallic symbols (ontd_political)

Poland

Poland’s former deputy PM Andrzej Lepper dead at 57 (ontd_political)

Somalia

The territorial control fight contributes to the humanitarian catastrophe (ontd_political)

Famine in Somalia: The Lives We Can Save (White House)

A tortured choice in famine: Which child lives? (ontd_political)

South Africa

World Athletics 2011: Oscar Pistorius in South Africa squad (BBC)

South Korea

South Korea to abandon “real name” internet policy (boing boing)

Syria

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain recall ambassadors from Damascus, as President Assad replaces his defence minister. (ontd_political)

Syrian ministry hacked (boing boing)

Thailand

Thai Tourists Died from Bed Bug Pesticide (Discovery News)

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)

World News – A little something for everyone?

So, there were some huge things going on in the states. That’s cool. Thing is, I don’t hear much about world news in my day to day wanderings. Well, not without the help of all the lovely people at the other ends of fiber-optic cables. Forget the dark, cousins, look for the glow of computer screens and the quick-like-a-bunny cell-phone videos. From Lulzsec to drug cartels, there’s so much going on in the world and not *nearly* enough time to know it all. So, I’m going wide, not deep.

IMF

Christine Lagarde named IMF chief (ontd_political)

United Nations

Poor countries host vastly more refugees than rich ones (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Siege ended at Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continental (storyful)

Afghanistan: “Go Skateboarding Day” in Kabul (photo) (boing boing)

Australia

In Australia, Reality TV Tackles Immigration

Bahrain

Bahrain unrest: Eight Shia activists sentenced to life (ontd_political)

Bahrain: 8 prominent opposition activists sentenced to life in prison (boing boing)

Belarus

Belarus: KGB goes after activists through their social media accounts (boing boing)

Brazil

‘Uncontacted’ Amazon tribe found in Brazil (ontd_political)

Bulgaria

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Canada

Toronto police swear off kettling (boing boing)

American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On His Laptop (i09)

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund backs traveller arrested at Canadian border for “pornographic” manga on his hard drive (boing boing)

What happened before the Vancouver riot kiss (boing boing)

Harper parties in asbestos central as Canada blocks dangerous-goods listing (ontd_political)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Will Skip Toronto’s Pride Parade (ontd_political)

China

China demands Ai Weiwei pay $1.85 million in taxes, fines (Reuters)

China artist Ai Weiwei released on bail (ontd_political)

China: artist, poet, activist Ai Weiwei released on bail (boing boing)

Cuba

Cubans stage ‘independent’ Gay Pride march (The Miami Herald)

Denmark

Denmark Leads Challenge to Europe’s Open Borders (ontd_political)

Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use (boing boing)

France

Chinese immigrants to France attacked in Paris (BBC)

Greece

Greece Explodes over austerity measures that will sacrifice the people for the elite’s wealth. (ontd_political)

Haiti

WIKILEAKS HAITI: HAÏTI LIBERTÉ/THE NATION MAGAZINE JOINT INVESTIGATION PART 1 (ontd_political)

Hungary

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima babies and how numbers can lie (boing boing)


Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’
(ontd_political)

Jordan

Sex Abuse Alleged at Apparel Maker TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT (ontd_political)

Lybia

Rape in Libya: The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name (Yahoo!News)

Mexico

Mexico Captures Alleged Head Of Cult-Like Cartel (ontd_political)

Journalist and family shot dead in Mexico (boing boing)

The Netherlands

Geert Wilders pushes Netherlands to class immigrant grandchildren as non-native (The Telegraph)

Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Cleared Of Hate Speech Charges (TP Muckracker)

Netherlands first EU country to enshrine net neutrality into law (ontd_political)

North Korea

Undercover video from North Korea: starving children, hungry soldiers
(boing boing)

Russia

ChronoPay Co-Founder Arrested (Krebs on Security)

Rwanda

Former Women & FamilyAffairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko sentenced re: Rwandan genocide (ontd_political)

Slovakia

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Sweden

No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias (ontd_political)

Syria

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

Turkey

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Hackers publish “private” Tony Blair info (boing boing)

David Cameron’s local Tory chairman found dead in Glastonbury toilet (The Telegraph)

LEAKED: UK copyright lobby holds closed-door meetings with gov’t to discuss national Web-censorship regime (boing boing)

World News – beware the piranhas

Okay, before we begin, I have at least one post that features something from this blog. As a creative bit of fiction, I will still applaud it, but it should not be taken in any way as realistic or factual:

White man from Georgia is “Gay Girl from Damascus”

Update on “A Gay Girl in Damascus” (ontd_political)

Statement Regarding the Gay Girl in Damascus Blog (ontd_political)

On the Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax and Filtering Our Stories Through a White Lens (Racalicious)

(You will find the posts featuring this Gay Girl From Damascus listed under Syria. Not going forward, obviously.)

Now, onto the real world news.

IMF

I.M.F. Reports Cyberattack Led to ‘Very Major Breach’ (NYT)

IMF considered harmful (boing boing)

NATO

‘Anonymous’ Warns NATO: ‘This Is No Longer Your World’ (ontd_political)

Middle East

Middle East women gaining more freedom — through sports (ontd_political)

Argentina

Volcanic ash on Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina (boing boing)

Canada

Beyond Gay? Hardly (ontd_political)

Lobbynomics: Canadian Chamber of Commerce manufactures fake $30 billion counterfeiting loss (boing boing)

Ontario publicly funded Catholic school bans rainbows, appropriates student donations for LGBT cause and gives them to Catholic charity (boing boing)

Rainbows banned at Mississauga Catholic school, Students stopped from donating to LGBT organizations (ontd_political)

“Catholic board says yes to equity and inclusivity”. (ontd_political)

Cameroon

Jailed for “attempted homosexuality”….? (ontd_political)

Croatia

1st Pride Parade in Split, Croatia, ends in violence (ontd_political)

France

French proposal: any URL to be arbitrarily blacklisted without due process (boing boing)

Gay Marriage Bill Nixed By French Parliament (ontd_political)

Greece

Greek Prime Minister Papandreou Offers to Resign (ontd_political)

Iceland

Mob rule: Iceland crowdsources its next constitution (ontd_political)

India

New Delhi Plans SlutWalk (ontd_political)

Iran

Iranian opposition figure dies of heart attack while on hunger strike (ontd_political)

Israel

Gaza’s hospital stock running on near empty (ontd_political)

Italy

Berlusconi’s nuclear power plans crushed (ontd_political)

Japan

#611nonukes: photos, video from Japan anti-nuclear protests (boing boing)

Libya

Libya rape victims face ‘honour killings’ (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Richest pastors in Nigeria (boing boing)

Spain

Spain arrests Anonymous members over Sony hack (ontd_political)

Spain Detains 3 in PlayStation Cyberattacks (NYT)

Syria

Syrian Army Cracks Down on Protesters (ontd_political)

Thailand

Thailand seeks to ban tourists’ Buddha tattoos (The Manichi Daily News)

Russia

Moscow plans terrorist proof toilets (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

PM wades into poverty row with family outburst (ontd_political)

The EastEnders furore shows gay equality is still a long way off (ontd_political)