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)

Nightly News to Report

Well, time delayed news to report at least. As always these are just the stories that have caught my eye. That doesn’t mean they are complete or even the most important.

Olympics

With Olympic Ban on Belarus President, West Initiates New Era of Sport Politicization (Gazerta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Twitter does something really, really, really stupid – will they fix it? (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadian Supreme Court copyright rules will eviscerate Access Canada’s business model (Boing Boing)

Reliability of Canada’s official crime rate questioned (Security Director News)

France

France Honors [US] World War II Heroes with the Legion of Honor (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraqi Refugees: Will the Misery Ever End? (Update) (Moderate Voice)

Mali

Fashion as Resistance: The Case of Mali (Racialicious)

Spain

Spain king ousted as honorary president of World Wildlife Fund branch after elephant hunt (The Washington Post)

Uganda

Uganda: Ebola’s back (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK high court experiences flash of sanity, decriminalizes sarcastic aviation tweeting (boing Boing)

World News Roundup

Wow, I’m a bit behind on this. Some of these stories may have lost their bloom, but I still think they’re important.

International Court

Charles Taylor Guilty Of War Crimes (The Moderate Voice)

Olympics

Private security at London Olympic site illegally harasses photographers shooting from public land (Boing Boing)

East London residents warned of surface-to-air missiles sited on their roofs for the Olympics (Boing Boing)

Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment
(Charlie’s Diary)

European Union

Merkel sleepless over Hollande (The Moderate Voice)

Left Kind Of Wins In France; Chaos Wins In Greece
(The Moderate Voice)
At Stake Today In Europe — The Rule Of Banks (The Moderate Voice)

European Elections: And So the Left Was Right (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

American ‘Scandals’ Pile Up as Afghan Pullout Nears: (Die Zeit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)

Armenia

Armenian political rally ends in tragedy when political hydrogen balloons burst into flames (Boing Boing)

Austria

House built upside-down in Austria becomes tourist attraction (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Brazil’s copyright societies indicted for fraud, new law demands efficient, transparent collecting societies (Boing Boing)

Canada

Ebook Price Fixing Nightmare Continues: Apple Facing Three Class Action Suits in Canada (Writers Write)

Canada’s national copyright office doesn’t understand copyright ( Boing Boing)

Canadian Universities have one week to reject an insane copyright licensing deal that raises the cost of course materials by more than 600% (Boing Boing)

Vancouver’s Supervised Drug Injection Center: How Does It Work? (The Awl)

China

Have Beijing Leaders Absorbed Chen Guangcheng’s Message? (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Peng Peng, a newly cloned “good fat” sheep in China (photo) (Boing Boing)

Publishers in China Start Printing Advertisements on Book Covers (Writers Write)

Additional Thoughts on the Chen Guangcheng Episode. (The Moderate Voice)

China wants to name Dalai Lama’s successor. Dalai Lama: “LOL!” (Boing Boing)

China Relents on Chinese Dissident (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng ‘Deluded’ by Western Media Attention (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng is West’s Latest ‘Tool’ to Undermine China’s Political System (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

France

Sarkozy Kicked Out (The Moderate Voice)

France Heads to the Polls: Will Nicolas Sarkozy Survive? (The Moderate Voice)

CERN scientist sentenced to 5 years in terrorism case (Boing Boing)

Guatemala

10MM images from Guatemala’s National Police go online: disappearances, STD experiments, more (Boing Boing)

In Guatemala, pirate Mayan radio connects marginalized indigenous communities (Boing Boing)

Iran

Iranian finance/tech manager publishes 3,000,000 bank accounts’ details and PINs (Boing Boing)

Iran Says It Is Copying Captured Drone (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraq’s Political ‘Sheep’ Keep Blaming America (Al Qabas, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

The ‘Calamitous’ Results of America’s Iraq Withdrawal (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Now Mexicans Returning to their Native Country (The Moderate Voice)

Three journalists slain in Mexico’s Veracruz (Al Jazeera)

Netherlands

The Netherlands: Normal Life for Dementia Patients (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistan and America: Preparing for a Timely ‘Divorce’ (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Peru

877 dolphins wash up dead in Peru. Why? (Boing Boing)

Russia

Savage beatings for pro-democracy, anti-Putin protesters in Russia (Boing Boing)

South Africa

Rape in South Africa: Still All Too Common (The Root) — ditto on the not watched comment

United Kingdom

Pirate Bay enjoys 12m extra visitors on day one of court-ordered UK censorship (Boing Boing)

UK Border Authority orders Heathrow to suppress evidence of massive customs queues (Boing Boing)

UK MPs: Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run an international corporation (Boing Boing)

Powerful US Senator wants to know more about the Murdoch empire’s UK crimes (Boing Boing)

Building covered in old clothes (Boing Boing)

The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules (BBC News)

UK nightclub bouncers demanding access to your Facebook profile as a condition of entry (Boing Boing)

The Winnemem Wintu Nation

Winnemem Wintu Nation Fights Against The Clock To Preserve Their Heritage (Racialicious)

Do I really need catchy titles about world news?

As always, these are just the stories that caught my attention. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t miss something important. Or even that these are important, just that they interested me and I hope you find something intriguing here.

ACTA

MEP who resigned ACTA role explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public’s personal information (Boing Boing)

Bulgaria and Netherlands back away from ACTA (Boing Boing)

On ACTA, U.S. Media Turned The Other Way (The Moderate Voice)

Pictures from Berlin’s anti-ACTA protest (Boing Boing)

Alan Moore explains the Guy Fawkes mask, Occupy, Anonymous and anti-ACTA protests (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing’s Beschizza talks Megaupload, ACTA, and torrent justice on RT TV (Boing Boing)

Olympics

Fraud charges leveled at security director for the Rio Olympics (Security Director News)

United Nations

FCC commissioner: don’t let the Internet fall into the UN’s hands (Boing Boing)

In Syria, the U.N. Security Council Fails the World (The Kochi Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Help on the Way for Afghan Children Dying of Cold (The Moderate Voice)

Bahrain

Protest iPad, Bahrain (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Answering work emails after hours is overtime: Brazil (The Star)

Canada

Anonymous video threatens Canada’s domestic spying minister with embarrassing disclosures (Boing Boing)

Toronto’s librarians need your help and love (Boing Boing)

Rick Mercer: valuing online privacy doesn’t make you criminal, it makes you Canadian (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spy-bill minister has no idea what is in his own law (Boing Boing)

Canadian MP: if you oppose warrantless snooping, you “stand with child pornographers” (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill: be very afraid (Boing Boing)

Canada’s bull-moose civil libertarian on Canada’s new domestic spying law (Boing Boing)

Involuntary transparency for Canada’s spying-bill MP (Boing Boing)

Can you spot the difference on “lawful access” bill? (Canada.com)

Canadian MP demands trick photography to disguise rampant Friday absenteeism in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Canadian tweeps bare all for spying MP (Boing Boing)

Newspaper claims Vikileaks Twitter account traced back to House of Commons (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill also allows appointed “inspectors” unlimited access to ISP data (Boing Boing)

Canada’s government muzzles scientists, stonewalls press queries about health, environment and climate (Boing Boing)

Canada’s sweeping new, evidence-free electronic spying bill (Boing Boing)

Vast hordes of Canadians speak out on proposed copyright legislation; lend your voice! (Boing Boing)

Canadian universities sign bone-stupid copyright deal with collecting society: emailing a link is the same as making a photocopy, faculty email to be surveilled (Boing Boing)

China

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

Xi Jiping’s hall of mirrors (The Moderate Voice)

China’s Vice President lived in a cave for 7 years, eating gruel (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Raids on Offices of American NGOs Reveal Scheme to ‘Partition’ Egypt (Al Ahram, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Archaeologists discover tomb of female singer in Valley of the Kings (The Independent)

Egyptians Refuse to Accept What America Would Reject (Amal al-Oumma, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Georgia

Response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (Boing Boing)

One more response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, by Some Guy from Georgia (Boing Boing)

Germany

Das Liquid Democracy and the German Pirate Party (Boing Boing)

Nazi Baggage Complicates Germany’s New Role as ‘America of Europe’ (Die eit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)


Hamburg, Germany: Preventive Detention Controversy Splits Politicians and City Residents (Guest Voice)
(The Moderate Voice)

Berlin cuts down 1/6th of the Unter den Linden lime trees to expand underground train line (Ontd_political)

Greece

My Big Fat Greek Economic Crisis (The Moderate Voice)

All is not well in Greece (Boing Boing)

India

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Polio breakthrough: India marks disease-free year (The Raw Story)

Iran

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Was American arrested for spying in Iran producing “propaganda games” for CIA? (Boing Boing)

Risky Profession: Yet Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Corruption in Iraq: ‘Your son is being tortured. He will die if you don’t pay’ (The Guardian)

Israel

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Injured Israeli: On Way Home From New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Truth and consequences: FRONTLINE’s brilliant documentary on Fukushima (Boing Boing)

Mexico

President Calderon Implores the U.S.: ‘No More Weapons!’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

With Tale of Drug Lord, U.S. Builds Case for Mexico Intervention (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war (Boing Boing)

Mexican scientists successfully test vaccine that could cut heroin addiction (The Guardian)

Myanmar

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home (BBC)

US to exchange ambassadors with Burma (BBC)

The Netherlands

Dutch court gives rightsholder group unchecked power to block IPs and domains in the Netherlands (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Nothing To Envy: North Korea (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistani newspaper ad seeks bids for a Great Firewall of Pakistan (Boing Boing)

Saudi Arabia

Interpol accused after Saudi Arabia arrests journalist over Muhammad tweet (Boing Boing)

Syria

Report: Syrian Government Using Human Shields on Tanks (The Moderate Voice)

Did Syria’s army use sat-phone surveillance to hunt down and kill journalists? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Losar: Tibetan New Year, and “mandatory celebrations” (Boing Boing)

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK gov’t: yes, we kidnapped people and sent them to be tortured by Qaddafi, but you can’t sue us (Boing Boing)

Britain’s threatening and clueless domain takedown message (Boing Boing)

Colorblind painter’s wearable “synesthesia camera” reportedly broken by police (Boing Boing)

Data viz: whom did the UK government invite to emergency talks about the health reform bills? (Boing Boing)

A generational failure (The Moderate Voice) — Honestly, the thing that surprises me most is that she only applied for 200 positions before she killed herself.

Bankster might lose his knighthood (Boing Boing)

UK education minister: times are tough, let’s spend £60M on a new yacht for the Queen! (Boing Boing)

British admin for download links database may be first extradited to US for copyright charges (Boing Boing)

England worst place in the world for bogus “walking while brown” stop-and-searches (Boing Boing)

Cash-strapped UK local authorities spent £0.5B on CCTV in 4 years (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

Our Unwelcome Guest: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (El Universal, Venezuela) (The MOderate Voice)

Ahmadinejad and Chavez Agree: ‘Our Weapon is Love’ (El Universal, Venezuela) (The Moderate Voice)

New in the World of Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow… whatever

So, I normally try to say something passably clever or at least summarize what’s going on, but my brain’s on vacation. I’ll just offer up this vague disclaimer. These are just the things that caught my eye. Not everything that’s happening. Maybe not even the most important things, but still they’ve intrigued me/upset me/made me smile.

MegaUpload

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in New Zealand court (Boing Boing)

United Nations

Russia and China Veto Syrian Resolution (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Children Freezing to Death: Another Horrific Side of the Afghanistan War (The Moderate Voice)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian MPs wear Guy Fawkes mask for ACTA session (Boing Boing)

Canada

Debunking the record industry shill who said that his amendments to Canada’s proposed copyright law are no big deal (Boing Boing)

Muslim man’s motivational text to colleagues leads to terror probe (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new SOPA-style copyright bill could shut down YouTube (Boing Boing)

China

Three Tibetan herders burn themselves alive in protest (Boing Boing)

Communist tablet? (Boing Boing)

Two Tibetans shot dead, another self-immolation, as China’s dissent crackdown continues (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification (TechDirt)

Egypt

Islamists Win 70% Of Seats In Egyptian Parliament (The Moderate Voice)

India

Porn in parliament ends ministers’ careers (Boing Boing)

Salman Rushdie Cancels Appearance at Jaipur Literary Festival Due to Assassination Threat (Writers Write)

Iran

Iran attacks internet access on Islamic Revolution anniversary (Boing BOing)

Iraq

(UPDATED) Yet Again, No Accountability For Marines In Iraq (The Moderate Voice)

Ireland

Irish journalist humiliates EuroBank technocrat who won’t stop ducking hard questions (Boing BOing)

Japan

Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials (Boing BOing)

Inside the Fukushima exclusion zone: the photography of Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexican Banda bandits blamed for school tuba thievery (Boing Boing)

Candidacy tests Mexico’s culture of machismo (Yahoo News)

Romania

Romania’s prime minister doesn’t know why he signed ACTA, Czech Republic’s out (Boing Boing)

Russia

Julian Assange to host Wikileaks TV show on Kremlin-funded Russian cable network (Boing Boing)

Sweden

Unexplained 60 meter object resting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Sweden (Boing BOing)

Syria

Report: Assad’s Office Hacked, Password Was ‘12345’ (Talking Points LiveWire)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry on the techno-cluelessness of English judges (Boing Boing)

English plainclothes police officer follows himself for 20 minutes (Boing Boing)

Fred Goodwin is no longer a knight (Boing BOing)

Undercover UK cops infiltrated environmental groups, seduced women in the groups, fathered children with them, abandoned them (Boing Boing)

Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo’s composition (Boing Boing)

News of the World -Feb

I so can’t think of any catchy titles – what with 74 dead in a football (soccer to Americans) riot in Egypt and 16 dead in the snowfall in Europe. I just don’t have the energy to be anything but snarky and slightly disgusted with the state of the world. Beyond that, here’s the news that’s caught my eye:

MegaUpload
(b/c this one gets its own section b/c it seems to be crossing all sorts of borders)

The MegaUpload Shutdown Effect (Boing BOing)

Attorney General set to destroy tens of millions of users’ legitimate MegaUpload files (Boing Boing)

MegaUpload raided, founder arrested; Anonymous launches mass DDoS against entertainment companies and US law enforcement (Boing Boing)

Twitter

Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime – how will that work? (Boing Boing)

Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required (Boing BOing)

EFF: “What Does Twitter’s Country-by-Country Takedown System Mean for Freedom of Expression?” (Boing Boing)

Twitter’s early-bird special on censorship (Boing Boing)

United Nations

UN Report: Al Qaeda strengthened by NATO’s Libya War (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

European Court Says UK Cannot Deport Terror Suspect (Boing Boing)

Chief ACTA Eurocrat quits in disgust at lack of democratic fundamentals in global copyright treaty (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Questions Turn into Concern and Doubts (The Moderate Voice)

Inspector found Afghan goat giveaway “lacked accountability” (Muckrock)

Canada

Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet (Boing BOing)

Straight dope on Canada’s new copyright law, ACTA, and SOPA (Boing Boing)

Major labels demand that SOPA be folded into Canada’s new copyright law, C-11 (Boing Boing)

China

Tibet: China’s bloody crackdown on Tibetan protesters escalates, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

China: dissident on trial after Skypeing poem (Boing Boing)

Microblogging in China: Unstoppable!? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Cuba

Cubans Desperate to ‘Rip’ Prison at Guantanamo Out of their Land (Juventud Rebelde, Cuba) (The Moderate Voice)

Falkland Islands

Latin America Must End British Colonialism and U.S. Imperialism (Opera Mundi, Brazil) (The Moderate Voice)

France

French court rules that it’s illegally anticompetitive for Google to provide free maps API (Boing Boing)

Guatemala

Guatemala: at long last, ex-dictator Rios Montt in court over possible genocide charges (Boing BOing)

Iran

Severe Sanctions on Iran – is it too little and too late? (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

(UPDATED) Yet Again, No Accountability For Marines In Iraq (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

After nuclear disaster, a harsh winter for Fukushima’s abandoned pets (big photo gallery) (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico Drug Violence – ‘Business is Business’ (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Here’s the utterly inconsequential recording that resulted in NZ PM John Key ordering raids on the free press (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Associated Press Independence in Doubt after ‘Deal’ with North Korean Regime (The Daily North Korea, South Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

Norway

Strange and intrusive bathroom rules at Norwegian companies (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

President Obama Finally Admits to the Obvious: Murderous Drone Attacks (The Nation, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Poland

Polish MPs wear Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA (Boing Boing)

Poland’s Prime Minister wants to put the brakes on ACTA (Boing Boing)

Portugal

Talking Taxes: Warren Buffett, His Secretary, and the Grocer (World Meet)

Russia

In Russia, tiny protest sparks big police response: LEGO minifigs, South Park dolls, and Wall-e demonstrate for democracy (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Slovenia’s ambassador apologizes to her children and her nation for signing ACTA, calls for mass demonstrations in Ljubljana tomorrow (Boing Boing)

South Korea

South Korea indicts man for retweeting North (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Woman, 25, asked for ID to buy teaspoons as they could be used as drug paraphernalia (Nothing to do with Arbroath)

London’s anti-ACTA demonstration, one week from TOMORROW (Pub date Feb 2) (Boing Boing)

Tourists deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes (Updated) (Boing Boing)

Scunthorpe photographer faces down abusive security guards at Golden Wonder factory who want to enforce imaginary law against taking pictures from the public pavement (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.