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)

Spinning on our Axis

As always these are just the things that have caught my eye.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Another Indigenous Girl Raped and Killed (Global Voices)

Belarus

One-armed man arrested in Belarus for clapping (Boing Boing)

Cameroon

Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)

China

Unaware, China’s Handan City Consumed Toxic Water for Days (Global Voices)

Chinese Journalists Demand Resignation of Provincial Propaganda Chief (Global Voices)

Website of a Liberal Political Journal Shut Down in China (Global Voices)

China’s Propaganda Department Threatens to Dissolve Beijing News (Global Voices)

China’s Blames “Foreign Forces” for Press Freedom Protests (Global Voices)

China Press Freedom Campaign Swells with New Rally (Moderate Voice)

Censorship Meets Rare Defiance as Journalists Strike in China (Boing Boing)

Cote d’Ivoire

Ivorian Blogger Questions Government’s Response to Abidjan Stampede (Global Voices)

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Elusive Quest for Peace with the M23 in the DRC (Global Voices)

Ecuador

Ecuador: President Refuses to Inaugurate Wind Farm (Global Voices)

France

Row over 3rd Generation Contraceptive Pills in France (Global Voices)

Dueling Demonstrations Surround Same-Sex Marriage in France (Global Voices)

India

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)

Japan

Japan Scrambles Jets to Head Off China Plane (Moderate Voice)

Kenya

Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)

Kuwait

Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir (Global Voices)

New Zealand

Chinese tourists say crooked NZ tour-operator took them to a “buffet” that was really a church soup-kitchen (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Shot Pakistan Schoolgirl Malala Leaves UK Hospital (Moderate Voice) —YAH!!!!

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)

Russia

Vladimir Pozner & Russia’s Own Political Correctness (Global Voices)

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecutor Seeks Flogging for Saudi Women Protesters (Global Voices)

70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia (CNN)

Singapore

Delhi Rape Case Sparks Death Penalty Debate in Singapore (Global Voices)

Spain

Twitterer Called to Testify in Spain for Gramsci Quotes (Global Voices)

Spanish locksmiths won’t help banks evict people from their homes (Boing Boing)

South Korea


South Korea: The Secret Agent’s Illegal Electioneering
(Global Voices)

Syria

Assad’s Fantasies Fuel Syria’s Tragedy (Moderate Voice)

Nearly 9,000 Syrians Flee to Jordan in Six Days: Govt (Moderate Voice)

Tunisia

Tunisian Army Critic Gets a One-Year Suspended Jail Sentence (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Nepali Citizen Arrested in the UK for Alleged War Crimes (Global Voices)

Irish town councillor tries to get state-owned piece of art removed from public gallery (Boing Boing)

Zambia

Zambian Ex-President Banda on his 2011 Election Defeat (Global Voices)

News on the Earth goes round and round

You know what’s harder than keeping track of what’s happening in the world today? Thinking up new and unusual titles for said round up. Pretty soon we’re going to be doing dated “world news roundup” posts, and *then* my muses will be sorry.

Then again, probably not. Muses have no shame.

European Union

E.coli strain gripping Europe is rare and ‘super toxic’ (ontd_political)

Olympics

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

United Nations

UN report says 3 Strikes copyright termination is illegal (Boing Boing)

Australia

Teenager joins in class action over false arrests (Sydney Morning Herald)

Fair Work Australia rules in favour of $19.40 pay rise for lowest earner (ontd_political)

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Australia’s misplaced it’s X-Files (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain protests: Trial opens for 47 doctors and nurses (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian Senate page disrupts Parliament’s opening with STOP HARPER sign (Boing Boing)

And the BAMF Of The Month Award goes to . . . (ontd_political)

School suspends student for refusing to remove personal animation from YouTube, threatens other students for petitioning on his behalf (boing boing)

Egypt

Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution (ontd_political)

Fury over advert claiming Egypt revolution as Vodafone’s (ontd_political)

Egypt: “Virginity tests will spark next revolution” (Boing Boing)

France

The problem with Christine Lagarde (ontd_political)

French MP on gay marriage: ‘Why not legalise bestiality?’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Police vultures (Boing Boing)

Gautemala

U.S. syphilis experiment in Guatemala “infected 1,300” (Global Post)

India

Baba Ramdev’s fast looms over government (ontd_political)

Iran

Anonymous makes off with scanned passports from Iran, 10k e-mails (Ars Technica)

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

Iran: Blogger Hossein Derakshan’s appeal denied for 19.5 year prison sentence (boing boing)

Italy

Berlusconi is the nation (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: League of elder heroes volunteer to clean up Fukushima, instead of young folks
(Boing boing)

Radiation released at Fukushima double the original estimate (ontd_political)

Kuwait

Men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job – and all this from a WOMAN (ontd_political)

Lybia

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Libya: welcome, Maya Mohamed Nabbous (newborn daughter of slain internet journalist) (boing boing)

Libya: Gaddafi used rape as a weapon, gave troops Viagra, says ICC prosecutor (boing boing)

Macedonia

Macedonia erupts after young man beaten to death by special police in public square (boing boing)

Mexico

Mexico: 500 migrants found in trucks in Chiapas (ontd_political)

Mexico returns 400 of 513 migrants found in trucks (ontd_political)

Mozambique

Mozambique Vaccinates to Reduce Measles Deaths (Discovery News)

Netherlands

96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor (ontd_political)

Poland

Polish soldiers acquitted in Afghanistan war crimes trial (ontd_political)

Photos: President Obama in Poland (white house)

Qatar

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Serbia

Ratko Mladic, truculent and smirking, faces his accusers at The Hague (ontd_political)

Mladic in The Hague (Boing Boing)

Spain

Political passion and pragmatism meet in Spain protests (ontd_political)

Contortionist thief hid in luggage checked on airport shuttle bus (boing boing)

Syria

Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for “Children’s Friday” (Boing Boing)

‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped (ontd_political)

Kidnapped blogger = hoax? (ontd_political)

UAE

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Ukraine

Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Young Londoners still don’t feel police are on their side (Guardian)

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics (ontd_political)

“Not Ever” Ad Campaign to Attempt to Inject some HUMANITY into the World (ontd_political)

Vince Cable to warn GMB against co-ordinated strikes (ontd_political)

How higher tuition fees will cost the government more (ontd_political)

The human cost of welfare reform (ontd_political)

PM hits back over Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of welfare reforms (ontd_political)

Breaking News: Tory MP arrested on suspicion of sexual assault (ontd_political)

Venezuela

In a first, Venezuela suspends driver’s license (Reuters)

Yemen

Yemen: Civil war hits President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Boing Boing)

Thousands flee Yemeni capital as battles rage (ontd_political)