Cloudy Skies and Stormy Seas Ahead

All the news that… well, didn’t get deleted as soon as I read it.

Argentina

Argentina: Floods in Buenos Aires Leave 35 Dead (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Authorities Go After Bloggers, Claim They Are ‘Anti-Muslim’ (Global Voices)

Protests Against The Arrest Of Bloggers On Alleged “Blasphemy” Charges (Global Voices)

Brazil

Brazil’s music collecting societies convicted of forming an illegal cartel (Boing Boing)

Canada

A Bad Week For Canadian Oil: Exxon Pegasus Pipeline Bursts In Arkansas, Train Hauling Oil Derails In Minessota (Moderate Voice)

Montreal police arrest young woman for instagramming photo of anti-police mural (Boing Boing)

China

The Return of China’s First Lady (Global Voices)

With China’s Hottest Social Network in Danger, Netizens Cry: Hands Off! (Global Voices)

Chinese Couples Divorce to Dodge Property Tax (Global Voices)

China’s Social Web Fawns Over First Lady (Global Voices)

Censoring Censorship in China (Global Voices)

China Government’s Growing Weibo Footprint (Global Voices)

Chinese Envy the Return of Private Media in Myanmar (Global Voices)

28,000 Rivers Disappear from Chinese Map (Global Voices)

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Ex-First Lady Claims Late PM Meles Zenawi Was ‘Poor’ (Global Voices)

Iran

Iran: 500 Year Old Market was Burnt (Global Voices)

Iran’s ‘Oldest’ Blogger Passes Away (Global Voices)

Lebanon

Prime Minister Resigns, as Lebanon Remains a “Sinking Ship” (Global Voices)

Lebanon’s First Civil Marriage “Approved by Justice” (Global Voices)

‘Fi Shi Ghalat’: Online Campaign to Promote Migrant Workers Rights Launched (Global Voices)

Mexico

How children become “cannon fodder” for Mexican drug cartels (Boing Boing)

After Mexico court ruling, gay couple weds in Oaxaca (The Moderate Voice)

Twitter Turns Mexicans Into ‘War Correspondents’ (Global Voices)

North Korea

Beware: North Korea Rockets on Standby (Global Voices)

In photographs, North Korea “leaks” plan to attack US (Boing Boing)

North Korea Wants to Have Its (Nuclear) Cake and Eat It Too (Moderate Voice)

US vows to defend itself, allies amid N. Korea crisis (Moderate Voice)

North Korea crisis: How did it come to this? (Moderate Voice)

Anonymous Hacks North Korean Sites, Reveals South Korean Users (Global Voices)

For Peace, U.S. Must Pledge Not to Topple Pyongyang Regime (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea Nuclear Threats Draw Arab Laughs (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Motorcycle Taxis Light Up Runway to Transport Sick Patients (Global Voices)

Russia

A Dishonest Election & A Divided Opposition in Russia (Global Voices)

When Russians Don’t Love Their Children (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

First Saudi Human Rights Association for Abolishing Execution Launched (Global Voices)

Surgical Paralysis as Punishment? In 2013? (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Spain: The Eternal Fight to Dismantle a Fascist Symbol and Mass Grave (Global Voices)

Madrid President Advocates Censorship of Embarrassing Photos (GLobal Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan Independent News Academy Hits at Corporate Media (Global Voices)

Tajikistan

Tajikistan: ‘High Heels for Higher Learning’ (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Prisoners in Scotland are “watching too much TV” (Boing BOing)

How the global hyper-rich have turned central London into a lights-out ghost-town (Boing BOing)

Zambia

Judge Orders Arrest of Indecently Dressed Women in Zambia (Global Voices)

What a world! What a world!

And I don’t even like that movie.

Anyhow, these are the stories that caught my eye recently.

Nobel Prizes

The First Chinese Laureate: Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (Writer’s Write)

United Nations

Latin American Nations Push UN to Drop Zero Tolerance on Drugs (The Moderate Voice)

Australia

Australian Prime Minister Gillard’s Sexism Speech Sparks Divisive Reaction (The Moderate Voice)

Australian PM lances a sexist boil in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Australian Attorney General says that public scrutiny of spying bill would not be in the public interest (Boing Boing) <– I don't know about you, but when I hear that, the only thing I can think is "what the *Hell* is this man trying to cover up.

Austria

Austrian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier in Record Space Jump (The Moderate Voice)

Bhutan

Bhutan Aims to Be First 100% Organic Nation (The Moderate Voice)

Brazil

Brazil to roll out national radio-chip ID/surveillance/logging for all vehicles (BOing Boing)

Bolivia

Kids are at Home, with Parents, in Bolivia Prisons (The Moderate Voice)

Canada

Canadian Teen Who Posted Anti-Bullying Video Commits Suicide (Newsy.com)

What Canada stands to lose in the war on science (Boing Boing)

China

Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China (Boing Boing)

France

Climate of Fear Takes Hold in France’s Jewish community (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

German teen sells mum’s jewels for brothel visit (Reuters)

Twitter censors Germans’ access to Neo-Nazi group’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Greece

Antifascist Greek protesters say they were tortured by police (Boing Boing)

GreeceWatch: Troika Spat, Cuts Near, Rightist Rage (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

India

India’s Top Court Orders Toilets for Every School (The Moderate Voice)

India’s 50,000 Missing Children (The Moderate Voice)

India Fights to Protect Traditional Home Remedies (The Moderate Voice)

Lebanon

The Help: Status, Servants and Double Standards in Lebanon (The Global Mail)

Libya

Libya Consulate Was Invaded, Torched by Armed Mob: US (The Moderate Voice)

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Netherlands

Dutch government gives itself the right to break into your computer and destroy it (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

To summarize the below: The Taliban are whiney, scared, little boys, who can’t handle the idea that a woman is a person and has the ability to think, learn, and succeed. To prove to their spineless little wonder-worm that they’re better than women, they attacked a little girl. Brilliant, a******les.

All my love, affection, good wishes, and compassion go to Malala Yousafzia

Pakistan Child Rights Activist Shot in Head: Doctors (THe Moderate Voice)

Online diaries of girl who took on Taliban and was shot as punishment (BOing Boing)

Taliban Vow Again to Kill Pakistani Girl (The Moderate Voice)

Shot Pakistani girl shows improvement: military (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Child Activist Facing ‘Critical’ 36-48 Hours (The Moderate Voice)

Doctors Hopeful for Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban (The Moderate Voice)

Why Malala Yousafzia Matters (The Moderate Voice)

Serbia

The Decent People: LGBT pride in the former Yugoslavia (Boing Boing)

Spain

Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK website taken down by spurious copyright complaint regarding UK ultra-right groups (Boing Boing)

Cheating F1 team wins the right to deduct its fines from its taxes (Boing BOing)

UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour (Boing BOing)

As it happened: Gary McKinnon extradition decision (BBC)

Gary McKinnon on the decision not to extradite him to the USA (Boing Boing)

Gravitational pull of that which needs attention

I was planning to add in Occupy Wall Street here, but it really needed its own post. I’ll be out tomorrow.

Global

As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe (ontd_political)

Africa

FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa (White House)

#hackergate


News Corp may face American class action suit
(ontd_political)

Strauss-Kahn

Former IMF boss claims immunity in civil case (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Lone Female Air Force Pilot (ontd_political)

Australia

Australia to let women fight on the front line (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain medical staff sentenced over protests (ontd_political)

We stand by the Bahraini protestors; we stand by their delicious supression, which we had a hand in! (ontd_political)

Bolivia

Native protests in Bolivia violently repressed by police (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Brazilian woman found alive in morgue by daughter (boing boing)

Canada

Williams Lake girl accuses RCMP of assault (ontd_political)

Baby Joseph’ Dies at Home After Long Treatment Battle (ontd_political)

Abortion debate reopened, Tory MP Trost says (ontd_political)

Top court to rule Friday on Vancouver’s supervised injection site (ontd_political)

Redmen team name irks Saskatoon high school graduate (ontd_political)

Canada urged to launch Cheney torture probe (ontd_political)

St. Albert dad fights public school division over Lord’s Prayer (ontd_political)

Toronto Convention Centre charges attendees $150/day to use WiFi (Boing Boing)

‘Taking Back Their Power’ on Parliament Hill (ontd_political)

Vancouver’s new sex-trade strategy praised by advocacy group (ontd_political)

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Freed Men Citizenship restored (ontd_political)

China

China space launch “all systems go” for Thursday (Boing Boing)

2 Tibetan monks set themselves on fire as part of protest (ontd_political)

Man who kept sex slaves in cellar sacked, loses Party membership (Shanghai Daily)

China will launch a prototype of its space station later this week (i09)

Journalist Is Detained in China for Article on Sex Slaves (ontd_political)

China: Awesome gentleman builds homemade flying contraption powered by eight motorcycle engines (Boing boing)

France

Child finds jar of fingers (boing boing)

France: The Battle against Sexism (ontd_political)

France’s burqa ban: women are ‘effectively under house arrest’ (ontd_political)

Deprived of mosque, Paris Muslims pray in fire station (ontd_political)

Germany

Unidentified teenage boy emerges from forest (Boing Boing)

Indonesia

Suicide Bombing in Indonesia (ontd_political)

Iran

Iran blocks TOR, TOR unblocks itself later that day (Boing boing)

What media coverage omits about US hikers released by Iran (ontd_political)

Israel

Shelly Yachimovich elected as new leader of Israel’s Labor Party (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

lets get down to brass tacks… (ontd_political)

Israel approves 1,100 settler homes in Gilo, Jerusalem (ontd_political)

The IDF quietly abandons its spin on Eilat attack (ontd_political)

Palestinians ready to put statehood on backburner in favour of peace talks (ontd_political)

Italy

Italian MPs propose Internet disconnection law: one copyright accusation from anyone and you lose your Internet connection (Boing boing)

Italy Actually Going Through With Manslaughter Trial of Seismologists (ontd_political) — This is idiocy.

Belen, Berlusconi, and bunga-bunga (Boing Boing)

Kenya

FGM: Kenya acts against unkindest cut (ontd_political)

Good news in Kenya slum (ontd_political)

Lebanon

In Beirut, a beauty parlour for 4-year-old girls (Boing Boing)

Libya

President Obama at the U.N. on Libya: “We will Stand with You” (White House)

Mexico

Cartel thugs go phishing in Mexico: Fliers circulate with fake email to “denounce” Monterrey narcos (Boing Boing)

Five human heads found at Acapulco, Mexico primary school, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (boing Boing)

Who are Los Mata Zetas? “Zetas Killers” viral video promises vengeance on Mexican drug cartel (Boing Boing)

Woman in Mexico beheaded for posting about narcos on social networking site (boing boing)

Mexico: 35 bodies in Veracruz, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (Boing BOing)

Mexico: As corpses stack up in narco-violence, president launches surreal TV tourism campaign (Boing Boing)

Mexico drops charges in Veracruz “Twitter Terorrism” case (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Drug cartels shift threats to social media (Boing Boing)

Namibia

GENOCIDE SKULLS RETURNED TO NAMIBIA (Discovery News)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi king revokes flogging of female driver (ontd_political)

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections (ontd_political)

South Sudan

Google adds South Sudan to Google Maps (ontd_political)

Spain

Bullfighting ends in Catalonia Spain (ontd_political)

Syria

Hell is Syria: 18-year old woman dies gruesome death in detention (Boing Boing)

Tasmania

Tasmania to leglise gay marriage (maybe) (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandans say they were beaten and forced from homes to make room for carbon credit forest (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method: Christians Outraged (ontd_political)

Brain-damaged woman’s family loses right to die case (ontd_political)

UK Labour Party wants journalism licenses, will prohibit “journalism” by people who are “struck off” the register of licensed journalists (Boing Boing)

UK patent office seeks public’s help with prior art that invalidates patent applications (boing boing)

The gender-free British passport: UK travellers may no longer have to declare their sex, to spare feelings of ‘transgender people’ (ontd_political)

Dale Farm: Travellers win injunction delaying eviction (ontd_political)

A Slap on the Wrist for Satoshi Kanazawa (Racialicious)