Winds of Change? Or just smog?

I’m cynical. You can guess what my thoughts on the news are right now.

Bangladesh

Revenge Attacks Target Bangladesh Hindus for Islamist Leader’s Death Sentence (Global Voices)

Brazil

Anti-Gay Preacher Elected Brazil’s Human Rights Committee Head (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian government muzzles librarians and archivists, creates snitch line to report those who speak online or in public without permission (Boing Boing)

China

12,000 Dead Pigs, But Shanghai’s Quiet (Global Voices)

How Chinese secret police talk about their jobs when they think the camera isn’t rolling (Boing Boing)

China’s Smear Campaign Against Apple (Global Voices)

China’s Social Media Censored After New President Draws Lone Opposing Vote (Global Voices) — Um, kids. It’s not “freedom” unless you have the right to disagree… Just sayin’. It’s not an “election” if you can’t put out a dissenting vote….

Cyprus

Bank Run in Cyprus; Who’s Next? (Moderate Voice)

Guatamala

Former Guatemalan Dictator On Trial (Global Voices)

India

Jailed For Exposing Moral Policing, Indian TV Reporter Gets Bail (Global Voices)

Swiss Tourist ‘Gang-Raped in India’ (Moderate Voice)

Japan

Anti-Whaling Activists Hit a Nerve in Japan (Global Voices)

Japan’s Jaded Public Pushes for Nuclear Truth Post-Fukushima (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Myanmar: Villagers angry with Aung Suu Kyi over her support of copper mine (Boing Boing)

North Korea

N. Korea Causes China, S. Korea, Japan 2 B Bedmates (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Parveen Rehman Killed, Pakistan’s Largest Slum Loses its Guardian Angel (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Controversy Ahead of Lima’s Recall Referendum (Global Voices)

Peru: Exit Polls Say Villarán Remains Lima’s Mayor (Global Voices)

Philippines

Philippines: Forced to Leave School Due to Unpaid Fees, Student Commits Suicide (Global Voices)

Rome

Allegations Tie Pope Francis to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Past (Global Voices)

Questions from a ‘Dirty War’ (The Moderate Voice) — I’m pretty sure I already read something about this in the Pope’s biography. Look for a new issue please.

South Korea

Source: Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un Assisted Hardliners (JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea) (Moderate Voice)

Spain

Immigrants to Spain Push Back on Evictions (The Moderate Voice)

Assault Against Immigrant Causes Outrage in Spanish Town (Global Voices)

In Spain, Money for Bulls But Cuts for Citizens (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Politician arrested after House of Commons brawl (Boing Boing) — This is why you shouldn’t have a bar near your political seat of power. It creates lack of judgement.

Yemen

Yemen: March 18th, A Dignified National Dialogue? (Global Voices)

Zambia

Zambia Readies Corruption Case Against Former President Rupiah Banda (Global Voices)

Zimbabwe

Outcry After Zimbabwe Police Arrest Top Human Rights Lawyer (Global Voices)

Puffs of Smoke and other News

It’s been a long few weeks for me, and the world seems to have gone to pot at the same time. Let’s see what’s managed to catch my interest, shall we:

European Union

The Right to be Forgotten: Spain and Google Before the European Court (Global Voices)

Australia

Australia Defends Media Reforms Amid ‘Stalinism’ Claims (Moderate Voice)

Video: Police Brutality at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Global Voices)

Brazil

Former Brazilian Minister’s New Party Mixes Sustainability, Social Media (Global Voices)

Canada

Canada’s Glaciers Could Shrink by a Fifth by 2100 (Moderate Voice)

Central African Republic

Rebels Attack in Central African Republic (Global Voices) — I feel somehow that “again” should be at the end of that.

China

Fears of Ticket Hikes As China Scraps Indebted Railways Ministry (Global Voices)

Reuters: In China, public anger over gov’t. secrecy on environment (Boing Boing)

Thousands of Dead Pigs Found Floating in Shanghai River (Global Voices) — Ew. and I say again. Ew.

Greece

Video: Greece Austerity Protests Teargassed (Global Voices)

India

Changing Attitudes on Child Marriage in India (Global Voices)

Man Accused in Delhi Gang-Rape Commits Suicide (Moderate Voice)

Indian Censor Board Restricts Papilio Buddha, A Gandhi Critic Movie (Global Voices)

Italy

Italy: Naples Burns as Fire Destroys Interactive Museum ‘Città della Scienza’ (Global Voices)

Japan

Japan extracts gas from methane hydrate, ‘Flammable Ice’ (Boing Boing)

Libya

Should Alcohol be Legalised in Libya? (Global Voices) — I’m totally biased on this question. Yep. It should be. Then, you can control the quality and tax the Hell out of it. And all the good Muslims can look down on the Muslims who drink. And the Catholics in the country can laugh and get drunk like the priests. The Jews can drink wine like the rabbis. And everyone else can just roll their eyes at all of them.

Malaysia

Malaysians Support Army Offensive Against Sabah ‘Terrorists’ (Global Voices)

Mexico

Mexican eco-terrorists declare war on nanotechnology, threaten scientists (Boing Boing)

Moldova

Moldova Without Government: What’s Next – East or West? (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Myanmar’s Exiled Broadcaster to Return Home (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Angry Mob Torches Christian Neighbourhood in Pakistan (Global Voices)

Rome

Election of First Latin American Pope Stuns Analysts (Moderate Voice)

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity (Moderate Voice)

The New Pope Speaks to Vatican Crowd (VIDEO) (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope, Jorge Bergoglio, is Argentinian (Global Voices)

Bergoglio, Age 76, A New Pope (The Moderate Voice)

Argentine Pope Elected (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope Elected: Live Blogging (AFP) (Moderate Voice)

Cardinals Poised to Begin Historic Conclave (Moderate Voice)

Breaking the Silence: Secrets of Papal Elections (The Moderate Voice)

As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna (The Independent)

Russia

How Using Twitter Can End Your Political Campaign in Russia (Global Voices)

Propaganda & Mystery in Russia’s Browder-Magnitsky Case (Global Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Court Sentences Reformists to 10 and 11 Years in Prison (Global Voices)

Serbia

“Ten Years Without Zoran Djindjic”: Serbia Honors Slain Politician (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Koreans Rip ‘Chicken Hawk’ Politicians As War Rhetoric Heats Up (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan Denies Entry to Anti-Nuke Visitor Ahead of Protest (Global Voices)

Tunisia

Self-immolations Continue in Tunisia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

LibDems leave over support for secret trials; I resign from the party (Boing BOing)

Venezuela

The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

AP: Chavez made “meager” gains, only reduced poverty, didn’t build the world’s tallest building (Boing Boing)

The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

Death of Hugo Chavez a CIA Plot? Views from Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia (The Moderate Voice)

Vietnam

Digitizing the National Library of Vietnam (Global Voices)

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)

All the news that’s not fit to print

So, this world situation seems to be a little bit more depressing every day. How is that even possible? I’m not exactly an optimist after all and yet the world still manages to disappoint me.

United Nations

Three Portuguese Language States Ignore UN Convention Against Torture (Global Voices)

Afghanistan

An ‘Evolution in Thinking’ in Afghanistan (Global Voices)

Algeria

Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis (Global Voices)

Azerbaijan

Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Missed Call – A Tool For Protest? (Global Voices)

Brazil

Deadly Nightclub Inferno Leaves Brazil in Mourning (The MOderate Voice)

Cicero Guedes, Brazilian Landless Leader is Murdered in Rio (Global Voices)

Brazil: Families Evicted from Pinheirinho Still Without a Proper Home (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Central African Republic: How Strong Is The Peace Deal? (Global Voices)

Egypt

The Egyptians Want to Overthrow the Regime (Global Voices)

The People Egypt’s Revolution Left Behind (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt Protesters Torch Brotherhood Party HQ: AFP (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Berlin activists create CCTV-smashing street game (Boing Boing)

India

India Sees Push for Police Reform after Rape Outcry (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Outrage as Berlusconi Praises Mussolini on Holocaust Day (The Moderate Voice)

Mali

U.S. to Provide Aerial Refueling for French Warplanes (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

French-led Troops in Mali Seize Airport at Islamist Bastion (The Moderate Voice)

U.S. Air Force Transports French Troops to Mali (The Moderate Voice)

Mauritania

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice (Global Voices)

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Peace March: ‘Stop Violence in North Myanmar’ (Global Voices)

Mozambique

Mozambique: Citizen mobilization to help flood victims (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Violent Anti-Mining Protests in Lambayeque (Global Voices)

Russia

Where Russia’s Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov’s Suicide (Global Voices)

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda” (Global Voices)

Slovakia

Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga (Global Voices)

Somalia

Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King (Global Voices)

Tibet

Tibetan teen dies before immolation protest, leaves note for Dalai Lama’s return (Boing Boing)

Turkey

After 15-year Trial in Turkey, Pınar Selek Sentenced for Life (Global Voices)

United Arab Eremites

Blogging for UAE Detainees (Global Voices)

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)