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.

New, Old, and In Between World News

The world continues to explode with news. Below are just some of the bits I’ve captured. From earthquakes to dictator’s to human rights. These have caught my attention.

Africa

Open For Questions: Crisis in the Horn of Africa (The White House)

European Union

EU Leaders Meet. Ordinary Europeans Weep. Bankers Celebrate. (The Moderate Voice)

Oh No He Didn’t: Sarkozy tells Cameron to ‘shut up’ on eurozone (ontd_political)

Argentina

Former Argentine naval officer Alfredo Astiz has been jailed (ontd_political)

Australia

Australian detention centres breaking people – report (ontd_political)

Canada

Mystery feet identified (Boing Boing)

Air Canada flight attendants blocked from legal strike, says labour board (ontd_political)

Canada Blocks Torture Case Against Bush (ontd_political)

Mountie slapped for online office striptease (ontd_political)

Canadian Tory MP: Don’t worry about violating our stupid new copyright law, because we probably won’t catch you if you do (Boing BOing)

Toronto mayor confronted by comedy interviewer calls 911, reportedly shouts “You bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city! (Boing Boing)

Rob Ford denies calling 911 dispatcher names (ontd_political)

France

Long Pursuit of Justice Takes a Father Beyond the Law (ontd_political)

India

On contraception and abortion and their linkage to population control in India (ontd_political)

“Wife-sharing” haunts Indian villages as girls decline (ontd_political)

Ireland

Two dead, hundreds stranded in Irish flooding (Reuters)

Libya

Gadhafi Was Brutalized More Than Originally Thought (The Moderate Voice)

“A new era of promise”: President Obama on the Declaration of Liberation in Libya (White House)

When Condoleezza Rice met Moammar Gaddafi (The Washington Post)

Criminal Court in Indirect Talks With Qaddafi Son, Prosecutor Says (New York Times)

The New Libya Is Not Off To A Good Start (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Blog del Narco, site chronicling Mexican drug cartel violence, is under attack (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

NIGERIAN KING SUES SHELL FOR $1 BILLION (Discovery News)

Palestine

Palestinian Bid for Full Unesco Membership Imperils American Financing (Ontd_Political)

Russia

Russian families sue child mix-up hospital (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Nayef named Saudi crown prince (Reuters)

Will Saudi Succession Impact the Country’s Energy Exports? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Unemployment Rising in Spain (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thai floods shut Bangkok’s second largest airport as PM warns of possible inundation (The Washington Post)

Fears of Food Shortages Rise With Thai Floods (The Wall Street Journal)

Tunisia

Tunisians Going to the Polls in the First Post Arab Spring Elections (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Turkey

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY PULLED FROM TURKEY RUBBLE (Discovery News)

The Earthquake in Turkey (The White House)

Earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 possibly killed (ontd_political)

7.2 earthquake hits Turkey, more than a thousand feared dead (Boing Boing)

Turkey earthquake: Death toll passes 430 (BBC News)

United Kingdom

Stuart Walker found burned by roadside in Cumnock (ontd_Political)

MP withdraws from Commons Committee over threats of violence (ontd_political)

Tree surgeon in trouble over deceased father’s egg collection (ontd_political)

Royal Shazam: The Biggest Shakeup In The Rules Of Succession For British Royalty (The Moderate Voice)

Margaret Thatcher reimbursed for more than £500K in expenses by UK taxpayers (Boing Boing)

Yemen

More turmoil in Yemen. Possible turning point? (ontd_political)

You Spin Me Right Round

And so, we have a round-up of news and information. This is world news. Not the science, not the pop-culture. Well, not unless it touches something deeper.

And yet, I know there’s more that I’ve missed and some things that may be old news to some, yet still new to me.

Oh, and something new. The links should pop up in a new window or tab today.

Terrorism – not sure where to put this elsewise –

9/11 Terrorists Debunk 9/11 Conspiracies (Discovery News)

Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)

South Pole

SOUTH POLE STROKE VICTIM DENIED EVACUATION (Discovery News)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian rally links Roma to organised crime (Ontd_political)

Canada

Debunking James Moore’s talking points on Canada’s new copyright law (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new copyright law punishes blind and visually impaired people (Boing Boing)

Awesome mentor program for Toronto high schoolers (Boing Boing)

China

Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

Admired and reviled, Chinese-American ambassador challenges China’s views on ethnicity (ontd_political)

Denmark

Denmark is to impose the world’s first “fat tax” in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease. (ontd_political)

Iceland

Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not (ontd_political)

First lady of Iceland climbs security fence to join protesters (Boing Boing)

India

Inter student sets herself ablaze for Telangana cause (ontd_political)

Indonesia

Indonesia’s only female sex therapist tackles myths about AIDS, pregnancy online (ontd_political)

Iran

Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales (Bloomberg)

Mystery surrounds suicide of Iranian bloggers (ontd_political)

Israel

Court to rule on legality of Israeli ultra-Orthodox ‘Taliban sect’ (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Palestinian Prisoners Take Center Stage in Palestine (Huffington Post)

Italy

Wikipedia Shuts Down Italian Site In Response To Berlusconi’s New Wiretap Act (ontd_political)

Italy’s insane Internet law prompts removal of Italian Wikipedia (Boing Boing)

Japan

Govt to position Tohoku as hub for rare metal recovery (ontd_political)

Kenya

Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)

Mexico

Until 2 years do us part? (ontd_political)

Namibia

Namibia: Skulls Repatriated – But No Official German Apology (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta (Platform)

Russia

Gay Rights Rally Assault Charge Is Dropped (ontd_political)

Russia’s Putin says wants to build “Eurasian Union” (ontd_political

South Africa

Slow Visa Processing Leads to Cancellation of Dalai Lama’s trip to South Africa (ontd_political)

Tibet

Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Bletchley Park gets a £4.6m grant, financed by government pro-innumeracy programme (Boing Boing)

UK would be financially worse off without Scotland says Goldie (ontd_political)

Some UK rail stations add airport-style body-scanners (Boing Boing)

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)

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)

World News Roundup

Why does it seem as though things aren’t getting better? Still, there’s some positive news. Or at least some news that doesn’t make you want to take a rusty spoon to your eyes here too.

As always, there’s more than one side to any story. These are just the stories I’ve gotten to here. Some of them I have comments on, some of them I don’t. Make your own decisions.

Australia

Student Finds Missing Mass, Remains Fabulous While Doing So (ontd_science)

Gay safe sex ads reinstated after uproar (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Women The Latest Target Of Bahrain’s Crackdown (ontd_political)

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi woman cuts off attacker’s penis (ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazil sex education material suspended by President (ontd_political)

Rainforest activists murdered in Brazil (boing boing)

Canada

“Democracy” and the Desecration of Native Burial Sites (Alternet)

Bill proposes trans protection to B.C. Human Rights Code (ontd_political)

Canadian Tories refuse to send soldiers to help flood victims because they’d compete with the private sector (Boing Boing)

China

Gold-farming in a Chinese forced-labor camp (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: general confirms “virginity checks” forced on female protesters by military (boing Boing) – I’d say something, but I really don’t want that much profanity on this page.

Egypt lifts four-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, giving Palestinians safe passage out of Israel (ontd_political) – Something good to counter-balance the bad.

New shape of the struggle in Egypt (ontd_political)

France

Sarkozy minister accused of sexual harassment (ontd_political)

Strauss-Kahn assembles crisis team to fight back (ontd_poltical)

Georgia

Georgian protests: Two killed as police clear Tbilisi (ontd_political)

Germany

Germany: Nuclear power plants to close by 2022 (ontd_political)

New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich (ontd_political)

India

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions (ontd_political) – an interesting bio of a Bollywood actress.

As Wealth and Literacy Rise in India, Report Says, So Do Sex-Selective Abortions (NYT)

Indonesia

In ‘Food Deserts,’ Oases of Nutrition (NYT)

Iran

Ahmadinejad thinks Europe is using the Weather Dominator to steal Iran’s rain (ontd_political) – See, you can screen The Avengers for some people without explaining that it’s a bad fantasy movie.

Italy

Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope’s Adviser (ontd_political)

Tapes show Italian priest lured teenage boys for sex, paid them with cocaine (boing boing)

Italy earthquake experts charged with manslaughter (ontd_political)

Japan

Hashimoto stalks anthem foes (ontd_political)

Japan’s government suggests workers wear Hawaiian shirts to cut down on a/c (ontd_political)

Malta

Malta prepares to vote in historic referendum to allow divorce (ontd_political)

Mexico

Mexico: kindergarten teacher keeps class calm with song as narco gun massacre rages outside (Boing Boing)

Mexican teacher calmed primary pupils with song during drug shooting (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Sworn In As President (ontd_political)

Russia

Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence (ontd_political)

Rwanda

One of the masterminds of Rwanda genocide captured in DRC (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi woman wants to give women the right to drive in her country (boing boing)

Serbia

RATKO MLADIĆ ARRESTED (ontd_political)

Ratko Mladic, “God of Genocide,” arrested (boing boing)

People I don’t feel bad for: Ratko Mladic (ontd_political)

South Africa

In South Africa’s black townships, being gay can be fatal (LA Times)

Spain

Mother sets fire to daughter’s gloating rapist. (ontd_political)

Syria

Witness: Shattered humanity inside Syria’s security apparatus (Reuters)

YouTube unblocks video of 13yo Syrian boy allegedly tortured, killed by government thugs (boing boing)

Sudan

Sudan: 150,000 flee Abyei clash, says southern minister (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist (ontd_political)

Cookie law makes most UK websites illegal: what you need to know (SilkTide)

Four arrests after patient abuse caught on film (ontd_political)

Good, bad, indifferent, the world still exists

Things that have caught my attention this week are positive and negative but mostly a combination of both. Maybe it’s just my cynicism showing up, but I’ve been having trouble seeing anything as wholly good or bad these days.

China

China tells U.S. to quit as human rights judge (ontd_political)

China targets Change.org, screws up Amazon (ontd_political)

Ai Weiwei lawyer reappears in China (The Guardian)

China’s “Jasmine Revolution”: anonymous out-of-country bloggers troll the politburo (boing boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Dodges Jail Time (Discovery)

I am not surprised by this in the least little bit.

Priceless Egyptian Treasures Returned (Discovery news)

EU & US

US, EU want to delay copyright treaty to help blind people for 3-5 years (Boing Boing)

Iran

Reports of a new virus, “Stars,” hitting Iran: son of Stuxnet? (boing boing)

Israel

Who did Mossad catch – terrorist or engineer? (ontd_political)

Israeli public figures to sign document supporting Palestinian state (ontd_political)

Libya

Two photojournalists killed in Libya (boing boing)

LIFE tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, photojournalists killed today in Libya (Boing boing)

Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo” director, and Chris Hondros, photojournalist, killed in Benghazi (ontd_political)

Morocco

Thousands stage peaceful pro-democracy protests (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Riots break out in north as Jonathan wins by landslide (ontd_political)

Palestine

Who did Mossad catch – terrorist or engineer? (ontd_political)

Israeli public figures to sign document supporting Palestinian state (ontd_political)

Russia

Russian corruption: crooked officials steal multi-billion-dollar company, $230M tax refund, then murder campaigning lawyer (boing boing)

Syria

Security forces open fire as thousands rally for freedoms (ontd_political)

A Statement by President Obama on Syria (the White House)

United Kingdom

Royal wedding: police consider pre-emptive arrests (ontd_political)

Hundreds stage ‘kiss-in’ protest outside London pub where gay couple ejected (ontd_political)

Yemen

Yemen’s President Accepts Deal to Step Down (ontd_political)