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)

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)

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)

So, that peace on earth thing

…not so much.

As always, these are just the stories that caught my eye.

British Royal HoaxI’m pulling this one out because there’s a lot of places involved and I don’t feel like multiple links. I’m actually torn about including this story. I don’t know that the surviving family members need the pain of the continuing media exposure and reliving the pain of their wife/mother/daughter/sister/cousin/friend’s suicide. So, on second thought, I’m removing all links to this story.

Afghanistan

Breaking: Member of Special Operations Forces Killed in Rescue of American in Afghanistan (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

Cambodia

Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages (Boing Boing)

Canada upgrades immigration screening with biometrics (The security Director News)

China

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

Denmark

Jews Warned Not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Overplayed His Hand: Analysts (The Moderate Voice)

Hungary

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India (Global Voices)

Indian Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar Dies, Aged 92 (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Italy’s Berlusconi Announces Fresh Run for PM (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea

North Korea says it successfully launched satellite into orbit (CBS News)

Pakistan

Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

Pakistan Leader Visits Shot Girl in British Hospital (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts (Digital Journal)

Swedish Probe into Holocaust Victims’ Ashes Painting (The Moderate Voice)

Syria

NBC’s Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria (Boing Boing)

Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller (Boing Boing)

Where does Assad’s online army come from? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

United Kingdom

Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees (Boing Boing)

Britain to Allow Gay Marriages in Churches (The Moderate Voice)

Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim (Boing Boing)

Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck (ITV)

Zambia

Zambian President Orders Killing of “Rebels” No One Can Find (Global Voices)

Up, Down, All Around, World News

Why can’t we all just get along?

United Nations

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities (The Moderate Voice) — Hint: B/c they are @#^$%$*(%(@#$ing idiots and the idiots are already putting in a protest to downgrade the bastards to something worse.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store (The Passive Voice)

Organized crime, bureaucratized (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadians: write to Parliament about keeping generic pharma available to poor countries (Boing Boing)

Why copyright trolls will have a hard time shaking down Canadians (Boing Boing)

China

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president’s identity (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Islamists rally for Morsi as rifts widen (The Moderate Voice)

Panel to vote on new Egypt constitution amid turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt sentences ‘Innocence of Muslims’ director to death, in absentia (Boing Boing)

Finland

In Finland, piracy fines are orders of magnitude higher than fines for rape, torture and murder (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (The Moderate Voice)

India

Indian village bans mobile phone use by women (Yahoo News)

India’s ‘Dancing Bears’ Retire in Animal Rights Victory (The Moderate Voice)

India to change hate speech law after Facebook row (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine (New York Times)

Amazons with a Cause (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico: Calderon’s Legacy of Blood and Busts (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Can Mexico’s President-elect Peña Nieto and Obama set a new tone? (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
(Boing Boing)
New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws — and corrupt police raids (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Covert assassin weapons from North Korea (Boing Boing)

Norway

Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room (Boing Boing)

Palestine

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Arafat’s remains exhumed to rule out murder by radioactive polonium poisoning (Boing Boing)

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Ad for freelance Russian bank-robbers (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria Mixing Chemicals for Sarin Gas: US Official (The Moderate Voice) — Because if a tiny terrorist group can do it, why not a country?

Syrian internet blackout continues for second day (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims’ details to crime boss (Boing Boing)

UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay (Boing BOing)

Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site (Boing Boing)

UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy (Boing Boing)

Spinnin’ ‘Round and ‘Round – world news

Somehow I never seem to get ahead of these stories. Wonder why? Okay, so maybe there’s too much news in the world. This is what’s made it through my filter.

Olympics

London 2012: Oscar Pistorius set to make history at Olympics (BBC)


Sarah Robles: The strongest woman in America lives on $400 a month
(Boing Boing)


US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed “denigrated” the games
(Boing BOing)

European Union

Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA – now it’s unanimous (Boing Boing)

EU: software licenses may be sold by consumers (Boing Boing)

Australia

Aussie parliamentary committee hates ACTA, too (Boing Boing)

Australians find a vampire-like mosquito that breeds and lurks beneath cities (i09)

Stephanie Rice, gold-medal swimmer, criticized for wearing racy swimsuit (Ontd_Political)

Are Australians Really Dumb, Drunk and Racist? (Ontd_political)

Canada

Canada expands citizen’s arrest powers for private security personnel
(Security Director News)

“Every Inuit in Nunavut knows someone in their family or in their community that is hungry that day” (ontd_political)

Canadian fed court: linking isn’t copyright infringement, neither is excerpting an article (Boing Boing)

Canada creates new national security program (Security Director News)

Montrealers protest peacefully, reports conspicuously absent from mainstream media (ontd_Political)

Canada’s apocalyptically crap copyright law passes (but it could have been worse) (Boing Boing)

Rohinton Mistry’s fairy-tale about Canadian neocons (Boing Boing)

China

As Shenzou 9 returns to earth, China makes space history: analysis from Miles O’Brien + Leroy Chiao (video) (Boing Boing)

China Unearths Over 100 New Terracotta Warriors (Discovery News)


Chinese corruption and looting on a vast scale: industry, government, and military
(boing Boing)

Ecuador

Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy (Boing Boing)

Offering Assange Asylum May Have Negative Consequences for Ecuador (Hoy, Ecuador) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Hosni Mubarak Reported “Clinically Dead” (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Says He’ll Rethink Camp David Accord and Build Stronger Iran Ties (The Moderate Voice)

Egyptians Elect MB Islamist Morsi (The Moderate Voice)

Ahmed Shafik Reportedly To Be Egyptian President (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Germany sets world record for amount of solar power generated in a single day (Ontd_science)

Iran

Iran Twice Threatens to Walk Out of ‘Complicated and Difficult’ Talks (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Illegal downloaders now facing jail as Japan passes new laws (The Vinyl Factory)

Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu Undercut! (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Political Refugee Assange Deserves His Freedom – and Our Nation’s Thanks (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

PRI Wins Mexican Elections (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican doctors successfully remove 33-pound tumor from body of 2-year-old child (Washington Post)

DEA’s ‘El Chapo Fiasco’ Sets Drug War Back for ‘Years’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate (The Guardian)

Nepal

Belgian tourist missing in Himalayas found dead with her head cut off (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

Kim Dotcom raid was illegal, New Zealand judge rules (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza (Daily Mail UK)

Pakistan

CIA fake vaccine program will have wide-ranging effects on health of Pakistani children (Boing Boing)

Pakistan cracks down on pot-bellied police (Reuters)

Palestine

Girls FC (Al Jazeera)

Poland

The Mystery Unfolds of Poland’s ‘Extraterritorial’ CIA Prison (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Trojan Horse in Europe’ is About to Bolt (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

Republic of the Congo

Gorillas Rebuilding After Ebola Outbreak (ontd_political)

Russia

Why the Kremlin Opposes Assad’s Immediate Ouster (Izvestia, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys: Russia Today is the Latter (Gazeta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Court prohibits all gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years (ontd_political)

Israelis and Russians Bound Again by Battle Against Nazis (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’ (BBC)

Switzerland

Switzerland is one gigantic booby-trap (Boing Boing)

Syria

Defense Update: Syrian Downing of Turkish Reconnaissance Aircraft — Questions Are Raised (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Defense Update: Tensions over Syrian Downing of Turkish Fighter Jet (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Moscow’s Military Action in Syria a ‘Gift’ to Washington (An Nahar, Lebanon) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UPDATED: Home Secretary to UK net activists (Boing Boing)

London police crowdsource the panopticon (boing Boing)

Assange to UK cops: No, I will not come out of my Ecuadorean embassy (Boing Boing)

UK immigration test to focus on Shakespeare and Christianity instead of human rights and civics (Boing Boing)

100,000 Poems Dropped Over London (Writers Write)

G4S boss predicts mass privatisation of UK police forces (Boing Boing)

UK spying bill is King George III 2.0 (Boing Boing)

Jimmy Wales to UK Home Secretary: don’t render Richard O’Dwyer to the USA (Boing Boing)

Zambia

Bike Zambia to fight HIV/AIDS (Boing Boing)

World News – Sick at Heart

Why is it that when I start to review the world news, it’s almost uniformly bad? Seriously, we need more positive stories. Can’t spread peace if all we see is turmoil.

ACTA, TPP, CISPA, etc.

CISPA is SOPA 2.0: petition to stop it (Boing Boing)

Inventor of the Web condemns UK Internet surveillance plans (Boing Boing)

WIPO caught secretly funneling cash to North Korea to buy patent database computers (Boing Boing)

Understanding TPP, ACTA’s nastier, more secret little brother (Boing Boing)

Why a pro-SOPA MPAA technologist changed sides and went to work for ISOC (Boing Boing)

SOPATrack: an app to show connections between campaign donations and voting records (Boing Boing)

New EU ACTA reviewer also recommends not signing it, calls ACTA a threat to civil liberties (Boing Boing)

Hilary Clinton to world governments: the world will divide into “open” and “closed” societies based on their Internet policies (Boing Boing)

Debunking CISPA supporters’ claims of harmlessness, inevitability (Boing Boing)

Americas Summit

Latin American leaders, Obama to discuss ending the war on drugs (Boing Boing)

Calls for Drug Decriminalization in Latin America (The Moderate Voice)

Signs that two of Latin America’s most powerful drug gangs, Zetas and Maras, are joining forces (Boing Boing)

Repression Will Win Out Over Legalization at Summit of the Americas (El Carabobeno, Venezuela) (The Moderate Voice)

Blaming Washington: Why the Americas Summit was a Bust (El Pais, Spain) (The Moderate Voice)
European Union

Austerity is Europe’s mutual suicide-pact (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Adding Insult to Injuries, and Deaths (The Moderate Voice)

Bahrain

Hunger-striking Bahraini dissident Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja near death; Formula One president still plans to run races in Bahrain (Boing Boing)

Canada

Successful, full, gay-friendly, arts-friendly public high-school in Peterborough, Ontario slated for closure (Boing Boing)

Canada Post sues crowdsourced postal-code database, claims copyright in Canadian postal-codes (Boing Boing)

Canada’s universities and colleges capitulate to copyright strong-arm tactics (Boing Boing)

Toronto’s dingleberry mayor releases $2 graffiti-reporting app (Boing Boing)

China

China detains Tibetans returning from Buddhist festival, arrests devotee who sees vision of Dalai Lama in the Moon (Boing Boing)

Disney Will Help China Develop Animation Industry (Newsy.com)

Greece

Suicides in Greece increase 40% (Boing Boing)

India

Indian skeptic charged with “blasphemy” for revealing secret behind “miracle” of weeping cross (boing Boing)

Iran

Iran denies reports that internet will be cut, replaced by “clean, national intranet” (Boing Boing)

Iran’s “Halal Internet” evolves into a mere more-ambitious censorship regime (Boing Boing)

Israel

For Passover fun in Israel, a safari of animals crafted from Coca-Cola trash (Boing Boing)

Italy

Centurions battle cops at Colosseum (Boing Boing)

Malawi

Blogger scoops news of Malawi President’s death, is detained and harassed by police (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea’s Loss of Face. What Now? (The Moderate Voice)

‘Unimaginable and Miserable Punishment’ to Follow Interception of DPRK Satellite (Rodong Sinmun, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING: North Korea Launches Long-Range Missile — May Have Failed (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Sweden

Screaming black female circumcision cake controversial (Boing Boing)

Voices: Makode Aj Linde And That Cake (Racialicious)

Syria

Malware targeted at Syrian activists can operate webcam, disable AV, keylog, steal passwords (Boing Boing)

Syria: UN-sponsored peace treads softly (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

A Russian City Always on the Watch Against Being Sucked Into the Earth (NY Times)

This church scandal in Russia involves Photoshop, and a disappearing $30K watch (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Black London firefighter beaten, tazed and charged for offering assistance to cops had his complaint buried (Boing Boing)

Norwich City soccer team demands teen’s arrest for finding unannounced images on public website (Boing Boing)

Regulator: Amazon UK’s “release date” delivery promise not misleading (Boing Boing)

Evidence of Britain’s colonial crimes revealed, including orders to cover up evidence of further atrocities (Boing Boing)

Tony Blair channels Ronald Reagan, “doesn’t remember” sending dissidents to Libya for torture (Boing Boing)

London’s dystopian Olympics: criminal sanctions for violating the exclusivity of sponsors’ brands (Boing Boing)