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

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


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


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.


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.


Video: Greece Austerity Protests Teargassed (Global Voices)


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Angry Mob Torches Christian Neighbourhood in Pakistan (Global Voices)


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)


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)


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


Self-immolations Continue in Tunisia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

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


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)


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.


Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)


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?


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.


#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: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)


With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)


Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)


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)


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: 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: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)


Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)


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?


From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)


Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)


Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)


India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)


Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)


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)


Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)


Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)


Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)


The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)


Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)


Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)


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’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)


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)


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor

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)


Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)


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)


Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)


Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)


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)


‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)


Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)

Some people want the world to burn

Sometimes, I’m one of them.
Most of the time, I find it a relatively pleasant place. Mostly harmless, even.
Then, I read the news.


Bangladesh: All Road Leads To Shahbagh (Global Voices)


One Joke Too Many? Bhutanomics Satire Blog is Suddenly Blocked (Global Voices)


Solidarity Rises from Southern Brazil’s Sunday Flames (Global Voices)

Brazil in Mourning After the Tragic Fire in Santa Maria (Global Voices)


Cambodia: Funeral of King Father Sihanouk (Global Voices)


Canadian businesses lobby for the right to infect peoples’ computers with viruses and rootkits (Boing Boing)

New Canadian coin features the incredibly badass Quetzalcoatlus — and it glows in the dark (i09) — So, now I need to go find myself some Canadian currency because, DUDE, dinosaurs.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan invests in Internet surveillance company that backstops notorious dictatorships (Boing Boing)


Chile: Controversial Campaign of a Presidential Candidate (Global Voices)


China: Cartoon-Costumed Migrant Workers Protest Unpaid Wages (Global Voices)

Hacking Incidents Ignite Fears Over China (Moderate Voice)

China: Police Pressure Whistleblower to Expose Source (Global Voices)

Ancient strain of rice rediscovered in China (Boing Boing)


Ecuador: Humour and Election Time (Global Voices)


Egypt: Prime Minister’s ‘Bad Boobs’ Speech Transcribed (Global Voices)

Dignity, Courage and Hypocrisy: Egyptian Man Stripped Naked by Police (Global Voices)

Egypt Silent on Sinai Flooding (Global Voices)


It’s Four-Day Week In Gambia (Global Voices) – Now, if the US would just get behind this sort of idea…


Panic and Terror Walk Hand-in-Hand in Guinea-Bissau (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Parents Turn to Obama Over Baby Formula Shortage (Global Voices)


Iran Sent One Monkey Into Space and Another Came Back (Global Voices)

Iran: Will Thieving Officials Also Have Their Hands Chopped Off? (Global Voices) – Punishments should be irregardless of class and money don’t you think? Might keep them from getting… out of hand, as it were.

Mystery of the Iranian Space Monkey (Boing Boing) – Nice to see Iran focusing on something like exploring the stars. Whether it’s going as well as they’d like to present, I cannot say.


Japan’s Corporate Slaves Put Humor to Hard Work (Global Voices)

On Whale Bacon, and changing attitudes toward whales as food in Japan (Boing Boing) – We can only hope that soon Greenpeace won’t have to block whaling ships any longer.


Mali: Threats All Around (Global Voices)


Boy, 16, shot 11 times in the back at Mexico/US border fence (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Shock and Speculation after Blast in Pemex Headquarters (Global Voices)


Why Death for Distributing Polio Vaccine in Pakistan? (Global Voices)

Papua New Guinea

Burnt alive! (Post Courier) – Really? Really? Sorcery? Murdered by a town for “sorcery”?


Paraguay: Presidential Candidate Dies in Helicopter Crash (Global Voices)

Paraguay After Presidential Candidate Lino Oviedo’s Sudden Death (Global Voices)


Portugal: Authorities Bring Charges Against Women Activists (Global Voices)


RuNet Freedom: a Pirate’s Revenge (Global Voices)

Russia’s Internet Censorship “Experiment” (Global Voices)

Sleeping judge fired
(Boing Boing)

The End of Russia’s Thaw Hurts Medvedev, Navalny, & Friends (Global Voices)

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights (Global Voices)

Escaping Russia’s “Vulgar, Primitive” Secularism (Global Voices)


Corruption Case Threatens Spain’s Ruling Party – and Its Economy (Moderate Voice)

Spain’s Scandal-Hit Royals Pin Hopes on Prince (Moderate Voice)

“Hands up! This is a robbery!”: Protests Continue in Spain (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Korea’s Spy Agency Takes Criticism to Heart .. and Court (Global Voices)


Taiwan: Who Misled Noam Chomsky? (Global Voices)


Somyot Case Ignites Lese Majeste Debate in Thailand (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago

Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival? (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago: Questionable Résumés (Global Voices)


Secular Politician Shot Dead, Protests Erupt Across Tunisia (Global Voices)


Turkey Suicide Bomber Hits US Embassy, Guard Killed (Moderate Voice)

In Istanbul, Tourists Seek Their Dream Moustache (Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

U.K. “beef lasagne” made entirely of horse meat (Boing Boing)

Where’s The Beef? Burger King Finds Horsemeat In Its U.K. Patties (ontd_political)

Surrey woman left without care dies in hospital (ontd_political)

Briton Finds ‘Rare Whale Vomit’ Worth 50,000 euros (Moderate Voice)

Richard III unexpectedly pretty (Boing Boing) – Imagine! He looks like his painting. (Minus the hunch)

Spinning on our Axis

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


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


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


Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cote d’Ivoire

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

Democratic Republic of Congo

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


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


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

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


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


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


Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)


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

New Zealand

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


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

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


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

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

Saudi Arabia

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

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


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


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

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

South Korea

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


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

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


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

United Kingdom

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

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


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

The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.


Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.


Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.


Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)


China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)


Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)


Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)


Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)


Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)


Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)


Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)


The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)


Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)


Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)


Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)


Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)


Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)


UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)


Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (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.


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


Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)


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)


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


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


Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

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


Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)


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

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


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

North Korea

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


Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

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


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

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


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)


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)


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

Spinning at the Top of the World

So, for some reason, unknowable to mortals like myself, news-worthy stuff keeps happening in places that aren’t the US. Crazy right? Important things that affect very real people and sometimes very large groups of people.

United Nations

Act now to stop unaccountable, censor-friendly UN agency from hijacking control of the Internet! (Boing Boing)


Interpol Elects Its First Female President, And You Don’t Want to Mess With Her (the Mary Sue)

Taliban uses CC instead of BCC, exposes identity of 400+ contacts (Boing Boing)


Teenage Girls Harness the Power of Urine, Create a Pee-Powered Generator (The Mary Sue)

Afghan Women Learn Literacy Through Mobile Phones (The Moderate Voice)


EU’s trillion euro budget summit ends in failure (Repost Us)


Toronto mayor Rob Ford is out (Boing Boing)

Canadian Supreme Court puts Viagra in the public domain because Pfizer wouldn’t disclose enough of its workings (Boing Boing) — This is Schadenfreude pie at its best.


China Unveils New Leadership With Xi at Helm (The Moderate Voice)

Cosplaying Chilean students protest education cuts (Boing Boing)


Barbie crashes and burns in China (Boing Boing)

Firefighters in Tiananmen Square at the ready to douse self-immolators (Boing Boing)


Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


Egypt Judges Slam Morsi Over ‘Unprecedented Attack” (The Moderate Voice)

Cairollers: Cairo’s first rollerderby team (Boing Boing)

Morsi meets judges over Egypt power grab dispute (The Moderate Voice)


Finnish police confiscate 9-y-o’s laptop after she downloads a song from the Pirate Bay (Boing Boing)

More than 100,000 March Against Gay Marriage in France (The Moderate Voice)

Gaza Strip

Gaza Death Toll passes 100 as Truce Efforts Build (The Moderate Voice)

Israel PM says Hand Held Out in Peace, Other Holds Sword (The Moderate Voice)

Truce Agreed to End Week of Gaza Bloodshed (The Moderate Voice)

World Powers Denounce Terrorist Israel bus bombing (The Moderate Voice)

Blast on Tel Aviv Bus as Gaza Truce Remains Elusive (The Moderate Voice)

Israeli Gaza Raids Continue, Hitting Media Centre (The Moderate Voice)

Israel air raids kill 10, destroy Hamas HQ in Gaza (The Moderate Voice)

Israel OKs reserve call-up of up to 75,000: TV (The Moderate Voice)

Eight Journalists Wounded After Israeli Missile Strikes Gaza Media Center (the Moderate Voice)


Hacker steals entire nation’s identity (Boing Boing)


Bring Mumbai Masterminds to Justice: Indian Press (The Moderate Voice)


Iran Minister Confirms Firing at US Drone in Gulf (The Moderate Voice)

Iranian Blogger Who Died In Custody Is Buried (Radio Free Europe Radio Library)


Israel Presses Gaza Assault as Rocket Panics Tel Aviv (The Moderate Voice)

Rocket defense of Beersheva (Boing Boing)

Israel live-tweets Gaza offensive (Boing Boing)

Israel pushing ahead in medical marijuana industry (USA Today)


Student Riots in Italy: a dispatch from Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)

Gay anti-mafia politician breaks mold in Sicily (Reuters)


Who is shooting and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and why? (Boing Boing)


Fears blight ‘Malala Day’ in schoolgirl’s hometown (The Moderate Voice) — I don’t blame them for being afraid. Cowards who shoot at children are unpredictable. I applaud the courage that it takes to continue when you’re scared.


Arafat Body ‘To be Exhumed Tuesday’ for Poison Tests (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Sveta, Pussy Riot’s perky, pro-Putin antithesis (Boing Boing)

Russians enraged with bureaucrat motorcades creating massive gridlock on a daily basis (Boing Boing)

A Single, Severed Cable Cut Contact Between Russia and Its Satellites (The Atlantic)

Grandma in Russia kills wolf with bare hands and axe (Metro UK)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia implements electronic tracking system for women (The Raw Story)


Deforestation Risks Turning Somalia to Desert (The Moderate Voice)


Catalan Leader Seeks ‘Freedom’ in Snap Election (The Moderate Voice)


Following a chain of unexplained deaths in Thailand (Boing Boing)


Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill (ontd-polical)

United Kingdom

Britons! Stop the Snoopers’ Charter, end the government’s spying plan! (Boing Boing)

UK: ex-politician wrongly accused as pedo will sue tweeters who linked him to sex abuse (Boing Boing)

UK man gave cocaine to trick-or-treaters by mistake (Reuters)

Love-rat dad of nine children to eight women who headbutted ex-girlfriend in row over cheese toastie jailed for just 20 days (The Daily Mail)

Twitter and UK libel law (Boing Boing)

I hope you kept the receipt (ontd-Political)
Woman ‘denied a termination’ dies in hospital (Irish Times)

Scottish charity looks to save forgotten forest of wee trees (ontd-political)

ORG needs your money to kill UK copyright trolls (Boing Boing)

Petition for transparency in the selection process for the new BBC boss (Boing Boing)

Apple ordered to pay Samsung’s legal fees in UK after ‘false and misleading’ notice (Boing Boing)

Tower of London intruder walks off with keys (Reuters)

Why the UK’s mandatory opt-out censorware plan is stupid (Boing Boing)

Man ordered not to throw horseshit at Prince Charles (Boing Boing)

UK lawmakers slam Starbucks, Amazon and Google on tax (The Passive Voice)

BBC director general George Entwistle resigns in wake of misreported pedo story (Boing Boing)