Latitude and Longitude Events

Canada

Harper ducks questions on Governor General and coalition (ontd_political)

Stephen Harper thinks immigrants live in ghettos and don’t integrate into ‘western Canadian society’ (ontd_political)

China

China says Tibetan Buddhist monks “disrupt social order,” forces “patriotic re-education” camps after suicide protest (boing boing)

France

Last known gay holocaust survivor to receive France’s top honour (ontd_political)

Libya

U.S. envoy: Gaddafi troops raping, issued Viagra (ontd_political)

Youngest Son of Qaddafi Is Killed in NATO Airstrike (ontd_political)

Pakistan

Pakistan allows transsexuals to have own gender category (BBC News)

Palestine

Palestinian Unity Deal (ontd_political)

Syria

My father, the hero (A gay girl in Damascus)

Canadian Journalist still missing in Syria (Ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Student Alfie Meadows charged with violent disorder… (ontd_political)

LGBT activists arrested during royal wedding (ontd_political)

On the day of the wedding, this country is undergoing a profound identity crisis. (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)

The World Keeps Spinning

The world is changing incredibly quickly. There are more and more reports of sea changes in the middle east. The situation in Libya has its own post. Wisconsin continues to boggle my mind.

Here’s a few links to things you might not have noticed when you were scanning through the overwhelming flood of news.

Afghanistan

US Army apology for photos of soldiers with Afghan body (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Where are the UN resolutions to protect civilians in Bahrain? (boing boing)

Egypt

Egyptian Interior Ministry on fire in aftermath of protest (ontd_political)

Egypt: Amnesty condemns “virginity tests,” sexual abuse of female protesters, journalists (boing boing)

Gautemala

Guatemala first couple eyes divorce over vote (ontd_political)

Israel

25 hurt in Jerusalem bombing (ontd_political)

Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations (ontd_political)

The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict (ontd_political)

Statement by the President on the Bombing in Jerusalem (White House)

Pakistan

Pakistani Actress Veena Malik schools a mullah about Islam (boing boing)

Palestine

And the ethnic cleansing continues in the Palestinian territories. (ontd_political)

The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict (ontd_political)

Syria

Middle East unrest: Silence broken in Syria (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Tunisia’s ongoing revolution (ontd_political)

Yemen

Yemen in state of emergency after protest massacre (Reuters)

the yemen revolution (ontd_political)

Overtaken By World Events

The earthquake in Japan and the imminent nuclear meltdown are all over the news and have taken a rising position (rightfully so) in many blogs.

You won’t find anything on that story in these links. No, this is what’s happening in other countries right now. To me, these stories are just as important and some of them are just as compelling as what’s happening in Japan.

Bahrain

Rejected by Bahrain (boing boing)

Two Protesters Dead as Bahrain Declares State of Emergency (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabian, gulf forces enter Bahrain (ontd_political)

Bahrain’s royals declare martial law (boing boing)

Saudi Arabia sends counterrevolutionary goons to Bahrain (boing boing)

Egypt

Egypt: female protesters tortured, sexually abused, “charged as prostitutes” (boing boing)

Egyptians Get View of Extent of Spying (NY Times)

Iran

Iran threatens to boycott 2012 London Olympics because of logo (ontd_political)

Iran opposition leaders Mousavi and Karroubi ‘arrested’ (ontd_political)

Israel

Israeli Gov’t May Deport Children Attending Tel Aviv School Featured In Oscar Winning Documentary (Think Progress)

Ivory Coast

Defiant women march at site of killings (ontd_political)

Libya

UN authorises no-fly zone over Libya (Al Jazeera)

Solidarity and Intervention in Libya (Jadaliyya.com)

UN approves military intervention to protect Free Benghazi (boing boing)

Pakistan

Pakistan minister Shahbaz Bhatti shot dead in Islamabad (ontd_political)

Analysts: Political impact uncertain after CIA contractor freed (ontd_political)

Palestine

Palestinian family in East Jerusalem told to make way for Jewish settlers (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Tunisia interim leaders dissolve secret police agency (ontd_political)

Wales

Welsh Assembly Referendum: Wales Decides Today – Two Opposing Viewpoints (ontd_political)

Yemen

Yemen leader blames protests on US (Al Jazeera)