Add witty title here – World News

With Sandy blowing through, I’m a little behind on everything. Still, I’ve collected some articles and I think they might even be interesting to other people. So here we go.


An African Election: Rhetoric Around Voting In Close Elections (Racialicious)

Middle East

New respiratory virus identified in the Middle East: What you need to know (Boing Boing)


Afghanistan’s first female rapper tells the stories that might otherwise be lost (The Guardian)


Inside Montreal’s Mafia Wars (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Canada gets a huge raft of user-rights in copyright (Boing Boing)

Survey: Canadian retailers losing $10.8 million per day to shrink (Security Director News)

U.S., Canada test harmonization of cargo screening at border (Security Director News)


China won’t permit human rights monitors in Tibet, because hey, come on, nothing bad is going on there, you guys

What it’s like to be a journalist in China (Boing Boing)

China’s leadership change leaves Obama little respite (Moderate Voice)


Egypt Plans to Pull Plug on All Night Shopping (The Moderate Voice)


In Greece, financial tragedy creates horrific conditions for cancer patients (Boing Boing)

Germany’s Merck halts supply of cancer drug to Greek hospitals (Reuters)


7.4 quake strikes Guatemala; at least 15 dead, 100+ missing (Boing Boing)


Man steals phone on subway (Boing Boing)


World’s Biggest School Gives Indian Kids Lessons for Life (The Moderate Voice)

Starbucks Launches First Cafe in India (The Moderate Voice)


Israelis Aim to ‘Fix World’ with Custom Cannabis (The Moderate Voice)

Kebedom Mengistu’s little newspaper gives hope to Africans who’ve fled to Israel (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)


Manslaughter Verdict For Italian Experts Who Failed To Warn Of Earthquake (The Moderate Voice)

Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter after failing to predict L’Aquila quake; face 6 years in prison (updated) (Boing Boing)

Former Italian PM Berlusconi gets 1-year reduced sentence for fraud (RT News)

Seismologists guilty in Italy: More on the L’Aquila verdict, and what it means for the future of science (Boing Boing)

Collective Intelligence: Science on Trial, Berlusconi sentenced. Dispatch from Italy, by Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)


Dutch government scraps “weed cards” – foreigners will still be able to smoke weed in Amsterdam’s “coffee shops” (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

New Zealand has Hobbit Coins(I Can Has Cheezburger)

New Zealand record industry flubs its first three-strikes prosecution (Boing Boing)


Second to US in Obesity, Mexico Wants Kids to Slim Down (The Moderate Voice)

Kidnapped radio engineers forced to build comms networks for the Zetas, never seen again (Boing Boing)


Pakistan Girl Shot by Taliban Stands Up for First Time (the Moderate Voice)

Pakistan acid attack parents ‘feared dishonour’ (BBC)


Panama leader tells Germany he wants to adopt euro (Reuters)


Pussy Riot activists sent to secret harsh labor camps (Boing Boing)


Spain’s Empty Highways Lead to Bankruptcy (The Moderate Voice)

Spanish Novelist Javier Marias Refuses Spain’s National Narrative Award, 20,000 Euro Prize (Writers Write)

South Africa

South African Police Unit Prosecuted for Fighting Violence with Thuggery (The Moderate Voice)

South Korea

Quack medicine pills made from babies and super bacteria smuggled from China to South Korea (Boing Boing)


Free/open source programmer and Creative Commons activist Bassel Khartabil faces torture in notorious Syrian prison (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

English town wins its war against chain coffee (Boing Boing)

UK record industry demands expansion of the Great Firewall of Britain (Boing Boing)

Accidental CC from wedding planner to couple reveals thriving English class snobbery (Boing Boing)

UK surgeon accused of misdiagnosing cancer to perform unnecessary surgeries on women (Boing Boing)

Britain’s free press cringes in anticipation of coming regulation; plutocrats and oligarchs celebrate (Boing Boing)


Creeped out by the World… news

Remember, this is drained through the filter of my interest…

United Nations

U.S.-led “war on drugs” questioned at U.N. (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

EU working group produces the stupidest set of proposed Internet rules in the entire history of the human race (Boing Boing)

Middle East

Alleged Anti-Muslim Film Maker Arrested, in Court (The Moderate Voice)

Man behind “Innocence of Muslims” video ordered jailed for violating fraud probation by using computers (Boing Boing)


CNN suppresses its own award-winning doc on human rights abuses in Bahrain; has commercial ties to the regime (Boing Boing)


Copyright lobbyists secretly engineering clawback of Canadian user rights (Boing Boing)

Art textbook with no art: school trying to fix it (Boing Boing)


Michael Sinan, Mr. Gay Denmark 2012, On Being Out And Proud As A Muslim (Huffington Post)


Let Us Boycott and ‘Put on Trial’ Those Who Mock Muhammad) (Gomhuria, Egypt (The Moderate Voice)

‘Prophet Mohammad Endured Personal Insults without Retaliating’ (Web Site of the Grand Mufti, Egypt)


French doctors on trial for cancer radiation overdoses (The Guardian)


Greek State Tries to Stem Neo-Nazi Rise (The Moderate Voice)


Pinochet 2.0: US economist talks Honduras’ military dictator into establishing a private city owned and regulated by offshore corporations (Boing Boing)


Walmart Aims for First India Store in 12-18 Months (The Moderate Voice)


Eurocrisis Spurs Italy’s ‘Big Baby’ Boom: Grown Children Living with Parents (The Moderate Voice)


Iranian cleric beaten and hospitalized by “badly covered” woman (Boing Boing)


In Mexico, Breaking Out of Jail the Easy Way (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

New Zealand’s spies illegally bugged Kim Dotcom, complicity may go all the way to the prime minister’s office (Boing Boing)

Prime Minister of New Zealand apologizes to Kim Dotcom for letting spy agency wiretap him (Boing Boing)


Pakistan Rejects Filmmaker Bounty as Muslims Keep Up Protest (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Minister Offers Bounty for Anti-Islam Film-Maker (The Moderate Voice)

New Film Protests in Pakistan as Death Toll Rises to 21 (The Moderate Voice)


Panama’s new copyright law is the worst in the history of the universe (Boing Boing)


Pussy Riot Punks and the ‘Innocence of Christians’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)


Man dresses as car seat in attempt to move to Spain without the usual red tape (Boing Boing)

After Spain Nixes New Fiscal Deal, Catalonia Considers Independence Push (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK government spent millions arming and training Congolese and Sudanese soldiers (Boing Boing)

UK banks use robo-callers to make fraud-check calls, conditioning customers to hand out personal information to anonymous machines that phone them up out of the blue (Boing Boing)

Pranksters crash final speech of corporate tax avoidance taxman, posh hilarity ensues (Boing Boing)

Eeek! The world’s trying to run away from me!

Okay, so I’ve not really been keeping up with everything. My reader is over-flowing, so I’m going to try to catch up on a bit of world news. As always, these are just the news stories that caught my interest.

Latin America

Finally – Latin America Achieves ‘True Unity, Free of Imperlialism’ (The Moderate Voice)


Motorola Wins Patent Battle And Potential For Injunction Against Apple In Germany (The Consumerist)


Angry Birds To Go From Game To Real Playground For Kids (The Consumerist)


How the Iraqi Resistance Saved Women from the Americans (Al Watan, Oman) (The Moderate Voice)


Norwegian butter supplies dip, prices spike, during high-fat diet mania (Boing Boing)


Pakistan Vows to Shoot Down U.S. Drones In Its Air Space (The Moderate Voice)


Noriega Is Going Home Again to Panama (The Moderate Voice)


Vladimir Putin Hocus Hocus (The Moderate Voice)

South Africa

A Mild Victory in Durban (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

Tory MP regrets attending Nazi stag party (Boing Boing)

UK tests “non-blinding” police lasers (Boing Boing)

Spinning like a Top – World News

Wow, so, um, yeah. There’s still stuff going on and this might be why the world seems to be spinning *faster* the older I get. It’s as if time passes exponentially faster every year.


What Rupert Murdoch Means For You Personally (

Tom Watson, MP: copyfighting terror of News International (Boing boing)


Air France will only use male stewards when Strauss-Kahn flies (ontd_political)


Mandatory detention policy under question (ontd_political)


Taking Action Against Inaction In Belarus (ontd_political)


Sao Paulo council calls for Heterosexual Pride Day (ontd_political)


Canada marks 35 years since abolition of the death penalty (ontd_political)

HIV-killer declared a dangerous offender (ontd_political)


Following weeks of strikes, Chile government open to discuss education reform (ontd_political)

Chilean riot police crack down on student protests over education funding (ontd_political)


Chinese Couple Sells Their 3 Kids to Play Online Games (ontd_political)

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)


CUBATV: photos of Cuban televisions and environs (boing boing)

Racism is still an issue in Cuba (Fresno Bee)


Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution (boing boing)


France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

France, the world’s most depressed nation? (ontd_political)

French minority advocates call for statistics on diversity (France 24/7)


“Narcosubmarine” carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine nabbed in Honduras (boing boing)


You Cannot Put Rules On Love (ontd_political) —This is an amazing interview.


India’s sharp-shooter granny fighting male domination (ontd_political)


Iranian sentenced to blinding for acid attack pardoned (ontd_political)


More than 150,000 take to streets across Israel in largest housing protest yet (ontd_political)

Israel sues Bedouin for $500,000 in eviction costs. (ontd_political)


Japan to fire 3 top nuclear officials (ontd_political)

Tokyo University Professor Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” (ontd_political)


Mayor of Vilnius takes his bike lane rules seriously — no, I mean PRETTY FUCKING SERIOUSLY (ontd_political)


Norway attacks: Was Breivik a Christian terrorist? (ontd_political)

Married lesbian couple rescued 40 teenagers from drowning during Utøya shooting (boing boing)

Pamela Geller Edits Post to Conceal Violent Rhetoric in ‘Email from Norway’ (ontd_political)

Portraits put a face on Norway massacre (ontd_political)

Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter (ontd_political)

Pam Geller Justifies Breivik’s Terror: Youth Camp Had More ‘Middle Eastern or Mixed’ Races Than ‘Pure Norwegian’ (ThinkProgress) — I really can’t wrap my head around this rhetoric. It is *not* okay to murder people. It’s not okay for *anyone* to go around murdering children.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket At Norway Funerals (ontd_political — And I won’t even *start* in on my opinions of these slavering, hate-mongering, idiots.


France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)


Ollanta Humala is sworn in as new Peru president (ontd_political)


Russia Backtracks on Plan to Sink Space Station (Discovery News)

Russia Rapidly Losing Permafrost (Discovery News)

On the DDoS Attack Last Week (ontd_political)

Suquamish Tribe

Native American tribe votes to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (ontd_political)


China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Teenager said to be LulzSec’s Topiary bailed (boing boing)

Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes (boing boing)

Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police (ontd_political)

Freedom of Information requests show that UK copyright consultation was a stitch-up; Internet disconnection rules are a foregone conclusion (boing boing)

Benefits assessment firm causing ‘fear and loathing’ among claimants, says MP (ontd_political)

Britain bans 2 misleading makeup ads (ontd_political)

UK government kills Copyright Great Firewall, establishes user rights (boing boing)

E-petitions urge MPs to debate return of death penalty (BBC)

Woman suggests that indebted students sell organs to wipe out student debt, isn’t a parody (ontd_political) — Okay, so, hands up, how many people considered donating eggs/sperm/blood when they were in school for the cash? I know I wasn’t the only one who researched it when I was in school.