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)

If it stops spinning, we’ll all fall off

So, yes, more news of the world. Sort of a regular thing. The same caveats apply – these are just the stories that caught my eye.

International Space Station/Outer Space

Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Crashes (Discovery News)

Cab Service to the International Space Station Will Begin Ahead of Schedule (i09)

Russia and Europe to Send Man to Mars? (Discovery News)

Wikileaks

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing).

Australia

Australian TV show challenges agencies to make TV commercials about banning religion

Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing)

Germany

Pirate Party wins 14(ish) seats in Berlin parliament (boing boing)

Italy

Silvio Berlusconi prostitution-ring wiretaps: sex with eight women in one night, “I’m only prime minister in my spare time” (boing boing)

Japan

Ishinomaki education board destroyed interview memos with tsunami survivors (ontd_political)

The Netherlands

Dutch authorities report that Diginotar hack issued hundreds of bogus certs for CIA, Google, Twitter, and other giants

Peru

Music, Activism and the Peruvian Cabinet

Philippines

Women’s sex-strike ends civil war (sex vs violence) (boing boing)

Russia

Russian oligarch sucker-punches rival billionaire on talk show (boing boing)

Sweden

Drunk Moose OK After Sliding Out of Tree (Discovery News)

United Kingdom

London cops use Official Secrets Act to demand identities of journalists’ confidential sources (Boing boing)

Tesco threatens journalist with arrest for writing down prices (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)