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

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

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

Brazil

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

Canada

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.

China

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.

Greece

Video: Greece Austerity Protests Teargassed (Global Voices)

India

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

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

Japan

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

Libya

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.

Malaysia

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

Mexico

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

Moldova

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

Myanmar

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

Pakistan

Angry Mob Torches Christian Neighbourhood in Pakistan (Global Voices)

Rome

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)

Russia

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)

Serbia

“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

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

Tunisia

Self-immolations Continue in Tunisia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

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

Venezuela

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)

Vietnam

Digitizing the National Library of Vietnam (Global Voices)

What a world! What a world!

And I don’t even like that movie.

Anyhow, these are the stories that caught my eye recently.

Nobel Prizes

The First Chinese Laureate: Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (Writer’s Write)

United Nations

Latin American Nations Push UN to Drop Zero Tolerance on Drugs (The Moderate Voice)

Australia

Australian Prime Minister Gillard’s Sexism Speech Sparks Divisive Reaction (The Moderate Voice)

Australian PM lances a sexist boil in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Australian Attorney General says that public scrutiny of spying bill would not be in the public interest (Boing Boing) <– I don't know about you, but when I hear that, the only thing I can think is "what the *Hell* is this man trying to cover up.

Austria

Austrian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier in Record Space Jump (The Moderate Voice)

Bhutan

Bhutan Aims to Be First 100% Organic Nation (The Moderate Voice)

Brazil

Brazil to roll out national radio-chip ID/surveillance/logging for all vehicles (BOing Boing)

Bolivia

Kids are at Home, with Parents, in Bolivia Prisons (The Moderate Voice)

Canada

Canadian Teen Who Posted Anti-Bullying Video Commits Suicide (Newsy.com)

What Canada stands to lose in the war on science (Boing Boing)

China

Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China (Boing Boing)

France

Climate of Fear Takes Hold in France’s Jewish community (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

German teen sells mum’s jewels for brothel visit (Reuters)

Twitter censors Germans’ access to Neo-Nazi group’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Greece

Antifascist Greek protesters say they were tortured by police (Boing Boing)

GreeceWatch: Troika Spat, Cuts Near, Rightist Rage (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

India

India’s Top Court Orders Toilets for Every School (The Moderate Voice)

India’s 50,000 Missing Children (The Moderate Voice)

India Fights to Protect Traditional Home Remedies (The Moderate Voice)

Lebanon

The Help: Status, Servants and Double Standards in Lebanon (The Global Mail)

Libya

Libya Consulate Was Invaded, Torched by Armed Mob: US (The Moderate Voice)

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Netherlands

Dutch government gives itself the right to break into your computer and destroy it (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

To summarize the below: The Taliban are whiney, scared, little boys, who can’t handle the idea that a woman is a person and has the ability to think, learn, and succeed. To prove to their spineless little wonder-worm that they’re better than women, they attacked a little girl. Brilliant, a******les.

All my love, affection, good wishes, and compassion go to Malala Yousafzia

Pakistan Child Rights Activist Shot in Head: Doctors (THe Moderate Voice)

Online diaries of girl who took on Taliban and was shot as punishment (BOing Boing)

Taliban Vow Again to Kill Pakistani Girl (The Moderate Voice)

Shot Pakistani girl shows improvement: military (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Child Activist Facing ‘Critical’ 36-48 Hours (The Moderate Voice)

Doctors Hopeful for Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban (The Moderate Voice)

Why Malala Yousafzia Matters (The Moderate Voice)

Serbia

The Decent People: LGBT pride in the former Yugoslavia (Boing Boing)

Spain

Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK website taken down by spurious copyright complaint regarding UK ultra-right groups (Boing Boing)

Cheating F1 team wins the right to deduct its fines from its taxes (Boing BOing)

UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour (Boing BOing)

As it happened: Gary McKinnon extradition decision (BBC)

Gary McKinnon on the decision not to extradite him to the USA (Boing Boing)

News and World Events – Um, oy veh?

So, no fancy title. But I need to clean out my tabs and reading files. And so, here we have a bunch of articles that caught my attention and I think need to be passed on.

European Union

Sterilised Roma woman wins human rights appeal (Human Rights Europe)

European Court of Justice: spying with national copyright censorwalls is illegal (Boing Boing)

Left, right, left: how political shifts have altered the map of Europe (The Guardian)

#hackergate

News of the World shredded hard-drives, laptops (Boing Boing)

J.K. Rowling Testifies During Phone Hacking Inquiry (Writers Write)

Aussie senator: News Corp offered me favorable coverage if I killed legislation it didn’t like (Boing Boing)

Cambodia

Lucky iron fish persuades Cambodian women to cook with iron, stave off anemia (Boing Boing)

China

Vladimir Putin scoops Chinese peace award (The Guardian)

Denmark

Man doused himself with petrol (Politiken)

Egypt

Egypt: 33 dead in Tahrir protests, as “Arab Spring” mirrored in bloody Fall (Boing Boing)

Egypt in turmoil before first free elections (The MOderate Voice)

Egypt police detain, beat, sexually assault US-based journalist Mona Eltahawy; other journalists also targeted (Boing Boing)

Estonia

Estonian Marathon Bans Black Runners (Racism Daily)

First Nations

Canadian indigenous band declares state of emergency due to horrific conditions, government takes no notice (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greece, the CDS Market, and BNP (Brad deLong)

Iran

Iran stares down America and the UN over its nuclear hopes (The Moderate Voice)

Libya

Ethnic Hatred Taints Liberated Libya (Racialicious)

New Zealand

New Zealand Prime Minister sends police to raid major news outlets over covert recording of negotiations with far-right party (Boing Boing)

New Zealand Election Mandates Social Media Blackout (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistan telecom censors ban 1,500 words that must not be texted (Boing Boing)

Russia

Russian social media erupts as Putin apparat tries to suppress video of booing crowd (Boing Boing)

Thousands of Russian nationalists march in Moscow (Associated Press)

Serbia

Citizens hold protest against asylum seekers (B92)

Spain

Europe Ailing Economy Consquences: Conservatives Expected to Win Big In Spain (The Moderate Voice)

Spain Conservatives Get Huge Win: Rajoy Warns “No Miracles” (The Moderate Voice)

Sweden

Swedish Pirate Party MEP Amelia Andersdotter, on taking office at long last (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

Criminals fall for beer sting (The Guardian)

Running in Circles – World News

Things change, stories linger, things *don’t* change. It’s still the world and we’re stuck with it, so might as well keep an eye on what’s happening.

#hackergate

NoW placed hacking lawyers under surveillance (BBC News)

G-20

Progress at the G-20 (The White House)

Australia

Qantas/Unions ongoing dispute: Qantas grounds all flights (Ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazilian police car rams smuggler’s airplane (Boing Boing)

Despite Booming Economy, Brazilians Rally Against Amazonian Dam (The Moderate Voice)

China

Hollywood production in Chinese city of Linyi attended by human rights abuses (Boing Boing)

China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Blasts Off (Discovery News)

Colombia

Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: Tarek Shalaby on “Free Alaa. Again.” (Boing Boing)

Free Alaa. Again. (Boing Boing)

Upcoming elections in Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood Buying votes (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Fresh German police-malware uncovered; everything the police said in defense to date revealed as lies (Boing Boing)

Greece

The Crisis in Greece Threatens European and American Economies (The Moderate Voice)

BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING BONDS (The Moderate Voice)


Do Greeks Want to Stay in the Euro Zone? That Is the Question.
(ontd_political)

Hungary

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Iran

Arab Spring Pushes Iran Closer to Nuclear Weapons (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraq: more blasts and few US gains (The Moderate Voice)

‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’ (ontd_Political)

Israel & Palestine

new Israeli airstrike into Gaza after “ceasefire” (ontd_Political)

UNESCO Fiasco: Dancing to Netanyahu’s Tune (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima: The first 24 hours (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists (ontd_political)

Nicaragua

We Hates Them Meeses To Pieces (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Sesame Street International: Pakistani Edition Of Iconic Kids’ Show Launched (ontd_political)

Pakistan Indictments in Assassination of Benazir Bhutto (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Russian historian charged with grave robbing after police discover “gruesome tableau” of 29 mummified bodies in his home (Boing Boing)

Russia dumps daylight savings (Boing Boing)

Serbia

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Somalia

Al-Qaida targets Somalia drought victims with cash handouts (ontd_political)

Sweden

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks loses appeal. Will be extradited to Sweden to face charges

Pirate Party mysteriously barred from exhibiting at Sweden’s Gamex (Boing Boing)

Julian Assange loses extradition appeal (Boing Boing)

Syria

Why Syria Is Different Than Libya. Or Is It? (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thailand is 20% underwater, and is second-biggest hard drive producer after China. Now do you care about the floods? (Boing Boing)

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

Tibet

Exiled Tibetans hold memorial for self-immolators protesting Chinese military rule (Boing Boing)

Tunisia

Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council (Boing Boing)

Turkey

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

    United Kingdom

Prince Charles exercises a secret veto over a wide swath of UK legislation (Boing Boing)

England

London cops recording movements & association with mobile tracking device: “blanket & indiscriminate” (Boing Boing)

Scotland

Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems has a hot new political strategy – racist, alarmist photoshopping! (ontd_Political)

Wales

Welsh nightclubs to fingerprint customers (Boing Boing)

Big World Keeps on Turnin’

Here we are, once again, looking at world events. Some of these are being covered by the local news. (DC local news = national news. Seriously.) Some of these are not.
Any comments I have will be italicized. Other than that, I’m once again leaving these things up to you.

United Nations

UN Women releases first report: Progress of the World’s Women (Tiger Beatdown)

News of the WorldI’m giving this one its own tag this week b/c it’s spilled out of the UK boundaries.

Make your own data visualizations of terrible News Corp apologies (boing boing)

News of the World whistleblower found dead (boing boing)

News of the World phone hacking whistleblower found dead (ontd_political)

Rebekah Brooks “loses” bag of evidence in trash can (ontd_political)

Brooks husband tries to reclaim mystery computer found in trashcan near home (boing boing)

LulzSec hacks The Sun, Murdoch’s largest UK tabloid (boing boing)

Murdoch apologizes (boing boing)

Rebekah Brooks resigns as chief executive of News International (ontd_political)

NMA animates #NOTW: Murdoch having sex, pie attack, Lulzsec, Wendi Deng “tiger attack” (boing boing)

Life in Rebekah Brooks’s newsroom (boing boing)

Piers Morgan denies involvement in phone hacking (boing boing)

Protester “hacks” Rupert Murdoch with pie against lies (boing boing)

Rupert Murdoch claims ignorance in hearing (boing boing)

Canada

1,800 Canadians poised to lose citizenship: Kenney (ontd_political)

Canada’s toothless telco regulator finally shows a minute hint of fang (boing boing)

Chile

Superheroes fight for Chilean education reform (Channel 9 News Colorado)

China

Several killed in attack on Xinjiang police station (ontd_political)

China: artist Ai Weiwei detained in tiny cell under harsh conditions (boing boing)

Greece

The Clash of Generations (ontd_political)

Hungary

Twice Guilty, Hungarian, 97, Is Acquitted in World War II Massacre (ontd_political)

Iceland

Whale Wars in Iceland (Discovery News)

Israel & Palestine


Why We, as Women of Color, Join the Call for Divestment From Israel
(Colorlines)

4,500 Israelis and Arabs march in Jerusalem to support Palestinian independence (ontd_political)

Israel ups ante over Palestine (ontd_political)

Japan

Kyushu Power:141 people involved in e-mail scam (ontd_political)

Fukushima city sows sunflower seeds to decontaminate ‘hot spot’ (The Mainichi Daily News)

Korea

Korea solves mystery of shaking skyscraper (spoiler: not an earthquake) (boing Boing)

Malaysia

Malaysian ‘teapot cult’ woman loses Islam legal bid (ontd_political)

Serbia

Goran Hadzic, the last remaining Yugoslav war crimes suspect still at large, has been captured, Serbian President Boris Tadic and a war crimes tribunal announced Wednesday. (ontd_political)

Spain

Madrid protesters force police to retreat in clashes over treatment of immigrants (Gaurdian)

Turkey

Meanwhile, regarding that other national question in the Middle East (ontd_political)

News on the Earth goes round and round

You know what’s harder than keeping track of what’s happening in the world today? Thinking up new and unusual titles for said round up. Pretty soon we’re going to be doing dated “world news roundup” posts, and *then* my muses will be sorry.

Then again, probably not. Muses have no shame.

European Union

E.coli strain gripping Europe is rare and ‘super toxic’ (ontd_political)

Olympics

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

United Nations

UN report says 3 Strikes copyright termination is illegal (Boing Boing)

Australia

Teenager joins in class action over false arrests (Sydney Morning Herald)

Fair Work Australia rules in favour of $19.40 pay rise for lowest earner (ontd_political)

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Australia’s misplaced it’s X-Files (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain protests: Trial opens for 47 doctors and nurses (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian Senate page disrupts Parliament’s opening with STOP HARPER sign (Boing Boing)

And the BAMF Of The Month Award goes to . . . (ontd_political)

School suspends student for refusing to remove personal animation from YouTube, threatens other students for petitioning on his behalf (boing boing)

Egypt

Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution (ontd_political)

Fury over advert claiming Egypt revolution as Vodafone’s (ontd_political)

Egypt: “Virginity tests will spark next revolution” (Boing Boing)

France

The problem with Christine Lagarde (ontd_political)

French MP on gay marriage: ‘Why not legalise bestiality?’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Police vultures (Boing Boing)

Gautemala

U.S. syphilis experiment in Guatemala “infected 1,300” (Global Post)

India

Baba Ramdev’s fast looms over government (ontd_political)

Iran

Anonymous makes off with scanned passports from Iran, 10k e-mails (Ars Technica)

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

Iran: Blogger Hossein Derakshan’s appeal denied for 19.5 year prison sentence (boing boing)

Italy

Berlusconi is the nation (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: League of elder heroes volunteer to clean up Fukushima, instead of young folks
(Boing boing)

Radiation released at Fukushima double the original estimate (ontd_political)

Kuwait

Men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job – and all this from a WOMAN (ontd_political)

Lybia

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Libya: welcome, Maya Mohamed Nabbous (newborn daughter of slain internet journalist) (boing boing)

Libya: Gaddafi used rape as a weapon, gave troops Viagra, says ICC prosecutor (boing boing)

Macedonia

Macedonia erupts after young man beaten to death by special police in public square (boing boing)

Mexico

Mexico: 500 migrants found in trucks in Chiapas (ontd_political)

Mexico returns 400 of 513 migrants found in trucks (ontd_political)

Mozambique

Mozambique Vaccinates to Reduce Measles Deaths (Discovery News)

Netherlands

96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor (ontd_political)

Poland

Polish soldiers acquitted in Afghanistan war crimes trial (ontd_political)

Photos: President Obama in Poland (white house)

Qatar

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Serbia

Ratko Mladic, truculent and smirking, faces his accusers at The Hague (ontd_political)

Mladic in The Hague (Boing Boing)

Spain

Political passion and pragmatism meet in Spain protests (ontd_political)

Contortionist thief hid in luggage checked on airport shuttle bus (boing boing)

Syria

Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for “Children’s Friday” (Boing Boing)

‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped (ontd_political)

Kidnapped blogger = hoax? (ontd_political)

UAE

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Ukraine

Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Young Londoners still don’t feel police are on their side (Guardian)

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics (ontd_political)

“Not Ever” Ad Campaign to Attempt to Inject some HUMANITY into the World (ontd_political)

Vince Cable to warn GMB against co-ordinated strikes (ontd_political)

How higher tuition fees will cost the government more (ontd_political)

The human cost of welfare reform (ontd_political)

PM hits back over Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of welfare reforms (ontd_political)

Breaking News: Tory MP arrested on suspicion of sexual assault (ontd_political)

Venezuela

In a first, Venezuela suspends driver’s license (Reuters)

Yemen

Yemen: Civil war hits President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Boing Boing)

Thousands flee Yemeni capital as battles rage (ontd_political)

World News Roundup

Why does it seem as though things aren’t getting better? Still, there’s some positive news. Or at least some news that doesn’t make you want to take a rusty spoon to your eyes here too.

As always, there’s more than one side to any story. These are just the stories I’ve gotten to here. Some of them I have comments on, some of them I don’t. Make your own decisions.

Australia

Student Finds Missing Mass, Remains Fabulous While Doing So (ontd_science)

Gay safe sex ads reinstated after uproar (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Women The Latest Target Of Bahrain’s Crackdown (ontd_political)

Bangladesh

Bangladeshi woman cuts off attacker’s penis (ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazil sex education material suspended by President (ontd_political)

Rainforest activists murdered in Brazil (boing boing)

Canada

“Democracy” and the Desecration of Native Burial Sites (Alternet)

Bill proposes trans protection to B.C. Human Rights Code (ontd_political)

Canadian Tories refuse to send soldiers to help flood victims because they’d compete with the private sector (Boing Boing)

China

Gold-farming in a Chinese forced-labor camp (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: general confirms “virginity checks” forced on female protesters by military (boing Boing) – I’d say something, but I really don’t want that much profanity on this page.

Egypt lifts four-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, giving Palestinians safe passage out of Israel (ontd_political) – Something good to counter-balance the bad.

New shape of the struggle in Egypt (ontd_political)

France

Sarkozy minister accused of sexual harassment (ontd_political)

Strauss-Kahn assembles crisis team to fight back (ontd_poltical)

Georgia

Georgian protests: Two killed as police clear Tbilisi (ontd_political)

Germany

Germany: Nuclear power plants to close by 2022 (ontd_political)

New memorial to gay holocaust victims to be built in Munich (ontd_political)

India

Shabana Azmi, Acting On Her Convictions (ontd_political) – an interesting bio of a Bollywood actress.

As Wealth and Literacy Rise in India, Report Says, So Do Sex-Selective Abortions (NYT)

Indonesia

In ‘Food Deserts,’ Oases of Nutrition (NYT)

Iran

Ahmadinejad thinks Europe is using the Weather Dominator to steal Iran’s rain (ontd_political) – See, you can screen The Avengers for some people without explaining that it’s a bad fantasy movie.

Italy

Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope’s Adviser (ontd_political)

Tapes show Italian priest lured teenage boys for sex, paid them with cocaine (boing boing)

Italy earthquake experts charged with manslaughter (ontd_political)

Japan

Hashimoto stalks anthem foes (ontd_political)

Japan’s government suggests workers wear Hawaiian shirts to cut down on a/c (ontd_political)

Malta

Malta prepares to vote in historic referendum to allow divorce (ontd_political)

Mexico

Mexico: kindergarten teacher keeps class calm with song as narco gun massacre rages outside (Boing Boing)

Mexican teacher calmed primary pupils with song during drug shooting (ontd_political)

Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan Sworn In As President (ontd_political)

Russia

Dan Choi and other gay rights activists arrested during Moscow Pride violence (ontd_political)

Rwanda

One of the masterminds of Rwanda genocide captured in DRC (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi woman wants to give women the right to drive in her country (boing boing)

Serbia

RATKO MLADIĆ ARRESTED (ontd_political)

Ratko Mladic, “God of Genocide,” arrested (boing boing)

People I don’t feel bad for: Ratko Mladic (ontd_political)

South Africa

In South Africa’s black townships, being gay can be fatal (LA Times)

Spain

Mother sets fire to daughter’s gloating rapist. (ontd_political)

Syria

Witness: Shattered humanity inside Syria’s security apparatus (Reuters)

YouTube unblocks video of 13yo Syrian boy allegedly tortured, killed by government thugs (boing boing)

Sudan

Sudan: 150,000 flee Abyei clash, says southern minister (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

In further case of censorship, the BBC deny Palestine’s right to exist (ontd_political)

Cookie law makes most UK websites illegal: what you need to know (SilkTide)

Four arrests after patient abuse caught on film (ontd_political)