All the news that’s not fit to print

So, this world situation seems to be a little bit more depressing every day. How is that even possible? I’m not exactly an optimist after all and yet the world still manages to disappoint me.

United Nations

Three Portuguese Language States Ignore UN Convention Against Torture (Global Voices)

Afghanistan

An ‘Evolution in Thinking’ in Afghanistan (Global Voices)

Algeria

Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis (Global Voices)

Azerbaijan

Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Missed Call – A Tool For Protest? (Global Voices)

Brazil

Deadly Nightclub Inferno Leaves Brazil in Mourning (The MOderate Voice)

Cicero Guedes, Brazilian Landless Leader is Murdered in Rio (Global Voices)

Brazil: Families Evicted from Pinheirinho Still Without a Proper Home (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Central African Republic: How Strong Is The Peace Deal? (Global Voices)

Egypt

The Egyptians Want to Overthrow the Regime (Global Voices)

The People Egypt’s Revolution Left Behind (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt Protesters Torch Brotherhood Party HQ: AFP (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Berlin activists create CCTV-smashing street game (Boing Boing)

India

India Sees Push for Police Reform after Rape Outcry (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Outrage as Berlusconi Praises Mussolini on Holocaust Day (The Moderate Voice)

Mali

U.S. to Provide Aerial Refueling for French Warplanes (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

French-led Troops in Mali Seize Airport at Islamist Bastion (The Moderate Voice)

U.S. Air Force Transports French Troops to Mali (The Moderate Voice)

Mauritania

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice (Global Voices)

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Peace March: ‘Stop Violence in North Myanmar’ (Global Voices)

Mozambique

Mozambique: Citizen mobilization to help flood victims (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Violent Anti-Mining Protests in Lambayeque (Global Voices)

Russia

Where Russia’s Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov’s Suicide (Global Voices)

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda” (Global Voices)

Slovakia

Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga (Global Voices)

Somalia

Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King (Global Voices)

Tibet

Tibetan teen dies before immolation protest, leaves note for Dalai Lama’s return (Boing Boing)

Turkey

After 15-year Trial in Turkey, Pınar Selek Sentenced for Life (Global Voices)

United Arab Eremites

Blogging for UAE Detainees (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

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

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

Africa

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

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

EU

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

Canada

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.

Chile

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

Cosplaying Chilean students protest education cuts (Boing Boing)

China

Barbie crashes and burns in China (Boing Boing)

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

Ecuador

Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Egypt

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)

Finland

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

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)

Greece

Hacker steals entire nation’s identity (Boing Boing)

India

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

Iran

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

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)

Italy

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

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

Mexico

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

Pakistan

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.

Palestine

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

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)

Somalia

Deforestation Risks Turning Somalia to Desert (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

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

Thailand

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

Uganda

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)

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)

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)

And that’s the news for the week

Things are up-down-sideways this week.
Some really weird doings and some unsurprising doings. And as usual, I’ll only comment if I *really* have something to say.

Google’s semi-annual transparency report: government takedown requests for 2010 (boing boing)

IMF

Egypt to IMF: Suck it! (ontd_political)

Olympics

South Korea to host 2018 Winter Games (ontd_political)

South-East Asia

Outrage as Obedient Wives Club spreads across south-east Asia (Guardian)

United Nations

U.N. Women’s Agency Being ‘Strangled at Birth’ (ontd_political)

Belarus

Rainbow flag banned in Belarus (ontd_political)

Brazil

Innovation in education in Brazil (ontd_political)

Brazil rises up for free speech in 40 national demonstrations (boing boing)

Bosnia

Dutch state ‘responsible for three Srebrenica deaths’ (ontd_political)

Canada

Our home on Native land (ontd_political)

Ex-Toronto Mayor Hopeful pulls a Michelle Bachmann, spies on lesbians at Toronto Dyke March (ontd_political)

Egypt

Egypt to IMF: Suck it! (ontd_political)

France

Strauss-Kahan to Face Tristane Banon Rape Allegation (ontd_political)

Allies of Dominique Strauss-Kahn eye political comeback (BBC)

DSK Rape Case Takeaway Number Five: You Have to Be the Perfect Victim (ontd_political)

Funny, the things that don’t make it into the New York Times (ontd_political)

Slate, you have failed me for the last time (ontd_political)

Still a Case for Trying Strauss-Kahn (ontd_political)

Tristane Banon: “Why I’m pressing charges against DSK.” (ontd_political)

DSK accuser sues NY Post for “prostitute” report (ontd_political)

Before You Judge, Stand in Her Shoes (ontd_political)

French writer to file assault complaint on Strauss-Kahn (ontd_political)

Sources: Strauss-Kahn case near collapse (ontd_political)

Gaza Strip

flotilla opinion piece (ontd_political)

Hysteria, ‘hasbara’ and the flotilla (ontd_political)

two articles on the gaza flotilla (ontd_political)

Greece

Greece blocks Canadian boat in Gaza flotilla (ontd_political)

Iceland

Iceland considers prescription-only cigarettes (ontd_political)

India

Row after India’s health minister calls homosexuality a disease (ontd_political)

Israel

Hundreds in Jerusalem protest the arrest of senior rabbis (ontd_political)

Italy

Italian telco regulator grants itself power to censor Internet; Obama administration approves (boing boing)

Malaysia

Bersih 2.0: Rally for clean and fair elections in Malaysia (ontd_political)

The Netherlands

Dutch state ‘responsible for three Srebrenica deaths’ (ontd_political)

For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents (ontd_political)

Dutch Move To Ban Kosher, Halal Slaughter (ontd_political)

Palestine

What is the ‘right’ type of resistance? (ontd_political)

Scotland

Jellyfish shut down nuclear power plant (ontd_political)

Somalia

U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia (ontd_political)

South Africa

South Africa’s lesbians fear corrective rape (ontd_political)

Spain

Spanish anti-piracy execs busted for ripping off artists (boing boing)

Switzerland

Swiss group distributes antisemitic flyer (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Tunisia’s Ben Ali guilty on drugs and gun charges (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

NI to claim Rebekah Brooks was on holiday during Dowler phone hacking (Guardian)

British PM calls for official phone-hacking inquiry (ontd_political)

Victims of Terror Attacks are Fair Game in the Quest to Sell More Papers. (ontd_political)

Murdered schoolgirl was among cellphone “hacking” victims (Boing Boing)

The NOTW phone hacking: Milly Dowler and Hugh Grant Edition (ontd_political)

Lee Hall: ‘I will fight this” (ontd_political)

Missing Milly Dowler’s voicemail was hacked by News of the World (ontd_political)