Last Raw Deal goin’ down

So, the Pope’s retired and the North Korea is doing nuclear tests. We’re just having a banner year already. Put it in your diaries, cousins. You’ll want your grandkids to remember this s**t.


Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)


Lake-drilling team discovers life under the ice (Nature) — Hey, I already knew about this. I watch X-files… Oh, that’s not a documentary? Who knew?


Australian Sport: Drugs, Match Fixing Linked to Organised Crime (Global Voices) — Are you shocked? I’m not. Seriously, drugs and match fixing. It’s the basis for a goodly number of enterprises for org. crime.


#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger (Global Voices)

Videos from #Shahbag, Bangladesh’s Generation Square (Global Voices)

Bangladesh Unites at Shahbag for 42-Year-Old War Crimes (Global Voices)

Bangladeshi Women Join Shahbag Protests in Remarkable Numbers (Global Voices)

In Pictures: The Protesting Crowd In Shahbag (Global Voices)

#Shahbag in a 144 Characters (Global Voices)


Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)


With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)


Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)


One Phone Call is Not Enough: Court Rules You Have the Right to Google a Lawyer (Michael Geist)

Canadian cops can use electronic surveillance without reporting it (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Internet snooping bill is dead (Boing Boing)


Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (Moderate Voice)

Citizens Document Extreme Water Pollution in China (Global Voices)

Chinese Planned to Kill Drug Lord With Drone (Moderate Voice)


Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín (Global Voices) — When I wrote that short story, I never expected it to become *real* in any way.


Ecuador: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)


Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)


Horsemeat Scandal Spreads as French Retailers Pull Foods (Moderate Voice) — So, what’s the bigger deal? The fact that the meat is not as advertised, or that people are actually eating horses?


From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)


Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)


Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)


India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)


Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)


Japan’s Porn Law is Strangling Artists (Global Voices)

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Japan’s Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands (Global Voices)

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)


Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)


Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)


Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)


The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)


Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)


Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)


Myanmar: Media Freedom Still Under Threat (Global Voices)

E-Mails of Reporters in Myanmar Are Hacked (NYT) – Hmmm… a mostly repressive government reading emails, hmmm…

North Korea

North Korea’s blast: China Holds the Cards (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Stokes Global Fury with Nuclear Test (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Conducts 3rd Nuclear Test (Global Voices)

North Korea conducts third nuclear test in DPRK history (Boing Boing) – Okay, so this likely links back to the same story, but it’s got a better picture.


Pakistan’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)


Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa (Global Voices)

Rome <– You did remember that this is its own country right? The Pope's actually the leader of a nation, not just a religion?

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa (Global Voices)

Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow (Global Voices)

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (UDATE 2 with ROUNDUP) (The Moderate Voice)

Papal Frontrunners Include Two Africans And One Canadian (The Moderate Voice)

Pope’s Brother Knew of Planned Resignation (Moderate Voice) — Well, God forbid the man talk to his *family* rather than the press first. The nerve.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: Live Report (Moderate Voice) – Well, not so live anymore.

How Will the Catholic Church Handle a Living Ex-Pope? (The Moderate Voice) — Well, hopefully, he’ll retire to a monastery with a bunch of other retired priests and live out his life praying and working in the garden.

A Non-European Pope (The Moderate Voice) — I think it would be cool to have an African pope. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to necessarily change anything in terms of the direction of the church – given the power of the Curiate – but a little new blood in the papacy would be welcome.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Pulse’ Is Having a Bad Day (The Moderate Voice)


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign (Global Voices)

Meteor explodes over Russia (Boing BOing)

“Pedophile’s Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist (Global Voices) — I’ve an idea. How about leaving it live and spying on it somehow. Like a little malicious script that will let you see who’s reading it.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad (Global Voices)

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested for “Impairing Development” (Global Voices)


Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)


Spain: lawmakers want bullfighting to be protected as cultural heritage (Boing Boing) — That’s like saying that America should protect dog fighting. No. Just No. That which was acceptable in the past, is not exactly what is acceptable in the future.

Under Pressure, Spain Opens Door to Foreclosure Reform (Global Voices)

Spain: Bail of 8,1 Million Euro for the King’s Son-in-law (Global Voices)


Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)


Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)


Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

TESCO attaches tracking armbands to employees (Boing Boing)

UK “forced labor” welfare scheme nailed in court (Boing Boing) — There’s a huge difference between “prove to us your trying to find a job” and “do this unpaid labor for for-profit companies so I get my kickback.”

Guerrilla Benchers replace street furniture removed to discourage homeless people (Boing Boing0

London mayor praises horse meat (Boing Boing)


‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)


Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)


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)

World News Roundup

Wow, I’m a bit behind on this. Some of these stories may have lost their bloom, but I still think they’re important.

International Court

Charles Taylor Guilty Of War Crimes (The Moderate Voice)


Private security at London Olympic site illegally harasses photographers shooting from public land (Boing Boing)

East London residents warned of surface-to-air missiles sited on their roofs for the Olympics (Boing Boing)

Olympics 2012: A Bruce Schneier Moment
(Charlie’s Diary)

European Union

Merkel sleepless over Hollande (The Moderate Voice)

Left Kind Of Wins In France; Chaos Wins In Greece
(The Moderate Voice)
At Stake Today In Europe — The Rule Of Banks (The Moderate Voice)

European Elections: And So the Left Was Right (The Moderate Voice)


American ‘Scandals’ Pile Up as Afghan Pullout Nears: (Die Zeit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)


Armenian political rally ends in tragedy when political hydrogen balloons burst into flames (Boing Boing)


House built upside-down in Austria becomes tourist attraction (Boing Boing)


Brazil’s copyright societies indicted for fraud, new law demands efficient, transparent collecting societies (Boing Boing)


Ebook Price Fixing Nightmare Continues: Apple Facing Three Class Action Suits in Canada (Writers Write)

Canada’s national copyright office doesn’t understand copyright ( Boing Boing)

Canadian Universities have one week to reject an insane copyright licensing deal that raises the cost of course materials by more than 600% (Boing Boing)

Vancouver’s Supervised Drug Injection Center: How Does It Work? (The Awl)


Have Beijing Leaders Absorbed Chen Guangcheng’s Message? (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Peng Peng, a newly cloned “good fat” sheep in China (photo) (Boing Boing)

Publishers in China Start Printing Advertisements on Book Covers (Writers Write)

Additional Thoughts on the Chen Guangcheng Episode. (The Moderate Voice)

China wants to name Dalai Lama’s successor. Dalai Lama: “LOL!” (Boing Boing)

China Relents on Chinese Dissident (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng ‘Deluded’ by Western Media Attention (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

Chen Guangcheng is West’s Latest ‘Tool’ to Undermine China’s Political System (Global Times, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)


Sarkozy Kicked Out (The Moderate Voice)

France Heads to the Polls: Will Nicolas Sarkozy Survive? (The Moderate Voice)

CERN scientist sentenced to 5 years in terrorism case (Boing Boing)


10MM images from Guatemala’s National Police go online: disappearances, STD experiments, more (Boing Boing)

In Guatemala, pirate Mayan radio connects marginalized indigenous communities (Boing Boing)


Iranian finance/tech manager publishes 3,000,000 bank accounts’ details and PINs (Boing Boing)

Iran Says It Is Copying Captured Drone (The Moderate Voice)


Iraq’s Political ‘Sheep’ Keep Blaming America (Al Qabas, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

The ‘Calamitous’ Results of America’s Iraq Withdrawal (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)


Now Mexicans Returning to their Native Country (The Moderate Voice)

Three journalists slain in Mexico’s Veracruz (Al Jazeera)


The Netherlands: Normal Life for Dementia Patients (The Moderate Voice)


Pakistan and America: Preparing for a Timely ‘Divorce’ (Le Monde, France) (The Moderate Voice)


877 dolphins wash up dead in Peru. Why? (Boing Boing)


Savage beatings for pro-democracy, anti-Putin protesters in Russia (Boing Boing)

South Africa

Rape in South Africa: Still All Too Common (The Root) — ditto on the not watched comment

United Kingdom

Pirate Bay enjoys 12m extra visitors on day one of court-ordered UK censorship (Boing Boing)

UK Border Authority orders Heathrow to suppress evidence of massive customs queues (Boing Boing)

UK MPs: Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run an international corporation (Boing Boing)

Powerful US Senator wants to know more about the Murdoch empire’s UK crimes (Boing Boing)

Building covered in old clothes (Boing Boing)

The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules (BBC News)

UK nightclub bouncers demanding access to your Facebook profile as a condition of entry (Boing Boing)

The Winnemem Wintu Nation

Winnemem Wintu Nation Fights Against The Clock To Preserve Their Heritage (Racialicious)

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)

You Spin Me Right Round

And so, we have a round-up of news and information. This is world news. Not the science, not the pop-culture. Well, not unless it touches something deeper.

And yet, I know there’s more that I’ve missed and some things that may be old news to some, yet still new to me.

Oh, and something new. The links should pop up in a new window or tab today.

Terrorism – not sure where to put this elsewise –

9/11 Terrorists Debunk 9/11 Conspiracies (Discovery News)

Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)

South Pole



Bulgarian rally links Roma to organised crime (Ontd_political)


Debunking James Moore’s talking points on Canada’s new copyright law (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new copyright law punishes blind and visually impaired people (Boing Boing)

Awesome mentor program for Toronto high schoolers (Boing Boing)


Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

Admired and reviled, Chinese-American ambassador challenges China’s views on ethnicity (ontd_political)


Denmark is to impose the world’s first “fat tax” in a drive to slim its population and cut heart disease. (ontd_political)


Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not (ontd_political)

First lady of Iceland climbs security fence to join protesters (Boing Boing)


Inter student sets herself ablaze for Telangana cause (ontd_political)


Indonesia’s only female sex therapist tackles myths about AIDS, pregnancy online (ontd_political)


Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales (Bloomberg)

Mystery surrounds suicide of Iranian bloggers (ontd_political)


Court to rule on legality of Israeli ultra-Orthodox ‘Taliban sect’ (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Palestinian Prisoners Take Center Stage in Palestine (Huffington Post)


Wikipedia Shuts Down Italian Site In Response To Berlusconi’s New Wiretap Act (ontd_political)

Italy’s insane Internet law prompts removal of Italian Wikipedia (Boing Boing)


Govt to position Tohoku as hub for rare metal recovery (ontd_political)


Kenya seeks talks with French woman’s kidnappers (ontd_political)


Until 2 years do us part? (ontd_political)


Namibia: Skulls Repatriated – But No Official German Apology (ontd_political)


Counting the Cost: corporations and human rights abuses in the Niger Delta (Platform)


Gay Rights Rally Assault Charge Is Dropped (ontd_political)

Russia’s Putin says wants to build “Eurasian Union” (ontd_political

South Africa

Slow Visa Processing Leads to Cancellation of Dalai Lama’s trip to South Africa (ontd_political)


Tibetan Suicide Protests Violate Buddhist Ethics (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Bletchley Park gets a £4.6m grant, financed by government pro-innumeracy programme (Boing Boing)

UK would be financially worse off without Scotland says Goldie (ontd_political)

Some UK rail stations add airport-style body-scanners (Boing Boing)

The Top keeps spinning

Okay, so things were a little crazy on the East Coast of the US last week. Earthquakes and hurricanes and tornados, oh my!

Yet there was still a lot going on around the rest of the world.


Intersex, trans female, and CAMAB non-binary Australians can all become sex offenders. (ontd_political) – So, this means that any women or men who are on hormone replacement or take birth control are on this list too, right?



Almost 55% Have Voted to Repeal the BC HST! (ontd_political)

Chalk memorial for Jack Layton in front of Toronto’s New City Hall (boing boing)


Women leading revolutions: Chile’s Camila Vallejo (ontd_political)


Ai Weiwei, artist and dissident, rips into Chinese gov in post-prison op-ed (boing boing) [Op-Ed]

China & Japan

Japan’s political turmoil a lever for China / Beijing again times aggressive play on Senkakus to coincide with power vacuum in Tokyo (Daily Yomiuri)


Deadly shooting outside Danish mosque (UPDATE) (ontd_political)

El Salvador

Yr bloodstained water poisoning gold…time for a boycott esp. targeting US/Canadian Pacific Rim (ontd_political)


German Foreign Minister ‘Has Lost All Authority’ (ontd_political)


Should Creole replace French in Haiti’s schools? (BBC)


Catholic officials in Ireland object to child abuse disclosure law (boing boing)


Israel: Children Facing Deportation Find Friends (Global Issues)

Israel & Palestine

Israel mulls arming ‘trained’ settlers (ontd_political)


Japan: Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigns (boing boing)

Chances of big quake below Tokyo rising (ontd_political)


Libya: Gadhafi’s loose weapons could be “1000 Times’ worse than Saddam’s (boing boing)

Secret documents reveal “Gaddafi’s desperate bid to save regime” (boing boing)

Evidence of ‘mass execution’ in Tripoli (ontd_political)

Libya: Can It Become an Oil Superpower? (Business Week)

Gaddafi’s high-tech computer spying facility revealed (boing boing)

Gaddafi family members flee to Algeria (ontd_political)

Gadafy daughter who ‘died’ in 1986 alive (ontd_political)

Gaddafi raped his female bodyguards (ontd_political)

Libya: Col Gaddafi ‘directed tens of thousands of refugees towards Italy as human bombs’ (ontd_political)


Casino Deaths Stun Mexico (ontd_political)

Northern Sudan

Ethnic Cleansing in South Kordofan (ontd_political)


Man arrested in Norway with police uniforms, weapons and explosives (ontd_political)

South Africa

Facebook Photo of White Man with Black Child’s Body Shocks South Africa (International Business Times)


Spain: Racism and Intolerance Advance Relentlessly (Global Voices Online)


Syria: masked gunmen beat, break hands of cartoonist critical of Assad regime (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…


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


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)


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)


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)


Uncontacted Amazonian tribe may have been killed by drug trafficers (ontd_political)

Poor Brazilian women see job prospects widen


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)


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)


Tibetan monk self-immolates to protest China (boing boing)

Artist Ai Weiwei speaks on conditions of imprisonment: “mental torture” (Boing boing)


Indigenous languages thriving in Colombia (Al Jazeera)


Shepard Fairey beat up in Copenhagen: by thugs, and by local media (Boing Boing)


King Tut’s Treasures Return Home (Discovery News)

Egypt’s iconic antiquities chief fired (Google News)


Experts Baffled by Mysterious Underground Chambers
(Der Spiegel)

Strange tunnels of Austro-Germany (boing boing)

Remains of Nazi Rudolf Hess Exhumed (Discovery News)


Anti-corruption activist arrested in India, begins fast in custody (ontd_political)

Anna Hazare arrest: A million mutinies erupt across India (ontd_political)


Indonesian Survivor of Mob Attack by Islamists Is Sentenced (ontd_political)


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)


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)


Preying on poverty – Sex tourism in Kenya (ontd_political)


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 oil spills have created ecological disaster, report says (ontd_political)


Last keffiyeh factory in palestine turns to social media to stay in business (ontd_political)


Filipinos cry sacrilege over art with Christ, phallic symbols (ontd_political)


Poland’s former deputy PM Andrzej Lepper dead at 57 (ontd_political)


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)


Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain recall ambassadors from Damascus, as President Assad replaces his defence minister. (ontd_political)

Syrian ministry hacked (boing boing)


Thai Tourists Died from Bed Bug Pesticide (Discovery News)