Spinnin’ ‘Round and ‘Round – world news

Somehow I never seem to get ahead of these stories. Wonder why? Okay, so maybe there’s too much news in the world. This is what’s made it through my filter.

Olympics

London 2012: Oscar Pistorius set to make history at Olympics (BBC)


Sarah Robles: The strongest woman in America lives on $400 a month
(Boing Boing)


US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed “denigrated” the games
(Boing BOing)

European Union

Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA – now it’s unanimous (Boing Boing)

EU: software licenses may be sold by consumers (Boing Boing)

Australia

Aussie parliamentary committee hates ACTA, too (Boing Boing)

Australians find a vampire-like mosquito that breeds and lurks beneath cities (i09)

Stephanie Rice, gold-medal swimmer, criticized for wearing racy swimsuit (Ontd_Political)

Are Australians Really Dumb, Drunk and Racist? (Ontd_political)

Canada

Canada expands citizen’s arrest powers for private security personnel
(Security Director News)

“Every Inuit in Nunavut knows someone in their family or in their community that is hungry that day” (ontd_political)

Canadian fed court: linking isn’t copyright infringement, neither is excerpting an article (Boing Boing)

Canada creates new national security program (Security Director News)

Montrealers protest peacefully, reports conspicuously absent from mainstream media (ontd_Political)

Canada’s apocalyptically crap copyright law passes (but it could have been worse) (Boing Boing)

Rohinton Mistry’s fairy-tale about Canadian neocons (Boing Boing)

China

As Shenzou 9 returns to earth, China makes space history: analysis from Miles O’Brien + Leroy Chiao (video) (Boing Boing)

China Unearths Over 100 New Terracotta Warriors (Discovery News)


Chinese corruption and looting on a vast scale: industry, government, and military
(boing Boing)

Ecuador

Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy (Boing Boing)

Offering Assange Asylum May Have Negative Consequences for Ecuador (Hoy, Ecuador) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Hosni Mubarak Reported “Clinically Dead” (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Says He’ll Rethink Camp David Accord and Build Stronger Iran Ties (The Moderate Voice)

Egyptians Elect MB Islamist Morsi (The Moderate Voice)

Ahmed Shafik Reportedly To Be Egyptian President (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Germany sets world record for amount of solar power generated in a single day (Ontd_science)

Iran

Iran Twice Threatens to Walk Out of ‘Complicated and Difficult’ Talks (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Illegal downloaders now facing jail as Japan passes new laws (The Vinyl Factory)

Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu Undercut! (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Political Refugee Assange Deserves His Freedom – and Our Nation’s Thanks (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

PRI Wins Mexican Elections (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican doctors successfully remove 33-pound tumor from body of 2-year-old child (Washington Post)

DEA’s ‘El Chapo Fiasco’ Sets Drug War Back for ‘Years’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate (The Guardian)

Nepal

Belgian tourist missing in Himalayas found dead with her head cut off (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

Kim Dotcom raid was illegal, New Zealand judge rules (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza (Daily Mail UK)

Pakistan

CIA fake vaccine program will have wide-ranging effects on health of Pakistani children (Boing Boing)

Pakistan cracks down on pot-bellied police (Reuters)

Palestine

Girls FC (Al Jazeera)

Poland

The Mystery Unfolds of Poland’s ‘Extraterritorial’ CIA Prison (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Trojan Horse in Europe’ is About to Bolt (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

Republic of the Congo

Gorillas Rebuilding After Ebola Outbreak (ontd_political)

Russia

Why the Kremlin Opposes Assad’s Immediate Ouster (Izvestia, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys: Russia Today is the Latter (Gazeta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Court prohibits all gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years (ontd_political)

Israelis and Russians Bound Again by Battle Against Nazis (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’ (BBC)

Switzerland

Switzerland is one gigantic booby-trap (Boing Boing)

Syria

Defense Update: Syrian Downing of Turkish Reconnaissance Aircraft — Questions Are Raised (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Defense Update: Tensions over Syrian Downing of Turkish Fighter Jet (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Moscow’s Military Action in Syria a ‘Gift’ to Washington (An Nahar, Lebanon) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UPDATED: Home Secretary to UK net activists (Boing Boing)

London police crowdsource the panopticon (boing Boing)

Assange to UK cops: No, I will not come out of my Ecuadorean embassy (Boing Boing)

UK immigration test to focus on Shakespeare and Christianity instead of human rights and civics (Boing Boing)

100,000 Poems Dropped Over London (Writers Write)

G4S boss predicts mass privatisation of UK police forces (Boing Boing)

UK spying bill is King George III 2.0 (Boing Boing)

Jimmy Wales to UK Home Secretary: don’t render Richard O’Dwyer to the USA (Boing Boing)

Zambia

Bike Zambia to fight HIV/AIDS (Boing Boing)

Son of the world news

ACTA

Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers (Boing Boing)

Michael Geist’s magisterial ten-minute ACTA takedown
(Boing Boing)

Anonymous

Hacker, Informant and Party Boy of the Projects (NY Times)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Report: LulzSec members arrested (Boing Boing)

Anonymous rocked by revelation that top LulzSec hacker was FBI snitch (Boing Boing)

LulzSec frontman Sabu was FBI informant, fed Stratfor docs to Wikileaks from an FBI-owned computer (Boing Boing)

Latin America

Inmate’s Lament: ‘Rather Be Dead Than Here’ (NY Times)

Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier in Kandhar Kills 16 Afghan Civilians Including 9 Children (The Moderate Voice)

After slaying of 16 Afghan civilians, American Army sergeant held for investigation (Boing Boing)

Taliban Vows Revenge After U.S. Soldier Murders 16 Afghans, Including 9 Kids (The Moderate Voice)

Taliban Claim Afghan Killing Spree not Work of Lone U.S. Soldier (The Frontier Post, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Soldiers Tackle Man on Fire During Panetta’s Afghan Visit (ABC News)

Your tax dollars at work: Afghan Air Force used as “flying drug mules” (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Belgian copyright society wants royalties for library volunteers who read to small groups of children (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadian copyright consultation drawing to a close – time to contact your MP (Boing Boing)

Last chance for Canadians to weigh in on Canada’s SOPA (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Canada’s ridiculous university copyright deal poised to become law (Boing Boing)

Petition to preserve the CBC’s musical archive (Boing Boing)

Canadian music labels demand keys to the Internet (Boing Boing)

Maher Arar on Canada’s pro-torture policy (Boing Boing)

Canadian record industry demands SOPA-style censorship (Boing Boing)

Canada to science: Drop dead (Boing Boing)

Handbook explaining your electronic privacy rights at the Canadian border from the BCCLA (Boing Boing)

China

Interviews Before Execution: Chinese reality talk show with death row inmates (Boing Boing)

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

China: 30-story prefab skyscraper built in two weeks. Of course it’s safe! (Boing BOing)

Egypt

‘How will Egypt Regain Custody of Fugitive Americans?’, Protesters Ask (Al-Gomhuriah, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s Sarkozy “sorry” for tomato attack: source (Reuters)

Germany


Five Hundred New Fairy Tales Found in Germany
(Writer’s Write)

Iran

Netanyahu Warns: Strike on Iran Won’t Necessarily Be Months Away (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Los Galgos Guapos (“The Handsome Hounds”): photo-essay on greyhound rescue in Tijuana (Boing Boing)

Morocco

Hillary Clinton: ‘Hide the February 20 Movement from Me’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

NZ set to put source-shielding journalistic privilege at judges’ mercy (Boing Boing)

Phillipines

Filipinos Debate Racism in a Men’s Magazine (International Herald Tribune)

Russia

Russia: A Hacking War Before the Presidential Elections? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Stunning Russian Election Shocker! (The Moderate Voice)

Switzerland

Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned (BBC)

Syria

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad email leak (Boing Boing)

China stakes claim in Mideast diplomacy with Syria initiative (The Moderate Voice)

Video: In Syrian hospital, doctors torture patients brought in from protests (Boing BOing)

Crossing into Syria: a plea from the Free Syrian Army (Boing Boing)

Syria’s Deputy Oil Minister Defects to Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Tibet

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Medical aid worker on Kony 2012: “The aid industry has just been Biebered.” (Boing Boing)

The Nearly Forgotten U.S. Military Mission to “Stop Kony” (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

It’s complicated — responding to Kony 2012 (Slacktivist)

Kony 2012’s Visible Funding: Invisible Children’s anti-gay, creationist, Christian right donors (Boing Boing)

Meanwhile, On The TumblR: Rosebell Kagumire Adds Her Voice To The #StopKony Debate (Racialicious)

‘They Feel Like We Have An Agenda’: Religion And The Invisible Children Campaign (Racialicious)

Kony 2012 screening in Uganda results in anger, rocks thrown at screen (Boing Boing)

We Are Not Invisible: 5 African Women Respond To The Kony 2012 Campaign (Racialicious)

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign (Boing Boing)

Joseph Kony documentary: bringing the world’s attention to the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army (Boing Boing)

#StopKony: Activism Or Exploitation? (Racialicious)

Kony 2012: a viral mess (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Grim Meathook Future, English style (Charlie’s Diary) — Again, DO NOT FOLLOW this model Europe. It’s *not working*.

Lockdown London: how the Olympics will turn London into (more of) a police state (Boing Boing)

Stolen bench found in shed (Boing Boing)

Staines woman dressed as boy jailed for sex assaults (BBC)

Island of Guersney moots becoming a “libel haven” where rich & powerful can sue & silence critics (Boing Boing)

‘Oh, London, You Drama Queen’ (The NY Times)

UK police/spies colluded with giant construction firms to build illegal blacklist database of whistleblowers, trade-unionists (Boing Boing)

World’s not Gone Yet

And so, we begin the new year. It’s looking pretty much just like the end of 2011 though. Except for the terrifying American politics scene, but then, that doesn’t really apply to world news. 🙂

Middle East

If Washington Makes War on Iran, it will be America’s Last (Samidoon, Palestinian Territories)

2012: Start of an Historic Realignment in the Mideast (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Some Good News for a Change: Afghanistan’s Pop Idol (The Moderate Voice)

Making Afghanistan Safe For China (The Moderate Voice)

Argentina

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Has Thyroid Cancer (ontd_political) — Hey, BBC (see below article) Here’s a woman for your list!

Bahrain

Human rights: Washington is unsure but UN shows gumption (The Moderate Voice)

Belarus

Belarus bans browsing foreign websites (Boing Boing) — And this will be enforced how? SOPA?

Canada

Canadians: tell Parliament to preserve Canada’s public domain!
(Boing Boing)

Rob Ford is still a wife-beating asshole, Toronto continues to want to throw him in the Don River (ontd_political)

China

PEN American Center Denounces Secret Trials, Imprisonment of Two Chinese Dissident Writers (Writers Write)

Denmark

Danish company helped Iran with surveillance program that identified journalist who was arrested and tortured (Boing Boing)

Finland

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success (ontd_political)

France


Oscar Wilde’s tomb renovated to protect it from kisses
(ontd_political)

Germany

President Accused of Threatening Tabloid Newspaper (ontd_political)

Greece

Greek economic crisis turns tragic for children abandoned by their families (ontd_political)

Iran

Iran death sentence for ‘CIA spy’ Amir Mirzai Hekmati (BBC News)

It is Iran that May Soon Find Itself ‘Wiped Off the Map’ (Al-Seyassah, Kuwait) (The Moderate Voice)

Iran tests new radar-evading missile (Boing Boing)

Iraq

Experienced War Vets To Decide Fate Of Haditha Massacre Ringleader (The Moderate Voice)

Meet Iraq’s youngest photographer. He is 8 years old. (Boing Boing)

Israel

Israeli Girl, 8, at Center of Tension Over Religious Extremism (ontd_political)

Israeli politicians decry ultra-Orthodox protesters’ use of Holocaust imagery (ontd_political)

Jamaica

Jamaica’s new PM vows to ditch royal rule (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

Nigeria strikes over soaring fuel costs (BBC News)

Norway

OMG: Eye test blooper on Norwegian news (ontd_political)

Palestine

Priests fight with broomsticks at Church of the Nativity (Boing Boing)

Russia

Absurd Human Rights Report May Hasten End of Putin Era (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Progress and Issues in the Saudi Kingdom with Women’s Unmentionables (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Leaked memo: USA blackmailed Spain into passing brutal, censoring copyright law (Boing Boing)

Sweden

File-sharing becomes a recognized religion in Sweden (Boing Boing)

Sweden hands its official Twitter account over to a different citizen each week (ontd_political)

Switzerland

Holodeck here we come! Augmented reality takes over Swiss park (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Grieving Mohamed Bouazizi (Zungu Zungu)

United Kingdom

Unable To Find 12 Women Of The Year, BBC Crowns Panda Instead (ontd_political) — Seriously? SERIOUSLY BBC? FU. Ah-em.

Wide World Events

There’s still massive shifts happening across the world and they’re as hard to predict for the lay person as plate techtonics.

These are the bits that caught my attention.

#hackergate

James Murdoch, “the first Mafia boss in history who didn’t know he was running a criminal enterprise” (Boing Boing)

NewsCorp shareholders revolt against Murdoch family (Boing Boing)

Africa

Al Qaeda Threatening Positive Progress in Africa (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

Europeans: EU to vote on ACTA, get informed and involved! (Boing Boing)

Argentina

Three-Eyed Fish Discovered Near Argentinian Nuclear Facility (io9)

Canada

How Toronto Lost Its Groove (ontd_political)

Torture victims target Bush’s Surrey visit (ontd_political)

China


China Completes Second Orbital Docking
(Discovery News)

Egypt

Egypt: “social media activist” hero Alaa Abd El-Fattah jailed for another 15 days (Boing Boing)

France

Hostages freed by al-Qaeda arrive home in France (ontd_political)

French court sends EDF execs to jail for hacking, spying on Greenpeace (Boing Boing)

Germany

After 43 years, Germans finally to see Star Trek Nazi episode on network TV (ontd_political)

Greece

Hopes Raised in Europe and U.S.: Greece Swears in New Prime Minister Lucas Papademos (The Moderate Voice)

Greenland

Greenland ice sheet melting at unprecedented rates (ontd_political)

India

Is It Time For India To Try On Its Super Power Shoes & Start Being One? (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Ex-Israeli President to serve 7 years for rape (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

Judge Goldstone’s Offensive Apology for Apartheid (ontd_political)

Italy

New PM Monti looks to form new cabinet (ontd_political)

Berlusconi To Resign (The Moderate Voice)

Berlusconi Bye Bye? (Boing Boing)

Presto Panico: Berlusconi Screws The Pooch, Italy, Maybe The World (The Moderate Voice)

Berlusconi to neo-fascists: “I’ll be back.” (Boing Boing)

Bye-bye, Bunga-bunga: “Addio Berlusconi” (Boing Boing)

Iran

Op-ed by US hiker jailed in Iran: solitary confinement is torture (Boing Boing)

Is There A Middle Ground In Dealing With The Threat Of A Nuclear Iran? (The Moderate Voice)

BREAKING: Massive Explosion Reported at Military Base West of Tehran (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

ICYMI: Crowdsourcing radiation data inside Fukushima hot zone, Xeni in Japan (Boing BOing)

Hacking geigers: Safecast crowdsources radiation data in Japan after Fukushima disaster (Boing Boing)

What’s the fallout for pets abandoned in Japan’s Fukushima hot zone? (Boing Boing)

Safecast draws on power of the crowd to map Japan’s radiation (Boing Boing)

New International Report Shreds Japan’s Carefully Constructed Fukushima Scenario (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Inside Fukushima: 8 months after disaster, foreign journalists get first look at crippled nuclear plant (Boing Boing)

Tsunami dead were idiots for being too slow, says minister (ontd_political)

Libya

Gaddafi Said To now be Buried in Secret Location along with others. (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Anonymous Spokesman Flees Over Safety Concerns (Discovery News)

Mexico helicopter crash kills Interior Secretary Blake Mora (ontd_political)

Prostitutes, pot, pet peacocks, and plasma TVs found in Mexico prison raid (Boing Boing)

Mexico: moderator of online discussion forum about narcos reported as tortured, decapitated by narcos (UPDATED) (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Nuevo Laredo online says murdered man wasn’t blogger or “social media” reporter, but scapegoat for terror (Boing Boing)

Mexico’s “War on Drugs” leads to catastrophic rise of murder, torture, “disappearance” (Boing Boing)

Report: “No proof” man killed in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico was social media user (Boing Boing)


Mexico: Interior Minister killed in mysterious chopper crash 3 years after predecessor’s death in mysterious plane crash
(Boing Boing)

Malaysia

Stolen government of Malaysia certificate used to sign malicious fake Adobe software update (Boing Boing)

The Netherlands

Halal and kosher hit by Dutch ban (ontd_political)

Russia

Russia Mars Probe May Fall to Earth in January (Discovery News)

Toxic Russian Mars Probe Heads Back to Earth (Discovery News)

Russian Mars Probe ‘Considered Lost’ (Discovery News)

Russia’s Mars Mission May Be In Trouble (Discovery News)

Sweden

School head on rape claim: ‘boys will be boys’ (ontd_political)

Switzerland

Muslims outraged over pig parts dumped at Swiss Mosque site (ontd_Political)

Syria

Human Rights Watch reports “Crimes against humanity” in Syria (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Flood-hacking in Thailand (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK City Forcing Taxi Drivers To Record All Passengers (Consumerist)

‘Can He Speak English?’ Westminster Official Asks Welsh Teacher And Former Union President (ontd_political)

UK religious, political leader calls gay rights Advocates ‘Gaystapo’ (ontd_political)

Secret documents reveal the flimsy case for Ofcom to give into BBC’s public TV DRM demands (Boing Boing)

British man calls police after confusing the Moon for a UFO (io9)

Sales tax is still regressive, gravity still sucks, and George Osborne is still a delusional ideologue (Boing Boing)

The Stimulus Worked (The Moderate Voice)

Liberal whingers are wrong – we should shut our libraries (ontd_political) — Just a note. In answer to the first question – I went to the library two weeks ago and I’ve got one of the books sitting on my desk right now. So /insert rude gesture here/

Venezuela

BREAKING: Wilson Ramos Rescued, Safe in Venezuela (The Moderate Voice)

More Madness of the World

So, I missed a week and I’ll probably be buried by interesting/important stories with two weeks worth of stuff to go through. A few things may get missed. Still, here’s what managed to catch my eye.

Interpol

Interpol adds Gaddafi to Most Wanted list (ontd_political)

#hackergate

‘Hackgate’ and the British ruling class – Richard Seymour (ontd_political)

European Union

EU investigates insects as next big food source (ontd_political)

Australia

Australia’s Fair Pay commission to investigate CoS and Sea Org (ontd_political)

Third gender option added to Australian passports (boing boing)

Belgium

European Freedom Not Fear demonstration in Brussels this Saturday (boing Boing)

Belize

Belizean Barrier Reef Sunk by Quake (Discovery News)

Canada

Harper says ‘Islamicism’ biggest threat to Canada (ontd_political)

How Chief Atahm Elementary School Became a Success Story (ontd_political)

Canada’s Tories set to reintroduce DRM-friendly copyright bill without consultation (boing boing)

Cherokee Nation

US government warns Cherokee nation not to exclude black freedmen (ontd_political)

China

China’s village of the bachelors: no wives in sight in remote settlement (ontd_political)

Chinese netizens angered by “princelings” — spoiled children of the rich and powerful (boing boing)

77-year-old woman strips to protest the demolition of her home (ontd_political)

China wants to build a $126-million comic book museum shaped like giant speech bubbles (i09)

Colombia

Colombia: national ID system mocked indigenous people with made-up insult names (boing boing)

Denmark

Denmark elects center-left government, first female PM
(ontd_political)

Egypt

2 articles on the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo & video about Turkey and Israel (ontd_political)

Angry crowd turns on journalists reporting embassy attack in Egypt (ontd_political)

France

France bans public Muslim prayers (ontd_political)

‘Leak risk after explosion at French nuclear plant’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Bonn’s sex meter makes it easy for sex workers to pay taxes (ontd_political)

Bavaria: Fugitive German cow Yvonne gives herself up (ontd_political)

India

India: eye-scans and numeric IDs to connect the poor to growth resources (boing boing)

Israel

ISRAEL Netanyahu Besieged, From Within and Without (ontd_political)

Some 450,000 Israelis march at massive ‘March of the Million’ rallies across country (ontd_political)

Video seen by Catrina Stewart reveals the brutal interrogation of young Palestinians (ontd_political)

Lubavitch school says no black Jews (ontd_political)

Ivory Coast

Cable: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: Kan feared Tokyo would become uninhabitable after Fukushima nuclear crisis (Boing Boing)

Typhoon Talas kills at least 20 as it passes Japan (ontd_political)

Libya

UCLA Math Major Fighting in Libya (ontd_political)

Mexico

Mexico: “Twitter terrorists” face 30 years in prison for inciting panic (Boing boing)

Crónicas de Héroes: positive actions by everyday citizens in México (boing boing)

Wikinarco: mapping narcoviolence (boing boing)

Mexico: two tortured, murdered as warning to those using Twitter and blogs to report narco-crime (boing boing)

New Zealand

Female Australian Prime Minister told to ‘get on the spouses bus’ at International Forum (ontd_political)

Palestine

PLO official: Palestinian state to be free of Jews (ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Buddhist monks destroy Muslim shrine in Sri Lanka (boing boing)

Sweden

Agency forces amputee to prove leg still gone (ontd_Political)

Switzerland

UBS trader in $2 billion loss on Unauthorized Trade (ontd_political)

Tanzania

Scores drowned in Zanzibar ferry sinking (ontd_political)

Turkey

Turkish Academy of Science to lose its ability to govern itself (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

MPs Vote Through Controversial Health Bill; Dorries abortion counselling reforms rejected (ontd_political)

The end of the NHS as we know it? (ontd_political) [Op-Ed]

Gay blood donor ban to be lifted (ontd_political)

It’s time to abolish the 50p tax rate (ontd_political) [Op-Ed]

David Cameron: parents of truants face benefit cuts (ontd_political)

Is the NHS an ex-Parrot? (ontd_political)

EDL ‘violently attacked’ journalists, claims NUJ (ontd_political)

Health ministers ‘oppose abortion advice changes’ (ontd_political)

Scottish Tory Leadership favourite to “disband party” (ontd_political)

For sale: One Health service (63); moderate condition (ontd_political)

LibDems get to vote on copyright reform, but who inserted the clause saying downloading should be a criminal act? (boing boing)

UBS trader in $2 billion loss on Unauthorized Trade (ontd_political)

PLANS TO CUT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS FROM 650 TO 600 MEMBERS (ontd_political)

Influx of rioters leads to new gang violence in UK prisons (boing boing)

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)