Spinning on our Axis

As always these are just the things that have caught my eye.


Bangladesh: Another Indigenous Girl Raped and Killed (Global Voices)


One-armed man arrested in Belarus for clapping (Boing Boing)


Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)


Unaware, China’s Handan City Consumed Toxic Water for Days (Global Voices)

Chinese Journalists Demand Resignation of Provincial Propaganda Chief (Global Voices)

Website of a Liberal Political Journal Shut Down in China (Global Voices)

China’s Propaganda Department Threatens to Dissolve Beijing News (Global Voices)

China’s Blames “Foreign Forces” for Press Freedom Protests (Global Voices)

China Press Freedom Campaign Swells with New Rally (Moderate Voice)

Censorship Meets Rare Defiance as Journalists Strike in China (Boing Boing)

Cote d’Ivoire

Ivorian Blogger Questions Government’s Response to Abidjan Stampede (Global Voices)

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Elusive Quest for Peace with the M23 in the DRC (Global Voices)


Ecuador: President Refuses to Inaugurate Wind Farm (Global Voices)


Row over 3rd Generation Contraceptive Pills in France (Global Voices)

Dueling Demonstrations Surround Same-Sex Marriage in France (Global Voices)


India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)


Japan Scrambles Jets to Head Off China Plane (Moderate Voice)


Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)


Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir (Global Voices)

New Zealand

Chinese tourists say crooked NZ tour-operator took them to a “buffet” that was really a church soup-kitchen (Boing Boing)


Shot Pakistan Schoolgirl Malala Leaves UK Hospital (Moderate Voice) —YAH!!!!

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)


Vladimir Pozner & Russia’s Own Political Correctness (Global Voices)

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecutor Seeks Flogging for Saudi Women Protesters (Global Voices)

70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia (CNN)


Delhi Rape Case Sparks Death Penalty Debate in Singapore (Global Voices)


Twitterer Called to Testify in Spain for Gramsci Quotes (Global Voices)

Spanish locksmiths won’t help banks evict people from their homes (Boing Boing)

South Korea

South Korea: The Secret Agent’s Illegal Electioneering
(Global Voices)


Assad’s Fantasies Fuel Syria’s Tragedy (Moderate Voice)

Nearly 9,000 Syrians Flee to Jordan in Six Days: Govt (Moderate Voice)


Tunisian Army Critic Gets a One-Year Suspended Jail Sentence (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Nepali Citizen Arrested in the UK for Alleged War Crimes (Global Voices)

Irish town councillor tries to get state-owned piece of art removed from public gallery (Boing Boing)


Zambian Ex-President Banda on his 2011 Election Defeat (Global Voices)


The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.


Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.


Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.


Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)


China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)


Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)


Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)


Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)


Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)


Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)


Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)


The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)


Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)


Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)


Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)


Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)


Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)


UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)


Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (Global Voices)

So, that peace on earth thing

…not so much.

As always, these are just the stories that caught my eye.

British Royal HoaxI’m pulling this one out because there’s a lot of places involved and I don’t feel like multiple links. I’m actually torn about including this story. I don’t know that the surviving family members need the pain of the continuing media exposure and reliving the pain of their wife/mother/daughter/sister/cousin/friend’s suicide. So, on second thought, I’m removing all links to this story.


Breaking: Member of Special Operations Forces Killed in Rescue of American in Afghanistan (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)


Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)


Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages (Boing Boing)

Canada upgrades immigration screening with biometrics (The security Director News)


Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)


Jews Warned Not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen (The Moderate Voice)


Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Overplayed His Hand: Analysts (The Moderate Voice)


Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)


Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India (Global Voices)

Indian Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar Dies, Aged 92 (The Moderate Voice)


Italy’s Berlusconi Announces Fresh Run for PM (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea

North Korea says it successfully launched satellite into orbit (CBS News)


Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

Pakistan Leader Visits Shot Girl in British Hospital (The Moderate Voice)


Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts (Digital Journal)

Swedish Probe into Holocaust Victims’ Ashes Painting (The Moderate Voice)


NBC’s Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria (Boing Boing)

Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller (Boing Boing)

Where does Assad’s online army come from? (Boing Boing)


Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

United Kingdom

Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees (Boing Boing)

Britain to Allow Gay Marriages in Churches (The Moderate Voice)

Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim (Boing Boing)

Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck (ITV)


Zambian President Orders Killing of “Rebels” No One Can Find (Global Voices)

Up, Down, All Around, World News

Why can’t we all just get along?

United Nations

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities (The Moderate Voice) — Hint: B/c they are @#^$%$*(%(@#$ing idiots and the idiots are already putting in a protest to downgrade the bastards to something worse.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments (Boing Boing)


Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk (Boing Boing)


Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store (The Passive Voice)

Organized crime, bureaucratized (Boing Boing)


Canadians: write to Parliament about keeping generic pharma available to poor countries (Boing Boing)

Why copyright trolls will have a hard time shaking down Canadians (Boing Boing)


Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)


Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail (Boing Boing)


Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president’s identity (Boing Boing)


Egypt’s Islamists rally for Morsi as rifts widen (The Moderate Voice)

Panel to vote on new Egypt constitution amid turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt sentences ‘Innocence of Muslims’ director to death, in absentia (Boing Boing)


In Finland, piracy fines are orders of magnitude higher than fines for rape, torture and murder (Boing Boing)


Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (The Moderate Voice)


Indian village bans mobile phone use by women (Yahoo News)

India’s ‘Dancing Bears’ Retire in Animal Rights Victory (The Moderate Voice)

India to change hate speech law after Facebook row (The Moderate Voice)


Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)


Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine (New York Times)

Amazons with a Cause (Boing Boing)


Mexico: Calderon’s Legacy of Blood and Busts (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Can Mexico’s President-elect Peña Nieto and Obama set a new tone? (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
(Boing Boing)
New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws — and corrupt police raids (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Covert assassin weapons from North Korea (Boing Boing)


Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room (Boing Boing)


Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Arafat’s remains exhumed to rule out murder by radioactive polonium poisoning (Boing Boing)

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)


Ad for freelance Russian bank-robbers (Boing Boing)


Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon (Boing Boing)


Syria Mixing Chemicals for Sarin Gas: US Official (The Moderate Voice) — Because if a tiny terrorist group can do it, why not a country?

Syrian internet blackout continues for second day (Boing Boing)


Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims’ details to crime boss (Boing Boing)

UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay (Boing BOing)

Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site (Boing Boing)

UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy (Boing Boing)

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)

Serious Business of the World

As always, these are the stories that have caught my eye, nothing more, nothing less.


UPDATED: 17-y-o arrested in England for sending nasty tweet to losing Olympian (Boing BOing)

Olympics spectator with Parkinson’s wants ‘exoneration’ after arrest (The Guardian)

Why do Olympic records keep getting broken? (Boing BOing)

Wikileaks – Assange

Ecuador’s president denies granting asylum to Wikileaks’ Assange (Boing BOing)

WikiLeaks: From ‘Torch of Democracy’ to Anti-American ‘Cudgel’ (Die Presse, Austria) (The Moderate Voice)

UK/Ecuador Assange asylum standoff continues (Boing BOing)

A Global Glimpse at the Diplomatic Standoff Over Julian Assange (Sweden, Ecuador, Britain and Australia News Providers) (The Moderate Voice)

Ecuador claims UK threatens to barge in to embassy and grab Assange (Boing BOing)


Belarus sacks top brass over teddy bear scandal (Reuters)


Canadian border guards stop looking for dope exporters, focus on stolen cars and fissiles (Boing BOing)


Houses built on the roof of a shopping mall give residents a yard in town (i09)

Traffic hacks: elderly woman in China ties sex doll to tree to slow motorists (Boing Boing)

Man in rural China loses arms in industrial accident, makes his own prostheses (Boing Boing)

China’s one-percenters make ready to take the money and run (Boing Boing)

Pigs Depicted Having Sex Doggy-Style In Zhengzhou Public Square Are Said To Represent Filial Piety (Beijing Cream)


France’s batshit HADOPI copyright law on life-support; three strikes is dying (Boing BOing)


Gambia: Free activist jailed for life over anti-government T-shirts (My Joy Online)


German copyright trolls will single out cops, Arab embassies and clergy for accusations of porn downloads (Boing Boing)


Guatemala: Former police chief convicted in 1980s disappearance (Boing Boing)


Neo-Nazi MEP from Hungary discovers he is Jewish (Boing Boing)


After worst blackout in global history, India’s power minister rates his performance as “Excellent” (Boing BOing)


Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses (The Frisky)


FBI Probed GOPers’ Alcohol Plentiful Incident In Israel Where One Let It All Hang Out In Nude Swim (The Moderate Voice)


Prosecutors Start Criminal Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Bloomberg)

Japan: record high radiation levels found in Fukushima fish, more than a year after nuclear accident (Boing Boing)

Lakota Nation

Lakota Sacred Grounds removed from auction…. FOR NOW (ontd_political)


Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche (Reuters)

New Zealand

Man suffocated to death in DIY gadget-control helmet (Boing Boing)


Anders Behring Breivik declared sane and sentenced to 21 years (Ontd_political)


Why Our Entirely Reasonable Support For Jailed Russian Punkettes Could Trigger World War III (ontd_political)

Pussy Riot’s closing statement (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in a penal colony, release new anti-Putin single (Boing Boing)

Gay parades banned in Moscow for 100 years (BBC)

Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic] (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot solidarity protests: Topless lady with chainsaw cuts down massive crucifix in Kiev (Boing BOing)

When Putin’s Thugs Came for Me (WSJ)

Not a Pussy Riot protest: the Face-Kini is big in China (Boing BOing)

Sri Lanka

French tourists in Sri Lanka receive suspended jail terms for pretending to kiss Buddha statue (Boing BOing)


Kremlin Suspends Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

Syrian Military Defectors in Turkey: Should They Return Home and Join the Fighting? (The Moderate Voice)

Syria’s Latest and Highest-Level Defections (The Moderate Voice)

Syria: Mapping the insurgency (BBC News)


Thailand: politician accidentally kills woman with machine gun in restaurant (Boing Boing)


New reports of Tibetans burning themselves alive to protest Chinese opression (Boing Boing)


Ebola in Uganda (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

Porn Trial: How Consenting Sex May Be Illegal in the UK (ontd_political)

Disabled can go for gold in Paralympics but can’t earn brass. (ontd_political)

The Grave of Richard III may be under parking lot (Discovery News)

Gender-neutral toy department (Boing Boing)

Call centre brings in prison labour at £3/day, fires regular workers (Boing BOing)

UK prisons to open outsource call centres; David Cameron urges business to switch to prison labour (Boing Boing)

How Hollywood-funded corporate vigilantes in the UK shut down SURF THE CHANNEL and sent its owner to jail (Boing Boing)

English seaside town with no chain coffee shops fights off Costa Coffee incursion (Boing Boing)

Amazon recruits 5000 UK cornershops to act as delivery depots (Boing BOing)

Man in a coma is “fit for work,” loses disability benefits (Boing Boing)

Boots keeps selling quack remedies intended for babies, even after they are banned from US import over fears of broken glass (Boing BOing)

Big World Keep on Turnin’

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye.


Black Market for Body Parts Spreads Among the Poor in Europe (NYTimes)


Junkbot insects from a metalworker in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)


Chinese-built ghost town in Angola – the first of many to come? (Boing Boing)


Dissidents airdrop hundreds of free-speech teddybears over Belarus (Boing Boing)


Unknown Respiratory Disease in Cambodia (WHO)


Blogger arrested for sultan slur (The Herald Sun)


Mexico’s ‘maquiladora’ labor system keeps workers in poverty (McClatchy)


Paraguay ‘Coup’ has all the ‘Hallmarks of the CIA’ (El Telegrafo, Ecuador)
(The Moderate Voice)


First of Japan’s 50 reactors restarts since nuclear crisis; Japan’s energy policy still in turmoil
(Boing Boing)

On Battle of Okinawa Anniversary, Okinawans Feel Abandoned By Mainland (Chunichi Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)


The Magnitsky List, America’s ‘Secret’ Weapon! (Yezhednevniy Zhurnal, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

South Korea

South Korea may resume whaling, like Japan, “for scientific purposes”
(Boing Boing)


Peter “Brokep” Sunde, railroaded into Swedish prison by Big Content (Boing Boing)


Wikileaks releases Syrian govt. emails (Boing Boing)