Some people want the world to burn

Sometimes, I’m one of them.
Most of the time, I find it a relatively pleasant place. Mostly harmless, even.
Then, I read the news.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: All Road Leads To Shahbagh (Global Voices)

Bhutan

One Joke Too Many? Bhutanomics Satire Blog is Suddenly Blocked (Global Voices)

Brazil

Solidarity Rises from Southern Brazil’s Sunday Flames (Global Voices)

Brazil in Mourning After the Tragic Fire in Santa Maria (Global Voices)

Cambodia

Cambodia: Funeral of King Father Sihanouk (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian businesses lobby for the right to infect peoples’ computers with viruses and rootkits (Boing Boing)

New Canadian coin features the incredibly badass Quetzalcoatlus — and it glows in the dark (i09) — So, now I need to go find myself some Canadian currency because, DUDE, dinosaurs.

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan invests in Internet surveillance company that backstops notorious dictatorships (Boing Boing)

Chile

Chile: Controversial Campaign of a Presidential Candidate (Global Voices)

China

China: Cartoon-Costumed Migrant Workers Protest Unpaid Wages (Global Voices)

Hacking Incidents Ignite Fears Over China (Moderate Voice)

China: Police Pressure Whistleblower to Expose Source (Global Voices)

Ancient strain of rice rediscovered in China (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Ecuador: Humour and Election Time (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt: Prime Minister’s ‘Bad Boobs’ Speech Transcribed (Global Voices)

Dignity, Courage and Hypocrisy: Egyptian Man Stripped Naked by Police (Global Voices)

Egypt Silent on Sinai Flooding (Global Voices)

Gambia

It’s Four-Day Week In Gambia (Global Voices) – Now, if the US would just get behind this sort of idea…

Guinea-Bissau

Panic and Terror Walk Hand-in-Hand in Guinea-Bissau (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Parents Turn to Obama Over Baby Formula Shortage (Global Voices)

Iran

Iran Sent One Monkey Into Space and Another Came Back (Global Voices)

Iran: Will Thieving Officials Also Have Their Hands Chopped Off? (Global Voices) – Punishments should be irregardless of class and money don’t you think? Might keep them from getting… out of hand, as it were.

Mystery of the Iranian Space Monkey (Boing Boing) – Nice to see Iran focusing on something like exploring the stars. Whether it’s going as well as they’d like to present, I cannot say.

Japan

Japan’s Corporate Slaves Put Humor to Hard Work (Global Voices)

On Whale Bacon, and changing attitudes toward whales as food in Japan (Boing Boing) – We can only hope that soon Greenpeace won’t have to block whaling ships any longer.

Mali

Mali: Threats All Around (Global Voices)

Mexico

Boy, 16, shot 11 times in the back at Mexico/US border fence (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Shock and Speculation after Blast in Pemex Headquarters (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Why Death for Distributing Polio Vaccine in Pakistan? (Global Voices)

Papua New Guinea

Burnt alive! (Post Courier) – Really? Really? Sorcery? Murdered by a town for “sorcery”?

Paraguay

Paraguay: Presidential Candidate Dies in Helicopter Crash (Global Voices)

Paraguay After Presidential Candidate Lino Oviedo’s Sudden Death (Global Voices)

Portugal

Portugal: Authorities Bring Charges Against Women Activists (Global Voices)

Russia

RuNet Freedom: a Pirate’s Revenge (Global Voices)

Russia’s Internet Censorship “Experiment” (Global Voices)


Sleeping judge fired
(Boing Boing)

The End of Russia’s Thaw Hurts Medvedev, Navalny, & Friends (Global Voices)

Russian Teacher Briefly Fired for Defending LGBT Rights (Global Voices)

Escaping Russia’s “Vulgar, Primitive” Secularism (Global Voices)

Spain

Corruption Case Threatens Spain’s Ruling Party – and Its Economy (Moderate Voice)

Spain’s Scandal-Hit Royals Pin Hopes on Prince (Moderate Voice)

“Hands up! This is a robbery!”: Protests Continue in Spain (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Korea’s Spy Agency Takes Criticism to Heart .. and Court (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan: Who Misled Noam Chomsky? (Global Voices)

Thailand

Somyot Case Ignites Lese Majeste Debate in Thailand (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago

Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival? (Global Voices)

Trinidad & Tobago: Questionable Résumés (Global Voices)

Tunisia

Secular Politician Shot Dead, Protests Erupt Across Tunisia (Global Voices)

Turkey

Turkey Suicide Bomber Hits US Embassy, Guard Killed (Moderate Voice)

In Istanbul, Tourists Seek Their Dream Moustache (Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

U.K. “beef lasagne” made entirely of horse meat (Boing Boing)

Where’s The Beef? Burger King Finds Horsemeat In Its U.K. Patties (ontd_political)

Surrey woman left without care dies in hospital (ontd_political)

Briton Finds ‘Rare Whale Vomit’ Worth 50,000 euros (Moderate Voice)

Richard III unexpectedly pretty (Boing Boing) – Imagine! He looks like his painting. (Minus the hunch)

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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)

Serious Business of the World

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

Olympics

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

Belarus sacks top brass over teddy bear scandal (Reuters)

Canada

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

China

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

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

Gambia

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

Germany

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

Guatamala

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

Hungary

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

India

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

Iran

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses (The Frisky)

Israel

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

Japan

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

Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche (Reuters)

New Zealand

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

Norway

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

Russia

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)

Syria

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

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

Tibet

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

Uganda

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)

The Course of World Events

As always folks this is just stories that caught my eye. (Also – plague of rats in Hamelin. If the BBC can’t keep a straight face, I ain’t even trying.)

Olympics

Official Protesters of the London Olympics suspended on Twitter (Boing Boing)

Space Hijackers create Official Protesters programme for the London 2012 Olympics (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry (NY Times Magazine)

Argentina

In Latin America, Only Argentine Leader Stands with Obama on Gay Marriage (La Informacion, U.S.) (The Moderate Voice)

Azerbaijan

Sign a petition for a “guilt-free Eurovision” — keep the pressure up on Azerbaijan (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadian MP: ripping a CD is like stealing a pair of shoes (BOing Boing)

Sickening profile of Canada’s weapons-grade patent trolls (Boing BOing)

Quebec cops kettle and mass-arrest demonstrators (Boing Boing)

Canada’s telcos secretly backing revival of “dead” warrantless surveillance bill (Boing Boing)

Toronto neighbours turn their laneway into a garage-door art-gallery (Boing Boing)

Canada’s warrantless surveillance bill is, improbably, dead (Boing Boing)

China

BREAKING: Chinese Dissident Chen Guangcheng Arrives on American Soil (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

UPDATE: Mr. Chen Has Left China — China’s Military Visit to the U.S. and Mr. Chen’s Pending Release: Just Mind Games? (The Moderate Voice)

Colombia

Colombia Government Must Come Clean on Battle Drones (El Tiempo, Colombia) (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s New Socialist President Hollande Has Three French Riveria Homes (THe Moderate Voice)

Finland

Finnish court: open WiFi owners not responsible for copyright infringement (Boing Boing)

Germany

‘Lost Nation’ of Germany is NATO’s Biggest Problem (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)

Pirates win more seats in German state elections (Boing Boing)

Balancing Act from Germany’s Angela Merkel (The Moderate Voice)

German police fired 85 bullets in 2011 (Boing BOing)

Greece

Will Greece Elect Pro-Bailout Government? (The Moderate Voice)

Greece Heads To Elections, Economy May Head Off Cliff (The Moderate Voice)

Political Meltdown in Greece: New Elections Increasingly Likely (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Iran

Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashes (Boing BOing)

Italy

Earthquake and bombs in Italy: An eyewitness report from Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing BOing)

Libya

Libya: Inside Gadhafi’s secret surveillance network (Boing BOing)

Convicted Lockerbie Bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrah Dies of Cancer in Freedom in Libya (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Mexican drug cartels now using Claymore mines (Boing Boing)

49 Decapitated Bodies: Mexico’s Drug War and P.R. Nightmares Continue (The Moderate Voice)

Netherlands

War Crimes trial for Ratko Mladic begins in The Hague (Boing Boing)

Netherlands becomes first EU nation to enshrine Net Neutrality in law (Boing Boing)

Mormons Perform ‘After-Death’ Baptisms of Dutch Royals (Trouw, The Netherlands) (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

American ‘Grandees’ Should Pay Debt to Pakistan and be Grateful (The Frontier Post, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Acid victims fear backlash over Saving Face (International Tribune)

Poland

Poland’s future of copyright (Boing BOing)

Dire Straits for Europe Absent Less Nationalism and More Cooperation (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (Moderate Voice)

Russia

Microsoft invests in Russian company that attacks BitTorrent swarms (Boing Boing)

Sweden

Swedish telcoms giant Teliasonera complicit in mass surveillance in the world’s worst dictatorships (Boing Boing)

Thailand

Roasted gold-leaved foetus collection was for black magic (Boing BOing)

Tibet

Four people dead on Mt. Everest, one still missing (Boing Boing)

Turkey

Migratory bird confused for avian spy (Boing BOing)

Uganda

Uganda Re-Introduces Draconian Gay Law as Answer to Obama (Modern Ghana, Ghana) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

Publishers Association Chief Calls Opponents of Copyright Laws Thieves (Writers Write)

London cops want to suck your phone dry in an instant (Boing Boing)

UK civil servants routinely snoop on citizens’ private financial and health information (Boing Boing)

Russell Brand testifies to Parliament about drug policy, channels Groucho Marx (Boing Boing)

Yemen

Yemen massacre triggered by donkey “rape” (Boing Boing)

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean senator proposes ending AIDS crisis by mutilating women and preventing them from bathing (Boing Boing) — You, sir, are an asshole.

Goblins attack Zimbabwe family (BOing BOing)

What a World, What a World

World events that have caught my eye. Some of them big. Some of them small. Some of them, that no one in a year will remember at all.

European Union

Analysis: Europe’s austerity zeal risks killing the patient (Reuters)

Bangladesh

So she’ll learn to write with her left hand _and_ go back to school anyway (ontd_political)

Burkina Faso

What is Victoria’s Secret? Child Labor (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian MPs use bogus video-game industry data to defend hated DRM law they’re about to ram down the country’s throat (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011 (Slacktivist)

Bahrain

UPDATED: Danish human rights activist arrested in Bahrain, faces torture: will Danish foreign minister intervene?

Egypt

Protesters Torch Famed Institute of Egypt: Rare Books, Manuscripts and Maps All Destroyed (Writers Write)

Egypt Youth Delusioned – We Were Better Off with Mubarak (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

‘Stubborn’ Iraqis Mistaken to Demand America Withdraw (Sotal Iraq, Iraq) (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

How Can Israel Please the American Government, Media, and “Experts”? It Can’t (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Wild monkeys and boars enlisted to help measure Fukushima radiation in Japan (Boing Boing)

Japan’s Prime Minister Declares Fukushima Plant Stable (New York Times)

New Zealand

Baby Seal Breaks into House and Promptly Takes a Nap (ontd_Political)

North Korea

Kim Jong-Il Dies (The Moderate Voice)

North Korean diplomacy, with a side of slaw (Boing Boing)

Kim Jong Il is dead (Slacktivist)

North Koreans grieve loss of Dear Leader (Boing BOing)

(Video Animation) Kim Jong-il Dead, North Korea’s Future Uncertain (The Moderate Voice)

Kim Jong Il Dead (Political Cartoon) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Woman Beheaded for ‘Witchcraft’ (ABC News)

Sweden

Everyday Swedes take over management of nation’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)

Syria

Is Syria’s election a sham?(The Week)

Thailand

Lese Majeste -15 Years For Insulting The King (The Moderate Voice)

United States – Native Nations

Why Are Indian Reservations So Poor? A Look At The Bottom 1% (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Receding Inflation In Britain (New York Times)

London cops apologise to young photographer who was told that shooting Armed Forces Day parade was “anti-social,” “gay,” “stupid” and an offense under the Terrorism Act (Boing Boing)

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)