World News Collection

Some of these stories are getting dusty. Time to spread them around. Again, these are things that caught my eye.

Canada

Canada’s national archives being dismantled and scattered (Boing Boing)

Quebeckers take to the streets with pots and pans: a charivari (Boing Boing)


Arrêtez-moi quelqu’un! Vowing to violate Quebec’s anti-protest law
(Boing Boing)

Canadian border guards demand inbound journalist’s mobile phone contacts, prohibit writing while in-country (Boing Boing) — Thought y’all had freedom of the press up there.

Toronto cop who arrested drunk-driving off-duty officer harassed by co-workers (Boing Boing)

Canadian politician: My internet spying bill would help us catch serial killers like Luka Magnotta (Boing Boing)

Austerity obliterates transparency: budget cuts mean cuts to Canada’s Freedom of Information (Boing Boing)

Austerity obliterates history: Canadian heritage docs no longer available through interlibrary loan (boing Boing)

Austerity obliterates ecology: Canadian budget to make environmental impact statements optional, class eco-groups as money-launderers (Boing Boing)


Petition to save Canada’s National Archive
(Boing Boing)

The Librarian and the Hot Rod Shop (Boing Boing)

Canada’s warrantless surveillance bill is back, and bigger than ever, with surveillance powers for US gov’t, too (Boing Boing)


Gay porn actor in Canada wanted for killing friend, publishing dismembering videos, mailing body parts
(Boing Boing)

Severed foot and hand sent to 2 Canada schools: More missing Magnotta murder parts? (Boing Boing)

Canadian psycho arrested in Berlin (Boing Boing)

China

Tens of Thousands Turn up for Tiananmen Vigil in Hong Kong (The Wall Street Journal)

Confronting America Requires Wisdom and Stamina – Not Warships (Huanqui, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

Google alerts Chinese when results censored (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Mubarak of Egypt: Sentenced to Life for complicity in murders of protesters (The Moderate Voice)

Greece

Greek politician punches female rival on TV chat show (Boing Boing)

Iran

Stuxnet, the worm that targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities, was created by US and Israel (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Student Movement Dubbed the ‘Mexican Spring’ (The Nation)

Excerpt: Politics365 On The Rise Of The ‘Mexican Spring’ (Racialicious)

The Netherlands

Across West, Populists on Left and Right Find New Scapegoats (Trouw, The Netherlands) (The Moderate Voice)

Poland

Every Pole Must Protest Until Obama Apologizes (Dziennik, Poland) (the Moderate Voice)

Russia


Russian unlicensed protest fines increased 15,000 percent
(Boing Boing)

Syria

UN Says Most of 108 Syria Massacre Victims Were Summarily Executed Not Killed In Artillery Fire (The Moderate Voice)

Syria: a slow retreat from the abyss (The Moderate Voice)

U.S. and West ‘Morally Accountable’ for Syria Massacre (Global Times, China) (The Moderate Voice)

America and the ‘Global War Against Syria’ (Al Baath, Syria) (The Moderate Voice)

Syria is Another Iraq, with Israel Thrown In (An Nahar, Lebanon) (The Moderate Voice)

New Syrian Massacre Reported: Syria Blocks UN Monitors From Scene (The Moderate Voice)

Tibet

In Tibet, a mother of 3 burns herself alive in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Baroness Warsi’s expenses under scrutiny (BBC)

Julian Assange loses extradition fight in UK court, lawyers have 14 days to appeal (Boing Boing)

The Luvilee Jubilee: underwhelmed by opposition to Her Majesty’s Big Day (Boing Boing)

Austerity Jubilee: unemployed workers tricked into being Jubilee stewards, denied toilets, left to camp in the rain (Boing Boing)

Vietnam

Soldier’s Letters from Vietnam Finally Reaching Loved Ones (The Moderate Voice)

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World News that Ain’t No Joke

Happy April Fool’s Day.
I really wish that some of the stories below *were* hoaxes. Sadly, they’re not.

Afghanistan

‘Mr president, I want an answer’ (Al-Jazeera)

World News: U.S. Pays ‘Blood Money’ to Afghan Shooting Victims’ Families (Newsy.com)

Austria

Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work – report (Reuters)

Australia

Less range but more space for lasting change (Ontd_political)

Australia’s hidden stash of censored books (Boing Boing)

Australia’s government won’t disclose its secret copyright meetings because knowing what went on isn’t in the public interest (Boing Boing)

Canada

Massive Protest in Quebec Against Tuition Fees Hikes (ontd_political)


Miss Universe Canada disqualifies Vancouver-based transsexual contestant
(ontd_political)

Ontario Appeal Court nixes brothel ban; gives government one year to rewrite law (ontd_political)

Canadian Penny Killed in Canada (ontd_political)

Canadian cops want to add a spying tax to phone bills to pay for warrantless wiretapping (Boing Boing)

Chile

Landmark ruling for LGBT rights in Chile (Boing Boing)

China

China’s ageing population and the “demographic time-bomb” (Boing BOing)

Anonymous set of photos labelled “Pics from a Chinese gangsters phone” show torture, cars, puppies, piles of money (Boing Boing)

France

Alleged Islamic militant suspected of murdering children and their Rebbe, is dead in France after standoff (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Pirate Party wins seats in second German state (boing BOing)

German man accused of injuring child with poisoned chocolate bunny (Boing Boing)

Greece

In economically devastated Greece, internet-enabled barter economy rises (Boing Boing)

Greece Has Two Problems: (i) Who Is Going to Eat the Losses on Its Current Debt? (ii) How Is It Going to Balance Its Trade and Its Government Finances Going Forward? (Brad deLong)

India

Narendra Modi: India’s Next Prime Minister? (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Venice Sinking More Than Previously Thought (Discovery News)

Japan

U.S. Transcripts on Fukushima ‘Shame’ Japanese Leadership (Too Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (The MOderate Voice)

Mexico

Mexico hit by magnitude 7.6 quake (updated) (Boing Boing)

Strong Quake Strikes Near Acapulco (The Moderate Voice)

The Netherlands

Dutch Catholic Church accused of castrating 10 young men (Boing Boing)

North Korea

U.S. President Has ‘Misperception’ About ‘Peaceful’ Satellite Launch (Korean Central News Agency, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

Norway

Norway’s new Minister of International Development is a D&D champ who thinks LARPs can change the worlds (Boing Boing)

Oglala Sioux


Oglala Sioux press suit to shut down illegal sale of 4.5 million cans of beer to
(ontd_political)

Russia

National Anti-Gay Bill Submitted to Russian Duma (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen pay to save The Hobbit pub from trademark trolls (Boing Boing)

London thinktank has already lofted a fleet of swarming file-sharing drones (Boing Boing)

UK tories embroiled in Cornish Pasty row (Boing Boing)

UK MPs recommend laws compelling Google to censor search results (Boing Boing) — really? The UK is turning into China…?

Tory MP complains of Gurkhas “sitting” and “wandering” in his town (ontd_political)

Virgin Islands

Gay cruise not so gay after two arrested on “buggery” in Caribbean (Boing Boing)

Do I really need catchy titles about world news?

As always, these are just the stories that caught my attention. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t miss something important. Or even that these are important, just that they interested me and I hope you find something intriguing here.

ACTA

MEP who resigned ACTA role explains how the treaty will result in invasive border searches of personal devices, privacy-invading dissemination of public’s personal information (Boing Boing)

Bulgaria and Netherlands back away from ACTA (Boing Boing)

On ACTA, U.S. Media Turned The Other Way (The Moderate Voice)

Pictures from Berlin’s anti-ACTA protest (Boing Boing)

Alan Moore explains the Guy Fawkes mask, Occupy, Anonymous and anti-ACTA protests (Boing Boing)

Boing Boing’s Beschizza talks Megaupload, ACTA, and torrent justice on RT TV (Boing Boing)

Olympics

Fraud charges leveled at security director for the Rio Olympics (Security Director News)

United Nations

FCC commissioner: don’t let the Internet fall into the UN’s hands (Boing Boing)

In Syria, the U.N. Security Council Fails the World (The Kochi Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Help on the Way for Afghan Children Dying of Cold (The Moderate Voice)

Bahrain

Protest iPad, Bahrain (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Answering work emails after hours is overtime: Brazil (The Star)

Canada

Anonymous video threatens Canada’s domestic spying minister with embarrassing disclosures (Boing Boing)

Toronto’s librarians need your help and love (Boing Boing)

Rick Mercer: valuing online privacy doesn’t make you criminal, it makes you Canadian (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spy-bill minister has no idea what is in his own law (Boing Boing)

Canadian MP: if you oppose warrantless snooping, you “stand with child pornographers” (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill: be very afraid (Boing Boing)

Canada’s bull-moose civil libertarian on Canada’s new domestic spying law (Boing Boing)

Involuntary transparency for Canada’s spying-bill MP (Boing Boing)

Can you spot the difference on “lawful access” bill? (Canada.com)

Canadian MP demands trick photography to disguise rampant Friday absenteeism in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Canadian tweeps bare all for spying MP (Boing Boing)

Newspaper claims Vikileaks Twitter account traced back to House of Commons (Boing Boing)

Canada’s spying bill also allows appointed “inspectors” unlimited access to ISP data (Boing Boing)

Canada’s government muzzles scientists, stonewalls press queries about health, environment and climate (Boing Boing)

Canada’s sweeping new, evidence-free electronic spying bill (Boing Boing)

Vast hordes of Canadians speak out on proposed copyright legislation; lend your voice! (Boing Boing)

Canadian universities sign bone-stupid copyright deal with collecting society: emailing a link is the same as making a photocopy, faculty email to be surveilled (Boing Boing)

China

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

Xi Jiping’s hall of mirrors (The Moderate Voice)

China’s Vice President lived in a cave for 7 years, eating gruel (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Raids on Offices of American NGOs Reveal Scheme to ‘Partition’ Egypt (Al Ahram, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Archaeologists discover tomb of female singer in Valley of the Kings (The Independent)

Egyptians Refuse to Accept What America Would Reject (Amal al-Oumma, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)

Georgia

Response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia (Boing Boing)

One more response to Boing Boing post on “Police Pad” gadgets in Georgia, by Some Guy from Georgia (Boing Boing)

Germany

Das Liquid Democracy and the German Pirate Party (Boing Boing)

Nazi Baggage Complicates Germany’s New Role as ‘America of Europe’ (Die eit, Germany) (The Moderate Voice)


Hamburg, Germany: Preventive Detention Controversy Splits Politicians and City Residents (Guest Voice)
(The Moderate Voice)

Berlin cuts down 1/6th of the Unter den Linden lime trees to expand underground train line (Ontd_political)

Greece

My Big Fat Greek Economic Crisis (The Moderate Voice)

All is not well in Greece (Boing Boing)

India

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Polio breakthrough: India marks disease-free year (The Raw Story)

Iran

Iran, Israel & USA: India’s Tightrope Walk (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Was American arrested for spying in Iran producing “propaganda games” for CIA? (Boing Boing)

Risky Profession: Yet Another Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Corruption in Iraq: ‘Your son is being tortured. He will die if you don’t pay’ (The Guardian)

Israel

Update: Attack on Israeli Embassy Staff in New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Why Iran-Israel ‘War’ Spilled to Indian Soil? (The Moderate Voice)

Injured Israeli: On Way Home From New Delhi (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Truth and consequences: FRONTLINE’s brilliant documentary on Fukushima (Boing Boing)

Mexico

President Calderon Implores the U.S.: ‘No More Weapons!’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

With Tale of Drug Lord, U.S. Builds Case for Mexico Intervention (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Homebrew narco-tanks of the Mexican drug war (Boing Boing)

Mexican scientists successfully test vaccine that could cut heroin addiction (The Guardian)

Myanmar

Burma joy as freed prisoners head home (BBC)

US to exchange ambassadors with Burma (BBC)

The Netherlands

Dutch court gives rightsholder group unchecked power to block IPs and domains in the Netherlands (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Nothing To Envy: North Korea (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Pakistani newspaper ad seeks bids for a Great Firewall of Pakistan (Boing Boing)

Saudi Arabia

Interpol accused after Saudi Arabia arrests journalist over Muhammad tweet (Boing Boing)

Syria

Report: Syrian Government Using Human Shields on Tanks (The Moderate Voice)

Did Syria’s army use sat-phone surveillance to hunt down and kill journalists? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Losar: Tibetan New Year, and “mandatory celebrations” (Boing Boing)

Video from inside a Tibetan community under lockdown, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK gov’t: yes, we kidnapped people and sent them to be tortured by Qaddafi, but you can’t sue us (Boing Boing)

Britain’s threatening and clueless domain takedown message (Boing Boing)

Colorblind painter’s wearable “synesthesia camera” reportedly broken by police (Boing Boing)

Data viz: whom did the UK government invite to emergency talks about the health reform bills? (Boing Boing)

A generational failure (The Moderate Voice) — Honestly, the thing that surprises me most is that she only applied for 200 positions before she killed herself.

Bankster might lose his knighthood (Boing Boing)

UK education minister: times are tough, let’s spend £60M on a new yacht for the Queen! (Boing Boing)

British admin for download links database may be first extradited to US for copyright charges (Boing Boing)

England worst place in the world for bogus “walking while brown” stop-and-searches (Boing Boing)

Cash-strapped UK local authorities spent £0.5B on CCTV in 4 years (Boing Boing)

Venezuela

Our Unwelcome Guest: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (El Universal, Venezuela) (The MOderate Voice)

Ahmadinejad and Chavez Agree: ‘Our Weapon is Love’ (El Universal, Venezuela) (The Moderate Voice)

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)

If it stops spinning, we’ll all fall off

So, yes, more news of the world. Sort of a regular thing. The same caveats apply – these are just the stories that caught my eye.

International Space Station/Outer Space

Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Crashes (Discovery News)

Cab Service to the International Space Station Will Begin Ahead of Schedule (i09)

Russia and Europe to Send Man to Mars? (Discovery News)

Wikileaks

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing).

Australia

Australian TV show challenges agencies to make TV commercials about banning religion

Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing)

Germany

Pirate Party wins 14(ish) seats in Berlin parliament (boing boing)

Italy

Silvio Berlusconi prostitution-ring wiretaps: sex with eight women in one night, “I’m only prime minister in my spare time” (boing boing)

Japan

Ishinomaki education board destroyed interview memos with tsunami survivors (ontd_political)

The Netherlands

Dutch authorities report that Diginotar hack issued hundreds of bogus certs for CIA, Google, Twitter, and other giants

Peru

Music, Activism and the Peruvian Cabinet

Philippines

Women’s sex-strike ends civil war (sex vs violence) (boing boing)

Russia

Russian oligarch sucker-punches rival billionaire on talk show (boing boing)

Sweden

Drunk Moose OK After Sliding Out of Tree (Discovery News)

United Kingdom

London cops use Official Secrets Act to demand identities of journalists’ confidential sources (Boing boing)

Tesco threatens journalist with arrest for writing down prices (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)

World News – A little something for everyone?

So, there were some huge things going on in the states. That’s cool. Thing is, I don’t hear much about world news in my day to day wanderings. Well, not without the help of all the lovely people at the other ends of fiber-optic cables. Forget the dark, cousins, look for the glow of computer screens and the quick-like-a-bunny cell-phone videos. From Lulzsec to drug cartels, there’s so much going on in the world and not *nearly* enough time to know it all. So, I’m going wide, not deep.

IMF

Christine Lagarde named IMF chief (ontd_political)

United Nations

Poor countries host vastly more refugees than rich ones (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Siege ended at Kabul’s Hotel Inter-Continental (storyful)

Afghanistan: “Go Skateboarding Day” in Kabul (photo) (boing boing)

Australia

In Australia, Reality TV Tackles Immigration

Bahrain

Bahrain unrest: Eight Shia activists sentenced to life (ontd_political)

Bahrain: 8 prominent opposition activists sentenced to life in prison (boing boing)

Belarus

Belarus: KGB goes after activists through their social media accounts (boing boing)

Brazil

‘Uncontacted’ Amazon tribe found in Brazil (ontd_political)

Bulgaria

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Canada

Toronto police swear off kettling (boing boing)

American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On His Laptop (i09)

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund backs traveller arrested at Canadian border for “pornographic” manga on his hard drive (boing boing)

What happened before the Vancouver riot kiss (boing boing)

Harper parties in asbestos central as Canada blocks dangerous-goods listing (ontd_political)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Will Skip Toronto’s Pride Parade (ontd_political)

China

China demands Ai Weiwei pay $1.85 million in taxes, fines (Reuters)

China artist Ai Weiwei released on bail (ontd_political)

China: artist, poet, activist Ai Weiwei released on bail (boing boing)

Cuba

Cubans stage ‘independent’ Gay Pride march (The Miami Herald)

Denmark

Denmark Leads Challenge to Europe’s Open Borders (ontd_political)

Danish police proposal: Ban anonymous Internet use (boing boing)

France

Chinese immigrants to France attacked in Paris (BBC)

Greece

Greece Explodes over austerity measures that will sacrifice the people for the elite’s wealth. (ontd_political)

Haiti

WIKILEAKS HAITI: HAÏTI LIBERTÉ/THE NATION MAGAZINE JOINT INVESTIGATION PART 1 (ontd_political)

Hungary

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima babies and how numbers can lie (boing boing)


Full Meltdown: Fukushima Called the ‘Biggest Industrial Catastrophe in the History of Mankind’
(ontd_political)

Jordan

Sex Abuse Alleged at Apparel Maker TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE/SEXUAL ASSAULT (ontd_political)

Lybia

Rape in Libya: The Crime That Dare Not Speak Its Name (Yahoo!News)

Mexico

Mexico Captures Alleged Head Of Cult-Like Cartel (ontd_political)

Journalist and family shot dead in Mexico (boing boing)

The Netherlands

Geert Wilders pushes Netherlands to class immigrant grandchildren as non-native (The Telegraph)

Anti-Islam Dutch Politician Cleared Of Hate Speech Charges (TP Muckracker)

Netherlands first EU country to enshrine net neutrality into law (ontd_political)

North Korea

Undercover video from North Korea: starving children, hungry soldiers
(boing boing)

Russia

ChronoPay Co-Founder Arrested (Krebs on Security)

Rwanda

Former Women & FamilyAffairs Minister Pauline Nyiramasuhuko sentenced re: Rwandan genocide (ontd_political)

Slovakia

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

Sweden

No ‘him’ or ‘her’; preschool fights gender bias (ontd_political)

Syria

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

Turkey

Syrian army sweeps through border towns (ontd_poltical)

PRIDE PotD: June 21, 2011 (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Hackers publish “private” Tony Blair info (boing boing)

David Cameron’s local Tory chairman found dead in Glastonbury toilet (The Telegraph)

LEAKED: UK copyright lobby holds closed-door meetings with gov’t to discuss national Web-censorship regime (boing boing)