Puffs of Smoke and other News

It’s been a long few weeks for me, and the world seems to have gone to pot at the same time. Let’s see what’s managed to catch my interest, shall we:

European Union

The Right to be Forgotten: Spain and Google Before the European Court (Global Voices)

Australia

Australia Defends Media Reforms Amid ‘Stalinism’ Claims (Moderate Voice)

Video: Police Brutality at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Global Voices)

Brazil

Former Brazilian Minister’s New Party Mixes Sustainability, Social Media (Global Voices)

Canada

Canada’s Glaciers Could Shrink by a Fifth by 2100 (Moderate Voice)

Central African Republic

Rebels Attack in Central African Republic (Global Voices) — I feel somehow that “again” should be at the end of that.

China

Fears of Ticket Hikes As China Scraps Indebted Railways Ministry (Global Voices)

Reuters: In China, public anger over gov’t. secrecy on environment (Boing Boing)

Thousands of Dead Pigs Found Floating in Shanghai River (Global Voices) — Ew. and I say again. Ew.

Greece

Video: Greece Austerity Protests Teargassed (Global Voices)

India

Changing Attitudes on Child Marriage in India (Global Voices)

Man Accused in Delhi Gang-Rape Commits Suicide (Moderate Voice)

Indian Censor Board Restricts Papilio Buddha, A Gandhi Critic Movie (Global Voices)

Italy

Italy: Naples Burns as Fire Destroys Interactive Museum ‘Città della Scienza’ (Global Voices)

Japan

Japan extracts gas from methane hydrate, ‘Flammable Ice’ (Boing Boing)

Libya

Should Alcohol be Legalised in Libya? (Global Voices) — I’m totally biased on this question. Yep. It should be. Then, you can control the quality and tax the Hell out of it. And all the good Muslims can look down on the Muslims who drink. And the Catholics in the country can laugh and get drunk like the priests. The Jews can drink wine like the rabbis. And everyone else can just roll their eyes at all of them.

Malaysia

Malaysians Support Army Offensive Against Sabah ‘Terrorists’ (Global Voices)

Mexico

Mexican eco-terrorists declare war on nanotechnology, threaten scientists (Boing Boing)

Moldova

Moldova Without Government: What’s Next – East or West? (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Myanmar’s Exiled Broadcaster to Return Home (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Angry Mob Torches Christian Neighbourhood in Pakistan (Global Voices)

Rome

Election of First Latin American Pope Stuns Analysts (Moderate Voice)

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity (Moderate Voice)

The New Pope Speaks to Vatican Crowd (VIDEO) (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope, Jorge Bergoglio, is Argentinian (Global Voices)

Bergoglio, Age 76, A New Pope (The Moderate Voice)

Argentine Pope Elected (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope Elected: Live Blogging (AFP) (Moderate Voice)

Cardinals Poised to Begin Historic Conclave (Moderate Voice)

Breaking the Silence: Secrets of Papal Elections (The Moderate Voice)

As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna (The Independent)

Russia

How Using Twitter Can End Your Political Campaign in Russia (Global Voices)

Propaganda & Mystery in Russia’s Browder-Magnitsky Case (Global Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Court Sentences Reformists to 10 and 11 Years in Prison (Global Voices)

Serbia

“Ten Years Without Zoran Djindjic”: Serbia Honors Slain Politician (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Koreans Rip ‘Chicken Hawk’ Politicians As War Rhetoric Heats Up (Global Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan Denies Entry to Anti-Nuke Visitor Ahead of Protest (Global Voices)

Tunisia

Self-immolations Continue in Tunisia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

LibDems leave over support for secret trials; I resign from the party (Boing BOing)

Venezuela

The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

AP: Chavez made “meager” gains, only reduced poverty, didn’t build the world’s tallest building (Boing Boing)

The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

Death of Hugo Chavez a CIA Plot? Views from Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia (The Moderate Voice)

Vietnam

Digitizing the National Library of Vietnam (Global Voices)

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

Bangladesh

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

Belarus

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

Cameroon

Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)

China

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

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

France

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

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

India

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

Japan

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

Kenya

Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)

Kuwait

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)

Pakistan

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

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

Russia

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)

Singapore

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

Spain

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)

Syria

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

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

Tunisia

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)

Zambia

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

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.

Running in Circles – World News

Things change, stories linger, things *don’t* change. It’s still the world and we’re stuck with it, so might as well keep an eye on what’s happening.

#hackergate

NoW placed hacking lawyers under surveillance (BBC News)

G-20

Progress at the G-20 (The White House)

Australia

Qantas/Unions ongoing dispute: Qantas grounds all flights (Ontd_political)

Brazil

Brazilian police car rams smuggler’s airplane (Boing Boing)

Despite Booming Economy, Brazilians Rally Against Amazonian Dam (The Moderate Voice)

China

Hollywood production in Chinese city of Linyi attended by human rights abuses (Boing Boing)

China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Blasts Off (Discovery News)

Colombia

Kick-ass makeup on Colombian student protesters (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt: Tarek Shalaby on “Free Alaa. Again.” (Boing Boing)

Free Alaa. Again. (Boing Boing)

Upcoming elections in Egypt – Muslim Brotherhood Buying votes (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Fresh German police-malware uncovered; everything the police said in defense to date revealed as lies (Boing Boing)

Greece

The Crisis in Greece Threatens European and American Economies (The Moderate Voice)

BEWARE OF GREEKS BEARING BONDS (The Moderate Voice)


Do Greeks Want to Stay in the Euro Zone? That Is the Question.
(ontd_political)

Hungary

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Iran

Arab Spring Pushes Iran Closer to Nuclear Weapons (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Iraq: more blasts and few US gains (The Moderate Voice)

‘My daughter deserved to die for falling in love’ (ontd_Political)

Israel & Palestine

new Israeli airstrike into Gaza after “ceasefire” (ontd_Political)

UNESCO Fiasco: Dancing to Netanyahu’s Tune (ontd_political)

Japan

Fukushima: The first 24 hours (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Anonymous Cancels Operation Cartel as Los Zetas Track Hacktivists (ontd_political)

Nicaragua

We Hates Them Meeses To Pieces (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Sesame Street International: Pakistani Edition Of Iconic Kids’ Show Launched (ontd_political)

Pakistan Indictments in Assassination of Benazir Bhutto (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Russian historian charged with grave robbing after police discover “gruesome tableau” of 29 mummified bodies in his home (Boing Boing)

Russia dumps daylight savings (Boing Boing)

Serbia

Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)

Somalia

Al-Qaida targets Somalia drought victims with cash handouts (ontd_political)

Sweden

Julian Assange of WikiLeaks loses appeal. Will be extradited to Sweden to face charges

Pirate Party mysteriously barred from exhibiting at Sweden’s Gamex (Boing Boing)

Julian Assange loses extradition appeal (Boing Boing)

Syria

Why Syria Is Different Than Libya. Or Is It? (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thailand is 20% underwater, and is second-biggest hard drive producer after China. Now do you care about the floods? (Boing Boing)

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

Tibet

Exiled Tibetans hold memorial for self-immolators protesting Chinese military rule (Boing Boing)

Tunisia

Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council (Boing Boing)

Turkey

Updates on the +4 months of flooding in Thailand and the earthquake in Turkey (ontd_political)

    United Kingdom

Prince Charles exercises a secret veto over a wide swath of UK legislation (Boing Boing)

England

London cops recording movements & association with mobile tracking device: “blanket & indiscriminate” (Boing Boing)

Scotland

Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems has a hot new political strategy – racist, alarmist photoshopping! (ontd_Political)

Wales

Welsh nightclubs to fingerprint customers (Boing Boing)

New, Old, and In Between World News

The world continues to explode with news. Below are just some of the bits I’ve captured. From earthquakes to dictator’s to human rights. These have caught my attention.

Africa

Open For Questions: Crisis in the Horn of Africa (The White House)

European Union

EU Leaders Meet. Ordinary Europeans Weep. Bankers Celebrate. (The Moderate Voice)

Oh No He Didn’t: Sarkozy tells Cameron to ‘shut up’ on eurozone (ontd_political)

Argentina

Former Argentine naval officer Alfredo Astiz has been jailed (ontd_political)

Australia

Australian detention centres breaking people – report (ontd_political)

Canada

Mystery feet identified (Boing Boing)

Air Canada flight attendants blocked from legal strike, says labour board (ontd_political)

Canada Blocks Torture Case Against Bush (ontd_political)

Mountie slapped for online office striptease (ontd_political)

Canadian Tory MP: Don’t worry about violating our stupid new copyright law, because we probably won’t catch you if you do (Boing BOing)

Toronto mayor confronted by comedy interviewer calls 911, reportedly shouts “You bitches! Don’t you fucking know? I’m Rob fucking Ford, the mayor of this city! (Boing Boing)

Rob Ford denies calling 911 dispatcher names (ontd_political)

France

Long Pursuit of Justice Takes a Father Beyond the Law (ontd_political)

India

On contraception and abortion and their linkage to population control in India (ontd_political)

“Wife-sharing” haunts Indian villages as girls decline (ontd_political)

Ireland

Two dead, hundreds stranded in Irish flooding (Reuters)

Libya

Gadhafi Was Brutalized More Than Originally Thought (The Moderate Voice)

“A new era of promise”: President Obama on the Declaration of Liberation in Libya (White House)

When Condoleezza Rice met Moammar Gaddafi (The Washington Post)

Criminal Court in Indirect Talks With Qaddafi Son, Prosecutor Says (New York Times)

The New Libya Is Not Off To A Good Start (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Blog del Narco, site chronicling Mexican drug cartel violence, is under attack (Boing Boing)

Nigeria

NIGERIAN KING SUES SHELL FOR $1 BILLION (Discovery News)

Palestine

Palestinian Bid for Full Unesco Membership Imperils American Financing (Ontd_Political)

Russia

Russian families sue child mix-up hospital (ontd_political)

Saudi Arabia

Nayef named Saudi crown prince (Reuters)

Will Saudi Succession Impact the Country’s Energy Exports? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Unemployment Rising in Spain (The Moderate Voice)

Thailand

Thai floods shut Bangkok’s second largest airport as PM warns of possible inundation (The Washington Post)

Fears of Food Shortages Rise With Thai Floods (The Wall Street Journal)

Tunisia

Tunisians Going to the Polls in the First Post Arab Spring Elections (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Turkey

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BOY PULLED FROM TURKEY RUBBLE (Discovery News)

The Earthquake in Turkey (The White House)

Earthquake hits Turkey, up to 1,000 possibly killed (ontd_political)

7.2 earthquake hits Turkey, more than a thousand feared dead (Boing Boing)

Turkey earthquake: Death toll passes 430 (BBC News)

United Kingdom

Stuart Walker found burned by roadside in Cumnock (ontd_Political)

MP withdraws from Commons Committee over threats of violence (ontd_political)

Tree surgeon in trouble over deceased father’s egg collection (ontd_political)

Royal Shazam: The Biggest Shakeup In The Rules Of Succession For British Royalty (The Moderate Voice)

Margaret Thatcher reimbursed for more than £500K in expenses by UK taxpayers (Boing Boing)

Yemen

More turmoil in Yemen. Possible turning point? (ontd_political)

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)

The World Keeps Spinning

The world is changing incredibly quickly. There are more and more reports of sea changes in the middle east. The situation in Libya has its own post. Wisconsin continues to boggle my mind.

Here’s a few links to things you might not have noticed when you were scanning through the overwhelming flood of news.

Afghanistan

US Army apology for photos of soldiers with Afghan body (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Where are the UN resolutions to protect civilians in Bahrain? (boing boing)

Egypt

Egyptian Interior Ministry on fire in aftermath of protest (ontd_political)

Egypt: Amnesty condemns “virginity tests,” sexual abuse of female protesters, journalists (boing boing)

Gautemala

Guatemala first couple eyes divorce over vote (ontd_political)

Israel

25 hurt in Jerusalem bombing (ontd_political)

Military Intelligence monitoring foreign left-wing organizations (ontd_political)

The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict (ontd_political)

Statement by the President on the Bombing in Jerusalem (White House)

Pakistan

Pakistani Actress Veena Malik schools a mullah about Islam (boing boing)

Palestine

And the ethnic cleansing continues in the Palestinian territories. (ontd_political)

The Democracy Revolutions and the Israel-Palestine Conflict (ontd_political)

Syria

Middle East unrest: Silence broken in Syria (ontd_political)

Tunisia

Tunisia’s ongoing revolution (ontd_political)

Yemen

Yemen in state of emergency after protest massacre (Reuters)

the yemen revolution (ontd_political)