Last Raw Deal goin’ down

So, the Pope’s retired and the North Korea is doing nuclear tests. We’re just having a banner year already. Put it in your diaries, cousins. You’ll want your grandkids to remember this s**t.


Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)


Lake-drilling team discovers life under the ice (Nature) — Hey, I already knew about this. I watch X-files… Oh, that’s not a documentary? Who knew?


Australian Sport: Drugs, Match Fixing Linked to Organised Crime (Global Voices) — Are you shocked? I’m not. Seriously, drugs and match fixing. It’s the basis for a goodly number of enterprises for org. crime.


#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger (Global Voices)

Videos from #Shahbag, Bangladesh’s Generation Square (Global Voices)

Bangladesh Unites at Shahbag for 42-Year-Old War Crimes (Global Voices)

Bangladeshi Women Join Shahbag Protests in Remarkable Numbers (Global Voices)

In Pictures: The Protesting Crowd In Shahbag (Global Voices)

#Shahbag in a 144 Characters (Global Voices)


Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)


With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)


Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)


One Phone Call is Not Enough: Court Rules You Have the Right to Google a Lawyer (Michael Geist)

Canadian cops can use electronic surveillance without reporting it (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Internet snooping bill is dead (Boing Boing)


Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (Moderate Voice)

Citizens Document Extreme Water Pollution in China (Global Voices)

Chinese Planned to Kill Drug Lord With Drone (Moderate Voice)


Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín (Global Voices) — When I wrote that short story, I never expected it to become *real* in any way.


Ecuador: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)


Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)


Horsemeat Scandal Spreads as French Retailers Pull Foods (Moderate Voice) — So, what’s the bigger deal? The fact that the meat is not as advertised, or that people are actually eating horses?


From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)


Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)


Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)


India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)


Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)


Japan’s Porn Law is Strangling Artists (Global Voices)

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Japan’s Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands (Global Voices)

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)


Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)


Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)


Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)


The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)


Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)


Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)


Myanmar: Media Freedom Still Under Threat (Global Voices)

E-Mails of Reporters in Myanmar Are Hacked (NYT) – Hmmm… a mostly repressive government reading emails, hmmm…

North Korea

North Korea’s blast: China Holds the Cards (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Stokes Global Fury with Nuclear Test (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Conducts 3rd Nuclear Test (Global Voices)

North Korea conducts third nuclear test in DPRK history (Boing Boing) – Okay, so this likely links back to the same story, but it’s got a better picture.


Pakistan’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)


Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa (Global Voices)

Rome <– You did remember that this is its own country right? The Pope's actually the leader of a nation, not just a religion?

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa (Global Voices)

Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow (Global Voices)

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (UDATE 2 with ROUNDUP) (The Moderate Voice)

Papal Frontrunners Include Two Africans And One Canadian (The Moderate Voice)

Pope’s Brother Knew of Planned Resignation (Moderate Voice) — Well, God forbid the man talk to his *family* rather than the press first. The nerve.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: Live Report (Moderate Voice) – Well, not so live anymore.

How Will the Catholic Church Handle a Living Ex-Pope? (The Moderate Voice) — Well, hopefully, he’ll retire to a monastery with a bunch of other retired priests and live out his life praying and working in the garden.

A Non-European Pope (The Moderate Voice) — I think it would be cool to have an African pope. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to necessarily change anything in terms of the direction of the church – given the power of the Curiate – but a little new blood in the papacy would be welcome.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Pulse’ Is Having a Bad Day (The Moderate Voice)


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign (Global Voices)

Meteor explodes over Russia (Boing BOing)

“Pedophile’s Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist (Global Voices) — I’ve an idea. How about leaving it live and spying on it somehow. Like a little malicious script that will let you see who’s reading it.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad (Global Voices)

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested for “Impairing Development” (Global Voices)


Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)


Spain: lawmakers want bullfighting to be protected as cultural heritage (Boing Boing) — That’s like saying that America should protect dog fighting. No. Just No. That which was acceptable in the past, is not exactly what is acceptable in the future.

Under Pressure, Spain Opens Door to Foreclosure Reform (Global Voices)

Spain: Bail of 8,1 Million Euro for the King’s Son-in-law (Global Voices)


Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)


Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)


Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

TESCO attaches tracking armbands to employees (Boing Boing)

UK “forced labor” welfare scheme nailed in court (Boing Boing) — There’s a huge difference between “prove to us your trying to find a job” and “do this unpaid labor for for-profit companies so I get my kickback.”

Guerrilla Benchers replace street furniture removed to discourage homeless people (Boing Boing0

London mayor praises horse meat (Boing Boing)


‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)


Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)


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: All Road Leads To Shahbagh (Global Voices)


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


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

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


Cambodia: Funeral of King Father Sihanouk (Global Voices)


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: Controversial Campaign of a Presidential Candidate (Global Voices)


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: Humour and Election Time (Global Voices)


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)


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


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 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’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: Threats All Around (Global Voices)


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)


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: Presidential Candidate Dies in Helicopter Crash (Global Voices)

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


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


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)


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: Who Misled Noam Chomsky? (Global Voices)


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)


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


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)

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)


An ‘Evolution in Thinking’ in Afghanistan (Global Voices)


Naming the Victims of the Algerian Hostage Crisis (Global Voices)


Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan (Global Voices)


Bangladesh: Missed Call – A Tool For Protest? (Global Voices)


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)


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)


Berlin activists create CCTV-smashing street game (Boing Boing)


India Sees Push for Police Reform after Rape Outcry (The Moderate Voice)


Outrage as Berlusconi Praises Mussolini on Holocaust Day (The Moderate Voice)


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: Workers March 700km for Justice (Global Voices)

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement (Global Voices)


Peace March: ‘Stop Violence in North Myanmar’ (Global Voices)


Mozambique: Citizen mobilization to help flood victims (Global Voices)


Peru: Violent Anti-Mining Protests in Lambayeque (Global Voices)


Where Russia’s Honest Ones Go to Die: Dolmatov’s Suicide (Global Voices)

Russian Parliament Confronts Next Threat to Kids: “Homosexual Propaganda” (Global Voices)


Slovak President Butt of Jokes Online Due to Prosecutor General Saga (Global Voices)


Twitter suspends account of Somali Islamist militants linked to Al-Qaeda (Boing Boing)


Thai Activist Editor Gets 11-Year Jail Term for ‘Insulting’ King (Global Voices)


Tibetan teen dies before immolation protest, leaves note for Dalai Lama’s return (Boing Boing)


After 15-year Trial in Turkey, Pınar Selek Sentenced for Life (Global Voices)

United Arab Eremites

Blogging for UAE Detainees (Global Voices)

Up and Down on the Hobby Horse – world news

Things never seem to change. Really. There’s always just one more dreadful story. And while I’d love to promote only fun stories, I think the depressing ones are important. As always, these are links to the things that caught my attention.


China’s health aid in Africa leads to flood of fake drugs (Boing Boing)


Armenian Blogger on Trial for Satire Photo of Politician (Global Voices)


Australia legalizes violent video games (Boing Boing)

Central African Republic

Journalist Killed During Ceasefire Talks in Central African Republic (Global Voices)

Czech Republic

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions (Global Voices)


Murder Trail Leads to Russian Facebook of Horrors (Global Voices) <– Remember innocent until proven guilty. But the immediate reactions from the social networks is fascinating.


Zonguldak Accident Draws Attention to Turkish Miners’ Plight
(Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Top UK entertainer sexually abused hundreds, mostly children (Boing Boing)


Venezuela’s future uncertain amid Chavez absence (Moderate Voice)


Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen (Global Voices)

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.)


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

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


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


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


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


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)


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


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


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


‘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)


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)


Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashes (Boing BOing)


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


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)


Mexican drug cartels now using Claymore mines (Boing Boing)

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


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)


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’s future of copyright (Boing BOing)

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


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


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


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


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


Migratory bird confused for avian spy (Boing BOing)


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 massacre triggered by donkey “rape” (Boing Boing)


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)

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.


NoW placed hacking lawyers under surveillance (BBC News)


Progress at the G-20 (The White House)


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


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

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


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

China’s Unmanned Spacecraft Blasts Off (Discovery News)


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


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)


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


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


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


Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)


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


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)


Fukushima: The first 24 hours (Boing Boing)


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


We Hates Them Meeses To Pieces (The Moderate Voice)


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

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


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)


Human Rights Issues in Serbia and Hungary (Slacktivist)


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


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)


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


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)


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


Tunisia recognizes the American Transitional National Council (Boing Boing)


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)


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


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


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.


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)


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


Australian detention centres breaking people – report (ontd_political)


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)


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


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

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


Two dead, hundreds stranded in Irish flooding (Reuters)


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)


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




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


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)


Unemployment Rising in Spain (The Moderate Voice)


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)


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



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)


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