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 Elects Its First Female President, And You Don’t Want to Mess With Her (the Mary Sue)

Taliban uses CC instead of BCC, exposes identity of 400+ contacts (Boing Boing)


Teenage Girls Harness the Power of Urine, Create a Pee-Powered Generator (The Mary Sue)

Afghan Women Learn Literacy Through Mobile Phones (The Moderate Voice)


EU’s trillion euro budget summit ends in failure (Repost Us)


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.


China Unveils New Leadership With Xi at Helm (The Moderate Voice)

Cosplaying Chilean students protest education cuts (Boing Boing)


Barbie crashes and burns in China (Boing Boing)

Firefighters in Tiananmen Square at the ready to douse self-immolators (Boing Boing)


Ecuador officials reject donkey as candidate (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


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)


Finnish police confiscate 9-y-o’s laptop after she downloads a song from the Pirate Bay (Boing Boing)

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)


Hacker steals entire nation’s identity (Boing Boing)


Bring Mumbai Masterminds to Justice: Indian Press (The Moderate Voice)


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 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)


Student Riots in Italy: a dispatch from Jasmina Tesanovic (Boing Boing)

Gay anti-mafia politician breaks mold in Sicily (Reuters)


Who is shooting and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and why? (Boing Boing)


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.


Arafat Body ‘To be Exhumed Tuesday’ for Poison Tests (The Moderate Voice)

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)


Deforestation Risks Turning Somalia to Desert (The Moderate Voice)


Catalan Leader Seeks ‘Freedom’ in Snap Election (The Moderate Voice)


Following a chain of unexplained deaths in Thailand (Boing Boing)


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.


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

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

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

Wikileaks – Assange

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

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

UK/Ecuador Assange asylum standoff continues (Boing BOing)

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

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


Belarus sacks top brass over teddy bear scandal (Reuters)


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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses (The Frisky)


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


Prosecutors Start Criminal Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Bloomberg)

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

Lakota Nation

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


Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche (Reuters)

New Zealand

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


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


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

Pussy Riot’s closing statement (Boing Boing)

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

Gay parades banned in Moscow for 100 years (BBC)

Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic] (Boing Boing)

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

When Putin’s Thugs Came for Me (WSJ)

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

Sri Lanka

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


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

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

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

Syria: Mapping the insurgency (BBC News)


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


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


Ebola in Uganda (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

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

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

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

Gender-neutral toy department (Boing Boing)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nightly News to Report

Well, time delayed news to report at least. As always these are just the stories that have caught my eye. That doesn’t mean they are complete or even the most important.


With Olympic Ban on Belarus President, West Initiates New Era of Sport Politicization (Gazerta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Twitter does something really, really, really stupid – will they fix it? (Boing Boing)


Canadian Supreme Court copyright rules will eviscerate Access Canada’s business model (Boing Boing)

Reliability of Canada’s official crime rate questioned (Security Director News)


France Honors [US] World War II Heroes with the Legion of Honor (The Moderate Voice)


Iraqi Refugees: Will the Misery Ever End? (Update) (Moderate Voice)


Fashion as Resistance: The Case of Mali (Racialicious)


Spain king ousted as honorary president of World Wildlife Fund branch after elephant hunt (The Washington Post)


Uganda: Ebola’s back (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK high court experiences flash of sanity, decriminalizes sarcastic aviation tweeting (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.)


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)

Son of the world news


Danish trade minister and ACTA booster apologise for bogus piracy numbers (Boing Boing)

Michael Geist’s magisterial ten-minute ACTA takedown
(Boing Boing)


Hacker, Informant and Party Boy of the Projects (NY Times)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Report: LulzSec members arrested (Boing Boing)

Anonymous rocked by revelation that top LulzSec hacker was FBI snitch (Boing Boing)

LulzSec frontman Sabu was FBI informant, fed Stratfor docs to Wikileaks from an FBI-owned computer (Boing Boing)

Latin America

Inmate’s Lament: ‘Rather Be Dead Than Here’ (NY Times)


U.S. Soldier in Kandhar Kills 16 Afghan Civilians Including 9 Children (The Moderate Voice)

After slaying of 16 Afghan civilians, American Army sergeant held for investigation (Boing Boing)

Taliban Vows Revenge After U.S. Soldier Murders 16 Afghans, Including 9 Kids (The Moderate Voice)

Taliban Claim Afghan Killing Spree not Work of Lone U.S. Soldier (The Frontier Post, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Soldiers Tackle Man on Fire During Panetta’s Afghan Visit (ABC News)

Your tax dollars at work: Afghan Air Force used as “flying drug mules” (Boing Boing)


Belgian copyright society wants royalties for library volunteers who read to small groups of children (Boing Boing)


Canadian copyright consultation drawing to a close – time to contact your MP (Boing Boing)

Last chance for Canadians to weigh in on Canada’s SOPA (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Parliament summons Anonymous to testify (Boing Boing)

Canada’s ridiculous university copyright deal poised to become law (Boing Boing)

Petition to preserve the CBC’s musical archive (Boing Boing)

Canadian music labels demand keys to the Internet (Boing Boing)

Maher Arar on Canada’s pro-torture policy (Boing Boing)

Canadian record industry demands SOPA-style censorship (Boing Boing)

Canada to science: Drop dead (Boing Boing)

Handbook explaining your electronic privacy rights at the Canadian border from the BCCLA (Boing Boing)


Interviews Before Execution: Chinese reality talk show with death row inmates (Boing Boing)

Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

China: 30-story prefab skyscraper built in two weeks. Of course it’s safe! (Boing BOing)


‘How will Egypt Regain Custody of Fugitive Americans?’, Protesters Ask (Al-Gomhuriah, Egypt) (The Moderate Voice)


France’s Sarkozy “sorry” for tomato attack: source (Reuters)


Five Hundred New Fairy Tales Found in Germany
(Writer’s Write)


Netanyahu Warns: Strike on Iran Won’t Necessarily Be Months Away (The Moderate Voice)


Los Galgos Guapos (“The Handsome Hounds”): photo-essay on greyhound rescue in Tijuana (Boing Boing)


Hillary Clinton: ‘Hide the February 20 Movement from Me’ (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

NZ set to put source-shielding journalistic privilege at judges’ mercy (Boing Boing)


Filipinos Debate Racism in a Men’s Magazine (International Herald Tribune)


Russia: A Hacking War Before the Presidential Elections? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Stunning Russian Election Shocker! (The Moderate Voice)


Victims of deadly Swiss coach crash mourned (BBC)


Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad email leak (Boing Boing)

China stakes claim in Mideast diplomacy with Syria initiative (The Moderate Voice)

Video: In Syrian hospital, doctors torture patients brought in from protests (Boing BOing)

Crossing into Syria: a plea from the Free Syrian Army (Boing Boing)

Syria’s Deputy Oil Minister Defects to Opposition (The Moderate Voice)


Two more Tibetan women die in self-immolation protests against Chinese rule (Boing Boing)


Medical aid worker on Kony 2012: “The aid industry has just been Biebered.” (Boing Boing)

The Nearly Forgotten U.S. Military Mission to “Stop Kony” (UPDATES) (The Moderate Voice)

It’s complicated — responding to Kony 2012 (Slacktivist)

Kony 2012’s Visible Funding: Invisible Children’s anti-gay, creationist, Christian right donors (Boing Boing)

Meanwhile, On The TumblR: Rosebell Kagumire Adds Her Voice To The #StopKony Debate (Racialicious)

‘They Feel Like We Have An Agenda’: Religion And The Invisible Children Campaign (Racialicious)

Kony 2012 screening in Uganda results in anger, rocks thrown at screen (Boing Boing)

We Are Not Invisible: 5 African Women Respond To The Kony 2012 Campaign (Racialicious)

African voices respond to hyper-popular Kony 2012 viral campaign (Boing Boing)

Joseph Kony documentary: bringing the world’s attention to the horrific Lord’s Resistance Army (Boing Boing)

#StopKony: Activism Or Exploitation? (Racialicious)

Kony 2012: a viral mess (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Grim Meathook Future, English style (Charlie’s Diary) — Again, DO NOT FOLLOW this model Europe. It’s *not working*.

Lockdown London: how the Olympics will turn London into (more of) a police state (Boing Boing)

Stolen bench found in shed (Boing Boing)

Staines woman dressed as boy jailed for sex assaults (BBC)

Island of Guersney moots becoming a “libel haven” where rich & powerful can sue & silence critics (Boing Boing)

‘Oh, London, You Drama Queen’ (The NY Times)

UK police/spies colluded with giant construction firms to build illegal blacklist database of whistleblowers, trade-unionists (Boing Boing)

Gravitational pull of that which needs attention

I was planning to add in Occupy Wall Street here, but it really needed its own post. I’ll be out tomorrow.


As Scorn for Vote Grows, Protests Surge Around Globe (ontd_political)


FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa (White House)


News Corp may face American class action suit


Former IMF boss claims immunity in civil case (ontd_political)


Afghanistan’s Lone Female Air Force Pilot (ontd_political)


Australia to let women fight on the front line (ontd_political)


Bahrain medical staff sentenced over protests (ontd_political)

We stand by the Bahraini protestors; we stand by their delicious supression, which we had a hand in! (ontd_political)


Native protests in Bolivia violently repressed by police (Boing Boing)


Brazilian woman found alive in morgue by daughter (boing boing)


Williams Lake girl accuses RCMP of assault (ontd_political)

Baby Joseph’ Dies at Home After Long Treatment Battle (ontd_political)

Abortion debate reopened, Tory MP Trost says (ontd_political)

Top court to rule Friday on Vancouver’s supervised injection site (ontd_political)

Redmen team name irks Saskatoon high school graduate (ontd_political)

Canada urged to launch Cheney torture probe (ontd_political)

St. Albert dad fights public school division over Lord’s Prayer (ontd_political)

Toronto Convention Centre charges attendees $150/day to use WiFi (Boing Boing)

‘Taking Back Their Power’ on Parliament Hill (ontd_political)

Vancouver’s new sex-trade strategy praised by advocacy group (ontd_political)

Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Freed Men Citizenship restored (ontd_political)


China space launch “all systems go” for Thursday (Boing Boing)

2 Tibetan monks set themselves on fire as part of protest (ontd_political)

Man who kept sex slaves in cellar sacked, loses Party membership (Shanghai Daily)

China will launch a prototype of its space station later this week (i09)

Journalist Is Detained in China for Article on Sex Slaves (ontd_political)

China: Awesome gentleman builds homemade flying contraption powered by eight motorcycle engines (Boing boing)


Child finds jar of fingers (boing boing)

France: The Battle against Sexism (ontd_political)

France’s burqa ban: women are ‘effectively under house arrest’ (ontd_political)

Deprived of mosque, Paris Muslims pray in fire station (ontd_political)


Unidentified teenage boy emerges from forest (Boing Boing)


Suicide Bombing in Indonesia (ontd_political)


Iran blocks TOR, TOR unblocks itself later that day (Boing boing)

What media coverage omits about US hikers released by Iran (ontd_political)


Shelly Yachimovich elected as new leader of Israel’s Labor Party (ontd_political)

Israel & Palestine

lets get down to brass tacks… (ontd_political)

Israel approves 1,100 settler homes in Gilo, Jerusalem (ontd_political)

The IDF quietly abandons its spin on Eilat attack (ontd_political)

Palestinians ready to put statehood on backburner in favour of peace talks (ontd_political)


Italian MPs propose Internet disconnection law: one copyright accusation from anyone and you lose your Internet connection (Boing boing)

Italy Actually Going Through With Manslaughter Trial of Seismologists (ontd_political) — This is idiocy.

Belen, Berlusconi, and bunga-bunga (Boing Boing)


FGM: Kenya acts against unkindest cut (ontd_political)

Good news in Kenya slum (ontd_political)


In Beirut, a beauty parlour for 4-year-old girls (Boing Boing)


President Obama at the U.N. on Libya: “We will Stand with You” (White House)


Cartel thugs go phishing in Mexico: Fliers circulate with fake email to “denounce” Monterrey narcos (Boing Boing)

Five human heads found at Acapulco, Mexico primary school, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (boing Boing)

Who are Los Mata Zetas? “Zetas Killers” viral video promises vengeance on Mexican drug cartel (Boing Boing)

Woman in Mexico beheaded for posting about narcos on social networking site (boing boing)

Mexico: 35 bodies in Veracruz, in presumed drug cartel mass killing (Boing BOing)

Mexico: As corpses stack up in narco-violence, president launches surreal TV tourism campaign (Boing Boing)

Mexico drops charges in Veracruz “Twitter Terorrism” case (Boing Boing)

Mexico: Drug cartels shift threats to social media (Boing Boing)



Saudi Arabia

Saudi king revokes flogging of female driver (ontd_political)

Women in Saudi Arabia to vote and run in elections (ontd_political)

South Sudan

Google adds South Sudan to Google Maps (ontd_political)


Bullfighting ends in Catalonia Spain (ontd_political)


Hell is Syria: 18-year old woman dies gruesome death in detention (Boing Boing)


Tasmania to leglise gay marriage (maybe) (ontd_political)


Ugandans say they were beaten and forced from homes to make room for carbon credit forest (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

BBC Drops B.C./A.D. Dating Method: Christians Outraged (ontd_political)

Brain-damaged woman’s family loses right to die case (ontd_political)

UK Labour Party wants journalism licenses, will prohibit “journalism” by people who are “struck off” the register of licensed journalists (Boing Boing)

UK patent office seeks public’s help with prior art that invalidates patent applications (boing boing)

The gender-free British passport: UK travellers may no longer have to declare their sex, to spare feelings of ‘transgender people’ (ontd_political)

Dale Farm: Travellers win injunction delaying eviction (ontd_political)

A Slap on the Wrist for Satoshi Kanazawa (Racialicious)

Wonderful, Awful World

Good, bad, ugly, indifferent, beautiful – the world gets a little more interesting every day.


Charges Against Strauss-Kahn Dismissed (ontd_political)

Open Thread: DSK Case Dropped (Racialicious)


Torture of dissidents in Bahrain enabled by Nokia Siemens, charges Bloomberg report (boing boing)


Jack Layton dead of cancer at 61 (ontd_political)


In Beijing, 40,000 students stranded (ontd_political)

Cisco sued by Chinese political prisoners for providing tech China uses to monitor, censor, suppress (boing boing)


France’s Rich Say ‘Tax Us More’ (ontd_political)

French businessman ‘to pay all burqa fines’ (ontd_political)


German Pirate Party poised to win first federal electoral contest (boing boing)


Planking for peace: Guatemalan activists stage “die-ins” to protest migrant killings (boing boing)


Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not (ontd_political)


India’s highest court overturns film ban (ontd_political)

India: mass graves discovered, holding bodies of thousands of civilians “disappeared” in 1990s insurgency war (boing boing)


U.S. hikers in Iran get 8 years in prison (ontd_political)


Two child care issues in Japan (ontd_political)

Fukushima hunts for cesium-resistant rice (ontd_political)

Fukushima robot operator publishes tell-all diaries and videos, now offline (boing boing)

Fukushima: First photojournalist inside plant captures daily life of cleanup workers (Boing boing)

Fukushima workers face “nightmarish world of high radiation, difficult terrain” (boing boing)

Japan: first report of radioactive contamination in rice (boing boing)

Japan: Rare public apology by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant manager (boing boing)

After Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan shifting towards costly fossil fuels (boing boing)


President Obama on Libya: The future is in the Hands of its People (white house)

The Libya War argument – Glenn Greenwald (ontd_political) [OpEd]

Gaddafi’s Whereabouts Unknown — But Is It Too Soon to Declare Victory in Libya? (ontd_political)

Rebels reach Tripoli; Gadaffi reportedly flees (ontd_political)

LIVE POST! Libyan rebels in ‘final push’ for capital (ontd_political)

Libya: Don’t shoot, we’re TV (boing boing)

Libya: Rebels take control of capital (boing boing)

Libya (Slacktivist)

Libya: Homebrew weapons of the rebel forces unseating Gaddafi (boing boing)


On official visit to Mongolia, VP Joe Biden is gifted with a horse (boing boing)


Russian space agency says unmanned supply ship bound for ISS fails to reach orbit (boing boing)

Retired Russian cop arrested on suspicion of organizing execution of journalist Anna Politkovskaya (boing boing)

Soviet Union announces F-22 (boing boing)


President Obama: “The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way.” (White House)


Ugandan police firing pink-dyed water at protestors (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Tory councillor suspended after calling rioters ‘jungle bunnies’ (Telegraph)

Black Journalists Scold BBC for ‘Stunning Lack of Sensitivity’ in London Riots (ontd_political)