All the news that’s not fit to print

So, this world situation seems to be a little bit more depressing every day. How is that even possible? I’m not exactly an optimist after all and yet the world still manages to disappoint me.

United Nations

Three Portuguese Language States Ignore UN Convention Against Torture (Global Voices)

Afghanistan

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

Algeria

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

Azerbaijan

Prominent Blogger Detained in Azerbaijan (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

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

Brazil

Deadly Nightclub Inferno Leaves Brazil in Mourning (The MOderate Voice)

Cicero Guedes, Brazilian Landless Leader is Murdered in Rio (Global Voices)

Brazil: Families Evicted from Pinheirinho Still Without a Proper Home (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Central African Republic: How Strong Is The Peace Deal? (Global Voices)

Egypt

The Egyptians Want to Overthrow the Regime (Global Voices)

The People Egypt’s Revolution Left Behind (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt Protesters Torch Brotherhood Party HQ: AFP (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

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

India

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

Italy

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

Mali

U.S. to Provide Aerial Refueling for French Warplanes (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

French-led Troops in Mali Seize Airport at Islamist Bastion (The Moderate Voice)

U.S. Air Force Transports French Troops to Mali (The Moderate Voice)

Mauritania

Mauritania: Workers March 700km for Justice (Global Voices)

Mauritania: Anger over US Ambassador Statement (Global Voices)

Myanmar

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

Mozambique

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

Peru

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

Russia

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

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

Slovakia

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

Somalia

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

Thailand

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

Tibet

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

Turkey

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

United Arab Eremites

Blogging for UAE Detainees (Global Voices)

Up, Down, All Around, World News

Why can’t we all just get along?

United Nations

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

US Senate Fails to Ratify UN Treaty on Disabilities (The Moderate Voice) — Hint: B/c they are @#^$%$*(%(@#$ing idiots and the idiots are already putting in a protest to downgrade the bastards to something worse.

UN’s International Telecommunications Union sets out to standardize bulk surveillance of Internet users by oppressive governments (Boing Boing)

Belgium

Protesting dairy farmers hose down EuroParl and cops with milk (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Amazon Launches Brazil Kindle Store (The Passive Voice)

Organized crime, bureaucratized (Boing Boing)

Canada

Canadians: write to Parliament about keeping generic pharma available to poor countries (Boing Boing)

Why copyright trolls will have a hard time shaking down Canadians (Boing Boing)

China

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

Denmark

Danish entrepreneur helps people with autism get jobs that require focus, attention to detail (Boing Boing)

Ecuador

Blogger proves flaws in Ecuadoran security system by hacking president’s identity (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Egypt’s Islamists rally for Morsi as rifts widen (The Moderate Voice)

Panel to vote on new Egypt constitution amid turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt sentences ‘Innocence of Muslims’ director to death, in absentia (Boing Boing)

Finland

In Finland, piracy fines are orders of magnitude higher than fines for rape, torture and murder (Boing Boing)

Greece

Greek schools ‘fertile ground for neo-Nazis’ (The Moderate Voice)

India

Indian village bans mobile phone use by women (Yahoo News)

India’s ‘Dancing Bears’ Retire in Animal Rights Victory (The Moderate Voice)

India to change hate speech law after Facebook row (The Moderate Voice)

Israel

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Vandals Destroy Prized Brunello di Montalcino Wine (New York Times)

Amazons with a Cause (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico: Calderon’s Legacy of Blood and Busts (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Can Mexico’s President-elect Peña Nieto and Obama set a new tone? (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Public interest groups fly to Auckland, NZ to meet with TPP negotiators, are only allowed in the building to give a 15-minute joint presentation
(Boing Boing)
New Zealand give $120M subsidy to Hollywood for local production of The Hobbit, plus a passel of new anti-union and copyright laws — and corrupt police raids (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Covert assassin weapons from North Korea (Boing Boing)

Norway

Norwegian hotel calls cops on man because they got his name wrong and thought he used an assumed name; police arrest him in the nude; hotel charges him for the room (Boing Boing)

Palestine

Israel Settlement Bid a ‘Fatal Blow’ to Peace: Ban (The Moderate Voice)

Arafat’s remains exhumed to rule out murder by radioactive polonium poisoning (Boing Boing)

Abbas wins UN ‘birth certificate’ for Palestine state (The Moderate Voice)

Russia

Ad for freelance Russian bank-robbers (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Demonstrations in Ljubljana: Carnations, Neo-Nazis and a Water Cannon (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria Mixing Chemicals for Sarin Gas: US Official (The Moderate Voice) — Because if a tiny terrorist group can do it, why not a country?

Syrian internet blackout continues for second day (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Two dozen Tibetans have set themselves on fire this month, in protest of Chinese rule (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

UK home secretary says Britain needs more data retention, cites an example where a corrupt cop gave murdered victims’ details to crime boss (Boing Boing)

UK ISPs will unblock The Promo Bay (Boing BOing)

Overblocking of The Pirate Bay in the UK blocks perfectly legal, indie artist promotion site (Boing Boing)

UK record lobby wants Pirate Party to shut down its Pirate Bay proxy (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)

New in the World of Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow… whatever

So, I normally try to say something passably clever or at least summarize what’s going on, but my brain’s on vacation. I’ll just offer up this vague disclaimer. These are just the things that caught my eye. Not everything that’s happening. Maybe not even the most important things, but still they’ve intrigued me/upset me/made me smile.

MegaUpload

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in New Zealand court (Boing Boing)

United Nations

Russia and China Veto Syrian Resolution (The Moderate Voice)

Afghanistan

Children Freezing to Death: Another Horrific Side of the Afghanistan War (The Moderate Voice)

Bulgaria

Bulgarian MPs wear Guy Fawkes mask for ACTA session (Boing Boing)

Canada

Debunking the record industry shill who said that his amendments to Canada’s proposed copyright law are no big deal (Boing Boing)

Muslim man’s motivational text to colleagues leads to terror probe (Boing Boing)

Canada’s new SOPA-style copyright bill could shut down YouTube (Boing Boing)

China

Three Tibetan herders burn themselves alive in protest (Boing Boing)

Communist tablet? (Boing Boing)

Two Tibetans shot dead, another self-immolation, as China’s dissent crackdown continues (Boing Boing)

Czech Republic

Czech Government Suspends ACTA Ratification (TechDirt)

Egypt

Islamists Win 70% Of Seats In Egyptian Parliament (The Moderate Voice)

India

Porn in parliament ends ministers’ careers (Boing Boing)

Salman Rushdie Cancels Appearance at Jaipur Literary Festival Due to Assassination Threat (Writers Write)

Iran

Iran attacks internet access on Islamic Revolution anniversary (Boing BOing)

Iraq

(UPDATED) Yet Again, No Accountability For Marines In Iraq (The Moderate Voice)

Ireland

Irish journalist humiliates EuroBank technocrat who won’t stop ducking hard questions (Boing BOing)

Japan

Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials (Boing BOing)

Inside the Fukushima exclusion zone: the photography of Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexican Banda bandits blamed for school tuba thievery (Boing Boing)

Candidacy tests Mexico’s culture of machismo (Yahoo News)

Romania

Romania’s prime minister doesn’t know why he signed ACTA, Czech Republic’s out (Boing Boing)

Russia

Julian Assange to host Wikileaks TV show on Kremlin-funded Russian cable network (Boing Boing)

Sweden

Unexplained 60 meter object resting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Sweden (Boing BOing)

Syria

Report: Assad’s Office Hacked, Password Was ‘12345’ (Talking Points LiveWire)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry on the techno-cluelessness of English judges (Boing Boing)

English plainclothes police officer follows himself for 20 minutes (Boing Boing)

Fred Goodwin is no longer a knight (Boing BOing)

Undercover UK cops infiltrated environmental groups, seduced women in the groups, fathered children with them, abandoned them (Boing Boing)

Insane English copyright ruling creates ownership in the idea of a photo’s composition (Boing Boing)

News of the World -Feb

I so can’t think of any catchy titles – what with 74 dead in a football (soccer to Americans) riot in Egypt and 16 dead in the snowfall in Europe. I just don’t have the energy to be anything but snarky and slightly disgusted with the state of the world. Beyond that, here’s the news that’s caught my eye:

MegaUpload
(b/c this one gets its own section b/c it seems to be crossing all sorts of borders)

The MegaUpload Shutdown Effect (Boing BOing)

Attorney General set to destroy tens of millions of users’ legitimate MegaUpload files (Boing Boing)

MegaUpload raided, founder arrested; Anonymous launches mass DDoS against entertainment companies and US law enforcement (Boing Boing)

Twitter

Twitter adopts country-specific censorship regime – how will that work? (Boing Boing)

Twitter caves to global censorship, will block content on country-specific basis as required (Boing BOing)

EFF: “What Does Twitter’s Country-by-Country Takedown System Mean for Freedom of Expression?” (Boing Boing)

Twitter’s early-bird special on censorship (Boing Boing)

United Nations

UN Report: Al Qaeda strengthened by NATO’s Libya War (The Moderate Voice)

European Union

European Court Says UK Cannot Deport Terror Suspect (Boing Boing)

Chief ACTA Eurocrat quits in disgust at lack of democratic fundamentals in global copyright treaty (Boing Boing)

Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Questions Turn into Concern and Doubts (The Moderate Voice)

Inspector found Afghan goat giveaway “lacked accountability” (Muckrock)

Canada

Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet (Boing BOing)

Straight dope on Canada’s new copyright law, ACTA, and SOPA (Boing Boing)

Major labels demand that SOPA be folded into Canada’s new copyright law, C-11 (Boing Boing)

China

Tibet: China’s bloody crackdown on Tibetan protesters escalates, as self-immolations continue (Boing Boing)

China: dissident on trial after Skypeing poem (Boing Boing)

Microblogging in China: Unstoppable!? (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Cuba

Cubans Desperate to ‘Rip’ Prison at Guantanamo Out of their Land (Juventud Rebelde, Cuba) (The Moderate Voice)

Falkland Islands

Latin America Must End British Colonialism and U.S. Imperialism (Opera Mundi, Brazil) (The Moderate Voice)

France

French court rules that it’s illegally anticompetitive for Google to provide free maps API (Boing Boing)

Guatemala

Guatemala: at long last, ex-dictator Rios Montt in court over possible genocide charges (Boing BOing)

Iran

Severe Sanctions on Iran – is it too little and too late? (The Moderate Voice)

Iraq

(UPDATED) Yet Again, No Accountability For Marines In Iraq (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

After nuclear disaster, a harsh winter for Fukushima’s abandoned pets (big photo gallery) (Boing Boing)

Mexico

Mexico Drug Violence – ‘Business is Business’ (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

New Zealand

Here’s the utterly inconsequential recording that resulted in NZ PM John Key ordering raids on the free press (Boing Boing)

North Korea

Associated Press Independence in Doubt after ‘Deal’ with North Korean Regime (The Daily North Korea, South Korea) (The Moderate Voice)

Norway

Strange and intrusive bathroom rules at Norwegian companies (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

President Obama Finally Admits to the Obvious: Murderous Drone Attacks (The Nation, Pakistan) (The Moderate Voice)

Poland

Polish MPs wear Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA (Boing Boing)

Poland’s Prime Minister wants to put the brakes on ACTA (Boing Boing)

Portugal

Talking Taxes: Warren Buffett, His Secretary, and the Grocer (World Meet)

Russia

In Russia, tiny protest sparks big police response: LEGO minifigs, South Park dolls, and Wall-e demonstrate for democracy (Boing Boing)

Slovenia

Slovenia’s ambassador apologizes to her children and her nation for signing ACTA, calls for mass demonstrations in Ljubljana tomorrow (Boing Boing)

South Korea

South Korea indicts man for retweeting North (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Woman, 25, asked for ID to buy teaspoons as they could be used as drug paraphernalia (Nothing to do with Arbroath)

London’s anti-ACTA demonstration, one week from TOMORROW (Pub date Feb 2) (Boing Boing)

Tourists deported from U.S. for Twitter jokes (Updated) (Boing Boing)

Scunthorpe photographer faces down abusive security guards at Golden Wonder factory who want to enforce imaginary law against taking pictures from the public pavement (Boing Boing)