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)

World News Collection

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

Canada

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The Librarian and the Hot Rod Shop (Boing Boing)

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


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

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

Canadian psycho arrested in Berlin (Boing Boing)

China

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

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

Google alerts Chinese when results censored (Boing Boing)

Egypt

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

Greece

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

Iran

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

Mexico

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

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

The Netherlands

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

Poland

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

Russia


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

Syria

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tibet

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

United Kingdom

Baroness Warsi’s expenses under scrutiny (BBC)

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

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

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

Vietnam

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