Winds of Change? Or just smog?

I’m cynical. You can guess what my thoughts on the news are right now.

Bangladesh

Revenge Attacks Target Bangladesh Hindus for Islamist Leader’s Death Sentence (Global Voices)

Brazil

Anti-Gay Preacher Elected Brazil’s Human Rights Committee Head (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian government muzzles librarians and archivists, creates snitch line to report those who speak online or in public without permission (Boing Boing)

China

12,000 Dead Pigs, But Shanghai’s Quiet (Global Voices)

How Chinese secret police talk about their jobs when they think the camera isn’t rolling (Boing Boing)

China’s Smear Campaign Against Apple (Global Voices)

China’s Social Media Censored After New President Draws Lone Opposing Vote (Global Voices) — Um, kids. It’s not “freedom” unless you have the right to disagree… Just sayin’. It’s not an “election” if you can’t put out a dissenting vote….

Cyprus

Bank Run in Cyprus; Who’s Next? (Moderate Voice)

Guatamala

Former Guatemalan Dictator On Trial (Global Voices)

India

Jailed For Exposing Moral Policing, Indian TV Reporter Gets Bail (Global Voices)

Swiss Tourist ‘Gang-Raped in India’ (Moderate Voice)

Japan

Anti-Whaling Activists Hit a Nerve in Japan (Global Voices)

Japan’s Jaded Public Pushes for Nuclear Truth Post-Fukushima (Global Voices)

Myanmar

Myanmar: Villagers angry with Aung Suu Kyi over her support of copper mine (Boing Boing)

North Korea

N. Korea Causes China, S. Korea, Japan 2 B Bedmates (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan

Parveen Rehman Killed, Pakistan’s Largest Slum Loses its Guardian Angel (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Controversy Ahead of Lima’s Recall Referendum (Global Voices)

Peru: Exit Polls Say Villarán Remains Lima’s Mayor (Global Voices)

Philippines

Philippines: Forced to Leave School Due to Unpaid Fees, Student Commits Suicide (Global Voices)

Rome

Allegations Tie Pope Francis to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ Past (Global Voices)

Questions from a ‘Dirty War’ (The Moderate Voice) — I’m pretty sure I already read something about this in the Pope’s biography. Look for a new issue please.

South Korea

Source: Assassination Attempt on Kim Jong-un Assisted Hardliners (JoongAng Ilbo, South Korea) (Moderate Voice)

Spain

Immigrants to Spain Push Back on Evictions (The Moderate Voice)

Assault Against Immigrant Causes Outrage in Spanish Town (Global Voices)

In Spain, Money for Bulls But Cuts for Citizens (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Politician arrested after House of Commons brawl (Boing Boing) — This is why you shouldn’t have a bar near your political seat of power. It creates lack of judgement.

Yemen

Yemen: March 18th, A Dignified National Dialogue? (Global Voices)

Zambia

Zambia Readies Corruption Case Against Former President Rupiah Banda (Global Voices)

Zimbabwe

Outcry After Zimbabwe Police Arrest Top Human Rights Lawyer (Global Voices)

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.

Angola

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

Antarctica

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?

Australia

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.

Bangladesh

#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

Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)

Brazil

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

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

Bulgaria

Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)

Canada

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)

China

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

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

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

Finland

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

France

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?

Germany

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

Honduras

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

Hong Kong

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

Hungary

Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)

India

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

Indonesia

Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)

Israel

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

Japan

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)

Kashmir

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

Kenya

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

Kuwait

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

Libya

A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)

Malaysia

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

Mali

The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)

Mauritania

Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)

Mexico

Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)

Myanmar

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

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

Peru

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)

Russia


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor
(i09)

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)

Senegal

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

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)

Spain

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)

Taiwan

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

Tajikistan

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

Turkey

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)

Venezuela

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

Yemen

Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (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.

Africa

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

Armenia

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

Australia

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)

Russia

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.

Turkey


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

United Kingdom

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

Venezuela

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

Yemen

Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen (Global Voices)

The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.

Afghanistan

Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.

Argentina

Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.

Bahrain

Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)

China

China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)

Ghana

Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)

Guatemala

Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)

Kuwait

Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)

Macedonia

Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)

Mexico

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)

Nepal

Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)

Russia

Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)

Singapore

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)

Swaziland

Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)

Syria

UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)

Yemen

Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (Global Voices)

Flaming balls of…. world news

There’s been a surge of nasty news these past few weeks. Death, destruction, with the occasional bright spot of a new baby panda in the DC National Zoo, and the documentation of an adorable new monkey. (Not that those two stories are actually *in* this post, but they do exist…)

Middle East (See also Libya links)

Story of “Muhammed” Movie Gets Even Weirder (ontd_political)

Two Die in Pakistan as Film Violence Spreads (The Moderate Voice)

Letter from a Scared Actress (Neil Gaiman)– This is an important read that talks about the move that has been used to spark off the riots. (<– note, protests shouldn't *kill* people)

Fresh Protests as Prophet Cartoons Fuel Muslim Fury (The Moderate Voice)

Influence of Salafists Grows After Arab Spring (The Moderate Voice)

Anti-Islam Film, UN Human Rights and the Politics of Turmoil (The Moderate Voice)

The Prophet Motive (The Moderate Voice)

Manipulated Outrage and Misplaced Fury (Hudson Institute)

Middle East mobs freaking the hell out over YouTube video (Boing Boing)

Canada

Ontario dad wants option of pulling kids out of class based on religious beliefs (ontd_political)

Canada Breaks Off Relations With Iran (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Questions surround security detail at Montreal shooting (Security Director News)

A mandatory $180 art school textbook about “prehistory to 1800” with no pictures, thanks to a lack of mysterious “copyright clearances” (Boing Boing)

Canadian mint claims copyright over pictures of pennies (Boing Boing)

China

Beijing hints at bond attack on Japan (ontd_political)

Japan firms stop China operations after protests (afp.com)

Artist Ai Weiwei captures footage of protesters attacking US ambassador’s car in Beijing (Boing Boing)

Japanese man attacked with hot noodles over Sino-Japan geopolitics (Boing Boing)

Egypt

Obama Makes News on Egypt, as Questions Rise on Benghazi Commando Raid (The Moderate Voice)

France

France’s Hadopi finally punishes someone for infringement — a guy whom everyone agrees isn’t an infringer (Boing Boing)

Germany

Court: saying ‘no’ not enough to stop sex (ontd_political) — I do not have enough curse words in my vocabulary to express my disappointment with this court.

Nude monk tripping on bad berries (Boing Boing)

Ghana

What Voices Count?: on Voter Fraud and Intimidation (Racialicious)


The Right to Information: A Building Block of Democracy [An African Election]
(Racialicious)

Guatemala

Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego erupts (Boing Boing)

India

Growing Backlash Over Indian Cartoonist Arrest (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Obese elephants in Tamil Nadu given slimming help (BBC)

Indian Cartoonist Freed from Jail (Guest Voice) (the Moderate Voice)

Iraq

Kickstarting a hackerspace in Iraq (Boing Boing)


Iraq’s First Hackerspace Will Run on ‘Irrational Optimism’
(Wired.com)

Israel

Israel: Is Netanyahu Going ‘Crazy?’ (The Moderate Voice)

Sorry Bibi – Americans don’t want to fight your war (The Moderate Voice)

Haaretz Editorial Warns Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Not to Meddle in US Presidential Election (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Japan Takes Cautious Tone in Dispute with Increasingly Assertive China (The Moderate Voice)

Libya

US Ambassador Killed as Libya Mob Storms Embassy (The Moderate Voice)

Secretary Clinton Calls Attack “Savage,” with Film Uproar Leaving Foreign Service Heroes Dead in Benghazi (The Moderate Voice)

If the Prophet Can be Insulted, then the Holocaust can be Questioned (Al Watan, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Remembering Sean “Vilerat” Smith, killed in Benghazi (Boing Boing)

Libyan Fatwa Court Calls Attack on Americans an ‘Offense to Islam’ (Al Watan, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)

Al Qaeda Says Libya Was Revenge Attack, US Deploys Forces (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

More signs point to “Media for Christ” firm behind “Innocence of Muslims” (Boing Boing)

Gawker outs director of “Innocence of Muslims” as softcore porn director (Boing Boing)

VIDEO: Americans killed in Libya honored at Andrews Air Force Base (The Moderate Voice)

Man believed to be “Innocence of Muslims” filmmaker once arrested for making PCP (Boing Boing)

Libya Attack: Who’s Behind the Inflammatory Video (The Moderate Voice)

The Pentagon on Libya (The Moderate Voice)

Report: Mysterious gentleman behind Anti-Muhammad movie an ex-meth cook (Boing Boing)

Snapshots from Benghazi (Boing Boing)

On the So-called Film that So-called Incited an Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi (The Moderate Voice)

If You Wondered: US Ambassador Chris Stevens’s Death (The Moderate Voice)


Official Details Benghazi Attack, Vows to Support Libya (Updates)
(The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Business Plan Remakes Meth Market (The Wall Street Journal)

Malaysia

Malaysia offers “spot the gay kid” seminars for teachers and parents (Boing Boing)

Native American Nations

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice (NY Times)

Pakistan

Three Killed as Pakistan Protests US-Made Film (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Conflict Fuels Marijuana Boom (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan blocks YouTube over “Innocence of Muslims” (Boing Boing)

Philipines

Thin-skinned, plagiarizing Philippines Senator criminalizes “libel” with last minute stealth-attack on cybercrime bill (Boing Boing)

Poland

Rash of demonic possessions in Poland gives rise to ‘Exorcist Magazine’ (i09)

Dried riverbed reveals stolen architecture, unexploded artillery shells (Boing Boing)

Rome

“Lovers locks” to be cut from Roman bridge (Boing Boing)

Russia

No criminal charges for owners of Russian ‘slave’ factory (ontd_political)

Russia reveals large deposit of “extra-hard” diamonds in asteroid crater (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored. (ontd_political)

Every Women’s Refuge in the UK Could Close Due to Universal Credit (ontd_political)

Tim Berners-Lee blasts UK government’s Internet spying plan (Boing Boing)

New Transport Minister convicted in 2009 of careless driving in incident that left cyclist with broken neck (Road CC)

Act today to stop the Daily Mail’s campaign to establish opt-out censorship in the UK (Boing Boing)

Archaeologists believe they have found skeleton of King Richard III (Telegraph)

UK government is squatting on 1.67 million unused IPv4 addresses (Boing Boing)

UK Tories put a spam kingpin in charge of the party (Boing Boing)

Uruguay

Uruguay Takes ‘War on Drugs’ in New Direction: The State as Dealer (The Moderate Voice)

Yemen

Protester Shot Dead as Mob Storms US Embassy in Yemen (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

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.)

Olympics

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

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

Afghanistan

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

Argentina

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

Azerbaijan

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

Canada

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)

China

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

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

France

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

Finland

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

Germany

‘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)

Greece

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)

Iran

Iranian cartoonist sentenced to 25 lashes (Boing BOing)

Italy

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

Libya

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)

Mexico

Mexican drug cartels now using Claymore mines (Boing Boing)

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

Netherlands

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)

Pakistan

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

Poland’s future of copyright (Boing BOing)

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

Russia

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

Sweden

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

Thailand

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

Tibet

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

Turkey

Migratory bird confused for avian spy (Boing BOing)

Uganda

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

Yemen massacre triggered by donkey “rape” (Boing Boing)

Zimbabwe

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)

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)