Cloudy Skies and Stormy Seas Ahead

All the news that… well, didn’t get deleted as soon as I read it.

Argentina

Argentina: Floods in Buenos Aires Leave 35 Dead (Global Voices)

Bangladesh

Bangladesh Authorities Go After Bloggers, Claim They Are ‘Anti-Muslim’ (Global Voices)

Protests Against The Arrest Of Bloggers On Alleged “Blasphemy” Charges (Global Voices)

Brazil

Brazil’s music collecting societies convicted of forming an illegal cartel (Boing Boing)

Canada

A Bad Week For Canadian Oil: Exxon Pegasus Pipeline Bursts In Arkansas, Train Hauling Oil Derails In Minessota (Moderate Voice)

Montreal police arrest young woman for instagramming photo of anti-police mural (Boing Boing)

China

The Return of China’s First Lady (Global Voices)

With China’s Hottest Social Network in Danger, Netizens Cry: Hands Off! (Global Voices)

Chinese Couples Divorce to Dodge Property Tax (Global Voices)

China’s Social Web Fawns Over First Lady (Global Voices)

Censoring Censorship in China (Global Voices)

China Government’s Growing Weibo Footprint (Global Voices)

Chinese Envy the Return of Private Media in Myanmar (Global Voices)

28,000 Rivers Disappear from Chinese Map (Global Voices)

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Ex-First Lady Claims Late PM Meles Zenawi Was ‘Poor’ (Global Voices)

Iran

Iran: 500 Year Old Market was Burnt (Global Voices)

Iran’s ‘Oldest’ Blogger Passes Away (Global Voices)

Lebanon

Prime Minister Resigns, as Lebanon Remains a “Sinking Ship” (Global Voices)

Lebanon’s First Civil Marriage “Approved by Justice” (Global Voices)

‘Fi Shi Ghalat’: Online Campaign to Promote Migrant Workers Rights Launched (Global Voices)

Mexico

How children become “cannon fodder” for Mexican drug cartels (Boing Boing)

After Mexico court ruling, gay couple weds in Oaxaca (The Moderate Voice)

Twitter Turns Mexicans Into ‘War Correspondents’ (Global Voices)

North Korea

Beware: North Korea Rockets on Standby (Global Voices)

In photographs, North Korea “leaks” plan to attack US (Boing Boing)

North Korea Wants to Have Its (Nuclear) Cake and Eat It Too (Moderate Voice)

US vows to defend itself, allies amid N. Korea crisis (Moderate Voice)

North Korea crisis: How did it come to this? (Moderate Voice)

Anonymous Hacks North Korean Sites, Reveals South Korean Users (Global Voices)

For Peace, U.S. Must Pledge Not to Topple Pyongyang Regime (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea Nuclear Threats Draw Arab Laughs (Global Voices)

Peru

Peru: Motorcycle Taxis Light Up Runway to Transport Sick Patients (Global Voices)

Russia

A Dishonest Election & A Divided Opposition in Russia (Global Voices)

When Russians Don’t Love Their Children (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

First Saudi Human Rights Association for Abolishing Execution Launched (Global Voices)

Surgical Paralysis as Punishment? In 2013? (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Spain: The Eternal Fight to Dismantle a Fascist Symbol and Mass Grave (Global Voices)

Madrid President Advocates Censorship of Embarrassing Photos (GLobal Voices)

Taiwan

Taiwan Independent News Academy Hits at Corporate Media (Global Voices)

Tajikistan

Tajikistan: ‘High Heels for Higher Learning’ (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Prisoners in Scotland are “watching too much TV” (Boing BOing)

How the global hyper-rich have turned central London into a lights-out ghost-town (Boing BOing)

Zambia

Judge Orders Arrest of Indecently Dressed Women in Zambia (Global Voices)

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)

Spinning on our Axis

As always these are just the things that have caught my eye.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Another Indigenous Girl Raped and Killed (Global Voices)

Belarus

One-armed man arrested in Belarus for clapping (Boing Boing)

Cameroon

Gay Man Lynched in Northern Cameroon (Global Voices)

China

Unaware, China’s Handan City Consumed Toxic Water for Days (Global Voices)

Chinese Journalists Demand Resignation of Provincial Propaganda Chief (Global Voices)

Website of a Liberal Political Journal Shut Down in China (Global Voices)

China’s Propaganda Department Threatens to Dissolve Beijing News (Global Voices)

China’s Blames “Foreign Forces” for Press Freedom Protests (Global Voices)

China Press Freedom Campaign Swells with New Rally (Moderate Voice)

Censorship Meets Rare Defiance as Journalists Strike in China (Boing Boing)

Cote d’Ivoire

Ivorian Blogger Questions Government’s Response to Abidjan Stampede (Global Voices)

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Elusive Quest for Peace with the M23 in the DRC (Global Voices)

Ecuador

Ecuador: President Refuses to Inaugurate Wind Farm (Global Voices)

France

Row over 3rd Generation Contraceptive Pills in France (Global Voices)

Dueling Demonstrations Surround Same-Sex Marriage in France (Global Voices)

India

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)

Japan

Japan Scrambles Jets to Head Off China Plane (Moderate Voice)

Kenya

Technology Helps Kenyans Reveal Electoral Registration Fraud (Global Voices)

Kuwait

Kuwaiti Twitter User Jailed for Two Years for Insulting Emir (Global Voices)

New Zealand

Chinese tourists say crooked NZ tour-operator took them to a “buffet” that was really a church soup-kitchen (Boing Boing)

Pakistan

Shot Pakistan Schoolgirl Malala Leaves UK Hospital (Moderate Voice) —YAH!!!!

India Vows Response After ‘Ghastly’ Pakistan Attack (Moderate Voice)

Russia

Vladimir Pozner & Russia’s Own Political Correctness (Global Voices)

Secret Money, Hacks, and Politics of Russian Web (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia

Public Prosecutor Seeks Flogging for Saudi Women Protesters (Global Voices)

70-year-old man marries 15-year-old in Saudi Arabia (CNN)

Singapore

Delhi Rape Case Sparks Death Penalty Debate in Singapore (Global Voices)

Spain

Twitterer Called to Testify in Spain for Gramsci Quotes (Global Voices)

Spanish locksmiths won’t help banks evict people from their homes (Boing Boing)

South Korea


South Korea: The Secret Agent’s Illegal Electioneering
(Global Voices)

Syria

Assad’s Fantasies Fuel Syria’s Tragedy (Moderate Voice)

Nearly 9,000 Syrians Flee to Jordan in Six Days: Govt (Moderate Voice)

Tunisia

Tunisian Army Critic Gets a One-Year Suspended Jail Sentence (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Nepali Citizen Arrested in the UK for Alleged War Crimes (Global Voices)

Irish town councillor tries to get state-owned piece of art removed from public gallery (Boing Boing)

Zambia

Zambian Ex-President Banda on his 2011 Election Defeat (Global Voices)

So, that peace on earth thing

…not so much.

As always, these are just the stories that caught my eye.

British Royal HoaxI’m pulling this one out because there’s a lot of places involved and I don’t feel like multiple links. I’m actually torn about including this story. I don’t know that the surviving family members need the pain of the continuing media exposure and reliving the pain of their wife/mother/daughter/sister/cousin/friend’s suicide. So, on second thought, I’m removing all links to this story.

Afghanistan

Breaking: Member of Special Operations Forces Killed in Rescue of American in Afghanistan (Updated) (The Moderate Voice)

Cambodia

Cambodia Bans Internet Cafes Near Schools (Global Voices)

Canada

Canadian Conservative govt guts protections for 99+% of waterways, spare handful of lakes with high-cost cottages (Boing Boing)

Canada upgrades immigration screening with biometrics (The security Director News)

China

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

Denmark

Jews Warned Not to Wear Religious Symbols in Copenhagen (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Morsi Fails to Silence Opposition (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Overplayed His Hand: Analysts (The Moderate Voice)

Hungary

Hungarian Students Call for Nationwide Strike (Global Voices)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Case Evokes Rage Across India (Global Voices)

Indian Sitar Legend Ravi Shankar Dies, Aged 92 (The Moderate Voice)

Italy

Italy’s Berlusconi Announces Fresh Run for PM (The Moderate Voice)

North Korea

North Korea says it successfully launched satellite into orbit (CBS News)

Pakistan

Karachi polio killings: Vaccination workers shot (BBC)

Pakistan Leader Visits Shot Girl in British Hospital (The Moderate Voice)

Spain

Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts (Digital Journal)

Swedish Probe into Holocaust Victims’ Ashes Painting (The Moderate Voice)

Syria

NBC’s Richard Engel and team freed after 5 days captive in Syria (Boing Boing)

Homemade Syrian rebel-tank with gamepad gun controller (Boing Boing)

Where does Assad’s online army come from? (Boing Boing)

Tibet

Activists say Tibetan teenager has become 8th child to self-immolate to protest Chinese rule (The Washington Post)

United Kingdom

Pret fires longstanding employee who attempted to unionise, asked for the London Living Wage for all employees (Boing Boing)

Britain to Allow Gay Marriages in Churches (The Moderate Voice)

Pret a Manger unionization drive: dispute over dismissal claim (Boing Boing)

Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck (ITV)

Zambia

Zambian President Orders Killing of “Rebels” No One Can Find (Global Voices)

Spinnin’ ‘Round and ‘Round – world news

Somehow I never seem to get ahead of these stories. Wonder why? Okay, so maybe there’s too much news in the world. This is what’s made it through my filter.

Olympics

London 2012: Oscar Pistorius set to make history at Olympics (BBC)


Sarah Robles: The strongest woman in America lives on $400 a month
(Boing Boing)


US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed “denigrated” the games
(Boing BOing)

European Union

Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA – now it’s unanimous (Boing Boing)

EU: software licenses may be sold by consumers (Boing Boing)

Australia

Aussie parliamentary committee hates ACTA, too (Boing Boing)

Australians find a vampire-like mosquito that breeds and lurks beneath cities (i09)

Stephanie Rice, gold-medal swimmer, criticized for wearing racy swimsuit (Ontd_Political)

Are Australians Really Dumb, Drunk and Racist? (Ontd_political)

Canada

Canada expands citizen’s arrest powers for private security personnel
(Security Director News)

“Every Inuit in Nunavut knows someone in their family or in their community that is hungry that day” (ontd_political)

Canadian fed court: linking isn’t copyright infringement, neither is excerpting an article (Boing Boing)

Canada creates new national security program (Security Director News)

Montrealers protest peacefully, reports conspicuously absent from mainstream media (ontd_Political)

Canada’s apocalyptically crap copyright law passes (but it could have been worse) (Boing Boing)

Rohinton Mistry’s fairy-tale about Canadian neocons (Boing Boing)

China

As Shenzou 9 returns to earth, China makes space history: analysis from Miles O’Brien + Leroy Chiao (video) (Boing Boing)

China Unearths Over 100 New Terracotta Warriors (Discovery News)


Chinese corruption and looting on a vast scale: industry, government, and military
(boing Boing)

Ecuador

Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy (Boing Boing)

Offering Assange Asylum May Have Negative Consequences for Ecuador (Hoy, Ecuador) (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt

Hosni Mubarak Reported “Clinically Dead” (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Says He’ll Rethink Camp David Accord and Build Stronger Iran Ties (The Moderate Voice)

Egyptians Elect MB Islamist Morsi (The Moderate Voice)

Ahmed Shafik Reportedly To Be Egyptian President (The Moderate Voice)

Germany

Germany sets world record for amount of solar power generated in a single day (Ontd_science)

Iran

Iran Twice Threatens to Walk Out of ‘Complicated and Difficult’ Talks (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Illegal downloaders now facing jail as Japan passes new laws (The Vinyl Factory)

Israel

Benjamin Netanyahu Undercut! (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico

Political Refugee Assange Deserves His Freedom – and Our Nation’s Thanks (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

PRI Wins Mexican Elections (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican doctors successfully remove 33-pound tumor from body of 2-year-old child (Washington Post)

DEA’s ‘El Chapo Fiasco’ Sets Drug War Back for ‘Years’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate (The Guardian)

Nepal

Belgian tourist missing in Himalayas found dead with her head cut off (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

Kim Dotcom raid was illegal, New Zealand judge rules (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza (Daily Mail UK)

Pakistan

CIA fake vaccine program will have wide-ranging effects on health of Pakistani children (Boing Boing)

Pakistan cracks down on pot-bellied police (Reuters)

Palestine

Girls FC (Al Jazeera)

Poland

The Mystery Unfolds of Poland’s ‘Extraterritorial’ CIA Prison (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Trojan Horse in Europe’ is About to Bolt (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

Republic of the Congo

Gorillas Rebuilding After Ebola Outbreak (ontd_political)

Russia

Why the Kremlin Opposes Assad’s Immediate Ouster (Izvestia, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys: Russia Today is the Latter (Gazeta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Court prohibits all gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years (ontd_political)

Israelis and Russians Bound Again by Battle Against Nazis (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’ (BBC)

Switzerland

Switzerland is one gigantic booby-trap (Boing Boing)

Syria

Defense Update: Syrian Downing of Turkish Reconnaissance Aircraft — Questions Are Raised (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Defense Update: Tensions over Syrian Downing of Turkish Fighter Jet (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Moscow’s Military Action in Syria a ‘Gift’ to Washington (An Nahar, Lebanon) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UPDATED: Home Secretary to UK net activists (Boing Boing)

London police crowdsource the panopticon (boing Boing)

Assange to UK cops: No, I will not come out of my Ecuadorean embassy (Boing Boing)

UK immigration test to focus on Shakespeare and Christianity instead of human rights and civics (Boing Boing)

100,000 Poems Dropped Over London (Writers Write)

G4S boss predicts mass privatisation of UK police forces (Boing Boing)

UK spying bill is King George III 2.0 (Boing Boing)

Jimmy Wales to UK Home Secretary: don’t render Richard O’Dwyer to the USA (Boing Boing)

Zambia

Bike Zambia to fight HIV/AIDS (Boing Boing)