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)

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)

Revenge of the world news

For some reason, the world just won’t stop coming up with new and intriguing things for me to read. Why is that?

ACTA

What the US government tells European parliamentarians about ACTA (Boing Boing)

Danish band claims collecting society prevented them from playing anti-ACTA gig (Boing Boing)

AnonymousB/c they cross borders

Spain, South America arrest 25 in Anonymous crackdown, with Interpol assist (Boing Boing)

Antarctica

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Australia

Cudo Stupidity Followup (Whatever)

Australian Senate calls for apology on forced adoptions (ontd_political)

Abortion outrage: Mums should be allowed to terminate newborns, say Australian academics (ontd_political)

Afghanistan

Inside Kabul: landmine survivor aid activist live-blogs from lockdown in Afghanistan (Boing Boing)

Why Would Afghani citizens be so angry? (Religion News)

Bolivia

Bolivian riot cops gas, beat wheelchair protesters (Boing Boing)

Brazil

Deadly Fire Incinerates Brazil’s Antarctic Base (Discovery news)

Bulgaria

Icebound, long-abandoned Communist flying saucer in the cliffs of Bulgaria (Boing Boing)

Canada

BC government considering legislation to remove teachers right to strike. (ontd_political)

Independent watchdog says Canada’s 2011 elections may have been corrupt (Boing Boing)

Canadian record labels to Canadian Parliament: we want to be able to control search engines, social networking, blogs, video sites, and community sites. Oh, and we want an iPod tax. (Boing Boing)

Alberta doctors continue to bill province for ‘treating’ homosexuality (ontd_political)

China

Hong Kong Airlines accused of profiting from “flying Taiji dolphin coffins” (Boing Boing)

Finland

Finnish alpha males go Esther Williams for breast cancer (Katya’s Non-Profit Marketing Blog)

India

India’s Government Grudgingly Releases Report on Nuclear Power’s Effect on Human Health (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)

SKS, world’s largest microfinance service, drives debtors to suicide (Boing Boing)

Ireland

Irish SOPA signed into law (Boing Boing)

Japan

America and Japan ‘Too Hasty’ about Resuming Nuclear Plant Construction (Shimpo Hebei Shimbun, Japan) (The Moderate Voice)

Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown, one year later: Frontline doc airs [Feb. 28] on PBS (Boing Boing)

Haunting photos from Fukushima, one year later: “Invisible You,” by Satoru Niwa (Boing Boing)

Join a live Q&A about the first few days of the Fukushima nuclear crisis (boing Boing)

Fukushima and mental health (Boing Boing)

Nigeria


What Happens When U.S. Law Collides With Int’l Law? That’s for The Supremes To Sort Out
(The Moderate Voice)

North Korea


U.S. announces diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea
(ontd_political)

Pakistan

“Saving Face” May be a Saving Grace for Women Victims of Acid Attacks (Muslimah Media Watch)

Russia

The ‘Brutality of the World’, According to Vladimir Putin (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria) (The Moderate Voice)


‘Russia’s Place in a Changing World,’ By Vladimir Putin (Moskovskiye Novosti, Russia)
(The Moderate Voice)

Anti-Gay Law Stirs Fears in Russia (ontd_political)

Spain

Hactivistas protest brutal Spanish copyright law with flood of complaints (Boing Boing)

Syria

Syria says referendum results coming Monday; vote punctuated by new violence (CNN)

Marie Colvin: a portrait of the slain war correspondent, by Molly Crabapple (Boing Boing)

United Kingdom

Labour to Britain’s Internet: drop dead (Boing BOing)

Make little, make often: how manufacturing could work in the UK (Boing Boing)

Tory Lord tells peers about a weird Internet scam at great length (Boing Boing)

HIV treatment to be free for undocumented migrants and non-UK citizens. (ontd_political)

NHS bill: goodbye comprehensive healthcare, hello private insurance (ontd_political) — Please don’t follow the US example. ktnxbai

Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe attacks gays in birthday rant (ontd_political)