A day after Hollywood started its annual circle-jerk season, and Tina Fey casually got super racist (was no-one else uncomfortable with her ‘blacklist’ gag?) we’re back to other things that I’ve found.Following on from yesterday’s telling off by both the Herald social media editor and a Stuff reporter, I’ve tried to be more diligent. But I must repeat, these are stories that I haven’t been able to find with immediacy. So it’s possible that the Herald and Stuff are running these, you’d just have to go hunting.
Also, someone levelled criticism at me that I was just aggregating and passing myself off as a news source. Again that’s not my intention. I’m really just aggregating stuff I’ve found interesting from around the world that I thought you all should know about.
Ok, that’s enough self-justification.
The spectacularly named Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria has just signed a much less-spectacular law into effect. The new law outlaws gay marriage, public displays of same-sex relationships, and belonging to gay groups . You could get imprisoned for 14 years for breaking it. What a dick.
South Sudan’s troubles continue despite mediation going on between the two warring parties. The Government forces are moving towards the last state-capital held by the rebels, a city called Bor. I’m not sure that these guys know what mediation means.
Three journalists arrested in Egypt on December 29th are still being held and journalists are mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore. The three Al Jazeera-English journalists were arrested under suspicion of talking to the Muslim Brotherhood who were declared a terrorist organisation. Let’s not forget that the Muslim Brotherhood were actually a democratically elected government.
In a first for us, some good news! India looks like it has made itself polio free! The country’s last case of the polio virus was detected on 13 January 2011 in a two-year-old girl in West Bengal. Three years without any new cases means India can be declared polio-free.
Back to less good news I’m afraid. The state of Ohio is set to execute a prisoner using a never before tried combination of drugs. This is because the Danish maker of the drug used most often for executions has now severely limited the amount sold to prisons. Also, a prisoner recent executed experienced agonising pain. Might just be easier not to have the death penalty.