On today's edition of Newz of the World we begin in Lebanon where Syrian war related violence broke out this week. In related news, the EU embargo on supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels has now ended. Over the weekend there was a worldwide protest against Monsanto, with a particularly large turn out in Mexico where people around the country and demanding the government halt the expansion of GMO corn use.
Concern has been expressed by Egypt and Sudan as Ethiopia pushes forward with its Millennium dam project that will divert at least part of the Nile's flow. Just as it seemed former Guatemalan leader Rios Montt was convicted of genocide, the Constitutional Court as overturned the verdict and ordered a do-over.
In the world if Vine videos the DMCA has been issuing take-down notices to the 6 second video application insisting those with concert footage are copyright infringements. This week's Newz source is the Latin American Monitor, an initiative of the Christian Science Monitor.
Topics: Fighting in Lebanon — Corn in Mexico — Ethiopian Dam — Guatemalan Court Decision — Vine Video Copyright — LA Monitor Duration: 00:38:23 Team: Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, Tim Pritlove
This week we look at Saudi Arabia's big plunge into nuclear energy. UN releases first undersea mining guidelines for licenses to be issued in 2016. Nigerian president declares operations against Boko Haram a success. Motherboard story reveals who makes money on private prisons in the US and how they are tied to pension funds. This week's NEWZ source: Motherboard by Vice Magazine.
Topics: Saudi Nuclear Plans; Undersea Mining; Boko Haram Nigeria; Candidates Rejected in Iran; Pension Plans American Prisons; Motherboard Duration: 00:43:52 Team: Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, Tim Pritlove
After a few weeks off Tim and Mark are reviewing some of the major stories that we missed recently starting with the factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed 1100 people. In Libya there have been various protests against the government and militias related to a new law regarding former Qaddafi government workers. The US continues to debate getting involved in Syria and what their involvement should be. Over in Pakistan the latest elections have brought back the once ousted Nawaz Sharif as president. Iceland's latest votes have kicked out the center left, brought on the center right, and set back hopes of a new constitution. In keeping with politics, Flattr and Piratebay cofounder (and friend of this show) Peter Sunde has announced he will run for European Parliament in 2014 as a member of the Pirate Party in Finland. Our NEWZ Source for this week is a very old and very useful scientific research magazine - NATURE.
Topics: Bangladesh Factory Accident; Libyan Unrest; US-Syria Debate; Pakistan Elections; Iceland Elections; Peter Sunde Announcement; Nature Magazine Duration: 00:56:42 Team: Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, Tim Pritlove
This week Mark and Tim are looking at various newz around the world: Human Rights Watch has published a report accusing the Syrian government of war crimes. Close by in Lebanon a "power ship" is extending daily power supply of the country by two hours a day. The Malian government announces elections to be held this year. Novartis loses a drug patent case in India. The US supreme court ist about to decide if the Human Genome can be patented at all. Facebook guy Mark Zuckerberg starts a political action group in the US.
We close by providing another NEWZ source: opensecrets.org and giving an update on upcoming travels and talks by Mark and Tim.
Topics: Syria War Crimes; Turkish Power Ship in Lebanon; Mali To Hold Elections This Year; Generic Drugs Win in India; US Supreme Court on Human Gene Patens; Zuckerberg Starts A Political Action Group; NEWZ Sources: Opensecrets.org. Duration: 00:43:16 Team: Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, Tim Pritlove
Unlike the rest of the internet today, we at Newz of the World are sticking with the facts, mostly. Starting with the riots in Myanmar that have killed dozens and displaced tens of thousands. Meanwhile a very complex list of proposals is being disputed for the Southern European gas pipeline route. Doctors in the UK say a new health policy that starts today will dismantle the public healthcare system. Down in Egypt, divers were caught snipping cables in the Mediterranean. Today's Newz Source is a one stop shop for policy and society news on the European Union level: Euractiv.com.
Topics: Riots Myanmar; Southern European Gas Pipeline Race; Tibet Landslide; Privatization of the NHS; Undersea Cable Damage Egypt; Euractiv.com Duration: 00:28:48 Team: Mark Fonseca Rendeiro, Tim Pritlove