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COMPENSATIONAL HUGE-ASS NEWS ROUNDUP!!!1!
Pakistan: Remember the CIA-contractor jerkoff that killed two Lahore motorcyclists in January execution-style? The CIA guy, a one Mr. Raymond Davis formerly of Blackwater, was investigating the radical Pakistani Islamist group Lashkar when the shit went down and inflamed angry discussion about how far diplomatic immunity actually goes. Now he's out of prison, everyone's still pissed about it, and the families of the men killed were paid $2.3 million dollars. For context, the average suggested pay to families of innocents killed in US ops hovers around $5,000.
Sierra Leone: War-crimes-missing-hands-and-blood-diamonds-fame Charles Taylor's 3-year trial closed March 11, to let the Hague decide what to do with him. If convicted, he'd be in lockup in the US.
Indonesia: Jakarta's evacuating people on the slopes of its most active volcano, rising alerts to the highest level they can, proving that the Ring of Fire is on a roll jerking around the human race. Look out California.
- Channel 4 has a cool interactive video timeline combining resources about the original Sendai quake (and aftershocks), the tsunamis, and the nuclear plant problems all in one handy place.
- Boingboing rounds up Japan Nuclear issues with the utmost quality that they are known for
- Maggie Koerth-Baker drops the science and explains why people in North America are not getting radiation poisoning, relax.
- Flickr set of US Navy relief efforts at Tomodachi
- Here's the AJE liveblog, and the Reuters liveblog too.
- Boston.com's The Big Picture photo series about the crisis
Bahrain: Protests proceed, things get messy, and opposition leaders are arrested for "talking to foreign agents".
Yemen: 31 people are dead after the continuing protests for the sniper treatment. My awe of the regular Joes of the Middle East continues unabated.
America: The Foo Fighters recorded their latest album in Dave Grohl's garage, did a documentary about it for SXSW, and are doing a tour of concerts in peoples' garages. That you can maybe have in YOUR garage. After a day of bad news, how effin' cool is that?