News articles I read today — 25/01/2010

25 January 2010

I spend way too much time on the internet, and most of it reading news. There are so many news outlets, so I can only read a tiny fraction of all things that are going on in the world. It is a slightly odd experiment, but I wanted to note the news article I read today, in order to see for myself what my reading habits are. There were others web pages I have read, and the following only lists articles in English.

Guardian: Ethiopian plane crashes into sea off Beirut
I suppose this is one of the biggest news today, as plane crashes almost always are.

BBC: Top obesity drug sibutramine being suspended

New York Times: The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now
I have my doubts about Facebook, and this article is a clear summary of things that Facebook’s users should be aware of.

Reuters: Human "bed-warmers" at Holiday Inn
Not a service I’d order, but I suppose it’s nice to be in a snug and warm bed.

Guardian: Mother cleared of trying to murder bedridden daughter
This kind of stories makes me desperately sad, and I cannot say how I would react in the same situation. Happy are those who can be arm-chair judge, jury and executioner.

Guardian: Italian official condemns Haiti earthquake relief as ‘vanity parade’
There may be a point in this criticism. While everyone supports the overall goal, sometimes there is intensive competition between governments and among the help and voluntary organizations, rather than co-operation.

The Times: Chemical Ali executed for Halabja massacre

The Times: Over 30 killed as bombers hit Baghdad hotels
Iraq will remain on the news agenda for a long time to come.

The Times: BA cabin crew gather to vote on strike action
This time, the strike actions may actually go ahead, after the last attempt was scuppered by a court decision. With the way JAL went, I’m not sure BA can count on much sympathy or support from the public or the government.

Hindustan Times: Pak will be held responsible if 26/11 recurs: Chidambaram
Pakistan has been a major worry for many outsiders. It’s never entirely clear who is (actually) in charge.

BBC: China rejects claims of cyber attacks on Google
The fall-out from the cyber attacks continues.

The Times: Burma ‘to free Aung San Suu Kyi in November’ after 20 years
I will only believe it, when I see it.

Manchester Evening News: Feminist fury at blokes’ club for ‘all things male’
Entirely facetious, but is the newspaper’s accepted acronym MEN?

Guardian: 45 Americans claim asylum in Britain
45 Americans and 15 Canadians felt threatened at home, and sought asylum in Britain between 2004 and 2008. All were refused. Not sure what to make of this.

The Times: Tony Blair clinches lucrative hedge fund contract

Guardian: Tony Blair to boost earnings as paid speaker for Mayfair hedge fund
Mr Blair surely has enough money, so why does he court unpopularity? There is something a little distasteful and undignified about what Mr Blair does.

Guardian: Guardian/ICM poll: Conservatives show vulnerability in class battle
The headline is somewhat misleading in that the Tories have widened their lead over Labour to 11 points.

The Times: Polish beekeeper Josef Guzy found still alive in coffin

So, do these articles tell anything about me, and what news have I missed today?