The Bangka Belitung islands are a picture postcard tropical paradise, except where the tin is mined. Tin that is used in smartphone solders, and that is responsible for widespread ecological devastation. Following a Friends of the Earth campaign, all of the major manufacturers bar one have acknowledged their role in this destruction, and are seeking improved standards for tin mining. But if you truly want ethical consumer electronics, you'll have to wait for the Fairphone(Fairphone previously).
Guy Rundle teases out the meanings of the bin Laden assassination, in contrast to the Eichmann trial.
Victoria (Australia) had moderate flooding last week, which journalists were keen to report. Perhaps too keen. Full story here.