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Global Quickies: 20/07/13

Hey, lovely Skepchick readers! Today we have tons of links to get to, and this time we’re going to start with the good news:

IRELAND
Parliament passes legislation allowing abortion in case of risk to the mother.

UK
Parliament passes marriage equality law!

CZECH REPUBLIC
An Atheist organization is taking legal action against the head of Czech Muslims because he was advocating teaching children religious intolerance, and for parents to beat their children if they refuse to pray. (From Dom Miketa)

EGYPT
If you haven’t seen the video of the 12-year old talking about politics and religion, you really should. That kid is awesome.

THE VATICAN
Want a reduced sentence to purgatory? Just follow the Pope on Twitter. Indulgences on social media!

CANADA
Two women create awesome parody video about consent. (From Shawn)

And on with the bad:

JAPAN
People are trying to change their fortune by having new palm lines drawn in surgically with an electric scalpel.

PAKISTAN
Senior Taliban commander accuses Malala of smear campaing. (From Moniqa)

ARGENTINA
A man accused of raping his wife for years was set free because of “cultural context”. According to the judges, since the couple is Paraguayan, they were educated in a culture where the husband completely dominates the wife. As Andrés put it: Good to know foreign values like “protection under the law” where not imposed on the victim.

ITALY
The country’s first black parliamentarian, Cecile Kyenge, continues being the target of racist comments by anti-immigration parliamentarians.

EGYPT
A 15-year old girl who was subjected to violence by her family after she removed her hijab, committed suicide. (From Jamie)

COSTA RICA
The government appoints The Virgin of Angels commander of the air division of the armed forces.

INDIA
23-year old engineer commits suicide because a crow perched itself on his head, which he interpreted as a bad omen.

ITALY
Margherita Hack, an astrophysicist, atheist, and skeptic, died last month at age 91. (From Tim Farley)

MALAYSIA
Sex bloggers jailed for posting a picture offensive to Muslims
: them eating pork and greeting Muslims fasting for Ramadan. (via Heina)

Featured image: protesters in Dublin last year. Source.

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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