Skepticism

Global Quickies: Racist candy, Brazilian Dolphins, and Bad News for Moroccan Rapists

MOROCCO
The parliament of Morocco has unanimously amended an article of the penal code that allowed rapists of underage girls to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.

CHILE (From Will)
A bill that would allow transgender Chileans to legally change their name and sex without sex reassignment surgery advanced in the country’s Senate.

BRAZIL
Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One.

INDIA
Indian village head arrested for ordering gang rape of woman as punishment for dating a man outside of her community.

CANADA
Female tennis player reaches Australian Open semis, is asked what man she wants to date.

PERU / PHILIPPINES
These two countries have spiders that use insect corpses and jungle trash to build big, spider-shaped decoys in their webs. And they are Amazing.

SWEDEN
German candy-makers Haribo have pulled black-faced liquorice off their production line in Sweden after customers complained their design played on racist caricatures.

Featured image: Decoy spider by Lary Reeves

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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  1. That Canadian one annoys me because the reporter failed to mention that this was a viewer’s question, it was supposed to be a bit of fun, they had already asked the serious questions, and they asked the same question of a male player as well. The idea was to bring the player closer to the audience. I do not think the gravitas of tennis was diminished, as these folk are only entertainers after all..

    If we still want to pile on, fine, but that context should have been included

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