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Global Quickies: Witch Doctors in Soccer, Hunger Games in Thailand, and Discrimination in the Americas

IRELAND (from Amy)
Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers.

GHANA
Ghana’s most influential witch doctor has claimed he is responsible for the knee injury that is threatening Cristiano Ronaldo’s participation at the World Cup. For non-soccer fans: Ghana is in the same classification group as Portugal, whose star player is Cristiano Ronaldo.

IRAN
Journalist Masih Alinejad started a Facebook page for women to share pictures of themselves without a hijab, so the government started making up stories about her having been raped.

INDIA
A woman was violently killed just 60 miles from where two girls were raped and killed last week. Trigger Warning for the link.

SAUDI ARABIA
Authorities are looking into amending the Anti-Cybercrime Law to start legal proceedings against social networking sites that allow accounts that promote adultery, homosexuality and atheism.

THAILAND
The ruling junta is pondering whether to officially ban the three-fingered “District 12” salute from The Hunger Games, now that is has become an emotionally charged symbol of resistance among opponents of the May 22 military coup.

PARAGUAY
The Organization of American States just signed the Declaration of Asuncion, which, amongst other things, condemns “all forms of discrimination against persons by reason of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression”. Just days before, Paraguayan senators made their own declaration against same-sex marriage, and the debate included incredibly anti-gay and sexist comments by senators, such as “a woman is like a pet, a loyal dog, who must cook and tend only to the man”.

Featured image: A woman holds up a three fingered salute

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. The reporting on the Irish case is ahead of the facts. It may well be worse. The journalist, Catherine Corless, had to PAY for each individual record from the county of Cork. Over several years she collected records for the deaths of 796 childred (797?) at the Bon Secours nuns ‘home’ in Tuam. Only ONE child had a recorded burial.

    In 1975, two boys had broken through a concrete slab near the ‘home’ and found the space below ‘full’ of skeletons. Apparently randomly dumped without coffins or even shrouds. The space was closed with no investigation. One of the boys was quoted recently as saying there were perhaps 20 skeletons under the slab.

    So, to date, there hasn’t been an actual forensic investigation of the site. There is no count of the actual number of victims buried in the suspected dump site. Nor is there any way of knowing how many MORE victims there might be.

    Catholic apologists are frantically nitpicking over these details. But some of the nastiest facts remain: No investigation when bodies were discovered in 1975; no action taken when government inspectors found starving, sick, abused, children in the ‘home’ DECADES before it was closed.

    And of course, this is just one ‘fallen women’s’ prisons of dozens scattered throughout Ireland. Operated at government expense by organizations that operated above the law, exploiting and possibly killing with impunity the most powerless and helpless people in the ‘catholic’ state of Ireland.

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