Skepticism

Global Quickies: Troll Hunters, Rusty Radiators, and Fighting Rape Riding a Tiger

IRELAND
“In Ireland, a woman who is clinically dead but 17 weeks pregnant is being kept alive against her family’s will. At this painful time, her relatives must go to court to stop the Irish state treating their loved one’s body as a cadaveric incubator.”

WORLD (from Mary)
The International Centre for Theoretical Physics: “Set up in 1964 by Pakistani physics Nobel laureate Abdus Salam and Italian physicist Paolo Budinich, it aims to advance theoretical physics in the developing world.”

INDIA
India’s New Comic Book Hero Fights Rape, Rides On The Back Of A Tiger: “After months of traveling around India talking to all sorts of people, including rape victims, about sexual violence, Devineni decided to create Priya. Shunned by her family and village after she is raped, she takes refuge in the jungle and is stalked by a tiger. Parvati, a Hindu goddess, comes to her aid and grants her special powers that include fearlessness and a magical mantra that she uses to change people’s minds.”

SWEDEN
Troll Hunters: A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?”

NORWAY
“Each year, a group in Norway gives the Rusty Radiator to the charitable fundraising video deemed most offensive or most stereotypical in its portrayal of the developing world, particularly Africa. Feed a Child is this year’s winner (or loser).”

AFRICA
“Photographer, blogger and poet Nana Kofi Acquah uses his travels around Africa to chronicle the lives of women at their most accomplished and at their most vulnerable.”

PAKISTAN
“Between the rugged terrain and the constant terrorist threats, vaccinating Pakistani children against common diseases hasn’t been easy. Still, Pakistan has been making strides in vaccinating children.”

Featured image: Nana Kofi Acquah

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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