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Global Quickies: Strip Searches, Racists in the Subway, and Giant Salamanders

TANZANIA
“ The abduction of an albino child in Tanzania sparked calls on Tuesday for greater action to enforce a newly-imposed ban on witch doctors to stop the killing of albinos whose body parts are prized in black magic.”

 

TURKEY
“Women in Turkey have taken to social media to protest against the murder of a student who tried to stop a man from raping her.”

 

CANADA (From Dan)
After controversy erupted when a 15-year-old girl was strip-searched for drugs in school, Quebec Education Minister said that strip searches of high school students were reasonable, as long as they were conducted under “strict” guidelines and in a “respectful” manner.

 

PAKISTAN
“Four members of a polio vaccination team have been found shot dead in south-west Pakistan, four days after being abducted.” At least 70 workers have been killed over the last four years.

 

DENMARK
“Denmark’s government has brought in a ban on the religious slaughter of animals for the production of halal and kosher meat, after years of campaigning from welfare activists.”

 

SAUDI ARABIA
“A Saudi Arabian cleric has claimed that the Earth does not orbit the sun and is in fact stationary, making the opposite true.”

 

COLOMBIA
The constitutional court ruled to keep the current same-sex adoption limit to cases where the child is the offspring of one of the partners.

 

CHINA
“A Chinese police chief has been sacked after some of his colleagues roughed up reporters who caught them eating a giant salamander at a lavish banquet. Giant salamanders are critically endangered and a protected species.”

 

UK/FRANCE
“Three Chelsea fans who were filmed as part of a crowd caught chanting that they liked being racist, moments after a black Parisian commuter was repeatedly shoved from a train carriage, have been suspended from entering club grounds.”

 

Featured image: Turkish women in Mersin shout slogans against the murder of a woman as they hold a picture of Ozgecan Aslan

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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3 Comments

  1. You’re right! no wonder it sounded familiar. It was from February 18th, but I didn’t notice the year. Sorry about that.
    If you have a good link for the terrorist attack (I heard it on the news, but didn’t read about it), please send it our way.

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