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Global Quickies: Naturopath Charged, Flags for Straights, and Road-blocks for Jesus

AUSTRALIA (From Michael)
A naturopath and the mother of an 8-month-old baby are being charged with reckless grievous bodily harm for stopping conventional treatment for the baby’s eczema. The infant came close to death after he was placed on a naturopathic treatment plan which left him suffering severe malnutrition and developmental problems.

CANADA
“A University of Toronto spokesperson says a controversial course that taught anti-vaccination materials will not be taught this year.”

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico atheist group filed a complaint in the Office of the General Comptroller for the “faith road-block” carried out by the Police, during which officers stopped people on the road for the purpose of preaching, distributing written religious propaganda and praying for drivers.

SCOTLAND
As part of the ongoing We Can Stop It campaign, a hard-hitting new rape prevention ad has been released with aims to challenge male behavior and attitudes towards sexual consent.

PAKISTAN
Pakistan has banned the use of English translations like “God” and “Prophet” for Arabic terms such as “Allah” and “Rasool”.”

PARAGUAY
The police backed down on the controversial restrictions it had imposed on banners at public events attended by Pope Francis in his visit this week. The ban included “banners containing references to social struggle groups (in favor of abortion, gay marriage and the landless movement)”.

SYRIA
“Syria’s civil war has created nearly four million refugees – most have lost family members in the conflict and are living in camps in neighbouring countries. Women in one of these centres have joined a drama project and are finding that an ancient Greek tragedy is proving cathartic.”

BANGLADESH
“A cheap oral vaccine has prevented cases of deadly cholera in a huge trial in Bangladesh.”

RUSSIA (From Mary)
United Russia, Russia’s ruling party, has unveiled a new “flag for straights” to promote “traditional values”. Everyone noticed it looked a lot like the logo of a French group against same-sex marriage, who now have accused the United Russia party of using their logo without permission.

Featured image: Trolling the Russian “straight flag”

Daniela

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. July 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm —

    The Syrian production of Antigone is inspiring and liberating. I hope they don’t get crushed by the authorities or their fathers and husbands, but instead is one of the cascading grains of sand that results in a seismic shift in the traditional repressive society, counteracting forces like ISIS and other reactionary branches of Islam.

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