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Global Quickies: Child Marriage Around the World, Pseudoscience and Sexism in Brazil, and Another Atheist Murdered in Bangladesh

BANGLADESH
“Isis has claimed responsibility for the murder of a professor in Bangladesh for supposedly “calling to atheism”. Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, was on his way to the Rajshahi University where he worked as an English teacher when he was viciously attacked.”

MEXICO (Via Amy)
“A group of recent college grads in the southern state of Michoacán have crowdfunded a “smart jewelry” startup that aims to protect women from violence.”

WORLD
Chart shows the lowest age you can legally get married around the world” “Globally, the average legal age of marriage for boys is 17 and 16 for girls but many countries permit them, particularly girls, to marry much younger.”

FRANCE
“France on Wednesday abandoned its attempts to name a gay man as ambassador to the Holy See in the face of opposition from the Vatican, making him its representative to UNESCO instead.”

UK
British social services took a baby away from their parents because they are selling Miracle Mineral Solution.

BRAZIL
“Responding to political pressure and popular demand for a largely untested cancer drug, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed into law today a measure that allows the renegade compound—synthetic phosphoethanolamine—to be produced and sold legally as a cancer therapy in Brazil.”

MALAYSIA
(Warning: Daily Mail Link ahead) “Schools in Malaysia have been struck by a mass hysteria ‘epidemic’ in which students claim they are having visions of female vampiric ghosts and are being physically pinned down by evil spirits.”

BRAZIL
The hilarious feminist backlash to Brazil’s impeachment fallout: In the middle of a political crisis, Brazilians respond on social media to an article about the maybe next first lady describing her as “beautiful, demure, and ‘of the home’”.

Featured image: Response to “beautiful, demure, and ‘of the home'” by @fernandaamv

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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