Quickies

Global Quickies: Father Fighting Pseudoscience, A Hero in Mali, and Selfies in Heaven

SPAIN
“A Spanish father has launched a court case against a homeopath he accuses of telling his son his cancer could be cured with “fungi and alcohol”.”

SIERRA LEONE (From Critical Dragon1177)
“Since December, parliament, dominated by President Ernest Bai Koroma’s party, has twice passed the “Safe Abortion Bill” which would scrap the current ban, both times with more than the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto. Koroma has refused to sign it into law, however, saying it runs counter to the right to life enshrined in the constitution and should be put to a referendum.”

KENYA
“Kenya’s Film Classification Board (KFCB) has forced Coca-Cola to scrap a kissing scene in a television advert because it “violated family values”. In the three-second scene two strangers have a passionate embrace in a library.”

SOUTH AFRICA
A pastor has been ridiculed after apparently saying he took a selfie in Heaven. A spokesman for South African holyman Paseka Motsoeneng claimed he visited the man upstairs during Easter.”

MALAWI
A ritual whereby young girls are forced to sleep with older men selected by chiefs as part of the girls’ passage into adulthood is believed to be contributing to the spread of HIV.

MALAWI
“Police in Kasungu habe arrested father to a two year old albino girl in the district whose skull , teeth and clothes were found on Wednesday two weeks after she disappeared from her home.”

MALI
A book collector in Mali helped keep most of Timbuktu’s ancient books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists.

Featured image: A tweet by Prophet Mboro showing a definitely not fake photo of heaven.

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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