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Global Quickies: Un-Islamic Pokemon Go, Queens in Iran, and Sexual Violence During Running of the Bulls

SPAIN
It’s running of the bulls season so, as every year, this happens: “Police in Pamplona have arrested 16 men over the last few days as they investigate reports of five violent sexual attacks – including a rape and an attempted rape – and 11 allegations of sexual assault.”

EGYPT
“An official for the top Islamic authority in Egypt told dpa on Thursday that the mobile phone reality game Pokemon Go is “prohibited” by Islam.

ISRAEL
“Women’s groups and members of the Israeli parliament have criticised the Israeli military after it emerged that its nominee for the role of chief military rabbi had in the past made remarks – later clarified – that appeared to defend the rape of non-Jewish women by soldiers in wartime.”

IRAN
“A recent trend among Iranians to wear clothing emblazoned with English-language writing has prompted alarm in the official media. […]Of particular concern seems to be a women’s range with the humorous slogan “Keep calm I’m Queen”. It’s apparently inspired by the popular British “Keep calm and carry on” image, but the TV channel has a different take, telling viewers that “queen” is a US slang term to describe “men who look like women”.”

UGANDA
“Solar Sister lights entrepreneurial spirit to improve women’s lives in Uganda. Women in the poorest parts of Uganda are reaping the personal and economic rewards of a scheme that trains them to sell clean energy sources.

BANGLADESH
“All 300,000 mosques in Bangladesh have been asked give a sermon against terrorism and extremism in their Friday prayers this week.”

AUSTRALIA
“Indigenous Australian women who have children are 17.5 times more likely to be murdered than other mothers, new research says.”

ARGENTINA
A couple was charged with the murder of their baby after the infant died in an attempted home-birth. The judge said that, if they knew what to do, they didn’t do it; if they didn’t know, they shouldn’t have tried to do it.

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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 Comment

  1. July 18, 2016 at 6:37 pm —

    That story in Australia is awfully familiar. I’ve written about Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe here.

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