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Global Quickies:

CANADA
“An Ontario high school teacher, who disrupted a vaccine clinic and told students vaccinations could lead to death, stormed out of a disciplinary hearing after being found guilty of professional misconduct by the Ontario College of Teachers on Wednesday.”

SERBIA
“Partizan Belgrade midfielder Everton Luiz was in tears after persistent racist chants during his team’s victory over Rad in the Serbian league. The Brazilian, who joined Partizan last year, played through monkey chants and other abuse, including a racist banner in the stands where Rad fans were standing.”

CHINA
“A popular feminist social media account in China has been gagged, apparently for voicing opposition to Donald Trump. The Feminist Voice in China has been banned from Sina Weibo, a website similar to Twitter, for allegedly violating Chinese law.”

BRAZIL
“Rio de Janeiro’s first feminist samba block is rallying behind a campaign for a safe Carnival. They hope to stamp out the notion the year’s biggest party is no place for a decent woman.”

TANZANIA
“In July last year Makonda had already announced a crackdown against gays, followed by arrests in clubs. Now Deputy Health Minister Hamisi Kigwangalla has spoken of a more drastic move. He wants to publish a list of gay people. This coincides with the suspension by the health ministry of AIDS-related services at around 40 privately-run health centers after they were accused of providing services to homosexuals.”

IRAN
“Iran’s chess authorities are to punish a team of promising siblings after the sister failed to cover her hair in a tournament and the brother played an Israeli.”

SAUDI ARABIA (From CriticalDragon)
Saudi Arabia hosted its first comic convention over the weekend, marking a turning point in acceptance of Western entertainment and comic books, as well as showing evolving social norms. […]At the comic con, women kept on their traditional abayas, even if they were wearing costumes. There was a private women’s-only tent where they could show their costumes to other women.”

SPAIN
The city of Barcelona studies sanctioning a club for offering “women without husbands” free entrance, a drink, and 100 euros if they are not wearing panties.

 

Featured image by Nicolas de Camaret

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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