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Global Quickies: Devil-Guided Journalism, Sexual bias, and More

Global Quickies: Devil-Guided Journalism, Sexual bias, and More

IRAQ Doubts are growing about the authenticity of an edict attributed to the Sunni Islamist group Isis controlling the Iraqi city of Mosul about ordering all females aged between 11 and 46 to undergo female genital mutilation.   EGYPT In explanation for jailing of three al-Jazeera journalists, the judge said the devil encouraged them to use journalism against Egypt.   FINLAND (From Radiu... »

Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

Global Quickies: Banned Archie, Female Bishops, and Alien Rock Paintings

SUDAN Sudanese authorities are banning the construction of new Christian churches. Sudan is majority Muslim, but officially guarantees freedom of religion. NIGERIA Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria to appeal to Boko Haram militants to lay down their weapons and “stop misusing the name of Islam.” UK Church of England leaders voted to allow women to become bishops. The first female bishop... »

Global Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler

Global Quickies: Genies, Sects, and Hitler

TAIWAN (From criticaldragon1177) Christian organizations are forming alliances with Taoist and Buddhist groups to influence government policy against same-sex marriage.   NEPAL (Via Ateorizar) A Withcraft Act will be voted on by the Parliament soon, which aims to “to take stringent action against those involved in the inhuman treatment of females accused of practicing witchcraft”.  ... »

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

NIGERIA The Nigerian man committed to a hospital psychiatric ward because he did not believe in god has been was released because of a doctors’ strike which has seen many patients discharged. UK The BBC Trust published a progress report about the corporation’s science coverage, which was criticized in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. BBC journal... »

World Cup Ad Contest: The Worst Is Here

World Cup Ad Contest: The Worst Is Here

As we had expected, lots of World Cup commercials have shown us that some publicists / companies / FIFA refuse to join the rest of humanity in the 21st century, using sexism and outdated gender stereotypes to sell us beer, TVs, and the event itself. Knowing this would happen, we asked you guys to send us any horribly sexist World Cup ads you came across to have them compete in our own World Cup of... »

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith

IRAN The Iranian government arrested two 23-year-olds for appearing in a music video singing and dancing in support of the Iranian soccer team in the World Cup. SUDAN Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman freed from death row was detained at the airport for allegedly trying to leave the country with fake documents. She’s now been freed again. JAPAN (From Angelina) Some language schools in Japan are f... »

Global Quickies: Transgender Rights in Canada, Asian Suffragettes in the UK, and Charlatans in the Czech Republic

Global Quickies: Transgender Rights in Canada, Asian Suffragettes in the UK, and Charlatans in the Czech Republic

CANADA The Vancouver school board has voted to enact new guidelines and practices to support transgender students in schools., which includes allowing transgender students to be addressed by the name that corresponds with their own gender identity and allowing them to use bathrooms of their choice. Also CANADA A 12-year-old transgender boy in Alberta has been granted a new birth certificate offici... »

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

(Just two World Cup-related links, I promise.) BRAZIL A Brazilian paraplegic made the first kick of the World Cup using a robotic exoskeleton. It was cool, but they had promised much more.   CHINA Panda cubs at an enclosure in China have been forbidden from predicting the scores of the football World Cup.   MALAYSIA Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia for allegedly viol... »

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