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Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots

Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots

AFGHANISTAN (From Mary) Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the national election. She covered conflicts for more than 20 years, and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. RWANDA (From Mary) How Rwanda’s Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos: in a culture where it’s highly unseemly to eat anything in the street, eating ic... »

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

AFGHANISTAN (from Michael) A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president. UKRAINE (From Mary) What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Si... »

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

INDIA (From Cerberus40) Preliminary results from new research show only 1-in-24 healthcare providers in India is qualified in modern medicine. That includes alternative medicine providers and fakers, some without any medical training, posing as physicians, even in hospitals. PHILIPPINES (From Michael) Policewomen members of the Women and Children Protection Desk have been in charge of security in ... »

Global Quickies: Outbreaks, Sects, and All You Can Eat Buffets

Global Quickies: Outbreaks, Sects, and All You Can Eat Buffets

WORLD Cool (and depressing) interactive map that visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. MALAYSIA (from Kok Sen Wai) After the publication of recent statutory rape statistics, a politician implied that non-Muslims are more tolerant of child rape, hence do not report it a... »

Global Quickies: Demonstrations, Coconuts, and Bended Spoons

Global Quickies: Demonstrations, Coconuts, and Bended Spoons

NORWAY (From Veronica) Last week’s International Women’s Day saw mobilizations far beyond the traditional women’s movement due to the government’s move to introduce a new law that makes it legal for GPs to refuse to refer women to an abortion provider. SPAIN As in Norway, on International Women’s Day, thousands gathered in demonstrations around the country to protest against the govern... »

Global Quickies: Blasphemy, Excess of Legitimate Defense, and no Legoland for Muslims.

Global Quickies: Blasphemy, Excess of Legitimate Defense, and no Legoland for Muslims.

UK A Legoland theme park in Windsor, England said it had to cancel an Islamic group’s “fun day” and temporarily close for business following a torrent of abusive threats from right wing extremists. TUNISIA A blogger sentenced to seven years in prison for posting cartoons deemed insulting to the prophet Muhammad in 2012 was pardoned and released from prison. MEXICO Yakiri, a young woman sent to pri... »

Global Quickies: Indecent Acts, Rickets, and Diplomatic Incidents

Global Quickies: Indecent Acts, Rickets, and Diplomatic Incidents

UGANDA (from a bunch of you) The Minister for Ethics and Integrity told Stephen Fry, on camera, that men raping girls is the right kind of rape. AUSTRALIA (from Jack99) Victoria’s Education Department has launched an investigation into what it calls “inappropriate and offensive” religious material distributed at a primary school. The material instructed children to seek counselin... »

Global Quickies: Lizard people, bigots, and breaking taboos in Iran

Global Quickies: Lizard people, bigots, and breaking taboos in Iran

IRAN Maryam Namazie and a group of activists originally from Iran want to start Bread and Roses – a weekly taboo-breaking, freethinking political-social TV magazine in Persian and English broadcast in Iran and the Middle East as well as globally via satellite TV and social media. They’ve set up an Indiegogo page so you can help them out. NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister John Key is not a reptilian... »

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