Global Quickies: 04/01/14

The ceremonial kick for the 2014 FIFA World Cup may be made by a paralyzed teenager using a mechanical exoskeleton controlled by the teen’s brain designed by the Walk Again Project.

INDIA (TW for sexual violence)
A 16-year-old girl was burned to death by the men who had gang-raped her twice. That same day they had threatened her with “dire consequences” if she did not withdraw her complaint to police.

An 81-year-old man was killed by other villagers who accused him of causing the death of a man through witchcraft.

Godlessness In Theory has a list of 100 of Britain and Ireland’s secular thinkers you should know about, who aren’t white men.

A woman accidentally killed her husband when she gave him a “love potion” she bought from a local herbalist. Both women are in police custody.

A woman was killed by a Quran healer who trampled over her neck while trying to exorcise a demon from her.

A new poll shows that the number of atheists has increased 400% in the past 10 years.


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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

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