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

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.

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 failing pretty badly at protecting their teachers against sexual harassment from students. At least now they are getting some help from their union.

UK (From Amy)
Three people were sentenced to prison for attacking Edinburgh Central Mosque with bacon. Was this a harmless prank or a racially motivated attack? Alex Gabriel at FtB gives pretty convincing evidence for the latter.

Saudi Arabia tried to stop CFI from delivering a statement criticizing the country for its human rights violations at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

A Nigerian man has been sent to a mental institute after he declared that he did not believe in God.

A bill outlawing multiple forms of birth control has passed a first reading in Iran’s parliament. The bill bans sterilization, vasectomies, tubal ligation, and abortion, unless they are authorized.

Nigerian pop singer Adokiye has caused a social media storm by offering her virginity to Islamic militants Boko Haram in exchange for the return of hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls.

The virus that causes polio has been found in sewage in one of the cities where World Cup matches are being played. With travelers visiting from all over the world for the World Cup, this is terrifying.

Featured image: screengrab from the Iranian video.


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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