Global Quickies: Ebola, Satan and Strange Protocols

The Chief of Protocol for the city of Brussels has been arrested for taking off the full-face veil of a Qatari princess after she asked him for directions. She has made an official complaint as she suffered cuts and bruises after her earrings got caught in her veil. Since the veil is banned in the country, she was fined and might face up to 7 days in prison.

The head of a radical Muslim Group issued a fatwa calling for the killing and gouging out the eyes of Aminetou Mint El Moctar, a human rights activist working for the rights of women and children in Mauritania. The fatwa was ssued after she spoke out in defense of a man accused of apostasy

Despite the country’s Catholic majority and history, Spaniards are choosing not to marry by the church. The number of Catholic weddings, has been steadily declined and is now only 30% of all marriages.

Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to one healer who claimed to have powers to heal the disease. After “treating” Guineans who crossed into Sierra Leone to seek treatment, she caught the disease and died. People who went to her funeral got infected and spread the virus to their own villages.
On a related note, here is an interesting article on how and why Ebola is affecting more women than men.

The first Church of Satan has officially registered as a legal entity in Ukraine. The Church of Satan is a religious organization dedicated to the philosophy of LaVeyan Satanism as codified in The Satanic Bible.


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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