Global Quickies: Lost Fairytales, Heroe Doctor, and Egypt Doesn’t Like the Exodus Movie

“A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo has won Europe’s top human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims in the country.”

“The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has convinced a court that a company that offers homeopathic remedies was “misleading and deceptive” when it tried to argue that said remedies provide a viable alternative to the pertussis vaccine.”

“A judge in Dublin’s High Court has ruled that a life-support machine may be switched off in the case of a brain-dead woman who is 18 weeks pregnant.”

Egypt has banned a Hollywood film based on the Biblical book of Exodus because of what censors described as ‘historical inaccuracies’. The head of the censorship board said these included the film’s depiction of Jews as having built the Pyramids, and that an earthquake, not a miracle by Moses, caused the Red Sea to part.”

“A Japanese woman who makes art based on her vagina has been charged with obscenity, in a case that has sparked discussion on censorship.”

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“Two Saudi women arrested nearly a month ago for flouting a ban on female drivers have had their cases referred to a court established to try terrorists, according to The Associated Press.”


Featured image: Erika Eichenseer,the woman dedicated to studying the forgotten Bavarian fairytales. Photo by Philip Oltermann


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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  1. I’m trying to decide if I care whether Egypt banned the Moses movie because the movie said the Red Sea parted due to a miracle or because it said the opposite. The only option not open to the ambiguous, poorly written article is the most likely one that the Red Sea never parted at all.

  2. Hmm. The actual, ya-know, BOOK of Exodus doesn’t mention the pyramids at all. A reason that some cast doubt on the whole story, though the ‘land of Goshen’ was where the short-lived Hyksos dynasty was located.

    AND. The bible suggests that three days of high winds ‘parted’ the body of water. No earthquake.

  3. The exodus story is really odd. Certainly if you study theology in Germany you learn that it’s basically rubbish. Though it’s highly possible that some people who later moved to the near East did at some time live in Egypt, there’s no evidence to suggest a large exodus. Also the Egyptians didn’t really have slaves.

    Oh, and the great pyramids were built some 1500 years before Moses (if he ever lived).

    Actually Moses is a part of an Egyptian name. Mws in Egyptian means “born” or “born of”, rather like the Scottish “mac” or “mc”.

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