Global Quickies: Discrimination in Soccer, Doctor Performs Exorcism, and Gay Rights

“A Christian GP took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him, a medical tribunal has heard.”


In 2009, India decriminalized homosexuality, now once again, they are making gay sex a crime punishable by up to ten years in jail and putting tens of millions of Indians at risk of prosecution or harassment.


RUSSIA (From Mary)
Leviathan is a state-subsidized film that has won such international recognition, but many Russians, and certainly the government, don’t like it at all.


“Makayla Sault, the Ojibwa girl who refused chemotherapy last year in favour of indigenous medicine, died on Monday, with her parents reportedly blaming modern treatment for their daughter’s death.”


The 84 soccer players who filed a lawsuit against FIFA for gender discrimination have dropped the suit. They were denied an expedited hearing on the case that was needed to be able to play the World Cup in June. The core of dispute was that they will have to play in artificial turf, which is more dangerous, while the men get to play in natural grass.


“Israeli officials have announced plans to change the nation’s gender recognition laws to allow trans people to change gender on official documents without the need of invasive surgery.”


Featured image: 2013 Women’s Player of the Year finalists. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images


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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  1. Well, she’s dead now. I’m…numb. I do hate that her parents trotted her out for ‘tribal sovereignty’ politics. I mean, it’s bad enough to have wannabes doing this shit (and the ‘doctor’ in question was not an Indian, and is actually an ND from, where else?, Florida), but to have real Indians do it too?

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