Global Quickies: Dyphteria Makes a Comeback in Spain, Mozambique Legalizes Homosexuality, and Giant Rats Help with Landmines

“A six-year-old child who lives in the Catalan city of Olot (Girona) has been admitted to hospital with the first recorded case of diphtheria in Spain since 1986.” Despite free immunization services, the parents had opted not to vaccinate the child.

Ahead of the Women’s World Cup in Canada, national teams had to supply medical confirmation that all their players are women. Players need a ‘declaration of gender verification’ signed by a doctor.

Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds

“One of the most tolerant African countries in regards to homosexuality, Mozambique will mark a major milestone on June 29, when homosexuality becomes legal.”

RUSSIA (From Michael9
A peak at the world of professional Internet trolling.

Meet the brave 14 year-old girl who is trying to end child marriage in her community.

“Giant rats that terrorise townships across South Africa and who have killed at least two babies and a senior citizen, have also saved numerous lives by sniffing out landmines.”

“Some of Italy’s top female academics are demanding an apology from the rector of the Sapienza University of Rome for participating in the jury of a Miss University pageant to select the “most beautiful and wise” student.”

“A young member of the Spanish royal family has been accused of racially abusing a staff member at a theme park in Madrid, after being told that he was not allowed to jump the queue for a ride.” Looks like this kid is not happy just being the royal who literally shot himself on the foot.

AUSTRALIA (From Jack99)
An abortion clinic in East Melbourne is asking the Supreme Court to order Melbourne City Council to deal with people it says are harassing female patients and staff.”

A man had to be rescued by the police and taken to the hospital after his neighbors tried to lynch him for letting the telephone company install an antenna on his property. The mob acted because they believe the antenna will give them cancer.

Featured image: Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality


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. Ugh, that’s the annoying autocorrect that tries to change every word I type into Spanish. Thanks!

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