Global Quickies: Another Blogger Killed, Bride Refunds, and “Thank You Science”

Niloy Neel was killed by masked men with machetes yesterday. He is the fourth secularist blogger to have been killed this year.

Guatemala has been described as the worst place in the world to be a child. More than 660 children were murdered there in 2014, the Office of the Public Prosecutor says, while a case of sexual violence is reported every two hours. Teen marriage is common in a country where the legal age for a girl to wed is 14.”

“An Indian legislator in the country’s capital, New Delhi, triggered a controversy and is facing a strong backlash after saying his party would make the city safe enough for “beautiful women” to go out after dark.”

After a woman was stripped naked in the streets because her dress was seen as indecent, another woman, Angel Chelwa, starts a movement asking the government to honor its commitment to prevent violence against women.

Radio Cameroon offers women and girls a glimpse into another way of living – a world where they are empowered and valued, and where their voices are heard.

One of Reykjavik’s central streets has been painted in rainbow colours as part of the city’s annual Gay Pride festival.”

“Uganda’s Supreme Court has ruled that the practice of refunding a bride price on the dissolution of a customary marriage is unconstitutional and should be banned.”

“Hindu activists protested in the Nepali capital on Wednesday, saying the use of the word “secular” in the Himalayan nation’s draft constitution would spur efforts by other religious groups to convert Hindus.”

The story behind the “Thank you Science” photograph that has been all over social media. As the photographer says: “The world needs art AND science working together.”

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, talks about the need to listen to the voices of indigenous women and recognize their role in world development.

Featured image: Six year old Cecelia, photographed by Alphanso Appleton


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. Remember that article I posted from Cracked about what it’s like to be an atheist in Bangladesh? The author was anonymous, but now I’m frightened for him.

    Oh, and it turns out the recent anti-Bernie smears are from an anarchist group. I was wondering how the only candidate with a 100% rating by the NAACP somehow got smeared as a racist.

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