Global Quickies: Illegal Selfies, Blasphemy Laws, and Space Makeup

“Pakistan’s supreme court has called on the country’s politicians to ensure that hundreds of people facing imprisonment and even execution under controversial blasphemy laws have not been falsely charged, often by enemies wanting to settle personal scores.”

Bangladeshi media received a threatening email demanding all female employees be fired, stop from publishing photos of women without burkas, and warning they would “face the consequences” if they speak against the killing of atheists.

“The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says pharmacists must also stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way.

The National Broadcasting Commission has ordered a broadcaster to stop airing a mini-series about a transgender child, saying that the show is capable of corrupting the youths as it is also at variance with Nigerian law which prohibits homosexuality.

“Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has turned to God in a bid to stop the freefall of his country’s ailing currency, with bars shut and football matches cancelled on a national day of prayer to end a record slump.”

Female astronauts get all the important questions from the press: How will they deal with being without makeup for eight days and how they will cope with not being around men.

“Raif Badawi, a blogger and activist who has been imprisoned and flogged publicly for criticizing Saudi Arabia’s religious establishment, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, the European Union’s top human rights award, on Thursday”.

Saudi actor arrested by religious police for taking selfies with female fans in mall”. He has been released on bail pending an investigation into accusations of disturbing public order, mixing with women unrelated to him and abusing social media.

“For the first since the international Next Top Model series was launched in the US in 2003, the reality TV franchise has crowned its trans woman as its winner.”

“Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) founder-director Pushpa Mittra Bhargava on Wednesday became the first Indian scientist to join the bandwagon of writers and filmmakers returning their awards when he told TOI that he will return his Padma Bhushan to protest against ‘the government’s attack on rationalism, reasoning and science’.”

“A Mexican TV anchor was molested on live television. The station said it was a stunt – and fired her.”

“Members of the Church of Scientology convened in a Brussels courtroom on Monday to face charges of fraud, extortion, running a criminal organization, violating privacy laws and practicing illegal medicine. If convicted, the church could be banned from the country.”

I read this title as “Dozens Flock to see the Virgin Mary Rock”. I wish that has been the case, it’s just paraedolia, in a rock.


Featured image: Russian astronauts.


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. Daniela,

    Blasphemy shouldn’t even be a crime in the first place, especially one that carries the death penalty. It says something disturbing about Pakistani society and its legal system, that they even have such backwards laws in the first place. Than again its also very telling that they’re having trouble determining who it is who actually blasphemed and that some people are despicable enough to try to take advantage of that for their own benefit.

  2. I’m a little annoyed at Fusion for countering the housewives quote with “they aren’t housewives!” As opposed to something which challenges how sexist and demeaning the comment is to all women, including housewives. Saying the statement is wrong because they are scientists doesn’t challenge the stigma around domestic work.
    Maybe I’m overthinking it though.

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