Global Quickies: The Name Calling Pope, A Terrible Campaing, and a Second Chance for Kids

“Some witchdoctors in Tanzania say that potions and charms made from albino body parts are guaranteed to bring success. This has led businessmen, politicians and others to pay criminals to kill albino people and cut off their limbs. A group of children who survived attacks, but lost arms or legs, has just been given prosthetic limbs in the US.”

“Islamic State (ISIS) militants executed four more gay men in Iraq over the weekend. Two young men were thrown off the roof a building in Mosul under the pretext they were a gay couple.”

“he National President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT), Com. Michael Olukoya, on Monday said that the union has lost over 600 of its members to Boko Haram attacks.”

Pope Francis has angered groups protesting against clerical sex abuse by calling them “dumb”, raising doubts about his commitment to tackling an issue that has shattered trust in the Catholic Church worldwide.” He also used the Spanish word “zurdo” (left handed) to refer to the political left, which might be common in Argentina, but still kind of offensive.

“The Conservative party says a candidate in suburban Toronto who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight is no longer an official candidate for the party.”

“South East Asian taxi-booking app GrabTaxi has been criticised for a controversial breast cancer awareness campaign. Under the slogan “LOVE BOOBS? So does cancer” the company hoped to sell T-shirts bearing the same words, to raise money for cancer charities.”

Featured image: left turn, Wikimedia Commons


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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