Global Quickies: Coordinated Sexual Assaults, Distracting Bras, and Racists All Over

“The mayor of Cologne has summoned police for crisis talks after about 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings by men on New Year’s Eve. The scale of the attacks on women at the city’s central railway station has shocked Germany.

An American couple was arrested in Spain after police found his seven-year-old son’s decomposing body the family’s apartment. The boy apparently died after they tried and failed to cure the illness with alternative medicine.

“Hundreds of thousands of women and men – many poor and indigenous – were forcibly sterilised under the presidency of Alberto Fujimori in the 1990s. Many continue to suffer emotional and physical pain from the operations, which were often botched.”

Anger following racist postings on social media sites has highlighted racial divisions in South Africa. Many see the comments as a confirmation that even twenty-one years after the official end of South Africa’s apartheid system, racism is still a reality.”

“Students at a south Manchester school engulfed in a row over a crackdown on girls wearing make-up now say they’ve been told they can’t wear coloured bras because boys are being ‘distracted’.”

“A Thai beauty company has apologised after its advert tagline, “being white makes you a winner”, caused an uproar on social media.”

“Kenya has published new broadcast regulations, which will place strict limits on sexual content and ban preachers from soliciting money on air.”

“One of Italy’s best female football teams will make a defiant return to the pitch on Sunday, taking a stand against mafia-style threats that sought to shut down the club

Featured image: Wolfgang Rattay / Reuters


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. Cologne victims now number over 370. And the mayor has made some disgusting victim-blaming statements already. Something about it being ‘always possible’ to keep strange and hostile men more than arm’s length away.

    Also worth noting that there’s comment that the police recognized suspects as pickpockets who work the area. NOT recent refugees.

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