Global Quickies: Ritual Killings, Honor Killings, and Restraining Orders Against God

CHINA (From cerberus40)
“China has launched an investigation into search giant Baidu after the death of a student who tried an experimental cancer therapy he found online.” “Chinese people were already annoyed that Baidu sold off search positions, but when it became a life and death matter it has enraged them.”

“A brutal crime that snuffed out the life of a bright student has shocked Indonesia and galvanized public demand for the leaders of the world’s most populous Muslim nation to take violence against women seriously.”

Nine years of censorship: Canadian scientists are now allowed to speak out about their work — and the government policy that had restricted communications.

A recent surge in ritual killings has led to riots and xenophobia.

“A teenage girl was kidnapped, drugged, put in a van and set alight in an alleged “honour killing” by a tribal council in a Pakistani village after helping a friend elope, police have said.”

“An Israeli man has petitioned for a restraining order against God, claiming the almighty has been particularly unkind to him over the years and that the police are unable to do anything.“

“Chinese live-streaming services have banned people filming themselves eating bananas in a “seductive” fashion.”

“The father of a 17-year-old student is campaigning to change Britain’s banks because he cannot find one that will give his child, who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, an account – because all the online application forms require customers to be either male or female.”

Featured image: Bananas, by photographer Steve Hopson.


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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