Global Quickies: Landmine Destroying Drone, Jordanian LGBT Magazine, and Disciplinary Actions Against Antivax Doctors in Italy

CANADA (From Dan)
“Comedians across Quebec are worried their freedom to poke fun at others was dealt a severe blow by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal. In a decision handed down Wednesday, the tribunal ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay a total $42,000 to Jérémy Gabriel and his mother, compensation for being the butt of several jokes.”

“Malawi President Peter Mutharika has ordered the arrest of Eric Aniva, an HIV-infected man in Nsanje district of the southern Malawi who has the job of devirginising girls who had just their first menstruation.”

“Turkey’s higher education council has banned academics from leaving the country for academic purposes and urged those overseas to quickly return home, according to state media and a Turkish official. “It is a temporary measure that we were compelled to take due to the flight risk of alleged accomplices of coup plotters in universities,” a Turkish official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.”

“Proving that America has no monopoly on gross misogyny—as the GOP nominee for president Donald Trump might make some believe—on Monday the leader of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party, Matteo Salvini, compared Laura Boldrini, the speaker of the lower house of the Italian parliament, to a sex doll.”

NETHERLANDS (From Critical Dragon1177)
“Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines. Now the Afghan brothers are back with their latest creation: a low-cost drone to detect and destroy mines, which each year claim thousands of lives.”

“Three men have been arrested in Haryana state for allegedly gang raping a woman for the second time in three years.” (Auto play video)

“The apparent “honour killing” of Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has led to renewed debate over women’s rights in the country, including the freedom to speak out online.

“Russia finally passed a law banning domestic violence, but the police haven’t earned women’s trust”

“WikiLeaks […] posted links on social media to its millions of followers via multiple channels to a set of leaked massive databases containing sensitive and private information of millions of ordinary people, including a special database of almost all adult women in Turkey.”

JORDAN (From Donna)
“A Jordanian LGBT-focused online magazine published its first Arabic-language issue, slaughtering sacred cows and fending off the outcry from the kingdom’s conservative population.”

“Doctors who advise their patients not to use vaccines will be guilty of infringing the code of ethics and will be subject to disciplinary proceedings which may end in them being struck off the register.”

“A Canadian priest has been charged over stealing more than $500,000 intended for the resettlement of Iraqi refugees, and then gambling it away.”

Featured image: Detail of My.Keli Magazine in Jordan


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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