Global Quickies: Burkini Ban Overturned, Being Trans in Turkey, and Racists All Over

“After a month of intense national scandal and heightened international outrage, France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’État, on Friday overturned the burkini ban in a coastal area of the south of France.”

“Burkini bans in France have boosted sales and interest in the full-body Islamic swimsuit, particularly from non-Muslim women, the Australian credited with creating the design says.”

“Polish Olympics athlete Joanna Jó?wik feels like she won a silver medal in her all-white world, but in the real world, she came in fifth. Despite two European Championships and a trip to Rio, the middle-distance runner struggled to understand how podiums work after dismissing the black athletes who finished ahead of her.”

“For the second time in less than a year, two men from the same remote Canadian community have discovered they were switched at birth, prompting outrage and new questions about substandard healthcare for Canada’s indigenous people.”

TW “The death of the LGBT activist is not a side issue to the dark and turbulent times the country is living through – it is a symptom of them”.

“The western Canadian town of Tisdale is no longer the “land of rape and honey,” it announced as it dropped a slogan that had been a constant source of complaints.”

“German model Gina-Lisa Lohfink has been convicted of making false rape allegations against two men in a case that has sparked debate across Germany. […]But Lohfink has continued to insist that she was raped.”

“The woman editing Ireland’s Twitter feed has been subjected to racist, sexist, homophobic abuse online.”

“A Hungarian state honour given to a prominent journalist who is close to the prime minister, Viktor Orban, but seen by his critics as racist has prompted several dozen recipients of the same award to return theirs in protest.”

Schoolgirls in Pakistan will be given poultry to care for in an initiative aimed partly at teaching them about the kitchen, officials have said, raising concerns among women’s rights activists in the deeply patriarchal country.”

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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

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