Global Quickies: Honor Killings, Burquini Ban, and Body-Shaming in the Olympics

A pregnant 14 year-old girl who was burned to death, had been given as part of a dowry and then married-off to an abusive husband.

“The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burqinis – full-body swimsuits – on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday.”

More than half of women say they have been sexually harassed at work and most admit to not reporting it, new research by the TUC suggests.”

“Tanzania’s justice minister has announced controversial new plans to suspend the registration of any charity or non-governmental organisation that supports homosexuality.”

“Archaeologists in Serbia are trying to decipher magic spells etched on to tiny rolls of gold and silver that have been found alongside skeletons of humans buried almost 2,000 years ago.”

Why is Russia so distrustful of Pokémon Go? Because a bunch of conspiracy theories.

“Moroccan authorities are investigating the death of a teenage rape victim who set herself on fire after her alleged attackers threatened to publish photographs of the ordeal, a rights group has said.”

Parents who restrict their children to a vegan diet could face a jail term if a controversial bill is passed by the Italian parliament.”

“Germany’s interior minister will back plans to ban the burka as part of a raft of anti-terror measures, local media say.”

Musician tells journalism students “some women need to be raped”.

Some athletes being body-shamed are finding support online and offline. Also, artists are celebrating gymnast Alexa Moreno with very cool portraits.

Featured image: A drawing of Alexa Moreno by Ramiro Tamez


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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