Global Quickies: Brave Kids, Cultural Appropriation, and Voting for the “Wife of…”

“A 12-year-old Mexican boy became an overnight icon after a journalist snapped a photograph of him attempting to block an anti-LGBT demonstration.”

“Four men are being questioned in Italy in connection with the suicide of a woman who battled for months to have a viral video that showed her having sex removed from the internet.”

“On Tuesday morning, a new era began for a controversial bull-hunt that has been held in the Spanish town of Tordesillas since medieval times. The renamed event, Toro de la Peña, still featured a bull getting chased by humans on foot and on horseback. The difference was that hunters were no longer allowed to kill it with spears under new rules introduced by the regional government.”

“South Africa has banned a Holocaust-denying, anti-gay American pastor from entering the country, after an outcry from rights groups over his characterisation of gays as “sodomites” and “paedophiles”.”

“A Canadian gin company has apologised after its advertising campaigns and branding involving cartoon Inuit characters and young women wearing parka costumes sparked complaints about cultural appropriation.”

“With Palestinian municipal elections delayed, authorities will now have time to fix a contentious issue surrounding the names on the candidate lists. Some of the literature used for the polls in the West Bank and Gaza that were scheduled for October had replaced the names of female candidates with “sister of…”, “wife of…” or just their initials.”

“The death of a young Chinese actress from cancer has sparked a debate on social media – because she initially chose traditional Chinese medicine over chemotherapy.”

“The first openly gay referee is under police protection because of death threats.”

Featured image: Brave kid. Source: Regeneración


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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