Global Quickies: Stalkers, Anti-Abortion Bill in Poland, and Women Voting for the First Time

“Rightwing lawmakers are pushing ahead with a near-total ban on abortion in devoutly Catholic Poland, while rejecting a rival bid to liberalise an existing law which is already among the most restrictive in Europe.”

“Botswana is to deport controversial US pastor Steven Anderson after he said on a local radio that homosexuals should be “stoned to death”.”

“Ghanaian professors are calling for a statue of Mahatma Gandhi to be removed from their campus because they claim he was racist and considered Indians to be “infinitely superior” to black Africans.”

“Women in a community in southern Mexico have voted in local elections for the first time, after winning a three-year battle for the right to choose a mayor and councillors alongside their male relatives.”

“A 25-year-old woman has taken over as the head of a local authority in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. Hindatu Umar is the first woman and the youngest person to hold the position in Argungu city, in the north-western state of Kebbi. She is also the city’s first unmarried local leader.”

Activists in southern India ask directors and actors involved in the Tamil cinema industry to refrain from producing or appearing in films that depict stalking as “a playful and acceptable way to woo a woman”.

“Indians have reacted with outrage after passers-by watched a woman being stabbed more than 20 times on a busy street in the capital, Delhi. . […] The stabbing in Burari is the second instance of a woman being fatally attacked by an alleged stalker in the Indian capital in two days.”

“Victoria’s health minister, Jill Hennessy, has praised the scrapping of an anti-vaccination documentary from the program of a regional film festival.”

“A TV journalist in China who was photographed wearing sunglasses and holding an umbrella to shelter from the sun has been suspended from her job.

(From Donna)
The New York Times Magazine presents stunning photographs of journeys through these six countries in its Voyages issue.

Featured image: The women from the Guevea de Humboldt community voting for the first time. Source: Quadratin Oaxaca.


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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  1. I always found it funny how much white liberals (Being white and liberal doesn’t make you a white liberal. It’s…complicated. But you know the type: Just in it for the image, then they find out you’re not quite what they romanticized you as.) lionize Gandhi. And then you find out he was an apologist for apartheid and Nazi Germany, and his apologia for Nazi Germany was tied directly to his pacifism.

    That story about stalking in Indian cinema doesn’t surprise me. I mean, our own film industry has found every way to romanticize every kind of unhealthy relationship.

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