Global Quickies: Bad Recommendations, Feminist Hero, and Sacrificial Goats

“Pakistan International Airlines may have resumed flying operations for its ATR planes, but mere clearance wasn’t apparently sufficient for the company. To ward off ‘evil eye’, they have reportedly sacrificed a black goat on the tarmac before the plane took off. “

“A woman has been arrested in Sharjah, a city in the United Arab Emirates, for giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The 30-year-old maid, originally from Ethiopia, had reportedly been working illegally in the city, which is connected to Dubai, when she became pregnant, a police spokesman told Gulf News.“

“Finland is to introduce a basic income for some citizens from next month, becoming the first country to adopt the policy.”

“A woman has reportedly been beaten for resisting molestation by two men in a town in the east Indian region of Mainpuri.”

“The winner of Brazil’s MasterChef Professionals show has been hailed as a feminist hero after shrugging off sexist comments and boorish behaviour from her male competitors who ignored her suggestions, undermined her abilities – and on one occasion even told her to sweep the floor.”

“India’s rupee recall appears to have had “a massive impact” on the country’s human trafficking industry, according to advocacy and rescue groups, with some reporting reductions of up to 90% in the number of women and girls being admitted to their shelters.”

“A book a Turkish city has handed out to newly-weds has united government and opposition in outrage at its controversial and sometimes bizarre recommendations. Kutahya council in western Turkey issues the hefty 394-page “Marriage and Family Life” free of charge, but has run into a barrage of complaints. The leader of the main opposition CHP Republican People’s Party in Kutahya, Zeliha Aksaz Sahbaz, told Turkey’s NTV television channel that the book “depicts woman as second-class citizens and defines them as sexual slaves”.”


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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 esceptica.org.

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