Global Quickies: Burka Ban in Morocco, Swimming in Switzerland, and Decriminalizing Domestic Violence in Russia

“Morocco has banned the sale, production and import of the burka, according to local reports.”

“Tencent, China’s largest internet company, has apologised after terrible inappropriate videos from its annual party went viral. The six-second video showed female employees on their knees, attempting to use their mouths to unscrew the caps off bottles gripped between male coworkers’ thighs.”

SWITZERLAND (From Critical Dragon)
“A European court has made their decision on allowing Muslim students to opt out of swim classes in Switzerland.” (Video)

“In a country in which same-sex sexual activity is illegal and LGBT rights do not exist, a sketch by a Nigerian comedian depicting a gay man who is about to be sexually assaulted has sparked a heated debate.”

“An Italian model risks losing her sight and will have to undergo intense plastic surgery after acid was thrown in her face, allegedly by her jilted boyfriend, in a revenge attack that has shocked the country.”

A bill to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence has passed its first reading in Russia’s Duma, sparking anger among women’s rights advocates.”

“A yoga teacher in Russia has been charged with illegal missionary activity under a controversial new law designed to fight terrorism.”

Former refugee Ahmed Hussen takes over immigration ministry. Hussen came to Canada from war-torn Somalia when he was 16, and now takes over immigration and refugee file for Justin Trudeau.”


Featrued image by Juan Luis Naranjo, (CC)


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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