Global Quickies: Fortune Tellers Punished, Tougher Penalties for Harassment

“A Zimbabwean pastor who predicted the death of President Robert Mugabe has been arrested, his lawyer says. Patrick Mugadza announced last week that the 92-year-old head of state would die on 17 October this year.”

“A Pakistani singer has been praised after stopping his concert mid-song to rescue a girl from the audience who was being harassed.”

“A fortune teller in Japan has been ordered to pay $850,000 (£691,000) in damages to a female client she had forced into prostitution, reports say. The victim was reportedly made to believe that she was in debt to the clairvoyant and could repay that debt only by becoming a sex worker.”

“In a bid to deter sexual harassment, an Egyptian parliamentary committee has approved a much-needed draft bill to toughen the laws on sexual harassment offenders – who may now face a one-year jail term and up to 10,000 LE in fines.”

Featured image by Jamie under creative common license.


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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