Global Quickies: “Abnormally” Long Beards, Measles Spreading, and Carnal Intent

“A Mexican judge has been suspended after his ruling in a sexual assault case caused outrage. Judge Anaur González said that the suspect should be freed because he had shown “no carnal intent” when he penetrated a 17-year-old girl with his fingers.”

“When a new style of seat suddenly appeared on Mexico City’s metro system, it was labelled as inappropriate, uncomfortable, humiliating and embarrassing. It was supposed to be. The seat, moulded to include a protruding penis and chest, was designed to highlight sexual harassment experienced by female passengers.”

“A video of a white man threatening a black woman inside a popular restaurant has caused outrage in South Africa.”

“Teenager ‘murdered by ex-boyfriend’ after police fined her for wasting their time over her fears about him”

Measles is spreading across Europe wherever immunisation coverage has dropped, the World Health Organization is warning. The largest outbreaks are being seen in Italy and Romania.”

“The western Indian state of Gujarat has passed a law making the slaughter of cows punishable with life imprisonment.”

“Swedish and Norwegian newspapers announced on Friday that they would refrain from the tradition of publishing April Fools’ Day jokes this year over fears that it might spread “fake news”.”

Boko Haram Islamists have abducted 22 girls and women in two separate raids in north-east Nigeria, residents and vigilantes said.”

“The Indian government’s new maternity bill, which comes into force this week, has been branded an elitist policy that will do little or nothing to help the vast majority of the country’s mothers.”

“El Salvador’s controversial law banning abortion in all circumstances, which has provoked ruthless miscarriages of justice, could be overturned in what has been described as a historic move.”

“China has introduced new restrictions in the far western region of Xinjiang in what it describes as a campaign against Islamist extremism. The measures include prohibiting “abnormally” long beards, the wearing of veils in public places and refusing to watch state television.”

Argentinean woman jailed for abortion acquitted after two years.”

“A wealthy Moroccan businesswoman has been sentenced to two years in jail for adultery, in a case that has reignited the debate over the country’s oppressive laws.”

Featured image: “‘He touched, but didn’t penetrate.’ ‘He penetrated but not with his penis.’ ‘He touched and penetrated but didn’t feel pleasure.’ ‘It is not sexual abuse.’ That’s what women in Mexico have to face.”. Source


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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