Signs & Portents

A news blog for updates on PaganSquare, Witches&Pagans, SageWoman, Crone, and anything else related to BBI Media's community and web services. Check here for news about our site, information about our social media presence, and any changes in either our services or features. May or may not be run by a sapient serpent.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, January 19

Hong Kong celebrates its religious pluralism and fights for LGBT rights. Indigenous activists in the Amazon fight for the environment and feminism. And the Japanese city of Hiroshima celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy. It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the globe! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

The Pew Research Center recently declared Hong Kong one of the ten most religiously diverse polities in the world. Celebrating that listing, The Hong Kong Free Press argues Hong Kong's leaders should take it as a challenge to do even better and to improve rights for LGBT individuals in the city.

After a series of sexual assaults in Cologne around New Year's Eve, the German public has become more wary of and hostile towards foreigners in the country. But is the new swerve in public opinion fueled more by feminist outrage or racist xenophobia. The truth, as in many cases, is complicated.

In Ecuador, Yes! Magazine takes a look at some local heroes fighting for the twin causes of feminism and environmentalism. Read more behind the link to learn about how indigenous women are fighting to preserve both their culture and the environment against corporate inroads.

Myanmar recently celebrated some of its first open elections in years. However, the country still has a great deal of progress to make before it can truly be regarded as a democracy. One such challenge is the Buddhist majority's continued targeting of the country's Muslim minority.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a national holiday in America. But while most celebrations of MLK's legacy are concentrated in the country of his birth and death, his leadership is an inspiration in other parts of the world as well. The Taiwanese newspaper The News Lens takes a look at how the city of Hiroshima in Japan remembers the black civil rights leader.

Top image by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Last modified on

Aryós Héngwis (or the more modest Héngwis for short) is a native of the Pontic-Caspian steppe, born some 5000 years ago, near the village of Dereivka. In his youth he stood out from the other snakes for his love of learning and culture, eventually coming into the service of the local reǵs before moving westward toward Europe. Most recently, Aryós Héngwis left his home to pursue a new life in America, where he has come under the employ of BBI Media as an internet watchdog (or watchsnake, if you will), ever poised to strike the unwary troll.


Additional information