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Pagan News Beagle: Fiery Tuesday, July 26

Family accused of killing a witch in South Africa are sentenced to 102 years in prison. The controversial new President of the Philippines agrees to a ceasefire with communist militants. And religious conservatives declare that "God might not want a woman for President." It's Fiery Tuesday, our weekly segment on political and societal news from around the world! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

For the most part, we can breathe relief that the days of witch hunts are largely behind us. But not entirely. In South Africa the Limpopo High Court has sentenced a family accused of killing a woman they called a "witch" to 102 collective years in prison. You can read more about the sordid details here at Sowetan.

Many were relieved earlier this month when the Turkish government successfully fended off an attempted coup by elements of the country's military. However, now that the government has regained control it has alarmed many human rights activists with its extensive purge of the country's institutions, censoring or arresting thousands of political opponents. Haaretz has more on the impact on academia here.

As some in the world turn against the promises of globalism and intercultural exchange, rejecting organizations like the European Union, it's important to remember what they do for those who participate. Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paolo celebrates 25 years of the free trade union and common market Mercosur, which includes Brazil and many other South American countries.

Even before his election Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte was a controversial figure. His mayorship of the city of Davao City drew criticism and alarm for his harsh approach to crime, including his implicit support of extrajudicial death squads that hunted down alleged criminals. However, as president he looks to be trying to at least resolve some qualms and recently announced a ceasefire with the country's communist rebels.

Today, Hillary Clinton was officially nominated for President of the United States of America by the Democratic Party, making history as the first woman nominated for the office by a major political party. But not everyone thinks a woman should be a president. Some religious conservatives say God "might not want a woman to be president."


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