Geopolitics

Seventeen Civilians Beheaded In Afghanistan After Attending "Mixed-Gender" Party

REUTERS (UK) AL JAZEERA (Qatar) BBC NEWS (UK), CNN (USA)

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KABUL - Fifteen men and two women were found beheaded in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday. Reuters, Al Jazeera and other news outlets reported that the victims had attended a "mixed-sex" party where men and women were socializing.

The bodies were found in a house near the Musa Qala district, about 75 kilometers north of the provincial capital Lashkar Gah, in the South of Afghanistan. Some had gunshot wounds while others showed signs of beatings, reports BBC News.

Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the local Governor’s spokesman said that “it was the work of the Taliban”, who have long condemned any social mixing between men and women, according to BBC News.

Meanwhile, ten Afghan army soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack in the same province. CNN reports that an Afghan soldier shot two NATO service members Monday in a so-called "green-on-blue" attack. Afghan and NATO officials are investigating the incident.

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Society

A Mother In Spain Denied Child Custody Because She Lives In Rural Area

A court in Spain usurps custody of the one-year-old boy living with his mother in the "deep" part of the Galicia region, forced to instead live with his father in the southern city of Marbella, which the judge says is "cosmopolitan" with good schools and medical care. Women's rights groups have taken up the mother's case.

A child in Galician countryside

Laure Gautherin

A Spanish court has ordered the withdrawal of a mother's custody of her one-year-old boy because she is living in the countryside in northwestern Spain, where the judge says the child won't have "opportunities for the proper development of his personality."

The case, reported Monday in La Voz de Galicia, has sparked outrage from a women's rights association but has also set off reactions from politicians of different stripes across the province of Galicia, defending the values of rural life.


Judge María Belén Ureña Carazo, of the family court of Marbella, a city on the southern coast of 141,000 people, has ordered the toddler to stay with father who lives in the city rather than with his mother because she was living in "deep Galicia" where the child would lack opportunities to "grow up in a happy environment."

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - October 25, 2021

Front page of La Voz de Galicia - Monday 25 October, 2021

La Voz de Galicia

Better in a "cosmopolitan" city?


The judge said Marbella, where the father lives, was a "cosmopolitan city" with "a good hospital" as well as "all kinds of schools" and thus provided a better environment for the child to thrive.

The mother has submitted a formal complaint to the General Council of the Judiciary that the family court magistrate had acted with "absolute contempt," her lawyer told La Voz de Galicia.

The mother quickly accumulated support from local politicians and civic organizations. The Clara Campoamor association described the judge's arguments as offensive, intolerable and typical of "an ignorant person who has not traveled much."

The Xunta de Galicia, the regional government, has addressed the case, saying that any place in Galicia meets the conditions to educate a minor. The Socialist party politician Pablo Arangüena tweeted that "it would not hurt part of the judiciary to spend a summer in Galicia."

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