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On the ‘dangers’ of female travel

Be not afraid, women.

Road Essays

This could just be a story about countries deemed dangerous for women to travel to. But it’s more than that. This is a story about our perception of danger and how we’re told time and time again that the unfamiliar and the foreign are more dangerous to us than what is on our own doorstep.

A couple of months back, British tabloid the Daily Mail ran a story in their travel section titled ‘Sex attacks, muggings, and harassment: World’s most dangerous holiday destinations for women (and some of them may surprise you)’. The top ten list declared India; Brazil; Turkey; Thailand; Egypt; Colombia; South Africa; Morocco; Mexico; and Kenya to be the most dangerous countries for female travellers.

We’ll get back to that shortly.  First I want to tell you about a strange encounter I had in Medellin, Colombia in 2001.

After a hard couple of days travelling…

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Dehlin Excommunicated

No room for doubts.

Approaching Justice

As expected, John Dehlin has been excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

The official charge against the founder of the “Mormon Stories” podcast was “conduct contrary to the laws and order of the church,” but the letter from Dehlin’s North Logan LDS stake president, Bryan King, called it “apostasy” and cited evidence for the unanimous decision:

• Dehlin’s teachings disputing the nature of God and the divinity of Jesus Christ.

• His statements that the Book of Mormon and the Book of Abraham are fraudulent and works of fiction.

• His statements and teachings that reject The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as being “the true church with power and authority from God.”

King further notes that the Cache Valley-based podcaster has “spread these teachings widely via the Internet to hundreds of people in the past,” and that Dehlin…

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Border Patrol shoots, kills man who drove through checkpoint

This was going on as our Voices From the Border trip started.

KSN-TV

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents shot and killed a man who had driven through a West Texas checkpoint without stopping for inspection, Customs and Border Protection said Friday.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. Thursday, after a motorist pulled into the inspection lane at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 in Sierra Blanca, about 80 miles southeast of El Paso, but then didn’t stop, Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. Border Patrol agents pursued the vehicle for 30 miles before it finally stopped.

Four agents were approaching the vehicle when one yelled, ‘Gun!’ the agency said. Two agents fired their weapons.

None of the agents were injured. “A pistol-shaped pellet gun was recovered from the individual’s vehicle,” according to the statement.

It was the second deadly Border Patrol shooting in Texas this week. Early Wednesday, along the South Texas border with Mexico, the…

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