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Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Jun 12, 2014

Stop 'politicizing rape,' Modi orders India politicans

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged lawmakers to cease insensitive and ambiguous word play over rape and to work together to protect all women, in his first comments on the issue since the gang rape and murder of two girls shocked the ...

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

Jun 11, 2014

Hateful gossip in Beijing targets the entitled: media

A majority of “rumors” swirling in Beijing target government officials and the rich, state-run media said on Wednesday, underscoring popular resentment at society’s “haves” amidst deepening inequality in China. “About 64 percent of the rumor samples in the research involved hatred of officials, 58 ...

Indian minister says rapes happen 'accidentally'

Jun 8, 2014

Indian minister says rapes happen 'accidentally'

A minister from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party has said rapes happen “accidentally,” in the latest controversial remarks by a politician amid renewed anger over attacks against women. Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of central Chhattisgarh state who is responsible for law ...

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

Jun 6, 2014

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

A minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party said Thursday that rape can be condoned in some circumstances, in comments that were sure to fuel national anger over sex attacks against women. Babulal Gaur, who as home minister of central Madhya Pradesh state ...

May 14, 2014

China schooling blamed for suicides

China’s high-pressure, exam-driven education system is responsible for the vast majority of suicides by schoolchildren in the country, state media said Wednesday, citing a study. Official statistics on youth suicides are hard to obtain, but a health ministry journal said that about 500 primary ...

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

May 5, 2014

Cities stealing magic from China shamans

by Tom Hancock

A Chinese shaman resplendent in a dark suit and green cloth hat examined yellowing pages said to predict the future — but mass migration to cities means the prospects for his own profession look bleak. “To see a spirit, you have to practice the ...