Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

Jul 25, 2014

Ruling hinged on assistance law revamp: summary

The following is a rough translation of the text of Supreme Court’s July 18 ruling that found permanent residents ineligible for welfare payments. [FACTS DETERMINED BY THE FUKUOKA HIGH COURT] The old Public Assistance Law (abolished in 1950) stated, in Article 1: “This law ...

Jul 24, 2014

Global fight against poverty slowing, U.N. report finds

Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its ...

Jul 17, 2014

Polish MEP's racial slur sparks anger

A far-right Polish MEP outraged lawmakers gathered in the European Parliament on Wednesday by comparing the continent’s unemployed youth to “n-ggers” in the U.S. South. Janusz Korwin-Mikke, the outspoken leader of the royalist and libertarian Congress of the New Right party, delivered the remark ...

Jul 12, 2014

Singapore backs call to destroy gay-themed books

A children’s book inspired by a real-life story of two male penguins raising a baby chick in New York’s zoo has been deemed inappropriate by state-run Singapore libraries, and the conservative city-state’s information minister said he supports the decision to destroy all copies alongside ...

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...