​China Relaxes One-Child Policy in a Veritable Gift Basket of Reforms

Suddenly hip to human rights, this morning Chinese officials announced a slew of policy reforms. First, the government will be relaxing its one-child policy. While currently a couple would only be eligible to make a second baby if both parents were only children, under new policy only one parent would have to be an… » 11/15/13 1:40pm 11/15/13 1:40pm

British Commonwealth Doesn't Care About Changing the Primogeniture Law

The British Commonwealth of Nations, an anachronism of a time when Great Britain basically ruled the entire world, is facing a pretty hilarious problem ahead of the birth [enter small, well-behaved white rabbit, blaring a trumpet] of the Royal Infant: ‘ol John Bull has tried to hastily do away with primogeniture, an… » 7/21/13 4:00pm 7/21/13 4:00pm

An Awful Lot of Indian Lawmakers Face Rape Charges Themselves

In an effort to appease outraged Indians reeling from the death of a 23-year-old who was violently raped and beaten in New Delhi earlier this month and the government's generally terrible track record with handling rape cases, government officials have vowed to "name and shame" convicted rapists. That government policy, » 12/30/12 4:30pm 12/30/12 4:30pm

Women Arrested at Western Wall For Refusing To Remove Prayer Shawls

Since the first arrest of this nature back in 2009, a number of women have been detained by Israeli security for attempting to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall with tallitot, fringed prayer shawls that are traditionally reserved for men. While the Wall (called the Kotel by some) is considered one of the great… » 12/23/12 3:50pm 12/23/12 3:50pm

GOP Senator Says Immigrants Who Want U.S. Citizenship Can Just Marry…

After Latino voters overwhelmingly supported President Obama, immigration reform suddenly became a hot topic for Republicans. I don't know, it's just one of those totally random things. However, since some members of the GOP establishment haven't been programmed with human feelings (yet!), the results of their efforts … » 11/27/12 10:00pm 11/27/12 10:00pm

Holy Christ, One in Four Americans Didn't Have Health Insurance Last…

Remember back during the heady days of the 2008 election—before the economy went into full meltdown mode—when all anyone could talk about was how fucked up our health insurance coverage in this country was? The news was all about how the current system was failing so many people, and even the Republicans agreed we… » 4/20/12 12:20pm 4/20/12 12:20pm

"Kill The Bill" Mantra Splitting Progressives & Democrats Over Reform

Politics can make for strange bedfellows. Over the last two days, progressives have joined conservatives in their calls to delay or kill the health care reform bill, but party icons like Bill Clinton are advocating to stay the course. » 12/18/09 1:00pm 12/18/09 1:00pm