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  1. News - China - JUSTICE

    Death penalty in China linked to social inequality, say critics

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 12:00am by Mimi Lau

    ... lawyers and activists say is an unfair application of capital punishment on the mainland. Mao Lixin, a Beijing-based criminal lawyer, said capital punishment was linked to social inequality ... law and human rights scholar with honorary professorship at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Ten years ago, the figure was thought to be as high as 12,000. "It's hard to say ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Crisis-hit Greece sees rise in social inequality

    Posted May 06th 2013, 01:43pm by AFP

    ... and researcher Nikos Georgarakis. “Inequality could lead to a social explosion,” he warned. “For the time being, the fact that leaders have placed the burden of the crisis on to the people has broken ... in the 27-nation European Union, with more than one in four people out of work. And this economic crisis has now transformed into a social emergency, according to UN expert on debt and human rights, Cephas ...

  3. News - Asia - SINGAPORE

    Singapore activists warn of surging xenophobia as foreigners take the blame for social ills

    Posted May 28th 2014, 03:07pm

    ... workers and expatriates are increasingly the target of “xenophobic” attacks on social media, Singapore’s leading activists groups warned on Wednesday. There is evidence of the “widespread use of racist, aggressive and militarised rhetoric” against foreigners on social networks, said a press release issued by 12 independent groups including Maruah, Singapore’s main human rights group. ...

  4. News - China - POLITICS

    Raising retirement age to 65 would help remove pension inequality, researchers say

    Posted Sep 24th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... problems at the same time: the inequality of pensions among different social groups and the low retirement age. China became an ageing country at the turn of this century, when for every 10 ... age, Yang said that Tsinghua's research could help rein in pension inequality. The nationwide average monthly pension for retired factory workers was 1,720 yuan (HK$2,165), she said, while ...

  5. News - China - ECONOMY

    China's income inequality slowly improving, survey finds

    Posted Jul 19th 2013, 12:00am by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong hong.zhang@scmp.com New survey claims key measure of income gap has slightly improved, but earlier studies suggest the problem could be getting worse Inequality is slowly declining — perhaps Wealth inequality in China is still high compared with most developed countries but the gap is slowly narrowing, a new survey has found. China's Gini coefficient of income ...

  6. News - China - WEALTH GAP

    State of inequality as China's rich get richer

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... inequality. The danger line where social turbulence can easily occur is 0.4. When China began to reform the planned economy three decades ago, the gauge was at 0.3. It has since risen more than 50 per ... Victoria Ruan in Beijing Victoria.ruan@scmp.com As the rich get richer against a background of party privilege and corruption, the widening wealth gap brings a real threat of social unrest ...

  7. News - Asia - SOCIETY

    Beijing to release own Gini inequality index

    Posted Jan 20th 2013, 08:45pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Beijing will release its own version of a closely watched international inequality index, state media reported on Sunday, becoming the first Chinese city ... to avoid public discontent that could lead to social unrest in the country of 1.3 billion. China on Friday released a decade’s-worth of Gini coefficients for the country as a whole after keeping ...

  8. News - Hong Kong

    Inefficient health care systems fuel inflation, inequality

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 07:29pm by Christy Choi

    ... and competitiveness, depleting savings, causing bankruptcies, giving rise to inequalities and diverting funds from better social uses. “We now live [long] enough to develop diabetes, cancer, heart disease, ... lifestyles leading to chronic diseases, poverty and humanitarian crises, and inefficient health care systems, he said. Hong Kong faces the further issue of inequality. A study by Oxfam Hong Kong ...

  9. News - China - WEALTH GAP

    Li Shi, 'Mr China Income Distribution', battles inequality

    Posted Nov 07th 2012, 12:00am by Victoria Ruan

    ... Shi, 57, and he has been charting the spiral into dangerous levels of inequality since the 1980s- and warning of the accompanying dangers of social unrest. But Li said his interests ... worked at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, a think tank, from 1985 to 2005, and as a researcher in the economics department in Oxford University in 2001 and a professor at Hitotsubashi ...

  10. News - World

    French economist Thomas Piketty's grim view of the wealth gap

    Posted Apr 28th 2014, 04:43am by AP

    ... – almost always grow faster than people’s wages. By its nature, capitalism fuels inequality and can destabilise democracies, Piketty argues. Economists once viewed the three decades after ... levelling the fortunes of the old establishment. Piketty thinks higher taxes on wealth can curb inequality’s spread. He also thinks that sending more people to university and sharpening their skills ...




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