In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday August 8th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Rashida Tlaib: First Muslim Woman to Be Elected to US Congress After Winning Michigan Democratic Primary.
Rashida Tlaib will become the US’s first ever Muslim woman elected to Congress after she won a Democratic primary election to represent Michigan’s 13th district.
There are no Republican candidates contesting the seat, so Ms Tlaib will enter Congress unopposed following a special election on November 6 2018.
Tokyo Medical School Apologizes For Test Scoring Practices To Keep Women Out.
Tokyo Medical University, one of Japan’s most prestigious medical universities, confirmed that their officials systematically cheated women out of rightfully earned spots by lowering their admission-test scores for at least 18 years. The aim was to artificially reduce women’s enrollment numbers from a high of nearly 40 percent in 2010 to approximately 30 percent now.
The investigation began when prosecutors in July indicted Futoshi Sano, a former director general at the education ministry, on charges of helping the university secure Y35 million ($314,265) in government subsidies in exchange for a place for his son at the college. Masahiko Usui, the 77-year-old former chairman, and Mamoru Suzuki, 69, the former president stepped down from their positions in July and have since been indicted on charges of bribery.
ACLU Sues Jeff Sessions Over Restricting Asylum for Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence.
The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit in Washington against Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others over policies instructing asylum officers that “in general” claims based on domestic or gang violence “will not establish the basis for asylum, refugee status or a credible or reasonable fear of persecution.”
Under U.S. and international law, a person may seek asylum based on persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution because of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.
California Fire Now the Largest in State History.
California is fighting approximately 17 large fires simultaneously, including the largest in the state’s recorded history. The fire season has already scorched nearly three times the number of acres over the same period last year.
Firefighters from more than a dozen other states, including Maine, New Jersey, Michigan and South Dakota, have all come to assist. In the last 10 months, fires have killed more than 40 people and burned down thousands of homes.
Here is how we can help the victims of the California Wildfires.