Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thailand Surrogacy Scandal: Australian Father Served Sentence for Child Sex Convictions

According to, Australian officials were prompted to investigate baby Gammy’s Australian father after reports exposed his criminal history as a pedophile.

The man first made international headlines after being accused of abandoning his son Gammy, who was born with Down syndrome, in Thailand. Now, according to Firstpost, Australian authorities are purportedly working to ascertain if the man poses any threat to Gammy’s twin sister, who was taken back to Australia.
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Firstpost reported that the 56-year-old Australian man was sentenced in his twenties to three years in prison for molesting two girls under the age of 10, and faced charges of indecently dealing with a child again in 1997.

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Cancer Above National Average in Chinese University that Serves GM Rice

There may be a correlation between GM rice and the rate of leukemia incidences claim students of the Huazhong Agricultural University in China, according to Sustainable Pulse.

The university allegedly served genetically modified rice from the university’s experimental base at the school’s canteen. The students reported that there were 10 incidents of leukemia in a four year period, which is roughly three times the national rate, reports Sustainable Pulse.
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Thai Surrogacy Scandals Push Legislative Reform

After the stories of baby Gammy and a surrogacy baby factory surfaced, the need for commercial surrogacy laws in Thailand became even more apparent.

Several Thai government offices are taking action to advance laws against commercial surrogacy and stipulating regulations of other issues such as establishing parenthood and child custody.   

As aresult of the recent issues arising out of surrogacy in Thailand, the Thai Government is currently considering approving a proposed Draft Surrogacy law for Thailand .

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Russia Cracks Down on GMOs

Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports that individuals and companies who don’t correctly label genetically modified food will face new fines approved by the Russian government.

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The proposal was originally put forth by consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor. Russia’s Government Legislative Commission agreed to the proposal and individuals could be fined 20,000 to 50,000 rubles ($550 to $1,400), and companies could be fined 100,000 to 150,000 rubles ($2,800 to $4,160), according to RIA. 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Khmer Rouge Leaders Found Guilty for Crimes Against Humanity in Cambodia

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, two former top-tier leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, which killed roughly 2 million people in Cambodia, have been sentenced to life in prison after a three year trial, reports The Guardian.

Chea, 88 years old, and Samphan, 83 years old, were charged with crimes that happened nearly 40 years ago under the Khmer Rouge regime, including crimes against humanity, homicide, torture, genocide and religious persecution.

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The Guardian reported that the court’s spokesman, Lars Olsen, called the verdict “a historic day” saying, “the victims have waited 35 years for legal accountability, and now that the tribunal has rendered a judgment, it is a clear milestone.”

Lawyers for the two defendants called the ruling unjust and said they would appeal the verdict, according to The Guardian.   

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Australia: New Tax Laws Could Shrink Divorce Payouts

A new ruling from Australia’s Tax Office means wealthy couples won’t be able to dodge high tax rates by funding divorce settlements from corporate pockets, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Previously, private company assets were taxed at the 30 per cent company tax rate.
The new ruling, made July 30, now applies personal income tax rates, the highest rate being 46.5 per cent, to divorce payouts from private companies.
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, this change could significantly shrink divorce settlement payouts, making divorce more expensive for many wealthy couples

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