Friday, February 27, 2015

Obama Allegedly Gives Immunity to CDC Autism/Vaccine Whistleblower

The Obama Administration reportedly granted witness immunity to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist William Thompson, the accidental whistleblower in the vaccine-autism debate, reports Jon Rapporport.  

Details that Thompson and his colleagues knowingly omitted potentially incriminating data from a CDC study on the linkbetween vaccines and autism, became public knowledge after Thompson’s private conversation on the matter was recorded.

Though a Congressional hearing on any CDC cover-up hasn’t actually been scheduled, if it ever came to pass Thompson would be allegedly protected from prosecution to testify.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cambodia to Double Organic Rice Exports in 2015

One of Cambodia’s two only organic rice exporters is preparing to double its organic rice exports this year as demand for organic rice steadily increases, according to The Phnom Penh Post.

The Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture, CEDAC, reportedly shipped 540 tons of organic rice to international buyers in 2014 – a 20 percent increase over 2013. CEDAC is set to export 1,000 tons in 2015 to fill the demand in the international market.

Production in organic rice is still quite lucrative because “the price of organic rice is higher and also more stable than non-organic rice in the marketplace,” said CEDAC export officer Sou Sarorn.
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Still, senior advisor to the Cambodia Rice Federation, David Van, said the strict regulations and extended grow-time for producing organic rice combined with the lack of education on the matter makes it difficult to find farmers willing to commit to “going green,” and makes large-scale organic rice production limited.  

In 2014, organic rice exports represented only a fraction of Cambodia’s overall 380,000 tons of rice exports.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

General Mills, Kellogg Under Fire from Food Babe for Chemical in Cereals

Vani Hari’s petition to Kellogg and General Mills to remove a preservative from their cereals has gathered over 40,000 signatures in less than a month, reports Entrepreneur.

In the petition, Hari says that “many of the most popular cereals in America” contain the chemical Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), which Hari claims is a “risky additive” that Americans are “needlessly consuming.”
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The Food Babe blogger—known from her successful campaigns against Chick-fil-A’s corn syrup and Subway’s “yoga mat ingredient”—chose BHT for her next campaign because she noticed it’s already been replaced in Europe, reports Entrepreneur.

“They're American companies,” said Hari to Entrepreneur. “They should be doing that for [American customers]!”

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Monday, February 23, 2015

US-Thailand Commence Annual Cobra Gold Despite Differences

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Though the United States sanctioned Thailand in 2014 for its ongoing coup, both countries still hosted the annual Cobra Gold joint military exercises, reports the Bangkok Post.

There had been speculation that the U.S. might cancel the Cobra Gold this year which has been conducted in Thailand for nearly thirty years. 

One expert on Asian security issues, Ian Storey, told the Bangkok Post that cancelling the Cobra Gold wouldn't have been in Washington’s best interests as it could have “created an opportunity for Beijing to strengthen its strategic ties to Bangkok.”
Washington did scale back the number of troops it sent this year, from 4,300 to 3,600, and “refocused” the drills this year on humanitarian civic-action training and non-combatant evacuation drills.

“Cobra Gold is a symbol of long-standing and continuous military cooperation,” said General Wuttinun Leelayudth, Thailand's deputy Supreme Commander, to this year’s attendees. “The training shows transparency in terms of these relationships.”

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thailand Requires Ivory Registration to Combat Ivory Smuggling from Africa

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A new Thailand law requires ivory owners to register their pieces with the government in order to distinguish the amount of locally sourced ivory versus ivory from Africa in The Kingdom, reports The Nation

Nipon Chotibal, the director-general of Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP), said the ivory registration will make it easier for the DNP to crackdown the illegal smuggling of African ivory into Thailand.

The new law took effect on January 22 and restricts individuals’ ivory possession to  either two pieces of ivory, or two ivory necklaces or four ivory bracelets, and allows one household to contain only up to 12 ivory pieces, reports The Nation.    

Furthermore, Chotibal said that under the new law, these ivory pieces can only be inherited, not sold, traded, given away or transferred.

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Owners of locally sourced ivory must register all their elephant tusk pieces by April 21 and owners of African ivory will be able to register within 90 days starting March 14.
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Male Prostitution at Myanmar Massage Parlors on the Rise

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The male sex industry servicing mostly homosexual men out of massage parlors has significantly grown in Yangon, Myanmar through the use of social media, according to the Asia News Network.

Owners of male massage parlors advertising as men-only health and beauty spas reportedly take advantage of advertising their services and available employment via Facebook.

Asia News Network reports the Yangon Regional Police regularly investigate and crackdown female sex workers and massage parlors but “countermeasures against male hustlers are relatively seldom.

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Referencing the Prostitution Act Section 3 (b) and the Police Act Section 30 (d), lawyer Kyaw Win said the prostitution law only covers female prostitutes, but that the criminal law is applicable to anyone “involved in abnormal sexual intercourses.”

According to Asia News Network, at least one politician, MP Khin San Hlaing, has vowed to address the situation in parliament, stating that the situation “goes against Myanmar tradition and customs.”

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The Lebanese Government Won’t Punish Saly Greige for Selfie with Miss Israel

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The Lebanese government has reconsidered stripping Saly Greige of her title representing Lebanon in the Miss Universe contest, after appearing in a selfie with Miss Israel on social media, according to Haaretz.

Greige reportedly claimed that she not to take pictures with Miss Israel Doron Matalon, who she said repeatedly tried to take pictures with her.

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“While I was preparing with Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan to get our photograph taken, Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie with her phone and posted it on social media," wrote Greige in a statement on Instagram.

The photo was posted on Facebook by Matalon in the week leading up to the contest.

“According to the information we obtained,” said Lebanon Tourism minister Michel Pharaon, “Miss Lebanon did not have bad intentions that necessitates her being stripped of her title or punishment.” 

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