HONG KONG: Shady middle-men are openly advertising on Chinese social media to smuggle blood samples of pregnant women to Hong Kong to skirt the mainland's ban on gender testing, an AFP investigation has found.The business thrives on a well-organised underground network that serves the huge demand for illicit sex-selective abortion in mainland China - driven by limits on family size and an entrenched cultural preference for sons.Chinese authorities vowed to crack down on the trade in 2015.But dozens of blood smuggling agents are openly advertising services on the Twitter-like platform Weibo and on websites, despite China's proven ability to scrub digital content.Gender testing - except on medical grounds - is outlawed in China, where sex-selective abortions have helped create a surplus of about 31.6 million men, with some 115 boys born for every 100 girls last year.A long-standing one-child policy was eased to permit two children in 2016 but gender testing continues, with many parents … [Read more...] about Boy or girl? Hong Kong at centre of banned China gender test
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AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. His concerns about a tilted economic playing field recently led Robertson to join the Akron chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. At a gathering this month, as members discussed Karl Marx and corporate greed over chocolate chip cookies, it was not long before talk turned to income inequality and how the government helps the wealthy avoid taxes. “One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Robertson, 25, comparing his minimal income to the roughly $150 billion net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest person. “He could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over,” Robertson said, “and I’d be homeless.” It is a topic that several presidential candidates, led by Sens. … [Read more...] about News $0 corporate tax for Amazon, profitable giants sickens US voters
WHERE would the billions raised and donated for the rebuilding of Marawi go if affluent businessmen there were to take over the restoration of their city devastated in the battle with ISIS-inspired militants from May to October in 2017? President Duterte floated last week the idea of having wealthy families rebuild the once prosperous city even as some 250,000 displaced residents are still picking up the pieces virtually on their own. More than 900 terrorists, 165 troops and 47 civilians were killed in the five-month fighting. “I don’t think I should be spending for their building,” Duterte said in Pilipino in a briefing in Pampanga on the killer earthquake that hit Luzon last Monday. “I won’t spend for anything, the people there have the money. Every Maranao there is a businessman. Count in the shabu trade, they have the money.” His saying that 16 months after the fighting ended startled many observers, including some senators and Vice President … [Read more...] about What happened to Marawi funds?
One might think this age has become numb to mass murder. Gruesome fanatical attacks seem to happen every few weeks. On Easter Sunday, suicide bombers attacked Catholic churches and tourist hotels across Sri Lanka. About 300 people were killed. Innumerable others were injured. Masses had to be suspended for days because of the threat of further attacks. Immediately after the carnage, the ISIS claimed responsibility. They say this is retaliation for the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand last month. A deranged white nationalist who hated Muslims is understood to have single-handedly carried out the attack. But he appeared to be communicating with other white nationalists in Australia and Europe. Both areas have seen the rise of radical right-wing networks agitated by the flow of immigrants to traditionally white societies. Security officials were initially skeptical of the ISIS’ claim. But police raids conducted over the past week revealed the extent of the … [Read more...] about Civilizational
This Wednesday being Labor Day, let’s take a look at the state of some of our workers overseas. There’s a Filipina caregiver I know who’s working in Cyprus. At 14, she had dropped out of school in her province to work as a maid in Manila. She was the eldest of the brood and was assigned to help put food on the table for her younger siblings. It’s a typical story in many parts of the country. Having nine children is still common in many rural communities. The brightest child is usually picked to finish formal education, with the rest of the siblings pitching in for the expenses by working as maids and blue collar workers even in their teens. The eldest is usually the first to leave home to find work – unless he or she happens to be the brightest child. Even with free tuition, there are still many other expenses for formal education that poor families cannot afford: transportation, food, school supplies, uniforms, miscellaneous school fees. The woman I know … [Read more...] about Workers’ woes