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In search of surrogates, foreign couples descend on Ukraine - BBC News
Foreign couples have been coming to this corner of Europe in droves since 2015, when surrogacy hotspots in Asia began closing their industries one-by-one, amid reports of exploitation. Barred from India, Nepal and Thailand, they turned to Ukraine, one of the few places left where surrogacy can still be arranged at a fraction of what it costs in the US.

"We have so many childless couples coming to our country - it's like a conveyor belt," says Ana, who asked for her identity to be protected.

When she was 21, and after some years of hotel work, Ana finally decided to become a surrogate. By then she had a daughter and realised she was eligible. Under Ukrainian law, a surrogate must have a child of their own before carrying someone else's. If you have your own child, you are less likely to become attached to the one you must give away, those who recruit the women say. [...] Europe's capital of surrogacy
Demand for surrogacy in Ukraine "has increased probably 1000% in the last two years alone," says Sam Everingham of Families Through Surrogacy, a Sydney-based charity that advises would-be parents.

The country, he adds, "has found itself almost accidentally as one of the handful of nation states" which allow surrogacy tourism.
IVF  fertility  public  health  crisis  western  diet  S.A.D.  lifestyle  infertility  autoimmune  disease  diseases  poverty  exploitation  trap  global  south  west  Ukraine  UK  India  USA  surrogate  surrogacy  parenthood  capitalism  Kapital  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  neoliberalism  neoliberal  ethics  moral  philosophy  Sociology  adoption 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Steve Bannon: 'We're going to war in the South China Sea ... no doubt' | US news | The Guardian
The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.

Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.
Middle  East  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  Iran  South  China  Sea  Japan  USA  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  Military–industrial  complex  Steve  Bannon  foreignaffairs  foreign  policy  trade  deal  Protectionism  Nationalism  Patriotism  far-right  right-wing  affairs  United  Nations  Russia 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Wie die aktuelle Kooperation mit Agrarkonzernen eine nachhaltige Landwirtschaft verhindert
Oxfam-Sudie belegt: Deutsche Entwicklungshilfe nützt "vor allem den Profitinteressen der beteiligten Agrarkonzerne".
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august 2016 by asterisk2a
Why South Africans will pay 'sin tax' for fizzy drinks - BBC News
South Africa has joined the battle against sugar, becoming the first African country to plan a tax on drinks loaded with the sweet stuff.
Big  Sugar  Sugar  Tax  South  Africa  obesity  epidemic  obesity  childhood  obesity  diabetes  pre-diabetic  metabolic  syndrome  cancer 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
South Africa's economy 'in crisis' - BBC News
He conceded the economy was struggling with shrinking growth, 25% unemployment, and widespread poverty. The South African currency, the rand, which has halved over the past five years, fell after the speech. It dropped 2.25% to make one rand worth around $0.0639. In a briefing ahead of the Budget, Mr Gordhan said: "There is no doubt about the fact that we are in crisis." The measures announced in Parliament were aimed at stopping the country falling into recession and to appease the rating agencies who have threatened to downgrade South Africa to junk status, which would raise borrowing costs for the country.
South  Africa  BRIC  2016  China  Africa  economic  history  contagion  credit  bubble 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Börse: Warum Schwellenländer für die Kurskrise sorgen - Kolumne - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Chronisch überschüssige Leistungsbilanz [ & Over capacity for less/stagnant demand ... + biggest credit bubble (china) popped as the west can't afford more. QE and ZIRP has run it's way! ] [...] Der Grund, warum der deutsche Aktienindex weitaus mehr betroffen ist als andere europäische Indizes, liegt allein an der strukturellen Abhängigkeit der deutschen Industrie von Blasen in anderen Ländern. Anstatt auf bessere Stimmung zu hoffen, sind Anleger gut beraten, sich über den weiteren Verlauf der Schwellenländerkrise Gedanken zu machen. [...] [ Fed taper makes things more difficult to serve debt ] [...] Langfristig sind es die Gewinne und nicht die Zinsen, die die Aktienpreise treiben. //&! China (Asia/BRIC/Frontier Market) Corporate Bond Yields up - bit.ly/1Sme7fV & NPL probably too. //&! If property is biggest item of household wealth in a property bubble (UK, China, ... USA) - bit.ly/1Zpiy8M
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Fire This Time: Jesse Williams on America and “Post-Racism” - YouTube
--- do it like SA, The Truth and Reconciliation Committee. But would be much bigger, would national and state oriented, would be much longer. a national learning, mourning, reliving, of post-modern America. To make a better America possible. //&! Actor Jesse Williams Talks White Supremacy in America - youtu.be/5GpuUwhx1Kg
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
China's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan - BBC News
China started deploying hundreds of troops to South Sudan earlier this year to bolster the UN peace mission in the country - the first ever Chinese infantry battalion to be sent on external peacekeeping operations.
Africa  AIIB  Hegemony  China  UN  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  Sudan  South  Sudan 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Drug-resistant malaria can infect African mosquitoes - BBC News
Dr Rick Fairhurst, from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), in the US, who carried out the research, said: "We think this will provide additional impetus for intensifying - and by intensifying, I mean grossly intensifying - the malaria elimination efforts in South East Asia." This drug-resistant parasite was first seen in Cambodia in 2008, but has since been reported across South East Asia. It is rendering the best front-line drug - Artemisinin - useless. But this is not the first time this has happened. Since the 1950s, drug after drug has stopped working as the malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) has evolved. And each time, the problem has first emerged on the Thai-Cambodia border before spreading around the world. [...] The World Health Organization estimates that in the last 15 years malaria death rates fell by 60% globally and 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted. Scientists warn that they cannot afford to lose this drug.
Malaria  Africa  travel  advice  South  East  Asia  Asia  WHO  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  big  pharma 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Egon Krenz: der Kalte Krieg war nie zu Ende by Sputnik Deutschland
Europa ohne Russland geht nicht. USA sieht nicht gern das Europa/Deutschland gut mit Russland sind. [...] Die idee des kommunismus ist nicht tod zu kriegen. [...] Der kapitalismus kann nicht das letzte wort gehabt haben. [...] AIIB & BRIC (+South Africa) - ohne USA, ohne EU (ja nicht alle, Germany in AIIB)! // TTIP und co. schliesst BRIC aus. Punkt!!! USA will sich wirtschafts and und politische macht sichern mit TTIP und TPP before es zu spaet ist. // battle of ideas. battle to capture parts of new world, global trade and economy, future generations (emerging middle class).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Weltwirtschaft: BIZ warnt vor Krediten in Schwellenländern - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Bank für Internationalen Zahlungsausgleich sieht Alarmzeichen für Banken in vielen Schwellenländern. Die Kreditvergabe in China, Brasilien oder der Türkei habe ein bedrohliches Verhältnis angenommen, warnt die Notenbank. // &! Die Welt steuert auf den Bankrott zu (QE trap): Eine vorläufige Antwort: Das tieferliegende Problem besteht darin, dass sich die Weltwirtschaft insgesamt auf den Bankrott zubewegt - und das wird umso schneller gehen, je höher die Zinsen sind und je niedriger die Preissteigerungsraten.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Brazil's downgrade | Authers' Note - YouTube
- 6 killer apps not yet properly installed. - // and still dependent on western world demand! aggregate demand via western consumer. // credit bubble and ZIRP/NIRP/QE has run its way largely // private sector could not pick up recovery. no appetite. same for SME SMB mittelstand. excess reserves not lend out because the horse has to drink by itself, can't make the drink. // especially when it has no means to served future credit interest payment coupons and principal repayment with no income growth! for decades. // inequality huts, middle class destoryed. - Career Politicans, Fear, polarisation, inequality, gini coefficient, zeit arbeit, leiharbeit, self-employment, working conditions, ...sozialer abstieg, squeezed middle class, ... insecurity, cloudy future, richard koo: austerity isn't helping!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
World Bank warns on US rate rise - BBC News
[ game of chicken ] [ can private sector carry forward the little bit of recovery/growth the western world got in a rising interest rate world, that will eat away spending bc of higher repayment rates amid little to no wage growth !!! ] [W]arned developing countries to brace themselves for possible financial turbulence when the US Federal Reserve starts to raise interest rates. It could come as early as Thursday when the Fed concludes a policy meeting. A new report from the World Bank says there will probably be a modest impact on developing countries. But it also warns there is some risk that it could be worse. The Bank says it is possible that there would be sufficient disruption to capital flows into developing countries to harm economic growth and financial stability. //&! bit.ly/1QhP6Of //&! youtu.be/G8lCqhCbrA4 //&! youtu.be/KH1UlvgXqTE = bond sell-off move in anticipation of Taper. //&! strength of dollar added already 25bps - youtu.be/zWrxFszwrsQ &! youtu.be/lpTkQqEQmE4
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Austerity Now: Brazil's Downgrade and Reckoning - Bloomberg View
Brazil faces its deepest recession in 25 years, policy drift and now a reputation deficit that threaten to undo years of prosperity and social gains. [...] even years on, with the economy set to shrink by two percent this year, and unemployment and consumer debt spiking, Brazil looks more likely cast as the leader of submerging markets and the sick man of the BRICS, the club of outsize developing nations -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- once touted to lead world growth.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Foreign Affairs Expert Leslie Gelb: Masters in Business (Audio) by Bloomberg View | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Leslie Gelb, wrote Pentagon Papers. Which Ellsberg leaked (Whistleblower) - bit.ly/1Lgsq2D // Back in the days, national interests and force was expressed in war and seldomly in economic embargos (Napoleon tried that against British Empire) and there were economic skirmishes (oil/diesel, rubber) in the run-up to WW2 and the first couple of months before USA officially entered WW2. TODAY! National interests are only expressed in economic terms with trade embargoes, tariffs, trade deals and protectionism. Only little military skirmishes here and there and when, the nation tries to hide them from the publics eye (through rouge nations for hire army/special forces, a nations secret services supplying the underground arms trade that doesn't show up on its balance sheet or one of their nations manufacturers. West excluded Russia from recent G8 summit in Munich and made it G7. Russia/Europe/USA playing game of chicken of economic escalation. Or using corporate actors & new cyber war!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Mers-Virus: Südkorea meldet 64 Infizierte und fünf Tote - SPIEGEL ONLINE
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33038795 - Sixth Mers death in South Korea amid sharp rises in cases [...] More than 23 people were confirmed to have contracted the disease on Sunday, bringing the total to 87, health officials say. It is the biggest outbreak of Mers outside the Middle East. About 2,300 people have been placed under quarantine and nearly 1,900 schools have been closed. On Monday morning, a man in his 80s became the latest person to die of Mers-related illness in Daejeon, about 140km (87 miles) south of Seoul. // Mers is caused by a new type of coronavirus, a type of virus which includes the common cold and Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome). First cases emerged in the Middle East in 2012, and the first death in Saudi Arabia in June that year. Patients have a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, but Mers can also cause pneumonia and kidney failure. Approximately 36% of reported patients with Mers have died - there is no vaccine or specific treatment
MERS  Zoonotic  Diseases  zoonosis  South  Korea  global  pandemic  pandemic  SARS 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The South Korean Love Industry - YouTube
avg marriage age in SK is 31yrs. // prostitution illegal, but still thriving ... 1/5th of women worked in some form in the sex trade ...
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
China's Tortured Beauties: Make Me Look Western - YouTube
>> with the arrival of western style capitalism and thus western media ... changes in values and ideals of beauty started to go cray cray. eye-lid surgery and pale skin are just two things. - Asian models with western faces. - Such thing is not apparent in Japan.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
As Samsung Falters, An Opening For Startups | TechCrunch
[Samsung] is so identified with the government and the progress of Korea that the country is occasionally referred to locally as the Republic of Samsung. So when Samsung repeatedly presented bad news to investors this past year, particularly its results last quarter that showed a drop of 15% of its operating profit — the first drop in three years — there has been something of a slowly boiling panic underway in the country. From talks with people who work at the company, stress levels are off the charts, intensified by the pressure to return previously-paid performance bonuses. My colleague John Biggs has already talked about Samsung’s race to the bottom, but that was before these most recent results. With consumers unwilling to pay top dollar for Samsung’s best smartphones and Chinese manufacturers readying a dizzying array of competitive and inexpensive products, Samsung faces what might be considered an almost overpowering inevitability crisis about its downfall.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Live chart: Age and population - YouTube
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Eat Your Kimchi Full Interview Part 1 - YouTube
+ part2 - /watch?v=hLwkRrV4XIg (later part talking about differences [audience, niche, taste] between social networks, tumblr, twitter, facebook) + Our Love Story - /watch?v=1EeZIU_zZzo + TL;DR - How Simon Proposed to Martina - /watch?v=jnpIpdFfk2k + Draw My Life - Simon's Story - /watch?v=1EPO1Zblq3o
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november 2013 by asterisk2a
Oscar Pistorius: the end of the rainbow | World news | The Guardian
Something odd happened to South Africa when news of Steenkamp's death broke. By nightfall, the billboards of Oscar Pistorius that dotted the country's cities had been removed. South Africa, which had loved Oscar unreservedly that morning, now hated him. And as it spat venom at Oscar, so it excoriated itself. In newspapers and on radio and television, South Africans kept confusing Oscar with the whole nation. Oscar was a symptom, it was said, of too many guns, of too much crime, of too much fear. He was a sign that men were out of control, that they were killing, beating and raping the women they ostensibly loved. Oscar was rotten and South Africa was rotten. [...] South Africa has not learned both to love itself and to feel ambivalent about itself. It hasn't the courage to look itself squarely in the eye. That is why it invented Oscar the great on one day and Oscar the terrible the next.
society  South  Africa  culture  Oscar  Pistorius 
may 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC Sport - South Africa's fear factor - how crime affects sportspeople
Fear of crime in South Africa has again become a major talking point after Oscar Pistorius was charged with murder over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day. [...] Were it not for his international career, Hall would have left South Africa earlier and he feels there are "too many risks" for him and his wife to return on a permanent basis. [...] It feels to me like we're living a bit in the wild west. [... ] She talks of a "perpetual anxiety" and "underlying fear", but is adamant "this is no longer a white and black thing" and that sportspeople are no more at risk than any other citizens. [...] One common message from each of the interviewees was that the government must take decisive action to address poverty, unemployment, lack of education and immigration. South Africa's murder rate is falling, but it remains 30 times higher than the United Kingdom. Gun ownership figures are fairly average, yet South Africa has one of the world's highest rates...
crime  tourism  South  Africa  travel 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
BBC News - South Africa: 'Over 25% of schoolgirls HIV positive'
"It is clear that it is not young boys who are sleeping with these girls. It is old men," The Sowetan quotes him as saying. "We must take a stand against sugar daddies because they are destroying our children."
society  ethics  AIDS  South  Africa  sugar  daddy  HIV  morals  culture 
march 2013 by asterisk2a

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