Surrogacy has been called “the fertility treatment time forgot”. While the law governing other fertility treatments has evolved in response to scientific, technological and social changes, British surrogacy law has remained fundamentally unaltered for 30 years. Intended parents, surrogates, some MPs and many within the legal profession now agree it must be changed. But while some advocate the adoption of a commercial model similar to that seen in some US states, Natalie Smith and SUK (of which she is now a trustee) vehemently resist this, arguing in a report released this week that altruism must remain at the heart of British surrogacy law. “The whole ethos of SUK is ‘friendship first’,” Smith says. “We must avoid reforms that would embed a commercial approach: contracts, transactions, profiteering.” … [Read more...] about The kindness of strangers: should surrogates get paid?
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There follows questioning that amounts almost to a general chat about politics: how both Serbs and Croats were, says Karadzic "in favour of a decentralised Bosnia consisting of three entities whereas the Muslim side wanted to have a unitary Bosnia". I agreed with his analysis, but couldn't resist an observation that "there's a jump between the policy and mass murder". Judge Kwon kindly puts an end to this meandering discussion; time for the first break. Then back into the arena. There is no gladiatorial camaraderie from Karadzic this time, as we re-enter the court; his face has hardened, his eyes steeled. And his voice too. Do I remember that Karadzic accepted some of the peace plans? Yes, I remember "endless plans, treaties, none of which amounted to very much on the ground. The killing carried on." Do I know about the "fighting" around Prijedor? My initial article from the camps quotes a prisoner who had been involved. I say that what resistance there was had been subjugated by the … [Read more...] about Face to face with Radovan Karadzic
“It is the opinion of the advocate general for Scotland that the terms of the ministerial code expressly reflect a constitutional convention that ministers shall act in accordance with the rule of law, which in his view includes international law. In his opinion, that includes the obligation under international law to act in good faith with respect to the UK’s treaty obligations. … [Read more...] about Brexit advice: are ministers obliged to comply with international law?
Originally from Cork, he told the Mail he works as an eco-auditor who helps businesses be more environmentally friendly. He said: 'We wanted people to wake up on Saturday morning and go to buy their paper and ask, 'Why isn't it here?' They may be angry, but in a few weeks' time they may start paying attention to the warnings. … [Read more...] about Woman charged over XR’s printing press blockade is 45-year-old British ‘ISIS Jihadi bride’ who claims she was just a volunteer interpreter in Syria before returning to UK to live on a canal boat while claiming benefits
"The issue really is spending a bigger part of the government's budget on pollution control equipment. Governments today are rich enough that this is no longer such a very big issue. We are not talking about building houses versus building pollution control equipment. This is no longer the stark choice facing China today." … [Read more...] about What is China doing to tackle its air pollution?