Facebook Co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, a newly minted billionaire, has recently made headlines after he renounced his U.S. citizenship, allegedly to avoid paying taxes after Facebook’s IPO. Mr. Saverin now resides in Singapore. In light of Mr. Saverin’s suspected tax scheme, there are now legislators working on passing a new legislation called the Ex-PATRIOT Act- “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy.”
To bring my coffee law blog to a close, I will turn our attention to coffee lawsuits, along with some great examples of coffee in the courts. Despite the fact that that the contract disputes within the coffee trade are mostly governed by arbitration (which you read about in my post on arbitration in the coffee trade), there are other disagreements surrounding coffee which do end up in court.
Bolivia is one of the world’s poorest countries, with 60% of the population living in poverty and 37.7% living in extreme poverty. It’s actually the poorest country on the South American continent. It’s not hard to imagine the multitude of ways the poor suffer – inadequate housing, malnutrition, limited access to education – the list goes on. We have the same issues in the U.S., although fortunately, not to the same degree. But poor Bolivians must face yet another injustice.
In blood-drenched Juarez, Mexico, authorities just confirmed that 12 bodies discovered earlier this year were those of women. The announcement is unsurprising in a border city infamous for femicidio (systematic gender-based violence), which has left thousands of women missing and murdered over the last 15 years. The fate of Jaurez’s desaparecidas remains unsolved.
Welcome back for part 6 of 6 of the discussion of Enhancing Airline Passenger Protections. Last week we talked about the Three Hour Tarmac Rule. The topic for this week is a final summary of the overall impact of this new legislation on the aviation industry.
It is strange that Tarek Mehanna connected with Batman, the comic-book superhero, when the role of villain is more befitting. Mehanna, a Bostonian who traveled to Yemen in search of training with a terrorist group in 2004 and later used the Internet to spread al-Qaeda’s message, was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison on Thursday.
While the Second Circuit takes a call on Judge Rakoff’s decision on the SEC-Citigroup settlement case, share-pledge disclosure rules in India have taken a turn for the better since October 2011.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Toulouse, France, Nicolas Sarkozy announced that he would criminalize frequenting internet sites of groups that support terrorism. France, in addition, banned the radical preacher Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering the country with the stated hope of combating the radicalization of French Muslim youth.
Yesterday, Women Under Siege (WUS), a U.S. group which advocates against sexual violence in armed conflicts, began using new crowd-sourcing techniques to document sexual violence in Syria. WUS is giving a rare voice to victims of wartime sexual violence and “telling egregiously underreported stories from Syria as they happen.”
The rules governing the international coffee trade cover a variety of issued faced by coffee importers and exporters alike. In the United States, over 95% of the imported coffee follows the Green Coffee Association (GCA) rules. In my previous post, I explained how these rules cover everything from how risk is allocated during shipping to the standards to which each coffee bean must comply.