Crimea was a Russian province
since Crimea was taken from the Ottoman empire
in 1783. That is before Europeans
settled in Australia. Currently less
than 25% of Crimeans are Ukrainian.
Crimea was transferred from the Russian to the
Ukraine Soviet in 1956 (When Sputnik was
launched). The reason for the transfer was
"territorial proximity". Russia has no
land connection to Crimea, so e.g. the Union
of Soviet Socialist Republic tax gatherers for
Russia would have needed to make a boat trip
to tax the Russian Crimean territory.
Of course maybe none of the
above will eventuate.
LATER 21st July
Well the Democrats really were
having conniptions about the Trump Putin
meetup. We don't know if Trump did the
above suggested deal. He had a one on
one secret talk for a couple of hours.
Something was said. The Democrats want
to question the interpreter.
Putin responded to the charge of 12 Russians hacking Hillary with the offer "The US can come to Russia and interview those alleged hackers with our blessing. In exchange there is this billionaire Bill Browder and associates who committed tax fraud of $1.5 billion in the Russia. They sent $400 Million as a campaign contribution to Hillary. We would like to interview him and 11 others associated".
The response from the 11 prospective interviewees? "Chilling." "Shocking", "Cockamamie"
Browder's response? "I'm not US
citizen, I didn't contribute to Hillary, I've
not been to US for 29 years. Putin has
accused me of murders, being CIA and MI6. He
Well he would say that, wouldn't he?
I for one would love those
interviews of Russians and Americans to
One can only suspect that
the US by it's refusal is indicating that
1) It has something to hide; or
2) It does not have a good case against the 12 Russians; or
3) It has something to hide & does not have a good case against the 12 Russians.
The British economist Ricardo was responsible for the theory of "comparative advantage" explaining how free trade benefited all participants. His example was to show that although Portugal could produce both Port and Cloth cheaper than the UK, nevertheless both benefited most if Portugal exported Port and UK exported cloth.
Trump appears to have spotted a
flaw. The Chinese put a heavy tax on US
goods, and buy US treasury bonds with the cash
they get. This has the effect of causing the
value of the US dollar to rise, and the Yuan
So Trump's response has been to
put a heavy tax on Chinese goods.
Already the US economy is
The Chinese attempt to
retaliate by not importing Soya beans.
They continue to buy US Treasuries.
The Russians (God bless their
smart little hearts) can see the writing on
the wall. They are selling US
Make no mistake. Trump's
strategy will work. The $US will fall,
the US economy will boom, US interest rates
will rise (but not enough to make it worth
riding them down.)
The other strategy that Trump
adopted was to lower business tax rates to
21%. He identifies that as a boost to
the economy. Our Malcolm thinks like
Trump in that respect. Regrettably he
seems unable to get the support needed to make
CENSORSHIP ON ASSANGE.
I am a subscriber to "The Australian". As a subscriber I have the right to publicly comment on stories.
Today (30/7) there was a story "Ecuador embassy set to give Assange the boot".
I wrote two comments on the Assange article. Both were censored. I quote my second comment verbatim.
So what is Julian accused
of doing? Oh he published US top secret
documents? And they came from Hillary's
secret server? So why wasn't Hillary
prosecuted? Maybe because she is Democrat
and the deep state is Democrat?
And he got it from the Russians? OMG!! Those same 12 Russians that the deep state (Sorry, CIA) wants to interview? Not those same 12 Russians that Russia offered to make available for questioning? As a quid pro quo they wanted to interview 12 Americans about a thief who stole a few $BILLION and gave Hillary a few $MILLION (presumably for her election). The Americans would put the questions in the USA so it's just an expose.
US RESPONSE WAS: But
they can't do that!!! Out of the
I do not think that the UK
would have extradited Julian to the USA.
The UK High Court has a mind of it's
own. That was why the "extradition to
Sweden" option was used.
I do not think the USA actually
has a case. Except maybe in Guantanamo. He did
not break US laws whilst on US
territory. He was just doing what I
expect a journalist/reporter (Covered by the
First Amendment) to do.
Which is research and report on
information that comes to hand.
The trouble is, the "Swedish
option" is still available. It will be
interesting to see whether the UK High Court
and the US Supreme Court think he has
committed a crime.
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