After Japan has already made headway with India and Australia on stronger relationships between their countries, the next logical step would seem to have Australia and India become stronger as well. During this most recent meeting, Australia returned stolen artifacts and donated $20 million to fund joint Indo-Australian projects. While these are positive steps to improve relationships between two countries, the sale of uranium seems a bit extreme. On 5 Sep, Australia agreed to ship uranium to India for use in creating nuclear energy plants, but is this a good idea?
Prime Minister Mobi stated that the uranium would solely be used to providing energy for its 1.25 billion people; however, how can Mobi guarantee this? An article yesterday stated that in 2013, $20 trillion dollars disappeared through corruption, tax evasion and corporate malpractices—other mega scams cost India $1 trillion a year regarding its natural resources.
Mobi has stated these problems stemmed from the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and while Mobi has firmly stated his focus is on anti-corruption efforts… it’s an ongoing problem that will take a considerable amount of time to see any sort of change.
Australia originally decided against selling India uranium since it was not a signature member on the non-proliferation treaty (even though India already has nuclear weapons), but changed their mind after receiving “necessary commitments” – though the article doesn’t really state what these are. In addition, Sydney stated it wasn’t going to be involved in New Dehli’s internal affairs regarding its “nuclear power industry or safety standards”… but shouldn’t they have a requirement to remain involved in how the uranium is managed, stored, and used…?
India and Australia sign nuclear fuel deal
Narendra Modi Government checks Corruption where UPA failed
Robert Cerantonio, Australian and devout jihadist Muslim (based off of his YouTube videos and other social media sites promoting jihad), was encouraging Muslims to join the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) and other militant groups.
He was in the Philippines for a year, living illegal and had his passport cancelled by the Australian authorities. Immigration finally arrested him for his visa violation, but no criminal chargers were filed.
No conspiracy to commit murder, promoting terrorism, or even illegal immigration. The Philippines only escorted this individual back to Australia where even they said he would continue to monitor his activities.
I’m all about freedom of speech; spreading your ideas, making your opinions heard–as long as they don’t violate someone’s rights or spread hate… Especially if it is promoting murder or tries to get people to violate other people’s rights.
Philippines and Australia are supposedly in the US-led war on terror campaign… But yet both countries have allowed a terrorist to continue preaching and gathering troops for his jihad…?
What are your thoughts?
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(picture from Sydney Morning Herald article)
Today, on March 7, 1942 (Japan in Burma):
The Imperial Army of the Japanese, along with the “Burma Independence Army” (BIA), which contained thousands of nationalists and the Thirty Comrades–the predecessor to the Burmese army, captured Rangoon on this day in 1942; ABDA (American, British, Dutch, Australian Command) and Chinese coalition forces retreated to the north and eventually regrouped in India. The Thirty Comrades had sought military training from the Japanese to fight for their independence from Britain, before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The BIA was formally created on December 26, 1941.
The Japanese focus was to capture Rangoon, both the capital and major seaport in the region–to better defend any gains made in Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. An interesting side note is that Japan did not have to fight Thailand, as they had a treaty with them, with allowed Japanese forces to move unhindered. In return, Japan agreed to let the Thais have the Kayah and Shan states of Burma, while Japan controlled the rest.
The ABDA coalition attempted to defend the city; however, they were not ready for war. Even after reinforcements arrived, the Japanese were able to hold off ABDA counterattacks and were able to take the city. This enabled the Japanese to look western, and focus their attention on India.
I know you want to know more: http://1.usa.gov/1cGEbcR