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Panama papers – Offshore leaks of the wealthiest 1%

Offshore Trove Exposes Trump-Russia Links And Piggy Banks Of The Wealthiest 1 Percent

https://www.icij.org/investigations/paradise-papers/paradise-papers-exposes-donald-trump-russia-links-and-piggy-banks-of-the-wealthiest-1-percent/

A trove of 13.4 million records exposes ties between Russia and U.S. President Donald Trump’s billionaire commerce secretary, the secret dealings of the chief fundraiser for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the offshore interests of the queen of England and more than 120 politicians around the world.

The leaked documents, dubbed the Paradise Papers, show how deeply the offshore financial system is entangled with the overlapping worlds of political players, private wealth and corporate giants, including Apple, Nike, Uber and other global companies that avoid taxes through increasingly imaginative bookkeeping maneuvers.

One offshore web leads to Trump’s commerce secretary, private equity tycoon Wilbur Ross, who has a stake in a shipping company that has received more than $68 million in revenue since 2014 from a Russian energy company co-owned by the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The new files come from two offshore services firms as well as from 19 corporate registries maintained by governments in jurisdictions that serve as waystations in the global shadow economy. The leaks were obtained by German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and a network of more than 380 journalists in 67 countries.

The promise of tax havens is secrecy – offshore locales create and oversee companies that often are difficult, or impossible, to trace back to their owners. While having an offshore entity is often legal, the built-in secrecy attracts money launderers, drug traffickers, kleptocrats and others who want to operate in the shadows. Offshore companies, often “shells” with no employees or office space, are also used in complex tax-avoidance structures that drain billions from national treasuries.

The offshore industry makes “the poor poorer” and is “deepening wealth inequality,” said Brooke Harrington, a certified wealth manager and Copenhagen Business School professor who is the author of ‘Capital without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent.’

“There is this small group of people who are not equally subject to the laws as the rest of us, and that’s on purpose,” Harrington said. These people “live the dream” of enjoying “the benefits of society without being subject to any of its constraints.”

Offshore leaks database: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/
If you check if there is local Romania / Moldova guys involved too in leaks, of course they are. Just some of them:
– Alexandru Sîrbu / John Maxemchuk and Sun Communications: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/10101340
https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/10101689
– Ion Sturza: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/12096662
– Anatolie Stati: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/12102317
– OMV Petrom S.A.: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/12139794
– Sorin Ovidiu Vintu: https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/28909

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Evolutia populatiei Republicii Moldova si a României

Găsiţi mai jos câteva grafice privind evoluţia populaţiei Republicii Moldova şi a României începând cu anii ’40 ai secolului trecut.

Evoluția populației Republicii Moldova (1940-2016)
După câte se vede trendul actual al populației este negativ. Începând cu 1940 și în timpul Uniunii Sovietice, populația Moldovei  a crescut de la 2,468 mln până la un maxim de 4,366 mln. în 1991, după care a urmat un trend negativ. Scăderea abruptă din 1997-1998 se datorează faptului că nu sunt incluși locuitorii regiunii transnistrene.

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Link pentru tableau view
Data source: http://www.statistica.md

Evoluția populației României în conformitate cu recensămintele organizate în perioada 1948-2011
Demografia în România a avut un trend pozitiv până la începutul anilor ’90 ajungând de la o populaţie de aproape 15,9 milioane în 1948 la cifra de aproape 22,8 milioane de persoane în 1992; după care trendul se modifică şi recensământul din anul 2011 arată o populaţie de 20,1 milioane. Trendul se menţine şi în continuare – pentru anul 2015 Institutul Naţional de Statistică din România raportează pentru 01.01.2015 cifra de 19,87 milioane.

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Link pentru tableau view
Data source: http://www.recensamantromania.ro

Cel mai iubit dintre moldoveni…

19.06.2016
Decretul Președintelui Republicii Moldova – Nicolae Timofti de acordarea cetățeniei moldovenești Dlui Traian Băsescu și soției sale a fost publicat în Monitorul Oficial al Republicii Moldova.

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Poate această mișcare a dnul Traian Băsescu impulsiona mai mulți cetățeni români să aplice pentru obținerea cetățeniei moldovenești?!

UPDATE 06.01.2017:  Bătălia cetățeniei continuă…..
Deținerea cetățeniei moldovenește de către Traian Băsescu nu a durat mult. Odată cu venirea la tronul de Președinte a Republicii Moldova a socialistului Igor Dodon, acesta a semnat decretul de retragerea a cetățeniei moldovenești dnului Traian Băsescu.
Să vedem ce turnură  vor avea lucrurile în continuare …

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PS: Un mic detaliu totuși se poate observa – Monitorul Oficial din 06.01.2017 nu conține niciun dectret al dlui Igor Dodon cu privire la retragerea cetățeniei pentru soția dnului Traian Băsescu!?

Ben Bernanke at FOMC on November 2011

Chairman Bernanke at Press Conference of the Federal Open Market Committee, on November 2, 2011.

“Politics is politics, and the Federal Reserve tries to stay nonpartisan and out of those debates. I mean, our job is to do the best we can for the U.S. economy, to do what we can to promote our mandate of maximum employment and price stability, and although we must be accountable to the Congress over the longer term, in the short term, it’s very important that the Fed be free from political pressures. And therefore, we are going to make our decisions based on what’s good for the economy, and we’re not going to take any politics into account.”

“With respect to inequality, I think the best way to address inequality is to create jobs. It gives people opportunities. It gives people a chance to earn income, gain experience, and to ultimately earn more. But that’s an indirect approach; that’s really the only way the Fed can address inequality per se.”

“My best advice to Americans is to continue to live your lives, though, and to continue to think about your personal situation and try to make smart decisions based on your own financial position. Clearly, Americans are trying to improve their balance sheets; they’re trying to pay down debt. That’s, of course, important. At the same time, you want to make smart decisions,you want to make good investments, you want to budget properly. So financial literacy is a big part of this, and lack of financial literacy was one of the things that got us into this mess in the first place. So I would advise people to try to be smart about their finances. Unfortunately, we can’t disassociate ourselves from Europe; the things that are happening there do affect us, and that’s an unfortunate fact. I hope very much that the Europeans will find a set of solutions that will allow markets to calm down and take off some of the headwinds from the U.S. economy.”

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Teza socialistului Igor Dodon despre capitalism!

       Odată cu apariția în atenția publicului larg suspiciuni legate de plagiere a tezei de doctor a economistului Igor Dodon, care după cariera sa economică fulminantă (de la diferite poziții în cadrul Bursei de Valori a Moldovei, ajungând în poziția de Ministru al Economiei) a luat-o pe drumul politicii cu viziuni socialiste, cu care de altfel, ajunge președintele ales al Republicii Moldova, să tragem o privire asupra lucrării sale de doctor în economie.
După cum ne arată titlul lucrării dlui Igor Dodon, leaderul socialiștilor și-a luat titlu de doctor pe o temă destul de capitalistă pe care o promova pentru implementare la nivel național – “Managementul tranzacțiilor cu titluri financiare derivate și implementarea acestora în Republica Moldova“, 2002, după cum a menționat și însuși autorul – “o temă foarte serioasă”. Materialul complet îl găsiți aici.
Câteva notițe asupra lucrării: (more…)

Emergence of the culture. Lesson to Moldova

Or how the culture interacts …

Axelrod’s Model

Similar regions emerge, but then you get multiple cultures, and then the boundaries between those cultures are thick. The reason they are thick is that if were not thick, people would interact across those cultures and they would become similar.

So, thick boundaries: people near each other will either be exactly the same or differ by a lot.

If the people interact across these cultures the boundaries disappear.