Daily Archives: July 26, 2020

Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?


Published on May 18, 2015

It costs taxpayers billions to keep US bases around the globe running. Why are they there in the first place?

The US has around 800 military bases in other countries, which costs an estimated $100 billion annually, a number that could be much higher depending on whether you count the bases still open in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is according to American University professor David Vine in his book Base Nation, in which he seeks to quantify the financial, environmental, and human costs of keeping these bases open.

The word “base” is a broad term that captures all sorts of military posts, stations, camps, forts, etc. around the globe. The Pentagon specifics that a “base site” is any geographic location that is “owned by or leased to, or otherwise possessed” by the military.

Most of these bases cropped up after World War II when the US took position as the global leader and peacekeeper in and around Japan and Germany. The Korean and Cold Wars sped up the expansion of US military infrastructure to other countries. Containing Soviet communism led the US to set up posts all over the globe to ensure a geopolitical foothold in places that were vulnerable to Soviet influence — which basically meant everywhere.

Even though Japan, Germany, and Korea are now American allies and stable democracies, thousands of troops and many bases still remain in these countries. Even though the Cold War is over, much of the military infrastructure built up in response to that era remains operational.

American taxpayers are in charge of the bill for keeping these bases running. This estimated $100 billion is pumped out of our economy to the location of these bases. It’s a massive military system that ensures US influence in every corner of the planet, and given the uncontested nature of this widespread strategy, there isn’t likely to be any change soon.

COVID-19 pandemic pushes for change in food consumption

CGTN America

Published on Jul 26, 2020

Colombia held its first Online Farmers market aiming to encourage citizens to buy food locally and directly from farmers, because farmers have suffered the most during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 500 farmers near Bogota have participated this event.

Rep. Joe Neguse Talks Combating Climate Change | NowThis

NowThis News

Published on Jul 26, 2020

‘The fight to save our planet couldn’t be more urgent.’ — Representative Joe Neguse has a plan to decarbonize the U.S. by 2050.

From peaceful rallies to chaotic confrontations: the daily evolution of Portland’s protests

Washington Post

Published on Jul 26, 2020

Protests in Portland showed no signs of slowing down the weekend of July 24, as demonstrators vow to keep showing up and facing off with law enforcement.

Oregon Senator Compares Federal Force in Portland to Dictatorship | NowThis

NowThis News

Published on Jul 24, 2020

‘That’s what you get from authoritarian dictators’ — Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley compared the Trump admin’s use of federal force in Portland to the police tactics of dictators in this scathing speech.

Trump Left Stunned After Senate Republicans Finally Stand Up To Him

The Ring of Fire

Published on Jul 26, 2020

A shocking thing happened this week when Republicans finally found a tax cut that they weren’t in favor of passing. This would be the payroll tax cut that benefits businesses and could lead to cuts in Social Security that Trump has been pushing since before the pandemic began. Trump meekly blamed the Democrats for the failure of his plan, but the truth is that Senate Republicans were the ones who chose to not go that route. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains what happened.

Noam Chomsky: Under Trump’s tinpot dictatorship, corporate power rules all

Democracy Now!

Published on Jul 25, 2020

The U.S. is in the throes of an unprecedented economic, political and public health crisis — but billionaires have been reporting record-breaking profits since COVID-19 hit in March. “It is a country run essentially by the corporate sector,” says Noam Chomsky. “They are running on all stops to try to maintain what they’ve succeeded in largely getting through the neoliberal period the last four years: enormous concentration of wealth.” Chomsky adds that this is an extraordinary historical moment unlike any other, distinct from early 20th-century fascist regimes. “The fascist systems were based on the principle that the powerful state under the leadership of the ruling party and leader should basically control everything … including the business community.” In this sense, Chomsky argues, Trump is not a fascist. “We are almost the opposite. It is the business community controlling the government,” he says.

India moon probe Chandrayaan 2 launches into space | DW News

DW News

Jul 22, 2019

India is on track to head to the moon today. The rocket that carries the Indian lunar lander Chandrayaan 2 just launched into space. This is India’s second attempt to launch the lunar probe after a technical glitch caused the mission to be aborted just one hour before launch last week.

China’s Plan to Conquer the Moon, Mars and More | WSJ

Wall Street Journal
Jul 17, 2020

This summer the planets favorably align for spacecraft to reach Mars with the least amount of fuel. China is among the countries undertaking the mission while working on bigger ambitions that could one day challenge the U.S.’s leadership in space. Photo Composite: Crystal Tai

China launches unnamed Mars probe

Guardian News

Jul 23, 2020

China launched an unmanned probe on 23 July to Mars in its first independent mission to visit another planet. China’s largest carrier rocket blasted off with the probe at Wenchang Space Launch Centre in the southern island province of Hainan and is expected to reach Mars in February 2021. The Mars-launching season occurs every 26 months when Earth and Mars are at their closest; the Chinese probe is joined by UAE spacecraft Amal, or Hope, which will orbit Mars but not land, and Nasa’s Perseverance rover.