On America, Somalia and You

(EconomicPolicyJournal) – Great insights from a Doug Casey interview with the Daily Bell (ViaLewRockwell.com):

Daily Bell: How about America? How are America’s finances?

Doug Casey: The era of one trillion dollar plus annual deficits is definitely here. And those are just the official deficits, which are going to be running a trillion or a trillion and a half dollars per year for the indefinite future. And on top of that you’ve got $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities of Social Security, the Medicare, the Medicaid. In a few years, you are going to have Obama-care, which is going to make the problem considerably worse. Then add on the probable federal bailouts of numerous bankrupt states like New York and California. And then hundreds of billions more for the FDIC, which is also totally bankrupt. Just like Fannie and Freddie. Then the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp., will be hundreds of billions more – that hasn’t hit the front pages yet. General Electric is just like a gigantic, 30-1 leveraged hedge fund; that’s going to be bailed out too! Amtrak, which despite its outrageously high fares, continues to loose a couple billion dollars a year; of course that’s just chicken feed in today’s context. And of course these wars – and supporting military bases in over 100 countries…

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Illusions Of Freedom – Jim Kirwan

(Rense) – “The Matrix is one of the greatest metaphors ever. ‘Machines invented to make life easier end up enslaving humanity. This is the most dystopian theory in science-fiction. Why is this fear so universal, so compelling? Is it because we really believe our toaster and our notebook will end up as our mechanical overlords? Of course not. This is not a future that we fear but a past that we are already living. Continue reading

Pentagon Bracing for a Snap Offensive Against Venezuela

(StrategicCultureFoundation) – The US SOUTHCOM electronic surveillance base has been functioning in Aruba for several years. One day, an individual looking like a typical American, wearing shorts, a Hawaii shirt, and sunglasses, walked into it effortlessly and started roaming around. The US marines must have been too tired of the heat and assumed he actually was one of their countrymen – the base has been hosting numbers of visitors from the US recently amid the preparations for serious operations against Venezuela. Continue reading

Video: China mulls setting up military base in Pakistan

(TimesofIndia) – China has signaled it wants to go the US way and set up military bases in overseas locations that would possibly include Pakistan. The obvious purpose would be to exert pressure on India as well as counter US influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ( Watch Video ) – Read More Here

A War Against Human Rights and the Environment – Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia

This past summer, President Obama announced that he had signed an agreement with Colombia to grant the U.S. military access to 7 military bases in Colombia. As the UK’s Guardian newspaper announced at the time, “[t]he proposed 10-year lease will give the US access to at least seven Colombian bases – three air force, two naval and two army – stretching from the Pacific to the Caribbean.” And, these bases would accommodate up to 800 military and 600 civilian contractors of the United States. As the Guardian explained, this announcement caused outrage in neighboring Latin American nations and “damaged Barack Obama’s attempt to mend relations with the region.” Continue reading

MSM: Chavez Says U.S., Colombia Have Made ‘Pact for War’

(Bloomberg) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the U.S. and Colombian governments have made a “pact for war” with a deal to allow American troops to use facilities at seven military bases. Continue reading

MSM: Israel names Russians helping Iran build nuclear bomb

(Times) – Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has handed the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists believed by the Israelis to be helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead. He is said to have delivered the list during a mysterious visit to Moscow. Continue reading

Morales: U.S. planning coups in Latin America

The Bolivian president has accused the United States of planning coups in Latin America after Washington reached an agreement with Colombia over military bases. Continue reading

Europe’s Complicity in Evil – Paul Craig Roberts

Address to Mut zur Ethik Conference, “Sovereignty or Imperialism,” Feldkirch, Austria, September 5, 2009 Continue reading

MSM: Outcry in South America over US military base pact

Deal to increase access to Colombia bases angers neighbours and damages Obama’s attempts to mend relations with region Continue reading

Video: US to attack Venezuela – Eva Golinger

(Russia Today) – A military agreement between the United States and Columbia has led to widespread concern in South America. Leaders want to know why the United States is trying to increase its military presence in the region. Continue reading

Camps for Dissidents Readied

There exists an explosive hot-button issue that U.S. government officials don’t want revealed to the American public; namely, that internment camps have been established—and are at the ready to detain citizens if mass insurrections occur. Under FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09), potential trigger events could be economic collapse, widespread bank closures, massive social unrest (possibly due to proof that Barack Obama is not natural-born), or a flu pandemic. Continue reading

MSM: China’s military launches long-range war games

(WPost) – China’s military launched war games Tuesday aimed at deploying forces at long distances, reflecting moves to ensure security in the restive western regions of Tibet and Xinjiang. Continue reading

Deal: United States soldiers will deploy to Colombia

(RawStory) – Chavez: ‘The winds of war [are] beginning to blow’
Some American troops will soon find themselves stationed at military bases scattered across the South American nation of Colombia with a mission to use advanced Predator drone technology to aid in fighting the drug trade and to combat terrorism, according to published reports Saturday. Continue reading

MSM: Chavez urges military to be prepared for conflict

(AP) – President Hugo Chavez told his military on Sunday to be prepared for a possible confrontation with Colombia, warning that Bogota’s plans to increase the U.S. military presence at its bases poses a threat to Venezuela. Continue reading

Pentagon Holds Sustaining Military Readiness Conference in Arizona

The arm of the U.S. government that’s responsible for knocking off threats to the country gets together in Phoenix this week to talk about topics such as natural resources and sustainability. Continue reading

The Expiring Economy – Paul Craig Roberts

Tent cities springing up all over America are filling with the homeless unemployed from the worst economy since the 1930s. While Americans live in tents, the Obama government has embarked on a $1 billion crash program to build a mega-embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to rival the one the Bush government build in Baghdad, Iraq. Continue reading

Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire – And Ten Steps to Take to Do So

However ambitious President Barack Obama’s domestic plans, one unacknowledged issue has the potential to destroy any reform efforts he might launch. Think of it as the 800-pound gorilla in the American living room: our longstanding reliance on imperialism and militarism in our relations with other countries and the vast, potentially ruinous global empire of bases that goes with it. Continue reading

Illinois Army National Guard Puts Military War Machines on the Streets

In Springfield, Illinois, the commoners will get acclimated in the coming week to the idea of the military on the streets. “A Springfield-based military police company will be training with a new armored vehicle in the area this week,” Continue reading

An urgent request from Jane Burgermeister US EXERCISES NLE 09

If you live in the US, please email/fax this to all military bases/major law enforcement stations in your region after typing your name in at the bottom for greater poignancy. You can fax from your computer using Metrofax. Continue reading

MSM: Russian postal workers to let police open mail

(Yahoo) – The Russian government has issued an order telling postal workers that police and security agents have a right to open mail, causing alarm among rights advocates who fear a return to the Soviet-era tactics of the KGB. Continue reading

Italy to Declare Independence from US Military

Do they have a fourth of July in Italy? That’s not a trick question. This July 4th, Italians plan to gather in Vicenza to take nonviolent action aimed at freeing Italy from U.S. occupation and opposing the proposed construction of an enormous new U.S. military base in a town already swarming with U.S. troops stationed at existing bases. Continue reading

America’s “Bases of Empire”

Besides waging perpetual wars, nothing better reveals America’s imperial agenda than its hundreds of global bases – for offense, not defense at a time the US hasn’t had an enemy since the Japanese surrendered in August 1945. Continue reading

MSM: US – Iran could have nuclear bomb in one year

Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that Iran could be just a year away from developing a nuclear weapon. Continue reading

MSM: Iran sends warships to Gulf of Aden – navy

(Reuters) – Iran has sent six warships to international waters, including the Gulf of Aden, to show its ability to confront any foreign threats, its naval commander said on Monday. Continue reading

Preparing for Civil Unrest in America – Michel Chossudovsky

Legislation to Establish Internment Camps on US Military Bases Continue reading

Empire of bases

Before reading this article, try to answer this question: How many military bases does the United States have in other countries: a) 100; b) 300; c) 700; or d) 1,000. Continue reading

Is military spending crippling America?

The United States spends hundreds of billions of dollars each year on its military. Part of the budget funds a worldwide network of bases, including sites in former Soviet republics.

The U.S. has 6,000 military bases on its own territory and huge numbers of military facilities abroad – more than any other country in the world. Continue reading

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, and We Simply Never Talk About It

At the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans had an estimated 37 major military bases scattered around their dominions. At the height of the British Empire, the British had 36 of them planetwide. Depending on just who you listen to and how you count, we have hundreds of bases. According to Pentagon records, in fact, there are 761 active military “sites” abroad. Continue reading