Berto Jongman: World of Walls — 65 Countries with Border Fences

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berto smallWorld of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders – four times as many as when the Berlin Wall was toppled – as governments try to hold back the tide of migrants

  • Security fears and a widespread refusal to help refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building around the world
  • A third of the world’s countries have completed or are building barriers – compared to 16 at the fall of the Berlin Wall
  • They include Israel’s ‘apartheid wall’, India’s 2,500-mile fence around Bangladesh and Morocco’s huge sand ‘berm’
  • Experts are dismissive, saying: ‘Their main function is theatre. They provide the sense of security, not real security’
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Aug 25

Berto Jongman: Homeland Security Obsession with Terror to Exclusion of All Else

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

14 plots, 65 arrests, 300 million citizens & illegal aliens.

PDF: Terror Snapshot (Homeland Security Committee)

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Aug 7

Mongoose: El Chapo a Hero in Mexico — Say What?

Mongoose

Mongoose

The next attache from DHS will have their work cut out for them.

In Mexico, escaped ‘El Chapo’ is folk hero no. 1

For many Mexicans, he is an unusual combination of Robin Hood and billionaire.

He fought the law, and he won. He beat what many Mexicans see as a corrupt and feckless governing class.

 

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Jul 19

Worth a Look: Base Nation – How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World

Amazon Page

Amazon Page

American military bases encircle the globe. More than two decades after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. still stations its troops at nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, a little-noticed part of the Pentagon’s vast operations. But in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills–and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run.

As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship in territories like Guam. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine’s accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year.

The book is available for pre-order now; all book proceeds will go to non-profit organizations assisting military veterans and their families and other victims of war and violence.

Links to Article, Chapters, & Media Coverage Below the Fold

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Jun 24