By Democracy Now, April 12, 2023
Protesters in the Philippines have been speaking out against the growing U.S. military presence in the country as nearly 18,000 troops from both countries take part in a massive military drill in the South China Sea. This comes as tension is escalating between the United States and China over espionage, economic competition and the war in Ukraine. The Philippines, a former U.S. colony, recently agreed to give the Pentagon access to four more of its military bases, including two located in the northern province of Cagayan about 250 miles from Taiwan. Ties between Washington and Manila have been growing closer since the inauguration of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the former U.S.-backed dictator of the same name. For more, we speak with Renato Reyes Jr., the secretary general of Bayan, an alliance of leftist groups in the Philippines opposed to U.S. militarism. He says that “poor countries like the Philippines” will be “the biggest losers if the conflict escalates between the U.S. and China.”
Putting military bases & having military activities I.e. huge naval military vessel activity in close vici it to com tries such as China, Iran, Russia is provocative to reciprocating violet t action. USA would not tolerate Russian or Chinese military bases in island count4ies of their coast.
Here is a novel suggestion for how you can fight back against US military bases. Help us here in the belly of the beast make a major shift in how we finance the federal government of the United States and end US imperialism. Start telling US peace activists that we should focus on the economic justice teachings of American political-economist Henry George, who after writing his great work Progress and Poverty built a strong movement for peace and justice at the end of the 1800s. He died of a stroke during his second run for Mayor of New York City. Thereafter the “big money” power elites buried his ideas on how to address wealth inequality and war at a fundamental level when they funded university academics to create neoliberal economics which is only two factors – labor and capital. The all important factor of Land (the term included all natural resources, the Earth as a whole) was made into a mere subset of Capitol. This was the intellectual crime of the past century. Please learn more about these “perennial wisdom teachings” principles and policies by contacting Charles Avila in the Philippines and by subscribing to the newsletter of the International Union for Land Value Taxation here: http://www.theU.org