Lawmakers approved a $2 billion boost to the Biden administration’s request for the Pacific Deterrence Initiative, increasing the program meant to beef up U.S. posture in the region and deter China to $7.1 billion.
The final bill approves a shipbuilding budget that would buy 13 new Navy ships, five more than the Pentagon requested.
Negotiators also agreed to procure 85 F-35 fighters, matching the Pentagon’s request. The bill authorizes 17 F-15EX jets, five more than the Air Force requested, and a dozen F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters that the Navy didn’t request.
Are the hawks taking flight over Berlin? James Carden
Two months after the German federal elections of September 26th, a governing coalition has been formed: Social Democrat Olaf Scholz will succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor; Christian Lindner of the pro-business Free Democrats will take over the finance ministry; and Green Party co-leader Annalena Baerbock will become foreign minister. Advocates of realism and restraint should greet this last appointment with dismay. Given Baerbock’s past statements, including support for arming Ukraine and for humanitarian interventions generally.
Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out Middle East Eye
The fossil fuel industry spends millions of dollars on shaping its image in an effort to block climate action. A new analysis shows a relatively small number of PR firms have aided this campaign from behind the scenes over the last three decades.
The U.S. has built military-to-military relations with 53 out of the 54 African countries that include agreements to cede operational command to AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command. The broad network of AFRICOM military bases, as well as those from France and other world powers, are examples of how African states are surrendering their sovereignty through neocolonial relationships with Western countries. African self-determination and national sovereignty are impossible as long as the U.S. and its European allies are allowed to use military power to control African land, labor, and resources.
See yesterday’s news links here
Send suggestions and comments to [email protected]