Forty-Five Blows Against Democracy: How US Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats and Military Regimes by David Vine

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…at least 45 less-than-democratic nations and territories today host scores of US military bases, from ones the size of not-so-small American towns to tiny outposts. Together, these bases are homes to tens of thousands of US troops.

By David Vine  TomDispatch | News Analysis Truthout  May 16, 2017

Service members from countries participating in Cobra Gold 2010 salute during the exercise's opening ceremony at Utapao Naval Air Base in Thailand Feb. 1, 2010. At least 45 less-than-democratic nations and territories host scores of US military bases.Service members from countries participating in Cobra Gold 2010 salute during the exercise’s opening ceremony at Utapao Naval Air Base in Thailand February 1, 2010. At least 45 less-than-democratic nations and territories host scores of US military bases. (Photo: Cpl. Uriel De Luna-Felix / US Marine Corp)

Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump‘s invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, whose “war on drugs” has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. Criticism of Trump was especially intense given his similarly warm public support for other authoritarian…

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