The use of the airport as a U.S. forward operating base began in 2002-2003, and this transformation “was, and still is, deeply offensive to the majority of Irish people,” according to a Shannonwatch report.
China had warned of “serious consequences” in the lead-up to the visit but has avoided any significant military escalation so far.
Instability and rising living costs have caused significant growth in refugee and other migrant numbers globally. The opportunity to exploit the crisis will not be missed by other countries, most notably Russia.
The expanding use of private military and security companies in recent years suggests that they may take a leading role.
A new infrastructure scheme announced at the G7 Summit echoes the goals of the earlier Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Massive spending by states on military production and destruction is a criminal waste of resources. The priorities of humanity are the fight against inequality and poverty.