This video from the USA says about itself:
Trump‘s Real NATO Agenda? More Money for War
13 July 2018
As prominent US media and political figures warned that he might dismantle NATO, President Trump wrapped up the summit by bragging that he had convinced allied members to spend more on the military. We speak to Bill Hartung, Director of Arms & Security Project, Center for International Policy.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada’s staunch support for NATO and increased its commitments to US-led NATO military missions. Canada is expanding its involvement in NATO’s drive to threaten and encircle Russia and is assuming command of a NATO training mission in Iraq. These actions underscore the determination of Canada’s ruling elite to aggressively pursue its own predatory interests and ambitions around the world, under conditions of deepening inter-imperialist rivalries: here.
Practical economy …
Yeah. Just this morning, the Dutch government’s water department reacted to news there is lots of thrash originally from France and Wallonia in the valley of the Meuse river where it is the Dutch-Belgian border. The river is now almost dry because of low rainfall. That would be an ideal time to clean up the thrash in the valley.
Photos of the Meuse valley now are at
However, the government said: ‘There is no money’. Yes, if politicians give in to Trump’s demands to spend lots of money on defective expensive F-35 warplanes (like happens in Belgium) and on other weapons (United States made weapons, Trump says; in which Trump himself has financial interests); THEN there is no money to clean up the Meuse valley. And no money for education; for fighting climate change; for art; for decent workers’ wages; etc. etc.
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UPDATE: after public outcry, the government did find money:
Reblogged this on sdbast.
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