On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin remarks on the White House's announcement of a 10-year military contract with the East African country of Djibouti which includes doubling US military fee to rent out a base there to $63 million every year with no explanation as to why. Abby then goes over the most recent data highlighting how 49 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, outlining 11 countries where over 100 thousand children are hungry, and Congress' reluctance to address the issue. Abby then speaks with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, about the historical context of racist criminal justice policies such as 'Stop and Frisk' as well as the distorted media portrayal of black crime. BTS wraps up the show with an interview with Thom Hartmann, host of 'The Big Picture' and author of 'Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception' about the enormous rise of diagnoses of ADHD among American children, and his research into the origin of the perceived disorder as an evolutionary adaption instead of a disorder.
Obama administration prolongs operation of $63 million military base right across Yemen, in Djibouti
The US Administration has prolonged the agreement with the government of Djibouti on the military base in the Horn of Africa. The base is central for the US for launching drone strikes throughout the region. US claim that it also uses the base for the counterterrorism actions. According to the administration official, the US is ready to pay $630 million for the next decade if Djibouti would lease the base to the US. That means that the government of Djibouti would receive $63 million per year, which is almost double than the $38 million the US used to pay.