Posts tagged ‘Indian Ocean’

04/13/2012

Close Persian Gulf Region Bases

How many military bases does the United States really need for national security purposes in the Persian Gulf and the surrounding region? The following, which excludes any lingering unclassified facilities in Iraq, is just a partial list of our presence in the area.

KUWAIT
Army: Camp Arifjan
Air Force: Ahmed Al-Jaber Air Base
Air Force & Army: Ali Al-Salem Air Base (since 1991)
Army: Camp Buehring (NW)
Army: Camp Virginia
Navy: Kuwait Naval Base

BAHRAIN
Navy: Manama Naval Base
Air Force: Sheikh Isa Air Base
Air Force: Bahrain International Airport

SAUDI ARABIA
Air Force: Eskan Village

QATAR
Air Force: al-Udeid Air Base
Camp al-Saliyah

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Navy: Fujairah Naval Base
Navy: Jebel Ali Seaport
Air Force: al-Dhafra Air Base

OMAN
Air Force: Masirah Air Base
Air Force: Thumrait Air Base
Seeb International Airport (dual use)

DJIBOUTI
Navy: Camp Le Monier

TURKEY
Air Force: Incirlik Air Base

ISRAEL
Army: Dimona Radar Facility
Navy: Port of Haifa (6th Fleet)

INDIAN OCEAN
Navy: Diego Garcia

AFGHANISTAN
Marines: Camp Dwyer
Marines: Camp Leatherneck
Marines: Camp Rhino
Marines: FOB Delhi
Marines: FOB Delaram
Marines: FOB Fiddler’s Green
Marines: FOB Geronimo
Marines: PB Jaker
Air Force: Bagram Airfield
Air Force: Shindand Airbase
Air Force: Kandahar International Airport

KYRGYZSTAN
Air Force: Manas Air Base

UZBEKISTAN
Termez Air Base Khanabad

KAZAKHSTAN
U.S. military presence

TAJIKISTAN
NATO presence

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02/09/2012

Maldives: Two Unconstitutional Acts

The Maldives, a small island-nation of 396,334, located 400 miles southwest of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean, was subjected to two unconstitutional acts as: 1) President Mohammed Nasheed arrested Judge Abdulla Mohamed, because he had found the detention of a government critic illegal; and as: 2) army and police officers, allegedly working for Vice-President Mohammed Hassan, responded by threatening to use firearms against Nasheed, if he refused to leave office, which he did.

In terms of legal traditions, the Maldives was governed by Dutch law for 231 years, from 1656, when the Netherlands took the islands, until 1887, when Britain seized control. English law was then used for the next 78 years, through independence in 1965.

After independence, one-party rule was imposed in 1968. One man dictated everything for 30 years, from 1978 through 2008. Upon the adoption of a democratic system in 2008, Nasheed took office, as the island’s first freely-elected leader.

From an American standpoint, with our written constitution, and respect for the rule-of-law and separation-of-powers, the act of jailing a judge, without due process, and forcing a President out, because he imprisoned the judge, are not the way to do things.

The problem is the people of the Maldives have no American-style tradition of an independent judiciary, or of using elections as a means of changing power, since they were governed by Dutch and British monarchs for 309 years.

We in the U.S. would never tolerate the jailing a judge by a President over a disagreement regarding a court ruling, nor should the Maldives. By the same token, we would not respond to a President’s illegal jailing of a judge, by threatening violence as a means of forcing him out of office. We would instead instigate impeachment proceedings, and would not remove him, until he was first given the due process of law.

Legal proceedings to formally impeach President Nasheed for jailing the judge should now be commenced, even though he is already out of office, so his removal is retroactively based on evidence, properly presented under the Maldives constitution. If for no other reason, it is not good for trade or tourism (their primary industry) to let stand the removal of leader by force.