EU member states push for Russian visa ban

EU member states push for Russian visa ban

The Prime Ministers of Estonia and Finland, respectively Kaja Kallas and Sanna Marin, have both called for the EU to end the granting of visas to Russian tourists, as has Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

Kallas stated that visiting the EU was ‘a privilege, not a human right’ and that it was ‘time to end tourism from Russia. Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians’.

The demands echo those of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who called on Western countries to ban all Russian citizens from their lands in response to their government’s annexation of Ukrainian territory during an interview with the Washington Post on Monday 8 August.

Next, they’ll put Russians in internment camps! 😡

On This Day in History: Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz

A group of federal prisoners classified as “most dangerous” arrives at Alcatraz Island, a 22-acre rocky outcrop situated 1.5 miles offshore in San Francisco Bay, on August 11, 1934. The convicts—the first civilian prisoners to be housed in the new high-security penitentiary—joined a few dozen military prisoners left over from the island’s days as a U.S. military prison.

Federal prisoners land on Alcatraz

Ecuador: Lasso’s Masquerade vs. People’s Real Demands

Today marks 15 days since the beginning of the demonstrations against the neoliberal government of Guillermo Lasso. During that time over 15,000 indigenous people and representatives of social movements have joined the protests to demand urgent actions to stop the collapse of the living conditions of the poorest and the entire working class. However, the response has been violence and police repression, which has already caused six deaths, hundreds of wounded, and over 200 imprisonments.

Ecuador: Lasso’s Masquerade vs. People’s Real Demands

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“Partnership in Blue Pacific” to Turn Pacific Islands into Anti-China War Zone

Jun 30, 2022 The US has announced yet another anti-China alliance. This one is called, “Partners in Blue Pacific,” and either includes or soon will include both the UK and France as well as Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

This is about countering China – but if China is attempting to trade, develop, and raise the entire region with its own rise upon the global stage – it means the US and its allies are attempting to counter development and progress for these Pacific island nations.

Many of these nations are approaching China in the first place specifically because of the impoverished, destabilized state they’ve been left in by the US and its allies.

“Partnership in Blue Pacific” to Turn Pacific Islands into Anti-China War Zone (Odysee) via The New Atlas

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US and allies launch initiative to help Pacific Island nations

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‘I’m thrilled to work with Israeli government because they want to do the right thing,’ US ambassador says, ahead of settlement announcement

Days before Israel announced that it is going ahead with 4,000 new settlement units, the U.S. ambassador — who was reportedly briefed on the plans — says “I really respect this government… they really want to do the right thing,” and he is “thrilled to work with them.”

‘I’m thrilled to work with Israeli government because they want to do the right thing,’ US ambassador says, ahead of settlement announcement