In a recent article, a group of 89 Venezuelans were denied entry with the suspicion that they are working illegally. The toll has now reached 300+ Venezuelans. The Panamanian government has made it official that they will not let anybody from any nationality renew their visas at the Costa Rican land border. It is still uncertain whether perpetual tourists can obtain reentry through the airports. Official Tweet by Panamanian Authorities
It has also been confirmed that perpetual tourists from Canada, United States and Europe are being denied entry into the country.
Due to the economic crisis, many Venezuelans are seeking refuge in the economically stable country of Panama. A bus load of 89+ Venezuelans were denied access to the country due to the suspicion that they are working illegally. Venezuelans, as well as other Latin Americans, will live in the country as perpetual tourists and renew their tourist visa every 6 months at the Costa Rica border. Many cannot afford to apply for residence visas due to the high costs of obligatory lawyers and the Panamanian government’s bureaucracy. With growing fears of increased violence and unemployment, Panamanians are becoming leery of allowing people to stay in the country on extended tourist visas.
Waking science published a great article examining how corporate funding and government lobbying is ruining scientific research. Instead of seeking the truth, scientists are jumping to conclusions to favor their corporate masters. The article covers GMO lobbying, medical research, climate change, vaccines and pharmaceuticals.
The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is a coalition of pacific groups in the United States that are refusing to pay taxes. They were founded in 1982 as a reaction to the election of Ronald Raegon. Tax resistance originally become popular during the Vietnam War protests. They NWTRCC published an online guide detailing several methods on how to refuse to pay taxes. This includes filing out a 1040 form and only pay a certain percentage of your income, earning below the threshold of taxable income or just refusing to file tax returns.
Both Democrats and Republicans alike have kept the military industrial complex alive. Although winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Barack Obama had increased drone strikes and illegally intervened in Libya and Syria. Donald Trump promised to increase military spending during his campaign. The country’s debt is nearing $20 trillion and the annual defence budget is the primary culprit.
The original intention of FATCA was to prevent overseas money laundering and tax evasion by the ultra wealthy. Unfortunately, the regulations have mostly impacted the finances of middle class Americans and banking institutions of developing countries. Banks that fail to comply with FATCA regulations may be hit with a 30% on US based transactions. Many banks around the world have decided to turn their backs on American customers due to the bureaucratic headache. The financial institutions of Caribbean nations cannot simply ignore FATCA since their economies are heavily invested in international finances.
The far right ring prime minister of Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, announced that they will offer refuge for Western Europeans that feel persecuted by their governments. The Hungarian government definitely stands out amongst their EU peers when it comes to immigration. Instead of openly accepting Middle Eastern refugees, they will be sent to make-shift detention camps while their immigration status is assessed. In a similar fashion as Donald Trump, Orban promised to build a razor wire fence along the entire border with Serbia. Hungary is now considered to be a transit country for Afghans and Africans seeking refuge in cozier Western European governments. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants have poured into Europe thanks to generous immigration policies and benefits handed out by many EU countries.