Migrants in San Antonio lured onto Massachusetts flights with false promises | The Texas Tribune

Source: Migrants in San Antonio lured onto Massachusetts flights with false promises | The Texas Tribune

People fleeing Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela should be granted immediate amnesty – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The migrants Abbott sent included many from Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Likewise, most of those flown to Martha’s Vineyard are from Venezuela.

Victims of socialist tyranny, in other words, reduced to political pawns by Republicans who aren’t bright enough to embrace such people.

It wasn’t that long ago that Cubans benefited from the “wet foot, dry foot” policy which allowed Cuban migrants fleeing the Castro regime to stay in America.

It was a policy which allowed America to serve as a sanctuary for victims of socialism while benefiting from and maximizing the potential of Cubans in search of a better life. That policy was ended by President Barack Obama in 2017.

If anything, though, America should have an open borders policy for all people fleeing commie regimes — including Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

For decades, Cuban-Americans have politically benefited Republicans, especially in Florida.

Venezuelan-Americans have also been a politically competitive group, mindful of the horrors of the Maduro regime. They’re also a rapidly rising group. “From 2010 to 2019, the Venezuelan population in the U.S. increased 126% to 540,000, by far the fastest growth rate,” noted Pew Research Center.

Though a smaller group, the Miami Herald in 2020 reported that both the Biden and Trump campaigns specifically pushed to garner support from the Nicaraguan-American community in Florida. Nicaragua is currently being run into the ground by Daniel Ortega, who helped lead the socialist Sandinista revolution back in the 80s.

As someone who has traveled through Central and South America, I’ve encountered my  share of both Nicaraguan and Venezuelan refugees in countries ranging from Costa Rica and Panama to Colombia and Peru.

Most didn’t really have a long-term idea of what they were going to do besides try to make a way to get by in their new home countries, but some indicated plans to try and get to the United States.

As I see it, there’s no reason for the United States not to have an easy, legal pathway for such people to come.

Source: People fleeing Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela should be granted immediate amnesty – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

China runs illegal police operations on foreign soil via ‘overseas service centers’ — Radio Free Asia

Hometown associations are community based groups of people from the same town in China, and are connected to the hierarchy of the CCP’s United Front Work Department, which runs outreach and influence operations both in China and overseas.

One of the key operations the service centers are involved in is the “persuasion to return” process, in which pressure is brought to bear on activists overseas using threats and retaliation against their loved ones back in China.

“In the mere fifteen months between April 2021 and July 2022 alone … a staggering number of 230,000 Chinese nationals were returned to face potential criminal charges in China through these methods, which often include threats and harassment to family members back home or directly to the target abroad either through online or physical means,” Safeguard Defenders said.

The “persuasion to return” campaign was rolled out as a pilot project across 10 provinces in 2018, and official guidelines include denying targets’ children the right to an education in China, or targeting their family members for harassment.

“The combination of an absolute absence of minimal judicial safeguards for the target and the association by guilt methods employed on their families, as well as the illegal methods adopted to circumvent official international cooperation mechanisms and the use of United Front Work-related organizations abroad to aid in such efforts, pose a most grave risk to the international rule of law and territorial sovereignty,” the report found.

Source: China runs illegal police operations on foreign soil via ‘overseas service centers’ — Radio Free Asia

New York Man Enters Guilty Plea to Laundering Monies Connected to Proceeds from Facilitating Fraudulent Robocalls | OPA | Department of Justice

Jon J. Kahen, 48, of Great Neck, New York, was the owner and chief executive officer of Global Voicecom Inc. (GVI), a U.S.-based VoIP provider, from 1999 to 2020. GVI provided telecommunications services, such as calling platforms and domestic direct inward dial (DID), toll-free, and call termination services, that introduced foreign phone traffic into the U.S. telephone system (thereby serving as a so-called “gateway carrier”).

Beginning at least as early as 2016, GVI began serving as a gateway carrier for an India-based VoIP provider that used GVI’s gateway carrier services to route fraudulent robocalls – including, but not limited to, U.S. government agency imposter calls placed by individuals located in India who were fraudulently impersonating agents of the IRS, Social Security Administration, and Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG) – into the U.S. telephone system.  This provider also used the DID and toll-free numbers re-leased and/or re-sold to it by GVI to facilitate various fraudulent robocall scams. U.S. consumers, including the elderly, were defrauded as a result of these scams.

By 2018, Kahen became aware that this India-based VoIP provider was using GVI’s telecommunications services to engage in unlawful activities (e.g., wire fraud involving fraudulent robocalls), and by May 2019, Kahen was aware that the funds paid to GVI by this client for continued gateway carrier services constituted the proceeds of unlawful activities. Despite this knowledge, Kahen conducted unlawful monetary transactions involving these criminally derived funds.

Source: New York Man Enters Guilty Plea to Laundering Monies Connected to Proceeds from Facilitating Fraudulent Robocalls | OPA | Department of Justice

a statistic

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Thái Hạo
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


Grass along the M4, Sydney, Australia

When a man was shot dead
by a mortar shell
he was yearning for his girlfriend's lips
he became a statistic
in an office full of paper

Sunday morning over coffee
we talked about how
Russia has lost 15,000 soldiers
15 thousand - quite a number 

You paid your the coffee
15 thousands dong
rushed home to change your clothes in time for a birthday party
the closet was full of clothes
we're upset because we can't find a single bow
we're angry
because this morning's cup of coffee was too sweet 
a Sunday totally ruined…
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March 2022

Khi một người đàn ông bị bắn chết bởi một quả pháo cối giữa lúc anh ta đang nhớ đôi môi người bạn gái một con số được thêm vào cuốn sổ thống…

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a poem in the wind

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Thái Hạo
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


a poem in the wind like a white linen scarf flew the length of the East coast a raised flag in the cemetery I voted for myself with a white test kit in my tired aching hand appeared nothing we’re all still negative laughing like lunatics surveying a home destroyed last night while you are still dear as negative as the field of sunflowers we safeguard for each other a long sigh clouds in the deep valleys have hidden the abyss Buddha sat crying alone by the river austere sutras as a bunch of people danced at the side of the mountain erected boulders the souls slipped away the fallen brick and mortar flew I voted for my hometown salt and white rice on the severed roads the ballots of spring fields seedless husks bleached white a nestling…

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Shusaku Takaoka — VOYAGE ONIRIQUE

Talentueux Artiste Japonais : SHUSAKU TAKAOKA est un graphiste, designer, auteur de ces illustrations spirituelles et surprenantes. L’artiste s’inspire de notre société moderne pour juxtaposer des visuels qui forment un décor amusant et dénoncent parfois les aspects d’un monde ultra-consommateur et sur-connecté. 15 more words

Shusaku Takaoka — VOYAGE ONIRIQUE