Israeli and U.S. access visas to Bolivia questioned

La Paz, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) Numerous questions were made today to the decree of the Bolivia coup government that eliminates visas to US citizens and Israelis to enter the country.

Social networks, practically the only space to express the rejection of the coup in this country, were filled with criticism regarding this new measure.

For Twitter's Compa Jorge5862 user, this decree promulgated by the self-proclaimed president Jeanine Áñez would allow mercenaries to enter freely the Andean nation.

'Now: Holidays paid to gringos mercenaries Courtesy of #jeanineanezasesina,' he wrote.

Áñez promulgated on Wednesday decree 4107 that eliminates the visa requirements for citizens of Israel and the United States 'with the aim of promoting tourism in the country'.

According to her, Bolivia needs commercial opening to increase the flow of tourism and foreign investment.

For this reason the de facto government determined to eliminate those requirements to citizens 'of two countries that are very important'.

In her speech to publicize such a determination she contradicted herself because on the one hand she pointed out that during the government of Evo Morales - overthrown by the coup d'etat - relations with other countries were subject to ideology.

And on the other hand, she pointed out that Bolivia wants to keep its policy of 'open doors to the world'.

The measure is part of her race against the clock to dismantle the entire system of government built in the 13 years of the Evo presidency.

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China Says A "Price Must Be Paid" Over US Uighur Bill

Beijing: China warned Wednesday that a "price must be paid" after the US House of Representatives passed legislation seeking sanctions against senior Chinese officials over the crackdown on mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang.

The Uighur Act of 2019 condemns Beijing's "gross human rights violations" in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, where upwards of one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are believed to be held in re-education camps.

"For all wrong actions and words... the proper price must be paid," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

When asked if the passing of the bill would impact on talks for a phase one trade deal between the two economic giants, Hua did not directly answer the question.

But she said there was "no way this can have no effect on China-US relations as well as the two countries' cooperation in important areas."

The foreign ministry had earlier slammed the bill, saying it "viciously attacks the Chinese government's policy of governing Xinjiang."

Without giving any more details about what measures China would take, Hua said the "price that must be paid will come eventually."

Washington had already angered Beijing when US President Donald Trump signed legislation supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, prompting Beijing earlier this week to impose sanctions on US NGOs and suspend future visits by US warships to the semi-autonomous city.

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Putin: Russia is against militarization of space as US sees it as theater of war

Russia has consistently opposed the idea of space militarization, President Vladimir Putin said. Yet, the actions of the US and its allies force Moscow to counterbalance this growing threat, he added.

“Russia has always opposed and continues to oppose the militarization of space,” the president told a government meeting on military policies. “Yet, developments demand that we pay increased attention to strengthening our orbital group as well as our rocket and space industries,” he added.

The Russian so-called orbital group is a constellation of more than 150 satellites, two thirds of which have military applications. Most of them are parts of military satellite communication systems, but Russia also has satellites monitoring launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as even short-range tactical missiles. This warning system was “significantly enhanced” over the recent years and tested successfully the large-scale military drills in October, the president said.

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Putin expressed his concern over the US treatment of space as yet another potential theater of war last month when he called NATO's buildup near the Russian borders and “attempts to militarize space” as ones of the most significant security concerns for Moscow.

His words, meanwhile, came as the Alliance finally made space its official war domain. During a summit in London on the 70th anniversary of NATO on Wednesday, its members declared space “the fifth operational domain and committed to ensuring the security of telecommunications infrastructure, including 5G.” 

Nothing has been publicly said about any concrete steps or decisions made in this field, though.

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‘Cross our red lines & be destroyed’: Iran’s elite IRGC chief warns US, Israel and Saudi Arabia at large pro-govt rally

All external foes will be defeated if they make moves against Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander warned at a massive pro-government rally amid protests over fuel price hikes.

Major General Hossein Salami addressed people in downtown Tehran on Monday. He said that the country’s rivals are “no longer capable of anything” in their attacks against the nation.

We have shown patience towards the hostile moves of America, the Zionist regime [Israel] and Saudi Arabia against the Islamic Republic of Iran... but we will destroy them if they cross our red lines.

Thousands have marched on the streets of the country’s capital and gathered on the Enqelan Square (Revolution Square). Calling themselves the ‘Supporters of the Leadership’, the demonstrators waved national flags, carried placards and chanted slogans in support for the Supreme Leader Ali Khanemei and the current government. Some were also seen burning American flags.

The rally is meant to denounce “anyone who wants to create insecurity in the country,” one demonstrator told the state-run IRNA news agency.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abbas Mousavi said that the demonstration allows the foreign states “to see who the real people in Iran are and what they are saying.”

Iran has been hit by protests in various parts of the country after the government, which is under pressure from US sanctions, began to ration fuel and approved a hike on fuel prices, in hope that the additional revenue could be used for subsidies to poor families.

Amid peaceful demonstrations, some angry mobs also torched banks and department stores, as well as attacked police stations, killing several officers. The authorities said that there were dead and injured among the protesters as well.

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Tehran claimed that “anarchists” and US-backed “mercenaries” were behind the rioting. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced his support for the anti-government protesters. Rallies in solidarity with them were held in several North American and European cities.

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U.S. has world's highest rate of children in detention: U.N. study

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has the world’s highest rate of children in detention, including more than 100,000 in immigration-related custody that violates international law, the author of a United Nations study said on Monday.

Worldwide more than 7 million people under age 18 are held in jails and police custody, including 330,000 in immigration detention centres, independent expert Manfred Nowak said.

Children should only be detained as a measure of last resort and for the shortest time possible, according to the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

“The United States is one of the countries with the highest numbers - we still have more than 100,000 children in migration-related detention in the (U.S.),” Nowak told a news briefing.

“Of course separating children, as was done by the Trump administration, from their parents and even small children at the Mexican-U.S. border is absolutely prohibited by the Convention on the Rights of the Child. I would call it inhuman treatment for both the parents and the children.”

There was no immediate reaction from U.S. authorities. Novak said U.S. officials had not replied to his questionnaire sent to all countries.

He said the United States had ratified major international treaties such as those guaranteeing civil and political rights and banning torture, but was the only country not to have ratified the pact on the rights of children.

“The way they were separating infants from families only in order to deter irregular migration from Central America to the United States to me constitutes inhuman treatment, and that is absolutely prohibited by the two treaties,” said Nowak, a professor of international law at the University of Vienna.

The United States detains an average of 60 out of every 100,000 children in its justice system or immigration-related custody, Nowak said, the world’s highest rate, followed by countries such as Bolivia, Botswana and Sri Lanka.

Mexico, where many Central American migrants have been turned back at the U.S. border, also has high numbers, with 18,000 children in immigration-related detention and 7,000 in prisons, he said.

The U.S. rate compared with an average of five per 100,000 in Western Europe and 14-15 in Canada, he said.

At least 29,000 children, mainly linked to Islamic State fighters, are held in northern Syria and in Iraq - with French citizens among the biggest group of foreigners, Nowak added.

Even if some of these children had been child soldiers, he said, they should be mainly treated as victims, not perpetrators, so that they could be rehabilitated and reintegrated in society.

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Cuba vs USA Preview, Tips and Odds

Cuba and USA will meet on Tuesday for their last game of Concacaf Nations League tournament group stage. A victory for team USA will see them clinch the top spot from Canada, as the Americans are trailing their north neighbors with three points, but have a better balance in the H2H clashes. Cuba are on the last 3rd place in group A, with no points and a goal difference of 0:14.

Last game between the nations: 12.10.2019 CONCACAF Nations League: USA – Cuba 7:0; Weston McKennie 1’, 5’, 13’, Jordan Morris 9’, Dario Ramos 37’(own goal), Joshua Sargent 40’, Christian Pulisic 62’(penalty)

Last game on Cuban soil: 07.10.2016 International Friendly: Cuba – USA 0:2; Chris Wondolowski 62’, Julian Green 71’

Worth mentioning: The two nations met just over a month ago, when the Cubans were destroyed by 7:0 in their visit to the United States. The USA players are on a run of eleven consecutive victories over Cuba, with only the first ever encounter, played way back in 1949 ending in a draw. All but one of the last five H2H clashes featured over 2,5 goals, while two witnessed goals scored at both ends. The Cubans managed to score more than a goal just once – in 1949, when they lost 5:2.

Worth mentioning: Cuba did not lose any of the two meetings with Nicaragua last week, ending in a boring goalless draw the first and recording a slender 0:1 victory in the second. That games marked the end of Cuba’s run of nine consecutive defeats. The goal scored for their win in the last outing was the 1st for the team in ten games. Two of Cuba’s last five encounters produced over 2,5 goals, while none of those saw both involved nations scoring.

USA took revenge for their 2:0 loss to Canada in October, by trashing their neighbors with 4:1 on Friday. None of the team’s last four meetings was won by the visiting nation. Three of USA’s last five encounters featured over 2,5 goals, and just two witnessed goals at both ends.

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New violation of Venezuelan airspace by U.S. plane

Caracas, November 15 (RHC)-- The Strategic Operational Command of the Armed Forces of Venezuela (Ceofanb) has denounced that Washington once again violated Bolivarian airspace with a spy plane of the U.S. Air Force.

"Once again the U.S. violates international aeronautical treaties when entering with a spy plane RC135 of the USAF in the FIR (region of flight information) controlled by the RBV (Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela), without complying with the protocols and putting at risk the safety of aircraft that were in the airspace, " Ceofanb said on Twitter.

This year so far, the Venezuelan Armed Forces have repeatedly denounced threats to their airspace by U.S. military aircraft.  On October 22nd, Ceofanb reported the overflight of a drone around the facilities of the Paraguana Refining Complex, in the state of Falcón (northwest Venezuela).

Similarly, on July 27th, they also warned that a U.S. plane entered our territorial airspace again and violated aeronautical safety and international treaties.

Also, on July 19th, the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command (CODAI) detected and intercepted a U.S.-type EP-3E (intelligence and radio-electronic exploration) spacecraft in Venezuelan airspace.

Earlier, Vice President of Communications of Venezuela Jorge Rodríguez explained that American spy planes had made more than 70 incursions into the airspace of his country.

Edited by Ed Newman
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The world demands an end to the US blockade against Cuba

Countries from different continents raised their voices on Wednesday at the UN General Assembly to call for an end to the US economic blockade against Cuba, which with its extraterritorial nature affects many nations.

The permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, Danh Dinh Quy, stressed that this policy is a violation of Cubans' human rights and also transgresses international law.

For his part, the Mexican Ambassador to the United Nations, Juan Ramon de la Fuente, expressed his rejection of unilateral measures against Cuba, such as the US blockade.

Syrian representative Bashar Al Jaafari condemned the unjust US policy against Cuba, whose effects go beyond that country's borders.

The Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Inga Rhonda King, denounced that the US blockade is a unilateral measure that represents an affront to all the principles on which international relations are based.

In addition, she highlighted the example and spirit of solidarity of Cuba in areas such as health and humanitarian assistance.

This Wednesday and Thursday, for the twenty-eighth consecutive occasion, the draft resolution 'Necessity to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba' is being presented to the UN General Assembly.

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