CHUMP CHANGE: The 265 members of Congress who sold you out to ISPs, and how much it cost to buy them

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Republicans in Congress just voted to reverse a landmark FCC privacy rule that opens the door for ISPs to sell customer data. Lawmakers provided no credible reason for this being in the interest of Americans, except for vague platitudes about “consumer choice” and “free markets,” as if consumers at the mercy of their local internet monopoly are craving to have their web history quietly sold to marketers and any other third party willing to pay.

The only people who seem to want this are the people who are going to make lots of money from it. (Hint: they work for companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.) Incidentally, these people and their companies routinely give lots of money to members of Congress.

So here is a list of the lawmakers who voted to betray you, and how much money they received from the telecom industry in their most recent election cycle.

Note on the data below: donations include contributions from corporations in the telecom industry and employees of those corporations (individual and non-individual contributions). The largest donors tend to be corporations which contributed funds to the candidate and/ or the candidate’s leadership organization (PAC). All figures only reflect donations tallied for the candidate’s most recent election — many have received total sums much larger than the figure reflected over the course of their career in Congress. Figures are from federal election data compiled by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (www.followthemoney.org).

Additionally, it’s important to note that the communications industry is one of the largest lobbying groups in US history; internet providers and the telephone companies before them are notorious for spreading wealth across the aisle. Regardless, one party seems more responsive to the industry’s demands.



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Mi-17 army helicopter crashes in eastern Iraq, 7 crew members killed

An Iraqi Army helicopter crashed during a training flight, killing two pilots and five army officers aboard, Reuters reported citing a military statement and air force officers. The aircraft crashed due to a technical malfunction, the statement added. The Russian-made Mi-17 went down Sunday near the town of Kut in the province of Wasit, according to Al Sumaria.

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White House Press Secretary: Indicted Campaign Members Had 'Nothing To Do With' Trump

WASHINGTON ― White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday shrugged off news of criminal charges against several members of President Donald Trump’s campaign, arguing they had “nothing to do with the president” or “the activities of the campaign.”

Using a familiar refrain among Trump administration officials, Sanders attempted to distance Trump from his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort by minimizing his role in the campaign, while saying it’s too early in “the process” to comment on whether Trump would pardoning Manafort.

Manafort, who was indicted Monday on charges that included money laundering and concealing lobbying for pro-Russia groups, “was hired to manage the delegate process and was dismissed not long after that,” Sanders told reporters.

Omitted in her explanation: Manafort served as Trump’s campaign chairman and helped the former reality television star secure the GOP presidential nomination ahead of the Republican National Convention last summer.

When it came to former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos ― who earlier this month pleaded guilty to lying about being offered “dirt” on Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton from the Russian government ― Sanders repeatedly said he was merely “a volunteer on an advisory council that met once.” 

When asked about a photograph showing Papadopoulos at a meeting with Trump and Jeff Sessions, who then was an adviser and now is the attorney general, Sanders again claimed it was no big deal because “the president has thousands of photographs with millions of people.”

Earlier this year, Sanders’ predecessor Sean Spicer similarly tried to put distance between Trump and Manafort, a top target in the probes, by saying the former campaign chairman only “played a very limited role” in Trump’s campaign.

When asked about former national security adviser Mike Flynn, who resigned after lying about his contacts with Russia, Spicer called him “a volunteer.”

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Puerto Rico collapse now leading to total chaos… no food, no water, gang members robbing citizens at gunpoint

Image: Puerto Rico collapse now leading to total chaos… no food, no water, gang members robbing citizens at gunpoint

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Chances are most Americans have seen some kind of science fiction movie about the end of the world once or twice in their life. But while Hollywood does a good job of keeping us on the edge of our seats at the movie theater, there really are people in this world who are forced to fight day in and day out just to survive. These are the people who truly understand the importance of prepping, because when everything is taken away from you, items that you used to take for granted like food, water and shelter suddenly turn into the difference between life and death.

When Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico earlier this month, it left nothing but chaos and destruction in its path. In a relatively short amount of time, millions of people found themselves without power, without the means to communicate over long distances, and without the essential resources needed to survive like food and clean water. If nothing else, the tragedy that occurred in Puerto Rico is a perfect example of why prepping is so important – you never know when those survival situations that you watch on the big screen are going to become a reality.

Many people believe that prepping for life off the grid is far too expensive and challenging for anyone other than a professional survivalist to accomplish. However, a simple breakdown of the preparation process reveals that prepping is something everyone can – and should – be doing. Because if you were to ever find yourself unprepared in a survival situation, where food is scarce and electrical power is virtually nonexistent, the chances that you will be able to live on and prosper are significantly decreased. (Related: Here are ten good reasons why prepping is important even if SHTF never happens.)

Next to food, clean water, and a structurally-sufficient shelter, it is strongly advised that all preppers have a bug out bag, so that in the likely event that at some point you need to travel from point A to point B, you can do so without leaving valuable resources behind. A bug out bag should contain items like medical equipment, backup communication devices in case your primary communication tools stop working, spare cash and extra clothes. The bug out bag, as you can probably tell, significantly decreases the time it takes to escape a danger zone because it enables you to grab all essential items at once, rather than spending time collecting them.

Part of prepping for a natural or manmade disaster requires one to have a clear, foolproof escape route so that you can easily get from point A to point B in the quickest and the most efficient way possible. Everyone in your family should be familiar with the escape route as well, and in the event that everyone becomes separated, it helps to have a rendezvous point established ahead of time.

The prepper understands the fact that surviving off the grid requires one to be physically fit in order to complete the challenges that they will inevitably encounter on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, sticking to a healthy diet and cutting out most or all junk food consumption is absolutely essential. Working out multiple times each week should also be a necessity for anyone that is serious about prepping, because living life off the grid requires an enormous amount of stamina and physical strength.

Truth be told, you don’t have to be Bear Grylls or some other professional survivalist to prepare yourself for a survival situation. After you stock up on food and clean water, and once you have a safe place to use as your shelter, the rest simply comes down to educating yourself about self-sufficiency and how to live without the technologies most of us use today. Anyone can do it – what is your excuse?

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Prosecution Under the RICO Statutes Should Apply to Most Members of Congress

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“Step right up and place your bets. Only a short time left, please place your bets. Final call, place your bets.”

What are we betting on? America is betting on the fact that Congress will not do a thing related to solving the “dreamers” dilemma of having been brought to America before the age of decision. It is safe to say that most Americans are sympathetic to the dilemma of this group of illegal immigrants. They did not willfully violate the immigration laws and they have nowhere to go if there were to be deported Most Americans are fine with letting them stay and work.

In recent times, the rank and file of America has more decency, common sense and compassion that the US Congress. Congress has defining set of values that guides their behaviors because most members of Congress only follow the money no matter what the cost to the country.

It Is Easier to Blame Trump

President Trump was told by the DOJ that if he did not undo Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional executive order that created DACA, he would be sued. In other words, Trump is being held accountable for Obama’s unconstitutional actions with regard to immigration.

Trump waited until that deadline and issued and order that would phase out DACA. However, Trump showed his true colors as he showed his racist nature (sarcasm) as he said if Congress failed to act, he would revisit the issue. In other words, it is Trump’s clear intention not to deport any Dreamers who are productive and not a criminal threat to the United States.

Even though the facts clearly support the fact that Trump is acting with compassion towards the Dreamers, he is being labled a racist from coast to coast.

Last night on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox, he interviewed a wild eyed, lunatic radical from the Libertarian Party,  Katherine Mangu Ward. Not only did this radical support the Dreamers, she quickly moved away from all reason when she was asked what how many immigrants should be allowed in America, she said “As many as want to come”. Clearly this Libertarian liberal has never pondered the question “How many third world people can a nation take in, before they become the next third world country?”  Then, Tucker Carlson asked her if illegal immigrants should be hired for jobs vs. American citizens and amazingly, she said yes and that these people deserve a hand up.

here is interview which begins at the 20 minute mark:

First of all, this is why I quit the Libertarian Party after I briefly flirted with these ultra-liberals because I was originally attracted to the less regulation philosophy approach of the party. Secondly, this interview the extreme disdain  and contempt that American citizens are held in by the ruling class in America. Third, this is what has happened to California.

California is ready to fall into the ocean. No, not because of the San Andreas Fault, but because of some very faulty immigration policies. Here on Tucker Carlson’s show, he interviewed, Calexit leader Shankar Singam, who said California doesn’t have much in common with the rest of the country. He declared, “This is California. We’re not the United States.” The Calexit proponent also said it is a “good thing” that the middle class is fleeing the state because it will make room for the “new wave” of immigrants. Singam told Carlson that “the United States” should be thanking “us” for “exporting” the state’s middle class to the rest of the country.

“If everyone in the middle class is leaving, that’s actually a good thing. We need these spots opened up for the new wave of immigrants to come up. It’s what we do,” Singam told Carlson.

California has often been a bellweather for the rest of the country. This fact should frighten the other 49 states.

Here is the interview:

The American Congress Has Become a Criminal Enterprise Organization

The American Congress is a criminal enterprise organization, not an alleged criminal enterprise operation, a proven criminal enterprise operation. Meanwhile, you and I are treated like the real criminals as we are detained, by Border Patrol as they illegally check our citizenship status while they are really looking for drugs that could compete with CIA drug trafficking operations.

In this article I have chosen to provie one example of how the government has been corrupted beyond belief, while at the same time the government is engaged in destroying our traditional freedoms and liberties.

The Duplicity of the Border Patrol

Every day in America, our citizens are subject to unconstitutional searches of their vehicles and their persons by Border Patrol. The main purpose of the Border Patrol appears to be to eliminate competition in the drug business from anyone else except for CIA approved drug trafficking cartels.

The CIA runs drugs on our Southern border and they always have since before the days of Air America. The CIA has run drugs, for profit, to fund their illicit criminal enterprises for a very long time. Even the former head of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Robert Bonner, acknowledges the fact that the CIA runs drugs into the United States. Yet, the 60 Minutes interview with Bonner listed below is the only mainstream media reference to this fact.

Even a much younger Ron Paul named George H. W. Bush as co-conspirator in government sponsored drug trafficking.

Below is the testimony of top law enforcement, governmental and agency personnel and what they have to say about the CIA running drugs into this country.

 The Border Patrol Protection Racket

The United States clearly has an immigration problem. The sheer number of immigrants have overwhelmed our hospitals and schools with unreimbursed expense. Some estimates place the number of illegal aliens in the United States as high as 30 million. That means that literally, one in ten people walking the streets of our country are illegal aliens. The federal government would have the public believe that they are powerless in stopping the human tidal wave from coming into our country. The government even sanctions television shows to further this myth  in their thinly veiled propaganda pieces such as the TV show, Border Wars.

In actuality, the government possesses satellites so sensitive, so accurate, that they can read the inscription on a dime dropped on the ground in the midst of a violent sandstorm in Iraq. Yet, the American public is expected to believe that our federal government is powerless in defending against this onslaught and that the people should accept the unconstitutional practices being carried out by Border Patrol personnel dozens to hundreds of miles inside the United States.

Have you ever wondered why the Border Patrol checkpoints are 50 to 100 miles from the border? Have you ever wondered why we have these warrantless checkpoints in places like Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee?

The entire immigration check point issue is a smokescreen. When you and your family are pulled over and asked if you are U.S. citizens, the Border Patrol agent is not interested in your citizenship, he is interested in whether or not, you are transporting narcotics. The prime directive of the Border Patrol is to run interference for the CIA sponsored drug cartels and to eliminate the competition. The border enforcement issue should also be viewed as a Trojan horse in order to continue the installation of a totalitarian government bent on the destruction of United States sovereignty, its culture, and most importantly, its time-honored civil liberties in this “papers please” totalitarian government. But most of all, the Border Patrol exists to permit the free flow of drugs into the country while eliminating any competition to the status quo.

While, as former DEA chief Bonner suggests, the CIA conducts illicit drug trafficking criminal enterprise, American citizens are abused by the thousands at these illegal checkpoints.

Conclusion

Stopping the drug trafficking on the border is not a priorty for Congress because that is not where the money is. Congress gets free healthcare for life, no exclusions, a hefty lifetime retirement after decades of fleecing the American people. They follow the money and there will be no immigration reform under this Congress because there is too much money to be made by promoting border chaos. Just ask the CIA.

In a similar vein, how can Google be moving towards owning everything and Congress does nothing? How can the CIA be allowed to extend the war in Afghanistan in favor of perpetuating their heroin business? How can Senator Diane Feinstein enter the Senate as a millionaire and be currently worth over a billion dollars. In principle, the same could be said for Franken, McCain, Warren, Pelosi, Rangel, et al. The fact remains that we are living under a criminal enterprise.

The RICO statutes were created for Congress and the sad part lies in the fact that the American people are to blame. Congress has a 9% approval rating. However, the American people return over 90% of these criminals to office after every election. Oh yes, there are a few good ones (Gosar, Gowdy, Paul, Biggs, etc.), but there aren’t nearly enough to effect any real change.

The RICO statutes were created for the behaviors exibited by Congress, but the odds of prosecuting the more nefarious members of Congress are slim and none, and slim just left town.

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Re: Netanyahu allows Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa

Israel’s Channel 2 reported that yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave authorisation for Knesset members to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque next Tuesday.

Netanyahu issued an order prohibiting members of the Knesset from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque in October 2015, since the outbreak of the uprising in Jerusalem. In July he temporarily lifted the ban following a legal petition by far-right Knesset member Yehuda Glick.

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Yehuda Glick performs prayers outside Al-Aqsa, as 135 Israelis enter holy site [Maannews]

This decision was made after security considerations determined that the storming of Al-Aqsa by Israeli groups, including ministers and MKs, are a major factor in provoking Palestinians. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the third holiest site in Islam.

Dozens of settlers storm the mosque with the protection of the Israeli police on a daily basis. UNESCO deemed Al-Aqsa Mosque an Islamic heritage last October.

In protest to the ban Yehuda Glick organised a raid at Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday in which 135 right-wing Israelis stormed the compound under the protection of Israeli police while Glick performed prayers outside the holy site’s gates.

Read: UNESCO vote declares no link between Al-Aqsa and Judaism

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Congress is At Home, So Pay Your Members a Visit

[8/16/17/ EFF]  It’s August. In the United States, that means members of Congress will be swinging back home to their home districts to check in with their state-side staffers, hit some fundraisers, and maybe host a few public events.

You can meet them. Constituents can request meetings with members of Congress while they are home this August by contacting their local congressional offices. If you coordinate a meeting request with a few local allies, you’ll likely be able to meet with staffers, and you may even be able to meet with your member of Congress herself.

Meetings like this matter—a lot. When members hear repeatedly from multiple constituents about overlapping concerns, those views can influence how they vote on policy issues, especially if they think those concerns will animate controversy that might complicate their careers. With so many issues vital to digital rights looming in the congressional calendar, this August is a critical time for Internet users to pressure Congress to do the right thing on mass surveillance, net neutrality, and rules that insulate platforms for liability based on content written by users.

Here are some of the key issues to bring up this August, whether in meetings with your Members of Congress, or when writing for public audiences:

Ending mass surveillance under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act

At the end of the year, a key provision of U.S. surveillance law is set to expire, Section 702. This is the law underpinning the NSA’s mass surveillance of Internet communications—including content—of foreign persons outside the United States, who of course communicate with Americans. Thanks to the Snowden revelations, we now know that millions of Americans are impacted by this surveillance (the exact number of which the government refuses to disclose) and Congress must vote to either reauthorize the law, or allow it to expire as scheduled. We know Congress will take this up in the next few months, so now is the ideal time to deliver a simple message: this surveillance is unconstitutional and unacceptable, and Congress should allow this dangerous provision to expire unless it first enacts significant reforms to curtail mass surveillance powers. Above all, Congress should resist attempts to make this provision of law permanent by insisting that any potential re-authorization include a five-year sunset.

Defending protections that enable free expression on the Internet

There’s a dangerous new threat in Congress to your right to free speech and expression online, and it’s already gained the support of a frightening number of lawmakers. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA, S. 1693) wouldn’t help punish sex traffickers. What it would do is drastically weaken 47 U.S.C. § 230 (commonly known as “CDA 230” or simply “Section 230”), one of the most important laws protecting free expression online. It would expose startups that run online services to the risk of overwhelming criminal and civil liability for the actions of their users. Sex trafficking is a serious problem, and Congress should be applauded for turning its attention to it, but this bill is not the solution. We support a clear message to Congress: don’t support SESTA or any other attempt to weaken protections for online speech under Section 230. If you run or work in a business that relies on Section 230 protections, then explain to your members of Congress how SESTA would threaten your job.

Defending net neutrality rules that preserve equal opportunity online

A few months ago, incoming Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai announced his plans to eliminate the clear, enforceable protections for net neutrality that the Commission had implemented in 2015. People have filed a record-breaking 18 million comments with the FCC, the majority of them opposing the Commission’s plan to roll back protections for net neutrality (and it’s not too late to submit your own). Now, Congress is planning a hearing on the issue in September.

Members of Congress must hear from their constituents that net neutrality protections are essential for our right to communicate and organize online. Without the FCC’s light-touch rules protecting net neutrality, corporate and other dominant voices would be able to pay for fast lanes, leaving competing startups, whistleblowers, or people with minority views without access to a fair playing field.

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Tell your Member of Congress why a free, open, and content-neutral Internet matters to you and your community. Finally, if you can visit Washington in September, sign up to join the fly-in day to defend net neutrality.

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Seven members of Syria's White Helmets shot dead by unknown gunmen

Seven member of the Syrian White Helmets rescue group were shot dead by unknown gunmen on Saturday, sparking a manhunt and deep suspicions in the rebel-controlled province of Idlib.

The men were killed in their operations centre in the village of Sarmin at dawn on Saturday. Two of their vehicles as well as several of their distinctive white helmets were stolen, the group said.  

Many White Helmet volunteers have been killed in airstrikes during the six year Syrian war but opposition activists said it was the first time that members had been shot dead like this. 

Photographs from the scene showed the volunteers’ bodies lying across the floor of the centre and blood splashed over the logo of the White Helmets group. All had been shot execution-style at close range. 

A member of the Syrian civil defence volunteers mourns his comrades - Credit: AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOURA member of the Syrian civil defence volunteers mourns his comrades - Credit: AFP PHOTO / OMAR HAJ KADOUR

“The heart is saddened, there are tears in our eyes for you departure,” said Raed al-Saleh, the founder of the White Helmets. “May God strengthen us and make us patient for facing this tragedy.”

One of the men killed was Mohammed Abu Kifah, who appeared in a widely-shared video last year where he wept with emotion after rescuing a baby girl from the rubble of a bombed-out building. 

The White Helmets have been lauded by Western countries for saving civilian lives in opposition areas in Syria and in 2016 they narrowly missed out on winning the Nobel Peace prize. 

But the group also operates in areas controlled by jihadists and supporters of the Assad regime regularly accuse them of allying with terrorists.

Idlib province is now mainly controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an Islamist rebel group that is dominated by jihadists linked to al-Qaeda. 

Activists in Idlib said they were baffled by the killings but did not think that HTS was responsible. The group has not targeted White Helmets in the past. 

One theory was that agents of the Assad regime had killed the men to create suspicion and distrust between rival rebel groups. 

The murdered White Helmets were buried on Saturday in Idlib - Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty ImagesThe murdered White Helmets were buried on Saturday in Idlib - Credit: OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP/Getty Images

HTS recently fought an open battle against Ahrar al-Sham, another prominent rebel group, and there is lingering distrust in Idlib as a result. 

“The ones who did this are clever. They want to make conflicts worse between the rebel groups and show that there is no security and no safety in the opposition areas,” said Abdulkafe al-Hamdo, an English teacher in Idlib. 

Another theory is that the killings were the work of a criminal gang, who wanted to steal equipment from the White Helmets centre. Two vans were taken from the centre as well as several motorcycles and some walkie-talkie equipment. 

One of the vans was later found burned out on the edge of a field several miles from the centre.

The White Helmets centre is close to several other houses in the village of Sarmin but neighbours said they had not heard any gunfire during the night. That raises the possibility the White Helmets were killed with silenced weapons. 

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has released videos in the past showing its fighters using guns equipped with silencers. The Assad regime also has access to silencers through its allies in Russia and Syria.   

Mr al-Hamdo said members of the group had last been seen on Whatsapp at around 1am, suggesting they were killed sometime after that. 

Gareth Bayley, Britain’s special representative for Syria, condemned the killings. 

HTS has a network of checkpoints around Idlib province and activists said they hoped that the group’s fighters would be able to catch the killers. 

Idlib is one of the last major opposition strongholds in Syria and faces intense bombardment by the Assad regime and its Russian allies.

Many of the fighters and civilians the opposition areas of Aleppo fled to Idlib after the city fell in late 2016.  

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Eurovision-winner Wurst pulls UK show after Syrian band members denied visas

In a Facebook post on Friday, the Austrian pop singer explained to her fans that she decided to stay home out of solidarity with the members of Basalt, an alternative rock trio, the members of which “were unsuccessful in their visa application to enter the UK.”

The group, currently based in Vienna, was founded in February last year by Amjad Khaboura, Noor Eli Khoury and Almonther Alshoufi, all ethnic Syrians.

“With a lot of disappointment for not being able to perform there because [of] the refusal of our visas, we wish everyone performing, visiting, and organizing the festival a great evening!” the group wrote on its official Facebook page, praising Wurst and organizers for voicing support.

The festival said in statement that although the group would not be able to present its show live to the festival-goers, the concert would still feature their act by including a specially-filmed introduction and performance.

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The organizers said they still hope Wurst and Basalt will make it to Edinburgh this year or “at some point in the future.”

So far it is not clear what prompted the UK Home Office to turn down the musicians’ visa applications. The artists themselves appear to be in the dark about the British authorities’ motives.

“We just kept asking ‘why?’ How can this be allowed to happen? We were disappointed, saddened and totally heartbroken.” Alshoufi, a former engineering student who took up music career in Austria, told the Times.

Ironically, the ‘Rise like a Phoenix’ singer and the Syrian newcomers were initially supposed to perform as part of the festival’s ‘New European Songbook’ program, touted as “unique collaborations between established European musicians and artists recently arrived in the continent.”

Shutting doors before Syrian musicians has cast a shadow over the reputation of the festival that sought to present itself as platform where different cultures and backgrounds intertwine, the director of Edinburgh International Festival, Fergus Linehan, lamented.

READ MORE: EU anti-migrant mission in Mediterranean led to more illegal migration & deaths – UK Lords’ inquiry

“The symbolism [of the visa denial] is awful… It’s particularly frustrating because of the whole point of the concert,” Linehan told AFP, adding that he had extended “open invitation” to the artists meaning they be welcome at any future installment of the festival.

While the UK admission rules are famously tough, there is a provision facilitating access to the country for artists, performing at certain festivals, included by the Home Office in the so-called list of ‘permit-free festivals’.

The Edinburgh International Festival, with its over-70-year history, is one of them.
However, while the musicians filed their visa application based on that very provision, according to AFP, they still did not succeed.

The rigidity of the UK immigration police, which poses a stark contract to more relaxed EU approach, has raised a few eyebrows before. In March, the UK immigration authorities reportedly denied a visa application to a female Pakistani politician because she was single. Her relationship status and the fact that she did not have any dependents reportedly was enough for the UK Visas and Immigration to conclude that the woman was unlikely to return back home from a Green parties congress.

READ MORE: Mass surveillance, deportations & nuclear weapons: What to expect from UK’s new PM

UK Prime Minster Theresa May has been known for her tough stance on migration from the period when she was Britain’s home secretary. Among one of her most controversial endeavors of that time is an advertising campaign encouraging illegal migrants to contact a helpline on how to leave the UK, which was deemed a total failure. She also proposed the term refugee to be narrowed, drawing the ire of human rights organizations.

In March this year, the Home Office unveiled new instructions that envision a review every five years if the country an asylum seeker originally fled is still unsafe to return.

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