The Nation: Open …

The Nation: Open Letter to Congress

Salon: Iran’s leading filmmaker denied U.S. visa. “…the State Department was reportedly unwilling to bend the harsh new rules recently put into place by the Bush administration restricting the issuance of visas to Iranian citizens.” What worries me the most about this is that it’s not just Iranian nationals that are having difficulty getting temporary U.S. visas, it’s also foreign nationals from less-threatening places like Russia and the Ukraine. Everyone must now go through this new “background check” before a visa can be approved. I’m also worried that the world’s governments may react to the Bush administration’s tightening of American borders by changing their own rules for American tourists coming to their countries. As it stands today, Americans can travel more freely between the countries of the world than citizens of any other country. If this changes, I can see it having a dramatic effect on the international tourism industry. I don’t have a solution, but I hope the Bush administration treats the issue very carefully and with a level head.

Ted Rall: War Cry. Most humor has a very solid grain of truth.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at September 27, 2002 09:25 PM

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