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imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – While Americans were camping out in movie theaters nationwide to be among the first to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ President  Barack Obama signed new legislation that would discriminate against human beings — including U.S. citizens — based on national origin and travel history.

Both Houses of Congress approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill intended to keep government services funded through September 2016. Tucked into this omnibus legislation are provisions that could undermine, on the basis of personal heritage, the ability of many American citizens to travel visa-free to countries in Europe and east Asia.

For more than 25 years, the Visa Waiver Program has allowed people from a select list of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without a visa. Those countries, in turn, must reciprocate, allowing Americans the same privilege on their own soil. Congress voted to change the deal: People coming from countries covered under the Visa Waiver Program, including people who are citizens of those countries, will now need to get a visa if they are determined to be nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria, or if they have visited those countries since 2011.

So, if you’re a citizen of Germany whose parents were born in Sudan, or if you are a Japanese citizen who has previously travelled to Iran for business or tourism, then you would need a visa to visit the United States and will no longer be covered under the U.S. Visa. Waiver Program.

If you are an American citizen and a national of the above-named countries, you may soon face retaliatory travel restrictions when visiting friends and family abroad.

The visa wars have begun, and neither Dath Vadar nor Princess Leia could stop it.


Christmas display at Macy's, Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, California (Photo by Adobo Chronicles, taken in September, 2015)
Christmas display at Macy’s, Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose, California (Photo by Adobo Chronicles, taken in September, 2015)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) – Powerful conservative Christian groups are lobbying Congress to pass legislation mandating the separation of church and stores.

In a strongly-worded letter to members of Congress, the lobby group demanded that a law be passed banning Christmas displays and the selling of Christmas merchandise at all retail stores in the country.

“Christmas is a one-day celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ,” the letter said, “and for businesses and retailers to turn this holy day into months and months of Christmas shopping season is disgusting and an attack on the Christian faith.”

The group specifically mentioned giant retailer Macy’s as an example of commercialization gone mad, at the expense of religion.

As early as September, many Macy’s stores across the country have set up their Christmas displays and started selling Christmas items.

The lobby group are calling for the banning of all Christmas-related displays and merchandise in all department stores and shopping malls effective immediately. Members of the group also asked that the taking of souvenir photos with Santa Claus in shopping malls be outlawed.

Tea Party and other conservative Republicans in Congress have expressed full support for the proposal.


imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adocho Chronicles) – The Congress of the United States has filed a complaint against the construction of a new Philippine Embassy and Center in Washington, D.C.

The new construction involves a 46-storey building that will house the Philippine Embassy as well as government and private suites owned or managed by Filipino individuals and organizations.

It resembles the Torre de Manila condominium project which has been the subject of controversy and lawsuits in the Philippines because it was “photobombing” the Dr. Jose Rizal (Philippines’ national hero) monument in Luneta Park.

John Boehner, in one of his last initiatives before he steps down as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, said that the new construction  obliterates not only the skyline of Washington, D.C, but the solemn and historical significance of the Capitol Building. “We must stop the construction,” Boehner said.