Roman Horoscope: June 22-28

(March 21 to April 19)

You’ve reached a seasonal break in your life projects. When will you start believing in the plans you’re working towards in your life? Some difficulties may test your determination to follow your path. Mercury and Venus favor you this week, and will ease the difficulties and bring clarity and common sense. From the 25th onwards Mars also enters the picture and could make you a little nervous. At the end of the week, be careful with your words so as not to compromise an important relationship with a cherished collaborator. Fortune in love continues full sail with Venus in your favor throughout the summer.

TEMPO: adagio con test

(April 20 to May 20)

A positive trend at work continues. The Sun’s position this week aids with negotiations, necessary to define new contracts and accords on which you’ll build the next work year. You must be ready for a flurry of new contacts and proposals. Mars comes to your aid after the 25th, bringing you strength and confidence in your self-esteem that will help you respect and expect what you deserve. In the realm of love, it’s time to think of the bigger picture. Steady couples are planning to move in together or into a new place, while lonely hearts are coming out of their shells to seriously look for a better half.

TEMPO: allegretto risvegliato

(May 21 to June 21)

The last few weeks have been tough, and now you’re mentally stressed and physically tired. Fortunately, Saturn is giving you a break for the rest of the summer. Your mood will improve, leaving behind the pessimism of recent months. Your fitness will also benefit in the absence of stress. Finally, things are looking up at work, with a pinch of luck and a few more obstacles out of your way. Especially for entrepreneurs, the moment has come to close a deal you’ve long been waiting for. As for love, you can safely take risks under a sky that’s rewarding courage and initiative.

TEMPO: adagio liberato

(June 22 to July 22)

Just like I wrote in recent horoscopes, many people of your star sign have fallen into a mood of confusion and disorientation. You have little motivation, unclear objectives and heavy physical fatigue. From this week on this direction will invert itself, bringing you a respite. The Sun’s return on the 21st will welcome the summer and also bring you some much-needed energy. Mars’ appearance on the 25th will provide a wave of grit and determination. Shortly after, Mercury will give you a sharper mind and a host of brilliant ideas to boot. As if this wasn’t enough, Saturn’s favorable position will grant you some pragmatism and concrete ideas. All the stars are in your favor, you just need to shake off some of that pesky pessimism.

TEMPO: forza e coraggio!

(July 23 to August 22)

I’m repeating myself here, but your sky continues to be beautiful, bright, and is bringing you even more fortune. Things are moving again, and you’ll be receiving a host of new opportunities. Negotiations are turning into done deals, contracts into projects and you’ll soon be reaping the rewards. The only “blemish” coming up is that the world still seems to be moving slower than you are, and things aren’t happening as quickly as you would like. But not to worry, we’re almost there! Love is better than ever with Venus in your favor, with couples flying high while lonely hearts won’t be alone for much longer.

TEMPO: marcia trionfale

(August 23 to September 22)

Finally that bundle of unfavorable planets is loosening its grip on you. From mid-June already things should start looking up for you, with Mercury giving you a breather. You’ll begin to slowly recover this week. The Sun is easing your burden, making you more sociable and bringing you a slew of new opportunities. Mars is also on your side after the 25th, recharging your batteries and lifting the load of the past few weeks. Love will also benefit from this dynamic and relaxed sky.

TEMPO: arrivano i rinforzi!

(September 23 to October 23)

Last week I was telling you about a highway of success and satisfaction, but I asked you to not get bothered by the slowness of your journey. Now the wait is gone and things will accelerate. You will be busier, with more offers and work at the office, as well as an early reward to indicate that you’re on the right path. An old project at work that you were very fond of will come back in vogue after a long spell on the sidelines. Your heart, alas, needs some more time to warm up; later in the summer it’ll be soaring!

TEMPO: allegretto in accelerazione

(October 24 to November 20)

After some difficult weeks, reinforcements are on the way! Mars and the Sun are back to bring you energy, conviction and vitality. You’ll need to stay focused until Autumn comes along without letting your guard down too much, especially since it’ll be a time of important achievements and consolidating the great work you’ve done so far. After September things will lighten up, specifically in your love life, which will heat up in autumn. Moving in with your significant other? Getting married? Perhaps a baby on the way?

TEMPO: allegretto di crescita

(November 21 to December 22)

The group of planets that has been opposing you and making you anxious and worried in recent weeks is slowly drifting away. After the 20th the Sun will give you a break, with Mars following suit after the 25th. Many of your problems will vanish, while others won’t seem as terrible when you look at them in a different light. Your work life will improve, with more continuity and less fights with your colleagues. Now that tensions are decreasing, you can profit from the favor of Venus and Jupiter that will launch your personal life to new highs. If you’re single, start looking around, because under such a beautiful sky it will be difficult to not fall in love.

TEMPO: cantico del sollievo

(December 23 to January 20)

After a long period where nothing much happened, many Capricorns will get moving again thanks to a favorable sky. Your life will really take off in a new direction in September, but a few successes will come your way soon to prove that you’re on the right path. You’ll be more optimistic, with a renewed faith in your abilities. You now know exactly what you want: from now on things will be a lot easier. You can smile again, and maybe start thinking about love…

TEMPO: bentornato in pista!

(January 21 to February 21)

I’ve heard many discouraging things from my Aquarius colleagues and it saddens me. It’s true, Saturn’s back and Jupiter is still giving you a hard time. The sky is full of challenges that you must take on a little at a time, and this can seriously dampen your spirits. September will bring better fortune, with a clearer sky full of possibilities. You’ll know to seize them immediately and you’ll have solid foundations to build upon, mainly thanks to the hardships of the last two and a half years. Despite all this, you still have ideas, passion and willpower, and events will vindicate your approach soon.

TEMPO: avanti così!

(February 22 to March 20)

One after the other, the planets are leaving Gemini and moving towards you. The Sun and Saturn already returned to your side last week, and Mars will join them after the 25th. You’ll have more grit and dedication, and it’s time to stop accepting things as they come. Instead, the time has come to say it like it is and speak clearly while maintaining respect for others. From the second half of the week onwards, the sky will uphold and reward this change of pace. Venus is bringing serenity back to the workplace and will assuage disagreements with your partner.

TEMPO: su la testa!

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The Other Scandal At The Poland-Belarus Border: Where's The UN?

The United Nations, UNICEF, Red Cross and other international humanitarian organizations seems to be trying to reach the Polish-Belarusian border, where Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko is creating a refugee crisis on purpose.

Migrants in Michalowo, Belarus, next to the border with Poland.

Wojciech Czuchnowski

WARSAW — There is no doubt that the refugees crossing the Belarusian border with Poland — and by extension reaching the European Union — were shepherded through by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. There is more than enough evidence that this is an organized action of the dictator using a network of intermediaries stretching from Africa and the Middle East. But that is not all.

The Belarusian regime has made no secret that its services are guiding refugees to the Polish border, literally pushing them onto (and often, through) the wires.

It can be seen in films made available to the media by... Belarusian border guards and Lukashenko's official information agencies.

Tactics of a strongman

Refugees are not led to the border by "pretend soldiers" in uniforms from a military collectibles store. These are regular formations commanded by state authorities. Their actions violate all rules of peaceful coexistence and humanitarianism to which Belarus has committed itself as a state.

Belarus is dismissed by the "rest of the world" as a hopeless case of a bizarre (although, in the last year, increasingly brutal) dictatorship. But it still formally belongs to a whole range of organizations whose principles it violates every day on the border with Poland.

Indeed, Belarus is a part of the United Nations (it is even listed as a founding state in its declaration), it belongs to the UNICEF, to the International Committee of the Red Cross, and even to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Photo of Polish soldiers setting up a barbed wire fence in the Border Zone near Krynki, Belarus

Polish soldiers set up a barbed wire fence in the Border Zone near Krynki, Belarus

Maciej Luczniewski/ZUMA

Lukashenko would never challenge the Red Cross

Each of these entities has specialized bureaus whose task is to intervene wherever conventions and human rights are violated. Each of these organizations should have sent their observers and representatives to the conflict area long ago — and without asking Belarus for permission. They should be operating on both sides of the border, as their presence would certainly make it more difficult to break the law.

An incomprehensible absence

Neither the leader of Poland's ruling party Jaroslaw Kaczyński nor even Lukashenko would dare to keep the UN, UNICEF, OSCE or the Red Cross out of their countries.

In recent weeks, the services of one UN state (Belarus) have been regularly violating the border of another UN state (Poland). In the nearby forests, children are being pushed around and people are dying. Despite all of this, none of the international organizations seems to be trying to reach the border nor taking any kind of action required by their responsibilities.

Their absence in such a critical time and place is completely incomprehensible, and their lack of action raises questions about the use of international treaties and organizations created to protect them.

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