Honduras holds bogus-passport Syrians

Five Syrian men were held by Honduran authorities as they tried to reach the United States on doctored Greek passports. Police say the passports were stolen in Greece and the photographs later replaced with those of the Syrian travellers. Suspicions were roused during interviews with the group. A statement from Honduran authorities said they’ve now […]

Sweden PM wants biometric passport controls at Schengen borders

Sweden will propose at an EU meeting on Friday the introduction of biometric passport controls at the external borders of Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, the prime minister said, following the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people. Stefan Lofven’s statement came a day after Swedish security police raised the terror threat level and said they […]

EU Weighs Passport Screening at Outer Borders for All Travelers

European Union citizens face the prospect of full passport checks when entering and leaving the bloc under an anti-terrorism proposal to be aired on Friday in Brussels, according to a draft statement. EU justice ministers will weigh “systematic and coordinated checks” at the bloc’s external borders, extending the full-blown screening that is currently limited to […]

Costa Rica detains Syrian woman traveling on falsified Greek passport

Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría International Airport. For illustrative purposes. Alberto Font/The Tico Times   Costa Rican authorities on Thursday detained a Syrian woman with a Greek passport, two days after five Syrian men were arrested in Honduras while attempting to travel to the United States on fake passports. Public Security Minister Gustavo Mata told The Tico […]

Europe’s Welcome Sign to Terrorists

EUROPE’S open-border arrangement, which enables travel through 26 countries without passport checks or border controls, is effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists to execute attacks on the Continent and make their escape. This is one of the most obvious lessons of the horrific terrorist attacks that struck Paris last week. And it offers one […]

Ronald K. Noble is the founder of RKN Global and currently serves as one of its principal consultants.