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Torture is endemic (and fetishised) across Australia - and in our offshore refugee gulags and boat turnback regime - but the media and human rights establishment's persistent, narrow focus on NT proves they're not serious, and they don't care.
... Ronalds [lawyer] said Palm Islanders had been victims of systemic racism that was “so entrenched that it is apparently invisible to those who did it and those who manage and supervise it”. ...
SERT pointed guns at children in Palm Island raids, court told [Guardian - 21/9/15]
Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Australia's juvenile detention centres are more secretive than Guantánamo Bay [Guardian - 28/7/16]:
... Solitary confinement in juvenile justice does vary significantly from state to state, and the Northern Territory does appear to be more lax than others; the children’s commissioner in the Northern Territory has compared the legislation across Australia.
In Tasmania and South Australia isolation can’t be used as a punishment in juvenile facilities at all.
In Victoria they can, but must be referred to health authorities.
In Queensland separation can only be used to protect the person or restore order to the centre and not as a punishment. ...
Corrections records indicate a teenager was placed in isolation for up to 10 days at Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in central Victoria during the past year, according to the state's Commissioner for Children and Young People.
A teenager also received a fractured limb after being restrained by staff, while rolling "lockdowns" — where children were unable to leave their rooms — were found to be common place in Victorian youth justice centres. ... [ABC - 26/7/16]
Amnesty report details how Australian Government could reduce numbers of young Indigenous people incarcerated across the country [2 June, 2015]:
... Queensland treats 17-year-olds as adults in its criminal justice system. CRC states that those under 18 must be treated as children in the eyes of the law. In 2012 the Committee on the Rights of the Child again recommended that Australia remove 17-year-olds from the adult justice system in Queensland.
Ignoring this recommendation, in 2014, the Queensland Government amended its Youth Justice Act 1992 (Qld) to require all 17-year-olds with six months or more left of their sentence to be transferred to adult jails.
In 2014 the Queensland Government introduced a further law which says that the court must disregard the principle that detention be a last resort, in direct conflict with CRC. ...
Tear gas and prison dogs reportedly used to pacify a "riot" at the Maryborough jail [Fraser Coast Chronicle - 1 December, 2014]
... Solicitor Kevin Henshaw from the Kempsey Aboriginal Legal Service says the Tasercam footage shows one of the worst cases of police brutality he has seen in his long career.
"Watching the tape, watching the child crying and screams, and the fact that police weren't really concerned, that was the most distressing part of this incident," he told 7.30.
"His treatment is akin to torture... no-one deserves to be treated like that."
The incident occurred at Crescent Head on the New South Wales mid-north coast. ... [ABC - 14/11/12]
Gold Coast Dogs on Patrol Induction Day – Paw Enforcement [QPS Media - 28/9/15]:
... Please bring your family and friends along to this event and don’t forget your adored four legged friend.
There are competitions to be won, demonstrations to watch (QPS Dog Squad) and stalls to visit.
Once you sign up to Dogs on Patrol, your dog will receive a dog tag and a Certificate of Induction.
Watch your dog become the envy of all other dogs, as they transform into a confident, proud, self-assured canine, as they prance around the park displaying their new bling. ...
Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014 [Senate Report]:
Events of the night of 17 February
5.49 Correspondence between G4S and the department indicates that on the night of 17 February, the PNG police force present at the centre was 46 officers, comprising 36 mobile squad members and ten dog squad members (with four dogs). ...
A US Soldier in a flak jacket appears to be using both hands to restrain a dog facing an Iraqi detainee in the Abu Ghraib prison. [Antiwar.com - 17/2/06]
QPS Media [7/8/15]:
Meet the 39 dogs of the Queensland Police Dog Squad calendar. They range in colour, breed, locations, type of work and personalities. Read all about them. ...
ADF and Queensland Police dogs sniff each other's bums [QPS Media - 24/2/15]
Fascism is when police dogs receive better health care than refugees - and this is unremarkable
Healthy and happy: Police Dog Maui underwent the preventative surgery [QPS Media - 15/9/15]
UQ News [16/9/15]:
German shepherd PD Maui and his canine colleagues are lean, keen policing machines, thanks to important surgery at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus.
The UQ Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital is treating Queensland Police Service dogs to minimise their risk of developing gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV).
Police Dog Maui has had laparoscopic surgery to prevent GDV, a life-threatening condition that requires emergency veterinary treatment.
Animal surgery senior lecturer Dr Jayne McGhie said GDV, also known as bloat, occurred when the stomach became dilated and twisted into an abnormal position.
Dogs can die quickly without prompt medical attention.
“GDV is common in large, deep-chested dogs such as great danes, German shepherds, weimaraners, setters and standard poodles,” she said.
“High drive dogs such as working dogs, anxious dogs, dogs that eat rapidly and dogs with a first-generation relative that have had the condition are at higher risk,” Dr McGhie said.
The Brisbane Dog Squad’s PD Maui had his day surgery at UQ’s Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital, where he was treated by a team of veterinary surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff. ...
... Teenagers are also held in solitary. Six 19-year-olds have been placed in Chauka. … [Manus Island asylum seekers put in solitary confinement at a rate of three a week – Guardian – 12/12/14]
Guardian [VIDEO - 23/1/15]:
... Video footage obtained by Guardian Australia shows dozens of asylum seekers and refugees held in a single, windowless prison cell.
There is no furniture in the cell. Almost all the men lie close together and motionless in tight lines on the floor.
A man speaking on the video – whose voice has been altered to avoid identification – alleged the men were beaten by security guards employed by Wilson and by police while in custody.
“They have beaten everyone in this camp. We are totalling 58 people, they beat the shit out of all of us,” he said.
The video shows marks on some of the men’s bodies.
It ends abruptly when a noise is heard, apparently outside the cell. ...
As Australia's stooge human rights luvvies continue spruiking Obama's upcoming bogus refugee summit ---> ... When unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, also called the Northern Triangle, began showing up in large numbers at the U.S. border with Mexico two years ago, the Obama administration recognized “a humanitarian crisis,” to which it responded by opening new detention centers and stepping up the deportation of children and families. ... Central Americans are running for their lives but toward detention and deportation [Concord Monitor - 28/7/16]
Imprisoned whistleblower Chelsea Manning received a document from Army officials today informing her that she is being investigated for serious new charges related to her July 5th attempt to take her own life.
If convicted of these “administrative offenses,” she could be placed in indefinite solitary confinement for the remainder of her decades-long sentence. ... [ACLU Media Release - 28/7/16]
Poverty protests at RNC/DNC Conventions [Consortium News - 27/7/16]:
... DB: You’re about to lead this march…in Cleveland. Could you talk about what are some of the multiple struggles that poor people face, that you represent? What are the kinds of everyday struggles we’re talking about now?
CH: Well, a big thing that we’re dealing with now is the nonprofit industrial complex, where many mega-organizations are getting multi-million dollar budgets and still can’t find ways to house poor people in this country. And it’s a question of greed. ...
@fivek [28/7/16]: If you think flag burning is grotesque & shocking, then you should go talk to someone who's survived being burned alive by US imperialism.
@fivek [28/7/16]: Obama wants to put me in the same category as his contras who behead children. Fuck you, buddy.
'Fart-in' protest of Clinton coronation no laughing matter [NBC - 18/7/16]:
.. Tsou's own participation in the fart-in derives from his support of single-payer health care, a cornerstone of Sanders' campaign, which called for providing universal coverage to all Americans.
"I think the current healthcare system is really too market-driven and not much public-good driven," said Tsou, a professor of public health policy at the University of Pennsylvania.
"There are too many people who fall through the cracks in our current system." ...
Protestors drown out former CIA director Leon Panetta at Democratic Convention [McClatchy - 27/7/16]
Madeleine Albright, who spoke Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, says it's "almost too hard to express" the excitement she feels over Hillary Clinton's presidential nomination.
Albright, the first female secretary of state, has been a fierce supporter of Clinton's presidential campaign and told NPR's Rachel Martin that she believes Clinton is the "perfect candidate and the best-prepared person to be president of the United States." ... [NPR - 27/7/16]
Night of the hollow men: Notes from the Democratic Convention [Counterpunch - 28/7/16]:
... + Cpt. Mark Kelly, Space Cowboy, just praised the “awesome extent of American power and capability” that engineered the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. The Democrats are doubling down on the Iraq War.
+ Naturally, Commander Kelly’s homily to the Iraq War is followed by a group sing of ‘What the World Needs Now’ as a statement against gun violence! Maybe Yoko denied them the rights to ‘Give Peace a Chance?’ No matter which way you turn people are living in an Alt Reality.
+ In a strange cinematic interlude, the big screen behind the stage just just aired a surreal film warning that Trump couldn’t be trusted with the “nuclear button”, which was partially narrated by … the nuclear bomber himself, Harry Truman! ...
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 28/7/16]
Why Katie Hopkins can call migrants ‘cockroaches’ – IPSO defends Sun ruling [iNews - 28/7/16]
EU adopts special measure of €1.4bn for Turkey refugee outsourcing deal - €79m in hush money to UN, NGOs [EU Reporter - 28/7/16]
Afghans exceed 30% of the refugees who have arrived in Greece last year, but the EU does not consider them refugees @Hibai_ [28/7/16]
@moas_eu [28/7/16]: ... 439 people from 4 vessels safely aboard #MOASResponder, being tended to by @emergency_ong
@MSF_Sea [28/7/16]: The #Argos, working alongside @moas_eu has rescued 134 from 2 rubber boats
Thursday 28th July - Day131-peaceful protest on Nauru ... @elahe_zivardar [28/7/16]
As human rights luvvies and opinionators continue churning out seemingly endless MSM columns about how Turnbull can "build consensus", or "lead" on human rights (even though he's under no pressure to act as a true leader because Australia's racist and anti-refugee policies are bipartisan) ---> Hunger striking Nauru asylum seeker's court hearing delayed another month [28/7/16]
via @elahe_zivardar [22/7/16]:
Hamid is an asylum seeker in Nauru who [was] arrested by the Nauruan police on June 5th, has begun a hunger strike.
He hasn't eaten or taken any liquids since Monday.
Hamid has been accused of writing a letter which contained threats against Nauru and Nauruans.
The plaintiff claims to have found the letter which he said fell from Hamid's pocket.
There are no witnesses.
A Current Affair referred to the letter in their recent report on Nauru.
The reporter asked no questions about the authenticity of the letter, which does not include any names or signatures.
Hamid was central to the organisations and recording of the daily protests in Nauru, which have continued for 124 days.
Those who know Hamid believe the charges are trumped up.
They vouch for Hamid's good character, stressing he brings calm and balance to the protests.
Moreover, his friends say that the level of English is well below that of the letter he is accused of writing.
Hamid is still awaiting trial, which has now been set for July 27.
He has been told that his case was delayed because the plaintiff left Nauru.
The plaintiff is due to return to the island by the 27th.
Hamid has a wife and a nine year old son on Nauru. This is a photo of his son.
Maybe the Taiwanese will provide ethical health care to refugees exiled and imprisoned in Australia's concentration camp? --->Taiwan President meets Nauru ambassador [Focus Taiwan - 27/7/16]:
... The president also said she is happy that Taiwan can provide medical assistance to Nauru, thanks to its relatively abundant medical resources, and she expressed hope that the two countries can intensify cooperation in the fishery industry.
Iraqi refugee commits suicide at Bankstown-Lidstone Hospital (Story omits FACT: UNHCR resettlement to Australia stopped in July 2014) [Guardian - 28/7/16]:
An Iraqi refugee took her own life while an inpatient at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital, the day news broke that two newborn babies at the same hospital had been given the wrong gas, one fatally.
In a revelation that will increase pressure on the hospital, and the state government’s management of its healthcare system, the 46-year-old woman – who has not been publicly identified – died while in the care of the Banks House mental health inpatient unit.
Police were called to the hospital at 1.20pm Monday. A postmortem examination will determine the woman’s official cause of death but it is not being treated as suspicious. Police will prepare a report for a coronial investigation. ...
Refugee Council of Australia says Nillumbik Shire Council has officially become a "Refugee Welcome Zone". Australia stopped accepting refugees two years ago and is torturing and punishing people for exercising their right to seek asylum. [Guardian - 11/12/15]:
Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.
In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.
The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ...
Ethnic Rohingya Muslims are entitled to enjoy their fundamental rights [Huffington Post - 27/7/16]
Muslims not welcome at Ethnic Youth Conference in Myanmar’s Shan State [Coconuts Yangon - 28/7/16]
@Rafiquerhg [27/7/16]: Appeal of starving #Rohingya from Anokpyin, #Rathedaung as @WFP stopped rations & #Rakhine people destroyed farms.
Tamil and Sinhala students ordered before court over Jaffna University clash [Tamil Guardian - 27/7/16]
The Sri Lankan government is to set up special economic zones for China and India, the minister for international trade and strategic development, Malik Samarawickrama said on Tuesday. ... [Tamil Guardian - 27/7/16]
Six former Sri Lankan army corporals were acquitted by a Sri Lankan court today over the rape and massacre of 24 Tamil civilians in Kumarapuram in 1996.
The Sri Lankan soldiers were standing on trial over the involvement in the killings, which took place in the village in southern Trincomalee on the 11th of February 1996.
Several women and children among the murdered and two young girls were raped before they were killed.
No one has yet been held accountable for the murders, with the Sri Lankan court having acquitted the soldiers of all of the 101 indictments they faced each. ... [Tamil Guardian - 27/7/16]
Police have confirmed identities of seven of the nine suspected militants killed in a raid on a house in Dhaka's Kalyanpur on Tuesday.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police on Wednesday said their fingerprints were matched with the National ID database.
The seven have been identified as 'Abdullah' from Dinajpur, 23, Abu Hakim Nayeem, 24, from Patuakhali, Motiur Rahman from Satkhira, Zobayer Hossain, 22, from Noakhali, and Taj-ul-Haque Rashik, 24, from Dhanmondi, Akifuzzaman Khan, 24, from Gulshan, and Shehzad Rauf Arka from Basundhara in Dhaka.
Of them, Shehzad has a US passport. ... [bdnews24.com - 27/7/16]
West Papuans allocated land in Port Moresby [PNG Loop - 27/7/16]:
... People like Freedy Wavomi and Doni Karuri who’ve lived in PNG for over 30 years hope this time around the arrangement is a long term one.
“I don’t want to be evicted again, this time they must let us stay,” said West Papua Refugee Karuri.
“Right now the land and their families is all they’ve got, most of them don’t have the capital or money to set up proper houses as yet. They are appealing for assistance from any good Samaritans,” Deputy Chairman of the West Papua Refugee Relief Association Sonny Yossi explained. ...
Madang ethnic clash leaves many homeless, police say [The National - 27/7/16]:
... The area where the two ethnic groups are residing is under a major development plan being undertaken by the provincial government.
Notices have been issued for settlers to dismantle their house and vacate the area but they have taken the matter to court.
Madang residents are concerned that the suspects involved in the beheading of three men in the Transgogol local level government area last month are still at large.
The lack of arrest has been criticised in the social media and has also became a topic for discussion in public places around the town. ... [The National - 27/7/16]
Schoolgirl’s body found buried in Ingam Barracks [The National - 27/7/16]:
... The victim’s father, Gabriel Kombugko, told The National on Monday that his daughter, who was a Grade 12 student at the nearby Bumayong Secondary School, had left the family home at Asu Block in Kamkumung at around 1pm on July 15 to see her boyfriend at the Igam Barracks.
“She told her mother and her brothers that she was going to Igam to see her boyfriend,” Kombugko said.
“She left wearing a brown six-pocket trouses, a meri blouse and carried a bilum and an umbrella,” he said. He said when he returned from work he learnt that Jacklyn went to Igam to see her boyfriend.
“Her boyfriend from Manus is the son of an army major at the Barracks,” Kombugko said.
A 42-year-old medical orderly has been accused of raping a 15-year-old female patient at a rural aid post in Milne Bay on Monday, provincial police commander Chief Supt Joseph Morehari said yesterday. ... [The National - 27/7/16]
East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare refused to welcome Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his entourage to his province because of mismanagement of the country’s economy and unfair distribution of development funding.
O’Neill landed in Wewak yesterday, accompanied by Finance Minister James Marape, Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll, Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang, Health Minister Michael Malabag, Attorney General Ano Pala and Higher Education Minister Francis Marus.
They were there to officiate at the launching of the K55 million Sepik Chicken, Grain and Cocoa project in Yangoru-Saussia district.
"I am disappointed that after growing the PNG economy from 2002 until 2011, we are back to the days of not being able to pay public servants; with barely a recurrent budget with a development component due to excessive financial mismanagement of our economy by this regime,” Sir Michael said in a statement.
"It would have been a slap in the face for my people for me to go to the airport today to receive Mr O'Neill and his delegation. ... [PNG Loop - 28/7/16]
The recent acquisition of InterOil by ExxonMobil Corporation may raise competition issues, Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) says.
Commissioner and Chief Executive Paulus Ain said yesterday that ICCC was aware of last week’s acquisition announcement.
He said the proposed acquisition may raise competition issues under section 69 of the ICCC Act. ... [The National - 26/7/16]
The Supreme Court has granted leave to the Ombudsman Commission and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to join as interveners in a reference relating to 11 Constitutional questions that need to be answered by the court regarding a K3 billion government loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS). ... [The National - 26/7/16]
Khmer Rouge principles were ‘amazingly good,’ witness tells Tribunal [Cambodia Daily - 28/7/16]
Beleaguered CNRP leader Sam Rainsy was found guilty this morning of defaming National Assembly president Heng Samrin in a Facebook post last November.
The trial, which was over in the span of an hour, centered on a Facebook post in which Rainsy alleged that the Heng Samrin-led government of 1979 convicted the late King Norodom Sihanouk for being a traitor and sentenced him to death in a show trial.
Rainsy, who has been living in France in self-imposed exile since November and did not send legal representation to the trial, was ordered to pay 150 million riel, or $37,200, to Samrin and 10 million riel to the state.
Rainsy already faces an arrest warrant in a separate defamation case brought by Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 28/7/16]
One of the three opposition MPs in Samoa says he fears the government will go ahead with its support for a planned cigarette factory in Apia regardless of advice from health officials.
Aeau Peniamina Leavai said a lot time and effort was put into public health campaigns earlier in the year promoting healthy living and talking about combating the Non Communicable Disease epidemic, not only in Samoa but across the Pacific.
Aeau said for the government to then come out in support of establishing a cigarette factory in the country was hypocritical. ... [RNZI - 28/7/16]
North Korean student enters South Korean consulate general in Hong Kong to seek asylum [KBS - 28/7/16]
North Korea's economy could face stronger shocks if international sanctions on the communist country persist, a report said Thursday.
North Korea is under the toughest U.N. sanctions ever over its fourth nuclear test and its long-range rocket launch earlier this year.
The sanctions call for, among other things, the mandatory inspection of all cargo going into and out of the North, and a ban on the country's exports of coal and other mineral resources to cut off North Korea's access to hard currency. ... [Korea Times 28/7/16]
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered terror attacks against South Koreans living overseas, a high-ranking official in Seoul said Tuesday, adding that his intelligence organizations are dispatching agents to China and Southeast Asian countries.
Kim was said to have ordered the terrorist attacks in retaliation for the defection en masse of a group of North Korean restaurant workers to the South earlier this year.
He ordered agents who specialize in such acts of terror to Shenyang and Dandong in China’s northeastern Liaoning Province, as well as Southeast Asian countries that have maintained diplomatic relations with Pyongyang, such as Laos and Cambodia, which are also key routes for North Koreans to defect through, according to this official. ... [JoongAng Daily - 27/7/16]
Japan-financed comfort women fund launched in South Korea amid protests [Japan Today - 28/7/16]
China, Russia navies to hold September drills in South China Sea [Reuters - 28/7/16]
Kevin Rudd is a fascist, and in any case, the process for selecting the new UN Secretary-General is well underway. The Australian political and media establishment are a JOKE. [Reuters - 21/7/16]:
Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is the front runner to be the next United Nations secretary-general, followed by former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, after the first U.N. Security Council secret ballot on Thursday.
According to results seen by Reuters, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, director-general of U.N. cultural organization UNESCO came in third, edging out former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, who tied for fourth.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who heads the U.N. Development Programme, was fifth, followed by Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, and former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica. ...
Sydney Morning Herald [28/7/16]:
... Labor and the Greens had called on the government to support Mr Rudd, citing support for former Australian prime ministers including Malcolm Fraser, in bids for international roles.
Earlier, Greens leader Richard Di Natale said Australia not supporting the nomination would be "churlish and mean-spirited". ... <--- Or he could have denounced Rudd for introducing the ALP's mandatory, indefinite, offshore refugee concentration camp and exile policy.
A lawsuit against US military proposals for two Northern Marianas islands claims due to its military realignments, the US has shifted the goalposts on its plans in the territory.
Four local community groups, with legal representation by NGO Earthjustice, are suing the US Navy and government over plans to use Tinian and Pagan islands for live-fire war exercises. ... [RNZI - 28/7/16]
Guardian Australia reported yesterday that Queensland does torture prisoners in restraint chairs [Nine MSN - 28/7/16]:
Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has taken a swipe at Northern Territory's chief minister for not immediately banning restraining chairs on juvenile detainees following Monday's Four Corners program.
Ms D'Ath made the call for the chairs to be abolished permanently as she rejected a push for an inquiry into Queensland's own youth detention system.
Ms D'Ath assured Queenslanders that spitting masks [hoods], restraining chairs and tear-gas were not used in the state's juvenile detention centres. ...
A schizophrenic Indigenous man who died after being restrained in a south-east Queensland hospital was placid and well-managed before his death, his family says.
Bradley Karl Coolwell died in September 2011 after he was admitted to Logan Hospital.
Four years later, in 2015, his brother Shaun also died after being restrained by police.
Family members attending a Coroner's Court hearing in Brisbane on Monday wore T-shirts bearing the Aboriginal flag and text reading: "Shaun Coolwell Our Land Is Where We Stand". ... [Brisbane Times - 11/4/16]
JESSICA van VONDEREN: Imagine living in a country where you could be picked up off the street and sent to jail without going through a courtroom. Well you do. Early this year police in Brisbane took a young mother into custody at her local shopping centre and locked her up for seven months. Her so called crimes were unpaid fines, mostly for traffic offences, some dating back ten years. Accumulated during a time when she was homeless. She was released from jail only after the prisoners legal service took up her case. Now the legal fraternity in Queensland is calling for a permanent change to the system to make sure no one goes to jail without the approval of a judge or a magistrate. Karen Berkman explains.
KAREN BERKMAN: Susan gave birth to baby Fabian while she was in the Brisbane Women's Prison.
SUSAN BEBBINGTON: Because I had a really bad birth with Fabian in there and you never get over that. I was handcuffed during my ultrasound handcuffed during, when I was in labour. It was horrible. It was the most hardest birth I've had. And then being there on my own.
KAREN BERKMAN: Corrective Services denies that she was handcuffed, but Sisters Inside, who lobby for the rights of women in prison, say it's a battle they've been having for years.
DEBBIE KILROY: We have a pregnant woman who then gives birth in handcuffs. Now Corrective Services have been very clear to us that that policy exists no longer. But it obviously does exist.
KAREN BERKMAN: Paying rent, and with only limited education, she just scrapes by from week to week while the State has spent a fortune locking her up.
MATILDA ALEXANDER [Prisoners Legal Service]: Well taxpayers have in fact spent $61,600 incarcerating this woman. It hasn't solved her problems in relation to employment, it hasn't given her stable accommodation, it hasn't drawn her or her family out of poverty, in fact, it's made all those situations a lot worse.
Chicago's Homan Square occupation enters Day 6 [DNAinfo - 27/7/16]:
... Activists and North Lawndale residents have camped outside of the police facility for six days now, setting up a makeshift community center on a brown site to exemplify that the community would be better off with social services and resources and not a shadowy police building, they said.
The group has set up stations that represent the type of services that should be funded in minority communities.
Young volunteers station a food tent, a first aid facility, a clothing and goods store, a tutoring station and an arts and crafts tent with its own mini library.
"When you invest in those things, the community can keep themselves safe," Colón said.
"You get a peaceful community." ...
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday dawn have demolished a home in Surif town north of Hebron with a Palestinian man in it amid intense clashes that lasted for hours.
The Israeli army said that the man who was killed is a Palestinian resistance fighter named Mohammed Al-Faqih, whose body was pulled out of the ruins of his home.
Eyewitnesses said that Israeli Forces were calling on Al-Faqih to surrender before they fired 11 anti-tank missiles on the house and demolitshing it.
Israeli authorities claim that Mohammed is responsible for the shooting near Otniel illegal settlement which left one rabbi dead and three others injured earlier this month. ... [PNN - 27/7/16]
Israeli forces open fire on Gazan fishermen, detain 2 [Maan - 27/7/16]
B’Tselem: 384 minors among 740 civilians left homeless by Israel [PNN - 27/7/16]
Palestinian president plans to sue Britain over 1917 Balfour Declaration [Independent - 27/7/16]
The U.S Army has confirmed that about 800 soldiers from an aviation unit are deploying to Afghanistan this summer.
The 1st Combat Aviation Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas will deploy on a regular rotation, according to a news release issued on Tuesday. ... [TOLO News - 27/7/16]
Nearly 300 ISIS militants killed in Nangarhar operations, Ministry of Defense claims [Khaama - 27/7/16]
A school was torched and four Taliban militants were killed during a clash in Baraki Barak district of central Logar province on Wednesday, an official said. ... [Pajhwok - 27/7/16]
10,000 refugees return home from Pakistan in 4 days [TOLO News - 27/7/16]
@saladinahmed [27/7/16]: Kaine isn't your friendly neighbor. Biden isn't your crazy uncle. Pretending these people are friends & family is dangerous and unnecessary.
Hollywood stars and supporters Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson and Shailene Woodley are standing together and speaking out in support of fellow surrogate Nina Turner.
“It was Bernie’s wish that she speak on Monday and also on Tuesday to introduce his nomination. This did not happen,” Sarandon told a crowd of journalists gathered in a media tent outside of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
When asked how “the Democratic Party unites when they’re yanking back one of [Sanders’s] most beloved surrogates,” Sarandon replied: “The answer to that would be I have no idea.”
She added: “How does it unite with any of the things that has made this convention so difficult? I don’t know.” ... [The Hill - 27/7/16]
@wikileaks [27/7/16]: RELEASE: The DNC recordings ...
What WikiLeaks emails reveal about the DNC, the White House and lobbyists [Maplight - 26/7/16]
Over 1,000 Turkish soldiers dismissed over FETO links [Anadolu - 27/7/16]:
... According to decree, the regulation discharging all the personnel in question will come in on July 29.
Meanwhile, three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 23 radio stations, 45 newspapers, 29 publishing houses and 15 periodicals which have alleged links to FETO have been closed amid the state of emergency. ...
An Istanbul prosecutor issued on July 27 detention warrants for 47 former employees and executives of Zaman, a media group considered to be linked to the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, as a part of the investigation into the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which was blamed for the July 15 failed coup attempt. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 27/7/16]
I ordered military to down any jet coming from Syria: Former PM Davutoğlu [Hurriyet Daily News - 27/7/16]
Armed men locked in a prolonged standoff with police in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, have taken four medics hostage, according to officials. ... [Al Jazeera - 27/7/16]
On July 24, a Somali-Canadian man died after police tried to arrest him, drawing renewed public criticism of the deaths of black men in confrontations with the police. ... [The Globe and Mail - 27/7/16]
Prosecutors conclude Freddie Gray case with zero convictions against officers [Baltimore Sun - 27/7/16]
First American to have double hand transplant wants them both removed [Independent – 27/7/16]:
... Earlier this year, surgeons announced that America’s first uterus transplant had failed because of an infection although the 26-year-old patient survived.
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 27/7/16]
44 people were killed and 140 others were injured in a terrorist car bomb attack that took place on Wednesday in al-Qameshli city in Hasaka province. ... [SANA - 27/7/16]
Woman killed, five injured in sniper attack, Aleppo [SANA - 27/7/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [27/7/16]:
Anbar : The coalition air force has shelled Albu Ali Al-Jasim area north of Ramadi resulted in deaths and injuries and Anbar operations commander has claimed that the killed persons are Da'ish elements.......................
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near a stadium in Khanasa Village in Mada'in district south of Baghdad today evening killing two persons and wounding 8.........................
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near shops in Tallimhimad in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda today evening killing a person and wounding 6.................
74 killed in Iraq, including family fleeing ISIS [Antiwar - 26/7/16]
German federal police have arrested a 19-year-old Algerian refugee who had fled a psychiatric facility on Wednesday yelling, "I'll blow you up," a police statement said early on Thursday.
The man was arrested at the Bremen main train station after an hours-long manhunt that prompted the evacuation of a Bremen shopping center, according to police in the neighboring state of Lower Saxony, who spearheaded the search for the man. [Reuters - 27/7/16]
An unidentified assailant shot and wounded a man in a shopping mall in the Swedish city of Malmo on Tuesday, but police said the attack had nothing to do with recent Islamist militant violence elsewhere in Europe.
A Malmo police statement said the victim was shot in the leg and taken to a local hospital.
His condition was not immediately known. Police said they had not identified a suspect or motive in the shooting and had made no arrests. ... [Reuters - 26/7/16]
Pope says attacks shows 'world is at war', religion not to blame [Reuters - 27/7/16]:
... However, speaking to reporters aboard a plane taking him to Poland, the pope said he was not talking about a war of religion, but rather one of domination of peoples and economic interests.
"The word that is being repeated often is insecurity, but the real word is war," he said in brief comments to reporters while flying to southern Poland for a five-day visit.
"Let's recognize it. The world is in a state of war in bits and pieces," he said, adding that the attacks could be seen as another world war, specifically mentioning World War One and Two.
"Now there is this one (war). It is perhaps not organic but it is organized and it is war," he said.
"We should not be afraid to speak this truth. The world is at war because it has lost peace."
About 15 minutes later, after greeting journalists individually, Francis took the microphone again and said he wanted "to clarify" that he was not referring to a war of religion.
"Not a war of religion. There is a war of interests. There is a war for money. There is a war for natural resources. There is a war for domination of peoples. This is the war," he said.
"All religions want peace. Others want war. Do you understand?" he said. ...
Pope Francis has urged Poles to show compassion to migrants, after arriving in Kraków for World Youth Day. ... [Catholic Herald - 27/7/16]
Hungarian prime minister calls migrants entering Europe a 'poison' [Independent - 27/7/16]
A total of 57,182 migrants and asylum-seekers are currently in Greece according to fresh data provided by the government.
On Tuesday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) called for the closure of reception centers for migrants across the country after its officials carried out inspections on 16 centers in northern Greece and found the conditions there to pose a public health risk.
According to KEELPNO’s findings, which were forwarded to the ministries of Migration Policy, Defense and Health, the cramming of hundreds of migrants into disused military barracks and industrial sites present a series of health risks for both the migrants and the general public. [Ekathimerini - 27/7/16]
Greek Coast Guard rescues 61 migrants off Kos - arrests 2 for being "smugglers", 40 migrants arrive on Lesvos [Greek Reporter - 26/7/16]
Colombia to deport hundreds of Cuban refugees [Pan Am Post - 27/7/16]
US expands non existent refugee "screening" program to 200 (to be hosted in Costa Rica) [Reuters - 27/7/16]
Last month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency quietly deported dozens of African immigrants who were trying to seek asylum in the United States.
Sixty-three men who were unable to secure visas to stay in the country legally on humanitarian relief claims, according to a source within ICE who spoke to ThinkProgress on condition of anonymity.
Activists who spoke with deported individuals said they were sent back to Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal.
DeYoung had been visiting an immigrant detainee from Ghana who wants to be identified only as N.M. since last summer as part of a visitation program to prevent detainees from feeling isolated near her home in Orange County, California.
But in early June, she says N.M. was transferred away from that detention center to Krome.
“When he called me from Krome, he said that Africans were coming in from all over the country — everywhere,” DeYoung recalled.
“He continued to call saying, ‘please help us, please help us, they’re going to deport us on Tuesday.'”
According to DeYoung, the conditions that N.M. was subjected to at Krome were “nightmarish, like something out of a movie.”
“He said two people were given injections and put into wheelchairs. He saw somebody rolled up and tied into a canvas and put into the plane. Some of them were pepper sprayed and I didn’t get a clear answer on that on how and why they were sprayed,” DeYoung said. ... [Think Progress - 26/7/16]
IOM and Thai police help "rescued" Myanmar refugees choose between a rock and a hard place [RFA - 26/7/16]:
... Government officials and officers from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomed the migrants after they arrived at the airport in the commercial city Yangon, according to a post on the Facebook page of Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The 14 men were part of a larger group of 19 trafficked Myanmar migrants rescued on July 10 from slave-like conditions on a boat moored off the southern Thai city of Pattani, near the Thailand-Malaysia border.
The ministry did not mention the status of the other five migrants.
In a related development, the Myanmar government said Tuesday that it will bring 3,000 Myanmar migrant workers back from detention camps in Malaysia starting in August.
Thein Swe, minister of labor, immigration and population, told reporters after a parliamentary meeting that the migrants had already served their terms for illegally entering Malaysia.
The workers are from Kyauktaw township in the Sittwe district of western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, he said.
Nearly 2,000 migrant workers from Myanmar are being held in camps in Malaysia for various reasons, including immigration violations, according to a recent report in the Myanmar Times. ...
Arakan [Rakhine] government calls compensation for the families affected by oil and gas exploration [BNI - 27/7/16]
"HOW CAN YOU SIT AND WATCH WHILE OUR LIVES WASTE AWAY?" @racvictoria [27/7/16]: #Manus protest 26th July ...
No opposition + Australian media blackout + cynical human rights a la carte = Asylum seeker families threatened with deportation to Nauru [RNZI - 28/7/16]
The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.
The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.
In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...
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