Dictator of rock covered in bird shit where Australian government sexually abuses refugee women and children visits daughter [Focus Taiwan - 9/12/15]
Israeli military forces level Palestinian land near Gaza border [Maan - 9/12/15]
Israeli forces injure 3 with live fire, detain 31 in overnight raids [9/12/15]
Malik Akram Shahin, 19, who was shot dead by Israeli forces in Bethlehem overnight Monday, was killed by an explosive bullet fired at his head, medical sources at the Beit Jala Governmental Hospital told Ma'an.
Medics said the explosive bullet smashed Shahin's skull, and exploded inside his head, with the bullet and skull fragments shattering into "hundreds of pieces."
The sources said the positioning of the shot, as well as the type of bullet used, clearly indicates that Israeli forces shot at Shahin with every intention to kill. ... [Maan - 8/12/15]
Kandahar Airport attack ongoing, death toll rises to 18 [TOLO - 9/12/15]
Two Afghan Air Force trainees have vanished from an Air Force Base in United States where they were undergoing training and shortly before their graduation, it has been reported. ... [Khaama - 9/12/15]
16 killed as clash erupts among Taliban and ISIS militants in Nangarhar [Khaama - 9/12/15]
Saudi airstrikes kill four civilians in southwest Yemen [Press TV - 9/12/15]
Russia is not planning to deploy additional air bases in Syria as there is no need in this, the Russian Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.
"There is no urgent need in deploying additional Russian air bases in Syria’s territory," Konashenkov said.
One should not be a military expert to understand that the flight of any Russian plane to any remote area of Syria from the Kmeimim air base takes some 30 or 40 minutes, he added. ... [TASS - 9/12/15]
Lavrov asks why Turkey is bombing US-allied Kurds in Syria [Sputnik News - 9/12/15]
Iraq has asked NATO to put pressure on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq immediately.
The request came after Turkey said it would not deploy any more soldiers but refused to pull out those already there. ... [Al Jazeera - 9/12/15]
5 killed, 16 wounded in Baghdad mosque blast [Press TV - 9/12/15]
... Show me the place, where the suffering began ...
Leonard Cohen 
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria [US Department of
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hawl, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Raqqah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mar’a, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units, wounded two ISIL fighters and destroyed an ISIL structure.
Strikes in Iraq
Fighter, bomber, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Huwayjah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, wounded two ISIL fighters, damaged an ISIL trench, and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL tunnel.
-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL rocket cache.
-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, denied ISIL access to terrain, and destroyed three ISIL ammo caches, 12 ISIL buildings, an ISIL command and control node, an ISIL sniper position, seven ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL staging areas, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL tunnel entrance, seven ISIL fighting positions, and two ISIL supply caches.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Tal Afar, two strikes destroyed three ISIL weapons caches, nine ISIL bunkers, three ISIL tunnels, and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Hit, a strike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives facility and two ISIL vehicle bombs.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL logistics facility and an ISIL vehicle bomb-making facility.
Bangladesh: UN rights chief calls for protection of writers, publishers threatened by extremists [Media Release - 5/11/15]
Garment workers in Bangladesh face poor working conditions and anti-union tactics by employers including assaults on union organizers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. In the two years since more than 1,100 workers died in the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory on April 24, 2013, efforts are underway to make Bangladesh factories safer, but the government and Western retailers can and should do more to enforce international labor standards to protect workers’ rights, including their right to form unions and advocate for better conditions. ... [Human Rights Watch - 22/4/15]
The majority of the refugees and migrants arriving on Lesbos are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The rest, about 5 per cent, are migrants and refugees from about 20 countries as varied as India, Bangladesh, Togo, Niger, Columbia, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. ... [Media Release - 11/10/15]
As Australia makes it impossible for refugees to reach the South East, it is only logical that we are pushing them back to the North West via @BBCWorld [10/8/15]
@_pixiecottage [9/12/15]: A lot of police at #idomeni #eidomeni this morning, 'removing' those deemed to be economic migrants.
@Faloulah [9/12/15]: AP and Reuters journos arrested in Idomeni so that they don't cover #refugeesGR evacuation! So much for first leftist gov'ment #journalism
@MSF_Sea [9/12/15]: We are still not allowed into #Idomeni but it seems everyone, except the Syrians/Afghans/Iraqis, has been "evacuated" to #Athens
... According to latest reports from Idomeni, the police operation is going on ‘peaceful’ and some 400 out of the estimated 1,200 migrants have already got into buses to be transported to Athens.
They are supposed to find provisional shelter in the Tae Kwo Do stadium in Palaio Faliro. Nobody knows what will happen to them next.
A couple of days ago, Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas had announced that an operation would take place to free the rails from the occupying migrants who have been there for the last 15 days. The blocking of the railway tracks has brought the transport of thousands of containers into halt causing big economic damage.
Yesterday, Greek media reported that Hewlett Packard had change the transport route for some 100 containers from the port of Piraeus to Central Europe through Idomeni. The alternative route was to go via Slovenia. ... [Keep Talking Greece - 9/12/15]
Germany and France have proposed giving an EU border force the power -- in theory at least -- to patrol Greece's frontiers uninvited by Athens in the latest sign of hardening attitudes toward solving Europe's migration crisis. ... [Yahoo - 8/12/15]
Eleven migrants were killed early on Dec. 9 when another boat capsized off Turkey’s Aegean coast, as the wave of migrants trying to reach Europe continues into the winter
The boat, which is thought to have set sail from the Didim district of Aydın province capsized off the Greek island of Farmakonisi at around 4 a.m.
Eleven migrants were later found dead.
The Greek coast guard rescued 26 migrants from the capsized boat while 13 others are still missing. [Hurriyet Daily News - 9/12/15]
UN urges Jordan to let in 12,000 refugees stranded inside Syria [AP - 8/12/15]:
... Turkey's state-run news agency says six children have drowned after a rubber dinghy carrying Afghan migrants to Greece sank off Turkey's Aegean coast.
The Anadolu Agency said the coast guard rescued five migrants from the sea on Tuesday and were still looking for two others reported missing.
The bodies of the children were recovered. Anadolu didn't report their ages, but said one of them was a baby.
The migrants were apparently hoping to make it to the island of Chios from the resort of Cesme despite bad weather.
Turkey has stepped up efforts to stop migrants from leaving to Greece by sea.
Last week, authorities rounded up around 3,000 migrants in the town of Ayvacik, north of Cesme, who were believed to be waiting to make the journey to the Greek island of Lesbos.
@ajplus [8/12/15]: Dozens of people were minutes away from death when rescuers from Greenpeace and MSF reached their sinking boat.
Between ‘voluntary’ departure to an undisclosed third state and indefinite detention, Dr Reuven (Ruvi) Ziegler [University Of Oxford, Faculty of Law - 9/12/15]:
... Israel refuses to officially disclose the identity of the states to which relocation takes place. It does so pursuant to a confidentiality document signed by Israeli PM Netanyahu dated 30 March 2014 (here in Hebrew), noting that ‘in [Netanyahu’s] opinion, revealing the identity of the States, their willingness to assist, and the details of the agreement may harm Israel’s foreign relations.’ Hence, the judgment didn’t refer to the states by their names, but rather as ‘State U’ and ‘State R’ (Uganda and Rwanda). ...
... Lest liberals become self-satisfied about all this, this obsession with demonizing Muslims is by no means confined to the GOP presidential field.
Residing — or so they claim — outside the far-right and Fox News swamps, there’s a sprawling cottage industry of pundits, academics, authors, TV hosts, think tanks, and “anti-extremist” activist groups devoted primarily to one idea: that Islam is supremely dangerous and Muslims pose the greatest threat.
Beloved Democratic Gen. Wesley Clark, while on MSNBC earlier this year, explicitly called for “camps” for radicalized American Muslims. CNN’s role in all this is legion.
So by all means: unleash the contempt and the righteous indignation for Trump.
But that should not obscure everything that led to this moment, nor exonerate those who for years have been spewing unadorned anti-Muslim animus from multiple corners and under various banners.
They’re more subtle and diplomatic (and thus more insidious) than Trump, but they’re reading from the same script. Donald Trump’s “ban Muslims” proposal is wildly dangerous but not far outside the US mainstream [The Intercept - 8/12/15]
Muslim anti-radicalism activist detained in Texas because airline passengers thought he looked scary [Raw Story - 8/12/15]
All over the world people are being denied the right to seek asylum [Reuters - 8/12/15]:
Belize has rejected a plan to allow thousands of Cuban migrants stranded on the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua to pass through its territory on their way to the United States, Costa Rica's foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
The Costa Rican plan contemplated sending the roughly 5,000 Cubans stuck in Costa Rica on private flights to the tiny Central American nation of Belize, from where they would travel through neighboring Mexico.
The Cubans have been stranded in Costa Rica since the Nicaraguan government shut its border last month and declined to let them pass through its territory.
"We're deeply disillusioned with Belize's decision. Without doubt, this greatly complicates the situation," Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel Gonzalez said in a statement.
Last week, Guatemala also refused to allow the Cubans to pass through its lands.
Belize's decision places Costa Rica in a bind, particularly because Mexico says its entry laws also forbid it from allowing the Cubans to enter.
"Costa Rica will keep up diplomatic efforts with the aim of helping these migrants transit on Central American soil," Gonzalez said, calling on Ecuador, Colombia and Panama to do more to stop the flow of migrants heading to Costa Rica.
Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis is scheduled to visit Cuba later this month where the topic of the stranded Cuban migrants will be a priority.
Central America and Mexico have registered a
surge in migrants from the Communist-ruled island as the process of detente
between Washington and Havana announced in December stirs fears that
long-standing U.S. asylum rights for Cubans may soon end.
Authorities continue using crackdown on "trafficking" and "people smuggling" to criminalise refugees and diminish the urgent need to protect asylum seekers and migrants as Bangladesh, Malaysia "labour deal" stalls [UCA News - 8/12/15]
Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) kill Rohingya boy [Burma Times - 9/12/15]:
The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) killed a young Rohingya boy to death in Maungdaw Township last night, according to the local reliable sources.
The victim is Mohammed Musa (Burmese name) Maung Maung (son of) Master Abul Kalam, 25, hails from Quarter 4, Buthidaung Township.
He was shot down by the BGP at Aung Mingalar village’s Check-post — before Maung Nama (Mondama) village around 10:00PM last night.
According to our sources he was traveling to Buthidaung from Maungdaw.
He was on the Bus when the bus arrived at the ‘Aung Mingalar’ Check-post the BGP stopped the Bus and shot his head.
As our sources, there were also 5 more people on the Bus including Rakhine people.
One of his relative said “he was murdered by BGP for money while he travels every week, he has small business for the reason he has been targetedly killed.
It’s a 3rd Murdered in a week after election in Rahkine State.
Local people said it’s a target killing by local Government and they changed their strategy to kill Muslim in Arakan State.
The dead body of the killed victim was later admitted to Maungdaw General Hospital for post-mortem.
After that, it was transferred to the family members in Buthidaung today.
Since recently, there has been escalation of killings of innocent Rohingya people, either by Rakhine extremists or the armed forces, all over the Arakan state.
This has been the latest incident.
Singaporean who sent threatening Facebook messages to Prime Minister Lee jailed 15 months [The Malay Mail Online - 9/12/15]
Dozens of journalists affiliated with the West Sumatra Anti-violence Journalists Coalition (KWAK) staged a rally on Monday at the temporary Padang headquarters of the West Sumatra Police.
The protesters urged the police to immediately investigate a recent assault allegedly committed by a group of police personnel against a journalist from the neighboring Riau province.
“We condemn the violence committed by police personnel against a journalist in Pekanbaru and demand that the police resolve the case thoroughly and prosecute and dismiss the perpetrators from the police force,” KWAK coordinator Putra Tanhar said. ... [Jakarta Post - 8/12/15]
Protests over conditions break out at two garment factories [Phnom Penh Post - 9/12/15]
The Nauru government has likened its High Court win over an American hedge fund to an act of God.
The High Court of Australia last week ruled Firebird can't raid Nauru's Australian bank accounts to recover 1.3 billion yen ($A14.4 million) awarded by the Tokyo District Court.
"As committed Christians we feel God has been watching over Nauru and helping the nation move forward," Finance Minister David Adeang said in a statement. [Nine MSN - 9/12/15]
Manus MP Ronnie Knight continues putting on a show for his constituents. Today's complaint is that waste being dumped by refugee death camp operator Broadspectrum aka Transfield will contaminate the local water supply, and he can't work out how they got a permit [PNG Loop - 9/12/15]
U-turn over Serco shows privatisation failure [New Zealand Labour Media Release via Scoop - 9/12/15]:
The cancelling of Serco’s contract to run Mt Eden is proof the Government’s plan to privatise prisons is an abysmal failure, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.
“This would not have come about if it hadn’t been for months of pressure by Labour, shining the spotlight on fight clubs, near riots, bashings, drug use and the appalling treatment of inmates.
“Labour has been warning National for years about Serco’s shocking track record. This includes understaffing, escapes and human rights violations at prisons in the United Kingdom and detention centres in Australia.
“The Government must now reconsider Serco’s management of Wiri Prison.
“Of most concern is the fact National is still considering Serco for other government contracts – including social services for vulnerable Kiwis. These plans must be immediately abandoned.
“It’s time for the Government to say ‘see you later’ to the circus which is Serco. They are no longer welcome in New Zealand,” Kelvin Davis says.
The Islamic Women's Council is demanding proof New Zealand women are joining the so-called Islamic State (IS) as jihadi brides.
SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge told MPs yesterday the country was seeing, for the first time, New Zealand women travelling to IS-controlled areas in the Middle East.
"It's difficult to see what they do when they go. We definitely do have intelligence that they went. Whether they are going to fight or whether they are going to support other fighters is not clear."
Islamic Women's Council spokeperson Anjum Rahman said, without any any real evidence, the comments were unhelpful.
"The comments that are flying around are really not helpful for our community because they do induce a level of fear where perhaps it's not really justified, or at least we haven't seen evidence that it is justified at this point."
Ms Rahman said more information on the women's backgrounds and their reasons for travelling was needed.
"It's really difficult for us to have this spotlight onto our whole community when we are not aware of exactly what the issues are," she said.
Ms Kitteridge would give no specific numbers to Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee and afterwards told reporters it was a "small number... less than a dozen".
Social activist Tayyaba Khan, who works with Muslim and refugee communities, said it was "irresponsible" of Ms Kitteridge to brief the select committee without any supporting proof.
"That leaves so much room for interpretation in terms of what's happening and that just maligns the Muslim community even more," she said. ... [RNZI - 9/12/15]
Protected and unaccountable Turnbull, Bishop and Dutton aren't saying anything because he obviously wasn't a Muslim -----> Australian mercenary working for Academi aka Blackwater reportedly killed in Yemen [Canberra Times - 9/12/15]:
An Australian mercenary has reportedly been killed in Yemen, alongside six Colombian troops.
The Australian commander was named as Philip Steetman by Arab news service al-Masdar, although other media outlets have identified him as Philip Stitman.
He was among those killed during attacks near the heavily contested southern Yemen city of Taiz.
He is reportedly the first Australian citizen to be killed in the nine-month Yemen war.
However the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has not confirmed the Australian's death.
The Australian Defence Force is referring all queries regarding the matter to DFAT.
The mercenaries, including the Australian, were employed by a US private military contractor once known as Blackwater [now Academi], enlisted by the United Arab Emirates to form a battalion of foreign troops.
The UAE has sent hundreds of Colombian mercenaries to fight in the Yemen conflict.
The Australian was reportedly leading a group of six Colombians in an advance towards Taiz when they were killed.
Yemen is in the grip of its most severe crisis in years, in which loyalists of the beleaguered Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi are battling the rebel Houthis and their allies for control of the country.
Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of disparate forces in the war against the Houthis.
The private security contractors hired by the UAE form part of the Saudi-led coalition, which also includes Egyptian and Sudanese troops.
Body found floating at Fremantle's Fishing Boat Harbour [WA Today - 8/12/15]
A man has been shot dead at a petrol station in Picton, south west of Sydney.
A NSW Police Force spokeswoman confirmed officers had arrived at Argyle Street, Picton, about 12.45pm after reports of a shooting.
It is believed the man was shot dead at an Argyle Street petrol station and police can be seen searching nearby streets. ... [Nine MSN - 9/12/15]
Queensland police seek public help after bodies of 11-year old girl and her mother discovered in Auchenflower, Toowong [ABC - 9/12/15]
A new mother who stepped in front of a train after fleeing King Edward hospital while she was an involuntary mental health patient had shown no suicidal signs in the days leading up to her death, an inquest has been told. ... [West Australian - 9/12/15]
Designers of a dam wall in central Queensland knew of serious problems in the years before it collapsed resulting in the death of a little girl, a coronial inquest has heard. ... [ABC - 8/12/15]
Two girls aged 5 and 7 drown while swimming in Boigu Island dam in Torres Strait [ABC - 8/12/15]
A Cairns judge in far north Queensland says it is an "absolute disgrace" the District Court's calendar is choked with trials that are unlikely to proceed.
Judge Brian Harrison had several angry outbursts during a marathon sitting of court yesterday in which 50 cases were mentioned. ... [ABC - 9/12/15]
A North Queensland police constable has resigned after allegedly being caught with drugs at the Stereosonic Music Festival in Brisbane at the weekend. ... [ABC - 9/12/15]
Police officer from the Northern Region served with Notice to Appear [QPS Media - 9/12/15]:
A 26-year-old female Constable from Northern Region has been served with a Notice to Appear for possession of dangerous drugs.
The woman will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on 5 January 2016.
The officer has resigned from the Queensland Police Service.
The officer will not be subject of a disciplinary investigation concerning allegations of misconduct due to her resignation.
Yesterday, police from State Crime Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group, assisted by police officers from Brisbane Region located two kilograms of methylamphetamine (ice) at a Darra address.
Police located the two kilograms of methylamphetamine (ice), worth in excess of $500,000 and a small illicit drug laboratory during the execution of a search warrant at the address.
As a result of this action a 60-year-old Darra man has been charged with a total of seven offences including produce dangerous drugs, and possess dangerous drugs.
He is due to appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court today in relation to the charges. ... [QPS Media - 8/12/15]
Gunman charged over Mosman Park siege [West Australian - 9/12/15]:
A man shot twice by police after he allegedly held five people hostage in a Mosman Park house six months ago has been charged over the incident.
It is unclear whether Daniel Ashley will be well enough to attend court next week to face the eight charges, including five counts of kidnapping that each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years jail.
The 26-year-old was left a paraplegic but it is believed he did not suffer brain damage when he was shot in the head and chest in June after he allegedly ignored police warnings to drop the gun he was brandishing.
The gun was later found to be a replica but in the dark outside the Samson Street property it would have been impossible for the tactical response group officers to tell.
An internal investigation into the officers’ use of force has determined their actions were lawful.
A failed relationship allegedly sparked the siege, with police claiming a gunman armed with duct tape and cable ties forced his way into the rental home about 9pm on a Tuesday evening to confront a former girlfriend.
Cyclist dies after being struck by car in Maroubra [Nine MSN - 9/12/15]
Woman dies after being hit by car, Sunnybank [Yahoo - 9/12/15]
A car has burst into flames dangerously close to homes in Budds Beach this morning.
According to reports, residents in Oak Avenue woke up to a loud bang around 4.00am.
On inspection, they found the station wagon engulfed in flames on the side of the road. ... [MYGC - 9/12/15]
40yo truckie jailed over Bruce Highway crash at Kybong that killed Kirsty Mae Field, 27 [ABC - 8/12/15]
Armed robbery, Mount Gravatt [QPS Media - 9/12/15]
Soldier in court after Rochdale lockdown [Yahoo - 9/12/15]:
A soldier who sparked a security scare in Brisbane while carrying a replica gun has faced court. An ADF member who sparked a major security scare and school lockdowns in Brisbane while carrying out a training exercise has faced court.
Nicholas Latham appeared in the Holland Park Magistrates Court on Wednesday charged with one count of public nuisance.
The 26-year-old sent police and Polair into action last Wednesday after carrying out a "training" mission on the city's south side, complete with camouflage attire and what looked like a gun. Rochedale High School, Redeemer Lutheran College and Rochedale Early Learning Centre were all sent into lockdown while police hunted him down.
Staff at the nursery even ushered 75 babies and toddlers into locked rooms with the blinds pulled and urged the children to stay silent.
Numerous people called triple zero after spotting Latham carrying a metal pipe resembling a weapon in the Rochedale area, the court heard.
However he was compliant with police when they eventually caught up with him.
His lawyer, George Kalimnios, said an option could be to resolve the matter through a community justice mediation.
But in a somewhat heated exchange, Magistrate Sheryl Cornack suggested this might not be suitable and said it was up to police how they wanted to press ahead.
She adjourned the matter for a hearing review on February 9 and ordered a full brief be provided beforehand.
Latham, who is not scheduled for deployment, refused to comment to media waiting outside court.
At the time, Defence apologised for the disruption unintentionally caused by the member's training activities.
Police are investigating an incident at Woodridge this morning where a firearm was discharged and a man received a non-life threatening injury.
Initial information is that around 7am four men entered a Forest Street unit, one armed with a firearm, the others with bats or other implements.
Two men and a woman at the unit were threatened with one man being punched.
The four men then left. A male neighbour challenged the four men and during an altercation the firearm was discharged.
The male neighbour has sustained what appears to be a gunshot wound to his arm and is currently receiving treatment for a non-life threatening injury.
Investigations are continuing at the scene. Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 8/12/15]
Army explosive experts have destroyed a marine marker that washed up on Teewah Beach, north of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Earlier today, police closed the beach when the potentially explosive marine smoke marker washed up on the sand.
A 150-metre exclusion zone was set up on the beach on the Noosa North Shore after the discovery of the marker about 11:00am.
A Defence Force spokesman said marine markers were often used by commercial ships and contained phosphorous, which could explode if disturbed.
The Army experts travelled to the site from Enoggera Army Base in Brisbane to destroy the device.
With the danger averted, police have since reopened the beach to the public. [ABC - 8/12/15]
Billionaire businessman Gautum Adani has personally asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to frame a special law that prohibits activist groups from seeking judicial review of environmental approvals for major projects such as Adani's proposed $15 billion coal mine, rail and port project in Queensland.
Mr Adani said the proposal was placed before the Australian government during an hour-long meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on 4 December. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/12/15]
Private dinners, lavish parties and shoulder rubbing. How coal giant Adani charmed Australia's political elite [Guardian – 21/8/15]:
... In October 2010, Queensland’s then Premier Anna Bligh travelled to India on a trade mission to promote the state’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games and “strengthen Queensland’s position as an ally and destination for future trade and investment in the eyes of the Indian market and nation leaders”.
A report tabled to the Queensland Parliament shows that Bligh’s first official meeting with Indian figures was with Adani, where the company’s owner Gautam Adani and his international development executive Harsh Mishra got to quiz the Premier about policies relating to rail lines, underground coal gasification and support for mining in the Galilee Basin.
Bligh also “agreed to attend the opening” of Adani’s offices in Brisbane later that month and extended an invitation for Adani to meet with its co-ordinator general when they were next in Brisbane.
After Campbell Newman won power for the Liberal National Party in Queensland, he led a trade mission to India too.
While there, Newman joined former Labor Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and a 76-strong business delegation for a tour of an Adani port and a power plant, reportedly getting there on a private jet.
The report on the trade mission, tabled to Parliament, shows that Mr Adani then hosted a lavish reception at his home for the entire delegation.
Judging by one freelance photographer’s images, the event was quite an affair with much handshaking all-round.
The event was part of “OzFest” – Australia’s “largest cultural festival” for which Adani was a “platinum sponsor”
In 2013, the Queensland Governent was again in India for a trade mission led by then Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and, again, the Adani company was on hand.
Seeney’s delegation travelled with Adani executive Harsh Mishra to visit an Adani-owned port and power station before Seeney had a private lunch with the company.
Later that same day, Seeney met with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now the Indian Prime Minister) and… Gautum Adani.
Shares in mining firm Anglo American have fallen to a record low as the company said it would sell huge chunks of its business and shrink its workforce by nearly two-thirds.
The changes will see the workforce drop by 85,000, from 135,000 to 50,000.
The group has been forced to restructure after the collapse of commodity prices slashed profits. ... [BBC - 8/12/15]
Oil down 1 percent after hitting 2009 lows [Reuters - 9/12/15]
Woodside Petroleum has ended its pursuit of Oil Search, clearly frustrated at the $11 billion takeover target's lack of engagement amid increasing market chatter the Perth suitor was working on a revised offer.
In a brief statement this morning, Woodside said it had withdrawn its three-month-old scrip offer for Oil Search and informed the target's board.
"Woodside is not pursuing any alternative transactions to combine the businesses," Woodside said.
The company's decision comes as the price of oil slumped to its lowest level in nearly seven years overnight after OPEC's decision last week not to restrict supply.
Woodside's decision puts an end, at least for a year, to Woodside boss Peter Coleman's long-held ambition to buy into the PNG LNG operation in Papua New Guinea, in which Oil Search has a 29 per cent interest. ... [West Australian - 8/12/15]
The US, the EU and some other developed countries have demanded that poor and vulnerable countries commit at Paris that they shall never ask for compensation or hold rich nations liable for the inevitable loss and damage in coming years. ... [Business Standard - 7/12/15]
... Predictably, French authorities used sweeping emergency powers to crack down on climate demonstrators, preemptively placing dozens of organizers under house arrest leading up to the conference. Groups like 350.org, Avaaz, and others that sheepishly accepted the French government’s ban on protest were complicit in an effort to quell dissent and reinforce state power when they could have challenged or undermined it. ... Paris and the crisis in the climate justice movement [ROAR - 6/12/15]
The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to tighten restrictions on travel to the United States by citizens of the 38 nations who are allowed to enter the country without obtaining a visa. ... [Reuters - 8/12/15]
Central American mothers search for children who disappeared along migration route to US [Democracy Now - 8/12/15]:
Meanwhile, dozens of Central American mothers whose children went missing in Mexico while attempting to flee violence in their home countries are now traversing Mexico on a journey to search for their missing children. The three-week-long Caravan of Central American Mothers includes women from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Their children are among the tens of thousands who disappear each year along what experts call one of the most deadly migration routes in the world.
Speaking at a press conference in Mexico City on Monday, Lourdes Sauzo, whose son was killed in Mexico, spoke about his body being returned to her in pieces.
Lourdes Sauzo: "After 26 months, we received his remains, the pieces. We did not receive all the pieces of his body. We demand that, please—not please, but a demand—that the bodies be sent in their entirety, to send the right remains, because bodies have been sent that don’t belong to the victim. They say it’s a woman, and they send the body of a man."
Asylum seeker supporters to protest at Washington HQ of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Human Rights Day as agency tortures hunger strikers [#Not1More - 8/12/15]:
... “The men who are being tortured by ICE are experiencing at the hands of the US government the very treatment they sought asylum from,” explained with alarm, Fahd Ahmed, director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving.
“The detainees can’t be kept safe in detention, let alone prepare their case for asylum in those conditions. They must be released immediately. The world is watching what immigration authorities are doing to these people seeking safety on international human rights day and it is outrageous. The current administration and the candidates, all elected officials have an urgent responsibility to put a stop to ICE’s abuse.”
Australia is stopping people from seeking asylum by denying their right to access protection.
The 12,000 handpicked Syrians are being used in a PR stunt to whitewash Australia's ongoing human rights atrocities of pushing back boats, refoulement and the horrors of our gulag archipelago.
By continuing to legitimise this deception, the media, "opposition" politicians, academics and human rights sector are helping to conceal the disappearing and torture of thousands of human beings by the Australian government.
ABC [9/12/15]: A Sydney council has approved a plan to create a refugee resettlement hub in the city's inner west at the site of a former mental hospital. Leichhardt Council voted in favour of requesting funding from the state and federal government for a refugee hub at Callan Park, Rozelle, where some buildings have stood unused for years.
The 60-acre site was used as a psychiatric hospital from the mid-19th century up until 1994. The funding would be used to refit the buildings for short-term accommodation and the provision of support services for some of the 7,000 Syrian refugees due to be resettled in New South Wales next year.
Leichhardt Mayor Darcy Byrne said a permanent mental health service for the wider community would also be established with the funding.
"Council will now be making clear to the Federal Government that we not only support humanitarianism in principle – that we will welcome refugees in our own backyard," Cr Byrne said. ...
... Tonight, A Current Affair speaks with already resettled Syrian refugees and provides the inside story on how it will work. [VIDEO - A Current Affair - 8/12/15]
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is trashing the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
Australia hasn't accepted UNHCR refugees since October 2014.
Abbott is not Prime Minister, and the ABC doesn't need Andrew Bolt to be a Murdoch megaphone - it already is. WHAT IS TURNBULL - and other politicians' RESPONSE? ----> In Australia, an immigration lawyer has posted an open letter signed by hundreds of asylum seekers imprisoned at the Manus Island detention center on an Australian naval base in Papua New Guinea calling for mass assisted suicide by gas chamber, poison injection or being dumped at sea. An asylum seeker said he wrote the open letter because detention authorities recently told him and others that no country in the world would accept them. He said, "So when we found out they will keep doing this and we will be experiencing gradual death for the rest of our lives in here, why not ask them to execute us instead?" [Democracy Now - 7/12/15]
9 December 2015