Manus Island:  Australia's political prisoners to appear in court this week after New Years Eve bashing by PNG immigration officers [PNG Loop - 9/1/17]



‏@BehrouzBoochani [9/1/17]:


Exiling people to remote islands is symbol of collapsed humanity & values. I wonder why academics are silent?


I wonder why academics are silent with new version of fascism in Manus and Nauru. Interested to know how they understand this policy?


I'm asking academics to do serious research to understand what is the philosophical basis of 19 July law? And implications for Aus society?



Police in Manus have reported two separate break and enter incidents since the New Year and are appealing to parents of youths who they believe were allegedly involved to hand them in. ... [PNG Loop - 9/1/17]



Four inmates escape from Manus jail [PNG Loop - 9/1/17]



As Australia maintains its pristine borders: 5,000 Rohingya refugees arrived at Kutupalang camp in Bangladesh within the span of one week [ - 8/1/17]



Malaysian food flotilla for Rohingya in Myanmar postponed to January 31 [Malay Mail Online - 8/1/17]:


... KP1M president Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim was quoted as saying the delay was to respect the laws and sovereignty of Myanmar government to give approval to the mission.

Syed Hamid said Malaysia hoped to receive the support from other ASEAN countries in asking Myanmar to stop the mistreatment against the Rohingyas.

He said that they are currently collecting information and documents as evidence regarding atrocities against the Rohingyas in Myanmar to be brought to the extraordinary meeting of OIC Foreign Ministers on January 19 in Kuala Lumpur.

The meeting aimed to discuss the prevailing situation of the Rohingyas in Myanmar and also as a signal to Myanmar that the Muslim world wants the government to ensure humanitarian aid safely delivered to the affected community.






‏@nslwin [9/1/17]:  Demolishing #Rohingya houses & shops continued. On Jan 7, 2017 - 6 houses & 2 shops in #ZeePinChaung VT #TaungPyo demolished by #Myanmar BGP



At least 14 Rohingya women were raped by the Burmese military, over 3 dozens of men and women beaten up and many homes plundered at the village of ‘Goduthara’ in southern Maungdaw last Saturday (Jan, 7), local sources reported.

The villagers claimed numbers of Burmese soldiers conducted raids on the southern hamlet of Goduthara at around 4 pm on Saturday, where they began chasing and beating the village men. ... [RVision TV - 9/1/17]



Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign in Rakhine State. 

Dozens of people, led by a handful of maroon-robed monks, marched to the YMCA in Myanmar's commercial capital to shut down a service marking the Prophet Mohammed's birthday. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 9/1/17]



The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam wrote another letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, seeking the release of ten fishermen who were arrested by the Sri Lanka navy on Monday. 

The renewed call for action comes just days after Sri Lanka agreed to release 51 fishermen who are currently detained.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 9/1/17]



India's human rights watchdog said more than a dozen tribal women were raped by police in restive Chhattisgarh state with the victims' lawyer slamming authorities over delays in arresting the accused.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Sunday at least 16 women were "victims of rape, sexual and physical assault" after it concluded an investigation into reports that police attacked several villages in Bijapur district in the central Indian state during an operation against communist rebels in October 2015.

"Prima-facie, human rights of the victims have been grossly violated by the security personnel of the government of Chhattisgarh, for which the state government is vicariously liable," the government commission said in a statement. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/1/17]



Militants attack construction workers at Indian army camp in Kashmir, kill three [Reuters - 9/1/17]



The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced an ex gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the kin and a job to the next of kin of those killed during the 2016 unrest, sparked by the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti announced in the Legislative Assembly in Jammu that “the families of the deceased will get Rs 5 lakh as ex gratia and a job.”

The government said those blinded with pellets would also be provided with employment. ... [The Hindu - 9/1/17]



Pakistan fires first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile [Reuters - 9/1/17]



The Philippines is finalizing a security deal with Russia allowing the two countries' leaders to exchange visits and observe military drills, a minister said on Monday, at the same time assuring the United States that ties with Moscow will not affect its alliance with its traditional ally. ... [Reuters - 9/1/17]



Policemen raided the Islamic Center in Quiapo, Manila early yesterday morning and brought around 80 men, including seven minors, to the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters, following reports of threats to the Feast of the Black Nazarene tomorrow. ... [Philstar - 8/1/17]



At least 21 inmates recaptured after Philippine prison break [ - 5/1/17]



Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament on Monday.

The nine Terrex Infantry Carrier Vehicles were en route to Singapore after an exercise in Taiwan before being detained over what the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) described as licensing issues. ... [Channel News Asia - 9/1/17]



New Brazil prison clash kills four in Amazon region [Al Jazeera - 8/1/17]



Mexican prosecutors said Sunday that they have detained a U.S. citizen as the main suspect in the shooting of an official at the U.S. consulate in the western city of Guadalajara.

The federal Attorney General's Office said that “a U.S. citizen was identified and detained for his presumed involvement in the case.

This person will be deported to the United States, to determine his legal situation.” ... [tribLIVE - 8/1/17]



Obama’s propaganda gift to Trump [Counterpunch - 6/1/17]



NATO’s Resolute Support Mission has announced deploying about 200 troops to western Farah province in support of Afghan security forces. ... [Pajhwok - 9/1/17]



300 US Marines to "advise and train Afghan security forces" in Helmand [TOLO News - 8/1/17]



And as the United States resets its war ---> Up to 200,000 return refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, officials of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) said on Sunday.

This has raised alarm over what could become a humanitarian disaster amid a harsh  winter and ongoing violence.  

Statistics by these two departments reveal that last year up to one million Afghans were displaced and another one million returned from Pakistan and Iran.

The officials said many return refugees have still not been resettled in their original regions. ... [TOLO News - 8/1/17]



Taliban factions clash in West of Afghanistan leaving 10 dead [Khaama - 8/1/17]



The right of Palestinians to resist their occupation is enshrined in international and customary law, a fact that is denied and violated by Israel and wilfully overlooked by the rest of the world. ... [Open Democracy - 16/3/15]



Israeli forces detain 5 relatives of Palestinian killed carrying out deadly truck attack on Israeli soldiers [Maan - 8/1/17]:


Israeli forces raided homes in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir on Sunday and detained at least five relatives of Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, a Palestinian who was killed earlier in the day after carrying out a deadly vehicular attack.

Al-Qunbar, 28, was killed by Israeli forces and armed civilians after he drove his truck into a group of soldiers in the illegal settlement of East Talpiyyot, killing four Israeli soldiers and wounding 13 others.

Al-Qunbar’s sister Shadia told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the Palestinian’s home, as well as his brothers’ and parents’ houses, holding the family members for more than three hours.


Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post reported that the Israeli security cabinet had convened in the wake of the attack and decided to withhold his body, reject family reunification requests of some of his relatives in Gaza and the occupied West Bank, and carry out a punitive demolition on al-Qunbar’s home as soon as possible.


Meanwhile, a few hours after the attack, Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, reported that Israeli settlers had damaged a number of Palestinian cars driving between Nablus and Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank.

Daghlas told Ma'an that tens of Israeli settlers participated in an attack against 20 Palestinian civilians’ vehicles near the Qalqiliya-area village of Azzun, adding that while no injuries were reported, Palestinians were urged to exert caution while driving near settlements.



Israeli settler group takes over Palestinian building in East Jerusalem neighborhood [Maan - 8/1/17]



The Russian Air Force carried out several airstrikes in the eastern countryside of Aleppo on Sunday, targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham's (ISIS) positions east of Al-Bab city. ... [AMN - 8/1/17]



... Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham launched a massive offensive in the eastern countryside of Hama, targeting a group of towns controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Al-Salamiyah District. ... [AMN - 8/1/17]



Millions of Syrians left without heat after ISIS destroys Hayyan Gas Company factory in east Homs [AMN - 8/1/17]



Syria:  Armed groups attack al-Abbasiyyin stadium with rocket shell [SANA - 8/1/17]



Terrorists on Sunday detonated a car bomb near the crossroad of Beit Jin village close to Sa’sa’ town in the western countryside of Damascus Countryside Province, claiming the lives of five people and injuring fifteen others, some were seriously wounded. ... [SANA - 8/1/17]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [8/1/17]:


Ta'meem: News agencies: A violent US aerial bombing targeted Rashad and Riyadh nahiya in Haweeja district southwest of Kirkuk today evening.


Nineveh: A violent shelling has targeted the civilian homes in Sukkar ,Talla and Muthana neighborhoods at the left side of Mosul resulted in burying of dozens of civilians under the rubbles.


Hundreds of civilians have fled from their homes in Muthana neighborhood heading for Zuhoor area at the left side of Mosul due to the violent shelling


Baghdad: Breaking news: 25 persons were either killed or wounded as a blast occurred in a traditional market in Baladiyat area east of Baghdad.



A booby-trapped corpse exploded inside a morgue of a hospital in al-Sadr City, east of Baghdad, a security source told Alsumaria on Sunday.


Earlier today, a suicide attack hit Jamila area, east of Baghdad, leaving seven dead and 15 wounded. [ 8/1/17]



A security source revealed that one person was killed and four others were wounded in a bomb blast near a playing-field in al-Madain, southeast of Baghdad, Alsumaria reported on Sunday.


Also, another IED attack took place near Diyala Bridge, south of Baghdad, and resulted in the injury of three civilians. [ - 8/1/17]

The U.S. military says a soldier has died in a noncombat related incident while operating construction equipment in Jordan.

The service member was part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's name for the campaign to drive Islamic State extremists out of Iraq and Syria. ... [Yahoo - 9/1/17]



Iraq says deal reached over Bashiqa, Turkey says issue will be solved [Reuters - 7/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/1/17]



US Defense Secretary Ash Carter trumps war with Russia [US Department of Defense 8/1/17]



Another shipload of America military hardware has arrived at the German port of Bremerhaven to reinforce US commitment to its allies against the perceived Russian threat, and ensure Europe remains “whole, free, prosperous, and at peace.”

The delivery of US Abrams tanks, Paladin artillery and Bradley fighting vehicles mark a new phase of Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Over the last few days 2,800 pieces of military hardware and 4,000 troops have arrived at the port. ... [RT - 9/1/17]


@wikileaks [8/1/17]:  NEW: 299 pages of FBI's email investigation into Hillary Clinton ...



The fences built across Europe to stop refugees are threatening the continent’s wildlife [QUARTZ - 8/1/17]:


... A team of researchers led by John Linnell of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research found that the fences are quite literally killing animals: by limiting their access to seasonal resources that might be on the other side of the fence, and separating groups of the same species, the fences have resulted in increased inbreeding, weaker animals, and dropping population numbers. ...



A people smuggler left 19 migrants, including five children, at a motorway parking area in freezing temperatures in southern Germany and fled the scene, police said on Sunday.

Police said the temperature was -20 degrees Celsius (-4 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday when they found the migrants, one of whom had approached two other people at the parking area to raise the alarm after their driver left them.

They were freezing cold when the emergency services reached them near Brannenburg, just across the border from Austria.

The migrants, who were not carrying passports, said they came from Iraq, Iran and Syria.

They told police they had paid between 500 euros and 800 euros ($526-842) per person to be taken from an Italian refugee center to Germany. ... [Reuters - 8/1/17]



‏@Refugees_Gr [7/1/17]:  > Cold and closed borders cost the life of 4 #refugeesgr so far 20 yo man from Afghanistan>Greece 1 Somalian woman & 2 Iraqi men>Bulgaria



Migrants at Moria camp living in snow covered tents [Greek Reporter - 7/1/17]:


Despite statements by Greek Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas on Thursday, there are still migrants living in outdoor tents in the snow with no heating on the island of Lesvos according to sources in contact with Greek Reporter.

Just two days ago Minister Mouzalas told journalists at a press conference that “There are no refugees or migrants living in the cold anymore. We successfully completed the procedures for overwintering,” adding that there were only 40 tents left in Vayiohori, near Thessaloniki, and another 100 in Athens.


The camp currently has a ban forbidding video and photography, muting the plight of the refugees being forced to live outdoors as their homes cave-in on them, the snow blows inside of their tents and they live with no heating or proper electricity. ...



... President Obama has deported more people than any other President in U.S. history. ... Lessons to be found in US Department of Homeland Security's 2016 Immigration Enforcement Numbers [American Immigration Council - 4/1/17]



Where is the Australian politician, human rights organisation, NGO, church, or professional

 association who will demand AN END to the LNP and ALP's anti-refugee policy?







There is no "US- deal" but the Australian media and noisy, partisan refugee "advocates" are reheating the TRUMP TO OVERTURN US DEAL bullshit because they're forbidden from challenging the anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/1/17]

There is no "resettlement", there is only indefinite detention.  THAT is the policy. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



Australia's refugee concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States (i.e. Hillary Clinton's State Department) [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]



Bill Clinton continued the Bush policy of keeping refugees at Guantanamo indefinitely.

But Clinton introduced a new policy as well: testing the Haitians for HIV, and segregating those who tested positive. In doing so, he created “the world’s first HIV detention camp.”

Conditions in the HIV camp were horrific. The facility was a “leaky barracks with poor sanitation, surrounded by razor wire and guard towers,” and numerous detainees were housed in tents.

Many of the refugees were gravely ill with AIDS, and the crowded facility was characterized by fear, squalor, and uncertainty.

After being held for more than a year, some of the refugees began a hunger strike. (The military retaliated by putting the leader of the hunger strike in solitary confinement.)

Communications home had to be smuggled out. As one refugee wrote in a letter to her family, “I have lost in the struggle for life . . . There is nothing left for me. Take care of my children, so they have strength to continue my struggle . . . I have lost hope. I am alone in my distress.” ... [Jacobin - 22/10/16]



... DIRTY POLICY!...  



Australia's political prisoners get it, why don't their so called "advocates"?  [Nauru, May 2016]



And the political and media establishment think Australians give a fuck about a politician buying an apartment on the Gold Coast? --->  ALP/Coalition get hundreds of thousands from big pharma to fund elections. $1b savings if Gov pays world market price for drugs. ‏@woodruff_tim [29/12/16]



Children should wear sunglasses [AMA Media Release - 27/12/16]



“They’re trying to kill me, if they kill me take care of my son.”  [Guardian - 30/12/16]



Refugee Rights Action Network WA [4/12/15]:


What did 22 year old Yamatji woman, Ms Dhu, and 24 year old Iranian man Hamid Kehazaei have in common?


Both should never have been detained in the first place; Ms Dhu was taken to the lock-up for unpaid fines, a trivial offence that attests more to socio-economic disadvantage and systemic racism than to any criminality on her part.

Hamid came to Australia in search of safety, he committed no crime, yet he was interned on a remote island for a year in unsanitary, inhumane and degrading conditions.

Both died from septicaemia, an infection which if diagnosed and treated quickly can be remedied with antibiotics.

Staff waited until they were critically ill, slumped on the ground and unable to move, before they acted with any sense of urgency.

Both experienced delays to their treatment and were subject to fatal errors of judgement on the part of both custodial and medical staff.

Both were perceived as no more than racialised bodies in systems that are structured to fail them; both were 'othered' by mainstream Australian society. ...




9 January 2017