Palestinian gunman shot dead after killing 2, injuring several in Jerusalem attack [Maan - 9/10/16]



Russian police shoot dead eight militants in Chechnya clashes: Ifax [Reuters – 9/10/16]



One person was killed and several others were shot in an early morning shooting along 28th Street in Grand Rapids.

The shooting happened at around 4 a.m. in the 1800 block of 28th Street SE.

Police officials say a group of more than 60 people was gathered at a business for a party in the area when the shooting took place. ... [Wood TV - 9/10/16]



Syria no-fly zone would mean ‘killing a lot of Syrians’ – leaked Clinton speech [RT - 9/10/16]



US soldiers resist Obama's support of Al Qaeda [Zero Hedge - 8/10/16]



ISIS attacks US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in northeast Syria [ARA News - 9/10/16]



Thirty-eight Islamic State militants were killed in northern Syria over the last 24 hours, the Turkish military said on Sunday, marking an escalation of conflict in the area where Syrian rebels, backed by Turkey, are fighting the jihadists. ... [Reuters - 9/10/16]



A child was killed and four other people were wounded in a terrorist rocket attack on al-Hamdaniya neighborhood in Aleppo.

A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA that terrorist organizations located in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city targeted on Sunday morning the locals’ houses at al-Hamdaniya neighborhood in Aleppo city with rocket shells.

The source added that the attack left a child dead and four other people wounded and caused material damage to the houses. [SANA - 9/10/16]



German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday left for Mali, the first stop on a three-day Africa tour focused on security and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.

Merkel later heads to Niger and then Ethiopia where she is to visit the African Union headquarters in the capital Addis Ababa. ... [Yahoo - 9/10/16]



‏@SRodrigoruiz [9/10/16]:  En medio de la oscuridad la tripulación de @salvamentogob rescató anoche a los 27 migrantes de la cuarta balsa



@SRodrigoruiz [8/10/16]:  La balsa llegada a #Motril con 32 personas iban 17 mujeres, 4 embarazadas. La primera vez que iban más mujeres que hombre #FronteraSur




More than 100 migrants rescued off Spain in one day [The Local - 9/10/16]



Day 204 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@elahe_zivardar [9/10/16]



At least seven police have been killed in a series of attacks on security forces in northern Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township, police officials have told Frontier.

Fighting between Border Guard Police and the militants, who local police say are from the Rohingya Solidarity Organisation, was continuing at 2pm today near the BGP Central Command Centre.

The sound of automatic weapons—and, at one point, a shell being fired - could be heard in the vicinity of the centre.

The militants attacked the Central Command Centre at about midnight.

Fighting continued for about three hours, according to residents, and resumed at 9:30am. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 9/10/16]



The truth behind the arrests concerning an alleged meeting between a Saudi national, a Bangladeshi MP and the "Rohingya Solidarity Organisation [RSO] leader" [Rohingya Blogger - 4/8/16]:


... In Myanmar, one of the most effective arsenals of anti-Muslim hate groups such as the notorious 969 have been stoking fears of terrorism and Islamic militants in Rakhine state for many years.

After the Rohingya lost their citizenship, local fears of the RSO as a militant group was no doubt part of the justification of what started the crackdown on the Rohingya's right of movement.

This of course eventually escalated to the massive Rohingya IDP crisis currently in Rakhine state.

The RSO still a sensitive subject in Rakhine state, so much that the Rohingya community shuddered at the recent news coming out of Cox's Bazar. ...


@WoodsideEnergy [19/5/16]:  Learn more about how we’re unlocking potential development opportunities in #Myanmar’s Rakhine Basin.



Japan to seek return of US military land in Okinawa by year-end [Japan Today - 9/10/16]:


... The United States agreed in 1996 to return to Japan about 4,000 of the approximately 7,800 hectares that make up the training area, provided helipads are relocated from the portion of the base to be returned to an area to be retained. ...



Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Saturday visited troubled South Sudan as her country considers whether to give its peacekeepers broader abilities to use force. ... [Japan Today - 9/10/16]



US envoy says Washington to use all means to pressure North Korea [Reuters - 9/10/16]


Iran’s Rouhani in Thailand for talks on last leg of South East Asian tour [Press TV – 8/10/16]:


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in Thailand for talks aimed at boosting economic ties and promoting cooperation among Asian countries at a continental level.

Rouhani arrived in Bangkok on Saturday on the last leg of his Southeast Asian tour, during which he visited Malaysia and Vietnam, where he held meetings with various heads of state and officials.

He was greeted at the airport by the King’s Counsel, the Thai Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, and Iran’s ambassador to Bangkok.

On Monday, Rouhani is set to speak at the two-day 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit along with the leaders of 33 countries from all five sub-regions of Asia -- Central, Southeast, South, East, and West Asia. ACD is an inter-governmental organization created in 2002 to help integrate separate regional organizations -- such as ASEAN, SAARC, the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Eurasian Economic Union -- incorporating every Asian country to build an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations.

Along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and several other ministers, a trade delegation is accompanying Rouhani in the visit.

The Iranian president’s official reception ceremony is set to be held at Thailand’s vice presidential palace on Sunday.



PNG government signs K364m loan deal with Asian Development Bank [PNG Loop - 9/10/16]



The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Deborah Stokes [Former Australian High Commissioner to PNG] as Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management. ... [Media Release - 24/11/15]



June 2015 edition of Australian government's Manus Island  pro-concentration camp/pro-torture propaganda an example of fascism which mocks locals, refugees and Australians. [ABC - 24/6/15]:


The operator of the Manus Island detention centre has donated a mobile boxing ring to the community, despite local staff being accused of bashing an Iranian asylum seeker to death last year.

The donation was publicised in the Australian High Commission's monthly newsletter.

"The mobile boxing ring will assist the Boxing Association to stage boxing tournaments in all places in Manus," said the newsletter caption.

One of the two men arrested for the murder of Reza Barati in February last year was a competitive amateur boxer.

Refugee advocates worry about the message the boxing ring sends to local staff.

"Given the levels of endemic violence on Manus Island, and the alleged involvement of a boxer in the death of Reza Barati, Transfield's gift of a mobile boxing ring to stage tournaments is inappropriate and in poor taste," Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said.

"It would seem to be the actions of a company completely out of touch with the society in which it operates and devoid of any idea of corporate responsibility."



Probably the last time the former protected and unaccountable High Commissioner in PNG was questioned by the media - 11 mins in  ----> [VIDEO - Keep Out! - SBS Dateline - 28/3/13]



Six young Australians who became suspects after a Peru hotel worker fell to his death in 2012 have expressed relief after learning they will not be prosecuted by the local court.

The former students, dubbed the Peru Six, announced the Lima Court confirmed they would no longer be prosecuted over the death of doorman Lino Rodriguez Vilchez who was found on the footpath outside their Lima hotel in January 2012.


Judges wanted the suspects to travel back to Peru to be questioned but in late 2013 they won the right to give statements from Australia. ... [Nine MSN - 9/10/16]



Otorohanga stabbing survivor 'showing signs of recovery' [Newshub - 9/10/16]


Or you could call for the entire draconian legislation to be ditched ---> Mandatory sentencing must be dropped from Queensland's anti-gang laws because it encourages people to lie or make false accusations to avoid jail, says a civil liberties body. ... [Yahoo - 9/10/16]



... Ms Rinehart has partnered with a Chinese company, Shanghai CRED Real Estate Stock which will hold a third share of the joint venture. ... Gina Rinehart buys Australia's largest cattle station company, S. Kidman & Co [WA Today - 9/10/16]



Meatworkers incomes slashed as processors struggle for cattle [ABC - 7/10/16]:


Workers at a southern Queensland meat works are preparing for their third "food pantry" to support fellow workers doing it tough.

Angie Watson organised the first two food pantries because many of her co-workers at the JBS Dinmore meatworks were struggling financially, as the meat processor cut shifts due to a shortage of cattle.


Meat processing is Australia's largest manufacturing sector and in Queensland employs around 10,000 to 11,000 people.

The Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union, Queensland branch secretary Matt Journeaux said all but two of the state's 40 abattoirs have cut shifts — with the loss of thousands hours of work each week.

He blamed the growth in the live-export trade, globalisation of meat processing and the massive slaughter of cattle during the worst drought in decades for the shortage of supply.

"We have had successive years of drought, so there has been wholesale sell-off of cattle.

"Now we have had widespread rain and the seasonal conditions are favourable for restocking, so there is competition there," he said.

"It is a bit of a perfect storm."

Mr Journeaux said he had been involved in the industry for 30 years and he had never seen a situation like this.

He could see no light at the end of the tunnel for the present, but did point the finger at the live cattle trade, saying it would only get harder as China looked to import live cattle. ...


North Queensland banana-growing family reveals 'nightmare' existence since Panama fungus outbreak [ABC - 7/10/16]:


... Confining the virus to the Robsons' farm has been seen as a priority by the banana industry and Biosecurity Queensland, but that has come at a cost to the Robson family.

"No-one should be treated the way we've been treated, we've been locked in," Mr Robson said.

"There are people at the gates seven days a week and there is 24-hour surveillance of us."

"It's not that happy place anymore, it's a sad place and it breaks your heart to see Mum and Dad go through that every day and you kind of wish it was over," Mr Robson's daughter Shaye Robson said. ...



Two workers walked off the job over safety concerns before a fatal accident at a Brisbane construction site, the CFMEU has revealed.

A big concrete slab crushed two men to death while they were working on a major redevelopment of the stables at the Eagle Farm Racecourse on Thursday.

The union's workplace health and safety coordinator, Andrew Ramsay, said one worker came forward on Friday and another yesterday morning to reveal they had walked off the job days before the deadly incident. ... [ABC - 9/10/16]



Deputy Premier Jackie Trad on Sunday unveiled a new housing project with 900 new house blocks at Carseldine as an example of the State Government's plan to sell or lease state-owned land to drive infrastructure.

Ms Trad announced a four-year project to transform the former Queensland University of Technology campus at Carseldine into a $35 million urban village near the Carseldine train station. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/10/16]



The Queensland government has invoked special powers to ensure the controversial Carmichael coal and rail project starts next year. ... [Yahoo - 9/10/16]



Man charged with murder over fatal crash into Cape York funeral at Kowanyama [ABC - 8/10/16]



... Acting Inspector Gooiker said the scene was "similar to Ravenshoe".


Acting Inspector Gooiker said police believed there had been "some sort of dispute" at the funeral in the lead-up to the incident at Kowanyama, near the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria. ... [Brisbane Times - 8/10/16]



Queensland's Attorney-General has rejected a plea for an inquest by the man who was jailed for nearly 15 years for the 1991 murder of Ipswich schoolgirl Leanne Holland. ... [ABC - 8/10/16]



Queensland to recruit more child safety workers to deal with caseloads [ABC - 8/10/16]



Intruder allegedly tried to rape 57-year-old woman during dawn break-in, Byron Bay [MYGC - 9/10/16]



A man has been charged over a dramatic hold up in Broadbeach.

A 32-year-old from Edens Landing was briefly treated in hospital after he was tasered on Saturday.

He has since been charged with enter premises and commit indictable offence, two counts of enter premises with intent to commit indictable offence and obstruct police officer.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on October 10. ... [MYGC - 9/10/16]



Machete-wielding man robs Wynnum cafe on Brisbane's bayside [ABC - 9/10/16]




A man has been charged after allegedly hitting his partner with a baseball bat during a kidnapping attempt in Wagga Wagga, in regional New South Wales. ... [Nine MSN - 9/10/16]



Woman stabbed in Matraville [Mirage News - 9/10/16]



Woman dies after being hit by bus at Redfern [ABC - 9/10/16]



A 17-year-old man has been charged after allegedly stabbing another man in the back in Mount Isa on Sunday morning. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/10/16]



A man is fighting for his life after being punched by another man following an "exchange of words" on a South Brisbane street.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident that took place around 10.15am on Saturday in Melbourne St.

It's alleged after the confrontation, one of the men turned back and punched the 48-year-old man in the head and walked off.

He's described as around 170cm tall, with short dark hair and was shirtless, but wearing black running shorts with a red top tucked in to the waistband.

The injured man is in a critical condition in Princess Alexandra Hospital. [Yahoo - 9/10/16]



A woman has been charged after allegedly stabbing a man in the stomach on a street in north Queensland.

The 37-year-old was taken to hospital early on Saturday after he walked into a service station in the Townsville suburb of Condon with a stab wound.

A woman, also aged 37, has been charged with one count of wounding and is expected to face the Townsville Magistrates Court in December. [Yahoo - 8/10/16]



Police officer knocked unconscious in Cairns shopping centre [Brisbane Times - 9/10/16]



Police pursuit ends in power pole collision in Mount Hawthorn [WA Today - 9/10/16]



Car hits, injures police officer after mounting median strip in Gungahlin [Canberra Times - 9/10/16]



Missing 97-year-old man found safe and well on the Gold Coast [Nine MSN - 9/10/16]



A young Gold Coast man who was run over by a car in Surfers Paradise on Saturday night has died in hospital.

The 22-year-old man from Biggera Waters was struck on the Gold Coast Highway, also known as Ferny Avenue, around 11pm.

Paramedics worked on the man at the scene for some time before rushing him to the Gold Coast University Hospital with serious injuries.

Police released a statement a short time ago, confirming the young man passed away in hospital on Sunday afternoon.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating. [MYGC - 9/10/16]



Light rail halted following tram crash in Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 9/10/16]



Motorcyclist hospitalised after crashing at Gilston [MYGC - 9/10/16]



A man has been taken to hospital after reportedly snapping his leg in a horror crash in the Gold Coast hinterland.

The man, said to be aged in his mid-to-late 20s, was reportedly riding a motorcycle along Nerang Murwillumbah Road at Natural Bridge when he lost control in slippery conditions just before midday. ... [MYGC - 9/10/16]



A Petrie man is in a critical condition after a motorbike and garbage truck collided in Cleveland on Saturday morning. ... [Brisbane Times - 8/10/16]



A Brisbane man has been charged with drink driving after he was allegedly found asleep behind the wheel at a set of traffic lights.

The 37-year-old's car was still running when officers checked on it at the intersection of Wickham and Brunswick streets in the Fortitude Valley around 5.30am on Saturday.

He allegedly returned a breath alcohol concentration of .222 per cent and will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 25, police said in a statement. [Yahoo - 8/10/16]



Woman killed and 102,000 homes without power as destructive winds hit Victoria [Nine MSN - 9/10/16]


Who is the next UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres? [VIDEO – RT – 8/10/16]




... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.

 To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7. ...



  Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]



 "UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"  [Day 46, refugee protests on Nauru - 3/5/16]


… "It was the English," Kaspar cried,

"Who put the French to rout;

But what they fought each other for,

I could not well make out;

But everybody said," quoth he,

"That 'twas a famous victory.


"My father lived at Blenheim then,

Yon little stream hard by;

They burnt his dwelling to the ground,

And he was forced to fly;

So with his wife and child he fled,

Nor had he where to rest his head.


"With fire and sword the country round

Was wasted far and wide,

And many a childing mother then,

And new-born baby died;

But things like that, you know, must be

At every famous victory. ...



The Battle of Blenheim by Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)




Behrouz Boochani [9/10/16]:


This man is one of our brothers who was attacked by a local man yesterday in Lorengau town.

I don't want to make any judgement about local people and their culture because they are victims like us.

But it's clear that Manusian people don't want refugees to settle in their community.

The Australian gov exiled us by force to this island and wants to settle us in the local community by force.

The local people don't want to accept us in their community because their culture is a tribal system and their economy is poor.

It's clear that their community does not have the capacity to accept us.

Unfortunately the PNG foreign affairs minister [Rimbink Pato] is a massive front for the Australian gov and is planing to take 900 refugees from Lombrum prison to Lorengau camp near the town.

That would be a great danger both for refugees and also for the local Lorengau people.

At this time only about 60 refugees are in the Lorengau camp and imagine if 900 refugees are sent there?

Lorengau town is very small and 900 refugees arriving there would be overwhelming. Imagine what will happen, and who would be responsible?

It is a very strange situation. On one side local people don't want to accept refugees and can not because of important and logical reasons (both economic and cultural).

On the other side the refugees don't want to live in PNG and can not because it is not safe and not viable for us.

Who is guilty? The Australian government.

Who is responsible? Australia.



Richard Marles lies about refugee concentration camps stopping death, says PNG should change their law [ABC - 28/4/16]:


... LOUISE YAXLEY: The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says there will be continued discussions with the PNG government to resolve the matters. And the shadow minister, Richard Marles, says it is very important to try to convince PNG to keep the centre open.

RICHARD MARLES: Because it is very clear that offshore processing has been the single most important decision of any Australian government in bringing an end to the loss of life at sea.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Mr O'Neill is definitive that the centre will be closed but he also talks about the harm that that will cause the local economy and the need for Australia to help support businesses that will suffer. Richard Marles says the Government should talk to PNG about potentially changing the law to make the detention legal or offer PNG more money.

RICHARD MARLES: All of those options need to be talked through with the PNG government. ...



... [Adam] Bandt asked, then added: “Can’t we do better than this Labor-Liberal policy of not drowning, but burning?”

It was Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke who jumped up to declare this was deeply offensive to all MPs.

Bandt had to withdraw his “burning” line. ...  [The Conversation - 4/5/16]



Australia's offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]



Former Chair of Immigration Health Advisory Group calls for refugees to be brought to Australia [Anadolu Agency - 8/10/16]:


... Louise Newman underlined to Anadolu Agency that Nauru has “made public statements that they don’t want to resettle refugees” and the Australian government -- which “has had years to look at resettlement issues” -- has failed to find a successful solution.

 “So we’ve got genuine refugees in limbo in places that don’t want them,” she said, adding that it’s a situation that urgently needs to be addressed.


Newman -- a professor of psychiatry -- called on the Australian government “to grant an amnesty to the people and give up the pretense that they [the government] can fix things”.

“It’s unfixable,” she said.

“It’s too dangerous and inhumane to the people. They should be brought to the mainland for appropriate processing.

“At the moment we’re at a stage of virtual impasse with increasing reports saying this is damaging to people, particularly children, is unacceptable."

Newman says it's about time that the government admits that Nauru and Manus have failed, and recognize that the damage done has far outweighed the benefits.

"There’s no evidence that tormenting these people has had any impact on the slowing of boats," she says.

"So the time has come to give up and not waste more money on trying to patch up a failed policy.” ...



Refugee concentration camps, torture and exile are Shorten's personal ALP policy.  100% --->   I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]



The Gillard government's offshore dumping policy [Project SafeCom]




ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]



ABC [4/2/16]:


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." ...



Australia and Papua New Guinea regional settlement arrangement [Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship - 19/7/13]



I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]:


... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the refugees] which left one dead.

She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.

"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.

"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."

Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.

"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.

"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.

“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."

"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."

“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...



Guardian [25/7/15]:


… Meanwhile I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that Labor for Refugees is balking at putting the motion on turnbacks this afternoon.

Labor for Refugees actually set this whole torturous debate in motion by making it known some time back that this issue would be pursued at the national conference.

Given the factional balance at this conference, it was entirely possible that a motion prohibiting turnbacks could succeed.

There was support on the left, and from elements of the right.

Bizarre, this semi retreat at the eleventh hour.


No sooner had the Giles/Watt motion been agreed to then Labor for Refugees (brackets, question mark) has raised objections to the motion being put at all – according to party sources.

As they say in the classics, go figure. ...



New Matilda lays bare Labor for Refugees' shallow cynicism [New Matilda - 24/7/15]:


... Speaking to New Matilda today, Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees Shane Prince, refused to confirm whether the group would even move a motion calling on the party to take an anti-turn back stand.

Instead, Prince argued that as turn backs were a breach of international law the party platform was in fact already opposed to them.

The draft platform prepared for the conference says Labor will treat asylum seekers in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

“Something we have to weigh up is whether we have to move such a motion to make something abundantly clear which we say is already abundantly clear,” Prince said.

“We’re not in the business of moving motions just for the sake of doing it. What we do not want to do, for obvious reasons, is to move a motion that then fails.

“Because that will confuse the party, it will lead to internal divisions on an ongoing basis, and it will be used as an argument to say that the platform allows turn backs and we say it doesn’t. We don’t want division within the party.” ...



... In hindsight, we can see that we were wrong to allow our trust in Clinton and his election promise to dictate legal strategy.

Clinton sorely disappointed us, and our belief in him caused our clients to spend more time in the inhuman camp conditions.

But for our belief in Clinton, we could have tried the case four of five months earlier and ended the horror of the camp that much sooner.

If there ever is a next time and I am faced with a similar situation and must choose a legal strategy, I will disregard the promises of politicians.

Clinton's promises and our reliance on them seriously jeopardized our relationships with our clients.

We wrongly believed and persuaded our clients to believe that Clinton would change their circumstances.

Regaining the trust of our clients was not easy.  ... How We Closed the Guantanamo HIV Camp: The Intersection of Politics and Litigation, Michael Ratner



"I will never understand the extent of the dangers he faced, I can only try to replace his steps." ‏Who is Dayani Cristal?



@wikileaks [8/10/16]:  Clinton in secret speech: Anti-fracking and environmental groups are a Russian plot … (see email attachment)


‏@wikileaks [8/10/16]: Clinton campaign wrote about their strategic goal of "elevating" Trump two months before he declared his candidacy ...



Roaming charges: Intimations of apocalypse [Counterpunch - 7/10/16]:


... Gore’s junior partner-in-crime in the 1990s was a perky young former lobbyist at the American Chemical Society called Katie McGinty, who is now in a neck-and-neck race with Republican incumbent Pat Toomey for the crucial US senate seat in Pennsylvania.

As Gore’s confidant and advisor, McGinty, who later became head of the Council on Environmental Quality, played the largely secret of role of executioner of environmental dreams, killing off one green proposal after another to appease the Clinton administration’s corporate backers.


The years from 1993 to 2000 were bleak ones for environmentalists, as Clinton and Gore retreated from one campaign pledge after another.

“Katie seemed out of the loop most of the time she was there,” a seasoned environmental lobbyist told me at the time.

“Or that’s how she made you feel. Katie’s great talent was to seduce you on the phone. She made you feel as if she was your best friend, a secret Earth Firster, who was shocked and pained when the inevitable betrayals came. Katie never delivered bad news herself, but she was always there to console us. She was very, very adroit at soothing irate enviros, calming them down so that they wouldn’t attack the administration.” ...



A Chinese firm said on Friday it had suspended work at its gold mine in Madagascar after a series of protests by local residents. ... [News 24 - 7/10/16]



French police injured in Molotov cocktail attack [Expatica - 8/10/16]



Two militants kill themselves in standoff with Turkish police [Reuters - 8/10/16]



Eleven people were killed in clashes in Central African Republic's capital this week set off by the murder of an army officer, the country's United Nation's peacekeeping mission said on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 6/10/16]



A Nigerian state where clashes between the military and Shiite Muslims led to over 300 deaths last year has banned the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), saying it was a security threat.

Two days of violence began on December 12, when supporters of the pro-Iranian cleric and IMN head, Ibrahim Zakzaky, refused to allow the chief of army staff's convoy to pass through the northern city of Zaria in Kaduna state.

In April, rights group Amnesty International accused Nigeria's military of shooting dead more than 300 Shiite Muslims, burying them in mass graves and destroying evidence of the crime.

The Kaduna state government later confirmed the Amnesty report, saying that the army used "excessive force" and that those responsible for the killings should be prosecuted.

But in a press release issued late Friday, Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai said IMN was a threat to Nigeria.  ... [Naharnet - 8/10/16]



German police detain three men after explosives haul [Al Jazeera - 8/10/16]



Niger to host German military base [Africa News - 5/10/16]



Moscow denies claims Russian jets violated Finnish, Estonian airspace [RT – 7/10/16]



Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work arrived here yesterday for two days of talks on defense cooperation, strengthening regional ties, and addressing security concerns, including unsafe Russian behavior over or on the Baltic Sea.


Immediately after arriving in the Finnish capital, Work toured a jet-powered Rauma-class missile boat and observed fast-moving exercises that included Finnish troops launching a beach assault, engaging in intense firefights, conducting a hostage rescue and clearing a building. ... [US Department of Defense - 7/10/16]



Kuwait arrests Egyptian planning 'terrorist act' [Daily Star - 8/10/16]



UK embassy in Egypt joins US, Canada in warning citizens against gatherings this weekend [Ahram - 8/10/16]:


... On Friday, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticised the US Embassy's security alert, saying that the embassy did not coordinate with the foreign ministry or notify Egyptian authorities of the reasons behind the security alert.

The foreign ministry also said that officials called the US Embassy in Cairo following the release of the security alert to inquire about reasons behind it.

The ministry said the embassy denied there was a particular reason for issuing the warning, adding that it is a routine procedure during extended weekends. ...




An Egyptian court has begun hearing a government appeal against a lower court ruling that rejected Cairo’s handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. ... [Press TV - 8/10/16]



... The attack targeted the funeral of the father of the Houthi Interior Minister Jalal al-Rowaishan.

It is unclear if the interior minister was present at the time of the attack, though the mayor of Sanaa was present and confirmed killed in the attack. ... Saudi airstrikes target Yemen funeral home, killing 155 [ - 8/10/16]



A top general in forces loyal to Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has been killed in fighting with a rebel coalition east of the capital Sanaa. Major-General Abdel-Rab Al Shadadi, commander of Yemen’s

Third Military Region — which has its headquarters in the city of Marib — was the most senior member of the pro-Hadi forces to be killed in nearly 19 months of civil war in Yemen. ... [The National - 8/10/16]



Two police officers killed in Palm Springs, California shooting [Reuters - 8/10/16]



ISIS attacks Russian helicopter delivering aid to Hama [SANA - 8/10/16]



Four civilians killed, nine injured in terrorist rocket attacks in Aleppo city [SANA - 8/10/16]



Islamic State militants captured several villages from Syrian rebels in a counter-attack near the Turkish border that forced the foreign-backed insurgents to retreat, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The rebels, whom Turkey has supported with tanks and air strikes, had been pushing towards the IS stronghold of Dabiq, a village with symbolic importance to the jihadists.


Turkey's military said two Syrian rebels had been killed and nine wounded in fighting against IS.

It said Turkish warplanes had hit 14 Islamic State targets over the last 24 hours and that an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition killed two IS militants. ...  [Reuters - 8/10/16]



UN Security Council vetoes rival resolutions on Syria sponsored by Russia and France [RT - 8/10/16]:


... The Russian Foreign Ministry said that the French-sponsored resolution “distorted” the real situation in Syria after the US refused to stick to the agreement on settling the crisis. 

The prohibition of flights over Aleppo “provides cover to terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra” and those militants who allied with them, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. ...



The German military Friday said it had grounded nearly half its fleet of Tornado reconnaissance jets, used in the fight against ISIS, because of a technical defect.

In total, 39 of the country's 85 Tornado aircraft have been affected by the defect involving "loose screws on a monitor in the cockpit", DPA news agency reported, citing a Bundeswehr spokesman. ... [Daily Star - 7/10/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/10/16]



US State Department approves possible sale of more military aircraft to Iraq [RUDAW - 8/10/16]





9 October 2016