The U.S. state of Washington has decided not to file criminal charges against the three police officers who fatally shot an undocumented Mexican farm worker in 2015 after he threw rocks at them and ran through a crowded intersection.
The killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in the southeastern farming hub of Pasco, captured on video by witnesses and shared widely online, sparked days of protests from the city's majority Latino community and drew criticism from the Mexican government and human rights activists.
Zambrano's death was among a series of police shootings across the United States that have put law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over their use of force against minorities.
In announcing his decision, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he determined the officers' use of deadly force was justified under state law. ... [Reuters - 9/9/16]
Darren Seals, Ferguson protest leader, found fatally shot in burning vehicle [NBC - 7/9/16]:
... Seals was with Brown's family outside the Ferguson Police Department on the night the grand jury announcement was made not to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting.
In a recent Facebook post, Seals said he was "shot up" three years ago but survived.
A Coalition service member died from non-combat-related injuries during a vehicle accident in Iraq Sep. 8, 2016.
The service member’s name and country are being withheld pending notification of next of kin and national authorities. The incident is currently under investigation. [CENTCOM - 8/9/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 9/9/16]
Egyptian fisherman testifies at Golden Dawn trial over 2012 attack [Ekathimerini - 9/9/16]
Migrant children held in deplorable conditions in Greece, Human Rights Watch finds [Ekathimerini - 9/9/16]:
... Children also face ill-treatment by police.
While most of the children interviewed did not report abuse, four children said they had been slapped or humiliated by police officers. ...
In the last 24 hours 112 migrants and refugees arrived on the island of Chios.
No arrivals were reported on either of the islands of Lesvos and Samos.
According to police the number of migrants and refugees that are seeking asylum in Greece and are currently trapped on Lesvos has now reached 5,091, on Chios 3,528 and on Samos 1,022. [Greek Reporter - 9/9/16]
An Italian judge acquitted two men accused of people smuggling and murder, saying they had been forced at gunpoint by Libyan traffickers to drive a rubber boat packed with migrants last year.
A judge in the Sicilian city of Palermo on Wednesday ordered that Jammeh Sulieman and Dampha Bakary, from Senegal and Gambia respectively, be released from prison, according to a copy of the ruling.
Hundreds of similar cases are pending in Italy, and the ruling may have set a "historic" precedent, said one of the defence lawyers in the case. ... [Reuters - 9/9/16]
Day 174 refugee protests, Nauru
Never stop till get our freedom @SuchNigel
Image: @elahe_zivardar [9/9/16]
PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill continues lying about the men illegally imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island [SBS - 9/9/16]
Rakhine State Advisory Commission unable to ascertain oppression of Rohingya - even outside the concentration camps [Myanmar Times - 9/9/16]:
... The trip included a brief visit to Thet Kay Pyin village, which sits at the entrance to several camps that play home to tens of thousands of Rohingya IDPs.
The camps remain a subject of major concern to rights groups due to the dire humanitarian conditions faced by residents.
Fellow commission member and founder of Religions for Peace U Aye Lwin interjected by saying it was not possible to make a proper assessment from such a short trip.
“It was a two-day visit and everything was stage-managed. So we need more time to find out whether there is oppression or not,” U Aye Lwin said. ...
Sri Lankan soldiers oversaw the distribution of food at the famous chariot festival of the Nallur temple in Jaffna last month, as criticism of the military’s involvement in civil life in the North-East continues.
Troops of 2nd Battalion of Sri Lanka Light Infantry Regiment and 14th Battalion of Gajaba Regiment, under 512 Brigade, distributed over 7,000 packets of food, said an official military website.
The Sri Lankan army is still heavily involved in civilian life in the Tamil North-East, with officials from the security forces declaring the military presence in the region would not be reduced. [Tamil Guardian - 9/9/16]
Sri Lankan court allows exhumation of journalist's body for police inquiry [Tamil Guardian - 8/9/16]
Argentina jails 3 dictatorship agents for kidnapping, torture [teleSUR - 8/9/16]:
An Argentine court sentenced three former military and intelligence agents Thursday to a total of 62 years in jail for charges of illegally jailing and torturing victims at a secret detention center in the 1970s during the country’s brutal U.S.-backed “Dirty War” against political dissidents of the dictatorship.
Former Air Force commander and military junta member Omar Graffigna and intelligence chief Luis Trillo both received a maximum sentence of 25 years, and civil spy agent Francisco Gomez was sentenced to 12 years.
The three were convicted of kidnapping, falsely imprisoning, and torturing Patricia Julia Roisinblit and Jose Manuel Perez at the secret military intelligence prison in Greater Buenos Aires known as RIBA and stealing their newborn baby.
The court tried the case as crimes against humanity.
Nearly four decades after the couple was kidnapped, they remain “disappeared,” as family members have never been able to learn what ultimately happened to them.
Roisinblit was eight months pregnant when she and Perez were detained on Oct. 6, 1978 and gave birth a month later.
Her son Guillermo Rodolfo Fernando was abducted and raised by Gomez, one of the accused, and his wife Teodora Jofre under a false identity. ...
Statement by Julian Assange on Wednesday's press conference by Swedish prosecutor Marianne Ny. 9 Sept 2016
Dotcom to RT's Keiser: We'll expose ‘trail of US government abuse’ via extradition appeal livestream [RT - 2/9/16]
The tenants of 19 buildings near Pracha Niwet Market 1 in Chatuchak district were told to vacate after concrete awnings of one of the buildings collapsed on Wednesday.
There were no reported injuries but the building suffered extensive damage. ... [Bangkok Post - 9/9/16]
Commuters using the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) will be able to use the Kelana Jaya Line for free from Sept 13 to Sept 15 next week.
The gesture of goodwill was offered by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd (Prasarana) following the two incidences of service disruptions experienced by users this week. ... [New Straits Times - 9/9/16]
Australia: Media jackals claim security guards of ex-politician - who dared to challenge duopoly fascism - attacked them at court hearing [ABC - 9/9/16]
Malaysian High Court to hear application allowing physical contact between Anwar Ibrahim and family [New Straits Times - 9/9/16]
Twelve Chief Justices and representatives of Judges from the Pacific Islands attended a high-level regional forum in Port Moresby this week. ... [EMTV - 9/9/16]
An investigation into the killing of two men in Hanuabada village in January last year has been hindered by the lack of cooperation of senior police officers, according to Assistant Police Commissioner (Crimes) Victor Isouve. ... [The National - 9/9/16]
Peter "protected and unaccountable" Dutton makes disparaging remarks about the Queensland judiciary - but nobody can say which "terror cases" he is referring to [Brisbane Times - 8/9/16]
A grenade that exploded in the middle of a busy street in Phnom Penh on Tuesday night was tossed by members of a “political group” attempting to sow discord, a senior police official said on Thursday—one day after investigators said they had no leads in the case.
National Police spokesman Kirth Chantharith said the blast that injured at least three people on Street 163 was the work of “anarchists” who “intended to cause social turmoil.”
“It was not terrorism, but…we think a group of people intended to cause trouble,” he said.
“It was done by a political group.” ... [Cambodia Daily - 9/9/16]
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court today ruled that Kem Sokha, the deputy leader of the opposition, was guilty of refusing to appear for questioning in a prostitution case against him, and sentenced him to five months in prison and a fine of 800,000 riel ($200).
Security was tight for the verdict, with at least nine roadblocks set up on major access roads into Phnom Penh, and with dozens of security forces outside the court. One CNRP supporter, Um Dara, was arrested outside the court after scuffles broke out between opposition supporters and security forces. [Phnom Penh Post - 9/9/16]
Radiation levels in China not affected by North Korea nuclear test: state TV [Reuters - 9/9/16]:
North Korea's nuclear test has not affected current radiation levels in China, the state television broadcaster cited the country's environment ministry as saying on Friday on its official microblog.
North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test on Friday, angering its neighbors, including China, which said it resolutely opposed the move and would lodge a protest with North Korea's embassy.
Japan tests air for radiation levels after North Korean nuclear test [Japan Today - 9/9/16]
Obama says will use all means to protect South Korea from North Korea threat: Seoul [Reuters - 9/9/16]
As President Obama becomes the first American president to visit Laos, we look at the legacy of the U.S. bombing campaign there during the war on Vietnam.
The U.S. dropped at least 2 million tons of bombs on Laos.
That’s the equivalent of one planeload every eight minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine years.
Experts estimate that Laos is now littered with as many as 80 million bomblets—the baseball-sized bombs found inside cluster bombs.
This week, Obama pledged $90 million to help clear Laos of the unexploded U.S. munitions.
We feature excerpts from our interview with a Laotian bomb accident survivor and victim assistance advocate, and speak with Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern, co-authors of the book "Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos." ... [Democracy Now - 8/9/16]
Mark Zuckerberg blasted over Facebook’s censorship of ‘Napalm Girl’ photo [TIME - 9/9/16]
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will take Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on one of his famous blusukan (impromptu visits) to Southeast Asia's largest textile market before officially welcoming him to the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday afternoon. ... [Jakarta Post - 9/9/16]
Indonesian warship factory quietly serves the world [Jakarta Post - 29/8/16]:
The sun shone brightly one morning in Surabaya Port, East Java, setting a-shimmer a sea lined with muted, grey warships docked along the vast harbor.
To the side stood one giant crimson-colored vessel, probed and prodded by dozens of men all across its surface still unfinished.
"This is a work in progress of the second strategic sealift vessel [SSV] warship to be delivered to the Philippines,” a man dressed in cerulean uniform and white hard hat said proudly.
The man, M. Firmansyah Arifin, is the president director of state-owned shipbuilder PT. PAL Indonesia (PAL).
He recently took The Jakarta Post team across the extensive grounds of the company's shipyard. ...
During the UNHCR visit to Nauru in April, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".
Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"
Image: @KarmelSo [8/9/16]
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @riserefugee [8/9/16]: Day 173 protest by #refugees & #asylum seekers deported and held hostage by Australian government in #Nauru.
@SuchNigel [8/9/16]: " I am okay " which is the saddest lie I tell myself.
"WHAT HAPPENED TO HODAN?" via @SuchNigel [30/5/16]: "One chance is all we need" ...
"YOUR FUTURE CHILDREN WILL BE ASHAMED OF THE CURRENT ACTIONS" @racvictoria [8/9/16]: Day 119 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...
What's news Behrouz? Please don't allow your powerful voice to be co-opted, filtered and diluted by privileged, self-appointed and pro-ALP "advocates" ---> Diaspora Symposium: Refugees & Asylum Seekers' Discourse [11 October 2016]
... “My greeting here is ‘What’s news Behrouz? What’s happening in Australia?’” he says.
“Everyone here knows Peter Dutton, Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison, Sarah Hanson Young and Bill Shorten. People know them very well. We get our news from the internet and read articles from newspapers and websites in our countries and from Australia.”
“I write from inside the experience of being a political prisoner here as well as a writer. I try to describe how people feel under torture, how a father feels in a prison, how people are when they think about suicide. I write about the small things that add up to make this prison as well as people: stories, nature, what I observe. What I see through my eyes as an imprisoned writer. I feel that I am working for Australian history by writing this book. I will tell a part of Australia’s history and I hope I will be successful in my mission. Literature is a language of life.” ...
Sit-in at Vice Presidential candidate Sentor Tim Kaine's office demands closure of Berks immigration detention centre [Democracy Now - 8/9/16]
At least nine civilians, including four children, were killed on Thursday in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition on a residential building north of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, residents said.
At least five other people were injured in the attack early on Thursday on the three-storey apartment building in the Amran provincial capital, Amran city, north of Sanaa, they said. ... [Reuters - 8/9/16]
Obama offered Saudis over $115 Billion in arms deals [Antiwar.com - 7/9/16]
Afghanistan: Heavy clashes under in provincial capital of Uruzgan province [Khaama - 8/9/16]
A relatively heavy explosion was heard in Kabul city earlier today after a magnetic bomb went off in the vicinity of the 4th police district of the city.
The incident took place in Taimani area with the security officials saying at least three civilians were wounded in the blast.
A security official confirmed a sticky bomb attached a bicycle was detonated in the 4th police district of the city. ... [Khaama - 8/9/16]
1,400 airborne US troops set for deployment to Afghanistan [Pajhwok - 8/9/16]
Iran has kept to a nuclear deal it agreed with six world powers last year limiting its stockpiles of substances that could be used to make atomic weapons, a report by the U.N. nuclear agency found.
The confidential report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seen by Reuters did not point to any violations in Tehran's observance of the deal which was opposed by hardliners inside Iran and by skeptics in the West. ... [Reuters - 8/9/16]
Turkey detains journalists, politician, pollster as post-coup purge deepens [Reuters - 7/9/16]
Turkey allows German lawmakers' trip to Incirlik air base [Reuters - 8/9/16]
Syrian Prime Minister affirms strength of Syrian-Chinese relations [SANA - 8/9/16]
Russia-US deal on Syrian reconciliation ‘not yet finalized,’ talks to continue – Kremlin [RT - 8/9/16]
Erdogan, Putin agree to push for Aleppo cease-fire [Anadolu Agency - 9/9/16]
At least five people were killed and 12 wounded in an Islamic State attack in the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Turkish security and hospital sources said on Thursday, only a day after civilians started returning to their homes in the town. ... [Reuters - 8/9/16]
On the frontline of the battle with jihadists in the Libyan town of Sirte, unexploded mortars and booby traps left by behind by Islamic State terrorists await unwatchful victims on every corner, RT’s William Whiteman reports from the ground.
While the jihadists have already been forced out of most neighborhoods, they have left a perilous legacy behind in Sirte, where explosive devices masked as innocent-looking objects are scattered throughout the city. ... [RT - 8/9/16]
Meanwhile, Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein and her running mate, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka, are facing misdemeanor charges in North Dakota after Stein spray-painted "I approve of this message" on a bulldozer, and Baraka spray-painted "decolonization" on another piece of equipment, during a protest Tuesday against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. Baraka and Stein will only be arrested if they return to North Dakota. [Democracy Now - 8/9/16]
@wikileaks [8/9/16]: New York Times headline "What Is Aleppo?’ Gary Johnson Asks, in an Interview Stumble" but ...
@wikileaks [8/9/16]: Clinton lied to FBI, smashed phones, deleted emails. So who was charged with obstruction? This journalist's mother ...
Trump gets support of 88 retired generals and admirals [USA Today - 6/9/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/9/16]
Condemning the slow arrival of handpicked Syrians and separating them from the suffering in our region is morally repugnant. [ABC - 9/9/16]
People who believe pushing back boats of desperate refugees is OK do not care about humanity. They are fascists.
9 September 2016