United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 10/12/16]
Responding to rising tensions on eastern Aegean islands due to the growing population of migrants and asylum seekers, Migration Policy Minister Yiannis Mouzalas has made a request to European authorities that individuals from countries with low asylum recognition rates be temporarily transferred to pre-removal centers on mainland Greece. ... [Ekathimerini - 10/12/16]
Nearly 400 migrants make it over border fence at Spanish enclave of Ceuta [The Local - 9/12/16]
@PROACTIVA_SERV [10/12/16]: Hoy es #DiadeLosDerechosHumanos y el día de la vergüenza para los gobiernos que los pisotean.Más humanidad y menos hipocresía.
STOP THE LIES.
END THE POLICY.
FREE THE REFUGEES!
WHERE IS JUSTICE? AFTER THREE YEARS! via @elahe_zivardar [27/6/16]
Day 100 of political prisoners' protests on Nauru, 27 June 2016
Why are NGOs such as MOAS, MSF, Amnesty, Fortify Rights, UNHCR, IOM, Red Cross and Human Rights Watch silent as the region pushes back Rohingya refugees to Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide? [Dhaka Tribune - 10/12/16]:
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) troopers have sent back 166 Rohingyas who were trying to enter Bangladesh to flee persecution in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
BGB patrols intercepted the trespassers at different points along the Naf River and Palongkhali border on early Saturday.
Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Lt Col Abujar Al Zahid said: “We raided six different points of the river around 6am and pushed back at least 165 Rohingyas on 11 boats.”
Meanwhile, a Rohingya was also pushed back from the Palongkhali border, Cox’s Bazar BGB 34 Battalion Commanding Officer Lt Col Imran Ullah Sarker said. ...
MOAS ends sea mission in South-East Asia, will continue using their ground network and advocacy in the region - apparently [Media Release - 15/4/16]
Myanmar army and Border Guard Police continue raids and mass arrests throughout Rakhine (Arakan) [The Stateless - 10/12/16]
@Arakan_Times: 10thDec #RohingyaProperties Looted With3Trucks From #KyarGaungTaungVT 5#RohingyaGirl Taken Away By #MyanmarArmy To Use As #SexSlave.
Families of missing demonstrate in Jaffna on Human Rights Day [Tamil Guardian – 10/12/16]
A 42-hour gun battle that started on Thursday has ended in Indian-administered Kashmir after two suspected rebels and one civilian were killed, triggering massive anti-India protests in the disputed region.
A police officer said soldiers recovered bodies of the two suspected rebel fighters from the debris of a destroyed house in southern Arwani village on Friday. ... [Al Jazeera - 9/12/16]
Malawian police on Thursday said they had arrested a Rwandan who was convicted of genocide crimes back home but has been living in the country for 13 years.
"Yes, we effected the arrest of Vincent Murekezi today on instructions from the director of public prosecutions," police chief spokesperson James Kadazera told AFP.
Murekezi was sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia after being found guilty of genocide, according to a Rwandan official source cited by the Malawian media on Thursday.
Kadazera confirmed that Murekezi, who has been living in Malawi since 2003 and holds a Malawian passport, was wanted in Rwanda on "genocide issues". ... [News 24 - 9/12/16]
Mass extinction and mass insanity [The Automatic Earth - 8/12/16]:
... The role that green, sustainability, conservationist groups play in our societies has shifted dramatically, and we have failed completely to see this change (as have they). These groups have become integral parts of our societies, instead of a force on the outside warning about what happens within.
Conservationist groups today serve as apologists for the havoc mankind unleashes on its world: all people have to do is donate money at Christmas, and conservation will be taken care of. Recycle a few bottles and plastic wrappings and you’re doing your part to save the planet. It is utterly insane. It’s as insane as the destruction itself. It’s denial writ large, and in the flesh.
It’s not advertized that way, but that doesn’t mean it’s not how it works. Saying that ‘it’s not too late’ is not a call to action as many people continue to believe. It’s just dirt poor psychology.
It provides people with the impression, which rapidly turns into an excuse, that there is still time left.
As almost 70% of all vertebrates, those animals that are closest to us, have disappeared. When would they say time is up? At 80%, 90%? ...
A Gold Coast wildlife hospital says its resources are being stretched trying to keep up with a rise in the number of animals hospitalised in the past 12 months.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital has treated more than 9,000 animals this year — 1,000 more than last year. ... [ABC - 9/12/16]
White spot prawn disease spread prompts lockdown in Logan, Albert rivers [ABC – 9/12/16]
Baby bats are struggling to survive in the Shoalhaven, with hundreds dying or being euthanased as a result of starvation.
The Shoalhaven Bat Clinic, in the south-eastern New South Wales town, has been inundated by people with orphaned baby bats that have fallen out of trees. ... [ABC - 25/11/16]
Exxon Mobil Corp Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson emerged on Friday as President-elect Donald Trump's leading candidate for U.S. secretary of state, a senior transition official said. ... [Reuters - 10/12/16]
Trump names Dow Chemical CEO Liveris to head Manufacturing Council [Reuters - 9/12/16]
Bulgarian freight train derails and explodes, killing four [BBC – 9/12/16]:
A train carrying liquid petroleum gas has derailed and exploded in Bulgaria, killing at least four people.
More than 20 people are being treated in hospital with burns and other injuries after the incident in the village of Hitrino, local media say. ...
Hyderabad building collapse: Five dead, one accused arrested, many feared trapped under debris [First Post – 9/12/16]
Kansai University has decided to prohibit its researchers from applying for funds to be granted by the Defense Ministry for projects that could be diverted into military technologies, its president said.
The Defense Ministry’s subsidy program that started in fiscal 2015 has drawn criticism from some academics who are concerned about universities’ involvement in military research, with Hiroshima University, a state university, already deciding to ban its researchers from applying for it. ... [Japan Today - 10/12/16]
The hearing for a bail variation for the Fiji Times publisher Hank Arts has been deferred until next month.
In August, Mr Arts was charged with inciting communal antagonism and if found guilty, he risks up to ten years in prison.
He sought a bail variation to go abroad but the case has been deferred until 17th January when a new High Court judge will take over the matter. ... [RNZI - 9/12/16]
South Sudan has deported a journalist working for the international Associated Press news agency, and the reporter said on Wednesday that it was because his reporting was critical of the government. ... [Reuters - 7/12/16]
Norwegian Refugee Council’s Country Director expelled from South Sudan [Media Release - 9/12/16]
Kenya police 'to deport' British journalist detained at airport [Reuters – 9/12/16]
Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox bids $14 billion for UK's Sky [Reuters – 9/12/16]
The competition watchdog will allow News Corporation to buy APN News & Media's regional publishing business for $36.6 million.
In June, APN confirmed the sale of Australian Regional Media to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, as first revealed by The Australian Financial Review's Street Talk column.
News Corp and ARM are the two largest newspaper publishers in Queensland and the ACCC reviewed the acquisition extensively, commission chairman Rod Sims said. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 8/12/16]
Dutch anti-Islam political leader Geert Wilders has been convicted of insulting a group and inciting discrimination.
But no penalty was imposed by the court near Amsterdam on Wilders, whose party is leading in polls ahead of parliamentary elections in March.
Wilders was also acquitted of inciting hate over telling supporters in March 2014 he would ensure there were fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands. ... [BBC - 9/12/16]
Thousands have come together at Customs House in Sydney on #HumanRightsDay to stand united with aboriginal people in defence of human rights
Image: @bensolity [10/12/16]
How does the Queensland ALP do it? No Human Rights Day rally in Brisbane in 2015 or 2016. Remarkable effort "comrades"! ---> Brisbane vigil #HumanRightsDay #refugees #asylumseekers #StandUpToProtect We will not give up fight for human rights @alaytja [10/12/14]
Campbell Kevin Thomas Newman (born 12 August 1963) is a former Australian politician who served as the 38th Premier of Queensland from 26 March 2012 to 14 February 2015. ... [Wikipedia]
Grandmothers against LNP still reinforcing Australia's anti-refugee "deterrence" policy with their retrograde "free the children" protest theatre.
... By fostering an illusion among the powerless classes that the party can make their interests a priority, it pacifies and thereby defines the style of an opposition party in an inverted totalitarian system…
While the Republican party is ever vigilant about the care and feeding of its zealots, the Democratic Party is equally concerned to discourage its democrats…
The timidity of a Democratic Party mesmerized by centrist precepts points to the crucial fact that for the poor, minorities, the working class, anticorporatists there is no opposition party working on their behalf…
By ignoring dissent and assuming that the dissenters have no alternative, the party serves an important…stabilizing function and in effect marginalizes any possible threat to the corporate allies of the Republicans. ... Sheldon Wolin (in) The Democrats do their job, again by Paul Street [Counterpunch - 9/12/16]
Thomas Vargas, Volker Türk, Thomas Albrecht and Andrew Goledzinowski <--- Protected by the media, regional NGOs and the human rights establishment. Sleep like babies.
‘I left my husband and children burning’ [Dhaka Tribune – 9/12/16]:
Rohingyas who have fled the crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state have described escaping a scene of horror, often with many left behind.
“The army announced that they would count the people in the village. We went inside and soldiers surrounded my home. They locked the door and set fire to the house.”
Robeda got out with her youngest in her arms, but the husband and the two other children were trapped inside.
Then she escaped her village in Maungdaw, hiding and running for five days until she reached the border of Bangladesh on Wednesday.
This correspondent found the Rohingya woman in the Kutupalong unregistered refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia.
At first she refused to talk, believing she was being interrogated by a police or Border Guard man.
Even after coming this far, she fears being pushed back through the border, where she will be shot dead by the Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) for sure. ...
Can Samantha Hawley tell us what has happened to the displaced, displaced in Aceh?
"Everywhere is Trouble" An update on the situation of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [March 2016]:
... BROUK [Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK] and Fortify Rights note with concern the disappearance of hundreds of Rohingya refugees from the camps in Aceh.
When Fortify Rights first visited Rohingya refugees in Aceh less than two weeks after fishers rescued them from boats abandoned by human traffickers in May 2015, more than 1,000 Rohingya men, women and children were living in several makeshift camps.
BROUK and Fortify Rights noted that there are now only 300 Rohingya refugees in the camps in Aceh. ...
Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh progressively deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]
... This is something that we have to show to the world.
This is something that will not stop.
These people will keep coming, risking everything. ...
War in peace [AFP - 6/11/15]
[Australia-bound] Migrants from Sri Lanka gesture aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia on Monday.
Authorities in the province of Aceh are preparing to tow the boat out to sea. [National Post - 17/6/16]
Australia-bound Tamil boat refugees expose complicity of Australia, media and regional human rights organisations with genocidal Sri Lanka [TamilNet - 10/7/16]:
Australian prosecution of Tamil deportation protest raises questions [Tamilnet - 3/9/16]
In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, broke ground on Monday on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the State Department said in a release. ... [ColomboPage - 6/12/16]
New York Times' Roger Cohen ---> BULLSHIT ARTIST IN PARADISE - helping the Australian political, media and human rights establishment with their US-backed othering of refugees [9/12/16]
There is no "US deal" and there is no "resettlement" - there never was. There is only indefinite detention - and 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]:
Star Labor candidate Peter Khalil has confirmed he acted as a protected source for the US government, feeding them information about Labor’s asylum seeker policy.
Khalil served as a foreign policy adviser to former prime minister Kevin Rudd back in 2007 and was also director of national security policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from 2003-04. ...
The Clinton solution for refugees: Guantanamo [Washington Post - 23/11/15]
The Legacy of Guantánamo, Lizzy Ratner [The Nation - 14/7/2003]:
... But the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] ignored these warnings and refused to close the camp or to airlift the sickest refugees, like Joel Saintil, to hospitals in the United States.
When asked by reporters why it ignored the refugees’ medical plight, an INS spokesman, Duane “Duke” Austin, responded with unrepentant candor:
“They’re going to die anyway, aren’t they?” ...
US Coast Guard conducts 5 at-sea interdictions during past week, forcibly returns 63 Cuban migrants [Media Release - 9/12/16]
@MSF_Sea [9/12/16]: On the Greek Islands,16,295 men, women and children are living in accomodation meant for just 8,355 #refugees. It's the opposite of dignity.
Italy's coastguard rescued 34 men, 14 women and 18 minors from a rubber boat in the Aegean Sea on Friday, it said.
The migrants said they were from Syria. ... [Reuters - 9/12/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 9/12/16]
In the largest airstrike of its kind to date, the coalition destroyed a fleet of 168 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant oil tanker trucks near Palmya, Syria, according to a Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve news release. ... [US Department of Defense - 9/12/16]
Almost 18,000 civilians evacuated from areas of Aleppo controlled by militants [TASS - 10/12/16]
A total of 40 ceasefire violations by illegal armed groups were reported during the day in Syria, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in its regular daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Friday. ... [TASS - 10/12/16]
Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari said that Syria rejects the Canadian draft resolution on the situation in Aleppo which was submitted to the United Nations General Assembly, calling on the Assembly’s presidency to obtain the opinion of Assembly’s legal counselor.
During a UN General Assembly’s session for voting on the aforementioned Canadian draft resolution which calls for the cessation of combat activities in Aleppo without removing terrorists from it, al-Jaafari said that the practices of Canada’s delegation and those who joined it highlight the huge gap between theory and practice with regard to states’ sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity. ... [SANA - 9/12/16]
British government-funded outlet offered journalist $17,000 a month to produce propaganda for Syrian rebels [Alternet - 8/12/16]
Spanish parliament to consider sending more military to Iraq [Reuters - 9/12/16]
Iraqi forces captured a neighborhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Islamic State's Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign's commander said. ... [Reuters - 9/12/16]
Soldiers retreat after bloody battles in Mosul; 229 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 8/12/16]:
An anonymous Pentagon official estimates that the U.S. military has killed about 50,000 Islamic State militants since the start of operations two years ago. ...
@wikileaks [9/12/16]: The Obama administration sent a 'plane load of FBI agents' to frame Julian Assange. Iceland kicked them out ...
@wikileaks [9/12/16]: CNN: Obama orders report into WikiLeaks timed for release just prior to Trump presidency ...
@wikileaks [9/12/16]: The Washington Post now admits it spread #FakeNews about WikiLeaks in its splash article on #FakeNews
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said in a statement Friday afternoon that the same people who claim Russia interfered in the presidential election had previously claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. ... [Daily Caller - 9/12/16]
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
Cartoon on the wall outside the Surfers Paradise medical centre
The rise and fall of Obamacare: Will the inside story ever be told? [Counterpunch - 8/12/16]:
... I estimate that TIDES and other liberal foundations, individual donors, unions and corporations dumped over $100 million into the Democrats well-oiled NGO lobby and PR effort to pass Obamacare.
Much of this money moved through or was coordinated by a rich but short-lived lobby group called Health Care for America Now.
HCAN’s scores of members included US Action, MoveOn, SEIU, AFSCME, and the usual liberal laundry list of Democrat-aligned NGO organizations. ...
US insurer lobby group seeks delay in 2018 Obamacare deadline [Reuters - 6/12/16]:
... Insurers are asking senators for limited changes to the Medicaid program during the transition period, and to ensure a transition period for states that have expanded Medicaid, the program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and states. ...
A central Queensland doctor accused of sexually assaulting five female patients allegedly left the country when he learnt of the police investigation surrounding him. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/12/16]
Wollongong GP's registration cancelled over multiple botched skin cancer procedures [ABC - 9/12/16]
A newborn's skull was fractured after a midwife attempted to help free the baby during a caesarean birth at a Brisbane hospital, a court has heard.
Nixon Tonkin never breathed on his own and died shortly after being delivered at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in June 2014 at 38 weeks' gestation.
A coronial inquest next year will investigate what could have been done to prevent Nixon's death, as well as that of baby Archer Langley, who died at the same hospital in July 2014 from a rare condition that prevented him clearing amniotic fluid from his lungs. ... [Yahoo - 9/12/16]
Hamid Kehazaei inquest reveals ultimate intent of Australian's deadly and deliberate anti-refugee policy [Guardian - 10/12/16]:
... A cohort of immigration and border protection staff called to appear before the coroner attempted to resolutely – truculently at times – defend the policies.
Each ran, without much variation or sophistication, a defence that they were following orders. ...
Australian government spends $1.6 billion denying refugees health care as part of its "deterrence" policy [Guardian - 21/7/15]
10 December 2016