161 days of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugee transit center


SOS # Manus



Image: @sunosi3 [10/1/18]



"A dog's day will come" @Shamindan1 [10/1/18]:  ... Day 161 peaceful protest.  [West Haus, Manus]



@Shamindan1 [10/1/18]:  Representatives from UNHCR are monitoring the west house camp's facilities, which are recently constructed. During their last visit they urge to develop the facilities as they were in poor condition.



@Aussie4Refugees [23/12/17]:  Collaborators in Australia's war on refugees UNHCR issue another weaselly statement that doesn't call for freedom or an end to "deterrence", thus continuing to provide cover for Australia's illegal trafficking, indefinite imprisonment, torture and exile policy. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [21/11/17]:  Irrespective of the questionable legitimacy of so called refugee assessment in a concentration camp, the ILLEGAL Rudd-O'Neill July 2013 deal has itself PRODUCED refugees.  If UNHCR - and other NGOs,/"advocates"- were honest players, they'd be pointing that out ...



Cui bono?




This is the "deterrence" and anti-refugee mindset of those claiming to speak for the rights of men on Manus Island  ---> ... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht [UNHCR Canberra representative since early 2014] 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. ...

Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ... GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP [12/5/05]



Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg's son charged with drug possession [Brisbane Times - 10/1/18]



Victorian Police are now recruiting community members to help Premier Daniel Andrews spy on, harass and criminalise as many African-Australians as possible for Peter Dutton to exile [Media Release - 10/1/18]



Issac Gatkuoth is currently imprisoned in Australia's Christmas Island concentration camp facing imminent deportation ---> Issac Gatkuoth came to Australia as a nine-year old child refugee.

He “endured a hellish, parentless upbringing in Sudan”.

He hasn’t seen his mother since he was five years old, his two brothers were killed when his village was “wiped out”, and he spent time as an unaccompanied child in a Kenyan refugee camp. ... [PETITION - Change.org]



@davidsheen [9/1/18]: Another group of Israelis that’ll benefit financially from the impending ethnic cleansing of 40,000 non-Jewish African refugees: the goons the government’s now hiring to go door-to-door in south Tel Aviv, rounding up black folks & forcing them onto planes



@davidsheen [9/1/18]:  So an Israeli judge made a surprise visit to the Tel Aviv offices where the government supposedly receives refugee status applications. He found that all the refugees’ complaints were accurate – Israeli officials were making the process nearly impossible



@Aussie4Refugees [28/12/17]:  Under the leadership of new Labor Party Chairman Avi Gabbay, the MKs of the Zionist Union gave their support a government bill for the deportation and imprisonment of asylum-seekers. ...



Sri Lankan army commander accused of bearing responsiblity for missing files on disappeared journalist [Tamil Guardian - 9/1/18]:


... Speaking to BBC Sinhala, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that it was not "practical" for military records on the abduction of the journalist to still have been kepy "if the military intelligence was intelligent".

"If someone is involved in this, if they are aware of an investigation, if it is the intelligence unit, aren't they intelligent?" he said. ...



A former Sri Lankan navy spokesman has been granted bail after being held in remand custody over the abduction of 11 Tamil youth.

D.K.P. Dassanayake and five others were granted a cash bail of Rs.100,000 with three sureties of Rs.1 million each.

The group is suspected of involvement in the enforced disappearance and abduction of eleven Tamil youths that took place in 2008. ... [Tamil Guardian - 9/1/18]



Sri Lanka's former Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera said the government was committed to delivering justice for the assassination of the former Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga, as the family of the murdered journalist criticised the government's failure to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

In a statement marking the 9th anniversary of Mr Wickremetunga's death on January 8th, his brother, Lal, criticised the government for using the case as a "political tool" without delivering results.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 9/11/18]



Sri Lankan army in Tamil church, as militaristion steps up over Christmas [Tamil Guardian - 9/1/18]



Myanmar prosecutor seeks Official Secrets Act charges against two Reuters journalists [Reuters - 10/1/18]



ICC Jurisdiction and the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar [Just Security - 9/1/18]:


... The recent UN report provides evidence that the country’s armed forces are systematically attempting to permanently displace the Rohingya into a state party to the Rome Statute.

These actions comfortably satisfy the Restatement’s reasonableness test: nearly 650,000 displaced civilians is surely substantial; the Rohingya’s proximity to the Bangladeshi border when they lived in Myanmar makes their flight to Bangladesh a “direct” result of Tatmadaw clearance operations in that area; and Myanmar’s past experience with Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh due to the regime’s repression makes the result “foreseeable.” ...



@pierre_peron [9/1/18]:  "While the eyes of the world are on situation in northern Rakhine +in Cox’s Bazar, over 60,000 #Rohingya children remain almost forgotten, trapped in 23 camps in central Rakhine..The worst camps are in appalling condition." ...  #Myanmar 



LNP-Labor stoush over funding for more privatised torture centres and racist policing strategies presented as an anticipated change to Australia's juvenile justice system ---> The Commonwealth government says all states and territories will need to respond to the findings of the Northern Territory Royal Commission into juvenile justice. ...

The Minister confirmed all states will need to make changes in "everything from the training of guards to the level of amenities" inside juvenile jails. ...  [NITV - 10/1/18]



A NSW foster carer has been charged with murder almost three years after the death of a 20 month old Aboriginal boy. ... [Welcome to Country - 9/1/18]



2018 heralds business as usual for Queensland's apartheidesque policing strategy [North West Star - 8/1/18]



@haaretzcom [8/1/18]:  Jerry Seinfeld and Family Visit Anti-terror Fantasy Camp in West Bank ...



Israel’s army has killed 11 children a month on average over the past 16 years. ... Ahed Al Tamimi's incarceration sheds a disturbing light on how children are targeted in Israel [The National - 9/1/18]



Israeli forces detained 19 Palestinians, including a 14-year-old boy, during pre dawn raids Tuesday across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society ... [Maan - 9/1/18]



Palestinian youths injured with live ammunition during clashes with Israeli forces [Maan - 9/1/18]



@davidsheen [9/1/18]:  Netanyahu’s racist first-born adult son caught on tape offering to pimp his then-girlfriend to the son of a gas tycoon, in order to pay off his own debts, which he incurred by procuring prostitutes at a Tel Aviv strip club he visited regularly for years  



Stella Penn, an operative at Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube bluffed her way into meetings with Rose McGowan and journalists [Daily Mail - 9/11/17]



Harvey Weinstein urged Clinton campaign to silence Sanders’s Black Lives Matter message [The Intercept - 8/10/16]



'Hollywood fakery': Harvey Weinstein whistleblowers lash Golden Globes [Brisbane Times - 9/1/18]:


Amidst the sea of black and Time's Up pins at this year's Golden Globes, there was a notable absence.

Actresses Rose McGowan and Asia Argento, who sent shockwaves through the film industry when they accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault last year, claim they weren't invited to the event, which saw many prominent Hollywood female figures wear black attire in protest of gender inequality and abuse.

"I can only speak for myself but not only I wasn't invited to the #GoldenGlobes: nobody asked my opinion about #TIMESUP or to sign the letter," Argento tweeted on Tuesday.



And the Golden Globe award goes to … Witch hunting! [WSWS - 9/1/18]



Laos:  Further inside [the US State Department funded] Somsanga center, downhill, is what former detainees refer to as the “lower buildings,” two distinct compounds that sit behind high walls topped with barbed wire. Inside, hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand detainees languish in overcrowded cells. [Human Rights Watch - 7/10/12]:


... “The village militia arrested me because I was out too late: me and my friends were just walking in the street in [name withheld] village. They arrested all of us. They said, ‘What are you doing here? Looking for something to steal?’ The village militia took me to the office of the village head, then to the district jail in [name withheld] district and then to Somsanga… There were over 30 people who were beggars like me in there. I was there for nine months.” –Mankon, a beggar ...



... In another report last month, Human Rights Watch revealed that Australia's international development agency, AusAid, partly funded projects in Vietnamese detention centres where tens of thousands of drug abusers are held for years against their will and suffer torture and physical abuse. ... Abuse alleged at Canberra-funded detention centre in Laos [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/10/11]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/11/17]:  Australia's refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under watchful guidance of the US (Clinton-lead) State Dept ...



@Aussie4Refugees [5/1/18]:  Israel bought a sewage treatment system for #Nauru two weeks before it voted against a UN General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem.



Confessions of an economic hitman [2009]



If wars can be started by LIES, peace can be started by TRUTH.


Julian Assange



@wikileaks [9/1/18]:  Today, the "Freedom of Press" Foundation, which is now substantially linked to Paypal's Omidyar, has, after political pressure, decided to terminate processing of WikiLeaks' donations. Alternatives created here: ...



... The US Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, said last May that Assange’s arrest was now a “priority”.

Ecuador’s foreign minister, María Fernanda Espinosa, said her country was now seeking a “third country or a personality” to mediate a final settlement with the UK to resolve the impasse and said it was “considering and exploring the possibility of mediation”.

“No solution will be achieved without international cooperation and the cooperation of the United Kingdom, which has also shown interest in seeking a way out,” she told foreign correspondents in Quito, according to Agence France-Presse. ... [Guardian - 10/1/18]




10 January 2018