‏@BalkanNewsbeat [10/7/16]:  Party in #Serbia's ruling coalition demands immediate closure of border with #Macedonia to stop influx of #migrants  



‏@markus_goal [10/7/16]:  Personas salvando a personas.



@MSF_Sea [10/7/16] ... The 120 #people rescued by the #Argos have been transferred to @moas_eu and are now heading to #Italy.




@moas_eu [10/7/16]:  ... 5 children from #Syria and their families also among those rescued today. ...



@ItalianNavy [10/7/16]:  Nave Borsini in #MareSicuro cornice sicurezza a 5 eventi #SAR di MM.NN. Phoneix,Bourbon e Sea Watch per 274 migranti




Australia is a pariah state. Surely this must end soon?  ‏@guardiacostiera [10/7/16]:  Ammiraglio Melone ritira premiospeciale #OcchiBlu per attività soccorso #migranti e per la comunicazione del Corpo




Day 113 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [10/7/16]




In first results from Nauru's general election three MPs who had been suspended from the last parliament have lost their seats. ... [RNZI - 10/7/16]




‏@racvictoria [10/7/16]:  From inside #Manus today. Three years inside the fence. Still #PoliticalPrisoners brought and kept there illegally.




The violence in February 2014 was a vicious and terrfiying attack on imprisoned refugees over the course of two days. The use of the word "riot" by ALL Australian media outlets was a deliberate lie.   FOR THREE YEARS THE RIGHTS OF THESE MEN HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.  WHY NOT WRITE YOUR FUCKING HONOURS THESIS ABOUT THAT? ---> Detention attention: Framing a Manus Island riot [Pacific Journalism Review - July 2016]




Australia, exceptional in its brutality, Behrouz Boochani [25/4/16]:


... Somewhere beyond its borders and on the accursed Manus and Nauru Islands, Australia is currently producing and examining violence and advertising it to the world.

Simply put, Australia wants to tell the world that for anyone who comes to Australia by boat, the destiny that awaits them is life in a hellish prison on one of these islands. ...




This was a brutal attack, not a “riot” - Refugee Action Collective – Manus Island Fact Sheet [2/3/14]




Submission 67 Nauru Senate Inquiry:


... We were expected to "manufacture" Individual Management Plans as this was what the Department of Immigration wanted.


After the murder of Reza Barati,  we were told to lie to our clients and tell them it was a "riot" to deter them from protesting. ...




...  the Minister sought to unfairly apportion blame to the asylum seekers themselves for the violence that was done to them on the night of 17 February 2014.

The Minister was clearly selective in the facts he chose to use in his initial statements on the incident, and should have more quickly acknowledged that the violence occurred inside the centre.  ... Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Recommendations re "Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014" [December 2014]




Papua New Guinea's prime minister has expressed his country's respect for China's position on disputed claims in the South China Sea issue.

Peter O'Neill has this week on a state visit to China where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

A resulting joint press release asserted China's "legitimate and lawful rights and interest in the South China Sea, and its right to independently choose the means of dispute settlement in accordance with law". ... [RNZI - 10/7/16]




Indian troops open fire on Kashmir protesters [Al Jazeera - 10/7/16]




President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has renewed his vow to bring peace to restive Mindanao but stressed the urgent need for unity especially among Muslim Filipinos in order to achieve that aim.

Duterte admitted the change could not come overnight but added this could be achieved either through a shift in the form of government from unitary to federal system or the enactment of a law involving all sectors particularly Mindanao’s two major rebel groups - the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). ... [Gulf Today - 10/7/16]




The daughter of late socialist leader Salvador Allende, Isabel, said Saturday that she is “more than ready” to run for the presidency of Chile.

Isabel, a politician from the Chilean Socialist Party, or PS, said she is not "wedded" to the idea of becoming president but emphasized that if her party ask for it she will fulfill the task. ... [teleSUR - 9/7/16]




Kem Ley, longtime political analyst and organiser of the fledgling Grassroots Democracy Party, was shot dead this morning outside a CalTex service station on the corner of Monivong and Mao Tse Tuong Boulevards in Phnom Penh. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 10/7/16]




 Beautiful Brexit and the five atages of grief [The Automatic Earth - 9/7/16]:



... A main issue would seem to be the Anglo(-Saxon) disease version 2.0, as I label it: whereas numerous countries around the world have seen new political parties rise to the fore, Britain, the US, Australia etc. are sticking with the same old same old, even if that makes them essentially ungovernable.

What Britain needs is Podemos or a Five-Star movement, and so do the US, Canada, Australia. ...



As outcome of unpopularity contest decided, LNP and ALP get straight back to reminding the electorate why we hate them both


Hacking Democracy [2006]:  


Hacking Democracy filmed over 3 years, first shown on HBO (a unit of Time Warner) in 2006 and released on DVD in 2007.

The film reveals many strange facts about paperless (or e-voting) systems established during elections in the U.S.A. in the last years.

It focuses on the story of Bev Harris, director of nonprofit election watchdog group called Black Box Voting, and her investigations of potential security flaws inherent in electronic voting.




A woman has been found outside an inner Sydney unit block with a stab wound to her stomach. ... [Nine MSN - 10/7/16]




Toowoomba women stabbed in the head during domestic dispute [Brisbane Times - 10/7/16]





Man stabbed in domestic dispute, Palm Island [Nine MSN - 10/7/16]




A man arrested on Saturday in relation to the death of a woman in Kew has been released without charge.

Alex Freeburn, 26, is no longer in custody over the death of his housemate, a 29-year-old woman, whose body was found in a High Street townhouse shortly after 1.40pm on Tuesday. ... [The Age - 10/7/16]




A 26-year-old man has been stabbed in the stomach while trying to break up a domestic fight on the Gold Coast.

It’s alleged a 44-year-old man was arguing with a woman on Brett Avenue in Labrador at around 4am this morning when the Good Samaritan approached and tried to intervene.

The 44-year-old man then allegedly stabbed the 26-year-old man in the stomach. ... [MYGC - 9/7/16]





A 45-year-old man allegedly striking anyone he came across walking around inner-city suburbs was restrained by members of the public.

At 3.15pm police received several calls from members of the public saying the man was hitting anyone he came across in Newmarket and Herston. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/7/16]




A Brisbane teenager has allegedly tortured a foster child who has since been placed with maternal grandparents.

The teenager did not enter a plea to one charge of torture of the eight-year-old boy in Brisbane's Magistrates Court on Saturday. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/7/16]





A man has been charged after the death of a 20-year-old labourer at a building site in Clermont in 2012.

On Thursday police charged a 29-year-old Caboolture man with manslaughter after the death of Jason Garrels on February 27, 2012. ... [Brisbane Times - 9/7/16]




Woodford prison death raises questions about medical care [Brisbane Times - 10/7/16]





Charges laid over armed robbery, Burleigh Heads [Brisbane Times - 10/7/16]




A Queensland motorcycle rider has been killed during a crash with a car on the Gold Coast.

Police say the 46-year-old Waterford man was killed at the scene of the crash around 12.44pm on Saturday at Nerang.

No one else was injured during the crash and police continue to investigate.

Meanwhile, a pedestrian remains critically injured following a crash in Townsville on Friday evening.

Emergency services were called to Gulliver about 5.15pm after the woman was struck by a 4WD and taken to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition. [Yahoo - 10/7/16]





An elderly man is in hospital with a head injury tonight after being struck by a car on the Gold Coast.

The man in his 80s was reportedly hit on Lyndhurst Street in Robina just before 4.30pm.

Paramedics said he suffered a minor head injury. 

He was taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 9/7/16]





An elderly man has been rushed to hospital after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

The man was struck on Napper Road at Arundel shortly after 5pm.

He has been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. 

The extent of his injuries are not known.

He is believed to be aged in his 70s. [MYGC - 8/7/16]




Elders say not consulted over Aurukun school review [SBS - 7/7/16]:


... Ms Yunkaporta said her group wasn't even consulted as part of the review, likening it to the 1970s when the government "barged in to take over our community and remove the church".

"This was like an army of reviewers that came in and spoke to some people in our community who had no idea what the review was about or what it meant for the school," she said. ...




Whale cut free from shark netting off Gold Coast [Nine MSN - 10/7/16]





Gulf mangroves: Remote ecosystem suffers 7000 hectare dieback [Brisbane Times - 9/7/16]




Two-headed prawn discovered at Townsville aquarium [ABC - 7/7/16]




It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.




... A famous quote from the Vietnam War was a statement attributed to an unnamed U.S. officer by AP correspondent Peter Arnett in his writing about Bến Tre city on 7 February 1968 ... [Wikipedia]




... It's a love story for the new age

For the six page, we're on a quick, sick rampage

Winin' and dinin', drinkin' and drivin', excessive buyin'

Overdose and dyin' on our drugs and our love and our dreams and our rage

Blurrin' the lines between real and the fake

God can only,

I need somebody to hold me

He will do very well, I can tell, I can tell

Keep me safe in his bell, tower, hotel ...



'National Anthem' Lana Del Rey [2012]




"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" @racvictoria [10/7/16]:  Day 58 #Manus Protests. ...




‏@InsurrectNews [9/7/16]:  Day 112 of protests by refugee families at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru. ...




Journalist Sydney H. Schanberg, whose coverage of genocide in Cambodia inspired film The Killing Fields, dead at age 82 [New York Daily News - 9/7/16]



Foreign-owned newspapers in Cambodia serve as opposition propaganda machines and will face legal repercussions if they continue to disrupt stability in Cambodia, according to an anonymous letter published by a CPP-aligned media outlet and endorsed by a government spokesman. ... [Cambodia Daily - 9/7/16]




American retiree found guilty in meth case [Cambodia Daily - 9/7/16]




... At a meeting of the Democratic Party draft platform committee in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, supporters of Sanders were unable to influence the committee to adopt strong language opposing the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, marking a powerful blow to the efforts by the U.S. senator from Vermont to push the party further to the left. ... [Reuters - 9/7/16]



US drone strike kills 16 in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghanistan [Khaama - 9/7/16]



NATO on Saturday decided to sustain its Resolute Support (RS) Mission beyond 2016 in Afghanistan and pledged to continue funding Afghan National Security forces through 2020.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters here that NATO allies had promised the United States they would help fund Afghan security forces to the tune of around $1 billion annually over the next three years. ... [Pajhwok - 9/7/16]



The Emperor of Violence ---> President Barack Obama said Saturday that the gunman responsible for killing five Dallas police officers was a "demented individual" who does not represent black Americans any more than a white man accused of killing blacks at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, represents whites.

"So we cannot let the actions of a few define all of us," Obama said from Warsaw, Poland, where he attended a NATO summit. ... [Providence Journal - 9/7/16]




@xychelsea [8/7/16]:  Write Chelsea with messages of support here: Chelsea E. Manning 89289, 1300 North Warehouse Road, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 66027-2304




European parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to condemn a crackdown in Bahrain over the past month that has seen human rights activists jailed and officials move to dissolve the country’s leading opposition party.

The resolution “expresses grave concern about the ongoing campaign of repression” and called for the immediate release of human rights defender Nabeel Rajab and Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the Al-Wefaq opposition party.

It also called for the release of arbitrarily detained prisoners and the end of citizenship stripping, highlighting the case of Sheikh Isa Qassim, a leading Shia cleric whose citizenship was taken on 20 June, fuelling protests in his village near Manama.

More than 300 other Bahrainis, including politicians, journalists and senior religious authorities, have also been “unfairly” stripped of their citizenship, the European Parliament said in a statement after the vote. ... [Middle East Eye - 7/7/16]



Gunmen kill 14 on US-Mexico border [Reuters- 9/7/16]



At least 115 soldiers killed in South Sudan clashes: opposition [Reuters – 9/7/16]


With the nation continuing to reel from the recent killings of two African-American men by police, as well as the deadly attack on Dallas officers, activists in Chicago snarled traffic downtown on Saturday and successfully took their protests inside the annual Taste of Chicago festival, into the Loop and up North Michigan Avenue.

Activists affiliated with the local Black Lives Matter movement and their supporters also called for tourists to withhold spending on the Magnificent Mile to punish City Hall for failing to penalize officers who kill civilians. ... [Chicago Tribune - 9/7/16]




10 July 2016