Giving the police even more power is a bit too newsy for Queensland media outlets ---> Police Powers and Responsibilities (Commonwealth Games) Amendment Bill 2017

 

 

First they came for the librarians and the bikies: Taskforce Maxima to change name and expand its outreach [Brisbane Times - 11/4/17]

 

 

Work makes you free ---> ... Minister for Corrective Services Mark Ryan said the correctional centre expansion was another example of the Palaszczuk Government delivering for the people of central Queensland.

“This project is a high priority for this government, and we are committed to delivering these 164 high security cells on schedule,” Mr Ryan said. ... Local workers get priority in Capricornia Correctional Centre expansion [Queensland Government Media Release - 11/4/17]

 

 

Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle charge, Elanora [QPS Media - 11/4/17]:

 

An 18-year-old man has been charged after allegedly driving his car at an unmarked police vehicle and injuring an officer in Elanora today.

Around 11.45am officers were patrolling the Elanora area when they noticed a Ford Laser sedan without registration plates but lost sight of the vehicle.

A short time later officers noticed the same vehicle stopped near the intersection of Saffron Street and Nineteenth Avenue.

One of the officers approached the sedan where it will be alleged the driver accelerated and crashed into the rear of another vehicle parked in front.

As the officer attempted to remove the keys there was a brief struggle before the driver allegedly performed a U-turn.

It will be alleged the driver continued to accelerate with the officer’s arm stuck in the steering wheel before crashing into the side of the unmarked police vehicle.

Police will further allege the driver continued to drive off before the keys were removed.

The driver suffered a facial injury during the struggle and was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

He has been issued with a notice to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on May 10 for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evade police, learner unaccompanied, drive unregistered and uninsured vehicle, possess drug, utensil and tainted property.

The male senior constable sustained minor leg and back injuries and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

 

 

Queensland Cyclone Debbie battlers must be so pleased with Turnbull and Palaszczuk's handouts and assurances to the tourism and mining industries ---> ...  "The Prime Minister is another in a long line of political leaders, Federal and State, who are willing to sacrifice Aboriginal peoples’ rights if a profit or a deal is attractive enough. It is extraordinary to have the Prime Minister travelling to India to tell a businessman that he will change the Native Title Act in Australia and undermine our rights so that his destructive project can proceed," he [Adrian Burragubba] said.

“Mr Turnbull is selling out the country and the Australian people will be horrified that the Prime Minister is in India trading away our rights in an act of national betrayal."

“We call on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to clarify if Labor has done a deal with the Government to support this sell out to Adani”, he said. ... [NITV - 11/4/17]

 

 

Murdoch press pretends ALP gives a fuck about the environment by reporting the Queensland government's $600,000 grant to the Environmental Defenders Office ---> Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and a group of regional mayors hope their visit to India will help convince Adani to go ahead with the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine. ... [ABC - 18/3/17]

 

 

The Queensland Government appointed an Adani company director to chair the authority overseeing the Abbot Point coal port, despite being warned of "potential conflicts of interest".

Brad Fish was a director of Adani's Abbot Point Operations Pty Ltd when he was made the chair of the state-owned North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation (NQBP).

NQBP oversees the ports at Weipa, Mackay, Hay Point and Abbot Point.

Adani runs the only operating coal terminal at Abbot Point, north of Bowen.

Mr Fish's appointment as NQBP chair was made in September 2015 by Treasurer Curtis Pitt. ...  [ABC - 28/2/17]

 

 

@fraserdingo [11/4/17]:  Where is the compassion EHP???  

 

 

Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world and one of Australia's most attractive tourist destinations, is soon to become the centre of Federal Court legal battle.

The island's traditional owners, the Butchulla people, are seeking compensation from the Queensland Government.

The Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC has lodged a compensation claim on behalf of the Butchulla people seeking freehold land, joint-management of the island, and financial compensation.

The corporation's secretary Christine Royan said they wanted to ensure their people's history was remembered, while also protecting the island into the future.

 ...

"It's about caring for country and your own mob," she said.

"It's about bringing people back, and we've always been told by one of our other members 'bring our mob home'.

"Bring them all home, it's where they belong."  [ABC - 7/4/17]

 

 

Kashmir tense after clashes mar by-election [Al Jazeera - 10/4/17]:

 

Indian police have imposed curfew-like curbs on movement of people across several parts of Indian-administered Kashmir, a day after clashes with protesters against a by-election left eight people dead and more than 200 injured.

Separatist factions in Kashmir have called for a two-day strike in protest on Monday.

Their calls to boycott the poll in Srinagar, and the ensuing violence, resulted in voter turnout of a mere seven percent on Sunday and forced 70 polling stations to shut down.

During clashes in Budgam district, police initially used tear gas against protesters who were throwing stones, but then opened fire, killing seven people, a senior police officer told Reuters news agency.

Among the dead was 22-year-old Omar Farooq, who was hit by two two bullets - one in the chest and another in the ribs - according to eye witnesses.

At his funeral on Monday, gathered crowds expressed their anger against the government.

"People can see how much India oppresses us, abuse our mothers and sisters, abuse our religion Islam and puts our brothers into graves," Asif Rasool, 25, told Al Jazeera.

"This is the reason Kashmiris don't want to stay with India."

Fayaz Mir, a member of parliament from Jammu and Kashmir's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) acknowledged people's anger and called for dialogue.

"This is not the first time there is such an issue in Kashmir," Mir told Al Jazeera.

"It hasn't happened only in this government, so there is need to start dialogue to address people's resentment," Mir added. ...

 

 

Myanmar Border Guard Police assail Rohingya in Maungdaw North [Arakan Times - 11/4/17]

 

 

Warrants issued for hundreds of Rohingya youths in Northern Maungdaw [Rohingya Vision - 9/4/17]

 

 

"Orphans seek safe space to heal"? What a crock. Once again, the UNHCR diminishes Rohingya refugees' right to PROTECTION and a better life [Media Release - 10/4/17]:

 

... UNHCR has mobilized community support groups involving women and youth in the refugee camps to reach out to these vulnerable children.

The agency is also working with partners to trace family members where possible, and to assess the best interests of those who have no surviving family.

Options could range from tracing and reunification with close relatives, to appointing guardians or foster families who can offer care and guidance. ... [Note RESETTLEMENT is not an option.]

 

 

The UN children's agency UNICEF has called on Myanmar's government to release Rohingya children detained as part of a sweeping military campaign in Rakhine state. ... [The Daily Star - 10/4/17]

 

 

China opens delayed Myanmar oil link to get mideast crude faster [Bloomberg - 11/4/17]:

 

... China and Myanmar on Monday signed an agreement on the pipeline, as well as eight other cooperation documents, after talks between Xi and Myanmar President Htin Kyaw, who is visiting China from Thursday to Tuesday, state-run China Daily reported. 

China’s crude imports rose almost 14 percent last year, the fastest annual pace since 2010, and touched a record in December of 8.6 million barrels a day.

“It opens another channel for China to diversify oil imports,” said Tian Miao, an analyst at North Square Blue Oak Ltd. in Beijing.

China is also fed by a parallel natural gas pipeline that runs through Myanmar to Yunnan province, designed to carry 12 billion cubic meters annually.

PetroChina’s parent company, China National Petroleum Corp., began to import gas from Myanmar in 2013, according to a statement on its website.

Shipments totaled 2.86 million tons last year, customs data show, accounting for about 5 percent of the country’s total imports.

Companies including Total SA and Woodside Petroleum Ltd. are exploring for resources offshore Myanmar.

The country had about 18.7 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves as of 2015, or about 3.4 percent of the Asia-Pacific total, according to BP Plc data.

 

 

Former Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP) member sentenced to death for rape and murder of 12-year-old [Tamil Guardian - 10/4/17]

 

 

NGOs and civil society activists should be charged with treason and sentenced to death according to former Sri Lankan MP and Rajapaksa ally, the retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara.

Weerasekara, in an extensive interview with Ceylon Today reiterated his denial of Sri Lankan war crimes and said that those making claims such as the existence of rape camps would be charged with treason. ... [Tamil Guardian - 10/4/17]

 

 

50 days of protest and still no answers for families of disappeared in Kilinochchi [Tamil Guardian - 10/4/17]

 

 

Palestinian teenager Jassem Muhammad Nakhla, who was shot and grievously injured by Israeli forces near the al-Jalazun refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank in March, succumbed to his wounds on Monday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported. ... [Maan - 10/4/17]

 

 

Israeli forces close off Hebron's old city, block entrance to Palestinian medical center [Maan - 10/4/17]

 

 

Death toll rises to 8 amid ongoing clashes in Lebanon's Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp [Maan - 10/4/17]

 

 

Egyptian army forces reportedly killed seven militants and injured 12 others affiliated to “fundamentalist Islamist groups” in the Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian military sources told Ma’an. 

According to the sources, three groups of gunmen attacked a military checkpoint south of al-Arish city in northern Sinai.

The soldiers stationed at the checkpoint clashed with the gunmen, killing seven and injuring 12 others “before the rest managed to run away,” the sources said.  ... [Maan - 10/4/17]

 

 

Drone strike in southern Sinai said to kill one person [Times of Israel - 10/4/17]

 

 

Joint (Arab) List lawmaker Basel Ghattas was sentenced by an Israeli court on Sunday to two years in prison and a 120,000 shekel fine, when the court accepted a plea bargain leading to his conviction for smuggling cell phones to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.

 ...

The conviction was found to carry moral turpitude, meaning he will be barred from serving in the Knesset for seven years after completing his sentence. ... [PNN - 10/4/17]

 

 

Israeli settlers uproot 300 olive trees near Ramallah [PNN - 10/4/17]

 

 

G7 rejects Boris Johnson’s call for more anti-Russian sanctions over Syria [RT - 11/4/17]:

 

... Instead, while the G7 nations meeting in Italy did agree there was no solution to the Syria crisis with Assad in power, proposals to target sanctions at senior military leaders were sidelined.

A delay on implementing sanctions will be in place until there is “hard and irrefutable evidence” over the alleged chemical attack. ...

 

 

Two Russian soldiers were killed while coming under heavy shelling near the Syrian Army’s front-lines, the Russian Ministry of Defense said in a statement on Tuesday. ... [AMN - 11/4/17]

 

 

[Syrian] Army units established control over large areas to the south of Palmyra City in the framework of the continued operations against ISIS terrorists in the eastern countryside of Homs central province. ... [SANA - 11/4/17]

 

 

Deputy Chairman of Committee of the State Duma on Defense Yury Shvydkin says Russia will retaliate immediately if its military units in Syria attacked [SANA - 11/4/17]

 

 

Putin: Russia has data on new provocations planned against Syrian authorities [TASS - 11/4/17]

 

 

Last week’s US missile strikes against Syria have been something of a game-changer in US policy across the region.

Nowhere is the concern greater than among the US ground troops stationed in Syria, however, as if the strikes ultimately provoke a retaliation, they’re in the line of fire.

While they’re not offering details on exactly what they’re doing, US officials have confirmed that they have made adjustments since the attacks, seeking to increase the protection of US forces in Syria in case they do come under attack in the course of their operations. ... [Antiwar.com - 10/4/17]

 

 

 @IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [11/4/17]:

 

Nineveh: News agencies:Deaths and injuries of civilians were resulted and homes destroyed as the government forces shelled with heavy artillery Rifa'i neighborhood west of Mosul.

 

Nineveh: A former detainee :The governmnet forces torture and commit violations against detainees in a new prison which is located at -Rafidain Bank building- in Hammam Al-Alil Nahiya south of Mosul.

 

Activists posted a video showing government army elements killing two civilians east of Badoush Nahiya north of Mosul.

 

"5" persons were either killed or wounded as an IED exploded in Taji district north of Baghdad.

 

 

Thirteen civilians were killed and injured in a shelling by Islamic State, north of Mosul, located 400 KM north of Baghdad, a police officer from Nineveh province said on Tuesday.

“Seven civilians were killed, 13 others were injured in a shelling by IS militants against Al-Majmoua al-Thaqafiya area, North of Mosul,” Captain Jasem Mohamed told BasNews. ...  [IraqiNews.com - 11/4/17]

 

 

Anbar town mayor says air strikes target civilians more than militants [IraqiNews.com - 11/4/17]

 

 

A security source in Nineveh Province, on Monday, revealed that the Islamic State group launched an attack, using chlorine gas, on east of Mosul, killing four civilians and injuring six others.

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Abdel Aziz al-Numani said that three rockets were launched, at afternoon today, on al-Hadba area, east of Mosul, killing four civilians and wounding six others, including women and children, with burns and suffocation. ... [IraqiNews.com - 10/4/17]

 

 

Niger forces kill "57 members of Boko Haram" [The News - 11/4/17]

 

 

9 soldiers killed in Somalia training camp suicide attack [All Africa - 10/4/17]

 

 

At least 16 people were killed in the South Sudanese town of Wau on Monday, said the United Nations, as witnesses said ethnic militiamen went house to house searching for people from other groups.

Streets were deserted as families hid inside, residents told Reuters by phone. Some reported seeing killings.

 ...

"We are still inside hiding," said one man by telephone, speaking from a Wau neighborhood called Nazareth.

"I have seen four dead bodies of my neighbors."

"Armed militias are moving from house to house," one resident said.

"It is an ethnic crackdown."

Another said he had fled an attack that had killed many people, including his cousin.

...

The army's Chol said the mutiny had broken out on Monday morning.

"Some four prison soldiers in Wau prison decided to mutiny and shot at their own colleagues. They killed two," he said.

He said there had been fighting in Wau state for the past three days but had no further details on Monday's fighting, apart from the fact it was taking place along ethnic lines.

"The type of the rebellion which is taking place in Wau ... it is more or less tribal," he said.

The 15,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission, which has a base in Wau, has not been able to stop the killing. ...  [Reuters - 10/4/17]

 

 

Eight bodies found on Mexican highway to Acapulco [Reuters - 10/4/17]:

 

The bodies of eight men were found in a van along the highway that connects Acapulco with Mexico City, in one of the latest violent episodes to shake the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, a government official said on Monday.

The bodies were discovered close to midnight on Sunday, wrapped in plastic bags and secured with plastic tape.

Roberto Alvarez, spokesman for Coordination Guerrero, which coordinates state and federal law enforcement, said in a video announcement sent to reporters that the men were aged 25 to 35 and died from suffocation.

The bodies showed evidence of torture, he added. ...

 

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 10/4/17]

 

 

@wikileaks [10/4/17]:  Hillary Clinton brief on Syria from Clinton emails ...

 

 

@wikileaks [10/4/17]:  Full CIA doc: Scenarios for ousting Assad -- found in recently uploaded CREST database (1986) ...

 

 

@wikileaks [9/4/17]:  The Senator in charge of investigating CIA gun-running neglected to mention his brother-in-law was a CIA gun-runner.

 

 

@JulianAssange [9/4/17]:  Interview: Colin Powell Chief of Staff on the deep state (2015)

 

 

UNHCR's selective condemnation of nations pushing back and/or detaining refugees will be their downfall ---> The United Nations refugee agency called on European Union states on Monday not to send Middle Eastern and African asylum seekers back to Hungary for assessment until that country amends its new law on detaining migrants at the border. ... [Reuters - 10/4/17]

 

 

During the UNHCR's April 2016 tour of Nauru, 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!"

After more than 24 hours without adequate medical attention he was airlifted by private contractor to Brisbane, where he died on 29 April 2016 from his burns.

 

 

It was great to meet with @RefugeesChief Filippo Grandi in Geneva today ‏@PeterDutton_MP [29/3/16]

 

 

Extra pay for Irish Defence Forces members on Mediterranean refugee rescue mission [Leinster Leader - 10/4/17]

 

 

The Canadian Border Services Agency is rethinking its approach to immigration detention [The Star - 9/4/17]

 

 

... Someday you'll pay the price, I know ...

 

'Cold As Ice', Foreigner [1977]

 

 

The Cincinnati Archdiocese is calling on the Trump administration and political and law enforcement leaders to offer leniency to a mother of four from Butler County.

The church says Maribel Trujillo Diaz fled Mexico in 2002 and has an asylum case that is pending "based on the situation that her family has been targeted by Mexican cartels because they have refused to work for them."

This isn't the first time the Archdiocese has rallied support for Diaz.

Last year, under threat of deportation, the church says thousands of supporters in Butler County and Cincinnati sent letters to their political leaders urging that she be allowed to stay.

The Archdiocese says Diaz has no criminal history and is a lay leader in her parish, St. Julie Billiart in Hamilton. ... Archdiocese denounces Butler County mother's deportation [WVXU - 6/4/17]

 

 

The cold heart of ICE [Truthout - 26/2/17]:

 

... It was the Obama administration that started this epidemic of arrests, beginning with an operation specifically targeting Central American unaccompanied minors and women with small children who were seeking political asylum in the United States, especially over the summer of 2014.

One of them, Ingrid Portillo Hernández, was learning English in the 11th grade in Durham.

She had fled El Salvador after her father, a community activist, was assassinated during a period of increased violence in their home country.

She was arrested walking to her new school in May, accompanied by two younger relatives, a little more than a month after she had turned 18.

Ingrid was swiftly deported in September, despite the intercession of a US Congressman from North Carolina, G.K. Butterfield, who has also interceded on behalf of Felipe and many others. ...

 

 

US Ambassador Cefkin to stay … ‏@FijiOneNews [19/1/17]

 

 

They're pickin' up the prisoners

 And puttin 'em in a pen

And all she wants to do is call it "durable solutions" ...

 


'All She Wants To Do Is Dance', written by Danny Kortchmar - Don Henley [1984]

 

 

Image: @AmbCefkin  [5/12/16]

 

 

Ambassador reaffirms US influence on "illegal immigration" to stay in the Pacific [Fiji Times - 28/1/17]:

 

..."Regarding immigration, the efforts of the Trump administration are focused on addressing illegal immigration and enforcing border control," she said.

"There have been no changes to the current immigrant and non-immigrant visa application process.

 "The US is a Pacific nation. Our friendship with Fiji and the other Pacific Island nations is deep and abiding.  We will remain committed to strengthening our co-operation in areas of mutual interest." ...

 

 

... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response:

“We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ... Nauru: A ‘Human Dumping Ground’ [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]

 

 

... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May.

Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped.

They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault.

Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh. 

As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it. Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet. She is now back on Nauru. 

...

These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop.

“In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.

“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.”  ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]

 

 

Former Nauru opposition politicians seek international assistance to pay for legal representation [RNZI - 11/4/17]

 

 

@BehrouzBoochani [11/4/17]:  Lebanese asylum seeker deported from #Manus today. They already tried to deport him twice but he resisted. He was unwell when deported

 

 

It is newsworthy that the phony Obama-Australia refugee "deal" sideshow coincides with brutal deportation theatre --> Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal? [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]

 

 

One year ago Kevin Rudd's PNG-Australia anti-refugee "resettlement" regime was ruled ILLEGAL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL. 

Anything less than demanding an explanation why freedom and genuine resettlement remains elusive for the men, women and children held hostage on Manus Island and Nauru, is damage control and spin. ---> Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister says his government will work with Canberra to reach a resettlement outcome for the men held on Manus Island. ... [RNZI - 11/4/17]

 

 

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]

 

 

"I am not a criminal, I am a refugee, do you understand what that is?"

 

 [ABC - 8/2/17]

 

 

The Loghman Sawari case is back in Court this week.

Michael Gordon - who along with Janet Galbraith set this guy up as a partisan stunt, then abandoned him - is censoring the case because it challenges Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy ---> Amnesty are so displeased that once again they stop short of calling for an end to the policy [Indian Newslink - 10/4/17]

 

 

New charges against man who attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal anti-refugee "resettlement" regime mentioned in court [PNG Loop - 6/4/17]:

 

Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has been slapped with two more charges under the Migration Act.

The 21 year old refugee was taken to the Waigani Police Station on Tuesday afternoon straight from his court trial at the Waigani District Court by police and Immigration officials.

He was then charged for making False Representation under section 16(1)(e) of the Migration act.

He was also charged under section 16(1)(k) of the same act for using a passport which was fraudulently obtained.

His case under these new charges was briefly mentioned in court today by Magistrate John Kaumi.

Sawari was not in court and the matter was adjourned to next week.  

 ...

He allegedly used false identification to obtain travel documents which he later used to leave PNG for Fiji.

For the first case, his lawyer, Loani Henao told the court on Tuesday that there was no evidence that he used a PNG Passport, number e133854 to travel out nor obtained the passport from falsified information.

A ruling on the no-case submission is expected on April 11. ...

 

 

"PLEASE HELP ME, THEY ARE CRIMINAL" Refugee hounded for his attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal anti-refugee "resettlement" regime [ABC - 5/4/17]

 

 

Loghman Sawari - and all the other men, women and children imprisoned on Manus and Nauru - are stateless because of the inaction of the UNHCR [ABC- 23/2/17]

 

 

Michael Gordon travels to PNG with Turnbull to tell us that ALP firm Slater and Gordon's Victorian Supreme Court Manus case will be livestreamed [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/4/17]

 

 

If you're not calling for the immediate release and GENUINE resettlement of ALL political prisoners on Nauru and Manus at this dire stage you're nothing but self-promoting, partisan FUCKWITS -->  Incredible night at #StandUpForMehdi with legends @TomCBallard @TripodActual & more for good cause supporting @rightsagenda @OzRefugeeCounc [10/4/17]

 

 

Stand for nothing Australian actors silent on imprisoned refugee performer, as cynical, racist frauds at the MEAA exposed [RNZI - 22/2/17]:

 

Actors in Australia have refused to voice their support for a campaign to free a performer from Australian detention on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

The campaign, which also appeals for the release of a writer and a cartoonist, is being run by the Australian union for actors and journalists, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

In 2014, prominent Australians including actors took part in a "We Are The World"-styled mass choir that sang a song called "We're Better Than This", which called for the release of child refugees detained on Nauru.

Several Australian actors have joined the union's campaign but when asked to comment on the 32-year-old performer Mehdi Savari, who is detained on Manus Island, none came forward - which New Zealand actor Oscar Kightley said was strange.

"Strange because it's their union. If you're unwilling to comment it's because you're scared about something. But I don't know what they'd be scared of. I don't know what the consequences would be," he said.

Mr Kightley has been outspoken in New Zealand media decrying Australia's four-year detention of refugees in prison camps on Nauru and Manus Island.

Well-known for his recent role in the movie Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Mr Kightley was happy to voice his support for Mr Savari, an actor, troubadour, magician and comedian, who used to host a popular children's television programme in Iran.

"I guess I feel for him as a fellow actor and artist, who's chosen to perform in terms of his way of living life and communicating what he's about as a human," said Mr Kightley.

...

From hospital in Port Moresby, Mr Savari said he was suffering from paralysis.

"After four years I have finally saved enough money to buy myself a wheelchair," he said.

"I am here because of my eye infection and serious gastric problems for which I take daily medication.

"The emotion trauma I've experienced and the physical hardships I've endured living on Manus Island have resulted in the breakdown of my mental health and are the reason why I am in this situation on Port Moresby." ...

 

 

 

Detained without charge for 7 years, in violation of 2 UN rulings, I still walk the streets of the world--thanks to artists who give a damn. @JulianAssange [10/4/17]

 

 

@JulianAssange [10/4/17]:  A Monday morning image we can all relate to. 

 

 

@JulianAssange [9/4/17]:  K.T. McFarland has been pushed out of the U.S. National Security Council. She used to write me lovely letters ...

 

 

 

11 April 2017

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