Abbott's denial of a conscience vote on equal marriage is NOT news.
Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:
Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (15:54): I ask that general business notice of motion No. 782 standing in my name for today, relating to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, be taken as a formal motion.
The PRESIDENT: Is there any objection to this motion being taken as formal?
Senator Moore: Yes.
The PRESIDENT: There is an objection.
Senator WRIGHT: I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator WRIGHT: I am greatly concerned that the government has chosen to deny me a chance to put this important motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT, the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture. This OPCAT was voluntarily signed up to by an Australian government in 2009, and since then both Labor and coalition governments have inexplicably dragged their feet in its ratification. OPCAT would ensure independent monitoring and reporting on places of detention in Australia, all those places where some of the most overlooked marginalised and powerless people are kept detained: prisoners in jails and police lockups, patients in psychiatric facilities, young people in juvenile detention, and asylum seekers. With very recent examples of deaths in custody and cruel and inhumane treatment of people detained, it is very disappointing that I have been prevented from putting this motion today. It is crucial to fully ratify the protocol and set clear time frames to implement. Australia's own good standing is at stake.
Senator FIFIELD (Victoria—Manager of Government Business in the Senate and Assistant Minister for Social Services) (15:55): I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator FIFIELD: Just for the sake of accuracy, while the government does not support Senator Wright's motion, it was the opposition that denied formality on this occasion.
Senator MOORE (Queensland) (15:56): I seek leave to make a short statement.
The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.
Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice. Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.
No matter your view on asylum seekers and offshore detention, a prohibition on torture is something we can all support, writes Greens Senator Penny Wright, who will present a motion to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture to Parliament today. ... [Lawyers Weekly - 11/8/15]
@kikei [11/8/15]: Antideportation at #Perth airport #NoMoreDyingForFreedom #RRAN #FreeTheRefugees
@kikei [11/8/15]: Antideportation at #Perth airport ...
Parliamentary Committee finds Australia's offshore refugee policy breaches international human rights obligations.
Greens busy pushing Israeli marijuana industry.
Nine MSN [11/8/15]:
A parliamentary committee chaired by veteran Liberal Philip Ruddock has raised concerns about laws cementing the government's offshore processing regime.
The legislation, which puts beyond doubt the government's legal authority on regional processing, passed parliament in June but the human rights committee only finished checking if it breached any rights in a report released on Tuesday.
The committee said the government has not demonstrated conditions on Nauru or Manus Island were compatible with international rights, and that offshore processing carried a major risk of being against human rights.
Senate Committee unanimously endorses medicinal cannabis bill [Greens Media Release - 11/8/15]
Hebrew University teams with Australian PhytoTech on medical cannabis patch [Jewish Business News - 27/1/15]
Aboriginal Legal Service to pull out of Karratha and Roebourne [ABC - 11/8/15]
Swedish prosecutors slammed for victimising Julian Assange of WikiLeaks
Swedish prosecutors have been accused of "victimising" Julian Assange after it was revealed they had interviewed 44 people in the UK but were refusing to question the WikiLeaks founder in the London embassy where he is living.
Supporters said Mr Assange was being "singled out" after he agreed to be interviewed inside the Ecuador embassy over sex allegations in Sweden - which he denies.
The Australian has been granted political asylum by Ecuador but fears that if he goes to Sweden he will be taken to the United States for questioning about the activities of WikiLeaks.
A Freedom of Information request by the Hazel Press news organisation revealed that Sweden has been granted 44 requests to interview a witness or suspect in the UK since 2010.
Jen Robinson, a member of the Assange legal team, said important questions were now being raised.
She told the Press Association: "First, they refused to take his testimony while he remained in Sweden. Then they refused to hear it in the UK, saying it was illegal to come here. Five years later, after being rebuked by their own courts, they say they'll consider it.
"Now we find out that not only was it standard practice all along, but that 44 other people in the UK were interviewed by Sweden during this same time period.
"Instead of hearing what he had to say, the prosecutor chose to cast a shadow of suspicion over Julian by seeking his extradition. We offered his testimony from London before the arrest warrant was issued, and have continued to offer it since.
"The prosecutor could have - and should have - availed herself of this mechanism to progress the investigation. Denying him this possibility for five years is the original injustice that has enabled many more injustices in his case.
"Julian hasn't been charged, yet he is being punished."
Ms Robinson said the cost of the round-the-clock policing of the embassy in Knightsbridge was now more than £12 million.
"The situation could have been resolved five years ago, exactly as we said it could, by taking Julian's statement in the UK.
"Will the Cameron government spend another £12 million to detain a person who hasn't been charged, simply because Sweden refuses to make use of the mechanisms available to resolve Julian's case?"
Mr Assange has been living inside the embassy for over three years.
A statement by the Ecuador Embassy said: " The Embassy of Ecuador to the United Kingdom clarifies that on no occasion has any representative of the Kingdom of Sweden presented themselves at the embassy in relation to the Assange matter.
"The Republic of Ecuador already made the sovereign decision to grant the journalist Julian Assange asylum on 16 August 2012. At no point has the Republic of Ecuador asked the Kingdom of Sweden to grant Mr Assange asylum."
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Press Association: "The Swedish prosecutors are guilty of double standards and victimisation. They've interviewed 44 people in the UK since 2010. Why not Assange? They are making an exception of him. He's being singled out and treated differently.
"It is wrong to deny Assange the option to be interviewed in the UK, which has been extended to others and which he has been offering for five years.
"The Swedish authorities are not applying the law about overseas interviews consistently and fairly. They are acting in an exceptional and discriminatory way towards Assange.
"Julian Assange has been in various forms of detention for five years, without ever having been charged with any offence. This amounts to pre-trial punishment and is a gross abuse of his human rights and the legal system."
An elite Sydney boys school, its headmaster for 30 years and a former teacher, who is now headmaster of another prestigious school, have all been slammed in a submission to the sex abuse royal commission.
The royal commission on Tuesday made public a submission which recommends 32 adverse findings against Ian Paterson, headmaster at Knox Grammar School from 1969 to 1998. ... [Nine MSN - 11/8/15]
DPP dragging feet on Sydney siege inquest: lawyer [Nine MSN - 11/8/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Mutdapilly
QPS Media [11/8/15]:
A man has died in a serious two vehicle traffic crash that occurred on the Cunningham Highway at Mutdapilly this morning.
Police were called to the scene at around 1am, after a milk tanker and a utility collided.
The driver of the utility, a man believed to be in his 20s, died at the scene.
The Cunningham Highway is currently closed in both directions between Stephens Road and Champions Way.
The Highway is expected to reopen in an hour.
Motorists are advised to take alternative routes.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
There is no further information available at this time.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
It's not about bikies or terrorists. They are preparing to pacify us when we stand up to them.
Overhyped spectacles do not make the community safer: Taskforce Maxima, ICE Trafficking arrests [QPS Media – 11/8/15]
Gold Coast police and local media engage in deliberate, offensive and stupid stunt during a peak tourist season
Gold Coast hosts police counterterrorism training [ABC - 11/8/15]:
The police service says it is ensuring regional officers are equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to deal with terrorism-related issues.
Police are taking part in counterterrorism training on the Gold Coast.
Detective Superintendent Darryl Johnson said it was part of the development of the Security and Counter Terrorism Network.
"The training courses that we're rolling out, and they started yesterday on the Gold Coast and will continue over the next six months until Christmas across the state, really provides those front-line police with an enhanced capability and an enhanced understanding to allow them to address the current security environment," he said.
As part of the security and counterterrorism training, police will also be learning about Islamic cultural issues.
Ali Kadri from the Islamic Council of Queensland said training today would focus on cultural awareness.
"Muslims are not a homogenous group, they come from different countries across the world and most of the time police officers are not aware, like any other Australian I guess, they're not aware of the cultural differences within Islam and Muslims," he said.
"So we hope to impart that awareness to police officers so they could do their job in a more appropriate and I guess culturally sensitive manner."
Tourists from Middle East flock to welcoming Gold Coast [ABC – 29/9/07]:
... In recent years, the northern summer months of July and August have been marked by an influx of Gulf Arab tourists to the Gold Coast, as they escape the oppressive heat of their homelands. ...
... Australia is struggling with existential uncertainty. Is it part of Asia? Does it want to become part of Asia?
Its economic future and hence prosperity, is increasingly tied to Asia. China is by far its largest trading partner and Australia is also trading more and more with its Asian neighbors. But that is probably as “Asian” as Australia gets; that, and in addition to its geographic location and the rising Asian mix in its population.
Politically, Australia is still stuck in 20th century mode. It is a monarchy with a head of state in London, and all its security arrangements are Cold War relics, whereby they take orders from Washington.
Australia is out of sync with the emerging geopolitical environment of Asia today. Until Australia fixes this anomaly and moves into the 21st century, it is hard for Indonesia and the rest of Asia to take Australia more seriously.
Australia needs to figure out its own place in Asia, Endy Bayuni and Sabam Siagian [Jakarta Post - 10/8/15]
South East Asia
The silence of Australian health professional sustains this cruelty
The family of a female Iranian asylum seeker, who was allegedly raped three months ago in Nauru, say the Federal Government has refused to allow her to be treated in Australia.
In May, 23-year-old Nazanin Bagheri left the Nauru detention centre to visit friends on the island.
She was raped as she made her way back to the family camp.
Ms Bagheri's brother Omid said following the attack, staff from medical provider, IHMS, informed the family his deeply traumatised sister would be sent to Australia for treatment.
"Some of them directly talked with us and said that in the next few days, you and your family, will transfer from here to Brisbane for having special medical care," he said.
But that has not happened.
Since the assault Ms Bagheri has been kept in a separate compound away from her family.
"Because of her depression, two times she tried to kill herself," Mr Bagheri said.
"One time with cutting her hand and the last with a bottle of insecticide.
"They're keeping her in IHMS hospital after last suicide [attempt] for more than three weeks. And after that time she hasn't talked with anybody, she hasn't eaten anything."
While local police initially denied the assault had occurred, they eventually conceded it had and began to investigate. However, no charges have been laid.
Australian Border Force has also confirmed it is aware of the incident and said it takes allegations of sexual assault seriously.
A spokesperson for the Immigration Minister said in a statement: "The individual concerned is receiving appropriate medical and mental health support and care in Nauru."
"Medical professionals have advised that the individual does not require a medical transfer."
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Government over-ruled a decision to bring Ms Bagheri to Australia for treatment.
"The information that I've been given is that staff at the detention camp have said that she can no longer be transferred to Australia," Ms Hanson-Young said.
"That she won't be given the medical assistance she needs and that directive has come from Canberra.
"What we know is that nobody has been charged as a result of this. In fact witnesses haven't even had statements taken.
"These are the incidents that are going on on a regular basis inside Nauru and somebody needs to start taking responsibility for them."
A Senate Select Committee has been probing several allegations of corrupt behaviour and physical and sexual assaults within Nauru's detention centre.
Ms Hanson-Young said the report will be tabled within weeks.
"That process has shed a lot of light on a lot of incidents that the Government denied, and didn't want to talk about, were happening," she said.
"There is a cover up of the abuse and level of safety in the Nauru camp and the community as a whole."
However for Ms Bagheri, it appears unlikely she will receive medical treatment in Australia.
Last month a leaked IHMS document suggested asylum seekers in Nauru who required medical care would now by flown to Papua New Guinea.
The minister's office has confirmed asylum seekers may be transferred to other countries in order to receive medical treatment not available on Nauru.
Why was there no question about Mojgan Shamsalipoor in the Senate today? Why is Senator Hanson-Young being silenced?
Today during parliamentary questiontime Senator Abetz actually called on the ALP to apologise for previously criticising refoulement because his government has "stopped the boats" and the ALP have adopted the policy.
He (and his colleagues) can continue pursuing this demented, lying ideology because they are unaccountable for the ongoing incarceration, torture, exile and refoulement of refugees.
Does the AMA think the treatment of this refugee is acceptable?
Save Mohammad Albederee [10/8/15]:
Mohammad spent nearly a week in IHMS (Manus Detention Centre medical) after he agreed to have a tube put in his stomach as he cannot eat or drink and vomits constantly.
He left IHMS on the 5th August and returned to his room because attempts to get him eating and drinking have failed. He is vomiting constantly and has lost another 2 kilograms in weight. The pain is now excruciating and pain relief helps very little.
He is very tired and frustrated. They have now told him that he may have a virus in his stomach which is stopping him from holding food down. Bottom line they are not equipped on Manus Island or PNG to manage even this health issue, let alone the other multiple problems. He is not given results of any tests conducted on him despite constant requests.
It has now been 122 days since Mohammad started a hunger strike, and he has not eaten or been able to hold anything down in that time. He needs urgent evacuation to Australia for medical treatment after being assaulted by guards in July last year.
He has problems with his stomach, shoulder, hand, kidneys, liver, heart, can't walk and is again self harming. He cannot tolerate the chronic pain of the last year. The pain is now excruciating and pain relief helps very little. He is severely depressed.
He is even more terrified and frustrated now and angry that he believed going to IHMS would help him, and says he will die. Please ring Immigration Minister Peter Dutton on (02) 62777860 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your concerns.
This has gone on for too long!
Defying the Border Force Act: Speaking out against detention cruelty, Melbourne, 1 September 2015 [Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)]
Australia sets the regional example: Myanmar army forcibly returns 159 captured Bangladeshi boat refugees
Channel News Asia [11/8/15]:
Myanmar has returned 159 Bangladeshi migrants rescued [they captured] from boats stranded off its coast in May, officials said Tuesday, the latest group to be repatriated [forcibly returned] after a migration [humanitarian] crisis that unfurled [is ongoing] across South East Asia [could no longer be ignored].
More than 800 men, women and children were picked up [captured] from ships abandoned by "smugglers" in the Bay of Bengal in recent months, after a Thai crackdown on "people-smuggling" led gang bosses to abandon their human cargo on land and at sea.
It sparked a long "verification process" between Myanmar and Bangladesh to determine the nationality of the migrants [refugees], with neither side showing a willingness to accept them at first.
On Monday, Myanmar authorities handed [forcibly returned] over 159 people [refugees] to their Bangladeshi counterparts, according to Myanmar state media, which showed a line of mainly young men crossing a bridge escorted by armed troops.
However, a number of migrants [refugees] were still undergoing "verification".
"The remaining 230 Bangladeshi will be transferred as soon as possible. The Bangladesh side are conducting a rigorous verification process," a government official in Rakhine state told AFP, asking to remain unnamed.
He said the latest returns were delayed because of devastating floods that have swept across Myanmar in recent weeks. [i.e. We didn't think anyone would find out what we are up to.]
The migrant [humanitarian] crisis that gripped [is still gripping] South East Asia, earlier this year threw a spotlight on the multi-million dollar racket that has emerged to smuggle desperate migrants [on religious and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar and the complicity of wealthy nations - especially the United States and Australia's subversion of the UN Refugee Convention.]
Most of them are persecuted Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar and economic migrants [the refugees are Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis] who brave the perilous voyage in the hope of finding a better life, [because they have no choice] usually bound for Malaysia via Thailand.
Earlier batches of [captured refugees] migrants were [forcibly] returned to Bangladesh in June and July.
The "freethinkers" should keep in mind that hurting someone's religious sentiment is a criminal offence, Bdnews quoted Hoque as saying. ... Bangladesh police ask secular bloggers not to 'cross limit' [Times of India - 10/8/15]
Afghanistan: Five civilians wounded in Ghazni, Nangarhar explosions
Five civilians have sustained injuries in two separate explosions in Ghazni and Nangarhar provinces.
Shafiq Nang Safai, spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province said that a motorcycle-bomb blasted in Ali Lala square of Ghazni city leaving three civilians wounded earlier this morning.
Another explosion took place targeting the border police in Naranj Bagh area of Jalalabad city around 06:00 am this morning.
Mohammad Ayoub Hussain from the 301 Zone of the border police in the country’s east said that border police did not receive harm in the blast but two civilians sustained injuries.
No group had accepted responsibility for the explosions by the time this report was filed.
Policeman kills 6 colleagues in Helmand shooting [Pajhwok - 10/8/15]
Yemen: UN official calls for scaling up efforts to meet 'staggering' humanitarian needs [Media Release - 10/8/15]
Doctors Without Borders says Yemen's hospitals overwhelmed by rising number of war-wounded [Star Tribune - 10/8/15]
Mideast security tops Steinmeier's talks with Saudi foreign minister [Deutsche Welle - 10/8/15]:
... Steinmeier and Jubeir also discussed the case of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to a heavy fine, 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.
Jubeir said the case was a domestic affair and that Saudi Arabia "would not tolerate any outside interference" in the matter. ...
A car bomb exploded in Derna in eastern Libya on Sunday, killing at least seven people and wounding 19 others, medics and residents said, as Islamic State militants pressed an offensive to retake the port city.
It was not immediately clear whether Islamic State was responsible for the car bomb. Accurate information is difficult to obtain in Derna, a remote city controlled by Islamists outside government control. ... [Reuters - 9/8/15]
Boko Haram kills four on highway in NE Nigeria [Naharnet – 10/8/15]
Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least eight people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants. ... [Reuters - 10/8/15]
A group of sympathizers of the group that claimed responsibility for the U.S. consulate attack in Turkey on Monday was [violently arrested and] detained by police outside the hospital where one of the attackers was being treated.
The far-left Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front (DHKP-C), considered a terrorist organisation by the United States and Turkey, said one of its members was involved in the attack, in which two women shot at the diplomatic mission.
The group called Washington the "arch enemy" of the people of the Middle East and the world. The consulate attack came amid a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara launched a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.
Police with automatic rifles cordoned off streets around the U.S. consulate in the Sariyer district on the European side of Istanbul, following the gun attack there. [Reuters - 10/8/15]
A petition asking the UK authorities to arrest Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been launched on the UK parliament website with over 22,000 signataries. ... [al-Araby - 10/8/15]
Israeli troops demolish house in Salfit, deliver notices in Nablus [Maan - 10/8/15]
Israeli settlement expansion ‘root cause’ of growing violence in Occupied Palestinian Territories – UN experts [Media Release - 10/8/15]:
... In addition to the violence, the Committee – represented by Amrith Rohan Perera, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York; Ramlan bin Ibrahim, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to the UN in New York; and Aboubacar Sadikh Barry, Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Senegal to the UN in Geneva – was also briefed “extensively” on what it described as “increasing human rights violations” on women and children through the repeated use of night raids and police dogs by Israeli authorities. The UN experts were told that many women were subjected to “humiliating treatment in the presence of their families” during these operations. ...
Palestinian hunger striker moved to hospital amid fears of force feeding [Al Bawaba -10/8/15]
Palestinians have held a protest outside the Red Cross headquarters in Jerusalem al-Quds in a show of solidarity with a hunger striking Palestinian prisoner. ... [Press TV - 11/8/15]
Ferguson protesters, police gather on West Florissant Avenue; state of emergency declared in county [St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/8/15]
@stevenjhsieh [10/8/15]: Protesters, facing police on the opposite side of the road. have formed a human chain. #ferguson
Washington Post reporter charged with trespassing, interfering with a police officer [Washington Post - 10/8/15]
Mike Whitney, Swan Song for the Donald? GOP Party Bosses Plan to “Take Out” Trump [Counterpunch - 10/8/15]
... This is why people are angry, right, because they think Trump was treated unfairly. And this is why they’re not buying the media’s BS storyline, because they’re sick of the media telling them how to feel, what to think and who to pick. They resent it, in fact, it pisses them off.
Now you’d think that if you had a brand-spanking media-machine that can crank out 2000 cookie cutter articles overnight blasting “sexist” Trump as a first-class scoundrel and praising the dainty Ms Kelly as the unwitting victim of abusive male bullying, then dastardly Trump would plunge in the polls, right?
Wrong. Trump is still comfortably in the lead and more popular that ever.
Because people don’t trust the lying media. Because people don’t trust the lying liars who run the Republican party.(or the Democratic party) And because people resent the fact that they’re being manipulated. Is that so hard to understand? The feeling now, is that, “if the assho**s who run this country are against Trump, then I’m for him. It’s that simple. It’s not about populism or channeling anger and frustration to a rebel candidate. Trump is no rebel, and he’s no reformer either. And he’d probably be a shitty president too. But Trump has one thing going for him that is sadly lacking in all the other candidates, all the party honchos, and all the flannel-mouth, stuffed-shirt fake politicians who are presently in office. What is that, you ask?
He tells the truth, at least it sounds like the truth to a lot people. And that makes all the difference.
Think about that. Think about what that says about the pathetic state of our national politics, that the bar has dropped so low, that a brassy, outspoken business tycoon can move to the head of the pack simply because people believe “He speaks his mind and doesn’t pull his punches.”
Only one decent and DIRECT question during Senate questiontime today [11/8/15] -----> Senator Lambie to Senator Abetz: - If the CFMEU are so rotten why haven't you deregistered them? Abetz's reply was along the lines of: Blurt blurt blurt Hawke was fantastic blurt. i.e. He can't because it would ruin the charade.
WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton pushed Mexico's oil privatisation [teleSUR – 10/8/15]
Syrian rebels fire 1,000 missiles at Shiite towns, says monitor [Naharnet - 10/8/15]
Iraq: UN agency forced to cut critical food aid amid funding shortfall [Media Release - 10/8/15]
Islamic State claims Iraq car bombs that kill nearly 60 [Reuters – 10/8/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria with who knows what
US Department of Defense [10/8/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL bunkers, two ISIL structures, an ISIL excavator and an ISIL supply truck.
-- Near Aleppo, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Tal Abyad, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with Iraqi government:
-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL homemade explosives factory.
-- Near Beiji, four airstrikes struck one small and two large ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles and two ISIL structures.
-- Near Fallujah, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Makhmur, four airstrikes struck two ISIL staging areas and destroyed 19 ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL caches and an ISIL building.
-- Near Ramadi, five airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL building, an ISIL homemade explosives resupply trailer, an ISIL IED and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL tunnel system.
-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position and an ISIL mortar firing position.
ABC continues insulting Australians with their "genetic trigger" obsession.
Did atom bomb test fallout cause cancer? [Huffington Post - 23/12/10]:
... Earlier this month, the first results of the RPHP health study were released in an article in the International Journal of Health Services. Baby teeth of St. Louis baby boomers who died of cancer by age 50 had more than double -- 122 percent more -- the Sr-90 concentration than did Boomers who are alive and healthy. This research, known as a case-control study, is the first evidence that bomb tests harmed Americans using actual levels of fallout in human bodies. It is not yet possible to estimate the number of cancer victims from fallout, but it appears that the CDC estimate of 15,000 deaths is too low. ...
EWG's Dirty Dozen: Cancer Prevention Edition [August 2015]
Most cases of cancer are the result of sheer bad luck – not unhealthy lifestyles, diet or even inherited genes, new research suggests today. ... [Independent - 1/1/15]
Protests as Japan's Kyushu Electric restarts Sendai reactor [Al Jazeera - 11/8/15]
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! Queensland government investigates source of whistleblowing - apparently unconcerned about gas health impact [ABC - 11/8/15]
Greek coast guard rescues 1,417 refugees over 3 days
"I haven't seen my family for 20 years," said Mukhtar, who would only give his first name. "I want to see my family."
Greece's coast guard rescued more than 1,400 migrants near several Greek islands in the eastern Aegean Sea over the past three days as the pace of new arrivals increases, authorities said Monday.
Tens of thousands of people, many of them fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, have been making their way from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands in inflatable dinghies, overwhelming cash-strapped and understaffed authorities on the islands.
The vast majority then head to mainland Greece and from there, try to reach more prosperous European Union countries by either walking across the Balkans from northern Greece, or sneaking onto Italy-bound ferries from the west.
The 1,417 migrants rescued between Friday morning and Monday morning were picked up at sea in 59 incidents off the coasts of the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Agathonisi and Kos, the coast guard said.
Those figures do not include the hundreds of others who manage to reach the islands' coasts themselves, walking to the main towns to turn themselves in to local authorities and receive registration papers.
The increasing pace of arrivals comes on top of the roughly 124,000 migrants who reached the Greek islands by boat in the first seven months of 2015, a 750 percent increase from the same period last year, according to UNHCR, the United Nations' refugee agency. In July alone, there were 50,000 arrivals, about 70 percent from Syria. Most land on five islands: Lesbos, Chios, Kos, Samos and Leros.
In all, 156,726 migrants had been arrested for entering or remaining in the country illegally from January through July this year, compared to 32,070 for the same period last year, the Greek police said Monday.
The numbers have overwhelmed cash-strapped and understaffed police and coast guard officials on the islands, where authorities are unable to keep up with the new arrivals and process them fast enough, leaving many living on the streets or in precarious temporary shelters.
Tension has often escalated on several of the islands, with fights breaking out among groups of migrants, or between migrants demanding faster processing and coast guard or police officers.
On Monday, a policeman holding a knife roughly pushed back migrants crowding outside a local authority building in Kos, slapping one man across the face as he shoved others, telling them to get back behind a line he drew on the pavement with the knife.
The scene was filmed by an Associated Press cameraman, before another policeman put his hand in front of the camera and made him stop filming.
The policeman was suspended and an investigation ordered into his actions after the images appeared on social media, Greece's police headquarters said in a statement.
"There are thousands of people here. Every day comes about 1,000 people and they give every day paper for 200 people, 300 people and so many people are sleeping in the streets," said Mohammed Riski, a 28-year-old Syrian migrant from Yefrin who arrived on Kos seven days ago. "All of the hotels are full. There are no toilets or any services."
More than 150 migrants in at least six boats landed on Kos just in the early hours of Monday.
Some 40 Syrians waved and cheered as their boat arrived at the popular tourist destination. Men jumped into the water to help women and children off the dinghy. One man was so overcome with emotion that he began to sob.
Mukhtar, a Somali migrant who arrived further north, on the island of Lesbos, said he was trying to get to Norway where his family lives.
"I haven't seen my family for 20 years," said Mukhtar, who would only give his first name. "I want to see my family."
It was not his first attempt to reach Greece.
"It was very dangerous by the sea. We traveled four times, they caught us three times but the fourth time ... we came here on a safe boat," Mukhtar said.
Arrivals have become so frequent they are now seen as routine by locals. On Kos, local residents and hotel employees watched unfazed Sunday as a dozen Pakistani migrants punctured their life raft and gathered their belongings as soon as they landed, and asked for directions to the nearest migrant detention center.
Greece, in the throes of its worst financial crisis, is straining to accommodate the inflow. Hundreds are camping out in a public park in Athens. The leftist government is now building a reception center in central Athens where it says migrants will be free to come and go as they please. It expects to start moving people from parks by Tuesday.
@moas_eu [10/8/15]: WATCH the latest video showing the work of #MOAS saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea. ...
@moas_eu [10/8/15]: UPDATE #MOAS completed a 2nd rescue today. 88 people traveling on this dinghy. Mostly Nigerians.Now assisted by #MSF
@MSF_Sea [10/8/15]: UPDATE: Today #Phoenix also participated in the rescue of these 2 wood boats carrying 750-800 people ...
@MSF_Sea [10/8/15]: Are these faces of "marauding #migrants" who pose a threat to Europe?
They have "synergies" with the national broadcaster yet they cannot show the Australian people where (and to whom) this "aid" is going.
Why on earth is the IOM involved in this operation? What is a "family kit"? What are "emergency reproductive health services"? Urgent migration and birth control in the context of a natural disaster and ongoing genocide? What sort of fucked up shit is this?
Oughtn't the focus be clean water, food, emergency shelter and general medical care?
What's in these big blue boxes? Cartons of depo provera, guns, bullets, bibles? ----> Australian Embassy in Myanmar [10/8/15]:
Australia supports the Myanmar humanitarian relief response to the floods. On 10 August, a Royal Australian Air Force C12 Globemaster delivered $1 million worth of family kits to Myanmar, for distribution by World Vision and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). The Australian Embassy would like to thank all who helped out with the effort, including representatives of the Government of Myanmar and Yangon International Airport staff.
Rohingya village devastated by flood yet to receive "family relief kits" provided by the UNHCR [The Stateless - 9/8/15]
Rohingya flood victims in urgent need of food and shelter [The Stateless - 9/8/15]
Energy firms BG, Woodside to invest $1.1 billion in four Myanmar blocks - ministry official [Reuters - 22/3/15]
11 August 2015