United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [11/12/15]:
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.
Strikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:
-- Near Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded ISIL fighters.
-- Near Mar’a, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 21 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, five strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL vehicle bomb factory.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL bed-down location, an ISIL vehicle bomb, and an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Sinjar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, and suppressed an ISIL sniper position.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Baghdadi, one strike cratered four ISIL-used roads.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed two ISIL bed down locations.
-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike cratered two ISIL-used roads.
-- Near Tikrit, one strike destroyed two ISIL bunkers.
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center - [11/12/15]:
Anbar: News agencies:The international alliance has shelled Anbar killing manager of Veterinary Hospital in Anbar and members of his family .........
Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Sha'b area northeast of Baghdad today morning resulted in two deaths and 6 injuries.....
Islamic State militants seize 70% of Syria’s territory — Russian defense minister [TASS - 11/12/15]
The death toll from the three terrorist bombings that rocked Tal Tamr town in Hasaka province on Thursday has risen to 60, including a number of women.
The initial death toll was put at 15, in addition to over 90 injured, before 45 more civilians later succumbed to their wounds, according to a source at Hasaka governorate.
The bombings were carried out by suicide terrorists who used two gasoline tankers and a truck packed with large amounts of explosives.
The attacks took place in three separate areas in Tal Tamr town, which is located 40 km to the west of Hasaka city.
Massive material damage was caused to shops, houses and a health center due to the bombings. [SANA - 11/12/15]
Saudi FM: Syria's Assad must leave or be forced out [Ahram – 10/12/15]
Will the UNHCR help Australia use 12,000 Syrians to whitewash our human rights atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers? ---> Resettlement and other forms of legal admission for Syrian refugees [11/12/15]
The UN Refugee Agency has welcomed news of the arrival in Canada last night of the first group of Syrian refugees under a recently announced humanitarian programme.
The programme will provide a new life in Canada for 25,000 Syrian refugees, the first 163 of whom arrived in Toronto from Lebanon by Royal Canadian Air Force jet on Thursday (December 10).
Canada has acted swiftly to implement this initiative, which was announced in late November. UNHCR is continuing to work with the Canadian authorities in identifying vulnerable Syrians for settlement in Canada.
The refugees' welcome to Canada will be underpinned by its well-recognised community integration programmes. ... [Media Release - 11/12/15]
... From January 2014 to October 2015, Fraser Health referred approximately 500 patients to the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal police force tasked with immigration enforcement.
“When we learned this, we were very shocked,” Cruz said.
“This has to be taken very seriously.”
The issue of CBSA referrals gained widespread attention in 2014 when it was reported that the previous year transit police forwarded 328 incidents to CBSA.
Those calls resulted in 62 investigations and at least one death: in December 2013, Lucia Vega Jiménez committed suicide while in CBSA custody after transit police arrested her for fare evasion.
Since then, the City of Vancouver has worked to designate itself a “sanctuary city”, where undocumented immigrants can access municipal services regardless of their status.
But the rest of the region has not shown the same enthusiasm for such policies. ...
@MSF_Sea [11/12/15]: The miserable #refugee march to the #EU goes on in #Idomeni. Freezing temperatures and the #Balkan road ahead
@AfgRefugees [11/12/15]: Migrants move through a field after crossing from Croatia, in Rigonce, Slovenia,
Greece says new EU border force welcome as Europe begins adopting fascist anti refugee policy [Ekathimerini - 11/12/15]:
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed on Friday proposals to create a European Union coast guard agency to patrol its vast sea borders as pressure built at home for a solution to growing numbers of migrants stranded in the country.
The proposal was initially put forward by France and Germany out of frustration that Greece's inability to stem an influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees across the Aegean sea was threatening the EU's open-border Schengen zone.
Under a European Commission plan, the proposed coast guard could be deployed without a request from the state in question, unlike Frontex, the EU border agency already deployed in Greece, which needs an invitation.
Greece and Italy, also a major entry point for those fleeing Africa and the Middle East, had so far expressed reservations over tougher border controls, citing concerns over issues of national sovereignty.
So Tsipras' comments signaled an important concession to Brussels and Berlin.
"The European coast guard is welcome," he told parliament. But he stressed that the ultimate authority to guard the borders lay with Greece, and reiterated the government's opposition to joint sea patrols with Turkey.
Tsipras's remarks came as pressure was building at home for the government to deal with the thousands of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece by a Balkan policy of only allowing entry to Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis.
A few thousand people mainly from Pakistan, Iran and northern African [as well as Bangladesh] countries who were stuck in no-man's land between Greece and Macedonia were forcibly removed by Greek police this week and sheltered temporarily in Athens.
Scuffles broke on late on Thursday among groups of different nationalities who were staying in squalid conditions in tents at a taekwondo stadium and three people were injured lightly, a police source said.
The decision to shelter the migrants in the abandoned premises of the former Athens airport and at the Olympic sports venue drew the ire of Greek mayors of suburbs south of Athens where those buildings are housed.
In a letter to the country's migration minister, four mayors said what was intended as temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing war zones had turned into a permanent open space not for refugees but what they called "illegal immigrants."
"We categorically oppose this," they wrote.
"We will not allow the former airport to become a warehouse of souls because it does not fulfill any condition of hospitality whatsoever. We will not allow the former airport to be turned into living space economic migrants."
Greece's migration minister, Yannis Mouzalas, said on Thursday that the measure was temporary, and that those at the stadium would be removed by December 17 because of a tournament due to held there.
Asked where they would go, Mouzalas said: "I don't know where the migrants will go, you will find out in due course."
But he defended plans to use such venues as shelter despite less-than-idea conditions, saying "the alternative was for them to sleep in fields."
The head of Berlin's main asylum seeker registration center has been forced to resign over the chaos plaguing the office, which is struggling to process a record number of newcomers.
The resignation by Franz Allert late Wednesday came shortly after the German capital's mayor Michael Mueller made an open call on public broadcaster RBB for "new leadership for Lageso."
Known by its acronym Lageso, Berlin's main registration centre for asylum seekers is migrants' first port of call in the German capital. ... [Naharnet - 10/12/15]
@SantiPalacios [11/12/15]: Migrants from Pakistan react as they disembark after rowing on a dinghy from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos
Lina, Tarek and their young daughters, Laya and Linette, left Syria in the autumn to reach safety in Europe. In September they paid a smuggler $10,000 for what they were told would be a safe boat that would take them across the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece. When the overcrowded wooden boat capsized, they lost eight-year-old Laya. A UNHCR protection officer helped with their recovery, and the family wanted to tell them their story. [VIDEO - Guardian - 11/12/15]
@MSF_Sea [10/12/15]: ... At least 17 #people have died with 20 missing after 2 shipwrecks near #Leros & #Farmakonisi. How many more until #safepassafe?
Guatemala on Wednesday said it needed a pledge from Mexico that it would allow in thousands of Cuban migrants headed to the US before it can let them transit its territory from Costa Rica or Panama.
“Mexico must guarantee in writing that it will receive these Cuban citizens” before Guatemala can grant them passage, Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales told the television network Telemundo. ... [Jamaica Observer - 11/12/15]
Oklahoma ex-policeman guilty of raping women while on duty [Reuters - 10/12/15]:
... In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said Holtzclaw targeted his victims by going after women he came across while on patrol.
He ran background checks and went after those who had outstanding warrants, previous arrests or carried drugs or drug paraphernalia.
They said he did this because he did not think authorities would take the victims' word over his if he had to defend himself against sexual assault allegations. ...
Sophisticated submarine ring secretly and repeatedly filmed female colleagues [USA Today - 10/12/15]
Armed suspect taken into custody at Arkansas State University [Reuters - 10/12/15]:
An armed man crashed a pickup truck on the campus of Arkansas State University on Thursday and was taken into custody by police after a standoff lasting about an hour, school officials and law enforcement said, adding no one was injured.
The university in Jonesboro, about 130 miles northeast of Little Rock, said in a statement the school was placed on lockdown after the suspect crashed the vehicle on campus.
"Man in custody at ASU. Officers in process of securing vehicle now," the Jonesboro Police Department said on its Twitter feed, without providing further details.
The school has kept the lockdown in place as police investigate the scene, it said on its Twitter feed.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette published a photo of a pickup truck with an American flag flying from near the tail, saying it was the suspect's vehicle. The pickup is seen stopped near a walkway and by a paved area with tables and benches.
Other photos on social media showed the man brandishing a shotgun and draping what appeared to be a "Don't Tread on Me" flag on his truck.
The Jonesboro Sun reported police as saying the suspect had two propane tanks in the back of the pickup truck.
Chicago police video shows tasering, dragging of Philip Coleman before death
[Democracy Now - 10/12/15]:
... Chicago has released a three-year-old videotape of officers tasing, beating and dragging an African-American man, Philip Coleman.
Coleman died in police custody, although the city claims it was from an allergic reaction.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said the abuse was unacceptable.
Coleman’s family says it wants the officers involved charged with crimes.
Police have cordoned-off a section of Trigg Beach after an unconscious man was pulled from the water with his hands and feet reportedly bound at midday on Friday.
The man, believed to be in his 50s, was pronounced dead a short time later at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. ... [WA Today - 11/12/15]
Emergent situation declared, Cracow (South West of Rockhampton) [QPS Media - 11/12/1]:
An emergent situation has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act at Cracow this afternoon following the discovery of what is believed to be an illicit drug laboratory.
Around 11.45am police were advised of the discovery made by contractors attending an address at Third Avenue.
The contractors were exposed to fumes and required treatment at the Theodore Medical Centre.
The declaration was made and a 200 metre exclusion zone around the address.
Roads affected include the intersection of Third and Fourth avenues with the Eidsvold Theodore Road.
At this time three houses have been evacuated.
Specialist police are travelling from Brisbane to the scene.
Emergency services are in attendance.
Fumes from suspected drug lab put contractors in hospital, houses evacuated [ABC - 11/12/15]
Suspicious death investigation, Auchenflower [QPS Media - 11/12/15]:
Police will be preparing a report for the Coroner in relation to the deaths of a girl at Auchenflower and a woman at Toowong earlier this week.
Detectives investigating the deaths have conducted extensive inquiries and have received results from post mortem examinations.
The death of the 11-year-old girl is being treated as suspicious whilst the death of the 49-year-old woman is being treated as non-suspicious.
Detectives have not located any evidence to suggest that another person was involved in this matter.
A report will be prepared for the Coroner.
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.
A former Northern Territory police officer has faced court accused of murdering his wife in Queensland six years ago.
Louis James Mahoney, 42, was charged by Queensland Police this week after detectives launched a forensic review into the death of Lainie Coldwell.
Ms Coldwell, 36, was found with severe head injuries under a tree after apparently falling while taking down Christmas lights outside her Charleville home in August 2009.
Mahoney joined the NT police force in 2002 and served as a general duties constable before resigning in 2007.
"Mahoney was not subject to any criminal investigations while he was in the Northern Territory Police Force," Northern Territory Commander Michael Murphy said.
Mahoney, who is also facing fraud-related offences, briefly appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.
His case was transferred to Charleville Magistrates Court, where he is expected to appear via video link on January 18. [Brisbane Times - 11/12/15]
22yo man jailed for bashing partner in act of 'barbarism' at Kowanyama in far north Queensland [ABC - 11/12/15]
Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and daughter Khandalyce laid to rest in Alice Springs [Canberra Times - 11/12/15]
An alleged murder victim could have died weeks before his badly decomposed body was found in far north Queensland bushland, a court has heard.
Austasia Kapteyn, 21, and a co-accused allegedly killed 28-year-old Travis Davis before his body was found at Mona Mona, near Kuranda in November 2013. ... [Yahoo - 11/12/15]
Cy Walsh pleads not guilty to murder of his father, AFL coach Phil Walsh [WA Today - 11/12/15]
Grievous bodily harm charge, Woodridge [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
Wounding charge, Boulia (Mount Isa) [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
A Cairns woman has allegedly attacked a man she knows with a machete.
Police say the woman, 23, wounded the 40-year-old's arm during a dispute in late July.
She's due to face Cairns Magistrates Court on one count of intent to do grievous bodily harm on Friday. [Yahoo - 11/12/15]
Disturbance and serious assault, Manoora [QPS Media - 9/12/15]
A man who has been in a standoff with police for more than 2 hours has finally surrendered.
Officers wearing bullet proof vests surrounded themselves around the vehicle in Camo Street, Southport just before 2.00pm.
The man, who was armed with multiple knives, has been taken into custody. ... [MYGC - 11/12/15]
Charges: Armed person, Deeragun [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
Armed robbery, Beenleigh [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
Armed Robbery, Cairns [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
A former Brisbane locksmith shop owner who was among the first to be arrested under Queensland's controversial anti-bikie laws could be out of prison within months.
Former Hells Angel member Nuno Da Silva was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment on Friday for running an ice trafficking business from a Brisbane locksmith shop with his twin brother Bruno.
However, the 38-year-old was told he will be eligible for parole after having served two years and four months.
This means he can seek early release from February 22 next year given time already spent in custody.
But Bruno was given a harsher sentence of nine years - with parole possible from late 2017 - for his role as the head of the operation. T
he brothers were arrested in October 2013, shortly after the former Newman government brought in its hardline anti-bikie laws. ... [Brisbane Times - 11/12/15]
Robbery, Mitchelton [QPS Media - 10/12/15]
Firearm incident, Emerald [QPS Media - 10/12/15]
Cardinal George Pell 'too ill' to travel from Rome to Melbourne for Child Abuse Royal Commission [The Age - 11/12/15]
Child Abuse Royal Commission: Current Bishop of Brisbane Brian Finnigan 'ignored' complaints about paedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale [ABC - 11/12/15]
Marist ignored allegations that a now notorious paedophile teacher was sexually abusing students, instead shuffling him between schools, in one case even promoting him to principal, and failing to refer complaints to police, the royal commission has found.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its formal findings on the cases of Brother John Chute, also known as Brother Kostka, and another Marist brother, Gregory Sutton, on Friday.
The pair abused students for decades at a string of schools across Australia, including many at Marist College Canberra. ... [Canberra Times - 11/12/15]
A man has been charged with possessing child abuse material after a search was carried out at a home at Murwillumbah.
About 10am yesterday Tuesday 8 December, officers from Tweed Heads Detectives attended a home on Kyogle Road, Bray Park (near Murwillumbah), where they executed a search warrant.
Officers seized computers and storage devices from the home.
Also seized was a number of firearms; including a pump-action shot-gun, four rifles, two shortened .22 rifles, and ammunition. Investigations are continuing into the ownership of the firearms.
The 26-year-old man has been granted strict conditional bail, to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 25 January 2016. [MYGC - 9/12/1]
This is not democracy ---> State and territory leaders have agreed to develop laws which would allow the indefinite detention of terrorists who pose an ongoing threat.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed support for the ongoing imprisonment of terrorists after meeting with premiers and chief ministers in Sydney today. ... [ABC - 11/12/15]
15-year-old thought crime suspect denied bail [Sydney Morning Herald - 11/12/15]:
... The boy's phone allegedly contained pictures of a beheading and IS propaganda.
Senior Sergeant Wells said text messages referring to "bananas" were actually referring to guns.
"I'm going to get to paradise through banana," the boy allegedly said to a man now in prison facing the same terrorism conspiracy charge.
His fingerprints were also allegedly found on plans seized in the December raids. ...
Bar Assocation of Queensland responds to Dutton and Courier-Mail comments on Baden-Clay judgment [Media Release - 11/12/15]:
When Judges of the Supreme Court of Queensland are sworn in they undertake to dispense justice according to law with neither fear nor favour.
At times this can be a difficult task which requires considerable personal fortitude, particularly as the law requires that justice be provided to all, even those whose actions may be deplorable.
Lest there be any doubt, the Bar Association of Queensland abhors all forms of domestic violence.
Recent criticisms of the judicial system and, by inference, Justices of the Court of Appeal, by the Courier Mail and even an Acting Minister of the Commonwealth Crown, are deeply regrettable and do nothing but harm public respect for the judiciary and its crucial role in our democratic society.
They have been insulting to those persons who accept, and carry out, the oaths of their office and who are not in a position to enter into public debate.
The President of the Bar Association of Queensland respectfully requests that the Acting Minister Peter Dutton withdraw his comments, made on 10 December 2015, that “the law’s an ass and sorry to say that is the reality”.
The comments were in response to the Judgment of the Queensland Court of Appeal delivered on 8 December 2015 substituting a conviction of manslaughter for that of murder in the case of Gerard Baden-Clay.
The President also requests that the editorial staff of the Courier Mail consider the importance of the judges of Queensland and the difficult tasks they undertake, before commenting, and only in an informed manner, about decisions of the Courts.
The judiciary of Queensland maintains the confidence and support of the Bar Association of Queensland as it carries out its difficult, and sometimes unpopular, responsibilities in accordance with the oath of judicial office.
Christopher Hughes QC
Alleged Queensland police stalker gets bailed [Yahoo - 11/12/15]:
A man says he was engaging in "tit for tat" when he allegedly posted pictures of Queensland police officers on Facebook and asked for help finding their addresses.
Romley Stewart Stover is facing four counts of stalking and two counts of unlawfully possessing a weapon, after guns, computers and recording devices were found at his Cairns home.
The Cairns Magistrate Court on Friday heard there were concerns Facebook posts including names and badge numbers of the officers could incite vilification or violence towards the police.
But the 59-year-old man, who repeatedly said he should be referred to as Romley Stewart only, told the court police had stolen his cars and harassed his family. "I've never claimed to be a sovereign citizen or a freedom fighter," he said referring to media reports linking him to an anti-government ideology.
"My family's been under great duress by the Queensland police and every time that happens I put up the (Facebook) posts." On his Facebook page, Stover refers to police as "goons" and says they are no better than "Nazi criminals".
He told the court the guns found at his house, including an alleged semi-automatic, should not be considered weapons because they hadn't been fired in "30 to 40" years.
"They're weapons, let's not play games" Magistrate Kerry Magee said.
The prosecution alleges Stover does not acknowledge Queensland law or the authority of police and hid under his house when officers came to his house.
They argued he was an unacceptable risk of not appearing if given bail.
Magistrate Magee said she was "very concerned" by the posts but granted him bail on the condition that he delete his Facebook page, not use social media and avoid contact with the officers involved.
He must also reside at his Aeroglen address and not publish any pictures or comments about serving police officers.
The matter is due to be mentioned again on January 13.
A Victorian union official has been cleared of allegations he attacked a 66-year-old man when tensions boiled over at a far-right rally in South Brisbane.
Police had alleged that Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) official Joseph Myles kicked and punched the older man at a Woolloongabba hotel on May 2, 2014.
Unionists had earlier staged a counter-protest against the small far-right rally in South Brisbane organised in support of Greek political party Golden Dawn. ... [Yahoo - 11/12/15]
Townsville house vandalised by empowered bigots [ABC - 11/12/15]:
Townsville detectives say someone in the local community knows who carried out an act of racist vandalism on an Annandale home last week.
The home was broken into, set on fire, and spray-painted with anti-Islamic messages.
The owners believe their home was targeted as it has Arabic script above the front door.
The script is a traditional Pakistani greeting of peace, which was added by the former owners of the house.
With no knowledge whatsoever they've drawn conclusions that we are somehow related to ISIS. Further to that, they've concluded that they are somehow justified to threaten us with death.
Shani Boag In a Facebook post, the home's current owner Shani Boag said the damage bill ran to $50,000, but worse than that was the loss of trust.
"With no knowledge whatsoever they've drawn conclusions that we are somehow related to ISIS," she said.
"Further to that, they've concluded that they are somehow justified to threaten us with death. "Why? Because they have recognised Middle Eastern writing over our front door. "The irony? The text is simply wishing the reader a peaceful welcome," Ms Boag wrote.
Ms Boag said her mother bought the home from the Pakistani family who built the house.
She said her family saw the traditional Pakistani greeting as a symbol of tolerance and a reflection of the history of the house.
"How socially inadequate must you be to deface and set fire to any home, let alone one wishing you peace ... at Christmas," she wrote.
... Townsville has several large public assets as a result of its relative position and population. These include ... the large Army base at Lavarack Barracks and RAAF Base Townsville.
... one regional daily newspaper and one community weekly newspaper (both owned by News Ltd). ...
A young New Zealand Muslim who believes she was profiled as a “jihadi bride” says comments by the SIS and the Prime Minister about women travelling to Iraq and Syria are scaremongering. ... [The Wireless - 11/12/15]
Most brumbies removed from Clement State Forest near Townsville after second aerial cull [ABC - 10/12/15]
Three men charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Ipswich [QPS Media - 11/12/15]
A second man has been charged following an incident [a dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit and shooting] that occurred at Harlaxton yesterday.
A 38-year-old Zillmere man has been charged overnight with two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary and one count each of enter dwelling with intent, armed robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle with intent to commit an indictable offence.
He is due to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.
A 24-year-old Brighton man was charged earlier with one count each of burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, dangerous driving, attempted armed robbery, assault, unlicensed driving, assault police and trespassing.
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. [QPS Media - 10/12/15]
Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the State Drug Investigation Unit, State Crime Command executed a search warrant this morning on a Mudgeeraba residence resulting in a man being charged with numerous drugs and weapons offences.
The house in Berrigans Road was raided following ongoing investigations into criminal activity by members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG).
The search allegedly resulted in the location of a Methylampethamine (ICE) laboratory, a quantity of ICE and steroids, other drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun allegedly created by a 3D printer. It will be further alleged a search of bushland on the property located a number of camouflaged and concealed storage areas containing dangerous drugs.
The property was also found to have a sophisticated CCTV surveillance network.
A 31-year-old Mudgeeraba man, a member of the Lone Wolves OMCG, has been charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count each of unlawful possession of weapons, disobedience of a lawful order, keeping a loaded firearm, possession of drug utensils, authority required to possess explosives (ammunition). ... [QPS Media - 10/12/15]
Detectives from State Crime Command’s Taskforce Maxima have charged three people following the execution of a search warrant at a Paradise Island address this morning as part of the ongoing investigations into the criminal offences by members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMCG). ... [QPS Media - 9/12/15]
Motorcyclist injured after colliding with car in Burleigh [MYGC - 11/12/15]
A teenage boy has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition after crashing his skateboard on the Gold Coast this morning.
Emergency services rushed to Kinabalu Drive at Tamborine Mountain just before 11.30am.
A 14-year-old boy suffered head, chest and facial injuries after falling from his skateboard.
He has been transported to Gold Coast University Hospital. ... [MYGC - 9/12/15]
Privatise the profits, socialise the losses as the neoliberal NDIS scam rolls on [Yahoo - 11/12/15]:
... The first areas to transition to the NDIS scheme will be the Barossa, Light and Lower North regions north of Adelaide, as well as Port Adelaide, Playford and Salisbury.
"For some of our most vulnerable people, this will mean they have the support they deserve to live fulfilling lives," Disabilities Minister Tony Piccolo said on Friday.
Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent said while she was relieved to see the agreement finalised, a prolonged squabble between state and federal governments over numbers and costs had left some families out of pocket.
"There have been errors in the estimation of the number of South Australian children eligible under the scheme and this had led to the funding shortfall and the delay," she said.
"The human face of this is children stuck in limbo between the old Disability SA state funding system and the new NDIS and this has left families baffled, confused and in some cases out of pocket."
Federal Court overturns serious health safety risks against Carinity Aged Care [ABC - 10/12/15]
Water Minister Mia Davies has confirmed 49 Water Corporation employees were made redundant as a result of the sale of its engineering and construction division, but is refusing to reveal the full cost of the sale until next year.
The Water Corporation sold the division to RCR Tomlinson in
August in a deal that saw the ASX-listed engineering company pay $10.4 million
and get a guarantee of future work worth $130 million. ... [West
Australian - 10/12/15]
Fascism 101: Ignore the human rights atrocitiy and pretend the government doesn't lie [ABC - 11/12/15]:
Community leaders in Manus Island say the Australian government tried to renege on a promise to fix the island's main road.
The pledge to reseal the road was made when the Papua New Guinea government agreed to allow Australia to reopen the island's asylum seeker detention centre.
Locals say Australian officials recently told them cost blow-outs meant only part of the road would be resealed.
But after inquiries by the ABC the Australian government has changed its mind, again.
Australia is torturing nearly 1,000 refugees in Manus Island death camp. PNG Deputy Chief Migration Officer pretends we're not [PNG Loop - 11/12/15]:
Fifty two refugees have agreed to settle in Papua New Guinea and are now looking for employment while 178 have yet to decide what they want. ...
West Papuans to be given PNG citizenship [The National - 11/12/15]:
Processes are underway to grant citizenship to West Papuan refugees, the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority says.
Deputy Chief Migration Officer and director of refugees Esther Gaegaming said about 3000 West Papuan refugees at the East Awin refugee camp in Iowara, Kuinga in North Fly, Western, had been registered.
“Our division has commenced a registration and naturalisation project to West Papuan refugees across the country,” she said.
“My team has registered about 3000 West Papuan refugees. Most of them are qualified for citizenship and we will be going through the processes with them.
“The Government has made a decision to offer them citizenship. But we will have to verify their details and process their applications.”
Gaegaming said refugees were the most vulnerable people in the world who needed help.
The West Papuan refugees have been living in PNG for more than 15 years.
“There is the greatest humanitarian crisis of all time (displacement of refugees) happening across the world,” she said.
“Millions of people flee their homes because of war, persecution, seeking protection. Some of the most vulnerable people in the world that we talk about today are the refugees.
“We have had the West Papuans for the last 15 years or so since the 1960 and we are familiar with their situations.
“They have been with us for so long and we often take it for granted that they are fine and okay. But every person in this world is entitled to a home and some legal rights that are attached to citizens.”
The Government has also lifted the K10,000 naturalisation fee for the refugees.
Two brothers from the Dimbapugl area of Chimbu Province have been arrested and charged for the Wil murder of a 37-year-old woman.
Provincial Police Commander Albert Beli says Konie 37 and Min Paul 32, went into hiding on September 4th after they stoned a woman to death suspected of practicing sorcery.
He says police investigations revealed that the brothers suspected their father and sister were killed as a result of sorcery.
“They were watching her and finally they went to her house where they accused her and eventually killed her by bashing her and stoning her,” Beli said.
The men were arrested last week after police conducted a raid in Dimbapugl.
Beli says he is concerned at the number of crimes committed as a result of people believing in sorcery.
He says in the New Year, police will commence an awareness exercise to help people understand that sorcery is a belief that cannot be proven. [PNG Loop - 11/12/15]
And will this US backed "anti sorcery violence" awareness excercise hold fundamentalist christian perpetrators to account, or will it further marginalise traditional culture? ----> ... The United States has come out clearly against sorcery related violence. ... [PNG Loop - 29/10/15]
A two-page paid advertisement in print media on Repentance, or National Day of Prayer this Wednesday, August 26 has come under scrutiny by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches.
The advert stated that during repentance day, an offering called the Aliyah will be collected and given officially to the Jewish people by the government of Papua New Guinea.
It also quotes bible verses showing support for idols, and why they should be brought forward to be burnt.
The Aliyah offering as defined in the advert is the return of Jews to Israel from whatever nation around the world they have been scattered. ... [EMTV - 24/8/15]
US secretary of State sought urgent meeting with Tuvalu PM [RNZI – 11/12/15]:
The United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, sought an urgent meeting with Tuvalu's Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga, on the eve of the conclusion of negotiations for a new global agreement on climate change.
No details have been released about the outcome of that meeting, but aides to Pacific ministers who are leading negotiations say pressure from bigger and wealthier countries have been "enormous.''
But they say Pacific ministers have not given up and are digging in on their red line positions.
Islands Business Magazine says Pacific leaders have been fighting tooth and nail for the inclusion of the below 1.5 degrees target, and loss and damage mechanism in the Paris Agreement.
Island countries are also objecting to the call by some countries for the re-definition of the special circumstances of the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States.
... Keep in mind that, much sooner than later, great avenues will again be opened, through which will pass the free man, to construct a better society. ...
Last Words by Salvador Allende - Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973
The Battle of Chile: Part 1, The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie 
The Battle of Chile
As the Australian media continue giving Nick Folkes a megaphone, we await a response from politicians and human rights groups to the letter from Manus refugees.
Their ongoing silence demonstrates their approval of the policies and "deterrence" lies which have created such desperation ---> Merry Christmas Malcolm Turnbull from all of us here on Manus Island [Guardian - 7/12/15]
... To us who remain imprisoned here we know that it is almost impossible for our voices to be heard. It seems that it is only when a refugee dies, like Reza Berati and Fazel Chegeni, that the voices of the oppressed are (momentarily) heard.
Behrouz Boochani, a Kurdish journalist and an honorary member of PEN International, writes from Manus Island, where he has been interned for 29 months [AIM - 10/12/15]:
... During the big non-violent hunger strike in January 2015, ERT guards rushed and attacked the camps without reason taking dozens of hungry refugees to the island’s CIS prison. They forced refugees onto the ground, turning hands and manacles tightly. Many of us carry the physical pain and effects of those hand cuffs. Many of us still speak of the violence enacted upon us en route from the camp to prison. Many still talk about an Iranian man who was slapped in the face by ERT guards in the bus. We could see no reason as to why he should be hit, especially as his hands were fastened by handcuffs. We could see, however, that he was hit in an attempt to humiliate him in front of others as the ERT believed that he had directed the hunger strike.
After 10 days of being held in the small CIS prison we were transferred to the bigger Charlie prison, part of Australia’s Regional Processing Centre on Manus Island.
It was with exultation and pride that these guards punished us there.
One of the duties of the ERT is to enter the camps all of a sudden with cameras attached to their bellies and push their way into our rooms to search our belongings. They search everywhere, inspect everything closely. If someone objects he is cruelly carried to Chauka. Sometimes they search our bodies in addition to our baggage.
One day they tried to strip one of the Iranian refugees of his clothes but when facing the other refugee’s objections they turned back.
Once they forced ‘A’, an Iranian man, onto the ground in front of our eyes and then took him behind a wall to hit him. The ERT despised ‘A’. Although he complained to company managers about this violence he received no response or reply. When our human rights are broken by this force on this island where there is no legal counsel, attorney or lawyer, the only option is to complain to the company managers. We know there will be no reply, investigation or resolution.
Between Foxtrot and Mike compounds in Manus Camp there is a place called the Green zone. It is a remote place familiar to the ERT.
Green Zone has two rooms surrounded by fences. It is a place where refugees who have objected to their bad situations are forcibly imprisoned by ERT. Prior to the Green Zone there was Chauka. Chauka was 300 metres outside of the original camp in a ruined place. Chauka was as terrible as the Green Zone now is. Many men have been humiliated and beaten there far from the world’s eyes.
Chauka was closed as a result of pressure by human rights’ organisations but Green zone is still active.
When I was in the Foxtrot camp, groans and cries of miserable, homeless human beings broke the dark silence of the island. Once I climbed up a big tree to attempt to see why the people were crying. Looking down I saw a very distressing scene. A thin boy who suffers from psychological problems had fallen into the ooze and slime near the fence. I could not tell if he was conscious. His beaten face was clear under the weak lamp light. He lay like a foetus in the uterus. His clothes were ragged and scruffy. Four ERT guards were sitting on chairs just beyond where he lay watching his bloody body. One of them caressed the prisoner’s body with a thin piece of wood in his hands.
Pleas from #ManusProtest ...
Image: @rranwa [16/1/15]
Guardian [VIDEO - 23/1/15]:
... Video footage obtained by Guardian Australia shows dozens of asylum seekers and refugees held in a single, windowless prison cell.
There is no furniture in the cell. Almost all the men lie close together and motionless in tight lines on the floor.
A man speaking on the video – whose voice has been altered to avoid identification – alleged the men were beaten by security guards employed by Wilson and by police while in custody.
“They have beaten everyone in this camp. We are totalling 58 people, they beat the shit out of all of us,” he said.
The video shows marks on some of the men’s bodies.
It ends abruptly when a noise is heard, apparently outside the cell.
Save Mohammad Albederee [10/12/15]:
Mohammad is in hospital in Pt Moresby. He was told on Tuesday he would not be allowed to travel back to Manus Island detention centre yesterday as promised so he is again refusing fluid and medical treatment.
He is scared and very tired and wants to be with friends.
He is in great pain and wants this to end.
He has infection in his stomach and liver and cannot eat or drink. His mental health is shattered. This situation has become impossible for him.
Only decisive action by the government to medically evacuate him to stronger medical and emotional/psychological supports will give him any chance of survival.
Please ring Prime Minister Turnbulls office right now and say you want them to help Mohammad Albederee immediately or at least allow him a phone.. Time is running out.
(02) 6277 7700
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... We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.
We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.
But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative. ... Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]
Since "Labor 4 Refugees" began trying to control the Australian refugee justice movement , policies and treatment have plummeted.
Anyone who is serious about refugee rights cannot be associated in any way whatsoever with the ALP - or any of its subgroupings - such as the oxymoronically named "Labor 4 Refugees".
... Speakers include: Lee Rhiannon, NSW Greens Senator; Iraqi refugee; Michael Thompson, NTEU and Unions for Refugees; Jenny Haines, Labor for Refugees; Refugee Action Coalition Hundreds of TPV and bridging visa holders to protest for right to work and permanent visas [11/12/15]
If you believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and that the ALP will drop its inhumane refugee policy, read this [Safecom.org]:
The struggle for Labor from and as a result of the 2001 Federal Election in Australia gave rise to the formation of the lobby and action group "Labor for Refugees" around Australia.
… Meanwhile I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that Labor for Refugees is balking at putting the motion on turnbacks this afternoon.
Labor for Refugees actually set this whole torturous debate in motion by making it known some time back that this issue would be pursued at the national conference.
Given the factional balance at this conference, it was entirely possible that a motion prohibiting turnbacks could succeed. There was support on the left, and from elements of the right.
Bizarre, this semi retreat at the eleventh hour.
No sooner had the Giles/Watt motion been agreed to then Labor for Refugees (brackets, question mark) has raised objections to the motion being put at all – according to party sources.
As they say in the classics, go figure.
New Matilda lays bare Labor for Refugees' shallow cynicism [New Matilda - 24/7/15]:
... Speaking to New Matilda today, Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees Shane Prince, refused to confirm whether the group would even move a motion calling on the party to take an anti-turn back stand.
Instead, Prince argued that as turn backs were a breach of international law the party platform was in fact already opposed to them. The draft platform prepared for the conference says Labor will treat asylum seekers in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.
“Something we have to weigh up is whether we have to move such a motion to make something abundantly clear which we say is already abundantly clear,” Prince said.
“We’re not in the business of moving motions just for the sake of doing it. What we do not want to do, for obvious reasons, is to move a motion that then fails.
“Because that will confuse the party, it will lead to internal divisions on an ongoing basis, and it will be used as an argument to say that the platform allows turn backs and we say it doesn’t. We don’t want division within the party.” ...
The ALP are committed to pushing away refugee boats and/or confining refugees to offshore concentration camps
Image: Free the Children NAURU [20/11/15]
Richard Marles reasserts the ALP's support for refoulement, refugee concentration camps, disappearance and exile [House of Representatives Hansard - 2/12/15]:
... So, when history looks to lay the blame for what occurred in the past, it will not be nearly as simple as the minister's description just now. Equally, when history looks to ascribe credit to how we have brought an end to the journey from Java to Christmas Island, it will remember that the regional resettlement arrangement, which was put in place by the then Labor government and resulted in 90 per cent of the vessels from Java to Christmas Island stopping before the current government was ever sworn into office. Yes, there is no doubt that turning around the remaining 10 per cent of those vessels has been a critical step taken by this government, but this government has enjoyed an opposition which has supported it in its endeavours to bring an end to that journey between Java and Christmas Island—an enjoyment that was not shared by the former Labor government in respect of the former coalition opposition. ...
Mr Tim WATTS (Gellibrand) (19:40) [House of Representatives Hansard - 25/11/15]:
... We also committed to practical, compassionate measures that will work in the short term—continuing the combination of offshore processing and regional resettlement together with the policy of turning back boats that has stopped the flow of vessels arriving on our shores. ...
Melissa Parke, Sue Lines, Anna Burke etc want you to vote ALP [ABC - AM -16/9/14]:
... CHRIS UHLMANN: Now some of the same people in the left are concerned about your border protection policies. Is there any likelihood you'll abandon your commitment to offshore processing?
BILL SHORTEN: No.
CHRIS UHLMANN: That's a firm rolled gold commitment; you're not going to abandon it?
BILL SHORTEN: No.
CHRIS UHLMANN: Will it be changed in any way?
BILL SHORTEN: No, we support regional resettlement. And we support the offshore processing.
The "I AM A BOAT PERSON" campaign is supported by turnback supporting "WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA"
All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:
... Welcome to Australia director Brad Chilcott has publicly supported a policy of turn-backs in breach of the principle of non-refoulement.
In advance of the ALP conference, which he attended as a delegate for the increasingly inappropriately named left faction of the party, Chilcott called for the ALP to ‘neutralise’ a divisive debate by ‘closing the ocean route to Australia’.
This, from the leader of an organisation that takes its motto from the national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas.’
Writing in The Australian, Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds makes a more reluctant argument for the same conclusion: that organisations supporting refugees should embrace the opportunity for bipartisan consensus by abandoning active support for the principle of non-refoulement:
Although we may not like turnbacks, it is clear the policy is here to stay. Now we and other advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers must look beyond this aspect of the policy and concentrate our efforts on implementing a genuine regional framework, which we have long called for.
As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.
But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.
They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’ ...
How Australia stops asylum seekers from accessing protection and is trashing the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
For the past two weeks, people seeking safety in the US who ICE has kept detained for up to two years have refused meals as part of the #freedomgiving hunger strike in seven different detention centers.
Started by 110 detainees and expanded to 150, 39 are continuing the strike at Krome, South Texas, and Aurora facilities at last count.
In multiple facilities, detainees report ICE resorting to torture tactics including sleep deprivation, solitary confinement, and forced catheterization in response to their refusal to eat.
Earlier this week, supporters obtained court documents where an Alabama judge authorized force feeding of detainees whose health was deteriorating at the Etowah center prompting them, seven of whom who had already been transferred to the medical unit, to end their strike.
Today, Gov. O’Malley will hold a press conference at Sheriff Arpaio’s jail with Puente in Phoenix, Arizona to call for an end to detention and express his support for the strike. Meanwhile, supporters in DC rallied at ICE headquarters with signs saying “Free them Now” and “Clinton: Do You Stand With Us?” ... [#NOT1MORE - 10/12/15]
@AndyFernandez [10/12/15]: "Enough. Stop torturing asylum seekers" Salvador @ndlon @UNITEDWEDREAM #HumanRightsDay #freedomgiving
EU Commission action against Hungary step towards restoring rights of refugees [Amnesty International -10/12/15]:
The opening of the infringement procedure by the European Commission against Hungary in relation to its asylum law that entered into force in August and September this year is an important step towards ensuring Hungary’s compliance with European Union (EU) law, and restoring the rights of asylum seekers to fair and effective asylum determination proceedings.
“The Commission’s announcement to initiate infringement proceedings against Hungary in relation to its recent asylum law reforms is a welcome check on Hungary’s attempts to transform itself into a refugee protection free zone. By opening the proceeding against Hungary, the Commission is sending a strong message to countries tempted to backtrack on their human rights commitments in the context of the refugee crisis,” said Iverna McGowan, Acting Director for Amnesty International’s European Institutions office.
“Hungary should take heed and act now to restore the rights of asylum-seekers to access its territory and fair asylum determination proceedings.”
For further information on Hungary’s amendments and Amnesty International recommendations, please see Fenced Out, Hungary’s Violations of the Rights of Refugees and Migrants.
Hungary; Fenced Out: Hungary's violations of the rights of refugees and migrants [Amnesty - 7/10/15]
... Dr Ng also urged members of the US Congress to pass the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying that he “shudders to think” what will happen to US standing in the Asia-Pacific if it fails to secure approval on Capitol Hill. He said that despite its economic nature, the trade deal also has vital security ramifications.
From Washington, Dr Ng will leave for Arizona where Singapore’s armed forces are training alongside their American counterparts in Exercise Forging Saber. ... US presence in Asia-Pacific is essential for regional stability: Singapore Defence Minister [Channel News Asia – 10/12/15]
11 December 2015