Fatal traffic crash, Wavell Heights




QPS Media [11/7/15]:



Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash which occurred yesterday evening at Wavell Heights.

Initial information suggests at around 6pm a vehicle travelling north on Newman Road struck a pedestrian.

An 85-year-old woman from Virginia suffered serious head injuries and was transported to the Royal Brisbane Hospital where she passed away this afternoon.

The 35-year-old female driver was not physically injured in the crash.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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.



Fatal traffic crash, Ningi


QPS Media [11/7/15]:

A 66-year-old New Moonta woman has died in a two vehicle traffic crash in Ningi earlier today.

Initial information suggests at around 11am, two sedans collided at the intersection of Peel and Bribie Island Roads.

A 66-year-old woman, who was a passenger in a sedan which was carrying four people, was transported to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

The other occupants of the vehicles were taken to Caboolture Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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.



Serious traffic crash, Loganholme

QPS Media [10/7/15]:

Police are investigating after four adults and two children were injured in a serious traffic crash at Loganholme this evening.

Initial information indicates that at around 5.30pm four vehicles collided during peak hour traffic congestion as they travelled northbound on the Pacific Motorway.

Two woman, aged 47 and 51 suffered serious injuries and were transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Two girls, aged 8 and 10 also suffered serious head and facial injuries and were transported to the Lady Cilento Hospital.

A 22-year-old man and 23-year-old woman also suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.

Three northbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway were closed for several hours, causing major traffic delays.

The Motorway was re-opened shortly after 9.40pm.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the incident.

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 car has ploughed into the lounge room of a house at Kilburn, in Adelaide's north, after the driver lost control during a u-turn, police say. ... [ABC - 10/7/15]






Cootes Transport vehicles have been given the all-clear by NSW police and Roads and Maritime services following the latest incident involving one of their tankers.

A joint taskforce was set up to rigorously inspect 16 heavy vehicles, after a fuel tanker was in a collision last Thursday morning that shut down a major western Sydney road.  ... [Nine MSN - 11/7/15]








Woman's body found in Sydney's north [Nine MSN - 11/7/15]






A taxi driver was bashed unconscious on Friday night. He's being treated in hospital for serious face and abdomen injuries and a suspected spinal injury. ... [WA Today - 11/7/15]







Unlawful wounding incident, Beenleigh [QPS Media – 11/7/15]






Serious assault, Mooloolaba [QPS Media - 11/7/15]


Serious assault, Wynnum [QPS Media – 11/7/15]




Serious assault police charges, Pialba [QPS Media – 11/7/15]






Serious assault police, Fortitude Valley [QPS Media - 11/7/15]




Assault police charges, North Quay [QPS Media – 10/7/15]






Police search for north Queensland fuel thieves




Yahoo [11/7/15]:

Thieves have stolen 1500 litres of diesel from three cattle trucks at a far north Queensland property.

The culprits siphoned the fuel at a property at Evelyn, southwest of Cairns, some time between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, police said.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses who may have seen vehicles towing a fuel trailer, fuel tank or a large number of drums.



Beef giant Australian Country Choice (ACC) buys controlling interest in Queensland's Acton Land and Cattle Company [ABC - 11/7/15]









Attempted armed robberies, Pormpuraaw [QPS Media - 11/7/15]






Fresh evidence has led to a man being committed to stand trial over the 2001 death of a Gold Coast bikie associate.

A Brisbane magistrate committed Shane Anthony Eric Hansen to trial on Friday charged with murdering 31-year-old Finks associate Darren Britza at Southport in 2001. ... [Yahoo - 10/7/15]







A prisoner has dramatically been taken from court to hospital after he was allegedly slipped drugs by a woman in the courtroom.

Joshua Russell Best, 24, was taken by ambulance from the Queen Elizabeth II law courts to the Princess Alexandra Hospital about noon as a precaution following his hearing in the District Court. ... [Yahoo - 10/7/15]




Police have used a stun gun to subdue a bandit during a botched robbery at a Gold Coast cafe.

Officers out on patrol at Paradise Point spotted two men trying to break into the cafe early on Friday morning.

Police used a taser gun while arresting one of the offenders, who allegedly had a bag of cash and implements used in the break and enter. The second man remains on the run. [Yahoo - 10/7/15]



Cairns Airport cleared after man doused himself with petrol [ABC – 10/7/15]







Emails leaked by attackers who infiltrated the systems of spyware provider Hacking Team this week reveal the Australian Federal Police was not the only local agency interested in the firm's suite of surveillance tools.

Analysis of the leaked emails by iTnews reveals a number of agencies - including ASIO, IBAC and two local police forces - were also interested in the company's spyware. ... [IT News - 10/7/15]








A 16-year-old girl has been charged with two terror offences in northern England in a case linked to a 15-year-old boy accused of inciting a man to commit a terror attack at an ANZAC event in Melbourne. ... [West Australian - 10/7/15]







Boy, 10, ‘attempted an armed robbery’ [West Australian – 10/7/15]





Thousands evacuated as super typhoon bears down on Shanghai

Channel News Asia [11/7/15]:


Super typhoon Chan-hom barrelled towards Shanghai on Saturday prompting the evacuation of more than 865,000 people in eastern China, after lashing Japan's Okinawa island chain and Taiwan.

The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to strike Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai, since 1949, China's National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.

The storm left five people dead in the Philippines earlier in the week and injured more than 20 people in Japan on Friday as strong winds uprooted trees and battered buildings, the Tokyo Broadcasting System broadcaster reported. Four people were also injured by falling trees in Taiwan when the storm buffeted the island on Friday.

Early Saturday morning the storm was 235 kilometres (146 miles) southwest of Zhenjiang province and continued to gain pace as it travelled towards land, the NMC said.

Super typhoon Chan-hom's expected path would see it pass just to the east of the financial metropolis Shanghai, after it makes landfall to the south of the city bringing with it winds of up to 210 kilometres (130 miles) per hour.

In addition to the large-scale evacuations, nearly 30,000 fishing vessels have returned to harbour in Zhenjiang after waves reached up to 10 metres high off the coast, the provincial weather centre said, according to the state news agency Xinhua. Several cities in the province were already reporting heavy rain and strong gales, the weather centre added, and Shanghai issued a typhoon alert Friday, Xinhua reported.

"The upcoming typhoon seems very powerful. We have sealed all our windows and doors and have stored food," said Liu Yimin, a villager in coastal Huagang village, according to Xinhua. People in coastal fishing farms in Fujian province to the south of Zhenjiang were also asked to evacuate Friday morning when the NMC first issued a red alert - the highest level - for the super typhoon.

The typhoon is the second storm to hit China in two days after severe tropical storm Linfa made landfall on the coast of southern Guangdong province.

Hot on the heels of Chan-hom, Typhoon Nangka was swelling over the Pacific Ocean Saturday and is expected to travel northwest towards Japan's Ryukyu Islands in the coming days. The Japan Meteorological Agency described the intensity of the storm as "very strong".





China evacuates nearly a million as typhoon hits [Al Jazeera - 11/7/15]





Santos is close to finalising a deal with energy giant ExxonMobil Corporation to acquire a stake in the P’nyang gas field in Papua New Guinea, as the joint venture partners eye a lucrative expansion of the US$19 billion (K51.3 billion) PNG LNG venture. ... [The National - 10/7/15]




Authorities forced to euthanise baby whale beached on South Stradbroke Island

Nine MSN [10/7/15]:

Authorities will euthanise a baby whale beached on South Stradbroke Island, despite repeated attempts to get it back out to sea.

The newborn humpback became stranded on the beach today, prompting dozens of locals to run to its aid.

Two whales, including the calf's mother, could be seen hanging around just off the beach.

Marine experts from Sea World were called in and made several attempts to return to calf to deeper water.

But a spokesman said they were forced to make the tough decision this evening.

"Given the condition of the calf, a decision has been made in conjunction with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services that the most humane action is to euthanise the calf," he said.

"Sea World staff are saddened by this outcome and would like to thank the public who attended the rescue efforts for their support."

A veterinarian inspected the calf and determined it was a "dependent calf which was in a poor condition".


'DESPOTISM': the tyrannical misuse of 'power'.....when a 70 year old man is arrested for allegedly blowing a whistle to stop slaughter, one wonders at how far those in power will go to achieve their agendas?



An activist who allegedly blew a whistle near the site of the kangaroo cull has been charged with hindering the leader of the annual shooting operation.

Police have alleged that protester Christiaan Klootwijk, 70, repeatedly blew his whistle to frighten off animals and disrupt the cull at Wanniassa Hills Nature Reserve in Canberra's south last week.

Klootwijk appeared in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday, represented by lawyer Peter Woodhouse, and entered a not guilty plea.

The case has been set down for hearing early next year.  ... [Canberra Times - 9/7/15]





Glenn Lazarus Team now registered


Senator Lazarus Media Release [10/7/15]:

Senator for Queensland, Glenn Lazarus today announced his new political party ‘Glenn Lazarus Team’ has now been registered with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

The AEC published the newly registered party this morning at 10am on its website.

“I am absolutely delighted,” Senator Glenn Lazarus said this morning.

“Now the Glenn Lazarus Team has been registered, I will start working with my team to grow the party, formulate our policies, consult with the people of Queensland and deliver the comprehensive representation this great state needs and deserves.

“I have already developed key areas of focus including: economic growth and jobs for Queensland, support and assistance for rural and regional Queensland, assisting and supporting farmers, protecting and growing the marine, aviation, agriculture, aquaculture and various other industries, assisting Queenslanders impacted by CSG mining and the drought, the management of water, growing tourism, the advancement of sport, recreation and health, protecting and growing the renewable energy sector – in particular solar energy; and ensuring the people of Queensland are properly represented.

“Further areas of focus will be developed as we grow and consult with the people of Queensland.

“I am in the process of establishing a regional office in Cairns and I look forward to representing all corners of Queensland with the assistance of my newly established team.

“The Glenn Lazarus Team will operate and function as a team and I am looking forward to having everyone involved.





Lock the Gate demands cost-benefit analysis on CSG before Queensland government props up devastating industry [Media Release - 9/7/15]







Indigenous Australia would have the 12th-highest suicide rate globally if it was ranked alongside the world's sovereign states.

With a suicide rate of 20.1 per 100,000, it would fall just behind India (21.1 per 100,000) and ahead of South Sudan (19.8 per 100,000) in the United Nations' global rankings for worst suicide rate, according to a Fairfax Media analysis.

The lowest rate, 0.4, was recorded jointly by Syria and Saudi Arabia. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 10/7/15]







... Meet the new boss

Same as the old boss




'Won't Get Fooled Again', The Who [1971]



Privatise the profits, socialise the losses as precious Royal Children's hospital buildings and grounds sold off [Brisbane Times – 10/7/15]:




... "We were very consistent in talking about our income-generating assets as part of our not-for-sale approach at the election." [Treasurer Curtis Pitt]

He said both sides of politics sold government-owned properties for decades.

"There is nothing new about a government divesting itself of land and investing in other parts of land. That is something that government of all persuasions over many decades (have done)."

Mr Pitt said the previous government's approach was to "parcel it all up".

"I think what you saw under the Newman Government was a saving up and trying to pass it off as much as possible as some form of mass sale, instead of looking at it in a sensible, measured way."

The three proponents will submit their ideas on how much of the site they would dedicate to health facilities, how much to accommodation and retail, Mr Pitt said.

"But we have a very firm view that this must be mixed use; it must have a good public benefit, and it has to be about helping the knowledge-based industries of the future," he said.

"We want to see that this facility has a very high priority as a bio-medical precinct."





Bundaberg domestic violence prevention group pleads for more funding to meet growing demand [ABC - 10/7/15]





Queensland's treasurer has wiped a third off the state's debt of $12 billion by transferring $4 billion to government-owned power companies, in a dramatic manoeuvre to keep Labor's election promise to cut the state's debt.

But Curtis Pitt insists the switch isn't a dodgy accounting trick, saying it's just one part of the Palaszczuk government's overall debt reduction plan.

Mr Pitt said the strategy, backed by independent economists, to transfer $4.1 billion worth of debt onto the "lazy balance sheets" of government-owned corporations Ergon, Energex and Powerlink would save the state $600 million over four years in interest repayments. ... [Yahoo - 10/7/15]







Tsipras wins Parliament's support for proposals but also suffers losses [Ekathimerini.com - 10/7/15]




Varoufakis cites meeting with daughter for skipping vote [Ekathimerini.com - 10/7/15]




‏@vicentmontagud [10/7/15]:  Y los recurrentes símbolos nazis entre los más ciudadanos más cabreados. Atenas, ahora. #Grecia




Germany won’t spare Greek pain – it has an interest in breaking us, Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Finance Minister [Guardian – 10/7/15]:




… Our government was elected on a mandate to end this doom loop; to demand debt restructuring and an end to crippling austerity. Negotiations have reached their much publicised impasse for a simple reason: our creditors continue to rule out any tangible debt restructuring while insisting that our unpayable debt be repaid “parametrically” by the weakest of Greeks, their children and their grandchildren.

In my first week as minister for finance I was visited by Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup (the eurozone finance ministers), who put a stark choice to me: accept the bailout’s “logic” and drop any demands for debt restructuring or your loan agreement will “crash” – the unsaid repercussion being that Greece’s banks would be boarded up. …




Greece and the Crisis of International Capital, Rob Urie [Counterpunch - 10/7/15]:

… The case of Argentina’s exit from a U.S. dollar peg in 2001 is being put forward as a possible model for a Greek exit from the Euro without discussion of the damning history that ties both to the American and European neoliberal ‘projects’ and without the particulars that could make the Greek case more disruptive.

Argentina in the 1990s was a neoliberal laboratory where a ‘radical left’ that was voted into power to counter neoliberal policies almost immediately began implementing the agenda of international capital complete with handing the Argentine economy over to international bankers, industrial scale corruption and the privatization of Argentine state assets for pennies on the dollar for the benefit of foreign capitalists.

Bank deposits were seized to make foreign speculators whole and crucial infrastructure like the distribution of water was privatized to squeeze peasants for every penny that could be taken.







"A Hostage Situation": Greece yields to austerity demands just days after historic "No" vote [Democracy Now – 10/7/15]:



AMY GOODMAN: Joining us to discuss the outlook for Greece and the new proposal under consideration is economist Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. He’s the author of the forthcoming book, Failed: What the Experts Got Wrong About the Global Economy.

Mark Weisbrot, are you surprised by this deal that is being crafted right now? What exactly has the Greek prime minister put forward?

MARK WEISBROT: Well, the proposal is similar to what they had rejected previously. And, you know, you have to take into account that this is kind of a hostage situation. You know, they’ve had many—a number of deadlines before and threats and what the prime minister called blackmail, but a week before last Sunday’s referendum, they—you know, they really started bombing. That is, it wasn’t threats anymore. I think that’s why the former finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, called it terrorism.

I mean, it is—they closed down the banking system, as you know, and with all the consequences that that entails. And that’s very important because a lot of people don’t know that. You know, they think the government closed down the banking system, but it really was the European Central Bank doing something that probably no central bank has ever done before, which is to create a financial crisis in a country that’s under their jurisdiction. So I think that was the pressure.

Now, we don’t really know what the deal looks like yet, because we don’t have the debt relief that the government is expecting. I would expect they will get debt relief. And if they don’t, I don’t see how it would pass the Parliament.





Costas Lapavitsas: Syriza’s Next Steps [Verso Books – 8/7/15]








UK: Hundreds join budget-day anti-austerity protest despite ban [Guardian – 9/7/15]



UK: Osborne’s class spite wrapped in spin will feed a backlash, Seumas Milne [Guardian - 8/7/15]:

... What would otherwise seem little more than a bizarre pose is helped by the prostrate state of the official opposition. Labour’s acting leader, Harriet Harman, today assured the chancellor that her party would be “grown up and constructive” and was in fact up for all manner of cuts itself.

Those include the benefits cap, which punishes children born into large families and is now to be reduced still further. “Hardworking families”, lionised by Tory and Labour politicians, are the ones who will be paying the continuing cost of the bankers’ crash and David Cameron and Osborne’s half-cocked deficit-reduction programme.

More than £12bn is being cut from working age benefits and tax credits. A family with one earner on average earnings stands to lose over £2,000 in tax credits. Someone on employment and support allowance registered as sick will be £30 a week worse off. Tax credit cuts, which will hit 3 million families, mean taking money from cleaners, care workers and supermarket checkout staff.







Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had pressed him to ensure partial self-rule for the pro-Russian separatist east.

The rare admission by Ukraine's Western-backed leader marked another sign of European impatience with the fighting that still engulfs the former Soviet republic five months after the signing of a broad truce deal. ... [Naharnet - 10/7/15]




As Ukraine fighting continues, UN warns of worsening humanitarian crisis [Media Release – 10/7/15]






FBI Director says background check system failed, allowing alleged Charleston terrorist to purchase gun  [ABC News - 10/7/15]







United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria



Reuters [10/7/15]:



The United States and its allies targeted Islamic State on Thursday with 16 air strikes in Iraq and 15 strikes against the militant group in Syria, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday.

The Iraq strikes hit targets near Bayji, Fallujah, Habbaniyah, Haditha, Makhmur, Mosul, Sinjar and Tal Afar.

In Syria, the coalition targeted Islamic State positions near Al Hasakah, Aleppo, Raqqah, Ayn Isa, Kobani and Tal Abyad.






Saudi warplanes attack Yemen, violate UN-sponsored truce [Press TV - 10/7/15]:

Saudi warplanes have attacked a number of areas across Yemen, violating a UN-sponsored ceasefire that came into effect minutes earlier.

The violation occurred shortly after the humanitarian truce came into force at 23:59 local time (2059 GMT) on Friday.

Riyadh’s relentless aerial campaign against the impoverished Arab country continued into the early hours of Saturday morning, with Saudi warplanes hitting areas across the Yemeni provinces of Hajjah and Lahij.

Saudi fighter jets also pounded areas in the Yemeni capital Sana’a and the southwestern city of Ta’izz, security officials said.

According to local Yemeni media, a military camp in eastern Sana’a used by Ansarullah fighters was hit by at least one airstrike.

Three airstrikes also targeted an Ansarullah military camp and one of its convoys in Ta’izz.

Earlier in the day, the United Nations Security Council called on all sides of the Yemen conflict to observe the break in fighting, which is slated to run up to the end of the fasting month of Ramadan on July 17.








Car bombings have struck two hotels in the Somali capital Mogadishu before gunmen entered one of the hotels and started shooting, sources told Al Jazeera.

At least five people were killed at Hotel Weheliye in central Mogadishu on Friday, the sources said. 

Three gunmen wearing government army uniforms entered the building as guest inside were breaking their fast, observed by Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.  ... [Al Jazeera - 10/7/15]







Boko Haram militants slit the throats of five civilians in southeast Niger during a targeted attack by the Islamist group wreaking havoc in the region, according to local authorities.  ... [Naharnet - 10/7/15]







Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian teenager Friday as demonstrators were dispersed during the weekly protest in Kafr Qaddum village near Qalqiliya in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces reportedly fired live and rubber-coated-steel bullets injuring Amjad Farouq Abu Khalid,17, with a live bullet to the leg, the coordinator for the popular resistance committee in the village Murad Shtewei told Ma'an.  ... [Maan - 10/7/15]





EU parliament calls for tear gas ban for Bahrain, release of Nabeel Rajab [RT - 9/7/15]




A Sri Lankan woman fell to her death from a Marine's ninth-floor balcony in Bahrain this weekend.

The 23-year-old woman was celebrating Independence Day with Marines at the Class Plaza Two residence in al-Juffair on Saturday. She was identified as Kudaliyanage Dona Nimesha Udari Gunasekera by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service Middle East field office, according to Stars and Stripes. ... [Marine Corps Times - 7/7/15]






Sydney: Doctors protest refugee concentration camp gag laws




West Australian [11/7/15]:



Doctors and medics have rallied in Sydney in solidarity with healthcare workers at detention centres who they say have been barred by the federal government from reporting abuse.

More than 250 doctors, nurses and psychologists have protested against laws that threaten jail for those who speak out about violations in detention centres.

Medics and their families packed the steps of Sydney's Town Hall and covered their mouths to send a message of opposition to the Secrecy Provision of the federal government's newly introduced Border Force Act.

Under the legislation "an entrusted person" must not disclose protected information, with a breach potentially resulting in two years' jail.

University of Sydney Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh addressed the protesters, calling for the government to amend the legislation to allow detention centre workers to report violations without fear of prosecution.

"How does reporting that a child has been raped by a guard ... threaten national security?" she said on Saturday.

"The silence must end.

Protester Dr James Genge said he felt compelled to rally with his children because the federal government had acted against what was "intrinsically, morally right".

"If someone is not in detention and a child is being abused, you'll go to jail if you don't report it," he told AAP.

"But if someone is in detention and you report it, you could go to jail. It defies logic.

"We still owe people in detention the right to be protected."




... The protesters, who included social workers, psychologists, nurses and doctors, signed an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Immigration minister Peter Dutton.

Psychologist Nicholas O'Dwyer ​said he did not usually attend protests but the the law was "draconian" and stopped health workers doing their jobs properly.

"It's a gag law," he said. "It seems to me it contradicts The Hippocratic Oath of medicos not to be able to report on the welfare of their patients. It's unbelievable in the 21st century." ... [Sydney Morning Herald  - 11/7/15]






Keeping refugees out:  One of the pillars of Australia's economy [Canberra Times - 11/7/15]:


The fight to keep the massive Immigration and Border Protection Department in Belconnen may be almost over – and possibly won.

The proposal to shift 4000 of the merged department's staff – about one third of the Belconnen town centre's workforce – would gut the centre and severely affect small businesses, according to industry sources.

However, the Abbott government's proposal has met with fierce bipartisan opposition from ACT federal representatives, Liberal Zed Seselja and Labor's Katy Gallagher and Andrew Leigh.

They combined with the ACT government to fiercely lobby the federal government to abandon the plan, with Westfield Belconnen owners joining the campaign.







Australian Senator helps rescue refugees in the Mediterranean.



ZERO media, human rights establishment interest.




Have boarded the @moas Phoenix from Southern Italy and now heading out to sea towards Libya 



"tweeted" by ‏@sarahinthesen8 - Senator Sarah Hanson-Young [10/7/15]



12 refugees drown, 500 rescued in Mediterranean off Libya [Reuters - 10/7/15]:

Twelve migrants died on Thursday when their overcrowded rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya, the Italian Coast Guard said, while some 500 were rescued in the latest episodes in the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

The corpses of the victims were found in the sea by the Coast Guard ship Dattilo some 40 miles north of Libya, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The Dattilo saved 106 people from the same dinghy, which was "half submerged" when help arrived.

The Dattilo is still involved in other rescue operations involving boats in difficulty, the spokesman said.

A total of 393 other migrants were saved in four different operations carried out by the Dattilo on Thursday. A

nother 106 migrants were saved by two Coast Guard frigates operating off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

No details were available on the nationalities of the victims or those rescued.

Tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war and hunger in Africa and the Middle East have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece this year, with the vast majority departing from the coast of Libya.

More than 2,000 are estimated to have drowned.





An average of 1,000 refugees now arriving on Greek islands every day [UNHCR Media Release  - 10/7/15]




‏@moas_eu [10/7/15]:   'My daughters need to go to school.Their generation will go back and rebuild #Syria.We need help' #refugees #MOAS






Stay where you are: UNICEF say they are helping Rohingya children trapped in Rakhine State "develop their full potential"  [Media Release - 9/7/15]:


... “We are working with adolescents to raise awareness and discussions around the risks of trafficking and migration so they have the knowledge and the skills to better protect themselves.” ...






... A few weeks ago this scribe, on the condition of anonymity, interviewed three Rohingya youths from Marringdaw working in a road construction site near Indo-Bhutan border in Assam. They said that they had entered India two years ago with the help of a Kumilla man who provided them fake papers and helped them cross the border through Tripura against heavy fees. One of them, who seems to be in his early 20s says, “It’s hopeless to stay in Rakhine, there we had to stay under constant threat. Our people are moving to other places.” On being asked why they chose this place to move into, he said, “Here, atleast we can breathe freely. We are poor and we didn’t have enough money to move to places like Dubai.” ...  [No country for the Rohingyas: Why Myanmar, Bangladesh and India don’t want them  - Youth Kiawaaz - 9/7/15]






Australian Embassy in Myanmar [10/7/15]:


Congratulations to the Australia Myanmar Institute on their collaboration with the Myanmar Institute for Strategic and International Studies to organise the 2015 'Myanmar and the Sustainable Development Goals: Informed by the past, looking to the future' conference hosted by the Yangon University Department of Anthropology from 10-12 July.

The Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, hosted an afternoon tea at his residence for some of the Australian conference delegates. http://www.aummi.edu.au/conference-schedule/






EU slams Myanmar inter-marriage bill [Channel News Asia - 9/7/15]






Psychologists shielded US torture program, report finds [New York Times - 10/7/15]




... "There is a name for locking people up and forcing them to do work without paying real wages. It's called slavery," said Carl Takei, staff attorney at the national prison project of the ACLU. ... Denver: Immigrants got $1 a day for work at private prison [News OK – 10/7/15]






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