@kamelhawwash [11/10/15]:   @MaanNewsAgency cameraman Rami Swaidan hit in the foot with live ammunition at Huwwara checkpoint #Nablus ...






 An observer for Human Rights Watch was wounded by rubber bullets from Israeli security forces and possibly live fire at a recent demonstration in the West Bank, the organisation said Sunday.

The woman was at the protest outside Ramallah in the early hours of October 6 when two rubber-coated steel bullets hit her flak jacket, the U.S.-based group said, without revealing her identity.

One hit her back and another deflected off her upper torso and wounded her jaw.

Her flak jacket was marked "press" and she was also photographing the demonstration, it said. ... [Daily Star - 11/10/15]






Palestinian shot, injured by Israeli forces in critical condition [Maan - 11/10/15]






‏@Mogaza [10/10/15]:   The name of the lady who was killed is Noor Hassan, 30 year old, pregnant in 5th month and 3 of her family members injured in last airstrike





... And we hate Popo, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure  ...  Kendrick Lamar








Today, thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., for the Justice or Else march.

It marks the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, and activists are calling for equal justice and policing reforms.

During the march, the crowd chanted Kendrick Lamar's "Alright". ... [Pitchfork - 10/10/15]





The lawyer for the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun who was fatally shot by a Cleveland patrolman, says reports finding that the shooting was justified show the prosecutor's office is avoiding accountability.

Subodh Chandra says the Rice family wants the officers held accountable and it seems "the prosecutor's office has been on a 12-month quest" to avoid it.  

Reports by outside experts were released Saturday by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. They concluded the patrolman had reason to perceive Tamir as a threat before shooting him last November.

Chandra says getting "so-called experts to assist in the whitewash — when the world has the video of what happened — is all the more alarming."  ... [Omaha.com - 10/10/15]





Turkey launches air strikes on PKK camps [Reuters - 11/10/15]





Twin suicide bombings kill 11 in north Cameroon [Daily Star - 11/10/15]





Five suicide bombers killed 33 people in Chad and wounded 51 more in a coordinated attack suspected to be the work of the Nigerian Islamist militant group Boko Haram, a local government official said. ... [Reuters - 10/10/15]




3 civilians injured as NATO convoy comes under attack in Kabul [Pajhwok - 11/10/15]






NAI which supports open median in Afghanistan has condemned the attacks on two Radio Stations in Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province.

The explosions which occurred in a very short interval on Killid Radio and Safa Radio in Jalalabad city last night did not have casualties but slightly damaged the offices and shattered windows of the nearby residents.

NAI urges police HQ of Nangarhar to carry out an investigation into the attacks and arrest the perpetrators.

No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the explosions but they come few days after Taliban militants attacked the offices of media organizations in northern Kundoz province.

Taliban damaged equipment of the media organizations during their raid on the city. [Khaama - 11/10/15]




Syrian army and air force continue fighting terrorists in different areas [SANA - 11/10/15]




Russia conducts 64 sorties in Syria, hitting 55 ISIS targets [SANA - 10/10/15]




Guards shot dead two demonstrators in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Kalar Saturday as protesters tried to storm the local headquarters of the regional president's party, a hospital spokesman said. ... [Ahram - 10/10/15]





United States, “allies” continue bombing Iraq and Syria

US Department of Defense [10/10/15]:

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 five airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Raqqah, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

-- Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL tactical vehicles.

-- Near Palmyra, one strike destroyed an ISIL front end loader and damaged an ISIL front end loader.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and ground-attack aircraft conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL building, and three ISIL rocket rails.

-- Near Hit, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL home-made explosives cache.

-- Near Kirkuk, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and two separate ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL heavy machine gun, six ISIL fighting positions and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, three strikes destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb storage facility, an ISIL vehicle bomb factory, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position..





WikiLeaks reveals how the US aggressively pursued regime change in Syria, igniting a bloodbath [Truthout - 8/10/15]



‏@MSF_Sea [11/10/15]:   ... After an early start on much calmer seas, the #Argos has rescued 242 people from a wooden boat in distress.

More than 500 migrants rescued off Libya coast [Yahoo - 11/10/15]:

The Spanish Civil Guard said Saturday it had rescued 523 African migrants off the coast of Libya with the help of the Italian coastguard.

A Spanish patrol ship rescued 325 migrants from different boats about 25 nautical miles from Tripoli, while the Italian coastguard taking part in the same operation picked up another 198, a statement said.

The statement said the migrants were from Nigeria, Gambia, Senegal, Libya, Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea and that they included 125 women and 22 children.



11 migrants drown as boat capsizes off Egypt  - survivors incarcerated [Naharnet - 11/10/15]





… The Isabella sailed in 1871

From Malaka and Guadal canal

44 Kanakas came, recruited as the plantation's hands

Their sweat and blood and tears would build the canefields of North Queensland

And to this day

Their children say

Whoa-oh-ohh Pacifica

The gentle heart yearns for thee

Whoa-oh-ohh Pacifica

Home is the sailor

Home from the sea …

'Pacifica', Graeme Connors [1991]




Cairns - Gold Coast Seaway [11/10/15]






@GraffitiExpert [11/10/15]:   Installation art at Gold Coast Seaway diving access point highlights problem of lost and dumped fishing tackle








@MSF_Sea  [10/10/15]:  This is the view in #Lesvos right now. Turkey on the horizon and discarded life jackets and deflated boats at foot 





... “He seems to be an asshole,” Iglesias reportedly told the newspaper. He also called Trump a “clown,” then apologized to clowns. ... Julio Iglesias says he’ll never play a Trump casino again [Fortune - 8/10/15]





@NewbyNewbys [11/10/15]:   Inspiring speech to begin Perth's rally today calling for #closethecamps and #endmandatorydetention with @rranwa





@NewbyNewbys [11/10/15]:   A tour of shame is being led around Perth today highlighting abuses of those profiting from detention ...





Today's rallies across the nation demanded the release of ALL refugees from detention.


Calling for anything less is REPUGNANT.





Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015




Licence to Kill? Australia’s Migration Amendment Bill 2015 [Border Criminologies - 12/5/15]





@gayedemanuele [11/10/15]:    #melbourne says #stopwar #closethecamps #welcomerefugees #makeartnotwar #aidnotbombs #foodnotbombs





‏@cmrn [11/10/15]:   Protesting the treatment of refugees on Nauru & Manus in Canberra. There is a better way. #StandUp4Refugees






‏@cmrn [11/10/15]:  Marching for refugees in Canberra. ...





 ‏@Richard_Hemmo [11/10/15]:   Australians standing up for refugees at Sydney's Town Hall because our government persecutes them





@Ann1912 [11/10/15]:  StandUpForRefegees (Brisbane) #ShutDownManus #CloseNauru #endmandatorydetention #freetherefugees





@Ann1912 [11/10/15]:   Say it loud Say it clear Refugees are Welcome here






@Ann1912 [11/10/15]:   What does it say about Australia, a country that legitimises abuse of vulnerable people - Mark Isaacs #ClosetheCamps




Nine MSN [11/10/15]:


More than a thousand Sydneysiders have answered a national call to rally in support of refugees and to push for the end of mandatory detention.

The large crowd, including unions and various social and political groups, gathered peacefully at Sydney's Town Hall on Sunday afternoon.

They waved banners reading "welcome refugees from Syria" and "Close Manus. Close Nauru. Welcome refugees" while waiting to hear from speakers including Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon and Syrian refugee Abdul Hakim.

Mounted police and other officers were on patrol but there were no signs of trouble at the rally, part of a national campaign organised by the Refugee Action Coalition.

It is seeking support to stop boat turnbacks, close the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres and increase Australia's intake of refugees.

Similar rallies are also planned in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.





Three post-WWII migrants in Tasmania offer advice to handpicked, non-Muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat [ABC - 11/10/15]





Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.





"Family friendly" PR opportunity for the police, media personalities and bunch of local government politicians - who could take concrete action, but won't - falls flat [Brisbane Times - 11/10/15]:


... "In some ways I must say I am a little disappointed with the crowd," Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, who took part in the march, said.

"This is singularly one of the most critical issues facing our whole community and I think it is wonderful that Local Government Association Queensland has done these rallies and organised the whole event right across Queensland but I think it deserves better."

"One of the messages that we need to send is that people need to get involved." ...





We were all sleeping at night when the sound of dogs woke me.

It was about 1 o’clock in the morning. I saw through the window of my room that about 40 anti-riot guards with dogs had attacked on the front doors of the rooms of people whose names were on a list to be returned to Nauru.

They took everyone, including me, violently, to the buses that waited for us.

When anyone resisted, they tied their hands by the use of force with plastic handcuffs. We were all so scared.




Janet Galbraith, The Saturday Paper [4/7/15]:

... Arezo is a woman trapped by abuse. Her story first appeared in The Saturday Paper last year, before it became part of the Moss review into conditions on Nauru.

She told the review of how – barely conscious after a suicide attempt – she was sexually assaulted by a male nurse contracted to fulfil the responsibilities of the Australian government.

She detailed her experience of guards masturbating and laughing as they accompanied her and the other women from a medical appointment.

In the published document of the Moss review, much of Arezo’s testament is redacted. But immigration and others are aware of the abuse Arezo has endured.


“Having had previous surgeries, a doctor in my country warned me that if I have another cyst and I don’t take it seriously or get medical help soon enough, I will lose my ovary or my womb,” Arezo told me.

“Today I told the doctor: ‘If you say I’m good, then why do I have such pain? If you say I am good, why can’t I control my urine?’

The doctor told me: ‘Why do you want to show yourself sick?’

They tell me that I don’t have any physical problem. Again I told the doctor that I have urine control problem. I said: ‘Isn’t it a problem?’

She said: ‘Almost everyone here has this problem and they pee in their beds.’

I said: ‘Is it really normal?’

She said: ‘No, but it’s not dangerous.’

The only thing that is not important here is a human being’s life.”






... So they can say that the trains run on time ...




'Blow Up The Pokies' , The Whitlams [2000]







@steveciobo [11/10/15]:   Stage 2 of the Light Rail will be delivered in time for the @GC2018 ! Great to have @TurnbullMalcolm on GC ...





‏@TurnbullMalcolm [11/10/15]:   Okay, says Karen the driver, time for the politicians to get off the G-link track! @AnnastaciaMP @MayorTomTate




Independent [3/4/1994]:


... But did Mussolini really do it? Did Il Duce, in his 20 years of absolute power, really manage to make the railway service meet its timetable? The answer is no.

Like almost all the supposed achievements of Fascism, the timely trains are a myth, nurtured and propagated by a leader with a journalist's flair for symbolism, verbal trickery and illusion.

In 1936 the American journalist George Seldes complained that when his fellow-countrymen returned home from holidays in Italy they seemed to cry in unison: 'Great is the Duce; the trains now run on time]' And no matter how often they were told about Fascist oppression, injustice and cruelty, they always said the same thing: 'But the trains run on time.'


Il Duce himself never missed an opportunity to be associated with great public works, and railways were among his favourites. Whenever a big rail bridge, or a station or a new line was opened, he was there to take the credit.




Mt Isa geezers get their apartheidesque youth curfew and police crackdown [Yahoo – 25/8/15]






... The ABC was given exclusive access to the operation, shadowing the officer in charge of the taskforce, Senior Sergeant Craig Shepherd, on patrols on a Friday and Saturday night. ... [ABC - 11/10/15]







The dangers of embedded journalism, in war and politics [Washington Post - 2/5/10]:



... It is also an unprofessional one. Embedding may be necessary for war reporters, but it isn't for most other journalists. ...


Hello? Journalism 101? What has this kid been suspended for?


Looks like more desperate anti Islamic propaganda ABC [10/10/15]:



A 16-year-old student detained as part of an investigation into the shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng outside NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta has been suspended from school.

The Arthur Phillip High School student was one of four people arrested over the fatal shooting at Parramatta in Sydney's west on Friday October 2.

It is alleged the group, aged between 16 and 22, contributed to the radicalisation of 15-year-old gunman Farhad Jabar.

An 18-year-old is still in custody.

The New South Wales Education Department confirmed the 16-year-old student had been suspended from school.





The Murdoch Press has played a key role in fomenting Australia's anti refugee sentiment and policies.

















From east to west, Australians will today demand an end to torture of refugees and closure of Nauru and Manus ---->  STAND UP FOR REFUGEES RALLY (BRISBANE)




Rally for refugees: Close Nauru & Manus detention today! [Perth]





The Philippines no longer accept boat refugees.




They push refugees back like Australia does.




The latest Nauru "resettlement" story is bogus.




Philippines backtracks from initial pledge to help Rohingya refugees [Rappler.com - 1/6/15]:


... The Philippines, for its part, did not commit material aid during Friday's meeting, even as it influenced its neighbors to help the refugees.

It also did not discuss a proposal by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to send rescue ships for the Rohingya.

In Monday's media briefing, Jose explained that the Philippines' broad policy statement is to help refugees, based on its obligations under a 1951 UN convention.

Jose, however, said that when the Philippines released this policy statement around two weeks ago, "it was tempered" by other considerations. These include the need to rehabilitate areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013, and to consider the Philippines' huge population.

He added: "The situation has changed. Countries are now open to accepting these refugees. So I think there's, at the moment, no need for the Philippines to accept them."




Regional leaders resile from rescuing Rohingya following the Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean  on 29 May.




Australian, Philippines navies working together to repel refugees [Navy Daily - 10/10/15]




India:  Over 5,000 Rohingya settled in Jammu: Chief Minister [Business Standard - 9/10/15]:


... There are estimates of about 36,000 Rohingyas living in India after facing exodus from Myanmar.


Thousands protest in Istanbul after Ankara attack

Yahoo [10/10/15]:

Thousands of people on Saturday marched down Istanbul's main central avenue to protest the twin suspected suicide bombings in the Turkish capital Ankara that killed at least 86 people.

The estimated crowd of 10,000 filled Istiklal Street in central Istanbul, with police maintaining a heavy presence but not intervening, an AFP photographer said.

Some carried placards reading "the state is a killer" and "we know the murderers", echoing allegations of state responsibility made in the aftermath of the attack but denied by the government.

Protests were also taking place in several other Turkish cities including Izmir on the Aegean and southeastern cities such as Batman and Diyarbakir, the Dogan news agency reported.

A protest earlier in Diyarbakir had ended with police using tear gas to disperse protesters.



Moron --->  Turkey G20 should still go ahead: Bishop [SBS - 11/10/15]





Press organisations, journalists in Turkey condemn the arrest of Today’s Zaman Editor-in-Chief Keneş [Todays Zaman - 10/10/15]:



... Speaking in front of İstanbul Courthouse on Saturday after Keneş's arrest, the Zaman daily's Editor-in-Chief Abdülhamit Bilici reacted against the court's arrest decision by saying that those who attacked Hürriyet daily columnist Ahmet Hakan have been released by court pending trial; however, Keneş has been arrested for his critical tweets. ...





... "With this Trans-Pacific Partnership, we are writing the rules for the global economy," the president said Saturday in a new video.

"Our workers will be the ones who get ahead. Our businesses will get a fair deal. And those who oppose passing this new trade deal are really just accepting a status quo that everyone knows puts us at a disadvantage." ... [CBS - 10/10/15]






Hundreds of thousands of people rallied on Saturday in the German capital against the massive free-trade accord being negotiated by the European Union and the United States.

Responding to a call by a group of political parties, trade unions and environmental and anti-globalisation groups, the demonstrators gathered at Berlin's main train station for a march through the city.

Organisers said 250,000 people showed up to the protest, much more than the 50,000 to 100,000 expected to take part.

Police said around 100,000 participated in the protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) under negotiation between Washington and Brussels, as well as a similar deal with Canada.  ... [The Local - 10/10/15]




‏@LucileFalg [10/10/15]:  Plus de photos de la #ttipdemo de #Berlin Stop #TAFTA #CETA





@LucileFalg [10/10/15]:  Journée magnifique dans les rues de #berlin. Méga manif contre #tafta #ceta. 250 000 personnes





... At least one civilian woman was killed and two of her family injured in the bombing, which damaged their house, Reuters correspondent Nidal al-Mughrabi reported, citing medical sources.

The bombing caused the house to collapse on the family. The survivors have now been evacuated to Shifa hospital, Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer tweeted. ... [RT - 10/10/15]





‏@Mogaza [10/10/15]:   #Israeli warplanes hit 2 locations in #Gaza city now







@Mogaza [10/10/15]:  #Israeli navy open fire on west of Gaza city just now.





‏@Mogaza [10/10/15]:   Do you what what happened when there was no ambulance to collect dead bodies of 13 and 15 year old boys today?




‏@Mogaza [10/10/15]:  I remind you, no ambulances were allowed into the south of #Gaza Strip today during Gaza youth protest ...





Israeli forces shoot dead two boys, aged 13 and 15, in Gaza [Maan - 10/10/15]





Israeli settlers carry out attacks in East Jerusalem, West Bank [Maan - 10/10/15]





Joint US and Afghan airstrikes kill almost "100 Taliban insurgents" in southern Kandahar province [TOLO News - 10/10/15]





At least four civilians were killed and eight others injured in an explosion in the Zerok district of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday, a top provincial official said.  ... [Pajhwok - 10/10/15]





Unidentified gunmen shot dead a retired police officer in the Bagram district of central Parwan province, an official said on Saturday.

The incident occurred on Friday evening when the attackers opened fire on Mohamamd Arif in his orchard in Qalandarkhel area, administrative head of the district, Abdul Shakoor Qodoosi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The gunmen managed to flee the scene, but police had launched an investigation into the case, he said, adding no one had so far claimed responsibility for the shooting. Arif, 67 retired from his job four years ago. [Pajhwok -10/10/15]





US to make payments to families of Kunduz air strike victims: Pentagon [Reuters - 10/10/15]





The U.S. military officer who headed a hearing in the case of accused deserter Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recommended that the man held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan should not be sent to a military prison, Bergdahl's lawyers said.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Visger, the presiding officer at the so-called Article 32 hearing last month in San Antonio, also made recommendations in a memorandum this week for Bergdahl's case to be moved to the military equivalent of misdemeanor court, the lawyers said. ... [Reuters - 10/10/15]




Donetsk leader signs decree to move local elections to April 20, 2016 [Sputnik News - 10/10/15]




Kiev confirms withdrawal of 85mm caliber artillery to begin on Saturday in Luhansk region [TASS - 9/10/15]





JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) on Friday won the dismissal of a U.S. whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former vice president who claimed the bank ignored red flags about a client’s potential fraud, even after authorities exposed the massive Ponzi scheme operated by longtime JPMorgan client Bernard Madoff.

U.S. District Judge Robert Sweet in New York granted the bank’s motion to throw out the complaint, finding that Jennifer Sharkey had failed to demonstrate that her termination in August 2009 was in retaliation for speaking out. ... [Reuters - 9/10/15]





Victorian ALP hit by mega branch-stacking scam [The Age - 11/10/15]





11 October 2015