Yesterday afternoon there was a protest by the refugees in Athens @AlbaFerrs [11/9/16]
@campsoscar [11/9/16]: 6:50 am siguen los rescates en el Mediterráneo Costa Libia #Astral @PROACTIVA_SERV
@ItalianNavy [11/9/16]: #SAR Navi Aviere e Borsini #MarinaMilitare #MareSicuro hanno soccorso oggi quasi 300 migranti
@guardiacostiera [11/9/16]: #CentraleOperativa coordina 10operazioni di soccorso,unità #GuardiaCostiera @ItalianNavy @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ e ONG salvano circa 1100 #migranti
@MSF_Sea [11/9/16]: ...#Aquarius has brought everyone on these 2 very over crowded rubber boats safely on board. Lots of tears.
Day 176 refugee protest, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [11/9/16]
China and Russia will hold eight days of naval drills in the South China Sea off southern China's Guangdong province starting from Monday, China's navy said.
The exercises come at a time of heightened tension in the contested waters after an arbitration court in The Hague ruled in July that China did not have historic rights to the South China Sea and criticized its environmental destruction there.
China rejected the ruling and refused to participate in the case.
The "Joint Sea-2016" exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines, the Chinese navy said in a statement on Sunday on its official microblog.
The two countries will carry out defense, rescue and anti-submarine operations, as well as "island seizing" and other activities, it added. ... [Reuters - 11/9/16]
Townsville toddler found after another episode of crime control theatre [Nine MSN - 11/9/16]
Man charged after three police officers assaulted at Southport Watchhouse [MYGC - 8/9/16]
Residents of Cairns street want Apartheid wall around their cul de sac of privilege [Yahoo - 9/9/16]
Girl suffers head injuries, deep cuts after being mauled by dogs in a Perth park [WA Today - 11/9/16]
Two police dogs have escaped injury after being involved in a car crash while responding to an emergency on the Gold Coast.
The canines were in the back of a turning police wagon that collided with another car at Ashmore at 9:30pm on Wednesday. ... [ABC - 8/9/16]
Government will not relocate koala stranded by Gold Coast light rail project [Rail Page - 11/9/16]
There is NO support for a casino on The Gold Coast Spit. The Murdoch Press lies.
Brisbane cultural and media elites are hardly in any position to condemn Lionel Shriver. The ABC were the media partner for the 2016 Brisbane Writers's Festival - where's the transcript/audio of her keynote so we can make up our own minds about what she said? [Brisbane Times - 11/9/16]
63 yr-old bailed on charges of abusing 5 children - court heard he was a friend of the children's foster parents [Yahoo - 10/9/16]
Former Catholic priest charged over alleged historical child sexual abuse of NSW boys [Nine MSN - 8/9/16]
Man suffers critical head injuries in boating accident near Emerald [Brisbane Times - 11/9/16]
Man dies in Mooloolaba jetski accident [Yahoo - 10/9/16]
Woman charged with dangerous driving, DUI and leaving scene of accident after hitting cyclist, Ashgrove [Brisbane Times - 11/9/16]
Forensic Crash Unit officers are investigating after a pedestrian was hit by a truck in Cooroy overnight. ... [QPS Media - 11/9/16]
A Brisbane woman has died after she was hit by a van while crossing the road on the Sunshine Coast [Yahoo - 10/9/16]
A Queensland bus driver has been charged over the death of teenager from a fatal crash in February.
The 19-year-old, Casey Stinson, died in hospital after the bus overturned and crashed into a ditch at Cannon Valley, near Airlie Beach, in north Queensland in February.
A further 10 passengers suffered injuries from the crash, including one who lost an arm.
A 70-year-old man from Cannonvale was on Thursday charged with one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
He is due to face Proserpine Magistrates Court on October 24. [Yahoo - 9/9/16]
Man fatally stabbed in Bendigo [The Age - 11/9/16]
Teenage boy fighting for life after stabbing in Mt Druitt [Nine MSN - 11/9/16]
Man stabbed nine times in bayside suburb of Margate [Brisbane Times – 11/9/16]
A man armed with multiple knives has robbed and threatened staff members at a restaurant in Kelvin Grove, near Brisbane’s CBD.
The man entered the Miss India takeaway restaurant on Kelvin Grove Road around 12.10pm today and made demands for money, police said.
He allegedly threatened two staff members, who handed over a sum of cash.
No one was injured. ... [Nine MSN - 11/9/16]
Man dies at side of fiancée following shooting in Sydney’s west [Nine MSN - 10/9/16]
Woman charged over alleged double murder of siblings in 2004, north of Brisbane [ABC - 10/9/16]
The son of Brisbane socialite Maureen Boyce has told a committal hearing he believed his mother's alleged killer was depressed in the days leading up to her death. ... [ABC - 9/9/16]
Man jailed for life for Jo La Spina rape, murder in north Queensland [ABC - 7/9/16]
Canada: Migrant workers launch 1,500km caravan to Ottawa to demand permanent status and end to alleged exploitation [Al Jazeera - 10/9/16]:
... Tanya Ferguson, an organiser with JMW who is involved in the Harvesting Freedom caravan, explained that seasonal agricultural workers in Canada are tied to their employers.
This puts the workers at risk of exploitation, and having their work permits terminated or being repatriated with little to no warning or recourse, she told Al Jazeera.
"Essentially they’re in work environments and relationships where they have no power at all … They're completely at the mercy of their employer," Ferguson said.
"If you risk being terminated plus being repatriated to your country, you’re not going to do things that are in your own interests or protect your own safety." ...
US workers unload first of Hanjin ships stalled by bankruptcy [Reuters - 10/9/16]
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Five Stars Fujian from Australian ports for 12 months.
The Five Stars Fujian has been detained by AMSA off Gladstone since 12 August after AMSA surveyors found the vessel did not have sufficient provisions for its intended voyage and the crew of 20 had not been paid in several months. ... [Maritime Executive - 1/9/16]
... The time has come, the Walrus said. Perhaps things will become worse and then better. Perhaps there's a small god up in heaven readying herself for us. Another world is not only possible, she's on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.
Clayton Thompson's 'Project Bread' - Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin
We - Arundhati Roy :
We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.
It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest.
It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history.
We is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today.
We is a completely free documentary, created and released anonymously on the internet.
The Young Lions (1958) trailer
"Advocates" and media who don't apportion blame to the ALP and LNP equally are perpetuating Australia's anti-refugee policy.
Day 121, refugees protest their illegal detention by the Australian government on Manus Island.
Image: @racvictoria [10/9/16]
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @elahe_zivardar [10/9/16]: Peaceful protest in Nauru ...
Al Jazeera to interview Peter Dutton about his implementation of the ALP's ruthless anti-refugee policy - Rudd to remain protected and unaccountable [10/9/16]:
Kevin Rudd has surfaced on the international scene – this time in Russia's far east, at the centre of a high-level event with the leaders of that country, Japan and South Korea.
The former Australian prime minister, who is president of the Asia Society Policy Institute, moderated speeches given by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Saturday. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/9/16]
... Ms Evers [former detention centre nurse] says conditions at the Australian detention centres she has worked at were "horrendous".
"I don't know what people think these places are like," she said.
"It's absolutely appalling the position these people are being put in and then the Department of Immigration talks about 'non compliant' behaviour."
Australia's Department of Immigration says it is not aware of any rape claims at the Nauru centre, but a department spokesman says such allegations are made across the network from time to time.
The spokesman says the Department of Immigration would like to hear directly from Ms Evers so they can investigate the claims.
Image: @AarnJmes [3/8/13]
NSW police charge man with attempted murder, allege he was "inspired by ISIS" [Huffington Post - 11/9/16]:
A 22-year-old man charged with committing a terrorist act and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a man in Sydney's southwest was inspired by Islamic State, police say.
The horrific incident took place on Ohlfsen Road in Minto on Saturday afternoon when a 59-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times outside a home.
The victim was treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken by helicopter to Liverpool Hospital suffering serious injuries.
He remains in a stable condition.
Later on Saturday, officers from Macquarie Fields LAC arrested a man, 22, in the Minto area.
When police approached him he allegedly tried to stab an officer.
The man was subsequently charged with committing a terrorist attack and attempted murder by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team. ...
The re-opening of an inquest into the disappearance and murder of Daniel Morcombe will examine the 2011 police investigation into his killer Brett Cowan.
Launched in 2010, the inquest initially explored the adequacy of the police response to the abduction of Daniel Morcombe in 2003.
Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, pleaded for a reopening of the inquest.
They hope the inquest, set to resume late this year or early 2017, will allow police to form recommendations for future investigations. ... [Nine MSN - 6/8/16]
Are Brisbane's Murdoch Press inciting murder? [Yahoo - 10/9/16]:
... An ex-con told the Courier-Mail the killer would not survive the remainder of his jail sentence with inmates enforcing "prison rules" for the much hated man.
“It’s kill him or be killed in there – that’s how it works,” the former prisoner said.
“There’s no way he gets out of there alive – every time another bloke gets a chance, they have a crack at him.
"I hope the public knows that he’s not getting an easy ride in there – it is a living hell for him.”
The former inmate told the Courier-Mail the prisoners who perform the attack would be celebrated as heroes.
“Every bloke in there is chomping at the bit to have their own go at him.
“As soon as he was moved out of protection it was on for all money," he said.
“Whoever it is that knocks him off will be treated like a national hero in there.” ...
... Williams, 39, was repeatedly struck over the head with the metal stem of an exercise bike on April 19, 2010, inside his high-security Acacia Unit at Barwon Prison.
Johnson, one of two inmates he was living with, was convicted in 2011 of his murder.
The notoriously violent Johnson was a member of a gang called Prisoners of War known for assaulting inmates who co-operated with police investigations, as Williams was at the time of his death. ... [The Age - 20/5/15]
Valmae Beck: On the care of criminals [Faith and Theology - 7 May, 2008]
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned more blasts could hit the country because of "reprisals" against his government, a week after a bombing killed 14 people and injured more than 60 others in his home city.
Arriving in Davao after his first foreign trip as president, Duterte told reporters on Saturday that it was too early to talk publicly about any leads being pursued by those investigating the September 2 attack.
"But I guarantee you that there will be a day of reckoning. So watch out," Duterte said in a mix of English and Filipino.
On Friday in Indonesia, Duterte told a group of Filipino workers that he wanted Abu Sayyaf "blown up" at sea.
He said that Indonesia "can go ahead and blast them (Abu Sayyaf) off" in the event of a chase in the high seas between the two neighbouring countries.
Duterte said the Indonesian navy had the right to enter Philippine territory if they were pursuing the armed group, adding that the Philippine navy would work closely with it "to end this problem once and for all." ... [Al Jazeera - 10/9/16]
Duterte says he prefers holding talks with China to settle dispute over the South China Sea [philstar.com - 9/9/16]:
... Duterte said that he prefers holding talks with China to settle the dispute over the South China Sea.
"Philippines to fight China? It will be slaughter. So we talk, we cannot match," the president, who has designated former President Fidel V. Ramos to begin back-channel talks with China, said. ...
Bangladeshi police kill militant suspected in cafe attack [Reuters - 10/9/16]:
Bangladeshi police on Saturday shot dead a suspected militant who they believe played a key role in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 people, mostly foreigners, were killed, the national police chief said.
Three women were wounded and arrested in the shootout as police raided a hideout in the capital. ...
Kashmir: Two killed, hundreds injured in ongoing protests [Al Jazeera - 10/9/16]:
... With Saturday's killings, the death toll in the unrest, which has entered its third month, climbed to 78.
The government has been coming under growing pressure over the use of pellet guns and the level of casualties in Kashmir during the anti-India protests.
The metal pellets or birdshot fired from the pump-action shotguns rarely result in deaths, but can often blind victims if the fragments hit them in the eye.
Authorities lifted a curfew in most parts of the territory late last month, but schools, shops and many banks remain closed while residents struggle with a communications blackout. ...
Four killed in a gunfight in central Pakistan during a search operation, says military [Naharnet - 10/9/16]
... “You’d think you’re in a third world country,” says 44-year-old Sylvia*, who has been in Yarl’s Wood for one year and two months.
“This place is like Guantanamo Bay. It’s a concentration camp. They don’t let you finish your shower. The men video you. This is happening in the first world, here in England, under the noses of all the politicians who talk about freedom and human rights.” ... Yarl's Wood protest: Campaigners urge closure of immigration detention centre as inmates reveal reality of living behind bars [Independent - 10/9/16]
Army arrests two Lebanese for smuggling Syrians into Lebanon [Naharnet - 10/9/16]
Rescuers pulled 2,300 migrants to safety on Saturday in 18 separate rescue operations in the Mediterranean coordinated by the Italian coast guard.
A Spanish boat belonging to an EU naval force, an Irish navy vessel and boats of four non-governmental organizations were involved in the rescue operations, the coast guard said in a statement.
It did not say where the migrants, who were traveling in 17 rubber vessel and one small boat, originally came from. ... [Reuters - 10/9/16]
@SantiPalacios [10/9/16]: Today, on the high seas, off the Libyan coast. ....
Libya: ‘He ran to ambulance, it exploded’ [RT - 9/9/16]:
... Mohammed, a local journalist, told RT’s correspondent about a brutal attack that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants carried out on a hospital that almost leveled the building to the ground.
Standing at the foot of the crater left by a massive explosion, Mohammed said that the jihadists had planted a bomb in an ambulance.
As the vehicle was approaching the hospital, an unsuspecting doctor rushed to it, intending to help the wounded people.
“It was an ambulance. We had a famous doctor in Misurata. He saw the ambulance coming so he ran to it. Yeah, he ran to it. He thought that there was an injured person inside the ambulance. So, it went off and he got killed, alongside many people here,” Mohammed said, while speaking to Whiteman in a dilapidated building with giant holes in its crumbling walls and ceiling. ...
Israel’s role in South Sudan under scrutiny amid escalating violence [Standard - 11/9/16]:
... In July, hundreds died when fighting erupted in the capital, Juba.
South Sudanese troops went on a nearly four-hour rampage at a hotel, killing a local journalist while forcing others to watch, raping several foreign women, and looting the compound, several witnesses told The Associated Press.
Just days earlier, Netanyahu had traveled to four African countries — Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia — in a visit meant to cultivate new allies in his diplomatic battle with the Palestinians.
It was the first visit to sub-Saharan Africa by a sitting Israeli prime minister in nearly three decades.
In August, the U.N. Security Council approved an additional regional protection force to enter South Sudan, but decided against an arms embargo on the country.
"Even without an international arms embargo, states should unilaterally suspend arms transfers given the likelihood that arms would be used to commit human rights violations," said Elizabeth Deng, Amnesty International's South Sudan researcher.
Zandberg and Mack asked Israel's Supreme Court in May to force Israel to explain why it has continued export licenses for the surveillance system to South Sudan.
Reflecting Israel's typically opaque approach to such transfers, the Defense Ministry asked for a gag order to be imposed on the proceedings.
A hearing is scheduled later this month. ...
The Saudi Air Force has been relentless over the Yemeni capital on Saturday, carrying out 60+ airstrikes above Sanaa’s densely populated neighborhoods.
Yemen-based Al-Masirah News reported minutes ago that 15 Saudi airstrikes hit the Sanaa Governorate town of Beit Sa’daan, killing 13 civilians and wounding a dozen others.
In addition to their airstrikes over Beit Sa’daan, the Saudi Air Force also struck several other villages in the Arhab region of Sanaa, leaving a number of civilians dead wounded.
The Saudi Air Force has also targeted several other provinces on Saturday, including the Hajja, Sa’ada, and Ta’iz governorates. [Al Masdar News - 10/9/16]
Sadr launches new campaign against Iraqi government corruption [IraqiNews.com - 10/9/16]
Two large explosions, believed to be car bombs, took place in the car parking areas of al-Nakheel shopping mall on Falastin street, in eastern Baghdad, late on Friday, a police source informed.
Sharing more details with Iraqi News, he revealed, “The twin explosion left 12 dead and 25 wounded, as well as causing damage to several civilian vehicles.”
The attack comes as Iraqi Muslims are preparing for Eid al-Adha, and these areas are always busy with late night shoppers. [IraqiNews.com - 10/9/16]
Turkey has welcomed the U.S.-Russian deal on a nationwide truce in Syria and is preparing to provide humanitarian aid to the northern city of Aleppo in conjunction with the United Nations, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. ... [Daily Sabah - 10/9/16]
Prominent journalist, academic held in Turkey coup investigation: reports [Reuters - 10/9/16]
Secretary General in Ankara: NATO stands in solidarity with Turkey [Media Release - 8/9/16]
11 September 2016