United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 12/7/16]
Mayor says Calais migrant camp will 'soon be completely cleared' [The Local - 12/7/16]
@MSF_Sea [12/7/16]: The second rescue, at about 7am, brought 126 #people including 30 women and 4 kids on board of the #Argos.
@MSF_Sea [12/7/16]: The #Argos's first rescue for today was at 5am. When this rubber boat carrying 129 #people started losing air.
@moas_eu [12/7/16]: ... We recovered 4 dead people & 1 in critical cond. from a boat w/ over 400 people. Many trapped below deck
@ItalianNavy [12/7/16]: #SAR eli SH90 Nave Margottini #MarinaMilitare in #MareSicuro effettua evacuazione medica migrante a Lampedusa
Day 115 refugee protests, Nauru
AUSSIES AUSSIES! TAKE US FROM THE HELL! @InsurrectNews [12/7/16]
Image: @racvictoria [12/7/16]
Armed men attack illegally exiled political prisoners as Australia's human rights sector go skiing, and the media play Pokemon [RNZI - 12/7/16]
Behrouz Boochani [12/7/16]:
I have just talked with seventeen refugees who are patients waiting for medical treatment in Port Moresby.
They have been placed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in a small hotel at a Papua New Guinean Hospital.
Two nights ago at approximately 11p.m. four armed robbers attacked the hotel and held Wilson officers and two refugees hostage for a while.
At the time the refugees were taken, they had been walking in the hotel yard.
The armed robbers threatened the refugees and Wilson guards at gunpoint and took the Wilson officers’ money.
The refugees said that the robbers had a getaway vehicle ready and during the incident that the armed men shot at Hotel security guards before escaping.
During the armed robbery, one of refugees was punched. The assault victim has been unable to sleep since his attack due to the fear that the armed men will return.
I wonder how the Australian government can be happy to play with the lives of these men in this way by keeping them in such a dangerous place.
The group of seventeen refugees have been waiting in the Hotel in Port Moresby for about two months and during this time they claim that they have not received any medical treatment.
The refugees have filled out request forms and verbally asked Immigration to return them to Manus prison but Immigration have refused to transfer the men back.
That racist, fascist Hanson who imprisoned refugee men, women and children in concentration camps! Oh wait ... That was the ALP and LNP. [Guardian - 12/7/16]:
Pauline Hanson will use the Senate to denounce the “poor treatment” of Nauru detention centre security guards who were punished after appearing in a photo with her at a Reclaim Australia rally.
The eight guards were suspended after Wilson Security learned about the photo with Hanson, who spoke at the demonstration by the far right group against Islam’s cultural influence in Brisbane in April last year. ...
Discredited Save the Children CEO ignores that Australia's anti-refugee policy is based on the Deporter in Chief's [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/7/16]
Shut down Berks, dismantle ICE marcha por la justicia at the DNC - 25 July 2016:
The day the Democratic Party starts its convention, we're marching for migrant rights from the neighborhoods of Philadelphia to City Hall where delegates gather to head to their meetings.
As Clinton accepts her nomination in Philadelphia, 60 miles west of the city refugee mothers and their children will still be jailed in the Berks Family Detention Center and more than 600 people will still be deported each day.
The next President will inherit that cruel system unless President Obama reverses the massive enforcement apparatus that he's built, unless he closes down family detention and dismantles the deportation machine.
Join Juntos, the #Not1More Campaign, and other groups to march for migrant justice and to raise the standards for what it means to be considered a "champion" for immigrant rights.
Future promises aren't enough when our loved ones are suffering now.
In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, there's more the current administration can do and Candidate Clinton must echo that call.
Why is the private prison industry funding LGBT organizations? [LGBTQ Nation - 2/6/16]
Another one of their "durable solutions" in South East Asia: UNHCR facilitates forced return of 35 Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka [Asian Tribune - 12/7/16]
Australia-bound Tamil boat refugees expose complicity of Australia, media and regional human rights organisations with genocidal Sri Lanka [TamilNet - 10/7/16]:
On 15th of June, Indonesian authorities apprehended 44 Eezham Tamils en route to Australia in a fishing trawler in the eastern province of Aceh.
Indonesian officials prohibited the refugees from disembarking upon Indonesian soil stating that they were not eligible for asylum.
During one incident, as five Tamil women attempted to disembark, Indonesian authorities were reported to have fired gunshots in the air.
Eezham Tamils have consistently been fleeing from the structures of ‘Sri Lanka’.
At the same time, those at the helm of the affairs of international scrutiny conveniently ignore the institutional persecution of Tamils in the island.
Subsequently an international legitimacy is upheld pertaining to ‘democratic’ nature of the Sri Lankan State to the effect of denying or silencing the oppression and dispossession of Eezham Tamils. ...
Another US official visits Sri Lanka to examine progress of ongoing pacification of Tamil population and opportunities for economic exploitation [Tamil Guardian - 12/7/16]
Sri Lankan police arrested the eldest son of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday for misappropriation of funds in an apartment project, his lawyer said, the third member of the once-powerful family to be detained.
Namal Rajapaksa, who is also a member of parliament, had been questioned by financial police investigating the $650-million high-end project in the capital Colombo.
He appeared before a court on Monday and was remanded in police custody for a week, his lawyer Premanath C. Dolawatta said. ... [Reuters - 11/7/16]
A member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) allegedly threatened on Tuesday to blow up an airplane he boarded at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport after his flight was delayed for more than two hours. ... [Jakarta Post - 12/7/16]
Full text of statement of China's Foreign Ministry on award of South China Sea arbitration initiated by Philippines [Xinhua - 12/6/16]
The Philippines' foreign minister called for "restraint and sobriety" in the South China Sea on Tuesday after an international arbitration court issued a decision favourable to Manila and condemned by Beijing. ... [The Star - 12/7/16]
North Korea said on Monday it had told the United States it will cut the only channel of communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses.
All matters related to the United States, including the handling of U.S. citizens detained by Pyongyang, will be conducted under its "wartime law," its official KCNA news agency said. ... [Reuters - 11/7/16]
The government on Tuesday further scaled down the areas in Fukushima Prefecture subject to evacuation orders since the March 2011 nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi complex, enabling the return of more than 10,000 residents to the city of Minamisoma. ... [Japan Today - 12/7/16]
Japan court upholds reactor shutdown [Asia Times - 12/7/16]:
A Japanese court on Tuesday upheld an order to keep two reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power closed, said the utility helping keep efforts to get the country’s struggling nuclear industry up and running in limbo.
The decision, which backs a petition from residents living near the Takahama atomic station west of Tokyo, means Kansai Electric must go to a higher court to try and win permission to get the reactors back online. ...
Anything is possible ---> Anti-nuclear candidate wins governor’s race in Kagoshima [The Asahi Shimbun -11/7/16]
The Australian media's job is to lie, foster feelings of disempowerment and do constant PR for a discredited ideology.
The power brokers of neoliberalism: Philanthrocapitalists and public education [SAGE, June 2016]
Frauds and rip off merchants ---> Almost 4,000 ex-prisoners on parole will be offered intensive individual support in a bid to prevent them returning to jail under the latest "social impact investment" scheme launched by the NSW government.
National Australia Bank and the non-profit Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) have signed up as investors in the scheme, which aims to reduce re-incarceration rates. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/7/16]
ABC Local Gold Coast and panic experts "concerned" about your child using the internet and stumbling upon the truth about police death squads in the US. ---> Girl, 3, hit by truck in Port Douglas [ABC - 12/7/16]
Canberra man charged with string of child sex offences against girl [Canberra Times - 12/7/16]
Nuns 'waited' years to inquire about girl [Nine MSN - 11/7/16]:
It took more than six years for an order of nuns to respond to a complaint a 13-year-old disabled girl had been abused in their care, an inquiry has been told.
Sonia Wagner, former superior of the Sisters of Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict, visited a family six years after the alleged abuse of their disabled daughter, CIB, at a Mater Dei school in Camden NSW in 1991.
Sister Wagner told a royal commission on Monday she was asked in 1997 to follow up a complaint which had been made by police to the Catholic Education Commission.
A mother, CIC, had rung the police hotline six years after her daughter was allegedly sexually abused by a house parent, referred to as CID, at a Camden Mater Dei residential cottage for disabled children.
The commission has heard CID resigned from Mater Dei and left Australia in July 1991.
When CIB was rushed to hospital haemorrhaging badly from her rectum the initial medical assessment was she had been assaulted, her mother said.
CIC said she thought her daughter was going to die.
The alleged assault was reported to the school, police and DOCS - the NSW welfare department at the time.
But CIC never heard from police or the school until she rang a police hotline in 1997 and was then visited by Sister Wagner and another nun.
Sister Wagner said after Towards Healing - the church's internal process for dealing with sex abuse allegations - was put in place in 1996 there was heightened awareness about sexual abuse.
Before she began looking into CIB's case Sister Wagner had several conversations with the congregation's solicitor, who in one conversation spoke of meeting with a police inspector, "a Catholic from a large family that sees pedophiles under the bed".
Sister Wagner said meeting with CIC and her daughter CIB in October 1997 was purely to offer pastoral care.
CIC said she was perplexed by the nuns' visit and declined to sign documents they sent to her.
In reply to Gail Furness, counsel advising the commission, Sister Wagner said she supposed the documents were to validate the details of the visit were accurate.
Ms Furness: "Why would you need that if you are offering pastoral care?"
Sister Wagner: "Point taken", adding she was unaware at the time that CIC had not been told that police investigations had stopped.
She said she believed in hindsight that the congregation should have handled things differently and made a more strenuous effort to avoid the time delay in responding to CIC.
Sister Wagner was superior of the congregation from 1993 to 2005 and is now the bishop's assistant for pastoral ministry in the diocese of Port Pirie.
Investigations underway after shots fired into Logan house [MYGC - 12/7/16]
Brisbane police are preparing a report into the death of a teenage tourist run over by a truck at a service station in Brisbane's north on Monday afternoon.
The accident happened just hours after an elderly pedestrian was hit and killed in the state's north.
Police are calling for witnesses after the 83-year-old woman was pronounced dead in Ayr, south of Townsville.
Just a few hours later a 19-year-old woman was killed when a truck ran her over at a service station in Brisbane's north.
A police spokesman said it appeared the woman had fallen under the truck after trying to pick up some bags she had dropped on the ground as it was driving away.
Police would prepare a report for the coroner but as the fatality took place on private property, at the Coles Express on Nudgee Road in Banyo, it wouldn't be counted towards the state's road toll.
The toll stood at 125 on Tuesday, down slightly from 127 at the same time last year.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. [Brisbane Times - 12/7/16]
Truck and police car collide on M1 [MYGC - 11/7/16]
Queensland coal mining industry slammed in black lung review [ABC - 12/7/16]
Major Crime Squad detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a homeless man found outside a church in Perth on Sunday.
The body of the 48-year-old was found on the front steps of Metrochurch on Beaufort Street by a member of the church's congregation. ... [ABC - 11/7/16]
Boogeyman with beard found guilty of providing services [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/7/16] Verdict provides another opportunity for ABC and friends to engage in dogwhistling Islamophobia [ABC - 12/7/16]
A man is dead after a shooting in Melbourne's north.
Police believe he was shot just before 5.30pm near a supermarket in Dallas and died at the scene shortly after.
No arrests have been made with detectives still trying to determine the circumstances. [Nine MSN - 12/7/16]
Accused NSW police officer 'felt threatened' by prisoner [Nine MSN - 12/7/16]
New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation defends investing with Serco [RNZI - 12/7/16]
Today, Chelsea Manning spoke with her attorneys for the first time since her hospitalization last week. They have released the following statement on her behalf ... [Free Chelsea Manning - 11/7/16]
"OFFSHORE PROCESSING IS A CRIME" "POLITICAL PRISONERS NEED YOUR HELP" Why are Australian human rights organisations and the Greens are invisible? And what about you .@billshortenmp ? Three years of illegal "it's our policy" detention does not an opposition make. ---> @racvictoria [12/7/16]: Day 60 Protests on #Manus .@TurnbullMalcolm Three years of illegal detention cruel and harsh enough for you?
"HUMAN RIGHT. UN. RED CROSS. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU." @elahe_zivardar [11/7/16]: Day 114 - peaceful protest in Nauru.
This is not journalism or "raising awareness". It is ugly anti-refugee propaganda. ---> There are fears some African refugee women may be turning to powerful steroid creams to lighten their skin.
Skin bleaching is a major concern for Monica Forson who is co-founder and president of the Afro-Australian Student Organisation and youth advisor to the Ghana Association of Australia. ... [ABC - 12/7/16]
Canada: Immigration detainees on hunger strike; want meeting with public safety minister [CityNews - 11/7/16]
US Supreme Court to consider whether DHS can subject noncitizens to prolonged, mandatory detention [American Immigration Council - 11/7/16]
... The state insists that to combat the “lawlessness” of those it has demonized it must be emancipated from the constraints of the law.
The unrestricted and arbitrary subjugation of one despised group, stripped of equality before the law, conditions the police to employ brutal tactics against the wider society.
“Laws that are not equal for all revert to rights and privileges, something contradictory to the very nature of nation-states,” Hannah Arendt wrote.
“The clearer the proof of their inability to treat stateless people as legal persons and the greater the extension of arbitrary rule by police decree, the more difficult it is for states to resist the temptation to deprive all citizens of legal status and rule them with an omnipotent police.”
The miniature police states are laboratories.
They give the corporate state the machinery, legal justification and expertise to strip the entire country of rights, wealth and resources. And this, in the end, is the goal of neoliberalism. ...
Death, abuse and sexual assault: The horrific and unregulated private prison van transport business [Democracy Now - 11/7/16]
Protests against police brutality erupted across the United States over the weekend, with tens of thousands of people taking to the streets and blocking roads, bridges and highways in more than a dozen U.S. cities. Hundreds of people were arrested nationwide.
The protests were sparked by the police killing of two African American men last week — Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
But another recent police shooting has gone largely unnoticed by national media.
On July 4, off-duty New York police officer Wayne Isaacs shot and killed Delrawn Small, an unarmed African American man. Police officers initially claimed Small punched officer Isaacs in the face following a driving confrontation.
But surveillance video that has just been released counters that claim, and instead shows the off-duty officer shooting Small within one second of Small approaching the vehicle. For more we speak with Roger Wareham, the attorney representing Delrawn Small’s family. ... [Democracy Now - 11/7/16]
US exiles two Guantanamo inmates to Serbia [Reuters - 11/7/16]
The Republican chairmen of two U.S. House of Representatives committees asked the Justice Department on Monday to launch an investigation into whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton committed perjury during testimony to Congress about her use of a private email server. ... [Reuters - 11/7/16]
The strange gaps in Hillary Clinton’s email traffic [Politico – 6/7/16]
Israel forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians during clashes in blockaded Hebron village [Maan - 11/7/16]
Residents of the town of Yatta south of the city of Hebron have been forced to commute via rugged dirt roads for eleven consecutive days, as Israeli forces continued to block all exits and side roads connecting the town to the rest of occupied West Bank, amid heavy Israeli presence across the district of Hebron and blockades imposed on at least two other villages of the district. ... [Maan - 11/7/16]
IOF raid homes, arrest 14 Palestinians all over West Bank [PNN - 11/7/16]
Red Cross cuts family visits to Palestinian prisoners [Electronic Intifada - 11/7/16]
Israeli and American families of victims of Palestinian attacks filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the social network is providing a platform for militants to spread incitement and violence, their lawyers said Monday. ... [USA Today - 11/7/16]
Israel adopted a law on Monday that critics say targets Israeli rights groups critical of the right-wing government's policies and which supporters see as a blow against foreign interference in their country's affairs.
Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, it will require NGOs to give details of overseas donations if more than half their funding comes from foreign governments or bodies such as the European Union. ... [Reuters - 11/7/16]
South African state TV ordered to end ban on airing protests [Reuters – 11/7/16]
... Since that time, the program has made strong strides forward, with the Marine Corps declaring its first 10 F-35Bs combat-ready and production beginning to ramp up at Lockheed’s plant in west Fort Worth.
On Saturday, Air Force Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, the Pentagon’s F-35 program manager, said the U.S. and Lockheed are closing in on a contract for another 160 fighter jets worth more than $14 billion, Reuters reported. ... [Star-Telegram - 11/7/16]
Raytheon Co on Monday said it saw bright prospects for continued sales of its Patriot air defense missile systems, citing strong interest among its 13 operator countries in adding a 360-degree AESA radar to their existing systems. ... [Reuters - 11/7/16]
The family of an American journalist killed in Syria in 2012 has sued the Syrian government in U.S. federal court.
Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin died after a direct strike on a building where she was staying with other journalists.
Her family says the attack deliberately targeted Colvin hours after she had broadcast live from the building on CNN and spoke of indiscriminate shelling by the Assad government in the opposition-held city of Homs.
The Committee to Protect Journalists says 96 journalists have been killed in Syria since 2011.
The majority are Syrian. [Democracy Now - 11/7/16]
Syrian army extends nationwide ceasefire for 72 hours: state media [Reuters - 11/7/16]
US to send more troops to Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive [Reuters - 11/7/16]
12 July 2016