Day 85 refugee protests, Nauru
Aussies! Aussies! Take us from the hell! @elahe_zivardar [12/6/16]
Image: @SuchNigel [12/6/16]
The Australian political, media and human rights establishment blackout continues. Come Monday, they'll offer up their usual lies and false choices. [Behrouz Boochani - 12/6/16]:
The refugees in Mike prison made a complaint against the Wilson security last night.
In their complaint, they asked why the Wilson security called police to arrest a refugee that has mental problems.
The PNG police put him in jail when he was in a very bad condition.
There are psychologists in the medical centre.
Instead of reporting his critical mental situation to the psychologists in the medical centre, the Wilson security called police, and they did nothing but to put him in jail.
This man is in a bad condition now and there are some bruises on his face. It is unclear that who beat him( whether Wilson securty or Police).
This incident happened while the refugee's friends had notified the officers several times before that the mental condition of this man is deteriorating and he needs special care.
I have a question that where about the world a sick person is beaten and imprisoned?
I think the Wilson security must answer these questions while responding to the complaint.
"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island. ... It's a wicked thing to do."
Which country on this map of South East Asia is a supposedly a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, but hasn't accepted refugees since July 2014?
The boats have not stopped. The boats will never stop because seeking asylum is a human right. It's the honesty - and the journalism - that needs to start ---> Indonesian authorities rescue Australian bound asylum seekers and fix their boat [Jakarta Globe - 12/6/16]:
Authorities in Aceh intercepted a boat carrying at least 35 Sri Lankan asylum seekers bound for Australia on Saturday but refused to arrest them for immigration violation or have their refugee status processed on shore.
The Indian-flagged boat was found drifting with its engine dead just 300 meters off Lhoknga in the Aceh Besar district.
Authorities then dispatched security officials, medical professionals and technicians to check on the asylum seekers and fix the boat.
“They are heading to Australia,” Aceh immigration chief Herry Sudiarto told Tempo.co on Sunday.
Indonesian authorities normally put asylum seekers intercepted in Indonesian waters to detention centers where their asylum status are processed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Organization for Migration (IOM).
But Herry said this time authorities were only there to check the asylum-seekers' conditions and fix the boat.
“After the boat is fixed we will escort the boat back to the open ocean,” Herry said.
Lhoknga is located on the Western coast of Sumatra which borders the treacherous Indian Ocean.
There were 17 women and five children, including one pregnant woman on board.
Another immigration official, Usman told Detik.com that technicians have managed to get the boat back running on Sunday but bad weather prevented the boat from continuing the journey.
There are currently more than 13,000 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with the UNHCR in the archipelago and detention centers in Indonesia are overcapacity.
@LilianneFan - Geutanyoe Foundation [12/6/16]: We urge access to medical aid and full #protection for #Tamil #asylum-seekers in #Aceh. Majority women + children.
... "It does not only apply to Human. Even if we see an animal in need of help in the middle of the sea, we must help it. These people are human. They were begging for help. So, it is a must for us to help them." Pak Tahe. Elder, Customary Fisherman's Association. ... One year of Rohingya refugee in Aceh [Yayasan Geutanyoe - 13/5/16]
'Honouring Guests': How Aceh welcomed Rohingya refugees with open arms [Channel News Asia - 17/1/16]
... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.
"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...
... Indonesia should be recognized for devoting resources to housing hundreds of vulnerable people in its Aceh province, and working to fulfill their basic needs in cooperation with local civil society and international agencies.
But there are serious unanswered questions about a long-term solution, as the government has not clarified whether the refugees can stay beyond May 2016. ... [Amnesty - 21/10/15]
Detention, deportation and death: The UNHCR's "durable solutions" in South East Asia where Australia has shredded the refugee convention (and pushed back its border) with impunity [Guardian - 27/5/16]:
Hundreds of trafficking victims [refugees] from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain detained in Malaysia a year after being rescued from near-certain death at sea during the Asian migration crisis.
In total, 390 trafficking victims [refugees] – 325 Rohingya and 65 Bangladeshis – have spent the past year in detention, despite nominally being freed from captivity in May 2015, in research Amnesty will be publishing in the coming weeks. ...
Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh progressively deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]
Some 100 refugees from Bangladesh being accommodated at Blang Mangat immigration office in Lhokseumawe city, Aceh province, have been repatriated, according to local immigration spokesman Albert Djalius.
"We hope that all the Bangladeshi refugees can be repatriated in mid-August 2015," Djalius stated here on Wednesday.
He remarked that some 100 refugees who were stranded in Aceh in early May, this year, had complete immigration documents, and therefore, they were flown back to their country of origin from Kuala Namu Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.
However, he noted that 71 other refugees are still being accommodated in shelters, awaiting a clear demographic data from the Embassy of Bangladesh to Indonesia in Jakarta.
According to Djalius, the repatriation was managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which has been making all the necessary arrangements for providing accommodations. ...
... “We want to live with dignity and want the Myanmar Government to give us citizenship or any other country. We have an identity and we no longer want to live like this,” he said. ... 3,000 Rohingya living in tents in Hyderabad [The Hans India - 25/5/16]
The beautiful mind of a young girl: Remembering Anne Frank on her birthday [First Post - 12/6/16]
... Cuba issued Otto Frank a visa on December 1, 1941, according to the documents, but it was canceled 10 days later when Germany declared war on the United States.
The following summer, as Jews were being sent from Amsterdam to Nazi camps, the Frank family went into hiding for two years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps.
Otto Frank survived the camp but died in 1980. ... Anne Frank's family sought US visa, letters show [Reuters - 14/2/07]
... However, Australia's political leadership these past years has not exactly inspired us to build a wonderful civilisation.
When Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did his rolling of a previous leader, he promised "an intelligent discourse".
The very idea of this, after the banal mantras of the previous leadership, sent his approval ratings near to heaven, such is our yearning for intelligent discourse on complex matters.
This, too, is an ancient wisdom: "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (Proverbs 29:18) ... Bishop of Melbourne, Philip Huggins [The Age - 12/6/16]
Welcome to America!
... Just like the cities staggered on the coastline
Living in a nation that just can't stand much more
Like the forest buried beneath the highway
Never had a chance to grow ...
'Winter In America', Gil Scott-Heron 
Runaway Bay [12/6/16]
Northern Territory Country Liberals Party (CLP) politician Nathan Barrett who quit Cabinet amid a sex scandal will not contest the NT election in August, the party's president says.
Mr Barrett's future was cast into doubt after media reports emerged that he sent two videos of himself masturbating to a female constituent.
The former minister for sports, young Territorians and assistant treasurer, resigned from the ministry on Saturday after the reports emerged. ... [ABC - 12/6/16]
Barnaby Joyce tells constituent to 'piss off' during heated pub exchange [The Age - 11/6/16]
Labor candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Pat O'Neill, has given in to pressure from the defence force to remove billboards featuring him in his army uniform. ... [Yahoo - 10/6/16]
The newest and largest ship in the Navy has sailed into Brisbane for the first time. HMAS Adelaide, which has more than 400 crew on board, arrived at the Port of Brisbane on Friday morning after visiting Townsville for a military exercise. ... [ABC - 10/6/16]
House damaged in Helensvale drive-by shooting [MYGC - 12/6/16]
Suspicious house fire in Carrara [MYGC - 12/6/16]
Man dies following disturbance at Beaudesert home [MYGC - 11/6/16]
A man who had his car stolen from outside a work site south of Brisbane had a gun pointed at him during the robbery, police believe.
The 37-year-old was getting out of his parked Audi sedan at the Logan suburb of Yarrabilba when he was struck from behind by a man.
Police said he fell to his knees and was assaulted before the offender produced what is believed to be a handgun, took the car keys and drove off. [Yahoo - 12/6/16]
A man has been bashed during a violent home invasion in Nerang. ... [MYGC - 11/6/16]
A man has lost his beloved pet dog after being attacked with a sledge hammer and carjacked in a car park at Tamborine Mountain.
Police said the 32-year-old man was asleep in his sedan in a shopping centre carpark at around 2.45am when a stolen white Nissan Navara dual cab utility with three men and a boy inside parked nearby.
Two men got out of the vehicle – one of them armed with a sledge hammer and the other with a metal pole – and allegedly smashed the driver’s side window and assaulted the man with the hammer.
They demanded he exit the vehicle and hand over the keys.
The man complied with their demands and the group drove off in the two vehicles.
The man sustained facial injuries during the assault and was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Two of the man’s dogs Bun Bun and Hercules ran from the vehicle, with one returning, however ‘Bun Bun’ – a white Staffordshire Bull Terrier with a brindle eye patch (pictured below), remains missing. ... [MYGC - 11/6/16]
A Gold Coast father has rejected suggestions his son was left with a fractured skull because he was taking part in a dangerous choke-hold game. ... [Yahoo - 10/6/16]
A man has been charged after he brutally assaulted another man at a home in Parkwood overnight. ... [MYGC - 9/6/16]
Wowserism will not stop societal violence. It never has, and it never will. ---> Queensland revellers will be banned from buying shots and pre-mixed drinks with a high alcohol content after midnight from July 1. ... [Yahoo - 11/6/16]
A southeast Queensland man has pleaded guilty to torturing four children between 2013 and 2014.
The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, also pleaded guilty to a fifth charge of cruelty to a child under 16 in the Brisbane District Court on Thursday.
He will be sentenced at a date to be confirmed. [Yahoo - 9/6/16]
A man has died south of Brisbane during the early hours of Sunday morning.
A 25-year-old Zillmere man died at the scene after being struck by a car at Eight Mile Plains around 3.30am.
Initial investigations indicate the crash occurred at the intersection of Gaskell Street and Underwood Road and the driver of the car was not physically injured.
Police are talking to independent witnesses and the Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.
The incident follows a horror day on South-East Queensland roads earlier in June when three people were hit by vehicles, one fatally in Fortitude Valley, within 12 hours. [Brisbane Times - 12/6/16]
Delays on Bruce Highway after fatal accident [Brisbane Times - 12/6/16]:
Two separate crashes in Narangba on Sunday left one man dead and caused long delays on the Bruce Highway.
A 30-year-old man died following a two-vehicle crash on McPhail Road in Narangba around 11.30am.
Initial inquiries indicate a motorcycle was travelling east when it collided with a four-wheel-drive turning into a driveway.
The motorcyclist was pronounced deceased at the scene, while the 60-year-old male driver of the four-wheel-drive was taken to hospital suffering shock.
Just a few kilometres east on Boundary Rd near the Bruce Highway on-ramp, a two vehicle crash around 12.23pm caused long delays for southbound drivers on the highway.
Three people were treated for whiplash, but otherwise there were no serious injuries.
The incident caused major delays on the highway, blocking the left lane heading south.
One commuter who was caught in the delays said there were queues of cars behind him as far as he could see in his rear-view mirror.
A man has died in north Queensland after the truck he was driving rolled and caught fire.
The 45-year-old died at the scene of the crash on the Bruce Highway, north of Mackay, about 7.15am on Saturday. ... [Yahoo - 11/6/16]
Two men, young boy injured in car rollover, Pimpama [MYGC - 10/6/16]
A woman has miraculously escaped serious injury after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast this morning.
The woman was walking along Trickett Street in Surfers Paradise when she was struck by a vehicle just after 8.15am.
Paramedics treated the woman for a foot injury at the scene however she declined transport to hospital. [MYGC - 9/6/16]
NSW government funds $15m police dog training centre [Nine MSN - 12/6/16]
A man has been rushed to hospital with significant burns to his face, chest and hands after a radiator accident on the Gold Coast.
Paramedics rushed to a business on Brisbane Road at Labrador just after 9.30am. ... [MYGC - 10/6/16]
A man has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after an incident involving a power tool at the Gold Coast.
Paramedics were called to a private residence in the Gold Coast suburb of Worongary just before noon where a man had received serious facial injuries, believed to be the result of a grinder accident. ... [Brisbane Times - 10/6/16]
A driver had a lucky escape after he became trapped when the crane he was working was filmed toppling over and slicing through the top of a nearby university building.
The unharmed driver was helped by firefighters and managed to climb out after being trapped for almost an hour later.
The crane crashed with a "loud explosion" into the sixth story of the Griffith University Queensland College of Art building on Grey Street in South Bank. ... [Yahoo - 7/6/16]
It will torture and kill them, just like what they're doing to the Fraser Island dingos ---> $2.7m to fit Queensland bats with trackers [Brisbane Times - 10/6/16]
A pioneering mining expert has become the state’s first female Commissioner for Mine Safety and Health.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said Kate du Preez would become the first woman to hold the position since it was created in 2009.
Kate du Preez – also the first South African woman to obtain a mine manager’s Certificate of Competency in coal mining – will commence work next week after a global search.
“Mrs du Preez brings more than 16 years of experience in operational mining in South Africa and Queensland to this important position,” Dr Lynham said. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 12/6/16]
Lawsuit alleges Glencore warehouse firm falsified zinc documents [Reuters - 10/6/16]
I smell another ripoff: Just make it free (at least for pensioners and students) you disincentivising thieves ---> ... Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her Government’s Fairer Fares package, released in response to recommendations from the independent Fare Review Taskforce, ensures the maximum number of commuters in SEQ will benefit from a reduction in fares. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 12/6/16]
Things my students don’t know [Counterpunch - 10/6/16]:
... After the reveal, I ask students why it matters if people don’t recognize the First Amendment and understand what it means.
So what if people can’t name the freedoms it supposedly guarantees?
We hash it over and come up with an answer:
People are less likely to exercise freedoms and defend rights that they don’t know they have, and this makes them easier to control and exploit.
That’s the insight that makes the exercise worth the embarrassment it causes. ...
A shooting at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning has left multiple injuries, police announced Sunday morning.
Orlando Police tweeted, "Shooting at Pulse Nightclub on S Orange. Multiple injuries. Stay away from area."
Pulse Nightclub bills itself on its website as "Orlando's Premier Gay Night Club." ... [ABC News - 12/6/16]
Draped in rainbow peace flags and huddling under umbrellas, thousands of protesters converged in the rain Saturday outside Ramstein Air Base to demand the facility end its alleged support of U.S. drone operations. ... [Stars and Stripes - 11/6/16]
NZ wavers on India nuke membership [RNZI - 10/6/16]
Singapore, Mexico sign MOUs to boost ties consequences [The Straits Times – 12/6/16]
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
"WHERE IS THE COMPASSION IN THE LAND? - WE NEED YOUR HUMANITY" @Mums4Refugees [12/6/16]: Yesterday was Day 30 of peaceful protest on Manus. 3 years is enough!! ...
So please stop with the bewildering preferencing BS and leave it to your supporters to decide ----> Myer family millionaire endorses Di Natale [The Age - 11/6/16]:
... Mr [Michael] Myer nominates the party's "coherent, complete and comprehensive" approach to renewable energy and their humane asylum seekers policies as the key reasons for his support.
Over this last issue, his family history also looms large: his grandfather Sidney – the man who built the Myer empire from nothing – came to Australia in 1899 after fleeing anti-Jewish violence in Russia.
As Mr Myer told Di Natale at one of their first meetings: who's to say the next Sidney Myer is not now sitting in detention on Nauru or Manus Island?
"My grandfather would be turning in his grave the way we're treating the current wave of refugees and asylum seekers. It's completely un-Australian and quite frankly it's against our national interest," Mr Myer says.
Greens continue signalling to their voters that securing the fascist cartel is their priority [Media Release - 8/6/16]
... Even a small taste of freedom is denied on Manus Island ... Where is the Red Cross and Human Rights? ... [VIDEO - Rez Nez - February 2015]
You’ve probably read, watched, or heard something controversial about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp since it started housing suspected terrorists in 2002.
This past year, most media has centered around hunger strikes—which is one of the most well-known ways that prisoners protest their indefinite detainment—and the subsequent force-feeding they endure.
Last year, there were over 100 detainees on hunger strike. But what about the detainees that are eating? Fortunately for them, there's Sam, the cheery middle-aged Korean chef that takes pride in each meal she whips up.
Sam makes chicken eight different ways, prepares both Halal and Kosher meals, and bakes an impressive assortment of cookies. And every ingredient used in her kitchen comes from … you guessed it … America.
Our host Gianna Toboni spent a few days last March on a riveting tour of Gitmo, from the cellblock to the prison library to the local mini golf course and the fascinating commissary.
We don't know what was more surprising—the huge python that we encountered, or the interesting politics of the camp's kitchen. Inside Guantanamo Bay's Kitchen [VIDEO - MUNCHIES - 1/12/14]
Gitmo’s ‘gourmet fare’ [Washington Times - 29/6/05]:
... The chance to eat the Gitmo way will be offered in the compilation of recipes by a group of Americans who say the camp’s reputation for inhumane conditions and torture is exaggerated.
Freed detainees have complained of intimidation by dogs, being forced to wear pictures of scantily clad women around their necks, and being kept in isolation for months at a time, in either freezing or boiling temperatures.
Laura Curtis, one of the book’s editors, says the recipes would “make a point about how well we are treating these people.”
Freed prisoners are said to have put on an average of nearly 14 pounds during captivity.
“We feel that the word ‘torture’ is a serious abuse of the language when you apply it to what’s going on at Gitmo,” she says.
“We’re pretty tired of the military-bashing that we see in the news.” ...
Australia stopped accepting refugees (with UNHCR support) in July 2014. No discussion. No referendum. [BBJ - 10/6/16]:
... Hungary is planning to launch a referendum in September or October but it is not yet clear what legal weight a national referendum might have on a quota required by the European Commission.
If the referendum is passed, it could certainly be used by Hungaryʼs government to claim they have the support of their people in opposing the EUʼs refugee quota.
Unknown numbers of people remain trapped across South East Asia as a result of the UNHCR's "durable solutions" of detention, deportation and death. i.e. NO POSSIBILITY FOR GENUINE RESETTLEMENT. As with Europe, they're not on your TV, but they're still there and still suffering.
... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.
Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.
Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods. ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]
Bali Process affirms Australia's obsession with stopping people from seeking asylum, and criminalising refugees throughout South East Asia [Foreign Minister and Minister for Immigration Media Release - 23/3/16]
Bali Process: Australia's anti-refugee policies matter [Jakarta Globe - 21/3/16]
... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.
“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.
“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.” ...
12 June 2016