... The whole facade is wearing thin

We'll just paper over cracks

'Til people take the power back


Moving out the cavalcade

We live to fight another day

See the archer's arrows fly ...


'Archer's Arrows', Crowded House [2010]



... “I am looking after my mother with the money that I make as a security guard.” ... Benson Wane: The life of a security guard [EMTV - 12/3/17]:


... Many Papua New Guineans can relate to Benson’s story – it’s about a person who has sacrificed education and is now on minimum wage.

For K350 a fortnight, Benson’s struggle is as real as it gets, as he continues to support his mother, while focusing on improving his future.



A former U.S. spy, newly pardoned by Italy in connection with the CIA kidnap of a terrorism suspect in Milan, has credited President Donald Trump's administration with saving her from an Italian jail.

Sabrina de Sousa was transferred between Portuguese prisons and had Italian police flying in to extradite her before being granted an 11th hour reprieve last week, with a former congressman pulling strings for her in Washington.

The 60-year-old is one of 26 people convicted by Italy in absentia over the 2003 abduction of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, but the only one to spend any time in prison for an operation in which she denies involvement. ... [Reuters - 10/3/17]



China expresses concern at revelations in WikiLeaks dump of CIA data [Reuters – 9/3/17]



@wikileaks [11/3/17]:  CIA virus creation rules show obsession with avoiding US attribution for its attacks and evading forensic analysis



@wikileaks [11/3/17]:  CIA attacks its intelligence partners so much they're on the 'menu' case officers use to order from CIA hackers



@wikileaks [11/3/17]:  Case against Toyota may be affected by revelation of CIA interest in hacking cars. Here is EPIC's legal filing ...



@wikileaks [11/3/17]:  In light of CIA plans to hack car control systems an urgent study should be made of the assassination risk posed by different models ...



@wikileaks [10/3/17]:  How the CIA dramatically increased proliferation #Vault7 risks ...



People buy Big Lies because they LIKE them—and you can’t talk them out of it [Mark Crispin Miller - 11/3/17]



In 1917 Alice Wheeldon, scapegoated for her activism, was convicted of plotting to kill Lloyd George. ...


@PlutoPress [9/3/17]





Standing up, in a Vigil for Alice Wheeldon's miscarriage of justice... @mjamezz [10/3/17]



Campaigners calling for a case review of a Derby woman, who was convicted of trying to poison the Prime Minister 100 years ago today, have gathered in London to hold a vigil.

Among them, outside the Royal Courts of Justice, are the great granddaughters of suffragist Alice Wheeldon, who lived in Pear Tree Road, who claim that evidence was fabricated against her and her family by "a government eager to disgrace the anti-war movement".

Chloe and Deidrie Mason, who both live in Australia, have been campaigning for several years to get Mrs Wheeldon's name cleared and they revealed to the Derby Telegraph two months ago that they are the closest they have ever been to "submitting their evidence to Criminal Cases Review Commission, which has the power to refer the case to the Court of Appeal for hearing". ... [Derby Telegraph - 10/3/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 11/3/17]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [11/3/17]:  Nineveh: News agencies: The aviation of US-led coalition has used white phosphorus shells in the neighborhoods at the right side of Mosul.



Three firemen died late Saturday when huge fires erupted again at an oilfield in Mosul which the government has been struggling to put it since last August. ... [IraqiNews.com -  12/3/17]



Security forces find mass grave of 500 bodies in Badush Prison, near Mosul [IraqiNews.com -  11/3/17]



Refugees escaping battles between Islamic State militants and security forces in western Mosul have reached 89.245 since operations launched mid February, the Iraqi government said Saturday.

The Ministry of Migration and Displacement said its camps received 12.458 refugees from western Mosul over the past 24 hours, adding that the total now stands at 89.000 since a second phase of operations launched to retake the region. ... [IraqiNews.com - 11/3/17]



Syria demanded on Saturday that the UN Secretary General and Chairman of the Security Council condemn the two terrorist bombings that took place in Damascus city in the afternoon.

Foreign and Expatriates Ministry addressed letters to the UN top officials informing them that two civil vehicles were targeted earlier today with two devices packed with highly explosive materials in Bab Mousalla area, leaving more than 40 civilians dead and over 120 injured.

This “cowardly” act of terror coincided with the terrorist organizations’ targeting of Damascus neighborhoods with tens of rocket and mortar shells, leaving a large number of civilians dead or injured and causing massive damage to the public and private properties, mainly hospitals and schools, the letters said.

They added that this attack came in retaliation for the victories which the Syrian Arab Army has achieved against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra and the other terrorist entities linked to them in many areas, including in Deir Ezzor, Palmyra, northeastern Aleppo and the countryside of Damascus. ... [SANA - 11/3/17]



President al-Assad to Chinese Phoenix TV:  Any foreign troops coming to Syria without permission are invaders [SANA - 11/3/17]



At least eight Afghan policemen were shot dead by two of their comrades in the latest insider attack carried out in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.

According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Friday in a check post located in Shinkai district. ... [Khaama - 11/3/17]



31 Taliban militants killed in Afghan and foreign forces airstrikes in Helmand [Khaama - 11/3/17]



The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Saturday said the organiser of the attack on Enlightenment Movement protestors in Kabul had been killed during a joint operation in eastern Nangarhar province.

A statement from NDS identified Mulavi Abdul Qayyum Aka Shahin Khurasani as planner of the deadly attack on the protest demonstration in the Deh Mazang area of Kabul on July 23, 2016.

Two Daesh commanders -- Maulvi Abdul Qayyum and Maulvi Faroqi -- were killed during the operation in the Diwana Baba Bandar area of Achin district. ... [Pajhwok - 11/3/17]



Hundreds of thousands of people in northeastern Nigeria remain beyond the reach of aid, trapped between Boko Haram Islamist insurgents and counter-insurgency operations that have left many without food or work, Doctors Without Borders said.

Those who reach health centers report continuing violence against civilians by both sides in Borno state, said Bruno Jochum, general director of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Switzerland, upon return from the region. ... [Reuters - 10/3/17]



Hard to know what to believe ---> Leonardo DiCaprio DENIES he flew eyebrow artist to Oscars [Daily Mail - 1/3/17]



Turkish Coast Guard captures 48 Syrian migrants and stops them from attempting to reach Greece [ABC News - 11/3/17]



Greece’s highest administrative court is expected to rule later this month on whether Turkey can be considered a safe country for refugees being returned under a deal with the European Union.

The Council of State’s plenary on Friday heard arguments based on the appeal of two Syrian nationals whose asylum applications were rejected by the Greek Asylum Committee.

The Syrians’ lawyers argued that the rejection is a violation of the UN Charter of Human Rights and the Geneva Convention as the committee based its decision solely on Turkey’s assurances, without a proper assessment of conditions in the neighboring country.

Another plaintiff acting on their behalf, the Greek Council for Refugees, has also raised questions regarding the partiality of the judges serving on the Asylum Committee’s panels. ... [Ekathimerini - 10/3/17]



German efforts to deport North African asylum seekers thwarted by upper house [Reuters - 10/3/17]:


Germany's upper house of parliament on Friday rejected a law already approved by the lower house to classify Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia as safe countries of origin that would make it easier to deport failed asylum seekers from those states.

The law, which passed through the Bundestag lower house in May, would have allowed authorities to speed up the processing of asylum seekers from those countries and then deport them if their applications were rejected.

But it failed to win a majority in the Bundesrat, or the states' chamber. The government or the Bundestag can now contact the mediation committee to discuss possible ways of reaching an agreement, the Bundesrat said. ...



Cuban "migrant smuggler" case highlights cruelty of fickle US policy and Obama's penchant for human rights booby traps [Miami Herald - 10/3/17]:


The incident first unfolded near a Cay Sal Bank in the Bahamas during one evening in November, long before President Barack Obama revoked the longstanding wet foot, dry foot policy.

But it wasn't until last month that authorities arrested and charged a Miami Cuban of illegally transporting 21 Cubans who had no visa to enter the United States, according to Miami federal court records.

Rafael López Morales now awaits a possible trial on migrant smuggling charges, approximately two months after Obama ended the migration policy that allowed Cuban immigrants without a visa to stay in the country legally and then apply for permanent residence if they reached dry U.S. land.


The complaint does not say what happened to the 21 Cubans, but indicates that they were likely repatriated to Cuba because only López Morales was brought ashore and taken to the Border Patrol station at Dania Beach.  ...



Lighthouse Cuban migrants in legal limbo after months of imprisonment at Guantánamo [Miami Herald - 9/1/17]:


...“We are very grateful for all the help they have given us, but we do not understand why we are not allowed to talk to lawyers or work,” the Cuban migrant said.

Initially, a total of 20 migrants were transported to the base, but three of them returned to Cuban soil — two of them returned voluntarily and a third was repatriated after authorities discovered that he once worked for the government’s Ministry of the Interior.

 “We are forbidden to speak to the press about our situation,” said the rafter, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the authorities at the base.

Of the group of 17 men who remain at Guantánamo Bay, 10 are unemployed, said a second Cuban rafter who also spoke on condition of anonymity.

“We can call our family once a week, but nobody tells us how much longer we have to be here,” he said.

“Some of us work in manual jobs and get paid $4.97 an hour.”

According to the migrant, a high-ranking official at the base, Commander Dennis Mojica, has told them twice that anyone who does not accept their current situation “has the door open to return to Cuba,” a phrase which they consider a pressure tactic to get them to return to the island.  ...



Immigration detention: Building our own Guantánamos [One Small Window - 5/6/15]:


... Guantánamo Bay is the site of an immigration detention facility for asylum seekers and refugees which opened its doors in 1991 to mainly Haitian refugees fleeing political unrest in the country.

Joined by Cubans after 1994, tens of thousands of people seeking protection were housed in a “series of tent cities and shelters guarded by United States troops and surrounded by barbed wire”.

Asylum seekers whose claims are rejected are sent home while refugees are held there until they are resettled in a third country, which can take months or years.

Like detainees at the more notorious facility in Guantánamo Bay, they are not allowed to enter the US; they are also denied access to adequate legal and medical assistance.

In early 2012, the detention centre held 33 Cubans, 21 of whom were recognised refugees awaiting resettlement.

The fact that the US managed to detain so many without due process rights at the site for over a decade was a factor in its choice of venue to house so-called ‘enemies combatants’ in the war on terror.

Some of these tent cities would provide the foundations for the other prison camp opened on 11 January 2002. ...



As if it can ever be "right" ---> Abdul Zahir: Tortured and wrongly held at Guantánamo, then exiled to Oman [Truthout - 11/3/17]:


... Thomas [lawyer] explained that Zahir suffered beatings, exposure to cold temperatures, cramped confinement, stress positions, hog-tying and sexual assault.

"He would be kept in very small rooms with the air conditioning unit running full blast without proper clothing -- so, a pair of shorts -- and an iron bed," Thomas said.

Zahir "would be placed in interrogation rooms right under the air conditioner and they would make the room as cold as possible, with his hands tied to his waist, and then he would be tied into a fetal position on the floor in that very cold room."

In addition, Zahir "spent a year in a room that he called 'a cage for animals.' And in that room, he had to eat, sleep, exercise and shower all in the same place. Including elimination of waste." 

During the time he spent in that small room, a group of US troops would come into the room "wearing outfits meant to make him frightened" and "would spray a burning gas above his head," while he was shirtless.

Those troops would "drop him to the floor and two people would sit on his lower back and tie his hands and feet behind him," a practice known as "hog-tying."

They would "then pick him up like a sheep and take him elsewhere where they would quickly immerse him in water that was flowing fast from a very big pipe."

After that, they would "take him back to where he was and drop him from about one meter onto the ground still tied."

Guards also grabbed and pulled his testicles "violently, until he fell unconscious." 

As a result of his torture, Zahir "suffered physically and emotionally."

He experienced major depressive episodes that led him to attempt suicide.

Zahir protested his treatment on numerous occasions.

In one instance, after he protested, a group of guards in riot gear (Forced Cell Extraction team) tackled Zahir and "damaged his spine so badly that they had to conduct surgery," said Thomas.

Since then, Zahir has had to walk with a walker and experiences internal organ issues. ...



... “They broke me.  I told...the boss of my team, ‘You write anything and I sign it.’”

Slahi says he told interrogators that he was an active recruiter for al Qaeda, and was involved in a plan to blow up the CN Tower in Toronto but that plot never actually existed. 

“I was afraid of false confessing, but it was a relief because now he-- the captain could not torture me anymore.”

Slahi says his interrogator could not sell his false confessions up the chain of command.

“And then what they-- pretty much told him, ‘This is a bunch of B.S.’” ...  Mohamedou Slahi describes being tortured at Guantanamo Bay -- and how some of his guards became like family [CBS - 9/3/17]



... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru.  ...


Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98



Not a single Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials. 



Guards brag openly about waterboarding at Nauru – Former immigration centre guard [RT - 21/8/15]



Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:


... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.

There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour.  ...



Taiwan donates dengue test kits to Nauru as media censorship - and health profession's dismissal of the outbreak - continues in Australia [Nauru Loop - 10/3/17]



By not challenging the flawed and demented bipartisan "deterrence" policy of persecuting boat refugees, the Australian media does nothing but perpetuate it [The Age - 10/3/17]



‏@Aussie4Refugees [11/3/17]:  Why did Michael Gordon abandon Loghman Sawari?



@Aussie4Refugees [11/3/17]:  Where is Aus journalist who will interview Thomas Albrecht - or any other so called "advocate" re Loghman Sawari? ...



‏@Clintonswalk [12/3/17]:  ... Dont come & dump nuclear waste on our ancients land. We need to show support to those trying to stop nuclear waste on country.




12 March 2017