Day 207 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [12/10/16]




Evidently Australia and Nauru want former MP - as well as refugees - to die? [RNZI - 12/10/16]:


A former Nauru MP says the treatment of a former president of the country is 'insane' as he languishes in hospital after collapsing last week.

Sprent Dabwido has been trying to reach Australia for urgent medical attention due to a critical heart condition, but the Government's Justice Minister, David Adeang, cancelled his passport before he could leave.

Squire Jeremiah said Mr Dabwido is desperately waiting for the Secretary of Justice, Graham Leung, to return from Fiji to deal with the matter.

He said a doctor and hospital director in Nauru have since left the country after writing a referral for Mr Dabwido to see a specialist in Australia.

"This is crazy, this is insane, it's a new level of really discouraging people from standing against the government. You'll end up in the same position as Sprent. And this is very serious, I believe the international community needs to step in and help," he said.



Are Malaysian patrols on alert to push back Rohingya boats like Australia does? [Channel News Asia - 12/10/16]



Myanmar:  Military continue deadly attacks on Rohingya in Maungdaw North [Arakan Times - 12/10/16]



‏@Aungaungsittwe [12/10/16]:  More than 3000 #Rohingya including women and children urgently need food, some left there houses in fear& some houses w burnt down by army  



Rohingya are at the brink of mass genocide [Huffington Post - 11/10/16]



The Sri Muthumari Amman temple in Anuradhapura was attacked by men carrying knives and clubs on Monday evening as Tamil devotees celebrated the Hindu festival of Navarathiri.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 12/10/16]



Sri Lanka to lease 15K acres to China in Hambantota for Special Economic Zone [Tamil Guardian - 12/10/16]



Media tries to rehabilite Gillard as a feminist; Australia's refugee rape deterrence policy continues unchallenged [ABC - 12/10/16]




Singapore Prime Minister addresses Australia's parliament [Channel News Asia -12/10/16]:


... Said Mr Lee: “I am happy that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and I have concluded the CSP, an ambitious package that enhances core aspects of our cooperation."

Under the pact, the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will have more training space in Australia and jointly develop state-of-the-art facilities with the Australia over 25 years.

“This will improve the quality of our training, and help to overcome Singapore’s size constraints. Our two armed forces will have more opportunities to train together and enhance interoperability,” noted Mr Lee. ...



The wealthy city-state of Singapore — with its flourishing trade, orderly life and almost non-existent crime — is hardly a place one would associate with illegal trade.

But a new report by a reputed organization reveals that in fact, the country has a poor record of preventing just that.

The new Economist Intelligence Unit released a 100-point index Wednesday that placed Singapore at seven out of 17 Asian countries for its ability to prevent illicit trade that includes counterfeit goods, arms and endangered wildlife.

Singapore's low ranking was largely the result of its lacunae in its free trade zones.

Commissioned by the European Chamber of Commerce, the index evaluated countries against 14 indicators including transparency, intellectual property and customs.

Singapore scored 69.8 points to tie with Taiwan.

Still, it is behind neighbor Malaysia (71.8), often seen as a nation with a far less efficient government.

The top performers were Australia (85.2), New Zealand (81.8) and Hong Kong (81.4).

Singapore's government did not immediately respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press. ... [Jakarta Post - 12/10/16]



Singapore Airlines explores launching direct flights to Israel [Israel Hayom - 11/10/16]




Japan protests over signs of renewed Chinese gas exploration [Reuters - 12/10/16]




A cargo ship that hauls alumina for Rio Tinto along Australia's coast is under investigation for failing to pay its crew and keeping squalid living conditions on board.

Australian authorities detained and boarded the Maratha Paramount – an Indian-owned bulk carrier that flies the flag of the Marshall Islands – and conducted inquiries while it was docked in Gladstone earlier this week.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority confirmed it had issued the vessel with two deficiency notices – for failing to pay the wages of its 22 crew members for two months, and for failing to provide them with clean facilities.

A spokeswoman said the ship was released from detention after the violations were rectified. ... [WA Today - 12/10/16]



A doctor who separately saw two elderly patients before their deaths has defended his treatment of them, as a WA coroner investigating his care has indicated she is unlikely to make adverse findings against him. ... [Nine MSN - 12/10/16]



The trial of Megan Haines, the nurse accused of murdering two patients and attempting to kill another at Ballina’s St Andrews Village in 2014, has been aborted on its first day.

During yesterday’s hearing in Lismore, it was revealed that a juror had a conflict of interest in the case.

As a result, the entire 12-member panel has been dismissed and a new jury will be empanelled tomorrow (Wednesday). ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 11/0/16]



A Trinity Grammar student was allegedly bashed unconscious and had his nose broken by a Xavier College student, whose friends held the victim during the alleged assault at an exclusive weekend party.

Victoria Police is investigating the alleged assault at a fundraising event at Malvern Town Hall on Saturday night, attended by nearly 600 people, including students from Melbourne's top private schools. ... [The Age - 12/10/16]



A woman has allegedly stabbed a man in the thigh and bicep at a home in central Queensland.

The man, 29, also suffered a cut to his lower back and was taken to hospital following the alleged attack in Clermont, southwest of Mackay, on Wednesday morning.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested at the home and is due to face the Mackay Magistrates Court on Thursday charged with two counts of unlawful wounding. [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



A woman has been arrested and charged after she allegedly slashed a man’s arm open with a broken wine glass during a domestic disturbance at a house on the Gold Coast.

Police were called to the Carnarvon Street home at Oxenford around 8.30pm on Tuesday night following reports of a man and woman fighting.  ... [MYGC - 12/10/16]



Police are investigating after a brick was thrown through the window of a home in Benowa this morning.

The incident occurred at a house on Kevins Avenue around 12.20am.

Police said a brick was thrown through a bedroom window. ... [MYGC - 12/10/16]



Man killed by car after family violence in Perth's southern suburbs [WA Today - 12/10/16]



Wife accidentally runs over and kills husband in driveway, Clayton South [The Age – 11/10/16]



Tradesman narrowly avoids being crushed by water tanker, Sherwood [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



Pedestrian hit by Kings Christian College bus, Surfers Paradise [Nine MSN - 12/10/16]



Delays after car rolls off trailer on M1 at Helensvale [MYGC - 12/10/16]



... The first accident occurred at Mudgeeraba just after 6.00am when a man was struck by a car on Somerset Drive and Bonogin Road.

The man, aged in his 40s, was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Just half an hour later a person was taken to Gold Coast University hospital after a crash at Mount Nathan.

The single-vehicle accident occurred on Beaudesert Nerang Road and Riverglen Court just after 6.30am.

Around 7.00am a motorcyclist suffered minor injuries after crashing his bike on Heeb Street at Ashmore.

The rider, a man aged in his mid 40’s, was treated at the scene before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment to minor injuries. ... [MYGC - 12/10/16]



Traffic chaos after limo and truck collision on M1 near Tweed tunnel [MYGC - 11/10/16]



A safety warning has been issued after 50 cartridges of potentially toxic gas were stolen from a Bundaberg property over the weekend.

Police say five boxes containing 50 Den-Co-Fume cartridges, used to eradicate foxes, were stolen from a secure shed on a Rosedale property at Meadowvale sometime between October 8 and 10.

Den-Co-Fume is considered dangerous and can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, unconsciousness and even death.

The cartridges are easily ignited and emit a dark black smoke that dissipates, followed by a colourless, odourless, gas.

Police have asked anyone who comes across these cartridges to call 000 immediately and not touch or attempt to move the cartridges.

Investigations were continuing. [Brisbane Times - 12/10/16]



Queensland man confirmed as Australia’s first case of black lung from an open cut coal mine [Australian Mining - 12/10/16]



Northern prawn fleet seek answer on unexplained mass mangrove dieback in Gulf of Carpentaria [ABC - 11/10/16]



It's a gas! ---> Dutch royals to visit Brisbane next month [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



Councils lay off 5000 staff to stay 'financially viable': Local Government Association of Queensland [Brisbane Times - 12/10/16]


Bali prosecutors to charge Australian woman Sara Connor over murder [Tweed Shire Echo – 12/10/16]



Barely recognisable after being stabbed, bashed and stomped on, Tia Landers pleaded with her attackers to stop even after being shot in the head.

She said "No, no, she didn't want a second" shot, a witness has told a Brisbane Supreme Court murder trial on Wednesday.

The jury heard a graphic recounting of the alleged attack on Ms Landers at the Brighton home of de facto couple Linda Eileen Appleton and John Edward Harris on June 16, 2014.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murdering the mother of four but guilty to interfering with her corpse. ... [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



A man has been remanded in custody accused of fatally punching a Brisbane father on Saturday.

Wayne Andrew Hearn, 38, did not apply for bail when he appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday. ... [Yahoo - 12/10/16] 



Gable Tostee trial: Murder accused ordered pizza after Warriena Wright's fall, court hears [ABC - 12/10/16]



A Supreme Court jury has listened to Warriena Wright's last words moments before she fell to her death from the 14th floor balcony of Gable Tostee's Gold Coast apartment in the early hours of the morning on August 8, 2014. ... [ABC - 11/10/16]



Gable Tostee: Screaming, shouts of 'no' captured prior to Warriena Wright's balcony fall, court hears [ABC - 10/10/16]



A man who was living in a homeless shelter in Brisbane has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of French student Sophie Collombet, whose body was found naked and battered in an inner city rotunda in 2014. ... [ABC - 12/10/16]



A man has been committed to stand trial accused of murdering a Brisbane rugby league referee after allegedly supplying the rifle used to gun him down.

Craig Michael Morton is accused of selling and helping saw down a .22 rifle to associate Tyson Taylor so the latter could fatally shoot Tony McGrath in his Woolloongabba garage in May 2013.

Brisbane Deputy Chief Magistrate Terry Gardiner committed Morton to stand trial on one count of murder despite defence submissions the evidence was "completely silent" on whether he knew the alleged murder weapon would be used to kill Mr McGrath. ... [Yahoo - 11/10/16]



Tiahleigh Palmer: Former foster mother, brother to plead guilty to perjury over 12 year old schoolgirl's death [ABC - 10/10/16]




knobhead [noun]:   A stupid person.




Chairman of the city’s 2018 Commonwealth Games, Peter Beattie, has assured us that 4000 homeless people won’t be moved during the games. ... [MYGC - 12/10/16]


Gold Coast Commonwealth Games a terror target: Peter Beattie [Sydney Morning Herald – 11/10/16]



Australia: Police arrest more teenagers to lock up indefinitely on possible thought crime charges [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/10/16]:


Police have arrested two teenagers carrying knives in south-west Sydney as part of an ongoing counter-terrorism investigation.

The boys, both aged 16, were arrested by the NSW Joint Counter-Terrorism Team in in a laneway off Fetherstone Street at Bankstown on Wednesday afternoon.

"Officers seized two knives and the pair remains in custody," a police statement said.

"Police are unable to release anything further at this time however there is no on-going threat in relation to this matter."

Their arrest is believed to relate to the diversion of a terrorism plot.

One local shop owner, who asked not to be identified, said police went into a prayer hall on Adnum Lane and arrested the two boys.

He said the boys had been inside for about 10 minutes when several police cars descended on the area at high speed.

"They came into my shop to ask if my CCTV showed the boys walking down the street," he said.

It is understood at least one of the boys had attended East Hills Boy High School and was one of two boys spoken to by police in 2014 after refusing to stand for the national anthem.

The boys reportedly told police at the time they "only stand for God".



Girls charged over Cairns tourist robbery [Yahoo - 11/10/16]:


A group of girls aged 15 and under are facing a string of charges after two tourists were robbed at knifepoint in Cairns.

It's alleged a 62-year-old woman was pushed to the ground and kicked and a 32-year-old man punched during the assault in the suburb of Manunda on Sunday.

Police say the two of the four girls, aged between 12 and 15, were armed with knifes and the group demanded money before the tourists handed over Australian and overseas currency.

The girls were later charged with a total of 15 offences, including armed robbery and serious assault, and will be dealt with under The Youth Justice Act.



And will there also be a centre to help all the racists? ---> A new youth drop-in centre might be established in Kalgoorlie in the wake of the death of Aboriginal boy Elijah Doughty in August, which sparked a violent riot.

The Kalgoorlie-Boulder region has been rocked by a spate of suicides in the last year while concerns have been raised about a lack of funds for indigenous youth services and high crime.

It's been reported that a 37-year-old Aboriginal mother of three had been found dead this week at the site of 14-year-old Doughty's death. ... [Nine MSN - 12/10/16]



Royal Commission into Northern Territory youth detention continues [ABC - 12/10/16]



This month marks 155 years since the largest massacre of Europeans by Aboriginals, and a turning point in Australia's frontier history so bloody it has been described as warfare.

Eminent historian Henry Reynolds said the deaths of 19 men, women and children at Cullin-la-ringo, in central Queensland, resulted in repercussions that left tens of thousands of Aboriginals dead.  ... [ABC - 10/10/16]



Armed robbery in Upper Coomera [MYGC - 12/10/16]



Two teenagers charged over jewellery robbery, Wynnum West [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



Caretaker threatened with iron bar $10,000 stolen, Brighton Bayside Caravan Park [Brisbane Times - 12/10/16]



Suspended Gold Coast police officer on dangerous driving charge was 'not behind the wheel', court told [ABC - 12/10/16]



A Queensland policeman has been granted bail after facing court on a string of child sex charges.

The 46-year-old constable, who can't be named for legal reasons, is charged with one count of rape and 11 counts of indecent treatment of a child.

The offences are described as "historical" and are understood to date back four to six years.

Magistrate Elizabeth Hall granted bail with several conditions, including that he have no contact with the complainants and their families, and that he not use any device including a phone or a computer to access the Internet.

The prosecution also requested he be prevented from visiting a township, which they did not name to protect the identity of his alleged victims.

The constable from the southern region has been suspended from the police service while the allegations against him are dealt with.

The matter was adjourned until November 7. [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



Man mistakenly arrested in hunt for Maroochydore court escapee [Brisbane Times - 11/10/16]



... The [Creepy Clown] craze is said to have been inspired by the US horror film series The Purge, which explores a dystopian theme where crime is legalised for a set period of time.

[Queensland Police Minister] Mr Byrne said the film had "a disgraceful socio-economic undertone" and included the murder of homeless people.

"It represents a prostitution of society's character," he told parliament.

"It affronts all that egalitarian and inclusive Australia represents." [Yahoo - 11/10/16]



A nearly three-week murder trial that scrutinized the shooting death of a homeless man by Albuquerque police fell short of settling the fates of the two former officers, with jurors saying they were deadlocked on second-degree murder charges against the men. ... [Miami Herald - 12/10/16]



North Carolina trooper shoots, kills man amid Hurricane Matthew flooding [NY Daily News - 11/10/16]



Truck hits Native American crowd during Columbus Day protest in Nevada; no arrest yet [CBS - 11/10/16]



Climate-change activists on Tuesday disrupted the flow of millions of barrels of crude from Canada to the United States in rare, coordinated action that targeted several key pipelines simultaneously.

Activists in four states were arrested after they cut padlocks and chains and entered remote flow stations to turn off valves in an attempt to stop crude moving through lines that carry as much as 15 percent of daily U.S. oil consumption.

The group posted videos online showing the early morning raids.

Protest group Climate Direct Action said the move was in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which has protested the construction of a separate $3.7 billion pipeline carrying oil from North Dakota to the U.S. Gulf Coast over fears of potential damage to sacred land and water supplies. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]



Internet and communications services restored to Aleppo [SANA - 11/10/16]



Attack on school in Daraa city kills 6 including 5 children, 30 injured in similar attacks in Damascus [SANA - 11/10/16]



Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has warned of plots by the US, Saudi Arabia and their regional allies to partition Syria in order to serve the Israeli regime’s interests in the Middle East.

The “real goal” of the countries that have neither democracy nor elections was not democracy or elections in Syria, Nasrallah said on Tuesday.

“The goal was for Syria to fall and be fragmented and be ripped apart” in line with Israel’s interests, he added. ... [Press TV - 11/10/16]



New Clinton email reveals direct support for ISIS from two powerful Western allies [The Canary - 11/10/16]



Chapter 10 Interesting Blood, 'The Family:  The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power', Jeff Sharlet [Harper Collins - 2008]:


... Under the spiritual tutelage of the Family, Hillary moved further rightward, drifting from traditional liberalism toward the kind of privatized social welfare the Family has favored ever since Abram reacted in horror to the New Deal.

The Reverend Rob Schenck's favorite example?  Clinton's collaboration with Brownback on anti-sex traffcking legislation condemned by the very activists it would have helped.

Brownback and Chuck Colson, one of the leading thinkers behind the law, were more interested in extracting pledges of purity than in helping the already fallen.

That resulted in the de-funding of longtime federal partners that, for instance, provide health care for prostitutes, and increased funding for faith-based groups that simply preach Christ and abstinence to foreign sex slaves.

And it's not just those who are trapped in involuntary sex work who are ill served by the switch; epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases, notoriously resistant to sermonizng, ripple out into the general population.

It's bad law for everyone.  But Clinton was willing to lend her name, and her fundamentalist friends noticed.

"I welcome that," says Colson.


 a law she backed to ensure "religious freedom" in the workplace that so distorts the meaning of the words that it makes even Republicans such as Senator Arlen Specter uneasy about its encroachments on First Amendment freedoms.

It's a sort of Bartleby option for those "who prefer not to":  pharmacists who refuse to fill birth-control prescriptions, nurses who refuse to treat gay or lesbian patients, police officers who refuse to guard abortion clinics. 

And then there was the passage, during Bill's presidency, of the International Religious Freedom Act, a move supported by Hillary.

Like the workplace bill, it seemed sensible.  Who's opposed to religious freedom?

But in reality it shifted the monitoring of religion in other countries from the State Department to an independent, evangelical-dominated agency that drew much of its leadership from the Christian Legal Society, creating a platform for U.S. evangelicals to use religious freedom ratings as leverage for a sort of shadow foreign policy.

Hillary's stance toward Iran, more hawkish than that of many Republicans, is just one example of a position long held by elite fundamentalists mainstreamed through the world of an ostensibly liberal ally. ... 



 ‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [11/10/16]:


Baghdad: A person was killed and 5 were wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Husseiniya area northeast of Baghdad which is controlled by Hashd Militia.


Baghdad: 10 persons were killed as a roadside bomb exploded in Ubeidi area east of Baghdad which is controlled by Hashd Militia.


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 9 wounded as an IED exploded in Sho'la area northwest of Baghdad which is controlled by Hashd Militia.


Baghdad: A first lieutenant was killed when a militant attack targeted him at qanat Street near Amin area east of Baghdad which is controlled by militias.


Baghdad: An employee at Mayoralty of Baghdad was killed and his son wounded when a militant attack targeted his home in Hurriya area northwest of Baghdad which is controlled by Hashd Militia.


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 7 wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Basmaiya area southeast of Baghdad.


Baghdad: A person was killed and 8 were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded in Furat neighborhood west of Baghdad.



Two French soldiers were badly wounded in Iraq and two Peshmerga fighters were killed by a booby trapped drone sent by a group related to the Islamic State, Le Monde reported on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]



Turkish jets violate Greek airspace in the Aegean [Ekathimerini - 11/10/16]



US bombing picks up in Libya [Stars and Stripes - 11/10/16]




… And nothing's going to change the way we live

'Cause we can always take but never give ...

'Virtual Insanity', Jamiroquai [1996]



Russia cannot extradite former employee of US intelligence services Edward Snowden to the United States, Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak said on Tuesday speaking at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

"We don't have any legal or moral reasons to give him back to the government of the United States," the ambassador said.

He recalled that Russia and the US have no agreement on the extradition of persons suspected of committing crimes. [TASS - 12/10/16]



Russia denies asylum to US citizen wanted for hacking JPMorgan Chase [TASS - 11/10/16]:


... Bloomberg on Tuesday said that according to investigators Joshua Aaron and Israeli citizens Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein before October 2014 carried out a number of cyberattacks against JPMorgan chase to steal data on more than 100 million clients.

On the list of the fraudsters’ victims were a number of financial companies in New York, Boston (Massachusetts), Omaha (Nebraska) and St. Louis (Missouri).

The stolen data allowed the hackers to get unauthorized access to bank accounts. ...



And no-one considers that it might have been the United States or Israel? --->  A malware attack against Australia's Bureau of Meteorology which might have spread into other government networks originated from a foreign intelligence service, an official report by the country's cyber defense agency said on Wednesday.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre's (ACSC) first public report did not say which foreign power authorized the December 2015 attack but it will add credibility to warnings from independent cyber security experts who have blamed countries like China and Russia for malicious online attacks. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]



Many guns imported by the Somali government with U.N. approval are being resold by arms dealers on the black market in the nation's capital Mogadishu, two Western diplomats said. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]



Nigeria releases judges arrested by security agency [Reuters - 11/10/16]



Second attack reported on a mosque in Kabul city [Khaama - 12/10/16]



At least 14 people were killed on Tuesday when a gunman in a police uniform opened fire on worshippers gathered at a shrine in the Afghan capital of Kabul for a Shi'ite holy day, officials said.

Thirteen civilians and one police officer died and 36 people were wounded, said Ministry of Interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Ministry of Public Health officials said at least 43 people had been injured in the incident and had been taken to hospitals in the city for treatment. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]



President Barack Obama’s former Af-Pak point man described Ashraf Ghani as an increasingly imperious and temperamental individual, left with a few aides.

“Ghani appears to be increasingly imperious and temperamental, firing people on the spot without replacements, not delegatingand micro-managing,” ex-special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman wrote in an email.

The diplomat sent the mail to John Podesta weeks after he had left the White House.

“His circle of close advisors has shrunk to only 2 or 3, and even those fear him and likely don't speak fully honestly to him.” ... [Pajhwok - 11/10/16]



Mother of boy tortured in Australian prison says she fears for his life as human rights and media establishment continue exploiting atrocity for perceived partisan advantage [Guardian - 11/10/16]:


... Roxanne Moore, a human rights lawyer and campaigner in Amnesty International’s Indigenous Rights team, said Indigenous children were not born equal to those who were not Indigenous: “And we have to change that.”

As she was speaking, Joanne Voller got up from the table at which the panel of speakers were sitting and left the room.

• A rally demanding the resignation of Nigel Scullion, the Indigenous affairs minister in the NT, and justice for Indigenous children in custody will be held outside the Sydney Town Hall at 6pm on Tuesday <-- WRONG. It was a rally/sit in demanding FREEDOM and expressing solidarity with the Voller family.



... Joanne says that since the Royal Commission was announced, the amount of racial abuse directed at her family in her hometown of Alice Springs has been “frightening”.

“It’s hard for me to stand up in Alice Springs because there’s not a lot of support. A lot of people in that town - whitefellas, not to be rude - they hate Dylan and they’d like to think that Dylan was dead. So it’s really hard for me to stand up and speak there,” Joanne said.

“Nobody has actually contacted me once to explain what’s going on, nothing. I actually called Labor and Liberal, none of them called me back.” [Buzzfeed - 11/10/16]



Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable  Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.  



Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:


... Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice.

Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.



US Justice Department announces investigation into Alabama prison conditions as guards and prisoners strike [The Root - 10/10/16]



Israeli soldiers kill young Palestinian man in Silwan [IMEMC - 11/10/16]:


... The Wadi Hilweh information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) said the young man, Ali Atef Shiokhi, 20, was shot with a live round in his Pelvis, and that he bled to death as the medics were unable to move him to the hospital due to the extensive military siege on the town.

The Palestinian was a former political prisoner who was only released from an Israeli detention center earlier this year, after being held for 15 months. ... 



Israeli troops shot and injured three Palestinian youth with live fire late Monday night during clashes near the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque -- known also as Rachel's Tomb -- just north of the city of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank. ... [Maan - 11/10/16]



Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Moday evening morning have opened fire at Palestinian houses east of Khuzaa town east of Khan Younis to the south of Gaza. ... [PNN - 11/10/16]



4 Palestinian youths in al-Ram injured with live fire as clashes erupt with Israeli soldiers [Maan - 11/10/16]



Is the UN about to subsidise an Israeli war crime? [Electronic Intifada - 11/10/16]:


The Palestinian Authority is trying to prevent United Nations agencies from effectively subsidizing Israel’s forcible transfer of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

The Electronic Intifada has learned that UN officials are due to meet in coming days to allocate “emergency” funds to pay an Israeli lawyer who has been representing Bedouin communities in their years-long struggle against efforts to forcibly remove them from their land in the occupied West Bank.

The lawyer had previously been paid by the Norwegian Refugee Council.

But in a confidential memo seen by The Electronic Intifada, the Norwegian Refugee Council says it ended the funding after it learned that the lawyer was negotiating the communities’ forcible transfer, a violation of international law, with Israeli occupation authorities. ...



Yemeni forces hit Saudi base with ballistic missile [Press TV - 11/10/16]



USS Mason fired 3 missiles to "defend from Yemen cruise missiles attack" [USNI - 11/10/16]



Obama is killing Yemen:  Yemeni journalist speaks out after US-backed bombing strikes funeral [Democracy Now - 11/10/16]:


... NASSER ARRABYEE: Yes, yes. Well, let me tell you something very important. You know, the problem why—or the reason why we say Obama is killing Yemen, is killing Yemen humans, is simply because Obama or United States, the administration of the United States, is cooperating. And this is announced. This is known to everyone.

But it is not only a matter of cooperating with the refuel or with the intelligence or with the logistic things. No. But it is a will. It is Obama will to support the Saudi Wahhabi regime, which means to us is Obama now is supporting the Qaeda, ISIS, because Obama is saying he’s supporting the internationally recognized government, the exiled government based in Riyadh now.

Obama should know—and I think he knows—that three members, at least—three members, at least, of this government are designated by Obama, by Treasury Department, as global terrorists.

I can give you the names now. Three, at least, of this government in Riyadh are Qaeda, ISIS leaders. They are leading their operators here in Yemen, using the American weapons, using the Saudi money.

This is what Obama is doing in Yemen. Obama is leading the Americans to the law of jungle and the world to the law of jungle. He is crazy now. ...



An exiled Turkish journalist, a Crimean Tartar activist and two Yazidi victims of the Islamic state group were shortlisted on Tuesday for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

The prize is awarded annually to honour individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression, often falling foul of their governments as a result.

Can Dundar, the former editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, Turkey's top opposition daily, was sentenced by a Turkish court in May to five years and 10 months in prison for allegedly revealing state secrets in a story that angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

Cumhuriyet's report on a shipment of arms intercepted at the Syrian border sparked a furore, with Erdogan warning Dundar he would "pay a heavy price".

Dundar is believed to be in Germany after he was freed earlier this year pending an appeal following his trial. ... [Middle East Eye - 11/10/16]



... Drinks and nibbles provided. Numbers are strictly limited. ... Guerilla guide to the new data retention laws [PEN Sydney - 11/10/16]



Press freedom - as long as we get to filter your message, and/or it suits our partisan agenda!  ---> Supporting Behrouz Boochani at #PressFreedom dinner #vote4pressfreedom @withMEAA ‏@strom_m [6/5/16]



@dawa_lhamo [‏ [6/5/16]:  Empty chair at #vote4pressfreedom for #Kurdish #Iranian #journalist Behrouz Boochani detained at #Manus since 2013



Peter Greste returns to Australia's public speaking circuit one day after medieval exile laws pass in another Senate bipartisan stitchup.



Where are the reports, photos and footage of Behrouz Boochani winning the PEN award last night? --->  ‏@rac_canberra [11/10/16]:  Behrouz Boochani, a hostage of Australia's for 28 months on #Manus, wins PEN reporting award.


@MelbournePEN [11/10/16]  Hear Peter Greste in Melbourne for PEN Day of the Imprisoned Writer-Tues 15 Nov. Campaign for freedom of expression




Peter Greste says Julie Bishop’s death stare helped get him out of prison [Buzzfeed - 26/3/15]



Perhaps they haven't heard of Julian Assange?  [UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]:


... In our briefs to the WGAD, we argued that someone is effectively detained when they are forced to choose between confinement and running the risk of persecution. That is the precise dilemma faced by Mr. Assange, who would lose the protection of his asylum if he stepped out of the embassy.

The risk of extradition is the 'fourth wall' for the now repudiated claim that he is free to leave the embassy. As a result, it has been years since Mr. Assange has had access to proper medical care, sunlight, or the ability to see his family.

The WGAD's decision in Mr. Assange's case sets an important precedent for refugees.

In our submissions we analogized the situation faced by Mr. Assange to that of asylum-seekers in detention facilities.

States may claim that asylum-seekers held in subhuman conditions are not 'detained' because they are technically free to leave for their home country, but this is a non-choice, since the home country would persecute the asylum seeker.

The WGAD decision could mean that so-called 'open' facilities like the Israeli Holot, deep in an Israeli desert, and the Australian-run center in Nauru are legally equivalent to closed prisons.

This concept of detention builds on arguments already adopted by many sources of international law, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and WGAD case law.

We expect this decision to be cited in future refugee detention challenges.

The decision is also resounding victory for freedom of expression as it recognizes that whistleblowers and publishers need protection, and acknowledges the coercive effect of an extradition threat.

The WGAD announced today that the “Republic of Ecuador granted asylum because of Mr. Assange’s fear that if he was extradited to Sweden, he would be further extradited to the United States where he would face serious criminal charges for the peaceful exercise of his freedoms.”

The decision is a major milestone in the growing international consensus about the need to protect those who promote the publication of truth about government. Last October, the European Parliament voted to protect whistleblower Edward Snowden from extradition to the United States.

That same month, the UN envoy charged with safeguarding free speech around the globe issued a report calling on governments to protect whistleblowers and confidential sources rather than punishing them.  ...



Manus concentration camp:  Matters regarding sham refugee processing, illegal imprisonment and compensation back in PNG Supreme Court [PNG Loop - 11/10/16]:


Parties involved in the asylum seekers case before the Supreme Court will have till Oct 20 to file their arguments.

This is in response to another application that was filed by the detainees’ lawyer, Ben Lomai.

Lomai filed another application on Sept 30, after the hearing date of two applications filed earlier was set for Oct 27.

Parties in the case appeared before the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon where directions were issued.

The Deputy Court Registrar will confirm the application books before the hearing on the morning of Oct 27.

A three-judge Supreme Court bench will hear the three applications.

The first application will be moved by PNG Immigration and State lawyers in relation to a jurisdictional issue.

They claim that Lomai, as a lawyer for the asylum seekers, has no right to sign the Enforcement of Constitutional Rights' Applications on their behalf.

The second application was filed by Lomai on behalf of the asylum seekers, asking for Summary Judgment from the Supreme Court that also covers compensation for the illegal detainment of his clients following the five-man Supreme Court bench ruling on April 26.



Jimenez Moreno v. Napolitano: Immigration detainers require a warrant [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 11/10/16]:


The interior enforcement agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), employs various ways to co-opt state and local law enforcement to help it enforce the immigration laws. One of those tools, an immigration detainer, asks local law enforcement to hold the subject of the detainer for up to 48 hours so that ICE can take the person into immigration custody.

The problem is that these detainers are issued without any regard for due process, and often without actually speaking with the subject of the detainer. Because of this, it is not surprising that ICE often gets it wrong.  For example:

Jose Jimenez Moreno, a 40-year-old United States citizen, was arrested in 2011 in Rockford, Illinois. Without ever interviewing or speaking to him, DHS issued an immigration detainer against him, and only canceled the detainer after a federal lawsuit was filed.

 James Makowski became a U.S. citizen at age one, after being adopted by U.S. citizen parents; a detainer was issued against him while he was in a “boot camp” after a low-level drug offense. He spent months in a maximum security prison due to the detainer.

Nicholas Taylor-Jones provided an ICE official with a copy of his birth certificate from Springfield, Illinois.  ICE nonetheless lodged an immigration detainer against him. Mr. Taylor-Jones attempted multiple times to present  his U.S. birth certificate and other identifying documents to ICE, but ICE refused to lift the detainer until it was sued.  ...



Bill Clinton's trade policies destroyed Haitian rice farming, now Haiti faces post-hurricane famine [Democracy Now - 11/10/16]



1 million in Haiti urgently need humanitarian assistance  [Democracy Now - 11/10/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: Now, what about refugees and deportations? Explain the latest situation with Haitian refugees in this country being deported back to Haiti. Wasn’t it just recently announced last month that—the Department of Homeland Security announcing it would fully resume deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants?

NINAJ RAOUL [Executive Director, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees and board member of IFCO/Pastors for Peace]: Right. That was September 22nd that they announced that any—the new policy for Haitian refugees. Any Haitians that reach the borders of the U.S. without permission to enter will be automatically detained until they are deported. Now, this was in reaction to a surge of refugees that have been coming up—Haitian refugees coming from Brazil. These are Haitians that moved to Brazil, that were welcomed there after the earthquake because they need the labor force when they were preparing for the World Cup and later the Olympics. Now that Brazil has—is experiencing this economic crisis, the Haitians are being pushed out, and they’re heading north to try to come to the U.S. borders.

They’ve been entering on—through Mexico. They cross like 10 countries to get there. A big part of it is by foot. Many people die on the way. And then they’ve been mostly entering through the Tijuana-San Diego border. We’ve been receiving refugees coming up to New York from this group since late May. There are about 4,000 to 5,000 refugees that came in at that border. Now, because of so many folks coming in—there are more on the way, there’s at least 1,500 waiting outside of the border of San Diego—then the Obama administration announced that they are going to stop taking them in, and detaining them and deporting them. ...


@wikileaks [11/10/16]: Journalism is at an end if press let the Clinton campaign endlessly get away with dodging questions using "we were hacked" on every issue.


@wikileaks [11/10/16]:  RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 3 (1190 new emails) #HillaryClinton ...





12 October 2016