Julian Assange | Cambridge Union [VIDEO - 12/12/15]




33,480 Americans dead after 70 years of atomic weaponry  [McClatchy DC - 11/12/15]




At least four civilians were killed in an explosion in the Shigal district of eastern Kunar province on Sunday, an official said.

The explosion happened at around 4:00pm in Aman kot locality in front of a shop where people had gathered, Police Chief Abdul Habib Syedkheli told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Provincial Council Chief Jamaluddin Sayar confirmed the explosion and killing of four civilians.

No militant group had claimed responsibility for the explosion. [Pajhwok - 13/12/15]





TAPI Pipeline Project Inaugurated [TOLO News – 13/12/15]




Saudi-led air strikes killed 19 Yemeni civilians in bombings of homes and a market on Sunday, residents said, a day before a U.N.-brokered ceasefire is set to start ahead of peace talks to end eight months of war.

Villagers in al-Hajawara in northern Hajjah province said multiple air bombings killed 12 people inside their homes and wounded 30 others. Residents in the southern district of Qabatiya said 7 civilians were killed in an attack on a market. ... [Ahram - 13/12/15]






Yemen's Houthi group says ceasefire to start on December 14: spokesman [Reuters - 12/12/15]





Sheriff’s deputies fatally shoot man in Lynwood, Los Angeles [KLTA - 12/12/15]




Israeli authorities expand closed military zone in Hebron's Old City [Maan - 13/12/15]






Israeli forces on Saturday maintained for the third day in a row a complete closure of the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem, Israel's army said. ... [Maan - 12/12/15]






Israeli forces shoot 20 Palestinians in West Bank clashes [Maan - 12/12/15]





A Palestinian family in Hebron on Friday buried its second child to be killed by Israeli forces in the last two months, locals told Ma’an.

Uday Irsheid, 24, was shot in the chest by Israeli military forces earlier Friday during clashes and later died from his injuries. ... [Maan - 12/12/15]




At least 10 police officers have sustained injuries when a powerful explosion struck their two armored vehicles in Egypt’s violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula. ... [Press TV - 13/12/15]




At least 15 people were killed and 50 wounded when a bomb ripped through a crowded bazaar in a mainly Shia area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, officials told Al Jazeera. 

The explosion occurred at the Eidgah Sunday market in Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal district.

A doctor at the district headquarters hospital, where the wounded were taken, told AFP news agency that most of the injured were in "critical condition" and said the death toll could increase. ... [Al Jazeera - 13/12/15]





Twenty-three people have been killed and over two dozen injured in a fire at a neurological hospital in Russia’s central Voronezh region. Authorities are scouring the rubble of the wooden structure, which was destroyed by the blaze. ... [RT - 12/12/15]




The death of a 29-year-old woman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is being treated as suspicious.

Police found the woman's body during a welfare check at a home in South Hedland, in north-western WA on Saturday morning.

A 33-year-old man, who knew the woman, is being questioned by detectives. [WA Today - 13/12/15]




Six-week-old WA baby girl dies in Broome car roll-over [WA Today - 13/12/15]




PSPA incident, Bowen [QPS Media - 13/12/15]:



A 54-year-old Bowen man has died following an explosion and subsequent fire at a unit on Williams Street, Bowen yesterday.

Police attended the address to conduct a welfare check on a man and an explosion occurred inside the unit.

The 54-year-old man was taken to the Bowen hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Two police officers, a man and a woman received minor burns and were treated at the Bowen Hospital.

 The female officer was later airlifted to Townsville Hospital for assessment.

An emergency situation was declared as a precaution and was revoked at 10.15pm after the area was declared safe.

 Investigations are continuing.

 Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.





Grievous bodily harm charge, Townsville [QPS Media - 13/12/15]








Wounding, Surfers Paradise [QPS Media - 13/12/15]:



 Police have charged a man after an alleged altercation on Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise last night.

It will be alleged that around 9.30pm three men were involved in an altercation which resulted in a 27-year-old man receiving a stab wound to his arm.

The man was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 19-year-old Runaway Bay man has been charged with wounding and is due to appear in the Southport magistrates Court tomorrow.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.





Armed robbery, Garbutt [QPS Media - 13/12/15]








Armed robbery, West End (Townsville) [QPS Media - 12/12/15]





Men charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Forest Lake [QPS Media - 13/12/15]




Police use weapon after shots fired during Hume Highway car pursuit Police say two men from Canberra fired shots at them during a car chase from Gundagai to Yass early on Sunday morning.

Police were called to the Hume Highway at Gundagai about 2am, following reports of a break and enter on a business.

Two men driving a ute were pursued from Gundagai to Yass, during which police will allege a number of shots were fired by the men.

About 3.40am, the men stopped at a service centre at Yass, where police say they forced the driver of a Ford Falcon out of his vehicle at gunpoint.

The men, aged 23, were arrested at the service centre. Police fired a gun during the arrest and took the wanted men to Yass Police Station. At least one firearm has been seized for forensic examination.

Monaro Local Area Command will now investigate all circumstances surrounding the chase, including the discharge of a police firearm during the arrests.

That investigation will be overseen by the Professional Standards Command. [Canberra Times - 13/12/15]




Police seize car after Warwick police station ram [WA Today -13/12/15]




Gold Coast beach goers are being assured, there is no major risk to the public after a sinkhole appeared at the Spit.

The giant pit emerged under the jetty on Saturday.

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) issued a statement on Sunday, insisting it was just part of “normal operations of the Sand Bypass System”.

“A number of factors contributed to the creation of the escarpment and the Sand Bypass System jetty structure is designed to accommodate such events,” GCWA CEO Hal Morris said.

“A combination of events including a low tide created the perfect environment for the creation of the escarpment when the jet pumps commenced operations on Saturday,” he added. ... [MYGC - 13/12/15]





A Far North Queensland organic beef producing family is humbled with the response to a crowdfunding campaign instigated to return their decade-old operation to its former glory.

Pioneers in organic beef production, the Jonsson family – headed by owner and matriarch Kerry –  lost their certified organic abattoir at Tully early this year to a mandatory state government land acquisition.

Their integrated organic business, where they maintain control of the genetics, feeding, nurturing and processing of the end product, is based on the 70,000 acre Jervoise Station, north-west of Townsville.

It has been fully certified organic since 1996.  ... [North West Star - 11/12/15]




Please bring all of the men on Manus to Australia now.


This is beyond insane and beyond cruel.


Launching the UnitingCare & Target Christmas appeal with Lucy and @lhatfielddodds ...


Image: ‏@TurnbullMalcolm [7/12/15]


Save Mohammad Albederee:

BREAKING UPDATE 12th December 2015.

Mohammad is now in a motel under guard and not in a ''world class hospital'' in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.


He had been given injections to stop vomiting and been fed bread and tea in the hospital. He continued to vomit everything.

Medical staff still say he has infection in stomach and many other problems in his body and his eyes are yellow.

He asked a doctor what the injections are for and the response was confused and they weren't sure and don't know why medication isn't working.

So the solution is the doctor didn't want to know about it because it's not working and they sent him to a motel on Thursday 10th December 2015.

He took medicine again this morning and ate bread and tea and vomited everything again. He was crying and upset.

Nothing has changed.

Please bring all of the men on Manus to Australia now. This is beyond insane and beyond cruel.

Canada knows how to treat people with respect and kindness and it's time our politicians learnt too!

Please ring Prime Minister Turnbulls office and say you want them to help Mohammad Albederee immediately. Time is running out.

(02) 6277 7700


... We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.

We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.

But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative. ...


Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]



Take action for Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani [PEN - 10/12/15]:

PEN International is deeply concerned by the detention of Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has been held in Australia’s offshore Immigration Detention Centre on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea for the past two years.

He has sought asylum is Australia since July 2013.

Boochani worked for several Iranian newspapers including Kasbokar Weekly, Khanoon, Etemad and the Iranian Sports Agency, Boochani co-founded, -edited, wrote for, and published the Kurdish magazine Varia (Werya), where he was able to champion Kurdish culture and language.

On 17 February 2013, officials from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps ransacked the Varia offices in Ilam and arrested 11 of his colleagues. Several were subsequently imprisoned.

Mr Boochani was in Tehran that day and so avoided arrest. On hearing of the arrests, he published the information on the website Iranian Reporters, and his report was widely circulated.

Mr Boochani feared for his safety and went into hiding eventually deciding to flee Iran on 23 May 2013.

While in detention, Boochani continues to write and publish articles in Kurdish publications. He has also served as a vital source of information flowing out of the detention centre to the media (see his letter tweeted by Australian journalist, Shane Bazzi).

Most recently, Boochani has published the first instalment of a book he is currently writing while in detention on his experiences. You can read some of Boochani’s poetry here.

What can you do?:

1.Send letters of appeal to your local Iranian Embassy. For a list of embassies click here.

2.Share his case through your social media channels;

3.Publicise the first instalment of his book detailing his experiences on Manus Island;

4. Send messages of support to Boochani (for information on how to contact, please email emma.wadsworth-jones@pen-international.org).




The ALP support mandatory offshore detention, boat turnbacks, exile and disappearance. How can anyone who is serious about justice for refugees allow ALP members to speak at rally for human rights? 

Only a fraud or a fool remains in a political party whose platform they disagree with. [Refugee Rights Action Network WA - 13/12/15]:


For those who joined us yesterday, or those who missed it, there's an action on today that we'll be participating in and supporting, organised by Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites (RAPBS) The action is at 12pm (noon) outside the Fremantle Round House. We will be staging a "call-to-account" to highlight the deaths, rapes and other abuses that have transpired as a direct result of government... policy. We will be reading a charge sheet and the readings will be recorded and made into a video that can be circulated to further highlight the plight of those who have come to Australia in search of safety. Speakers will include: Robin Barrington, Michelle Bui, Caroline Fleay, Baden Offord, Melissa Parke, Suvendrini Perera, Sarah Ross, David Whish-Wilson NOTE: Please wear black



The Saturday Paper [27/9/14]:


... [Melissa] Parke plays a different role, as Labor navigates an awkward environment in which its options for criticising the government are circumscribed by its desire to be part of Team Australia.

She provides an alibi for Labor to avoid a loss of votes to the Greens as it joins the government in backing tougher terror laws and military action in the Middle East and continues to offer bipartisan support for offshore processing of asylum seekers.

Some Coalition MPs argue Bernardi plays a similar role in placating those Liberal supporters who were disappointed that Abbott abandoned the 18C changes.

As Labor leader Bill Shorten stresses that he is “working very well together” with Abbott on national security, it doesn’t hurt to have at least one opposition MP putting an alternative view. It’s a fine line, though, as left-wing Labor senator Sue Lines discovered late last month when Shorten rebuked her for accusing the government of using the threat of terrorism to deflect attention from the budget.

Back in May when Parke and Burke first raised their intention to pursue a caucus motion on ending offshore detention, there was frustration among Labor MPs at the timing, distracting as it did from the backlash to the budget. The motion was destined to fail.

Some also feared that, by reopening the debate, Parke was risking exposing Labor to attack over whether it was strong enough to manage the electorally sensitive issue.

But Parke is not a loose cannon and her recent statements have been carefully worded. Even dissent in modern Labor is often tightly scripted.

Although Dastyari’s remarks on refugee policy earlier this year were reported as pitting him against Shorten, his speech had in fact been vetted by the party’s leadership.




Lesvos ‘hotspot’ struggles to manage migrant flow [Ekathimerini - 11/12/15]



... Many of the migrants relocated from the FYROM border to a series of temporary reception facilities in the broader Athens area did not stay at the centers for long.

 In Patra and Igoumenitsa, both gateways to Western Europe via Italy, authorities fear a new influx of migrants following the crackdown at the FYROM border.

Police are planning to increase road patrols in western Greece to monitor the situation. In Athens meanwhile authorities are not adequately prepared for the new arrivals, Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas said Thursday.

The former Olympic Tae Kwon Do Center in Palaio Faliro, one of three temporary facilities being used to accommodate migrants, is only available until December 17, when a sporting event is scheduled to begin. ... Athens scrambles to find shelter for returned migrants [Ekathimerini - 10/12/15]



‏@SantiPalacios [12/12/15]:   Today, on the Greek island of Lesbos...



@MSF_Sea [12/12/15]: ... At 2 am @MSF & @Greenpeace assisted a boat of 200 #people to safety on #Lesvos . #EU, open the land border, this shouldn't be a job.



MSF and Greenpeace launch life-saving operations in the Aegean Sea [3/12/15]



Fearful, Haitian migrants flee Dominican Republic for camps along border [New York Times - 12/12/15]



Several mayors from Costa Rica rejected on Friday a request from national authorities to temporarily open their shelters to Cuban migrants stranded at the Costa Rican border.  


Cuban officials say U.S. migration policy towards Cubans are to blame for the current impasse. This includes what's known as the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy of 1966, which they say drives “illegal, risky and chaotic migration.”

The policy grants Cubans residency when they touch down on U.S. soil, encouraging migration, yet does not provide Cubans with legal or safe channels to reach the country. [teleSUR - 12/12/15]



Migration emergencies and human rights in Haiti: Paper prepared for the Conference on Regional Responses to Forced Migration in Central America and the Caribbean, Patrick Gavigan [Organisation of American States - September 30-October 1, 1997]:

The 1991-94 Haitian Refugee Crisis

The US and the Crisis


The 1991-94 Haitian refugee crisis was the culmination of political tensions that had been building in Haiti for at least 20 years around the cruel dictatorship of Papa Doc Duvalier, his son and the series of military governments which followed them. Haitian refugees had actually begun arriving on the US mainland in 1972, but their efforts to flee the Duvalier dictatorship only led to arrest, jail, the denial of asylum and swift expulsion as successive US governments refused to recognize the repression in Haiti and branded them economic migrants. US policy shifted in 1980 when the Carter Administration found itself confronting simultaneous influxes of both Haitian and Cuban refugees. Unable to overtly treat the two refugee populations differently, Carter created a new immigration classification: 18,000 Haitians and 125,000 Cubans became neither refugees, nor asylees, but simply 'entrants,' whose fate was to be decided at a later date by legislation. The Reagan Administration shifted US policy once again, establishing the interdiction-at-sea program in September 1981, and promising that Haitians able to escape the Coast Guard boats would face lengthy detention in federal prisons and INS centers. According to the US immigration service, 433 boats were intercepted and 25,551 Haitians returned to Port-au-Prince under the interdiction program from 1981 to 1991. Only 28 persons were permitted to enter the US to pursue refugee claims.

Baby Doc Duvalier was forced out of Haiti in 1986 and four military governments preceded the elections that brought Aristide to the presidency in February 1991. After Aristide's election, refugee flows dropped dramatically: fewer than 1,200 took to the seas in 1990, one-third of the number of refugees intercepted in each of the years 1987, 1988 and 1989.

The surprise coup in September 1991 opened the refugee floodgates. Within six months of the coup the US Coast Guard had intercepted more than 38,000 Haitians at sea; 10,747 were eventually allowed to pursue asylum claims in the US following screening by immigration officials on board ships or at the US naval base at Guantánamo Bay. An estimated 10% of the population of Port-au-Prince and Haiti's other large cities fled into the mountains, generating an internally displaced population of perhaps 300,000. 3 A further 30,000 crossed into the Dominican Republic.

Initial US reluctance to repatriate Haitians plucked from the sea withered in the face of the refusals of other Latin American states to share the refugee burden. A temporary legal rebuff to the Bush Administration's repatriation plan led to the establishment of camps at Guantánamo Bay and the establishment of an in-country refugee processing program at the US embassy in Port-au-Prince. When Guantánamo filled up with 12,000 refugees, President Bush ordered the summary return of all Haitians picked up at sea. He had been given the liberty to do so by a US Supreme Court ruling that the Refugee Convention did not apply on the high seas.

President Clinton adopted his predecessor's policies shortly after taking office in January 1993, despite having severely criticized this same policy in the 1992 presidential campaign. Almost all of the Guantánamo refugees were permitted to enter the US to pursue asylum claims while those picked up at sea were returned to Haiti despite the horrid human rights situation in the country. Under intense political pressure, the Clinton Administration finally agreed to initiate on-ship refugee processing in June 1994, but the single naval vessel designated for the screenings was quickly overwhelmed. With the news prompting an outflow of more than 10,000 refugees in the 10-day period following the establishment of the shipboard screening process, the Clinton Administration recognized that even a re-opened Guantánamo Bay would prove incommensurate to the task. The Administration sought to obtain a network of safe haven zones for Haitians in the Caribbean; when Caribbean states refused to resettle the refugees, Clinton sent them to Guantánamo. With his options for controlling the refugee flood severely limited, the president committed the US to quickly restore democratic government to Haiti. The exodus of Haitian refugees slowed and finally stopped with the September 1994 invasion.


The end of the 1991-94 Haitian refugee crisis did not end serious concerns about Haitian migration flows. The most obvious concern has been the possibility that political and economic instability might generate a new outflow of migrants, perhaps set off by an abrupt increase in political violence. Such was the case in November 1995 when the US Coast Guard intercepted more than 1,100 Haitians at sea fleeing a rise in political violence and uncertainty prior to the December presidential election won by Rene Preval.

Just as seriously, the US response left the Refugee Convention in tatters in the Caribbean, its fundamental proscription of refoulement savagely violated, its contribution to the anti-immigration, anti-refugee mood sweeping North America and Europe clear and wide-ranging. US, regional and international attention turned to rebuilding Haiti's economy and political institutions. International donors have financed projects to disband the military and build a new national police force, reform the judicial structures, support the development of a democratic, rights-respecting civic culture, and rebuild the shattered economy. A US/UN military and police presence have provided security against political violence and a large Coast Guard fleet still guards the sea lanes against rafters.





Shopping malls in three US states evacuated on busy holiday shopping day [Reuters - 12/12/15]:


... All the stores were reopened after no bombs were found. But all lost valuable hours of shopping on the second Saturday before Christmas, considered among the busiest shopping days of the year.

The day marks the beginning of crunch time for brick-and-mortar stores as time begins to run out for buying gifts online for holiday delivery. ...



At least 848 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded following a Taliban attack on the northern city of Kunduz in September, according to a U.N. report that detailed the grim conditions endured by residents during two weeks of fighting.

The 289 dead and 559 injured included at least 30 killed and 37 injured in a U.S. air strike on a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. ... [Reuters - 12/12/15]



United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria



London demonstration called by Stop the War taking over road outside BBC. Rally at Downing Street. ...


Image:  ‏@RednRuff  [12/12/15]



... One protester, Ursala Khan, 22, of Birmingham, said she was at the rally to show support for innocent Syrians who could be caught up in the strikes.

She said: "If I was in that situation - if I was in Syria - I would hope someone on the other side of the world would stand up for me."

Ms Khan said she does not believe assurances that no civilians will be impacted.

"There is always going to be collateral damage, people will always be killed," she said. ... [Evening Standard - 12/12/15]





US Department of Defense [12/12/15]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five strikes in Syria:

-- Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building and drone.

-- Near Mar’a, four strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units, damaged four ISIL buildings and wounded two ISIL fighters.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL light machine gun, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar tube, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL weapons cache, and two ISIL assembly areas.

-- Near Sinjar, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL light machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and an ISIL supply cache.


US asks Germany for more military help in war on Iraq and Syria [Reuters - 12/12/15]:   ... Its mission currently includes six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops. ...



The Netherlands will not decide until next year whether to join U.S.-led air strikes in Syria, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Friday after America urged the Dutch to step up their effort.

"We are taking our time (with the decision). Certainly not before Christmas and hopefully in January," Rutte told a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting. ... [Naharnet - 11/12/15]



... “The Australian Government is making a significant contribution and would welcome other like-minded countries making greater contributions where possible,” Defence Minister Marise Payne said.

“The Australian Government continues to keep our contribution under review in consultation with our coalition partners.” ... [West Australian - 12/12/15]



Syrian Cabinet: Homs terrorist attack will not stop reconciliation track [SANA - 12/12/15]:

The Cabinet condemned the terrorist bombing that rocked Homs city earlier today and left civilian casualties.

This “cowardly” terrorist attack came in retaliation for the local reconciliations taking place in Homs province, said a statement by Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi, referring to a most recent settlement agreement that will ensure clearing al-Waer neighborhood of weapons and gunmen.

Such terrorist attacks, the statement added, will not succeed in intimidating the Syrians off the reconciliation track, but will rather boost their determination to continue fighting terrorism and consolidating national unity.

In the Cabinet’s statement, the Premier held the countries supporting and funding terrorism fully responsible for the “barbaric massacres” committed in Syria, demanding that those countries stop their conduct.

Today’s terrorist attack, carried out with a car packed with 150 kg of explosives, targeted the crowded al-Zahraa neighborhood, claiming several lives, injuring others and leaving massive material damage.

The neighborhood has been previously targeted several times. The latest was on October 4 when a similar car bomb attack killed a civilian and injured 21 others.

An attack on September 22 also left a civilian dead and 12 others wounded.



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center - [12/12/15]: 


Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded targeting police patrol in Abu Ghreib today evening killing a policeman and wounding 3..


Baghdad: News agencies :A roadside bomb exploded in Wihda neighbourhood south of Baghdad today evening killing two persons and wounding 7.......


Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Saidiya area southwest of Baghdad today morning resulted in two deaths and 7 injuries.......


Baghdad: Militias attacked an owner of food shop when he was in his car by silenced weapons killing him in Doura area south of Baghdad...


Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Tubchi area west of Baghdad today morning Killing a person and wounding 7 injuries.........


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near a traditional market in Mishahida area in Tarmiya district north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 8 injuries.....................................



Thousands of Iraqis protested on Saturday against Ankara's deployment of troops to a base near the northern city of Mosul, with some burning Turkish flags and threatening violence against the soldiers for what they see as a violation of sovereignty. ... [Yahoo - 12/12/15]



31 pages of non-enforceable weasel words:  UN Framework Convention on Climate Change




Just received a text from Dad that read 'Paris protest splendid: didn't get arrested'! #COP21 #Redlines #d12.


Image:  ‏@ESampsonShoes [12/12/15] 



"Solid foundation"?  What a crock ---> ... “For nearly every nation on earth to come together to reach an agreement that urges countries to stabilise global temperatures to 1.5 degree is a significant achievement,” said Australian Greens Leader Richard Di Natale from Paris.

“It’s a solid foundation but the work to tackle global warming really starts now. This agreement will only be a success if countries including Australia seriously ratchet up their targets between now and when the new agreement takes effect from 2020. ... [Greens Media Release - 13/12/15]




Photos: Thousands protest in Paris to urge climate action [Inside Climate News - 12/12/15]




About 100 people in kayaks have taken to the waters of Wellington Harbour in a protest against deep-sea oil drilling.

They are holding up a large banner that bears the words "expect resistance".

Protester Jo McVeagh said she hoped the message was heard by politicians and oil companies.

Today's demonstration was a practice protest before oil companies start offshore exploration, she said. [RNZI - 13/12/15]




Climate justice movement "extremely disappointed" in COP21 Draft's "failure to step up" [Democracy Now - 11/12/15]:


Talks at the U.N. climate summit in Paris have been extended into the weekend as representatives from nearly 200 nations work to finalize a global accord.

A new draft text includes the voluntary target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, above pre-industrial levels.

Including the 1.5 degrees Celsius target meets a key demand of low-lying and vulnerable nations.

But environmentalists and civil society have criticized its voluntary nature along with many other provisions, including a failure to address gender equity; the weakening of access to financial assistance for vulnerable nations; the omission of specific dates for carbon cuts; and the failure to address military carbon emissions.

The U.S. military alone uses $20 billion of energy a year—more than any other single U.S. consumer.

We examine what is in the latest draft text—and what has been left out—with a roundtable of women: Chee Yoke Ling, a legal adviser to the Third World Network based in Malaysia; Ruth Nyambura, a Kenyan political ecologist; and Kandi Mossett, an indigenous activist from North Dakota and an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

"We want to get out of this sinking ship, but countries like the U.S. are holding the lifeboats," Nyambura says. ...



13 December 2015