United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 13/12/16]
29 refugees have been deported from Lesvos to Turkey. 10 Pakistanis 8 Moroccan 4 Algerians 3 Iranians 2 Afghans 1 Iraqi & 1 Bangladeshi @AlbaFerrs [12/12/16]
@salvamentogob [13/12/16]: Imágenes del rescate de la patera. Agradecemos la colaboración del buque HAPPY DELTA.
@salvamentogob [13/12/16]: Salvamar Alnitak rescata a 50 personas (6 mujeres y 44 hombres) de 3ª patera, localizada 33' S #Málaga. Llegarán a puerto sobre las 12.30 h
@salvamentogob [13/12/16]: La tripulación de Guardamar Polimnia ha rescatado a 15 hombres de esta patera y los está trasladando también al puerto de #Almería.
STOP THE LIES!
END THE POLICY!
FREE THE REFUGEES!
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, August 2016
There is no "Australia-US refugee deal" and there is no "resettlement" - there never was. There is only indefinite detention - and THAT is the policy. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
The resettlement deal between Australia and the United States is a political game designed to maintain calm in the camps, says a refugee held on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.
Others on the island said there was little clarity on the deal struck over their future.
Pakistani refugee Naiseem Haider, on Manus, said there were many rumours sweeping the camp, and they had been told it could take another 16 months of processing to get to the US.
But he said no US officials had come to speak to the refugees about the plan.
"Now it's all political games with us and they are just playing with us to stay calm here and to show to the world that they are processing and they are sending us to USA. But in this deal I can't see anything. Even there is no happiness with these deals."
Mr Haider said the refugees could not bear another 16 months of waiting.
PNG Immigration in recent days has told the men held on the island the deal is still in place, but a refugee spokesperson said, with no details, rumours were circulating.
He said the uncertainty was adding to the men's frustrations and the mental hardship of the past three and a half years of detention. ...
... “The conditions are terrible but it’s hard for me to talk about facilities,” Boochani explains.
“These issues are not important, the important thing is we are in prison without any crime. We have been under systematic torture for four years.” ... [FSRN - 12/12/16]
The violence in February 2014 was a vicious and terrifying attack on imprisoned refugees over the course of two days. The use of the word "riot" was - and still is - a deliberate lie. [Refugee Action Collective – Manus Island Fact Sheet - 2/3/14]
Submission 67 Nauru Senate Inquiry [August 2015]:
... We were expected to "manufacture" Individual Management Plans as this was what the Department of Immigration wanted.
After the murder of Reza Barati, we were told to lie to our clients and tell them it was a "riot" to deter them from protesting. ...
... the Minister sought to unfairly apportion blame to the asylum seekers themselves for the violence that was done to them on the night of 17 February 2014.
The Minister was clearly selective in the facts he chose to use in his initial statements on the incident, and should have more quickly acknowledged that the violence occurred inside the centre. ... Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Recommendations re "Incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014" [December 2014]
Satellite imagery and interviews with refugees place responsibility for burnings of Rohingya villages in Burma’s Rakhine State squarely with the Burmese military, Human Rights Watch said today.
Since October 9, 2016, at least 1,500 buildings have been destroyed, driving thousands of ethnic Rohingya from their homes. ... [Human Rights Watch - 13/12/16]
@JamilaHanan [13/12/16]: They should start with granting access to lawyers and @ICRC visits for the 500 #Rohingya recently imprisoned for being Rohingya.
Region continues pushing back Rohingya refugees to Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Dhaka Tribune - 13/12/16]
Former navy serviceman jailed for ramming Gold Coast airport with car [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]:
... Cassidy was given a head sentence of four years for the armed robbery, along with several lesser terms to be served concurrently for the other offences.
Judge Katherine McGinness ordered the sentences be suspended after seven months.
Cassidy's Barrister John McInnes told the court traumatic incidents his client had endured during his naval service made him a "slow-burning fuse".
The court heard Cassidy suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had slipped into drug abuse after witnessing the "deaths and near-deaths of child and adult refugees" during his service.
"When he offended Mr Cassidy was suffering psychotic symptoms, those were drug- induced," Mr McInnes said.
"He was also affected by the impending loss to terminal illness of his mother." ...
An inquest will examine the mysterious disappearance of an army officer from Brisbane 17 years ago.
Sean Sargent, then 24, vanished after getting into a fight while attending a party with friends at a house in the suburb of St Lucia on March 19, 1999. ... [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
Inquest into Morcombe murder to reopen [Yahoo - 13/12/16]
A 72-year-old man is facing five rape charges after allegedly committing sexual offences against two boys.
The man has also been charged with five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16, three counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12 and one count of attempted rape.
Police allege the man, who will face court in January, knew the two boys and committed the offences against them on the Sunshine Coast and at Morayfield between 2009 and 2011. [Yahoo - 12/12/16]
Human remains found inside a septic tank at a property in Brisbane's north a fortnight ago have been identified as belonging to a man who disappeared from a house on the site in 1986.
Police said dental records helped them identify 29-year-old Wayne Youngkin. ... [ABC - 12/12/16]
Queensland redneck wonderland: Insufficient evidence to show Cook MP misled Parliament, Speaker rules [ABC - 13/12/16]
Misconduct allegations more than triple at Queensland's youth detention centres [ABC - 13/12/16]
A 16-year-old boy who stabbed another boy outside a Gold Coast high school, leaving him with potentially life threatening injuries, will spend no time behind bars.
The 16-year-old boy was sentenced to 12 months' detention at the Southport District Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm, but Judge Katherine McGinness ordered he be allowed to walk free from court on a two-month conditional release order.
If he complies with that order, the boy will not spend any time in youth detention.
He stabbed another boy near Miami State High School in November 2015 following an argument between the pair on Facebook. ... [Yahoo - 13/12/16]
A teenager has been charged after allegedly taking an excavator on a destructive joyride south of Brisbane.
A police helicopter was deployed to catch the 16-year-old after he allegedly stole the $350,000 piece of machinery from a housing development at Yarrabilba, southwest of Logan, and ploughed it through fencing and pine trees in a nearby national forest.
The boy has been charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, wilful damage, trespass and receiving tainted property. [Yahoo - 12/12/16]
A Queensland police officer facing multiple charges following a high-speed chase in May last year is seeking documents from the state's top cop to aid his defence.
The lawyer for Senior Constable Barry Wellington told Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday his client had been refused access to documents from Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart. ... [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
Police pursuit causes crash at busy Townsville instersection [Nine MSN - 13/12/16]
Troubled AFL premiership player Ben Cousins has been fined $2000 plus court costs over breaches of a violence restraining order and drug charges.
Last week, Cousins conceded he was "really lucky" to be granted bail after being fined $600 for breaching a violence restraining order on December 6. [Nine MSN - 13/12/16]
Two organisers of an illegal doof held at Rocky Creek Dam earlier this year have been fined $6000 by the Lismore City Council.
“It’s important that we send clear and unambiguous messages about this kind of illegal behaviour,’ Sen Const Henderson said.
‘These operators have every opportunity to do the right thing and gain necessary approvals for their activities. If they do not, then there is a consequence,’ Senior Constable Henderson said. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 13/12/16]
A Gold Coast couple have received a shock wake-up call after two projectiles were discharged into their house early this morning.
The terrifying incident occurred at a home in Pimpama just after 1.15am.
Police say the residents, a 29-year-old man and a 24-year old woman, were woken by two loud bangs.
After going to investigate the noises, they located two holes in their front door.
Investigations are underway. [MYGC - 13/12/16]
A man charged with allegedly assaulting his infant daughter, leaving her with serious brain injuries, has been granted bail on the Gold Coast.
The 39-year-old faced Southport Magistrates court this morning charged with grievous bodily harm.
Police say that on July 20 this year, the then four-month-old baby was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital after becoming unresponsive at her Serin Street home at Upper Coomera. ... [MYGC - 12/12/16]
A man accused of murdering a Brisbane bus driver when he set the vehicle alight has faced court today on three new attempted murder charges.
Anthony Mark Edward O'Donohue, 48, allegedly torched the bus at a Moorooka stop in late October, killing 29-year-old driver Manmeet Alisher.
O'Donohue had already been charged with 11 counts of attempted murder for the passengers who were on the bus at the time.
Onlookers had to break through the back doors of the bus to get the passengers out.
Police announced on Tuesday that he had been charged with a further three counts, with the case mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today. ... [ABC - 13/12/16]
A 69-year-old Queensland man on a murder charge has been granted bail after the father of his alleged victim asked that he be released.
Justice Jean Dalton, sitting in the Supreme Court, granted bail under strict conditions to Kevin Patrick Hanley, who is accused of killing Matthew Morcus, 46, on a Darling Downs property in October.
The conditions effectively mean house arrest.
The court in Brisbane heard Hanley had admitted to shooting Morcus at close range in the chest but denied he had intended to kill him. ... [Yahoo - 13/12/16]
NSW cosmetic surgeon deregistered after falling asleep during liposuction procedure [ABC - 13/12/16]
Aged-care nurse sentenced over SummitCare Wallsend murders [The Herald - 13/12/16]:
... Garry Steven Davis was on Tuesday sentenced to a maximum of 40 years in jail for the murder of two elderly SummitCare Wallsend residents and the attempted murder of a third by injecting them with lethal doses of insulin on October 18 and 19, 2013.
Davis’s legal team intends to appeal the conviction.
Davis was found guilty in September of two counts of murder and one of attempted murder after a four-week trial in Newcastle Supreme Court.
Justice Hulme found that it was Davis who had injected SummitCare Wallsend residents Gwen Fowler, 83, Ryan Kelly, 80, and Audrey Manuel with lethal doses of insulin on October 18 and 19, 2013.
Only Ms Manuel, 91, survived the attack. But the motive for the murders remains a mystery.
“Why he chose these particular victims among the various residents is also a mystery,” Justice Hulme said.
“He later told police that they were “perfect residents” and “easy to look after”.
“In killing two and attempting to kill another vulnerable patient of an aged care facility the offender acted with extreme callousness.
“It was as if he thought their lives were worthless.”
However, Justice Hulme was not satisfied the attacks were carried out “simply for the sake of killing”.
“But I am satisfied that there is no explanation that would reduce the very grave seriousness of these crimes,” Justice Hulme said.
As for the prospect of future offending, psychiatrist Dr Olav Nielssen provided a report that wrote in positive terms about Davis’s prospects of rehabilitation.
“It is not apparent that he took into account that there is a complete void when it comes to understanding why the offender did what he did,” Justice Hulme said.
“It is worrying that this remains a mystery.
“In these circumstances I am unable to find that he is unlikely to re-offend, or that he has good prospects for rehabilitation.” ...
A man has been charged after allegedly threatening to hit a female tourist with a belt in a random attack in Cairns.
He is also accused of attempting to punch an off-duty police officer, who intervened in the attack on the 23-year-old tourist on Cairns Esplanade on Monday night.
The man, also 23, will face Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday on a charge of common assault. [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
Former Billabong boss's ex-wife breaks down in court detailing financial, marital problems [ABC - 13/12/16]
Armed robbery at Logan service station [MYGC - 13/12/16]
Two seriously injured in head on crash, Bundaberg [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
A car has rolled off a cliff and plunged into the ocean after crashing on a highway in far north Queensland.
Everyone in the car was able to get out before it went over the cliff, police say.
The crash happened on the Captain Cook Highway at Mowbray, about 10 kilometres south of Port Douglas, around 7am on Tuesday. [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
Man injured after falling off motorbike, Ashmore [MYGC - 12/12/16]
House fire destroys home in Ningi [Brisbane Times - 13/12/16]
Three 16-year-olds have carried their injured friend to rescuers after she was struck by a falling rock in the Currumbin Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The police helicopter was used to guide SES and police to locate the group on Sunday afternoon.
The 16-year-old girl, who had suspected spinal injuries, was winched by helicopter out of the area and taken to hospital. [Yahoo - 12/12/16]
Saudi military aircraft have reportedly pounded the Yemeni province of Sana’a for several hours in an unprecedented wave of bombardment against its southern neighbor over the past months.
In the early hours of Monday, the warplanes carried out as many as 25 back-to-back airstrikes against various districts of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, local media said, Press TV reported.
Taking the brunt of the attacks was the capital’s Wadi Sar District, which was struck 13 times.
There have been no immediate reports of possible casualties.
The assaults also hit Bani Matar District, the presidential palace and the capital’s As Sabain Square, leaving two civilians dead. Sabin Square came under attack hours after the leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement, Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, delivered a speech to a large crowd of Yemenis there marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
A day earlier, the jets had targeted the city of Sa’ada in northwestern Yemen six times, killing four civilians and injuring a number of others. ... [Tasnim - 12/12/16]
Child malnutrition at 'all time high' in Yemen: UN agency [Reuters - 12/12/6]
Red, white and blue [Wings Over Scotland - 10/12/16]
The CIA’s absence of conviction [Craig Murray - 11/12/16]:
... As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians.
As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two.
And it should be said again and again, that if Hillary Clinton had not connived with the DNC to fix the primary schedule to disadvantage Bernie, if she had not received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she had not accepted massive donations to the Clinton Foundation and family members in return for foreign policy influence, if she had not failed to distance herself from some very weird and troubling people, then none of this would have happened. ...
Obama will preserve Senate Torture Report in his Presidential Library [The Intercept - 13/12/16]
We're living in the world
With a lot of crazy people
We're living in the world
Everyone of them wants to rule the world
Some people have the front row seat
At the top of the world
Some people have nothing but just a life
Problems are there left and right
Liars, cheaters, politicians and black stabbers
Making life a little bit more unbearable ...
'Celebrate Life' Lucky Dube 
There is no "US-refugee" deal. There is no journalism. There is no opposition to Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy. This is BS. ---> Australia's immigration chief has conducted a secret visit to the United States to reach out to Donald Trump officials and spruik a refugee deal Malcolm Turnbull struck with outgoing President Barack Obama. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/12/16]
Corpses of Rohingya women and children float in Naf River – Bangladesh Marine Engineer [The Stateless - 12/12/16]
... Before she personally briefs her fellow ASEAN ministers on the situation in Rakhine State, Suu Kyi should visit to Rohingya in the ghettos where Rohingya have been deprived all basic rights including right to find food and education and facing genocidal operations in the name of Clearance in Maungdaw.
Denial of Rohingya and referring them Bengali are two main State’s Policies to eradicate all Rohingya.
All persecutions and genocidal operations of Myanmar authority against Rohingya depend on these policies.
Without removing genocidal polices of the State, no one can end Rohingya Genocide.
Now it is not the time to discuss whether ethnic cleansing or Genocide, it is time to take action for the Tatmadaw’s brutality against Rohingya and restore rights of Rohingya as soon as possible. ... Aung San Suu Kyi Should Visit to Rohingya in the ghettos [Aung Aung Sittwe - 12/12/16]
Dylan Voller is being “made an example of”, says organisation that works with young people [Buzzfeed - 13/12/16]:
... BushMob accommodates and works intensively with disadvantaged young people, the majority of whom are Aboriginal. They’ve struggled with substance abuse and experienced high levels of trauma.
“We met him when he was a little boy and he was pretty damaged then because of all the placements and the handovers [in the child protection system],” MacGregor said.
“It’s just been a disaster. The system just doesn’t work.”
Voller has spent most of his life in and out of youth detention. Now 18, he is currently in an adult prison in Darwin.
In September Voller was eligible for parole but had his application denied.
BuzzFeed News has learnt that Voller’s parole application was rejected despite recommendations from the NT Department of Justice and CAALAS, the peak Indigenous legal body in Alice Springs, that Voller should be admitted to BushMob’s facility.
“The hold up is unnecessary,” BushMob’s facility manager Nirajan Dharel said.
“I’ve spoken to Dylan. At the end of the day, if Dylan is willing to do it, why not give him the chance? We’ve done everything possible for him to come here.”
Voller’s next parole hearing will be in February, 2017. Dharel questioned why the Parole Board of the NT made the decision to keep Voller behind bars while he was giving evidence at the Royal Commission about alleged incidents involving guards at the facilities where he has been held. ...
Israeli forces detain 15-year-old Palestinian over rock-throwing [Maan - 12/12/16]
A Palestinian child sustained serious wounds on Sunday evening after he was hit by an Israeli settler driving in eastern Qalqilya province. ... [PNN - 12/12/16]
US Defense Secretary helps top Israeli officials celebrate arrival of F-35s [US Department of Defense - 12/12/16]
US President elect Donald Trump attacks F-35 program as 'out of control' [USA Today – 12/12/16]
... Australia has committed to 72 F-35A aircraft for three operational squadrons ... [RAAF]
Australia to spend $24 billion to purchase 58 more Joint Strike Fighters [ABC -23/4/14]:
... NICK GRIMM: Over the years, there's been bi-partisan political support for the F-35, as the Joint Strike Fighter it's also known.
In 2009 it was a Labor government that ordered the first 14 of the aircraft for Australia. ...
A Turkish fighter jet on a training mission crashed on its final approach to an airport in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday, Turkey's military said on Monday, noting that the pilot had ejected from the plane and was unharmed. ... [Reuters - 12/12/16]
The agenda of corporate media is regime change' in Syria [ICH - 11/12/16]
Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said on Twitter Saturday that the United States is funding and arming Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
“If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Why does our gov get a free pass on this?,” the congresswoman from Hawaii wrote.
Gabbard is a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Armed Services.
She introduced the Stop Arming Terrorists Act Thursday. ... [The Daily Caller - 10/12/16]
‘They slaughtered my family and told me to go’: Heart-wrenching stories of Aleppo orphans [RT - 13/12/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 12/12/16]
The operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Daesh terror group appears to have enabled thousands of Islamist fighters to flood toward central Syria, Russian analyst Sergei Demidenko told RIA Novosti. ... [Sputnik News - 12/12/16]
Two boats of migrants rescued off Cartagena coastline [Murcia Today - 12/12/16]
13 December 2016