Man who posted video of Alton Sterling killing claims he was targeted by vengeful police [Washington Post - 13/7/16]:
... LeDay, 34, was handcuffed, shackled and arrested after arriving at his job at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., more than 500 miles from where Sterling, a black man, was killed one day earlier by a white Baton Rouge police officer.
LeDay works on the base as a aerospace ground equipment technician, according to the website Photography Is Not A Crime.
His arrest reminded some observers of Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the police chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York — an incident that made national news in large part because of the video, which captured Garner’s final words: “I can’t breathe.”
After recording Garner’s death on July 17, 2014, Orta claimed he was targeted by police.
Last week, the New York Daily News reported that the 24-year-old will likely spend four years in prison after accepting a plea deal in a drug and weapons case from 2014. ...
... The memorial service in Dallas for five slain police officers concluded with the elected officials and guests on stage holding hands as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was sung.
Audience members also held hands during the song. Former President George W. Bush, holding hands with first lady Michelle Obama, smiled and swayed as the song played. ... [Washington Post - 13/7/16]
Iraq's government called Tuesday for a reprieve in protests, saying demonstrations would distract security forces, disrupt plans to push the Islamic State group back and ultimately aid the jihadists.
The appeal was issued a day after powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called the for a "massive" protest on Friday in Baghdad's Tahrir Square to push for "true and real reform". ... [Yahoo - 13/7/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [13/7/16]: Baghdad: The outcome of blast which targeted the government forces checkpoint in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad today morning has amounted to 4 deaths and 16 injuries...........................
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 13/7/16]
Six Russian strategic bombers destroy militant camp, 3 depots in Syria [TASS - 12/7/16]
The army raided on Wednesday morning Syrian refugee encampments in the northern areas of Zgharta, Mizyara, Iaal and Kfarzina, state-run National News Agency reported.
Troops arrested 13 Syrians for entering Lebanon illegally and some of them are suspected of having "ties to terrorist organizations," NNA said. ... [Naharnet - 13/7/16]
Hungary: Migrants abused at the border [Human Rights Watch - 13/7/16]:
Migrants at Hungary’s border are being summarily forced back to Serbia, in some cases with cruel and violent treatment, without consideration of their claims for protection, Human Rights Watch said today.
One man who had been stopped inside Hungary in a group of 30 to 40 people, including women and children, said they were beaten for two hours:
“I haven’t even seen such beating in the movies. Five or six soldiers took us one by one to beat us. They tied our hands with plastic handcuffs on our backs. They beat us with everything, with fists, kicks and batons. They deliberately gave us bad injuries.” ...
@marsemavi [11/7/16]: This is Bahar, she is 91 and travelled from #Iraq to #Greece. She wants to rejoin her daughter in Germany #NeaKavala
@proemaid [13/7/16]: In this boat traveled 45 people. Elderly, babies ... Everyone is safe now.
@ItalianNavy [13/7/16]: #SAR nave Borsini #MarinaMilitare in operazione #MareSicuro ha soccorso un gommone recuperando 123 #migranti
Greek authorities arrest 29 on people smuggling charges for helping refugees flee to Europe [Ekathimerini - 13/7/16]
@Fotomovimiento [13/7/16]: "Migration is not a crime". Pic by Mohammed Matter
@Lyobserver [13/7/16]: Sabratha Hospital warns of health disaster in city due to decomposing bodies of migrants found on shores everyday [Libya]
Four drown, six rescued after migrant boat overturns off Greece's Lesbos [Reuters - 13/7/16] 8 hours at sea in an area patrolled by Frontex @Fotomovimiento [13/7/16]
... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.
The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond. ... [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]
Day 116 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @racvictoria [13/7/16]
Especially given US Ambassador obviously approves - as she does the "durable solution" refugee concentration camp ---> @TomHRLC [13/7/16]: That a opposition MP had to flee Nauru says a lot about the island nation that the Aus Gov sends its refugees to...
... When Pacific Standard reached out to Nauru Ambassador Judith Cefkin for her thoughts on the refugee camp conditions, she sent back only a boilerplate response: “We encourage all countries to work with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to find durable solutions for refugees and asylum seekers.” ... Nauru: A ‘Human Dumping Ground’, Julie Morse [Pacific Standard - 12/4/16]
Durable solutions = No resettlement. Only indefinite detention, deportation, exile and death.
Cambodia: Wife of assassinated government critic unaware Australia no longer accepts refugees [Cambodia Daily - 13/7/16]:
The widow of slain political analyst Kem Ley said on Tuesday that she was seeking to flee Cambodia with her family and had been in contact with representatives of a Cambodian community in Australia offering to sponsor them.
At a funeral ceremony for her husband at Phnom Penh’s Wat Chas pagoda on Tuesday, Bou Rachana, Kem Ley’s widow, said she had been contacted by the Cambodian Australian Federation urging her to move her family to Australia.
“They asked me to go live there,” she said.
“I told them I was considering it.” ...
... But the routine detention of asylum seekers arriving without visas and the construction of remote detention centres to house them followed the landing of a boat carrying 26 people at Pender Bay near Broome in November 1989.
It was the first boat to carry asylum seekers to Australian territory since 1981 and its arrival marked the beginning of a second wave of boatpeople landing on Australia shores. (The first wave lasted from 1976 to 1981. It was made up of about 2000 refugees arriving in small groups who were fleeing Communism in Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. They were not detained on arrival.)
There were many Cambodians aboard the Pender Bay boat and subsequent vessels and their arrival came at a sensitive time for the Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Hawke’s high-profile foreign minister Gareth Evans was deeply involved in crafting a peace process for Cambodia, which involved the repatriation of 300,000 Cambodian refugees from camps along the Thai border.
The federal government feared that confidence in the plan could be undermined if Cambodians in Australia were found to be refugees or if their personal stories were allowed to become public.
Hawke was quick to declare categorically that the Cambodians were not ‘political’ but ‘economic’ refugees.
He said he would not allow Cambodian asylum seekers to ‘jump the queue’ of Australia’s orderly migration program .
The label ‘queue jumper’ has been used to denigrate asylum seekers arriving by boat ever since. ... Australia's sledgehammer, Peter Mares [APO - 25/2/04]
Immigration detention in Australia
Queue jumpers aren't covered by the "Responsibility to Protect" [Phnom Penh Post - 27/2/15]:
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used the opening of a major international conference in Phnom Penh to publicly confront former Australian foreign minister and Paris Peace Agreements architect Gareth Evans over why he had attacked him in a scathing article last year.
Evans, once called the “father of Cambodia” by senior Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Vun, was seated awkwardly behind the premier on stage as he delivered the opening keynote address for a two-day conference on the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel.
He took a dig at Evans and the international community for their reluctance to explicitly refer to preventing the return of the Khmer Rouge in the wording of the text.
“Why did [Evans] dare not to speak about the trials of the Khmer Rouge at that time? What was the world afraid of? What were the five big countries afraid of?” ...
South Korea chooses site of THAAD US missile system [Reuters - 13/7/16]
Taiwan's President vows to defend sovereignty over Taiping Island [Channel News Asia - 13/7/16]
Parliament, in compliance with a Supreme Court order yesterday, will meet on Friday to debate and vote on an Opposition motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
The motion, submitted by the Opposition MPs on June 7 to the chairman of Parliament’s private business committee, was to be cleared for debate the next day. But it was not tabled.
On June 8, Parliament was adjourned to August 2. ... [The National - 13/7/16]
Police investigations into UPNG shooting will take a while, Baki says [The National - 13/7/16]
ExxonMobil PNG Limited has supported training for 13 of its community partner organisations to help them build their skills in communications and media. ... [The National - 13/7/16]
An art exhibition was held today at the Fiji Museum in Suva by the Youngsolwara activist group to highlight the plight of West Papua. ... [Fiji Times - 13/7/16]
The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea has called on leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group to consider West Papua’s membership application.
West Papuans have applied under the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMPW), which is a collaborative group comprised of united resistance organisations located both inside and outside of West Papua.
Officials and representatives of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) have arrived in Honiara to attend the MSG Leaders Summit on Thursday, July 14, to determine whether the current observer status of ULMWP will be elevated to full membership. ... [PNG Loop - 13/7/16]
New Zealand: Police shoot person dead during Hamilton search [Stuff.co.nz - 13/7/16]
Clutching a shield in one hand and a pistol in the other, the first officer to storm the Lindt Cafe says he watched gunman Man Haron Monis's "head explode".
The senior constable told the inquest into the Sydney siege he saw a single red laser dot track from Monis's chest to his head.
An Alpha team member known as "Officer A", who was standing to the officer's left, then opened fire with an M4 assault rifle. ... [Nine MSN - 13/7/16]
A man has died after the bulldozer he was operating rolled down a hill at a property north of Rockhampton. ... [Yahoo - 13/7/16]
A man is in hospital with head injuries after a suspected domestic violence incident on the Gold Coast.
Police and paramedics were called to Tarcoola Crescent on Chevron Island, Surfers Paradise, about 12.30pm on Wednesday.
A man who suffered head injuries was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital, while a woman with minor abrasions to her legs did not require treatment. ... [Yahoo - 13/7/16]
A disability support group refused to act on allegations that an employee sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in his care because it feared losing funding, a royal commission has heard.
The alleged victim's mother, Maree Welch, wept as she told the public inquiry about her daughter Bobbie, who she described as a "delightful young woman" with a severe genetic condition.
Mrs Welch told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Bobbie was allegedly sexually assaulted by Family Support Group Australia disability support worker John O'Connor in 1995.
Mr O'Connor has consistently denied the allegation.
The inquiry into disability groups heard Mr O'Connor allegedly sexually assaulted Bobbie at his home on the Gold Coast.
Mrs Welch told the inquiry her daughter disclosed the alleged abuse over a three-year period.
The commission heard FSG would not suspend Mr O'Connor due to fears about litigation and then manager Dorothy Williams' concerns about his family's welfare.
"Dorothy said, 'We have to consider his wife and family. He has a nice little girl'. I remember thinking, 'What about my nice little girl?'," Mrs Welch said.
Mrs Welch, who also worked for FSG, reported Bobbie's disclosures to Queensland Police in 1998, the inquiry heard.
"The police contacted me to tell me that despite the fact that they believed Bobbie had been sexually assaulted, there was insufficient evidence to proceed with any charges at that stage," Mrs Welch said. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/7/16]
Guardian does PR for Queensland police posing as pedophiles to entrap pedophiles [13/7/16]:
... For six months in 2014, inside a pale office block in the Australian city of Brisbane, an elite squad of detectives were administering the site: analysing images, monitoring conversations, connecting users with their crimes.
By the time they pulled the plug on the forum 85 children had been rescued and hundreds of people across the globe arrested. ... <--- Really? Where's the evidence the children have been rescued?
More than third of sexual assaults, homicides linked to domestic violence, ABS data shows [ABC - 13/7/16]
Queensland government continues criminalising the public health system [Yahoo - 12/7/16]
No we don't, but we'd like to know the truth about the rotten to the core ALP ---> Queenslanders want Gordon Nuttall's superannuation [Brisbane Times - 13/7/16]
Go the morons! ---> Queensland ALP and LNP politicians will vote together to take away what remains of our rights [Brisbane Times - 12/7/16]
At least 25 people died and dozens were injured on Tuesday when two passenger trains collided head-on at high speed in southern Italy, sending debris flying into surrounding olive groves.
Three carriages were torn apart by the violence of the impact after the two trains hit each other while traveling down the same stretch of track linking the small towns of Corato and Andria in the southeastern Puglia region.
Rescue operators raised the death toll to 25 on Tuesday evening after a day of frantic rescue operations, and warned that it could climb higher as some of the 50 injured were in serious condition. ... [Reuters - 12/7/16]
Italy plans part-privatisation of railway group Ferrovie dello Stato [Financial Times - 23/11/15]
Man crushed by steel load at Murwillumbah [Tweed Shire Echo – 12/7/16]
Neocons still in the ascendency in Australia ---> Alumnus, university medallist and honorary doctorate recipient Mr Peter N Varghese AO has returned to The University of Queensland as its 14th Chancellor today. ... [UQ News - 11/7/16]
@nagaveeran1 [12/7/16] Here is another event in Melbourne....! Sharing my experience and talking about human dumping ground join with us
Seems like the only human rights that South East Asian NGOs deem worthy of protection, are those of fascist politicians ---> People are dying. The more hashtags these partisan jokers create, the less serious they appear [11/7/16]
What's worse - a dictator gloating, or ALP fan "advocates" who exploited refugees during the election campaign, and have now abandoned them to work on their next partisan strategy?
@racvictoria [12/7/16]: 61st day of protests on #Manus 'we call for help. PNG is not safe' Enough is Enough. ...
DUDE. REFUGEES ARE DYING IN OUR CONCENTRATION CAMPS AND BEING PUSHED BACK TO DANGER. WELCOME TO AUSTRALIA. NOW GET YOUR FUCKING HAND OFF IT. ---> Alphonse Mulumba urges media to drop 'refugee' label for 'new Australian' [ABC - 13/7/16]
National broadcaster struggles to keep covering up the media blackout of Australia's human rights atrocities against refugees [ABC - 13/7/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.
In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.
The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ... [Guardian - 11/12/15]
Among her answers to questions, Clark has praised refugees, come down hard on UN troops committing abuses, as well as talking of working with the UN Security Council to help it function better. ... Helen Clark debates UN secretary-general candidates at Global Townhall meeting [Stuff.co.nz - 13/7/16]
Australian High Commission under detention: Peace Action Wellington and friends put the Australian High Commission under detention! [VIDEO - 12/7/16]
US lawmakers say Malaysia, India trafficking ratings too favourable [Reuters – 12/7/16]:
... Some lawmakers and rights groups said Malaysia's 2016 ranking seemed to reflect President Barack Obama's advocacy for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, which would include Malaysia. ...
Australian Greens dismiss very serious question mark over validity of unilateral South China Sea decision [Media Release - 13/7/16]
Philippines: 40 Abu Sayyaf members killed in military offensive [Asian Correspondent - 12/7/16]
Kashmir protesters hit by bullets above waist, say doctors [Hindustan Times -13/7/16]:
As tensions mount, the number of persons injured and struggling for their lives continues to escalate in the Valley.
Of the 1,365 people who have been injured in clashes, 110 have been admitted with bullet injuries in the three major super speciality hospitals.
Over 390 persons are admitted in Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital (SMHS), Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) and Bone and Joint Hospital in Srinagar have injuries caused by bullets, pellets, tear gas shells and lathicharge by government forces.
Questioning the rationale of security forces of using live bullets on stone throwing protesters, a senior doctor at SMHS said that the “aim seemed to escalate than control”.
“How can we justify this wanton use of force? In many cases bullets and pellets have been fired above the waist. The objective definitely seems to kill or maim the person for life,” the doctor said.
Angry crowds came out in droves attacking government forces across Kashmir.
At some places police posts and government buildings were also set on fire.
In retaliation, forces fired bullets and pellets killing at-least 30 and injuring over a thousand mostly in Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian. ...
Former Black Panther wins settlement after 22 years in solitary [Democracy Now - 12/7/16]:
And a former Black Panther held for more than two decades in solitary confinement has won a permanent reprieve from solitary and nearly $100,000 in a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
Russell "Maroon" Shoatz was convicted in 1970 of first-degree murder for an attack on a Philadelphia police station that left one officer killed and another wounded. In the 1980s he became active with the Pennsylvania Association of Lifers and worked to abolish sentences of life without parole.
He was placed in solitary confinement for the next 22 consecutive years. Shoatz issued a response to the settlement through his lawyers, saying "I have always chosen to fight! Frederick Douglass was right when he said 'Power concedes nothing without a demand.' So have no doubt that I see this settlement as anything but the latest blow struck."
Many people say Shoatz’s more than 2 decades stay in solitary confinement was retaliation for his activism. This is War Resisters League leader Matt Meyer, speaking on Democracy Now in 2013 about Russell "Maroon" Shoatz’s solitary confinement.
Matt Meyer: "I think it’s important for people to realize that despite whatever issues, political or otherwise, related to his conviction, the reason he’s in solitary confinement is because he was elected by an official prison-approved body to be the head of this lifers’ group. And it was because he was seen, correctly, as a key organizer, even amongst his fellow inmates, that he was put into the hole. He was not put into solitary confinement initially, once convicted; it was only an immediate and very direct reaction to his organizing work."
Israel has launched several drone strikes against Sinai in recent years [Antiwar - 11/7/16]
An Israeli from the country's Bedouin Arab minority illegally crossed into Gaza on Tuesday, Israel's military said, an incident that may affect a proposed prisoner swap with the Palestinian enclave's Hamas authorities. ... [Reuters - 12/7/16]
A Palestinian in his twenties was injured with Israeli live fire in eastern Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday. ... [Maan - 12/7/16]
Malala says Somali refugee girls' at risk if Kenya forcibly deport them [Reuters - 13/7/16]
Precarious calm in South Sudan's capital as foreigners flee [Waco Tribune Herald - 12/7/16]
In Africa, the US military sees enemies everywhere [The Intercept - 12/7/16]
The terrorist shelling attacks that targeted neighborhoods of Aleppo city during the last four days killed some 57 people and injured 497 others, according to a source at Aleppo Governorate.
The source noted that 15 children and 22 women are among the dead.
In the same context, two civilians were killed and 11 others were injured due to terrorist rocket attacks in Daraa city on Tuesday. ... [SANA - 12/7/16]
At least nine people were killed and 32 wounded on Tuesday when a car packed with explosives was detonated in a district just north of Baghdad, security and medical sources said. ... [Reuters - 12/7/16]
... Five new refugee camps were opened in Dohuk to deal with the expected flow of displaced people from Mosul. ... [Antiwar - 11/7/16]
13 July 2016