‏@MSF_Sea [13/6/16]:  7 buses today left #Ekostation. Why are they bound for camps in #Greece when EU countries promised to #TAKEPEOPLEIN?



@AlbaFerrs [13/6/16]:  Más imágenes de Vasiliki, el campo al que están llevando a los refugiados que estaban en #EkoStation




@sacha_myers [13/6/16]:  >700 ppl due 2 arrive in Redestos camp today in northern #Greece. #SavetheChildren on site 2 support #childrefugees





Police in northern Greece are clearing makeshift migrant camps along the border with Macedonia after creating more shelter space to house stranded refugees and migrants.

Scores of riot police were deployed Monday as more than 400 Syrians and Iraqis were moved from a camp set up around a gas station near the Greek border with Macedonia and moved by bus to a shelter near the northern city of Thessaloniki.

Authorities said a site previously used to store grain had been modified by the army and was being used as a shelter where the migrants were being taken.

Journalists were not allowed access to the site during the police operation. ... [AP - 13/6/16]



A boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.

Greece had ordered a Greek-flagged tanker and a Panama-flagged freighter earlier on Monday to search for the 25-metre long fishing vessel after it sent out a mayday signal about 80 nautical miles south of Crete and 15 nautical miles within Libyan waters.

Greece has not rescued the migrants because the boat was not in Greek territory and the passengers were safe, a coastguard official who declined to be named told Reuters.

 It was not immediately known where the boat had set sail from. ... [EURO News - 13/6/16]



@moas_eu [13/6/16]:  #Responder disembarking beneficiaries in #Augusta this morning w/ partners @emergency_ong #RescueHumanity  



Day 86 refugee protests, Nauru



 "Never give up" ...



Image:  ‏@SuchNigel [13/6/16]




There are protests, and men, women and children are fighting for their lives. WHERE IS YOUR REPORT ABOUT THAT? ---> @RadioNational [13/6/16]:  Boy bands and musicals: The secret history of #Nauru and its lost wealth ...


Nauru parliament dissolved; election declared for July 9 [RNZI – 13/6/16]




@manusFad22 - Political prisoner, Manus Island [13/6/16]:



Two Wilson officer beat an Iraqi man In Port Moresby hospital. He was asking the nurse about his problem. Suddenly officer came and yelling


They talked about his problem. And two Wilson officer beat him. An Iraqi man went to police station to Complaint.


The PNG police came to hotel and talked with Wilson officer and an Iraqi man. PNG police said Iraqi man we will discuss your complaint but.


We will discuss your complaint with our boss but we cannot do anything right now because they are up of us (Wilson up of PNG police)




But torturing MEN until they self immolate is OK - along with believing Murdoch lies about blackmarket cigarettes? ---> ‏@RNDrive [13/6/16]:  I don't believe women and children should be involved with these detention centres [on Nauru and Manus Island], says @SenatorLazarus




ABC News Radio reported today [13/6/16] that there is a man on the roof of Australia's concentration camp on Christmas Island.  He is  protesting that his friend was assaulted by Serco goons after complaining about his inadequate post fasting evening meal.




... Whether it's to actually starve a community out in a long-term siege, or whether it's just blocking ordinary trade and not allowing the delivery of shiploads of food or imports, as seen in Yemen at the moment.

Food is vital for life, so unfortunately all parties, all different sides in a conflict, do tend to use it as a way of establishing their power and also taking control of territory. [Deutsche Welle - 12/6/16]


The man identified as the shooter who killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Florida on Sunday had worked for G4S, the world's largest security firm, since 2007 and carried a gun as part of his duties, the company said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 12/6/16]




Sri Lankan refugee boat headed for Australia still marooned off Indonesian coast [Canberra Times - 13/6/16]:


A boat with 44 Sri Lankans who claim to be headed for Christmas Island remains marooned in bad weather off the Indonesian province of Aceh.

Indonesian authorities have provided the Sri Lankans with food but will not let them disembark because they do not have passports or valid travel documents.

"There is one who showed something like a refugee document but it is not from the UNHCR," the head of the Aceh immigration office, Achmad Samadan, told Fairfax Media.

"It read Sri Lankan refugee identity card and on top of it is writing that read Government of Tamil."

The boat was spotted by local fishermen in off the coast of Lhoknga, in the district of Aceh Besar at 11am on June 11.

There were 44 men, women and children claiming to be from Sri Lanka on board, including one pregnant woman.

The Sri Lankans claimed they had been forced to stop en route to Australia because their engine had been overheating, although Lhoknga military commander Major Darul Amin said a team of technicians sent to examine the engines found nothing wrong.

The Sri Lankans, who told the Indonesian authorities they had come from India, were reportedly keen to continue their voyage to Australia and Indonesia wanted them out of its waters.

However Mr Achmad said the boat was still off the coast of Aceh because the weather was bad.

He said the Sri Lankans had requested 7000 litres of diesel, but the Indonesians couldn't give them such a "huge amount".

"We told them we could only provide 1000 litres but they rejected that," Mr Achmad said.

"I have talked with my colleagues from the Home Ministry but no decision has been reached. We agreed that we must bring this issue to the governor."

The International Organisation for Migration has indicated it is ready to assist with services if asked to do so and the UN refugee agency is also in communication with the government.

Indonesia is not a signatory to the UN refugee convention and refugees cannot legally work there while waiting for resettlement in a third country.

There are 13 immigration detention centres in Indonesia, most of which are overcrowded.

As of January there were 13,679 refugees and asylum seekers registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia, many of whom have been stuck in transit for years.




New Zealand says it will raise its refugee quota to 1,000 from 2018 (Australia's intake is currently ZERO) [RNZI - 13/6/16]




Protesters on Sunday demonstrated in Tokyo against the heavy U.S. military presence on the island of Okinawa, as tensions run high after a base employee was arrested following the rape and murder of a local woman. ... [Japan Today - 13/6/16]



The University of Papua New Guinea students are calling on the international community and organisations to help enable the truth to prevail.

On behalf of the students, student representative council president Kenneth Rapa said: “We are aware the Government has crossed a line, which warrants the attention of the international community.” ... [PNG Loop - 12/6/16]



​Wounded students recovering:  Port Moresby General Hospital [PNG Loop - 12/6/16]




Interregnum [Truthout - 28/3/10]




Perth father charged with setting children on fire appears in court [WA Today - 13/6/16]



Police have cut power to a home north of Brisbane as a day-long siege involving an armed man continues.

It comes hours after two men, believed to be the gunman’s father and brother, were released.

Police were called to a home at Klingner Road in Redcliffe around 10.40am today to reports a man was holding family members hostage. 

Upon arrival they were threatened by a man claiming he had a home-made gun.

An exclusion zone was set up around the house and buses diverted, with police advising members of public to “avoid the area”.

Police eventually managed to negotiate the release of an elderly man, followed by a second man and a dog.   

A BearCat armored personnel carrier was then used by the Brisbane’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) to batter down a gate to the property.

The gunman is reported as having made no demands of police.  [Nine MSN - 13/6/16]



Baseball bat used in Nambour home invasion [Brisbane Times - 13/6/16]



Man charged after handgun found on Brisbane city pub floor [Brisbane Times – 13/6/16]



A Gold Coast man has been sentenced to 200 hours community service after he was caught kicking and throwing his two-year-old pit bull. ... [MYGC - 13/6/16]



A man has been tasered in the car park of State Parliament after a tense stand-off with police that lasted for more than an hour. ... [West Australian - 13/6/16]



A woman has died in hospital two days after she was struck by a car while crossing the road in Sydney's west ... [Nine MSN - 13/6/16]




A pedestrian has been seriously injured after being hit by a car on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. ... [Nine NSN - 13/6/16]



Ashgrove State School in western Brisbane has been forced to review its 'BYO iPad' program for prep students after a backlash from parents.

Some parents who complained to the school said they were told there was no screen-free option for five-year-olds, who had to bring their own iPad to school next year and pay more than $800 to do so.

Families were referred to the Apple Family Funding Program via the school website after Apple set up a customised page for the school, which is in the electorate of State Education Minister Kate Jones. ... [ABC - 13/6/16]



About 70 Griffin Coal maintenance workers in Collie will have their wages slashed 43 per cent — or about $55,000 a year — from next month after the industrial umpire ruled it was in the public interest. ... [West Australian - 13/6/16]

Fire causes hundreds of thousands of dollars' damage to a Bundaberg sugar mill [ABC – 13/6/16]




Facebook has been dragged into a racial discrimination case involving three Queensland university students.

Federal Circuit Court Judge Michael Jarrett on Monday ordered the social media giant be subpoenaed for information on the account details of a Queensland University of Technology Student accused of making a racist comment online. ... [Yahoo - 13/6/16]



Queensland Government Media Release [13/6/16]:  The Palaszczuk Government will increase its investment in innovation and creating the jobs of the future to $405 million to advance Queensland’s new economy. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today announced the acceleration of Advance Queensland as a budget centrepiece with 13 additional initiatives to ignite the state’s economic growth and diversity. ...  <---- Or you could re-establish the State School at Aurukun ---> Malcolm Turnbull has all but ensured a new stadium will be built in Townsville after promising $100 million to help fund the project. ... [Yahoo - 13/6/16]



Barely contained gloating that does nothing but stereotype and revictimise [ABC - 10/6/16]



Black Lives Matter activist convicted of "felony lynching": "It's more than ironic, it's disgusting" [Democracy Now - 2/6/16]



Israel army, navy open fire on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip [Maan - 12/6/16]



Israel removes key sites from Jerusalem's Old City Map [Al Jazeera - 12/6/16]



An astonishing new cultural institution for the Middle East has now opened to the public. Situated on a hilltop near Ramallah in the West Bank, the $24m Palestinian Museum was opened officially in a gala inauguration ceremony on 18 May.

Over 700 guests mingled on a broad pavilion in the afternoon sun, while musicians played a classical Arab repertoire in the terraced gardens below.

As night fell, dancers performed in a small amphitheatre, and a lightshow was projected onto the museum’s white limestone facade. Yet the museum opened without any artefacts in its galleries or artworks on its walls. ... [Middle East Eye - 12/6/16]



Police in Bahrain have apprehended senior opposition leader and human rights activist Nabeel Rajab following an intensive search of his house in the northwest of the country.

Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was taken into custody on Monday after a group of security forces surrounded his house in the village of Bani Jamrah west of the capital, Manama, according to his Twitter account. ... [Press TV - 13/6/16]



Afghan Air Force says it carries out almost 100 hours of airstrikes daily [TOLO News - 12/6/16]



Seventy security force members that were under siege by insurgents for 13 days have been rescued in a military operation.

The operation was conducted in Almar district of the province early Sunday and in addition to the troops being rescued, about 30 villages were cleared of insurgents, provincial police chief Sayed Aqa Adrabi said. ... [TOLO News - 12/6/16]



Afghan and Pakistani border guards clash in Torkham [Khaama - 12/6/16]



Two policemen were killed in a bomb blast in the capital of southern Helmand province on Sunday afternoon, an official said. ... [Pajhwok - 12/6/16]



A suicide bomber killed three and wounded seven at a field hospital for forces fighting Islamic State (IS) group in their Libyan coastal stronghold of Sirte on Sunday, a security source said.

The bombing caused extensive damage to the hospital, about 50 km (30 miles) from the front line, the source said.

Two other attempted suicide bombings against forces positioned just outside the centre of Sirte did not cause casualties, he said. ... [Ahram - 12/6/16]




UN looks to extend Mali mission despite deadly attacks on peacekeepers [France 24 – 12/6/16]:


... In his visit to Mali back in February, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the local French community that France was fully engaged in liberating Mali.

“Liberty must be defended. It is, in essence, a battle of humanity against barbarity,” Valls said.

Ban has also called for MINUSMA to be allowed to take "all necessary" measures to protect itself following several violent confrontations with locals.

In April, angry demonstrators protested against day-to-day "harassment" by French forces in the restive city of Kidal before breaking into a restricted area of an airport runway.

Two protesters were killed and nine injured in that incident.

"MINUSMA forces just stay behind their barbed wire and have no idea what's happening outside it," said Fahad Ag Almahmoud, secretary general of a pro-government militia.

"You have to get out there to prevent danger," Almahmoud said, accusing the force of failing to learn about its enemy and therefore opening itself up to vulnerabilities. ...



Pope gives back Macri’s donation [Buenos Aires Herald - 12/6/16]



Mexican state disappears leaders of Oaxaca's striking teachers union [teleSUR - 12/6/16]:



... His arrest came after nearly 500 protesters were violently evicted from a public square by at least a thousand police officers in the city of Oaxaca. ...



A new website features the photos and narratives of undocumented immigrants who are not protected by the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. ... [Colorlines - 10/6/16]


... Zar Tep, 43, was deported to Cambodia on Thanksgiving Day 2011, away from his three young children in Modesto, CA. He came to the US in 1978 as a 5-year old refugee child after the genocide in Cambodia. Zar was deported for a crime he committed 26 years ago at age 17, he was tried as an adult. He served 8 years, and was released in 1998 at age 25. He built a life and a family for 13 years before he was deported at age 38. He’s currently an organizer with 1Love Cambodia, a deportee community advocacy group based in the capital city, Phnom Penh. ... [The Excluded]



Further mass migration inevitable as persecution is ignored in states where peoples are under threat [Minority Rights Group International Media Release - 9/6/16]



Nigeria says it has agreed to Cameroon's voluntary return of 80,000 Nigerian refugees who have fled the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency. ... [US News - 12/6/16]



US drone strike kills 2, Yemen [The Indian Express - 13/6/16]:


... The strike comes after an American drone attack on Saturday killed two other presumed Al-Qaeda members in their vehicle in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa. ...




... Obama, Biden, USA.


 How many kids did you kill today? ...


… If all we do is blame

And no-one cares to listen

There's nothing left to say


But if we stake our claim

Let action speak the loudest

We'll dance beyond the flames …



'This Fire', Birds Of Tokyo [2013]



The FBI conducted three interviews of the man suspected of killing 50 people early Sunday morning in an Orlando nightclub, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

An official said the FBI first became aware of the suspect, Omar Mateen, 29, in 2013 when he made "inflammatory comments to coworkers alleging possible terrorist ties."

In the course of that investigation, Mateen was interviewed twice, but the FBI was unable to verify the substance of his comments.  ... [The Hill - 12/6/16]




A bomb exploded outside the headquarters of Lebanese Blom Bank in central Beirut on Sunday, causing damage but no fatalities, the interior minister said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The Lebanese banking sector has been at the centre of an escalating crisis since the United States passed a law requiring banks to take steps to target the finances of the armed Shi'ite political group Hezbollah. ... [Reuters - 12/6/16]





United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 12/6/16]




Two suicide bombers struck close to the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the latest attack to hit the predominantly Shiite area in recent months, state TV and an opposition activist group said.


The blasts came as U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria tightened their siege on the ISIS stronghold of Manbij, where tens of the thousands of civilians are trapped by the fighting. ... [Daily Star - 11/6/16]




‏@Fotomovimiento [12/6/16]:  "Resiste la vida, #OpenTheBorders". Canciones de #EkoStation #EkoProject #Greece




Nea Kavala, Greece: Refugees beaten by police after protesting inhumane camp conditions, 9 June 2016 ‏@sosrefugiados





Project underway to pre-register thousands of stranded refugees, many with expired documents [Ekathimerini - 12/6/16]:



... “It will offer the possibility to third country nationals in mainland Greece to ask for asylum in the country, for family reunification or relocation to another EU member state,” the statement added. ...



EU presses Greece to change asylum appeal committees that consider “Turkey is not a safe country” [Keep Talking Greece - 11/6/16]



@campsoscar [12/6/16]:  Recién llegados esta mañana y voluntarios siguen asegurando a los niños en el Egeo, viva Europa! la Eurocopa y olé!



‏@guardiacostiera [12//16]:  #SAR #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina diverse operazioni di soccorso: salvi circa 1000 #migranti



@ItalianNavy [12/6/16]:  #UltimOra Nave Borsini #MarinaMilitare ha trasbordato 123 migranti soccorsi su M/N Dignity



‏@moas_eu [12/6/16]:  #Migrant vessel assisted by #Phoenix crew early this morning after being adrift for 3 days in the #Mediterranean




"WHICH OF YOU CAN PLAY FOOTBALL?"  ‏@ianbremmer [10/6/16]




Asylum seeker arrives on Christmas Island dressed as cricket player [ABC - 10/11/13]




Are there ANY Australian academics with the capacity to able to argue our international responsibilities to asylum seekers without pretending exile and disappearence in PNG and Cambodia are "resettlement", and/or reinforcing the "deterrence" lie? -->  ... At any time offshore detention and processing have been in place, the number of boat arrivals has been very small. We can be confident that, if necessary, a vigorous reinstatement of regional processing and the turnback policy would once again “stop the boats”. ... Resettling refugees in Australia would not resume the people-smuggling trade [The Conversation - 13/6/16]




Sri Lanka's Jaffna commander says military will stay in Tamil areas [Tamil Guardian - 12/6/16]





13 June 2016