"The lady vanishes"?


 What a crock. The Australian media know exactly what Aung San Suu Kyi's up to, they just won't report it.



 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar



Woodside 2016 Annual Report:  Our significant footprint in Myanmar represents an organic, high-value growth opportunity [1/3/17]



Fear in Myanmar [BBC Newsnight - 10/3/17]



@Arakan_Times [10/3/17]:  BROUK President's interview on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh ...



Professor George Williams fails to mention that thanks to fascist LNP and ALP politicians, and the sham UNHCR-backed "Bali Process", Australia already effectively has a "ban".

For example, only 250 Rohingya refugees have been resettled here since 2008, and we have pushed away, imprisoned and tortured 1,000s more. --->  The impact of Australia's fanatical policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



During the 2015 boat crisis, the ALP and LNP voted down a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance/help resettle some of the Rohingya @GraffitiExpert [9/3/17]



So next time Professor Williams asks you to support his call for a Bill of Rights, tell him to GET FUCKED! ---> Australia plans indefinite detention even after sentences are served [Washington Post - 8/10/16]:


...  “Since Sept. 11 the unthinkable has not only become possible, it has become commonplace,” said George Williams, the Dean of the University of New South Wales Law School and author and editor of 34 books, including Human Rights Under the Australian Constitution, in an email.

Williams backs the change, even though he acknowledges it overturns what is regarded by many as a fundamental human right.

“It is, in the circumstances, a necessary evil,” he said. ...



How anti-refugee policy at the US border is separating families [Women's Refugee Commission/ReliefWeb - 12/3/17]:


This report documents the ways in which family separation is caused, both intentionally and unintentionally, by the U.S. government’s immigration custody and enforcement decisions.

It explains how the government’s lack of consistent mechanisms for identifying and tracking family members result in family members being detained or removed separately and often losing contact with each other.

Because the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies currently have little policy guidance on humanitarian considerations during enforcement actions, many families are needlessly torn apart. ...



Women of colour will continue to bear the brunt of and lead the resistance to unjust immigration policy in the US [TRNN - 10/3/17]:


... KIM BROWN: Indeed. And as Donald Trump's immigration policies have come under fire for basically escalating ICE raids and deportations, you recently questioned if we would be facing the current situation if the Obama administration's record deportations faced similar broad outrage by Democrats and the left. Can you explain what you mean by that?

ERIKA ANDIOLA: Yeah, absolutely. I think that at some point we have gone through massive raids. Just remembering December of 2015 I was actually on the campaign trail with Bernie. We got a message that there were a couple of mass raids happening with Central American women and children that came here, basically, seeing asylum and seeking refuge.

Yet they were being raided and deported by a Democratic president. We tried to respond, we tried to get a lot more people to get the President to stop doing this, but it was so much harder to do it under a Democratic president.

Now, obviously, the situation is worse ...(?) the same, but it is definitely worse. But we do have a lot more awareness, right? And now it seems almost human to talk about this, now that it's not a Democratic president. And so it is what it is, that we're in this moment now.

I really hope that we learn that this is not a partisan issue; that this is not something that Democrats are better at, but that they could be better at; that we need to learn that lesson moving forward as we try to transform this country into something we actually can survive, and not what we have right now with Donald Trump. ...



An Italian band on its way to several U.S. concerts was denied entry and detained in Seattle.

In a Facebook post, the group Soviet Soviet says the three band members arrived in Seattle March 8.

No band member had visa paperwork, but instead had an ESTA document. 

ESTA is the Electronic System for Travel Authorization which determines eligibility of visitors to travel in the United States without a visa.

The group claimed they were interrogated for four hours about their plans, which included a performance at SXSW in Austin.

Their first performance was with KEXP in Seattle. U.S. Customs and Border protection determined the group needed visas.

While the group was not receiving payment, it was considered a promotional trip based on the group’s Facebook post. ... [K5 - 10/3/17]



Detained teenage blogger Amos Yee says Singapore government will target him if US denies his asylum application [WLS - 12/3/17] ---> ALL OF US CAN'T WAIT TO GET RID OF YOU PLEASE @fzz87[13/3/17]



Singapore: Migrant workers waiting for court judgement over salary dispute [The Independent - 12/3/17]:


... For two weeks, Ziaul and his colleagues, who are Muslims, had nothing to eat except non-halal food. 

When they complained to MOM [Ministry of Manpower], the boss cut off the food completely. 

For one nerve-wracking week, Ziaul and his friends had only water, bread and financial assistance from HOME [Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics]. 

Even getting charity meals was very difficult because of the expense of travelling from their quarters in Tuas. ...



@MaxBlumenthal [12/3/17]:  The Al Qaeda linked groups behind this week's Damascus bombing are still using American made BGM 71 TOW missiles  



So-called moderate rebels in Syria that have been vetted and previously armed by the U.S. government and its allies have officially partnered with al-Qaeda's rebranded local affiliate in a new organization called Tahrir al-Sham.

Among the umbrella group's members is the Bin Laden Front—named for Osama bin Laden, the late jihadist financier who oversaw the 9/11 attacks.

The Bin Laden Front is among the smaller fighting bands that helped comprise Jabhat al-Nusra, perhaps the most powerful rebel force on the ground in Syria. In 2015, al-Nusra released a 40-minute propaganda video called "The Heirs of Glory" that celebrated the 9/11 attacks. 

The video confirmed the Syrian group's abiding ties to al-Qaeda's international network and its commitment to an extremist ideology.

A year later, al-Nusra rebranded as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, insisting with little credibility that it had broken its ties to al-Qaeda's external leadership. ... [Alternet - 1/2/17]



Families of 9/11 victims might soon get day in court against Saudi officials [Stars and Stripes - 11/3/17]



Ethiopia: At least 30 killed in landslide at Addis Ababa rubbish dump [Africa News - 12/3/17]



PNG:  A mother and her five children, including a pregnant daughter, perished in a landslide in the remote Lamari area of Obura-Wonenara district in Eastern Highlands.

Eastern Highlands police commander Chief Superintendent Alex N’Drasal confirmed yesterday that the landslide occurred as a result of continuous heavy rain in the area.

The family were buried alive, with just dad, Belden Noahiri, surviving the tragedy last week but the news only filtered through to police yesterday, N’Drasal said.

The deaths closely follow a bus accident in Lae that left seven people dead and eight seriously injured.

The bus plunged into a drain along the new four-lane highway. ... [The National - 10/3/17]



Papua New Guinea gets a dose of resource curse as ExxonMobil's natural gas project foments unrest [ABC - 10/3/17]



Bank of PNG confirms release of K45m to Hela [PNG Loop - 8/3/17]:


... The confirmation came after Koroba Lake Kopiago Philip Undialu revealed the payment today describing the transaction as highly suspicious and in breach of relevant laws governing the management and distribution of the development levy.

“This transaction was done in total breach of Section 98 of the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Goverments (OLPLLG) and Section 160 of the Oil & Gas Act 1998.”

Undialu added that section 160(6) of the Oil & Gas Act states that development levies paid into the Trust Account “shall be disbursed only in accordance with an appropriation approved by Parliament.”

“As far as I know Parliament has not passed a Bill either in 1015 or 2016 that can allow for the release of the funds from the Central Bank where the money is keep in trust.”

He said, the Secretary for Finance Dr Ken Nangan wrote to the Central Bank on December 12, 2016 authorising the release of K45, 328,461.79 of the total K135m.

Loop PNG have contacted Dr Nangan several times to confirm but to no avail. ...



Euphemise to conceal [Michael Hudson/TRNN - 28/2/17]




13 March 2017