... “He was strapped to a wooden board that could spin around 360 degrees,” the suit claims.
“His interrogators spun him around on this board with a hood over his head covering his nose and mouth. While strapped to the board with his head lower than his feet, his interrogators poured buckets of cold water him. While they did not pour water directly over his mouth and nose, they threatened to do so if he didn’t cooperate.” ... CIA torture survivors sue psychologists who designed infamous program [Guardian – 13/10/15]
‘Guards brag openly about waterboarding at Nauru’ – Former immigration centre guard [RT - 21/8/15]
Nauru Senate Inquiry Public Hearing [20/8/15]:
... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?
Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air. This occurred after the riots. Personally, I believe it to be retribution.
Senator JOHNSTON: My last question, Mr Nichols—and I do thank you for your cooperation seriously; it is obviously not easy revisiting these things. What was the building where you saw the person wet and coughing up water?
Mr Nichols: This is a tent in Bravo compound.
Senator JOHNSTON: A tent—
Mr Nichols: Yes.
Senator JOHNSTON: in Bravo compound. Whereabouts in Bravo compound?
Mr Nichols: The actual compound is comprised solely of tents.
Senator JOHNSTON: Does this tent have an identification?
Mr Nichols: It would be tent 11.
Senator JOHNSTON: Tent 11. So you saw someone wet and coughing up water coming out of tent 11?
Mr Nichols: That is correct. …
Nauru Senate Inquiry - Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:
... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.
There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour. ...
Save Mohammad Albederee [14/10/15]: Mohammad is in the Manus Island Detention Centre clinic on a drip and pain relief.
Clive Palmer sets up legal fund for refugees held in Australia's offshore concenration camps [Media Release – 13/10/15]:
Federal leader of the Palmer United Party and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, will set up a legal fund to help end the abuse of refugees held in off-shore immigration detention centres.
Mr Palmer said the allegations of torture and abuse of refugees including women and children at Manus Island and Nauru were a crucial test for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his government ministers to show compassion and leadership.
“Mr Turnbull and his ministers are family people, mothers and fathers. It’s time they showed their hearts and ended this shocking chapter in Australian history by confronting the truth of how asylum seekers are being treated,” Mr Palmer said.
“Immigration Minister Peter Dutton needs to act decisively to end this shame.
“If Australia prides itself on being a just and humane society, the torture and mistreatment of refugees cannot be tolerated for a day longer.
Mr Palmer also said the Australian Border Force Act which threatens workers with imprisonment for speaking out against conditions inside the detention centres was an affront to our core freedoms as a nation.
Mr Palmer said he would set up a legal fund for refugees to gain access to court representation so their cases could be heard.
“Let’s get to the bottom of this and let justice prevail,’’ he said.
“The Commonwealth Government should be held accountable in the courts over these matters.
“Too often in my electorate and right around Australia people tell me they are fed up with government representatives acting only for themselves.
“This is a chance to show some humanity and government ministers who are doing the wrong thing need to be exposed.”
Just a reminder for ALP stooges, Palmer has been calling to close the camps since at least August 2014:
Palmer United Party federal leader and Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has called for the immediate closure of immigration detention camps because of their huge human and financial cost.
“Australia needs to move quickly to close these detention centres and implement a scheme to deal with the issue in a better way,’’ Mr Palmer said.
“The human and financial cost is too great if we are to continue with the Government’s current policy. Now is the time to make the change,’’ he said.
“On top of the very worrying human rights issues, the financial burden of running these centres is unjustifiable at a time when the government is cutting back its support to single mothers, families and pensioners.”
“I am calling on the Immigration Minister to find a better way and show leadership on this issue,’’ Mr Palmer said.
20 migrants take Berlin's refugee registration centre to court [Ahram - 12/10/15]:
Twenty asylum-seekers on Monday filed suit against Berlin's main refugee registration centre for failing to register them promptly so they could get essential benefits including a roof over their heads, a court official said.
Local authorities have been struggling to cope with a record influx of refugees, and asylum seekers in Berlin have often had to wait days if not weeks to be registered at the centre, known as Lageso.
On Monday, a group of them decided to take their case to the social court, complaining that despite waiting for a week, they were still not registered.
As a result, they were unable to receive any social benefits, including a bed in refugee centre -- an urgent need as the winter cold sets in.
A court spokesman told AFP the plaintiffs were seeking to "put pressure on the authorities" by bringing the case.
The court would issue a ruling in a few days, he said.
Over the past fortnight, several similar cases have been brought by individual asylum seekers, he added.
Germany is expecting to receive between 800,000 and a million asylum seekers this year, and local authorities have repeatedly warned they were not able to keep up with the massive influx.
Although Chancellor Angela Merkel insists the country "can do it", her open-door policy has angered some and even sparked an open rebellion among her conservative allies.
Senate Hansard [13/10/15]:
The Clerk: A postponement notification has been lodged in respect of general business notice No. 876 to 14 October.
Extension notifications have been lodged by committees as follows:
Education and Employment References Committee—private vocational education and training providers— extended from 14 October to 15 October 2015.
Environment and Communications References Committee—stormwater management—extended from 14 October to 2 December 2015.
Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee—Commonwealth payments relating to asylum seeker boat turn backs—extended from 11 November 2015 to 4 February 2016.
US paying Mexico to keep refugees fleeing Central American violence from reaching border [New York Times - 10/10/15]
Protesters rallied outside a Providence Dunkin Donuts shop Monday in support of an employee who wrote #blacklivesmatter on a police officer's coffee cup.
It has been 10 days since an employee at this Dunkin Donuts on Federal Hill wrote "Black Lives Matter" on a Providence police officer's coffee cup.
"We felt that it wasn't just three words. It has to do with something that's happening nationwide," Victoria Ruiz said. ... [WDAM7 - 13/10/15]
An investigation into police use of a Taser stun gun on a councilman in the Texas city where Sandra Bland was arrested has been turned over to the district attorney, officials said Monday.
The Prairie View councilman, Jonathan Miller, was hit with a stun gun and arrested Thursday outside of his home.
Police said one of the two officers involved in the confrontation was also involved in the July arrest of Bland, the black woman who died in her jail cell three days after she was pulled over.
Miller is also black. ... [NBC - 12/10/15]
@jdakwar - Director @ACLU Human Rights Program [13/10/15]: @HillaryClinton statement on #Israel/#Palestine supports racist people who believe #Palestinian lives don't matter!
“We are the masters,” says Israeli mayor, as 3 more Palestinians are killed [Electronic Intifada - 13/10/15]
Three Israelis were killed and up to 30 injured, several of them seriously, in at least four separate attacks across Israel and occupied East Jerusalem on Tuesday, with at least three suspected Palestinian attackers shot dead, Israeli medics and police said.
The Israeli government immediately began discussing punitive measures on Palestinians, including the closure of Palestinian neighborhoods in occupied East Jerusalem and arming more Israeli citizens with guns. ... [Maan - 13/10/15]
France signs $10 bn worth of deals with Saudi Arabia: French PM [Daily Star - 13/10/15]
A French official was in Beirut last week to follow up with the Lebanese army leadership the delivery of French weapons under a Saudi grant, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The daily said the official's visit came amid a freeze in the delivery of more arms to Lebanon. ... [Naharnet - 13/10/15]
Saudi airstrikes kill Yemeni civilian in Hajjah province [Press TV - 12/10/15]
Natalie Roberts, emergency coordinator talks
of airstrikes in North Yemen
[VIDEO - Médecins Sans Frontières – 12/10/15]
Afghanistan: Policeman killed in Kandahar suicide attack [Khaama - 13/10/15]
The provincial council (PC) chief for central Logar province on Monday accused the American forces of killing four civilians and injuring another 15 after a roadside bomb ripped through one of their vehicles near the provincial capital, Pul-iAlam, on Sunday.
Hasibullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the US forces opened indiscriminate firing at civilians after the blast in Honi Saydan area, causing civilian causalities.
The foreign troops also entered local residences and dislodged some civilians from their homes, he said, an allegation confirmed by a resident of Honi Saydan village, Sayed Baryalai.
“A roadside bomb hit US forces convoy on Sunday here and after the explosion, the foreign soldiers opened fire at innocent people and some were killed.”
The governor’s spokesman, Salim Saleh, confirmed the bomb attack, but said he was unaware of civilian causalities. US forces could not be reached for comment about the incident. [Pajhwok - 12/10/15]
UN mission in Central African Republic on high alert as armed group threatens capital [Media Release - 12/10/15]
Iranian parliament passes bill approving nuclear deal [Reuters - 13/10/15]
The Israel Defense Forces fired artillery at two Syrian army targets on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights on Tuesday.
The strike came in response to mortar shells that were fired into Israeli territory on Tuesday morning, as the fighting in Syria spilled over across the border. ... [Haaretz - 13/10/15]
US airdrops ammunition to Syria rebels [Reuters - 12/10/15]
The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced in a statement on Monday that the Army and Armed Forces established control over the Free Zone in Aleppo and 13 towns, villages and areas in the countryside of Hama and Lattakia provinces. ... [SANA - 12/10/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [12/10/15]:
Anbar: 3 civilians were killed and 25 wounded-according to initial toll- as the air force and heavy artillery shelled Thaiyala,Jame'iya and Sharika areas in Ramadi city.......
Baghdad: The government's army has stormed into a home in which only women live killing a girl child wounding her grandmother paralizing her aunt,the details are mentioned below:
Dawood Salim Sultan Al-Bedhani , one of brigade 22 elements in the government's army , accompanied by army patrol led by the lieutenant colonel Ahmad Al-Zeidi ,the commander of regiment ,and the major Ahmad Al-Sudani -the intelligence officer of regiment-have stormed into the home of Rahim Zeidan in Khan Al-Qadeem area in Tarmiya district north of Baghdad.He has not found in the home only women then shot Sabreen Ra'ad Mohamad ,a 12-year-old child, in her head which lives with her uncle and wounded her grandmother and beat her aunt by gun causing Paralysis to her ..............
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [12/10/15]:
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.
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted two airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
-- Near Washiya, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:
-- Near Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Bayji, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL anti-air artillery piece and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Kisik, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.
-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL trench, three separate ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive devices, two ISIL front-end loaders, an ISIL building, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL home-made explosives cache, denied ISIL access to terrain and wounded an ISIL fighter.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed and ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck and destroyed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Waleed, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Five Eyes nations meet in New Zealand - probably didn't discuss satellites of love [US Department of Defense - 12/10/15]
A total of 12,220 people entered eastern Austria in the previous 36 hours as the migrant flow from the Balkans to northern Europe continued, police said Monday.
On Sunday, 8,540 people entered the country via the Nickelsdorf crossing point with Hungary, followed by another 3,680 between midnight (2200 GMT) and 7:00 am on Monday, they said. ... [Naharnet - 12/10/15]
@MSF_Sea [12/10/15]: ... The 702 people rescued by the #Argos has disembarked and are onto the next step of their journey
@MSF_Sea [12/10/15]: You don't see it on the front pages of your newspapers but this is happening right now on the #Mediterranean
Police say language barrier stalling investigation into alleged rapes of Rohingya refugees detained in Aceh [AP - 12/10/15]:
A language barrier is stalling an investigation into allegations of rape against three female Rohingya at an encampment in Indonesia's Aceh province, police said Monday.
Only one Rohingya woman has been questioned so far, while six local witnesses have given statements, said Lt. Col. Anang Triarsono, Lhokseumawe district police chief. No suspects have been named.
"The language is our main obstacle," he said, adding police were waiting for an interpreter to be arranged.
Last month, four females and six males, aged 14 to 28, were believed to have been trying to flee the camp to go to neighboring Malaysia where thousands of Myanmar's long-persecuted Muslim minority have sought refuge. The Rohingya alleged they were stopped by a group of Indonesian men who beat them and raped three of the females, including a 14-year-old.
Forced return, detention and no protection: What happens when the US subverts the UN Refugee Convention in regions it controls ---> Bangladesh wants Myanmar to accept forcibly returned Rohingya refugees [bdnews24.com -12/10/15]:
Bangladesh after repatriating all of its “verified” nationals, caught at the Burmese sea, wants Myanmar to follow the suit.
Some 103 Bangladeshis returned from Myanmar on Monday.
They were the last batch of the “verified 729 Bangladeshi nationals”, rescued from the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea by Myanmar authorities in May and June, to be brought back to the country.
They were rescued amid a global outcry over Southeast Asia migration crisis triggered after hundreds of people were found on boat, drifting at sea in a bid to migrate to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The foreign ministry, after bringing back all nationals on Monday, said this “expeditious return” attested the “firm commitment of Bangladesh to take responsibility in irregular situation anywhere”.
“Bangladesh expects Myanmar to also manifest similar spirit by taking back verified Myanmar refugees awaiting return for over a decade in an expedited manner.”
Myanmar, after pussyfooting around for more than a decade, agreed to start taking back 2,415 of its “verified” nationals only in September last year at the foreign secretary level meeting. But the process did not progress.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees took shelter in Bangladesh fleeing sectarian violence in Rakhine state over the decades.
Myanmar now denies their citizenship.
A landslide triggered by torrential rains killed at least 17 people in eastern Myanmar and forced the evacuation of scores more, state media said Tuesday.
The landslide hit a village in Hpa-saung township in the remote Kayah state on Monday afternoon, killing 10 men and seven women, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported.
More than 360 people have been relocated to temporary relief camps set up at schools and a local hospital, the state media added, with more heavy rain expected. ... [Channel News Asia - 13/10/15]
Feel safe Australia? : Man convicted of thinking about preparing to travel
A thoughtcrime is an occurrence or instance of controversial or socially unacceptable thoughts. The term is also used to describe some theological concepts such as disbelief or idolatry, or a rejection of strong social or philosophical principles.
The term was popularized in the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, wherein thoughtcrime is the criminal act of holding unspoken beliefs or doubts that oppose or question the ruling party. In the book, the government attempts to control not only the speech and actions, but also the thoughts of its subjects. To entertain unacceptable thoughts is known as crimethink in Newspeak, the ideologically purified dialect of the party. ...
A court in Australia has found a 25-year-old Melbourne resident guilty of trying to travel to Syria to fight with anti-government forces.
Amin Mohamed, a New Zealand citizen, was convicted of three counts of making preparations to travel to a foreign country to engage in hostile acts.
It is a crime in Australia to fight for militants on either side of the conflict in the Middle East.
Mohamed could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.
His Australian visa has been cancelled and he will remain in immigration detention until he is sentenced.
The Victorian Supreme Court heard Mohamed wanted to fight against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Prosecutors said he applied for a New Zealand passport to enter Syria, booked flights to Turkey and obtained the contact details of a Turkish resident with the intent of fighting in Syria, according to the ABC.
Recordings of telephone intercepts in which Mohamed used coded language to discuss his plans with an alleged recruiter were also played, local media said. Previously the court heard a recorded conversation between Mohamed and an official at New Zealand's Security Intelligence Service.
Mohamed told the official he only wanted to travel to Turkey to see the Blue Mosque, before travelling to Denmark to meet his fiancee, according to media reports.
According to the Australian government, at least 100 Australians are fighting with terror groups in the Middle East, and another 150 people in Australia are known to be supporting such groups.
The country is on high alert for attacks by radicalised Muslims, including those returning home from fighting in the Middle East, and has carried out a number of high-profile raids and arrests [Australian political and media establishment are currently whipping up anti Islamic hysteria and greenlighting the harassment of Muslims with seemingly endless opinionating about "radicalisation", outreach programs, forums and symbolic gestures of "unity".]
SBS sports reporter Scott McIntyre sacked after Malcolm Turnbull intervention, court to hear [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/10/15]
He tweeted the unsayable about imperial Australia, much of it the truth; and all decent journalists - or dare I say, his freedom-loving compatriots - should be standing up for him. John Pilger [28/4/15]
Queensland MP vows to remain in Parliament despite unjustified calls for him to quit
The "growing perception that Mr Gordon should go" exists solely in the fevered imaginations of Queensland's banjo pickin' political and media establishment. [ABC - 13/10/15]:
... Queensland MP Billy Gordon has vowed to remain as the independent Member for Cook, as police investigate claims he sent explicit messages to women.
Several women have claimed Mr Gordon sent them explicit images through social media. One woman was charged with extortion against the MP and police are still considering the other two complaints.
Mr Gordon issued a statement today in which he vowed to continue as the Member for Cook, in the state's far north.
"Over the last few days, certain statements have been made about me," Mr Gordon said.
"I always believed that personal exchanges between me and other parties were private and consensual.
"I am determined to continue to represent the constituents of Cook, and better the lives of Indigenous people in my electorate.
"This is the only statement I will make on these matters."
Michael Cope, from the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, said under current legislation the Cook MP had every right to stay put.
"He is a Member of Parliament - he is entitled to sit in the Parliament and to vote, unless and until he commits an offence which requires his removal, and that hasn't happened yet," he said.
The Nauruan police force has seized phones and laptops from Save the Children staff and other contractors in an attempt to hunt down journalists’ sources at the Australian run detention centre.
On Saturday police officers executed a search warrant at one of the administration blocks in RPC1 and took personal electronic items that belonged to a number of detention staff.
A number of the electronic items seized belonged to Save the Children staff, but some also belonged to others contracted with the detention centre. ... [Guardian - 13/10/15]
Today I will get ball rolling on going to #Nauru. On spot reporting needed so here's hoping ...
"tweeted" by @Wendy_Bacon [13/10/15]
PR firm criticised for release of name and graphic details after alleged rape on Nauru [Guardian - 13/10/15]
This week's update on Nauru from the Australian Women in Support of Women on Nauru [12/10/15]:
... “No one should have to endure what this young woman has had to endure,” said Pamela Curr.
“She had lost everything; her health, her safety, her family and her own home and now the Nauruan government has taken the last thing she had, her privacy.”
"This is further evidence that the Nauru detention centre should never have been reopened but while this situation exists it is imperative that it should be exposed to scrutiny by journalists who have freedom to report sensitively and reveal the truth in the public interest,” said Professor Wendy Bacon.
"This episode only raises more questions about the treatment of refugee women on Nauru but also the safety and health services available to all women on Nauru"
“We cannot continue having two diametrically opposed realities in Australia,” continued Professor [Carmen] Lawrence. “One where we are all calling for greater respect for Australian woman and another where women who are clearly our responsibility are routinely assaulted and then silenced when they cry out for help.”
Anything reported from Nauru cannot be believed until journalists are allowed on to the island to verify ---> The Nauru government insists it's on the home straight finalising the backlog of refugee claims on the island. Lawyers and officials have been working around the clock in shifts to complete all decisions apart from a "handful of cases," the government says in a statement. ... [Nine MSN - 13/10/15]
Save Mohammad Albederee [13/10/15]: Mohammad just started having a seizure, chest pain and lost consciousness. ...
Jeanie M Walker, National Spokesperson for Asylum Seekers, Australian Democrats [15/9/15]:
“The Australian Democrats fear that Malcolm Turnbull may spend his first few weeks as Prime Minister explaining why an Iraqi asylum seeker was systematically beaten, tortured and allowed to die due to medical neglect on Manus Island Detention Centre” says Australian Democrats Federal Asylum Seeker Spokesperson Jeanie Walker.
“This man fled the Syrian/Iraqi conflict after working as a contractor for the Allied Forces and being persecuted for assisting our country, only to meet a worse fate at the hands of the Australian Government”.
31 year old Mohammad Albederee was beaten by more than 10 Australian Wilson Security guards in July last year inside the infamous Chauka Compound in Manus Island Detention Centre after he intervened in the guards beating his brother into unconsciousness.
His brother sustained injuries to his back, neck and shoulders and fled back to Iraq where he was subsequently shot by militia and fled to Turkey.
His brother has required at least 2 surgeries to his back for the injuries he sustained. The altercation was simply over the men asking to use the phone as there had been news of a tragedy in their family.
Mr. Albederee also had his finger broken in an earlier incident with previous G4S guards over wanting longer time on a phone call to family in Iraq.
Mohammad was beaten until he was unconscious and sustained serious injuries to his shoulder which resulted in nerve damage causing extreme pain and numbness in his hand. He also suffered kidney damage causing blood in his urine due to the severity of the assault. This has resulted in severe chronic pain for over a year.
Mohammad was supposed to be brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment in February 2015 by medical request, but this did not happen.
He was told by Wilson Security that he had a flight if he signed a form saying he would never make a complaint against the guards that beat him.
When he would not sign the papers he was told that he would never leave Manus Island alive.
Mohammad started a hunger strike on March 9th 2015 to protest against his lack of medical treatment for injuries caused by Wilson Security.
This has been highlighted in numerous national media stories and Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton has been contacted hundreds of times to intervene.
Minister Dutton’s office claimed he was ”eating and drinking now” which resulted in Mr. Albederee self harming his stomach with a razor blade to ”prove there is not food in there”.
Mr. Albederee is currently still in his room (a shipping container) with infected stomach wounds.
“He was promised by Immigration officials and medical staff that if he broke the hunger strike that they would transfer him to an Australian Hospital, so he attempted to eat.
He has been unable to hold down any food or fluid for over 2 months (he vomits anything straight back up) and medical staff on Manus Island now believe he may have an infection in his stomach as it no longer works” says Ms Walker
”It is now over 160 days since he has been able to ingest any food and now he cannot take in any fluid either” says Ms Walker.
“Without proper medical care in an Australian hospital he has no chance whatsoever of survival – and even then his chances are slim due to the medical negligence and time wasted already”.
Australian Democrat Jeanie Walker contacted the Iraqi Embassy several months ago and issued an urgent request for them to intervene and save Mr. Albederee’s life.
“The Iraqi Embassy sought an urgent meeting with Immigration Minister Dutton and Foreign Affairs Minister Bishop which has still not been granted.
They have requested permission to bring Mr. Albederee to the mainland for treatment”
“The Iraqi government have been advised of the situation and requested an explanation as to what Australia is doing to assist Mohammad. They are concerned about the ramifications of Australia allowing him to die”
Ms Walker urges Prime Minister Turnbull to act with great haste to evacuate Mr. Albederee to an Australian hospital immediately before we have another coroner’s report to explain to the International community which are already condemning the deaths of Reza Berati and Hamid Kehazaei on Manus Island.
On World Day against Death Penalty, UN says practice deters neither drug crimes nor abuse [Media Release - 10/10/15]
… There's a shit storm a comin' … 'Powderworks', Midnight Oil 
Some things you CAN see coming, in life and certainly in finance. Quite a few things, actually. Once you understand we’re on a long term downward path, also both in life and in finance, and you’re not exclusively looking at short term gains, it all sort of falls into place. The only remaining issue then is that so many of you DO look at short term gains only. Thing is, there’s no way out of this thing but down, way down. … The Automatic Earth [12/10/15]
The U.S. Justice Department is probing allegations that Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.BR) is seeking to curb competition in the beer market by buying distributors, making it harder for fast-growing craft brewers to get their products on store shelves, according to three people familiar with the matter.
In the past few months, the world's largest brewer has rattled the craft beer world by striking deals for five distributors in three states. Many states require brewers to use distributors to sell their product, and once AB InBev buys a distributor, craft companies say they find that they can't distribute their beer as easily and sales growth stalls.
Antitrust regulators are also reviewing craft brewers' claims that AB InBev pushes some independent distributors to only carry the company's products and end their ties with the craft industry, two of the sources said, noting that the investigation was in its early stages. ... [Reuters - 12/10/15]
London removes policemen from outside Ecuadorian Embassy
Sputnik News [12/10/15]:
The London Metropolitan police announced Monday it would end its permanent guard at the Ecuadorean embassy where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been taking refuge.
According to the statement published on the Metropolitan police website, the UK police have maintained 24/7 presence outside the building since Assange entered it over three years ago.
"Whilst the MPS remains committed to executing the arrest warrant and presenting Julian Assange before the court, it is only right that the policing operation to achieve this is continually reviewed against the diplomatic and legal efforts to resolve the situation," the statement said.
"As a result of this continual review the MPS has today Monday, 12 October withdrawn the physical presence of officers from outside the Embassy."
However, the Police Service has strenghtened covert plan at the embassy after guard removing.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, the official WikiLeaks representative, told Sputnik that he believes this is nothing more than a change of tactics:
"It’s a bit hard to read into it. Are they just replacing the visible presence with covert officers? The metropolitan police have spent over £12 million on this ridiculous siege for over three years now. So now they’re putting a covert team up against him. I wonder if that’s simply a change of tactics and the expenditure will simply go on. It’s very hard to read into exactly what this means. One can speculate that they are possibly trying to hide the cost by removing the visibility of the police officers who have been surrounding the embassy 24/7 since June 19, three years ago."
"I don’t think I’d call anything a victory unless the siege was called off and Julian is allowed to enjoy the political asylum that he was granted fully in compliance with international law by the Ecuadorian government," he added.
"So this doesn’t make a huge difference in my mind, it’s obvious that the Metropolitan police is somewhat reacting to the outrage among the public for spending over £12 million on this ridiculous attempt to arrest him."
British authorities have reportedly spent more than $25 million monitoring Assange in the time since he was first arrested in December 2010, according to a numeric counter on the govwaste.co.uk website.
Snowden pardoned! Crowd goes wild [VIDEO - The Yes Lab - 12/10/15]
Australia's data retention goes live, but ISPs say they're still in the dark [IT News - 13/10/15]
Telstra has revealed the Attorney-General's Department approved the telco's request for an extension to the compliance deadline for its data retention obligations. ... [IT News- 13/10/15]
New Zealand: Businessman charged over 1080 threat [RNZI - 13/10/15]
One person died and seven others were injured in a fire that broke out on the premises of a gas manufacturing firm in the Jurong industrial area on Monday morning.
In a press release issued at around noon, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it received a call at 9.30am and dispatched four fire engines, two red rhinos, two fire bikes, eight support vehicles and four ambulances to 21, Tanjong Kling Road. ... [The Straits Times - 12/10/15]
First 'in womb' stem cell trial to begin [BBC – 12/10/15]
The Speaker of Vanuatu's parliament Marcellino Pipite says he received the advice of five lawyers before deciding to pardon himself and 13 other MPs convicted of bribery. ... [RNZI - 12/10/15]
Papua New Guinea's former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has resigned from the National Alliance Party - a party he founded 20 years ago. ... [RNZI - 12/10/15]
Forgotten Bomana detainees return to court [PNG Loop – 12/10/15]
The grieving parents of a school boy beaten to death by PNG Defense Force soldiers in Port Moresby in July are demanding a speedy end to investigations by authorities and the Defense Force. ... [PNG Loop - 12/10/15]
United Liberation Movement for West Papua acknowledges support from Pacific Leaders at UN meet [PNG Loop – 12/10/15]
Sri Lankan minister dismisses estimate of 40,000 Tamil deaths [Tamil Guardian – 11/10/15]
ANC plans to withdraw South Africa from international criminal court [Guardian – 11/10/15]
Australian politicians and anti refugee advocates continue greenlighting the harassment of Muslims
Image: @prehumax [29/6/15]
Nine MSN [13/10/15]:
The country's political leaders will gather with faith leaders to mark the national day of unity.
The initiative, organised by the Lebanese Muslim Association and Welcome to Australia group, is designed to encourage mutual respect between people of all backgrounds.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Greens leader Richard Di Natale will all attend the launch at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday.
Labor MP Jim Chalmers said it was important that when the fabric of society was stretched Australians come together to build understanding.
"We are stronger and safer when we stand together," he told reporters in Canberra.
Not from any Australian politicians –-> More condemnation for "proud homophobe" speaking in synagogues [Sydney Mornng Herald – 13/10/15]:
... In a speech to members of the ultra-orthodox Melbourne Jewish community on Sunday night, Mr Feiglin called on Israelis to annex Palestinian areas beyond the "Green Line", naming East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jaffa and Remallah.
He said Palestinians who were unwilling to live under Jewish sovereignty should be re-settled in other countries. ...
GIMC has received the following footage of individuals who identify themselves as police officers (seemingly undercover) patrolling the streets of the Western Sydney suburb of Bankstown. They appear to approach random individuals and ask whether they have been approached by anyone "in relation to Islam and stuff like that". [VIDEO - GIMC - 12/10/15]
Trevor Flugge, former AWB chairman, faces court over Iraq oil-for-food scandal [ABC - 12/10/15]
Just lost my vote ---> Senator Lazarus: Cashless welfare card a priority for Australia [Media Release - 12/10/15]
A woman who was hit by a car and dragged along a Sydney street in front of her three young children in an alleged hit-and-run crash is fighting for her life in hospital with critical head injuries, police say.
Another woman has been charged over the crash, which occurred outside a childcare centre in Bass Hill on Monday afternoon. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/10/15]
Palm Beach convenience store robbed [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
A man wielding a machete has stormed a Gold Coast bank but come away empty-handed.
The would-be robber entered the Tugun bank at 3.30pm on Monday demanding cash but tellers activated security screens.
The bandit then pushed a female customer but ultimately left empty-handed.
Police say no one was physically injured. [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
A man is recovering in hospital after being stabbed in the back during a domestic disturbance in Townsville.
The 61-year-old man was attacked at his home at Kirwan about 10.20pm on Monday.
A woman, believed to be his partner, is in custody and assisting police with inquiries, but has not been charged. [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
Mother taken hostage during Brisbane siege breaks down at coronial inquest [ABC - 12/10/15]
Golf ball bomb made 'just for fun, just to make a bang', accused tells Ipswich court [ABC - 12/10/15]
An 82-year-old man has been charged with abusing a boy almost 40 years ago.
Queensland police allege the offences against the boy, who was under the age of 12, happened at a home at Wooloowin, in Brisbane's north, between 1977 and 1978. ... [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
A former Queensland teacher accused of grooming a female student is expected to appear in a Gold Coast court on Tuesday. ... [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
A childcare worker accused of trying to rape a two-year-old boy has had his case briefly mentioned in a Queensland court.
The accused man did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday where the Crown was ordered to prepare a full brief of evidence about the offence, which allegedly occurred at a centre at Durack, west of Brisbane, in September.
The matter was adjourned until November 30. [Yahoo - 12/10/15]
Toddler rescued from Varsity Lakes pool, resuscitated [Yahoo - 12/10/15]
A Queensland woman accused of dumping her child on the side of the road has appeared in court.
Taylah Adrian Leahy, 41, was charged after she allegedly abandoned her one-year-old girl in a pram in Inala in September.
The girl was discovered alone inside a pram on Sittella Street. It is believed the girl was by herself for about an hour before passers-by contacted authorities. ... [Brisbane Times - 12/10/15]
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! ---> Queensland's corruption watchdog voices concern Newman-era "reforms" reduced its power [ABC - 12/10/15]
State's community legal centres facing funding crisis Funding for the state's community legal centres has reached crisis levels, with representatives from the sector meeting with state and federal MPs in an attempt to find solutions.
The emergency bipartisan meeting on Tuesday will attempt to address funding issues that see almost half of all people who approach legal aid centres turned away.
Anticipating further cuts, community lawyers will plead their case at Parliament with federal and state representatives in an attempt to discuss the impact the unmet need is already having. ... [Brisbane Times - 13/10/15]
Oakey Coal Action Alliance launch Acland challenge [Yahoo - 13/10/15]
Lock the Gate Alliance has today called for an overhaul of political donations in Queensland following reports that Linc Energy made more than $330,000 worth of donations to the State and Federal branches of the Liberal Party while being investigated for gas leaks at their Underground Coal Gasification project at Hopeland. ... [Lock The Gate - 12/10/15]
Glencore puts Australian copper mine on market to pay down debt [ABC - 12/10/15]
Man accused of shooting Gold Coast police officer to face court [MYGC - 13/10/15]
A man allegedly tried to steal a police officer's gun before dislocating a female officer's shoulder and her male colleague's finger during his arrest.
The 39-year-old Morayfield man has been charged with a string of assault police charges following the incident north of Brisbane on Sunday. ... [Yahoo - 12/10/15]
A joint agency investigation involving the Australian Crime Commission and the Queensland Police Service has located 30kg of precursor chemicals and an active drug lab during a raid.
Investigators from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command have charged a 35-year-old Macleay Island man with producing dangerous drugs. The investigation commenced following intelligence provided by the Australian Crime Commission. ... [QPS Media - 12/10/15]
An 18-year-old Queensland man has been charged with drug trafficking after he was linked to an alleged ice syndicate that operated in the state’s southeast. ... [MYGC - 12/10/15]
13 October 2015