United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 13/10/16]



‏@MSF_Sea [13/10/16]:  Stay home and be bombed or come here and we'll lock you on a prison island" #Europe's message to those forced from home in 2016.



‏@HelenaMaleno [13/10/16]:  Unas 100 personas llegaron a Melilla tras saltar la valla. Queremos saber qué pasó con los #DDHH de aquellos que no lo lograron #FronteraSur




MOAS-Italian Red Cross Late Night Rescue: 113 people rescued; at least 17 missing, among which a 3-year-old baby [Media Release - 13/10/16]



‏@ItalianNavy [12/10/16]: #ERMO16 expressed a strong willingness to create an amphibious "European force" well integrated and able to operate anywhere ...



@Aussie4Refugees [14/10/16]:  With fascists like these in charge, why does Aus rights movement allow itself to be controlled by the ALP? ...  #GetUp






Diaspora symposium: refugees & asylum seekers’ discourse



National broadcaster pushes for a "final solution" with more partisan damage control, false choices and exploitative victim blaming [ABC - 13/10/16]



Four Corners and Australia's chief anti-refugee propagandist Sarah "smugglers paradise" Ferguson - played a key role in re-opening Nauru and Manus concentration camps.   THEY SHOULD BE PROTESTED.


Has Malaysia rescued these refugees, or did they push them away like Australia does? [New Straits Times - 13/10/16]:


The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) have received information from the Kuah district police station in Langkawi, that four boats carrying about 200 Rohingya refugees may land in Langkawi today.

MMEA spokesperson in confirming the matter said that they have received information from the Kuah police district station that the boats, each carrying about 50 Rohingya refugees, are expected to arrived in the Malaysian shores today, although the exact location where the boats will land could not be ascertained.

"We did receive information from the Kuah district police that a number of boat carrying Rohingya refugees are expected to land in the Malaysian shores.

"Hence, we are preparing to face any situation," he said.

According to the statement from the Kuah district police all four boats are believed to be carrying Rohingya refugees who are fleeing their homeland following the genocide which is still taking place in their country, without any charges.

The statement also said that the Thai authorities are not expected to detain the refugees as they may be sailing away from the Thailand coast and are likely to head towards Langkawi based on the previous incidences.



‏@mdskar:  2/3 2PM 13/10/16: Mass-exodus: people from NganChaung leaving the village from being killed & burnt down alive. #PrayForMaungdaw #Rohingya



‏@mdskar: 1/3 2PM 13/10/16: #Myanmar Miltary firing Fire-Launcher on #Rohingya Homes in KyetYoePyin, NgaSaKyu, NganChaung,WaPeik.Many homes burnt down



‏@mdskar [13/10/16]:   #Myanmar Army chief Min Aung Hlaing has given permission for airstrikes.The AirForce is going to bomb #Rohingya villages in #Maungdaw soon



Myanmar:  Mosque, houses and shops burnt, more villagers killed in Maungdaw [Arakan Times - 13/10/16]



39 captured and detained by Rapid Action Battalion at Chittagong Airport for attempting to flee Bangladesh [Dhaka Tribune - 13/10/16]



Bangladesh:  3 men detained for ‘promoting obscenity’ on Facebook [Dhaka Tribune - 12/10/16]


Chevron confirms is in discussions for potential Bangladesh sale [Reuters – 13/10/16]



... “To meet ever-growing gas demand, Bangladesh wants to propose energy sector cooperation with Myanmar. Bangladesh’s proposal will include a joint-venture gas pipeline and possibly a sub-regional grid line for the Rakhine and Chin states of Myanmar,” Bangladeshi officials told the paper. ... [The Irrawaddy - 8/10/16]



Sri Lanka’s Terrorist Investigation Division has arrested a woman in Jaffna over the alleged distribution of posters bearing images of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

The woman, who recently arrived from Germany, was arrested by Sri Lankan security forces in Maruthanarmada on Tuesday evening from a lodge where she was staying.

A Jaffna police official claimed footage from surveillance cameras in the area showed the woman pinning up poster bearing the Tamil Eelam national symbols and the LTTE chief in front of the Anchaneyar Temple in the town.

The posters, printed in black and white, date back from 2012.

She is currently facing questioning by the Terrorist Investigation Division. [Tamil Guardian - 13/10/16]



UNHCR's Vivian Tan "not aware” of Cambodia's imminent forced return of Vietnamese refugees [Cambodia Daily - 13/10/16]:


Almost two years since the latest wave of Montagnard asylum seekers began crossing into Ratanakkiri province claiming to be fleeing persecution in Vietnam, an immigration official said on Wednesday that the 170 remaining in Phnom Penh had two weeks to return home or face forcible repatriation.

Despite initially blocking the Montagnards from registering as refugees, in January the government announced the group could have their claims assessed.

However, Kem Sarin, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said on Wednesday that not a single one had been granted refugee status.


“I believe that the UNHCR has helped send some Montagnards back to Vietnam before, after they lost their right to get asylum, and I think that the UNHCR will send those people back to Vietnam soon because we will not allow them to stay in Cambodia anymore,” he said.

Contacted by email, however, Vivian Tan, regional press officer for the UNHCR, said it “was not aware” of the decision. ...



Phnom Penh Autonomous Port signs new deals with Vietnamese companies [Phnom Penh Post - 13/10/16]



A Khmer Rouge-era mine blew off the foot of a border police officer near the Thai border in Oddar Meanchey’s Anlong Veng district as he patrolled near his base yesterday morning, according to provincial border police. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 13/10/16]



‏@cctvnews [13/10/16]:  Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni holds welcoming ceremony for Chinese Pres. #XiJinping, marking his first state visit to the country ...


Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence [Reuters – 13/10/16]:


... Since 2011, a Japanese Self Defence Force contingent of 180 troops has occupied a 12 hectare (30 acre) site in Djibouti, next to Camp Lemonnier, the U.S. base at the country's international airport.

From there, the SDF have operated maritime patrol aircraft as part of an international force, including China, that hunts pirates in the seas of the Gulf of Aden and off the coast of Somalia. ...



Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) wants Japan to do more work on the F-35 program after earlier attempts to tempt Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (7011.T) with component supply contracts failed, a senior Lockheed executive said. ... [Reuters - 13/10/16]


China hopes that Australia acts and speaks with caution on the South China Sea and that its words and actions on the matter match each other, a senior Chinese officer told the visiting head of the Australian Defence Force. ... [Reuters - 12/10/16]



Hong Kong rebel lawmakers protest China at oath-taking [BBC - 12/10/16]



US supports India's 'right to self-defence', slams Pakistan for linking Afghan peace to Kashmir [The Tribune - 13/10/16]:


It [the White House] also said that that the US is making every effort to ensure that India become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by the end of this year.

Making a rare appearance before a Washington audience, Peter Lavoy, the White House's point person for South Asia, said that India-US ties are the "most dynamic relationship" for the US as he listed the Obama administration's achievements in strengthening the relationship between the two largest democracies of the world. ...



Indian army kills two gunmen, ending Kashmir standoff [Al Jazeera - 13/10/16]



Militants shoot dead political party worker in Kashmir [Reuters - 12/10/16]



Three South Koreans have been shot to death in the Philippines, a foreign ministry official said Thursday.

The three -- two male, one female -- were found dead Tuesday with gunshot wounds in their heads, according to the official.

Their bodies were found in a sugar cane field in Bacolor, a small city of around 30,000 people. ... [Yonhap - 13/10/16]



The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) launched the third of eight new Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) warships on Thursday.

The LMV - named Unity - was designed and built locally. 

The first and second LMVs, Independence and Sovereignty, were launched earlier this year.

All eight are expected to be fully operational by 2020. ... [Channel News Asia - 13/10/16]



Australia and East Timor aim to "reach an agreement" over the maritime boundary in resource-rich waters between their countries, an arbitration court in the Netherlands said on Thursday.

Confidential meetings "were very productive.

All agreed we should aim to reach agreement within the timeframe of the conciliation process," the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said in a statement. [Reuters - 13/10/16]



Bomb explodes in Jayapura, Papua [Jakarta Post - 13/10/16]



Gable Tostee murder trial: Warriena Wright's mother slams judge, media [Newshub - 13/10/16]:


... Merzabeth Tagpuno's full statement

"To the media, you have made this trip the most saddest, hardest trip I have ever had to endure.

"I asked not to release the audio tapes - yet I was over-ruled by the judge. I did not want to hear my daughter screaming 'No, no, no'. I did not want to remember her like that.

"I feel our family had been disrespected by the judge's ruling to release the audio tapes to the media. To those who want an exclusive from my family, we're saying 'No'. The judge gave you everything - that is enough.

"The media have hurt me so bad. When this is over I will go back to New Zealand. I want to be left alone. Please respect my privacy, I will not talk to anybody; just leave our family in peace. No matter how this goes, I just want to go home."



The Mulrunji Affair: secrecy and suppression [ABC - 9 March, 2010]



Maurice Blackburn, ACA Lawyers press ahead with class action suits against Slater and Gordon [Lawyers Weekly - 12/10/16]



US State Department and friends exploit LGBTI youth in Australia to run cover for their stinking wars [Huffington Post - 13/10/16]


@narrabyee [13/10/16]:  Finally,after 20-months of backing Saudi war crimes, Obama acknowledges a war against Yemenis for Saudi terrorists  --->  An American warship stationed off the coast of Yemen fired cruise missiles on Thursday at radar installations that the Pentagon said had been used by Yemeni insurgents to target another American warship in two missile attacks in the last four days. ... [New York Times - 13/10/16]



Yemen Houthis reiterate denial of attacks on US warship: agency [Reuters - 13/10/16]



Egypt receives $2 billion Saudi deposit in IMF deal financing [Ahram - 13/10/16]:


... Earlier this week, Egypt voted in favour of a Russian resolution in the UN Security Council on Syria that removed the demand for a halt of Russian bombing of Aleppo stipulated in a rival French resolution that was supported by Saudi Arabia.

Egypt voted also in favor of the French resolution. Both resolutions failed to pass but Egypt's backingof the Russian draft resolution sparked tensions with Saudi Arabia, which has opposed Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. ...



Israeli Minister visits Turkey to discuss natural gas transmit [Daily Sabah - 12/10/16]:


... The Energy and Natural Resources Ministry sent a delegation to Gaza to carry out fieldwork to satisfy Gaza's electricity requirement.

Turkey will carry out simultaneous works in three areas in light of the report to be prepared by the delegation.

A floating power plant to be established at the Gaza port is one of the emergency projects.

Also, projects leading to the production of solar energy and other energy types will be addressed. Gaza's electricity transmission infrastructure will be reestablished by installing transformers, high and low voltage lines and the re-planning of distribution lines to provide electricity to all houses and streets in Gaza. ...



The body of an Egyptian woman was found in the North Sinai Peninsula city of al-Arish on Wednesday.

She was reportedly shot to death by gunmen affiliated with the Sinai Province group, for allegedly being an informant for Egyptian security services.

Egyptian security officials told Ma’an that 25-year-old Maysa Salameh was shot dead by gunmen reportedly affiliated with the Sinai Province, an armed group which changed its name from Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014.  ... [Maan - 12/10/16]



The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's release of Lindsey Snell, a U.S. freelance journalist who Turkish security forces detained on August 7 as she crossed into the country from Syria. ... [CPJ Media Release - 12/10/16]



A Syrian migrant suspected of planning a bomb attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide in a detention center in Leipzig, the Justice Ministry for the state of Saxony said on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 13/10/16]



A man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle shot two Boston police officers who were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, before being shot and killed by other officers, police said.

The two wounded officers were hospitalized in "extremely critical condition" early Thursday morning. ... [WCVB5 - 13/10/16]



‏@riserefugee [13/10/16]:  Ex-detainees' Demands, "Countries that cause forced displacement are stripped from their decision-making position"



If this week's UNHCR meeting with Australian government officials was to discuss anything but the release and resettlement of refugees, why are the media - particularly Guardian Australia - censoring the outcome?



A media that wasn't corrupt would ask Dr Zimmerman why the UNHCR told refugees they would be on Nauru for 10 years.



UNHCR should not be allowed to raise one more cent until they explain why they don't want refugees on Manus and Nauru released and resettled.   Until then, events like these should be protested ---> Nobody Left Outside - Australia for UNHCR  - Stirrup Gallery Marrickville, 15 -16 October



Uganda: Australia for UNHCR Field Mission [September 2016]



Israel is secretly deporting thousands of refugees to statelessness in Africa under “Rwanda or Saharonim policy” [Think Progress - 3/7/16]:


... For over a year, Israel has been sending African refugees to Uganda and Rwanda, offering them cash in return for leaving.

The Israeli government continues to insist that the asylum-seekers are not refugees, but labor migrants seeking work, and that they are leaving voluntarily.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan and Rwandan governments deny that any refugee deal exist between them and Israel — let alone reports that the deal is, in essence, one swapping refugees for benefits.

Some reports say that Uganda and Rwanda receive arms and military training in return for accepting the refugees, while others say that the countries receive agricultural aid or even cash. ...



Media continues helping Manus MP Ronnie Knight foment hatred against illegally imprisoned men, giving them no right of reply [RNZI - 13/10/16]



Exiled and enslaved Manus men not given opportunity to speak about their "three month employment stint" in East New Britain [The National - 12/10/16]


Former PNG Prime Minister and New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan pays tribute to Shimon Peres [PNG Loop – 12/10/16]



Five people held captive in relation to a suspected sorcery-related killing in Kagua, Southern Highlands have been tortured, according to police. ... [The National - 13/10/16]



Customs authorities in Lae have seized a shipment of police firearms sent from South Korea to Port Moresby.

The guns ― about 280 ― have been locked up at the Defence Force Igam Barracks in Lae. ... [The National - 12/10/16] 



In Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio faces the possibility of jail time, after federal prosecutors announced they are charging Arpaio for criminal contempt of court over his refusal to end unconstitutional immigration patrols in Arizona.

Arpaio has long been under fire for his immigration policies, which have included racial profiling and detaining immigrants in a scorching outdoor Tent City jail, which Arpaio once referred to as his own "concentration camp."


 Arpaio now faces up to six months in jail if he’s convicted on contempt of court charges.

Activists are also organizing for him to be voted out of office in this November’s election.

We speak to Carlos García, executive director of Puente Arizona, a grassroots human rights movement for migrant justice. ... [Democracy Now - 12/10/16]



Mexican Director Rodrigo Reyes discusses new film Lupe Under the Sun, says neither Trump nor Hillary can make America great again [VIDEO - RT - 12/10/16]



How the Red Cross, Clinton Foundation, foreign aid amplified devastating impact of Hurricane in Haiti [The Atlantic - 11/10/16]




... All I did was showed some truth to the working man ...


'Almost Gone', Graham Nash & James Raymond [2011]




‏@wikileaks [12/10/16]:  Elaborate plot now launched to accuse our editor of being a paedophile ...



‏@wikileaks [12/10/16]:  Ecuador has announced that Assange 'interview' has been moved to mid November. ...



‏@wikileaks [12/10/16]:  ... The Podesta Emails Part 5 (673 new emails) #HillaryClinton ...



‏@wikileaks [12/10/16]:  RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 4 (1193 new emails) #HillaryClinton ...



‏@xychelsea [12/10/16]:  I'm back. I'm OK. I'm resting and trying to get back in the groove of things. #solitaryconfinement



Thought crime charges laid against teenagers following Sydney raids; Catch 22 police harassment presented as good policing [ABC - 13/10/16]



'We will commit to be there for the long term':  Australia's war on First Nations people carries on under cover of roundtables, denial, weasel words, dodgy "trials" and victim blaming [ABC - 13/10/16]:


... SUSSAN LEY: My department is doing the on-the-ground logistics, both in Broome and Fitzroy Crossing.

I want to go to Fitzroy to meet a group of women and I want to talk about FASD (foetal alcohol spectrum disorders), which is a particular problem in many communities.

But there are interventions that I want to see working on the ground there are and see what more we can do in that area.

The logistics will sort themselves out, they always do. ...



The Northern Territory Royal Commission has heard that children in Darwin’s Don Dale detention centre were afraid to speak up about their mistreatment, because they were scared of prison officers.

In the witness stand, the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner, Colleen Gwynne, said detainee’s had told her about their fears during visits to the centre.

“There has been from time to time a young person will say that they are concerned about retribution from particular officers,” NT Children’s Commissioner Colleen Gwynne said.

“There have certainly been young people who have expressed concerns about being targeted from time to time by staff there.”

The commissioner told the inquiry at times detainees were also restricted from the phones in the centre that were intended to be used to contact the commissioner’s office with concerns. ... [NITV - 12/10/16]



Kids in Don Dale feel like "caged animals", says National Children's Commissioner [NITV - 11/10/16]



Cameron Dick doesn't care about regulation or the suffering of cancer patients, he wants to further criminalise you. -->  Medicinal cannabis laws passed in Queensland [Nine MSN - 13/10/16]:


... Patients and their families will not be able to grow their own cannabis under the laws, with Mr Dick citing "significant safety risks" associated with the lack of therapeutic goods oversight. ...



There's a flurry of activity in the 'farm to pharma' sector.

A pot stock boom looks set to sweep the Australian sharemarket after plans to legalise medical cannabis, with a host of ASX-listed companies fast-tracking their moves to enter the market.

Australia's first listed medical marijuana company, MMJ PhytoTech, which merged with Canadian grower MMJ Bioscience in a $15.5 million deal in March, will announce on Friday that it has raised $2 million from a Spanish fund to launch its Australian operations, adding to its businesses in Europe, Canada and Israel. ... [Queensland Country Life - 23/10/15]


Israeli researchers are leading the world in highlighting the medical benefits of marijuana.

That was the message from journalist Helen Kapalos who spoke last Sunday night at an event on the topic hosted by Magen David Adom and the Zionist Council of Victoria.  ... [Australian Jewish News – 29/6/15]



Hebrew University teams with Australian PhytoTech on medical cannabis patch [Jewish Business News - 27/1/15]



Israeli forces detain 9 Palestinians in West Bank raids, including woman and minors [Maan - 12/10/16]



A Palestinian woman was kidnapped and another injured during clashes that broke out of Wednesday morning when Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) broke into the town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem.

Dozens suffered teargas inhalation during the clashes, and five were wounded.

The woman was hit with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the head.

Another Palestinian woman was also kidnapped by the occupation soldiers from al-Ram, after a young man, Ali Shyoukhi (20) was killed by IOF as well. [PNN - 12/10/16]



Women's Boat to Gaza: 13 activists detained by Israel, weeks after US OKs $38 billion in military aid [Democracy Now - 12/10/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: This $38 billion, the largest military funding package the U.S. has given any nation.

ANN WRIGHT: Any nation. And it will be used in the training fields of the Israeli military, which are in Gaza. Gaza is the place where military experiments are done, using U.S. military weaponry and done by the—by the IDF.

AMY GOODMAN: You’re former U.S. military.

ANN WRIGHT: Yes, I’m a colonel, 29 years in the U.S. military. And I say the U.S. military and our government are complicit in the crimes against the people of Gaza and the West Bank by the use of our military hardware and by the training that the Israelis give us and we give them. ...



Who will think of the war criminals?: Exclusive damage control for Australia's participation in an illegal invasion [ABC - 13/10/16]



US NATO failed in its anti-terror mission in Afghanistan: Russian Envoy [TOLO News - 12/10/16]:


... "They are trying to get rid of all guilt including worsening of the political and military situation in Afghanistan and their failure to win this war despite 15 years of NATO and U.S presence in the country," he said. ...



Sumaia Mohammadi, a member of the Daikundi Provincial Council (PC), has been killed during the overnight attack on the Cart-i-Sakhi shrine in Kabul, a local representative said on Wednesday. ... [Pajhwok - 12/10/16]



The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) cleared the strategic Kunduz city from the presence of the Taliban militants after nine days of intense gun battle, local officials said Wednesday.

Provincial police chief Mohammad Masoom Hashemi said the clearance operations fully concluded late on Tuesday night and operations are currently being conducted in the remote parts of the province.

There are no reports regarding the casualties incurred to the local residents and security forces during the past 9 days. ... [Khaama - 12/10/16]



Around 1,000 displaced Kunduz families call for help [TOLO News - 12/10/16]



Reports from Farah province indicate that fighting has escalated between the Afghan security forces and the militant Taliban in the northern and eastern regions of Farah. ... [TOLO News - 11/10/16]



Terrorists of “Jaish al-Islam” and “Al-Rahman Legion” targeted on Wednesday Damascus city with mortar shells, injuring a child and causing material damage in the areas where the shells hit. ... [SANA - 12/10/16]



Turkey reports killing 47 ISIS militants in Syria in one day [RUDAW - 12/10/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 12/10/16]



EU foreign policy chief discusses situation in Syria with Lavrov, Kerry [TASS - 13/10/16]



The United States underestimate the consequences of meddling with terrorists and using them for the achievement of national political goals, particularly in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with French television channel TF1. ... [TASS - 13/10/16]



The German federal government has approved participation in a NATO mission to fly surveillance craft from a Turkish base, making progress on a deal that had been stalled amid tensions with Ankara. ... [RT - 12/10/16]‏



@Marodriguez1971 [12/10/16]:  Éstas son algunas de las 175 vidas salvadas esta mañana por @moas_eu y @crocerossa #refugiados Es un buen día.



‏@guardiacostiera [12/10/16]:  #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina 2operazioni #SAR: unità @SaveChildrenIT e @moas_eu salvano 474 #migranti su 1barcone e 1gommone



‏@campsoscar [12/10/16]:  Astral rescatando en naufragio ahora mismo, de momento mujer joven 17 años y bebe 3 desaparecidos, seguimos búsqueda  



Top French court approves closure of Calais Jungle cafes [Yahoo - 12/10/16]



Leaders of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece stand together against the right to seek asylum [Ahram - 11/10/16]



New draft legislation would make it harder for some migrants who have been denied asylum in Germany to obtain waivers to stay in the country, the German newspaper Die Welt said on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 11/10/16]




13 October 2016