A 36-year-old Scottish tourist wearing traditional Muslim garb had her blouse set on fire in a bizarre incident outside a pricey Fifth Ave. boutique, police sources said Monday.
The victim noticed the sleeve of her blouse was charred and smoldering in the Saturday night attack, just hours before the ceremony marking the 15-year anniversary of 9/11.
She was not badly hurt. ... [NY Daily News - 13/9/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 13/9/16]
France to relocate 12,000 migrants currently living in unofficial camps to official concentration camps [The Local - 13/9/16]
The Bulgarian border police have found the bodies of two Iraqi migrants - a young man and a boy - who drowned while attempting to cross the River Danube to Romania by boat.
Police officers found the two dead bodies near the village of Archar in north-west Bulgaria, while four other migrants, including children, are missing, Commissioner Dimiter Chorbadjiev of the Rousse Regional Border Police Directorate said on Monday.
It remains unclear, however, why the accident was not announced publicly in the period from Thursday, when six people including four children reportedly went missing, to Sunday, when the two dead bodies were discovered.
A spokesperson for the Bulgarian border police told BIRN on Monday that “not reporting on accidents is a policy of the press centre”.
“We have not covered up or hidden the case. We were not asked about it by anybody,” she said. ... [Balkan Insight - 13/9/16]
For refugees in Greece, long wait for asylum is 'like death' [Ekathimerini - 13/9/16]:
... Like others in the camp, Al-Jassem says he had no choice but to leave the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor.
"I don't want to hold a weapon and kill someone," he said.
"I just want to study, to work, to have a new life, to have a new start, to go to Germany, to find peace, to leave this mess."
And if Turkey was safe, he would not have come to Europe in the first place, he says.
"If they send me back to Turkey I will go back to Syria."
For everyone in the camp, the days are long.
"Five months and 11 days," says Daud, a 45-year-old Syrian, when asked how long he has been in Greece.
He describes long days spent in temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), and long nights of people fighting, brandishing knives and stealing.
"Every day there is a fight," he says.
After three interviews, he has yet to be told what will become of him and his wife.
Asked what will happen if they are ordered back to Turkey, he replies without hesitation: "No. I will go to Syria and die in Syria."
@MSF_Sea [13/9/16]: ... The #Aquarius has taken a transfer & has 392 #people on board. They're headed for #Brindisi on Italy's heel.
@SantiPalacios [12/9/16]: Rescue operation by @PROACTIVA_SERV on the high seas, off the Libyan coast.
@lucyEgrey [11/9/16]: Victor was separated from wife Faith +2 sons when shooting started on Libyan beach. Just reunited on rescue ship now
Day 178 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @SuchNigel [13/9/16]
Australia's refugee concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island: Procurement of Garrison Support and Welfare Services [Australian National Audit Office - 13/9/16]:
The objective of the audit was to assess whether the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) had appropriately managed the procurement of garrison support and welfare services at offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea (Manus Island); and whether the processes adopted met the requirements of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules (CPRs) including consideration and achievement of value for money. ...
Manus governor continues pretending nearly 1,000 men aren't illegally imprisoned by the Australian government in his province [The National - 13/9/16]
Business of flying concentration camp goons, burnt human flesh, and tortured men, women and children is booming ---> Another historic event for Nauru Airlines is documented yet again in the nation’s proud history as the thriving corporation officially opened its Hangar & Maintenance Facility at Brisbane Airport. ... [Nauru Loop - 6/12/16]
Cate Blanchett and the banality of evil.
Australia's human rights atrocities against refugees "bewildering": Cate Blanchett's next big role - Ambassador for @Refugees Must watch interview w/ @camanpour ... @melissarfleming [3/5/16]
Cate Blanchett video highlights what refugees take when they flee [UNHCR - 12/9/16]
... Peter Lloyd, the Iranian man Omid Masoumali and his death; now on this program yesterday his best friend said he that he believed Omid had spiralled into a suicidal depression after asylum seekers were told by the UNHCR to expect to remain on Nauru for a decade.
Has there been any response from the UNHCR about that?
PETER LLOYD: There's been no direct response from the UNHCR about the specifics of that allegation.
What they have done is issued a statement which essentially repeats what they said last week, which was that they'd been on Nauru for a mission to monitor the welfare of asylum seekers.
That's not what some people on the island are saying, it was put to us yesterday in the program and subsequently after that a number of others backed up the claim that in meetings, Thomas Albrecht, the UN's representative who led that mission was making statements along with a fellow woman in that team from the UN that the asylum seekers could expect to be on the island for as much as 10 years.
That was directly blamed for the suicide of the Iranian last week, and perhaps it may have been a factor in what happened overnight with the Somali woman [Hodan].
We don't know yet, but certainly it can't be ruled out that the belief amongst the asylum seekers whether it's true or not, the belief has taken hold that they are going to be there for a very long time.
ELIZABETH JACKSON: Peter Lloyd thank you.
... From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Albrecht served as Deputy Regional Representative at the UNHCR Regional Representation for the United States of America and the Caribbean, located in Washington.
His responsibilities there included overseeing the protection of refugees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons in over 20 countries and territories of the region as well as finding lasting solutions to their problems.
Before coming to Washington in October 2005, Mr. Albrecht was the UNHCR Representative in Ghana.
Mr. Albrecht joined UNHCR in 1987 and worked in refugee situations in the East and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, the Americas as well as Eastern and Central Europe.
These operations related to refugee protection, emergencies, capacity building efforts as well as the advancement of durable solutions for refugees, with particular emphasis on people orientation, empowerment, gender equality, the sustainability of initiatives and results-based management.
Mr. Albrecht was also posted at UNHCR’s Headquarters in Geneva, where he worked in the Department of International Protection.
As part of his assignment he served as the principal editor of the UNHCR Resettlement Handbook, the authoritative guide to third country resettlement policy and practice.
Mr. Albrecht was also involved in designing the new operations management system for the Organization.
These assignments were complemented by missions throughout the world. [UNSW Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law]
GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP [12/5/05]:
... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.
To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7.
Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ...
Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines [12/9/16]
My speech for my father, to all the victems of War and a wake-up call for the World. [9/8/15]:
... So what have we learned after so many wars and who is to blame?
Oh sure we all make mistakes and we are here on this earth to learn from them.
But to the leaders of this world I would like to say; how do you want to be remembered, as the savior of world peace or the destroyer of this planet?
We are all crying out loud , No more !, but we are still guided by the wrong leaders.
Don’t let them guide you, but guide yourself. ...
Okinawa governor: SDF airlifts of machinery to US military facility unacceptable [NHK - 13/9/16]
A Japanese Self-Defense Force unit has begun using its transport helicopters to airlift heavy machinery to the construction site of a US military facility in Okinawa. ... [NHK - 13/9/16]
... The businessmen, including Dick Smith, Gary Johnston of Jaycar Electronics and ad man John Singleton took out a full-page advertisement in The Australian slamming the move to go with French producer DCNS, suggesting buying off-the-shelf nuclear subs would be a better option. ... [SBS - 13/9/16]
Advertising in London Tube station replaced with cat photos [PetaPixel - 12/8/16]
Keep sucking up the media lies workers of Australia, 'cos the ALP's gonna keep selling you out!
... I can almost smell the perfumed night
And see the starry sky
I wish you comin' with me baby
'Cause right before my eye
Castro in the alley way
Talkin' 'bout missile love
Talkin' 'bout J.F.K.
And the way he shook him up ...
'April Sun in Cuba', Dragon 
Rejecting neoliberalism with Ecuador's Foreign Minister [teleSUR - 11/9/16]
"The problem is with these laws, we weren't getting any convictions."
Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D'Ath [Nine MSN - 5/4/16]
Queensland ALP government introduces strengthened anti-rights legislation to outdo LNP's VLAD laws [ABC - 13/9/16]
The Queensland government doesn't care about organised crime. The Queensland government tortures kids. The ALP are fascists.
Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]
Former Queensland youth detention worker 'took abuse concerns to Government in April' [ABC - 20/8/16]
... Jeff Ingram [former Cleveland Detention Centre staff member] says his complaint about a manager assaulting an inmate in the face with steel can was never followed up.
I've been trying for two years to get somebody to listen, and somebody to do something about it, and even when I went to outside organisations like the Official Visitor and the Guardian.
I got no help, I got nothing, they just didn't want to know about what happened to that boy.
And these are organisations that are meant to protect those young people.
Shane Duffy [Head, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service]: The profile of the staff, we notice more and more ex-service people. ...
... "They used to call me black dog, caged monkey, abo, all sorts of filthy names, mother f***er. It used to hurt me," he said.
"I'd have bruising, swelling to my face and back. There was some days I couldn't walk because my back was so sore." ... [ABC - 18/8/16]
Lawsuit launched over stolen Queensland wages [13/9/16]:
A class action has been launched on behalf of potentially hundreds of indigenous Queenslanders over an estimated $500 million stolen wage bill dating back to the 1930s.
The lawsuit is being led by Hans Pearson, 77, who says his wages were held in a trust for 10 years during the 1950s and 1960s and never returned to him.
"Because of this policy, Mr Pearson essentially worked a decade of his life for next to no remuneration," said his lawyer John Bottoms.
Mr Pearson's nephew, indigenous leader Noel Pearson, has said the case is "as important as Mabo".
Historians estimate the Queensland government may owe up to $500 million in stolen wages to indigenous workers due to wage control legislation that was in place between 1939 and 1972.
The Queensland government set up a $55 million repatriations fund in 2002 which allowed those who had their wages stolen to claim a maximum of $4000.
The class action was lodged on Monday and law firm Shine Lawyers is investigating the possibility of launching similar actions in other states and territories.
Hearing and ear, nose and throat specialists are calling for a national approach to treating hearing loss in Aboriginal communities.
Hearing conditions early on in life are well known to contribute to a range of social problems later in life including illiteracy, substance abuse and detention.
Brisbane-based ENT specialist Dr Chris Perry says existing programs and previous Government inquiries into the issue mean policy makers have enough information to make lasting changes.
But a lack of collaboration among Commonwealth and state and territory governments is impeding progress and allowing the problem to be ignored. ... [ABC - 13/9/16]
Government to fund $15 million campaign for both sides of marriage equality plebiscite [Nine MSN - 13/9/16]
Israel bars journalist Abby Martin from Gaza on baseless 'enemy state' charges [AlterNet - 9/9/16]:
... “So far on our travels in Palestine, we have witnessed a massive and desperate human rights catastrophe—so it is not surprising that the perpetrator of these crimes is attempting to limit how much we can see and report on,” said Martin.
“I believe this is part of a larger effort by the Israeli state to hide the grim reality of their illegal occupation and expansion.” ...
Lauri Love extradition ruling, 16 September 2016 [Courage Foundation]
Independent media outlet banned from Twitter, just for criticising The Daily Express [The Canary - 12/9/16]
Cartoons, brutality and Manus Island [Dissident Voice - 12/9/16]:
... As Robert Russell, executive director of CRNI noted, “His cartoons will some day be recognised as important, world class chronicles of the worst human behaviour since the World War II concentration camps.”
Pungently devastating stuff indeed.
@riserefugee [11/9/16]: Ex-detainees' Ten Demands : " We #Refugees & #Asylum seekers need protection NOT detention." ...
Establishment media types, Save The Children, UNICEF and Greens continue pushing Turnbull to end ALP policy.
This is futile.
If they were serious about ending Australia's anti-refugee policy, they'd be challenging the ALP and LNP equally. ----> @NickMcKim [13/9/16]: The cost of Australia's inhumanity is staggering in dollar terms, but the human cost is far greater.
Australian NGOs and so called rights activists continue enthusiastically - and unquestioningly - promoting the Deporter In Chief's "Refugee Summit", which looks set to to erode the UN Refugee Convention even further [IRIN - 12/9/16]:
... “There’s quite a lot of language about protecting the rights of migrants regardless of status, but it’s not clear what that will mean in practice,” said Monami Maulik, advocacy coordinator with the Global Coalition on Migration.
Even well before the summit, GCM and other migrants rights groups appear to have largely switched their focus to the development of the “Migration Compact” over the next two years.
But it’s not yet clear who will lead this process.
There are concerns that the responsibility may be handed to the International Organization for Migration, which is to become a related organisation of the UN at the summit on the 19th. ...
Each time an asylum seeker complains about their human rights or about the conditions in the centre, they are offered an appointment with IOM to discuss voluntary return.
Submission 94, Nauru Senate Inquiry
Signing the Strategic Partnership Framework with @IOM_news Director General William Lacy Swing [Image: @PeterDutton_MP - 28/4/15]
US Embassy in Port Moresby awards two new grants totalling US$1 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) [Radio Australia - 16/12/14]
The impact of Australian policies: What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
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. ...
Frightened child being tagged by Customs and Border Protection on interception off Christmas Island
Image: @pamelacurr - Refugee Rights Detention Rights Advocate [August 2014]
... Though these hieleras have existed for years, it is only now that the truth is finally being revealed to the general public, thus exposing the way our country treats immigrants seeking protection.
This isn’t just an issue affecting facilities in Arizona; similar treatment is dealt out at facilities all along our southern border.
This is wrong and inhumane. ... [Americal Immigration Lawyers Association - 12/9/16]
US immigration policy fifteen years after 9/11 [Americal Immigration Council - 12/9/16]:
... Refugees and asylum-seekers, many of whom are fleeing terror, have been the focus of post-9/11 security measures.
Despite the fact they were already one of the most heavily-vetted immigrant groups, security-related checks of refugees have become even more intense, often delaying the process and often reducing the number of refugees admitted annually to the U.S. ...
Homeland Security officials are working on a plan to vastly expand the collection of biometric information at US borders in an effort to more closely track foreign visitors. ... [Christian Science Monitor - 9/11/16]
The United States and five European powers on Monday urged forces loyal to eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to withdraw from several key oil ports seized from a rival force over the weekend.
Fighters loyal to Haftar took control of the ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider, Zueitina and Brega, displacing a force allied to the United Nations-backed government in Tripoli. ... [Reuters - 12/9/16]
‘We should not confuse international order with American one’: Russian Defense Minister to US counterpart [RT - 12/9/16]:
The US is confusing international order with an “American” one, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, questioning Washington’s policies.
It comes in response to Ash Carter’s accusations that Moscow wants to erode the principles of international order.
In the statement, Shoigu noted that numerous US-led interventions have actually contributed to the security challenges that the international community is currently facing.
“It is the United States, alongside their Western partners, who have been consistently destroying the basic foundations of the existing world, starting with Bosnia, Kosovo to Iraq and Libya”.
Shoigu’s statement comes in response to the comments made by US counterpart Ash Carter, who accused Russia of aiming to change the world order.
Speaking to students at Oxford University on Wednesday, Carter did not mince his words, saying that Moscow pursues a “clear ambition to erode the principled international order.” ...
Israel says its jets have targeted Syrian military positions in Golan Heights in retaliation for stray fire from Syria crossing into the northern Golan Heights.
According to reports, the Israeli fighter jets attacked two Syrian army cannons early on Tuesday morning.
It is the fifth such attack in just over a week. ... [Press TV - 13/9/16]
And in New York, students at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University plan to walk out of classes at noon today to protest a lockout that’s seen every single member of its faculty union kicked off payroll and replaced.
Over Labor Day weekend, just before the start of fall classes, all 400 faculty members at LIU’s Brooklyn campus saw their health insurance cut and their email accounts frozen.
They’ve been warned they could be permanently replaced. ... [Democracy Now - 12/9/16]
Lakota activist Debra White Plume from Pine Ridge: Why I am a water protector at Standing Rock [Democracy Now - 12/9/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: You go way back to the Pine Ridge Reservation, where you live today, 1973. Could you describe what happened then?
DEBRA WHITE PLUME: Sure. What happened then was the Indian Reorganization Act government, which is an act of Congress, in place in 1934, governs most Native nations in the United States. Well, our IRA government at that time was very oppressive to Lakota people. They were keeping us from having jobs or homes or whatever few services the federal government provided, because we held onto the Lakota way of life, and we also wanted to reclaim not only our identity, but our lands and the care of our land and the responsibility of caring for our land.
And at that time, the tribal president was Dick Wilson, and he had been working with the federal government to sign away one-eighth of our homeland to the federal government. And it just happened to be where there was a lot of what the fat taker calls resources, and they want to mine it—you know, coal, gas, oil, uranium, whatever it may be, water. And so, we put up a ruckus, and we said, "No, you’re not going to do that, because our coming generations need that."
And so, there were a lot of shootouts and armed struggle going on in those days. And in the so-called border towns around us, which we call occupied territory, Indians were getting killed, and their murderers were not being held for justice. They were like charged with the lowest felony there could be, doing two years of probation. And it was just enough was enough. You know, it was a moment in time there was the women’s movement, there was the civil rights movement, there was the Vietnam War stuff going on. And we just said, "That’s enough for us, too. We’re not going to take this anymore." And we stood up, and we fought. You know, we had to fight our own government, and they called in the FBI and the Marshals and the Army. Basically, it was a military occupation of our homeland.
AMY GOODMAN: And what happened then?
DEBRA WHITE PLUME: Well, Wounded Knee was liberated by relatives from the Four Directions. And the military came in and surrounded the little tiny village of Wounded Knee. And the rest is history. But we were able to get our spiritual way of life removed as a criminal act in American law. Prior to that, it had been a crime to practice our way of life. We have many people that went to prison in those days or were committed to, held in and died at state mental institutions for having a sacred pipe or conducting any of our ceremonies. ...
North Dakota v. Amy Goodman: Arrest warrant issued after pipeline coverage [Democracy Now - 12/9/16]
Tampa man killed in attempt to see if bullet-resistant vest worked [Tampa Bay Times - 11/9/16]
Two deputies from the Broward Sheriff's Office fatally shot a man in Pompano Beach around 10 p.m. Friday.
Deputies were responding to a call about a domestic disturbance.
When they arrived, they were directed to the backyard, where the man (whose name has not yet been released) was holding a knife. Both deputies opened fire.
Pompano Beach Fire Rescue later confirmed the man was dead on the scene.
Neighbors who were present at the time of the shooting say the man was shot in the back six times. ... [Broward Palm Beach New Times - 10/9/16]
"You dropped bombs on Iraq": Colin Powell heckled by protester on live TV [RT - 11/9/16]
ISIS arrests 60 civilians in Mosul on first day of Eid al-Adha [IraqiNews.com - 12/9/16]
ISIS drowns 8 civilians in a metal cage in central Mosul [IraqiNews.com - 12/9/16]
One civilian was killed and 17 others were injured on Monday as the terrorist organizations targeted Aleppo’s residential neighborhoods with rocket shells.
A source at Aleppo Police Command said that the terrorists launched two rocket shells on al-Abbara neighborhood in the center of the city, killing one civilian and wounding 15 others, some in critical condition, in addition to causing material damage to public and private properties. ... [SANA - 12/9/16]
Russia concerned over Syrian opposition's refusal to implement peace plan [TASS - 12/9/16]
13 September 2016