197days of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. # Manus prison



Image: @sunosi3 [15/2/18]



@NickMcKim [15/2/18]: Here’s Labor voting with the Liberals and One Nation (yet again) to defend offshore detention.



National broadcaster begins another year of exploiting "good" and "useful" refugees, in order to delegitimise and dehumanise the "bad" refugees Australia pushes away and/or indefinitely imprisons. FUCK YOU ABC. [15/2/18]



@MahdiAlizada18 [15/2/18]: 30 Days of #Refugees protest in Balikpapan camp 4 #freedom. ... [Australian funded IOM concentration camp for Hazara refugees]



@Stranger4Ay [15/2/18]:  Day 30th. Peaceful protest 4 freedom Why nobody even think about us? Are we different? Are we not human? ...



@pashi1415 [15/2/18]:  Our peaceful protest has been taken long time, it is 30th days but we have not heard any hopeful responses yet. the authorities of IOM and Immigration frustrate us to get back to Afghanistan. we need your help please raise our voice ...#Balikpapan prison camp



Myanmar minister orders refugees to leave no man's land between Rakhine and Bangladesh [Frontier Myanmar - 12/2/18]



Refugee refoulement: Myanmar hands over list of 508 Hindus, 750 Muslims to Bangladesh [Hindustan Times - 14/2/18]



UN neither confirms or denies participation in the immenent refoulement of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, thus continuing to provide cover for Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Dhaka Tribune - 12/2/18]



The United Nations Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar, also known as Burma, has claimed that Aung San Suu Kyi could be complicit in the systematic persecution of the Rohingya people, in what bears all the hallmarks of genocide. ... [Channel 4 - 14/2/18]



The fires in Myanmar [Counterpunch - 12/2/18]



Prominent Myanmar investigative journalist refuses to apologise in defamation case [Mizzima - 14/2/18]



Rohingya refugees sell aid to fund basic diet [Al Jazeera - 12/2/18]



@shafiur [11/2/18]:  Our world: Myanmar creates #rohingya refugees. Myanmar govt. takes over Rohingya rice fields. Myanmar exports highest volume of rice ever to Bangladesh in 2017-2018. Myanmar rice given as relief to Rohingya refugees.  



Our world: Australian company set to make out like bandits in the midst of a genocide. Refugees from this genocide attempt to reach safety, and Australia sets the regional example by pushing them back, imprisoning them, or trafficking them to Cambodia ---> Australian media continues helping Woodside obscure that its portfolio of exploration projects includes plunder in Myanmar and Timor Gap [Australian Financial Review - 14/2/18]



The New Colombo Plan is supported by Woodside [Australian Embassy Myanmar - 7/2/18]



I’m pleased to support the New Colombo Plan, which is helping the next generation of Australian business leaders obtain first-hand experience studying and interning in our region.

The skills these young Australians are gaining will be invaluable to Australia’s economic future – Peter Coleman, Woodside CEO and New Colombo Plan Business Champion. [DFAT - 13/6/17]



Australia's Border Force now stopping boats WITHIN Myanmar [Australian Embassy Myanmar - 15/2/18]



... a name in circulation, rightly or wrongly, is Kevin Rudd ... On Myanmar, UN Secretary General Guterres hasn't named Resident Coordinator yet [Inner City Press - 12/2/18]



Since 2008, Australia has resettled less than 500 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.

We have pushed away, imprisoned and tortured 1,000s more. The impact of Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]





... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.

This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."

Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh.

IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...



@GraffitiExpert [8/12/17]:  "Helen Clark was a big supporter of Dessallien" Jonah Fisher BBC - June 2017 ...  


... Internal UN documents - shown to the BBC - said the organisation had become "glaringly dysfunctional", and wracked by internal tensions.

Late last year as tens of thousands of Rohingya fled rape and abuse at the hands of Burmese soldiers, the UN team inside Myanmar was strangely silent.

Ms Lok-Dessallien [UN Resident Coordinator for Myanmar] and her spokesman declined simple requests for information; and on one absurd occasion she visited the conflict area, but on her return refused to allow journalists to film or record her words at a press conference.

The BBC was told that on numerous occasions aid workers with a human rights focus were deliberately excluded from important meetings. ...



Ex-student arrested after 17 shot dead at Florida high school [Reuters - 15/2/18]:


... As a high school freshman, Cruz was part of the U.S. military-sponsored Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp program at the school, according to Jillian Davis, 19, a recent graduate and former fellow JROTC member at Stoneman Douglas High. ...



Jewish sheriff at Florida shooting cites Talmudic verse as his motivation [Times of Israel - 15/2/18]:


... “My Jewish faith is a central part of my entire life,” the flier quotes Israel as saying.

“My late father Sonny Israel fought in the Korean War and became a police officer because he believed in the call from the Talmud that ‘Whoever saves one life saves an entire world.’ Those words guided my brother and I, as we also became police officers.” ...



Three people, including a police officer, were injured after authorities say a vehicle tried to enter the secure campus of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade on Wednesday morning.

Gunshots were fired during the incident, but officials say they do not believe any of the injuries resulted from gunfire. ... [10 News - 14/2/18]



US tells NATO allies spending plans still falling short [Reuters - 14/2/18]



US ‘Plan B’ for the Middle East and the occupation of a third of Syria’s territory – analysis [The Indicter - January 2018]



@CJTFOIR [12/2/18]:  An Iraqi army soldier and an Australian soldier point at targets in preparation of range activities at the Besmaya Range Complex, Iraq. The complex is one of many building partner capacity locations in Iraq. ...



United States continues bombing Syria and Iraq [Operation Inherent Resolve - 9/2/18]



Collateral Murder [WikiLeaks]



The scourging of Julian Assange [Counterpunch - 15/2/18]:


... WikiLeaks is and continues to be a thorn in their side and must be destroyed.

Which means that Julian Assange must be destroyed, a man who teaches us that believing you live in a free society and actually behaving as if you do is not the same thing. ...



I recently put the proposition, to a senior frontbencher in Federal Parliament, that the WikiLeaks horse had bolted, and that shutting down Julian Assange could not reverse a fundamental shift in the balance of power towards the citizens and away from the institutions that govern them.

His response was: ''The Catholic Church shut down Galileo for a hundred years. I think we can shut down Julian Assange.'' ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/1/11]



@JulianAssange [15/2/18]:  Lord Denning on the British legal tradition. ...




14 February 2018