ABC reports on recent refugee rescues in Mediterranean; continues protecting Australia's murderous anti-refugee policy. [13/1/17]



Victory for ALP luvvies, Arthur Sinodinos and media banality as Sussan Ley quits.  Key aspect of Australia's anti-refugee policy - withholding medical care - continues unopposed. [ABC - 13/1/17]:


... Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Ms Ley's replacements in the health, aged care and sport portfolios would be announced next week and Arthur Sinodinos would stay on as Acting Health Minister until then. ...



Waiting for ferociously anti-Trump media, rights and refugee "advocates" to start holding AUSTRALIAN politicians to account [SBS - 13/1/17]



Obama closes last avenue for Cuban refugees [Yahoo - 13/1/17]:


President Barack Obama announced Thursday he is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident.

The repeal of the "wet foot, dry foot" policy is effective immediately.

The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting Cuba to agree to take back people who had arrived in the U.S.

"Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to enter the United States illegally and do not qualify for humanitarian relief will be subject to removal, consistent with U.S. law and enforcement priorities," Obama said in a statement.

"By taking this step, we are treating Cuban migrants the same way we treat migrants from other countries.

The Cuban government has agreed to accept the return of Cuban nationals who have been ordered removed, just as it has been accepting the return of migrants interdicted at sea." ...



Hawke and Keating delivered Australia to the US neocons/neoliberals.  Has beens should PISS OFF. [ABC - 13/17/16]:


... Speaking from Washington, where he is attending the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, Senator Conroy pointed to evidence given by Defence officials at Senate Estimates hearings in February that the Australian military had never been within 12 nautical miles of the disputed reefs and atolls claimed by China. ...



... US Secretary of State John Kerry waved aside a question as to whether the US aim was to send a message ahead of a visit to Asia by President Barack Obama this month.

"This is not a pointed strategy calculated to do anything except keep a regular process of freedom of navigation operations underway," he told reporters in London. ... [ABC - 12/5/16]



@wikileaks [12/1/17]:  If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case


@wikileaks [12/1/17]:  CIA covertly undermines Jewish support for @RealDonaldTrump in Israel's largest newspaper with new Russian claims ...



The air force of the Israeli enemy hit al-Mezzeh military airport west of Damascus just after midnight.

A military source told SANA that several missiles were fired from the Lake Tiberias area and landed in the surroundings of al-Mezzeh airport at 12:25 after midnight, causing a fire to erupt.

The source said the new Israeli attack came in support of the terrorist organizations “to raise their morale”. ... [SANA - 12/1/17]



Politicians from pariah nations bask in their settler ideology as refugees, trade and tourism suffer ---> ... I will be accompanied on this trip by Shadow Minister for Defence, Richard Marles, and my wife Chloe.”

The Australian delegation is being led by Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and opposition defence spokesman Richard Marles. ... Shorten heads for Jerusalem [J-Wire - 17/1/17]



‏@Clintonswalk [13/1/17]:  How far I have walk now :) half way there not far to go now :)



@Clintonswalk [13/1/17]:  Was ready to walk down after the sun set, turned around & the moon was half up, it reminded me of the moon at Uluru. - Noonie ...



‏@JusticeForDhu [12/1/17]:  "SAVE Beeliar Wetlands" Utmost Respect for All of The Beeliar Protest Crew >>----> #NoRoe8  



It was an aboriginal burial tree until it became a "popular meeting place for Tewantin pioneers" ‏@GraffitiExpert [13/1/17]



... Significant areas of the Parliamentary Triangle also saw trees uprooted, including the lawns of Parliament House, and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. ... Canberra windstorm fells trees, causes havoc across city; emergency services inundated [ABC - 13/1/17]



Meat and Livestock Australia's 2017 advertisement responds to "non issues" of invasion day and our war on refugees [Ad News - 12/1/17]



Repression of men illegally and unconstitutionally held by Australia on Manus Island continues [The National - 12/1/17]:


A warrant of arrest has been issued for two refugees charged recently with drunk, disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest in Manus.

The pair, identified as Mehdi Bohlouli and Mahbomb Rabbani Mohammad, failed to appear in Lorengau District Court yesterday to defend their case.

Senior magistrate Josephine Nidue issued the warrant for their arrest. They had been out on bail for K200 each.

This had been forfeited to the state.

Acting provincial police commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said the two Iranians had made serious allegations against policemen for bashing them up so should appear in court to explain.

Yapu said he had directed his officers to have the two refugees arrested and locked up in the cells.

In a related case, three other refugees who were arrested and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and causing a nuisance in Lorengau town pleaded guilty in court.

However, they pleaded not guilty to resisting police arrest and their case was adjourned to tomorrow for trial.

They are out on extended bail of K300 each.



"I ask the world to do something to end Australia's political game on vulnerable refugees." Imran Mohammad - Rohingya refugee and one of the 1,000s of political prisoners of the Australian government, Manus Island [The Age 12/1/17]



Still waiting for journalists at The Age to fulfil their promise to undertake serious journalism (i.e. Join the dots. Interrogate the policy. Hold ALL politicians, international players and shady NGOs to account.) ---> "It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015:


... The Age believes strongly, and we will say this until the policy ends, that the strategy of turning back boats carrying asylum seekers is ignoble.


It is time to call an amnesty, to end the imprisonment of people who came here seeking help and a better life.


No good can possibly be served by detaining people a day longer in camps in Third World nations. ...






Nauru, August 2016



Exactly 15 years ago, the first inmates were transferred to the infamous Guantanamo prison, with the facility gaining an increasingly grim fame ever since due to reports of torture and abuse of the detainees.


  “I still see the dogs in my dreams – that they are coming for me and are going to bite me,” an inmate later described his fears of the tactics upon arrival at Guantanamo. ...  ]RT - 11/1/17]



US torture survivor David Hicks faces court on assault charges [Nine MSN - 10/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 10/1/17]



... Berlin is putting more pressure on North African governments to find solutions as German authorities deport thousands of people whose asylum requests have been rejected.

Germany is attempting to classify Maghreb states as "safe countries" of origin, which makes deportations easier, and provide their governments with more development assistance if they cooperate on deportation requests.

But some opposition parties in Germany, such as the Greens and its chairman Cem Özdemir, objected to the "safe countries" classification, citing human rights violations.

The Greens believe more should be done to facilitate the process for North African citizens to obtain visas and come to Germany legally, whether it be for school or work. ... [Deutsche Welle - 10/1/17]



Vietnamese refugees and migrants are among those using a previously unknown corridors to reach the European Union from Belarus, through Lithuania's eastern borders, Renatas Pozela, the commander of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service, said on Tuesday. ... [Sputnik News - 10/1/17]



Captain of ship carrying 492 Tamil refugees to Canada in 2010 continues testimony [The Province - 10/1/17]:


... The Sri Lankan man claimed that he feared for his life if he returned to his home country, where a war had been raging.

And he told a B.C. Supreme Court jury that he only ended up being the captain after the other passengers on the vessel asked him to take them to Canada.

“You must have been very angry when you ended up being the captain of the ship,” Crown counsel Charles Hough said during his cross-examination of Emmanuel on Tuesday.

“More than angry, I was deeply concerned about the people on the ship,” said Emmanuel.

“You got ripped off by the organizers of the ship, didn’t you?” said Hough.

“I cannot understand what you mean,” said Emmanuel.

“You must feel you were taken advantage of by being charged US$15,000 to get on the ship,” said Hough.

“The situation was such that my life was in danger in Sri Lanka and I was a refugee and I needed to go to a safe place,” said Emmanuel. ...



... Mr. Emmanuel, who is 42 and was born in northern Sri Lanka, told the court he was shot by a member of that country’s army in 1995, when he was among a group of Tamils who attempted to run away from government forces.

He said he was shot in the arm and nearly had it amputated.

His girlfriend was shot in the stomach in the same incident and died in hospital, he said.

Mr. Emmanuel said his mother later told him she had been asked by an army official if he was a member of the sea branch of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which had opposed government forces in a decades-long civil war.

Mr. Emmanuel said Monday he has never been a member of the Tamil Tigers.

He said the conversation with his mother led him to believe it could be dangerous for him to return to Sri Lanka. ... [The Globe and Mail - 9/1/17]



Rudd's key role stopping Sri Lankan asylum seekers [Project SafeCom Inc. - April 2010]



Where are these Australia-bound refugees today? Are they still alive? ---> ... Authorities in the province of Aceh are preparing to tow the boat out to sea. ... [National Post - 17/6/16]



... Those on board the boat reportedly did not pay a people smuggler to bring them from the southern Indian city of Velankanni from where they left in early May.

Instead, the asylum seekers pooled their money to buy the old boat, which is now aground on the beach at Lhoknga and listing badly. ...  [Guardian - 23/6/16]



It is US policy, and it is Australian policy.  ---> Guatemalan refugee who died in Arizona detention died from blood clot [Fronteras - 20/12/16]:


... She is the third person in ICE custody to die since Oct. 1, when the fiscal year started. 

Last fiscal year, 10 people died in custody.



Psychiatrist likens immigration detention views to Nazis and gulags [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/2/16]:


In a paper published in the Australasian Psychiatry journal this month, Dr Michael Dudley, a psychiatrist at Sydney Children's Hospital and a senior University of NSW lecturer, wrote that prolonged immigration detention shows "reckless indifference and calculated cruelty".

Such policies misuse health and welfare professionals to "underwrite state abuses and promote public numbing and indifference resembling other state abuses," he said, citing the so-called "war on terror" and, with qualification, Nazi Germany.

Dr Dudley said various modern states have purported to protect citizens by identifying security threats, targeting "undesirables" and eliminating public scrutiny.

"Australians may be psychically numbed about boat interceptions and gulags, but cannot claim ignorance," he wrote.

 He later told Fairfax Media that the Nazi regime relied on an underlying ideological commitment in which "the end is seen as justifying the means".

"We haven't seen Nazi death camps in Australia … but we have had some pretty extraordinary policies historically in this country, which include policies towards indigenous people.

 "I think White Australia has links to our current policies towards boat people in our unwillingness to systematically think about this issue, to contemplate alternatives."

He said like gulags, detention centres were "places out of sight, out of mind where terrible things are happening and we are assuming the state is looking after us".

 In the journal, Dr Dudley said health and welfare workers who assisted the Nazi regime were usually ordinary people motivated by "peer and situational pressures, careerism and ideological commitments", and that "euphemism, bureaucratic routines and missionary zeal facilitated psychic numbing and denial".

He called for the healthcare of asylum seekers to be transferred from the immigration bureaucracy to state and federal health departments to strengthen clinical independence and help uphold ethical codes.

Dr Dudley said health professionals working in the detention regime were "lending credibility to abuses", whether deliberately or inadvertently. ...



Another case of deliberate medical neglect as Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed [Guardian - 11/1/17]:


... In June, 14 refugees and asylum seekers in the detention centre complained formally about the treatment of Hamed to Broadspectrum, the company subcontracted by the Australian government to run the detention centre.

“We, the signatories to this complaint form want to know why you are not providing mental health support to Hamed ... and instead you have subjected him to ill-treatment and corporal punishment because he is not behaving normally due to his mental ailment.

“He is sick and he must be in hospital, not in public ... he doesn’t have any control over his actions.”


"It is OUR policy"



Shorten: Offshore regional processing is an important part of defeating the crime gangs. ...  [Image:   ‏@ABCNews24 - 4/2/16]



Study finds overuse of health care worldwide [Hindustan Times - 9/1/17]:


... Vikas Saini, one of the lead authors of the study series and president of the US Lown Institute in Boston, said factors driving the global failure to the right level of care include “greed, competing interests and poor information”, which he said combine to create “an ecosystem of poor health care delivery.”

Co-lead researcher Shannon Brownlee added: “Patients and citizens need to understand what’s at stake here if their health systems fail to address these twin problems. ...



Right Care [The Lancet – 8/1/17]:


Many countries struggle with the question about sustainability, fairness, and equity of their health systems.

With the focus firmly on universal health coverage as a central part to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, there is an opportunity to examine how to achieve optimum access to, and delivery of, health care and services.

Underuse and overuse of medical and health services exist side-by-side with poor outcomes for health and wellbeing.

This Series of four papers and accompanying comments examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing.

The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity. ...



Another major study has found that breast cancer screening does not substantially reduce the incidence of advanced cancer over time but does significantly increase the detection of nonadvanced cancers, resulting in the overdiagnosis of disease. ... [Medscape - 9/1/17]



Better broadband needed in the bush [AMA Media Release - 10/1/17]



Manus Island: Australia maintains its pristine borders as confusion surrounds court proceedings for New Years Eve bashing of refugees by PNG immigration officers [The National - 10/1/17]:


Two Iranian refugees charged with being drunk, acting disorderly and resisting arrest failed to appear in the Lorengau District Court yesterday.

Magistrate Francis Kalai adjourned the case against Mehdi Bohlouli, 24, and Mahboube Rabbani Mohammad, 28, to tomorrow.

Bohlouli and Mohammad are expected to take a plea.

They were arrested and charged on Jan 1 and detained for about 30 hours before being released on K200 bail each at the Manus Police Station.

It was alleged that Bohlouli and Mohammad went out of the detention centre on New Year’s eve to celebrate the New Year.

It is alleged that they were under influence of alcohol and behaving in a disorderly manner at the Salatia village along the road from Lorengau and Momote.

Police officers doing their New Year operation saw the two refugees and apprehended them.

It was alleged that Bohlouli and Mohammad did not cooperate with the police when they wanted to question them.

A spokesman for the Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul, told The National that Mohammad went to court yesterday and waited for three hours and was told that there was no case for him.

He returned to the detention centre.

Rintoul said Bohlouli was not feeling well and did not travel to Lorengau court.

Two men suffered serious body injuries after they were allegedly assaulted by police officers in Lae last Wednesday. ... [The National - 10/1/17]



Thirteen people are reported to have died in a bus crash in Papua New Guinea's Oro province.

Two children are among the dead and ten people are in Popondetta Hospital. ... [RNZI - 10/1/17]



‏@nslwin [10/1/17]:  An Islamic religious school (#Madarasa) in #KanPaingNar H, #ShweZar VT in #Maungdaw was demolished by #Myanmar's BGP on Jan 7, 2017



Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion commence two day campaign of raids and harassment of Rohingya refugee camp [Dhaka Tribune - 10/1/17]



Myanmar envoy visits Bangladesh to discuss how to invisibisile Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide, and disappear refugees [Dhaka Tribune - 10/1/17]



85 Bangladeshis held for illegally crossing border into India [ – 10/1/17]



Investing in Myanmar: Recent developments and future outlook [ASEAN Briefing - 10/1/17]:


... Many organizations have criticized the American government for removing sanctions too soon, as repression of minorities and curtails on freedom of speech have arguably increased rather than decreased under the NLD.  ...



... Gimme back my thing ...


The Cruel Sea [1995]



Joint Statement by Timor-Leste, Australia and Conciliation Commission on Timor Sea treaty talks [9/1/17]



An Australian man and woman accused of stealing a bicycle have been paraded through the streets of an Indonesian island with signs around their necks warning others against theft.

The pair wore identical signs made of cardboard and string with the message: “I AM THIEVE. DON’T DO WHAT I DID...!!!” as they walked through the streets flanked by members of the local security force for Gili Trawangan island. ... [Guardian - 18/12/16]



Armed men killed eight fishermen in what appeared to be an attack by pirates in dangerous waters in the southern Philippines, a coast guard spokesman said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 10/1/17]



Chinese Professor sacked after criticising Mao online [Reuters - 10/1/17]



The Court of Cassation in Bahrain today upheld the death sentence against three defendants, life imprisonment against seven other defendants, and revocation of citizenship for eight of these ten defendants.

They were convicted of killing three policemen in a bombing incident on 3 March 2014.

We, the undersigned, condemn this sentence where authorities extracted coerced confessions using torture and did not guarantee fair trial procedures.  ... [Bahrain Center for Human Rights - 9/1/17]



Saudi airstrikes leave a dozen civilians dead across Yemen [Press TV - 10/1/17]:


At least a dozen people, including a woman and some children, have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi military aircraft conducted a string of airstrikes against various areas across Yemen.

Saudi jets launched three aerial attacks against an outdoor market in the Nihm district of the western-central province of Sana’a on Tuesday morning, killing a little girl and two other civilians. Several people were also injured in the assaults, Arabic-language al-Masirah TV reported.

Eight people were killed and 15 others injured shortly afterwards when Saudi warplanes struck a nearby school.

Shabawah area in Ta’izz Province was also hit, though no reports of casualties were available. Moreover, Saudi warplanes pounded an area in the Monabbih district of the mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada as well. There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage.

A woman also lost her life on Monday night, when Saudi jets carried out a strike in the same Yemeni province. ...



‏@HussainBukhaiti [10/1/17]:  #Saudi #UAE CO strikes on Alfalah school n Nehim E #Sanaa #Yemen kild Deputy headteacher&4studens



USS Mahan fires warning shots at Iranian vessels in Strait of Hormuz [ - 9/1/17]



Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara dismissed the heads of the army, police and gendarmes on Monday after a two-day army mutiny that spread unrest across the West African nation, according to a statement from the presidency. ... [Reuters - 9/1/17]



Strike brings more rail misery for London commuters [Reuters - 10/1/17]



The group of Liberals in the European Parliament rebuffed a request from Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement to join them after they split with the anti-EU UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Liberals' leader said on Monday.

Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE, said there was "insufficient common ground" to accept 5-Star's request. ... [Reuters - 9/1/17]



The only man in Europe who makes any sense – redux [The Automatic Earth - 6/1/17]



Dutch journalists criticise MH17 investigation results after finding many pieces still at crash site [RT - 9/1/17]



Former juvenile detainees file class action against NT government, seek compensation [ABC - 11/1/17]:


... In an application filed to the Federal Court, lawyers claimed that in 2012 staff "struck" then 15-year-old Hyde several times in the ribs when the juvenile was handcuffed.

Staff then allegedly "slammed" Hyde's head into a door frame, before handcuffing him for up to an hour to a basketball court fence with his arms above his head.

He was then allegedly stripped naked, placed into an isolation cell with no permanent bedding or tap water for up to three weeks.

Hyde's mother Tracey Hyde said she found the document "confronting".

"He was stripped naked and he'd been asking for a blanket and a guard told him to masturbate to keep himself warm," she said.

 "That should happen to nobody. Yes, there are kids that are in there for a reason, but that doesn't mean you can treat them like animals."

The document also alleged Jenkings and another young detainee were tear-gassed, before being taken to a room and "punched, kicked and struck ... with batons and shields," before being placed into solitary confinement for two days. ...



... And we wish that it wasn't true, but it is,

So the next question is:  What are we gonna do?


'Ms Dhu' (feat. Felix Riebl and Marliya) by Spinefex Gum [2017]



‏@Clintonswalk [10/1/17]: #ClintonsWalk Days 112 – 113: Leaving Erldunda ...


@Clintonswalk [10/1/17]:  Noonie does it again, beautiful! Its so hard to choose which of his pics to feature, they're all so good! ...



Mainstream media coverage of Aboriginal issues [Creative Spirits - 11 December 2016]:


Australian media frequently skew their reporting of Aboriginal issues towards common stereotypes, infuriating Aboriginal people.

Most media get away with their downputting and ignorant treatment—except columnist Andrew Bolt. ...


Bomb attack or prank?

The facts: An explosive device was hurled at a group of people in the One Mile community, on the outskirts of Broome.

A woman picked up the object as it exploded, suffering serious injuries.

Two other people, including a 13-year-old girl, were also injured.

This should be headline news all over the country, shouldn’t it? Not in Australia.

The Chinese national press agency Xinhua covered the attack, yet most of the Australian media ignored it.

In similar circumstances, papers usually use labels such as “potential hate crime” or “terrorist attack”, but in this instance the event was downplayed to a “prank that’s gone seriously wrong”.

It is telling that news from Aboriginal communities rarely gets covered unless the government cites a “national emergency” to justify deploying defence forces into communities.

It is also telling that on the rare occasions when we hear about violence on the communities, it tends to focus on internal community violence and not violence perpetuated upon a community by outsiders. ...



“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”


 ― Nelson Mandela



Teenage boy from Hebron area town found dead in a well [Maan - 9/1/17]



Israeli court sentences 15-year-old Palestinian girl to 18 months in prison [Maan - 9/1/17]:


... According to Ma’an records, Halabi was one of two teenage girls, both 14-years-old at the time, detained on April 28, 2016, after the two allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint in the Ramallah-area village of Beit Ur al-Tahta.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an at the time “assailants attempted to stab soldiers stationed at a security crossing adjacent to route 443.

Responding to the imminent danger, forces fired towards one of the attackers and she is now receiving medical care."

The injured girl was taken to Israel's Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she was in moderate-to-serious condition, according to Israeli media, while Halabi reportedly attempted to escape at the scene, but was later apprehended without being fired on and taken in for interrogation by Israeli forces. ...



Israel’s magistrate court in Jerusalem on Monday extended the remand of three family members of Fadi al-Qunbar, 28 -- who was killed on Saturday after driving a truck into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers, killing four and injuring at least 13 others -- from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.


Israeli leaders on Monday continued to demand that extreme punitive actions be taken against the al-Qunbar family -- with one minister advocating that al-Qunbar’s relatives be exiled to Syria and to deny his relatives national insurance benefits.

Former Israeli army general and current Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant told Ynet that "we need to kill him, demolish his home, and expel his family. And his family should be expelled not to Gaza, but to Syria." ... [Maan - 9/1/17]



Colin Kaepernick donates $50,000 to Standing Rock Health Clinic [teleSUR - 8/1/17]



The U.S. dropped an average of 72 bombs every day — the equivalent of three an hour — in 2016, according to an analysis of American strikes around the world. ... [NBC - 9/1/17]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Centre [9/1/17]:


Nineveh: The US-led coalition aircraft has targeted a medical center in Thubat neighborhood at the left side of Mosul.


4 elements of emergency forces were killed and 7 wounded as a car bomb exploded in Albu Alwan area west of Fallujah.


News agencies: Two reconnaissance planes owned by the government army have been shot down in Salam neighborhood south of Mosul.


Salah-il-deen: Press sources: Government forces accompanied by masked persons storm homes in neighborhoods in Samarra ,check youngmen ID for sectarian reasons.



‏@abdullahphotoss [8/1/17]:  Sadr City residents now camped in Tahrir Square to condemn the daily bombings that affect their area ..#baghdad



A police source in Salahuddin revealed that 15 displaced persons, including children, were killed in a bomb blast in the area of Hamrin Mountains, east of Tikrit, Al Mada Press reported on Monday. ...  [ - 9/1/17]



One person was killed and eight others were wounded on Monday when an explosive device exploded near a shopping area west of Baghdad.

Alghad Press quoted security sources as saying that the device went off near commercial stores at Ghazaliya district. ... [ - 9/1/17]



Russian jets launch first airstrikes over Aleppo this year [AMN - 10/1/17]



The U.S. Anti-ISIS Coalition conducted a special landing mission on Sunday in order to target a group of Islamic State terrorists inside the Deir Ezzor Governorate's western countryside, Deir Ezzor 24 reported Monday.

 "Several foreign forces, including Arab ones, landed via parachutes from four helicopters from 2.45 pm to 4 .00 pm and then they withdrew after fulfilling a mission," Deir Ezzor 24 claimed. ... [AMN - 9/1/17]



Corrections officers evacuated from Massachusetts maximum security prison [NBC4i - 9/1/17]



A Massachusetts man who admitted to killing three people in a multiday 2001 rampage in two states was sentenced to death by a federal jury on Monday after a two-month trial.

It was the second time that former drifter Gary Lee Sampson, 57, has faced the possibility of execution for the stabbing and strangling murders. ... [Reuters - 9/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 9/1/17]



In a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Guy Verhofstadt, the leader of the European Parliament's Liberal group, has appealed against the prospect of Greece extraditing eight Turkish military officers whose fate is to be decided by the Greek Supreme Court this week. ... [Ekathimerini - 9/1/17]



Migrants battle freezing temperatures and cold shoulder at Hungarian border [Reuters - 9/1/17]



A group of twenty-two doctors, psychologists, nurses, and social workers last week urged the Pennsylvania Bureau of Hearings and Appeals to reject the Berks County's appeal for the Berks County Residential Center, a family detention facility, to be relicensed as a childcare facility.

The call came in an amicus brief filed in support of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, which refused to renew the license for the facility last year.  ... [Human Rights First - 9/1/17]



US detention centers hold thousands of legal immigrants [The Seattle Globalist - 9/1/17]:


... Their family’s reunion was short lived. Last spring — nineteen days after his 18th birthday — Ricardo experienced many immigrants’ worst nightmare.

On the morning of May 26, 2016, Lopez’s father was about to drive his sons to their bus stop when he noticed four cars surrounding their small apartment building.

“It was immigration, here to take him away,” Ana said, “they took him like a criminal.”

The lawyer assured the family he would be out by 1 p.m. that day, but Ana says it went from 1 p.m., to the next day, until it turned to weeks and then months. ...



Commonwealth Ombudsman report highlights plight of New Zealand detainees in Australia [RNZI - 10/1/17]:


A highly critical report on the way Australia treats non-citizens whose visas have been cancelled has highlighted the plight of New Zealand detainees, including one man whose mentally ill wife was left to look after their children.

Australia's Commonwealth Ombudsman has just released its report on part of its immigration policy, known as section 501, which allows the federal government to cancel non-citizen's visas in certain circumstances.

The treatment of New Zealanders detained has been prominent in the news in the last 18 months.

The ombudsman's investigation interviewed a number of detainees and looked at different cases.

In one instance, a New Zealand man who had been living in Queensland since 2009 was paroled and moved to Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia.

He was married, with four children and one grandchild in Queensland.

The report said the man had not seen his family in 14 months due to the distance and financial constraints, and that his wife, who has mental health problems, was having difficulty looking after their children.

The report condemned the administration of the act as ineffective and left former prisoners spending prolonged periods in immigration detention.

It found that many people ended up in immigration detention centres in different states, resulting in enforced separation of the detainees from their families, children and support networks, with little chance visits would be made.

The report said that undermined Australia's Immigration Department's policy of giving prime consideration to the minor children of detainees through prolonging separation.

It also noted the separation impact on the ability of detainees to cope in immigration detention.

Of the 1219 visas which were cancelled under section 501 between 1 January 2014 and 29 February 2016, New Zealanders made up 697.




10 January 2017