Sandra Bland died one year ago. Since then, at least 810 people have lost their lives in jail [Huffington Post - 13/7/16]
Fresno police release body-camera footage of fatal shooting of unarmed 19-year-old [LA Times - 13/7/16]
A lawsuit filed earlier this year charging President Barack Obama with waging an illegal war against the Islamic State (or ISIS) was met on Tuesday with a motion from the Obama administration asking the court to dismiss it.
In its motion to dismiss, the administration argues that Congressional funding for the war amounts to Congressional approval for it. ... [Common Dreams - 13/7/16]
US to export $40 billion in arms in 2016 [Antiwar - 13/7/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 14/7/16]
Russia’s Tu-22M3 long-range bombers strike IS facilities in Syria [TASS - 14/7/16]
President al-Assad’s interview with NBC News [SANA - 14/7/16]:
... Question 25: But America is very genuine about fighting ISIS. ISIS is a threat to the American homeland. How can you say America is not serious about fighting ISIS?
President Assad: Because ISIS has been set up in Iraq in 2006 while the United States was in Iraq, not Syria was in Iraq, so it was growing under the supervision of the American authority in Iraq, and they didn’t do anything to fight ISIS at that time. So why to fight it now? And they don’t fight it now. It’s been expanding under the supervision of the American airplanes, and they could have seen ISIS using the oil fields and exporting oil to Turkey, and they didn’t try to attack any convoy of ISIS. How could they be against ISIS? They cannot see, they don’t see? How the Russians could have seen it from the first day and started attacking those convoys? Actually, the Russian intervention unmasked the American intentions regarding ISIS, and the other terrorist groups, of course. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [13/7/16]: Kamal Al-Kahlo , a Muzzin of one of Tirit Masjids ,and his family were killed as the air force shelled their home in which they live after displacing to Haweeja district..................
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [13/7/16]:
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb attached to a car owned by a doctor exploded in Ureifiya neighborhood in Jisr Diyala area southeast of Baghdad today afternoon killing him.......
Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Ur neighborhood east of Baghdad today morning killing a person and wounding 6...........
Diyala: News agencies: Unknwon gunmen have killed two persons in Tahrir area south of Ba'quba...............
Nineveh: Ali Mahmood , the war correspondent of Ghadeer Channel ,was killed ,Ali Jawad ,Iraqiya Channel reporter and Ali Muftin ,the photographer, were wounded as they were covering Qayyara battles.........................
... A significant development is the fact that following the latest quarterly report from Eurostat, Iraqis are no longer eligible for relocation. ... Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: Fifth report on relocation and resettlement [July 2016]
... HAVE THE REFUGEES NOT GONE THROUGH ENOUGH TO NOW BE FACED WITH THIS BITTERNESS? @lsnteamuk [13/7/16]: Fascists on #Leros protest against #refugees
@refugeelibrary [14/7/16]: There are now 57,105 asylum seekers and #refugees in Greece according to latest figures ...
@MSF_Sea [14/7/16]: Faten, from #Syria hadn't seen her husband for 2.5 years until he came from #Germany to see her in #Samos.
@moas_eu [14/7/16]: #Eritrean #children on the #Responder are waiting to disembark w/ their families in #Messina #Italy this morning
@LighthouseRR [14/7/16]: After yesterdays tragedy on Lesvos a boat safely landed this morning. We assisted 41 people w. water, food & clothes
@PROACTIVA_SERV [14/7/16]: #Lesbos hoy.Dsd Eritrea,Mali,Irán,Irak,Senegal,Pakistán.D nuevo niños, jóvenes con heridas de guerra.Y no pasa nada.
Men, women and children have been imprisoned for three years.
They are not surviving - they are dying - and should be released and genuinely resettled IMMEDIATELY.
UNICEF aren't serious. They - and their friends at the Guardian - are helping maintain the status quo and protecting Australia's bipartisan war of attrition against refugees. [Guardian - 14/7/16]:
The UN’s children’s agency has called on the Turnbull government to commit to a timetable that would see all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru by the end of the year.
And UNICEF Australia, as part of a five-point agenda, says the re-elected Coalition government should appoint a dedicated minister for children to “prioritise young people in policy making” and establish a national plan for children. ...
As an Australian, I have no trust in a profession that refuses to condemn the treatment of refugees on Nauru and Manus ---> @AustPsych - Australian Psychological Society [14/7/16]: Watch & listen to refugees & asylum seekers speak for themselves about building new lives in Australia <---- Why don't you give the refugees who witnessed Omid's self immolation a voice Guardian?
That would be Australia's concentration camp on Nauru ---> @MelanieTait - ABC Tasmania evenings presenter [14/7/16]: Every single one of those shitbags who was racist to Adam Goodes after being on #Playschool should be sent to Nauru.
A former Nauru opposition MP Roland Kun says the recent Nauru election result was distorted by what he calls a housing slush fund. ... [RNZI - 14/7/16]
... The methods embraced by Mitchell and Jessen were adapted from training programs designed to enable U.S. Special Operations forces to withstand torture if they were taken prisoner.
A principal aim of the CIA program was to reduce detainees to a state of “learned helplessness.” ... How a modest contract for ‘applied research’ morphed into the CIA’s brutal interrogation program [Washington Post - 13/7/16]
New US Ambassador will "press" Malaysia to investigate mass graves of refugees [Asian Correspondent - 14/7/16]
US and UNHCR bigots and neocons continue helping exceptionalist, isolationist Australia push back its borders [New Straits Times - 22/6/16]:
... Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and is not bound by international laws to provide refuge, asylum, jobs and education to refugees.
It does so out of goodwill and on humanitarian grounds.
In response to UNHCR’s hope to make Malaysia a final destination for refugees, Nur Jazlan blasted the United Nations body, warning it against “blackmailing” Kuala Lumpur.
“UNHCR is publicly pressuring Malaysia to take responsibility and accept these people.
“We have accommodated the refugees based on their (UNHCR’s) request, but only on the understanding that Malaysia is a transit country. It is not fair to force Malaysia’s hand to take responsibility for them (the refugees).
“Malaysia is a transit country, but suddenly, they want us to be a final destination? This is totally irresponsible. They do not even follow their own charter, let alone our policies and laws.
“UNHCR claims it operates under the auspices of international law, but to make statements that are contrary to ours, that run counter to our Constitution and the sensitivities of our citizens, this is just not done.
“I would appreciate it if they would stop making announcements like this,” he told the New Straits Times.
Nur Jazlan said UNHCR should instead focus on its core responsibility of moving the refugees to a third country.
Towle, during the unveiling of the new card and mobile application, thanked Canberra for its financial contribution to the project.
“Australia has been a very strong supporter of this project (and) of our work here in Malaysia for a few years now. Thank you for that,” he said at the UNHCR headquarters in Jalan Bukit Petaling here.
Present were United States, Australian and Malaysian officials.
To this, Nur Jazlan questioned Australia’s interest in the project, saying if the country wanted to support the cause, it should be taking the refugees in, too.
“Why didn’t Australia take these people in if they are really interested in the project?
“They are trying to push the project here by giving money. Since they support the cause, why don’t they take in these people? It would be a bigger contribution,” he said.
Nur Jazlan said the refugees in Australia would not even be on Australian soil, as they are sent to Christmas Island and Nauru.
The new card, which Towle called “state-of-the-art”, has a number of enhanced security features, including 3D holograms and barcodes.
On the back of the card, a large “Secure Quick Response” code is printed.
Towle said the card was supported by an enhanced biometric data collection system at the UNHCR office, while the physical quality of the card was more robust, stronger and durable. ...
Malaysia rounds up more than 200 "terror suspects" [The Straits Times - 14/7/16]
Strikes by aviation, maritime and public transport workers has effectively cut off Papua New Guinea.
A groundswell of political unrest in recent weeks culminated in the general strike on Thursday ahead of a no-confidence vote on Friday against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, who has refused to resign over corruption allegations.
Last month, weeks of peaceful protests by university students ended in violent clashes with police in which officials said nearly 40 people were injured, including four who were shot. ... [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
PNG: Police officer involved in Hanuabada village killing identified, but has gone into hiding says Commissioner [The National - 14/7/16]
Philippines: 3 Marines shot dead by suspected Abu Sayyaf men [Inquirer - 14/7/16]
A drug suspect here was killed in an alleged shootout with operatives of the City Anti-illegal Drugs Special Task Force (Caidsotf) during a buy-bust operation inside a lodging house along Rizal Street in Ormoc City, Leyte past 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Senior Supt. Ramil Ramirez, Ormoc police director, said Boien Chiong, 37, was on the watch list of drug personalities in the city. ... [Inquirer - 14/7/16]
A Japanese court has turned down a class action lawsuit seeking damages from nuclear plant makers Toshiba, Hitachi and GE over the Fukushima meltdown disaster, the plaintiffs, one of the companies and a report said.
About 3,800 claimants in the suit, hailing from Japan and 32 other countries including the United States, Germany and South Korea, had sought largely symbolic compensation from the nuclear power plant manufacturers. ... [Japan Today - 14/7/16]
A tent protest is still going strong on Norfolk Island as many locals continue the dispute with the Australian government decision to remove the island's autonomy. ... [RNZI - 14/7/16]
Sydney siege inquest: Unclear why NSW Deputy Police Commissioner was given profile of gunman [ABC - 14/7/16]
Woman and baby die after balcony fall in Melbourne CBD [The Age - 14/7/16]
A three-month-old baby girl allegedly murdered by her father in central Victoria was bleeding and not breathing when her mother arrived home from work, a court has heard.
Baby Alanah became critically ill while at home with her father Joby Anthony Rowe on August 29 last year and was airlifted to hospital, but died the following day. ... [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
The former manager of a Queensland disability services provider has denied vilifying a severely disabled girl's mother who made a complaint about child sex abuse.
Over two days a royal commission in Sydney has been examining the policies and procedures of the Gold Coast Family Support Group (FSG) which supplies services for families with disabled children.
Two mothers have told the commission their complaints were not treated seriously by FSG which shied away from investigating the carers they employed. ... [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
Police are investigating a bizarre incident where a woman was thrown from a moving car and the driver hit over the head with a machete.
It’s believed the woman and her children were inside the vehicle around midday on Wednesday, driven by a man on the Gold Coast.
It’s alleged an argument broke out before the woman fell from the moving vehicle and hit her head on the bitumen.
A witness then reportedly stepped in, hitting the 39-year-old male driver over the head with a machete.
Police and paramedics were called to the scene.
The driver was taken to hospital in a stable condition while the woman was treated at the scene.
The children are now back with their mother who was released without serious injury.
Charges are now expected to be laid against the witness. [Yahoo - 14/7/16]
Man and woman stabbed in Sydney [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
Truck leaks hydrochloric acid on Calder Freeway [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
Emergency services were at the scene of a serious crash near Oakey late on Thursday.
The accident, involving a truck and two cars, happened about 4pm on the Warrego Highway.
A spokesman for Queensland Ambulance said paramedics were assessing four patients.
Three were in a serious condition, with one of those people being prepared to be transported to Toowoomba Base Hospital by road. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/7/16]
A car has accidentally crashed through a fence of a Gold Coast shopping centre carpark, landing nose-down in a shrub of greenery.
Queensland Ambulance confirmed they were called to the scene on Ashmore Road at Bundall just after 11.00am. ... [MYGC - 14/7/16]
There have been a couple of accidents on Gold Coast roads overnight.
At around 8:30pm on Wednesday night a car rolled on the M1 at the Coomera off-ramp heading north.
One person was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Then before 11:00pm a car hit a tree on Repeater Station Road at Springbrook.
Five people were checked by paramedics and four taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. [MYGC - 14/7/16]
Pilbara policeman charged over 'drunkenly waving gun at colleagues' [WA Today - 14/7/16]
A police officer will undergo disease testing after he was spat on during an arrest in Cairns.
Police say the 25-year-old constable was spat on in the face as he put the man, who was allegedly being a public nuisance, in the back of a police van.
A 50-year-old Townsville man will face the Cairns Magistrates Court later this month on charges of being intoxicated in a public place and serious assault of police. [Yahoo - 13/7/16]
Australian media and union representative use Islamophobia to justify shooting and gassing of prisoners at Goulburn [ABC - 14/7/16]
Application in Manus Island refugee concentration camp case listed for hearing 15 July 2016, Supreme Court of Victoria.
An asylum seeker who suffered serious burns to his face in Iran before fleeing to Australia has initiated a class action in the Supreme Court against the Australian government, Transfield and the former security contractor G4S on Manus Island for negligence.
The 34-year-old Iranian man Majid Karami Kamasaei, who was held in the Manus Island offshore processing centre for 11 months before being transferred to Melbourne for medical treatment, says he has experienced severe pain and irritation to his skin after health workers confiscated his medication on the island.
Fairfax Media revealed in June his allegations that he was intentionally being denied medical treatment to ease painful complications from severe burns, in a bid to convince him to return home.
Mr Kamasaei arrived on Christmas Island last year with the prescribed medications he needed to keep the keloid scar tissues on his face and neck from cracking and contracting.
But he told friends and advocates they were taken away from him and had not been replaced. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 20/12/14]
“The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us”
Behrouz Boochani [14/7/16]:
I took this photo with some beautiful local boys yesterday. I love these sweet boys because they made me happy when i was angry with the Australian government.
I was so tired when we took the photos because of too much walking but these boys gave me such beauty yesterday.
It had been a tiring day.
I had been to Manus jail to visit one of the refugees who has severe mental problems.
The national PNG court has sent him to Manus jail while he is very mentally ill.
He must remain in that dirty jail for 35 days.
This man's name is Hamed. I knew that although Hamed is extremely mentally ill the IHMS psychologists did not support him with his court case.
I have worked with the Guardian on two stories about Hamed over the past weeks. Unfortunately I could not visit Hamed.
At the jail I was told that i could only visit him on Saturday and Sunday.
I searched about for any information about him and found that the prisoners in Manus jail are kind to him and he is allowed to come outside for a while to walk.
I plan to try to visit Hamed again next week.
Yes I was tired because I had also walked some kilometers to the PNG court to support one of the refugees who had a court hearing.
An Australian officer had made a complaint against him saying that the man who is a refugee punched an officer.
I stayed at the court for a few hours.
Finally the Australian officer did not come to the court and the hearing was adjourned until the 8th of August.
I began walking again. I was so tired but these beautiful boys' friendliness and big smiles made me happy.
We chatted and took photos together. I will never forget their beauty and how I experienced it yesterday.
@racvictoria [13/7/16]: Day 62 of peaceful protests on #Manus these men could be us, our brothers, fathers, sons, uncles. ...
The Australian media are amplifying the rantings of Nauru's dictatorship because they're not allowed to do any journalism ---> @InsurrectNews [13/7/16]: Day 116 of protests by refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru. ...
Pro ALP protest theatre to pointlessly blockade Wilson carparks again [20 July 2016]
Fatal Neglect: How ICE ignores death in detention [ACLU/Detention Watch - February 2016]
Indefensible: A decade of mass incarceration of migrants prosecuted for crossing the border [Grassroots Leadership - July 2016]
Australia continues killing people in its concentration camps with impunity [RNZI - 14/7/16]
Baker and McKenzie ramp up the hate as friends of men with beards who tried to flee Australia are sacked from their jobs [The Age - 14/7/16]
Robberies with violence, South Brisbane District [QPS Media - 14/4/16]
A street in central Hobart remains closed after strong winds are thought to have caused a partial building collapse which injured a passing pedestrian.
The man remains in hospital with leg injuries but in a stable condition after being struck by a falling brick building facade in Bathurst Street late on Wednesday. ... [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
Contractors will stand trial over the death of a man who was crushed by equipment at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site.
Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd, CPB Contractors and SRG Building (Southern) Pty Ltd have been accused by SafeWork SA of failing to comply with a health and safety duty which exposed Jorge Castillo-Riffo, 54, to risk of death or serious injury in November 2014.
Defence lawyers on Thursday entered not guilty pleas, prompting Industrial Magistrate Michael Ardlie to set a 10-day trial commencing February 13 2017. [Nine MSN - 14/7/16]
Having fomented the South China Sea conflict, US "calls for calm" [Reuters - 13/7/16]
Australian politicians are US puppets [ABC - 13/7/16]:
... 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. ...
A journalist might tell us which politicians, business people, spin doctors, propagandists, and representatives of so called Australian human rights organisations and NGOs are attending the 2016 Australian-American leadership dialogue. ----> Thank you, Michael [Rowland], for that kind introduction.
I’m honored to join you for the 2015 Australian American Leadership Dialogue, as we celebrate the strong and lasting partnership between our two great nations. ... Australian-American Leadership Dialogue Gala [Remarks as Prepared by Chairman, President and CEO Lockheed Martin - Marillyn A. Hewson - Melbourne, Victoria August 8, 2015]
Love this shot of @mjrowland68 [ABC personality Michael Rowland] and #AmbBerry [US Ambassador John Berry] at President Obama's speech yesterday! Everyone loves a #Selfie!
Image: @Travis_Longmore [15/11/14]
"It's a big club, and you ain't in it." George Carlin ---> Australian-American Leadership Dialogue of political, business, media and academic leaders, representing @Visa @adamwand [13/7/16]
Two Chinese civilian aircraft landed on Wednesday at two new airports on reefs controlled by China in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The aircraft then returned to the southern Chinese island province of Hainan, from where they had taken off, it added in a brief story on one of its official microblogs.
It was not immediately clear if both aircraft visited both of the reefs, or if one went to one reef, and the other to the other reef. [Reuters - 13/7/16]
Los Angeles police cleared in police killing of Redel Jones [Democracy Now - 13/7/16]
He filmed Alton Sterling shooting and was then detained by Baton Rouge police [Democracy Now - 13/7/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: So, what happened to you then? What did the officers say? What did you hear them say? And what happened to you after Alton Sterling was killed?
ABDULLAH MUFLAHI: Well, after the shooting, one of the officers that was there, I’m not sure what he said, but the other officer that was close to me had said, "Just F— him. Just let him lay there," talking about Mr. Sterling. That’s when then they grabbed me and put me in the back of a cop car.
AMY GOODMAN: You heard an officer say, "F— him. Just let him lay there," using a curse?
ABDULLAH MUFLAHI: Yeah, yes. ...
14 July 2016