Man plays Imagine by John Lennon on piano near Bataclan, Paris [14/11/15]

 

 


South Korea gripped by large-scale anti-government protest in Seoul



The Straits Times [14/11/15]:


 

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of central Seoul on Saturday in a massive protest against the conservative government's drive for labour reform and state-issued history textbooks.

Police sprayed water on the crowd, estimated to number about 50,000, as some protesters attempted to push through barricades at the rally outside City Hall in central Seoul.

Ahead of the rally, labour unionists scuffled with scores of plainclothes policemen to prevent the arrest of the head of the militant Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), who showed up for a press conference near the protest site.

Labour activists successfully blocked police from arresting KCTU President Han Sang Kyun, who has been sought for leading outlawed labour strikes last year and May Day protests this year.

"Down with (President) Park Geun Hye", the unionists chanted following the scuffles, calling her conservative government "fascist", an AFP journalist on the scene said.

The authorities said they had mobilised 20,000 riot police for fear that the protest might turn violent.

Organisers of the protest said there would be a march toward the presidential Blue House, a move which is likely to spark a clash with police.

Participants, many of whom were bussed in from across the country, chanted slogans demanding the withdrawal of a government labour policy which KCTU says benefits businesses by keeping wages low and making it easier for companies to fire activists.

They also condemned the opening of protected markets for some agricultural goods and a plan to impose government-issued textbooks on schools starting in 2017.

The textbooks have become a bitter ideological battleground between left and right in South Korea, with critics accusing Park's administration of seeking to deliberately manipulate and distort the narrative of how the South Korean state was created.

Conservative critics argue that currently the authors are too left-wing, but liberal opponents accuse the government of reverting to a policy used by past authoritarian regimes in South Korea including that of late president Park Chung Hee, father of the current president.

Saturday's rally was the largest South Korea has seen since 2008 when the country was hit by waves of protest against the import of US beef.

 

 

 

 

‏@ThenewsCom [VIDEO - 14/11/15]:  A police water cannon hitting farmers, civil servants newspaper Kim Sang-ho ...


 

 

 

George Galloway says Narendra Modi 'has blood on his hands' at protest as Indian PM meets David Cameron [Independent - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Israel demolishes 4 West Bank homes of Palestinians accused of attacks [Maan - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Thousands of Palestinians from the Hebron district on Saturday marched in the funeral of Hassan Jihad al-Baw, 23, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes.

Al-Baw was shot in the heart on Friday in the Hebron-area town of Halhul and killed immediately, medics told Ma'an at the time.  ... [Maan - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Steven Salaita: I will always condemn injustice, no matter the state of my employment [The Nation – 14/11/15]:

 

On November 12, Professor Steven Salaita settled his case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In a victory for free speech, and for the activists both on and off campus who fought for it, the university agreed to pay $875,000, implicitly acknowledging its violation of Salaita’s academic freedom and the employment contract it signed with him.

Salaita sued UIUC, along with the university’s Board of Trustees and top administrators, after the university fired him from his tenured position for tweeting comments critical of the Israeli government during its 2014 assault on Gaza.

His case quickly became a symbol of both the intensifying crackdown on academic freedom and the suppression of Palestinian human rights advocacy—as well as the all-too-frequent overlap between the two. Salaita was represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Loevy and Loevy. …


 

 

 

 

At least 65 Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers have surrendered to the Taliban in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Saturday. ... [Pajhwok - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

More people have lost their lives in Yemen as Saudi Arabia launches fresh air raids against the impoverished Arab nation in defiance of calls for ending the deadly offensive.

At least two Yemenis were killed and three others were reported injured in Saudi air raids on Harad district in Hajjah province on Friday.

Saudi warplanes also targeted a number of localities in Hidan district of northern Sa’ada province. ... [Press TV - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Terror in Little Saigon: The shocking story of a Vietnamese death squad killing 5 journalists in the US - Pt. 2 [Democracy Now - 13/11/15]:

 

 

 

... RICK ROWLEY: You know, it’s kind of amazing. This feels, in a way, like a prologue to Dirty Wars. I mean, the template for covert ops and for proxy forces that are being spun up by our military intelligence community, you know, was really formed in the Vietnam era, and some of the cast of characters is even the same. I mean, Richard Armitage was at the center of these operations, you know, both back in the ’80s and also during the Bush years.

 So, I mean, I think another important takeaway from this all is that this is, in many ways, a story of blowback. When you have a group formed by officers from the U.S.-trained military in South Vietnam, and when the war that we’ve been arming and funding them to fight, when we say that war is over, the war doesn’t end for them. I mean, they continue fighting it. And the battlefield isn’t necessarily 9,000 miles away. That battlefield for them could run right through a suburb in Houston.

So, I mean, time and again, you see this. You see this in a very different way with the Afghan mujahideen, when we arm and fund and train them for years, and then when we decide the war is over, the war doesn’t end for them. And the war might not be so neatly, neatly siloed in a foreign country. So, you know, for us today, that is an important takeaway, as we continue to arm, train and spin up proxies as one of our favorite tools of foreign diplomacy and militarism. You know, I mean, these things—you know, these are not groups that we ultimately have control over. ...

 

 

 

 

Turkish jets hit Kurdish targets in northern Iraq [Daily Star - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Russian war planes, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force, carried out 107 sorties targeting 289 positions for terrorist organizations in the countryside of Aleppo, Damascus, Idleb, Hama, Homs and Deir Ezzor provinces during the past 24 hours, A military source told SANA Friday. ... [SANA - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has compared the massacre of more than 120 people in a series of coordinated shootings and bombings in Paris to the daily violence in Syria, French media have reported.

"Yesterday France has known what we have been living in Syria over the past five years," Assad was quoted as saying by Europe 1. ... [IB Times - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center - 14/11/15]: 

 

 

 

Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Gure'at area north of Baghdad resulted in death and 6 injuries.......

 

 

 

Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded last night near the entry of Baya'a market south of Baghdad resulted in two injuries....

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Tomorrow's Battlefield": As US special ops enter Syria, growing presence in Africa goes unnoticed  [Democracy Now - 13/11/15]:

 

 

The recent U.S. deployment of special operations forces to Syria expands a global U.S. battlefield that is at a historic size.

This year, special ops have been sent to a record 147 countries—75 percent of the nations on the planet. It’s a 145 percent increase from the days of George W. Bush.

And it means that on any given day elite U.S. forces are on the ground in 70 to 90 countries.

Those shocking numbers are revealed by our guest, the journalist Nick Turse.

For years, Turse has been tracking the expansion of global U.S. militarism for the website TomDispatch and other outlets.

His latest book, "Tomorrow’s Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa," focuses on one particular American military battlefield that often goes unnoticed.

Turse says the U.S. military is now involved in more than 90 percent of Africa’s 54 nations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

US:  Student protests sweep 100+ campuses nationwide [Democracy Now - 13/11/15]:

 

 

 ... On Thursday, students on more than 100 college campuses rallied from coast to coast against institutional racism, as well as against mounting student debt.

Students gathered at Columbia University in New York City, Smith College in Massachusetts, Ithaca College in upstate New York and the University of Kansas, among others, declaring solidarity with the University of Missouri students and demanding their own campuses address racism.

This comes as students on more than 100 campuses also rallied for a day of protest called the Million Student March.

The demonstrations took place at Rutgers University in New Jersey, University of Texas in Austin, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Portland State University and campuses across the University of California system.

The students’ demands include the cancellation of all student debt, tuition-free public college and a $15 minimum wage for campus workers.

 

 

 

@ocanalsb [14/11/15]:   It's 8.00 in the morning and 2 boats already arrive. Keep patrolling @PROACTIVA_SERV

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [13/11/15]:   The 2nd rescue brought 93 #people including 31 women to safety. Almost all were from #Nigeria

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [13/11/15]:   ...  The #Argos has rescued two rubber boats.The first carried 108 #people from #Senegal #IvoryCoast & #Gambia

 

 

 

 

 

@guardiacostiera [13/11/15]:   #NaveDiciotti #ItalianCoastGuard rescue 300 #migrants on board of a boat in the #StraitofSicily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Información sobre la marcha solidaria para los refugiados sirios Andalucia 15 November 2015

 

 

 


 

 

At the Valletta Summit, European leaders have offered dozens of African countries at least 1,8 billion euros in a trust fund in return for agreeing to strongly limit refugees leaving their countries and to take back refugees deported from Europe.

President of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, Gabi Zimmer, commented: "Instead of creating the safe and legal pathways into Europe that are so desperately needed for refugees and migrants, EU leaders have decided to further externalise EU borders to third countries and, for that purpose, work with dictatorships such as in Eritrea and Sudan." ... [GUE/NGL Group in the European Parliament Media Release - 13/11/15]


 

 

Failure of refugee, migration governance fatal, deputy Secretary-General tells Valletta Summit, noting death of thousands on journey to better life [Media Release - 11/11/15]:


… Readmission and return agreements must include human rights safeguards. Unnecessary and unlawful detention must end. And all countries must respect the principles of non-refoulement and the prohibition of collective expulsions.

The recent massive movement of people towards Europe is to a great degree rooted in conflicts, political crises, governance failures and abject poverty. That is why the search for political solutions, the strengthening of institutions and continued development efforts and assistance are so important.

Here I would like to echo a statement issued by the Secretary-General in New York today. To reduce external aid in order to finance the cost of refugee flows is counterproductive and will cause a vicious circle highly detrimental to a great number of vulnerable people.

While we address the root causes, we must also expand and open up new legal pathways to migrate. When there are no legal options to leave, people often fall prey to criminal networks. These networks exploit weak State authority and profit immensely from this human vulnerability. ...

 

 

 

 

Letter to the Editor, Jakarta Post [14/11/15]: 

 

It is true that some international groups shy away from using the term “genocide” to describe the harsh persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and others do not.

It is a question of communication strategy.

Some diplomats and United Nations personnel have faith in a softer public discourse and the ability of international investment to change local politics and culture to a more inclusive one.

But the Rohingya cannot afford the luxury of wishful thinking.

Strong language is called for and “genocide” is not wrong.

A Former UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, has spoken of the movement towards genocide, and the current special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, speaks of “worrying signs” of genocide.

Seven Nobel peace prize winners (including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu) have called it genocide.

Whatever it is called, it must stop in order for Myanmar to develop into a free and peaceful society.

The issue is how to make this deadly social and political movement stop, and this is what must be discussed in the most serious and urgent way.

...

 

 

 

 

 

 

... Since 2012, at least 140,000 Rohingya have fled their homes. If they stay in Myanmar, Rohingya migrants often are shunted into what research and advocacy group Fortify Rights calls “dozens of internment camps.”

Fortify Rights adds that these are “not typical internally displaced person camps. They are beginning to look more like permanent concentration camps, complete with barracks-style housing and barbed-wire fencing. Residents can’t leave.”

Many Rohingya have tried desperately to leave Myanmar on rickety boats with little food and water on board; the boats often are managed by human-trafficking networks, and boat captains sometimes have abandoned the ships when they feared being caught by a foreign naval patrol.

Although the stream of migrants onto boats bound for Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia lessened this summer, after a spike in boat people last spring, aid workers in Myanmar who closely follow migration patterns expect the outflow of refugees to increase in the coming months once again. ...  Strong evidence of genocide in Myanmar [News Week - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US sanctions N. Korea 'arms-dealer' ambassador to Myanmar [Bangkok Post - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday issued a warrant for the arrest of opposition leader Sam Rainsy over a long-pending defamation case brought by Foreign Minister Hor Namhong in 2008.

Mr. Namhong sued Mr. Rainsy over a speech he made at the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center in April that year in which he ac­cused the foreign minister of collaborating with the Khmer Rouge at the Boeng Trabek prison camp. ... [Cambodia Daily - 14/11/15]

 

 



Villagers upset over river pollution on Manus Island [PNG Loop - 13/11/15]:


Such a massive amount of foreign substance was first noticed by kids who went to the river to wash.

A citizen of the Worei area which the river passes through, Mr Leonard Manuhu, said they were concerned about how this pollution is going to affect living organisms in the river as well as people's health.

"It is obvious that it is not anything related to the drought. It is most likely coming from the activities of the company at a quarry further up,’’ he said.

It is understood that the only company operating in the area is Anuita, mining granite and basalt at the Polomou Quarry.

“Environmental officers from the Manus government have picked up samples but swift action is needed to safeguard the people as many communities downstream and on the coast will be affected,’’ Mr Manuhu said.


 


 

PNG journalists learn about journalism Aussie style i.e. Censorship Office's role in "protecting moral fabric of society"  [PNG Loop - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Bernie and the jets [Counterpunch - 13/11/15]:

 

 

... About a decade ago, Sanders was part of a delegation that negotiated a sensible deal to bring low-cost heating oil from Venezuela to poor families in the northeastern United States. But instead of defending his honorable role in this ex parte negotiation, Sanders wilted. In a fundraising email to his legions of Sandernistas, Bernie fumed at being “linked to a dead Communist dictator.”

Of course, Hugo Chavez represented everything that Bernie Sanders claims to be but isn’t. Namely, an independent socialist, whose immense popularity in his own country led to his Bolivaran Party winning 18 straight hotly-contested elections since 1996, not to mention surviving several coup attempts backed by the CIA and the editorial board of the New York Times, plots that elicited not a squeak of dissent from Bernie the Red. ...

 




Turnbull and Dutton are free to continue committing human rights atrocities because the Australian media and opposition are helping them

 

 Christmas messaging [The Saturday Paper - 14/11/15]:

 

 

... Fazel Chegeni was on Christmas Island at the minister’s discretion. There was no question about whether Chegeni was a refugee.

He had been tortured in the country of his birth, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority. His body was scarred with these facts.

Chegeni was deemed unfit for community release after a one-minute argument in the mess of Curtin detention centre, which led to an assault charge and a good-behaviour bond.

No court found him a risk to the community. But in the four years since he arrived by boat seeking asylum, he had been free only six months.

After the death of his sister, he had twice threatened suicide. Instead of being offered help, he was pushed further into the byzantine architecture of our detention system. From Brisbane to Darwin and finally to Christmas Island.

Chegeni’s death ignited the rioting on Christmas Island, which caused what Dutton says is $10 million worth of damage. But we have not been told what caused Chegeni’s death. Dutton has not said, and in only a few interviews was he actually asked.

Much easier to talk about law and order, to demonise a population on a distant island, far from the scrutiny of the press. Much easier to release pictures of burnt-out rooms than to talk about the, in some cases, innocent people held in them.

Once the federal police regained control of the centre, one of their first actions was to confiscate mobile phones. The brief flow of information again stopped.

...

 

 

 

Save Mohammad Albederee [14/11/15]:


BREAKING UPDATE:

Mohammad is no longer able to communicate and seems to be in a catatonic state.

Doctors say he is in deep shock and so is his body. His body not moving but his eyes are open.

They have said he will enter a coma if it continues and they can't bring him out.

They are wondering what caused the shock!

I could give a hundred reasons for ''deep shock'' for a ''detainee'' on Manus Island not the least being not eating for over 7 months and being beaten senseless by Australian Wilson guards and getting no medical treatment for injuries for nearly a year and a half. I won't go on.

Please contact anyone and everyone and share this post.

Media, politicians, the UN, friends, family, neighbours - Let Australia and the world wake up to itself!

This is only one case of thousands. This has to stop.

 




... After giving birth in a hospital in Darwin, I was forced to sign a document in which I confirmed that my new-born son was also a detainee just like his parents. And with that document, I detained my baby with my own hands. With my own arms, I carried him back to the detention centre.

No matter how hard I try, though, I still can't figure out why he must be detained. Has he committed a crime already, with his tiny hands? Has he broken any of the rules? And how is it that he is referred to by a "boat number" already, even though he has never been on a boat?

I stare at him and wonder if he will feel my fear when the officers break into the room, dragging me from my bed, pulling me outside, handcuffing my husband, dragging me on the floor to take me back to Nauru.

Does my little baby feel it every time I wake up, fearful, in the middle of the night and gaze at the door, expecting the officers to pour in at any moment? I think he does. And if he does, what if he panics in fear when that day comes, and his little heart stops beating all of a sudden?

I'm sure he has many questions to ask, questions to which I have no answers. What am I supposed to tell him if he asks me why I am always sad and teary, in spite of the fact that having a baby should bring joy and happiness to every mother? If he asks me why, when I look at his little face, my heart breaks instead of being full of joy?

How can I explain to him that his mum and dad committed no crime, but already have been detained for more than two years?

And now, because of stress and depression, my breast milk has stopped. No longer can I feed my baby son with my own milk. ... I just wanted the freedom to enjoy being a mother [The Age - 12/11/15]

 

 



The laws that allowed this vicious abuse of justice, that allowed for indefinite detention without charge or trial, remain on foot and in fact, they grow stronger every day.

 


Letters For Ranjini [13/11/15]:

 

Today is a good day. For Ranjini and her family, for justice, for our national conscience.

It's a good day because today, after more than four years of detention, Ranjini has been legally accepted back into the Australian community.

This morning I received an email form her husband advising me that she was finally on her way home.

You should all be proud, because it was the efforts of the entire community that made this happen - but you should also be vigilant. The laws that allowed this vicious abuse of justice, that allowed for indefinite detention without charge or trial, remain on foot and in fact, they grow stronger every day.

Today and every day we must stand for justice over fear and for unity over division.

Ranjini's nightmare is over, but when laws like preventative detention orders are still being passed, there is still work to do.

Ranjini, you and your family have been an amazing example of courage and resilience. You've inspired us all. We wish you and your family all the best.

In freedom and in hope,

Anthony

Letters for Ranjini.

 

 


Ranjini released: Tamil Refugee Council demands compensation [Media Release – 13/11/15]:

 

 

... Ranjini was released following a recent ASIO interview, after which she was granted a security clearance.

“One day this mother of three little children is deemed to be a threat to our national security. Next day she’s not, yet nothing has changed in her life,” said [Trevor] Grant.

“This lays bare the cynical, cavalier use of our national security laws for political purposes. The end result is that lives of decent human beings are seriously damaged.

“Ranjini’s incarceration will remain stain on this nation forever. It was part of a political stunt designed to scare off Tamil asylum-seekers.

“Even though she had been granted refugee status, she was whisked off the streets of Melbourne and locked up in 2012, due to a sudden ASIO decision to declare her a national security threat. We’ve heard not one credible bit of evidence to support such a move.

“She has shown great strength and courage, being forced to bring up three children behind bars for most of her time in Villawood. Her husband Ganesh has been equally strong. The least this government can do is compensate them.”

 


 

 

Asylum seeker thought Australia adhered to its obligations under the UN Refugee Convention, a court has been told [ABC - 13/11/15]:

 

 

A man threatened by Shiite militia in Iraq fled to Australia by boat after people smugglers told him the country welcomed refugees, a court has been told.

Abbas Hussein Ali Allami, 37, an Iraqi-born Australian, is alleged to have provided transport and advice to an Iraqi family of six, who travelled from Indonesia to Australia by boat in December 2013.

He faces one charge of aggravated people smuggling.

The Mildura Magistrates Court has heard from the father of the family who last year provided statements to Australian Federal Police (AFP), which included identifying Ali Allami.

The man, a Sunni Muslim, told the court he was a police officer in Iraq, and essentially a personal assistant to his boss, also a police officer.

The man claimed he was abducted by Shiite militia who wanted him to help kidnap his boss's daughter.

He did not help the militia and decided to leave the country, fearing retribution.

The man quit his job, sold his house and fled to Turkey, then Malaysia and Indonesia with his family.

He visited the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Turkey, where he made an application for refugee status.

When he was told it would take up to a year-and-a-half for the claim to be processed, he looked at alternatives.

He paid $US15,000 for fake visas and was told by smugglers a travel agency had organised his family to get to Australia in a cruise ship.

He was told Australia welcomed refugees and was under the impression he was doing nothing wrong until he was caught by maritime authorities at sea.

Defence lawyers said much of the case relied on the credibility of the witness.

Ali Allami was arrested and bailed in June after the AFP raided properties in Adelaide and Mildura and seized a number of documents and computers in October 2014 as part of Operation Sovereign Borders.

The case will return to court next month.

 

 

 

Paris, Not Afraid.

 

 

Image: ‏@ianbremmer [14/11/15]

 

 

 

@ianbremmer:   Peace. Paris.

 

@ianbremmer:  Full list of embassies' contact info in Paris

 

 

 

 

At least 100 people are reported to have died in a string of attacks that began Friday evening just after 10 p.m. local time in at least seven locations in and around Paris.

Police have reported three of the hostage takers killed as elite units brought their operation at the Bataclan concert hall to an end.

President François Hollande has declared a state of emergency and ordered national borders closed. ... [France 24 - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French police raid Bataclan concert hall [VIDEO - Guardian - 14/11/15]

 

 

 

Well he'd know all about that, wouldn't he?  ----->  Obama calls Paris attacks 'outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians' [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

Cue a parade of protected and unaccountable Australian human rights abusers greenlighting acts of bigotry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebecca Solnit, The Archipelago of Arrogance [TomDispatch.com - 19/8/12]

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I only wish there will be no more conflicts like these in this world, as my son had hoped to see peace prevail around the world," she told Japanese public broadcaster NHK in a telephone interview in response to news of the militant's possible death in a U.S. drone airstrike.

 

 

 

Junko Ishido, the mother of journliast Kenji Goto, believed to have been killed by 'Jihadi John' [AP - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jose de la Mata, a judge of Spain's National Court (Audiencia Nacional), ordered the country's security forces to notify him when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister Binyamin Begin and four former Israeli ministers arrive in the country to re-launch the investigation into the Mavi Marmara attack.

The list of ministers include former ministers Ehud Barak of defense, Avigdor Lieberman of foreign affairs, Moshe Yaalon of strategic affairs, Eli Yishai of interior, along with Vice Admiral Eliezer Marom who was commanding the Israeli Navy when the attack on vessel took place in 2010. ... [Daily Sabah - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

[I]f you think that by hanging us, you can stamp out the labor movement — the movement from which the downtrodden millions, the millions who toil and live in want and misery — the wage slaves — expect salvation — if this is your opinion, then hang us!

 

Here you will tread upon a spark, but there, and there, and behind you and in front of you, and everywhere, flames will blaze up.

 

It is a subterranean fire. You cannot put it out.

 

 

 

 

The last part of August Spies' address to the court on October 7, 1886

 

 

 

 

US President Barack Obama will hold his first face-to-face talks with the new prime ministers of Canada and Australia on the margins of an Asia-Pacific summit in Manila next week, the White House said on Thursday.

The US leader will meet in the Philippines with Canada's Justin Trudeau and Australia's Malcolm Turnbull, whose countries have signed up to a US-backed trans-Pacific free trade deal, known as the TPP. ... [Channel News Asia - 13/11/15]



 

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced her government's support on Friday for a German arms manufacturer's bid to win a $35.7 billion (23.44 billion pound) contract from Australia to build it a new fleet of submarines.

Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and France's state-controlled naval contractor DCNS are competing with Japan for the deal, seen in part as an Australian effort to counter Chinese assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The German government supports the German bid," Merkel told reporters, in a rare government comment about such deals, after meeting visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. ... [The Star - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

The Globe And Mail [12/11/15]:


In the scientific community, Max Bothwell is regarded as the go-to guy on “rock snot,” an unsightly but amusingly nicknamed invasive algae that grows in streams and riverbeds. He’s been an Environment Canada scientist for 36 years, studied the slimy blooms for 22 of those and has published considerable literature on the subject.

So when rock snot – also known by its less fun name of Didymosphenia geminata, or just didymo – grew to be problematic and media interest piqued, Nanaimo-based Dr. Bothwell should have been the go-to expert to explain the phenomenon. Instead, he was told to keep quiet.

Under Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, media access to federal scientists like Dr. Bothwell was tightly controlled.

Interview requests were cumbersome processes that involved several communications operatives and usually resulted in pre-approved “media lines” that provided little real information.

That’s changed. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has followed through on its platform promise to “unmuzzle” federal scientists, announcing last week that they are now able to speak freely about their work with the media and public.

“The nightmare is over,” Dr. Bothwell said.

The Globe and Mail spoke with three highly regarded scientists about work they could not previously discuss.


 

 

 

Jeremy Corbyn has said it would have been "far better" if the Isis executioner Jihadi John had been tried in court rather than killed by a US drone strike. ... [Independent - 13/11/15]

 

 



Putin to meet IMF chief at G20 summit in Turkey [Reuters – 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Ukrainian forces have shelled a school in the Zaytsevo settlement to the north of Gorlovka last night, a source from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Friday. ... [TASS - 13/11/15]

 





Bomb kills four in Thailand's south: Police [Channel News Asia – 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

A Palestinian gunman shot dead two Israelis who were travelling in a car in the southern West Bank Friday, Israel's ambulance service said.

The attack took place near the Palestinian city of Hebron, not far from a Jewish settlement called Otniel, Israel's Channel 10 said. ... [Daily Star - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

29 Palestinians shot, injured during West Bank demonstrations [Maan - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of northern Gaza on Friday, a local union official said.

Amjad al-Sharafi, secretary-general of the Fishermen's Union, told Ma'an that Israeli naval boats fired at fishermen off the shore of al-Sudaniyya, with no injuries reported.

One of the boats was hit by gunfire, forcing fishermen to flee back to the shore in fear, he added. ... [Maan - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel/OPT: Investigate apparent extrajudicial execution at Hebron hospital [Amnesty - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

Palestinians to send ICC video of Israeli interrogation of boy [Haaretz - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

There is evidence to indicate NATO-led international security forces in Afghanistan tortured prisoners, the International Criminal Court (ICC) said on Thursday.

The U.N.-founded court’s Office of the Prosecutor said in its latest report that detainees in the war-torn nation were subjected to physical and psychological abuse by international soldiers, Reuters reported. ... [TIME - 12/11/15]

 

  

 

At least 15 Daesh or Islamic State fighters have been killed during ongoing security operations in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said Thursday.

Another eight Daesh gunmen were killed during the clearing operations, Nangarhar police spokesman Lt. Col Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News.

 Many areas of the district have been cleared from the presences of insurgents during the operations while the security personnel remained unhurt, he said. [Pajhwok - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Explosion kills several worshipers at mosque in northwest Yemen [Daily Star - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Saudi-led coalition air strikes and attacks by pro-government forces killed at least 24 rebels Thursday in Yemen's south, where the insurgents have been pushing to regain lost ground, military sources said.

Warplanes bombed two rebel troop transports north of Damt, the Daleh province's second-largest city, which the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies recaptured on Saturday, a military official said. ... [Yahoo - 12/11/1]

 

 

 

Lebanon: UN officials condemn attack in Beirut suburb, call for terrorists to be brought to justice [Media Release - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Top UN relief official in Libya welcomes release of aid workers held captive for months [Media Release - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

The United Arab Emirates shipped weapons to the Libyan faction fighting Islamists in violation of the United Nations' arms embargo, according to leaked emails reported by the New York Times.

The report said the UAE had sent weapons to Libya in violation of a UN arms embargo to counter Qatar, which was allegedly arming Islamist groups.

The relevations also included the alleged offering by the UAE of a $50,000-per-month job to the UN's envoy to Libya, Benardino Leon. Leon said on Friday the allegations "have not been verified". ... [Al Jazeera - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

17 killed, dozens injured in Baghdad bombings [Press TV - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Turkish security forces killed 11 Kurdish militants in clashes near the borders with Syria and Iraq, while one soldier was killed in a firefight elsewhere in southeast Turkey, state authorities said on Friday. ... [Ahram - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

Acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict killed a total of 714 Iraqis and injured another 1,269 during the month of October, according to casualty figures released today by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).

The number of civilians killed was 559, including 25 civilian police, and the number of civilians injured was 1,067, including 43 civilian police, the Mission reported. A further 155 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army, and 202 were injured. ... [UN Media Release - 12/11/15]

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [12/11/15]:

 

 

 

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes near Hawl in Syria, striking eight separate ISIL tactical units and destroying four ISIL buildings and wounding an ISIL fighter.

Strikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 40 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Albu Hayat, one strike, struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL command-and-control node and two ISIL weapons caches.

-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck two separate ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL buildings, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL excavator, two other ISIL vehicles, two ISIL bomb clusters, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, 24 strikes struck nine separate ISIL tactical units, nine ISIL staging areas, and destroyed 27 fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL bomb, six ISIL assembly areas, two ISIL vehicle-borne bombs, two ISIL command and control nodes, an ISIL bunker, two ISIL caches, four ISIL staging areas, and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Tal Afar, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, three ISIL staging areas, an ISIL bridge, and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL observation post, and two ISIL bunkers.

...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United States on Thursday carried out an air strike in Syria targeting the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John," who participated in gruesome videos showing the killings of American and British hostages, officials said.

One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the strike likely killed Mohammed Emwazi, a British citizen, but cautioned that it was too soon to make any determination.

The Pentagon said it was still assessing the effectiveness of the strike in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State. ... [Reuters - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Syrian army establishes control over more areas in Aleppo southwestern countryside [SANA - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Russia to supply radar system for Iraqi Air Force airfield — source [TASS - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Forty Islamic State (ISIS) militants were killed in heavy clashes in one Shingal village alone in Thursday’s assault by the Peshmerga, a Rudaw correspondent reported from the scene.

"After the surrounding of Kolat village by the Peshmerga, heavy clashes took place and several ISIS militants wanted to fight off the assault by taking positions at schools in the village," said Rudaw correspondent Nasir Ali.

He said that ISIS fighters were quickly defeated and "the village was captured by the Peshmerga, killing 40 militants in it." ... [RUDAW - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 @MSF_Sea [13/11/15]:   ... Last night the #Dignity1 took on a transfer from a Spanish boat and is now carrying 308 #people

 

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [12/11/15]:   ... 99 #people rescued by the Irish this morning have been transferred to the #Dignity1 for transfer to #Italy

 

 

 

 

 

Newcastle Council holds talks with officials about Australian government's “handpicked, non-Muslim refugees who don't come by boat” PR stunt [ABC – 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Free ALL the refugees!

 

On Nauru, Manus, Christmas Island And mainland Australia.

 

 

"Hiding from Reality" by refugee child M on Nauru 

 

 Free the Children NAURU [13/11/15]·  

 

 

 

Refugee teenagers on Nauru start Facebook page [BBC - 13/115]:

 

 

... The Facebook page appears to have been started around 2 November.

 The BBC has made contact with a person claiming to be the page moderator.

The person, who is not in Nauru, said they set up the page and advised the three page curators.

They use virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around Nauru's block on Facebook.

...

 Save the Children told the BBC that the organisation was not responsible for the Free the Children NAURU page.

 

 

Demonstrators hold candles for Fazel Chegeni outside the Department of Immigration in Sydney #refugeeswelcome

 

 

 Image: ‏@Pearson_LM [13/11/15]

 

 

@Pearson_LM [13/11/15]:   "More lives we spoil with barbed wire coil..." - an apology to #FazelChegeni outside Dept of Immigration, Sydney

 

 

 

Christmas Island:  As Greens, cross benchers, human rights groups and lawyers associations go M.I.A., Australian media continues protecting Turnbull, Dutton, Shorten and Marles from scrutiny with sudden, inexplicable interest in well being of "innocent bystanders" caged in immigration concentration camps 

 

 

 

 

So here's a report from the New Zealand media [3 News - 13/11/15]:

 

 

A Kiwi man allegedly involved in the Christmas Island riots fears he won't get to see his young children grow up.

Czarion Strang, 21, is expected to be charged over the detention centre riots.

He was one of seven Kiwi prisoners flown off the island on Wednesday and is now in a maximum security facility in Perth.

His father Keith says the ordeal has taken a toll on his son.

"He's been going through hell now, not really wanting to talk too much about his kids because it just breaks him up."

Strang served time for assault after he was involved in a bar fight.

His father says guards at Christmas Island beat him badly - and he's trying to raise money to help his son fight any new charges.


 

 

... Human rights matter. Good process matters. They might be ‘bad boys’ but that doesn’t mean they should rot in hell without any certainty. ... [RADIO LIVE - 12/11/15]

 



Iwi n Aus [13/11/15]:

Filipa and I have just been to meet with the Consular General in Sydney.

We discussed many issues pertaining to expat New Zealanders living in Australia and the role they play.

They may not be able to help directly but one of their roles is to give information on a variety of topics and direct people toward various services.

If you are someone who is experiencing a visa cancellation we advise and encourage you or your family to make contact with the consulate immediately so they may record your details and give appropriate advise and support.

Note: Your health and wellbeing is a priority of the consulate and they are there as a support. Therefore please make contact with them if you have any concerns.

Ph +61 2 8256 2000 (NSW & QLD)

Ph +61 8 9364 1600 (WA)

Ph +61 2 6270 4211 (ACT)

Ph +61 3 9678 0201 (VIC)

Email: nzcgsydney@bigpond.com

 

melbourne.consulate@nzte.govt.nz

 

 

 

 

Trial of boat crew paid by Australian officials to return refugees continues in Indonesia [Canberra Times - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

New Zealand government refers refugees to Australia [RNZI - 13/6/15]:

 

The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.

The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.

In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.

A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.

It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquiries dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra have said nothing - as is their usual response to regional refugee  issues - and the media have not asked them about the refugees' predicament.]

A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees.

 

 



Call for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders still of no interest to Australia's political and media establishment.

 

 

 

 

As millions march in Kabul, Australian Hazaras take action


EHP.org [13/11/15]:


 

Australian Hazaras will hold a peaceful demonstration in Sydney (November 14) and candlelight vigils in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide (details below) in solidarity with a million Afghans who marched in Kabul on November 11, demanding justice for seven innocent Hazaras, beheaded in Zabul, Afghanistan.

The Hazara community in Australia stands in solidarity with tens of thousands of Afghans who protested at the presidential palace in Kabul and calls on the world leaders, including Australia, to protect Hazaras from the onslaught of the Taliban and Daesh and to pressure Afghan government to bring perpetrators of Hazara killings to face justice.

“Our community is in mourning today as those beheaded by terrorists were known to many of us here in Australia,” event organizer in Sydney Abdul Alizada said.

“One community member lost his brother and another lost his mother in this vicious and coward[ly] atrocity”

“We condemn the beheadings of innocent Hazara women and children in Afghanistan and we want the murderers to be brought to justice, and I echo the words of the UN’s special representative, Nickolas Hayson who labelled the Zabul massacre a ‘war crime’.” said Mr Ali Khan, who is the organiser of candlelight vigil in Perth.

“It is clear Hazaras are being targeted attacked in Afghanistan solely because of their ethnicity. The world knows it. Yet, our government in Australia has not acted to recognize the suffering of Hazaras in this country. Hundreds of Hazaras languish in detention centres or are merely surviving in the community with no certainty, and our people are constantly under pressure to be returned. The situation in Afghanistan is very volatile, especially for Hazaras, the latest attack is yet another evidence of risks Hazaras face in Afghanistan, and that is why our people seek safety and protection in Australia.”

“The protestors also call on the world leaders, the United Nations and human rights groups to stop the Taliban and Daesh from slaughtering Hazaras in Afghanistan. The world should not wait for another atrocity like Yazidi’s or Kobani to act, they should act immediately,’ another organizer, Rohullah Rahimi, said.

Many of the people taking part in the demonstration have fled the Taliban atrocity and some are still going through their refugee determination process.

We urge the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to acknowledge the dangers Hazaras face in Afghanistan and speed up processing of asylum claims of Hazara asylum seekers.

Relatives of those beheaded in this latest attack that spurred the historic million march in Kabul, are available for interview.

...



 

 

 

At Australia's UN Universal Periodic Review, 104 delegates made 290 recommendations [12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Nauru blocked Facebook in May.

 

 

 

Nauru Justice Minister David Adeang defended the ongoing shut down - on spurious child protection grounds - at the UN last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Something doesn't smell right about this story:  Refugee and asylum seeker children on Nauru have started a campaign to get off the island, launching a Facebook page they hope will connect them with everyday Australians and give them a face. ...  [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 

Why is the ABC promoting a Facebook account from a place it has been actively participating in blacking out for months - if not years? 

 

 

 

 

If Facebook is now accessible on Nauru, why have these people not resumed posting?

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook blocked on Nauru due to 'paranoia' about media scrutiny, says former president [Guardian - 4/5/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawyer for Nauru opposition MPs finally accredited [RNZI - 13/11/15]:

 

Three Nauru opposition MPs, who are still waiting for their day in court five months after being charged over an anti-government protest, have finally got one of their three lawyers accredited.

David Lambourne, a former Nauru secretary of justice, has been given accreditation, but MPs Mathew Batsiua, Squire Jeremiah and Sprent Dabwido are still trying to have their lead counsels, Arthur Moses and Jay Williams, allowed into the country.

There are no lawyers on the island able to represent the MPs.

The MPs hope next week to secure visas for the two men, while the next court hearing is for November 23rd.

Along with the MPs another 17 people are facing similar charges.

 

 

 

How long do the pudding heads who run this country think they can keep getting way with insulting our intelligence?

 

 

 

New weapons charge laid against Talal Alameddine, accused of supplying gun for Parramatta shooting [ABC - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

A Melbourne man called triple zero and asked police to collect the body of his wife, who he had stabbed because he thought she was unfaithful, a court has heard.

Parminder Singh, 29, has pleaded guilty to murdering his wife Nikita Chawla, 23, in their Brunswick flat on January 9.

Police found Ms Chawla's body in the couple's bedroom with significant stab wounds after they responded to Singh's call, during which he stated he had slit her throat, Victorian Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry heard on Friday in a pre-sentence hearing. [West Australian - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Court hears mental health of 36yo man accused of murdering 32yo woman in Bendigo being assessed [ABC - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Domestic Violence:  New plan to maintain the status quo in terms of going forward with a consultative awareness framework [North West Star - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

"We must begin with gender equality and respect."

 

 

Australia represented by @SenatorCash & @AusAWG [Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls] at the opening session of #CSW59 [The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women]


Image: ‏@AustraliaUN - Gillian Bird - Australian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations [9/3/15]

 

 

 

  This is a jail cell some of the female refugees were imprisoned for 30 hours and given only one bottle of water to share. ... [Refugees on Nauru - 5/3/15]

 

 

 

Phone interview and photos from a young Kurdish-Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru. Compiled by Rez Nez. [VIDEO - 5/3/15]

 

 

 

UN finds Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers violates the Convention Against Torture [Human Rights Law Centre - 9/3/15]

 

 

 

Who's the enemy?

 

 

Emergency services training exercise, Oxenford [QPS Media - 12/11/15]:


Queensland Police Service will coordinate an emergency response training exercise with other emergency agencies at Movie World at Oxenford on the Gold Coast this evening.

The exercise, which will focus on testing first response procedures, is closed to the public and the media for operational reasons.

Surrounding roads will not be affected.

The QPS regularly conducts exercises to provide officers with realistic scenario-based training to develop their skills and experience.

 

 

 

 

Police continue investigating suspected murder off Tiahleigh Palmer [Yahoo - 13/11/15]:

 

 

... It's been two weeks since the 12-year-old was last seen alive, when her carer dropped her at Marsden State High School at Logan, south of Brisbane.

Her body was found on the banks of a Gold Coast river six days later.

Police have few clues so far, and on Friday investigators will be based at the school and the river in the hope it might lead to new information from the public.

Police have not said how the 12-year-old died, and have admitted they have few leads and no suspects.

On Friday, officers will man a Crime Stoppers marquee in front of Tiahleigh's school, hoping someone may have seen something that's so far gone unreported.

Police will also be stationed on a bridge over the Pimpama River, where her body was found, from Friday until Sunday.

They'll also intercept cars in Pimpama and Norwell, hoping to find motorists who may have been in those areas between October 30, when Tiahleigh was last seen at school, and November 5, when her body was found.

Detectives are particularly desperate to find Tiahleigh's missing Mambo backpack and school uniform.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer bigotry ---->  The Federal Government is threatening to withdraw funding for six private Islamic schools, following concerns about their financial management. ... [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 


Child Abuse Royal Commission: Principal did not consider sexual abuse to be a criminal matter [ABC – 12/11/15]:

A former principal of a Brisbane school has told a royal commission that he did not consider sexual abuse of pupils by teachers to be a criminal matter.

The inquiry is examining the conduct of two men, former music teacher and convicted paedophile Gregory Robert Knight and former school counsellor Kevin John Lynch, who both worked at St Paul's School at Bald Hills during the 1980s and 1990s.

Gilbert Case was the headmaster at St Paul's School for 20 years, during which time staff members, Knight and Lynch, sexually abused students during the 1990s.

It has been alleged Case knew about Knight's abuse of students and took no action.

Under questioning at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Mr Case said he had not thought sexual assault was a criminal matter.

"If the behaviour of the adult teacher extended to the adult teacher touching or fondling the genitals of students in their care, that would plainly be a criminal act?" counsel assisting David Lloyd asked.

Mr Case replied: "I probably did not think of that in terms of criminal acts".

"I believe I've said in my statement [to the royal commission] that the first time that was suggested to me was in a conversation with [a police detective] in 2002," Mr Case said.

The commission heard Knight was asked to leave his previous teaching job at Brisbane Boys' College (BBC) at Taringa after allegations of improper behaviour.

But Mr Case has told the commission he spoke with the principal of BBC, Graeme Thomson, before employing him at St Paul's and there was no mention of allegations at BBC.

"He said nothing that led me to believe that any student would be at risk if Mr Knight were employed at St Paul's," Mr Case said.

Earlier this week Mr Thomson testified he did warn Mr Case about hiring Knight.

 

 



Personal details of more than 600 Queensland school students stolen in TAFE, Education Department websites hack [ABC - 12/11/15]





Barrett Inquiry: Queensland Government departments slow in providing evidence [ABC – 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

A man has been stabbed during an early morning argument at a house on the Gold Coast.

The 32-year-old was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with chest and leg injuries after the incident at the Palm Beach Avenue residence about 2.30am on Friday.

The victim and his alleged attacker were known to each other and charges were yet to be laid, police said. [Yahoo - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Weapons charges, Bundall [QPS Media - 13/11/15]

 





Assault charges, Mount Isa [QPS Media – 12/11/15]

 

 

 

Woman and baby injured after car ploughs into Newcastle cafe [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

A truck that crashed into a home's pergola in Brisbane's south came to a stop about a metre from where a woman was sleeping.

Police said the rig rolled and went through the Rocklea front yard just before 5:00am.

The driver was not injured, but Estrellita Pownall, who has lived in the house for 30 years, had a lucky escape. ... [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Truck crash – Norwell [QPS Media - 12/11/15]:


Jacobs Well Police Beat officers are investigating a traffic crash that occurred in Norwell on November 11 at about 1pm.

The involved truck (pictured) has left the road and has impacted with a horse training structure causing significant damage to both the truck and the private property.

The driver was transported to hospital by QAS with minor injuries.

Police request any person who witnessed the crash, or witnessed the truck travelling in the area prior to the crash, to call Jacobs Well Police Beat on 5546 2377 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


 

 

 

 

Australian establishment media types pretend Turnbull's "stopping the boats"  is not an issue in Indonesia, and that we aren't a regional pariah ----->  Ahead of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to Jakarta on Thursday, Indonesia has urged its southern neighbor to find lasting solutions to the irregular movement of migrants in the region. ... [Jakarta Post - 13/11/15]

 

 



Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]: 

 

... Rosner: And you also have an issue with people from the Middle East coming into Australia illegally…

Turnbull: We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped. We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people. But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative. … Regarding the question of Muslim extremism, it is not just about radicalizing the young Muslims; you’ve got some people who are not Muslims at all that have become attracted to this, and they pick it up, converting to Islam for the purpose of being part of these groups, as you see with the foreign fighters in Syria.  ...

 

 

 

... It’s been more than two years since I arrived in Indonesia. And more than 10 months ago I was officially accepted as a refugee — and all I can do is continue to wait.

Once a week I go to the U.N.H.C.R. office to check on my case, and I’m told politely to wait more. ... [New York Times - 21/8/15]

 

 



The volunteer effect [IRIN – 10/11/15]:

 

 

.. In May 2015, a crackdown on people smuggling in Thailand left a boat full of destitute Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants floating in the Indian Ocean.

As the governments of the region argued over whose responsibility they were, a small group of Acehnese fishermen took matters into their own hands.

Defying their government, they took a flotilla of fishing boats out to what had been dubbed “floating coffins”, and took nearly 2,000 desperate passengers to shore. ...



 

 

Christmas Island: Extraordinary silence from Greens, crossbenchers, human rights groups and lawyers associations

 

 

... As we look into it, the Monroe Doctrine begins to look like the common tendency of all new nations to build a cordon sanitaire around themselves, and indeed to stretch that far beyond the needs of self-defense. ...

 

 

 Howard Zinn

 

 

Kiwis could decide to boycott Australia over Christmas Island, Dunne says [TVNZ - 13/11/15]:


Ordinary Kiwis could decide to boycott Australia in protest against the treatment of detainees, Peter Dunne says.

The United Future leader has criticised the Australian government for the "appalling" conditions under which New Zealanders are being held while they wait to be deported.

"Or they could make their concerns known to Australians they know, relatives or friends - this is something that needs to be taken up people to people."

Mr Dunne said Australia's actions amounted to using "a modern concentration camp approach" to detain New Zealanders with criminal records.

"It was wrong when the British tried it in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, it is wrong in Guantanamo Bay, or in Israel today," he said.

Mr Dunne says Australian authorities are pushing the boundaries of human rights.

He says the row in parliament between National and Labour is missing the point and doing nothing for the detainees.

"The government and the opposition need to be turning on the real villains of the piece - ministers like Peter Dutton and others in the Australian government who continue to promote and support such savage and inhumane policies."

 

 

 

Ms Ronalds said Islanders had been victims of systemic racism that was "so entrenched that it is apparently invisible to those who did it and those who manage and supervise it".

 

 

[Palm Island raids were overreaction to riots, lawyer - SBS - 21/9/15]

 

 

 

 

Six sites shortlisted for Australia's first nuclear waste dump; Government faces battle to convince locals worried over safety [ABC - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Guantanamo style restraints used on teenager while in juvenile custody in the Northern Territory [ABC - 12/11/15]:

 

 

... Voller was 12-years-old when he first went into juvenile detention in the NT.

"He's pretty much been in there from 12 for about two and a half years and then he was out for six months and then back in there again and he's still in there now," Dylan's mother, Joanne Voller said.

Ms Voller claims her son has been mistreated more than once while in the care of the NT Department of Corrections.

"He's told me he's been hit, taken over to the big house and had some pretty torturous things done to him.

"As a Mum I thought my son was going to be rehabilitated.

"The things that he was put in there for is what he's endured since he's been in there," she told the ABC.

At 13, while in juvenile detention in Alice Springs, Voller was stripped naked by corrections staff and left in a cell alone. One officer was charged and found not guilty of assault.

...

 

 

 

 

Authorities push to expand apartheidesque Mount Isa youth pacification project [North West Star - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Youth and the justice system: the vicious circle [Treaty Republic]

 

 



Queensland Parliament Hansard [12/11/15]:


Hon. JR MILLER (Bundamba—ALP) (Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Minister for Corrective Services) (10.07 am): I am pleased to update the House today on the hard work of the Mount Isa police over the last few months as part of a special operation designed to curb youth crime and antisocial behaviour.

Recently there have been a number of disturbing incidents which have been worrying to me and worrying to the whole community. After the Pioneer police beat was deliberately burnt down in August, the Palaszczuk government convened urgent roundtable talks to develop a plan to tackle these issues. As part of the whole-of-government Mount Isa action plan, the Queensland Police Service established Operation North Respect to target youth crime, support local police, enhance community safety and restore community confidence.

I am pleased to say that the first phase of the operation has now concluded with some encouraging results. As part of the operation, which ran from 3 September to 18 October, police charged 316 people with 405 offences. They also conducted over 3,000 street checks and 222 curfew checks which resulted in 21 curfew breaches.

The operation also targeted under-age consumption of alcohol and other alcohol fuelled incidents, with 118 liquor infringement notices issued and nearly 900 litres of alcohol tipped out by police. Seventy traffic infringement notices were also issued.

This is a fantastic effort by police in a relatively short amount of time. I want to put on the record my deep appreciation of the Mount Isa police for their proactive work. I also want to thank the extra police who were deployed from across the northern region to support their Mount Isa colleagues in this operation.

I have been heartened by the positive response from the community as a result of Operation North Respect. This would not have been possible without the cooperation and support of the Mount Isa Regional Council, in particular Mayor Tony McGrady. I also want to acknowledge the member for Mount Isa, Robbie Katter MP, for his strong representations to me on behalf of his community.

In the lead-up to the school holidays, local police will continue to partner with other government agencies, local government and the community to tackle these issues head-on. I have seen firsthand the positive and proactive efforts of the Mount Isa police and the PCYC working with the city’s youth, and I have no doubt that this hard work will continue to pay off in Mount Isa.

 

 

 

 

Mt Isa Mayor proposes job creating, and young indigenous population incarcerating, prison [North West Star - 4/11/15]

 

 

 

 

A 24-year-old man had to be pulled from his burning car after he allegedly fled pursuing police and crashed in Perth's northeast. ... [West Australian - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Feel safe Queensland?   ... Sunshine Coast Police then observed the 4WD on Sankey Road where the driver had fled but was later apprehended.

A 15-year-old boy who was the driver and sole occupant of the stolen 4WD from Kandanga has been charged with 22 offences relating to burglary and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The dual cab was tracked by Polair to Bald Hills where a tyre deflation device was successfully deployed however the vehicle continued on its rims along the Gateway Motorway.

At about 8.50pm on the Mount Gravatt Capalaba Road exit, the vehicle lost control and came to a halt in a drain.

The 14-year-old male driver of the dual cab was charged with failing to stop a motor vehicle. He sustained minor injuries as the vehicle came to a stop.  ... [QPS Media - 13/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

US bombers flew near China-built island in South China Sea: Pentagon [Reuters - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

13 November 2015

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