United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 14/11/16]
‘Migrant, Refugee, Smuggler, Saviour’ by Peter Tinti and Tuesday Reitano [Financial Times - 13/11/16]
A group of migrants who had marched for two days from the Serbian capital Belgrade were stopped on Sunday at the border with Croatia, a European Union member which said would not allow illegal crossings.
Some 150 migrants, reported as being mostly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, left Belgrade on Friday to walk about 125 km (80 miles) to the Croatian border, demanding free and secure passage to Western Europe. ... [Reuters - 13/11/16]
Consortium of international lawyers ask International Criminal Court [ICC] to take action against Australia for crimes arising from its policy toward asylum seekers [Media Release - 14/11/16]
The ICC Communique refers to Prime Ministers and Immigration Ministers from the Howard government to the present.
ABC 7.30 Report Land holds a desperate family to account for the Australian government's latest "resettlement" LIE. No journalism. No opposition. Politicians protected and anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged. [14/11/36]
Australian media proudly declare mission accomplished as Vietnamese asylum seekers pushed away by Operation Sovereign Borders are imprisoned and tortured [ABC - 14/11/16]
Big money in human misery. ----> OTOC expects earnings of its infrastructure arm to fall by up to 50 per cent this half as work on asylum seeker facilities on Nauru starts to wind up.
The company said OTOC Australia’s contracted work on Nauru was set to end by the end of the March quarter.
The unit’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation was tipped to range from $3 million to $4 million, compared with a $6 million a year earlier. ... [West Australian - 14/11/16]
@Thestateless1 [14/11/16]: Both #Rohingya mother & son killed in #Myanmar military rocket launcher attack in #DarGyiSar on 13th Nov. ...
@nslwin [14/11/16]: At least 100 #Rohingya civilians are dead and many are injured in two days of continuous launcher attacks by #Myanmar #Military.
Myanmar Military and Border Guard Police (BGP) continued “Clearance Operation” in Dar Gyi Sar, Yay Khae Chaung Khwa Sone, Kyar Gaung Taung and Thu Oo Lar villages in Northern Maungdaw on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 which left many houses burnt down and at least 80 Rohingya civilians dead.
At 10am two boat owners and 8-year-old son of Yunus were shot dead by the Myanmar Navy while crossing the river to reach Tha Yet Oak village while escaping the deadly fire in their village. ... [Rohingya Blogger - 14/11/16]
Government of Myanmar admits firing on Rohingya villages in Rakhine with helicopter gunships [BBC - 13/11/16]
Asylum seekers trapped in limbo as Japan keeps door closed [Japan Today – 13/11/16]
... “I would often see people sleeping rough the night before their court appearance just to be able to get into the city,” Ms Radke said.
“Or they would be evading fares which could result in further criminal charges. Criminalisation of poverty is a cycle and people are vulnerable.”
She said she often saw elders and others giving money to defendants to enable them to get home. ... Or we could make public transport free - at least for pensioners and the unemployed [UQ News - 14/11/16]
Another uprising at an Australian youth torture centre violently pacified [ABC - 14/11/16]:
Police are continuing to negotiate with more than a dozen rioting inmates holed up in "inaccessible areas" of the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre.
About 40 inmates were involved in a riot at the juvenile jail at Parkville overnight — the second in as many days — damaging property and setting off the centre's fire alarms.
The ABC understands one inmate accessed the roof of one of the centre's units and was able to pull up others.
It is understood they armed themselves with tools from the centre's workshop and helped inmates break out of other areas.
Chief Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said about 40 inmates were involved in the riot and about 20 were still outside their cells.
"About 40 young people … [were] rioting in one of the wings and accessing some of the internal areas of the grounds and some of the workshop areas," he said.
Multiple cars from Victoria Police's Public Order Response Unit and two police vans carrying multiple officers arrived at the centre about 9:00am. ...
The Victorian Government has vowed to crack down on rioting teenagers at the state's youth detention centres, following another night of violence at the juvenile jail in Malmsbury. ... [ABC - 24/10/16]
Three boys arrested following dangerous, resource-wasting, class and race-based police pursuit, Melbourne [Nine MSN - 14/11/16]
Cleveland uprising "leaders" face serious criminal charges; torture continues in Queensland youth detention centres [ABC - 13/11/16]
They haven’t yet processed what happened to Elijah who, according to police, was riding a small stolen bike in a dirt park in Boulder when he was run down.
They can’t fathom his death.
While parents and elders talk about racism, the kids just see strangers in cars who change down gears and roar and swerve at them. ... [Perth Now - 13/11/16]
A Perth policeman who leaked information to his journalist girlfriend about Ben Cousins' arrest last year has been fined $3000 after pleading guilty to the claims.
Daniel James Erik Jamieson, 31, was charged with three counts of unauthorised disclosure of information by a public servant after he passed on details of police jobs to Channel Seven reporter Monique Dirksz in March 2015.
Jamieson sent her texts about Cousins' arrest after a low-speed pursuit, which gave Dirksz an exclusive story, and also about the electrocution of a boy in the Mandurah area and a pharmacy robbery in St James, the Perth Magistrates Court heard on Monday. [WA Today - 14/11/16]
@LoraMoftah [14/11/16]: Julian Assange's @EmbassyCat dressed in a collar and tie to greet press outside Ecuadorean embassy in London.
UK: Embassy cat keeps an eye on press during Assange questioning [Ruptly TV - 14/11/16]
@wikileaks [13/11/16]: Tomorrow (Monday) Sweden will accept Julian Assange's statement after more than six years of refusing to do so ...
Arbitrary detention of Julian Assange: Coalition of international HR & jurist orgs. submit document to UN for United Kingdom’s Universal Periodic Review 2017 [September, 2016]
UN Victory in Assange Case: Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]
And still NOT ONE human rights organisation has called on the Australian government AND opposition start respecting international law.
Stooges lobbying crossbenchers to block Turnbull's "lifetime ban" legislation - that would cement ALP anti-refugee policy - is hypocritical and a cynical waste of time [ABC - 14/11/16]
Paris Aristotle is one of the chief architects of Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy.
He - and all othe other apologists and profiteers - should be held to account, not given platforms to continue spruiking themselves.
... We are living in a camp in the jungle. This is where they ‘re-settled’ us. This is no place to live. If we are refugees why are we not living in community? We have no neighbours here. Our ‘neighbours’, our ‘relatives’ are mosquitoes and flies and dogs. Please listen to our issues. We want to tell you that we are here like animals. ...
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, 26 September 2014 via @iranian_naur012
Statement and Questions from the more then fifty refugees - given ‘temporary protection visas’ to ‘re-settle’ on Nauru [4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals. In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them. Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries. People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down.
But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us.
When we tell them some things they laughed at us.
We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
Sydney Morning Herald [13/8/12]:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed an independent report on asylum seekers, saying the government will move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru.
Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra this afternoon that the government would reintroduce its migration bill, with amendments, to the Parliament tomorrow.
The expert panel on asylum seekers, Michael L'Estrange, Angus Houston and Paris Aristotle, have handed their recommendations to the government.
The government will also move immediately to implement the report's recommendations to remove family reunion concessions for people who arrive by boat.
An expert panel led by former Defence chief Angus Houston has recommended that Australia process asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and that the Malaysia people swap should be "built on further" before anyone was sent to Malaysia.
Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen [protect] told a special Labor caucus meeting this afternoon that the government should adopt all 22 recommendations in the report. …
Durable Solutions: By not calling for the immediate release and GENUINE resettlement of men, women and children imprisoned on Nauru and Manus Island, the UNHCR are reinforcing Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy
... Where the executioner’s face is always well hidden ...
'A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall' is a song written by Bob Dylan in the summer of 1962. ... and covered by Bryan Ferry in 1973 ... [Wikipedia]
Beaut to discuss #refugee policy with UNHCR's Thomas Albrecht & fellow parliamentarians. [Image: @ALeighMP - Andrew Leigh - ALP MP Fraser - 26/6/14]
"UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!" [Day 46, Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru - 3/5/16]
Political prisoners' protest on Nauru defies police ban [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 11/3/15]
Media and human rights organisations who are unquestioningly accepting and propagating Turnbull's latest provocation and "resettlement" lie, are complicit in the ongoing atrocity.
Australia's political prisoners mass hunger strike, Manus Island [Image: @rranwa - 16/1/15]
The only way to end bipartisan fascism is with non-partisan opposition
Shorten is on a self described "unity ticket" with Turnbull, yet ALP fans are still trying to exploit refugees for some perceived partisan advantage ---> I hope Behrouz sues the f*#% out of Dutton and Co. ... @artbylynettag [14/11/16]
"Cost is escalating": Lawyer for Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island speaks about PNG Supreme Court compensation case [RNZI - 9/11/16]:
... BRD: You were given that indication by the PNG government that they would address compensation?
BL: Yes, that's the proposition that has been put, but of course that will be a matter for the PNG government and the Australian government to talk about those issues under the terms of the 2013 MOU (memorandum of understanding) because as agreed between these two governments that Australian government should be responsible for all costs associated with offshore processing.
BRD: Did you set out in the application a set amount of compensation per refugee? ...
@MarilynShephe15 [6/11/16]: ... Hey racist lazy fucking media, refs. on Nauru and Manus not covered by this, they are outside because of us.
@MarilynShephe15 [5/11/16]: ... Here are dozens of so called smugglers, IN EVERY CASE THE COURTS SAY THIS IS CLEARLY NOT PPLE SMUGGLING
Obama seals his Deporter/Detainer in Chief legacy before he leaves office ---> U.S. Customs and Border Protection is sending 150 extra agents to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas as authorities report a surge in the number of undocumented children and families trying to cross into the United States from Mexico, the agency said Saturday. ... [KTLA 5 - 12/11/16]
Trump hires Republican insider as White House Chief of Staff [Reuters - 13/11/16]:
... Trump, in an interview that aired on Sunday, backed away from his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying some areas could instead be "fencing."
Trump said in the interview that once he takes office, he would remove immigrants with criminal records who are in the country illegally.
During the campaign, Trump said he would deport the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally, most of whom are Hispanic.
[Paul] Ryan on Sunday backed away from Trump's promise during the campaign of a "deportation force" to round up and deport immigrants in the country illegally.
"We are not planning on erecting a deportation force. Donald Trump's not planning on that," Ryan told CNN's "State of the Union" program.
"I think we should put people's minds at ease. That is not what our focus is. That is not what we're focused on. We're focused on securing the border."
French journalist Olivier Bertrand has been released, his employer said on Sunday, following his arrest in Turkey which had drawn condemnation from the French government.
Bertrand, who works for French news website lesjours.fr, was detained on Friday while reporting in the town of Gaziantep, just north of Turkey's border with Syria. ... [Reuters - 13/11/16]
Protesters against the Dakota Access oil pipeline briefly blocked two entrances to a pipeline work yard in a rural North Dakota town early on Saturday morning, causing workers to leave the area, police said.
The latest demonstration took place just a day after nearly 40 people were arrested on Friday at the construction site for the pipeline, which has drawn opposition from Native American and environmental activists since the summer. ... [Reuters - 12/11/16]
Iran opens three new oilfields as it boosts output [Reuters – 13/11/16]
14 November 2016