Iraqi jets drop warning leaflets over Nineveh [ - 14/9/16]:


On Tuesday night, warning leaflets were showered by Iraqi fighter at different areas of Nineveh province, warning the civilians of the imminent attack on ISIS in the area.

A source in the Ministry of Interior, Iraq, said, “Iraqi warplanes on Tuesday night dropped a huge number of warning leaflets over the northern province of Nineveh, urging the civilians to keep away from the ISIS positions since they will be targeted by the jets.”

As per information available with Iraqi News, the leaflet in Arabic when translated to English read – “The Iraqi forces will continue to liberate your areas from ISIS, therefore we ask you to stay away from the locations of the outfit”.

The leaflet also requested the residents of Mosul to cooperate with the security forces to bring life in their areas back to its normal phase. ...




Turkish air strikes killed three suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group on Tuesday in the southeastern town of Semdinli near the borders with Iran and Iraq, Turkish security sources said. ... [Reuters - 13/9/16]



Russia calls for 48-hour extension of Syrian ceasefire [RT - 14/9/16]:


... The Russian military also announced it has carried out airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists who were preparing an assault on the key city of Palmyra, liberated from IS earlier this year. According to the Russian General Staff, 250 militants were killed in the strikes. ...



The Israel Air Force attacked Syrian government targets in the Syrian Golan Heights on Tuesday night in retaliation for three mortars fired from the country into Israeli territory.  

 A statement issued by the Syrian Defense Ministry claimed that "this attack was launched by the Israeli enemy in support of the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra, and is a clear attempt to escalate tensions and bring about the failure of the US-Russian brokered ceasefire." ... [Ynet - 14/9/16]



Statement on possible civilian casualties in Syria [CENTCOM - 13/9/16]



US airstrikes in support of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) hit three Daesh fighting positions and two vehicles near the city of Sirte on Monday, the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a press release. ... [Sputnik News - 13/9/16]



EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos has played down concerns over a deal between Brussels and Turkey that was meant to curb the flow of refugees making their way to Europe, while calling for more solidarity among member states on the issue of immigration. ... [Ekathimerini - 14/9/16]



Greek migration official quits amid ongoing mismanagement of so-called reception centres and protests by an empowered, racist minority who don't want their kids going to school with refugee kids [Ekathimerini - 13/9/16]



‏@Souidos [14/9/16]:  #antifa συνθήματα στο σχολείο του #Ωραιοκαστρο σήμερα... Γουεεελλλ  


@RosemarieNorth [14/9/16]:  Red Cross and @moas_eu team give water to 273 people rescued from the #Med by the #Responder today.



‏@IntMHR  - The International Maritime Human Rights Conference & Dinner [14/9/16]:  Human beings are there at sea - people who would like to have a dignity, freedom and be respected ...



Greek Coast Guard rescues distressed migrant boat off Samos; 49 on board [Greek Reporter - 13/9/16]


Day 179 refugee protests, Nauru


We want #freedom ...  ‏@SuchNigel



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [14/9/16]




Damage control: ABC reheats Nauru corruption scandal because their job is to promote and protect Australia's anti-refugee policy [14/9/16]



Australian NGOs, Guardian and pollsters continue pretending only Turnbull can end ALP policy - still legitimising the Deporter in Chief's cynical (and dubious) refugee summit [14/9/16]



Adelaide: Homes flooded, children trapped at school, media and authorities set up usual victim blaming narrative [ABC - 14/9/16]



Victorian floods: Evacuations in Hamilton, landslides close Great Ocean Road [The Age - 14/9/16]



Man injured after crashing into parked car at Southport [MYGC - 14/9/16]



Woman hurt after car and motorbike collide at Upper Coomera [MYGC - 14/9/16]


The Catholic leader who invited pedophile priest John Farrell into his diocese didn't believe Farrell posed a risk to children because sex abuse charges against him had been dismissed, a royal commission heard.

Former Parramatta Bishop Bede Heather told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse he'd thought Farrell was innocent because the charges, which involved one boy, were dismissed at a committal hearing in 1988.

He invited Farrell to work at the Merrylands parish in November 1989 after Farrell was forced out of the St Nicholas Church in Tamworth due to persistent child sex allegations.

The now-retired Bishop Heather admitted his failure to make careful inquiries into Farrell's past had led to one of the greatest mistakes of his life. ... [Nine MSN - 14/9/16]



Man in court over attempted gang rape "Moreton Bay region" [Brisbane Times - 14/9/16]



When allegations of child abuse emerged at Australia's oldest yoga ashram, the main concern from its spiritual headquarters in India was protecting its reputation, a royal commission has found.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has examined the handling of complaints made against the former spiritual leader of the Satyananda Yoga Ashram, at Mangrove Mountain on the New South Wales Central Coast, Swami Akhandananda Saraswati, and his former partner Shishy. ... [ABC - 14/9/16]



Former Knox Grammar headmaster 'covered up' abuse, Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 13/9/16]



Racing car legend's son, Gary Brabham, loses appeal against child rape conviction [ABC - 13/9/16]



A Queensland father convicted of sexually abusing his young daughter has successfully appealed because the child's mother had an "outburst" during the trial. ... [Yahoo - 13/9/16]



A Gold Coast man has died after collapsing during a rugby league match at Murwillumbah yesterday.

The 28-year-old man from Coolangatta was playing at a sporting field on Nullum Street when he collapsed after allegedly being tackled around 3.15pm. ... [MYGC - 12/9/16]



Sabrina Bremer death: Bail for man charged over Logan mum's death [Brisbane Times - 14/9/16]




Police appear a step closer to solving the murder of Logan schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer after seizing a car linked to her disappearance.

But they say the owner of the vehicle is not a suspect.

The 12-year-old was last seen alive on October 30 when she was dropped off at Marsden State High School.

Her remains were located on the banks of the Pimpama River a week later.

Police on Tuesday renewed their appeal for information, asking anyone who saw a blue-coloured Ford XR6 on a road near the Pimpama River last October to come forward. ... [Yahoo - 13/9/16]




A man who was fatally bashed on the Sunshine Coast was called a "sleaze" by the men accused of his manslaughter, a court has been told.

Wayne Dover, 45, died after he was punched and kicked outside the Factory Nightclub in Maroochydore in November 2013. ... [ABC - 12/9/16]



Accused backpacker killer Smail Ayad moved from Townsville to secure mental health facility in Brisbane [ABC - 12/9/16]



An alleged top Queensland bikie charged with king-hitting a security guard at a Fortitude Valley nightclub has failed to have his bail conditions changed.

Christopher Barrett was the national sergeant-at-arms of the Bandidos motorcycle club in August 2014 when he was charged with spitting on a female employee at Tony's Niteclub and assaulting the guard.

Barrett's application to reduce the number of days he has to report to police so he could take a week-long vacation with his family was rejected by the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday. [Yahoo - 14/9/16]



Surfers Paradise: Men charged with fashion faux pas under soon to be strengthened anti-rights laws. Fascism. [MYGC - 14/9/16]



Alleged bikie associate charged over bus driver bashing returns to Southport court [MYGC - 12/9/16]:


... Lawyer Ashkan Tai said his client had suffered serious facial injuries and had been on watch house bail so he could receive medical attention.

 Scorsese was reportedly assaulted, possibly suffering a broken jaw, at the Aria Apartments, shortly after he was charged over the bus driver assault. ...



... To stop people from bad homes

from boarding a plane ...



Mad as Hell tribute to the Foreign Fighters Act [2015]



Omar Al-Kutobi knelt before an Islamic State flag in his Sydney granny flat, vowing to stab people in the kidneys while a note declared he and another man "are here to cut your heads", a court has heard.

The NSW Supreme Court at Parramatta was shown a video on Wednesday of Al-Kutobi, 25, in front of the flag, which the crown says was filmed by Mohammad Kiad, 27.

Court documents also reveal ASIO was given information from an IS recruiter about Al-Kutobi and Kiad, who have pleaded guilty to one count of doing act in preparation or planning of a terrorist act. ... [Nine MSN - 14/9/16]



A man has been bashed and robbed by a gang who confronted him in a Gold Coast park.

The man was walking in the park at Southport about 10.30pm on Tuesday when three men approached him, beat him up and stole his mobile phone.

He suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

Police are still hunting for the offenders. [Brisbane - 14/9/16]



Burleigh Waters shopkeeper threatened during armed robbery [MYGC - 12/9/16]



Just like Bill Gates' dengue experiment: ALP's strangulation offence applied to domestic violence case, Gordonvale [ABC - 14/9/16]



Man charged with attempted murder over Kallangur stabbing [Brisbane Times - 13/9/16]:


A man has been charged with attempted murder following a vicious stabbing attack at a home north of Brisbane in July.

A 32-year-old woman was reportedly found slumped on the front steps of her Paul Street home at Kallangur with multiple stab wounds to her face, chest and legs on the night of July 27.

Police said she was attacked after she had returned home at 7pm.

She was transported to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a critical condition, but was later upgraded to stable, police said.

A 36-year-old man was questioned by police in relation to the stabbing days later, however he was later released.

On Tuesday, Detectives from the Pine Rivers Criminal Investigation Branch arrested and charged a 45-year-old local man.

He has been denied police bail and has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in Pine Rivers Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he also faces charges of making threats and enter dwelling with intent.

Police said the man and woman were known to each other.



Cloncurry PCYC to hold fight night this weekend [North West Star - 14/9/16]




A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly setting fire to her boyfriend in Cherbourg, west of Gympie. ... [ABC - 12/9/16]



Researcher finds Queensland and the NT's racist prohibition regime creates more violence [ABC - 14/9/16]



Police officers deploy taser, capsicum spray while arresting man in McDonald’s carpark, Richlands [Yahoo - 14/9/16]



Boys and girls charged following another dangerous, class and race-based police pursuit, Logan [MYGC - 12/9/16]



There has been a marked increase in corruption complaints against police lodged with Queensland's Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

Figures released on Monday show the CCC is investigating 345 allegations of corruption against public sector officials, from a total of 815 cases referred to them between May and August.

Nearly 70 per cent of those cases were allegations levelled against Queensland police. ... [ABC - 12/9/16]



Woman assumes identity of fellow inmate to escape Cairns Watch House [Brisbane Times - 14/9/16]



Are the Murdoch Press tyring to hamper the re-opened inquest into the disappearance and murder of Daniel Morcombe by continuing to incite violence against Brett Peter Cowan? [Brisbane Times - 14/9/16]:


Weeks after being attacked with boiling water, Daniel Morcombe's killer Brett Peter Cowan has been allowed to use a different name in prison.

Cowan legally changed his name to Shaddo N-unyah Hunter in 2013 and has now been given approval to use the name in prison, News Corp reports.



In Australia, prisoners are only news when useful for dogwhistling racism, bigotry, and the further removal of rights [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/9/16]



And the media still won't tell us [ABC - 10/4/16]:


1. Who started the fight?


2. What is the ex-soldier in jail for?


3. What is the teenager in jail for?


4. How many jail assaults are there on average every week, and how many of them make headline news?



What's news Behrouz?




Behrouz Boochani [14/9/16]:


We refugees in Manus prison wrote a letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) about two months ago.

Today we recieved a reply from them.

More than five hundred of us signed the letter asking the ICC to investigate how the Australian government has tortured us during the past three years. You can read the ICC's answer to our letter here.

They say the court has limited jurisdiction and can only hear cases under certain conditions. They say if our case meets these conditions we can submit it to them.

I think there is enough evidence and documents available for them to make a challenge against the Australian government and especially Peter Dutton as Australian immigration minister but am also aware that it is difficult to convince the ICC to investigate a western government.

We refugees will continue to fight this system of torture with all we have.  ...



The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]



Indonesia asks Australia for more money to fund IOM gulags and UNHCR "durable solutions" as refugee bottleneck intensifies [TEMPO - 9/8/16]



Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]



... Woodside’s 1H results for 2016 show the discoveries made late last year at the Shwee Yee Htun-1 and Thalin-1a fields have so far identified 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

“We are looking at how we can access and pursue options to commercialize these discoveries,” Mr Lawrie Tremaine, Woodside’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told the teleconference, AOG said.

“We're processing and evaluating currently more than 31,500 square kilometres of newly acquired high-quality seismic data across this [Rakhine] basin and we're preparing for a drilling campaign in 2017 with our JV partners and the Myanmar government,” Tremaine said. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 29/8/16]



... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...  [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]



Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... [AUDIO - ABC, Law Report - 22/7/14]



Futile AND ludicrous:  Gillian Triggs urges Turnbull to end ALP anti-refugee policy with "rights based" deterrence



March 2015: Australian media and human rights organisations ignore refugee protests on Nauru, as well as the findings of the UN report on torture.



"HUMAN RIGHT UN RED CROSS SHAME ON ALL OF YOU"  ‏@racvictoria [12/7/16]



.. But it is obvious that regarding to UNHCR, absence of visiting Guantanamo, government of Australia have used the opportunity to cover some of the problems and disasters therefore it is fair for us to doubt on your visitation of Nauru after all these years for another political games. ... Open letter to UNHCR from Nauru refugees questions motive of their April visit, calls for GENUINE resettlement after three years of punishment and torture [OP Voice - 2/5/16]



It's time for the regional representative Thomas Albrecht to explain why UNHCR Australia does not want Nauru and Manus refugees freed and genuinely resettled.



Image: ‏@cathywilcox1 [30/4/16]



LET THE PEOPLE - NOT THEIR OPPRESSORS - SPEAK:  "UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"  - Day 46, refugee protests on Nauru  ‏@InsurrectNews [3/5/16]



Day 42 of peaceful protests ... Day 2 without Omid: “Shut down offshore” [Nauru Refugees - 30/4/16]



Facebook is collaborating with the Israeli government to determine what should be censored [The Intercept - 13/9/16]



Israeli prosecution concludes case against poet [Electronic Intifada - 13/9/16]:


Israel’s state prosecutors last week wrapped up their case against the Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour, who is facing a possible eight years in prison for alleged incitement and support for a terrorist organization based on a few social media posts.

An Israeli citizen, 34-year-old Tatour has already spent 11 months in confinement, in both prison and under house arrest. ...



Israeli Supreme Court rejects appeal to release comatose Palestinian hunger striker [Maan - 13/9/16]



Palestinian protesters stormed the headquarters of Red Cross in Bethlehem south of occupied West Bank on Saturday.

According to Munther Ameira, the protesters stormed the headquarters in protest against the Red Cross’ passive attitude towards the Palestinian hunger strikers’ issue. ... [PNN - 10/9/16]



Two Palestinian teenagers were critically injured after an Israeli military bus reportedly ran them over in the al-Fahs area south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank Monday evening.

Eyewitness to the incident and the uncle of the two teens Ziad Abu Dauod told Ma’an that the Israeli military bus "deliberately" ran over the two Palestinians, identified as Naim Ahmad Ziad Abu Daoud, 17, who sustained life-threatening injuries, and Iyad Naim Abu Daoud, 19, who was critically injured, but less so than Naim. ... [Maan - 12/9/16]



Israeli settler runs over Palestinian child, south of Bethlehem [PNN - 10/9/16]



Israel and the US have reportedly reached a defense aid package deal to the tune of $38 billion over the next decade, with the Jewish state pledging not to seek additional funding from Congress.

According to a report by Channel 2 on Monday, Washington and Jerusalem have all but sealed the $38 billion agreement, which is set to be signed “within days.” ... [Times of Israel - 12/9/16]



UC Berkeley suspends course on Palestine [San Francisco Chronicle - 13/9/16]:


A Settler Colonial Analysis, a one-credit class taught on Tuesday evenings by undergraduate Paul Hadweh, examines the history of Palestine “from the 1880s to the present, through the lens of settler colonialism,” according to its syllabus.

“Settler colonialism” is generally described as the takeover of a region by outsiders. ...



"Everything was cut immediately": Long Island University Brooklyn faculty and students protest lockout and class cancellations [Democracy Now - 13/9/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: In a statement supporting the LIU union faculty members, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten wrote, quote, "Long Island University’s hostile action to lock out faculty rather than deal with the fact that it pays its Brooklyn faculty less than their counterparts is a slap in the face to its students and their teachers. The university would rather act like a tough guy and bully its faculty than meet its academic obligation to its students and confront a moral obligation to not pay one set of educators less than another." Talk about—well, what are the demographics of the students at C.W. Post, Long Island—in Long Island, LIU’s Long Island campus, versus LIU in Brooklyn?

SRIVIDHYA SWAMINATHAN [Chair, English Department at Long Island University Brooklyn]: They are quite different. The demographics at the C.W. Post campus pulls from the demographics of Long Island. It is a suburban campus, so they don’t have the same degree of diversity that we have on the Brooklyn campus. And by diversity, I mean a broad range, not just racial, but also gender diversity, also diversity in age, as well as diversity in immigration status. We have a lot of first-generation college students. We have a lot of children of immigrants, immigrants themselves, coming to the Brooklyn campus. We are the United Nations of college campuses in many ways. And the Post campus does not have the same degree of diversity, which I find very problematic that then a pay disparity exists between the two campuses. ...


@no_platform [13/9/16]:  Palestinian flag & international, multinational solidarity well represented at #NoDAPL encampment #WaterIsLife



More proof the US National Anthem has always been tainted with racism [The Intercept - 14/9/16]


Pacific Islands Forum leaders called out for hollow talk on West Papua [RNZI – 13/9/16]



A report released by two national environmental organisations has claimed that weak Australian environment protection laws are giving mining companies a “licence to kill.”

The report – compiled by the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Environmental Defenders Office – focused on the approval of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. ... [NIRS - 13/9/16]



Opponents withdraw challenge to North Lismore Plateau [Tweed Shire Echo - 13/9/16]:


Opponents of the proposed North Lismore Plateau have warned Lismore City Council against celebrating the withdrawal of court action last week, vowing that attempts to stop any development would continue.

The council issued a press release on Friday saying an appeal lodged by Bundjalung elder Michael Ryan in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the rezoning of the plateau had been withdrawn.

‘The withdrawal of the appeal means that the rezoning for residential development is now secured and cannot be subject to further legal action, clearing the way for development applications to be lodged for new subdivision works,’ the council said in its public statement.

North Lismore Plateau Protection Association member Al Oshlack said the council issued its public statement when ‘we hadn’t even signed the papers’.

‘The withdrawel of the court case was by consent by both parties and was offered by the council on the basis of no costs for both parties or admissions of wrongdoing,” Mr Oshlack said.

‘The reason we discontinued was because of the ambiguity of the law that allowed the council to not comply with conditions of putting the proposal on exhibition correctly.

‘That ambiguity is that if the minister (of planning) makes the plan, then no challenge can be mounted against the compliance of council in exhibiting the plan.

Mr Oshlack said the council had refused twice to hold a public inquiry into the rezoning which was required by the act.  ...



Victorian Aboriginal Legal service not notified of death in custody at Fulham prison [The Age - 14/9/16]


"A new report from the Frank Lowy Institute" = propaganda for more militarised border control funded by a wealthy ex-refugee who wants to pull the ladder up


In October 2013, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service announced a joint venture with the Lowy Institute to research and develop policy strategy, options for future border management.   [DIPB Media Release - 30/9/14]:


The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Lowy Institute for International Policy have completed their first joint research fellowship, examining ways to enhance and promote Australia’s border as a strategic economic asset. ...



He became a billionaire and now wants to dictate that Australia takes no more refugees.  What a selfish hypocrite. ----> Frank Lowy talks to David Gonski  [University of NSW - 11/3/15]:


... DG: Frank … [at the birthday celebrations for the Frank Lowy Institute] Rupert Murdoch made a terrific address in which he talked about Australia having … a culture of openness and acceptance of others. My question to you is, you came to Australia … with nothing. Rupert … used you as an example. Was he right that Australia was open to you? Is he right that Australia is still open to you?

FL: Well, my experience was only positive. I came here … [and in] about a week I got a job in a process factory … there was no animosity towards me whatsoever … I have never experienced any disadvantage of being either a foreigner or Jewish … Australia should be, and is, proud of that.

DG: Frank I can’t resist asking the question. Because a little earlier you said you were a boat person, and … [in] your Australian Multicultural Council Lecture of 2012 you said, “To imagine a better life for you and your family and to make the leap of faith required to leave behind all that is familiar, calls for a special kind of courage. If we look at new arrivals in Australia from this perspective, our capacity would be greater to welcome them warmly and to help them make a new home here.” What do you feel about the way we’re looking at boat people, the way we’re looking at policies in relation to boat people?

FL: Well, it is a very difficult question to answer. There are millions of refugees … and not enough places to take them. What we are going through at the moment … many other countries go through the same thing. So the basic issue is, the government is responsible for its borders … it’s black and white. But at the same time [the government] needs to deal with these issues in a humane way … So it’s very difficult and various governments try to deal with it differently. But none of them have fully succeeded … We do our best, but probably the best is not good enough.  ...



Australia and the 1951 Refugee Convention, Khalid Koser [Frank Lowy Institute - 30/4/15]:


... Second, it should seek to reduce the need for long-distance asylum seeking.

At the moment too many asylum seekers — including genuine refugees — are taking too many risks to travel long distances to reach asylum.

It is these journeys that generate business for people smugglers, who arrange transportation, help overcome immigration rules and procedures, and often also insert people in the countries where they go — all illegally, and all heightening the vulnerability of asylum seekers.

A more systematic response to protecting and assisting people displaced within their own countries would be one way to anchor them close to their places of origin.

This would entail strengthening adherence to the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement, but also extending existing policies such as ‘safe havens’ that have already been tested in countries such as Iraq.

Better regional protection mechanisms, as currently being promoted by the Australian Government, should also reduce the incentive to travel distantly.

Again, this is not a new proposal. Development assistance should also target neighbouring asylum countries, to reduce the growing trend of secondary migration, whereby people leave refugee camps for onward journeys. All of these proposals are achievable and Australia already has a strong track record on them.

What is more they should strengthen the current global policy emphasis on combatting people smuggling and trafficking.  ...



Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014



How many are dying now?  ---> "Many people died because of push back into the open sea.", Dong Tran, former refugee and historian, Return of the Boat People [Journeyman/ABC - 2008]



The US immigration system is only getting worse [Pacific Standard - 12/9/16]:


The biggest tragedy of America’s immigration apparatus has nothing to do with national security.

While a rise in refugees worldwide to an all-time high of 21.3 million as a result of the conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan (nearly half of whom are children, according to a new report by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has for some spurred terror-laden anxieties, America’s real immigration crisis centers on the treatment of those who enter the country.

According to a new report from humanitarian non-profit Child Trends, some 127,000 migrant children will seek refuge in the United States in 2016.

Of those children, only 29 percent will be granted refugee or asylee status, mostly those from war-torn nations. But those other 71 percent of migrant children — 90,000 young people, mostly fleeing strife in Central American nations like El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras — will land right in the middle of a humanitarian disaster.

While the rise in border apprehensions and deportations (spearheaded by the Obama administration) over the last several years may suggest to immigration hardliners that U.S. policy is working, the Child Trends report reveals that too many migrant children entering the country are effectively doomed to bureaucratic limbo, resigned to the seemingly endless institutions of border control and, in turn, sentenced to a lifetime of personal dysfunction and trauma. ...



In response to a complaint by the SPLC, the for-profit company that operates the Stewart Detention Center in Georgia has installed a long-delayed videoconferencing system so that detained immigrants can speak to their attorneys. ... [Southern Poverty Law Centre Media Release - 6/9/16]



...  Asked about the prospect of a presidential pardon, Snowden said the legal process -- most often used by U.S. presidents as they leave office -- was appropriate in his case.

"Yes, there are laws on the books that say one thing, but perhaps this is why the pardon power exists -- for the exceptions, for the things that may seem unlawful in letters on a page but when we look at them morally, when we look at them ethically, and when we look at the results, it seems obvious that these were necessary things," he said.


At the White House, though, there has been little in the way of conciliatory gestures.

Spokesman Josh Earnest addressed the prospect of a pardon on Monday, saying that President Obama's position had not changed.

"Mr. Snowden has been charged with serious crimes, and it's the policy of the administration that Mr. Snowden should return to the United States and face those charges," Earnest said.

"The fact is the manner in which Mr. Snowden chose to disclose this information damaged the United States, harmed our national security, and put the American people at greater risk," he added. [CNN - 13/9/16]



Chelsea Manning told she will receive gender transition surgery, lawyer says [Buzzfeed - 14/9/16]:


... The decision ends a hunger strike that Manning began on Sept. 9, but it does not, at this point, end a hearing scheduled for Manning on Sept. 20 relating to charges resulting from Manning’s suicide attempt earlier this summer. ...



‏@chasestrangio [13/9/16]:  .@xychelsea is still facing an administrative board for her suicide attempt. Her hearing will be held on 9/20 at 9:30 AM CT.



@wikileaks [13/9/16]:  678.4 MB of new "DNC documents" from @Guccifer_2 ...




‏@KimDotcom [14/9/16]:  Today the US Govt replies. Tune into my court hearing & fact-check US submissions



Dotcom case: Crown lawyers grilled [RNZI – 14/9/16]




‏@FreeBarrett_ [12/9/16]:  Literally the only concession the court made in the entire case: giving his Declaration of Independence back.



Menwith Menace: Britain’s complicity in Saudi Arabia’s terror campaign against Yemen [Medialens - 13/9/16]



Saudi coalition bombs Yemen factory [Reuters - 13/9/16]:


...  [Caprari managing director Alberto Caprari] said the site was purely civilian.

"We are very angry. We have been operating in Yemen with our partner for more than 20 years, helping to produce pumps which are for civilian use," Caprari said by phone from the company headquarters in the northern Italian city of Modena.

"This is a forgotten war. The Gulf nations are taking advantage of the situation and are ruining the industrial fabric of Yemen." ...



White House officials continue to insist that President Obama intends to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which unanimously passed in both the House and Senate, claiming that the weakening of the principle of sovereign immunity is a danger to the US.

JASTA is designed to allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia over the attack, based on Saudi government involvement in the scheme, as detailed by the 9/11 Report’s 28 pages. Saudi Arabia has threatened to collapse the US Treasury market in retaliation. ... [ - 12/9/16]


Saudi airstrikes on Yemen water well kill at least 30 civilians [ – 12/9/16]




Germany arrests three Syrian men 'on IS mission' [BBC - 13/9/16]:


... The men were arrested when 200 police and security officers raided six locations, including three refugee shelters. ...




Police say a man has been hospitalised after he was shot for swearing at police officers on patrol in East Sepik on Saturday.


Meanwhile, members of the East Sepik police mobile squad have been blamed for the death of a villager at the Yangoru police station. ... [The National - 13/9/16]



Disarm the police too. They do not need weapons. ---> The federal government is poised to announce a national gun amnesty following an unprecedented wave of violent firearm-related crime in Melbourne.

State and federal ministers and attorneys-general requested an amnesty be considered by senior officials in the National Justice and Policing Senior Officials Group last year. ... [The Age - 14/9/16]




14 September 2016