... 'Jesus are you coming back?' cried the Centurion,
As he was hanging there dying, hanging there dying,
In obvious pain and extreme duress.
And Jesus said, 'Yes yes yes yes anything, JUST GET ME THE FUCK DOWN!',
But he didn't have the paperwork,
So Jesus couldn't get down ... get down ...
'Jesus Ain't Coming Back', Kat Mandu 
Easter bunny ears on AFP dogs scare the crap out of kids at Canberra Hospital [ABC - 14/4/17]
Exercise Koa Moana: First direct training between US Marines and PNGDF Navy [Marines.mil - 26/6/16]:
... The PNGDF has trained frequently with the U.S. Army, but this marks the first opportunity for them to train with the U.S. Marines directly, specifically in infantry tactics, combat lifesaving techniques, engineering capabilities and non-lethal law enforcement capabilities.
“This exercise provides a very good platform to build our relationship with the U.S. Marines,” said Diro.
“We have a long standing relationship with the U.S. military. We understand their role in the region and we share the same values of liberty, individual rights, democracy and freedom of speech.” ...
... The problem started when some of the refugees were coming from a soccer game to the centre, and a man from the Navy who the refugees claim was drunk started to argue with them.
They started to fight each other and then a lot of young local people and refugees got involved in the fight.
After a while the refugees ran away to the centre and the local people followed them throwing stones.
When the refugees reached the centre both groups started throwing stones and other hard things at each other.
Some of the locals started to beat the Australian guards who were outside of the centre and beat them very seriously.
They even beat some police officers who were there.
At this moment the Navy started shooting and all of the locals, officers and refugees ran away.
The Navy shot about 100 times and some of their bullets hit and entered the rooms in Mike and Foxtrot. ... Manus: Three refugees and some Australian officers have been injured seriously [Behrouz Boochani via Nauru Refugees - 15/4/17]
Right now some Australian officers are investigating the incident and taking pics of the bullet holes and impact spots on the rooms
some of Australian staff didn't return to work bc of safety. If u can't provide safety to your citizens, how can you protect refugees? ...
3 refugees seriously injured from last night. 1 in head, 1 in chest, 1 in stomach. Some Aust officers hurt too. I don't know how locals are
A brief glimpse of freedom on a prison island.
The Prisoners - one of the refugee cricket teams on Manus Island.
... The involvement of a team from Manus itself in this tournament casts a new light on the various reports about hostile local attitudes towards refugees over recent years.
The Governor of Manus, Ronnie Knight, has made numerous claims about some of the younger refugees on Manus creating social problems when integrating with locals.
Naseem Haider however said it had been refreshing to participate together with local people in this tournament.
Naseem said the company operating the Manus processing centre, Broadspectrum, only allowed them around an hour and a half on the oval.
The tournament, which continues through Christmas, offers the refugees a small chance to exercise their cricketing passion, a brief glimpse of what might otherwise constitute a normal life for them.
A brief glimpse of freedom on a prison island. [RNZI - 21/12/16]
Send these asylum seekers away: Polye [PNG Loop - 8/1/17]
Manus Governor delivers parliamentary rant against Australia's stateless, rights-deprived political prisoners; says he will seek ways of subverting the PNG Supreme Court decision [PNG Loop - 27/1/17]
Manus MP Ronnie Knight suggests locals will massacre illegally imprisoned men [PNG Loop - 7/3/17]
Amid all his incendiary talk, Manus MP Ronnie Knight has made some sensible points. Indeed Ronnie - so why is the UNHCR mute? [The National - 27/1/17]:
... He is asking the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to take responsibility and do the right thing by engaging the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist with the relocation of the asylum seekers.
“We cannot leave them on Manus.
“There can be a mass disturbance or protest any time by the locals because they have grudges against the asylum seekers and Australians on Manus Island.”
Meanwhile, the asylum seekers have filed a fresh case at the Supreme Court seeking orders for their release and compensation for their illegal detention.
Their lawyer Ben Lomai told The National earlier that his clients did not want to stay on Manus Island anymore.
... Behrouz Boochani was granted "PNG refugee status" (i.e. exile) he did not want, during a visit by the UNHCR in April. ... Life within the Australian Guantanamo [Lamarea.com - 26/5/16]
Behrouz Boochani's defiant protest against Australia's (now illegal) "resettlement" arrangement during the UNHCR's April 2016 visit [Guardian - 24/4/16]:
... About 160 asylum seekers on Manus have written to the UNHCR to ask that they be resettled in a country that is part of the UN resettlement program instead.
... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.
To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7.
... Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ... [GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP - 12/5/2005]
ABC claims one of Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island assaulted a PNG Defense Force member i.e. they deserve to be shot at like fish in a barrel. [15/4/17]
And still, NOT ONE Australian politician, human rights organisation or "advocate" has demanded an end to the policy and/or the PROTECTION of these men [Yahoo - 15/4/17]
Turnbull and Dutton don't have to do anything while Shorten has their back.
Do you want to free the refugees or not?
"It is OUR policy"
"Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]
Shorten: Offshore regional processing is an important part of defeating the crime gangs. ... [Image: @ABCNews24 - 4/2/16]
ALP "advocates" exploit latest attack on Manus to legitimise the phony Obama-Australia "deal" and blame Turnbull for the ALP's anti-refugee policy - thereby achieving nothing but sustaining the cruelty [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 15/4/17]
Refugees get it - why don't "advocates"?
... DIRTY POLICY!...
Politcal prisoners of the Australian government and opposition protest on Nauru, May 2016
Hive [WikiLeaks - 14/4/17]
@wikileaks [14/4/17]: WikiLeaks statement responding to #CIA Director Mike #Pompeo #Vault7
CIA Director Mike Pompeo called Julian Assange and his associates “demons” and accused WikiLeaks of siding with the world’s dictators and endangering the security of the “free world” with the help of states like Russia.
Speaking at an event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on Thursday, the former Kansas congressman went on the warpath against the whistleblower website, accusing its editor Julian Assange of being on the “wrong side of history” and seeking to harm America, freedom and democracy.
“It’s time to call out WikiLeaks for what it really is, a non-state hostile intelligence service, often abetted by state actors like Russia,” Pompeo told the audience. ... [RT - 13/4/17]
@JulianAssange [13/4/17]: Called a "non-state intelligence service" today by the "state non-intelligence agency" which produced al-Qaeda, ISIS, Iraq, Iran & Pinochet.
@helenprejean [14/4/17]: We remember the brutal execution of Jesus while you plan to execute 7 men in 10 days beginning next Monday. Do you see the contradiction?
2 Georgia police officers fired after Black Lives Matter video shows them using excessive force [NBC 5 - 14/4/17]
Children of undocumented parents tell the Trump administration: You won’t break up our families [American Immigration Council - 14/4/17]:
... “It breaks my heart,” said 11-year-old Leah, whose mother is a domestic worker facing a deportation order.
“It is a horrible feeling. It is like when somebody you care about can die at any moment.”
She shared her concern about being placed in foster care should her mother be deported back to Nicaragua, ultimately settling on one devastating question: “Why can’t I just enjoy being a kid? I cannot sleep or do my homework. All I can think about is my mother being taken away from me. I am so worried about my life.” ...
White House greenlights a new immigration-detention centre in Texas [Texas Tribune - 14/4/17]:
... The new facility will add to the GEO Group’s heavy presence in Texas.
The company’s website lists more than a dozen facilities it operates in the state.
They range from smaller local jails used mainly by the U.S. Marshals Service to larger immigration-detention complexes near the border.
GEO Group was involved in a lengthy legal battle last year after Grassroots Leadership filed a lawsuit to prevent the company’s Karnes City facility from being licensed as a child-care facility by state officials. ...
Last night, the two largest private prison corporations in the U.S. suffered their third defeat in the courts over whether they could keep the details of their government contracts secret.
The full Second Circuit Court of Appeals declined to reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel dismissing their appeal as they sought to block the release of government documents about their immigration detention practices.
In a case brought by Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a federal judge ruled in July that under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the government must release details of its contracts with private prison corporations.
The government chose not to appeal, but the United States’ two largest private prison corporations, the GEO Group and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), recently rebranded as “CoreCivic,” intervened to stop the release and filed an appeal of their own.
The appellate panel dismissed that appeal in February.
The Second Circuit’s decision lets stand the July ruling by the district court, which rejected arguments by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the terms of government contracts constitute corporate trade secrets that may be withheld from the public.
The court reasoned that the contract terms were not “confidential commercial information” and that releasing them would not harm the competitive advantage of the private prison companies.
The court also ordered the release of details about staffing levels of medical and social service personnel in privately-run immigration detention facilities. ... [Center for Constitutional Rights - 12/4/17]
Bill Clinton continued the Bush policy of keeping refugees at Guantanamo indefinitely.
But Clinton introduced a new policy as well: testing the Haitians for HIV, and segregating those who tested positive. In doing so, he created “the world’s first HIV detention camp.”
Conditions in the HIV camp were horrific.
The facility was a “leaky barracks with poor sanitation, surrounded by razor wire and guard towers,” and numerous detainees were housed in tents.
Many of the refugees were gravely ill with AIDS, and the crowded facility was characterized by fear, squalor, and uncertainty.
After being held for more than a year, some of the refugees began a hunger strike. (The military retaliated by putting the leader of the hunger strike in solitary confinement.)
Communications home had to be smuggled out. As one refugee wrote in a letter to her family, “I have lost in the struggle for life . . . There is nothing left for me. Take care of my children, so they have strength to continue my struggle . . . I have lost hope. I am alone in my distress.” ... [Jacobin - 22/10/16]
Police raided VIAL "hotspot" 2 hours ago.They arrested around 20 #refugeesgr. They are now handcuffed in t police station #RefugeesGR #chios
Refugee testimony about the police raid in VIAL this morning. ...
... "In 19 years of covering the migration story, I have never experienced anything like today," said Reuters photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi, who was aboard the Phoenix. ... More than 2,000 migrants rescued in dramatic day in Mediterranean [Reuters - 14/4/17]
Spain's maritime rescue service has saved 26 migrants, including one pregnant woman, from a boat that was taking on water as it tried to reach the European coast during the night.
The migrants were 15 miles south-west of the Atlantic coastal town of Barbate, which lies between Cadiz and Gibraltar.
The maritime rescue boat Salvamar Gadir found the struggling boat early on Friday.
Emergency services for Spain's southern Andalucia region said the 20 men and six women were all of North African descent. ... [Belfast Telegraph - 14/4/17]
IED kills one, wounds another in village, northeastern Diyala [IraqiNews.com - 15/4/17]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [15/4/17]:
"4"persons were wounded as an IED exploded near Kadhumiya area north of Baghdad.
"3"persons were wounded as an IED exploded near shops in Taji district north of Baghdad.
A person was killed and "3"were wounded as an IED exploded in Mada'in district southesat of Baghdad.
@asliaydintasbas [15/4/17]: Turkish prosecutors open investigation on Senator Chuck Schumer, Preet Bharara and former CIA director for supporting Gulenists and coup
Turkish warplanes bomb northern Iraq; 62 killed across country [Antiwar.com - 14/4/17]
@Jakoben1789 [15/4/17]: Video shows aftermath car bomb hit gathering of evacuated people of #Kafarya & #Fouah with many casualties in Aleppo
Russian Air Force bombs Islamist stronghold in northern Hama [AMN - 15/4/17]
29 persons were injured in a terrorist attack with rocket shells and bombs fired by the ISIS terrorists on the neighborhoods of al-Qosour and al-Joura in Deir Ezzor. ... [SANA - 15/4/17]
Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai accused his successor on Saturday of committing treason by allowing the U.S. military to drop the largest conventional bomb ever used in combat during an operation against Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. ... [Reuters - 15/4/17]
Eleven civilians, including children, have been killed in a roadside blast in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday. ... [Pajhwok - 15/4/17]
Senior Afghan officials injured in Nangarhar explosion [Khaama - 15/4/17]
Missing Kerala youth, who allegedly joined IS, killed in US drone strike in Nangarhar, Afghanistan [Deccan Chronicle - 14/4/17]
Explosives used in Dortmund bus attack may have come from German military [Reuters - 15/4/17]
The German government has approved more arms sales to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is assisting Saudi Arabia in its deadly military campaign against Yemen.
German media reported that Berlin had approved the sale of 203,448 detonators for 40-mm mortar shells to the Arab kingdom as well as 134 million dollars worth of armor-plating for military vehicles.
The move indicated that Germany was continuing its policy of supplying arms to countries directly involved in the Middle East conflicts and disregarding the vetting process of the deal for potential humanitarian impact. ... [Press TV - 15/4/17]
15 April 2017