It’s 166th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.



Refugees from # Manus Hell @sunosi3 [15/1/18]



@Shamindan1 [15/1/18]:  You can not change your future but you can change your habits and surely your habits will change your future. Standing for justice, having resilience and confidently working hard for our freedom are our habits. It will change our future. Day 166 peaceful protest. [East Haus, Manus Island]



@Aussie4Refugees [15/1/18]:  Case of stateless man indefinitely imprisoned by Labor Party on Christmas Island - and subsequent UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention finding - should surely prompt Guardian and lawyers to question and/or seek further application on #Manus and #Nauru ?  



Queensland Police's context free and selectively released dashcam footage serves what purpose? Dog whistling? [ABC - 15/1/18]



Coroner's findings on Western Australian pursuit fatalities used as excuse to escalate military-style policing strategies [WA Today - 11/1/18]



Pat Cash slams Australia’s treatment of Aboriginal people on national television [Welcome to Country - 14/1/18]



‏@empathiser [11/1/18]: This is the designated #StopAdani coalition content for sharing today's direct actions at Abbot Point. FLAC have photos of the activists locked on all over their feed, but coalition members would rather share this. I'm assuming this content has been designated ACNC safe ...



Simultaneous Adani protests shut down both coal railway and Adani's coal port [FLAC - 12/1/18]



@FLACCoal [11/1/18]:  Student Nic Avery, 27 has come to the frontlines to support indigenous rights: "We oppose the government and the coal industry’s joint push to extinguish Indigenous land rights. Adani’s dirty coal project has no consent." ...



Student entrepreneurs from The University of Queensland’s Idea Hub are taking on Tel Aviv’s world-leading startup scene in the exclusive UQ Startup Adventures.

This unique international learning scholarship is an intensive four-week internship, which enables 14 UQ students to work in the world’s second biggest innovation hub.

Known as the ‘startup nation’, Israel offers students from all disciplines the experience to learn first-hand about startups and the toils and joy involved in building a business from the ground up. ... [UQ News - 21/12/17]



Israeli army declares Nabi Saleh, home to Tamimi family, closed military zone [Maan - 13/1/18]



Thousands march in funerals of slain Palestinian teenagers [Maan - 13/1/18]



The Egyptian navy opened fire on a Palestinian fisherman at sea and killed him, the Gaza Ministry said on Saturday. ... [Reuters - 13/1/18]



Japan's Prime Minister to pay tribute to diplomat who saved 6,000 European Jews from the Holocaust [Japan Times - 12/1/18]





Japan's Justice Ministry announces new measures to toughen its already prohibitive refugee screening processes [Japan Times - 12/1/18]



@GraffitiExpert [20/12/17]:  Only days after his govt deployed riot police to protect pro concentration camp pro boat turnback unions from peaceful refugee rights protestors at Trades Hall, Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews genuflects in the court of Netanyahu ...  




March 2016: Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews announces ramping up of efforts to racially profile African-Australians.  Media lap it up; human rights sector silent [The Age - 14/3/16]



Israeli Minister dubs African migrants 'sanitary nuisance,' calls for death sentence for fake news [Haaretz - 13/1/18]



@davidsheen [13/1/18]:  In 2013 @MaxBlumenthal & I produced this 10-minute video for the @nytimes. When they realized how horrifically Israel was treating African refugees, they backed out & we ran it at @TheNation instead. It got 2 million views there & spawned countless copies ...



Do #BlackLivesMatter in Israel? [David Sheen - 12/1/18]



Activists ask Israeli pilots to refuse to fly refugees to their deaths [Jerusalem Post - 12/1/18]



... It’s worth pointing out—since it’s often claimed that Israel comes in for more than its fair share of criticism on its human rights record—that Israel is not the only state that implements cruel, secretive policies to in a bid to pass the buck on refugee protection.

One has only to look to Australia’s failed plan to transfer all its asylum-seekers to Malaysia, Europe’s current plan to corral migrants in Turkey, or the amount of money the U.S. gives Mexico to block refugees and other migrants from reaching our border, to realize that many countries besides Israel are eagerly seeking ways to circumvent their legal and moral responsibilities.

But Israel’s policies are still pretty damn bad, by international standards.

And what’s more, these policies are not generating much outrage within Israel.

There are some excellent advocacy groups in the country, like the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants, seeking to raise awareness, but even the leadership of Israel’s opposition Labor Party favors the government’s proposed deportation measures. ... Israel’s treatment of African refugees should be an international scandal [Current Affairs - 9/1/18]



UNHCR endorses Australia's proposal to traffick and exile refugees to Malaysia for slavery [ABC - 22/11/16]:


... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a regional solution. One of the countries the Government is in talks with currently is Malaysia. Malaysia hasn't signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Would you be comfortable with any deal involving that country?

VOLKER TURK [UNHCR]: Well, Malaysia has had a tradition of hosting refugees.

It's true they haven't signed the convention, but there are a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to access to the labour market, to ensure that one could negotiate a certain standard of treatment for people.

Obviously I am not privy to these negotiations. I've heard about it in the press.

There was a deal that was struck a couple of years ago and we thought that the deal was workable at the time. ...



... The representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia, Richard Towle, described the situation as a catch-22 for these children.

"If they're not in the workforce earning money, then they might be on the streets begging, where they're highly vulnerable. So it's a choice between a rock and a hard place," said Towle. 

"If you're being asked to work in sweatshops, is that better than working on the streets and begging?" ... Rohingya refugees work at unlicensed bird's nest factory in Malaysia to make a living [Channel News Asia - 11/1/18]




Fantastic to meet with leader of Israeli Labor Avi Gabbay, leader in the Knesset Isaac Herzog and Michal Biran MK yesterday #laborfamily @markdreyfusQCMP [30/10/17]



"Refugee" Frank Lowy, who became a billionaire and now plies his think tank to buttress fascism - particularly anti-refugee policy - in Australia, sells his business after pssing off soccer fans and receiving a knighthood.

Horrible old hypocrite. ---> 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. ... [Media Release - 30/9/14]



Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement of her government's policy on asylum seekers at the Frank Lowy Institute [July 2010]



I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]



Water shortages at Israel's Holot refugee concentration camp in the Negev desert @mekomit [7/11/17]:


... In 2012, when the desert facility was still being built, Interior Minister Eli Yishai said, "Until I can expel them, I will make their lives miserable," and defined the purpose of establishing the prison for refugees in the Negev.

These are not ordinary prisoners who are punished for crimes they committed, but prisoners who are sent to jail to convince them to find a strong internal desire to leave Israel for the unknown and life-threatening countries with which Netanyahu signed anonymous agreements. ...



Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) [7/11/17]:


 At Holot Detention Center, no one wants to drink water from the faucet.

The water pipes are dirty and the water tastes bad.

In order to drink clean water, asylum seekers held at Holot must spend a portion of their 16 shekel per day allowance to buy bottled water.

But even that hasn't been possible for the last two weeks.

For the last two weeks, no bottles of water have been sold at the Holot canteen.

So why don't they just buy from outside you ask?

There is a strict prohibition on bringing in food and bottled drinks from the outside.

Asylum seekers depend exclusively on the Holot canteen for these kinds of products.

If asylum seekers arrive to the entrance of Holot with these products, they are forced to discard them before entering.

A person who is caught inside Holot with food from the outside is punished.

Don't be confused - this situation is not necessary.

It is the product of the State's deliberate policy to discourage asylum seekers from staying in Israel. ...



@BehrouzBoochani [15/1/18]: 


Another problem at West Haus & Hillside today. Since early morning Manus company ‘Kingfisher Security’ preventing Paladin security guards from going in & has control of camps. There is a big problem between the companies in Manus. We don’t know who’s responsible for security. 


Kingfisher company is in competition with Paladin, because of that they sent all of Paladin staff out. Same problem happened 11 November last year. It’s unacceptable that the companies who have responsibility for security are making the situation unsafe.#Manus





... Why'd he die and who is guilty?


Not I said the big world leader
Who prosecutes the "war on terror"
I am keeping the world safe for you
It is what leaders are appointed to do
The refugees that have to flee
Are not my responsibility
Don't point your finger at me
He was in prison to keep you free ..


'Who Killed Reza Berati?', Phil Monsour [2014]



Local G4S staff member from #Manus Island RPC poses with gun and radio. @Asher_Wolf [2/3/14]



"It's an appointment made by G4S": Former Immigration Minister Tony Burke says he knew nothing about a Sri Lankan military commander being appointed a manager at Manus Island concentration camp [Nine MSN - 25/2/14]




15 January 2018