We will Never give up
Day 210 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [15/10/16]
Australia imprisons, tortures, rapes and murders refugees on Nauru for over 3 years, uses extortion to exile and disappear another 3 to Cambodia [Phnom Penh Post - 15/10/16]
Media and Australia's only refugee rights spokesperson talk of vile "durable solutions", as Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed [Guardian - 15/10/16]
Refugee voices continued to be ignored, and the UNHCR's Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht sits down in Canberra - apparently untouchable.
The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Rhona Smith, visited the notorious Prey Speu detention center on Friday in a stop that officials said would allow her to see the “real situation” at the facility, which has long been criticized for its treatment of detainees.
Officially rebranded as the Phnom Penh Social Affairs Center in March, Prey Speu has become a symbol of what critics say is the municipal government’s abuse of the capital’s most vulnerable residents, with vagrants, addicts, beggars and prostitutes often taken off the streets by force and held indefinitely in poor conditions. ... [Cambodia Daily - 15/10/16]
Rohingya boat refugees vanish as Malaysia says it is sharing intelligence with other nations to push them back [New Straits Times - 15/10/16]
A brutal Day of extrajudicial killings, torture, looting and arson by military in Maungdaw [Rohingya Blogger - 16/10/16]
@OpRohingya [15/10/16]: #Rohingya men in Nayapara Refugee camp #Bangladesh took part in peaceful demonstrations in solidarity with Rohingya in #Maungdaw
US Embassy says it is concerned about the false flag attack on border guards; silent on the Myanmar military's ongoing massacre of civilians in Arakan (Rakhine) [Arakan Times - 14/10/16]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday, separately, on the sidelines of BRICS summit. ... [Times of India - 14/10/16]
Stressing the regional aspect of the threat North Korea poses, Maritime Self-defense Force Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the Japanese chief of defense, joined discussions with senior U.S. and South Korean military leaders at the Pentagon today.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted the meeting, which follows yesterday’s Military Committee Meeting with South Korean chairman Army Gen. Lee Sun-jin. ... [US Department of Defense - 14/10/16]
Clinton vowed to ‘ring China with missile defence’ if North Korea not stopped, leaked emails say [South China Morning Post - 14/10/16]:
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said at a private speech three years ago the Chinese military was “the biggest supporters of a provocative North Korea” and that Washington had vowed to Beijing it would “ring China with missile defence” if Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme was not stopped, according to hacked emails.
“So China, come on. You either control them or we’re going to have to defend against them,” the former secretary of state was quoted as saying when addressing a Goldman Sachs conference in June 2013. ...
A rights group said the country’s last-known prisoner held in relation to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests would be released on Saturday, but he would face freedom as a frail and mentally ill man.
Miao Deshun’s release follows an 11-month sentence reduction, according to the Dui Hua Foundation, a San Francisco-based group that advocates for the rights of political prisoners in China.
Dui Hua executive director John Kamm said the 51-year-old former factory worker was severely ill after spending more than half his life behind bars. ... [South China Morning Post - 14/10/16]
Gitmo court pushed for full medical records on tortured Saudi [Courthouse News Service - 13/10/16]
Documentary maker Deia Schlosberg faces up to 45 years in prison for covering Dakota Access Pipeline protest [TROF - 13/10/16]
WikiLeaks emails shows Citigroup’s major role in shaping Obama administration’s cabinet [RT - 14/10/16]
Julius Streicher (12 February 1885 – 16 October 1946) was a prominent member of the Nazi party (NSDAP) prior to World War II.
He was the founder and publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Stürmer, which became a central element of the Nazi propaganda machine. ... [Wikipedia]
Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders can be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred, a court in The Hague ruled on Friday, setting the stage for a politically charged test of freedom of speech laws in the Netherlands. ... [Reuters - 14/10/16]
Three charged in Kansas plot to bomb homes, worship center for Somalis [Kansas City Star - 14/10/16]:
... The plot involved obtaining four vehicles and filling them with explosives.
The men discussed parking the vehicles at the four corners of the complex and detonating them to “create a big explosion,” Beall said. They reportedly planned to use a cellphone to detonate the explosion.
Allen said he had the materials and said they would test them, the court affidavit said. In addition to the apartments and the mosque, the affidavit said, “Stein, Wright, and Allen … discussed targeting churches in Garden City that have supported refugees.” Stein said one particular church “needs burnt to the ground.”
The men also talked about targeting “city/county commission meetings, local public officials, landlords who rent property to Muslim refugees, and organizations providing assistance to Muslim refugees.”
Beall said Stein met with a confidential FBI source in rural Finney County on Wednesday to examine some automatic weapons brought by the source from an FBI lab in Quantico, Va. After trying out two of the firearms,
Stein took the FBI source to see the Garden City complex the alleged attack was targeting. Stein told the FBI source he would provide ammonium nitrate for the bomb and that he wanted to contribute $200 to $300 for other materials, Beall said.
Three different times, a court document said, Stein did surveillance “on potential target locations around Garden City and other parts of southwestern Kansas.” Stein and other Crusaders met in a field to avoid FBI surveillance, and Stein brought up the Orlando, Fla., nightclub shooting.
“He proposed carrying out an attack similar to the Orlando shooting against a Muslim refugee location in Garden City,” the affidavit said.
Stein also told the FBI source he was worried Allen’s girlfriend would go to the Liberal Police Department and disclose the militia’s plans, Beall said. Allen, he said, had been arrested in a domestic violence case in Liberal on Tuesday.
According to the affidavit, that’s what happened. On Tuesday, Allen’s girlfriend called Liberal police, said she was battered by Allen and was leaving their home.
She showed Liberal officers a room in the home with a large amount of ammunition and components to make more and build firearms.
That night, officers stopped Allen and found ammunition, including an AK-47 magazine. Also Tuesday, the girlfriend told the FBI she saw a white powder being made at G&G.
The powder looked like explosives, the affidavit said.
Then on Wednesday, a search of the mobile home business found a possible detonator plus items used to make improvised explosives, it said. Also found, the affidavit said: “A yellow binder and paperwork labeled ‘The Anarchist Cookbook.’ ”
Police officers in Liberal estimated they found “close to a metric ton of ammunition in Allen’s residence.”
Clashes between two semi-autonomous regions of Somalia this week have killed at least 11 people and displaced around 50,000, the United Nations said on Friday, stoking concerns the violence could escalate. ... [Reuters - 14/10/16]
IOM helps governments enslave people and stop them from seeking asylum, then complains about the consequences of doing that [Reuters - 15/10/16]:
Thousands of Ethiopians trekking through desert heat and war in Yemen for the sake of a low-paid job in Saudi Arabia risk getting stuck in an overcrowded migrant camp in Djibouti, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.
Three boatloads have recently been returned from the Yemeni port of Aden, potentially closing a route used by 10,000 migrants per month, mainly Ethiopians from the Oromia and Tigray regions and Somalis.
"If they increase deportations we are going to get people stuck here," IOM's regional director Jeffrey Labovitz told reporters in Geneva by phone from Djibouti. ...
Yemeni forces have staged a retaliatory missile attack on a military convoy in a border area located in Saudi Arabia’s extreme southwest, killing as many as 60 mercenaries, the al-Masirah television reports.
The counterattack came on Friday when Saudi military vehicles were traversing a border passage in the Najran region, the television cited a Yemeni army official as saying. ... [Press TV - 15/10/16]
Bombing kills 6 at Yemeni military officer’s funeral [The National - 14/10/16]
US enters Yemen war directly for the first time with attack on Houthis [The Intercept - 14/10/16]:
... The U.S. Navy tweeted a video of the destroyer U.S.S. Nitze launching cruise missiles, captioning it with the hashtag “#Yemen” — commonly used by activists to draw attention to the humanitarian catastrophe.
Schultz said the strike was approved by President Obama on the recommendation of the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pentagon officials told NPR that they had “no sense of any civilians being killed,” but it is unclear how they know, and what type of review was undertaken.
Houthi forces denied having launched the missiles at a U.S. destroyer, and promised to respond to kind to the display of military force. ...
Week of violence in South Sudan kills 60, government says [Reuters - 14/10/16]
In a dramatic turn of events, a handful of members of the former General National Council and the former Tripoli “prime minister” have staged an apparent coup in Tripoli, taking over the the GNC’s old premises next to Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel and declaring themselves in power again. ... [Libya Herald - 15/10/16]
Libyan forces advance in Sirte, 14 troops killed, officials say [Reuters - 15/10/16]
The London High Court has dismissed a $1.2bn (£840m) claim against US investment bank Goldman Sachs over Libya's sovereign wealth fund. ... [BBC - 14/10/16]
Gunmen raided the house of a U.S. aid worker in central Niger overnight, killing his two guards before driving him off across the desert towards Mali, the mayor of the town said on Saturday. ... [Reuters - 15/10/16]
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the middle of a Shi'ite Muslim gathering in Baghdad, killing at least 31 people and wounding about 30 on Saturday, police and medics said. ... [Reuters - 15/10/16]
US army to deploy 500 1st Infantry Division soldiers to Iraq [Military.com - 14/10/16]
Forces trained by the Turkish military at the Bashiqa camp in northern Iraq will take part in the planned operation to drive Islamic State out of the city of Mosul, Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Friday.
Baghdad's Shi'ite-led government objects to the Turkish military presence and wants its own forces at the forefront of the Mosul assault. ... [Reuters - 14/10/16]
ISIS crushes attempted rebellion in Mosul [Antiwar.com - 14/10/16]
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Kirkuk — for the first time as Iraq’s premier — to discuss plans to liberate nearby areas around Hawija.
Although the flood of evacuees from the area suggests that it needs to be liberated ahead of what is expected to be a very long assault on Mosul, special forces have already been deployed near Mosul. ... [Antiwar.com - 14/10/16]
Russian Defense Ministry refutes reports on Russian military servicemen's death in Syria [TASS - 14/10/16]
Russia’s Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Russia supports the participation of Iran, Iraq, and Egypt in the Lausanne talks on Syria which are scheduled for Saturday. ... [SANA - 14/10/16]
President Putin signs agreement on Russian air group deployment in Syria [SANA - 14/10/16]
‘Why are they killing us?’ Rebel attacks on western Aleppo out of spotlight [RT - 14/10/16]
West gunning for Russian media ban [OffGuardian/Strategic Culture Foundation - 14/10/16]:
... European parliamentarians this week voted for a resolution calling for greater "institutional capacities to counter Kremlin-inspired propaganda".
The vote was passed by the EU’s foreign affairs committee and will go before the full parliament next month.
If it is voted through then, the next step would be institutional mechanisms to block Russian media access. ...
"The target of this warfare is the minds of men both on a collective and on an individual basis."
Allen W. Dulles
Interestingly named nightclub opening on 20 October - Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Australia's establishment media types resort to navel gazing, and promoting Hillary Clinton and war, as they become increasingly unhinged and irrelevant. According to Martin McKenzie-Murray in today's Saturday Paper, Russia is "little more than a cabal of killers".
And the right marches on ---> Shorten power boosted as scandal-wracked HSU asks to come in from the cold [The Age - 14/10/16]
The ruling class’s hatred of Trump is different than yours [Counterpunch - 14/10/16]
@wikileaks [14/10/16]: RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 7 ... #HillaryClinton ...
@wikileaks [14/10/16] RELEASE: New #TiSA draft including Financial Services, Localization and Bilateral Market Access Requests & analysis ...
... Seven children ages 17 and younger were killed and seven more were injured in accidental shootings in Iowa from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 30 of this year, according to data collected by The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network. ... [Des Moines Register - 14/10/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 14/10/16]
Migrant killed by passing train in northern France [The Local - 14/10/16]
The bulldozing of the Calais Jungle has been pushed back by a week.
It was all due to start this Monday (17th), but as far as we understand it, only the shops and restaurants will be bulldozed as of this Monday, and the demolition of the rest of the camp will begin on Monday 24th October.
This comes as a result of there being no solution available for the 1,022 unaccompanied kids living in the camp.
Apparently the authorities have realised that they should probably find somewhere else for the kids to go BEFORE bulldozing their homes, rather than bulldozing their homes first. ... [World Wide Tribe - 14/10/16]
@MSF_Sea [14/10/16]: The #Argos has just accepted a transfer of 138 #people from another boat.
@guardiacostiera [14/10/16]: #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina 2 operazioni #SAR: unità @jugendrettet salva 138 #migranti su 1 gommone e su 1 piccola barca
The Journey: A six-part documentary about the paths of Syrian asylum seekers in the EU [May 2016]
Australia's first refugee aid worker honoured in Ballarat [Neos Kosmos – 14/10/16]
15 October 2016