Day 167 peaceful protest ... [West Haus, Manus]



Image: @Shamindan1 [16/1/18]



@sunosi3 [16/1/18]:  It’s 167th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. SOS #Manus



US denies visa for Israeli singer to perform at UN for Holocaust Remembrance Day [Haaretz - 15/1/18]



@davidsheen [15/1/18]: African refugee that Israel deported: “our neighbors… screamed for help as they were killed and we couldn’t do anything… We ran into the forest… but the rebels chased us… One of them caught my best friend… He grabbed her, raped her and killed her.”



Refugees in Israel - International Solidarity [15/1/18]:


Israel deports African refugees - Background

On New Year’s Eve, 2006, hundreds of Sudanese refugees were brutally killed and wounded during a peaceful sit-in protest in Cairo, against the UNHCR’s failure to deal with their asylum requests.

In the aftermath of the Mustafa Mahmud slaughter, persecuted Sudanese refugees were forced to seek an escape route and ended up in Israel.

Tens of thousands of persecuted Eritreans, fleeing dictatorship, followed the lethal migrant route through the Sinai Desert to Israel.

Many were held and tortured in slave camps in Sinai.

There are currently about 35,000 African refugees in Israel plus 5,000 children who were born in Israel. ...



Israeli Labor sells out African refugees, as ‘infiltrators’ [Mondoweiss - 21/11/17]



@LaborDialogue [30/12/17]:  ALP delegation members Tony Burke MHR, Susan Templeman MHR, Josh Wilson MHR, Susan Lamb MHR, Julian Hill MHR, Steve Georganas MHR, Skye Laris & Wendy Turner meeting at the Knesset with Labor MK Hilik Bar ...



Senior Labor MP Tony Burke rejects links to underground campaign that propelled Indonesian live exports crisis [Queensland Country Life - 6/6/16]:


... Ms Laris’ LinkedIn profile says she “delivered improvements to animal welfare and paused live exports when overseeing GetUp!'s live exports campaign which was the fastest growing online petition to date with more than 250,000 signatures in less than a week”.

After being the GetUp! communications and campaigns director to January 2012, it says she returned to the Labor camp to be chief of staff to then Employment Participation, Early Childhood & Child Care Minister Kate Ellis, until August 2012.

After that, Ms Laris took on leadership of digital campaigns for the Labor Party prior to the 2013 election campaign before becoming Chief Of Staff and Digital Director up to October 2015. ...



"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 the Labor Party's Manus Island refugee concentration camp [Nine MSN - 25/2/14]



Alexander Vinnik, the Russian who was arrested last summer following a US arrest warrant has reportedly submitted an asylum application on Monday.

According to local media, the 38-year-old visited the office of the Asylum Service in Thessaloniki earlier today. ... [Keep Talking Greece - 15/1/18]



@rspaegean [15/1/18]:  Imagine waking up in a place like this, instead of going to school #WelcometoMoria #Refugees #EUTurkeydeal



@AHampay [13/1/18]:  The Greek government and European NGOs do not want the world to know the reality in Moria. Here is proof.



@AHampay [11/1/18]:  The true life in Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece #moria #refugees - all videos are filmed by @AHampay ...



@ErikGerhardsson [13/1/18]:  Early this morning one refugee boat carrying 43 men, women & children arrived to the South coast of Lesvos. ...



"This isn't a migration crisis ... it is a crisis of hospitality and brotherhood" [L'obs - 11/1/18]



‏@DLPublicLaw [12/1/18]:  This week's tune has been kindly composed by our client, recently granted #refugee status. His lyrics speak of his struggle & survival as an #asylumseeker in the UK. ...



@DLPublicLaw [13/1/18]: Court prohibits #removal of our client to Afghanistan, following successful #injunction application Client had been languishing in detention without legal representation. Nxt step is to get him released. Our @ahmed_aydeed & Karen Staunton of DL & @alibandegani of @gardencourtlaw 



American firm GEO Group - that gave hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Trump campaign - is paying asylum seekers in Scotland just £1 an hour in wages [Daily Record - 15/1/18]:


... Lawyer Toufique Hossain, of law firm Duncan Lewis, said: “Our clients and other detainees are doing work essential to the management of the immigration removal centres like Dungavel, much of it banal and tiring. They are working as cleaners, barbers, laundry workers, litter-pickers and food servers. This work would otherwise need to done by workers paid at least the minimum wage.”

“Men and women deprived of their liberty, in a position of powerlessness, are forced to carry out unedifying jobs for next to nothing by the circumstances which have been imposed on them. If this isn’t slavery, I don’t know what is.” ...



@BklynDefender [15/1/18]:  Thank you to all of those that came out for the #MLKDay rally to support #FreeRavi and to stand in solidarity with all immigrants facing detention and deportation.



Video message from Ravi Ragbir [13/1/18]



A year after being released from detention, Bangladeshi refugee finds a new life in Colorado [Boulder Weekly - 11/1/18]:


... The last time we talked to Iqbal (referred to with the pseudonym Mishkat Sarkar in previous reporting) it was early 2016 and he was being held at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Denver Contract Detention Facility in Aurora.

At the time, he had been in immigration detention for more than 15 months, starting Nov. 13, 2014 — the day he crossed into the U.S. from Mexico. ...


“Lots of people really don’t know what’s going on in detention,” Iqbal says, or even that there is a detention center in Aurora.

Often, when driving for Lyft on Peoria Street, Iqbal will ask his customers if they know the building is a detention center.

“They often say it’s a factory,” he says.

“No, this is not a factory. You need to go and look. It is a jail,” he tells them. ...



The Somali refugees life is a tragic story that highlights the gaps in Canadian institutions and systems that disproportionately and negatively impact Black Canadians. ... Canada failed Abdoul Abdi but it's not too late to do the right thing [The Star - 14/1/18]





The persecution of Julian Assange [Foreign Policy Journal - 13/1/18]



@wikileaks [15/1/18]:  Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov comments today on Snowden & Assange asylum in his annual news conference. 



@wikileaks [13/1/18]:  Chelsea Clinton blames British Red Cross for Haitian 'shitholes' in 2011 email to Hillary & Bill Clinton. ...



Trump is a mirror. [TRNN - 13/1/18]:


... AARON MATÉ: You know, Jean, speaking of countries across the world demanding justice, demanding reparations for what was done to them and taken from them, I can't think of a more striking example than Haiti, going right to the present. Around the same time as the Durban Conference in 2001, you had Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the President of Haiti. He was overthrown first in the early 1990s in a US-backed coup. But after he came back, he ran again and won in 2000. It was during that second term of his when he began demanding from France the repayment of that something, of that 90 million Francs you referenced.

JEAN SAINT-VIL: That's right.

 Aaron Mate: The equivalent of something like 19 billion dollars. It was after he did that, when he was demanding that, when the US, and France and Canada all partnered up to destabilize his government further, leading to a second coup against him in 2004, helping put Haiti in the place where it is today, where unable to, or finding it very difficult to run a self-sustaining government. And very much reliant on the foreign countries that have been involved in its politics for so long.

JEAN SAINT-VIL: Exactly. Exactly. That's why we say that Haiti is an international crime scene. That meeting you referenced to prepare the coup took place in my city, right here in Gatineau. January 31, February 1, 2003. A whole bunch of white people, you know, we have to emphasize that it was white people who met, and they had titles as diplomats. And they decided that the President of Haiti needs to be overthrown, Haiti needs to put under UN tutelage and then they would reinstate the brutal army in Haiti. A year later, they conducted the coup. White soldiers, which we don't have in Haiti, entered the residence of the President, kidnapped him and his wife, and he spent several years in South Africa. In fact, when the earthquake happened, President Aristide was in South Africa with his family.

This is not an isolated case in history. The same way that they assassinated Patrice Lumumba of the Congo, they assassinated Thomas Sankara and imposed puppets like Mobutu Sese Seko, installed puppets like Duvalier, and then they come back and say that, well, you have bad leadership. This trick needs to end and we need to have a new relationship between the societies that were built on the sweat and blood of Africans, including the breast milk of African women, and the people who survived the crimes of Elizabeth I, of Leopold, of Washington, Jefferson and all of them criminals.

So, what we need is courage to address what Donald Trump is putting in our face here. It's not sufficient to just pretend that we are offended and that what he is saying is racist. What he is saying is racist and it is in a tradition of racism, of white supremacy at a global scale. Let's take this opportunity to fix what needs fixing. Because the sad reality is that the situation that Haitians are living today is one that doesn't require distraction.

Today, the eighth anniversary of the earthquake, we still don't have an investigation that has been conducted to identify where the 10 billion dollars that were collected in the name of Haitians after the earthquake has gone. The Clinton Foundation is very rich today. It wasn't when the earthquake took place. And the Clinton Foundation was collecting a whole lot of money. Hillary Clinton got directly involved in imposing a Trump-like character in Haiti called Michel Martelly, who was very similar with Trump in his behavior. It wasn't the Haitian people who chose Martelly, it was Hillary Clinton. In return, Hillary Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, got access to Haitian goldmines.

What we need today is to ask the question where did the money go? It obviously did not go to Haitians or to build Haitian infrastructure, as we can see if, eight years after the fact, after the earthquake, Donald Trump can refer to the country as a shithole. On top of that, the UN troops that they brought to conduct, to consolidate the coup in 2004 contaminated the waters in Haiti in October 2010.

Over one million have suffered cholera, disease out of cholera, and over 30,000 died. To this day, the United States and all of the countries that made the decision to send the UN troops there refuse to pay reparations to the victims.

So, of course, we have to ask ourselves, yes, if they're referring to Haiti as a shithole, we need to ask whose shit and whose hole? ...



MLK: Creative Maladjustment (UCLA, 1965; Courtesy of UCLA Communications Studies Department)



... We will meet your physical force with soul force.

Do to us what you will and we will still love you.

We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws because non‐cooperation with evil is just as much moral obligation as is cooperation with good, and so throw us in jail and we will still love you.

Threaten our children and bomb our homes and our churches and as difficult as it is, we will still love you.

Send your hooded perpetrators of violence into our communities at the midnight hours and drag us out on some wayside road and beat us and leave us half‐dead, and as difficult as that is, we will still love you.

But be assured that we will wear you down by our capacity to suffer and one day we will win our freedom.

We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and your conscience that we will win you in the process and our victory will be a double victory.

This is a nonviolent message.


Certainly, we all want to avoid the maladjusted life.

In order to have real adjustment within our personalities, we all want the well‐adjusted life in order to avoid neurosis, schizophrenic personalities.

But I say to you, my friends, as I move to my conclusion, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize.

I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination.

I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry.

I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few.

I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence. ...  [via The Possibility Practice]



US Department of Homeland Security continues pushing for an immigration detention centre on CNMI [Marianas Variety - 15/1/18]




16 January 2018