@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [16/7/16]:
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Mahdiya neighborhood south of Baghdad resulted in death and 6 injuries....
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near a popular market in Taji district north of Baghdad resulted in 3 deaths and 6 injuries....
Mahmoud Salih Al-Samara'i ,the reporter of France Press Agency ,was injured two days ago in Qayyara nahiya south of Mosul................
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 16/7/16]
Rocket attacks in Aleppo kill one civilian, injure 9 others [SANA - 16/7/16]
Syrian military supported by Russian jets and artillery strikes have recaptured from terrorists 586 settlements, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday. ... [TASS - 15/7/16]
@AusAmbTurkey [16/7/16]: Conveyed Australian Government's sympathy and support to Turkish FM Cavusoglu at site of Parliament House bombing
@gunzileli [16/7/16]: Bu genç askerin boynunu kesen güruh meğer darbeyi "püskürten" "demokrasi güçleri"ymiş!
Turkey’s top judicial board suspends 2,745 judges [Anadolu - 16/7/16]
... Meanwhile, 48 members of the Council of State, who were sought with an arrest warrant, were detained in relation to the coup attempt.
Arrest warrants were revealed for 140 members of the Supreme Court of Appeals. [Hurriyet - 16/7/16]
Turkish Prime Minister said that 2,839 soldiers and officers implicated in an overnight coup attempt have been arrested.
At least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Istanbul and Ankara.
Turkey is a member of NATO and a key US ally in the region, providing its airbase for the ongoing military campaign in neighboring Syria.
It also hosts American nuclear weapons, with an estimated 50 to 90 B61 bombs stored at the Incirlik base. [RT - 16/7/16]
... The military said it seized control “to reinstall the constitutional order, democracy, human rights and freedoms, to ensure that the rule of law once again reigns in the country, for the law and order to be reinstated.”
The military statement went on to say that “all international agreements and commitments will remain. We pledge that good relations with all world countries will continue.” ... [Mint Press - 15/7/16]
Turkish military helicopter lands in Greece, 8 claim asylum [RUDAW - 16/7/16]
Serbia to deploy army, police to push back people seeking asylum [ABC News - 16/7/16]
Hundreds of migrants rescued on the Mediterranean Sea [247 News Update - 16/7/16]
... The Norwegian ship Siem Pilot went to the aid of one dinghy that sank in the Sicilian Channel, but many migrants were already in the sea when it arrived, Antonio Panzanaro, an Interforce official, said.
One corpse was recovered but survivors said that at least 20 people had drowned before the ship arrived, he said.
There were 82 women and 25 children among the 366 people rescued, he said. The survivors were mainly from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Bangladesh. ...
@defenceforces - Irish Defence Forces [14/7/16]: Welcome home to the crew of the LE Roisin, 1263 migrants rescued in the Med as part of Search & Rescue operations.
“There is a great sense of pride that we have rescued a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t have made it to land,” the officer said.
LÉ James Joyce has taken over the humanitarian mission and was yesterday in Sicily taking onboard supplies and getting instructions from the Italian authorities.
To date, the Naval Service has rescued 9,855 refugees. [Irish Examiner - 16/7/16]
... 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 - 22/7/14]
Day 119 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @racvictoria [16/7/16]
@riserefugee [16/7/16]: Uncle Robbie Thorpe from FN Liberation hands over Aboriginal Passports to RISE CEO #SovereigntySanctuary
"BRING BACK EXILED REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS HELD HOSTAGE ON MANUS AND NAURU" @EmilyJCatalyst [16/7/16]: On Wurundjeri and Koorie Nations Land, solidarity. Thank you @riserefugee and Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance
So glad I voted informal. 3 years imprisonment, and the best you can do is a pro ALP chat fest ---> @sarahinthesen8 [16/6/16]: Looking forward to chatting @ChasingAsylum with @doctormcdougall and @evaorner at Splendour in the Grass next week ...
A 14 year old Tamil school child who was raped last month was beaten by Sri Lankan police officials as she tried to report the crime, reports Colombo Telegraph.
The girl, who was reportedly abducted and raped by her school bus driver on June 19th, attempted to report the crime to Haputale police on the 7th of July.
A woman police constable proceeded to beat the child, warning her not to reveal details of the rape to the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).
If the child spoke, the constable “threatened to kill the victim’s parents and everyone else in the family,” according to reports. ... [Tamil Guardian - 16/7/16]
Sri Lanka Navy Commander attends 'Leaders Symposium' in United States [Tamil Guardian - 16/7/16]
Rohingya refugees captured by Thai police "anti human trafficking division" to be detained for up to a year before being deported [RFA - 11/7/16]
... Global indifference supports the regime and is leading to genocide.
There is nothing to gain from not challenging the military and the notional opposition since, if they are left unchallenged, each year will see refugee crises, which are already destabilizing the region.
And, sooner or later, the world will wake up to a genocide on the scale that shocked the world in Rwanda in 1994. Excerpt from the new book The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide by Azeem Ibrahim (Hurst, 2016) [Alternet - 13/7/16]
Concern over lack of supply base for offshore drilling [The Irrawaddy - 16/7/16]:
... An oil and gas industry insider this week raised concerns over the governments plans to set up a supply base as companies get ready to conduct offshore drilling in Burmese waters.
A post on industry network oilpro.com, written by Andre Wheeler of Ceti Corp, said that Australian firm Woodside could be drilling as early as late next year, meaning that an offshore supply base, or OSB, would need to in place to assist the company.
A site in Moulmein, Mon State, has long been proposed for such a base. But a suitable base does not yet exist, and a site for a new base has not been agreed upon, according to Wheeler. ...
The French government will put US$1 million toward a feasibility study for a 690-megawatt hydropower project in Rakhine State, ministry officials said yesterday.
The Ministry of Electricity and Energy agreed to the funding during a visit by the French minister for foreign affairs and international development to Nay Pyi Taw last month, said U Aye San, direct general at the Department of Hydropower Implementation. ... [Myanmar Times - 15/7/16]
Two of the men rescued from the Holey Artisan Bakery, where they had been taken hostage by gunmen, but ‘missing’ since then are in a ‘stage of interrogation’, the chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has said. ... [bdnews24.com - 16/7/16]
‘I will execute you’: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatens suspected drug lord to his face [South China Morning Post - 16/7/16]
Thai media organisations says new order curbs freedoms [Bangkok Post - 16/7/16]
PNG: Special parliamentary sitting to vote on no confidence motion adjourned to July 22 [PNG Loop - 15/7/16]
Police and soldiers will be used by the newly established National Security Joint Task Force to stifle any internal security threats.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki and PNG Defence Force Commander Gilbert Toropo confirmed this after the establishment of the task force was announced by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari yesterday.
Baki said the task force would be headed by assistant police commissioner (crimes) Victor Isouve, who would report to him directly, and would be assisted by the PNGDF.
“We will have support staff from police, defence and the National Intelligence Organisation to come on board,” he said.
“I will be initiating documents today so that the deployment of the Defence Force with police in the task force is legal and binding in the callout provisions.
“We are not vindictive on anyone. ... [The National - 15/7/16]
Postings on social and mainstream media will be monitored by the newly established National Security Joint Task Force, says Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari.
He said threats on Facebook and blog sites, which were becoming prevalent, would come under the scrutiny of the task force. ... [The National - 15/7/16]
The United States vice president, Joe Biden, has made a brief visit to American Samoa, making him only the second vice-president to do so.
Mr Biden made a 90-minute refuelling stop while en route to Australia and New Zealand, where he met with the territory's governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, at the airport.
It is unclear what was discussed in their meeting.
Mr Biden then emerged from the meeting and mingled with more than 100 local residents who had gathered to see him.
Our correspondent says he is the second vice president to visit Pago Pago.
The first was Dan Quayle, who was George HW Bush's deputy from 1989-1993. [RNZI - 16/7/16]
US sailor gets 30 months for raping woman in Naha [Japan Today - 15/7/16]
A British citizen who according to UK media faces child sex charges at home was arrested on Wednesday evening in Siem Reap and was set to be deported, according to a police official. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 15/7/16]
FSG Australia disability group defends its standards at child sexual abuse Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald – 15/7/16]:
... FSG Australia received $54 million in grants and government funding in 2014-15, according to its annual report. ...
Melbourne ---> "BRING BACK EXILED REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS HELD HOSTAGE ON MANUS AND NAURU" @riserefugee [16/7/16]
@riserefugee [26/7/16]: Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance + RISE #SovereigntySanctuary ...
@elahe_zivardar: Friday - 15July - Day 118 - peaceful protest in Nauru.
"WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?" @racvictoria [15/7/16]: Day 64 of peaceful protests on #Manus Enough is Enough. Shut down Manus. We are not illegal. Detention is illegal.
Stay where you are and accept your fate: NZ government to the people of Pacific atolls threatened by sea level rise [RNZI - 15/7/16]
Pacific Islands nations consider 'pioneering' treaty to ban fossil fuels [Common Dreams - 14/7/16]:
... The PIDF [Pacific Islands Development Forum] was formed in 2013, spearheaded by Fiji, and excludes Australia and New Zealand, which are members of the older Pacific Islands Forum.
There were claims at the time that Australia and New Zealand attempted to sabotage the group's first meeting. ...
... "I can’t wait to get the airplane out to the Pacific," Lieutenant General Jon Davis, deputy commandant for aviation, told Reuters in an interview.
"It’s tailor-made for that part of the world with its fifth generation capability and its expeditionary capabilities to land on a small ship or strip, and flow back and forth between those." ... Lockheed F-35 jets ace exercises as US readies for combat use [Reuters - 15/7/16]
US Coast Guard says it is searching for 15 refugees "who went missing" in Caribbean waters [Daily Mail - 16/7/16]
The US Coast Guard forcibly returned 34 Cuban refugees this week [Bay News 9 - 15/7/16]
... José entered U.S. custody after he ran up to a Border Patrol checkpoint at the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, saying he feared for his life and needed help.
Earlier that evening, he had called his sister Rosario in Las Vegas and told her that something had gone wrong with the smuggler his family hired to bring him across the border, and he took off running.
Once in custody, Border Patrol agents placed José in a holding cell.
Agents reported that he was hysterical and that he had tried to hurt himself so badly that they had to take him to a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, according to an internal investigation into José’s death.
After being released from the hospital, José was taken to Eloy, about two hours north in the middle of the Arizona desert, and booked into the Eloy Detention Center, which holds up to 1,600 immigrants on any given day.
During intake, there was no documentation of José’s suicide attempt and hospital visit. ... [NPR - 15/7/16]
Prosecutions of refugees a driving force in mass incarceration in US – report [Guardian - 14/7/16]:
The Obama administration’s prosecution of immigrants who cross the border into the US is a driving force in mass incarceration, according to a new report.
Cases against immigrants for having illegally entered the country, known as illegal entry and re-entry, accounted for half of all criminal cases in the US federal court system last year, a report from Justice Strategies and Grassroots Leadership found.
Non-citizens currently make up nearly a quarter of the total federal prison population, with Mexican nationals alone accounting for 15%. Now several US judges who sentenced thousands of immigrants say the zero-tolerance policy for such cases they helped enforce was ineffective and should end.
“The only thing we have done is destroyed the lives of many people whose only crime is a desire to exercise their human rights to feed and care for themselves and their families,” said retired judge Felix Recio, who served as a federal magistrate from 1999 to 2013 in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. ...
A report from the University of Toronto’s international human rights program (IHRP) investigates abuses of human rights faced by people affected by HIV and sexual minorities in Mexico.
Authored by IHRP staff lawyer Kristin Marshall and Maia Rotman, JD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, the report asks that Mexico be removed from Canada’s refugee ‘safe’ list to protect sexual minorities.
Failure to do so could place Canada in violation of its international legal obligation, the report says.
“Canada and the United States are complicit, whether purposefully or not, in the increasing precariousness of LGBTQ lives in Mexico,” says Rotman.
Marshall recalls going to a shelter for migrants while in Mexico.
“We went to a shelter that was specifically devoted to migrants who have lost limbs by being pushed off the train as they attempt the dangerous journey across the country and others in need of hospice care to be able to die with dignity. This was beautiful and deeply shocking at the same time,” she says. ... [University of Toronto - 15/7/16]
A speech in which Theresa May laid out her hopes for the future of the country has apparently been deleted from the internet.
The text included commitments to get rid of the Human Rights Act because it restricted the powers of the Government.
She said that the Human Rights act was “interfering with our ability to fight crime and control immigration”. ... [Independent - 15/7/16]
After being kept out of the public eye for 13 years, Congress on Friday declassified 28 pages of a controversial report outlining a series of potential connections between the terrorist hijackers who attacked the United States on 9/11 and the government of Saudi Arabia.
The document details a number of alleged instances wherein individuals linked to the Al Saud family may have assisted or provided financial support to the al Qaeda operatives who committed the terrorist attacks. ... [Vanity Fair - 15/7/16]
The man who plowed a box truck into a crowd gathered to celebrate Bastille Day in Nice on Thursday night has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year-old Tunisian who had been living legally in the city.
Bouhlel had worked as a delivery driver and had three children with his ex-wife. He was known to local police for several misdemeanour convictions for crimes of theft and violence, but had no known ties to terrorist groups and was not known to hold radical views, security sources said.
He was not on the French intelligence watch list.
France's justice minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas told reporters in Paris Friday that Bouhlel had a record of petty crime but nothing matching the seriousness of Thursday night's rampage.
Neighbours described Bouhlel as a loner who never responded to their greetings, but said he also had no visible religious affiliation. ... [France 24 - 15/7/16]
ALP decides to stick with a proven right-wing loser! ---> @workmanalice [15/7/16]: An email from Chris Hayes confirms Bill Shorten has been officially reelected as Labor leader. ...
Amnesty International Report - Turkey 2015/2016:
The human rights situation deteriorated markedly following parliamentary elections in June and the outbreak of violence between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish armed forces in July.
The media faced unprecedented pressure from the government; free expression online and offline suffered significantly.
The right to freedom of peaceful assembly continued to be violated.
Cases of excessive use of force by police and ill-treatment in detention increased. Impunity for human rights abuses persisted.
The independence of the judiciary was further eroded.
Separate suicide bombings attributed to the armed group Islamic State (IS) targeting left-wing and pro-Kurdish activists and demonstrators killed 139 people.
An estimated 2.5 million refugees and asylum-seekers were accommodated in Turkey but individuals increasingly faced arbitrary detention and deportation as the government negotiated a migration deal with the EU. ...
Erdoğan silences the opposition [Le Monde - 7/7/16]
A group closely affiliated with a Muslim cleric accused by Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of orchestrating a coup from his compound in the mountains of Pennsylvania is denouncing the uprising. ... [Daily Caller - 15/7/16]
PM Yıldırım confirms small junta in military attempts to stage a coup in Turkey [Daily Sabah - 15/7/16]
@DailySabah [15/7/16]: ... President Erdoğan’s plane lands in Istanbul's Atatürk airport, he is expected to make a speech soon
@DailySabah [15/7/16]: ... Mastermind of Erdoğan's presidential election campaign, Erol Olçak & his 16-year-old son killed by coup soldiers on Bosphorus bridge
WikiLeaks sheds light on Turkey’s mysterious ‘Annotators’ [Al-Monitor - December 2014]
16 July 2016