Thousands of Palestinians on Monday attended the joint funeral for two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Qalandiya refugee camp overnight during a raid to demolish an alleged attacker's home. ... [Maan - 16/11/15]




Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinian fishermen off Gaza coast [Maan - 16/11/15]





An Israeli court on Sunday extended the detention of a Palestinian who was apprehended by Israeli forces during a deadly raid into a Hebron hospital last week, a lawyer for the Palestinian Authority Committee for Prisoners' Affairs said.

Lawyer Karim Aiwa said that the court had extended the detention of Azzam Shalaldah, 20, by another five days in order for Israeli authorities to continue their investigation.

Aiwa said that Shalaldah had been unable to appear in court due to his health.

He said he had visited Shalaldah in Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem, and that he was now in a light and stable condition, but his hands and feet were cuffed to the hospital bed. ... [Maan - 16/11/15]






Residents of Andar district of southern Ghazni province on Monday accused Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel of what they said mercilessly killing a civilian.

The residents, who arrived in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, gathered in front of the Governor’s House.

Khan Ali, brother of the slain person, told Pajhwok Afghan News his brother had been mercilessly killed by local police. ... [Pajhwok - 16/11/15]





The family of Rukhshana, 19, who was stoned to death earlier this month by men loyal to a local militant commander in Firoz Koh, the provincial capital of Ghor, seeks justice. ... [Khaama - 16/11/15]





Somali refugees killed as forces clash in Mogadishu [BBC - 16/11/15]





At least four people have been killed in shooting attacks and explosions in the capital of Burundi, according to witnesses and local officials. ... [Al Jazeera - 16/11/15]





More than 1,000 schools destroyed by Boko Haram this year: UN [Daily Star - 16/11/15]





Yemen pro-govt forces launch offensive to 'liberate' Taez province [Express Tribune - 16/11/15]





War correspondent of the Lebanese Resistance Mohammad Mahmud Nazar was killed while covering the military operations against the Takfiri terrorism in the southern countryside of the northern Aleppo province.

Field sources in Aleppo countryside told SANA that the late Nazar was killed on Sunday while performing his duty in covering the advances of the Syrian Arab Army and the Lebanese Resistance in the southern countryside of the province.

Martyr Nazar was born in 1987 in Arabsalim in Lebanon, and he played an effective role in covering the operations of the Lebanese Resistance against the Israeli Aggression on Lebanon in 2006.

He was one of the first participants in covering the battels of the Syrian Arab Army and the Resistance against the terrorist organizations in Syria. [SANA  - 16/11/15]






The Russian government has empowered the border guard department of the federal security service FSB in the Primorye Territory to use two coastal facilities in the Nakhodka Bay of the Sea of Japan (a pier on Cape Shefner and a pier on Cape Astafiev) for a period of twenty years for national defense and state security purposes.

A resolution to this effect has been published on the official legal information portal. ... [TASS - 16/11/15]





More than 100 families who had lived under the Islamic State occupation of Shingal have been received by Peshmerga forces in the newly liberated city, but a Peshmerga official has cautioned that Kurdish forces cannot be sure of the loyalties of these families, and that some may have pro-ISIS sympathies.  ... [RUDAW - 16/11/15]




13 Kurdish rebels killed in new southeast Turkey airstrikes: army [Daily Star - 16/11/15]




Proof last night's Paris "vigils" across Australia were bogus:  Duopoly fascists attended



 Immigration Minister @PeterDutton_MP signs the condolence book for Paris Terror Attack victims.



Image:  ‏@tobiloftus [16/11/15]





... Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the city stood to lend support to brothers and sisters in Paris affected by the "barbaric few that would strike fear into the hearts of so many". ... [Brisbane Times - 16/11/15]






@tobiloftus:   Premier @AnnastaciaMP signs the Paris condolence book outside City Hall for the victims of terror attacks.






‏@tobiloftus:   Member for Brisbane @TeresaGambaroMP signs the condolence book.





United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria



Refugees arriving in Lesbos, victims in Paris, in Beirut. They are all victims of the same executioners.



Image: [16/11/15]




US Department of Defense [15/11/15]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Raqqah, one strike produced inconclusive results.

-- Near Mara, one strike destroyed an ISIL improvised explosive device cluster, an ISIL fighting position and two ISIL defensive berms.

-- Near Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL cash distribution site.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar system, suppressed an ISIL light machine gun, and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Mosul, one strike suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL cache, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb and an ISIL command and control node and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed three ISIL vehicles and an ISIL fighting position, and wounded an ISIL fighter.






‏@Marodriguez1971  [16/11/15]  Kill. Or save lives, as in Lesbos.  ...




When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

Fred Rogers



Surfers Paradise [16/11/15]



Just another day in #lesbos ...

Image: ‏@ocanalsb  [16/11/15]





Greek authorities say 1,244 refugees have been rescued from frail craft in danger over the past three days in the Aegean Sea, as thousands continue to arrive on the Greek islands.

A coast guard statement Monday said rescuers responded to a total 34 incidents since Friday morning, near the islands of Lesbos — where most migrants head — Chios, Samos, Kos, Kalolimnos and Megisti. ... [Ekathimerini - 16/11/15]





The liars want us to keep believing them [Canberra Times - 16/11/15]





New Zealand soldiers arrive home from war [RNZI - 16/11/15]





A lawmaker who allegedly cited the names of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla when asking for shares in mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia also asked for shares in a power plant project in Papua, said Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman said on Monday.

Sudirman reported the lawmaker to the House of Representatives' ethics council on Monday.

He said the lawmaker allegedly promised to help Freeport secure an extension of its contract but asked for shares in the mining company for Jokowi and Kalla in return. ... [Jakarta Post - 16/11/15]





Grenade hits East Jakarta building, guard injured [Jakarta Post - 16/11/15]





Heads of departments and provincial administrators have been told to remove employees of foreign governments occupying technical advisory roles in the [PNG] Government.

Department of Personnel Management Secretary John Kali issued the directive to the heads of the departments of Health, Education, Justice and Attorney-General, Finance, Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Provincial and Local Government Affairs, Foreign Affairs and National Planning.

It was also sent to provincial administrators and State agencies. ... [The National - 16/11/15]





Mystery tourist ship visits Manus Island, locals ponder what they get up to [PNG Loop - 16/11/15]





Vaki trial set for December [PNG Loop - 16/11/15]





Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Sunday to continue dialogue over the long-standing territorial dispute between the countries that has prevented the signing of a post-World War II peace treaty, a Japanese official said. ... [Japan Today - 16/11/15]




Pentagon says five Guantanamo detainees transferred to United Arab Emirates [Reuters - 15/11/15]





More organisations call for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders

No more secrecy: We have a right to know how our Government treats people seeking asylum [Refugee Council of Australia Media Release - 14/11/15]:



Transparency and accountability to the public are vital to make sure that governments live up to the laws and values they claim to protect.

When it comes to our government’s policies on people seeking asylum from turnbacks at sea to offshore detention the public’s view is blocked by a veil of secrecy.

Just over a week ago Amnesty International uncovered credible evidence of serious crimes and abuses committed in secret under the Minister for Immigration’s ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’.

These include placing people seeking asylum in greater danger at sea, as well as unlawful detention and ill-treatment on Australian vessels.

The evidence also suggests Australian officials made payments to boat crews, making them complicit in the transnational crime of people smuggling.

We believe that Australia can protect people seeking asylum from exploitation without abusing their rights. But for several years now we have heard increasingly frequent evidence of physical and sexual abuse of women, children and men in prison like, Australian run immigration detention centres.

In a deliberate attempt to hide these allegations from the public, this year the Australian Government made it a crime for workers in Australian detention centres to tell us about these kinds of abuses against people detained, including children.

Journalists and independent human rights organisations have been largely blocked from visiting people being held on Nauru or assessing their living conditions. Recently, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants cancelled a scheduled visit to Australia because the Government would not give him full access to detention centres.

When presented last week with evidence of abuses committed under the banner of Operation Sovereign Borders, the Prime Minister and Minister Dutton claimed that Australian officials had not acted outside the law. The evidence uncovered by Amnesty International contradicts this claim. Yet, neither the Prime Minister nor Minister Dutton have challenged or addressed the evidence itself.

There are serious questions for the Prime Minister and Minister Dutton to answer.

In the absence of full, independent scrutiny, including by media and independent human rights organisations and monitors, there is a risk that crimes and abuses against people seeking asylum will continue in secret.

Our elected officials should not be able to brush off evidence of abuse. We call on the Prime Minister to do the right thing and end the secrecy.

The time has come for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders.

Only a Royal Commission, with the power to assess all the evidence, will uncover all the facts.






Interview with refugee Behrouz Bouchani - jailed by the Australian government on Manus Island [11/11/15]:


... Every day, as the island sinks into its depressing dusk, a long line forms so people can receive the so-called “blue pills.”

More than 200 people regularly take these pills.

The daily scene outside the clinic is truly horrifying.

If an observer from outside were to witnesses this, he would have difficulty believing that these young men take pills for their nerves every day.



Are there any psychologists or counselors available to talk to refugees?



Yes, but the behavior of the psychologists who work here has always had an element of torture to it. In a remote corner of the camp there is a solitary detention center called Chooka were offenders have been kept.

Now it has been replaced with another solitary detention center called the Green Zone.

The psychologists mostly spend their time there and subject inmates to meticulous and agonizing question-and-answer sessions that resemble interrogations.

They ask them all kinds of questions about their mental health and their dreams.

They really upset people, and many refugees who have been questioned by the psychologists say that when they talk to them they feel like they are being tortured.

 I have had the same experience.

I am really scared of them. ...





Australia's 'beautiful prison' in Papua New Guinea, Fariba Sahraei [VIDEO – BBC – 18/2/15]:


... "Imagine a large and real cage in the most isolated island, surrounded by ocean and jungle and tall coconut trees," says Omid, a 25-year-old Iranian.

"No doubt our prison is the most beautiful prison in the world."

Omid is not exaggerating. Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is small and rugged, covered in thick jungle, and the coastline is stunning.

It's home to around 50,000 islanders - but also to about 1,000 detained asylum seekers who never wanted to be here and are mostly desperate to get out and go anywhere except back where they came from.

Until mid-2013, Omid was a journalist in Iran. He fled the country under the threat of arrest, paying traffickers a small fortune to take him to Australia.

Like many asylum seekers setting off from Indonesia, Omid headed for Christmas Island, a tiny Australian territory much closer than the mainland.

Despite reaching Australian borders, he was relocated to an overcrowded detention centre on Manus Island, where he has been stuck for the last 18 months.






Another group of detainees has been flown from Christmas Island to a Perth prison following rioting at the island's detention centre.


A lawyer whose New Zealand client was injured on Christmas Island when the guards regained control of the centre said the New Zealand High Commission was taking the matter seriously.

The commission had approached Australian authorities about her client's health and safety, she said.  [RNZI - 16/11/15]





More journalism from Christmas Island [RNZI - 16/11/15]





US and Australian approach to subverting the UN Refugee Convention being steadily adopted by other nations [DPA - 15/11/15]:


Germany launched a campaign in Afghanistan on Sunday to deter refugees from paying criminals to organize the long and often deadly journey they would have to take to start a new life in Europe.

A couple of posters appeared in the capital Kabul with the message in both Dari and Pashto, the country's main languages, "You are leaving Afghanistan: Are you certain?"

The billboards include a hashtag and a link to a Facebook page called Germany in Afghanistan with information on migration laws, among other posts.

"Do not believe the rumours and false information deliberately spread by human traffickers about the allegedly easy trip and the easy life in Germany," the most recent post on the page read Sunday.

"Do not risk your lives by trying to flee to Europe," the message said, while adding that human traffickers are criminals who are only interested in money.




School's out for Benowa High Year 12s



Surfers Paradise [15/11/15]




School's out forever!




Freedom! Benowa High year 12s charge the beach at Surfers Paradise!





Schoolies 2015 officially begins on the Gold Coast.





Arbitrarily targetting "bikies", class and race based goading of teenagers in their cars (and violently cracking down on their parties), while villains murder, abuse and steal is not good policing.



 It's fascism.




Teenager fatally stabbed on the Gold Coast [Brisbane Times - 16/11/15]:



... The 16-year-old Pacific Pines State High School student staggered from door-to-door in the wake of the attack, desperately seeking help.

Residents, including a volunteer lifesaver, performed CPR, however the boy died at the scene.

Police believe he knew his attacker. ...





Police are investigating the shooting of a man in the Caloundra area on Saturday.

Shortly before 1am on November 24 police were called to Arthur Street after witnesses reported hearing a series of what sounded like gun shots in that vicinity.

Police attended the area but were unable to locate any evidence of a firearm incident or anyone with injuries.

Around 9am, a 24-year-old man attended Nambour Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left arm. ... [QPS Media - 16/11/15]




Armed robbery with violence, Nerang [QPS Media - 16/11/15]





Police are investigating two armed robberies in Cairns over the weekend. ... [ABC - 16/11/15]





Suspicious fire guts Molendinar factory [MYGC - 16/11/15]





Attempted robbery with violence, Waterford West [QPS Media - 15/11/15]





Armed robbery, Labrador [QPS Media - 15/11/15]





Robbery with violence charges, Toowoomba [QPS Media - 14/11/15]





Timeline: The discovery of Tiahleigh Palmer's body and investigation into her suspected murder [ABC - 13/11/15]





A Brisbane man accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter and trying to kill her older sister is set to have his case return to court.

 The man, who cannot be named, is charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder and has been held in a psychiatric facility.

His youngest daughter was found dead in her bedroom at the family home in Kedron on September 7.

It's alleged after murdering her, the father tried to kill her eight-year-old sister.

The case is due to be mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday. [Yahoo - 16/11/15]





A hearing for a man accused of murdering a Brisbane mother and her daughters more than 40 years ago could be held up if the man's lawyer can't spend more time with the alleged killer.

Gary Reginald Dubois and his co-accused Vincent O'Dempsey are charged with murdering Barbara McCulkin, 34, and daughters Vicki, 13, and Leanne, 11, who vanished from their Highgate Hill home in 1974.

During a brief mention of Dubois case in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, his lawyer Peter Saggers told the court he was only able to see his client three hours a week in prison but needed a lot more time with him. ... [Yahoo -16/11/15]





Caffeine from the equivalent of "20 espresso coffees" contributed to a Queensland prisoner's death in custody, a coroner has found.

Despite a thorough investigation, authorities have no idea how 51-year-old prisoner John Michael Spence was able to ingest the caffeine unnoticed and found no evidence of the drug in his cell. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/11/15]





A former high-profile Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing a boy in the 1970s has had charges against him mentioned in a Brisbane court. ...
[Yahoo - 16/11/15]





Child Abuse Royal Commission: Peter Hollingworth, former Governor-General and Anglican Archbishop apologises to victims of paedophile teachers [ABC - 13/11/15]





The sister of a student sexually abused by a teacher at St Paul's Anglican school in Brisbane has said his tuition fees should be repaid.

The woman, whose brother was identified only as BRN at the inquiry, today presented a letter to the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall on behalf of her parents. ... [ABC - 13/11/15]





Man charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle following police pursuit, Southport [MYGC - 16/11/15]





Queensland Assistant Police Commissioner to join apartheidesque youth pacification talks in Mount Isa [ABC - 16/11/15]





Police were forced to shut down an out of control 18th birthday party after a group of drunken teens refused to leave and started throwing beer bottles.

Uniformed and plain clothes officers, along with the dog squad attended an industrial shed in Geary Crescent around 12.40am after reports of a number of youths fighting and creating a disturbance out on the street.

Officers stopped the fights and dispersed the large crowd with four teens arrested for good order offences, including a 15-year-old boy charged with public nuisance and a 17-year-old man charged with obstructing police. ... [QPS Media - 15/11/15]





Police attending a large street disturbance involving around 50 teenagers at Woodridge this afternoon were spat on, verbally abused and one officer punched in the mouth, before officers managed to disperse the crowd. ... [QPS Media - 13/11/15]





Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the Gold Coast Criminal Investigation Branch have arrested a 30-year-old man at a Gold Coast address overnight.

Officers located the man during a traffic intercept at Surfers Paradise around 9pm last night. During a search of the vehicle police will allege they located a ‘pen gun’ along with ammunition.

A search of the man allegedly led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia.

The man, a member of the Rebels OMCG, was taken into custody without incident.

Detectives from Taskforce Maxima charged the man with one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm, authorised possession of explosives and possession of tainted property. ... [QPS Media - 13/11/15]





Arrest and extradition of Victorian Finks OMCG member [QPS Media - 13/11/15]





... A man died after his motorcycle crashed on the Gateway Motorway near Bald Hills around 11.25am on Sunday, prompting the closure of southbound lanes on the motorway from the Bruce Highway. ... [Yahoo - 15/11/15]




13 candidates to contest the 2015 North Sydney by-election



AEC Media Release [13/11/15]:


13 candidates have nominated to contest the 2015 North Sydney by-election, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) announced today.

The candidate nominations, in ballot paper order, that were officially declared at 12 noon today are:

1. POLLARD Lou, The Arts Party

2. BOURKE William, Sustainable Population Party

3. KENNARD Sam, Liberal Democrats

4. BROMSON Kerry Susanne, Voluntary Euthanasia Party

5. JANSSON James, Future Party

6. CHESTERFIELD-EVANS Arthur, The Greens

7. BEREGI Maryann, Independent

8. NERO Silvana, Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group)

9. MARKS Robert James, Palmer United Party

10. ZIMMERMAN Trent, Liberal

11. RUFF Stephen, Independent

12. FREEMAN Luke, Australian Cyclists Party

13. BOHM Tim, Bullet Train For Australia




Queensland government sells more assets for CBD casino development [Yahoo - 166/11/15]





3,000 deaths caused by air pollution each year prompt calls for tougher standards [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/11/15]:


... The figures, from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, are a direct result of an "ineffective and out-of-date regulatory system" for air pollution, according to not-for-profit legal practice Environmental Justice Australia.

The group is just one of many that will meet in Melbourne on Saturday at the National Air Pollution summit, calling for a national scheme that is binding on states and territories to combat air pollution in Australian cities, coalmining regions, coal transport corridors, and communities near coal-fired power stations and motorways. ...





Townsville Port to create new landmass in harbour with dredge spoil from $1.3b expansion project [ABC - 16/11/15]





Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!



QGC development a vote of confidence in industry [BG Group Media Release – 15/11/15]:

QGC Pty Limited, along with joint venture partners China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Tokyo Gas, today announces a two-year, A$1.7 billion development of its natural gas tenements west of Wandoan to support gas production.

The investment, which follows receipt of Commonwealth and State Government environmental approvals, has been approved by QGC’s parent company BG Group and the joint venture partners.

BG Group’s share of the investment is within the Group's previously disclosed capital expenditure program. QGC has a 73.75% interest in the relevant natural gas tenements.

The development, known as Charlie1, involves the construction of 300-400 wells, a large field compression station and associated pipelines and facilities which will feed into existing gas processing and water infrastructure at Woleebee Creek.

The works are part of the continuous development of QGC’s tenements in the Surat Basin to sustain natural gas supply to both domestic customers and the two-train Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) liquefaction plant on Curtis Island, near Gladstone.

QGC, which has appointed Leighton Contractors Pty Limited as the main works contractor, will progress development and construction immediately. Major infrastructure will be built on QGC property.

Managing Director Tony Nunan said this was an important investment in the future of QGC’s operations and built on the success of the world-first production of liquefied natural gas from coal seams in the past year.

The QCLNG plant has delivered 62 cargoes since first LNG production in December 2014.

“This is a vote of confidence in the secure, long-term future of Queensland’s natural gas industry, which will employ Queenslanders for many years to come,” Mr Nunan said.

“The Charlie development will help to sustain the benefits of our investment in local communities and the state, including up to 1,600 construction jobs and business opportunities during the two-year project.”





 Queensland's deputy premier says she's open to the idea of a nuclear waste site being set up in the state.

The federal government has shortlisted six properties, including one in Oman Ama in Queensland's Darling Downs region, as potential locations to store low to intermediate nuclear waste.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says although she wasn't told about the shortlisting before the announcement, the government was open to discussions. ... [Brisbane Times - 13/11/15]





... Andrew Youngberry, who owns the family-run Inglewood Farms around 20 kilometres from the proposed site at Oman Ama, was surprised by the inclusion of Inglewood on the shortlist.

"I would think that it should be something that would be considered out where there is less population, in that it's not very far from Inglewood town and not that far from Warwick town," he said.

But Mr Youngberry said at this stage, he was not concerned about his farm's organic certification.

 "I wouldn't think that it would affect our certification, in that this is from my understanding, quite low-grade nuclear waste and I'm sure it will be done very well. ... [ABC - 13/11/15]







"We're not going to have tourism while we've got a bloody prison operating on the island."

Shut detention centre, say Christmas Islanders [Radio New Zealand - 16/11/15]:

As debate over Australia's detention programme rages on, John Campbell travels to Christmas Island, where he discovers the entire council wants the island's detention centre closed down.

Tough new visa laws brought in by the Australian government late last year have seen dozens of New Zealanders deported, with hundreds more still being held in detention centres, including on Christmas Island.

Hundreds of asylum seekers and detainees - including New Zealanders - are held at the facility, where rioting broke out last week following the death of an Iranian refugee.

The programme has sparked heated debate on both sides of the Tasman, with Australia's Human Rights Commission saying the country's mandatory detention system breached fundamental human rights.

The Island's local body leader Gordon Thomson said the centre damaged the Island's reputation and put people off visiting, and the indefinite incarceration of refugees had no place in any part of Australia.

With Christmas Island located 2500 kilometres from Perth - and 500 kilometres from Jakarta - Mr Thomson said it was taking place somewhere that was totally out of view.

"That's the whole purpose of it. It's ideal for the government's purposes to have a secret - the most secretive they're allowed to be in our legal system - and Christmas Island is the place to do that best."

Detention centre authorities on the Island will not allow anyone to come within sight of the facility, with road blocks set up some distance from the entrance to the compound after the riots.

Mr Thomson said the best thing the Australian government could do with the centre was close it down.

"The view I have, and I'm sure it's shared by many, and certainly our councillors, is that the best thing that could happen is the government pack the joint up and move on."

He said there was now a "very, very big chasm between the government and the authorities running the detention centre and the people."

Christmas Island residents were "appalled" by the fate of refugee Fazel Chegeni, a member of Iran's Kurdish minority, who was tortured by authorities in Iran, but lost his life in the country he fled to, said Mr Thomson.

He said the entire situation was "deeply worrying", and the island felt hostage to a facility it did not want, although he admitted that asking for it to be removed was not all about high minded democratic ideals.

"We're not going to have tourism while we've got a bloody prison operating on the island."




Homes evacuated as second train in two days derails in Wisconsin [Reuters – 8/11/15]








At least 10 people were killed and five more were missing after a French high-speed train derailed during a test run on Saturday, local officials said, the first fatal accident since the TGV trains were introduced more than 30 years ago.

The victims were among the team of 49 technicians aboard the train which derailed near Strasbourg, northeastern France. There were no other passengers. ... [France 24 - 15/11/15]






France bombs Syria [Reuters - 15/11/15]





The United States has carried out a fresh delivery of ammunition to fighters from the Syrian Arab Coalition battling Islamic State in northern Syria, pushing ahead with a strategy that initially unnerved ally Turkey, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday.

The delivery of ammunition represented only the second time the United States has moved to arm the Syrian Arab Coalition, a collection of about 10-12 groups numbering about 5,000 fighters.

They are working with Kurds and others to claw back land from Islamic State. In a shift in approach, the latest U.S. resupply operation was completed on Saturday by delivering the weaponry by land, the U.S. official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

It was not immediately clear who transported the ammunition into Syria, but the official said American troops did not drive them into the country. ... [Reuters - 15/11/15]







Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn says rise of Islamic State was “a wilful decision” and defends accuracy of 2012 Memo [Levant Report - 6/8/15]





Terrorism and the other religions [Informed Comment - 15/11/15]





... Calls for Muslims to reject terrorism are presented as an innocent suggestion, a piece of well-intentioned advice. But, in reality, these calls for condemnations often further entrench the stereotype that Muslims and their religion are inextricably tied to violence. ... [Informed Comment - 14/11/15]





16 November 2015