United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Central Command - 16/11/16]



10 migrants found inside truck transporting clothes from Turkey to Barcelona [Spanish News Today - 16/11/16]



Spanish police were searching on Tuesday for several Algerians who fled a migrant detention centre following a riot, the sixth such incident since August as calls mount to close the facilities. ... [The Local - 15/11/16]



Germany pushes austerity. Austerity provokes protests. Stun grenades are purchased for the protests. Grenades are German. ‏@b8ch0 [15/11/16]



Welcome to Athens, Obama [CrimethInc. ex-Workers’ Collective - 14/11/16]:


... Indeed, as the candidate of supposed “Hope” and “Change,” Obama not only preserved the structures of power, but persuaded many of the people who are most targeted by the system to invest more faith and resources in those structures—which will now be used to repress them more aggressively than ever.

Just as we reject the false solutions of Syriza, we understand that Obama’s reputation as a “good” politician has only made him more dangerous to those he purports to protect.

Those who promise a more “inclusive” neoliberalism today pave the way for tomorrow’s fascism. ...



Refugees from the @sol2refugees deposit flowers at the Athens Polytechnic. @AlbaFerrs [16/11/16]



‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [15/11/16]:  Entre ambas fotos hay 1 año de diferencia.Hoy recibimos con máximo orgullo el HERO Award @IMRF_ por aquel 28 de oct. 2015 Gracias



Free The People On Manus Island and Nauru



...  “Do you know the television series ‘Lost’? I feel like I’m living that series. It’s like we’re all dead and stuck in limbo, or maybe even in hell,” says Amir. ... Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island speak to France 24 about their illegal incarceration [14/11/16]



We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality — judiciously, as you will — we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out.

We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.


Karl Rove  



Fascist fantasy land feat. Karl Rove, Peta Credlin and Kristina Keneally on Murdoch's Sky News! [Sydney Morning Herald - 16/11/16]



Immigration journalism in Australia: Asking all the wrong people, all the wrong things ---->  Donald Trump will honour a refugee resettlement deal signed between Australia and the outgoing Obama administration, according to former US ambassador to Australia John Berry. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 16/11/16]



Former US Ambassador to Australia John Berry buys $2.27million Manhattan loft [Observer - 31/10/16]



A Gold Coast man charged over the deaths of two construction workers who were crushed by a concrete wall at Eagle Farm last month has been granted bail.

The 58-year-old appeared in Brisbane’s Magistrate Court this morning on two counts of manslaughter.

Police said the Merrimac man was arrested yesterday on charges which relate to “acts of negligence on the construction site.” ... [MYGC - 16/11/16]



French tourists die from heart attacks on Great Barrier Reef [ABC - 16/11/16]



A woman in her 60s is in a stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital after suffering severe lacerations to her leg after an incident with a forklift.

The incident occurred at around 5:15am at a business on Gilston Road in Nerang. [MYGC - 16/11/16]



Woman hospitalised after truck and car collide in Southport [MYGC - 16/11/16]



A woman and her teenage son are in a critical condition in hospital after being run over in a driveway in Brisbane's inner-south.

Police said a man reversed an SUV from a property in Vanda Street at Woolloongabba about 6:30pm on Tuesday, hitting his 50-year-old wife and 14-year-old son, with the woman trapped for some time underneath the vehicle. ... [ABC - 16/11/16]



Motorcyclist dies in Maclean truck collision [Tweed Shire Echo - 16/11/16]



For almost a minute, 22-year-old Ballina man Corey Barker was held down and allegedly assaulted by four police officers.

CCTV footage shows Mr Barker being thrown to the ground and allegedly being attacked by then Senior Constable David Ryan Hill, Probationary Constable Lee David Walmsley and Constables Ryan Charles Eckersley and Luke Christopher Mewing at Ballina police station on January 14, 2011.

The vision, played at the District Court in Sydney, then shows Mr Barker being dragged along the floor out of the room. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 16/11/16]



Soyez réaliste, demandez l'impossible ---> ... Bill Ayers joins Paul Jay to discuss his journey from an apolitical life to the militant group the Weatherman to social activism and organising [TRNN - 7/11/16]




Durable Solutions:  Schoolie fencing, Surfers Paradise beach [16/11/16]



Militarised Schoolie deterrent installed on Surfers Paradise beach [Nine MSN - 16/11/16]



Twenty-two people have been arrested and charged with 70 drug related offences following investigations into the source of a dangerous drug which triggered a series of overdoses on the Gold Coast last month.

The Queensland Police Service and Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) last month announced a joint investigation into the mass overdose, which was supported by the use of CCC hearings.

Acting on information obtained through these hearings, detectives executed 17 search warrants on residences and properties across the Gold Coast yesterday and today. ... [MYGC - 16/11/16]



There were questions Tuesday evening about the decision by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to throw his support behind Keith Ellison – a fiery critic of Israel – to become chairman of the Democratic National Committee. ... [CBS - 15/11/16]


Google gets a seat on the Trump Transition Team [The Intercept – 16/11/16]



Judge orders FBI, CIA to disclose Occupy Philly surveillance [NBC - 15/11/16]



The FBI has signed a contract with Dataminr, a company that sifts through the Twitter newsfeed to identify issues and trends in real time.

Dataminr will provide the bureau with an advanced alerting tool with licenses for over 200 users at the agency that will give the FBI the capability to search the complete Twitter firehose in real time, using customized filters. ... [The Stack - 15/11/16]



Germany's highest court has rejected a bid by opposition politicians to make the government disclose spy targets it worked on with the U.S. NSA spy agency to a parliamentary commission investigating the NSA's activities in Germany. ... [Reuters - 15/11/16]



US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Richard Olson retired on Tuesday leaving a question mark on the future of the position which was created by the outgoing Obama administration in 2009. ... [Pajhwok  16/11/16]



At least 36 civilians, including children, were rescued from a Taliban prison during a special operation by the Crisis Response Unit (CRU) in southern Helmand on Tuesday night, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Wednesday. ... [TOLO News- 16/11/16]



At least ten insurgents were killed in Afghan security forces airstrikes in northern Sar-e-Pul province on Tuesday, local officials said. ... [TOLO News - 16/11/16]



4 Afghan security force members killed in Kabul suicide bombing [TOLO News - 16/11/16]



3 women killed by unknown gunmen in Herat [TOLO News - 15/11/16]


UN committee passes anti-Russian resolution on Crimea [TASS – 16/11/16]



Iran warns US after House moves to renew sanctions [Press TV - 16/11/16]



Iran’s deputy representative to the United Nations has dismissed as biased and politically-motivated a recent UN resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic. ... [Press TV - 16/11/16]



Kerry announces Yemen ceasefire over objections of government [Reuters - 15/11/16]



Since the March 2015 Saudi invasion of Yemen, Saudi-coalition airstrikes have killed a preposterous number of civilian bystanders, and repeatedly hit places like schools and hospitals across the country.

While the Saudis are forever downplaying such incidents, the reality of  the Saudi air war is becoming increasingly apparent.

It is a war not against the Shi’ite Houthi movement, but against Yemen’s population and economy. ... [Antiwar.com - 13/11/16]



An Egyptian court on Tuesday struck down the death sentence passed by a lower tribunal against an ousted Islamist president for his part in a mass prison break during the country's 2011 uprising.

The ruling by the Court of Cassation means that former President Mohammed Morsi would be given a new trial, along with five other leaders of his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group, whose death sentences in the same case were also quashed.

The court also struck down life sentences passed in the same case against 21 Brotherhood members. ... [Yahoo - 16/11/16]



Air strike targeting militants kills seven in southern Libya: official [Reuters - 15/11/16]



Indian shelling has forced thousands of villagers from their homes in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Raja Farooq Haider, the prime minister of Pakistan-held Kashmir, told reporters on Tuesday the government may have to provide shelter to up to half a million people if India escalates its "aggression" across the Line of Control. ... [Al Jazeera - 15/11/16]



The trial of two Chinese ethnic Uighur men suspected of carrying out a deadly bomb attack in Bangkok in 2015 began on Tuesday after three postponements due to defense lawyers being unable to find suitable interpreters for their clients.

Fourteen foreigners were among 20 people killed in the Aug. 17, 2015, bombing at Bangkok's Erawan Shrine, the worst attack of its kind on Thai soil.

Yusufu Mieraili and Adem Karadag, also known as Bilal Mohammed, appeared at a military court in Bangkok dressed in brown prison uniforms.

They face 10 charges, including murder and illegal possession of explosives. Police say both men confessed to their roles in the blast. The pair deny the charges against them and have said they were coerced into confessing.

The Chinese embassy in Bangkok provided interpreters for the pair on Tuesday. However, both men rejected the interpreters in protest against Chinese treatment of Uighurs. ... [Reuters - 15/11/16]



Nepal detains Tibetan refugees in crackdown as China's influence grows [Reuters - 15/11/16]



A nation that constantly proclaims its military might against the most desperate peoples on the planet, is weak ---> Australia's prime minister on Wednesday took delivery of the air force's first Boeing P-8A surveillance and anti-submarine aircraft which will take a front-line role in preventing asylum seekers from reaching the Australian coast by boat.

The Royal Australian Air Force will receive 12 of the modified Boeing 737 jets by March 2020 for 5 billion Australian dollars (US$3.8 billion).

The plane will take over the coastal surveillance role that the Lockheed P-3 Orion has carried out since 1968. ... [Jakarta Post - 16/11/16]



Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]



The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]



"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ...


"It's a wicked thing to do."


SBS [20/11/15]



Image:   ‏@KJBar [20/11/15]



... 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]



Dozens of Rohingya women and children burned alive in Northern Maungdaw [Rohingya Blogger - 16/11/16]



Rohingya sacrificed in global scramble for oil and gas [Ecologist - 13/11/15]



Pissweak stooge ---> ... "I wish to express my deep concern over the recent violence in northern Rakhine State, which is plunging the state into renewed instability and creating new displacement," said former UN Secretary General Annan in a statement. ... [Reuters - 15/11/16]



The United States greenlighted this pogrom when they dropped sanctions in early October, now they're mumbling things about "stemming violence" ---> ... State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Tuesday that a U.S. delegation holding previously scheduled talks in Myanmar urged the government to "improve transparency."

The U.S. also repeated its call for an independent investigation and humanitarian access. ... [Yahoo - 16/11/16]



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]:


... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess.

The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats.

You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.

And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.

But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...



Yahoo [1/6/15]:


... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.

"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...



Around 200 Rohingya refugees stranded at Bangladesh border [Yahoo - 16/11/16]:


Around 200 Rohingya Muslims fleeing a surge in violence after security forces took control of Myanmar's Rakhine state last month are stranded at the Bangladesh border, community leaders said Tuesday.

Bangladeshi border guards pushed back the Rohingya -- mostly women and children -- to the Myanmar side on Monday, community leaders told AFP.

"We heard they are 200 in number. They are mostly women and children who were only seeking a safe place to stay. They have no homes to go back," one of the Rohingya leaders told AFP from a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf border town.


The stranded Rohingya crossed the Naf River -- which divides the two countries -- by boats in the early hours of Monday and were immediately sent back by Bangladeshi border guards.

"We have stopped and pushed back around 80 Rohingya people yesterday (Monday)," border guard spokesman, Major Abu Russell Siddique, told AFP.

He said the Rohingya who were pushed back were economic migrants "looking for work and treatment", and denied the community leaders' claim that they were victims of recent violence in Rakhine.

Another border guard commander told AFP that Monday's group was the largest number of Rohingya pushed back since violence erupted in early October.

Nineteen-year-old Mohammad Towhid told AFP by phone that he also crossed in the early hours of Monday, but managed to avoid the border guards.

"They (Myanmar army) shot dead my sister before my eyes. I hid underneath heaps of cow dung during the attack. As the night fell, I rushed to the border," Towhid said, speaking from a Teknaf refugee camp.

"I left my mother alone at home. I don't know whether she survived or not," he said, adding that troops had torched hundreds of Rohingya homes. ...



There is no "US deal" and Turnbull's "lifetime ban" legislation merely cements ALP anti-refugee policy. Academics lie. Atrocities continue. --->   US deal is a good news story for refugees – here’s why it took so long ‏@ConversationEDU [14/11/16]



NGOs keep the pressure off the ALP [Pro Bono Australia - 15/11/16]



See how Turnbull's lie has travelled around world thanks to the ALP, media, human rights organisations and academics ---> Australia, US agree on resettlement of refugees detained on Nauru and Manus Island [JURIST - 15/11/16]



Establishment "experts" and UNHCR apologists hold another gab fest as Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unchallenged  ---> ... From refugee emergency to protracted exile:  The role of 'time' in international protection [Kaldor Centre Annual Conference - UNSW - 18 November]



Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]



UNHCR's Volker Turk helps Australia shirk international responsibilities following sham Bali Process meeting [23/3/16]



UNHCR's Volker Turk calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to do something about the flow-on impact of Australia's anti-refugee atrocities [23/3/16]



Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.



... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi, which, in close collaboration with the Organization’s Headquarters, works with offices in the East and Horn of Africa as well as the Great Lakes Region to ensure strategic coherence, programme quality and results, management effectiveness and financial due diligence and accountability for UNHCR's operations.


From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Albrecht served as Deputy Regional Representative at the UNHCR Regional Representation for the United States of America and the Caribbean, located in Washington ... Thomas Albrecht UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Refugees for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific [Kaldor Centre - UNSW]



... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.

To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7.

... Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ... [GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP - 12/5/2005]



Kenyan officials coercing refugees back to war-torn Somalia [Amnesty - 15/11/16]



Kenya’s Dadaab: How not to close a refugee camp [News Deeply - 15/9/16]



Camp closure threat triggers thousands returning to danger [Human Rights Watch - 15/9/16]:


Kenya’s repatriation program for Somali refugees, fueled by fear and misinformation, does not meet international standards for voluntary refugee return.

Many refugees living in Kenya’s sprawling Dadaab camp, home to at least 263,000 Somalis, say they have agreed to return home because they fear Kenya will force them out if they stay.

In May 2016, the Kenyan government announced plans to speed up the repatriation of Somali refugees and close the Dadaab camp in northeastern Kenya by November.

Kenyan authorities, with officials from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), then stepped up a 2013 “voluntary” repatriation program ...



Who will end up deporting more people – Donald Trump or Barack Obama? [RARE - 16/11/16]:


... Fusion’s Tim Rogers writes, “With the clock ticking down his final months in office, Obama appears to be running up the score in an effort to protect his title as deporter-in-chief from future presidents. To pad the numbers, Homeland Security is now going after the lowest-hanging fruit: women and children who are seeking asylum from violence in Central America.”

“This is the only time I remember enforcement raids on families of women and children who are fleeing some of the most violent places on the planet,” says Royce Bernstein Murray, director of policy for the National Immigrant Justice Center.” ...



‏@mediamobilizing [15/11/16]:  Javier: grateful to everyone for coming here, to Arch Street Methodist. I am not running away: immigration knows where I am. #notonemore


@mediamobilizing [15/11/16]:  From Mexico City, has worked in the US for almost 20 years. Married to Alma. ICE detained him and pushed him to signing deportation order



Riot police fired teargas on Tuesday at protesters demonstrating just a few kilometers (miles) from the presidential mansion where Greek leaders were hosting a state banquet for visiting U.S. President Barack Obama.

About 7,000 people, among them many hooded protesters and members of the Communist-affiliated group PAME, marched through the streets of central Athens holding banners reading "Unwanted!"

The police clashed with the protesters after they tried to break through cordon lines to reach the parliament building and the U.S. embassy.

Some demonstrators threw two petrol bombs at police before dispersing into nearby streets close to Athens's main Syntagma Square.

In a separate protest in the northern city of Thessaloniki, protesters burned a U.S. flag.

The visit comes only two days before the anniversary of a bloody 1973 student revolt that helped topple the 1967-1974 military junta which was backed by the U.S. government. ... [Reuters - 15/11/16]



Guerrilla group claims responsibility for attack at French embassy in Athens [Reuters – 14/11/16]:


... In a statement uploaded on Athens Indymedia website, the Revolutionary Self-defense Group described the attack saying it was in protest at France's foreign policy and its treatment of refugees. ...


As government-held Western Aleppo in Syria continues to suffer constant attacks from rebel-occupied parts of the city, some people are forced to flee even refugee centers and sleep in the street, scared of constant shelling.

With the Syrian Army and Russia having suspended air strikes in and near Aleppo almost a month ago, militants have stepped up their drive to push back President Assad's forces.

Some of the people who fled their homes years ago are now fleeing even the refugee shelters amid the terrorists' attacks. ... [RT - 15/11/16]


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad interview with RTP TV channel [SANA - 15/11/16]



Turkey announced that it is resuming air strikes in support of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) as part of operation Euphrates Shield after an agreement with the “interested parties” was reached. ... Asharq Al-Awsat - 15/11/16]



"Moderate" Syrian rebels battle each other north of Aleppo [Antiwar.com - 14/11/16]



A MIG-29 fighter jet crashed into the Mediterranean on Monday while on the approach to land on the deck of the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release. ... [TASS - 14/11/16]



Iraqi joint forces have killed 955 Islamic State militants and arrested 108 others in operations south of Nineveh, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Ministry spokesperson Saad Maan said in a press conference vin Qayyara, Nineveh, that Iraqi air forces have killed 545 militants at the southern axis of operations.

“International coalition forces have killed 352 group elements on the southern axis,” Maan stated.

In the same conference, spokesperson of the US-led international coalition against ISIS, John C. Dorian, said coalition air forces had pounded ISIS locations with more than 4000 bombs since operations kicked off in mid October.

The strikes destroyed 59 booby-trapped vehicles and 80 underground tunnels, he revealed. ... [IraqiNews.com - 15/11/16]



 ‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [15/11/16]:


The spokesperson of US-led coalition announced throwing of 4000 grenades on seperated areas in Nineveh during the battles of war against Mosul ,the casualties among civilians resulted from shelling which includes civilians have not been mentioned.


Baghdad: A person was killed and 8 were wounded as an IED exploded in Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad.


Baghdad: A person was killed and 7 were wounded as an IED exploded in Saydiya area south of Baghdad.





16 November 2016