Day 211 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [16/10/16]
What's news Behrouz?: Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed [Behrouz Boochani - 16/10/16]:
Masoud, the Somalian refugee who was attacked by local people in Lorengau town last week is still in a bad situation.
His sight is poor because of the hard knock on his head and his memory has also been affected.
The left side of his face and head are swollen because of the significant injury on his head.
The Manus weather is humid and hot and it's so dangerous because of the risk of infection.
The immigration staff took him to IHMS (medical services in the detention centre) and he was in there last night.
But today they took him back to the East Lorengau transit centre by force (information told to us by police) and he was told he must go to Lorengau hospital in the town and pay for it himself.
Lorengau hospital is very basic and run down but the limited services are expensive, even for local people.
And there are no medical facilities in Lorengau hospital to do the necessary medical tests on his head.
Last night and today when some of his friends wanted to visit him they were not allowed.
We in Manus prison are deeply worried for Masoud, he is a refugee and can not pay for his health care.
The Australian government is responsible for him and must look after him
... "Academic people, writer people, artist people. Those people that they can make change and put pressure on the government. Why they are silent?" [RNZI - 15/10/16]
Any "pressure" on the government is being relieved by "advocates" and the ALP - who created (and support) Australia's indefinite detention/exile anti-refugee policy ---> @amnestypress [14/10/16]: On Monday, new @AmnestyOnline report lays bare the horrors of Australia's 'processing' system on Nauru @AnnaNeistat
@ABCNews24 [29/9/15]: Plibersek: People coming to Australia by boat should not expect to be accepted into our refugee & humanitarian intake ...
Mr Tim WATTS (Gellibrand) (19:40) [House of Representatives Hansard - 25/11/15]:
... We also committed to practical, compassionate measures that will work in the short term—continuing the combination of offshore processing and regional resettlement together with the policy of turning back boats that has stopped the flow of vessels arriving on our shores. ...
ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]
And not ONE "advocate" or journalist questions why the UNHCR told refugees they'd be on Nauru for 10 years, and why they don't want refugees released and resettled?
... But it is obvious that regarding to UNHCR, absence of visiting Guantanamo, government of Australia have used the opportunity to cover some of the problems and disasters therefore it is fair for us to doubt on your visitation of Nauru after all these years for another political games. ... Open letter to UNHCR from Nauru refugees questions motive of their April visit, calls for GENUINE resettlement after three years of punishment and torture [OP Voice - 2/5/16]
National broadcaster pushes for a "final solution" with more partisan damage control, false choices and exploitative victim blaming [ABC - 13/10/16]
Four Corners and Australia's chief anti-refugee propagandist Sarah "smugglers paradise" Ferguson - played a key role in re-opening Nauru and Manus concentration camps. THEY SHOULD BE PROTESTED.
Myanmar: Over 90 Rohingya civilians killed and more than 700 houses torched, 10,000 internally displaced in Maungdaw [Rohingya Blogger - 16/10/16]
Sri Lankan policeman arrested over torture and murder of Tamil youth [Tamil Guardian - 16/10/16]
Locals in Vavuniya on Friday signed their names against a petition calling for the release of Tamil political prisoners.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Sivasakthi Ananthan also joined locals in signing the petition.
The event was organised by the Mass Movement for Social Justice. [Tamil Guardian - 15/10/16]
Perth party declared out of control after police in riot gear arrive [WA Today - 16/10/16]
Tasmania Police have charged a 65-year-old man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbour at a remote former mining town in Tasmania's north-east. ... [ABC - 15/10/16]
Teenager threatens to kill couple with fake gun in Melbourne's north [The Age - 15/10/16]
Man charged with murder over suspected gunshot death on Darling Downs, police say [ABC - 14/10/16]
A 17-year-old woman is due to face court this afternoon after taking her grandmother hostage at a home in Southport overnight.
Around 9.30pm, police declared an emergency situation after reports that a woman in her 60s was being held in a house on Cotlew Street by a woman armed with a knife.
Police negotiated with the woman throughout the night, and she was taken into custody around 4am.
A 61-year-old woman was taken to hospital for treatment for what are believed to be minor injuries.
A 17-year-old Southport woman has been charged with one count each of serious assault of a person over 60, assault occasioning bodily harm and deprivation of liberty and torture. ... [MYGC - 14/10/16]
Ipswich golf ball bomb-maker's sentence to stand as appeal dismissed [ABC – 14/10/16]
An empty unit was gutted by fire in Nerang on Friday night.
The blaze broke out on Nerang-Broadbeach Road at 10:30PM.
The apartment was completely destroyed and a neighbouring property was also damaged. ... [MYGC - 15/10/16]
Fire damages Ashmore property [MYGC - 15/10/16]
A Queensland Government department says they knew about and paid compensation to at least one worker with black lung disease a decade ago, despite the widespread belief that the illness had been eradicated at the time. ... [ABC - 14/10/16]
The Lady Annie mine owner CST Minerals admitted it recklessly neglected infrastructure maintenance that could have led to serious environmental harm.
The company will have 60 days to pay out a total $210,000 after it was sentenced in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Thursday.
CST Minerals operations manager Brett Foster and senior environmental officer Mike Limpus was present in the court room when magistrate Stephen Guttridge issued the sentence.
$50,000 would be paid to the Kalkadoon Native Title Aboriginal Corporation and about $10,000 is to be paid in legal fees and investigation costs.
No conviction was recorded against CST Minerals, which owns the mine around 100 kilometres north west of Mount Isa.
The company pleaded guilty to three counts of contravening an environmental authority condition. They “wilfully” did so for two of the charges.
The charges were made after heavy rainfall on November 30, 2014, which caused the collapse of critical infrastructure. ... [North West Star - 14/10/16]
Perth's 'richest street' evacuated, worker rushed to hospital after pool chemical incident [WA Today – 14/10/16]
Man tasered in Sydney hospital after trying to interfere with birth [Yahoo – 14/10/16]
Three serious crashes in less than an hour on Sunday morning have claimed one life and left two other people with significant injuries in hospital.
About 11am a motorbike and car collided on the D'Aguilar Highway at Kilcoy, 90 kilometres south-west of the Sunshine Coast.
Police are investigating three separate crashes on Queensland roads.
The crash happened near the intersection with Esk Kilcoy Road and the motorcyclist, a 70-year-old man, died at the scene.
Earlier, a car crashed into a power pole and caught fire at Hamilton Plains, 23 kilometres inland from Airlie Beach.
The incident occurred about 10.45am and left the sole occupant of the vehicle with significant burns in Proserpine Hospital.
Two vehicles collided on Mount Petrie Road in Belmont 15km south-east of the Brisbane CBD.
The incident occurred about 11.35am and one person was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
The road was closed until 3.12pm.
The Forensic Crash Unit was investigating all three incidents. [Brisbane Times - 16/10/16]
Man hurt in crash at Wongawallan [MYGC - 15/10/16]
Man hit by motorbike at Runaway Bay [14/10/16]
Outlaws motorcycle gang member killed at start of Tasmanian tour [ABC - 14/10/16]
Ukrainian armored personnel carrier hits passenger bus in Donbass, driver dead [TASS - 16/10/16]
The militia command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has received information that the helicopter downed by the militia on Thursday, was carrying some instructors from NATO’s member states, the DPR Operations Command Spokesman Eduard Basurin told journalists on Friday. ... [TASS - 14/10/16]
North Korea carries out failed missile test – US [Sputnik News - 15/10/16]
Russian border patrol was forced to open fire during inspection of a fishing vessel with North Korean crew onboard.
The crew resisted search, behaved aggressively, and tried to flee with the members of the Russian security forces on board, according to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). ... [RT - 15/10/16]
Argentina demands UK halts military exercise in disputed Falklands [Reuters – 14/10/16]
Reports from Tahiti say investigators have detained French Polynesia's former president Gaston Flosse and the president of the assembly Marcel Tuihani for questioning.
They were held as part of an ongoing investigation by the Public Security Directorate into alleged abuse of public funds which had been launched in February. ... [RNZI - 15/10/16]
Head of Evangelical Lutheran Church in PNG says torture and murder of people accused of participating in traditional cultural practices linked to lack of development [RNZI - 15/10/16]
A two-page paid advertisement in print media on Repentance, or National Day of Prayer this Wednesday, August 26 has come under scrutiny by the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches.
The advert stated that during repentance day, an offering called the Aliyah will be collected and given officially to the Jewish people by the government of Papua New Guinea.
It also quotes bible verses showing support for idols, and why they should be brought forward to be burnt.
The Aliyah offering as defined in the advert is the return of Jews to Israel from whatever nation around the world they have been scattered. ... [EMTV - 24/8/15]
... At the moment, more than 20% of the approximately eight million citizens of Papua New Guinea are born-again believers.
But this does not give the full picture of the spiritual landscape of the nation.
About 80% call themselves Christians and in this country it means you have turned away from idols to the living God – the God of the Bible!
So as a people, they have now gone from paganism to being a God-fearing nation in just a few short generations. ... [International Christian Assembly Jerusalem - 23/3/15]
Xavier College's administrators have taken the almost-unprecedented step of trying to force the psychologist of a man who claims he was sexually abused while a student at the school more than 40 years ago to give evidence against his patient.
Janusz Skarbek alleges he was raped when he was a student at the exclusive, Jesuit-run school between 1971 and 1974.
According to his lawyer, Mr Skarbek had his first "realisation" he had been abused about six months after he had been seeing Dr Geoff Pearce, a Queensland psychologist, for unrelated matters more than 40 years later.
Mr Skarbek has launched a Supreme Court lawsuit against his former school, claiming it was negligent in its treatment of him and seeking compensation for his pain and suffering. ... [The Age - 14/10/16]
Former Catholic priest Vincent Gerard Ryan given suspended sentence for sex offences against boy [ABC - 14/10/16]
The use of dogs to instil fear is torture.
Ask Senator Claire Moore why this is permissible in Australia.
Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]
Teenagers charged following vandalism at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School, one mauled by police dog [WA Today - 16/10/16]:
Three 13-year-old boys have been charged after a high school in Western Australia's Goldfields region was trashed just hours after the first stage of a $45 million redevelopment was unveiled.
Education Minister Peter Collier opened facilities including 24 brand new classrooms at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School on Friday.
That night, vandals broke in and caused extensive damage.
Around 11pm on Saturday, police were called to a local Target store after being alerted to people trying to smash open the front door.
They were told the group had been unsuccessful and climbed onto the roof. Police rushed to the store, arresting two teenagers in the car park while two others fled from the roof to a nearby construction site.
Police dog Storm tracked a scent to an area under a building within the site and was let off his leash after officers shouted out a warning and received no response.
One boy was detained by Storm, who bit the child's face and buttock/thigh area, while another 13-year-old boy surrendered himself.
The injured teen was taken to Kalgoorlie Hospital for treatment.
Police say they found items linking the children to the break-in and damage at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School and also at Eastern Goldfields College.
A 10-year-old boy who was with the group is in police care while supervision arrangements are organised.
Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:
... Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice.
Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice
@AusHCUK [14/10/16]: Fascinating to view #LynetteWallworth's immersive film 'Collisions'. Traditional stories told through cutting edge technology. ...
@hughwhitfeld [13/10/16]: Former PM @JuliaGillard watches on as remains of 11 Indigenous Australians are repatriated in a smoking ceremony in London.
Aboriginal rights campaigners moved away from Southbank less than an hour before royal visit [Brisbane]
Image: @KathLanders - Channel 9 journalist [19/4/14]
... Sovereignty campaigners gathered on the [Sydney] Harbour today, demanding that the British crown return all land on the Australian continent that they hold illegally.
"Give back what you stole" being the main message of today's protest. ...
Australia's political and media establishment concoct bizarre narrative about Nazis to explain why Pemulwuy's remains might never be repatriated [Sydney Morning Herald/ABC - 27/8/15]
More than 200 years ago in the early days of Australia's colonisation, Pemulwuy led a fierce war of resistance against the British settlers.
Considered a "pest to the colony", he was eventually shot and decapitated and his head was sent to England.
Today, the whereabouts of the skull remains a mystery, but the movement to bring it back to its people has a powerful new ally.
Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Prince William's private secretary, said that the prince was deeply moved by Pemulwuy's story and had started a "supremely important search" to locate the skull.
"On his return from Australia the prince told me that he intended to do all he could to investigate the circumstances surrounding the missing head," he wrote in a letter to Mick Mundine, head of the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Company.
"His Royal Highness was so profoundly impressed by the determination of the Aboriginal elders in their quest to right the wrongs done to his famous warrior in death, and to afford his remains a proper burial."
Mr Mundine warmly welcomed the prince's help, saying he was shocked to open a letter bearing the royal insignia.
"It's a big thing Prince William even coming to Redfern (in Sydney). For him to return a letter to us is really a blessing," he said.
"I think to get the remains of the Pemulwuy head back here will start to heal the wounds a little bit."
Mr Mundine said the prince had "his mother's spirit, his mother's love."
"He doesn't look down on you – even though he's a tall guy."
While the pledge of support from the prince will greatly advance the project, tracking down the missing body part is no easy task.
A Clarence House spokesman said: "Prince William intends to do what he can to help with the search for Pemulwuy’s missing skull after he was asked to help when he visited Redfern.
"The prince has instructed his office to follow up the request. No new knowledge has unfortunately yet come forth, but the prince will continue to pursue any other information that may emerge."
Many believe the head is still in England with the remains of an estimated 3000 indigenous people whose body parts were bottled in the name of scientific research. However, the exact location of the jar and its contents remains a mystery. ...
Palestine welcomes latest UNESCO resolution condemning Israel’s policies on Aqsa mosque [Albawaba – 15/10/16]
Some 20 Palestinians were injured Saturday evening -- one critically with a live bullet to the head -- during clashes at the main entrance to the al-Jalazun refugee camp in northern Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, following a march commemorating the first anniversary of the killing of 13-year-old Ahmad Sharaka, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces last year during clashes. ... [Maan - 15/10/16]
Slain Palestinian's mother released a day after being detained over Facebook post [Maan – 15/10/16]
Mother of Palestinian prisoner sentenced to a year in prison for attempting to smuggle phone [Maan – 15/10/16]:
... The Palestinian Authority (PA) generally paid such fines on behalf of Palestinians held in Israeli jails until March 2015.
At the time the PA was paying 13 million shekels ($3.65 million) a year to Israel, spending up to 4,000 shekels on each fine, according to PA committee of prisoners' affairs, Issa Qaraqe.
All lawyers who worked with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody were notified at the time that they should avoid any plea bargains with the Israeli prosecution that includes payment of fines.
"This is a dangerous policy and blackmail whose goal is to incriminate the legitimate Palestinian national struggle against occupation," Qaraqe announced during the PA policy change regarding payment of prison fines. ...
Egypt opens Rafah crossing for 2 days for humanitarian cases and 'stranded people' [Maan - 15/10/16]
A new report by an influential parliamentary committee has recommended that the UK outlaw the word “Zionist” when used “in an accusatory context.”
Published on Sunday, the Home Affairs Select Committee’s report also slams Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for heading a party with “institutionally anti-Semitic” elements.
Despite its overwhelming focus on the opposition Labour Party, the committee admits that there is no evidence of a higher prevalence of anti-Semitic attitudes within Labour than in any other party.
At the same time, the report downplays allegations of racism and anti-Semitism in the governing Conservative Party. ... [Electronic Intifada - 15/10/16]
Toronto reporter and unabashed Zionist Sue-Ann Levy takes no prisoners in her new book, ‘Underdog: Confessions of a Right-Wing Gay Jewish Muckraker’ [Times of Israel – 16/10/16]
Boulder Preparatory High School students expelled after Facebook group calls for 'execution' of Jews, black people [Guardian - 15/10/16]
Australia's establishment international law and refugee rights experts ignored the majority decision, and focussed on the minority dissenting opinion. That's inexplicable. ---> @BenjaminNorton [15/10/16]: NY Times published an article claiming the UN working group decision on Assange is not legally binding. That's false
@wikileaks [15/10/16]: RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 8 ... #HillaryClinton ...
@wikileaks [15/10/16]: RELEASE: Hillary Clinton's Private #GoldmanSach's Paid Speechs - full transcripts ...
… While we're all staring at the end of the world
Will everybody have their hands on their head while they say
Well I told you so ...
'Quiet Crowd', Patrick Watson 
Back to reality at the Gold Coast's "6th Theme Park": Crazy Cat Cafe - Centre Arcade - Surfers Paradise
Pentagon video warns of “unavoidable” dystopian future for world’s biggest cities [The Intercept - 13/10/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [15/10/16]: Nineveh: News reported that rockets have fallen near Mosul Dam.
Interview with Britain’s former Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford [VIDEO - RT - 15/10/16]
Two civilians were killed and nine others were injured by rocket shells that terrorists fired Saturday on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city, a source at Aleppo police command said. ... [SANA - 15/10/16]
No document agreed at Syria talks in Lausanne — source [TASS - 15/10/16]
Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov sets off on long voyage to Mediterranean Sea [TASS - 15/10/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 15/10/16]
Voluntary returns in October: 242 Voluntary returns so far year: 5010 Deportation agreement EU-Turkey: 701 @AlbaFerrs [15/10/16]
Germany proposes returning asylum seekers rescued in the Mediterranean and imprisoning them in North African concentration camps [Ekathimerini - 15/10/16]
... At a joint press conference with Buhari, Merkel stressed support for the country's battle against Boko Haram, but also said that Germany would send back most Nigerians.
She said that while most refugees from war zones like Syria were granted asylum, "the approval rate for people from Nigeria is only eight percent. We presume that most of them came for economic reasons."
Merkel on her three-nation trip repeatedly warned Africans against crossing dangerous deserts and seas for an uncertain future in Europe. ... [The Local - 15/10/16]
Nigerian rebels claim pipeline attack in oil region [News 24 - 15/10/16]
US Deportation of Haitians shows that asylum applicants are far from equal under the law [Global Voices - 14/10/16]
National Immigrant Justice Center and Notre Dame fight for immigrant families [14/10/16]
Rohingya exile - whose cousin was killed by Myanmar military this week - pleads with Tokyo to come to their aid [Japan Times - 15/10/16]:
... When Zaw Min Htut landed at Narita Airport in early 1998 he was immediately detained.
His travel documents said he was visiting Japan on business but he was suspiciously young and gaunt-looking after a year living on the lam in one of the poorest countries in Asia.
After being questioned by immigration officials for a few days and under threat of being put on a plane back to Yangon, he asked to apply for refugee status.
His next two months were spent in detention at the airport, where he says he was fed convenience store meals for which he was told to pay about $800.
He was then transferred to Ushiku detention center in Ibaraki Prefecture, where he spent the next nine months, during which he was allowed outdoors one hour per week.
An immigration lawyer named Shogo Watanabe agreed to take on his case pro bono and, after a handful of attempts, had Zaw Min Htut freed.
However, life in his adopted home was tough.
On top of the language and cultural barriers he had no work permit, and was forced to rely on food and shelter from his uncle who, like him, had a refugee application pending.
“It was a horrible life,” Zaw Min Htut recalls.
“I became very small.”
To make matters worse, immigration officials had issued a deportation order against him.
With Watanabe’s help, he appealed the Justice Ministry’s decision to reject his application and, ultimately, became the first Rohingya in Japan to be granted refugee status.
Today, there are close to 250 Rohingya living in Japan, many of whom are children who have been born here, and most of whom reside in Gunma Prefecture.
A large group of unidentified assailants killed nine border guards in Rakhine state on Oct. 9.
Local authorities are blaming the Rohingya, and an unknown number of the stateless minority have reportedly been shot dead by security forces since the attack.
Zaw Min Htut says the military killed one of his second cousins on Tuesday, and many other Rohingya have been arrested.
He has requested an urgent meeting with officials from the Foreign Ministry and the U.S. Embassy to relay information he’s gathering from friends and family in the area.
“I want to use my freedom to secure their freedom,” he says, paraphrasing Suu Kyi.
“But only international pressure can help the Rohingya. Myanmar’s government will never talk to me.”
... One of those the [Auburn] centre has helped is 21-year-old Antony Peries.
He came to Australia from Sri Lanka by boat four years ago.
Since then he has been in and out of meetings with lawyers who have helped him with his refugee claim.
"We can't go back to Sri Lanka, if we go back we can die. They killed my brother, my father," he said.
"I was waiting, waiting for so long and I feel like it was better to die in Sri Lanka.
"I was thinking every day tomorrow is good news, tomorrow is good news and almost three, four years are gone."
His application was approved recently, but he was worried about the thousands of other applications still awaiting legal advice.
"Everyone says they can get visas but it's not easy. It's so many mental problems. We don't know when."
With the waiting list growing, commercial lawyers like Leanne Ho have stepped in to also offer free legal advice.
"It's extremely important for the clients we're seeing who otherwise wouldn't, in most cases, have a voice to tell their story and explain why they can't go back to their country," she said. ... [ABC - 15/10/16]
16 October 2016