United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 16/9/16]



Paris police evict more than 1,500 migrants from street camp [EURO News - 16/9/16]



Libya's oil company on Thursday announced an "immediate" resumption of oil exports from two of the key ports captured this week by forces opposed to the country's UN-backed unity government. ... [Yahoo - 16/9/16]



"Libyan Patrols" stop 1,425 boat migrants fleeing over two days [Reuters - 16/9/16]



‏@guardiacostiera [15/9/16]:  #CentraleOperativa coordina 6 operazioni #SAR: unità #GuardiaCostiera, @ItalianNavy, @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ e #MOAS salvano circa 750 #migranti



Day 181 refugee protests, Nauru


We are continuing for our #freedom



Image: ‏@SuchNigel [16/9/16]



What's news Behrouz? Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island write to Obama and UN in leadup to the dubious refugee summit [16/9/16]


... Detention centres ... should be closed, Mr Lees-Galloway [NZ Labour immigration spokesperson] said. ... [RNZI - 16/9/16]


 Al Jazeera reporter gloats about helping Dutton sell the ALP's anti-refugee policies to the world [16/9/16]


Still no justice or citizenship for the Rohingya, Azad Essa [IOL - 7/9/16]:


... In fact, not only are the Rohingya disenfranchised in Myanmar, the international community has also done little to help.

Malaysia and Indonesia have both refused boats full of Rohingya community fleeing their persecution.

Bangladesh, while home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, routinely turn boats away.

There is a reason for the international apathy to the persecution of these people.

Myanmar is has one of the biggest oil and gas reserves in the world.

Under the guise of “democracy”, the stage has been set for Myanmar to become a major pivot in the rush to secure energy resources in the region in an attempt to ward off rising Chinese influence.

By doing so, the western world is willing to “forgive” Myanmar for some of its shortcomings.

Companies like the UK, US, The Netherlands, Australia, and Italy have already signed contracts with Myanmar.

For others like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Myanmar is seen as the entry point into Asia.



Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail for killing villagers during an interrogation, the military said, a rare ruling in the former junta-run country where the army has long operated with impunity.


On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama vowed to lift decades-old sanctions, imposed when the former military junta was in power, during a visit by Suu Kyi to the White House.

While details are still unclear, the move will likely scrap the blacklist that bars Americans from doing business with more than 100 military leaders, their companies and so-called cronies.

Activists have condemned the move however, saying it removes a key lever for applying pressure on the army.

Last year the deaths of two ethnic Kachin teachers triggered public outrage, as activists accused soldiers of raping and murdering the pair in the village where they worked in Shan State.

No one has yet been charged with the killings. [Yahoo - 16/9/16]


Dropping UNGA resolution on Myanmar, EU to break 25-year rights precedent [Myanmar Times - 16/9/16]


Suicide blast inside Mohmand Agency mosque kills 16, injures 25 [Pakistan Today - 16/9/16]


Court rules against Okinawan governor's move to block US base relocation [Japan Today - 16/9/16]



Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada met at the Pentagon yesterday to discuss the rapidly evolving security environment, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. ... [US Department of Defense - 16/9/16]


The Philippines is firmly committed to its alliance with the United States but will not be lectured on human rights and treated like a "little brown brother," the country's Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay said on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 15/9/16]


Hanjin says US-bound ship is being held 'hostage' [Reuters - 15/9/16]:


... As of Wednesday, of Hanjin's 97 container ships, 36 were waiting outside of overseas ports, according to South Korea's finance ministry.

Of the reminder, 37 had yet to unload and planned to return to Korea, and 24 had unloaded in Korea and elsewhere, the ministry said. ...



No justice.  No peace.  ---> A Kalgoorlie house deliberately set alight and destroyed by fire was being rented by a man charged with manslaughter over the recent death of 14-year-old boy Elijah Doughty.

The house on Watts Close in South Kalgoorlie went up in flames last night, with the house and its contents completely destroyed. ... [Nine MSN - 16/9/16]


SBS [16/9/16]:


… As word of the fire spread through social media, dozens of locals arrived on the scene and at the nearby Doughty residence where there was a tense stand-off with police.

Photos also show Police patrolling Johnston Street in South Kalgoorlie and setting up outside the Watts Close home as it burned.

A second incident occurred hours later at the site where Elijah's family and supporters had erected a memorial and Sorry camp at Gribble Creek - the exact place where the teen was run down.

Two Four-Wheel Drives allegedly drove into the camp and nearly collided with people who were camped there.

Police Officers were on the scene when the incident occurred and witnesses were taken to Kalgoorie Police station to make statements.

NITV has spoken to witnesses who were still shaken by the incident. ...



‏@JusticeForDhu [13/9/16]:   #ReleaseTheCCTV Media Submissions are on the 28th of September 2016. Court 51 Perth Central Law Courts.



Conroy cared so passionately about the people he supposedly represented for twenty years that he resigned in writing. [Sydney Morning Herald - 16/9/16]



Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic claimed straight set victories to give Australia a commanding 2-0 lead over Slovakia after the opening day singles in the Davis Cup World Group playoff in Sydney on Friday. ...[Firstpost - 16/9/16]


Swedish court upholds Assange arrest warrant [Reuters - 16/9/16] 


‏@wikileaks [16/9/1]:  Legal team for Julian Assange has issued a response to today's court decision


GE wins $1.9 billion order from UK's Hinkley Point nuclear plant [Reuters - 16/9/16]:


... The project, being built by French state-controlled utility company EDF, includes an $8 billion investment from Chinese state-backed firm China General Nuclear Power Corporation.  ...


Clashes erupted on Thursday as thousands of demonstrators protesting against a controversial labour law took to the streets of Paris and cities across France.

The interior ministry said 32 people had been arrested in connection with the violence. ... [France 24 - 16/9/16]



During the UNHCR visit to Nauru in April, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".

Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"



Image: ‏@KarmelSo [8/9/16]


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


These days, my phone rings in the early hours of every morning. It is some of the many residents of Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, calling to tell me that they don’t want to go back to Somalia.

They say there is war in Somalia, there are no schools, no hospitals. They are afraid.

The Kenyan government has said they must leave by November or else, security officials announced in a public meeting in the camp, the government will “come for them.”

I tell them not to worry, that they can stay in the camp and no one will force them to go back. But they don’t believe me. Kenya has rounded up and returned refugees before.

And the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has told them nothing to the contrary. ...



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 ... [Human Rights Watch - 15/9/16]



... 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 starts repatriation to Liberia; first refugees arrive on convoy, airlift [1/10/2004]:


... "On this occasion, we want to yet again express our sincere gratitude to the country and the people of Ghana, who in such an exemplary way have given refugees the protection, safety and respect they deserve – and who continue to do so. This hospitality will remain in the memory of every Liberian," said UNHCR's Representative in Ghana, Thomas Albrecht, bidding farewell to the refugees at Accra's Kotoka International Airport.

"The refugees leaving on this first voluntary repatriation flight are all too aware of the many difficulties and challenges they will face while trying to rebuild their lives in their home country," added Albrecht.

"More progress is still needed in Liberia to make it possible for all traumatised refugees to return in safety and dignity to their homes in all the different parts of the country. But as we witness today the departure of the first refugees on their journey to Liberia, which they so dearly missed, we wish them all the very, very best." ...



... 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]



Turnbull issues official statement confirming Australia's atrocities will be commended at dubious UN/Obama refugee summit [Prime Minister Media Release - 16/9/16]



... I can't understand

What makes a man

Hate another man

Help me understand ...


'People are People', Depeche Mode [1984]



 #NauruFiles Reading Vigil NOW at QVB [Queen Victoria Building, Sydney] #CloseTheCamps #BringThemHere Enough is enough ...


Image: ‏@PplJustLikeUs [16/9/16]




‏@CassyOConnorMP [16/9/16]:  Greens Alderman @BillHarvey6 reads from #NauruFiles, Franklin Square vigil. Bear witness to this suffering ...



‏@CassyOConnorMP [16/9/16]:  Greens' MP @rosaliewoodruff reads from the leaked #Nauru files at Franklin Square vigil, 8am - 7pm today. ...



Men illegally imprisoned by the Australian government on Manus Island write to Obama, UN pleading for freedom [Huffington Post - 16/9/16]



With no opposition, and a supportive media, Turnbull, Dutton - and no doubt Thomas Albrecht - will be warmly welcomed and rewarded at Obama's dubious refugee summit next week [Reuters - 16/9/16]




Day 180 refugee protests, Nauru: WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL. @SuchNigel [15/9/16]  It's a pretty clear message.



"POLITICAL PRISONERS NEED YOUR HELP" ‏@racvictoria [15/9/16]:  Day 126 of protests against illegal imprisonment ...



Australian media publishes another opinion piece by someone who isn't a refugee. Anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged. [15/9/16]



‏@riserefugee [16/9/16]:  List of non profits/co-ops that helped the Australian gov to establish racist refugee policies both offshore/onshore



False choices peddled in yet another "debate" featuring pro-ALP "advocates" who claim to represent the refugee rights movement [Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)]



Human Rights Overboard:  A rebuttal to the latest iteration of the Brennan, Costello, Manne and Menadue "solution"



Australian sailors say Labor government ordered them not to rescue refugees [WSWS - 5/12/14]



Eight refugees have taken legal action against Macedonia for forcing them back into Greece after a mass border crossing earlier this year, according to rights groups.

The Germany-based migrant advocacy group Pro Asyl said on Thursday it helped the refugees submit the complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in France on Tuesday. ... [Al Jazeera - 15/9/16]



Solicitor General apologises to the Supreme Court, again [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 15/9/16]:


The moral of this blog post is two-fold. First, stranger things have happened, and second, do not believe everything someone tells you because just saying it does not make it so.

On August 26, 2016, Acting Solicitor General Ian Heath Gershengorn penned a letter to the Honorable Clerk of the Supreme Court Scott S. Harris apologizing for a Department of Justice (DOJ) error committed fourteen years ago.

That’s right. In 2002, Mr. Gershengorn’s predecessor told the Supreme Court in Demore v. Kim, that mandatory detention under 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c) was constitutional because the average length of detention when a case was appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) was on average only 233 days.

According to DOJ’s apology, however, the statistics provided by the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which DOJ had submitted to the court, omitted 15,000 cases, and in fact, appealed cases generally take an average of 382 days.

This also resulted in an underestimate of the actual number of cases appealed.  ...



Mexican authorities say a man has opened fire at a prosecutor's office in the western state of Jalisco, killing a woman and wounding three more.

The assailant was also shot dead, by security guards. ... [Yahoo - 15/9/16]



NATSILS raise concerns over youth on remand in Central NT [NIRS - 14/9/16]:


The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS) has raised concerns over the state of youth justice in Central Australia, following reports that children are being held in conditions amounting to a breach of the Youth Justice Act.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service this week notified its national partner that two Indigenous children, aged 15 and 16, were being held in remand in an adult lock-up.

Currently cases involving youth are held every Monday and Friday in the Alice Springs court. NATSILS is calling for the development of a separate court for all Youth Justice matters to be established in Alice Springs and regional areas.

Co-chair of NATSILS, Wayne Muir, says they are concerned that children are being held on remand in adult facilities for up to five days at a time. ...



Queensland stolen wages victims called on to join class action [NIRS - 14/9/16]




Stand up against ongoing injustice of Aboriginal people [17 September 2016]:


The Village Green Flushcombe Road, Blacktown


Kalgoorlie mob RIP Elijah * Dondale detention centers Brutality on Aboriginal Children *Deaths in custody * Stop Systematic racism and institutional mistreatment of Aboriginal Men, Women and Children *sovereignty and treaty



Lieberman orders Israeli defense, military officials to boycott UN envoy [Maan - 16/9/16]



Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has called Russian President to discuss the situation in the Middle East, as well as “various” aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including the possible resumption of direct talks between the sides. ... [RT - 16/9/16]



Israeli forces carry out airstrikes on Gaza Strip, target 3 alleged Hamas sites [Maan - 15/9/16]



Israeli forces detained at least seven Palestinians Thursday in overnight and daytime raids across the occupied West Bank Thursday, according to local and Israeli army sources.

Israeli forces reportedly detained a Palestinian man and his son from the town of Beit Ula in the western Hebron district on Thursday afternoon.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers detained Muhammad Abd al-Fattah Sarrahin and his son Ahmad, who was injured in his soldier with live fire forces raided their home.

Witnesses added that a fist fight broke out between Ahmad and the soldiers during the raid before a soldier opened fire at him. ... [Maan - 15/9/16]



An international group of female activists has set sail from Barcelona to the Gaza Strip as part of the latest attempt to end the Israeli blockade.

Around 20 women from a range of countries were given a warm farewell by cheering crowds including Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau on Wednesday evening.

The two sailboats are expected to arrive in Gaza in early October to deliver urgent food and medicine to the enclave, organizers told the media. ... [Anadolu Agency - 15/9/16]



Women's Boat to Gaza prepares a new challenge to Israel's blockade [Truthout - 19/8/16]



The Assembly of Palestinian doctors in Europe (PalMed) warned on Wednesday of the serious upshots of an Israeli bill to force-feed Palestinian hunger-striking detainees, saying the law amounts to a legitimization of murder.

PalMed Chairman, Dr. Mondher Rajab, slammed the Israeli force-feeding law, dubbing it a barefaced incitement to the murder of Palestinian hunger-strikers in Israeli jails and a call to torture. ... [PNN - 14/9/16]



New York State University women’s studies professor harassed by Israel-backed group [Electronic Intifada - 15/9/16]




8 arrested blocking Dakota access pipeline construction [Democracy Now - 15/9/16]



The mother of Sandra Bland, a black woman who died last summer in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop, has reached a $1.9 million settlement in her wrongful-death lawsuit, her attorney said Thursday.

Local officials in Texas insisted the agreement was not yet final, but the mother's attorney said the deal was "absolute" and that the family's lawsuit would be dismissed in several days.

Bland, who was from the Chicago area, died in her cell days after she was pulled over by a white Texas state trooper for a minor traffic offense.

Her death was ruled a suicide, and Bland's family later sued Waller County and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The settlement includes a requirement that the jail have a nurse or emergency medical technician on duty 24 hours a day, the family's Chicago-based attorney, Cannon Lambert, told The Associated Press in an interview at his office.

The jail must also install electronic sensors to ensure guards are checking on detainees, and the defendants agree to help push for statewide legislation in Bland's name that would require training to ensure jail personnel are properly caring for inmates, Lambert said. ... [Yahoo - 16/9/16]



Tyre King, 13, fatally shot by police in Columbus, Ohio [NBC - 15/9/16]:


... As with all police-involved shootings, the officers will receive "mandated psychological support counseling" and be given the opportunity to "take leave time to assist in recovery from a traumatic experience," according to Columbus police.

The officer who fired the shots was later identified as Bryan Mason, a nine-year veteran of the force who just recently transferred to the zone where the incident happened. He was being placed on paid administrative leave for about a week, said Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner. ...



... There are now reports that another transgender woman may have been murdered over the weekend on the West Side of Chicago.

The woman’s friend, Jaliyah Armstrong, said at a vigil on Monday night, quote, "People don’t know what we go through out here. They don’t see the struggle being transgender on the West Side. It’s crazy. I just want justice for my friend," ... ACLU Attorney: Growing number of murders of trans women can't be separated from anti-trans laws [Democracy Now - 13/9/16]



Lionel Shriver’s Brisbane Writers' Festival Keynote [TIME - 14/9/16]



... There's a loving in your eyes all the way.
If I listened to your lies would you say

I'm a man without conviction,
I'm a man who doesn't know
How to sell a contradiction.
You come and go, you come and go
. ...


'Karma Chameleon', Culture Club [1983]



Bomb blast targets army patrol near Baghdad, 7 casualties [IraqiNews.com -15/9/16]



Kurdish Peshmerga officials said on Wednesday that Finland’s Ministry of Defense has decided to deploy 50 additional advisers to the Kurdistan Region for training and assist forces in the war against the ISIS. ... [IraqiNews.com - 15/9/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [15/9/16]:

Nineveh: The coalition air force has shelled the building of Imam A'dham College in Zera'i neighborhood at the left side of Mosul preceded by boming of the Medicine Firm and Mosul Hotel...... It is noteworthy that the coalition air force always target the infrastructure in the city.......



Arab tribes in Hasakah protest against Turkish intervention in Syria [ARA News - 15/9/16]



C'était une belle maison. #kobane



Image: @SamForey [28/1/15]


Massive destruction in Kobane after Kurds drive out IS [Naharnet – 28/1/15]



The armed groups breached the truce regime 55 times on Thursday in Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Hama, Lattakia countryside, Homs, Quneitra, and Daraa, according to a military source. ... [SANA - 15/9/16]



Russia, Syria stop bombing areas of possible location of opposition units [TASS - 15/9/16]:


... The general [Viktor Poznikhir] stressed that the American side has not yet provided the Russian military with accurate data on the exact locations and number of "moderate opposition" in Syria, which hampers the fight against militants and jeopardizes the delivery of humanitarian aid.  ...




16 September 2016