United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 17/12/16]



Upheaval at Moria camp after false rumours about opening of Greek borders [ANA-MPA - 16/12/16]



Loophole in EU-Turkey deal draws refugees, migrants to river crossing [Ekathimerini - 15/12/16]:


... People who cross on their own seek temporary shelter.

Their transit is marked in a disused farm warehouse close to the railway station in the town of Didymoteicho, where flaking brick walls are blackened by fires lit to cheat subzero temperatures, and discarded clothing, soiled diapers, worn-out shoes and toothbrushes litter the floor.

Paschalis Syritoudis, police chief in the nearby town of Orestiada, said people from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Somalia or Myanmar are automatically treated as refugees, and Syrians and Iraqis get documents that allow them to join the lengthy relocation process. ...



A new study published on Friday has challenged the long-held theory that Anne Frank was betrayed to the Nazis.

The Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam has released new data suggesting that German soldiers may have raided the secret annex where the diarist, her family, and four other Jews were hiding as part of a larger investigation into the forging of ration coupons. ... [Deutsche Welle - 17/12/16]



... Cuba issued Otto Frank a visa on December 1, 1941, according to the documents, but it was canceled 10 days later when Germany declared war on the United States.

The following summer, as Jews were being sent from Amsterdam to Nazi camps, the Frank family went into hiding for two years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps.

Otto Frank survived the camp but died in 1980. ... Anne Frank's family sought US visa, letters show [Reuters - 14/2/2007]



No journalism.  No opposition to Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy.  Human rights establishment go on holiday after giving each other end of year awards for maintaining the deadly status quo ---> Nauru fascists terrorise Australia's political prisoners [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 17/12/16]:


Nauruan locals have terrorised a refugee settlement on Nauru. Around 3.30am, Friday morning, refugees were awoken by locals shouting “F*** refugees; F*** Off; Go to America.”

Doors were bashed and rocks pelted at the converted shipping containers that serve as refugee accommodation at Nibok.

Air-conditioning units attached to the walls of the refugee housing were damaged as they were knocked off their mountings.

But in a new level of terror directed at the refugees, the locals torched one of the refugee’s cars parked in the settlement.

Some refugees with young children fled the settlement in the face of the attack.

 “The latest attack on refugees refugees has highlighted the urgent need for the safety of refugees on Nauru and the need for resettlement, for all,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Some refugees have been interviewed by US officials but there is still no timeline for resettlement in the US, and it is already clear that not all refugees and asylum seekers will be settled under the US deal.

“Refugee have been on Nauru for three and half years. Their safety and their future is Australia’s responsibility.”



"Resettlement" is a LIE. If any of Australia's political prisoners on Nauru actually end up in the US it'll be the "Art Class" State Department informants ----> ... Jesse Roberts is creative director of Rise Up International.  He is making a film with Mosley Wotta about Nauru, called Nd009 - Voices from Nauru. [The Saturday Paper - 14/5/16]



Rise Up International is funded by the US State Department:


... Our Art Ambassador program promotes goodwill and peace through international art empowerment workshops and educational programs for overlooked populations.

We have conducted projects in over twenty countries around the globe in a variety of cultural diplomacy, arts, and educational projects.

This program is funded in part by the U.S. Department Of State – Cultural Affairs Diplomacy initiatives.

Our Art Ambassador projects have focused on conflict areas throughout the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa) and beyond. ...



If US Homeland Security officials are really on Nauru, they will only be there to torment Australia's political prisoners, as the UNHCR did in April.



Australia stopped accepting refugees (with the UNHCR's support) in July 2014.



Unless you are also going to sing outside Shayne Neumann's office, you are doing nothing but emboldening Dutton's sadism  ---> You would think someone who loves Chrismas carols so much would have joined us when we sang at his office recently. Let's make this the last Christmas for kids in detention Mr Dutton ...  [Love Makes A Way - 16/12/16]



Region continues pushing Rohingya refugees back to Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Risingbd.com - 17/12/16]



@Aungaungsittwe [17/12/16]:  Hlun Tein police, security force forced to destroy 12 #Rohingya's homes in Kilataung of Maungdaw today



Golf industry in Myanmar ready to tee off [Channel News Asia - 17/12/16]



Authorities in Myanmar should consider journalism as a motive in the murder of muckraking newspaper reporter Soe Moe Tun and bring his killers to swift justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Soe Moe Tun, a reporter with the local Daily Eleven newspaper, was found dead today by the side of a road with bruises and injuries to his face and head.

The journalist's body was found near a golf course in Monywa, in Myanamar's northwestern Sagaing Region, according to news reports. ... [Committee to Protect Journalists - 13/12/16]



Thai activist urges government to pressure Myanmar to end the violence against Rohingya [Bangkok Post - 17/12/16]:


... Mr Siwawong demanded the Thai government work with other ASEAN countries to put pressure on Myanmar to stop using all forms of violence against anyone in its country.

He also called on the Thai government to support ASEAN member countries' activities in solving the Rohingya refugee problems and not to interfere with Myanmar's internal affairs.

The human rights activist also urged the Thai government to cooperate with ASEAN member countries to set up a mechanism to deal seriously with the problems concerning the Rohingya.

The mechanism should include allocating a budget for activities that helps solve the problems; organising countries in which Rohingya refugees can stay until they reach a third country, and urging ASEAN member countries to work together to take care of Rohingya refugees.

On legal measures, Mr Siwawong called on governments to stop the practice of no time limits on immigration detention, saying they should be freed under certain conditions after being detained for illegally entering the country. ...



Internatonal Crisis Group gives Myanmar army ammunition for Rohingya genocide [Myanmar Observer - 16/12/16]:


... One of the ways the USA has maintained geo political superiority over her rivals is the use of soft power.

The soft power is difficult to read but it is universally agreed that one of the cornerstones of US might is her unrivalled influence in many non governmental and non profit international organisations.

 One of these organisations is the Brussels based International Crisis Group (ICG).

In such circumstances, it comes as little surprise the ICG has published a report that is extremely detrimental to the welfare of the Rohingyas. It does not help that Rohingyas are Muslims. ...



... From 2000 to 2009 he was President and Chief Executive Officer (and is now President Emeritus) of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group ... [Biography of Gareth Evans]



At least 130,000 people are still being denied access to life-saving humanitarian services, more than two months after the Myanmar authorities began major security operations in northern Rakhine State.

The UN has warned that lives are at risk if the government does not immediately act to restore access for humanitarian aid organizations. ... [Amnesty - 15/12/16]



China seizes US underwater drone in South China Sea [South China Morning Post – 17/12/16]



A U.S. senator visiting South Korea has sought to reassure his hosts of the U.S. commitment to funding its military presence there, which President-elect Donald Trump had called into question during the U.S. presidential campaign.

South Korea is home to 28,500 U.S. troops, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war, and there has been concern in Seoul that a Trump administration will demand that Seoul sharply raise its share of the cost of maintaining their presence.

Sen. James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma, said South Korea should not worry. ... [Reuters - 17/12/16]



The U.S. military aims to resume flying one of its Ospreys in Okinawa Prefecture in the coming week after grounding the entire fleet of the controversial tilt-rotor aircraft in Japan following a crash, a Japanese government source said Saturday.

In a move certain to anger local residents, the U.S. military has told the government it wants to fly one U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 aircraft from Iejima Island airfield to the Futenma base on Okinawa’s main island on Monday at the earliest, the source said. ... [Japan Times - 17/12/16]



Thyroid cancer compensation for Fukushima plant worker [The Asahi Shimbun – 17/12/16]



Papua New Guinea's government has agreed to a special police call out operation in Hela Province after the capital Tari was in lockdown again due to more tribal fighting.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill warned the disputes could impact on next year's general elections as well as the operation of important projects in the area.

Hela is the hub of the huge ExxonMobil LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) project. ... [RNZI  - 16/12/16]



Kenya: Mau Mau veterans urge election boycott unless Britain pays back trillions in colonial reparations [Independent – 15/12/16]


Thailand's parliament passed legislation amending a cyber crime law on Friday, which rights groups have criticized as likely to lead to more extensive online monitoring by the state. ... [Reuters - 16/12/16]



Federal redistribution of Queensland to commence in January [AEC – 16/12/16]:


The Electoral Commission will publish a notice in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette on 6 January 2017 directing that a redistribution of federal electoral divisions in Queensland commence.

The previous federal redistribution of Queensland was determined on 15 December 2009, meaning that seven years has now elapsed and a new redistribution must commence within thirty days – before 14 January 2017.

The redistribution process will not alter Queensland’s number of federal electoral divisions.

Queensland’s entitlement to members of the House of Representatives, as determined in November 2014, will remain at 30.

Further media advice will be distributed once the Electoral Commission directs the commencement of the redistribution.



Surfers Paradise police deploy capsicum spray to stop men assaulting them [MYGC - 17/12/16]



Man questioned after another Townsville police pursuit ends in crash [Yahoo - 16/12/16]



A man brandishing a knife and making threats at a police station in central Queensland has been arrested and charged.

The 38-year-old had been sitting in the foyer of Gladstone Police Station on Thursday when approached by officers about 10.45am.

Police say he then threatened staff at the counter with a large knife.

He surrendered when a female officer drew her firearm.

No one was injured during the incident.

He has been charged with going armed as to cause fear and will appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Friday. [Yahoo - 15/12/16]



"The problem is with these [anti-rights] laws, we weren't getting any convictions."


Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D'Ath  [Nine MSN - 5/4/16]



Alleged Mongols member first to face Queensland's strengthened anti-rights laws [ABC - 17/12/16]:


An alleged Mongols bikie club member has become the first to face a charge under the State Government's reworked anti-bikie laws, for wearing gold and diamond "bikie rings".

Police intercepted a four-wheel-drive at Hamilton on Brisbane's northside early this afternoon, when they say they noticed a man wearing rings inscribed with "1%" and "Mongols".

They conducted a search of the car and found a Mongols-branded vest in luggage.

The 44-year-old Brisbane man has been issued with a notice to appear in court next month for wearing a prohibited item in a public place.

It is the first time a person has been charged under the new section of the Summary Offences Act 2005, which was passed last month. ...



... The founder of the child protection group Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston, said the Governor-General should take action.

"Paul Wilson should definitely be stripped of his Order of Australia," Ms Johnston said. ... [ABC - 14/12/16]



... $500,000 new funding over four years for Bravehearts to support families who have experienced sexual abuse. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 4/9/16]



Judge rejects bid by Gordon Nuttall for secret mediation on superannuation [ABC - 16/12/16]



Noel Pearson complains to CCC over Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy audit release [ABC - 16/12/16]



Logan City councillor Stacey McIntosh has been charged with stealing more than $180,000 and has stood down from her duties. ... [ABC - 15/12/16]



Patricia Anne Riggs: Husband charged with wife's 2001 murder north of Brisbane denied bail [ABC - 16/12/16]



Friends of murdered man Wayne Youngkin have held a memorial night to raise money for his funeral, more than a fortnight after his skeletal remains were found in a disused septic tank at Brighton, north of Brisbane. ... [ABC - 17/12/16]



... Gary Maurice Guymore, 43, is charged with murdering Edward "Ted" Kearines, also a truck driver, at a boarding house in the regional centre in December 2009.

Guymore's arrest came after a $250,000 reward was offered earlier this month for information to solve what police described as a "very violent attack".

He was remanded in custody when he appeared in the Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The case returns to court on February 21. [Yahoo - 15/12/16]



DNA samples taken from the car belonging to Daniel Morcombe's killer were not examined for eight years, a coronial inquest into the schoolboy's disappearance has heard. ... [ABC - 15/12/16]



Homicide boss rejected Brett Peter Cowan as chief suspect, inquest told [ABC - 14/12/16]



The bail application of slain Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer's foster brother has been adjourned until next week. ... [Yahoo - 14/12/16]



A Brisbane couple have been charged with manslaughter after an 18-month investigation into the death of a 11-year-old boy last year.

Curtis Powell died at a home in Mackenzie on July 19, 2015.

He had been placed into the care of his aunt Jodie Maree Powell, 43, and her partner, James Colin Burnham, 35, by the Department of Child Safety in 2009. ... [ABC - 14/12/16]



A Brisbane man allegedly raped and tried to kill a nine-year-old girl on the same day he is accused of car-jacking a taxi and another vehicle, a court has heard.

The 43-year-old, who was arrested on Wednesday, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court after he allegedly attacked the girl in Acacia Ridge, in Brisbane's southern suburbs, on Monday.

He was charged with attempted murder, four counts of rape, indecent treatment of a child, deprivation of liberty and assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police said the man and girl were known to one another. ... [Yahoo - 14/12/16]



A woman who was at the scene of a Gold Coast shooting death earlier this month has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Renee Moseley, 31, pleaded guilty to a string of charges at Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday, including a single count of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

She was charged with that offence after travelling with accused murderer Taylor Ruatara in a stolen car to the home of Jason Boyd at Carrara on December 2.

Mr Boyd was shot dead soon after the pair's arrival, with 18-year-old Ruatara having been charged with the father's murder. ... [Yahoo - 14/12/16]



Man stabbed at Palm Beach [MYGC - 15/12/16]



A man has been arrested and charged over a savage unprovoked attack on a couple aged in their 70s on the Gold Coast.

The 43-year-old man is accused of breaking into the couple’s Clematis Avenue home at Hollywell around 7 o’clock this morning.

Once inside the home, the intruder allegedly punched a 74-year-old woman repeatedly in the face before punching and kicking her 70-year-old partner.

Police said the couple sustained bruising and minor lacerations to their heads, faces and bodies.

They were transported in an ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment. ... [MYGC - 14/12/16]



An anonymous call to Crime Stoppers has led police to a stockpile of guns and a large cannabis crop at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.

Police from the Gold Coast’s Rapid Action Patrol group allegedly uncovered the rifles and more than a dozen cannabis plants growing in bushland behind the Syndicate Road property on Wednesday morning.

A 69-year-old Tallebudgera man was arrested and has since been issued with a notice to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on January 27 in relation to producing dangerous drugs. ... [MYGC - 17/12/16]


A 67-year-old Larnook woman has been charged with selling cannabis cake on the streets of Nimbin.

The woman was arrested yesterday after a five-month investigation during which the woman was allegedly monitored selling cannabis cake several times on Cullen Street. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 15/12/16]



A Southport man has been charged with a string of serious offences following a police raid on a unit at Broadbeach.

Police executed a search warrant on the Queensland Avenue unit just after 11:30pm last night.

During a search of the property, officers allegedly uncovered a stash of cash, methamphetamines, steroids, jewellery, and several mobile phones, cameras and laptop computers. ... [MYGC - 14/12/16]



A Canungra man is one of three people charged with money laundering following a protracted drug trafficking investigation led by Queensland’s anti-bikie taskforce.

The trio – a 34-year-old Brisbane woman, a 39-year-old Loganlea man and a 50-year-old Canungra man – will front Brisbane Magistrates Court on January 31, charged with one count each of money laundering. ... [MYGC - 14/12/16]



Queensland police have released CCTV footage in the hunt for a man who stole $30,000 worth of seafood from a restaurant a week before Christmas.

Police said the man forced entry into a locked external freezer outside the restaurant on Woodcliffe Crescent at Woody Point, north-east of Brisbane, at around 2:00am on Wednesday. ... [ABC - 17/12/16]



Children charged after attempted theft at Cairns pharmacy [Yahoo - 15/12/16]



Four hospitalised after being stung by bluebottles on the southern Gold Coast [MYGC - 17/12/16]



Mount Isa cut off by flash flooding [Brisbane Times - 16/12/16]



Bushfire threatens homes, triggers evacuations on Russell Island [MYGC - 15/12/16]



Queensland Police have enacted special powers allowing them to forcibly removed residents from their homes as a fire emergency continues to unfold east of Brisbane. ... [Yahoo - 15/12/16]



The family of a 21-year-old man who drowned at an Ipswich quarry is counting on the kindness of strangers so they can afford his funeral.

Peter Chol Pawoui Maketh died on Wednesday afternoon, after trying to swim across Aqua Lank with a friend before tiring and sinking below the surface. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/12/16]



Teenager hospitalised with “possible spinal injury” after incident at Wet 'n Wild [MYGC - 14/12/16]



... A 75-year-old Japanese woman was pulled from the water about 2:00pm yesterday at Moore Reef, off the coast of Cairns in far north Queensland.

Queensland police said the woman was on a day trip with Sunlover Reef Cruises. ... [ABC - 14/12/16]



Mother and child injured in Tamborine crash [MYGC - 17/12/16]



One injured in three car crash at Ashmore [MYGC - 17/12/16]



A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital after crashing down an embankment in the Gold Coast hinterland. ... [MYGC - 17/12/16]



A motorcyclist has died in a collision with a car west of Brisbane, which has also left his passenger in a critical condition.

The 57-year-old rider died at the scene, at the intersection of the Warrego Highway and Shaw Road at Hatton Vale, about 10am on Friday.

His pillion passenger, a 49-year-old woman, was airlifted to hospital with significant injuries, while the 18-year-old female driver of the car and a 13-year-old female passenger were taken to hospital with minor injuries. ... [Yahoo - 16/12/16]



A motorcyclist has died after crashing into a tree in Toowoomba.

The 44-year-old man was found on Wednesday night in Harlaxton with serious injuries, but died at the scene. [Yahoo - 15/12/16]



Two injured in Upper Coomera crash [MYGC - 15/1/2/16]



Two injured in five vehicle crash on the M1 at Coomera [MYGC - 14/12/16]



Man dies after car smashes into pole in Gladstone [Brisbane Times - 16/12/16]



One of the country's largest training providers, Careers Australia, has sacked about 150 employees at its Parramatta call centre in western Sydney, which is being shutdown along with a second call centre on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The company was forced to hand more than $44 million dollars back to the Federal Government earlier this year, after admitting to more than 12,000 bogus enrolments. ... [ABC - 14/12/16]



Queensland coal miner awarded $1.25m after crashing on drive home after 12-hour shift [ABC - 16/12/16]


Brisbane-based truck company DGL has been fined $200,000 over the death of a cyclist.

The company pleaded guilty in the Holland Park Magistrates Court to failing to meet their work health and safety duties.

The cyclist was killed when an unsecured stabiliser arm extended when the truck made a right turn and struck the cyclist in Carindale in 2013. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/12/16]



Casino meatworker hospitalised after work injury [Tweed Shire Echo – 15/12/16]






Off shore processing is a crime. We are political hostages. - Australia's political prisoners protest on Manus Island, May 2016



Australian Immigration Minister's end of year message confirms the ALP's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy will continue [Media Release - 16/12/16]



There is no "resettlement" - there never was.  There is only indefinite detention - and THAT is the policy. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



"It is our policy" <---- And until the POLICY is challenged, Australia's political prisoners will remain imprisoned.



We are child and we can work out the lie why no one else work out the lie?



"Hiding from Reality" by refugee child M on Nauru 



US Coast Guard forcibly returns 14 Cuban migrants following an at-sea interdiction in the South Florida Straits [Media Release - 16/12/16]



Ahead of OPEC cuts, Iraq ramps up crude sales to China [Oilprice.com - 16/12/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [16/12/16]:  Nineveh: News agencies:The US-led coalition aircraft and government forces have violently bombed Mosul neighborhoods.



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [16/12/16]:  Baghdad: Dozens have demonstrated at Tahrir Square in the middle of Baghdad demanding to conduct reforms and fight rampant corruption in the government institutions since 2003.



The two Kurdish football clubs playing in the Iraqi Premier League have withdrawn from the league after Iraqi fans called one of the clubs ‘ISIS,’ a spokesperson for the Erbil Football Club told Rudaw.  

Erbil and Zakho are the only two Kurdish teams in the Iraqi Premier League.   

Erbil played an away match against Najaf, south of Baghdad, on Friday, losing one-nil.  

The Najaf fans called Kurds and the Kurdish Peshmerga “ISIS” during the match, Rebin Ramzi, the communication officer at Erbil Club told Rudaw.  

He said the fans were chanting "Peshmerga is ISIS," and "Erbil is ISIS".  ... [RUDAW - 16/12/16]



US offers $25million reward for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi [RUDAW - 16/12/16]



Federal Police Chief, Raed Shaker Jawdet, announced on Thursday capturing the Media Center Official of the Islamic State (IS) group, south of Mosul. ... [IraqiNews.com - 15/12/16]



"29 PKK terrorists" killed in Turkey's December 11 airstrikes in northern Iraq [Daily Sabah - 15/12/16]



"20 Daesh terrorists" killed in Turkish airstrikes in northern Syria [Daily Sabah - 15/12/16]



Russia’s actions in Syria helped thwart the seizure of Damascus by terrorists, the Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin told a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday, adding that it also helped the military and economic potential of extremist groupings. ... [TASS - 16/12/16]



Russian General Staff says Aleppo liberation operation is over [TASS - 16/12/16]



Russia expects UN to join humanitarian efforts in Aleppo [TASS - 16/12/16]



Aleppo eastern neighborhoods’ evacuation suspended after terrorists’ breach [SANA - 16/12/16]:


... The reporter added that the terrorist groups fired shells and sniper bullets on the buses and ambulances at al-Ramousseh crossing, noting that the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which are supervising the evacuation process had to withdraw all buses and cars from the crossing. ...



Terrorists detonated an explosive device remotely on Friday in al-Midan Police Station in Damascus, injuring one of the station’s personnel.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that terrorists take advantage of an eight-year-old girl, made her carry a small explosive device and told her to enter al-Midan Police Station as a lost girl.

“Moments after she entered the station, they detonated the device remotely, causing the death of the girl and the slight injury of one of the station’s personnel,” the source added. ... [SANA - 16/12/16




17 December 2016