All this proves is that Australian media outlets have plenty of resources available to do journalism, but maintaining a demented ideology is their priority ---> More "deterrence" propaganda: SBS Dateline holds TWO Manus and Nauru refugees to account for being trafficked to the US by outsourced Homeland Security and the IOM under the secretive US "deal" charade.  Australia's anti-refugee policy - and those responsible for ongoing crimes against humanity - remain unchallenged [To be broadcast 20/2/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [17/2/18]:  The Rohingya refugee - who has family in Australia - was told if he did not agree to being trafficked to the US, he could expect to be on #Nauru for 20 years or be trafficked to Cambodia.



Appeals court hears argument that a lighthouse counts as US soil in case of Cuban migrants [now exiled in Australia after a year of imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay] case [7 News Miami - 5/12/17]:


Seventeen Cuban migrants who fought hard to make it to South Florida are finally having their case heard in court.

A U.S. court of appeals heard arguments in the case of the so-called “Lighthouse Cubans” in a Downtown Miami courtroom, Tuesday.

Ramon Saul Sanchez, leader of the Democracy Movement, attended the hearing.

He has been fighting on behalf of the migrants ever since they arrived by boat in the Lower Keys, in May 2016.

“I feel we had a fair chance today of a very professional board of three judges, and we’re just going to wait for the outcome,” he said.

“Whichever way it goes, We’re grateful to live in a country where citizens can bring a case like this on behalf of people who are seeking freedom.”

The Cubans scaled the American Shoal Lighthouse, off Sugarloaf Key, and they argue they reached dry land because the lighthouse is U.S. property.

A federal judge in Miami did not agree, however.

The migrants are currently in Australia, where they were granted asylum.

It could take weeks, or even months, until the judges reach a decision.



The Empire of "deterrence": Push back, deport, indefinitely imprison and exile (with no citizenship rights) refugees to everywhere but the destination in which they sought asylum [Miami Herald - 25/8/17]:


... It’s not clear what sort of agreement was made between U.S. and Australian officials regarding the migrants.

The U.S. State Department would not comment.

“We have no comment on Australia’s refugee resettlement policies,” reads an emailed statement attributed to “a U.S. official.” ...



@abbashalimi47 [18/2/18]:  Day 33th of our peacful protest for freedom! Forgotten refugees UN #Balikpapan Indonesia! Kami mau bebas!




33 days of #AsylumSeekers Protest in #Balikpapan It’s about 4 years that we’re imprisoned here.Nobody hear our voices including #UNHCR @Jamshid05271784 [18/2/18]



Canada: The federal government is looking for a supplier to provide “meals and snacks” for asylum seekers at the St–Bernard–de–Lacolle border crossing in Quebec [iPolitics - 13/2/18]:


... Canada has been seeing a surge in asylum-seekers at its borders and they have been crossing into Canada between official ports of entry to avoid being sent back to the United States under the Safe Third Country Agreement.

Under the current rules, refugees are required in most cases to request refugee protection in the first ‘safe’ country they arrive in. The agreement prohibits asylum claims at the U.S.-Canada land border, by train or at airports.

Because asylum-seekers would be turned away at official land crossings, thousands have crossed through unguarded sections of the border.

But as President Donald Trump continues to steadily revoke “temporary protected status” (TPS) from people who have been allowed to live in the United States and work legally for years, more asylum-seekers continue to show up between border points in Quebec and Manitoba.

The head of the union representing Canada’s border guards, Jean-Pierre Fortin, told iPolitics in January that 60 to 70 people are still crossing at the Lacolle border each day, totalling around 400 people weekly. 



Canada:  Judge reserves decision at emergency hearing on Abdoul Abdi deportation case [15/2/18]:


... Abdi came to Nova Scotia with his aunts and sister when he was six.

He spent his childhood bouncing between 31 different group and foster homes.

Nova Scotia's Department of Community Services was responsible for applying for Abdi's citizenship on his behalf, but did not.

He is currently a permanent resident of Canada. 

The federal government now wants to send Abdi back to Somalia because of his criminal history and because he's not a Canadian citizen.

He was released from prison in January after serving four and a half years on charges including aggravated assault.

In Perryman's submissions before Justice Keith Boswell, he said his client admits he committed serious crimes, but that Abdi has served his sentence and has been deemed ready for rehabilitation.  ...



Faith leaders ask UK government for time limit on indefinite immigration detention [The London Economic - 17/2/18]



End Indefinite Detention [Liberty UK]



Turkey: Six journalists given life sentences over coup [Al Jazeera - 17/2/18]



@wikileaks [16/2/18]: German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel, who was imprisoned for the last year without charge for reporting on the emails from Turkey's energy minister published by WikiLeaks has been indicted and released from prison pending trial.



A school teacher and her two children were drown when a boat carrying Turkish citizens to Greece capsized in the Evros River, the natural border between Greece and Turkey.

The boat was carrying eight people who were trying to escape the purge under Erdogan’s regime.

Five are still missing, among them are two toddlers. ... [Keep Talking Greece - 14/2/18]



@sol2refugees [16/2/18]:  #Moria #hotspot in #Lesvos #Greece! Cold and wet misery of #European and #greek #human mistreatment! #ShameEurope #MoriaCamp #RefugeesGr #StopEuTurkeyDeal #StopFortressEurope



@Refugees_Gr [16/2/18]:  Suicide of Albanian immigrant in Kissamos Police Station. Hanged himself. 54-year-old man, arrested about a week ago for not having residence permit and was under deportation process. #refugeesgr ...



Greece: Refugee with legal status in Germany pushed back to Turkey [Enough is Enough - 13/2/18]



@Benjamin_P_Ward [11/2/18]:  Former head of Greek asylum services says only 16% of asylum seekers can be returned to Turkey. So why trap everyone on the islands in horrific conditions? #opentheislands



At least 23 people have been killed when a truck carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants overturned in northwestern Libya, according to local media reports.

Somali and Eritrean nationals were reportedly among those killed in Wednesday's road accident, which occurred some 60km south of the town of Bani Walid.

The accident also left at least 124 people injured, 35 of whom needed to be urgently transported to hospitals in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to the Libya Observer. ... [Al Jazeera - 15/2/18]



UNHCR offers scant details of its "evacuation" of 100s of migrants from Libya, with majority trafficked to "third countries", and a token minority of 150 sent to Europe ---> More than 1000 refugees evacuated from Libya to third countries. Today,150 refugees departed from Libya to Italy - airport was filled with images like this one: hope and dreams ... @UNHCRLibya [14/2/18]



“Australia was one of the first and most vocal countries to call for a no-fly zone ...” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Craig Emerson told the New Libya Conference [Media Release - 1/9/11]



Refugees in Israel - International Solidarity [17/2/18]:


 From today, Holot detainees that refuse deportation will go to Saharonim prison for indefinite detention.

Deportation to state of origin or Rwanda, an unsafe third state, seriously endangers their lives.

Israeli and refugee activists are now at Holot, with the detainees, keeping the spirit strong, keeping touch with humanity at this difficult time.



... On Thursday, an Israeli appeals court ruled that Eritreans who deserted military service in their home country and came to Israel have grounds to be considered asylum seekers.

The decision could affect thousands of Eritreans who are facing deportation under the amended law.

The majority of male Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel fled their home country to avoid conscription into military service or in the middle of their military service.

Military service in Eritrea is compulsory and can last for decades.

“There is a well-founded fear of persecution because of political opinion ascribed to him by the authorities in his country as a result of his desertion from military service,” the decision said, describing the plight of a typical deserter from the Eritrean military who fled to Israel.

“We are regretful that through all these years this case was left hanging in the air, thousands of similar asylum requests of deserters from the Eritrean military were rejected,” said Attorney Anat Ben-Dor, from the Clinic for Refugee Rights in Tel Aviv University, which brought the case to court.

As a result of the ruling, organizations will petition the Interior Ministry to stop deporting and detaining Eritrean refugees. ... Spared by Shabbat, first asylum seekers facing deportation given until Sunday [Times of Israel - 16/2/18]



Contrary to media claims, Israel is not "betraying" its history by deporting asylum seekers. It's continuing it. ... [Al Jazeera - 16/2/18]



Israeli warplanes bomb locations across Gaza [WAFA - 17/2/18]




PD Oakley spreads the woof about Dogs on Patrol – we are all ears PD Oakley! [QPS Media - 23/3/16]



Palestinian schoolteacher mauled by Israeli military dog as soldiers watch [Haaretz - 16/2/18]:


...That near-lynching was perpetrated by Israel Defense Forces soldiers on Mabruk Jarrar, a 39-year-old Arabic teacher in the village of Burkin, near Jenin, during their brutal manhunt for the murderer of Rabbi Raziel Shevach from the settlement of Havat Gilad on January 9.

And if that wasn’t enough, a few days after the night of terror, soldiers returned again in the dead of night.

The women in the house were forced to disrobe completely, including Jarrar’s elderly mother and his mute and disabled sister, apparently in a search for money.


As Nour explained to Abd Al-Karim a-Saadi, a field researcher of the Israeli B’tselem human rights organization:


“I held my 2-year-old son Karem, who was crying, to my chest. I opened the door, which the soldiers were banging on, and a dog attacked me, jumping on my chest. Karem fell from my arms. Later I saw that my husband picked him up from the floor. I tried to push the dog away after it bit me in the chest. I managed to move it away but then it grabbed my left hip [with its teeth]. I managed with all my strength to push him away. At that moment, the soldiers looked at the dog, but did nothing. During this whole time my husband was begging the soldiers to release the dog from me. One soldier spoke to the dog in Hebrew and then it grabbed me by the left arm [holding me] for a few minutes, until a soldier arrived from outside the house and removed it. I was bleeding and in great pain.” ...



We think we're heroes

We think we're kings

We plan all kinds of fabulous things

Oh look how great we have become ...


'Bombs', Faithless [2006]



Guinness World Record sandcastle building attempt, Surfers Paradise [18/2/18]



@GraffitiExpert [12/2/18]:  Screen capture of CCTV footage of "Young Person A1" at Brisbane Correctional Centre. [Wholly punitive sensory deprivation: How the Queensland government tortures its child prisoners - Brisbane Times, July 2017] ...



@GraffitiExpert [9/2/18]:  Ms Ronalds said Islanders had been victims of systemic racism that was "so entrenched that it is apparently invisible to those who did it and those who manage and supervise it". ...



@9NewsGoldCoast [18/2/18]: ... A former QLD cop turned whistleblower has made a new claim against QLD Police, involving a senior officer, a public payout and police having sex inside a patrol car while on duty.  



The 16-year-old boy shot by police during a dispute at his home southwest of Brisbane has been charged. ... [Yahoo - 18/2/18]



Dylan Voller has posted graphic photos of injuries he received at the hands of WA’s transit police in Perth. ... [Welcome to Country - 16/2/18]



How Kevin Rudd and Jenny Macklin created another stolen generation [NITV - 13/2/18]:


... The Aboriginal children graphically tortured in Don Dale Detention Centre were removed from their families under this [The Intervention-Stronger Futures] policy - this, in my view, is the real legacy of Macklin and Rudd."


Pat Anderson, the author of the Little Children Are Sacred report which Howard used to justify the Intervention, gave evidence to the recent Royal Commission.

As Dr Thalia Anthony has highlighted, Anderson argued that:  "The Intervention legitimated an attitude that Aboriginal people can only be dealt with as problematic. Anderson said that cruelty towards children in detention was ‘an extension’ of the abuse of Indigenous people under the Intervention. It produced a ‘general moral decay’ that ‘has allowed children being put in hoods and restraint chairs’…  For Anderson, there is ‘no doubt in my mind’ that the ‘disempowerment’ and ‘appalling’ treatment of Aboriginal people living under the Intervention culminated in the torture of Aboriginal children at Don Dale.” 


The impact of the "racist, paternalistic" mentality of the Intervention had national consequences.

On June 30 2007, the statistics that were available when Rudd made his apology, there were 7,917 Indigenous children in “out of home care”.

When Labor left office in 2013, there were more than 14,000 and the number placed with Aboriginal family had also declined.  ...



The man accused of murdering Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer will seek a judge-only trial.

Rick Thorburn's solicitor Adam Guest told the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday he would apply for the judge-only trial due to publicity around the high-profile case. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/2/18]



Professor Patrick Bond on the forced resignation of President Jacob Zuma, the neoliberal Mandela legacy in South Africa and the looting of Africa's financially richest country. ... [RT - 17/2/18]



@wikileaks [16/2/18]:  172 documents referencing South Africa's new president Cyril #Ramaphosa from WikiLeaks archives ...



Morocco acquits former Guantanamo detainee as military judge indefinitely suspends trial of Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, who has been charged with planning the bombing the USS Cole in 2000 [Middle East Eye - 16/2/18]:


Morocco has acquitted a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, held without charge by the US military for over 13 years, of "undermining state security", his lawyer said on Friday. 

Yunis Chekkouri was arrested by Pakistani forces in late December 2001 with a group of several dozen alleged fighters who had fled the Tora Bora cave complex in eastern Afghanistan, a stronghold of the Taliban and its al-Qaeda allies.

The following year he was flown to Guantanamo Bay military prison, where he was locked up for more than 13 years, but never charged.

In September 2015, Chekkouri was released and sent back home where authorities put him on trial for "undermining state security".

He was acquitted on Thursday of any wrongdoing, his lawyer Khalil Idrissi told AFP.

The official MAP news agency confirmed the verdict, citing court sources.

"The mistake has been acknowledged... the charges against him were contradictory and had no logic to them," Idrissi said.

Chekkouri, who had repeatedly denied the accusations against him, told AFP after the verdict:

"The nightmare is over." ...



The judge in the USS Cole terrorism case ordered prosecutors Tuesday to draft warrants instructing U.S. Marshals to seize two civilian defense attorneys who have quit the case and ignored his orders and a subpoena to appear at the war court by video link.

Air Force Col. Vance Spath, the judge, said he would sign the “writs of attachment” on Wednesday and cautioned from the bench that the lawyer for Pentagon-paid attorneys Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears should hustle to federal court, if the lawyer wants to stop what are essentially arrest warrants.

Eliades and Spears quit the case in October, along with death-penalty lawyer Rick Kammen, over an ethics issue involving intrusion of attorney-client confidentiality, which the judge does not recognize.

The three were released from the case by the chief defense counsel, Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker.

When Baker refused to rescind that permission on Nov. 1, the judge found Baker in contempt of court and sentenced him to 21 days confinement in his quarters. ... [Miami Herald - 13/2/18]



Pentagon wants to replace Guantánamo’s Top Secret prison. Price per prisoner: $4.6 million [Miami Herald - 13/2/18]



Woman put in solitary confinement after claiming she was sexually abused by immigration prison guard [Independent - 15/2/18]



Hear from Jesus Chaves why he is on hunger strike from the Tacoma, Washington immigration prison [NWDC Resistance - 15/2/18]



Washington State Department of Licensing sent information on undocumented activist to Immigration Enforcement Agency [Mijente - 15/2/18]



System is broken, says Rhode Island mother released from immigration detention [Press Herald - 14/2/18]:


...  “All I could think of while I was there was, I can’t believe I’m sitting through a video of how not to get raped in prison, because just the other day, I was picking up our daughter from school and I was thinking, ‘OK, what are we going to do for winter so we can beat cabin fever?’ ” Calderon said.

Gordillo had to juggle work and child care solo and the children began seeing a psychologist to deal with the stress of their mother being away.

Their father told them only that their mother was at work.

Her lawyers said she was following the process the government put in place to get her green card and never should have been detained.

Spokesmen for the Department of Homeland Security and ICE have said they don’t comment on pending litigation.

“It’s a broken system,” Calderon said.

“If you fall into those cracks, you’re going to fall into a detention center.”



Salinas man arrested on smuggling charges now being held in immigration detention. [Monterey County Now - 14/2/18]




17 February 2018