Israeli undercover forces on Tuesday detained three Palestinian schoolchildren from the Ras al-Amud area of Silwan neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, witnesses said.
Witnesses said that undercover Israeli agents dressed as Palestinians chased the children while they were on their way to school before detaining them. ... [Maan - 17/11/15]
Israel has resolved to outlaw a domestic Islamist movement with ties to Hamas and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, according to a press release distributed early Tuesday morning by the Prime Minister's Office.
The government says that it has declared the northern branch of the Islamic Movement "an illegal organization." ... [Jerusalem Post - 17/11/15]
Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law – senior UN relief official [Media Release - 16/11/15]
US and Saudi bombs target Yemen’s ancient heritage [The Intercept - 17/11/15]
Saudi military aircraft have conducted a new round of airstrikes against several areas across Yemen.
On Tuesday morning, massive explosions shook Ta’izz, situated 346 kilometers (214 miles) south of the capital, Sana’a, as Saudi fighter jets launched airstrikes against the international airport in the southwestern Yemeni city, Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported. ... [Press TV- 17/11/15]
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has returned to Aden from exile in Saudi Arabia, with officials saying he would oversee campaigns against the Houthi fighters who control the capital, Sanaa. ... [Al Jazeera - 17/11/15]
51 arrested in protests after black man shot by Minneapolis police [USA Today - 17/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [16/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Abu Kamal, one strike destroyed 116 ISIL fuel trucks.
-- Near Hasakah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL buildings and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL storage depot.
-- Near Ayn Isa, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.
-- Near Mara, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Palmyra, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 13 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL homemade explosives cache.
-- Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL building.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes destroyed six separate ISIL command and control nodes, damaged an ISIL building and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL vehicles.
Syrian army captures village from ISIS [Daily Star - 17/11/15]
... "The US, Russia and France are all bombing Syria. How many more countries want to bomb us?
"Raqqa is devastated. Raqqa has endured the unbearable and we live in fear under ISIL's dictatorship.
"A lot of people fled the the city. In fact, most refugees heading to Europe are from Raqqa. That is how desperate they are to leave here. People are fed up here and just want to live normal lives.
"Our lives are all under threat. ISIL controls every aspect of our lives and we are not allowed to expose the truth.
"Not everyone who lives in Raqqa approves of ISIL. I am a citizen of Raqqa and I refused to leave my hometown just like many others did.
"What the world needs to know is that we live under ISIL control on the ground, and constant air strikes from the sky. We are trapped," the activist said. ... Syrians in Raqqa tell of 'insane nights' of air strikes [Al Jazeera - 17/11/15]
'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' – UN humanitarian chief [Media Release - 16/11/15]
In the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, the United States and France will strengthen intelligence sharing to the fullest extent allowed by law, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today. ... [US Department of Defense - 16/11/15]
Exploiting emotions about Paris to blame Snowden, distract from actual culprits who empowered ISIS [The Intercept - 17/11/15]
Warring factions in Libya show little regard for civilian life, says UN, reporting 'gross' rights abuses [Media Release - 16/11/15]
Afghans fear for their safety more than at any time in over a decade, according to an annual survey published Tuesday, which also found confidence in the government at its lowest since polling began. ... [Ahram - 17/11/15]
Afghanistan: Three landmine planters killed by own bomb in Kunar [Khaama - 17/11/15]
At least 22 Taliban insurgents have been killed in ongoing military operations in northern Sar-e-Pul province, local officials said on Tuesday.
In addition, 30 other insurgents have been injured.
The operation was launched five days ago in a number of villages in the province to clear insurgents. ... [TOLO News - 17/11/15]
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Assadullah Zamir has returned home from a productive and fruitful visit to the United States, his office said on Tuesday. ... [Pajhwok - 17/11/15]
Hundreds of Afghan asylum seekers on Tuesday protested against Germany's changeable refugee law, calling for better measures to shelter and take them in.
With the lack of unity being an issue, even open-door countries are changing their tune as hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to pour into Europe.
Before last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Germany had already announced it was re-enforcing its suspension of the so-called Dublin Regulations which, in theory, means even Syrians who enter from other European countries could be deported.
Asylum seekers are confused and fearful, and say laws are changing fast and they're being left in the dark.
A demonstration in Berlin was organized by 39-year-old Afghan asylum seeker Ahmed Fahid, who says his family was caught on route in Iran and sent home.
Fahid worries he may also be repatriated. ... [TOLO News - 17/11/15]
Migrant boat overturns near Greek island, at least eight dead [Ekathimerini - 16/11/15]
With record numbers of child refugees and migrants – 700 a day seeking asylum in Europe –the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said it has identified five groups of vulnerable children and is mobilizing tailored actions to meet their needs. ... [Media Release - 16/11/15]
Soldier on the loose near Darwin Army barracks not a terrorism related incident, NT police say
A man is on the loose near the Robertson Army Barracks in Darwin, Northern Territory police say.
While the man has not made any threats to others, police have warned the public to avoid the Shoal Bay area as a matter of precaution.
During a press conference, police confirmed the man was a member of the Australian Defence Force.
Officers said they would continue to negotiate with the man in an attempt to take him to hospital for his "own welfare".
Officers have also confirmed the incident is not terrorism-related.
Obama instructs Turnbull to ramp up harassment of Muslims, orders him to Washington [Nine MSN - 17/11/15]
This is where the Pacific Cable came ashore in 1902
Corner Cable Street and Main Beach Parade [17/11/15]
Optus and Australian media pretend threats from "10 rednecks in Penrith" force removal of Arabic ads [Nine MSN - 17/11/15]
Optus Business has signed a three-year contract with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to supply end-to-end telecommunications and managed IT services.
Under the $115M agreement, Optus will support the integration of the telecommunications services of the former Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection into the newly integrated Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). ... [Media Release - 5/11/15]
Australian metal band released from Malaysian immigration detention centre [The Straits Times – 17/11/15]:
Australian metalcore band I Killed The Prom Queen has been released from a Malaysian immigration detention centre after being held for performing without valid permits, one of its members said.
Guitarist Jona Weinhofen said on Twitter the band was freed without charge.
"Freedom," he tweeted on Monday (Nov 16).
"A lot of press is stating we were deported. For the record we were released with no action against us."
He added that the head of Malaysia's Immigration Department apologised, but said the band would not likely be back in Malaysia any time soon.
"Sorry Malaysia but after this horrible experience I don't think we will return in a hurry," he tweeted.
AFP was unable to reach immigration officials for comment.
Weinhofen had earlier tweeted that the show promoter failed to obtain valid visas.
He did not say if the band would head home, but Australian broadcaster ABC reported the group was expected to arrive home on Tuesday (Nov 17).
The five-member outfit, in Malaysia as part of a Southeast Asian tour, were detained late Saturday by immigration officials.
The band was scheduled to perform its next gig in Indonesia on Sunday.
Japanese government sues Okinawan governor in US base relocation dispute [Japan Today - 17/11/15]
US pledges US$259 million to SE Asian nations to antagonize Chinese and continue subverting the UN Refugee Convention [Channel News Asia - 17/11/15]
Protesters try to march on US Embassy in Manila ahead of APEC Summit [Tempo.co - 17/11/15]
Protest tegen komst Obama op Filipijnen [VIDEO - Zie.nl - 17/11/15]
A day before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila, local and international activists warned that the international forum and its policies will do more harm than good, especially to the Filipino people and to the country’s natural resources.
Kate Lappin, regional coordinator of the Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law, and Development, called the annual gathering of world leaders as a “corporate coup d’état” aimed at promoting corporate colonialism.
“With the recent signing of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement last Oct. 5, the Apec [ministerial meeting] in Manila becomes an opportune moment for the United States and its cohorts to cement a regional trade pact that serves the interest of the US and its corporations at the expense of people’s rights and welfare,” Lappin said during the International Festival for People’s Rights and Struggles at the University of the Philippines Diliman campus in Quezon City. ... [Inquirer.net - 17/11/15]
Hundreds of homeless people, including more than 140 street urchins, have been rounded up in “clearing operations” to spruce up Metro Manila ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit this week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday. ... [Inquirer.net - 17/11/15]
Two Indonesian soldiers convicted for Papuan deaths [RNZI - 17/11/15]:
Two Indonesian soldiers have been convicted and imprisoned for their role in the deaths of two Papuans in Mimika in August.
The Jakarta Post reports that the court sentenced Makher Rehatta and Gregorius R. Geta to prison terms of 12 years and three years respectively for murder and aggravated assault.
Two other soldiers are still on trial for their role in the incident in which the four soldiers, who were allegedly drunk, opened fire with assault rifles on a group of Papuans who were holding a local Thanksgiving ceremony in front of a church in Mimika regency.
Human Rights Watch has welcomed the conviction as a rare example of accountability over military abuses in Papua.
However the NGO says it's only a start, since there are many other military abuses which have not been investigated.
In the rare cases where soldiers have been convicted by a military court, the sentences have been extremely lenient.
Families of Tamil political prisoners protest outside UN office in Jaffna [Tamil Guardian - 16/11/15]
Police in Sittwe have alleged that a 51-year-old man raped a 5-year-old Arakanese girl early on Sunday evening in the backyard of a home in the city’s Setyonsu ward.
Investigating officer Aye Khin Maung told The Irrawaddy that the man, reported to be a military deserter, was apprehended the same evening in the Arakan State capital.
He added that the police had sent an urgent message to the 378th Battalion, which is based in Mrauk-U, but had not received a response by the following morning. ... [The Irrawaddy - 16/11/15]
... But despite the NLD's euphoric victory, for the first time, Myanmar's Muslims will not be represented in parliament.
This is a victory for the ultra-nationalists who have risen to prominence in this Buddhist-majority country since President Thein Sein took office as the head of a semi-civilian government in 2011.
"From the British period up to the 2010 election, Muslims were equal - they were participants in all parliaments, and ministers even," said Kyaw Min, the president of the Human Rights and Development Party (HRDP).
"But the coming parliament will be bereft of Muslims." ... Uncertainty looms for Myanmar's Muslims [Al Jazeera - 15/11/15]
And I want the Australian Greens and crossbenchers to explain why they are not joining calls for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders.
Free the Children NAURU [17/11/15]:
A thank you message sent from Ahmed, the Iraqi BOY profiled previously on this page.
His mother called last night, with joy and amazement in her voice as she exclaimed "Australian people love refugee!".
The last time I saw her, she was in tears of despair.
Your support, your love, has buoyed their spirits and let in some light for this beautiful family.
So thank you from everyone at FtCN too.
Australia repels, tortures, rapes, abuses and murders refugees, but red baiting establishment media types and pollsters want us to keep believing the lies.
... Essential finds that 29% of voters still think Australia is too soft on asylum seekers, including 28% of Labor voters and even 13% of Greens voters. ... [Crikey - 17/11/15]
From pariah state Australia to the world: Chief anti refugee propagandist spreads the hate ----> @rupertmurdoch [16/11/15]: Obama facing enormous opposition in accepting refugees. Maybe make special exception for proven Christians.
One handpicked Syrian refugee family arrives in Perth by plane as thousands rot, courtesy the Australia government [Nine MSN - 17/11/15]
Sharing the privilege: Fraser Coast equipped to help Australian government with “handpicked, non Muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat” PR stunt [ABC – 16/11/15]
New Zealand set to pass emergency legislation bolstering Australia's gulag archipelago [TVNZ - 17/11/15]:
Detainees from the notorious Christmas Island detention centre will be among about 20 New Zealand deportees leaving Australia on Thursday.
Justice Minister Amy Adams hopes to have emergency legislation in place so authorities can keep tabs on the most serious ex-offenders.
But the Government still doesn't know what the men were convicted of – Australia is yet to hand over those details.
Parliament will go into urgency today to pass the bill.
Ms Adams has support from Labour, but the public will not get a say on the legislation through a select committee.
Under the new law, once the detainees arrive they must provide identifying details such as fingerprints and DNA samples. If they refuse, they face arrest.
Social services teams will then help them find accommodation and apply for welfare and assess their mental health needs.
Ms Adams has defended the Government from accusations they have been slow to act. Australia adopted the hard-line immigration policy late last year.
"Within weeks of getting my [ministerial] warrant this issue was on my desk and I immediately said this is an issue we need to address," she said.
She added: "We are not happy that Australia has changed the law without any proper advice to us".
More than 160 offenders have come back to New Zealand since the Australian law change.
And Ms Adams admitted no monitoring – such as extended supervision orders or public protection orders – has been put in place for the most serious offenders who have already returned.
Returning Offenders (Management and Information) Bill - First reading - Part 4 [17/11/15]
Australia's new and improved legalised slave trade - where slaves pay to transport themselves! [Marianas Variety - 17/11/15]:
The Australian High Commission here in Kiribati says it will work closely with the Ministry of Labor and Human Resources Development to maximize the number of I-Kiribati people recruited to work in Australia’s seasonal workers program.
Australian High Commissioner to Kiribati George Fraser told Radio Kiribati News there is now no maximum number of people required to work in Australia from Kiribati and other Pacific Island nations.
“We understand that the seasonal workers program is demand-driven and depends on the demand from the employers,” he said.
“If they are wanted by the employers and meet the criteria, of course, they can go. You could have four to five thousand people down there if you wanted to and if they’re welcomed by the employer.”
Fraser said he’s argued with the Australian government for longer visas for the people of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu because flights from these countries are very expensive.
“In order to recoup the money you outlay, we argued that it would be fair if the workers from these countries could stay longer.”
The Australian government has agreed to this concept and workers from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu can now stay and work in Australia’s seasonal workers program for nine months rather than six months.
“That’s good for the employers because they don’t have to retrain people. They have the same people and it’s very good also for the workers to save money.”
Australia intends to take 200 people or up to 250 workers from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu as part of the Developing Northern Australia Initiative which has moved to its pilot phase of five years.
PNG politician's company awarded contract to build Australia's Theresienstadt on Manus Island [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/11/15]
Brisbane teachers are set to take industrial action to continue their campaign in protest against the government's detention of an asylum-seeking high school student.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor, 21, was months away from graduating at Yeronga State High School when she was forcibly removed from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation Centre in August and taken to a Darwin detention centre after a failed visa application.
Teachers at the school will hold a stop-work meeting at 1.40pm on Tuesday as part of an ongoing campaign to fight for the rights of Ms Shamsalipoor and other students on bridging visas, or no visas.
The school's Queensland Teachers Union representative, Jessica Walker, says students will also refuse to go to class, holding a sit-in to coincide with the industrial action.
"We have grave concerns for Mojgan's emotional wellbeing, and that of other students who are experiencing increased distress and a sense of hopelessness," she said.
"All they want is to integrate into our society."
Ms Shamsalipoor fears returning to Iran, having arrived in Australia by boat in 2012 after fleeing sexual abuse and an arranged marriage to a man in his 60s.
Her asylum claim was rejected last year after she had lived in Australia for two years on a bridging visa.
A rally will also be held on Tuesday in Yeronga Memorial Park, opposite the school, from 3.30pm.
A bikie gang member acquitted over the infamous Broadbeach brawl will return to court to face a perjury charge. Peter Mauric, who was found not guilty in May of riot after a lengthy trial, will be back at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
Mauric's perjury charge stems from alleged conflicts in statements he made in a Crime and Corruption Commission hearing and then later at his trial. Perjury carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment.
After his first appearance on the offence in September, Mauric's lawyer Zali Burrows told reporters she hoped the charge wasn't an abuse of process and that her client maintained his innocence. [Yahoo - 17/11/15]
Extra police officers deployed to Mount Isa [North West Star - 16/11/15]:
... Deputy Commissioner Pointing attended the roundtable in place of Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, who remained in Brisbane to address security matters following the terrorist attacks in Paris. <----- Need any more evidence what the government and authorities really perceive threats to be.
A Townsville man has been convicted of sending death threats and pornographic images to the Queensland Police Commissioner on social media.
Charles Kacperuk, 61, yesterday pleaded guilty to one charge of using a carriage service to menace or harass under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
The Townsville Magistrates Court heard Kacperuk sent a picture of coffins to Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart in April, with the words, 'you could be next, Ian' using Twitter.
He also sent a number of tweets containing pornographic images of men.
Defence lawyers said Kacperuk was an isolated man, and that it contributed to his offending, and was naive in how social media worked.
In sentencing, magistrate Ross Mack said because of the public nature of Twitter, there was an added responsibility to be sensible and measured in what was said.
He placed Kacperuk on a two-year probation order. [ABC - 17/11/15]
Fatal traffic incident, Southport [QPS Media - 17/11/15]:
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating a fatal traffic incident that claimed the life of a woman last night in Southport.
Initial information suggests that around 7pm the woman walked onto Wardoo Street, just south of the intersection with Queen Street.
At this time, she was struck by a vehicle travelling north down Wardoo Street.
Attempts were made to revive the 26-year-old Robina woman at the scene, however she was pronounced deceased a short while later.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Young boy hit by car, Broadbeach [MYGC - 17/11/15]
Witnesses to an incident that left a Queensland teenager badly burned on Halloween are being urged to come forward.
The 14-year-old boy, who was found burning on the doorstep of a Noosa home last month, spoke to investigators for the first time on Monday but the cause of his injuries remain unknown.
"We are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to come forward, in particular the three people in the park at the time of the incident," Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Hurst said. [Yahoo - 17/11/15]
An accused killer stabbed his former housemate 73 times before cutting his throat, a court has heard.
Christopher David Navin, 28, admits he killed his estranged friend Nicholas Sofer-Schreiber on Boxing Day 2013.
But Navin had pleaded not guilty to murder by way of mental impairment.
His defence team says the "frenzied horror" of the fatal attack reveals the work of a deranged mind. ... [Canberra Times - 16/11/15]
Canberra taxi driver claims he was beaten and racially abused in Civic attack [Canberra Times – 16/11/15]
Charges: Homicide investigation, Bundall [QPS Media - 17/11/15]
Townsville detectives investigating the death of a man at Belgian Gardens have tonight charged a man with murder.
A 27-year-old Belgian Gardens man is being held in police custody and is due to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court tomorrow (November 17).
Police were called to an address on St James Drive, Belgian Gardens around 2pm today where the body of a man, aged in his 50s, was located.
The men were known to each other. No further information is available at this time and police investigations are continuing. [QPS Media - 16/11/15]
Charges: Assault occasioning bodily harm, Brookwater [QPS Media - 16/11/15]
A 21-year-old man has been sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to armed robbery in Bundaberg. ... [ABC - 17/11/15]
Armed robbery, Freshwater [QPS Media - 17/11/15]
Attempted armed robbery, Brinsmead [QPS Media - 17/11/15]
Woman critical after being hit by train at Grovely [Brisbane Times - 17/11/15]
A man trapped in the cabin of his 20 tonne vehicle as it teetered precariously on a cliff edge at a quarry in Brisbane's north west has been freed.
The man was trapped for more than an hour and a half after rolling the vehicle at the Keperra site about 7.20am.
Paramedics have assessed him and determined he is uninjured. ... [Brisbane Times - 17/11/15]
Fewer Inskip Point camp sites would hurt Cooloola Coast economy MP Tony Perrett warns [ABC - 17/11/15]
Man injured after car rolls in Labrador [MYGC - 16/11/15]
Storm damages planes at Moranbah Airport [Yahoo - 17/11/15]
QANTAS 737 jet in tailstrike at Sydney Airport after wrong data tapped into iPad [Canberra Times - 16/11/15]
Residents from a supported accommodation facility on the Gold Coast [Ashmore] have been evacuated after a fire tore through the building, causing part of it to collapse.
It took firefighters under an hour to bring the blaze under control at Cotlew Manor on Tuesday morning.
Residents were safely evacuated before a large part of the building collapsed, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said. [Yahoo - 17/11/15]
Māori doctors want answers over TPP [RNZI - 16/11/1]:
It is not too late to take a stand against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Māori doctors say.
Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Te ORA - the Māori Medical Practitioners Association), is deciding whether to take action on its own or wait for the Waitangi Tribunal's upcoming hearing on the deal.
The government had said Māori rights would be protected under the TPP signed in September, but many Māori doctors and medical students were not convinced.
Te ORA chairman Rawiri Jansen said it was not too late to take an interest.
"The New Zealand public has had a relatively short period of time to actually see an incredible amount of detail so it is time right now to get advised about what's in the current text," Dr Jansen said.
A group of 120 Māori medical practitioners and students met in Palmerston North for the organisation's conference, which ran from Thursday to Sunday.
Hawke's Bay GP David Tipene-Leach said many were worried.
"Are we going to end up paying more for our drugs? That's really important. That's a major issue for us and it's one that we should rightly be involved in."
He said the other main concern was bigger than health but encompassed health - and that was the Treaty of Waitangi.
"To be able to keep the Treaty of Waitangi to the fore of documents like this."
Te ORA deputy chairperson Kiriana Bird said she had serious concerns about the TPP.
She said there was a level of anxiety around the deal, especially for Māori medical students.
"I think it can have the potential to have a huge impact for Māori. But not just for Māori but for plenty of the indigenous populations around the world."
The Waitangi Tribunal has granted a group of claimants challenging the deal an urgent hearing, which is expected to take place early next year.
Dr Jansen said senior members of his association had to decide whether to pre-empt that.
"The process of the negotiations and the secrecy around it, [and] the risks that it may hold in terms of environment and in terms of pharmaceuticals, were called out.
"We will watch the Waitangi Tribunal case closely."
Te ORA also vowed at its conference to throw its support behind finding solutions to climate change, and paving the way for Māori to govern statistics relating to Māori.
Documents revealed via the class action claim against the Commonwealth over the 2011 live cattle export ban to Indonesia supports industry’s view it was rushed, made without real consultation and did little to improve trade or animal welfare conditions.
That’s the view the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) expressed in a statement on Monday updating progress on the class action claim filed in the Federal Court on October 27 last year. ... [North West Star - 17/11/15]
The SourceAmerica Tapes
Today, 16 November 2015 8:30 am EST, WikiLeaks publishes the 30 hours of secret tapes and transcripts at the heart of the AbilityOne/SourceAmerica scandal.
Thirteen Presidential Appointees (ten Obama, three Bush) are embroiled in a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal being probed by the US Department of Justice and four Inspector Generals.
The appointees oversee the federal government's $3billion a year "AbilityOne" program which is meant to pay for the employment of more than 50,000 disabled people--the largest such program in the United States.
Most of that money, $2.3 billion a year, is funneled through the non-profit SourceAmerica to more than 1000 other designated partner organizations.
This subsidised disabled labour is then placed (for a fee) with government and industry.
Most of the labour is pushed to the military sector, including the DoD, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin & Boeing--who are also "patrons" of SourceAmerica.
It is alleged that nearly half of the $2.3billion a year does not go to the severely disabled, but is rorted by pushing the money to corruptly favoured placement organisations that recruit the able bodied or the mildly disabled instead of the mandated 75% severely disabled.
The result is billions in tax payer funded labour subsidies and increased profits for the placement organizations.
The 26 tapes are recorded conversations between Jean Robinson (Lead Counsel of SourceAmerica) and Ruben Lopez (CEO of Bona Fide Conglomerate Inc., one of the placement organizations) that discuss the alleged corruption.
... The NDIS should be the first dollar we spend out of our social services budget. It is a programme that invests in people's ability.
It is about assisting people to be as independent as they can be – to help every Australian, regardless of their level of ability – to realise their potential.
Of course we will meet our commitment to the NDIS, but it will mean that we must ensure that our welfare system more broadly is targeted and fit for purpose.
20 payments and 54 supplements make our welfare safety net a complex and unwieldy system. Most disappointingly the complexity and coverage of the welfare system can serve as a disincentive to being in work.
The best form of welfare is a job. ... Fluffy delivers the ingaugural Rev. Dr. Gordon Moyes Lecture, The Wesley Mission, Sydney [16/11/15] <---- He must be rolling in his grave.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert has said today it is extremely disappointing that the Government has pressed on with the cashless welfare card in the East Kimberley despite significant resistance from local communities that include the Shire and Aboriginal Advisory Council of Halls Creek. ... [Greens Media Release - 16/11/15]
October update for service providers – Commonwealth Home Support Programme [DSS Media Release - 29/11/15]
The Queensland Nurses Union says many Gympie nurses, in the state's south, are unsure about their future after a long-running aged care facility in the region announced its closure.
The Winston House Aged Care facility is home to 48 residents and more than 50 medical staff.
The organisation said it needed to close because of the building's aging structure and higher levels of care needed for residents.
Provider Blue Care said it would try to redeploy nurses to a nearby facility but the union's Bernadette O'Connor said not every job was guaranteed. ... [ABC - 13/11/15]
Mother refused interpreter for deaf husband sues Ramsay health group [Guardian – 12/11/15]
... Sanders should not endorse Clinton unless she endorses his agenda publicly, Nader explains.
“If he doesn’t do that, he’s gonna go down as a total wimp, as a totally complicit person with the subsequent crimes of the Hillary Clinton administration,” he adds. ... Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the complicity of Bernie Sanders [VIDEO - teleSUR/Truthdig - 10/11/15]
#No War November
Kuwait top court backs shutting newspaper critical of government [Ahram - 16/11/15]:
Kuwait's supreme court on Monday upheld a ruling supporting a government decision to close leading Arabic-language newspaper Al-Watan, which had been critical of the government, the court said.
Kuwait's ministries of commerce and information in January revoked the paper's commercial and media licences, saying it had violated minimum capital requirements.
A lower court had ruled that the government measures were legal, and the appeals court upheld the verdict.
Under Kuwaiti law, the commercial licences of companies with losses worth more than 75 percent of their capital are cancelled.
Al-Watan, which was one of the largest dailies in Kuwait, was owned by former oil minister Sheikh Ali Khalifa al-Sabah, a member of the ruling family, and managed by his son Sheikh Khalifa.
The newspaper traditionally supported the government but had in recent years adopted a tougher line.
Kuwaiti authorities closed the newspaper's satellite television channel in June for the same reasons.
Stock prices of weapons manufacturers soaring since Paris attack [The Intercept - 17/11/15]
President François Hollande has delivered an address before a joint session of parliament Monday declaring 'we are at war against jihadist terrorism' adding that France is to intensify anti-terror operations in Syria. ... [France 24 - 16/11/15]
The federal government is still considering attaching a warship to a French carrier task group set to conduct air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
But it's ruled out relaxing current rules of engagement to allow RAAF combat aircraft to step up attacks on IS targets in Syria.
"The request to send a warship to join a French Navy taskforce in the Persian Gulf is still under consideration by the government," a spokesman for Defence Minister Marise Payne told AAP. [SBS - 17/11/15]
President Vladimir Putin says he’s shared Russian intelligence data on Islamic State financing with his G20 colleagues: the terrorists appear to be financed from 40 countries, including some G20 member states.
During the summit, “I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) units by private individuals.
This money, as we have established, comes from 40 countries and, there are some of the G20 members among them,” Putin told the journalists. ... [RT - 16/11/15]
Israel studies director assaults Texas students [The Intercept - 16/11/15]
Abby Martin interviews journalist and author Max Blumenthal about the ongoing rebellion, the rising dominance of far-right, ultra-racist ideology in Israel, eyewitness accounts of the aftermath of the Gaza war, and the Israeli government's fear of Palestinian resistance. [VIDEO - teleSUR/TRNN - 15/11/15]
In a meeting with President Obama today, Benjamin Netanyahu went through the familiar motions of expressing rhetorical support for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Stating, “I remain committed to a vision of peace of two states for two peoples,”
Netanyahu said that he wanted “make it clear that we have not given up our hope,” for achieving a two-state solution to the conflict.
Just a day
before this statement, however, the Israeli government took steps to ensure such
a vision could never become reality, moving to authorize the construction of an
additional 2,200 housing units in the occupied territories in the face of
Palestinian opposition. ... [The
Intercept - 10/11/15]
17 November 2015