What Hillary Clinton privately told Goldman Sachs [Counterpunch – 17/10/16]:

... In public debates, Clinton demands a “no fly zone” or “no bombing zone” or “safe zone” in Syria, from which to organize a war to overthrow the government.

In a speech to Goldman Sachs, however, she blurts out that creating such a zone would require bombing a lot more populated areas than was required in Libya.

“You’re going to kill a lot of Syrians,” she admits.

She even tries to distance herself from the proposal by referring to “this intervention that people talk about so glibly” — although she, before and at the time of that speech and ever since has been the leading such person.

Clinton also makes clear that Syrian “jihadists” are being funded by Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Qatar.

In October 2013, as the U.S. public had rejected bombing Syria, Blankfein asked if the public was now opposed to “interventions” — that clearly being understood as a hurdle to be overcome.

Clinton said not to fear.

“We’re in a time in Syria,” she said, “where they’re not finished killing each other . . . and maybe you just have to wait and watch it.” ...

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 17/10/16]

Swedish officials say they have evacuated about 40 people from a refugee center in southern Stockholm after a fire engulfed the building.

Kurt Jansson, who headed the fire operations, said the alarm came in the early hours of Sunday, adding that police were investigating the incident.

Investigators are treating the matter as possible arson. ... [Yahoo - 17/10/16]


‏@MSF_Sea [17/10/16]:  Naef, Zina and their kids fled IS in northern #Iraq. Their 5 y/o son has made it to #Germany with his nanna but they're stuck in #Greece.


Unifying the world's maritime rescue effort [The Maritime Executive - 16/10/16]

Members of the Irish Naval Service have been honoured for their efforts in the mission to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe made the presentation to 54 crew members who served on the L.É. Eithne at a ceremony in Rosslare this morning. ... [Newstalk.com - 15/10/16]

The Bar of Ireland has presented its inaugural Human Rights Award to the Irish Naval Service for saving thousands of lives in the Mediterranean Sea during the current migration crisis.

More than 11,500 migrants have been rescued by Irish Naval Service vessels since May 2015 as part of its humanitarian response to the ongoing crisis.

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Vice Admiral Mark Mellett and 35 members of the Irish Naval Service attended yesterday’s award presentation ceremony at the Law Library. ... [Irish Legal News - 14/10/16]

We will Never give up


Day 212 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar  [17/10/16]




Senate estimates/inquiries and human rights reports mean nothing if the policy is not challenged. It's just marking time. [SBS - 17/10/16]:


The immigration department claims it would harm Australia's foreign relations if it disclosed the countries it is negotiating with to take refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.

The Papua New Guinea government has decided to close the detention centre on the island but no specific date has been set.

Immigration department secretary Michael Pezzullo claimed public interest immunity during a Senate estimates hearing on Monday when he declined to answer questions about the progress of negotiations. < ---- That's because THERE IS NO RESETTLEMENT COUNTRY.  THAT IS THE POLICY.



No amount of cultural showcasing can remove the stain of hosting a refugee concentration camp for Australia ---> Locals in Manus staged a two-day show recently to remind the next generation of the divine culture and heritage of Manus.

Held in the provincial capital, Lorengau, the show saw different dancers from around the mainland and islands performing different dances and showcasing artifacts and traditional lifestyle. ... [EMTV - 17/10/16]



Review of Antje Missbach’s Troubled Transit: Asylum Seekers Stuck in Indonesia [Inside Indonesia - 16/10/16]:


... More journalists and academics should recognise what Missbach has; that Australia’s border protection regime extends far beyond its own borders, beyond even Nauru and Manus Island, and causes hidden suffering for thousands upon thousands of people stranded in increasingly prolonged transits. 



Genocide of Rohingya in Myanmar may be entering new and deadly phase [International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at Queen Mary University of London - 17/10/16]



‏@mir_sidiquee [17/10/16]:  #Rohingya houses torched by #MyanmarArmy in #KiyariFarang #MGDNorth



Aung San Suu Kyi attends BRICS-Bimstec summits as Rakhine burns [The Indian Express - 16/10/16]



Australia's biggest casino company, Crown Resorts Ltd, on Monday said China had detained 18 of its employees including three Australians, sending Australian gaming stocks tumbling on concerns about their strategy for luring Chinese gamblers. ... [Reuters - 17/10/16]



Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of congratulations on the successful launch of the Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft on Monday.

Xi expressed congratulations and greetings to all researchers and staff engaged in the mission as well as the astronauts.

The mission of the orbiting space lab Tiangong-2 and the Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft marks the first time that Chinese astronauts will stay in orbit for medium term, Xi said in the message. ... [Xinhua - 17/10/16]



‏@wikileaks [16/10/16]: Hillary Clinton: "We discovered Japan"; "We" are going to "ring China" with the US military; ...



An anti-nuclear candidate won Niigata’s gubernatorial election Sunday, dealing a potential blow to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s attempts to restart the world’s biggest atomic power station.

Ryuichi Yoneyama, 49, a doctor-lawyer who has never held office and was backed mostly by left-wing parties, won the race for governor, an election dominated by concerns over the future of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station and nuclear safety more than five years after the Fukushima catastrophe of March 2011. ... [Japan Times - 17/10/16]



The war on you continues ---> Thousands of police and armed forces personnel fanned out across malls and public transport hubs islandwide on Monday in Singapore's largest counter-terrorism exercise to date.

In a media statement, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said the exercise is part of ongoing efforts by the Home Team and Singapore Armed Forces to test and validate Singapore's multi-agency response plan in the event of terrorist attacks.

The exercise involves more than 3,200 personnel from SPF, Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) as well as more than 50 volunteers. ... [Channel News Asia - 17/10/16]



University of Queensland takes its white man's burden to the White House [Media Release - 17/10/16]



‏NT Youth Detention Royal Commissioners start remote consultations in Tiwi Islands [ABC - 17/10/16]:


... SARA EVERINGHAM: As the Chief Executive of the regional council, Marion Scrymgour knows about the royal commission meeting on the islands this morning.

But she's not sure the commission's done enough to make sure other Tiwi Islanders know the meeting is on.

MARION SCRYMGOUR: There was some messages and information out. We've tried to distribute that far and wide. I am hoping that people have got word of it and turn up but it's been a bit ad hoc and a bit all over the place. ...



But everyone's in Melbourne [ABC - 17/10/16]:


... The teenagers [from Tiwi Islands] were being mentored by eight Indigenous women who served in the armed forces, and as part of the program they visited the Richmond Football Club and Essendon headquarters.


As part of the $20,000 program, the girls spent time at a barracks learning what their mentors do and how they live as soldiers.

"We showed them the vehicles we have, the weapons system and shoot in our weapons simulation systems, which they really enjoyed," Corporal Rhiannon Busch from Queensland said. ...



@NayukaGorrie [17/10/16]:  @TheBlock rly appalled but not surprised that the footage of Kim mocking Aboriginal culture made it on ur ep last night, culture is no joke



Deadly floods inundate central Vietnam [Al Jazeera - 17/10/16]



... The tough-talking Duterte will bring up to 400 business leaders including some of the Philippines’s wealthiest tycoons on a four-day visit to Beijing starting on Tuesday.

In doing so, he’ll become the first Philippine leader invited to the capital by Chinese President Xi Jinping for one-on-one talks. ... [Bloomberg - 17/10/16]



Phlippines President says he cannot be God, vigilante killings beyond his control [Manila Bulletin - 17/10/16]



A member of a gang was shot dead while others were injured when Lae police raided their hide-out at the back of West Taraka.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendant Anthony Wagambie Jr described the operation as a major breakthrough for police in their fight against organised criminals.

He commended his officers for their efforts to ensure that those who broke the law must be brought to justice.

“Several suspects were injured during the shoot-out. Many managed to escape down the cliff with injuries,” he said.  ... [The National - 17/10/16]



Flooding in PNG's Morobe leaves four dead [RNZI - 17/10/16]



The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has given ExxonMobil until Nov 3 to submit documents relating to its acquisition of lnterOil’s interests in the Papua LNG project in Gulf.

ICCC commissioner and chief executive officer Paulus Ain said the statutory notice was issued under Section 128 of the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission Act 2002.

The notice requires an individual or company to provide specific information or documents requested by the ICCC.

It is exercised when an individual and or a company has refused to voluntarily provide information requested by the ICCC. ... [The National - 14/10/16]



Thai internet operators urge customers to report thought crimes against royal family [Reuters - 16/10/16]




Asadul Islam Arif, a member of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), has been hanged for the killing of two judges in Jhalakathi in a bomb attack in 2005.

He is the seventh JMB militant executed for the attack carried out 11 years ago. ... [bdnews24.com - 17/10/16]



India misleading BRICS, trying to hide its brutalities in Kashmir: Pakistan [Hindustan Times - 17/10/16]



IED blasts leave 8 children injured in Kandahar [Pajhwok - 16/10/16]



‏@pajhwok [16/10/16]: #Afghanistan: RTA reporter gunned down in Zabul ...



An airstrike targeted the convoy of a top Taliban leader in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, leaving at least 30 militants dead.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike took place in Chinartu district and targeted the convoy of Haji Lala, the military commission chief of the group.

It is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the coalition forces based in the country. ... [Khaama - 16/10/16]



At least four civilians were wounded and one person was killed on Saturday afternoon in Balkh province, local officials said.

According to the officials, the blast took place when a roadside mine detonated near Maimana market area in Mazar-e-Sharif city of Balkh. ... [TOLO News - 16/10/16]



Following reports about the seizing of military equipment, including armored vehicles, by the Taliban, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on Sunday that it is a matter of concern but they have plans to eliminate or recover the equipment from the insurgents. ... [TOLO News - 16/10/16]



Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement urges investigation into Saudi airstrike on funeral [Press TV - 16/10/16]




‏@ATEmbassy [17/10/16]:  No dogs were set on these fellas for vandalism of a school...




Israeli forces shoot, injure 2 Palestinians in Jenin-area clashes [Maan - 16/10/16]



An activist for the Labor party has filed a police complaint for alleged treason against the human rights group B’Tselem, amid anger over a speech by the organization’s director criticizing Israeli settlement policy at a United Nations forum last week.

The complaint, lodged by Yuval Mor Musli, an attorney by trade, alleges that B’Tselem has worked to damage the sovereignty of the state, give land away to a foreign entity, and has taken steps that could cause a war. The three accusations are listed as clauses in Israel’s criminal code under “Treason.”

B’Tselem’s decision to address the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, titled “Illegal Israeli Settlements: Obstacles to Peace and the Two-State Solution,” has drawn fierce denunciations from Israeli politicians, including the prime minister and at least one left-wing Knesset member from the Zionist Union. ... [Times of Israel - 16/10/16]


Fighting around South Sudan town of Malakal kills 56: government [Reuters – 16/10/16]



A suicide bomber killed three police officers and wounded at least nine people in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep on Sunday during a police raid on a suspected Islamic State safehouse, a local official and security sources said. ... [Reuters - 16/10/16]



Turkish forces violate Syrian territory in northern Aleppo [SANA - 16/10/16]:


In a new act of aggression on Syria’s sovereignty, the Turkish regime’s forces penetrated into the Syrian territory on Saturday evening and attacked locals in two villages in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Local sources in the region told SANA that a number of heavy vehicles, armored cars and troop carrier vehicles of the Turkish army crossed into Aleppo’s northern countryside and attacked Sourkeh village in Efrin area.

The Turkish army also targeted with medium weapons the locals in Deir Ballout village in Jindeiris area in northern Aleppo, according to the sources.

Identical local and media sources reported that the Turkish repeated artillery attacks on Deir Ballout village over the past period have forced a number of the residents, mostly women and children, to leave the village.


While falsely claiming to be fighting ISIS terrorist organization through these actions, the Turkish military forces have helped other terrorist organizations linked to the Turkish regime to replace ISIS in those areas. ...



Fresh terrorist rocket attacks on residential areas in Aleppo city on Sunday killed 3 people, including two women, and left 29 other people injured. ... [SANA - 16/10/16]



Suicide bomber kills three at refugee camp on Syria-Jordan border [Reuters - 16/10/16]



High-level Syrian delegation arrives in Egypt [Ahram - 16/10/16]



Egyptian sets fire to himself protesting against Sisi [Middle East Monitor - 16/10/16]



Herdsmen, between Saturday and yesterday, allegedly killed no fewer than 20 persons after laying siege to Godogodo, a semi-urban settlement in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. ... [Vanguard  - 17/10/16]



The widow of a Nigerian activist is planning to sue Royal Dutch Shell in the Dutch courts alleging the oil company was complicit in the execution of her husband by the Nigerian military in 1995, court documents filed in the United States last week show.

Esther Kiobel has filed an application in New York to secure documents from Shell’s U.S. lawyers, which she could use in the Dutch action.

The filings with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York said she planned to begin that action before the end of the year.

“Ms. Kiobel will demonstrate that Shell encouraged, facilitated, and conspired with the Nigerian government to commit human rights violations against the Ogoni people,” a memorandum in the application filed last week said.   ... [Reuters - 16/10/16]



‏@msiarakan [16/10/16]:  #Myanmar Army set fire the #Rohingya houses in #Wabaik #KyiGanPyin #Maungdaw again today at 6:25 pm. ...



‏@zahed_nl [16/10/16]: 


'Arakan Crisis'

-To defame #Rohingya

-To kill & confine them in IDPs

-To take the Rakhine State in total control of the Army

 -Divide & Rule



Then, steal the gas as neighbouring countries push back any refugees who try to escape by boat.




West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]




ABC presents Rev. Tim Costello and his false choices as "Australia's conscience" [16/10/16]




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




Concentration camp profiteers Save the Children, and anti-refugee propagandists Four Corners push for a "final solution".


... How does Save the Children justify taking money from the very same entity that incarcerates asylum seeker children and ignoring refugee boat turn backs align with Save the Children’s vision of “a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation”?

Nine of your workers are reported to have been given $1 million in compensation from the Australian government and extensive legal advice.

Keeping in mind that your organisation and your employees made a choice to work in Nauru, were paid salaries while they were working on the island and had freedom of movement including freedom to cross borders; what estimate would you put on the amount of compensation owed to hundreds of our community members trafficked, caged and held hostage in Manus and Nauru or those who were coerced into self-deporting to danger from Manus and Nauru? ... [Open Letter from RISE: Refugees, Survivors and ex-detainees to Save the Children-Australia & Overseas board of directors - 28/8/16]




Why did the UNHCR tell refugees they'd be on Nauru for 10 years? Why don't they want refugees released and resettled?




THE CASES AREN'T PROSECUTED BECAUSE TORTURE AND RAPE IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE "DETERRENCE" POLICY - IT'S BIPARTISAN, NON-CONTROVERSIAL, AND UNCHALLENGED BY THE AUSTRALIAN MEDIA ---->  An Australian review has found that 19 cases of alleged violence or sexual assault on Australia's detainees in Nauru were reported to police but none led to prosecution or conviction. ... [RNZI - 17/10/16]



Australian media and pro-ALP human rights establishment still censoring Behrouz Boochani's speech, filtering it for perceived partisan advantage [New Matilda - 16/10/16]




‏@JordanChariton [16/10/16]: .@TheHill columnist 2 @HillaryClinton chair: I'm writing positive @BernieSanders stories bc "we're going 2 need his voters" #PodestaEmails8




North Carolina Republican headquarters firebombed [The Charlotte Observer -16/10/16]




‏@oldpicsarchive [16/10/16]:  American Nazi organization rally at Madison Square Garden, 1939 ...




‏@wikileaks [16/10/16]:  RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 9 ... #HillaryClinton ...  




Trinity Gay, daughter of Olympian Tyson Gay, dies after shooting at Lexington restaurant [WKYT - 16/10/16]




United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense [16/10/16]



Nineveh tribal leaders reject the participation of foreign, regional, and Shiite militias in the military offensive to liberate Mosul, the capital of Nineveh province, amid concerns about the future of their region. 

The people of Nineveh, both those still living under ISIS and those who have been displaced, “are concerned and fear for what will happen after ISIS.

The possibility of personal revenge makes people afraid,” Sheikh A’hd al-Khalidi from Mosul told Rudaw on Sunday. 

Al-Khalidi was in Erbil for the united council of Iraqi tribes’ conference, held to support the operation to retake Mosul from ISIS.

There is a fear among many that Sunni tribes who lived under ISIS rule for two and a half years will be accused of supporting ISIS and blamed for the terrorist group’s crimes. ... [RUDAW - 16/10/16]



International Committee of the Red Cross warns operation to "liberate Mosul" may cause a humanitarian disaster forcing up to one million civilians to flee [Sputnik News - 17/10/16]:


... "Humanitarian situation in Iraq, generally, is extremely difficult. There are more than 3 million people who are displaced, now once Mosul operation starts, we are expecting hundred of thousands fleeing. A number may reach up to a million. This is a huge number and all these people would need basic necessities: shelter, food, water, medical supplies. Once the operation starts, of course, people would try to leave violence and we at the ICRC will be there to the closest point, so we can help those who are fleeing with the basic necessities," Zawqari said.

ICRC called on parties to conflict in Iraq’s Mosul city to differentiate between civilian and military targets, according to ICRC spokeswoman. ...



‏@IraqiSMCEn [16/10/16]:  Baghdad: News agencies: An employee in the Ministry of Justice was killed as an IED attached to his car exploded in Amiriya area west of Baghdad yesterday night.



British troops face investigation over mistreatment of Iraqis in Basra during 2003 invasion [Guardian - 16/10/16]



US, UK war on Iraq ‘crime against humanity’ [Press TV - 16/10/16]:


... “Of course, many terrible things happened in invasion of Iraq; this trial of 13 British soldiers is a small example, it is simply a snapshot of the kind of terror that was taking place,” Hall [Editor in Chief, American Herald Tribune] told Press TV on Sunday.

“We have the crime of the invasion of Iraq led by this Anglo-American coalition of Blair and Bush committing unbelievably grotesque crimes against humanity,” he added.

The analyst said IHAT’s [Iraq Historic Allegations Team] investigation provided “merely a snapshot pointing to an unbelievably elaborate crime.”

Hall said all ongoing conflicts in the Middle East were ignited after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the extensive cover up of those crimes that took place need to be investigated. ...


A video titled "Scenes from the Apocalypse" making the rounds on Facebook is yet another example of Western powers spectacularly mismanaging refugees and treating them inhumanely.

Many refugees from Sudan and other African countries are forced to live on streets in Paris, with no shelter and no guarantee of food.

They sleep on the pavement, do not have access to proper washrooms and usually no means of disposing their waste.

The video shows the result of such circumstances: French police officers in riot gear, rounding up the refugees on the road onto buses and hauling them away, leaving a staggering trail of junk and wrappers behind them.

The video was apparently recorded by a man wearing a hidden camera.

The authors of this video seemed more concerned about the fate of the roads and the pavements than the plight of the human beings who had been forced to live on them, relegated to the fringe of society. ... [Carbonated TV - 16/10/16]



Calais Jungle children set to arrive in Britain ahead of camp demolition [BT - 15/10/16]



Police in Greece on Sunday clashed with protesting migrants outside a camp after a mother and child were allegedly killed by a passing car, local police said.

Riot police fired stun grenades at dozens of migrants, who threw stones and set bins on fire before order was restored at the Oreokastro camp near Thessaloniki in northern Greece, a police source told AFP.

The protest broke out in the evening after the woman, 35, and her son, 10, both Syrian Kurds, were apparently killed in an accident involving a passing car, which was then torched in the protest. ... [ENCA - 17/10/16]



‏@ChiosMonitor [16/10/16]:  The lack of concern for #refugee lives is deeply and truly disturbing. Government disorganization and ineffectiveness is literally fatal.



‏@ChiosMonitor [16/10/16]:  These deaths were preventable. #AidWorkers repeatedly identified this area as dangerous & called for a stop or a light to prevent accidents.



... Soccer players and fans from Syria and Iraq got a break from life at migrant camps to play a match organized by Greece’s state migration agency, launching a tournament that will include local amateur teams. ... [Ekathimerini - 15/10/16]



Astral is the story of a luxury sailboat that has saved thousands of lives. ‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [16/10/16]



‏@guardiacostiera [16/10/16]:  #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina 4 operazioni #SAR: unità ONG @SOSMedFrance @MSF_ITALIA salvano circa 500 #migranti su 4 gommoni



‏@MSF_Sea [16/10/16]:  ... The #Dignity1 has just rescued ~105 #people from a rubber boat. They're now resting on board.





17 October 2016