Day 182 refugee protests, Nauru


We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.

We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.

But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.


Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [17/9/16]



"ENOUGH THAT TRADING IN OUR SOUL"  ‏@racvictoria [16/9/16]:  Day 127 of #Manus protests ...


UN Human Rights representative claims to have "inspected" Nauru refugee concentration camp - looks favourably on the Australian Human Right Commission's ludicrous "rights based" deterrence [Guardian - 17/9/16]


Australian Human Rights Commission moves beyond vile UNHCR/US neocon "durable solutions" to "pathways to durable solutions" [REPORT]


Michael Gordon, "advocates" help Australian government demonise men indefinitely imprisoned on Christmas Island [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/9/16]


Rob Peihopa's family and New Zealand Greens question circumstances of his death in Villawood concentration camp [RNZI - 7/4/16]


Stream of deportees arrive in New Zealand [NZ Herald - 16/2/16]


... The ability of both the New Zealand and Australian governments to churn out sound bites to justify the abuse of human rights is staggering.


 If their visa is ultimately denied then by all means deport them, but if Australia really feels it has to detain them, then they just need to do it in a way where human rights abuses don’t occur.

In decades to come when Australia’s human rights abuses in Detention Centres comes under scrutiny, the architects of the flawed policy will say they did it in Australia’s best interests.

Those that implemented the policy and those on the ground that perpetuated the abuse will put their hands on their hearts and swear, “I was just following orders.”

Where have we heard that before?  Stories of the detained, Kelvin Davis [Radio Live - 17/11/15]


US Coast Guard conducts 15 at-sea interdictions, forcibly returns 142 Cuban migrants over past week [Media Release - 16/9/16]


Once-feared Arizona immigration law defeated as part of civil settlement [UPI - 15/9/16]:


... Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in an informal opinion Thursday that officers across the state will now be specifically instructed how to enforce -- or not enforce -- the law..

"Officers shall not prolong a stop, detention or arrest solely for the purpose of verifying immigration status," Brnovich wrote.

 "Officers shall not contact, stop, detain or arrest an individual based on race, color, or national origin, except when it is part of a suspect description."

"You can't profile. You can't make illegal stops," he added.

"These are things we all agree on. It's bad policing" ...


Khmer Rouge Tribunal: S-21 photographer called an ‘imposter’ by witness [Phnom Penh Post - 16/9/16]


Forced pregnancy: crime but no punishment? [Phnom Penh Post - 16/9/16]:


... While forced pregnancy is a relatively new crime, it has a long history of being used as a tool of warfare, human rights lawyer María Lobato notes in her recent report Forced Pregnancy during the Khmer Rouge Regime.

In that publication, Lobato contends that forced pregnancy should be considered a separate but related crime to forced marriage in the tribunal proceedings.

A stumbling block, however, is that forced pregnancy emerged as a distinct international crime only in 1998 in the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the International Criminal Court. ...



Australian government uses abortion as "deterrence" weapon against refugees [ABC - 7/4/16]


An asylum seeker who became pregnant after being raped in Nauru has "won the right to give birth" ... [VIDEO - Yahoo - 14/1/16]



DUTTON LIED. AND NOT ONE AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN, HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATION OR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION SAID ANYTHING.  ---->  1/2 I can confirm that the offices of T.Plibersek/P. Wong/R. Marles/S Hanson-Young & the PM have all been contacted abt the #Abyan FOI docs


 2/2 I am also waiting on comments allegedly made by Minister Dutton's spokesperson in relation to #Abyan to be emailed to me. #auspol  "tweeted" by @KellieTranter [5/1/16]


How we were misled about Abyan’s case [Kellie Tranter - 30/12/15]


Fiji calls out Australian hypocrisy on human rights [RNZI - 16/9/16]


Fiji's immigration department has declared two expatriate employees of a construction company persona non grata. ... [RNZI - 16/9/16]


Authorities, media trumpet possibility Elijah Doughty's mother won't be allowed to attend her son's funeral [West Australian - 17/9/16]:


James was jailed for three years and 10 months in March for multiple burglary and stealing offences.

She has had extensive contact with the criminal justice system and had served eight terms in prison, including three years for burglary related offences, before her most recent incarceration.

In assessing any compassionate leave application, security concerns have to be considered by the department to ensure the safety of the prisoner and their escort officers.

If approval is granted, it is not known if James would be handcuffed and shackled or if she would wear a prison uniform.

Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said he was confident “adequate, appropriate and sensitive security measures will be put in place should James attend her son’s funeral”.

The department can prevent James from attending the service if it is determined the security risk is too high. ... <---Also imply Aboriginal funerals = public disorder.



March today through Blacktown, Sydney. "Showing our support to all the brothers and sisters fallen victim to the system."  [VIDEO - George Coe - 16/9/16]



The first shipment of spodumene concentrate from the Mt Marion mine, 40km south-west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is set to depart Fremantle next month bound for lithium processing plants in China. ... [West Australian - 16/9/16]



‏@KalgoorliePol [1/9/16]:  She was found dead in a suitcase. You may not know her name, but she may look familiar. If so call us. #WhoIsShe



Bullion-dollar deals: Aussie miners upbeat on gold, lithium, rare earths at Diggers & Dealers in Kalgoorlie [CNBC - 1/8/16]



Ashrawi: Israel’s extra-judicial killings of Palestinians require urgent international intervention [PNN - 17/9/16]



A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier near the Tel Rumeida area in Hebron city Saturday morning.

Palestinian Ministry of Health officially announced the death of  Hatem Abdel-Hafiz Alchloda , 25, from Hebron, after  

Israeli soldiers shot him in the Tel Rumeida area of the city this morning.

Palestinian sources said that the Israeli army prevented ambulances from the providing treatment  after the Israeli solders shot Hatem Alchloda. ... [PNN - 17/9/16]



Palestinian shot dead, another critically injured in Hebron after car ramming attack [Maan - 16/9/16]



A 15-year-old was shot dead after stabbing and lightly injuring an Israeli solider near the Tel Rumeida area of Hebron's Old City in the southern occupied West Bank Friday afternoon.

He was the third Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces in less than 24 hours, while a Jordanian national was also shot dead on Friday by Israeli police.  ... [Maan - 16/9/16]



Israeli forces shot and injured two Palestinians on Friday after clashes broke out during protests east of Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza Strip when several youths gathered near the border fence to protest Israel's policies in the occupied West Bank and the ongoing blockade in Gaza. ... [Maan - 16/9/16]



The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Thursday expressed its deep concern over the deteriorating health of three Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli hospitals.

The three prisoners Malik al-Qadi and Mohamed and Mahmoud Balboul have entered a very critical conditions as they continue their hunger strike for more than 60 days. ... [PNN - 16/9/16]



Israeli sniper shoots youth during assault on refugee camp [Electronic Intifada - 16/9/16]:


... The Israeli raid was allegedly meant to search for individuals wanted for questioning and to look for weapons.

Three Palestinians were detained and two guns were found.

But the massive scale and lethal brutality of the assault raised suspicions among camp residents that they were actually being used as live guinea pigs for a training exercise. ...



A former army officer and his family were killed in a grenade attack on their home in Burundi, a government official said on Thursday, the latest episode in political violence that has plagued the central African country for more than a year.

Burundi's crisis has broadly followed political lines, but experts fear the violence could revive ethnic rivalries in a nation torn apart by a 12-year civil war pitting Hutu rebels against a Tutsi-led army that only ended in 2005. ... [Reuters - 15/9/16]



Israeli weapons aid potential genocides in Myanmar and Burundi [Electronic Intifada - 18/1/16]



As the "Australian Writing Community" continues getting its knickers in a knot over Lionel Shriver's sombrero --> A journalist in the central Mexican state of Puebla was killed in a highway shooting, authorities said Thursday.

The Puebla state prosecutor's office said in a statement that a man it identified only as Aurelio C. of the newspaper El Grafico de la Sierra was shot Wednesday night while driving on a highway near the community of Huauchinango.

The Network of Journalists in Puebla gave the victim's full name as Aurelio Cabrera Campos, a reporter and editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper.

He died at a hospital early Thursday. ... [Yahoo  - 16/9/16]



Kurdish journalist released after 10 years in jail in Iran [RUDAW - 10/9/16]:


A Kurdish journalist and activist, jailed in Iran for being an enemy of God, has been released after spending ten years in jail.  

Adnan Hassanpour was arrested in 2006 on charges of moharebeh, fighting with God.

In July 2007, he was convicted and sentenced to death.

That conviction was overturned on appeal and he was retried on charges of working for outlawed parties and espionage, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison, which was ultimately reduced to 10 years. 

Hassanpour was editor of the now-closed weekly Aso, published in Kurdish and Persian in his hometown of Marivan, Kurdistan Province. ...



Deutsche Welle brings the hate ----> ... The store also offers a selection of veils and small decorative pins to secure them. Inside the veil, women often wear a tube-like stretchy collar, which keeps the hair from straying outside the headscarf.

The Hijabi has made the headlines for its alleged links with Salafists.

Earlier this week, Germany's public broadcaster ARD ran a report on how stores like Hijabi and a similar one in Wuppertal, in the country's west, helped women integrate into an orthodox Islamic way of living, eventually assimilating them into Salafism and subsequently, extremist Islam. ... [Deutsche Welle - 15/9/16]



... Be careful in this time. ...


Matthew McAnuff  



Ex-Guantanamo inmate exiled in Uruguay exits coma, resumes hunger strike [Democracy Now - 16/9/16]:


... On Thursday, only hours after Dhiab awoke from his coma, Amy Goodman spoke to him in an exclusive Democracy Now! interview.

He was lying on his bed, very weak, in downtown Montevideo.

Goodman began by asking him how he feels.


Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "I feel really very, very worse. All my body hurt me, and my kidney, my headache, my stomach, my right side really bad. Many things. But I feel all my body hurt me."

Amy Goodman: "There’s a battle in court in the United States to release the videotape of your force-feeding in Guantánamo. Can you describe what that force-feeding was like for you?"

Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "Like the United States always say in the media, 'Human rights, human rights, human rights.' There’s never in Guantánamo, don’t have any human rights. Never, never, never. He took the video from first time go to me in my cell to move me to chair and give me the tube for give me forced feeding. But if you see this video and see the guard, how treated with me, how beat me, how make with me, that’s not human."

Amy Goodman: "President Obama says he wants to close Guantánamo. Do you believe that will happen?"

Abu Wa’el Dhiab: "If he wants to close Guantánamo, he can. He can now. Now. He can give order, close Guantánamo. He can close Guantánamo. But he coward. He can’t take this decision, because he scared. But Guantánamo supposed to close, should be closed, Guantánamo, because Guantánamo, that’s not good for the United States. Never."


Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s daughter is getting married this weekend in Turkey—an event Dhiab had longed to be at. He continues his hunger fast in Uruguay. ...



Four UK soldiers who "forced" an Iraqi boy into a canal and let him drown have been condemned by a judge investigating civilian deaths in the Iraq War.

Ahmed Jabbar Kareem Ali, who was 15, died in Basra in May 2003 after he was detained on suspicion of looting.

The British judge's report said Ahmed should never have been detained or made to enter the canal, and should have been rescued when he was "floundering".

The Ministry of Defence said it was "extremely sorry".

UK forces entered Basra City on the night of 6 April 2003, as part of the invasion of Iraq, and rapidly took control of the area, although they encountered widespread looting.

The incident took place after soldiers were called to a derelict industrial compound where they found 20 to 30 suspected looters.

After a chase, Ahmed was one of four suspected looters who were first made to roll around in a pool of stagnant water.

They were then taken in a Warrior armed vehicle to the Shatt-Al Basra canal and forced to enter the water there.

According to one of the others detained, Ayad Salim Hanoon, the four were forced to enter the canal "at gunpoint".  ... [BBC - 16/9/16]




Two Fort Worth police officers were shot Friday night while responding to a call, the department said. 

There were reports that the officers had been transported to John Peter Smith hospital, but their conditions are unknown. ... [Dallas Morning News - 16/9/16]


NYPD police officer who killed Eric Garner received 20% pay hike [Democracy Now – 16/9/16]



‏@wikileaks [16/9/16]:  A UK court has just orderd that digital activist @LauriLoveX be extradited to the United States to face 99 years.



‏@Snowden [15/9/16]:  Congress spent two years writing a report to discourage you from going to see this film. It opens tomorrow.



... "I’m Michael Stipe and I support human rights for all people. As an American patriot, it is my duty to stand with Chelsea Manning," he said.

"After years of mistreatment in prison, she tragically attempted to take her own life. Instead of giving her the treatment that she needs, the government is now threatening her with indefinite solitary confinement. This is unjustifiable, it is unfair, and it needs to be stopped." ... [Rolling Stone - 15/9/16]



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

The coalition air force has targeted Telol Al-Baj area south of Mosul and Zawiya area west of Hadeetha in the west of Anbar resulted in deaths and injuries..................

Baghdad: A roadside bomb attached to a car owned by an owner of supermarket exploded today mroning in Mashtal area east of Baghdad killing him.................

Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded in Nasir Walsalam area in Abi Ghreib district west of Baghdad today morning killing a person and wounding 8.................................



Lavrov, Kerry to hold several meetings in New York next week — Russian UN envoy [TASS - 17/9/16]:


... On Friday, September 16, Russia and US planned to hold a joint briefing for UN Security Council members to inform them about the reached agreement.

However, Churkin said that the meeting was cancelled due to US’ refusal to disclose the details of the deal.

As a result, the adoption of UN Security Council resolution in support of the deal is under a threat, the diplomat added.

Churkin earlier said that the document should be adopted at the UN Security Council ministerial meeting on September 21.

The Russian delegation has prepared two draft resolution but the US has approved neither, he concluded.



The armed groups breached the truce regime 44 times during the last 24 hours by targeting citizens and a number of military positions with machinegun fire and shells in Damascus, Damascus Countryside, Aleppo, Lattakia, Homs, Quneitra, and Hama, according to a military source. ... [SANA - 16/9/16]



The Russian Defense Ministry will be telecasting the situation in Syria’s Aleppo live using both cameras on the ground and installed on a drone, Foreign Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov told the media on Thursday. ... [TASS - 15/9/16]



US special forces soldiers were reportedly forced to flee a town in northern Syria after Free Syrian Army fighters threatened to "slaughter" them for their "invasion", according to videos and reports posted on social media on Friday.

About 25 US soldiers were reportedly working with Turkish forces as they advanced on al-Rai, Aleppo, in preparation for an offensive against nearby al-Bab, which is controlled by the Islamic State group.

The FSA is allied with Turkish forces and ostensibly supported by the US as a "moderate" rebel group fighting against the government of Bashar al-Assad. ... [Middle East Eye - 16/9/16]




17 September 2016