United States continues bombing everyone

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [18/4/16]:

 

 

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, 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

Ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed two ISIL anti-air artillery pieces.

Strikes in Iraq

Fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Baghdadi, three strikes struck an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL communications facility and an ISIL staging area.

-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Kirkuk, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed three ISIL assembly areas and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL rocket team.

-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL mortar positions, two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL boat; and suppressed an ISIL rocket team.

-- Near Qayyarah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL safe house.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

...

 

 

 

 

A total of 31 PKK terrorists were killed on Sunday during Turkish security forces' anti-terror operations in southeastern provinces of Mardin, Sirnak, and Hakkari. ... [Anadolu Agency - 1/4/16]

 

 

 

While Ankara claims its ongoing military crackdown only targets terrorists, civilians often fall victim to the offensive – and not just in Turkey’s Kurdish-populated provinces, but also across the border in Syria where people suffer from cross-border shelling daily. ... [RT - 18/4/16]

 

 

 

Turkey denies shooting at fleeing Syrian refugees [Antiwar.com - 17/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Migrants return to railway line at Idomeni hours after being removed [Ekathimerini - 18/4/16]

 

 

 

... I’m afraid that European citizens do not know what kind of outrageous deal their states have signed on their behalf.

If they knew, they would feel ashamed, sick, angry and betrayed, just like I do. Greece: "As a doctor, I feel outraged" [Médecins Sans Frontières -15/4/16]

 

 

 

Government agencies deny any knowledge of hundreds of refugees drowned in Mediterranean  [Gawker - 18/4/16]

 

 

 

@MigrantReport [18/4/16]:  #Greek coastguard says it had no capsizing off its waters. Denies bringing #migrant survivors to Crete.

 

 

 

‏@moas_eu [18/4/16]:  Happy to assist in the rescue of 55 #refugees this morning off #Samos coast; 18 children & 2 toddlers among rescued

 

 

 

#questionsformalcolm  Are you worried at some point the ALP might become a real opposition?

 

… Dance to the tune of a civilized hate

Just a few more Reds to exterminate

Business, labor and Congress agree

Just like they used to in Germany …



'Hitler Ain't Dead', Bill Frederick [1967]

 

 

No Jeremy or Bernie down under because a big, bogus blob of right-wing unions (and dedicated ALP fans in academia and the human rights/activist establishment) are working hard to suffocate civil society -  rallying in an unconvincing attempt to get the "opposition" elected by default. [Parliament House Canberra]  Image:  ‏@CPSUnion [18/4/16]

 

 

CPSU Media Release [30/6/15]:


… *Customs officers can receive allowances for a range of workplace situations including being at sea, using firearms, meeting high fitness standards, working long hours, unusual shifts and performing dirty and/or dangerous work. Some of the allowances at risk in the new agreement include:

 

• Use of Force Allowance: for officers required to maintain specified fitness level so they can carry firearms

• Marine and Marine Accommodation Allowances: for officers deployed at sea for up to 36 days at a time

• Detector Dog Unit Allowance: for officers who work with dogs detecting controlled substances

• Removals Allowance: for officers required to escort deportees anywhere in the world, including high risk environments

• Extended Commitment Allowance; for immigration officers working for long periods in isolated locations (e.g. Christmas Island)

 



 

A gentle reminder: unions are part of the detention industry [xBorder - 22/7/15]

 

 

 

Day 30, Nauru Protests

 

[VIDEO]: Day 30 of protests by #refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru. #RefugeesOz ‏via @InsurrectNews [18/4/16]

 

 

Refugee Action Coalition Sydney [18/4/16]

 

 

 

Refugees imprisoned in Australia's concentration camp on Manus Island write another letter to the UNHCR

 

 

Full text via Refugee Action Coalition Sydney RAC [18/4/16]

 

 

 

... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.

...

The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16]  <--- Will the Australian media follow up and start joining the dots, or will they continue maintaining the status quo by covering up Australia's role in a regional  humanitarian catastrophe?



 

 

Former worker at Australia's concentration camp on Manus Island tells forum claim rejected because refugee "too educated" to be a Rohingya [Brisbane Times - 9/4/16]:

 

Brisbane maths teacher Jacob Rice taught at the Manus Island immigration detention centre in 2014 when a 23-year-old Iranian man name Reza Berati was bashed to death by security guards during a riot by hunger strikers [when refugees were attacked].

One of the friends the teacher-turned-whistleblower made while working on Manus for nine months was a Rohingya maths teacher.

His friend is still in indefinite detention as his application for asylum had just been rejected on the grounds that he was educated. 

The man has told his family that they should consider him dead.

Mr Rice said the Immigration Department had rejected his friend's asylum claim because they concluded he could not be a genuine Rohingya person because members of this religious minority in Burma were not allowed to be educated.

He holds a masters degree in mathematics.

One of his daughters was studying medicine while the other had won a maths competition. ...

 

 

 

Pleas from #ManusProtest ...

 

Image: @rranwa [16/1/15]

 

 

Hunger striking Manus refugees: "Stop torturing us. ... Hand us to UN" via @rranwa [January 2015]

 

 

Letter to UNHCR, UN Committee Against Torture, Amnesty, Australian Human Rights Commission: "we are hostages of Australian government"  via @shanebazzi  [January 2015]

 

 

... "TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. STOP TORTURING US. IF YOU THINK WE DON'T DESERVE AUS. THEN HAND OVER ALL OF US TO THE UN. WE DON'T WANT YOUR HELP!" ... [CNN - 21/1/15]

 

 

 

Australia hasn't accepted refugees since July 2014 and stops people from seeking asylum. Bullshit and lies continue. [Start Up Smart - 18/4/16]:

 

... They eventually convinced Australian Red Cross and AMES Australia to jump on board as not-for-profit partners and the event saw industry leaders by the likes of LaunchVic CEO Dr Pradeep Philip come together to support and celebrate the use of technology to help the wider population.

Australian Red Cross CEO Judy Slayter says the event was a great way to leverage the talent of the tech talent to support the organisation’s work with refugees. ...

 

 

 

UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers - but Australia's establishment international law experts ignored the majority decision and inexplicably focussed on the minority dissenting opinion [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]:

 

... In our briefs to the WGAD, we argued that someone is effectively detained when they are forced to choose between confinement and running the risk of persecution.

That is the precise dilemma faced by Mr. Assange, who would lose the protection of his asylum if he stepped out of the embassy.

The risk of extradition is the 'fourth wall' for the now repudiated claim that he is free to leave the embassy. As a result, it has been years since Mr. Assange has had access to proper medical care, sunlight, or the ability to see his family.

The WGAD's decision in Mr. Assange's case sets an important precedent for refugees.

In our submissions we analogized the situation faced by Mr. Assange to that of asylum-seekers in detention facilities.

States may claim that asylum-seekers held in subhuman conditions are not 'detained' because they are technically free to leave for their home country, but this is a non-choice, since the home country would persecute the asylum seeker.

The WGAD decision could mean that so-called 'open' facilities like the Israeli Holot, deep in an Israeli desert, and the Australian-run center in Nauru are legally equivalent to closed prisons.

This concept of detention builds on arguments already adopted by many sources of international law, including the European Court of Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and WGAD case law.

We expect this decision to be cited in future refugee detention challenges.

The decision is also resounding victory for freedom of expression as it recognizes that whistleblowers and publishers need protection, and acknowledges the coercive effect of an extradition threat. The WGAD announced today that the “Republic of Ecuador granted asylum because of Mr. Assange’s fear that if he was extradited to Sweden, he would be further extradited to the United States where he would face serious criminal charges for the peaceful exercise of his freedoms.”

The decision is a major milestone in the growing international consensus about the need to protect those who promote the publication of truth about government. Last October, the European Parliament voted to protect whistleblower Edward Snowden from extradition to the United States. That same month, the UN envoy charged with safeguarding free speech around the globe issued a report calling on governments to protect whistleblowers and confidential sources rather than punishing them.  

...

 

 

Possible coup underway in PNG [ABC - 18/4/16]

 

 


Australia's protected and unaccountable Minister for Concentration Camps announces more patrol boats to push refugees away, in response to a Dorothy Dixer in the House of Representatives today [18/4/16]

 

 

He is able to do this - while ranting and raving about people smugglers and stopping the boats - because ALP policy and ideology is identical (if not worse), the Greens and human rights groups have abandoned the issue, and no media outlet will challenge the lies.

 

 

With OSB Commander MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell at Manus RPC yesterday ...

 

Image: @PeterDutton_MP [31/3/15]

 

 

 

@ABCNews24 [3/2/16]:   Shorten: Offshore regional processing is an important part of defeating the crime gangs. ...

 

 

‏@ABCNews24 [29/9/15]:   Plibersek: People coming to Australia by boat should not expect to be accepted into our refugee & humanitarian intake ...

 

 

 

Mr Tim WATTS (Gellibrand) (19:40) [House of Representatives Hansard - 25/11/15]:

 

... We also committed to practical, compassionate measures that will work in the short term—continuing the combination of offshore processing and regional resettlement together with the policy of turning back boats that has stopped the flow of vessels arriving on our shores. ...

 

 

 

How many refugee boats did the Australian "Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ..." navy push away, abandon or sink in the last 24 hours? --->  @ItalianNavy [17/4/16]:  #SAR Nave Orione #MarinaMilitare ad Augusta ha iniziato le operazioni di sbarco dei 464 migranti soccorsi ieri

 

 

 

Amber Heard escapes conviction with bizarre DIPB "education video" [Nine MSN - 18/4/16]:

 

... Heard and Depp also appeared in an unusual educational video about immigration and biosecurity submitted to the court ahead of Heard's trial.

In it, Heard says she is "truly sorry" for not declaring the dogs, and boasts of Australia's strict biosecurity laws.

"Australia is a wonderful island, with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and peoples," she says at the start of the video.

"Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly," Depp adds. 

 "I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting Australia is important," Heard then says. 

"Declare everything when you enter Australia. Thanks," Depp signs off. ...

 

 

 

Caregiver gets visa to return to oldest Australian Holocaust survivor [Times Of Israel - 17/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A Rwanda court handed a life sentence on Friday to a former senior politician for hate speech aimed at stirring up killings of minority Tutsis during the central African country’s genocide more than two decades ago.

An estimated 800,000 Tustis and moderate Hutus were killed by extremist forces in the then Hutu-dominated regime over a period of 100 days in 1994.

The high court convicted Léon Mugesera, 64, who was then a regional vice chairman in the ruling party, of genocide and crimes against humanity.

During the trial, Mugesera was accused of having referred to the Tutsis as “cockroaches” who should be sent back to Ethiopia. ... [France 24 - 16/4/16]

 

 

 

 

France court rules to extradite suspect in Bosnian war crimes case [JURIST - 14/4/16]

 



Abducted Tamil man from Jaffna found detained in Colombo [Tamil Guardian - 17/4/16]:

 

 

A Tamil man who was abducted by a white van from his home in Jaffna last week, has been found in Sri Lanka's notorious Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Colombo, reports Ceylon News.

Rajadurai Jeyanthan was abducted by armed men claiming to be from Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division in a white van last Sunday.

His mother, who has since been desperately searching for his whereabouts was initially told he had been taken to Boosa Detention Camp in the Sinhala south of the island.

However Mr Jeyanthan's wife Menaka Jeyanthan told Ceylon News on Sunday that they had finally located him.

“Although we were told earlier that he had been sent to the Boosa detention camp, we visited him this morning (April 17) at the 4th Floor of the CID in Colombo,” she said.

The fourth floor of the CID headquarters in Colombo is infamous for torturing detainees. See one account from 2012 here.

An official at the Jaffna HRC had earlier told Ceylon News that abductions have continued in the North-East, with Rajadurai Jeyanthan's case being the third complaint they have received in April alone.

 

 

 

They're to stop refugees:  Brandis confirms Australia provides "white vans" to Sri Lankan death squads [Greens Media Release - 5/2/16]

 

 

 

The Sri Lankan government's claim on a continental shelf has raised objections from India, Bangladesh and the Maldives, reports the Dhaka Tribune. ... [Tamil Guardian - 18/4/16]

 


 

Sri Lankan navy train in Guam with US navy [Tamil Guardian - 17/4/16]

 

 

Sri Lankan officials in DC for IMF meet [Tamil Guardian – 17/4/16]

 

 


Amnesty:  Nigeria should investigate secret slaughter of Shias [BBC – 13/4/16]:


Amnesty International is calling for an investigation after officials said Nigeria's military had secretly buried more than 300 Shia Muslims in a mass grave.

Officials in Kaduna state told an inquiry that soldiers took bodies from a morgue to a bush site following a crackdown on a pro-Iranian sect.

The raid in December followed accusations the sect had tried to assassinate the army chief.

The sect denies the allegation.

In December, troops besieged the home of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky in the northern city of Zaria.

The IMN alleges that the military killed hundreds of its members and destroyed a religious shrine and the sheikh's home during the raid.

Protests broke out in five cities across Nigeria, while Iran's President Hassan Rouhani phoned his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, about the crackdown.

An inquiry heard on Monday that the Kaduna State High Court gave permission to bury the bodies.

Officials said 347 bodies were moved.

The rights group Amnesty wants to protect the burial site and is campaigning for a full forensic investigation following what it called "horrific revelations of the slaughter and secret burial". ...




‏@annabelpark [17/4/16]:  #UncleSam & #StatueofLiberty teamed up at #DemocracyAwakens today to #GetMoneyOut of politics. #DemocracySpring



 

More than 900 'Democracy Spring' protesters arrested in D.C. - so far [USA Today – 17/4/16]:

 

... The Democracy Spring effort started in Philadelphia, where thousands began a 140-mile walk to the U.S. Capitol to "demand Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice."

...

There was even some bi-partisan support for the demonstrations outside a Capitol building that doesn't see much of it inside lately.

John Pudner, executive director of the group Take Back Our Republic, says many conservatives and small business owners also don't feel represented by the big money influencing politics.

He joined one day of the 140-mile walk from Philadelphia and another colleague of the group participated in the demonstrations. ...

 

 

 

Brazilian legislators have voted in favour of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff after a contest that has deeply divided the country and could end more than a decade of left wing rule.

Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered in the capital Brasilia and other cities to watch the dramatic vote, which was shown live on national television on Sunday. 

The impeachment motion will next go to the Senate which will vote, probably in May, on whether to open a trial. ... [Al Jazeera - 18/4/16]

 

 

 

Earthquakes in Japan [Foreign Minister Media Release - 17/4/16]:

 

 

Our thoughts are with the Japanese people as they confront the aftermath of the earthquakes that struck the Kumamoto region of Kyushu island on Thursday and Saturday.

The Australian Government stands ready to provide any assistance that our Japanese friends may require in responding to the disaster.  ...

 

 


Earthquake kills 246 in Ecuador; people still trapped [Reuters – 17/4/16]

 

 

 

 

@wikileaks [17/4/16]:   Donate link for Ecuador Red Cross @cruzrojaecuador #EcuadorEarthquake #SismoEcuador #FuerzaEcuador

 

 

 

Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.

 

Albert Einstein

 

 

 

RANZCP has been the only Australian professional medical association to officially respond to the conviction of a refugee on Nauru for attempted suicide.  Human rights groups remain silent. [Media Release - 15/4/16]:

 

... Professor Malcolm Hopwood, President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrist says 'Members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists are highly concerned by reports that an asylum seeker has been convicted of attempted suicide in Nauru.

'RANZCP does not comment on individual cases, but notes that attempted suicide is a complex and tragic issue that requires appropriate clinical care.

'We continue to advocate for the provision of high quality health services for asylum seekers in all environments'. 

 

 

 

Join the #PrisonDivest National Week of Action Twitter Townhall for an hour-long conversation on ending criminalization, incarceration, immigrant detention, and tax breaks for private prisons. ... [ENLACE]

 

 

 

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]

 

 

 

A Brisbane hospital is being sued for allegedly botching two preventive surgeries for breast cancer [Yahoo - 18/4/16]:

 

 

Two women are suing a Brisbane hospital for allegedly botching their preventive surgeries for breast cancer.

Single mother-of-four Natasha Murrie, 43, and Michelle Cullen,52, have filed medical negligence compensation claims in the District Court in Brisbane against the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

They both underwent mastectomies and reconstructions and were allegedly left with deformities requiring invasive corrective surgeries.

Ms Murrie, who was at risk because she has the BRCA2 gene, said her mother died of breast cancer at 48 and she didn't want to suffer the same fate.

"But the surgery left me in agony and caused severe scarring, which has led to breast deformities and ongoing pain," she said.

"It's taken a huge toll on me physically and emotionally and has had an enormous impact on my family, who has had to support me throughout this difficult journey."

Ms Cullen, 52, who also has the BRCA2 gene, said she suffered ongoing complications and discomfort following several unsuccessful corrective procedures.

She was told that it could take two years for a qualified plastic surgeon to perform her reconstruction procedure following a double mastectomy, but another surgeon could operate within six months, so she went with the latter option.

"It never entered my mind that having surgery that was supposed to stop breast cancer from returning would jeopardise my quality of life," she said.

Olamide Kowalik, a senior associate with Slater and Gordon, the firm representing the women, said complaints had also been lodged with the state's health ombudsman.

"The devastation these women have experienced is evidence of the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to such surgeries, involving various medical departments, to ensure the best result is achieved," she said.

Comment from the hospital has been sought.

A Metro North Health and Hospital Service spokeswoman later said it was inappropriate to comment because the matter was before the courts.

 

 

 

Angelina Jolie’s faulty gene: Newspaper coverage of a celebrity’s preventive bilateral mastectomy in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom - Kalina Kamenova, PhD, Amir Reshef, MBA and Timothy Caulfield, LLM, FRSC [Academia – July 2014]:

 

Purpose:

This study investigates the portrayal of Angelina Jolie’s preventive bilateral mastectomy in the news media. Content analysis of print news was conducted to identify major frames used in press coverage, the overall tone of discussions, how journalists report broader questions about testing and hereditary breast/ovarian cancer, and whether they raise concerns about the impact of celebrities on patients’ choices and public opinion.

Methods:

The Factiva database was used to collect publications on Jolie’s preventive mastectomy in elite newspapers in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The data set consisted of 103 newspaper articles published in the first month of media coverage.

Results:

The results show that although the press discussed key issues surrounding predictive genetic testing and preventive options for women at high risk of hereditary breast/ovarian cancer, important medical information about the rarity of Jolie’s condition was not communicated to the public.

Conclusion:

The results highlight the media’s overwhelmingly positive slant toward Jolie’s mastectomy, while overlooking the relative rarity of her situation, the challenges of “celebrity medicine,” and how celebrities influence people’s medical decisions.

Future research is required to investigate whether the media hype has influenced demand and use of testing and preventive mastectomies.

 

 

 

The Biological State: Nazi Racial Hygiene, 1933–1939 [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]:

 

Nazism was “applied biology,” stated Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess. During the Third Reich, a politically extreme, antisemitic variation of eugenics determined the course of state policy.

Hitler’s regime touted the “Nordic race” as its eugenic ideal and attempted to mold Germany into a cohesive national community that excluded anyone deemed hereditarily “less valuable” or “racially foreign.”

Public health measures to control reproduction and marriage aimed at strengthening the “national body” by eliminating biologically threatening genes from the population.

Many German physicians and scientists who had supported racial hygiene ideas before 1933 embraced the new regime’s emphasis on biology and heredity, the new career opportunities, and the additional funding for research.

Hitler’s dictatorship, backed by sweeping police powers, silenced critics of Nazi eugenics and supporters of individual rights. After all educational and cultural institutions and the media came under Nazi control, racial eugenics permeated German society and institutions. Jews, considered “alien,” were purged from universities, scientific research institutes, hospitals, and public health care. Persons in high positions who were viewed as politically “unreliable” met a similar fate.  …

 

 

 

A rise in the number of women with breast cancer requesting contralateral prophylactic mastectomy has leading experts questioning if the radical procedure is being done more than needed. ... [Medical Journal Australia - 23/9/13]

 

 

 

Queensland police officer charged with rape and assault [Yahoo - 18/4/16]:

 

 

A police officer has been charged with rape in northern Queensland after a woman came forward over the weekend alleging the crime.

The 23-year-old constable from the Northern Police Region was arrested on Sunday after an investigation by Queensland Police’s Ethical Standard’s Committee.

The man has been charged with two counts of rape and count of assault.

He is due to face court today.

The arrest came after a woman reported the alleged incidents to police on Saturday.

The Queensland Police Service said in a statement the officer had been suspended from official duties. ...

 

 

 

A senior Queensland police officer who ran over and killed a man believed to be lying in the driveway of a Cairns police station is returning to work.

Northern Region Assistant Commissioner Paul Taylor stepped aside from his role two months ago following the incident, which resulted in the death of Longreach butcher Ryan Savage, 37.

Mr Taylor was arriving at work in the early hours of February 15 when he drove over the father of two in the carpark driveway.

Mr Savage, visiting Cairns to celebrate a buck's party, was trapped under the car and could not be saved.

Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said QPS spoke to Mr Savage's family, the coroner and the Crime and Corruption Commission before allowing Mr Taylor to return to regular duties on Monday.

"Our thoughts and condolences remain with the man's family and we will continue to provide support to them," he said.

Mr Taylor was promoted to the senior role of assistant commissioner in September last year.

A report into the incident is being considered by the coroner. [Yahoo -18/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submissions to the Queensland Human Rights Inquiry are due today - 18 April 2016.

 

 

 

Queenslanders support the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland [Human Rights 4 Queensland - 15/4/16]:

 

 

... “People support the introduction of a Human Rights Act because they can see the value in protecting rights associated with freedom, respect, equality and dignity in law”, said Ms McVeigh.

“Stories coming from the community detail situations where human rights have not been considered – including in the child protection system, by the police in their dealings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the ineffective protection of property rights and issues related to homelessness.”

“Queenslanders have expressed their concerns about the potential for abuse of power by government, our experiences in Queensland of the excessive use of government power and the need for better legal protections of human rights”, said Ms McVeigh. ...

 

 

 

... "If Linc is found guilty for the Hopeland pollution by the court, it is now unlikely the fine, which could be anything up to $56 million, will ever be paid" Mr Hutton said.

"This raises all sorts of terrifying questions for the people affected by this company. Who will now pay for the enormous damage to the soils and water in the area around the Linc Energy plant at Hopeland, near Chinchilla?"

"How will local farmers now have any hope that their area can be cleaned up so they can safely farm again? ... Linc Energy goes into administration to avoid paying rehabilitation bond [Lock The Gate - 17/4/16]

 

 


Major Crash is investigating a crash that killed a 10-year-old boy and a 16-year-old learner driver near Jerramungup yesterday.

The male learner driver was driving a Nissan Pathfinder west along South West Highway when he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled several times.

A 10-year-old boy in the back seat, believed to be the driver’s brother, died at the scene.

The boy’s mother, 42, and the driver were airlifted to Perth via Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The pair are in a stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital.

Two boy’s sisters, aged two and four, were taken to Ravensthorpe Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Major Crash Investigators would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the crash or the vehicle prior to the crash.

Two men were killed in a separate crash about the same time yesterday, when their Holden Astra collided with a milk truck at an intersection in WA’s lower South-West.

Police said the men, who were not from WA, were initially trapped after the car overturned on Richardson Road, near the junction of Pemberton-Northcliffe Road, in Northcliffe.

It is believed the truck driver was not badly hurt. ... [West Australian - 18/4/16]

 

 

 

Can you see the war?  Similar aircraft flew over Surfers Paradise this morning ----> US Army in Japan [18/4/16]

 

 

 

... As I look around Gaza today and see only the aftermath of more Israeli cruelty and evidence of ever more bloodshed, pain, sadness and destruction, the words “Yes, we can” now drift away with the dust, carried by the winds of despair. ...

 

 

 

An Open Letter to President Barack Obama, Mohammed Omer [Washington Report on Middle East Affairs - March/April 2016]

 

 

 

These 17 journalists were killed by Israel in Gaza [Countercurrent - 29/18/14]

 

 

 

Netanyahu: Occupied Golan Heights to 'forever remain in Israel's hands' [Maan - 17/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of Palestinians rallied on Sunday in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorating Palestinian Prisoner’s Day.

The rally in Gaza City, which was organized by a prisoners’ committee representing various Palestinian factions, marched from the Unknown Soldier’s Square in the center of Gaza City to the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Officials from different Palestinian factions delivered speeches during the rally, expressing support for Palestinian prisoners and detainees jailed in Israel’s prisons. ... [Maan - 17/4/16]

 

 

43 journalists jailed by Israel since October [Maan - 16/4/16]

 

 

Palestinian prisoners in Nafha prison have been forbidden from Friday prayers on 15 April following a violent attack by Israeli prison guards and special forces on several units inside the prison on Wednesday, 13 April.

According to Palestinian sources, Israeli armed units stormed section 14 in the prison on Wednesday, an area where 80 Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the PFLP, Islamic Jihad and Fateh are held, with tear gas and pepper spray.

Ahmed al-Khatib, Prisoners’ representative in Nafha jail, was isolated after being attacked; four Palestinian prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement in Ramon prison.

The entire prison has been placed under lockdown by the Israeli prison administration. ... [PNN - 16/4/16]

 

 

EU deeply worried with the relaunch of works for the apartheid wall in the Cremisan valley [PNN - 16/4/16]

 

 

 

 

18 April 2016

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