United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 18/4/17]
One day in Calais: The refugees hiding in the forest [Al Jazeera - 17/4/17]:
... The 1,500 refugees still inhabiting the camps at Dunkirk are almost exclusively Afghan.
Those in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, are largely from sub-Saharan Africa: Eritrea, Sudan, with a steadily increasing Oromo Ethiopian presence.
"I was put in prison for protesting against the government," says Badessa as he squats on the rocky ground guzzling rice and chickpeas.
"The first time for one year in the desert. The second for nine months. The government took our lands and they just told us that that was the way it was. That it belonged to them now. So, here I am." ...
Failure to demand urgent Search And Rescue and Safe Passage reveals UNHCR and IOM are more concerned about refugees escaping than deaths at sea [Middle East Eye - 18/4/17]
78 refugees captured in western Turkey’s Çeşme [Daily Sabah - 18/4/17]
Thousands have no choice but to jump into the sea, if the NGOs weren't there - it would be critical @openarms_fund [18/4/17]
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
2015 Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98
Welcoming to #Qld on their State Visit to Australia the President of Nauru and Madam Waqa @QldGovernor [7/4/17]
Roundup of Nauru dictator's lies during his recent trip to Australia [Nauru Loop - 18/4/17]
PNG District Court dismisses case against Loghman Sawari; further unknown charges related to his attempted escape to be heard on May 1 [PNG Loop - 18/4/17]:
The Waigani District Court has dismissed a case against Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari.
Magistrate Mekeo Gauli dismissed the case after lunch today because he was of the view that police prosecution did not prove it's case for the refugee to answer to.
He said a constitutional breach occurred during Sawari's arrest on February 3 because he was not accorded his rights under section 42 of the PNG Constitution before he was questioned for a recorded interview.
The passport which was used by Sawari to travel to Fiji on January 20, 2017 was also not produced in evidence before court.
This passport was vital in police prosecution's case.
Magistrate Gauli accepted Sawari's application that was put to court by his lawyer that he had no case to answer to because prosecution failed to establish the essential elements in his charge.
That is, he produced false statements, either orally or written statements and obtained a PNG Passport.
The PNG Passport he used to travel to Fiji was not produced in court because it was left in Fiji.
The court also noted that section 16 (1)(a) of the Passport Act alone does not create an offense unless sub-section 1 (b) of section 16 is added to the charge.
The 21-year-old was arrested and charged on Feb 3 for providing false information for the purpose of obtaining a PNG passport from the PNG Immigration and Citizen Services Authority, a charge that falls under section 16 (1) of the Passport Act of 1982.
The PNG man who is alleged to have assisted Sawari obtain that PNG Passport has not been located.
The court dismissed the information charging Sawari, ordering a refund of his K1,000 Boroko District Bail monies.
On April 4, Sawari was arrested and charged under the Migration Act.
For this second case, he is expected back in court on May 1.
I wonder why Aust journalists didn't ask PM & Minister about #Manus shooting in press conference or ABC 7.30 interview. I really wonder.
You Australian gov are responsible for shooting in #Manus Island. Take responsibility for your citizens who are seriously traumatised.
And still NOT ONE religious leader, politician, international law expert, human rights organisation or "advocate" demands the Australian government and opposition PROTECT refugees and END the policy.
The best we have is Amnesty's feeble remarks to the PNG media yesterday - seriously folks, what does this say about any of our rights? ---> PNGDF attack another example of why Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island is unsafe says Amnesty [PNG Loop - 17/4/17]
Father Rod Bower, Julian Burnside and others know full well Australia's anti-refugee policy will not end unless the ALP are also forced to oppose it. ---> #Auspol share our new daily series of Questions for @PeterDutton_MP #Manus #Naura #AsylumSeekers #Bringthemhere @FrBower [17/4/17]
Try FREEDOM, JUSTICE and AN END TO THE POLICY you morally bankrupt phonies ---> Churches call for "compassion" after men at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island were shot at like fish in a barrel [SBS - 17/4/17]
#BringThemHere - like #LetThemStay - is a cynical, evil partisan stunt, and a secret "deal" is no deal.
There is only indefinite detention, exile, death and lies. THAT is the BIPARTISAN policy. ---> ... "It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place." ... I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING ... ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phony Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]
Refugees were SHOT AT on Manus Island. The latest 457 Visa non announcement is nothing but desperate partisan point scoring and damage control. [ABC - 18/4/17]
West Papuan refugees' decades long wait for PNG citizenship exposes false claim of resettlement under Rudd's illegal July 2013 deal [EMTV - 18/4/17]
Today, April 18, a PNG District Court will rule whether the case against Loghman Sawari is to be dismissed [PNG Loop - 14/4/17]
"The ends justify the means."
– Niccolò Machiavelli
World Vision CEO Tim Costello says more Australian aid should be used to "stop the boats" [RNZI - 18/4/17]:
... "I think most Australians if they think about it for a minute know that if you cut development in a world that is a water bed, refugees losing hope will come here," Mr Costello said.
"You can't even deal with global epidemics and global financial crises with a drawbridge mentality of turning inwards and re-tribalising. So that is the hope I have that at least this white paper will actually realise this."
He said despite this, there were some in parliament who thought it should be cut altogether.
But Mr Costello said aid was also good for Australia as a major trading nation.
"When we cut aid by 40 percent in Myanmar in a growing market. Britain didn't cut it, their aid, China didn't cut it.
"Now you tell me is it going to be Australian businesses or Chinese or British businesses that get contracts in Myanmar," he said.
"Enlightened self interest absolutely says as an export trading nation we need to be keeping our promises in development."
Woodside Petroleum is considering piping gas from its discoveries off the coast of Myanmar to China or Thailand as part of a strategy to accelerate development of the finds as progress at its large Browse floating LNG project has faltered. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/4/17]
Brennan, Costello, Manne and Menadue argue that to stop cruel inhumane fascism, we need more cruel and inhumane fascism in order to keep it out of sight and out of mind.
CEO of Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar. Australian Embassy in Myanmar [May 2015 - at the height of the Rohingya boat crisis].
Don't blame The Lady says Ramos-Horta and Saffin [Project-Syndicate - 14/4/17]
... An advisor to Defense Minister Ramos-Horta, Janelle Saffin, told Emboff today that she had been present at the Minister's recent meetings with dissident members and ex-members of FDTL.
Contrary to reports received by the Embassy from UN sources that these dissidents would not engage in dialogue with GOET leaders until Prime Minister Alkatiri resigns or is dismissed, Ms. Saffin was adamant that, while their agreement to participate in a dialogue with the President and "other" GOET officials was vague, all sides had indeed agreed to talks in the near future.
Once the FDTL inventory has been completed, Ramos-Horta will again approach the various dissident leaders in an attempt to establish a timetable for dialogue. ... EAST TIMOR SITREP FOR JUNE 8, 2006 [WikiLeaks]
... “In our village, helicopters fired guns at us, and the Myanmar soldiers also opened fire on us. We couldn't stay in our house. We fled and went into hiding in the jungle,” Alam continued.
“My grandfather and grandmother were burnt to death. Our whole village was burnt by the military. Nothing left.”
After Alam made it to the Naf River, which runs between Myanmar and Bangladesh, he started swimming and was rescued by some fishermen who helped him across the border.
Once there, he began trying to get his wife and sons to safety.
“I called (my family) on Dec. 4. They were very desperate to leave Myanmar,” Alam recalled.
“They were the last words I had with my family. When I was talking to my wife over phone, I could hear my youngest son calling 'Abba-Abba' (father-father).”
Alam had made a deal with a boatman to help his family cross the river, but just as they were making their escape, the security forces found them.
“When the Myanmar police got a sense that people were preparing to cross the river, they opened fire,” the man explained.
“Hurriedly, the boatman took all people on board to escape the firing. The boat became overloaded. Then it sank." ...
“Two helicopters were deployed to our village. The helicopters flew over the village for over 20 minutes, firing randomly at the villagers. The first round of attack was carried out from a higher altitude, but in the second and third rounds, they flew just over the rooftops of the houses. Seven members of my brother’s family in-law were killed in the helicopter attack.” ... Report of OHCHR mission to Bangladesh: Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016 [3/2/17]
... "I ask the world to do something to end Australia's political game on vulnerable refugees." ... Imran Mohammad - Rohingya refugee and one of the 1,000s of political prisoners of the Australian government and opposition, Manus Island [The Age - 12/1/17]
The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.
A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]
Newly released UN archive reveals allies knew about Holocaust long before they discovered the concentration camps [Independent - 17/4/17]:
The Allied Powers were aware of the scale of the Jewish Holocaust two-and-a-half years earlier than is generally assumed, and had even prepared war crimes indictments against Adolf Hitler and his top Nazi commanders.
Newly accessed material from the United Nations – not seen for around 70 years – shows that as early as December 1942, the US, UK and Soviet governments were aware that at least two million Jews had been murdered and a further five million were at risk of being killed, and were preparing charges.
Despite this, the Allied Powers did very little to try and rescue or provide sanctuary to those in mortal danger.
Indeed, in March 1943, Viscount Cranborne, a minister in the war cabinet of Winston Churchill, said the Jews should not be considered a special case and that the British Empire was already too full of refugees to offer a safe haven to any more. ,,,
18 April 2017