Please, please, please... Stop separating families



Day 14 of peaceful protest Nauru ... ‏@elahe_zivardar [18/2/17]



And there are lives in the balance
There are people under fire
There are children at the cannons
And there is blood on the wire

'Lives In The Balance' Jackson Browne [1986]



‏@BehrouzBoochani [18/2/17]:  Manus prison: I just recieved a message from Eaten Fish.He wants to start to eat but he is seriously sick and need medical treatment



Where is the humanity? - K. M. Asad, Rohingya Refugee in Bangladesh [The Eye of Photography - 18/2/17]



Or you could accept them into your country as refugees --->  Qatar development fund contributes funding to UNHCR's Rohingya enslavement program in Malaysia [Malaysian Digest - 17/2/17]



‏@JamilaHanan [18/2/17]:  #Rohingya house burnt, 3 who met with UN accused of being insurgents, and mixed messages about returning to homes...



Joint NGO letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres about the situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State [Rohingya Blogger - 17/2/17]:


... We respectfully ask you to urge the government of Myanmar to uphold its responsibility to protect all populations, regardless of religion, ethnicity or other status, and to specifically ask the government to take the following key steps:

- Allow immediate and unhindered access for national and international humanitarian workers, independent media and human rights observers to Rakhine State;

- Support the establishment of an independent international investigation into the situation in Rakhine State;

- Hold all perpetrators of human rights abuses accountable, including army and police officers;

- Repeal or amend all laws and regulations which discriminate against Rohingya and other minorities in Myanmar, including but not limited to the four "Protection of Race and Religion" laws and the 1982 Citizenship Law;

- Remove all arbitrary and discriminatory restrictions on the Rohingya community and other Muslims in Rakhine State, in particular on their freedom of movement and access to health services, education and equal livelihood opportunities; and

- Guarantee the safe, voluntary and dignified return of displaced communities to their homes. ...



Angelina Jolie is a Hollywood actress. ---> Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country which the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. ... [The Straits Times - 18/2/17]



Two Sam Rainsy Party officials arrested [Phnom Penh Post - 17/2/17]



Snowden lawyer Robert Tibbo in Hong Kong denies that Russia will hand over whistle-blower to Trump [South China Morning Post - 18/2/17]:


... The lawyer spoke with the Post on the sidelines of a talk on Tuesday at the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, which the refugees who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong also attended.

Tibbo shared with college students his views on the treatment of asylum seekers in one of the world’s wealthiest cities.

“The Hong Kong government has designed a system that allows asylum seekers to come in, but they are in similar circumstances of some in sub-Saharan Africa ... Their physical and psychological integrity is compromised,” he said.

As of December, there were 9,981 outstanding claims.

Many have to wait several years in the city without being allowed to take any jobs.

The few who are recognised are then referred for resettlement in a third country.

Answering to those who argue that Hong Kong has limited resources, Tibbo said that the local government had “enormous financial reserves, but it does not invest them in its people.” ...



Russia's top security official on Thursday offered the Philippines access to an intelligence database to help it fight crime and militancy, and training for the elite forces assigned to protect President Rodrigo Duterte.

Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of Russia's Security Council and Vladimir Putin's top security adviser, made the offer during a meeting between Russian and Philippine security officials in Davao, where he was visiting Duterte at his home city. ... [Reuters - 18/2/17]



... UN and I.O.M they chanted we are not criminal. Why are we in the jail?



Image:  ‏@SohailYawari1 [10/2/17]


@SohailYawari1 [13/2/17]:  #Indonesia kupang IDC ... fifth day peaceful protest.



Refugee film maker speaks to visual arts students in the US [The Chronicle - 17/2/17]:


Khadim Dai, a Hazara refugee, visited visual arts classes to talk about his life as a refugee and his career as a filmographer documenting his own struggle and that of others.

Dai was born in Afghanistan, but his family fled to Pakistan where he grew up.

His family left because the Hazara people, the third largest ethinc group in Afghanistan, are persecuted against due to their religion and ethnic differences.

The refugees were not allowed to go to Pakistani schools, so they went to their own school.

Their school was a target for attacks, and it was blown up, killing many people Dai knew.

He then sought to move to Australia, where his older siblings had emigrated. He went through a smuggling service.

The smugglers were not successful, and after Dai attempted to reunite with his family several times and served some jail time, he was denied entry to Australia and ended up living in a refugee community in Indonesia. ...



Life as a Hazara Refugee - Khadim Dai [2015]



Neglect of Lae cancer treatment facility highlighted, as another patient dies [EMTV - 18/2/17]:


... Gary says his wife was put on radiotherapy and treated by two trainees after a month of delays.

The Lae Cancer Treatment Facility does not have a Chief Oncologist, Gary describes the state of the Angau treatment facility is appalling.

The chronic neglect of the Lae cancer facility is going to cost more lives.

Currently, there are 25 patients waiting to undergo radiotherapy, but without an oncologist they can’t complete their treatment. ...



US Ambassador Ebert-Gray visits New Tribes Mission in Goroka [PNG Loop - 18/2/17]



... Describing the importance of a Forum like this, is United States Ambassador to PNG, Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray, who maintains a strong stance in the advancement of women in Papua New Guinea.

Managing Director for ExxonMobil PNG, Andrew Barry, also shared his personal story with the participants.

ExxonMobil is one of several committed partners in the annual Women’s Forums.  ... [EMTV - 8/2/17]



Freeport Indonesia chief resigns as dispute over mining policy intensifies [Jakarta Post - 18/2/17]:


PT Freeport Indonesia announced on Saturday the immediate resignation of Chappy Hakim as its president director, only three months after his appointment as the mining giant's top executive.

In a press release, Freeport Indonesia did not specify when Chappy, a retired air chief marshal, would officially step down.

However, it said he would move to an advisory role with the company. ...



Three people leading protests against the construction of a coal-fired power plant in southern Thailand were detained by the army on Saturday, as activists voiced alarm that the trio were being held in a notorious barracks prison.

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside government offices in Bangkok since Friday to demonstrate against the junta's decision to green-light a 800-megawatt coal plant on the coast of Krabi, a region renowned for its popular tropical beaches and steep limestone hills.

The gathering is a rare act of defiance of the junta's ban on public protests. Generals seized power in 2014 and have severely clamped down on dissent.

The three protest leaders - Prasitthichai Noonuan, Akkradet Chakjinda and Rungkhun Kittiyakara - were initially detained by police on Saturday morning before being handed over to the military. ... [The Straits Times - 18/2/17]



Readout of Secretary Mattis’ bilateral meeting with Australian Minister of Defence Marise Payne [US Department of Defense - 17/2/17]:


... The secretary expressed his admiration of the high-performing troops of the Australian Armed Forces, and he thanked the minister for the Australian military and people for being long-term and great allies and friends of the United States.

The two leaders discussed efforts to defeat ISIS in the Middle East and around the globe, as well as the ‎importance of continued support to the government of Afghanistan.

 They also exchanged views on ‎the Asia Pacific region, and reaffirmed their commitment to force posture initiatives in northern Australia. ...



Chinese FM calls for efforts to bring China-Japan ties back on right track [Xinhua - 18/2/17]



Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen on Saturday met with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis for the first time since the latter was appointed to his role earlier this year, and he said they had a "very good first meeting". 

The two met on the sidelines of the 53rd Munich Security Conference on Saturday, and both sides reaffirmed the excellent and longstanding bilateral defence relationship, the Ministry of Defence said in its press release.  

In remarks after the meeting, Dr Ng said he was very assured that Mr Mattis knows the region well. He said he met with the US official in 2008 when he visited Singapore.

Mr Mattis also met with Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) leaders while he was CENTCOM Commander and leading operations in the Middle East where Singapore had contributed to operations.  ... [Channel News Asia - 18/2/17]



Kishida meets with South Korean counterpart, demands removal of ‘comfort women’ statues in Busan [Japan Times - 18/2/17]



Children of Hiroshima atomic-bomb survivors sued the central government on Friday, claiming it has denied them their constitutional right to pursue happiness by failing to provide them with financial support.

In what the plaintiffs say is Japan’s first lawsuit over the radiation impact on survivors’ children, they are seeking a change to the financial aid program so that so-called second-generation hibakusha can also be covered under the Atomic Bomb Survivors’ Assistance Law.

Arguing that their parents’ exposure to radiation from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima has affected their own health, the plaintiffs, 22 second-generation hibakusha, are demanding that the government pay them 100,000 yen each in compensation.

The government currently provides qualified survivors with various forms of financial assistance and covers the full cost of their medical expenses.

Such aid does not extend to their children.

The plaintiffs claim that although the government rejects the hereditary effects of the atomic bombing on the children of survivors, the possibility of such effects cannot be ruled out as some studies do recognize them. ... [Japan Today - 17/2/17]



New Zealand will maintain a police presence in Solomon Islands once the Regional Assistance Mission ends its 14-year-stint in July.

The Australia-led mission was deployed to the country in 2003 after years of ethnic violence where police weapons fell into hands of militants from Guadalcanal and Malaita.

RAMSI says the police force has been completely rebuilt, but Honiara has asked for continued assistance from New Zealand and Australia. ... [RNZI - 18/2/17]



Man dies in Fiji police cell; Mother claims he was beaten [RNZI - 18/2/17]



Eight teenagers were killed while another eight were injured when a car driven by a 22-year-old woman rammed into them while they were riding their bicycles early Saturday.

Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Police Sulaiman Salleh said six of them were killed on the spot while two died on their way to Hospital Sultanah Aminah.

All 16 involved in the incident are aged between 13 and 17.  ... [The Star - 18/2/17]












Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, April 2016



For nearly four years the Australian media, pro-ALP human rights establishment and snouts in the trough NGOs have remained largely oblivious to the articulate and effective protests and resistance on Nauru and Manus Island.  

Their infantilization, victim blaming, intellectual dishonesty, endless opinionating, seminars, forums and partisan pantomimes have played a key role in keeping Australia's (illegal) anti-refugee policy - and its deliberately deadly impacts - unchallenged and beyond scrutiny.

The only way to end this human rights atrocity is to condemn the ALP and LNP equally.



Australia, exceptional in its brutality, Behrouz Boochani [25/4/16]:


... These island camps on Manus and Nauru can be conceived similarly to the wheel cages that criminals, those accused and those sentenced to death, were put in and taken to cities to represent and advertise the power of violence.

I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe.  ... --->  Thanks to @jonnajouin and all at #nthsyd for great screening of #chasingasylum tonight. ... ‏@OzRefugeeCounc [17/2/17]



Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island [2015]:


In July 2013, the Australian Government introduced a controversial immigration policy, transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote offshore detention centres on foreign Pacific islands.

Seven months later, the Manus Island centre erupted in violence when police and guards put down protests with sticks, machetes and guns, and 23 year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed. [16 - 18 February 2014]

We spoke to Behrouz and Omar, who are currently detained on Manus Island.

This film contains recordings of these conversations.



... There will be a new focus on embassy security — a pet project for Chaffetz who has traveled to London, Papua New Guinea and Australia to inspect how the State Department secures its compounds. ... [Politico - 20/11/14]



US Congressman Jason Chaffetz visits Port Moresby, 15 February 2014 [US Embassy Port Moresby]:


... Congressman Chaffetz met and thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his support for American investments, such as the ExxonMobil LNG project.  ...



... The great achievement of this movement was to send a message of freedom to people all around the globe.  ... Viva Freedom: Message to Australia from Manus Island following the mass hunger strike in January 2015.



ALP-linked groups still speaking for (and claiming ownership of) political prisoner Behrouz Boochani [National Justice Project - 18/2/17]



Imaginary journalist asks George Newhouse Isn't your purported refugee advocacy with the "National Justice Project" compromised by your membership of the ALP?


 [SBS - 25/2/14]: ... "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." ...  ---> Regional resettlement arrangement between Australia and PNG, signed in Brisbane 19 July 2013 [DFAT]



Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]



Has Professor McAdam considered that resettlement offers are "few and far between" because the UNHCR hasn't been doing its job? [News Deeply - 17/2/17]



Rudd started this policy in July 2013, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?



Refugees get that the Obama-Australia "deal" is a hoax- why don't so called "advocates" and rights lawyers? ---> "They killed Reza Barati, Hamid Kehazaei, Faysal Ishak and they are trying to kill us":  Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island say "US deal" fake news [RNZI - 24/1/17]



UN decision in Assange arbitrary detention case:  Big implications for refugees and whistleblowers - but Australia's establishment international law and refugee rights experts ignored the majority decision, and inexplicably focussed on the minority dissenting opinion [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]



‏@JulianAssange [17/2/17]:  Here's Ecuador's opposition leader (elections Sunday) saying he'll revoke my asylum after I revealed CIA penetration of the French election.



‏@wikileaks [16/2/17]:  UK, Australia, Canada & NZ tasked by CIA to use human spies (HUMINT) to penetrate last French presidential election



Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State, Mike Lofgren [Bill Moyers - 21/2/14]:


... Petraeus and most of the avatars of the Deep State — the White House advisers who urged Obama not to impose compensation limits on Wall Street CEOs, the contractor-connected think tank experts who besought us to “stay the course” in Iraq, the economic gurus who perpetually demonstrate that globalization and deregulation are a blessing that makes us all better off in the long run — are careful to pretend that they have no ideology.

 Their preferred pose is that of the politically neutral technocrat offering well considered advice based on profound expertise.

That is nonsense.

They are deeply dyed in the hue of the official ideology of the governing class, an ideology that is neither specifically Democrat nor Republican.

Domestically, whatever they might privately believe about essentially diversionary social issues such as abortion or gay marriage, they almost invariably believe in the “Washington Consensus”: financialization, outsourcing, privatization, deregulation and the commodifying of labor.

Internationally, they espouse 21st-century “American Exceptionalism”: the right and duty of the United States to meddle in every region of the world with coercive diplomacy and boots on the ground and to ignore painfully won international norms of civilized behavior. ...



Secret Government - The Constitution In Crisis - Bill Moyers [PBS 1987]




18 February 2017