MIGRANT OR REFUGEE:  NO ONE SHOULD DIE IN THE SEA;  EVERYONE SHOULD BE WELCOME.  BOTH ARE HUMANKIND. @Oxfam [17/1/16]:   Today is World Day of #Migrants and #Refugees. Our message: everyone should be welcome ...




Australia is running ALP refugee death camps and Robert Manne wants a "compromise".



Piss off you reptile.



... In their principled opposition to all forms of deterrent policy, many friends of the asylum seekers are wedded to a Kantian absolute—for them it is never permissible to save a greater number of lives by treating certain people, like those presently marooned on offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island, as a means to an end. ...


[Robert Manne, June 2014 - and he is still pushing the same line in January 2016 for the Sydney Morning Herald - couched in less blatantly disgusting terms.]





Triple J promotes KFC ----> ‏@triplejplays [18/1/16]:  @xavierrudd - Let Me Be [23:11]

Neil McCann‎ [18/1/16]


The boats have NOT stopped - we just can't see them sinking anymore. 


Australia is stopping people from seeking asylum by denying their right to access protection.


Anyone who tries to argue otherwise is full of shit.


Guardian [11/12/15]:

Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014.






Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is trashing the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]





NATO’s Resolute Support (RS) on Sunday strongly condemned a suicide attack that killed at least 13 civilians and injured 14 more attending a gathering in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

The tribal elders had gathered at the guesthouse of a member of the provincial council, Obaidullah Shinwari, the son of a prominent tribal elder, Malak Osman, who was also injured in the attack.

In a statement, the Resolute Support mission, which is to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces, said reports showed the horrific attack had caused dozens of casualties, killing 13 civilians and wounding several more. ... [Pajhwok - 18/1/16]






Protected and unaccountable stooge sockpuppet man announces Afghanistan troop increase on Kabul visit [Reuters - 17/1/16]:



Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday a small increase in the Australian troop commitment to the NATO-led force supporting the Afghan central government during a surprise visit to Kabul.

Australia, which lost 41 soldiers in Afghanistan during its more than 12-year involvement in the conflict following the U.S.-led invasion in 2001, will commit 20 more personnel to the mission, bringing its total to 270. ...





A rocket landed near the Italian embassy in Kabul on Sunday, a police official said, a day before a meeting of Afghan and international officials aimed at laying the groundwork for possible peace talks with the Taliban. ... [Reuters - 17/1/16]





@AfgRefugees [18/1/16]:   An Afghan mother hugs her child and cries with relief after arriving on Lesvos.





Greek authorities have released five rescuers working for NGOs that help migrants making the perilous sea crossing from Turkey, police said on Sunday, after they were detained on suspicion of people smuggling.

The aid workers -- two Danes working for the NGO Team Humanity, and three Spanish citizens with the organisation PROEM-AID -- were detained Thursday when coastguards patrolling off the island of Lesbos found two of them in possession of knives and an undeclared two-way radio.

The prosecutor in Lesbos' main town Mytilene on Thursday opened proceedings against the group on suspicion of "attempting to facilitate the entry of illegal migrants", and they were questioned over the weekend. ... [Ahram - 17/1/16]




Roadside bomb kills six soldiers in southwest Pakistan: Officials [Ahram - 18/1/16]




An air strike by the Arab coalition targeted a building used by police and rebel forces in Yemen's capital, killing at least 26 people and wounding 15 others, security officials have said. ... [Al Jazeera - 18/1/16]





A leading Yemeni journalist was killed by an air strike on Sunday as he left a village where up to 21 civilians had been killed days earlier.

Almigdad Mojali was one of a handful of Yemeni journalists working with international news organisations, including the Telegraph, to report on the country’s ten month war.

Friends said his car was struck by an air strike as it travelled to from Jarif, an eastern village where bombing raids killed 21 civilians days earlier.

It is understood that he was travelling with a photographer. ... [Telegraph - 17/1/16]






Saudi airstrikes kill 30 civilians in Yemen [ABNA - 16/1/16]





Foreign Ministry slams new US sanctions against Iran [IRNA - 18/1/16]





Palestinian shot, injured after allegedly stabbing Israeli woman [Maan - 18/1/16]:


... Earlier on Sunday, a Palestinian was shot and killed following an alleged attempted stabbing attack in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, an Israeli army spokesperson said at the time.

The spokesperson said the "assailant" was shot and killed after attempting to attack and stab Israeli soldiers "securing the area," adding that no Israelis were injured during the incident.

The Palestinian man was identified as Wissam Marwan Qasrawa, 21, from the village of Masliya south of Nablus.




Palestinian stabs, kills Israeli settler near Hebron [Maan - 17/1/16]




IDF redeploys to West Bank positions and checkpoints it shuttered years ago [Haaretz - 18/1/16]







As the Palestinian death toll continues to rise on an almost daily basis, Palestinians across the West Bank are holding memorials and solidarity events alongside ongoing protests. Israel's policy of punitive house demolitions is also continuing. ...  [Middle East Monitor - 17/1/16]




Israeli occupation forces on Friday afternoon shot dead two Palestinians near al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip during clashes.  ... [PNN - 16/1/16]




A group of extremist right-wing Israeli settlers on Sunday dawn have sprayed slogans that call on slaughtering Chrisitians, on the walls of an old monastery in Jerusalem.

The slogans are thought to have been written by the extremist “Pay The Price” group, which  has repeatedly attacked Palestinian homes, churches and mosques overnight, which included the church of loaves and fishes (Tabgha) in Tibereas, and mosques in Ramallah and Nablus.

Following the attack on the church back in May, The Rabbis for Human Rights group said that there have been 43 similar attacks against churches, mosques and monasteries in Israeli-occupied land, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since 2009, Reuters reported.

Slogans read “Death for Christians, the enemies of Israel,”  and calls to “Slaughter Christians and send them to hell,” in addition to anti-Christ words. ... [PNN - 17/1/16]


Terror attacks continue across Iraq and Syria



US Department of Defense [17/1/16]:


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

Remotely piloted aircraft conducted 3 strikes in Syria:

-- Near Ar Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery, ground attack, attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 26 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL command and control nodes.

-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Mosul, 10 strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL-used culvert and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, 34 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL weapons caches, three ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL bunkers, and wounded two ISIL fighters.

-- Near Qayyarah, four strikes struck an ISIL weapons manufacturing facility and an ISIL-used culvert and destroyed an ISIL crude oil heater and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, five ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL heavy machine gun, suppressed an ISIL staging area, and cratered an ISIL-used road.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL-used bridge.






US military says 8 civilians killed in airstrikes on Iraq and Syria in 2015, 50 in last week's "ISIS warehouse" airstrike [CBS - 15/1/16]







Four civilians were killed in terrorist attacks with rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo on Saturday.

A source at Aleppo police command said in a statement to SANA that five rocket shells which were fired by terrorist organizations in Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood on Saturday afternoon fell on Bustan al-Zahra, al-Masharqa and al-Azeeziyeh neighborhoods.

The shells killed four civilians, injured 25 others and caused great material damage to a number of houses. ... [SANA - 17/1/16]



 ISIS commits massacre in village in Deir Ezzor, claiming the lives of 300 civilians [SANA - 16/1/16]







‏@sakirkhader [11/1/16]  #Syrian girl from #Aleppo: "Why are you afraid? The plane. I came to do my exam but the plane targeted the school."





‏@daphnetoli [17/1/16]:  2 ferries with ~2500 refugees will leave #Lesbos tonight. One stops at #Chios where more will embark. #refugeesGr





Switzerland seizing assets from refugees to cover costs [Guardian - 16/1/16]





A video showing an Aboriginal woman being pushed repeatedly in the chest and throat by a Queensland police officer in Boondall, a suburb of Brisbane, over the weekend has sparked outrage online.

The video, which was recorded on Saturday, shows 30-year-old Natasha King arguing with police officers as they apprehend her 16-year-old son.

King is seen repeatedly attempting to get close to her son, screaming, “that’s my son, that’s my son,” as she is pushed backwards five times by the same police officer. ... [Buzzfeed - 18/1/16]




Danny TeeJay Johnson [VIDEO - 17/1/16]:



... This is how #deathsincustody start. We need to have a national discussion on how police engage with our mob.

Is this an example of #violenceagainstwomen? You tell me?

It is alleged by a witness that the #Boondallpolice in QLD did not have a legal search warrant to enter the premise and also arrested a minor. Thus questioning the legality of the arrests.

The Police went to the house on a anonymous call from the public saying there was a domestic violence dispute. This turned out to be totally false and they we're just having a sing & a dance like most Australians do on a Saturday night. ...



Why are Australians so afraid of freedom?


    The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants ...



Surfers Paradise [18/1/16]





Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.


Benjamin Franklin




This is freedom??  ---->  61 agencies after warrantless access to Australian telecommunications metadata [ZDNet -18/1/16]






Or this???? ----->  About 50 women attended the free the nipple picnic in Orleigh Park, West End.  [Brisbane Times - 17/1/16]   Seriously?





Every day of the festive period 74 women across Australia reached out to rape and domestic violence support services.

Between December 21 and January 3, Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia assisted 1043 individual clients across its three telephone services – a 32 per cent increase on the same period last year. 


Christmas and New Year represents a time of fear for many families.

At Parramatta Bail Court on Boxing Day, at least 10 cases were heard that involved domestic violence and assault-related charges.

Last week, motivational speaker and former Hillsong preacher Pasquale "Pat" Mesiti​ denied allegations that he attacked his wife on New Year's Eve.

Mesiti, 56, did not appear in Sydney's Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday when the case came before a magistrate for the first time.

He has been charged with two domestic violence offences, common assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which were allegedly committed against his wife Andrea, in Glenhaven, in Sydney's north-west.

The case returns to court next month. A NSW police officer, meanwhile, will appear in Goulburn Local Court on Tuesday on multiple charges that relate to alleged domestic violence.

Christopher Luke Evans, 29, who is a senior constable, was arrested on January 4 and charged with assault, intimidation, and use carriage service to menace or harass.   [Sydney Morning Herald - 16/1/16]





... A message from the other world

To every little boy and girl

Let your spirit fly until

The day I let the flag unfurl ...



'Coz I'm Free', Christine Anu [2000]




"Free the Children" and "Kids Out" is a deliberately cruel and cynical effort to confuse and sideline the growing - AND EXPLICIT - call for Australia to start complying with our international obligations.


It was child stealing then, and it would be child stealing now.


Free ALL the refugees.



pissweakWhen some one or some thing is said to be extremely soft or weak.  ...




It has been revealed that the Government has been ignoring medical advice from its own healthcare provider, IHMS, and putting hundreds of children at risk of lifelong mental health damage.

The Australian Greens have called on the government to remove all children from detention and return those who are on Nauru to Australia.  ... [Media Release - 18/1/16]




Response to @RACVictoria’s “Open Letter to the Refugee Movement” by @xBorderOps [2/10/15]:


RAC-Vic recently posted an Open Letter on the renewed push by the Greens and GetUp’s ‘No Business In Abuse’ to remove children from detention.

We share RAC-Vic’s concerns at the reductive call for the removal of only children from detention.

The call for “children out” is a backward step in the campaign to close the detention industry down.

We do not see it as pragmatic but as a recurrent attempt, over the span of more than two decades, by pro-detention groups to obscure their own practical support for and links to the detention industry, and as a means to limit the movements for freedom and against the camps.

Implicit in the call to remove only children from detention is an assumption that children are “innocent” and therefore that adults (without children) deserve to be detained.

There is nothing pragmatic about supporting these racist arguments for detention.

There is nothing “tactical” about peddling racist assumptions while imagining that this might serve to lessen or be a challenge to that racism.





It's time to directly confront ALL Australian politicians to answer to their demented "deterrence" ideology


How can they continue to defend and advocate this cruel and inhumane policy?




Child detainee mental trauma will last, immigration "healthcare provider" warns [Guardian - 17/1/16]







...  Self-harm may not be the policy's clear and deliberate aim, but it is an entirely foreseeable consequence. What else would flow from such inhumane treatment of those who flee their homelands and risk their lives to ask for our help.

Immigration detention is supposed to be bad; it's designed to discourage people from seeking refuge or from overstaying their visas. We lock people up for committing no crime to dissuade others from committing the same non-crime: pleading for asylum. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]




... Initially, Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally.

In February, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that strategy unconstitutional.

Officials stopped invoking deterrence as a factor in deciding whether to release mothers and children as they seek asylum in the United States. ... [New York Times - 25/7/15]




Federal Court blocks government from detaining asylum seekers as tactic to deter others from coming to US [ACLU Media Release - 20/2/15]





 ... Claims made as to the effectiveness of deterrence strategies are largely ideological and not based on empirical research. ...



There's no evidence that asylum seeker deterrence policy works [The Conversation - 24/7/12]:


... Policies of deterrence have become the “common sense” approach when it comes to what should be done about asylum seekers – both in terms of stopping the boats and in terms of saving lives.

The problem is that both these assumptions are largely unjustifiable based on the evidence.

 Deterring irregular border crossings does not necessarily decrease border related deaths. Evidence suggests in some contexts deterrence can simply displace deaths to another site, or changes the demographics of who dies.

In the US, research has found a relationship between deterrence policies and an increased number of border deaths.


As a criminologist, the idea that an illicit market, such as people smuggling, can be dealt with through enforcement-related strategies and broad deterrent messages has serious limitations.

Historically, the most effective approaches to reducing illicit markets have been found through regulatory measures and harm minimisation approaches, not deterrence.

There is simply not enough evidence that deterrence works to justify the expense and potential harm of its implementation.





Refugees and people smuggling: What the media refuse to challenge, Marilyn Shepherd [Independent Australia - 26/10/14]:


... Since I wrote this article, which proves comprehensively that seeking asylum is not people smuggling as our media and politicians claim, it is simply exercising a legal right, not one journalist has challenged Scott Morrison, Chris Bowen, Tony Burke – or anyone else – about the twin lies we tell to justify our shocking abuses towards refugees.

Not a single journalist has even mentioned the smuggling protocol, which excludes refugees and forbids all forms of punishment merely for being "smuggled".  ...





... Associate Professor Alana Lentin: That nothing will be gained by relativising or diminishing the reality of systemic racism, Islamophobia and anti-asylum seeker politics. Over the last few years we have seen a growing discourse of 'casual racism' as a way of explaining what are seen as isolated incidents of racism which are portrayed as divorced from any institutional responsibility.

Hence, the racism experienced by Adam Goodes or incidents of racism on public transport are decried, but always the defensive actions of ordinary Australians (in itself a racialised construct) are emphasised as proof of the comforting belief that most Australians are tolerant and accepting of difference.

There is no attempt made in these analyses to connect everyday micro-aggressions to issues such as the lack of minority representation, the mass and disproportionate criminalisation and incarceration of Aboriginal people, the forced closures of their communities, or the concentration camps in which asylum seekers are indefinitely imprisoned on offshore islands.

We must start connecting the dots. ... 10 years on from the Cronulla riots [Western Sydney University - 11/12/15]





Apology from Parliament House to man who was asked to turn Aboriginal flag singlet inside out [NITV - 15/1/16]





18 January 2016