... We have been a selfish nation for too long. We share stories on Facebook promoting humanity from around the world, but when it arrives at our doorstep, we look the other way. The truest form of hypocrisy, I’d say.
I don’t know about you, folks, but it really worries me to be a part of today’s “that-is-not-my-problem” society.
Fa Abdul [Free Malaysia Today - 18/5/15]
Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection [14/5/15]:
Meet the team at the new Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Yangon, Myanmar, opening on 18 May 2015.
The new centre will offer convenient access to visa and immigration services for clients through the following services; pre and post-lodgement enquiries, visa lodgement and fee handling, online application tracking facility allowing clients to view the status of their application and return of decisions, documents and passports.
For contact details, visit: http://www.vfsglobal.com/australia/myanmar
As if this somehow puts an end to people being persecuted and seeking sanctuary in another country ----> Thai People Smuggling 'Kingpin' Hands himself in [Naharnet - 18/5/15]:
A former Thai regional official accused of being a major people trafficking kingpin turned himself in on Monday, police said, as the kingdom continues a belated blitz against the lucrative trade.
Pajjuban Aungkachotephan, better known as Ko Tong (Big Brother Tong), had been sought by police for the last week on human trafficking charges.
"He surrendered to police this morning in Bangkok," national police spokesman Lieutenant General Prawut Thavornsiri told AFP.
"Police are now taking him to the south for questioning and more investigation," he added.
Thailand began a crackdown on human trafficking and smuggling following the discovery of a network of secret jungle camps in the south and dozens of shallow graves thought to contain the remains of Myanmar Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.
Thousands of migrants were subsequently abandoned by smuggling gangs, some in remote jungles but many more on rickety boats in the Andaman Sea.
Rights groups and observers have long accused Thai officials, including the police and military, of turning a blind eye to human trafficking -- and even being complicit in the grim trade.
Ko Tong was until recently an influential official in Thailand's southern province of Satun, a region long known to be a major transit point for people smugglers and traffickers.
Thai police had previously suggested he might have fled to Malaysia, but Prawut said there was no evidence he had left the country.
Television showed pictures of Ko Tong, balding and dressed in a white t-shirt, appearing at a brief press conference flanked by police officers, some of whom were armed.
It is common in Thailand for accused criminals to be presented to the media once they are charged.
Local media reported that he denied all the charges against him and said he would only testify in court.
Regional police official Major General Puthichart Ekachant told AFP that 65 arrest warrants have now been issued against people suspected of involvement in people trafficking or smuggling.
So far 31 have been arrested or surrendered, including Ko Tong, he added.
More than 50 police have been transferred from their positions for failing to stop the trade. No military officials have been caught up in the current crackdown.
If convicted, Ko Tong faces between four to 15 years in jail and a fine up to one million baht ($30,000).
... This is why the rain comes down
washes out everything
makes us feel like humans again ...
'Humans', Sarah Belkner 
Australian dancer still hears call of the stage at 100 [CTV – 17/5/15]:
... She [Eileen Kramer] puts her life's unusual trajectory down to seeing, at the age of 24, a performance by Sydney's Bodenwieser Ballet, run by Viennese immigrant Madame Gertrud Bodenwieser, who had fled to Australia via Colombia after escaping the Nazis.
Kramer tried out for the troupe and was accepted to classes. She recalls that after her first session she felt "free" -- and within three years was a member of the company.
Although named the Bodenwieser Ballet, it is credited with being Australia's first truly influential modern dance company, and despite her lack of classical training, Kramer found she had talent.
"It wasn't wild, untrammelled movement; there was a definite technique to do. It just suited me."
Kramer credits the languid movements learned at Bodenwieser and her own love of expressive gestures with enabling her to continue her dancing career for so long.
Other contemporaries have suffered more physical problems, she said.
"The other members of the Bodenwieser Ballet mostly have something wrong with their bones. I haven't got anything wrong because I didn't do all that... hitting the ground when you come down. So I think that's why I haven't got false hips or knees."
Kramer says she still works on her ballet exercises, admittedly from the comfort of her bed most mornings.
"But I do get up and do plies and things. Some of the foot exercises in classical ballet are very, very good for strengthening your feet. And I need it now because I can only see with one eye so my balance is affected."
With her bright lipstick and a near-fluorescent orange dress she made herself, Kramer recounts touring Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India with the Bodenwieser troupe before setting up on her own.
Although previously little known in her native land, her return has sparked a new chapter in her career, with the dancer collaborating on three music videos.
"It's her commitment to creativity. It's so inspiring to see," explains singer Sarah Belkner, 31, on why she chose Kramer to dance in her new music video.
To mark turning 100, in March she performed The Early Ones, a dance piece she crowdfunded and choreographed herself, with Australians donating more than $26,000 to help her fulfil her dream.
The dancer herself cannot conceive of being anything other than an artist. "I couldn't do anything else," she said.
"I don't feel like my life has been difficult. I paint. I write. So if I couldn't dance, I would be standing before an easel painting."
She stays in touch with modern life using a mobile phone and has used Facebook, and asked about the secret to her longevity, she jokes: "I don't smoke, I don't drink and I don't chase women.
"People do say, 'Oh I wish I could do what you've done'. And I just say, 'Well, do it'.
Vladimir Putin took part in the gala match of the Night Hockey League tournament at the Bolshoi Ice Dome in Sochi.
The match between the NHL Team and NHL Stars was dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. ... [President of Russia Media Release - 16/5/15]
Sick, tyrannical fuckers rule this planet ----> 'Terrorists' may use migrant cover to get to Europe: NATO [Daily Star - 18/5/15]
Myanmar acknowledges 'concern' over migrant exodus [Channel News Asia - 18/5/15]
Indonesian legislators slam reluctance to help Rohingya refugees.
Australian "I'm alright Jack" politicians (and human rights establishment) pretend humanitarian tragedy unfolding in the Malacca Straits is not happening.
Jakarta Globe [18/5/15]:
A leading Islamic party has continued to press the Indonesian government to aid hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who have been stranded at sea on overcrowded boats for months as authorities in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia continue to thwart their attempts to reach shore.
Mahfudz Siddiq, a member of the Prosperous Justice party (PKS) and chairman of the House of Representatives’ Commission I, which oversees foreign and defense affairs, said on Monday that even though Indonesia was not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention on Refugees, it still had a moral duty to respond to the plight of the migrants, most of them from the Rohingya ethnic minority who face persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh.
“The government owes it to humanity to help find a solution,” Mahfudz said.
He added the least the government could do was provide the migrants with food and other supplies so that they could continue their journey elsewhere, and set up proper temporary shelters for the hundreds now on shore in Aceh province after being rescued by local fishermen.
Mahfudz also urged the government to coordinate with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to seek the best solution for the problem, and criticized the government’s statement that the fate of the Rohingya was not Indonesia’s responsibility.
“No public official should make any statement that undermines the value of humanity,” he said.
Fahri Hamzah, the deputy House speaker from the PKS, on Sunday expressed disappointment that some Indonesian officials seemed reluctant to help the Rohingya. He conceded that while Indonesian statutes did not provide a legal basis to handle the unfolding refugee crisis, that was no reason not to help the migrants.
“[Lack of regulation] should not be an excuse to turn a blind eye to the suffering of people from other nations,” Fahri said. “Their suffering is evident. Do we, as a nation that believes in humanity, have the heart to see them suffer?”
Another PKS legislator, Sukamta, said last week that Indonesia’s immigration law and international relations law actually addressed the matter of migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers.
He added, though, that the lack of derivative regulations meant there were no technical details for officials to adhere to in addressing actual problems.
“There is no presidential decree yet for those laws. The presidential decree should serve as an operational guideline for how we should treat refugees,” said Sukamta, also from House Commission I.
“We want to make sure that this country, Indonesia, sides with humanity, at least by providing [the refugees] with temporary shelter. The government can do this as long as it has the will to,” he added as quoted by state-run news agency Antara.
Philippines latest SE Asian nation to push back Rohingya refugees [Inquirer - 18/5/15]:
Like Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, the Philippines will push back to sea undocumented Asian “boat people” despite a United Nations appeal to Southeast Asian countries to open their ports to the migrants from impoverished Myanmar and Bangladesh, according to Malacañang.
But if documented migrant arrivals qualify as refugees or asylum seekers, the Bureau of Immigration will allow them entry, according to Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.
“Otherwise, we will have to deny admission if they don’t have travel documents,” the head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office told the Inquirer on Sunday.
Hundreds of Asian migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers have reached land and relative safety, said a Reuters report.
But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, many of them hungry and sick, were adrift in Southeast Asian seas in boats that had been abandoned by smugglers, it said.
There has been a surge in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Malaysia and Indonesia following a clampdown in Thailand, usually the first destination in the region’s people-smuggling network.
The same report quoted a Malaysian maritime official as saying that after over 1,000 boat people had arrived on the Malaysian island of Langkawi, any more boats trying to land would be turned back as a “political matter.”
In Thailand, authorities were reportedly enforcing a long-held policy to push boat people back to sea. The policy involves giving food, water, fuel and medical assistance to migrant boats but preventing them from landing.
Quoting Immigration Commissioner Siegfred Mison, Coloma said the country’s position on the issue was in accordance with the United Nations Convention on Human Rights.
US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Stephen J. Rapp, gives lecture on "Achieving justice for victims of mass atrocities" to human rights establishment in Sydney.
Police say their entrapment of an on line pervert proves once again that the internet is dangerous and evil
Police are warning parents to be wary of their children using social media after a man was caught allegedly travelling interstate to have sex with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.
The NSW man was arrested and charged when detectives from a Queensland taskforce dedicated to investigating online child exploitation and abuse intercepted him shortly after his arrival in Brisbane on Saturday.
Police allege the 50-year-old used the internet to co-ordinate a meeting for sexual activity with the girl.
The girl was actually a police investigator posing as a 14-year-old.
Detective Inspector Jon Rouse urged parents to be vigilant about the dangers of social media.
"The use of mobile and tablet technologies by children has increased the opportunities for predators to target children online," he said.
The man is charged with one count of using a carriage service to groom a child under 16 years of age and six counts using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years of age.
He'll face the Brisbane Magistrates court on Monday.
Police child abduction investigation uncovers false alarm [Sunshine Coast Daily - 18/5/15]
Abuse and rape at hands of Catholic priest led to years of dysfunction and addiction [The Age - 18/5/15]
A Melbourne IT specialist was married with three children when he met a woman in Ireland and moved in with her before preying on her nine-year-old daughter, telling the young girl it was "just a bit of fun ... like a game", a court has heard.
The girl was so traumatised by the abuse she spent three weeks in a psychiatric hospital in 2011 when she was 14 after the family had moved to Melbourne. The stepfather abused her again when she was home on weekend release from the psychiatric unit. He would wait for the girl's mother to go to work before attacking her. ... [The Age - 18/5/15]
Police Ethical Standards to investigate Gold Coast police pursuit collisions, shooting
QPS Media [18/5/15]:
A Biggera Waters man has been charged with several offences following a series of incidents on the Gold Coast over the weekend.
It will be alleged shortly before 9pm last night police attempted to intercept a vehicle in Surfers Paradise when it failed to stop.
The four-wheel-drive was later located on Barrington Road in Pacific Pines following a pursuit.
During the pursuit, it will be alleged the vehicle collided with police vehicles and a civilian vehicle.
A passenger in the civilian vehicle, a 39-year-old woman, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
It will further be alleged that during the pursuit the vehicle drove at two officers and service firearms were discharged at the vehicle.
The two male officers were treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital for minor injuries.
The Ethical Standards Command will investigate all aspects of the pursuit and discharge of firearms.
Detectives are appealing for public assistance to help located 28-year-old Sarah Jane Boyd (pictured) who may be able to assist with the investigation.
The 19-year-old Biggera Waters man has been charged with a variety offences including one count each of armed robbery, attempted robbery with violence, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop a vehicle and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
The robbery charges relate to the alleged robbery of a taxi driver at Helensvale and the attempted robbery of a service station at Pacific Pines yesterday.
He was due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court today.
Investigations are continuing.
SEQ media outlets unquestioningly regurgitated the Murdoch Press narrative ALL day - to the point it almost appeared to be PR for Murdoch's Gold Coast Cops "reality" show [Brisbane Times - 18/5/15]:
A 19-year-old man is charged over a car chase and crime spree on the Gold Coast in which he allegedly attacked a taxi driver with a tomahawk.
A Gold Coast teenager has been refused bail by a magistrate, after it emerged Gold Coast police opened fire during a car chase in which he is alleged to have thrown a tomahawk at them out a window.
Joel Gillard, 19, appeared in Southport Magistrates Court on a raft of charges stemming from an alleged crime spree at the weekend in which he is also accused of attacking a taxi driver with a tomahawk and robbing a service station.
The Biggera Waters teenager was refused bail and remanded in custody to reappear on May 20, on charges including two counts of robbery, dangerous operation of a vehicle, failing to stop and unlawful use of motor vehicle.
Gillard and a woman who remains at large are alleged to have led police on an hour long pursuit from Surfer's Paradise to Pacific Pines about 9pm Sunday.
He is alleged to have rammed multiple police cars, driven on the wrong side of the road and driven at police while throwing objects from the window at them, which prompted them to shoot at his Toyota Landcruiser.
Gold Coast Acting Superintendent Des Lacy said the road spikes were used after tomahawks and hammers were thrown at police from the moving car.
"At one point in Pacific Pines the alleged offenders rammed a police vehicle and drove at two police who were forced to discharge their service weapons," Acting Superintendent Lacy told News Corporation.
The car crashed into a fence shortly after and Gillard allegedly fled the scene on foot with the woman.
The dog squad and PolAir aided the ground search and the teenager was apprehended.
The woman remains on the run.
The dramatic pursuit began after police attempted to intercept the car, which they suspected of involvement in the attempted robbery of a service station on Saturday night.
Gillard has also been charged over an attack on a 50-year-old taxi driver on Saturday night, in which the driver suffered a head injury when hit in the head with a tomahawk.
He has been remanded in custody to reappear on Wednesday.
Melbourne teenager faces court after terror raids
Nine MSN [18/5/15]:
A Melbourne teenager is about to face court on weapons charges following police raids linked to an alleged Islamic State-inspired Anzac Day terror plot.
Victoria Police have confirmed Mehran Azimi, 18, from Narre Warren, will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday in relation to Operation Rising.
Five young men were arrested in pre-dawn weekend raids in Melbourne's southeast on April 18.
Sevdet Ramdan Besim, 18, and Harun Causevic, 18, were charged over the alleged terror plot and remain in custody, Azimi was released on summons and two others were released pending further investigation.
Gunman under police surveillance when he shot dead drug dealer, court hears [The Age – 18/5/15]
Kingaroy man 'strangled ex in revenge murder': court
Brisbane Times [18/5/15]:
A Queensland man allegedly strangled his ex-lover as revenge for death threats she made against him more than 18 months earlier, a court has heard.
Kingaroy man Glen Brian Duggan, 39, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to murdering 26-year-old Renee Todd in April 2013.
In his opening address on Monday, crown prosecutor David Meredith said Duggan admitted to police he strangled Ms Todd after having thoughts of revenge over death threats she'd made in 2011 after he broke up with her.
Two people struck by car on Gold Coast
Two people have been left in a serious condition after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast overnight.
Emergency services were called to the scene on Fletcher Crescent in Maudsland following reports two people had been struck.
It is alleged they suffered leg injuries and were transported to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.
Gunman robs Newmarket TAB
Brisbane Times [18/5/15]:
A gunman has robbed the TAB at Newmarket, stealing cash before speeding away in a stolen van.
Police said the caucasian man entered the business on Enoggera Road in Newmarket wearing a black balaclava, black clothes and a red cap about 12.20pm Monday.
It is alleged he was carrying a gun and staff complied with his demands for cash.
There were no injuries.
Police said the man was last seen in a white Mitsubishi Express with Queensland registration 635 KNZ.
The 2002 van is believed to have been stolen, police confirmed.
They have asked the public not to approach the vehicle but to ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Armed robbery, Tanah Merah [QPS Media - 18/5/15]
Armed robbery, Bald Hills [QPS Media – 18/5/15]
Armed robbery, Windsor [QPS Media – 18/5/15]
Robbery and "serious assault police" charges, Vincent [QPS Media -18/5/15]
Ex-Queensland MP Scott Driscoll to stand trial on fraud charges [Brisbane Times – 18/5/15]
Neville Bonner's great-niece Joanna Lindgren appointed Queensland senator by LNP [Brisbane Times -16/5/15]
23-year-old assaulted during day release from Australia's refugee concentration camp on Nauru.
18th day of Facebook blackout.
Nauru Refugees [18/5/15]:
From Pamela Curr:
It is now clear that a 23 year old girl suffered a vicious assault on Saturday afternoon/evening. She was out on day release from the Camp, visiting 3 refugee families in a house for lunch.
She left the house at around 4pm to return to the camp.
When she had not returned to the camp, security guards took her brother with them and looked for her in the community, asking other refugees at approximately 5.30pm where she was or if she had been seen.
When they approached they were told to go away that nothing was wrong. They asked why she was wrapped in a blanket and were told that her clothes were wet. One refugee who knew the girl well spoke to her. He said that she did not recognise him and that she was distressed and incoherent.
Refugees who went to the police station to ask after the girl were sent away.
Some time later the girl was taken back to OPC1 to the Medical area and her mother was allowed contact. Others report that she is covered in bruises. It is now confirmed that she was assaulted.
At 2am the occupants of the house near to where the girl was found were questioned by police who were looking in the bushes for the girls clothing and personal effects. This confirmed earlier information that the girl was found without clothes and distressed.
This report came through to us in spite of the fact that Journalists are not allowed on Nauru(non-refundable $8000 cost to visa application) and now the Nauruan government has blocked Facebook and killed internet access. It is extraordinary that the response to finding a girl injured and distressed was to take her to the police station- not the hospital, not medical care but take her the local police lockup.
This young woman must be brought to Australia for care and support with her family. How many more women and children must be raped and abused on Nauru before our politicians acknowledge the unmitigated disaster this offshore camp has become?
German public radio has reported that federal police in the northern state of Lower Saxony are accused of attacking on migrants in their custody for entertainment. Prosecutors are investigating the case. ... [Deutsche Welle - 17/5/15]
Thousands protest against PEGIDA march in Stuttgart [Deutsche Welle – 17/5/15]
Scott McIntyre Sues SBS After Broadcaster Sacked Him For His 'Political Opinions'
New Matilda [18/5/15]:
SBS is facing legal action over its decision to fire sports reporter Scott McIntyre after the journalist tweeted a series of comments about Anzac day and Australian war atrocities.
Legal firm Maurice Blackburn today confirmed it has filed a discrimination claim on behalf of McIntyre with the Fair Work Commission under Section 351 of the Fair Work Act, which prevents employers taking adverse actions against an employee on a number of grounds, including for the expression of a political opinion.
“The case is not about whether Mr McIntyre’s opinions are correct or not. It will focus on whether the views expressed by Mr McIntyre constituted political opinion and whether SBS terminated his employment for expressing these views,” a statement issued by Maurice Blackburn said.
“It is alleged SBS took action without a proper investigation and consideration of all relevant issues. It will be contended that Mr McIntyre had an unblemished work record and if a proper process had been followed, he would still be employed in his chosen career.”
The firm also allege that SBS breached its own policies, including its Code of Conduct, and did not follow due process.
An SBS spokesperson said the network was unable to provide comment as “this is now a legal matter”.
Turnbull staffer quits after charges
West Australian [18/5/15]:
A senior staffer to Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has resigned after being charged with public indecency.
Policy adviser Stephen John Ellis, 48, was charged on Thursday with behaving offensively in public and committing an act of indecency.
He also faces two drug charges.
He was held in police custody at the Canberra watch house overnight.
Ellis appeared dishevelled, wearing a blue pin-striped suit during a brief hearing at the ACT Magistrates Court on Friday.
The court heard he was allegedly in possession of LSD and amphetamines and that the alleged act of indecency happened at Canberra Airport in the presence of another man.
No other information was given about the charges.
Magistrate Bernadette Boss granted Ellis bail and adjourned the matter to June 5.
Bail was conditional on him agreeing to not consume any illicit substances and residing at his home in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Ellis said in a written statement he had resigned as a government staff member.
"I will address the charges laid against me in the normal course of the legal process," he said.
Mr Turnbull confirmed the resignation, adding: "As this matter is both very personal and before the court I have no further comment to make".
Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Sydney earlier it was a personal and private matter.
"I just make the general point that when people have personal issues, they should be given all the support and all the encouragement that they possibly can to work through those issues," he said.
NZ: Tribes confront Norwegian oil company
The leader of a Far North delegation opposing a Norwegian oil company's exploration plans in his rohe hopes the country's indigenous leaders can put pressure on the company to abandon its operations.
Last week, Mike Smith of Ngāpuhi led a group to Norway to confront Statoil and demonstrate widespread opposition to its oil exploration programme in Te Reinga Basin.
Mr Smith said his roopu was well received by Saami leaders, who, as tāngata whenua, recognised their concerns in protecting the marine environment.
He said the Saami Parliament had a strong influence in Norwegian politics, but he hoped his trip would raise wider awareness and support.
"Well, I guess there's no one single silver bullet that's going to achieve the objectives that we want, which is the withdrawal of Statoil from our territories," said Mr Smith.
"But I think it's the compounding effect of a range of things, you know, that bring pressure to bear on Statoil.
"So, it's not just going to be the Saami support for us, but that, together with a number of other initiatives, is quite likely to bring increased pressure to bear on Statoil."
Mr Smith said the Saami Parliament had a lot of clout in the Norwegian Parliament and worked with them to develop policies about how it should interact with its tāngata whenua.
He said he also had a meeting at the Saami University in the far north of Norway with indigenous academics who are skilled in international law that gave him some very good legal advice.
Mr Smith said the delegation had a very busy schedule over the next few days, including attending the Statoil annual general meeting where it would have an opportunity to present its message to the shareholders of the oil company.
Flotilla protests Shell oil rig in Seattle [KING5 – 16/5/15]
Sri Lanka: May 18 remembrance in Mannar blocked by police
Tamil Guardian [18/5/15]:
An event organised to commemorate the Mullivaikkal massacres later today in Mannar has been banned by police.
Organiser Mr Sivakaran told the Tamil Guardian a letter detailing the ban was delivered by police in the early hours of Monday.
The remembrance event was due to be held in a hall in the town of Mannar.
On Saturday Mullaitivu Magistrate Court issued a ban on events commemorating May 18 at Mullivaikkal, stopping events organised by the Northern Provincial Council and the TNPF.
Israeli settlers uproot hundreds of olive trees near Hebron
Israeli settlers destroyed and uprooted hundreds of olive saplings in the Palestinian town of al-Shuyoukh northeast of Hebron in the southern West Bank.
Local activist Ahmad al-Halayqa told Ma'an that about 80 acres of land planted with olive saplings had been vandalized by Jewish settlers from nearby illegal settlements and outposts.
This is the fourth time settlers have vandalized and uprooted olive saplings in the area, he added.
The land, according to al-Halayqa, belongs to Muhammad Au Shanab al-Ayayda, Abd al-Qadir Abu Shanab al-Ayayda and Mousa Abu Shanab al-Ayayda. The saplings had recently been replanted for the fourth time.
Since 1967, approximately 800,000 olive trees have been uprooted by Israeli forces and settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to a joint report by the Palestinian Authority and the Applied Research Institute Jerusalem.
Reparation needed before Aboriginal peoples can 'move on' (and submit to another "research project")
Sovereign Union of First Nations and Peoples in Australia Media Release [8/5/15]:
Ghillar, Michael Anderson Convenor of the Sovereign Union, co-founder
of the Aboriginal Embassy and Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic
responds to The Australian, 8 May – 'Noel Pearson shines a light' p.15:
Clearly, Noel Pearson has a dissociative disorder. (The Australian, 8 May – Noel Pearson shines a light. p.15.)
Telling his own people to move on from the traumas of the past, makes it very obvious why he is not accepted in many Aboriginal communities.
I have just spoken at a Hawk Institute forum in Adelaide, where over 300 people attended, more than half were Aboriginal people from the different South Australian Nations. The anger and out cry from within the people demonstrated clearly that Noel Pearson is not in empathy with us.
It is untrue that all of the European holocaust victims have moved on and forgotten the past.
Throughout Germany and other places there are memorials for those who suffered and died at the hands of tyrannical leaders and murderers, but there is only one monument to the Aboriginal dead, who were killed en masse through white farmer vigilantes and government approved killings - Myall Creek in the NSW Northern Tablelands.
My own people have human remains still scattered on the open plains where a 'free settler' in the 1840s butchered hundreds of children, women and Elders. We have his written testimony of orchestrating the killings, but under the whiteman's law we will be prosecuted for trespass, if we try to rebury the skeletal remains. With no coronial inquests into those killings, there is no closure. The intergenerational pain never goes away.
It is unrealistic for Pearson, and Mundine, to suggest that Aboriginal people should move on and forget such trauma and become successful business people in the world that continues to sanction and deny such killings.
Noel Pearson's limited knowledge of history is reflected in his statement on the so-called continued welfare dependency. This is not of our doing and he knows that, yet he continues to appease perpetrators of racism.
Unlike the reparations after the holocaust of Europe, Australia refuses to return the property that they obtained as a result of their crimes against our Peoples and governments have not compensated us in cash in any form whatsoever, so that we can rebuild our societies.
Instead, governments have developed showpieces such as the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), but these organisations are operating on the basis of banks and other lending facilities.
This is not reparations, compensation or restitution. They are money laundering and lending facilities. Nothing to do with redress for the wrongs of the past.
Australia and the rest of the world condemned communism and socialism as a form of governance, but when you look at the operations of the ILC and the IBA, communism, that is central control and ownership, is clearly visible and demonstrates how to perfect the communist state. There is no transfer of ownership to Aboriginal Peoples as reparation. There is no ability for equal suffrage.
The consequences of the theft and destruction of everything that we knew, and know, is being denied by the likes of a man who is dressed up in an Aboriginal body – called Noel Pearson. Clearly he is an ardent supporter and advocate of John Howard's opposition to the 'Black Armband view of history'.
It is time Noel Pearson identifies who he is and what he truly represents. This man who it is said has gained millions of dollars for his organisation, must now be held accountable for outcomes within his communities and area amongst his people in terms of the benefits that have flowed to the people.
It is time for Noel Pearson to show us the outcomes achieved from the millions granted to him by governments and other agencies. Let him take the ABC, NITV and SBS on a journey of his achievements on the last twenty years. With the millions given to Noel Pearson's corporation one would expect that he would have something fantastic to show the rest of Australia, which can be held up as a model.
If not, Noel Pearson is a perfect puppet for an oppressive tyrannical regime.
Blood samples collected over 30 years from 7000 Aborigines in missions and settlements across Australia could be taken out of long-term storage at the ANU in Canberra and used for genome science.
Samples and donors' family history and places of birth were gathered from the 1960s up to the 1990s before consent protocols which exist today were in place. So before any research begins, the surviving donors and their relatives will be consulted. ... [Canberra Times -17/5/15]
NCIG: A national resource for Indigenous health and heritage [Public Lecture, 25 May 2015]
Nine dead in Texas shootout between rival biker gangs in Twin Peaks restaurant car park
Nine people were shot dead as rival motorcycle gangs clashed in a car park in Waco, Texas.
Police said at least two gangs were involved in the shootout which began after an argument inside the nearby Twin Peaks restaurant spilled outside, the local ABC News station reported. It added that several other people were injured. Some customers hid inside a freezer when the violence began.
Police found a number of guns along with chains, knives, bats and clubs at the scene.
Waco police sergeant Patrick Swanton told the Waco Tribune: “A lot of innocent people could have been injured today. These are very dangerous, hostile criminal biker gangs.”
The shooting began despite the presence of 12 police officers – including a Swat team – and Texas state troopers, either at Twin Peaks or in the area, in order to monitor a meeting between two biker gangs.
A third gang may also have been present.
The officers fired shots and “saved lives by keeping this from spilling into a busy Sunday morning,” Sgt Swanton said.
He added that managers at the Twin Peaks restaurant knew about “issues” relating to the biker gangs but “continued to let those groups of people into their business”. “The management wanted them here,” he said.
The newspaper said that numerous people had been arrested.
Michelle Logan, 37, who was in the Twin Peaks at the time and knows some of the people involved in the shooting, told the Tribune: “There were maybe 30 guns being fired in the parking lot, maybe 100 rounds. They just opened fire.”
“There’s a lot of people in the hospital, a lot of people shot.”
She described the shooting as a “set up”.
Waco police reported on their Facebook page: "Multiple injuries to include multiple fatalities at Twin Peak Shooting. Officers were on scene when shooting started. No officers have been injured."
The police Twitter feed had previously warned people to avoid the Central Texas Market Place, where officers were working at a shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant.
Trident whistleblower: nuclear 'disaster waiting to happen'
"Please make sure this information is released. I don't want to be in prison without anyone knowing the truth."
These are the words of UK Royal Navy "Trident" nuclear weapons submariner William McNeilly, aged 25.
Mr McNeilly, who has been in communications with WikiLeaks since the beginning of May, has decided he wants to go public about the detailed nuclear safety problems he says he has been "gathering for over a year".
"This is bigger than me, it’s bigger than all of us. We are so close to a nuclear disaster it is shocking, and yet everybody is accepting the risk to the public."
William McNeilly's exclusive original report to WikiLeaks follows:
My name is William McNeilly. I am an Engineering Technician Weapons Engineer Submariner for UK's Trident II D5 Strategic Weapons System.
This is document will enlighten you to the shockingly extreme conditions that our nuclear weapons system is in right now, and has been in the past. It describes different threats and events that have happened and are threats that are highly likely to happen; each one individually should raise maximum concern. I need you to publish this document or send it to someone who will; please, for the safety of the people.
Russia calls for conference on Middle East zone free from mass destruction weapons [TASS – 17/5/15]
Iraqi troops flee as key city of Ramadi falls to ISIS [Daily Star – 18/5/15]
... Haimour [Muhannad Haimour, spokesman and adviser to the provincial governor] said at least 500 people, both civilians and military, were killed in the jihadist offensive.
A local Anbar province official said Abadi had approved the dispatch of the Popular Mobilization units known as Hashed al-Shaabi to Anbar.
"The provincial council of Anbar decided to call on Hashed al-Shaabi which operates under the umbrella of the commander in-chief of the armed forces," said Mahdi Saleh al-Numan, security adviser to the Anbar governor.
He said the forces would be drawn "from the disciplined brigades known for their honest work," suggesting that some Shiite militias would not be called on.
The move marks a U-turn from the Sunni province's previous opposition to resorting to the Shiite force.
"An estimated total of 1,296 families (7,776 individuals) have been displaced, and numbers are increasing," the IOM said.
The jihadists used a wave of suicide car bombings to take most of the city and raised their black flag over the provincial headquarters.
The displaced families went to Amriyat al-Fallujah, to the east, but have not been allowed to cross the Euphrates and enter Baghdad province.
Thousands of civilians had already fled the city during previous waves of violence, including an offensive last month.
According to the IOM, the number of people displaced by Iraq's conflict since the beginning of 2014 has reached a new high of more than 2.8 million.
US backed Arab coalition resumes Yemen air strikes [Al Jazeera – 18/5/15]
US military aircraft with 22 Marines aboard crashes in Hawaii [Press TV – 17/5/15]
Turkish aircraft technician dies after his head caught between flaps [Hurriyet Daily News – 16/5/15]
An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City.
Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.
The Israeli settlers took to the streets of Jerusalem to mark the day when Israel occupied the eastern side of Jerusalem in 1967, Nammari reported. Many were carrying posters reading “Jerusalem for Israelis.”
The controversial Israeli march through Jerusalem and its Muslim quarters is an annual event, marking the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem.
Police estimated that more than 30,000 Israelis took part in this year's rally, Reuters reported. They marched through the areas of the city, the overall population of which includes more than 30 percent of Palestinians. ... [RT - 17/5/15]
Moscow plans to discuss efforts towards dialogue between Kiev, Donbass with Nuland [TASS – 17/5/15]
EU says doesn’t need UN mandate to seize flagless refugee boats
Times of Malta [17/5/15]:
EU soldiers may board, search and seize vessels on the high seas used for human smuggling even without a UN mandate, The Sunday Times of Malta has learnt.
The proposal, which relies on existing international laws, is included in a draft plan to be discussed by EU foreign and defence ministers tomorrow.
The operation called EUNAVFOR Med is expected to be headquartered in Rome.
EU ministers will be told that according to existing legislation States may intercept vessels suspected of smuggling migrants where the flag State grants authorisation to board and search, or where the vessel is not flagged.
Soldiers will be able to act on the high seas on the strength of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants.
But any hope of entering Libyan territorial and internal waters to arrest people smugglers will depend on a UN mandate granted by the Security Council or consent from the Libyan government.
Ministers will be asked to give the military operation a mandate – subject to a UN resolution – to “take all necessary measures” against a vessel involved in human smuggling “in the territory of the coastal State”. These measures include the disposal of the vessel or rendering it inoperable.
Ms Mogherini last week ruled out putting soldiers on the ground in Libya. However, the Mediterranean mission may mimic the anti-piracy operation off Somalia, which was last year granted authorisation to use helicopters to target pirates on shore.
The Commission’s action plan is distinct from the military operation to target smugglers being pushed by Ms Mogherini.
Libya's official government bans Bangladeshi workers from entry
Hurriyet Daily News [17/5/15]:
Libya's official government has banned Bangladeshi workers from entering the country because many were trying to travel on illegally by boat to Europe, a government spokesman said on May 16.
The North African country, gripped by violence and a breakdown of state authority four years after the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi, has turned into a major hub for human traffickers smuggling African migrants by boat to Italy.
"Bangladeshi workers will be banned from entry into Libya," said Hatem Uraibi, spokesman for Libya's internationally recognised government, which has been based in the east since losing control of the capital Tripoli last year.
"They come for work for Libyan firms but then embark on illegal migration (to Europe)," Uraibi told Reuters. "The ban is part of government efforts to fight illegal emigration."
He gave no more details on the ban which would only apply for land borders, ports and airports in eastern Libya where the internationally recognised government is in the control.
Western Libya, the main launch pad for smugglers sending boatloads of migrants towards Italian shores, is controlled by a rival government set up after an armed group seized Tripoli in August.
Refugees rescued off Mexican coast to be returned to Cuba
Mexico's navy took two rafts packed with Cuban migrants into custody off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula Sunday.
Ten migrants aboard a wooden raft told authorities who found them about 12 nautical miles north of Puerto Progreso that they'd set sail 16 days ago from Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, the navy said.
In a separate instance, another group of 13 migrants were rescued after a fishing vessel spotted a raft floating about 133 nautical miles north of the port.
The men received food and medical attention and were turned over to Mexico's National Migration Institute, which will communicate with Cuban consular authorities to coordinate their return to Cuba, officials said.
In recent years, Cuban migrants seeking alternate travel routes have increasingly sailed toward Mexico on their journeys toward the United States, according to a report from the U.S. Congressional Research Service.
Hiring a smuggler to travel to Mexico can be more effective and easier than taking a boat ride to Miami, Marc Rosenblum of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute told The Arizona Daily Star this month.
What does Australia want its reputation to be throughout South East Asia and the Pacific?
(Bear in mind the author's crticism is valid in this instance, but her adherence to the "Responsibility To Protect Doctrine" is nothing more than an excuse for US military action.)
Bystanders to Genocide [The Atlantic - September 2001]:
... In March of 1998, on a visit to Rwanda, President Clinton issued what would later be known as the "Clinton apology," which was actually a carefully hedged acknowledgment. He spoke to the crowd assembled on the tarmac at Kigali Airport:
"We come here today partly in recognition of the fact that we in the United States and the world community did not do as much as we could have and should have done to try to limit what occurred" in Rwanda.
This implied that the United States had done a good deal but not quite enough. In reality the United States did much more than fail to send troops. It led a successful effort to remove most of the UN peacekeepers who were already in Rwanda. It aggressively worked to block the subsequent authorization of UN reinforcements. It refused to use its technology to jam radio broadcasts that were a crucial instrument in the coordination and perpetuation of the genocide. And even as, on average, 8,000 Rwandans were being butchered each day, U.S. officials shunned the term "genocide," for fear of being obliged to act. The United States in fact did virtually nothing "to try to limit what occurred." Indeed, staying out of Rwanda was an explicit U.S. policy objective. ...
Where are you Senator Di Natale?
How many more genocides must Australia idly ignore?
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:
Adopted by Resolution 260 (III) A of the U.N. General Assembly on 9 December 1948.
Entry into force: 12 January 1951.
The Contracting Parties,
Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 1946 that genocide is a crime under international law, contrary to the spirit and aims of the United Nations and condemned by the civilized world,
Recognizing that at all periods of history genocide has inflicted great losses on humanity, and
Being convinced that, in order to liberate mankind from such an odious scourge, international co-operation is required,
Hereby agree as hereinafter provided:
Article I: The Contracting Parties confirm that genocide, whether committed in time of peace or in time of war, is a crime under international law which they undertake to prevent and to punish.
Article II: In the present Convention, genocide
means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in
part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.
Article III: The following acts shall be punishable:
(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;
(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;
(d) Attempt to commit genocide;
(e) Complicity in genocide.
"These are not people who are making choices. They are being forced out of their country."
Amy Smith, Fortify Rights [Zee News - 17/5/15]
Al Jazeera [VIDEO - 17/5/15]:
A boat filled with around 380 men, women and children from Western Myanmar and Bangladesh was found off the coast of Sathun Province, Thailand, last week. Those on board say the ship's traffickers and captain escaped, leaving them without food or water.
From a neighbouring vessel, Al Jazeera spoke to some of the Rohingya migrants on board.
Abul Bakaa, one of the passengers, says that people were starving and suffering from diarrhea and were dying because they did not have food to eat or clean water.
"Yesterday one man jumped off the boat and drowned because he went crazy. At least ten people have jumped ship. One died while some of the others made it to nearby fishing boats," Bakaa shouted from the crowded vessel.
Many aboard said they wanted to go to Malaysia where their family members were.
Another migrant told Al Jazeera she boarded the boat because she had nowhere else to go.
"I don’t have a home or anything left," she says.
"The Rakhine killed my mother and my relatives. The people in the village said they were going to Malaysia, so I made the decision to follow them."
Al Jazeera's Veronica Pedrosa reports.
Jakarta Globe [17/5/15]:
Piecing together what happened to the migrants after that is difficult to establish because of contradictory accounts from Thai officials and near-total silence from Malaysia.
On Saturday, Reuters journalists in a speedboat spotted the boat tethered to the side of a Thai navy patrol vessel. The boat’s engine was running and it was being dragged southwest across the Malacca Strait toward Indonesia’s Aceh province.
As the Reuters team pulled alongside the migrants’ boat, hundreds of rake-thin migrants could be seen huddling shoulder-to-shoulder on the deck, sheltering from the harsh sun with whatever they could find, including the torn-up boxes of food handed to them by the Thai navy earlier.
Men shouted from the boat, but could not be heard above the din of the engines. Women and children stared out and cried.
As Thai sailors yelled “Go away! Go, go!” at the journalists, the migrants’ boat was released, and it again arced under its own power back toward Malaysia, where two Malaysian vessels were seen intercepting it.
18 May 2015