Two killed in separate shootings in Kabul [TOLO News - 18/11/15]





Germany to send more troops to Afghanistan [TOLO News - 18/11/15]





Pakistan needs to take all necessary measures to end "rampant police harassment, threats and violence against Afghans living in Pakistan", Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday in a new report. ... [TOLO News - 18/11/15]






The Filmmakers Union of Afghanistan has formally protested regarding the disqualification of an Afghan film ‘Utopia’ from Oscars foreign-language race.

The protest was reportedly lodged by Jawanshir Haidary, the head of the Filmmakers Union of Afghanistan by sending a letter to the Academy.

‘Utopia’ was disqualified after the academy found that the film was containing too much English and was therefore not qualifying for the Oscar foreign-language race. ... [Khaama - 18/11/15]






Israeli forces early Wednesday launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, damaging infrastructure belonging to Hamas' military wing, locals said.

Local sources told Ma’an that the strikes targeted two locations in western Gaza City used for training by Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, causing material damages to nearby homes. ... [Maan - 18/11/15]





Israeli forces detain 14-year-old for allegedly carrying knife [Maan - 18/11/15]





Palestinian killed in gunfight with Israeli forces near Ramallah [Maan - 17/11/15]





Special Event: “Battle for Zionism at United Nations” [11/11/15]:



Attendees at the special event entitled, “The Battle for Zionism at the United Nations”, organized by the Permanent Mission of Israel.

From left: Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel; Isaac Herzog, Leader of the Zionist Union opposition party of Israel; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; United States Secretary of State John Kerry; Samantha Power, United States Permanent Representative to the UN.





A blast struck a market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Yola on Tuesday evening, killing 32 people and wounding 80 others, both the Red Cross and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said.

The explosion occurred at a fruit and vegetable market beside a main road in the Jimeta area of Adamawa's state capital around 8pm (1900 GMT). ... [Reuters - 18/11/15]





Nigerian troops were denied weapons to fight Boko Haram and thousands of lives were lost because of rampant fraud in the procurement process, President Muhammadu Buhari has alleged.

Buhari ordered anyone involved in corrupt multi-billion dollar deals for weapons and equipment to be “brought to book” after receiving a report from a committee set up to probe the issue.

“The findings made so far are extremely worrying considering that the interventions were granted within the same period that our troops fighting the insurgency in the northeast were in desperate need of platforms, military equipment and ammunition,” he said late Tuesday. ... [Vanguard - 18/11/15]





Over 500,000 children face malnutrition in Yemen: UNICEF [Middle East Eye - 17/11/15]





The top UN relief official in the Central African Republic (CAR) has condemned repeated and deadly attacks that took place last week on sites for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the towns of Batangafo and Bambari.

The sudden eruption of inter communal violence in Batangafo, Ouham Province last Tuesday left at least 10 people killed and several injured.

Over 730 shelters were burned in the IDP site hosting over 30,000 people, which is currently the largest site in the country.

Meanwhile in Bambari, Ouaka Province, the renewed violence left three people killed, more than 30 injured and newly displaced people. ... [Media Release - 17/11/15]







Russia hits 206 ISIS targets in Syria after confirming bomb downed passenger plane over Sinai [RT - 18/11/15]





President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received a letter from U.S. Senator for the State of Virginia Richard Black a letter in which he said “I was pleased by the Russians’ intervention against the armies invading Syria. With their support, the Syrian Army has made dramatic strides against the terrorists.” ... [SANA - 17/11/15]




United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [17/11/15]:


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

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted six strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings, an ISIL sniper position, an ISIL machine gun position and four ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Abu Kamal, one strike struck an ISIL gas and oil separation point.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, three strikes struck three ISIL controlled oil facilities.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Kirkuk, one strike suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.

-- Near Kisik, five strikes struck three separate tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL light machine gun and suppressed three ISIL machine gun positions.

-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL sniper positions, four ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL artillery position and two ISIL-used roads and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL headquarters and two ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and suppressed an ISIL machine gun position.








Several mosques were vandalized and a number of suspected hate crimes targeting Muslims were carried out after dozens of United States governors announced they would not accept Syrian refugees in their states.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a civil rights organisation, said on Tuesday that it has documented recent "vandalism, threats and hate [incidents]" in Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ohio and New York, among other states. ... [Tasnim - 18/11/15]





There is no military solution: Could ISIL be strengthened by US, French, Russian bombing? [Democracy Now - 17/11/15]:

France and Russia have staged a series of new airstrikes on the Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Russia announced earlier today it would intensify strikes in Syria after the Russian intelligence service said it had found conclusive proof that a bomb had brought down the Metrojet airliner in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people on board last month.

The United States has also vowed to intensify strikes in Syria and to step up their exchange of intelligence on potential targets with France.

We speak with longtime journalist Abdel Bari Atwan about how the bombings could backfire and help grow the Islamic State.



How western militarists are playing into the hands of ISIS [Alternet – 16/11/15]





Jeremy Corbyn's close ally Ken Livingstone has been put in joint charge of a review to help decide Labour's position on Trident.

The former London mayor, a long-time opponent of the nuclear deterrent, is to co-convene the party's policy commission on defence issues alongside shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle. ... [Yahoo - 17/11/15]






@Refugees_Gr [18/11/15]:   NoBorders Retweeted PROACTIVA OPEN ARMS 18/11 A difficult night on rescue at #Lesvos #Greece Watch video






"Pray for peace"  ‏@Refugees_Gr:   Children at #Kos EPAL (technical school) #Greece #ParisAttacks #refugeesGr (9 refugees drowned at Kos yesterday)






After Paris attacks, refugees should not be turned into scapegoats [UNHCR Media Release - 17/11/15]






A U.S. lawmaker introduced a bill aiming to toughen the vetting process for refugees seeking to enter the United States as Republican leaders in Congress sought to block Syrians fleeing war in their country. ... [Reuters - 18/11/15]






Members of the Democracy Movement held a rally Tuesday across from the Nicaraguan consulate [Miami], demanding to know why Nicaragua used its military to attack and drive back a group of Cuban migrants trying to enter the country from Costa Rica.

"We don't know yet (why the Cubans were stopped)," Democracy Movement leader Ramon Raul Sanchez told Local 10 News.

"Nicaragua knows that these Cubans go through there every day, and suddenly, they took this approach of sending the Army against civilians -- unarmed civilians -- so we don't know."

Costa Rica has welcomed Cuban migrants on their way to the U.S.

There has been a tsunami of them fleeing Cuba out of fear that the Cuban Adjustment Act will be repealed, and thus the legal authority to enter the U.S. and stay. ... [Local 10 - 17/11/15]








Cuba blames US for instigating surge of migrants from island [Yahoo - 17/11/15]:



... More than 45,000 Cubans arrived at U.S. checkpoints along the border between Texas and Mexico in the fiscal year that ended in September.

Many migrants from the island fear that the reestablishment of diplomatic ties between Washington and Havana may bring an end to the "wet-foot, dry foot" policy permitting most Cuban migrants to stay.

Those who flee Cuba on raft and are caught by the U.S. Coast Guard at sea are usually returned. U.S. officials have stated they do not have any intention of changing current immigration policy toward Cuba.

The U.S. and Cuba have held regular meetings on migration accords since the 1990s. ...





A UN agency protested Thailand's deportation of two registered refugees to China on Wednesday, saying they should not have been sent back to a country where their lives could be in danger.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees agency said the two individuals were in possession of a UN "protection letter".

They were waiting to go to Canada, having been accepted as refugees, at the time of their arrest by Thai authorities.

"These people are recognised refugees, meaning they were interviewed and their claim of persecution was found to be legitimate," Vivian Tan, regional spokeswoman for UNHCR, told Reuters. ... [Bangkok Post - 18/11/15]





Malaysian hostage beheaded in Philippines [The Star - 17/11/15]







Bangladesh's highest court has cleared the way for the government to execute two senior opposition politicians convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s independence war in 1971.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court dismissed elemency petition filed by Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Hasan Mohammed Mujahid both of whom had requested the court to overturn its earlier decisions upholding the death penalty originally imposed by the International Crimes Tribunal.

The Tribunal, established in 2010, has so far convicted 24 people of crimes against humanity and genocide during the nine month war which resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of people, with the government claiming as many as three million were killed. ... [Al Jazeera - 18/11/15]







US Ambassador to the UN (and genocide expert) to visit Sri Lanka to ensure ongoing pacification of Tamil population [Tamil Guardian - 17/11/15]





Myanmar to continue friendly policy toward China: Aung San Suu Kyi [Xinhua - 17/11/15]





Police have warrants for the arrest of 11 more suspects in the trafficking of 98 smuggled Rohingya migrants intercepted in Hua Sai district in January. ... [Bangkok Post - 18/11/15]





Southeast Asia: Refugee crisis and freedom of expression must be tackled at ASEAN Summit [Amnesty - 16/11/15]






Canada doesn't have refugee concentration camps.


Canada is accepting 25,000 refugees.



We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped. We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people. But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.



Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]





Evidently Canada has a functioning media and human rights establishment - who would never stand for lies such as "it's a deterrent" and/or "we stopped the boats".




Trudeau vows to ‘keep Canadians safe’ as he rebuffs concerns over plan to accept 25,000 Syrian refugees [National Post - 17/11/15]




Canadian Council for Refugees Media Release [17/11/15]:



The CCR joins in the global outrage at the recent mass murders in Paris and Beirut.

The loss of life and shattering of our sense of security connects us to the daily death and destruction in Syria and in other countries at war.

We hope that Canadians will remember that Syrian refugees are victims of this violence and will redouble their commitment to welcome them in Canada.




Nauru police ignore savage assault as asylum seeker flown to Australia for urgent treatment




Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [18/11/15]:

Reza, an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, has been flown to Australia for urgent medical treatment for a broken jaw and facial injuries after a savage assault by a local bus driver.

The assault took place on Sunday, 15 November.

Reza was medivacced to Australia on Monday, 16 November.

The assault took place following a routine bus ride from the single men’s camp.

A group of around six asylum seekers began a sing-a-long in the bus, when the bus driver took offence and demanded that they stop the singing and clapping.

When the asylum seekers refused and argued with the driver, he drove to the central police station. The driver demanded that the police intervene. But the police refused after asking whether any of the passengers had any complaints. The asylum seekers on the bus insisted they were just ‘sharing the love’.

The Nauruan driver then drove a short distance from the police station, pulled Reza off the bus and delivered two punches, smashing his jaw, and eye, leaving him unconscious.

Reza was taken to the Nauru hospital and then to the IHMS clinic in the old detention centre.

On Monday morning, 16 November, Reza was flown to Australia for emergency treatment.

No action has been taken by the Nauruan police against the bus driver.

“The bus driver is readily identifiable; there is no shortage of witnesses, but so far the Nauruan police have done nothing to bring the attacker to account,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Just like the un-investigated sexual assaults, this is another instance of locals carrying out acts of violence against asylum seekers and refugees with impunity. The local police are completely unwilling to investigate or lay charges against local Nauruans.

“Rather than being protected, offshore processing has left refugees vulnerable to more acts of violence and abuse. Nauru must be closed.”






Now's the time to boycott companies that profit from detention [Guardian - 18/11/15]





Teachers and educators say close the camps, Welcome Refugees - 10 December 2015






Nauru MPs unsure if lawyers will get visas in time for hearings [RNZI - 17/11/15]:



Nauru's opposition MPs, fighting for their day in court, are still waiting to see whether their lawyers will be granted visas to enter the country.

Roland Kun has appealed the government's decision to cancel his visa, and ongoing procedural delays in the courts for five months have prevented him from visiting his family in New Zealand.

Three other MPs, Squire Jeremiah, Sprent Dabwido and Mathew Batsiua, were charged in connection with a June protest that the government says was a violent riot.

Three lawyers, David Lambourne, Jay Williams and Arthur Moses, have all been admitted to appear for the MPs, however the government has still not granted them visas to enter the country.

Mr Williams and Mr Moses have applied for the $4250 US dollar business visa, while Mr Lambourne, who is acting pro bono, has applied for a much cheaper Special Purpose Visa.

There are no lawyers on the island able to represent the MPs.

The next hearing is November the 23rd.

While Mr Kun's application for his own visa is in the courts, he has not been formally charged with any offence.






Australian of the Year Rosie Batty to be guest speaker at Blacktown White Ribbon breakfast [Blacktown Sun - 18/11/15]




Australian government must be held accountable [Amnesty - 11/11/15]:



Our elected officials should not be able to brush off evidence of abuse.

We call on the Prime Minister to do the right thing, and end the secrecy.

The time has come for a Royal Commission into Operation Sovereign Borders.

Only a Royal Commission, with the power to assess all the evidence, will uncover all the facts.


This public statement has been signed by the following media personalities, advocates and sector organisations:


Rosie Batty, Founder and Director - Luke Batty Foundation, Australian of the Year 2015




'Hope' is the thing with feathers—

That perches in the soul—

And sings the tune without the words—

And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—

And sore must be the storm—

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—

And on the strangest Sea—

Yet, never, in Extremity,

It asked a crumb—of Me.

Emily Dickinson





Peacock, Macintosh Island Park Surfers Paradise



Mojgan Shamsalipoor accepts Year 12 certificate from Darwin immigration concentration camp [Brisbane Times – 18/11/15]:


An Iranian girl seeking asylum in Brisbane will on Wednesday "accept" her Year 12 certificate from behind the bars of Darwin's Wickham Point immigration detention centre.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, now 21, will also receive a Rotary Award for her perseverance as a Yeronga State High School student – effectively while studying under armed guard – and where English is not the student's first language.

Ms Shamsalipoor hopes to become a midwife and tonight her Brisbane-based husband, Milad Jafari, will accept her Rotary award from Rotary Queensland.


New Zealand: Deportee bill passes under urgency [RNZI – 18/11/15]





Kelvin Davis calls for Kiwi detainees to return to marae [Maori Television - 17/11/15]





... The ability of both the New Zealand and Australian governments to churn out sound bites to justify the abuse of human rights is staggering.


 If their visa is ultimately denied then by all means deport them, but if Australia really feels it has to detain them, then they just need to do it in a way where human rights abuses don’t occur.

In decades to come when Australia’s human rights abuses in Detention Centres comes under scrutiny, the architects of the flawed policy will say they did it in Australia’s best interests.

Those that implemented the policy and those on the ground that perpetuated the abuse will put their hands on their hearts and swear, “I was just following orders.”

Where have we heard that before?  Stories of the detained, Kelvin Davis [Radio Live - 17/11/15]






An intoxicated passenger had to be restrained after attempting to open an exit door on a flight from London to Boston, authorities said Tuesday.

Massachusetts State Police met British Airways Flight 213 upon arrival at Logan Airport to take the passenger, identified as a woman in her 30s, into custody, police said. ... [USA Today - 17/11/15]




Four dead, fears for two more in bushfires near Esperance in Western Australia [ABC - 18/11/15]






Resource companies could face increased fines and be banned from using certain chemicals under recommendations contained in a wide-ranging West Australian report into the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing.

The report, by an Upper House parliamentary committee, made 12 recommendations to beef up the regulation of the industry but conservationists say they do not go far enough. ... [ABC - 17/11/15]






Despite the intelligence community’s attempts to blame NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for the tragic attacks in Paris on Friday, the NSA’s mass surveillance programs do not have a track record — before or after Snowden — of identifying or thwarting actual large-scale terrorist plots. ... [The Intercept - 18/11/15]








Inquest to examine whether security agencies could have predicted Lindt cafe siege  [West Australian - 18/11/15]








Media remind Australians that police now shoot to kill [ABC - 17/11/15]








Australia must ensure that its opposition to the death penalty is consistently reflected across all its laws, policies and practices, the Human Rights Law Centre has told the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade’s Human Rights Sub-Committee.

The Sub-Committee is currently inquiring into Australia’s advocacy for abolition of the death penalty. ... [HRLC Media Release - 17/11/15]








Operation involving soldier on the loose at Darwin Army barracks resolved, NT police say [ABC - 18/11/15]








A Victorian police detective who accessed child pornography to escape from the stresses of work has been spared jail.

The 53-year-old, who was based at a police station in a Melbourne suburb, was found in possession of 142 images and 28 films depicting children engaging in sexual activity or in an indecent sexual manner when investigators searched his home in March last year. ... [The Age - 17/11/15]







Soldier accused of raping intoxicated female colleague after event at Robertson Barracks in Darwin [ABC - 16/11/15]







Supreme Court to hear "radicalised" Melbourne teenager's thought crime case [West Australian - 18/11/15]








ALP support LNP proposal to saturate what remains of Australian media diversity with stupefying Murdoch hate propaganda [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/11/15]




Trans-Pacific-Partnership - Final Texts


WikiLeaks [16/11/15]:



On 16 November 2015, WikiLeaks releases a searchable and highlightable text of the agreed version of the Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) Agreement.

The text of the Agreement was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by chapter below.

The text will continue to undergo legal review and will be translated into French and Spanish language versions prior to signature.

Any officially released updates to these documents will be included here as they become available.

You can search throughout all of the documents via WikiLeaks Advanced Search

You can also select text in the HTML document and use the e-Highlighter in the lower right of the screen to generate a URL to share your highlights with others.






The most brazen corporate power grab in American history [VIDEO - teleSUR - 16/11/15]:



In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges and organizer Kevin Zeese break down the terms of the Trans­Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The two deconstruct how the TPP and other associated trade deals like TiSA and TTIP, if approved, will lead to the irreversible privatization of public services, the dismantling of people’s judiciary rights, and the further corporatization of pharmaceuticals, labor, and natural resources.

Zeese highlights the importance of direct action in combatting these injustices, specifically detailing upcoming demonstrations he has organized with PopularResistance






Late in September, Mark Zuckerberg was pictured hugging India prime minister Narendra Modi at Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters. 

About the same time, on the other side of the world in Modi’s India, a Hindu lynch mob broke into a local Muslim family’s home and bludgeoned to death 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq by smashing in his skull, and then dragged him through the streets of Bisara, a village just 30 miles north of the capital New Delhi.

The mob also bashed in his 22-year-old son’s head, leaving him in a coma with severe brain damage, and sexually assaulted the dead man’s daughter. ... [Pando - 17/11/15]






At least 11 people were killed and more than 100 hundred injured on Tuesday when a train derailed in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province, administration and railway officials said.

The accident occurred near Quetta city, the provincial capital, after the train’s brakes failed as it sped down the side of a mountain, officials told AFP. ... [New Straits Times - 17/11/15]





Iran's army conducted exercises Tuesday close to its border with Afghanistan designed to simulate how it would respond if "terrorist groups" such as the ISIS organisation mounted an attack.

The operation in the northeastern province of Khorasan came a day after a military commander said ISIS would be "neutralized" if it breached a 40 kilometer (25 mile) zone approaching Iran's borders. ... [Daily Star - 17/11/15]





Turkey confirms it cancels $3.4 billion defense system tender awarded to China [Daily Star – 17/11/15]





Israel's France-bashing [Middle East Eye - 17/11/15]






18 November 2015