A man wearing a private security uniform wounded eight people in a knife attack on Saturday at a mall in central Minnesota before he was shot dead by an off-duty police officer, authorities said.

The man made references to Allah and asked at least one person if they were Muslim before he assaulted them at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, the city's Police Chief William Blair Anderson told reporters. ... [Reuters - 18/9/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 18/9/16]


Australian jets participated in massacre of Syrian soldiers in Deir Ezzor [Al Masdar – 18/9/16]



Australia to pass laws allowing ADF war crimes against Iraqi and Syrian civilians [Reuters - 31/8/16]



‏@WilkieMP [18/9/16]:  Oz should not have invaded or stayed in the Middle East. Howard, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott, Turnbull all have blood on their hands. AW ...



Turkey's state-run news agency says 137 migrants have been stopped trying to cross from Turkey's Aegean coastline to the Greek islands.

Anadolu said Sunday that 95 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq had tried to reach Lesbos and Chios aboard three boats.

The remaining 42 migrants, including women and children, were picked up trying to make it to Kos. ... [Yahoo - 18/9/16]



‏@CSurNoticias [18/9/16]:  Rescatados diez inmigrantes en Tarifa. ...




Day 183 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@elahe_zivardar [18/9/16]




"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏@elahe_zivardar [17/9/16]:  From children in Nauru ...



Peter "protected and unaccountable" Dutton free to continue spewing lies, unbothered by "opposition", media, or human rights organisations [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/9/16]


On solidarity with Standing Rock, executive clemency and the international indigenous struggle [Counterpunch - 16/9/16]


Two US states declare state of emergency after gas pipeline leaks 250,000 gallons [ANTIMEDIA - 16/9/16]


‏@wikileaks [17/9/16]:  Background to our latest secret #TiSA trade deal release. Read the documents ...


Protests against Canada-EU trade deal held across Germany [Global National - 17/9/16]:


Demonstrators took to the streets of Berlin and six other German cities Saturday to voice their displeasure with pending trade deals, one between the European Union and Canada and another with the U.S.

Their message from the streets: “Das ist schlecht fur Deutschland (This is bad for Germany).”

The treaties they’re concerned with are the yet-to-be ratified EU pact with Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the EU’s Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal with the U.S. that is still being negotiated. ...


On this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges sits down with economist Mark Blyth to discuss the detrimental ramifications of austerity programs following the 2008 financial crisis.

Professor Blyth, author of “Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea” addresses the political effects of the spending cuts and considers why the elites will not take responsibility for the fallout. ... [RT - 10/9/16]


India blames Pakistan for Kashmir attack that kills 17 soldiers [Reuters - 18/9/16]


Thousands of demonstrators have defied a curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir to attend the funeral of a schoolboy whose body was found riddled with pellets.

Security forces fired tear gas shells on Saturday to disperse stone-throwing protesters, triggering more clashes in at least half a dozen places across Srinagar and southern parts of the Himalayan valley.

"Forces responded when large crowds defied restrictions. Many were injured on both sides during the clashes that followed," a local police officer told AFP news agency on condition of anonymity.

Another police official said nearly 100 people, mostly protesters, had been wounded in the latest demonstrations.

Eleven-year-old Nasir Shafi's body was found late on Friday on the outskirts of the main city of Srinagar after security forces used pellet guns to break up protesting crowds - despite the government vowing to replace the controversial weapons. ... [Al Jazeera - 17/9/16]


Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unchallenged [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/9/16]:

An Afghan refugee sent [exiled] to Nauru by the Australian government remains on the Pacific island nearly three weeks after a doctor advised he needed to be urgently evacuated to treat a potentially fatal heart condition.

The 42-year-old man, known by the pseudonym Abdullah, was taken to the Nauru Hospital on August 29 after suffering severe pain in his chest and numbness in his left arm.

Abdullah said the pain had him writhing "like a snake" on his bed in his home, a converted shipping container, before he was taken to hospital by ambulance.

He was told he needed to be flown to Australia or Papua New Guinea for treatment, but discharged himself because there was no one else to care for his sons, aged 12 and 13.

One of his sons has mental health problems and a history of self-harm.

The children's mother died before Abdullah and his children travelled to Christmas Island and were transferred to Nauru in 2013.

Abdullah said he also chose to leave the hospital because he found the conditions intolerable.

He slept in a corridor because of an overwhelming smell in a room he was sharing with another man.

After initially being told he would have to leave his children on Nauru if he was flown for treatment, he was later assured they could travel with him.

That was about two weeks ago.

He last saw a doctor two days ago.

"I am still waiting," he said.


Abdullah said that he was encouraged by officials based in Nauru to write a will leaving his children in the care of the Nauruan government in the event of his death, but refused.

The will he signed said he wanted his children to be raised in Australia. ...

 ‏@EjimDike - Executive Director US Human Rights Network [17/9/16]:  Children at Berks Family Detention ask UN experts to help free them. Migration is a humanright! #PhillyHumanRights ...

‏@EjimDike [17/9/16]:  We ask UN 2 demand that US and Cambodian govts suspend the repatriation agreement! ...

‏@EjimDike [17/9/16]:  Cambodian History. Forced 2 migrate in 80s by US war. No support. Detained & deported 2dy. ...

A hundred people rallied in Minneapolis Sept. 14, calling for a stop to the deportation of several Twin Cities-area Cambodian (Khmer) refugees who have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).


They have U.S. legal residency, but due to punitive immigration laws passed in 1996 and an agreement between the U.S. and Cambodia in 2002 in the aftermath of 9/11, they are now subject to deportation because of felonies in their distant past for which they have already been punished. ... [Fight Back News - 16/9/16]

Lebanese Labor Minister says talks with Syrian government needed to address refugee crisis [Naharnet - 17/9/16]

Thirty-two years ago on 16 September 1982, the Lebanese Christian Phalange Party militia entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in Beirut.

Israeli forces occupied the surrounding city and allowed the militia’s entry into the camp.

Over the following three days, at least 800 civilians were massacred as Israeli-manned checkpoints turned back fleeing Palestinians and Israeli troops fired flares to illuminate the camp at night. ... [Instititue for Palestine Studies]

Norman Finkelstein on Gaza two years on and Israeli/Palestine peace talks [RT - 17/9/16]

Ghassan Hage: If I speak at your conference, conservatives will be upset, liberals will congratulate themselves, and the colonised won’t be helped [Mondoweiss - 17/9/16]

Turkish soldiers, Kurdish militants killed in violence in Turkey's southeast [Reuters - 17/9/16]:

... In Sirnak province bordering Iraq, several Turkish attack helicopters bombed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets near Cudi and Gabar mountains in support of land troops carrying out operations in the area. ...

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met today with his Turkish counterpart on efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ahead of a NATO Military Committee conference here tomorrow. ... [US Department of Defense - 16/9/16]

Pro-Erdogan Turkish newspaper says dead US soldiers were terrorists, not heroes [Sputnik News - 17/9/16]

Turkish woman attacked by K-9 police dog at JFK airport will sue officers [Daily Sabah - 17/9/16]

Kurdish party calls for release of senior politician in Turkey [ARA News - 18/9/16]

More than a third of all Saudi-led coalition air strikes in Yemen have hit civilian, sites according to a report on Friday. ... [Middle East Eye - 16/9/16]

"ISIS militant" killed in Kunar airstrike, Afghan MoD says [Khaama - 17/9/16]:

... It is yet not clear if the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force or the US forces based in Afghanistan.

Earlier, at least 8 loyalists of the terror group were killed in a similar airstrike conducted in Shegal district of Kunar province. ...

Four policemen were killed on Friday in Kapisa province after a roadside IED was detonated remotely, officials said Saturday. ... [TOLO News - 17/9/16]

Taliban's Zabul commander killed in clash [TOLO News - 17/9/16]:

... Meanwhile in a separate clash between Taliban and security forces in Paktia, Haqqani network's local commander Qari Naqib was also reportedly killed and one other was wounded. ...

It is estimated that at least two million Afghan children are working, of which at least 1.2 million are doing hard labor.

According to the ministry of labor and social affairs, a number of these children are hired by gangs, removed from school, and put to work. ... [TOLO News - 17/9/16]

Some people in southwestern Nimroz province, who have been deported from neighbouring Iran, have to beg on roads and streets for survival.

Shamsuddin, a resident of Farah province who was expelled by Iranian authorities, said being penniless had to beg for transport ticket to his hometown.

Some months earlier, he had illegally entered Iran for work.

The 35-year-old, sitting at the side of the road, asked people for money.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News: “I had borrowed 20,000 afghanis and paid that to an agent to take me to Iran.

“We walked for 11 days and faced immense problems before reaching Iran.”

After three months, he was caught by Iranian authorities and deported to Afghanistan. ... [Pajhwok - 17/9/16]

Central African Republic rebels kill 26 villagers: presidential spokesman [Reuters - 17/9/16]

Al Shabaab attacks Somali town near Kenyan border, kill seven troops [Reuters – 17/9/16]

Gunman identified in West Philadelphia rampage that left 6 shot, including 1 woman fatally and 2 police officers [NBC - 17/9/16]:

... Glenn, 25, allegedly mentioned his parole officer in the letter that police found after shooting him dead in an alley near 48th and Sansom streets.

Ross [Philadelphia Police Commissioner] said he has no apparent ties to any larger organization. ...

An armed suspect was taken into custody Saturday morning after he barricaded himself inside an Amtrak train car for hours in Chatsworth.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in the Special Enforcement Bureau deployed tear gas into the train car the suspect was in and were able to take him in without further incident. ... [ABC 7 - 17/9/16]

At least 25 injured in Manhattan explosion [New York Times - 17/9/16]:

... Mr. Johnson [city councilman] said the blast happened outside Associated Blind Housing, a 14-story building with 210 units for residents who are blind or visually impaired. ...

An explosion that went off in a garbage can Saturday morning in a New Jersey beach town likely was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run, authorities said.

Three pipe-bomb-type devices wired together were found near the boardwalk in Seaside Park.

No injuries were reported and a four-block area was evacuated for most of the day, authorities said. ... [CNN - 17/9/16]


NATO Chiefs of Defence translate Warsaw Summit political decisions into strategic military guidance [Media Release - 17/9/16]


‏@NATO [14/9/16]:  1,500 military personnel from 16 NATO Allies and partners train their Joint Terminal Attack Controllers

Media outraged after Trump tricks them to cover endorsements from military heroes [Daily Caller – 16/9/16]:


The media showed up to the presidential ballroom of the new Trump International Hotel on Friday morning expecting Donald Trump to take questions about whether he still questions President Obama’s birthplace.

Instead, they got more than a half hour of a variety of military heroes — generals, medal of honor recipients and a gold star wife — expressing support for the Republican nominee.

And it all aired live on the cable news networks.


At the very end of the campaign event, Trump finally addressed the topic the media was there to hear. “Hillary Clinton and her campaign of 2008 started the birther controversy. I finished it.”

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” Trump said.

“Period. Now we all want to get back to making America strong again.” ...


US defends IS — Russian Foreign Ministry [TASS - 18/9/16]


Army and Armed Forces units managed to recover control over all the areas it had lost control over earlier due to American aircraft attack on army positions in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport. ... [SANA - 17/9/16]


US-led coalition aircraft strike Syrian army positions, kill 62 soldiers – military [RT - 17/9/16]:


US-led coalition jets have bombed Syrian government forces’ positions near the eastern city of Deir ez-Zor, killing 62 troops and "paving the way" for Islamic State militants, the Syrian Army General Command told the state television.

The bombing took place on al-Tharda Mountain in the region of Deir ez-Zor and caused casualties and destruction on the ground, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported on Saturday.

Sixty-two Syrian soldiers were killed and over 100 injured in the airstrike by the US-led coalition, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said, citing information received from the Syrian General Command.

The Russian Defense Ministry said that the aircraft which carried out the bombings had entered Syrian airspace from the territory of Iraq.  ...


... SANA reporter in Quneitra said that the Israeli enemy attacked a position in the surroundings of Khan Arnaba town in Quneitra countryside within the framework of its direct support to the Takfiri terrorist organizations that commit massacres and crimes against locals in Quneitra countryside.

On September 13th, at 01:00 AM, the Syrian Air Defense Forces repelled the Israeli enemy’s air force that attacked a Syrian military position in Quneitra countryside, shooting down an Israeli warplane to the southwest of Quneitra and an Israeli drone to the west of Sa’sa’ town in the southwestern countryside of Damascus.  [SANA - 17/9/16]


United States continue bombing everyone especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 17/9/16]



... May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift


May your heart always be joyful

And may your song always be sung ...


'Forever Young', Bob Dylan [1974]



‏@SavvasKarma [16/9/16]:  "Fascists killed the smiling guy" Today marks 3 years since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas.


Eleni Kriezi-Apostoli (Lena Karrer), the daughter of the legendary late Mayor of Zakynthos, Loukas Karrer, known for saving the Greek island’s Jews during the Holocaust, will visit Israel on September 18-21.

The visit is being organized by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... [Greek Reporter - 17/9/16]


Untangling the tale of a Jewish WWII orphan in Thessaloniki [Ekathimerini - 15/9/16]:


Just a few days before the mass deportations of Thessaloniki’s Jews to Nazi concentration camps began in the cold tail-end of winter 1943, many Jewish parents left their children in the care of the Aghios Stylianos Foundling Home for their protection. Unable to bear the separation, most took their children back; but some stayed.

One of them was David Barzilay, born on March 4, 10 days before the first death camp train left the northern port city.

What happened to the baby that was declared by the foundling home as being “of unknown parentage” and survived the Holocaust?

How many more Jewish families tried to save their children in this way and what kind of life did the youngsters go on to have afterward?

These and other such questions came to social anthropologist Aigli Brouskou’s mind as she studied the Aghios Stylianos archives for her book “Logo tis kriseos sas charizo to pedi mou” (Because of the Crisis I Give You My Child), published by the Scientific Society of Child and Adolescent Care.

The answers came later with painstaking research at three official archives, while the evidence pertaining to one particular case turned out to be very revealing: It allowed a name to be erased from the long list of Thessaloniki’s Holocaust victims; shed light on fabricated records; allowed the survivor to rewrite his autobiography; and exposed the complex and often conflicting roles of those who saved lives during the Nazi occupation. ...


On Monday, the UN General Assembly will bring together member states for the first ever Summit on Refugees and Migrants.

An already-released draft declaration enshrining the outcomes promises a more coordinated, humane and responsive approach to people on the move.

However, its lofty aims are contradicted by the practices of many of the states that will participate in New York. ... [Al Arabiya - 17/9/16]


UN/Obama "Refugee Summit" set to to erode Refugee Convention even further [IRIN - 12/9/16]:


... “There’s quite a lot of language about protecting the rights of migrants regardless of status, but it’s not clear what that will mean in practice,” said Monami Maulik, advocacy coordinator with the Global Coalition on Migration.

Even well before the summit, GCM and other migrants rights groups appear to have largely switched their focus to the development of the “Migration Compact” over the next two years.

But it’s not yet clear who will lead this process.

There are concerns that the responsibility may be handed to the International Organization for Migration, which is to become a related organisation of the UN at the summit on the 19th. ...


The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



18 September 2016