"Only the Australian people can take us from here"  [Palm Sunday Rally]



@BehrouzBoochani [31/3/17]:  A dirty bloody company IHMS left #Manus forever. A new company, Paradise, will come tomorrow. Immigration just announced



Marble Framework [WikiLeaks - 31/3/17]



A peace activist attempted to put a Saudi general under citizen's arrest in London on Thursday for his part in the war in Yemen.

Major General Ahmad al-Asiri is an adviser in the Saudi defence ministry, and a spokesman for the now two-year-long war against the Houthi movement in Yemen, which has claimed at least 10,000 lives and devastated the country. 

He is in London to speak at the European Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank. ... [Middle East Eye - 30/3/17]



Bomb near mosque in northwest Pakistan kills at least 22, wounds dozens [Reuters - 31/3/17]



At least ten insurgents were killed in an airstrike conducted in the southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of the provincial capital Tarinkot targeting a group of insurgents.

MoD further added that twelve insurgents were also wounded and two vehicles along with a motorcycle in the custody of the militants were destroyed.

In the meantime, MoD said at least 18 militants were killed during a separate operation conducted in Nish district of Kandahar province.

According to MoD, a local leader of the group identified as Rahmatullah was also among those killed. ... [Khaama - 31/3/17]



"27 ISIS militants" killed in Afghan commandos operations and airstrikes [Khaama - 30/3/17]



Objecting to “exclusion” of the Kurdish question by the Syrian opposition High Negotiation Committee (HNC) in the Geneva peace talks, the Kurdish delegation has announced the suspension of its participation in a statement released Thursday evening. ... [RUDAW - 30/3/17]



In major US shift, Tillerson says Assad’s future up to Syrian people [Antiwar - 30/3/17]



An RT crew has gained access to the strategic Tabqa dam, partially recaptured by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces with the help of US troops who were deployed to Syria to “train, advise and assist” but who were spotted just miles away from Raqqa frontline.

While exploring the northern side of the SDF-controlled part of the Tabqa dam, the RT crew – which became the first international news channel to film there – managed to catch a glimpse of US soldiers embedded with the Wrath of Euphrates operation. ... [RT - 31/3/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 30/3/17]



Pentagon has video proving Mosul buildings were full of civilians [Antiwar.com - 30/3/17]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [30/3/17]:


Nineveh: Press sources :"15"civilians at least were killed as shelling targeted their homes in Mishahda neighborhood in the old Mosul.


Nineveh: Press sources:Around 100 bodies of civilians in "Rajim Al-Hadid" area who were killed by US bombing last week are still under rubble ,and the government forces have prevented the journalists and relief organizations of preventing the neighborhood.



‘Wherever we went, we got bombed’: Mosul refugees slam Iraqi and US anti-ISIS offensive [RT - 30/3/17]



Greek police say they have freed 23 migrants held captive by smugglers until their relatives paid a fee for smuggling the men into Greece from neighboring Turkey.

Police said Thursday that the 21 Pakistani and two Bangladeshi men were in good health despite being imprisoned for a week in a Roma camp near the northern city of Thessaloniki. 

One of their alleged captors, a 26-year-old Greek, was arrested. ... [Ekathimerini - 30/3/17]



A group of strawberry pickers from Bangladesh have won a case against Greece at Europe’s highest human rights court, after being shot at by employers for demanding unpaid wages.

The Council of Europe’s Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday in favor of 42 Bangladeshi nationals, and ordered the Greek state to pay them damages of 12,000-16,000 euros ($13,000-$17,000) each for having “failed in its obligations to prevent the situation of human trafficking, to protect the victims.” ... [Ekathimerini - 30/3/17]



A memorial commemorating 1,484 Jews from Kavala who perished in Nazi death camps in World War II, was targeted by vandals on Wednesday night, local media reported. ... [Ekathimerini - 30/3/17]




A 47-year-old Imam in charge of running a mosque in the village of Iliopetra in Xanthi, northeastern Greece, was released without charge on Wednesday after being questioned by police in connection with the discovery of guns and ammunition at the prayer site. ... [Ekathimerini - 29/3/17]



Return to Turkey of 10 Syrian refugees 5 men, 1 woman and 4 children @AlbaFerrs [30/3/17]



@sol2refugees [30/3/17]:  The 1st #Deportation centre will be open soon in #Kos Island of #Greece. 60 to 70 refugees has been arrested today from the #hotspot of Kos.



A 29-year-old Syrian man was in critical condition on Thursday after dousing himself in flammable liquid and setting it alight at a refugee and migrant camp on the Aegean island of Chios.

According to the politischios.gr website, the 29-year-old had been in the camp for around a week after arriving in Greece by boat from Turkey.

Without giving any sign of what he intended to do, he poured a flammable liquid all over his body and set it alight with a lighter.

Police officers near the scene tried to extinguish the flames, which caused burns covering more than 85 percent of the man’s body according to local doctors who ordered that he be transferred to a specialized unit in Athens.

One officer sustained injuries to his face and hands during the effort and is also undergoing treatment.

Other refugees interviewed by politischios.gr said that the 29-year-old had been highly agitated ever since arriving at the camp and had protested his detention. [Ekathimerini - 30/3/17]



@trtworld [30/3/17]:  Italian Coast Guard vessel Dattilo heads to port in Sicily with 725 migrants rescued in 5 different Mediterranean operations Wed & Thu



Boat with 91 migrants, many children, runs aground in Cyprus [Reuters - 29/3/17]



More than 400 migrants mainly from the African continent were rescued by aid agencies after being found floating in a wooden boat off the coast of Libya on Wednesday, a Spanish aid organization said.

In the early morning hours the Italian coast guard notified the Spanish aid organization Proactiva Open Arms of a boat full of migrants drifting at sea north of Sabratha.

Proactiva's rescue boat, the 'Golfo Azzurro' and rescue vessels from two other aid organizations headed to the area.

The 17 meter wooden craft contained migrants mainly from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, and Gambia, as well as Bangladesh, the aid organization said, and included 16 women and two children. ... [NRT - 29/3/17]



Resistance is NOT futile.








... We were sold out for silver

And a string of black pearls

On the loneliest island

At the edge of the world ...


'Hold On To Me', The Black Sorrows [1988]



Australian media and human rights organisations still protecting Dutton's final solution to the ALP's anti-refugee policy [RNZI - 31/3/17]



"There are three different animals ruling the country: the speaker of parliament is a crocodile, the Prime Minister is a donkey, and the President is an animal that has yet to be discovered. #Jungle_Republic"

That's what Ahmad Amhaz posted on Facebook in February, which led to his arrest on 21 March.

He was detained for nine days and, though he was released on bail, he will still stand trial, and can face up to two years in prison.

No date has been scheduled yet, and like many other cases, this burden could linger for months or even years.

According to his father, who burst into tears while speaking to local media, Amhaz was frustrated over the lack of job opportunities, and the expensive healthcare that both his parents need. ... [Middle East Eye - 30/3/17]



IOM vultures prey on jailed Manus asylum seekers [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 6/2/15]



... The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,

And famine grew, and locusts came;

Great is the hand that holds dominion over

Man by a scribbled name. ...


Dylan Thomas



Signing the Strategic Partnership Framework with @IOM_news Director General William Lacy Swing  [Image:  ‏@PeterDutton_MP - 28/4/15]



Australian media and IOM declare mission accomplished as refugees rot in Indonesia [ABC - 17/11/16]



31 March 2017