Queensland Police have confirmed they are investigating allegations of an indecent assault of an athlete from a team visiting the Commonwealth Games.

Mauritius media reported it concerned an official in their nation's team, and the athlete was allegedly pressured not to report the matter until her return. ... [ABC - 3/4/18]



The flu outbreak comes as organisers investigate syringes found in the athletes village. ... [9 News - 2/4/18]



@GraffitiExpert [3/4/18]:  Dreamworld inquest: Tragedy captured on CCTV



Eddie Conway and David Correia, author of 'Police: A Field Guide', examine police propaganda that criminalises victims of police violence and works to halt any radical responses to it ... [TRNN - 3/4/18]



Hundreds of extra traffic police arrive on the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games [MYGC - 1/4/18]



"Witnesses reported seeing up to six police cars pursuing the stolen vehicle along Helensvale Road." [before it crashed, and one of the teenage occupants was hunted down by a police dog] [MYGC - 31/3/18]



Specialist police called in to negotiate with armed man on the Gold Coast [MYGC - 31/3/18]



A Byron Bay police officer has been blasted by the police watchdog for being too violent after he baton-struck a disoriented teenager more than 15 times.

The head of the independent Law Enforcement Conduct Commission, Michael Adams, criticised the officer’s violent use of force during a hearing in Sydney yesterday.

He questioned the number of blows delivered, along with officer E’s failure to consider his actions whilst he was striking the boy.

The officer’s motive appeared to be to inflict pain, he said. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 30/3/18]



@GraffitiExpert [3/4/18]:  First they came for the "African Gangs" 


The six police officers filmed brutally beating a mentally ill disability pensioner are still working, despite an IBAC investigation into their conduct.

In September 2017, the man’s psychologist called Triple-Zero over concerns for his deteriorating mental health, a Fairfax Media investigation has revealed.

What followed was an horrific ordeal, in part filmed by officers and captured in full on the man’s CCTV camera at his Preston home in Melbourne.

The vision, obtained by Fairfax Media, shows the vulnerable man pinned down in his own front yard by the six officers.

One officer can be seen pulling out a baton and repeatedly beating him on the leg.

"You f------ idiot," another officer can be heard saying, as he punches the already helpless man in the back.

"You like that?" he says, thrusting a can of pepper spray into his face. ...  



In the latest case of apparent brutality within Victoria's police force, new CCTV footage has emerged showing officers stomping on a suspect as he lies handcuffed and pinned to the ground in a Melbourne chemist.

The distressing footage shows the shirtless offender being hit and kicked repeatedly in the head by one police officer as another kneels on his torso.

The 2016 CCTV vision obtained by The Age shows the arrest of a 23-year-old Sudanese-born Melbourne man who was caught robbing a Preston chemist ... [9 News - 3/4/18]



West Australian police bring violence to another party [West Australian - 1/4/18]



Hundreds defy Burleigh drumming ban [Tweed Shire Echo - 3/4/18]:


... One person suggested on social media that Justins Park, named after a family of local shop owners who planted the Norfolk pines that are a feature of the area, be renamed The People’s Park or even Kombumerri Gathering Ground, after the Kombumerri Saltwater people, the original inhabitants of the Gold Coast who gathered here thousands of years before European settlement.

Critics pointed out the move against the drummers in the park is another attempt to 'clean up the Gold Coast' prior to the Commonwealth Games.

The Gold Coast has already seen homeless people pushed across the border into New South Wales as part of the spruce up. ...



@GraffitiExpert [31/3/18]:  There is more history to Schuster Park than dairy farming #GoldCoast



After three years studying one of the world’s oldest living cultures, researchers at the University of Newcastle (UNO) and the Western Sydney University (WSU) claim they have found evidence that all Indigenous languages come one from one ancestor: Proto-Australian.

The research suggests Proto-Australian was spoken prior to the first ice age, and that the current Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken throughout the country developed and spread only 12,000 years ago. ... [NITV - 28/3/18]



26 Aboriginal words and phrases that all Australian’s should know [Welcome to Country - 17/7/17]




Purling Brook Falls, Gold Coast hinterland



An Aboriginal woman gave birth alone in her cell at Bandyup women's prison in Perth, despite calls for help. ... [NITV - 3/4/18]



Aboriginal woman savagely tied up and dragged behind car in Sydney [Welcome to Country - 2/4/18]



Proposed FMG railway will destroy Aboriginal history which dates back to the Ice Age [NITV - 23/3/18]



Myer accused of racially profiling Aboriginal boy after security guards called at Perth store [ABC - 22/3/18]



The Israel Massacre Forces [Haaretz - 1/4/18]:


... If there was any concern, it was because soldiers couldn't celebrate the seder.

By nightfall the body count had reached at least 15, all of them by live fire, with more than 750 wounded. Tanks and sharpshooters against unarmed civilians.

That's called a massacre. There’s no other word for it. ... 

Comic relief was provided by the army spokesman, who announced in the evening: "A shooting attack was foiled. Two terrorists approached the fence and fired at our soldiers." This came after the 12th Palestinian fatality and who knows how many wounded.

Sharpshooters fired at hundreds of civilians but two Palestinians who dared return fire at the soldiers who were massacring them are "terrorists," their actions labeled "terror attacks" and their sentence - death. The lack of self-awareness has never sunk to such depths in the IDF.

As usual, the media lent its appalling support. After 15 deaths Or Heller on Channel 10 News declared that the most serious incident of the day had been the firing by the two Palestinians. Dan Margalit "saluted" the army.

Israel was brainwashed again and sat down to a festive meal in a spirit of self-satisfaction.

And then people recited "Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not," impressed by the spread of plagues and enthusing at the mass murder of babies (the killing of the first-born Egyptians, the 10th plague). ...



Will Israel pay a price for its latest Gaza massacre? [Electronic Intifada - 2/4/18]:


... The demand for an inquiry has however become the centerpiece of the official international response to the Israeli massacre.

Both the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the European Union have called for an international investigation.

These calls can be seen as cynical: they allow international officials to seem like they are taking a robust stance while avoiding any clear condemnation of Israel’s actions, as if what happened remains a mystery. ...



13-year-old Palestinian reefugee “leaves hell” of Israeli detention [Electronic Intifada - 2/4/18]:


... He was detained during a 10 December protest in Bethlehem against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to Abdel Raouf, at least 10 soldiers rushed the crowd of protesters and grabbed him.

"One of the soldiers threw me to the ground, and another began beating me on my legs," he told The Electronic Intifada.

"I couldn’t walk for a month because I felt so much pain in my leg from the beating."

Following his detention, the minor was brought to an interrogation facility in Israel's Gush Etzion settlement bloc.

Like all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Gush Etzion is illegal under international law.

Hours of interrogations with Israeli authorities followed, Abdel Raouf told The Electronic Intifada, as Israeli officials accused Abdel Raouf of throwing stones at Israeli forces during the protest.

It was five hours before his father was called and told his whereabouts.

Palestinian parents are frequently denied the right to accompany their children during interrogations conducted by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank. ...



@davidsheen [2/4/18]:  ... Today Netanyahu announced Israel signed a UN-brokered deal to deport ½ of its remaining African refugees starting now, & the other ½ starting in 5 years; but, pressured by his racist base to hasten the expulsion, he suspended the deal within hours



"Durable solution" is NOT freedom, protection or genuine resettlement. Read carefully. UNHCR have merely issued a weaselly worded statement officially declaring their complicity in Israel's anti-refugee policy [Media Release - 2/4/18]:


... "UNHCR appreciates the collaboration with the Government of Israel to find a way out for thousands of Eritreans and Sudanese. This agreement will ensure that protection is provided to those who need it," said Volker Türk, UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, who signed the agreement on behalf of UNHCR. ...



@GraffitiExpert [2/4/18]:  UNHCR will help Israel propagandise the trafficking of a tiny number of refugees to the West. UNHCR have form on this damage control for wealthy donor countries. See their endorsement (and IOM participation) in secretive #Manus #Nauru Aus-US "deal"  



Uganda to widen relief fraud investigation to UN staff, vows reforms [Reuters - 16/2/18]:


... The minister for relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, Hilary Onek, told a news conference: "We are investigating all, including the international community...whether there was connivance together with our staff."

Asked whether that covered the U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) and the U.N.'s refugee agency, known as UNHCR, he said: "All of them are going under scrutiny." ...



"These funds will go towards building a vocational training centre in Kyaka II refugee settlement in Uganda." More than $180,000 raised at 2017 Australia for UNHCR World Refugee Day Breakfast [Media Release - June 2017]




Australia for UNHCR National Director, Naomi Steer, led a small field mission to Uganda in August to visit some key field projects that Australia for UNHCR has initiated and funded. ... [Australia for UNHCR Field Mission - 2016]



UNHCR endorses Julia Gillard's failed proposal to traffick and exile refugees to Malaysia for slavery [ABC - 22/11/16]:


... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a regional solution. One of the countries the Government is in talks with currently is Malaysia. Malaysia hasn't signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Would you be comfortable with any deal involving that country?

VOLKER TURK [UNHCR]: Well, Malaysia has had a tradition of hosting refugees.

It's true they haven't signed the convention, but there are a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to access to the labour market, to ensure that one could negotiate a certain standard of treatment for people.

Obviously I am not privy to these negotiations. I've heard about it in the press.

There was a deal that was struck a couple of years ago and we thought that the deal was workable at the time. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [20/2/18]:  Welcome to prison: Chios authorities vote in favour of a refugee concentration camp following US Ambassador Geoffrey "fuck the EU" Pyatt's visit [May 2017] ...


... Ambassador Pyatt was briefed on migration issues on the island, and listened to residents' concerns.

The United States is the number one donor to UNHCR - donating more than $1.49 billion in 2016.

In fiscal year 2017, the United States also donated directly to NGOs addressing the needs of migrants and refugees in this region - $41.5 million to the UNHCR Europe Crisis Response, $2 million to the International Federation of the Red Cross in Greece, and $800,000 to ICRC in Greece. ...



Why is nobody following the money Europe spends in Greece? [Sea-Watch.org - 12/11/17]:


... What do you mean, the UNHCR does not provide people with basic needs?

Eric: I have so many stories to tell: Last winter, we had people in FlipFlops and shorts. One guy had a pink pair of tights, trying to keep warm.

And then you speak to Red Cross or UNHCR and they say: "They don’t want clothes". And you think: How is it they don’t want clothes? It‘s minus 5 degrees, it is freezing cold.

And when I offer them clothes, they come snatch it out of my hands. What’s the reality?

Philippa: One women who arrived in July lost her shoes on the way. She got to Moria, where the paths are full of gravel stone.

So she goes to the 'Eurorelief' facility and says that she has no shoes.

And they give her a piece of paper saying her clothing appointment is on the 19th of August – and that she should bring her medical papers.

Why do you have to show your medical papers to get a pair of shoes? This is supposed to be an aid organisation.

Why do they want access to your personal data to provide clothes?

Eric: We got a pair of shoes for her. But this is not the point. In winter, people had to wait for one month to get a blanket.

The actions of UNHCR and Red Cross are deliberate actions.

They are abusing refugees deliberately to stop others coming by boat.

Philippa: These are criminals. And no one is investigating. No one uncovers their criminality

I mean: Who is following the money Europe spends on the so-called refugee crisis? ...



@MahdiAlizada18 [2/4/18]:  76th day of our peaceful protest for #freedom in Balikpapan detention center in Indonesia ...



@D1tVbTzpTOjxmEN [2/4/18]:  76th day of our peaceful protest for freedom in Balikpapan detention center . To day the Aljazirah English News Came in Balikpapan Detention center and visited and ask about our problem s , we hope it express soon .



@GraffitiExpert [2/4/18]: Guardian Australia's Van Badham continues ignoring direct tweets from refugees imprisoned in Australian funded IOM concentration camp in Indonesia ...



@Aussie4Refugees [2/4/18]:  A boat carrying dozens of Rohingya refugees trying to reach Malaysia briefly stopped on a Thai island, an official said yesterday


... The boat arrived off Thailand's western coast in Krabi province early yesterday due to bad weather.

Images showed the passengers, who said they were Rohingya, being interviewed on shore and then getting back into the boat before departing.

Krabi Governor Kitibodee Pravitra confirmed that the people travelling on the boat were Rohingya but said he did not know where they had come from.

"The initial report said they were docking near Koh Lanta this morning to avoid the storm," he said, referring to an island popular with tourists.

"They want to go to Malaysia."

He said there were about 56 women, men and children on board and that the Rohingya would continue toward their destination.

A Thai official who was involved in the response but declined to be named said naval authorities escorted the boat towards Malaysia and that it would likely arrive at the border area this morning.

He said local villagers donated food to the Rohingya and that they were "happy" with the help. ...



Sri Lanka’s former President and current head of the ‘Office for National Unity and Reconciliation’ (ONUR) remained silent and offered no response as mental health professionals and civil society representatives detailed the ongoing sexual exploitation perpetrated by the armed forces, police and government officials against Tamil women in the North. ... [Tamil Guardian - 2/4/18]



... "We have testified at every commission already," said one mother.

"We don't need a new office, we just need to know where our children are." ... Sri Lanka’s Minister of Finance and Media visits families of disappeared in Mullaitivu, 390 days into their protest; informs them the Office for Missing Persons officers would come to see them soon [Tamil Guardian - 1/4/18]



As the world celebrates Easter Sunday, in West Papua we are also celebrating the long-awaited release of our brother Yanto Awerkion, a political prisoner who faced a 15-year jail sentence for “treason” just for supporting a petition.

Under Indonesian law, people in occupied West Papua can get a life sentence or worse for expressing their desires to be free. ... [Benny Wenda - 2/4/18] 



@wikileaks [2/4/18]:  Turkey issues extradition warrant and Interpol Red Notice for newspaper editor Can Dündar whose newspaper exposed covert shipments of weapons to Syria. 



@wikileaks [2/4/18]: Claims made by Ecuador's public affairs office that @wikileaks editor @julianassange is under an obligation to not report or comment on human rights violations or political arrests, or that such reportage is interferring in the internal affairs of a state, are false.



Omission is the most powerful form of lie.


George Orwell




Russian Ambassador says Skripal case a provocation by UK intelligence service [TASS - 1/4/18]



Australian-Ecuadorian journalist/refugee has internet disconnected for tweeting a fact ---> In 1940 the elected president of Catalonia, Lluís Companys, was captured by the Gestapo, at the request of Spain, delivered to them and executed. Today, German police have arrested the elected president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, at the request of Spain, to be extradited. @JulianAssange [25/3/18]


Little news from Embassy, as WikiLeaks supporters refuse to stop fighting for Assange's freedom of speech [steemit - 2/3/18]



@DinahPoKempner [2/4/18]:  Whether it agrees or not with what Julian Assange says, Ecuador's denying him access to the Internet as well as to visitors is incompatible with its grant of asylum. His refuge in the embassy looks more and more like solitary confinement.  



@mondiaalnieuws [30/3/18]: Guillaume Long [former Foreign Minister, Ecuador]: ‘Ik hou mijn hart vast voor de zaak rond politiek vluchteling Julian Assange’ ...



@UK_CAGE [2/4/18]:  Earlier today our International Director Muhammad Rabbani hand delivered a petition to the Ecuadorean Embassy in London demanding #ReconnectJulian You can watch his short speech outside the embassy here ...



@CiaronOReilly [2/4/18]:  3pm Easter Monday. Delegation from CAGE join solidarity vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy London. Close #Guantanamo & all U.S. black sites. Stop torture. Free #Assange #ReconnectJulian 



@CiaronOReilly [2/4/18]: 5pm Easter Monday. Zorro joins the solidarity vigil outside the Ecuadorian embassy, London. "If you want loyalty, buy a dog!", the old saying goes. If ya want sustained resistance to imperial power, generate solidarity with our detained resisters #ReconnectJulian Free #Assange 



@CiaronOReilly [2/4/18]: 11am Easter Monday. Ecuadorian embassy London. More Catalan solidarity with Julian #Assange . Free all political prisoners ! #ReconnectJulian



@CiaronOReilly [1/4/18]:  5pm Easter Sunday Ecuadorian embassy London *Solidarity - What goes around, comes around! Catalans join vigil in support of Julian #Assange #ReconnectJulian 



Arrested Catalan President tweets from German prison "Let it be clear to eveyone: I won't give in, I won't give up, I won't retreat" [El Nacional - 31/3/18]



Majority of Germans opposed to extraditing Puigdemont [El Nacional - 29/3/18]





@Aussie4Refugees [2/4/18]:  UNHCR continues providing cover for Australia's refugee "deterrence" policy by dispatching another official on another sightseeing tour of #Nauru to pointedly not demand freedom [note legitimisation of coercive, sadistic US "deal" and phony NZ "offer"  



Nauru is a dictatorship which hosts one of Australia's refugee concentration camps.

Australia's media and and human rights establishment refuse to challenge "deterrence" policy, and are therefore complicit in this deteriorating Kafkaesque nightmare. --->  Labor Party refugee rights lawyer George Newhouse calls Nauru a "fragile democracy"; demands Julie Bishop explain Labor Party policy [9 News - 2/4/18]



@GraffitiExpert [2/4/18]:  When PNG's Supreme Court ruled Rudd's July 2013 refugee concentration camp, trafficking, exile and refoulement arrangement illegal, Richard Marles said PNG should change the law to make it legal. ...



@Aussies4Refugees [2/4/18]:  "It is well-known that in the lead up to the [2015] ALP conference, Richard Marles visited refugee rights groups to test support for a turnbacks policy, and trade unions to secure their agreement"... 



GraffitiExpert [2/4/18]:  It's all about helping Bill "it is OUR policy" Shorten, and his band of proven anti-refugee Labor fascists Marles, Plibersek, Bowen, Burke and Khalil, slide back into government. ...





@Aussies4Refugees [2/4/18]:  Have these men been deported? Why is there such secrecy surrounding this deportation case? Even refugees who tweet from #Manus won't respond to my questions.



30 March 2018