FUCK your "Happy New Year"

 

... Can a new year really be happy with all this injustice going on in the world under our watch?

This is not an analytical or an academic question. It is a dark reality that should be painfully obvious to any person with a beating heart.

If there is any accuracy to William Faulkner’s words in that “the past is never dead. It is not even past,” then it follows that 2018 won’t be a happy year as long as the causes of human misery, wars, and destruction still exist, and so long many humans keep their mouths and eyes shut before all this injustice for temporary and pathetic gains. ... [Counterpunch - 29/12/17]

 

 

Just take a minute from your time and count with me how many years and why?

What did we do?

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 and now 2018.

What is our crime for being detained and why we're still detained?

This is happening now in Australia? We're in 21st century #Manus @Aziz58825713 [31/12/17]

 

 

 

Day 151 peaceful protest it's last day of the year we are still protesting for our freedom. [Manus] @Shamindan1 [31/12/17]

 

 

@VoiceJournalis1 [30/12/17]: A letter from Manus detainee

 

 

 

... Protest in Melbourne tonight #sanctionAustralia ‏@OpenCct [31/12/17]

 

 

@riserefugee [31/12/17]:  Right NOW in Federation Square in Melbourne ; #sanctionAustralia ...

 

 

BEING A REFUGEE IS NOT A CRIME @bjhitchens [31/12/17]

 

 

Royal Bahamas Defence Force capture and detain two boats of mostly Haitian migrants with the assistance of the US Coast Guard [Tribune 242 - 27/12/17]

 

 

Some arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border only a few hours after the sudden change in immigration policy on Jan. 12.

Others have been in the United States since much earlier.

The majority face possible deportation. ... Over 1,600 Cuban migrants imprisoned in US as more than 37,000 face deportation [Miami Herald - 19/12/17]

 

 

Federal board to reconsider asylum request of Mexican reporter and son [The Texas Tribune - 28/12/17]

 

 

An Oregon veteran who served in Iraq has been released after being detained by federal immigration authorities and held at a detention center in Tacoma. ... [KDRV - 17/12/17]

 

 

@ACLU_WA [24/12/17]: Tacoma has created a legal defense fund to fight deportation for those who lived there before detention. ...

 

 

US Appeals court says Border Patrol must provide mats, blankets in holding cells [Tucson.com - 22/12/17]

 

 

... At a recent protest, 70-year-old Maria Natividad Sanchez Bernal held up a picture that dwarfed her barely 5-foot stature.

The picture is of her son and his children.

When we interviewed her, her son was being held at the Eloy Detention Center.

She claims he has been in detention for more than two years.

"I lasted more than a year without seeing him," she said.

"I've just recently got to see him because I went to Puente and they have helped me."

Puente organizer Castro said it is not uncommon for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to make an arrest without notifying families. Often, an inmate won't provide contact information for loved ones out of fear that they, too, will be arrested.

"People are not only breaking families apart, but they are also breaking these people down every day. … Going into visitation is really difficult. They put a lot of loopholes. They don't explain things to you. People who are on the inside, if they complain, they put them in the hole. And there are just a bunch of atrocities that are happening inside, and it is important for the world to know." ... [AZPM - 21/12/17]

 

 

@AltSanJuanIsNP [26/12/17]:  ... had a co-worker that was brought here by the US government during the evacuation of Vietnam. Without question a refugee. He completely vanished for nearly two months into the Tacoma detention center. No phone calls allowed, so nobody knew. English has no swear words strong enough  

 

 

The public reaction to a Vietnamese refugee camp constructed outside an American town. To Know Us is to Love Us [John Pilger - 1975]

 

 

... In 2013, US National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden found shelter in the homes of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka and the Philippines for two weeks as American authorities launched a worldwide manhunt for the fugitive behind one of the biggest data leaks in history.

The first wave of mass immigration to Hong Kong in the modern era saw the population explode from 600,000 to 2.1 million between 1945 and 1951, as mainland Chinese rushed to flee the horrors of the country’s civil war and communist revolution that followed.

As many as 100,000 came to the city each month after the Communist Party took power in 1949.

Many secretly swam the perilous 4km stretch of water from Shenzhen, risking death by drowning or being shot by People’s Liberation Army guards.

Hong Kong’s population count continued to rise exponentially in the years that followed, reaching 3.1 million by 1960 and just under 4 million by 1970.

Today, the city’s population density is one of the highest in the world.

The Vietnam war brought more than 200,000 refugees by boat in the mid-1970s.

They languished in appalling conditions in purpose-built detention centres.

Only about 1,400 were allowed to stay in the city permanently.

By 2000 some 143,700 had been forcibly resettled to other countries and 67,000 sent back to Vietnam. ... [South China Morning Post - 23/12/17]

 

 

@wikileaks [30/12/17]:  New cable shows New York Times "reporter" Scott Shane handed over Cablegate's secret country by country publication schedule to the US government giving the State Department (then headed by Hillary Clinton) up to a week in advance to spin the revelations or create diversions.

 

 

@wikileaks [30/12/17]:  New cable shows that US embassy London's chief security officer (RSO) interviewed @xychelsea's stroke afflicted mother in the UK in July 2010

 

 

@wikileaks [30/12/17]:  New cable from Anthony Weiner (then the husband of Hillary Clinton assistant Huma Abedin) laptop reveals that US embassy met with Swedish Pirate Party over WikiLeaks+elections 16 days before @JulianAssange arrest warrant was issued by Stockholm police.

 

 

@congofriends [30/12/17]:  In advance of Sunday's peaceful demonstration called by faith leaders, the Kabila regime has deployed security forces to strategic locations in major cities, is shutting down the Internet & SMS and is blocking entry to churches #Congo #DRC #Telema

 

 

Facebook says it is deleting accounts at the direction of the US and Israeli governments [The Intercept - 31/12/17]

 

 

@PengBerlin [25/12/17]: Berlin says: Fuck off Google. ...

 

 

To burn or not to burn? Guantánamo won’t answer the question about detainees’ artwork [Miami Herald - 28/12/17]

 

 

Former Honduran presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla has reiterated that he will defend the people's vote after Honduras' recent general elections on Nov. 26. 

"Don't even think we will let you do what you want, not this time," Nasralla wrote to opponents through his Anti-Corruption Party's Facebook page.

The party is part of the Opposition Alliance led by the popular TV host.

In his message, Nasralla lamented the attitude adopted by other countries regarding the crisis unleashed in Honduras by President Juan Orlando Hernandez's re-election. ... [teleSUR - 30/12/17]

 

 

@Snowden [30/12/17]: ... @Telegram has a special position in Iran. Its "public channels" are an important source of news for many low-tech users. Competing services are often blocked, but Telegram makes concessions to avoid this (like setting up local CDNs  

 

 

Iran slams 'duplicitous, opportunist' US support for protests [Press TV - 30/12/17]

 

 

@NABEELRAJAB [27/12/17]:  #Bahrain In one week: On 25 Dec Military Court: -6 sentenced to death -7 Sentenced to 7 years (13 revoked of their citizenship) Today 27 Dec High Criminal Court (civilian) -10 sentenced to life -1 sentenced to 10 years (11 revoked of their citizenship)

 

 

Australia: Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) call for 7 Days of Resistance in the lead up to Invasion Day Jan. 20th-26th [Warrior Publications - 30/12/17]

 

 

 

31 December 2017

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