United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 29/6/16]
... There's fire moving like a flood
And the trees there they drip full of blood ...
'That Side Of The World', Charles Jenkins and the Zhivagos 
History is over ---> Virginia Army National Guard Col. Lapthe C. Flora was promoted to brigadier general at the National D-Day Memorial, June 6, in Bedford, Virginia. Flora, a native of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is believed to be the first Vietnamese boat person to be promoted to general officer in the Army and the second general officer of Vietnamese descent. ... [US Department of Defense - 29/6/16]
Rasool and Kjadija left Aleppo with grandchildren. The father drowned in the Mediterranean. Now wait in #Greece via @surianna [30/6/16]
@NadiaR_LY [30/6/16]: The little girl who took the dangerous sea route with her father from #Libya has arrived in #Italy safely #PRT
At least 10 people drowned and more than 100 others were rescued when an inflatable boat carrying migrants capsized 32km (20 miles) off Libya.
Those who died were all women, Italian reports said. ... [BBC - 30/6/16]
@guardiacostiera [30/6/16]: #CanalediSicilia #CentraleOperativa #NaveDiciotti CP941 @GuardiaCostiera conclude altra operazione #SAR.Salvi tutti i116 #migranti sugommone
@MSF_Sea [30/6/16]: This morning 578 people rescued at sea are now disembarking from #Aquarius in Trapani, Sicily @SOSMedFrance #MSF
@ItalianNavy [29/6/16]: #Sar #MarinaMilitare fregata Aliseo in attività #MareSicuro recupera 230 #migranti trasbordandoli su M/N Phoenix
Day 103 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [30/6/16]
Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht - whose visit to Nauru triggered self immolations (and whose dehumanising invisibilisation of the men, women and children imprisoned on Manus and Nauru remains beyond scrutiny), praises his "good" refugees [UNHCR - 29/6/16]:
... Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR Regional Representative, spoke at the event about the importance of investing in young refugees to respond to the refugee crisis.
“We all know that refugees are human beings, like all of us – only with the misfortune of having to fear persecution, because of their religion, their political opinion, their nationality, their gender-orientation or their ethnic background,” says Thomas Albrecht.
“The search for solutions needs to start at one important point: a recognition that refugees are not helpless objects, but the central contributors. Young people, young refugees are the future and we need to invest in them”.
West Papuan refugees who have been living in Papua New Guinea since 1962 are now eligible to become citizens, according to Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura. ... [The National - 30/6/16]
The country has been warned to be on the alert for asylum seekers who may come through the borders in Western and West Sepik, before later crossing over to Australia.
Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura sounded the warning when he visited areas near the border with Indonesia last week with members of the citizen advisory committee.
“We have to be mindful of third-country citizens coming through from Indonesia with the (ultimate) interest to enter Australia,” he said.
He said if an asylum seeker arrived illegally in Vanimo in West Sepik, he or she should be dealt with promptly before he or she could travel further. ... [The National - 30/6/16]
"This is no longer a matter of politics or policy. This is a matter of human lives." How Australia turns refugees into unpeople (see page 25 and 26) ---> Behind the wire of Manus Prison: It is not illegal to seek asylum, My name is Imran Mohammad and I am from Myanmar [May 2016]:
... The fact of the matter is that the government insists on calling us illegal maritime arrivals, neglecting to advertise the fact that Australia is part of the UN convention for refugees and therefore it is legal to seek asylum in Australia.
The government has lied to the Australian public.
If someone has the means to arrive by plane, with a passport in their hand, they are allowed to be assessed in the community.
The war on people arriving on boats has simply been a tactic used to scare people and get votes and the people involved in these politics have been forgotten, neglected, abused and murdered.
I have a question to the whole world; isn't it a crime to segregate and punish us without a crime being committed? If not what is it? ...
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi reiterates stance on not using term ‘Rohingya’ [Reuters - 29/6/16]:
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights on Monday that the government will avoid using the term “Rohingya” to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country’s northwest, an official said on Monday.
Also on Monday, the top U.N. human rights official issued a report saying the Rohingya have been deprived of nationality and undergone systematic discrimination and severe restrictions on movements.
They have also suffered executions and torture that together may amount to crimes against humanity, the report said. ...
Australian energy company Woodside said it raised its reserve estimate for natural gas offshore Myanmar at a time when sanctions pressures are easing.
Woodside said it increased its best estimate of the contingent reserve potential offshore Myanmar by 83 million barrels of oil equivalent following the technical evaluation of two exploration wells drilled in the area. ... [UPI - 20/5/16]
First they came for the Tamils ---> Sinhalese Buddhists in Sri Lanka are “under threat” claimed nationalist organisation Bodu Bala Sena’s Chief Executive Officer in a wide ranging interview with by Zachary Walko earlier this month.
Dilanthe Withanage, who also chairs BBS’ political wing Bodu Jana Peramuna, said successive Sri Lankan governments “ignore(d) the protection of Buddhism in this country and even the Sinhalese” and went on to outline a series of threats he claimed the island was facing.
“When it comes to external forces, I first take, as the global Catholic action... I’m referring to when the Christianity, Catholicism. They have interests to promote their religion,” he said.
Mr Withanage went on to blame “global communist action” and “global Islamics” who were “very secretly, very silently” working on the island, as well as turning his attention to “global Tamil action”.
The BBS leader though denied there was a “a big ethnic issue” on the island and gave his thoughts on how “reconciliation” could be achieved.
“I think the easiest thing, right? The quickest thing, right? – now we have a limited number of Tamils, no? Government can spend huge, any amount of money and let them learn Sinhala. That is the first thing.” ... [Tamil Guardian - 30/6/16]
36 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from Tamil Nadu returned to Sri Lanka under UNHCR "voluntary repatriation program" [Asian Tribune - 27/6/16]
There is no escape ---> The U.S. Government recently concluded a five-day workshop in Colombo from June 13-17 for members of the Sri Lankan Ports Authority and Customs, Police, Navy, and Coast Guard to provide training on eliminating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
Led by U.S. military experts from the International Counterproliferation Program (ICP), the workshop covered themes such as border security, technology, and threat assessment.
The program builds upon a strengthening U.S.-Sri Lankan partnership that includes enhanced cooperation in security in the Indian Ocean Region. [Asian Tribune - 28/6/16]
8-year-old boy rushed to hospital as health of Australia-bound Sri Lankan asylum seekers stranded in Aceh deteriorates [VIDEO - METRO TV - 28/6/16]
43 Australia bound asylum seekers face imminent forced return to Sri Lanka, facilitated by government officials and UNHCR - Governor hopes it teaches refugees a lesson [Klikkabar.com - 23/6/16]
Several of the Tamil asylum seekers stranded after arriving by boat on the Indonesian island of Aceh have been tortured in Sri Lanka and face certain persecution if they are returned, a compatriot living in Australia has claimed.
Karikalan said Anathi and her now husband, Wasanth, who is also on the boat, had been in jail alongside him. He said they were all tortured daily, including being hung upside down while being interrogated.
Those on board the boat reportedly did not pay a people smuggler to bring them from the southern Indian city of Velankanni from where they left in early May.
Instead, the asylum seekers pooled their money to buy the old boat, which is now aground on the beach at Lhoknga and listing badly. ... [Guardian - 23/6/16]
Lies ---> United States President Barack Obama is planning to increase the number of refugees admitted to his nation, and is calling on countries like Australia to follow suit. ... [ABC - 30/6/16]
Detained, deceived, and deported: Experiences of recently deported Central American families [American Immigration Council - 18/5/16]
"TRAPPED BY A COUNTRY THAT PREACHES FREEDOM" @racvictoria [30/6/16]: Day 48 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...
... Australia claims that the policy has stopped the boats and avoided hundreds of drownings at sea.
The iron-clad policy has now become the ‘automatic’ band aid to maintain the diabolical domino theory that to relax any part of asylum seeker policy would entail the collapse of the whole immigration policy.
It is akin to the American amnesia for the domino theory in 1960s that the fall of South Vietnam would open the floodgates of Communism in South-east Asia.
The Americans used it to wage a gruesome war on Vietnam from 1965-1975. They lost the war at the cost of countless lives.
Australia now has the licence to lawfully hire contract ‘killers’ in foreign lands for Australian branded refugees.
It’s not humane and it is against international obligations for which it has signed relevant United Nations covenants. ... [Indian Newslink - 29/6/16]
"AUSSIES PLEASE HELP US" @SuchNigel [29/6/16]
UNHCR told refugees to abandon hope, then called for their "immediate movement".
The dishonesty is palpable. Australia is NOT celebrating. Australians are waking up to the fact we've been hoodwinked. [Refugee Council of Australia - 30/6/16]:
... The principle sponsor of this year’s Refugee Week was the Victorian Multicultural Commission. Major sponsors include AMES Australia, Core Community Services, Life Without Barriers, Settlement Services International (SSI) and the St Vincent de Paul Society. Other sponsors included Navitas English, Jesuit Social Services, NSW Teachers Federation, City of Melbourne, City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Multicultural NSW, Foundation House. Refugee Week partners are Australian Refugee Association, Baptcare, Wyndham CEC, Amnesty International Australia, Caritas Australia and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
... ACSI members such as AustralianSuper have even sought to suggest that the power of the funds could be used for good, to make conditions in the camps better.
Tell that to Omid Masoumali’s wife.
UniSuper have tried to have it both ways, refusing to divest but allowing some board members to mislead members into believing they have done so. ACTU, NTEU: we see you.
This is not a negotiation.
You cannot manage this risk.
Resistance in the camps will never stop.
You should get out with your members’ money while you still can. (Text of pamphlet distributed at meeting of Australian Council of Superannuation investors annual conference, Melbourne, 10th May 2016)
A gentle reminder: Unions are part of the detention industry [xBorderops - 22/7/15]:
... What does it mean, in short, to make a public statement of opposition to detention while at the same time remaining quiet about one’s role in financing this very industry?
Or more directly, are unions indeed committed to ending detention or are they in fact hedging their bets?
To summarise the point to be made here, Australian unions are a constitutive component of the border industrial complex.
The actions of the ALP help to protect these investments and manage the risks associated.
The investments of unions in the detention industry comes in the form of both financing detention centre contractors through industry superannuation funds as well as recruitment strategies directed at detention and immigration control workers.
To this picture we can also add a number of social service and mental health organisations which play a role in either financing detention contractors or charity-washing for directors otherwise involved in the detention industry. ...
Foundation House is governed by an elected voluntary Board of Management of up to 12 members with diverse backgrounds, professional expertise and interests.
The Agency Management Team, comprising the CEO, Paris Aristotle and senior managers, works closely with the Board of Management to continuously develop the strategic approach and innovative work program of Foundation House. ...
.... PARIS ARISTOTLE: I- The government has stopped the boats and I for one am glad that we haven't seen anybody drown in the last 18 months ... [ABC - 29/5/15]
Statement and questions from the more then fifty refugees given temporary exile visas on Nauru [4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals. In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them. Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries.
People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down. But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us. When we tell them some things they laughed at us. We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:
25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room
I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.
please help me just I need a room for live.
I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.
I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.
This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )
Send the bastards a message: VOTE INFORMAL.
Day 102 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [29/6/16]
Lawyer for PNG Immigration Minister tells Supreme Court Australia's illegally exiled prisoners on Manus Island are "residents" [PNG Loop - 29/6/16]
Supreme Court gives PNG Immigration Minister 2 weeks to subject all illegally imprisoned men to dodgy refugee exile assessment [EMTV - 29/6/16]:
The Supreme Court has given the Chief Migration Officer and Immigration Minister two weeks to process the remaining 147 asylum seekers on Manus Island.
Within this timeframe, the asylum seekers, or “residents” as was termed in court today, will undergo an initial screening of establishing their contexts, and formal determination on whether they can be found negative or positive refugees.
Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, told the two parties that the applicant, Belden Namah, and the defendant, Immigration, need to work together to fast track the processing of the residents before the matter returns to court on July 15.
After the directions hearing, Ben Lomai, the lawyer representing the asylum seekers spoke off camera to the media and said that by July 15 immigration should already have the list of refugees and non-refugees.
Lomai said the next step is for them to start talking about where the refugees should go.
Laias Kandi, the lawyer representing the Department of Immigration, told the Chief Justice that the transferees brought to Manus from Australia in 2013, were categorised into three main groups.
There are those that were processed and identified as refugees, the asylum seekers currently undergoing processing, and those identified as non-refugees. Out of the 1,001 transferees from Australia, 532 were given refugee status. 359 were identified as asylum seekers, and 67 have been identified as non-refugees.
Lomai argued that these refugees should not be waiting for others. Kandi told the court that a number of the refugees will be resettled in Manus or other provinces.
However, Lomai told the media that he has spoken with the asylum seekers and none of them are willing to stay in PNG.
He said many of them are liaising with the New Zealand government to potentially move there.
The trial into a proceeding filed by the UPNG SRC is expected to be held this afternoon at the Waigani National Court at 3pm.
The trial was set for hearing today by Justice David Cannings.
Plaintiffs UPNG SRC president Kenneth Rapa and the SRC council went to court last week (June 22) through their lawyer, seeking to restrain UPNG Registrar Jennifer Popat and the university administration enforcing that the students’ sign the reaffirmation form.
The order sought was refused by Justice Cannings and a trial date was set instead. In the trial, Rapa and the students will be seeking a declaration of the court to nullify the purported students reaffirmation form the UPNG administration issued to them to sign when the suspension of semester one was lifted.
More than 90 percent of students have vacated the Waigani campus following the shooting on June 8 and the June 23 confrontation. Some have returned to their home provinces.
The students have been out of class for almost two months now.
They are waiting for the administration to decide on whether the academic year will be terminated or classes will resume. [PNG Loop - 29/6/16]
Unitech parties had agreed to reconcile until surprise attack [PNG Loop - 29/6/16]
French Polynesia goes to UN over nuclear compensation [RNZI - 29/6/16]
Japanese immigration authorities have asked the embassies of four Asian countries and Taiwan to promote voluntary repatriation of their nationals staying in Japan illegally, Justice Ministry sources said Wednesday.
Faced with an increasing number of foreign nationals illegally staying in Japan, the ministry’s Immigration Bureau made the request to the embassies of China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, as well as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Japan, which functions as Taiwan’s de facto embassy, the sources said. ... [Japan Today - 29/6/16]
South Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defence exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea which denounced it as a "military provocation."
The drill in waters off Hawaii came less than a week after North Korea flight-tested a powerful new medium-range ballistic missile that leader Kim Jong-un hailed as a strike threat to US military bases across the Pacific.
The trilateral exercise included a ballistic target tracking operation to test the Aegis anti-missile systems used by the United States and its two key Asian allies. ... [Channel News Asia - 29/6/16]
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines close to signing maritime cooperation [Jakarta Post - 28/6/16]
... On average, at least one person has been shot dead by police or anonymous vigilantes every day since the May 9 election that swept Duterte to power, an escalation from the first four months of the year when the rate was about two a week. ... As Duterte takes over in Philippines, police killings stir fear [Reuters – 28/6/16]
An international human rights law firm has submitted a formal legal complaint to the UN Human Rights Council regarding violations by Indonesia against West Papuans.
The Foundation Legal Aids for the People of West Papua and the Amsterdam-based firm Prakken D'Oliveira, filed the complaint, on behalf of the so-called Federal State Republic of West Papua, its president, as well as 19 other citizens.
The complaint set out an array of alledged human-rights abuses suffered by the West Papuans from the moment of Indonesian annexation of West Papua in 1963 to the present day.
The complainants said after more than 50 years of death and destruction in West Papua, it was time for international legal action.
They urged the UN to formally condemn the Indonesian government for committing systemic human rights violations against the people of West Papua.
The group said it was hoped that the Human Rights Council would undertake a thorough factual and legal inquiry leading to the passage of a UN resolution containing such condemnation. [RNZI - 29/6/16]
Greens leader says offshore processing is non-negotiable, then later says it is a ‘starting point’ in negotiations [Guardian - 29/6/16]:
... The media conference was cut short before reporters could press further.
Guardian Australia rang Di Natale’s press officer for clarification.
Asked if the leader’s position was that he would not back down on ending offshore processing no matter how the negotiations went, the media adviser said. “That’s the position we’re taking into the negotiation. What we’re saying is that [ending offshore processing] is absolutely on the list of all the things we want to achieve through a negotiation,” he said.
However, a separate spokeswoman then contacted Guardian Australia and said the Greens position on closing offshore processing centres was “non-negotiable”.
Di Natale made the comments while outlining the Greens priorities for negotiations after the election. ...
“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
― Albert Einstein
Image: @elahe_zivardar [28/6/16]
And Australians are supposed to believe there are no journalists available to cover these proceedings? ---> @BarnsGreg [29/6/16]: ... #Manus Australian government in court in Port Moresby again today via Blake Dawson Waldron their representatives.
This vindictive behaviour is greenlighted by the failure of the Australian media, human rights groups and crossbenchers to speak out for these illegally imprisoned men ---> @KateSusabu [28/6/16: ... Have heard some guards throwing weight about...ongoing prob of bad food, long waits...in #Ramadan ! ...
Increasing evidence that Australia is torturing refugees [Independent - 28/6/16]:
... Professor Boyd said that given the interest in Australia’s immigration control policies in Europe and other places, the practices of its detention centres should be “of moral concern elsewhere also”.
“Popular sentiment in relatively peaceful and prosperous countries which are the desired destination of migrants from war-torn or impoverished parts of the world may not always wish to know all of the means by which immigration is controlled,” he said.
“Internationally, however, the medical community cannot now easily go back on its commitment to not countenancing, condoning or participating in ‘the practice of torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading procedures’.”
More Australia-bound asylum seekers arrested in Indonesia for allegedly trying to buy boat to escape [Nine MSN - 29/6/16]:
Four Bangladeshi asylum seekers have been detained in Indonesia after they were allegedly caught buying a boat to take them to Australia.
The men along with two Indonesian middlemen were "ambushed" on Monday night in Sukabumi, West Java, while they were in a villa.
The district's military commander Guruh Prabowo Wirajati said the men, who say they are from Bangladesh, were about to buy a boat for 40 million Rupiah ($A4000) with the intention of travelling to Christmas Island.
"We received information that someone was looking for a boat saying he wanted to bring illegal immigrants to Australia. From there we followed it up," Mr Wirajati told AAP.
It is suspected around 10 other people were due to meet the group at the villa but their plans were interrupted by officials, he added.
The men, who have been handed over to immigration, allegedly did not have passports or other identification papers.
They were detained for travelling to Indonesia without identification, he said.
It comes just weeks after more than 40 Sri Lankan asylum seekers became stranded in waters off Aceh on June 11 in a failed attempt to get to Australia by boat.
After days of threatening to tow the boat back into international waters and firing warning shots in the air when they tried to disembark, the Indonesian government eventually allowed the group to come to shore and be assessed by [to have selfies with representatives from] the International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. ...
Have these men, women and children been forcibly returned to Sri Lanka Human Rights Watch? Why do you never use your privileged position to expose Australia's role in this regional human rights catastrophe? ---> Sri Lankan officials (with assistance of UNHCR and IOM) permitted to coerce Australia-bound asylum seekers - currently detained in Aceh - to return [Media Release - 23/6/16]
US rewards Thailand for pushing away refugees with removal from list of worst trafficking offenders [Reuters - 28/6/16]
The Phuketwan journalists say this picture of emaciated Rohingya on the beach was given to them by the Thai navy [BBC - 1/9/15]
Myanmar downgraded on US trafficking list because a handful of refugees are still able to escape the country [Reuters - 28/6/16]
Trapped in Sittwe ghetto or rounded up and imprisoned while registering at a UNHCR office in Malaysia [Myanmar Now - 19/2/16]:
... Malaysian police have carried out arrests of asylum seekers queuing up at the offices of the U.N. refugee agency in the last week or so, and some 2,500 Rohingya are currently held in immigration detention centres across Malaysia, Lewa said. ...
Rohingya kids in the rain during the rainy season in Sittwe's Muslim Quarter, now effectively a sealed ghetto.
Image: @andreapitzer [16/7/15]
HMAS Canberra (L02), a Royal Australian Navy landing helicopter dock ship, arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for Rim of the Pacific 2016. Twenty-six nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 30 to Aug. 4, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy Photo By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman/RELEASED) [28/6/16]
US immigration officials making secret deals with private prisons to lock up more mothers and children [Alternet - 27/6/16]
Mexican police and armed forces often use torture and sexual violence against women to obtain confessions during interrogations and arrests, according to a report by Amnesty International released on Tuesday.
The report, based on interviews with 100 women, said 72 women had been sexually abused and 33 raped while they were detained, reinforcing reports by other organizations and the United Nations that torture is a common practice in Mexico.
"Sexual violence is the preferred tool for security forces in Mexico," said Madeleine Penman, a researcher for Amnesty International in Mexico.
"When it comes to the torture of women, their bodies are a target in the war against narco-trafficking." ... [Reuters - 28/6/16]
Father of missing Mexican student on how US drug war aid "being used to annihilate students" [Democracy Now - 10/4/15]:
As the Summit of the Americas commences, several U.S.-based groups and university officials have signed a letter to President Obama questioning his response to the 43 students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero for over six months.
The letter asks why the Obama administration has placed sanctions on Venezuela, but maintained normal relations with Mexico, despite the students’ disappearance.
Mexican authorities have declared the 43 students dead, saying local police acting on the orders of the mayor of Iguala attacked them and turned them over to drug gang members, who killed and incinerated them.
But so far the remains of only one of the 43 have been identified, and reports have pointed to the involvement of federal authorities.
We are joined by two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York: Antonio Tizapa is the father of missing student Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of another missing student, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa.
"What I would tell President Obama is to stop supporting Plan Mérida, because the weapons, the arms that are supposedly supporting the war against drugs, those arms are being used to annihilate our students," Tizapa says. ...
Police arrest 11 men during raids on Nimbin, Lismore [Tweed Shire Echo - 28/6/16]:
Eleven men arrested in Nimbin yesterday will appear in the Lismore Local Court today charged with a range of offences including drug supply and participating in a criminal group.
About 40 police, with sniffer dogs, swooped on Nimbin yesterday as part of Strike Force Cuppa, which was formed in August last year to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs, and consorting involving members of an alleged criminal syndicate within the township of Nimbin.
The strike force, comprising detectives from Richmond Local Area Command – and assisted by officers from Northern Region Operations Support Group (OSG) – executed six search warrants within the townships of Nimbin, the Gold Coast and Lismore. ...
Police shut down doof in Goonengerry National Park [Tweed Shire Echo – 27/6/16]
Vigil for rapper Lor Scoota ends with 3 arrests during standoff with police [Baltimore Sun - 28/6/16]:
... Tyriece Watson, known as Lor Scoota, was shot in his car on Moravia Road in Northeast Baltimore about 7 p.m. Saturday.
He had just left a peace rally at Morgan State University.
The killing of the 23-year-old musician shocked fans and prompted gatherings in the city on Sunday, and online eulogies from rapper Meek Mill, NBA player Will Barton and others.
Watson was targeted in the shooting, police said. ...
Police are investigating an apparent hate crime after a 4WD was fire bombed outside a Perth mosque overnight.
Worshippers reported hearing a loud bang outside the Thornlie Mosque and Australian Islamic College on Tonbridge Way at about 8pm last night.
They rushed outside and found a burning Toyota Prado and anti-Islamic graffiti sprayed on the walls.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze which gutted the Toyota and damaged three other vehicles. ... [West Australian - 29/6/16]
Suicide bombs kill 28, wound dozens at Istanbul airport [Reuters - 28/6/16]
Opposition CHP chairman slams Turkey’s deal with Israel, calls it pirate state [Daily Sabah - 28/6/16]
Turkish airstrikes kill 3 PKK in Hakkari [Daily Sabah - 26/6/16]
@MSF_Sea [28/6/16]: Many people currently onboard #Aquarius assaulted in Libya. #MSF doctor treats old wounds + recent violent injuries
The Libyan wealth fund's former deputy chief screamed and cursed at Goldman Sachs bankers in a stormy meeting over derivatives trades made on the bank's advice that ultimately turned out to be worthless, a witness told a court on Tuesday.
In a trial at London's High Court, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) is trying to claw back $1.2 billion from Goldman Sachs related to nine disputed trades carried out in 2008.
The LIA argues Goldman took advantage of its financial naivety by first gaining its trust, then encouraging it to make risky and ultimately worthless investments. ... [Reuters - 28/6/16]
House Republicans released a long-awaited report Tuesday on the Benghazi terror attacks that killed four Americans on Hillary Clinton's watch as secretary of state, reviving the politically charged issue less than five months before the election.
The report, parts of which CNN reviewed in advance, paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012. ... [CNN - 28/6/16]
... Sir John Chilcot, chairman of the Chilcot Inquiry, and Prime Minister David Cameron agreed that the report will be published on Wednesday July 6 - seven years after it was first commissioned. ... [Telegraph - 28/6/16]
29 June 2016