“Let the capitalists do their own fighting and furnish their own corpses and there will never be another war on the face of the Earth.”


 – Eugene V. Debs




United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 31/5/16]




@willhorner [31/5/16]:  Press Officer for @PACE_President confirms there was a protest today at #Moria during Pres. Agramunt's visit #refugeesgr #refugees #lesvos




Father Frank "we stopped the boats" Brennan continues being given a forum for his false choices. When can we have some TRUTH ABC? ... I have concluded that stopping the boats is a precondition to finding a politically acceptable, compassionate and fair solution.

It is time to quarantine the question of the morality of those stopping the boats, accepting the political imperative of stopping the boats if they can practically be stopped. ... <---- What would the Pope say?  You monster. [ABC - 31/5/16]




How many refugee boats did Australia push back, sink or abandon over the past 24 hours?  ---> ‏@guardiacostiera [31/5/16]:  #SAR #GuardiaCostiera #Siracusa salva 33 #migranti a bordo di una barca a vela a largo di #CapoPassero




MOAS launch 2016 Mediterranean mission with two ships, two drones patrolling the ‘dead zone’ [Media Release - 31/5/16]




... We think that solely the establishment of new systems ensuring legal and safe entries to EU can finally lead to an ending of this humanitarian tragedy.

The appeal to politicians seems to not bear fruit.

It is now time for civil society to reinforce pressure and demand them to act.

Last week’s events anew reveal empty promises that are made by our politicians.

 “What’s left is the conclusion, that European politics have no interest to put an end on this unbearable and intolerable situation. The death of refugees is being tolerated to scare off others who might come after them.” states Höppner of Sea-Watch. [This is EU foreign policy:  If you don´t want to see these pictures – stop us producing them - Human Rights At Sea - 31/5/16]




@Marodriguez1971 [31/5/16]:  Dejar que se ahoguen también es asesinar.  




US Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Thursday that the United States intends to contribute naval forces as part of the ongoing NATO patrols in the Aegean Sea to contain the influx of migrants into Greece from Turkish shores. ... [Ekathimerini - 19/5/16]




These people have the right to seek asylum.


Why has the Australian human rights establishment abandoned them?


Day 73 refugee protests, Nauru



 "Never give up on anybody miracles happen everyday" ...



Image: ‏@SuchNigel [31/5/16]





"DON'T STOP THE BOATS BY KILLING US IN OFFSHORE"  via ‏@InsurrectNews [31/5/16]




How would you react if you'd been held hostage on an island for three years and shadowy representatives from the UNHCR told you to expect to be imprisoned for another 10 years? 



  Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]



RNZI [31/5/16]:


Security has been beefed up at the Connect processing office for refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru after a Somali man allegedly threatened staff today.

An employee of Broadspectrum, the company contracted to run the Nauru regional processing centre, Corey Menke, said the man was screaming at staff and made verbal threats.

He said the man, like many others, has been living in the community and went to the office to ask again for an update on the determination of his claim for refugee status.

"He came in and had a chat with Connect people then he came out and was screaming but lucky there were security here, they stopped him. It's how long they've been here because they've been released but still they haven't heard anything from Australia," said Mr Menke.

Corey Menke, whose house is next door to the processing office, said the Nauru government needs to provide more certainty to the refugees and offer them permanent residency.




Did any journalists ask Julie "protected and unaccountable" Bishop about foreign policy today? eg the impact of Bali Process and the UNHCR's "durable solutions" to keep refugees out of Australia?  Rohingya in Indonesia camps concerned over status, jobs [Anadolu Agency – 31/5/16]:



One year after Indonesia offered temporary shelter for hundreds of Muslim Rohingya, those who remain in camps are seeking employment and clarity regarding their status.

Hundreds of refugees have even fled northern Aceh province in hopes of reaching Malaysia and meeting relatives and acquiring jobs in the neighboring country, the chief of the National Committee for Rohingya Solidarity (KNSR) said Monday.

Mustafa Tiba told Anadolu Agency that Rohingya “hope there is work to support their families who still live in Myanmar."

He said most of the refugees in Aceh instead spend their days at camps attending classes, farming and taking care of livestock, as few of them have employment.

In May 2015, thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants were stranded at sea after Thailand launched an anti-trafficking crackdown after discovering the bodies of dozens of migrants near its border with Malaysia.

After initially turning back boatloads of migrants, Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to take Rohingya in for one year, accommodating those deemed to be refugees on the condition that the international community then resettle them.

Data from KNSR shows that only around 320 refugees remain in shelters in Aceh, down from 1,000 a year ago.

Tiba said that of those still in the province, “some even worked as vendors and then in the afternoon, they return again to the refugee camp."

He underlined that those who ran away from Aceh did so “because from the beginning, their goal was not to arrive in Aceh."

The volunteer group’s chief stressed the need for Indonesia’s government to create a space in which local agencies can participate in helping Rohingya fulfill their needs.

He criticized regulations stating that only immigration authorities, such as those from the United Nations’ refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration, are authorized to assist in immigration matters.

Some of the refugees at Aceh shelters marked the one-year anniversary of their arrival in Indonesia in the middle of this month by writing of their concerns to a number of UN agencies, international bodies and Indonesia’s president.

Tribunnews.com reported that they conveyed their anxieties about the approaching deadline given by Indonesia’s government for their resettlement in third countries.

Suriyatno, a representative of a government task force working with the Rohingya, was quoted as saying, “these letters contain a request that state leaders including President Joko Widodo provide clarity on their fate and their future."

Some of the refugees accommodated in Langsa city requested that the government allow them to remain in Aceh longer, citing the hospitable treatment the locals had shown them.

They also expressed gratitude for the major changes experienced by their children, who could attend school alongside Indonesian peers, due to the support of local governments and humanitarian organizations.




The flowon impact of Australia's anti-refugee policies are being censored by the Australia media.  It is genocidal. [Jakarta Globe  - 21/3/16]:


... However, since the Australian government cut its resettlement programs — effectively barring the UN Refugee Agency from submitting any new cases registered in Indonesia since July 2014 — asylum seekers and refugees have found themselves stranded in Indonesia.

Since the cessation of settlement programs in Australia the burden of processing new arrivals in Indonesia, and finding a safe place for them, is straining organizations that were already struggling to deal with the influx.

"We're trying our best to provide the most vulnerable refugees with assistance," Vargas says, "but we unfortunately have a very limited budget given the terrible crisis that we are seeing right now globally, with the refugee situation."

... UNHCR [Indonesia] says that Australia's policy of pushing boats back into harm's way, and essentially assisting ruthless smugglers, is unacceptable.

"From UNHCR's [Indonesia] point of view any state that intercepts a boat in international waters, or in their own territorial waters, becomes responsible for the safety of the passengers on that boat, including refugees and asylum seekers," country representative Vargas says. ... <---- UNHCR's regional representative in Canberra has no comment.




Sri Lankan police on Saturday shot at a Tamil man in Mullaitivu after he demanded to see an arrest warrant. ... [Tamil Guardian - 29/5/16]




The lesser of two evils is still evil. 



Please stop using refugees' lives to push voters to the ALP by default.



Julian Burnside [31/5/16]:



I have received this report from Nauru, about a man who tried to set himself alight:

“…He was stopped (and thrown in jail) before any harm was done but his mental state has been extremely fragile ever since. He’s been held in OPC1 for the last 30 days under watch as he is still suicidal and refuses to eat. He has fainted on occasion, hasn’t washed in 30 days, won’t communicate (except to scream) and has become deluded, thinking everyone (including his cousin who visits every day) is from immigration and there to torture him. He continues to self harm, punching himself and banging his head against walls, as well as stripping himself naked and refusing to redress, instead standing there and screaming. This young man is only 19 years old and I believe, without fairly immediate intervention – in the form of a medivac – occurs, he won’t survive.”


And Dutton’s response to horrors like this is that it is refugee advocates – people who, unlike Dutton, actually care about the well-being of refugees – are in some ill-defined way responsible.

Well Sorry Mr Dutton: your cruelty and indifference, your desire to use these people as a deterrent, your appalling, un-Christian brutality that is responsible.

We can only hope that one day, in some forum, Dutton, Morrison, Abbott and Turnbull will be held to account for the unspeakable cruelty of our treatment of asylum seekers.

Remember this: Most members of the Federal Cabinet claim to be Christians.

Their deliberate, intentional, cruelty to refugees makes that claim like a hypocritical lie.

Remember that on July 2 when you go to exercise your right to vote.

Do you really want to vote for dishonest hypocrites? <----- By impliedly endorsing the ALP you are ensuring incarceration and torture (which commenced under the ALP's mandatory, indefinite, offshore policy) continues. 

The responsibility is collective, and belongs to Turnbull, Dutton, Morrison, Shorten, Marles, Gillard, Rudd, Burke and Bowen. 

Blood on all their hands.




Richard "I'd be worse" Marles lies about refugee concentration camps stopping death, says PNG should change their law [ABC - 28/4/16]:


... LOUISE YAXLEY: The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says there will be continued discussions with the PNG government to resolve the matters. And the shadow minister, Richard Marles, says it is very important to try to convince PNG to keep the centre open.

RICHARD MARLES: Because it is very clear that offshore processing has been the single most important decision of any Australian government in bringing an end to the loss of life at sea.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Mr O'Neill is definitive that the centre will be closed but he also talks about the harm that that will cause the local economy and the need for Australia to help support businesses that will suffer. Richard Marles says the Government should talk to PNG about potentially changing the law to make the detention legal or offer PNG more money.

RICHARD MARLES: All of those options need to be talked through with the PNG government. ...



@RichardMarlesMP [11/3/14]:  Great to meet my old friend Rimbink Pato, PNG Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration in Port Moresby yesterday.




Adam Bandt attacks Peter Dutton and the policy of offshore detention more broadly closing with "can't we do better than the Labor/Liberal policy of not drowning but burning"

And then before Dutton even starts talking, Labor's Tony Burke interjects with some bs about it being 'unparliamentary' and 'offensive'.

You know what's ~actually~ offensive? People committing suicide and self-harming in detention facilities that BOTH major parties have allowed to remain open instead of processing refugees onshore like literally every other country. How fucking dare he. [VIDEO - Axeris Sondyre - 3/5/16]



Marles leaps to Dutton's defence:  21 mins in --->  Wilkie MP moves censure of Immigration Minister [VIDEO - 22/2/16]




China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia [Channel News Asia - 31/5/16]




Iranian firm NIOC to supply Pertamina with LPG [Jakarta Post - 31/5/16]




New photo of Japanese journalist missing in Syria appears with message plea for help [Japan Today - 30/5/16]




A crime journalist has been shot dead in Manila, police and colleagues said Saturday, the latest addition to a lengthening list of unsolved murders of media workers in the Philippines.

Alex Balcoba, 56, was attacked in central Manila late Friday outside a watch repair shop owned by his family, the country's National Press Club said in a statement. ... [Yahoo - 28/5/16]



A court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced to jail two military men for orchestrating an attack on villagers who were blockading a gold mine, a lawyer said, a rare ruling in favour of such activists. ... [Bangkok Post - 31/5/16]



PNG students rally outside Parliament [RNZI - 31/5/16]




East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare has called on police in Wewak to release the 16 people arrested for conducting an awareness drive in the provincial capital.

Sir Michael went down to the station to talk to police officers.

The 16 were mostly students from the University of PNG and University of Technology. ... [The National - 31/5/16]






The Morobe Tertiary Students Union, some politicians and stakeholders want Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down.

Morobe students from the University of Papua New Guinea, University of Technology and National Polytechnic Institute, along with Morobe MPs and some stakeholders through a forum last Saturday jointly called on O’Neill to step down and attend a police interview regarding the K3 billion loan and purchases of two generators from a Israeli company

Unitech’s Morobe Students Association president Mclaren Hoping said the call to O’Neill to step was based on economic and constitutional issues. ... [The National - 31/5/16]



There have been more demonstrations in Indonesia's Papua region today, in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

Over a thousand demonstrators gathered in the Papua provincial capital Jayapura to express their support for the Liberation Movement and its bid for full membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group. ... [RNZI - 31/5/16]



France braced for week of transport strike chaos [France 24 - 31/5/16]




Workers deserve better than shameful Coles deal with shop union [Sydney Morning Herald - 31/5/16]:



... The landmark Fair Work Commission decision is a stunning indictment, finding that the deal with Coles did not pass the "better off overall test".

Put simply, this is the legal requirement that workers should be paid more in a workplace agreement than they are under the award, the basic safety net of wages and conditions.

This is not the only questionable deal inked by the "shoppies" union with big retailers.

It is likely up to half a million workers in Australia are being underpaid due to cosy deals struck between big companies and the SDA.

That includes agreements struck with Woolworths and McDonald's.

Just over a week ago Fairfax Media revealed that some workers at McDonald's were nearly a third worse off than the award with underpayment across the company of at least $50 million a year.

Both ACTU secretary Dave Oliver and Labor leader Bill Shorten have been running a campaign to "protect" penalty rates this federal election.

But instead of a sober self-assessment in the wake of the commission's decision, all we got on Tuesday was evasion and pathetic spin from Oliver. ...




As the flailing Hillary Clinton camp steps-up its attacks on Bernie Sanders, her poll numbers continue to drop—and for the first time, have her losing to Donald Trump in a general election.

On the cusp of the Democratic Party Convention, millions of Sanders' supporters are wondering what to do other than vote for a 'lesser of two evils.'

To gain some insight, Abby Martin interviews Kshama Sawant, an open socialist who just won re-election to Seattle's city council—who also ran an insurgent campaign against the party establishment—about her advice to the Sanders' movement, and how struggles like the Fight for 15 can keep advancing regardless of the presidency. [VIDEO - Empire Files - 30/5/16]


Elderly woman dies in Arundel house fire [MYGC – 31/5/16]




Driver dies after semi-trailer rolls north of Brisbane [Brisbane Times - 31/5/16]




A Mt Isa boy who was tipped from a dumpster into a garbage truck has narrowly escaped being crushed after the driver heard his frantic taps. ... [Yahoo - 31/5/16]




A Queensland policeman has been stood down over allegations he inappropriately accessed confidential information.

The 41-year-old constable was from the Road Policing Command, but a police spokesman was not able to say in which area of the state he was working. ... [Yahoo - 31/5/16]




Another forum at Queensland Parliament House to maintain the violent status quo [Nine MSN - 31/5/16]




Inside Queensland Police's online entrapment taskforce [Nine MSN - 31/5/16]




Perth child psychiatrist 'caught filming boy' in Canadian toilets [WA Today - 31/5/16]




[30/5/16] Media ask new AMA President if he'll "tone down" the medical establishment's non existent criticism of Australia's war of attrition against refugees --->  ... REPORTER: Okay, but just finally and very briefly, can we expect you to tone down the criticism of asylum seeker policy?

MICHAEL GANNON: That might be worthwhile. If you ever hear me talking about it I'll be talking about the health of asylum seekers, I won't be making any comments about broader policy. ... <--- Then don't expect Australians to have any trust in (or respect for) a profession that condones indefinite detention, and its members working in refugee concentration camps.



... This is not a political issue, it's not about being a "greenie" or "socialist", not about right or left wing, it's an issue about being human AND humane, it transcends any political or ideological affiliations.

On this day I ask everybody to get behind what's right, to raise their voices in the face of injustice, bigotry and xenophobia, to be informed about the crisis as a whole not only in Australia but around the world and to help those in need who simply cannot "go back where they came from".  ...



Motez [30/5/16]



Adelaide producer Motez has taken to his Facebook on the tenth anniversary of his move to Australia to ask everyone to raise their voices about the “refugee crisis” in Australia. ... [Music Feeds - 31/5/16]



Nauru refugees have written to the UNHCR requesting genuine resettlement after three years punishment. Why is that impossible to report ABC?  



Or this ---->  Letter from men illegally incarcerated by the LNP and ALP on Manus Island to PNG's Chief Justice (and cc'd to human rights organisations and Australian politicians), requesting freedom, justice and GENUINE resettlement [via Lynne Murphy - 18/5/16]



Hearing today in the High Court before Bell J re. a writ of habeus corpus to be issued on behalf of the 880 Manus asylum seekers. ...



"tweeted" by ‏@issyclements [31/5/16]




More on Manus Island political prisoners' High Court challenge [The Conversation - 5/5/16]




It was the UNHCR's April visit to Nauru that triggered a spate of suicides.


Why is the Australian media protecting the UNHCR?



... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp.

To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7.


Albrecht was dismayed that an "entitlement mentality" had gripped many of the refugees, some of whom have spent 15 years in camps. ...






Image: ‏@SuchNigel [20/5/16]




National broadcaster holds Nauru refugee to account for self-immolation, as Australian government and UNHCR continue plotting their fate with impunity [ABC - 31/5/16] <--- You cannot provide "mental health care" to people indefinitely detained a concentration camp.  There is only torture.




In late April, representatives from the UNHCR - lead by Thomas Albrecht - undertook secretive missions on Manus and Nauru.

After being pressed by the media what they were up to, they said their mission was to "monitor" conditions of the camps, and the mental health of the refugees.

During the UNHCR visit to Nauru, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years". [Arman has never been given a right of reply to the UNHCR's denial of these claims.]

Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"

After more than 24 hours without adequate medical attention he was airlifted by private contractor to Brisbane, where he died on 29 April 2016 from his burns.

Up until the time Omid died, the UNHCR Australia branch deflected any queries about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in South East Asia to the "Bangkok office".

Their only recent publicised activity in the region has been to assist the Australian government in its subversion of the right to seek asylum by "welcoming" its lies about the "release" of refugees on Nauru in October 2015.

Their fundraising and highlighting the plight of refugees and asylum seekers anywhere but in our region  - especially those imprisoned in Australia, and on Nauru, Manus and Christmas Island - has never been scrutinised.

That the UNHCR are only calling for the "immediate movement" of refugees, rather than urging Australia to immediately close offshore camps and resume meeting its international obligations under the refugee convention, is telling.

Regional representative Thomas Albrecht should explain why the UNHCR does not want the refugees on Nauru and Manus immediately freed and resettled.




Hissene Habre: Chad's ex-ruler convicted of crimes against humanity [BBC - 30/5/16]




A pre-trial hearing for five Sept. 11 suspects began on Monday at Guantanamo Bay, with prisoners' treatment expected to be a focus of the U.S. military court sessions.

Forty-two motions are scheduled for the week-long hearing at the Navy base in Cuba.

They include multiple requests by defense lawyers for evidence of how the five suspects were treated at secret Central Intelligence Agency prisons.

James Connell, a defense lawyer, told Judge Army Colonel James Pohl that medical records provided by the prosecution had been insufficient, lacking personal identifying information and a chronology of patient care. ... [Reuters - 30/5/16]





31 May 2016