United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 31/10/16]



About 220 African migrants forced their way through a barbed wire fence into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday, clashing with Spanish police who tried to prevent them from crossing the border with Morocco.

Thirty-two migrants were treated in hospital for minor injuries after pushing their way through two gates just before 2 a.m. ET, while three Spanish policemen also needed medical attention, the government said.

Several migrants collapsed from exhaustion after crossing into Spanish territory, Reuters photographs showed.

Their legal status in Spain has yet to be determined, and police were searching for some who fled into hills inside the territory, it said. ... [Reuters - 31/10/16]



French riot police swooped on an illegal migrant camp in northeastern Paris just after dawn on Monday, sparking a brief standoff at a site where numbers have soared since the closure of the Jungle camp in the northern port city of Calais. ... [Reuters - 31/10/16]



Authorities "concerned" about 2,500 Pakistanis missing from Greek concentration camps [Ekathimerini - 31/10/16]:


Authorities dealing with the immigration problem are concerned as an estimated 2,500 Pakistani migrants have disappeared from reception centers from Aegean islands, apparently fleeing due to fears that they will be deported. ...


@GenZingg [30/10/16]:  Back on the ground in #Chios again. First night back and riot police were out in full force after big problems in #Souda.


@GenZingg [30/10/16]:  Several families with young children were driven out of the camp as a result, many around the main square area. #Chios



Night rescue: Saving lives in the Mediterranean [Middle East Eye - 28/10/16]:


... Faces full of terror, desperation and hope stare out at him, with many crying or praising God that they have been found.

Himself an Eritrean refugee who made that same dangerous Mediterranean boat journey 15 years ago, Teklehaimanot truly understands the suffering of those on board - but, he said, he only focuses on reassuring them, instilling a crucial sense of calm that can be the difference between life and death.

He explains in multiple languages that the Aquarius is an NGO search and rescue vessel with enough space for everyone, but that the rescue will take time.

This dinghy had been drifting all day in the hot sun with a broken engine, its exact location unknown since that morning, when a military helicopter had dropped lifejackets down to it.

It took hours for the Aquarius - operated by new NGO SOS Mediterranee in partnership with MSF - to find the tiny boat.

From its last known coordinates, volunteers scanned the horizon with binoculars until, almost imperceptible, the dinghy bobbed softly up onto the distant horizon for a few seconds. 

Adrift in Libyan territorial waters, which European rescue vessels cannot enter without permission, the frustrated crew of the Aquarius could only wait, keeping binoculars fixed on the boat.

The Libyan coastguard denied the SAR vessel permission to enter their waters, insisting they would deal with the dinghy.

But four hours later there had still been no sign of any Libyan rescue vessel.

As dusk fell, the wind changed, gently nudging the dinghy out into international waters and finally enabling the Aquarius to start rescue operations. ...



Migrant family “rescued” in Arizona desert [Washington Times – 30/10/16]



60 hours since Murdoch propagandists announced Dutton's latest front in Australia's war on refugees.

There is still no opposition to the torture, exile and boat turnback policy, and still no journalism.


Letter to the Australian Public – Re: Proposed legislation to ban refugees and asylum seekers who come on boats from entering Australia [RISE - 31/10/16]:


... Men, women and children are trapped in Nauru and Manus, held hostage by the Australian government and are used as political pawns.

This is deliberately designed discrimination and well managed by Australian politicians.

There is enough evidence that Australia’s treatment of refugees is barbaric, and that treating survivors of persecution in this way should not continue.

There are over 65 million displaced refugees around the world. Many are languishing without proper protection in interim camps.

Australia’s discriminatory, human rights-violating “offshore” processing system for asylum seekers who arrive by boat adds tally to the interim camps and keeps refugees in isolation.

Deterrence measures may lower the number of asylum seekers in Australia, but it is not a just and humanitarian solution for people trying to cross borders by boat, or any other form of transport, desperately seeking a place where they can be safe. ...



If anyone is able to transate pidgin could you please contact me  ‏@Aussie4Refugees ? --->  PNG gavman i defendant long kot keis blong ol Manus refiuji [Radio Australia - 31/10/16]



Lawyers for Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island hope to file new application for release next week [RNZI - 28/10/16]:


The lawyer representing asylum seekers detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says his team is already working on a new application to return the detainees to Australia.

Yesterday, the PNG Supreme Court dismissed two similar applications as the lawyer had signed them on behalf of his clients.

It followed the court's ruling in April that the detention of asylum seekers in PNG is illegal.

The lawyer, Ben Lomai, said opposing counsel were able to exploit an inconsistency in the court's rules that resulted in a split decision of the three-judge bench against him.

He said he hopes to file the new application next week with the signatures of about a thousand asylum seekers detained on Manus Island.

"One of our guys is already there and we just sent another guy from Sydney going in this morning."

"Otherwise I will go in myself and get everybody done, but I have already notified all of the asylum seekers. They're disappointed with the decision, but they know that eventually justice will prevail."

The Supreme Court is unlikely to hear the new application until next year Mr Lomai said.



US State Department mumbles its "concerns" weeks after greenlighting the Myanmar army's latest ethnic cleansing operation in Rakhine [Global News - 31/10/16]:


... The current crackdown has prompted an estimated 15,000 people in the Rakhine area to flee their homes in the past few weeks.

The satellite images from Human Rights Watch show villages burning, and residents report food supplies are growing scarce as they are living under siege. ...



‏@JamilaHanan [31/10/16]:  #Myanmar takes one more step towards a #Rwanda style #genocide of the #Rohingya, whilst Western governments praise their progress. ---> Arakan govt to form new militia to police border ‏@DemocVoiceBurma



@TamilGuardian [31/10/16]:  ... Students blockade entrance to Jaffna Uni in continuation of protests against the killing of 2 #Tamil youth by Sri Lanka police #Lka



Regulator bans Tamil website after Sri Lanka media ministry complaint [Tamil Guardian - 31/10/16]



The office of the Tamil newspaper, Virakesari in Jaffna was attacked this morning, with bottles were thrown at the premises by unidentified persons.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 31/10/16]



Alleged Lone Wolf bikie gang national president Erkan Keskin refused bail on drug charges [ABC - 31/10/16]



Police hope camera footage could help them solve the violent murder of a Brisbane mother.

The bloodied body of 56-year-old Radica Zafirovska was found at her home at The Gap on Friday morning, after police received a frantic triple-zero call.

Anyone who may have security or dash camera footage of the area around Ms Zafirovska's Jillinda Place home are urged to contact police. [Yahoo -31/10/16]



Gateway Motorway road rage murder charge to be downgraded to manslaughter [ABC - 31/10/16]



A Brisbane man confessed to gunning down his friend in a quiet suburban street after a row "over nothing", a jury has heard.

Dallin Kruithof, 26, allegedly admitted killing Russell Johnstone, saying: "I shot my mate over nothing".

Mr Johnstone, 24, was found collapsed in Jarrow Street, Tingalpa with bullet wounds to his head and chest on February 6, 2014.

He died in hospital four days later. Kruithof is on trial at Brisbane Supreme Court charged with murder, which he denies. ... [Yahoo - 31/10/16]



Woman charged over Surfers Paradise knife incident [MYGC - 31/10/16]



Woman charged over violent fight in Coomera [MYGC - 30/10/16]



Palm Beach jewellery shop held up at gunpoint in brazen daylight robbery [MYGC - 31/10/16]



Bellemere robbery results in man beaten with chair and pole [Brisbane Times - 30/10/16]



Five people, including a small child, have been severely burnt in an explosion on a boat off South Stradbroke Island.

It is understood the vessel – reported to be a 16ft speedboat – was close to shore when it burst into flames near Tipplers around 10am.

The Queensland Ambulance Service confirmed five people suffered significant burns in the blast. ... [MYGC - 30/10/16]



Mount Isa men arrested by police for holding toy guns [North West Star - 31/10/16]:


... A witness thought the replicas were guns when he reported the matter to the police.

The two replicas from a distance appeared to be an AK47 and a handgun. 

The witness alleged that the men were in costume when holding the replicas.

One of the costumes was alleged by the witness to be Sesame Street character Bert while the other was alleged to have been wearing a silver wig. 

“There were four cop cars there within a flash of me calling.

“Hope they get more than a slap on the wrist, but I doubt it,” the witness said. 

“Apparently they wouldn’t put down their weapons when asked by police.” 

In the early hours of Sunday morning there was an influx of costumed people attending private Halloween parties and local clubs in Mount Isa.  ...



Channel 7 broadcasts bodycam arrest footage just in case viewers needed reminding that Queensland is a police state [Yahoo - 31/10/16]



Labrador man charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race-based police pursuit [MYGC - 29/10/16]



... A car and a truck driver were both unharmed when a truck rolled northbound at Beenleigh about 7am. ... [Brisbane Times - 31/10/16]



Queensland Rail train drivers cannot see stopping points in new trains [Brisbane Times - 31/10/16]



A Cardwell man has been charged after allegedly causing the derailment of a cane train at Ingham on Sunday morning morning.

Police say at around 7.30am, a man has broken into a Queensland Rail facility and undertook actions that resulted in a cane train carrying 96 empty cane bins to derail near the intersection of Cartwright and Lynn Streets.

No one was injured but the derailment has caused significant damage to the cane train track infrastructure and equipment. ... [4CA - 31/10/16]



A Queensland mother who thought breast was best has avoided jail for refusing to give her malnourished child "harmful" formula.


The court heard the mother-of-four had previously breastfed all of her children and feared chemicals in formula would cause harm.

Her fear of mainstream medical care and failure to see the severity of her son's condition was further impaired at the time because she was suffering from postnatal depression.

"She wanted to ask for help but couldn't," her defence lawyer said.

"She had the notion to (give formula) meant she was a failure as a mother."

The 43-year-old woman was sentenced to 18 months jail with immediate parole. ... [Yahoo - 31/10/16]



Hunter nursing home sued over resident's death [Newcastle Herald - 30/10/16]:


... Her solicitor, Catherine Henry of Catherine Henry Partners said that the negligent management of pressure sores was rife within the sector. 

 "Clinicians will tell you that all pressure sores are avoidable," she said. 

She declined to comment on the specifics of Cassie's case but has been a long-term advocate for reform within the aged-care sector.

She said stricter regulation of the industry was sorely needed, but the government had shown little appetite to go down that path over the last two to three decades.

It had instead focused "nearly exclusively" on funding, meaning it was often left up to the court system to improve standards of patient care and provide a "deterrent" effect to rogue operators.  ...



A senior clinician at Sydney's St Vincent's hospital continued to refer patients to an oncologist despite knowing he was deliberately under-prescribing chemotherapy, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard. ... [ABC - 31/10/16]



 ... In a statement, Dr Grygiel said: "The report contains no evidence that a higher dose would have been more effective or that my treatment has caused harm to any patient."

"I regret that some of my patients and their families have been caused distress by the uncertainty.

"As I have stated on many occasions, my only concern throughout my career has been the wellbeing and most appropriate treatment of each patient. This has guided all the clinical decisions I have made." ...  [ABC - 2/8/16]



What’s the protocol for chemotherapy and are low doses less effective? [The Conversation - 4/8/16]



Fallout after Fata: Loss of trust in physicians [8/9/15]



Physician who gave unneeded chemo yets 45 years in prison [Medscape - 10/7/15]:


... The excessive and unnecessary treatment, which went beyond chemotherapy, was part of a massive criminal scheme that netted at least $17 million from Medicare and private insurers, according to federal prosecutors.

It encompassed Dr Fata's oncology practice and its seven locations in suburban Detroit; a pharmacy, diagnostic testing center, and radiation treatment center he owned; and a sham charity he founded. ...



Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits [BBC - 6/11/14]



The King's School threatened to send a debt collector to the family of a student who was allegedly indecently assaulted on a camp because it had fallen behind in his fees, a royal commission has heard. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 31/10/16]



Kings School head helped alleged abuser move to another elite school [ABC - 31/10/16]:


... The Commission is also examining allegations of rape, and simulated rape by students at Sydney's Trinity Grammar School in 2000.

Mr Hawkes today gave evidence about an email he sent to independent school heads after the scandal made the news.

In the email he said: "If in reporting of an incident it means that the broad flapping ears of the press will be allowed to sensationalise the case on the front page of the newspapers, this will be a very strong disincentive to report."

Mr Hawkes said his words were motivated by a concern that matters would not be properly reported if they could be leaked by police or community services.

The headmaster rejected suggestions put during evidence that he put the school's reputation ahead of the care of students. ...



The child sex abuse Royal Commission is being urged to reject evidence from Cardinal George Pell, who has been accused of failing to stop a Melbourne pedophile priest.

Lawyers for the Commission argue there are no grounds to accept Cardinal Pell's evidence that he was intentionally deceived by Catholic Education Office about abuse carried out by Doveton parish priest Peter Searson in the 1980s.

In their submission to the Commission the lawyers say Cardinal Pell knew enough about child abuse claims linked to Searson to consider sacking him or, at the very least, launch an investigation.

While the CEO should have done more to respond to the threat posed by Searson, there was no evidence it had intentionally concealed evidence from the archdiocese or wanted to keep him in Doveton, they said.

"The Royal Commission should find that the CEO officers had no motive to deceive Cardinal Pell and did not do so," lawyers Gail Furness SC and Stephen Free wrote in their submission published on Monday.   ... [Nine MSN - 31/10/16]



The man accused of fatally setting a Brisbane bus driver on fire was a mental health patient and Queensland's health minister Cameron Dick says a review will determine if he had received proper treatment.

Mr Dick has revealed Anthony O'Donohue, 48, who has been charged with murder over Friday's attack that killed Brisbane City Council driver Manmeet Alisher, had received public mental health services.

Mr Dick says privacy laws prevent him from saying when O'Donohue was last treated, or revealing any other details about his care. ... [SBS - 31/10/16]



Bus driver Manmeet Sharma's family calls for justice, safety for community [Brisbane Times - 30/10/16]



Vomitous PR spin about "healing" - and Murdoch misinformation - keeps Queensland the land of no regulation free for all [Yahoo - 31/10/16]



Major safety questions emerge after fatal accident at Australia's Dreamworld theme park [WSWS - 28/10/16]:


... The AWU claims that over an 18-month period, it sought access to safety reports to Workplace Health and Safety Queensland in a “Right to Information” claim, but was blocked by Dreamworld, along with the Queensland Department of Justice and the state’s attorney-general.

According to the Guardian, the union gained access to some of the documents last year.

The AWU has not explained why it never publicly exposed the safety practices at the park or took any action against them. ...



How Hillary Clinton's State Department sold fracking to the world [Mother Jones - September 2014]:


... As part of its expanded energy mandate, the State Department hosted conferences on fracking from Thailand to Botswana.

It sent US experts to work alongside foreign officials as they developed shale gas programs.

And it arranged for dozens of foreign delegations to visit the United States to attend workshops and meet with industry consultants—as well as with environmental groups, in some cases. US oil giants, meanwhile, were snapping up natural gas leases in far-flung places.

By 2012, Chevron had large shale concessions in Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, and South Africa, as well as in Eastern Europe, which was in the midst of a claim-staking spree; Poland alone had granted more than 100 shale concessions covering nearly a third of its territory. ...



No opposition + no journalism = fascism:  "It's our policy"


The liberal party is going to table a new bill against the refugees in its Guantanamos in the parliament. 

If the Australian parliament passes it, it would mean that Australia accepts formally that it is a fascist country.


Behrouz Boochani, a refugee who is currently detained offshore, tells it like it is. ... ‏@senthorun [31/10/16]



With OSB Commander MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell at Manus RPC yesterday ...  [Image: @PeterDutton_MP - 31/3/15]



Jay Williams [31/10/16]:


As a general principle of law - no government action can make lawful that which is unlawful.

That is to say, no executive or legislative override can set aside a ruling by a foreign court that the actions of another government was illegal or unconstitutional in that foreign jurisdiction - unless the domestic court elects not to follow the ruling by the foreign court on the grounds of repugnancy or national defence - even those grounds are tenuous and unstable - so it is entirely arguable that such grounds do not exist in the Australian context.

To all the detainees on manus and nauru - do not lose hope - stay strong and we will fight this out.



Seeking to end detention of immigrant families in Pennsylvania, an alliance of Philadelphia City Council members, immigration activists, and law students unveiled a new tactic Wednesday - international pressure.

The group announced the filing of an "urgent action appeal" with the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a five-member panel of experts that investigates alleged human-rights abuses and makes nonbinding recommendations. ... [Philly.com - 27/10/16]



UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]



There is no process, the process doesn't lead anywhere except indefinite detention [SBS - 25/2/14]:


... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on refugees] which left one dead.

She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.

"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.

"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."

Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.

"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.

"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.

“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."

"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."

“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...



Australia has a very sick - and very dangerous - political, media and human rights establishment [Brisbane Times - 18/2/16]:


... Dr Dudley said various modern states have purported to protect citizens by identifying security threats, targeting "undesirables" and eliminating public scrutiny.

"Australians may be psychically numbed about boat interceptions and gulags, but cannot claim ignorance," he wrote.

 He later told Fairfax Media that the Nazi regime relied on an underlying ideological commitment in which "the end is seen as justifying the means". ...



ALP concentration camp profiteers Save The Children perpetuate Australia's war of attrition against refugees [Media Release - 30/10/16]



During the UNHCR's  visit to Nauru - led by Thomas Albrecht - refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".



A journalist would ask Madeleine Gleeson why she thinks the UNHCR doesn't want Nauru and Manus refugees released and genuinely resettled ---> ... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi ... [Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law]



... 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. ...  [GHANA REFUGEE ROUNDUP - 12/5/2005]



27 civilians killed in Saudi airstrikes against Yemen villages [Antiwar.com - 30/10/16]



An air raid by an Arab coalition killed 60 people in Yemen, including inmates of a prison near the city of Hodeidah, medical sources said.

The prison held 84 inmates when it was struck three times late on Saturday, Hashem al-Azizi, deputy governor of the province of Hodeidah, told Reuters.

The Saudi-led alliance that conducted the raid said it struck a "central security building" used as a military command center by the Houthi rebels it is fighting.

Local officials said the prison lies within a security complex but that only prison guards were present during the air strike. ... [Reuters - 30/10/16]



Palestinian shot and killed after alleged car-ramming attack near Hebron-area village [Maan - 30/10/16]



A mortar attack by suspected militants has claimed the lives of at least seven civilians in northern Afghanistan.

Mahmood Haqmal, the spokesman for the provincial governor in Baghlan province, said on Sunday that mortar shells hit a home in a residential area of the region.

Haqmal added that all the victims were from a single family, a mother and six of her children. A seventh child from the family was wounded, the official said.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, but such incidents are mostly blamed on Taliban militants. ... [Press TV - 30/10/16]



US drone strike in Afghanistan kills, wounds several civilians [Antiwar.com - 28/10/16]



One person died and another thirty were wounded in the western districts of Aleppo on Sunday as a result of shelling of the area by militants, Al Mayadeen pan-Arabic channel said.

The report said the militants had used the shells stuffed with poisonous chemical elements. [TASS - 30/10/16]



Trump’s former foreign policy advisor, Carter Page, on the US election [RT - 29/10/16]



Two teenagers were killed when six people were shot on Sunday in Prince George's County, Maryland, near Washington, police said, adding no arrests had been made in the case.

A third victim, a man, was in a hospital with life-threatening injuries, the Prince George's County Police Department said.

Two other victims were treated and released and one shooting victim was in the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The two people killed were Todd Webb Jr. 14, and Brian Davis, 18, police said.

"Detectives do not believe this was a random incident," police said of the shootings. [Reuters - 30/10/16]




The Army said Friday it has determined that suicide was the cause of death of a two-star general who was found dead in his home on a military base in Alabama.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 at Redstone Arsenal, two days before he was to assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command. ... [Yahoo - 29/10/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [30/10/16]:


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 8 wounded as an IED exploded near Shallal Market in Sha'b area north of Baghdad.


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 7 wounded as an IED exploded in Tobchi area west of Baghdad.


Baghdad: People were either killed or wounded when a car bomb exploded in Hurriya area north of Baghdad.



The Pentagon has promised to investigate information offered by the Russian General Staff on the alleged bombing of an Iraqi school by US warplanes taking part in a siege of the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. ... [RT - 30/10/16]



US airstrike kills four Iraqi troops near Mosul [Antiwar - 29/10/16]




31 October 2016