Human shields as preemptive legal defense for killing civilians [Counterpunch - 31/8/16]

 

 

United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 31/8/16]

 

 

Denmark, Sweden toughen up asylum rules despite falling numbers [Reuters - 30/8/16]:

 

... Denmark said on Tuesday it would introduce a law to enable police to reject asylum seekers at the borders in times of crisis. ...

 

 

The dwindling number of asylum-seekers coming to Denmark has prompted several municipalities to close down centres and cut staff.

In the municipalities of Jammerbugt and Vesthimmerland alone, the centres have been forced to let go 90 employees since June.

Meanwhile, the immigration authority, Udlændingestyrelsen, intends to close down a children’s centre in Vester Hjermitslev and the Sommersted asylum centre near Haderslev. ... [Copenhagen Post - 29/8/16]

 

 

EU conflate arms trafficking with seeking asylum, begin training Libyan Coastguard and navy to stop refugees fleeing [EU Media Release - 30/8/16]

 

 

A Libyan navy boat fired warning shots at a search and rescue vessel operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) earlier this month because it thought it was involved in smuggling, a spokesman said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 30/6/16]

 

 

‏@MSF_Sea [31/8/16]:  Another 3000 men, women & kids were rescued from the waters north of #Libya yesterday. That's almost 10,000 people in just 36 hours.

 

 

‏@Francescorocca [31/8/16]:  ... chaotic scene and multiple rescues ongoing in the #mediterranean by @moas_eu @crocerossa joint mission

 

 

Day 165 refugee protests, Nauru

 

 

Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [31/8/16]

 

 

 

Sydney Morning Herald pretends Turnbull is under intense pressure to stop torture/exile/disappearance, and that Deporter In Chief Obama's "refugee summit" isn't an international joke [31/8/16]

 

 

Today Organized Communities Against Deportations and the Chicago Religious Leadership Network along with the #Not1More Deportation Campaign filed a formal request for a civil rights investigation into tactics used by the Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to conduct immigration raids and deport local residents.

This call for an investigation is based on the behavior of immigration agents during the detention of the Garcia family, during which, amongst other deceptive behavior, they pretended to be local police officers concerned about a close friend of the family who had supposedly been in an accident.

This is how they got Reynold Garcia, the father, out of his church where he was seeking solace after his family had been detained. ... [#NOT1MORE - 30/8/16]

 

 

Weasel words, token funding and NGO hotlines don't change the fact your party is the party of torture and pushing away refugees Daniel Andrews [Huffington Post - 31/8/16]

 

 

Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.

 

 

Families of the disappeared, activists and civil society across the North-East of Sri Lanka participated in demonstrations calling for international justice for the disappearances of their loved ones on the International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 31/8/16]

 

 

 

Former LTTE cadre detained by white van in Kilinochchi [Tamil Guardian - 31/8/16]

 

 

 

Amnesty calls on Myanmar to investigate Rohingya woman's death [Reuters - 31/8/16]:

 

... A Rohingya aid worker in the area who declined to be identified told Reuters he saw Raysuana after she was taken to the small, ill-equipped clinic.

"She was still alive but she couldn't speak," the aid worker said, adding that women on the scene suspected Raysuana had been raped.

No autopsy was performed on the body - which was buried by the woman's family - and authorities did not investigate the death, Hla Myint and the aid worker said.

"Amnesty International calls on the Myanmar authorities to immediately initiate an investigation into the death and alleged rape of Raysuana, ensuring that it is independent, impartial and effective," said the group.

Yan Naing Latt, a major with Sittwe police, said a murder investigation had not been launched.

"We didn't open a murder case because it's just a normal death," he said, but could not explain what may have caused the woman's death. ...

 

 

Malaysian and Thai governments agree to fence shared border [Malaysiakini - 30/8/16]

 

 

Thailand gives go-ahead to extradite 10 Thais re Malaysia's human-trafficking investigation - refugees still trapped [New Straits Times - 29/8/16]

 

 

Malaysia:  Police have arrested three suspected Islamic State (IS) militants who were planning attacks on entertainment outlets, a Hindu temple in Batu Caves and police stations. ... [The Star - 31/8/16]

 

 

Double entrapment and compounded exploitation is not about fighting crime [Phil Star - 31/8/16]:

 

... Based on investigation, Gholamreza arrived in the Philippines from Sydney on August 19 to meet the minor he met through Facebook, which was instrumental in uncovering his scheme.

Facebook scans pages for child porn and missing children which is then reported to NCMEC and other appropriate agencies.

During chat sessions with the 13-year-old victim, the Australian allegedly lured the minor to send explicit photos of herself via private messages with the promise of sending money.

The Australian Federal Police later on discovered that the suspect had two recorded transactions of money sent to the Philippines in August via Western Union, totaling AUD 200.6 or about P7,000.

The money was traced to have been received by the victim’s mother, a resident of Barangay Maburak, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija.

Acting on the report, agents of the DOJ-OOC in coordination with operatives of the PNP-WCPC-ATIPD and social workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) arranged a meeting with the victim in a mall in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija on August 23.

Posing as Gholamreza’s friend, one of the agents negotiated with the minor and transferred P1,000 to the victim’s mother to facilitate a supposed meeting with the suspect.

Agents conducted surveillance at the remittance center where the victim’s mother, together with the minor and her grandmother, collected the money.

The authorities immediately rescued the minor and was placed under the protective custody of the DSWD for psychosocial counseling and after-care services. ...

 

 

The Philippines will send an additional 2,500 troops to a remote southern island this week as the army steps up an offensive against the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf, a presidential spokesman said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 30/8/16]

 

 

Within seven hours, police operations in Manila from Monday night to Tuesday morning added five more persons to the death toll of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

But four of the fatalities, who were killed in Sampaloc, Algue, and Delpan areas, remained unidentified by the police at press time, although the official report on their deaths described them as drug users. ... [Inquirer - 31/8/16]

 

 

Philippines, China should abide by South China Sea ruling, says John Kerry [Asian Correspondent - 31/8/16]

 

 

Fiji Times officials appear in Court [Fiji Times - 31/8/16]:

 

Three senior officials of Fiji Times Limited and another person appeared in court again today charged with inciting communal antagonism contrary to section 65 (2) (a) (i) and section 53 (1) of the Crimes Decree.

Fiji Times Ltd publisher/general manager Hank Arts, editor-in-chief Fred Wesley and Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, and Josaia Waqabaca appeared before magistrate Shageeth Somaratne in the Suva Magistrates Court this morning.

It is alleged by the State that the four accused persons and the Fiji Times Ltd made, or caused to be published, a statement in the iTaukei language in Nai Lalakai newspaper that is likely to incite dislike, hatred or antagonism of the Muslim community.

A statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions office said the State served full disclosures today and the matter has been adjourned to September 21 for plea. Bail has been extended to all accused persons.

 

 

UPNG bans student leaders [The National - 31/8/16]

 

 

Madang police have arrested and charged a young woman on Monday for criticising them on social media. ... [The National - 31/8/16]

 

 

Russian warships to head to South China Sea in early September [TASS - 30/8/16]

 

 

Two more default KiwiSaver providers are ditching their investments in companies that make cluster bombs, landmines or nuclear weapons. ... [RNZI - 31/8/16]

 

 

Canada to apply to join China-led AIIB, leaving Japan as sole US ally to remain non-member [South China Morning Post - 31/8/16]



US Marine held over attempt to enter woman's house in Okinawa [Japan Today - 31/8/16]

 

 

Nine bodies were recovered Wednesday after the Omoto River burst its banks and flooded a nursing home in the town of Iwaizumi, Iwate Prefecture, police said. ... [Japan Times - 31/8/16]

 

 

 

… Gone with the elevator

Gone with the moning paper, gone. ...


'Bonnie Brae', Harper Simon [2013]

 

 

 

What would you do? --->  ... “He was saying some s**t,” Tomic said to Mourier when the umpire questioned why he’d lashed out.

“It’s better you go through me than try to solve it by yourself,” Mourier said.

Tomic later said he snapped after being abused by the fan as well as other spectators who he claimed sledged him in his mother tongue.

“He was just baiting me a bit. You know, I don’t want to get into it. I apologised for what I said to him,” Tomic told reporters.

“After he left the first set, I think the crowd got happy he left because he was a bit annoying.”

Tomic refused to go into detail, other than to say “it was negative stuff”, but his manager David Drysdale later said the 23-year-old was a victim of some vulgar abuse.

“The guy was at him all the way through the first set, calling Bernie a pussy and telling Bernie to go and have a cry with his little pussy girlfriend,” Drysdale said.

“No one should have to cop that.” ... [Sports News - 31/8/16]

 

 

A video stream of Kim Dotcom's appeal against extradition is now online - it is the first time a New Zealand court case has been livestreamed.

The US wants to extradite Mr Dotcom and three other men - Bram Van der Kolk, Matthias Ortmann and Finn Batato - to face criminal charges of money laundering and copyright breaches related to the defunct file-sharing website Megaupload.

A district court ruled last December that the men were eligible for extradition and the men's appeal against that ruling began on Monday.

Yesterday, Justice Murray Gilbert granted Mr Dotcom's request to livestream the entire six-week hearing on YouTube. ... [RNZI - 31/8/16]

 



FBI to give media some Clinton notes over email use: CNN [Reuters – 30/8/16]

 

 


Turkish authorities detained an editor at the prominent Hurriyet newspaper in the latest round-up of journalists and others accused of links to last month's failed coup, Hurriyet's English-language publication said on Tuesday.

It said Dincer Gokce, a Hurriyet editor, was detained with nine others after the Istanbul prosecutor issued detention warrants for 35 people in a probe into backers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says masterminded the putsch. ... [Reuters - 30/8/16]

 

 

 

Puerto Rico: 6 arrested protesting pro-PROMESA media coverage [Democracy Now – 30/8/16]:

 

And in Puerto Rico, six people were arrested for blocking the entrance of GFR Media, which owns three of the Puerto Rico’s top newspapers.

Protesters say the media company’s coverage has been unfairly favorable to the PROMESA law, which was passed by the U.S. Congress in June, establishing a federally appointed control board with sweeping powers to run Puerto Rico’s economy.

This is Mariana Nogales, a lawyer representing the arrested activists.

Mariana Nogales Molinelli: "My name is Mariana Nogales Molinelli, and I’m a lawyer. We are here because they have arrested people for protesting against GFR Media and El Nuevo Día because of their support for the Fiscal Control Board, which these media outlets have been making since the beginning. For a moment, some media outlets did express that the PROMESA law was not a good law for Puerto Rico. However, the editorial line has now changed completely to be in favor of the control board. This is the first time that they have made arrests and detained people for protesting against the control board and against groups and corporations such as GFR Media, which have expressed support for the control board."

 

 

 

@wikileaks [30/8/16]:  Will the US #PROMESA Act lead to the Haitization of #PuertoRico? 12817 documents on Puerto Rico from our archives …

 

 

 

Venezuela’s Maduro accuses US of “imperialist attack” against Latin American leftists [Mint Press News - 29/8/16]

 

 

White House says Apple ruling unfair [RTE – 30/8/16]:

 

... The White House also confirmed that Apple officials have been in contact with the Obama administration to report concerns about "how they are being treated by foreign governments".

Mr Earnest declined to say who exactly had been in touch from Apple and to whom they had spoken.

But he said that the Obama administration had repeatedly reiterated its "willingness to go and fight for" American taxpayers and American businesses overseas who were being "treated unfairly". ...

 

 

 

We do not need any more opinionating from establishment media types and phony human rights advocates.  LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK ---> "STOP COMMITTING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY"  @Mums4Refugees [30/8/16]:  Day 110 protest on Manus. ...  

 

 

"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏ @Mums4Refugees [30/8/16] ... Day 164 of protest on Nauru. ...

 

 

The dirty policy won't end unless protests are aimed at Bill Shorten too --->  ... This is a gift from the children in Nauru to Malcolm Turnbull: shame on you  ‏@elahe_zivardar [30/8/16]

 


‏@jessmcguire [31/8/16]:  I wish we were! But we've been protesting off shore detention for so many years and getting nowhere, it's so depressing  --->  Australia, you're better than this. -> "Guards slapping children, bartering for sexual favors; women raped."  ‏@SusanSarandon [Hollywood Actress]

 

 

In 'tacit admission' of cruelty, DHS says it too may end for-profit prisons [Common Dreams - 29/8/16]

 

 

The Legacy of Guantánamo, Lizzy Ratner [The Nation - 14/7/2003]:

 

... But the INS [Immigration and Naturalization Service] ignored these warnings and refused to close the camp or to airlift the sickest refugees, like Joel Saintil, to hospitals in the United States.

When asked by reporters why it ignored the refugees’ medical plight, an INS spokesman, Duane “Duke” Austin, responded with unrepentant candor:

“They’re going to die anyway, aren’t they?” ...

 

 

 

... In hindsight, we can see that we were wrong to allow our trust in Clinton and his election promise to dictate legal strategy.

Clinton sorely disappointed us, and our belief in him caused our clients to spend more time in the inhuman camp conditions.

But for our belief in Clinton, we could have tried the case four of five months earlier and ended the horror of the camp that much sooner.

If there ever is a next time and I am faced with a similar situation and must choose a legal strategy, I will disregard the promises of politicians.

Clinton's promises and our reliance on them seriously jeopardized our relationships with our clients.

We wrongly believed and persuaded our clients to believe that Clinton would change their circumstances.

Regaining the trust of our clients was not easy.  ... How We Closed the Guantanamo HIV Camp: The Intersection of Politics and Litigation, Michael Ratner

 

 

 

Since "Labor 4 Refugees" began trying to control the Australian refugee justice movement [2001], policies and treatment have plummeted.  

If you believe in Santa Claus, "changing the party from within", and/or that the ALP will drop its inhumane refugee policy, read this  --->  Labor IS NOT - and never will be - 4 Refugees [Safecom.org]

 

 

 

Guardian [25/7/15]:

 

… Meanwhile I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that Labor for Refugees is balking at putting the motion on turnbacks this afternoon.

Labor for Refugees actually set this whole torturous debate in motion by making it known some time back that this issue would be pursued at the national conference.

Given the factional balance at this conference, it was entirely possible that a motion prohibiting turnbacks could succeed.

There was support on the left, and from elements of the right.

Bizarre, this semi retreat at the eleventh hour.

...

No sooner had the Giles/Watt motion been agreed to then Labor for Refugees (brackets, question mark) has raised objections to the motion being put at all – according to party sources.

As they say in the classics, go figure. ...

 

 

 

New Matilda lays bare Labor for Refugees' shallow cynicism [New Matilda - 24/7/15]:

 

... Speaking to New Matilda today, Co-Convenor of Labor for Refugees Shane Prince, refused to confirm whether the group would even move a motion calling on the party to take an anti-turn back stand.

Instead, Prince argued that as turn backs were a breach of international law the party platform was in fact already opposed to them.

The draft platform prepared for the conference says Labor will treat asylum seekers in accordance with Australia’s international obligations.

“Something we have to weigh up is whether we have to move such a motion to make something abundantly clear which we say is already abundantly clear,” Prince said.

“We’re not in the business of moving motions just for the sake of doing it. What we do not want to do, for obvious reasons, is to move a motion that then fails.

“Because that will confuse the party, it will lead to internal divisions on an ongoing basis, and it will be used as an argument to say that the platform allows turn backs and we say it doesn’t. We don’t want division within the party.” ...

 

 

 

“Inside” vs “Outside” Strategy [Counterpunch - 29/8/16]:

 

… Sanders had made it clear from the outset of his recent campaign for the Democratic Party nomination that if he was not nominated as the Party’s presidential candidate, he would support the Democratic Party’s nominee. That nominee was clearly engineered by party elites to be Hillary Clinton. Sanders, true to his pledge, declared his public support for Hillary at the recent Democratic Party convention. From the beginning, Sanders has always been an ‘insider.’

Sanders’ running in the Democrat Party primaries and pledging to support whoever was the nominee of the Party represents what is sometimes called an ‘inside’ strategy—i.e. bring about progressive change by reform within the Democrat Party. Other progressives have repeatedly argued against “inside,” and insisted an “outside” the party strategy and movement was the only way to bring real, permanent progressive change.

This “inside-outside” debate has raged in US progressive circles for years. Recent history shows, however, that “inside” has proven repeatedly futile and a waste of time. Every time an even remote, tentative challenge to the party’s hand-picked pro-corporate nominees have occurred, they have been squashed quickly by those same party leaders. Howard Dean, Dennis Kucinich, Jesse Jackson are but the most notable examples.

Sanders’ own recent campaign is also good testimony to the futility of “inside.” In retrospect, it is now clear his candidacy was doomed from the start, given Party elites’ structure of super-delegates as a safety valve – given the same elites’ biased anti-Sanders maneuvers during the nominating process by party hack, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and, most recently, their control of the Democratic party convention and challenges to the Party’s platform by Sanders delegates.

Once Sanders lost the nomination, he did not abandon his “inside” strategy. His next “inside” move was to tell his supporters to go to the Democratic party convention and change the Party’s platform. That was a necessary first step, he said, to reforming the party. But “inside” failed at the convention as well—as the party elite ensured its free trade policy platform remained intact, including the recent TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) deal, and made certain that Sanders’ supporters’ demands that the party adopt a single payer national health care position was also rejected as the party position. Not one really significant reform of the Party’s platform was achieved at the convention.

Sanders’ supporters should have learned that “change the party platform” was as futile – given party elites’ control of the convention committees (rules, credentials, etc.) – as it was to run against a “stacked deck” of super-delegates and not to fall victim to the maneuvers of the Wasserman-Schultzes who ran the Party’s primaries political sideshow. ...

 

 

 

The Catholic Church has paid more than $25 million to Hunter region child sexual abuse survivors, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been told on the first day of a public hearing into Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

The diocese has substantiated claims or complaints from 158 people relating to 31 different perpetrators, counsel assisting the royal commission, Mr Stephen Free, said in an opening address highlighting decades of abuse in the region.

Nearly two-thirds of offenders were priests, and six per cent were members of a religious order. ... [Illawarra Mercury - 31/8/16]

 

 

 

Police surround Perth Supreme Court as Australian media spin Apartheid and racist violence as a social media problem [ABC - 31/8/16]

 

 

 

A broken window in a Kalgoorlie Courthouse [gimpled – 29/8/16]

 

 

... Speaking to 6PR on Tuesday afternoon, broadcaster Debbie Carmody from the Tjuma Pulka Media Aboriginal Corporation said the two Facebook pages that focus on Kalgoorlie and encourage members to report local crimes are inciting violence.

WAtoday has chosen not to identify the groups.

"It has been building up for quite a number of years... Now the sites vilify, they incite violence, and murder towards Wongatha youth, and literally tell people to go out and kill Wongatha youth and ask how many bodies can you dump down a mine shaft?" Ms Carmody said.

...

"White Australia has to realise when you've been oppressed for so long people can only take so much before they start rioting and protesting." [WA Today - 30/8/16]

 

 

 

Notoriously racist Murdoch Press publishes footage of teenager being tortured in Queensland prison [Brisbane Times - 30/8/16]

 

 

The most pressing threat to Israel is not Iran, but rather the increased polarization within Israeli society, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo said in his first public appearance since leaving office in June.

“There is no outside existential threat to Israel, the only real existential threat is internal division,” Pardo said at an annual event to honor fallen Druse soldiers in the North.

“Internal division,” Pardo said, “can lead us to civil war – we are already on a path toward that. If a society crosses a certain line in its division and hatred, it is a real possibility to see a phenomenon like a civil war.”

Society at large bears responsibility to prevent these divisions, not just the leadership, he added.

In response to reporter’s questions, Pardo also addressed the Palestinian issue, saying that without a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “we will never be able to achieve normalization with our Arab neighbors.” ... [Jerusalem Post - 30/8/16]

 

 

Amnesty condemns secret Israeli trial of World Vision official [Electronic Intifada - 30/8/16]

 

 

Israeli forces carried out multiple predawn detention raids across the occupied Palestinian territory between Monday and Tuesday and detained at least 23 Palestinians -- including two minors -- according to Palestinian and Israeli security sources. ... [Maan - 30/8/16]

 

 

Israeli forces demolish home of Palestinian prisoner accused in drive-by shooting [Maan - 30/8/16]

 

 

Israel returns body of Palestinian killed in October last year [PNN - 30/8/16]

 

 

The Israeli naval forces on Monday morning kidnapped two Palestinian fishermen off the northern shores of the Gaza Strip.

Local sources in Gaza told the Palestinian Information Center (PIC) that Israeli gunboats intensively opened machinegun fire at fishermen aboard their boat and destroyed it, then confiscated the boat and rounded up two fishermen. ... [PNN - 29/8/16]

 

 

Black Lives Matter delegation returns from Standing Rock Camp [Democracy Now - 30/8/16]

 

 

This comes as incarcerated people in prisons across the United States are gearing up for a prison strike on September 9, which is the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising.

Organizers say this year’s strike could be one of the largest prison strikes in recent history.

On Friday, about 50 formerly incarcerated people and family members of currently incarcerated people from across Alabama and Georgia gathered in Dothan, Alabama, to organize support for the strike. ... [Democracy Now - 30/8/16]

 

 

The chief of Chicago's police department recommended on Tuesday that five officers be fired over their role in the 2014 shooting death of an black teenager, an incident that heaped national scrutiny on the nation's second largest police force.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended to the Chicago Police Board that officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, be fired, along with another four officers.  ... [Reuters - 30/8/16]

 

 

Serbian authorities arrest three men for helping 64 Afghans cross border [Yahoo - 30/8/16]

 

 

US Department of Defense press briefing by Gen. Votel in the Pentagon briefing room [30/8/16]:

 

... Our efforts in Afghanistan also continue to pay dividends.  We, along with our coalition partners, have made tremendous investments in that country over the last 15 years.

 The Afghans today are in the lead and they are taking the fight to the enemy through their sustainable security strategy.  

They are doing so while dealing with some tough challenges in places like Helmand province, for example.  They continue to demonstrate resiliency and they are proving capable of defending their sovereign spaces.

Meanwhile, our train, advise and assist and our counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan are also proving effective, to include our efforts against the ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan, the Islamic State in the Khorasan province.  

During a recent visit to Afghanistan, I spent time with our train, advise and assist teams, and with the corps commanders leading the Afghan forces.  

Across the board, I was extremely impressed by their skill, their determination, and their extraordinarily high level of resiliency. ...

 

 

Four Haqqani commanders were killed in an Afghan Air Force airstrike in Janikhail in Paktia province on Monday night, provincial officials said. ... [TOLO News - 30/8/16]

 

 

A Taliban commander was killed in an explosion in western Herat province of Afghanistan along with four other Taliban insurgents.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the slain Taliban commander was identified as Taj Mohammad and fell prey to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by fellow militants. ... [Khaama - 30/8/16]

 

 

At least six civilians were killed in an explosion in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Omar Zwak confirmed the incident took place late on Monday evening in Nawa district.

He said the civilians belonged to a single family and at least five others also sustained injuries in the explosion which triggered due to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted on a roadside.

Zwak further added that the civilians were traveling in a vehicle and were their way to Khanshin to participate in a wedding when their vehicle struck the IED planted by the militants. ... [Khaama - 30/8/16]

 

 

The Presidential Palace on Tuesday strongly rejected reports that said journalists were tortured and arrested during President Ashraf Ghani’s visit of central Bamyan province. ... [Pajhwok - 30/8/16]

 

 

An American woman held by Afghan militants along with her husband and two young sons is seen pleading for U.S. intervention in a new video obtained by The Daily Beast.

The video is intended to convey a message to the governments of Afghanistan, Canada, and the United States that there will be consequences for the execution of Taliban prisoners in Afghan jails, said a member of the Haqqani network, a Taliban affiliate that is holding the family captive and made the video. ... [The Daily Beast - 31/8/16]

 

 

Australian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan freed [Reuters - 29/8/16]

 

 

US drone strike kills 3 in southern Yemen [Press TV - 30/8/16]

 

 

At least 16 civilians have been killed and some 10 more injured in a Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s Ta’izz province.

Riyadh’s latest attack took place on Tuesday, as the kingdom’s jets targeted civilians in a parking lot in the province’s district of Baqim.

Earlier, Saudi jets attacked a university and a school in the war-torn country’s capital Sana’a.

Three people were also killed in a Saudi air raid in the country’s northwestern province of Sa’ada. Saudi warplanes also bombed a gas station in the districts of Sahar and Baqim as well as the Kahlan military base in Sa’ada.

Earlier, the United Nations announced that the death toll from the 18-month Saudi war against Yemen has increased to nearly 10,000.  ... [Press TV - 30/8/16]

 

 

Three persons were killed and eight others were injured when terrorists from “Jaish al-Islam” terror organizations fired shells on al-Wafideen Camp in Damascus Countryside. ... [SANA - 30/8/16]

 

 

Syrian army establishes control over villages in Aleppo southern countryside [SANA - 30/8/16]

 

 

Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent US strike in Syria [Reuters - 30/8/16]

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 30/8/16]

 

 

Wedding blast horror; 93 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 29/8/16]

 

 

More than 70 tents burned down in Iraqi refugee camp: UNHCR [Reuters - 29/8/16]

 

 

 

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