United States continues bombing everyone
US Department of Defense [19/4/16]:
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
-- Remotely piloted aircraft conducted a strike near Raqqah, destroying an ISIL vehicle.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike destroyed 10 ISIL rocket rails and an ISIL supply cache.
-- Near Huwayjah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Rutbah, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Kisik, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL tunnels and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Mosul, seven strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, three ISIL supply caches, an ISIL fighting position, two ISIL vehicle bombs, an ISIL bomb factory, an ISIL bed-down location and an ISIL vehicle; suppressed an ISIL tactical unit; and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike struck an ISIL weapons storage facility.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL assembly area.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike destroyed three ISIL rocket rails.
Chinese envoy stresses confidence in Syria peace talks [CCTV - 19/4/16]
Montgomery County, Md., police are appealing for help from the public in their investigation into the April 16 murder of a 22-year-old transgender woman who was found dead in her room at the Red Roof Inn hotel in Rockville. ... [Washington Blade - 18/4/16]
On a morning from a Bogart movie
In a country where they turn back time
You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre
Contemplating a crime ...
'Year of the Cat', Al Stewart 
US Ambassador Samantha Power's convoy strikes, kills boy in Cameroon [NBC - 18/4/16]:
... Power was in Cameroon to visit refugee camps and talk with Cameroonian officials about addressing the growing threat of the terrorist group Boko Haram in the region.
A UNICEF report said last month that more than 1.3 million children have been uprooted by Boko Haram violence.
The area just outside of Maroua where Power was at the time of the incident has been the target of recent attacks. ...
Volker Schwenck, a TV journalist for public broadcaster ARD, was detained on Tuesday after arriving in Turkey and appears set to be expelled from the country.
Authorities have yet to give Schwenck any reason for refusing his travel into the country, ARD's tagesschau website reported.
“My travel into Turkey has been refused. There's a black mark against my name. I'm a journalist. Problem?” the Cairo bureau chief and Middle East expert wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday.
Schwenck had been planning a trip to the Turkish-Syrian border, where he hoped to speak with refugees fleeing the war in Syria. ... [The Local - 19/4/16]
EU/Greece: First Turkey deportations riddled with abuse [Human Rights Watch - 19/4/16]:
... “The police came and took everyone to the main area,” the brother said.
“They separated the group [to be deported] and told them that they’ll be transferred.”
In the afternoon, Shila Ahmadi began to scream and protest in the main area.
A video given to Human Rights Watch shows her wailing as about 15 riot police with helmets and shields approach.
A group of men nearby starts chanting: “This is Europe, it’s a shame on you!” and “It’s not human rights!” ...
Babies detained in Greece under the terms of the EU-Turkey migration deal are being denied access to adequate supplies of milk formula, refugees and aid workers have alleged.
The Afghan construction manager said his daughter was in a constant state of distress as a result of the lack of milk.
“She is crying always,” he said by phone.
“She just wants milk, but [instead] she has stomach pain.”
He said he had been forced to come to Europe after being threatened with assassination by the Taliban for his work with western countries. He added that he had carried out contracted construction work for British, American and Italian forces over a number of years, and sent the Guardian copies of his contracts, and photographs of himself with British and Italian officers, to support his claim.
“I had everything in Afghanistan – a house, a car,” he said.
“But when you work with foreigners in Afghanistan, you cannot live there safely. At the end of the year that has passed, I had a warning from Taliban. They wrote on my wall: ‘You are working with foreigners, wait for death.’ They came back on a motorcycle and shot at me and it missed.” ... [Guardian - 19/4/16]
Three Greek photographers members of Reuters Breaking News won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for professional photography with the Pulitzer being the highest prize for journalists and reporters in the USA.
Team leader Yannis Behrakis and his two younger colleagues Alkis Kosntantinidis and Alexandros Avramidis were awarded for capturing sensational human touch moments of the Refugee Crisis, for bringing the plight of refugees and migrants as they tried to reach the shores of Greece and the European Union. ... [Keep Talking Greece - 19/4/16]
@pmarsupia [19/4/16]: Congrats for the Pulitzer, @yannisBehrakis!!!
David Marr and friends help Australia's foremost anti-refugee propagandist - who played a key role in re-opening Nauru and Manus concentration camps - promote her book [Melbourne University Publishing]:
Sarah [Ferguson] will be doing a number of events around the country to talk about the book and the making of the ABC TV film. We’ll update the below listings as more get added.
April 21st: Sarah Ferguson in conversation with David Marr Gleebooks, Sydney
April 19th: Sarah Ferguson in conversation with Lenore Taylor The Australian National University, Canberra
Australian government relentlessly pursues and punishes family after ABC "Smugglers' Paradise" anti-refugee propaganda [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/10/15]
Hazara refugee threatens to sue ABC over Four Corners story [Indymedia - 14/6/12]
I imagine she sleeps like a baby ---> Mark Colvin too busy to followup on Nauru protests and ongoing punishment of refugees [ABC - 18/4/16]
Day 31 of protests by #refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru. ...
... They need your support in Australia ... via Hossein Azadi
Image: @InsurrectNews [19/4/16]
@InsurrectNews [19/4/16]: An Iranian Kurd refugee at the #Nauru detention center has been arrested for trying to set himself on fire ...
The mind of Australian politicians is a very ugly place ---> ... Cr Pisasale said child sex offenders were not welcome in Ipswich and suggested Nauru would be a better place to house them after prison.
"The statistics show a large number of child sex offenders reoffend when they are released," he said.
"The boat people come and we stick them on Nauru until they readjust and until we assess them.
"Maybe that is where we should stick these child sex offenders… I am not willing to risk one child in Ipswich for the sake of a child sex offender's so-called rights.
"I feel embarrassed a human is treated like an animal, but you have to remember these people have acted like an animal towards children. ... [Yahoo - 19/4/16]
Refugee Rights Action Network WA [19/4/16]:
We suspect the flight has now departed and yet another person who came to Australia in search of safety is being returned to face further persecution.
Just hours ago we watched him stand in court and explain to the judge, through an interpreter, how he still lives with the trauma of being tortured in his home country.
He stated "I'm very stressed, your Honor, I'm getting all the bad memories...I rather take my life here than returning home. They would torture me to death. I fled the country because I could not stand the pain I went through as a result of being tortured. That was the reason I left...to look for a place where I can live safely..."
Partly due to the short notice, unfortunately we do not think we were able to prevent the deportation however we had several conversations with passengers on his flight and others who appeared very sympathetic.
Multiple people remarked 'it's awful what they do, isn't it'. One woman said that she herself was from the war-torn country of Croatia so could understand the plight of refugees who come here. She indicated that most people don't understand how many people have died in horrible situations. One man who was on a different flight said he wanted to stop it and asked what he could do.
He offered to take flyers with him past the departures gate and distribute them to passengers on the Singapore airlines flight.
One Maori woman from NZ remarked on the apathy of the general public and how most people couldn't understand what it means to face genocide in your country. There were also airport staff who appeared interested and in one case sympathetic to what we were doing.
One day resistance will build to the point
where we will be able to really #getintheway and #stopdeportationstodanger until
then, vulnerable people will be forced to navigate a system designed to fail
Myanmar’s new ‘normal’: Democracy or apartheid? [Eurasia Review - 19/4/16]
Made possible by the Bali Process and flow on impact of Australia's US-inspired, anti-refugee policies (as well as a regional media blackout) ---> ... For decades, the Rohingya have been subject to strict restrictions. Since 1982, they were summarily rendered stateless. Today they have been herded into detention and internment camps, stripped of their valuables, denied freedom of movement, and left impoverished and lacking in even basic healthcare. It is no wonder that so many thousands make such risky journeys across treacherous waters. The plight of the Rohingya may not be well known in the West, but it is well known in the ASEAN and Muslim world. ... It's way past time to stop mistreating Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar [LA Times - 18/4/16]
Woodside’s 2016 Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, 21 April 2016 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, Western Australia at 10.00am. ... [Media Release - 18/4/16]
Woodside Energy and partner Daewoo International have started drilling their latest exploration well offshore Myanmar just weeks after announcing a gas discovery in the region.
The latest well, the Thalin-1 well in Block AD-7, was spudded 20 January.
On 4 January, Woodside announced a gas discovery at the Shwe Yee Htun-1 exploration well in Block A-6 in the Rakhine basin, offshore Myanmar. ... [OE - 22/1/16]
Israeli weapons aid potential genocides in Myanmar and Burundi [Electronic
Intifada - 18/1/16]
West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:
... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).
Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction.
But the West’s eagerness to open up access to Myanmar’s untapped energy resources is also about China.
“Drawing Myanmar out of China’s sphere of influence was touted in Washington as a great diplomatic boon for the US pivot to Asia,” explains Hunter Marsten, a former State Department official based in Rangoon, Myanmar.
“The US aims to inhibit China’s expanding regional influence… to preserve the status quo security architecture put in place by the US and Europe.” That is “why the United States has refrained from criticising Myanmar’s shortcomings… The US needs a ‘good enough’ democratic partner in Myanmar to provide a bulwark on China’s strategic southern border with India”. ...
An international consortium headed by one of China’s biggest conglomerates has been awarded the project to develop the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in Rakhine State, reports said last week.
The decision to award the bid to build and operate an industrial park and a deep-sea port at the SEZ was announced on December 31 by an evaluation committee and followed the approval of cabinet and the parliament. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 4/1/16]
Is the seafood you eat caught by slaves? Meet the Pulitzer winners who
broke open a global scandal [Democracy Now - 18/4/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: This is Benjina, Indonesia?
ROBIN McDOWELL: This is Benjina, yes. The village of Benjina is on one side of a large canal. About 200 meters away is the other part of the island. And that’s where the factory was, with the boats, the fishing trawlers, the men. So, for the first day or two, it was mostly looking across that waterway, trying to figure out how are we going to find out really what’s going on here. Initially, the first clues came from the brothels on the side of the village, which, it turned out, on speaking to them, that they were servicing mostly Burmese fishermen, and they said dozens, maybe hundreds. So that was when we really got a sense, OK, this is—this is a big operation.
It wasn’t until two or three days later, when I was able to get in touch with our Burmese colleague, Esther Htusan, who is also a member of the team, and she embarked on a 30-hour journey by boat, by plane, and arrived on the island. When those men saw her and for the first time saw a Burmese compatriot and she told them, "We’re here to tell your story," they just could not wait to talk. They took tremendous risks. They would chase us down pathways, kind of jamming paper into her hands, saying, "Please, tell our family that we’re alive," telling horrific stories, much worse than we had been hearing from others in Thailand on the—you know, where most of the abuses had been reported up until then.
AMY GOODMAN: You found men in cages?
ROBIN McDOWELL: Yes, we did. We knew—actually,
before we got there, we saw, on the day before we arrived, a picture of a man in
a cage. So we knew that was really the goal at that moment. There was—we knew
there was someplace near the factory grounds that men were being held. And we
told our photographer and our videographer, "This is the goal for you. You need
to prove that this is happening." And when they found it, it was something that
the company was not even ashamed of. They showed them—they showed the
videographer and the photographer as what was supposed to be a tour of "this is
our fishing industry." It had been going on for such
a long time. They had been operating with impunity. They had no fear at
that moment, in the early—when they didn’t—before they realized we were doing an
investigation. They just kind of like skirted them near this cage, which was
basically a company jail with concrete floors. And, you know, they’d go to the
bathroom inside this makeshift prison. And so, they got a couple of glimpses
with the camera, before they were kind of ushered away. ...
@AllanNairn14 [19/4/16]: Murder, enslavement, disappearance. Witnesses describe the tactics of the '65 US-backed army takeover of Indonesia.
@AllanNairn14 [19/4/16]: Rather than taking responsibility for its own mass murders the army tries to blame "Indonesian culture."#Simposium65 #Masihingat
@AllanNairn14 [19/4/16]: Many in Indonesia&USgovernments want2 use"reconciliation"2avoid truth, prosecution 4 '65&other massacres #Masihingat
@AllanNairn14 [19/4/16]: If you don't expose and punish state killers, they -- & their successors -- will kill again #Masihingat #Simposium65
CIA tie asserted in Indonesia purge [New York Times - 11/7/1990]:
A dispute has developed over a report that 25 years ago, United States officials supplied up to 5,000 names of Indonesian Communists to the Indonesian Army, which was then engaged in a campaign to wipe out the Communist Party in that country.
The article also said that approval for the release of the names came from the top officials at the Embassy, including Ambassador Marshall Green. ...
AMBASSADOR GREENS QLD VISIT [10 September 1973]:
... 3. SEPTEMBER 6TH: AT BREAKFAST MEETING WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR US INTEREST FIRMS OPERATING IN QLD, AMBASSADOR HEARD THEIR VIEWS AND DISCUSSED DEVELOPMENT OF CONCERN TO THEM INCLUDING GOA POLICIES ON FOREIGN INVESTMENTS AND LABOUR RELATIONS. AMBASSADOR THEN MET AT CONSULATE WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL MAJOR MEDIA INCLUDING RURAL PRESS.
IN THIS SESSION AS ON SEVERAL OTHER OCCASIONS DURING VISIT, AMBASSADOR FOUND IT USEFUL TO REMIND GROUP THAT, BECAUSE US AND AUSTRALIA HAVE SO MANY SIMILARATIES IN CULTURE AND OBJECTIVES, THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH THOUGHT TO HOW THEIR POLITICAL DYNAMICS VARY. THEREFORE, DESPITE ALREADY HIGH LEVEL OF CONTACTS, EVEN MORE VISITS NEEDED BY LEGISLATORS, LABOUR LEADERS, BUSINESS, AND CULTURAL FIGURES.
CALLS MADE ON GOVERNOR SIR COLIN HANNAH AND LEADERS STATE AND BRISBANE GOVERNMENTS.
CALL ON GOVERNOR WAS FOLLOWED BY LUNCHEON AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE. AMBASSADOR AND MRS GREEN GUESTS OF HONOUR AT DINNER GIVEN JOINTLY BY AUSTRALIAN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION, AMERICAN CHANBER OF COMMERCE AND AMERICAN FAMILES ASSOCIATION OF QUEENSLAND. DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER BARNARD MADE PRINCIPAL SPEECH OF WELCOME AND USED OCCASION TO REAFFIRM VALIDITY ANZUS TIES AND ANNOUNCE MAJOR AUST US JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE PLANS. RANKING QLD GOVERNMENT MINISTER SPOKE IN SUPPORT.
4. SEPTEMBER 7TH: QLD ALP HELD MORNING RECEPTION FOR AMBASSADOR AT LABOUR HOUSE HQ INCLUDING ROUND OF OFFICES AND ASSOCIATED RADIO STATION 4KQ. GUESTS INCLUDED FEDERAL AND STATE ALP LEGISLATORS AND POLITICAL WORKERS AT ALL LEVELS. AMBASSADOR ACHIEVED NOTE WORTHY IMPACT BY INVITING VIEWS ON LABOUR PRACTICES OF US ENTERPRISES IN QLD. ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION HELD MORNING TEA FOR MRS GREEN. DURING MIDDAY FLIGHT TO MAROOCHYDORE, SITE OF GENERAL AVIATION TRADE SHOW SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 1974, AND LUNCHEON FOR MAROOCHY SHIRE COUNCIL CHAIRMAN DEVERE AND MRS DEVERE. VISIT HIGHLY USEFUL FOR ASSURING LOCAL COOPERATION WITH TRADE SHOW ARRANGEMENTS. IN EVENING AMBASSADOR KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT AUST INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT SENIOR MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE DINNER WITH TOPIC INTERNATIONAL INFLUENCES ON AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSMEN IN THE 1970'S.
5. SEPTEMBER 8TH: BREAKFAST WITH QLD UNIVERSITY VICE CHANCELLOR AND MRS COWEN FOLLOWED BY SEMINAR AT UNIVERSITY FOR FACULTY AND STUDENT GOVERNMENT HISTORY AND ECONOMICS DEPARTMENTS AS WELL AS FACULTY FROM NEW GRIFFITHS UNIVERSITY. QUESTIONS MAINLY ON EAST ASIAN AFFAIRS SHOWED SERIOUS INTEREST AND PREPARATION. MEMBERS CLEARLY IMPRESSED BY FRANK AND SPECIFIC NATURE OF AMBASSADORS OPENING REMARKS AND REPLIES TO QUESTIONS. CONSULATE HAS ALREADY RECEIVED FOLLOW UP REQUEST FOR MORE SUCH SESSIONS WITH CONSULATE SPEAKERS AND VISITING AMERICANS. SEMINAR IMPORTANT STEP IN MOVING ATTITUDES TOWARD AMERICAN POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS AWAY FROM REMAINING 1960'S HANGUPS AND ONTO MORE CONSTRUCTIVE TRACK. SAME COULD BE SAID OF ENTIRE VISIT. FRIEDMAN UNCLASSIFIED
Silencing West Papuan independence supporters overseas [Lacuna - 18/4/16]:
... Exactly that happened on April 29 last year at a rally outside the State Library of Victoria calling for international media to be allowed to enter West Papua. Two Indonesian men photographed the rally organisers until plain-clothed Victorian police officers told them to leave, according to the organisers.
Ronny Kareni, one of the organisers of the April 29 rally, received anonymous text messages last December threatening his then-pregnant wife. The messages warned him his wife would “pay” for his “activities”. He has since decreased his general profile within the Free West Papua movement. Victoria police, Ronny says, have been investigating the texts, although they refused my request for comment.
Professor Damien Kingsbury of Deakin University has published on Indonesia for years, and was involved in the peace negotiations that ended an insurgency in the Aceh region of the country in 2005. His Indonesian students confide in him that they are often “required to report to the consulate” in Melbourne about West Papuan activities.
“The Lombok Treaty has given great access to Indonesian intelligence to operate here and to monitor any activism or what they call ‘separatist’ movements,” explains Ronny, the West Papuan activist who helped organise the April 29 rally.
“This is what they use to pressure Canberra.” ...
Cambodian activist and human rights lawyer Ouch Leng was on Monday awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for his undercover investigations into the country’s illegal logging trade and advocacy work with communities affected by deforestation and land grabbing.
The annual award has since 1989 recognized individuals for significant contributions toward protecting the natural world, often at great personal risk.
In an interview last week, the 42-year-old Mr. Leng said that at the center of his work was the belief that direct action is the best way for communities to get their voices heard.
“Sometimes I suggest to the people to block the road, to sleep in the middle of the road, in order to urge the government to solve the problem for them,” he said.
“If they don’t block the road to protest to show demonstration to the government, no one will come out to resolve the problem.” ... [Cambodia Daily 19/4/16]
Culture Ministry bans film on forest activist Chut Wutty [Phnom Penh Post -19/4/16]
Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad, calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign over the 1MDB state fund scandal, has applied for a court order to freeze Najib's assets, Mahathir's lawyers said on Tuesday. ... [Channel News Asia - 19/4/16]
Norfolk Island to take its governance issue to the UN [RNZI - 19/4/16]:
Norfolk Island is to present a petition to the United Nations in New York next week, seeking listing as one the UN's Non-Self-Governing Territories.
This comes after Australia ended the island's limited self-government in July last year.
After a transitional phase, the island is set to become a regional council under the auspices of New South Wales.
The most recent former chief minister, Lisle Snell, said listing as a Non-Self-Governing Territory would impose certain obligations on Australia.
"What we are asking for is that Norfolk Island be given the rights that are accorded under the terms and conditions of being a Non-Self-Governing Territory," he said.
"It's a very, very historic occasion for us and we can't emphasise strongly enough the importance of this process that we are going through."
China's Defence Ministry on Tuesday rejected queries by the U.S. military as to why China had used a military aircraft to evacuate sick workers from a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea. ... [Channel News Asia - 19/4/16]
How many more deaths before the Australian medical establishment grows a backbone?
... By Friday, July 31, Nasim was dead. As his body was carried from the centre, loaded into an ambulance under a white sheet, fellow detainees chanted in volleys of Arabic and English: “He did not kill himself, the immigration killed him.” ... [The Saturday Paper - 8/8/15]
Hazaras in Indonesia [19/12/15]:
Mohammad Nasim Najafi who was died suspiciously at Yongha Hill Detention Centre 5 months ago, just has been buried in Rockingham, Perth.
He escaped war and persecution in Afghanistan and sought asylum to Australia.
Today he was buried to say good bye to those who self declared as human beings.
He thought Australia would protect him from harm.
As a human, I am deeply ashamed to see Australia has failed to protect him. ... [Hayatullah Rahimi]
People are dying and the Greens and ALP are playing tag ---> The Senate has supported a Greens motion ordering the government to table all contracts that it holds with Wilson Security and any information relating to the due diligence process that was undertaken before those contracts were awarded. ... [Media Release - 19/4/16]
But they can't demand a Royal Commission? Why?
Who killed Reza Barati?
Local G4S staff member from #Manus Island RPC poses with gun and radio.
Image: @Asher_Wolf [2/3/14]
Two men jailed over 2014 murder of Reza Barati at Manus Island refugee concentration camp [ABC - 19/4/16]
This was a brutal attack, not a “riot” - Refugee Action Collective – Manus Island Fact Sheet [2/3/14]
Submission 67 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... We were expected to "manufacture" Individual Management Plans as this was what the Department of Immigration wanted.
After the murder of Reza Barati, we were told to lie to our clients and tell them it was a "riot" to deter them from protesting. ...
Australie : La forteresse anti-réfugiés [VIDEO - ARTE - 18/4/16]
ALP fascists ---> Former Queensland Government MP Rob Pyne has accused Deputy Premier Jackie Trad of "ranting abuse" and intimidating him during an ongoing clash over local government corruption claims last year.
Ms Trad had already volunteered herself for investigation by the parliamentary ethics committee after a complaint was lodged by an associate of Mr Pyne.
However, she has rejected the allegations in Mr Pyne's letter of complaint.
The former Labor MP who turned independent earlier this year has written to the Queensland Speaker with his own version of events, outlining face-to-face and phone conversations in which he said Ms Trad was angry, threatening, intimidating and not happy with his interest in local government issues.
Mr Pyne also accused former government whip and current Housing Minister Mick de Brenni of obstructing his wheelchair when he tried to enter the chamber in October. ... [ABC - 19/4/16]
Queensland government introduces expanded police powers legislation day after submissions due for Human Rights Inquiry [Media Release - 19/4/16]
Two Knitting Nannas and two other anti-CSG activists had charges relating to them locking-on at the Santos facility in the Pilliga forest in January dismissed in the Lismore Local Court this morning.
The four women had received notices for obstructing traffic and disobeying a police direction after locking on to the front gate as part of ongoing protest against unconventional gas mining.
Magistrate David Heilpern said during sentencing that higher courts in NSW had set precedents by granting Section 10s (case proved but no conviction recorded) when a protest had been unlawful but there had been no damage to property.
As an aside he noted that he recently observed a group of nuns in Sydney practising non-violent tactics in preparation for providing sanctuary to refugees.
‘The times they are a changing when people who are are associated with the conservative sides of society are becoming more active,’ he said.
‘It is incumbent on me to say that the law will be treating people sympathetically when they come before the court for non-violent protest where the higher courts have set precedents.’
‘For all these reasons I am dismissing these charges under Section 10. I considered a good behaviour bond but the truth is you don’t get a Section 10 twice.
‘If they come back before the court again the chances of a Section 10 are nil.
‘I don’t see the need for a good behaviour bond because you all know the consequences if you re-offend.’
After being dismissed, media had to wait while the Nannas attending this morning’s court retrieved their knitting and crochet needles, which had been confiscated by security. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 18/4/16]
Wangan and Jagalingou Family Council says it will launch a federal court challenge over ‘sham meeting’ to endorse Adani's Carmichael mine ... [Guardian - 17/4/16]
Thousands of protesters from across America descended on the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court on Monday, where hundreds of pro-democracy activists were arrested for blocking Congress’ doorstep and loud crowds of young people, undocumented familes and immigration advocates rallied at the Court.
It was a spectacle not seen often in Washington, where thousands of people in tee-shirts touting a gamut of local and national civil rights groups, labor unions, environmental groups, immigrant rights groups and clergy assembled and carried banners and signs demanding equality, fairness and justice.
Reymundo Otero came from Miami by bus with 54 others and works with the Nora Sandigo Children’s Foundation, which has taken legal custody of almost 1,000 children whose parents have been deported.
He and others repeatedly said they cannot understand why the law keeps tearing apart families.
“We see it every day. You see it in the children. You see it in their faces. They long to have a family. They long for it.” ... [AlterNet - 18/4/16]
@ajplus [18/4/16]: After 100s of arrests this past week, #DemocracySpring activists are still protesting against big money in politics.
Supreme Court considers President’s executive actions on immigration while thousands rally outside [American Immigration Council - 1/4/16]
Kimberly released, another student deported, supporters still fighting [#NOT1MORE - 18/4/16]:
... A series of ICE raids, the latest targeting young asylum-seekers from Central America, continue to rip apart communities in Georgia and North Carolina. At least ten high school students have been arrested—many on their way to school—as part of the Obama Administration’s “Operation Border Guardian.”
Legal experts say they could qualify for protection as refugees, but never got a chance to have their claims heard. Last week, the case of one Georgia teen gave community activists hope that last-ditch legal efforts could halt the deportations, allowing them to have their asylum claims heard.
After more than ten weeks in the Irwin County Detention Center—one of the ten worst immigration detention centers in the country—Collins Hill tenth-grader Kimberly Pineda Chavez is now free.
Despite overwhelming evidence that she was prevented from applying for asylum, ICE instead tried to deport her before an immigration judge ordered her case reopened. Advocates had argued that the young girl should be free to pursue her asylum case outside of detention and that her removal would put her life in jeopardy.
Even in the face of state-wide organizing, and more than 25,000 signatures from a national petition, ICE continued to hold the 19 year-old, arguing it was too risky to release her.
Kimberly’s release came only after her attorney, Elanie Cintron, leveraged a successful petition to reopen the case, convincing an immigration judge she should be released on a minimal bond. Kimberly is now home with her family and is able to return to school. ...
Chicago church opens its doors in sanctuary to father being pursued by ICE [#NOT1MORE - 18/4/16]
Legendary First Nations broadcaster Tiga Bayles dies [AUDIO - The Wire – 18/4/16]:
Tributes are flowing for legendary First Nations broadcaster and Indigenous leader Tiga Bayles, who died aged 62 from cancer yesterday morning.
He was a well-known voice in community radio and widely recognised for his contribution to Indigenous media.
As former chairman of the NSW Land Council, Tiga Bayles is also being remembered as an inspiring teacher and a leader who did much to amplify Indigenous voices in land rights campaigns.
... Wiradjuri News said on its Facebook page that Bayles was "a man much admired in his broadcasting and political career by just being Tiga."
Tributes have also been paid on social media, with many reflecting on his achievements.
He also played a key role in the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games protests, and protests at the Bicentennial celebrations in Sydney in 1988. [ABC - 17/4/16]
... But while there was anger, it was far from a “riot”. A riot involves violence and a disturbing of the peace. While it was definitely a loud demonstration, there was no damage. A few smudged fingerprints on the glass of the restaurant was the net result. There were about 1000 protesters around the café when Gillard and Abbott were rushed through their own mob of security guards.
When they did come out, there were few protesters in the firing line. In fact, people such as Michael Anderson, one of the original founding members of the tent embassy, was pushed out of the way and into the stair railing. One of the only Aboriginal protesters near Gillard when she was delivered to her car was a photographer who was unceremoniously pushed away by a policeman.
Similarly, it was the police that made Gillard stumble. There was no protesters around her. People such as Anderson and Tiga Bayles, a prominent indigenous broadcaster, were involved in soothing the crowd and were negotiating with police who had made a line of blue outside the restaurant. There was a call for people to return to the embassy, as the “point had been made”.
The only violence I saw was on behalf of police, who were pushing protesters away. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop media from portraying an angry mob who were bent on terrorising our first female prime minister. Images of Gillard in the arm of her protector made the front page of newspapers around the country, but would it have been such a source of public outrage if she wasn’t a woman?
There was no attempt to hurt Gillard or Abbott. Protesters simply wanted to make clear their concerns about sovereignty, land rights and Aboriginal rights to the mainstream. ...
Justice For Fazel Chegeni & Reza Berati protest today as Australian Ambassador enters London building ...
Image: @sarahjkeenan [18/4/16]
What were UNHCR Australia representatives doing on Manus Island? Legitimising Australia's exile and disappearance of refugees? [Letter from men detained on Manus, 15 April 2016 via Julian Burnside]:
To the UNHCR organization in Canberra
We, detainees in Manus Island, are writing to you to thank for coming your delegates in here. We are hoping to see positive results of your reports. ...
UNHCR "welcomes" Australia's lies about releasing refugees on Nauru [5/10/15]:
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees welcomes Nauru's decision to end the detention of asylum-seekers and to clear pending asylum claims promptly.
On Monday, the Government of Nauru announced that, effective immediately, its Regional Processing Centre hosting asylum-seekers would become an "open centre" 24 hours a day and that all asylum-seekers would be free to move around the island.
The Government also committed to processing some 600 pending asylum applications in the next week, and to enhancing support for the local integration of refugees and asylum-seekers in the country.
These moves are in line with UNHCR's global strategy to end the detention of asylum-seekers and refugees, which calls on States to pursue workable alternatives to detention.
Just like Australia, and just as the laws are intended –-> Refugees in NZ struggling to send money home [RNZI – 19/4/16]:
... Abdirashid Hashi lives in Wellington with his wife and their eight children.
The taxi driver also supports his sister and her large family of eight children, who are still in Somalia.
He used to send $150 every month to his sister, but not anymore.
Mr Hashi said her children could no longer go to school and had little food.
"My sister calls me and two weeks ago she say 'it's not life good'. So when she calls crying I'm crying too."
انتاج : مجموعة مشاهير العراق الاعلامية اخراج : عبد الله التركي [VIDEO -18/4/16]
Despite court order, PNG's anti-fraud unit ordered to close [RNZI – 19/4/16]
Villagers missing after landslide in West Papua [RNZI – 19/4/16]
RAMSI not leaving Solomons until June 2017 [RNZI – 19/4/16]
(yankee go home)
The world has had enough.
@IvanMartin89 [18/4/16]: Plane in Op Triton locates a boat with 214 people (63 minors) to the east of #Malta and coordinates rescue
@MigrantReport [18/4/16]: #Malta and #Italy also have no knowledge of reported capsizing of 4000 - 500 #migrants off Crete.
Protesters and angry supporters of firebrand Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr shut down six ministries in Baghdad on Monday and were heading toward the parliament, where MPs earlier said they would meet the next day to try and break a political deadlock.
The demonstrators surrounded and forcefully shut down the ministries of power, higher education, cultural affairs after forcing employees to evacuate, Ashwaq Jaf, a Kurdish lawmaker in the Iraqi parliament, told Rudaw.
Sadr has been locked in a showdown with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi over stamping out corruption and changing his government.
Earlier in the day, Iraq’s bickering political factions in parliament agreed on meeting Tuesday to discuss choosing the next parliamentary president, to exit a political crisis that the US worries may hamper the war with the Islamic State (ISIS).
The decision to meet, announced Monday, came shortly after US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Baghdad to discuss the next step of the war with ISIS and meet with Iraqi commanders and the embattled Iraqi premier. ... [RUDAW - 18/4/16]
US to send more troops to Iraq [Reuters - 18/4/16]:
... The advisers will accompany Iraqi units of about 2,500 troops moving closer to the front lines of battle.
Until now, the advisers were limited to larger divisions of about 10,000 troops located further back from the battlefield.
The change will allow them to offer quicker advice to Iraqi troops as they try to retake Mosul, likely facing stiff resistance from an entrenched enemy.
But it could also leave the U.S. advisers more vulnerable to enemy mortars and artillery. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [18/4/16]:
Salah-il-deen: Press sources:The air force has targeted the civilians in Shurqat district north of Tikrit resulted in more than 20 deaths ......
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near a traditional market in Furat neighborhood west of Baghdad today evening killing two persons and wounding 7 .......
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near a generator in Amil neighbourhood in Amil neighborhood southwest of Baghdad today evening killing a person and wounding 5.....
19 April 2016