Please, please, please... Stop separating families



Day 15 of peaceful protest Nauru ...  ‏@elahe_zivardar  [19/2/17]



Will Guardian Australia ask Janet Galbraith and Michael Gordon why they have abandoned this man? ---> Loghman Sawari - who escaped Australia-PNG anti-refugee regime, and was deported from Fiji - back in Court on Monday [PNG Loop - 15/2/17]



Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island:  Eaten Fish ends hunger strike; Guardian Australia still pushing fictional "US deal" narrative [19/2/17]



Waiting ... Waiting ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]



Asylum seekers imprisoned in onshore concentration camps keep mobile phones following legal action by ALP-connected "advocates" - Australia's anti refugee policy continues unopposed and unscrutinised [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 19/2/17]



Cowra breakout escapee returns to pay respects [ABC- 4/8/14]



US immigrant detention centres remind therapist of traumatic childhood in WW2 internment camps [LA Times - 11/4/16]:


... As Ina visited the center in Dilley, about 150 miles southwest of Austin, she scrutinized families for signs of trauma she recognized as both a former detainee and a family psychotherapist.

Mothers were issued identity cards, just as her parents had been. They spoke of eating unfamiliar food at mess halls, living under constant observation and stress, never letting their children leave their sides. In the young mothers she met, Ina saw her own.

Ina had produced two award-winning documentaries on internment, "Children of the Camps" in 1999 and "From a Silk Cocoon" in 2005. Now she was discovering a new story to tell.

One Salvadoran mother detained for five months tearfully told Ina through an interpreter that her 8-year-old daughter was afraid to sleep and cried for hours whenever children she befriended at the center departed.

Ina asked the girl why she cried. The girl glanced over her shoulder at a female guard before whispering that she feared that the departing children, whose families had fled gangs and violence, were being sent home to their deaths.

Why did she have trouble sleeping, Ina asked?

Again, the girl checked that the guard wasn't listening.

Then she said she had been having nightmares about a scary dog — the dog the Border Patrol had used to catch her. ...


Seven decades ago the US detained 120,000 Japanese Americans, could it happen again? [Democracy Now - 11/4/16]



Eight people flee US border patrol to seek asylum in Canada [Reuters - 18/2/17]:


Eight asylum-seekers, including four children, barely made it across the Canadian border on Friday as a U.S. border patrol officer tried to stop them and a Reuters photographer captured the scene.

As a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer seized their passports and questioned a man in the front passenger seat of a taxi that had pulled up to the border in Champlain, New York, four adults and four young children fled the cab and ran to Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the other side.

One by one they scrambled across the snowy gully separating the two countries.

RCMP officers watching from the other side helped them up, lifting the younger children and asking a woman, who leaned on her fellow passenger as she walked, if she needed medical care. ...



Over 5,000 gather in Darwin to mark Japanese air raid in 1942 [Japan Times - 19/2/17]



According to the US Navy, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson began patrols in the South China Sea amid tensions on Saturday.

It arrived at Naval Base Guam on February 10 after leaving San Diego.

The aircraft carrier belongs to the US Navy Third Fleet, which is in charge of the East Pacific and North Pacific region since WWII.

But it is now sent on missions to the western Pacific.

This proves that the US military will increase its provocation and involvement in the South China Sea.

But, it is uncertain what the degree, scale and way the US intervention in the region will be. ... [Global Times - 19/2/17]



‘N17 file will not be shelved,’ says ex-CIA analyst John Kiriakou [Ekathimerini – 17/2/17]



Ecuadoreans tell Presidential candidates they want Assange safe [teleSUR - 17/2/17]



Norma McCorvey, who was the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade died on Saturday morning of heart failure.

McCorvey, who was at an assisted-living facility when she died, was at the center of the ruling that ended up legalizing abortion in the United States and shaped the debate over one of the most divisive issues in American politics.

McCorvey came forward in the 1980s to become a strong voice in the pro-choice movement.

But later she switched sides after becoming a born-again Christian and became one of the most high-profile pro-life activists. ... [Slate - 18/2/17]



Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind of 1993 World Trade Center bombing, dies at 78 [NY Daily News - 18/2/17]



A German correspondent for the daily "Die Welt" newspaper has been taken into custody in Turkey.

He is the first German reporter to be held in a widespread crackdown on press freedom in Turkey.

A lawyer for Deniz Yücel said the 43-year-old journalist was being charged with membership in a terrorist organization, spreading propaganda and misuse of information.

The "Die Welt" correspondent had reported on emails that RedHack, a leftist hacker collective, had acquired from the private account of Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.

The minister is a son-in-law and close political ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Another six journalists - all working for Turkish news outlets - have been arrested in connection with the RedHack affair. ... [Deutsche Welle - 17/2/17]



Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia [Daily Star - 18/2/17]:


... The roundups mark a change for Turkey, which has historically welcomed Muslims fleeing what they say is repression in countries including Russia, among them communities who fought government forces in Russia’s North Caucasus.

“Around 10 of my acquaintances are in jail now,” said Magomed-Said Isayev, a Muslim from the Russian North Caucasus mountains, who moved to Istanbul three years ago.

He said for most of his time in Turkey he had no difficulties with the authorities. He said he had done nothing to harm Turkish citizens, but now he felt he was no longer safe from the threat of detention. ...



Car bomb in Turkey's southeast kills child: Governor's office [Reuters - 18/2/17]:


A car bomb exploded in the garden of a housing complex in Turkey's southeastern town of Viransehir on Friday, killing a child and wounding 17 other people, the provincial governor's office told Reuters.

Initial findings showed that an unidentified individual thought to be between 18 to 20 had parked the car loaded with explosives outside the complex in the evening hours, Sanliurfa governor Gungor Azim Tuna was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu agency. ...



‏@dersi4m [19/2/17]: ... #Turkish army is shelling the #SDF-controlled town of Arima, 20 km western of #Manbij (ANHA) #TwitterKurds #Rojava



‏@nasseratta5 [18/2/17]:  Tens of thousand take to the streets of Sanaa , #Yemen to protest #Saudi air strike on civilians that killed thousands of Yemeni 



Somalia: Officials killed Mogadishu drive-by shooting [All Africa - 18/2/17]



Farmajo meets with US Ambassador in Mogadishu [All Africa - 17/2/17]:


... The US ambassador said in Twitter post, that he was very happy to meet with the Somali President and present him a cap with "Make Somalia great Again." ...



Two children killed in Mogadishu mortar shelling [All Africa - 16/2/17]



Palestinian dies after being shot by Israeli troops on his way to his last chemo session [Haaretz - 18/2/17]



At least five soldiers were killed and two injured on Friday by a roadside bomb in Egypt's restive Northern Sinai where the government faces an Islamic State-led insurgency, medics and security sources said. ... [Reuters - 17/2/17]



Seven suspected Boko Haram militants blew themselves on the outskirts of a northeast Nigerian city on Friday, a local aid agency said, in an attack witnesses said targeted refugees preparing to return to their home villages. ... [Reuters - 17/2/17]



Syrian Grand Mufti mourns death of relatives killed by Turkish airstrikes [AMN - 18/2/19]



A child was killed when terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra targeted al-Sahari neighborhood in Daraa City with rocket shells. ... [SANA - 19/2/17]



The US-led coalition that claims to be fighting ISIS terrorist organization once again hit Syrian strategic infrastructure, destroying a bridge in the eastern countryside of the northern Raqqa province.

Identical local and media sources reported Saturday that aircrafts of the coalition targeted again during the past 24 hours al-Meghle Bridge west of Maadan village, located 60 km east of Raqqa city.

The strikes caused the bridge to go out of service, the sources confirmed.

The destruction of al-Meghle Bridge, which links the two banks of the Euphrates River, has thus caused al-Jazira area completely disconnected. ... [SANA - 18/2/17]



One dead, 4 wounded in IED blast south of Baghdad [IraqiNews.-com - 19/2/17]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [18/2/17]:  


Baghdad: News agencies/UNAMI: The humanatarian situation has deteriorated west of Mosul due to the military operations which cause water and power cuts and shortage in food.



Silent, peaceful rally held in Baghdad; 67 killed in Iraq [ - 17/2/17]



With the approval of the government of Iraq, Coalition forces struck an ISIS command and control headquarters and propaganda facility yesterday in western Mosul, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

In a release issued today, officials said the five-story Bab Sinjar administration facility was located in the Jumhuri medical community complex. ... [US Department of Defense - 18/2/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 18/2/17]



Mattis Confers with Kurdistan Regional Government President [US Department of Defense - 18/2/17]



The United States strongly supports NATO and will be "unwavering in its commitment to the transatlantic alliance," Vice President Mike Pence said at the Munich Security Conference today. ... [US Department of Defense - 18/2/17]



‏@wikileaks [18/2/17]:  Russian FM Lavrov to US VP Pence & others today at #MSF2017 citing CIA+NSA espionage ...



Munich: 1,500 peace activists call for the abolition of NATO, global disarmament, and solidarity with refugees [RT - 18/2/17]



US Embassy in Germany:  There will be people asserting their democratic right to protest this weekend - stay away [17/2/17]:


... A demonstration and counter-demonstration regarding Bangladesh are expected to take place at Lenbachplatz on Friday, February 17:

A group of largely Bangladeshi expatriates will be demonstrating from 1200 – 1600 with the stated purpose of protesting the lack of human rights in Bangladesh. Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 200 people.

A group of largely Bangladeshi expatriates will be demonstrating from 0800 – 1000 and from 1700 – 1900 with the stated purpose of supporting the visit to Munich of a Bangladeshi Member of Parliament. Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 200 people.

A demonstration is expected to take place at Lenbachplatz from 0900 – 1200 on Saturday, February 18.

The group, a human rights organization for refugees, will be demonstrating with the stated purpose of protesting against the deportation of Afghan refugees from Germany back to Afghanistan. 

Munich Police anticipates there will be approximately 400 people. ...



[Bangladesh] Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali  said in Dhaka that he could raise the Rohingya issue in the upcoming global security summit in Germany while reiterated Bangladesh call asking Myanmar to resolve crisis. ... [Arakan News Agency - 18/2/17]



‏@xmuixi [18/2/17]:  #welcomerefugees #volemacollir big demonstration in barcelona to welcome refugees and protest at Spain for closing borders



@manelmarquez [18/2/17]:  Una vez más hemos llenado de solidaridad con los #refugiados las calles de #Barcelona #VolemAcollir #18F #TrenquemFronteres Éxito total!



@salvamentogob [18/2/17]:  Salimos de noche y lo hacemos muchas noches, tantas como son necesarias para proteger en el mar tu vida, la de los tuyos. Es lo que hacemos.



@salvamentogob [18/2/17]: Salvamar Arcturus rescata 6 #personas de 2ª #patera hoy, esta vez en el Estrecho. La toy estaba muy desinflada. Desembarcados ya en #Tarifa.



@Defensagob [18/2/17]:  La fragata 'Canarias' rescata a 112 #migrantes a la deriva en una embarcación neumática frente a la costa libia #OpSophia @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ



100s of migrants make it over border fence in Ceuta [EURO News - 17/2/17]



Italian court investigates whether "people smugglers" finance migrant rescue boats [Reuters - 17/2/17]



Meanwhile ... Mega yacht owners choose Greece for construction and maintenance [Ekathimerini - 17/2/17]



US deports first Cubans since end of ‘wet foot, dry foot’ [Miami Herald - 18/2/17]:


... An ICE official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that this is the first “removal flight” involving Cubans since the change in immigration policy.

A few days before leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama declared an end to “wet foot, dry foot,” which allowed most Cubans who made it to U.S. soil to stay.

ICE did not specify when or where the women arrived in the United States.

But Wilfredo Allen, the attorney for one of the women, told el Nuevo Herald that they had arrived at Miami International Airport with European passports.

The women requested asylum and were detained.

According to Allen, they asked to suspend their asylum application and voluntarily return to the island, for which they already had return tickets.

“The fact that ICE deported them even though they asked to return voluntarily sends a negative message,” Allen said.

Last week, ICE told el Nuevo Herald that it had detained 172 Cubans after the policy change.

The number of pending asylum cases has not been disclosed.

Also on Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard returned 11 Cubans intercepted at sea to Bahía de Cabañas, west of Havana.

According to the Coast Guard, the flow of Cuban migrants trying to cross the Florida Straits to reach the U.S. has decreased significantly after the elimination of “wet foot, dry foot.”



... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...[The Straits Times - 1/2/16]



The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.

A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]



... Who cares for the little children?

You may slice with no conviction

Blind revenge on a blameless victim ...


'Being Boiled', Human League [1978]



Foreign Minister Julie Bishop presents Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with a photograph of their meeting in 1995. 28 November 2013



Damage Control --->  Australia's parliament slaps Aung San Suu Kyi with wet lettuce leaf at conclusion of Myanmar's FOUR MONTH military operation against the Rohingya [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/2/17]



Any Australian "aid" in South East Asia = maintaining immiseratation of refugees in camps, and/or repatriating them [Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development - 17/3/15]



This is the type of "aid" Australia provides to Myanmar --> "emergency reproductive health services" during a natural disaster [Foreign Minister Media Release - 7/8/15]



7 October 2016:  Obama lifts sanctions on Myanmar - two days before the military began its latest round of atrocities in Rakhine [Reuters]



Woodside Energy expects to spud exploration wells by mid-year offshore Myanmar and Western Australia.

The campaign off Myanmar is due to start next month.

The first two wells will appraise the Thalin discovery, and will incorporate coring and drillstem testing programs.

Woodside adds that the joint venture partners for blocks A-6 and AD-7 have approved two exploration wells, one on each block, with work in progress to identify two additional drilling prospects. ... [Offshore - 23/1/17]



Woodside Petroleum can grow without acquisitions: CEO [Australian Financial Review - 19/1/17]:


... Exploration spending will be roughly maintained, at $US325 million, with drilling in Myanmar to take the largest chunk, of $US100 million. ...



Myanmar’s Rohingya genocide is aided by friends in high places [Mint Press News - 28/1/16]



Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds]  isn't Australia's problem anymore"


[Senate - May 2015]



STOP KILLING FAMILIES:   Rohingya refugees - now political prisoners of the Australian government - protest at Manus Island concentration camp [November 2016]




19 February 2017