Kashmir protests flare, 3 killed as Indian army open fire on protesters [DAWN - 19/7/16]
Fourteen-year-old Insha Mushtaq, a resident of Indian-administered south Kashmir, is convulsing in pain on a bed in the intensive care unit of a Srinagar hospital, as her mother Raziya Begum sits by helplessly.
The girl's face is swollen and totally disfigured and doctors say her condition is critical.
Miss Mushtaq was hit by a volley of "pellets" - tiny pieces of metal shrapnel - that have been used against civilian protesters by Indian security forces, since unrest began after the death of popular separatist militant Burhan Wani. ... [BBC - 19/7/16]
Taliban shadow district chief among 27 dead in Helmand airstrikes [Pajhwok - 19/7/16]
The shadow provincial council chief of the Taliban group for southern Helmand province was killed during the ongoing clearance operations in this province.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Mullah Hamza was among 34 militants killed during the operations conducted in Greshk, Marjah, Sangin and Nahr-e-Saraj districts.
According to a statement by MoD, the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in the past 24 hours. ... [Khaama - 19/7/16]
Obama tells police: 'We have your backs' [The Hill - 19/7/16]
Not enough equality in our illegal wars of imperial aggression: RAAF Chief [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
... Joe Biden said the US along with Australia had been the basis for regional stability that had allowed many countries to grow, including China, Japan and South Korea.
"I assure you, the United States is going nowhere, the United States is here in the Pacific to stay," Mr Biden told reporters.
"We are a Pacific nation. We are a Pacific power."
Mr Biden held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hours after Mr Turnbull swore in his new ministerial line-up.
The pair announced Australia would expand the training mission inside Iraq to include federal and local police.
"One of the most important objectives now in Iraq is to ensure that the Iraqi police forces, their gendarmerie forces, are able to maintain the peace in areas that have been liberated from Daesh or ISIL as the Iraqi security forces and counter-terrorism forces progress," Mr Turnbull said. ... [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media [19/7/16]:
Sal-il-deen: The government air force has targeted the neighborhoods in shurqat district north of Tikrit resulted in deaths and injuries....
Anbar: Abdullah Hamad Hazzoum Alluheibi ,one of Fallujah displaced persons,died today afternoon in the camps of Amiriyat Al-Fallujah due to the high temperature and shortage in drugs and services....
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [18/7/16]:
Babel : News agencies: An arresting campaign targeted the displaced persons in Babel detaining 14 displaced persons according to the notorious anti terrorism law -article 4- today ...............
Children were among at least 56 civilians killed in strikes by a US-led coalition early on Tuesday near a Syrian village held by the Islamic State (IS) group, a monitor said. ... [Ahram - 19/7/16]
One civilian killed, 5 injured in terrorist rocket attack on al-Assad suburb near Damascus [SANA - 19/7/16]
Benghazi Shura Council kills five fighters from Dignity Operation in Garyounis attack [Libyan Express - 19/7/16]
Two killed, nine wounded from Libyan forces in Sirte clashes [Libyan Express - 18/7/16]
@SantiPalacios [18/7/16]: Libyan gas platforms. On the way to the SAR zone.
@MSF_Sea [19/7/16]: The oldest person rescued today was 73. Imagine what it takes to leave home, let alone survive #Libya, at that age!
@MSF_Sea [19/7/16]: ... The #Argos has rescued 3 more rubber boats and has taken on 2 transfers. 572 #people are now safe on board
@guardiacostiera [19/7/16]: #StrettodiSicilia #GuardiaCostiera coordina 26 operazioni #SAR: intervenute @ItalianNavy @EuNavfor_Med e #ONG. Al momento circa 2500 salvati
@PROACTIVA_SERV [19/7/16]: Amanece #Mediterraneo. Localizadas 7 embarcaciones, esta es la primera. El día promete largo. Buenos días.
Day 122 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [19/7/16]
@SuchNigel: Today is 19 of July It is horrible day that decision has destroyed thousands of lives in #Nauru and #Manus
20 year old Iraqi asylum seeker Abdullatif Almoftaji in the Lorengau police watch house after being beaten and arrested by security guards and police. [Manus Island - Heaven and Hell, Brian Cassey - 2016]
PNG government warns about "threats to national security" [RNZI - 19/7/16]:
Papua New Guinea's National Security Joint Task Force has warned about the prevalence of threats to national security on social and mainstream media.
The warning, expressed by the government chief secretary Isaac Lupari, comes ahead of Friday's parliamentary vote of no-confidence against prime minister Peter O'Neill.
Most of Mr O'Neill's coalition government is camped with him in Alotau where spokesmen for the government say gestures of support for the prime minster have been strong.
However Mr Lupari has cautioned that any politician who issues threats through press conferences or petitions by landowners could come under the scrutiny of the task force and police if they are deemed potential threats to national security. ...
Former National Alliance leader and founding prime minister Sir Michael Somare has broken ranks with the Government coalition partner to join the Opposition’s bid to overthrow Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a vote of no confidence on Friday. ... [The National - 19/7/16]
Vanimo Green MP Belden Namah publicly apologised to Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare for what transpired during the political impasse in August 2, 2011.
He said Sir Michael was a true father that always had a forgiving heart for his children.
Namah said what transpired was politics and nothing personnel.
Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil also apologised to Sir Michael for what they had done in 2011.
He said they realised that they did make a mistake with their actions in forcefully removing Sir Michael. ... [PNG Loop - 19/7/16]
Court throws out UPNG Student Representative Council case [The National – 19/7/16]
Village court magistrate shot dead [The National – 19/7/16]
Prison operator Serco slammed over treatment of inmate at Mt Eden Prison [Stuff.co.nz - 19/7/16]:
... After the man left Mt Eden for another prison, the admission notes described him looking "absolutely shocking" with black toes that "look ready to fall off".
When the Mt Eden head of clinical services, a registered nurse, was emailed about his condition he described the comments as an "over the top emotional response".
The prisoner wrote two letters of complaint about his treatment at Mt Eden, where he described his feet as "stinging with the pain".
"When I had to go to the toilet I had to crawl on my knees until I could reach the toilet and pull myself up." ...
Asian Development Bank releases report pushing Pacific nations to privatise their state-owned enterprises [RNZI - 19/7/16]
Body located in search for missing Mermaid Waters man [MGYC - 19/7/16]
Man and child injured in Runaway Bay gas bottle explosion [MYGC - 19/7/16]
Men use esky to stay afloat after capsizing in Broadwater [MYGC - 19/7/16]
Woman killed walking across zebra crossing in Melbourne's east [The Age - 19/7/16]
A motorcyclist has been killed in a highway crash just south of Townsville.
The 37-year-old, from NSW, died when his motorbike and a ute collided on the Bruce Highway at Alligator Creek on Monday afternoon.
The ute driver wasn't hurt but the crash closed the highway for several hours.
The forensic crash unit is investigating. [Yahoo - 19/7/16]
A man is recovering in the Gold Coast University Hospital with a chest injury after he crashed his scooter in Currumbin.
The accident happened on the corner of Blamey and Carlyle Drives at about 7.40pm on Monday night.
Paramedics were called and took the victim to hospital. [MYGC - 19/7/16]
A man is jailed for three years after pleading guilty to multiple charges over a stockpile of weapons and explosives discovered at a so-called Brisbane "bomb house" in 2014. ... [ABC - 18/7/16]
The mother of Lindt cafe siege victim Tori Johnson has abruptly left an inquest shouting "You're an absolute disgrace" at a police forward commander.
Monis had claimed to be acting on behalf of IS and demanded police deliver him an IS flag during the siege.
But the police forward commander said he disagreed with the British report's conclusion.
"I can't think of any other ISIS-inspired event around the world that has been a stronghold situation," he said.
On Monday, he said he had felt an "internal conflict" over the nature of the siege.
On the one hand, it bore characteristics of a terrorist attack; on the other, it had elements of a domestic siege.
He said he had never believed hostages were at imminent risk of serious injury or death throughout the siege – the risk threshold for police action.
Michael O'Connell, SC, acting for the family of Ms Dawson, put it to the commander that "time was an enemy" as the siege wore on.
Mr O'Connell pointed out that Monis had worn a backpack thought to contain a bomb throughout the 17-hour siege and kept a hold of his gun at all times, while police had failed to make contact with him.
The police forward commander said Monis had not retaliated after two hostage escapes and had let hostages go to the toilet and use their phones. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/7/16]
Tara Costigan's family break down as triple-0 call made by her sister played in court [Canberra Times - 19/7/16]
A NSW coroner has criticised a dead father who disregarded his children's "fundamental human rights" when he planted makeshift fuel bombs in his car and deliberately ran into a tree.
Darren Milne, 42, killed his heavily pregnant partner Susana Estevez Castillo, 39, their son Liam Milne, 11, and a 29-week fetus when he ran a station wagon into a tree in Fountaindale, on the Central Coast in February last year. ... [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
A man has died and a woman is seriously injured in hospital following a double shooting at a home in central NSW.
Police went to the Coonabarabran home on Monday night where they found a 57-year-old man with a gunshot wound and a 53-year-old woman who had been shot multiple times.
The pair, who were known to each other, were airlifted to St George Hospital but the man died from his injuries en-route. [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
A respected shearing instructor had an untreated mental health condition when he shot dead a close friend before later turning the gun on himself in country NSW, a coroner has found.
"As citizens we must continue to look out for those in our community who seem to be struggling," said deputy state coroner Harriet Grahame in her findings at the inquests into the deaths of Benjamin Green, 32, and William Markee, 58.
She found Mr Green died of a gunshot wound caused by Mr Markee, who then deliberately shot himself, on May 15, 2015, at Nimmitabel in the Monaro region of southeastern NSW. ... [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
Two young men accused of the stabbing murder of a teenage TAFE student in Sydney's southwest will be back in court on Thursday.
James Rivera, 20, and Joshua Dillon, 18, were remanded in custody on Tuesday after appearing in Bankstown Local Court.
They are charged with murdering 18-year-old Adam Abu-Mahmoud, who was found with multiple stab wounds in Panania, in Sydney's southwest, on Monday evening.
He later died of his injuries in hospital.
A third male, aged 17, has also been charged with murder. ... [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
Victoria Police and A Current Affair do propaganda for surveillance and entrapment of Muslim youth [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
A prisoner was hit by a car and another was on the run for an hour after they both jumped out of a police vehicle in traffic north of Brisbane.
Police say the two prisoners were being transported from "watch house to watch house" when the incident occurred on Deception Bay Rd, Deception Bay, about 2.30pm on Monday.
Soon after taking off, one prisoner was struck by another vehicle and was taken to Caboolture Hospital in a stable condition while the other male prisoner was found about a kilometre away. [Yahoo - 18/7/16]
An investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in a cell at Maitland police station in NSW's Hunter Valley.
The 36-year-old, arrested early on Tuesday for intoxication, was found dead in her cell shortly before 6am.
She was taken to the station after police found her in a drunken state walking along Wollombi Road in Cessnock after midnight.
NSW Ambulance said paramedics were called to the station to attend to a woman suffering cardiac arrest.
Police from the neighbouring Newcastle Local Command will head up a critical incident investigation into the woman's death, with the findings to be given to the coroner. [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]
A Brisbane man who was filmed abusing a small dog has been sentenced to community service and prohibited from owing an animal for three years.
Trent Matthew Hassum, 30, was captured on camera in May pulling dachshund Aubree by the collar from her enclosure.
Hassum then pushed the dog's head into the ground and lay on it before holding Aubree up in the air by her collar.
The dog screamed throughout the ordeal. ... [Yahoo - 18/7/16]
A 20-year-old Queensland man with a history of attacking women has been detained indefinitely amid concerns he would commit another crime "within a couple of hours". ... [Yahoo - 19/7/16]
Preventing Crime or Punishing Propensities? A Purposive Examination of the Preventative Detention of Sex Offenders in Queensland and Western Australia 
Korean man 'strangled, stripped, buried': Court [Brisbane Times - 18/7/16]
A Sunshine Coast man who had been accused of violently abducting his teenage ex-girlfriend will no longer stand trial after striking a plea deal.
Carl Garry Chapman, 33, allegedly assaulted Billy-Anne Huxham, 18, at her Caboolture home in March 2015, and held her against her will at a Maroochydore address. ... [ABC- 18/7/16]
Teen charged over rape, attempted rape in Cairns CBD [ABC - 18/7/16]
Queensland Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller has used a budget estimates hearing to call for a Royal Commission into the "disgraceful" re-emergence of black lung disease.
There have been 11 confirmed cases of pneumoconiosis so far, with 17,000 X-rays yet to be processed, while there are currently 5500 underground workers in Queensland and 10,000 open cut workers.
"I ask sincerely, as a coal miner's daughter, and on behalf of the coal families across Queensland will you please consider a Royal Commission into black lung in Queensland," Ms Miller said to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at Tuesday's hearing. [SBS - 19/7/16]
Police suspect a close friend of Bill Shorten vandalised polling places in the battleground seat of Melbourne Ports along with other Labor Right factional powerbrokers on the morning of the federal election.
Andrew Landeryou, David Asmar, George Droutsas and Dean Sherriff were arrested for allegedly vandalising Greens and Liberal polling material at multiple polling stations from Elwood to Port Melbourne, and allegedly driving at volunteers who tried to stop them.
All four men were heavily involved in the election campaign of Michael Danby, the Labor MP for Melbourne Ports, who is likely to be re-elected with a reduced margin after a tight, three-way battle for the seat. ... [The Age - 19/7/16]
Child Abuse Royal Commission hears regulation-free NDIS puts children at risk [Nine MSN - 19/7/16]:
... Earlier on Tuesday, Stephanie Gotlib, chief executive of advocacy group Children and Young Persons with Disability Australia, who has examined the NDIS draft standards, said there was no clear emphasis on safety and abuse issues.
Ms Gotlib is on a reference group run by the NDIA and said she had concerns whether there were going to be better safeguards for children.
Families of disabled children were "brutalised" in the current system when they raised a complaint - they were either disbelieved or their complaints diminished, she said. ...
Street Swags founder Jean Madden arrested, charged with fraud [Brisbane Times - 18/7/16]
NT's alcohol protection orders discriminatory, Court of Appeal told [ABC - 19/7/16]
Musician-singer M.I.A dropped from Afropunk festival for criticising Black Lives Matter [WSWS - 18/7/16]:
... M.I.A. has every right to criticize Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar.
The former singer and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, both millionaires many times over, travel in privileged circles around the Obamas and other leading Democratic Party figures.
Beyoncé performed both at Barrack Obama’s 2013 inaugural ball and Michelle Obama’s fiftieth birthday party.
Kendrick Lamar’s hit song “Alright” has become an unofficial anthem of Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
At the 2015 BET (Black Entertainment Television) awards ceremony, he performed the song atop a police car in front of a giant American flag.
Obama has met with Lamar, his “favorite rapper,” in the Oval Office and recruited him to be the face of the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” affirmative action initiative.
M.I.A.’s 2015 “Borders” expresses solidarity with those trying to flee war-torn or economically devastated regions of Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
It shows scenes of young men trapped behind and attempting to scale barbed-wire fences and of boats overflowing with refugees.
On June 19, she tweeted, “When I stand for people from all over the world—it’s hard to say if anyone is more important then the other. Surely equality is key.”
Why did the working class vote for Brexit? [RT - 18/7/16]:
... Rebel ethnographer, activist and research fellow at the London School of Economics, Dr. Lisa McKenzie discusses the Great British Class Survey and how the enormity of class war over BREXIT
... Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Robyn Archer AO, the City’s Arts and Culture Strategic Advisor, announced the winning design for the major public art commission today.
The work, titled Urban Oasis, will be created by international artist Alex Pentek.
It features four stainless steel shield ferns, standing 11 metres tall together with a series of ground panels.
The artwork is an impression of the shield fern which once grew in abundance at this location.
The structures will curl, stretch and appear in various stages of growth as they emerge from the concrete at each corner of the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue.
Installation is expected to be complete in April 2017. ... [Gold Coast City Council - 19/7/16]
Sun returns to the police state: Animals still trapped in nets, cages, aquariums, and human beings rot in privatised prisons and Kafkaesque immigration gulag archipelago
A humpback whale has been set free off Surfers Paradise on Tuesday morning.
The animal got trapped in shark nets around 7:00am. … [MYGC – 19/7/16]
Is Australia's Immigration Department preventing exiled political prisoners from lodging police complaints about assaults? [The National - 19/7/16]:
Police have not received any reports regarding the alleged attack by a group of men in a hotel in Port Moresby last Sunday.
NCD Met Supt Benjamin Turi said he had not received any report or information on the alleged attack at the hotel where 17 refugees from the Manus detention centre were awaiting medical treatment. He said police had not received any report or complain regarding the attack of the refugees and they were not sure of that.
“We could only act upon receiving reports for any incident, we cannot guess if there was a crime scene there,” he said.
Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who is a detainee at the centre, told Radio New Zealand that the attack happened on Sunday, July 10, at about 11pm. Boochani said four men armed with guns took two of the refugees hostage.
He said money was taken from the guards and one of the refugees was assaulted. Boochani said the armed men fired their weapons at the hotel staff before escaping in a vehicle.
The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection last Wednesday said they were aware of the incident.
The department provides security and welfare services for Manus regional processing centre residents in Port Moresby for medical treatment.
A spokesperson said: “Two residents from the regional processing centre were present at the time.
“One resident was assaulted. He was not seriously injured. Law enforcement is the responsibility of the PNG Government.”
Boochani said the refugees, who had been at the hotel for nearly two months, were traumatised by the attack. Their request to be sent back to Manus Island was denied, he said.
The department spokesperson said the refugees would return to Manus when they completed their treatment.
Meanwhile, Turi said it was better to report to the police as soon as the incident happened so that with the help of the hotel management and securities they could work together to identify the criminals.
Armed men attack illegally exiled political prisoners as Australian media play Pokemon and human rights sector/refugee "advocates" preoccupied with Shorten's quasi re-election as "opposition" leader [RNZI - 12/7/16]
Behrouz Boochani [12/7/16]
"WHAT'S HAPPENED TO HODAN?" @elahe_zivardar Monday 18th July day121- peaceful protest in Nauru
UNHCR "welcomes" Australia's lies about releasing refugees on Nauru [5/10/15]
PNG immigration tell Supreme Court sham exile processing of illegally detained refugees continues on Manus Island [The National - 19/7/16]
Five men to have "test cast" heard next Monday [PNG Loop - 19/7/16]
... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.
The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16] <--- But because they're protected and unaccountable, evidently nobody bothered to follow it up.
What did Thomas Albrecht say to the men on Manus Island during his April visit? ---> ... Paradoxically, Behrouz Boochani was granted "PNG refugee status" (i.e. exile) he did not want, during a visit by the UNHCR in April. ... Life within the Australian Guantanamo [Lamarea.com - 26/5/16]
Behrouz Boochani's defiant protest at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Guardian - 24/4/16]:
... The positive determination came through on Monday.
The Guardian reported this week that at least 45 other asylum seekers, out of a group of about 60 who refused to put their claims to PNG, were told they had received a negative assessment. Those who receive two negative assessments face deportation.
But Boochani – who refused to present his refugee application to Papua New Guinea because, he told Guardian Australia in November, he was brought to the country against his will – has refused to accept the determination that he should be resettled in PNG.
“I have been imprisoned here for almost three years and have been under a lot of pressure to fill in the protection application in PNG but I have constantly denied to do so,” he said in a statement released by refugee advocates.
“I did not arrive in PNG and did never give the PNG government my case for asylum. I have never wanted to resettle in this country.” ...
... Behrouz told the Refugee Action Coalition, “I have never accepted their positive result. I want to show to all people that their process is fake. Where would you find an asylum seeker who would rather be in a ‘negative’ prison than be found to be a refugee? Only in Manus.” ... [Media Release - 24/4/16]
... 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." ...
Guatemalan army captain convicted of killing bishop dies in prison riot [Reuters - 18/7/16]
Three people were seriously injured on Monday night after a 17-year-old Afghan refugee went on a stabbing rampage near the southern German city of Würzburg, some 280 kilometers (174 miles) north-west of Munich.
The suspect was shot dead by police shortly after. ... [Deutsche Welle - 18/7/16]
Three policeman, one civilian killed in raid on Kazakhstan police station [Press TV - 18/7/16]
19 July 2016