United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 18/3/17] 



AFP "sold me out": Australian man who went to a shooting range in Bulgaria [Yahoo - 19/3/17]



‏@SOSMedFrance [18/3/17]:  25 refugees rescued on a tiny wooden boat "We were afraid to die". Tonight, they feel safe on the #Aquarius



Thousands of asylum applications remain pending even though the influx of undocumented migrants into Greece from neighboring Turkey has plummeted over the past year.

A total of 2,627 migrants landed on the islands of the eastern Aegean from Turkey between January 1 and March 5 this year, according to government data. In the same period last year, that number was 121,426.

However, the reception centers for migrants on those islands remain excessively overcrowded as the majority of the 14,018 people in the facilities have lodged asylum applications. ... [Ekathimerini - 18/3/17]



Ghanaian jailed in Sicily; migrants say he tortured them [Times Colonist - 18/3/17]



Migrants demonstrate against EU-Turkey Deal on Lesvos [Greek Reporter - 18/3/17]:


... The rally was in celebration of the international day of action against racism, war, fascism and poverty.

It was also the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, that went into effect on March 20, 2016.

The rally started at Sappho Square in Mytilene, with refugees and migrants of the living in Moria and Kara Tepe migrant camps, and many supporters from solidarity organizations, political groups and students.

The protesters shouted slogans against the agreement and the registration centers that also serve as detention centers.

“Shut down Moria” was one of the slogans in the peaceful demonstration, with protesters demanding open borders, freedom to all and an end to deportations.




In #Athens people take the streets to protest against Racism, Fascism, Austerity and the #EUTurkeyDeal. ... ‏ @daphnetoli 18/3/17]




Book review of Mya Guarnieri Jaradat's 'The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel’s New Others' [The National - 26/2/17]:


... From early statehood, Israel enacted laws designed to keep foreign non-Jews from becoming citizens, or at least made the process extremely difficult.

This is all the more unique, as Jaradat notes, because Israeli officials helped draft the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention that defined who is a refugee and outlined the responsibilities of nations granting asylum.


Israel’s treatment of guest workers is one long thread in Jaradat’s chronicle but it is the country’s position on asylum seekers that is deeply jarring.

Over the last decade, thousands of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers have reached the Israeli border in the Sinai after harrowing overland journeys.

Unable to simply turn them back, Israel has essentially incarcerated asylum seekers in vast desert prisons.

A new and expensive wall along Israel’s southern border with Egypt has succeeded in curtailing large numbers of refugees from reaching Israel, however there are still an estimated 40,000 who remain in the country in a difficult limbo: they cannot work legally, but they also cannot apply for asylum.

There is something deeply uneven about this story.

Israel, a country nominally founded to protect Jewish refugees fleeing the violence of Nazi Europe, now forcefully turns its back on Africans in desperate need of safety. ...





#OnThisDay 1945: Australia signed the new United Nations Charter, represented by External Affairs Minister HV Evatt. @CanberraInsider [26/6/14]



Free the refugees, or help prolong their increasingly dire predicament?



Pro ALP "advocates" and media filter details of a protest at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 19/3/17]



Anti-refugee policy continues unopposed and unscrutinised [Guardian - 19/3/17]



@BehrouzBoochani [19/3/17]:


Immi said Homeland Security in #Manus early April for fingerprints, RSC here late April. How long will they take? How many? Still uncertain


Some refugees are having a serious argument with the officers at this moment. A refugee said a local man beat him without any reason.


Atmosphere in the camp is critical at this moment.Some refugees are very angry. The refugee claims a local staff beat him without any reason



A secret "deal" is no deal. The policy is indefinite detention, exile, death and LIES. ---> ... "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." ... I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



Regional resettlement arrangement between Australia and PNG, signed in Brisbane 19 July 2013 [DFAT]



WAITING ... WAITING ... 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]




Cartoon illustrates the capture of U.S. liberalism by state structures. @WLTaskForce [18/3/17]



The CIA’s 60-year history of fake news: How the deep state corrupted many American writers [Truthdig - 17/3/17]



@wikileaks [17/3/17]:  U.S. DoJ has expanded the seven year long Obama grand jury against WikiLeaks to include our #Vault7 CIA leak according to Reuters.



@wikileaks [16/3/17]:  Europe is filled with fake institutes trying to increase US arms sales & defend CIA. Here is one: CEPA. Its funders? ...



Crumbling monolith resents an angry public [offGuardian - 12/3/17]:


... Red and blue don’t apply any longer, they met in the middle and ran together.

The slow, deliberate re-medievalisation of society has split us, not into leftists and rightists, but into those inside the castle looking out, and those outside looking in.

Communists and fascists and everyone in between united shovelling shit, and angrily braying for change.

I’m sure, from Nick Cohen’s seat in the tower, all the peasants look the same.

If only they’d understand that this is just the best way of doing things.

It’s very telling of the current climate that Farage visiting Assange following the “Vault 7” dump has received more condemnation in the Guardian than any of the content of said leaks, in his column Cohen doesn’t mention them once. ...



Lawyers for the man accused of orchestrating the USS Cole bombing are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the military tribunal here [Guantanamo] accounts of the captive’s CIA torture drawn from declassified documents and an interrogator’s recent memoirs.

The 38-page petition with hundreds of pages of supporting documents describes Abd al Rahim al Nashiri’s being sodomized, kept naked and kenneled like a dog, crammed into a box the size of an office safe and being threatened with a revved power drill while hanging shackled and nude from a cell ceiling.

And that’s from the portion that isn’t blacked out.

In the petition, the Pentagon-paid lawyers ask the justices to let them challenge Nashiri’s U.S. military detention in Federal Court — now, before his Guantánamo death-penalty tribunal — because the CIA subjected him to years of “physical, psychological and sexual torture.”

They also ask the justices to resolve the open legal question of when the “War on Terror” began. ... [Miami Herald - 18/3/17]



Torture of children continues in Australia's youth detention centres  [Yahoo - 19/3/17]





Rear Window: North Korean soldier takes a photo of Rex Tillerson at the DMZ @BraddJaffy [17/3/17]



@KimDotcom [17/3/17]:  NSA agent wanted for violent crime in New Zealand. US embassy shields him from police. Extradite me? Double standard ...



The United States Embassy refused to lift diplomatic immunity for one of its staff who was involved in an incident in Lower Hutt in the early hours of last Sunday.

The man is reported to have left a Tirohanga house in the early hours of last Sunday with a broken nose and black eye.

Police arrived after he left.

Officers had been unable to speak to him because diplomatic immunity was invoked.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade asked the US to waive immunity on Monday, but the US refused.

MFAT asked that the man be removed from New Zealand.

A source at the American Embassy confirmed today that he had left. ... [RNZI - 18/3/17]



Unsealed court documents reveal Monsanto colluded with EPA to stifle cancer research [Mint Press News/Zero Hedge - 15/3/17]



Vintage US nuclear test films declassified and publicised [US News – 17/3/17]




19 March 2017