Former Nauru President gets passport back for medical travel - Australia's political prisoners still being punished for exercising their right to seek asylum [RNZI - 19/11/16]:

 

A former president of Nauru, who is suffering from a heart condition, hopes he can get to Australia within weeks for urgent treatment.

Sprent Dabwido, who is one of a number of former MPs charged over a protest outside parliament nearly 18 months ago, had his passport seized last August as he was preparing to depart to meet with a cardiologist in Australia.

After a personal appeal to President Baron Waqa Mr Dabwido's passport is being returned.

"The Supreme Court finally let me have my passport back," he said.

He said the court had placed a number of conditions on its return.

"We have to repeat the whole process of getting assureties and putting up $A10,000 and all that kind of thing for me, and also the court has stated that I can go any time but I have to be back by the 17th of February. So it is a small window of opportunity which I am going to try and explore as best as I can."

Sprent Dabwido said the assureties involve guarantees from five residents on the island, and if he failed to return to Nauru after the medical care those five would face jail.

Mr Dabwido said he is hoping to access the state sponsored health scheme especially since his intended visit to Australia for medical care was delayed for three months.

 

 

We all bear the responsibility for Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policy. [The Age - 19/11/16]:

 

As investigations continue into the horrific events that injured more than two dozen people in Springvale's Commonwealth Bank, a picture has begun to emerge of the man suspected of the arson attack.

The 21-year-old, according to federal government sources, is an asylum seeker from Myanmar living in the community on a bridging visa.

It's understood he arrived in 2012 or 2013 and spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre.

Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation president Habib Habib said the man was in Australia without family, but close to his friends in the small local community.

He said the man, from the south of Myanmar, had been struggling financially and mentally.

He had shared concerns about his immigration status and the safety of his family back home.

"He was struggling mentally for the past year or two because his visa has not been processing," he said.

"He has been suffering and his friends say his welfare payment was not received and he couldn't pay his rent."

Mr Habib said there is not adequate support for asylum seekers facing mental health issues exacerbated by settlement pressures. ...

 

 

... Labor introduced a controversial "no advantage test" on 13 August last year in an unsuccessful attempt to stop asylum boats from coming by insisting that those applying for refugee status in that way received no benefit compared with those who stayed in refugee camps in the region.

The test has meant that there has been virtually no processing of the claims made by the more than 20,000 refugees who have arrived since that time, no information about how long processing could take, and that those who have been released into the community are not allowed to work and receive just 89% of unemployment benefits. ... [Guardian - 28/6/13]

 

 

Myanmar denies Bangladeshi accounts of Rohingya trying to flee latest military pogrom [Reuters - 19/11/16]

 

 

Burmese troops gang-rape 3 Rohingya women and arrest 50 men [Rohingya Vision - 19/11/16]

 

 

Duterte offers refugees a home in the Philippines [Al Jazeera - 17/11/16]

 

 

During the May 2015 Rohingya boat crisis, the Philippines initially said they would take refugees, then backtracked -->  ... The Philippines, for its part, did not commit material aid during Friday's meeting, even as it influenced its neighbors to help the refugees.

It also did not discuss a proposal by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to send rescue ships for the Rohingya. ... [Rappler.com - 1/6/15]

 

 

Channel News Asia [22/5/15]:

 

The Philippines government has held a series of high level meetings with UNHCR to formalise plans to temporarily house the Rohingya refugees.

Earlier this week, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said the government is open to sheltering up to 3,000 refugees.

Some analysts say such preparation is key for the plan to be successful.

"They are already scouting around for several venues, but the venue is the least of our concern,” said Clarita Campos, political science professor, University of the Philippines.

“It’s more important to figure out the medical needs of the migrants, as well as other health and food requirements first.

"Then later on, we need to think about education and job requirements. All of this has to be planned out and planned well."

While it is unlikely the boats carrying the refugees will reach Philippine shores, the government has said they are looking forward to being part of the solution to this regional humanitarian crisis. ...

 

 

More than 10,000 people gathered at the heart of Jakarta on Saturday morning to promote pluralism and to appeal to fellow citizens not to be divided because of politics, as the capital is gearing up for the Feb 15 gubernatorial election.

"We came here not to protest, but to show that we are united - Bhinneka Tunggal Ika," a speaker on the stage told the crowd, referring to the motto and the spirit of life of Indonesia that promotes unity in diversity. ... [The Straits Times - 19/11/16]

 

@myleepops [19/11/16]:  오늘 제주시청에도 박근혜 하야를 외치는 수 많은 사람들이 모였습니다

 

 

South Korean high school students protested with candlelights and placards at Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on Saturday, demanding President Park Geun-hye's resignation. ... [Korea Herald - 19/11/16]

 

@BebasAnwar [19/11/16]:  KLCC dilanda gelombang kebangkitan rakyat! #Bersih5

  

 

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters marched in Malaysia's capital on Saturday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak over his alleged involvement in a multi-billion dollar misappropriation scandal. ... [Reuters - 19/11/16]

 

 

Tens of thousands of Argentines protested Friday to pressure lawmakers into backing a measure intended to address rising poverty in the South American nation. ... [The Daily Progress - 19/11/16]

 

@elnuevodiariord [18/11/16]:  Sindicatos y sociedad civil ocupan Buenos Aires por ley de emergencia social ...

 

 

Police arrested three more academics associated with the Istanbul Yildiz Teknik University, bringing the total number of suspects held in the port city on Friday as part of its probe into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) to 76, a police source said.

In total, the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued 103 arrest warrants for the suspects accused of using "the ByLock messaging app linked to the July 15 coup attempt" and for "being members of an armed terrorist organization," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said.

The smartphone app is believed to have been cracked by Turkish security agencies before the foiled coup and reportedly identifies tens of thousands of FETO members, which the government blames for the attempted takeover. ... [Anadolu Agency - 18/11/16]

 

 

As bipartisan anti-refugee atrocities continue with impunity, ALP fans gather in Melbourne to theatrically oppose Turnbull's "lifetime ban"

 

WACA and friends are not engaging in activism, they are impliedly endorsing Shorten and therefore reinforcing Australia's torture, exile and turnback policy.

 

THE ONLY WAY TO GET JUSTICE AND FREEDOM FOR AUSTRALIA'S POLITICAL PRISONERS ON MANUS ISLAND AND NAURU IS TO END THE POLICY.

 

PROTEST THE POLICY - AND ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT IT.

 

 

 

 

Who has silenced Nauru protest organiser Hamid - and why?

 

 

Political prisoners protest on Nauru - 2 May 2016

 

 

And still only the Financial Times calls on Australia to close its illegal camps on Nauru and Manus Island and respect the UN Refugee Convention.

 

 

Refugee concentration camps, torture and exile are Shorten's personal ALP policy.  100% --->   I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]

 

 

The Gillard government's offshore dumping policy [Project SafeCom]

 

 

"It's our policy" ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]

 

 

ABC [4/2/16]:

 

The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.

The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.

In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...

 

 

Australia and Papua New Guinea regional settlement arrangement [Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship - 19/7/13]

 

 

There is no "resettlement" and there never was.  There is only indefinite detention ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]:

 

... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the 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." ...

 

 

Once again the Australian media report Turnbull's latest manifestation of the US "resettlement" lie as fact [SBS - 19/11/16]

 

 

Dutton is licensed by the likes of John Menadue.  No journalism + No opposition = The continuation of Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy.

 

 

Punishing the victims and playing games with people's lives. [ABC - 19/11/16]

 

 

We all bear the responsibility for Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policy. [The Age - 19/11/16]:

 

As investigations continue into the horrific events that injured more than two dozen people in Springvale's Commonwealth Bank, a picture has begun to emerge of the man suspected of the arson attack.

The 21-year-old, according to federal government sources, is an asylum seeker from Myanmar living in the community on a bridging visa.

It's understood he arrived in 2012 or 2013 and spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre.

Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation president Habib Habib said the man was in Australia without family, but close to his friends in the small local community.

He said the man, from the south of Myanmar, had been struggling financially and mentally.

He had shared concerns about his immigration status and the safety of his family back home.

"He was struggling mentally for the past year or two because his visa has not been processing," he said.

"He has been suffering and his friends say his welfare payment was not received and he couldn't pay his rent."

Mr Habib said there is not adequate support for asylum seekers facing mental health issues exacerbated by settlement pressures. ...

 

 

The Murdoch Press are free to relentlessly pump out lies because the Australian media, rights organisations and "advocates" are playing along. [New Straits Times - 5/8/16]

 

... In Malaysia, based on the 2014 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Fact Sheet, there were 142,831 refugees and  asylum seekers  registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.

From Myanmar, there were 132,629, comprising  52,056 Chins, 34,871 Rohingyas, 11,765 Myanmar Muslims, 7,901 Rakhine, 3,630 Burmese and Bamars, 5,397 Mon, 5,323 Kachins and other ethnicities.

There  were 10,202 refugees and asylum seekers  from other countries.

UNHCR believes that there were 35,000 unregistered asylum seekers,  whom  UNHCR is working to register. ...

 

 

Human rights advocates have called for the governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to end the indefinite detention of Rohingya refugees in immigration facilities and government-operated shelters and camps. ... [Bangkok Post/MSRI - 16/3/16]

 

 

... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.

Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods.  ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]

 

 

‏@nslwin [19/11/16]:  Displaced #Rohingya from #DarGyiSar are in the field since Nov. 12. Need urgent humanitarian assistance. #Myanmar  

 

 

Myanmar military continues terror campaign throughout Maungdaw [Rohingya Vision - 18/11/16]

 

 

US Coast Guard conducts 8 at-sea interdictions in past week, forcibly returns 90 Cuban migrants [Media Release - 17/11/16]

 

 

The week before that, the US Coast Guard forcibly returned 62 Cuban migrants following 5 at-sea interdictions [Media Release -14/11/16]

 


Hundreds protest Obama and TPP during APEC meeting in Peru [Tube News – 18/11/16]

 

 

President Obama indicated on Friday that he won’t pardon NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even as President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick to run the CIA: Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, who has called for “the traitor Edward Snowden” to be executed. ... [The Intercept - 19/11/16]

 

 

Trump, NATO chief pledge alliance's 'enduring importance' in phone call [Reuters - 18/11/16]:

 

... "The president-elect and the secretary general both underlined NATO's enduring importance and discussed how NATO is adapting to the new security environment, including to counter the threat of terrorism," NATO said in a statement after a phone conversation between Trump and Stoltenberg.

There was no immediate comment from Trump's side. ...

 

 

When the Pterodactyls came home to roost [Counterpunch – 18/11/16]:

 

… Suddenly the Left is all aflame over word that Trump is considering a “Muslim registry.”

Apparently, these brave defenders of civil liberties are unaware that a “Muslim registry” called the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System was imposed shortly after 9/11 with the endorsement of Hillary Clinton and many other Democrats and persisted well into Obama time, only being officially abandoned in 2011. (Who is to say when, or if, it unofficially ended?)

Ajamu Baraka told me that he was stopped and interrogated about his residency and status no less than five times during that decade of dread.

Let us also recall that Mrs. Clinton made a dramatic gesture of returning campaign contributions from American Muslims and Muslim groups during her senate campaign, more than a year before the events of 9/11. ...

 

 

The United States was one of three countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism on Thursday, citing freedom of speech issues and concerns Russia was using it to carry out political attacks against its neighbors. ... [New York Times - 17/11/16]

 

 

Whether President-elect Donald Trump goes through with a deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea will be a key indicator to how political ties unfold with China, sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing said. ... [Reuters - 17/11/16]

 

 

Lockheed Martin wins $1.2 billion US defense contract [Reuters - 18/11/16]:

 

Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) subsidiary Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract to upgrade F-16 aircraft for South Korea, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Work will be performed at Fort Worth, Texas, and is expected to be complete by Nov. 15, 2025, the Pentagon said in a statement.

 

 

US Defense Secretary wants more budget certainty [US Department of Defense - 18/11/16]:

 

... The secretary responded strongly to a reporter’s question about the prospect of a continuing budget resolution.

“It’s not an efficient way to run the Department of Defense,” he said.

“ … This is the eighth consecutive year in which the Department of Defense has not had an appropriations bill at the end of the fiscal year.”

Stop-gap funding under continuing resolutions is an inefficient use of taxpayer dollars and is unfair to troops, the secretary said.

“They deserve budget stability and the knowledge that Congress is supporting them with the funding that they need,” Carter said.

Advanced programs and defense industry partners are also adversely affected by continuing resolutions, the secretary said.

“There’s nothing good to say about the absence of a budget,” he said.

“And the troops deserve better.”

 

 

Roll up! Roll up! The Australian government's looking for 21st Century scapegoats for empire! ---> Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee has today presented its advisory reports on the Criminal Code Amendment (War Crimes) Bill 2016 and on item 28 of the Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (State Bodies and Other Measures) Bill 2016. ... [Media Release - 18/11/16]

 

 

Closing argument scene Breaker Morant:  1980 Australian feature film about the court martial of Breaker Morant, directed by Bruce Beresford.

 

 

At least 17 people were killed by heavy gunfire and about a dozen more were rounded up and executed after hundreds of civilians trying to leave eastern Aleppo protested against the rebel blockade of exit routes, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Some 500 civilians took part in several protests in the rebel-occupied eastern part of Aleppo on Thursday, and at least 200 of them were trying to reach the Syrian government-controlled area at the time they were violently dispersed with live fire, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said. ... [RT - 19/11/16]

 

 

6 citizens killed, 22 injured in terrorist attacks with shells in Damascus, Aleppo and Idleb [SANA - 18/11/16]

 

 

Mass grave found near Mosul; 46 killed and 4 US-made F-16 fighter jets delivered to Balad Air Base [Antiwar.com - 18/11/16]

 

 

A suicide bomber detonated a car laden with explosives at a wedding in a Sunni town west of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 12 and wounding 35, police sources said.

The attack appeared to have targeted Sunni provincial officials opposed to Islamic State who were attending the wedding in the town of Ameriyat Falluja, they said. ... [Reuters - 18/11/16]

 

 

‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [18/11/16]:

 

Nineveh: Dozens were either killed or wounded when Hashd Militias and the US-led coalition air force shelled Tala'far district west of Mosul.

 

 

 

19 November 2016

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