FBI detains five people near Verrazano Bridge in possible connection to Chelsea bombing after pipe bomb cache find in New Jersey [NY Daily News - 19/9/16]:


… Investigators also identified a person of interest in the Manhattan attack through surveillance footage, but it was unclear if he was among the five arrested.

The NYPD identified Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old New Jersey resident, as the first person sought in connection with the Chelsea bombing.

Authorities said he is a naturalized United States citizen from Afghanistan. ...



US airstrike kills 8 Afghan policemen [Reuters - 19/9/16]



14-year-old boy is youngest refugee to die trying to cross UK border from Calais Jungle [Independent - 19/9/16]:


... The young Afghan – who has a brother and two uncles living in the UK – was killed in a hit and run accident on Friday after trying to jump on to a lorry. 

He had already started the legal process to join his family in Britain but had been left languishing in the Calais Jungle migrant camp for more than three months due to delays in the system.

He is thought to be the youngest victim to lose his life in an attempt to reach Britain from the camp, although because some children are often travelling alone, some deaths go unrecorded. ...



Authorities in Patra, western Greece, on Monday were questioning over 20 people in connection to the fatal stabbing of a 33-year-old Afghan national earlier in the day. ... [Ekathimerini - 19/9/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 19/9/16]



The Prime Minister must call for an independent investigation into the tragic bombing in Syria, and bring our forces home, Acting Australian Greens Leader Senator Scott Ludlam said today. ... [Media Release - 19/9/16]



Soldiers march through Brisbane CBD after returning from illegal Middle East deployment [ABC - 17/9/16]



Crumbs distributed via military industrial complex war games are good for the Queensland economy according to your ABC [19/9/16]



Eighteen migrants detained in Bulgaria at Serbia border [Novinite - 19/9/16]



‏@HumanityCrew [19/9/16]:  2 boats arrived this morning to north of Lesvos, Approx 81 ppl. All safe.  ...



Day 184 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@SuchNigel [19/9/16]




‏@SuchNigel [19/9/16]:  #Nauru Police wanted to arrest childrens were playing and threw rubbish beside the road but they took their parents after negotiation



Connect Settlement Services won't renew contract to torment refugees at Australia's concentration camp on Nauru [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/9/16]



Paedophile priest said children 'enjoyed' sexual activity: Royal Commission [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/9/16]



A Zimbabwean-born acrobat who was convicted for infecting a partner with HIV has had his visa cancelled and has been taken into immigration detention.

Godfrey Zaburoni had unprotected sex with at least 12 Australian women, including his ex-partner of two years, who he lied to about his medical history.

In 2013, he was jailed for more than nine years for intentionally infecting the Gold Coast woman with HIV.

While he admitted to infecting her, he argued he did not do so deliberately and was ignorant about how the virus was transmitted.

The High Court overturned his conviction in April arguing there was insufficient proof the transmission was deliberate.

Zaburoni was resentenced — on a lesser charge — and released from prison with a suspended sentence.

He has been taken into immigration detention. [ABC - 16/9/16]



Indonesian police in Papua region have made more arrests of people planning to rally in support of international advocacy for West Papuans.

Over the weekend 21 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were arrested by police in Yakuhimo regency as they distributed leaflets about a planned peaceful rally to be held today.

KNPB chairman Victor Yeimo said the rally was to show support for the Pacific countries who were members of the Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua.

The coalition plans to raise issues of human rights abuses in West Papua, and Papuans' self-determination struggle, at the United Nations General Assembly.

Local media reported over 200 people protested outside the local police station at the arrests.

One protester was taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a police officer. ... [RNZI - 19/9/16]


Explosion in car of regional politician kills two in Aceh [Jakarta Post – 19/9/16]


Food relief needed for thousands displaced after Kayin skirmishes [Frontier Myanmar – 16/9/16]




The federal government has reached a $39.3 million out-of-court settlement with the owners of a Chinese coal carrier that ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef in 2010.

Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd and its insurer have for six years refused to accept responsibility for restitution after the 225-metre long, fully laden Shen Neng 1 ran aground 100 kilometres east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal. ... [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



Adani faces High Court appeal of Carmichael mine ruling [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]


"Stay down C***" Security guards assault people at Southbank Parklands [Nine MSN - 19/9/16]



Victorian police to make "operational changes" following spike in car rams [Nine MSN - 19/9/16]



Another dangerous, resource-wasting, class and race-based police pursuit kills people, Perth [ABC - 18/9/16]


Police arrest WA escapee after another dangerous pursuit which ended in a crash [WA Today - 15/9/16]



... Tactical Response Group carrying submachine guns, shields and wearing body armour and helmets surrounded the Civic Square apartment block. ...  Man arrested in policing spectacle, Perth [West Australian - 15/9/16



Queensland police conduct tactical training spectacle at Lang Park [Yahoo - 16/9/16]


Queensland government continues outsourcing its responsibility to protect women and children from domestic violence [ABC - 19/9/16] 



Charges have been laid after a man was allegedly assaulted, robbed, forced into the boot of a car and dumped on the side of the road north of Brisbane. ... [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



Police have confirmed a human skeleton has been found in bushland on the Gold Coast.

A member of the public made the horrific discovery in the Nerang State Forest at around 3pm on Saturday. ... [MYGC - 18/9/16]



A man is lucky to be alive after he was almost stabbed to death in a frenzied knife attack at a unit complex on the Gold Coast.

The 47-year-old was attacked after answering a knock at the door of his Worendo Street unit in Southport around 5.30pm on Saturday.

Police said a man dressed in black and armed with a knife repeatedly slashed and stabbed the victim in the torso and arm after he opened the door before fleeing on foot. ... [MYGC - 18/9/16]



A Gold Coast plasterer accused of pointing a gun at a worksite security guard has told court he never meant to hurt anyone and was simply trying to sell the weapon. ... [Yahoo - 19/9/16]




A witness in the trial of three men accused of the manslaughter of a Sunshine Coast businessman has admitted she sent a Facebook message to another witness to warn them about one of the barristers. ... [Yahoo - 19/9/16]



Mount Isa Race Club president Peter John Inwood, 52, was mentioned in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday. 

Mr Inwood is accused of common assault, and two counts of unlawful use or entry of vehicles.  The matter has been adjourned to Monday, October 10. 

Mr Inwood was also written about in The North West Star on Saturday, having been recently appointed to Racing Queensland’s Country Racing Advisory Board.  [North West Star - 19/9/16]



Crime and Corruption Commission executes search warrant at Bosscher Lawyers [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



Armed robbery, Helensvale [MYGC – 16/9/16]



Port of Melbourne to be sold for $9.7 billion [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/9/16]



Cairns Hospital board resigns over $80m deficit - neoliberal policies of corporatisation and activity based funding continues [ABC - 19/9/16]



Workers vs patients: Queensland's Health Minister accelerates his criminalisation of public hospitals agenda [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



What a co-incidence ---> Police officer, ambo assaulted during alleged Toowoomba rampage [Brisbane Times - 18/9/16]



Fascists commandeer Brisbane Pride march [Yahoo - 16/9/16]:


... Queensland's Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Health Minister Cameron Dick joined about 2000 people who marched to the inner-city New Farm Park.


The 2016 event was the second year Queensland police officers marched in uniform. ...



A motorcyclist has been killed in a head-on crash with a car north of Brisbane.

Paramedics were called to Ann Street in Kallangur just before 2.30pm on Monday. ... [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



A three-year-old boy seriously injured in a crash in Central Queensland may be airlifted to hospital in Brisbane.

The boy and four other people were injured when two cars collided head-on on the Burnett Hwy in Boudlercombe on Sunday.

A 25-year-old woman who sustained life-threatening injuries remains in a critical condition after undergoing surgery at Rockhampton Base Hospital. [Yahoo - 19/9/16]



Man in critical condition after being hit by car, Deception Bay [Yahoo - 19/9/16]



A ute has ploughed into a shop on the Gold Coast, with the driver doing a runner.

Seven News journalist Bianca Stone told myGC the accident occurred on Station Street at Nerang around 11.00am this morning. ... [MYGC - 19/9/16]

Man seriously injured in M1 crash at Oxenford [MYGC – 18/9/16]:


... The accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the Pacific Motorway near Movie World around 2.30am.

Police said a ute slammed into the back of a prime mover and trailer parked on the side of the highway. ...



Two hospitalised after Surfers Paradise crash [MYGC – 18/9/16]



Car crashes through Labrador shop [MYGC – 17/9/16]



A man has been rushed to hospital after being run over by a truck on the Gold Coast.

The man was reportedly struck outside a business on Indy Court in Carrara around 3pm.

An ambulance spokesperson said the heavy vehicle had run over the man’s leg. ... [MYGC - 16/9/16]


Moped rider hit by car, Surfers Paradise [MYGC – 16/9/16]



Police are appealing for public assistance to help find a young boy who was run over by a car on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

The boy, who is described as being 12-years-old, was struck after running out onto the road at the intersection of Dawn Parade and the Gold Coast Highway at Miami around 2pm.

The driver of the vehicle stopped to help the child, but police said he got up and ran away from the scene. Officers say they hold grave concerns for the boy as he may be injured. ... [MYGC - 16/9/16]



Paramedics have treated three people, including two children, following a two-car crash at Varsity Lakes.

The accident happened along Scottsdale Drive around 6pm.

An ambulance spokesperson said one adult and two children had sustained whiplash injuries in the collision. ... [MYGC - 15/9/16]



An 80-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after an alleged hit-and-run at a southern suburbs shopping centre this morning.

Police said the incident occurred about 11.30am in the Phoenix Shopping Centre car park in Spearwood.

A white Toyota Land Cruiser utility driven by a man allegedly struck the woman in the undercover car park area and the driver left without checking on the pedestrian.

Police said the woman suffered possible head and leg injuries.

She was taken to Royal Perth Hospital and is in a critical condition. ... [West Australian - 15/9/16]



Narangba house fire injures two people [Brisbane Times - 19/9/16]



A father and daughter have been severely burnt among five injured in an explosion at Sunnybank Hills in Queensland. ... [Yahoo - 17/9/16]


“Omid was doing well, enduring hardships for better future. What happened to Omid’s hope? Who has taken his hope? Who has taken our hope, our Omid? Who has made the life so bitter for him?”


(And why isn't anyone interested in pursuing the truth?  Doesn't Omid's wife and family deserve that?)


[Guardian - 21/5/16]



Omid [ABC - 29/4/16]



In late April, representatives from the UNHCR - lead by Thomas Albrecht - undertook secretive missions on Manus and Nauru.

After being pressed by the media what they were up to, they said their mission was to "monitor" conditions of the camps, and the mental health of the refugees.

During the UNHCR visit to Nauru, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years". [Arman has never been given a right of reply to the UNHCR's denial of these claims.]

Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"

After more than 24 hours without adequate medical attention he was airlifted by private contractor to Brisbane, where he died on 29 April 2016 from his burns.

Up until the time Omid died, the UNHCR Australia branch deflected any queries about the plight of refugees and asylum seekers in South East Asia to the "Bangkok office".

Their only recent publicised activity in the region has been to assist the Australian government in its subversion of the right to seek asylum by "welcoming" its lies about the "release" of refugees on Nauru in October 2015.

Their fundraising and highlighting the plight of refugees and asylum seekers anywhere but in our region  - especially those imprisoned in Australia, and on Nauru, Manus and Christmas Island - has never been scrutinised.

That the UNHCR are only calling for the "immediate movement" of refugees, rather than urging Australia to immediately close offshore camps and resume meeting its international obligations under the refugee convention, is telling.

Albrecht should explain why the UNHCR does not want the refugees on Nauru and Manus freed and resettled.



Guardian [3/6/15]:


... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.

“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.

“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”

He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.

“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.



Yahoo [1/6/15]:


... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.

"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...



Greens call on Turnbull and Dutton to explain the ALP's indefinite detention of refugees. The policy remains unchallenged. [Media Release - 19/9/16]



Refugee concentration camps and exile are ALP policy. Russell Broadbent, Guardian, and "durable solutions" rights luvvies are full of shit. The policy remains unchallenged [19/9/16]



If Australia's anti-refugee policy remains UNCHALLENGED, more people will be pushed away, imprisoned and/or die ---> Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]



The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]



Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.



Guardian [11/12/15]:


Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ...



 Day 129 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...



Image:  ‏@racvictoria [18/9/16]



"WE WANT FREEDOM"  ‏@SuchNigel [18/9/16]:  Protest in #Nauru  ...



Albrecht would be accompanying Turnbull and Dutton to the UN Refugee Summit. A functioning media would be asking him to explain this inconsistency ---> Protected and unaccountable architect of "global compact" Thomas Albrecht refuses to demand the release and resettlement of Manus and Nauru refugees [AMES Australia - 3/8/16]:


... UNHCR Regional Representative for Australian and the Pacific Thomas Albrecht outlined the details of the compact at a recent briefing to staff at migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES Australia.

Mr Albrecht said the UNHCR’s greatest current mission is to achieve the equitable and reasonable sharing of the responsibility for protecting refugees.

 He said the global compact held out hope for a framework to cope with large scale movements of people but international cooperation was needed for it to succeed. ...



Turnbull free to continue spewing lies - unchallenged by "opposition", media and human rights establishment [ABC - 19/9/16]:


...  "Public opinion will not accept a strong and generous humanitarian program, a generous migration program, unless the Government is seen to be in command of its borders," Mr Turnbull told reporters this morning. ...  <--- Now he's blaming public for the LNP and ALP's ongoing human rights atrocities against refugees.



Refugees Welcome March: Thousands of demonstrators, actors and politicians join London protest [Evening Standard - 19/9/16]



New Zealand Accident Compensation Corporation refuses to release Serco investment information [RNZI - 17/9/16] 



Washington Post makes history: First paper to call for prosecution of its own source (after accepting Pulitzer) [Intercept - 19/9/16]:


Three of the four media outlets that received and published large numbers of secret NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden — The Guardian, the New York Times, and The Intercept –– have called for the U.S. government to allow the NSA whistleblower to return to the U.S. with no charges.

That’s the normal course for a news organization, which owes its sources duties of protection, and which — by virtue of accepting the source’s materials and then publishing them — implicitly declares the source’s information to be in the public interest.

But not the Washington Post. In the face of a growing ACLU and Amnesty-led campaign to secure a pardon for Snowden, timed to this weekend’s release of the Oliver Stone biopic “Snowden,” the Post editorial page today not only argued in opposition to a pardon, but explicitly demanded that Snowden — the paper’s own source — stand trial on espionage charges or, as a “second-best solution,” “accept[] a measure of criminal responsibility for his excesses and the U.S. government offers a measure of leniency.” ...



... The corrupt liberal establishment has mocked the poor, the uneducated, the dark skinned and the indigenous for years while continuing the policies that jail and disenfranchise them.

They have ceased to appeal to the working classes, bothering only with those who can pay to play.

And here comes Trump, the joke, the demagogue, with his little hands, his orange hairpiece and his comic demeanor and he actually talks to poor people and acknowledges their suffering. ... When cheap propaganda is considered art [Counterpunch – 16/9/16]



Ex-Haitian Senate leader accuses Clintons of bribery, stealing billions [Sputnik News - 18/9/16]:


On Friday, former Senate President of Haiti, Bernard Sansaricq explained to a crowd of Donald Trump supporters that Bill Clinton had tried to bribe him in order to get the politician to side with the White House regarding the 1994 military invasion of the island country.

Sansaricq detailed that he spoke with Clinton confidante and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson who the White House had sent in hopes of "appeasing" the Haitian politician to side against the nation’s military regime.

The former Haitian legislator begged Richardson to "take the message back to President Clinton" to not invade the Haiti for fear it would destabilize the country.

A week later the American embassy reportedly sent an anonymous message back to Sansaricq, according to his testimonial at the Trump supporter event, saying that if the politician sided with the White House plans to invade then he would become "the richest man in Haiti." ...



Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fainted on stage at an election rally on Friday after his blood sugar levels fell, but was otherwise fine, a party official said. ... [Reuters - 16/9/16]



Libyan Army regains control of oil facilities after Islamist counter-offensive [RT - 18/9/16]:


The Libyan military has regained control of the situation in the country’s oil ports and terminals where Islamist militants tried to launch a counter-offensive on Saturday, Tobruk-based government officials told the media.

The jihadists were backed by forces of Libya’s unity government in Tripoli.

Earlier this week, troops loyal to the Tobruk-based eastern administration ousted forces of the UN-backed Government of National Accord from the facilities.

They accused the GNA of distributing oil sale revenues unfairly, saying that Libyan armed forces had acted to protect the source of national income.




UNAMID vehicle runs over and kills child in North Darfur [Sudan Tribune - 18/9/16]



Sudanese government Sunday it would close border with the South Sudan if the government of President Salva Kiir does not implement its pledge to expel Sudanese armed groups waging war in the two Areas and Darfur.

Last August Khartoum and Juba said that First Vice President Taban Deng Gai discussed during his meetings with the Sudanese officials the presence of rebel group in South Sudan and pledged to take tangible measures within three weeks.

Last week, South Sudanese Army Spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, told Sudan Tribune that they will expels rebels fighting its northern neighbour once it receives directives from the high command. ... [Sudan Tribune - 18/9/16]



The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement -North (SPLM-N) and several doctors unions affiliated to opposition parties have urged the government to declare an outbreak of cholera in the Blue Nile State a national emergency and to allow local and international response. ... [Sudan Tribune - 17/9/16]



Somalia: General and several bodyguards killed in Mogadishu car-bomb attack [Al Jazeera - 18/9/16]



A military court in the coastal city of Alexandria postponed on Sunday to 18 October its verdict against 27 workers of a state-owned ship building company over protests for better work conditions in May.

The defendants face charges of "inciting strike and sit-in and refraining from work."

In May, most of the nearly 2,500 employees at the Alexandria Shipyard Company staged a sit-in at the Port of Alexandria to demand a pay raise, overdue profit-shares, better health insurance and safety measures.

Two days later, security forces imposed a lockout on the shipyard, bringing all production and services to a halt.

Defence lawyer Mohamed Awad, from the Egyptian Centre for Social and Economic Rights, has slammed the charges as "baseless," saying the workers did not engage in any strike action and that the company's operation was halted at the time by a management decision.

Fourteen of the defendants are in detention while the rest are fugitives, a judicial source said.

The court said on Sunday that those in custody will remain in jail pending the verdict. ... [Ahram - 18/9/16]



Arab-Israeli Balad Party activists arrested on suspicion of fraud [JTA - 18/9/16]:


More than 20 activists and members of the Arab-Israeli Balad Party were arrested by Israel Police on suspicion of fraud and hiding party assets.

Balad is one of the factions that make up the Arab Joint List, the fourth largest party in Knesset.

None of the party’s current members of Knesset were among those arrested or investigated.

“The National Unit of the Israel Police, in conjunction with various other police forces, has carried out searches and has detained more than 20 people throughout the country.

Amongst those detained were high ranking members of the Balad party, lawyers, and accountants.

They have been arrested on suspicion of their involvement in several cases of fraud concerning monies obtained and used for campaign financing,” the Israel Police said in a statement. ...



Police in France have jailed a 20-year-old Tahitian after he was suspected of wanting to commit a terror act in France. ... [RNZI - 19/9/16]



Turkish counter-terror police detained 40 foreign nationals in raids in Istanbul over their suspected links with Islamic State, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Sunday.

Police carried out simultaneous raids to 23 addresses in Istanbul's conservative Fatih district detaining suspects from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Azerbaijan, Anadolu said. ... [Reuters - 18/9/16]



"Islamic State-inspired"Briton guilty of murdering Imam [Reuters - 17/9/16]



Two "terror suspects" detained in Belgium [Sputnik News - 16/9/16]




19 September 2016