Ambassador Cefkin must be extremely proud of the ongoing US influence in establishing Guantanamo-style refugee gulags throughout the region!


They're pickin' up the prisoners

 And puttin 'em in a pen

And all she wants to do is dance ...


'All She Wants To Do Is Dance', written by Danny Kortchmar - Don Henley [1984]


Image: @AmbCefkin  [5/12/16]



Who's behind the current terror campaign against Australia's political prisoners on Nauru, and why is the media covering it up? [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 17/12/16]



... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May.

Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped.

They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault. Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh. 

As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it. Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet. She is now back on Nauru. 


These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop.

“In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.

“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.”  ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]



Refugees settled [exiled] on Nauru woke on Monday to find an ominous letter, signed “Youth of Republic of Nauru”, had been delivered overnight.

Copies had been left at shops, homes, workplaces employing refugees… Manifesto for a pogrom: hostility to exiled refugees grows on Nauru  [The Conversation - 20/11/14]



Latest Marie Claire: Jennifer Aniston, hot holiday hair and deliberate denial of medical care to Nauru refugees.



Nauru to build a new "correctional centre".  Australia's political prisoners are still imprisoned.




Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, June 2016



Region continues pushing back Rohingya refugees to Aung San Suu Kyi's US-backed, gas fuelled, ASEAN approved genocide [Dhaka Tribune - 20/12/16]



Indonesian Foreign Minister visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh [The Daily Star - 20/12/16]



Rohingya man shot while fleeing Myanmar dies in Cox's Bazaar refugee camp [Dhaka Tribune - 20/12/16]



Temporary shelters for Rohingya refugees destroyed by Bangladesh Forestry Department [The Stateless - 19/12/16]



@Arakan_Times:  20th Dec, 3 #Rohingya Houses Have Been Shattered By #MyanmarBGP In KwinThiPyin VT #MeeThaik H #TaungPyoLetWea Tsp



‏@Arakan_Times:  20th Dec,9 Rohingya houses & 1 Shop Have Been Shattered By #MyanmarBGP In #CheinKharLi VT Mid Hamlet #MaungdawSouth



‏@Arakan_Times [20/12/16]:  #MyanmarGovernment Blocks Rice Boat In #Thaychaung ...



‏@JamilaHanan [20/12/16]:  Rape as an act of #genocide ... 



Tamils protest in Kilinochchi against "steel cages" housing scheme [Tamil Guardian - 19/12/16]



‏@BennyWenda [20/12/16]:  #WestPapua delegation calling for full membership at the Melanesian Spearhead Group #MSG meeting, Port Vila, Vanuatu ...



Chappy Hakim, a retired Indonesian air force chief who says he knows next to nothing about mining, now heads the local unit of mining giant Freeport-McMoRan.

This comes as Freeport seeks the go ahead for an $US18 billion expansion of its Grasberg mine - one of the world's biggest deposits of gold and copper - in Papua. ... [RNZI - 20/12/16]



Rwanda: UN's early release of genocide convicts condemned [All Africa - 20/12/16]



The Specialised Chamber for International Crimes at the High Court yesterday postponed the hearing of Genocide suspect Ladislas Ntaganzwa to March, after the accused prayed for more time to prepare his defence.

Ntaganzwa was extradited to Rwanda in March this year following his arrest in DR Congo, on an indictment issued by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).


He was one of the Genocide suspects under the Reward for Justice Programme of the US Government with a USD five million bounty. [All Africa - 20/12/16]



Shelter, health and education priorities for Solomons quake recovery [RNZI – 20/12/16]



The Pacific Islands News Association has joined the growing number of voices opposed to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's decision to end shortwave transmission.

Much of the Pacific remains dependent on shortwave but the ABC said it is old fashioned technology and it will stop using it from the end of January.

PINA is a regional media umbrella group in the Pacific whose president, Moses Stevens said in the Pacific radio remains the most effective and efficient means of communication and source of information.

He said the ABC shortwave has been a lifeline for many rural people in the Pacific for almost 80 years.

The organisation has made a formal request for the ABC to reconsider its decision. [RNZI - 20/12/16]



ABC defends decision to axe NT's shortwave radio service amid emergency update concerns [ABC - 20/12/16]



Mannequin set up where woman was attacked at Petrie [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]:


A mannequin dressed similarly to a female tourist who was severely assaulted at Moreton Bay last month has been set up to help find her attacker.

A Polish woman, 24, was attacked during her evening walk about 8.30pm on November 25 at Petrie.

She was found with serious facial and head injuries by a member of the public on Boona Street about 9pm.

A police spokeswoman said the Polish woman had had trouble identifying the person responsible due to her "horrific" injuries.

 She stayed in hospital for about three days and provided a statement to police before she returning to Poland.

She had been working as an au pair for her friend in area. ...



... Police made a fresh appeal for public information on Tuesday and have released images they believe could aid their investigation, including one of a black and silver belt buckle.

The distinctive buckle bears a cross with the Star of David in the middle. ... [Yahoo - 20/12/16]



Two men have staged a vicious attack on a 13-year-old boy before stealing his backpack in Brisbane.

The boy was walking in a Sinnamon Park street on Monday afternoon when the men jumped out of a stolen Mercedes and repeatedly punched him in the head and kicked him as he lay on the ground.

The pair fled with the boy's possessions.

The young victim has been treated for bruising to his head, neck and stomach and a minor knee injury. [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]



A woman accused of twice conspiring to have her ex-husband killed by hit men has been granted bail in a Queensland court.

Theresa Dalton, 64, was arrested in August after she allegedly tried to organise the killing between December 2009 and February 2010.

Dalton allegedly engaged a so-called "middle man" to seek out the services of others, on the first occasion handing over $20,000.

Her alleged plan was hatched during the "throes of an acrimonious settlement of their property matters in family court proceedings", the Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Sarah Farnden conceded there was no actual evidence it was Dalton's idea to use a gun. ... [Yahoo - 20/12/16]



The Queensland coroner will reopen his investigation into the death of New Zealand woman Warriena Wright, who fell from a Gold Coast balcony in 2014.

Gold Coast man Gable Tostee was found not guilty in October of killing the New Zealand tourist, who plunged to her death from his 14th-floor apartment balcony after they met via the Tinder dating app. 

The case was referred back to State Coroner Terry Ryan, who this week confirmed his investigation in Ms Wright’s death had reopened. ... [Nine MSN - 18/12/16]



... On leadership, the Australian Election Study found Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had more negative evaluations than any major party leader since the leadership questions were first asked in 1993. ... Voter interest hits record low in 2016 - ANU Election Study [Media Release - 20/12/16]



Glencore receives $15 million Christmas present from the Queensland government [North West Star - 20/12/16]



Design unveiled for Townsville's unwanted new $250 million stadium [ABC - 20/12/16]



Former ALP Police Minister Judy Spence helps Queensland government and Gold Coast City Council "bait and switch" theft of public land for development [ABC - 19/12/16]



William Street demolition works to begin in 2017 [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]:


... The demolition works will include the removal of the Executive Building, 80 George Street and the Neville Bonner Building, which were rendered obsolete with the completion of 1 William Street.

Early works will include vegetation clearing, site fencing and advertising, the relocation of services including water, sewerage, electricity and gas, hoarding and monitoring of heritage buildings and minor excavation works.

From January 1, 2017, part of William Street and all of Queen's Wharf Road will be closed for the demolition and site preparation works.



More cockatoos, wallabies and possums culled at Hamilton Island Resort [ABC - 20/12/16]



A senior Palaszczuk Government staffer and political hopeful has quit after failing to provide a breath specimen to Queensland police. Stephen Gay resigned as chief of staff to Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni following the incident, which is understood to have happened on Friday night. ... [ABC - 19/12/16]



A father has been crushed to death by two marble slabs at his business in Brisbane's bayside when they slipped from the back of a truck.

Ray Finch, 61, was critically injured in the incident on Shore Street West in Cleveland around 10am.


The slabs appear to have been positioned securely on the truck but Workplace Health and Safety Queensland will be investigating and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

It comes just months after two workers were crushed by a concrete slab at Eagle Farm Racecourse. [Nine MSN - 20/12/16]



A contractor has been fined $30,000 after one of his workers was crushed under a collapsed trench in Queensland.

The man suffered a fractured pelvis and internal injuries after a rock wall broke away at the site in Coomera on the Gold Coast.

His boss Brian Douglas Roil pleaded guilty at Southport Magistrate Court to failing to meet his health and safety duties over the incident in September 2015.

"In this case, the defendant used a trench box but only shored softer soil, presuming the harder rock wall would be safe," head of Workplace Health and Safety Dr Simon Blackwood said. ... [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]



Report into NSW police bugging scandal finds Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn's conduct was 'unlawful' [Nine MSN - 20/12/16]



Queensland police officer who pulled gun on couple in outback guilty of assault [ABC - 20/12/16]



A Queensland cop has been stood down from duty after allegedly driving drunk, obstructing police and attempting to interfere with a police investigation.

The 46-year-old sergeant from the Road Police Command, who has been tasked with non-operational duties, is also accused of conducting unauthorised searches on the police computer system.

A 40-year-old sergeant from the state's south-east has also been stood down from duty for allegedly conducting unauthorised searches on the police computer system and is due to face court next year on one count of computer hacking. [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]



A police officer ordered that a bus turn off its Christmas lights while it rode in the calvacade on Sunday night.

Mount Isa Coaches owner Gary Murray labelled the officer “Sergeant Humbug” on social media and said the order put a dampener on the Christmas spirit for passengers on the bus, including children. ... [North West Star - 19/12/16]



Three men are dead after their car slammed into trees at high speed near Bundaberg in southern Queensland.

Emergency services said the single-vehicle accident happened at the intersection of Bishop Road and Birthamba Drive at Bucca, west of Bundaberg, about 7:00pm on Saturday.

Police at the scene said the men, aged in their 20s and 30s, had been at the pub earlier in the day. ... [ABC - 18/12/16]



Robbery, wilful damage and assault police charges, Bundaberg [QPS Media - 20/12/16]



Man charged over production of drugs Burleigh Heads [QPS Media - 20/12/16]



Two toddlers pulled from Sydney backyard pool in critical condition [Nine MSN - 20/12/16]



A young child is in hospital after a near drowning in Queensland's far north.

It's the third near downing in the Cairns area in the past week, prompting a warning from paramedics. ... [Brisbane Times - 20/12/16]



Uniting Church to close youth residential care homes in NSW and ACT in wake of 'Girl X' review [ABC – 19/12/16]



An Englishman will be deported immediately after pleading guilty to threatening to “rape and kill” the families of Gold Coast police officers.

Tre John Bunby, 23, was sentenced in Southport Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to a number of offences.

Bunby was arrested in the early hours of his 23rd birthday on March 5 when his damaged car was found on Chevron Island, after he had crashed into two parked cars in Surfers Paradise, leaving his passenger door under one of them.

The police prosecutor told the court Bunby refused to supply his name and address or a breath or saliva specimen before telling arresting officers he would find their wives and children and “rape and kill” them.

 He also claimed to be a Royal Marine who was wanted by police after almost killing people, and told the officers he would “f**k them up”.

Bunby was granted parole given time already served in custody but will be deported immediately. [MYGC- 19/12/16]



Man arrested for assaulting paramedic at Burleigh Heads [MYGC - 19/12/16]



Police are speaking to witnesses of a road rage attack in Southport on Sunday morning.

Officers say a man was reversing out of a driveway on Myall Street at around 9:15PM on Saturday night when he hit a parked car.

The owner of that car was in a nearby shop and went to confront the man.

Police say the driver then allegedly did a u turn in a car park and drove at the 19-year-old knocking him over and causing torso and head injuries. ... [MYGC - 18/12/16]



Four Ballina police officers accused of assaulting Aboriginal man in custody found not guilty [ABC - 20/12/16]



Teenager tortured in Australian jail makes bid for freedom through rehabilitation program [SBS - 20/12/16]:


The Aboriginal teen inmate at the centre of the Northern Territory's Royal Commission into juvenile justice has made a bid for freedom through a sentence reconsideration application.

The inquiry was sparked when footage of Dylan Voller being tear-gassed, spit-hooded and shackled in the youth prison system was aired on national television earlier this year.

The 19-year-old was jailed in 2014 for a violent ice-fuelled crime spree and isn't due for release until October next year but on Tuesday Voller's defence team made the case for him to be released into the Alice Springs-based Bush Mob rehabilitation program under "strict supervision."

Defence barrister David Dalton SC told the NT Supreme Court Voller had endured "onerous conditions" in custody and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. ...



A corrections officer assigned to watching inmates on CCTV will be given the chance to explain at an inquest why he failed to observe for 15 minutes a prisoner hanging himself.

Dane Benjamin Sloan died in the exercise yard at Brisbane Correctional Centre on October 2, 2013.

Counsel assisting Peter Johns told the Coroner Terry Ryan that the inquest on January 30 would focus on CCTV monitoring, the adequacy of the facilities and the performance of the officer observing the CCTV that day. ... [Yahoo - 19/12/16]



The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples has called for prosecution of the people involved in the preventable death in custody of Yamatji woman, Ms Dhu. ... [SBS - 19/12/16]



Aboriginal woman raped to death but white suspects yet to face trial five years later [Independent – 16/12/16]



... Mr Brock's brother said the family still didn't understand why he'd been killed.

"To this day, we still don't know why he took him, our big brother," Curtis McGinness said.

"I don't have no remorse from [Kenyon], to take away innocent people from us, it's not right. ... Rodney Kenyon found guilty of murdering Darwin man Fabian Brock [ABC - 20/12/16]



Woman dies after being stabbed inside mediation room at Joondalup courthouse [WA Today - 20/12/16]



Ellenbrook father jailed for seven years for killing baby daughter Lily [WA Tdoay – 20/12/16]



A man remains at large after blowing up an ATM at an Adelaide shopping centre in the middle of the night.  

Police say the man, who was on a motorbike, smashed through glass doors at Newton Village Shopping Centre and blew up the Bendigo Bank ATM inside. ... [Nine MSN - 20/12/16]



Miserable warmongering fascist. ---> The DCNS Australian headquarters, dedicated to the $50 billion Future Submarine Program, has been officially unveiled in Adelaide today, marking a significant milestone.

The Prime Minister the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Chief Executive Officer DCNS, Mr Herve Guillou, and Chief Executive Officer DCNS Australia, Mr Sean Costello, at the Future Submarine facility. ...   [Prime Minister Media Release - 20/12/16]



A man who shot three people at a Zurich mosque on Monday is dead, police said on Tuesday, confirming that a body found near the scene was that of the assailant.

Zurich cantonal police said authorities had identified the suspect, but gave no details.

A news conference was scheduled for 1300 GMT. The gunman had stormed into the Islamic center and opened fire on worshippers.

"The dead man found around 300 meters (yards) from the scene of the crime after the shooting in the mosque is the suspect," a statement on a police website said.

Two of the three victims -- aged 30, 35 and 56 -- were seriously injured in the attack, which took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. (1630 GMT) near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital.

A third sustained less severe injuries.

Police had identified the suspect only as a man around 30 years old wearing dark clothing and a dark woolen cap who fled the mosque after the attack. [Reuters - 20/12/16]



Merkel on Berlin Christmas market tragedy: 'We must assume this was a terrorist attack' [Deutsche Welle - 20/12/16]



‏@PolizeiBerlin_E [20/12/16]:  The temporary arrested suspect denies the offense. Therefore we are particulary alert. Please be also alert. #Breitscheidplatz



It’s almost impossible to spot the difference between Europe’s extreme right and Europe’s extreme centre.

Europe’s extreme mainstream (the Guardian newspaper for example) would have you believe otherwise – it’s scaremongering ahead of key elections next year in Germany, France and Holland.

The liberals fear a “right wing” Europe. But that ship has sailed. Europe is so far right these days – it’s falling down. And doesn’t realise it. The centre paved the way. And the right is ready to pounce.

Whether it’s Merkel or Le Pen doesn’t really matter. The damage has already been done. The “New Old World” – as it is – is profoundly anti-labor and profoundly anti-Semitic (a Semite being Jew and Arab).

Hitler would feel right at home. ... [Counterpunch - 19/12/16]



Jordan: Karak residents call for more security after deadly siege [Reuters - 19/12/16]



Militants from illegal armed groups have violated ceasefire in Syria 28 times over the last 24 hours, including 16 times in the Damascus province, nine in the Aleppo province, two in the Hama province and one in the Latakia province, the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said in a daily news bulletin published on the Russian Defense Ministry’s official website on Tuesday. ... [TASS - 20/12/16]



@oulosP [19/12/16]:  Syrian Army making falafel rolls for people who escaped from East #Aleppo. What about the murder & rape narrative MSM told us? ...



UN Security Council votes unanimously in favour of sending international observers to Aleppo [SANA - 19/12/16]



More than 500 wounded persons and patients evacuated from al-Fouaa and Kefraya, new batch of terrorists and their families exit Aleppo [SANA  19/12/16]



Man shoots into air in front of US embassy in Ankara [Anadolu Agency - 20/12/16]



Killer of Russia's ambassador fired from police after July's failed coup in Turkey — media [TASS - 19/12/16]



The fatal attack on Russia's ambassador to Turkey, who was killed by a gunman on Monday, is "clearly a provocation" aimed at undermining both Russian-Turkish relations and the settling of the Syrian crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"This murder is clearly a provocation aimed at undermining the improvement and normalization of Russian-Turkish relations, as well as undermining the peace process in Syria promoted by Russia, Turkey, Iran and other countries interested in settling the conflict in Syria," Putin said in a statement on Monday evening. ... [RT - 19/12/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [19/12/16]:


Nineveh: The US-led coalition aircraft bombed with more than 25 rockets neighborhoods in Mosul City and some of its suburbs today morning ,casualties resulted unknown.


Nineveh: News agencies: 7 elements of the government forces were killed as a sniper targeted them in neighborhoods east of Mosul.


Baghdad: News agencies: A person was killed and 4 were wounded as an IED exploded in Mishahda Nahiya in Tarmiya district north of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: 6 persons were either killed or wounded as a blast occurred near Diyala Bridge southeast of Baghdad.




20 December 2016