Process Kurdish Iranian journalist’s asylum claim [PEN America - 17/11/16]:


... PEN:

Urges the Australian authorities to process Kurdish Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani’s asylum claim, in light of the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ‘s 26 April ruling

Calls on the Australian authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of all those transferred to Australia’s offshore detention sites

Calls for the Australian authorities to end the offshore processing of asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island, in line with the recommendations of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and ensure that asylum seekers and those in immigration detention in offshore processing centres, including Behrouz Boochani, are provided with adequate legal protection in line with Australia’s obligations under international law.



Nur Islam (and others injured at the Springvale Commonwealth Bank) are all victims of Australia's fascist anti-refugee policy.







Refugee who self immolated in protest of UNHCR visit to Nauru, denied hospital visits from Somali community [Guardian - 22/9/16]



Political self immolations [Wikipedia]:


... The young refugee woman from Somalia (variously referred to as Hadon/Hodan and Yasin/Yasi) had been in Brisbane, Australia for medical treatment before being forcibly removed from Australia in the middle of the night on April 27, 2016, with 2 other refugees, and returned to Nauru Detention Camp. ...



Australia's political and media establishment: Anything but the truth --->  The man accused of the Springvale Commonwealth Bank attack may have previously run out of money from gambling, it has been suggested.

Nur Islam remains in a critical condition in hospital, accused of injuring 26 people, including children, after allegedly setting himself on fire in the Springvale Road bank on Friday. ... [The Age  - 20/11/16]



"Australia has only resettled 250 Rohingya since 2008" The impact of Australia's fanatical policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]





... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.

This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."

Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh.

IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...



Nope Nope Nope ---->  During the May 2015 boat crisis, the ALP and LNP voted against a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned Rohingya refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]



Still no justice or citizenship for the Rohingya, Azad Essa [IOL - 7/9/16]



... Thus, finding a way to utilise Rohingyas without encouraging illegal migration is the best way forward. ... NGOs urge Malaysia to recognise Rohingya refugees and migrants given the UNHCR's and western nations' stubborn isolationism and white supremacy [ASEAN Today - 25/9/16]




 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar



‏@nslwin [20/11/16]:  #Rohingya women from #LamBaGuNa H, #DuDan VT said on Nov. 19th, kill us instead of harassing us everyday like now by #Myanmar military.



‏@nslwin [19/11/16]:  3 #Rohingya women shot dead in #DuDan village today at 3pm by #Myanmar Army. Some children died from drowning while escaping military attack



‏@hninyadanazaw [19/11/16]:  Got threatened by a jr police chief at the jetty that if we go one more step from sittwe to Maung Daw, they will sue us. #rakhine



Rohingya Blogger, Nay San Lwin briefing the current situation of Rohingya on Al Jazeera [19/11/16]



Region seals borders and opinionators call on Myanmar to protect Rohingya rights as military conducts latest pogrom [19/11/16]



Thai Navy steps up Andaman Sea surveillance to push back Rohingya fleeing latest Myanmar military attacks [Malaysiakini - 19/11/16]



Man who tried to help Bangladeshis reach Europe via Libya arrested for human trafficking [Dhaka Tribune - 19/11/16]:


The Bangladesh embassy officials were informed about Sujon when they visited the 37 Bangladeshi nationals, who were detained at “Al Hamra” detention centre in Gharyan town of Libya for illegally entering the country.

The Libyan police detained the 37 Bangladeshi nationals in Gharyan town when they were trying to reach Italy through the Mediterranean Sea on November 8.

However, Libyan police rescued at least 65 Bangladeshi nationals from traffickers’ den at Tajoura suburb of Libyan capital Tripoli three weeks ago.

The Bangladesh government officially banned sending its nationals to Libya in June last year on security grounds. ...



Sinhala Buddhist monks take to the streets in anti-Muslim protest [Tamil Guardian - 20/11/16]


Pakistan claims downing of Indian drone [The Hindu – 19/11/16]



Three children were killed and three others injured Saturday when mortar shells fired by Indian forces hit a village along the Line of Control (LOC) in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, officials said. ... [Naharnet - 19/11/16]



At least 60 killed in Indian train derailment [Reuters - 19/11/16]



New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Saturday that China would fill the void left by the United States if it backs away from promoting free trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

In a panel at the annual APEC summit, Key said U.S. President-elect Donald Trump should reconsider his position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Trump has vowed to pull the United States out of the TPP. [Reuters - 19/11/16]



China's Xi presses Philippines, Vietnam to keep South China Sea issues bilateral [Reuters - 19/11/16]



South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday they had indicted a friend of President Park Geun-hye and two former aides in a corruption scandal engulfing her administration, in a heavy setback to her fight for political survival.

Choi Soon-sil, Park's friend, and former presidential aide An Chong-bum are charged with abuse of power in pressuring conglomerates to contribute funds to foundations at the center of the scandal, said Lee Young-ryeol, head of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office.

Lee said that his team believed Park had an accomplice role in the case but added that she cannot be indicted because she has constitutional immunity. ... [Reuters - 20/11/16]



Scuba diver dies in waters near Werribee South [The Age - 20/11/16]



Snorkeller dies on NSW South Coast [Nine MSN - 20/11/16]



A passenger who was found dead in the wreckage of a north Queensland helicopter crash was a contractor for state's National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), hired to maintain their remote facilities.

The 25-year-old plumber, from Kewarra Beach in Cairns, was flying with his pilot from Cardwell to western Cape York when their chopper came down near Mount Carbine on Friday afternoon, sparking an intense fire in the forest.

An emergency beacon alerted authorities and the pilot was winched to safety nearly two hours later, however rescuers did not realise there was a passenger. ... [ABC - 19/11/16]



'Computer fault' halts Movie World's Green Lantern rollercoaster [Nine MSN - 20/11/16]:


... The same ride malfunctioned in March 2015 when a wheel component became loose and stranded 13 people, some for as long as three-and-a-half hours.

Firefighters were called to rescue riders during the 2015 incident but a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the park had not called for their services on Sunday.

The theme park's 16 attractions passed a safety audit on Friday. ...



A 46-year-old woman has died after being thrown from a horse at Bahrs Scrub earlier this morning.

Around 7.15am the woman had been riding a horse accompanied by another woman on a horse when they left an acreage property at Majella Crescent traveling single file along the roadway.

After a short distance it is believed the woman’s horse was spooked by a passing vehicle, causing her horse to buck and throw her to the ground.

While the woman was on the ground the horse has struck her in the head causing significant head injuries.

The woman was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment but died a few hours later.

Police are investigating the incident and will prepare a report for the Coroner. ... [QPS Media - 20/11/16]



Police searching for a nine-year-old boy who went missing yesterday following a jet-ski crash at Lake Moondarra have this morning located the boy deceased.

Around 11am yesterday a 34-year-old man and a six-year-old boy were riding a jet-ski at Lake Moondarra when it crashed into the edge of the lake, striking the nine-year-old boy.

The man and the six-year-old boy both sustained injuries and were transported to hospital.

The nine-year-old boy had not been sighted since the incident and a search of the area was conducted yesterday using a helicopter, ground and swift water rescue crews but they were unable to locate the boy.

Police divers this morning located the boy around 6am.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash. ... [QPS Media - 20/11/16]



Serious traffic crash, Stony Creek [QPS Media - 20/11/16]



Police are investigating a serious traffic crash that occurred at Slacks Creek overnight.

Initial investigations indicate around 12.15am on Sunday, a red Toyota Rav 4 entered the intersection of Loganlea Road and Nujooloo Road where it collided with a traffic light pole.

The 47-year-old male driver was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition. ... [MYGC - 20/11/16]



Bus driver dies after crashing into truck at Tamborine [MYGC - 20/11/16]



... Meanwhile on Saturday afternoon, a motorbike and ute collided at Hervey Range near Townsville just after midday, killing the motorcyclist aged in his forties from the Townsville suburb of Gulliver.

Earlier in the day a 37-year-old Rothwell man died after a collision between a car and [car hit a] pedestrian in the outer Brisbane bayside suburb of Kippa Ring about 1am.

The incident happened at the intersection of Anzac Avenue and Nathan Road and the pedestrian died at the scene.

On Friday, a 48-year-old male motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after being involved in a collision with a bus at Carina.

In Limestone Creek, near Rockhampton, a 35-year-old Hidden Valley man rolled his vehicle about 12.30pm, leaving him critical in Rockhampton Base Hospital. ... [Brisbane Times - 19/11/16]



Woman dies after being run over by husband in Woolloongabba accident [ABC - 19/11/16]



A second woman has been charged over a gruesome attack at Logan north of the Gold Coast.

A woman lost a finger during a fight and was found alone at Greenbank on Friday night. 

She also had injuries to her face and leg.

Police found her missing finger nearby and she was taken to the Princess Alexandra hospital. ... [MYGC - 20/11/16]



A woman has been charged following an alleged wounding incident at Kirwan early this morning.

It will be alleged around 1am an altercation occurred between a 26-year-old Kirwan woman and a 22-year-old Sunset man at a Valencia Street address. 

During the incident the man sustained a stab wound to the chest. ... [QPS Media - 20/11/16]



Armed man on the run after Jindalee Bowls Club robbery [Nine MSN - 20/11/16]



Gold Coast man jailed for 10 years for cartel trafficking more than 2,500kg of cannabis [ABC - 18/11/16]



Serious assault police charges, Ipswich [QPS Media - 20/11/16]



The estranged wife of the brother of slain crime figure Hamad Assaad has been arrested after she allegedly injured a journalist in a confrontation outside Bankstown court house on Friday.

The woman, 31, allegedly lashed out at Sky News reporter Amy Greenbank, after Tarek Assaad was refused bail on charges of possessing a prohibited weapon, ammunition and drugs. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/11/16]



The bullshit war on terror ---> A bank account used to raise money to support Australians charged with terrorism offences has been shut down by the ANZ.

The Brothers Behind Bars facebook group claims their business account, which was only opened a couple of weeks ago, was used to collect "charity funds". ... [Yahoo - 19/11/16]


Small-town “terrorists”: The infamous post-9/11 “sleeper cell” case in California continues to unravel [The Intercept – 20/11/16]



The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, first reported by The Washington Post, was delivered to the White House last month.


The Washington Post reported that a decision by Rogers to travel to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday without notifying superiors caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, but the recommendation to remove him predated his visit. ... [Reuters - 19/11/16]



Ex-CIA agent loses latest Italy extradition  [Yahoo - 19/11/16]:


A former CIA agent is considering whether to appeal against Portugal's Supreme Court decision that she should be sent to Italy, where she has to serve a prison sentence for her alleged part in a U.S. program that involved kidnapping terror suspects for interrogation.

Sabrina de Sousa told The Associated Press on Friday she may file an appeal in Portugal's Constitutional Court. De Sousa said in emailed comments to the AP that an appeal is "possible" but she is "not sure" she will go ahead with it. She said she needs to undergo surgery but did not elaborate.

The rendition program, under which terror suspects were kidnapped and transferred to centers where they were interrogated and tortured, was part of the anti-terrorism strategy of the U.S. administration following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. ...



Japan PM Abe: Way to peace treaty with Russia coming into sight [Reuters - 19/11/16]:


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday that a way to concluding a peace treaty with Russia is "coming into sight," raising hopes for tangible progress on a decades-old territorial row at bilateral summit meetings set for mid-December in Japan.

Abe, who made the comment after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, was quick to add, however, that progress will be gradual, and not in the form of one big leap.

A territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow over a chain of western Pacific islands, seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War Two, has upset diplomatic relations ever since, precluding a formal peace treaty between the two countries. ...



Okinawans awarded $22.6M for aircraft noise at Futenma, plaintiffs' demand to halt flight operations dismissed [ - 18/11/16]



Rio de Janeiro: Military helicopter providing support to police "anti-drug operation" crashes killing 4 [Yahoo - 20/11/16]



A group of armed men have kidnapped 10 people in the violent southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, where 43 students were abducted and likely massacred two years ago, authorities said on Saturday. ... [Reuters - 19/11/16]



Spies on Tinder and student protests in Latin America [RT - 19/11/16]



Huge crowd protests In London against Education Bill [SRJ News - 19/11/16]



Western nations start wars they are scared to fight themselves – Duterte to Putin at APEC summit [RT - 19/11/16]



A sea of foam has spilled out of a hangar at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California and onto an adjacent street.

The foam started coming out of a Signature Flight Support’s hangar on San Jose Airport property at around 11 a.m.

It was caused by the accidental discharge of fire-fighting foam, according to an official with Corporate Communications. ... [KRON 4 - 18/11/16]



‏@Clintonswalk [20/11/16]:  I know in my heart I'm not far from the heartland. It will be something I will never forget that I walk it to #Uluru #ClintonsWalk  



‏@treaty_au:  It's Nov 20, 2016 at 3:15:07 pm and Australia demands #Treaty with its First Peoples #FirstPeoples1st100Days  



Cowra solidarity march DJ Doolan [Aboriginal Tent Embassy - 19/11/16]



Protest speeches in the park before march in Cowra today for DJ Doolan who was shot in the back by police for no reason [Aboriginal Tent Embassy - 19/11/16]



Palestinians in Ramallah stage sit-in demanding return of slain Palestinian's body [Maan - 19/11/16]



A 26-year-old Palestinian who was shot dead on Friday by Israeli forces during clashes east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the besieged Gaza Strip was laid to rest on Saturday morning. ... [Maan - 19/11/16]



Israeli forces on Saturday morning stormed the campus of al-Quds University in the Jerusalem district village of Abu Dis, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Education.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that “large numbers of heavily armed” Israeli troops stormed the university campus at dawn and damaged the "contents of a book fair," which students had been organizing to help their fellow students in need. ... [Maan - 19/11/16]



Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Thursday afternoon attacked the activists campaigning at the “Al-Yasser village”  in response to Israeli legalization of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. ... [PNN - 17/11/16]



Palestinian Ambassador to the UK Manuel Hassassian on Trump and the Middle East [RT - 19/11/16]



Two-time Academy Award-winner and activist Jane Fonda will visit and help serve dinner to water protectors at the Oceti Sakowin camp, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota on Thanksgiving Day.

Fonda will be part of a delegation 50 people from around the country who will be visit the site of the Standing Rock action against the Dakota Access Pipeline — to serve a Wopila Feast to thank American Indian water protectors for their courage in defending Mother Earth. ... [Native News Online - 19/11/16]



Reports from Standing Rock detail horrific conditions [The Hill - 18/11/16]:


A couple weeks ago one of my best students disappeared from the argumentation and advocacy class I teach at the local community college. I emailed to see if she was ok.

I learned she was on her way to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

I had just made a donation to the Standing Rock legal defense fund earlier that week. I was supportive of the fact that she was going to go out into the world to practice advocacy; the real world experience is valuable, and it strikes me as fair that if the people of Bismarck have the right to reject the pipeline, the people of Standing Rock deserve the same right. 

On November 17, I received a follow up email from my student thanking me for the donation I had made to the Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund, because they had bailed her out of jail.

The content that followed disturbed me. 

“I'm back at camp now, but they did put us in actual dog kennels.

There were photos of the types of dogs on the walls and piss stains on the floor.

They also didn't read me my rights or even say I was under arrest. I was arrested along with 28 others of the 400+ protesting on the 15th.”  ...



Hundreds of people protested on Saturday, demanding justice for a fishmonger whose grisly death sparked outrage nationwide, while calling for "dignity".

"Freedom, justice" and "Long live the people!" cried demonstrators in the northern city of Al-Hoceima, where Mouhcine Fikri, 31, died last month. ... [Middle East Eye - 19/11/16]



An Egyptian court sentenced the head of the journalists' union and two board members to two years in prison on Saturday for harboring colleagues wanted by the law and spreading false news, judicial sources and their lawyer said.


Dozens of journalists gathered outside the syndicate headquarters in Cairo to protest the verdict, while riot police and armored vehicles filled the streets near the building.

"Down with military rule," yelled the protesters, referring to what they see as the expanding influence of the army under Sisi. Some carried signs that read "Journalism is not a crime". ... [Reuters - 19/11/16]



Police on Saturday detained two Swedish TV journalists in the sensitive Kurdish-majority province of Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey after they filmed near a military zone, a local news agency reported.

Swedish public broadcaster SVT however reported that journalists Stefan Asberg and Niclas Berglund, had been questioned, but not detained, as they were reporting in southeastern Turkey.    

The pair are on their way back to their base in Istanbul, it said. ... [The Local - 19/11/16]



Three Kurdish journalists covering Bunyan Marsous operations in Sirte have been freed after a thirty-hour abduction by a militia.

The three, reporter Hunar Ahmed and two cameramen work for Kurdistan24 TV channel. 

Libyan journalist Abdulmonem Al-Juhaimi confirmed their released to the Libya Herald and said the trio were fine. ... [Libya Herald - 19/11/16]



Tribal fighting continues as Sebha ceasefire fails [Libya Herald - 19/11/16]



"Top ISIS leader" among 7 killed in US drone strike, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan [Khaama - 19/11/16]



At least 6 Taliban insurgents were killed in a series of airstrikes in northern Kunduz province of Afghanistan, local officials said Saturday.

According to the local security officials, the airstrikes were carried out late on Friday night in the outskirts of Kunduz city and Chardara district. ... [Khaama - 19/11/16]



US plans to stop buying Russian helicopters for Afghanistan [Khaama - 19/11/16]



After $85million in US loans, Afghanistan building projects abandoned [The New American - 18/11/16]



At least two dozen people have lost their lives after Saudi-backed militants loyal to the former Yemeni government launched a mortar attack on a bazaar in the southwestern province of Ta’izz.

The attack occurred on Thursday in the Suftail area of Hawban District, situated to the northeast of Ta’izz City, the provincial capital, Yemen’s al-Masirah television network cited local health officials as saying.

Some 27 others were also injured as the projectiles hit the densely-populated bazaar. ... [Press TV - 18/11/16]


38 killed in heavy fighting around Yemen’s Taiz [ – 18/11/16]



Illegal armed groups have violated the ceasefire in Syria 41 times in the past 24 hours, the Russian center for reconciliation of the opposing sides said in its daily news bulletin posted on the Russian defense ministry’s website on Saturday. ... [TASS - 20/11/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [19/11/16]:


 Anbar: Press sources: The colonel Hameed Ahmad ,the director of the Anti-explosives department in Anbar ,was wounded and 3 of his body guards were killed while trying to dismantle an explosive truck west of Ramadi.


Baghdad: News agencies:A person was killed and 5 were wounded as an IED hit visitors walking towards Karbala' in Taji area north of Baghdad today evening .


Baghdad: News agencies: Two persons were killed and 8 wounded as an IED exploded near a traditional market in Khan Dhari area in Abu Ghreib district west of Baghdad today evening.


Nineveh: The US-led coalition air force has shelled Nahrawan neighborhood -Al-Tanak- at the right side of Mosul, casualties resulted unknown.



Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Mosul cross into Syria [Al Jazeera - 19/11/16]



Clear divisions have emerged between Iraqi and Kurdish leaders over territorial control after the recapture of Mosul, even though the battle for ISIL's last stronghold in Iraq is far from over as it enters its second month. ... [Al Jazeera - 19/11/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 19/11/16]



Election Night avec Dave Chappelle et Chris Rock, Saturday Night Live [12/11/16]



Officials at the immigration detention center in Karnes City have banned crayons for children in the facility’s visitation room, according to pro bono lawyers who work there, which they say is the latest example of mistreatment of Central American families seeking asylum. ... [San Antonio Express-News - 18/11/16]



‏@LighthouseRR [18/11/16]:   Special guests at Katsikas! @FCBarcelona Vets kicked around a ball w/residents before workshops & match at stadium #FCBPlayers #WithRefugees



Irish naval vessel rescues 50 migrants from the Mediterranean [ - 18/11/16]:


...  The rescued persons have now been transferred to the NGO vessel Bourbon Argos.

This brings to 2,310 the number of migrants rescued by the LÉ Samuel Beckett since it deployed to the area in September. ...



Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, November 2014


They're still there and there's still no opposition to the policy, and no journalism.



Refugees on Nauru [November, 2014]




20 November 2016