We will Never give up
Day 215 refugee protests, Nauru [Image: @elahe_zivardar -20/10/16]
... We could escape from our government but there is nowhere to escape from the Australian government. ... [Sputnik News - 19/10/16]
@nslwin [20/10/16]: About 30 #Rohingya teenage girls from #PyaungPyaik hamlet, #NgaSaKyu village tract were taken away by #Myanmar Army & BGP this morning.
Eleven prominent Rohingyas from Ngakura village in Maungdaw Township were invited to attend a meeting by Myanmar Border Guard Police Battalion Commander based in Ngakura.
They allegedly invited them to cooperate in the effort of finding attackers who attacked the BGP outposts on October 9th.
These attendees were not allowed to go back home and arrested.
Later two of them were killed while in custody.
“If we don’t meet them, they shoot. If we meet them, they arrest and kill. We have no place to escape. No one to help us. People are facing food shortage now. All women, children and elderly are very much afraid now as they are experiencing how the people are being killed. I think the government will carry mass killing like they did in 2012. They will label all terrorists whoever got arrested. They made announcement that many hundreds are involved in the attacks. They did that to arrest as many as they can. ... [Rohingya Blogger - 19/10/16]
Food aid deliveries planned for more than 80,000 people in Myanmar's Rakhine state have been blocked because of a military clampdown in the area, according to the UN's World Food Programme (WFP). ... [Al Jazeera - 19/10/16]
@nslwin [19/10/16]: My parent @bs2000sa & @DawKhinHla at the protest for #Rohingya today in front of #Myanmar Embassy in #London.
UNHCR's Vivian Tan posts a good news story about Rohingya as Rakhine burns [Media Release - 20/10/16]
Woodside Third Quarter Report for Period Ended 30 September 2016 [20/10/16]:
Following the Thalin-1A and Shwe Yee Htun-1 discoveries, planning continues for a minimum of four wells in 2017 across Blocks AD-7 and A-6. ...
UN official urges Sri Lanka to take stronger measures to protect minorities [Reuters - 20/10/16]
An Indian court on Thursday upheld appeals by 14 Hindus convicted over the massacre of 33 Muslims burnt alive during some of the worst religious unrest the country has seen since independence.
The victims had crowded into a small house seeking shelter during a wave of anti-Muslim violence in Gujarat in 2002, triggered by a train fire in which Hindu pilgrims were burnt alive.
The rioters set the house alight, killing 28 people on the spot.
Another five later died of their injuries.
The court in Gujarat upheld the convictions of another 17 people sentenced to life in prison in the original 2011 trial for their role in the killings in the village of Sardarpura. ... [Live Mint - 20/10/16]
Gujarat: Dalit man in Junagadh kills self as campaign for land rights widens [Hindustan Times - 20/10/16]
Australia's top casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday no charges had been laid against 18 of its staff held in China for alleged gambling crimes, adding to a sense of confusion that has surrounded the company's biggest crisis. ... [Reuters - 20/10/16]
A Chinese court on Thursday upheld a jail term for the former head of a southern Chinese village, once seen as a cradle of grassroots democracy, on graft and other charges.
Lin Zuluan's jail sentence last month sparked renewed protests in the southern village of Wukan but they were shut down as heavily armed riot police sealed the area.
The Foshan Intermediate People's Court posted a statement on its website saying the court had upheld Lin's prison term of three years and a month and a fine of 200,000 yuan ($30,000). ... [Reuters - 20/10/16]
A meeting between [New Zealand's] Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and two prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy figures was cancelled after he was told it could be 'diplomatically sensitive'.
The advice came from the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who was on an official visit to Beijing at the time.
Martin Lee and Anson Chan were expecting to meet the Finance Minister on Tuesday morning, but got an email on Monday night saying the appointment had been cancelled because of an urgent matter.
Ms Chan was the head of the Hong Kong Civil service during the island's transition from British to Chinese control.
She and Mr Lee, a political activist, arrived in New Zealand this week after meeting senior Australian government figures to discuss support for democracy in the former British colony. ... [RNZI - 20/10/16]
Air Force Chief sees decades more of US wars; cites resurgent Russia, China as raising deployment times [Antiwar.com – 19/10/16]
U.S. and South Korean defense and foreign affairs leaders are meeting at the State Department here to discuss the future of the alliance.
North Korea continues to threaten the peace on the Korean Peninsula, and its nuclear and missile programs threaten the region and globe.
The “2+2” meeting – which includes Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, South Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo – examines the full scope of U.S.-South Korean issues, with a particular eye on the North. ... [US Department of Defense - 19/10/16]
Super typhoon kills at least eight in Philippines [Yahoo - 20/10/16]
UPNG lift ban on boycott leaders [RNZI - 20/10/16]
It began as a simple task.
To list down bold Malaysians, individuals and groups.
Well not quite — I am clearly opposed to side-street conmen or reckless express bus drivers being referred to as beacons of forthrightness — since there is an inherent quality necessary to be added to this list.
An immeasurable quality, as those selected risked all — life itself — for what they believe in.
There is nothing romantic about danger when the bulls-eye is painted on your back. [The Malay Mail Online - 20/10/16]
Malaysia: Drop travel ban on Zunar and other government critics [Amnesty - 19/10/16]:
... Arbitrary travel bans against government critics are a blatant violation of the right to freedom of movement and association.
Such actions also stifle the right to freedom of expression, all enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Under international law, everyone has the right to freedom of movement without arbitrary interference, as well as to freely associate with others and to express him or herself peacefully.
The right to freedom of movement is further provided for under Article 9 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. ...
A suspected supporter of Islamic State stabbed and wounded three Indonesian police on Thursday in what appeared to be the latest violence inspired by the militant group in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.
The man also threw a pipe bomb which failed to explode during the rush hour attack in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, police said.
He was shot and died of his wounds, a police spokesman said, while the three victims were being treated in hospital. ... [Reuters - 20/10/16]
Hungarian man arrested for Budapest bomb attack on police: media [Reuters – 20/10/16]
One killed in Peru protests against Las Bambas copper mine [Reuters – 19/10/16]
Burundi: Opposition urges sanctions over International Criminal Court withdrawal [All Africa - 19/10/16]:
... "We beg the international community to put pressure and adopt sanctions against Nkurunziza," said Cimpaye.
"We'd like to ask the international community, especially the EU, to put an end to salaries for the military who are in Somalia and Central African Republic." ...
Turkey detained 40 soldiers from an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya as part of investigations into July's failed military coup, Turkish media outlets said on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 20/10/16]
British Al-Jazeera journalist arrested in Somalia [Yahoo - 20/10/16]
Israeli forces on Wednesday shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian woman who police said had advanced towards them with a knife in her hand at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank.
A police spokesman said the woman was shot after ignoring orders to halt. ... [Reuters - 19/10/16]
An Egyptian officer and a soldier were killed, while four others were injured on Tuesday after an armored security vehicle was targeted by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fired from the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province group.
The killings came a day following an attack by the Egyptian army on the Sinai Province which reportedly killed 19 gunmen believed to be affiliated with the group, after airstrikes hit more than 30 of the group’s bunkers and hideouts on Monday afternoon as part of a wider crackdown on the group by Egyptian forces. ... [Maan - 18/10/16]
Police attack Cape Town students protesting for free education with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades [Reuters – 19/10/16]
@fivek [19/10/16]: Gloria Merriweather is facing charges of inciting a riot and assaulting a government officer. She saw a man murdered for peaceful protest.
@fivek [19/10/16]: This woman turned herself in today. She said if she dies in prison, she did not kill herself ... #CharlotteUprising
@narrabyee [20/10/16]: US-backed Saudi war criminals' jets hovering now over Hodeida &all over Yemen despite fragile UN-declared cease-fire
A fresh ceasefire has gone into effect in Yemen, which started a minute before midnight on Wednesday, and will continue for 72 hours.
The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said all parties to the conflict have agreed that the initial time period is subject to renewal and could be extended to last longer.
The ceasefire, which was brokered by the UN, followed days of fierce clashes between Saudi-led invasion forces and Yemeni troops under the command of the Supreme Political Council. ... [Press TV - 20/10/16]
@HakimAlmasmari [17/10/16]: ... Instructions for #Yemen school children & students on how to react when airstrikes attack during class time.
At least 17 people injured in Saudi Aramco oil facility fire [Press TV - 19/10/16]
A gunman, reportedly in an Afghan army uniform, shot dead two American advisers and wounded three on Wednesday near a base outside the Afghan capital before being killed himself, officials said.
The American deaths included one soldier and one civilian, while one soldier and two civilians were injured and in stable condition, the U.S. military command in Kabul said.
"The two individuals were killed during an attack near a coalition base by an unknown assailant, who was later killed," it said in a statement.
"They were conducting duties as part of the larger NATO mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan security services." ... [Reuters - 19/10/16]
Russia ready to extend humanitarian pause in Aleppo for as long as possible — Putin [TASS - 20/10/16]:
... "We hope that our partners, first of all US partners, will fulfill everything that they have promised so far on separating the so-called moderate opposition from Jebhat al-Nusra terrorists and the like, so that we understand how we can continue joint work," he concluded. ...
General command of the Army and armed forces announced on Wednesday that the decision of suspending the air strikes on gunmen in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo came as a preparation for the humanitarian truce that will start in the morning of October 20th, 2016.
The general command said in a statement that the humanitarian truce in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo on October 20, 21 and 22nd start at 8 a.m. until 16.00 p.m.
It called on all gunmen in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo to throw their weapons and benefit from the amnesty decree. [SANA - 19/10/16]
Syrian Army Command warns terrorists attempting to flee Mosul into Syria will be dealt with [SANA - 19/10/16]
RT has visited the Syrian city of Homs, which used to be home to over 600,000 people, but was turned into apocalyptic wasteland by years of fighting between the government, rebels and terrorist groups.
The ancient city is now “lifeless as far as the eye can see,” RT’s Murad Gadziev said as he walked through the ruins of Homs. ... [RT - 19/10/16]
President's wife Asma Assad says she was offered a deal to flee Syria [Reuters - 19/10/16]
A chief liaison officer of the White Helmets has acknowledged to RT that his organization, which claims to be “non-governmental” and “neutral,” receives funding and equipment from several western states, including the US, the UK and Germany.
The group’s leader, Raed Al-Saleh, was denied entry into the US in April 2016 but was allowed back in September.
US State Department spokesman Mark Toner struggled to explain Al-Saleh’s travel ban and eventually admitted that he is “suspected of having ties … with the extremist groups.” [RT - 19/10/16]
Wall Street may control retirement savings in a Clinton Administration [International Business Times - 19/10/16]
... Another notable email reveals the close relationship between the Clinton Foundation and Ukraine billionaire Victor Pinchuk, a prominent donor to the Clinton Foundation, in which we see the latter's attempt to get a meeting with Bill Clinton to show support for Ukraine
Clearly, the desire to get Sanders' supporters was a key imperative for the Clinton campaign. In a September 2015 email to Podesta, Hill columnist Brent Budowsky criticized the campaign for allegedly giving Clinton surrogates talking points to attack Bernie Sanders.
“I cannot think of anything more stupid and self-destructive for a campaign to do,” he says. “Especially for a candidate who has dangerously low levels of public trust,” and in light of Sanders’ campaign being based on “cleaning up politics.”
Budowsky warns voters would be “disgusted” by attacks against Sanders and says he wouldn’t discourage Podesta from sharing the note with Clinton because “if she wants to become president she needs to understand the point I am making with crystal clarity.”
"Make love to Bernie and his idealistic supporters, and co-opt as many of his progressive issues as possible." ... [Zero Hedge - 19/10/16]
@wikileaks [19/10/16]: Email released by #WikiLeaks mentioned in tonight's #debate ...
@wikileaks [19/10/16]: RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 12 ... #HillaryClinton ...
Pathetic ---> Is disclosure of Podesta’s emails a step too far? Glenn Greenwald in conversation with Naomi Klein [The Intercept - 20/10/16]
@wikileaks [19/10/16]: Internet sleuths connect Clinton to mysterious intelligence contractor associated with Assange false accusations ...
US denies urging Ecuador to unplug Assange's internet access [Naharnet - 19/10/16]
A lawsuit by an Ecuadorean bank alleging that Wells Fargo & Co is liable for authorizing the transfer of $12 million stolen in a 2015 cyber heist can go forward, a U.S. judge ruled on Tuesday.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan was in response to Wells Fargo's motion to dismiss the lawsuit by Banco del Austro, which sought to hold the U.S. bank responsible for failing to halt the transfers made via the SWIFT network. ... [Reuters - 19/10/16]
Nevermind the mass surveillance! Australian government introduces legislation that gives appearance they care about privacy - censorship of Podesta Emails continues [IT News - 19/10/16]
If Australian "advocates" sincerely want to end the war on refugees, we must be guided by the refugees themselves ---> Sovereignty + Sanctuary: A First Nations / Refugee Solidarity Event [VIDEO - RISE - 16 July, 2016]
... In my view, resistance must never be passive in the face of fascism, but it must always be a rational form of resistance. ... Australia's cruel and violent anti-refugee policy, Behrouz Boochani - journalist and political prisoner, Manus Island [Huffington Post - 18/10/16]
DAY 9 refugee protests, Nauru - 27 March 2016: Human Rights! Human Rights! Where are you? Where are you!
STOP TORTURE! FREEDOM FOREVER! STOP STOP DIRTY POLICY! @elahe_zivardar [18/7/16]
... DIRTY POLICY!...
via @InsurrectNews [9/5/16]
Doctors 4 ALP claim victory for ethical practice in concentration camps. Australia's anti-refugee torture and exile policy continues unopposed [Sydney Morning Herald - 19/10/16]
During UNHCR's April 2016 visit to Nauru, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".
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.
The “patients first” argument, Dr John-Paul Sanggaran [The Guardian - 5/3/16]:
... This argument puts forward that the clinicians’ duty is to attend to the patient first.
That is, they should provide care irrespective of the circumstances and this act is in and of itself a justification for working in immigration detention.
It is important to consider that health care staff are not functioning in a humanitarian role at present, they are well remunerated – a recent position for a doctor working on Nauru was offering $13,000 a week.
This unfortunately lends credence to accusations of profiteering.
Certainly no one can criticise an individual clinician for doing their best to deliver care to a patient at any single point, this is however a particularly myopic assessment.
Any acts of care cannot justify maintaining a system of suffering.
By providing labour for this system, you are in effect part of it, whatever rationalisation used to excuse this fact.
One must consider the patients’ best interests.
Does it in fact serve a patient’s best interests to provide the documented substandard care?
Or is the patient better served by the withdrawal of medical services so that the pretence of care is not maintained? ...
Why is MSF closing its Moria project on Lesvos? [Media Release - 23/3/16]
Before the UNHCR raise ONE more cent for Mosul - or anywhere else - they must explain why they don't want Manus and Nauru refugees released and resettled.
The changing face of those apprehended at the southern US border [American Immigration Council - 19/10/16]:
... The Obama Administration’s knee-jerk response to these changing migration patterns was to rapidly prop up family detention facilities.
Families and others from the region have been apprehended, detained in poor conditions, and rushed through removal proceedings with little due process.
Many have been deported back to the dangerous circumstances from which they originally fled.
The new numbers released by DHS of families and children apprehended at the border show that the government’s deterrence policies have not worked and that is time to shift gears.
The U.S. should not be discouraging refugees from seeking protection and safety, but rather finding a way to honor our long-held commitments to protecting them.
... The United States is not the only country to embrace the notion of “the wall.”
According to a report released on October 5 by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), border walls have become all the rage.
There weren’t even five on the planet at the end of World War II; a figure which had risen only to 15 when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 before jumping to nearly 70 today. ... History shows that border walls don’t work [American Immigration Council - 18/10/16]
@USCG [18/10/16]: .@USCGNortheast teamed up with animal rescue teams to transport pregnant manatee from @mysticaquarium to @SeaWorld ...
Four New Zealand fur seals have been released back into waters off southern Australia after spending several months recovering on the Gold Coast.
The Royal Australian Air Force flew the rescued seals from Sea World to a colony on Montague Island off the coast of southern New South Wales. ... [ABC - 18/10/16]
US Coast Guard suspends search for missing Cuban migrant, as 11 make it to Florida [Media Release - 18/10/16]
In wake of recent deadly natural disaster, US asserts its rapacious need for military advantage in the Caribbean and South America [US Department of Defense - 19/10/16]
New York police officer shoots woman who “charged him with baseball bat” [Reuters – 19/10/16]
Four wounded in shooting outside San Francisco school [Reuters - 19/10/16]
A man in a wheelchair died on Tuesday when he detonated what appeared to be a pipe bomb at a health clinic in Oakland, California, TV stations reported on Tuesday, citing police.
Oakland police said no one else was hurt in the incident at the facility called San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center and that it was under investigation as a suicide, according to television station CBS San Francisco.
It was not immediately clear what might have motivated the man to kill himself. ... [Reuters - 19/10/16]
Gunman injures four policemen in shooting in southern Germany [Reuters – 19/10/16]:
A man opened fire at police in the southern state of Bavaria on Wednesday, injuring four policemen before he was arrested, police said in a statement.
The man, who police said was a member of a right-wing group, shot the policemen after they asked him to dispose of his legal gun during a search at the entrance to a municipal building in the town of Georgensgmuend, south of the city of Nuremberg.
Police said he is a member of the Reichsbuerger movement (Reich citizens) which maintains that the World War Two German Reich continues to exist.
The 49-year-old man was lightly injured. Some of the policemen are in serious condition, police said, giving no further details.
Turkish police kill suspected Islamic State suicide bomber in capital [Reuters – 19/10/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 19/10/16]
@cdersim3 [19/10/16]: ... #Turkish army carried out tonight 14 airstrikes on the villages Um al-Qura, Um-Hosh and Hesiye (ANHA) #TwitterKurds #Rojava
@cdersim3 [19/10/16]: Reminder: All these villages which #Turkey-backed groups are now attacking have been recently liberated from #ISIS by Revolutionary Forces
@cdersim3 [19/10/16]: Turkish police raided offices of the Democratic Regions Party (#DBP) and People's Democratic Party (#HDP) in Colemerg (DIHA) #TwitterKurds
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [19/10/16]:
Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 7 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Bakriya area west of Baghdad.
Baghdad: A person was killed and 8 were wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Husseiniyat Al-Rashidiya area north of Baghdad.
Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 10 wounded as an IED exploded in Gueia't area north of Baghdad.
Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 4 wounded as an IED exploded in Amin area east of Baghdad.
180 killed in Iraq as Mosul operations continue [Antiwar.com - 18/10/16]:
Residents of Mosul report that the city has become a ghost town.
Many Islamic State militants have fled the city, but those that are left have become increasingly brutal, and people leave their homes only for essentials.
Over one million civilians still live in the city, and many are being used as human shields during this operation. Some, however, have managed to escape.
The International Committee Red Cross appealed to all sides to spare civilians.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim claimed that Turkey had come to an agreement to fly jets as part of the Coalition air mission but later admitted they had not yet participated.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi responded to the statement by saying the Turks were not permitted to join.
Meanwhile, thousands of followers of Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr protested against Turkish involvement outside the embassy in Baghdad. ...
A group of about 40 migrants have ended a protest at a detention centre in Madrid after spending the night on the roof.
The migrants, said to be of Moroccan and Algerian origin, are angry at plans by the authorities to deport several of them.
According to the police they had tried to escape.
There has been criticism of poor sanitary conditions at Spain’s immigration detention centres generally.
An official from the city council at the scene agreed.
“This (detention centre) is a failed experiment, as the Mayor of Madrid said some months ago… these people are being denied their freedom because of an administrative issue, I don’t think that’s fair. Right now the important thing is the health and safety of the people who are in there,” said Javier Barbero, Madrid Council security spokesman.
The protest ended after negotiations with national government and city officials.
The facilities are meant for migrants who arrive in Spain without a residence permit, who don’t meet the conditions to seek asylum and then face deportation. [EURO News - 19/10/16]
Teen migrants head to UK as French court upholds 'Jungle' closure [Reuters - 18/10/16]:
France transferred another dozen mostly Afghan teenagers to Britain on Tuesday as efforts to rehouse the most vulnerable migrants of the "Jungle" camp in northern France accelerated ahead of its demolition.
The departures, which still amount to a small portion of an estimated 1,000 youngsters unaccompanied by adult family members, came as a court rejected a request by 11 charities that the closure of the Jungle be postponed.
A first busload of children arrived in Britain on Monday from the "Jungle" camp near the French port of Calais as the British government started to act on its commitment to take in unaccompanied migrant children before the camp is destroyed.
The court in Lille rejected the plea by local charities for more time to organize rehousing of the thousands who live there.
"It's now just a matter of days," Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told parliament after the closure ruling was announced.
"We are now nearing the moment when the operation will begin."
A 16-year-old Afghan named Azizullah was delighted to be leaving the camp that has come to symbolize the plight of war refugees.
"My dream came true because I want to see my brother, I miss him," he said as he readied to leave.
He planned to join his 36-year-old brother, who works in a pizza restaurant on the other side of the Channel. ...
@guardiacostiera [19/10/16]: #CentraleOperativa coordina 5 soccorsi nel #MediterraneoCentrale:navi #GuardiaCostiera, @DefenceForces e ONG #LifeBoat salvano 300 #migranti
@MSF_Sea [19/10/16]: Four siblings, eldest aged just 10, made it through #Libya and took a boat accross the Med alone. How can this be happening in 2016? Anyone?
20 October 2016