United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/8/16]



Swiss politicians are in disagreement over what should be done at the border with Italy which is under pressure from increased numbers of migrants.

It has also emerged that Germany has stepped up security at its southern border with Switzerland. ... [Swissinfo.ch - 21/8/16]



This young Yezidi family from Iraq (father Karim, 23 & mother Devin, 20) are going back to Iraq tomorrow after living several months in #Greece without receiving the necessary humanitarian aid in #Europe to care for their 2 #children with cerebral paralysis (Mayid, 3 & Karina, 4).

They are going to return to #Iraq unless they receive the help of an #international organisation for getting their asylum in an European country with the assistance for their children.

They have lost their hope, that's why they are going to return to Iraq, would you like to help them? [fatigrafias - 21/8/16]



‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [21/8/16]:  #Astral Rescatadas y evacuadas 497 personas a @SOSMedFrance y 300 personas más a buque #Enterprise de @BritishNavy 



‏@MSF_Sea [21/8/16]:  ... With the help of @MSF #Dignity1 & @PROACTIVA_SERV everyone on these 2 boats is safe on the #Aquarius



Dozens of migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya but the body of one migrant was recovered during a humanitarian group’s rescue operation.

The migrants from Somalia, Libya, Bangladesh, Ghana and other countries were found floating about 17 miles north of Libya in the Mediterranean sea, by members of the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms.

The migrant who died was identified as a 19-year-old Somali man. ... [TVC News - 21/8/16]



Day 155 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  @elahe_zivardar [21/8/16]



‏@ManusChefAU [20/8/16]:  #Manus man attempted suicide tonight by stabbing himself in the stomach after a 15-day dry hunger strike.



Dutton is NOT "thrashing around blaming the media". He is laughing at your hopeless partisanship. [Refugee Action Committee, Canberra - 21/8/16] ---> ... “Yet the Minister for Immigration, Peter Dutton thrashes around blaming the media, support agencies like Save the Children, refugee activists and even most outrageously, the refugees themselves for revelations like those contained in the files,” he said.



And the ALP will support them --> ... “Now he is even proposing new laws to prevent former detainees from ever coming to our country, although these people are not criminals. They are only seeking our help. 


“What more will it take for our government to accept its responsibilities and stop its shameful, cowardly and puerile responses to the suffering it is inflicting on people seeking our help?” ...  <--- EQUAL CONDEMNATION AND PRESSURE ON THE "OPPOSITION".



Cambodian environmental activists who had refugee status INSTANTLY APPROVED by UNHCR Thailand decide to return home [Cambodia Daily - 19/8/16]



... The brothers now say they are discussing their situation with their lawyer and hope to return to Cambodia as soon as possible.

They are also applying for visas to travel to the United States to speak about the effects of the Don Sahong dam, Hout said.

But the men’s Minnesota-based lawyer, Paul Lelli, says he did not think it was prudent for the activists to return to Cambodia.

“I do not think that they would be safe in Cambodia because of the recent events and their involvement,” Lelli said.

Still, he said the men are free to return to Cambodia whenever they want despite the danger and added that he didn’t possess any specific information about threats.

“The main thing is that their voice continues to be heard, whether it’s from the moon, from the United States, or from another country,” Lelli said.

UNHCR declined to comment on the specifics of the case.

“We can’t discuss individual cases because of confidentiality,” said Jennifer Bose, a UNHCR representative in Thailand.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak also declined to comment. [Phnom Penh Post - 19/8/16]



Myanmar: 31 Rohingya Muslims granted citizenship after consenting to be identified "Bengali", enraging Buddhist extremists [The Irrawaddy - 18/8/16]



1,000s of Kaman Muslims from Rakhine State capital Sittwe obtained ID cards this week [Myanmar Times - 19/8/16]



The Sri Lankan government has hired yet another lobby firm based in the United States, reports the Sunday Times.

The firm, Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg (ST&R), has reportedly been hired with the blessings of Sri Lanka’s Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema to “educate officials on a non-existent peace process, increase economic ties and market access”.

The firm is charging a monthly fee of US$ 30,000. ... [Tamil Guardian - 21/8/16]



With no letup in curfew and other restrictions on the 44th consecutive day Sunday, at least 80 people, including women, were injured by bullets and pellets fired by Indian troops on peaceful protesters in the territory.

The troops even did not spare an elderly couple and shot them injured at Tral in Pulwama while an eight-year-old boy sustained grave pellet injuries in his chest when police fired at him from point-blank range at Nawabazar area of Srinagar, KMS reported. ... [Pakistan Today - 21/8/16]



Philippine government and communist rebels agree on ceasefire, 2 leaders released so they can travel to Oslo for peace talks [Al Jazeera - 20/8/16]



The UN human rights investigator has told AFP she hopes to visit the Philippines to probe alleged extrajudicial killings, but President Rodrigo Duterte's government bluntly declared she was unwelcome.

Police have shot dead 665 suspects with vigilantes killing 889 others in an anti-drug crackdown, the Philippine police chief told a Senate hearing earlier in the week. ... [Yahoo - 20/8/16]



China strongly warns Japan not to send Self Defence Forces to South China Sea [Japan Today - 21/8/16]



China's navy has carried out drills in the Sea of Japan, the Chinese military's official newspaper said on Friday, describing the exercises as routine and done in accordance with international law and practice.

The Chinese navy has increasingly been exercising in waters far from home as it seeks to hone its operational abilities. Last year, five Chinese ships carried out exercises in international waters in the Bering Sea off Alaska.

The People's Liberation Army Daily did not say exactly where the latest drills took place, describing it only as a "certain part of the Sea of Japan".

Drill commander Xu Haihua said the exercises were part of routine annual arrangements and were meant to help improve the fleet's ability to fight far out at sea.

The paper said some of the ships involved were on their way back from the U.S.-hosted Rim of the Pacific exercise, or RIMPAC, held in Hawaii. ... [Reuters - 18/8/16]



China blasts Australian blocking of grid sale; door open to locals [Reuters - 19/8/16]



American technology and manufacturing company Honeywell International Inc is ramping up its presence in Malaysia by moving its flight control system production for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Penang.

The shift, currently ongoing, is targeted to be completed by year-end. ... [New Straits Times - 20/8/16]



The settlers living in five settlement zones at Morata and Wildlife in Port Moresby plan to petition the Government this week over land issues. ... [PNG Loop - 21/8/16]



Relatives of youth shot dead during Port Moresby eviction call for justice [PNG Loop - 21/8/16]



Have your say in Gold Coast City Council's latest theft of the commons foregone conclusion [Media Release - 19/8/16]



$14 to see the Gold Coast Festival of Lights in a public park.  Should be free.


Who wants to be a millionaire?


Who wants uranium to spare?



Gold Coast Spit [21/8/16]



Australia has attempted to derail a ban on nuclear weapons at a UN meeting on disarmament, by single-handedly forcing a vote on a report that had been expected to pass unanimously. ... [Guardian - 21/8/16]



Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations in 2016 [UN Office Geneva]



"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏@InsurrectNews [20/8/16]:  Day 154 of protests by #refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru ...



Durable Solutions:  Australia and the UNHCR's exclusionary and exceptionalist "no resettlement" policy = exile, deportation, detention and death.



... But it is obvious that regarding to UNHCR, absence of visiting Guantanamo, government of Australia have used the opportunity to cover some of the problems and disasters therefore it is fair for us to doubt on your visitation of Nauru after all these years for another political games. ... Open letter to UNHCR from Nauru refugees questions motive of their April visit, calls for GENUINE resettlement after three years of punishment and torture [OP Voice - 2/5/16]



It cost Australia $1 million to torture each political prisoner in our illegal refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/8/16]



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. ...



PNG Supreme Court will tomorrow rule on Australia's responsibility for our political prisoners on Manus Island [SBS - 12/8/16]



Letter from men illegally incarcerated on Manus Island to PNG's Chief Justice (and CC'd to politicians and human rights organisations), requests freedom and GENUINE resettlement [via Lynne Murphy - 18/5/16]



There is no process, the process doesn't lead anywhere except indefinite detention [SBS - 25/2/14]


Teenager stabbed in Guildford, man shot in St Johns Park [Sydney Morning Herald – 21/8/16]



A man aged in his 50s has been found dead after a fire destroyed a house at Warwick on Queensland's Darling Downs.

The man's body was discovered several hours after the fire gutted the Wantley Street property on Saturday night. ... [ABC - 21/8/16]


Man dies after being hit by taxi on Caxton St, Petrie Tce [Brisbane Times – 21/8/16]


Pedestrian hit by car in Gold Coast hinterland [MYGC – 21/8/16]




A man has surprisingly escaped with only minor injuries after being hit by a tram at Broadbeach.

The man was riding a pushbike across the tracks on the Gold Coast Highway when he was struck around 2.05pm on Saturday.

He sustained only minor injuries and was assessed and treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition. ... [MYGC - 20/8/16]


Car hits car, tree after Tallebudgera police pursuit [MYGC – 20/8/16]:


A Currumbin Waters man is being questioned after a short Police pursuit saw a car cross onto the wrong side of the road before hitting a car and tree.

Officers began following the vehicle at about 8.45pm on Friday after noticing it speeding south on Tallebudgera Connection Road at Tallebudgera.

They say the driver failed to stop and as the car continued at excessive speed, police called off the chase, deactivating lights and sirens.

Further along Tallebudgera Connection Road the car has crossed to the wrong side of the road and collided with another car.

It then lost control and hit a tree.

A 23-year-old Currumbin Waters man is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

The driver of the other vehicle received minor injuries.

An investigation into the pursuit will be launched.


Canadian man's bomb did not fully detonate before police shot him: report [Reuters – 20/8/16]:


... Aaron Driver, 24, was shot dead by police on Aug. 10 and the taxi company in the small town said the driver sustained only minor injuries in the blast.

Cabana did not go into further detail on the bomb. He said forensic investigation was still underway.

The target of what police have said was an attack plotted by Driver was unclear.

Driver, who also used the alias Harun Abdurahman, was arrested last year for openly supporting Islamic State on social media, but was never charged with a crime.

Islamic State militants control parts of Iraq and Syria and they have supporters and sympathizers around the world who have carried out attacks on civilians in several countries.

In February, Driver was placed on a peace bond, a court order that restricted his movements.

It required he stay away from social media and computers and not have contact with Islamic State or similar groups. ...



How dare you do your own propaganda: US settles case with Matt Bissonnette, author of Bin Laden book [ABC News - 19/8/16]:


... As part of the settlement acknowledging his errors, Bissonnette has agreed to pay the United States all past and future proceeds from his book, which as of today total nearly $6.7 million dollars.

He’ll also be required to pay the government’s legal fees of over $1.3 million. ...



Fighter jets from the Saudi-led coalition hit the Yemeni capital of Sanaa during a massive rally that attracted some 100,000 pro-Houthi rebels and sympathizers of ex-President Abdullah Saleh.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Sanaa’s central square on Saturday in a powerful display of support for the Shiite Houthi rebels and Saleh.

Demonstrators cheered a recently established Supreme Political Council that includes representatives of the Houthi movement, as well as supporters of Saleh.

The huge gathering also denounced Saleh’s successor, Mansur Hadi, who fled the country last year and is seeking reinstatement with military backing from Saudi Arabia.

During the demonstration, fighter jets bombed Yemen’s capital, including the area around the Presidential palace, according to AP.

The bombardment resulted in an “unknown number of casualties,” the agency reports, quoting local officials.

People on Twitter said that at least three civilians were killed and a number were wounded. ... [RT - 20/8/16]



US backed airstrikes continue across Libya [Yahoo - 20/8/16]



Twenty-two killed, 94 injured in bomb attack at Turkish wedding [Reuters - 20/8/16]



Turkey's parliament approved a reconciliation agreement signed with Israel in June which has brought to an end a six-year rift between the two regional powers, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

Relations between the two countries crumbled after Israeli marines stormed a Turkish ship in May 2010 to enforce a naval blockade of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, killing 10 Turks on board.

Israel, which had already offered its apologies for the raid, agreed under the deal to pay out $20 million to the bereaved and wounded in return for Turkey dropping outstanding legal claims. ... [Reuters - 20/8/16]



Turkish Prime Minister vows active role in Syria, better regional ties [Al Jazeera - 20/8/16]



Hasaka Governor: No one can protect Hasaka except the Syrian State [SANA - 20/8/16]



Two civilians killed, seven injured in mortar attack on Daraa city [SANA - 20/8/16]



‘I was playing with friends when it hit me’: Aleppo kids injured in rebel fire tell their stories [RT - 20/8/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 20/8/16]



The Kurdish Yezidi member of the Iraqi Parliament, Vian Dakhil, called on the United Nations and international community to force the Iraqi government for reconstructing Sinjar district.

Dakhil called on the UN, international community and the Iraqi Parliament to prepare a plan for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Sinjar- a Yezidi major district.

He emphasized that the reconstruction of the district will encourage the Yezidi IDPs to return home. ...  [IraqiNews.com - 20/8/16]



ISIS executes 14 civilians in Mosul [IraqiNews.com - 20/8/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [20/8/16]:


Nineveh: News agencies: US air force has targeted a square of oil tankers -owned by civilians-at the suburbs of Mosul resulted in blazing of 25 tankers...........................


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Sina'i neighborhood in Talibiya area east of Baghdad resulted in death and 7 injuries.........


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad resulted in death and 8 injuries.........


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near a popular stadium in Khansa' Village in Nahrawan district southeast of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 11 injuries...............


Anbar: News agencies : Ali Ghani ,a broadcast engineer of Ahid Channel belonging to Asa'ib Militia ,has been killed and Hussein Al-Faris; the reporter, wounded in Khalidiya Island....




21 August 2016