Afghanistan: Seven TOLO TV employees killed in Wednesday attack [TOLO News - 21/1/16]
Local residents and officials have expressed anger and grief after unidentified gunmen entered the Bacha Khan University in northwest Pakistan and opened fire on students and teachers, killing 20 people and wounding at least 50 others.
Fakhar-e-Alam, 37, a cook at a school hostel, was one of those killed in Wednesday's attack on the university complex in Charsadd, in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Speaking to Al Jazeera hours later, Shah Hussain remembered what his his son had told him before leaving for work earlier that morning.
"He told me: 'I have guests coming today and I must get to work as soon as possible. It is my responsibility to take care of them'," said Hussain.
"When the gunmen attacked the hostel, he took his guests to a room and locked the door behind them in an attempt to hide them from the terrorists.
"Once he did that, he ran to close the gate where he was shot dead by a gunman. ... [Al Jazeera - 21/1/16]
Half the population of Central African Republic faces hunger, UN warns [Media Release - 20/1/16]
Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom have been contributing to Saudi Arabia’s deadly war on Yemen by sending warplanes to bomb the impoverished nation, a Yemeni army official reveals.
Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for the Yemeni army, said on Thursday that fighter jets belonging to the US, Britain and Israel have been directly bombing Yemen as Saudi pilots are unable to conduct sorties with modern warplanes over Yemen. ... [Press TV - 21/1/16]
Al Jazeera journalist goes missing in Taiz, Yemen [Al Jazeera - 21/1/16]
Deploring the death of Yemeni journalist Almigdad Mojalli, who was killed by shrapnel in an air strike in Sana’a, the capital, the United Nations agency responsible for defending media freedom today called on all sides in the strife-torn country to ensure the safety of all journalists. ... [Media Release - 20/1/16]
Flag from iconic Holocaust ship to dock in US museum [France 24 - 21/1/166]:
... The Exodus sailed to British-mandate Palestine in 1947 with 4,500 Jewish survivors of Nazi camps on board who had no legal immigration certificates.
British seamen boarded the ship shortly before it docked and the families were eventually deported back to British-controlled Germany, where they were held in camps.
The images of Holocaust survivors being held behind barbed wire fences caused uproar and helped increase support for Jewish emigration to Israel.
Their voyage inspired the 1958 book Exodus by Leon Uris and two years later a movie based on the book starring Paul Newman.
... Netanyahu was also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry. ... [Netanyahu powwows with Biden in Davos - Times of Israel - 21/1/16]
The Israeli military finished training exercises in preparation for a potential “long-term multi-front” conflict with Syria and Lebanon, according to a statement released by the army.
Major General Aviv Kochavi said in the statement that the training prepared military forces to “implement operational plans in all arenas while facing Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad both in Syria and Lebanon.”
The Israeli general added that forces “simulated vast maneuvers, substantial fire power, and attack of thousands of targets in all combat areas, with high efficiency, including residential areas exploited by the enemy." ... [Maan - 20/1/16]
Palestinian shot, injured near Gaza borderline [Maan - 20/1/16]
Israel is set to declare 1,500 dunams (370 acres) of land in the occupied West Bank district of Jericho as "state land," Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Wednesday.
The plans were revealed earlier in the day by Israeli Army Radio, which said the land was located north of the illegal Israeli settlement of Almog and had been used by settlers over the past 20 years. ... [Maan - 20/1/16]
Israeli forces demolish homes in Jerusalem-area Bedouin neighborhood [Maan - 21/1/16]:
... Mazaraa said that he and the residents were held at gunpoint for hours while the demolition took place, causing fear and panic among the children present. ...
Israel must immediately halt planned relocation of Palestinian Bedouin, say UN officials [Media Release - 20/1/16]:
... Mr. Sanchez and the Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Robert Piper, issued their call after a visit with diplomats from 17 countries yesterday to the Palestinian Bedouin community of Abu Nuwar, site of recent demolitions and aid confiscations by the Israeli authorities. ...
Suspected ISIS militants attacked oil installations close to Libya's Ras Lanuf terminal on Thursday, an engineer at the port and an energy official allied with the country's eastern government said.
They said at least two storage tanks from the Harouge Oil Operations company had been set on fire near Ras Lanuf, where militants also launched attacks earlier this month. [Ahram - 21/1/16]
IS claims attack on Egypt checkpoint that killed 5 policemen in Sinai [US News - 21/1/16]
CIA Director John Brennan visits Egypt amid crackdown [The Intercept - 21/1/16]
The Egyptian court of appeal on Thursday adjourned to April 7 the retrial of the former president Hosni Mubarak.
Mubarak is accused of being involve in the killing of hundreds of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ousted him.
The Egyptian top court said the decision was made to give time for the security authorities to find a more secure venue for the procedures to take place. ... [Africa News - 21/1/16]
Maldives ex-leader Mohamed Nasheed lands in London after prison release [Naharnet - 21/1/16]
Ricardo Duran, a Venezuelan journalist working for state-owned outlets, was killed outside his home Wednesday during the early hours of the day.
News of Duran’s death was shared on social media and confirmed by Minister of Communication Luis Jose Marcano.
Duran, a well-regarded figure inside Venezuela, was a strong supporter of the governments of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro and was also working for the government of the Capital District of Caracas at the time of his death. ... [teleSUR - 20/1/16]
... You see, the Pointless Man did have a point. In fact, he had hundreds of them, all pointing in different directions. But as he so quickly pointed out . . . a point in every direction is the same as no point at all. ...
'Think About Your Troubles', Harry Nilsson 
A judge on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request that a Baltimore policeman facing retrial over the death of black detainee Freddie Gray be forced to testify in the trials of his fellow officers.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams said the motion by the state compelling testimony by Officer William Porter appeared to be a "stall tactic" since it would have indefinitely postponed the trials of all six officers charged in Gray's death last April.
The 25-year-old West Baltimore man died from a broken neck suffered in a police van.
His death triggered protests and a day of rioting and stoked a U.S. debate on race and policing. ... [Reuters - 20/1/16]
Black Lives Matter protesters interrupted the U.S. Conference of Mayors' meeting on Wednesday, protesting the killing of a Chicago teenager by police and the lead-tainted water of Flint, Michigan.
Three people among onlookers and one person on stage held up signs when Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, the group's president, spoke during the meeting's opening news conference in Washington, D.C. [BNO News - 20/1/16]
Michigan: Protesters rally outside Governor's speech to call for resignation [Democracy Now - 20/1/16]:
Outside Snyder’s speech Tuesday, residents rallied to continue calls for his resignation and arrest.
Among those present was Melissa Mays, who says her children have suffered a rash of lasting health problems—from cognitive impairment to anemia—as a result of the poisoned water.
Melissa Mays: "They put poison into our homes. We fed it to our children. We were promised it was safe. The state failed us. They lied. They took away our rights to protect our children and our families. They have taken away our children’s futures. We are here to say we are not going to be your victims anymore."
Teacher absences forced 88 Detroit schools to close today, the largest sick-out meant to call attention to large class sizes, dilapidated buildings and other problems in Michigan's largest school district.
The sick-out idled most of Detroit Public Schools' 46,000 students. It came on the same day President Barack Obama was visiting the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall. ... [Detroit Free Press - 20/1/16]
Success Charter Network schools formally accused of violating rights of disabled students [New York Daily News - 20/1/16]
Minneapolis students walk out of school, protest deportation of undocumented immigrants [KFGO - 20/1/16]
Western-backed Kurdish forces are deliberately destroying Arab villages in a revenge campaign that could amount to war crimes, according to a new Amnesty International report.
The human-rights group said it had documented a "concerted campaign" by Kurdish forces to forcibly displace Arab communities "to punish them" for "perceived sympathies" to ISIS. ... [NBC - 20/1/16]
Terror attacks continue across Iraq
US Department of Defense [20/1/16]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.
-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Kisik, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed ten ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL command and control node, and two ISIL assembly areas.
-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, suppressed an ISIL mortar system, denied ISIL access to terrain, and destroyed an ISIL mortar system, three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade system, two ISIL vehicle bombs, an ISIL building, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL tunnel entrance, two ISIL petroleum oil and lubricant trucks and an ISIL front end loader.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike destroyed four ISIL command and control nodes.
Russian Aerospace Forces destroy artillery, command centre, fuel depots for ISIS within 24 hours [SANA - 20/1/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [19/1/16]:
Anbar: News sources: The aviation of coalition has shelled the civilians in northwest of Ramadi resulted in 13 deaths and 18 injuries .....
Drone footage shows total devastation in Homs [RT - 20/1/16]
@MSF_Sea [21/1/16]: ... The #Idomeni border is still closed.1070 #people are in the camp and 500 are stuck at the petrol station.
@Marodriguez1971 [21/1/16]: Ser padre. Pero refugiado. Serbia.
@munduhurbila [20/1/16]: A man holds a small child under the rain in the Greek island of #Lesbos #refugeeswelcome #refugees
@munduhurbila [20/1/16]: A volunteer from the Greek Red Cross holds in his arms a very little boy completely wet #Lesbos #refugeesGr
At least two people, including a 5-year-old child, have died of hypothermia on a boat carrying migrants and refugees from Turkey to the Aegean island of Lesvos, according to reports.
Authorities have so far rescued 46 people, reports said.
There was no information about missing people. ... [Ekathimerini - 20/1/16]
Statement on Cologne and its aftermath [European Council on Refugees and Exiles - 19/1/16]:
... Regrettably, violence against women is a huge phenomenon in Europe.
According to a recent Fundamental Rights Agency report, 55% of EU women interviewed stated to have experienced some form of sexual harassment since the age of 15.
Moreover, migrant and refugee women and girls face violence and sexual harassment at every stage of their journey to Europe, including on European soil. Violence against women can never be tolerated and must be addressed.
At the same time, it is essential to avoid sweeping generalisations.
With well over one million refugees arriving in Europe last year, actions of a few cannot be used to put the blame on others who are peacefully rebuilding their lives, and are also shocked by these events. ...
Music star John Legend and Colombian singer Juanes joined forces to sing to detained immigrants in Arizona.
On Wednesday morning, Juanes and Legend brought their music to the doors of Eloy Immigration Detention Center, where more than 1,500 incarcerated people are facing deportation proceedings.
The two sang as part of the #freeamerica campaign in a protest against "crimmigration."
The Grammy winners each played two songs separately and one together -- Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" -- as dozens of people sang along in Eloy, about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix.
Both singers were not allowed to sing inside the facilities. ... [Billboard - 20/1/16]
Latino Rebels launches #MIGRAMAP, a crowdsourcing Dataset Map of ICE Raids [19/1/16]:
... The collaborative project aims to gather data from and for our community’s needs and will capture the official and unofficial national story of these ICE raids.
This will give everyone the opportunity to fight for undocumented people in their local community.
The campaign started Monday, January 18, 2016 in honor of Martin Luther King. For more information please visit MIGRAMAP.LatinoRebels.com.
Cambodian government backs away from looming deadline to deport more than 100 Montagnard refugees [Phnom Penh Post - 21/1/16]:
... Chhay Thy, provincial coordinator for local rights group Adhoc in Ratanakkiri, where many of the Montagnards first entered the country, said it was a positive step, but cautioned that based on the government’s previous handling of Montagnard cases, the process would need oversight.
“The government cannot just conclude that they are illegal immigrants by just looking at them; they need to complete the proper process,” he said.
The UNHCR did not respond by press time yesterday.
As Australia is no longer accepting UNHCR refugees, why is the UNHCR helping the Australian government invisibilise the torture and exile of refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru? [Media Release by Catherine Stubberfield in Sydney, Australia - 21/1/16]:
Getting settled in a new country and making adjustments for language, culture and way of life is often a challenge – never more so than for refugees who have experienced trauma and psychological distress.
But now a new smartphone app available in Farsi, Arabic, Tamil and English puts information and tools at the fingertips of recently arrived refugees in Australia, helping them navigate their new lives.
The New Roots app – developed by Settlement Services International (SSI) together with Beyond Blue, non-profits working in refugee resettlement and mental health respectively – includes tips for everything from staying fit to eating well and finding a job. ...
The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]
Refugee concentration camp investors agree Ferrovial's $715m bid for Broadspectrum (aka Transfield) not high enough [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/1/6]
Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island
A film by Lukas Schrank - WINNER: Best Short Documentary, Melbourne International Film Festival 2015:
... In July 2013, the Australian Government introduced a controversial immigration policy, transferring asylum seekers arriving by boat to remote offshore detention centres on foreign Pacific islands.
Seven months later, the Manus Island centre erupted in violence when police and guards put down protests with sticks, machetes and guns, and 23 year-old asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed.
We spoke to Behrouz and Omar, who are currently detained on Manus Island.
This film contains recordings of these conversations. ...
Embassy of the United States, Port Moresby [27/2/14]:
U.S. Congressman Jason Chaffetz visited Port Moresby on Saturday, February 15 to see the progress of the new U.S. embassy construction in Harbour City, Port Moresby.
Congressman Chaffetz met and thanked Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for his support for American investments, such as the ExxonMobil LNG project.
Congressman Chaffetz also met with Papua New Guinean Ambassador to the United States Rupa Mulina and Acting Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Lucy Bogari, to highlight the importance of the Asia-Pacific region to the United States.
The U.S. Embassy community was happy to welcome Congressman Chaffetz and his staff to showcase how the U.S. Mission is helping Papua New Guinea grow its economy in a way that is inclusive, sustainable, and transparent.
Republican Congressman Chaffetz was elected in 2008 to represent the State of Utah’s Third Congressional District.
He grew up in California, Arizona, and Colorado. He played American football for Brigham Young University in Utah and earned a degree in communications. Now in his third term in office, he serves as the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security.
In March 2014 "Academics for Refugees" called for the release of ALL refugees.
Now they are only calling for the release of children.
What has changed?
Open Letter to Prime Minister – March 2014 [Signed by over 1,500 academics]
Letter to PM dated 23 December 2015 [Signed by over 920 academics]:
... As you and your government know, there are currently 95 children held at the Nauru OPC and 112 children in detention in Australia. We are concerned about the serious deleterious effect this has on the physical and psychological welfare of children, who in effect are being punished in the absence of guilt on their part of any kind and outside the normal legal, child protection and welfare frameworks within which their situation should more properly and appropriately be addressed. ...
Response to @RACVictoria’s “Open Letter to the Refugee Movement” by @xBorderOps [2/10/15]:
RAC-Vic recently posted an Open Letter on the renewed push by the Greens and GetUp’s ‘No Business In Abuse’ to remove children from detention.
We share RAC-Vic’s concerns at the reductive call for the removal of only children from detention.
The call for “children out” is a backward step in the campaign to close the detention industry down.
We do not see it as pragmatic but as a recurrent attempt, over the span of more than two decades, by pro-detention groups to obscure their own practical support for and links to the detention industry, and as a means to limit the movements for freedom and against the camps.
Implicit in the call to remove only children from detention is an assumption that children are “innocent” and therefore that adults (without children) deserve to be detained.
There is nothing pragmatic about supporting these racist arguments for detention.
There is nothing “tactical” about peddling racist assumptions while imagining that this might serve to lessen or be a challenge to that racism.
GetUp’s various positions are therefore inexplicable as part of a strategy to close the detention industry down.
If this were indeed the aim, the approach is tactically incompetent, conveys no information about the financial and corporate arrangements in the detention industry, and is so contradictory, ambiguous and without legal significance that any detention industry contractor could, for instance, agree to sign GetUp’s ‘pledge’.
Given the successes of the boycott and divestment campaign, we are particularly concerned with GetUp’s attempts to derail that momentum by aligning it with the reductive call for ‘children out’ and a ‘corporate code of conduct.’
This is merely their latest effort at astro-turfing.
Here are the previous and ongoing boycott and divestment campaigns: DivestFromDetention.com
To be clear, GetUp’s NBIA are in no position to assure companies that divestment and boycott campaigns will cease if those companies engage in the window-dressing that NBIA have offered them.
xBorder has never supported detention – every reason for detention is ultimately an argument for institutionalised racism.
A functioning media would ask Plibersek - and the other ALP and LNP fascists - "why?": Plibersek: People coming to Australia by boat should not expect to be accepted into our refugee & humanitarian intake ... "tweeted" by @ABCNews24 [30/9/15]
Dutton is lying again.
Australia stopped accepting refugees in October 2014.
The Australian government is exploiting a group of handpicked Syrians to invisibilise its human rights atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers.
When will the Australian media, crossbenchers, human rights groups and NGOs start holding him to account?
.. Over and over, and over, and over, and over
Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal ...
'Over And Over', Hot Chip 
Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.
In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.
The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014.
An undated draft talking point document, released by the department of immigration under freedom of information, suggests Jakarta and the UNHCR were not consulted before the changes were made public.
“It has always been our intention to discuss these measures with the government of Indonesia and the UNHCR before any announcement was made,” the talking points say.
It was regretted information about the measures had “entered the public domain before these discussions could take place”.
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is trashing the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.
We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.
But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.
Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]
Jay Williams [21/1/16]:
Another member of the Nauru 10 free after 14 months on Nauru and 6 months in Curtin - welcome Mehdi!
As you can see - Mehdi has made an extraordinary contribution to Australian society in such a short time - with a scholarship to study international law at UWA - with his amazing art work and his important advocacy work - well done Mehdi - you are an inspiration!
Guantanamo lawyer to defend Nauru 10 [Sydney Morning Herald – 25/4/13]:
... "Whether or not you agree with the process, the political situation, of the processing over in Nauru, you have to agree that people being detained should have access to legal help," Mr Mori told Fairfax.
"I think that's the heart of it. You have to push the politics aside and remember, if someone's detained they need access to the law." ...
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [30/11/15]:
Sixteen, out of a group of 27, asylum seekers brought from Nauru a year ago to be released, have begun a hunger strike in the Darwin detention centre at Wickham Point to draw attention to their plight.
The sixteen (11 Palestinian, 1 Iraqi, 2 Lebanese) began the hunger strike nine days ago.
Three of the Palestinian hunger strikers were hospitalised on Sunday 29 November.
Out of desperation, both of the Lebanese cut their wrists on Saturday night.
The 27 were among the asylum seekers who were charged after the riots on Nauru in July 2013, which substantially destroyed the original detention centre.
No evidence about any involvement in the riot was ever presented against them.
In September 2014, they were offered a deal to get off Nauru.
At the time, they had already been waiting 14 months for a trial to clear their names.
They were told that if they pleaded guilty to ‘unlawful assembly’, no conviction would be recorded.
They were told that after some community service on Nauru, they would sent to Australia and be released while their refugee claims were assessed in Australia.
The 27 were brought to Australia on 1 November, 2014 and expected to be released on bridging visas by Christmas 2014.
A year later and they are stillwaiting; and are still being told their applications for bridging visas are on Peter Dutton’s desk.
All the other asylum seekers who had been held in Nauru prior to July 2013 have been released on bridging visas and are living in the community.
On 10 October, 2015, around 11 asylum seekers from Nauru, who had similarly been charged after the riot, but who were only transferred to Australia in April 2015, were released.
“The injustice is obvious. The department of immigration has broken the promises made to these asylum seekers. Everyone who followed the case, understood that they would be released on bridging visas a year ago,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“These guys should be released. There is no excuse for keeping them in detention. It is arbitrary detention and bureaucratic delay at its worst.”
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Not one Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials.
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court [ABC - 24/8/15]
Former guard on Nauru details allegations against 'corrupt and incompetent' Wilson Security [ABC - 5/6/15]
ABC, World Today [AUDIO - 5/9/13]:
This morning the Immigration Department announced that dozens more asylum seekers have just been sent to be processed on the tiny pacific island nation of Nauru.
A lawyer who has just returned from Nauru [and is representing asylum seekers on riot charges] says asylum seekers are being kept in cruel and inhumane conditions.
Sam Norton says asylum seekers he spoke to are desperate and some are suicidal. ...
This photograph of the Nauru Police Force was taken by Clint Deidenang when he was told to leave the area outside the court house during the 2013 riot trial.
... Immigration Minister Tony Burke says those responsible will be subject to the criminal laws of Nauru and could face severe penalties.
He has hinted that he could cancel or refuse a visa for those involved in the riots on the grounds of character.
"And now I can't prejudge that test before individual applications come to me, if I do it simply creates a legal problem with the possible overturning of my decision," he said.
"But I don't think it would take much guessing for people to work out how incidences like what we've seen overnight in Nauru reflect on character."
‘Guards brag openly about waterboarding at Nauru’ – Former immigration centre guard [RT - 21/8/15]
Nauru Senate Inquiry Public Hearing [20/8/15]:
... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?
Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air.
This occurred after the riots. Personally, I believe it to be retribution.
Senator JOHNSTON: My last question, Mr Nichols—and I do thank you for your cooperation seriously; it is obviously not easy revisiting these things. What was the building where you saw the person wet and coughing up water?
Mr Nichols: This is a tent in Bravo compound.
Senator JOHNSTON: A tent—
Mr Nichols: Yes.
Senator JOHNSTON: in Bravo compound. Whereabouts in Bravo compound?
Mr Nichols: The actual compound is comprised solely of tents.
Senator JOHNSTON: Does this tent have an identification?
Mr Nichols: It would be tent 11.
Senator JOHNSTON: Tent 11. So you saw someone wet and coughing up water coming out of tent 11?
Mr Nichols: That is correct. …
... We try, but we don't belong ...
'Boy From School', Hot Chip 
Logan bookseller and thought crime suspect to apply for bail [Yahoo - 21/1/16]:
A Queensland man awaiting trial over allegations he sent funds to a terror cell in Syria is expected to apply for bail on Thursday.
Omar Succarieh, 32, had been due to apply for bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court in December but his lawyer postponed the attempt until January 21.
The former Logan Islamic bookstore owner was arrested during counter-terrorism raids in Brisbane and Logan in September 2014. [Following a Murdoch beatup.]
Lawyers for two men facing terrorism-related charges have criticised police for taking too long to provide evidence against their clients, who remain in custody in Queensland. ... [SBS - 19/12/14]
A lawyer for one of three Queensland men charged with terrorism offences has accused police of withholding evidence and using the G20 Summit to drag out his client's pre-trial imprisonment. ... [Daily Mercury - 17/10/14]
Brisbane Times [23/1/15]:
Court documents have revealed how an undercover police officer infiltrated a Logan Islamic bookstore community, gaining the trust of three members who were later charged with terrorism offences.
The Australian Federal Police agent known as UCO317656 met Omar Succarieh, Agim Kruezi and Robert Louis Maestracci in June 2014 at the iQraa Islamic Centre, according to material filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week.
iQraa, which was run by Mr Succarieh, was raided on September 10 last year by AFP anti-terrorism police. [Following a Murdoch beatup.]
FBI informant exposes sting operation targeting innocent Americans in new
"(T)ERROR" documentary [Democracy Now – 20/4/15]:
… AMY GOODMAN: They were apartment neighbors.
LYRIC R. CABRAL [Directors of (T)ERROR]: They weren’t neighbors. Tarik actually didn’t live in the brownstone, but he frequently played music gigs in Harlem, and so he would stop by a lot, just because it was a—you know, the FBI had engineered this environment so that it was comfortable for him, so that he would have a place that was available late at night after he would get off of a gig. And so, ultimately, Saeed used this child support need that Tarik had—he owed about $70,000—and said, "Well, you know, if you use your martial arts service in service of 'al-Qaeda,'" quote-unquote, "we can get you $70,000. I can get your passport back."
AMY GOODMAN: So, Stephen Downs, explain ultimately what happened to Tarik, what he was charged with.
STEPHEN DOWNS [Attorney]: Well, he was charged with material support for terrorism, for essentially, I suppose, nothing more than, in a kind of a scripted plot—or not a scripted plot, but a scripted play by the FBI, he took some sort of an oath to al-Qaeda that he would treat al-Qaeda soldiers if they were injured somehow, or would train them in martial arts. And I think the request was: Would you train al-Qaeda soldiers? And he said, "I’ll train anybody. I’m a martial arts instructor." And that was essentially the—for what he was convicted of. ...
Al Jazeera Investigates - Informants [VIDEO – 20/7/14]:
Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit takes you inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and counterterrorism sting operations. Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI set about to recruit a network of more than 15,000 informants.
Al Jazeera's investigative film tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed as Muslims as they searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.
Charges have been dropped against a woman accused of blackmailing independent Queensland MP Billy Gordon.
It was alleged that Christine Gibson tried to extort $10,000 from the Member for Cook by using an explicit picture he had sent to her via text message.
But the case was dropped when the police prosecutor offered no evidence. ... [ABC - 21/1/16]
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton free to join bipartisan/media attack on Palmer, still protected and unaccountable [How we were misled about Abyan’s case - Kellie Tranter - 30/12/15]
21 January 2016