United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/11/16]
When Taliban insurgents knocked on his house door in Jalalablad around six month ago and asked him to join their forces, Darvish, 15, borrowed money from his uncle and left Afghanistan.
"My father had worked as a driver for a U.S. company and he was killed by Taliban forces three years ago. When they came to recruit me my mother told me to leave the country," he said.
Darvish arrived in Serbia in early November having crossed through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Bulgaria and is now among 1,000 migrants who have occupied a derelict warehouse in the capital Belgrade. ... [Reuters - 21/11/16]
So when are they going to start holding Australian politicians to account? ----> ... The Age believes strongly, and we will say this until the policy ends, that the strategy of turning back boats carrying asylum seekers is ignoble.
It demonstrates a paucity of imagination. It has been ruthlessly executed, without proper regard for the asylum claims of those people intercepted. And it has brought this nation into disrepute around the world.
The asylum seekers who arrive here have not broken the law. We will say it again: they are not "illegals".
They have used the avenues allowed to anyone under international law – under the United Nations covenants to which Australia subscribes – to seek refuge from all forms of persecution.
It is time to call an amnesty, to end the imprisonment of people who came here seeking help and a better life.
It is time to recognise that jailing people in detention facilities for years on end, denying them hope or any alternative, and treating them without compassion, is the most inhumane thing that we could do – short of shipping them back to the situation that they fear in their own countries.
No good can possibly be served by detaining people a day longer in camps in Third World nations.
No good is served by denying refugees who are living in Australia the right to work.
No good comes from demonising refugees, by ostracising them from the mainstream community. ... [The Age - 28 December, 2015]
Michael Gordon exploits atrocity as damage control for the UNHCR and Australian government's latest "resettlement" LIE [The Age - 21/11/16]
Peter Dutton says things. Still no opposition to Australia's anti-refugee policy, and still no journalism [SBS - 21/11/16]
Tuesday's bullshit talking point, and another excuse for the political, media and human rights establishment to not challenge Australia's anti-refugee policy --> ... Researcher Professor Andrew Markus, from Melbourne's Monash University, said most of those surveyed also expressed support for Australia's humanitarian program, including the acceptance of refugees from Syria.
But he said that level of support doesn't extend to asylum seekers who try to reach Australia by sea. ... [SBS - 21/11/16]
Image: @LaydeeAidee [12/9/15]
Refugee kiddies locked up #Nauru while Abbott & Shorten scramble to out compassion each other [Image: @KayeBernard - 8/9/15]
... But it should not wait until bodies are washed up on foreign beaches before it is spurred to action.
And nor should Australia reserve its help for those fleeing conflict in distant wars.
Its first duty should be to those who face death and persecution in its own region.
There are both practical and moral reasons for this.
Practically, it is faster and more effective to provide sanctuary to those closer to home and to repatriate those who wish to return when it is safe to do so.
Morally, it is Australia’s neighbours to whom it owes its first duty of assistance. ... Catherine Renshaw [The Conversation – 9/9/15]
Honesty dormant: IOM Indonesia celebrates Australia's torture, exile and turnback policy and eternal misery of refugees [RNZI - 21/11/16]
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]:
... 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. ...
Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [MSRI/Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]
@Jahidhoq [21/11/16]: #Bangladesh @info_shibir Protest in Dhaka against the Muslim Genocide in #Myanmar. #StandForRohingya ...
@j_arkani [21/11/16]: A Massive Influx of #Rohingya #Refigees Continue into #Bangladesh Due to Atrocities of #Myanmar Army in #Arakan. ...
@nslwin [21/11/16]: #Rohingya houses in #SoMonNya H, #KyarGaungTaung VT were torched by #Myanmar Army today morning. Many #rape reports from this village.
Three bombs exploded at a supermarket in Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Sunday evening, causing limited damage and no injuries, the Ministry of Information said on its official Facebook page. ... [Reuters - 20/11/16]
The Catholic Church in Rwanda apologized on Sunday for the church’s role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regretted the actions of those who participated in the massacres. ... [CBS - 20/11/16]
Royal Navy fires flares at Spanish research vessel in Gibraltar [Telegraph - 21/11/16]
Spain's top criminal court said on Wednesday it was probing claims members of far-right party Vox were subjected to "torture" when they were arrested in Gibraltar after one of them unfurled a Spanish flag on the Rock. ... [The Local - 17/11/16]
Maduro calls on Trump to correct past mistakes in Latin America [teleSUR – 20/11/16]
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday that he looks forward to welcoming U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to Canada, hopefully soon after his inauguration in January.
Following a meeting with outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama at the APEC trade summit in Peru, Trudeau added that the two heads of state discussed the softwood lumber trade issue that stems from an expired 2006 export agreement. [Reuters - 20/11/16]
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday U.S. President-elect Donald Trump confirmed to him he was willing to mend ties, though he also said he would welcome President Barack Obama in Russia.
Putin also told a news conference in Lima after the APEC summit that Russia is ready to freeze oil output at current levels. ... [Reuters - 20/11/16]
Turkey: Protesters rally against crackdown on pro-Kurdish HDP members [Al Manar TV - 20/11/16]
@wikileaks [20/11/16]: Editorial:Tell Obama to communte Manning's sentence on his way out. 7 years, torture & 2 suicide attempts? Enough!
@wikileaks [19/11/16]: When Obama says he "can't" pardon @Snowden he is not telling the truth and knows he is not telling the truth
Water cannons, tear gas used at Standing Rock protests [The Fader - 20/11/16]
What to do about ‘Fake News’ [Consortium News - 18/11/16]:
... While it’s undeniable that some false or dubious stories get pushed during the heat of a political campaign and in wartime – and journalists have a role in fact-checking as best they can – there is potentially a greater danger when media insiders arrogate to themselves the power to dismiss contrary evidence as unacceptable, especially given their own history of publishing stories that turned out to be dubious if not entirely false.
It’s even more dangerous when these self-appointed arbiters of truth combine forces with powerful Internet search engines and social media companies to essentially silence dissenting opinions and contrary facts by making them very difficult for the public to locate.
Arguably even worse is when politicians – whether President-elect Donald Trump or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or President Obama – get into the business of judging what is true and what is false.
On Thursday, an impassioned President Obama voiced his annoyance with “fake news” twice in his joint news conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel — “because in an age where there’s so much active misinformation and it’s packaged very well and it looks the same when you see it on a Facebook page or you turn on your television. … If everything seems to be the same and no distinctions are made, then we won’t know what to protect.”
Let that phrase sink in for a moment: “We won’t know what to protect”?
Is President Obama suggesting that it is the U.S. government’s role to “protect” certain information and, by implication, leave contrary information “unprotected,” i.e. open to censorship? ...
“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
― Primo Levi
@worldwide_tribe [18/11/16]: Listen to The Hungry Road, a documentary telling the stories of refugees from the #CalaisJungle ...
Everytime you see or hear an ABC report on Syria, remember this --> Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria [Alternet - 3/10/16]:
... In fact, The Syria Campaign’s founder, Purpose co-founder Jeremy Heimans, was also one of the original founders of Avaaz.
As he told Forbes, “I co-founded Avaaz and [the Australian activist group] Get Up, which inspired the creation of Purpose.”
One recent incident highlighted The Syria Campaign’s skillful handling of press relationships from Aleppo to media markets across the West.
It was August 17, and a Syrian or Russian warplane had just hit an apartment building in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.
Sophie McNeill, a Middle East correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, received a photo from the Syrian American Medical Society, which maintains a WhatsApp group networking doctors inside rebel territory with international media.
The photo showed a five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, who had been extracted from the building by members of the White Helmets and hoisted into an ambulance, where he was filmed by members of the Aleppo Media Center.
The chilling image depicts a dazed little boy, seated upright and staring at nothing, his pudgy cheeks caked in ash and blood.
“Video then emerged of Omran as he sat blinking in the back of that ambulance,” McNeill wrote without explaining who provided her with the video.
She immediately posted the footage on Twitter.
“Watch this video from Aleppo tonight. And watch it again. And remind yourself that with #Syria #wecantsaywedidntknow,” McNeill declared.
Her post was retweeted over 17,000 times and the hashtag she originated, which implied international inaction against the Syrian government made such horrors possible, became a viral sensation as well.
(McNeill did not respond to questions sent to her publicly listed email.) ...
@ShoebridgeC [20/11/16]: Rare BBC headline today reported Syria rebels killing children ... But an editor soon changed it ...
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 20/11/16]
3rd boat today in #Chios: 8 people #refugeesgr #Greece #Souda Tercer bote hoy en la isla de Quíos. Desde hace mucho tiempo no cruzabn tantos
Second boat of the day in #Chios: 20 people #refugeesgr #Greece 20 personas acaban de desembarcar en la isla de #Quíos hace escasos minutos
One boat with 20 people landed few minutes ago in #Chios #Greece #refugeesgr acaba de llegar un bote con 20 personas a #Quíos #Souda
These migrants died in anonymity, trying to cross the border from Mexico. A Texas doctor works to get them back home [Washington Post - 19/11/16]
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move, Reece Jones [Verso: 2016]
Department of Geography & Environment Seminar: Summary of ‘Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move’ [London School of Economics]:
... In order to explore what is unique about migration trends and experiences today, Dr Jones tells the story of Andrew Carnegie (the U.S. industrialist and later philanthropist) and his family.
In 1848 the Carnegie family left his father’s failing hand-loom business in Scotland and traveled to the United States on a converted whaling ship.
It was a fifty day arduous journey.
The family was undocumented as there were no passport systems at this time.
When they arrived in the U.S., some family members changed their ages to make themselves more attractive to potential employers.
Dr Jones argues that the story of the Carnegie family and their movement occurred in a very unusual moment in migration history—a brief moment in time when the European poor had the ability to move freely.
The two posters pictured here were shown as representative of the contrast between this unique time in the U.S. in the 1800s, and more standard restrictions on movement in modern Australia. ...
Indonesia arrests over 100 Papuans in Sorong [RNZI - 21/11/16]
Are Aboriginal people in a violent and abusive relationship with the occupation of “Australia”? [Medium - 20/11/16]:
... It’s hard to talk about something that has been so meaningfully lost, but if humanness is to have a justified logical and moral compass, surely respecting other forms of human life as specially that which gives us life — our mothers and the planet — is a large part of it.
Yet dehumanisation through myth making are some of colonialism’s greatest tools to justify genocide, major land theft and slavery.
Myth making is still highly functioning today, with mainstream media, politicians and social commentators always weighing in. ...
China on Sunday called on parties concerned in Myanmar to exercise restraint and halt military operations so as to avoid escalation of the conflicts.
Three ethnic armed groups jointly launched simultaneous and surprise attacks early Sunday morning on some military and police outposts stationed in Muse and Kutkai, border towns in Myanmar's Shan state-north, causing casualties in the military and civilians, local sources said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China attaches great importance to peace and tranquility of the China-Myanmar border area and expresses serious concern over the exchange of fire in Myanmar's border town.
China hopes all parties concerned in Myanmar will adhere to dialogue and consultation and make concrete efforts to safeguard the peace process in Myanmar, he said. [China.org.cn - 20/11/16]
@nslwin [21/11/16]: Some #Rohingya fled from #Maungdaw in fear of killing, rape by #Myanmar Army, reached to #Bangladesh. This news is in #Bengali language.
@nslwin [21/11/16]: #Rohingya elder from #YayKhaeChaungKhwaSone said 500+ houses were burnt down. Many killed & burned alive. Many missing. Some found, etc.
Rahamed Ullah: 13/11/2016 update news Maungdaw NRS Burmese military and BGP forces have been jointly carrying out air strikes and ground war on Rohingya civilians in Saliprang, small Gozibil, big Gozibil, Meyu Taung and Zammonia village tracts of northern Maungdaw, Arakan state since today, early morning again.
Region's priority amid another genocide: Push them back ---> ... Col Abu Zar Al Zahid, commander of BGB [Border Guard Banglades] No 2 Battalion at Teknaf, yesterday said the Rohingyas have been trying to cross the river in small boats and BGB has increased manpower at border outposts to prevent the infiltration.
The official said they are holding meetings with locals, including fishermen, to limit movement and fishing in the borders.
Locals are being motivated to help BGB stop Rohingya intrusion.
Fishermen have been strictly warned against crossing the zero line in the Naf river and asked to inform BGB about anything unusual, he added.
An emergency meeting was held yesterday with Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner Md Ali Hossain in the chair to discuss the border situation. ... [The Daily Star - 21/11/16]
AUSTRALIA! STOP PUNISHING ASYLUM SEEKERS! ---> ... Sister Brigid Arthur, co-coordinator of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, said she worried for the welfare of all involved in Friday's Commonwealth Bank fire at Springvale, in Melbourne's south-east.
But she called for compassion for the alleged attacker Nur Islam, saying government policies had "put people's lives on hold, not given them any kind of certainty or security about their future, and has them living in poverty and isolation". ... [The Age - 20/11/16]
The Age [19/11/16]:
... The 21-year-old, according to federal government sources, is an asylum seeker from Myanmar living in the community on a bridging visa.
It's understood he arrived in 2012 or 2013 and spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre.
Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation president Habib Habib said the man was in Australia without family, but close to his friends in the small local community.
He said the man, from the south of Myanmar, had been struggling financially and mentally.
He had shared concerns about his immigration status and the safety of his family back home.
"He was struggling mentally for the past year or two because his visa has not been processing," he said.
"He has been suffering and his friends say his welfare payment was not received and he couldn't pay his rent."
Mr Habib said there is not adequate support for asylum seekers facing mental health issues exacerbated by settlement pressures. ...
... Labor introduced a controversial "no advantage test" on 13 August last year in an unsuccessful attempt to stop asylum boats from coming by insisting that those applying for refugee status in that way received no benefit compared with those who stayed in refugee camps in the region.
The test has meant that there has been virtually no processing of the claims made by the more than 20,000 refugees who have arrived since that time, no information about how long processing could take, and that those who have been released into the community are not allowed to work and receive just 89% of unemployment benefits. ... [Guardian - 28/6/13]
No opposition. No journalism.
Australia's political prisoners are still imprisoned.
Nauru, 20 June 2016
There is no "resettlement" and there never was. There is only indefinite detention - and THAT's the policy. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
... Last week Lomai filed fresh applications on behalf of the asylum seekers with the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea.
This time they are seeking three specific court orders.
1. For the asylum seekers to be returned to Australia
2. A third country option to be available to them and
3. Compensation If this deal between the Australian government and the Obama administration does eventuate, they will only pursue compensation.
However more details are yet to be released on this deal. Ben Lomai has heard that US officials will be in Manus in a matter of days to assess the situation but does not have any more details on how the resettlement will actually work.
He is not the only one in the dark, while the Papua New Guinea Immigration & Citizenship Services Authority confirms that they are aware of the deal, they are also not able to confirm details of the deal. [EMTV - 14/11/16]
Protest all who support Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile, turnback policy - including the UNHCR
It was great to meet with @RefugeesChief Filippo Grandi in Geneva today [Image: @PeterDutton_MP [29/3/16]
21 November 2016