… Sure I've heard what they're saying
Share the wealth
Ah that's what they're saying
But I don't believe it
The government takes all the cash
And eats it or something
So the rich get richer
And the poor get nothing …
'Laissez-Faire', David Ackles 
Judge rules US government must swiftly release immigrant children in detention
A U.S. federal judge on Friday ordered the government to swiftly release immigrant children held at detention centers, affirming a July ruling that said some minors who crossed the border illegally were being detained in violation of a long-standing settlement.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles gave the administration of President Barack Obama until Oct. 23 to comply with her order to release hundreds of unauthorized immigrant children, and in some cases their mothers, "without unnecessary delay."
Gee's ruling comes amid debate by U.S. presidential candidates over illegal immigration and follows an influx of immigrants from Central America across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Last year, more than 68,000 children traveling without a parent entered the country. The federal government has held unaccompanied children, or children caught with a parent, in special facilities.
The federal government has also taken steps to release unaccompanied immigrant children from border detention centers, often to a family member living in the United States.
Last month, Gee ruled the Department of Homeland Security was keeping children at detention centers in violation of a 1997 class-action settlement that said juveniles under the age of 18 cannot be held for more than 72 hours.
If a parent was caught with his or her child, authorities could justify keeping the adult in custody if the person is a "significant flight risk" or poses a safety concern, the ruling said.
The ruling was seen as a defeat for U.S. immigration authorities, who in court filings argued releasing undocumented immigrant children encourages families in Central America to undertake the dangerous journey north.
U.S. officials are holding 1,400 parents and children at three centers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Gee called conditions a the family detention centers - two in Texas, one in Pennsylvania - "deplorable" and said in some cases children were kept in crowded rooms for days without places to sleep.
The government said last month it was "disappointed" with the decision and was efforting to move children and their mothers through family immigration detention centers as quickly as possible.
The government is expected to appeal Friday's ruling. The agency could not be immediately reached for comment.
HESTA decision to dump Transfield marks turning point for shareholder activism [Australian Financial Review – 22/8/15]
UniSuper Divestment Brochure | #Transfield #AsylumSeekers #NTEU
Dismal Land – a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism.
Deaths reported in Israeli air strike inside Syria [Al Jazeera - 22/8/15]
A senior Islamic Jihad leader on Friday rejected Israeli claims that the group fired rockets from Syria into Israel's Galilee region, as Israel's military targeted the Syrian Golan Heights in response. ... [Maan - 21/8/15]
Israeli municipality officials delivered a demolition order Friday to the al-Qaaqaa Mosque, a house, and a studio apartment in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, local sources told Ma'an. ... [Maan - 21/8/15]
At least 65 civilians have been killed by air strikes in Yemen's Taiz, including 17 people from one family, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) reported.
The deaths occurred when Saudi-led Arab coalition air strikes hit civilian homes, MSF said in a statement released on Friday. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/8/15]
Somali military training base attacked with car bomb [Ahram - 22/8/15]
Afghanistan: Bomb blast claims eight lives in Urozgan [Khaama - 22/8/15]
30 insurgents have been killed in newest security operations in six provinces, Ministry of Interior announced on Saturday.
A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were conducted in the jurisdiction of Nangarhar, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Urozgan, Logar and Helmand provinces in past 24 hours. ... [Khaama - 22/8/15]
Souveniring is not an aberration - it is an accepted part of imperial wars. [Nine MSN - 22/8/15]:
The Liberal candidate for the federal seat of Canning has defended his actions while commanding a unit that was investigated for chopping the hands off dead Taliban fighters.
The 2013 incident in Afghanistan was carried out by troops under the command of then-Captain Andrew Hastie, who addressed Western Australia's Liberal state conference on Saturday. ...
Australia At War:
John "Barney" Hines was a real thorn in the side of the German army during World War I, so much so that the Kaiser put a price on his head "dead or alive".
Hines had the happy knack of being able to wreck German pill boxes which threatened Australian troops using his favourite Mills bombs (grenades).
On top of that, he became a master at souveniring, looting all sorts of items from dead and captured Germans and returning triumphant to the Australian lines.
So good was he that he became known as the "Souvenir King".
Dr. Sam Axelrad, former US military physician, returns to Vietnam to give back arm to soldier [Huffington Post - 1/7/13]
American mutilation of Japanese war dead [Wikipedia]:
During World War II, some United States military personnel mutilated dead Japanese service personnel in the Pacific theater of operations. The mutilation of Japanese service personnel included the taking of body parts as “war souvenirs” and “war trophies”. Teeth and skulls were the most commonly taken "trophies", although other body parts were also collected.
The phenomenon of "trophy-taking" was widespread enough that discussion of it featured prominently in magazines and newspapers, and Franklin Roosevelt himself was reportedly given, by a US Congressman, a gift of a letter-opener made of a man's arm (Roosevelt later ordered that the gift be returned and called for its proper burial).
The behavior was officially prohibited by the U.S. military, which issued additional guidance as early as 1942 condemning it specifically.
Nonetheless, the behavior continued throughout the war in the Pacific Theater, and has resulted in continued discoveries of "trophy skulls" of Japanese combatants in American possession, as well as American and Japanese efforts to repatriate the remains of the Japanese dead. ...
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [21/8/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and 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.
Airstrikes in Syria
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL structures and an ISIL sniper firing position.
-- Near Hawl, three airstrikes destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL cache.
-- Near Aleppo, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL cannon.
-- Near Kobani, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 23 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:
-- Near Rutbah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL excavator.
-- Near Beiji, four airstrikes struck one large and three small ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings and two ISIL vehicle bombs.
-- Near Habbaniyah, an airstrike destroyed two ISIL mortar systems.
-- Near Haditha, an airstrike struck an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and two ISIL heavy machine guns.
-- Near Kisik, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL rocket firing position.
-- Near Mosul, six airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and an ISIL mortar firing position and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL excavators, two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL mortar firing position.
-- Near Ramadi, three airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL recoilless rifle.
-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tuz, three airstrikes destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL fuel storage facility, an ISIL vehicle storage facility and two ISIL vehicles.
Defence expert offers false dichotomy analysis of yesterday's BS about Pentagon asking Australia to join bombing of Syria [ABC - 22/8/15]
A black teenager shot and killed by white St. Louis police officers this week died from a single gunshot that entered his back and struck his heart, a medical examiner said on Friday, which appears to contradict the police account of the shooting. ... [Yahoo - 21/8/15]
@ItalianNavy [21/8/15]: #Ultimora #SAR Nave Cigala Fulgosi #MarinaMilitare termina soccorso di 106 #migranti
@ItalianNavy [21/8/15]: #UltimOra #SAR Nave Vega e Nave Cigala Fulgosi #MarinaMilitare hanno ultimato il trasbordo di circa 219 #migranti su nave bourbon argos
@MSF_Sea [21/8/15]: BREAKING: the #Argos rescued 95 people from a very unstable rubber dinghy. Now they are all safely on board. #MSFSea
Turkish Coast Guard rescues 89 refugees [Reuters - 21/8/15]
UNHCR Voices Concern about Developments at Border of FYR Macedonia and Greece [Media Release - 21/8/15]
... Some 44,000 people have reportedly travelled through Macedonia in the past two months, meeting little border resistance, but razor wire has now been rolled across the frontier to prevent people from entering.
Medecins Sans Frontieres said it had treated 10 people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian troops, near the Greek border village of Edomeni.
Amnesty International deputy Europe director Gauri van Gulik said: "Macedonian authorities are responding as if they were dealing with rioters rather than refugees who have fled conflict and persecution." ... [BBC - 21/8/15]
Europe’s Empathy Crisis Nanjala Nyabola [Medium - 18/8/15]:
... Over the last 20 years, European politics has capitulated to the demands of right wing extremists and systematically choked any rational conversation about immigration, leading to what I’m calling an empathy crisis: a systematic inability to have a reasonable, humane conversation about migration.
Instead, the discourse in Europe (and in the US) is always framed in punitive and quite frankly, selfish terms: it’s about finding strategies to help “poor Europe” cope with all these enormous tragedies at their doorstep.
Almost never about helping people who have legitimately lost everything except the hope that an extremely dangerous journey could save their lives.
President Francois Hollande recently cast the ironies of European hand wringing on refugees in stark relief.
In March 2015, while numbers of migrants dying at sea steadily climbed, Hollande made a whistlestop tour of Africa that primarily featured leaders with the some of the ugliest human rights records in recent history, like Cameroon’s Paul Biya and Angola’s Jose Eduardo dos Santos, two Africa’s longest serving presidents at 31 and 36 years in power respectively.
If European countries were really serious about resolving the crisis in the Mediterranean, they would rein in their support for oppressive governments, and stop multi-million dollar arms sales to leaders like Salva Kiir and Reik Machar in South Sudan who are determined to use them against their own people.
Remember, except for South Africa, African countries don’t manufacture weapons.
The guns being used in African killing fields are coming from Europe (including Russia), North America and China.
Effective weapons sale and manufacturing restrictions are an easy policy response to the global refugee crisis.
The west spreads intellectual idiocy, Andre Vltchek [ICH - 21/8/15]:
... Instead of being encouraged to think independently, instead of being asked to revolutionize their thinking itself, the people are being tied, restrained by austere intellectual straightjackets.
Courage and independent-mindedness are systematically vilified and belittled.
Rebellious souls are marked as “unemployable”, almost as antisocial.
Cowardice, submissiveness and mediocrity are promoted and marketed by the extremely complex and multi-faceted system of propaganda, advertising, “cultural and entertainment events” and media.
In a fully uniform world where even “culture” and media are serving the Empire and its neoliberal business interests, the New Men and the New Women are being shaped from intellectual clay, then put on massive pedestals: all of them tall and slim, all articulately and loudly regurgitating clichés, carefully avoiding real issues, intensively communicating with each other about nothing, while remaining shockingly ignorant about the world.
The New Humans – they are all smiling, all very cool looking. They drive the latest cars and hold modern gadgets in their hands. They are self-confident and endlessly selfish. Their buttocks are increasingly and stereotypically “perfect”.
"If you allow your neighbour to die in your backyard,then you are responsible for that death”
"tweeted" by @moas_eu [21/8/15]
AUSTRALIA HAS NOT "STOPPED THE BOATS AND THE "SUCCESS" OF DETERRENCE IS A MYTH.
LIES PERPETUATE THE HUMAN RIGHTS ATROCITY.
Security forces launched a massive crackdown in the village tract of Godusera in Maungdaw South on the night of Thursday. ... [Burma Times - 22/8/15]
The ignored persecution of the Rohingya of Myanmar [Chicago Monitor - 20/8/15]:
... The most daunting component of surviving as a Rohingya is not limited simply within the borders of Myanmar, however, international attention about the plight has only recently grown because regional nations, such as Thailand and Malaysia, simply do not know how to respond to the massive numbers of Rohingya seeking refuge on their land.
As thousands of Rohingya enter the Andaman Sea hoping to escape the treacherous conditions in the Rakhine state back home, Myanmar’s regional neighbors refuse to accept the “boat people.”
Not only are the ships essentially stuck at sea with neither Myanmar or its neighboring countries willing to accept them, but the conditions in which Rohingya are lured onto the boats are equally as unnerving.
Rohingya are essentially promised a safe trip across the sea by traffickers who then kidnap the men, women, and children, and smuggle them for both sex and slave trafficking purposes…left to starve eventually.
Human Rights Watch reports that mass graves of Rohingya Muslims have been found in both Malaysia and Thailand in what have been called abandoned trafficking camps.
This raises the question if there is any country that will accept and be livable for the Rohingya. ...
The global refugee crisis: Can we ignore it much longer? Katherine Tan [Foreign Policy Association - 17/8/15]:
... These circumstances make a compelling case for developed countries to offer long-term resettlement to the Rohingya.
However, Australia, one of the Asian-Pacific region’s wealthiest countries, has categorically refused to resettle any Rohingya, despite urging from the UNHCR.
“Australia will do absolutely nothing that gives any encouragement to anyone to think that they can get on a boat, that they can work with people smugglers to start a new life,” said Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Abbott’s callous statement ignores the fact that most Rohingya aren’t voluntary migrants, but victims of ethnic cleansing fleeing a state that has branded them pariahs. India and China, regional giants that share borders with Myanmar, also remain on the sidelines, despite holding significant sway with Myanmar’s government.
The international community has resettled refugees en masse before, most notably after the Indochina Wars of the mid-1970s, when the United States, Australia, Canada, and others resettled more than 3 million refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
With such a precedent, one must ask why states are failing to act decisively now. Indeed, they may soon have little choice. Even if humanitarian motives aren’t enough to compel action, these crises’ destabilizing effects may well prove difficult to ignore.
Forgotten plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia [Hazara Asylum Seekers - 16/8/15]:
These photos are from Balikpapan detention centre (in Indonesia) where more than 285 people, reportedly Hazaras and mostly refugees have staged protest against manhandling and their mistreatment.
Sources in the centre are reporting that a critically ill refugee had not been allowed to be attended by doctor.
When his fellow refugees insisted for his treatment, the staff at the said hospital resorted to severely beating them.
Asylum seekers and refugees have now staged hunger strike and are seeking UNHCR and IOM's attention to their deteriorating situation, but even after four days, to no avail.
No one from UNHCR or IOM has yet visited them.
Reports of torture and abuse in Indonesian detention centres are not surprising neither new. In February 2012, a young Hazara aged 16, Taqi, was severely beaten to death by Indonesian guards.
Due to lack of interest from Indonesia's mainstream media and Australian media's limited attention to only asylum seekers and refugees living in and around Jakarta, plight of an overwhelming number of asylum seekers and refugees detained in remote detention centres across Indonesia remains unreported.
... Initially, Homeland Security officials said they were detaining the families to send a message to others in Central America to deter them from coming to the United States illegally.
In February, a federal court in Washington, D.C., ruled that strategy unconstitutional.
Officials stopped invoking deterrence as a factor in deciding whether to release mothers and children as they seek asylum in the United States. ... [New York Times - 25/7/15]
Federal Court blocks government from detaining asylum seekers as tactic to deter others from coming to US [ACLU Media Release - 20/2/15]
... Claims made as to the effectiveness of deterrence strategies are largely ideological and not based on empirical research. ...
There's no evidence that asylum seeker deterrence policy works [The Conversation - 24/7/12]:
... Policies of deterrence have become the “common sense” approach when it comes to what should be done about asylum seekers – both in terms of stopping the boats and in terms of saving lives.
The problem is that both these assumptions are largely unjustifiable based on the evidence.
Deterring irregular border crossings does not necessarily decrease border related deaths. Evidence suggests in some contexts deterrence can simply displace deaths to another site, or changes the demographics of who dies.
In the US, research has found a relationship between deterrence policies and an increased number of border deaths.
As a criminologist, the idea that an illicit market, such as people smuggling, can be dealt with through enforcement-related strategies and broad deterrent messages has serious limitations.
Historically, the most effective approaches to reducing illicit markets have been found through regulatory measures and harm minimisation approaches, not deterrence.
There is simply not enough evidence that deterrence works to justify the expense and potential harm of its implementation.
The 'no advantage' myth in refugee processing [The Conversation - 22/1/12]
… As the questions were thrown over to the media… we asked out first question to Dutton:
BuzzFeed News: “Can we ask you about the boatload of asylum seekers that are currently off the coast of Dampier in WA, does it exist? And if you’re going to say “on water matters” as the reason why you won’t, why don’t you think the Australian public deserve an explanation of what’s going on, off the coast?”
Dutton: “Just a bit of context here. We know that 50,000 people arrived when Labor was in government, 1,200 people tragically lost their lives at sea. We’ve been able to stop the boats since we’ve been in government…” (continues to waffle for several more minutes).
BuzzFeed: “If there is a boat do you not concede that ‘stop the boats’ is not a line you could use, as a successfully policy proposition?”
Dutton: “So the point that I’m making is that we make comment in relation to operational matters when it’s appropriate to do so. I’m not going to put lives of our personnel at risk. I’m not going to put the lives of people who try to come to Australia by boat at risk…”
BuzzFeed: “What’s going to happen with those Vietnamese asylum seekers though? Are they going to be taken to Nauru? Or are they going to be sent back to Vietnam? Or Indonesia? Where are they going to be sent to?”
Dutton: “…The other point that I would make is that we settle 13,500 refugees a year through the humanitarian program which makes us one of the most generous countries in the world and I think people need to recognize that and be reminded by it. Because we welcome people who come here the right way but we don’t want to see people smugglers back in business. Now we turn back boats where it’s safe to do so. We have good bilateral relations with countries including Vietnam and elsewhere, where if it’s safe to do so, we’ve met our international obligations and we don’t owe people protection, those people will go back to their country of origin. People who seek an economc outcome are not true refugees and just because someone is on a boat doesn’t mean someone is a refugee. People understandably would seek a better life for their kids if they’re on a low income in a country somewhere within our region, but we settle people through the right way and we settle them in record numbers. That number of 13,750 rose to 18,750 within a couple of years.” [Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014]
BuzzFeed: “How can the government with a straight face say that you’ve stopped the boats when there are actually boats arriving, you just won’t talk about them?”
Dutton: “Well if there are other questions I’m willing to come back to you…”
BuzzFeed: “Why won’t you answer that question though?”
Dutton: “I’m happy to come back to that but there are others who might have questions.”
BuzzFeed: “It doesn’t seem like there are any other questions.”
Dutton: “Are there any other questions?”
There were other questions, to be fair. Dutton was clearly pissed off. After several more questions… we tried again:
BuzzFeed: “Do you think that Australian taxpayers deserve an explanation about the Vietnamese asylum seekers that are off the coast of WA?”
Dutton: “If there are any other questions, I’ll take those and I’m happy to come back to you.”
Dutton was leaning on this tactic of giving other reporters a chance. Again, a few other questions were asked. But we went back there:
BuzzFeed: “What’s going to happen to the Vietnamese asylum seekers that are currently off the coast of WA?”
Dutton: “Well I don’t have any comment to make when it comes to operational matters. But the long standing obligation of the Australian government, is that if we owe protection to somebody we’ll meet our international obligations in affording that person protection. If people are here because they’re seeking a better life then they’re not true refugees. They’re economic refugees, then they won’t be coming to our country. I’ve been very clear that screening takes place, if people need to be afforded protection, they’ll be afforded that protection. If it is deemed they are not to be afforded that protection then we will make arrangements to return them back to their country of origin. That is the way that the law has operated for a long period of time and nothing changes today or into the future.”
Maybe by talking about “economic refugees” he was actually speaking about those on board the boat. Worth having another ask:
BuzzFeed: “Are they economic refugees, the Vietnamese asylum seekers?
Dutton: “I don’t have any comment to make in relation to that.”
That was it. Press conference over. After repeated questions we were no clearer about the existence of the asylum seeker boat or where it was being towed by the Australian navy.
Why are the human rights groups who gave submissions to the Nauru Inquiry SILENT as Dutton cruises around the nation gloating about Australia's subversion of the UN Refugee Convention?
Refugees on Nauru - and Manus Island - are living in terror.
... Everyone should know that there are a pile of people lining up around the corner behind Mr Nichols. He is a first.
The honourable member for Dickson said this morning that there is one rogue person who has a beef with Wilson's.
Well, he is not one; he is the first. ...
Mr Harry Day, lawyer for whistleblower Jon Nichols [Nauru Senate Inquiry - Public Hearing, 20 August 2015]
Do Australian professional health bodies and educators condone the deliberate pedophilic destruction of children? Submission 92 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... Through the weekly Vulnerable Children’s Meeting run by Save the Children Australia, whereby the most vulnerable children in the camp are monitored and discussed weekly with the Recreation staff, the Case Workers and the education staff, it has felt as though there is very little progressive and appropriate support being offered to Charlie and her family.
While all staff involved with Charlie in this meeting all agree to ‘continue to monitor’ Charlie, it feels as though we are simply watching the degeneration week by week. ...
Submission 79 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... I worked with a client who was years old. Her daughter and son had been transferred to Australia on medical transfer and had been there for over 8 months. Other family members had been separated from her on Christmas Island although they had arrived on the same boat.
During the 6 months that I worked with this family I witnessed a significant decline in her physical and mental health. She was unable to walk unaided, was refused any extra fans or air conditioning, felt as if she would die in detention and never see her other family members again.
A -year-old member of this family showed me the cuts on her wrists where she had self harmed due to the extreme anguish she felt at being separated from her family members.
She was placed on a 24-hour watch with two adult security officers constantly sitting next to her to prevent her from self-harming further.
This was not an isolated incident of self-harm for this particular young family member. ...
Submission 69 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... I was directed to write IMP's (Individual Management Plans) for my clients. In any other circumstances these plans would have been for a client's benefit, and included significant personal details of their issues, circumstances, mental physical and social health problems. In addition standard protocol would include a plan to assist and remediate problems experienced by the client. That is what my years of training and all past employment would direct.
DIAC instead trained us and directed us to make those IMP's generic and non personal which is highly unusual and results in no benefit for the client, but rather aids secrecy and reinforces the status quo. This directive has only one intention and outcome and that is protection of the system of mandatory detention and offshore processing rather than to benefit the client.
The Salvation Army (TSA) hierarchy directed staff to meet KPIs (key performance indicators) set by the department as the primary outcome desired. Management specifically directed staff not to show empathy to "transferees" in either a written or verbal capacity.
As tensions rose on the island it became obvious unrest was imminent and front line staff forwarded views that an impending riot was inevitable via case managers to Wilsons and TSA and DIAC pre 19th July.
I was chartered off Nauru a few days after the riot.
Nauru post riot:
* TSA case managers were directed by TSA management to beign writing the IMPs without actually seeing or talking to the clients.
The directive was to file IMPs that were generic and did not contain negative information about people's mental or psychosocial health.
Again this would be a fraudulent practice and a dismissible offense in any other organisational structure, but we were told we were expected to manufacture these reports because that was what the department of immigration was requesting.
Nauru Senate Inquiry - Public Hearing, 20 August 2015:
... Mr Nichols: There is a strong culture of what has often be referred to as RAR, Royal Australian Regiment. A lot of the staff over there are ex-military—whether it be the New Zealand Defence Force or the Australian Defence Force—and a lot of them still harbour the hatred towards whom they perceive to be the enemy, which are the people that they are supposed to be providing care for. ...
... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May. Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped. They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault. Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh.
As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it. Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet. She is now back on Nauru.
These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop. “In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.
“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.” ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]
... 7:30 didn’t actually air the allegations Adeang claims it did. The program did, however, point out the following facts: when the Justice Minister’s wife burned to death on her own front lawn no evidence was collected from the scene, and the police said they were too scared of Adeang to investigate.
Oh, and the nation’s coroner was kicked off the island by Adeang before he could investigate. ... [New Matilda - 27/6/15]
Second reading of this bill resumes in the Senate in two weeks time ----> Licence to Kill: Australia’s Maintaining the Good Order in Immigration Detention Facilities Bill 2015 [Border Criminologies - 12/5/15]
Slippery slope ....
... [Victorian prison] Guards have been given new powers to prevent serious incidents in the wake of riots at the Metropolitan Remand Centre over the introduction of a smoking ban that began on July 1.
The prison had access to the ammunition at the time of the riots but did not have the authority to use it, Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard says.
The bean bag bullets - a type of padded shotgun round - would be used in limited circumstances by specially trained members of the Security and Emergency Services Group.
"We can only use them, according to the legislation, to prevent, control or stop a riot or where we have a serious threat to the security or good order of a prison," she told 3AW radio on Thursday. ... [Yahoo - 20/8/15]
Victorian prison system 'very ready' for smoking ban, Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard says [ABC - 30/6/15]
Fascists use force to escalate violence, whereas intelligent negotiation is a proven de-escalation strategy [ABC - 22/8/15]:
... The United Voice Union confirmed one of its members was taken hostage at the prison and that the situation was resolved quickly and without police involvement.
Jannette Armstrong from the union said the guard was not hurt and, despite the traumatic experience, was doing well.
No other staff or inmates were injured. Ms Armstrong said several staff members witnessed the incident.
She said it had been a "very difficult few months at the prison service" following three deaths in custody in the past two months as well as increasing tensions amongst prisoners due to a smoking ban at the facility.
PISSWEAK: Greens want companies other than Transfield and Wilson to run Australia's refugee concentration camps?
Senator Sarah Hanson-Young:
The Abbott Government's contractors Transfield Services & Wilson Security make big bucks running the Nauru & Manus detention camps.
The camps are inhumane, toxic and unsafe.
Send a message to ban Wilson and Transfield from running detention camps => grns.mp/no-new-contracts
The more we learn about what is going on inside the refugee detention camps on Nauru and Manus Island, the worse it gets.
Any day now the Abbott Government will award new multi-billion dollar contracts for running the Manus & Nauru camps for another 5 years.
Mojgan Shamsalipoor: Australia's protected and unaccountable Minister for Immigration plays god - decrees review of single case - after human beings beg for mercy
... Mr Dutton told the media on Friday that he would look at the case after meeting with Gosford Anglican priest Rod Bower, and receiving a letter from Mr Jafari and teachers at Yeronga High School where Ms Shamsalipoor was about to sit for the Higher School Certificate.
Father Bower said he pleaded with Mr Dutton to take on the case ‘‘personally and urgently’’ because deportation under the circumstances Ms Shamsalipoor faced represented a human rights abuse.
‘‘Here’s an intelligent young woman, married to a wonderful young man who’s keen to contribute to society, and we tear them apart and put her in detention,’’ Father Bower said.
‘‘It’s a human rights abuse. I hope the minister will take that on. He indicated that he was willing to have a look at it.’’
Mr Dutton spoke at an invitation-only community forum in Gosford organised by Liberal Robertson MP Lucy Wicks, and had only brief contact with a group of asylum seeker supporters who walked from Gosford Anglican Church to the Central Coast Leagues Club where the community forum was held.
Father Bower spoke to a rally outside the church where asylum seeker supporters had planted a sea of hearts.
Ms Smith was refused entry to the community forum and said her repeated attempts to raise the case of Ms Shamsalipoor with Mr Dutton’s office had been unsuccessful.
Protected and unaccountable Minister for Immigration free to cruise the countryside promoting Australia's murderous refugee policies [Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson - 21/8/15]:
Hundreds of Coasties joined our community forum today with special guest Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. A great robust conversation on keeping Australia safe and secure. ...
22 August 2015