United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 22/7/16]



France to send heavy artillery to Iraq so army can kill more fellow citizens [Al Jazeera - 22/7/16]:


... Elsewhere, protests erupted in Libya's capital, Tripoli, on Thursday following confirmation by Hollande that French special forces are operating in the country and that three French officers had been killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Libya while an intelligence-gathering mission. ...



Police in Paris carried out their 26th eviction order on a migrant camp on Friday with 2,500 mainly young men from Syria and east Africa evacuated. ... [The Local - 22/7/16]




The feet of a person who walked from Pakistan to Greece.  ‏@GabrielTizonf1 [22/7/16]




Rescue boats recover 17 migrant bodies off Italy [The Local - 22/7/16]:


Around 1,128 people were plucked from five rubber dinghies and three boats in the Strait of Sicily, the coastguard said, without specifying whether the bodies were discovered on one or more of the vessels.

The migrants were picked up by the Grecale Italian navy ship, Britain's HMS Enterprise - operating under the EU's naval mission to tackle people smuggling, the Irish navy's James Joyce patrol boat and a vessel chartered by German NGO Sea-Watch. ...




‏@ItalianNavy [22/7/16]: #SAR nave Vega #MarinaMilitare recupera circa 400 migranti in 4 interventi di soccorso



‏@ItalianNavy [22/7/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Aviere #MarinaMilitare #MareSicuro ha soccorso imbarcazione con circa 170 #migranti



‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [22/7/16]:  8am #Med: 2 boats already spotted, rescued &transferred. More coming.They had been #Libya for months. So scared



Refugees, migrants and asylum seekers locked up in Libya ‏[MSF - 22/7/16]



So is this cartoon.  Does the UNHCR now regret its role causing Omid's self immolation on Nauru? --->  @castubberfield - Catherine Stubberfield - Spokesperson, UNHCR Canberra  [22/7/16]:   "These blank postcards are a metaphor for the lives of #refugees stuck in detention centres." ...



Men, women and children imprisoned on Nauru and Manus continue to be punished for seeking asylum.  Who will give THEM a voice? [Standard - 22/7/16]:



... She spent time working in a processing facility for asylum seekers in Nauru and is forbidden from speaking about her experiences by the Border Force Act, which makes it a criminal offence for those who have worked in a detention centre to talk to the media about anything that happens during the course of their work.

But she wants to speak out – she wants people to understand what it is like in these facilities, what the people are like, and what they are going through. ...




Refugees in South East Asia are dying because the UNHCR are helping Australia push them away [SBS - 21/7/16]:


Eleven Afghan asylum seekers who had been hospitalised after they went on a hunger strike have returned to the detention centre in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province.

The head of East Nusa Tenggara immigration, Sumantri Sihite, downplayed the incident.

He told AAP on Thursday the 11 asylum seekers had been released from hospital and had returned to the centre on Wednesday afternoon.

Indonesian news agency Kompas.com had reported they were in intensive care and being treated for dehydration, citing the local hospital. Efendi Saragih, head of the detention centre, said the hunger strike began on Monday, with the asylum seekers demanding the International Organisation for Migration transfer them for resettlement.

Mr Sumantri said the 11 had been at the detention centre for differing periods of time, up to two years, and had been granted refugee status.

However, no decisions had been made by the resettlement countries, including Australia.

"But there's problem with quota. Some (destination countries) have closed, Europe now in trouble," Mr Sumantri said.




... Una paloma blanca

I'm just a bird in the sky

Una paloma blanca

Over the mountains I fly

No one can take

My freedom away ...


'Paloma Blanca' George Baker [1975]




Protected and unaccountable expert in insulting Indonesians (and keeping refugees out of Australia), reinvents his expertise [SBS - 22/7/16]:


... Mr Moriarty says a one-size-fits-all approach will not succeed.

"The terrorist threat is deep, global and multi-dimensional," he said.

"The Prime Minister has discussed with me the need to position the country to be both secure and united, not just for tomorrow or next year, but for decades and possibly generations." ...




... The Indonesian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to Australian Ambassador Greg Moriarty asking him to come to the ministry’s office today to give a formal explanation on behalf of the Australian government for what Australian media on Thursday reported is a “roomful” of highly sophisticated communications interception equipment inside the embassy building. ... [Jakarta Globe - 1/11/13]



... Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said he had told ambassador Greg Moriarty in a meeting this week that Australia's use of lifeboats to return asylum seekers was an ''unacceptable'' escalation of its border protection policy, Indonesian news magazine Tempo reported on its website. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 15/2/14]



Final Report of the International People's Tribunal 1965 [20/7/16]



US, UK, Australia complicit in Indonesia's 1965 mass killings [Jakarta Post - 21/7/16]:


... Meanwhile, the UK and Australia conducted a "sustained campaign repeating false propaganda from the Indonesian Army", he added.

The UK and Australian governments had continued with the policy even after it had become abundantly clear that killings and other crimes against humanity were taking place on a mass and indiscriminate basis.

"The governments of the countries referred to above were fully aware of what was taking place in Indonesia through their diplomatic reports, from contacts in the field and accounts in the Western media," said the judge in reference to all three countries involved. ...



Indonesia's Defense Minister says communists killed in CIA-backed massacres deserved to die [South China Morning Post - 2/6/16]



CIA tie asserted in Indonesia purge [New York Times - 11/7/1990]:


A dispute has developed over a report that 25 years ago, United States officials supplied up to 5,000 names of Indonesian Communists to the Indonesian Army, which was then engaged in a campaign to wipe out the Communist Party in that country.


The article also said that approval for the release of the names came from the top officials at the Embassy, including Ambassador Marshall Green. ...






"Terrorist" hunt continues [Jakarta Post - 20/7/16]



Merrylands Police Station CCTV shows explosion inside car before crash into car park door [ABC - 22/7/16]:


... Court documents revealed Mr Zhurawel was due to appear in Fairfield Local Court this morning on an apprehended violence order involving his brother.


 Court documents showed his brother Mick Zhurawel was charged after allegedly assaulting Peter Zhurawel at their 93-year-old mother's home in May during a dispute over her care.

The papers showed Peter Zhurawel was the "formal" carer of his mother and was receiving a carer's pension.

Peter Zhurawel had told police his brother was "physically aggressive" and "intimidating", particularly when drinking alcohol.

Julia Di Salvia, who told the ABC she has known Peter Zhurawel for 30 years, said earlier on Thursday Mr Zhurawel's mother had asked him to stop caring for her.

"He was in tears and I've never seen Peter in tears in my whole life," Ms Di Salvia said.

"He's been though a lot of pressure with his family. His mother is his life."


Meanwhile Attorney-General George Brandis urged caution against considering every act of violence in the community as a possible terrorist attack.

 "Not every act of violence, even a pre-meditated or carefully planned act of violence, is an act of terrorism," he said.  <--- Translation of Brandis: 'When "they" do it, it's terrorism (you know who I mean - nudge nudge - dogwhistle)'.



A Sydney convenience store owner who set fire to his shop, killing three people, continues to deny responsibility for what happened, a Sydney court has heard. ... [ABC - 22/7/16]



Maryborough man accused of murdering baby son admitted killing boy, court told [ABC - 22/7/16]



Triple murderer Ian Jamieson sentenced to life in prison [The Age - 22/7/16]



Gunman on the run after shot fired into Coombabah home [MYGC - 22/7/16]



Two men have broken into a home and attacked a 74-year-old woman with nunchukkas, only to say sorry because they had the wrong house.

The two men, aged 26 and 33, allegedly broke into the Meadowbrook home, south of Brisbane. ... [Brisbane Times - 22/7/16]



Two people face weapons and drug charges after Broadbeach Waters fire [MYGC - 22/7/16]



Police are trying to determine how a man's body could have gone unnoticed for nearly three days in the toilet of a Perth Hungry Jack's restaurant.

Officers were called after the body was discovered in a locked cubicle at a Hungry Jack's in Balga, in the city's north, on Monday morning.

They believe the man might have entered the toilet on Friday night.

The restaurant was closed by workers at 10pm on Sunday, presumably with the man's body in situ. ... [Nine MSN - 22/7/16]



A police officer has been charged after allegedly throwing an object at a motorcycle at a random breath testing site in Sydney's south.

NSW Police allege the senior constable was conducting tests when he threw the object in an attempt to stop the motorcyclist, causing the rider to crash in Narwee in November last year.

He was charged on Friday with intentionally throwing an object at a vehicle or vessel, risking safety and has been ordered to face Bankstown Local Court on September 7. [Nine MSN - 22/7/16]



Pedestrian killed after being hit by bus, Hobart [Nine MSN - 22/7/16]




The Principal of Arundel State School has issued a statement after a bus erupted into flames in the school drop-off area this morning.

35 children escaped unharmed after their school bus caught fire on Napper Road just before 8.00am.

Thick black smoke was sent billowing into the air as two fire crews battled the blaze, which fully engulfed the bus. ... [MYGC - 22/7/16]




Missing man found after fatal crash on outback road [Brisbane Times - 22/7/16]




Two people are fighting for life after a car hit a tree on Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.

Queensland Ambulance tweeted that the car struck the tree at 3.40pm at Bongaree on Friday and two critically injured patients had been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

A third person was transported to Princess Alexandra.

It was the second major accident in the region within hours after a truck hit a car at Gootchie, about 200km north of Brisbane, where one person was airlifted to RBH with multiple fractures and a head injury.

Police say both drivers were female but were unable to provide further details. [Brisbane Times - 22/7/16]




Wickham Street at Fortitude Valley has reopened three hours after a truck crashed into a tree, blocking the road and injuring a pedestrian on Friday morning. ... [Brisbane Times - 22/7/16]




Gold Coast man to face court charged with almost 50 sex offences [MYGC - 22/7/16]




A Bunbury man who maliciously bashed an already-injured dog has been banned from owning an animal for two years and fined $5000.

Kourosh Bahmani, 49, of Carey Park was convicted on Thursday in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on two counts of animal cruelty against a Staffordshire bull-terrier cross named Buddy. ... [WA Today - 22/7/16]




Clark 'in sixth place' for UN top job [RNZI - 22/7/16]:


Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is reported to be falling behind other contenders in the vote for UN Secretary-General.

The United Nations Security Council has held its first secret ballot in a bid to whittle down the 12 candidates vying to be the next Secretary-General, but despite attempts to make the process more transparent the results will not be made public.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon steps down at the end of 2016 after two five-year terms.

RNZ's UN correspondent Lorna Shaddick said from New York that it was being widely reported Miss Clark had come in 6th place.

"The results of this are not meant to be made public and they are not being officially made public by the UN but the straw poll, as its called, which took place this morning US time - the results have been tallied [and] they do show that Helen Clark came very much in the middle of the pack, in sixth place altogether.

She said each Miss Clark received eight 'encourage' votes but five 'discourage' votes and two 'no opinion'.

"And I think it's those discourage ones which are particularly significant because of course it's the five of the members of the security council [who] do have vetoes and that might indicate that later on some might vote to veto her if she continues her candidacy."

It was not certain which nations would have those vetoes but because of the informal rule called "Buggins' Turn", by which the Secretary General position is shuffled around between the areas of the world, it seemed there was a push to have an Eastern European candidate in the role.

However, former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres who was also the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for 10 years, was reported to be coming out on top.

Former Slovenian President Daniel Turk came in second while director-general of UN cultural organization UNESCO Irina Bokova of Bulgaria came in third, edging out former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, who tied for fourth.

Each candidate has been told how they did as well as the overall highest and lowest scores. It would then be up to the candidates to decide whether to drop out or stay in the running.

The 193-member UN General Assembly this year sought to lift a veil of secrecy that has surrounded the election of the UN chief for the past 70 years by requiring public nominations and holding campaign-style town hall events with each candidate.

However, it will be the 15-member Security Council which will choose a candidate to recommend to the General Assembly for election later this year.

The council will continue to hold closed-door informal secret ballots until they reach consensus. It's hoped the final candidate will be selected by October.

The UN has been using the polls since 1981 to give an indication of how viable each candidate is before a formal ballot is held.

On Thursday, council members were given a ballot for each candidate with the options of encourage, discourage and no opinion.

The nominating states will be told of the results for their candidate, but overall results will not be made public.

The search for a successor to Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, has sparked a push by more than a quarter of the 193 UN states for the world body's first female leader, and half of the current candidates are women. The council hopes to agree on a candidate by October, diplomats say.



... "Sincerely, I cannot possibly conceive in Australia the government can let me die here without talking to me."

NSW Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has agreed to approach Mr Dutton's office on behalf of Mr Miziner. ... Hunger striker outside Parliament House refuses to give up as he approaches day 30 without food [Canberra Times - 21/7/16]



Another cry for help from Australia's concentration camp on shithole dictatorship of Nauru - ignored by human rights luvvies


via ‏@elahe_zivardar [22/7/16]:


Hamid is an asylum seeker in Nauru who [was] arrested by the Nauruan police on June 5th, has begun a hunger strike.

He hasn't eaten or taken any liquids since Monday.

Hamid has been accused of writing a letter which contained threats against Nauru and Nauruans.

The plaintiff claims to have found the letter which he said fell from Hamid's pocket.

There are no witnesses.

A Current Affair referred to the letter in their recent report on Nauru.

The reporter asked no questions about the authenticity of the letter, which does not include any names or signatures.

Hamid was central to the organisations and recording of the daily protests in Nauru, which have continued for 124 days.

Those who know Hamid believe the charges are trumped up.

They vouch for Hamid's good character, stressing he brings calm and balance to the protests.

Moreover, his friends say that the level of English is well below that of the letter he is accused of writing.

Hamid is still awaiting trial, which has now been set for July 27.

He has been told that his case was delayed because the plaintiff left Nauru.

The plaintiff is due to return to the island by the 27th.

Hamid has a wife and a nine year old son on Nauru. This is a photo of his son.




Story about illegally detained men on Manus Island that the ABC's Radio Australia doesn't feel newsworthy enough to translate into English [21/7/16]



"WE ALL HAVE FAMILY.  SISTERS BROTHERS MUMS DADS WIVES AND CHILDREN." @racvictoria [21/7/16]:  Day 70 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...




... Bit by bit torn apart,

We never win,

But the battle wages on

For toy soldiers ...



'Toy Soldiers', Martika [1989]





PNG PM survives no confidence vote [RNZI - 22/7/16]:


Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has easily survived a vote of no-confidence in the national parliament.

The parliament sat for the vote today amid heavy police presence in the capital, Port Moresby.

After over an hour of increasingly intense debate, the speaker disallowed further discussion and the vote took place.

Mr O'Neill won the vote of no confidence moved against him 85 to 21.

The opposition had brought the motion against Mr O'Neill, saying he had to be removed over a long list of abuses of office as well as mismanagement of the economy.

Parliament has been adjourned to 9 August.


A civil society group in PNG said before the vote that it would continue to encourage civil disobedience if Mr O'Neill survived it.

The group said some airline, maritime, energy and health workers were observing its call not to go to work until the prime minister stepped aside or was removed from office.

Unions representing doctors and pilots endorsed the call for protest, while the Maritime and Transport Workers Union denied that port workers were taking part.

But the civil society group's leader, Moses Murray, said the port workers were performing what was known as a go-slow. ...



@JamieTahana [22/7/16]:  Morobe governor Kelly Naru calls PNG protesters "domestic terrorists". Big call



Thousands protest as South Korean president defends US anti-missile system [Yahoo - 22/7/16]




The attempted military coup in Turkey [Modern Diplomacy - 20/7/16]:


... Turkey cannot be destabilized. The whole [NATO] Alliance's policy, and not just in the Middle East, is at stake.

If a coup must be carried out, it must be organized with almost all the Armed Forces, which have also been penetrated by the secret "Stasi" of the AKP and the Presidency that now do no longer trust anyone and aim at creating a great universal hub of the Middle East oil and gas, also thanks to the recent agreement with Israel and Russia.

A further source of enrichment for President Erdogan, who does not turn his nose up at any bakshish and is considered to be one of the richest men in the world.

Not to mention his family: his son Bilal is connected with the clandestine networks selling the ISIS oil, while his son-in-law, Berat Albayrak, former Energy Minister and current Prime Minister, is well-known for his oil operations off the record.

The real Turkish coup will take place when President Erdogan’s regime can no longer financially support its "militants" and when the people becomes aware of the immense wealth accumulated by the President behind the back of the much-proclaimed "Turkish people". ...



The Wikileaks website released a cache of nearly 300,000 emails allegedly sent by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), some of which were related to the Kurdistan Region, four days after an attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

One of the leaked emails dating back to March 12, 2016 stated the AKP gave an unspecified member of the Barzani family $200 million in “financial aid” after a temporary halt in oil exports via the Kirkuk-Yumurtalik pipeline – a major financial lifeline for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). ... [NRT - 20/7/16]


@wikileaks [21/7/16]:  Greek Air Force: Erdogan was not chased by fighter jets during coup



Turkey announced Thursday that it will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) after declaring a state of emergency in the wake of last Friday's failed coup. ... [Anadolu - 21/7/16]



Incitement ---> ... “I am requesting my heroic nation, which thwarted the armed coup attempt with its foresight and courage, to continue the democracy watch on the streets until our country gets out of this difficult situation for good,” Erdogan said at a news conference held at the Presidential Complex. ... [Anadolu - 21/7/16]



President Erdoğan’s chief aide admits 'mistakes' but denies link to coup, Gülenists [Hurriyet Daily News - 21/7/16]



A Greek court has sentenced each of the eight Turkish officers who fled to Greece after the failed coup attempt of July 15 to two months in prison, on charges of illegally entering the country.

The eight, identified as two majors, four captains and two master sergeants, were being tried in the northern city of Alexandroupolis, where they arrived by military helicopter on July 16 after sending a distress signal to authorities. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 21/7/16]



Obama hosts leading Gulenists at the White House [Daily Sabah - 21/7/16]



‏@emrecelikrumi [21/7/16]:  A must watch- Greg Barton of @Deakin_ADI explains #Turkey, #Erdogan +#Gulen ...


... TONY JONES: It is interesting to note though when it comes to the Gulenist movement, the Catholic Church, even some leading Zionists in the United States, have described the principles and teachings of Gulen as the antidote to fundamentalism. Is that an accurate assessment?

GREG BARTON: Yeah, I mean, you mentioned Indonesia earlier, Tony. I mean, Gus Dur Abdurrahman Wahid was very different in his personal style than Fethullah Gulen, but I've met Gulen a couple of times and he strikes me as a similar sort of moderate, modern Sufistic Muslim. ...




The Knesset passed into law a bill that lets it oust a sitting lawmaker – legislation that critics say targets Arab lawmakers deemed to be inciting against Israel’s interests.

According to the law, which was passed with a majority of 62 votes against 45, the Knesset can oust a lawmaker for incitement to racism and support of armed struggle against the state. ... [Haaretz - 20/7/16]




Atlanta mayor rejects demand to end Israel police training [Electronic Intifada - 21/7/16]




Israeli army bulldozers, jeeps, drones enter southern Gaza [Maan - 21/7/16]




Israeli forces Thursday detained at least 18 Palestinians during predawn raids across several districts in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli and Palestinian sources. ... [Maan - 21/7/16]




Officials from Israel’s antiquities authority and nature and parks authority on Tuesday afternoon desecrated under police protection the Muslim cemetery of Bab al-Rahma near the Aqsa Mosque and razed three graves. ... [PNN - 20/7/16]




Palestinians in Hebron use crane to lift cars over Israeli blockades [Maan - 21/7/16]




Jerusalem: Israel approves huge settlement project along light trail in Old City [PNN - 21/7/16]




BBC Panorama Documentary:  The Train that Divides Jerusalem [July, 2015]




An anti-boycott amendment was withdrawn in the Massachusetts senate on 14 July following a campaign by Palestine solidarity groups.

The amendment, which was tacked onto an unrelated economic bill, would have blacklisted individuals and businesses that engage with the Palestinian-led boycott of Israel.

Amendment 133 was withdrawn within just a few hours of being proposed by Massachusetts State Senator Cynthia Creem. ... [Electronic Intifada - 20/7/16]




Egypt's imprisoned journalist Shawkan named recipient of Press Freedom Award [Ahram - 19/7/16]




Two Egyptian soldiers were killed on Wednesday evening after unidentified gunmen targeted a military vehicle in the Sinai Province. ... [Ahram - 21/7/16]




US sanctions 8 people and 7 companies for Syria support [Reuters - 21/7/16]




Four civilians were killed and 19 others were injured when terrorist groups fired rocket shells and explosive bullets in their attacks on neighborhoods in Aleppo city on Thursday.

A source at Aleppo Police Command said the death toll from the terrorist attacks that targeted the neighborhoods of al-Jamiliyeh and al-Quwatli Street, the area surrounding the Municipal Palace, Saadallah al-Jaberi Square ad al-Jamiaa Square has risen to four.

19 more civilians were reported injured in the attacks, the source added. ... [SANA - 21/7/16]



US airstrikes kill up to 200 civilians in Northern Syrian villages [Antiwar - 20/7/16]:


... The villages are ISIS-held villages near the city of Manbij, which US-backed rebels are attacking.

This civilian toll comes less than 24 hours after an incident in which US airstrikes against Manbij itself killed 20 civilians, ...




22 July 2016