Police have opened fire to disperse dozens of Aden residents protesting power cuts in Yemen's second city, killing one, a local government official said on Sunday. ... [Yahoo - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Yemen: 13 "Al Qaeda fighters" killed in Mukalla [Al Jazeera - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

The Taliban has denied reports that a US military drone strike had killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor and another fighter in Pakistan. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Insider attack kills six Afghan police in Uruzgan [Press TV - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Britain is providing military training and support to the majority of the countries named on its own human rights abusers watchlist, The Independent can reveal.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) designated 30 nations as “human rights priority” countries last year, warning of their conduct on a range of issues from internal repression to the use of sexual violence in armed conflict.

But information released by ministers shows that British armed forces trained “either security or armed forces personnel” in 16 of the listed countries since 2014. ... [Independent - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Gunmen fire at Kurdish areas in north of Aleppo, killing five [TASS - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Five civilians were killed and 20 others were injured as a terrorist affiliated to the terrorist organization of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) blew himself up inside a restaurant in al-Qamishli city. ... [SANA - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Centcom Commander visits Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 22/5/16]:

 

... Coalition trainers from Australia and New Zealand working at Taji are key to the effort, Votel added, noting that “they’re doing some great work in very challenging conditions here to help the Iraqis get ready for the operations that are upcoming.”

...

Speaking with reporters after a day of meetings in Northern Syria, Votel said he had a chance to meet with some of the Syrian Democratic Force leaders and coalition members who are in the area on advise-and-assist missions.

‘We had the opportunity to get around and see a number of things, talk about a wide variety of topics, talk about how things are going [and] talk about things that we could do to continue to increase our cooperation, collaboration and effectiveness,” he said.

...

The general said he learned a lot during his visit, and that “there's nothing like being able to see it up front and talk to the people who are actually doing it. So it was a good day for me.” ...

 

 

 

Iraq's army has told residents of Fallujah to get ready to leave ahead of what may be an attempt to take the city back from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group, state TV said.

Families who cannot leave should raise white flags to mark their locations, the army's media unit said, according to a broadcast on Sunday. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

 

@LighthouseRR [21/5/16]:  After 67 days in awful conditions w/o hope,family with 5 children & disabled father went back to Iraq yest ... [From Greece]

 

 

Europe’s secret deal with Africa’s dictators [New Statesman - 19/5/16]:

 

 

... The magazine [Der Spiegel] says Germany is leading this work, but that the European Commission has warned that “under no circumstances” should the public learn what was said during talks that were held on 23 March.  

A staff member working for Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, warned that Europe's reputation could be at stake.

The EU is fully aware of just how dangerous these proposals really are. Under the heading “Risks and assumptions” the document states:

“Provision of equipment and trainings [sic] to sensitive national authorities (such as security services or border management) diverted for repressive aims; criticism by NGOs and civil society for engaging with repressive governments on migration (particularly in Eritrea and Sudan).”

...

The Eritreans are promised training for the judiciary and what is described as “Assistance to develop or implement human trafficking regulations.”

Eritrean border patrols have orders to “shoot to kill” any refugee attempting to flee across the border. EU funding could fund the strengthening of this policy.

Ethiopia is offered equipment and training to “improve border surveillance”, as well as building the capacity to investigate and prosecute anyone involved in the smuggling. ...

 

 

 

 

The Italian coast guard is coordinating a search of waters off the island of Sardinia after Algerian authorities informed them that a boat with some 10 migrants never reached the Mediterranean island. ... [ABC News - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

 

Archbishop Charles Scicluna described the Phoenix vessel, by which hundreds of migrants have been saved while attempting to cross the Mediterranean for a better life, as 'the ship of mercy.'

The Archbishop was addressing journalists while visiting the boat in Marsa marking the occasion of World Social Communication Day.

The theme which was chosen by Pope Francis for these years is 'Communication and Mercy'.

"I am here commemorating the visit by Pope Francis in the island of Lesbos and to pass on his message that communication is the essence of mercy," he said. ... [Malta Independent - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

Abubakar:  "One day I will write what I have seen on the route, is part of our history, our children should know."  ‏@surianna [17/5/16]

 

 

 

Did anyone hear Tim Costello - or anyone else - say they wanted the torture to STOP, and the men, women and children released and GENUINELY resettled?

 

Day 64, refugee protests on Nauru

 

"We want justice"

 

 

 

 

Image:  ‏@SuchNigel [22/5/16]

 

 

 

Greens still won't demand the release of Manus and Nauru refugees and their immediate, and genuine, resettlement.  WHY? [Media Release - 22/5/16]  Like the LNP and ALP, do they support  the UNHCR's "durable solutions" of detention, deportation and death?

 

 

Endless parade of book launches, doco screenings, human rights addresses, award ceremonies and festivals as refugees' calls for freedom, justice and GENUINE resettlement go unheard by Australia's intelligentsia --->  ‏@profbensaul [22/5/16]:   Great panel on refugees with @madelinegleeson on her book Offshore at #sydneywritersfestival <--- Is that Robert "compromise" Manne in his rightful place on the far right?

 

 

 

... In their principled opposition to all forms of deterrent policy, many friends of the asylum seekers are wedded to a Kantian absolute—for them it is never permissible to save a greater number of lives by treating certain people, like those presently marooned on offshore processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island, as a means to an end. ...  [Robert Manne, June 2014 - and he is still pushing the same line in 2016 - couched in less blatantly disgusting terms.]

 

 

 

This poem is written on behalf of human beings trapped on Manus Island Detention Camp.

Their crime was seeking asylum in Australia. ... by Lyptus [All Poetry]

 

 

 

High Court asked to declare Manus detention illegal as 859 political prisoners to have their day in court, 23 May 2016 [The Conversation - 5/5/16]

 

 

 

More bullshit, concealment and dogwhistling from the Australian political, media and human rights establishment, as the letters from Nauru and Manus refugees requesting, freedom, justice and GENUINE resettlement are censored (and ignored).

 

 

... "World Vision works in Somalia and 98 per cent of women suffer female genital mutilation.

Somalia is a terrifying place," he [Tim Costello] said.

"You would flee that, I would flee that."

The Howard government's Pacific Solution meant there was no "indefinite torture" on Nauru or Manus Island, Mr Costello said.

"It did stop the boats and quietly allowed all those who were found to be refugees - and it was 85 to 90 per cent - to be resettled back in Australia." ... [SBS - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

... Responding to the comments, Bill Shorten said: “In terms of what Tim Costello is talking about in the cost and the pain and the suffering of indefinite detention, I think he has a point.

“As prime minister, I would prioritise regional resettlement. The answer to defeating the people smugglers cannot be indefinite detention. That is what the government is pushing.

“The truth of the matter, this government has let delays blow out. They have not been transparent in terms of the treatment of people in our care. I sympathise with what Tim Costello is saying. ... [Guardian - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Australian Navy says it seized a huge weapons cache headed for Somalia [Reuters - 7/3/16]

 

 

 

Somalia: How Colonial Powers drove a Country into Chaos [Global Research - 11/2/10]

 

 

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

 

 

 

Open letter to UNHCR from Nauru refugees questions motive of their April visit, calls for GENUINE resettlement after three years of punishment and torture [OP Voice - 2/5/16]:

 

... They tried to encourage refugees to utilise the one and only option (Cambodia) to go and live there but on the other side, refugees did not want to be misused again as laboratory rats ...

Cambodia's offer from Australian immigration to Nauru refugees have proved that Nauru does no have abilities for local integration.

...

The purpose of NO ADVANTAGE and PACIFIC SOLUTION policies for refugees [who are] described as queue jumpers to be punished in underdeveloped countries and be processed as long as it will take for refugees who applied for UNHCR resettlement process from Indonesia that attest take 3 to 4 years to get an answer. 

The difference between us and refugees who are in Indonesia is that we have been processed in DETENTION CENTRE under mouldy tents. ...

 We can witness a processing case from a refugee that applied UNHCR in July 2013 in Indonesia who has been accepted and will be resettled in Australia next week, but Nauru refugees still located in Nauru and they are just eligible enough to tolerate the discrimination from UNHCR processing system.

This strategy has proved to all Nauru refugee that the time of the torture is over and all refugees deserve to be transferred as soon as possible to the 28 UNHCR countries so they can start their new life if they are still mentally and physically healthy.

In conclusion, we are asking from UNHCR to arrange a resettlement in the 27 UNHCR countries except Australia. 

But it is obvious that regarding to UNHCR, absence of visiting Guantanamo, government of Australia have used the opportunity to cover some of the problems and disasters therefore it is fair for us to doubt on your visitation of Nauru after all these years for another political games. 

We are going to publish this news so at least you can answer media and reporters' questions. ...

 

 

 

The "Op Voice" was taken down, but the letter can still be found on GOOGLE CACHE, and partially here.

 

 

 

One year has passed.   UNHCR's "durable solutions" of detention, deportation and death continue. [New York Times - 21/5/16]:

... In the agreement announced on Wednesday, Indonesia and Malaysia said they would “provide humanitarian assistance to those 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea.”

They also agreed “to offer them temporary shelter provided that the resettlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community.” ...

 

 

 

... On Wednesday a 26-year-old Bangladeshi man died of suspected heart failure in the Nauru hospital before he could be evacuated to Australia.

He had checked himself into the hospital two days earlier after – according to reports from Nauru – he ingested a large number of pills including Panadol.

A statement written by the young man to support his refugee claim said he fled Bangladesh after locals threatened to kill him and his boyfriend for having a homosexual relationship.

“The locals forced us to go to the local mosque, a five-minute walk away, and started to beat us in public in front of the mosque,” he said.

“[My boyfriend] and I were pleading with everyone to forgive us but they would not stop beating us. They said words to the effect of ‘if you rectify your actions we will not kill you. However if we catch you again we will kill you’.”

The couple were treated for injuries, but attacked several times again, he claimed.

He was threatened with dismemberment and blinding, and his parents disowned him.

He and his partner fled separately and never made contact again, he said. ... [Guardian - 13/5/16]

 

 

Who will advocate for LGBTI rights on Nauru and Manus UNHCR, as you help promote the myth that the US welcomes gay refugees [Media Release - 18/5/16]

 

 

 

Only detention facility for gay, bi, and trans immigrants faces closure [Buzzfeed - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

Transgender women held in U.S. immigrant detention centers face routine abuse, according to a Human Rights Watch report released last week.

Contrary to a memorandum on the care of transgender detainees U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued in 2015, the agency has not implemented proper protocols at a single facility, leaving trans women to suffer repeated sexual assaults, harassment, unwarranted strip searches, and prolonged stays in solitary confinement. ... [Slate - 30/3/16]

 

 

 

 

Well it's all right, riding around in the breeze

Well it's all right, if you live the life you please

Well it's all right, doing the best you can

Well it's all right, as long as you lend a hand ...

 

 

 

'End of the Line', Travelling Wilburys [1989]

 

 

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday hailed Myanmar's transition to a civilian government steered by Aung San Suu Kyi as a "remarkable statement" that furthers the cause of global democracy. ... [Channel News Asia - 22/6/15]

 

 

The UNHCR needs to explain why they have abandoned advocating for the right of refugees in South East Asia to resettle --> ... Therefore, the Rohingya refugees staged a peaceful demonstration in Kutupalong refugee camp on 7th of May, 2016 and urged Bangladesh, United Nations and International Communities to be sincere towards the solution of refugees long standing issues and to play the mandatory roles of UNHCR and make sincere attempt for their urgent durable solution in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd country as they don’t want to be refugees any more, said a refugee leader. [Burma Times - 8/5/16]

 

 

 

Myanmar parliament votes down Rohingya citizenship verification [Anadolu Agency - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

... Since 2011, when the first nominally civilian government took power, conditions for Rohingya have deteriorated even more rapidly.

Mass violence in Rakhine State in 2012 resulted in hundreds of our community being killed and hundreds of thousands internally displaced, while thousands more have risked their lives to flee the country by sea.

We were omitted from the first census held in 30 years.

The vast majority of our community was denied the right to vote for the first time in the historic November 2015 elections that brought the NLD to power. Our candidates were singled out for disqualification.

We have been segregated from our Buddhist neighbours and restricted in our movement. We have been denied access to hospitals, schools and jobs.

As the situation for us has gotten worse, the call for us to deny our identity has gotten stronger. ... [Myanmar Times - 20/5/16]

 

 

Woodside is considering development options on its two discoveries offshore Myanmar, as well as a 4-7 well drilling campaign next year, the firm said this morning.  ... [OE Digital - 20/5/16]

 

 

Cyclone Roanu set to hit Myanmar [Mizzima - 21/5/16]

 

 

Cyclone Roanu battered the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, forcing half a million people to flee their homes and leaving 23 people dead in floods and rain-triggered landslides.

Authorities in low-lying Bangladesh took more than 500,000 people into shelters as the cyclone made landfall just after midday local time (0600 GMT), packing winds as strong as 88km per hour. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

Fatal traffic crash, Burbank [QPS Media - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

An eight-year-old boy has been crushed to death by a truck he was helping his father fix on the family’s farm west of the Gold Coast. ... [MYGC - 21/5/16]

 

 

 

Boy, 7, hit by car in Sydney's north [Yahoo - 20/5/16]

 

 

 

 

Australia:  Another party turns violent when police turn up.  Internet blamed [The Age - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large disturbance after another instance of class, race and youth based policing, Redbank Plains [QPS Media - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

 

 

Who's the enemy? ----> On Wednesday May 18 Surfers Paradise Police took part in a full day joint emergency management training exercise called Exercise Avalanche.

The training group included: Keolis Downer Rail Gold Coast (KDR), Department of Transport Main Roads, Translink, Gold Coast University Hospital, Griffith University, Surfside, Queensland Rail and Queensland Police. ... [QPS Media - 20/5/16]

 

 

 

What would happen if Australians stopped attacking each other and turned on the ruling class? [ABC - 22/5/16]:

 

 

A 39-year-old woman has been killed in a hit-and-run incident in Sydney's west.

Police said the woman was trying to cross a road at Guildford when she was run over about 9:15pm on Saturday.

Despite attempts by emergency crews to revive the woman, she died after arriving at Westmead Hospital. ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

A woman has been charged with aggravated assault after a man was injured at Gawler West, in Adelaide's north, on Saturday night. ... [ABC - 22/5/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

These people should be protested everywhere they go ----> ... Treasurer Curtis Pitt will discuss the Government’s crackdown on unpaid fines, which includes targeting the worst offenders with wheel-clamping. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 22/5/16]

 

 

Health care in Queensland: Rehabilitating your confidence to consume --> ‏@camerondickqld - Minister for Health [19/5/16]:  Saw last year's winners, inc LIFE Space - a life-like supermarket designed to build confidence of rehab patients 2/4

 

 

 

A six-year-old boy with cancer will not be forced to undergo radiotherapy, but a Perth judge has left the door open for the case to return to court if required.

Oshin Kiszko was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year, but his parents, Angela Kiszko and Adrian Strachan, opposed the treatment recommended by doctors due to the severe side effects.

A court order in March forced Oshin to receive chemotherapy and he was given two cycles of the treatment.

Family Court Chief Judge Stephen Thackray then considered whether Oshin should also be given radiotherapy and handed down his judgment on Friday, saying the parents had given an undertaking to continue chemotherapy instead. ... [Nine MSN - 20/5/16]

 

 

 

LHD Lawyers names Russia, Putin in MH17 compensation claim: report [Reuters - 21/5/16]

 

 

@wikileaks [21/5/16]:  Greek press states that the head of the Mossad and the head of Turkey's MIT met in Sweden to discuss assistance

 

 

 

Cannes: With 'Risk,' Laura Poitras ignites demand for Julian Assange's release [Indiewire - 19/5/16]

 

 

 

‏@carwinb [21/5/16]:  Public memorial for Michael Ratner. June 13, 2016. NYC.

 

 

 

UN Victory in Assange Case:  Decision has big implications for refugees and whistleblowers [Center for Constitutional Rights - 5/2/16]

 

 

 

How We Closed the Guantanamo HIV Camp:  The Intersection of Politics and Litigation, Michael Ratner

 

 

"NO HUMAN RIGHTS HERE"   #Idomeni, #Greece 19/05 #refugeesGr (φ. K. Tsironis) via @dplastir

 

 

 

Idomeni: Médecins Sans Frontières resumes activities after clashes and tear gas cause a temporary suspension [Media Release - 20/5/16]

 

 

 

 

22 May 2016

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