United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 22/11/16]



Migrants found on "new route" that bypasses Serbia [b92 - 22/11/16]


@moas_eu [22/11/16]:  #SAR efforts have gone on uninterrupted throughout the night & morning. Tough days in the #Med, but our work will go on tirelessly


@moas_eu [22/11/16]:  500+ people have been rescued in #Med over night in cooperation among #NGOs. #MOAS + @Federation caring for 100+ people #Responder



‏@guardiacostiera [22/11/16]:   #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina 7 operazioni #SAR: intervengono unità #GuardiaCostiera #MOAS #SavetheChildren #LifeBoat



The people have made it clear they want Australia's anti-refugee policy to end, and the political, media and human rights establishment are panicking.




Gutless fascists take mobile phones off political prisoners --> Australian government escalates punitive extra judicial incarceration tactics because there is no opposition and no journalism [West Australian - 22/11/16]



More Murdoch anti-refugee propagandists arrive on Nauru to torment Australia's political prisoners and lie [Guardian - 22/11/16]



Michael Gordon and the UNHCR continue their PR for Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee torture/exile policy and US "resettlement" lie [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/11/16]



Call for immediate action to end mass killing in Maungdaw [Joint Press Release - 22/11/16]



@nslwin [22/11/16]:  Leaving their own country. The #Rohingya from #KyetYoePyin & #NgaSarKyu are fleeing to #Bangladesh. Escaping from #Myanmar Army's brutality


@nslwin [22/11/16]:  Only a few #Rohingya houses left in #DarGyiSar. They were torched by #Myanmar Army today morning.



China says 3,000 flee Myanmar after fighting along border [Reuters - 22/11/16]:


China is giving shelter to more than 3,000 people who have fled Myanmar after fighting between the government and rebels, and stray shells have fallen inside China causing minor damage but no deaths, the government and state media said on Tuesday. ...


... Brent oil climbed a further 1.3 per cent to $US49.54 a barrel as traders continue to speculate on whether there will be production cuts announced at the Nov 30 OPEC meeting. Energy shares had a good day, with Woodside up 2.4 per cent. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 22/11/16]



The UN Human Rights Committee has ruled the Sri Lankan government must "provide adequate compensation" to a Tamil man currently living in Canada, reported National Post. 

Mr Roy Samathanam filed a complaint with the Committee three years ago after he was accused of being a "Canadian Tiger" by the Sri Lankan security forces during a visit in 2007 to Sri Lanka and later imprisoned and tortured.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 21/11/16]



A Chinese entertainment company has approved plans to invest nearly $400 million in a Gold Coast theme park, as it seeks to capitalise on the boom in mainland tourists coming to Australia.

The Shenzhen-listed Songcheng Performance Development said its board had given final approval to proceed with the "Australian Legendary Kingdom" project at Nerang.

It will be Songcheng's first overseas investment and the 2 billion yuan ($400 million) project will mainly target Chinese tourists coming to Australia.

It will feature an "Aboriginal Cultural Village" and another precinct known as the "Mysterious Orient", along with a stage show called "Wild Australia", according to Songcheng's statement to the stock exchange. ... [Australian Financial Review - 21/11/16]



“I don't know how far the government can go." Freedom, Politics and Change in China - Does The West Fear China? [2013]



"I don't buy this bullshit about the stolen generation": WA Police Commissioner [WA Today - 21/11/16]



Families furious with Solid Energy's decision to proceed with plans to permanently seal the Pike River Mine are looking at legal action.

Saturday was the sixth anniversary of the tragedy at the West Coast mine, in which 29 men died.

Solid Energy bought the mine assets four years ago.

It began work today to permanently seal the mine, saying it had to meet its deadline, set by WorkSafe, to seal the mine by the end of the month.

Some of the victims' families have staged a sit-in protest in recent weeks, saying the mine should not be closed until the victims' bodies have been retrieved. ...  [RNZI - 21/11/16]



PNG government and ExxonMobil cheat landowners and provincial governments on LNG project [RNZI - 21/11/16]



Medics describe how police sprayed Standing Rock demonstrators with tear gas and water cannons [The Intercept - 22/11/16]:


... Noah Morris was another medic at the scene.

“They were just hosing people down with their water cannon that continued for the entirety of the four hours I was out there watching,” he said.

He said that earlier in the week, the rivers and creeks nearby had started to crust over with ice.

As he and his team flushed the eyes of people sprayed with tear gas, the water and milk of magnesia they used turned to black ice on the ground.

Morris said he knew of multiple people that had been hit in the head with rubber bullets or bean bag rounds. 

In a statement the Medic and Healer Council described injuries including an elder that lost consciousness before being revived on site, a man that experienced a seizure, and a woman whose eye was injured when she was shot in the face by a rubber bullet.

A 21-year-old woman from New York underwent surgery Monday after her arm was severely injured by a concussion grenade, according to the council. ...



Israeli forces kill Palestinian at Qalandiya checkpoint after alleged stabbing attempt [Maan - 22/11/16]



Palestinian Committee of Prisoners' Affairs head Issa Qaraqe said on Sunday that eight Palestinian children were being held in closed Israeli facilities upon orders by Israeli military courts until they reached the age of 14. ... [Maan - 21/11/16]



Bulldozers to raze Palestinian village in Israel [Al Jazeera - 21/11/16]:


... The Israeli government plans to build a Jewish village for families linked to illegal settlement movement in the occupied West Bank in the place of Umm al-Hiran, while forcibly transferring Palestinian villagers to planned townships in the Negev desert. ...



Yemen truce violated by Saudi forces 114 times: Army spokesman [Press TV - 21/11/16]



Arab coalition warplanes struck military sites in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, residents said, as two-day ceasefire that was marred by heavy fighting entered its final hours.

The raids hit army bases on a mountain overlooking the city, and the force of the explosions shook buildings as it rippled through several city neighborhoods, they said. ...  [Reuters - 21/11/16]


Suicide bomber kills dozens at Shi'ite mosque in Kabul [Reuters – 21/11/16]



A report says members of a foreign-sponsored militant group in Syria have received a considerable amount of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, a possible indication that the US has eased restrictions on the supply of weapons to the anti-Damascus militants.

In a video published by the a pro-militant television network on Sunday, terrorists from the so-called Ansar al-Islam group can be seen testing low-altitude 9K32 Strela-2 missile systems in the southwestern Syrian provinces of Dara’a and Quneitra. ... [Press TV - 22/11/16]



Turkish airstrike kills 7 civilians in northern Syria [Xinhua - 21/11/16]



Ten civilians, including children, killed in airstrike by US-led coalition in Raqqa [SANA - 21/11/16]



10 people, mostly schoolchildren, killed in terrorist rocket attacks on Aleppo [SANA - 21/11/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn  - Iraqi Spring Media Center [21/11/16]:


Nineveh: The Islamic State posted a video clip showing US MQ-9 unmanned plane when it was shot dawn near Tala'far west of Mosul on 21/11/2016.


Human rights organizations are deeply concerned about the current situation in Nineveh province and the future one when the government forces and Hashd Militias will retake Mosul.


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 4 wounded as a mortar fell in Nahrawan neighborhood east of Baghdad today morning. Many organizations and responsible parties have demanded the government to end the supplying of weapons to militias.


Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 9 wounded as an IED exploded in Mada'in area south of Baghdad.


Baghdad: A person was killed and 5 were wounded as an IED attached to KIA bus exploded in Mashtal area east of Baghdad.



Iraqi villagers mourn air strike victims as Mosul toll mounts [Reuters - 21/11/16]:


... "It was not a normal missile, the damage was huge. Three of the bodies were found 50 meters away from the house," Yousef said, suggesting the blast had thrown them there.

Shabak said it was not the first time villagers had been killed in attacks by the U.S.-led coalition, and that another air strike in April last year killed five people. ...


Firefighters battle flames in Qayyarah oilfields [Press TV – 20/11/16]



Turkey on Tuesday dismissed close to 15,000 more civil servants, military officials, police and others and shut down more than 500 institutions and news outlets in investigations over a failed coup in July, authorities said in two official decrees. ... [Reuters - 22/11/16]



Brazilian police accused of killing 7 in 'City of God' favela [teleSUR - 20/11/16]



Foreign Ministers of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala hold meeting to discuss protecting rights of migrants in US [Reuters  22/11/16]:


... On Monday, at a meeting in Guatemala City, the foreign ministers of the Central American countries asked Mexico for help to create a migrant protection network, liaise for coordination with U.S. authorities, and to meet regularly for regional talks.

Claudia Ruiz Massieu, Mexico's foreign minister, said the U.S. immigration policy remained unchanged at the moment, and added Mexico's focus on human rights and deepening bilateral links, including at the border, was unshaken. ...



And still only PEN America and the Financial Times calls on Australia to close its illegal camps on Nauru and Manus Island and respect the UN Refugee Convention.


 When the sunset on #Manus [Image:  @manusFad22 - 20/5/16] 



What's news Behrouz?  Journalist and political prisoner politely calls bullshit on the Australian government's latest "resettlement" lie [Huffington Post - 22/11/16]


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]



Australia and Papua New Guinea regional settlement arrangement [Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship - 19/7/13] 



... 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]





 Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru - 6 June 2016 via @fawaz_ss088129




... Why do people set themselves on the fire front of UN? Because they remind us how human rights is a big business in this country and there is no real action. ...  Mina Taherkhani - political prisoner of the Australian government, Nauru [Guardian - 7/11/16]




No opposition.


No journalism.


Truth crowded out by noisy, fraudulent, pro-ALP "advocates", NGOs and human rights organisations.


Australia's political prisoners still imprisoned.



Refugees on Nauru [17/3/15]




OR YOU COULD HAVE DEMANDED THAT HE PROVIDE PROOF OF THE SO CALLED US "RESETTLEMENT DEAL" ----> Another wasted Question Time as the Greens protect the ALP and allow Brandis to grandstand [Senate Hansard - 21/11/16]




What’s driving the merciless anti-refugee policies in Australia? [IPS News - 11/3/15]:


... In a report submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday, Juan Mendez, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on torture, concluded that Australia’s “Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment, which has passed both the house and the Senate of Australia at this point, violates the [Convention Against Torture, or CAT] because it allows for the arbitrary detention and refugee determination at sea, without access to lawyers.”

Mendez’s report also found that the indefinite detention of asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, together with reports of ill-treatment and outbreaks of violence, constituted a violation of the human right “to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, as provided by articles 1 and 16 of the [Convention Against Torture].”


“Australia has fought its ideological war with as much moral insanity as would be found in a dictatorship,” the Australian writer and social ecologist, Isobel Blackthorn, wrote in the National Forum last year.

“We are being systematically conditioned into accepting the cruel treatment of others as necessary and inevitable.” ...



UNHCR should be held to account for the damage that they do.


“Omid was doing well, enduring hardships for better future. What happened to Omid’s hope? Who has taken his hope? Who has taken our hope, our Omid? Who has made the life so bitter for him?”


(And why isn't anyone interested in pursuing the truth?  Doesn't Omid's wife and family deserve that?)


[Guardian - 21/5/16]



Omid [ABC - 29/4/16]



In May, the ABC began exposing a regional scandal, then ran dead after giving the UNHCR the final word. [2/5/16]



ABC sugar coats UNHCR's support of Australia's anti-refugee torture and exile policy and latest "resettlement" LIE [22/11/16]:


... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: You've said you welcome the deal with the United States to get asylum seekers off Nauru and Manus, but you think Australia should focus more on regional solutions. What does that mean?

VOLKER TURK: Well, you know, people who are currently in Nauru and Manus Island are in an extremely precarious situation.

So there is a humanitarian imperative to find a solution, which is why we have welcomed the arrangement with the US. We are supporting it. <--- EVEN THOUGH HE HAS NO PROOF OF ITS EXISTENCE.

We hope that the future of asylum lies in an approach that makes sure that Australia is part of the solution; that we do much more with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand; that we actually work with the region, building also on, for instance, the Bali Ministerial Declaration that was adopted in March.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a regional solution. One of the countries the Government is in talks with currently is Malaysia. Malaysia hasn't signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Would you be comfortable with any deal involving that country?

VOLKER TURK: Well, Malaysia has had a tradition of hosting refugees. It's true they haven't signed the convention, but there are a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to access to the labour market, to ensure that one could negotiate a certain standard of treatment for people.

Obviously I am not privy to these negotiations. I've heard about it in the press.

There was a deal that was struck a couple of years ago and we thought that the deal was workable at the time. It really depends on what is being negotiated and what type of standard of treatment is actually foreseen.

And I think this is where we come from and we need to look at it, because we want to ensure that refugees are dealt with in an adequate, human and dignified manner. ... <---- THIS IS AN EXPLICIT ENDORSEMENT OF TRAFFICKING AND EXILE FOR SLAVERY.



Human rights advocates have called for the governments of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia to end the indefinite detention of Rohingya refugees in immigration facilities and government-operated shelters and camps. ... [Bangkok Post/MSRI - 16/3/16]



... Rohingya refugees in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in Malaysia told BROUK and Fortify Rights that police routinely used the threat of arrest to extort money and property from them, particularly if they were unable to produce proper documentation or a card demonstrating they were a registered asylum seeker with the UNHCR.

Changes in the UNHCR's registration practices in Malaysia have considerably narrowed access to asylum procedures for Rohingya refugees, the [Everywhere Is Trouble] report said, leaving many without any documents and at risk of serious security abuses, including the possibility of indefinite detention.

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia said the lack of access to UNHCR registration was the single most important issue they faced, followed by a lack of access to affordable healthcare and livelihoods.  ... [The Nation - 12/3/16]



More examples of the UNHCR's "durable solutions" in South East Asia [Rappler - 7/7/16]:


... After arriving in Jakarta for 6 months, UNHCR identified him as a refugee, and 5 months later, he got his refugee identity card.

"They told me to wait, and I've been waiting for 30 months," Ahmad said.

He has had to renew his identity card every year, but except for an interview with UNHCR, he has never met any other officials.

When asked about his dreams, Ahmad said he wanted be an engineer as a child, but now he has no dreams being older – only hoping his family is safe.

"I want to go to a country where I can live safely, no matter where it is," Ahmad said.

He also said he would love to stay in Indonesia since he is safe here. ...



IOM express concern that some Rohingya have managed to escape the Myanmar military's latest pogrom in Rakhine [Reuters - 21/11/16]



More than 1,200 homes have been razed in villages inhabited by Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority in the past six weeks, Human Rights Watch says.

The group has released a batch of new satellite images that it says show 820 structures were destroyed between 10-18 November.

The military is conducting security operations in Rakhine but the government denies it is razing homes. ... [BBC - 21/11/16]



Texas establishes another migrant concentration camp near El Paso [Statesman - 18/11/16]



‏@TIME [21/11/16]:  Julian Assange overtakes Donald Trump in TIME Person of the Year reader's poll


…Since the Trump victory, there have been many calls for unity. After the election, Bill and Hillary appeared in public saying they wanted to bring the country together.

They were wearing purple and claiming that this was symbolic of blue and red coming together.

The media and many people accepted this as fact, even though purple is the color of royalty and has been for thousands of years. This might have been the abdication of the royal family, but it isn’t the end of neo-liberal Democratic policies.

Most of the calls for opposing Trump are little more than Democratic propaganda. This includes cries from Bernie Sanders and ‘Our Revolution’. Bernie endorsed Clinton in the recent election and is a Democrat in everything but name. He caucuses with Democrats, has voted for their policies and endorsed Democratic candidates in the past.

It’s hard to see much disagreement in the policies Bernie wants and those favored by “Our Revolution”. They are not the only ones on the left opposing Trump’s policies, but most of them are Democratic in origin.

You might consider yourself an Independent, maybe a Liberal or Progressive, but there is one thing I would like you to know: Democrats aren’t your friends and they’re not your allies. You are their vassal and, eventually, you will be treated like one and told to vote for their candidate.

The Democrats are nothing more than part of a two-party duopoly that rules this country. Just because the Republican part of the duopoly is in power now, doesn’t mean the Democrats are going to change. They haven’t done it in the past, they’re not doing it now and they probably won’t anytime in the future.

I feel the end the tyrannical two-party duopoly is the only thing that will help this country.

Joining Democrats or Democratic front organizations isn’t going to help change the course of the country, but rejection of the duopoly will. … [Counterpunch - 21/11/16]




22 November 2016