Day 186 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar  [21/9/16]



Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina tells 'Leaders' Summit on Refugees' there are 500,000 Rohingya living in Bangladesh [ - 21/9/16]



Indo-Kuwait Friendship Society sends letter to Harvard Foundation requesting award given to Aung San Suu Kyi be withdrawn [The Siasat Daily - 21/9/16]:


... IKFS thinks that you have undervalued the price of humanity and plight of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Mynamar.

Aung San Suu Kyi as a Burmese statesperson, politician, diplomat, Leader of the National League for Democracy and as the first women Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and the Minister of President’s Office in President Htin Kyaw’s Cabinet, has remained silent on persecution and killing of country’s Muslim minority and rendering with an humanitarian award for Suu Kyi is not accepted at all by civilized people of the world and IKFS team ...



Open Letter to Harvard University President [Rohingya Blogger - 19/9/16]



International Day of Peace 2016: Top quotes and messages by famous personalities [Reporter Times - 21/9/16]




... Members of the public can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt to seek out different policing units to gain information about each one and get a sticker which will lead them to the final destination situated at the Surfers Paradise Police Station where they will have the opportunity to take a ‘selfie’ in a cell. ... Nearly time for the Surfers Paradise Police Station Open Day  [QPS Media - 21/9/16]



Notice to appear for two officers, South Eastern Region [QPS Media - 21/9/16]:


A 48-year-old male Senior Sergeant has been served with a Notice to Appear for two charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle following an incident at Pacific Pines on May 17, 2015. 

The officer will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on September 29, 2016.

The officer is currently suspended.

A 50-year-old male Senior Constable has been served with a Notice to Appear for one charge of acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm or other malicious acts and one charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle following an incident at Pacific Pines on May 17, 2015.

The officer will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 12, 2016. 

The officer is currently suspended. ...



Police Ethical Standards to investigate Gold Coast police pursuit collisions, shooting [QPS Media - 18/5/15]


Encouraging vigilantism is fascism. (See Trayvon Martin) ---> Surfers Paradise Volunteers in Policing, Pat and Julie, were instrumental in helping police catch a wanted person yesterday.

Pat, who is the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator for Paradise Waters, received some information from her fellow residents that a male person was allegedly trespassing and acting suspiciously in the Paradise Waters area.

Residents jumped into action and followed the male person for some time within the safe confines of their own vehicle, while constantly relaying information to Pat who in turn contacted Surfers Paradise Police.

The frequent up-to-date information made it easy for police to locate a 25-year-old man who was taken into custody.

The man was issued with a number of infringement notices relating to this matter. ... [QPS Media - 21/9/16]



Leafletting scene from the 2005 movie, 'Sophie Scholl: The Final Days', a dramatisation of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The White Rose.



Kashmir remains paralysed for 75th consecutive day [The Tribune - 21/9/16]



China had 232 chemical-related accidents from January to August this year, causing 199 deaths and 400 injuries, according to research from the environmental group Greenpeace published on Wednesday.

Greenpeace said China needs to "radically overhaul" the way it manages its chemical industry, which is now "appallingly under-regulated".  ... [Reuters - 21/9/16]



20 tons of sulfuric acid spill over in southern China [RT - 18/9/16]:


A truck carrying 20 tons of sulfuric acid has tipped over in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, southern China, local portal Sina reports.

The effects of the chemical have reportedly affected an area of three square kilometers.

The accident occurred in Beihai city.

The vehicle collided with a passenger car before being overturned.

Police have cordoned off the scene, and tons of lime are now being applied to neutralize the acid.


Two U.S. supersonic bombers flew over South Korea on Wednesday, with one of them landing at an air base 40 km (25 miles) south of the capital, the second such flight since North Korea's Sept. 9 nuclear test.

U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement the flight by a pair of B-1B Lancer strategic bombers based in Guam was a show of force and of U.S. commitment to preserve the security of the peninsula and the region.

The United States, which has about 28,500 troops in South Korea, flew two B-1 bombers on Sept. 13 escorted by U.S. and South Korean fighter jets in a show of solidarity with Seoul. ... [Reuters - 21/9/16]



The Philippines will suspend more than 10 additional mines in an ongoing environmental crackdown on the sector but the announcement of who will be shut has been moved to Sept. 26, the minister in charge of mining said on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 21/9/16]



Bangladesh: Another injured in Tampaco factory fire dies, deaths rise to 35 [ - 21/9/16]



Bangladesh:  Explosion of 'gas line booster', not boiler, caused Tampaco fire say Titas Gas officials [ - 20/9/16]



Japanese government to set up panel to discuss scrapping Fukushima nuclear plant [Japan Today - 21/9/16]



Japan is likely to scrap a prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in the country's west that has operated for less than a year in over two decades, local media reported on Wednesday.

More than 1 trillion yen ($9.84 billion) of mostly public money has been injected into the Monju facility, but Japan's nuclear regulator last year declared its operator unfit following years of accidents, missteps and falsification of documents.

The government is also grappling with a wave of anti-nuclear sentiment among its population in the wake of the Fukushima atomic disaster. ... [Reuters - 21/9/16]



GE plans to invest $10 billion in Argentina through 2026 [Fortune - 19/9/16]



Agri-business firm Japfa, through its subsidiary So Good Food, and the US-owned agri-business firm PT Cargill Food Investment Indonesia have agreed to establish PT Cahaya Gunung Foods, a 40-60 joint venture to produce fully-cooked poultry products. ... [Jakarta Post - 21/9/16]



Dragan Vasiljkovic, the first Australian extradited to face war crimes charges, has told a Croatian court that the accusations against him are false. ... [SBS - 21/9/16]



The US tells lies, manufactures wars, millions die. The Weight of Chains | Težina lanaca [2010]



Dutton releases a handful of people from Australia's refugee gulag archipelago.  Bipartisan anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged. [ABC - 21/9/16]:


An Iranian woman who was whisked away into detention in both Brisbane and Darwin as a teenager has been released today after fighting the case for almost two years.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor was released from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) and into the arms of her husband, Iranian refugee Milad Jafari, and waiting family.

Australian Story understands Ms Shamsalipoor, 22, was released on a bridging visa and will live and work in Brisbane.

In a statement, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said a number of "illegal maritime arrivals" had been released today.

"This is in line with the Government's decision to reduce the number of people in detention," the statement said.

"These people have been granted temporary bridging visas. All have been found not to be owed protection by Australia.

"They are not refugees and are expected to return to their countries of origin. They will not have access to permanent stay visas." ...



They're in jail for doing nothing wrong ... I am embarrassed to call myself an Australian:  Refugee lawyer [AUDIO - RNZI - 21/9/16]:


... A lawyer who has represented refugees, Eric Vardalis, said that Canberra is continuing to allow the mistreatment of almost 2000 refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for no good reason.

He said that offshore processing was taking a huge toll on those held on Nauru and Manus, the vast majority of whom were genuine refugees and should be accorded proper protections.

"They are spending billions of dollars on Nauru and Manus. And why? There's no need for these people to be there. We spend $4 billion on refugees on Manus and Nauru. That money could build hospitals, roads, schools, social services."


 The lawyer pointed out that the almost 2000 refugees and asylum seekers held on Nauru and Manus were suffering in what was effectively a jail, having fled persecution and conflict zones.

"You've got a government and an opposition that says, no, you're never going to come to Australia, and nowhere else. Who is going to take them?" he said.

"[The government] are just pandering to the Australian public. They shouldn't be exacerbating the racist problem. They should be saying to people, look these are genuine refugees. And it's ignorance - no one's ever met one, no one's ever met a refugee. They [Australians] think they [refugees] are all terrorists, every one of them, even the kids."

Mr Vardalis said those found to be genuine refugees should be brought to Australia.




Class action on behalf of men illegally imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island was in Court last week [AUDIO - ABC - 20/9/16]



Behrouz Boochani to UN:  Australia's offshore policy is not based on border protection, it's based on torture [VIDEO - 21/9/16]



Refugee concentration camps, torture and exile are Shorten's personal ALP policy.  100% --->   I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]



The Gillard government's offshore dumping policy [Project SafeCom]



ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]



ABC [4/2/16]:


The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.

The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.

In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...



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]



I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]:


... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the refugees] which left one dead.

She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.

"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.

"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."

Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.

"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.

"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.

“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."

"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."

“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...




... Hey rainmaker he got golden plans I tell you

You'll make a stranger in your own land


Hey good lady he's got God on his side

He got a double tongue

You never think he would lie ...


"He's Gonna Step On You Again" (aka "Step On") is a song co-written by Christos Demetriou and performed by John Kongos in 1971. ... [Wikipedia]




Asylum seekers in Nauru trying to get their message across. Couldn't read signs but hear chants of 'we want freedom'



Image: @Jan__Fran [Jeannette Francis - SBS journalist] - November, 2012



... We need a journalist to talk to. ...

Letter from Manus [Indymedia - 26/12/12]




Six Questions from refugees and asylum seekers about Save the Children-Australia’s role in Australia’s Nauru/Manus asylum seeker detention and abuse supply chain. [28/8/16]




We are sick of hearing from lying politicians, opinionators, and so called rights advocates.





Day 131 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...


Image: ‏@racvictoria [20/9/16]




Australia claims its illegal “border protection” policy is the “best in the world” [RISE - 20/9/16]



In New York City, lawyers make all the difference for immigrant detainees facing deportation [PRI - 20/9/16]



Has Obama forsaken Central America’s refugees? [McClatchy - 19/9/16]:


... It’s a difficult position for leaders of the refugee community to be in.

They don’t want to “slap the hand” of the administration when it’s trying to do a good thing for the global refugee situation.

But at the same time, leaders feel compelled to point out that a similar crisis is happening in our own backyard, and they say it deserves a greater commitment.

El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have become three of the most violent nations in the world. Each is in the top 10 for homicide rates, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Last year, 32 percent of U.S. deportations were to the region, including 33,000 people deported to Guatemala, 21,000 to El Salvador and 20,000 to Honduras. ...



Uruguay’s government on Monday rejected an ultimatum from a former Guantánamo prisoner who is on a hunger strike demanding to leave the South American country.

Abu Wa'el Dhiab has been on a hunger strike for more than a month to press his demands to leave Uruguay, which took him in along with five other former Guantánamo prisoners in 2014.

He wants to join his wife and children in Turkey, where they are refugees, or in another nation.

Dhiab gave the government until Sunday to deliver a proposal for him leaving.

But Christian Mirza, the government’s liaison with the six resettled detainees, said there was nothing concrete to offer him yet. ... [Miami Herald - 20/9/16]



Chelsea E Manning:  Yes, I'll get gender surgery. But I may still be punished for my suicide attempt [Guardian - 20/9/16]



Largest prison strike in US history enters third week [Democracy Now - 20/9/16]



The FBI accused him of terrorism. He couldn't tie his shoes. [Esquire - 8/9/16]



Kalgoorlie Uprising: Black man’s victim. White man’s culprit, and the twisted psychology of racially motivated crime and punishment [New Matilda - 19/9/16]



Deep in the heart of the Western Australia's gold country, the world's biggest gold mining companies are locked in a standoff.

At the centre of the impasse is a 50 per cent stake in the country's largest open-pit gold mine, known as the Kalgoorlie super pit.

Barrick Gold, the number 1 bullion producer, wants to sell its 50 per cent holding of the pit.

Newmont Mining, which stands at number 2 and already owns half the mine – and operates it – wants to buy. ... [Australian Financial Review - 20/9/16]



Peru: Goldman Prize winner injured by hit man during clash with security guards [Democracy Now - 20/9/16]:


And in Peru, an activist who won this year’s prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize has been injured in a clash with security guards.

The incident took place Sunday at a gold mine run by a subsidiary of the U.S.-based mining giant Newmont.

Máxima Acuña has tried to block the company Yanacocha from constructing an open-pit gold mine in an agricultural area, where it could contaminate the water supply and cause water shortages for thousands of people.

Supporters say Acuña and her partner were severely hurt after an attack by hit men allegedly hired by the mining company.

This is her daughter, Ysidora Chaupe.

Ysidora Chaupe: "The mining company’s security grabbed her by the hands. In other words, they held her hostage. And when she asked for help, she yelled. She wanted to defend herself by herself, but they attacked her, scratched her on her body. And she says they threw her, pushed her. And when they pushed her, she fell, and she fainted."



Israel releases Jerusalem journalist after serving 6-month sentence for Facebook post [Maan - 20/9/16]



... “Every night before I go to sleep, I take off my artificial limbs, look at my half body and then close my eyes,” she said.

“I imagine being the first journalist in Gaza with only half a body. I want to fight Israel by reporting what is happening. That is how I imagine taking revenge for what the Israelis did to my body and to my family.” ... [Electronic Intifada - 20/9/16]



Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen near Bani Naim after alleged attempted attack [Maan - 20/9/16]



2 Palestinians “apprehended and neutralized" after alleged stabbing attack in Hebron [Maan - 19/9/16]



Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of the village of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, shooting and injuring 30-year-old Ahmad Zayid, local sources said.

Sources told Ma'an that Zayid was shot in the abdomen with live fire and taken to the Indonesian Hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, where he was reported to be in moderate condition. ... [Maan - 19/9/16]



Israeli air force downs Hamas drone off Gaza coast, Israeli army says [Maan - 19/9/16]



Afghanistan: Details of peace accord government and Hizb-e-Islami  to be revealed after its signed [TOLO News - 20/9/16]



The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday condemned US airstrikes on a police post in central Uruzgan province, calling for holding accountable the military personnel involved in the incident. ... [Pajhwok - 20/9/16]



Afghanistan has launched an investigation into the alleged airstrike by the US forces on Afghan policemen that left at least 8 policemen dead.

The Ministry of Interior of Afghanistan (MoI) said an investigation is underway regarding the alleged airstrike that took place in southern Uruzgan province. ... [Khaama - 20/9/16]



New York bombing suspect's family sued police for civil rights violations [Mashable - 20/9/16]:


The search for the suspect associated with explosive devices found in New York and New Jersey led law enforcement to a fried chicken shop. 

That shop in Elizabeth, New Jersey also happens to be at the center of a 2011 lawsuit filed by the family of suspect Ahmad Rahami. 

Rahami was arrested on Monday after a shootout with police. He's since been chagred with planting explosive devices in New Jersey and two such devices in New York City, one which exploded on Saturday and injured 29 people.

He also faces charges related to the shootout that occured upon his arrest. 

Rahami's father and other family members filed a civil lawsuit in 2011 against the city of Elizabeth as well as the city's police department, claiming officers had conspired to "harass them on basis of religion, national origin and race."

The lawsuit alleges that a resident referred to as "Dean" often harassed the family at First American Fried Chicken, which the family operated in Elizabeth.

"Muslims make too much trouble in this country," Dean said to the Rahamis, according to court documents obtained by Mashable. ...



Saudi-led coalition bombs historic Old City in Yemen's capital [Middle East Eye - 20/9/16]



... Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.”

They declined to say when, or how many weapons were provided. ... [ - 19/9/16]



Operation launched in Shirqat; 50 killed across Iraq [ - 19/9/16]



Prime Minister Tammam Salam on Monday urged the United Nations to devise a plan for the “safe return” of Syrian refugees from Lebanon to their country.

“This huge and sudden influx of refugees is posing dangerous risks to our stability, security, economy and public services,” said Salam during the first-ever U.N. summit on refugees in New York.

“Lebanon risks collapsing if the international community does not exert major efforts in this regard,” Salam added, addressing U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon. ... [Naharnet - 20/9/16]



Several hurt in Lebanese-Syrian armed clash in Dawhat Aramoun [Naharnet - 20/9/16]



US-led strike on Syrian Army included British, Danish, Australian jets [ - 19/9/16]




21 September 2016