... Come and see the blood in the streets.
Come and see
The blood in the streets.
Come and see the blood
In the streets!

Pablo Neruda



‏@khaama [23/7/16]:  61 killed, 207 wounded in Kabul suicide attack ...



ISIS behind deadly Kabul suicide bombings [TOLO News - 23/7/16]:


... Saturday's attack was the first of its kind at a peaceful demonstration.

The suicide bombers joined thousands of Afghans before detonating their explosives in a crowded spot at the Dehmazang Circle. ...




Thousands of people from Afghanistan's Hazara minority demonstrated in the capital Kabul on Saturday to demand changes to the route of a planned multi-million dollar power transmission line. ... [Reuters - 23/7/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [23/7/16]:


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Hamamiyat area in Taji district north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries ............


Anbar: The government air force has shelled Albu Ali Al-Jasim area north of Ramadi ............................................................. [22/7/16]


Salah-il-deen: Beiji sub-governor :More than 6 thousand displaced families from shurqat and around in the north of Tikrit have reached to the district by their feet and lived under bad condictions especially the government support is still inconsiderable ........... [22/7/16]


Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded near a market in Mada'in district south of Baghdad today morning killing two persons and wounding 8..... [22/7/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 23/7/16]



Sharp increase in violence against migrants since border closures in the Balkans [Reliefweb/MSF - 22/7/16]:


... EU policies have stemmed the flow of people looking for protection in Europe through the Balkans, yet thousands of people have been abandoned out of sight, much more exposed to violence, destitution and despair.

Not only are European and Western Balkans governments failing to respond to the needs of thousands, but they are also promoting policies that have detrimental consequences on the wellbeing of already vulnerable people. ...



‏@ItalianNavy [23/7/16]:  #SAR Nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare #MareSicuro interviene su imbarcazione con 90 #migranti ...



@MikelKonate [23/7/16]:  More than 100 were rescued from their sinking dinghy in Libyan waters Thanks foryour tireless labor @PROACTIVA_SERV ...



@SantiPalacios [23/7/16]:  Madre e hijo a bordo del Astral tras ser rescatados en el Mediterráneo central. No sabían a donde iban.  



In front of the Spanish Embassy in Greece demanding safe routes for refugees. via ‏@Hibai_ [23/7/16]



‏@SantiPalacios [22/7/16]:  Today's early morning, the passport of a Bangladeshi man floating adrift on the high seas, north of Libya.  



Day 126 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@InsurrectNews [23/7/16]




‏@the_erc - European Rohingya Council [21/7/16]:  ERC urges 49th ASEAN Summit to pressure Aung San Suu Kyi to ensure the Rights of Rohingya & 2call them by their Name



‏@the_erc - European Rohingya Council [21/7/16]:  #ASSK should lift her proposal of calling Rohingya as'Rakhine Muslim' b4 she visits Mr Obama ...



Ben Rhodes, US deputy national security adviser, has held talks on bilateral relations with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Nay Pyi Taw.

Rhodes presented US President Barack Obama's official invitation letter to Suu Kyi, also the foreign minister, inviting her to visit the USA. ... [The Nation - 21/7/16]



Woodside’s quarterly revenue falls [AOG - 20/7/16]



Escaped fishermen ask officials to save those still enslaved [Myanmar Times - 22/7/16]



Fishing activities came to a grinding halt in Rameshwaram yesterday as more than 4,000 fishermen launched an indefinite strike, demanding the release of the 77 fishermen languishing in Sri Lankan prisons along with more than 100 boats, impounded by the Sri Lankan authorities. ... [Colombo Gazette - 23/7/16]



US to work with Sri Lankan Navy for "maritime security and stability" [Colombo Gazette - 22/7/16]



A group of Tamil protestors staged a demonstration in Mannar on Wednesday, as Sri Lankan military land surveyors attempted to acquire a disputed tranche of land in the region.

The demonstrators gathered in Pallimunai after surveyors attached to the Sri Lankan navy attempt to initiate allocations of land located in a housing scheme to military personnel. ... [Tamil Guardian - 22/7/16]



Hindu temple demolished to make way for Buddhist vihara in Jaffna [Tamil Guardian - 22/7/16]



Six men, including three former Sri Lankan navy personnel have been indicted on the Thursday over the murder of the Tamil politician Nadaraja Raviraj in 2006.

Mr Raviraj, a Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP  at the time, was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike in November 2006, in Colombo.

Three men have absconded the proceedings, including two paramilitary men with Karuna's group. [Tamil Guardian - 22/7/16]




Curfew lifted in four Kashmir districts; Home Minister visits valley [The Tribune - 23/7/16]




Indian border guards shoot Bangladesh national dead, dump body in river [bdnews24.com - 23/7/16]




Members of the public will not be allowed to march on foot during Sunday’s funeral procession for political analyst Kem Ley, while a City Hall spokesman yesterday warned mourners against politicizing the event.


Tim Malay, one of the funeral organizers, said the ban would be tough to implement.

“It will be difficult for us to stop them…. It’s up to [the public],” Mr. Malay said. [Cambodia Daily - 23/7/16]



Police in Phnom Penh arrested a teenage student and three men on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning for allegedly killing a high school rival with a sword last month, and said they were seeking three additional suspects currently at large. ... [Cambodia Daily - 23/7/16]



Malaysia detains fourteen "ISIS militants" following raids [Asia One 23/7/16]



Man dies after being run over by police car in Gifu Prefecture [Japan Today - 23/7/16]



A car slammed into the fence of the Erawan Shrine on Friday night, injuring at least six people in the compound of the popular attraction.

The Toyota sedan apparently lost control, hit the fence and came to a stop inside the shrine compound at the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok, Thai Rath reported. ... [Bangkok Post - 22/7/16]



Heavy rain in China has killed at least 24 people and forced 16 million from their homes, state media reported on Saturday.

The government of Henan province in central China told the Xinhua news agency that 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 7.2 million people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses.

Nine people have been killed and 11 are missing in neighboring Hebei province, authorities in its Xingtai city said on social media late on Friday.

Nearly 9 million people have been evacuated in Hebei, they said. ... [Reuters- 23/7/16]



Philippines President Duterte lauded for ‘articulating what’s wrong with climate talks’ [Inquirer - 20/7/16]


"NO MORE DEATHS IN CUSTODY!" ‏@RowenaJW1 [23/7/16]:  #BlackLivesMatter #AboriginalLivesMatter #Brisbane #Protest



‏@amymcquire [23/7/16]:  #BlackLivesMatter rally in Brisbane today



"HANDS UP DON'T SHOOT" ‏@kikei [23/7/16]:  #BlackLivesMatter #perth @ Art Gallery of Western Australia ...



‏@lensman_dan [23/7/16]:  Big crowd gathers for the #BlackLivesMatter rally in Perth ...



ALP agrees with aspects of Twiggy's welfare plan eg the racist dogwhistling about foetal alcohol syndrome [NIRS - 1/8/14]:


The Federal Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Shayne Neumann, says Labor will carefully consider the recommendations of a report into Indigenous employment, released today.

The report by mining boss Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest recommends measures such as a nation-wide roll-out of income management and tying remote parents' welfare payments to their kids' school attendance.

Mr Neumann has acknowledged the work Andrew Forrest has put into the report and his interest in reducing the gap in Indigenous employment.



... Blair MP Shayne Neumann spoke at the meeting telling the assembled crowd he hoped the High Court case against school chaplaincy failed. ...  [Queensland Times - 12/3/14]



"Grandiosity and misogyny": Jeff Sharlet on "common thread" between Mike Pence and Donald Trump [Democracy Now - 21/7/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: And can you talk more about the Family Research Council, its relationship with Pence?

JEFF SHARLET: Well, there’s the Family Research Council. There’s Focus on the Family. Family Research Council is Tony Perkins in Washington.

It’s a sort of a—maybe the top open lobbying shop of the Christian right. Tony Perkins was, in fact, one of those guys who said, you know, "I feel a little bit brokenhearted by Mike Pence walking back this bill," that was going to be even better at discriminating against LGBT people. ...



... He blocked the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Indiana — and illegally tried to cut off federal aid to existing refugees.

In the wake of the massacre in Paris last fall, Pence issued an executive order to block the resettlement of Syrian war refugees in Indiana. Not content to keep new war widows and orphans out of the state, Pence upped the xenophobic ante by also trying to cut off federal aid to those already in the state.

A federal judge blocked Pence's action, writing that the governor's order "clearly constitutes national origin discrimination" and "in no way directly, or even indirectly, promotes the safety of Indiana citizens." ... 4 reasons Mike Pence is the absolute worst [Rolling Stone - 14/7/16]



Richard Marles rewarded for his dogged defence of Peter Dutton, and the ALP's cruel, inhumane anti-refugee policy [23/7/16]



PNG Supreme Court to rule whether Australia's forced refugee exile process = resettlement [RNZI - 23/7/16]:


The Papua New Guinea Supreme Court on Monday will rule on five test cases involving refugees at the Australian run detention camp on Manus Island.

It is expected to issue guidelines for the release of the detainees, and the resettlement of refugees as the detention camps are finally shut down.

The court has been considering whether Australia or PNG is actually responsible for the asylum seekers and where will refugees who do not wish to settle in PNG, can be sent.

All five cases before the court state they were forcibly taken from Australia to PNG and wish to be returned to Australia.

The Supreme Court ruled in April that the agreement between PNG and the Australian government, to establish the Manus Island detention centre, was unconstitutional and unlawful.

It ordered that the Australian and PNG government must take immediate steps to close the detention centre.



"ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  POLITICAL PRISONERS NEED YOUR HELP."  ‏@racvictoria [22/7/16]:  #Manus protest day 71. ...



‏@julito77 [21/7/16]:  #WallOffTrump organizers aren't done protesting. Next Monday they will be in #DNCinPHL to protest Obama deportation policies.



 ... Working together with Juntos (the community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philly), Ortiz and two other local artists — Erika Guadalupe Nuñez and Tim Gibbon —  led a photo shoot and community painting session to create interactive panels that on one side bear the messages “Dismantle ICE” and “Shut Down Berks” and on the other have the painted portraits of members of the Philadelphia undocumented community, trans folks, and family members of people who have been deported. ...  [Philadelphia Magazine - 20/7/16]



Today, Friday 22 July 2016 at 10:30am EDT, WikiLeaks releases 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from the top of the US Democratic National Committee -- part one of our new Hillary Leaks series. ... [WikiLeaks – 22/7/16]



@wikileaks [22/7/16]:  ... "Yes, Super PAC paying young voters to push back online on Sanders supporters" ...


‏@wikileaks [22/7/16]:  ... DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda secretly briefed WSJ against Sanders "on background" ...


‏@wikileaks [22/7/16]:  ... DNC pushed the false 'thrown chairs' story ...

The Democratic National Committee - a supposedly neutral organisation - apparently hatched a plan to try and undermine Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton by getting someone to claim he was an atheist.


The email was sent to DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda and Deputy Communications Director Mark Paustenbach.

The email did not mention Mr Sanders by name but he was the only Jewish candidate in the Democratic race - apparently something that was considered a weakness by Mr Marshall, and which party thought it could exploit in favour of Ms Clinton. ...  [Independent - 22/7/16]



... As Richmond mayor from 1998 to 2001, Kaine, 58, was a vocal supporter of Project Exile, crediting it with reducing the city's murder rate.

Its goal was to literally live up to its name by making illegal gun possession a federal, not a state, crime, which allowed prosecutors to send convicted felons, most of them black, to a distant federal penitentiary for at least five years. ... [Reuters - 22/7/16]



... The letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, signed by a bipartisan coalition of 16 Democrats and every Republican senator, asked that the consumer agency “carefully tailor its regulations” to exempt community banks and credit unions.

It posits these smaller banks as “essential to spurring economic growth and prosperity at a local level.”

While this seems benign, tailoring rules that exempt large classes of financial institutions leaves consumers vulnerable to deceptive practices.

A rule of this type could allow community banks and credit unions to sell high-risk mortgages or personal loans without the disclosure and ability to pay rules in place across the industry.

The fact that the entire Republican caucus, from Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to Mitch McConnell, supports this idea suggests that it’s not necessarily a bipartisan measure but a Republican desire that a few Democrats agree with.

Kaine counts himself among those Democrats. ... [The Intercept - 21/7/16]


The politics of Jeremy Corbyn [Counterpunch - 22/7/16]:


... One of Corbyn’s more far-reaching proposals has been to call for renationalizing Britain’s railway system—a policy Seymour thinks even a “Labour Right” administration would now be willing to enact. 

The country’s rail system was sold off piece-by-piece by the Blair government starting in 1994, yet that hasn’t stopped billions of dollars of public funds from being invested in the industry for much needed repairs and improvements since. 

Fare prices have risen over the years without the accompanying rise in quality, which has led a majority of Britains to favor renationalization. 

Following populist sentiment, even members of the fascistic UK Independent Party have tepidly endorsed the proposal. 

On the other hand, the two other mainstream British political parties have each explicitly rejected the idea: the Tories because they say it is unnecessary (the trains already run on time) and the Liberals because they think it would be too expensive to implement (a noble pursuit perhaps but not worth the money). ...



France’s highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400-million-euros payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie. ... [France 24 - 22/7/16]



Russian ambassador urges UN to prevent relapse of war in Donbass [TASS - 23/7/16]



The moment when a bomb was planted under the car of Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet was recorded in the outdoor CCTV cameras, the Ukrainian publication Mirror Weekly said on Thursday citing own sources.

"Now the killed journalist’s car is being examined. Besides, the investigating group is watching video footage from the outdoor CCTV cameras," the weekly said.

"As reports say, one of the CCTV cameras recorded the moment when the explosives were installed under the car of Yelena Pritula overnight to July 20." ... [TASS - 21/7/16]




Mali: Up to 20 dead as fighting threatens peace deal [Al Jazeera - 22/7/16]




A hospital in Benghazi said it had received the bodies of 14 people killed execution-style, in what the UN envoy to Libya said was a "war crime".

The unidentified bodies were found on Thursday and brought to the Benghazi Medical Centre by members of the Red Crescent, a doctor at the facility told the AFP news agency on Friday. ... [Al Jazeera - 22/7/16]



Migrants in Serbia start march to Hungary and hunger strike [Reuters - 22/7/16]:


... A group of around 300 men, mainly from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran, marched across the main bridge between Belgrade's city center and the Novi Beograd area, with a police car leading the column.

There were no women or children in the group.

A police officer who declined to be named said the migrants had started a march to the Hungarian border, around 200 kilometers to the north.

"We are here to guarantee their safety and prevent accidents en route," he said.

Earlier in the day, the group also announced a hunger strike, said Vladimir Sjekloca, a manager of Belgrade's Asylum Info Centre.

"They want to go to Hungary, they want borders open," he said.

"Most of them spent the night in the park." ...



More than 8,300 refugees fled violence in war-torn South Sudan and crossed into neighbouring Uganda in a single day this week, setting a one-day record for this year, United Nations officials said on Friday. ... [Reuters - 22/7/16]


Turkey's deputy prime minister has described as "the tip of the iceberg" the infiltration of state institutions by the group the government blames for last Friday's failed coup.

Nurettin Canikli told the BBC that the number of arrests could grow.

At least 60,000 state employees have been detained or suspended in an internationally criticised purge.

But Mr Canikli criticised Turkey's allies for "only half-heartedly" condemning the "coup-makers". ... [BBC - 22/7/16]



Bank Asya's banking license cancelled [Anadolu - 22/7/16]



Ismail Radwan, a leading member of Palestinian resistance group Hamas, praised the Turkish people on Friday for defending their country’s security and stability from last week’s coup bid by a renegade military group. ... [Anadolu - 22/7/16]



Ahmad Dawabsha released from hospital, nearly one year since family was murdered by Israeli settlers [Maan - 22/7/16]



Israeli forces open fire at shepherds in Gaza [Maan - 22/7/16]



Israeli forces detained four people, including a journalist and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, as soldiers dispersed weekly protests in the village of Bilin in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank on Friday.

Israeli forces detained Iranian television reporter Khalid Sabarnah, the head of the local council Basil Mansur, activist Ashraf Abu al Rahma, and filmmaker Emad Burnat, the Oscar-nominated director of the documentary film "5 Broken Cameras", a film showing Burnat's first-hand account of the protests in Bilin that began 11 years ago in response to the illegal expansion of nearby Israeli settlements, and the construction of Israel's separation wall which separates Bilin residents from their privately owned lands. ... [Maan - 22/7/16]



Film takes aim at media coverage of 2014 Gaza attacks [Electronic Intifada - 21/7/16]



More than 30 members of the European Parliament call on EU to support right to boycott Israel [PNN - 21/7/16]



Former refugees Massoud and Mahmud Hassani stunned the world three years ago with an invention like a dandelion puffball that sought to rid the world of landmines.

Now the Afghan brothers are back with their latest creation: a low-cost drone to detect and destroy mines, which each year claim thousands of lives.

Ridding the world of their childhood horror has become the life work of the Hassanis, who now live in the Netherlands. ... [TOLO News - 22/7/16]



Ministry of Defense investigate possible sale of weapons by ANA officers [TOLO News - 22/7/16]



The Afghan Air Force has received 4 more light attack aircraft from coalition partners and were handed over to the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army in northern Afghanistan. ... [Khaama - 22/7/16]



Public representatives on Friday said two uprising commanders had surrendered to the Taliban in the Pashtunkot district of northern Faryab province due to negligence by the government and security officials.

Faryab provincial council chief Mohammad Tahir Rahmani told Pajhwok Afghan News nearly 1500 Taliban gunmen attacked uprising forces in Thilan area of the Pashunkot district two days ago. ... [Pajhwok - 22/7/16]



48 "ISIS militants" killed in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan [Khaama - 21/7/16]



Munich shooting - police say suspect killed, 'no indication' of other shooters [Deutsche Welle - 23/7/16]:


Police say a suspect committed suicide, and that they now believe he had acted alone.

There was "no indication" of other shooters, after probing two false leads, Munich's police chief said.

Ten people, including the suspect, have so far been confirmed killed in the shooting at the Olympia shopping center in the north of Munich.

The attack took place shortly before 6 p.m. local time. At least 21 people were also injured, three of them seriously, with Munich hospitals calling in extra staff to respond.

Police said they currently believe that the attacker was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich "for a long time," but are still conducting checks. The motive was "unclear" at this point.

Public transport in and around the city was suspended for several hours but restarted early on Saturday morning.

Locals were ordered to stay indoors by police, who declared an acute terror threat. ...



The pilots of an Air Force C-17 on final approach to Ramstein Air Base early Friday were blinded by a laser beam from the ground, German police reported. ... [Stars and Stripes - 15/7/16]



De Mistura working to re-launch Syrian-Syrian dialogue next month [SANA - 22/7/16]



Five civilians killed, several others injured by rocket attacks in Aleppo, Damascus countryside, Idelb [SANA - 22/7/16]



Russian soldier killed by landmine blast while escorting aid convoy in Aleppo [22/7/16]



The US-backed opposition umbrella group the Syrian National Coalition (SNC) has issued a statement today calling for the US to immediately suspend all airstrikes against Syria for the duration of investigations into this week’s airstrikes around the city of Manbij. ... [Antiwar - 21/7/16]



More exposure deaths reported among refugees fleeing Shirqat; 37 killed in Iraq [Antiwar - 21/7/16]:


Lithuania is planning to send its first six military personnel to train soldiers in Iraq.

The small group will work within Danish forces. ...




23 July 2016