Day 218 refugee protests, Nauru


We will Never give up



 Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [23/10/16]



‏@SuchNigel [23/10/16]:  They've informed refugees n asylum there is no water at the moment and we won't provide your water and you have to wait for the rain #Nauru



Because the ALP imprisoned the children on Nauru and Bill Shorten won't release them.  It's his policy. ----> Why has the Australian Government trapped 173 kids on the remote island of Nauru? ‏@amnestyOz [23/10/16]



Tasmanian Governor weirdly singles out Senator Pauline Hanson when Australia's anti-Islam, anti-migrant, and anti-refugee policies are LNP and ALP [ABC - 23/10/16]



... [Adam] Bandt asked, then added: “Can’t we do better than this Labor-Liberal policy of not drowning, but burning?”

It was Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke who jumped up to declare this was deeply offensive to all MPs.

Bandt had to withdraw his “burning” line. ... Nothing seems able to make Nauru asylum seekers an issue [The Conversation - 4/5/16]



Turkish media demonise Rohingya refugees arrested in Yangon while fleeing ongoing purge [Anadolu Agency - 23/10/16]



‏@nslwin [23/10/16]:  #Rohingya villagers from #Middle hamlet of #KyiGanPyin were forced to leave from their houses by the order of BGP chief Thura San Lwin today  



‏@nslwin [23/10/16]:  These #Rohingya from middle hamlet of #KyiGanPyin #Maungdaw. They were forced to leave from their houses by #AungSanSuuKyi's govt's order.



The Rohingya are an ethnic group facing extreme persecution in Burma (Myanmar).

Australia has been criticised for failing to accept Rohingya asylum seekers as refugees.

The statement below was released on October 18 by 35 groups in Malaysia and the Asian region, including human rights groups and political parties such as the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM).


We urge the governments of ASEAN to recognise the basic rights of refugees, including all Rohingya refugees, and to provide proper and timely humanitarian assistance to those fleeing the terrible situation. ... [Rohingya Blogger - 22/10/16]



Government officials to repatriate refugees from Thailand, Karen groups say it's too early. UNHCR unavailable for comment. [Myanmar Times - 21/10/16]



The two-day Asia Media Conference of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ended in Dhaka on Saturday with participants presenting their “advices and experiences on how media and humanitarian organisations can work better together”. ... [ - 23/10/16]


Give voice to voiceless: Media conference [Daily-Sun - 21/10/16]:


... Journalists from Afghanistan, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, China, Australia, Nepal and Bangladesh are participating in the conference.

After the inaugural session, two working sessions - ‘The challenges to responsible and humanitarian journalism’ and ‘Threats and opportunities in the age of new media and innovation’ were held.

Australian journalist Brian John Thomson and’s Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi presided the two sessions of the day respectively.

Brian said reporters need to hear the voices of victims and refugees rather reporting numbers.

“It’s our duty to give voice to voiceless people.”

The Australian journalist said reporters also have a responsibility to tell positive stories as journalism is a vehicle for change. ...



‏@wikileaks [23/10/16]:  RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 16 ... #HillaryClinton



‏@wikileaks [23/10/16]:  Did you know: Gavin Macfadyen was arrested with Bernie Sanders, was a body double for Nick Nolte & was banned from South Africa & the USSR?



WikiLeaks director and Assange’s mentor Gavin MacFadyen dies [RT - 23/10/16]



How things are done in the sewer [Wings Over Scotland - 22/10/16]



An Australian family living in Scotland faces deportation unless they can find a job before midnight on Monday, local time – Tuesday morning in Australia. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/8/16]



Australia's largest ever private trade delegation is due to arrive in China on Sunday, just over a week after 18 employees from Australian gaming giant Crown Resorts Ltd were detained there for alleged gambling crimes.

More than 200 delegates, including Queensland state ministers, agricultural producers and exporters will be on the visit to Shanghai aimed at building on the A$160 billion ($120 billion) trade relationship between Australia and China. ... [Reuters - 23/10/16]


Australian outback scions bid $294 million for Kidman ranches [Bloomberg – 23/10/16]



A 72 year-old retired soldier blew himself up in a park in the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing himself and injuring three other people in an apparent suicide, state broadcaster NHK reported.

A second explosion, separate from the blast that killed the former Self Defence Force member, caused a fire in a nearby parking lot, while the man's home 8 km (5 miles) from the park burnt to the ground, the report said.

The police in the city, which is about 100 km (62 miles)north of Tokyo, said they had discovered a suicide note written by the man and were investigating the three incidents, but did not give further details. ... [Reuters - 23/10/16]



Mass prison break in Haiti, 174 inmates flee after killing guard [Reuters - 22/10/16]



#AliceSprings Solidarity action2 #StopPoliceBrutality #JusticeForFella #SayTheirNames #JusticeForMissDhu #ShutYouthPrisons #DonDale ...



Image: ‏@ShutYouthPrison [23/10/16]



Mexican graffiti artists paint stretch of the US-Mexico border fence to promote peace [VIDEO - BBC - 22/10/16]



‏@chriscooook [19/10/16]:  A year of detention in #Holot, #Israel, our dear friend Ali has just been released. Watch his story here ...



A right-wing member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, called for revoking the citizenship of Hagai El-Ad, the director of Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, in response to El-Ad’s recent criticism of Israel's illegal occupation of the Palestinian territory before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, MK David Bitan, who serves as the Knesset’s coalition chair and as the whip for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party, stated “I examined whether, legally speaking, if I can ask the interior minister to revoke the citizenship of B’Tselem’s executive director.” ... [Maan - 23/10/16]



20 Palestinians detained in Jerusalem amid lockdown on West Bank, Gaza [Maan - 23/10/16]



Israel is seeking to buy three more advanced submarines from Germany at a combined price of $1.3 billion, an Israeli newspaper reported Friday.

The planned purchase aims to replace within the next decade the oldest vessels in its existing Dolphin fleet, which began entering service in 1999, the Maariv daily reported. ... [Times of Israel - 21/10/16]



Egyptian military brigadier general shot dead in Cairo [Ahram - 22/10/16]



An explosion took place in the vicinity of 15th police district of Kabul city earlier today leaving at least one person wounded.

The security officials confirmed an magnetic bomb targeted a vehicle belonging to an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier. ... [Khaama - 23/10/16]



Taliban release drone footage of suicide attack on Helmand base [Khaama - 23/10/16]



A woman was killed with two children in an explosion triggered by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan.

According to the local officials, at least three others, including a man and two children were wounded in the incident. ... [Khaama - 22/10/16]



14‎ Taliban insurgents killed and wounded in Kunar clash [TOLO News - 23/10/16]



At least 13 Taliban insurgents were killed and five others wounded in Afghan security forces' night raids in Kunduz province on Friday, a ministry of defense statement said. ... [TOLO News - 22/10/16]



Estimated opium production in Afghanistan has risen by 43 percent to 4,800 metric tonnes in 2016 compared with 2015 levels, according to the latest  Afghanistan Opium Survey figures released by the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). ... [Al Jazeera - 23/10/16]



Qatar 2022 World Cup worker dies at Wakrah stadium site [Doha News - 23/10/16]



Saudi warplanes resume bombing Yemen as truce expires [Press TV - 23/10/16] 



Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday he had invited his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak to join a meeting of Gulf Arab oil ministers in Riyadh as part of efforts to cooperate with non-OPEC members to stabilize the oil market. ... [Reuters - 23/10/16]



Filipinos among 26 captives freed by pirates in Somalia, four years after their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean [Filipino Times - 23/10/16]



Al Shabaab militants retake control of town in Southern Somalia [Garowe - 23/10/16]:


Al Shabaab fighters have on Sunday morning retaken control of Halgan district in Hiiran region from retreating Ethiopian forces serving with the African Union peacekeeping troops in Somalia (AMISOM), Garowe Online reports.

A local resident, speaking on condition of anonymity said heavily armed militants entered the town without resistance few hours after Ethiopian forces left their military base in Halgan town at Saturday midnight.

Halgan is a key town located about 75 kilometers south of Beledweyne town, the regional capital of Hiiraan region.

"Hundreds of gun-toting Al Shabaab fighters can be seen inside the area, hoisting their flag on the top of the police station and the administrative headquarter," said a resident who spoke to GO over the phone.

He added that residents started fleeing the town while others gripped with fear that militants would targets civilians. ...



At least 600 civilians have fled into the United Nations camps in Leer county of South Sudan’s Unity state as a result of renewed clashes in the area between the country’s armed opposition faction led by former first Vice President, Riek Machar and forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. ... [Sudan Tribune - 22/10/16]



Washington urged African mediation to put pressure on Sudan’s holdout groups: envoy [Sudan Tribune - 22/10/16]



... Nick Turse, who spent years retracing the slaughter that was the Vietnam War for his monumental, award-winning book on war crimes there, Kill Anything That Moves, has more recently turned to a set of killing fields that are anything but history.

In the last three years, he’s paid three visits to South Sudan, the newest “country” on the planet, the one the U.S. midwifed into existence, producing a dramatic account of the ongoing internecine struggles there in his recent book Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan.

It’s a land that has experienced Syrian-level death counts with almost no attention whatsoever from the rest of the world.

Recently, he returned to its killing fields and offers a chilling account of a largely forgotten land in which slaughter is the essence of everyday life. ... [ - 20/10/16]



Police officer killed, 10 people wounded in bomb in east Turkey [Reuters - 23/10/16]



Syrian Army Command: Any Turkish military presence inside Syria will be dealt with as an “occupation force” [SANA - 22/10/16]



Aleppo Governor Hussein Diab affirmed that armed terrorist groups are still preventing the people of the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo from exiting them via the humanitarian passages designated by the Syrian Army and the Russian side, as the terrorists want to use locals as human shields.

During a visit of Bustan al-Qaser passage on Saturday, Diab said the Governorate has finished preparations to receive locals from the eastern neighborhoods, such as providing makeshift housing centers, transportation, and medical and relief services.

He affirmed the government’s concern for the people of the eastern neighborhoods, calling on all those who were misled into bearing arms to resolve their status and benefit from the amnesty decree issues by President Bashar al-Assad. ... [SANA - 22/10/16]



The Aleppo / Mosul riddle [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]



Saad Al-Matlabi MP - Deputy Head, Baghdad Provincial Council Security Committee - on liberating Mosul [VIDEO - RT - 22/10/16]



The White Helmet controversy [Dissident Voice - 20/10/16]:


... In recent weeks, information about the true nature of the White Helmets has been spreading. Max Blumenthal has a two part expose at Alternet: “How the White Helmets became International Heroes while Pushing US Intervention and Regime Change in Syria” and “Inside the Shadowy PR Firm that’s Lobbying for Regime Change in Syria.”  

Scott Ritter has written an article which critically looks at the White Helmets’ “lionization”. 

Internationally, the Israeli TV station I24 ran a special report with the title “White Helmets: Heroes or Hoax?”, giving equal coverage to supporters and critics.

Even “The National” out of United Arab Emirates has documented the controversy around the White Helmets. ...



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 22/10/16]



Iraq has declined Turkey’s offer of assistance in the offensive to liberate Mosul from ISIS rule.

"I know that the Turks want to participate, we tell them thank you, this is something the Iraqis will handle," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Saturday.

"If help is needed, we will ask for it from Turkey or from other regional countries."                                   

Abadi made his comments to reporters following a meeting with US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, who was in Baghdad on Saturday.


The same day that Abadi and Carter were meeting, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave an impassioned speech about Mosul at the opening ceremony of the new campus of Haci Sevim Yikdiz in Bursa.

“Mosul was ours. Look at the history,” Erdogan said, as reported by Cumhuriyet. ...  [RUDAW - 22/10/16]



Hundreds suffer after "ISIS sets fire to sulfur plant" near Mosul [RUDAW - 22/10/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [22/10/16]:


Nineveh: News agencies: The government forces attack has been resisted in Manara and Basheeta southeast of Mosul.



Baghdad: News agencies: A person was killed and 7 wounded as an IED exploded near shops in Khanassa Village in Mada'in district south of Baghdad today evening.



Baghdad: News agencies: Two persons were killed and 6 wounded when an IED exploded near a marketplace in Abu Ghreib district west of Baghdad today evening.



... Al-Sumariya Tv cameraman was killed while covering the battles in Mosul.



Press sources: The Federal Police has executed civilians from Ne'na'a Village in Shora nahiya south of Mosul and thrown their bodies in front of the police regiment ;their names mentioned in the following ...


Baghdad: 3 persons were killed and 8 wounded as an IED exploded today morning near a marketplace in Mishahda...



‏@wikileaks [22/10/16]:  Swedish arms magnate with Swedish PM in toe head off to Saudi Arabia, which helped to arm ISIS, to sell more arms



‏@sol2refugees [22/10/16]:  Some photos from #Calais now (tonight): #solidarity with #refugees. #NoBorders #SolidarityBeyondBorders #RefugeesWelcome




No-one knows what to do [The Worldwide Tribe - 19/10/16]



... In a 24-hour long rescue operation, the crew of the Norwegian Siem Pilot and another aid boat pulled 14 dead bodies from the water and rescued around 2,400 migrants, according to the Italian coast guard. 

The rescuers had limited resources as they struggled to rescue panicked migrants in the dark.

"I've never had a SAR (search and rescue) like it.  We were in the process of transferring 1,000 migrants from the Okyroe (tanker) to the Siem Pilot when suddenly, in the dark, rubber boats appeared. It looked hopeless," said Pal Erik Teigen, the police officer in charge of the rescue operation.

25 migrants aboard the rubber boats in an attempt to reach the ship, Siem Pilot, which was already full to capacity, threw themselves into the water to swim towards the vessel.

With migrants crying out for help, the captain was forced to pull back to deter others on the dinghy from doing the same.  ... [WION - 23/10/16]




@ArisMessinis [22/10/16]:  More than 200 #refugees and #migrants float in a rubber boat as they try to cross to #europe some 12 miles off shore #libya.  



‏@MSF_Sea [22/10/16]:  This boat was carrying 7 kids from #Syria. It's a miracle they're all safe and well, a tragedy they had to take to the sea in the 1st place.  



Establishment continue faux bickering charade as Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unopposed [Sydney Morning Herald - 23/10/16]



Australian media exploit young refugee's tragedy; pretends our navy isn't pushing refugee boats away so men, women and children die elsewhere. Reinforces policy. [Brisbane Times - 22/10/16]



"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ...


"It's a wicked thing to do." [SBS - 20/11/15]



Image:   ‏@KJBar [20/11/15]



... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...  [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]



The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



Frightened child being tagged by Customs and Border Protection on interception off Christmas Island


Image: @pamelacurr - Refugee Rights Detention Rights Advocate [August 2014]



23 October 2016