Jailed Al-Jazeera journalists pardoned in Egypt
Nine MSN [23/9/15]:
Jailed Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, colleagues of Australian journalist Peter Greste, have both received presidential pardons in Egypt.
The President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, pardoned the two men along with 98 other prisoners, presidency spokesman Alaa Youssef said.
Mr Fahmy, a Canadian, and Mr Mohamed, an Egyptian, were jailed alongside Mr Greste in December 2013, on allegations they aided the Muslim Brotherhood and that their reporting was “damaging to national security”.
The three men were sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial last month, but Mr Greste was tried in absentia after he was deported through a presidential decree.
Mr Fahmy and Mr Mohamed were facing a retrial on the same charges.
Other prisoners included in the mass pardon include women activists Sana Seif and Yara Sallam.
The journalists’ jailing sparked global criticism toward Sisi, who said he wished they had been deported from the outset.
Mr Fahmy and Mr Mohamed’s pardons came on the eve of the Muslim holidays of Eid, when prisoner releases often take place.
Mr Fahmy is expected to leave for Canada once he is freed.
It is not clear whether Mr Greste was included in the pardon.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pardoned 100 prisoners including three Al Jazeera television journalists on Wednesday, a day before he plans to head to the annual United Nations summit of world leaders. ... [Reuters - 23/9/15]
The boats never stopped.
Interesting timing for the ABC to suddenly mention one.
More than a dozen asylum seekers attempting to get to Australia from Indonesia have been placed in immigration detention in Sukabumi after they were forced to call for help when their boat ran into bad weather.
The head of Indonesia's People Smuggling Taskforce, Budi Santoso, confirmed there were 21 people on board, including asylum seekers from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.
The group was trying to reach Christmas Island, but were struck by large waves and were forced to ask for help to return to shore.
It is understood fishermen off Cianjur in West Java discovered the boat on Wednesday.
Those registered as asylum seekers or refugees by the UNHCR are likely to be freed, but those without papers would face indefinite detention. <---- No source, no evidence. Just the usual reminder from the ABC that boat refugees must be punished.
Senator Hanson-Young asks Attorney-General George Brandis about the 8,000 stranded refugees in the Straits of Malacca.
His answer: "Thanks to this government, it isn't Australia's problem anymore". [Senate - May 2015]
... Destitute migrants escaping countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq in a bid to reach Europe via land and sea have been well-documented by the mainstream media over the past couple of months.
However, an equally bigger humanitarian emergency is about to erupt – again – in the Southeast Asia and the international community remains as negligent as ever about it.
The United Nations has issued a warning over an expected surge of mostly Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees heading out into the Andaman Sea in September.
The last time these asylum-seekers, mainly hailing from Myanmar, made headlines was in May when police in Thailand discovered dozens of graves of suspected Rohingya migrants in an abandoned jungle camp.
Subsequently, thousands of refugees were discovered stranded in Southeast Asian waters; they were initially denied help from neighboring nations, including Indonesia and Malaysia.
The refusal to rescue these "boat people" – as they were collectively dubbed by international media – led to protests by human rights activists. After much outrage, several countries, including Japan, finally offered asylum.
The flow of boats eventually subsided but now the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has warned the crisis will resume before the end of the monsoon season in the region.
“We expect this to resume again in about a month,” said UNCHR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming.
“There are appalling conditions on these boats and a bit of ping pong, and real concerns about access to territory.”
Thousands of Rohingya have tried to escape atrocities by Buddhist extremists in Myanmar by risking their lives on dilapidated vessels. Since the conditions in the country remain the same, members of the persecuted minority will yet again attempt to flee violence.
According to the agency, around 31,000 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis left from the Bay of Bangal on boats since the beginning of the year; that’s almost 34 percent more people from the same period in 2014.
A total of 94,000 people are believed to have embarked on similar perilous journeys since 2014.
At least 1,100 more have reportedly drowned in the same time period.
The migrant crisis in Europe is undoubtedly one of the biggest humanitarian challenges of this decade.
As world leaders continue to work on a possible solution to the problem, it’s important that they do not leave out the refugees fleeing Myanmar and Bangladesh since they too deserve to be rescued and saved.
... Morally, it is Australia’s neighbours to whom it owes its first duty of assistance. ... Catherine Renshaw [The Conversation – 9/9/15]
UNHCR urges region to establish search and rescue effort before next expected wave of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh [Media Release - 28/8/15]
The UN refugee agency on Tuesday warned that time was running out for thousands of people in distress at sea and urged governments in the South-east Asia region to urgently rescue and disembark these vulnerable people.
"We estimate that nearly 4,000 people from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain stranded at sea with dwindling supplies on board. This includes some 2,000 men, women and children stranded on at least five boats near the Myanmar-Bangladesh coasts for more than 40 days. Unconfirmed reports suggest the number could be higher," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday. ... [Media Release - 19/5/15]
The Phuketwan journalists say this picture of emaciated Rohingya on the beach was given to them by the Thai navy [BBC - 1/9/15]
... On January 1, 2013, Phuketwan reporters travelled by speedboat to intercept a Rohingya boat off the southern Phuket destination of Rawai. This boat was different to other boats: there were women and children on board. We were shocked to see whole families in the basic primitive conditions that usually only the Rohingya menfolk experienced. This was because two outbreaks of violence in Burma's Arakan state in 2012 had led to the torching of family homes, and the refugee camps were being deprived of essentials by the Rohingya's hateful neighbors. The children said they were fleeing ''certain death.'' Those families were trucked back to Ranong and put back on another boat. ... [Phuketwan - 7/12/13]
A Ranong Immigration truck heads for the Andaman Club pier on Saturday [Phuketwan - 21/10/13]
Tony Abbott's Downfall
"We are doing everything we can to encourage them [refugees who tried to reach Australia by boat] to return from where they came." < ------ Refoulement
Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull [Nine MSN - 23/9/15]
On April 26, 1976, a leaky fishing boat chugged into Darwin Harbour carrying five asylum seekers from South Vietnam. ...
Ian Lloyd Neubauer, [TIME
Their original destination had been Guam, but they changed course after a chance encounter with an Aussie seafarer in Borneo who told them Australia was a “big country” with “friendly people.”
After presenting themselves to authorities in Darwin, the crew was granted asylum and resettled in accordance with Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the 1951 UNHCR Refugee Convention.
Tu Do: A boat called Freedom [Australian National Maritime Museum]:
Tu Do arrived in Darwin on 21 November 1977 with 31 Vietnamese refugees crowded on board.
Their hopes for a better life in Australia were echoed in the vessel's name, which means 'freedom'.
The first 'boat people' fled the turmoil of South Vietnam in simple coastal fishing craft, often unsuited to a long ocean voyage.
Tu Do's passengers were lucky, outpacing pirates in the Gulf of Thailand and surviving violent storms at sea.
JULIAN ASSANGE HAS HAD A 3 YEAR STRETCH IN THE ECUADOR EMBASSY - ENOUGH!!
We are taking his case to the European Court of Human Rights. It costs money. Please help. via Terry Gilliam
A domain of personal tyranny: A real history of Rupert Murdoch, Bruce Page [Counterpunch - 15/5/09]:
... A true outline can be stated briskly. Rupert’s father, Sir Keith, founded the dynasty during World War I as a dirty-tricks minion for “Billy” Hughes, probably Australia’s nastiest prime minister.
His cover myth as a heroic war reporter has been so thoroughly dismantled that now it impresses none but family retainers and – of course – Mr. Wolff.
At Versailles, Keith was Billy’s ever-present aide in striving to make the Peace Conference into a vicious cock-up, rich in racist and imperialist content.
Curiously, the pair would have had zero leverage but for the failure of a plot of Keith’s, which sought in 1918 to remove Australia’s battlefield commander on the Western Front, John Monash, for being an unheroic Jew. (Monash wrote home that it was a bore having to fight a “pogrom” at the same time as fight Ludendorff.)
The overall commander, General Douglas Haig, wouldn’t play: and Monash’s divisions led the British breakthrough at Amiens which, ruining Ludendorff, put Germany – suddenly, unexpectedly– at the Allies’ mercy. ...
Palm Island girl had gun pointed at head: court
Brisbane Times [23/9/15]:
Schanara Bulsey, who was 15 at the time, remembers telling the policeman who came into her Palm Island house during a raid that she couldn't stop crying because "you've got a gun to my head".
Ms Bulsey gave the emotional evidence on Wednesday at a trial to determine whether alleged police failures after the 2004 death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee were racially discriminatory.
The woman, whose father Lex Wotton was later jailed for inciting the riot, left the court to regroup during her testimony about masked riot police with guns entering her family home.
She said she was scared and ran into a bedroom where her mother and uncle were.
"The officer kept yelling at me and told me to stop crying," she said on Wednesday.
Counsel for the state of Queensland Steven Forrest suggested the officer was just holding the gun in front of him and was not directing it at Ms Bulsey.
Ms Bulsey denied this.
William Blackman Jnr was also a child when his house was raided and his heavily pregnant mother questioned for up to 20 minutes.
Mr Blackman, who was 12 at the time, told the court he thought people wanted to try to kill him.
"I used to have bad dreams about skinheads ... that they'll come and get me," he told the court.
Counsel for the community Joshua Creamer asked: "Did you have those dreams before the police came to your house?"
"No, only after," Mr Blackman replied.
Mr Blackman's father, William Blackman Snr, was a good friend of Mr Doomadgee and told the court he ran into the bush in an effort to lead the riot police away from his children.
He said he still believed the investigation into his friend's death had been a "cover-up".
The court heard he was left handcuffed in a paddywagon at the airport overnight after handing himself in and missed Mulrunji's funeral before he was acquitted.
"You couldn't give your friend the respect he deserved," counsel for the community, Chris Ronalds SC, suggested.
"That's right," Mr Blackman said.
The class action, launched by Mr Wotton on behalf of Palm Islanders, claims the alleged police failures - including their behaviour during the raids and arrests without warrants - would not have happened in any other Queensland community that wasn't predominantly Aboriginal.
Justice Debbie Mortimer will consider whether the state of Queensland should compensate the community, which has also asked for an apology.
The four-week federal court trial will continue in a special court set up at a Palm Island school on Thursday.
Young Palestinian woman shot by Israeli forces dies [Al Jazeera - 22/9/15]
Afghanistan: NATO soldier killed in militants attack in the vicinity of Bagram Airfield [Khaama - 23/9/15]
Pakistani forces detain 40 Afghan refugees in Quetta [Khaama - 23/9/15]
38 militants have been killed in newest security operations in eight provinces, the Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday. ... [Khaama - 23/9/15]
Officials in central Kapisa province on Wednesday said a blast in Tagab district wounded two family members of a former presidential advisor. ... [Pajhwok - 23/9/15]
The death toll from a series of bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram in Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria has risen to at least 117, hospital sources said Tuesday, more than twice the official tally.
A total of 72 dead were registered at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, while another 45 were taken to the mortuary at the Borno State Specialist Hospital, three medical staff said. [Ahram - 22/9/15]
A Somali man has filed a complaint against the German government alleging it is partly responsible for the death of his herdsman father in a 2012 U.S. drone stroke. ... [Yahoo - 22/9/15]
Moscow is concerned over US plans to modernize nuclear weaponry in Germany, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“Such US plans call for concern,” Zakharova said in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television.
Zakharova said that Russia has reduced its non-strategic nuclear arsenals fourfold since the 1990s, but US arsenals remain. ... [Sputnik News - 22/9/15]
Yemen: UN chief ‘extremely concerned’ at escalating ground fighting and airstrikes [Media Release - 22/9/15]
UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to immediately halt child executions [Media Release - 22/9/15]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at a time when Moscow is boosting its support for the Syrian government, much to the chagrin of Ankara. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 23/9/15]
President Mahmoud Abbas discussed joint Palestinian and Russian efforts toward energy extraction in the occupied Palestinian territory during talks with his Russian counterpart in Moscow Tuesday, the Palestinian ambassador to Russia said. ... [Maan - 23/9/15]
Netanyahu, Putin agree plan to avoid Syria clashes [Yahoo - 22/9/15]
US envoy for bombing Iraq and Syria to step down
The U.S. special envoy for countering the Islamic State militant group, retired General John Allen, plans to step down for personal reasons, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.
Allen, a retired U.S. Marine four star general and a former commander of NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, had originally agreed to serve in the job for six months and has done it for a year, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
While acknowledging disagreements within Washington over U.S. policy toward the militant group, which has seized control of parts of Iraq and Syria, the U.S. official said Allen's plan to step down reflected personal, not professional, factors.
The Syrian civil war has raged for more than four years, creating a vacuum in Syria that the Islamic State militant group has exploited to seize territory there and in neighboring Iraq.
Allen's job included rallying a U.S.-led coalition that has carried out air strikes against Islamic State fighters in both nations.
Asked if Allen had told colleagues he planned to leave, State Department spokesman Mark Toner did not answer directly, telling reporters that he "remains focused on his duties."
Allen's plans to step down were first reported on Bloomberg View.
General John Allen discusses with Al Jazeera the complexities of killing people [VIDEO - 20/4/15]
UNHCR outlines proposals to manage refugee and migration crisis in Europe ahead of EU Summit [Media Release – 22/9/15]
... "We were all refugees during the war," said Anton Papac, who laid out grapes on a bench, and called over the exhausted and the anxious for a brief moment's rest. "Empathy is normal. So many kids... Syria is so far away."
The refugees came drawn by promises of safety, a chance to start again and raise their children away from the bombs and the bullets. But their journey has been long and harrowing, filled with dangers of its own.
"We passed through villages in Iran with big dogs, which attacked my wife and child. And the boat was very dangerous," said Amin Karimi, a 32 year old from Afghanistan, carrying his six- month-old son, Ahmad, in a sling. "I am very happy I arrived here."
At the Croatian transit centre in Opatovac, their ordeal was not yet over. Hundreds pushed against fences outside the front gates, awaiting their turn for a painfully slow registration process. Inside, the relative calm of yesterday was beginning to fray, as the camp grew more congested.
On Monday night, 1,500 people were allowed to continue their journey, but the flow came to a halt during the day, and people were growing increasingly afraid that they would have to stay. The ground near the centre gates was boggy with mud as crowds pressed forward in hopes of any news, and the shadiest spots under the pine trees were crammed tight with men, women and children trying to sleep off the stress.
"We are afraid they will keep us here," said wheelchair bound Gomana Ghonime, a mother of two, outside a child-friendly play area.
She added: "It was very cold last night. We only had two blankets for the four of us." ... Thousands of refugees fleeing war cross into Croatia triggering sad memories of own recent past [UNHCR - 22/9/15]
@MSF_Sea [22/9/15]: “If you take me back to #Libya, I will jump back into the sea. Libya is not a country, it is hell" - Johnson, Nigeria
Concerned [adj] Worried, troubled, or anxious ...
Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ...
ABC, Law Report [AUDIO - 22/7/14]
It's a pretty simple request ---> ... If you haven’t decided to resettle us in Australia because of any reason, we please expect to resettle us in countries that participate in the UNHCR resettlement program and UNHCR confirm them. ... Refugees incarcerated on Manus Island plead with the Australian government to be handed to the UN [via Jeanie Walker - 17/9/15]
... "TO AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. STOP TORTURING US. IF YOU THINK WE DON'T DESERVE AUS. THEN HAND OVER ALL OF US TO THE UN. WE DON'T WANT YOUR HELP!" ... [CNN - 21/1/15]
Guardian [VIDEO - 23/1/15]:
... Video footage obtained by Guardian Australia shows dozens of asylum seekers and refugees held in a single, windowless prison cell.
There is no furniture in the cell. Almost all the men lie close together and motionless in tight lines on the floor.
A man speaking on the video – whose voice has been altered to avoid identification – alleged the men were beaten by security guards employed by Wilson and by police while in custody.
“They have beaten everyone in this camp. We are totalling 58 people, they beat the shit out of all of us,” he said.
The video shows marks on some of the men’s bodies.
It ends abruptly when a noise is heard, apparently outside the cell.
Chilling footage has emerged of “war zone”-like scenes during last week’s unrest at the Manus Island detention centre, showing dozens of asylum seekers – most unconscious or semiconscious and many with serious injuries – receiving treatment from frantic staff tending to them by torchlight.
The video, obtained by Guardian Australia, was filmed at the makeshift hospital created on a concrete wharf next to the floating accommodation block used by Australian detention centre staff. It is the first footage to be seen from the disturbance that left one man, Reza Barati, dead, one shot, and dozens wounded, 13 seriously.
The footage, shot in the early hours of Tuesday, after G4S personnel “lost control” of their local riot squads and Papua New Guinea police were observed in violent altercations with asylum seekers, shows the injured brought in on a ute, one after another. The events occur in near darkness, with only a soft green light, torches and headlamps from the vehicles illuminating the makeshift hospital.
Some asylum seekers being treated at the scene can be heard groaning in pain. At one point a staff member shouts out the words “gunshot wound” and a body is rushed through.
No asylum seekers can be seen at any point resisting staff, and one witness told Guardian Australia that at least one patient was observed with a plastic handcuff on one hand during the night.
“It was like a war zone,” a witness to the filmed events told Guardian Australia. “People were covered in blood – so many people came in half an hour.”
The footage was filmed between 12.41am and 1.06am on Tuesday. Almost immediately afterwards, witnesses say, all staff on the floating accommodation block, Hotel Bibby, were asked to help, whether or not they had medical training. At this point the number of casualties increased. “The medics were short of staff.
It was chaotic,” a witness said.
... It’s unusual that they [Connect Consortium - who run "settlement" services for refugees exiled on Nauru] haven’t encountered any allegations of rape or sexual assault, because there are many. Such as the story of Beth, a young Ethiopian refugee who was released into the Nauruan community in May. Allegedly Beth, whose name I have changed, was sitting on the beach with some other Ethiopian women when local men gave her a drink. Beth began to feel woozy, before being dragged into bushes by two or three men and raped. They then poured fuel on her and set her alight. I have seen photographs of her after the assault. Her left breast is so badly burnt that the skin has blackened and lifted from the flesh.
As a result of the rape, Beth became pregnant. A solemn Christian, the thought of abortion appalled her but she decided to go through with it. Beth was flown to Brisbane for the termination where, not long after, she attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet. She is now back on Nauru.
These are not isolated incidents. I have another letter, also written by a Somali woman, who recounts a similar story. Sarah, whose name I have also changed, was offered a lift by a man at the supermarket’s bus stop. “In car, man said I have to get something from my home first. When we got there dogs came out barking. Man said get out of car, dogs won’t hurt you. Dogs came close to attacking me. I asked him to call dogs away. He said get inside the house – they don’t know you – if you go inside they think you are part of family.
“I went inside. Dogs came in too. Man took off all his clothes and showed me his private parts. I wet my pants and soiled my pants. This is reason I left Somalia – this fear of rape – I see it happen to many. Then he said I don’t care and hit my face very hard. He said dogs will kill you if you don’t suck my private part. Then I have no choice.” ... [The Saturday Paper - 22/8/15]
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court, their current whereabouts is unknown [ABC - 24/8/15]
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
'I'm pretty sure he said shoot that guy': Nauru guard [VIDEO - ABC - 13/8/15]
Australian guards jest about shooting refugee ‘c*nts’ and ‘f*ckers’ on Nauru [RT - 14/8/15]
Moonlighting Australian soldiers use Manus Island and Nauru refugee concentration camps as recreational facilities ----> ... A former employee for Transfield subcontractor Wilson Security told Guardian Australia the guards’ online posts provided a glimpse of the mindset of ex-defence force personnel who “frequently referred to asylum seekers in their care as ‘the enemy’”. ... [Guardian - 14/4/15]
Professors Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese [The Conversation - 26/8/15]:
… Recently, a whistleblower who worked in the Nauru detention centre went public with allegations that waterboarding took place in the compound and that cable-ties were used to chain asylum seekers to beds and fences.
His allegations, and the delays in providing medical treatment for asylum seekers and refugees until their condition becomes critical, lend weight to our argument that that there seems to be little or no distinction between care and punishment, or between asylum seekers and those identified as “enemy combatants” in the war on terror.
The Nauru whistleblower claimed some detention centre staff, including several former military personnel, harbour hatred toward asylum seekers “who they perceive to be the enemy, [though they are] the people they are supposed to be providing care for”.
A growing number of voices are recognising that we have crossed a threshold. Official policies have converted people seeking refuge into the enemy, leading to the logic that they deserve not care but punishment and abuse from the state and its agents.
Yet again the political and media establishment think they've cleverly neutralised Australia's refugee crisis.
so a tease to the lefties and a wink for the hard right who'll continue to operate the camps under the cover of "cabinet".
"tweeted" by @scotartt [23/9/15]
… one by one we tumble
one by one we fall
if I had a solution now honey
I would fix us all
'cause I believe in a world
where we all belong
and I'm so tired of seein'
every good man gone
'Preacherman', Melody Gardot 
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is concerned about asylum seekers in offshore detention centres but won't commit to changes in border policy.
Mr Turnbull said his policies would change but only after careful consideration and consultation with his ministers.
"Our policies will change - all policies change - but when we make changes we'll do so in a considered way," he told Sky News.
Mr Turnbull said he understood public sentiment on the issue, which he described as challenging and controversial.
"I have the same concerns about the situation of people on Manus (Island) and Nauru ... as I think almost all Australians would do," he said.
"But I'm not going to make changes on border protection policy sitting here."
The prime minister also flagged he was open to reversing a decision to exclude Immigration Minister Peter Dutton as a permanent member of the National Security Committee (NSC).
Mr Dutton would be seconded when security issues involving immigration arose and it was important the minister didn't waste his time on matters irrelevant to his portfolio.
"If experience suggests we should change the arrangements, we will," Mr Turnbull said.
"None of this has been written in stone but I would rather start off with the NSC being leaner."
... Shortly after Turnbull’s comments, immigration minister Peter Dutton did his own interview to stress that policy was not changing.
He said the government “remains absolutely resolute”, that “people will not be resettling in Australia” and that if Australia “needs to sharpen our policies to make it harder for people to get through the net then that is what we will do”.
“I saw the prime minister’s interview and I agree with him 100%, where we can get people out of Nauru to permanent arrangements elsewhere in the world then we will do that,” he said.
“The prime minister remains absolutely resolute that we will have regional processing centres as part of our deterrent ... and we will turn back boats on each and every occasion.” ... [Guardian - 23/9/15]
To precis Turnbull: "We stopped the boats." ----> ... In no small part because we have been successful in securing our borders, we can play our part in helping resettle an additional 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq. ... [House of Representatives Hansard - 15/9/15]
Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites [22/9/15]:
Omid, Nazanin's brother has asked RAPBS to post a message to people in Australia asking them to help his family.
I am Omid, Nazanin's brother.
It’s been 4 month that my family went through this traumatic and shocking incidents.
Nazanin was a dancer and medical student. But this trauma caused she forget herself and without immigration paying attention to the doctors recommendation she was near to death. She didn't talk with anyone, she didn't eat and drink after her second suicide and at last when her kidneys got failure and her heart didn't work properly they sent her to Australia with ambulance jet.
Now Nazanin is in hospital and her doctors sent letter to immigration that for her medical recovery she needs her mother and brother to be beside her. They said this is that most important part for her recovery but still we are not beside her.
Every couple of days me and my old mother have two minutes phone call with Nazanin. She is so scared and always crying when she is talking to us. She is unstable and we are worry that she get deteriorated again.
I am only 20 years old and I have one mother who 24/7 crying for her daughter and only in these 3 weeks she got diabetes. My mother is very sick with stomach problems and diabetes and her bone problems but most of all she is sick because her daughter is so sick and traumatised and my mother is not allowed to be with her in Australia.
I finally understood that the only thing that can help my sister and my mother and me is for the Australian people to make thousands of calls and letters to the minister to explain to him about this suffering.
Please ask the minister to be a little more kind with my family and my sister as a victim of the trauma and don’t attention to the policies because now one girl's life is in danger and its getting too late and this will have permanent affects on her.
My mother and I ask if you can do whatever you can to help us to be beside Nazanin and help her to get better.
Sydney Morning Herald [25/5/15]:
...The 23-year-old asylum seeker has told Fairfax Media that she was leaving the detention centre on a day release last Saturday when she claims that someone jumped out from behind her, put his hand on her mouth and forcefully pulled down her top.
She said she was then forced to give violent oral sex for over an hour as her assailant bit her breasts and shoulders.
After her attacker fled, the naked, distressed and disorientated woman managed to find a local police unit who put her in the back of their truck.
"They didn't take me back to the police station, they decided to take me with them to watch the fireworks for Nauru's constitution day," she said in a statement.
"It was not until hours later that the police asked for an interpreter".
She claims that she was asked to repeat the story of her assault three times without receiving medical attention.
Voices From The Black Sites … this letter for new pm [22/9/15]
Australia's media and human rights establishment excel at protecting the most dangerous politicians
Justice is all just a bit of a joke for Australia's political and media establishment.
Sergeant Marty Hunt (left) and Senior Constable Greg Newman arrest Member for Fisher Mal Brough for PCYC fundraiser Time4Kids. Kristy Muir [Sunshine Coast Daily - 2/4/14]
Sunshine Coast Daily [17/9/14]:
Member for Fisher Mal Brough has released footage of a speech delivered before Parliament where he blasts 'Islamic Extremists' in the region.
Mr Brough called on the Australian Government to protect 'Western values' and use their position in the Security Council to advocate to the Western World that they will stay the course for as long as the extremists do.
"I think that appeasement and containment is never going to be enough for people who have extremists views, who wish to dominate the world, to dominate what our Western values are," he said
"They're aim is to destroy everything that we stand for."
"Now is the time for us to act decisively, to act with strength, to act with commitment and to act together.
"That is the way we will protect our values. That is the way we will protect Australia, and nothing less will do."
Tracker/Indymedia [August 2012]:
4. SECRET MEN’S BUSINESS
Who could forget Brough’s role in the [ABC] Lateline reporting fiasco which helped spark the Northern Territory intervention.
In May 2006, Lateline broadcast a story entitled ‘Sexual slavery reported in Indigenous community’.
It featured a witness who appeared with his face blacked out and his voice digitized, and backed earlier claims by Brough (and rubbished widely) that paedophile rings were rife in Aboriginal communities.
Lateline falsely described the man as an “anonymous youth worker” but it later emerged he was Gregory Andrews, an Assistant Secretary in Brough’s department. His job was to advise the minister on issues of child abuse in Aboriginal communities.
Brough always denied knowledge of the appearance, but in later court proceedings it emerged his office was provided a written brief of what the bureaucrat planned to tell Lateline.
Brough used the story – and Lateline – to drive support for the NT intervention, a policy that endures today, and is still wreaking havoc on Aboriginal communities.
NT intervention continues racist land-grab [Direct Action - July 2008]:
In the 60s and 70s the racist policies of segregation and forced assimilation, including the kidnapping of the Stolen Generations, were presented by governments as in the best interests of Aboriginal people. Far too many non-Aboriginal people took those governments at their word.
Today there is no excuse for doing so.
Regardless of how the policy is justified, the real intent has been and remains the theft of Aboriginal land for exploitation by the same class of wealthy people who enrich themselves through exploiting the labour of all working people.
Despite claims by Brough and the ALP, which supported the NT intervention, that it is a necessary emergency response to child abuse in remote Aboriginal communities, the measures that have been implemented are more about acquiring land than the safety of children. These included:
• Deployment of additional police to Aboriginal communities, leading to greater repression and incarceration for minor offences.
• Bans on alcohol, which, rather than treating alcoholism or its causes, force those who are dependent on alcohol into bigger towns, where they can maintain their addiction.
• Compulsory acquisition of townships, currently held under the federal Native Title Act 1993, through five-year leases, which removes community ownership of the land.
• Removal of customary law and cultural practice considerations from bail applications and sentencing in criminal proceedings.
• Suspension of the permit system that required permission from Aboriginal communities to enter their land.
• Quarantining of a proportion of welfare benefits to all recipients in the designated communities and issuing them with electronic debit cards that can be used only at Coles or Woolworth stores in larger regional centres.
• The abolition of Community Development Employment Projects.
An investigation by Australia's main crime-fighting agency has found no evidence of organised pedophilia in Northern Territory indigenous communities.
The finding by the Australian Crime Commission demolishes one of the central claims used by the Howard government to support its controversial NT intervention.
In the now-discredited claims that underlined his push for the 2007 intervention, then-indigenous affairs minister Mal Brough, along with some commentators, claimed there were "pedophile rings" in the Northern Territory.
i don't like our country being this mean and fearful.
People don't leave their home in a boat on a whim.
It's because things are shitty, and awful, and they fear for their lives.
Please let's remember how compassionate feels.
Open letter to the Prime Minister and Opposition from over 4,000 Australian women
Australia needs to lift its game to strengthen its bid for a seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release – 23/9/15]:
... “Australia has adopted an inconsistent and at times even unprincipled approach to human rights abuses in neighboring countries for its own domestic political advantage,” said Emily Howie, director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre.
“The obvious example is the way it has turned a blind-eye to human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in order to obtain cooperation from Sri Lankan authorities to prevent people in need of protection from reaching Australia by boat.”
In March 2014, Australia opposed a significant resolution at the Human Rights Council to establish an inquiry into allegations of some of the most serious human rights abuses in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years, including the deaths of up to 40,000 civilians in the final months of Sri Lanka’s civil war.
Australia has also glossed over grave human rights violations in Burma and Cambodia, undercutting the work of the council’s independent experts.
Australia’s distinguishing advantage is its potential to act as a bridge-builder to Asia-Pacific nations, the organizations said. Its candidacy provides an opportunity to influence regional players to promote respect for human rights and legal standards at the council. However, Australia’s record on refugee protection in the region has been to denigrate international standards, rather than uphold them.
“Australia sets a bad example in the Asia-Pacific by exporting cruel refugee policies that violate rights,” Pearson said.
“Australia will not be a forceful defender of human rights if its own house is not in order.”
Council members are expected to “fully cooperate with the council,” but Australia has at times shown disregard for the UN system.
For instance, in March 2015 in response to a UN expert’s report that Australia’s asylum seeker policies violated human rights law, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said that “Australians were sick of being lectured to by the UN.”
As a possible future member of the council, the Australian government should show greater respect and support for UN human rights mechanisms, including when they raise Australia’s human rights problems.
Business leaders urge WA to take more handpicked, non muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat [West Australian – 23/9/15]
UNHCR maintains its silence as the ABC continues trying to validate the Australian government's cruel PR stunt that deliberately invisibilises and dehumanises boat refugees [ABC - 23/9/15]
Immigration head launches legal bid to keep boat turnback document secret [Guardian - 2/9/15]
The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]
For nearly a year Australia has refused to accept UNHCR refugees.
Fascism 101: Ignore (and or diminish) the human rights atrocity ----> ... So it's about time for Nauru to pop up in the news again. And lo and behold, the country makes an noteworthy appearance in the just-released Global Nutrition Report. ... The People Of Nauru Want To Get Healthy — So Why Can't They Succeed? [22/9/15] <---- Evidently NPR didn't happen to notice the Australian concentration camp up on the hill where they waterboard refugees for fun?
The United States said on Tuesday it had transferred Abdul Shalabi, a longtime hunger striker at the Guantanamo Bay prison and described as a bodyguard for former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, to his home country of Saudi Arabia.
His departure after more than 13-1/2 years at the Guantanamo facility leaves 114 detainees at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, the Pentagon said in a statement. ... [Reuters - 22/9/15]
Ex-Auschwitz worker, 91, accused of complicity in 260,000 WWII murders [Yahoo – 22/9/15]
US Holocaust Museum unveils tool to predict mass killings [Al Jazeera - 22/9/15]:
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has unveiled an online tool to forecast which countries have the highest risk of state-led mass killings.
The aim of the project is to help prevent civilian mass atrocities by providing earlier and more accurate warning to governments, advocacy groups, and at-risk societies on an ongoing basis, the museum in Washington, DC said on its website on Monday.
The project will make statistical analysis and feedback from experts publicly available.
"The critical early warning data provided by the annual statistical risk assessments and real-time, wisdom-of-crowds assessments of the Early Warning Project can help put us in a position where we are equipped to prevent atrocities, rather than simply responding to them after they occur," said Cameron Hudson, the director of the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.
"From past genocides in Darfur, Bosnia, Rwanda, and the Holocaust, we have learned what the clear early warning signs are that precede mass violence.
"Tracking those indicators in at-risk countries around the world will, for the first time, allow us to look over the horizon to implement smarter, cheaper, and more effective policies that prevent mass violence."
Though formally unveiled on Monday, developers have been testing the tool for two years and have identified the top 10 countries most at risk of mass killings.
Topping the list is Myanmar, followed by Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.
The tool takes into consideration factors including political instability and potential threats to a regime's hold on power that might lead to a response in the form of a mass killing.
Live expert feedback is also part of the project, which defines mass killings as killings of more than 1,000 civilians.
"While our system highlights and analyses those cases where mass atrocities are currently ongoing in Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, North Korea, Central African Republic, Libya, Nigeria, and Congo, the important gap we seek to fill is to shine a light and spark discussion on those cases where mass atrocities have not started but where risks are detected," the project website says.
The Early Warning Project was jointly created by the Simon-Skjodt Center and the Dickey Center for International Understanding
Deported family face 'tough environment' in Kiribati
... And everyday the tides are higher, the coral's whiter, the water's coming to our knees.
It's hard not to blame those honky b*stards burning all the fossils in their SUVs ...
'The SUV Song', Dan Kelly and the Ukeladies 
The family of a man who failed to get climate change refugee status have gathered at the airport from where he will be sent back to Kiribati.
Ioane Teitiota will be deported from New Zealand today, followed by his wife and the couple's three New Zealand-born children next week.
Mr Teitiota's wife, Angua Erika, and the three children have been at Auckland International Airport, waiting to give his baggage to immigration officials.
Ms Erika was allowed one phone call with her husband ahead of his flight out of New Zealand at 1pm.
Ioane Teitiota's wife, Angua Erika, with the couple's three children at Auckland International Airport on Wednesday 23 September 2015. The family's application to be considered refugees from the effects of climate change in Kiribati has been declined, and Mr Teitiota is being deported today.
The rest of the family will follow Mr Teitiota to Kiribati next week.
Labour MP Phil Twyford said that the family were being sent back to a shanty town that floods at high tide.
Mr Twyford, who lobbied the government on behalf of Mr Teitiota, told Morning Report the family's three children knew nothing of the atoll where they will now live.
He said that while they were not refugees, it would be decent and compassionate to let the family stay.
"When the tide is high, the water literally laps around the ankles in people's houses. The water supply is contaminated; the gardens are salinated so you can't grow things," he said.
"It's a massive shanty town on a tiny little strip of atoll. That's a tough environment for these people to be sent back to."
Last night, Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss announced he would not intervene in the deportation of Mr Teitiota and his family.
Mr Foss said he received a briefing from Immigration New Zealand before his decision.
Prime Minister John Key had earlier also rejected the family's bid to stay in New Zealand, saying as far as the government was concerned, Mr Teitiota was an overstayer.
Migrant women walk 100 miles to greet Pope in D.C. [Democracy Now - 22/9/15]:
As Pope Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., a group of 100 women, many of them undocumented, are also set to arrive in D.C. after marching 100 miles from a detention center in York, Pennsylvania, in order to greet the pope.
Domestic worker Silvia Gonzalez, who is walking with the group, said the march is intended to send a message that families belong together and should not be separated by U.S. immigration policies.
Silvia Gonzalez: "My message for him, it’s for peace, for dignity, for love, for all the families together. My mom lives in Mexico. I’ve been here for 15 years in U.S.A., and I don’t see my mom for these 15, long, long 15 years. I live here, and my daughter and my granddaughter live here also. And I know I can go, I can go see my mom, but I can’t come back."
The pope had reportedly wanted to begin his U.S. trip by crossing the Mexican border, but the plan had to be scrapped for logistical reasons.
In January, Pope Francis said, "To enter the United States from the border with Mexico would be a beautiful gesture of brotherhood and support for immigrants."
Australia: Migrant worker's body dumped in Victorian toilet block
Nine MSN [22/9/15]:
A suspected illegal migrant whose body was dumped in a country Victoria toilet block was probably working in the area, but locals say they have no idea who he is.
Mystery surrounds the discovery of the man's body in a public toilet block at Boundary Bend, a small town beside the Murray River.
Police believe the Asian man, 47, is an illegal migrant who probably died on a farm before his body was dumped at the highway rest-stop on Friday.
His illegal status could explain why the man did not go to hospital despite being seriously ill and why someone then opted to dump his body.
"It is a very sad situation where someone has got to this point where they have passed away from a treatable condition," Detective Senior Constable Matt Pascoe told AAP on Tuesday.
"And his associates have felt the need to abandon his body in a public toilet block."
Police have the man's name but do not know his country of origin or how he came to be in Australia.
Sandy Holloway, office manager of local olive oil producer Boundary Bend Estate, said the toilet block was used often, so it appeared whoever left the man's body wanted him to be found.
"We're at a loss completely as to who this poor man is or where he came from, or how he got there," Ms Holloway told AAP.
She said it was unlikely anyone would "own up to knowing him" if he was working illegally.
Illegal workers, who usually travel in groups, are turned away if they show up at Boundary Bend Estate, she said.
David Walsh, licensee of the nearby Robinvale Hotel, said it is a quiet time of the year for farming and there are not many workers around.
"He would have been a farm worker," Mr Walsh told AAP.
"A lot of people like that tend to keep to themselves."
Mr Walsh said farmers often use labour hire contractors to recruit workers, so the man could have been working on a farm without the farmer having had any real contact with him.
Police have narrowed down the time when the body could have been dumped in the toilet block, which is beside a busy highway, to between 8.30 and 9am on Friday.
Border Force has joined the investigation, as the man's visa status is unknown.
Any Victorian farmers who hired an Asian man who
appeared ill are asked to contact police.
A Brisbane mother-of-three is pleading for her long-term partner, who has lived in Australia since he was an infant, to be allowed to stay after the Immigration Department started deportation proceedings against him.
Ricardo Bolvaran, 42 in December, came to Australia with his parents, sister and grandmother in 1974 as a one-year-old, when his family left Chile at the height of the brutal Pinochet regime.
His partner, Rachel Delucia, admitted Bolvaran was no angel but said Australia was the only country he had ever known. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 23/9/15]
Racists vandalise Sydney restaurant
Nine MSN [22/9/15]:
A Sydney Lebanese restaurant has had its windows smashed and a message scratched into its glass in the latest of what its owner believes is a series of racist attacks.
Mohamad Zouhour, whose restaurant Arabella has been in Newtown for 14 years, told AAP he had been targeted in three previous incidents as well as receiving threatening phone calls.
"Of course, we get scared," Mr Zouhour said. "It makes me think about leaving this country."
In the latest incident Mr Zouhour said "F*** Arabs" had been etched into the glass.
He said he had no idea why he was being targeted beyond his race.
Police said a witness saw a man breaking the windows of the well known King St restaurant early on Tuesday morning.
Moreton Bay detectives are investigating after two projectiles were fired at a workman sitting in a vehicle at a roadworks site on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary last night.
Around 9.35pm the 45-year-old Sippy Downs man was sitting in a parked vehicle southbound, just after the Uhlmann Road exit, when a white sedan pulled up beside him.
The front seat passenger, a male wearing a balaclava, pointed a handgun at the man and fired two rounds before the vehicle sped off.
The man managed to duck for cover and the projectiles travelled through the open front windows of the car, passing out of the vehicle and into bushland.
Police will re-attend the scene today in an attempt to locate the projectiles.
At this stage it is unknown whether they were bullets or caps fired from a cap gun.
The man was uninjured and his vehicle was not damaged.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 23/9/15]
Why don’t Muslim communities make more complaints abt press reports? Hear shocking truth frm @TellMamaUK #LevesonNow via @hackinginquiry [VIDEO - 22/9/15]
Australian women of the 1% celebrate maintaining the status quo [Australian Women's Weekly -22/9/15]
The Women of the Future competition was judged by an esteemed list of women including Jesinta Campbell, Lisa Wilkinson, Leigh Sales, Chloe Shorten, Denise Morcombe, Turia Pitt and Julie Bishop. [Australian Women's Weekly - 22/9/15]
Fiancé arrested after teen found pregnant mum stabbed to death
Nine MSN [22/9/15]:
The fiancé of a heavily pregnant mother-of-four stabbed to death in her south-west Sydney home last night has been arrested.
Kirralee Paepaerei’s body was discovered by her 15-year-old son.
He had left the Mount Druitt home on Chester Street earlier that night after she and her fiancé began arguing.
“I can’t describe how he was, he’s very distraught,” Detective Inspector Dave Goddard said.
Ms Paeparei’s 38-year-old fiancé drove himself to the local police station and told officers they had been the victims of a break-in, but was himself arrested.
“The male did drive from the premises to the police station, and walked in and presented himself at the counter,” police said.
“We heard a lot of yelling, swearing, fighting,” neighbour Medhat Soloman said.
Ms Paeparei had four sons and was excited to be seven months pregnant with a daughter, posting on Facebook “I’m apparently getting my pink baby”.
“She had her own problems, but other than that she was a good person,” her former mother-in-law, Tungane Paepaerei, said.
Internal Affairs are investigating the death of a baby in a remote West Australian village after it was discovered the two-month-old boy was killed just hours after police had left his home. … [WA Today – 22/9/15]
Homicide investigation, Enoggera
QPS Media [22/9/15]:
Police are appealing for public assistance into a homicide investigation at Enoggera following the death of a 50-year-old man yesterday.
Around 5.45pm on Sunday, police responded to a disturbance between two men at a Norman Terrace unit complex.
It will be alleged during the altercation one man fell down a set of stairs, striking his head on a concrete path.
The 50-year-old Enoggera man was transported to hospital where he passed away yesterday morning.
Police are encouraging anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on Lloyd Street or Norman Terrace between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A 41-year-old Enoggera man has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on October 26.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Truck crash, Nanango
QPS Media [23/9/15]:
A truck transporting cattle crashed at Nanango yesterday afternoon injuring the driver and several of the animals.
The prime mover, towing two trailers, overturned on the D’Aguilar Highway between Parsons and Bushnell roads around 5.35pm.
The vehicle slid across the highway, over to the opposite side of the road, through a fence and into a paddock before colliding with a power pole.
The driver, a 57-year-old Oakdale man had to be cut free from the cabin of his truck before being air lifted to Nambour General Hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
The highway was closed for several hours before re-opening around 11.30pm.
Police investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Four hurt after truck crash on M1
West Australian [22/9/15]:
Four people had to be cut free from their vehicles after a truck veered across the M1 at the Gold Coast and ploughed into an oncoming ute.
The truck crossed the median strip at Pimpama about 6am on Tuesday.
It veered across four lanes, hitting an oncoming ute, and then crashed into bush on the other side of the motorway.
Emergency crews had to cut the truck driver and three people in the ute free from the wreckage.
The truck driver has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
The ute driver and two passengers are all in a stable but serious condition.
One northbound lane of the M1 remains closed and there are major traffic delays.
However police said the other three lanes have been cleared thanks to the help of an unknown "bobcat super hero" who stopped his truck, unloaded the machine and cleared the trees from the motorway.
"Officers on scene say this man's action have resulted in lanes been open two hours earlier," QPS tweeted.
"Like a true hero he left without anyone knowing who he was, so thank you."
Man in serious condition after Gold Coast hinterland crash [MYGC - 23/9/15]
An alleged two vehicle race down a suburban Rockhampton street last night could have ended in tragedy for the teenage drivers after one lost control sending his car airborne before landing on its roof.
Both teens survived their alleged road race and will appear in court charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. ... [QPS Media - 23/9/15]
An elderly woman has died in hospital after she was hit by a car while crossing the road near Newcastle. … [Nine MSN – 22/9/15]
Reports of car through shop window, Southport [MYGC – 22/9/15]
Elderly man in serious condition after crashing into wall at Gold Coast shopping centre [MYGC – 22/9/15]
Former Army dental nurse planned to blow up HMAS Cairns after rape claims ignored, court hears [ABC – 22/9/15]:
... Her lawyer, Roger Griffith, said his client was raped in her room at Randwick Army barracks while a corporal in 2011.
It was reported to the Australian Defence Force and New South Wales Police, but Mr Griffith said the information was never acted on.
"It came to nothing," he said.
"She was ostracised by others and she sought discharge from the ADF." ...
Man detained after setting his house on fire, Adelaide [West Australian - 22/9/15]
Former Bandidos bikie Peter Mauric is back in court, four months after he was found not guilty of riot.
Mauric was acquitted in May after being charged with riot over his alleged role in the infamous Broadbeach bikie brawl in 2013.
He was back at Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday on perjury charges.
It's believed the charges relate to his trial on the riot charge.
Mauric didn't speak during the brief mention but his lawyer did tell reporters outside court she feared the charge against her client was an "abuse of power" by police.
The matter has been adjourned until November 17. [Yahoo - 22/9/15]
Armed robbery, Runcorn
QPS Media [21/9/15]:
Police are investigating the armed robbery of an 18-year-old woman in Runcorn this afternoon.
Around 4pm, the woman was walking towards a carpark in a shopping centre on Warrigal Road when a man called out to her.
When she turned to face the man she saw what is believed to have been a handgun pointed at her before she was punched to the face, causing her to fall to the ground.
The man then demanded money and left the scene with a sum of cash.
A short time later, the woman reported the incident to police.
The woman received minor physical injuries as a result of the incident.
Police investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Robbery with violence, Stretton [QPS Media - 22/9/15]
Several West Australians have come forward to join a class action by a Sydney law firm seeking compensation for side effects from antidepression drugs.
Drayton Sher Lawyers said yesterday it was preparing a compensation claim against the manufacturers of a range of antidepressants.
It is alleging they can cause dangerous side effects, in-cluding suicidal thoughts and behaviour.
The drugs include the SSRI-type antidepressants setraline, sold as Zoloft, and paroxetine, which is sold as Aropax.
Concerns have been raised in Australia and overseas about the safety of several antidepressants, most recently the use of paroxetine in teenagers after decade-old trial data was reanalysed.
Last week, University of Adelaide researchers said that although the drug claimed to be a safe and effective treatment for depression in adolescents, it was ineffective and associated with serious side effects. ... [West Australian - 23/9/15]
Peanut company executive in salmonella case gets 28 years [USA Today - 22/9/15]
India withdraws controversial encryption policy
The Indian government has withdrawn a draft encryption policy after public uproar over the proposed measures.
IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the proposals were released to the public without his knowledge.
The new law would have forced Indians to store plain-text versions of their encrypted data for 90 days and make it available to security agencies.
The draft policy sparked outrage on social media, as most messaging services use some form of encryption.
The encryption policy was proposed to enhance information security in India.
On Monday night the government exempted social media applications from the draft policy after social media outrage.
The "draft encryption policy is not the final view of the government. It will be redrawn to specify who it will apply to," Mr Prasad told reporters on Tuesday.
He said the purpose of the policy was "not related to social media messaging platforms used by the common man."
The draft said Indians have until 16 October to weigh in on the proposed measures, and the government had said that the final policy would only be drafted after all feedback is taken into account.
Plain text files like a Word document or email
are not encrypted and can be read by anyone.
South Korea child monitoring phone app 'flawed' [BBC - 22/9/15]
PNG: 1,000 homeless following attack on town
PNG Loop [22/9/15]:
More than 1000 people are homeless after a massive rampage was conducted at Kilip area in Banz Jiwaka Province following the death of a young man from Kudjip in Banz during the independence day celebrations.
A group of men numbering several hundreds stormed Banz town and started burning all the houses and damaged properties worth hundreds of thousands of kina last Friday.
Eyewitness Ruth Bii, an employee of the Jiwaka Provincial Administration, told Loop news this morning that arrangements had been made for the neighbouring people, individuals and communities in Jiwaka to support the affected people with food, clothes and other basic survival items while they are in the care center.
Bii said a team has been dispatched to the eastern border to start making the appeal on the plight of the affected victims. The team will end in the western border.
A leader in Banz has also called on the provincial government to assist where it can to address the needs of the people.
Twelve people including three women are dead following a gun battle between two tribes in Jiwaka.
Three others are admitted at the Mt Hagen provincial hospital with serious injuries.
Provincial police commander Superintendent Joseph Tondop said police officers had earlier been sent to the area and spent 14 days trying to maintain peace between the tribes. ... [The National - 18/9/15]
Papua New Guinea: UPR Submission 2015 - Human Rights Watch Submission to the UN Human Rights Council [21/9/15]
Sun staff had "corrupt relationship" with police officer
Two senior journalists at the Sun had a "corrupt relationship” with a police officer who passed Britain’s biggest paper inside information about investigations for years, a court was told today.
Among the inside information provided were three witness statements from a rape inquiry, the jury at the Old Bailey in London heard.
The un-named officer also gave information about investigations into celebrities such as singer Mick Hucknall and TV presenter Chris Tarrant, and about murderers and rapists.
Sun news editor Chris Pharo and district reporter Jamie Pyatt are charged with aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.
They deny the charges.
Their trial is expected to last four weeks.
Teenagers charged following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Adelaide [West Australian - 23/9/15]
23 September 2015