United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 22/9/16]


Defense Department officials today participated in a third video conference with their Russian counterparts to discuss the safety of flight in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. ... [US Department of Defense - 22/9/16]


Defense Secretary Ash Carter and General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday to report on the ongoing military operations and “national security challenges” faced by the US.

They also asked the senators for more reliable funding, saying the uncertainty was hurting the defense industry.

“Not only our people – our defense industry partners, too, need stability and longer-term plans to be as efficient and cutting-edge as we need them to be,” Carter told the senators.

The lawmakers were far less interested in the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) than about the future of the Syrian government, Iran’s “malign influence,” and “aggression” by China and Russia – all ranked far ahead of terrorism on Carter and Dunford’s list of security challenges. ... [RT - 22/9/16]


We can’t let ISIS and Al-Nusra exploit lack of ceasefire in Syria – Lavrov after International Syria Support Group meeting [RT - 22/9/16]:


... On Thursday, Syrian armed forces launched a new offensive in eastern Aleppo, urging civilians to keep away from the areas where the terrorist forces are stationed.

Moreover, the Syrian military command vowed “no detention or inquiry to any citizen [who] reaches the points of the Syrian Arab army” in a statement distributed by the state SANA news agency.  ...


President Bashar al-Assad gave an interview to Associated Press published Thursday, following is the full text: ... [SANA - 22/9/16]


Shirqat close to liberated; 60 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 21/9/16]


Gazans celebrate hunger strikers' victory over administrative detention by Israel [Maan - 22/9/16]


The Israeli military court in Salem has decided to release a 13-year-old Palestinian girl who was shot and injured by an Israeli border guard after she continued walking when ordered to stop at a crossing in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. ... [Maan - 22/9/16]


A 13-year-old Palestinian who was shot and seriously injured last month by Israeli forces during a raid into al-Duheisha refugee camp in Bethlehem, and then detained from his home on Tuesday, remained in a dire medical condition, local sources reported on Thursday. ... [Maan - 22/9/16]


The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30 this morning.

It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza. ... [PNN - 21/9/16]


Obama, Netanyahu meet, avoid talking about Palestinians [Antiwar.com - 21/9/16]


Tulsa still faces historical trauma from 1921 riot that left 300 dead on Black Wall Street [Democracy Now - 22/9/16]


Two years after the death of an Aboriginal man in custody in Victoria, the coroner's findings have not determined a cause of death.

Mutti Mutti man Leister Ross, 45, was found dead in his cell at Melbourne's Port Phillip Prison during NAIDOC week in July 2014.

After an initial suppression order, Victorian Coroner John Olle's findings have now been publicly released, saying Mr Ross's cause of death could not be determined.

Mr Olle determined that Mr Ross's death was not suspicious.

Mr Ross's cousin Karyn Ross has been on a relentless two-year pursuit, trying to find out how and why he died.

She said her family was not properly notified of his death, and was instead told second-hand via a fellow prisoner several hours after he died. ... [ABC - 22/9/16]


We are tired of hearing from lying politicians, opinionators, and partisan rights advocates.

Let the people speak.


Treat us as like human



Image: ‏@SuchNigel [22/9/16]




Lawyers write to New Zealand, Canada, Germany and the US requesting resettlement for refugees imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island and Nauru [Lawyers Weekly - 22/9/16]



"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏@SuchNigel [21/9/16]:  ... Protest in #Nauru  ...



"STOP THIS POLITICAL GAME.  WE ARE DYING HERE"  ‏@racvictoria [22/9/16]:  Day 132 of protests on #Manus ...



PNG government applies to dismiss application for compensation by men illegally imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island [ABC - 21/9/16]



Refugee who self immolated in protest of UNHCR visit to Nauru, denied hospital visits from Somali community [Guardian - 22/9/16]



Political self immolations [Wikipedia]:


... The young refugee woman from Somalia (variously referred to as Hadon/Hodan and Yasin/Yasi) had been in Brisbane, Australia for medical treatment before being forcibly removed from Australia in the middle of the night on April 27, 2016, with 2 other refugees, and returned to Nauru Detention Camp. ...



Trump Jr's Skittles comment brings back dark images of children murdered in WWII [Demcoracy Now - 21/9/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: I also want to bring in Manfred Lindenbaum. You bring, certainly, a long historical perspective to all of this. Can you explain how you, as a child, became a refugee?

MANFRED LINDENBAUM [Holocaust survivor and refugee advocate]: Well, when I heard about this conference at the United Nations, my mind immediately went back to the Évian Conference in France in 1938, at which the countries got together, in effect, decided no matter what happens, we are not taking in any children refugees, we are taking in no refugees. Led by the United States, one country after another said that. And three weeks later, 17,000 of us Jews in Germany were actually rounded up and taken to the border and chased across the border, actually physically chased across the border, into Poland.


JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Raymond Offenheiser, this issue of the children and the United States back then saying it would not take any more Jewish children, part of the problem in terms of coming together in agreement this year was that the United States was objecting to calls for no detention for children who were refugees, and concerned about its policies toward Central American refugees on its Southern border.

RAYMOND OFFENHEISER [President Oxfam America] : Yes. The United States actually objected to the final draft of the declaration in the middle of the summer and held up the final conclusion and vote for two days over this particular issue. And what they wanted to do was put in language that would allow the possibility of detention for the—particularly in reference to the Central American border cases, where there is active detention going on. And this was a very specific move by the United States that really would require the entire process to stop and new language to be put in to allow for that. ...



Forced evictions leave Roma children vulnerable in France, say campaigners [Reuters - 20/9/16]



Did Obama host a ummit on migrants while ignoring a refugee crisis in the US's own backyard? [Democracy Now - 21/9/16]:


... JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, I think probably President Obama’s most quoted line from yesterday’s address was that if you—countries who build walls imprison themselves. And yet here we are—in essence, his policy is imprisoning people once they get into the United States.

DR. ALLEN KELLER [Associate Professor of medicine at NYU/Director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture and the NYU Center for Health and Human Rights]: Well, that’s why I remain, in spite of being deeply frustrated and saddened, I also remain deeply optimistic, because I know the president means that. I know his advisers do. And with the stroke of a pen, he could end family detention. And so, I look forward to holding that piece of paper for him to do so, because this is a matter not only of human rights, but of health.

AMY GOODMAN: Wait. With the stroke of a pen—I mean, instead of ending detention, he changed the language so that it wouldn’t be a resolution anywhere in the world that children would not be detained. And for that, I wanted to get, Elvis, your comment. You came over when you were 15. Your response to children detained?

ELVIS GARCIA CALLEJAS [Migration counselor at Catholic Charities and former unaccompanied minor who fled Honduras at the age of 15]: I don’t think there should be detention for anybody who’s seeking protection. We understand that there are thousands of families fleeing Central America because of violence. And they come to the U.S. looking for protections. And I think that we should start welcoming immigrants and refugees to the U.S. We shouldn’t be putting them in detention. Especially when they come looking for protection, we should provide that protection instead of putting them in detention facilities. ...



In a landmark ruling, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ordered the immediate release of a prisoner from long-term solitary confinement.

Arthur "Cetewayo" Johnson has not touched another human other than a guard since 1979.

He is challenging his conditions as cruel and unusual. ... [Democracy Now - 21/9/16]



One person killed in second night of Charlotte protests [CBS - 21/9/16]



Protests erupt in Charlotte over police killing of black father [Democracy Now - 21/9/16]



Cell phone records and surveillance footage are what led police to the suspected murderer of a transgender woman inside her South-Central apartment last month.

Erykah Tijerina's lifeless body was found inside her apartment in the 200 block of Lisbon on August 8, just before 8:30 p.m. by her step-father.

According to a complaint affidavit, Tijerina's step-father told investigators that she worked as an escort and had been preparing for a date earlier in the evening.

Just hours later, Erykah Tijerina was found dead of multiple stab wounds.

A month after her murder, El Paso Police arrested and charged Fort Bliss Soldier Anthony Michael Bowden with her death. ... [El Paso Proud - 19/9/16]



School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student [MSN - 20/9/16]



US Senate rejects bill blocking US-Saudi arms deal [Salon - 22/9/16]



At least 35 people have been killed and scores more injured in a Saudi airstrike on Yemen's western Hudaydah province.

The strikes were carried out against a busy marketplace in the province's Hawak district late on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Saudi warplanes targeted residential areas in the northwestern province of Sa'ada, killing at least four people. ... [Press TV - 21/9/16]



Iran’s Rouhani meets with UN secretary general in New York [Press TV - 22/9/16]




Syria’s permanent envoy to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on Wednesday that the US, Turkish and Israeli military aggression on Syria means moving from a stage of proxy aggression into “the personal aggression”, referring to the failure of international community to condemn the US-led coalition aggression on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor. ... [SANA - 21/9/16]



Russian Defense Ministry: US coalition predator drone observed in the area when humanitarian aid convoy was targeted [SANA - 21/9/16]



NATO won’t speculate on who struck aid convoy in Syria – Stoltenberg to RT [RT - 21/9/16]:


... Earlier, Washington claimed that Moscow should be held accountable for the attack.

Russia is “responsible for air strikes in this space, given that their commitment under the cessation of hostilities was to certainly ground air operations where humanitarian assistance is flowing,” White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.

Moscow, however, strongly denied it had played any part in the atrocity, while calling it “another unacceptable provocation.”

On Wednesday, Lavrov confirmed that Russia had provided all data related to the incident for investigation, and pointed out that the timing of the attack coincided with the large militant offensive in the 1070 district of Aleppo.

Lavrov and his American counterpart, John Kerry, are expected to meet face-to-face for the second time since the start of the UN General Assembly session on Wednesday evening, a Russian delegation source told RIA Novosti. ...



John Kerry calls on Russia to ground Syrian fighter jets [Press TV - 21/9/16]



A U.S. Air Force U-2 spy plane crashed shortly after takeoff during a training mission on Tuesday morning in California, killing one of the pilots and injuring the other, the Air Force said.

Both the pilots had ejected from the aircraft, which crashed in an unpopulated area of Sutter County.

The Air Force declined further comment, saying the crash was under investigation.

The single-engine aircraft is manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp. [Reuters - 20/9/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 21/9/16] 



Russia presented all evidence on aid convoy attack, now wants impartial investigation – Lavrov [RT - 21/9/16]



The Syrian children working in Turkey's shoe factories [BBC - 21/9/16]



Greece rejects asylum requests by three Turkish soldiers [Ekathimerini - 21/9/16]:


... The three can appeal the asylum decisions, a Greek official said. It was not immediately clear when rulings for the other five might be delivered. ...



Amygdaleza deportation camp in Greece ‏@MakisSinodinos [21/9/16]



A boat carrying around 600 people capsized off Egypt's coast, killing at least 29, officials said on Wednesday, in the latest disaster to befall migrants attempting to make the crossing to Europe.

The boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Burg Rashid, a village in the northern Beheira province.

Of the 29 bodies found so far, 18 were men, 10 were women and one was a child, local officials said.

"Initial information indicates that the boat sank because it was carrying more people than its limit.

The boat tilted and the migrants fell into the water," a senior security official in Beheira told Reuters.

Rescue workers have so far saved 150 people, officials said.

The boat was carrying Egyptian, Syrian, and African migrants, they added.

It was not immediately clear where the boat was headed, though officials said they believed it was going to Italy. ... [Reuters - 21/9/16]



‏@guardiacostiera [21/9/16]:  #StrettoDiSicilia #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina 3 operazioni #SAR:unità @SaveChildrenIT e @jugendrettet salvano 237 #migranti



Second rescue of the day: 60 Bangladeshis are transferred to a ship of Frontex after being assisted by @PROACTIVA_SERV @PhotographicSV  ‏@karloszurutuza  [21/9/16]




23 September 2016