Spanish, Italian and New Zealand navies "integrate into Australian scenarios" i.e. fighting off refugees, in inaugural Ocean Explorer exercise [Navy Daily - 24/2/17]
The ABC's constant stream of "good refugee" yarns as 1,000s are denied asylum in Australia = complicity in the ongoing atrocities [24/2/17]
Until the ALP changes its policy, they and the Refugee Council of Australia, have no business pretending they can offer these people anything ---> I have just been informed that Mark Dreyfus, Federal member for Isaacs also will be attending our Saturday's forum. ... [Julian Hill, ALP MP and Asher Hirsch, Refugee Council of Australia discuss delays in the citizenship application process - 25 February - Dandenong]
... Labor introduced a controversial "no advantage test" on 13 August last year in an unsuccessful attempt to stop asylum boats from coming by insisting that those applying for refugee status in that way received no benefit compared with those who stayed in refugee camps in the region.
The test has meant that there has been virtually no processing of the claims made by the more than 20,000 refugees who have arrived since that time, no information about how long processing could take, and that those who have been released into the community are not allowed to work and receive just 89% of unemployment benefits. ... [Guardian - 28/6/13]
Elderly man dies of heart attack after Myanmar military chase him for not accepting the Rohingya "NVC" ID card [Arakan Times - 24/2/17]
Kachin and Rohingya activists in diaspora launch an international opinion tribunal on Myanmar's atrocity crimes against their communities at home [Rohingya Blogger - 23/2/17]
UNHCR provides Rohingya refugees with lawyers after their shelters were burned down by Indian fascists [Rohingya Vision - 24/2/17]
IOM showcases its maintenance of miserable refugee bottleneck in Bangladesh to UN envoy [Dhaka Tribune - 23/2/17]
As above [Frontier Myanmar - 23/2/17]
Australia tries to neutralise its atrocities against Rohingya refugees by funding their football club in Malaysia [Rohingya Vision - 23/2/17]
The Age [19/11/16]:
... The 21-year-old, according to federal government sources, is an asylum seeker from Myanmar living in the community on a bridging visa.
It's understood he arrived in 2012 or 2013 and spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre.
Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation president Habib Habib said the man was in Australia without family, but close to his friends in the small local community.
He said the man, from the south of Myanmar, had been struggling financially and mentally.
He had shared concerns about his immigration status and the safety of his family back home.
"He was struggling mentally for the past year or two because his visa has not been processing," he said.
"He has been suffering and his friends say his welfare payment was not received and he couldn't pay his rent."
Mr Habib said there is not adequate support for asylum seekers facing mental health issues exacerbated by settlement pressures. ...
"Australia has only resettled 250 Rohingya since 2008" The impact of Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies on people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]
Are these the "regional issues" Netanyahu discussed with Shorten? ---> BALI PROCESS REINVIGORATED, SEEKS ANSWERS TO ROHINGYA CRISIS [17/4/2009]:
... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.
Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.
This can be discussed without Burma.
Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."
Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh.
IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...
Myanmar’s Rohingya genocide is aided by friends in high places [Mint Press News - 28/1/16]:
... According to an investigation from Rania Khalek, associate editor at The Electronic Intifada, a site that advocates for Palestinian freedom, Israel has a history of supporting repressive regimes from apartheid South Africa to Serbia, and Myanmar is no exception.
“For four days in September, Israel literally rolled out the red carpet for a delegation of senior officers from Myanmar’s ground, air and naval forces,” Khalek wrote.
The delegation was given a guided tour of Israel’s leading aerospace and weapons companies. ...
West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:
... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).
Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction. ...
Kilinochchi business community marches in support of protestors [Tamil Guardian - 23/2/17]
A Batticaloa land reform director was shot and injured outside his home on Wednesday evening.
Nesakumar Vimalraj, director of the Batticaloa Land Reform Commission was shot after he was called outside by two unidentified motorcyclists, whose faces were covered by helmets.
Mr Vimalraj was immediately taken to Kaluvanchikudy Hospital, and later transferred to Batticaloa Teaching Hospital for further care.
Locals noted that Mr Vimalraj was a vocal opponent of military land-grabs in the district. [Tamil Guardian - 23/2/17]
There have been times that I thought I couldn't last for long
But now I think I'm able to carry on
It's been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
'A Change Is Gonna Come', Sam Cooke 
Ngayulu itingarinyi unngu nyangata punu; I was born under this tree.
Days 157-158: Glendambo and Kingoonya [Clinton's Walk for Justice - 16/2/17]:
I would like to meet a lovely lady name Valerie Cox, who lives at Kingoonya S.A.
Valerie made a damper for Allison, the birthday girl and ice the cake.
While the cake was cooking, we had time to record Valerie were she was born.
I had talk to people along this journey who were born in the bush, but this was the first time I had the chance to record a person at the place where the birth tock place.
Valerie was happy to show us and be recorded. She was very happy to be on her Country and where she was born.
The mother of Valerie was to catch the train and then give birth, the tree is near an old camping ground, Valerie come first befor the train came.
Once again the stolen children were talked about again, Valerie family was not apart of the stolen generation, they told the same story’s of running and hiding when they could hear cars coming, they were never vaxinated, they came with the needles and ask were are the children, they off playing and running off somewhere, crow Valerie brother said we were hiding in the bushes looking at them till they were gone.
This was the life of the children who escaped from the government people, coming to take the children from their family’s. They came back home.
@IsraeliPM [24/2/17]: Prime Minister Netanyahu met with New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian; the two discussed economic issues and commercial cooperation.
@IsraeliPM [24/2/17]: PM Netanyahu met with Australian Leader of the Opposition and Labor Party Chairman MP Bill Shorten; discussed diplomatic and regional issues
@IsraeliPM [23/2/17]: PM Netanyahu and Australian PM @TurnbullMalcolm visited the Moriah College Jewish school and met with the students.
Five ways Israel is smoking the rest of the world in cannabis innovation [The Tower - 16/2/17]
Medicinal cannabis laws passed in Queensland [Nine MSN - 13/10/16]:
... Patients and their families will not be able to grow their own cannabis under the laws, with Mr Dick citing "significant safety risks" associated with the lack of therapeutic goods oversight. ...
Israeli researchers are leading the world in highlighting the medical benefits of marijuana.
That was the message from journalist Helen Kapalos who spoke last Sunday night at an event on the topic hosted by Magen David Adom and the Zionist Council of Victoria. ... [Australian Jewish News – 29/6/15]
Hebrew University teams with Australian PhytoTech on medical cannabis patch [Jewish Business News - 27/1/15]
Youth Against Settlements, Veterans for Peace, and CODEPINK set up vegetable stand on Shuhada Street in Hebron in front of the closed Palestinian shops and markets that have been welded shut by Israeli military since 2001.
This was the first time that vegetables were sold on Shuhada Street since 2001.
The vegetable sellers yelled “vegetables, vegetables one shekel a kilo. Cauliflower, all the way from Jenin. Come get the best cauliflower in Palestine.”
They were standing on the street selling vegetables for about 10 minutes before the Israeli army special forces came in military jeeps, armoured vehicles, and by foot and declared that it was a closed military zone.
In 1994, Jewish-American settler Baruch Goldstein entered the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron and murdered 29 Palestinians in worship.
Since then, Shuhada Street has remained almost entirely closed to Palestinians.
Israeli settlers move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns while Palestinians face 20 checkpoints, may not drive on Shuhada Street, and have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut.
Each year, Youth Against Settlements hosts an annual campaign to open the street and end the closures and restrictions in Hebron and throughout Palestine. [PNN - 22/2/17]
Standing Rock faces media blackout during militarised operation to clear camps [TRNN - 23/2/17]:
... KIM BROWN: Jihan, I want to get back to sort of the - not sort of - the actual militarized response, that water protectors and protesters have been experiencing at the encampment site, pretty much the duration of the protest, which has been going on for several months now.
But what we're seeing today is a response, replete with Humvees, BearCats, MRAPs - like I said, we're also using the stream, or following the stream, from Unicorn Riot, which is also reporting about this as well.
So, are we seeing armed law enforcement, or armed militarized individuals trying to force out the remaining people there? As you said... you said that people were being arrested peacefully, but what is the weaponry that you're seeing out there right now?
JIHAN HAFIZ: Just to give your viewers a backdrop, this camp is under siege for the past six months, so even when the military is not coming in, you have these surveillance airplanes flying around.
You have cops that are stationed on top of all the hills surrounding camp. Just like the U.S. military did back in the 1800's, when they'd surround native camps.
That's exactly the dynamic here. You have a lot of harassment when people leave the camp, the BIA stopping them. People have been pulled out of their rooms ...
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 23/2/17]
Italy says 2,500 boat migrants rescued at sea in three days [Reuters - 23/2/17]:
Almost 2,500 boat migrants were rescued in the past three days, the Italian Coast Guard said on Thursday, as this year's arrivals already far outpace the record-setting 2016.
Some 1,100 were plucked from nine flimsy vessels off the coast of Libya on Thursday, the Coast Guard said, after a total of 1,360 were picked up the two preceding days.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 10,700 sea arrivals, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday, a third higher than the same period last year. ...
Red Crescent helps migrants rescued from shipping container in Libya [Media Release - 23/2/17]:
Early in the morning of Wednesday, 22 February, Khoms branch of the Libyan Red Crescent received a phone call.
They were told that 69 migrants of different nationalities had been found inside a metal container near the city, some of them dead and the others in bad condition.
They had been trapped in the container for four days.
“These recent tragedies highlight the need for safe and legal paths for migrants who now have to risk their lives in search of a better future.
The international community needs to act to put an end to the human suffering that the migrants and their loved ones are forced to face”, said Amelia Marzal, IFRC representative for North Africa and focal point on migration issues in the MENA region. ...
Germany deports third group of Afghan migrants to Kabul [The Local - 23/2/17]
... In early February, 23-year-old Atiqullah Akbari suffered shrapnel injuries in a militant attack in Kabul, two weeks after he was deported from Germany.
Akbari was picked up by German police in January from his home in Bavaria where he had sought refuge. ...
... My heroes had the heart
To lose their lives out on a limb
And all I remember, is thinking
I wanna be like them ...
'Crazy', Gnarls Barkley 
Image: @HelenaMaleno [23/2/17]
UNHCR suddenly concerned about people escaping the US to seek asylum in Canada [CTV - 23/2/17]
@colleenhagerty [23/2/17]: 5 protesters were arrested at @MaketheRoadAct's #NoBanNoWallNoRaids rally outside the Elizabeth Detention Center this morning ...
@javierhvaldes [23/2/17]: Our message today in Elizabeth Detention Center is clear - No More Deportations! #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
Liberals beware: Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas [Counterpunch - 22/2/17]:
... So don’t be fooled, the Times doesn’t care any more about the suffering of immigrant families who have been victimized by Trump’s extremist policies than they do about the three million refugees that have fled America’s wars in Libya and Syria.
The fact that the Times continues to mischaracterize this vast human exodus as some sort of natural disaster instead of the predictable spillover from persistent US aggression, just confirms the fact that the Times is not a reliable source of unbiased information at all.
It is a political publication that crafts a political narrative reflecting the views of politically-minded elites whose strategic objectives cannot be achieved without more brainwashing, more coercion and more war. ...
Indonesia: Australia sued for imprisoning child crews of refugee boats with people smuggling convictions [Sydney Morning Herald - 23/2/17]
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is set for his first state visit to Australia on Feb. 25 to 26, with an emphasis on strengthening trade and maritime cooperation. ... [Jakarta Post - 23/2/17]
Australian funded "health care" provider operating without registration in PNG [The National - 24/2/17]:
Global healthcare giant International SOS has been operating the Manus Health Facility for three years without registration by the PNG Medical Board, according to a government-sanctioned committee.
This was despite formal requests by Health Minister Michael Malabag and the medical board for plans to be submitted for approval, the Independent Review Committee said in its preliminary findings.
The three-member committee, headed by medical board chairman Dr Osborne Liko, said the senior management of ISOS had “deliberately breached the law”.
It said ISOS country general manager Mark Delmonte had confirmed that the health facility had not been registered or licenced under the PNG Medical Registration Act.
“They were only given temporary licences for day clinic at makeshift containers in 2013 only for the purpose of daycare clinical services. Knowingly, ISOS has operated the Manus facility thus seriously breaching the PNG Medical Registration Act 1980. The penalty for that breach under the legislation must be applied. Senior management of ISOS deliberately breached the law.”
The committee said the Government took swift action by deporting Delmonte and not allowing any new registration for ISOS throughout the country until a full investigation is completed.
Following the clampdown, ISOS threatened to stand down medical services at the Manus Health Centre if the facility was not licenced and a travel ban lifted.
Regional managing director for Australasia, Adrian Leach, said in an email to Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari on Jan 13 that the company “cannot sustain services beyond Friday 20th January to the required level on Manus Island under the health service contract with the Australian government”.
Malabag reiterated that several refugees had died in Manus while the health facility remained unlicenced “raising serious criminal and other legal issues” in the coronial inquest into the death of asylum seeker Hamid Khazeai. ...
It appears that the Coronial Inquest into the death of Hamid Khazaei concluded yesterday [Coronors Court of Queensland - Inquest List for February 2017]
PNG needs to pay the UN at least (K532,000) to regain voting rights [PNG Loop - 24/2/17]
"It is our policy": From screwing workers to exiling refugees. Go to hell Dreyfus. ---> Australia and Papua New Guinea regional settlement arrangement [Joint media release with Kevin Rudd - Prime Minister, Mark Dreyfus - Attorney General and The Hon Tony Burke MP - Australian Minister for Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship - 19/7/13]
Has anyone asked Turnbull, Dutton or Bishop if the "deal" is binding, and has a timeframe? ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]
24 February 2017