@manusFad22 [24/1/17]: I really wished to watch #AusOpen and see the legend @rogerfederer
One of the chief architects of Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy - Paris Aristotle - nominated for a 2017 Invasion Day award [Nine MSN - 2/1/17]
... We are living in a camp in the jungle. This is where they ‘re-settled’ us. This is no place to live. If we are refugees why are we not living in community? We have no neighbours here. Our ‘neighbours’, our ‘relatives’ are mosquitoes and flies and dogs. Please listen to our issues. We want to tell you that we are here like animals. ...
Statement and questions from the more then fifty refugees exiled by Australia on Nauru [4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals. In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them. Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries. People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down.
But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us.
When we tell them some things they laughed at us.
We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
@nslwin [24/2/17]: On 22nd at least 70 #Rohingya from #TatMinChaung VT & 20 from #KyaukPhyuTaung VT were severely beaten by #Myanmar army.
@nslwin [24/1/17]: Since morning 9:30am #Myanmar military raiding #NgaSarKyu VT #Maungdaw Tsp. 3 fishermen detained who were fishing in the lake in #LakeAin H.
US and UN-backed anti-refugee "trafficking" crackdown means trapped Rohingya must now fish from makeshift rafts [Indian Express - 24/1/17]:
... Desperate to feed their families, Rohingya fishermen in the coastal villages that dot Rakhine’s Maungdaw district they skirt the ban by setting out on dangerous, jerry-rigged rafts that use yellow cooking oil jugs to keep them afloat.
The vessels are not technically boats, and therefore not technically illegal.
“What is the difference for us?” asks 35-year-old Mohammed, a Rohingya fisherman and the father of four children in Tha Pyay Taw village.
“We will die in the village from starvation if we don’t go out, or we can risk our lives to get some fish and fill our stomachs. We have nothing to eat.” ...
The aid groups and the most persecuted Rohingya [Rohingya Blogger - 24/1/17]
... Rohingya youngster Abdul Malek, at the Leda refugee camp in Teknaf sub-district, said he witnessed Myanmar security personnel throw his brother into the family’s burning home.
“Military threw my twin into the fire. … They have been killing everybody by setting fires,” Abdul told BenarNews.
He and the rest of his family members were able to escape by jumping into a river as security forces shot at them, Abdul alleged.
Md Alam, a leader of Block B at the Leda camps, said officials were finding it difficult to feed all the children in the camp.
“Where is the time to look after the mental trouble?” he told BenarNews. [BenarNews - 23/1/17]
Relatives of missing persons and the forcibly disappeared have begun a hunger strike in Vavuniya.
In an open letter to the Sri Lankan president, the signatories said they had exhausted all other avenues in the search for information about their missing loved ones, including countless domestic commissions and probes. ... [Tamil Guardian - 23/1/17]
Large-scale Sinhala housing project underway in Naavatkuli [Tamil Guardian - 23/1/17]
US naval ship departs after visit to Colombo [Tamil Guardian - 23/1/17]
US Marine Corps attack helicopter makes precautionary landing on Okinawa [Stars and Stripes - 23/1/17]
The Marine Corps this spring is sending its largest aircraft element to date -- four tilt-rotor Ospreys and five Super Cobra and four Huey helicopters, all out of Hawaii -- to the next $25 million rotation of Marines to northern Australia as the Corps continues to redistribute its forces around the Pacific.
The Marines are moving to four major forward areas of operation over the next decade -- Japan, Guam, Hawaii and Australia -- as part of a "distributed laydown" that seeks to deter growing threats in the vast Asia-Pacific region, particularly from from China and North Korea. ... [Military.com - 22/1/17]
The Environmental Protection Agency in Guam says it is treating allegations that the toxic chemical, Agent Orange, was used there during the Vietnam War with the utmost urgency.
Its investigation follows a request by Guam's Governor, Eddie Calvo, for a full battery of tests on drinking water and soil after a US veteran told media he personally sprayed the herbicide on the island during the war. ... [RNZI - 24/1/17]
American Samoa backs Trump's TPP stance [RNZI – 24/1/17]:
American Samoa's Congresswoman Aumua Amata has voiced her support for US President Donald Trump's executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership.
The TPP was signed last February by then President Barack Obama, but was not ratified by the US Congress.
Aumua said the TPP would have placed the tuna canning industry at great risk by allowing low-wage countries like Thailand to have the same access to markets in the United States without any of the fees associated with it.
She said not signing the TPP meant American Samoa's canneries could compete with those companies whose wages border on the equivalent of servitude.
She said she would continue to push for polices and legislation that allowed the local industry to thrive, such as returning the ability to set wages back to the local government.
Australia, East Timor aim to agree maritime border by September [Reuters - 24/1/17]:
... The long-running political dispute has led the owners of the Greater Sunrise fields - Woodside Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell and Japan's Osaka Gas - to shelve the project.
The fields are estimated to hold 5.1 trillion cubic feet (144 billion cubic metres) of gas and 226 million barrels of condensate, which analysts have estimated could be worth $40 billion.
Australia earlier this month agreed to allow East Timor to terminate an oil revenue sharing treaty between the two countries, while earlier treaties that govern production remain in place.
East Timor has withdrawn legal proceedings it launched over the past few years against Australia challenging the validity of the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea, to advance the conciliation process, the joint statement said.
Trade Minister Airlangga Hartarto has lauded a plan by state-owned fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia and Germany based Ferrostaal to develop a fertilizer factory in Bintuni Bay, West Papua. ... [Jakarta Post - 23/1/17]
Indonesian police on Monday questioned a hardline Muslim cleric over a hate speech complaint by a civil group following a lecture in which he said new banknotes carried the communist hammer-and-sickle symbol. ... [Reuters - 23/1/17]
The Indonesian government insists that weapon-smuggling allegations leveled at Indonesian police officers returning from a peacekeeping mission in Sudan are marred with inconsistencies, as officials seek more details on the incident. ... [Jakarta Post - 24/1/17]
Concepts the Australian media - and the suckers who believe them - do not understand:
2. The right to seek asylum; and
3. That torture can never be justified.
Julian Assange's lawyer responds to Australian media arselickers: Yes, he would hand himself in [Crikey - 24/1/17]:
... As things turned out, President Obama decided to commute Manning’s sentence to time served (she will be released in May) but also made very clear that his decision had nothing to do with Assange’s offer; it was because Manning’s sentence had been “tough” and disproportionate.
Mere hours after this wonderful news became public, a media frenzy began, with journalists baying for Assange’s blood.
I received call after call — when is Julian leaving the embassy? Why is he not in a taxi to the airport? Or, as claimed by Mr Bradley, that it was “bullshit” to suggest that President Obama should have released Manning immediately (rather than in four months’ time), and pardoned her (which would have made it easier for her to obtain employment, and set a better legal precedent for journalists and other whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden).
Where did that level of antipathy come from? Since when do Australians spend their time and energy lobbying for an Australian publisher to hightail it to a maximum-security penitentiary for life, for the “crime” of publishing authentic documents concerning war crimes and human rights violations?
Since media organisations seem unwilling or unable to read WikiLeaks tweets with anything but guilt-coloured glasses, let me recap Assange’s position for everyone in simple terms:
Assange was very happy that Manning’s sentence was commuted, but also believes that she deserved to be released immediately, and pardoned;
Assange remains willing to be extradited to the US to stand trial in fair proceedings — if going to the US is the only way to end his arbitrary and indefinite detention, then he will do it. ...
Justice delayed is justice denied: After 2.5 years, Logan man is finally committed to stand trial on terror charges [ABC - 24/1/17]
Brisbane Times [23/1/15]:
Court documents have revealed how an undercover police officer infiltrated a Logan Islamic bookstore community, gaining the trust of three members who were later charged with terrorism offences.
The Australian Federal Police agent known as UCO317656 met Omar Succarieh, Agim Kruezi and Robert Louis Maestracci in June 2014 at the iQraa Islamic Centre, according to material filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week.
iQraa, which was run by Mr Succarieh, was raided on September 10 last year by AFP anti-terrorism police. [Following a Murdoch Press beatup.] ...
Queensland police officer Chris Hurley fined for assaulting co-worker [Brisbane Times - 24/1/17]:
... Hurley was fined $500 after previously pleading guilty to the one charge of common assault.
The court heard the high-profile officer is planning to medically retire from the police service and has been suspended without pay since the middle of last year.
Hurley was last month fined $900 after being found guilty of assaulting Luke Cole, who he punched and kicked during a roadside arrest in 2013.
In 2007, Hurley was acquitted of the manslaughter of Palm Island man Cameron Doomadgee, whose 2004 death sparked violent riots.
Sydney Morning Herald does PR for Australia's multi-million dollar funding of the IOM's shady "anti-trafficking" activities in Indonesia. Slaves still slaves. Asylum seekers still trapped [24/1/17]
Where are these asylum seekers today Jewel Topsfield? Did the Australian-funded IOM "repatriate" them too? ---> "No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us." [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]
What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies mean for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.
Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...
@Clintonswalk [24/1/17]: Admin Gee skipped a day....sorry ya'll! Here it is! Day 129: Marla Roadhouse ...
Day 129: Marla Roadhouse [Clinton's Walk For Justice - 18/1/17]:
... What do you see in this picture?
My answers that question for you.
I what I see is a man, i see a man walking all a lone with a friend who drive a car and a other friend who ride a bike to make sure he o.k, i see a man who welling to walk a cross a hall country for his people, his community, his culture and his ancient land.
I see a man welling to stand up for the right think and do what right for every one who live here that share the land with his people.
I see a man is walking and walking thought the heat and in summary not giving up because he know that there a better way how we living now and know how this country can move forward together as one. ...
Palestinians march on Knesset [Al Jazeera - 23/1/17]:
Palestinian citizens of Israel have gathered outside the Knesset in West Jerusalem to protest against the demolition of Palestinian homes.
The rally at the Israeli parliament on Monday came a day after Israeli authorities approved building permits for 566 settler homes in occupied East Jerusalem, a move that has drawn condemnation from Palestinian leaders.
The Jewish settlements are considered illegal under international law. ...
@PalestineVideo [23/1/17]: Jiftlik, Jordan Valley: Palestinian children inspect their belongings after Israel demolished their homes
Israeli forces fire towards Gaza fishermen, farmers, bird hunters [Maan - 24/1/17]
A security source in Salahuddin province revealed that nine children were either killed or wounded by mortar shelling launched by the Islamic State group in Sharqat, north of Tikrit, Alsharqiyah News reported on Monday. ... [IraqiNews.com - 23/1/17]
A police source revealed that a person was killed and six others were wounded in the explosion of a booby-trapped vehicle, east of Baghdad, Alsumaria News reported on Monday. ... [IraqiNews.com - 23/1/17]
Mortar shelling kills, wounds 8 civilians in western Mosul [IraqiNews.com - 23/1/17]
Iraq army denies taking east Mosul from ISIL [Al Jazeera - 23/1/17]:
... Also on Monday, Iraq's prime minister ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling ISIL for Mosul.
Haider al-Abadi said the probe would examine "cases of kidnappings, mistreatment and violations" against civilians.
Abadi blamed such incidents on "groups that exploit the good name" of Iraqi soldiers and Shia and Sunni paramilitaries.
The statement also said that the abuses were recorded and then posted on social media to "spoil the joy of victory and to defame the real image of the brave security forces and their sacrifices to liberate the land and to maintain security". ...
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham launches a general offensive against rebel groups in Aleppo, Idlib CS [AMN - 24/1/17]
A girl was killed and 5 persons were injured in a terrorist attack with shells on the terrorist-besieged town of al-Fouaa in the northern countryside of Idleb. ... [SANA - 23/1/17]
Bringing the primary antagonists in the Syrian conflict to the negotiating table in Astana, Kazakhstan is already a massive result, political analyst Marwa Osman told RT.
Talks between the Syrian government and opposition are taking place in Astana, Kazakhstan, as part of an initiative led by Russia, Turkey, and Iran.
Major armed group Jaysh al-Islam is also involved in the negotiations. ... [RT - 23/1/17]
Journalist Eva Bartlett to deliver lectures on Syria in Hamilton [The Hamilton Spectator - 22/1/17]
A South African photojournalist has allegedly been kidnapped in Syria.
Humanitarian group the Gift of the Givers said Shiraaz Mohamed was taken hostage on Tuesday.
He was apparently on his way to the Turkish border with two Gift of the Givers members when they were cornered and held at gunpoint.
The aid workers were eventually freed and the kidnappers said they would release Mohamed after a few days, but he is still missing.
The International Relations Department said Syria is a war-torn country and South Africa has no embassy there, but it was aware of the incident and will assist the Gift of the Givers where possible. [ENCA - 14/1/17]
Syrian refugee chocolate maker turned away at US border [Yahoo - 23/1/17]
Charlie Liteky, Army chaplain in Vietnam who gave back Medal of Honor, dies [CBS - 22/1/17]:
... Twenty years after his heroic actions in Vietnam, Liteky left the Medal of Honor - awarded under the name of Angelo J. Liteky - and a letter to President Ronald Reagan at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington in protest of the country’s foreign policy in Central America, where U.S.-backed dictators were fighting bloody wars against left-leaning rebels. ...
Russian army engineers assigned to the International Mine-Clearing Center have defused almost 500 improvised explosive devices in eastern Aleppo since Monday morning, the center for reconciliation of the warring sides in Syria said on Tuesday. ... [TASS - 24/1/17]
Russia and Turkey bomb targets near al-Bab in Aleppo province [TASS - 23/1/17]
Russian military says it carried out joint strikes with US-led coalition in Syria, US denies it [RT - 23/1/17]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 23/1/17]
In separate calls today, Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke with his counterparts from the United Kingdom and Canada and with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, according to readouts of the calls provided by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis. ... [US Department of Defense - 23/1/17]
Greek government refuses island Mayors' urgent requests to transfer migrants on grounds it would undermine sham EU-Turkey exile deal [Ekathimerini - 23/1/17]
@mpodil [23/1/17]: A boat @ Lesvos 6pm. All wet & cold. Volunteers had to fight with coast guard to let them give dry clothes. Pregnant #refugees among them
Eric Kempson [23/1/17]:
One boat arrived on north coast Lesvos at 6 o'clock tonight, picked up by coast Guard just of Eftalou and taken to skala Sykaminia 51 people on board, 3 children 15 women 33 men three women were pregnant 3 medical cases every one very cold, taken two stage 2 then to Moria, great job by all the teams and every one involved.
10 die, 30 missing after migrant boat capsizes off Johor [The Straits Times - 24/1/17]
The criminalisation of immigration in the United States [American Immgration Council - 13/7/17]:
... The United States is in the midst of a “great expulsion” of immigrants, both lawfully present and unauthorized, who tend to be non-violent and non-threatening and who often have deep roots in this country.
This relentless campaign of deportation is frequently justified as a war against “illegality”—which is to say, against unauthorized immigrants.
But that justification does not come close to explaining the banishment from the United States of lawful permanent residents who committed traffic offenses and who have U.S.-based families.
Nor does it explain the lack of due-process rights accorded to so many of the immigrants ensnared in deportation proceedings.
Likewise, the wave of deportations we are currently witnessing is often portrayed as a crime-fighting tool.
But, as the findings of this report make clear, the majority of deportations carried out in the United States each year do not actually target “criminals” in any meaningful sense of the word. ...
US detention centers hold thousands of legal immigrants [The Seattle Globalist - 9/1/17]
... With over one thousand people shot dead by US law enforcement agents each year, the alleged risk posed by Guantánamo prisoners to the US is clearly exaggerated, and with the naval base home to another indefinite detention facility since 1991, for immigration detainees, there is no interest in ending indefinite arbitrary detention, a highly lucrative business. ... Why Obama didn't close Guantánamo [One Small Window - 7/1/17]
Your fears are not credible: A mother and child trapped in Obama's brutal family deportation system [The Intercept - 14/12/16]
AND NOW IS THE TIME TO CLOSE THEM ---> Australia's refugee concentration camps on Nauru and Manus Island were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States (i.e. Hillary Clinton's State Department) [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]
Where is the politician, rights organisation, NGO, academic, "advocate" or professional association who will demand AN END to Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy, instead of expending all their efforts mythmaking and blaming Trump for the Clinton/Obama war on asylum seekers? ---> @OzRefugeeCounc [23/1/17]: US officials visit Manus Island as Australia's refugee deal stays on track ... <--- The US deal" not "on track" or "progressing".
The "US Deal" is a FRAUD - and the men, women and children held for nearly four years on Nauru and Manus Island are in a precarious situation - THEY NEED YOUR ADVOCACY MORE THAN EVER.
... DIRTY POLICY!...
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016
ABC does propaganda to justify expected collective punishment and ongoing repression of illegally and unconstitutionally held men on Manus Island [23/1/17]
Rumours PNG police protecting murder suspect [RNZI - 24/1/17]
The Australia-PNG Policing Partnership program will continue in the country.
The announcement follows a meeting between Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davies, and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. ... [PNG Loop - 23/1/17]
The Waigani National Court has ordered the state to pay K190, 733.80 to three men from Tari, Hela Province after they were assaulted, stripped naked and paraded around Tari by police six years ago. ... [PNG Loop - 23/1/17]
Human Rights NOW. Not after a another conference in February. PEOPLE ARE DYING. SAY SOMETHING. NOW. [Australian Lawyers for Human Rights]
"I ask the world to do something to end Australia's political game on vulnerable refugees." Imran Mohammad - Rohingya refugee and one of the 1,000s of political prisoners of the Australian government, Manus Island [The Age 12/1/17]
24 January 2017