‏@sunosi3 [24/1/18]:  Thanks to all our friends who are constantly supporting and standing up for humanity. It’s 175 days of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. # من جحيم المأنوس @from #Manus Hell#




Day 175 peaceful protest. [West Haus, Manus Island] @Shamindan1  [24/1/18]



We haven't heard anything from the Manus and Nauru refugees sent to the US last September. Have you heard anything? Are they OK? I am worried about them. ---> US authorities are coming to Port Moresby. Wish you all the very best for those who are waiting for them. Good luck guys. ‏ @Shamindan1 [24/1/18]



@Aussie4Refugees [24/1/18]: Has anything been heard from the #Manus and #Nauru refugees trafficked to the US last September? Have they been freed from house arrest. and are they on a path to US citizenship? Since when do we all unquestioningly accept IOM-"advocate"-US State Dept propaganda?



Not freedom, not protection and not resettlement: US immigration officials continue tormenting refugees on Manus Island and Nauru, as Australia's illegal policy of attrition continues unchallenged.




If you're not calling for the release of ALL refugees on Nauru and Manus Island, and an END to Australia's "deterrence" policy at this dire stage, you're just helping perpetuate the atrocities.

You may be Grandmothers, but you're also ARSEHOLES. ---> Grandmothers Against the Detention of Refugee Children gadrc.org are petitioning the Australian Government to evacuate all refugee children held captive on Nauru. ... [21/1/18]



Irish man brought to US as child to be deported from Boston [The Irish Times - 23/1/18]



US Customs and Border Protection agents detain grandmother on Greyhound bus after asking everyone for ID [Huffington Post - 23/1/18]:


... The woman was Jamaican and had been visiting family, according to the Florida Immigrant Coalition, an advocacy group. 

“My mother-in-law came to visit me last week,” the woman’s daughter-in-law told the coalition.

“She’s my daughter’s grandmother and this was the first time meeting each other. I dropped her off at the Greyhound bus stop Friday morning and never got word of her arrival. I’m very concerned about these officers questioning her without a lawyer present.” ...



Activists face federal charges after leaving water for migrants in the Arizona desert [The Intercept - 24/1/18]:


... According to a complaint filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Arizona, Border Patrol agents conducting surveillance in the town of Ajo observed Scott Warren, 35, and two undocumented immigrants entering a building — referred to as “the Barn” — on January 17, 2018, the same day the humanitarian group’s report was published.

The migrants reportedly learned of the Barn’s address, and the sanctuary it was said to provide, through online research.

“Warren met them outside and gave them food and water for approximately three days,” the complaint states, accusing the activist and Arizona State University instructor of also providing the migrants with “beds and clean clothes.”

With assistance from Pima County sheriffs’ deputies, the Border Patrol agents knocked on the door of the Barn and found Warren and the others inside.

The government is now relying on the migrants as material witnesses in its case against Warren, who was charged with bringing in and harboring undocumented immigrants. ...



"To destroy water in the desert is one of the most vicious things you could do.":  All death and no returns = "Successful" US border policy [VIDEO - The Empire's Border Part I - teleSUR - 31/1/16]:


Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand.

They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire's gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government.

Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.  ...



@TheAmosYee [1/1/18]: So uhhh stuff happened... I'm now in Los Angeles



@TheAmosYee [31/1/18]:  2018 is the year that I destroy America



Update on Snowden’s Guardian Angels [For The Refugees - 18/1/18]:


... Sputnik: After Oliver Stone's Hollywood film ‘Snowden’ unwittingly revealed the identity of the refugees- they were catapulted into a very precarious situation.

Robert Tibbo: We hadn't anticipated the Hollywood film, and we hadn't anticipated Oliver Stone becoming aware of the existence of the refugees. So the clients were put in a very difficult position. Myself as Robert Tibbo, I only have a limited number of clients who are refugees. It would be a matter of time before the Hong Kong government would be knocking on the doors of each one of my clients.

Sputnik: To avoid that, the refugees made themselves known, which led to their being illegally targeted by agents from Sri Lanka. The situation mounted to such urgency, that from a humanitarian perspective, the refugees should have been granted immediate asylum, in Hong Kong or in Canada — but neither country has jumped to aid.

Robert Tibbo: The Hong Kong government clearly wants our clients to their cases to be decided as soon as possible, and to have them deported, removed from Hong Kong.

Sputnik: Robert Tibbo is the humanitarian lawyer of Edward Snowden and his 7 Guardian Angels, he explains why Hong Kong is hesitant to help.

Robert Tibbo: The Hong Kong government wants to make an example of the Snowden Guardian Angels, and the example is: You don't protect a whistleblower. If you protect a whistleblower, this is what will happen to you.



The Snowden refugees under surveillance in Hong Kong [Chaos Computer Club - 29/12/17]



Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has not stepped outside the heavily surveilled confines of the Ecuadorian embassy in London since he entered the building almost six years ago.

Naturally, much of the media attention has focused on his international legal drama and threats to his safety, including arrest and possible extradition to the US.

In contrast, ongoing violations of his human rights, including his fundamental right to healthcare in the context of his unusual confinement, have received less coverage.

As clinicians with a combined experience of four decades caring for and about refugees and other traumatised populations, we recently spent 20 hours, over three days, performing a comprehensive physical and psychological evaluation of Mr Assange.

While the results of the evaluation are protected by doctor-patient confidentiality, it is our professional opinion that his continued confinement is dangerous physically and mentally to him, and a clear infringement of his human right to healthcare.


We must ask: why does Mr Assange remain unable to exercise his human right to health services? Are states allowed to choose who is entitled to this fundamental right and who is not? ... [Guardian - 25/1/18]



‏@JulianAssange [24/1/18]:  Citing the right to a speedy trial US Second Circuit squashes conviction of man held for drug charges. The government took seven years to bring him to trial. [The unconstitutional grand jury against @WikiLeaks has been going for nearly eight years.] ...



Kentucky school shooting suspect charged with murder [USA Today - 24/1/18]:


... The shooting spree is the latest in a long line of such tragedies.

Last month a former student at Aztec High in Aztec, N.M., walked into a classroom and fatally shot two students and himself.

This month alone, 11 shootings at or near schools across the nation have been reported.

It's illegal in Kentucky for anyone under the age of 18 to possess a gun with a few exceptions, such as while attending a firearms safety course or while hunting.

And the school conducts active shooter training. ...



... It's the same old theme, in 2018,

In your head, in your head, they're still fighting.

With their tanks, and their bombs, and their guns, and their drones,

In your head, in your head, they are dying ...  Hear the Bad Wolves cover of ‘Zombie’ Dolores O’ Riordan was scheduled to record hours before she was found dead [Irish Post - 22/1/18]



No more war.

No more war.

No more war.

No more war.

No more war.

No more war.

No more war.


'Gunfight', D.A.R.K. [2016]



Two Special Task Force intelligence officers accused of murdering a Tamil man in Jaffna last year have had their remand extended by the Jaffna magistrate. ... [Tamil Guardian - 24/1/18]



Elderly Tamil woman found dead in home in Jaffna, murder and robbery suspected [Tamil Guardian - 24/1/18]



Mothers of the disappeared in Vavuniya on Tuesday continued their protest calling on the government to provide answers on the whereabouts of their missing loved ones. 

The protesters, who have been demonstrating for over 330 days, expressed their frustration at the government's failure to deliver on promises. [Tamil Guardian - 23/1/18]



58 arrested during protests against police shooting in Kataragama [Tamil Guardian - 22/1/18]



Parents of students at Badulla Girls' Tamil School held a demonstration on Monday to protest against the degrading treatment of the school principal by the Uva chief minister ... [Tamil Guardian - 22/1/18]



Gloating? --> US Defense Secretary Mattis says plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar even worse than media portrayals [Reuters - 23/1/18]



7 October 2016:  Obama lifts sanctions on Myanmar - two days before the military began a previous operation in Rakhine [Reuters]



“Two helicopters were deployed to our village. The helicopters flew over the village for over 20 minutes, firing randomly at the villagers. The first round of attack was carried out from a higher altitude, but in the second and third rounds, they flew just over the rooftops of the houses. Seven members of my brother’s family in-law were killed in the helicopter attack.” ... Report of OHCHR mission to Bangladesh:  Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016 [3/2/17]



@nslwin [23/1/18]:  These #Rohingya crossed the #Bangladesh border just yesterday (Jan 22). A woman said her young cousin was taken away by #Myanmar military. So they decided to flee. They are from #AleyChaung & #SeinNyinPyar VT #Buthidaung.  



Bangladesh police arrest and detain Rohingya refugees for trying to hold protest [Rohingya Blogger - 23/1/18]



Bangladesh says refoulement of Rohingya refugees is delayed [The Daily Star - 22/1/18]



“We need to help them through it,”:  Woodside CEO Peter Coleman on supporting the government of Myanmar with the imminent refoulement of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh [Reuters - 18/1/18]:


... Woodside is still targeting growth in Myanmar, where it discovered gas last year and expects to drill three wells this year, starting around March or April, even amid a humanitarian crisis involving Rohingya refugees.

One of the wells will be off the troubled state of Rakhine, where it co-owns acreage with China’s CNPC International .

Woodside is in “well advanced” talks with the government on fiscal terms for developing its discoveries in its southern hub off Myanmar, including development concepts and pricing of gas needed to underpin the development.

“I would hope that’s resolved in the first half of this year,” Coleman said.

He said he was pleased the Myanmar government had agreed to start allowing Rohingya refugees to return from Bangladesh and added that Myanmar needed more time to adjust after being isolated from the rest of the world for 60 years.

“We need to help them through it,” Coleman said.



Human Rights Watch, UN etc still not condemning Myanmar and demanding Aung San Suu Kyi end the genocide, and that the region PROTECT AND MAKE SPACE for the Rohingya [The Daily Star - 24/1/18]



... “It’s not time to express sympathy, to provide food or money or donations,” said Uddin.

“We need to make space for them. It is our duty.” Bangladesh professor calls on international community to stand beside the Rohingya [The Star - 7/12/17]



7 minutes in ---> Conservative UK MP Pauline Latham: I went to Myanmar about 5-6 years ago and met her [Aung San Suu Kyi] and she was already determined that the Rohingyas were not part of Myanmar [RT - 22/1/18]



U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saw Indonesian troops drink snake blood, roll in glass, break bricks with their heads, walk on fire, and more, in a rare military demonstration on Wednesday meant to show the unique skills of Indonesia’s military. ... [Reuters - 24/1/18]



West Papua:  Measles, chickenpox kill dozens of children [Al Jazeera - 21/1/18]



Two Brisbane students have continued to halt work on Aurizon’s coal rail line by climbing aboard a coal train, blocking access to Adani’s Abbot Point Coal Terminal.

This has continued the shutdown that started early this morning with Tayla Jay Haggarty being suspended from the coal railway – now in custody of the Queensland Police. ... [Frontline Action on Coal - 24/1/18]



 @empathiser [22/1/18]: 'Reforms to the Native Title Act 1993' submission date has been moved from Jan 25 to Feb 28. I confirmed with the AG's Native Title Unit that the date was changed due to "feedback from stakeholders" including Indigenous stakeholders, needing more time. ...



Australia’s national bullying campaign oblivious to online Aboriginal hatred [Welcome to Country - 23/1/18]



Hawke cabinet’s media changes paved the way for News Corporation [Guardian - 1/1/14]



How the Murdoch press keeps Australia's dirty secret [John Pilger - 12/5/11]:


... In 1984, the Labor Party “solemnly pledged” to finish what Whitlam had begun and legislate Aboriginal land rights.

This was opposed by the then Labor Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, a “mate” of Rupert Murdoch.

Hawke blamed the public for being “less compassionate”; but a secret 64-page report to the party revealed that most Australians supported land rights.

This was leaked to The Australian, whose front page declared, “Few support Aboriginal land rights”, the opposite of the truth, thus feeding an atmosphere of self-fulfilling distrust, “backlash” and rejection of rights that would distinguish Australia from South Africa.

In 1988, an editorial in Murdoch’s London tabloid, the Sun, described “the Abos” as “treacherous and brutal”.

This was condemned by the UK Press Council as “unacceptably racist”. ...



Rupert Murdoch hasn’t been thwarted by regulators – he secured his power a long time ago [Independent - 23/1/18]



Tennys Sandgren opened his press conference with a prepared statement and then took only questions about the match after his Australian Open quarterfinal loss to Hyeon Chung. [24/1/18]



Kim Dotcom, the founder of file-sharing site Megaupload, is suing the New Zealand government for billions of dollars in damages over his arrest in 2012.

The internet entrepreneur is fighting extradition to the US to stand trial for copyright infringement and fraud.

Mr Dotcom says an invalid arrest warrant negated all charges against him.

He is seeking damages for destruction to his business and loss of reputation.

Accountants calculate that the Megaupload group of companies would be worth $10bn (£7.2bn) today, had it not been shut down during the raid.

As he was a 68% shareholder in the business, Mr Dotcom has asked for damages going up to $6.8bn.

He is also considering taking similar action against the Hong Kong government. ... [BBC - 22/1/18]




One of Clive Palmer's unforgiveable suggestions while he was in Parliament [August 2014]



@Aliajrestani22 [23/1/18]:  7th day of Hazara Refugees protest for freedom in #Balikpapan_IDC_PrisonCamp in Indonesia. they have been detained nearly for four years.



Hazara International Network [23/1/18]: 7th day of peaceful protest from mostly Hazara Refugees in #Balikpapan_IDC_PrisonCamp in Indonesia for freedom.



... The hand that signed the treaty bred a fever,

And famine grew, and locusts came;

Great is the hand that holds dominion over

Man by a scribbled name. ...


Dylan Thomas



Signing the Strategic Partnership Framework with @IOM_news Director General William Lacy Swing  [Image:  ‏@PeterDutton_MP - 28/4/15]



@Aussie4Refugees [1/12/17]: Aus govt withholds survival stats re IOM facilitated deportations



Indonesia Immigration Detention Profile [Global Detention Project]:


... According to academic research findings, from 2011 to 2013 Australia channeled more than $90 million through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for programmes in the region, “including the upgrade and refurbishment of existing detention facilities” in Indonesia. ...



Why Indonesia shows the IOM isn’t helping migrants [News Deeply - 26/10/17]:


... In 2000, IOM, Australia and Indonesia signed a Regional Cooperation Agreement, under which Indonesian police and immigration officials would intercept refugees and asylum seekers thought to be intent on traveling irregularly to Australia.

Those intercepted are detained in 13 detention centers across the Indonesian archipelago, where IOM provides “migrant care management” to those detained.

While Australia claims that it does not directly fund immigration detention in Indonesia, it earmarks funds using the obscure label of “providing care and maintenance to intercepted irregular migrants in Indonesia.” ...



What Australia's fanatical "stopping the boats" anti-refugee policy means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


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

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

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

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



Labor Party politicians Plibersek, Marles and Shorten meet with IOM officials in the Marshall Islands to discuss "challenges" of keeping climate change refugees out of Australia [November 2015]



Peter Dutton's biggest defender in the Australian Parliament - Richard Marles - just happens to run into his IOM pal in Myanmar [May 2015 - in the middle of the Rohingya boat crisis]




24 January 2018