... The time has come, the Walrus said. Perhaps things will become worse and then better. Perhaps there's a small god up in heaven readying herself for us. Another world is not only possible, she's on her way. Maybe many of us won't be here to greet her, but on a quiet day, if I listen very carefully, I can hear her breathing.
We - Arundhati Roy :
We is a fast-paced 64 minute documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.
It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest.
It's witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history.
We is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today.
We is a completely free documentary, created and released anonymously on the internet.
Europe is Kaput. Long live Europe! - Slavoj Žižek, Yanis Varoufakis and Julian Assange - full event [Southbank Centre - VIDEO - 23/11/15]
Israel hits Gaza with air strike ahead of Kerry visit [Middle East Eye - 24/11/15]
A Palestinian man was shot and wounded after he allegedly rammed his car into a group of Israeli security personnel, injuring four, at Tappuah junction in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday morning, Israeli police said. ... [Maan - 24/11/15]
Palestinian suspect, 16, shot dead after killing Israeli near Ramallah [Maan - 23/11/15]
Israeli forces shot two Palestinian teenage girls, killing one and wounding the other, after they were allegedly involved in a stabbing attack near a central Jerusalem market on Monday morning, Israeli police said. ... [Maan - 23/11/15]
One Afghan National Army (ANA) commander, four militants and two civilians have been killed during clashes in western Ghor province, an official said on Tuesday.
The gunbattles that erupted between rebels and security forces late on Monday were still ongoing, the governor’s spokesman, Abdul Hai Khatibi, told Pajhwok Afghan News. ... [Pajhwok - 24/11/15]
... The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had abducted 10 people onboard the helicopter, including two foreign nationals, after targeting the chopper. Taliban attack ANA copter after emergency landing in Faryab [Pajhwok - 24/11/15]
A female Pakistani fighter pilot has died after her aircraft crashed in Punjab province.
Marium Mukhtiar was on a routine training mission when her plane met an "in-flight emergency" over Mianwali district, the air force said.
She and her co-pilot ejected.
She later died from her injuries in hospital. ... [BBC - 24/11/15]
Saudi fighter jets have carried out a new round of attacks on residential areas in four provinces in northern Yemen, killing more than a dozen people.
Yemen’s al-Masirah TV said on Monday that Saudi fighter jets launched attacks on various districts in two provinces of Jawf and Sa’ada, killing 15 people. ... [Press TV - 23/11/15]
A car bomb exploded in North Sinai's Al-Arish close to a hotel where judges supervising parliamentary elections are residing, killing four people and injuring 14 others, the military and Egyptian state TV said.
Four people were killed in the blast and 14 injured. "One judge was among those killed and two civilians are among the injured.
They were treated in Al-Arish public hospital, while 12 were transferred to a nearby military hospital," according to Khaled Megahed, the health ministry spokesperson.
The military later said in a statement that the attack killed a total of two police conscripts and a judge and injured 12 others, including security forces and civilians. ... [Ahram - 24/11/15]
Woman, child killed in bombing in Egypt's North Sinai [Ahram - 23/11/15]
Car bomb kills five at checkpoint east of Libya's Tripoli [Reuters - 24/11/15]
Tony Blair is to face questioning by MPs about his ties to the fallen Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi. ... [Independent - 22/11/15]
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Leader of the Islamic Revolution in Iran Ali Khamenei asserted that it’s impossible to achieve a political settlement in Syria via external dictations.
During their meeting on the sideline of the 3rd Gas Exporting Countries Forum held in Tehran on Monday, Putin and Khamenei stressed that Moscow and Tehran are in agreement on rejecting attempts to dictate options for the political settlement in Syria, and that there can be no alternative to a settlement implemented by the Syrian people themselves. ... [SANA - 23/11/15]
France launched air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq on Monday in the first sorties from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, newly deployed in the eastern Mediterranean. ... [Yahoo - 23/11/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [24/11/15]:
Baghdad: A roadside bomb exploded today morning near Shallal market in Sha'b area north of Baghdad resulted in death and 7 injuries.....
Baghdad: Dozens of civil activists demonstrated today morning at the entry of the Green Zone demanding to end the rampant corruption in three authorities- judicial,legislative and executive -and punish the corruptors......
Five protesters were shot late Monday night near the Black Lives Matter encampment at the Fourth Precinct police station in north Minneapolis, according to police.
Those who were shot sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said police spokesman John Elder in a statement. Miski Noor, a media contact for Black Lives Matter, said “a group of white supremacists showed up at the protest, as they have done most nights.”
One of the three counterdemonstrators wore a mask, said Dana Jaehnert, who had been at the protest site since early evening.
When about a dozen protesters attempted to herd the group away from the area, Noor said, they “opened fire on about six protesters,” hitting five of them. ... [Star Tribune - 24/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [23/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 14 strikes in Syria:
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes destroyed an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL mortar tube, and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Abu Kamal, two strikes destroyed an ISIL excavator and destroyed an ISIL earthen bridge.
-- Near Hasakah, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL structures and an ISIL tactical vehicle.
-- Near Hawl, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Ayn Isa, four strikes struck four separate tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and six ISIL structures.
Additionally, two previously unreported strikes occurred in Syria on Nov. 21:
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.
-- Near Hasakah and Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed 283 ISIL vehicles.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Abu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Rutbah, one strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.
-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and wounded two ISIL fighters.
-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL artillery piece.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle, eight ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL house bomb, two ISIL recoilless rifles, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL building, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL bridge section.
Russian Su-24 fighter jet shot over Syria - Russian MoD [RT - 24/11/15]
Two RT correspondents have sustained injuries after a press convoy was shelled on the Turkish-Syrian border.
One of the reporters sustained serious injuries after a missile exploded near a car carrying RT crew members. ... [RT - 24/11/15]
On Saturday 14 November 2015, anarchists and communists from Antifascist – Anti-authoritarian Social Center “Distomo” and “Red Line” Collective, organized a motorbike patrol in Athens City Center, as part of direct actions taking place for the 1st year since the opening of Antifa Social Center “Distomo” inside an area of Athens, that until recently predominantly supported the neonazi “Golden Dawn” party in Greece.
The antifa social center in Agios Panteleimonas, Athens is called “Distomo” after the massacre of 10 June 1944 in the greek village where the Waffen-SS, for over two hours, went door to door and massacred Greek civilians, as part of a ‘retaliation measure’ for a partisan attack upon the unit. A total of 214 men, women and children were massacred in Distomo. [VIDEO - 23/11/15]
Nazis ----> US begins second phase of Ukrainian training, equipping mission [US Department of Defense - 23/11/15]
A fire broke out Tuesday at a camp for African migrants in Algeria, killing 18 people and injuring another 43, emergency services said.
The blaze began before dawn at the camp housing about 600 migrants in Ouargla, 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Algiers.
The cause and the victims' nationalities were not immediately known. ... [Naharnet - 24/11/15]
@MSF_Sea [23/11/15]: In #Idomeni men have sewn their lips together in an act of protest after they were stopped from crossing to #FYROM
Turkey has all but closed its borders to Syrian asylum seekers and is summarily pushing back Syrians detected as they try to cross, Human Rights Watch said today.
Syrians described Turkish border guards intercepting them at or near the border, in some cases beating them, and pushing them and dozens of others back into Syria or detaining and then summarily expelling them along with hundreds of others.
During the second half of October 2015, Human Rights Watch interviewed 51 Syrians in Turkey who had fled airstrikes and other violence in Syria. All said it was common knowledge among Syrians that they could only enter Turkey using smugglers. They described men, women, and terrified children trying to clamber at smuggler crossings across steep terrain at night for many hours surrounded by gunfire. ... [Human Rights Watch - 23/11/15]
5 Sudanese migrants killed by Egyptian border guards at Israeli border [Ahram - 23/11/15]
@ItalianNavy [23/11/15]: #SAR Nave Aliseo #MarinaMilitare, con a bordo i migranti tratti in salvo, dirige per il POS di Lampedusa
@ItalianNavy [23/11/15]: #SAR I migranti soccorsi (71 uomini e 18 donne di cui una in gravidanza) sono stati trasbordati su Nave Aliseo
It is not the refugee outflows that cause terrorism, it is terrorism, tyranny and war that create refugees.
António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees [Humanosphere - 18/11/15]
Syrian refugees to start arriving in Canada next week [The Globe And Mail - 23/11/15]
Cambodia deports 17 Montagnard refugees to Vietnam as 5 Rohingya refugees accepted for resettlement in Canada [Phnom Penh Post - 24/11/15]:
More Montagnard asylum seekers prepared to return to Vietnam yesterday after giving up on obtaining refugee status in Phnom Penh, while five Rohingya refugees set off for resettlement in Canada.
Wan-Hea Lee, country representative of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, said 17 Montagnards had “embarked on their return from Phnom Penh” and were due to arrive in Vietnam today.
She added that the asylum seekers had “requested and obtained assistance” from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
The group is the latest to voluntarily return home ahead of a government-imposed deadline that would see them deported if they remain in the country after February 6.
Denise Coghlan, director of the Jesuit Refugee Service, said the motivations for the repatriation varied.
“Some of them miss their family a lot, [and] some of them probably did not have a very strong case,” she said.
Coghlan added that the opportunity to return with assistance from UNHCR – which has received assurances from Vietnam that returnees will not be mistreated – was better than the alternative of being forced back.
UNHCR is “going to check on how they’re received back there and double check on the people who went back before,” she said.
Over the past year, hundreds of Montagnards – a predominantly Christian minority group from Vietnam’s central highlands – have fled to Cambodia citing religious and political persecution.
So far, just 13 have been registered as refugees, while dozens have been deported and many more left in limbo in Phnom Penh as the government refuses to register their claims.
Coghlan said 199 Montagnard refugees and asylum seekers remain in Cambodia. Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached yesterday, while UNHCR did not respond to requests for comment.
As the 17 Montagnards set off on their return, a group of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar left the Kingdom.
“Five Rohingyas have left for Canada . . . They applied for private sponsorship and they’ve been accepted,” said Coghlan.
Speaking to the Post last year, one of the group, a roti seller who arrived in 2010, spoke of his struggle for basic rights and his dream of finding a new home.
“How can I think about the future when I have to think about where my food will come from next? I want to find a better life,” he said.
Search teams Tuesday said they had given up hope of finding survivors from a landslide in north Myanmar's jade mining heartland as they scoured for bodies from a disaster that left more than 100 dead.
It is one of the deadliest incidents to hit Hpakant in war-torn Kachin state, the hub of a billion-dollar jade trade that enriches a shadowy elite while destroying the local environment and social structure.
Scores of mainly itinerant prospectors were buried as they slept in makeshift tents when a towering mound of waste earth dumped by mining firms suddenly collapsed early Saturday morning.
Recovery teams including the army, police and local community organisations have pulled 113 bodies from the rubble.
Only one man was found alive on Saturday, but died soon after of his injuries.
Dashi Naw Lawn of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, which is helping the search efforts, said no further survivors were expected. ... [Channel News Asia - 24/11/15]
Freeport threatened with “default” [Jakarta Post - 24/11/15]
Russian PM’s arrival in Phnom Penh met with security, limited media access [Cambodia Daily - 24/11/15]
A woman who left work on Friday with severe dizziness amid a mass fainting of factory workers in Kandal province’s 7NG Special Economic Zone died two days later, according to her family.
Phun Samnang said her younger sister, 27-year-old Phun Synun, was taken to a private clinic on Friday morning as about 300 factory workers in the area collapsed. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 24/11/15]
Regional sabre rattling and repudiation of UN conventions continues as PNG Defence Force bomb Indonesian fishing boat, and Australian politicians remain protected and unaccountable for disappearing refugee boats
The National [24/11/15]:
An Indonesian fishing vessel has been sunk by members of the Defence Force ordnance disposal unit following a request by the National Fisheries Authority.
NFA executive manager Gisa Komangin told The National the fishing boat, found fishing illegally in PNG waters, was forfeited by the court in 2013 and kept in the custody of the authority.
“We put it up for on tender for people to buy it but nobody expressed any interest. So we had to sink it,” he said.
It was sunk at sea just outside the Lancron Navy Base in Port Moresby on Sunday. Komangin said the NFA was seriously addressing illegal fishing in the country.
“We are warning the general public and mostly illegal fishing boats that when you try to hide what you do, you have to be very careful because when the law catches up with you, you might experience some problems,” he said.
Komangin said NFA had to ask the National Maritime Safety Authority to find a spot where to sink the boat.
“It took us a very long time to organise the bombing of the boat,” he said.
“So we involved the Exclusive Ordnance Disposal unit of the PNG Defence Force to do it on our behalf.”
... Arunta's visit to Sasebo also enabled ongoing interaction with members of the United States Navy.
An informal reception was held in Arunta for the officers and senior sailors of the various US ships home ported in Sasebo. ... United Nations Command agreement exercised [Navy Daily - 24/11/15]
UNHCR's Australian branch has nothing to say about Ban Ki Moon's remarks to Malcolm Turnbull, but plenty of time to host a two day "fast track" forum?
"Fast tracking" for whom?
RACS is at 2-day UNHCR Consultation in ACT, presenting on #FastTrack Processing @UNrefugees @Refugees @UNHCRCanberra
"tweeted" by @RACSaustralia - Refugee Advice and Casework Service [24/11/15]
Why does the UNHCR's Australian branch never respond to example after example of Australia violating the UN Refugee Convention?
Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.
Mountz: image showing #Australia's onshore and offshore #detention sites ...
Image: @AudraLMitchell [12/11/15]
Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
Australian media continues helping the government with its anti-Rohingya, anti-refugee "Voyage of the Damned" propaganda [Sydney Morning Herald - 24/11/15]
A spokesperson for President Thein Sein took to social media on Saturday to reject recommendations that Rohingya Muslims be granted a path to citizenship. ... [The Irrawaddy - 23/11/15]
I don't believe Four Corners.
I want to know where the boat is.
WHERE ARE THE REFUGEES MALCOLM TURNBULL?
WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH THEM?
Eric & “Anna” [VIDEO - The Intercept]:
A story of youth, dissent, love and betrayal in post 9/11 America woven exclusively with FBI surveillance, ERIC & “ANNA” tells the story of a teenage informant and the activist she helped to put in prison for nearly 20 years.
Jason Van Dyke, officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, to be charged Tuesday [Chicago Sun-Times - 23/11/15]
Lawyer representing Nauru opposition MP says the country's rule of law has totally broken down [RNZI - 24/11/15]:
David Lambourne, who is part of a team representing Roland Kun, says the justice minister, David Adeang, has a personal vendetta against his client that he is executing at will.
Mr Kun had his passport cancelled in June, despite not being charged for any crime.
His wife, who lives in New Zealand with their three young children, had earlier been banned from Nauru.
Mr Lambourne says there is no chance his client will be able to reach his family for Christmas.
"This is all part of the game that minister Adeang in Nauru is playing. As far as I can work out, his whole objective is to try and make life as difficult as possible for his political opponents. And so he is using every legal means he can to try and disrupt their lives and cause as much grief as possible."
David Lambourne says Mr Adeang is employing delay tactics as he knows he was wrong to cancel the passport.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Deborah Stokes [Former Australian High Commissioner to PNG] as Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management. ... [Media Release - 24/11/15]
June 2015 edition of Australian government's Manus Island pro refugee death camp/pro torture propaganda an example of fascism which mocks locals, refugees and Australians. [ABC - 24/6/15]:
The operator of the Manus Island detention centre has donated a mobile boxing ring to the community, despite local staff being accused of bashing an Iranian asylum seeker to death last year.
The donation was publicised in the Australian High Commission's monthly newsletter.
"The mobile boxing ring will assist the Boxing Association to stage boxing tournaments in all places in Manus," said the newsletter caption.
One of the two men arrested for the murder of Reza Barati in February last year was a competitive amateur boxer.
Refugee advocates worry about the message the boxing ring sends to local staff.
"Given the levels of endemic violence on Manus Island, and the alleged involvement of a boxer in the death of Reza Barati, Transfield's gift of a mobile boxing ring to stage tournaments is inappropriate and in poor taste," Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said.
"It would seem to be the actions of a company completely out of touch with the society in which it operates and devoid of any idea of corporate responsibility."
Refugee exiled by Australia goes into hiding on Manus Island after being exploited by Transfield for propaganda campaign [ABC - 13/6/15]
Probably the last time the former protected and unaccountable High Commissioner in PNG was questioned by the media - 11 mins in ----> [VIDEO - Keep Out! - SBS Dateline - 28/3/13]:
… Just days before Prime Minister Gillard's arrival in Port Morseby, the Australian High Commissioner, Deborah Stokes, made a flying visit to the refugee centre, not expecting to be bugged, it would seem, by the presence of any journalists on the island.
REPORTER: Ma'am, it's Mark Davis from SBS TV, can I ask you how your trip was to the facility?
DEBORAH STOKES, AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER: It was a very straight forward trip to the facility.
REPORTER: Are you concerned - I mean there's been various rumours published about the place. Are you concerned about those rumours of inadequate facilities for children and mistreatment of adults?
DEBORAH STOKES: I've had a good look at the facility and that's all I can say at this point.
REPORTER: Could I ask you one question - why is the place so obsessively secretive - no access to journalists, NGOs, lawyers?
DEBORAH STOKES: It's run by the Papua New Guinean Government and that's their decision.
REPORTER: The Papua New Guinean Government says it's not, the Prime Minister says he's happy for journalists and others to go there because he's worried the rumours are growing to such a degree no-one can verify them or otherwise.
DEBORAH STOKES: We will have a discussion with the PNG Government about that.
REPORTER: So as far as you're aware, the Australian Government has no problem with access?
DEBORAH STOKES: The PNG Government is the administrator of the centre and it is on their land, and we will have a discussion with them about that.
REPORTER: So theoretically if they're happy with it, it shouldn't be a problem?
DEBORAH STOKES: Yes.
Wonder which type of colonialism in PNG the Murdoch controlled Australian media favours?
About 150 people at pro-Israel rally in Brisbane
Image: @louisarebgetz - ABC journalist [3/8/14]
PNG-Israeli business connections involving Peter O'Neill [PNG Blogs - June 2014]
... Phil Goff was foreign minister when Australia slashed Kiwi arrivals' rights in 2001 and will travel to Canberra to lobby on the issue on Wednesday.
Mr Goff, who today announced his bid for Auckland's mayoralty, will be joined on Australian trip by Labour leader Andrew Little.
They will also travel to Sydney and visit the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, to talk to New Zealanders detained under toughened immigration laws.
Mr Goff said the detention issue had made headlines, but the current rules affecting hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Kiwis in Australia were "patently unjust".
"One case referred to me, a man had a brain tumour, then was not entitled to a sickness benefit. He got health treatment, because that is reciprocal, but...he actually wasn't in a position to travel back to New Zealand because of his sickness."
Mr Little and Mr Goff will present at two select committees in Canberra on the issue, as well as meet with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Opposition leader Bill Shorten. ... [New Zealand Herald - 22/11/15]
The Catholic Church did nothing to protect children from a Melbourne priest who abused more than 50 children, an inquiry has heard.
More than 450 children have been sexually abused in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, mainly by priests, the child abuse royal commission says.
Counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness SC says the church has paid a total of $16.8 million to 454 people since 1980, once treatment, legal and other costs are taken into account.
The highest number of complaints - 56 - were against Kevin O'Donnell, the parish priest at Sacred Heart Parish in Oakleigh. [Yahoo - 24/11/15]
Hillsong Church leader Brian Houston ignored conflict of interest when dealing with sex abuse claims against father: Royal Commission [ABC - 23/11/15]
Teenager dies after crashing moped into parked semi-trailer at Erskine Park in Sydney's west [ABC -24/11/15]
24 November 2015