Israel releases 12-year-old Palestinian charged with attempted manslaughter [Maan - 24/4/16]
A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for over 50 days against his administrative detention by Israel was transferred to an Israeli hospital after further deterioration in his health, a Palestinian official said Sunday. ... [Maan - 24/4/16]
IOF kidnap Palestinian astrophysicist Imad al-Barghouthi [PNN - 25/4/16]
Israel puts poet under house arrest [Electronic Intifada - 22/4/16]
New York University’s graduate student worker union has voted by a large margin to join the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in support of Palestinian rights.
The Graduate Student Organizing Committee (GSOC), part of United Auto Workers Local 2110, also voted for stewards and delegates, defying the parent union’s declaration last week of an election by acclamation after disqualifying more than half of GSOC’s candidates. ... [Electronic Intifada - 22/4/16]
@mcintinhos [25/5/16]: Anzacs murdering, in cold-blood, villagers in Surafend in 1918: the first hand account from trooper Harold O’Brien
@mcintinhos [25/4/16]: Brave Anzacs rioting, pillaging and murdering in Egypt, 1915. Via war memorial website.
17 killed as Taliban and ISIS loyalists clash in Nangarhar province [Khaama - 25/4/16]
Hundreds of people on Monday took to the streets in southeastern Paktia province against the assassination of a tribal elder and accused local officials of negligence.
The tribal elder, Syed Ishaq, was killed two days ago along with his son and a bodyguard in Gardez by unknown gunmen.
Nearly 1,500 people staged a protest in Gardez, the provincial capital, against the killing.
Carrying photos of the slain person, the protestors asked the government to arrest the killers and bring them to justice.
One of the protestors, a tribal elder, Sofi Habib, told Pajhwok Afghan News Syed Ishaq was not the only elder killed, but several tribal elders and traders had been murdered in the city before. ... [Pajhwok - 25/4/16]
The commander of Australian forces in Afghanistan says a decision will be made later this year on the Australia's future military footprint in the war-torn nation.
Brigadier Cheryl Pearce, the commander of Task Group Afghanistan, said on Monday that building security is her chief priority. ... [Yahoo - 25/4/16]
@mcintinhos [25/4/16]: Australian troops involved in frequent, often pack, rape of Japanese in Kure, 1940s. Via army translator A. Clifton.
Yemeni government forces and their allies killed more than 800 al Qaeda fighters when they advanced into the port city of Mukalla, the Saudi-led pro-government coalition said. ... [Reuters - 25/4/16]
United States continues bombing everyone
US Department of Defense [25/4/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, 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 and ground attack aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:
-- Near Manbij, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Mara, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL vehicle bomb.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 11 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, a strike struck an ISIL staging area.
-- Near Huwayjah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system.
-- Near Fallujah, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL bulldozer, an ISIL front-end loader, an ISIL recoilless rifle and three ISIL bed-down locations.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL anti-air artillery pieces and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Waleed, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
"Top Islamic State leader, in-charge of recruitment from India", killed in US drone strike, Syria [Zee News - 25/4/16]
President Barack Obama announced on Monday the biggest expansion of U.S. ground troops in Syria since the civil war there began, saying he would dispatch 250 special forces soldiers to help local militia to build on successes against Islamic State.
The new deployment increases U.S. forces in Syria six-fold to about 300.
While the total U.S. ground force is still small by comparison to other American deployments, defense experts said it could help shift the momentum in Syria by giving more Syrian fighters on the ground access to U.S. close air support. ... [Reuters - 25/4/16]
US troops will worsen Syria crisis: Iran [Press TV - 25/4/16]
The Russian military are in Syria on legal grounds, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday when asked about the Kremlin’s reaction to the US decision to send 250 additional troops to Syria. ... [TASS - 25/4/16]
Russian Foreign Minister: Syrian opposition should leave regions with terrorist positions [TASS - 25/4/16]:
... "We agreed with the Americans that they would use their influence on these 'good opposition members' and will take them out of there so that no one prevents to destroy the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra. The firm promise of the US that it gave to us to carry out this demarcation has not been fulfilled for two months already," he said. ...
In a new breach of the cessation of hostilities agreement, Jabhat al-Nusra and other armed groups affiliated to it targeted with rocket shells several residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city on Monday.
A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter that three of the shells fell in al-Sulaimaniyeh neighborhood, claiming the lives of 3 children and injuring 17 people, some of them are in critical situation. ... [SANA - 25/4/16]
5 civilians killed, 20 injured in terrorist car bomb blast in Damascus countryside [SANA - 25/4/16]
Iraq’s religious and political figure Moqtada al-Sadr issued a call on Saturday (April 23) for Iraqis to hold demonstrations to pressure lawmakers to vote in a new cabinet.
Sadr called for a million people to take to the streets across the country on Monday (April 25) and push parliamentarians to vote on the new appointees in a “free and transparent” session. ... [NRT - 24/4/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/4/16]:
Anbar: A bombing has targeted south of Fallujah resulted in deaths and injuries of policemen.....................................................
Baghdad: A roadside bomb attached to a taxi exploded while it was passing through Sheikh Omar area in the middle of Baghdad killing a person and wounding two...............
Diyala: Diyala provincial council has decided to postpone the interpellation session after surrounding of the council by hashd militias which have forced the members to delay the session..
... Cole said he was surprised how Islamic State fighters - whose corpses he had photographed and posted to Instagram - had come from so many different countries.
"It's fascinating, like a mini world war because you have all these people from everywhere coming to one centralized place to fight," he said.
Kurdish officials have long pleaded with the West to provide the peshmerga with more direct support, and last week Washington pledged $415 million in aid.
The Kurdish authorities in Erbil have also increasingly pressed foreign governments to discourage their citizens from traveling to Iraq to join their ranks because they can become a liability. ... US volunteers seek adventure fighting Islamic State alongside Kurds [Reuters - 25/4/16]
UK Home Office ‘shamefully’ used new refugee law to deport 700 secretly [Guardian - 24/4/16]:
... Juliet Kilpin, spokeswoman for Citizens UK, a grassroots network of 350 organisations that brought the case against the Home Office, said: “I am hugely disappointed by the government’s action; selectively implementing the Dublin regulations to suit their purposes on the one hand, but ignoring their responsibilities on the other, is both legally and morally shameful.
“It’s time our politicians recognised that people in the UK want to … help unaccompanied children in Europe.”
Tomorrow, the Commons will vote on whether to give sanctuary to 3,000 child refugees, following the overwhelming backing of the House of Lords for a resettlement proposal, after it voted last month for an amendment by Lord Dubs, who was rescued as a child when fleeing the Nazis, and who called on the government to remember the Kindertransport programme. ...
@MSF_Sea [25/4/16]: Hundreds of children, fleeing some of the worst crises of our times are locked behind bars. This is #Europe in 2016.
Abandoned Hotel City Plaza in Athens to be transformed into centre for refugees [FFM-online -24/4/16]
@AlbaFerrs [25/4/16]: Zona de juegos para 57 peques que están en el Hotel “City Plaza” en Atenas
Italian demonstrators call for an end to the deportation of migrants under recent deals, in a confrontation with Austrian police at the Alpine Brenner Pass.
Hundreds of people had also joined the march, including some leftist politicians to condemn Austria’s decision to toughen border controls in response to the unprecedented migrant flows into Europe.
Scuffles broke out when one group tried to breach the barriers erected by the security forces.
One demonstrator was arrested but no injuries were reported.
Austria said this month it would introduce tougher controls from June 1 at the latests. Italy says the plan breaches EU rules on the free movement of people.
The Brenner Pass is the most important Alpine crossing for heavy goods traffic and the controls, if introduced, risk slowing down transport and hurting trade between Italy and her top trading partner, Germany. [EURO News - 24/4/16]
How many refugee and asylum seeker boats did the Australian "Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ..." Navy push back, abandon or sink today? -----> @ItalianNavy [25/4/16]: #Sar #MarinaMilitare Nave Spica con a bordo 244 #migranti dirige su Reggio Calabria anziché Augusta (OPA 25PM)
@AlbaFerrs [25/4/16]: Tres ancianas ayudan a cuidar al bebé de una refugiada en un pueblo de la isla de Lesbos.
@Refugees_Gr [25/4/16]: Piraeus port Refugees Welcome, Frontex Out ...
A German newspaper says a Greek photographer who was working for it has been turned back by Turkish authorities at Istanbul's main airport.
The Bild daily reported that Giorgos Moutafis was prevented from continuing to Libya on Saturday evening. He had to take the next plane back to the Greek capital, Athens, on Sunday morning. ... [Ekathimerini - 25/4/16]
Seventeen-year-old Alsaleh is on the phone with his mom, asking for news from home. It's not good: Kobani is being turned to rubble, the situation is out of control.
Her pain, though, stems from something entirely different.
“How long will you be in for, son?” she asks again.
“Don't worry about me. The trial will start any day now. Let's have faith,” he answers.
I don't know how else to describe Marianna Economou's documentary “The Longest Run” but a punch to the stomach.
The filmmaker has succeeded in making a thriller with real-life characters while crafting an excellent reportage, as she turns her lens on another drama unfolding within that of the refugee crisis, in Greece's juvenile detention centers.
This is where dozens of refugee and migrant minors accused of people smuggling face prison sentences that may come to as long as 30 years. ... [Ekathimerini - 24/4/16]
Norwegian boat rescues 43 migrants [Norway Today - 24/4/16]:
The crew of the Norwegian rescue vessel ‘Peter Henry von Koss’ has rescued 43 migrants from a rubber dinghy in Greece.
3 children, 10 women and 30 men were on board the dinghy.
The youngest child was only eleven months old, according to Rescue Society.
The rescue operation took place Saturday morning.
The migrants came from Nigeria, Congo, Dominican Republic, Bangladesh, India, Afghanistan, Iraq and Morocco.
Since July last year, the crew of “Peter Henry von Koss’ has rescued more than 5,000 people.
3400 refugees have been rescued from lifeboats.
South-East Asian media, human rights and aid organisations are engaging in an extraordinary conspiracy of silence as Australia intensifies its war on refugees
Kids in detention!
Shame on you!
Shame on you!
Day 37, refugee protests on Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [25/4/16]
You gave this the tick of approval UNHCR Australia? ----> Australia tortures refugees for three years then says they are to be deported [ABC - 25/4/16]:
... This means Boochani remains detained with asylum seekers who have had their refugee claims refused and have been told they have no option but to return to their countries of origin.
... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.
The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16]
UNHCR "welcomes" Australia's lies about releasing refugees on Nauru [5/10/15]
PNG fraud squad still locked out despite court ruling [RNZI - 25/4/16]
Queensland academic splains how citizens of Fairfax won't vote for Palmer in 2016, and that corrupt, right-wing party duopoly is democracy [Brisbane Times - 24/4/16]
Australia's media and medical establishment fight to keep the refugee concentration camps open [ABC - 25/4/16] ---> The urgent medical evacuation of a gravely ill asylum seeker from Manus Island was delayed by almost 30 hours partly because a public servant had gone home for the day and did not check his emails until the following morning.
That bureaucratic delay is labelled as "pathetic" by Australian Medical Association president Dr Brian Owler on tonight's Four Corners program on ABC TV. ... . <---- As if this medical torture is inadvertent rather than deliberate.
$13,000 a week buys an awful lot of silence ---> ... It is important to consider that health care staff are not functioning in a humanitarian role at present, they are well remunerated – a recent position for a doctor working on Nauru was offering $13,000 a week.
This unfortunately lends credence to accusations of profiteering. ... [Guardian - 5/3/16]
Half a truth is often a great lie.
Detainees in Australia's offshore immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island have said they will soon be allowed to leave detention during the day. ... [ABC - 25/4/16]
... They sought to portray the deportations as a "resettlement" ... [Deportations to Killing Centres - US Holocaust Memorial Museum]
We are victims of political propaganda and should be understood as political prisoners.
Behrouz Boochani [25/4/16]:
MY STATEMENT FOLLOWING PROTEST ON 24TH APRIL 2016
First I want to say thank you to all those advocates, journalists, academics, writers and friends who supported me and my way with their beautiful words yesterday.
Really I am happy that people understood perfectly that I went on top of that tall tree because of humanity and moral values.
I am proud that you could recognise that I did not do that because of any mental sickness and that it was a political action.
Yesterday i had some short loud talks when I was on that dangerous place with immigration, psychologists, and officers and I explained to them that this action is only for democratic values and is against modern slavery which we in Manus prison are subject to.
I could move to Oscar prison easily but I resisted and chose to fight on a tall tree with my body.
I know that you can understand deeply my situation as a man who has been imprisoned for about three years without any crime.
I am a political prisoner. I know that many of you know that I did not have any other way open to me to resist this. I had to climb on top of that tree because there was no longer any other way.
The action was political.
We are victims of political propaganda and should be understood as political prisoners.
Australia put up in a hell prison camp under a regime of systematic torture. I wanted to show that his policy is cruel, inhumane, unjust and a modern form of slavery.
We were forcibly transported from Australia to their black site on Manus Island and are subject to a regime of systematic torture.
I hope that this action will encourage people to think more about the Australian Guantanamo in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
Lastly, I want to say that I will continue to fight in any way that I can, even with my body
Physicians for Human Rights says torture lawsuit provides "crucial opportunities" for truth and accountability [Media Release - 22/4/16]:
A lawsuit brought by victims of CIA torture against two psychologists who designed and oversaw the illegal program will be allowed to proceed in a U.S. court. In the post-9/11 era,
Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has documented and denounced the systematic torture and ill-treatment of national security detainees in U.S. custody, including the role of psychologists, physicians, and other health professionals in these crimes.
“Today’s ruling is a major step forward in the fight against government-sanctioned torture,” said PHR’s Sarah Dougherty, a senior fellow for the group’s anti-torture program.
“By allowing the lawsuit to proceed, the judge has opened up crucial opportunities for truth and accountability for the crimes of CIA torture and human experimentation.”
Three torture victims – including one who froze to death at a CIA black site – are plaintiffs in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the CIA contractors who designed and supervised the now-discredited torture program in exchange for $81 million.
“James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen not only violated their ethical duty to do no harm, they helped commit war crimes,” said PHR’s Dougherty.
“They must be held accountable for the cruelty they inflicted – not only on these plaintiffs, but on all those who suffered in the CIA’s unlawful torture program.”
Physicians for Human Rights continues to advocate for prosecution of those who designed, implemented, and ordered torture – and has called for the U.S. government to release all information about torture programs implemented after 9/11.
Prisoner’s letters document tragedy and hope inside Guantánamo [The Intercept - 19/4/16]:
... We see animals killing their prey swiftly to avoid suffering and torture, yet we see human beings depriving other humans from their mothers, fathers and families just for the sake of making them feel the bitterness of deprivation and the pain of loss.
Mercy is present in the ferocious animals’ instinct, yet harshness is present in human injustice. ...
... But I think what's also very frightening about refugees for a lot of people is that they remind citizens of stable countries that the privileges that they take for granted might actually be really fragile, that one day a natural disaster or a war might eventually come and make them into refugees too. ... Viet Thanh Nguyen, a former Vietnamese refugee to America, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday for his debut novel, The Sympathizer. [BBC - 20/4/16]
... People building up impossible walls,
And they call it home sweet home,
They buy up false security and force it on their sons,
Life goes by – oh my!
'Lucky Country', Richard Clapton 
History is over on the Nudgee College bus! - parked at Surfers Paradise [25/4/16]
... I seriously want to know. Why aren't they allowed through? ... The Frontier Wars Remembrance, Aboriginal ANZAC day, Canberra 2014 [VIDEO]
THE FRONTIER WARS STORY TELLING CAMP 2016 - April 18-25, 2016
@sister_ratched [25/4/16]: This is as far as we go with the #frontierwars contingent. Police making sure of that. #ANZACday
@ImMylesMorgan [25/4/16]: Frontier wars activists met with applause. Huge change from last year ...
@ellinghausen [25/4/16]: The contingent remembering Indigenous people killed during the Frontier Wars marches down Anzac Parade
A bullet-damaged British penny etched with the name Edwin Henry Morant has been found on a rubbish tip outside Tenterfield, the northern NSW home town of the lawyer who represented Harry "Breaker" Morant at his notorious Boer War war crimes trial. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 23/4/16]
... He requested permission to publish certain undisclosed facts that he knew could have influenced the Court Martial.
Major General Hutton refused.
Major Thomas then resigned his commission in the Australian Reserve. ... [Australians At War]
Thomas, James Francis (1861 - 1942)
Tenterfield's famous sons and daughters [Tenterfield Tourism]
It was a photograph consigned to the landfill of the waste disposal depot of the northern NSW city of Tamworth.
A faded image rescued from the compactor as it was about to disappear forever into history's dustbin.
After years of foraging through the rubbish dumped each day at the Tamworth tip, council worker Alan Cameron had become an adept practitioner of the adage, "One man's junk, another man's treasure".
The picture was of war graves, configured and numbered in military style.
The officer-like bearing and dapper dress of the troubled subject in the weathered snapshot caught Cameron's eye: a sombre, reflective man, his tweeds offset by calf-length riding boots, baton and what appeared to be a military hat.
Closer inspection of the photograph revealed a rear-side inscription: "J.F. Thomas at Morant's grave". ... [The Australian Lighthorse Association - 2000]
After one woman broke his heart, Khalil Abu Rayyan, a 21-year-old Michigan man, contemplated suicide.
Then, when he confided his dark thoughts to another woman, she suggested he steer his violence toward other people.
Both women, it turned out, were FBI honeypots, and one of the recorded conversations with Rayyan entered into ongoing court proceedings provides a rare glimpse into how federal informants work. ... [The Intercept - 21/4/16]
Sydney teenager charged with thought crime [Nine MSN - 25/4/16]:
“Extremist propaganda” was allegedly found by police at the home of a 16-year-old western Sydney boy charged with preparing a terrorism offence at an Anzac Day service today.
During an early morning press conference, NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the risk from the particular threat had been "thwarted".
The 16-year-old was arrested on a street near his home in the Sydney suburb of Auburn yesterday by officers from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team as part of Operation Vianden.
Police will allege the teenager was trying to acquire the method and equipment to conduct a terrorist attack.
No weapons or explosives were found during a search of the teenager’s home, according to 9NEWS reporter Simon Bouda.
The teenager has been charged with one count of acts in preparation for, or planning, a terrorist act, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Mr Scipione said there was an “online component” to the alleged offences and believed the teenager was acting alone.
"The age of the individual is of significant concern, 16 years of age, a boy," Mr Scipione said, shortly after the Martin Place dawn service ceremony this morning.
"At this stage we believe it was one person by himself.
"The risk from this particular threat has been thwarted.”
The arrest was announced shortly before the start of Sydney's main dawn service at Martin Place, but there are no details yet on the alleged plot.
“There was a search conducted and a number of items looked at. I'm not in a position to tell you if anything was seized.”
"Clearly we have taken swift action to ensure community safety on the eve of a sacred day on the Australian calendar," Mr Scipione said.
"Anzac Day should be observed by all in our community free from fear and I would encourage everyone to enjoy this special day."
Police would not comment on the nature of the plot but said the teenager was known to them.
Mr Scipione urged people to "go out and enjoy" the sacred day, saying the level of security at Anzac Day services had been increased.
"Do not let an event like this stop you from going out and taking part in what is a most important commemorative day for us," he said.
"So, please, don't be perturbed."
NSW Premier Mike Baird said the events were disturbing and praised police for the arrest.
"The important point is not to look at the hypotheticals, but to look at the actions that have been taken. Actions were taken by police to prevent actions, to keep us safe," he told reporters after the dawn service.
He, too, urged people to commemorate Anzac Day.
The teenager has been refused bail and is set to appear in a children's court later today.
Israeli technology and brainpower will soon be making streets and internet connections safer in New South Wales.
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has arrived back home from his Israel trip last week determined to make use of blue-and-white innovations to fight cybercrime, including cyberterrorism. ... [Australian Jewish News - 14/4/16]
Not terrorism ---> Police are investigating following a public place shooting in Sydney’s south west this morning.
Shortly before 3am, emergency services were called Cardigan Street, Greenacre, following reports of shots being fired. ... [NSW Police - 25/4/16]
It's a bit too newsy ---> Police investigate brawl - Potts Point [NSW Police - 24/4/16]:
Police are investigating an alleged brawl involving four men in Sydney’s inner city this morning.
Shortly before 3.30am today, emergency services were called to Kellet Street, Potts Point, following reports four men were involved in an altercation.
It will be alleged that during the argument, one of the men was pushed causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head.
Following the incident, a 20-year old man and 22-year-old man fled the scene.
The 25-year-old man and 23-year-old man were both treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken St Vincent Hospital with minor injuries.
The 20-year old man and 22-year-old man were later found and taken to Kings Cross Police Station where they assisted officers with their inquiries.
No charges have yet been laid.
Officers attached to Kings Cross Local Area Command are continuing with the investigation. ...
25 April 2016