208th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau. [Manus Island]



We feel like today it’s good but tomorrow we don’t know how it will be ,that’s where we started feel depressed, frustrated bcuz we feel like we are in reality we don’t have stable life in this planet. ...  @sunosi3 [26/2/18]



‏@Jamshid05271784 [26/2/18]: ... 41th days of #AsylumSeekers Protest in #Balikpapan IDC“It’s about 4 years that we’re imprisoned here Nobody hear our voices including #UNHCR 



@MahdiAlizada18 [26/2/18]:  41days of peaceful #Refugees protest in #Balikpapan detention for freedom.Since we have been starting our protest every day we ask for help.  



@Aussie4Refugees [26/2/18]:  More than 14,000 refugees are trapped in Indonesia because signatories to the UN convention refuse to accept them ...



@toodeji [25/2/18]:  in this days many migrants in MAKASSAR in INDONESIA held protest against the unhumanitrian rules of immigration's head officer in makassar.he has began beating and torture migrants! please be their voice. #UNHCR ...



@SpottedFrogDocs [21/2/18]:  Today in Makassar, refugees from multiple countries protesting their situation with the UNHCR, as they have been informed they will likely not be resettled yet not allowed to become legal in Indonesia ...



@andreasharsono [20/2/18]:  Refugees hold a protest outside UNHCR office in Makassar today, asking the world not closing doors against them. They already spent years in Indonesia, waiting for third countries to accept them 



@ChiNeighbors [20/2/18]: ...The Staging Post: Courageous People Never Give Up! (2017) - The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community ...



@Aussie4Refugees [25/1/18]:  A Sudanese man shows his identity card while sitting on the pavement in front of the Jakarta Immigration Detention Center in Kalideres, West Jakarta, on Friday (05/01). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)  



Ottawa has reached a deal with Israel to suspend removals of asylum seekers waiting for resettlement to Canada. [The Star - 24/2/18]



... "Through these photographs, we wish to remind (Israelis) that the refugees are seeking asylum and have instead received prison. ..." ... [Ynet - 24/2/18]



@assaf_refugees [24/2/18]: The mass rally in South Tel Aviv last night gave us new strength. ...



Israeli Navy kills a teenage Palestinian fisherman, injures two others [IMEMC - 25/2/18]



State Department: US to open Israel’s Jerusalem Embassy in May [Antiwar.com - 23/2/18] 



Slowly, surely and increasingly openly, Abdulfattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian President, is moving his country closer to Israel.

This week, it was a $15 billion gas deal that will see Delek, an Israeli company, supply Egypt with natural gas over a 10-year period. ... [Electronic Intifada - 23/2/18]



The Labour Party on Sunday expelled prominent Jewish anti-Zionist Tony Greenstein, citing his allegedly abusive language and his criticism of leading pro-Israel figures in the UK’s main opposition party. ... [Electronic Intifada - 21/2/18]



Rouhani condemns deadly attacks against Iran police [Press TV - 21/2/18]



Tensions soared in Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday as hundreds of ruling party supporters stormed Kinshasa cathedral after authorities banned a planned church-backed rally against President Joseph Kabila. ... [Yahoo - 25/2/18]



Corruption scandal: Gertler, Glencore's 'Gupta' in the Congo, remains defiant [Biz News - 23/2/18]



Suicide bombers kill at least 14 in Yemen [The National - 24/2/18]



At least 15 people were killed in an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition air strike in northern Yemen, residents said. ... [Reuters - 22/2/18]



The Nigerian military rescued 76 schoolgirls and recovered the bodies of two others on Wednesday, after the students went missing during a Boko Haram attack on a village, three parents, a resident and a local government official told Reuters. ... [Reuters - 21/2/18]



The death toll from twin car bomb blasts in the Somali capital Mogadishu has risen to 45 [The Peninsula - 24/2/18]



@GraffitiExpert [24/2/18]: Chemical tanker attacked off Somalia, suspected pirates repelled says EU Naval force ...



Suicide bomber strikes at militia base; 93 killed in Iraq [Antiwar - 25/2/18]



Authorities are investigating the cause of a mass poisoning in Tuz Khormato that left one child dead and 60 hospitalized.

They do not believe whatever sickened the people was in the water supply

At least 208 people were killed or found dead, and 14 more were wounded: ... [Antiwar.com - 25/2/18]



Christina Marie Schoenecker, an Army Reserve soldier from Arlington, Kan., died Monday in Baghdad, Iraq, the Department of Defense announced on Tuesday.

She was 26. ... [Kansas City Star - 21/2/18]



@CJTFOIR [20/2/18]: The #Australian Minister for Defense visits deployed troops in Iraq where #YourADF is making a highly valued contribution to regional and global security.



Syria - The UNSC mandated ceasefire will not hold [Moon of Alabama - 25/2/18]



Warplanes of the international coalition perpetrated two new massacres against Syrians, claiming the lives of 29 civilians and leaving tens of wounded citizens, shelling residential neighborhoods of al-Sha’afa and Dharat Allouni villages in Deir Ezzor Eastern countryside.

Civil sources told SANA Sunday that the US-led collation carried out several raids on the houses of citizens in the said villages, claiming the lives of at least 29 persons. [SANA - 25/2/18]



Armed groups target Damascus and its countryside with more than 55 mortar and rocket shells [SANA - 24/2/18]



...  Fighting between government troops and rebels escalated during the second week of February, forcing nearly a dozen schools in the Old City to shut for several days and prompting terrified parents to keep children at home.

Hanan kept her daughters out of school for eight days. On Sunday, she woke up and checked a Facebook page called "Daily Mortar Strikes -- Damascus" to see where shelling had hit overnight.

Nervously, she sent her daughters off to class, personally accompanying Lina on the 10-minute walk to Josephine's Girls School. "Today was better. We woke up to our alarms instead of explosions," she said.


A few blocks away in Bab Touma, a handful of public buses stood waiting for passengers to head to the outskirts of the capital.

Driver Abu Mohammad cleaned the glass of his white bus, pausing briefly to point out a crater punched in the pavement by a deadly mortar strike last week.

"We all went home then, but we came back the next day -- we have to live, and we have no other choice," he told AFP ... [Naharnet - 19/2/18]



@GraffitiExpert [24/2/18]:  Airstrikes continue in ongoing US invasion of Iraq and Syria, as war expands into Asia ...



@dersi4m [24/2/18]:  Kurdish Politician and former co-chair of Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim has been arrested on the request of #Turkey in Prague ...



Pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria’s northwestern Afrin region on Tuesday to help a Kurdish militia there fend off a Turkish assault, raising the prospect of a wider escalation of the conflict. ... [Reuters - 21/2/18]



Israel’s mounting interest in Syria’s War, and in particular in picking fights with the Assad government, Iran, and any other Shi’ite factions in the country, have included reports by analysts of a growing amount of Israeli arms and ammunition flowing across the border for rebels. ... [Antiwar.com - 19/2/18]



Seventeen Turkish nationals landed on a beach on a Greek island close to Turkey on Monday, a coastguard official said, and Greek media said they had asked for political asylum. ... [Reuters - 20/2/18]



@ErikGerhardsson [25/2/18]: One refugee boat carrying 57 people arrived to Samos this morning. #refugeecrisis #Greece #Samos 



@ErikGerhardsson [23/2/18]:  A total of four refugee boats arrived to the Greek islands today carrying 189 men, women & children. ...  



@sol2refugees [24/2/18]: ... #Lesvos (3 days ago) a #greek guy took his weapon & shot the #migrants in #Moria send 2 people in #hospital, & the #greek police arrest 3 #refugees (who called police to report the incident), send them to court and charged them with “crime”. #OpenTheIslands



@Lesvosolidarity [23/2/18]:  A 5year old child, reportedly from Syria, who lived in Kara Tepe died today after he was hit by a car on the road outside the camp. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. 



Britain’s shameful indefinite detention for migrants has to end [Morning Star - 16/12/17]:


... Both reports agreed that there must be a time limit for detention — a maximum of 28 days — and Labour MPs have long been calling for an end to indefinite detention as one of the steps needed to fix the system.

Furthermore, the government’s approach is also a colossal waste of money, with the private-sector operators of the detention centres making a lot of money in yet another failed privatisation.

To give just one illustration, the average cost of one detention place is £34,000 a year, which compares to an average cost of electronic tagging of just under £5,000 a year.

Additionally, in the last few years there has also been £4-5 million paid each year in compensation for unlawful detention.

What makes it worse is that Home Office has long been aware of improper conduct by G4S staff and other private companies such as Serco who operate in Yarl’s Wood detention centre as exposed in the aforementioned Panorama.

Yet this Tory government continues to sign off millions of pounds worth of contracts to these companies.

As in so many home affairs policy areas, change is desperately needed. Yet the reason the Tories will not reform immigration detention is because it is all part and parcel of Theresa May’s vision of a “hostile environment” for immigrants, where the notion is that if individuals were detained in this way — quietly, contrary to any due process and with no consideration of their human rights — it would somehow deter others from seeking to come here as immigrants and asylum-seekers.

This approach has failed — it’s time for a new, fairer approach.

Diane Abbott is shadow home secretary and a Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington.  



@Right_to_Remain [20/2/18]:  .@BIDdetention have launched a legal action which could end the role of #G4S in the UK's shameful immigration #detention regime. While our government is ultimately responsible, these private companies must be held to account. #TheseWallsMustFall



Australian Deputy Prime Minister ousted via untested sexual harassment allegation [WSWS - 24/2/18]:


... Accordingly, the Australian and the other main financial newspaper, the Australian Financial Review, have begun highlighting the opposition Labor Party’s preparations to return to office, on the basis of a thoroughly pro-business program.

Both publications ran lengthy feature interviews with Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, promoting his vows to revive the Hawke-Keating Labor governments’ “reform” agenda, responsible for “restructuring” Australian capitalism, at the direct expense of the working class, from 1983 to 1996.

This must sound a warning: as Turnbull’s government implodes, plans are already afoot to bring to power a Labor government, headed by Bill Shorten, which will be the most right-wing ever, including in its fulsome support for the US alliance and its war agenda.



How “free” is the UK press when over 75% of it is owned by a handful of billionaires? [offGuardian - 23/2/18]



The Australian Labor Party isn't even the "lesser evil", they are WORSE. 


Impliedly endorsing these sleazebags rewards and empowers their fascism - particularly Shorten's personal anti-refugee policy.




There is no opposition in Australia - and it's well past time we had one. Shorten Labor Party anti-refugee policy ---> "It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place." ... @Aussie4Refugees [21/2/18]



25 February 2018