At least two people were killed and more than a dozen others injured in a shooting at a Florida nightclub, police said early Monday.

The incident happened in the parking lot of Club Blu in Fort Myers at around 12:30 a.m. ET. ... [NBC- 25/7/16]


United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 25/7/16]



A woman and her child were killed on Monday in rocket shells fired by Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorist groups on al-Khaldiyeh neighborhood in Aleppo city. ... [SANA - 25/7/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/7/16]:


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded inAmin area east of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 7injuries............



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in shops in Ghazaliya area west of Baghdad resulted in death and 8 injuries................



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Sina'i neighbourhood in Baya' area southwest of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 6 injuries..........



Diyala: The outcome of blast which has occurred at a checkpoint in Khalis district has amounted to 10 deaths and 36 injuries and may be increased...........................



Salah-il-deen: News agencies: The air force has targeted Shurqat displaced persons including children and women and humanitarian aids activists have referred that the government air force and coalition intend to target the civilians...........................



A total of 96 undocumented migrants reached the islands of the eastern Aegean within 24 hours, according to Coast Guard data made public on Monday.

Of the new arrivals, 51 landed on Lesvos, 15 on Samos, 16 on Leros and 14 on Kos.

A total of 8,974 migrants are currently living in makeshift camps and state facilities on the islands of the eastern Aegean.

Overall, there are 57,498 undocumented migrants in Greece, according to government figures. [Ekathimerini - 25/7/16]



Day 128 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: @InsurrectNews [25/7/16]



The ABC did propaganda for The Intervention and for the re-opening of offshore refugee concentration camps.


What's their agenda for Don Dale given they've waited so long to investigate?



"A different class of villain": How Apartheid Australia incarcerates and psychologically tortures children in slave compounds. [Nine MSN - 16 September, 2014]:


Three Darwin teenagers overpowered two guards, stole their swipecards and climbed onto the roof of a correctional centre, in the second such incident in two days.

The 14-year-old and two 15-year-old boys spent almost three hours before being talked down from the roof of the new Darwin Correctional Precinct (DCP) at about 10pm on Monday.

The guards were taken to hospital where one was treated for a cut above his eye and the other for a blow to head.

The incident followed another in the early hours of Sunday, when two boys aged 15 and 16 kicked open their cell door at the DCP and spent an hour on the roof.

They were part of a group of six who had tried to escape the Don Dale juvenile detention facility in late August, after arming themselves with metal bars and glass, barricading doors and smashing windows and light fittings.

Tear gas was used and the dog squad was called in to deal with what turned into a three-hour siege.

As a result, Don Dale was closed a month early and all its teenage inmates were moved to the Complex Behavioural Unit at the new $500 million DCP.

They will eventually be housed at the old Berrimah prison once its adult inmates are transferred over.

Corrections Minister John Elferink said the teenagers were "a different class of villain".

"They are simply more violent than we are used to dealing with in our corrections system," he told ABC radio on Tuesday.

The NT Department of Corrections was already reviewing its systems after the August siege when the two DCP incidents occurred.

"These kids often come from homes that just aren't what they could be," Mr Elferink said.

The three boys involved in Monday's incident will be charged.




In this week’s episode of On Contact, Chris Hedges explores capitalism in crisis with Richard Wolff, Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

From Brexit, to labor protests in France, to Italy’s financial woes, they discuss the effects of austerity on the working class.

RT Correspondent Anya Parampil looks at the fallout of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. [RT - 23/7/16]




The Queensland government will hand over $1 million to fund the development of drone technologies that could benefit critical industries under a partnership with Boeing, Shell QGC and Telstra. ... [IT News - 25/7/16]



And why was the police chopper involved in this stunt? ---> ‏@gcsquirrel [25/7/16]:  Does anyone know why there is a chopper flying a car over Surfers Paradise ocean?  [Around 3PM]



Queensland police launch Australian-first Amber Alert system [Media Release - 28/9/15]


Child Abduction, AMBER Alert, and Crime Control Theatre, Timothy Griffin and Monica K. Miller [Sage Journals - Criminal Justice Review - June 2008]:



Intense interest in disturbing child abductions by the mass media, public safety organizations, and the public has helped sustain a socially constructed mythology and sporadic “moral panic” about the presumed pervasiveness of this threat to children.

The result has often been reactionary “memorial” legislation enacted in response to sensational cases.

A recent example is the America's Missing Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert system, which is designed to interrupt serious child kidnappings in progress by soliciting citizen tips to help officials quickly rescue victims.

Drawing on available empirical evidence and theoretical considerations, the authors contend that AMBER Alert has not achieved and probably cannot achieve the ambitious goals that inspired its creation.

In fact, AMBER Alert is arguably an example of what could be called crime control theater.

It is a socially constructed “solution” to a socially constructed problem, enabling public officials to symbolically address an essentially intractable threat.

Despite laudable intentions, AMBER Alert exemplifies how crime control theater can create unintended problems, such as public backlash when the theatrical policy fails and a distorted public discourse about the nature of crime.

Considerations for the future of AMBER Alert in particular, and the concept of crime control theater in general, are discussed.




A Brisbane man who killed his step-daughter allegedly told a neighbour her would stab her if he could "get away with it" just weeks before her death.

Raymond John Mead has pleaded not guilty to murdering Sherelle Locke, 23, while she was watching TV with her mother in Boronia Heights in February 2014. ... [Yahoo - 25/7/16]




Expectant mum 'raped, kicked, strangled' [Yahoo - 25/7/16]




Bangladesh: Case filed in child worker’s death caused by air pumped into rectum, factory official detained [ - 25/7/16]:


... In August last year, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a similar manner at a motor workshop in Khulna by his employer.

Two people have been sentenced to death for the earlier murder.




As the sun rose over Wat Chas in the capital’s Chroy Changvar district yesterday, the body of Kem Ley, encased in a glass casket and draped with a Cambodian flag, began its final journey.

Tens of thousands of Cambodians took to the streets to pay their respects to the slain political analyst as his funeral procession slowly rolled from the capital to his home province of Takeo, where he is expected to be buried today, according to his wife. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 25/7/16]




ASEAN breaks deadlock on South China Sea, Beijing thanks Cambodia for support [Reuters - 25/7/16]




Japan captures 115 whales in northwestern Pacific in May-July [Japan Today - 25/7/16]




Permanent Australian police presence planned for Solomons [RNZI – 25/7/16]




Officer who shot Man Haron Monis describes final moments of Sydney siege [Canberra Times - 25/7/16]:


... Officer A started firing at Monis' chest.

"He actually shot back at us again…I remember flinching because I thought I was going to be hit, because I thought I was about to be shot."

Officer A kept firing, 17 times in total, each shot requiring a separate trigger pull.

He shifted his aim to Monis's head.

"Then he's started to drop to the ground."

Officer A said he worried Monis might have been kneeling into a new position.

"I continue to fire at him until he went to the ground. That's when I stopped firing."

He moved forward and "assessed that he was no longer going to be a threat."

How did he know?

"He was missing a big chunk of his head." ...




... Jarron and Joshua then approached the car from behind a tree and when one of them hit the windshield with the gun the rifle flashed and banged and the windshield shattered.

One of the offenders told the former partner the next one was "for you if you don't leave us alone" and to "smell the barrel" of the gun.

It was noted that neither had revealed which of them was carrying the gun, a detail that appeared to show they did not feel full remorse for the offence, Justice John Burns said.

In a courtroom full of supporters, Justice Burns suspended the pair's prison sentences leaving them to walk free on Monday. ... Uncle and nephew sentenced over 'accidental' shooting of car windscreen [Canberra Times - 25/7/16]




Regional pariah and laughing stock continues being a regional pariah and laughing stock [Bangkok Post - 25/7/16]:


High-risk terror offenders may be kept in jail after their sentences finish, Australian officials said Monday as they move to tighten security laws following attacks in the United States and Europe. ...




Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists, extends length of time suspects can be held in custody without charge from four days to one month [Yahoo - 25/7/16]




Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island has been ruled ILLEGAL.


Where is the international condemnation of the ongoing imprisonment and punishment of these men, and the demand for their IMMEDIATE release?



PNG Supreme Court adjourns decision on whether Australia's forced refugee exile process = resettlement [ABC - 25/7/16]:


A court case involving five refugees at the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island has been adjourned until next week.

Papua New Guinea's Supreme Court was today expected to issue guidelines for the release and resettlement of the detainees.

The case has been adjourned until August 2 to allow time for government lawyers to examine the refugees' statements that were submitted in court.

Ben Lomai, the lawyer representing the refugees, said the case was based on a Supreme Court ruling in April that found the Manus facility was unlawful and unconstitutional.

All five refugees are hoping to resettle in Australia.

Mr Lomai said if that was not allowed, the governments of Australia and PNG would still owe them compensation.

"They should be given their travel documents and then given their compensation, so they can move on to a third country of their choice so they can seek resettlement there," he told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said April's ruling would not alter Australia's border policies.

But Mr Lomai said Australia may need to reconsider its position.

"The court has the power under Section 57 of the Constitution that even a party that is not part of the proceedings, the court can still make an order against it," Mr Lomai said.

"Australia is literally in charge of the offshore processing here in PNG, so we say they are equally responsible in respect to the management and control of the processing on Manus Island.

"They should be able to stand up and take responsibility, especially in this case where we're looking at an option to resettle the refugees."

There are almost 900 men in the detention centre on Manus Island, about half of whom have been found to be "refugees".

The centre operators and PNG's immigration authorities have moved "refugees" out of detention and into a transit centre near the main town of Lorengau.




A man is dead after allegedly being shot by police at Erima in Port Moresby on Friday night when he was suspected of smuggling betel nuts into the city.


Peter Undai, who witnessed the shooting, said the two men got out of the vehicle with their hands raised in the air after police fired several shots.

“The policemen stepped out of the vehicle and shot Hano at point blank,” Undai said.

“His body was then dumped in a nearby drain. This was done in full public view and we have the empty bullet shells and the police vehicle registration to prove it.”  ... [The National - 25/7/16]




More than 100 students studying at Divine Word University in Madang are not happy that the university administration has issued them notices to withdraw from classes due to outstanding tuition fees.

The main DWU administration building was packed with a crowd of disgruntled students on Sunday afternoon. They turned up to express their frustration over the notice. ... [The National - 25/7/16]




The PNG Energy Workers Association has called on senior government bureaucrats to immediately settle the outstanding State contributions for public servants to Nambawan Super Limited (NSL). ... [The National - 25/7/16]




Five police officers who allegedly escorted politicians and tried to gain access to Parliament on Friday have been arrested and are facing charges, NCD/Central Commander Sylvester Kalaut says.  ... [The National - 25/7/16]




Settlers and landowners of the Gomosa Sipo settlement at June Valley are protesting over a seven-day short demolition notice for the construction of the new freeway in Port Moresby. ... [PNG Loop 25/7/16]




The National Executive Council (NEC) will meet next week to discuss ownership of mining and petroleum projects shareholding in the country, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. ... [PNG Loop - 24/7/16]




A human rights lawyer has FINALLY called for the release of men, women and children on Nauru, and their resettlement in Australia --> ‏@david_manne [25/7/16]:  Day 127 of protests by people seeking #asylum held in Nauru. They must be urgently evacuated from this inhumanity.




"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏@InsurrectNews  [24/7/16]:  Day 127 of protests by #refugees at the Australian govt's refugee detention center on #Nauru....




via ‏@elahe_zivardar [22/7/16]:


Hamid is an asylum seeker in Nauru who [was] arrested by the Nauruan police on June 5th, has begun a hunger strike.

He hasn't eaten or taken any liquids since Monday.

Hamid has been accused of writing a letter which contained threats against Nauru and Nauruans.

The plaintiff claims to have found the letter which he said fell from Hamid's pocket.

There are no witnesses.

A Current Affair referred to the letter in their recent report on Nauru.

The reporter asked no questions about the authenticity of the letter, which does not include any names or signatures.

Hamid was central to the organisations and recording of the daily protests in Nauru, which have continued for 124 days.

Those who know Hamid believe the charges are trumped up.

They vouch for Hamid's good character, stressing he brings calm and balance to the protests.

Moreover, his friends say that the level of English is well below that of the letter he is accused of writing.

Hamid is still awaiting trial, which has now been set for July 27.

He has been told that his case was delayed because the plaintiff left Nauru.

The plaintiff is due to return to the island by the 27th.

Hamid has a wife and a nine year old son on Nauru. This is a photo of his son.




PNG Supreme Court to rule whether Australia's forced refugee exile process = resettlement [RNZI - 23/7/16]




No Business in Abuse/Human Rights Law Centre/Guardian won't call for end to Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy, instead pissing round the edges. [25/7/16]




Dutton is under no pressure to use his arbitrary powers and Free Mojgan while the criticism of a bipartisan policy is only directed at the government [ABC - 25/7/16]:


... Meanwhile, Ms Shamsalipoor continued her studies despite the difficult conditions in the Wickham Point Detention Centre.

She completed Year 12 and graduated in absentia, leaving her husband to collect her certificate.

He would try to visit Ms Shamsalipoor in Darwin every couple of months.

"There is a guard in the corner, sitting, watching us. The first thing they said, 'you cannot hug inside the facility, you cannot touch each other that much, you cannot kiss'," Mr Jafari said.

"I hugged her and I wasn't allowed but I just tried to hug her very deeply and very hard and the guard was saying, 'that's it, that's it' and I couldn't stop hugging her."

In May this year, Wickham Point was marked for closure and Ms Shamsalipoor was returned to Brisbane.

Her husband tried to meet her at the airport, clutching a bunch of red roses.

Ms Shamsalipoor appeared in the corridor before being whisked away. ...




ABC and friends continue exploiting Syrians to invisibilise Australia's human rights atrocities against refugees and asylum seekers [25/7/16]




Australia hasn't accepted refugees for two years.  Australia is torturing and punishing people for exercising their right to seek asylum. [Guardian - 11/12/15]:

Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ...




The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]




Migrant Rights March at the DNC // Marcha por los derechos de migrantes en el DNC, 25 July 2016:


The day the Democratic Party starts its convention, we're marching for migrant rights from the neighborhoods of Philadelphia to City Hall where delegates gather to head to their meetings.

As Clinton accepts her nomination in Philadelphia, 60 miles west of the city refugee mothers and their children will still be jailed in the Berks Family Detention Center and more than 600 people will still be deported each day.

The next President will inherit that cruel system unless President Obama reverses the massive enforcement apparatus that he's built, unless he closes down family detention and dismantles the deportation machine.

Join Juntos, the #Not1More Campaign, and other groups to march for migrant justice and to raise the standards for what it means to be considered a "champion" for immigrant rights.

Future promises aren't enough when our loved ones are suffering now.

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision, there's more the current administration can do and Candidate Clinton must echo that call.




We write to ask you to halt the deportation of Mahbubur Rahman (A# 202-156-816), who faces imminent deportation on the morning of Monday July 24th back to danger and death.

Deporting Mr. Rahman violates his due process.

Mr. Rahman has a pending motion before the immigration appeals court and a pending civil rights complaint before the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Mr. Rahman is a civil rights leader who participated in hunger strikes protesting the prolonged incarceration of South Asian immigrants in 2015.

We are deeply concerned about the safety of Mr. Rahman if he is returned to Bangladesh and his mistreatment during the over two years of ICE detention.

We urgently ask you to halt his deportation while his applications are pending before the appeals court, or he will be #Deported2Death Tell DHS and ICE: Halt Deadly Deportations




WikiLeaks emails: Pro-Clinton CNN political commentator pre-checked op-ed with DNC [Washington Post - 24/7/16]




One dead, 10 injured in blast near Nuremberg, Germany [Reuters - 24/7/16]:


An explosion killed at least one person and injured 10 others near the German city of Nuremberg on Sunday in what authorities said was believed to be an intentional blast.

It was the fourth violent incident in Germany in as many days and came as the country was still on edge after the killing of nine people by an 18-year-old Iranian-German gunman in Munich on Friday.

The blast in the town Ansbach prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 people from a nearby music festival, authorities said.


Earlier on Sunday, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee was arrested after killing a pregnant woman in a machete attack that killed one woman in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart.

That attack came after a refugee from Pakistan wielding an axe injured five people near Wuerzbuerg, also in southern Germany, before he was shot dead by police on July 18.

Ansbach is home to a U.S. Army base and the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade. A spokesman at the base said the base had no information about the explosion.



Since 10 p.m. Friday night, nine people have been shot in the city of Cincinnati.

Three of those victims died, police confirmed. ... [ - 23/7/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 24/7/16]




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