Day 190 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [25/9/16]
"STOP COMMITTING CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY" @racvictoria [24/9/16]: Day 135 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...
Another dangerous, resource wasting, class and race-based police pursuit, Ipswich [MYGC - 25/9/16]
Motorcyclist killed in Logan Motorway crash [MYGC – 25/9/16]
A Logan woman has been charged with drink driving after crashing her car into a tram on the Gold Coast.
The 26-year-old woman from Browns Plains collided with the light rail at the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Hooker Boulevard at Broadbeach around midnight on Saturday. ... [MYGC - 25/9/16]
Paramedics are assessing four people at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on the northern Gold Coast.
The accident occurred along the Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road at Stapylton around midday.
An ambulance spokesperson said four people had sustained “various injuries”. [MYGC - 25/9/16]
Teenage cyclist hit by car, Surfers Paradise [MYGC – 24/9/16]
Tugun Red Rooster staff threatened at knife-point in morning hold-up [MYGC – 25/9/16]
A man is in hospital with serious head injuries after he was allegedly punched to the ground during a fight at a club on the Gold Coast last night.
The incident is believed to have occurred at the Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club on Gleneagles Drive at Hope Island around 6.45pm. ... [MYGC - 25/9/16]
Man charged following knife fight, Southport [MYGC – 24/9/16]
Adoption of Model By-Law for Doug Jennings Park [Gold Coast Waterways Authority - 23/8/16]
1. For the past few years, the lying, phone hacking scum Murdoch media monopoly have been running a vilification campaign against harmless campers.
2. Successive ALP and LNP governments at a state and local level have been desperate to steal this public land and hand it over to property developers.
3. Their previous attempts have been defeated at least twice by people power.
After 30 years the western side of the Gold Coast Spit has been cynically rehabilitated and named [25/9/16]
Queenland government announces another expert panel on a foregone conclusion to continue outsourcing responsibility for the state's most vulnerable [Media Release - 25/9/16]:
... The members of the expert panel, to work with QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon and Commissioner Tammy Williams, are:
former Director-General, Queensland Department of Communities Linda Apelt;
Bravehearts Founder and Chair Hetty Johnston AM;
former Queensland Police Services Assistant Commissioner – Ethical Standards Command, Paul Doyle;
and Foster Care Queensland Executive Director Bryan Smith. ...
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence responds to Queensland child protection crisis by vowing to make it worse [Media Release - 24/9/16]
An IT failure in the Queensland Education Department meant 644 suspected cases of child sexual abuse were not relayed to police.
School principals attempted to report the cases, which took place from 22 January and involved students whose parents or guardians were deemed to be acting in their interests over the abuse, via the department’s One School online portal.
But they never reached police because of a coding error during an upgrade to the reporting system, which was never tested in an oversight that has led to a departmental staffer and a contractor being stood aside.
Queensland’s education minister, Kate Jones, said she was “clearly outraged” at the “system failure”, which was discovered only on Thursday when a principal followed up on a report and found it was not received.
Police were separately aware of some of the previously unreported cases, having examined most of them in the past 24 hours.
There were no urgent cases of children in danger yet identified, but police were expected to take weeks to examine all the lost reports.
Jones said principals had been receiving automated responses from the system that their reports were received, but they were not.
They were among more than 3,800 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect reported by schools to police since 22 January.
The others, which involved cases where relatives were suspected of abusing children, were relayed.
The reporting system was “streamlined” in January on the recommendation of the Carmody inquiry into child protection.
Jones sought to put the blame on the former Liberal National government, which was in power until a few weeks after the system upgrade.
“If you are making a change to the IT system, the very first thing you would do is test that the system properly,” Jones said, adding there had not been enough “checks and balances”.
“When I talk to principals, making complaints about sexual abuse is one of the toughest part of the job,” she said.
“I’m deeply sorry this has happened ... We owe it to Queensland students to do better than that.”
The director-general of the Education Department, Jim Watterson, who was in charge of the department at the time, said he was shocked and disappointed.
“It should have been brought to our attention much earlier than this,” he said.
... The meeting was to discuss "an information solution system for reducing administrative expenses and burdens associated with child protection matters" relating to the 2013 Child Protection Inquiry report, he told the Supreme Court on Friday. ... [Brisbane Times - 24/4/15]
Sydney, Australia: Teenager charged with assault after being violently arrested for not having train fare [Mirage News - 25/9/16]
NSW - Australia: Flood emergency in Forbes as politicians, media and authorities set up the usual mixed messages/victim blaming narrative [Sydney Morning Herald - 25/9/16]
Three men have been injured after a crane collapsed on top of a high-rise building in North Sydney this morning.
The men, aged 24, 28 and 36, were inside the crane on the Meriton building on Arthur Street around 11.30am when it malfunctioned and collapsed, police said. ... [Nine MSN - 25/9/16]
@wikileaks [24/9/16]: "A cast of CIA agents, hackers, exiles and Jude Law. Not the sort of film your mother would approve of" -- Assange ...
CIA Director Richard Helms misled the FBI in June 1972 to cover up his agency's role in helping to smear the reputation of Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked a secret history of the Vietnam War to the press, a newly released CIA document shows. ... [USA Today - 9/9/16]
10 Cuban migrants detained in the Bahamas after being apprehended by a defence force patrol craft [Royal Bahamas Defense Force - 24/9/16]
Thai border patrol round up and deport seven Malaysia-bound Rohingya - one escapes [Arakan Times - 25/9/16]
NGOs urge Malaysia to recognise Rohingya refugees and migrants given the UNHCR's and western nations' stubborn isolationism and white supremacy [ASEAN Today - 25/9/16]:
... Many counties with the means to provide permanent resettlement are either handling other refugee populations or are unwilling to do so.
Australia is generally opposed to taking in refugees.
Much of Europe is overwhelmed with refugee populations, and North America is not conducive for foreigners or migrants.
If Malaysia is waiting for the UNHCR to find countries accepting of the Rohingyas, they may be waiting a while.
Can Malaysia Handle This? Therefore, what can be done?
Refugee International calls on the Malaysian government to recognise the Rohingyas’ asylum status, issue work permits, provide alternatives to detention and allow access to education and health care.
While these seem like obvious and reasonable demands, the implementation is by no means simple.
Many Malaysians fear the provision of ‘benefits’ will encourage illegal migrants to seek asylum or continue to encourage irregular arrivals.
Many countries possess similar fears, including the Australian Liberal Party’s government, who argued for a ‘strong’ refugee policy.
Balancing the local labour’s demands and the right of employment for asylum seekers will always be a difficult task.
This is especially true in a country where wages, particularly in unskilled occupations, are fairly low.
However, Malaysia already utilises an enormous amount of foreign labour in its construction, manufacturing and domestic services sectors.
In 2015, the World Bank reported that Malaysia had 2.1 million legal foreign workers in the country.
Most of these came from Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, India and the Philippines.
Thus, finding a way to utilise Rohingyas without encouraging illegal migration is the best way forward. ... <--- THEY ARE HUMAN BEINGS.
BALI PROCESS REINVIGORATED, SEEKS ANSWERS TO ROHINGYA CRISIS [17/4/09]:
... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.
Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.
This can be discussed without Burma.
Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."
Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh.
IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...
Nope Nope Nope ----> Last year, the ALP and LNP voted against a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned Rohingya refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]
Still no justice or citizenship for the Rohingya, Azad Essa [IOL - 7/9/16]
The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015. Australian Embassy in Myanmar
Australia has indefinitely imprisoned men, women and children on Manus Island and Nauru for exercising their right to seek asylum. The UNHCR won't demand their release and resettlement.
Refugee who self immolated in protest of UNHCR visit to Nauru, denied hospital visits from Somali community [Guardian - 22/9/16]
Political self immolations [Wikipedia]:
... The young refugee woman from Somalia (variously referred to as Hadon/Hodan and Yasin/Yasi) had been in Brisbane, Australia for medical treatment before being forcibly removed from Australia in the middle of the night on April 27, 2016, with 2 other refugees, and returned to Nauru Detention Camp. ...
@riserefugee [25/9/16]: ~72 Somali #refugees in #Nauru reopened by #JuliaGillard-#Hodan in critical condition after self-harm.Many like her abused. @rihanna
And we won't give up until the refugees you imprisoned are free, and you are held to account for crimes against humanity ---> @JuliaGillard [23/9/16]: We won't give up until every child is in school and learning. Welcome to the @GPforEducation team, @rihanna! ...
... Which country is going to accept us, how long will be in here? ... Letter from Manus [Indymedia - 26/12/12]
Day 72 refugee protests, Nauru @InsurrectNews [30/5/16]
Nigel Brennan exhibition to be held in New York [News Mail - 8/8/14]
It has been revealed that Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and millionaire businessman Dick Smith were involved in the ransom deal to help free Australian journalist Nigel Brennan and his Canadian colleague Amanda Lindhout in Somalia. ... [ABC - 27/11/09]
Combined Maritime Forces: US global naval force in the Arabian Sea [Global Research – 30/6/12]:
... The Combined Maritime Forces website describes the geostrategic importance of its area of operation as encompassing “some of the world’s most important shipping lanes,” from the Red Sea to the Gulf of Oman and the Laccadive Sea; where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Arabian Sea and where the latter connects with the Persian Gulf and where it flows into the Bay of Bengal. ...
Operation MANITOU [Australian Department of Defense]
One of Shabaab’s main radio stations in Somalia has published a report claiming “dozens” of pro-government militiamen in central Somalia have surrendered to the al Qaeda branch in recent days.
This reportedly occurred in the Galguduud Region, where Shabaab has been able to recapture some towns after Somali and Ethiopian troops withdrew. ... [Long War Journal - 24/9/16]
Saudi Arabia’s latest airstrikes on its impoverished neighbor Yemen have claimed the lives of seven civilians and injured several more.
The civilians were killed on Sunday as Saudi warplanes targeted residential areas in Yemen’s southern province of Ibb.
According to local sources, the toll for attacks may increase as some of the injured are in critical condition. ... [Press TV - 25/9/16]
US drone strike kills "four al Qaeda members" in Yemen [Reuters - 24/9/16]
An unidentified type of explosion rocked central Budapest late on Saturday, causing injuries to two police officers nearby, police said in a statement on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 25/9/16]
Washington mall shooting: Police arrest 20-year-old suspect [CNN - 25/9/16]
Charlotte police videos released but question of gun still unanswered [Reuters - 25/9/16]
More than 1,000 Palestinian minors detained by Israel in 2016 [Maan - 24/9/16]
Adelaide, Australia: Aboriginal prisoner brain dead following "brawl with guards" [ABC - 25/9/16]:
... The Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) is calling for an independent investigation into the incident.
ALRM chief executive Cheryl Axleby said Morrison had been arrested only days earlier, and was waiting to be released on bail pending suitable accommodation.
She said it had been reported to ALRM that Morrison was "not breathing for some 50 minutes" before ambulance officers resuscitated him. ...
Opponents of a basalt quarry near Kyogle are visiting the Kyogle museum today after being told Aboriginal artefacts were donated by the quarry landowner.
An archeologist and Robert Williams of the Githabul Elders Tribal Council will inspect the artefacts after being told by the landowner yesterday that he removed them from the site and donated them to the museum.
The NSW Land and Environment Court last week granted an injunction to allow for the archeologist to inspect the quarry site after appeals from the Aboriginal opponents who claim the site is highly significant. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 21/9/16]
Five people were killed in a Taliban ambush close to Salang Tunnel in Khenjan district in Baghlan early Saturday morning, security officials said.
Three children were also wounded, officials added. ... [TOLO News - 24/9/16]
Pentagon: US-backed special operations offensive killed 12 Islamic State leaders in Afghanistan this summer [Stars and Stripes - 23/9/16]
UN Security Council meeting on situation in Aleppo scheduled for 11am on Sunday [TASS - 25/9/16]
Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem on Saturday addressed the 71 session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York [SANA - 24/9/16]
Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists set fire to over 100 hectares of cherry and apple fields in Kuroum al-Kisheh area south of Hadar village in the countryside of Quneitra province, SANA reporter said.
“Fire erupted after terrorists positioned in Jubbata al-Khashab village fired shells and mortar rounds towards these farms which most of the population depend on for a living,” the reporter said. [SANA - 24/9/16]
Eighteen killed in Islamic State attack north of Iraq's Tikrit [Reuters - 24/9/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [24/9/16]:
Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb attached to a car exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda area east of Baghdad today night killing him.
Baghdad: A roadside bomb attached to KIA bus has exploded in Husseiniya area north of Baghdad resulted in death and 6 injuries....
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Hamamiyat Village in Taji district north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries....
Diyala: News agencies: A dead body of an employee at the ministry of industry and minerals shot has been found near the road linking Ba'quba to Muqdadiya .
Baghdad: News agencies: Unknown gunmen shot fire towards bus while it was passing through Baghdad Al-Jadeeda east of Baghdad killing two women .....
Diyala: News agencies: Unknown gunmen have attacked a shop in the middle of Abi Seida nahiya east of Ba'quba resulted in death of a teacher .
Anbar: News agencies: An unknown plane has mistakenly shelled a headquarter of border guards northwest of Rutba resulted in two injuries of the guards ......
Anbar: Press sources: The coalition planes have mistakenly killed and wounded 7 persons.
The US forces are reportedly using white phosphorus munitions against Islamist militants in Iraq, despite widespread perception of the weapon as indiscriminate and able to cause horrific injuries to civilians.
Images posted on a Pentagon-run public affairs website Dvids show a US Army artillery unit firing white phosphorus munitions in Iraq, identified by the Washington Post as M825A1 155mm shells. ... [RT - 24/9/16]
25 September 2016