NOT UNDER THE ALP YOU FASCIST ---> "The central emotion for me will be what a great country it is that you can come as a four-year-old on a boat, and come from a very working class family, and end up being Prime Minister and receiving this honour."
Gillard to the fawning Fairfax media [26/1/17]
"WE CAME FOR FREEDOM! YOU PUT US IN PRISON!"
Nauru, August 2016
Wiradjuri Elder leads Villawood protest against mandatory detention [SBS - 26/1/17]:
... Meanwhile, refugees and advocates could be found at rallies across the country.
Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees, or RISE, joined the tens of thousands of people marching in the Invasion Day protest in Melbourne.
RISE Director, Tania Cañas, said refugees fight the same fight as First Nations people.
“Colonisation is not an event, and it’s ongoing, and it’s actually the same oppression and system that informs border imperialism,”
“[The same system] informs Nauru, and it informs Don Dale. And that’s why we’re here today.”
Police arrest all escapees from Malmsbury Youth Detention Centre after 24-hour manhunt [ABC - 26/1/17]
"I escaped motherf---ers": Malmsbury escapee on Facebook [The Age - 26/1/17]
Missed opportunity to ask how the Rohingya genocide is impacting Woodside's exploration activities in Myanmar ---> Protests and politics rock Canberra [SBS - 26/1/17]:
... Meanwhile, politicians have also argued about the push to change the date.
Former Coalition Cabinet Minister Ian Macfarlane has had a change of heart from his previous stance.
He’s said he now thinks March 1 would be a better day to celebrate, as it would draw a line and allow Australia to get on with the really important issues facing Indigenous communities.
Mr Macfarlane says he's not known as a bleeding heart, but for the first time in his 25 years of public life he's going to make what some might call "bleeding- heart comments".
He thought "Bloody ABC" when Triple J announced 2017 would be the last Australia Day with its famous Hottest 100, because of the offence the celebration was causing to Indigenous Australians
"Then Fremantle City Council announced it was cancelling its Australia Day citizenship ceremony and fireworks for this year. "Bloody latte-drinking trendies," I thought," he says.
The City of Fremantle in Western Australia has sparked conversation about changing the date of Australia Day.
But the former minister then thought how his Scottish cousins would feel if they had to celebrate United Kingdom day on the anniversary of the Vikings launching an amphibious attack on Arrochar.
"It was the moment I decided that as a conservative, Anglo-Celtic Australian, I want to play a part in the push to changing the date of Australia Day," he says.
Mr Macfarlane believes the change of date wouldn't be about pleasing people, but rather uniting people.
"It's about healing a wound, drawing a line, getting on with the really important issues facing our Indigenous communities." [WHICH HE DISMISSED WHILE IN GOVERNMENT.]
He says the date still has to be a warm month because he can't imagine an Australia Day without backyard cricket, barbecues and pool parties.
Why March 1? Mr Macfarlane says it would commemorate the date in 1901 that the first Commonwealth government began taking control of many of the functions formerly exercised by the colonies.
"To me, it's the day that represents Australians coming together as one nation under one government," former MP Ian Macfarlane says. ...
Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said the fourth quarter results highlighted excellent performance by the company.
“We are about to start significant appraisal work in Senegal and Myanmar complemented by exploration in Australia, Senegal and Myanmar. In parallel, the Greater Enfield project is progressing to plan, including the manufacture of subsea equipment,” he said. ... [Woodside ASX Announcement - 19/1/17]
Woodside Energy has appointed former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Ian Macfarlane as a non-executive director. ... [Pipeliner - 14/11/16]
Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that any decision by the United States to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan would worsen the situation in the country, Interfax news agency reported.
The ministry said it had not spoken to the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump about the issue.
"As far as I know, Trump does not currently have any intentions to withdraw, which is logical, because if in the current environment he decides to withdraw the contingent, then everything will collapse," Interfax quoted Zamir Kabulov, special representative to the Russian president on Afghanistan, as saying. [Reuters - 24/1/17]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 25/1/17]
Turkish forces kill, wound 8 civilians in North East Syria [Xinhua - 25/1/17]
Turkey has long sought an internationally-imposed series of “safe zones” in northern Syria to house refugees, as a way to limit the number of refugees who actually end up crossing into Turkey.
The White House resisted, fearing it would be too complicated, and President Trump’s intention to shift Syria policy toward fighting ISIS made it seem like the idea was very unlikely.
Instead, President Trump made a surprise move, ordering the State Department and Pentagon to prepare for the establishment of safe zones in Syria, giving them 90 days to provide a full blueprint for how they would go about it. ... [Antiwar.com - 25/1/17]
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has recently returned from an “under-wraps” fact finding mission to Syria where she met with Syrian people across a wide spectrum of Syrian society, including those recently liberated from Nusra Front-led terrorist occupation in East Aleppo.
What she found, confirmed that the corporate media, NATO-aligned NGOs and the US interventionist coalition have been misrepresenting the facts on the ground in Syria for the last six years, funding terrorism and fanfaring an illegal regime-change programme.
Gabbard had already caused major shock-waves in Congress with her “Stop Arming Terrorists” bill that exposed Washington’s violation of anti terrorism laws by providing money, weapons and intelligence to terrorist organisations working on their behalf inside Syria to topple the Syrian government.
This is the interview with Jake Tapper of CNN who starts the programme rolling with the familiar corporate media child exploitation tactics, introducing us to Bana Alabed, a child who has been co-opted into the war effort.. ... [21st Century Wire - 26/1/17]
Greek Supreme Court rejects extradition request for all eight Turkish servicemen [Ekathimerini - 26/1/17]
A video from today's protest from inside Samos detention camp - Greece, sent to us today.
We post the message without correcting, so you can understand how detained refugees feel:
this problem from samos greece have to many people is died we don't know we what doing any thing and we don't have the doctors and not give us any thing we can outgoing and his water and bread all the expire and we need if we don't eating we have to diet and we all from there all together is sick , i'm sick doctor told me after 2 month came back if you want i have a lot guide. ? and my wife also have many problems they not doing any thing and i have 5 children
Forcible return of 13 Syrian refugees from Greece to Turkey @AlbaFerrs [25/1/17]
EU says it cannot replicate EU-Turkey migrant deal with Libya [Times of Malta - 25/1/17]
EU unveils plans to continue funding the Libyan Coast Guard to stop people from fleeing for their lives [Yahoo - 26/1/17]
TICK TOCK ON LIBYA - September 2011 [Hillary Clinton Email Archive - WikiLeaks]
Hillary Clinton and the brutal murder of Gaddafi [Counterpunch - 21/10/16]
Activists hack advertisements on the London Tube to protest deportation flights [Indy 100 - 25/1/17]:
Hundreds of adverts on the London Underground have been taken over by activists protesting the mass deportation of asylum-seekers on chartered private planes.
The hacked adverts draw attention to charter flights which allegedly deport asylum seekers with failed or ongoing claims from the UK.
People like Jimmy Mubenga have died after being forcibly restrained on the flights, and many others have been denied access to their legal rights, according to Stop Deportation activists.
The flights each cost £250,000, and it's not clear if they're legal.
One such ad has a message from an asylum-seeker who was allegedly imprisoned in the Yarl's Wood detention centre before being deported in May 2016.
Yarl's Wood is a slave ship... There is no white person in here, we are all Indian, Chinese and African.
It is racism.
I have been in England 20 years, I paid my taxes, paid my [National Insurance].
My back is hurt from lifting older people, working with disabled children.
I have worked with all my heart. ...
@wikileaks [26/1/17]: Trump denounces Manning for agreeing with him. Compare ...
Trump orders construction of border wall, threatens cuts to sanctuary cities [RT - 25/1/17]:
... Trump said he would discuss how to dismantle the drug cartels and stop the flow of illegal weapons from the US into Mexico in an upcoming meeting with his Mexican colleague, making an oblique reference to the “Fast and Furious” scandal during the early years of the Obama administration.
Noting that he has “deep admiration” for the people of Mexico, Trump said his executive orders will “save lives on both sides of the border.” ...
Father of missing Mexican student on how US drug war aid "being used to annihilate students" [Democracy Now - 10/4/15]:
As the Summit of the Americas commences, several U.S.-based groups and university officials have signed a letter to President Obama questioning his response to the 43 students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero for over six months.
The letter asks why the Obama administration has placed sanctions on Venezuela, but maintained normal relations with Mexico, despite the students’ disappearance.
Mexican authorities have declared the 43 students dead, saying local police acting on the orders of the mayor of Iguala attacked them and turned them over to drug gang members, who killed and incinerated them.
But so far the remains of only one of the 43 have been identified, and reports have pointed to the involvement of federal authorities.
We are joined by two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York: Antonio Tizapa is the father of missing student Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of another missing student, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa.
"What I would tell President Obama is to stop supporting Plan Mérida, because the weapons, the arms that are supposedly supporting the war against drugs, those arms are being used to annihilate our students," Tizapa says. ...
... With over one thousand people shot dead by US law enforcement agents each year, the alleged risk posed by Guantánamo prisoners to the US is clearly exaggerated, and with the naval base home to another indefinite detention facility since 1991, for immigration detainees, there is no interest in ending indefinite arbitrary detention, a highly lucrative business. ... Why Obama didn't close Guantánamo [One Small Window - 7/1/17]
A judge says the Guantánamo war crimes tribunal can’t go forward without a defense lawyer who broke her arm.
The court convened Wednesday at the U.S. base in Cuba for several days of pretrial motions in the case against five prisoners charged in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
It was to be the first Guantánamo court session under President Donald Trump. ... [Miami Herald - 25/1/17]
Obama’s political Munchausen Syndrome by proxy: Chelsea Manning as bait [ICH - 25/1/17]:
... In his last days, Obama played the ‘Merciful Pasha’ commuting Manning’s virtual life sentence - which he still justified.
Obama did so in a way that literally begged the incoming rabidly reactionary regime of Donald Trump to rescind the commutation or at least impose such levels of torture and pressure on Manning that her very survival and sanity in prison up to her scheduled release in May will be in grave jeopardy.
The most virulent militarists in the US Congress, including the war criminal John McCain, are howling for Manning’s head.
While they will torture Manning during the next 5 months behind thick prison walls, the press will compare the vindictive Trump with the benevolent Obama.
This is a cynical ’set-up’ for our hero, Chelsea Manning to be driven to suicide by Trump while her ultimate persecutor, the ’saintly’ Barack Obama will ’shine’ for having issue the belated commutation.
Obama could easily have released Manning earlier and spared her this mortal danger - but he chose to tie the poor prisoner to a stake - under the blood-lusting noses of our most sadistic militarists - and invite their public display of savagery.
In one very self-glorifying pronouncement, three days before leaving office, Obama has sanctified himself at Manning’s expense and insured Chelsea’s destruction.
This is virtuosic Political Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy by a true master!
Obama deports 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]
Doctors 4 ALP can squeal all they like but bipartisan sadism is emboldened while Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy remains unopposed and unscrutinised by politicians, media, professional associations, unions, and so called rights advocates [Guardian - 26/1/17]
Waiting for the Guardian to follow up on one of their selectively exploitative stories about exiled refugees being deliberately denied medical care by asking the AMA why they continue to support Australia's anti-refugee policy ---> AMA President, Dr Michael Gannon, said today that the appointment of Greg Hunt as Health Minister provides the Government with the perfect opportunity to change direction on health policy, and to consign any links to the disastrous 2014-15 Health budget to history. ... [Media Release - 22/1/17]
Psychiatrist likens immigration detention views to Nazis and gulags [Sydney Morning Herald - 18/2/16]:
... Dr Dudley said health professionals working in the detention regime were "lending credibility to abuses", whether deliberately or inadvertently. ...
What is the point of continuing to obscure the fact that Australian policy is based on US policy? ---> Guatemalan refugee who died in Arizona detention died from blood clot [Fronteras - 20/12/16]:
... She is the third person in ICE custody to die since Oct. 1, when the fiscal year started.
Last fiscal year, 10 people died in custody.
Meanwhile, not a peep from the AMA about this ---> Study finds overuse of health care worldwide [Hindustan Times - 9/1/17]:
... Vikas Saini, one of the lead authors of the study series and president of the US Lown Institute in Boston, said factors driving the global failure to the right level of care include “greed, competing interests and poor information”, which he said combine to create “an ecosystem of poor health care delivery.”
Co-lead researcher Shannon Brownlee added: “Patients and citizens need to understand what’s at stake here if their health systems fail to address these twin problems. ...
Right Care [The Lancet – 8/1/17]:
... Underuse and overuse of medical and health services exist side-by-side with poor outcomes for health and wellbeing.
This Series of four papers and accompanying comments examines the extent of overuse and underuse worldwide, highlights the drivers of inappropriate care, and provides a framework to begin to address overuse and underuse together to achieve the right care for health and wellbeing.
The authors argue that achieving the right care is both an urgent task and an enormous opportunity. ...
The "US deal" is an obvious FRAUD but the Australian media persist in protecting Dutton's lies [ABC - 25/1/17]
Australian media: Stupid or evil? ---> ... "We know that we cannot live in this country and they know that but they are trying to trick us as much as they can because they don't care about us. "They killed Reza Barati, Hamid Kehazaei, Faysal Ishak and they are trying to kill us": Australia's political prisoners on Manus Island say "US deal" fake news [RNZI - 25/1/17]
There is no "resettlement" or "US Deal" - there never was. Until Australia's anti-refugee policy ends, there is only indefinite detention. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
@BehrouzBoochani [26/1/17]: Some comments about the deal with America
"Australia has only resettled 250 Rohingya since 2008" What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies mean for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]
The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.
A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]
STOP KILLING FAMILIES: Rohingya refugees - now political prisoners of the Australian government - protest at Manus Island concentration camp [November 2016]
Rohingyas: We urgently need protection [Aung Aung Sittwe - 24/1/17]
Rakhine miscreants assaulted a poor Rohingya man in Youngbingyi (Muzai) village of Rathedaung Township while he was collecting fire wood in the bushes on 24 January 2017 at around 4:00 pm.
According to our correspondent report, Nur Alam (42) son of Miah Hussain of Youngbingyi Village of Rathedaung Township was assaulted and left injured in unconscious state by Rakhine extremists while he was collecting fire wood into the bushes near his village. ... [Arakan Times - 25/1/17]
... Jamalida Begum came to Bangladesh 15 days ago from Hadgudgapara village in Myanmar.
Two months ago the military came to her village, killed her husband and burned her home to the ground with everything she owned in it.
The next morning the military surrounded her village.
"They dragged me and the other women to the yard and beat us. I was screaming and begging Allah to save me. The military screamed "Where is your Allah now? He's not saving you!"
"I lived in Burma for 31 years but I never saw this sort of thing before. The past three months things have become horrible. I still talk to my family in Myanmar all the time. They told me that the military came again today and set my uncle's beard on fire." she says.
"When I close my eyes at night to go to sleep I become terrified that the military will come again. I haven't slept well since I came here." ... [International Business Times - 24/1/17]
Myanmar government seeks to "resettle" Wa Paik villagers they displaced in their recent pogrom in inhospitable areas [Rohingya Blogger - 24/1/17]
Refugees stranded for years in Indonesia (because Clinton's State Department subverted the refugee convention in South East Asia) worry about Trump [Jakarta Post - 25/1/17]
Millions of pounds of Britain's aid has been spent on training foreign soldiers - including the Burmese army that is accused of killing and raping its own people, it can be revealed today.
Around £3.4million is used annually to bring troops from overseas for courses at Britain's Defence Academy in Shrivenham, Oxfordshire, where they offered classes and 'experience some of the best British culture'.
Figures show £236,668 has been spent on giving 'leadership and English language training' and courses on the 'role of the military in a democracy' to the Burmese army.
Around 2.5 per cent of the Defence Academy's £135.5million total annual budget is classed as official development assistance, the Ministry of Defence said. According to a course prospectus, 'trips are organised to beautiful historic cities such as Bath, Oxford, Winchester and Bristol'. ... [Daily Mail - 25/2/17]
Malaysia: Teenage Rohingya charged with not possessing a UNHCR card [The Star - 25/1/17]
Hunger strikers in Vavuniya continued their protest for a third day, demanding information about their missing family members.
One woman participating in the fast was hospitalised after losing consciousness. ... [Tamil Guardian - 25/1/17]
The people of Keppapilavu, Mullaitivu held a protest to coincide with the visit of the Sri Lankan president, demanding their own lands be returned to them.
Although President Maithripala Sirisena cancelled his visit, reportedly due to poor weather, a public function was held to mark the return of some Mullaitivu lands.
However many displaced Tamils maintain that the released lands are not usually their original properties, but alternative lands. ... [Tamil Guardian - 25/1/17]
Three fishermen from Neduntheevu (Delft) were assaulted by Sri Lankan navy officers last week. Thiyogupillai Yesuthasan, Sahayan Selvan and Mariathas Vasantharaj were forced to land ashore on Kachaithivu, after their boat ran out of fuel on Friday.
The three were arrested by navy officers stationed at the island and beaten severely with batons. After being kept overnight at the camp, the fishermen were ejected from the island still with a fuel-less boat.
The stranded group were found at sea by fellow fishermen and helped back to land, three days after they had set off. The incident has been reported to Kayts police. [Tamil Guardian - 24/1/17]
Shady US foreign aid agency rewards Sri Lanka for its ongoing pacification of Tamil population [Tamil Guardian - 25/1/17]
@EllaMareeAB [26/1/17]: Uncle Sam Watson speaking at Brisbane #InvasionDay march: "We are going to rally against govt's Palm Island appeal." ...
@bennarama [26/1/17]: Large crowds gathering in #Respect @ #ParliamentHouse #InvasionDayMarch #Brisbane ...
@AKQLD [26/1/17]: #Brisbane #InvasionDay #AustraliaDay
A brilliant 1986 satire of Australian colonialism which won the 1987 UN Media Peace Prize.
Meat and Livestock Australia referenced Babakiueria in their 2017 advertisement touching on "non issues" of invasion day and our war on refugees [Ad News - 12/1/17]
@Clintonswalk [26/1/17]: no matter how hard think get when you a fighting for something never give up no matter what happens ...
@AHAAlliance [25/1/17]: Southwest Aboriginal Land and Sea Council calls for halt to #roe8 clearing of culturally sensitive #Beeliar wetlands area
26 January 2017