United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 26/6/16]



Iraqi army claims liberation of Fallujah from ISIL [Al Jazeera - 26/6/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [26/6/16]:



Anbar: The humanitarian situation of dozens of the besieged families is deteriorating due to the shelling of the government forces and militias in Azragiya north of Fallujah.................



‏@MSF_Sea [26/6/16]:  #DignityI has done 6 rescues since 4:30 AM and now has 927 people onboard.Busy days in the #Mediterranean!



‏@guardiacostiera [26/6/16]:  #CentraleOperativa coordina 27 op. #SAR: oltre 3.500 #migranti salvati da unità #GC, @ItalianNavy, @Frontex, @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ, @MSF_Sea eONG




Hundreds of West African migrants rescued in Mediterranean taken to Italy [EURO News - 26/6/16]




The world is currently in the grip of a refugee crisis.

Though many European states have contributed to creating the very contexts refugees are fleeing, they continue to ignore the plight of desperate individuals and families who seek refuge in their midst. Of those seeking refuge in Europe, a large proportion are survivors of torture in their home countries.

In addition, the journey to safety is often tortuous and can involve different forms of torture, violence and inhumane treatment. Large numbers are now being turned away at the borders of Europe and sent back to war and persecution at home. For many who enter, conditions in immigration detention centres are often tantamount to inhumane and degrading treatment.   

26 June each year marks UN international day in support of victims of torture.

We invite you to join us in solidarity with victims of torture worldwide and to call on governments to do more to support them. This includes ending the violence of our borders, and providing refuge where necessary.

It also requires ensuring refugees are given adequate access to rehabilitation facilities wherever they are to help heal some of the physical and mental scars resulting from the various forms of torture to which they have been subjected. ...  26 June Solidarity Vigil for International Day in Support of Victims of Torture [London Guantánamo Campaign]



Cuban migrants detained after landing on packed Florida beach [New York Daily News - 26/6/16]


Migrants protest as police prevent NGO from feeding them [Mercury News - 25/6/16]:

Migrants at a refugee camp in northern Greece staged a successful protest Saturday against police restricting access to a non-governmental organization that provided the camp with food they prefer to the bland official offerings.

The migrants, most of them Syrian, repeatedly blocked a road outside the camp in the town of Oreokastro, a suburb of Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, in the afternoon and evening, shouting "We want Salam!" — a reference to the head of the NGO providing the food. They finally retreated when police promised that the NGO would be granted access to the camp.

Salam Aldeen, a Danish citizen of Iraqi descent, is a co-founder of the NGO Team Humanity, which has been providing food to the more than 1,400 refugees in the camp.



Day 99 refugee protests, Nauru


WE CAME FOR FREEDOM!  YOU PUT US IN PRISON!  ‏@elahe_zivardar [26/6/16]



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [26/6/16]




"AS MOST REFUGEES SEE IT THE SYSTEM DOESN'T WORK.  AND NOR IS IT DESIGNED TO.  THEY ARE IN DETENTION TO BE PUNISHED ... NOT PROCESSED." ‏@MCA_Australia [19/6/16]:  Sharing artist Safdar Ahmed’s Refugee Art Project in reflection of #RefugeeWeek ...





@richesemily1 [26/6/16]:  Just 1 of the incredible and harrowing works on display at @MCA_Australia by refugees in Villawood ...




A joint military exercise of the Thai and United States armies, codenamed Hanuman Guardian 2016, will be held from June 27 to July 8 in Saraburi and Lop Buri provinces, army deputy spokeswoman Col Sirichan Ngathong said on Sunday. ... [Bangkok Post - 26/6/16]



Malaysia expands port ties with China [Malay Mail Online - 25/6/16]




Eight Indian police officials dead, 20 injured in Kashmir militant attack [Reuters - 25/6/16]




Student dies after being attacked by armed men on Unitech campus [PNG Loop - 26/6/16]:


Around 10pm last night , a group of men armed with bush knives attacked a student in the male dormitories in C block in an apparent targeted attack.

"We regret to inform that the student passed away a few hours later as a result of his wounds," said Unitech vice-chancellor Dr. Albert Schram in a statement.

"The management was on the ground immediately, and has been dealing with the situation as it developed. They were assisted by the university police and security guards, plus a few dozen men from the Lae police, who had been called in earlier last week to protect students and university property."

“Subsequently, a group of marauders proceeded to set fire to various academic buildings. The power supply was cut off, and the telephone network went down”, said Dr Schram.

At around 1am, fire was set to the SRC president's residence, DODL and ATCDI buildings, and finally the mess. These buildings suffered substantial damage from the fire.

At around 2am, the Chief Security officer sounded the campus alarm siren, and the Metropolitan Superintendent sent in extra security forces as reinforcements.

"Regrettably, for some time the forces were outnumbered by the marauders, who constantly moved about campus.

“Finally, in a joint effort, the forces deployed on campus were able to disperse the marauders using tear gas."

The university management is dealing with the evacuation of all students from campus, since the mess will be out of operation for several months to come.

“The evacuation of most students will be completed during the morning, since the university can no longer provide food”, said Dr Schram.

"The campus gates are closed in order to prevent any outsiders from coming on campus."




'Unintended consequence': How Australia stripped a white Australian of citizenship [Canberra Times - 26/6/16]




Reece Harding memorial held on Gold Coast a year after his death in Syria [ABC - 26/6/16]:



... Reece's mother Michelle spoke first at the ceremony, telling those gathered her son took a stand against the "evil of extremism".

"I will not lie to you," she said.

"I would have done anything to stop him going.

"Reece's sacrifice, which is absolutely devastating to our family, has taught me a valuable lesson, as I was guilty of apathy and ignorance as I cared only about my family's happiness and was unaware of the suffering of so many people. ...







16 May 1916: 'SANGUINARY FIGHT. In Kurdish Village.'





What happens before war?




United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 25/6/16]




Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the center of Mogadishu on Saturday before fighters stormed inside, police and the militant group said.

Police said at least 15 people had died, including guards at the site, civilians and militants. Others were wounded.

Gunfire had echoed round the seaside capital after the blast and ambulances raced to the scene.

Police later said fighting had ended but they were searching the site for militants. ... [Reuters - 25/6/16]



UNHCR reiterates weaselly worded "go back to where you came from" message to Somali refugees in Kenya [Media Release - 25/6/16]




Israel grants refugee status to one Sudanese man [972mag - 24/6/16]




Over 2,000 Eritrean asylum seekers demonstrated in front of the European Union Embassy in Ramat Gan on Tuesday in support a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Commission of Inquiry examining human rights violations in their home country.

The protesters marched from Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv toward the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange in Ramat Gan, where the EU building is located.

The organizers brought 22 buses full of asylum seekers from Holot detention center, where thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers are currently detained by Israel.

Sudanese asylum seekers and Israeli activists also attended the demonstration to show their solidarity. ... [972mag - 23/6/16]




@MSF_Sea [25/6/16]:  ... It's been a short wait. #DignityI just rescued another boat with 129 #people now safely onboard.




@MSF_Sea [25/6/16]:  After transfering the little Fardous and 638 #people to another boat, #DignityI waits in the #SAR zone this morning.






@moas_eu [25/6/16]:  It has been a quick succession of very demanding rescues in the past 2days.24h non-stop for #MOAS & all #SAR vessels





@ItalianNavy [25/6/16]:  #Sar #MarinaMilitare fregata Aliseo in operazione #MareSicuro ha soccorso natante con 117 #migranti a nord Tripoli





@MadeleineDunne [26/6/16]:  More than 5000 people on board the HMAS Adelaide at Outer Harbor for the ship's inaugural open day ...





Circumstances of 43 Australia-bound asylum seekers blacked out by media/NGOs since Sri Lankan offcials announced their pending, coercive visit [Jakarta Globe - 22/6/16]







Detention, deportation, exile and death:  Survivors of the UNHCR's "durable solutions" in South East Asia [Jakarta Post - 25/6/16]




‏"I HAVE NO NAME FOR THREE YEARS, ONLY AN ID NUMBER": @racvictoria [25/6/16]:   Day 44 of peaceful protests on #Manus.  ...




@SuchNigel [25/6/16]:  Stop Cruelty Protest in #Nauru ...





26 June 2016