Alleged non dogf*cker remains protected and unaccountable as Media Watch misses the point - again
Adnan Shirwani, 36, with his 6-months-pregnant wife Maryam, 33, from the Kurdistan region of Iran. They spent one year in the detention centre and were given refugee status and released to the community based camp in June 2014. ... [Photographed by Vlad Sokhin, October 2014]
Nauru: Dream turned nightmare for boat refugees seeking asylum in Australia [RIA Novosti - 2/11/14]:
... Amnesty International tried to visit the island state in early 2014. Nauru’s government turned down their request along with a request from UN human rights observers, citing “the current circumstances and incredibly busy time”, as well as “practical difficulties”, Amnesty International said in a news release.
“Nauru’s refusals to allow an independent review of the conditions in the detention centre are another damning development in Australia’s offshore asylum processing system,” said Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia Pacific Director.
Under new regulations, introduced by Kevin Rudd, then prime minister, in July, 2013, asylum seekers, brought to Nauru or the Manus Island, are banned from receiving a refugee status from Canberra and relocating to Australia. If eligible, they can receive refugee status and stay in Papua New Guinea or Nauru.
However, leaving these island nations is just as hard as bringing relatives there. Furthermore, refugees are not allowed to share their stories with the outside world.
Despite apparent attempts to prevent human rights activists and journalists from coming to the island, Russian photographer Vlad Sokhin managed to visit Nauru as a tourist.
He has recently shared a heart-breaking account of what it is like to live on the islands as a refugee in Russian Reporter magazine.
“Everyone is spying on us here. Every our step is reported to the police. We are strictly forbidden from talking to foreigners or journalists,” Mujtaba, a Shia refugee from Pakistan, told Sokhin. Mujtaba works at Capelle & Partner, the only supermarket on the island, which makes him one of the few lucky refugees to have work. Unemployment in Nauru is as high as 90 percent.
Mujtaba recalled deplorable conditions in the detention center, where he had spent 10 months. Like other asylum seekers, Mujtaba had to share a tent with 20 people.
“The tents got unbearably hot in the sun; it was extremely hot inside – no fans, no air conditioning. Children and pregnant women had to live under the same conditions. There were eight toilets for 400 people. We were allowed to use shower for two or three minutes if there was water. Sometimes there was no drinking water,” Mujtaba said.
“I think, Australians deliberately forced us to live under such conditions, so that we would spread the word – don’t try to enter Australia illegally, you will go to hell instead.”
Adnan, his wife Mariam and their 12-year-old son fled from Iranian Kurdistan. Adnan’s wife is six months pregnant and in desperate need of medical attention.
“My wife is due soon. But she has pregnancy complications,” Adnan told Sokhin. “She suffered from anxiety when we lived in the detention center as if it were prison.
The doctor at the Nauru hospital is completely incompetent. Several times my wife was prescribed medication contraindicated in pregnancy. There is no ultrasound scan. We cannot buy vitamins here,” he explained.
These are far from being isolated cases. Vlad Sokhin talked to other people, who were trapped on the small island fleeing persecution in countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia. Following Australia’s agreement with Cambodia, signed last month, they have now an option to settle in the South East Asian nation.
But Papua New Guinea, Nauru or Cambodia hardly compare to a developed country and all the opportunities it can provide to people seeking better life. Yet Australia continues to deny them what the UN considers a basic human right.
... The Refugee Action Coalition has named one of the women as Maryam, who they say was on the bus with her husband Adnan and 10-year-old son Amir. ... [ABC - 1/12/14]
A pregnant woman has been spotted walking beside a bus near Darwin's Wickham Point Detention Centre, where a stand-off has been underway between between guards and two Iranian families protesting against being housed in the facility.
There has been no confirmation as to whether the woman spotted in the video - taken from a helicopter - was one of the heavily pregnant women who has been in the bus since Saturday.
It is understood that while in immigration detention in Nauru, authorities already determined that the women and their husbands were refugees, and the Australian Government told the women they would be taken to Australia to give birth.
They have been refusing to go to the immigration detention centre since they arrived by bus late on Saturday night, according to the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network.
Today was 35 degrees at Wickham Point where the 38 weeks pregnant women and husbands and one child are sitting on a bus. ... [30/11/14]
Sydney Morning Herald [14/3/12]:
The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.
Documents released under freedom of information show the ''deed of agreement'' that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ''informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay''.
The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, as ''the right balance'' in circumstances that included ''the current climate associated with media ethics, media 'phone hacking' [in Britain]''.
In an email to a reporter who was consulted on the policy, Immigration's national communications manager, Sandi Logan, said, ''I reckon while the phone hacking scandal is all the rage, what else would the media expect of us? Trust you say? Gimme a break, sorry!''
The Greens' immigration spokeswoman, Sarah Hanson-Young, said yesterday ''the idea that [media access] guidelines have, even in part, been inspired by Guantanamo Bay is absolutely appalling - it really shows the attitude of Immigration and [the] government - they have forgotten that they are dealing with asylum seekers, not criminals or terrorists.''
The policy requires that journalists visiting detention centres must be escorted at all times by Immigration officers. There is a bar on any ''substantive communication'' with detainees, a right for officials to censor recordings, and the right for Immigration to immediately end any visit. The chief executives of the largest media organisations, including Fairfax Media's Greg Hywood, News Ltd's Kim Williams and the heads of all TV broadcast networks last month condemned the agreement as ''unacceptable censorship''.
Documents released to the Herald under FOI show the agreement was drafted with reference to past departmental policy and present practice at NSW, Victorian and Queensland prisons.
However, prompted by criticism from the ABC TV 7.30 presenter Leigh Sales, who argued that it was easier to visit Guantanamo Bay than an Australian immigration facility, Immigration reviewed arrangements for media access at the US military detention facility.
This ''informed'' the final draft of the deed submitted to Mr Bowen in late July 2011.
In his submission, Mr Logan justified tight restrictions on media access to safeguard the privacy of detainees, prevent publicity that could affect refugee claims and to manage ''risks that during any media visits detainee clients would use the media's presence as an opportunity to protest their continuing detention''.
Mr Logan privately consulted 12 journalists. More responses were negative than positive, with the proposed arrangements being described as ''incredibly restrictive'', ''draconian and heavy-handed'', ''a shocker'' and ''a lawyer's picnic.''
However Immigration made no further submission to Mr Bowen who endorsed new arrangements without amendment on October 6.
Since October, the ABC, SBS, Channels Seven, Nine and Ten, The Australian and The Daily Telegraph have signed the deed of agreement for visits variously to detention facilities at Villawood, Maribyrnong, Inverbrackie and Wickham Point.
In their letter to Mr Bowen last month, media CEOs argued the fact media organisations have signed the deed ''should not be taken as agreement to its terms''.
Police have dispersed the Unagi oval protest crowd and bashed some protestors who started taking pictures of them. In a confrontation that lasted ten minutes the police removed banners and told protest leader Noel Anjo and his protesters to leave the gathering which has been deemed as illegal. ... [PNG Loop - 26/10/15]
Protest leader claims anti-PM march to go ahead [PNG Loop - 25/10/15]
Three police allegedly involved in the shooting of Saleh Naime Tom, also known as Charlie Naime early this year at Tatana village returned to the District Court at Waigani today (October 26). ... [PNG Loop -26/10/15]
Social media group aids drought stricken Manus Island [PNG Loop - 26/10/15]:
A Manus Facebook group, Manus Issues, through an appeal within the group has donated rice and water to a village on Rambutso Island in Manus Province.
Panuselu villagers received 64 bags of rice and 1400 litres of water shipped from Lorengau yesterday.
Group administrator Bap Korup said it was a successful appeal for a village of about 400 people.
"I would like to thank Coastal Fuel Lorengau for donation of fuel, and the Port Moresby Institute of Matriculation (PIMS) for initiating the donations when the appeal was made. Many members of the group chipped in after that,’’ he said.
He also thanked the ground coordinator of the relief assistance, David Putulan for successfully and efficiently executing the transportation to the island.
"It is the first of any form of organised help for the drought stricken communities in Manus. It is very encouraging to see Manusians helping Manusians in time of need," he said.
Man in a serious condition after police pursuit, Beenleigh
A man is in a serious condition after crashing a stolen motorcycle after a police pursuit south of Brisbane.
Police say an unmarked car began following the man at Waterford late on Sunday night but lost sight of the bike and later found it crashed into a fence at Beenleigh.
Drugs, a knife and stolen property were found at the scene, police said.
The 31-year-old man was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition.
An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct. ... [New York Times - 24/10/15]
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Quentin Tarantino joined hundreds of demonstrators waving signs, shouting through megaphones and marching along the city's streets on Saturday to protest police brutality nationwide.
"I'm a human being with a conscience," said Tarantino, who flew in from California for the event. "
And if you believe there's murder going on then you need to rise up and stand up against it. I'm here to say I'm on the side of the murdered." ... [ABC 7 - 25/10/15]
Man arrested over roof-top stand-off at North Rockhampton Beaurepaires [Brisbane Times – 26/10/15]
Robbery, Raymonds Hill [QPS Media - 25/10/15]
A man remains under police guard in hospital following the death of an 11-year-old girl in a northeast Victorian town.
The man, a 29-year-old from Mildura, was arrested walking barefoot along the Hume Freeway around 6.30am on Sunday, up to 10km from the house in Inchbold Street, Wangaratta, where the girl's body was found by paramedics about 11am.
Police say the man is unfit to be interviewed.
They are interviewing several other people over the girl's death, a Victoria Police spokeswoman said. ... [Nine MSN - 26/10/15]
... The wife of a man who went missing from a far north Queensland beach for two weeks says she's surprised by reports he was charged with child porn offences before he went missing.
A number of media outlets report Garry Amey - who was found by two passers-by in the ocean at Wagnetti Beach on Saturday - is due to face court on numerous charges next month.
His wife of 38 years, Arlene Amey, says any charges would be news to her.... [Nine MSN - 26/10/15]
A man has died in a tractor accident in South Australia's southeast. ... [Nine MSN - 26/10/15]
Jihadists could launch major cyber attacks, says former ASIO boss David Irvine [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/10/15]
New crime scene set up over Greenslopes death
Detectives have set up a secondary crime scene across the road from the south Brisbane home where mother-of-two Danielle Miller's body was found.
Ms Miller, 44, was found dead in her home on Chatsworth Road in Greenslopes on Saturday night.
There are no suspects and SES volunteers scoured the street on Monday in the hope of finding a clue that could help solve Ms Miller's mysterious death.
The searches may have provided the breakthrough police needed after investigators appeared to find something of interest in a large skip bin at a construction site across the road from Ms Millers house.
Detectives could be seen taking photographs inside the bin and carrying an item away in a bag.
A police spokeswoman confirmed to AAP the construction site had since been deemed a secondary crime scene.
She said detectives would likely be able to provide more information on Tuesday.
Police could not confirm whether they were looking for a murder weapon.
A post-mortem was conducted on Sunday, but police said they had no plans to reveal the results to explain how Ms Miller died.
There are reports that Ms Miller's body showed signs of strangulation, but police could not confirm that either.
Witnesses have told detectives they could hear an argument at Ms Miller's house on Thursday night.
Investigators are calling on people who might have noticed anything unusual on Chatsworth Road over the weekend to come forward.
"Witnesses are being interviewed (and) we are receiving information to the effect that a male was seen in the vicinity in the early hours of Friday morning," Detective Acting Inspector Tony Geary told reporters on Sunday.
Officers have also been seeking CCTV footage from the area, including a nearby shopping centre.
Ms Miller's estranged husband, who has custody
of their two children, spoke at length with detectives on Sunday. He is not
considered a suspect.
An ALP government is NEVER going to decriminalise abortion [Brisbane Times - 26/10/15]
One of the world's leading euthanasia campaigners, Dr Philip Nitschke, has agreed to stop providing people with advice on how to end their lives, so he can keep his medical registration.
In an extraordinary settlement between the doctor and the Medical Board of Australia, Dr Nitschke, the head of Exit International, has also agreed to no longer run workshops on end-of-life strategies or participate in videos and online information about suicide. ... [Canberra Times - 26/10/15]
Independent Queensland MP Billy Gordon will vote against statewide pub-lockout laws, a key Labor election promise aimed at tacking alcohol-related violence.
The far north Queensland MP will team up with the two Katter party MPs to vote down the Labor government’s plans for 1am lockouts and 3am closing times for pubs.
Gordon said he was open to compromise, but would vote down the legislation as it stood because it could have serious economic consequences for his tourism-dependent electorate of Cook.
Gordon said his stand against the lockout laws did not mean he wouldn’t support the government in other policy areas, but it did show he would stand up for his electorate. ... [Guardian - 26/10/15]
Government further perverts electoral system by cynically using the visually impaired ----> Queenslanders will trial electronic voting at next year's council elections, deputy premier Jackie Trad confirmed on Monday. The concept has been considered for almost a decade and has previously been trialled with Queensland's visually-impaired community in the past.
"We will be trialling - in a small way – electronic voting at the upcoming council elections in March 2016," Ms Trad said.
"It is something that has been on the books – in terms of a trial - for some time," she said. Advertisement "And we are hoping that it might be a good mechanism for people – particularly for people who are impaired – to have their vote cast before election day."
Vision Australia – Queensland's chief lobby group for visually-impaired Queenslanders – in 2014 lobbied the previous government to allow the visually-impaired to vote electronically at the 2015 state election. ... [Brisbane Times - 26/10/15]
Hacking Democracy :
Hacking Democracy filmed over 3 years, first shown on HBO (a unit of Time Warner) in 2006 and released on DVD in 2007. The film reveals many strange facts about paperless (or e-voting) systems that established during elections in the U.S.A. in the last years. It focuses on the story of Bev Harris, director of nonprofit election watchdog group called Black Box Voting, and her investigations of potential security flaws inherent in electronic voting.
Gillard keeps trying to rehabilitate her image in a bubble free from refugees, single mums and first nations people [Bendigo Advertiser - 26/10/15]
Police charge 19yo man with vandalism of Charleville War Memorial [ABC - 26/10/15]
NSW police detective charged with assaulting Queensland police officer
#GCPolice reporting lots of party goers out in Broadbeach & Surfers. Having fun & well behaved
Image: @QPSmedia [28/9/13]
Brisbane Times [26/10/15]:
An off-duty NSW police officer has been charged with assaulting a Queensland police officer at the Gold Coast 600.
Queensland Police allege the 58-year-old detective assaulted an officer after he was approached by police about 11pm on Saturday at a concert at the motor sports event.
The policeman, who is attached to the North West Metropolitan Region, was arrested and taken to a Gold Coast police station, where he was charged with serious assault of a police officer and obstructing police.
He was granted bail at Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland on Monday and has been ordered to face court on November 17.
@GraffitiExpert [24/10/15]: Count the po po. Pre #Chisel concert drive by. ...
Making cultural imperialism safe for Queenslanders [QPS Media - 26/10/15]
Former Police prosecutor pleads guilty to escape more jail time [MYGC - 26/10/15]
... Judge Dorney accepted Doolan had been publicly shamed by media reporting of the scandal, and took into account the four months' imprisonment she served before her appeal. ... [Yahoo - 26/10/15]
Detectives from the Western Investigative Group – Gold Coast CIB have charged a man in relation to the alleged discovery of a quantity of drugs and cash on the Gold Coast yesterday.
It is alleged around 4.30pm Gold Coast police intercepted a utility travelling southbound on the Pacific motorway at Coomera.
A subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly located 11.3 kilograms of cannabis and a large quantity of cash. Gold Coast detectives later searched a Mandolin Avenue residence at Helensvale and allegedly located 16 large hydroponic cannabis plants, 38 MDMA tablets, a quantity of steroids and another large sum of cash.
A 31-year-old Helensvale man has been charged with nine drug related charges and will appear in Southport Magistrates Court today. ... [QPS Media - 26/10/15]
Southport student directs siblings in award winning film [MYGC - 26/10/15]
The search is on for an artist to deliver an Urban Oasis in the heart of the Gold Coast’s bustling tourist precinct.
Known for its vibrant nightlife, Surfers Paradise will soon be home to the city’s first major public art commission, at the intersection of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Elkhorn Avenue. ... [Gold Coast City Council Media Release - 23/10/15]
Southport Time Capsule – audio tour performance piece (5-14 November)
The former Southport Town Hall (constructed in 1935) now home to the Gold Coast Mayor
Gold Coast City Council:
… Time Capsule is an exciting audio tour performance piece, in which memory mixes with technology, and physical theatre melds with recorded voices.
Inspired by a real-life time capsule buried under Sundale Shopping Centre in 1969 and interviews with locals residents, audience are given a headset and 'guided' to a series of empty shops and surrounds.
It cracks open the time capsule on the past to remind us what we once dreamed and to reflect on what actually came to pass. ...
Gold Coast City Council:
… “It takes the audience on a literal and figurative journey. The audience is given headsets in which they experience the contents of the real time capsule that was buried under Sundale Shopping Centre in 1969, along with locals memories of shopping at that time and other sounds created for the work.
“As the audience are immersed in the audio, they are led by a ‘guide’ who takes them to a series of empty shops and the building surrounds in which they view striking visuals created by a team of five amazing physical theatre performers. Time Capsule invites audiences to not passively sit in the dark and watch a show, which is the majority of performing arts presented here on the Coast; they are actual participants in this experience.
“The headsets create a very intimate way in which to experience people’s memories and my playful interpretation of the time capsule’s contents.”
“Time Capsule invites the audience to look back to the past in order to reflect on how we live now.”
Time Capsule takes as its inspiration, the real life time capsule buried underneath Sundale Shopping Centre in Southport in 1969. It was discovered in the 1990s when the building was destroyed for property development.
Since February Ms Shearer has been researching the real time capsule, Sundale and the history of shopping, as well as writing and interviewing locals for the audio component.
“I wanted to get a range of perspectives on that point in time when shopping moved from individual relationships people had with shop owners to the mega-retailing we now mostly see. As Sundale was one of the first all-under-one-roof shopping centres in Australia, I was keen to get a range of perspectives,” she said.
Iconic Southport retailer Trash Monkey moves online [20/10/15]:
We say Goodbye to our much loved Southport Store, but Hello to the bigger and brighter projects! Join our Southport Monkeys one last time for the Monster Countdown Closing down sale with everything 30 - 70% off, Ending 5pm Friday 23rd of October! But remember, Gold Coast we're always a click away smile emoticon www.trashmonkey.com — at Trash Monkey.
Melbourne's squeaky tram wheels get the oil [The Age – 23/10/15]
Three teenage girls injured in Sydney ferris wheel fall
Nine MSN [25/10/15:
Three teenage girls have been injured in a ferris wheel accident in Sydney’s west.
Emergency services were called to the scene around 5.10pm at Memorial Avenue in Liverpool.
A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance said one of the girls is in a serious condition after sustaining pelvic and arm injuries.
The other two are stable, suffering from arm injuries and rib injuries.
It is believed the girls, aged 14, 15 and 16, all fell from the ride in a suburban park after the carriage they were in became unstable.
Two of the girls were taken to Liverpool Hospital for treatment, while another was taken to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.
It is unclear how the accident occurred.
The illegality industry: Notes on Europe’s dangerous border experiment, Ruben Andersson [Faculty of Law, University of Oxford - 26/10/15]:
... In my own ethnographic research on European border controls, I’ve called the various sectors with a stake in the ‘fight against illegal migration’ an ‘illegality industry.’
This industry is the topic of an upcoming week of blog posts on Border Criminologies, written by scholars who don’t necessarily use the same concept but who show the dangerous workings, tangled relationships, and self-reinforcing economies of border controls in a range of settings: from the streets of Tripoli and European defence contractor headquarters to humanitarian and privately-run sea rescue missions in the Mediterrean.
As a final post on the migratory ‘corridor’ from South America via Mexico to the United States shows, the dire effects of border security are felt far beyond European shores. Just as migratory routes have globalised, so have our governments’ border security efforts, as similar surveillance technologies, barriers, and patrols are put in place from Ecuador and Arizona to Greece and beyond.
Like the international value chain for the production of cheap consumer goods, the ‘illegality industry’ works on its human ‘goods’ across a dispersed geographical site, involving a bewildering array of sectors. The industry’s ‘outsourcing’ efforts involve not only offshore security forces, but also humanitarian organisations, NGOs, and private outfits collaborating closely with the policing response, whether in reception, detention, deportation, or on the open seas. ...
Anti refugee propagandists given free reign as decline in press freedom prevents journalists from visiting Nauru
... One claim by Kenny warrants particular scrutiny; that there is a “boycott” by asylum seekers and refugees on the island who are refusing to send their children to local schools.
The closure of the detention centre’s school which was staffed by Save the Children led small groups of asylum-seeker children to be split across four local schools: Nauruan secondary school, Nauru college, Nauru primary school and Yaren primary school.
The refusal of parents to send their children to the local schools is hardly a boycott. It is also far from new, and was reported several months ago by Guardian Australia.
Asylum seekers and refugees are quite justifiably frightened of the Nauruan schools.
UN urges against forcible return of Montagnard refugees [Phnom Penh Post - 26/10/15]:
The United Nations’ human rights agency in Geneva has urged Cambodia to abide by its obligations not to forcibly return 13 Montagnard refugees to Vietnam and to register the claims of hundreds more asylum seekers living in limbo in Phnom Penh.
The government last week announced that it had extended deadlines for leaving Cambodia for members of the predominantly Christian minority group from Vietnam’s central highlands who have crossed the border over the past year citing religious and political persecution.
In a statement on Friday, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) noted that any forced return of the 13 – who now have until January 10 to be resettled in third countries – “would constitute refoulement”.
“As a state party to the Refugee Convention and the Convention against Torture and as a country that adheres to the universal values laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Cambodia is under an obligation not to return refugees to a country where they could be subjected to serious human rights violations,” it said.
Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak yesterday said he was confident that resettlement options would be found. When asked what would happen to the 13 if the deadline was not met, he replied: “I have no idea.”
Regarding the more than 200 unregistered asylum seekers, OHCHR said it hoped the extended deadline of February 6 for them to return home “voluntarily” or be forced back would “give the government time to reconsider their asylum requests in accordance with international standards”.
It added that the government should “in any case not refoule the asylum seekers without the individual consideration of their claims”.
On behalf of The European Rohingya Council (ERC) Dr. Khubybe participated in International Peace Forum Varberg on 23-25 October, in Sweden.
He shed light on historical presence of Rohingya in Myanmar, Rohingya’s presence in the parliament of Myanmar history until 2010 election, major ethnic cleansing operations such as Naga Min operation, 1982 citizenship law and so on, 2012 massacre, current situation in IDPs and elsewhere, disenfranchisement of Rohingya, the people involved in ethnic cleansing and the rise of Neo-Nazism, passing discriminatory Race and Religious Protection Laws.
He further highlighted on what 7 Nobel Laureates were saying during Oslo Conference about Rohingya’s suffering as a text book example of genocide. ... [Burma Times - 26/10/15]
15 Rohingyas arrested and tortured in Baas Sara [Burma Times – 26/10/15]
Coming Soon: Documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit expose the workings of the Myanmar regime, providing evidence of genocide against the Rohingya minority. [20/10/15]
The other refugee crisis: The plight of Bangladesh's migrants [Foreign Affairs - 21/10/15]:
... The Southeast Asian nations, and the international community more widely, should demand that Bangladesh and Myanmar immediately end discrimination and persecution of the Rohingyas.
Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand need to conduct search-and-rescue operations at sea, cease maritime pushbacks, bring the trawlers ashore, provide desperately needed humanitarian aid, and give full access to procedures for international protection and resettlement of refugees and asylum-seekers in close coordination with UNHCR.
In addition, Malaysia and Thailand need to redouble efforts to intercept the human trafficking networks on land and to close the detention camps near the border. ...
Journalist poses as priest to access Malaysian immigration detention centre [VIDEO - Al Jazeera - Malaysia's unwanted - 21/11/14]:
With refugees at risk of abuse and exploitation in Malaysia, 101 East investigates if those in charge are doing enough.
Sri Lanka to release Tamil Nadu fishermen [Tamil Guardian – 26/10/15]
Use snail mail to thwart spies, Assange tells
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has urged journalists to use regular postal services to thwart government spying.
"My recommendation, for people who don't have 10 years' experience in cryptography, is to return to old methods (and) use the traditional postal service," Assange said in an interview published Saturday.
"Journalists are treated by intelligence services as spies," he told the Belgian daily Le Soir.
"The same methods used against spies are used against journalists, and now journalists must learn counter-espionage methods to protect their sources."
On Thursday WikiLeaks released a second instalment of documents from CIA director John Brennan's hacked personal email account, including his contacts list.
Assange, in another interview with the Belgian daily L'Echo, reiterated that WikiLeaks would release more of Brennan's documents on Monday, which he described as "documents awaited by many human rights activists and lawyers, but also people who were tortured."
He added that WikiLeaks would soon post information about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
In August, WikiLeaks offered 100,000 euros ($110,000) for a copy of the trade deal.
Assange is to contribute by videoconference to a debate Monday on "political transparency and protection of privacy" to be held in Brussels.
Israeli police shoot, kill 17-year-old Palestinian in Hebron [Maan - 25/10/15]
Palestinian journalists across the Gaza Strip, who work for different Palestinian, Arab and international news agencies, are reporting that Israeli troops have "deliberately targeted” media while covering clashes between young Palestinian men and Israeli forces near the border fence between the coastal enclave and Israel. ... [Maan - 25/10/15]
... It is thus, reluctantly but resolutely, that we are refusing to travel to Israel, boycotting products produced there and calling on our universities to divest and our elected representatives to withdraw aid to Israel.
Until Israel seriously engages with a peace process that either establishes a sovereign Palestinian state or grants full democratic citizenship to Palestinians living in a single state, we cannot continue to subsidize governments whose actions threaten Israel’s long-term survival. ... [Washington Post - 23/10/15]
Japanese group returning to Pacific island to search for US World War II MIAs [Japan Today - 25/10/15]
US President's veto halts military construction on Guam [RNZI - 24/10/15]
The United States and Saudi Arabia agreed to increase support to Syria's moderate opposition while seeking a political resolution of the four-year conflict, the U.S. State Department said after Secretary of State John Kerry met King Salman on Saturday. ... [Reuters - 25/10/15]
26 October 2015