Day 221 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [26/10/16]
@SuchNigel [26/10/16]: 1169 days in prison
@SuchNigel [26/10/16]: I'm writing now but I couldn't describe what I feel .
@Aussie4Refugees [26/10/16]: LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK. "Omid". Artwork by Abbas Alaboudi, political prisoner of the Australian govt ...
The treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at Nauru and Manus Island detention centres is damaging Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council, a summit of aid groups has warned.
Aid groups passed a resolution at the Australian Council for International Development conference in Melbourne on Wednesday condemning the offshore processing regime and calling for its end.
"While the Australian government maintains offshore detention, the bid for a seat on the human rights council is being undermined," said council chief executive Marc Purcell. [Nine MSN - 26/10/16]
You cannot provide "welfare services" in a concentration camp: Save the Children's PR outfit don't report how unions support Australia's anti-refugee torture and exile policy [Guardian - 26/10/16]
@nslwin [26/10/16]: #Myanmar's military back #MaBaTha monks are in #Buthidaung and #Maungdaw today to fuel the tension.
@nslwin [26/10/16]: Today at 4:30am at least 10 #Rohingya from Gunna hamlet #NgaSaKyu village tract #Maungdaw arrested by #Myanmar Army.
Three Rohingya married women from Kyi Gan Pyin and Ngan Chaung village tracts were raped by the Myanmar Army and Border Guard Police today. ... [Rohingya Blogger - 25/10/16]
US silent on Rohingya plight for oil and gas: Analyst [Press TV – 25/10/16]
Clashes broke out on Tuesday in Kilinochchi between Sri Lankan police and locals protesting over the killing of two Jaffna University students by the police last week. ... [Tamil Guardian - 26/10/16]
Tamils in Jaffna attacked by men in unmarked white van [Tamil Guardian - 26/10/16]
India and Sri Lanka begin joint military exercise [Tamil Guardian - 26/10/16]
Gambia to withdraw from International Criminal Court [Inquirer – 26/10/16]
Free the refugees!
Stop the torture!
Stop the lies!
NO to boat turnbacks and exile!
Protest LNP, ALP, complicit business, human rights organisations, academics, NGOs, unions and media!
END THE DIRTY POLICY!
"When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free."
Protest on Nauru, June 2016
Moscow’s police have detained three young men who were throwing flares and leaflets demanding withdrawal of U.S. bases from Europe at the Moscow residence of the U.S. ambassador, a source in the law enforcement agencies told TASS on Tuesday. ... [TASS - 25/10/16]
... Keep in mind that, much sooner than later, great avenues will again be opened, through which will pass the free man, to construct a better society. ...
Last Words by Salvador Allende - Santiago de Chile, 11 September 1973
The Battle of Chile: Part 1, The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie 
The Battle of Chile
"In a sense it's a Chile, but in a much more muted and sophisticated and subtle form" Victor L. Marchetti Home on the Range 
... The sun comes up and we all learn
Those wheels must turn. ...
'Dreamworld', Midnight Oil 
Shorten: Offshore regional processing is an important part of defeating the crime gangs. #auspol #asylumseekers [Image: @ABCNews24 - 4/2/16]
Deadly Australian theme park ride had just had safety checks [Reuters - 26/10/16]:
A water ride that killed four people at an Australian amusement park in one of the world's deadliest theme park accidents had completed an annual safety inspection less than a month ago, the park's owner said on Wednesday.
Police were examining the Thunder River Rapids Ride at Dreamworld, near Gold Coast in Queensland state, where the four adults died Tuesday after being trapped under an upturned raft.
The owner of the park, Ardent Leisure Group, said the ride had completed its annual mechanical and structural safety engineering inspection on Sept 29.
"As per regulations, this safety audit was conducted by a specialist external engineering firm," Ardent said in a statement.
The ride, meant to simulate going over river rapids, uses round floating devices that seat six and can reach speeds of 45 kph (28 mph). It is described by Dreamworld as a "moderate thrill" attraction for those older than two.
A collision between two rafts flipped one, throwing two children, aged 10 and 13, free and trapping four adults beneath it, Queensland assistant police commissioner Brian Codd told reporters.
He said the adults became caught in the ride's conveyor-belt machinery.
Police have called for witnesses to come forward.
The victims, two men aged 33 and 38 and two women aged 32 and 42, all lived in Australia, police said.
The New Zealand government confirmed one was a New Zealand citizen. Two children on the ride were being treated for injuries in hospital.
Police have not yet confirmed the relationship of the children to any of the adults.
Their deaths follow a similar accident at Dreamworld in April, when a 19-year-old man was seriously hurt after falling from another water ride.
The Australian Workers Union (AWU) said it had raised "grave concerns" about safety at the theme park with authorities and the park operator as early as April 2015.
"There is a very persistent and long process of representation by my union to Dreamworld and to the division of workplace health and safety around safety issues at Dreamworld," AWU state secretary Ben Swan told Reuters.
Asked on Tuesday whether there were any earlier problems with the ride, Tod Reid, an inspector with Queensland Police, said: "I’m not aware, but that will be part of the investigation."
Forensic police and workplace safety authorities were checking CCTV footage and will prepare a report for the state coroner.
Shares in Ardent plunged 21 percent at the open on Wednesday, adding to a 7 percent fall in the final hour of trading on Tuesday after the accident. By the close of trade the stock had pared some losses to finish 14.9 percent lower.
The park is scheduled to reopen on Friday, with all the proceeds to be donated to the Australian Red Cross, Ardent said.
Bill Shorten's AWU sold out workers for $300,000 [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/10/15]
$147 for an 18-hour week at McDonalds - thanks to one of Australia's most powerful anti-worker unions [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/9/16]
A gentle reminder: unions are part of the detention industry [xBorder - 22/7/15]
Bob Hawke was approached for an interview for this story and he declined. "There was no CIA interference in Australia's trade unions" ---> Former spy Christopher Boyce speaks out in an explosive new Dateline interview. [VIDEO - SBS - February 2014]
Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three [Reuters - 26/10/16]
Russia and the Syrian government are ready to resume the humanitarian pauses in Aleppo if they receive guarantees from international organizations about readiness to evacuate the sick and the wounded as well as peaceful civilians from the rebel-held areas, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday. ... [TASS - 26/10/16]
Russia ready to deliver airstrikes on militants moving into Syria from Iraq — general [TASS - 25/10/16]
Two civilians were injured, including a woman, in a terrorist rocket attack on Harfa village in the countryside of the southern Quneitra province.
SANA reporter quoted a source at Quneitra Police Command as saying that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists positioned in Mas’hara village targeted on Tuesday afternoon Hafra village with 10 Grad rockets, with one of them hitting in the surroundings of the Health Center.
The source confirmed that two people were injured in the attack, including a woman, adding that huge material damage was caused to houses and public and private properties in the areas where the rockets hit. ... [SANA - 25/10/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 25/10/16]
Rampant executions in Mosul theatre; 244 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 25/10/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/10/16]:
Mohamad Tameem ,the former minister of education :
The Kurdish forces have demolished Arab homes in Kirkuk ,for example; a young man in his thirties has committed suicide after destroying his home and assaulting on him in the presence of his family.
Islamic State takes control of half Iraqi town near Jordan-Syria border [Reuters – 25/10/16]
@MSF_Sea [25/10/16]: The central #Mediterranean is more than twice as busy in October 2016 (21K arrivals) as it was in October 2015 (9K arrivals). #SAFEPASSAGE
@MSF_Sea [25/10/16]: ... 521 people-including 17 pregnant women-now safely disembarked in Taranto after being rescued at sea by search rescue boat #Aquarius
Mission 14 crew report of the extensive rescue operation during the night to Tuesday [Sea-Eye - 24/10/16]
The boats have not stopped.
The boats will never stop because seeking asylum is a human right.
It's the honesty - and the journalism - that needs to start.
... This is something that we have to show to the world.
This is something that will not stop.
These people will keep coming, risking everything.
The weather will soon get worse and it will become much worse as the winter sets in.
Maybe if we keep showing these things, maybe something will change.
I hope so.
War in peace [AFP - 6/11/15]
Migrants from Sri Lanka gesture aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia on Monday. Authorities in the province of Aceh are preparing to tow the boat out to sea. [National Post - 17/6/16]
Australia-bound Tamil boat refugees expose the complicity of Australian government, media and regional human rights organisations with genocidal Sri Lanka [TamilNet - 10/7/16]:
On 15th of June, Indonesian authorities apprehended 44 Eezham Tamils en route to Australia in a fishing trawler in the eastern province of Aceh.
Indonesian officials prohibited the refugees from disembarking upon Indonesian soil stating that they were not eligible for asylum.
During one incident, as five Tamil women attempted to disembark, Indonesian authorities were reported to have fired gunshots in the air.
Eezham Tamils have consistently been fleeing from the structures of ‘Sri Lanka’.
At the same time, those at the helm of the affairs of international scrutiny conveniently ignore the institutional persecution of Tamils in the island.
Subsequently an international legitimacy is upheld pertaining to ‘democratic’ nature of the Sri Lankan State to the effect of denying or silencing the oppression and dispossession of Eezham Tamils. ...
Robert Manne and friends are still being given a platform to promote their barbaric false choice compromise with the refugee boat towback component of Australia's torture and exile policy, while inexplicably feigning concern for some of those suffering because of it.
Review of Antje Missbach’s Troubled Transit: Asylum Seekers Stuck in Indonesia [Inside Indonesia - 16/10/16]:
... More journalists and academics should recognise what Missbach has; that Australia’s border protection regime extends far beyond its own borders, beyond even Nauru and Manus Island, and causes hidden suffering for thousands upon thousands of people stranded in increasingly prolonged transits.
The impact of Australian policies: What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.
Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...
Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]
Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]
Boat arrivals and boat ‘turnbacks’ in Australia since 1976: a quick guide to the statistics [APH - September 2015]:
... Unauthorised maritime arrivals from cruise ships are not included in these statistics. ...
The United States doesn't suddenly care about human rights, they're obsessed with controlling the movement of people - particularly in regions undergoing resource exploitation, war and genocide - such as West Papua [RNZI - 26/10/16]:
In its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the US Department of State has downgraded PNG to the worst possible ranking of nations involved in the global trade of people.
It said it is a country whose government does not meet the minimum standard in protecting people from human trafficking and is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labour. ...
The United States works with media outlets and NGOs to use trafficking as an excuse to seal borders and subvert the refugee convention. When the targetted population are trapped and unable to flee, the US greenlights the predictable violence. ----> @JamilaHanan [18/10/16]: As #Myanmar gov were launching the next wave of elimination of the #Rohingya community, US was dropping sanctions and scrubbing black list.
IOM runs trafficking workshop for PNG law enforcement officers as refugees rot in their gulags throughout South East Asia [PNG Loop - 19/10/16]
Continuing restrictions on free expression in West Papua [UNPO - 21/10/16]
Inpex asks Indonesia to boost Masela Field's LNG production [Reuters - 21/10/16]
Thousands of mine workers of the Grasberg mine of PT Freeport Indonesia Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua, began to return to work after more than a week in strike starting 28 September 2016.
A legal advisor to the local union leader, Tri Puspita, said the workers began to work on Saturday after an agreement was reached with the management of PT Freeport Indonesia. ... [ANTARA - 10/10/16]
'Honouring Guests': How Aceh welcomed Rohingya refugees with open arms [Channel News Asia - 17/1/16]
... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.
"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...
Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh progressively deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]
... “We want to live with dignity and want the Myanmar Government to give us citizenship or any other country. We have an identity and we no longer want to live like this,” he said. ... 3,000 Rohingya living in tents in Hyderabad [The Hans India - 25/5/16]
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
Woodside Third Quarter Report for Period Ended 30 September 2016 [20/10/16]:
Following the Thalin-1A and Shwe Yee Htun-1 discoveries, planning continues for a minimum of four wells in 2017 across Blocks AD-7 and A-6. ...
West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]
26 October 2016