United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 26/9/16]



‏@MSF_Sea [26/9/16]:  Mohammad was a teacher in #Syria before he fled. Now he's running his own school in #Greece so these kids don't miss out on even more.



Day 191 refugee protest, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [26/9/16]



Gifts for Manus and Nauru - phone credit:


... Communication in the camps is very limited, making regular access to calls home to family and to other supports difficult.

Mobile Phone credit provides vital support for physical and mental health by allowing contact with family, as well as allowing access to medical, legal, media and advocacy support in Australia. ...



@Aussie4Refugees [27/9/16]:  #Manus refugee concentration camp specialty "zebra chicken" on sale at Runaway Bay Woolworths ...



@ManusChefAU [12/6/16]: "Zabra chicken used as medication on us. Breakfast zabra lunch zabra dinner zabra. When I go to sleep I dream zabra"  



Rakhine State officials are reviewing the legality of buildings in Maungdaw [Myanmar Times - 26/9/16]:


... The committee is tasked with verifying buildings across Rakhine State and picked Maungdaw township for initial scrutiny because it is situated on a fragile border area with implications for state security, said U Min Aung, head of the Rakhine State municipal development committee and vice chair of the buildings management committee.


On September 23, 11 international Rohingya groups signed a joint statement demanding the government intervene in the slated destruction “under the pretext of illegal construction”.

Haji Maung Bar, a Muslim community leader from Maungdaw township, told The Myanmar Times that he did not understand why the government would be interested in destroying mosques and Muslim schools built in response to state-imposed restrictions prohibiting groups of more than five people from assembling in Maungdaw and Buthidaung.

“If the government demolishes such ‘illegal’ buildings, they should make other, better buildings for us to continue to be able to pray, go to school and so on,” he said.



The body of a celebrated Sri Lankan journalist gunned down in the final months of the country’s brutal civil war in 2009 will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a fresh investigation into his death.

Lasantha Wickrematunge’s grave in Colombo has been under armed guard since the new autopsy was announced earlier in September, two months after a military intelligence official was arrested in connection with the killing of the former editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper.

Wickrematunge had foreseen his impending murder and wrote an editorial that was published three days after he was shot dead by gunmen on motorcycles while driving to work in January 2009. ... [Guardian - 26/9/16]



12 mins 30 secs in ---> Asylum seeker returned to Berks Detention Centre in Pennsyvlania one day after gall bladder surgery [Democracy Now - 26/9/16]



“I pray for continued protection, humanitarian assistance, and pursuit of durable solutions for all those who are displaced.” United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration & Refugee Services report highlights plight of Southeast Asia’s refugees [22/9/16]



Two police and a civilian shot in Papua [RNZI - 26/9/16]


A senior police officer is facing a murder charge over the alleged shooting to death of a villager in Madang last month. ... [The National - 26/9/16]


Police have completed investigations into the death of a man allegedly shot by officers during a car chase in Port Moresby last November. ... [The National - 26/9/16]


The conduct of Police personnel based at the Banz Police Station in Jiwaka Province will come under inquiry next month following the death of a detainee in May.

The Mt Hagen National Court will conduct an open court inquiry next month on the treatment of detainees and the condition of the cell at the Banz Police Station.

Justice Goodwin Poole will head the investigation, which will run for 10 days at the Mt Hagen National Court house, starting on Oct 6. ... [PNG Loop - 26/9/16]


There are no cancer drugs in the country and patients are paying for them at pharmacies and private clinics since April, Dr Peter Olali says.

The Port Moresby General Hospital head of cancer and oncology services told The National they had not received any information or notice from headquarters about why there were no cancer drugs. ... [The National - 26/9/16]


Philippines Senator wants inquiry into Duterte's 'conflicting' foreign policy [Rappler - 26/9/16]


Palace to look into WikiLeaks report saying Duterte permitted Davao killings [GMA News - 25/9/16]


University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. ... [Scoop.co.nz - 26/9/16]


A time-lapse map of every nuclear explosion since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto


Japan scrambled a fighter jet Sunday as Chinese air force planes passed the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture, the Defense Ministry said.

Eight Chinese airplanes believed to include two fighters flew over the strait between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island in the morning in the first such passage through the area by Chinese military aircraft, the ministry said.

There was no actual infringement of Japanese territorial air space, it said.

Earlier in the day, the Chinese air force said about 40 aircraft conducted a drill to pass the strait and fly to the West Pacific, according to the Chinese media. [Japan Today - 26/19/16]


China launches $52.5 bln state enterprise restructuring fund, report says [Yahoo - 26/9/16]


Chinese premier lays wreath to monument of Cuban national hero [Xinhua - 26/9/16]


A local startup, started by the son of palm oil tycoon Kuok Khoon Hong, has taken a 49 per cent stake in the iconic US magazine Rolling Stone.

According to a press release on Sunday, BandLab Technologies, led and co-founded by Kuok Meng Ru, will focus on expanding Rolling Stone's business in new markets such as Asia. ... [Channel News Asia - 26/9/16]


Goldman Sachs is cutting almost 30% of its 300 investment banking jobs in Asia outside Japan in response to a slowdown in activity in the region, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Wall Street bank is reducing the number of bankers working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equity and debt capital markets deals, the sources said.

It will be left with slightly more than 200 bankers across Asia.

Most of the jobs cuts are likely to take place in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, where Goldman's main Asian offices are located, according to the sources, who said the process was underway. ... [Bangkok Post - 26/9/16]


Hague court to arbitrate in East Timor-Australia maritime border dispute [Reuters - 26/9/16]


Fire breaks out on Pemex tanker in Gulf of Mexico, crew safe [Reuters - 25/9/16]:

... The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexico´s Communications and Transport Ministry said.

The fire follows a series of other mishaps at Pemex, which is coping with major losses, increased competition at home, sharp budget cuts and lower revenue due to the oil price rout.

In April, more than 30 people died and dozens were injured in an explosion at a petrochemical plant in southeast Veracruz state, a joint venture between Pemex and another firm.

In 2013, at least 37 people were killed by a blast at Pemex's Mexico City headquarters, and 26 people died in a fire at a Pemex natural gas facility in northern Mexico in 2012.

A 2015 fire at a Pemex platform in the Bay of Campeche affected oil output and cost the company up to $780 million. ...


The bodies of five men and a woman were found in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, home turf of captured drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, state prosecutors said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 25/9/16]


Colombia to sign peace deal with FARC, end decades-long war [teleSUR - 26/9/16]


Police use of social media surveillance software is escalating, and activists are in the digital crosshairs [ACLU – 22/9/16]


Jordanian writer shot dead outside court before trial over cartoon [Reuters - 25/9/16]:

A gunman shot dead Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar on Sunday outside the court where he was to stand trial on charges of contempt of religion after sharing on social media a caricature seen as insulting Islam, witnesses and state media said.

The gunman was arrested at the scene, state news agency Petra said.

A security source said he was a 39-year-old Muslim preacher in a mosque in the capital.

Hattar, a Christian and an anti-Islamist activist, was arrested last month after sharing on social media a caricature depicting a bearded man in heaven smoking in bed with women and asking God to bring him wine and clear his dishes.

Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Hezbollah militant group mourned Hattar as a "brave and vocal voice" against the Takfiris, a derogatory term used to describe hard-line Sunni fundamentalists such as Islamic State.

Many of Jordan's conservative Muslims considered Hattar's move deeply offensive.

Still, such politically motivated assassinations are rare in the U.S.-backed Arab kingdom, whose relative stability has distinguished it from war-ravaged neighbors such as Syria and Iraq.

Hattar, who was also Jordan's most vocal supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was charged with contempt of religion and sowing sectarian tensions.

The country's highest official religious fatwa authority criticized Hattar for what it said was the "insult to the divine entity, Islam and religious symbols".

"The assailant was arrested and investigations are ongoing," Petra quoted a security source as saying, adding that the killer, who held a degree in civil engineering, had fired three shots at Hattar.

Two witnesses said the gunman was wearing a traditional Arab dishashada, worn by ultra conservative Sunni Salafis who adhere to a puritanical version of Islam and shun Western lifestyles.

"This killer drew his weapon from his briefcase, or the bag he was holding, and shot Nahed Hattar’s chest, causing Hattar to fall to the ground. He then shot at him again, a second, third..,” said Mohammad Jughbeir, who was standing close to Hattar at the time of the attack.

While many Jordanians thought Hattar had crossed a red line with the caricature, some of his secular and liberal supporters said his arrest was a breach of freedom of speech.

"Hattar's killing is a direct result of lack of commitment to freedom of expression by Jordanian authorities," said a statement from Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa coordinator for New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Hattar had apologized on social media and said he did not mean to insult God but had shared the cartoon to mock fundamentalist Sunni radicals and what he said was their vision of God and heaven.

He had accused his Islamist opponents of using the cartoon to settle scores with him. ...


White privilege, explained in one simple comic [Everyday Feminism - 21/9/14]



Get over it:  Eliza Borello [ABC - 26/9/16]



Civil suit by teenagers tortured at NT prison reaches court [ABC - 26/9/16]



Family of Yatala prisoner involved in "brawl with guards" want time to grieve before protests [ABC - 26/9/16]:


... Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement (ALRM) chief executive Cheryl Axleby said it was Mr Morrison's first time in custody.

"The family are upset about the manner in which Mr Morrison has been portrayed and wish to highlight that Mr Morrison was a person of great integrity," a statement said.

Ms Axleby said police had been advised Mr Morrison had been assaulted prior to his arrest and required medical assistance.

"The family are concerned that Mr Morrison was not provided with medical assistance prior to being taken to the police cells or while he was in custody at the police cells. ...



Palestinian prisoners held by Israel announced a three-day hunger strike in protest and mourning after a fellow detainee died in Israeli custody on Sunday morning following a fatal stroke.

Residents of the occupied West Bank village of Yaabad in the Jenin district, said that Yasser Thiyab Hamduna, a 41-year-old Palestinian from the village, died of a stroke on Sunday in the Israeli prison of Ramon.

Israel Prison Service (IPS) spokesman Assaf Librati confirmed to Ma’an that a Palestinian prisoner held in Ramon had had a “heart attack or stroke,” and was pronounced dead by medics at around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Local sources in Yaabad said that Hamduna, who was serving a 14-year prison sentence, had been suffering from a number of health issues, including shortness of breath, heart problems, and ear pains.

He was severely beaten by prison guards in 2003, and had since been taken to the al-Ramla prison clinic a number of times after his health deteriorated. ... [Maan - 25/9/16]



Backers of Women’s Boat to Gaza sail in River Thames [PNN - 25/9/16]


Trump pledges to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital [Al Jazeera – 25/9/16]:


Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's "undivided" capital if he is elected.

Trump met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his residence in Trump Tower on Sunday, a day before the New York billionaire faces off against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in their first presidential debate.

Clinton was also expected to meet with Netanyahu in New York on the eve of the debate. ...



Soon after Israel conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip in June 1967, Israeli authorities began to establish civilian colonies – settlements – in the newly-occupied territory.

Initially small in number, the settlements steadily grew, spreading across the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Today, around half a century on, there are well over 200 settlements, not including those removed from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Some settlements are major cities, while others are small outposts – all together, the settler population is now more than 600,000.


The settlements have a severe impact on Palestinians, whether in terms of displacement, dividing and fragmenting the land, or rendering crucial natural resources and land off-limits.

Settlers also routinely commit violence against Palestinian property and people, with impunity. ... [Middle East Monitor - 25/9/16]



Facebook apologises for disabling Palestinian journalists’ accounts [Electronic Intifada - 24/9/16]



Silent Voice from Holot:


Silent Voice from Holot is an alternative news platform, run entirely by the inhabitants of the Holot Detention Center. 

The Holot Detention Center is situated in the Negev Desert, in the south of Israel. 

It forcibly houses refugees from Sudan and Eritrea, who seek asylum in Israel. It is believed to be the largest facility of its kind, and can hold up to 8, 000 immigrants.

The videos and stories shared on this site are created by individuals who are constrained to call Holot their temporary home.

This website will shed light on the advocacy and activism conducted by the inhabitants of the Holot Detention Center.

While this platform will focus on the current situation in Holot, the oppression and genocide the asylum seekers faced in their home countries will also take center stage.



More news from Behrouz, as Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged


Behrouz Boochani [25/9/16]:


During the last few days about four people have hurt themselves with razors in Mike prison.

The refugees cut their hands and stomachs.

We in Manus prison are used to blood and seeing broken people around us hurt themselves.

Also they put an Iranian refugee in Manus jail for two days when he was angry that they cancelled his medical transfer to Port Moresby.

They were supposed to send him to Port Moresby hospital but when he was ready to go they told him that his ticket had been cancelled.

This man is serously sick and has hurt himself and the Broadspectrum (Transfield) system is aware that he is sick and in a bad mental state.

I think they deliberately cancelled his ticket because they were sure it would make him lose control and hurt himself.

They always torture people in a way that makes them lose control.

This situation shows how we are under such pressure these days.

I think the Australian PM's speech in the United Nations that announced to world leaders that Australian border protection policy is the best in the world had an affect on people in Manus.



Imaginary Australian journalist asks Gold Coast MP and Minister for Trade Steve "protected and unaccountable" Ciobo:  Iran doesn't accept forcibly returned asylum seekers, so why is the Australian government torturing them?



"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" ‏@SuchNigel :  Peaceful Protest in #Nauru , we never give up 25-09-2016 ...



One person is dead and four others wounded in two shooting incidents at the University of Illinois in Champaign early Sunday ... [NBC - 25/9/16]


Seven people stabbed in Boston’s theatre district [Boston Globe – 25/9/16]



Baltimore Police say multiple people have been shot in east Baltimore, including a young girl.

The shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night at Greenmount Avenue and East Preston Street, near Greenmount Cemetary … [CBS - 25/9/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 25/9/16]



The Al-Nusra Front in Aleppo keeps receiving tanks and heavy weapons shipped by their Western backers as the US turns a blind eye, Russia’s envoy to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, told the Security Council.

He added that securing peace "is almost an impossible task now."

Al-Nusra Front is currently the most powerful group fighting against the government in Aleppo, with 2,000 out of 3,500 militants in the city the group’s members.


The terrorists are the main reason why attempts to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo have failed, contradicting accusations by the US, which blames Russia and Damascus, he said. ... [RT - 25/9/16]



Syria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari asserted that Syria will remain committed to combating terrorism, and that others must stop exploiting the Syrian people. ... [SANA - 25/9/16]



“The Turkish occupation troops must leave from Cyprus” said Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in an interview with the Sunday edition of Kathimerini newspaper. ... [Greek Reporter - 25/9/16]



No foreign troops for Mosul offensive: Iraqi official [Anadolu Agency - 25/9/16]:


... Media reports earlier said the Pentagon was seeking to send another 500 troops to Iraq ahead of the Mosul offensive.

There are nearly 4,470 U.S. troops in Iraq. ...



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/9/16]:


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Furat neighborhood west of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 7 injuries......


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in wihda neighborhood south of Baghdad resulted in death and 8 injuries......


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Sabe' Al-Bour area north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries.....



In the third chapter of the interview, Menconi asks Ellsberg to explain more about the origins of the war in Vietnam and how it led to Ellsberg’s eventual decision to leak the “Pentagon Papers.”

The whistleblower explained that the war in Vietnam began as a covert war, with Kennedy in the 1950s publicly claiming only to be sending “advisors” to the region who would not participate directly in combat, although it’s clear they did participate directly in several parts of the conflict.

Today America seems to be using the same strategy on a global scale.

From Iraq and Syria, where our military advisors try to train “moderate” rebels and local forces to fight ISIS, to Africa where ‘AFRICOM’ advisors are embedded in dozens’ of countries’ armed forces, the U.S. is involved in over 100 regional conflicts. ... [Mint Press News - 6/1/16]



Balkan route nations say to focus on achievable ways to prevent people from seeking asylum [Reuters – 24/9/16]



26 September 2016