"Just religious words"
Schoolie Vigilante --> She looks lovely in the photos but Kathy Conley is not at Schoolies for fun. She’s here to keep an eye on her daughter. “I’m like, no one messes with my girl,” Kathy said. The 44-year-old has spent the week in Surfers Paradise, following her daughter Danni and her friends. And she has been laying down the law to men who are too old to be Schoolies. “Don’t be touching my girl, don’t be talking to her,” she said. ... [Yahoo - 25/11/15]
Receives lesson in cause and effect --> ... Jake Kelly, 18, has emerged from an induced coma at the Gold Coast University Hospital after he was allegedly punched and spat on while taking part in end-of-high-school celebrations in the Cavill Avenue Mall about 12.05am on Friday. Youth worker Kathy Conley, who followed her daughter to Schoolies Week to ensure her safety, said her son was involved in the incident. ... [Brisbane Times - 27/11/15]
A Melbourne priest got a woman pregnant and the then archbishop tried to get her to have the baby adopted, an inquiry has heard.
Former vicar-general Bishop Peter Connors says Frank Little, Melbourne's archbishop from 1974 to 1996, moved the priest to another parish.
"Then eventually he said to me: 'I've got
to move him to another state and will you go and meet the woman and get her to
get the baby adopted.' And I said 'she will not do that'," Bishop Connors told
the child abuse royal commission on Friday. [Yahoo
Archbishop 'shut his eyes' to sex abuse allegations against priest [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/11/15]
A former gang crime detective has been fined $6000 by a court, and has also quit the police, after pleading guilty to assaulting two women in a kebab shop after a drinking session while watching the AFL grand final.
Stephen Hayward, 44, was told by a magistrate only his previous good record had prevented him going to prison after the brawl at the Mezzos kebab shop in Mount Hawthorn last September.
During the melee Hayward punched one woman six times, and then bit the finger of another, after having his advances rebuffed. ... [West Australian - 25/11/15]
"Free the Children" is a cruel, cynical stunt.
1. CLOSE THE CAMPS.
2. BRING THE REFUGEES TO AUSTRALIA.
3. START ADHERING TO THE UN REFUGEE CONVENTION.
4. BOYCOTT COMPANIES AND POLITICAL PARTIES THAT SUPPORT AUSTRALIA'S CRUEL AND INHUMANE REFUGEE POLICY.
5. BRING HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS TO JUSTICE.
6. CONDEMN THOSE WHO SELECTIVELY FILTER REFUGEE VOICES FOR THEIR OWN POLITICAL ADVANTAGE.
... This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP ) ... [Free the Children NAURU - 27/11/15]
Image: @drobwlldiad [27/11/15]
... At least three of the ships have been delivered to Darwin and have been sitting in dry dock, while two are reportedly in a south-east Asian country, ready for deployment from there.
The boats were transported to Australia with instructions that they be kept out of public view, according to a source with knowledge of the project.
The project is being overseen by Hong Kong firm Dragon Industries Asia, and the boats were built in Vietnam.
On its website, Dragon Industries says it is a “multi-million dollar project”.
Dragon Industries managing director Tim Clements declined to comment on the project, referring Guardian Australia to customs and border protection, citing contractual restrictions.
A government source confirmed the shipbuilders were “bound by confidentiality agreements”. ...
How Australia stops people from seeking asylum
We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.
We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.
But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.
Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]
THIS is the "alternative" ---> Former boat refugee now a leading orthopaedic surgeon [Tweed Shire Echo - 3/11/15]
Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:
25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room
I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.
please help me just I need a room for live.
I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.
I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.
This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )
Refugee Rights Action Network WA [27/11/15]:
Police on Nauru threaten to arrest anyone taking photo of the protestor on the crane.
He is there to protest the on going internment of children in the prison camp of Nauru.
In addition immigration has LOST the records of 100 asylum seekers and they have been told that after 2 years they have to start their refugee claims from the beginning.
Nauruan refugee starts crane protest [27/11/15]:
An Iranian refugee, Reza Khestinzhad, (44 years old) has scaled the tallest crane on Nauru – on the construction site for refugee accommodation – with a placard calling for the release of children from Nauru.
The placard reads: “World: Kids in Nauru Need Help”.
The latest Border Force figures show 95 children ‘in detention’ on Nauru – but there are more who are just as much ‘prisoners’ living in the community on Nauru.
Reza has been on Nauru, with his sister, for 21 months.
Reza’s protest comes as the “open detention” policy has highlighted that Nauru is a detention island, and that neither the Australian government nor Nauru has any resettlement arrangements in place to secure the future of the refugees on Nauru.
An Iranian asylum seeker has climbed atop a large crane on Nauru to highlight the plight of children being held on the Pacific island. ... [ABC - 27/11/15]
The Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015 - passed in the Senate on Monday - further entrenches Australia's ongoing repudiation of the UN Refugee Convention.
The Greens so called "free the children", "let journalists in", "report abuse" amendments are meaningless.
The media are complicit and the lumpen faux left wants to feel better about how weak and fraudulent they are as they hold their end of year patting of each other on the back award ceremonies, before disappearing until next March.
Migration and Maritime Powers Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015:
Amends the: Migration Act 1958 to: provide that when an unlawful non-citizen is in the process of being removed to another country and before they enter that country the person is returned to Australia, then that person has a lawful basis to return to Australia without a visa; ensure that when that person is returned to Australia, bars on the person making a valid visa application for certain visas will continue to apply as if they had never left Australia; make technical and consequential amendments arising out of the enactment of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act 2014; clarify that a person who has previously been refused a protection visa application that was made on their behalf cannot make a further protection visa application; ensure that fast track applicants can apply to the Administrative Review Tribunal for review of certain decisions; correct a referencing error in relation to maritime crew visas; and ensure that visa ceasing provisions operate as intended; and Maritime Powers Act 2013 to clarify that powers are able to be exercised in the course of passage through or above waters of another country in a manner consistent with the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is subverting the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
People are not numbers: Refugees need safe passage [MSF - 23/9/15]
... To the Government of Australia: Reverse policy on non-resettlement of refugees who registered with UNHCR-Indonesia after 1 July 2014 ...
Which country on this map of South East Asia is a supposedly a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention?
Southeast Asia: Deadly Journeys - The Refugee and Trafficking Crisis in Southeast Asia [Amnesty International – 20/10/15]:
In May 2015 three boats carrying 1,800 women, men and children landed in Aceh, Indonesia. Most of the passengers were Muslim Rohingya, a persecuted religious and ethnic minority from Myanmar. All those who arrived had endured weeks or months at sea, in overcrowded boats controlled by ruthless traffickers or abusive people-smugglers. The report includes testimonies from the Rohingya on the shocking conditions and human rights abuses they suffered on the boats for weeks or sometimes months on end, including killings and beatings while they were held hostage for ransom.
Southeast Asia’s sailing season began as this report was being finalized in October 2015, after the monsoon ended. Traffickers and smugglers will undoubtedly resume their trade and grave human rights abuses will again be perpetrated on the seas of Southeast Asia.
Amnesty International is calling for urgent action to address Southeast Asia’s refugee and trafficking crisis. Governments in the region – in particular Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – must cooperate to put in place effective measures to combat human trafficking and protect people from human rights abuses by traffickers and smugglers.
And while states must investigate and bring to justice in fair trials those involved in trafficking, governments must also ensure that law enforcement measures do not endanger lives at sea, or trap people in Myanmar and Bangladesh without any means of escape.
An essential component of any law enforcement effort against those involved in human trafficking in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea must be the implementation of coordinated search and rescueoperations, coupled with safe and predictable disembarkation procedures.
It is imperative that states in Southeast Asia learn from the May 2015 crisis in order to avert another human rights disaster at sea.
The international community must provide technical assistance with maritime search and rescue, as well as funding to ensure the humane reception of recently disembarked people and to help refugees and host populations meet their basic needs.
One Rohingya in Aceh told Amnesty International that his boat was turned away by a government ship.
A 17-year old boy said that in May 2015 his boat was intercepted by the Indonesian navy, who gave them food and towed them towards Malaysia, but they were then apprehended by the Malaysian navy, which towed them back towards Indonesia.
He was likely on a boat carrying 800-900 passengers that UNHCR reports as following an identical trajectory: interception by Indonesia, provision of food and water, being towed towards Malaysia, and then turned away by Malaysian authorities.
This boat eventually reached Aceh on 15 May 2015, where local fishermen rescued its 820 passengers.
Available information about the search and rescue operations that took place in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea in May and June 2015 suggests that these were inadequate, although the scarcity of publicly available information makes a full and independent assessment challenging.
UNHCR reports that the Bangladesh and Myanmar navies rescued hundreds of passengers on the 12, 21 and 29 of May.
The US conducted joint aerial surveillance missions over the Andaman Sea with Malaysia (between 25 May and 13 June) and Thailand (between 30 May and 11 June).
Other countries provided assistance; for instance a Turkish ship joined search and rescue efforts.
However, UNHCR does not record any rescues at sea by the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.
The Rohingya who spoke with Amnesty International were not rescued by a government ship but rather by Acehnese fishermen.
In the long term, Amnesty International has concerns about the situation of the Rohingya in Aceh.
The central government has not yet confirmed whether the Rohingya arrivals from May 2015 will be permitted to stay past the anticipated departure date of May 2016, even though the determination of their asylum claims and resettlement applications will likely take years.
Under the principle of nonrefoulement, the dire situation in Myanmar may require Indonesia to offer longer term protection to the Rohingya.
Furthermore, the accommodation of the Rohingya in Aceh is still being conceptualized as a reactive, emergency response. In August 2015, local officials said that they found it challenging to make plans for the Rohingya population because the central government had not yet informed them of the timeframe.
Furthermore, although there is a multi-stakeholder taskforce in the area, one highly placed official told Amnesty International on condition of anonymity that there is very little coordination of roles and responsibilities.
This lack of clarity may be partly due to the absence of a clear and operational legal framework for refugees and asylum-seekers in Indonesia.
The country’s constitution recognizes the right to claim asylum, and since 2011, authorities have been developing a Presidential Regulation on asylum seekers
Reputable sources who have read the most recent draft, from April 2015, say that it is positive.
In the meantime, however, all those who work with refugees in the country are operating under a 2010 Directive, in which all refugees and asylum-seekers are presumptively treated as “illegal migrants” and subject to an initial period of mandatory detention.
The capacity of UNHCR, which determines the pace of resettlement and refugee status determination (RSD), is another cause for concern. In Indonesia, which has not ratified the Refugee Convention, UNHCR is entirely responsible for RSD; this is a country with a population of 250 million spread out over thousands of islands, and which is currently host to 13,170 “persons of concern”160 to UNHCR.
The agency must do so with a budget of 4.2 million USD (for 2015), and a staff of 68 people.
The average time for the completion of an RSD procedure in 2012 was calculated at 34-47 months.
There is no publicly available data on the average time between a positive RSD decision and departure for a resettlement country, but UNHCR reported that 898 people left Indonesia for resettlement in 2013, and 838 departed in 2014.
Why are media outlets - who initially promoted this Facebook page - now censoring what is happening to these refugee children?
@pamelacurr [27/11/15]: Breaking- trouble in Nauru 100 people told Files Lost so must start process all over again after 2 years in detention
Free the Children NAURU [26/11/15]:
Security will come whenever they want anytime they want they don't care about anyone and no one could ask them why they come in unusual time like the middle of the night.
What they are doing to us is so unbearable.
Border force are in a big rush to move us from detention because we are now refugee and say like 'go go move tomorrow'.
They separate all family member apart.
Even though they making us to be out of detention. They have make new accommodation in the same detention ...camp but just on other side of big fence and also has big fence.
In this new accomodation they telling people to stay in one shed but families are put apart with mixing with other people in.
Border force are not ready for anything but they are doing in hurry so everyone peoples in Australia think we are out of detention.
They giving us stressed and they wanting us to think bad and fight which we really don't want to fight.
They are putting us in very bad situation and they making us so sad and feel terrible.
They wanted to arrest one kid but security tell them that he is under age.
He just don't want to separate from his family but they tell him to he must.
Other people in big trouble and border force making phone to some kids to find out if they writing our facebook page.
Border force doesn't call us when we get touched badly in school, but they worry about who write facebook page.
We are refugee now but no difference.
They said we have to get out of mouldy tent tomorrow and family separate like we animals.
i really breaking now into pieces i can't really hold on anymore i m too tired.
Breaking 2 men climbed crane in Nauru camp with freedom banner
Banner on Nauru crane reads World:Kids in Nauru Need Help
Nauru's former chief justice says Australia's response to the democratic crisis in Nauru has been "pathetic".
Geoffrey Eames had his visa cancelled while out of the country early last year and was sacked from his position.
Since then, opposition MPs have been suspended for speaking out and three were charged for participating in a peaceful protest in June that the government claims was a violent protest.
Mr Eames says there's an iron curtain effectively around Nauru and Australia has not done enough.
"The Australian government response has been pathetically weak. There was no sound at all, complete silence. Right from the start the Australian government should have said right this is simply no way for a democratic society to perform and made its position loud and clear."
Mr Eames says he feels for the current Chief Justice as he prepares to preside over criminal and civil hearings involving the opposition MPs and the government. [RNZI - 27/11/15]
@AmbCefkin - Judith B. Cefkin, US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu [25/11/15]: Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating out there!
Root causes of asylum seekers:
Neoliberal economic policies;
Closed borders in countries which are UN refugee convention signatories.
Because Australia has stopped people from seeking asylum, Indonesia is now looking to eradicate 1,000s of refugees.
Watch Australia's protected and unaccountable Ambassador for "People Smuggling" Andrew Goledzinowski defend Australia's human rights atrocities against asylum seekers @ 1 hr 13 mins in ---> [Australia - 23rd Session of Universal Periodic Review - VIDEO - UN - 9/11/15].
Goledzinowski is Australia's representative at yet another manifestation of this ongoing regional "Wannsee". [Jakarta Post - 10/11/15]:
Indonesia will soon cohost the Jakarta Meeting, gathering government representatives from 14 countries to address the root causes of irregular migration, an official said on Tuesday.
“We should find the reason why these migrants are willing to sacrifice their wealth and take dangerous paths to countries that can’t promise they can stay,” said the Foreign Ministry’s director general for multilateral affairs, Hasan Kleib.
Scheduled for Nov. 27 to 28, the senior officials’ meeting will involve 14 countries that are significantly affected by the asylum seeker issue, including countries of origin such as Iran, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Afghanistan; transit countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore; and destination countries such as Australia and New Zealand.
Irregular migrants have become a major humanitarian issue.
A high flow of asylum seekers from conflict-affected countries has raised the numbers of migrants crossing the borders of both transit and destination countries.
Hasan said that if the situation continued, Indonesia — currently a transit country for asylum seekers hoping to reach Australia or New Zealand — could become a destination country.
However, creating solutions for only the countries experiencing a high flow of asylum seekers will not tackle underlying problems which, according to Hasan, lie in the domestic situations of asylum seekers’ countries of origin
.“Whether it’s development, economic, political, or social issues, we should really address this problem by discussing it with countries of origin,” Hasan told thejakartapost.com.
Meanwhile, Hasan asserted that as such domestic issues were typically sensitive, countries of origin would be assisted through capacity building and campaigns on the dangers of irregular migration.
“We expect concrete actions to be achieved in the meeting. However, addressing the root causes is of great importance because this irregular migration issue has affected us all,” Hasan said.
... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess. The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats.
You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.
And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.
But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...
... At the end of 2014, 4270 refugees and 6916 asylum seekers were registered with the Jakarta office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, an organisation whose resources have been stretched, worldwide, by the largest number of people in refugee-like situations since relevant data started being collected. UNHCR’s Jakarta office is chronically underfunded and Australia’s policy changes have added to the pressure by reducing the exit options for refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia either by boat or via resettlement. According to the UNHCR, the waiting period between initial registration as an asylum seeker and a first-round interview ranges from eight to eighteen months. Further interviews are usually required to determine refugee status. For people found to be refugees, the wait then continues until a country willing to offer resettlement is found. The longest wait-time we are aware of is eleven years in total. ... Out Of Sight, Out of Mind [Inside Story - 14/4/15]
Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.
Refugees located in Indonesia after Australian Navy pushes them away and destroys their boat
Operation Soverign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ...
ABC, Law Report [AUDIO - 22/7/14]
Sydney Morning Herald [27/11/15]:
Sixteen asylum seekers whose boat was pushed back to sea by the Australian Navy last week were found stranded near West Kupang in Indonesia on Thursday night.
The whereabouts of the boat had been a mystery after it was towed out to sea when it came within 200 metres of Christmas Island last Friday.
Indonesian news agency Antara reported a boat named Farah was found stranded at Skala Village in West Kupang by a local from Tablolong called Daniel Lani.
The boat, which Mr Lani said had run out of fuel, carried 13 people from India, two from Nepal and one from Bangladesh.
"They were yelling for help then we guided them to land, then we contacted the local police," he told Antara.
An Indonesian police officer has confirmed to Fairfax Media that 16 asylum seekers and the Indonesian captain were detained in Tablolong on Thursday.
The asylum seekers were taken to the Nusa Tenggara Timur police, who are investigating.
Nusa Tenggara Timur police spokesman Jules Abraham Abast said the asylum seekers were mostly from India.
"Seventeen people were detained yesterday in Tablolong including one Indonesian crew, he was the boat captain," he said.
Muhammad Anwar, 22, from Bangladesh, told Antara he and his 15 friends sailed for about 10 days.
"We were heading to Christmas Island in Australia. When we arrived, we were detained for four days, the boat we used from Jakarta was destroyed by Australian security," he told journalists.
He said after they were detained for four days, the Australian Navy ordered them to go back to Indonesia, supplying them with a new boat and fuel.
Mr Anwar reportedly said the navy officers said Australia did not accept illegal immigrants from any countries.
The Indonesian government has reiterated that Australia's boat pushback policy puts lives at risk after the vessel was found on Thursday.
"Indonesia's stance remains that boat push-backs are endangering," Arrmanatha Nasir, a spokesman from the office of Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, told Fairfax Media.
He said the Indonesian government would seek an explanation from an Australian official on the sidelines of an asylum seeker summit attended by 13 countries, the UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, in Jakarta on Friday.
Australia's ambassador on people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski has been invited to the Jakarta talks.
"If there is a representative from Australia we will seek explanation informally. I don't think we will raise that in the meeting because it is not on the agenda," Mr Nasir said.
"The irregular migrant issue must be addressed comprehensively, it cannot be solved by only one party such as the destination country or source country. It should be handled comprehensively. And it should prioritise the human aspect."
Mr Nasir said the Bali process was the mechanism in the region to discuss asylum seekers.
"So if we want to have a sustainable solution we have to go beyond our own self interest," he said.
Last week Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull both refused to comment on the boat, citing "operational matters".
Green Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said the Turnbull government has "serious questions" to answer if the boat was allowed to run out of fuel before washing up in Indonesia.
"Going to these extreme, dangerous lengths just to deny people their right to seek asylum in Australia is appalling," Senator Hanson-Young said.
"Australia should be processing people's claims for asylum in Indonesia and Malaysia, not waiting for them to get on boats and then towing them back to danger." <----- SO WHY AREN'T THE GREENS PURSUING CALLS FOR A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO OPERATION SOVEREIGN BORDERS?
Australian deportation laws 'not human' - New Zealand Labour [27/11/15]:
... The centre [Villawood concentration camp] is an unmarked and inconspicuous building in Sydney's western suburbs.
It houses hundreds of detainees, including more than 60 New Zealanders.
Media were not invited inside, and were guarded on the road in front by a heavy security presence.
Mr Little said the facility was tidy but sterile. Of the three New Zealanders they spoke to, all had arrived in Australia aged about 10 and had served their time in prison for minor drug or shoplifting convictions, he said.
They had all spent longer in detention than they had in prison.
"What it tells you is that the law of mandatory revocation and detention is too crude a response to the situation these guys are in." Mr Goff said he found it surprising how many of the detainees had young children.
"The guys are going to be sent back and, if it's a serious [crime], then yeah, maybe they deserve it, but for a low-level offence to be sent to a country that's not your home because you've not lived there for 20, 30, 40 years and to be separated from your young dependent children, you know, that's not human."
Independent senator Nick Xenophon has called for a royal commission into spy allegations concerning Australia's negotiations with East Timor over an oil and gas treaty.
East Timor has recommenced legal action against Australia in the UN's International Court of Justice in The Hague over claims that spies bugged their cabinet room in 2004 during talks over the reserves worth $40 billion.
"It must be an independent judicial inquiry so we can get to the truth of these matters," Senator Xenophon told reporters in Sydney on Friday. ... [West Australian - 27/11/15]
Turkish journalists charged with spying over weapons report
Two prominent Turkish journalists have been charged with espionage after alleging that Turkey's secret services sent arms to Islamist rebels in Syria.
Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul, the paper's Ankara bureau chief, face life imprisonment if found guilty.
Their report and video footage attracted a political storm in Turkey and a lawsuit filed by the president.
Turkey faces severe criticism over its press freedom record.
The journalists, who deny the allegations against them, reported that trucks belonging to the Turkish intelligence agency MIT were used to carry weapons to Islamist opposition groups in Syria.
Video footage published alongside their report purported to show Turkish police officers intercepting the trucks and discovering crates containing weapons and ammunition.
The government claimed that the intelligence trucks were carrying aid to the Turkmen minority in Syria - a Turkic speaking ethnic group.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan personally filed a lawsuit against the newspaper.
"This paper has engaged in acts of espionage. Whoever wrote this story will pay a heavy price for this," Mr Erdogan said on television in May.
Both Mr Dundar and Mr Gul are accused of conducting espionage and aiding the Fethullah Gulen movement - which was previously a close ally of Mr Erdogan but is now considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey's government.
"They ask us why we published that story," Mr Dundar said.
"The history of journalism is full of such examples as Watergate or Wikileaks that show states would like to keep some facts secret. But it's for common good to bring them to light."
The charges have been heavily criticised by press freedom groups.
"This case will seriously damage Turkey's pledge to carry out EU reforms and the promised standards of fundamental rights and freedoms," said Erol Onderoglu from Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Turkey ranks 149th amongst the 180 countries in RSF's World Press Freedom Index 2015.
Carry what you can in both hands and walk. See if you can see where you are going.
Hungary continues emulating Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers [Deutsche Welle - 25/11/15]:
In the yellow-bricked Szeged courthouse, attorney Gabor Gyösö appealed Monday against the expulsion of a Syrian man who slipped across the Serbian-Hungarian border in mid-September.
"The court should consider the circumstances under which the defendant committed his so-called crimes," said Gyösö, with the Helsinki Committee human rights group. "The court has no empathy."
The three judges in the room rejected the appeal, but there was no one to expel. The Syrian and his family slipped out of Hungary around late September.
One court in Szeged is making sure it's final by pressing charges against them and more than 600 migrants, in person or in absentia, who have crossed Hungary's newly built border fence since September 15. ...
... The United States government and Asian Development Bank will support the mega project that will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India. ... $10b Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline project work to begin on 13th December [Khaama - 26/11/15]
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Thursday rejected findings of an internal US military inquiry into the Oct. 3 airstrike on its trauma centre in northern Kunduz province.
“MSF reiterates its call for an independent and impartial investigation into the attack on our hospital in Kunduz,” the director-general of the medical charity said. ... [Pajwhok - 26/11/15]
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday dismissed national security agency officials who he said had neglected their duty to defend the northern city of Kunduz, which Taliban militants briefly captured in September. ... [Daily Star - 26/11/15]
Mass grave found in Kabul district [TOLO News - 25/11/15]
A senior commander of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been killed in US drone strikes in Afghanistan's Khost province, Pakistani intelligence officials told Al Jazeera.
Khalid Mehsud - alias Khan Said Sajna - was killed with 12 fighters on Wednesday when four US drones carried out strikes in the Damma area of Afghanistan, close to Pakistan's North Waziristan province, the officials said on condition of anonymity.
However, Azam Tariq, spokesman for Sajna's faction of the Pakistani Taliban, denied the reports, saying the leader was still alive.
Tariq said he was with Sajna hours before the alleged attack and would have known if he had been killed. ... [Al Jazeera - 26/11/15]
At least seven Yemeni civilians have been killed in aerial attacks carried out by Saudi fighter jets in Yemen’s northern Sa’ada Province.
On Thursday, Yemen’s al-Masirah TV reported that the victims lost their lives when Saudi warplanes hit their vehicle in the city of Baqam. Saudi fighter jets reportedly targeted a number of different areas in Sa’ada.
There were no reports on casualties from those attacks Al-Masirah also reported that the Yemeni army, backed by the Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, gained complete control over a Saudi military base in the Saudi city of Najran.
They also managed to kill a number of Saudi mercenaries after targeting Tabat al-Khazan area in Ta’izz Province. ... [Press TV - 26/11/15]
@wikileaks [26/11/15]: RELEASE: More than 50,000 #Saudi embassy task notifications for 2012 ...
Lebanon: Trial of man accused of killing two Irish peacekeepers in 1980 begins, but is immediately delayed [The Journal - 25/11/15]
U.S. Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Richard Jones met Wednesday with Interior Minister Nouhad al-Machnouq as part of his courtesy meetings with various ministers, reassuring that Washington will continue to provide Lebanese security agencies with assistance and “information.” ... [Naharnet - 25/11/15]
Palestinian killed at Nablus checkpoint after alleged attack [Maan - 26/11/15]
Israeli forces on Thursday killed a 21-year-old Palestinian when clashes broke out during an arrest raid in the town of Qatanna northwest of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
Locals told Ma’an that forces stormed the Palestinian town at dawn, ransacking homes and detaining several residents.
Clashes erupted throughout the streets of Qatanna between young locals and Israeli soldiers carrying out the raid. Locals said that the forces fired live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas at the group.
During the clashes, Yahya Yusri Taha was shot in the head and left on the ground bleeding for more than an hour-and-a-half while Israeli soldiers denied Palestinian ambulances access to the young man to administer medical treatment, locals said. ... [Maan - 26/11/15]
Knesset bill to jail minors on terror charges passes 1st vote [Maan - 25/11/15]
... ALEXIS TSIPRAS: "We had the chance to focus our talks on the need to increase cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture, water technologies. Israel has very high technology know-how in these fields, as well in the maritime field and generally by strengthening the cooperation between the two countries." ... [Reuters - 25/11/15]
Kiev forces accused of redeploying almost 40 tanks to Donbas disengagement line [TASS - 26/11/15]
Activists of the Crimea blockade said on Thursday they would not allow workers to repair a power line leading from Ukraine into the Black Sea peninsula, a spokesman for Ukraine’s Ukrenergo national energy company has said. ... [TASS - 26/11/15]
18 killed in Boko Haram attack in southeast Niger [Ahram - 26/11/15]
The Honduran police said Wednesday that 15 people had been killed in two attacks within a span of 12 hours.
Seven people were shot in the capital, Tegucigalpa, early Wednesday, and eight bus drivers were killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula late Tuesday.
A senior police official, Leonel Sauceda, said that in Wednesday’s attack, six of the victims were pulled from their homes by armed men and shot.
He said that the manner of the crime suggested an attack by gangs.
In the Tuesday attacks, six men in flak jackets and ski masks shot eight drivers one by one at a bus terminal. ... [New York Times - 25/11/15]
The U.S. Justice Department has provided specific suggestions to governments in Europe and elsewhere on how to strengthen counterterrorism laws in order to arrest would-be foreign fighters before they join groups like Islamic State, according to a policy paper reviewed by Reuters.
U.S. government officials distributed the paper to overseas government agencies earlier this year as part of a push by the Obama administration to track and stem the flow of homegrown foreign fighters from Europe bound for Syria and Iraq, a person with knowledge of the matter said. ... [Reuters - 25/11/15]
Germany will deploy Tornado reconnaissance jets to support France in the fight against ISIS militants in Syria, a senior lawmaker for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives confirmed Thursday. ... [Daily Star - 26/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [25/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five strikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ayn Isa, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 18 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Beiji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL building.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.
-- Near Kisik, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Makhmur, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL building, and suppressed an ISIL rocket position.
-- Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ramadi, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL sniper position, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL homemade explosives cache, five ISIL weapons caches, an ISIL building, and wounded two ISIL fighters.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and five ISIL bunkers.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.
David Cameron says bombing Syria would be in the UK's national interest [BBC - 26/11/15]
Afshin Rattansi goes underground with John Pilger. Award winning journalist and author, John Pilger talks to us about how Washington, London and Paris gave birth to ISIS-Daesh. Plus we examine the media's role in spreading disinformation ahead of a vote in Parliament for UK bombing of Syria. Afshin looks at the Autumn Statement and why in a time of high alert we are cutting the police force and buying drones. Also we look at which companies are benefitting from the budget. Plus Afshin is joined once again by former MP and broadcaster, Lembit Opik, to look at the weeks news from a cyber sinking feeling over Trident to budget boosts for the BBC. [VIDEO - RT - 25/11/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/11/15]:
Baghdad: News agencies reported that a car bomb has exploded in Mada'in south of Baghdad ,further details unknown..............................
Baghdad: "A security source said that two persons were killed and 7 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded near bakery in wardiya area today afternoon-according to initial outcome-",news agencies reported..........
Baghdad: "A security source said that a roadside bomb exploded in the area of Diyala Old Bridge today evening resulted in death and 5 ", news agencies reported........
A Dutch high court on Thursday upheld a government policy of withholding food and shelter to rejected asylum-seekers who refuse to be repatriated, giving legal backing to one of Europe's toughest immigration policies.
The Raad van State or Council of State, which reviews the legality of government decisions, found that the new policy of conservative Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not contravene the European Convention on Human Rights.
A rejected asylum seeker does not have the right to appeal to the European Social Charter, it said. ... [Reuters - 26/11/15]
@DOC_PROVOCATEUR [25/11/15]: ... #Lesvos A volunteer helps a boy,his face burned during a bomb explosion in #Aleppo via @SantiPalacios
People of Nowhere:
I have heard and read different opinions about the wave of Syrian refugees who try to make their way in to EU.
Then I went to Lesvos.
7 Days on the Greek Island gave me a healthier human perspective on the situation.
Seeing in my own eyes the people behind the headlines and feeling their deep struggle, broke my heart.
Is this the “threat” people talk about? All I could see was courages people in a crisis.
I also got to meet brave volunteers from all over the world who reach out to help all people regardless of their religion, race or background.
That inspired me.
My hope is that this video will shake some of the bad ideas we sometimes feed ourselves with.
Sweden will introduce tighter border controls and asylum rules, in a bid to reduce the number of asylum seekers reaching the country and force other EU states to take in more refugees, the government said on Tuesday.
Sweden expects up to 190,000 asylum seekers to reach its borders this year and says its reception system cannot cope. ... [Reuters - 24/11/15]
Japan should accept more refugees says UNHCR.
Still no response from Turnbull re Ban Ki Moon's remarks about Australia's repudiation of the UN Refugee Convention.
Japan Today [26/11/15]:
Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers, the head of the U.N. refugee body said Wednesday.
Antonio Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, told reporters in Tokyo that he was discussing the problem with Japanese officials and “would like the Japanese government to push its actions ... to increase the number of people resettled in Japan, and especially now to look into the humanitarian admissions of Syrians.”
Japan is a major donor of humanitarian aid but accepts very few refugees each year, and the country’s reluctance to allow in more is raising controversy given the crises festering in Europe and elsewhere.
Past efforts to resettle Vietnamese and later Myanmar refugees were viewed as not terribly successful. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raised eyebrows recently when he suggested Japan needed to first deal with its own problems before taking in newcomers.
Japan needs to “progressively improve the asylum system here ... to make it more effective in the reception and in the recognition and integration of refugees in Japanese society,” Guterres said. He also noted that Japan’s location far away from the front lines of the crisis was a factor behind the scant number of refugee arrivals.
The UNHCR chief praised Japan’s aid efforts overall, however, and the courageous efforts by non-governmental groups based in Japan to help, often in “very dangerous locations.”
Guterres spoke at an event where the Japanese apparel company, Fast Retailing, announced a partnership with the UNHCR to expand its support for refugees, which includes internships and donations of funds and of recycled clothing.
Australian media continue pretending it is perfectly acceptable to prevent people from claiming asylum if they arrive by boat [Sydney Morning Herald - 26/11/15]
The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws.
The emails support reports from Guardian Australia in March, showing that Syrians detained offshore told Australian immigration department officials they would be killed if they returned to Syria, but the department facilitated plans for their repatriation nonetheless.
This included sharing asylum-seeker identity documents with the Syrian consulate in Australia, booking flights via Jordan, and endeavouring to issue an “ultimatum” to force them into a decision on repatriation, despite a number of them being severely mentally ill.
At no point in any of the disclosed emails is conflict in Syria, which has seen more than 100,000 people die and 2.56 million refugees flee the civil war, discussed. And at no point are concerns about the asylum seekers’ safety back in Syria articulated. ... [Guardian - 14/8/14]
More Kiwi deportees arrive from Christmas Island.
Still no word on whereabouts of refugee boat that arrived last Friday.
Image: @KJBar [20/11/15]
Another 11 deportees from Australia's Christmas Island have arrived at Auckland Airport.
They were being met this afternoon by police and Corrections staff, a police spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the men would go through the same process as the 12 deportees who arrived last week, under Australia's new law on deporting non-citizens with certain criminal convictions.
Police, Corrections, Prisoners' Aid and Rehabilitation, and other agencies would continue to work together to manage these arrivals.
Others were returning individually on commercial flights this week, the spokesperson said.
New Zealanders being held at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney have told Labour Party leader Andrew Little they are living a purposeless existence.
Mr Little and his senior MP Phil Goff today visited the detention centre in western Sydney, following a visit to Canberra yesterday.
They toured the facility this afternoon and spoke with three New Zealanders detained there.
Hundreds of New Zealanders are being held in various detention centres in Australia, under a law that allows non-citizens who have served prison sentences of more than a year to be held indefinitely while a decision is made on whether to deport them.
There are now more than 60 New Zealanders being held at the Villawood centre, which Mr Little said was reasonably new and tidy but very impersonal.
The worst thing for the detainees was that they weren't told anything about their visa revocations, the Labour leader said.
One New Zealander who was fighting his deportation had been held there for three years and described his situation as very bleak, he said. ... [RNZI - 26/11/15]
40 years after resettlement, 1,000s of Southeast Asian refugees face deportation from the US [NBC - 23/11/15]
The Texas-based organization Grassroots Leadership on Friday won a temporary injunction in its suit to stop the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) from licensing family detention centers in Karnes and Dilley as child-care facilities under an emergency rule.
The emergency rule would eliminate minimum child safety standards applicable to all child-care facilities in Texas, according to advocates. The detention centers must now go through the traditional licensing procedure, which will enable both the public and advocacy organizations to offer feedback during that process. ... [RH Reality Check - 24/11/15]
The government recently began transferring families who have been held in Texas to the Berks County Family Residential Facility in Pennsylvania.
Not only have these sudden transfers traumatized many mothers and children, but they are interfering with the families’ access to their lawyers and are jeopardizing their right to a fair process for seeking asylum in the United States. ... [American Immigration Council - 24/11/15]
An 18-year old Tamil student committed suicide this morning, in protest at the continued detention of Tamil political prisoners.
Rajeswaran Senthuran, a student at Kokkuvil Hindu College jumped in front of a train at Kondavil railway station near Jaffna.
The student, from Kopay North, left a suicide note in Tamil, addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena, demanding the release of Tamil political detainees, who have been imprisoned under the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act. ... [Tamil Guardian - 26/11/15]
Sri Lanka's police warn of legal action against events in 'support of LTTE' ahead of Maaveerar Naal [Tamil Guardian - 25/11/15]
Two Malaysian men, aged 37 and 39, were arrested for attempting to leave Singapore by swimming to Malaysia while holding trash bags over their heads to conceal themselves.
In a statement, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said at about 4.40am today, officers at the Woodlands Checkpoint spotted two black trash bags floating near the shoreline along the Causeway.
Sensing something amiss, the officers conducted checks and detected two persons swimming near the shoreline towards Malaysia.
Preliminary investigation showed that the two immigration offenders had overstayed in Singapore.
ICA takes a serious view of attempts to overstay, enter or depart Singapore illegally.
Under the Immigration Act (Cap 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure are a fine of up to S$2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both. [The Malaysian Insider - 26/11/15]
Migrants processing Thai chicken exports 'abused, exploited' [Bangkok Post - 26/11/15]:
... Mr Bergbom blamed Swedish importers and wholesalers for focussing more on ensuring food safety requirements were met, than on checking workers' conditions.
Swedwatch also said the Swedish authorities, in their procurement of food, had failed to recognise the risk of human rights abuses in the food sector.
"This means that children and adults in Sweden's public institutions such as schools, retirement homes and hospitals may be served poultry products produced by exploited migrants," it said. ...
Report on Singapore not objecting to Indonesia taking over Riau airspace ‘inaccurate’: Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Channel News Asia - 26/11/15]
The U.S. and Japanese navies established a new level of cooperation to resupply each others vessels during joint exercises in the seas south of Japan last week, the commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet said. ... [Japan Today - 26/11/15]
Big banks accused of interest rate-swap fixing in US class action suit [Reuters - 26/11/15]
Pacific Investment Management Co and other investors have sued Citigroup Inc over the bank's alleged failure to properly monitor toxic securities backed by more than $13.8 billion of mortgage loans, resulting in $2.3 billion of losses.
According to a complaint filed Tuesday night in a New York state court in Manhattan, Citigroup breached its duties as trustee for the 25 private-label trusts dating from 2004 to 2007 by ignoring "pervasive and systemic deficiencies" in how the underlying loans were underwritten or being serviced. ... [Reuters - 25/11/15]
The publisher of Hong Kong's leading English language newspaper says it's considering an offer for its media business.
SCMP Group did not identify the potential buyer.
The announcement comes days after news reports that billionaire Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is interested in acquiring the South China Morning Post newspaper.
SCMP said it has received a "preliminary approach from a third party" for a possible purchase of its media assets.
The company said the discussions are at a "very early stage" and terms of a deal are subject to "regulatory review."
In a front-page story, the newspaper noted the "intense speculation" that Ma was in talks to buy the company's media businesses, which also include magazines, advertising and custom publishing.
The 112-year-old newspaper is Hong Kong's biggest and most influential English-language newspaper and followed for its reporting on China.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch owned a controlling stake in the paper for seven years until selling it in 1993 to its current owner, Malaysian sugar tycoon Robert Kuok, who controls it through his Kerry Group.
The South China Morning Post was once reputed to be the world's most profitable newspaper but its fortunes have dwindled along with the traditional newsprint industry as the Internet changed news consumption habits.
Speculation about an Alibaba deal first emerged on Nov. 9 when the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on a possible investment.
Alibaba did not immediately comment. [Jakarta Post - 26/11/15]
Philippines: A blaze struck a residential area in Mandaluyong City early Wednesday afternoon, November 25, affecting an estimated 800 to 1,000 families, city officials said. ... [Rappler - 25/11/15]
Unlawful wounding charge, Cairns [QPS Media - 26/11/15]
A man has been charged with raping a child in Cairns.
The 40-year-old was charged with three counts of rape on Wednesday after the child was assaulted in Manunda earlier in the week, police say.
He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrate Court on Thursday. [Yahoo - 26/11/15]
Detectives are investigating after a man broke into a residence and assaulted a woman in Springwood overnight.
Just after midnight a man entered a Hawdon Crescent house before accessing a computer on the dining room table.
A 64-year-old woman, the sole occupant of the home at the time, confronted the man before a struggle ensued in which the woman was assaulted.
He then left the home.
The woman sustained bruising to her arms and torso and was transported to Logan Hospital for observation.
The man is described as having a dark complexion with a South African accent.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 26/11/15]
Police investigating the disappearance of a 37-year-old Greg Dufty, last seen in Ashmore on July 6, have today charged a third man.
A 25-year-old Arundel man has been charged with one count of murder and is scheduled to appear before the Southport Magistrates Court tomorrow morning, November 26.
Officers continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident, particularly in relation to Mr Dufty’s body which is yet to be located.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 25/11/15]
A Spanish man who says he thought he was carrying money when he was stopped with 2.3kg of cocaine at Cairns Airport has been sentenced to nine years jail. ... [Yahoo - 25/11/15]
Lawyer's boyfriend faces court [Yahoo - 25/11/15]:
The boyfriend of a Gold Coast lawyer charged with weapon and drug possession offences has faced court.
Daniel White-Mayne, 25, is facing several charges after police allegedly found weapons and drugs during a search of a home in Bundall on Tuesday.
White-Mayne is the boyfriend of Gold Coast solicitor Briana Ioannides, who is set to face court next month after she was also charged with six offences including drug possession, unlawful possession of weapons and receiving tainted property.
White-Mayne made no application for bail and the matter has been adjourned until December 10.
Queensland's 'most wanted' bikie Brett Pechey granted bail [ABC - 26/11/15]
Detectives from Taskforce Maxima have today arrested a 27-year-old man at Coomera after a quantity of dangerous drugs were located at a Paradise Island address earlier this month.
Police will allege a quantity of methylamphetmines (ICE), cannabis, steroids, other restricted drugs and drug paraphernalia were located during the execution of a search warrant on November 5.
A 27-year-old Coomera man, a patched member and an officer bearer of the Finks OMCG Gold Coast chapter, was charged with one count of the possession of dangerous drugs (ICE) in excess of the 3rd schedule.
He will appear in the Southport Magistrates Court later today. ... [QPS Media - 26/11/15]
Serious traffic crash following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit Victoria Point [QPS Media - 26/11/15]
Dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit involving children in cars, Townsville [QPS Media - 26/11/15]
Dangerous resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Southport [QPS Media - 25/11/15]
Two 17-year-old men and one 21-year-old man from Doomadgee have been charged following investigations into the theft of firearms from a vehicle yesterday in Doomadgee.
It will be alleged that between 7pm last night and 7am this morning, a vehicle parked on Potter Street was illegally entered, and a number of items stolen.
These items included a handgun, rifle and several boxes of ammunition.
With assistance from officers deployed from Mount Isa and information from the community, Doomadgee police apprehended a number of people early this afternoon.
Doomadgee State School was locked-down for a period of time as a precaution. Nobody was injured as a result of this incident. ... [QPS Media - 25/11/15]
A head-on crash between a semi-trailer and a sedan at Woodburn yesterday afternoon claimed the life of the sedan driver. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 26/11/15]
... Annastacia Palaszczuk says the state's first Resources Investment Commissioner - the position will be advertised this weekend - will be tasked with attracting new investment capital from across the globe into Queensland for new mine exploration and mining technology.
"Who knows? There might be someone in this room who might be up for the job," Ms Palaszczuk told the 720-strong crowd at the Queensland Resources Council annual lunch on Wednesday. ...
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! [Yahoo - 25/11/15]
Petition demands George Bender’s death not be in vain; Must be heeded by COAG [Lock The Gate - 26/11/15]:
... The number of signatories has swelled to more than 75,000 and is still growing since the petition went up on October 21.
More than 16,000 people have also left angry and sad comments on the site.
Ms Meynell, a Brisbane real estate agent, belongs to no activist groups but simply saw the injustice of the CSG industry’s bullying and wanted to do something about it.
“It’s just wrong that someone can be bullied to death for trying to protect his farm and his livelihood so I decided to start the petition,” she said. ...
The Palaszczuk government has allowed mining companies to reduce by 10 per cent the financial assurances they pay to the state to cover rehabilitation of mine sites.
Lock the Gate Alliance President, Drew Hutton said that, as of October this year, companies no longer had to pay the GST component when they lodged a financial assurance (FA).
Companies that had already lodged their FA could request a 10 per cent refund. ... [Lock The Gate - 25/11/15]
National shock and community support for Traditional Owners has been the response to learning that Australian tourism icon Kings Canyon in the Watarrka National Park in the Northern Territory is under threat from gas fracking.
Repeated requests by Watarrka Traditional Owners to the Northern Territory Government to protect the Park from fracking were ignored.
The voices of united Traditional Owners are today in Canberra to take a strong message to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and lodge an emergency heritage application under Federal environment laws. ... [Lock The Gate - 24/11/15]
Thousands of starfish wash up on Moreton Island [Yahoo - 26/11/15]:
... A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said strandings were often linked to strong winds and a change in water temperature.
"Also, there is currently a bloom of Trichodesmium algae in the bay and this may have affected oxygen levels in the water," she said.
"As far as we are aware, starfish die-offs are a natural phenomenon, and at this stage we have no information to indicate otherwise."
The latest starfish stranding was one of the largest rangers had seen, she said.
Beach erosion leaves 100-metre hole at North Stradbroke Island [ABC - 26/11/15]
The families of two Irish construction workers crushed to death yesterday have spoken of their devastation and released tributes to their sons.
Joe McDermott from Omagh and Gerry Bradley from Coleraine died when concrete panels fell on them yesterday at a construction site in East Perth. ... [West Australian - 26/11/15]
Townsville supermarket worker 'zapped' by lightning loses compensation bid [Brisbane Times - 25/11/15]
A man has fallen two storeys at a Logan worksite this morning.
Emergency services rushed to the scene on Henry Street just after 10.00am following reports a man had become wedged between a retaining wall and a tank of hydrochloric acid.
Paramedics and Fire crews are on scene working to free the man, believed to be aged in his 30s. [MYGC - 25/11/15]
Graeme Hallett: Fired LNP media advisor not guilty of threatening to release damaging information [ABC - 25/11/15]
... Mr Palmer used parliamentary privilege today to allege Mr Brough approached him in April 2012, asking for an amount nearing $200,000 to help "destroy" Mr Slipper.
Mr Slipper later lost the seat of Fisher to Mr Brough in the 2013 election.
The Special Minister of State flatly denied the allegation when it was repeated by Mr Slipper under Parliamentary privilege in June 2013.
Addressing Parliament on Wednesday, Mr Palmer said the issue "goes to the very heart of Government integrity".
The Member for Fairfax said he met with Mr Brough at his Sunshine Coast resort more than three years ago.
"The current Member for Fisher at the meeting requested that I fund the legal costs of Mr [James] Ashby, and while no exact figure was discussed... I understood the costs would be at least $200,000," Mr Palmer said.
"The Member for Fisher stated to me that we needed to destroy Peter Slipper, that he had all the evidence to put Peter Slipper away for a very long time.
"I was not told what the evidence was or how the honourable member acquired it. I refused the request... I did not think it was appropriate."
Mr Palmer said Mr Brough had previously approached him for money — allegedly for the Liberal Party —which he did supply.
He also defended the former treasurer Joe Hockey, saying he "acted with the highest standards of integrity and knew nothing of the appeal for money". [ABC - 25/11/15]
A Brisbane student is facing a series of criminal charges after allegedly hacking into the University of Queensland's (UQ) electronic marking system to improve his grades. ... [ABC - 25/11/15]
In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges discusses the militarization of institutions for higher education with journalist Alexa O'Brien, in order to uncover the trail of money and influence that leads from the national security state to college programs. [TRNN - 24/11/15]:
... HEDGES: Well, you also--these universities, once they create these programs, become ruled by the dictates of internal security. So, for instance, if you're having a discussion on campus about something that was revealed by WikiLeaks or released by Chelsea Manning, whose trial you so valiantly and effectively covered, it acts as a form of internal censorship on the campus, doesn't it?
O'BRIEN: Absolutely. I mean, we see this phenomenon manifested recently with Bart Gellman at Purdue.
HEDGES: Bart Gellman being the Washington Post reporter who had been part of the Snowden revelations, right?
O'BRIEN: You know, Purdue has a NSA Center of Academic Excellence there. This is a center established in order to cultivate future workers in the cyber security information insurance realm. And here you have a Washington Post reporter who covered the Snowden leaks closely and was one of Snowden's confidants, who is invited to present his talk on these issues and has three classified slides that have been widely distributed amongst the public realm, and because of these national security relationships that Purdue has, they have to delete the video of the event, they have to ( according to his account) even delete the projector that he used to show these slides, because of its relationship with the national security state and the production of classified information.
But, you know, I want to tell you one other thing that I thought was equally disturbing to me or equally questionable to me. The FBI active shooter situations have increased in the last ten years. They're exponentially increasing. And I read an essay by an FBI agent who essentially described the establishment of threat assessment teams on campus as a means to mitigate the possible risk from an active shooter or a unbalanced student. And one of the paragraphs in this essay actually suggested that if a professor saw a picture, a drawing, or an essay that disturbed them by a student, about violence or the like, that they actually bring it privately to this threat assessment team, which is filled with psychologists and law enforcement personnel, to evaluate whether or not this person is a threat to the campus. I found that paragraph to be highly questionable in light of what we think about the university in terms of freedom of expression and the like.
The issue of curricula, though, is also seen in, like, how anthropology in the '60s and '70s was used for national security ends, like studies on Russian emigres and the like. So there has always been this relationship between the intelligence community.
The question here is--and it's not as if--let me just say this, too--it's not as if the humanities have never been used for foreign policy or national security purposes. I mean, during the Cold War, you had cultural exchanges and the like that have been publicly documented and well known. I think here the question is is when you have information technology itself penetrating every aspect of civil society--so we're not just talking about kinetic weapons or segments of society that are segregated from everything else; we're really talking about the notions of freedom of thought, privacy--when you see that kind of network being established within every institution of society, including the university, when you see the university becoming so much a part of the global corporate markets and its relationship to the funding and incentives that the national security state provides for it spread through so deeply, it starts to begin to raise, I think, very deep and important questions about where we're at and where we're heading. ...
NYC #4thPrecinctShutDown solidarity action
Image: @KeeganNYC [25/11/15]
New York stands with Chicago & Minneapolos against white supremacy ---> @KeeganNYC NYC #4thPrecinctShutDown solidarity action.
@HWCTHEHERALD: #LaquanMcDonald activists "counting the shots" outside @ABC7Chicago news office.
@_yoshann: Baltimore standing in solidarity with Chicago at City Hall. #LaquanMcDonald
... On Monday, four white men attacked the #4thprecinctshutdown camp and shot five of its members. It is believed they were white nationalists working in league with the Minneapolis Police Department.
On Wednesday, New York responds in solidarity with the camp, Jamar Clark, and all victims of white supremacy and police terror. ... NYC Solidarity With #4thprecinctshutdown In Minneapolis
New Zealand: Serco challenges Mt Eden fight report [RNZI – 26/11/15]
Stop locking up women who are in family violence situations, says Ms Dhu’s family on White Ribbon Day [Human Rights Law Centre - 25/11/15]
A 40-year-old man who obstructed police after barred entry into two bottle shops on the night of November 4 was fined $500.
Mark Jason Keys was also ordered to volunteer 40 hours community service after he pleaded guilty in the Mount Isa Magistrates Court with obstructing police. ... [North West Star - 24/11/15]
Horrible old fascist propagandist now owns Saturday night football [Sydney Morning Herald - 25/11/15]
Why has Peter Greste gone quiet on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill?
Where's the MEAA?
Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste seeks pardon from Egypt [Democracy Now - 28/9/15]
Peter Greste says Julie Bishop’s death stare helped get him out of prison [Buzzfeed - 26/3/15]
Why is no-one holding this hypocrite to account ----> Melissa "change it from within" Parke wants you to vote ALP as her fascist party works with the LNP to ensure stripping of citizenship cannot be challenged in the High Court [Media Release - 23/11/15]
The federal government has tweaked controversial citizenship-stripping draft laws to head-off the possibility of a High Court challenge.
The legislation to revoke passports from dual national terrorism suspects was due to pass parliament's lower house this week but was delayed after the government made a last-minute change on Wednesday.
There were concerns the legislation was not constitutionally sound, with Labor warning it would not be held responsible in supporting the laws if they were challenged in the nation's highest court. ... [West Australian - 26/11/15]
Canada to repeal bill stripping "terrorists" of citizenship [CBC - 7/11/15]
Journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Tory law made him fear losing Canadian citizenship [Huffington Post - 9/11/15]
Australia secretly exiles another refugee from Nauru to Cambodia to be disappeared by the IOM [Phnom Penh Post - 26/11/15]
Cambodia's Foreign Minister releases Clinton’s letters on Khmer Rouge concentration camp [Cambodia Daily - 26/11/15]
26 November 2015