United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 27/11/16]



‏@RudawEnglish [27/11/16]:  Refugees protest against treatment of people in Moria Detention Centre in #Greece, Mytilene town.



29 migrants make landfall after being pursued by Greek Coast Guard - two arrested for trafficking [Greek Reporter - 27/11/16]



Over 2 years and only 6 refugees succumb to torture - and accept Australia/IOM lies - for exile to Cambodia



Family compound, Anibare, Nauru [March 2015]



Australia exiles Syrian refugee (after years of torture on Nauru) to Cambodia with false promises of rights, citizenship and family reunification [Phnom Penh Post - 25/11/16]



Australia's multi million dollar "Voyage of the Damned" refugee exile deal with Cambodia is no joke [BBC – 18/9/15]:


... When the first four refugees arrived in June, they were swiftly taken to a gated villa on a quiet street in southern Phnom Penh, where they have been sequestered ever since.

They have had limited contact with outsiders, including other people living in the neighbourhood.

Officials at the International Organization for Migration who are assisting the refugees will not be drawn on their daily activities, citing privacy concerns.

Sister Denise Coghlan, who heads up the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Cambodia, has extensive experience in welcoming refugees to the country, as well as assisting them in settling in to life here.

But she says by email: "We offered to welcome them and take them out, but received no response."

One Rohingya refugee in Phnom Penh says the refugee experience could be lonely, frightening and stressful, but that he and two other Rohingya there wanted to meet the new arrival to dissuade him from going back.

When he first arrived, he took refuge in a mosque. His own application for asylum took more than three years to process and he has lived, for the past five years, in a dank room in an underground alleyway.

During Cambodia's months-long rainy season, the room floods frequently.

"If I went back home, the government would kill me," says one Rohingya refugee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears for the safety of his family in Myanmar.

"A few months ago, one of my uncles was killed in Rakhine state, but I didn't share this with anyone, because I want to keep my privacy.

"Cambodia is very, very hard to survive. We don't have any proper documentation.

"Rohingya are not educated persons. For them, finding a job in Cambodian society is very, very hard.

"For restaurant work, you earn less than $5 a day. How can you survive?"

He says Cambodians often yell "Indian, Indian" at him in a manner he feels is derogatory.

"They don't like me - they hate us," he says.

He has also been forced out of the small space where he used to set up his roti cart.

A second Rohingya refugee, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, says he was unable to register the birth of his new daughter, because a village chief was demanding a $50 (£32) bribe to sign certain documents.

The refugees simply don't have that kind of money. ...



The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday postponed the trial of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his two assistants—charged over a Facebook post deemed criminal—out of consideration for the death of Mr. Rainsy’s mother-in-law.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for Mr. Rainsy’s two assistants requested that police investigate the whereabouts of his clients, who are both currently thought to be in France.

All three are facing charges for their involvement in crimes committed by opposition senator Hong Sok Hour when he presented a fake border treaty in a video posted to Mr. Rainsy’s Facebook page. ... [Cambodia Daily - 26/11/16]



US, Australia, UNHCR, ASEAN and Bali Process participants protected from scrutiny by the media (and human rights organisations), as the end result of their "Durable Solutions" for refugees in South East Asia plays out [Jakarta Post - 27/11/16]:


Three brothers — Omar Farukh, Omar Khayer and Omar Sadeque — were still in school uniform which had the logo of their school in Myanmar. The white shirts of the boys, aged between 8 and 10, became quite dirty as they had been wearing them for over a week.

On Friday night, they along with their mother, Shamsunnahar, 34, and three younger siblings reached the Nazirartek dry fish processing zone in Cox's Bazar town.

Their father, Hossain Ahmed, a farmer from Bar Gazobil village in Myanmar, has been missing since the Myanmar police arrested him two weeks ago.

“We crossed the Naf river on Thursday morning and reached the fisheries project area near Rongikhali. There, BGB men stopped us and gave us food. Later that evening, they sent us back in our boat,” said Shamsunnahar.

However, they returned and managed to reach the unregistered Rohingya camp at Leda in Teknaf. Later, they went to Nazirartek where Shamsunnahar's mother Rahima Khatun has been living for the last eight years.


However, Abu Morshed Chowdhury Khoka, president of Cox's Bazar Civil Society, a platform of citizens in the district, claimed that the spreading of Rohingyas to different places in Bangladesh would have a negative impact on the society.

“They (Rohingyas) are getting involved in crimes.” he said.

It is necessary to keep all the Rohingyas at one place with the help of the UNHCR,” said Khoka.

He urged the government to take necessary steps in this regard.

However, the Rohingyas were still coming into Bangladesh through the Naf river despite increased vigilance by law enforcers.

Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) said they had to send back four boats full of Rohingyas on Saturday in the river. ...



@nslwin [27/11/16]:  This 7-year-old #Rohingya girl from #SinThayPyin H, #LaungDon VT was shot in the leg by #Myanmar Army on Nov 26.


@mdskar:  27/11/16 #Burmese troops expelled the villagers of #MaungNama from their homes. The troops r now forcing the people to make tarpaulin tents


@nslwin [26/11/16]:  #Myanmar military is firing #Rohingya villagers who are escaping the brutal attacks in #LaungDon VT since yesterday. This filmed today



Police in central China have arrested 94 members of a $72 billion cross-border gambling ring whose activities stretched into Southeast Asia, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday, citing police.

Police in Jincheng city in Shanxi province arrested members of the gang that illegally brought more than 400 gamblers across to Laos and Myanmar to gamble more than 500 billion yuan ($72.28 billion) in wagers, Xinhua said.

The police said they had discovered the ring in 2013 after a murder over unpaid gambling debts. During the recent arrests, the police also rescued eight gamblers who had been detained by the ring in Myanmar. ... [Reuters - 26/11/16]



More than a million protesters gathered in central Seoul on Saturday in the fifth consecutive weekly rally, organizers said, as parliament takes steps to impeach President Park Geun-hye after state prosecutors accused her of being an accomplice in the influence-peddling and corruption scandal linked to her confidante. ... [Yonhap - 26/11/16]


Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar arrested under sedition law [Reuters – 26/11/16]



Starting in 2017, state-owned aircraft manufacture PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) will maintain Saudi Arabian military helicopters and aircraft. ... [Jakarta Post - 26/11/16]



Lufthansa cancels 35 flights on Sunday [Reuters – 26/11/16]



Beijing on Friday warned countries against maintaining military ties with Taiwan, after Singaporean armored troop carriers were seized en route from the island that Beijing regards as a breakaway province.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said that Beijing was verifying reports that Hong Kong customs had seized nine Singapore troop carriers and other equipment in 12 containers being shipped from Taiwan after military exercises. ... [Reuters - 25/11/16]



Land holders in north Queensland are facing a tough battle against the Department of Defence over compulsory land acquisition so Singaporean forces can train in the area.

The current training ground would be expanded to meet Australia's military training agreement with Singapore.

Graziers say the area is prime cattle country and an alternate site should be found further west. ... [ABC - 25/11/16]



A French court has ordered the state to compensate three veterans irradiated during nuclear tests between the 1960s and 1990s.

The Nantes court received 13 applications from veterans or widows whose claims for compensation had been denied by the French Defence Ministry.

Of the three veterans, two served in Algeria and the latter, who was a navy mechanic in French Polynesia in the 1960s, has since developed seven successive cancers. ... [RNZI - 26/11/16]



Woman critical after being hit by car, Rockhampton [Yahoo - 27/11/16]



... A three-car crash at Landsborough, north of Brisbane, left one dead and two others in hospital.


About three hours later, a 39-year-old man died after the vehicle he was driving rolled near Collinsville, 275 km north-west of Mackay.


Earlier on Saturday, a 67-year-old man died on the Bruce Highway at Marmor, between Rockhampton and Gladstone.

Police said the semi-trailer left the road about 3am near the intersection of Shields Road before catching fire.

Meanwhile a 21-year-old Mackay man died after hitting a power pole in north Queensland.

The victim crashed about 2am on Saturday morning while travelling along Shoal Point Road in Bucasia near Mackay and later died in hospital. ... [Brisbane Times - 27/11/16]


Paramedics called to two crashes on the Gold Coast [MYGC - 27/11/16]



A man has been killed in a collision between a car and a ute in Brisbane's north.

The 27-year-old, a passenger in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on the corner of Bracken Ridge Road and Hoyland Street on Friday morning.

The 29-year-old female driver of the car and the 21-year-old male behind the wheel of the ute were both taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [Yahoo - 25/11/16]



A woman and young child have been taken to hospital following a single-vehicle crash at a shopping centre on the Gold Coast.

The accident happened in the car park of the West Street shopping centre at Burleigh Heads around 10.40am.

Paramedics said the pair were in a vehicle which slammed into a bike rack. ... [MYGC - 25/11/16]



A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car on the Gold Coast.

The teen was riding a pushbike along Turpin Road at Labrador when he was hit around 8.30am.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene for soft tissue injuries and abrasions. ... [MYGC - 24/11/16]



Australian woman Sara Connor has lost her Indonesian court bid to have a murder charge against her thrown out, after again proclaiming her innocence. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 25/11/16]



One of Australia’s most prominent criminologists will spend just six months behind bars after he was found guilty of repeatedly molesting a young girl over a three-year period.

Paul Wilson, 75, was yesterday convicted of four counts of indecently treating a child under the age of 12 at his Brisbane home in the 1970s following an eight-day trial in the Brisbane District Court. ... [MYGC - 24/11/16]



Thieves target car business in Arundel [MYGC - 27/11/16]



Police have charged a man after raiding a southern Queensland home and uncovering a sophisticated cannabis farm on Friday morning.

Officers executed a search warrant at a house on a rural property near Stanthorpe about 10.30am where they allegedly found hundreds of cannabis plants in five hydroponics rooms. ... [Brisbane Times - 26/11/16]



A man will face court after allegedly threatening people with a firearm before stealing a car then crashing it into a pursuing police vehicle at Ipswich in south-east Queensland. ... [Brisbane Times - 26/11/16]



Man arrested following alleged assault and police pursuit, Murwillumbah [Tweed Shire Echo – 25/11/16]



Delusion led to fatal throat slitting by mother [Sydney Morning Herald - 27/11/16]



A 56-year-old Braddon man has been charged with assault after he allegedly threatened to set fire to his ex-partner.

On the same day, the woman had applied for an interim apprehended violence order against the man, but it had not yet been served on him by police.

The man faced the ACT Magistrates Court on Saturday morning. ... [Canberra Times - 26/11/16]



Woman working as au pair found brutally bashed on street north of Brisbane [ABC - 26/11/16]



A man who stomped on another man's head, putting him in a coma, has been jailed for raping the victim's daughter several years later.

David Lance Dennison, 37, was on Friday sentenced to seven years' jail after being found guilty by a jury of raping a 15-year-old girl last year. ... [Yahoo - 25/11/16]



A Cairns man will need reconstructive surgery after being viciously bashed by three men from Victoria.

The trio punched and assaulted the 27-year-old who sustained serious facial and eye injuries during the altercation on Thursday night, police say.

The three tourists, one aged 24 and two aged 23, have been charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm and will appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on November 28. [Yahoo - 25/11/16]



Queensland detectives are waiting to question a man who was shot and dumped at a Brisbane hospital last night.

The 41-year-old was found near the QEII hospital's emergency department suffering from a single gunshot wound. ... [ABC - 24/11/16]



Seven puppies abandoned in a Jondaryan skip bin [Yahoo - 24/11/16]



Cirque du Soleil acrobat injured after fall during Brisbane show [Brisbane Times - 27/11/16]



Two men killed in Rockhampton ultralight plane crash [ABC - 25/11/16]



Dreamworld safety inspection given the all clear [MYGC – 25/11/16]



A Queensland teen celebrating Schoolies has been taken to hospital this morning after falling several floors from his Surfers Paradise apartment.

The 17-year-old reportedly leant over the balcony railing of the Cypress Avenue building to pick something up when he tumbled over the side, falling from the third floor around 3.00am. ... [MYGC - 24/11/16]



Schoolies robbed at knifepoint by teenagers in Surfers Paradise [MYGC – 24/11/16]



Man hospitalised as police investigate suspicious fire at Southport [MYGC - 25/11/16]



A teenager has been taken to hospital after being tossed around in rough surf on the Gold Coast.

The 18-year-old was reportedly dumped by a wave at Main Beach just before 11am. ... [MYGC - 25/11/16]



Supreme Court dismisses Adani mine challenge [Brisbane Times - 25/11/16]



Miners suffering from black lung disease have told a Queensland inquiry how their health has declined, while hearing the State Government was alerted to concerns about black lung several years ago. ... [ABC - 25/11/16]



Queensland's peak motoring body will now compete with the big four banks, after finalising a merger which will see it offer banking and home loans.

RACQ announced its merger with QT Mutual Bank earlier this year, and the amalgamation has now been finalised, in what the club claims is the first arrangement of its kind in the world. ... [Yahoo - 24/11/16]



UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism launches followup visit to Australia [Media Release - 23/11/16]:


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, Mutuma Ruteere, will carry out a follow-up visit to Australia from 28 November to 5 December 2016 to gather first-hand information on the situation of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in the country.

“During my visit, I will pay special attention to the situation of historically discriminated groups including indigenous populations, persons of African descent, migrants and other vulnerable groups in Australia,” Mr. Ruteere said.

“I will also assess the current trends, manifestations and scope of racism, and follow-up upon the recommendations made in 2001 by the first UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Glèlè-Ahanhanzo,” he noted.

The independent expert, who will visit Australia at the invitation of the Government, will survey the policies on multiculturalism, provisions and measures in place to fight discrimination, and assess the existing challenges to its elimination, while focusing on the implementation of laws, policies and measures undertaken in this regard.

“I will seek to engage constructively with the Australian Government as well as with the different State and territorial entities visited on possible ways of ensuring the successful protection, promotion and fulfilment of the rights of the vulnerable groups,” the expert said.

Mr. Ruteere’s mission will take him to Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Alice Springs, where he will meet with Government representatives both at federal, state and territorial level, the legislative and judicial branches, the Australian National Human Rights Commission, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, indigenous organizations and community leaders as well as other individuals working in the field of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

At the end of the visit, the United Nations Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary conclusions at a press conference on 5 December 2016 at 12:30pm, at the UN Information Centre, Level 1, 7 National Circuit Barton, Canberra. Access to the press conference is strictly limited to journalists.

The country mission report will be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in June 2017.



Police chase children around regional Victoria [Nine MSN - 27/11/16]



Australian media doubles down on its feeble police state propaganda [WA Today - 27/11/16]



Australian media doubles down on promotion of punishment culture and indefinite detention for thought crimes [ABC - 27/11/16]



 ... The city's crime rate has risen so dramatically that some locals have resorted to locals [Political and media establishment beatups and dogwhistling have greenlighted locals] taking matters into their own hands by chasing down young offenders. ... Over 800 arrested in latest edition of Townsville crime control theatre [Yahoo - 24/11/16]



Children protest on roof of Wacol Detention Centre [Yahoo - 24/11/16]



Children being tortured by the Queensland government charged with rioting after this month's uprising at Cleveland Detention Centre [ABC - 26/11/16]



"They [youths] are more disturbed when they come out then they were when they were in there."


Former Queensland detention worker took torture concerns to government in April [ABC - 20/8/16]



Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland Detention Centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]



Queensland 2011:  Jailed without trial, then shackled while giving birth - and nothing's changed [ABC - 26/11/11]:


... KAREN BERKMAN: Susan gave birth to baby Fabian while she was in the Brisbane Women's Prison.

SUSAN BEBBINGTON: Because I had a really bad birth with Fabian in there and you never get over that. I was handcuffed during my ultrasound handcuffed during, when I was in labour. It was horrible. It was the most hardest birth I've had. And then being there on my own.

KAREN BERKMAN: Corrective Services denies that she was handcuffed, but Sisters Inside, who lobby for the rights of women in prison, say it's a battle they've been having for years.

DEBBIE KILROY: We have a pregnant woman who then gives birth in handcuffs. Now Corrective Services have been very clear to us that that policy exists no longer. But it obviously does exist.  ...



Palestinian hunger strikers slip into coma as Israeli authorities threaten force-feeding [Maan - 26/11/16]



Forests of hate: Fire imitates art in Israel [Middle East Eye - 26/11/16]:


... Television studios, which broadcast live from Haifa and elsewhere, were packed with experts on “terror,” rather than experts on weather or climate changes.

The general notion was that Israel was under a concerted and coordinated Palestinian fire attack. ...



Fidel Castro: The Palestinian connection [Al Jazeera - 26/11/16]:


... "Despite Cuba's economic woes, the government would give more than 150 Palestinians annually opportunities to study medicine, engineering and other disciplines," said Odeh, who studied dentistry on the island in 1970 under a full scholarship granted by the Cuban government.

Close relations have been maintained between the Palestinians and Cuba, but "the nature of the relationship has differed", explained the PA's Abdel Wahad.

"There is an official relationship with the state of Palestine."

Cuba was even consulted in the lead-up to the UN's recognition of Palestine as a "non-member observer state".

"I was in Cuba two years ago to consult with officials about the UN bid," Fatah's Odeh said.

"Not many people know this, but the Cubans had a huge role in us seeking the status of non-member observer state, and we still liaise with them on all high-level international matters."



Guantanamo Bay: An untold history of occupation, torture, sham trials and resistance [Media Roots - 5/9/14]



No journalism.

No opposition.

Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues with impunity as noisy pro-ALP #BlockTheBill  #BlockTheBan "advocates"  exploit a partisan wedge to avoid demanding an END to the torture, exile and turnback policy.



Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, August 2016.  They're still there.




‏@nslwin [27/11/16]:  As of now update: 450+ #Rohingya killed. 270+ women raped. 2000+ homes burnt down. 45000+ displaced. 5000 fled to #Bangladesh. ...



"Nope. Nope. Nope.", "Deal with the Rohingya" and "Durable Solutions": Death of a baby as refugees pushed away, left to die [MSN - 26/11/16]:


Alam's short life ended on Saturday in a dark, tattered tent in Bangladesh, the Rohingya child's skeletal body succumbing to illness contracted while fleeing Myanmar where his stateless people are under attack.

He was six-months-old. Alam died hours after arriving at a makeshift refugee camp close to Teknaf, the gateway to Cox's Bazar, a poor, densely populated coastal area already home to more than 230,000 Rohingya refugees.

But for the Rohingya, Bangladesh is far from a promised land.

So far little or no aid has been provided for the new arrivals, with Bangladeshi authorities fearing food, medicine and shelter will encourage more to cross the border.

With her child's emaciated body by her side, 22-year-old Nur Begum describes how a Myanmar army raid that killed her husband and two other children forced her to flee Rakhine State for Bangladesh with the tiny Alam.

After three-week trip with little food, Begum and her increasingly sick child made it to the camp in Leda, across the Bangladeshi border.

But Alam's journey was at an end.

"I finally had some food in the camp and thought I would be able to feed him," his distraught mother told AFP. "But he left me before I had the chance."  ...



Tamil schoolboy in South assaulted and branded [Tamil Guardian - 27/11/16]



Sri Lanka’s navy has installed permanent fences around 617 acres of Land in Mullaithivu.

A notice was published in a local Tamil newspaper stating that the Navy was going to acquire land under Section 38a of the Land Acquisition Act.

The move comes despite repeated public outcry for an end to land appropriation by the state. [Tamil Guardian - 26/11/16]



Wounded Knee III in the making? [ICH - 25/11/16]:


... The attack on Sunday night, which has been rightly condemned by UN human rights observers as an atrocity, harks back to the simultaneous country-wide crushing of the Occupy movement occupations in cities across the US during early November, 2011, when local police aided in some cases by armed federal parks police, assaulted occupiers with maximum violence, almost always at night, barring the media from witnessing their deliberate and coordinated over-the-top violence.

In that case, an aggressive campaign of legal discovery by the Partnership for Civil Justice using the Freedom of Information Act, resulted in the unearthing of documents from both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI proving there had been a concerted campaign by those federal agencies to coordinate the crushing of the Occupy Movement.

That campaign urged police to use maximum violence, to operate at night, and to share the results of their attacks with other city police departments so that tactics of repression that “worked,” could be replicated.

 It would appear that the repressive lessons learned by police agencies in 2011 are now being used as a kind of repression handbook by Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier and his deputies against the protesting Sioux water protectors and their Anglo supporters.

There is no indication that such vicious repression is working though.

Even as the brutal assault last Sunday night and Monday morning sent dozens of people to area hospitals, more brave people continued to pour into Standing Rock to support the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux and the many representatives of some 300 US tribes around the country, and the representatives of indigenous peoples from around the world fighting this battle. ...



Iraqi parliament passes contested law on Shi'ite paramilitaries [Reuters - 26/11/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn  - Iraqi Spring Media Center [26/11/16]:


Baghdad: A person was killed and 8 were wounded as an IED exploded in Jisr Diyala area southeast of Baghdad.


Baghdad: A person was killed and 5 were wounded an an IED exploded in Swep area southwest of Baghdad.



Several blasts rocked training camps of paramilitary units of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in the Syrian province of Khaseke in Tel Tamer on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported.

The report said there several people were killed and wounded in the accident.

According to the agency, there were the US and British military instructors in the camp.

The facility was formed by the Democratic Union in 2013, for training the Kurdish militia.

The trainings have been performed by US instructors since last year.

The Democratic Union is regarded as a terrorist organization in Turkey. [TASS - 27/11/16]



Australian "ISIS recruiter" believed alive after reports of his death [RUDAW - 26/11/16]



President al-Assad: Fidel Castro will remain an inspiration for all peoples seeking real independence [SANA - 26/11/16]:


... President al-Assad said that the “great” leader Fidel Castro efficiently led the struggle of his country and people against imperialism and hegemony for decades, and that his steadfastness has become an example and an inspiration for leaders and peoples everywhere in the world.

“Our friend Cuba was able under his leadership to stand its ground in the face of the most ferocious of sanctions and unfair campaigns witnessed in our modern history,” said the President, adding that Cuba has thus become a beacon for the liberation of the peoples of the South American countries and others around the world.

“The name Fidel Castro will live forever in the minds of generations and remain an inspiration for all the peoples who aspire to achieve real independence and liberation from the yoke of colonialism and hegemony,” the President said.



Syrian army captures part of rebel-held east Aleppo [Reuters - 26/11/16]



Qatar will continue to arm Syrian rebels even if Donald Trump ends U.S. backing for the multinational effort, Doha's foreign minister said in an interview, signaling its determination to pursue a policy the U.S. President-elect may abandon.

But Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said the wealthy Gulf state would not "go solo" and supply shoulder-fired missiles to the rebels to defend themselves against Syrian and Russian warplanes. ... [Reuters - 26/11/16]



Closer Moscow ties don't change Turkey's stance on Assad: Deputy PM [Reuters - 26/11/16]



Turkey continues bombing northern Syria [Reuters - 26/11/16]



Russian Defense Ministry experts said that a chemical agent that was found in an unexploded mortar shell and later used in a militant attack on a village in Aleppo Governorate, was indeed mustard gas, according to a ministry statement. ... [RT - 26/11/16]



Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq.

"Today when the region is in a critical condition, cooperation and consultation by Tehran and Ankara in resolving issues can make a difference," Rouhani told visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.

"If major regional powers stand together, problems in Iraq and Syria will be resolved without the need for foreign powers," Rouhani added.

"Despite (their differences), the two countries' officials are looking for solutions and seeking to draw closer their points of views, especially on Iraq and Syria," IRNA earlier reported.

"Preserving the territorial integrity and national unity of Iraq and Syria is in the interest of Iran and Turkey as well as that of regional peace and stability," Cavusoglu was quoted by IRNA as saying. ... [Reuters - 26/11/16]



Trump moves as America stands still [The Automatic Earth - 23/11/16]:


...  Trump won. Which means the Democrats and Republicans did not.

The Bush dynasty and Clinton dynasty did not. The incumbent elites did not. That is quite the clean up job.

Does anyone want to argue such a clean up was not needed?

Donald Trump is shaking up a world in which too many people and institutions across the political scene have been able to gain too much power and influence and wealth for too long, and it’s hard to see that as a big negative.

Besides, whether you like it or not, he’s your president.

May I humbly suggest y’all make the best of what you got?

Perhaps, and I must say perhaps because I should learn more about this, Trump’s talk Monday with Bernie Sanders-territory left-wing Democrat -and Hindu- Tulsi Gabbard, which may well land her a cabinet post, is indicative of what we may expect.

So you got someone who’s left-wing, a woman, and very much not Christian. How many prejudices is that?

Gabbard wants the US to stop killing people in Syria. Is that a bad thing, anyone?

She broke with the DNC when she figured out then-Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was favoring Hillary and working against Bernie. ...



Sanders to Trump: use defense contracts as leverage for Carrier jobs [Reuters - 26/11/16]:


... Sanders on Saturday warned "it is not good enough to save some of these jobs" and said Trump should use as leverage United Technologies' defense contracts, Export-Import Bank financing, and tax breaks.

"I call on Mr. Trump to make it clear to the CEO of United Technologies that if his firm wants to receive another defense contract from the taxpayers of this country, it must not move these plants to Mexico," the senator from Vermont said in a statement. ...



A 2-year-old boy in Philadelphia is in critical condition after his 4-year-old cousin accidentally shot him on Thanksgiving, police said. ... [ABC News - 25/11/16]



‏@abandonedspaces [12/11/16]:  Thomas the Tank Engine, the meth years...





27 November 2016