United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 27/9/16]
... ‘We all have reasons to flee. We have no choice, all we can do is flee. We run from war, we run from pain. So why do people at the border treat us like animals? We are looking for humanity at the borders. They should help people running from war. We aren’t looking for money. We are looking for humanity, for safety.’ ... Hungary’s anti-refugee campaign [Amnesty - 27/9/16]
LET THE PEOPLE - NOT THEIR OPPRESSORS - SPEAK!
Australia and PNG continue to defy Supreme Court order that the detention of men in Manus concentration camp is illegal and unconstitutional [RNZI - 27/9/16]
Behrouz Boochani [27/9/16]:
Today immigration came to us and said that their plan is that those people with negative refugee status must move to Mike prison in the next few days.
This would be a big change in our lives.
All of their processes are illegal and the refugees gave their cases to PNG under pressure.
Also some people have been given negative refugee determinations because they have refused to give their cases to PNG as a protest.
There is a big question about why their process takes more than three years.
I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]:
... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on the refugees] which left one dead.
She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.
Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.
"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.
"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."
Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.
"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.
"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.
“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."
"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."
“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...
UNHCR are complicit in this dirty charade as they won't explicitly demand the release and genuine resettlement of the men, women and children imprisoned by Australia on Nauru and Manus.
Justice for some as lawyers arrive in Nauru to represent former MPs fighting protest charges. Refugees rot. [ABC- 27/9/16]
Australia's human rights atrocities against refugees continue as the ABC produces another "utility of the deserving" story [27/9/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014. Australia pushes away and/or tortures and murders people who dare to try and seek asylum.
... Jihad Abu Wa’el Dhiab has never been charged with a crime. While at Guantánamo, he launched a series of hunger strikes to demand his freedom, and was among a group of prisoners subjected to force-feeding.
Now released to Uruguay, he is currently on a hunger strike to push for his demand to be allowed to reunite with his family in Turkey or in an Arabic-speaking country.
Earlier this month, Dhiab slipped into a coma for nine hours while he was on a hunger and thirst fast, revived only by a hydrating IV while he was in that coma.
The day after Dhiab awoke, Democracy Now! was able to speak to him in an exclusive interview. ... [Democracy Now - 26/9/16]
@IntlCrimCourt [27/9/16]: #ICC Judges sentence Mr #AlMahdi to 9 years’ imprisonment
@IntlCrimCourt [27/9/16]: #ICC Judges find Mr #AlMahdi guilty of #warcrime of attacking historic and religious buildings in #Timbuktu #Mali
Verdict to be delivered in ICC Al Mahdi case on 27 September 2016: Practical information
The University of Papua New Guinea is refusing to let seven students, who were granted a stay order against the administration's decision to terminate them, register for classes.
This is in relation to their roles in student protests against Prime Minister Peter O'Neil earlier in the year which saw the academic year suspended for months on end.
The National newspaper reported an interim court order granted by Justice Leka Nablu on Friday last week prohibited the university, its servants and agents from preventing the students from attending classes.
But one of the student leaders involved in the court action, Hercules Jim said they have been trying to register for classes since Friday but have been prevented from doing so by security personnel and staff at the university. ... [RNZI - 27/9/16]
When are Australian academics going to say "ENOUGH"? ----> ... “I would not advocate that privacy is everything – but we need to weigh up national security interests and privacy with more balance than is currently apparent,” Dr Nicholls said. ... National security trumps privacy concerns as metadata collection soars [UNSW Media Release - 26/916]
IBM 'unlikely to hit Customs and Immigration merger deadline' amid growing fears of system failure [ABC - 27/9/16]
Man, 27, arrested after fatal shooting outside Campbellfield shopping centre [Nine MSN - 27/9/16]
Man charged after alleged shooting in Wollongong Read [Nine MSN - 27/9/16]
Police are seeking information about an unidentified man who is in a serious condition after being hit by a truck in Broadmeadows this morning.
The man suffered head, facial and chest injuries when he was hit just before 6.45am on Pascoe Vale Road near the Broadmeadows Railway Station. ... [Nine MSN - 27/9/16]
A young boy has fallen five metres down an escalator at Robina Town Centre on the Gold Coast. ... [ABC - 27/9/16]
An excavator has crashed into a unit block on the Gold Coast this morning.
The collision occurred on Eden Avenue at Rainbow Bay shortly after 8.00am.
It’s believed the excavator was conducting work on a dirt construction site when it crashed into the block next door. ... [MYGC - 27/9/16]
Scientists and lawyers say the Australian Government can no longer claim that chemicals used on defence bases around Australia had 'minimal' health effects.
A UN expert committee on toxins has listed the chemical PFOA under an international treaty which bans the world's most hazardous pollutants.
The reason: evidence linking it to cancers. PFOA was in the fire fighting foam used on some defence bases and it's now seeped into groundwater and land at several Australian towns.
As Katherine Gregory reports, the new UN findings are sharply at odds with Australian Government health reports. ... [ABC - 27/9/16]
One person was killed and several others were trapped Tuesday morning after a suspected gas explosion underground a coal mine in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, local authorities said. ... [Global Times - 27/9/16]
Global warming challenge against Rinehart coal mine dismissed by Queensland Court of Appeal [ABC - 27/9/16]
Queensland, Australia: Phone hacking scum Murdoch Press gleefully report another prison bashing - puppet Premier pissweak [Brisbane Times - 27/9/16]
Queensland, Australia: Corrections Minister suggests pregnant prisoners deserve to sleep on the floor [Nine MSN - 27/9/16]:
Queensland's Corrections Minister Bill Byrne is "comfortable" with the service in prisons despite an ombudsman's report showing pregnant inmates sleep on the floor due to overcrowding.
The Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre was on Tuesday named as the state's most overcrowded prison in a report by ombudsman Phil Clarke.
Mr Byrne said the report "somewhat disregarded" much of the background material that impacts on why women were incarcerated in the first place, including drug use, mental health problems and histories of abuse. ...
Valmae Beck: On the care of criminals [Faith and Theology - 7 May, 2008]
Byron Bay mother Sara Connor has faced a further round of questioning, after prosecutors were not ‘100 per cent confident’ of the police case against her, her lawyer says.
Ms Connor has been held at Denpasar Police Station since her arrest last month over the alleged murder of local police officer Wayan Sudarsa whose bloodied body was discovered on August 17 on Kuta Beach.
Last week prosecutors said police would need to re-examine Ms Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor in order for the matter to proceed to trial. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 27/9/16]
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visits Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro [Xinhua - 26/9/16]
A court in Oman on Monday ordered the permanent closure of a newspaper which had reported on alleged corruption within the judiciary, and jailed three of its journalists on charges that included undermining the prestige of the state.
Witnesses at the court said Ibrahim al-Mamari, editor-in-chief of the privately owned Azamn newspaper, and his deputy and managing editor Youssef al-Balushi, were jailed for three years and fined 3,000 rials ($7,800) each.
A third journalist was jailed for a year. ... [Reuters - 26/9/16]
Vietnam upholds jail terms for political bloggers [Reuters – 22/9/16]
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @SuchNigel: ... Peaceful Protest in #Nauru 26-09-2016 ...
... Also they put an Iranian refugee in Manus jail for two days when he was angry that they cancelled his medical transfer to Port Moresby.
They were supposed to send him to Port Moresby hospital but when he was ready to go they told him that his ticket had been cancelled.
This man is serously sick and has hurt himself and the Broadspectrum (Transfield) system is aware that he is sick and in a bad mental state.
I think they deliberately cancelled his ticket because they were sure it would make him lose control and hurt himself.
They always torture people in a way that makes them lose control. ... @riserefugee [27/9/16]: During the last few days about 4 people have hurt themselves with razors by Behrouz Boochani
... The many months I spent at the family detention center in Dilley, Texas, after that first week as a volunteer at a similar facility in Artesia, New Mexico, brought me face to face with dozens of nursing mothers whose only “crime” was desperately seeking safety for their children and freedom from the horrors of the rapidly imploding Northern Triangle.
The more recent of these “firsts” is a revelation that, for me, has been a long time coming: the first time I allowed myself to realize that America is not “the good guys,” and that in fact, we’re far from it.
As a child of the 1980s, I grew up watching early morning cartoons like “G.I. Joe.”
There, the “Joes” were the undisputed “good guys” in every way: urging kids to stay in school and off drugs, fighting “terrorists” motivated only by a megalomaniacal hunger for power, and taking the moral high road at every opportunity.
Like many kids of my generation, that message stuck.
I grew up knowing that America is the “good guys” and that promoting justice and fighting evil are core values of our country.
After spending the last two years inside several immigrant family detention centers, I no longer believe that. ... [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 26/9/16]
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia ----> When the media consistently fail to consider the unaccountability of publicly funded private facilities - along with the obvious and urgent need for regulation and mandated staffing levels - the intention is not speaking truth to power or improvement [ABC - 27/9/16]:
... The images, some of which are too graphic to be published, reveal an enormous pressure wound, measuring 15 centimetres, on his buttocks.
They also show the full extent of the gangrene on one of his heels, which had turned black.
Ms Selir said her father-in-law was placed in a "fallout chair" for several hours at a time without being rotated and more should have been done to improve blood circulation.
But by the time Mr Selir reached the hospital, it was too late.
"There was nothing they could do because the infection had taken over and it was shutting his organs down," she said.
"It was devastating to see him just laying there. It should never have happened."
Unsatisfied with the initial response from the nursing home's operator, Opal Aged Care, Ms Selir referred the matter to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner.
It found in her favour, noting there was "insufficient recording of wound care" and that nursing staff were not "monitoring the wounds consistently" or keeping Mr Selir's GP up-to-date on his condition. ...
Presidential Debate Commission enforces exclusion by having Jill Stein escorted off Hofstra [Shadowproof - 26/9/16]:
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was escorted off Hofstra University’s campus just hours before the first presidential debate of the general election.
The escort was part of the Commission on Presidential Debates’ exclusion of her campaign from the debate. ...
UQ study finds certain leaders are considered more charismatic after they've been lynched in the street by US-backed thugs [UQ News - 22/9/16]
"We came, we saw, he died," she joked when told of news reports of Qaddafi's death by an aide in between formal interviews.
"I'm sure it did" have something to do with her very own visit to Libya just days earlier, she continues. ... [Real Clear Politics - 19/6/15]
A key partnership will soon take off at The University of Queensland, as Boeing Research and Technology Australia establishes a presence at the UQ St Lucia campus, in an Asia-Pacific first.
Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Mr Dennis Muilenburg announced the partnership at the McDonnell Academy Symposium in Brisbane tonight (22 September). ... [UQ News - 22/9/16]
... Later in the debate, Trump said nuclear weapons are the biggest threat the U.S. faces: "Not global warming, like you think and your president thinks." ... [Mashable - 26/9/16]
Trump, to the left of Obama, pledges not to use nuclear weapons first [The Intercept - 27/9/16]
Russian Pacific Fleet reinforced with newest nuclear-powered submarine [TASS - 26/9/16]
Ash Carter: US Department of Defense will rebuild, sustain its nuclear deterrence enterprise [US Department of Defense Media - 26/9/16]:
... The secretary emphasized throughout his talk with the airmen that America’s nuclear deterrence is the bedrock of U.S. security and the highest priority mission in the Defense Department.
“Because while it is a remarkable achievement that in the more than seven decades since 1945, nuclear weapons have not again been used in war, that’s not something we can ever take for granted,” he said.
“And that’s why today, I want to talk about how we’re innovating and investing to sustain that bedrock.” ...
Readout of US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's meeting with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull [US Department of Defense – 22/9/16]:
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter held a bilateral meeting today with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at the Pentagon.
Secretary Carter and Prime Minister Turnbull discussed a range of security issues, including their continued mutual commitment to defeat ISIL and to support the Government of Afghanistan.
They exchanged views on building a principled and inclusive security network in the Asia-Pacific, as well as developments in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the need for a peaceful resolution of disputes in the South China Sea in accordance with international law.
They also discussed opportunities to enhance collaboration related to defense innovation.
A lawyer who opened fire on commuters for no apparent reason during the morning predawn rush hour in a Houston neighborhood Monday, wounding nine people, was wearing a vintage military uniform and had Nazi emblems on him, police said.
The rampage on a quiet street near West University Place began in the predawn darkness and lasted 20 minutes before the gunman, who police identified as Nathan DeSai, 46, was shot and killed by officers. ... [Houston Chronicle - 26/9/16]
Nine districts of Syria’s Aleppo under shelling by militants [TASS - 27/9/16]
Fighting ramps up in Anbar province; 112 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 26/9/16]
27 September 2016