Twenty civilians killed, 50 injured in Turkish shelling of Jarabulus [SANA - 28/8/16]
The Russian Defense Ministry has announced that 120 militants have voluntarily left the Damascus suburb of Darayya with their families.
The reported departure comes shortly after Syrian state television announced that a four-year of siege of the area had drawn to a close. ... [RT - 28/8/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 28/8/16]
Khalidiya fully liberated, says Abadi [IraqiNews.com - 28/8/16]
Media official of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Mosul, Saeed Mamouzini, informed that the five Kurdish men from Rojava held captive by ISIS were shot dead by five ISIS child soldiers.
The execution was filmed and the video was released by ISIS for the world to see. ... [IraqiNews.com - 28/8/16]
@ajplus [26/8/16]: These refugees wanted to help an Italian town ravaged by the earthquake. So they went right there.
@PROACTIVA_SERV [28/8/16]: ... Rescatadas 7 barcas,unas 720 personas con protección #FragataReinaSofia @Armada_esp a nuestro lado GRACIAS
@Jeixon93 [27/8/16]: A group of migrants arrives at port Málaga rescued by Rescue Navy. Spain ...
Barrett Brown comments on his early release date [26/8/16]:
We are very excited about the announcement that Barrett Brown is officially scheduled for early release on 29 November 2016.
Upon release, Barrett will have to report to a halfway house in Dallas, TX, but other details of his post-release conditions are yet to be determined.
In response to the announcement, Barrett said, “Well, I certainly know when I’m not wanted.” ...
Day 162 refugee protests, Nauru
Never give up
Image: @elahe_zivardar [28/8/16]
Open Letter from RISE: Refugees, Survivors and ex-detainees to Save the Children-Australia and overseas Board of Directors [28/8/16]:
... Our members have been, and continue to be outspoken for more than a decade at great personal cost, about the abusive nature of Australia’s mandatory detention system, hence we continue to regard with disbelief that people callously continue to apply for jobs in this abusive system.
To witness this apparent ignorance, disregard and erasure of voices of refugee and asylum seeker detainees and ex-detainees in the struggle for justice and freedom is an ongoing trauma our community faces to this day.
We demand that Save the Children and all other organisations and individuals to please, in the name of humanity, desist from working in, being complicit in and endorsing asylum seeker/refugee concentration camps and other anti-refugee policies.
Man found with gunshot wounds after crash in Melbourne’s north [Nine MSN - 28/8/16]
A woman has died after she was hit by a car in Sydney's south.
The woman, aged in her 50s, was crossing President Avenue in Monterey, near Brighton, when she was hit by a white van about 6.40pm on Sunday. ... [Nine MSN - 28/8/16]
Fatal traffic crash, Kingaroy [QPS Media - 28/8/16]
A man has been charged after he was allegedly caught putting poison in lubricant at a north-western Sydney sex club.
Police allege the 62-year-old man entered the club on Bridge Street, Rydalmere, yesterday and filled a fixed lubricant dispenser with hydrochloric acid.
Because of similar incidents in the past, items in the room had been alarmed and they alerted security to the alleged tampering, NSW Police said in a statement.
The man was then detained by security until police arrived.
He has since been charged with administering poison with the intent to injure, cause distress or pain, entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence, malicious damage and driving while suspended.
He was granted conditional bail and is expected to appear in court on September 20. [Nine MSN - 28/8/16]
Woman in custody after two stabbed at Toowong private hospital [Brisbane Times - 28/8/16]
Man repeatedly stabbed in Warwick [Yahoo - 28/8/16]
Queensland teenager arrested over murder of grandfather [Nine MSN - 28/8/16]:
The brother of allegedly murdered Adelaide grandfather Robert Whitwell says the arrest of the victim’s teen granddaughter and her friend is “devastating”.
Brittney Jade Dwyer, 19, and her friend Bernadette Burns, 21, were arrested in Redbank Plains, south-west of Brisbane, on Friday over the death of Mr Whitwell.
His body was discovered by neighbours at his Craigmore home on August 8.
Geoffrey Whitwell said his brother “did no harm to anybody” and did not deserve to meet a brutal end.
“As a family, we will stick together as we always have, and we will get through it,” Mr Whitwell said.
“Bob was a kind and gentle man. He loved his family.
“[Brittney] was just like any other type of girl to us, she was friendly.”
Ms Dwyer and Ms Burns appeared briefly in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday morning, but weren’t able to be extradited as South Australian police did not yet have a warrant.
The accused pair are expected to be formally charged with murder after appearing in court tomorrow.
They will later be extradited to South Australia.
Police initially believed Mr Whitwell had died from natural causes, but said there were a number of factors that couldn’t be explained.
Teenager charged with child abduction following another crime control theatre spectacle, Sunshine Coast [Brisbane Times - 28/8/16]:
... The girl was noticed missing from a residence in Moffat Beach at 2.50am on Saturday and was believed to be with a 16-year-old boy and possibly a 19-year-old man, who were both known to the child. ...
A man is fighting for his life after being found in a far north Queensland car park with severe and suspicious head injuries.
The man, 35, was found in the car park of the Skills360 Australia adult education centre in the Cairns suburb of Manunda about 7am on Friday.
He was taken to Cairns Hospital in a critical condition.
A crime scene has been set up and investigations are underway to determine how the man sustained the injuries. [Yahoo - 26/8/16]
Shark nets indiscriminately killing marine life already inside protected area, video suggests [ABC - 28/8/16]
Indigenous residents in the Gulf of Carpentaria have taken what they hope will be a pre-emptive strike in the battle over whether the McArthur River Mine (MRM) will be allowed to continue expanding.
Two years ago, after rock on the zinc and lead mine's waste dump started burning, Swiss mining giant Glencore was asked to lodge an environmental impact statement (EIS) proposal on how it intended to manage more than 0.5 billion tonnes of the reactive material. ... [ABC - 21/8/16]
@GlencoreAus [23/8/16]: Glencore plc & Evolution Mining enter long-term agreement over our Ernest Henry Mine in Qld ...
A higher frequency of unseasonal westerly winds is responsible for higher that usual sulphur dioxide readings in the Mount Isa area, according to Mount Isa Mines.
Users of the AQMI phone app will have noticed a large number of sulphur dioxide warnings and Maryann Wipaki, Health, Safety, Environment and Community Manager for Glencore’s North Queensland operations said the wind was to blame. ... [North West Star - 27/8/16]
On Father’s Day Sunday September 4, Mount Isa will raise the profile of prostate cancer by participating in Run with Dad.
Local, Leonie Black is participating in the run/walk to remember her grandfather Les Morgan. ... [North West Star - 27/8/16]
Mount Isa youth in justice system are disadvantaged, says Youth Justice [North West Star - 26/8/16]
Seven teenagers have been charged after they allegedly burgled the home of an 80-year-old woman in Brisbane and fled in a stolen car.
The woman was woken by someone rummaging through her room just before 1am on Sunday and called police as the intruders fled.
A police helicopter then tracked the group's vehicle as it travelled towards Brisbane before tyre spikes were used to slow it down on the Western Freeway.
Police said the car continued along Milton Road into the Brisbane CBD, at one point driving on the wrong side of the road.
It collided with two police vehicles "at low speed".
Police say the car was stolen from a Woodridge unit complex on Thursday.
Four boys and three girls, aged between 14 and 17, were each charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle and burglary.
A 16-year-old boy who was allegedly behind the wheel was also charged with with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop.
The juveniles will be dealt with under the Youth Justices Act, while the oldest - a 17-year-old girl from Logan - will appear in the Richlands Magistrates Court on Monday. [Yahoo - 28/8/16]
The Queensland government doesn't care about organised crime.
The Queensland government tortures kids.
The ALP are fascists.
“The gangs can expect no let-up from police and prosecutors. I want more convictions not less, something we haven’t seen under the LNP laws."
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk [Bikies to be banned from “wearing colours” in public - Media Release - 28/8/16]
Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]
Former Queensland youth detention worker 'took abuse concerns to Government in April' [ABC - 20/8/16]
... Jeff Ingram [former Cleveland Detention Centre staff member] says his complaint about a manager assaulting an inmate in the face with steel can was never followed up.
I've been trying for two years to get somebody to listen, and somebody to do something about it, and even when I went to outside organisations like the Official Visitor and the Guardian.
I got no help, I got nothing, they just didn't want to know about what happened to that boy.
And these are organisations that are meant to protect those young people.
Shane Duffy [Head, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service]: The profile of the staff, we notice more and more ex-service people. ...
... "They used to call me black dog, caged monkey, abo, all sorts of filthy names, mother f***er. It used to hurt me," he said.
"I'd have bruising, swelling to my face and back. There was some days I couldn't walk because my back was so sore." ... [ABC - 18/8/16]
Prodded by Murdoch Press, Palaszczuk restates her commitment to removing what remains of Queenslanders' rights [Yahoo - 24/8/16]
Queensland government announces expanded police powers on same day Attorney-General hopes for more convictions with toughened anti-rights [VLAD] laws [Premier and Police Minister Media Release - 5/4/16]
"The problem is with these laws, we weren't getting any convictions."
Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D'Ath [Nine MSN - 5/4/16]
Police looking for armed men behind Gold Coast carjackings [MYGC - 28/8/16]:
... An Upper Coomera man fell victim to a home invasion on Saturday night.
He told investigators that two men, one wearing a mask and carrying what looked like a rifle, approached him at the front door of his Lysterfield Rise home.
The masked man threatened the victim, demanding keys to his vehicle before firing a shot into the front door.
A 40-year-old woman who lives at the address handed the car keys to the men.
The men drove off in their gold Kia Sportage.
Then at around 2am, the stolen Kia crashed into a light pole at Chisholm Road, Carrara.
The pair ran to Farro Court, where they smashed the window of a house, forcing their way inside.
They threatened a 69-year-old woman, pushing her over and telling her they wanted the keys to her vehicle.
The men have then driven away in the woman’s black BMW X5 Queensland registration 50BOS.
The woman suffered minor injuries to her knees. ...
Police have released an image of a man wanted over a violent home invasion and stabbing at Molendinar. ... [MYGC - 26/8/16]
Cars shot at while driving along the Pacific Motorway [MYGC - 26/8/16]
STOP TORTURE! FREEDOM FOREVER! STOP STOP DIRTY POLICY!
Image: @elahe_zivardar [18/7/16]
"STOP TORTURE! FREEDOM FOREVER!"
"WE CAME FOR FREEDOM! YOU PUT US IN PRISON!"
Day 161 peaceful protests, Nauru via @elahe_zivardar [27/8/16]
#SaveTheChildren actual brand.
Image: @riserefugee [27/8/16]
@fawaz_ss088129 [3/6/16]: Message from the OPC3 camp on #Nauru "Kids in detention - shame on you, shame on you!" #freethepoliticalprisoners#
Former Nauru worker interviewed on NPR explains how child abuse is a deliberate component of Australia's anti-refugee torture policy [24/8/16]:
... What was the first case that came to your attention that made you think something is seriously wrong here?
"Three days into my first rotation on Nauru there was an adolescent boy who had been sexually assaulted. The child was living in fear of this sexual assault being repeated not just to him but to his mother who was living without a partner in the detention facility."
Who was the alleged abuser, according to the victims?
"So it was an employee who was a cleaner. And he actually admitted to the sexual assault, and while the security guards were making note of the sexual assault and taking the boy's report, the person who sexually assaulted the young boy continued to mock him. And see there was a complete lack of privacy in this detention facility, so here is a boy having to report a sexual assault and he is doing it in the open air, in front of guards, while the abuser is standing there mocking him. And see what was really amazing to me is here was a Save the Children manager there and she told me at the time that this person was going to be moved to a different detention facility within Nauru but that he wasn't going to be fired. And she said this just as a matter of, this was just normal, you have to accept it, this is just the way it is." ...
... “Child victims of rape are not like adult victims of rape,” says Sarnat.
“They think it must be a punishment for what they have done.” ... [Holocaust film reveals long-hushed child sex abuse - Times Of Israel - 15/4/15]
... But it is obvious that regarding to UNHCR, absence of visiting Guantanamo, government of Australia have used the opportunity to cover some of the problems and disasters therefore it is fair for us to doubt on your visitation of Nauru after all these years for another political games. ... Open letter to UNHCR from Nauru refugees questions motive of their April visit, calls for GENUINE resettlement after three years of punishment and torture [OP Voice - 2/5/16]
"To never say when we will get freedom ... a deliberate part of Australian government policy. ..." Behrouz Boochani, a 32-year-old Kurdish-Iranian journalist detained on #ManusIsland @AJListeningPost [25/8/16]
... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on 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." ...
US Justice Department to decide on Sheriff Joe Arpaio criminal contempt charges [AZ Central - 26/8/16]:
... U.S. District Judge Murray Snow last week issued the criminal referral against Arpaio and three others on suspicion of contempt and perjury in connection with an 8-year civil lawsuit accusing the Sheriff's Office of targeting Hispanics via racial profiling. ...
Hey Joe [Counterpunch - 26/8/16]:
... Joe Arpaio is the bigoted buffoon who has been the sheriff for Maricopa County, Arizona since 1983.
Arpaio, one of Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers, is a bully and thug who has overseen the most outrageous system of racial profiling in country in his insane quest to cleanse the greater Phoenix area of suspected undocumented immigrants.
Arpaio has starved inmates at the county jail, denied them reading materials and refused to provide basic medical care.
He has housed inmates in tent cities in the desert, made them wear pink uniforms and reconstituted the use of chain gang labor.
Arpaio has also compelled all of the inmates in Maricopa’s jails to register for the selective service. ...
@wikileaks [27/8/16]: UN WGAD found that all three people in this TV show are now illegally detained ...
Afghanistan: 32 killed in US drone strikes, Helmand province [Pajhwok - 27/8/16]:
Seventeen security personnel were among 32 people killed in US air strikes on a Taliban-run prison in the Nad Ali district of southern Helmand province, officials said on Saturday.
A day earlier, the Helmand governor and local security officials said all those killed in the airstrikes were militants.
They vehemently denied casualties among security personnel and civilians.
But official at the Emergency Hospital in Lashkargah confirmed to Pajhwok Afghan News receiving three injured people, saying a dozen 12 bodies had been evacuated to Bost Hospital.
It was unclear whether the victims were civilians or Afghan forces, he said.
But Mohammad Nabi, an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier who was brought to the Emergency Hospital, said he had been serving with the 215thMaiwand Military Corps for the past nine months.
He said the Taliban captured him along with his six colleagues during a clash on the outskirts of Nad Ali district a month ago.
The airstrikes that took place on Thursday targeted a room where seven ANA soldiers, 11 policemen and eight civilians were held by Taliban.
Eight militants guarded the cell, he said.
“One militant, a civilian and I were injured. All others in the room were killed in the bombardment,” he added.
Thirty-four other soldiers were also in Taliban custody in Babaji area of Lashkargah.
Nabi said that one day ahead of the incident, the Taliban promised to release civilians and policemen from their prison, but the fate of the ANA soldiers was unknown because they belonged to other provinces. ...
An explosion took place in the vicinity of the 8th police district of Kabul city earlier today leaving at least one person wounded.
According to the security sources, the incident took place in Qala-e-Hashmat Khan area after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated near a security check post. ... [Khaama - 27/8/16]
Another Saudi-led coalition airstrike in northern Yemen killed 11 civilians on Friday—only one day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Saudi Arabia, purportedly to urge Saudi King Salman to seek a "political solution" to the Saudi-led coalition's bombing campaign in Yemen.
And despite Kerry's words about seeking peace in Yemen, the U.S. continues to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons that have been used to kill civilians in that country. ... [Common Dreams - 26/8/16]
The state of infinite war: Investigative reporter and foreign policy expert Gareth Porter talks with Lee Camp [RT - 25/8/16]
Turkish air raids have struck civilian homes in a village south of Jarablus in northern Syria, a Kurdish-backed group says.
The Jarablus Military Council group, which is part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said in a statement on Saturday that the airstrikes on Amarna village had caused civilian casualties, and described the attack as “a dangerous escalation that threatens the fate of the region.” ... [Press TV - 27/8/16]
US killing far more civilians in Syria than they’ll admit [Antiwar.com - 26/8/16]
28 August 2016