Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO [Military.com - 27/6/16]
France charges Rifaat al-Assad with corruption [Al Jazeera - 28/6/16]
One civilian was killed on Tuesday in terrorist rocket attacks on the neighborhoods of al-Neil Street, al-Khalidiyeh and al-Hamadaniyeh in Aleppo city, according to a source at Aleppo Police Command.
Four other civilians were injured in the attacks, which also caused heavy damage to public and private properties, particularly houses, the source told SANA. ... [SANA - 28/6/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/6/16]:
Hashd Militias shot fires towards people while they were praying Tarawih through the windows at Noor Masjid in Mahmoudi area in Zaidan in Abi Ghreib district west of Baghdad then exploded a roadside bomb while people were trying to exit killing more than 15 persons and wounding others according to initial outcome.....................
Baghdad: A militant attack has targeted a home in Ubeidi area which is controlled by Hashd Militias resulted in 4 deaths of women..........
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near a grocery in Amiriya area west of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 6 injuries................
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 28/6/16]
Russia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday said a U.S. destroyer had dangerously approached a Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea on June 17, protesting at what it said was a flagrant violation by U.S. sailors of rules to avoid collisions at sea.
The incident involved the USS Gravely and the Russian Navy frigate Yaroslav Mudry, the ministry said.
The Gravely dangerously approached the Russian vessel at a distance of 60-70 meters from the port side and crossed its course in front of it, it said. [Reuters - 28/6/16]
Thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on Jordan's northeastern border with Syria are running out of food after a militant suicide attack prompted the army to shut the area, international relief workers and refugees said on Monday. ... [Reuters - 27/6/16]
@NikoliaA [28/6/16]: Unaccompanied minor #refugees beaten up by police at the Moria Detention Camp on Lesbos. No prosecution yet ...
@ItalianNavy [28/6/16]: #SAR nave Margottini #MarinaMilitare in #MareSicuro ha soccorso 150 #migranti e effettuato trasbordo su MV ACQUARIUS
@ItalianNavy [28/6/16]: #SAR Nave Aliseo #MarinaMilitare #MareSicuro in due diversi interventi ha recuperato 267 #migranti
@ItalianNavy [28/6/16]: #SAR Nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare ha ultimato lo sbarco dei 762 #migranti nel porto di #ViboValentia
@guardiacostiera [28/6/16]: #CanalediSicilia #CentraleOperativa @GuardiaCostiera coordina 6 operazioni #SAR. Salvati 612 #migranti a bordo di sei unità
@AlbaFerrs [27/6/16]: Un bote con 56 refugiados de Siria, Afganistan, Irán, Etiopía y Eritrea llegó ayer a las 14:00 a Kayia, Lesbos
Day 101 refugee protests, Nauru
We are fighting for freedom ...
Image: @SuchNigel [28/6/16]
Men illegally imprisoned and exiled by Australia on Manus Island now being falsely charged [The Nation - 28/6/16]
Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [28/6/16]:
Yesterday I went to PNG National Court in Lorengau.
I was supposed to be one of the witnessees for one of the refugees who an Australian officer had made a complaint against.
The officer made the complaint claiming that the refugee had punched him.
A second refugee was also in court for the same reason.
We were waiting for the court hearing to start for some time.
The officers did not turn up.
The judge finally made the decision that the refugees are innocent because the officers did not come to court.
I know why they did not come.
The officers had lied and did not have any evidence or witnesses for their claims.
They made complaints against these refugees in order to cause suffering.
You can be sure if they had evidence they would come to court and defend their claims.
After the PNG Supreme Court decision this system has been using police against refugees more and more.
Increasingly complaints against refugees by officers, without any evidence or firm reason, are being made.
The 8th Investigative Interview workshop began today at the Boroko Police Station which saw a good turnout of officers from the RPNGC and AFP.
The Investigative interview workshop is designed to achieve the improvement of the general approach to investigating reported incidents and the best investigative and interview practices for police investigation. ... [PNG Loop - 28/6/16]
Two police officers who allegedly forced a woman to chew and swallow condoms in Port Moresby late last year will appear again in the Waigani Committal Court in two weeks. ... [The National - 28/6/16]
Lae police detain three suspects over murder of Unitech student [PNG Loop – 28/6/16]
The National Security Advisory Council has recommended to cabinet that a curfew be imposed immediately at the University of PNG and the University of Technology to help police restore order at the campuses. ... [The National - 28/6/16]
ABC holds refugees trapped in Indonesia to account as "durable solutions" neocons in the UNHCR sleep like babies [28/6/16]
Tamil protestors took to the streets of Jaffna today to demand the Sri Lankan government deliver accountability for their disappeared relatives, as well as release land that continues to be occupied by the military. ... [Tamil Guardian - 27/6/16]
Australia's LOUD, UNHCR-backed, anti-refugee policies make us complicit ---> Alleged genocide in Myanmar, and the world is silent [Mediaite - 27/6/16]
Anti-Rohingya nationalist group plans protests [The Irrawaddy - 27/6/16]
Woodside shaves cost of Greater Enfield development [Sydney Morning Herald - 27/6/16]:
... The low oil and gas price, coupled with a rising volume of gas exported from the North West Shelf gas project, which is moving off long-term contract prices, has lifted analyst caution about Woodside's growth prospects over the next few years, especially at a time when the global gas industry is over-supplied.
It is pursuing the development of the Browse Basin and Kitimat gas export projects while also drilling for oil and gas off Burma. ...
Myanmar journalists accused of cyber-crime over op-ed [International Press Institute - 27/6/16]:
... They are charged under a law that prohibits “creating, modifying or altering of information or distributing of information created, modified or altered by electronic technology to be detrimental to the interest of or to lower the dignity of any organization or any person”. ...
Although he sent thousands to their deaths, former S-21 prison chief Kaing Guek Eav kept his own hands clean.
On his 12th and final day of testimony before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal yesterday, Eav, better known as Duch, said despite overseeing the interrogation and execution of more than 12,000 people who were rotated through the prison, he took steps to ensure he didn’t personally end a life. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 28/6/16]
3 Chinese vessels enter Japanese waters around Senkakus [Japan Today - 28/6/16]
Police: Puchong explosion not an act of terror [The Star 28/6/16]
Australia will not be recalling a popular chest of drawers, despite the announcement that millions of drawers will be recalled by the Swedish manufacturer in North America.
The US recall was announced on Monday in response to the tragic death of 22-month-old Ted McGee, who was found under a fallen "Malm" six-drawer unit at his Minnesota home in the US in February. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 28/6/16]
Ford's Indonesian dealers demand compensation after abrupt withdrawal [Reuters – 27/6/16]
Former Chilean General found liable for the murder of singer Victor Jara [TIME - 28/6/16]:
... Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez fled Chile for the U.S. in 1989 and could now see extradition to stand trial for murder 43 years after the fact, according to TeleSUR.
Jara was arrested a day after the Sept. 11, 1973 coup in Santiago only to never be seen again after being taken to the National Stadium, which was transformed into a detention and torture center. ...
'London threatens Quito' over Assange: Ecuador Foreign Minister [teleSUR - 26/6/16]:
Ecuador's Foreign Minister says the U.K. will not cooperate with Ecuador in Julian Assange's case and is seeking to intimidate them.
Ecuador's Foreign Minister Guillaume Long said he had received threats from the British diplomacy, while they continued to refuse to cooperate with the asylum case of Julian Assange.
Long said he discussed with diplomats a way to work towards fixing some problems that the members of the Ecuadorian embassy are experiencing, including poor internet connection and phone communication.
"It's an interfered (with) and hacked embassy," said Long.
According to Long, diplomats said they will not cooperate with Ecuador until Assange leaves the embassy.
Long said their threat is an attempt to prevent bilateral agreements in commerce, education and humanitarian help. ...
The impression is deliberately given that he reflects general disgust from young people, and particularly gay young people, at Corbyn over the EU referendum.
The very enthusiastic reception for Corbyn at Gay Pride is not reported.
Nor is the fact that the incident was not a chance one.
The “heckler” is Tom Mauchline, a PR professional for PR firm Portland Communications, a dedicated Blairite (he describes himself as Gouldian) formerly working on the Liz Kendall leadership campaign.
Portland Communications’ “strategic counsel” is Alastair Campbell. ... How the news agenda is set [Craig Murray – 25/6/16]
Pakistan's Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on whether secret military tribunals set up in early 2015 to try civilians accused of terrorism have violated the constitutional rights of 12 people convicted by these courts.
The military tribunals were established after the massacre in December, 2014, by Islamist militants of 134 students at an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Lawmakers authorized the courts in January last year, handing over significant judicial control to a military that is already powerful and has ruled the country of 190 million people for about half of its existence.
They have so far convicted 81 people, 77 of whom were sentenced to death, according to the military's press wing.
There have been no acquittals, the military says. ... [Reuters - 27/6/16]
Nelson Njao Munyaka witnessed two companions being shot dead by British soldiers; he carried their corpses to a white settler’s farm in Kenya’s Rift Valley.
Both victims had taken the Mau Mau oath and been trying to escape.
More than 60 years later, speaking over a crackly videolink, Munyaka, sat in a Nairobi lawyer’s office explaining his testimony about the independence struggle to Foreign Office-instructed lawyers in London who probed its credibility.
Wearing a turquoise jacket, the 94-year-old farmer, with close-cropped white hair, sank deep into an armchair.
He rested a long index finger on his temple as he recalled traumatic events from early 1950s colonial British rule.
Munyaka is one of 40,000 Kenyans who are suing the UK government for compensation over the injuries and losses suffered during official repression of the Mau Mau insurgency.
Despite paying out £19.9m to 5,228 Kenyans who suffered abuse in and torture in a settlement in 2013, the government has refused to recompense this larger claim. ... [The Guardian - 26/6/16]
Court orders release of some evidence of Arizona Border Patrol detention facilities [American Immigration Council - 27/6/16]:
Today, a federal district court unsealed some of the photographs central to ongoing litigation challenging deplorable and unconstitutional conditions in Border Patrol detention facilities in the agency’s Tucson Sector.
The court also allowed the Arizona Republic newspaper to intervene in the case to argue for the release of the documents.
The initial evidence released today is only a portion of the evidence submitted in support of a motion for preliminary injunction filed in December, with the government fighting the release of additional evidence remaining under seal.
The injunction is based on compelling evidence of inhumane conditions in Tucson facilities—much of which was disclosed after the Court sanctioned Border Patrol for destroying video recordings from these facilities and failing to turn over other relevant documentation.
“Border Patrol’s treatment of men, women and children in its custody is simply inexcusable and their lack of transparency shows their desire to avoid any public oversight or accountability,” said Mary Kenney, senior staff attorney for the American Immigration Council.
“Every step the Government has taken in response to this lawsuit has been designed to delay this suit and hide the conditions present at these facilities,” said Louise Stoupe of Morrison & Foerster.
“The Government should be using the resources they are wasting in court to provide basic human necessities to those in its custody.” ...
A federal court has granted class-action status to a lawsuit challenging the federal government's failure to provide children in immigration court with lawyers in their deportation hearings. Several thousand children are estimated to be members of the class. ... [American Immigration Council - 27/6/16]
Dimmit County rejects proposed family immigration detention centre [San Antonio Express-News - 27/6/16]
In August 2015, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Is Australia engaged in torturing asylum seekers? A cautionary tale for Europe [BMJ - 22/6/16]
STOP TORTURE! FREEDOM FOREVER!
Day100 peaceful protest on Nauru @elahe_zivardar [27/6/16]
"WE ARE NOT HUMAN SHIELDS" @racvictoria [27/6/16]: Protests on #Manus are still continuing. Day 46. ...
From Manus prison to Australian voters - Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [15/6/16]:
... To the Austrailan people, think deeply, use your own thoughts and ability to question.
Watch and examine how the Australian political parties will use advertisements and propaganda to try to make your minds up for you, to stop you thinking independently.
We in these prisons, are being used for political aims, women, children and men are used in this power play.
You too are used in a power play.
Hold your government and all the political parties to account.
You have a voice. Use it.
Former Auschwitz guard to appeal verdict in murder trial [CBS - 27/6/16]
"... To lead a life that was not crippled by hate ..." In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges continues his discussion with Holocaust survivor Lola Mozes about her time in Auschwitz, and reflects on the importance of love in overcoming evil ... [VIDEO - TRNN - 22/6/16]
Experts lie about people smugglers to deflect genocidal regional human rights impact of Australia's anti-refugee policy [ABC - 28/6/16]
Australia's chief anti-refugee propagandist Sarah "smugglers paradise" Ferguson - who played a key role in re-opening Nauru and Manus concentration camps - pushes the LNP and ALP on a final solution.
Other media outlets keep pretending she is a journalist ---> [Guardian - 28/6/16]:
... Asked whether the camps were the Australian government’s responsibility, he [Turnbull] said: “You have to remember that those places are … those centres are managed by the respective governments, PNG and Nauru. That’s a fact.”
The reporter, Sarah Ferguson, pressed him further: “But are you not responsible for the people in those centres or on those islands as the Australian prime minister who runs the regime that holds them there?”
“Well, we don’t hold them there,” he said.
“We don’t hold them there. That is not correct. We do not hold them there.”
Asked a similar question, the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, said: “I feel a responsibility that we make sure that we solve the problem. We do owe them a duty of care.” ...
Similarly: Textbook Murdoch - simultaneous instigator and critic of hatred and bigotry ---> As bigots spark a wave of horrific abuse Murdoch's Sun speaks to the migrants who have boosted the country [At The Borders - 27/6/16]
Katie Hopkins' migrant 'cockroaches' column resembles pro-genocide propaganda, says the UN [Independent - 24/4/15]:
... In its statement the Commission argued that Ms Hopkins's column, published in The Sun newspaper, used “language very similar to that employed by Rwanda’s Kangura newspaper and Radio Mille Collines during the run up to the 1994 genocide”. ...
ALP will also work with the UNHCR to help keep refugees out of Australia
Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]
How would you react if you'd been held hostage on an island for three years and shadowy representatives from the UNHCR told you to expect to be imprisoned for another 10 years?
Multiple witnesses confirmed what the UNHCR said, yet the UNHCR deny it. WHERE IS THE NAURU REFUGEES' RIGHT OF REPLY ELEANOR HALL AND PETER LLOYD? [ABC]:
*EDITOR'S NOTE (4th May, 2016):
Since this story was broadcast, UNHCR has made this statement:
"No UNHCR staff member or any other individual in our presence throughout last week's mission to Nauru made comments to asylum seekers that they could expect to be on the island 'for up to 10 years' or otherwise return to their country of origin.
"UNHCR had been on Nauru undertaking a monitoring mission in relation to arrangements in place for the asylum-seekers and refugees transferred from Australia, and three staff were present at the site of the incident, though the man had not been interviewed by UNHCR or doctors accompanying the mission. A mission for the same purpose had taken place on Manus Island the previous week. UNHCR undertakes regular visits to offshore processing sites to monitor the situation of refugees and asylum seekers, including on seven separate occasions to Nauru since 2012. UNHCR is deeply saddened by the tragic death of the refugee who sustained fatal burns during the incident at the Nauru refugee settlement last week."
Jail for boat crew paid by Australian official to turn back [Sydney Morning Herald - 17/1/16]:
The captain of an asylum seeker boat who said he was paid thousands of dollars by an Australian official to return to Indonesia has been sentenced to five years and eight months' jail on people smuggling charges.
The panel of judges also ordered Yohanis Humiang, 35, to pay 700 million rupiah ($70,000) or serve an additional five months in prison.
The remaining five crew members were sentenced to five years and six months' jail and a fine of 500 million rupiah or an extra three months' prison time.
The asylum seekers remain in limbo in Indonesia.
Kandiha Kayuran and his wife, who gave birth in December, are still in immigration detention in Kupang.
He told Fairfax Media they had no idea what the future held.
"No one cares, New Zealand is not listening, and Australia too, even after the Amnesty report came out. Please help us."
The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.
The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.
In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.
A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.
It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office.
[The UNHCR Canberra said nothing. They refer any concerns about atrocities against refugees in our region to the Bangkok office.]
A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees.
Where are these men, women and children? Adam Harvey? Jewel Topsfield? UNHCR? Regional Human Rights NGOs? Back in the arms of their oppressors? @Reaproy - Phil Robertson - Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch [19/6/16]: Time for #Indonesia to recognize rights of #Tamil asylum seekers on beach in #Aceh, & end all talk of any push off!
Sri Lankan officials (with assistance of UNHCR and IOM) permitted to coerce Australia-bound asylum seekers - currently detained in Aceh - to return [Media Release - 23/6/16]
Several of the Tamil asylum seekers stranded after arriving by boat on the Indonesian island of Aceh have been tortured in Sri Lanka and face certain persecution if they are returned, a compatriot living in Australia has claimed.
Karikalan said Anathi and her now husband, Wasanth, who is also on the boat, had been in jail alongside him. He said they were all tortured daily, including being hung upside down while being interrogated.
Those on board the boat reportedly did not pay a people smuggler to bring them from the southern Indian city of Velankanni from where they left in early May.
Instead, the asylum seekers pooled their money to buy the old boat, which is now aground on the beach at Lhoknga and listing badly. ... [Guardian - 23/6/16]
In response to the Supreme Court decision in Texas vs US, the case of 26 Republican governors suing to block the deferred action programs announced in November, 2014, immigrant communities in Atlanta, Georgia and across the country are calling on President Obama and DHS to take further action and for his potential successors to take up their call.
Community members marched from the state capitol to the Atlanta Field Office, the main engine behind the new year raids and “Operation Border Guardian” that have terrorized communities across the country. Today they are calling on the Obama Administration to dismantle ICE and put a moratorium on deportations now.
Carlos Medina, one of the participants and a member of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, explains, “We are defending the security and stability of our families, sending a direct message to the Obama Administration.
We know that he has the ability to stop deportations at any given time. Our fight will not stop. The only thing that we will stop is the sinister machine that is the deportation machine created by this administration.”
With high school students raided in January still in detention, raids continuing throughout the region, and immigration judges providing no opportunity for a fair hearing, the protesters from the Georgia #Not1More Coalition say it is time to hold this administration and the Atlanta ICE Field Office accountable. ... [#NOT1MORE - 27/6/16]
Hartford protest is 2nd today to block ICE, demand moratorium [#NOT1MORE - 27/6/16]:
... Lucas Codognolla “I am undocumented, unafraid, and here to stay! I’m blocking the street today for the tens of thousands of people here in CT whose freedom has been blocked by the Supreme Court split decision. I take action against the criminalization of immigrant communities of color, against this police state that terrorizes our communities, breaks up families, and deports people to their death. I demand an end to deportations!” ...
Medical torture in Australia's concentration camp on Manus Island used as a deterrence weapon against refugees ---> ... Sometimes I wake suddenly, because of too much pain. I feel scared of IHMS because they are using my pain to put me under pressure. I am sure that they will leave me with my pain. ... [The Saturday Paper - 16/4/16]
"My four months as a private prison guard": Shane Bauer goes undercover to expose conditions [Democracy Now - 27/6/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: During your undercover investigation of Winn Correctional Facility, Shane, you came across a prisoner who had lost his fingers and legs due to lack of proper medical care.
ROBERT L. MARRERO: Mr. Scott complained about that for months to the medical staff at Winn. They gave him some—the equivalent of a couple of Motrin and told him to go away.
ROBERT SCOTT: Never saw a doctor. The whole time.
SHANE BAUER: He’s now suing the prison.
JENNIFER CALAHAN: The people that are working there as nurses and all that, they’re really not that qualified.
ROBERT L. MARRERO: There are doctors they can hire. There are doctors who are more or less affordable. I did some background checking on them, and one of them was a pediatrician who had lost his privileges to treat children.
AMY GOODMAN: CCA said it "is committed to ensuring that all individuals entrusted to our care have appropriate access to medical services as needed," unquote. Shane Bauer?
SHANE BAUER: Well, Robert Scott, you know, he had lost his legs and fingers to gangrene. And I ended up getting access to his medical records through his legal case, and it showed that he had made multiple requests to see a doctor.
He would go to the infirmary complaining of intense pain. You know, his foot was blackening. And he was just given Motrin. And he was trying to go to the hospital, but he kept getting sent back. He says that he was accused of faking it, which was something I heard a lot at Winn.
And, you know, part of the issue is that CCA, when they send prisoners to the hospital, they have to foot the bill. The state does not cover this cost. So, you know, when you’re bringing in $34 per inmate per day, taking them to the hospital is a huge expense. ...
Texas shooting that left three dead started with 'family meeting' [Houston Chronicle - 27/6/16]
Two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting on Monday in western Oregon, and the suspected gunman was captured by state police less than two hours later near Portland, a sheriff's office said. ... [Reuters - 27/6/16]
At least six prisoners of the Taliban as well as a Taliban commander died following a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan at the weekend, according to conflicting reports which U.S. officials said they were investigating. ... [Reuters - 27/6/16]
At least 12 people were killed and 32 wounded early on Tuesday when a suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives attacked a mosque in Abu Ghraib, about 25 km (15 miles) west of the Iraqi capital, police and medics said. ... [Reuters - 27/6/16]
28 June 2016