WikiLeaks releases more than half a million US diplomatic cables from the momentous year of 1979 [Media Release - 28/11/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 28/11/16]
Migrants and refugees flow to the island of Chios posted a significant increase in the last three days in comparison with the islands of Lesvos and Samos.
One hundred and fifty-three persons arrived on Chios, 53 on Lesvos and only 9 on Samos.
According to northern Aegean police, 5,918 refugees and migrants were recorded on Monday on Lesvos, 3,701 on Chios and 2,182 on Samos. [Greek Reporter - 28/11/16]
Fire causes damage at Nea Kavala migrant centre, no injuries reported [Greek Reporter - 28/11/16]
@sol2refugees [27/11/16]: #Video #refugees send us from the #EllinikoCamp, show the horrible condition of families live in #tents while its raining. #Athens #Greece
Refugees get it - so why don't we? ---> "UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016
... Why do people set themselves on fire in front of UN? Because they remind us how human rights is a big business in this country and there is no real action. ... Mina Taherkhani - political prisoner of the Australian government, Nauru [Guardian - 7/11/16]
Australian Human Rights Commission urges Turnbull to end ALP anti-refugee policy with "rights based" deterrence [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/9/16]
March 2015: Australian media and human rights organisations ignored protests on Nauru as they celebrated International Women's Day at the Sydney Opera House.
.. 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]
Multiple Rohingya refugee boats turned back by Bangladesh, 1,000s stranded at border [Bangkok Post - 28/11/16]
Volker Turk in full damage control after UNHCR staff member lets a little truth slip to the BBC [Myanmar Times - 28/11/16]
@JonahFisherBBC [28/11/16]: In which @UNOCHA names the Rakhine and Mro ethnic groups (several hundred displaced) but avoids saying Rohingya (about 30000 displaced).
@JonahFisherBBC [28/11/16]: Hi @StephDujarric . Who is the current UN spox in Myanmar? The person I thought it was is not responding cc @UNDP_Myanmar @HelenClarkUNDP
@Aungaungsittwe [28/11/16]: Breaking News: Atrocities of Myanmar Army Battalion-232 ...
@Aungaungsittwe [28/11/16]: Today, army forced 400 Rohingya leave villages....
Malaysia PM Najib to attend gathering on plight of Rohingya, opposition invited [Rohingya Vision - 28/11/16]
Toronto: Hundreds protest Myanmar military's atrocities against Rohingya [Arakan Times - 28/11/16]
1,000s flee as Philippines military bomb and conduct "clearing operations" in Lanao province [Reuters - 28/11/16]:
The Philippines military dropped bombs from planes and rained artillery shells on southern rebels on Monday, the third day of a siege of militants sympathetic to Islamic State, during which 35 guerrillas have been killed, the army said.
Several U.S.-made OV-10B planes circled in the air before diving and dropping payloads on fortified positions of the Maute rebel group, which has occupied a town hall in Lanao province, said army spokesman Major Filemon Tan.
"As of noon today, there's heavy engagement in the area as our troops are conducting clearing operations," Tan said, adding 13 soldiers were wounded in the offensive, which began on Saturday.
Thousands of residents have fled as hundreds of troops, backed by heavy artillery and armoured vehicles, moved in to flush out the rebels.
Italian-made trainer planes and OV-10 Bronco aircraft were also called in help retake the old municipal hall. ...
Improvised bomb found near US embassy in Manila [Rappler - 28/11/16]:
... [National Police Chief] Dela Rosa immediately declared it as an attempt of the Maute group to divert government's attention away from them.
"Because of an ongoing police/military operation there, (the militants) have many casualties. We can theorize that this is a diversion to [weaken] our operations," he added.
The military began an operation last Thursday, November 24, against the Maute group, which staged the September bombing in Davao.
Dela Rosa said the bomb had the same design as the device the Maute group used in the Davao attack ...
Mushaal Mullick leads protest in Muzafarabbad [Kashmir Today - 27/11/16]:
SRINAGAR: A group of civil society activists staged a rally here on Sunday to register a protest against the recent instances of shelling on a minibus and an ambulance in PaKs Neelum valley,a statement issued to the media said.
Some ambulances were also part of the rally, which began from Azadi Chowk, outside Press Club, and culminated some 500 yards head at the Garhipan Chowk.
The symbolic rally was led by Mushaal Hussein Mullick, wife Yasin Malik.
Participants raised slogans against unceasing oppression and killings in J&K and demanded complete withdrawal of forces at the earliest and holding of a free and fair plebiscite in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Ms Mullick said India was using the most lethal weapons in held Kashmir, such as pellets, PAVA shells and stun grenades, which were causing visual and aural impairments to people.
Apart from unleashing reign of terror in Kashmir, India was also attacking unarmed and innocent civilian populations living along the LoC in PaK, which must not go unnoticed.
Ms Mullick urged the world bodies, particularly the UN Human Rights Council, to send their fact-finding missions to monitor the scale and depth of human rights violations in held Kashmir.
Ms Mullick later visited a camp of Kashmiri refugees near here, where she interacted with the refugees and vowed to play her role in resolution of the problems being faced by them.
She also distributed blankets and clothes amongst the refugees.
India protests cash ban [Hindustan Times - 28/11/16]
Freeport appoints former chief of staff of Indonesia's air force to be chief executive of its Papua-based operations [RNZI - 28/11/16]
Twelve soldiers convicted for disobeying lawful orders from their superiors last year have paid their court fines of K1000 each.
The fines were deducted from their respective bails of K1500.
A surety fee of K6000 paid by their guarantor was also refunded.
The PNG Defence Force soldiers were Major Edimani Benjamin, Warrant Officer Ludwig Miugle, Sergeant Amos Kaupa, Sergeant Mairi Mairi, Corporal Henry Worihu, Warrant Officer Melerot Robin, Warrant Officer Scotty Kaule, Sergeant Alex Agiru, Sergeant Joel Yapanga, Sergeant Urban Guria, Corporal Walter Waimi and Private Philip Kiak.
They appeared in court last Friday before Defence Force judge Justice Panuel Mogish to finalise their fines. Their lawyer Captain Wesley Dickson asked the court to issue orders for the fine to be deducted from the soldiers’ bail. The soldiers were given suspended sentences for the mutiny.
They were part of a platoon deployed in June 2014 to provide security for the ExxonMobil Komo Camp because the Government wanted to convert it into a military base. ... [The National - 28/11/16]
Two people were killed in Papua New Guinea's Highlands region after an ambush on a convoy carrying two national MPs in Hela province.
Last Tuesday the Hela Governor, Francis Potape, was travelling through Komo with the Higher Education Minister Francis Marus, when their convoy came upon a blockade.
The MPs' vehicle was forced to turnaround, although a man in another of the convoy's vehicles was identified as an enemy by the tribesmen manning the blockade.
The MPs got away unhurt but two people died in the subsequent shootout and a policeman was injured. ... [RNZI - 28/11/16]
PNG government and ExxonMobil cheat landowners and provincial governments on LNG project [RNZI - 21/11/16]
Cuba is expected to provide Papua New Guinea with doctors, medicine and medical training following talks in Havana last week between Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and President Raul Castro. ... [The National - 28/11/16]
Nine people are facing criminal charges in connection with a deadly construction site accident in east China's Jiangxi Province, police said Monday.
The platform for a cooling tower of a power plant under construction collapsed in Fengcheng City on Nov. 24, leaving 74 people dead and two injured. ... [ShanghaiDaily.com - 28/11/16]
Japan’s trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushim Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday. ... [Japan Today - 28/11/16]
Thyroid cancer fund to defray costs for young patients in Fukushima, 14 other prefectures [Japan Times - 28/11/16]
The leader of Fiji's opposition Sodelpa party Sitiveni Rabuka has called for an inquiry into the Help for Homes programme set up after Cyclone Winston.
He says nine months after the devastating cyclone, people are still living in tents as they wait for building supplies provided free through the scheme. ... [RNZI - 28/11/16]
Which country on this map of South East Asia is currently expanding deeper business ties with Myanmar?
Which country on this map of South East Asia is supposedly a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention, but hasn't accepted refugees since July 2014?
Where is the United Nations, and the internatonal community? [Arakan Rohingya National Organisation via Rohingya Blogger - 28/11/16]:
For more than 6 weeks the innocent and peaceful-living Rohingyas have been made systematic targets of wholesale destruction, killing, raping and looting and arson attacks.
The Myanmar military and security forces have killed more than 500 people, raped hundreds of women, burned down over 2500 houses, destroyed mosques and religious schools, and perpetrated other inhuman acts.
Due to ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity, the Rohingyas are fleeing to Bangladesh for a temporary shelter to save their lives.
They strongly desire to return to their ancestral homeland of Arakan as soon as possible and live a life in peaceful-coexistence with other ethnic groups, as responsible citizens of Myanmar, rather than to live in humiliation as refugees in alien lands.
But it is frustrating that United Nations, powerful countries and Myanmar neighbours, have taken no concrete step to response to the serious humanitarian needs of the helpless Rohingyas and to stop the ongoing genocide against them. ...
A #Rohingya girl's dead body was floating for 14 days. They couldn't bury her as #Myanmar military is always patrolling. ...
They just buried her (on 27th Nov.). Some ashes you are seeing is - at least 10 Rohingya dead bodies including baby's dead body burned by
military. They were killed in another place and burned there. These all were killed in #DarGyiSar village in Northern #Maungdaw on 13th Nov
Who will hold US and Australian officials, the UNHCR, ASEAN and Bali Process participants to account for the key role they have played in condemning refugees throughout South East Asia? --> Volker Turk calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to do something about the flow-on impact of Australia's anti-refugee atrocities [23/3/16]
Fake news about fake fishing boats as media protects official liars like Mike Pezzullo, and refugees are pushed out of sight and out of mind [West Australian - 27/11/16]
What Australia's fanatical anti-refugee policies mean for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]
... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.
The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond. ... [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]
"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ... "It's a wicked thing to do." [SBS - 20/11/15]
Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers: Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... [AUDIO - ABC - 22/7/14]
Australia's war of attrition against refugee continues and our political prisoners are still imprisoned.
1. ALP operatives fined for Dutton roof protest theatre.
2. Pavlovian establishment play along to Murdoch's predictable response.
3. Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy remains unchallenged.
"SHUT DOWN! OFFSHORE!" Political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016
Inquest hears about deadly, medical neglect aspect of Australia's refugee "deterrence" policy [Brisbane Times - 28/11/16]:
There were good indications Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei was suffering from sepsis when he was treated on Manus Island, an inquest has been told.
Mr Kehazaei, also known as Khazaei, died in Brisbane's Mater Hospital after his leg became infected at the processing centre.
The 24-year-old was treated at the facility before being taken to a hospital at Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
He was then flown to Brisbane after developing severe septicaemia from an infected cut.
An inquest at the Brisbane Coroners Court is investigating the adequacy and appropriateness of the medical treatment Mr Kehazaei received before his death.
He was admitted to the Manus Island clinic with a fever on August 23, 2014, the inquest was told on Monday.
Paramedic Rafael Cruz said that within 36 hours there were "good indications" he had sepsis and needed to be transferred to hospital.
"That needs to be treated quite urgently and in a place of higher care," he told the inquest.
"I think there was a general consensus on day two that he needed to be in a place of higher care.
"We were trying to get him out, get him to the hospital on the mainland. He was not improving. He was actually getting worse."
Mr Cruz and another paramedic found an abscess on Mr Kehazaei's leg on the first night.
"We only found the sore ... because we happened to do a physical exam of him in the night," he said.
"It was noticeable. It was like an abscess."
Mr Cruz said he was concerned because the fever was not responding to antibiotics.
Mr Kehazaei was still talking and walking on his first night in the clinic but was in a wheelchair by the second night, the inquest heard.
"He was very, very sick," he said.
"He was complaining of having a lot of pain from his leg."
Mr Cruz said infections were "abundant" at the centre because of the remote location, high humidity and daily rain.
Image from the vigil held outside Mater Hospital in Brisbane ... Image: @MaxChalmers90 [4/9/14]
Political prisoner and journalist Behrouz Boochani details sadistic mind games played by staff at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island after Hamid Kehazaei 's death [Guardian - 28/11/16]
Fake news helps Australia's prison profiteers rehabilitate their image problem with more lies about price signals [ABC - 28/11/16]
Children punished with solitary confinement and threatened with other torture techniques after uprising at Victorian prison --> Young offenders transferred to Victoria's maximum security adult prison following riots at a youth detention facility say they've been threatened with the use of dogs, restraints and gas. ... [SBS - 27/11/16]
Human rights lawyers say that children being kept in a maximum security prison in Victoria are being held in solitary confinement, denied access to fresh air, feel threatened and are kept in conditions that are “unequivocally unfit for children”. ... [Guardian - 27/11/16]
One of the many alarming facts that came to light with the release of the executive summary of the Senate Torture Report in 2014 was that the Justice Department’s Bureau of Prisons had sent a “delegation of several officers” to Afghanistan to conduct an assessment an infamous CIA detention site and concluded the CIA “did not mistreat the detainees.”
Senate investigators found that the bureau officers visited a detention site code-named Cobalt north of Kabul in November 2002.
That site — also known as the Salt Pit — has become infamous for the brutal torture inflicted on detainees there, including rectal exams conducted with “excessive force.”
According to Senate investigators, the CIA’s own employees described the facility as “a dungeon,” where detainees “cowered” as interrogators opened the door and “looked like a dog that had been kenneled.” ... [The Intercept - 26/11/16]
At least four Afghan border police were killed in a Taliban attack on Sunday in Zabul province, local officials said.
According to Zabul police the incident took place when Taliban insurgents attacked their check post in Zanjir area of Shamlzai district. ... [TOLO News - 28/11/16]
US drone strike kills 7, wounds 3 in Nangarhar province via @pajhwok [27/11/16]
India hands over another Mi-24 gunship to Afghan Air Force as part of "reconstruction effort" [Khaama - 27/11/16]
Returned Afghan refugees desperate for shelter, jobs in Kandahar [Pajwhok - 27/11/16]
“Libyan forces” face deadly Islamic State defense in Sirte holdout [Reuters – 26/11/16]
A Tunisian woman who Libyan authorities said they had arrested and was married to veteran Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar is not his wife, her sister and an al Qaeda source have told local media. ... [Reuters - 26/11/16]
A suspected car bomb killed at least 10 people when it exploded at a police checkpoint next to a busy market in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on Saturday, police and witnesses said. ... [Reuters - 26/11/16]
IMAGINE all the people living life in peace... Today needed more than ever! ... @travelingpiano [26/11/16]
@crockpics [26/11/16]: Fidel Castro next to the John Lennon statue in Havana, Cuba
... The Park in Vedado district is called Parque John Lennon, and it was Fidel Castro himself who in 2000 unveiled the life-size bronze statue of the Beatle. ... every time someone comes to meet John Lennon the Spectacles Man pops out and puts those famous Lennon glasses on the nose. Walter de Camp 
@wikileaks [27/11/16]: Tomorrow is the 6th anniversiary of Cablegate ...
"To what end are we fighting these wars?" James Foley - Chicago Anti-NATO Rally 2012 [Haskell Wexler]
Syria: Rebels losing support among civilians in Aleppo, James Foley [PRI - 16/10/12]:
... Abu Sayed has fought hard for the revolution in Aleppo, his hometown.
During the holy month of Ramadan in August, he fasted with a bullet hole healing in his thigh. He continued to fight, limping across sniper alleys on the front lines of the city.
Eventually his family’s apartment was overrun by the regime and he began sleeping in a mosque.
Three weeks later during a mortar attack, shrapnel ripped though his neck. When he woke up, he saw his friends above him, saying, “Abu Sayed was a good man.”
When he lost consciousness again, he dreamed his 17-year-old brother, Hamdino — who was shot through the heart during an earlier protest — was holding his hand, guiding him somewhere.
He brother then stopped and told Sayed he had to go back.
As Sayed recounted his near-death experience, he smoked a cigarette and tears welled in his eyes. Patches of gauze were still taped to his neck.
“You know one of the FSA leaders from Maraa?” he asked.
“They go into the free area when there’s fighting in Salahhadin. I see them taking screens, computers, telephones, everything they can lay their hands on.”
He said he's seen civilians executed after rebels recklessly accuse them of being mercenaries for the regime.
“I saw one beaten to death,” he said.
“The FSA didn’t check their facts, and now he’s dead. I know the man. He was 46. He has five children.”
“We have lost the civilians now,” he said, exhaling smoke.
Israel to buy an additional 17 F-35 fighter planes [Times of Israel - 27/11/16]
Israeli military kill "4 Islamic State militants" in Syria after ambush [Stars and Stripes - 27/11/16]
[Syrian] Army units, backed by the army air force, on Sunday continued to launch wide-scale military operations against the Takfiri terrorist organizations in different areas across the country, inflicting heavy losses upon them in the arms and personnel. ... [SANA - 27/11/16]
Girl killed, two others injured in terrorist rocket attack on neighborhood in Aleppo city [SANA - 27/11/16]
Several MPs are seeking a new investigation into Tony Blair's role in the Iraq war.
MPs from six parties are preparing to table a Commons motion calling for a parliamentary committee to investigate whether Mr Blair misled parliament and the public in the run up to the war in 2003, The Observer reports.
The motion will be debated on Wednesday, in Commons time allotted to the SNP. ... [Independent - 26/11/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [27/11/16]:
Nineveh: Civilians including women and children were either killed or wounded as the artillery of Hashd Militias ,the government and US-led air forces targeted neighborhoods in Tala'far district west of Mosul yesterday .
Two persons were killed and 5 wounded as an IED exploded near a traditional market in Mahmoudiya district south of Baghdad.
Baghdad: An owner of supermarket was killed as a militant attack targeted him in his car today morning in Jihad neighborhood southwest of Baghdad.
Ten people were shot, one of them fatally, in New Orleans' French quarter early Sunday, city police said.
The shooting took place during the Bayou Classic Weekend, four days of events that include a parade and a college football game featuring Grambling State versus Southern University.
The two women and eight men shot were aged between 20 and 37, the New Orleans Police Department said in a statement.
"This was not the place or time to bring firearms to the Bayou Classic or any event," said Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, according to CNN affiliate WVUE.
"This is not the place where something like this should happen." ... [CNN - 27/11/16]
28 November 2016