The Russian Defense Ministry said that a Russian helicopter was shot down by terrorists in Idleb countryside on Monday after delivering humanitarian aid to Aleppo city. ... [SANA - 1/8/16]



Thousands flee as US-backed rebels seize much of Syria’s Manbij [Antiwar - 31/7/16]



Syria's civil war: Rebels push to break Aleppo siege [Al Jazeera - 1/8/16]



The death toll from a suicide bombing in central Baghdad on July 3 has reached 324 and might climb further, according to Health Minister of Iraq. ... [Sputnik - 1/8/16]



Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has arrived in Turkey to visit and speak to U.S. personnel stationed at Incirlik Air Base, Joint Staff spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks said in a statement issued today. ... [US Department of Defense - 1/8/16]



Over 1,000 people are set to descend on the High Holborn branch of Byron burger tonight in a fresh protest over immigration raids – just days after activists released thousands of cockroaches, locusts and crickets in the restaurant.

Activists from London Black Revs and the Malcolm X Movement shut down Byron venues on Shaftesbury Avenue and in Holborn on Friday by releasing bugs into the restaurants.

Byron has been condemned on social media after reportedly collaborating with the Home Office to arrest dozens of its migrant workers earlier this month. ... [Standard - 1/8/16]



‏@ItalianNavy [1/8/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Fulgosi #MarinaMilitare ha effettuato 2°intervento recuperando 26 #migranti da natante in legno



‏@ItalianNavy [1/8/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Fulgosi #MarinaMilitare in pattugliamento #MareSicuro ha soccorso 1 gommone con 135 #migranti



‏@moas_eu [1/8/16]:  #Phoenix currently docked at Vibo Valentia, disembarking 425 in coordination w/ @crocerossa #RescueHumanity



The bodies of five migrants were recovered and more than 1,100 others were rescued from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Sunday, Italy's coastguard said. ... [Reuters - 31/7/16]



 Day 135 refugee protests, Nauru





Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [1/8/16]




"OFFSHORE PROCESSING IS A CRIME" ‏@racvictoria [1/8/16]:  Day 80 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...



11 mins in -----> PNG Supreme Court adjourns decision on whether Australia's forced refugee exile process = resettlement to August 2 [VIDEO - EMTV - 25/7/16]



Why is the Refugee Council of Australia tweeting Olympic propaganda while men, women and children on Nauru and Manus are being tortured and are dying? @OzRefugeeCounc [1/8/16]:  South Sudanese sprinter hopes for 11th hour approval to run in Rio Olympics



Yes it is powerful, but while Australia's atrocities are being blacked out and/or justified, it is nothing but propaganda --->   @OzRefugeeCounc [1/8/16]:  What's it like to be a mother in South Sudan?… Powerful and heartbreaking story from @RossMonique



Pacific Air Forces said it is sending speedy and low-flying B-1B bombers to Guam for the first time in 10 years. ... [ - 31/7/16]



... “We’re approaching a Cuban Missile Crisis level nuclear confrontation with Russia,” he noted.

“And there is absolutely no discussion, no debate, about this in the American media.” ... [The Daily Caller - 31/7/16]



Bernie actually won, protests rock DNC and more [Redacted Tonight - 29/7/16]



A Kentucky judge was captured on video last week chiding jail officials after a female defendant arrived in a courtroom for a hearing without pants.

A widely shared video shows District Court Judge Amber Wolf flabbergasted after the woman’s lawyer told her the inmate had been denied clothing and feminine hygiene products while behind bars for about two or three days, People reports. ... [TIME - 31/7/16]



Mate's death prompted teenager's angry online conversations and thought crimes, court hears [The Age - 1/8/16]




Car driven onto light rail tracks during Gold Coast police pursuit [MYGC - 1/8/16]




Bundaberg rail death: Teenager electrocuted in train yard [Brisbane Times - 1/8/16]:


... The 19-year-old died while trespassing in the rail yard at McLean Street, Bundaberg, a Queensland Rail spokesman said in a statement.

 "This tragedy is a terrible reminder of the dangers of overhead power lines," he said, extending sympathy to the man's family and friends..

"Safety is our number one priority and we are pleading with people to ensure they stay safe and not trespass on the rail network.

"A freight train was delayed by just under three hours as a result of this incident, but no further impact to rail traffic is anticipated." 

Later on Sunday in Ipswich, two boys, 14 and 15, were kicked off a train at Booval station about 8pm before one threw a can of soft drink at rail workers, a police spokeswoman said.

Queensland Rail had to halt all trains on the Ipswich line as the boy allegedly walked along the railway line, placing large rocks on the tracks.

The dog squad tracked the boys down and they were arrested at Booval, where police charged them with assault and endangering the safety of a person in a vehicle, to be dealt with under the youth justice act.




Man charged over stabbing in Ipswich [Nine MSN - 1/8/16]




A man who allegedly stabbed a Toowoomba man and was then attacked by his victim's dog has been arrested at a Toowoomba hospital after seeking first aid.

The 18-year-old man allegedly stabbed the 58-year-old at a property on Wuth Street in Toowoomba about 9.30pm yesterday, police said.

The older man's dog attacked the alleged offender, who fled the scene.

The older man then went to Toowoomba Hospital for treatment, and police allege that detectives were interviewing him at the hospital when the 18-year-old arrived seeking treatment for "wounds inflicted by a dog". 

The detectives arrested the 18-year-old and have since charged him with unlawful wounding, enter dwelling with intent and assault occasioning bodily harm.

He is due to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court today.

Police believe the two men are known to one another.  [Nine MSN - 1/8/16]




A man has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car, allegedly driven by his ex-partner.

The 39-year-old was struck on Beattie Road at Coomera around 12.40pm.

It’s believed he was involved in a verbal altercation with a woman before he was hit. 

Paramedics treated the man at the scene before transporting him to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

Investigations are ongoing. [MYGC - 1/8/16]




Twenty-five children have become ill after eating a flame colorant mistaken for popping candy at a primary school north of Brisbane.

Paramedics were called to Deception Bay North State School about 2:20pm after Year 4 students aged about 9 and 10 complained of sore throats and nausea after eating an unknown substance.

Four of the children were taken to hospital. ... [ABC - 1/8/16]




A man is dead after his vehicle collided with a horse truck south-west of Brisbane, police have confirmed.

The 23-year-old Beaudesert man was cut free from the wreckage of his car but died at the scene before he could be airlifted to hospital on Monday.  ... [Brisbane Times - 1/8/16]




More than 20 people were assessed and two transported after a multi-vehicle crash in Brisbane's north.

A bus and seven vehicles collided at the corner of Samsonvale Road and Old North Road intersection at Warner at 8.30am. ... [Brisbane Times - 1/8/16]



A teenage boy has been airlifted to hospital after being crushed by a car at Round Hill.

The teen was working on a car when it fell from a jack, crushing him to the ground, a Queensland Ambulance spokesperson confirmed.

Emergency crews raced to the scene on Bootmaker drive just after 1.00pm and treated the teen for serious chest injuries.

He has since been airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital in a stable condition. [MYGC - 1/8/16]




Singapore is an anchor for the US presence in Asia, said US President Barack Obama, outlining why the country is being given the rare honour this week of an official visit with a state dinner at the White House. ... [The Straits Times - 1/8/16]




Malaysia: Controversial National Security Act launched [Al Jazeera - 1/8/16]




PM Najib meets Jokowi ahead of Malaysia-Indonesia bilateral meeting [New Straits Times - 1/8/16]




President Erdoğan: FETÖ same as PKK, DAESH, act jointly [Daily Sabah - 31/7/16]




All suspicious financial transactions will be suspended in Turkey by the country’s Financial Crime Investigation Board (MASAK) in a bid to avert any money laundering and terror financing activities, according to a new decree. 

The process will start when any documents are found or serious suspicions arise about the existence of any money laundering or terror financing activities in transactions through banks, financing and factoring companies, equity capital funds, asset management companies or notaries, said the decree, which was published in the Official Gazette on July 29.  ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 31/7/16]



Queensland, Australia: Women seeking abortions are being turned away from hospitals [Buzzfeed – 15/7/16]




Children by Choice Association Inc [18/7/16]:

And another woman, we will call her J. This time after taking out a DVO against her partner, he returned only to threaten her life.

The police took this incredibly seriously and J was placed in a refuge in another town.

So she is now protected from him, but like many women in this situation is disconnected from her networks and support systems and is feeling isolated and alone.

The pregnancy which was the result of a sexual assault by this man, has also brought on serious health issues, and for her, the decision to end the pregnancy is clear.

And you guessed it... the hospital catchment she is in doesn't do "social" abortions. ...



... Seven doctors from the Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology clinic, based at the Ramsey Health-owned Greenslopes Private Hospital have requested medical professionals be given legislative protections to refuse to perform the procedure if the bill secures the necessary votes to succeed.  ... [Brisbane Times - 8/7/16]



Most Istanbul hospitals are violating the law by refusing to carry out abortions, women’s rights groups in Turkey have established.

Activists from the Purple Roof women’s shelter in Istanbul found that only three out of 37 state hospitals agreed to provide non-emergency terminations, of which only one offered abortions between the eighth and 10th week of gestation, when surgery becomes necessary.

Under Turkish law, hospitals are authorised to terminate pregnancies up until the 10th week.

At 17 of the hospitals an abortion was only offered for cases of a medical emergency, while the 12 remaining hospitals refused to provide a termination altogether.


Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has repeatedly compared abortion to murder and for years urged Turkish couples to have at least three children.

Speaking at a wedding in December of last year, he said that birth control was treason that threatened the Turkish bloodline. ... [Guardian - 5/2/15]




Video Shows Arkansas Democrats barring Bernie Sanders delegate from Convention floor [The Intercept - 1/8/16]




‏@CNNPolitics [31/7/16]:  Julian Assange: Hillary Clinton is "trying to undermine our publication" ...



Wild Oats XI takes line honours in Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race [Media Release - 1/8/16]:


... It was a woefully slow final 25 miles to the finish line when the breeze dropped out, allowing the Queensland V70, Black Jack (Peter Harburg), to close the gap on her rival from close to 46 miles in the early hours of this morning to 25 nautical miles at the time of Wild Oats XI’s finish ...



President Tsai apologises to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples [Tawain Today - 1/8/16]







And some say "Shame" when we're talkin' up

And "Shame" for the way we are

And "Shame" cause we ain't got a big flash house

Or a steady job and a car.

Some call it "Shame" when our kids they die

From colds or from sheer neglect

"Shame" when we live on the river banks

While collectin' our welfare cheques

"Shame" when we're blind from trachoma

"Shame" when we're crippled from blights

But I reckon the worstest shame is yours

You deny us human rights



- Kevin Gilbert



via Aboriginal Tent Embassy [1/8/16]



ABC [1/8/16]:


MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: After announcing a Royal Commission into the detention of children in the Northern Territory, the Government is switching its focus back to the economy. <--- [Because Australians are so dumb, and have such short attention spans, that we accept this revolving political and media establishment human rights a la carte circus as acceptable national discourse.]

Securing a deal with Indonesia is one of the top priorities on its trade liberalisation agenda and Trade Minister Steve Ciobo is travelling to Jakarta today to push for the free trade agreement.

He'll meet with the country's new Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita after Thomas Lembong lost the portfolio during a ministerial reshuffle last week.

For more, I'm joined live in our Gold Coast studio by the Trade Minister Steve Ciobo.


MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Okay. The Asians haven't raised Pauline Hanson with you, do you expect them to? [Because Pauline Hanson played a huge role in establishing Australian funded refugee gulags in Indonesia?]

STEVE CIOBO: Well look I mean, no-one has raised her with me at this stage, and of course I would go forward to Indonesia and then subsequently to Lao this week.

I'd be surprised if it was raised with me, but we'll see. ...




The former Gold Coast City Council building - known as The Beehive - polling day 2 July 2016.



Steve Ciobo MP again insults the intelligence of fair minded Australians - particularly residents and tourists in his own electorate. [VIDEO - 20/11/15]:  Leaders of the Muslim community in Australia need to consistently make it clear that there is no excuse or tolerance for terrorist activity.  



Wait until our regional neighbours start sanctioning Australia's isolationism and disregard of international conventions.  [Steven Ciobo MP at Parliament House, Canberra - 26/5/15]:

Australian’s will not – and nor should we – tolerate those who seek to destroy our nation and way of life.

In 2005 I first called for dual citizens who engage in terrorism to be stripped of their Australian citizenship and deported. I have been pushing for it ever since.

The Prime Minister has announced the Government intends to update the Citizenship Act so we can do just that.



From the guy who wants Rudd in charge of the UN ---> ... Yesterday, while many Brisbaneites enjoyed a sausage sizzle at the 4KQ picnic in the Roma Street Parklands, the “Human Rights in the age of terror” discussion was in full swing.

Dr Carl Ungerer, former foreign affairs and national security adviser to Simon Crean and staff member of Arch Bevis and Kevin Rudd, caused a stir when he stated that torture is justified. ... [Crikey - 13 June, 2006]



@GuardianAus [1/8/16]:  Not backing Rudd for the UN was churlish partisan politics. He could have been a contender | Carl Ungerer



The process for selecting the new UN Secretary-General is well underway [Reuters - 21/7/16]:


Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is the front runner to be the next United Nations secretary-general, followed by former Slovenian President Danilo Turk, after the first U.N. Security Council secret ballot on Thursday.

According to results seen by Reuters, Irina Bokova of Bulgaria, director-general of U.N. cultural organization UNESCO came in third, edging out former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic and former Macedonian Foreign Minister Srgjan Kerim, who tied for fourth.

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark, who heads the U.N. Development Programme, was fifth, followed by Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, Argentinian Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra, and former U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica. ...



Kevin Rudd:


... Returning to Australia in 1988, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Opposition Leader in Queensland, Wayne Goss.

He remained in that role when Goss was elected Premier in 1989, a position he held until 1992 when Goss appointed him Director-General of the Office of Cabinet. ...



The Northern Territory's chief minister wants to know if the Four Corners program on youth detention centre abuse was politically motivated and how many of the lawyers interviewed were Labor party members.

Adam Giles has also questioned whether several current Labor politicians should be serving given they were in power when much of the damning footage was filmed.


Meanwhile, a report led by Keith Hamburger, the former Director-General of Queensland's corrective services, on the entire NT prison system will be released next week. [HOT 100 - 29/7/16]



Keith Hamburger AM - Managing Director [Knowledge Consulting]:


... Keith, as Director-General of Corrective Services (1988 to 1997), led a major successful reform of the Queensland Prison System.

This success was demonstrated by Commonwealth Industry Commission reports showing Queensland to have, at the conclusion of Keith’s stewardship, the most cost-effective system of Corrections in Australia, including the lowest return to prison rate.

Keith has considerable expertise in the area of outsourcing of public services to the private sector, including issues relating to the separation of “purchaser” and “provider” roles, specification of deliverables and the auditing and monitoring of “provider” services.

Under Keith’s leadership Queensland Corrective Services became the first jurisdiction outside of the United States of America to successfully outsource the management of high security prisons to private sector correctional service providers.




Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian in stab attempt at Huwwara checkpoint [Maan - 31/7/16]:


... According to initial Israeli media reports, the Palestinian was shot with three to four rounds to the chest.

He was later identified by locals sources as Rami Muhammad Zaim Awartani, 31.

The killing came after Israeli forces detained four young Palestinians at the Huwwara checkpoint Saturday evening, claiming the youths were carrying knives. ...



IOF open fire on farmers in Southern Gaza [PNN - 31/7/16]



The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) said in a statement on Sunday that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) has placed imprisoned PFLP Secretary-General Ahmad Saadat in solitary confinement.

The PFLP, Palestine's most popular left-wing political faction, said that the Israeli decision came after Saadat started a hunger strike in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner and PFLP member Bilal Kayid, who entered his 47th day without food on Sunday. ... [Maan - 31/7/16]



15-year-old Palestinian abused, medically neglected during detention by Israeli police [Maan - 30/7/16]:


... Fadi was among at least five other Palestinian youth detained last Sunday, and days later, some 52 Palestinians were detained -- 11 of them minors -- in occupied East Jerusalem neighborhoods for allegedly throwing stones at Israelis.

The detentions came as the latest arrests in an ongoing crackdown on Palestinian children by Israeli police in East Jerusalem, as Palestinian communities in the occupied city have begun to feel the impact of Israeli legislation passed between 2014 and 2015 increasing penalties for rock throwing, which allows for stone-throwers to receive a 20-year prison sentence where intent to harm could be proven, and 10 years where it could not. ...



A massive explosion rocked Kabul city in the early hours of Monday morning with preliminary reports suggesting a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) was detonated.

The incident took place around around 1:30 am local time targeting a compound frequented by the foreigners.

It is believed the compound is North Gate which provides accommodation to the foreign military and civilian organization in the country. ... [Khaama - 1/8/16]




Ex-Afghan MP shot dead by unknown gunmen in Kabul city [Khaama - 31/7/16]



At least 20 Taliban insurgents were killed in heavy clashes in northern Jawzjan province in the past three days, local officials said on Sunday.

In addition, 30 other insurgents, including their two local commanders, were injured.

The clash took place in Qushtepa district of the province after dozens of insurgents attacked the district and clashed with security forces, a spokesman for the provincial governor, Mohammad Reza Ghafoori, said.

"Two security force members were also killed and four others were injured in the ongoing clashes," he said.

The clashes are still ongoing but ground forces are expected to get air support soon, he added. [TOLO News - 31/7/16]



US airstrikes soaring in Afghanistan since Obama loosened restrictions [Antiwar - 31/7/16]



Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Sunday met Afghan National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar and discussed economic, political and security issues.

The meeting took place days after a Taliban delegation headed by their political officehead in Qatar visited Beijing on July 21 and 22 at the invitation of Chinese authorities. ... [Pajhwok - 31/7/16]



Afghan refugees in Greece fear imminent deportation [TOLO News - 31/7/16]




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