Saudi airstrikes kill 3 in southwestern Yemen [Press TV - 1/12/15]
Sanaa resident describes Saudi-led bombing as like 'being at the centre of an earthquake' [Independent - 1/12/15]
Kuwait's government has asked parliament for $20.5 billion in additional funds for defence purchases over the next 10 years, local media and a minister said Tuesday. ... [Ahram - 1/12/15]
Palestinian teen shot dead after alleged attack near Tulkarem [1/12/15]
A Palestinian teenage boy was shot dead by Israeli forces in the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion on Tuesday morning after he allegedly attempted to attack a settler with a knife, Israel's army said.
An Israeli army spokesperson said that Israeli forces shot and killed the boy when he "attempted to attack a pedestrian" using a knife at a main road junction in the settlement bloc, which sprawls across the southern West Bank district of Bethlehem.
The Palestinian was identified as 16-year-old Mamoun al-Khatib from the village of Doha in Bethlehem district.
He did not wound any Israelis before he was shot dead, the Israeli army spokesperson said.
She said that one Israeli bystander was lightly wounded by a ricocheting bullet fired by Israeli forces. ... [Maan - 1/12/15]
Far-right Jewish activist jailed for setting fire to school in Jerusalem [Reuters - 1/12/15]
Due to severe shortages of fuel, food, medicines and vaccines, more than three million children under the age of 5 are at risk of death or disease during the harsh winter months in Nepal, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today.
Nepal, still recovering from two major earthquakes in April and May, has over 200,000 families affected by the temblors still living in temporary shelters, at an altitude above 1,500 metres where weather conditions will be harshest this winter, explained UNICEF, adding that children could be the most affected. ... [UN Media Release - 1/12/15]
The Lebanese army and Syria's al-Nusra Front have conducted a long-awaited prisoner swap outside Lebanon's border town of Arsal, where a group of Lebanese soldiers were kidnapped last year.
The deal, brokered by Qatari mediators, entailed the release by al-Nusra Front of 16 Lebanese security officers - soldiers and policemen - in exchange for 13 prisoners, including five women, held by the Lebanese. ... [Al Jazeera - 1/12/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [30/11/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIL excavator and three ISIL bulldozers and damaged an additional ISIL bulldozer.
-- Near Hawl, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL checkpoint and wounded an ISIL fighter.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 12 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket rail and two ISIL defensive fighting positions.
-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed an ISIL defensive fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, a strike denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.
-- Near Ramadi, five strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL indirect fire site, two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL recoilless rifle, an ISIL vehicle, three ISIL buildings, three ISIL anti-air artillery sites, an ISIL tunnel system, and two ISIL weapons caches.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
UK Parliament to vote on Syria strikes tomorrow [Business-Standard - 1/12/15]
A military package covering reconnaissance flights , a naval frigate and up to 1,200 German troops joining the coalition against IS is now awaiting support from Germany's lower house of parliament on December 2. ... [Deutsche Welle - 1/12/15]
... The SNC [Syrian National Coalition] was established during November 2012 and is headed by Khaled Khoja.
The group aims to replace Syria's current leadership with a transitional government after achieving international recognition.
"When we held a meeting with the Saudis a while back they made it clear that [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad is not, and will not, be part of any peace process or transitional government in Syria," the SNC's al-Ghadri said.
"There will no one representing the Syrian government in the three day talks in Riyadh. ... Syrian opposition accepts Saudi invite to "peace talks" [Al Jazeera - 1/12/15]
Russia approves sanctions against Turkey over downed plane [Daily Star - 1/12/15]
Pentagon warns Russia’s against arming its warplanes in Syria with air-to-air missiles [TASS - 1/12/15]
Idleb Customs on Tuesday seized a lorry loaded with hand grenades and ammunition en route to Hama Province, according to a source at the customs.
The source said the lorry was carrying hand grenades and 7,250 rifle and machinegun bullets. [SANA - 1/12/15]
A deal has been reached for the evacuation of Syrian opposition fighters from the last district under their control in the central city of Homs, the provincial governor told AFP Tuesday.
"We will implement the agreed deal in stages, with 200-300 armed men leaving in the first stage... starting on Saturday," Talal Barazi said. [Ahram - 1/12/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [1/12/15]: Baghdad: A militant attack has targeted a civilian killing him at Mudeer Al-Amin Street in Ghazaliya west of Baghdad.....
@MSF_Sea [30/11/15]: "I will go to any country I just want life." Marawane (12) from #Eritrea has been at #Idomeni for nearly 2 weeks!
@PROACTIVA_SERV [30/11/15]: Salvamos vidas, rescatamos sueños. ............................ We save lives, we rescue dreams
Turkish authorities rounded up some 1,300 migrants on Monday whom they said were planning to sail to Greece.
The crackdown came a day after Turkey reached an agreement with the leaders from the European Union to stem the flow of migrants. ... [NPR - 1/12/15]
If the IOM truly cared about boat refugees in South East Asia, why are they in cahoots with the Australian government by facilitating refoulement? ----> ... “We are still calling for safe disembarkation and humanitarian treatment—shelter, hydration, medical care and safety from the elements and criminality—and full cooperation from all actors, from the international community, that lives are not lost,” Joe Lowry, the IOM’s spokesman in Asia-Pacific, told Reuters. ... [Irrawaddy - 1/12/15]
Copy of Magna Carta goes on display in New Zealand as Australia asserts its status as lawbreaking regional pariah ---> The Ministry of Transport has confirmed Australian airline Skytraders, which transported 12 New Zealand deportees from Christmas Island, illegally landed in Auckland.
The deportees arrived, wearing handcuffs, on the charter flight on 19 November.
In a statement, a ministry spokesperson said the airline did not seek prior approval to land from the ministry, as it should have under the Civil Aviation Act.
It said, when it became aware of the flight, the ministry contacted Skytraders and reminded it about getting approval for non-scheduled flights.
The ministry said, however, it was confident the flight met all safety and security requirements.
No permission was needed from the Civil Aviation Authority nor was it concerned about that particular flight.
Another 11 deportees from Australia arrived in Auckland Airport last week. [RNZI - 1/12/15]
... The 1531 copy was shipped to New Zealand by the Canterbury Society in 1852, specifically for those being settled in Christchurch. ... Copy of Magna Carta goes on display in New Zealand [RNZI - 1/12/15]
A rudder control system problem that had occurred 23 times in the previous 12 months coupled with the pilots' response led to last year's crash of an AirAsia plane that killed all 162 people on board, Indonesian investigators said Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety Committee said an analysis of Flight 8501's data recorder showed the rudder control system had sent repeated warnings to the pilots during the Dec. 28 flight between Surabaya in East Java and Singapore. ... [Jakarta Post - 1/12/15]
Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up on Ancol Beach, North Jakarta [Jakarta Post -1/12/15]
The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court has found [US Marine] Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of homicide for the killing of Filipino transgender woman Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude.
Pemberton is sentenced to minimum of six years to maximum of 12 years imprisonment.
The court on Tuesday said the prosecution failed to establish that there was aggravating circumstances of treachery and abuse of superior strength so as to convict him of murder.
In August, Pemberton in his testimony admitted choking Laude unconscious during a fight when he discovered she was a transgender.
The court said that when Pemberton met Laude dressed as a schoolgirl and offering sex, he immediately agreed.
While inside the motel, he got excited but “felt something different, something that was not supposed to be there and realized that [Laude] was a dude,” which he said he found revolting.
“He was so enraged and in the heat of passion arm-locked, dragged him [Laude] inside the bathroom and dunked his head in the toilet bowl,” the court said, noting all that happened immediately after he discovered that Laude was a man.
Such act, the court said, fell under the mitigating circumstance of “passion and obfuscation” as stated under Article 13 (6) of the Revised Penal Code. [Inquirer - 1/12/15]
Medieval exile laws - which won't apply to Israeli terrorists or Al Jazeera journalists - soon to be passed by LNP and ALP fascists in Australian Senate
Greens pointlessly conflate violent extremists with displaced people in their opposing argument.
There is no representation for the rule of law in the Australian parliament.
Peter Greste says Julie Bishop’s death stare helped get him out of prison [Buzzfeed - 26/3/15]
Journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Tory law made him fear losing Canadian citizenship [Huffington Post - 9/11/15]
Trudeau government plans to scrap two-tier citizenship [The Straight -7/11/15]
An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and published in the Independent has established that since 2010 the Home Secretary Theresa May has revoked the passports of 16 individuals many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups.
Critics of the programme warn that it also allows ministers to ‘wash their hands’ of British nationals suspected of terrorism who could be subject to torture and illegal detention abroad.
They add that it also allows those stripped of their citizenship to be killed or ‘rendered’ without any onus on the British government to intervene.
At least five of those deprived of their UK nationality by the Coalition government were born in Britain, and one man had lived in the country for almost 50 years.
Those affected have their passports cancelled, and lose their right to enter the UK – making it very difficult to appeal the Home Secretary’s decision.
Last night the Liberal Democrat’s deputy leader Simon Hughes said he was writing to the Home Secretary to call for an urgent review into how the law was being implemented.
The leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce said the present situation ‘smacked of medieval exile, just as cruel and just as arbitrary’.
Ian Macdonald QC, president of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, described the citizenship orders as ‘sinister’.
‘They’re using executive powers and I think they’re using them quite wrongly,’ he said.
‘It’s not open government, it’s closed, and it needs to be exposed because in my view it’s a real overriding of open government and the rule of law.’
Laws were passed in 2002 enabling the Home Secretary to remove the citizenship of any dual nationals who had done something ‘seriously prejudicial’ to the UK, but the power had rarely been used before the current government.
The Bureau’s investigations have established the identities of all but four of the 21 British passport holders who have lost their citizenship, and their subsequent fates. Only two have successfully appealed – one of whom has since been extradited to the US.
Does Xavier Rudd feel the same way? ... At about the same time that Madden tweeted that he had cut links with animal rights organisation PETA and was no longer a vegetarian, KFC issued a statement saying he had told them he had never been one or been involved with PETA. ... [Mumbrella - 29/11/12]
Husband allegedly tried to drown wife by driving her into lake after break-up [Canberra Times - 30/11/15]
A Sydney man charged with murdering five members of his extended family will face a fourth trial next year after the jury in his third trial failed to reach a verdict. ... [ABC - 1/12/15]
Mt Isa police partake in ritual belitting of domestic violence
North West Star [1/12/15]:
... They were among the seven men grumbling at wearing high heels as they struggled in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in front of the Mount Isa Civic Centre on Monday afternoon.
And for a moment perhaps, they did understand what it might be like, having walked in West Street to numerous wolf whistles.
Making the most of the fun, acting Senior Sergeant Poustie’s wife – Mount Isa’s Domestic and Family Violence coordinator Sergeant Jakki Poustie – can be heard taunting with; “Bum wiggle there boys! Bum wiggle!”
Junior detective day leads to Adopt-a-Cop of the Year Award [QPS Media - 30/11/15]
Love your police state [QPS Media - 23/9/15] ---> ... Yesterday, local police held a ‘Junior Detective Day’ for the kids in the area on school holidays. ... Their hard work paid off and they found the long-haired culprit and arrested him. ... Feel safe Queensland?
41yo man jailed for threatening police after being tasered at Pormpuraaw in far north Queensland [ABC - 1/12/15]
Queensland Police's online entrapment taskforce expands its global reach [West Australian - 1/12/15]
A former manager of Brisbane's Anglican diocese denies concealing complaints about a paedophile counsellor but admits once telling a victim to "get on with his life".
Bernard Yorke told the child abuse royal commission on Monday he simply couldn't remember details of correspondence and discussions surrounding St Paul's counsellor Kevin john Lynch and his prolific abuse.
"I was very busy at the time and I just cannot recall," said Mr Yorke, who also suffers from epilepsy.
Mr Yorke admitted he encouraged one of the victims to "get on with his life" in a meeting but maintained he never deliberately withheld concerning information from Archbishop Peter Hollingworth. ... [Brisbane Times - 30/11/15]
Church suppressed complaints to protect its reputation, says Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/2/15]
ABC "police state" Gold Coast suddenly concerned about ramifications of overpolicing and christian fundamentalist harassment during Schoolies week [ABC - 1/12/15]
Two top ex-employees of one of Australia's largest superannuation funds are facing up to five years in jail after being charged with lying to the union royal commission over leaking confidential information to construction union boss Brian Parker.
Fairfax Media can also reveal that prosecutors are examining whether Mr Parker, the New South Wales secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union should also be charged over his role in the Cbus leaking affair. ... [Canberra Times - 1/12/15]
A 12-year-old girl has been charged with attempted murder following an incident at an education facility in Caboolture yesterday morning.
Police will allege at 9.15am, a 12-year-old girl threatened another 12-year-old girl with a knife.
It will be further alleged that a struggle ensued in which the victim sustained minor injuries to her neck and hands.
A member of staff intervened and disarmed the girl.
A 12-year-old Caboolture girl has been charged with attempted murder and will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 1/12/15]
Stabbing incidents at Queensland schools [Brisbane Times - 1/12/15]
Bleijie orders appeal on school stabbing sentence [Caboolture News - 20/8/13]:
... The 16-year-old boy stabbed a 14-year-old girl in the head, neck and back in a toilet block at St Columban's College in Caboolture in May last year.
The schoolgirl managed to fight the boy off, only to be dragged back into the toilet block to be attacked again.
The boy had been involved in a safety session on how to avoid and recognise risks in the schoolyard the day before the stabbing.
Armed robbery, Bowen Hills [QPS Media - 1/12/15]
Armed robbery, Annerley [QPS Media - 1/12/15]
Robbery and assault, East Brisbane [QPS Media - 30/11/15]
Police are appealing for public assistance following a fatal traffic crash which occurred in Eagle Farm yesterday afternoon.
Initial information suggests at 3.40pm, a truck was turning into Link Road North when it rolled, trapping the driver.
The driver, a 46-year-old man, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash, or who may have dashcam footage, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit are continuing. ... [QPS Media - 1/12/15]
A boy has been arrested in relation to a traffic crash at Pacific Pines last night.
It is alleged around 8.30pm the boy lost control of the car in Pacific Parade crashing through a fence and hitting the patio of a house.
The driver and his 16-year-old male passenger allegedly fled the car and were detained by neighbours nearby.
A 16-year-old boy has been given a notice to appear in relation to dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, not displaying L plates, fail to stop at the scene of a crash and driving without the proper licence (Learner driver).
He will be dealt with under the provisions of the youth Justice Act.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 1/12/15]
Fatal traffic crash, Barwon Highway Goondiwindi [QPS Media - 30/11/15]
Two people have managed to free themselves from a car that plunged off a bridge and into a river north of Brisbane.
The vehicle hit the water and overturned just after 11pm at Kurwongbah. ... [Yahoo - 1/12/15]
A man has died after a shed roof collapsed on him at a property south of Brisbane.
Emergency services were called to the Heathwood address, in Logan, around 9.30am on Tuesday where they found the middle-aged man under rubble.
He was declared dead at the scene. [Yahoo - 1/12/15]
A teenage boy has fallen 15 metres off a cliff at a popular swimming spot in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Emergency services are attempting to rescue the 17-year-old, who they say fell from a cliff ledge at Mount Tamborine's Cedar Creek Falls on Tuesday morning.
He has suffered head injuries and cuts, an ambulance spokesman says. [Yahoo - 1/12/15]
An arrest warrant for well-known Melbourne comedian Greg Fleet has been issued after he failed to show up in court on charges of stealing from a friend to fund his heroin addiction.
Mr Fleet was due to show up in court on Tuesday after his legal team applied for a diversion order after he was charged with stealing from Fairfax journalist and former housemate Wendy Squires. ... [Canberra Times - 1/12/15]
Pharmacist died after taking deadly drug combination at Stereosonic [West Australian - 30/11/15]:
... Meanwhile, police stopped a Muslim charity group known as the White Coats from attending the festival, with a large number of officers stopping their van in Lidcombe in what witnessed described as a war zone.
Two patrol cars pulled the group's minibus over.
The charity group said they were headed to the festival to carry an anti-drug message to young people.
Australia's only irradiation facility with approval for exports to the United States is ready for its first big season of mango deliveries.
Irradiation is a technique used to sterilise fruit fly and other insects before products are exported. Brisbane company Steritech earned the American approval in January, becoming one of just eight accredited facilities around the world. ... [ABC - 30/11/15]
Wild weather obliterates watermelon crops on Queensland's Western Downs [ABC - 30/11/15]
Mining services firm Hastings Deering to axe about 100 central Queensland jobs [ABC - 1/12/15]
Queensland coalminers have come down with the notorious "black lung" for the first time in three decades, the state's mines minister says.
Anthony Lynham said the recent Queensland Mines Inspectorate Annual Performance Report 2014/15 found three confirmed cases of pneumoconiosis - or "black lung" - had been reported by the state's coal industry this year. ... [Yahoo - 1/12/15]
Fiona Stanley Hospital patient in overflow for 13 hours [West Australian – 1/11/15]
Privatise the profits, outsource the losses ----> South Burnett council moves closer to finding new operator for Kingaroy Hospital [ABC - 1/12/15]
Or you could immediately re-open the clinics ----> ... "I am meeting with a group of indigenous leaders next week from across the state to listen to them and to further embrace some of those matters," Mr Dick said.
"We need to get on top of the issue, but we need to work with the community to resolve it," he said.
On November 12, Fairfax Media reported 500 new cases of syphilis had been reported, with some experts questioning the previous government's decision to cut back 18 sexual health nurses and indigenous nurse positions in North Queensland in 2012. [North West Star - 29/11/15]
High Court declares abortion law in Northern Ireland breaches EU convention on Human Rights [Independent - 30/11/15]:
A landmark legal challenge to relax Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws has been successful.
The challenge was brought by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC), which wants access to legal terminations in cases of rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormality.
Judge Mr Justice Mark Horner told Belfast High Court: "In the circumstances, given this issue is unlikely to be grasped by the legislature in the foreseeable future, and the entitlement of citizens of Northern Ireland to have their Convention rights protected by the courts, I conclude that the Article Eight rights of women in Northern Ireland who are pregnant with fatal foetal abnormalities or who are pregnant as a result of sexual crime are breached by the impugned provisions."
Unlike other parts of the UK, the 1967 Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland where abortions are banned except where the life or mental health of the mother is in danger.
Anyone who performs an illegal termination could be jailed for life.
The high-profile judicial review was heard over three days in July.
It is not that cultural diversity is bad. It isn’t. It is that cultural diversity when divorced from economic and political justice, from the empowerment of the oppressed, is elitist. And this is why these liberal values are being rejected by a disenfranchised white underclass. They are seen as serving the elites, and marginalized groups, at the expense of that underclass.
Chris Hedges, The age of the Demagogues [Truthdig - 29/11/15]
Robert Hinton, a New York City man who recently won a settlement for his abuse at Rikers Island jail, has been shot dead. Hinton was awarded a near-half a million dollars for a beating by Rikers corrections officers in 2012. He was imprisoned in the solitary confinement unit for men with mental illness when the officers hogtied and attacked him, leaving him with a broken nose, a fractured vertebra and a bleeding mouth. His case led to the firing of a captain and five officers involved. On Friday, Hinton was shot dead outside of a Brooklyn housing project. His attorney says he had been planning to buy a new home, and had recently sent a text message saying: "I pray I even live long enough to see some sort of happiness." [Democracy Now - 30/11/15]
... Jay Darshane, the manager of a Burger King that may have captured surveillance video of the shooting, says he’s testified before a Grand Jury about police potentially deleting the footage.
Eighty-six minutes of the surveillance video was erased, including the portion capturing the time of the shooting. ... Chicago protesters demand resignation of top officials over Laquan McDonald case [Democracy Now - 30/11/15]
US: #Freedomgiving hunger strikes spread to more immigration
facilities [#Not1More - 30/11/15]:
Today three additional centers join what has become known as the #freedomgiving hunger strikes.
On the eve of Thanksgiving, 110+ men who came to the US seeking safety but instead have been held in detention for seven months to up to two years refused their meals and demanded their freedom at the Etowah, Theo Lacy, and Otay detention centers.
While Immigration authorities usually deny or delay acknowledgement of detainee organizing activity, ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice told the press on its first day, “…The agency is closely monitoring the welfare of 35 residents housed at the Theo Lacy immigration detention facility.”
Despite Kice’s statement, officials at the centers responded by placing several participants in Etowah and Theo Lacy in solitary confinement and verbally threatening others.
Supporters outside held rallies and drove calls to ICE Field Director Brian Acuña in charge of the region that includes Etowah and ICE Field Director Gabriel Valdez who oversees Theo Lacy demanding the isolated detainees be returned to general population and released.
However, as calls poured in, detainees called with disturbing reports of medical abuse at the Etowah center where a support rally will take place this afternoon.
One of the strikers reports being forcefully and painfully catheterized while being verbally abused and insulted repeatedly and other incidents are coming to light pending confirmation.
Today, as those strikers face mounting intimidation and repression, they are joined by detainees in three additional centers: 13 at Aurora, CO, 9 in Adelanto, and 9 detainees stated they would be joining eight men who have been striking for the past week at the South Texas Detention Facility.
Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up and Moving and a principal support for the strikes, explains, “The reports we’re receiving of ICE’s response cause grave concern for the detainees’ safety and should be cause for their immediate release. People have fled their countries seeking security only to end up rotting away in ICE detention centers for months and years. We are witnessing a crisis of the country’s immigration detention system. It is a failure of the system, and it is a failure of humanity.”
Advocates are raising questions about the role of the detention bed quota in the asylum-seekers’ captivity.
They point toward the fact that most detainees have already had their credible fear findings, passed the 6 month mark in custody, or come from places where the government has failed to obtain travel documents and is unable to actually remove them leaving them in indefinite detention as a result.
With the addition of today’s facilities, more than 1,000 detainees have gone on hunger strike in 10 facilities in the past seven weeks.
“What else needs to happen to release these people?” asks Marisa Franco, director of the #Not1More campaign.
“Whistleblowers should receive protection not retaliation but the opposite is happening inside this country’s detention centers.”
A timeline of the recent wave of strikes is below …
@WitnessTorture [30/11/15]: At the White House today, @WitnessTorture says: Indefinite detention is unconstitutional. Close #Guantanamo, @POTUS.
Thanksgiving At Guantánamo [VIDEO - AJ+ - 28/11/15]
A Liberian nurse who allegedly tried to poison herself and her baby at their Queensland home has been granted bail.
The mother mixed endone, Panadol and Nurofen with milk before sharing the cocktail of drugs between her and her one-year-old baby, the Brisbane Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.
It is understood the pair were taken to hospital and have since recovered.
The incident allegedly happened six weeks ago but the 34-year-old, who spent years living in refugee camps before moving to Australia in 2007, was arrested for attempted murder on Monday. [Yahoo - 1/12/15]
Australian government and IOM stop Vietnamese asylum seekers from seeking protection [SBS - 1/12/15]:
A group of 15 Vietnamese asylum seekers, whose boat was reportedly intercepted by Australian authorities, is in custody in Port Moresby.
The group was flown from Vanimo to the Papua New Guinean capital and handed over to the International Organisation for Migration last Thursday following unconfirmed reports they were on the intercepted asylum-seeker boat.
Australian Border Force referred inquiries to the PNG government, which has also been contacted for comment.
Australia hasn't accepted UNHCR refugees since October 2014.
Australia is stopping people from seeking asylum by denying their right to access protection and torturing them.
The 12,000 handpicked Syrians are being used in a PR stunt to whitewash Australia's ongoing human rights atrocities of pushing back boats, refoulement and the horrors of our gulag archipelago.
That the media, "opposition" politicians, academics and the human rights sector continue legitimising this deception - instead of holding the government to account - is a scandal.
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is subverting the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
We are human.
We are not animals.
In defiance of international law: How Australia stops people from seeking asylum ---> Andrew Thomas reports on the conditions of a prison in Papua New Guinea that was set up for refugees ... [VIDEO - Al Jazeera - 1/12/15]
Earlier this year you may of heard about Mohammad Albederee, an Iraqi man held in Manus Island. For more than 6 months now he's gone without food in protest against his poor medical treatment after he was allegedly beaten while in the centre. Doctors and lawyers have renewed calls to bring him to Australia for proper care as his condition worsens. But the Australian government has been reluctant to bring people seeking asylum to the mainland from the centre, with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton saying that Albederee shouldn't seek permanent resettlement. Program host Sam Baran spoke with Jeanie Walker, asylum seeker advocate and member of the South Australian Democrats, who has been working with Mohammed Albederee. Sam began by asking what state Albederee's health is currently in. ... [AUDIO - 2SER - 30/11/15]
... As Managing Contractor, Decmil was responsible for the management of all design, labour, materials, delivery, plant and equipment, access, supervision, shipping and logistics for the project. ...
Decmil Group has bought telecommunications services business SC Services for $14 million as part of its strategy to diversify its operations amidst the resources sector slowdown.
Decmil said the business had a strong historical presence in WA and a growing presence nationally. ... [West Australian - 1/12/15]
UniSuper, Transfield, Serco, Decmil and Other Super Fund Info | #DivestFromDetention [xBorder - 20/3/14]
Image: @drobwlldiad [27/11/15]
Free Reza from jail on Nauru: contact Nauruan Consulate-General [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 1/12/15]:
Reza Khestinzhad, the Iranian asylum seeker who climbed the crane on Nauru on Friday 27 November, to send a message to the world about freeing the asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru, is still in jail.
He was been in jail since Nauruan police took him from the IHMS clinic on Sunday morning, 29 November.
His sister has not been allowed to see him since he was taken to the police station.
Reza was taken to the IHMS clinic on Friday, around 6.30pm, after he ended the protest and came down from the crane.
Please email or fax a message to the Nauruan consulate in Brisbane, calling for Reza Khestinzhad to be released from jail ...
Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:
25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room
I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.
please help me just I need a room for live.
I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.
I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.
This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )
End the torture of Nauru rape victim Nazanin's mother - bring her to her daughter's side [PETITION]:
Almost 8 months ago Nazanin, a 23 year old asylum seeker was raped in Nauru. She was found naked by the side of the road in Nauru by police officers, who allegedly kept her in the back of their car for 45 minutes while they watched fireworks. With no adequate care, Nazanin attempted suicide multiple times, resulting in kidney failure.
With the help of people like you, a Change petition helped to save Nazanin's life by bringing her to Australia for urgent treatment. The story does not end there. Four months later, Nazanin is still in hospital. Alone.
Her brother was kept in a cell and urinated on for asking Nauru guards to talk to his sister. Her mother has developed diabetes and is psychologically disturbed by her grief and separation from her critically ill daughter.
We cannot let this family's anguish go on any longer. Nazanin needs her family in order to recover from her rape and abuse. Nazanin's mother should be flown to her daughter's side. Only a mother can heal such a devastating wound.
Sign this petition and tell the Australian government - we have not forgotten about Nazanin. We do not condone the tearing apart of families and lives.
We demand that all women under our care are looked after, not isolated from their families - even refugees.
Grave fears for Australian surfers missing in Mexico after burned van found [CNN - 30/11/15]
Eight men were found dead, their throats slit, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a local emergency services official said.
The bodies were discovered in a car in a municipality on the border with the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the official said in a message sent to Reuters on Friday evening. [Reuters - 28/11/15]
Father of missing Mexican student on how US drug war aid "being used to annihilate students" [Democracy Now - 10/4/15]:
As the Summit of the Americas commences, several U.S.-based groups and university officials have signed a letter to President Obama questioning his response to the 43 students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero for over six months.
The letter asks why the Obama administration has placed sanctions on Venezuela, but maintained normal relations with Mexico, despite the students’ disappearance.
Mexican authorities have declared the 43 students dead, saying local police acting on the orders of the mayor of Iguala attacked them and turned them over to drug gang members, who killed and incinerated them.
But so far the remains of only one of the 43 have been identified, and reports have pointed to the involvement of federal authorities.
We are joined by two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York: Antonio Tizapa is the father of missing student Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of another missing student, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa.
"What I would tell President Obama is to stop supporting Plan Mérida, because the weapons, the arms that are supposedly supporting the war against drugs, those arms are being used to annihilate our students," Tizapa says.
Sheldon Silver, one of New York's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.
A federal jury in Manhattan found Silver, 71, guilty of all seven counts he faced following a three-week trial, including fraud, extortion and money laundering.
The verdict caps a stunning fall for Silver, a Democrat who as speaker of the New York State Assembly enjoyed immense political influence before his arrest in January. ... [Reuters - 30/11/15]
French minister wants end of Wallis airport blockade [RNZI - 1/12/15]:
The French overseas minister has called for an end to the blockade of the airport of Wallis which has been shut since the beginning of last week.
George Pau-Langevin made the call in her first comment since disgruntled villagers began their action to back their demand that two locals be hired by the airport company.
She says the airport occupation is illegal.
According to the territory's public broadcaster, she has denied reports that her office has received a request by Wallisian chiefs to appoint a mediator.
Last Wednesday, the territory's prefect secured an order from the court of appeal in New Caledonia that the airport be opened immediately, threatening five Wallisian chiefs with a daily US$900 fine each for non-compliance.
The chiefs have ignored both the court ruling and the requests by the French prefect, saying they are still waiting for their letter to the minister to be delivered.
The blockade, which has affected mainly links with New Caledonia, has stranded hundreds of people and is causing growing disruption.
The people of North Fly in Western Province continue to suffer from the lack of clean water and food.
North Fly Disaster Coordinator Greg Isau says a report of those affected in six LLGs was sent to Waigani five months ago and to date no relief assistance had reached the people.
Situation reports compiled from the district state that a total of nine hotspots have been severely affected.
Isau says the Olsobip LLG is now in category 4 with water sources drying up. ... [PNG Loop - 1/12/15]
Marshall Islands representatives are among 120 leaders who will meet in Paris for the UN climate talks to seek a deal to cut back on global emissions. ... [VIDEO - Canberra Times - 29/11/15]
... French President François Hollande condemned the clashes between protesters and police as "scandalous" and blamed the protesters for trampling on the monument, even though video footage shows the police smashing the glass candles and trampling on the flowers. ... Thousands defy Paris state of emergency, protest ban to sound the alarm on global climate crisis [Democracy Now - 30/11/15]
1 December 2015