I hate the indifferent.

I believe that living means taking sides.

Those who really live cannot help being a citizen and a partisan.

Indifference and apathy are parasitism, perversion, not life.

That is why I hate the indifferent. ...


Antonio Gramsci



@Matt_Tinney [2/1/17]:  Rooftop drama at petrol station in Canning Vale. ...



Police were called to an address on Farm Road on Monday afternoon following reports of a stabbing.

A 52-year-old man was taken to Palm Island Hospital for treatment and then subsequently to Townsville Base Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 8.45pm.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder and is expected to appear at Townsville Magistrates Court on Tuesday. [Yahoo - 2/1/18]



The family of a Canberra man who died after being tasered by police are devastated the ACT's Chief Police Officer publicly defended the use of the stun gun when those actions are under investigation.

They also claim police did not properly brief them on the circumstances of the death and have since kept them in the dark. ... [ABC - 2/1/18]



Israel indicts Palestinian teen activist Ahed Tamimi [Al Jazeera - 1/1/18]



Israelis arrest retired Palestinian general, take him to an unknown destination [Middle East Monitor - 1/1/18]



@AsafRonel [1/1/18]: 1st step of operation to deport 10000s of African refugees has began: new asylum requests won't stop deportation. Anyone caught hiring refugees will be fined. The actual rounding up of refugees for deportation to begin in April



Steps to stop refugees from entering Israel 100% effective in 2017 [Israel Hayom - 1/1/18]:


... "The issue of illegal migrants residing in Israel is a burning topic, and this is an opportunity to fulfill my promises to the residents of south Tel Aviv and restore tranquility and security," Deri said, referring to complaints of crime and neglect in south Tel Aviv, where much of the African migrant population lives.

Erdan said, "We are shutting down Holot to send illegal migrants a clear message: The State of Israel is determined to give the residents of south Tel Aviv their normal lives back and remove the tens of thousands of illegal migrants who have settled across the country." ...



Mutasim A. Ali [1/1/18]:


I wish I could say happy new year. Not to ruin your celebrations and expectations about the new year but it doesn’t look good.

Adding to so many problems that we have in the our countries as refugees and asylum seekers, the trauma, the insecurity, the lack of faith and on and on and on...all of those are not enough to have a peace of mind and stability.

How can we celebrate if the very 1st day of the new year, the ministry of interior puts out a deportation notice?

I don’t want to share the notice because it is ugly and scary but here are the contents:

1. Anyone “leaves” until March will be given 3500$, after that the amount will be reduced

2. Asylum claims from today 1.1.2018 will not stop the deportation

3. Claims that were submitted and an asylum seeker “decides” to leave, his/her claim will be transferred to 3rd country.

How can this even work? To submit it in Israel and be processed in Uganda and Rwanda? Seriously?

Now tell me how to celebrate the new year.



Letter to the Editors: What happens to refugees sent from Israel to Rwanda? [Rights in Exile - 6/12/17]



@GraffitiExpert [2/1/18]:  Israel bought a sewage treatment system for #Nauru two weeks before it voted against a UN General Assembly resolution on Jerusalem. ...




@GraffitiExpert [20/12/17]:  Only days after his govt deployed riot police to protect pro concentration camp pro boat turnback unions from peaceful refugee rights protestors at Trades Hall, Victorian Labor Premier Daniel Andrews genuflects in the court of Netanyahu ...  



‏@Aussie4Refugees [2/1/18]: Anyone else find it odd that refugees with high profiles on social media - illegally trafficked and indefinitely imprisoned by Labor Party on #Manus #Nauru - have resiled from previous demand for FREEDOM and embraced ineffectual Dutton bashing strategy?  



I asked some these refugees if they were in 100% control of their social media accounts and only one responded. --->  What it's my twitter account and I do run it myself  @has_hasabala [29/12/17]




"The law of 19 July 2013 relies on such violence and is executed every day, despite the fact that it is contrary to the democratic and liberal concepts and principles Australia professes."  [Overland - 25/4/16]



@wikileaks [1/1/18]:  UK spy agency GCHQ caught running fake personas on Twitter targeting #Iran. ...



@wikileaks [1/1/18]:  Australia secretly provided US State Department its embassy reporting on #Iran during the 2009 protests. ...



@wikileaks [1/1/18]:  What questions did Secretary Clinton's office ask her diplomats about Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) last time protests raged in #Iran? ...



Kuwaiti report: US gives Israel go-ahead to kill powerful Iranian general [Times of Israel - 1/1/18]



DRC: Death toll rises in anti-government protests [Al Jazeera - 1/1/18]:


... The protests come after the country's telecommunications ministry ordered a countrywide shutdown of internet and SMS services ahead of the anti-government rallies.

It was not the first time the government has cut internet and SMS access amid opposition protests.

The services were interrupted in January 2015 following protests opposing Kabila's government.

The same thing happened in August when opposition leaders sought to pressure the state to publish an election schedule. ...



I Am Guilty of War... [Holly Elissa - 1/1/18]:


... I am guilty of war when I believe other people must think and live as I do.

I am guilty of war when I make success in life solely dependent upon power, fame, and riches.

I am guilty of war when I think the minds of people should be regulated by force, rather than by reason. ...



@telesurenglish [1/1/18]:  On this day we recognize the 24th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising. They dreamed of a new world and put their words into action. We must follow their example and create a new and better world. There is no better time than now. ...



Day 152 peaceful protest. ... [Manus]



Image: @Shamindan1 [1/1/18]



BLAH BLAH BLAH hand wringing hope BLAH BLAH BLAH blow it our your 'deterrence' supporting arse. If the Greens do not demand FREEDOM, and that the ALP END this policy, your party is finished. ---> Thinking of you and sending hope. There are many people determined to see #Manus #Nauru closed ... @ChristineMilne [31/12/17]



... Data from the U.N. Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) shows scores of Rohingya villages in Rakhine state have been burned down.

The Myanmar military concluded that troops acted lawfully and officials in Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian administration have said the Rohingya allegations of widespread abuse are militant propaganda.

The dataset, shown throughout the graphic below, displays burned areas from Aug. 25 to Nov. 25.

The area stretches 110 km (68 miles) from the green hills of Rakhine’s northern tip to beaches near the state’s southern capital, Sittwe. ... [Reuters - 31/12/17]



Though Myanmar has yet to receive investment from Australia in fiscal year 2017-18, the nation’s improved business regulations should arouse Australian investors’ interest, according to a diplomat.

Nick Cumpston, economic counsellor at the Australian Embassy, said in an exclusive interview that the Union Parliament’s recent passage of the new Myanmar Companies Law could spur Australian investment and bilateral trade.

“Myanmar is not an easy country to invest in, but we have seen positive developments these years. So, we do encourage Australian businesses to do business here,” he said.

According to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration, Australian investment accounted for less than one per cent of Myanmar’s total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow, with 18 firms approved to invest US$145.8 million (198.7 trillion kyat) in the country.

Yet, Cumpston said that Woodside alone has invested half a billion dollars in gas exploration, and many other Australian firms have also invested through holding companies in Singapore.

He foresees larger investment in offshore gas exploration and the entry of small Australian companies in financial services and education sectors in the near future.

“We are hoping that bilateral trade and investment will continue to increase. You can never forecast the future 100 per cent. But we expect the growth to continue,” he said.

Cumpston said the recent conflicts in Rakhine State did not have any negative impact on investors’ optimism.  ... [ELEVEN - 6/12/17]



@GraffitiExpert [1/1/18]:  The minute you walked in the joint I could see you were a man of distinction A real big spender ... 



Sri Lankan navy arrests 13 Tamil Nadu fishermen [Tamil Guardian - 31/12/17]



... Men and women of the world.  Never wage war again. The Pacific War in Colour [NHK - 2015]



A man was stabbed to death inside a Melbourne prison Monday evening.

Paramedics tried to revive the prisoner after being called to Port Phillip Prison, east of the city, shortly before 7pm.  ... [Daily Mail - 1/1/18]



A pedestrian has become the first person to die on Queensland's roads in 2018.

The woman was getting out of a car when she was hit at an intersection at Logan Village, south of Brisbane, about 1.45am on Monday.

She died at the scene, while the driver was injured.

Later in the day, emergency services were called to the Bruce Highway at Chatsworth, northwest of Gympie, following a two-car crash that killed one man.

The driver of one of the cars, a 21-year-old man, sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Five others involved in the crash were taken to Gympie Hospital in a stable condition, where they have since been released.

And police are appealing for witnesses after a 30-year-old man came off his bike while cycling along Vulture St in South Brisbane about 3am.

Investigators initially thought he may have been hit by a car, but an examination of the bike and medical advice indicate that was likely not the case.

He was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition in intensive care with serious head injuries. [Yahoo - 1/1/18]



Police are investigating after a bicycle rider was located injured in South Brisbane this morning.

Preliminary investigations suggest that around 3am, a 30-year-old East Brisbane man was cycling along Vulture Street when he has come off his bike near Besant Street.

A member of the public found the rider and called an ambulance.

He was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remains in a critical condition with serious internal head injuries. ... [QPS Media - 1/1/18]



A three-year-old boy has died after being run over by his father in the driveway of a home in Brisbane's north-west. ... [ABC - 29/12/17]



A Queensland family is desperate for answers as detectives reopen the investigation into a Gold Coast cheerleader's mysterious death in 2013.

Breeana Robinson had received a torrent of abusive messages from her boyfriend before she fell to her death from the 11th storey balcony of a Southport high rise apartment building. ... [Nine MSN - 29/12/17]



1987: The beginning of the end for Queensland's Hillbilly Dictator, before the slick Labor Party crooks moved in [Yahoo - 1/1/18]



Gold Coast City Council forced to shut Currumbin Rock Pools because of contamination [MYGC - 31/12/17]



Typically suffocating - but then, there's no such thing as bad publicity, right Charlie? ---> Charlie Pickering has been forced to apologise after a shocking 'slip of the tongue' while hosting ABC's live New Year's Eve countdown. 

The 40-year-old host of The Weekly surprised viewers seconds before midnight on Sunday, when he said it is 'OK to kill a police officer'.

'We're getting it ready to count it down to the magical moment, the only time it's OK to kill a police officer... to kiss a police officer without asking,' Charlie said, correcting himself.  ... [Daily Mail - 1/1/18]



@wikileaks [31/12/17]:  New Twitter policy to back war crimes: Free pass given to hyper-dominant armed groups which promote violence. Supporters of weaker groups that resist them using identical tactics are to be eliminated.  



@crimesofbrits [28/12/17]:  Facebook has again shut down the Crimes of Britain Facebook page for “hate speech”



A block of opposition Argentine senators from the Front for Victory-Justicialist Party, FpV-PJ, have rejected the criminalization of peaceful protests in the country by president Mauricio Macri.

Speaking on Saturday, the senators described Macri's acts as "unprecedented and inadmissible", stating that it is "one of the most dangerous institutional abuses he can commit."

The group pointed out that the national government has used "lying accusations" to sue 11 opposition legislators for the alleged crime of "aggravated attack of public officials, resistance or disobedience and cover-up."

The lawsuit refers to five different incidents that occurred on Dec. 14, when Congress had to postpone its session to vote on highly-unpopular pension reforms, for which there have been numerous protests in the last few weeks. ... [teleSUR - 30/12/17]



Eight dead as rebels storm Kashmir paramilitary camp [Al Jazeera - 31/12/17]:


... Hundreds of police, army and paramilitary troopers had rushed to the vast training camp.

Internet services were also suspended in the Pulwama district, which has seen several bouts of heavy violence since the killing of Burhan Wani, a rebel, in July last year.

Wani's death sparked civil unrest in Kashmir which led to more than 100 people being killed in the region. ...



20 killed in Saudi airstrike in Yemen’s Hudaydah province [Press TV - 30/12/17]



115 bodies exhumed from mass graves in Raqqa countryside [SANA - 30/12/17]



Yazidi women found in mass grave; 96 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 30/12/17]



Nigeria: Scores killed in Boko Haram attacks in Borno, Yobe [All Africa - 31/12/17]



@pajhwok [31/12/17]:  #Afghanistan ...  Eighteen people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral ceremony in the capital of eastern Nangarhar province ...



Northcote man Antonios Crocaris, 83, dies in hospital from injuries suffered in Flinders Street [The Age - 30/12/17]:


... Police allege Mr Noori was driving a relative's white Suzuki Grand Vitara at 4.47pm on December 21 when he pulled out of traffic on Flinders Street, drove down the tram tracks, and careened through the Elizabeth Street intersection, striking 18 pedestrians.

It is believed another man – a South Korean in his 60s – remains in a critical condition and is one of four other victims who remain in hospital. 

The South Korean man is believed to be from the same family as another man in his 60s, and a four-year-old boy, who were also injured.

The South Korean consulate confirmed that all three were in Melbourne to visit a relative.

Nine of those injured in the incident were foreign nationals, from countries including Venezuela, India, China, Italy and Ireland. ...



@9NewsAUS [29/12/17]: A new exhibition in Canberra is exploring the dark yet fascinating history of manipulating the public in times of war. ...



A government investigator into a blaze that led to the deaths of 37 staff at the southern Philippines offices of an American market research firm says there are indications of fire safety lapses that may have contributed to the tragedy.

The Dec. 23 blaze in Davao City broke out at a furniture and fabric store on the third level of a mall, the New City Commercial Center (NCCC), and then engulfed the offices of the U.S. firm, Research Now SSI, on the fourth floor of the same building in choking smoke.

The only person among the 38 killed in the fire who didn’t work at the firm was a mall security officer. More than 100 SSI employees who were on duty that day managed to escape, of whom six were injured. ... [Reuters - 31/12/17]



US Pacific Command senior enlisted leader visits Misawa, emphasises warfighter mindset [29/12/17]



@IIIMEF [28/12/17]:  ... U.S. Marines & Soldiers with the Royal Malaysian Army team up for lots (and lots) of shooting during Tiger Strike 2018.



@helenprejean [31/12/17]: That just about wraps it up for 2017. As in any year, there were high points and low points. We've made a lot of progress over the past 12 months, but our work will only be done when the death penalty is abolished throughout the United States and the world.



Douglas County deputy killed in shooting was enthusiastic about law enforcement, family [The Denver Post - 31/12/17]:


Zackari Parrish, the Douglas County sheriff’s deputy killed in a New Year’s Eve ambush, had boundless energy that fueled him through the night shift and kept him going during the day so he could play with his two young daughters.

“He was just joyous and vibrant about the work he was doing,” said Lacey Knight, a friend. 

“He was tremendously excited and in love with his wife and those two girls. They were his whole life.”

Parrish, 29, was gunned down Sunday morning while responding to a domestic disturbance at at the Copper Canyon Apartments on East County Line Road in Highlands Ranch.

Three other Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies and a Castle Rock Police Department officer were wounded in the shootout, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

Two residents also were wounded, and the shooter was killed. ...



Erica Garner, daughter of police chokehold victim, dies at 27 in Brooklyn [NY Daily News - 30/12/17]



... Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Wichita man who apparently wasn't involved in the dispute. ... [KAKE.com - 29/12/17]



A 6-year-old Texas boy was killed just days before Christmas when sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a woman they had been chasing — and one of the bullets pierced the wall of a mobile home and struck the child in the abdomen. ... [NBC - 24/12/17]



A 31-year-old Parmelia man is in custody after police chased him across Perth as he tried to escape in a stolen car before crashing into another vehicle. ... [West Australian - 30/12/17]



Two charged with assaulting police officers, Casino and Lismore [Tweed Shire Echo - 29/12/17]



Police pull guns on unlicensed juvenile after pursuit on Bruxner Highway, Drake [Tweed Shire Echo - 29/12/17]:


... The driver, a juvenile, allegedly said ‘First time you ***** have got me, I’ve been doing this for a while’. ...



The Israeli Police Investigations Division (PID) has decided to close its probe into the January police killing of Palestinian math teacher Yaqoub Abu al-Qian, and to not hold any officers responsible for his death, Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, said in a statement on Thursday.

Abu al-Qian, a 50-year-old math teacher from the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel’s Negev desert, was shot dead by Israeli police in January while he was driving at night, causing him to spin out of control and crash into Israeli officers, killing one policeman. 

Abu al-Qian was driving through the village as dozens of Israeli forces were preparing for a large-scale home demolition in Umm al-Hiran.

Israeli forces at the time claimed he was attempted to carry out a vehicular attack, though witness testimonies and video footage of the incident proved contradictory to police accusations. 

Israeli police footage appeared to show police officers shooting at al-Qian as he was driving at a very slow pace, and only several seconds after the gunfire does his car appear to speed up, eventfully plowing through police officers.  ... [Maan - 30/12/17]



Israeli airstrikes target sites in eastern Gaza Strip [Maan - 30/12/17]



Lorde's stand on Israel does her credit [NZ Herald - 28/12/17]



Turkish authorities have begun freeing some suspects arrested for involvement in a coup attempt after they found that thousands had been unwittingly re-directed to a messaging app used by the plotters, media outlets reported on Friday.

Turkey has identified 215,000 users of the ByLock messaging app and started investigating more than 23,000 of them.

Ankara said many of those were re-directed to ByLock unwittingly via a different app developed by the plotters of the failed coup.

An arrest warrant was issued for the developer of that app. ... [Reuters - 30/12/17]



Greece's government has filed a request to cancel the granting of asylum to one of eight Turkish soldiers who fled their country during last year's failed coup attempt.

The move on Saturday came hours after a Greek administrative committee ruled in favour of the man's appeal against his earlier application for asylum. ... [Al Jazeera - 31/12/17]



A New Year's Eve fireworks display ended with fears for the safety of thousands watching on the beach after a huge explosion caused a flaming inferno on the display barge about 150 metres from shore.

Crowds eager to watch the 9pm fireworks display on Terrigal Beach were evacuated after the barge caught alight, forcing the two technicians on board to dive into the water to escape. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/1/18]



A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday, killing six people on a “wine and dine” sightseeing flight ahead of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the harbour. ... [Reuters - 31/12/17]



... You'll do a lot more stuff in the New Year, unless you're dead ...


"CHRISTMAS IS HERE!" — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump



 No #Christmas this year!?! In #Greece #refugees are suffering in tents at the #hotspots. In Libya #refugees and #migrants are being sold as slaves. #RefugeesWelcome #OpenTheBorders #FerriesNotFrontex #NoHotSpots #WinterIsComing: #CloseTheHotspots & #OpenTheIslands @sol2refugees [24/12/17]



Notes from Europe’s African border [Counterpunch - 29/12/17]:


... To prevent migrants from reaching the Mediterranean, France has asked five African countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger) to join its G5 Sahel Initiative.

The Sahel is the belt that runs across Africa below the Sahara Desert.

The European Union has also contributed to this project.

The Europeans want to move their southern border from the northern edge of the Mediterranean Sea to the southern rim of the Sahara Desert.

French military bases run across the Sahel, as the United States builds an enormous base in Agadez (Niger) from where it will fly drones to provide aerial support.

The military has arrived in the Sahel to stop the flow of migrants. ...



Lesson of the Holocaust - Grant Asylum @davidsheen [30/12/17] אורן לפני 5 שנים



@davidsheen [31/12/17]: Downtown TelAviv slave auction made it into the margins of the Israeli MSM ... It was political theater, trying to make Israelis aware that sending 40000 non-Jewish African refugees back to the tortures they fled from is a death sentence ...



'Accountant of Auschwitz' denied reprieve after being convicted of accessory to murder of 300,000 [USA Today - 29/12/17]:


... Groening, who has been dubbed the “accountant of Auschwitz,” testified at his trial that he oversaw the collection of prisoners’ belongings and ensured that valuables and cash were separated to be sent to Berlin.

He said he witnessed individual atrocities but did not acknowledge participating in any crimes.

The court that convicted him ruled, however, that he was part of the “machinery of death,” helping the camp function and collecting money stolen from the victims to help the Nazi cause, and thus could be convicted of accessory to the murders committed there.




1 January 2018