@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [1/6/16]: Anbar: US air force has intensified its shelling over Fallujah since two days till now.........
Amid heavy clashes in Fallujah, fears rise for civilians [ABC News - 31/5/16]
During May, at least 4,164 people were killed and 2,396 were wounded in Iraq.
These figures should be considered very low estimates.
Heavy fighting at the Fallujah and Mosul frontlines prevents independent verification of any reports, but we do know there is heaving fighting going on.
In April, 4,609 were killed and 1,772 were injured. ... [Antiwar - 31/5/16]
Thousands of U.S.-backed fighters in Syria are launching an offensive to capture from Islamic State a crucial swathe of northern Syria known as the Manbij pocket following weeks of quiet preparations, U.S. officials disclosed to Reuters.
The operation, which only just started to get underway on Tuesday and could take weeks to complete, aims to choke off Islamic State's access to Syrian territory along the Turkish border that militants have long used as a logistics base for moving foreign fighters back and forth to Europe. ... [Reuters - 1/6/16]
A humanitarian aid convoy entered the rebel-held Syrian town of Daraya on Wednesday, the Red Cross said.
This is the first such delivery since a government siege began in 2012, AFP reports.
The International Committee of the Red Cross said both UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff were involved in the delivery. [RT - 1/6/16]
Seven civilians, among them a child, were killed on Tuesday while 13 others were wounded in terrorist rocket attacks on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo. ... [SANA - 1/6/16]
How many refugee boats did Australia push back, sink or abandon over the past 24 hours? ----> More than 110 irregular migrants, including 33 children, were rescued by the Hellenic coast guard from a sinking vessel spotted off the coast of Crete, Greece on Tuesday. Some of the migrants were collected by the coast guard, with the help of a ship from Iraklio and nearby private vessels, while others managed to get to the shore unaided. ... [Greek Reporter - 1/6/16]
... “In light of the UN Security Council’s inability to bring to an end the ongoing conflicts and deepening poverty throughout the Middle East and West Africa, the number of migrants and refugees seeking to escape will only continue to grow,” warns Owen.
“There will be no solution as long as European nations construct walls and deport these desperate people instead of opening their doors and finding an equitable way of sharing both the burden and the opportunity that refugees bring.” Five migrants per hour drowning in Mediterranean [Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor - 30/5/16]
FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Day 74 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [1/6/16]
Protest the genocidal zealots wherever they may go: Bill Shorten has rejected criticism that Australia is racist and Islamaphobic for locking-up asylum seekers in offshore detention camps. ... [SBS - 1/6/16]
FREE THE REFUGEES! #VOTEINFORMAL
Detention practice makes Australia a pariah [Indian Newslink - 31/5/16]
A 27 year old Tamil man who was shot at by Sri Lankan police before being taken into custody has been released on bail by Mullaitivu magistrate court. ... [Tamil Guardian - 1/6/16]
Another Tamil man was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department (TID), who accused him of plotting to restart the LTTE.
Father of two Sankaralingam Sasikaran, 30, was arrested on Monday evening in Kilinochchi and taken to the 2nd floor of the TID headquarters in Colombo, according to his wife.
Mr Sasikaran, originally from Sinnaoorani, Batticaloa, was living in Bharathipuram, Kilinochchi, where he was employed by a local NGO, which worked with war-affected households and providing education to children. [Tamil Guardian - 31/5/16]
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister urges Indian PM to ensure release of fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy [Tamil Guardian - 31/6/16]
A criminal gang led by a Pakistani citizen had carried out the attack on the Ansar barracks inside the Rohingya refugee camp at Nayapara of Teknaf on May 13, an accused told a local court yesterday.
Nurul Absar of Rangikhali Gazipara village in Teknaf said this in his confessional statement before Cox's Bazar Judicial Magistrate Siraj Uddin, according to court sources.
Five members of Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), a Rohingya militant outfit, and 25 other criminals, including several Rohingyas from the refugee camp, were involved in the attack, the sources added quoting Absar as saying.
The Daily Star, however, could not verify the information independently.
In the early hours of May 13, some 25 to 30 “robbers” attacked the Ansar barracks, held three on-duty Ansar men hostage, shot dead camp commander Ali Hossain dead, took away the keys of the armoury from him and looted 11 arms and 670 bullets.
Some 13,000 Rohingyas are registered with the refugee camp in Teknaf. [The Daily Star - 1/6/16]
Bangladesh's announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened anxieties among the Muslim minority, who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
Observers applaud the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity. ... [IRIN - 24/1/14]
... Suu Kyi, who holds the office of state counsellor, will lead a new Central Committee for Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State, the President's Office said in an online announcement on Tuesday.
The group will consist of 27 officials, including all cabinet ministers.
The announcement, dated Monday, gave only the names of those in the committee and offered no details on how the group would go about addressing the state's multitude of problems. ... Myanmar's Suu Kyi to lead renewed whitewashing campaign in the Rakhine [Reuters - 31/5/16]
The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015. Australian Embassy in Myanmar
... The company’s early success in Myanmar establishes the petroleum system credentials of the Rakhine Basin, where Woodside is one of the largest acreage holders, with interests in six blocks (details p3). ... Woodside books contingent resource in Myanmar [ASX Announcement - 20/5/16]
A 20-day trial of seven officers accused of police brutality has started. All seven pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting democracy activist Ken Tsang.
They are accused of "causing grevious bodily harm, unlawfully and maliciously", and if found guilty, the officers could each face jail-time of up to seven years.
The incident happened at the height of the pro-democracy Occupy street protests that gripped the city in 2014.
The assault was caught on camera, and was one of the more controversial during the protests, where activists were protesting against Beijing's plans to restrict elections for Hong Kong's top leader. ... [Channel News Asia - 1/6/16]
PNG court defers UPNG student eviction [RNZI – 1/6/16]
A parent who was arrested together with university students yesterday in Wewak claims the police report of the incident is untrue. ... [PNG Loop - 31/5/16]
An Australian company contracted for K3 million to install a computerised system to produce land titles ended up receiving about K50 million without completing the task, Lands Minister Benny Allan revealed in Parliament yesterday.
Allan was responding to Northern Governor Gary Juffa’s query about a highly paid contractor that was engaged by the Lands Department to install the computerised system.
Allan said the company, Technology Number One, was contracted some years back to install the Land And Geographic Information System (Lagis). ... [The National - 1/6/16]
Police in Manus have arrested six suspects for the alleged murder of a man at Lophahan village, in the Lelemadi-Bupichupeu LLG, Lorengau. ... [The National - 1/6/16]
Norfolk Islanders lose right to vote - NSW MP [RNZI - 1/6/16]:
... Australia is folding Norfolk into New South Wales from next month, having stripped its autonomy a year ago.
The island's citizens will have a vote in a Canberra seat in the federal election but David Shoebridge said that, under legislation passed this week in Sydney, Norfolk Islanders will not be able to vote in the state parliament's poll.
"We asked the government, the New South Wales government, well surely you will join with us in doing everything we can to extend the franchise to Norfolk Island," he said.
"If they are going to be governed by the laws of New South Wales obviously they should have a vote in the New South Wales parliament. But the Coalition government here in New South Wales refused treat and literally treated Norfolk Island like a 21st century colony."
Many Norfolk Islanders continue to oppose the Australian take-over and they have an appeal before the United Nations for listing as a no-self-governing territory.
A group of local residents filed a suit Tuesday seeking an injunction to halt the restart of a reactor in Shikoku amid safety concerns following powerful earthquakes in the nearby Kyushu region. ... [Japan Today - 1/6/16]
With the launch of a new defense strategy on Tuesday, expectations are high that the Defense Ministry will build a maritime defense system that supports the government’s vision of transforming the country into a global maritime power.
Unlike a 2008 version that focused on territorial defense, the 2015 Defense White Paper released on Tuesday incorporates the global maritime axis and state defense concepts to deal with potential threats over the next five years. ... [Jakarta Post - 1/6/16]
Eva Orner and the Australian human rights establishment have no demand, and they want us to surrender hope.
Keep seeking the truth.
Resist and survive.
FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS!
Analysis: Right to liberty, unconstitutional constitutional amendments, and foreign judges in PNG [Blog of the IACL, AIDC - 31/5/16]
NPR report mischaracterises US asylum process [American Immigration Council - 31/5/16]:
… The truth is that the initial processing of family units and adult border crossers still takes place in Customs and Border Protection’s short-term detention facilities, known as “hieleras,” or ice-boxes.
Attorneys working directly with these families confirm this ongoing practice, and litigation against DHS is attempting to unseal the conditions of these facilities and stop the government from detaining individuals in horrific conditions.
Furthermore, the family detention facilities in Texas to which many families are subsequently transferred after being held in the “hieleras” are nothing more than jails owned and operated by private prison corporations.
The conditions of these “family holding facilities” have been the subject of ongoing complaints that describe a lack of access to legal counsel, insufficient or nonexistent access to medical care, and inhumane and unsanitary living conditions.
The story also quotes a Border Patrol spokesman who gravely mischaracterizes how the government treats asylum seekers when they arrive in the U.S.
“What happens is if you are arrested in the United States and you ask for any sort of asylum, what we do is we will process you, and we will walk you right out our front door, give you a pat on the back and say, ‘Welcome to the United States.’ And they’re good to go.”
This gross misstatement makes the asylum program sound like a simple catch and release or “amnesty” program.
This could not be further from the truth.
The asylum process is very difficult for any individual to complete. When individuals express a fear of return to their native country, they begin the asylum process with an initial threshold screening interview, known as a “credible fear interview” with an asylum officer.
Only if they receive a positive determination from that initial interview are they then considered for release with a “Notice to Appear” in immigration court to pursue their claims for asylum.
They must attend a series of hearings, submit an application for asylum (with accompanying evidence), and prove they are eligible—and they must do this without the assistance of a lawyer, unless they are able to retain one because the government refused to guarantee appointed counsel to everyone in court, even to children. ...
As human rights organisations continue allowing the government to get away with murder, and the situation becomes more dire for refugees trapped on Nauru and Manus Island, the Financial Times and New York Times are still the only establishment voices calling on Australia to close its illegal camps and respect the UN Refugee Convention.
Perhaps it's unfair to question what they do all day?
Looking everywhere but their own backyard?
Busy generating statements praising the oppressors?
Retreat into a cosy pantomime of speeches, award ceremonies, book and film launches if you must, but don't expect to be taken seriously as an authoritative voice on human rights ever again.
"HUMAN RIGHTS. RED CROSS. UN. SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. DON'T STOP THE BOATS BY KILLING US IN OFFSHORE.": Day 42 refugee protests, Nauru [29/4/16]
Nauru refugee concentration camp goon complains about poor pay rate, says dictatorship thwarting his election prospects [RNZI - 1/6/16]
General Mills recalls flour over possible link to E.coli outbreak [Reuters - 31/5/16]
A former Oklahoma reserve deputy convicted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man being subdued by regular deputies last year was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in prison for second-degree manslaughter.
Robert Bates, an insurance executive who volunteered as a reserve sheriff's deputy in Tulsa County, was found guilty in April of the charge stemming from the 2015 death of Eric Harris.
Bates, 74, will receive credit for time already served.
He has been held at the Tulsa Jail since his conviction. ... [Reuters - 31/5/16]
1 June 2016