New Matilda confirms they will not hold ALP politicians to account and/or seek actual details of the bogus Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [1/3/17]



WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING ... WAITING...  ---> US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of phoney Obama-Australia refugee "deal" [Senator Chuck Grassley Media Release - 2/2/17]



Dutton is already playing God thanks to powers bestowed upon him by the ALP.  PISS OFF ALP STOOGES --> Two bills currently before federal parliament are an attempt to significantly expand Dutton’s Trump-like powers.

This expansion would increase his power, decrease government accountability and all but write out the courts’ review powers.

They would allow the immigration minister to play God; to make significant decisions that would affect the lives of vulnerable people, and to do so unchecked. ... [Guardian - 1/3/17]



Profiting from people's misery won't last forever: Asian Development Bank to Nauru [RNZI - 1/3/17]



The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Deborah Stokes [Former Australian High Commissioner to PNG] as Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management. ... [Media Release - 24/11/15]



June 2015 edition of Australian government's Manus Island  pro-concentration camp/pro-torture propaganda an example of fascism which mocks locals, refugees and Australians. [ABC - 24/6/15]:


The operator of the Manus Island detention centre has donated a mobile boxing ring to the community, despite local staff being accused of bashing an Iranian asylum seeker to death last year.

The donation was publicised in the Australian High Commission's monthly newsletter.

"The mobile boxing ring will assist the Boxing Association to stage boxing tournaments in all places in Manus," said the newsletter caption. ...



PNG lawyer Ben Lomai files application to stop deportations from Australia's concentration camp on Manus Island [PNG Loop - 1/3/17]:


A total of 166 men from the Manus Processing Center [concentration camp] who were identified to be non-genuine refugees [have been denied asylum via a flawed assessment process after four years illegal imprisonment] have filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking to stop their deportation.

Their lawyer Ben Lomai filed the application on Monday, February 27 seeking that order.

The matter came for mention today before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia who adjourned it to March 8 because the state was short served the application.

The court also made an indication that the application will go before a three-man Supreme Court bench.

The application filed on Monday also seeks the removal of the National Executive Council as a party in the case.

They are asking the court to remove this party because they are of the view that the interest of the NEC is already represented by Rimbink Pato as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration.

Lomai was directed by the court to file by tomorrow a list containing the names of the 166 applicants, who are seeking the interim orders.  

This court direction came after lawyer representing Minister Pato made known to the court that some of those 166 applicants are not part of the 730 applicants in the Supreme Court enforcement application which is the substantive matter.

In the substantive matter, the 730 men on Manus island are asking the court to order their return either to Australia or a third country.

They are also seeking compensation for their illegal detention since 2013 based on the April 26, 2016 Supreme Court decision in the Namah case.

Meanwhile the Nepal Asylum seeker who was sent back to his country last month was done so on "voluntary deportation".



After 4 years of illegal imprisonment by the Australian government, refugees are now being singled out for deportation theatre [Huffington Post - 1/3/17]:


... On Wednesday, Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian man on Manus, told The Huffington Post Australia around 30 people had agreed to return home in recent weeks, receiving payments of up to $US20,000.

"In the past week a lot of people from Manus prison have gone back to their countries of origin. At the beginning of the week 10 people went back to Nepal, including the young man who they tried to deport last month. There are now only two Nepalese people in Manus," Boochani said in a message.

"Last month five Nepalese went back and another one was deported. Then, this week, four Iranian men went back, one of them after experiencing solitary confinement for a long time and becoming seriously mentally and physically unwell after suffering here. In addition, three people from Lebanon and 12 people from Bangladesh have signed to go back and they will be transferred in the next few days." ...



Why did Obama deport 85 Muslim asylum seekers to Bangladesh, India and Nepal? [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]



Bangladesh begin census of Rohingya refugees they plan to exile to an uninhabitable island [Channel News Asia - 28/2/17]



More than 200 Rohingya civilians arrested in northern Maungdaw on 14th November 2016 are now facing arbitrary trials and subjected to long-term imprisonments, reports say. ... [Rohingya Vision - 1/3/17]



‏@mir_sidiquee [1/3/17]:  Myanmar government has been bombing even using fighter jets and gunship helicopters



Myanmar military presents 2.5 hour powerpoint perception management for its ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya [Bangkok Post - 1/3/17]



Woodside Petroleum cut the pay of chief executive officer Peter Coleman by more than $1 million in 2016.

In the Perth-based oil and gas company’s 2016 annual report, it was revealed that Coleman’s 2016 remuneration was about $8.95 million, down from the $9.97 million he received in 2015. ... [Australian Mining  1/3/17]



Singaporean asylum seeker Amos Yee allegedly in solitary confinement in US for disrupting religious class in jail [The Independent - 23/2/17]



One of Bermuda’s four Uighurs is desperately pleading with British authorities to let his five-year-old son receive specialist medical treatment overseas.

Abdullah Abdulqadir, who along with his son, Muhammad, remains stranded and stateless in Bermuda, is seeking citizenship from the UK Home Office so they can travel off the island.

Representing Mr Abdulqadir, Bermuda lawyer Richard Horseman, of Wakefield Quin, wrote to the UK Home Office on February 6 requesting a status update on passport applications for the pair as a matter of emergency.

The son is suffering from pains in his groin which multiple doctors in Bermuda have been unable to diagnose.

Describing the situation as “a major concern”, Mr Horseman wrote: “Without travel documents, in the event of a medical emergency, it will be difficult if not impossible, for them to obtain overseas specialist treatment.

There are many medical procedures that require persons to be transported out of Bermuda.”

Mr Abdulqadir, Khalil Mamut, Ablikim Turahun and Salahidin Abdulahad, who are originally from Chinese Turkestan, were secretly brought to Bermuda from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in 2009.

They were initially suspected of being enemy combatants by China, but were released without charge after the US accepted they were not terrorists.

They could not return to China due to fears of repression, but the US refused to settle them inside its borders.

Former Premier Ewart Brown and former National Security Minister David Burch struck the deal with the US, without Britain’s knowledge or consent.

According to Mr Horseman, China is not going to issue the boy a passport. ... [Royal Gazette - 28/2/17]



New release hearing held for CIA-tortured Guantanamo “forever” prisoner [Center for Constitutional Rights - 28/2/17]



@wikileaks [1/3/17]:  WikiLeaks cables describe intense US pressure on Italy over Abu Omar CIA kidnapping case resulting in clemency today



Italy's president has granted a partial pardon to a former CIA officer for her role in the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian cleric.

Sabrina de Sousa, who had been convicted in absentia, was detained by Portuguese police last week.

President Sergio Mattarella's decision to reduce the American's sentence from four years to three means she can apply for alternative sanctions to prison.

De Sousa denies involvement in the seizure of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr. ... [BBC - 28/2/17]



Citizen Love: The story of an ordinary family's fight with the US government [Computer Weekly - 27/2/17]



Turkish jets strike Kurdish forces in northern Syria [AMN - 1/3/17]



A high-ranking representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces, who wished not to disclose his name, has told Sputnik Turkiye that the US is "taking all necessary measures" to defend the Syrian city of Manbij from an attack by the Turkish military.

It has set up a military base in the city and hung up its flag as a "warning sign" to Ankara. ... [Sputnik - 1/3/17]



Over 400 people flee terrorists in Tadef and al-Bab in Aleppo [SANA - 1/3/17]



The Syrian Army and Armed Forces continued making progress in the battle against terrorist organizations, establishing control over the Palmyra Triangle area in Homs province and targeting ISIS positions in Deir Ezzor. ... [SANA - 1/3/17]



Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said in a statement that “we strike terrorism wherever it exists in cooperation with our neighbor Syria,” affirming that what harms Syria harms Iraq. ... [SANA - 1/3/17]



@RudawEnglish [28/2/17]:  At least 10 students injured following demonstrations against PM @HaiderAlAbadi at Wasit University, Iraq.



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/2/17]:


Nineveh: News agencies: "15" persons were killed and "38"wounded including children and women as an artillery shelling targeted Tayaran,Dawasa ,Rajim Hadid ,Ma'moun and Ma'ash Sooq neighborhood in western Mosul.


Nineveh: News agencies: The air force used the thermobaric weapons -highly destructive weapons -when it shelled west of Mosul areas.


Two persons were wounded as an IED exploded in Bobil sham area north of Baghdad.


"3" persons were wounded as an IED exploded in Tajiyat area north of Baghdad.


Deaths and injuries were resulted as a car bomb targeted a checkpoint of the government forces west of Ramadi.



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 28/2/17]



UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters and more than 70 other pieces of equipment arrive at the Port of Thessaloniki [US Department of Defense - 28/2/17]



Holding banners reading “We accept refugees, isolate the fascists,” demonstrators on Tuesday gathered outside Oraiokastro Town Hall to pledge solidarity with refugee children attending schools in the town near Thessaloniki.

The gathering was organized by the local women’s association and members of the People’s Committee of Oraiokastro, and also included a march through the town.

The rally followed one staged last week by teachers outside the 1st Elementary School to express solidarity with refugee children attending afternoon classes there. ... [Ekathimerini - 28/2/17]



Even if the Oscar was not given to ‘4.1 Miles’ the story that took place in the Aegean in which the men of the coast guard played the lead role and saved thousands of human lives, a story that is not over, became known to the ends of the earth.

And no one can now say they didn’t know.


Greek Reporter [28/2/17]:


The Oscar-nominated short documentary “4.1 Miles” directed by Greek student Daphne Matziaraki is to be screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

The screening of the documentary, which depicts the drama of the refugee crisis on the island of Lesbos at its height, was organized by the Greece’s permanent UN representation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the “New York Times.”

It will be attended by Matziaraki herself and the protagonist of her documentary, coast guard officer Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the captain of a vessel that was involved in the rescue of thousands of refugees that crossed the stretch of water between Lesbos and Turkey’s shores to reach Europe.

Speaking to the ANA from the Oscar awards ceremony on Monday, where Matziaraki’s film was among the contenders for the 2017 Oscars, Papadopoulos noted that “even if the Oscar was not given to ‘4.1 Miles’ the story that took place in the Aegean in which the men of the coast guard played the lead role and saved thousands of human lives, a story that is not over, became known to the ends of the earth. And no one can now say they didn’t know.”



‏@Refugees_Gr [28/2/17]:  Refugee was arrested and returned to #Moria detention. Many #refugeesgr every day try to escape inhuman conditions



US Coast Guard capture 6 Cuban migrants in Cay Sal area, hand them over to Bahamas Immigration officials for imprisonment, then deportation [The Freeport News - 28/2/17]


... The previous group of Cuban migrants to be processed on Grand Bahama was over a month ago, January 26, and consisted of seven Cubans who were the first to be intercepted in Bahamian waters en route to the U.S. since former President Barack Obama lifted that country’s ‘Wet foot, Dry foot’ Immigration policy that allowed Cuban migrants the right to stay if they reached U.S. soil by January 12.  

On January 11, the USCG Cutter Robert Yered called into the Lucayan Harbour and handed over to Bahamas Immigration officials, 19 Cuban migrants who had been intercepted at sea in the Cay Sal Bank area on-board a rustic vessel.    

Five days earlier (January 6) 42 Cuban migrants were brought to the Lucayan Harbour by the crew of the USCG Cutter Robert Yered and handed over to local Immigration officers and just four days before (January 2) 12 Cuban migrants were handed over having been intercepted in the same area, Cay Sal Bank.  ... 



Protesters shout down Charlotte City Council with chants of ‘No more ICE!’ [The Charlotte Observer - 27/2/17]



Locked in limbo [Texas Observer - 28/2/17]:


... Gladys is one of thousands of immigrants, mostly Central American mothers, who are required to wear an ankle monitor.

Given the choice between jail or the device, she chose to avoid the prison-like family detention center.

Gladys is thankful to not be locked up, but at times she still feels incarcerated.

She told the Observer she’s looked for work, but hotels and restaurants won’t hire her because the customers will think she’s a criminal.

And the hours she can work are limited, because she has to care for her kids, charge the monitor and be home for weekly check-ins.

Then there’s the shame.

“It’s ugly to go around with this,” Gladys said, gesturing toward the monitor.

“Especially for a woman. Emotionally, it affects you a lot … I feel like I can’t do anything.” ...



Along the southern border of the United States is a graveyard, where hundreds upon hundreds of human remains are waiting to be found in the sand.

They are teenagers, mothers and spouses walking the only path available to them—away from poverty and violence: towards their families, the only place safer and easier to eat.

In Part 1 of this two-part series, Abby Martin reveals a catastrophe at the Empire's gates; not only a shockingly high body count, but a humanitarian crisis manufactured by the U.S. government.

Sinister tactics, a for-profit prison pipeline, and a court system that looks more like a slave auction than a trial await those who survive.

Join The Empire Files on-location to learn how Border Patrol has turned land into a weapon, to take the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. ... All death and no returns = "Successful" US border policy [teleSUR - 31/1/16]



Turnbull is under no pressure - and doesn't have to do anything - while Shorten has his back. 

Is your priority refugees and asylum seekers, or votes for the ALP?


While advocates refuse to challenge the BIPARTISAN "deterrence" lie, Autralia's punishment of asylum seekers and refugees will continue [Pro Bono Australia - 1/3/17]:


...“We‘re asking [our donors] today to write a letter to Mr Turnbull" ... <---  If you're not asking donors to write to Mr Shorten as well, you are perpetuating the policy.



Given their ALP funding, the Asylum Seeker Resource centre risks the perception of partisan bias ---> ... The Victorian Government today opened up its bank account to expand the Asylum Seeker VET Program, delivering $15 million in funding over two years.


The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), which has been established in Victoria for over a decade, will provide assistance to asylum seekers and temporary protection visa holders enrolling in courses with integrated education plans.

A phone hotline will also be set up for the ASRC to provide additional support to asylum seekers and temporary protection visa holders enrolled in traineeships, ranging from construction and design to hospitality and retail. ... [Huffington Post - 31/8/16]



Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy.  "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015  [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]



ABC [4/2/16]:


The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.

The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.

In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267

men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...



... Academic people, writer people, artist people. Those people that they can make change and put pressure on the government.

Why are they silent?


Behrouz Boochani - political prisoner of the Australian government, Manus Island [RNZI - 15/10/16]



Last week, in partnership with the Australian and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, we hosted a special conversation event with one of Australia’s greatest authors, Thomas Keneally, and British arts and culture journalist Mark Lawson. ... [Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom · - June 2016]



@BehrouzBoochani [1/3/17]:  In last wk 14 ppl sent back to their countries from #Manus -10 to Nepal, 4 Iran. 12 to Bangladesh, 3 to Lebanon soon. After 4 yrs suffering



Perhaps Radio New Zealand will tell us what happened to Ben Lomai's application for an injunction? ---> The lawyer representing about 900 men detained on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island says he will apply for a court injunction to stop any of the detainees from being deported.

The PNG government is planning to deport 60 men from Manus to their countries of origin as they have not been granted refugee status. Lawyer Ben Lomai said he had two options to stop the deportations, the first being to seek a judicial review.

"The other option would be to go back using the current proceedings we have in the Supreme Court application 17 of 2016 to make that application on the basis that they have already filed a case contesting the issue of their return back to Australia. So on that basis alone we can ask for the court to injunct the deportations."

Mr Lomai said he hoped to file the application to stop the deportations this week. [RNZI - 8/2/17]



What is happening with these proceedings? Where is Ron Merkel QC? [The National - 1/11/16]:


More than 600 asylum seekers on Manus Island have filed a fresh Supreme Court application seeking orders for their release and compensation.

Forms for their signatures were sent to Manus last Friday from the National Capital District after the Supreme Court dismissed two applications they filed on the basis that they did not sign the applications.

Their lawyer Ben Lomai told The National yesterday that 631 asylum seekers signed the fresh forms for their new application on Sunday.

Lomai said he prepared the applications and was waiting to return signature forms so he could file the application anytime this week after he got the “final words” from lawyer Ron Merkel QC in Australia. ...



Nauru admits dengue outbreak. Australian media censorship continues as refugees fight for their lives in offshore gulags [Nauru Loop - 1/3/17]



Even when it was happening it didn't happen: WHO confirms to Newsweek more than 50 cases of dengue [28/2/17]



Nauru President Waqa receives Israel ambassador-designate [Nauru Loop - 22/2/17]:


... During the Ambassadors six day visit, he had the opportunity to visit the Culture office, escorted on a tour of the phosphate mining by the Nauru Rehabilitation Corporation, enjoyed a fishing charter, and toured the Republic of Nauru hospital. ...



Australian funded "health care" provider Internaional SOS operating without registration in PNG [The National - 24/2/17]



England's mammoth inquiry into historical child sex abuse held its first public hearings on Monday, hearing of the "torture, rape and slavery" suffered by child migrants shipped to Australia.

The wide-ranging Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse opened by looking at the scheme that sent thousands of vulnerable children to far-flung parts of the Commonwealth.

David Hill broke down as he told the inquiry of the "endemic" sexual abuse at the school he was sent to in Australia. ... [Nine MSN - 28/2/17]




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