United States continues bombing everyone
US Department of Defense [1/5/16]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in 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.
Strikes in Syria
Attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted two strikes in Syria:
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
Strikes in Iraq
Rocket artillery, bomber and fighter aircraft conducted 26 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Al Baghdadi, two strikes destroyed an ISIL mortar system and five ISIL bed down locations.
-- Near Al Qaim, a strike struck an ISIL vehicle bomb facility.
-- Near Albu Hayat, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Bayji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Fallujah, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL supply cache, and an ISIL frontend loader.
-- Near Hit, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL anti-air artillery system, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL unmanned aircraft site, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL tunnel entrance, and an ISIL vehicle bomb storage facility and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate large ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, four ISIL assembly areas, five ISIL vehicles, two ISIL vehicle bombs, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL bunker, and an ISIL supply cache.
-- Near Kisik, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Mosul, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL mortar systems, two ISIL vehicles, and an ISIL weapons cache.
-- Near Ramadi, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, five ISIL heavy machine guns, four ISIL mortar systems, and an ISIL assembly area.
-- Near Tal Afar, a strike immobilized two ISIL excavators.
Greece deports more Syrian refugees to Turkey [Ekathimerini - 1/5/16]
How many refugee boats did the Australian "Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ..." Navy push back and/or abandon in the last 24 hours? ----> @guardiacostiera [30/4/16]: #SAR Nave Dattilo CP 940 della #GuardiaCostiera soccorre peschereccio con 249 migranti a bordo
What are crimes against humanity? [International Criminal Court]
The game is up.
The camps are ILLEGAL and PEOPLE ARE DYING.
There is nothing left but to protest ALL those responsible.
While refugees on Nauru are mourning the suicide death of Omid, another young man has attempted self immolation in RCP1.
Yesterday afternoon at 6pm Nauruan time the 20 year old known as Milad doused himself with petrol but was arrested before he could follow through with the act.
He is known to have mental health issues, as do many if not all of the refugees on the 22km square island, which is being used by Australia as a human dumping ground as part of its refugee policies.
This is at least the sixth suicide attempt in the last week.
A Somali woman also attempted self immolation but she was also prevented from doing do by onlookers.
Instead of providing mental health care to those who attempt to take their own lives Nauru has charged some of them using an outdated law which makes attempting suicide illegal.
Authorities say this is to discourage others and ‘stamp out the offense‘.
Protest by refugees continue, today is day 43, the number of days the refugees have been on Nauru is now well over 1000. [Autonomous Action Radio - 1/5/16]
... To say that the situation on Nauru is extremely grave is an understatement. ... [Day 40 refugee protests on Nauru - Autonomous Action Radio - 28/4/16]: "SHUT DOWN OFFSHORE" "TRANSFIELD SHAME ON YOU SHAME ON YOU" "WILSON SHAME ON YOU" "UN SHAME ON YOU" "GIVE US FREEDOM" "ABF SHAME ON YOU" "WHERE IS FREEDOM" "DIRTY POLICY"
"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
Day 43, refugee protests - Nauru
Image: @InsurrectNews [1/5/16]
We protested, and we will keep protesting until the ILLEGAL camps are closed, and the refugees are safe. ---> PHOTOS: Refugee activists rally across the country at Omid vigils and #BringThemHere protests [Green Left Weekly - 30/4/16]
@EvolvingMeme [29/4/16]: Best message I saw on today's march against the evil detention policy. ...
Vigil for Omid again today Sydney. It didn't have to be like this. Stop the deaths. Don't vote for abusers in govt.
Image: @fabiari [1/5/16]
The wellbeing of Omid's wife, and reprehensible silence of the medical and human rights establishment as the Nauru suicide crisis intensifies, are "a bit too newsy" for the pro-concentration camp Australian media. [RAPBS - 1/5/16]:
RAPBS is very concerned at the pressure that is being exerted on Omid's 21 year-old wife.
As described in an article in the Guardian, this young woman was subjected to disgraceful treatment by the agents of the Australian and Nauru government during the 22 hours it took for Omid to be medivaced to Australia and subsequently.
She was not allowed to communicate with friends during the time she was at the hospital and her moblie phone was taken from her.
RAPBS understands that ...this has yet to be returned to her. Her friends have been unable to make contact.
The distress and grief she is suffering must not be ignored.
We hold the Australian government responsible for her care and well being.
We call on women's groups, supporters of trauma victims, grief counsellors, medical workers and all members of our polity to: 1. Demand that appropriate and independent support services are provided to her. 2. Insist that she is given access to open and free communications. 3. Insist that agents of the state are not allowed to exert pressure on this vulnerable and traumatised young woman to persuade her to return to a country she has fled under the guise of "protecting our borders" and "saving lives from drowning."
@InsurrectNews [1/5/16]: Another refugee at #Australia's detention center on #Nauru was arrested last night for trying to set himself on fire
And still Australia for UNHCR - whose representatives were the focus, if not trigger for last week's self immolation - say nothing.
Friday news dump resurrected as Get Up! and "No Business In Abuse" work with the Australian media to deliberately miss the point, and attempt to assert their authority over the refugee rights movement. [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/5/16]:
... Activist group No Business In Abuse (NBIA) said the announcement raised serious questions about the future of the offshore camps and Ferrovial's exact intentions.
"It looks as if Ferrovial has seen the error of its ways and is trying to back away from the legal and financial liabilities that have been so apparent in the commercial operation of these illegal camps," NBIA executive director Shen Narayanasamy said in a statement.
Ms Narayanasamy has been lobbying Ferrovial and its investors for the past two months to back away from the camps.
NBIA will meet with Ferrovial in Madrid on Tuesday and attend the Ferrovial AGM on Wednesday. <--- STUNT.
Torture, rape, abuse and murder "services were not a core part of the valuation and the acquisition rationale of the offer ... " Ferrovial reaches 59% of Broadspectrum [Media Release - 29/4/16]
#Broadspectrum is finished [xBorder - 29/4/16]
These refugees were imprisoned by the ALP 3 years ago, and we are now expected to that believe after 40 days, their protest has suddenly taken a partisan turn ---> ... The refugees and asylum seekers chanted: Dutton Dutton : Killer Killer; Transfield Transfield, No Business in Abuse ... <--- According to "Refugee Action Coalition", refugees on Nauru would prefer to be imprisoned and tortured by the ALP [1/5/16]
What sort of f*ckwit filters the voices of refugees when people are dying - for partisan advantage? This sort of f*ckwit ---> Refugee Action Collective Queensland invite you to participate in another evening of pro-ALP protest theatre:
29 April at 17:00 King George Square, Brisbane
GED KEARNEY, president of the ACTU, longtime trade unionist and refugee supporter, will be one of the featured speakers on the rally. ...
Torture is torture, yet "advocates" and anti-refugee propagandists continue impliedly endorsing Shorten and Marles [ABC - 30/4/16]:
ELIZABETH JACKSON: Dozens of people marched through Brisbane's inner city last night in support of an Iranian asylum seeker who died yesterday in the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Nance Haxton reports from Brisbane.
PROTESTERS (chanting): Shut Manus Island, shut Nauru / Malcolm Turnbull, we're talking to you...
NANCE HAXTON: The death of the Iranian asylum seeker known only as Omid brought together dozens of protesters in Brisbane last night.
PROTESTERS (chanting): Shut Manus Island, shut Nauru.
CHANT LEADER: Peter Dutton, we're talking to you! ...
I WILL NOT VOTE FOR FASCISM. I AM GOING TO #VOTEINFORMAL IN THE 2016 FEDERAL ELECTION [Guardian - 1/5/16]:
... “There are people in this room tonight who have written to Shorten and said they can’t bring themselves to support his party any more over the asylum seeker issue. We would like the Labor party to wake up to the enlightened, progressive constituency that don’t see asylum seekers as threats and wants to welcome them to Australia.” ...
Four migrants arrested, charged for entering Singapore waters illegally [Channel News Asia - 1/5/16]
Bangladesh Hindu hacked to death in Tangail [BBC – 30/4/16]
Rescue workers raced on Saturday to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi - including a mother and baby whose cries could be heard - after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain.
Ten people were confirmed dead. ... [Reuters – 30/4/16]
40 injured 15 dead following mosque collapse during Friday prayer in Somali capital [Mareeg - 29/4/16]
An Airbus (AIR.PA) Super Puma helicopter that crashed off the Norwegian coast on Friday, killing at least 11 of the 13 people on board, had maintenance servicing delayed twice last year, an official at the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority told Norwegian daily VG. ... [Reuters - 29/4/16]
Israeli forces, shoot injure Palestinian worker near Bethlehem separation wall [Maan - 30/4/16]
The Obama administration has proposed an unprecedented military funding package to Israel that could top $40 billion over 10 years. It is the largest military funding package the U.S. has ever offered to any nation.
Israeli officials are reportedly demanding even more funding.
The U.S. currently gives Israel $3 billion a year in military funding under a deal slated to expire in 2018.
Meanwhile, Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian woman and her teenage brother near a checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Wednesday.
Israeli police say the two were armed with knives.
Palestinian authorities said the victims, 23-year-old Maram Abu Ismail and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim Taha, were en route to Jerusalem for a doctor’s appointment. [Democracy Now - 29/4/16]
US adopts lethal Israeli tactic to “protect” civilians [Electronic Intifada - 29/4/16]
PEN’s double standards over Israel boycott [Electronic Intifada - 29/4/16]
Hillsborough verdict shows Liverpool fans still haven’t forgiven The Sun [Huffington Post - 26/4/16]
Tony Blair 'rejected Hillsborough Inquiry as a favour for Rupert Murdoch' [The Mirror – 15/7/15]
On the day the Hillsborough Inquests reach their conclusion, this special BBC documentary follows the family of campaigner Anne Williams throughout the two-year process. [April, 2016]
Father Daniel Berrigan, anti-war activist and poet, dies at 94 [Democracy Now - 30/4/16]
… “Why do you stand?” they were asked, and
“Why do you walk?”
“Because of the children,” they said, and
“Because of the heart, and
“Because of the bread,”
“Because the cause is
the heart’s beat, and
the children born, and
the risen bread.”
Some – a poem by Daniel Berrigan
The last ABC report from PNG was 29 April.
There has been TWO DAYS of silence from Australia's human rights establishment, as they and their right-wing union pals do PR for ALP degeneracy on May Day.
This - and the torrent of ill-informed opinionating from pro-detention, pro-turnback, anti-refugee establishment media types - is helping buy the government and "opposition" time to engage in further criminality.
There is nothing to "discuss", other than why politicians aren't being held to account.
The PNG Supreme Court has ruled Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island is illegal.
WHY HAVEN'T THE MEN BEEN RELEASED?
Omid. My @smh Sun-Herald cartoon.
Image: @cathywilcox1 [30/4/16]
RISE:Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees, welcomes the PNG court decision declaring that the Manus Island detention camp run by the Australian government is illegal. However, Australia has a history of dirty politics and disregarding pro-refugee laws.
We are cautious regarding tactics the Australian government and their proxies within the PNG government are likely to use to continue the illegal abuse of refugees and asylum seekers abducted and trafficked from Australia to PNG by the Australian border force and held hostage on this island.
Since the Manus Island and Nauru detention camps were re-established by the Gillard government in 2012, men, women and children arriving by boat to Australia to seek asylum have been trafficked to these Pacific Islands. There have been two detainee deaths in Manus Island and numerous reports of cruel and degrading treatment, including rape and sexual abuse of refugees and asylum seekers on both islands.
We should not forget that Australia has been found guilty of 150 violations of international law over the indefinite detention of 46 refugees within its own borders, but there has been no effort by the government to make systemic changes to ensure such violations do not occur again and hold accountable those responsible for these violations.
Is the PNG court decision, supporting the human rights of refugees, another decision that the Australian government will undermine?
During the last few weeks, some of the Manus Island detainees were given refugee status and separated from “rejected” asylum seekers into a pre-release camp. However, this process is clearly arbitrary when one considers that refugee status was granted to Kurdish Journalist and Manus detainee Behrouz Bouchani who refused to give his file for processing in PNG as he was trafficked like all the other detainees, from Australia to PNG, against his will and did not choose to be resettled in PNG. Mr. Bouchani rightfully refuses to move into the “pre-release” camp.
We are also fearful of the serious risk of forced deportations to danger of asylum seekers arbitrarily “rejected” to clear the camp and shut it down.
RISE calls on Australia and other state parties who have been involved in the abduction and trafficking of asylum seekers and refugees to PNG and Nauru, to follow the rule of law and help bring them all back to Australia, release them into the community and process their claims humanely and fairly.
Did Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court just end offshore processing? Patrick van Berlo [Leiden University Law Blog - 29/4/16]
Why aren't the Greens DEMANDING the release of the men on Manus, in accordance with the PNG Supreme Court ruling?
Procurement and Contract Management of Garrison Support and Welfare Services at Offshore Processing Centres in Nauru and Manus [Australian National Audit Office]:
The audit objective is to assess whether the Department of Immigration and Border Protection adopted sound procurement and contract management practices for the delivery of garrison support and welfare services for offshore processing centres in Nauru and Manus. ...
The Australian Border Force’s Use of Statutory Powers [Australian National Audit Office]:
The audit objective is to assess the establishment and administration of the Australian Border Force’s framework to ensure the lawful exercise of powers in accordance with applicable legislation. ...
1 May 2016