United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 1/11/16]



A rescue operation is in progress in the sea region of Neapolis (southern Peloponnese) to locate a vessel transporting an unknown number of migrants.

Migrants aboard the vessel called for emergency help at 112 and asked for assistance late Monday evening.

The rescue operation was launched with delay on early Tuesday due to adverse weather conditions prevailing in the area, making it impossible for coast guard vessels to sail.

Meanwhile, 45 migrants and refugees that were located late on Monday in the area of Xiropotamos on Antikythera, will be transferred to the port of Neapolis via the Porfyroussa ferry.

The migrants arrived on Antikythera on an unidentified vessel and there is no word as to where they originated from at this time. [Greek Reporter - 1/11/16]



Development aid to deter migration will do nothing of the kind [News Deeply - 31/10/16]:


... All of this evidence suggests that rich-country policymakers have three broad choices as they respond to the migrant crisis.

First, they can militarize borders and simply accept the dire consequences, which include 5,238 migrant deaths worldwide so far this year.

Second, they can attempt to use development aid to reduce migration from poor countries, ignoring the decades of research showing that this will typically be ineffective at best.

Their third choice is to innovate.

The world facing the migrant crisis desperately needs new institutions to shape international migration in ways that are more beneficial to the countries migrants arrive in, the countries they leave, and the migrants and their families.

It needs visa systems that can respond to shocks rather than crack under pressure and feed black markets.

It needs bilateral agreements to ensure that migrants acquire the skills that destination countries need.

And it needs mechanisms to match those needs with skills that migrants already have.

But donors instead are simply pouring vast sums into border militarization and migration-deterrence aid.

If they took just a sliver of that amount and invested it in developing new systems and institutions to make migration work better for everyone, they would address the real root causes of today’s crisis.

And they would prepare for a future in which more migrant crises are guaranteed to come.



The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:


... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...



Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more IOM concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]



Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.



Guardian [11/12/15]:


Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ...



Lawyer says more than 600 Manus political prisoners sign forms; new case to be filed in PNG Supreme Court this week [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.

He will also serve Section 5 notice under the Claims By and Against the State Act to the State after the application is ready.

He said the notice would include a list of all the applicants (asylum seekers) and their signatures. ...



Nearly 72 hours after Dutton announced the banishment of refugees condemned by the ALP in July 2013.

Still no opposition to the policy, and still no journalism.



Please stop insulting refugees to make yourself feel better and start OPPOSING THE BIPARTISAN POLICY ---> #StaySafeStayStrong [Amnesty]



‏@RohingyaVision [1/11/16]:


... During the raids by 250 army in 3 Rohingya villages: SinThaePyin, ZaydiPyin, PanMyaung in N. Maungdaw, approx 30 people arrested


... Tortures of #Rohingya civilians & plundering properties by army were immense. Arrestees being locked-up in the village's school


... Locals said screaming voices of women & children were heard even outside their villages. The army raided from 6 AM to noon.



‏@nslwin  [1/11/16]:  #PT one #Rohingya house torched by #Myanmar Army this morning in #SinTheyPyin H, #LaungDon VT.



‏@nslwin [1/11/16]:  19 #Rohingya civilians arrested by #Myanmar Army today morning in #SinThayPyin H, #LaungDon VT. 15 released later but 4 is still in custody



‏@nslwin [30/10/16]:  An innocent #Rohingya man from #Buthidaung was arrested on Oct 26 by #Myanmar Army. He is former employee of @Gret_ONG.



Suu Kyi visits Japan amid whispered concerns over plight of Rohingya [Japan Times - 1/11/16]



 Would Myanmar's ongoing military operation in the Rakhine be impacting on Woodside's exploration activities? [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:


... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).

Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction. ...


Montreal police monitored iPhone of La Presse journalist Patrick Lagacé [Montreal Gazette - 1/11/16]



@wikileaks [31/10/16]:  Google head Eric Schmidt's secret strategic plan for the US election #PodestaEmails ...



More than 70 rights groups asked Facebook on Monday to clarify its policies for removing content, especially at the behest of governments, alleging the company has repeatedly censored postings that document human rights violations.

In a letter sent to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, the organizations criticize the social media company for cases in recent months where it has deleted content involving police violence, removed iconic imagery from the Vietnam War and briefly suspended accounts belonging to two Palestinian journalists. ... [Reuters - 31/10/16]



A 27-year-old man is facing up to five years in prison after being charged over a Facebook post that allegedly threatened the life of Prime Minister Hun Sen in an attempt to incite violence against the premier, officials said on Sunday.

Those investigating the case declined to say what the offending post said. ... [Cambodia Daily - 31/10/16]



Prime Minister Hun Sen has no plans to negotiate with his Cambodia National Rescue Party counterparts, a ruling party spokesman reiterated yesterday, following calls for intra-party talks last week by a senior US diplomat. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 31/10/16]



The [Thailand] army opened a new cyber centre on Tuesday to monitor social media for lese majeste content and protect itself from attacks by hackers, army chief Gen Chalermchai Sitthisart said.

The army chief was speaking after presiding over the opening ceremony at the Army Cyber Centre, formerly known as the Military Technology Centre. ... [Bangkok Post - 1/11/16]



Thailand's high-speed rail projects face planning, financing delays [Bangkok Post - 1/11/16]



China to build, finance new East Coast Rail link in Malaysia [The Straits Times - 31/10/16]



The Philippines' former president Fidel Ramos has quit his job as special envoy to China, aides said on Tuesday, but the government has yet to act on his resignation, weeks after the current Philippine leader visited Beijing.

President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Ramos, a mentor who he said persuaded him to run for office, as special envoy to China to help repair ties soured by an international arbitration case in a maritime territorial dispute which went in Manila's favor in July, sparking outrage in Beijing.

Ramos's decision to quit a job he had barely started was due to the progress made during Duterte's visit, including what appears to be an end to China's blockade of a disputed fishing zone.

"He has done his job," a Ramos aide told Reuters.

"President Duterte has visited Beijing and our fishermen are back in the disputed Scarborough Shoal. He has accomplished his mission." ... [Reuters - 1/11/16]



Zhuhai air show opens with J-20 stealth fighter’s public debut likely to steal the limelight [South China Morning Post - 1/11/16]



US nuclear submarine USS Pennsylvania visits Guam [Pacific Daily News - 31/10/16]



Australia's protected and unaccountable Foreign Minister Julie Bishop continues making Australia a target [Reuters - 31/10/16]



President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is expected to raise a discussion on pollution in the Timor Sea during his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Canberra, in November, this year.

“The agenda item is very important to support the [current] class-action lawsuit filed by more than 13,000 East Nusa Tenggara seaweed farmers at the Australian Federal Court,” the province’s National Research Council chairman Gregorius Neonbasu told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

Gregorius, who is also a lecturer at Widya Mandira in Kupang, said the meeting was high time to discuss the topic amid the lawsuit against PTTEP Australasia. ... [Jakarta Post - 1/11/16]



A US based tuna fishing company has been convicted and given a $US1.6 million fine for dumping oil waste in the waters off American Samoa.

The Ship&Bunker online news reported the US department of Justice says Pacific Breeze Fisheries LLC had also kept false records in relation to its vessel Pacific Breeze. ... [RNZI - 1/11/16]



The main road in New Caledonia which had been blocked since the weekend's unrest has been reopened.

This comes after negotiations between the authorities and people from St Louis to calm the situation.

Clean-up operations were abandoned yesterday when a group of young people stole one of the trucks which has now been returned.

On Sunday, clashes between armed youths and police near St Louis left six police officers injured and prompted the authorities to keep the road closed while trying to negotiate a resolution.

The unrest was triggered after police fatally shot a prison escapee from St Louis in the early hours of Saturday. ... [RNZI - 1/11/16]



1,000s of Pakistani politician Imran Khan's supporters arrested in leadup to protest rally [Al Jazeera - 31/10/16]



One person was killed and at least three people were injured on Tuesday as Pakistani forces targeted Indian posts and forward villages along the International Border and Line of Control in Jammu, Samba and Rajouri districts.

An 18 year old girl was killed in her house in Ramgarh sub sector of Samba district. ... [Hindustan Times - 1/11/16]



New Zealand protesters speak out against military repression in Kashmir [Manawatu Standard - 1/11/16]:


... Shuaib said the protest and petition was showing that the events in Kashmir affected people all over the world.

"This was something that we were doing here and it was a peaceful protest. If we had done it in Kashmir at least half of us would have been put in prison or disappeared. That's the difference."

He said it was an issue involving basic human rights and other countries, including New Zealand, had the power to speak up and make a difference. ...



Conglomerate of militant outfits United Jihad Council (UJC) on Monday said that the people of Kashmir should take up the responsibility of protecting schools in Kashmir from being set ablaze and warned that those accountable for burning of educational institutes would not be spared.

In a press statement, the Chairman UJC Syed Salahuddin while accusing "Indian Agencies" of burning the educational institutes said that "such attempts were made to portray a wrong picture of the public resistance in Kashmir, to keep away the youth of Kashmir from education, and to dent the valley's economy."

"We appeal the people of Kashmir to take the responsibility of protecting all private and government schools and also unveil those behind the burning of schools," said Salahuddin. [Kashmir Observer - 31/10/16]



1,100 Kashmiris suffer eye injuries from pellet guns fired by Indian troops [Dunya News - 31/10/16]



Israeli Antiquities Authority destroys Palestinian graves in Jerusalem [PNN - 1/11/16]



Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policeman [Maan - 1/11/16]



Israeli forces raided a middle school in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Monday and tried to detains students accused of throwing stones before summoning two school principals for interrogation. ... [Maan - 31/10/16]



Israeli soldiers throw stones at Palestinian children [Electronic Intifada - 28/10/16]:


... While Israeli soldiers and settlers enjoy near-total impunity for violence against Palestinians, Israel has recently toughened penalties for Palestinians, including children, accused of throwing stones. ...



Roger Waters, lead singer for rock music giants Pink Floyd, has lost a multimillion dollar sponsorship deal with American Express (AMEX) for expressing support to students showing solidarity with the Palestinian people, Mondoweiss reported.


Rather than staying quiet on the issue, Amex then decided to leak the story of the contract cancellation to the New York Post, in what some have deemed a retaliatory measure taken by a finance company against the Pink Floyd frontman. ... [Eurasia Review - 1/11/16]



#ShutDownAustralia and light the skies for justice, 13 December 2016



These fellas in New York raising awareness for #MsDhu #JusticeforJulieka via [Aboriginal Tent Embassy - 31/10/16]




Impact of racist, paternalistic and bipartisan punishment policies are 'positive' for us says Australian Prime Minister and coconuts [SBS - 31/10/16]



No truth = No Freedom.



We never forget you "Omid happy freedom"  ... By Abbas Alaboudi  [Image: ‏@SuchNigel - 7/6/16] 



TOO LITTLE TOO LATE YOU POINTLESS UN APOLOGIST ---> Special Rapporteur on Human Rights of Migrants to tour Australia's refugee concentration camps [Reuters - 1/11/16]



The UNHCR have NOT called on Australia to RELEASE and RESETTLE the men, women and children imprisoned on Manus and Nauru.

 The UNHCR have NEVER called on Australia to END its anti-refugee torture/exile/boat turnback policy. 

The UNHCR have participated in its enforcement.  

That the activities of the Canberra based representatives in our region remain shrouded in secrecy - and the media continue protecting them - we can assume they are still doing this.


... UN agents came to the accommodation and told them that we are not here to help you guys get out of this island.

We are here to make you guys ready for the next ten years living in this island.

He was completely angry, deeply depressed. After that, Omid he set fire on himself.  ... [ABC - 2/5/16]




Don't be deceived by Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht's weaselly statement.

As with other so called human rights organisations and NGOs, the UNHCR do not oppose Australia's anti-refugee policy, and therefore play a key role in the escalating atrocities. [Media Release - 31/10/16]:


Refugees Need and Deserve Protection and Respect

UNHCR is profoundly concerned about the Bill announced yesterday by the Australian Government, seeking to indefinitely prevent refugees who arrive by sea from obtaining protection in Australia.

Mr Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR’s Regional Representative in Canberra, Australia, stated “Seeking asylum is not ‘illegal’. Refugees need and deserve protection and respect. The basic human right of every person to seek asylum from persecution is not diminished by their mode of arrival. Those forced to flee persecution need and deserve conducive conditions of protection, and a sustainable long-term solution.”

Asylum-seekers should have their claims processed in the territory of the State from which asylum is sought or which otherwise has jurisdiction over them.

Australia retains responsibility for refugees and asylum seekers, even where they are transferred to another State under bilateral arrangements.

Where transfer arrangements are used, Australia retains the obligation to ensure their well-being and to find adequate long-term solutions for those found to be refugees.



A journalist might ask Albrecht why he thinks telling imprisoned men, women and children they can expect to remain on Nauru for "another ten years" - after ignoring them for three years - is offering refugees protection, and/or treating them with respect?



Australia's protected and unaccountable Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is free to provoke despair and spread fear because there is no opposition to Australia's torture, exile and boat turnback policy, and no journalism [ABC - 1/11/16]



The largest private prison company in America is changing its name in an attempt to overhaul a business that has been dogged by accusations of inmate abuse and violence.

Corrections Corporation of America, which runs more than 70 prisons and houses 70,000 inmates around the country, is rebranding as “CoreCivic,” the company announced on Friday. ... [Fusion - 29/10/16]


Turkey detains 13 journalists after mass firings of public servants [CNN – 31/10/16]



Turkey’s top defense procurement panel has agreed to officially order a second batch of F-35 Lightning II fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft under the multinational Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. ... [Defense News - 31/10/16]



Turkey sends reinforcements to Syrian border [Middle East Monitor - 31/10/16]



US and Turkey say Raqqa offensive to begin after Mosul campaign completed [Reuters - 31/10/16]



Iraq National Security Adviser says Iraqi forces may move to Syria after "liberation of Mosul" [Al Manar - 31/10/16]



Preparations are in full swing ahead of US President Barack Obama’s trip to Athens on November 15, in a visit aimed at supporting NATO ally Greece’s status in an increasingly volatile region, as well as securing his foreign policy legacy in the wake of the US elections. ... [Ekathimerini - 30/10/16]



'Stop bombing Syria and Iraq’: Audio of Orlando nightclub shooter’s 911 call released [RT - 1/11/16]




1 November 2016