"But when you’ve grabbed the audience’s attention, surely it’s a great opportunity to tell viewers a little bit about what’s going on"


[ABC - Media Watch - 29/8/16]



Couldn't agree more ABC.

For example, the photographer from the "AMC" who took the famous photo of the little Syrian boy is Mahmoud Raslan.

Just a few days earlier he reportedly took a selfie with some US/UK backed "rebels" while they held a 12 year old boy they beheaded.

The images are available easily on the net.

There is a very strong case to be made that we are now seeing more "WMD" style war propaganda in order to push us into accepting yet more US wars in the middle east.

Our very own Gareth Evans is one of the chief originators of the concept of "R2P" (i.e. selective  Humanitarian War).

They have a website "responsibilitytoprotect.org" and they proudly hold up the recent NATO destruction of Libya as an example of their "success"!

Yes, a "great opportunity to tell viewers what's going on".



The cycle of international stupidity [9GAG]



Transcript of San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick's comments about sitting during national anthem [ESPN - 28/8/16]



Disturbing footage of an 84-year-old woman being apprehended in her Oklahoma home by Muskogee County Sheriff Department officers has surfaced online. ... [Inquisitr - 28/8/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 29/8/16]






‏@dwnews [29/8/16]:  #Refugees Once again. 700 people were stranded at sea off the Libyan coast. @PROACTIVA_SERV rescued 7 boats




‏@PROACTIVA_SERV[29/8/16]: ... 10 botes rescatados+barca d 700 pps en colaboración #Dignity.Muchos niños & bebé 5 días.200 pps en cubierta



‏@guardiacostiera [28/8/16]:  #SAR #StrettodiSicilia #NaveDattilo #GuardiaCostiera salva circa 600 #migranti a bordo di 5 gommoni




‏@ItalianNavy [28/8/16]:  #SAR Navi Fulgosi,Sfinge,Fasan #MarinaMilitare in #MareSicuro hanno recuperato oltre 500 #migranti in 4 interventi




The USS Frank Cable is set to visit Sri Lanka on Monday, making it the third United States navy ship to visit the island this year.

The crew of 500 members “will enjoy shore leave and volunteer at an animal shelter,” said an official press release.

Earlier this year the USS Blue Ridge and USS New Orleans visited Colombo. [Tamil Guardian - 28/8/16]



Thousands of Tamil families remain displaced from their land as the Sri Lankan military continues to occupy vast swathes of territory in the North-East. 

Singapore-based photographer Amrita Chandradas travelled to the North-East last year, where she captured images of displacement, conflict and a yearning to return home. 


“Many cry the moment they see the land of their houses, even if nothing existed at all under the watchful eye and powerful control of the Sri Lankan military.”  ... [Tamil Guardian - 28/8/16]



‏@Thestateless1 [29/8/16]: #Rohingya man survived from the racial attacked when he went to catch his cattle from a Rakhine village, Kyauktaw.




Day 163 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [29/8/16]



Love Makes A Way [29/8/16]:


 Photos from our action today where in 6 Pastors and 1 Catholic Nun held a peaceful prayer protest inside Malcolum Turnbull's Edgecliff electorate office.

The Love Makes A Way group refused to leave without a commitment from the Government to close Manus and Nauru and bring all refugees and people seeking asylum to Australia.

The 7 church leaders occupied the Prime Minister's office for over 5 hours until being removed by police for trespass. ...



Former Nauru MP seeking urgent medical treatment in Australia has passport cancelled by Justice Minister [RNZI - 29/8/16]:


... AP: You are saying the minister of justice David Adeang has intervened here and is preventing you from flying by personally cancelling that passport?

SD: That is correct. According to the acting secretary for justice when I asked him, 'why has my passport been cancelled? Why didn't you tell me this when I was asked or fighting for it in court?' He said, 'Oh the minister just...' So I said, 'which minister?' (he said) 'The minister for justice.' So he has personally told you people to cancel it while I was fighting for it in court? Yes. Is that right? He said whether it is right or wrong I have to take the minister to court. And I have been in court for the past three weeks everyday sometimes twice a day trying to get this passport not knowing it was cancelled while I was fighting for it legally. You know I am surprised that they can allow a evil person to do this kind of thing. Without even trying to tell him that you know you are interfering with the court system. This government has a policy where they attend everybody's funeral on the island whether it is the president or the madame or the minister of justice himself. And if my heart should give way before I have this treatment I really would love the government to know that I do not want them anywhere near my funeral that is all I ask of them. ...



Summary judgment regarding the release, compensation and resettlement of illegally imprisoned men on Manus Island expected this week [FSRN - 26/8/16]



Manus province’s internal revenue is likely to drop back to K2 million annually now that the regional processing centre has been declared unconstitutional.

Acting provincial administrator Andrew Posong revealed this during discussions at the New Guinea Islands Transport Connectivity workshop in Kokopo, East New Britain, last Friday. ... [The National - 29/8/16]



A judge in New Zealand is considering Kim Dotcom's request to have his extradition appeal livestreamed online.

The founder of the seized Megaupload websites is seeking to have the hearing broadcast on YouTube.

The US - which wants New Zealand to hand over Dotcom and three former colleagues - has opposed the proposal.

The request was made by Dotcom's lawyer on the first day of the appeal hearing in Auckland, which is expected to last up to eight weeks. ... [BBC - 29/8/16]



‏@wikileaks :  We appreciate the concern but please don't encourage them  --->  Journalist lays out case for why he worries next US President will kill Julian Assange. ...  ‏@SputnikInt [28/8/16]



Australian Conservation Foundation's case against Adani Carmichael mine project dismissed [ABC - 29/8/16]


Serious crash, Emerald [QPS Media - 29/8/16]


Suspected arson attack under investigation at Aquinas College, Ashmore [MYGC - 29/8/16]


A man has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to the unlawful killing of a Queensland father in 2012.

A Brisbane Supreme Court jury on Monday found Shane David Lee not guilty of murdering Brian Smith following a nine-day trial.

But jurors could not return either a majority or unanimous verdict for the charge of manslaughter.

Lee subsequently pleaded guilty to that charge, as an inherent alternative, having already entered guilty pleas for counts of interfering with a corpse and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. ... [Brisbane Times - 29/8/16]


Former Lions player Albert Proud jailed for bashing girlfriend while drunk [ABC - 29/8/16]


Police are investigating after a man was injured when someone tried to steal his car in Kippa Ring this morning.

Around 7.15am, a 42-year-old man was transferring property between two vehicles in the driveway of a Euston Street home before he went inside briefly.

He returned outside to find a man sitting in the driver’s seat of one of the cars.

The car’s owner opened the door to try and stop the other man from driving away, but was knocked to the ground.

The open door struck a brick mailbox as it reversed, causing significant damage to the vehicle.

The car came to a stop in the middle of the road and the driver fled the scene on foot through a park towards Fleet Drive.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, of a slim build and around 175 centimetres tall.

He was wearing black hooded jumper and dark coloured jeans.

A 42-year-old Kippa Ring man was transported to Redcliffe Hospital for the treatment of a laceration to his head and grazing his leg. ... [QPS Media - 29/8/16]



Man and woman charged with extorting elderly Gold Coast woman [MYGC - 29/8/16] 



Who needs to earn respect from the Queensland public when you've got a PR machine on overdrive? ----> Commissioner of Police Mr Ian Stewart today welcomed 19 students to the 10 week Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) program at the QPS Academy at Oxley.

The course prepares participants for direct entry to the QPS Recruit Training program. ... [QPS Media - 29/8/16]



Wow Aunty! Did they also hang him from a lamp post as a lesson to others? ---> Queensland police have gone to great lengths to nab an alleged armed criminal on the Gold Coast, chasing him down in a teenager's dinghy and finally capturing him with a gaff hook. ... [ABC - 29/8/16]



Police have charged over 140 people with drug and weapons offences following a three day operation carried out in the South West District last week.

As part of Operation MIKE SABIS, 131 search warrants were executed across the Dalby Burnett and Roma regions by police from the South West, Darling Downs and Brisbane. ... [QPS Media - 29/8/16]



In Queensland lexicon, an "associate" is anyone who is in any way connected to a "bikie", no matter how tenuously. ---> Taskforce Maxima detectives on the Gold Coast have arrested a 29-year-old Commanchero Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) associate following a serious assault offence that occurred in Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise on August 21. ... [QPS Media - 29/8/16]



Police also released inexplicably edited footage of the assault to the media [MYGC - 29/8/16]



Suspicious moral panic, Brisbane Bayside [QPS Media - 29/8/16]



... The AFP encouraged parents and educators to “talk to their children about the importance of respectful relationships”. ... Pornography website "targeting Australian schoolgirls" back online [Nine MSN - 29/8/16]



An independent review into workplace culture within the Australian Federal Police (AFP) has found 46 per cent of women and 20 per cent of men reported having been sexually harassed within the past five years. ... [ABC - 22/8/16]



A journey in grief: My daughter Mia, killed in a hostel 10,000 miles from home [Independent - 28/8/16]:


... Smail Ayad – the French man being held on suspicion of my daughter’s murder – is not an Islamic fundamentalist, he has never set foot in a mosque. 

It appears he wasn’t allowed to appear in court this week because of safety concerns, so I’m unlikely to get near enough to have a conversation, and only if I were suicidal would I want to (I’m not).  

I know my brother’s message to Mia’s killer would be about hell, eternal damnation, and the salvation of Christ. Life’s easier in some ways if you live by the book. 

But having been raised as a socialist and within the Church, what I choose to take from the scriptures and from socialist texts is that forgiveness and reparation are absolutely key, or violence escalates into something uncontrollable.

And the person who killed Mia now has to live with the fact that they destroyed my daughter.

If they feel no remorse, then surely they’re a monster in human form, and what kind of life is that? ...



Man in police custody after 14-year-old boy found dead in Western Australian town of Boulder [Nine MSN - 29/8/16]


Former Nudgee Junior College teacher found not guilty of molesting students [Brisbane Times - 29/8/16]


Archbishop Herft denies protecting defrocked priest at child sexual abuse Royal Commission [ABC - 29/8/16] 



Before she was one she was taken from her family by authorities and during her teen years in NSW care homes was injecting hard drugs and had carved "I hate feelings" into her leg.

And by the age of 15 the girl, who can't be named, had overdosed and died in a Sydney hospital after years of abuse by those who should have protected her, a coronial inquest into the April 2014 tragedy has heard. ... [Yahoo - 29/8/16]



‏@elahe_zivardar [29/8/16]:  Hamid is still in the jail, without any crime,No Plaintiff,No witness ... about 4months



Mashable and UNHCR don't include Hamid in their Father's Day photo essay



... Hamid N is still in prison and they didn't let his son and wife visit him ...


Image: ‏@SuchNigel [9/6/16]



Nauru asylum seeker's court hearing delayed another month [28/7/16]



Nauru police arrest protest organiser because despite media censorship and misinformation, the world can see and hear the refugees' clear demands [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 5/6/16]:


Nauruan police have arrested a 39-year-old Iranian asylum seeker, Hamid Nadaf, on trumped up charges of “threatening behaviour.”

Hamid was arrested on Friday afternoon, 3 June, around 4pm, near the family compound RPC3, and is now being held in the Nauru jail.

Hamid, his wife and eight-year-old son have been in detention on Nauru since February 2014, and he has played a very active role in the daily protests in the Nauru family compound RPC3, since 20 March this year.

The police refused to allow Hamid’s wife to see him yesterday, Saturday, 4 June and have told his wife that he will be held and brought before the court on 13 June.

Asylum seekers and refugees on the island see his arrest as a clear case of victimisation and an attempt to stifle the daily protests that have spread to refugee compounds across the island.

Today will be the 78th day of protest in the family camp.

Protests on Nauru yesterday declared that Hamid was innocent and called for his release.

Police say they are acting on a complaint by a Nauruan citizen who felt ‘threatened’ when they read the contents of a letter that supposedly fell from Hamid’s pocket when he was riding a motor-bike on Friday.

The supposed letter has not been disclosed and in any case Hamid is not able to write in English.

Hamid’s arrest seems to be part of new police tactic to intimidate the protests, now that “attempting suicide” is no longer a criminal offence.

An Iraqi man was arrested, in similar circumstances to Hamid’s, on 6 May, on the basis of a complaint to Nauruan police that the man had made threats to “set fire” or “make an explosion” on Nauru.

“Hamid’s arrest has angered asylum seekers and refugees on the island and has ensured the protests will grow louder and spread further,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“It has also exposed the lack of the rule of law on Nauru, with the police acting as an unaccountable extension of the Nauruan and Australian governments. Hamid and the Iraqi man should be freed immediately.




During the UNHCR visit to Nauru, refugees were told to expect to remain on the island for "another ten years".

Immediately after they conveyed this message to the refugees, Omid Masoumali covered himself in flammable liquid and set himself alight shouting at the delegation "We're sick and exhausted! You've destroyed our lives! Did you come just to gape at our misery? We lead miserable lives! You've been torturing us for three years!"




‏@riserefugee [29/8/16]:  Stop Working for the abusers of our children - The Oppressor: "But who will give them toys & education while they are being abused?" ...




‏@riserefugee [29/8/16]:  Stop Working for our torturers-The oppressor: "But who will give you medical treatment while you are being tortured in concentration camps?"




Reframing CIA torture as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability  [The Nation - 16/12/14]:


...  Mitchell and Jessen’s qualifications did not include interrogation experience, specialized knowledge about Al Qaeda or relevant cultural or linguistic knowledge.

What they had was Air Force experience in studying the effects of torture on American prisoners of war, as well as a curiosity about whether theories of “learned helplessness” derived from experiments on dogs might work on human enemies.

To implement those theories, Mitchell and Jessen oversaw or personally engaged in techniques intended to produce “debility, disorientation and dread.”


The road from abstract hypotheticals (can SERE [Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape program] be reverse-engineered?) to the authorized use of waterboarding and confinement boxes runs straight into the terrain of human experimentation.

On April 15, 2002, Mitchell and Jessen arrived at a black site in Thailand to supervise the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, the first “high-value detainee” captured by the CIA.

By July, Mitchell proposed more coercive techniques to CIA headquarters, and many of these were approved in late July.

From then until the program was dry-docked in 2008, at least thirty-eight people were subjected to psychological and physical torments, and the results were methodically documented and analyzed.

That is the textbook definition of human experimentation. ...




Child killed in police incident, Papua [Jakarta Globe - 28/8/16]:


A police office in the Sugapa subdistrict in Intan Jaya, Papua, was burned down late Saturday in a riot following the killing of 15-year-old Etinus Sondegau in an incident involving police earlier in the day.

The incident occurred after 10 police officers chased three individuals into a local market in Sugapa after receiving reports the three had threatened members of the public and were intoxicated.

Police fired shots during the chase but refused to divulge if those shots killed Etinus.

A mob formed and arrived at the Sugapa Police office in Intan Jaya district, carrying the body of Etinus, and raized the office before closing down the local airport and a mobile phone tower.

"People shut down the cell phone tower so we have no access on information to Intan Jaya district," Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said on Saturday night.

"The situation is beginning to return to normal," Papua Police spokesman Comr. Patriage Renwarin told BeritaSatu.com.



... Mr Bennell was the grandson of playwright and boxer, Eddie Bennell, who was involved in establishing the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody more than 25 years ago. ... Mother continues to seek answers on son's 2013 custody death in WA [Nine MSN - 27/8/16]



Suspend reality ---> The United States president, Barack Obama, will travel to a remote atoll in the middle of the Pacific this week to recognise the creation of what will become the world's largest marine reserve. ... [RNZI - 29/8/16]


Going once, going twice [Counterpunch - 26/8/16]:


... The flaming planet and the Bayou floods did not deter the Interior Department from its mission to auction off 23.8 million acres of oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest such sale since the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.

That’s not to say that the Interior Department hasn’t learned some valuable lessons from the environmental movement over the past few years.

Anticipating angry protesters and perhaps undercover bidders who might choose, like Tim DeChristopher and Terry Tempest Williams, to buy the drilling rights yet not actually sink their drills into virgin ground, the Interior Department held their auction in an online livestream event, safe from pesky greens bent on disrupting one of the last sacred rituals of the fossil fuels industry.

This sums up Obama’s environmental policy for me.




29 August 2016