Shock!  Australian human rights establishment oppose the UN Refugee Convention and are a bunch of ALP stooges

 

 

... It's for her own good! To cure her terrible stooping! ...

 

 

 

 

Scene from Peter Weir's 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'

 

 

 

 

No surprises here --->  ... “Unless we neutralise the issue of people arriving by boat, then we’ll never be able to move towards bringing many more refugees to Australia safely, and looking after [them] with dignity and compassion,” he [Brad Chilcott] said.  ...  [Guardian - 29/6/15]



 

 

"We stopped the boats" is a lie.

"Regional resettlement" is a lie.

"Deterrence" is a lie.

"Pull factors" is a lie.

"Australians hate refugees and asylum seekers and want them treated badly" is a lie.

Australia murders, tortures, sexually abuses, deports, exiles and disappears refugees.   The LNP, ALP and media support this demented ideology.  And that's the truth.

 

 

Statement on the situation in Nauru [Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific - 29/6/15]:

 

 

The EU Delegation is concerned about events in Nauru.

The political situation in Nauru and recent restrictions to freedom of expression, access to internet and social media as well as the arrest of three opposition MPs, are disturbing developments. 

The EU Delegation calls on the Government of Nauru to abide by its international human rights obligations and to uphold freedom of information and freedom of speech.

 

 

 

ABC, PM [29/6/15]:

 

… NATASHA BLUCHER: Most of the time if you talk to a child and most of the time if you talk to an adult and you ask them who they are or what their name is, they will give you their boat identification number.

What was very common was for people to feel like they were being treated like animals.

So something that people would constantly say, "They think we're animals, they're treating us like animals."

PETER LLOYD: The 'they' Natasha Blucher refers to are employees of Wilson Security. Many are former soldiers and police officers.

Blucher says they have a law and order mindset that brought them into conflict with other staff over how inmates should be treated.

NATASHA BLUCHER: And I've seen a woman sobbing at the gate and saying, "Please, please, I just need to go and see my husband; they took him away last night, he's very sick, I don't know where he is."

And this officer is just standing there with his hand up, going, "No! Go away, go! Shoo! Go!"

PETER LLOYD: Sinister stories have already emerged about the sexual exploitation of inmates by guards.

Natasha Blucher describes an atmosphere where local Nauruan staff saw the camp as a showcase for bride shopping.

NATASHA BLUCHER: That they would say things like "Hey baby, come and sit on my knee."

That they would, you know, peer into their tents, they were trying to set it up for when they got outside and they could have a relationship, and the women found that very, very threatening and scary.

PETER LLOYD: In all but name, Natasha Blucher saw Nauru as a harsh prison camp.

NATASHA BLUCHER: The power imbalance is absolutely unbelievable. It's out of control.

I mean, the officers can dictate when a person can eat, can shower at a certain time. There's an officer there who turns the water on and turns the water off, you can only move through the camp in certain ways.

...

 

 

 

Israel once again commits an act of state piracy in the Mediterranean [Freedom Flotilla Coalition - 25/6/15]



 

 

Israel navy seizes ship seeking to break Gaza blockade: army

 

 

Yahoo [29/6/15]:

 

Israeli naval forces boarded and took over an activist vessel seeking to break the Gaza blockade, and were escorting it to an Israeli port early Monday, the military said, saying that the navy did not use force.

"In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course," it said in a statement.

"Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip."

"The forces have reported that use of force was unnecessary, and that the process was uneventful," it added.

"The vessel is currently being escorted to Ashdod Port and is expected to arrive within 12-24 hours."

A military spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that the vessel was the Swedish-flagged Marianne of Gothenburg, part of the so-called Freedom Flotilla III -- a convoy of four ships carrying pro-Palestinian activists including Arab-Israeli lawmaker Basel Ghattas, Tunisia's former president Moncef Marzouki and at least one European lawmaker.

There was no immediate word on the other three ships, which a reporter on the Marianne had said on Sunday were sailing some way behind it.

"This flotilla is nothing but a demonstration of hypocrisy and lies that is only assisting the Hamas terrorist organisation and ignores all of the horrors in our region," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday in a statement congratulating the Israeli forces involved.

"Preventing entry by sea was done in accordance with international law and even received backing from a committee of the UN Secretary General," he said.

 

 

 

 

 

Ehab Lotayef, one of the Freedom Flotilla spokepersons, explain which is the situation after the boarding of 'Marianne'. He is speaking from 'Rachel' boat. [28/6/15]

 

 

 

 

... So why did I decide to take part in the new flotilla? With all honesty I would say that the answer is quite simple. First, there should be an immediate end to the eight-year blockade which was imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel. Gaza is now little more than a huge jail for the 1.8 million Palestinians caught inside. Second, and I believe this whole heartedly, Israel should not fear the demand for respect of human rights coming from the international community - from its formal organizations as well as from the civil society effort organizing the flotilla. In fact, the entire effort is little more than a few fishing ships carrying medical equipment and solar energy grids. Ours is a civil, peaceful, unarmed, and nonviolent act. Yet the whole of Israel seems to be going through a thunder storm because of it. ...  Dr. Basel Ghattas,  Member of the Israeli Knesset [Huffington Post - 28/6/15]

 

 



Japan:  3,000 attend funeral for Tama, the cat stationmaster

 

 

 

Japan Today [29/6/15]:


Tama the stationmaster, Japan’s feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by about 3,000 company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.

The calico cat was appointed stationmaster at the Kishi station in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007. Donning her custom-made stationmaster’s cap, Tama quietly sat at the ticket gate welcoming and seeing off passengers. The cat quickly attracted tourists and became world-famous, contributing to the railway company and local economy.

Tama, who had turned 16 in April, died of a heart failure on June 22. During Sunday’s Shinto-style funeral at the station where she served, Tama became a goddess. The Shinto religion, indigenous to Japan and practiced by many Japanese, has a variety of gods including animals.

In one of several portraits decorating the altar, Tama posed in a stationmaster’s hat and a dark blue cape. Sake, as well as watermelon, apples, cabbage and other fruits and vegetables were presented to the cat. A stand outside the station was heaped with bouquets, canned tuna and other gifts left by thousands of Tama fans who came to pray from around the country.

Wakayama Electric Railway President Mitsunobu Kojima thanked the cat for her achievement, and said Tama will be enshrined at a nearby cat shrine next month.

Before Tama’s arrival, the local Kishigawa Line was near-bankrupt; and the station was unmanned as it had lost its last staff.

Kojima said appointing Tama as stationmaster was initially an excuse to keep the cat at the station.

“But she was really doing her job,” he said. The rest was a miracle, and his company’s success story also gave hope for dozens of other struggling tiny local train lines, he said.

“Tama-chan really emerged like a savior, a goddess. It was truly my honor to have been able to work with her,” Kojima said in his speech.

During her tenure, Tama had contributed an estimated 1.1 billion yen to the local economy, Kojima said.

Kojima said that when he visited Tama at an animal hospital the day before she died, the cat woke up and reached out to him with her paws, as if asking for a hug, and looked straight into his eyes.

He said he told Tama to get well so they can celebrate the cat’s upcoming 10th anniversary as a stationmaster, and said the cat responded with a “meow.”

Tama is a popular name for cats in Japan, where they are considered spiritual animals. The word could translate as treasure, ball or spirit.

The cat had climbed the corporate ladder from stationmaster to “ultra-stationmaster” and vice president of the company before receiving the additional title Sunday of “honorable eternal stationmaster.”

Tama will be succeeded by another calico cat, Nitama, now an apprentice stationmaster.



 



Cat found skinned alive, Rockingham [West Australian – 29/6/15]

 

 


Cruelty is not inexplicable.

 

It is a hallmark of fascism: "Communists are like pussy cats" - Bertolucci's 1900 [VIDEO  *** WARNING ... GRAPHIC ***]

 

 




Australian military adviser jailed in the US on child pornography charges to seek bail [West Australian - 29/6/15]:

 

 

Prominent Australian military adviser Dr Adam Cobb has a "predatory tendency" to troll for girls online and persuaded a British teen to fly to the US without her parents knowing, US prosecutors allege.

Cobb, 46, was arrested for child pornography offences on April 2 in Rhode Island where he was a professor and director at the esteemed US Naval War College.

The warfare expert and former adviser to the Australian government, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and US Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, will ask a judge at a bail hearing in the US District Court in Providence on Tuesday to release him from jail.

Prosecutors say Cobb, who had the online moniker daddyMike69, has a strong motive to flee before trial and warned against his release.

"Indeed, the government continues to believe that the defendant's online conduct in seeking sexual encounters with teenage minors evidences a mindset that demonstrates that he is also a danger to the community," assistant US Attorney, Terrence Donnelly, wrote ahead of the bail hearing.

Cobb was charged with one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography.

Both charges carry minimum mandatory five-year jail sentences.

Cobb's lawyers argue both charges involve "consensual sexual activities" with his then 17-year-old girlfriend, who lived in Great Britain, and a 16-year-old American girl he had a "video Skype encounter with".

"He has advised governments in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States for over two decades," Cobb's lawyers, describing him as a high-level military adviser, wrote.

US and Australian friends, including military colleagues, wrote glowing references ahead of Cobb's bail hearing, describing him as as an "exceptional mentor and scholar".

One retired US colonel wrote how Cobb joined "my wife and I on a vacation together".

Prosecutors, however, say Cobb sought and received pornographic images from the 17-year-old British girl and without her parents' knowledge persuaded her to travel to the US, had sex with her in Florida and taped some of the encounters.

Video evidence was allegedly seized from Cobb's iPhone and he could also face production of child pornography charges which carry a mandatory minimum 15 years' jail,

Prosecutors also note under Florida law it is a felony for a person over 24 to have sex with a 17-year-old.

Prosecutors allege after Cobb persuaded a 16-year-old US girl to send him pornographic photos of herself "evidence retrieved from his iPhone demonstrates the defendant then distributed those images via text messages to an unknown recipient" and Cobb appears to "be bragging about his conquest".

"Though it is undisputed that the defendant's outward appearance - including his educational background and his former employment - is not one of dangerousness, it is what lies behind the scenes that concerns the government," Donnelly wrote.

"His trolling for teenage girls with whom he could commence a sexual relationship with on the internet reveals a predatory tendency, which his conversations with the 16-year-old corroborate."

 

 



 

A sworn member of ACT Policing who republished a nude female photograph from the agency's official Twitter account breached professional standards, an internal investigation found.

But the former employee, who was believed to have held a senior role with the organisation, escaped formal punishment because they had already resigned.

...

Indigenous broadcaster NITV lodged a formal complaint against the Australian Federal Police after journalist Myles Morgan claimed he was intimidated by officers while filming a scuffle between police and participants in a march in Canberra on Anzac Day.

Last year an ACT Policing officer was found to have breached professional standards after CCTV footage showed him using capsicum spray towards a tethered dog during a property search.  [Canberra Times - 28/6/15]



 

Pentagon legalises killing journalists as ‘Law Of War’ [Mint Press – 25/6/15]



 

 

Papuan shot dead by unidentified gunman

 

 

Jakarta Post [29/6/15]:

 

 

Manase Agapa, 22, a resident of Ugapuga village, East Kamu district, Dogiai regency, Papua, has been shot dead by an unidentified man while participating in a blockade of Jl.

Nabire-Paniai.Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Patrige Renwarin confirmed on Saturday that Menase had been shot while blockading the road with his friends on Thursday.

 “Menase and his friends blocked the roads and stopped cars passing toward Nabire,” Patrige was quoted by Antara news agency as saying.

Manase and his friends were reportedly asking for money from the passing cars.

One of the cars’ drivers refused to give money and, instead, shot the man in the hand and torso.

Police deployed officers to the crime scene where they found a projectile and a bullet.

However, the identity of the gunman is still unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

Istanbul police dispersed LGBTI Pride Parade participants with tear gas and water cannon on June 28 before a much-anticipated march even started, as celebrants were ready with rainbow-colored flags and placards to march along Istanbul’s central İstiklal Avenue. ... [Hurriyet Daily News - 28/6/15]

 



British, US Consul Generals attend Pride in Istanbul [Hurriyet Daily News - 28/6/15]:


Two major consul generals in Istanbul have taken to Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Street to show their support for the LGBTI community in Istanbul during the Istanbul Pride March.

British Consul-General to Istanbul Leigh Turner and his U.S. counterpart, Charles Hunter, attended the June 28 Pride March in Istanbul, along with main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu and Beşiktaş Mayor Murat Haznedar.

Turner shared a photo from the march on his Twitter account and is seen with a rainbow flag.

 



Sheppard seeks SBS retraction

 

 

 

The National [29/6/15]:

 

 

A law firm acting for Greg Sheppard has written to an Australian television station which aired a secretly-filmed footage of an interview “to retract the publication in the same manner and place as first published”.

Lawyer Peter Lowing, of Leahy Lewin Lowing Sullivan Lawyers, said they were also making a formal complaint to PNG authorities on behalf of Sheppard.

“(We) shall be issuing proceedings against SBS seeking damages for defamation.” The SBS television station last Tuesday aired a story on its Dateline programme which included secretly-filmed footage of a meeting in Sheppard’s office in May 2014.

It was between him and an “unidentified agent provocateur posing as a potential investor in PNG”.

“It was alleged by SBS and now by other media that this footage shows our client engaging in some sort of illegal conduct,” he said.

“This footage does not support any of those allegations. At no point in the interview does our client advise this person to undertake illegal or improper conduct in PNG, or how to do so.”

Lowing said the entrapment and use of a secret recording device was specifically prohibited in PNG and it was a criminal offence to further publish such secretly obtained recordings.

He said both SBS and the agent provocateur had breached relevant provisions of the legislation.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has asked Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato and Justice Minister Ano Pala “to engage with relevant Australian law enforcement authorities to investigate comments by two lawyers (Sheppard and Harvey Maladina) aired on SBS television”.




PNG PM tells ministers to pursue legal scandal with Australians [PNG Loop – 29/6/15]:

 

 

... The Prime Minister said beyond any legal proceedings, the claims made in the SBS story feed into an old stereotypical view of Papua New Guinea that had developed after Independence.

"For decades Papua New Guinea suffered at the hands of foreign and local people who sought to take advantage of the then young nation. We called them spivs and carpet baggers and over the course of time legislation has been introduced to stop these activities.

“Papua New Guinea of today is a country where there are checks and balances, where digital fingerprints are a tool of investigation and where we have access to the resources of international law enforcement to prevent illicit financial activities. ...


 

 


The Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has welcomed the visit by the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil Corporation, Mr Rex W. Tillerson, and senior executives who visited Papua New Guinea this week. ... [PNG Facts - 25/6/15]

 

 

 

 


Open Letter Calling for the Muslim World to Watch Over Phuket's Rohingya Trial



Phuketwan [29/6/15]:


Dear OIC [Organisation or Islamic Co-operation] Member Nations,

 

 

The OIC has shown great concern for the Rohingya of Burma, who continue to be driven into the sea by religious intolerance and hate.

For seven years, our small news outlet, Phuketwan, has been covering the exodus of these boatpeople through Thailand, spotlighting the human trafficking and the complicity of Thai officials.

At the weekend, my colleague Chutima Sidasathian, and I learned that the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-o-cha, has rejected a suggestion that an ill-advised criminal defamation action brought against us by the Royal Thai Navy should be withdrawn.

The trial will now be going ahead at Phuket Provincial Court from July 14-16.

We would greatly appreciate it if the OIC could possibly send an official observer. We are also encouraging widespread media coverage of this trial in all 57 OIC member nations.

It's vital that the international community is represented to see how whistleblowers are treated in Thailand. We have done our best to reveal to the world Thailand's dirtiest secret.

The pages of Phuketwan contain more than 1400 articles that reference ''Rohingya.''

In all modesty, we can say that since 2008, our coverage of the Rohingya exodus has been a key to raising international awareness of the plight of these desperate people.

Recent exposure of the graves of luckless trafficking victims in Thailand and the boats bobbing offshore has revealed more fully the horrors that Phuketwan has been accurately recording now for seven years.

During that time, the Royal Thai Navy, along with the Burmese Navy, has been attempting to maintain silence about what was happening to the Rohingya, and to the Bangladeshis who more recently joined them in the boats.

In December 2013, in an attempt to end Phuketwan's coverage of this shocking breach of international human rights standards, one or two officers misusing the good name of the Royal Thai Navy sued me, Chutima Sidasathian and Phuketwan's parent company, under Thailand's repressive criminal defamation and Computer Crimes Act laws.

As the world now knows, all of the thousands of victims who were murdered, raped, tortured and extorted in fleeing Burma and Bangladesh are Muslims.

For this reason, we believe it is vital that the eyes of the Islamic world turn towards this trial on Phuket.

Without the efforts of the dedicated reporters at Phuketwan, this story of constant persecution and maltreatment in Burma and Thailand would never have been told.

We are simply reporters who have been dedicated to doing our job.

The Royal Thai Navy chose to sue us over republication of a single paragraph from a Reuters' news agency series that soon after won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

We know the Royal Thai Navy wants to silence Phuketwan because Reuters and other organisations that reproduced the exact same paragraph have not been charged.

The Prime Minister of Thailand and the Thai government have been called upon by the United Nations, the European Union, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and many other organisations to drop this misguided action.

We face a maximum of seven years in jail, just for doing our jobs. As we have said, the Royal Thai Navy will need to kill us to stop us reporting on the Rohingya issue.

Now, with the Thai government rejecting pleas for commonsense to be restored, we seek the help of the OIC in observing and reporting on our trial.

Alan Morison,

Editor,

Phuketwan.

 

 

 

 

... The heroic generosity of the community in Aceh perfectly illustrates that Indonesia’s tradition to help people in need of protection is alive and provides an example for other countries in the region to follow. Thomas Vargas,  representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia [Jakarta Post - 20/6/15]

 

 

 

 

Asylum seekers on board a boat heading for Australia have told the United Nations High Commission for Refugees that they saw Australian authorities give money to the boat's captain, reports the UNHCR's Indonesia representative Thomas Vargas.  ... [ABC - 7.30 Report  - 16/6/15]

 

 

 

New Zealand government refers refugees to Australia [RNZI - 13/6/15]:

 

The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.

The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.

In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.

A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.

It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra have said nothing - as is their usual response to regional refugee  issues - and the media have not asked them about the refugees' predicament.]

A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees.

 

 

 

 

... Nazmul Hassan, who identifies himself as one of the 65 in a Kupang detention centre, said they just wanted a peaceful life.

"We leave our country because of some problems and political violence and [too many[problems]."

"We are really in trouble now, and under pressure now."

 Mr Hassan said they were all confined to one room at the centre in West Timor. He said the group was mentally and physically exhausted.  ... [RNZI - 7/6/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Which country on this map of  South East Asia is a signatory to the UN Refugee Convention?

 

 

 



We had no way of staying afloat

We had to leave on the ferry boat ...



'Why Aye Man', Mark Knopfler [2002]

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [28/6/15]:   The #Phoenix rescued an additional 222 from 3 dinghies. All 332 were transferred to a Norwegian rescue ship @moas_eu

 

 

 

Italian coast guard: 2,900 saved in several sea rescues [Yahoo - 28/6/15]:

 

 

Italian coast guard ships and vessels from a multi-nation naval mission and humanitarian organizations rescued at least 2,900 migrants Sunday from 21 boats launched by smugglers from Libyan shores, authorities said.

 The coast guard said the rescues were carried out by military vessels from Italy, Spain, Ireland, Britain as well as a boat run by humanitarian personnel.

The Irish naval vessel Le Eithne was involved in at least six of the operations Sunday, rescuing nearly 600 migrants from inflatable rubber dinghies that needed help in the waters northwest of Libya, according to an Irish military statement.

About 100 of the migrants were being brought to the tiny island of Lampedusa, off Sicily.

Authorities were determining which larger, southern Italian ports would receive the others on Monday.

...

 

 



Arson at refugee centre in eastern Germany [DPA – 28/6/15]





Mosque aids Catholic church in Canada after acts of vandalism [RT – 28/6/15]

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

US Deparment of Defense [28/6/15]:

 

 

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Aleppo, five airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and an ISIL staging area, destroying five ISIL excavators, two ISIL fighting positions, an artillery piece and a mortar system.

-- Near Kobani, nine airstrikes struck three large and five small ISIL tactical units, destroying 10 ISIL vehicles, four ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.

-- Near Tal Abyad, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL tanks and an ISIL fighting position.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Beiji, two airstrikes struck land features to deny ISIL a tactical advantage. The strikes destroying an ISIL anti-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Habbaniyah, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Makhmur, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Mosul, an airstrike struck an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Sinjar, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL rocket-propelled grenade.

-- Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL heavy machine gun position, destroying two ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL weapons cache.

...

 

 

 

 

 

 

‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/6/15]: 

 

 

 

Baghdad: Agencies:A person was killed and 7 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Basateen neighbourhood in north of Baghdad ...........

 

 

 

Residential areas in Fallujah shelled by government forces [VIDEO - 28/6/15]

 

 

 Anbar: Photos spreading on web sites show the aerial shelling witnessed in Heet and resulted in killing of 7 persons and wounding of 20 ones according to world news agencies........

 

 

 

 


Why should men get to do all the killing and dying?  It's so discriminatory and an affront to human rights! [Australian Human Rights Commission -17/6/15]:

 

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, was invited by NATO to present at two parallel conferences in Brussels from 1-3 June 2015 focused on gender equality in the armed forces.

She was accompanied by the recently retired, Chief of Army, David Morrison.

The conferences formed part of ‘Gender Week’ at the NATO headquarters, with a focus on increasing the representation of women and implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSR) 1325.

The sessions were conducted before a range of senior military and NATO personnel, Ambassadors, members of the European Union and academics. ...

 

 

 

 

United States bomb Nuristan and Paktika provinces,  Afghanistan

 

 

 

Daily Star [28/6/15]:

 

 

 

U.S. military airstrikes have targeted militants who were threatening international coalition forces near the border in eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. forces spokesman said Sunday.

Most foreign forces withdrew from Afghanistan when NATO combat operations ended last year.

Around 13,200 international troops are part of a new training mission, while a small contingent of U.S. troops is separately fighting the Taliban and other militants.

The first air strike took place Friday in Nuristan, an eastern province next to Pakistan that is partially controlled by the Taliban.

Another strike followed in Paktika Saturday, a stronghold of the Haqqani network and other groups allied with the Taliban.

A spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan declined to say which troops were involved and the nature of the threat.

"I'll generally say coalition forces for both," Colonel Brian Tribus said.

Six militants were killed in the first air strike, according to an Interior Ministry report, which also indicated an Al-Qaeda operative had been killed in the second.

Most U.S. forces withdrew from Afghanistan last year, leaving a small contingent of 9,800 troops to help train Afghan forces and conduct operations against the Taliban and other militants. This includes around 3,000 U.S. troops that operate outside the new, two-year NATO training mission.

The activities of U.S. special forces engaged in counter-terrorism operations have not been made public and little is known of their activities.

In the first fighting season since the official end of the NATO combat mission last year, the Taliban have made gains across the country and succeeded in overrunning 15 district headquarters, according to a senior Afghan security official.

Additionally, support for ISIS, or Daesh as the group is known locally, has spread and the group is exapnding its contingent of foreign fighters and disenchanted Taliban militants.

 


 

 

Afghan forces kill "43 militants" in newest military operations [Khaama - 28/6/15]

 

 

 

 

Pakistani air force kills "23 militants" close to Afghan border [Khaama - 28/6/15]

 

 

 

3 killed in Saudi airstrikes in northwest Yemen [Press TV - 28/6/15]:

 

 

At least three people, including a child, have been killed in the latest aerial aggression by Saudi Arabia on Yemen's northwestern province of Sa’ada.

According to local media outlets on Sunday, the Yemeni people lost their lives after the Saudi warplanes targeted the area of Fallah in the province.

There has been no report on the number of the injured or the size of material damage following the attack.

Earlier in the day, Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area and destroyed two schools in the district of Saqayn in the province, injuring a woman. T

he Saudi warplanes also bombarded the district of Razih in Sa’ada.

In a separate attack, Saudi Arabia pounded the district of as-Saddah in Yemen's southwestern province of Ibb.

The Saudi warplanes also targeted the Yemeni provinces of al-Jawf, Ta’izz and Ma’arib with proscribed weapons, destroying large swathes of farmland. In reaction,

...

 

 

 

 

Kuwait says mosque bomber was Saudi, detains driver [Daily Star - 28/6/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Sudan rebels battle over key town as talks collapse [News 24 - 28/6/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike 'to be released'

 

 

 

Al Jazeera [28/6/15]:

 

 

 Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner, Khader Adnan, will be released in two weeks from Israeli prison, his legal counsel has confirmed with Al Jazeera.

Adnan has agreed to end his 55-day long hunger strike, and is due to be freed on August 12, Jawad Boulos, legal counsel for the Ramallah-based Prisoners Club, said on Sunday.

Boulos said that as part of the deal, the Israelis also pledged not to detain him again under the guidelines of so-called "administrative detention" without indictment or trial, adding that his family has been informed.

Adnan has been held for 11 months in the "administrative detention", which is used by Israel to imprison Palestinians without charge or trial.

It was his ninth detention.

The Palestinian is currently at a clinic in Israel's Ramla prison, where he was placed under medical supervision earlier this month.

On Sunday his family was allowed to visit him at the clinic near Tel Aviv, for the first time since he began his hunger strike against his imprisonment.

He has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance since he went on his first hunger strike that lasted for 66 days.

He ended that strike after a deal was reached for his release in February 2012. Israel's security service, Shin Bet, believes Adnan is a member of the Islamic Jihad group, which had warned that Adnan's death would shatter the relative calm in Gaza.

Earlier in the day, UN's top Middle East envoy Nikolay Mladenov expressed his concern on the fate of Adnan as his health deteriorated.

 

 

 

 

 

29 June 2015

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