Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria




U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. ... [US Department of Defense - 29/3/16]





US Department of Defense [28/3/16]:



U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, 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 four strikes in Syria:

-- Near Mara, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Manbij, a strike destroyed two ISIL bed-down locations and two ISIL fighting positions.

Strikes in Iraq

Attack and fighter aircraft conducted 10 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Mosul, four strikes struck an ISIL security headquarters and an ISIL tactical unit, destroyed an ISIL assembly area and suppressed an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Qayyarah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units; destroyed four ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL machine gun and an ISIL supply cache; and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Sinjar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL assembly area.



Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the bitter five-year-old civil war.

The fighting has intensified over the last two months, as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed. ... [LA Times - 27/3/16]






@MSF_Sea [29/3/16]:  14000 men, women & children have risked their lives to reach #Italy so far this year. In the last 48h alone, 1500 were rescued off #Libya.






@ItalianNavy [29/3/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Grecale #MarinaMilitare sta soccorrendo 4 gommoni. A bordo del 1° ha recuperato 105 migranti.




@ItalianNavy [29/3/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR nave Borsini ha recuperato 119 migranti dal gommone soccorso trasbordandoli con le idrobarche su nave Aliseo #MarinaMilitare






‏@guardiacostiera [29/3/16]:  Conclusa quinta operazione #SAR #CanalediSicilia da parte di #NaveDiciotti #GuardiaCostiera. Tratti in salvo ulteriori 111 #migranti.





@guardiacostiera [29/3/16]:  #NaveDiciotti #GuardiaCostiera salva 661 #migranti in 4 operazioni #SAR #CanalediSicilia




@PROACTIVA_SERV [29/3/16]:   Llegaron 40 personas costa Norte,150 costa Sur y 500 interceptadas por HCG-Frontex. Seguiremos asegurando el Egeo





‏@cpcatrambone [29/3/16]:  David & Goliath ~@moas_eu #SAR ship #Phoenix currently anchored next to @USSNOLA #Phuket @moas_asia #humanity #peace





Myanmar's outgoing government lifts Rakhine state of emergency, UN warns of food shortages, and Woodside waits to suck up the gas [29/3/16]





Comedians face insulting religion charges [Myanmar Times - 29/3/16]




As Angkor Sentinel 2016 drew to a close March 25, U.S. and Cambodian forces wrapped up two weeks of bilateral training and relationship-building with a ceremony and a Royal Cambodian Army capability demonstration at the Training School for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces here. ... [US Department of Defense - 28/3/16]




How the United States trained Cambodian human rights abusers [100Reporters - 18/3/16]:


... The scale and violence of evictions at Spean Ches quickly became emblematic of the crisis, drawing the attention of the U.S. Embassy in its 2007 annual report on human rights. And in 2014, the Spean Ches eviction helped form the basis of a private legal action alleging crimes against humanity that was brought before the International Criminal Court.

Yet as the crisis unfolded, Washington intensified its relations with the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and police.

Congress, in 1997, had outlawed assistance to foreign security forces known to have committed gross violations of human rights. Yet diplomatic files published by WikiLeaks and compiled by the nonprofit investigative journalism group 100Reporters show that American officials overlooked such violations in vetting Cambodian police and military personnel for their eligibility to receive U.S.-funded training—in some cases apparently in violation of the law.






Kingdom’s first privately run prison would allow the rich to upgrade [Phnom Penh Post - 29/3/16]





PM orders removal of Islamabad sit-in [ - 29/3/16]





Islam remains Bangladesh's state religion as High Court scraps petition [ - 28/3/16]







Japan’s new security laws took effect Tuesday, enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since World War II in a landmark defense policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing Constitution. ... [Japan Today - 29/3/16]





Indonesian vessel held hostage by militant group demanding $1m ransom [Jakarta Post - 29/3/16]





If you live in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arkansas beware: You are nearly as likely to experience an earthquake as high-hazard areas such as California, but the risk is man-made.

That's the conclusion in a first-ever report made public Monday from the U.S. Geological Survey, which cites the oil and gas drilling process as triggering the quakes.  

The assessment of human-induced seismic shaking found 7 million people in the central and eastern U.S. live in the man-made earthquake zone,  said Mark Petersen, head of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project.

Human activities, such as wastewater disposal from drilling for oil and gas can cause earthquakes the report said.  ... [USA Today - 28/3/16]





Arctic sea ice extent breaks record low for winter [Guardian - 29/3/16]





China Shenhua Energy, the listed unit of the nation’s largest coal miner and one of the largest power producers, has delayed construction on more than 80 per cent of its coal-fired plants after Beijing ordered local governments to stop approving new plants and required producers to slow the development pace on projects already approved. ... [South China Morning Post - 29/3/16]





Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!




New aerial surveys show 95 per cent of the northern Great Barrier Reef is suffering from severe coral bleaching, and some scientists expect half of the northern reef to die in the next month.

He [State Development Minister Anthony Lynham] said while Queensland was committed to slowing the pace of global warming, as set out in the global climate change agreement in Paris last year, it was still possible for coal to co-exist with the reef.

"The people of Queensland have to realise that you can have both," Dr Lynham said. ... [ABC - 29/3/16]






Queensland farming family launches bid for compensation over impact of gas wells [ABC - 29/3/16]:



 A Queensland farming family has launched a landmark bid for compensation over the alleged impact of coal seam gas mining.

Narelle and Allan Nothdurft entered an agreement with the Queensland Gas Company (QGC) to drill wells on their property near Chinchilla on the Western Downs in 2006.

"We were offered a lot of water and some gravel roads around the property. It was all good at the start," Mr Nothdurft said.

But Mr Nothdurft said issues with wells on and around their property, including noise levels and problems with gas vents, have made them sick ever since.

"The children have headaches, they get fast onset migraine headaches. They're missing a lot of school because they get headaches at the drop of a hat," he said.

The Nothdurft family has challenged QGC and four other respondents for compensation in the Land Court in Brisbane, so they can move away.

The family's lawyer George Houen said it was the first time the compensation rules under Queensland's Petroleum and Gas Act had been tested.

"They were signatories to the agreement on the basis the environmental authority conditions would be complied with. And they haven't been," Mr Houen said.

In a statement, QGC said "evidence from leading expert bodies confirms that properly regulated, unconventional gas developments do not threaten the environment or public health".

The company said it was operating within authorised noise levels, but it was waiting for access to the Nothdurft property to install noise suppression equipment on some infrastructure.

QGC said the matter was now for the Land Court to decide and it would comply with its orders. The case is due back in court in September.






Federal Senate inquiry into Unconventional Gas comes to Narrabri [Lock The Gate - 29/3/16]





Queensland government uses "housing affordability" line to promote construction of more empty apartment blocks [Brisbane Times - 29/3/16]





Queensland to request COAG funding for more stadiums and roads [Brisbane Times - 28/3/16]






A review into Queensland's controversial anti-bikie [draconian anti rights] laws is expected to recommend on Thursday the government repeal them.


Independent Speaker Peter Wellington last year gave Labor the numbers it needed to form minority government, partly based on the party's promise to review the controversial legislation, which he argued impinged on civil liberties.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday refused to comment on whether she'd lose Mr Wellington's support if her government didn't repeal the legislation.

"The report's coming, I haven't seen the report yet, so let's wait and see when the report comes out later this week," she said. [Yahoo - 29/3/16]





Queensland police give the usual localities special treatment in property crime crackdown [ABC - 29/3/16]





As above [QPS Media - 29/3/16]





Woman doused in petrol in horrific domestic dispute [MYGC - 29/3/16]:



A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly dousing a woman in petrol in a suspected domestic dispute south of Brisbane.

Police will allege he poured the flammable liquid on the woman at a home in Parkinson around 8.00pm on Monday night following an argument.

Officers attended the residence and located a man at the front of the residence before taking him into custody.

A 51-year-old woman was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment but was later released.

A 55-year-old Parkinson man has been charged with one count each of attempted murder, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, attempted arson, common assault, contravention of a domestic violence order and wilful damage.

He is due to appear in Richlands Magistrates Court today.





A man has been charged with a string of offences after a young girl was found with a fractured jaw in his Murarrie home.

The 31-year-old, who appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday, has been charged with grievous bodily harm, indecent treatment of a child under 16 years, possession of child exploitation material, child stealing, contravene a domestic violence order and three counts of carnal knowledge of a child under 16 years.

The arrest came after police were investigating a missing girl who they found at the man's address with a fractured jaw and facial injuries.

The man was remanded in custody and will face court again on April 24. [Brisbane Times - 29/3/16]





A man has been charged after a woman was sexually assaulted and bashed in the Brisbane suburb of Alexandra Hills.

Police say the woman aged in her 20s was attacked at a home and later attended Redland Hospital for treatment. 

Officers attended the address and arrested a 29-year-old man who lived at the house, charging him with one count each of rape, assault occasioning bodily harm and deprivation of liberty.

He is due to appear in Cleveland Magistrates Court on Tuesday. [Brisbane Times - 29/3/16]





A far north Queensland man accused of murder re-enacted the grisly bushland killing with his girlfriend, a court has heard.

William Darcy Reid, 22, allegedly stabbed Travis Davis the month before the traveller's remains were found at a remote Mona Mona campsite in 2013.

In his closing address on Tuesday, Crown Prosecutor Danny Boyle said Reid's then girlfriend, Austasia Kapteyn, had testified the man had re-enacted how he hit Davis over the back of the head with a log before kneeing him in the jaw, slicing him across the neck and stabbing him in the rib. ... [Brisbane Times - 29/3/16]





Aaron Llewellyn Jones granted bail, accused of killing housemate Joel Russell Charlesworth [ABC - 29/3/16]





Enter dwelling with intent and assault, Waterford [QPS Media - 29/3/16]





Charges over robbery and assault of taxi driver, Woodridge [QPS Media - 29/3/16]





Robbery with violence, Springwood [QPS Media - 29/3/16]





Gold Coast University Hospital staff embroiled in a fraud scandal have been allowed to return to work.

Five doctors, a nurse and an administration employee from the hospital's cardiology unit are accused of making fraudulent patient referrals worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. ... [Brisbane Times - 29/3/16]





A Gold Coast vet has been handed a good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to exposing himself and other to the Hendra virus. ... [MYGC - 29/3/16]





Accused killer of South Australian bush nurse Gayle Woodford appears in court fearing ‘retribution’ in jail [Nine MSN - 29/3/16]






A cyclist died after a hit and run in Halls Head on Tuesday morning. 

The car hit the woman on the corner of Old Coast and McLarty roads just before 10am and left the scene, a WA Police spokeswoman said.  ... [WA Today - 29/3/16]





A truck driver has gone on trial in Perth accused of fatally hitting a woman in an emergency lane. ... [WA Today - 29/3/16]





Sydney siege inquest: Lindt Cafe worker says he calmed gunman Man Haron Monis down [ABC - 29/3/16]





One of Australia's most prestigious commercial law firms ignored allegations that its former Melbourne office manager had raped a legal clerk and failed to report the claims to Victoria Police.

Senior staff at Arnold Bloch Leibler were aware of the sexual assault allegations in 2001, but the law firm notified only its insurance company at the time, amid concerns of a possible civil court claim by the alleged victim.

Victoria Police launched an investigation after receiving a complaint from the woman last year and charged former Arnold Bloch Leibler employee, Dale Patrick Cooney, 47, with two counts of rape. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/3/16]





A suburban NSW police chief's habit of striking a junior officer in the crotch with the back of his hand when the pair walked past each other was normal tomfoolery, a court has heard.

A constable told the assault trial he saw Inspector Mathew Edward Lonergan use the back of his hand to knock Senior Constable Todd Kirk in the groin in the Parramatta station kitchen in 2014.

Under cross examination by Insp Lonergan's lawyer, Constable Robert Margiotta said he saw it as "a bit of a knockabout gesture" and "a bit of tomfoolery" and didn't think much of it at the time. ... [Nine MSN - 29/3/16]





Wilmar to head back to "negotiating table" with cane growers [ABC - 28/3/16]




Fiji sugar mill stays out of action [RNZI - 28/3/16]:

The Fiji Sugar Corporation says the Penang sugar mill in Rakiraki will not be ready for this season, starting in August, because of the impact of Cyclone Winston.

The Corporation's chair, Abdul Khan, told FBC News that it had put in place a strategy to build a syrup mill in Penang to be ready by next year.

He said as rebuilding the Penang mill would have been very costly, there was an advantage to opt for a modern and more high efficient mill.

Mr Khan said farmers around the area would have to take their sugarcane to the Rarawai Mill in Ba for crushing.

He said the industry suffered more than $US70 million in losses because of the cyclone.


Australia terrified of losing imminent Supreme Court challenge to the constitutionality of its refugee concentration camp on Manus Island




Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [29/3/16]:



Meetings in the Manus Island detention centre compounds this morning have outlined a series of moves by Australian and PNG Immigration attempting to resolve the detention and resettlement issue before the Supreme Court challenge to the Manus Island detention centre, scheduled for the end of April.

Asylum seekers and refugees were told (i) that all refugee processing will end by 31 March; (ii) those with negative determinations will have their appeals resolved by 31 June; (iii) from 6 April, those found to be refugees will be separated from those who have negative determinations. Those found to be refugees will be housed in Delta and Oscar, while those found not to be refugees will be housed in Mike and Foxtrot compounds. People will be moved forcibly after 6 April if necessary, but any person who moved earlier will receive 50 points that can be used at the detention centre canteen. Anyone who refuses to move will have their points cut; meaning they will no longer have access to the canteen for supplies or phone cards.

It is rumoured that extra guards have been flown from Australia, but that cannot be confirmed.

Those who have been found to be refugees have also been threatened that they have to accept resettlement in PNG or they will be forcibly removed from PNG; something the government is not able to legally carry out.

It is unclear what the announcement means for the 60-odd people who have refused to accept processing in PNG in protest at being forcibly transported to Manus Island from Australia, where they did ask for asylum on arrival.

“There is every sign that PNG Immigration and Australian Immigration are panicked at the possibility that they will lose the Supreme Court challenge to Manus Island detention that is scheduled to start in late April,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Immigration routinely makes threats and restricts rights in the effort to force people to leave the detention centre or return to their home countries. The cash offer to ‘voluntarily’ return home has recently been increased to $10,000 but no-one has accepted it.”

Of the hundreds who have been found to be refugees, only around 60 have been willing to move out of the centre to the so-called transit accommodation at East Lorengau on Manus Island.

One Manus refugee told the Refugee Action Coalition, “The message was clear for us – whether you are a refugee or not, they want to clear the detention centre. But there is no safety in PNG.”

“It is always disappointing to see the Immigration Department inflicting further punishment on asylum seekers and refugees rather than face up to the failure of the offshore detention regime,” said Rintoul.

“They are desperate to avoid the consequences of a successful court challenge which could find that the Manus detention centre has never been constitutional and that the human rights of asylum seekers have been breached from day one.”

The announcement has increased tensions at the detention centre. A majority have already decided they will not cooperate with any attempt to force them to move compounds.




Guardian [29/3/16]:


... “Those people with ‘negative’ are in a really scary situation, especially Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi people becasue they can deport them more easily. I saw a young Sri Lankan guy, he was shaking violently. He is about 21 or 22.”

 [Behrouz] Bouchani said many in the detention were saying they would refuse to move:

 “They have decided to resist.” He added: “The people here think that the Australian government put them under torture for three years, processed them over a long time and finally will deport them. It is unacceptable that Australia makes an advertisement with people here … Australia has violated people’s rights and used their bodies to send a message of inhumanity and cruelty around the world.”

Another asylum seeker in Manus told Guardian Australia all the detainees had been told if they did not accept either resettlement in PNG or voluntary repatriation they would be forcibly deported.

“The message was clear enough to all of us, refugees or not – they want to put more pressure on us to leave the centre although there is no safety in PNG and this resettlement seems forcible not optional,” he said.

“Also they brought extra security from Australia to do the moving. We don’t know how many of them but according to the rumours hundreds of them are already here on Manus.”





The men, women and children incarcerated by Australia on Manus Island, Nauru (and onshore) for seeking asylum are political prisoners.


Where the bloody hell are you?


1,000s of Australians are watching and wondering how much longer their sham political, media and human rights establishment can ignore these protests.




Peaceful, determined, resistance challenges the victim blaming narrative peddled by Australia's political media, and human rights establishment.



Image:  Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [27/3/16]




RNZI [29/3/16]:


Refugee advocates say asylum seekers protesting since early last week on Nauru are resolved to continue their action until they are determined to be refugees.

Their action is over the long time it is taking to process their applications as some people have been detained by Australia on the island for more than 1,000 days.

In October, the Nauru government announced it would finalise the claims within a week.

Australia's Refugee Action Coalition's, Ian Rintoul, said it's unforgivable that they had been held for so long.

"If you look at the time that the UNHCR maybe takes in other places we are not talking three years those assessments can be made in Canada, the US, Britain and northern Europe in a matter of weeks in some cases. It's unforgivable that people held for so long," he said.







The political ‘migration crisis’ and the military-humanitarian response, Associate Professor Pierluigi Musarò [London School of Economics - 28/3/16]:



... Back to the refraction of the military and the humanitarian frame, I think that even though images can do much to expose a crisis, they can do little to explain it. Rather than promoting solidarity in the name of human dignity, the military-humanitarian narrative sustains a complex ontology of inequality that reproduces specific value hierarchies and evaluations of human life. As in other instances of humanitarian government, care and control both fuel and feed off each other, nurturing a ‘compassionate repression’ that fails to bridge the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’. On the contrary, this risks providing support to the neo-liberal global governance in establishing an asymmetric (in terms of both agency and dignity) moral geography of the world.

 In stark opposition to this framing, we should keep in mind what is happening in the last few months. The collective march of refugees across the Balkans has rendered the agency of migrants themselves highly visible, exposing the crucial role they play in challenging existing governance structures. As we can see, people on the move challenge the subject position of the helpless victims, and reassert their agency, their social and political identities, their hopes and dreams, their capacity to choose their own destiny.







Australia no longer accepts refugees and is stopping people from seeking asylum, yet the media keep amplifying Murdoch hate, churning out pointless partisan BULLSHIT, and deliberately miss the point ---> Ordinary Nauruans don't benefit from Australia's refugee concentration camp: Shock [ABC - 29/3/16]:


... Pacific political analyst Tess Newton Cain said a lack of public land in Nauru was one possible explanation.

"The land was going to belong to somebody, the land is owned by customary owners, so from what I understand there is little or no government owned land," she said. ...








Why there was a three week delay in the Redland City Bulletin reporting this? --> @david_busch [9/3/16]: #Redlands ppl declare support for #LetThemStay & #sanctuary for #refugees at Lutheran Church Cleveland today.





Solidarity, pissweak ineffectual "protected" strike action, and indefinite detention forever ----> Travellers - interruption to airport services from 29 March 2016 [Department of Immigration and Border Protection]:


Some employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection including the Australian Border Force, who are members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), will take part in protected industrial action at various work sites commencing 29 March 2016.

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is asking its members, who are employees of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, to participate in protected industrial action at various international airports from 29 March 2016​.

While the likely level of participation is unknown, we strongly encourage airline and cruise ship passengers to plan for potential delays by arriving at international airports and cruise ship terminals even earlier.

The Department is working closely with stakeholders to minimise the impact on the travelling public, cargo and mail operations. We are also ensuring appropriate contingencies are in place for visa and citizenship services.

 See below for detailed information about where and when protected industrial action is planned to occur.





CPSU Media Release [30/6/15]:

… *Customs officers can receive allowances for a range of workplace situations including being at sea, using firearms, meeting high fitness standards, working long hours, unusual shifts and performing dirty and/or dangerous work. Some of the allowances at risk in the new agreement include:


• Use of Force Allowance: for officers required to maintain specified fitness level so they can carry firearms

• Marine and Marine Accommodation Allowances: for officers deployed at sea for up to 36 days at a time

• Detector Dog Unit Allowance: for officers who work with dogs detecting controlled substances

• Removals Allowance: for officers required to escort deportees anywhere in the world, including high risk environments

• Extended Commitment Allowance; for immigration officers working for long periods in isolated locations (e.g. Christmas Island)






The Palestinian leadership on Monday requested that the UN open an investigation into Israeli forces' "extrajudicial executions," after a soldier's gruesome killing of a wounded Palestinian was captured on camera in Hebron last week.

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in a statement that he made the request during a meeting with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov.

He said that while Israel had announced its own investigation into the "brutal execution" of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron on Thursday, "historic facts" cast doubt on Israeli investigations, which he said had "yet to serve justice."

Erekat alleged that since the killing of 18-year-old Hadeel Hashlamon in Hebron last September, there had been "207 cases of Israeli extrajudicial killings of Palestinians." ... [Maan - 28/3/16]







2 Palestinians killed amid rising tensions in Lebanon camp [Maan - 28/3/16]:



... Ain al-Helweh, which lies near the Lebanese city of Sidon, has become increasingly unstable over the past year, with violent clashes last summer displacing as many as 3,000 Palestinian refugees.

More than 54,000 registered Palestinian refugees live in the camp, who have been joined in recent years by thousands of Palestinians fleeing the fighting in Syria.

More than 450,000 Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with UNRWA. Most live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps and face a variety of legal restrictions, including on their employment.








Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Monday morning have demolished a residential building and the walls surrounding it, bulldozed a football playground and destryed trees and networks of water and electricity at the northern entrance of Bethlehem city, central West Bank. ... [PNN - 28/3/16]






Palestinian boy hit by settler's vehicle near Hebron [Maan - 28/3/16]






West Bank settlers form military unit to terrorize Bedouin communities [PNN - 27/3/16]





Freedom is a constant struggle: Angela Davis on Ferguson, Palestine and the foundations of a movement [Democracy Now - 28/3/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: You write "On Palestine, G4S, and the Prison-Industrial Complex." Explain what G4S is.

ANGELA DAVIS: G4S is the third-largest private corporation in the world, third only to Wal-Mart and Foxconn. It’s a private security corporation. It engages in the ownership and operation of private prisons, private policing and many other activities related to policing and surveillance and imprisonment. It is, interestingly, the corporation that hires more people on the continent of Africa than any other corporation in the world. So, actually, looking at the work that this corporation does gives us a sense of the extent to which security, security as propounded by those who believe that security can only be achieved by violence, whether structural violence or actual violence, is—that is the position represented by this corporation. And, of course, it has played a major role in upholding the occupation in Palestine. And so, we can say, from Palestine to private prisons all over the world to deportation—this company also provides transportation for the deportation of Mexican immigrants. So, if one looks at that corporation, I think that all of the issues that we are addressing can be seen.

In a sense, the private corporations recognize the intersectionality of issues and struggles, and we have to do that, as well.






Hands Off Assata Shakur: Angela Davis calls for radical activism to protect activist exiled in Cuba [Democracy Now - 28/3/16]




Fidel Castro breaks silence, chides Obama [Havana Times - 28/3/16]:


... In his top of the Cuban news article, Castro recalled the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 and praised his government’s role in the struggles of African independence.

He accused Washington of having supported the racist apartheid regime in South Africa.

“I do not know what Obama has to say today about this history. I do not know what he did or did not know, although it is very doubtful that he knew absolutely nothing,” said Fidel.

“My modest suggestion is that he reflect and not try to develop theories about Cuban politics,” he said.




Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study [Washington Post – 28/3/16]:


... “So many people I've talked with say they don't care about online surveillance because they don't break any laws and don't have anything to hide. And I find these rationales deeply troubling,” she [Assistant Professor Elizabeth Stoycheff] said.

She said that participants who shared the “nothing to hide” belief, those who tended to support mass surveillance as necessary for national security, were the most likely to silence their minority opinions.

“The fact that the 'nothing to hide' individuals experience a significant chilling effect speaks to how online privacy is much bigger than the mere lawfulness of one's actions. It's about a fundamental human right to have control over one's self-presentation and image, in private, and now, in search histories and metadata,” she said.




US drops legal action against Apple over encrypted iPhone [Reuters – 28/3/16]






@Snowden [28/3/16]:  Journalists: please remember that government argued for months that this was impossible, despite expert consensus.



... “This case was never about just one phone. It was about an unprecedented power-grab by the government that was a threat to everyone’s security and privacy. Unfortunately, this news appears to be just a delay of an inevitable fight over whether the FBI can force Apple to undermine the security of its own products. We would all be more secure if the government ended this reckless effort.” [ACLU Statement - 28/3/16]





... In some of the photos, which remain classified, CIA captives are blindfolded, bound and show visible bruises.

Some photographs also show people believed to be CIA officials or contractors alongside the naked detainees. ... CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured [Guardian - 28/3/16]





Gunman shot and captured at Capitol complex: police [Reuters - 28/3/16]





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