242nd day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center.


#Manus SOS



Image: @sunosi3 [1/4/18]



@Aussies4Refugees [1/4/18]:  ... Solidarity with First Nations and the workers, not their sellout, refugee-hating, Shorten loving union leadership! ... #Marxism18 #BoycottGC2018



@Stranger4Ay [1/4/18]:  Replying to @CatherineUNHCR Seeking #Asylum is everyone's right. But due to seeking #Asylum we have been jailed since 2014 in #Balikpapan detention center in Indonesia. Where is our right, lives? Who made us to be #AsylumSeekers ? Day 75 of peaceful demo 4 #freedom. #WithRefugees 



Mothers of Sri Lanka's 100,000 disappeared desperately looking for answers [ITV - 27/3/18]:


... Their mistrust of the authorities is illustrated by a striking photograph of Sri Lanka's current leader, President Sirisena, surrounded by Tamil schoolchildren.

Incredibly, five mothers have come forward and claimed that their missing teenagers are in the photograph.

According to her mother, Jeromy Kasipillai is front left, staring to the right.

She was 17 when she was forcibly separated from her family and taken away.

The mother, Jeyavanitha, says she first saw the photo when it was used in a pamphlet during the 2015 presidential election campaign. ...



Prayer leader in 'Minbya' severely injured by Rakhine extremist [Rohingya Blogger - 31/3/18]



@faarea [30/3/18]:  I’ve realised from speaking to Rohingya here that the Tatmadaw really target teachers and imams a lot. Here is Moulana Shakir with me in the Kutupalong camp. He was a teacher in Rakhine. Consistently hit, smacked & humiliated in Myanmar. He teaches in peace here now at the camp.  



Australia reaffirms defence cooperation with Tatmadaw [Myanmar Times - 7/3/18]



"He could elicit no help from the IOM, the police, or the UNHCR" <--- Who are given millions of dollars to deflect pressure on refugee convention signatory countries like Australia from having to meet their regional protection obligations [Reuters - 30/3/18]



Quislings of empire and hosts of misery demonise Rohingya, as Myanmar's genocide continues and region refuses to offer protection [Hindustan Times - 27/3/18]



The Dalai Lama called on his people to remain united as the Tibetan community gathered on Saturday in a small hill town to mark 60 years of political asylum in India - although just one federal minister appeared at the event. ... [Reuters - 1/4/18] 



... It went on and on, into the night. ... Whatever moral ascendency the West held, was lost here today. ... The Salt March scene from 'Gandhi' [1981]



Following deadly march, hundreds of Israelis rally for Gaza [+972 - 1/4/18]



@davidsheen [31/3/18]: Same Jewish Israeli artist last Passover 



The Israeli army posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday apparently accepting full responsibility for the killings a day earlier of 15 Palestinians as thousands took part in the Great March of Return in Gaza.

The army then quickly deleted the admission – as more evidence of war crimes by its soldiers came to light – but not before a copy was made by the human rights group B’Tselem.

The now-deleted tweet from the official @IDFSpokesperson account stated: “Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.” ... [Electronic Intifada - 31/3/18]



Refugees in Israel - International Solidarity [31/3/18]:  The State of Israel killed 17 refugees and wounded over 1,400 during a peaceful march in which they demanded their rights as refugees - the right of return.

We stand in solidarity with all refugees, and particularly all refugees whose rights, dignity, and lives are trampled by Israel's criminal and racist policies.



Democrats green-light Trump’s escalating war on immigrants [WSWS - 31/3/18]:


... In March, Democrats joined Republicans in passing a $1.3 trillion spending bill that strengthens the framework for mass detention and deportation, including:

· A 10 percent ($641 million) increase in funds for ICE.

· Granting the Trump administration the right to allocate funds to expand the number of beds at immigrant detention centers “as necessary to ensure the detention of aliens prioritized for removal.”

· $1.6 billion for wall construction and border militarization, including $251 million to build a second wall in San Diego and $263 million for “planning, design and technology” for futuristic militarized walls.

· Hiring hundreds more CBP agents.

Democrats voted for the bill 39-8 in the Senate, compared to Republicans who barely supported it (voting 25-23), on the grounds that it was not sufficiently reactionary.

The deal included no protection for the 1.8 million people eligible for protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ...



A new official ICE policy calls for the detention of pregnant women [American Immigration Council - 30/3/18]:


... Though the Trump administration only just announced its policy change, ICE has been refusing to release pregnant women from detention for many months.

In September 2017, the American Immigration Council and others filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General and the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, demanding an investigation into an apparent increase in the number of pregnant women detained in ICE custody.

The complaint tells the stories of ten different pregnant women, who describe the inadequate medical care they received, as well as the anxiety they endured being jailed while pregnant far from their loved ones and lawyers.

In 2016 alone, over 500 pregnant women were held in immigration detention centers. It is unclear how many of these women were ultimately deported after their time in detention. ...



A proposed State Department form would require all US visa applicants to disclose their social media handles, according to a Bloomberg report. ... [The Verge - 29/3/18]



'Tacoma is a synonym of detention,' says immigrant activist facing deportation [The News Tribune - 28/3/18]:


... She considers herself — and her predicament — a product of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

Among other things, the Clinton-era legislation instituted a 10-year waiting period for reentry for anyone who has been in the United States without legal documentation for a year or more.

“I feel stuck because if I had a chance to go back to Mexico, I know I wouldn’t be able to get a job, and I know I wouldn’t be able to do the work I want to do — human rights — because I would be dead,” she said.

Whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement targeted Mora-Villalpando for deportation because of her activism remains a matter of debate, though troubling signs are there. ...



A protester at a vigil Saturday night for Stephon Clark was hit by a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department vehicle on Florin Road, the latest tense moment between law enforcement and activists following the March 18 police shooting death of the unarmed black man.... [The Sacramento Bee - 31/3/18]



Marching for the Democrats: Another Farce on Washington? [Black Agenda Report - 28/3/18]:


... So the young people will need to understand that this normalization of violence is reflected in the social institutions, values, and ethical framework of their society.

The violent, white male shooters that are now turning their guns on the society at large are not an aberration but a logical, almost inevitable consequence of a culture in which people are degraded and de-humanized as instruments for others pleasure and exploitation, made into things, through what Dr. King called the process of “thingingfication.” ...



Martin Luther King Jr [Letter from a Birmingham Jail - 16 April 1963]:


... First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season."

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.

Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.

I had hoped that the white moderate would understand that the present tension in the South is a necessary phase of the transition from an obnoxious negative peace, in which the Negro passively accepted his unjust plight, to a substantive and positive peace, in which all men will respect the dignity and worth of human personality.

Actually, we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension.

We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.


I have heard numerous southern religious leaders admonish their worshipers to comply with a desegregation decision because it is the law, but I have longed to hear white ministers declare: "Follow this decree because integration is morally right and because the Negro is your brother."

In the midst of blatant injustices inflicted upon the Negro, I have watched white churchmen stand on the sideline and mouth pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities.

In the midst of a mighty struggle to rid our nation of racial and economic injustice, I have heard many ministers say: "Those are social issues, with which the gospel has no real concern."

And I have watched many churches commit themselves to a completely other worldly religion which makes a strange, un-Biblical distinction between body and soul, between the sacred and the secular. I have traveled the length and breadth of Alabama, Mississippi and all the other southern states.

On sweltering summer days and crisp autumn mornings I have looked at the South's beautiful churches with their lofty spires pointing heavenward. I have beheld the impressive outlines of her massive religious education buildings.

Over and over I have found myself asking: "What kind of people worship here? Who is their God? Where were their voices when the lips of Governor Barnett dripped with words of interposition and nullification? Where were they when Governor Wallace gave a clarion call for defiance and hatred? Where were their voices of support when bruised and weary Negro men and women decided to rise from the dark dungeons of complacency to the bright hills of creative protest?" ...



Why has Ecuador silenced Julian Assange? [WSWS - 31/3/18]:


... The silencing of Assange came just one day after the Ecuadorian government welcomed a delegation from the US Southern Command, the Pentagon’s arm in Latin America and the Caribbean, headed by Southcom’s deputy military commander, Gen. Joseph DiSalvo, and its chief political officer, Ambassador Liliana Ayalde.

Southcom issued a statement declaring that the discussions were held to strengthen “security cooperation” and “exchange ideas and reiterate US commitment to the longstanding partnership.” Was the timing a coincidence?

Or did the Pentagon’s representatives deliver a blunt directive to their Ecuadorian counterparts to silence Julian Assange?

The obvious question that follows is what other demands have been made. Do they include handing over Assange to Washington? ...



@Lenin [27/2/18]:  En reunión esta mañana con el Subsecretario de Asuntos Políticos de EE. UU, Thomas Shanon, tratamos todos los puntos de la agenda común prevista. Con mucha cordialidad, hemos retomado una relación que será beneficiosa en muchos ámbitos. #ReuniónEcuadorEEUU



@CiaronOReilly [31/3/18]:  Easter Saturday 6pm *Colombian & Chilean solidarity outside Ecuadorian embassy London. #ReconnectJulian Free #Assange 



@CiaronOReilly [31/3/18]:  Easter Saturday 2pm Silvi outside & embassy cat inside keep the solidarity vigil going at the Ecuadorian embassy London. #ReconnectJulian Free #Assange 



@AliciaCastroAR [30/3/18]:  El periodista @JulianAssange creador de @wikileaks junto al Premio Nobel de la Paz, Adolfo Perez Esquivel el pasado febrero. "Las guerras necesitan mentiras, la Paz necesita la Verdad" @Lenin @mfespinosaEC #ReconnectJulian



... If you don’t speak up – if you give up what is uniquely yours as a human being: if you surrender your consciousness, your independence, your sense of what is right and what is wrong, in other words – perhaps without knowing it, you become passive and controlled, unable to defend yourselves and those you love. ... 


 El Mundo Con Assange - Freedom of Speech [2018]



Statement by Julian Assange after six months in Ecuadorian Embassy [20/12/12]:


... The power of people speaking up and resisting together terrifies corrupt and undemocratic power.

So much so that ordinary people here in the West are now the enemy of governments, an enemy to be watched, an enemy to be controlled and to be impoverished.

True democracy is not the White House.

True democracy is not Canberra.

True democracy is the resistance of people, armed with the truth, against lies, from Tahrir to right here in London.

Every day, ordinary people teach us that democracy is free speech and dissent.

For once we, the people, stop speaking out and stop dissenting, once we are distracted or pacified, once we turn away from each other, we are no longer free.

For true democracy is the sum – is the sum – of our resistance. ...





8 people were removed from the public gallery at Parliament House last week for protesting Australia's anti-refugee atrocities [9 News - 28/3/18]:


Protestors have been removed from Parliament’s House of Representatives public gallery after locking arms and chanting about refugees, interrupting question time.

Eight protestors were removed after linking arms in protest of offshore refugee processing centres, reportedly shouting “You are all complicit! You have lost your moral compass!”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull continued to answer a question on company tax as about a dozen security officers removed the group from the chamber one by one. ...



29 March 2018