Egypt's state news agency says a roadside bomb has killed two police and wounded three conscripts in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. ... [Daily Star - 29/5/16]
Israeli deputy PM admits secret visit to Aleppo [Press TV - 29/5/16]
Four civilians were injured due to a terrorist rocket attack on al-Midan neighborhood in Aleppo city.
A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorist groups fired 8 rocket shells on the neighborhood, injuring 4 people and causing the collapse of an entire building. ... [SANA - 29/5/16]
U.S. servicemen were seen by a Reuters correspondent near the frontline of an offensive launched on Sunday by Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq that aims to retake a handful of villages from Islamic State east of their Mosul stronghold.
The U.S. servicemen were seen loading armored vehicles outside the village of Hassan Shami, a few miles east of the frontline. ... [Reuters - 29/5/16]
Torte für Menschenfeinde surprise anti-refugee German politician [Deutsche Welle - 28/5/16]:
... Members of the antifascist group "Torte für Menschenfeinde" or "Cake for Misanthropists" took responsibility for the attack.
They accused Wagenknecht of translating public anger into political demands and of assuming an anti-refugee stance, similar to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
The leftist politician has been criticized for saying she didn't think that all refugees could come to Germany and for anti-migrant comments after migrants sexually harassed and robbed hundreds of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve.
The antifascist group staged a similar attack on the AfD's Beatrix von Storch in February, using a man dressed up as a clown to throw cake at the politician. ...
Coastguard rescues 19 migrants from inflatable boat in English Channel [Telegraph - 29/5/16]
UN: More than 700 refugees feared drowned off Italy [Al Jazeera - 29/5/16]:
... [UNHCR's William] Spindler said more needed to be done to stop refugees from taking to the sea in small boats.
"It is very difficult to prevent people from doing this. In our view, what needs to be done is to offer legal alternatives to the most vulnerable refugees to travel to Europe. The reason why people are undertaking these dangerous journeys is because they have no choice," he said. ... <--- Instead of refugee bashing, why can't he just say: Stop invading other countries and start respecting the Refugee Convention?
An Afghan migrant has died after being hit by a truck near the French coastal city of Calais. ... [BT - 28/5/16]
Afghan interpreters see their visa dreams fading [Ekathimerini - 27/5/16]:
... “If we had been granted our visas, everything would be OK. We would not have had to face this treacherous journey and maybe we would not have lost our child,” says Wali.
“We still get no answer about when we will get them... we just keep waiting.” ...
Political stability should not be traded with human rights while funds for peacekeeping operations should be increased, a migration conference heard this morning.
Civil society should also be roped in to help resolve internal issues, the MOASXChange conference heard.
The event held at the Maritime Museum marked the central Mediterranean launch of the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station mission. ... [Times of Malta - 27/5/16]
How many are dying now? ---> "Many people died because of push back into the open sea.", Dong Tran, former refugee and historian, Return of the Boat People [Journeyman/ABC - 2008]
Day 71 refugee protest, Nauru
Image: @SuchNigel [29/5/16]
Eastern University students protest against attack on Tamil student [Tamil Guardian - 28/5/16]
... Untapping skills and talent through new internships for refugees Ms Robson said historically refugees had "made a huge contribution to Australia, from Frank Lowy to Richard Pratt".
"The existence of our business will prove [Mr] Dutton wrong," she said.
"We will show Australia the skills and expertise of people who want to make Australia a successful economy, as waves of refugees have done in this country for generations.
"Who knows, we might have the next Frank Lowy. All they need is a fair go." ...
In October 2013, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service announced a joint venture with the Lowy Institute to research and develop policy strategy, options for future border management. [DIPB Media Release - 30/9/14]:
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) and the Lowy Institute for International Policy have completed their first joint research fellowship, examining ways to enhance and promote Australia’s border as a strategic economic asset. ...
Perhaps he could ask Thomas Albrecht why the UNHCR don't want refugees settled in Australia?
A U.S. Navy sailor pleaded guilty Friday to raping a Japanese woman at a hotel in Okinawa Prefecture in March at his first hearing at the Naha District Court.
Justin Castellanos, 24, has been indicted for raping the woman in her 40s at the hotel in the prefectural capital of Naha in the early hours of March 13.
He took the woman, a tourist from southwestern Fukuoka Prefecture, into his room after finding her asleep in a hotel corridor.
During the court hearing, prosecutors said that Castellanos decided to take advantage of the situation and rape her after trying and failing to wake her.
He is a seaman based at the U.S. Marine’s Camp Schwab in the northern part of Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of U.S. military bases in Japan.
The trial comes amid growing anti-U.S. base sentiment in the prefecture as Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, a former Marine and a worker at the U.S. Air Force’s Kadena Air Base, was arrested last week for allegedly dumping the body of a 20-year-old local woman.
Investigative sources said Shinzato has admitted to killing the victim after sexually assaulting her. [Japan Today - 28/5/16]
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will travel to Singapore to lead the U.S. delegation and deliver a keynote address June 4 at the 15th Asia Security Summit at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual conference hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Pentagon officials announced today.
The secretary will be joined in Singapore by senior military leaders, including Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. John Richardson and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Harry Harris. ... [US Department of Defence - 27/5/16]
Ireland latest EU state to defend BDS [Electronic Intifada - 28/5/16]
Hundreds of mourners Saturday attended the funeral of Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, a young Palestinian who was killed execution-style by an Israeli soldier in March, sparking international outrage following the release of a video capturing the incident.
The body of al-Sharif, which was returned to his family on Friday after being held by Israeli authorities for over two months, was carried by Palestinian security officers from the al-Ahli hospital in the city of Hebron to an ambulance which took his body to mourners and family members in order for them to say their final goodbyes before the burial. ... [Maan - 28/5/16]
Gaza refugee finally freed from Arizona immigration jail [Electronic Intifada - 28/5/16]
The popular committees of the Palestinian refugee camps in the occupied West Bank have decided to escalate protests measures against the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, in response to changes made by UNRWA to the food distribution system in the camps. ... [Maan - 28/5/16]
... But on 7 June, the Newseum will host Lieutenant-Colonel Avital Leibovich for a live event to discuss “the social media branch of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) and how the organization uses media and social media during its various campaigns.”
However, there is no indication that the program, to be moderated by Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst, will feature any discussion of Israel’s deliberate slayings of journalists or Leibovich’s role in them. ... [Electronic Intifada - 27/5/16]
Graduate teaching assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Madison this month became the latest unionized workers in the US to vote in favor of a resolution supporting the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Meanwhile a United Auto Workers review board upheld a decision by the union’s national executive to nullify a democratic vote backing BDS by rank and file members in California. ... [Electronic Intifada - 26/5/16]
@fawaz_ss088129 [29/5/166]: Aussies please help us!! Please help our children!! We cannot live like animals in this detention camp anymore.
@drobwlldiad [28/5/16]: She's ten years old, stuck on #Nauru she's crying out for an education, she wants to be a doctor ...
The Australian media's use of the Pope's latest remarks to continue invisibilising the dire circumstances of refugees in our region is criminal.
Where is the Refugee Council of Australia's statement demanding Australia close its illegal camps and resettle the refugees imprisoned on Nauru and Manus Island? @OzRefugeeCounc [29/5/16]: 'Migrants not dangerous but in danger' Pope Francis tells children in Vatican meeting
Could Father Frank "we stopped the boats" Brennan and his pals at Lateline please advise how many refugee boats Australia has repelled in the past 24 hours? ---> The LÉ Róisín has carried out three separate operations in the Mediterranean today resulting in the rescue of 347 people.
Some 668 migrants were saved from boats in distress in the Mediterranean off Libya today, officials say.
They were rescued by Italian coast guard and navy ships, aided by Irish and German vessels and humanitarian organisations, Italian and Irish officials said.
The rescues are the latest by a multi-national patrol south of Sicily that has saved thousands this week. ... [BreakingNews.ie - 28/5/16]
"Put the Liberals last" endorses the anti-refugee, anti-worker, anti-environment, pro-privatisation ALP.
I REFUSE TO GIVE MY CONSENT TO CARTEL FASCISM AND AUSTERITY.
I WILL #VOTEINFORMAL
Queensland voters were duped by a similarly deceitful ALP campaign involving the Greens, unions, environmental and activist groups during the last state election.
The Palaszczuk government has betrayed them ever since, and this week announced they're going to steal their superannuation! [Australian Financial Review - 24/5/16]:
Actuaries have warned the Palaszczuk Labor government about raiding Queensland's $34 billion defined benefits scheme for public servants, saying it could leave them financially exposed if the sharemarket tanked.
Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt on Tuesday confirmed the Palaszczuk government was considering using its superannuation scheme to pay down debt and build infrastructure. ...
“Appalling, "opportunistic”, and a return to “the bad old days of Queensland politics”. That’s how experienced political analysts have described the “partisan game-playing” that unexpectedly ended on Thursday night with a vote to make Queenslanders number every box on their ballot paper at the next state election. ... [The Conversation - 22/4/16]
US launches new ICE raids against Central American families [teleSUR – 28/5/16]
Refugees in hiding after violent deportation from the US [teleSUR - 28/5/16]:
A large group of South Asian migrants and refugees say they were placed in "body bags" and subjected to the use of tasers by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers as they were deported from the United States, the Guardian reported Friday.
In early April, 85 Bangladeshis, Nepalis and Indians that had failed to gain asylum or otherwise secure legal status were sent back home on a charter flight from Mesa, Arizona.
Fahd Ahmed, the executive director of Drum, a New York-based immigrants’ rights organization said to the Guardian: “Trump talks about building walls or banning Muslims while the Obama administration is preventing refugees, Muslims and others from seeking safety here, violently abusing such migrants, and then colluding with other governments to deport them back to their deaths.” ...
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 28/5/16]
Four civilians were killed and scores others were injured in terrorist attacks with rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city on Saturday.
Terrorist groups violated the cessation of hostilities and targeted al-Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood with rocket shells, killing four civilians including two children and injuring 18 others. ... [SANA - 28/5/16]
Last Pentagon-trained Syrian rebels on verge of defeat [Antiwar.com - 27/5/16]
The US is dropping calls for Assad to go because the Syrian regime is a better bet than ISIS [Independent - 26/5/16]
Iraqi forces have surrounded Fallujah and completed the first phase of their assault to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group, officials have told Al Jazeera.
Hundreds of people fled the besieged city about 60km west of the capital, Baghdad, on Friday amid rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions as fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIL fighters intensified. ... [Al Jazeera - 285/16]
Military forces denied targeting the hospital in Falluja with artillery strikes; however, the hospital was a favorite target for troops during the early stages of the Islamic State occupation of the city. ... [Antiwar.com - 27/5/16]
Saudi Arabia launches fresh airstrikes on Yemen despite the ongoing UN-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the conflict. ... [Press TV - 29/5/16]
UK expected to deploy more troops to Afghanistan [Pajhwok - 28/5/16]
A suicide bomber targeted a minibus carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour Wednesday, killing 11 people, Afghan and UN official said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosives' vest as he walked by the vehicle in the western part of the city, said Najib Danish, the Interior Ministry's deputy spokesman. ... [ABC News - 25/5/16]
29 May 2016