United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [CENTCOM - 29/11/16]
@ADF_MiddleEast [28/11/16]: @Aus_AirForce 75SQN F/A-18A Hornets fly in support of Iraqi Security Forces in the battle for Mosul. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [29/11/16]:
Nineveh: Press reports:The number of Mosul battle victims has amounted to 2500 deaths and injuries ,mostly are women and children, since the start of war
Press reports : The number of civilians fleeing from Mosul has amounted to 90 thousand civilians ,mostly are women and children, the camps include 60 thousand displaced people .Meanwhile, others are still sleeping on the ground at streets ,public squares and foot of the mountains of Sinjar ,Makhmour and Himreen.
@MSF_Sea [29/11/16]: ... 252 people rescued at sea now safely onboard #Aquarius as it heads to Pozzallo ...
@MSF_Sea [28/11/16]: The #Aquarius has just taken on board 48 #people rescued by the @guardiacostiera including this father and son from #Syria.
@guardiacostiera [28/11/16]: #CentraleOperativa coordina 13soccorsi: #GuardiaCostiera @ItalianNavy @defenceforces @SOSMedFrance e mercantili salvano circa 1400 #migranti
STOP THE LIES.
END THE POLICY.
FREE THE REFUGEES.
Political prisoners protest on Nauru, July 2016
Australia's establishment media finally wake up to the fact the "US Resettlement Deal" is BULLSHIT. [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/11/16]
Hamid Kehazaei inquest illustrates prevailing denial about the deadly, and deliberate, medical neglect aspect of Australia's refugee "deterrence" policy [Brisbane Times - 29/11/16]:
… Dr Condon said emergency requests for air ambulances from Manus Island or Nauru would sometimes take days rather than hours because of delays with approval.
"It was difficult to understand that our recommendations for urgent air ambulance was delayed for reasons we didn't understand," he said.
"We were talking about quite sick people who were waiting for quite reasonable treatment."
He said doctors had been trying to get Mr Kehazaei off Manus Island for more than a day and he didn't understand why it hadn't happened.
"My immediate reaction was that this man was quite sick and needed urgent medical evacuation," Dr Condon added.
The inquest will continue on Wednesday morning.
Israel's exile of Eritrean and Sudanese refugees to Uganda where they have no rights "a bit too newsy" for Lateline [Al Jazeera - 23/11/16]:
... Andie Lambe, executive director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), an NGO that has conducted extensive research into the departure of East African refugees from Israel, also questions just how much choice these refugees have.
"What does it mean when an unknown third country is someone's best option?" he asks.
"To me that says they never really had a choice at all."
Media reports suggest that the three countries have cut a secret, high-level deal in which the African states accept refugees in return for arms, military training and other aid from Israel. ...
@Clintonswalk [29/11/16]: Clinton and Garry doing the walking on water trick - Noonie #ClintonsWalk
Sovereign Union: SU GATHERING of FIRST NATIONS& PEOPLES (Canberra -27th) demonstrates solidarity with STANDING ROCK
“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’.” — Martin Luther King Here come the Vets! Reinforcements at Standing Rock [Counterpunch - 28/11/16]
To resist is to live. ---> ... Chris Hedges travels to the Standing Rock encampment in North Dakota to listen to the frontline voices of those fighting to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. [RT - 26/11/16]
I disagree with Pauline Hanson on almost everything - except her letter to the Prime Minister about Julian Assange @PaulineHansonOz [28/11/16]
Israeli forces enter southern Gaza Strip, level lands [Maan - 29/11/16]
In two separate incidents, Israeli forces detained two teenage Palestinian girls in the souther occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Monday evening.
Local sources told Ma'an that Manar Khalid Ahmad Abu Madi, 18, was detained near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba allegedley having a knife in her possession.
Israeli forces also detained Aya Salim Abu Markhiyah, 16, near the al-Shuhada street checkpoint in Hebron's Old City.
It remained unclear why Markhiyah was detained. ... [Maan - 28/11/16]
Pro-Israel Australian politicians try to help Israel with its PR problem [Electronic Intifada - 28/11/16]:
... The letter is part of a growing debate on Israel’s human rights abuses.
Earlier this month, Maria Vamvakinou, a member of the main opposition Australian Labor Party, introduced a motion calling on Australia “to raise concerns with the Israeli government about the treatment of Palestinian children.” ...
Will pro-Australia Israeli politicians try to help Australia with its PR problem? ---> Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander youths have been transferred out of Barwon Prison but an estimated 15 young people remain locked-up in the state's harshest correctional facility.
The Victorian government on Tuesday reversed its decision to relocate the youths to the maximum security prison in the face of a legal challenge.
While lawyers welcomed the decision to remove indigenous teens from the adult prison, they said Premier Daniel Andrews needed to protect the rights of all Victorian youths. ... [Nine MSN - 29/11/16]
"They [youths] are more disturbed when they come out then they were when they were in there." Former Queensland detention worker took torture concerns to government in April [ABC - 20/8/16]
WA Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan is against the opposition's plan to allow officers to ram offenders off the road in serious chases, saying the technique has caused the death of innocent people in the US.
Opposition leader Mark McGowan endorsed the WA Police Union demand on Monday, promising to legislate use of the precise immobilisation technique (PIT), which is not used in Australia, if Labor wins next year's state election.
On Tuesday, Mr O'Callaghan said the technique was not an exact science and was often disastrous in the US. ... [Yahoo - 29/11/16]
Women and children, including unaccompanied minors, will be among those sent to Nauru and Manus Island for processing under a hardline approach aimed at sending a message to people smugglers that there will be no exemptions.
With the first batch of about 40 asylum seekers to be flown this week to Nauru, where a temporary tent city has been erected, the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, said he would not be issuing any blanket exemptions to people sent offshore because these would be exploited by the people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 12/9/12]
@JonahFisherBBC [29/11/16]: Still waiting 3 days later. --> The UN in Myanmar referred me to UNHCR in Bangkok.I then asked if the UN in Myanmar shared his views of "collective punishment"etc. Waiting.
@JonahFisherBBC [29/11/16]: ??!! Ohio attacker apparently motivated by plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
... Sister Brigid Arthur, co-coordinator of the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project, said she worried for the welfare of all involved in Friday's Commonwealth Bank fire at Springvale, in Melbourne's south-east.
But she called for compassion for the alleged attacker Nur Islam, saying government policies had "put people's lives on hold, not given them any kind of certainty or security about their future, and has them living in poverty and isolation". ... [The Age - 20/11/16]
The Age [19/11/16]:
... The 21-year-old, according to federal government sources, is an asylum seeker from Myanmar living in the community on a bridging visa.
It's understood he arrived in 2012 or 2013 and spent time in the Christmas Island detention centre.
Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation president Habib Habib said the man was in Australia without family, but close to his friends in the small local community.
He said the man, from the south of Myanmar, had been struggling financially and mentally.
He had shared concerns about his immigration status and the safety of his family back home.
"He was struggling mentally for the past year or two because his visa has not been processing," he said.
"He has been suffering and his friends say his welfare payment was not received and he couldn't pay his rent."
Mr Habib said there is not adequate support for asylum seekers facing mental health issues exacerbated by settlement pressures. ...
... Labor introduced a controversial "no advantage test" on 13 August last year in an unsuccessful attempt to stop asylum boats from coming by insisting that those applying for refugee status in that way received no benefit compared with those who stayed in refugee camps in the region.
The test has meant that there has been virtually no processing of the claims made by the more than 20,000 refugees who have arrived since that time, no information about how long processing could take, and that those who have been released into the community are not allowed to work and receive just 89% of unemployment benefits. ... [Guardian - 28/6/13]
During the May 2015 boat crisis, the ALP and LNP voted against a Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the abandoned Rohingya refugees [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]
Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds] isn't Australia's problem anymore".
[Senate - May 2015]
Hellenic Shipping News/Douglas-Westwood [29/11/16]:
... This week, we highlight some of the positive newsflow from offshore E&A activity in recent times.
Myanmar, once impeded by political and economic trade embargoes, has seen a dramatic turnaround in fortunes since the lifting of international sanctions in 2012.
A number of Western E&P players such as Shell, ENI and Chevron, as well as Independents including Reliance Industries and Oil India amongst others, have been drawn to the country’s gas potential, most notably in the deepwater Rakhine basin.
Following the discovery of the Thalin-1 well in the AD7 block in Feb 2016, Woodside has shown significant commitment to exploring and developing acreage (up to 4-7 E&A drilling campaigns).
The Australian operator has recently contracted the Dhirubhai Deepwater KG2 (a deepwater drillship), scheduled for a year-long campaign in 2017. ...
@JamilaHanan [29/11/16]: Video of #Rohingya man shot dead by military today, for no reason, whilst on his way back from the market. Graphic.
@nslwin [29/11/16]: @JamilaHanan They were on the motorcycles. On their way to home from Nga Ku Ra market. Military shot them without any reason.
Act now to stop the genocide [CENTHRA/Rohingya Blogger - 27/11/16]:
... Collectively, the nine ASEAN governments should now persuade the Myanmar government to:
1) Stop immediately the massacre of the Rohingyas;
2) Restore the most fundamental rights of the Rohingyas as human beings
3) Recognize the right of the Rohingyas to their identity
4) Accord the right to citizenship to the Rohingyas.
Malaysia and other ASEAN governments should convince other Asian governments which have vast economic ties with Myanmar such as China, India and Japan to raise issues pertaining to justice for the Rohingyas with the Myanmar government.
Diplomacy should be utilized to the fullest for this purpose.
There is no reason why governments outside Asia should not also be drawn into this effort on behalf of the Rohingyas. ...
The Indonesian government must act quickly to help settle humanitarian problems in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where Rohingya Muslims are subjected to persistent persecution by the military, a lawmaker said on Monday.
“We urge the government to channel aid to the people in Rakhine state and to welcome its refugees, who are currently seeking shelter in Indonesia," House of Representatives defense and foreign affairs commission deputy chairwoman Meutya Hafid told The Jakarta Post.
The Golkar Party politician also demanded the government pressure other members of ASEAN and the United Nations to intervene, including by conducting an investigation in Rakhine, a Muslim-majority region in Myanmar. ... [Jakarta Post - 28/11/16]
Bangladesh seeks international assistance with refugee bottleneck, and to stop Myanmar's genocide of Rohingya [The Daily Star - 29/11/16]
Abdul Jalil, 77, has spent almost his whole life in search of a real home where he can live peacefully with his family.
A Rohingya Muslim from western Myanmar, he entered Nepal in 2013.
Starting his journey in 2012, he travelled to Bangladesh, where he was forced to leave the country, and reached Nepal via India.
Later on, in 2014, his family followed him to Nepal. He and his family were not recognized as citizens in Myanmar, nor granted basic civil rights.
The Rohingya community, along with a dozen urban refugees based in Kathmandu Valley, staged a sit-in protest last October against the decision of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to cut down their monthly allowance.
The refugees were receiving Rs 5,750 ( for each male), Rs 3,330 (female) and Rs 2,700 (child) per month until December 2015.
Since June 2015, UNHCR had cut the allowances by 25 percent.
Saiyad Hussain, 32, another refugee from Myanmar, has a similar story. He faced homelessness, torture, threats and harassment back home, he said.
"UNHCR has let us down, cutting off the international right of refugees to receive stipends,” said Saiyad Hussain, a 32-year-old father of three.
"We have no work and no source of income and it has become very hard for us to live without the UNHCR support." ...
... “We want to live with dignity and want the Myanmar Government to give us citizenship or any other country. We have an identity and we no longer want to live like this,” he said. ... 3,000 Rohingya living in tents in Hyderabad [The Hans India - 25/5/16]
As the sham Bali Process condemns 1,000s of refugees in South East Asia to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide ---> UNHCR leadership "pins hopes" on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" - calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign the refugee convention, while ignoring the role of Australia's exclusionary policies in creating the bottleneck [23/3/16]
US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in South East Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights atrocities and refugee exodus [3/6/15]
... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.
"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...
... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.
“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.
“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”
He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.
“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.
BALI PROCESS REINVIGORATED, SEEKS ANSWERS TO ROHINGYA CRISIS [17/4/2009]:
... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.
Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.
This can be discussed without Burma.
Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas." ...
For over 240 days political prisoners on Nauru protested Australia's anti-refugee policy while the media and human rights establishment denied their voice and authentic demands.
Nauru, May 2016
No journalism. No opposition. Human rights organisations complicit. Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy continues and Australia's political prisoners are still imprisoned. ---> Fake news outlet Sky exploits and harasses political prisoners on Nauru about fake US "deal" for the purpose of demonisation and reinforcement of Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy [RNZI - 28/1/16]
US politicians write to US Secretary of State and US Secretary Homeland Security requesting specific details of bogus US/Australia "resettlement" deal [22/11/16]
German court upholds former Auschwitz guard's conviction [ABC News - 28/11/16]:
... In throwing out Groening's appeal, the federal court noted that his responsibilities had included keeping watch on the inmates and preventing resistance or attempts to flee by force.
It also rejected appeals from several survivors and their relatives who had joined the trial as co-plaintiffs, as is allowed under German law, and had sought a tougher conviction.
It is the first time an appeals court has ruled on a conviction obtained under the logic that simply having served at a death camp, and thus helping it operate, is enough to convict someone as an accessory to the murders committed there — even if there was no evidence of involvement in a specific killing. ...
... Unauthorized immigrants have existed throughout U.S. history.
Depending on the laws at the time, different groups have been subject to barriers making it difficult for them to arrive through the legal immigration system.
Today’s laws would have excluded many Americans and their ancestors. Did my family really come “legally”? [American Immigration Council - 10/8/16]
Why western imperialists will hate Fidel to the end [teleSUR - 28/11/16]:
... Most countries in Europe, allies of the U.S. and the U.K., are likely to follow the lead of Obama and [Theresa] May as they display a deeply-rooted hatred for the Cuban revolutionary as a result of his internationalism and unwavering opposition to the West’s imperialist and colonialist designs on Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and basically the entire world. ...
Sunni concerns grow over Iraq's recognition of Shiite paramilitary group [RUDAW - 28/11/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/11/16]: Baghdad: Two persons were killed and 5 wounded as a car bomb exploded in Jameela neighborhood east of Baghdad.
Putin and Rouhani agree to coordinate steps on oil market and interaction for Syria [TASS - 28/11/16]
More than 40% of Eastern Aleppo’s districts have been liberated from terrorists by the Syrian government army by Monday evening, the Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria said. ... [TASS - 28/11/16]
The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Monday stressed that the statements of Qatar in which it confirmed it will continue supplying terrorists with weapons are nothing but an attempt at raising the morale of the terrorist groups which are faltering due to the defeats they suffer at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army.
In a statement to SANA commenting on the statements of Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, an official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said that once again, the henchmen of the Qatari sheikhdom are revealing their organic relationship with the armed terrorist groups in Syria through providing all sorts of military, financial, and political support to these groups, which proves that the Qatari regime is a reservoir of extremism, terrorism, and Takfiri mentality. ... [SANA - 28/11/16]
Congress passes resolution HR5732 promoting a US-imposed “no fly zone” in Syria [ICH/Consortium News - 27/11/16]:
... HR5732 is titled the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act,” which House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Royce explained was named after “the brave Syrian defector known to the world as Caesar, who testified to us the shocking scale of torture being carried out within the prisons of Syria.”
In reality, the Caesar story was a grand deception involving the CIA with funding from Qatar to sabotage the 2014 Geneva peace negotiations.
The 55,000 photos which were said to show 11,000 torture victims have never been publicly revealed. Only a tiny number of photos have been publicized.
However, in 2015, Human Rights Watch was granted access to view the entire set. They revealed that almost one half the photos show the opposite of what was claimed: instead of victims tortured by the Syrian government, they actually show dead Syrian soldiers and civilian victims of car bombs and other terror attacks.
The “Caesar” story, replete with a masked “defector,” was one of the early propaganda hoaxes regarding Syria. ...
A second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km (40 miles) to fetch drinking water, aid agencies said on Monday, calling for rapid action to prevent renewed famine.
Five million Somalis, or more than four out of ten people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains and fighting between the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia's African Union-backed government. ... [Reuters - 28/11/16]
10 dead as residents in Somali town resist Al-Shabab taxes [Newsmax - 28/11/16]
The Obama administration has decided to stretch the 15-year old congressional authorization for war against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, or those harboring them, to include an illegal war against a group in Somalia—al-Shabab—that wasn’t even in existence at the time of the attacks in 2001. ... [Huffington Post - 28/11/16]
An Ohio State University student posted a rant shortly before he plowed a car into a campus crowd and stabbed people with a butcher knife in an ambush that ended when a police officer shot him dead, a law enforcement official said.
"America! Stop interfering with other countries, especially Muslim Ummah (community). We are not weak. We are not weak, remember that," the post said.
Two hours before that, a cryptic post on the page said: "Forgive and forget. Love." ... [NBC - 28/11/16]
... We don't even care, as restless as we are
We feel the pull, in the land of a thousand guilts
And poured cement, lamented and assured
To the lights and towns below
Faster than the speed of sound
Faster than we thought we'd go, beneath the sound of hope ...
'1979', Smashing Pumpkins 
@wikileaks [28/11/16]: First US reply to Khomeini during Iranian revolution ... See Khomeini ovature to US ...
@wikileaks [28/11/16]: Stash the Shah 1: Henry Kissinger secretly recruited David Rockefeller to find somewhere to hide the Shah
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