Day 224 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [29/10/16]
NO journalism + NO opposition = Murdoch Press announce Dutton's move to fully banish refugees condemned by the ALP in July 2013.
Peter Dutton [27/10/16]
Daniel Flitton's interestingly timed - and selectively edited - video of the July 2013 Nauru riots misspells "Keith Hamburger". Deliberate? [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/10/16]
... Keith Hamburger AM, a former senior public servant, was asked to review the 19 July 2013 incident that occurred at the Nauru Offshore Processing Centre involving violence and extensive property damage by transferees at the centre. ... [Department of Immigration and Border Protection]
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Not a single Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials.
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court [ABC - 24/8/15]
Former guard on Nauru details allegations against Wilson Security [ABC - 5/6/15]:
... According to the whistleblower, guards were called to respond to a disturbance are heard saying "we go to Charlie 2 and take c***s down".
The whistleblower, who alleges to have seen a video of the incident, says it was obvious the guards were planning to use "unreasonable force" on asylum seekers.
During the riot Nauruan police were called into the centre to take charge.
When briefed on the chain of command, the Wilson guards are heard saying: "I don't understand Nauruan so I'm just gonna say he told me to do everything ... I'm fairly confident he gave me that direction." ...
... Practised cruelty is unnacceptable ... I am speaking as a concerned Australian Citizen ... [ABC - 5/9/13]:
This morning the Immigration Department announced that dozens more asylum seekers have just been sent to be processed on the tiny pacific island nation of Nauru.
A lawyer who has just returned from Nauru [and is representing asylum seekers on riot charges] says asylum seekers are being kept in cruel and inhumane conditions.
Sam Norton says asylum seekers he spoke to are desperate and some are suicidal. ...
Welcome to Queensland!
Racism and torture continues as privatisation expert - Keith Hamburger's - report on NT prisons released
Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]
A major overhaul is needed within the Northern Territory's Department of Correctional Services (NTDCS) to correct the "gross over-representation" of Aboriginal people in prison, according to a report into adult and juvenile justice.
The report, called A Safer Northern Territory Through Correctional Interventions, also known as the Hamburger report, stated it was clear the NT's imprisonment rate was in a "crisis of devastating proportions for the Territory as a whole and for Indigenous people in particular".
ABC's Four Corners reporting into the alleged mistreatment of youth in the Territory's juvenile prisons sparked the Royal Commission into Youth Detention earlier this year, with ongoing calls since then to close Don Dale, a former adult prison once destined to be mothballed.
The previous Country Liberals Party (CLP) government committed to replacing Don Dale with a new facility before the NT election in September.
NT Labor also committed to closing Don Dale and a new facility was costed in its pre-election budget.
Today the now-Labor Government's Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said a new facility would wait until after the Royal Commission. Ms Fyles added a new facility was still in the works but she could not give details.
"So obviously a new youth detention facility would be a significant infrastructure spend," she said.
"We need to make sure the model of that infrastructure is appropriate and I believe those Royal Commission findings are imperative to that." ...
Keith Hamburger AM - Managing Director [Knowledge Consulting]:
... Keith, as Director-General of Corrective Services (1988 to 1997), led a major successful reform of the Queensland Prison System.
This success was demonstrated by Commonwealth Industry Commission reports showing Queensland to have, at the conclusion of Keith’s stewardship, the most cost-effective system of Corrections in Australia, including the lowest return to prison rate.
Keith has considerable expertise in the area of outsourcing of public services to the private sector, including issues relating to the separation of “purchaser” and “provider” roles, specification of deliverables and the auditing and monitoring of “provider” services.
Under Keith’s leadership Queensland Corrective Services became the first jurisdiction outside of the United States of America to successfully outsource the management of high security prisons to private sector correctional service providers.
The use of dogs to instil fear is torture.
Ask Senator Claire Moore why this is permissible in Australia.
PD Oakley spreads the woof about Dogs on Patrol – we are all ears PD Oakley! [QPS Media - 23/3/16]
Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:
... Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice.
Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.
A boy in the Northern Territory's juvenile detention system was left naked for almost 11 hours because he'd attempted self harm, a new report shows.
The damning investigation by the NT Children's Commissioner Colleen Gwynne was tabled in parliament on Wednesday.
The report identified systemic failings in dealing with young persons who had threatened or inflicted self-harm and were placed in an isolated 'at-risk' cell.
It looks at incidents involving detainees at the Don Dale and Alice Springs youth detention centres between December 2014 and September 2015.
One teenager who'd attempted self harm by ripping a sheet was denied clothing and bedding for several hours.
Another young offender was placed in a solitary confinement cell for four days before being seen by mental health counsellors.
The investigation found that the approach to incidents where young persons were placed at-risk was "reactive, confronting and at times frantic".
"It is not cognisant of the complex, extremely vulnerable nature of those young persons and fails to apply a therapeutic or preventative approach in dealing with those young persons," the report said.
The inquiry's commissioners Margaret White and Mick Gooda spent Wednesday meeting with residents of Yuendumu, a remote community in Central Australia.
Residents called on the government to invest in community-led rehabilitation instead of juvenile detention, praising programs like Mount Theo, a retreat where Aboriginal elders help vulnerable kids reconnect to country and culture.
The commissioners are touring indigenous communities across the Territory before the inquiry resumes formal hearings in November, and will head to the red centre on Thursday to hear stories from the Mutitjulu community near Uluru. [SBS - 27/10/16]
Profiting off trauma [American Immigration Lawyers Association - 28/10/16]:
Last year, I spent a week as a volunteer attorney with the CARA Project at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas, which is run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
Although the government calls it a “residential center,” it is, of course, a prison that detains thousands of women and children who are fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries.
On my first day at the prison, I found many things jarring – the baby strollers lined up in a row, the infants crying in their mothers’ arms, the children playing in what is essentially a prison yard surrounded by a high metal fence.
But what was perhaps most shocking to me was what is prominently displayed when you first walk through the front door: a whiteboard noting CCA’s closing stock price from the previous day. ...
The US Justice Department closed this troubled private prison. Immigration authorities are reopening it. [Washington Post - 27/10/16]
EU recognises right to boycott Israel [Electronic Intifada - 28/10/16]
Israeli court accuses slain Palestinian's twin brother of social media 'incitement' [Maan - 28/10/16]
Israeli forces detained at least 17 Palestinians, including two young children, during overnight raids across the occupied Palestinian territory, also raiding the home of a sick prisoner and threatening his family, locals said.
Israeli forces detained two 8-year-old children near the illegal Israeli settlement of Migdal Oz in the occupied West Bank district of Bethlehem on Wednesday evening, claiming that they were trying to carry out a stabbing attack.
An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that two Palestinian children under the age of ten were detained near Migdal Oz, and that knives were found in their possession. ... [Maan - 27/10/16]
Israel plans 1600 settlement units in the Golan Heights [PNN - 27/10/16]
2006 audio emerges of Hillary Clinton proposing rigging Palestine election [Observer - 28/10/16]
Eric Garner's daughter blasts Clinton campaign after WikiLeaks emails [CNN – 28/10/16]
@JordanChariton [27/10/16]: On top of talking bout "Erica Garner" problem, @HillaryClinton chair implied her dad's death might not be police aggression #PodestaEmails20
No longer able to sit on the sidelines and remain silent about the battle raging in North Dakota over Indigenous rights to clean water and sacred land, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton released a statement on Thursday about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) fight—and it says “literally nothing.”
The statement was delivered via email to a handful of Indigenous journalists and news outlets and was said to be in response to a letter that Native leaders had sent to the former secretary of state asking for her help, as the Indigenous water protectors and their allies have faced tanks, militarized police forces, mace, and attack dogs as they’ve stood their ground in protest of the tar sands pipeline.
Fed-up about her months-long silence, Indigenous youth from the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes also demonstrated outside Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday asking for some sort of acknowledgement. ... [Mint Press News - 28/10/16]
Rush Limbaugh says the FBI is starting a new review of Hillary Clinton's emails to distract voters from WikiLeaks’s revelations about her.
“[FBI Director James] Comey is just doing this to take everybody’s attention off of the WikiLeaks email dump,” Limbaugh said on his radio broadcast Friday. ... [The Hill - 28/10/16]
Department of State officials told Hillary Clinton campaign staffers they would leak a story about missing Benghazi investigation emails to a “friendly” Associated Press reporter before Congress “has a chance to realize what they have.” ... [Daily Caller - 27/10/16]
Inside the invisible government: War, propaganda, Clinton and Trump, John Pilger [Counterpunch - 28/10/16]:
... As WikLeaks has revealed, it was only when the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in 2009 rejected an oil pipeline, running through his country from Qatar to Europe, that he was attacked.
From that moment, the CIA planned to destroy the government of Syria with jihadist fanatics – the same fanatics currently holding the people of Mosul and eastern Aleppo hostage.
Why is this not news?
The former British Foreign Office official Carne Ross, who was responsible for operating sanctions against Iraq, told me: “We would feed journalists factoids of sanitised intelligence, or we would freeze them out. That is how it worked.”
The West’s medieval client, Saudi Arabia – to which the US and Britain sell billions of dollars’ worth of arms – is at present destroying Yemen, a country so poor that in the best of times, half the children are malnourished.
Look on YouTube and you will see the kind of massive bombs – “our” bombs – that the Saudis use against dirt-poor villages, and against weddings, and funerals.
The explosions look like small atomic bombs. The bomb aimers in Saudi Arabia work side-by-side with British officers.
This fact is not on the evening news.
Propaganda is most effective when our consent is engineered by those with a fine education – Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia — and with careers on the BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post.
These organisations are known as the liberal media. They present themselves as enlightened, progressive tribunes of the moral zeitgeist. They are anti-racist, pro-feminist and pro-LGBT.
And they love war.
In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “Before every major aggression, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack. In the propaganda system, it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”
Foreign Ministers of Syria, Russia and Iran meet in Moscow [SANA - 28/10/16]:
... It was clear to all of us who breached the truce in Aleppo and prevented the wounded and civilians from leaving the eastern neighborhoods of the city, al-Moallem said, expressing Syria’s readiness for resuming the humanitarian pause in Aleppo providing that the parties sponsoring terrorism provide guarantees.
He criticized the US-led coalition which claims to be fighting ISIS terrorist organizations, but instead targets the Syrian economic infrastructure, highlighting that the coalition does not want to liberate Iraq’s Mosul from ISIS but seeks to have the ISIS terrorists moved into Raqqa, “but we, together with Russia, will prevent them from doing that."
The meeting also dealt with Syria’s cooperation relations with Russia and Iran, said al-Moallem, expressing pleasure over that the two countries expressed readiness to increase their economic support to Syria to upgrade to the level of the political and military support provided by both friendly countries. ...
13 citizens killed in terrorist attacks on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo [SANA - 28/10/16]
The Russian embassy in the Syrian capital Damascus was targeted on Friday, with two mortars shells coming from an area controlled by the militants hitting the embassy compound.
The incident occurred at 3pm Moscow time, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that “the source of the fire was in Jobar district, controlled by the anti-government forces.” ... [RT - 28/10/16]
An RT team witnessed harrowing pictures as it visited the hospital in Syria, where wounded and the bodies of victims were taken after the fatal shelling of western Aleppo by the terrorists on Friday.
“Some of the things we saw were heart-wrenching even by Aleppo standards,” RT's Murad Gazdiev reported from the Syrian city, which remains divided between the government forces and the militants.
“One man, injured by shrapnel himself, was hunkered down, rocking back and forth, clutching his two-year-old son, who had been killed and was wrapped in blankets,” he said.
“We saw four children huddled and crying over the corpse of their mother. There was screaming and shouting in the corridors,” added Gazdiev. ... [RT - 28/10/16]
Putin rejects Russian military request to resume airstrikes in east Aleppo [RT - 28/10/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 28/10/16]
@IraqiSMCEn -Iraqi Spring Media Center [28/10/16]: Nineveh: The air force of US-led coalition has mistakenly shelled for the third time Peshmerga northeast of Mosul.
Residents of the Iraqi town of Daquq on Thursday demanded answers about who is responsible for an air strike on a Shiite place of worship that killed 15 people last week.
The US-led coalition that is carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq said it had "definitively" determined that it did not carry out the strike in the northern town.
And while the Iraqi government has announced the launch of an investigation into the strike, no results have been released so far. ... [Yahoo - 27/10/16]
ISIS brings in human shields, tripling population of town south of Mosul [RUDAW - 28/10/16]
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country will help capture the Syrian city of Raqqa from ISIS, telling US President Barack Obama to exclude Syrian Kurdish forces from that operation. ... [RUDAW - 28/10/16]
Iran-backed Shi'ite militias to join assault near Mosul on new front [Reuters - 28/10/16]
What do you do when you have nothing left?
Forced from their homes by the Taliban, ISIS, bombing, desperation and fear.
Forced from their homes again by the French Authorities, governments and riot police… But still they dance.
What could be more beautiful, more resilient, more defiant and strong and courageous and heroic than that? ... [The Worldwide Tribe - 28/10/16]
29 October 2016