"It is a war on our country." Interview with Syrian government adviser Bouthaina Shaaban [ABC - 29/9/16]
United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 29/9/16]
UN Special Envoy to Libya Martin Kobler calls for end to the arbitrary detention, abuse and criminalisation of migrants [Libya Herald - 28/9/16]:
... The plight of migrants travelling through Libya, particularly those from Sub-Saharan Africa, is horrific and “utterly unacceptable”, the envoy says.
Libya needs to establish an asylum system for migrants as soon as possible, he believes. ...
Day 194 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [29/9/16]
@MelbournePEN [29/9/16]: PEN Melbourne's Judith Rodriguez, Irene Drumm at Congress to present resolution re deep concerns about situation on Manus & Behrouz Boochani
Concentration camp company hires private investigator. Australia's anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged, journalists cowed. [Guardian - 29/9/16]
"No business in abuse"? Apparently it depends which business ---> Refugee advocates have warned the Australian government against handing any refugee settlement services contracts to the Nauru government or Nauru-run businesses.
The concerns have risen since the Australian-run Connect Settlement Services indicated that it was pulling out of Nauru on December 7.
Connect was contracted by the Australian government to provide services for refugees living in the Nauruan community. ... [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 29/9/16]
“If you don’t know about the camps and what you are signing up for with the job, where have you been living for the past 23 years? Doctors and nurses and teachers are not high school students. They know about the abuses.
"Doctors, nurses, teachers — just say no. Boycott the jobs.”
Save The Children not saving anyone [Green Left Weekly – 10/9/16]
Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:
25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room
I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.
please help me just I need a room for live.
I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.
I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.
This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )
Five Sri Lankan soldiers remanded over 1998 killing of Tamil youth [Tamil Guardian - 28/9/16]
Sri Lanka's deputy minister of public enterprise developement, Eran Wickramaratne on Monday rejected media reports which said the finance minister was being harrassed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ... [Tamil Guardian - 28/9/16]
Lower house passes Myanmar’s long-awaited Investment Law [Myanmar Times - 29/9/16]
The leaders of Thailand and Myanmar made the same promise at the United Nations General Assembly last week -- to promote and protect human rights.
It was interesting to hear the same pledge from one country that’s gone from military to civilian rule and another that’s moved in the opposite direction, but the reaction has to be the same regardless: Hope that they aren’t merely paying lip service to a noble international goal. ... [The Korea Herald - 29/9/16]
Two people were killed and nine others wounded - civilians, police and ranger volunteers - in attacks by gunmen and bombers in two provinces on Thursday as the unrest in the far South showed no signs of abating.
In Narathiwat, 10 men travelling on five motorcycles and wearing women’s head scarves opened fire on three defence volunteers resting near a pedestrian bridge outside Luporluesong School in Sungai Kolok district around 11am on Thursday. ... [Bangkok Post - 29/9/16]
A new US company says it has signed an agreement with the Cook Islands granting it rights to prospect and explore the country's seabed for minerals.
In a statement the Texan company Ocean Minerals said it had secured exclusive access to parts of the seabed within Cook Islands exclusive economic zone.
The company said it believed these areas contained sediments enriched with rare earth elements. ... [RNZI - 29/9/16]
A father who sued the police and the State for the death of his 17-year-old son at the Boroko police cells five years ago won the case at the Waigani National Court on Monday.
Justice David Cannings in a 15-page judgment ruled in favour of Albert Airi, the father of the deceased Bruno Albert after a trial on liability was conducted.
Cannings found that the negligent acts and omissions caused by Constable Jack Tom, the police commissioner and the State caused the death of Bruno, who was shot at the right abdomen by police on Feb 20, 2011.
Bruno died the next day due to loss of blood after spending 19 hours at the Boroko police cell. ... [The National - 29/9/16]
Lae police are so fed up with gun crimes which endanger their lives and those of the public that will not hesitate to shoot criminals if they engage in a gun battle, Lae Metropolitan Superintendant Anthony Wagambie Jr says.
His warning came after police shot and killed two suspected members of a gang who allegedly robbed Pelgens Supermarket in Eriku on Monday and took off with an undisclosed amount of money. ... [The National - 29/9/16]
The Catholic Church in Guam could be facing lawsuits as soon as next week now a bill has passed enabling child sex abuse survivors to sue at any time.
Last week Guam Governor Eddie Calvo signed into law the bill, removing the statute of limitations for lawsuits against child sex abusers and their institutions. ... [RNZI - 29/9/16]
Leader of Indonesia gang which raped, murdered girl sentenced to death [Reuters - 29/9/16]
32 missing in East China landslides [Xinhua - 29/9/16]
Police in China on Thursday arrested a man suspected of killing 16 people, including three children, found dead in a remote southwestern village, state media said.
Mass killings are rare in China and the incident dominated discussion on social media platforms.
It was not immediately clear how the victims were killed, or what the motive was.
The suspect was arrested in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, about 200 km (124 miles) from Yema, the site of the murders, state news agency Xinhua said, adding that the victims were members of six families. ... [Reuters - 29/9/16]
Workers’ strikes spreading throughout South Korea [WSWS - 29/9/16]
China again warns against US anti-missile system in South Korea [Reuters - 29/9/16]
Japan is "playing with fire" with plans to step up activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, warning it would not sit watching from the sidelines. ... [Reuters - 29/9/16]
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plunged one of the United States' most important Asian alliances deeper into uncertainty on Wednesday by declaring upcoming U.S.-Philippines military exercises "the last," and ruling out any joint navy patrols.
The firebrand Duterte pledged to honor a longstanding security treaty with the United States, but said China opposed joint marine drills in the Philippines starting next week and there would be no more war games with Washington after that. ... [Yahoo - 29/9/16]
India's military says it has conducted "surgical strikes" against "terrorist units" in Pakistan it suspects of preparing to infiltrate the part of Kashmir it controls, a claim denounced by the Pakistani army as an "illusion". ... [Al Jazeera - 29/9/16]
Kashmiris demonstrate outside UN in New York to protest Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir [Business Recorder - 27/9/16]
... Today's another day to find you ...
'Take On Me', a-ha 
Melbourne man found guilty of thought crimes and middle east travel plans sentenced to five years' jail [ABC - 29/9/16]:
... After his arrest, Mohamed was held in immigration detention and he will now be transferred to prison to serve a minimum sentence of three-and-a-half years.
Taking into the account the time he has already spent in detention, Mohamed will be eligible for release next year.
He is then likely to be deported, despite the fact his mother and siblings live in Melbourne.
Former MP Wyatt Roy - and the Australian media - do PR for the West's ongoing destruction of Syria ---> @KJBar [29/9/16]: Wyatt Roy told me he had been spending time with Peshmerga "who are facing off pure evil with incredible resolve."
A serial paedophile and former Geelong Grammar teacher who Victoria Police was set to charge with abusing students at the elite school is free in Ireland after being deported in an extraordinary inter-agency bungle.
The man had served time in a Queensland prison on child abuse charges, but was deported on his release after Victoria Police failed to flag their investigation with Immigration.
His visa was cancelled under tough laws introduced by former immigration minister Scott Morrison in late 2014.
Under the changes, non-citizens convicted of paedophilia or jailed for more than 12 months are deported to their home country.
Security officers waited at the gates of Wolston Correctional Centre on May 6, the day of the man's release, and escorted him onto a flight to Ireland.
It is believed this is the first time someone under police investigation has been deported under the Migration Act changes.
The Australian Border Force claimed it alerted the Australian Federal Police and the Queensland Police Service before deporting the man, but was unaware that he was under investigation in Victoria.
A spokesman said Victoria Police had failed to alert the Border Force. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/9/16]
Ex-husband, daughter charged with Annabelle Chen's 'body-in-suitcase' murder [WA Today – 29/9/16]
4WD flips on Hope Island roundabout [MYGC - 29/9/16]
Bundaberg police officer accidentally fires gun at Police Remembrance Day March [Yahoo - 29/9/16]
The 25-year-old Soldiers Hill man alleged to have tried to strangle a police officer at the weekend’s Mount Isa Races was among those charged during a drug bust operation in July.
Kayne Gerard Slann’s charges relating to alleged serious assault of a police officer on Saturday have been adjourned until next Wednesday.
Mr Slann made no application for bail in his court mentions on Monday and on Wednesday – where he was already scheduled to appear on charges of supplying, possessing and trafficking dangerous drugs. [North West Star - 29/9/16]
UNHCR must explain why they are supporting Australian atrocities against refugees by silently endorsing the sham offshore assessment process, and not EXPLICITLY CALLING for the release and resettlement of men, women, and children on Nauru and Manus Island.
If pursuing this is offlimits to Australian journalists, what does it say about ANY of our rights?
... About power over people in a palace
with a permanent guard ...
'Delusions of Grandeur', Pet Shop Boys 
Image: @KarmelSo [8/9/16]
Australia's war of attrition against refugees continues unchallenged [Guardian - 29/9/16]:
... Charlotte Chompff, who formerly worked on Manus Island, told Guardian Australia the men held on the island faced constant coercion to return home “voluntarily”.
Rohingyans, Somalis and Sudanese were being pressed to go home, induced with money and told they should abandon their claim to protection, even though their homelands were active warzones, or it was accepted by the Australian government that because of their ethnicity or religion they faced systemic persecution, she said. ...
Behrouz Boochani's defiant protest at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [Guardian - 24/4/16]
... Behrouz told the Refugee Action Coalition, “I have never accepted their positive result. I want to show to all people that their process is fake. Where would you find an asylum seeker who would rather be in a ‘negative’ prison than be found to be a refugee? Only in Manus.” ... [Media Release - 24/4/16]
It is well beyond time to start holding these individuals to account. ----> ... 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.
... Ms Thompson is the first staff member to publicly resign from Manus Island following a recent outbreak of violence [attack on refugees] which left one dead.
She was originally bought in to conduct refugee-assessment interviews and claims she was told to tell inmates their only option was resettlement in Papua New Guinea.
Ms Thompson said she knew their only option was indefinite detention, and so did they.
"I would not go back because there is no process, nothing for me to do, no process to assist people with - it's fake," she said.
"It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place."
Ms Thompson told Dateline she was given a script to follow while conducting refugee assessments.
"We were informed that we were not to discuss resettlement, we were not to discuss third country options," she said.
"It was made very clear to us every day, sometimes even twice a day, under the threat of being removed from the island, we were not to talk about a third country, we were not to suggest there were any resettlement options, we were not to suggest they would be able to get off PNG," she said.
“We knew that this was ridiculous, but we were lying to people and we were told to keep that message going to keep it clear."
"What's not happening is any clarification on where they are going to end up."
“There is no process, the process doesn’t lead anywhere except indefinite detention." ...
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @elahe_zivardar : Peaceful protest in Nauru Wednesday 28 September 2016 ...
Siev 221 tragedy: Class action adjourned as asylum seeker boat survivors seek documents [Guardian - 28/9/16]
As partisan Australian media opinionators deliberately miss the point about dehumanising, victim blaming anti-refugee propaganda ---> ... "It is an unfortunate reminder that the sea can be unforgiving for those who are ill prepared on illegal and unsafe voyages." ... US Coast Guard suspends search for missing Cuban migrants - 27/9/16]
Former detainees confront Head of US Homeland Security Jeh Johnson [#NOT1MORE - 28/9/16]
@DetentionWatch [28/9/16]: Elizabeth Padilla speaking about the horrors her husband faced while in detention w/cancer ...
Hunger strikes, marches and work stoppages: Unprecedented national prison strike enters third week [Democracy Now - 28/9/16]:
... AZZURRA CRISPINO [Media co-chair of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee]: Well, there’s been a shift to a lot more hunger strikes. So, in Merced County jail in California, over a hundred prisoners are on hunger strike. They are joined by the wife of one of the inmates, Victoria, who is also on hunger strike. They are calling for a 2,000-calorie diet, an end for solitary confinement for juvenile detainees, and, in addition, for the firing of a Lieutenant Moore, who’s been particularly sadistic as a guard there.
In South Carolina, there continue to be uprisings, specifically at Turbeville Correctional Institution. And there have been continuing hunger strikes in Michigan, as well as Ohio. In Michigan, Dying to Live, Cesar DeLeon and others have been a hunger strike for more than a hundred days. They are calling for an end to long-term solitary confinement past a year.
But I think the greatest conversation has to deal with repression, and all of that is occurring. So we just heard, less than two days ago, that at Kinross unit in Michigan, that guards—initially it seemed that there was going to be a conversation. The warden had come out and was speaking to the inmates, over 400 of them, which had peacefully marched in the yard. But after the warden left, basically, a riot repression team came in and dragged prisoners out of their showers and out of their cells, zip-tied their arms behind their back and threw them out in the yard and left them out there for five to six hours in the rain without any access to bathroom facilities. So the repression that prisoners are facing around the country for having participated in the strike is real, and it’s very severe.
So right now we’re really focused on responding in order to help get the word out and get people to call into those units, so that we can help to support those who are being repressed, as well as to continue supporting strike workers, whether that’s people who are continuing to be on work stoppages and rolling work stoppages or continuing to hunger strike. ...
Israeli forces raid Shufat refugee camp for 7th consecutive day [Maan - 28/9/16]
Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]
Protected and unaccountable UNHCR Regional Representative Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht spruiks the "global compact" to a friendly audience [AMES Australia - 3/8/16]:
... UNHCR Regional Representative for Australian and the Pacific Thomas Albrecht outlined the details of the compact at a recent briefing to staff at migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES Australia.
Mr Albrecht said the UNHCR’s greatest current mission is to achieve the equitable and reasonable sharing of the responsibility for protecting refugees.
He said the global compact held out hope for a framework to cope with large scale movements of people but international cooperation was needed for it to succeed. ...
Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]
The impact of Australian policies: What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.
While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.
By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.
Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...
Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
US Congress overrides Obama's veto on 9/11 bill [Al Jazeera - 28/9/16]
Turkey sacks 87 spy staff in first purge of agency after failed coup [Newsweek - 27/9/16]
South Sudan rebels say government troops attack base in north, threaten retaliation [Yahoo - 28/9/16]
South Sudan police has blamed intensive shootings on Tuesday night in the suburb of the capital, Juba, on criminals, claiming that no casualty was also reported. ... [Sudan Tribune - 28/9/16]
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Wednesday said large numbers of South Sudanese refugees have continued to cross into neighbouring Ethiopia.
The month of September, the agency said, recorded rising flows of South Sudanese refugees fleeing due to renewed fighting in parts of the young nation. ... [Sudan Tribune - 28/9/16]
Gunmen in Somalia kill radio journalist [Reuters - 27/9/16]
The U.S. military says it has killed four al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in what it calls airstrikes in self-defense. ... [Military Times - 27/9/16]
... On Wednesday, Galmudug states’ Security Minister Osman Issa announced that his soldiers were killed in the airstrike, adding that the attack was launched on a request of from the rival neighboring region of Puntland on the pretext that the targets were al-Shabab militants.
"Puntland misinformed the United States and thus our forces were bombed," he said. ... [Press TV - 29/9/16]
@BreakfastNews [29/9/16]: Paul Guard's parents died when MH17 was shot down. He wanted investigators to focus on why plane went over war zone
An international inquiry has found that MH17 was taken down from within rebel-held territories by a BUK system transported from Russia.
However, some uncertainty over it lingers – investigators withheld key evidence citing security concerns. ... [RT - 28/9/16]
Love this shot of @mjrowland68 [ABC personality Michael Rowland] and #AmbBerry [US Ambassador John Berry] at President Obama's speech yesterday! Everyone loves a #Selfie!
Image: @Travis_Longmore [15/11/14]
On Tuesday, a police officer in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, Calif., shot and killed an unarmed black man, sparking protests in the area.
A bystander began streaming video on Facebook Live in the aftermath of the shooting, recording a distraught woman saying she was the one who called 911 seeking help for her mentally ill brother.
"I just called for help, and you came and killed him," she said.
"Oh my God, you killed my brother. I called these people three times to help him.
"He's sick, he needs help," she said through tears.
"I told you guys he's sick. You guys came and killed my brother." ... [NPR - 28/9/16]
The United States will send about 600 extra troops to Iraq to train local forces for an offensive on the Islamic State group stronghold of Mosul, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Wednesday. ... [Yahoo - 28/9/16]
Lavrov draws Kerry's attention to reports Jebhat al-Nusra receives weapons from US [TASS - 28/9/16]
Unless Russia “stops the violence” in Syria, extremists would “exploit the vacuum” to attack Russian interests and even cities, the US State Department has said.
“Extremist groups will continue to exploit the vacuums that are there in Syria to expand their operations, which could include attacks against Russian interests, perhaps even Russian cities. Russia will continue to send troops home in body bags, and will continue to lose resources, perhaps even aircraft,” John Kirby, the State Department's spokesperson, told reporters at Wednesday's press briefing. ... [RT - 28/9/16]
US-led international coalition strikes destroy two bridges in Deir Ezzor [SANA - 28/9/16]
At least nine Syrian civilians were killed by the forces of the Turkish regime in the countryside of Hasaka province on the Turkish-Syrian border.
Local sources told SANA reporter in Hasaka that the Turkish army opened fire on a number of civilians at Kahyla village which is located between the cities of Ras al-Ayn and Tal Abyad, killing nine civilians including children, and injuring others. ... [SANA - 28/9/16]
29 September 2016