... Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad ...
'Clandestino', Manu Chao 
Nauru economy stuffed without Australian refugee concentration camp: IMF [Media Release - 30/1/17]
Australian media claims that after 4 years of torture and lies from the ALP and LNP, US President Donald Trump caused a Nauru refugee to attempt suicide [SBS - 29/1/17]
Manus Island refugee escapes to Fiji [RNZI - 30/1/17]
... We have also sent questions to Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
He is yet to comment. [Fiji Village - 30/1/17]
The "US Deal" is a FRAUD. NON EXISTENT. A FAKE. But the bullshit - and no journalism - continues. [New York Times - 30/1/17]
Why aren't journalists asking why countries which are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention aren't taking these people? [Al Jazeera - 28/1/17]:
The conditions at that camp, home to about 100,000 Rohingya at the time, were the worst I had seen anywhere - and not much has changed since.
Years later, on a trip to several camps in northern and southern Thailand - also home to thousands of refugees from Myanmar - a very different sight lay in wait. ...
@wikileaks [30/1/17]: US, EU media is finally critically examining US presidential power. Failure to do so under Bush & Obama killed & displaced millions
@wikileaks [30/1/17]: Trump's list of "Muslim" visa ban countries? They're from Obama
@wikileaks [30/1/17]: 143 thousand WikiLeaks docs on refugee processing and asylum (from our archives) ...
In the past week, US Customs and Border Protection have captured, detained and deported 126 migrants from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Haiti [Jamaica Observer - 27/1/17]
@EricKempson [30/1/17]: One boat arrived on the south east coast of Lesvos last night, 30 people on board, every one is ok.
Around 1,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean last Friday [The Local - 28/1/17]
@wikileaks [29/1/17]: Full Assange TV interview from this morning on Clinton, Trump, Manning, his extradition: 'ball is in DoJ court'
@wikileaks [29/1/17]: Strategic overview of #Yemen from WikiLeaks "Yemen Files" ...
Two activists have been arrested while allegedly trying to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia.
Reverend Dan Woodhouse and Quaker activist Sam Walton released a statement which said the pair had entered the BAE Systems' site in Warton, Lancashire, on Sunday morning with the intention of disarming planes. ... [ITV - 29/1/17]
@CAATuk [29/1/17]: The action comes exactly 21 years after 3 women entered same base to disarm a plane being sent to Indonesia for use in East Timor
@PPUtoday [29/1/17]: Dan Woodhouse and @SamWalton before their nonviolent direct action against #BAE's #Saudi planes today. #PacifistNotPassive
Nora Anwar Awlaki, killed by American Commandoes not by bombing from drones, when US drones killed 40 2day in Baidha Yemen @narrabyee [29/1/17]
Dawn raids by US drones and helicopters have killed at least 20 people in Yemen, including civilians and three tribal chiefs reported to have links to al-Qaeda, local sources say.
A source told Al Jazeera that at least six homes were destroyed and a number civilians were trapped under the rubble in Yakla district, in the southern province of al-Bayda.
Eight women and eight children were among those killed, a provincial official, who did not want to be named, and tribal sources told the AFP news agency. ... [Al Jazeera - 29/1/17]
Mercenary security leader killed in Abyan [SABA – 29/1/17]
A vigil in front of the United Nations' office in Sana'a Sunday denounced the continuous air embargo on Sana'a International Airport by the Saudi-led aggression alliance.
The vigil, which was organized by the General Union of Commercial Chambers in cooperation with the General Authority of Civil Aviation and Meteorology, called on the United Nations to open Sana'a International Airport and resume the commercial and humanitarian flights. ... [SABA - 29/1/17]
UN experts warn Saudi-led coalition allies over war crimes in Yemen [Reuters - 29/1/17]
have we done to the world?
Look what we've done.
What about all the peace,
That you pledge your only son?
Is there a time?
What about all the dreams,
That you said was yours and mine?
Did you ever
stop to notice,
All the children dead from war?
Did you ever stop to notice,
This crying Earth its weeping shores? ...
'Earth Song', Michael Jackson 
Why would anybody want to kill Michael Jackson? ---> Paris Jackson has claimed her father Michael Jackson was murdered and insisted everyone in her family is aware of it.
The late singer’s only daughter, who is now 18, suggested Jackson’s death was a “set-up” and “all arrows” back up her belief that he was murdered.
In her first ever in-depth interview, Paris said her father would hint people were after him and at one point even feared they might end up killing him. ... [The Independent - 25/1/17]
Hundreds of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people gathered at Fremantle’s iconic Roundhouse on Saturday in a symbolic gesture of reconciliation.
A ceremony was held at the former West Australian prison overlooking the Indian Ocean that organisers say was to release the spirits of Indigenous prisoners who died there and at Wadjemup (Rottnest Island). ... [SBS - 28/1/17]
@AustraliansOBH [28/1/17]: An estimated crowd of 10k celebrate the Australia Day alternative that is #OneDayInFremantle ...
No need to move "Australia Day" says protected and unaccountable Queensland Premier [Nine MSN - 26/1/17]
Could you please ask the Palaszczuk governent to explain why it is pursuing an appeal on behalf of the police ABC Queensland? [28/1/17]:
The Indigenous community on Palm Island in far north Queensland will feature in an historical documentary about a relatively unknown aspect of colonisation.
Up to 20 Aboriginal people were taken from northern Australia in the 19th and 20th centuries to be exhibited alongside animals in what was called The Human Zoo. ...
Fish and waterways near Coolangatta Airport being tested for toxic run-off [ABC - 24/1/17]
We don’t want a pipeline: Traditional owners angry about Tennant Creek-Mt Isa gas proposal [Buzzfeed - 3/11/16]
Voices from Standing Rock: Julius Tulley - archaeologist and army veteran [Intercontinental Cry - 27/1/17]:
... Once I set foot on this camp, I felt a tremendous energy from all the diverse people gathered here.
The power of being of one mind, one heart, and of one peaceful cause.
Most of all, realizing how prayer is powerful and tangible. This all gave me comfort.
When I was in the frontline yesterday marching in the blizzard with my Native comrades, I felt very proud, strong, and at ease.
I knew what my purpose and reason was. And that was to protect and defend Our Mother Earth from being raped of its natural resources. ...
Rick Perry's deep ties to Dakota Access Pipeline [TRNN - 29/1/17]
Navajo sues EPA for $160 million over last year’s mining waste spill [Mint Press News - 8/12/16]:
Before Dakota Access, many Americans were unaware of the excessive damage and exploitation that Native Americans have endured and continue to suffer from massive corporations.
However, last year, one of the worst environmental catastrophes was not caused by a corporation, but by the government itself.
More specifically, the disaster was caused by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the very part of the federal government tasked with protecting the environment from such events.
In August of 2015, a group of contractors hired by the EPA spilled massive amounts of waste from an abandoned gold mine into the Animas river and its tributaries.
Gold mining, one of the dirtiest types of mining, produces extremely toxic waste and thus the river was pumped full of arsenic, lead, mercury, and other extremely potent toxins, killing off fish and wildlife and ruining water supplies for entire communities.
In total, the EPA caused over 300 million gallons of toxic waste to pass into the river, an amount so great that it turned the entire river yellow.
Normally, if a corporation were responsible for such a mess, the EPA would fine them for significant amounts of money.
However, because the spill was caused by the EPA itself, no fines were given out and the EPA offered only hollow apologies and failed to offer a concrete plan for the clean-up.
The EPA told local tribes whose lands border the river, such as the Navajo Nation, that their people would have “to live in a state of uncertainty” as it could take “decades” to fully clean-up the spill. ...
Prominent Muslim lawyer U Ko Ni has been shot dead at Yangon International Airport, National League for Democracy officials have confirmed to Frontier.
Ko Ni, a legal adviser to the NLD, was shot dead while returning to Myanmar from a trip abroad, according to U Win Htein, a senior member of the NLD.
The suspect was arrested and a taxi driver was seriously injured, Win Htein said.
Photos of a man in a pink t-shirt covered in blood, identified as the chief suspect, were quickly shared on social media.
Ko Ni, a respected figure in Myanmar's legal community was a rare outspoken voice for the country's Muslim population.
On January 27, Ko Ni posted on his Facebook page photos of him visiting sights in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. [Frontier Myanmar - 29/1/17]
19-year-old Palestinian shot and killed and 5 injured by Israeli forces in Jenin refugee camp [Maan - 29/1/17]
Israeli forces and settlers detained two young Palestinians at gunpoint on Sunday near an illegal Israeli settlement east of Qalqiliya in the northern occupied West Bank, according to reports from Israeli media that alleged the two Palestinians approached the settlement intending to carry out an attack. ... [Maan - 29/1/17]
Palestinians start reconstructing Umm Al-Hiran village demolished by Israel [PNN - 29/1/17]:
The 1948 Palestinians on Sunday began the reconstruction of Umm Al-Hiran village in the Israeli-occupied Negev desert, days after IOF demolished the village and killed one of its residents under a ramming attack pretext.
Israel has demolished the village several times in an attempt to take over it for Israeli settlement expansion. ...
Palestinian child dies after being denied access to hospital by Israeli authorities [PNN - 27/1/17]
Trump's Embassy move to Jerusalem 'Self-destructive' [ICH/Al Jazeera - 26/1/17]:
... Countries around the world, even those that are considered allies of Israel, including the United States, reject Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and refuse Israeli invitations to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to the illegally occupied city.
The United States' attitude towards Jerusalem, however, has been marred with contradictions.
Since 1995, the US position has been divided between the historically pro-Israel US Congress and the equally pro-Israel but slightly more pragmatic White House.
In October 1995, the US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act.
The act was passed by an overwhelming majority in both House and Senate.
It called Jerusalem the undivided capital of Israel and urged the State Department to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ...
@davidsheen [26/1/17]: "Enough racism! Down, down deportation! Down, down Holot!" Holot is the detention center Israel rounds refugees into
Over 1,000 refugees, primarily from Eritrea, traveled to Jerusalem on Thursday from the Holot detention facility in the Negev to plead to the High Court of Justice for political asylum amid threats of deportation.
Wearing laminated Israeli Prison Services identification cards around their necks like scarlet letters, the men gathered in the Rose Garden, across from the Knesset, to protest a pending appeal that could result in their deportations to Sudan, Eritrea, Rwanda, or Uganda.
According to the protest’s organizers, March for Freedom, asylum seekers who have been deported to third-party counties, such as Rwanda, have been systematically sent to Uganda, where they have no legal status, and are at risk of being repatriated back to Eritrea. ... [Jerusalem Post - 26/1/17]
At a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he is “extremely concerned” by expressions of hatred in the world today, including the targeting of immigrants and refugees.
The annual ceremony was held in the General Assembly Hall and attended by UN diplomats, Holocaust survivors, Jewish groups and young students among others.
The event also included speeches by the General Assembly President Peter Thomson of Fiji; Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon; and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Michele Sison.
The keynote speech was delivered by Israeli journalist Noah Klieger, 91, who was a member of the Jewish underground movement in France before he was captured and sent to Auschwitz in 1942. He has dedicated his life to educating the young about the Holocaust. ... [Jerusalem Post - 28/1/17]
Netanyahu cancels Fiji trip [RNZI - 19/1/17]
Israel criticises Fijian President of UNGA [PINA - 4/12/16]:
Israel has taken issue with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson of Fiji, wearing the Palestinian flag during last week's International Solidarity Day with the Palestinian People.
Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon says it was unfortunate Thomson wore the Palestinian flag at an UN event whose sole purpose was to slander Israel.
Danon described the UN event as a cynical Israel-bashing festival.
The UN has adopted dozens of resolutions over Israel's actions and policies, many of which Israel ignores. ...
Colonel Kalouniwai returns to Fiji after serving two years as Chief of Staff for UNDOF in the Golan Heights [Fiji Sun - 23/1/17]
Fiji’s commitment to Israel will continue Bainimarama tells Netanyahu [FijiVillage.com - 8/11/16]:
... Bainimarama also passed on the invitation for the Israeli Prime Minister and his family to come to Fiji and enjoy a holiday here.
@sun_fiji [29/1/17]: Department Checks On Iranian Refugee Who Fled Here From PNG
Still waiting for the Refugee Council, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch and others to urge protection for Loghman Sawari, and an end to Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy.
When I arrived they welcomed me with kind words and said to me Bulla which in Fijian is hello.
Behrouz Boochani [29/1/17]:
I just talked with Loghman Savari a refugee who escaped from PNG. He sent me this photo from the moment he arrived in Fiji. He is with a family and is so happy at this moment.
He was under age when he arrived in Australia by boat in 2013 and they sent him to Manus Island by force.
He has been treated so terribly in Manus and PNG including beatings and imprisonment.
The first time I met him was in the town jail in Lorengau which is for local people.
When they transferred him back to the detention centre after being in prison, he said he could not cope in detention any more and signed to go out and live in PNG.
That was two years ago and since then he has faced more suffering, beatings and destitution.
When I asked him about why he escaped from PNG to Fiji he said: 'I could not stay in PNG because the PNG and Australian immigration departments treated me with such disrespect and cruelty. I was in PNG for two years but instead of supporting me they put me in a situation where I could not be safe and was always living in fear. I was homeless for the last two months that I was in Port Moresby. I was beaten several times and it was not safe for me to stay. I realised that all of my suffering and persecution was the plan of the Australian government.'
I asked him how he found Fijian people? He said 'These people are so happy and incredibely kind. When I arrived they welcomed me with kind words and said to me Bulla which in Fijian is hello.'
He hopes that Fijian immigration will support him and accept him as a refugee.
I could feel a huge happines in his voice and I asked him how he felt when he got on the plane.
He said 'It's hard to describe my feeling when I could see I'm in the sky and going far away from PNG, but I felt that I am running away from Australia mostly. I knew that actually I was running away from PNG but I mostly felt that I'm running away from Australia because all of my suffering was the plan of the Australian government.'
He ended our conversation by saying 'I wish freedom for all of the refugees from Nauru and Manus.'
THERE IS NO "US DEAL".
There is also no opposition and no properly functioning media or rights sector in Australia.
STOP THE LIES!
END THE POLICY!
FREE THE REFUGEES!
... All we have to do now,
Is take these lies and make them true, somehow ...
'Freedom! '90', George Michael 
Despite zero evidence (AND no confirmation from Trump) the ABC continues pretending there is a "US deal" [29/1/17]
White House tweets a picture of President Trump speaking on the telephone with Australia's Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull ---> .@POTUS @realDonaldTrump- speaking with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull from the Oval Office. @WhiteHouse [28/1/17]
Populism with an inhuman Face [Counterpunch - 27/1/17]:
... But how much force do these Executive Orders actually have?
On his first day in office, Obama signed an Executive Order “closing” Gitmo.
Eight years later he transferred 41 prisoners there into the custody of Donald Trump.
Most of these orders are merely ornate memos from the Big Boss, glorified press releases that are treated as imperial diktats.
The strategy of the Trump presidency is to divide and subdivide, not to unite.
Because Trump understands that he is weak and that he is where he is only because his enemies are weaker.
So he needs to keep feeding his raging base raw meat, the bloodier the better.
Trump wants to agitate both his acolytes and his opposition, to stir up tumult and chaos, creating a kind of toxic fog to distract from the actual policies–a wishlist of the old right–that are being pushed forward by the likes of Paul Ryan: privatization of Social Security and Medicare, gutting of regulations on air, water and food quality, restricting abortion and family planning and slashing corporate taxes. ...
... The families, like many Central American families fleeing to the United States in recent years, were arrested in Texas in 2015.
They were eventually housed in the government’s Berks, Pennsylvania, family detention center.
DHS ordered their expedited removal, a process that applies to freshly arrived immigrants who are taken into custody within 100 miles of the border and do not have a valid entry or travel document (or lied to obtain valid documents).
Unlike with the typical removal (deportation) process, expedited removal permits the government to deport immigrants without a hearing before an immigration judge, speeding the process up considerably. ... American Bar Associattion urges Supreme Court to hear case about due process in 'expedited' deportation [Media Release - 27/1/17]
New Zealand Immigration Minister lauds UNHCR's Malaysian Rohingya enslavement plan and his country's miniscule regional refugee intake [The Star - 27/1/17]
Appeal to free Rohingya from immigration detention in Saudi Arabia [Rohingya Blogger - 26/1/17]
As human bottlenecks created by genocide, pushbacks and detention grow larger, US officials pursue their subversion of the Refugee Convention by encouraging the region to escalate the obstruction of any possibility for people to flee persecution ---> #Myanmar and #VietNam ratify regional convention against trafficking in persons. via @ASEAN @USMission2ASEAN [22/1/17]
@nslwin [28/1/17]: #Myanmar troops warned #KoeTanKauk #Rohingya villagers on 27th Jan that they will be shot dead if fishing again with makeshift rafts.
@nslwin [27/1/17]: #Rohingya women says her father and mother were buried in this mass grave. #Myanmar
@nslwin [27/1/17]: #Indonesia sent "Indo Mie" to stop #genocide of #Rohingya in #Myanmar. Anyway thanks so much for your humanity. -- read thread --
@USEmbassyBurma [13/1/17]: Amb @scot_a_marciel hosted a reception to highlight the growing bilateral coop bet. Myanmar & US in the agri sector ...
@JonahFisherBBC [26/1/17]: "Myanmar's Rohingya: Truth, lies and Aung San Suu Kyi" ...
@Aussie4Refugees [27/1/17]: Missed opportunity to ask how ASSK's Rohingya genocide is impacting Woodside in Myanmar
EU Court of Human Rights rules Switzerland wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture by deporting him in 2013 [Tamil Guardian - 27/1/18]:
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Thursday that Switzerland had ‘wrongly exposed Tamil asylum seeker to torture’ in deporting him and his family back to Sri Lanka in 2013.
Stating that the deportation violated article three of the European Convention on Human Rights, the court ordered that €30,000 must be paid in compensation.
The man, his wife and two children were deported after the application filed in 2009 was rejected along with a subsequent appeal.
The family was detained and questioned for over 13 hours on arrival in Colombo.
Whilst his wife and children were released, and later returned to Switzerland, the man was detained and only released two years later.
Upon his release he requested a Swiss visa and travelled back to Switzerland.
Refugee advocates say it’s time to scrap measures that were introduced in the wake of the arrival of hundreds of Tamil migrants on the MV Sun Sea, after the jury at a high-profile human smuggling trial failed earlier this week to convict any of the four men accused of organizing the voyage.
The Sun Sea docked in British Columbia in August, 2010, carrying 492 Sri Lankan Tamils – 380 men, 63 women, and 49 children.
The migrants, fleeing a country ravaged by civil war, cheered when they first spotted the Canadian flag.
But many would be held in custody for months and advocates have said the government’s response tarnished this country’s reputation as a leader in refugee protection. ... In wake of Sun Sea "people smuggling" acquittals, calls to end refugee detention [The Globe and Mail - 26/1/17]
Rudd's key role stopping Sri Lankan asylum seekers [Project SafeCom Inc. - April 2010]
Two Vietnamese so-called "blue boats" are now reported to be about 400 kilometers west of New Caledonia after escaping from custody in Noumea yesterday morning.
Media reports say Australian authorities have been notified of the two vessels which have 40 crew onboard after the available French naval ship suffered technical problems and could not be used for a pursuit. ... [RNZI - 27/1/17]
50 Vietnamese in court for illegal fishing in PNG [EMTV - 27/1/17]
PNG agrees to allow Australia to further undermine sovereignty and freedom of movement via "safety" crackdown on banana boats [PNG Loop - 27/1/17]
Exxon and Oil Search surrender PNG petroleum licence [RNZI - 28/1/17]
Global petition for freedom in West Papua launched in London [RNZI - 28/1/17]
Indonesian officials visit Nauru - discuss West Papua and take special tour of Australia's refugee concentration camp [RNZI - 23/12/16]
Indonesia urges Pacific to recognise Palestine [RNZI - 27/1/17]
In May 1939, as the Holocaust was beginning, the United States turned away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 937 mostly Jewish refugees from Europe.
Returning to Europe, 288 were taken in by Great Britain; of those trapped in Western Europe when Germany conquered the continent, 254 died. ... [Times of Israel - 28/1/17]
Terrorism: How the Israeli state was won [ICH/UNZ Review - 27/1/17]:
... Violence targeting Jews was, and I would argue remains, a core tactic of Zionism.
In fact, the single most deadly terror attack of the entire Mandate period was not the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946 as is commonly thought.
Even some of the Irgun’s bombings of Palestinian markets killed more people than the King David attack.
But the most deadly single terror attack was the Jewish Agency’s bombing of the immigrant ship Patria in 1940, killing an estimated 267 people, of whom more than 200 were Jews fleeing the Nazis.
The Jewish Agency bombed the Patria because it was bringing the DPs to Mauritius, where the British had facilities for them.
The Agency needed the DPs to be settlers in Palestine without delay, and was willing to risk the lives of all aboard in order to get the survivors to remain—which, indeed, they did.
In further violence against its Jewish victims, the Agency framed the dead for the bombing.
It spread the lie that the DPs themselves blew up the vessel, that they committed mass suicide rather than not go directly to Palestine, posthumously conscripting the dead to serve the Zionist myth. ...
Turkish officers seek asylum in Germany [Deutsche Welle - 28/1/17]
Turkey threatens to cancel Greece migration deal in soldiers' extradition row [Ekathimerini - 27/1/17]
The police and chief public prosecutor's investigation into the assassination of Andrey Karlov, the former Russian ambassador to Ankara, continues.
The cyber-crimes police force has been able to enter the email account of the attacker, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who is suspected of being affiliated to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ).
However, it was discovered that all emails sent and received by Altıntaş from his Gmail account were deleted at around 9:30 p.m., two and a half hours after the attack, by another person. ... [Daily Sabah - 27/1/17]
To "advocates" resuming their campaign against Turnbull and Dutton's "Lifetime Ban" legislation (which builds on the anti-refugee foundation laid by the ALP): If you aren't protesting ALL those responsible for the creation and perpetuation of the policy, you are supporting it.
The Australian government was able to quietly suspend accepting UNHCR refugees in July 2014 because there is no opposition, and the media and rights organisations are a bunch of frauds.
29 January 2017