@ItalianNavy [30/3/16]:   #UltimOra #SAR Nave Chimera #MarinaMilitare completa il soccorso a 1 gommone recuperando 123 migranti e inizia soccorso ad altri 2 natanti

 

 

‏@ItalianNavy [30/3/166]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Aliseo #MarinaMilitare in porto ad #Augusta per lo sbarco dei migranti soccorsi ieri

 

 

UN Secretary General says more help needed for Syrian refugees [Media Release - 30/3/16]:

 

 

... Conference host Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, emphasized that the responsibility for caring for refugees should not be left to Syria's immediate neighbours alone, but should be more equitably shared.

"The magnitude of this particular crisis shows us unmistakably that it cannot be business as usual, leaving the greatest burden to be carried by the countries closest to the conflict," Grandi told the gathering, also attended by representatives from key refugee-hosting governments.

"Offering alternative avenues for the admission of Syrian refugees must become part of the solution, together with investing in helping the countries in the region," he added.

Among solutions identified to end their plight is resettlement to third countries.

 Grandi highlighted a programme in which UNHCR worked with Canada to screen, select and prepare more than 26,000 refugees to start a new life in just four months.

Grandi said other pathways include more flexible mechanisms for family reunification, including "extended family members, labour mobility schemes, student visas, scholarships, as well as visas for medical reasons."

"Resettlement needs vastly outstrip the places that have been made available so far. Last year, only 12 per cent of the refugees in need of resettlement, who are usually the most vulnerable, were resettled," Grandi said.

...

 

 

Syrian man returned from Manus Island gulag by Australian government injured - and his father killed - during shelling [ABC - 20/10/15]

 

 

 

The lengths to which the Australian immigration department has gone to facilitate the repatriation of traumatised Syrian asylum seekers detained in offshore detention centres has been extensively revealed in departmental emails obtained under freedom of information laws. ... [Guardian - 19/8/14]

 

 

 

... Cuba issued Otto Frank a visa on December 1, 1941, according to the documents, but it was canceled 10 days later when Germany declared war on the United States.

The following summer, as Jews were being sent from Amsterdam to Nazi camps, the Frank family went into hiding for two years before being discovered and sent to concentration camps.

Otto Frank survived the camp but died in 1980. ... Anne Frank's family sought US visa, letters show [Reuters - 14/2/07]

 

 

 

Proactiva Open Arms [29/3/16]:

 

 

If they thought raising prisons at the gates of Europe would stop them, they were wrong.

The terror that haunts them is much more powerful than the uncertainty of the future.

They did not even have one before. It happened a while ago, a boat with 60 people aboard where ther should be 20.

They have survived the sea, dodged a military operation of high alert and are now detained.

Nobody would risk his or her life and those of their families if there were hope on the other side.

There are so many families, so many children in just one boat, that only trying to get on your shoes hurts.

And despite the bad omens, of deterrents and dehumanization, they will not stop fleeing a violence we cannot even imagine.

Let us shout in their name, for those who legislate against the basic rights of humanity do not represent us.

 

 

Nauru refugee protests continue.

 

 

  DAY 10

Free the Children NAURU [30/3/16]

 

 

 

Disaster capitalists get busy --->   Asian Development Bank, Australia grants to help Nauru strengthen fiscal sustainability [30/3/16]

 

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Deborah Stokes [Former Australian High Commissioner to PNG] as Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management. ... [Media Release - 24/11/15]

 

 

 

June 2015 edition of Australian government's Manus Island  pro-concentration camp/pro-torture propaganda an example of fascism which mocks locals, refugees and Australians. [ABC - 24/6/15]:

 

The operator of the Manus Island detention centre has donated a mobile boxing ring to the community, despite local staff being accused of bashing an Iranian asylum seeker to death last year.

The donation was publicised in the Australian High Commission's monthly newsletter.

"The mobile boxing ring will assist the Boxing Association to stage boxing tournaments in all places in Manus," said the newsletter caption.

One of the two men arrested for the murder of Reza Barati in February last year was a competitive amateur boxer.

Refugee advocates worry about the message the boxing ring sends to local staff.

"Given the levels of endemic violence on Manus Island, and the alleged involvement of a boxer in the death of Reza Barati, Transfield's gift of a mobile boxing ring to stage tournaments is inappropriate and in poor taste," Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said.

"It would seem to be the actions of a company completely out of touch with the society in which it operates and devoid of any idea of corporate responsibility."

 

 

 

Refugee exiled by Australia goes into hiding on Manus Island after being exploited by Transfield for propaganda campaign  [ABC - 13/6/15]

 

 

 

Probably the last time the former protected and unaccountable High Commissioner in PNG was questioned by the media - 11 mins in  ----> [VIDEO - Keep Out! - SBS Dateline - 28/3/13]:

 

… Just days before Prime Minister Gillard's arrival in Port Morseby, the Australian High Commissioner, Deborah Stokes, made a flying visit to the refugee centre, not expecting to be bugged, it would seem, by the presence of any journalists on the island.

REPORTER: Ma'am, it's Mark Davis from SBS TV, can I ask you how your trip was to the facility?

DEBORAH STOKES, AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER: It was a very straight forward trip to the facility.

REPORTER: Are you concerned - I mean there's been various rumours published about the place. Are you concerned about those rumours of inadequate facilities for children and mistreatment of adults?

DEBORAH STOKES: I've had a good look at the facility and that's all I can say at this point.

REPORTER: Could I ask you one question - why is the place so obsessively secretive - no access to journalists, NGOs, lawyers?

DEBORAH STOKES: It's run by the Papua New Guinean Government and that's their decision.

REPORTER: The Papua New Guinean Government says it's not, the Prime Minister says he's happy for journalists and others to go there because he's worried the rumours are growing to such a degree no-one can verify them or otherwise.

DEBORAH STOKES: We will have a discussion with the PNG Government about that.

REPORTER: So as far as you're aware, the Australian Government has no problem with access?

DEBORAH STOKES: The PNG Government is the administrator of the centre and it is on their land, and we will have a discussion with them about that.

REPORTER: So theoretically if they're happy with it, it shouldn't be a problem?

DEBORAH STOKES: Yes.

...

 

 

The banality of evil.

 

... Human Rights Watch got a rare invite, and during the inevitable brainstorming, I asked “Where is Australia, why aren’t they here?”

Eyes lowered and heads shook ever so slightly around the room. Talking like a friend has fallen off the wagon, one diplomat said “We’re not sure of them anymore. They’re going a different way.”

 ...

Cambodia is laughing all the way to the bank with at least $55m of Australia’s taxpayer dollars for taking just five refugees so far from Nauru. All this for a deal that the [then] UN high commissioner for refugees termed “a worrying departure from international norms” of refugee protection. ...  

 

Eroding human rights in Australian foreign policy, one asylum seeker at a time, Phil Robertson - Deputy Asia Director of Human Rights Watch  [Guardian - 17/2/16]

 

 

It was great to meet with @RefugeesChief Filippo Grandi in Geneva today


Image: ‏@PeterDutton_MP [29/3/16]

 

 

 

At least Cambodian journalists are trying to hold their politicians to account --->  Disappeared refugees exiled from Australia's concentration camp on Nauru ‘not disappointed’: Cambodia immigration chief [Phnom Penh Post - 30/3/16]

 

 

 

Lifting of state of emergency should end restrictions on Rohingya: Human Rights Watch [Mizzima – 30//316]:


The Myanmar government’s lifting of the state of emergency in Arakan State should promptly be followed by the end of abusive restrictions on ethnic Rohingya and other Muslims, Human Rights Watch said today in a statement.

On March 29, 2016, the day before Burma’s transfer of power to a new government, outgoing President Thein Sein ordered the lifting of the state of emergency imposed on Arakan State in 2012 during communal violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. State media reported that the order was issued after the state government found that there was no longer a threat to people and property.

“President Thein Sein’s last minute repeal of Arakan State’s state of emergency puts the new government on firm footing to ensure basic freedoms for the long persecuted Rohingya minority,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“It’s now up to the new government to work with local officials and security forces to ensure that ending the emergency translates into real improved respect for the rights of all the state’s people.”

Nyi Pu, the newly appointed chief minister of Arakan State from the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, and incoming national President HtinKyaw should strengthen efforts to ensure that all communities receive equal protection without discrimination, Human Rights Watch said. Curbs on basic freedoms maintained by security forces and military-controlled ministries should be immediately removed.

According to the statement, the government’s effective denial of Myanmar citizenship to 1.2 million Rohingya under the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law has facilitated human rights violations, including restrictions on their right to freedom of movement, discriminatory limitations on access to education, arbitrary detention and taxation, forced labour, and confiscation of property. For example, Rohingya must apply for permission to travel within and between townships, which has had a devastating effect on their access to health care and ability to earn a living. Rohingya in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships must also contend with a raft of regulations requiring them to seek permission to marry and register births.

Since the communal violence in 2012, which Human Rights Watch research found constituted ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, over 130,000 Rohingya Muslims remain displaced. Local officials and security forces restrict aid agencies’ access to camps for internally displaced Rohingya in Sittwe and to Rohingya communities in northern Arakan State. Swiftly repealing discriminatory local measures would immeasurably improve the living standards of stateless Rohingya and other Muslim minorities, Human Rights Watch said.

On February 8, 2016, officials in northern Arakan State extended for two months a curfew that bans gatherings of more than five people in public places, including mosques. It is not clear if this local order is covered under the state of emergency, but state officials should make it a priority to lift all curfews.

“The state of emergency was only one element of a repressive apparatus that effectively segregated the Rohingya population and denied them basic services,” Robertson said.

“Removing these draconian measures is needed to reach a long-term resolution of the Rohingya crisis, which affects everyone in Arakan State.”

The statement continues, the state and national governments and the Myanmar military should end arbitrary arrests under the Unlawful Associations Act, used to detain civilians suspected of assisting or supporting the insurgent Arakan Army. Over the last year, fighting between the military and the Arakan Army, a Buddhist Arakanese insurgent force, has escalated in northern Arakan and southern Chin States. The authorities have arbitrarily arrested and charged scores of civilians under the act.

The increased fighting in Arakan State has been accompanied by reports of human rights abuses by state and non-state forces against civilians, including forced labour and the use of indiscriminate antipersonnel landmines near civilian settlements. Thousands of civilians have been temporarily displaced by the fighting and excessive security restrictions have in some cases hampered access by aid agencies.

“The Burmese army should cease its abuses against the Arakanese Buddhist population caught up in the slowly building armed conflict there,” Robertson said.

“Continued harassment and abuse by the security forces will shatter efforts to rebuild trust and respect for rights following the 2012 communal violence.”

 

 



Seventy-year-old asylum seeker moved from one detention centre to another [Guardian – 29/3/16]

 




... The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers and the Rwandan genocide did not start with the slayings.

It started with the dehumanization of a specific group of persons. ...

 

UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng  [Media Release - 9/12/14]

 

 

Sign says: Help us get to New Zealand. [ABC - 9/4/13]



 

'Tell the truth', Auschwitz survivor urges accused in Nazi trials [Reuters – 29/3/16]:

... "I want to know what their motivation was, why so many joined in killing millions of people," 95-year-old Leon Schwarzbaum, a state witness at the trial of two of the suspects, told Reuters in an interview.

"I just hope they all talk eventually. I want to hear it out of their mouths, what they did and why. I want them to tell the truth," he said.

Schwarzbaum, who lost all of his 35 family members in the Holocaust, survived by working at a Siemens factory camp near the Auschwitz camp.

After the war he briefly lived in the United States but then returned to Berlin where he married a German woman and opened an antique shop.

Images of the killings and the camp's horrors haunt him to this day, Schwarzbaum said.

He angrily dismissed claims by some of the accused that they had not been aware of the mass murders taking place.

"They lie. It's impossible not to have known what happened. You could smell the burning bodies. It was an unbearable stench, day and night, and not only there in the camp but across the entire area," Schwarzbaum said.

Sitting in his antique-furnished living room in Berlin and wearing a gray woolen sweater, he said he considered it his duty to speak for the dead and recount the horrors of Auschwitz.

"I don't care about the punishment and this is not about revenge," Schwarzbaum said.

"But there has to be justice."

The trial of 95-year-old Hubert Zafke, a former Auschwitz paramedic, and of 94-year-old Reinhold Hanning, a former guard at the death camp, have already started. Neither has yet spoken in court.

...

 

 

Brisbane Times [18/2/16]:

 

"Public numbing and indifference" towards state abuses in Nazi Germany resembles that enabling Australia's immigration detention centres, a prominent psychiatrist says, also likening public complicity in the detention regime to the White Australia policy.

On Thursday Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, in Washington to discuss border protection at a Five Country ministerial meeting, repeated the Turnbull government's insistence that asylum seekers and refugees in Australia for medical care, and their families, would be returned to Nauru once their treatment has finished.

"The government has been consistent all along in relation to our strong stance to make sure we keep our borders secure," he said.

In a paper published in the Australasian Psychiatry journal this month, Dr Michael Dudley, a psychiatrist at Sydney Children's Hospital and a senior University of NSW lecturer, wrote that prolonged immigration detention shows "reckless indifference and calculated cruelty".

Such policies misuse health and welfare professionals to "underwrite state abuses and promote public numbing and indifference resembling other state abuses," he said, citing the so-called "war on terror" and, with qualification, Nazi Germany.

Dr Dudley said various modern states have purported to protect citizens by identifying security threats, targeting "undesirables" and eliminating public scrutiny.

"Australians may be psychically numbed about boat interceptions and gulags, but cannot claim ignorance," he wrote.

He later told Fairfax Media that the Nazi regime relied on an underlying ideological commitment in which "the end is seen as justifying the means".

"We haven't seen Nazi death camps in Australia … but we have had some pretty extraordinary policies historically in this country, which include policies towards indigenous people.

"I think White Australia has links to our current policies towards boat people in our unwillingness to systematically think about this issue, to contemplate alternatives."

He said like gulags, detention centres were "places out of sight, out of mind where terrible things are happening and we are assuming the state is looking after us".

In the journal, Dr Dudley said health and welfare workers who assisted the Nazi regime were usually ordinary people motivated by "peer and situational pressures, careerism and ideological commitments", and that "euphemism, bureaucratic routines and missionary zeal facilitated psychic numbing and denial".

He called for the healthcare of asylum seekers to be transferred from the immigration bureaucracy to state and federal health departments to strengthen clinical independence and help uphold ethical codes.

Dr Dudley said health professionals working in the detention regime were "lending credibility to abuses", whether deliberately or inadvertently.

His comments came as the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists on Thursday released new guidelines for those working in immigration detention.

It includes a statement that advocating against policies that harm mental health is a "non-partisan activity integral to delivering quality healthcare".

A spokesman for Mr Dutton said the government had a "compassionate approach toward vulnerable people, but our hardline against people smugglers remains resolute. We are not going to allow the deaths at sea to recommence." <--- He is able to continue getting away with lying because the "opposition" would be worse, and the Greens and human rights organisations are pissweak, neocon apologists. 

 

 

... We were sold out for silver

And a string of black pearls

On the loneliest island

At the edge of the world ...

 

'Hold On To Me', The Black Sorrows [1988]

 

 

Australia no longer accepts refugees and is stopping people from seeking asylum.  Dutton is able to continue lying because the media and human rights groups are protecting him.  --->  Australia won't be rushed in the screening process for Syrian refugees [ABC - 30/3/16]

 

 

Last week's Bali Process meeting condemned 1,000s of refugees in our region to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide.   No "safe and legal pathways" for asylum seekers were proposed, but Amnesty Australia has framed it as a "step in the right direction for human rights" [28/3/16]  --->  UNHCR leadership pins hopes on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" -  calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign refugee convention, while turning a blind eye to Australia's human rights atrocities [23/3/16]

 

 

 

 

... However, since the Australian government cut its resettlement programs — effectively barring the UN Refugee Agency from submitting any new cases registered in Indonesia since July 2014 — asylum seekers and refugees have found themselves stranded in Indonesia.

Since the cessation of settlement programs in Australia the burden of processing new arrivals in Indonesia, and finding a safe place for them, is straining organizations that were already struggling to deal with the influx.

"We're trying our best to provide the most vulnerable refugees with assistance," Vargas says, "but we unfortunately have a very limited budget given the terrible crisis that we are seeing right now globally, with the refugee situation."

... UNHCR says that Australia's policy of pushing boats back into harm's way, and essentially assisting ruthless smugglers, is unacceptable.

"From UNHCR's point of view any state that intercepts a boat in international waters, or in their own territorial waters, becomes responsible for the safety of the passengers on that boat, including refugees and asylum seekers," country representative Vargas says. ... [Jakarta Globe - 21/3/16]

 

 

... So what is the difference between these two parties?

The Republicans threaten to keep immigrants and Muslims out, and the Democrats are already doing it.

We came here to ask the Clinton campaign if they support or oppose the current administration’s record of deportations and police of deportation to death. ...

 

#NOT1MORE [29/3/16]:

This morning two dozen people, including former immigrant detainees from DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving and their supporters, arrived outside Clinton Campaign Headquarters to demand that presidential candidate Clinton and others running for office speak out publicly to halt the imminent deportations of 159 Bangladeshi migrants who launched the #FreedomGiving hunger strike last year.

...

Former hunger striker and DRUM member, Jahed Ahmed, said that “I left Bangladesh and traveled across a dozen countries to escape political repression and save my life. Instead, I ended up rotting away in detention for over 10 months. The US government gave the names of many of the detainees to the Bangladeshi government, and they then leaked them to the media. Our asylum cases and hunger strikes have become a political issue for the Bangladeshi government, and now the Obama Administration wants to deport me back to where I will be disappeared, tortured or killed.” ...  

 

 

A Mexican transgender woman and activist who has been living in Phoenix, Arizona, for more than a decade has been detained by U.S. immigration authorities and placed in a men’s detention center, despite identifying as a woman. Local activists said Nayeli Charolet was given three choices: live at a men’s detention center or in solitary confinement or in a segregated unit for transgender women. Activists say the segregated unit in Santa Ana, California, is known for its abuse of transgender women, with complaints of degrading strip searches by male guards and the denial of hormone therapy and other medical care. Charolet is currently being held in all-male facilities at the for-profit Eloy Detention Center in Arizona. [Democracy Now - 29/3/16]

 

 

Religious leaders, formerly detained families and advocates protest family detention at White House [American Immigration Council - 28/3/16]

 

 

... GEO hopes to build an 800-bed immigrant detention center on three parcels along Industrial Highway, across from the airport.

The MIDCO II Environmental Clean Up superfund site is on the east side of the parcels. Saleh said GEO has an option to purchase the properties, contingent on the rezoning.

Last year, GEO said the detention center would manage individuals who are in immigration proceedings before a federal judge.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said Friday she's still opposed to the for-profit prison center.

"It's my understanding they have talked to members of the council and they believe they can garner support from the council to get it done."

GEO withdrew its petition at a BZA [Board of Zoning Appeals] meeting Nov. 10 after protesters filled the council chambers to oppose it.

The BZA's recommendation isn't binding and GEO can seek a variance from the council, even if there's an unfavorable recommendation from the BZA. ... [Chicago Tribune - 26/3/16]

 

 

 

Junk economics and the future [VIDEO - TRNN - 29/3/16]:   In this episode of teleSUR's Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges continues his discussion with UMKC economics professor Michael Hudson on his new book Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Bondage Destroy the Global Economy.

 

 

Whether or not you should climb Mt Warning (Wollumbin) is an ethical and logistical decision.

 

Victim blaming and shaming those who call emergency services in an emergency is typical, Murdoch-generated, FACT-FREE HATE.

 

Triple-0 operator chastises flood victims [ABC - 19/4/11]:


ALI MOORE: The Queensland flood inquiry has heard a triple-0 operator chastised a mother and her son, shortly before they were swept to their deaths.

Two emergency calls made by Donna and Jordan Rice were played to the inquiry as their family wept quietly in the courtroom.

Francene Norton reports from Toowoomba.

FRANCENE NORTON: Survivor Blake Rice and his father John Tyson were surrounded by family, as they prepared themselves to hear the final recordings of their loved ones.

The calls were made on the 10 January as floodwaters swept away their car in Toowoomba's CBD. In the first call, the police operator demanded three times: "Why did you drive through floodwaters?"

"You shouldn't have driven through floodwaters in the first place."

The family of Donna and Jordan Rice wiped away tears as they listened to the rising panic in the second emergency call. In the background, Donna Rice could be heard yelling at her sons to jump on the roof, while Jordan Rice pleaded with the operator to hurry up because they were about to drown.

The female operator shouted: "If you don't tell me where you are we can't help you."

"Tell the woman beside you to stop yelling."

Donna Rice's widower John Tyson read a statement to the court about the impact the tragedy has had on his family's lives. And in response to the triple-0 calls, Mr Tyson said: "I fail to see what part of the call wasn't panic."

"What gave someone the right to decide that I have to bury half my family?"

Earlier the court heard from the chief executive officer and Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council about whether an SMS alert to residents before the flash flooding hit would have helped. Both told the inquiry that given the waters rose so quickly, an SMS may have created more panic.

KEN GOULDTHORP, TOOWOOMBA COUNCIL CEO: Would they have rushed outside? Would they have jumped into their cars and drive home? Would that have made it more dangerous?

PETER TAYLOR: We want to hear all of the good ideas that might come out of such a commission inquiry.

FRANCENE NORTON: The inquiry heads to Dalby tomorrow.

Francene Norton, Lateline.

 

 

 

 

Eternal Lies

 

less than 200 metres from the peak
a crushing fear
vertigo?

something about Wollumbin
clambered over and stomped through
to test one's endurance
a past annihilated

yet bad business reverberates
in the landscape
through the rocks, trickling creeks, trees and animals
all around

violence manifests itself early one January morning
blood runs cold as the broken ones depart the campground
a father plays the didgeridoo
silence descends and we sleep fitfully

until it is properly acknowledged
and our forefathers are forgiven by those they set out to destroy

we are cursed forever more

perhaps we ought to think
before we climb

 

 

 

 

An Indigenous elder who successfully took on the mining entrepreneur “Diamond” Joe Gutnick in the Queensland land court has wound up with a $70,000 legal debt he cannot repay.

In a case that could have a chilling effect on future challenges to mines by traditional owners and others, the Kalkadoon elder James Taylor was denied legal costs despite winning a three-year battle for changes to Gutnick’s phosphate project near Mount Isa.

The case turned on the same legal precedent that thwarted an attempt by the mining giant Adani to make conservationists pay an estimated $1m in what was widely considered a landmark costs ruling in favour of mining objectors.

Both rulings were handed down last Wednesday by the land court president, Carmel MacDonald, who found the court did not have the power to award costs to either side in challenges to mining permits.

That was in line with a supreme court ruling last year which Queensland’s Palaszczuk government then legislated to overcome but cabinet is yet to activate. ... [Guardian - 30/3/16]

 

 

 

 

Assault, Gilston [QPS Media - 29/3/16]:

 

 Police are investigating after a man was assaulted earlier tonight in Gilston.

Initial investigations suggest a man was assaulted in the street by an unknown number of people at Blue Gum Court shortly before 7pm.

The group assaulted the man, striking him in the head with baseball bat and stabbing him in the lower body.

A 35-year-old Arundel man was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment where he remains in a serious but non-life threatening condition.

Police have declared a crime scene and are appealing for anyone who may have seen a dark coloured vehicle in the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Investigations into the incident are continuing.

...

 

 

 

 

Girls attacked by gang of youths in Norlane racist attack [The Age - 30/3/16]:

 

... The girls were punched and had their headdresses forcibly removed in the attack, which was carried out by about 10 youths, some thought to be as young as seven.

 A Victoria Police spokeswoman said the girls, aged 15, 12 and 11, were at a park in the Geelong suburb of Norlane about 5.30pm on March 23 when they were approached by the gang.

The youths began to punch the girls, damaging their mobile phones when they tried to call police.

They racially vilified the girls, removed their headdresses, and threw rocks at them before leaving the Sparks Road Reserve.

Each girl was wearing a chador, which is a large piece of cloth worn by some Muslim women, wrapped around the body to leave only the face exposed. 

Police believe a woman was with the group of youths at the time of the incident.

All three girls suffered minor injuries.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

 

 

Housing fraud widespread within Australian defence force – documents [Guardian - 30/3/16]

 

 



The Capitol was placed on lockdown for second day on Tuesday as authorities responded to a suspicious package, authorities said.

U.S. Capitol Police said a suspicious package was found but did not elaborate.

A Reuters witness reported a bomb squad was on the scene.

The lockdown came after a man was shot and wounded by police after he pointed what appeared to be a weapon at officers in the underground U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Monday. [Reuters - 29/3/16]

 

 

 

Brussels: Man initially IDed as third airport bomber released [Democracy Now - 29/3/16]:

 

In Belgium, a man charged with terrorism and identified by Belgian media as the "third bomber" in the deadly Brussels Airport bombings last week has been released.

Faysal Cheffou, described as a citizen journalist, was picked out of a photographic lineup by a cab driver who said he drove the three bombers to the airport; two of them blew themselves up, the third escaped.

Authorities released Cheffou Monday, saying they lacked evidence against him.

They have now released surveillance video of the third bombing suspect at the airport, seeking help identifying him.

 

30 March 2016

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