... 'Cause when there's salt in the grain no-one wants it ...


'Harvest of Gold', Gossling [2013]




More than 20 people were killed and about 50 injured in three bombings, including two suicide attacks, that hit Baghdad on Monday, police and medical sources said. ... [Reuters - 30/5/16]





United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 29/5/16]




Air strikes in Iraq and Syria are reducing their cities to ruins [UNZ Review/Independent - 28/5/16]





In new breaches of the cessation of hostilities agreement, the terrorist groups targeted with a rocket shell al-Sabeel neighborhood in Homs city.

A source at Homs governorate told SANA that a rocket shell fired by terrorists on Monday morning fell on al-Sabeel residential neighborhood in Homs causing only material damage to the public and private properties.

On Sunday evening, the terrorist groups fired three rocket shells on al-Arman neighborhood in Homs, causing material damage to a number of the citizens’ houses.

In Hama province, terrorists of the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” shelled al-Sqeilbiyeh city with rockets, damaging its national hospital. ... [SANA - 30/5/16]




Hungary said Monday it had begun reinforcing its anti-migrant fence on the Serbian border following an increase in arrivals after the evacuation of Idomeni camp on the Greece-Macedonia frontier. ... [Yahoo - 30/5/16]




Turkey starts building automatic shooting gun towers at Syrian border [Yeni Şafak - 30/5/16]






@PROACTIVA_SERV [30/5/16]:  Medical assistance was denied to 50 refugees arriving #Lesvos with children & a baby. It's illegal @Pontifex_es






@LighthouseRR [29/5/16]:  Tonight, a boat arrived in the village of Skala Sikamineas again. That is why we still keep a presence in the North.






Day 72 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@InsurrectNews [30/5/16]




"WHAT HAPPENED TO HODAN?" via  ‏@SuchNigel [30/5/16]:  "One chance is all we need" ...




"Freedom is human oxygen":  Interview: Ravi - artist and author of "From Hell to Hell" [VIDEO - Green Left Weekly  - 27/4/16]




... “My greeting here is ‘What’s news Behrouz?  What’s happening in Australia?’” he says. ...



Junkee [30/5/16]:



... “I write from inside the experience of being a political prisoner here as well as a writer. I try to describe how people feel under torture, how a father feels in a prison, how people are when they think about suicide. I write about the small things that add up to make this prison as well as people: stories, nature, what I observe. What I see through my eyes as an imprisoned writer. I feel that I am working for Australian history by writing this book. I will tell a part of Australia’s history and I hope I will be successful in my mission. Literature is a language of life.” ...




The Waigani National Court today declared the removal of 19 masks and the totem pole at the National Parliament House in 2013 as unlawful acts, ordering they be repaired and returned within six months from today.

Justice David Cannings delivered the decision of the Human Rights proceeding filed in 2014 by Grand Chief Sir Michal Somare and the managing director of the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery, Dr. Andrew Moutu.

The court found that the action by Parliament Speaker Theo Zurenuoc to restore, reform and modernise the parliament house was unlawful as it infringed on section 45 of the constitution and section 9 of the national cultural property.

Justice Cannings declared that the damage, dismantling and removal of the objects of cultural decoration at parliament house, particularly the 19 masks on the lintel at the main entrance and the totem in the grand hall infringed section 45 of the constitution thus were unlawful. ... [PNG Loop - 30/5/16]







Police confirmed that students from the University of Papua New Guinea and University of Technology, including some students from high schools in Wewak, East Sepik, were arrested this morning. ... [PNG Loop 30/5/16]


West Papuan leader denied entry to PNG to attend Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders summit [RNZI – 30/5/16]




A woman and two children have been found dead at a house at Hillier, near Gawler, on Adelaide's northern outskirts.

Police were called to the house in Jack Cooper Drive at 1:30pm.

Officers discovered the bodies of a six-year-old girl, five-year-old boy and 29-year-old woman inside the house.

Chief Inspector Alby Quinn said police were met by three men outside the home when they arrived.

"A 30-year-old male has been arrested and he will be charged with murder," he said.

"This matter doesn't involve any other people, and it does at this stage appear to be domestic-related."

The man has been taken to the Lyell McEwin Hospital and remains under police guard. ... [ABC - 30/5/16]




Man charged over Biggera Waters stabbing [MYGC - 30/5/16]:


 A man has been charged over that stabbing at Biggera Waters.

Police were called to an address on Brighton Street at 11am on Sunday amid reports a woman had been stabbed in her abdomen.

A 50-year-old Biggera Waters woman was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

On Sunday night a man, who knows the woman, wemt to Southport police station where he was taken into custody.

A 55-year-old Runaway Bay man has been charged with attempted murder, enter dwelling with intent and other offences and will face the Southport Magistrates Court today.

Investigations are continuing.




Woman thrown to the road after violent Southport robbery [MYGC - 30/5/16]





A teenager is set to face court accused of setting a 17-year-old woman on fire.

She was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital with serious burns to her arms, legs and upper body, after allegedly being set alight at a Marsden house on Friday.

She was later put in an induced coma.

The 17-year-old man is accused of using a flammable liquid to burn her following an argument and will face the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday.

He is charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm. [Yahoo - 30/5/16]




Woman 'assaulted' in Brisbane residence over three-month period [Yahoo - 30/5/16]





Sydney siege inquest: Police negotiator did not have access to listening device inside Lindt Cafe [ABC - 30/5/16]




 The primary police negotiator during the Lindt Cafe siege had never worked in a hostage situation and had no counter-terrorism experience other than role playing with colleagues, an inquest has heard.

The senior sergeant, identified only as "Peter", had undertaken four weeks of formal training as a negotiator in 2004 and two subsequent weeks in 2005 and 2006.

 He then completed a counter-terrorism course in 2009, which included some training in relation to Islamic extremism. ... [Nine MSN - 30/5/16]




Victorian man jailed for six months following police entrapment [Yahoo - 30/5/16]




"Hells Angel bikie" to face drugs, weapons charges [MYGC - 30/5/16]




A Canberra woman died after she was run over by her own car in her driveway on Saturday. ... [Canberra Times - 30/5/16]




An out-of-control car has ploughed into pedestrians with a pram in Melbourne's outer north.

Police investigating the hit-and-run collision are searching for three people who ditched the car and ran away from the scene. 

Two women in their 30s were pushing a pram with two children in it - aged two years old and eight months old - when they were struck by a car on Grand Boulevard in Craigieburn just before 10am on Monday. ... [The Age - 30/5/16]




Two cattle trucks have rolled over in two weeks outside of Camooweal. 

Police said both incidents happened on Rocklands Road, just outside of the town.  ... [North West Star - 30/5/16]




Queensland police have launched an investigation after one person was killed and another seriously injured during a horror high speed crash on the Gold Coast.

The accident happened at the intersection of the Gold Coast Highway and Thrower Drive at Palm Beach just before 6pm on Sunday. ... [MYGC - 30/5/16]




A teenage girl has died following an accident which forced the partial closure of the Pacific Motorway on the Gold Coast last night.

It is understood the accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the M1 at Palm Beach, near Palm Beach Avenue, at around 8pm.

All southbound lanes of the motorway were closed for several hours while investigations were carried out.

 It is understood the young girl was struck by a car after walking into the path of oncoming traffic.

She died at the scene. Her exact age is unclear.

Traffic was diverted around the scene of the accident via the Gold Coast Highway.

If you need support in a crisis or are suffering from anxiety or depression and need help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. [MYGC - 29/5/16]




Great Barrier Reef: Bleaching 'kills 35% of area's coral' [BBC - 30/5/16]




Aurukun school closure: Privatisation wrong move, former principal says [ABC - 30/5/16]




Fascism 101: Ignore the human rights atrocity and protect the executioners.


... It's a failed policy, phenomenally failed policy, particularly in the face of the fact that these people could be processed and brought to Australia.


What did the IOM do with the $15 million, and why isn't the UNHCR saying what Bruce Haigh is saying? [ABC - 28/5/16]



Nauru 40 days: Protest for Omid [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 29/4/16]




@SuchNigel [29/5/16]:  Despite the high security, but we have taken some pictures ...





‏@fawaz_ss088129 [30/5/16]:  Protest in Nauru at RPC2 single camp ( stop offshore. We want freedom. We want justice )




That the UNHCR are only calling for the "immediate movement" of refugees (not genuine resettlement), rather than urging Australia to immediately close its illegal, offshore concentration camps, and resume meeting its international obligations under the refugee convention, is telling.




Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.




... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi, which, in close collaboration with the Organization’s Headquarters, works with offices in the East and Horn of Africa as well as the Great Lakes Region to ensure strategic coherence, programme quality and results, management effectiveness and financial due diligence and accountability for UNHCR's operations.


From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Albrecht served as Deputy Regional Representative at the UNHCR Regional Representation for the United States of America and the Caribbean, located in Washington ... Thomas Albrecht UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Refugees for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific [Kaldor Centre - UNSW]




Syrian family stranded in Lebanon because Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014 [Hufffington Post - 30/5/16]




Two dead, 6 injured after shootout in west Houston [ABC 13 - 29/5/16]




The brother of a man killed alongside Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in southwest Pakistan has filed a report with police asking for his brother's killing to be investigated, officials said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 29/5/16]





30 May 2016