A woman was shot and killed on Monday when an hours-long standoff at a Maryland apartment ended in an exchange of gunfire that also left a 5-year-old boy wounded.

Authorities said Korryn Shandawn Gaines, 23, had barricaded herself in the apartment and repeatedly threatened Baltimore County Police officers with a long gun.

The boy was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

Authorities do not currently know whether the round was fired by Gaines or police. ... [NBC - 2/8/16]



US nuclear bomb cleared for production engineering [DefenseNews - 1/8/16]



Italy would consider allowing the United States to use the Sigonella air base in Sicily for strikes against Islamic State militants in Libya if asked, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 2/8/16]



Kremlin rejects report on alleged gas use in area of attack on Russian helicopter in Syria [TASS - 2/8/16]:


... The Kremlin spokesman has refused to comment on possible resumption of airstrikes at militants in Syria after Russia's Mi-8 helicopter was attacked on August 1.

"This question should be addressed not to us," Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

The Kremlin spokesman also refused to comment on US State Secretary John Kerry’s recent statements that Moscow and Damascus should refrain from offensive operations in Syria, as well as similar statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. ...



Russian planes actively help Syrian army to repel militant attacks and deliver selective air strikes at militant positions near Aleppo, Sergei Rudskoi, the head of the main operational department of the Russian General Staff, told journalists on Monday. ... [TASS - 1/8/16]



Six civilians were injured due to terrorists attacks with rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo. ... [SANA - 2/8/16]



The [Lebanese] army on Monday retaliated to shelling from the Islamic State group on the border with Syria after destroying a post for al-Nusra Front in the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported. ... [Naharnet - 1/8/16]



Nusra Front kills 28 civilians in massive offensive aimed at ending Aleppo siege [Antiwar - 1/8/16]



 ‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [2/8/16]:


Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near Sina'i neighborhood in talibiya area east of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 5 injuries....



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Mahmoudiya district south of Baghdad resulted in death and 9 injuries..................


The Red Cross has warned that a humanitarian crisis may occur in Tikrit ,the center of Salah-il-deen, and cannot be solved due to fleeing of Shurqat people from the random shelling which targets the neighborhood in the district.........................


Anbar: News agencies: The coalition air force has targeted neighborhoods in Qa'im City west of Anbar resulted in 9 deaths -5 children and 4 women- and 10 injuries ............................ [1/8/16]



A total of 759 Iraqis were killed and another 1,207 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq, excluding Anbar, in July 2016* according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). ... [Reliefweb - 1/8/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 2/8/16]



The Home Office has won its appeal against a landmark ruling allowing four Syrian refugees living in the main camp in Calais to come to the UK.

An immigration judge ruled earlier this year that the three teenagers, and a 26-year-old man, should be immediately brought to Britain and reunited with their families.

Lawyers for the refugees had argued that the group faced intolerable conditions in the camp and their right to a family life under article 8 of the 1998 Human Rights Act would be upheld by allowing them to come to the UK. 

The four Syrians were brought to Britain and the decision was hailed by campaigners as a landmark ruling that could pave the way for many other unaccompanied minors to come to the UK from refugee camps in Europe.

But three court of appeal judges decided in favour of the Home Office on Tuesday. ... [Guardian - 2/8/16]



@MSF_Sea  [1/8/16]:  ... Police have closed all restaurants in the #Calais Jungle leaving no where for the community to relax/gather.



Aid workers accused of trying to convert Muslim refugees at Greek detention centre [Guardian - 2/8/16]:


... Detainees alleged that the forms were distributed by at least two representatives of Euro Relief, a Greek charity that became the largest aid group active in Moria after other aid organisations pulled out in protest against the EU-Turkey deal. ...



End of large scale pre-registration on mainland Greece [European Asylum Support Office - 1/8/16]



A ray of hope for refugees in northern Greece [Deutsche Welle - 2/8/16]



‏@Faloulah [1/8/16]:  A 26yo Syrian #refugeesGR was arrested yesterday in Rhodes for trying to take a plane to Italy.



‏@MSF_Sea  [2/8/16]: ... The #Argos has just rescued 138 #people from this dangerously overcrowded boat.



@ItalianNavy [2/8/16]:  #UltimOra #SAR Nave Aviere #MarinaMilitare interviene in soccorso di un barcone con numerosi migranti a bordo



‏@HumanityCrew [2/8/16]:  Are we witnessing the beginning of a new wave of refugees to Lesvos? 2 boats arrived also today



We boarded the yacht that ex- @FCBarcelona @Xavi_Hernan donated to @PROACTIVA_SERV ...  ‏@albasanchz [2/8/16]



Day 136 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [2/8/16]




Nauru medical students graduate from Cuba [Nauru Loop - 1/8/16] Australia continues deploying medical torture as a regional refugee deterrent.



Guidelines for reporting suicide are meaningless when truth and justice are being suppressed. --->  There's been a warning the Pacific island media's reporting of suicide can trigger suicide in Pasifika communities in New Zealand and Australia and the media's being offered help to change its ways.

The warning comes from Le Va, a New Zealand group working to prevent suicide in Pasifika communities around New Zealand.

It has come up with a set of media guidelines to help New Zealand's Pasifika media practice safe reporting and also provide help. ... [RNZI - 1/8/16]



Australia continues stonewalling PNG legal process as 900 illegally imprisoned men rot in Manus Island concentration camp [RNZI - 2/8/16]:


Papua New Guinea's Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia has requested Australia to front up on its plans for resettlement of the so-called "boat people" on Manus Island.

After ruling in April that detaining asylum seekers on Manus is illegal, PNG's Supreme Court asked lawyers representing detainees and the PNG government to apply for Consequential Orders that will enforce the ruling.

About 900 men are still residing at the processing centre on Manus, where they were sent by Australia.

The April ruling made it incumbent on both PNG and Australian governments to take steps to comply with the court decision.

Soon after the ruling, PNG's government said the centre would be closed.

But Canberra has indicated that finding a resolution could be a lengthy process and has refused to resettle any of the refugees in Australia.

The lawyer representing hundreds of those held on Manus, Ben Lomai, said Sir Salamo today requested that a representative of the Australian government come forward.

"The Chief Justice said the parties will have to go and find out who is actually in charge of the offshore detention centre in Manus so that we can be able to request him to come in to court and give an indication as to what position Australia will take in relations to the proposal for resettlement."

Ben Lomai said the Chief Justice expected a response on the matter later this week, with staff from Australia's High Commission in PNG having taken note in the hearing.

In June, the court asked PNG Immigration for a list of all those in the Manus processing centre and their refugee determination status.

According to Immigration, at present there are 663 of the people have been confirmed as refugees, 129 have had their applications refused and are deemed non-refugees, while the rest are still in the process of having their status determined.

The court has granted Immigration until 30 October to finalise the determinations.

Meanwhile, PNG Immigration is expected to respond to five refugee statements filed in the Supreme Court.

The statements from more than 200 refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island outlined their intentions not to accept resettlement in PNG.

Ben Lomai said the statements were being dealt with as a test case and that they could be applied to other refugees not wanting to settle in PNG.




It's a bit too newsy for the Australian media and human rights luvvies ---->  ... Lawyers for the 898 Manus Island detainees have asked the Supreme Court for compensation of 1,500 kina ($462.75) for every day they were held illegally.

The Supreme Court said it would call on Australia to provide a representative on Thursday to provide details on a resettlement plan.

"The court has embarked on this process on issue of resettlement. That is a matter for the two governments, what we want is for them to be released," said Ben Lomai, a lawyer for some of the detainees, told Reuters on Tuesday. [Reuters - 2/8/16]



PNG Government produces statement on resettlement in court [PNG Loop - 2/8/16]



‏@riserefugee:  PNG Supreme Court hearing, 2 August by Behrouz Boochani



Kiwis make up largest group of detainees in Australian immigration concentration camps [TVNZ - 2/8/16]



Assistant Commissioner Border Command says too many people are trying to seek asylum in PNG [PNG Loop - 2/8/16]



PNG has been ranked in the third tier in the 2016 Human Trafficking Report, which means there is still work to be done to address issues in the country.

The U.S. Embassy, along with the National Human Trafficking Committee, has developed a national action plan, waiting approval by Parliament. ... [PNG Loop - 2/7/16]




Clashes in the remote Papua province of Indonesia on the weekend have left three people killed and dozens injured, along with 25 houses burned down.

Police said scores of vehicles were also set alight, as ethnic violence drove hundreds of people to evacuate Timika for the provincial capital, Jayapura.

353 people were staying in the Toli dormitory in Sentani, according to the Jakarta Post.

Joni Wonda, who was coordinating the evacuees, said many others wanted to leave Timika but couldn't get flights.

Mira Kogoya, a 25-year-old evacuee, told the paper the clash went beyond customary rules, with attackers killing everything they found in the street, such as pigs and dogs.

She said they also burned houses, attacked women and children and raped and killed people.

Members of both the military and the police were put on guard in Kwamki Narama district.

The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington reported two men were dead.

The embassy said the clash occurred in Ileale Village, between followers of Hosea Ongomang, of the Amungme/Damal tribe and followers of Genius Kogoya and Thomas Kum, of the Dani tribe. [RNZI - 1/8/16]



PNG hostage situation a false alarm [RNZI – 2/8/16]



The Police Commissioner has condemned in the strongest term the shooting death of Constable Samuel Pias in Alotau by armed gang on Saturday. ... [PNG Loop - 1/8/16]


Talks underway to resume classes at UPNG [Pasifik News – 1/8/16]



Indonesia to start joint sea patrols with Malaysia, Philippines [Jakarta Post - 2/8/16]



Sufi Muslim speaker from Pakistan fined, deported after giving talks at Yangon mosques [Coconuts Yangon - 1/8/16]




The World Bank is discussing the possibility of extending new loans to support Myanmar in areas such as financial sector development, budget support and disaster risk management.

This fiscal year, Myanmar has access to around US$480 million in International Development Association resources, said senior economist Habib Rab. ... [Myanmar Times - 2/8/16]



Pharmaceutical industry gets high on fat profits [BBC - 6/11/14]



The New South Wales health department has been ordered to review the treatment of all public cancer patients over the past five years, after revelations fresh cases of suspected chemotherapy under-dosing in the public health system are being investigated.


In a statement, Dr Grygiel said: "The report contains no evidence that a higher dose would have been more effective or that my treatment has caused harm to any patient."

"I regret that some of my patients and their families have been caused distress by the uncertainty.

"As I have stated on many occasions, my only concern throughout my career has been the wellbeing and most appropriate treatment of each patient. This has guided all the clinical decisions I have made." ...  [ABC - 2/8/16]



Fallout after Fata: Loss of trust in physicians [8/9/15]



Physician who gave unneeded chemo yets 45 years in prison [Medscape - 10/7/15]:


... The excessive and unnecessary treatment, which went beyond chemotherapy, was part of a massive criminal scheme that netted at least $17 million from Medicare and private insurers, according to federal prosecutors.

It encompassed Dr Fata's oncology practice and its seven locations in suburban Detroit; a pharmacy, diagnostic testing center, and radiation treatment center he owned; and a sham charity he founded. ...



Maintenance staff at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital have taken industrial action, citing ongoing concerns over job security.

A group of 25 building and engineering maintenance staff walked off the job at 8am on Tuesday, saying management must address the ongoing use of external labour hire companies. ... [Brisbane Times - 2/8/16]



Hospital engineer stood down over baby gassing scandal at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital [Sydney Morning Herald - 2/8/16]



Too much money is spent researching biological factors for mental illness when it is mostly caused by life events, psychologists have warned.

Funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council (MRC) have spent hundreds of millions on genetics and the biology of mental illness with limited success and not enough on understanding social factors.

Although scientists have discovered genes that make people more susceptible to certain disorders, experts say that the real causes of depression and anxiety are social crises such as unemployment or childhood abuse. ... [Daily Mail - 29/3/16]



A Perth mother has issued a desperate plea for reform of the state's health system, fearing that she is losing her lifelong battle with anorexia, and won't see her children grow up.  ... [WA Today - 2/8/16]



Sex abuse doctor Andrew Churchyard allowed to keep working by Cabrini Hospital [WA Today - 2/8/16]



Royal Commission hears evidence of child sexual abuse in Newcastle Anglican Diocese [ABC - 2/8/16]:


... Another survivor, Phillip D'Ammond, was sent to St Albans in the 1970s after being made a ward of the state.

Mr D'Ammond said Brown offered to take him for the school holidays, and groomed him by telling him he had the "best skin he'd ever seen".

"He had me hook, line and sinker from the beginning," Mr D'Ammond said.

He told the commission the effects of the abuse have lasted decades. "I feel crushed that I've hurt so many people as a result of the abuse," he said. "Over the years I've had six jail sentences, totalling 18 years.

"I have been involved in acts of violence, including armed robbery, multiple assaults, malicious wounding.

"I was harbouring a lot of pent-up anger towards Jimmy, and I was misdirecting it at others.

"I did not know that I had any rights or that I could say no.

"I felt dirty and ashamed, and I worried that no one would believe me because it was my word against his."

Mr D'Ammond told the public hearings the $210,000 he received from the church as redress only hindered his ability to get over the abuse.

"If a normal person receives the lump sum that I got, they would have gone ahead in life," he said. "All that did to me was open up the heroin habit again - I'd been clean for four years before I got that settlement.

"All of a sudden I've got a bank full of money, and no financial advice, no advice what I should do - there it is, see ya later."

Mr D'Ammond made several recommendations to the Royal Commission.

"For me personally, the most important recommendation is for medical or scientific research to be conducted into the cause of paedophilia," he said.

"We need to educate kids on what to look out for and for their parents to know what to look out for — we need awareness on how paedophiles work.

"The church needs to learn to live by the laws of the land, and not make their own laws - they seem to make it up as they go.

"They need to improve the ways survivors access mental health services." ...



According to an ABC radio report, this was a "sting" i.e. entrapment ---> A Brisbane school teacher has been charged with child exploitation offences following a covert Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) investigation.

The CCC will allege the 54-year-old used peer-to-peer computer software at his house to access child exploitation material, including images and movie files. ... [ABC - 2/8/16]



Man charged over bomb hoax at Helensvale Station [MYGC - 2/8/16]




Geologists say a sinkhole which appeared in an Ipswich backyard is likely due to a century-old disused mine shaft.

Lyn and Ray McKay, who have lived at the Basin Pocket property for 25 years, were alerted to the unexpected swimming pool in their yard by a neighbour this morning.

The hole, swirling with brown choppy water, grew to 10m in diameter by the end of the day, but experts say it won’t get any bigger. ... [Nine MSN - 2/8/16]



Large areas of southern China are on emergency alert as a powerful typhoon batters the region.

Typhoon Nida hit Hong Kong on Tuesday with high winds and torrential rain, forcing schools, businesses and transport services to shut.

But the storm was reported to be weakening as it moved to the mainland. ... [BBC - 2/8/16]




Death toll rises to 42, thousands stranded as flood worsens in central Bangladesh [bdnews24.com - 2/8/16]




An unidentified man has been killed in Rajshahi city during what the police describe as a ‘shootout’.

The incident, which took place around 4am on Tuesday, left three policemen injured, said Rajshahi metro police spokesperson Ifte Khayer Alam.

Unidentified men opened fire and hurled crude bombs on a Detective Branch team at the city’s Kharkhari area during a raid. ... [bdnews24.com - 2/8/16]



Anti-terrorism case filed over detention of a Saudi national and three others from Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf [bdnews24.com - 1/8/16]



Bangladesh Police have announced cash rewards for two people they have identified as the ‘masterminds’ of the terror attacks at a Dhaka cafe and at a Eid congregation in Kishoreganj.

Former army officer Syed Md Ziaul Haque, who has been dismissed for a coup attempt, and Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury have been identified as the brains behind the two attacks in early July, which left 25 people killed.  ... [bdnews24.com - 2/8/16]



Bangladesh launches internet blackout drill for emergencies like Holey Artisan Bakery massacre [bdnews24.com - 2/8/16]



Japanese officials said Monday the government is mulling ramping up bulletproof vehicles and other equipment to protect the country’s aid workers overseas in the wake of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh that killed seven Japanese. ... [Japan Today - 2/8/16]



China's Supreme Court said on Tuesday that people caught illegally fishing in Chinese waters could be jailed for up to a year, issuing a judicial interpretation defining those waters as including China's exclusive economic zones. ... [Reuters - 2/8/16]



What would make us safe? [The Automatic Earth - 31/7/16]:


Think about it for a second: If America -and UK, France- were to announce today that they would immediately cease bombing Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, would the US be any less safe? Would Europe?

How about if we’d promise to spend all the billions saved by not throwing bombs on them, to help rebuild these countries? Would that make us less safe, from terrorists, from anyone at all? Do you think ‘they’ would ‘hate’ us for that?

It becomes a pretty stupid non-discussion pretty fast, doesn’t it?




TPP ratification a ‘litmus test of credibility’ for US, PM Lee says [Channel News Asia - 2/8/16]:


...“Strategically, the TPP is vital to the US’ engagement in the Asia Pacific. It will add heft to the Asia ‘rebalance’, which cannot just be about the Seventh Fleet.”

The US Navy’s Seventh Fleet is a permanently forward-deployed force based in US Fleet Activities Yokosuka in Japan, with units positioned near Japan and South Korea. ...




Residents in a South Korean county have braved a rainy night to protest against the deployment of an advanced US missile system in their hometown.

They gathered on Sunday in front of the government building in Seongju County which has been chosen for the site of the deployment. ... [Press TV - 1/8/16]



Students starting university courses in England will no longer be able to apply for grants towards living costs.

Under changes that came into effect on Monday, grants for students from low-income homes are replaced by loans. ... [BBC - 1/8/16]



... The Green Party, she insists, can grow the economy in a just and sustainable way.

Her campaign suggests cancelling the student debt that affected about 40 million people “like we cancelled the debt for the Wall Street crooks who crashed the economy.”  ... ‘US foreign policy is a marketing strategy for selling weapons’ – Jill Stein [RT - 31/7/16]



Just days before the Olympic Games begin, thousands of members of various Brazilian social movements took to the streets against coup-imposed President Michel Temer and the impeachment process against democratically-elected President Dilma Rousseff. ... [teleSUR - 31/7/16]


York anti-fracking rally attracts more than 1,000 [BBC – 30/7/16]



Pilliga CSG wastewater treatment plan can go ahead after legal bid from environmental group fails [ABC - 1/8/16]



Cancer cluster fears around Alstonville asphalt plant [Tweed Shire Echo - 1/8/16]



The former director of the state's Bureau of Epidemiology and state epidemiologist stood largely silent as a Genesee District judge read the charges against her stemming from the Flint water crisis.

Corinne Miller was arraigned Monday, Aug. 1, on two felonies and one misdemeanor after Attorney General Bill Schuette alleged she told other state employees not to take action on a report showing a spike in blood lead levels in children in Flint then later told employees to delete emails about the data. ... [MLive - 1/8/16]



@AshAgony [1/8/16]:   #FTP chants at #ShutDownCityHallNYC as NYPD looks on! #BlackLivesMatter



DAY 23 – Off the sidewalks, into the streets [No Platform - 1/8/16]



@PhilipRucker [1/8/16]:  Hillary Clinton held a fundraiser tonight at the Omaha home of Warren Buffett’s daughter, Susie. Attendance cost $100,000+ per person.



Jill Stein picks long-time CounterPuncher Ajamu Baraka as her VP running mate [Counterpunch - 1/8/16]:


Green Party presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein has offered her vice-presidential bid to international human rights scholar and activist Ajamu Baraka.


There had been earlier speculation that Stein would offer the spot to ex-Sanders surrogate and former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, who had been unfairly spurned at last week’s Democratic National Convention for her principled criticism of the DNC and Hillary Clinton.

Stein confirmed that talks had taken place between her and Turner, but that the conditions were not right for a combined run.

“In the process of vetting and selecting a VP, I was honored to talk with several inspired activists,” Stein said.

“Among them, I especially appreciate Senator Turner’s willingness to have discussed the VP position. The fit just wasn’t right, as Senator Turner is still committed to try to save the soul of the Democratic Party. While we may not agree on whether that is possible, I respect her passion to fight for the people and wish her the best in her effort.” ...




Australian Greens appear happy to be considered a wing of the ALP -->  ABC election analyst Antony Green said that for all of Labor's warnings that the Senate voting reforms would deliver a double majority to the Coalition, it now seemed likely that Labor and the Greens would have 36 Senate spots between them, compared to the Coalition's 30. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 1/8/16]




... Your lies are more attractive than the truth ...


'Should Be Higher',  Depeche Mode [2013]




Australian Greens party spruik Hillary Clinton's lies --->  ... “At a time when the possible next US President, Hilary Clinton, is backing free education for working and middle class students in the United States, the best we hear from major universities like Sydney and UNSW is to crack down on numbers,” Senator Rhiannon said. ... [Media Release - 1/8/16]



Why can't Hillary Clinton stop lying? [The Atlantic - 1/8/16]


@wikileaks [1/8/16]:   Clinton celebrates her role in killing #Libya's head of state which led to ISIS takeover ...



‏@wikileaks [1/8/16]:  Hillary Clinton war against #Libya "it was me!" brag sheet email - before ISIS got the ruins ...



‏@MSF_Sea [1/8/16]:  These women onboard #Aquarius over the weekend were so relieved to have been rescued at sea and to have left Libya



United States resumes bombing Libya [US Department of Defense - 1/8/16]:


... President Barack Obama authorized the strikes following a recommendation from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he said. ...



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 1/8/16]




2 August 2016