Instead of infantilising Behrouz could refugee "advocates" PLEASE listen to what he is saying and START CHALLENGING THE POLICY. ---> ‏@BehrouzBoochani [3/1/17]:


The main question in Manus prison is that who will be the next victim? We have lived through this question for four years



Immigration came to us and said if you would like to go to America you have to first go to East Lorengau transit centre.Wasting time



3 more Manus refugees arrested after Australian political and media establishment enthusiasm over PNG police brutality following New Years Eve arrests [PNG Loop - 3/1/17]



Magistrate in Manus arrested [PNG Loop - 3/1/17]



Two prison escapees in Papua New Guinea have reportedly died when they were recaptured in Wewak.

The East Sepik provincial police commander Peter Philip said 29 inmates escaped in the early hours of New Year's Day.

He told The National nine were recaptured but two died in circumstances which would be investigated. ... [RNZI - 3/1/17]



More than 70 inmates teargassed in Bathurst jail riot [Guardian - 3/1/17]:


... Prison guards in riot gear, known as the immediate action team, were called in before the riot broke out.

Later police, the fire department and paramedics were also called.

The spokeswoman said the suspected ringleaders of the riot were being held in segregation.

The injured police officer was offered counselling.

The Corrective Services commissioner, Peter Severin, praised guards for their “effective and judicious handling of the incident” and said it would be subject to an internal investigation.

It comes just a few hours after a 77-year-old inmate at Sydney’s Long Bay Jail, also operated by Corrective Services NSW, was charged with murdering his 71-year-old cellmate.



Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, 56 dead [Reuters - 2/1/17]



Gambian authorities shut three radio stations amid post-election crisis [Reuters - 2/1/17]



At least 12 people have been killed after a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with explosives into a security checkpoint near Mogadishu's international airport, police in the Somali capital have said.

Captain Mohamed Hussein told Associated Press news agency on Monday that the blast took place as security forces were searching cars at the checkpoint, a few hundred metres from the main base of the African Union peacekeeping mission. ... [Al Jazeera - 2/1/17]



At least six people were hacked to death in troubled northeastern DR Congo in two attacks last week blamed on Ugandan rebels, a regional official told AFP on Monday.

The government and the UN mission in the central African country MONUSCO have accused the shadowy rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), dominated by hardline Ugandan Muslims, of carrying out a two-year bloodbath in the region. ... [Yahoo - 2/1/17]



Saudi soldiers killed in Yemeni missile attack [Press TV - 3/1/17]:


... Also on Tuesday, Saudi fighter jets bombarded a school in the As Safra district of Yemen’s northwestern mountainous province of Sa’ada.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualties and damage, though.

A civilian was also killed and another two sustained injuries when Saudi warplanes struck residential buildings in the Majz district of the same Yemeni province.

Earlier, Saudi jets had pounded an area in the Saqayn district of Sa’ada Province, leaving six people dead and another injured. ...



Saudi warplanes continue to pound Yemen, with a new round of attacks nationwide on Monday leaving at least 25 people killed, including 11 civilian bystanders.

Saudi officials identified the other 14 slain as all Shi’ite Houthi movement members.

The deadliest incident against civilians was in Maarib, where warplanes destroyed a home and killed five members of the same family.

The area attacked is part of a district which was attacked by pro-Saudi forces last week, in an attempt to oust the Houthis from the area. ... [ - 2/1/17]



ISIS begins withdrawing from west Palmyra after suffering heavy losses [AMN - 3/1/17]:


... In the coming days, the Syrian Arab Army will launch a massive counter-attack to recapture much of Palmyra's western countryside, forcing the Islamic State terrorists to concede much of the important gas fields.



The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched a powerful counter-attack in the East Ghouta region of rural Damascus on Monday, targeting the farms and military base situated northeast of the Islamist-controlled town of Hazrama. ... [AMN - 2/1/17]



A British man has been killed fighting against Islamic State in northern Syria, his family and Kurdish activists have said.

Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, died on 21 December during an offensive by anti-Islamic State forces to recapture the city of Raqqa, the extremist group’s de facto capital. ... [Guardian - 3/1/17]



Turkey, Russia and Iran are the only countries expected to take part in a scheduled meeting in Kazakhstan later this month devoted to recent peace efforts for Syria, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. ... [Anadolu Agency - 2/1/17]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [2/1/17]:


Nineveh: News agencies: 4 women were killed and 8 civilians wounded as US-led coalition targeted a home in Shuhada' neighborhood at the right side of Mosul.


Nineveh: Press sources: 11 persons were wounded mostly women and children as US-led coalition targeted the civilian homes in Haramat neighborhood at the right side of Mosul.


Baghdad: Deaths and injuries were resulted as an IED exploded in the garage of Kindi Hospital in the middle of Baghdad.


Baghdad: Deaths and injuries were resulted as a car bomb exploded near Chiwadir Hospital in Sadr City east of Baghdad.


The governemt forces opened fire to scatter the demonstrators today who were protesting on kidnapping of the journalist #Afrah Shawki in front of the Green Zone in the middle of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: 5 persons were killed and 11 wounded as a car bomb exploded near Um Al-Tubool Masjid inYarmouk neighborhood west of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: Two persons were killed and 4 wounded as an IED exploded in Zaydan area in Abi Ghreib district west of Baghdad.


Persons were wounded as 3 roadside bombs exploded in Sha'b area north of Baghdad.


Baghdad: 10 persons were either killed or wounded as a car bomb exploded in Zo'furaniya area southeast of Baghdad.


Baghdad: News agencies: 4 persons were either killed or wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Baladiyat area east of Baghdad.


Diyala: A person was killed and other wounded as an IED exploded in Hiwera area northwest of Ba'quba.



Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve announces civilian casualty assessment for November [US Department of Defense - 2/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 2/1/17]



Italy will seek to deport more migrants who have no right to be in the country and will open new detention centers to hold them before their expulsion, according to a written directive and a ministry source.


The tougher migrant stance, which several Italian papers ran on their front pages on Saturday, is the first major policy change made by Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's government since it took power in mid-December, and comes on the heels of a record year of boat migrant arrivals.


Gentiloni's predecessor, Matteo Renzi, agreed to set up "hotspots" to identify and fingerprint migrants who arrived on Italian shores, but he refused to build large detention centers to hold migrants who did not qualify refugee status.

Only four pre-deportation detention centers with about 360 beds are now functioning.

The Interior Ministry is aiming to open up about 16 more with at least 1,000 more spots, the source said.

That would still accommodate only a fraction of migrants without permits of stay estimated to be living in Italy. ... [Reuters - 31/12/16]



112 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean [Reuters - 2/1/17]



Woman in critical condition following gang rape in Gu Fi [Myanmar Observer - 2/1/17]



The Lawaka [Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population] has announced all Rohingyas with names on the family list in Ra Bai La, Maungdaw North should immediately report to their local centre.

Anyone who did not follow the directives would be considered an illegal immigrant, the announcement said.

Those families who went to the centre will have their portrait taken.

The announcement was made over loudspeaker on Sunday. ... [Myanmar Observer - 1/1/17]



Officers detained in Myanmar after footage of police beating Rohingya [RT - 2/1/17]:


... Four officers were identified from the video, including the leader of the police operation and one individual who was seen beating the villagers.

“Action will be taken against police who allegedly beat the officers,” the government’s office said.

“Further investigations are being carried out to expose other police officers who beat the villagers.”

According to Reuters, four policemen were arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in the beatings ...



Enough mere talk about the Rohingya tragedy [The Nation - 3/1/17]:


... The reason there are 300,000 Rohingya sheltering in makeshift camps along the Bangladeshi border – between 27,000 and 50,000 sought to cross the frontier in October alone, the figure varying among sources – is that the Myanmar military has been murdering, raping and robbing them and burning their communities to the ground.

News reporters, rights organisations and United Nations officials have documented the atrocities.

It’s been suggested that this continuing assault might amount to ethnic cleansing, though we fail to see why there should be any doubt when a specific population is being targeted on such a scale. ...



UN continues playing down Myanmar's deliberate extermination of Rohingya, and displacement from their lands, as "tensions" [IRIN - 2/1/17]



7th Myanmar Oil and Gas Summit 2017: 26-27 January 2017 - Myanmar - Parkroyal Yangon



A row over compensation benefits due to employees when Chevron Bangladesh pulls out of the country has intensified over the last two weeks. ... [Dhaka Tribune - 2/1/17]



2 Bangladeshi fishermen in Myanmar border police custody [ - 2/1/17]



... "Access to the affected areas is completely blocked. This resembles Gaza as victims are squeezed between military attacks and closure of the border to a neighbouring country. As a result, all access is completely blocked and humanitarian agencies are not allowed to enter," said Mr Zulhanis. ...


"Food flotilla" to depart from Malaysia for Rakhine state in Myanmar next month [The Straits Times - 28/12/16]



Australian Embassy in Myanmar [11/12/16]:


Snakebite is a major cause of mortality and morbidity, particularly among farmers in Myanmar.

Funded by the Australian Government, experts from the University of Adelaide are helping Myanmar improve snakebite anti-venom and increase access to anti-venom.

While in Adelaide, Minister for Industry His Excellency U Khin Maung Cho met Australian snakebite experts. ...



Letter to the Editor [News Mail – 26/5/15]:


In 1960 the Abbott family, taking advantage of Australia's generosity, accepted a subsidised boat passage and migrated from London to Sydney for the princely sum of 10 quid.

Like many of his kind, Abbott has developed a near hatred for people fleeing poverty and persecution and travelling to Australia by the same method as did he and his family.

Australia has an obligation under the Human Rights Charter to accept asylum seekers and afford them basic protections and rights, but has chosen to ignore that charter and do the exact opposite.

The recent instances of people in our region fleeing persecution in leaky boats has softened the reactions of Indonesia and Malaysia who are saving them from starving and dying of thirst by allowing limited access to their lands and helping with basic shelter, food and other assistance.

These countries have asked Australia to help, but our Tony has made another of his infamous "captain's calls" and said "nope, nope, nope", without as much as talking it over with his colleagues or allowing parliament to debate the issue.

Other countries have pledged to accept thousands of the refugees as residents, but we are again displaying how selfish and inhumane we can be by ignoring their plight and doing absolutely nothing to help.

Australians are better than that, but with the present leadership actions we are being shown up to the world at large as heartless.


Elliott Heads



Abbott's sister Christine Forster becomes Woodside spinner [Australian Financial Review - 5/10/16]:


... Forster's appointment comes as the streets of Woodside's hometown of Perth hum with talk that former Saturday Paper  journo (and one-time scribe for this esteemed organ) Sophie Morris has also joined the mining company. ...



Woodside Energy has appointed former Federal Minister for Resources and Energy Ian Macfarlane as a non-executive director. ... [Pipeliner - 14/11/16]



A former LTTE cadre and political party activist was found dead yesterday in Jaffna.

The body of 34-year-old Tharmasena Rishikaran, known as Iniyavan, was found hanging in the Chavakachcheri office of Crusaders for Democracy, the party for which he was the Thenmaradchi co-ordinator.

The death is being investigated as suspicious. [Tamil Guardian - 2/1/17]



Vigil for #Faysal #Canberra


“They’re trying to kill me, if they kill me take care of my son.”


 [Guardian - 30/12/16]



Image:  ‏@rac_canberra [3/1/17]



@rac_canberra [3/1/17]:  Diana Abduhl-Rahman addresses the Vigil for #Faysal, #Canberra: "Well. Here we are again..."



@‏666Canberra [3/1/17]:  Almost a hundred people are attending a vigil for Sudanese refugee Faysal outside the Department of Immigration and Border Protection



Rotten ideology = rotten policy.  Corruption is inevitable.  Torture, terror and death is deliberate - and the end goal [Guardian [3/1/17]:


... In 2015, three Australian and New Zealand security guards allegedly drugged and gang-raped a local woman inside the detention centre but were flown out of the country before police could charge them.

Other detention centre employees have allegedly been involved in thefts, assaults and driving offences.

No one has ever been charged. ...



Inciting hatred and violence against the victims of Australia's fascist anti-refugee policy - the last refuge of scoundrels ----> A 24-year-old refugee says he was assaulted by a gang of youths on Manus Island, in the latest act of alleged violence against detainees from Australia’s offshore processing centre. ... [Guardian - 10/11/16]



Papua New Guinean employee of Wilson Security allegedly murdered on Friday night, while another guard reportedly had his hand cut off in a machete attack on Saturday ... [Guardian - 27/7/15]



Michael Gordon could hold the Australian government and opposition to account if he wanted to. ---> Behrouz Boochani's response to being slandered by Manus MP Ronnie Knight [2/1/17]:


A tweet by Ronny Knight Member of Parliament for Manus Province on the 1st of January 2017 reads ‘."Behrouz Boochani is a liar and has an agenda and should apologise to police. I was the one who called police. Boochani will be arrested for lying and insulting police’"

I, Behrouz Boochani, am a Kurdish journalist detained in Australia’s immigration detention prison on Manus Island. Mr Knight’s tweets follow my reporting of a conversation I had with two men who are refugees who I visited in police cells after they had been beaten and arrested.

I then reported on Facebook that the two men told me that they had been beaten by immigration officers and police and documented their injuries.

Those people who know me know I have always had respect for the Manusian people and culture.

The intention of my reportings are not to do any harm to the Manus reputation but to highlight the damage that Australia is doing to both refugees and PNG.

In some points Ronny Knight’s statements about the harm that Australia’s neo-colonial actions including the detention prison are doing to Manus are correct.



Behrouz Boochani se mantiene activo desde su encierro en Australia [Periodistas-es - 2/1/17]



I am a journalist, I am a writer, I am a prisoner. The history of this prison is written in my hand …  Reporting from inside Australia's death camp on Manus Island [Inter Press Service - 29/12/16]



Mohammad and Mehdi released from custody after being bashed by Australia's PNG immigration officials on Manus Island [ABC - 2/1/17]



Israeli forces shoot Palestinian with rubber bullet to the head during clashes [Maan - 1/1/17]



Israeli minister promises to propose annexation bill by end of January [Maan - 1/1/17]



Israeli bulldozers Monday morning demolished 11 residential structures in the Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar in the central occupied West Bank district of Jerusalem. ... [Maan - 2/1/17]



Israel urged to apologise for disappeared babies [Al Jazeera - 2/1/17]



Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the conflict in Syria and "continued security cooperation", his office said. ... [Yahoo - 1/1/17]



Battle for Aleppo far from over as Syrian Army prepares for next offensive [AMN - 2/1/17]



France will fight any French jihadists it finds on the battlefields of Iraq, arrest them if they return home and work to de-radicalize their children, President Francois Hollande said on a visit to Baghdad on Monday. ... [Reuters - 2/1/17]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [2/1/17]:


 Salah-il-deen: News agencies: A car bomb explosion has targeted the government forces in Dibis Village north of Beiji.


 News agencies: Deaths and injuries were resulted as a car bomb exploded in Sadr City east of Baghdad.



At the request of Iraqi forces, the coalition struck a mortar tube operated by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists who were firing on Iraqi forces in east Mosul today, according to a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve news release.

A precision guided artillery round hit the mortar tube, which was located between two empty school buildings.

No civilians were in the area and minimal damage was reported to the buildings, the release noted. ... [US Department of Defense - 1/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 1/1/17]



At least 800 sub-Saharan African migrants tried to cross into Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Sunday by storming a border fence, though most were eventually turned back, the Spanish and Moroccan governments said.

Dozens of migrants made it to the top of the six-metre barbed wire fence early on Sunday before being lifted down by cranes, footage from local TV station Faro TV showed.

Spain said about 1,100 migrants attempted the crossing.

Only two were allowed into Ceuta to be taken to hospital while the rest were returned to Morocco, the Spanish government said in a statement. ... [Reuters - 1/1/17]



WhatsApp saved his life, now Syrian lawyer helping asylum seekers in Greece [Greek Reporter - 2/1/17]



British sailors rescue 15,000 migrants from the Mediterranean during their 18-month mission [Daily Mail - 2/1/17]



How Italy's tireless coastguard responded to busiest ever migrant year [The Local - 19/12/16]:


... The government says rescue ops at sea will have cost 1.5 billion euros this year, with an extra 2.3 billion euros spent on reception.

"We have a duty not to let these people die. If we ignored it, we would have to answer to the Italian justice system," Marini said.

"It's also a question of human kindness," he added.



... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...  [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]



Myanmar navy detains 25 Rohingya attempting to flee [The Stateless - 1/1/17]



Myanmar to investigate itself after video leak; genocide and refugee push backs continue with regional approval [BBC - 2/1/17]



Myanmar government admits video showing torture of Rohingyas was filmed in Koe Tan Kauk village, Rathedaung township [Rohingya Blogger - 1/1/17]:


... Villagers from Koe Tan Kauk had held a protest with some signs and posters when the UN resident coordinator and some other diplomats visited their village on November 3rd, 2016.

After the delegation left Rakhine state the villagers who held the protest were targeted by Myanmar armed forces.

The villagers were attacked brutally from early morning on November 5th, 2016 until late in the evening on November 6th, 2016. 

The Myanmar Government’s security forces gathered all the male villagers who were older than 8-years-old in a single location and kept them there for two days.

In the video it is clearly shown how the boys and men had to place their hands on their head while they were brutally beaten by the police.  ...



US, China and UK Ambassadors join UN "study tour" in Rakhine; signal approval for Myanmar military's latest clearing operation [Saudi Gazette - 3/11/16]


@JamilaHanan [12/12/16]:  Look at this photo.All smiles.2nd huge attack against #Rohingya had just taken place, 12th/13th Nov driven from homes+shot with helicopter.  ---> Amb @scot_a_marciel & a delegation from Washington, D.C. met w/ senior MM gov officials in Naypyitaw for U.S.-Myanmar Partnership Meeting.  ‏@USEmbassyBurma [15/11/16]



‏@mir_sidiquee [1/1/17]:  Rohingya alive burned on Nov 14&15 in #YeKhetChaungKwasoneVT #MGDNorth Pic: head of Mohammed Kasim s/o Abul Kyer age 70+ with 3 more



Indonesia again signals its ongoing support for Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Jakarta Post - 2/1/17]



Trans activist detained in Arizona and threatened with deportation due to bureaucratic catch-22 [Raw Story - 30/12/16]



Are Australian refugee "advocates" gearing up to protest Trump's inauguration evil, or stupid?  ---> The Obama Administration has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the United States amidst a growing chorus of calls for Washington to reverse the policy.

In the latest appeal, three legislators in Brooklyn, New York have dispatched a joint letter to the US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and to the Obama Administration asking them to rescind their decision to resume deportations of Haitians.

New York State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, the daughter of Haitian immigrants; New York City Council Member Jumaane D Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants; and New York State Senator Kevin Parker said Haitians being deported are unfairly “singled out”. ... [Jamaica Observer - [29/12/16]



Where is the Australian politician, human rights organisation, NGO or professional association who will demand AN END to the policy?


Are they waiting for ALL the refugees to die? 



Behrouz Boochani [2/1/17]:


Manus prison.

I just visited the refugees who were beaten by PNG immigration yesterday.

They are in police detention now. I could only talk with them behind the wire for a few minutes because the guard did not allow me to see them.

The refugees were so scared and distressed and they said the police did not give them any food or medical treatment.

Mohammad is in a critical situation and said he is pissing blood and has stomach pains.

Some local people gave them food but Mohammad vomited the food and Mehdi has started to hunger strike.

He has pain in his hand and thinks his hand is broken.

The detention cell is such a dirty place and they sleep on the concrete floor.

Their wounds are getting infected.

Here is two new photos from them ...



No opposition.  No journalism.  Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy continues with impunity. 

What's worse?  Dutton revelling in the media's promotion of his gleeful implementation of ALP policy, or other politicians supporting it with their silence? --->  ... Speaking on Sydney radio, Mr Dutton said he would wait to see the facts of the case, suggesting advocates were using the incident to attack the government's offshore detention regime.

"If people have had an interaction with the PNG police on a New Year's Eve night, I would wait to see the full facts of that case before I make any comment, to say that they were targeted because they were refugees or because they were part of the Manus Island population," he said.

"I think we're better to wait for the full facts instead of letting the refugee advocates try and use this as an opportunity to again attack the government's successful border protection policy." [The Age - 2/1/17]



Remember this? ---> "It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015 <--- LIARS.



ABC continues exploiting "good" refugees in their ongoing effort to neutralise the government's atrocities; NGOs and local politicians join in [2/1/17]



... And I'm watching from a distance

 from outside of the pen.

With your snouts in the trough.

You spend your whole life thinking

that your something that you're not. ...



'Snouts in the Trough', Frenzal Rhomb [2011]





2 January 2017