Roaming charges: The sick blue line [Counterpunch - 30/9/16]



Los Angeles police fatally shot an 18-year-old man Saturday in South Los Angeles after he bailed out of a vehicle being pursued by officers and ran away on foot.

The fatal shooting of the man, identified by his relatives as Carnell Snell Jr., stirred anger among residents that lingered into the night. 

Police say Snell was armed with a gun, though residents almost immediately questioned that account. ... [LA Times - 1/10/16]



Man shot and killed by police outside Markham nightclub, Illinois [ - 2/10/16]




Two North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University students were shot to death Sunday morning at a large party, Greensboro police and university officials confirmed. ... [WNCN - 2/10/16]



US airstrikes kill nine Syrians in Aleppo countryside [Alalam - 2/10/16]



General Command of the Army and Armed Forces called on all gunmen in the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city to leave these neighborhoods for the locals to be able to lead a normal life, the Command said in a statement on Sunday.

The commands of the Syrian and Russian forces pledge a peaceful exit and providing necessary support for the gunmen willing to leave, the General Command said. ... [SANA - 2/10/16]



Turkey extends military mandate in Syria, Iraq [Anadolu Agency - 1/10/16]




Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says [Middle East Eye - 28/9/16]:


... A 200-km stretch of the wall has already been completed and state housing developer TOKI will build the rest, the official said.

He likened the project to border walls in other countries, such as the one between parts of Mexico and the United States. ...



French police have fired tear gas and water cannons on protesters defending migrants in Calais as the government prepares to shut down the city's notorious 'jungle' migrant camp. ... [ITV - 1/10/16]



A prosecutor has ordered a preliminary investigation into reports that five refugee children were harassed by officers at a police station in Omonia Square in the center of Athens last Tuesday. ... [Ekathimerini - 1/10/16]


@MSF_Sea [2/10/16] ... The #Dignity1 has just rescued 111 #people from this rubber boat.



@guardiacostiera [2/10/16]:  #CentraleOperativa coordina 8 operazioni #SAR: unità EUNAVFORMED e ONG salvano 516 migranti




@SOSMedFrance [2/10/16]:  Nous venir de secourir 167 hommes et femmes avec l'ONG @moas_eu. #TogetherForRescue



30 sub-Saharan migrants rescued off the island of Alborán [La Sexta TV - 1/10/16]





How Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Blumenthal helped drive a disastrous war [Who. What. Why. - 28/9/16]:


... In his emails to Clinton, the onetime anti-Vietnam-War activist and critic of the CIA, consistently took a hawkish position.

Before the US began pushing the UN to sanction a no-fly zone in Libya, Blumenthal advised Clinton to back such a proposal.

And Blumenthal pushed Clinton to arm the rebels, even advising her to provide them with armor-piercing bullets.

In the end, the West’s intervention in Libya left the country in a humanitarian crisis and destabilized North Africa, with multiple militias and jihadists spilling over from Libya to neighboring countries like Tunisia.

More than a thousand civilians were killed in the NATO airstrikes and thousands more died in the civil war. ...




The People Have Been Sold Out



Tinariwen [2013]



Day 197 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [2/10/16]





Australian media wheel out umpteenth "immigration debate" opinion piece as atrocities against refugees continue unchallenged [Canberra Times - 2/10/16]




Around 200,000 migrants come to Australia every year.  This is not controversial and it is not news.  The urgent issue is why Australia is no longer accepting refugees - particularly from our region.




Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association invoke "Responsibility to Protect" doctrine in call for New Zealand government to protect refugees on Manus and Nauru [Media Release - 20/9/16]:


... ALHR and HRLA have serious concerns regarding the conditions on Nauru and Manus Island, which have included numerous instances of assault, sexual abuse, child abuse, self-harm, and overall deplorable living conditions. Such matters continue to cause irreparable physical and emotional damage to asylum seekers and their wider families.

The present conditions, in particular, have received strong condemnation from the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and they indisputably violate international norms.

Further, we believe the forcible transfer and detention of asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island could amount to crimes against humanity. ...




If Australia will not resettle refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, other countries must: Australian Lawyers for Human Rights writes letters to Governments of Canada, Germany, New Zealand and the United States pleading urgent action [16/9/16]




Grandmother murdered in Adelaide home 'innocent victim of road-rage attack' [Nine MSN - 2/10/6]:


... Police believe 57-year-old Myrna Nilsson may have been the innocent victim of a violent road-rage attack, after she was followed from her work in Unley to her Valley View home, which she shared with her son and his young family.

Detectives said she was followed home by two Caucasian men driving a white ute around 6pm.

"They are beautiful people, quiet and unassuming," neighbour Beth Allison told 9NEWS.

The woman’s daughter-in-law was found bound and gagged, and managed to crawl to a nearby driveway. ...




A future groom has suffered serious injuries after he was allegedly hit by his brother's car during an engagement party on the Gold Coast.

Police believe the man, 32, was celebrating his engagement in Tallai when he got into an argument with his older brother yesterday night. ... [Nine MSN - 2/10/16]




A man has been charged after a teenager suffered serious burns in the Riverina earlier this year.

About 5.30pm on 28 August 2016, four people, including a 20-year-old man and 14-year-old boy, were in a backyard of a home in Lockhart.

While at the premises it’s alleged the man threw a flammable liquid on the 14-year-old boy, before igniting a lighter near him.

The teenager suffered serious burns to his arm, hands and back.

He is currently receiving treatment at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead. ... [NSW Police - 2/10/16]




Man on the run following home invasion, Ormeau [MYGC - 1/10/16]





A young man has been charged after he allegedly hit an older man with a crowbar, after intervening in a domestic dispute.

The 18-year-old allegedly intervened when the 53-year-old victim began arguing with his wife on a footbridge in Camperdown on Friday. ... [Yahoo - 2/10/16]




Emergency services were unable to save a speed boat which caught on fire at Coomera on Sunday afternoon. ... [Brisbane Times - 2/10/16]




Two cars and a boat have been destroyed after an early morning suspicious blaze in Townsville.

Police found all three alight when they were called to the fire at a Cook Street unit complex about 5am on Sunday.

No one was hurt and a crime scene has since been established, with police now appealing for witnesses. [Yahoo - 2/10/16]




Three dead, bringing WA's country road toll to seven in just one day [WA Today - 2/10/16]




Three killed in two separate crashes on Northern Territory roads [ABC - 2/10/16]




Two people critically injured in a horror single-vehicle crash in Northern NSW last month have died in hospital.

The accident happened on Mount Lindesay Road at Woodenbong, around 100 kilometres northwest of Lismore, around 9pm on Tuesday 27 September. ... [MYGC - 2/10/16]




Girl, 2, cut by barbed wire in quad bike accident, central Queensland [Brisbane Times  2/10/16]




A teenager has been critically injured in a three-car crash on the Darling Downs.

Emergency services said two four-wheel drives and then a third car collided on the Warrego Highway at Dalby about 8:00am. ... [ABC - 2/10/16]




Three people have been injured in a single-vehicle crash on the Gold Coast.

The accident happened along Heeb Street at Benowa just after 11am on Saturday. ... [MYGC - 2/10/16]




Three hurt in car rollover at Beenleigh [MYGC - 2/10/16]




... On Saturday morning, a motorcyclist was killed in Hay Point, 30 kilometres south of Mackay.

 Police said about 5.30am a car was travelling north on Hay Point Road when it lost control and veered onto the wrong side of the road, hitting a motorbike.

The rider, a 42-year-old man, was taken to Mackay Base Hospital, but died a short time later.

The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries.

While on Friday evening at 8.30pm, a man and woman crossed Walker Street in Bundaberg before the man stepped back into the road and was hit by a ute.

The pedestrian, a 39-year-old from Bundaberg West, sustained injuries to his arm and head and after surgery in Brisbane is in a serious but stable condition.

The female pedestrian was treated for shock and the ute driver was not injured. ... [Brisbane Times - 1/10/16]




A man has been taken into custody following a tense stand-off with police at Pimpama.

It’s understood the man had barricaded himself inside a house on Bidmead Circuit on Friday night following a disturbance and refused to surrender to police. ... [MYGC - 1/10/16]




A Queensland man who allegedly brandished a metal stake at police after bashing letterboxes and fences is expected to face court in late October.

Police say the 34-year-old raised the bar towards officers after walking down a street in Wishart on Saturday night hitting letterboxes, bus stops and fences with it.

He's since been charged with going armed so as to cause fear and is due to front the Holland Park Magistrates Court on October 25. [Yahoo  2/10/16]




Men arrested after crashing car "spotted" by police, Helensvale [MYGC - 2/10/16]



Two Queensland police officers have had to run to dodge a car after a man allegedly revved its engine and drove towards them.

The officers were walking towards a home in Leichhardt just after midnight on Sunday to investigate reports of a domestic violence incident when they heard the engine revving.

The pair ran to avoid being struck after the car then accelerated and mounted the gutter, police say.

A 31-year-old man was taken into custody later on Sunday morning and is currently assisting police with enquiries. [Yahoo - 2/10/16]



"Please help us" ‏@SuchNigel [16/5/16] 



Dutton can do this because there is NO opposition to Australia's anti-refugee policy ---> ‏@OzRefugeeCounc [1/10/16]:  Immigration Minister Peter Dutton spends $8 million on spin doctors - 8x Refugee Council total budget ...



While turning back boats and caging men, women and children for daring to seek asylum? This is no "welcome walk" - it's a big "up yours" to refugees. ---> ‏@welcome2aussie [30/9/16]:  We are those who will not be divided. We refuse to fear. We share our future. We will #WalkTogether. Oct 22 ...




Image: ‏@prehumax  [29/6/15]



All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:


... Welcome to Australia director Brad Chilcott has publicly supported a policy of turn-backs in breach of the principle of non-refoulement.

In advance of the ALP conference, which he attended as a delegate for the increasingly inappropriately named left faction of the party, Chilcott called for the ALP to ‘neutralise’ a divisive debate by ‘closing the ocean route to Australia’.

This, from the leader of an organisation that takes its motto from the national anthem: ‘For those who’ve come across the seas.’


World leader invites refugees to her country [Al Jazeera - 1/10/16]:


South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called on North Koreans to abandon their country and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South.

In a rare message directly addressed to rank-and-file troops and North Korean citizens, the president on Saturday invited North Koreans to relocate to the "bosom of freedom" in the South.

"We are well aware of the gruesome realities you face," Park said during a speech marking the country's Armed Forces Day. ...




Egypt detains reporters conducting street interviews [Al Jazeera – 1/10/16]



7 civilians killed in IED blast in Helmand [TOLO News - 2/10/16]



Five Afghan Special Force personnel have been killed and three wounded in an  airstrike carried out by Afghan security forces in the Bala Boluk district of western Farah province, an official said on Saturday.

Gen. Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the ministry of defence, confirmed the incident and said the strike was carried out by an Afghan pilot mistakenly. ... [Pajhwok - 1/10/16]



Large-scale military operation launched in Kunduz [TOLO News - 30/9/16]



US building $100 million drone base in central Niger [Reuters - 30/9/16]



In the Catholic Church, October is "pro-life month" – an organized focus on the Church’s teaching that life should be respected from the moment of conception to the time of natural death.

Yet, "time of natural death" notwithstanding, the issue of war doesn’t even get a sentence. ... [ - 30/9/16]




Yemen: Houthis claim attack on UAE military vessel [Al Jazeera - 1/10/16]:


... In the northern province of Jawf, pro-government forces on Saturday recaptured large parts of the town of Ghail after clashes that killed 11 opposition fighters and five loyalists, military sources said.

Jawf is on the border with Saudi Arabia and is mostly controlled by loyalist forces.

In the Bab al-Mandab region itself, fighting on Saturday killed three loyalists and wounded 17, other military sources said.

The clashes took place in the mountainous Kahbub area overlooking the strait.

Five fighters were also killed, the loyalist military sources said. ...




FBI wanted to target Yemenis through student groups and mosques [The Intercept - 30/9/16]




Somali Islamist group al Shabaab bombed a restaurant frequented by members of the security forces in Mogadishu on Saturday, killing at least three people, officials and the group said.

Police said a suicide car bomb rammed the Blue Sky restaurant in the capital, which is located near a detention center, known as Jilaow, where militants are often held in underground cells. ... [Reuters - 1/10/16]



BAE Systems to begin building new British nuclear submarines [Reuters - 1/10/16]




The White House has approved long-pending fighter jet sales to Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, the chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker confirmed Wednesday.

The package reportedly includes 72 Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles for Qatar and up to 40 Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets for Kuwait. Bahrain’s package includes Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters.  ... [Defense News - 28/9/16]




2,381 killed in Iraq during September [ - 30/9/16]




Thousands of locals in Qudsaya city in Damascus countryside staged Saturday a protest against the armed groups that are hindering local reconciliation in the city. ... [SANA - 1/10/16]




Closed-door comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal much about US involvement in Syrian crisis, Dr. Jamal Wakeem, professor of history and international relations at Lebanese University in Beirut, told RT.

The New York Times acquired the taped conversation between the US Secretary of State and two dozen Syrian civilians from education, rescue, and medical groups working in rebel-held areas, during a meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

The leaked recording reveals how angry John Kerry really is about being unable to topple President Bashar Assad by military means. ... [RT - 1/10/16]



Refusing diplomacy on Syria may result in full-scale war — Russian Foreign Ministry [TASS - 2/10/16]:


... "Lobby in US is now really muddying the waters and not allowing to reach an agreement," Zakharova said.

"There logic is — ‘why do we need diplomacy, UN, talks, international law, why do we need any commitments on the international arena, when there is power and the right of a powerful one, and there are our own national laws which may stand above other laws and be strengthened by methods of resolving a problem by power. We already know this logic, there is nothing new about it. It usually ends with one thing — a full-scale war," she added. ...




Lavrov, Kerry discuss situation in Syria [SANA - 1/10/16]




US and EU sanctions are punishing ordinary Syrians and crippling aid work, UN report reveals [The Intercept - 28/9/16]:


... Syria was first subjected to sanctions in 1979, after the U.S. designated the Syrian government as a state sponsor of terrorism.

More sanctions were added in subsequent years, though none more extreme than the restrictions imposed in 2011 in response to the Syrian government’s deadly crackdown on protesters.

In 2013 the sanctions were eased but only in opposition areas.

Around the same time, the CIA began directly shipping weapons to armed insurgents at a colossal cost of nearly $1 billion a year, effectively adding fuel to the conflict while U.S. sanctions obstructed emergency assistance to civilians caught in the crossfire. ...




Gunmen killed five policemen in the restive northern Sinai on Saturday, the Egyptian interior ministry said on Facebook.

The assailants pulled the policemen out a vehicle in El Obour neighbourhood, south of El Arish city, and shot all five of them dead, security sources said.

In another incident on Saturday morning, nine policemen were injured when an explosive device planted on the road was remotely detonated as the armoured vehicle carrying the conscripts passed in the city of Rafah, security sources said.

One conscript later died of his wounds.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. ... [Reuters - 1/10/16]




Israel approves 300 new West Bank settlement homes after Amona demolition order [i24 - 1/10/16]




Israel paid Turkey $20 million on Friday in compensation for the 2010 commando attack on the Mavi Marmara Freedom Flotilla as it sailed in international waters heading for the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid, Anadolu has reported Turkish diplomatic sources as confirming.

On 20 August, the Turkish parliament approved a deal which would see Tel Aviv paying $20 million to the families of the victims of the assault as part of a normalisation agreement between Turkey and Israel after a six-year hiatus in ties.

Nine humanitarian activists were killed during the attack by Israeli commandos, and one more died of his wounds later. ... [Middle East Monitor - 1/10/16]




‏@sergermedx [1/10/16]:  Turkish jets bombed Ghaytun village west of Akhtarîn town. Over 10 civilians killed.  ...




2 October 2016