Queensland senate candidate Kim Vuga said her son's arrest on Wednesday over two alleged shooting incidents in Townsville would not change her pro-gun stance.

Jaimie Madden, 25, allegedly shot into a house on Scarisbrick Drive in Kirwan, a suburb in south Townsville, between November 27 and November 30. 

On Monday morning, he allegedly shot into a car on nearby Thuringowa Drive. No-one was physically injured in either incident.

Mr Madden was arrested in Aitkenvale on Wednesday afternoon and charged with six offences including acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm, unlawful possession of a weapon and discharging a weapon in a public place.

He appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday. Love Australia or Leave Party founder Ms Vuga, who decided to run for senate after appearing on SBS's documentary [anti refugee propaganda] Go Back to Where You Came From, said her family had been through a "stressful and traumatic chain of events" in the past 24 hours.  ... [Brisbane Times - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

... Had a dream it was war

And they couldn't tell me what it was for

But it was something they could lie about

Something we could die about, you know ...

 

 

 

'Had A Dream (Sleeping With The Enemy)', Roger Hodgson [1984]

 

 

 

 

 

 

A series of home raids by C.I.A.-trained Afghan counterterrorism forces in the past month resulted in the deaths of at least six innocent civilians, according to Afghan government officials, reviving an issue that has been a chronic source of tension between Afghanistan and the United States.

The deaths happened over the course of three raids in the restive eastern province of Khost, the officials said, including a Nov. 20 episode in which a husband and wife were killed with two American advisers present.

The raids were conducted by the Khost Protection Force, one of the regional units known as counterterrorism pursuit teams, set up by the C.I.A. to fight the Taliban, the Haqqani network and Al Qaeda. ... [New York Times - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Unidentified gunmen have torched a school in Lal-wa-Sarjangal district of western Ghor province, an official said on Thursday. ... [Pajhwok - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Pentagon wasted tens of millions on private villas in Afghanistan [USA Today - 3/11/15]

 

 

 

 

Merkel: We will have to return people to Afghanistan [Deutsche Welle - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

Centcom [2/12/15]:

 

 

On Dec. 1, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted two strikes using attack aircraft.

Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 15 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery, bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets.

The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:

Syria

* Near Ayn Isa, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.

Iraq

* Near Albu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

* Near Ramadi, nine strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL tactical vehicle, five ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL RPG positions, an ISIL tunnel, an ISIL anti-tank position, an ISIL vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED), an ISIL staging location, two ISIL buildings, an ISIL command and control node, cratered an ISIL-used road, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

* Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL vehicle, and an ISIL fighting position.

* Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL fighting position, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

* Near Tal Afar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL VBIED facility and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.

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‏@MSF_Sea [3/12/15]:   The #Idomeni border was closed at 6am. Around 5000 #people, including ~3500 who have been blocked for days, wait...

 

 

 

 

Pakistan was refusing to allow 30 migrants deported from Greece to disembark from a plane at Islamabad on Thursday, a week after talks with the European Union to settle a dispute over forced repatriations.

A top EU official said last week Pakistan would stick to an agreement to take back citizens who are deported from mainland Europe, days after Pakistani Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said Islamabad was suspending a deal under which thousands per year are repatriated.

An estimated 50,000 Pakistanis travel legally to Europe for work each year. Last year, about 21,000 living there without permission were ordered to return to Pakistan, according to EU statistics.

But the Interior Ministry said the 30 arriving on Thursday were "unverified deportees" who had arrived on a charter flight from Greece.

"On the interior minister's orders, the FIA has not allowed these illegally deported people and the aircraft crew to leave the plane," the ministry said in a statement, referring to the Federal Investigation Agency.

"Despite having settled all issues with the European Commissioner, Pakistani laws have been violated, which absolutely cannot be allowed," Khan said.

He did not specify the reasons for not accepting the 30.

The EU mission in Pakistan had no immediate comment. ... [Ekathimerini - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

‏@guardiacostiera [3/12/15]:   #CentraleOperativa #GuardiaCostiera coordina operazioni#SAR. Salvati 1144#migranti su 3barconi da 2unità @EUNAVFORMED_OHQ e 1unità @MSF_Sea

 

 

 

 

Texas sues US, relief agency, to block Syrian refugees [Reuters - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Myanmar deports final "batch" of Bangladesh migrants captured and imprisoned in May/June this year [Mizzima - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohingya refugees captured in Thailand, conflated with people smugglers and denied protection. UNHCR silent. [The Nation - 3/12/15]:

 

 

 

 Five Rohingya boat people were rounded up by administrative officials in the southern province of Songkhla's Hat Yai district, while they were waiting to be sent to a third country.

The five men aged 18-21 were found in Ban Yan Yao community forest area in Tambon Patong.

They told the officials' team, led by Hat Yai district chief Naongporn Na Phattalung, that they had departed from Myanmar by boat along with some 30 others nine days ago.

After they went ashore in Ranong province, they were divided into groups of 5-10 to be transported to Hat Yai where they would lie low in small groups - no longer in a big camp to avoid detection - while waiting for transport to a third country.

They claimed a smuggler agent was promised payment of Bt23,300 per head by their families once they reached the destination.

 




 

Canadian government registers serious concern with Thailand and China over decision to deport Chinese refugees [Reuters - 2/12/15]:

 

The Canadian government said on Wednesday it had registered serious concern with Thailand and China over a decision by Bangkok to send back to China two Chinese refugees who were awaiting resettlement in Canada.

The two Chinese men were under the protection of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said Francois Lasalle, spokesman for Canada's foreign ministry.

"We have expressed serious concerns with both countries, including our deep disappointment that the individuals were sent by Thai authorities back to China ‎despite being in possession of UNHCR protection documents," Lasalle said.

The Thai junta knew that two Chinese men it detained were refugees awaiting resettlement in Canada but still deported them to China, according to a United Nations letter seen by Reuters.

The letter, reported on by Reuters on Nov. 30 contradicts Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's statement last month that Thailand "did not know" that the men were under UNHCR protection.

Military-ruled Thailand arrested the men, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping, on Oct. 28 and deported them at Beijing's request in mid-November.

In the letter, dated Nov. 16, the UNHCR raised its objections to the deportations and reminded the Thai foreign ministry that it had informed the government in writing on Nov. 10 that the men were refugees and had been accepted for rapid resettlement by Canada.

 

 

 

 







After months of investigations, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was formally questioned by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (SPRM) at his office in parliament on Thursday.

The SPRM is investigating allegation of corruption involving SRC International, a former subsidiary of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB). ...
[Channel News Asia - 3/12/15]


 

 

Peter Greste returns to Australia's public speaking circuit day after medieval exile laws pass in Senate

 

 

... For every different place

 

I'll always seem so far from grace ...

 

 

'Forever The Tourist', Daryl Braithwaite [2013]

 

 

 

Peter Greste says Julie Bishop’s death stare helped get him out of prison [Buzzfeed - 26/3/15]

 

 

 

Yahoo [3/12/15]:

 

... Now a free man, Mr Greste will on Friday receive an honorary doctorate from the institution.

He says it's an honour to receive the accolade after his 400-day stint in Cairo's Tora prison.

Since then, the journalist has become an advocate for press freedom alongside his colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

"I feel a responsibility to talk about these issues, partly because so many of my friends, so many journalists, fought so hard for me," he said.

"That's why people backed us."

While it was at times arduous, Mr Greste says studying for his as yet uncompleted graduate certificate was a way of ensuring his 13-odd month incarceration wasn't wasted time.

He has also been made an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Business School.

Mr Greste was detained along with Fahmy and Mohamed in December 2013, and they were last year sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail.

The three journalists were accused of "spreading false news" while covering demonstrations after the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

Greste was deported back to Australia in February, while Fahmy and Mohamed were pardoned in September.

He will receive the honorary doctorate and present Griffith University's annual lecture at the Queensland Conservatorium on Friday evening.

 

 

    

 

 

Journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Tory law made him fear losing Canadian citizenship [Huffington Post - 9/11/15]

 

 



Trudeau government plans to scrap two-tier citizenship [The Straight - 7/11/15]

 

 

 

 

TBIJ [27/2/13]:


An investigation by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and published in the Independent has established that since 2010 the Home Secretary Theresa May has revoked the passports of 16 individuals many of whom are alleged to have had links to militant or terrorist groups.

Critics of the programme warn that it also allows ministers to ‘wash their hands’ of British nationals suspected of terrorism who could be subject to torture and illegal detention abroad.

They add that it also allows those stripped of their citizenship to be killed or ‘rendered’ without any onus on the British government to intervene.

At least five of those deprived of their UK nationality by the Coalition government were born in Britain, and one man had lived in the country for almost 50 years.

Those affected have their passports cancelled, and lose their right to enter the UK – making it very difficult to appeal the Home Secretary’s decision.

Last night the Liberal Democrat’s deputy leader Simon Hughes said he was writing to the Home Secretary to call for an urgent review into how the law was being implemented.

The leading human rights lawyer Gareth Peirce said the present situation ‘smacked of medieval exile, just as cruel and just as arbitrary’.

Ian Macdonald QC, president of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, described the citizenship orders as ‘sinister’.

‘They’re using executive powers and I think they’re using them quite wrongly,’ he said.

‘It’s not open government, it’s closed, and it needs to be exposed because in my view it’s a real overriding of open government and the rule of law.’

Laws were passed in 2002 enabling the Home Secretary to remove the citizenship of any dual nationals who had done something ‘seriously prejudicial’ to the UK, but the power had rarely been used before the current government.

The Bureau’s investigations have established the identities of all but four of the 21 British passport holders who have lost their citizenship, and their subsequent fates. Only two have successfully appealed – one of whom has since been extradited to the US.

...

 

 

 

It was child stealing then, and it would be child stealing now.

 

Free ALL the refugees.

 

 

 

... Snatched from their mother's breast

 

Said this is for the best

 

Took them away. ...

 

 

 

 

'Took The Children Away',  Archie Roach [1990]

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Hanson-Young – Introduction of the Migration Amendment (Free the Children) Bill 2015  Postponed to 22 February 2016 [Senate Dynamic Red - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

 

@linessue - ALP Senator Sue Lines [22/11/15]:   #firsthomeproject #lovemakesaway @jarrodmckenna @TeresaofLee just iviewed @ABCcompass beautiful! Let's get children out of detention ... <--- Because adult refugees deserve to be tortured?  Why is a politician (who is a member of a racist party with anti refugee policies) calling for this? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peaceful protesters say they won't move from outside Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's Brisbane office until the government releases all children from detention.

Multi-denominational Christian group Love Makes a Way is calling on the government to adopt Senate amendments to free all children from Australian detention centres. ... [Brisbane Times - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

Save Mohammad Albederee [2/12/15]:


Mohammad is in 'world class' Port Moresby hospital being psychologically and physically tormented.

He has been refusing medical treatment since Monday after the doctor said the endoscopy was going to be a waste of time anyway because it is 'all in his head because of his mental health problems'.

He got upset and wanted a phone to speak to loved ones and they refused.

He has been crying and refusing fluid and wants to go back to the detention centre where he can at least speak to people.

At the moment he has guards in his hospital room preventing communication.

They then said he can't go back to detention until he eats and brought him cake and tea yesterday.

He vomited for hours and is now still in severe stomach pain and is weak and dehydrated. He can't eat or drink so now they are denying him the choice to return to his room and friends in detention.

He has now accepted fluid and agreed to have the endoscopy tomorrow.

What sort of arseholes won't allow someone in his condition to make a call to loved ones before surgery in a foreign land??? That's right - our Australian government.

They are basically giving no medical treatment, mocking his mental health and depriving him of any comfort and I am very very angry.

Call everyone. Blow up their emails. This has to end.

 

 

 

 

Detainee struggled to see dying wife [RNZI - 3/12/15]:

 

 

A New Zealander being held in an Australian detention centre says the authorities made it difficult for him to see his terminally ill wife before she died this week.

 Ra Fowell, who is originally from Rotorua, is at Sydney's Villawood detention centre awaiting deportation, after serving a jail sentence for multiple driving offences and possession of cannabis.

Despite pleas to go home and look after his wife, Carmel Stanwell, who was dying of lung cancer, he was only able to visit her a few times before she died in his arms on Tuesday.

Mr Fowell said authorities showed little compassion for his wife's deteriorating health.

"They don't care. It was a struggle for her to come and see me while she was going through the treatment, but she showed up like a soldier."

He said he wanted the authorities to "do the right thing".

"Not everyone's a rapist or a murderer or a paedophile here, as John Key has been saying. We do have families that are hurting too. They need to show more compassion on an individual basis, instead of judging us all under one umbrella."

While Mr Fowell did spend a year in jail, it was not for serious or violent crimes - he had driven while disqualified and been caught in possession of cannabis.

 That was enough to be imprisoned and under Australia's tough new regime he is now being held in detention before being deported.

Mr Fowell is one of about 200 New Zealanders represented in a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The submission by the Australian and New Zealand Green parties calls for an inquiry into the treatment of people in detention centres.

Green MP Marama Davidson told Morning Report she hoped the commission would be able to get to the bottom of what had been going on.

She said as recently as last night she was receiving reports from families of detainees who are very concerned for their loved ones, some of whom are mentally unwell, and self-harming.

She said many New Zealanders had been arbitrarily detained for random reasons.

Some, like Mr Fowell, had limited access to their families.

Ms Davidson said there was an urgent need for immediate action as families are desperate to find out what is happening.

 "This is an international kaupapa for Greens around the world, but for me, I've come from 10 years at the Human Rights Commission - I'm really concerned about the slippery slope of starting to deny people their human rights in detention."

If the Australian commission takes the case on, Ms Davidson said, it would release a report with recommendations to the Minister.

"We need everything we can to apply pressure on to the Australian government.

 "It's rather unfortunate that the Prime Minister [John Key] had an opportunity, speaking directly with [Australian Prime Minister] Mr [Malcolm] Turnbull, and could have asked very basic questions: 'how long are they going to be there, can we review each case...?'"

Ms Davidson said it was because those questions had not been asked that the Greens were putting pressure on Canberra.

 

 

 

Free the Childen #KidsOut is not "a start".

 

 

 

It is a cynical, creepy stunt.

 

 

 

Free ALL the refugees.

 

 

 

OSB Royal Commisision NOW!

 

 

 

 

 

... Wallace was tricked into leaving her home, along with four other girls, by nuns at the Catholic-run mission who told her she was going shopping.

 "They put us in the back of a truck but we never went near any shop," she says.

"They took us to the telegraph station which was the holding centre for half-caste children from all over central Australia."

She ended up in an institution for 200 children, run by the Catholic church, hundreds of miles away in the Tiwi Islands, about 50 miles north of Darwin, and remained there until the age of 19.

"We got belted for speaking our language. We were called pagans and heathens and spawn of the devil," she says.

When, at first, they asked about their families, they were told they didn't have any.

"We cooked for the nuns, we washed their big bloomers, we cleaned their rooms. We got just enough education to read and write. The brighter, fairer kids were sent away to colleges or to be adopted into white families but I didn't get selected."

Some of the children were physically and sexually abused.

"I won't go into what happened on the island, it doesn't serve any purpose now." ... [Guardian - 11/2/08]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More news from Australia's Guantanamo in the Pacific, censored by the Australian media [Independent - 2/12/15]

 

 

 


Court hears Australian officials paid Indonesian boat captain US$32,000 to stop refugees from seeking asylum [Guardian - 2/12/15]:

 

… Humiang told the court how his boat, carrying 65 mostly Sri Lankan migrants, was intercepted as it tried to head to New Zealand, and he was taken aboard an Australian navy ship.

“I was interrogated,” Humiang told the court on Tuesday.

He said he negotiated for 30 minutes with officials before the payment was agreed.

“The money was given to us to take the migrants back to Indonesia, and to be honest I need the money – that’s the very reason I took this job.

“I can’t go home empty-handed.” ...

 

 

 

 

 

ALP luvvies attack underprivileged, uneducated minority Reclaim Australia to distract from their team's racism and responsibility for human rights atrocities ----> Richard Marles reasserts ALP's support for refoulement, refugee concentration camps, disappearance and exile [House of Representatives Hansard - 2/12/15]:

 

... So, when history looks to lay the blame for what occurred in the past, it will not be nearly as simple as the minister's description just now. Equally, when history looks to ascribe credit to how we have brought an end to the journey from Java to Christmas Island, it will remember that the regional resettlement arrangement, which was put in place by the then Labor government and resulted in 90 per cent of the vessels from Java to Christmas Island stopping before the current government was ever sworn into office. Yes, there is no doubt that turning around the remaining 10 per cent of those vessels has been a critical step taken by this government, but this government has enjoyed an opposition which has supported it in its endeavours to bring an end to that journey between Java and Christmas Island—an enjoyment that was not shared by the former Labor government in respect of the former coalition opposition. ...



 

 

 

Important  lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is subverting the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Journalist covering Papuan rally beaten by police after refusing to delete footage [Jakarta Globe - 2/12/15]:


Two foreign journalists have reportedly become victims of police violence and intimidation in Jakarta on Tuesday while covering a rally by Papuan students.

Archicco Guilianno of ABC Australia dan Step Vaessen of Al Jazeera were covering the demonstration when police reportedly asked Archicco to erase his footage.

When he didn't immediately comply, identifying himself as a journalist in the process, he was beaten by an officer.

An account of the incident was reported on the website of Indonesia's Independent Alliance of Journalists (AJI).

Vaessen recorded the incident but was also ordered to erase the images.

Police at some point forcibly did so, the AJI account says.

The incident triggered an immediate condemnation from AJI, with its chief, Suwarjono, saying in a press release that officers had clearly violated the law.

AJI urged the National Police to investigate.

Issues surrounding Papua, the scene of a decades-long, low-level insurgency, remain very sensitive in Indonesia, despite promises by President Joko Widodo to open up the area to foreign journalists.

 

 

 

 

 

Spain's Constitutional Court annuls Catalan independence motion [Ahram - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

French army officers Wednesday denied “monstrous” allegations by rights groups that the country’s peacekeeping force knowingly failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

Three groups, including the International Human Rights Federation (FIDH), last week called for two French officers to be charged with aiding and abetting genocide by failing to rescue endangered Tutsis who were later massacred.

The allegations relate to one incident in which hundreds of Tutsis were killed in Rwanda’s Bisesero hills late June that year.

The plaintiffs charge that French soldiers promised endangered refugees on June 27 that they would rescue them, but failed to do so until three days later.

During those three days hundreds of Tutsis were chased and massacred in the Bisesero hills.

A judicial inquiry was launched in 2005 after a survivor filed a complaint against French troops. ... [Daily Star - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces shoot, critically injure elderly woman in Gaza [Maan - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

The Shufat refugee camp was put under lockdown Wednesday when Israeli forces demolished the family home of Ibrahim al-Akkari, who was killed last year after carrying out a vehicular attack in Jerusalem.

Locals told Ma’an that more than 1,200 Israeli soldiers accompanied by Israeli police raided the cramped camp -- sealed by the forces since the morning -- preventing residents from entering or exiting. ... [Maan - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Israeli forces shot and injured 13 Palestinians in the Shufat refugee camp on Wednesday during clashes which broke out after the demolition of the home of camp resident Ibrahim al-Akkari, who carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem last year.

The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem told Ma’an that a total of 43 Palestinians were given medical treatment following the clashes that erupted in the occupied East Jerusalem camp.

Thirteen were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, while 30 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, the Red Crescent said. ... [Maan - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

NATO confirms 12,000 troops in Afghanistan through 2016 [Khaama - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

22 villages cleared of "insurgents" in Faryab military operation:  Officials [TOLO News - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in rare targeted Karachi attack [Reuters - 1/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Coalition forces led by Saudi Arabia have reportedly bombed a medical facility in Yemen, critically injuring at least two people in the south of the war riven country.

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said local sources claimed a mobile clinic in the village of Al Khashabeh, Al Houban area, had been hit by air strikes on Wednesday afternoon.

In total seven people are believed to have been injured. ... [Independent - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Suspected Boko Haram militants detonated two suicide bombs in north Cameroon overnight, killing at least three people, an official and security sources said on Wednesday. ... [Reuters - 2/12/15]

 

 



Cameroon Defence Minister says army has killed 100 Boko Haram fighters and freed 900 hostages [Naharnet - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Two killed following dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuit, Perth [West Australian - 3/12/15]

 

 

 

 

Baltimore officer was negligent in black man's death: prosecutor [Reuters - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

In San Bernardino, CA, there are reports that 20 or more people were involved in a mass shooting.

Police have confirmed multiple fatalities, and multiple suspects.

The first emergency call came in to 911 around 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. The San Bernardino Fire Department said victims were in the 1300 block of Waterman Avenue.

Police say there are one to three suspects, all of whom were heavily armed and may be wearing body armor.

The shooting happened at Inland Regional Center, one of 21 State of California facilities that serve people with developmental disabilities, a spokeswoman for the CA Dept of Developmental Services told Reuters. ... [Boing Boing - 2/12/1]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump mocks reporter with disability [BBC - 26/11/15]

 

 

 

 

 

‏@chrismurphys [7/4/13]:   Mission Australia bonds with Murdoch gang to attack the most defenceless of us all. What have we become?...

 

 

 

... On a personal level I would urge Professor Cunningham as a well known cinephile to take a look again at Istvan Szabo's 1981 film Mephisto. There he will see how compromises on such issues as compassion towards the weak and the right to free speech might well serve one's own ambitions but can also lead to the triumph of totalitarianism. [QUT dispute --Brian Laver in response to Prof Cunningham of QUT  - Left Click Blog - 2007]

 

 

 

"After seven years as a sports journalist for the Quest suburban newspaper group and a time before that as an accountant, Noonan, pictured, is now clear about what he wants to do with his life: ``I want to make films,'' he said." [Tess Livingstone, 'Courier-Mail', 16 June, 2007]

 

 

 

 

UK bombing of Syria could start within hours as MPs approve air strikes by 397 votes to 223 [Independent - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

 

Iraq's ruling alliance and powerful Shi'ite militias say Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi would be digging his own political grave and undermining the fight against Islamic State if he permits the deployment of a new U.S. special operations force in the country.

Washington said on Tuesday it would send troops, expected to number around 200, to Iraq to conduct raids against the ultra-hardline Sunni Muslim militants who have seized swathes of the country's north and west and neighboring Syria.

Abadi said hours later that any such deployment would require his government's consent, comments that may have been made for public consumption at home. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry maintained on Wednesday that the Iraqi government had been fully briefed on the plans and said the two governments would consult closely on operational details.

But Abadi's political partners told Reuters they would never accept an expanded role for U.S. troops and insisted the premier would not dare act alone after parliament withdrew support for his domestic reform agenda last month over concerns he did not consult widely enough before making important decisions. ... [Reuters - 2/12/15]

 

 

 

 

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