United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/12/16]



‏@LemsMSF [3/12/16]:  Another tragedy in #Austria, where 2 people died on a train crossing an #EU border. There's no #SafePassage & this is the result.



@MSF_Sea [3/12/16]:  The @SOSMedFrance @MSF #Aquarius has rescued 143 #people from this rubber boat.



Spain’s maritime rescue service says its ships have saved 72 migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in three small boats.

The agency says one rescue ship collected 10 migrants in the Strait of Gibraltar.

A second operation then picked up 53 more migrants from another vessel, followed by third rescue ship saving nine more migrants. ... [Salon - 3/12/16]



Irish Navy ship LÉ Samuel Beckett rescues 140 migrants off Libya [RTE - 3/12/16]



The Eastern Aegean is becoming Europe's Nauru [IRIN - 28/11/16]



Trump phones everyone but the current manager of his soon to be quarry and refugee gulag archipelago down under -->

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries. ... [Reuters - 2/12/16]



Trump speaks with leaders of Afghanistan, Singapore [Reuters - 2/12/16]



The White House on Friday said there was "no change" to the United States' longstanding "one China" policy after President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.

"We remain firmly committed to our 'one China' policy," said Ned Price, a national security spokesman for President Barack Obama.

"Our fundamental interest is in peaceful and stable cross-Strait relations." [Reuters - 2/12/16]



British fighters to overfly South China Sea; carriers in Pacific after 2020: envoy [Yahoo - 3/12/16]




Another PR extravaganza for Australian Border Force fascism and the rounding up of human beings (note whose identities are protected) [Sydney Morning Herald - 2/12/16]



Bangladesh Border Guard continue triumphantly pushing back Rohingya refugee boats because the "international community" and regional diplomats have signalled that it's OK to do so [Prothom Alo - 3/12/16]



@nslwin [3/12/16]:  4 #Rohingya men arrested for talking with @KofiAnnan today in #KyetYoePyin village. ...



@nslwin [3/12/16]:  .@KofiAnnan Can you pls go back to #KyetYoePyin and ask the #Rohingya women whether they were beaten for meeting you today? They're beaten.




Burmese Troops Block Rohingya Movements as Kofi Annan Visits Maungdaw [Rohingya Vision - 3/12/16]




Malaysia says Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide of the Rohingya is 'ethnic cleansing' [Reuters - 2/12/16]:


Malaysia described the violence against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority as "ethnic cleansing" on Saturday, ahead of a planned solidarity march in Kuala Lumpur expected to be led by Prime Minister Najib Razak. ...



Top US diplomat for East Asia Daniel Russel says Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide of the Rohingya should not be "mishandled", and people shouldn't protest [Rohingya Blogger - 2/12/16]:


... He is also calling on neighboring countries, such as Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia, to resist the urge to stage protests that could further stir religious passions.

Assistant Secretary of State Russel told The Associated Press that, “if mishandled, Rakhine State could be infected and infested by jihadism which already plagues neighboring Bangladesh and other countries.” ...



Israel's Immigration Tribunals are seriously flawed, say rights groups [Haaretz – 2/12/16]:


... The broader issues they have refused to rule on include the procedures for dealing with asylum seekers involved in criminal cases, the practice of summarily rejecting certain asylum applications, and the absence of criteria for deciding which asylum seekers should be sent to the open detention facility in Holot or how long they should stay there. ...



A lawsuit filed in a federal court in Chile this week charges three Israeli High Court Justices with war crimes for their decision last year to split an ancient monastery in the Bethlehem District from its community by running the Annexation Wall through it.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of six Palestinian landowners from Beit Jala, where the Wall is being constructed through the monastery and splitting the Cremisan Valley.

Five of the plaintiffs live in exile in Chile. ... [International Middle East Media Center - 1/12/16]



G4S sells Israel operation for $110 million, denies BDS pressure [Haaretz - 2/12/16]:


... G4S has repeatedly been a target of political campaigns like the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, which successfully convinced the North Carolina County of Durham to drop their contracts with G4S because of the company's work in Israel.

Among its activities are operating the Ofer Prison, which holds Palestinian prisoners, and staffing West Bank checkpoints.

However, the company said two years ago it would not renew those contracts.

The company also doubled down on its claims that its withdrawal from Israel is unconnected to the BDS campaign, according to the Telegraph.

According to Chief Executive Ashley Almanza, the company's exit from Israel was part of a strategy to "improve our strategic focus and capital discipline."

G4S has embarked on a wider attempt to shave off some of its less profitable ventures, and is also planning on dumping its U.K. utilities business and U.S. youth services.

FIMI generally seeks to purchase companies that are technology leaders in their industries, enjoy high barriers to entry or are financially ailing and can be bought cheaply.

G4S Israel offers none of these, but CEO Yishai Davidi reportedly believes that the company’s business model can be used to expand the business overseas.




... Now I'm stuck and I'm fucked, doing federal time ...


'She lied to the FBI', Alkaline Trio [2013]




Oregon convicts its first man under "revenge porn" law [Daily Dot - 2/12/16]:


... This summer, Congress introduced the Intimate Privacy Protection Act, which would make revenge porn a federal crime.

It states that anyone who uses the mail or internet to post pornography “with reckless disregard for the person’s lack of consent to the distribution shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years or both.”

No action has been taken on the act since August, when it was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.




Brazilian labor authorities on Friday called local McDonald's Corp representatives to a hearing on Dec. 13 over alleged violations of the country's labor laws, and said they could impose fines of up to 103 million reais ($30 million). [Reuters - 2/12/16]



Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay $60 million to settle private U.S. antitrust litigation by traders and other investors who accused the German bank of conspiring to manipulate gold prices at their expense. ... [Reuters - 2/12/16]




US Supreme Court to hear printer cartridge dispute on patent rights [Reuters - 2/12/16]



Duran Duran lose High Court battle over US song rights in copyright test case [Telegraph - 2/12/16]



Anger in Paris over plan for a 'Rue Steve Jobs' [The Local - 2/12/16]



... During a visit to the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh on October 13th, the President, known for his smooth, glib reassurances so successful at placating the public, suggested that “we are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to” and that “democracy requires citizens to be able to sift through lies and distortions” and further that “those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world.”  

The President continued  that “there has to be some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests.” ... [Counterpunch - 2/12/16]



Roaming charges: The CIA’s plots to kill Castro [Counterpunch - 2/12/16]:


... ProporNot’s catalogue of supposed Putin-controlled outlets reeks of the McCarthyite smears of the Red Scare era.

The blacklist includes some of the most esteemed alternative news sites on the web, including Anti-war.com, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism, Consortium News, Truthout, and, yes, CounterPunch, among many others. (ProporNot has since removed CounterPunch from their blacklist following our demand that they do so and issue a retraction.

Their site now claims, falsely again, that we engaged in “constructive conversation” with them, which is a curious way to describe a threat to sue them, a threat which we fully intend to follow through on, hopefully in concert with other media outlets they’ve defamed.) ...



The Pirate Party in Iceland, who won seats in parliament earlier this year, have been asked to try to assemble a government coalition, after two other parties with more seats failed to do so.

The radical Pirate Party, headed by Birgitta Jonsdottir, was asked to form a government with other parties by the country's president, Gudni Johannesson, AP reported Friday, citing the president's office.

The two parties who came first and second in the parliamentary election in late October, the Independence Party and the Left-Greens, respectively, had already held talks to assemble a coalition, but to no avail.

No party won an outright majority in the election. ... [RT - 2/12/16]



One dead in Peru after angry mob tries to lynch pollsters [Reuters – 2/12/16]



US Coast Guard conducts three at-sea interdictions over past week, forcibly returns 38 Cuban migrants [Media Release - 1/12/16]



The U.S. Coast Guard commandant says the United States could play a bigger role in the Asia-Pacific region. ... [UPI - 30/11/16]



US Supreme Court currently split 4-4 on indefinite immigration detention case [Inquisitr - 1/12/16]



An advisory council to the Department of Homeland Security rejected the key section of a report Thursday that suggested that surging numbers of immigrants facing deportation will all but force federal authorities to continue relying on privately run detention facilities.

The vote stunned civil rights groups, who earlier in the day issued statements expressing disappointment with the findings of the report, released earlier Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council voted to uphold other sections of the report calling for greater oversight and monitoring of immigration detention facilities.

But more than three-quarters of the panel's members voted to support a dissent that was included in the report, in which one of the authors criticized "the conclusion that reliance on private prisons should, or inevitably must, continue."


Detention Watch Network, an immigration and detention advocacy group, called the subcommittee's "disappointing" but "not surprising," and cited ICE's apparent efforts to use the same facilities being abandoned by the Bureau of Prisons.

"We are outraged that the subcommittee has chosen to recommend small changes that clearly will not address the underlying abuses endemic to the detention system," Detention Watch Network policy director Mary Small said in a statement

"The investigation's findings don't respond to the mountain of evidence against private prison facilities, which are rife with abuse, mismanagement and neglect."  [US News & World Report - 1/12/16]



Mark Forbes, editor-in-chief of The Age, stood down [The Age - 2/12/16]



"It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015



... Though my country is wealthy

They've been asking poor neighbours to shoulder

Our responsibility

Responsibility to set them free ...



'Set Them Free', Hugh Wilson [2014]






Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, July 2016



"Trump could scuttle US deal" is a LIE. The ABC are repeating Murdoch lies. The "US-Australia deal" is BULLSHIT. ---> US politicians write to US Secretary of State and US Secretary Homeland Security requesting specific details of bogus "resettlement" deal [22/11/16]



@Aungaungsittwe [2/12/16]L  ... Atrocities of Myanmar army continues in the presence of Mr.Annan ...



Stop looking at my US-backed and UN-protected genocide: Aung San Suu Kyi [Reuters - 2/12/16]



A Bosnian war crimes prosecutor indicted six Bosnian Serbs on Friday on charges of killing at least 40 Muslims and Roma early in the Bosnian war of the 1990s and attacking about 1,000 people from the Srebrenica area in eastern Bosnia. ...  [Reuters - 2/12/16]



Some 3.6 million people in South Sudan face severe food shortages - the highest levels ever experienced at harvest time - and the crisis is likely to worsen when food from the current harvest runs out next year, the World Food Programme (WFP) said. ... [Reuters - 2/12/16]



UN apologises for Haiti cholera spread, not for causing it [Yahoo - 2/12/16]



They want slaves ---> ‏@CocaColaCo [30/11/16]:  Coca-Cola celebrates opening of first bottling plant in Gaza, inaugurated today ...



Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenters of state-backed settler terrorism in Palestine’s West Bank, in Part II of her report on illegal Israeli settlements and home demolitions.

This installment visits both the rural countryside of Duma—interviewing the surviving members of the Dawabsheh family, victims of a horrific arson attack that left three dead—and the urban center of Hebron, a glaring example of Israeli apartheid under intense military occupation. [teleSUR - 2/12/16]



Jurors weighing a murder charge against a white South Carolina former police officer who shot and killed a fleeing black motorist last year will resume their deliberations on Monday after struggling to reach a unanimous verdict. ... [Reuters - 2/12/16]



This is the most dangerous time for our planet, Stephen Hawking [Guardian - 2/12/16]



Obama expresses confidence in incoming UN chief Guterres [Reuters – 2/12/16]



In an overwhelming 375-34 vote, the House of Representatives today passed a massive $611 new military spending bill.

Though presented as the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017, the bill is only a portion of what the US will ultimately spend on the military in fiscal 2017.

The bill includes bans on any closure of any military bases by the Pentagon, once again rejecting calls by the military leadership to get rid of costly, unwanted bases, and also forbids the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

It also forbids the Pentagon from going through with a plan to reduce the number of active duty soldiers. ... [Antiwar.com - 2/12/16]



A source at the reconciliation committee in al-Tal city in Damascus Countryside confirmed on Friday that the city has become clear of weapons and militants in a step that paves the way for the return of state institutions. ... [SANA - 2/12/16]



At least 5 killed in rebel shelling of government-controlled West Aleppo [RT - 2/12/16]



Russian army engineers to de-mine Syria's Aleppo [Reuters - 2/12/16]



Audio shows Standing Rock Sioux tribe objected to pipeline two years ago [PBS NewsHour - 2/12/16]:


... When asked about the Sioux’s concerns on the PBS NewsHour, Warren [CEO of Energy Transfer Partners] said the group had declined offers to work together.

“This was after great consultation with the Army Corps of Engineers, the offering up for consultation with also the Standing Rock Sioux, which they didn’t choose to do,” Warren said.

Standing Rock Sioux leaders have said they had difficulty meeting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to discuss their concerns, according to The Bismarck Tribune.

However, a U.S. District judge ruled in September 2015 that the agency did make attempts to consult the tribe multiple times without response. ...



U.S. military veterans were building barracks on Friday at a protest camp in North Dakota to support thousands of activists who have squared off against authorities in frigid conditions to oppose a multibillion-dollar pipeline project near a Native American reservation.

Veterans volunteering to be human shields have been arriving at the Oceti Sakowin camp near the small town of Cannon Ball, where they will work with protesters who have spent months demonstrating against plans to route the Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, organizers said.


Wesley Clark Jr, a writer whose father is retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, met with law enforcement on Friday to tell them that potentially 3,500 veterans would join the protest and the demonstrations would be carried out peacefully, protest leaders said. ...  [Reuters - 2/12/16]




3 December 2016