"There was never a good war, or a bad peace."
Iraq sends Ambassador to Ankara to discuss Turkish troops removal [Sputnik New – 3/6/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/6/16]
How many refugee boats did Australia push back, sink or abandon today ----> Hundreds of migrants were rescued from a sinking ship on Friday in a massive operation in the southern Mediterranean off the island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said, but four bodies were also recovered.
Greek search and rescue teams were dispatched to the area, about 75 nautical miles off southern Crete in territory which falls under Egypt's jurisdiction.
In total, 340 people were rescued by midday, Greek authorities said. There was no immediate information on the nationalities of the migrants or on the victims. ... [Reuters - 3/6/16]
Aumenta a 117 el número de cadáveres encontrados en una playa de Libia [El Mundo - 2/6/16]
Those who fail. Their bodies return to the Libyan coast. The horror that we don't want to see. via @MamenPg_ [2/6/16]
Day 76 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @SuchNigel [3/6/16]
@elahe_zivardar [3/6/16]: Friday 3rd of June, day 76 of peaceful protest on Nauru.
Flinders Street Station vigil, Melbourne @nattpimpa [3/6/16]: Support #refugees #bringthemhere
Shame on the Australian human rights establishment's abandonment of their position of advocacy at this critical juncture ---> @SuchNigel [3/6/16]: Power is returned after 5 hours in RPC2 #Nauru
Behrouz Boochani [3/6/16]: Manus prison is even more of a hellish prison now. They have cut the power again. With this heat, we feel like we are living in the centre of a fire. They sometimes use the power as a tool of punishment. In Oscar compound/prison there is no shade and we must stay under the extreme blaze of the sun shine.I am sure that their plan is to make people angry so to create some kind of violence before the election. Last week they changed the rules every day about the mess, Internet, class, gym. Each day we get up there are different rules.
Greens parties throughout the Asia-Pacific region are appalled at the way Australia's asylum seeker-processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru have been violating human rights.
That's according to the general-secretary of the PNG Greens Party Andrew Kutapae, fresh from an Asia-Pacific Greens Federation study tour in Australia.
He says the plight of refugees on PNG's Manus Island and the Australian Government's imposition of detention centres on Manus and Nauru are pressing issues.
Mr Kutapae says that despite April's PNG Supreme Court decision that detaining asylum people on Manus was illegal and that they should be released, the illegal detention operations continue.
He says the detention centre has brought few social or economic benefits to the people of Manus.
He says Australia should immediately stop its use of Manus to illegally detain refugees and abuse their human rights.
Bangladesh’s government began its first census of undocumented Rohingya refugees on Thursday, setting off fears that it might lead to a mass relocation or forcible repatriation of the refugees to Myanmar.
“We’re floating people,” said Nuur Samon, an undocumented Rohingya woman who lives in one of the shacks a few hours north of the camps.
“If the government wants to make us move, what can we do about it? Nothing,” she said.
“But at least take us somewhere where we can have a community, where we can build schools, where we can have a madrasa. Some place where our husbands can earn an income.”
She added: “We’d like to go back to Myanmar — once it’s safe. Right now it’s still very unsafe for us to return.” ... [New York Times - 2/6/16]
As Bali Process condemns 1,000s of refugees in South East Asia to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide ---> UNHCR leadership "pins hopes" on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" - calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign the refugee convention, while ignoring the role of Australia's exclusionary policies in creating the bottleneck [23/3/16]
... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.
“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.
“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”
He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.
“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.
Germany declares 1915 Armenian killings a "genocide" [CNN - 2/6/16]
The United States is "grateful" to have Singapore as a security partner “for cooperation and inclusiveness and principle in the conduct of international affairs”, said US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Friday.
"Among the countries of the world that embody those principles, we have no better friend than Singapore, and I'm grateful for that," he said. ... [Channel News Asia - 3/6/16]
Japan has temporarily stopped accepting live feeder and breeder cattle exports from Australia after a number of animals tested positive for bovine Johne's disease.
The Department of Agriculture confirmed it was aware of the announcement by Japanese authorities and would investigate whether the cattle were prepared according to requirements. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 2/6/16]
Mitsubishi Materials, Chinese WWII slave workers reach deal [Japan Today - 2/6/16]
The Department of Defence has admitted it will not update the safe water screening levels used in its human health testing at Williamtown to reflect new data released by the United States EPA.
At a media briefing at the Williamtown RAAF Base on Friday, Air Vice-Marshal Greg Evans said the results of the human health risk assessment, due to be published at the end of July, would use the existing “interim” safe drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid and perfluorooctane sulfonate.
Those levels set the safe drinking water level at 0.2 parts per billion for PFOS and 0.4 parts per billion for PFOA.
They were based on interim short-term drinking water guidelines set by the US EPA back in 2009, but last month they were discarded by the US in place of new permanent long-term guidelines that significantly lower the safe standard to 0.07 parts per billion as a combined level for the two chemicals. ... [The Herald - 3/6/16]
... The water authority determined that the chemical contamination came from companies located upstream on the Tennessee River, including the 3M Company, which discharges PFOS and PFOA in their manufacturing processes.
The synthetic chemicals are widely used to make nonstick cookware, waterproof clothes, carpet sealants and fire-fighting foams. ...
It's one of Anderson County's biggest buildings, and its conversion into a manufacturing facility by one of America's best-known companies remains a mysterious, low-profile work in progress.
The 3M Company purchased the former Food Lion Distribution Center in Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton in December 2014.
The company paid $14.4 million for 160 acres and the 772,000-square-foot building. ... [Knoxville News Sentinel - 2/6/16]
ADFA cadet charged with sexual assault [Canberra Times - 3/6/16]
Pentagon: Special Ops killing of pregnant Afghan women as “appropriate” use of force [The Intercept - 1/6/16]:
... Although two children were shot during the raid and multiple witnesses and Afghan investigators alleged that U.S. soldiers dug bullets out of the body of at least one of the dead pregnant women, Defense Department investigators concluded that “the amount of force utilized was necessary, proportional and applied at appropriate time.” ...
“Guantánamo Diary” detainee makes the case for his release [The Intercept - 3/6/16]
Schindler was a people smuggler. Smuggled refugees out of Nazi Germany ... [Australian High Commission, London]
Image: @NadineElEnany [2/6/16]
Sanity and humanity. Out of the mouths of babes ... [VIDEO - West Australian - 2/6/16]:
… So we decided to ask a small focus group of five- and seven-year-olds some simple political questions.
Unlike politicians, their answers were direct and straight to the point.
And how they responded was both refreshing and surprising.
So what would these girls actually do if they were Prime Minister?
“Make sure everyone is safe.”
“I want everyone to be nice to each other.”
They also agreed on how we should deal with asylum seekers.
“Welcome them. Care about them. And love them.” ...
Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister said progress was being made in closing down the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island, but he refuses to say if there was a time-line.
The country's Supreme Court in April ruled the centre, which holds asylum seekers and refugees detained by Australia, was unconstitutional, and the government then announced it would shut down.
Both PNG and Australia have publicly argued over whose responsibility the 1,500 detainees are, and what will happen to them once the centre eventually does close.
The Foreign Minister, Rimbink Pato, said his officials were meeting regularly with their Australian counterparts, but he refused to be drawn to detail their progress.
"Look, there are clear plans in place. It's a matter that is the subject of ongoing discussions and planning from the Australian government. So all I can say to you is that everything is well and truly on track."
Rimbink Pato said despite some Australian politicians suggesting the Manus centre could remain open, the centre will be closed.
The MP for Manus Island has accused the Federal Government of a cover-up after the Immigration Department released a largely censored report into the alleged rape of a detention centre employee. ... [ABC - 2/6/16]
They have a legitimate demands: "STOP TORTURE. RELEASE US" WHERE IS JUSTICE AFTER 3 YEARS?" @SuchNigel [2/6/16] <--- Why are Australian human rights organisations ignoring them at this critical time?
And why is the ABC helping the Australian government disappear refugees?
Boy missing in Japan found safe ... @abcnews [3/6/16]
Image: @InsurrectNews [30/5/16]
Or you could cut the crap and call for a Royal Commission into Australia's broken, genocidal, anti-refugee immigration regime ---> People are being tortured and are dying as the Greens produce another thought bubble to avoid speaking truth to power. [Media Release - 3/6/16]
1,000s more refugees are also trapped by Australia and the UNHCR's "durable solutions"of detention, deportation and death (NOT resettlement) in South East Asia.----> 100,000 trapped in Azaz, Syria in urgent need of safe haven: Turkey and the EU must open their borders [ReliefWeb/MSF - 2/6/16]
Mountz: image showing #Australia's onshore and offshore #detention sites ... Image: @AudraLMitchell [12/11/15]
Dr. Alfred de Zayas (UN Special Rapporteur): Threats to peace and how to fix the United Nations [VIDEO - Guadalajara Geopolitics Institute - 31/5/16]
Ecuador's Correa says right-wing politicians 'seek vengeance' [teleSUR - 2/6/16]
The Organization of American States has announced it will hold an emergency meeting to discuss whether to suspend Venezuela for violating the OAS Charter.
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro said Tuesday that Venezuela had suffered "grave alterations of democratic order."
But supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have criticized the OAS for targeting Venezuela, not Brazil, where democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff was recently removed from power in what many have described as a coup.
To talk more about the situation in Venezuela and the actions of the OAS, we speak to Venezuela’s ambassador to the OAS, Bernardo Álvarez. ... [Democracy Now - 1/6/16]
Lawsuit filed over Baltimore primary election, citing irregularities [Reuters - 2/6/16]
"The system is set up to protect officers": Activists react to lack of charges in Jamar Clark case [Democracy Now - 2/6/16]
In Pasadena, California, Black Lives Matter organizer Jasmine Richards is facing four years in state prison after she was convicted of a rarely used statute in California law originally known as "felony lynching."
Under California’s penal code, "felony lynching" was defined as attempting to take a person out of police custody. Jasmine was arrested and charged with felony lynching last September, after police accused her of trying to de-arrest someone during a peace march at La Pintoresca Park in Pasadena on August 29, 2015.
The arrest and jailing of a young black female activist on charges of felony lynching sparked a firestorm of controversy. Historically, the crime of lynching refers to when a white lynch mob takes a black person out of the custody of the police for the purpose of extrajudicially hanging them.
In fact, the law’s name was so controversial that less than two months before Jasmine was arrested, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation removing the word "lynching" from the penal code. ... [Democracy Now - 2/6/16]
Two fighter jets from elite U.S. military demonstration squadrons crashed in separate incidents on Thursday, including one that had just done a flyover of the Air Force Academy graduation in Colorado where President Barack Obama had spoken. ... [Reuters - 2/6/16]
A suicide bomber detonated explosives near a mosque in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia on Thursday, killing and wounding several people, a monitoring group and state media reported.
The explosion took place near the city center as people were leaving prayers, state TV reported, describing it as a terrorist attack. ... [Reuters - 2/6/16]
The US-led coalition, which claims to be fighting the Takfiri Daesh group in Syria, has airdropped arms for militants fighting the Syrian government in the Arab country’s northwest.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said coalition aircraft had dropped weapons and ammunition for the militants in the town of Marea in Aleppo province on Thursday. ... [Press TV - 2/6/16]
UN adds Saudi coalition to blacklist for killing children in Yemen [Reuters - 2/6/16]
3 June 2016