Emergent situation revoked, Crossdale near Esk




QPS Media [3/10/15]:



An emergent situation, declared under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act at a Crossdale property near Esk this morning has been revoked.

Police were called to a property on Keen Road, off Stanley Pocket Road around 8.30am.

Upon their arrival a man was located at the property armed with a rifle.

At around 6:00pm a 30-year-old man was taken into custody by police.

The man received treatment at the scene for a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was subsequently transported to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

No one else was injured during the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Accused “terror plotter” to challenge translations of phone call with ISIS leader

Sydney Morning Herald [3/11/15]:

A young Sydney man accused of planning to murder a random member of the public in the name of Islamic State is seeking to challenge the translations of the phone conversation in which the alleged plot is said to have been hatched with a senior terrorist leader.

Documents obtained by Fairfax Media show that the legal team of 21-year-old Omarjan Azari have applied to cross examine those who translated the phone call over what they say are crucial inconsistencies between one translation and the next.

The cross examination, if allowed, would take place at Mr Azari's upcoming committal hearing.

"The Crown case asserts that Mr Azari planned a terrorism offence merely by having reached a certain state of mind," Mr Azari's barrister, Steven Boland says in a written application filed with Central local court.

"This 'state of mind' is to be derived in large part by the translation of third parties who appear to have fundamentally shifted their interpretation of critical components of the relevant conversation."

Commonwealth Prosecutors say Mohammad Ali Baryalei, who was then the highest ranking Australian member of Islamic State but is now deceased, put the terror plan to Mr Azari and that the 21-year-old agreed to carry it out.

They allege that during the course of one phone call on September 15 last year, Mr Baryalei told the younger man to "just pick any random unbeliever".

"When finished put the flag of the state in the background and film it and send it off," Mr Baryalei allegedly said.

Mr Azari allegedly replies, "Yeah".

"Backpacker, tourist, American, French or British even better," Mr Baryalei continues.

At another point during the call Mr Baryalei allegedly talked about killing five people a month. He also allegedly told Mr Azari to recruit two to three "brothers" - "heavy duty boys with perfect faith".

But Mr Azari's defence team has consistently asserted that, far from agreeing to carry out the attack, the 21-year-old told Mr Baryalei they should not go ahead with it.

They have cast significant doubt over the most recent translation of the recorded phone calls put forward as evidence by prosecutors, arguing that it is inconsistent in crucial respects with previous translations the Crown has obtained.

"In the first translation, immediately after Baryalei has communicated his idea to Mr Azari, Azari repeatedly indicates that he is under heavy surveillance," Mr Boland says in the written submissions.

"He then says.. 'for this reason, let [sic] abandon this plan for a couple of months Allah willing after that I will get another phone and start the work'."

Mr Boland says that, when prosecutors ordered a second translation of this call the words "abandon this plan" had been replaced with "postpone this plan" in the new version.

He is seeking to cross examine the three translators on a range of questions, including the circumstances in which each translation was performed, specific areas of inconsistency, the importance of intonation and forms of expression in the relevant languages when determining meaning and the circumstances in which two of the translators were asked to provide a second translation of the 15 September phone call.

Mr Azari remains in Goulburn's Supermax prison where he has has had little contact with the outside world since September last year.

The matter will return to court on November 11 at which point the Crown will indicate whether it consents to the cross examination and a final determination made by the magistrate.




 Shorter Soutphommasane [Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner]:  Love it or leave [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/11/15]





The attorney general, George Brandis, may have approved at least one highly secretive “special intelligence operation” under which Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers are granted sweeping immunity from prosecution in the use of force – but he won’t tell you. ASIO won’t tell you. Even our intelligence watchdog won’t tell you. And journalists quite simply can’t tell you. ... [Guardian - 3/11/15]





Australian Federal Police arranged the smuggling of an unspecified contraband item into a jail in their investigation of a terrorist plot.

But the AFP's annual report on controlled operations for 2014-15 reveals only scant details of the case.

No details are revealed of the target or the outcome.

It does disclose the case was launched in September 2014 and continued up to last June.

The brief reference in the report says it was directed at criminal activity in preparing for terrorist acts.

Police engaged in communications "in relation to planning of a terrorist act" and facilitated the introduction of a contraband item into a prison. ... [Nine MSN - 3/11/15]



Man detonates bomb at Mississippi Walmart [USA Today - 2/11/15]:

A man is charged after allegedly setting off an explosive at a Mississippi Walmart Sunday morning.

Marshall W. Leonard, 61, of Tupelo, will be charged with placing an explosive device. Under Mississippi Code 97-37-25 he could get life in prison if convicted, the Tupelo Daily Journal reported.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said a vehicle pulled up to an entrance of the Walmart in North Gloster around 1:30 a.m. CT.

“A white male got out, lit the package and threw it in the vestibule,” said Aguirre.

“There was an employee on break, and the suspect told him, ‘You better run.’

“The employee did run and was away from harm when the package went off. It wasn’t a large explosion. It didn’t cause a lot of damage to the store.”

No one was injured in the incident. The remnants of the homemade explosive device have been sent to the crime lab.

A supporter of the Mississippi flag, Leonard railed against anyone who wanted it removed because it contained the Confederate battle flag. He spoke out against Walmart when the retail giant stop selling items that contained the Confederate battle flag.

Last Wednesday, Leonard posted threats on the Daily Journal Facebook page.

Journal corporate, you are on final warning,” he wrote Oct. 28.

“You are part of the problem. As a result of this, y’all are going down, along with Walmart, WTVA, Reeds department store, and all the rest of the anti-American crooks. I’m not kidding. No messing around anymore!”

Leonard was taken into custody after being stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop police quickly determined he was a suspect in the Walmart bombing. Leonard is set for an initial court appearance Tuesday.



Florida: Musical tribute held for Corey Jones in Boynton Beach [WPTV – 2/11/15]

A musical tribute was held Sunday night for Corey Jones, the 31-year-old man who was shot and killed last month by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer.

Hundreds packed the Bible Church of God in Boynton Beach for the event.

Many wore tee shirts with a picture of Corey Jones when he was just 4 months old.

Family and friends sang and danced for the concert called "keeping the beat alive"

“When we gather here tonight, Corey would be the main drummer. (Since he’s not) here, there's a void. Even though we have other dynamic drummers that are here, they all respect Corey as the first drummer,” said Corey's uncle Sylvester Banks Jr.

Six musical groups performed for Jones, including two dance groups and a praise team from Okeechobee.



4 charged with operating migrant boats, South.Lebanon [Daily Star – 3/11/15]





‏@MSF_Sea [2/11/15]:   "I paid for the boat so now I'm broke. But I feel good because I'm saving them from death. They will have a future"








Martin Xuereb, Malta’s former Chief of Defense, discusses the refugee crisis [Harvard Political Review - 30/10/15]





The Israel Lobby [London Review of Books - 23/6/06]




Israeli forces on Tuesday morning stormed the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron, where they destroyed equipment and ordered the station's closure, in the latest violation of press freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Manbar al-Hurriyya (Freedom Tribune) radio station wrote on its website that Israeli forces had destroyed equipment inside the offices and confiscated other equipment. ... [Maan - 3/11/15]




Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in Beit Ummar clashes [Maan - 3/11/15]





Schools close in Surif due to heavy tear gas [Maan - 3/11/15]





Israel's Minister for Agriculture proposes deporting street cats to another country [Haaretz - 2/11/15]




Pakistan:  Journalist Zaman Mehsud gunned down in Tank Khyber Pahktunkhwa [GEO.tv – 3/11/15]





China signs accords with Afghanistan [Khaama - 3/11/15]







The Pentagon has wasted $43 million of the American taxpayers on a useless gas station in northern Afghanistan, according to a report published by the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR).  ... [Khaama - 3/11/15]





Reaping the fruits of the war on terror in Yemen [Counterpunch - 3/11/15]





Saudi warplanes have caused dozens of casualties by mistakenly targeting the Riyadh-allied militants who fight on the side of fugitive former Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in west-central Yemen.

The offensive, which took place in Ma’rib Province on Tuesday, was the second time in the space of a week that Saudi aircraft targeted the allied forces by mistake, Yemen’s official Saba Net news agency reported. ... [Press TV - 3/11/15]





The United Nations said on Monday that two contractors detained by authorities in Yemen's capital Sanaa were not working for the world body, but were instead employed by a company that manages a facility used by the United Nations. ... [Reuters - 2/11/15]





Ukrainian forces have shelled Donetsk’s Kirovsky district overnight, a local administration spokesperson told Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

"The shelling started around 4am. After a direct hit, a roof of a residential house was destroyed. No one was injured as people managed to hide. Explosions were heard throughout the day yesterday, and strong shellings by Ukrainian forces started in the evening," the spokesperson said. ... [TASS - 3/11/15]





South African police filmed 'shooting unarmed suspect dead' [Al Jazeera - 2/11/15]





David Cameron was warned by Tory MPs on an influential committee not to press ahead with a vote on UK air strikes against Islamic State in Syria.

It emerged overnight that the Prime Minister would no longer be seeking a vote on airstrikes because Tory rebels and Labour MPs were likely to be strong enough in numbers to defeat the government.

Whitehall sources claimed that Mr Cameron was unable to persuade enough of Jeremy Corbyn's MPs to defy their leader on the issue.

The Foreign Affairs Committee, which has a Conservative majority, has told Mr Cameron to focus his efforts on ending civil war in Syria.

The group also raised concerns about the legal basis for UK action unless it formed part of a "coherent international strategy" to defeat Islamic State.  ... [Telegraph - 3/11/15]





Turkish warplanes bomb Kurdish rebel bases [Ahram - 3/11/15]




United States "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [2/11/15]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 10 airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hawl, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.

-- Near Hasakah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL rocket, two ISIL vehicles, and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Raqqah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded three ISIL fighters.

-- Near Mar’a, six strikes struck five separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL ammo cache, an ISIL staging area, and three ISIL buildings.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, bomber, fighter, ground attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:

-- Near Beiji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Makhmur, one strike destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns, three ISIL fighting positions, and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Ramadi, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed two ISIL tactical vehicles, an ISIL vehicle bomb, two ISIL command and control nodes, four ISIL buildings, two ISIL fighting positions, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, five strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL weapons cache, and two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Tal Afar, one strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.




Russia’s air group in Syria attacked 237 targets in Syria over two days [TASS - 2/11/15]





The Russian Defense Ministry has denied media reports its aircraft hit hospitals in Syria, saying the medical facilities mentioned by Western media don’t actually exist. ... [RT - 2/11/15]




The Okinawa government on Monday filed a complaint against the state’s decision to overrule the local authority’s attempt to block landfill work for a facility to relocate a U.S. military base within the southern island prefecture. ... [Japan Today - 3/11/15]



Alfred McCoy, Washington's great game and why it's failing [TomDispatch – 7/6/15]






Keystone XL's builder faced darkening prospects [Reuters – 3/11/15]:

Faced with dimming prospects for approval, the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline chose to plead with the U.S. government for a delay on its fate, signaling that prolonged uncertainty is preferable to rejection of the $8 billion project.

Monday's appeal by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) has been widely interpreted as an attempt to avert an impending "no" from President Barack Obama to the nearly 1,200-mile (2,000-km) cross-border pipeline. Keystone XL would carry heavy crude oil from Alberta to Nebraska and on to Gulf Coast refineries, and has become the symbolic heart of a struggle between environmentalists opposed to oil sands development and defenders of fossil fuels.

The U.S. State Department said it had received a letter from TransCanada asking for the delay but a spokesperson said the review would continue for now.

TransCanada spokesman Mark Cooper said the company would not speculate on what the decision may be or when it may come.

But the Obama administration has become more vocal and active on climate change issues as it closes in on its final year in office, and the president has repeatedly expressed doubts about the merits of the pipeline.

TransCanada's request for a delay came amid a darkening political outlook for the project on both sides of the border.

In Nebraska, the company remains embroiled in time-consuming disputes with landowners over the proposed pipeline route. And in Canada, it lost a powerful advocate in October when Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who had openly allied with Republican leaders in his aggressive lobbying for Keystone, was defeated by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.







Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) on Tuesday again sought to assuage investor concerns over its planned $70 billion takeover of BG Group (BG.L) as it announced plans for further synergies and cost cuts aimed at making the deal work with oil prices in the mid-$60s a barrel.

The Anglo-Dutch group, which hopes to complete the deal early next year, said it now expected synergies to increase by $1 billion to $3.5 billion for the combination which will make Shell a leader in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and offshore oil production in Brazil. ... [Reuters - 3/11/15]




Shell failing to clean up Nigeria oil spills [BBC - 3/11/15]


Last Muslim enclave in Sittwe fears for future under Aung San Suu Kyi


Channel News Asia [3/11/15]



 The CEO of Australian company Woodside, Mr Peter Coleman, and Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss Woodside's investment in Myanmar on 12 May 2015.  Australian Embassy in Myanmar



Australian Embassy in Myanmar  [14/5/15]:  President Thein Sein met with the CEO of one of Australia's leading oil and gas companies Woodside Energy, Mr Peter Coleman, and the Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, HE Nicholas Coppel, to discuss Australian investment in Myanmar. Woodside are leading Australia's investments in the energy sector in Myanmar, with the support of the Australian Embassy in Myanmar.



Woodside Petroleum has emerged as the largest holder of exploration acreage in Myanmar's promising Rakhine Basin, formalising contracts with the government that will give it large interests in four additional permits. ...  [Australian Financial Review – 23/3/15]





For refugees from Myanmar living in camps just across the border in Thailand, a landmark election in their homeland triggers mixed emotions: hope that a hated government will be defeated, and fear of the uncertain future such an upheaval might bring.

Ko Chit, 45, who lives in Mae La refugee camp, the largest of the nine camps that are home to around 110,000 people, is typical of those who spoke to Reuters.

He wants opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) to win the Nov. 8 poll, the country's first free and fair election in a generation, but worries that could result in being sent back to Myanmar when it remains unsafe.

"The situation is not yet stable and we cannot go back because of fighting and persecution," Ko Chit said. "If there is no non-governmental organization to support us there, it would be better to stay in the camp." ... [Channel News Asia - 3/11/15]



Myanmar’s disenfranchised Rohingya, U Shwe Maung [New York Times – 2/11/15]





UN chief concerned by continuous exercise of hate speech ahead of Myanmar elections [Media Release – 1/11/15]





A Senate hearing has been told just 412 people identifying as Rohingya have been granted humanitarian visas by Australia since 2008.


Another 1940 Rohingya had arrived in Australia by boat since 2009, Ms Noble said. ....  [SBS - 26/5/15]



ALP and LNP vote against Greens Senate motion to save Rohingya [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]:

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (15:39): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) expresses concern at the disturbing reports aired on the Four Corners television program on 22 June 2015;

(b) notes:

(i) that only 412 Rohingyans have been resettled in Australia through Australia's humanitarian program since 2008, and

(ii) the Government's recent refusal to provide assistance or resettlement for Rohingyans currently in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, and stranded at sea off these three countries; and

(c) urges the Government to:

(i) contribute to the search and rescue mission for thousands of migrants, including Rohingyans, currently stranded at sea,

(ii) resettle some of the Rohingyan migrants rescued by Indonesia and Malaysia, and

(iii) resettle an increased number of Rohingyans in the 2015 humanitarian program, increasing the number of the program if necessary.

The PRESIDENT: The question is that the motion be agreed to.


The Senate divided [15:39]

(The President—Senator Parry)


Ayes ...................... 13

Noes ...................... 33

Majority ................. 20


Di Natale, R

Hanson-Young, SC

Lazarus, GP

Ludlam, S

Madigan, JJ

Milne, C

Rhiannon, L

Rice, J

Siewert, R (teller)

Waters, LJ

Whish-Wilson, PS

Wright, PL

Xenophon, N


Back, CJ

Bilyk, CL

Brown, CL

Bullock, J.W.

Bushby, DC

Cameron, DN

Canavan, M.J.

Colbeck, R

Edwards, S

Fawcett, DJ

Fifield, MP

Gallagher, KR

Heffernan, W

Ketter, CR

Leyonhjelm, DE

Lindgren, JM

Lines, S

Marshall, GM

McEwen, A (teller)

McGrath, J

McKenzie, B

McLucas, J

Moore, CM

Nash, F

O'Neill, DM

Parry, S

Peris, N

Polley, H

Ruston, A

Ryan, SM

Urquhart, AE

Wang, Z

Williams, JR

Question negatived.






Australian Navy rescue Australian fisherman during refugee repelling patrol [Navy Daily - 3/11/15]





About 400 parishioners at the Christian Evangelical International Ministry in Phnom Penh were singing hymns when 15 armed police officers rushed through the doors on Saturday and rounded up all of the Nigerian men present, according to Peter Ike, a preacher’s assistant at the church.

Police demanded to see passports and working visas on the spot, he said, and despite pleas from the men to allow their families to retrieve the documents, those who failed to produce them were forced into waiting police vans. ... [Cambodia Daily - 3/11/15]




Two more deaths at Prey Speu social affairs centre [Phnom Penh Post – 3/11/15]





It's a bit too newsy for Australia's anti journalistic media and their buddies in the disinformation "Ponds Institute" industry

… "So where has my family gone to?"

says the man

From the fortieth floor of his hotel

Well everybody has to pay

But maybe it's in different ways

'Cause he'd believed in the dream

Why he'd met it on every corner

But he never could explain

What could make a man lose his sense of decency …


'American Money', GANGgajang [1987]



Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit 'may advance cooperation', says Singapore envoy [The Straits Times - 3/11/15]:

An upgrade of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (CSFTA) and progress on a third government-led project are two potential outcomes from Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Singapore starting on Friday, said Mr Stanley Loh, Singapore's Ambassador to China.

But besides progress in cooperation, the significance of President Xi's two-day trip, which is part of an exchange of presidential visits to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations, also lies in the political signalling by both sides, added Mr Loh.

He said China extended a warm welcome to President Tony Tan Keng Yam on his state visit to China at the end of June, and Singapore is keen to reciprocate with "an equally if not even warmer welcome" to the Chinese leader.

"Given the deep and broad relationship between the two countries, it is important for us to have high-level mutual understanding and communication so that it permeates all the way down," he said.

"It sends an important signal of our mutual desire to build on what we've achieved in 25 years and raise it to a higher level and set a direction of where we want to go for the next 25 years and beyond."



Australia: Former boat refugee now a leading orthopaedic surgeon

Tweed Shire Echo [3/11/15]:


… In his book Walking Free, Associate Professor Al Muderis details his story of escape from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, via people smuggler boat and detention on Christmas Island, to becoming a leading orthopaedic specialist transforming the lives of former soldiers.

This remarkable 15-year journey included a period as a medical intern at Lismore Base Hospital and Dr Al Muderis has made time in his busy schedule to return to Lismore on 28th November for a special author’s talk at Goonellabah Library.

In 1999 Dr Al Muderis was a trainee surgeon in Iraq when and he was ordered to cut off the tops of the ears of army deserters. Unable to carry out this cruelty he fled via Jordan and Java and over-crowded people smuggler boat to Christmas Island where he was held in detention for nine months.

Now 15 years after starting his medical training again, Dr Al Muderis is an orthopaedic specialist pioneering a new form of prosthesis that is transforming the lives of amputees, including soldiers mutilated in the Iraq War.

It was during his time at Melbourne’s Austin Hospital that Dr Al Muderis fulfilled his dream to become an orthopaedic robotics limb surgeon. He is now one of the world’s leading specialists in Osseo integration, a procedure which involves using titanium implants instead of old socket prosthesis.

In 2013, British Iraq War hero and double amputee Michael Swain flew to Australia for treatment after hearing about Dr Al Muderis innovative procedure. And the former soldier invited the doctor to be by his side when he walked up to receive his MBE from The Queen in June last year.

From Iraq to Christmas Island to Buckingham Palace, it has been quite a journey.

Hear first-hand Dr Al Muderis’s inspiring story at Goonellabah Library on November 28 from 7pm.



Yahoo [21/9/15]:


... Sydney-based orthopaedic surgeon Munjed Al Muderis, who fled Iraq in 1999, said he still met people who judged him because he arrived in Australia by boat.

At a recent high-profile event, a "senior member of Australian society" had asked how the 43-year-old -- who has met Britain's Prince Harry because of his pioneering work with amputees -- came to be invited after he revealed he was a boat refugee, Al Muderis told AFP.

The man changed his tone after his wife revealed she had read about Al Muderis' life story in the media.

 "He realised I'm a human being, I'm normal, I can speak English and I can articulate and... I'm the guest of honour, not him."





Europe will never be the same. Neither will the world. [The Automatic Earth - 2/11/15]:



… It’s not only individual people who are biased against change, societies are too, and that means so are those who ‘lead’ these societies. They are all motivated, consciously or not, to resist change, because their positions and their powers depend on things remaining -largely- the same.

‘Leaders’ in Brussels and various European capitals still operate on the assumption that the refugee stream is a fleeting phenomenon they can and must stop. In a sort of positive feedback loop with their populations, this idea is continuously reinforced.

This leads to today’s reality in which at least one baby drowns every single day (and more in the past few days) off the shores of Greece, on Europe’s borders, and easily ten times as many members of their families. Moreover, the count is accelerating fast. Weather forecasts for the coming week call for Beaufort 7 winds.

There’s no society, no civilization that allows such atrocities to happen, and is not subsequently down for the count, and bound to dissolve, crumble and disappear. Societies all need common values, based on minimum levels of humanity and compassion, just to survive. And they need a whole lot more if they wish to flourish. No such values, as we see on a daily basis, exist in Europe today.





Australian media derelict as psychological torture of refugees continues --->  Human teeth found in meal served at Australia's death camp on Manus Island [Guardian - 3/11/15]


Peter Dutton opens Refugee Welcome Festival, the death of satire!

Workers Bush Telegraph:



In 1973, when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after slaying 3.5 million IndoChinese, the American satirist Tom Lehrer reflected “Political satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel peace prize.”

In June 2015 Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton was invited to open the “Refugee Welcome Festival” in Brisbane while simultaneously jailing refugee children in offshore gulags.

As New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once observed “It was like deja vu all over again!”

GIVE PETER DUTTON THE BOOT … or at least a flying sand shoe!

When duplicity, denial and hypocrisy reaches such dangerous levels – society screams out for the boy who pointed out the emperor has no clothes!

Enter Catholic Worker farmer David Sprigg who felt compelled to confront this madness and speak some truth to power. Spriggs was replicating the actions of Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi who in 2008 threw his shoes at George Bush and yelled “This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq!”.

Sprigg did likewise confronting Peter Dutton at the Brisbane Refugee Welcome Festival.

Peter Dutton was a member of the 2003 Howard government that participated in the illegal invasion of Iraq that caused so much death, destruction and displacement. He is now a minister in the Turnbull government that imprisons and tortures Iraqis, among others, who have fled the destruction the U.S. & Australian governments have brought to Iraq.

In Australia, Dutton gets to open “Refugee Welcome Festivals” while abusing refugees! Go figure?

Dave Sprigg faces a charge of Public Nuisance, seven prosecution witnesses have been called to testify against him.

Gather outside the Brisbane Magistrates court, corner of George & Turbot streets on Wed Nov 4th, 8 am sharp.

Wear black to mark the death of satire.




Ciaron O’Reilly


“The poor tell us who we are,

The prophets tell us who we could be,

So we hide the poor,

And kill the prophets.”


Phil Berrigan




‏@justice4aflictd [14/6/15]:  Here is a similar shoe to the one a threw at Peter Dutton at a refugee welcome festival this morning 





Brisbane Times [14/6/15]:


 Peter Dutton has shrugged off having a pair of shoes thrown at him at a refugee welcome ceremony in Brisbane.

The minister was speaking at the Annerley Football Club on Sunday morning when the shoes were launched at him.

He dodged the first one and caught the second.

 It's believed Acting Premier Jackie Trad, who was also at the ceremony, later commended him on his quick reflexes.  [<---- Scumbags using "good refugees" for their own PR purposes, as others rot. ]



The monstrous Henry Kissinger shouldn’t get to laugh his sins away [Salon - 23/12/14]





Australians who supported this campaign to CLOSE THE CAMPS and send journalists to Nauru expect a daily update on how the visa process is progressing, NOT have their eyeballs directed to assorted ALP social media/PR, and backpedalling capitulations such as "free the children" and "we need transparency".





Beyond repugnant ----> ABC and Australia's protected and unaccountable Immigration Minister attempt to use refugees at Zaatari camp to reinforce the "we stopped the boats" lie.




Concentration camps, torture, refoulement and exile put Australia in an even worse category than the European countries currently erecting barbed wire fences and closing their borders. 



Dutton and the ABC are complicit in human rights atrocities against refugees.



Online Opinion [2/11/15]:


... The [Amnesty] report draws attention to an assortment of internationals instruments those enforcing Operation Sovereign Borders have breached.

The most obvious ones stem from the Refugee Convention, notably in terms of the right to have claims to asylum processed, irrespective of the mode of arrival, and the salient principle of non-refoulement.

There are, however, two other documents that have been brazenly ignored. These are the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which outlines signatory obligations to cooperate in preventing and combating transnational organised crime, and the Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air. ...



Israeli forces threaten Palestinian refugees over loudspeaker [Middle East Eye - 30/10/15]:



... Mohammed al-Azza is a freelance journalist from Aida refugee camp. He was in the streets taking photos during the raid on the camp on Thursday.

“What happened today wasn’t normal. The way they attacked the camp was crazy. There were protesters in the streets, yeah, but the soldiers weren’t focused on shooting tear gas at the kids protesting,” al-Azza said.

“The main thing today was to hurt the people who live in the camp more than to try and stop the protesters in the street.” ...




... Nichols, who had worked there in the period between 2013 and June of this year, has come out with claims that Palestinian refugees had been water-boarded on “two or three occasions” in 2014, according to the ABC.

He claimed that "members of the ERT [Emergency Response Team] ... conducted [water-boarding] against members of the Palestinian community that was on Nauru, refugees.

"These matters were raised with my direct supervisor,” he added. "Senior management, I'm not sure [if they were told], but definitely management that was on the ground." ... [RT - 21/8/15]




Guardian [1/3/14]:


Chilling footage has emerged of “war zone”-like scenes during last week’s unrest at the Manus Island detention centre, showing dozens of asylum seekers – most unconscious or semiconscious and many with serious injuries – receiving treatment from frantic staff tending to them by torchlight.

The video, obtained by Guardian Australia, was filmed at the makeshift hospital created on a concrete wharf next to the floating accommodation block used by Australian detention centre staff. It is the first footage to be seen from the disturbance that left one man, Reza Barati, dead, one shot, and dozens wounded, 13 seriously.

The footage, shot in the early hours of Tuesday, after G4S personnel “lost control” of their local riot squads and Papua New Guinea police were observed in violent altercations with asylum seekers, shows the injured brought in on a ute, one after another. The events occur in near darkness, with only a soft green light, torches and headlamps from the vehicles illuminating the makeshift hospital.

Some asylum seekers being treated at the scene can be heard groaning in pain. At one point a staff member shouts out the words “gunshot wound” and a body is rushed through.

No asylum seekers can be seen at any point resisting staff, and one witness told Guardian Australia that at least one patient was observed with a plastic handcuff on one hand during the night.

“It was like a war zone,” a witness to the filmed events told Guardian Australia. “People were covered in blood – so many people came in half an hour.”

The footage was filmed between 12.41am and 1.06am on Tuesday. Almost immediately afterwards, witnesses say, all staff on the floating accommodation block, Hotel Bibby, were asked to help, whether or not they had medical training. At this point the number of casualties increased. ...




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Bernard Tomic through to second round, Paris Masters


 Sydney Morning Herald [3/11/15]:



 Bernard Tomic brushed aside Fabio Fognini in under an hour to set up a second round Paris Masters clash with French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

The Queenslander needed just 56 minutes to see off Fognini 6-3 6-2, with six double-faults from the often casual Italian contributing to the loss.

Wawrinka has a 5-1 record against Tomic, with the pair last meeting in Davis Cup tie more than a year ago.





3 November 2015