A 14-year-old boy is in critical but stable condition after St. Louis Metropolitan police officers shot him, officials said Sunday. ... [CNN - 3/10/16]

 

 

NY man who filmed Eric Garner's death heading to jail [Al Jazeera - 2/10/16]

 

@wikileaks [3/10/16]:  Hillary Clinton on Assange "Can't we just drone this guy" -- report ...

 

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/10/16]

 

 

3 persons killed, 11 others injured in suicide bombings, Hama [SANA - 3/10/16]

 

 

Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime change in Syria [Alternet - 3/10/16]:

 

... In fact, The Syria Campaign’s founder, Purpose co-founder Jeremy Heimans, was also one of the original founders of Avaaz.

As he told Forbes, “I co-founded Avaaz and [the Australian activist group] Get Up, which inspired the creation of Purpose.”

...

One recent incident highlighted The Syria Campaign’s skillful handling of press relationships from Aleppo to media markets across the West.

It was August 17, and a Syrian or Russian warplane had just hit an apartment building in rebel-held eastern Aleppo.

Sophie McNeill, a Middle East correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, received a photo from the Syrian American Medical Society, which maintains a WhatsApp group networking doctors inside rebel territory with international media.

The photo showed a five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, who had been extracted from the building by members of the White Helmets and hoisted into an ambulance, where he was filmed by members of the Aleppo Media Center.

The chilling image depicts a dazed little boy, seated upright and staring at nothing, his pudgy cheeks caked in ash and blood.

“Video then emerged of Omran as he sat blinking in the back of that ambulance,” McNeill wrote without explaining who provided her with the video. She immediately posted the footage on Twitter.

“Watch this video from Aleppo tonight. And watch it again. And remind yourself that with #Syria #wecantsaywedidntknow,” McNeill declared.

Her post was retweeted over 17,000 times and the hashtag she originated, which implied international inaction against the Syrian government made such horrors possible, became a viral sensation as well.

(McNeill did not respond to questions sent to her publicly listed email.) ...

 

 

@guardiacostiera [3/10/16]:  #CentraleOperativa coordina numerose operazioni #SAR. Unità #GuardiaCostiera e ONG salvano oltre 2350 #migranti in 12 distinti interventi

 

@MSF_Sea [3/10/16]:   ... The rescues just keep coming on the Bourbon #Argos. With 7 boats rescued so far the deck is filling fast.

 

 

@MSF_Sea [3/10/16]:  ... After 7 hours of rescue, ~700 #people from this wooden boat, incl. a lot of kids, are safe on the @SOSMedFrance @MSF #Aquarius.

 

 

The Italian Republic recognises 3 October as National Day in memory of the victims of immigration, commemorating those “who lost their lives trying to emigrate towards our country to escape wars, persecution and poverty”.

The day is chosen to pay respect to the 366 migrants who drowned on October 3 2012 in the Mediterranean in view of the Sicilian Island of Lampedusa. ... [Pacific Press Agency]

 

 

Day 198 refugee protests, Nauru

 

 

Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [3/10/16]

 

 

 

Turnbull government able to maintain "Manus farce" because there is no opposition and the ALP has their back [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 1/10/16]:

 

A 28 year-old Iranian asylum seeker in Mike Compound in the Manus Island detention centre attempted to set himself alight on Friday night (30 September).

The man, who was one of those seriously wounded in the 2014 attack by locals and police on Mike Compound, sprayed himself with flammable liquid before using a lighter to try and set himself alight.

Fortunately, other asylum seekers at the scene quickly intervened, preventing the fluid catching fire, and he was uninjured.

After Wilson’s Emergency Response Team arrived, the asylum seeker was placed on high watch.

The incident is one of the growing numbers of self-harm incidents on Manus Island, as the six month political crisis surrounding the centre drags on.

The PNG Supreme Court order in April to close the centre have been ignored.

Bizarrely, a so-called “Communication Guide” issued to Manus prisoners by PNG Immigration on 27 September says that the closure of the centre “…will not be rushed.”

The asylum seeker is one of the group of around 30 who have consistently refused to co-operate with the refugee determination process.

Despite the fact that this group of asylum seekers have never been interviewed, some of this group have recently been given a negative refugee assessment.

Australian Border Force has also cut the weekly allowance of 25 points that can be used in the detention canteen to buy phone credit, in an attempt to force this group of asylum seekers to attend an interview.

Tensions have been rising in the Manus detention centre since the PNG and Australian immigration moved to tighten rules over the Manus detention centre despite a PNG Supreme Court ruling in April that the detention centre must be closed.

Refugees and asylum seekers from the detention centre are no longer allowed to visit or stay in the East Lorengau Transit Accommodation.

Immigration and Broadspectrum are again causing social upheaval in the detention centre, this time to force all double negative asylum seekers into Mike Compound.

They have set a deadline of 4 October for the move.

People with a positive assessment are expected to move from Mike to Foxtrot.

PNG immigration has warned that PNG police may be used to force the movement between compound.

PNG police were involved in the 2014 attack on Mike Compound that resulted in the death of Reza Barati. The restrictions are further steps to try and coerce asylum seekers to return to their home countries.

But the restrictions also make a mockery of Australian and PNG Immigration claims that the centre is “open”.

Both Australia and PNG governments are panicking to try and pre-empt the PNG Supreme Court hearing on 27 October where an application for “Summary Judgment” will seek orders for the immediate closure of Manus and the return to Australia of all those refugees and asylum seekers who wish to do so.

“Rather than face its legal responsibilities, the Australian government is determined to try to keep the Manus detention open and maintain the fiction that resettlement is possible in PNG,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

The PNG immigration letter to asylum seekers warns that non-refugees will face deportation but further legal action is possible in all of those cases and PNG Supreme Court injunctions prevent the removal of any asylum seeker who is attached to the Ben Lomai case.

“The Australian government is trying to save face, and is doing everything it can to maintain offshore detention policies and bully the PNG government to prevent families being united, and prevent refugees finding a secure future,” said Rintoul.

“The Turnbull government should stop the delaying tactics, stop obstructing the courts and bring all the refugees and asylum seekers to Australia.”  <--- Turnbull doesn't have to do anything, in fact the bipartisan sadism is emboldened while Australia's anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged by politicians, media, the UNHCR and so called rights advocates.  CUT THE CRAP.

 

 

 

Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.  Media dredges up statistics extrapolating the minscule number we have settled - while the flow-on impacts of Australian policy condemn 1,000s across South East Asia [SBS - 3/10/16]

 

 

Rohingya, where are they in ASEAN? [The Stateless - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

A tale of two sisters: Myanmar exodus haunts Rohingya in Malaysia [Refugees International - 28/9/16]

 

 

 

"Australia has only resettled 250 Rohingya since 2008" The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]

 

 

 

Very Australian --> Swiss Minister to discuss forcible return of Tamil refugees to Sri Lanka with their oppressors [Tamil Guardian - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

Indonesian Air Force denies intimidating residents [Jakarta Post - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

Strike disrupts operations at Freeport's mine in West Papua [New York Times - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

Can you see the war? ----> India's Reliance ties up with Dassault after fighter jet deal [Reuters - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

Kashmir newspaper banned for 'inciting violence' [Al Jazeera - 3/10/16]

 

 

At least six militants attacked an Indian army camp in north Kashmir on Sunday night, killing one border guard and wounding another, two weeks after a similar attack killed 19 of its soldiers and ratcheted up tensions between India and Pakistan. ... [Reuters - 2/10/16]

 

 

Pigeon with 'message from across border' for PM Narendra Modi taken into 'custody' [First Post - 2/10/16]

 

 

New Zealand joins multinational exercise in South China Sea [Xinhua - 3/10/16]

 

 

Japan will continue to insist on its sovereignty over all four islands involved in its territorial dispute with Russia, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday, amid calls for first seeking the return of two of the Russian-administered islets to break a decades-old negotiation deadlock. ... [Japan Today - 3/10/16]

 

 

Vietnamese rally outside Taiwanese steel plant that spread toxic waste [Reuters - 2/10/16]

 

 

An Ipswich landholder has lodged a $4 million compensation claim with Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads saying he has not been compensated for part of his property which was resumed in 2008 to build a major road project.

Tony Halpin lost a hectare of his land at Riverview eight years ago to the $1.95 billion Ipswich Motorway upgrade which opened in 2012.

The 66-year-old said the property was valued at $1.2 million at the time it was resumed but he had only received a pre-payment of $76,000 from the Department of Transport and Main Roads. ... [ABC - 3/10/16]

 

 

A paraglider has been airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering back injuries in a crash at Atkinson Dam.

The man, aged in his 30s, was treated by paramedics at the scene following the crash around 7am on Monday at the dam west of Brisbane. ... [Yahoo - 3/10/16]

 

 

A two-year-old boy is fighting for his life in a Brisbane hospital a week after being bitten three times by one of the deadliest snakes in the world.

Eli had to be revived by paramedics when bitten by a coastal taipan on September 26 while collecting eggs from the chicken pen in the backyard of his parents' central Queensland home at Agnes Waters. ... [Brisbane Times - 3/10/16]

 

 

A toddler has been flown to hospital after reportedly falling six metres from a window on the Sunshine Coast.

Just after 6pm, paramedics rushed to a private residence in Maroochydore to treat the girl, believed to be 18 months old. ...[Brisbane Times - 3/10/16]

 

 

Pregnant woman 'choked, pushed against wall' by partner at Civic nightclub [Canberra Times - 3/10/16]

 

 

A young man has been charged with murder after a heated dispute over the use of a computer ended with his father allegedly stabbed to death in Sydney's southwest.

Police allege Daniel Chapman, 20, stabbed his father during an argument over dinner at the family's Moorebank home at 8.40pm yesterday. ... [Nine MSN - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

Police are investigating an incident at an Ashmore premises early this morning, where it is alleged a man armed with a gun demanded money from staff. ... [MYGC - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

A Goodna home has been destroyed in an intense fire this afternoon. ... [Yahoo - 2/10/16]

 

 

 

Queensland media making light of unaccountable police brutality - and deployment of trigger happy dog squad - means its only a matter of time until another person is savaged and/or shot [ABC - 3/10/16]:

 

... Emergency services were called to a Cirrus Way property in Coomera about 8:15pm on Sunday following reports of a domestic disturbance and theft of a mobile phone.

When police arrived they heard a man yelling in nearby bushland.

"Police Dog (PD) Bravo was deployed and found a track which he followed east into thick bushland," a Queensland Police Service statement said. ...

 

 

 

This violence has been greenlighted by Queensland politicians and media ---> Cairns nightclub bouncer seriously injured trying to evict alleged bikies [ABC - 3/10/16]:

 

... Three men have been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm two with affray.

Lawyer Mark Butler told the court he was yet to view security footage of the alleged incident.

"There was a number of security guards and they outnumbered my clients," Mr Butler said.

"It far exceeded reasonable force."

Mr Butler said McKenzie had denied throwing the glass that injured the security guard and the incident had spilled out into a dark alleyway.

Police requested McKenzie be remanded in custody, but Magistrate Robert Spencer granted him bail, given his lack of criminal history and that he had "no links to bikies".

All five men were granted bail.  ...

 

 

 

@7NewsQueensland [3/10/16]:  Murarrie siege enters its 15th hour of negotiations. ...

 

 

 

Two arrests after Sydney police operation [Nine MSN - 3/10/16]

 

 

 

We are sick of hearing from lying politicians, pro-ALP rights advocates, opinionators and compromised academics. Start holding the oppressors to account, and LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK!  --->  These ten demands represent ex-detainee RISE members’ campaign to address urgent issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection from persecution.

The demands identify the systemic changes that need to occur, in order to dismantle unjust laws and institutions that engage in and promote the abuse and criminalisation of our members.

...

WE DEMAND, that our voices and the campaigns and initiatives we create for ourselves are brought to the forefront; that non-detainees desist from managing us and speaking on our behalf when proposing alternative suggestions to detention centres.

Such proposals and recommendations must be made by detainees and ex-detainees only.

WE SAY, the ONLY alternative to detention is NO DETENTION, with FREEDOM, JUSTICE, and proper humanitarian safeguards.

As refugees and asylum seekers we have been exploited and criminalised for having survived persecution, torture and abuse; we refuse to apologise for being survivors of this abuse.  [RISE]

 

 

... From the Australian government’s point of view, we do merely and solely have two choices, but we are human and our rights as human beings tell us there is a third choice as well, the choice of resistance against torture.

 

Behrouz Boochani, political prisoner - Manus Island.

 

 

Guardian [3/10/16]:

 

... During the past three years, despite all the pressure imposed by immigration on me, I have not submitted my protection case to the PNG government.

But it was suddenly announced to me that I had been conferred refugee status and that I have no choice but to live in PNG.

When I asked for reasons as to why and how they concluded I was a refugee they responded by saying that they had collected my personal information from media and PNG had agreed with Australia that I would receive a positive refugee finding.

What becomes glaringly obvious in this is that any claim to this being a real refugee assessment process is false.

My rights to offer my case for refugee status have been taken from me, my human rights to make decisions about my life have been stolen.

It’s clear that the the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection monitors the Facebook pages of refugee advocates, as revealed by the department’s head, Michael Pelluzzo, to Senate estimates.

Such monitoring is followed up by investigations and the information collated is recorded.

Those records were provided to the Senate in an attempt to back up the department’s routine accusations that advocates are giving “false hope” to refugees on Manus and Nauru.

I came across my name among the names of other advocates in these records provided to the Senate, along with a copy of one of my Facebook posts that detailed the time I climbed a tree in Foxtrot compound in the Manus prison in protest.

I do not want to respond to the monitoring of my Facebook page, rather what shocks me is the fact that the social media accounts of refugee advocates are monitored – they are spied upon.  ...

 

 

 

... Behrouz told the Refugee Action Coalition, “I have never accepted their positive result. I want to show to all people that their process is fake.

Where would you find an asylum seeker who would rather be in a ‘negative’ prison than be found to be a refugee? Only in Manus.”  ... [Media Release - 24/4/16]

 

 

 

Did the UNHCR endorse Australia and PNG's sham offshore refugee assessment process during their April visit to Manus Island?... Representatives from the UNHCR visited the Manus Island detention centre last week and met the men detained there.

...

The UNHCR in Australia has been approached for comment. ... [Guardian - 18/4/16] 



 

 

Over 2,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen allege attack by Sri Lankan Navy [First Post - 2/9/16]

 

 

 

Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne, who was on an official visit to the United States, met the US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Ms. Nisha Biswal, at the United States Department of State recently and held discussions on mutually beneficial matters. ... [Department of Government Information, Sri Lanka - 1/10/16]

 

 

Almost all Hungarians who voted in Sunday's referendum rejected the European Union's migrant quotas but turnout was too low to make the poll valid, frustrating Prime Minister Viktor Orban's hopes of a clear victory with which to challenge Brussels. ... [Reuters - 2/10/16]

 

 

The Australian government stopped accepting refugees in July 2014. (There was no referendum).

 

 

Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.

In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.

The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ... [Guardian - 11/12/15]

 

 

... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi ... [UNSW Kaldor Centre]

 

 

  Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]

 

 

 

Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]

 

 

Protected and unaccountable UNHCR Regional Representative Thomas "send in the military" Albrecht spruiks the "global compact" to a friendly audience  [AMES Australia - 3/8/16]:

 

... UNHCR Regional Representative for Australian and the Pacific Thomas Albrecht outlined the details of the compact at a recent briefing to staff at migrant and refugee settlement agency AMES Australia.

Mr Albrecht said the UNHCR’s greatest current mission is to achieve the equitable and reasonable sharing of the responsibility for protecting refugees.

He said the global compact held out hope for a framework to cope with large scale movements of people but international cooperation was needed for it to succeed. ...

 

 

 

Murdoch media and NGOs help Lisa Singh refashion herself as the new Melissa "alibi" Parke ---> @OzRefugeeCounc [3/10/16]: Labor senator @Lisa_Singh says we should bring people on Manus and Nauru here ... We agree. #BringThemHere

 

 

Australia's anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged.

 

 

 

The Saturday Paper [27/9/14]:

 

... [Melissa] Parke plays a different role, as Labor navigates an awkward environment in which its options for criticising the government are circumscribed by its desire to be part of Team Australia.

She provides an alibi for Labor to avoid a loss of votes to the Greens as it joins the government in backing tougher terror laws and military action in the Middle East and continues to offer bipartisan support for offshore processing of asylum seekers. Some Coalition MPs argue Bernardi plays a similar role in placating those Liberal supporters who were disappointed that Abbott abandoned the 18C changes.

As Labor leader Bill Shorten stresses that he is “working very well together” with Abbott on national security, it doesn’t hurt to have at least one opposition MP putting an alternative view. It’s a fine line, though, as left-wing Labor senator Sue Lines discovered late last month when Shorten rebuked her for accusing the government of using the threat of terrorism to deflect attention from the budget.

Back in May when Parke and Burke first raised their intention to pursue a caucus motion on ending offshore detention, there was frustration among Labor MPs at the timing, distracting as it did from the backlash to the budget. The motion was destined to fail.

Some also feared that, by reopening the debate, Parke was risking exposing Labor to attack over whether it was strong enough to manage the electorally sensitive issue.

But Parke is not a loose cannon and her recent statements have been carefully worded.

Even dissent in modern Labor is often tightly scripted.

Although Dastyari’s remarks on refugee policy earlier this year were reported as pitting him against Shorten, his speech had in fact been vetted by the party’s leadership.  ...

 

 

 

Australia's offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]

 

 

Australia no longer accepts refugees and the media are helping the government invisibilise ongoing atrocities in our region with a seemingly infinite assortment of "utility of the deserving" yarns.

 

Imagine if NGOs began exposing the hypocrisy, instead of reinforcing it! ---> ‏@OzRefugeeCounc [3/10/16]:  Saba came to Australia as a #refugee and now runs trainings to empower other women.

 

 

NGOs urge Malaysia to recognise Rohingya refugees and migrants given the UNHCR's and western nations' stubborn isolationism and white supremacy [ASEAN Today - 25/9/16]

 

 

Indonesia seeks funding from Australia to build more IOM concentration camps as refugee bottleneck intensifies [Jakarta Post - 10/8/16]

 

 

Rights groups demand end to indefinite detention of 1,000s of Rohingya refugees in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia [Bangkok Post - 12/3/16]

 

 

The impact of Australian policies:  What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:

 

... While it is widely reported in the media that the number of boats leaving Indonesia for Australia has significantly dropped since the commencement of OSB, NGOs in Indonesia highlight that people seeking asylum have continued to arrive to the country.

While some live in supported shelters or independently in the community, others are locked up in immigration detention centres.

By 2015 there were 33 sites of immigration detention throughout Indonesia.

Australian funding through the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has expanded the capacity of this detention network since 2011. ...

 

 

US: Only 14% of detained immigrants had access to a lawyer in deportation hearings [Fusion - 2/10/16]

 

 

The Colombian plebiscite on whether to move forward with the peace accord reached between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has been rejected by voters.

With 99 percent of the vote in, the "No" won by a narrow margin, with 50.21 percent to 49.78 percent for the "Yes" vote.

The difference was a half of a percentage point against the peace accord. The "No" has 6,431,272 votes to 6,375,151 votes for the "Yes."

Voter turnout was very low, under 40 percent, which amounted to 13 million of the 35 million eligible voters. ... [teleSUR - 2/10/16]

 

 

Ukrainian army shell DPR territory 269 times over past 24 hours, two soldiers perished [DONI News - 2/10/16]

 

 

Unknown perpetrators set fire to three police cars on Saturday night in the eastern city of Dresden, where security has been tightened for three days of events to mark 26 years since German reunification, police said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 2/10/16]

 

 

Living with the Enemy [2008]

 

 

Episode 2: Hunger and Hope

 

 

 

...  You're cold and lost and you're doubled crossed


when you're marooned in a blizzard of lies ...

 

'Blizzard Of Lies', Dave Frishberg [1983]

 

 

Fake news and false flags: How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500M for top secret Iraq propaganda [TBIJ - 2/10/16]:

 

... Bell Pottinger’s former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the [Murdoch-owned] Sunday Times, which worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had worked on a “covert” military operation “covered by various secrecy agreements.”

...

The work consisted of three types of products. The first was television commercials portraying al Qaeda in a negative light.

The second was news items which were made to look as if they had been “created by Arabic TV”, Wells said.

Bell Pottinger would send teams out to film low-definition video of al Qaeda bombings and then edit it like a piece of news footage.

It would be voiced in Arabic and distributed to TV stations across the region, according to Wells.

The American origins of the news items were sometimes kept hidden.

In 2005, revelations that PR contractor the Lincoln Group had helped the Pentagon place articles in Iraqi newspapers – sometimes presented as unbiased news – led to a DoD investigation.

The third and most sensitive programme described by Wells was the production of fake al Qaeda propaganda films.

...

Iraq was a lucrative opportunity for many communications firms.

The Bureau has discovered that between 2006 and 2008 more than 40 companies were being paid for services such as TV and radio placement, video production, billboards, advertising and opinion polls.

These included US companies like Lincoln Group, Leonie Industries and SOS International as well as Iraq-based firms such as Cradle of New Civilization Media, Babylon Media and Iraqi Dream. ...

 

 

Problematic for TBIJ that the Murdoch Press are "fake news" experts ---> Phone hacking: PR firm Bell Pottinger puts its money behind Rebekah Brooks [Telegraph - 7/10/11]

 

WikiLeaks has canceled an unknown announcement it had planned for next week due to security concerns, according to an NBC News reporter.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was scheduled to make an announcement Tuesday from the balcony of London's Ecuadorian Embassy.

It was expected to be connected to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. ... [The Hill - 2/10/16]

 

 

 

WikiLeaks is now 10 years old. SPIEGEL met with founder Julian Assange [30/9/16]:

 

... SPIEGEL: On Oct. 4, 2006, you registered the domain name www.wikileaks.org. What have you accomplished since then?

Assange: WikiLeaks has published over 10 million documents in 10 years. Most have been published over the last six years, during which time I have been illegally detained, without charge, in the United Kingdom.

SPIEGEL: You have received political asylum from the government of Ecuador, but have been stuck in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for the last four years. British authorities would like to arrest you and extradite you for interrogation to Sweden. Hasn't this situation handicapped WikiLeaks?

Assange: While many of the established media make losses or go bankrupt, WikiLeaks has survived a major conflict with a superpower, including an unlawful economic blockade by its banks and credit card companies and the detention of its editor. We have no debts. We have not had to fire staff. We have never lost a court case related to our publishing. We have never been forced to censor. Adversity has hardened us. We're 10 now. Just wait until we're teenagers.

SPIEGEL: What has been WikiLeaks' most important publication?

Assange: The most important publication of WikiLeaks is that it has published more than 10 million documents. The most important single collection of material we have published is the US diplomatic cable series. We started with 251,000 in 2011, but are up to 3 million now and have more coming. ...

 

 

 

Eight Libyan pro-government fighters and at least 10 Islamic State (IS) group militants were killed in clashes on Sunday as some militants tried to flee their besieged stronghold, the unity government said.

A Dutch photojournalist covering the government-backed offensive against IS also died, a doctor said. ... [Middle East Eye - 2/10/16]

 

 

Police in Ethiopia's Oromiya region fired teargas and warning shots on Sunday to disperse anti-government protesters at a religious festival, triggering a stampede that the opposition party said killed at least 50 people. ... [Reuters - 2/10/16]

 

 

UN official arrives in Sana’a [SABA - 2/10/16]

 

 

Saudi warplanes continue striking capital Sanaa [SABA - 1/10/16]

 

 

 

 

3 October 2016

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