An Iraqi Mi-35 helicopter crashed south of Baghdad due to a "technical problem" Monday, security officials said, the latest in a series of military helicopters to go down.

A colonel in Iraq's Joint Operations Command said an "Mi-35 training helicopter crashed as a result of a technical problem," but that the crew survived.

The helicopter went down on Monday morning near the city of Kut, south of Baghdad. ... [Naharnet - 4/4/16]



Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [4/4/16]:

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

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted four strikes in Syria:

-- Near Manbij, two strikes destroyed an ISIL rocket rail system and two ISIL fighting positions.

-- Near Mara, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 22 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.

-- Near Haditha, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying a bridge ISIL had used, an ISIL vehicle bomb factory, 22 ISIL boats and an ISIL beddown location and denying ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL vehicle bomb and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Mosul, six strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL machine gun and two ISIL vehicles.

-- Near Qayyarah, six strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL weapons storage facility and destroyed four ISIL mortar firing positions, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL vehicle bomb production facility and 13 ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Rawah, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.





At least 62 people have been killed and about 83 wounded in a wave of suspected Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks on military posts and civilian neighbourhoods across Iraq, officials said.

In the worst of Monday's attacks, at least 26 troops were killed when a car bomb went off in the city of al Baghdadi, which is west of the strategically vital Anbar province and near Ain Al Asad air base. ... [Al Jazeera - 4/4/16]




A prominent leader in Syrian al Qaeda offshoot Nusra Front was killed on Sunday in what rebel sources said appeared to be a U.S. drone strike in the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. ... [Reuters - 3/4/16]




Army and Armed Forces units restored security and stability to the whole al-Qaryatain city in Homs province, and continued carrying out counter-terrorism operations elsewhere in the province and in Hama, Lattakia, Sweida, and Deir Ezzor provinces. ... [SANA - 3/4/16]




@MSF_Sea [4/4/16]:  Ibrahim's 4 brothers are in Germany.He left #Syria hoping to get the medical care he needs but he's stuck in #Samos.








Calais 'Jungle': 129 unaccompanied children missing since refugee camp demolition [Independent - 3/4/16]





The first boat carrying migrants being deported from Greece has arrived in Turkey as part of an EU plan aimed at easing mass migration to Europe.

Most of the 136 people who left Lesbos and arrived in Dikili, western Turkey, on Monday were Pakistanis.

Under the deal, for each Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is due to take in another Syrian who has made a legitimate request.

Sixteen Syrian migrants were the first to arrive in Germany from Turkey.

However, Syrians were not among the first group of deportees, Greek authorities said, adding they included citizens from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Morocco who had not applied for asylum.

Turkey's EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir also said no Syrians had been sent from Greece. ... [BBC - 4/4/16]





@paisesconflicto [4/4/16]:  Ya es 4 de abril. El día en el que, si se cumple lo previsto, #Europa va a enterrar lo poco que quedaba de ella #vergUEnza






@PatrickKingsley [4/4/16]:  Total transparency on this EU-Turkey deal. Turks now putting up blue tarp to stop the prying eyes of the press




@dasha_reuters [4/4/16]:  Migrants intercepted in Dikili, Turkey as others are on their way back from Lesbos #migrantcrisis






Free the Children NAURU [4/4/16]:   The Nauruan Police are taking refugee's phones if they take photos of the protest. What would happen in Australia if police took your phone because the government didn't want you to take a photo of a protest?





Man accused of murdering Reza Barati during attack on refugees at Australian concentration camp "escapes" from jail [ABC - 4/4/16]:



One of the two men accused of killing Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea has escaped from prison.

Joshua Kaluvia, a former Salvation Army worker at the Manus Island detention centre, had been facing trial for the wilful murder of Mr Barati in February 2014.

Kaluvia was meant to appear in court in the town of Lorengau on Manus Island this week to continue the trial, but the court was told he had escaped from remand at the Lorengau prison.

A spokesman for PNG Correctional Services confirmed Kaluvia was missing.

"The escapee is Joshua Kaluvia from Muliagani Village in the West New Britain Province," he said in a statement.

"He was the suspect in the murder of an asylum seeker in 2014.

The escape occurred on March 28, between 11:00am and 12:00pm, the spokesman said.

Trial judge Nicholas Kirrowom issued a warrant for Kaluvia to be recaptured and to reappear in court by April 18.

Kaluvia had pleaded not guilty and had complained about the standard of his defence during the trial last year.

Police had struggled to find Kaluvia when he was first named as a suspect in the case after his friends initially told them he was dead.

He was later arrested on the island of New Britain.

Witness Benham Satah told the trial last year Kaluvia had come into the centre during a riot [the attack] on the night of February 17 and struck Mr Barati multiple times in the head with a piece of wood.

Another man, former G4S guard Louie Efi, is accused of dropping a large rock on Mr Barati's head as he lay on the ground.

Medical evidence given during the trial found Mr Barati died from blunt force trauma to his skull.





Manus Island (Statement of "Witness B") [Julian Burnside - 3/4/16]:

1. I am a former detainee at an Offshore Processing Centre (the “Manus Island OPC”). I was detained there for many months.

2. When I was detained at the Manus Island OPC, I was treated like an animal, and I was tortured.

3. I was detained at the Manus Island OPC on 16 and 17 February 2014, at the time that Reza Barati was murdered inside the detention centre.

4. I know that there were detainees who witnessed his murder.

5. Those detainees provided written statements to the police following his murder. The written statements named specific persons who they believed were responsible for his murder, as well as detailed accounts of misbehaviour by the guards.

6. I know that the detainees who provided those written statements were removed from their compound and taken to a different area of the Manus Island OPC, away from the other detainees.

7. Exhibited to this statement is a true and correct copy of the eye witness statements, marked as: Exhibits to Annexure B-Redacted Affidavits.

8. Once removed, the detainees who had given statements were tied to chairs by Wilson Security guards, and physically assaulted.

9. They were then asked to retract their statements.

10. The detainees refused to retract their statements, and so the guards continued to beat them, more savagely.

11. They were then asked again to retract their statements.

12. The detainees still refused to retract their statements, and so the guards told them that if they still refused to retract their statements, they would allow the local men waiting outside to rape them.

13. I don’t know for sure whether or not the detainees retracted the statements.




Labor voters support the torture of refugees. What makes Adam Bandt MP think they'd be "appalled" by anything? [Greens Media Release - 4/4/16]:



Greens MP Adam Bandt has called on Bill Shorten to rule out preferencing the Liberals ahead of the Greens at the upcoming election.

Mr Bandt said the Labor leader must overrule Labor MP Michael Danby, who told Sky News today that he will preference the Liberals in his seat of Melbourne Ports and has called on Labor to preference the Liberals ahead of the Greens in all seats.

 “Labor voters would be appalled to know that Labor preferences are going to the Liberals ahead of the Greens,” Mr Bandt said.





Christmas Island (Statement of "Witness G") [Julian Burnside - 3/4/16]:


...  5. I was told by the detainees of ongoing physical and psychological abuse. Detainees spoke of the kindness of some Serco staff members, but said these ones are in the minority. They are regularly called cunts, arseholes,- they are told “Get the fuck out of here” “Shut the fuck up”

6.  Consistently they are told “Its your fucking fault you’re here”. One notorious staff member they all spoke about – stands in people’s faces and says “Fucking hit me ….. I dare you”.

One detainee asked me with complete genuineness “Why do they need to speak to us like this ….. we always do what they ask”. Another staff member was · consistently named  as being particularly racist and sadistic.

7. The Emergency Response Team, whom I personally saw on their way to trouble look like a football team. Muscled up and tattooed …. with skulls and overtly negative messages in some of their tattooing. All the detainees spoke about the extreme violence they experience at the hands of these people.

Detainees have had their teeth broken, bruises, split lips, and cuts while being managed by these people. This crew also use abusive and threatening language and I found them extremely menacing in my brief interaction with them. I wouldn’t want to be in their hands for anything.







Philippine bishops call for investigation into shooting of farmers [UCA News - 4/4/16]





Protests erupt over US-Philippines joint drills [Business-Standard - 4/4/16]





US, Australian and Philippine forces start Balikatan combat drills [Daily Mail - 4/4/16]:


...  Filipino military officials said a key exercise will involve U.S., Australian and Philippine forces retaking an oil rig seized by hostile units in a mock assault in an unused oil rig off the western province of Palawan, which faces the South China Sea. ...





Vietnam seizes Chinese oil tanker: State media [Channel News Asia - 4/4/16]





A Japanese submarine made a port call in the Philippines, the first in 15 years, on Sunday in a show of growing military cooperation amid tension triggered by China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

One of the newest and largest submarines in the Japanese navy, it was escorted into the former U.S. Navy Base at Subic Bay by two Japanese destroyers on a tour of Southeast Asia. ... [Reuters - 3/4/16]





Anwar Ibrahim seeking to refer pardon rejection to Federal Court [New Straits Times - 4/4/16]





A Panama-based law firm helped the founders of Secom Co, Japan’s top security company, obscure their wealth through a web of shell corporations, a massive data leak tying several world leaders to offshore tax havens showed Monday.

Secom director Makoto Iida and the late former director Juichi Toda were among the clients of the law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co, one of the world’s top creators of shell companies—corporate structures that can be used to hide the ownership of assets. ... [Japan Today - 4/4/16]





The wife of an alleged terrorist arrested in Klaten, Central Java, with the support of civil society groups, is demanding that the National Police reveal the cause of death of her late husband, an alleged terrorist who died while being escorted to Yogyakarta to the address of a suspect he gave up. ... [Jakarta Post - 3/4/16]





Local succumbs to injuries after police shooting Madang [PNG Loop - 2/4/16]






Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last!  --->  "I want more convictions" says Palaszczuk in response to VLAD judicial review, as media pisses in our pocket [ABC - 4/4/16]






A 47-year-old Leichhardt man has been charged with murder after a 46-year-old woman's body was found in her home in Rosewood, west of Ipswich, this morning.

The body, which was riddled with stab wounds, was found in the bedroom of the John Street home about 7am by police, Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said. ... [Nine MSN - 4/4/16]





Woman's death at Ipswich being treated as suspicious [Brisbane Times - 4/4/16]




A Brisbane man is facing a raft of charges after allegedly grabbing a woman by the throat while forcing her to drive him around.

Police say the 19-year-old went to a house at Salisbury on Sunday night and forced a woman to drive him to a second property.

It's alleged that during the trip, he refused the woman's demands to get out of the car, and at one point grabbed her by the throat and jumped on the bonnet of the car and kicked the windscreen.

The woman didn't need medical treatment.

The man will front court on Monday on charges including assault, deprivation of liberty and domestic violence. ... [Brisbane Times - 4/4/16]




Man pleads not guilty to father's murder on the Gold Coast [ABC - 4/4/16]



Man released on bail over alleged one-punch death on Gold Coast [ABC - 1/4/16]





Two men have been taken to hospital following a disturbance at Victoria Point last night.

Around 11.15pm police were called to Yeo Street following reports that a man had been stabbed.

Upon their arrival police located two men with injuries, a 27-year-old man with a puncture wound to his side and an injury above his eye, and a 25-year-old man with facial injuries.

Initial inquiries indicate a group of people known to the victims attended the house around 11pm and an altercation followed during which the two men were injured.

Both men were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital for treatment.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 3/4/16]




A postmortem examination will be conducted to identify a dead body found in bushland at Bruce on Saturday afternoon.

Police were called to scrub off Agar Street, near Ginninderra Drive at about 2pm and discovered the human remains.

In a statement released on Saturday evening, ACT Policing said a postmortem examination would be conducted to determine both the cause of death and identity of the dead person. ... [Canberra Times - 3/4/16]




A meat worker is in a serious condition after being stabbed in the chest in a workplace accident west of Brisbane.

The man, aged in his 20s, was boning beef when he suffered the wound to his lower chest at Lowood about 5am on Monday.

He's been taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious condition. [Brisbane Times - 4/4/16]




Intruder in hospital after Greenfields confrontation [West Australian - 4/4/16]




Man freed after crushed by elevator at Fortitude Valley nightclub [Brisbane Times - 3/4/16]





A man has been taken to hospital with a suspected leg fracture after falling and becoming wedged in an air conditioning vent in the roof of a Gold Coast cafe.

It’s believed the man was on the roof of a building on the corner of Scarborough and Nerang streets in Southport when he fell shortly before 10.30am on Saturday.

Fire crews worked for over an hour to free the man, who was then taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with a suspected fractured leg and back pain.

It remains unclear why the man was on the roof in the first place. Police are investigating.  [MYGC - 3/4/16]





Delays on Sundale Bridge due to ‘police incident’ [MYGC - 4/4/16]





Man charged after dangerous, resource-wasting, class and race-based police pursuit, Deception Bay [QPS Media - 4/4/16]





... Officers were patrolling in a marked vehicle on Pademelon Pass at Mount Nathan around 1.50am on Saturday when they spotted a van stopped at the side of the road.

When the officers pulled up in front of the parked van it allegedly drove forwards and deliberately collided with them before driving away. 

The officers were not injured and remained at the scene in their damaged vehicle.

The van was located a short distance away. 

While the Dog Squad was called in and soon located a man nearby.

He was taken into custody without incident.

Police say a search of the van turned up drugs, knuckle-dusters and suspected stolen property. [MYGC - 2/4/16]





Multiple units of party pooping police keep busy looking for trouble in the usual localities, Harlaxton [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





Children charged after party pooping police go looking for trouble in the usual localities, South Lake [WA Today - 3/4/16]





A 44-year-old man will face court charged over the death of a motorist in a high-speed collision on Queensland's Fraser Coast.

Police will allege the man was driving dangerously when his sedan collided with a station wagon, resulting in the death of its 63-year-old driver, at Craignish, near Hervey Bay, in December.

The local man is facing a raft of driving offences, including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, driving while suspended and attaching false number plates to a vehicle and will appear in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on May 19. [Yahoo - 4/4/16]





Assault and robbery, Surfers Paradise [QPS Media - 4/4/16]





Armed robbery charges, Margate [QPS Media - 4/4/16]





Armed robbery, Wynnum West [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





Armed robbery, Kirwan [QPS Media - 2/4/16]






Police have charged three men following investigations into the alleged robbery of a 23-year-old man in Caboolture South yesterday afternoon.

It will be alleged around 3.30pm two men have approached the 23-year-old man as he walked along Industrial Avenue.

One of the men is alleged to have demanded the man’s shoes and has allegedly assaulted the man.

As a result of the assault the man has fallen to the ground and it is then alleged he had his shoes and a bag containing his wallet stolen.

The two men have then left the scene in a car driven by a third man.

Police located the three men later that night and they were taken into custody and charged.

All three men, a 29-year-old Margate man, a 26-year-old Sandy Creek man and a 21-year-old Morayfield man were charged with robbery with violence whilst in company.

They are all due to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday, April 4. [QPS Media - 2/4/16]





Armed robbery, Marsden [QPS Media - 2/4/16]





Woman injured after being hit by car, Broadbeach [MYGC - 4/4/16]





A man has died following a single vehicle traffic crash at Boondall on Thursday, March 31.

Initial investigations indicate the man was riding a motorcycle along the Gateway Motorway around 2.50pm when he collided with a concrete media strip and lost control. 

 The motorcycle has then collided with a section of Armco railing.

The rider, a 45-year-old Deception Bay man, was taken to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with serious injuries. 

He passed away last night.

The Forensic Crash Unit are investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 4/4/16]





Fatal traffic crash, Glen Aplin [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





Fatal traffic crash, Corella [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





A 62-year-old man sustained life-threatening injuries following a serious traffic incident that occurred in Thorneside this afternoon.

Initial investigations indicate that around 12.30pm, the man was attempting to load a quad bike into a utility on the driveway of a Mooroondu Road address when he has become stuck between the quad and the utility.

The 62-year-old man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with serious injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





A 14-year-old boy has died in hospital from injuries suffered in an accident on his family's farm at Goondiwindi on Queensland's southern border.

The boy was helping unload equipment from a tractor's trailer on Friday afternoon when he fell off and was run over.

He was flown to Brisbane's Lady Cilento Children's Hospital but died on Saturday.

Workplace Health and Safety is investigating and police will prepare a report for the coroner. [ABC - 3/4/16]





Man dies after thrown from 4WD in sand dunes in Yeagarup Beach near Pemberton [WA Today - 3/4/16]





Motorcyclist crashes into car while doing ‘wheelie’ on Gold Coast Highway [MYGC - 3/4/16]





Fatal traffic crash, Elimbah [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred this evening in Chandler.  

Around 6.20pm, a motorcycle that was travelling on Old Cleveland Road collided with a boat that was being towed by a vehicle.  

The rider of the motorcycle, a 40-year-old man, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

No one else was injured as a result of the crash.  

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 3364 3311 or via Crime Stoppers. [QPS Media - 1/4/16]




Man in serious condition after Carrara bicycle accident [MYGC - 1/4/16]






Police want help to find an elderly driver who allegedly failed to stop after he hit a child near a primary school on Thursday.

Investigators need information on the accident that occurred around 3.20pm next to Lockridge Primary School on Diana Crescent, near Rosher Road. ... [WA Today - 1/4/16]








Queensland government ordered to pay IBM costs [Yahoo - 4/4/16]


Health executive sacked after prostate cancer SA Pathology blunder gives patients wrong diagnosis [ABC - 3/4/16]





Building fire, Cannonvale [QPS Media - 3/4/16]:



Police remain at the scene of a fire in a Cannonvale shopping centre.

Around 7.15pm this evening, police and emergency services responded to reports of a fire at the shopping complex on Shute Harbour Road.

The fire is yet to be extinguished, but emergency services have contained the fire to the western side of the shopping complex.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, and police will guard the scene overnight.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have any information in relation to the fire to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.





House fire, Yeppoon [QPS Media - 3/4/16]





Children charged with arson, Cherbourg [QPS Media - 2/4/16]





A man has been charged after windows were damaged at a Cornubia school last night.

It will be alleged around 11pm a man used a metal grate to damage over 50 windows at the California Creek Road school.

Police called to the incident located a man nearby taking him into custody.

A 17-year-old Daisy Hill man has been charged with wilful damage to property which is part of a school and trespass.

He is expected to appear at the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on May 6.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. [QPS Media - 2/4/16]



Somebody stop me:   Peter Dutton is able to keep lying - and threatening refugees - because there is no opposition, and the Australian media and human rights groups are protecting him.


Peter Dutton and Fran Kelly insult the intelligence of Monday morning commuters [ABC – 4/4/16]:


Australia reached a very welcome milestone late last week, when the Government announced all children had been released from immigration detention on the mainland.

There are now no children being held in mainland immigration detention centres for the first time in almost a decade.

But according to the Immigration Department, there are still 50 asylum seeker children that remain on Nauru.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton joins Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast.




RIP Bob Ellis. Some of his greatest hits vanished down the memory hole -->  Homage to Sarah Ferguson [4/6/12]




Bob Ellis [5/6/12]:

We don’t hear much about the evil of Peter Slipper now, do we. And less and less about Craig. Suddenly it’s the people smugglers living in Australia and conniving the drowning of children.

It’s what the Right do. They try things on, and if one big lie doesn’t work, they go on to the next one.

In the last two months two men were villainised, until the truth humanised them. They were bogeymen for a while, doing terrible things: falsifying cabcharges, and using the money of the poor in plush whorehouses, shock horror. And now they are ordinary husbands and fathers again. Their ex-wives say so.

And another bogeyman is needed. Someone who does worse things. Kill children, that’s it. He drowns children. Bad, bad man.

It’s a pity the ABC involved itself in this. The timing suggests that, just as Craig was slipping the noose, they needed something really big to ‘overshadow’ him and bring back the issue that always works well for the Liberals’ racist rump, the evil boat people, the nasty, nasty invaders. wanting a better future for their children, the horror, the horror. Hard to see how it wasn’t connived.

Yes, yes, I know there are no conspiracies and it was a lone madman who took out Julius Caesar, but you do wonder. You really do.

What conversations between ABC executives and Scott Morrison took place in April, I wonder? In a room in, say, the Four Seasons Hotel? On, say, Easter Saturday.

Sarah Ferguson should be asked to investigate.

Unless, of course, she was there.






Australia hasn't accepted any refugees since July 2014 and is stopping people from seeking asylum by pushing back boats, indefinite detention, and torture. Please stop lying ABC [4/4/16]





 #ShutDownEtowah #WeWantFreedom #QueremosLibertad






Image: ‏@DetentionWatch  [3/4/16]




@AdelanteAlabama [3/4/16]:  Our action is one of many. We're dedicated to shutting down this detention center & fighting deportation. #ShutDownEtowah #WeWantFreedom




@sg_ndlon [3/4/16]:  "Before I'll be a slave, I'll be buried in my grave." #ShutDownEtowah #FueraICE ...







@sg_ndlon  [3/4/16]:   Amazing n powerful. Detainees n protesters join in #shutdownetowah chants!!!! #WeWantFreedom #fueraICE





Rally and action to #ShutDownEtowah and demand No More Deaths!





... “The Dignity not Detention Act takes a stand against the mass incarceration of immigrants in detention facilities and inhumane immigration detention conditions,” Lara [Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)] said in a statement.

 “Our state and local governments should not be complicit in this awful practice of profiting off of human suffering.”

The end goal would be to shut down private detention centers in California, said Lara, who was expected to announce his legislation Friday in Los Angeles. ...  Bill would place new restrictions on private immigrant detention centers  [LA Times - 1/4/16]





Serco ordered to pay $8m to NZ Corrections over problems at Mt Eden prison [RNZI - 4/4/16]



It’s being called the “Panama Papers” — a trove of 11.5 million leaked internal documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, showing how hundreds of thousands of people with money to hide used anonymous shell corporations across the world.

Fusion’s investigative unit was one of the more than 100 media organizations that dove into the files — and found drug dealers, arms traders, human traffickers, fraudsters. We also found no shortage of politicians or their family members. … [Here are the famous politicos in ‘the Wikileaks of the mega-rich’ - Fusion – 4/4/16]




Panama Papers: ATO investigating more than 800 Australian clients of Mossack Fonseca [Canberra Times – 4/4/16]



Corporate media gatekeepers protect western 1% from Panama Leak [Craig Murray - 3/4/16]




Contractors for Fruit of the Loom, Hanes and Levi’s worked in close concert with the US Embassy when they aggressively moved to block a minimum wage increase for Haitian assembly zone workers, the lowest-paid in the hemisphere, according to secret State Department cables.  

The factory owners told the Haitian Parliament that they were willing to give workers a 9-cents-per-hour pay increase to 31 cents per hour to make T-shirts, bras and underwear for US clothing giants like Dockers and Nautica.

But the factory owners refused to pay 62 cents per hour, or $5 per day, as a measure unanimously passed by the Haitian Parliament in June 2009 would have mandated.

And they had the vigorous backing of the US Agency for International Development and the US Embassy when they took that stand. ... [The Nation - 1/6/11]




Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia kills 2, recorder recovered [Reuters - 3/4/16]





The role of construction giant Grocon in the fatal Swanston Street wall collapse will be revisited in a compensation case brought by the families of the three people killed.

Days after the three-year anniversary of the collapse, the victims' families have launched applications seeking compensation for grief, distress and trauma caused by their deaths. ... [The Age - 31/3/16]








Indian construction company IVRCL faces charges of attempted murder, mischief and criminal conspiracy in connection with the collapse of an overpass in Kolkata, said Nurul Absar, who heads a police station in that city and filed the case.

At least 24 people died midday Thursday when a section of a bridge that was under construction crashed down onto the streets of Kolkata's Girish Park area.

Police brought in 12 people from IVRCL for questioning Friday, Kolkata police official Debasish Boral said.

It was not clear how many of them, if any, will be formally arrested or charged and, if so, on what counts. ... [CNN - 1/4/16]





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