United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 4/12/16]
@MSF_Sea [4/12/16]: ... Overnight the #Aquarius was called to rescue those travelling in 1 wooden boat and 2 rubber boats. Making it 4 rescues in 24 hours.
@PROACTIVA_SERV [4/12/16]: Volvamos a #Lesbos al amanecer 56 personas,10 niños,se han jugado la vida con mar agitado, 2 grados de temperatura.Al límite. ...
@KanereNews [4/12/16]: Verification exercise of urban refugees in Nairobi to end in December. The exercise targets general population of refugees in Kenya with a large emphasis on Somali refugees using new biometric identity management system: . .
@KanereNews [2/12/16]: Returns in safety & dignity are not possible as #Somalia is not a safe country ...
@KanereNews [24/10/16]: … At least 5 UN staff including a refugee interpreter were airlifted in a wake of rampant fraud cases in #UNHCR operation! #Kakuma
... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi, which, in close collaboration with the Organization’s Headquarters, works with offices in the East and Horn of Africa as well as the Great Lakes Region to ensure strategic coherence, programme quality and results, management effectiveness and financial due diligence and accountability for UNHCR's operations.
From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Albrecht served as Deputy Regional Representative at the UNHCR Regional Representation for the United States of America and the Caribbean, located in Washington ... Thomas Albrecht UNHCR’s Regional Representative for Refugees for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific [Kaldor Centre - UNSW]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
UNHCR's biometrics system helps "verify" 110,000 Myanmar refugees in Thailand [Media Release - 30/6/15]
Turnbull and Australian media continue reheating non-existent "US deal". No journalism. No opposition. Torture, exile and turnbacks continue. [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/12/16]
"Resettlement" is a LIE. If any of the Nauru refugees actually end up in the US it'll be the "Art Class" State Department informants ----> ... Jesse Roberts is creative director of Rise Up International. He is making a film with Mosley Wotta about Nauru, called Nd009 - Voices from Nauru. [The Saturday Paper - 14/5/16]
Rise Up International is funded by the US State Department:
... Our Art Ambassador program promotes goodwill and peace through international art empowerment workshops and educational programs for overlooked populations.
We have conducted projects in over twenty countries around the globe in a variety of cultural diplomacy, arts, and educational projects.
This program is funded in part by the U.S. Department Of State – Cultural Affairs Diplomacy initiatives.
Our Art Ambassador projects have focused on conflict areas throughout the MENA region (Middle East, North Africa) and beyond. ...
There is no "resettlement" and there never was. There is only indefinite detention ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]
Manus Island political prisoners' release, resettlement and compensation case returns to PNG Supreme Court December 5 [The National - 22/11/16]
Taking cues from the US, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina explains she's turning back Rohingya refugees because they're "terrorists" [bdnews24.com - 4/12/16]
Obama rewards Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide against the Rohingya by lifting more sanctions against Myanmar [New York Times - 2/12/16]
@nslwin: Dec 4 at 8am, #Myanmar military entered into #KyaukChaung VT #TaungPyoLetWel sub-Tsp & continuously fired. Arrested more than 20 #Rohingya.
@nslwin [4/12/16]: In #KyetYoePyin VT. This market was burnt to the ground by #Myanmar military in mid October. #Rohingya
@mdskar [4/12/16]: #Rohingya men spend days & nights amidst Nipa Palms & Jungles to escape from killings, arbitrary arrests by #Burmese army.Anybody listening?
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak: The world cannot just sit by and watch genocide taking place [Reuters - 4/12/16]
Interview with John Pilger on his new documentary The Coming War on China [RT – 3/12/16]
The coming war on China [ICH/teleSUR - 3/12/16]:
... In October, Richard Marles, the defence spokesman of the main Australian opposition party, the Labor Party, demanded that “operational decisions” in provocative acts against China be left to military commanders in the South China Sea.
In other words, a decision that could mean war with a nuclear power should not be taken by an elected leader or a parliament but by an admiral or a general.
This is the Pentagon line, a historic departure for any state calling itself a democracy.
The ascendancy of the Pentagon in Washington – which Daniel Ellsberg has called a silent coup -- is reflected in the record $5 trillion America has spent on aggressive wars since 9/11, according to a study by Brown University.
The million dead in Iraq and the flight of 12 million refugees from at least four countries are the consequence.
John Pilger’s film, The Coming War on China, is released in UK cinemas and will be broadcast on ITV Network on December 6 at 10.40 pm.
RT Documentaries will broadcast The Coming War on China worldwide on December 9, 10, 11..
China has lodged solemn representations with the United States, urging the latter to honor its commitment to the one-China policy, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Saturday.
Geng's remarks came after U.S. president-elect Donald Trump spoke over phone on Friday with Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen. ... [Xinhua - 3/12/16]
Hong Kong officials widen legal attack on fledgling independence movement [Reuters – 2/12/16]
Woman hands herself in to police after Gold Coast shooting [Brisbane Times - 4/12/16]:
A woman wanted for questioning over the alleged shooting murder of a Gold Coast father has handed herself in two days later.
Her lawyer said she was previously too upset to give a statement to police.
Police had been publicly calling for help to find 31-year-old Renee Moseley since 18-year-old Taylor Ruatura allegedly killed Jason Boyd on Friday with a gun, the lawyer claimed, belonged to the deceased.
The pair's lawyer, Michael Gatenby, said his client was only wanted to give a witness statement.
He said she would likely be charged with unrelated drug and property offences but that wasn't the reason it took so long for her to report to police.
"She was just really upset to be honest," he said.
Mr Gatenby described the accused murderer as being like an adopted son to Ms Moseley and said the deceased was a close friend.
Mr Ruatura appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court on Saturday,
Mr Gatenby said Mr Ruatura did not pull the trigger.
"His story is that the weapon belonged to the deceased, that he located it during the course of the evening," he told Fairfax Media on Sunday.
"He was told certain things about whether or not it worked and it accidentally discharged."
Mr Ruatara was remanded in custody and Mr Gatenby said his client would apply for bail in the Supreme Court.
He's also scheduled to re-appear in court on February 21 for a committal hearing mention.
"Look he's absolutely devastated, these two were good friends. The account we've initially been provided with is it's just a tragic accident," Mr Gatenby told Nine News on Friday.
He said Ms Moseley called triple zero and waited until she knew Mr Boyd was dead before going to find Mr Ruatura.
Police [in conjunction with the local hate media] at one point described Mr Ruatura as a Nomads bikie but Mr Gatenby said any suggestion the killing was gang-related was "nonsense".
"The prosecution case is that the deceased made some snide sexual innuendo towards Moseley and that's what prefaced the incident," he said.
"(It's) nothing whatsoever to do with gangs and the Opposition jumping on the bandwagon is just outrageous."
Police have released composite images of a man they want to question over a shooting last month.
On November 4 a woman was driving her four-wheel-drive between Dwellingup and Boddington when a man stepped out of bush at the side of the road and fired a gun at her vehicle.
The bullet passed through the rear of the Mitsubishi Pajero narrowly missing the woman's three-year-old son on the back seat. ... [WA Today - 3/12/16]
Man charged after bomb found on the back seat of a car in Kingsley [WA Today - 3/12/16]
Man charged with murder after woman’s body found in Lake Macquarie home [Nine MSN - 4/12/16]
A man is due to appear in court over the alleged killing of a cat and arson in Bundaberg.
Police allege on Saturday afternoon the 30-year-old Walkervale man set a house on fire and killed a cat while armed with a knife.
He has been charged with arson and serious animal cruelty and will appear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday. [Yahoo - 4/12/16]
Man glassed in the face on dance floor of Broadbeach nightclub [MYGC - 4/12/16]
The evening after Australian woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend David Taylor allegedly killed a Bali police officer, he told their hotel they were checking out because of a death in the family, a court has heard. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 1/12/16]
Nine-year-old boy dead after suspected heart attack during basketball game in WA [WA Today - 4/12/16]
Toddler hospitalised after near drowning, Broadbeach Waters [MYGC - 4/12/16]
... A two-year-old girl was transferred by helicopter to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in a critical condition after a near-drowning at Woodford, north of Brisbane, while a short time later a one-year-old girl was taken to the same hospital in a stable condition after a near-drowning at Daisy Hill. ... [Yahoo - 4/12/16]
A yacht has capsized off North Stradbroke Island on Sunday morning.
Two men who were on the 12m yacht, leapt into the water as it went down.
They have been rescued by Water Police. ... [MYGC - 4/12/16]
A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital on Saturday afternoon after being struck by lightning in the Darling Downs town of Allora. ... [Brisbane Times - 4/12/16]
Three people have been injured after falling around four metres in a balcony collapse at a home at Point Cook, west of Melbourne, this afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the home about 3.45pm after the four-by-two-metre balcony collapsed. ... [Nine MSN - 4/12/16]
Police search for driver following Kallangur accident [Yahoo - 4/12/16]:
The pedestrian was crossing a major intersection at Kallangur at 8.30pm on Saturday night when it's alleged he crossed the road against a red light and was struck by a black sedan with the driver not stopping to help.
The man was then struck again by a second vehicle, an SUV, with the driver of that car stopping and providing details of the incident to police.
The man was taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition and police are appealing for the driver to come forward.
In another accident, a 40-year-old man died around 1.15pm on Saturday after a head-on collision on the Bruce Highway near Gympie.
The driver, a 55-year-old man, received minor injuries in the crash.
Also on Saturday a 59-year-old man suffered serious head and chest injuries in a two-car crash on the Cunningham Highway at Tregony, west of Ipswich.
The man was driving one of the vehicles involved in the crash while the 49-year-old woman driving the other car suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Ipswich Hospital. ...
Police on their way to apprehend a robber dressed as Spider-Man on Friday have got into trouble themselves, crashing their police cruiser.
The police car had lights and sirens on when it went through an intersection at Stafford Heights in Brisbane's north and collided with a 4WD just before 7am. ... [Yahoo - 3/12/16]
A man has been hit and killed by an Uber that was bringing his wife home after a night out in Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
Police said it appeared the man, in his 40s, had fallen asleep on the driveway before the accident, just after midnight.
Paramedics attended the scene but could not revive him.
The death was one of three fatalities on Queensland's roads in the past 24 hours.
Two Taiwanese women were killed yesterday when the car they were travelling in collided with another car at St George, in the state's south. [ABC - 3/12/16]
A motorcyclist was killed when he lost control of his bike while overtaking another vehicle heading onto the Pacific Motorway in Brisbane's south on Friday morning.
The 21-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene on the Mains Road on-ramp to the Pacific Motorway at Mt Gravatt shortly after 6.30am.
Police are investigating the crash. [Yahoo - 2/12/16]
... Police have confirmed that they are now investigating an alleged sexual assault at the Canterbury school.
They have interviewed a 73-year-old man from the eastern suburbs who has been released pending further inquiries.
"The investigation continues," a spokeswoman said.
While the alleged perpetrator no longer teaches at Camberwell Grammar School, Fairfax Media can reveal that he is still a registered teacher and volunteers at a children's camp organisation.
Camberwell Grammar principal Paul Hicks said the school had been co-operating with police. ... [The Age - 4/12/16]
Queensland's political and media establishment jackals continue pursuing their ongoing campaign against First Nations MP Billy Gordon [ABC - 4/12/16]
Carseldine residents protest theft of university campus site [Brisbane Times - 4/12/16]
Peter Beattie wants the people of the Gold Coast to have their say on another foregone conclusion to build more roads and disincentive public transport [MYGC - 1/12/16]
Adani's $2 billion Carmichael rail line in Queensland closer to federal loan [ABC - 3/12/16]
Indigenous rangers are working to evaluate the extent of the massive and mysterious mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The unprecedented dieback, involving more than 7400 hectares of mangroves stretching 1000 km west of Karumba, was discovered a year ago.
The Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation, with the help of TropWATER at James Cook University, is now training 19 rangers to monitor the situation for the eastern side. ... [North West Star - 1/12/16]
Researchers from Queensland’s James Cook University are worried dugongs could be caught in the crossfire of the NSW government’s war on sharks in the state’s northern beaches.
The government fast-tracked a six-month trial of shark nets in Ballina earlier this month, after three attacks on surfers in the region across six weeks.
However a JCU monitoring team has proved that dugongs are especially vulnerable to shark nets.
Thirty-nine dugongs were recorded drowned in shark nets in Queensland from 1989 to 2011, and Prof Marsh said she was worried the introduction of shark nets in northern NSW would compound the problem. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 1/12/16]
STOP THE LIES.
END THE POLICY.
YOU ARE ACCUSED! KIDS ARE ABUSED! @InsurrectNews [15/6/16]
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, June 2016
No journalism. No opposition to torture, exile and turnbacks. Political prisoners are still imprisoned. ----> Media and human rights establishment continue pushing the "deserving and didn't come by boat" narrative in their ongoing efforts to invisibilise Australia's atrocities against refugees [ABC - 4/12/16]
US Customs and Border Protection subject Canadian journalist to interrogation, search his phone and deny him entry [CJR - 30/11/16]:
... He was on assignment with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, working on a long-term project about the health care system for indigenous people in North America.
As part of his reporting, he scheduled a trip to cover the protests in Standing Rock, North Dakota, where Native Americans have been protesting the building of an oil pipeline that threatens the water supply on their land.
As Andrea Peterson noted in the Post, “If Ou had already been inside the U.S. border, law enforcement officers would have needed a warrant to search his smartphones to comply with a 2014 Supreme Court ruling.
But the journalist learned the hard way that the same rules don’t apply at the border, where the government claims the right to search electronic devices without a warrant or any suspicion of wrongdoing.” ...
A retired U.S. Navy official was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison after he admitted taking more than $350,000 in bribes and sexual favors from an Asian defense contractor.
Paul Simpkins, a former contracting supervisor based in Singapore, is the sixth Navy official so far to receive prison time in a massive corruption scandal that has rattled the maritime service since the first defendants were arrested in 2013.
Another half-dozen current and former Navy officers have pleaded guilty but are still waiting to learn their sentences.
More arrests are expected; prosecutors have said 200 people have been placed under investigation. ... [Stars and Stripes - 2/12/16]
Fake US Embassy in Ghana flew American flag, issued $6,000 counterfeit visas for a decade [Daily Caller - 2/12/16]
@wikileaks [3/12/16]: December 7 will mark 6 years #Assange has been detained without charge. ...
Egypt is a giant prison, activists banned from travel say [Reuters - 2/12/16]:
... Mohamed Zaree was on his way to a workshop in Tunis in May when he was turned back from the airport.
The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, where he works, is among several rights groups facing investigation in a 2011 case, accused of taking foreign funds to sow chaos.
But Zaree has not been officially charged and received no explanation for or prior notice of any travel restrictions.
"This whole thing is very Kafkaesque. I don't know why I am banned or by whom, I don't know where to get any official notice," he said, referring to the Franz Kafka novel "The Trial" in which the protagonist is tried in mysterious circumstances.
"I feel like the entire country is a giant prison I cannot leave, and I am not sure how long my sentence is." ...
... Where are the fish?
Where are the loaves of bread? ...
'King Of Kings', Models 
Abandoned Christmas lamb, View Ave - Surfers Paradise [3/12/16]
Mass rally in memory of Fidel Castro begins in Santiago de Cuba [TASS - 4/12/16]:
About a half a million people have come to the main square of Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city, to pay their last respects to Fidel Castro.
The event is led by Cuban President Raul Castro.
Well-known politicians, among them Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Bolivian leader Evo Morales and two former Brazilian Presidents, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Russeff, have arrived to pay homage to the legendary Cuban leader.
Fidel Castro’s funeral procession earlier reached its final destination travelling more than one thousand kilometers from Havana to Santiago de Cuba, with Cubans lining the streets to see Castro’s ashes make their final journey. ...
... Castro in the alley way
Talkin' 'bout missile love
Talkin' 'bout J.F.K.
And the way he shook him up ...
'April Sun in Cuba', Dragon 
National Health Board supports PNG-Cuba agreement [PNG Loop - 2/12/16]
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the International Court of Justice to take action against the Myanmar junta for atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine state.
"This is not about meddling in Myanmar's internal matters. This is about humanity, (and the campaign) should involve participation not only from Malaysia, but the rest of the world.
"Today, (we Malaysians) have put aside our differences. We are here to show the rest of the world our undivided support for the Rohingya," he said. ... [New Straits Times - 4/12/16]
Palestinian PM denounces Israeli occupation during Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem [Maan - 3/12/16]
Two Palestinian brothers in the neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem were forced to demolish their own homes on Saturday in compliance with an Israeli court order. ... [Maan - 3/12/16]
A Chilean court Saturday rejected a lawsuit filed on Monday charging three Israeli Supreme Court justices with war crimes, including crimes against humanity, for approving the construction of the Israeli separation wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 2004. ... [Maan - 3/12/16]
A Palestinian held in Israeli prison announced that he would boycott the Israeli military courts after being sentenced to six months of administrative detention -- an Israeli policy of internment without charge or trial based on undisclosed evidence, according to a statement released Friday by the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
PPS said that Muhammad Ahmad al-Najjar, 32, a husband and father of two from the al-Fawwar refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, declared the boycott after being sentenced to a six month stay in Israeli prison without charge or trial. ... [Maan - 3/12/16]
Turkey prosecutor calls to drop Gaza flotilla case against Israelis [Times of Israel - 2/12/16]
Major pro-Israel donor accuses Muslim US lawmaker of being anti-Semite [Press TV - 4/12/16]
In a move intended to dramatically broaden Department of Education probes of colleges and universities who tolerate students that criticize Israel, the Senate today unanimously passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which was passed with little debate or fanfare.
Sens. Bob Casey (D – PA) and Tim Scott (R – SC) presented the bill as targeting a growing number of “religiously motivated hate crimes,” warning that the Department of Education needed to take “urgent action” to investigate all anti-semitism at school. ... [Antiwar.com - 2/12/16]
Yemeni snipers kill 4 Saudi troopers in retaliatory attacks [Press TV - 3/12/16]:
... The developments came on the same day that Saudi jets launched three aerial attacks against Majz district in Yemen’s mountainous northwestern province of Sa’ada.
There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of damage. ...
Three Zabul journalists injured in roadside mine blast [TOLO News - 3/12/16]
Three members of a family were killed and as many injured in a roadside bombing in Gomal district of southeastern Paktika province on Saturday, the governor said.
Mohammad Ilyas Wahdat told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident took place in Amankhel locality and the dead included a woman.
He said the victims had gone to a mountainside for collecting firewood when they stepped on the hidden mine and caused it explode.
The governor accused militants of planting the bomb. Saifullah, a resident of the area, confirmed the blast and said the victims belonged to the same family. [Pajhwok - 3/12/16]
Civilians suffer heavy casualties in Afghan forces, Taliban clashes in Kandahar [Khaama - 3/12/16]
Resolute Support (RS) and U.S forces commander in Afghanistan General John W. Nicholson has said he is concerned about Russia, Iran and Pakistan's support to terrorist groups in Afghanistan.
Nicolson said the infiltration of foreign players in Afghanistan is alarming for the United States and Afghanistan.
"Second influence would be the malign influence of external actors and particularly Pakistan, Russia and Iran and we are concerned about the external enablement of the insurgent or terrorist groups inside Afghanistan and in particular where they enjoy sanctuary or support from outside government," he said.
The embassies of Pakistan, Iran and Russia would not comment on the issue. ... [TOLO News - 3/12/16]
International day of persons with disabilities marked in Kabul [TOLO News - 3/12/16]:
Marking International Day of Persons With Disabilities, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Saturday said more than 9,500 disabled people are registered annually in Afghanistan, of whom 1,500 are left disabled through war. ...
Arseholes --> The importance of international humanitarian law and how the Defense Department conforms to and complies with it is critical, Mark Swayne, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs, said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Security Forum here yesterday.
Swayne discussed the department’s mitigation efforts that followed the accidental 2015 U.S. airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders trauma center in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in the panel discussion, “In the Cross-Hairs: The Surge of Violence against the Health Sector.” ... [US Department of Defense - 2/12/16]
Kerry finally presents proposals on Aleppo in line with Russia’s stance [RT - 3/12/16]:
... “Moscow is ready to immediately send our military experts and diplomats to Geneva to work out joint actions with our US colleagues in line with the [new] American proposals, which would ensure the withdrawal of all militants without exception from eastern Aleppo, and would provide unimpeded humanitarian supplies to the city’s residents and ensure the establishment of normal life in eastern Aleppo,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday. ...
Syrian Army General Command calls on residents of Aleppo’s secured northeastern neighborhoods to return to their homes [SANA - 3/12/16]
Five civilians were killed and 29 others were injured in terrorists attacks with rocket and mortar shells on residential neighborhoods of Halab al-Jadeda, al-Hamadniya, al-Iza’a, al-Neel Street, the University Campus, al-Ashrafiya and Saif al-Dawla in Aleppo city on Saturday. ... [SANA - 3/12/16]
Denmark to stop bombing Iraq and Syria [Reuters - 2/12/16]:
... On Monday, a U.S. military investigation said Danish war planes were involved in a Sept. 17 coalition air strike, where a series of "unintentional human errors" killed fighters aligned with the Syrian government instead of the targeted Islamic State militants. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [3/12/16]:
Anbar: News agencies: 15 civilians were killed and 8 wounded as the US-led coalition air force targeted Husseiba area west of Anbar.
Baghdad: A person was killed and 8 were wounded as an IED exploded in Hamamiyat area in Taji district north of Baghdad.
Baghdad: News agencies: 4 persons were killed and 7 wounded as a car bomb exploded near Shuhada' Square /Public pension department in Shawaka today evening.
Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday after clashing with Kurdish militants in the southeastern province of Hakkari, military sources said.
The military launched an operation in the region, which borders Iraq, following the clashes, the sources said.
The private Dogan news agency reported that several Kurdish militants had been "neutralized". ... [Reuters - 2/12/16]
Pence and Kurdish president discuss support for Kurds, ISIS war [RUDAW - 3/12/16]
Two foreign volunteers in Manbij killed in Turkish airstrikes [RUDAW - 1/12/16]
4 December 2016