"I took him in like he was my own son."
Fiji Times [4/2/17]:
These were the words of an emotional Nadi mother as she related last night how Loghman Sawari arrived at her Namotomoto home almost two weeks ago.
The Iranian national was brought to her door by her 12-year-old son, Isimeli.
Both were teary-eyed, distraught about yesterday's deportation of the 21-year-old.
"I really miss him, he cut my hair and cooked meals for us, he was a nice man," the young boy said.
Rauga Naikeli said she was ironing clothes about two weeks ago when her son arrived with Mr Sawari.
"They met on the roadside and Loghman asked him to help search for a place to stay because the hotel he was staying in was too expensive," she said.
"They went around looking and couldn't find appropriate accommodation, so Isimeli brought him home and asked if he could live with us.
"I felt sorry for him when I saw him, he was so small.
"Then he told me that he was from Papua New Guinea, didn't have any family and was here for four months.
"My heart went out to him and I told him this is your home. You can call me nene and these are your brothers and sisters. He spoke in broken English, ate what we ate and was easy to live with."
Ms Naikeli said the Iranian told them his name was Junior and it wasn't until a few days later that he told them about his life in detention and as a refugee in PNG.
"He showed me his PNG passport and it had his name Loghman Sawari in it.
"I was really moved by the story of the loss of his family and the suffering he had experienced on the streets of PNG.
"I told him that he should immediately go to immigration and seek advice on what he could do. "
He left the next day for Suva and returned three days later.
"Loghman informed us that he had a lawyer."
Ms Naikeli said when she later read in the news that the Immigration Department was still waiting for him she scolded him.
"But he said his lawyer was handling everything and we left it at that.
"He left home on Thursday and we knew that he was meeting the immigration officials yesterday.
"We were waiting and hoping for some good news because we really felt sorry for him. He had become part of my family.
"When we heard that he had been arrested and deported we were all devastated.
"We had all grown attached to him and had so much love and compassion for him because of the experiences he said he had been through."
Someone is lying.
My bet it is the money grabbing scumbags at the UNHCR [Media Release - 3/2/17]:
UNHCR is gravely concerned by the forced return of Mr. Loghman Sawari from Fiji to Papua New Guinea today.
The UN Refugee Agency had sought assurances from the Government of Fiji this week that he would have access to Fiji’s national asylum procedures, given his stated intention to seek asylum.
All asylum-seekers are entitled to have their claims for refugee status considered fairly and in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention, to which Fiji is signatory.
UNHCR deeply regrets that interventions to prevent Mr Sawari’s forced return were not successful, and is profoundly concerned for his welfare.
Further information is being sought from the Governments of both Fiji and Papua New Guinea at this time.
UNHCR has long called for refugees and asylum-seekers currently in Papua New Guinea to be moved to humane conditions outside of the country.
Equally, UNHCR has urged that no refugees or asylum-seekers should be returned there.
We urge the Government of Papua New Guinea to ensure that Mr Sawari is treated in accordance with international human rights law and standards.
... [Fiji's Attorney-General] Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he was advised by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that Mr Sawari was not recognised as a refugee under the UNHCR mandate.
"It has further advised that he is a refugee recognised by Papua New Guinea under its national procedures. So Fiji has merely returned Sawari to his rightful place of residence," he said. ... [RNZI - 3/2/17]
AFTER Loghman Sawari was deported, the OHCHR said it wanted to help [Fiji Times - 3/2/17]
31 January: UNHCR refuse to comment on Loghman Sawari case [Fiji Times]:
... When contacted, the United Nations refugee agency regional Representation in Canberra external relations officer, Catherine Stubberfield, said the agency could not comment on individual cases of people of concern for the individuals' protection. ...
It is time for the UNHCR to explain why it doesn't want refugees on Manus and Nauru freed and GENUINELY resettled.
March on Parliament House Canberra: MORE LOVE! LESS FEAR! REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE! [Canberra Times - 4/2/17]
@AndrewBrownAU [4/2/17]: Father and son now speaking at the rally after walking all the way from Adelaide to Canberra to raise awareness for asylum seekers
... Adam said he was prompted to take action after having to explain why two refugees set themselves on fire last year to his son during their drive home from a primary school soccer match. ... Father and son walk from Adelaide to Canberra to protest Australia's anti-refugee policy [SBS - 19/1/17]
ABC and Bill Shorten protect Julie Bishop's desperate lies about the fictional "US Deal" [4/2/17]
Pregnant, sick asylum seeker arrives in Australia from Nauru [SBS - 4/2/17]:
A 37-year-old pregnant Kuwaiti asylum seeker who doctors have diagnosed with preeclampsia has arrived in Australia for medical treatment.
She is in her third trimester. In a statement issued to SBS on Saturday, a spokesperson from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said the department could confirm that "an individual was transferred from Nauru to Australia" on Friday.
The spokesperson said it would not be appropriate for the department to provide any specific details about "the health of individuals".
On Thursday night, Nauru’s government tweeted: "We have received confirmation from Australia that the patient will be airlifted. Expected tomorrow (Friday)”.
“Nauru has no control over decisions by Aust on who to transfer & did not stop transfer. Nauru approved transfer the moment request was made,” the government said in a second tweet.
Earlier this week five independent doctors diagnosed her with preeclampsia, a condition that if left untreated can result in serious complications for both mother and baby, and urged that she be flown to Australia for medical treatment.
It is characterised by high blood pressure, swelling and protein in the urine.
When pre-eclampsia occurs in Australia, the woman is brought in as an inpatient for regular monitoring of her blood pressure.
She receives blood tests, and the protein levels in her urine are checked once or twice a day.
She may receive blood pressure medications and her fetus is monitored almost around the clock. ...
Don't trust politicians or paid NGOs with human rights - stand up for humanity yourself! 10+ yrs #Guantanamo protests @ US Embassy #LDN
We don't jump on bandwagons:we've protested US war on terror human rights abuses for 10+ years (US Embassy yesterday) ...
Senator asked Pentagon chief to give the war court his copy of CIA ‘Torture Report’ [Miami Herald - 2/2/17]:
As the clock ticked toward transfer of power, California Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein made an 11th-hour plea to departing Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to send his rare copy of the so-called CIA “Torture Report” to the Guantánamo war court for safekeeping, a filing by the judge revealed this week.
No filing suggests that Carter did it, and the senator’s office has yet to receive a reply.
But Pentagon spokesman Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson said Wednesday that the Pentagon did write Feinstein, and “the response to the Senator’s request is currently going through appropriate coordination.” ...
This video offers a Jan. 28-29, 2017 look inside the Detention Center Zone while the commander explains he has received no new orders from the nascent Trump administration to prepare for more prisoners. ... [Miami Herald - 2/2/17]
... He also pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment, an IRS rule barring pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit.
"I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution," he said. ... President Trump's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast [TIME - 2/2/17]
Here's an example of what really happens at the National Prayer Breakfast, from my book The Family.
Now Rep. Robert Aderholt at podium of #nationalprayerbreakfast - used 2008 Breakfast to meet with Sri Lankan arms lobbyists.
Former Norwegian Prime Minister stopped by new US entry controls [The Local - 3/2/17]:
Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was stopped by US border control agents at Washington Dulles Airport on Wednesday and questioned for roughly an hour before being granted permission to enter the country.
Bondevik had flown to Washington DC to attend the National Prayer Breakfast but an Iranian visa in his diplomatic passport led to difficulties at the airport. ...
Husband of Trinidad and Tobago journalist detained at Florida airport [Jamaica Observer - 3/2/17]:
The husband of Trinidadian journalist Stacy-Marie Ishmael was Wednesday detained by United States Customs and Border Patrol agents when he arrived at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Miami News Times has reported.
He was later allowed to enter the United States after being questioned.
“Donald Trump’s travel ban last week was directed at seven majority-Muslim countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan. Trinidad, which sits seven miles off the coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean, is nowhere near any of those nations. That fact, however, apparently did not stop customs agents from stopping a Trinidadian man — the husband of a prominent reporter,” the Times said in its report.
The report said it was unclear why Border Patrol stopped the Trinidadian or if President Donald Trump’s recent executive order was cited during the stop. ...
Sudan has freed a British journalist it detained last month for "illegally entering" the country, the British Embassy and Sudanese media said on Thursday.
His release came after British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Minister for Africa Tobias Ellwood raised the case with senior Sudanese officials, Ghafoor added.
Sudanese media reported that he had been granted a pardon by President Omar al-Bashir.
They said he had been detained in the North Darfur state capital of El-Fasher on January 21 for entering the country without a valid visa. ... [News 24 - 2/2/17]
The international NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) had demanded the immediate release of Libyan TV journalist Wiem Ben Zabia, who is believed to have been arrested by the Libyan National Army (LNA).
According to RSF, Ben Zabi, who works for the Libya Panorama channel, was on his way to attend a relative’s funeral in his hometown Derna when he was arrested at an LNA checkpoint at Ras Hilal.
A local pro-LNA TV station then broadcast a video on social media of Ben Zabia being interrogated over supposed ties with terrorists by a man in civilian clothes.
It then published a statement saying Ben Zabia would be released within a week, but he has now been detained for almost a fortnight. ... [Libya Herald - 25/1/17]
Sting hopes to 'shine more light' on Jim: The James Foley Story documentary with Oscar nomination [Billboard - 24/1/17]:
Sting has written plenty of tunes for movies before, including three previous best original song Oscar contenders.
But he felt an added responsibility when he penned the lyrics to “The Empty Chair,” the end-credits song in Jim: The James Foley Story, the moving documentary about the American journalist captured and beheaded by ISIS.
The song, with music by J. Ralph, was among the five finalists for best original song announced Tuesday morning. ...
"To what end are we fighting these wars?" James Foley - Chicago Anti-NATO Rally 2012 [Haskell Wexler]
Syria: Rebels losing support among civilians in Aleppo, James Foley [PRI - 16/10/12]
@wikileaks [3/2/17]: According to a Stanford study the most believed #FakeNews stories of the 2016 US election favored Hillary Clinton
@KarlisSalna [4/2/17]: More reporters and photographers than demonstrators at anti-Trump rally in Jakarta.
Trump is the less effective evil [ICH/BAR - 3/2/17]:
... It is good to fight for humane treatment of Syrians but their rights should be respected whether they are at an American airport or in Damascus.
They leave their homeland because Obama administration policy destroyed their country in the frenzy for regime change and that must not be forgotten.
The silence of Obama supporters during the commission of this war crime should not be forgotten either.
The ruling classes prefer Obamaesque evil over Trump’s for obvious reasons.
They need a President who can commit wrongdoing with a smile, not with a sneer.
We the people shouldn’t be fooled by either one.
The story of the immigration executive order is a test case for progressives.
Will they fight by returning to a discredited party or will they fight to create something new? ...
@ajamubaraka - US Green Party candidate for Vice President [2/2/17]:
It is gratifying to see the growing spirit of resistance across the country. But lets focus on systemic change not Trump the person.
It should be very clear that both parties are prepared to sacrifice our youth in the service of the 1% We need a new anti-war movement.
Saturday Paper and Bob Brown's blinkered view of US politics (and bizarre whiteanting) remind readers why the Australian Greens are no longer a third force [4/2/17]
... Between 2010 and 2013, the Greens became the parliamentary partner of the Labor minority government of Julia Gillard, providing the support it needed to stay in power.
During this period, Gillard drafted legislation that went beyond the draconian anti-refugee measures introduced by the Liberal-National Coalition under John Howard. ... [WSWS - 3/5/17]
@BehrouzBoochani [4/2/17]: Chief Migration Officer says Loghman Savari was interviewed yesterday & is in police custody charged with passport related offences.
Everyone who cares about justice has an important role to play.
But we will be successful when the structures of political power understand deeply that civil society is united and cares about justice everywhere.
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, July 2016
Frightened by Trump? Spare a thought for us, Behrouz Boochani [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/2/17]:
... Civil society is like a chain and all of the elements are connected. You cannot be a part of the feminist movement and at the same time stand silent on the migrant crisis.
You cannot struggle to protect the environment and at the same time ignore the enormous injustices against Aboriginal people, or fight against climate change but ignore the rights of LGBTIQ people.
A year ago a refugee woman set herself on fire in Nauru prison, but the majority of the feminist movement have not stood up to investigate why she felt compelled to take such extreme action, or to demand change.
Nor have they rallied enough against the injustice of denying medical care to women on Nauru who urgently need it. ...
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman renews call for declassification of covert Australia refugee deal [3/2/17]
@ChuckGrassley [3/2/17]: Real test of transparency of this state dept Obama wld not declassify secret Australia/US refugee agreement I WANT IT PUBLIC TrumpHas??s too
Singaporean asylum seeker Amos Yee, 18, could remain in US jail until March, lawyer reveals [South China Morning Post - 31/1/17]
New immigration detention facility in South Georgia to cost $116.7 million [The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/2/17]:
... The payments from the federal government will pass through Charlton County to GEO.
In return for its role, GEO will pay Charlton a monthly $2,500 administrative fee, according to an Oct. 13 resolution unanimously approved by Charlton commissioners.
The contract is also projected to create 231 new jobs — primarily detention center officers — and generate property tax revenue for Charlton.
Asked how GEO was chosen, Charlton County Administrator Shawn Boatright said, “This is something that was beyond our hands. We were just a third party on this. There is nothing that the county is bidding for.” ...
Operation Streamline: Ten years of criminalising immigrants in the US [American Immigration Council - 15/12/15]
This is child abuse: Social Worker breaks silence over conditions inside US immigrant detention centre [Democracy Now - 29/7/15]:
... OLIVIA LÓPEZ: Well, I was hired as the lead licensed social worker there to do social work with the women and supervise two other employees that would also assist in that effort. And so, what I discovered in my experiences there were that social work in that setting at Karnes City was much different than the social work that I know as—in employing and as I know as a social work professor.
And that is to say, the basic functions of advocacy, empowerment and then just engagement were really not part of the interpretation of social work at Karnes City residential center.
And so, you know, they would take the kids and the mothers back to the rooms to draw blood. And the kids, really, were just so frightened and terrified, and they cried and they screamed.
And we all heard it—I did—for the week or so that it happened. And then, just one day, I just came out of my office during the time when they were taking the blood draws, and I witnessed a small child, less than two, try to escape the medical department. He was so afraid about the blood draws. And all the kids really were, but he was the one that tried to escape. And that’s what I spoke about yesterday.
AMY GOODMAN: You talk about the women being put in isolation?
OLIVIA LÓPEZ: Yes. ...
Submission 79 Nauru Senate Inquiry : ... I observed a direct correlation between DIBP messaging and self-harming and protest by asylum seekers. ...
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98 :
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Supplementary Submission 95.1 :
... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.
There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour. ...
4 February 2017