“The way a government treats refugees is very instructive because it shows you how they would treat the rest of us if they thought they could get away with it.”  


Tony Benn



187th day of peaceful protest from East Lorengau refugees transit center. # Manus # SOS  @sunosi3 [5/2/18]



Report shows how war profiteers are now refugee profiteers, too [Common Dreams - 4/7/16]



@Aussie4Refugees [5/2/18]:  Butcher of Fallujah and key architect of Australia's paramilitary at-sea anti refugee operations - Major General Jim Molan - enters the #Senate  



@Aussie4Refugees [5/2/18]:  Peter Khalil: Labor Party MP, and informant for the US government on Australian asylum seeker policy, worked for Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq  



@Aussie4Refugees [5/2/18]: Andrew Goledzinowski: Australia's new High Commissioner to Malaysia - served as People Smuggling Ambassador, worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, as well as an adviser to Gareth Evans and Alexander Downer ...



Remember remember the 5th of February 2003.



This documentary outlines the Coalition Provisional Authority's achievements in Iraq --> No End in Sight [2007]



@CJTFOIR [3/2/18]:  Our @coalition partner #Australia oversees an Iraqi Special Forces heavy weapons training course at Camp Taji, Iraq. This training is part of the building partner capacity mission which focuses on training partnered forces fighting Daesh.



As Van Badham ignores tweets from protesting refugees at the Australian funded IOM concentration camp in Balikpapan, the Labor Party's pro "deterrence" PR outfit The Guardian is suddenly interested in orphanage tourism in Indonesia ---> 'Most of the children still have parents': behind the facade of a Bali orphanage @Shamindan1 [5/2/18]



@Ali53585039 [5/2/18]:  Day 20 peaceful protest in #Balikpapan jail, we want our right refugee is not criminal that keep us in cage



@MahdiAlizada18 [5/2/18]:  ... Today was the towenty days of #Refugees demonstrationin the Detention center of # Balikpapan...



Unidentified armed men shot dead three people in the capital of southern Kandahar province on Monday, an official said. ... [Pajhwok - 5/2/18]



@LongWarJournal [2/2/18]:  Taliban fighters practice in the snow with US-made weapons that very likely were seized from Afghan security forces. Footage from the group's Abu Bakr Siddique Camp. 



@LongWarJournal [2/2/18]:  The #Taliban are using captured US-supplied Afghan National Police Ford Ranger pickup trucks in training. Can count at least 8 together in one scene. From the group's video of the Abu Bakr Siddique Camp.  



The defining year was 1991: The demise of Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union [Global Research - 2/2/18]:


... But how have we arrived at this situation in the world today?

And what are the roots of America and Britain’s ‘humanitarian intervention’?

A lot of people answer the above questions by citing the illegal American and British invasion of Iraq. Well, they are emphatically wrong. What we are seeing today in, for example, Syria, has its origins in 1991.

Because that year was a turning-point in geo-politics. It was the year that saw the dismemberment of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Yugoslavia was the first step in a series of Western interventions in the world, including Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine, and the West was able to successfully intervene in those countries because the Soviet Union is no more. ...



Through an endless barrage of ugly propaganda, the U.S. government and the mainstream American press have put the world on course for a potential nuclear showdown with Russia, an existential risk that has been undertaken cavalierly amid bizarre expressions of self-righteousness from Western institutions.

This extraordinarily dangerous moment reflects the insistence of the Establishment in Washington that it should continue to rule the world and that it will not broach the possibility of other nations asserting their own national interests even in their own neighborhoods.

Rather than adjust to a new multi-polar world, the powers-that-be in Washington have deployed a vast array of propaganda assets that are financed or otherwise encouraged to escalate an information war so aggressively that Russia is reading this onslaught of insults as the conditioning of the Western populations for a world war. ... [Consortiumnews.com - 3/10/16]



Israeli authorities on Sunday tore down two EU-funded classrooms that were part of a school for Bedouins in the occupied West Bank because they said they were built illegally. ... [Reuters - 5/2/18] 



US troops in Israel for missile defense drill [Jerusalem  Post - 4/2/18]



Israeli forces kill Palestinian during manhunt for alleged killer of settler [Maan - 4/2/18]



The Israeli government unanimously approved plans to legalize an illegal Israeli settlement outpost near the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus in response to the killing of one of its settlers last month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during an Israeli cabinet meeting that the government will legalize the Havat Gilad outpost in order to “allow the continuation of a normal life there.”

According to Israeli news website Ynet, the proposal passed an executive vote, the first stage in the process to legalize the outpost, which was built in contravention of international law.  ... [Maan - 4/2/18]



Egypt Army spokesperson denies New York Times report on Israeli raids in North Sinai [Egypt Independent - 4/1/18]



Journalist details Israel's secret history of targeted assassinations [NPR - 31/1/18]



Former Israeli cabinet member and ex-Mossad agent who helped capture Eichmann backs far-right German party with Nazi past as 'great hope' [Haaretz - 3/2/18]


The alleged gunman behind the shooting of several foreigners in the central Italian city of Macerata has been identified as 28-year-old Luca Traini, a one-time failed candidate for the right-wing Northern League party.

At least six people were wounded in the attack Saturday – all of them foreigners and four of them Africans – in what is thought to be a racially-motivated shooting.

Traini was arrested at the scene with an Italian tri-color flag draped around his shoulders. A pistol was also reportedly found in his vehicle. ... [RT - 3/2/18]



@Refugees4Sale [2/2/18]:  Rwandan officials deny #Refugees4Sale deal with #Israel. , Deputy Foreign Minister @onduhungirehe stands by this version today. BUT the UNHCR representative in Israel confirms such a deal does indeed exist. Who is lying?  



@davidsheen [4/2/18]:  Israeli officials: In order to force 40,000 non-Jewish African refugees out of the country, we will have to expand and fortify the jails we round them into, from PR-friendly desert “detention centers” into full-on concentration camps they can’t leave



Israel starts issuing deportation notices to African asylum seekers not imprisoned in Holot concentration camp [Haaretz - 4/2/18]:


... Dabsai, a 47-year-old from Eritrea is a resident of Netanya.

"I don't want to go to Rwanda," he said.

"I'm from Eritrea, and I don't want to return to Eritrea. I'm going to jail, without fear."

Habtum, an asylym seeker from Eritrea who spent over a year in the Holot detention facility, said "They told me to leave after 60 days. I told them that I cannot, there's a problem because I came here."

He says he'd rather enter prison. 


Two weeks ago the population authority gave similar notices to asylum seekers held in Holot, which is expected to close in around six weeks.

Asylum seekers there say the authority has held conversations about deportation with about 60 of the some 900 people in the detention center in the Negev desert, all from Eritrea.

During these talks, the authority representative told them they must go to Rwanda or to their own country, otherwise they will be imprisoned at Saharonim Prison indefinitely.

They were given a month to inform the authority of their decision. The Holot detainees say Uganda was not offered as an option, as it was in the past.

During these conversations, the asylum seekers were given a two-page letter in Hebrew entitled “Information Sheet for the Infiltrator Leaving for a Safe Third Country” (“infiltrator” being the state’s term for asylum seekers who entered Israel over its border with Egypt).

It begins, “We would like to inform you that the State of Israel has signed agreements allowing you to leave Israel for a safe third country that will absorb you and give you a residency visa that will allow you to work in that country, and promises not to remove you to your country of origin.” ...




"It is OUR policy":  Bill Shorten Labor Machiavelli behind re-opening Manus Island and Nauru concentration camps, Bill Shorten, and signatory to the illegal July 2013 PNG arrangement, Mark Dreyfus, meet with Israeli anti-refugee "opposition" politicians Avi Gabbay, Isaac Herzog [October 2017]



I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]



Israel set to win its war on African refugees [Electronic Intifada - 22/1/18]:


... Once Israel’s High Court cleared the way for the government to expel African refugees, the next step was to ratify the plan in the Knesset.

Newly elected Labor party chief Avi Gabbay justified his support for the proposal by saying, “We don’t have to be more righteous than the High Court of Justice.”

Prior to his leadership run, Gabbay had no affiliation with the Labor party.

Even now, he is not a member of the Israeli parliament, and cannot become one until the next national election, currently scheduled for 2019.

The deportation plan does not need Labor’s support as all parties in the governing coalition agreed to support its passage.

But Gabbay urged Labor lawmakers to champion it, saying that failing to do so would cost the party votes in the next general election. ...



@LaborDialogue [30/12/17]:  ALP delegation members Tony Burke MHR, Susan Templeman MHR, Josh Wilson MHR, Susan Lamb MHR, Julian Hill MHR, Steve Georganas MHR, Skye Laris & Wendy Turner meeting at the Knesset with Labor MK Hilik Bar ...



Senior Labor MP Tony Burke rejects links to underground campaign that propelled Indonesian live exports crisis [Queensland Country Life - 6/6/16]:


... Ms Laris’ LinkedIn profile says she “delivered improvements to animal welfare and paused live exports when overseeing GetUp!'s live exports campaign which was the fastest growing online petition to date with more than 250,000 signatures in less than a week”.

After being the GetUp! communications and campaigns director to January 2012, it says she returned to the Labor camp to be chief of staff to then Employment Participation, Early Childhood & Child Care Minister Kate Ellis, until August 2012.

After that, Ms Laris took on leadership of digital campaigns for the Labor Party prior to the 2013 election campaign before becoming Chief Of Staff and Digital Director up to October 2015.



When Australia's human rights establishment, "advocates", lawyers and media posit a "safe third country" for refugees imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru, is this what they mean? --->  UNHCR endorses Julia Gillard's failed proposal to traffick and exile refugees to Malaysia for slavery [ABC - 22/11/16]:


... MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: So a regional solution. One of the countries the Government is in talks with currently is Malaysia. Malaysia hasn't signed the UN Convention on Refugees. Would you be comfortable with any deal involving that country?

VOLKER TURK [UNHCR]: Well, Malaysia has had a tradition of hosting refugees.

It's true they haven't signed the convention, but there are a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to access to the labour market, to ensure that one could negotiate a certain standard of treatment for people.

Obviously I am not privy to these negotiations. I've heard about it in the press.

There was a deal that was struck a couple of years ago and we thought that the deal was workable at the time. ...



And then he was transferred to Malaysia, where he pressures the government to accommodate refugees so Australia can maintain its pristine borders ---> ... RICHARD TOWLE [UNHCR Australia representative]: The key failing is that there are in place no legal frameworks for the processing of refugee claims.

If the sole purpose of transfer from Australia to Papua New Guinea was to process people, one would expect there'd be some kind of process in place for people when they get there.

These 221 people are being held in mandatory closed and indefinite detention, which is a very serious violation of international law. ... [ABC - 4/2/13]



Rohingya refugees work at unlicensed bird's nest factory in Malaysia to make a living [Channel News Asia - 11/1/18]:


... The representative for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malaysia, Richard Towle, described the situation as a catch-22 for these children.

"If they're not in the workforce earning money, then they might be on the streets begging, where they're highly vulnerable. So it's a choice between a rock and a hard place," said Towle. 

"If you're being asked to work in sweatshops, is that better than working on the streets and begging?" ...



@Aussies4Refugees [4/2/18]: UNHCR has never disputed former People Smuggling Ambassador [now High Commissioner to Malaysia] Goledzinowski's repeated assertions that they don't want Australia to take refugees trapped in our region ...



“Two helicopters were deployed to our village. The helicopters flew over the village for over 20 minutes, firing randomly at the villagers. The first round of attack was carried out from a higher altitude, but in the second and third rounds, they flew just over the rooftops of the houses. Seven members of my brother’s family in-law were killed in the helicopter attack.” ...


Report of OHCHR mission to Bangladesh:  Interviews with Rohingyas fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016 [3/2/17]



Will AUNG SAN SUY KYI provide a prosthetic leg? Little #Rohingya kid shot last year in #Maungdaw. Left leg amputated below knee. #Myanmar @shafiur [20/5/17]



@Aussie4Refugees [3/2/18]:  March 2013: Gillard government announces Australian military aid for Myanmar during visit by President Thein Sein 



@Aussie4Refugees [3/2/18]: ... [pic: Aus FM Bishop presents ASSK with a photograph of their meeting in 1995 - [28 Nov 2013]



ASEAN and UN silence indicates complicity in Myanmar genocide [The European Rohingya Council - 2/2/18]



Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) has opened fire on Bangladeshi fishermen in the Naf River of Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar.

One Bangladeshi fisherman identified as Nurul Islam, has been shot and injured. ... [Dhaka Tribune - 3/2/18] 



@nslwin [4/2/18]:  108 #Rohingya families from #Buthidaung fleeing to #Bangladesh on Sunday morning. ...



@nslwin [3/2/18]: This is 1st page from 13-pages list made by #Rohingya survivors in #Bangladesh. They gave this list to Professor @YangheeLeeSKKU two weeks ago when she visited the camps....  



Ba Kyaw: The leading military gunman of Maung Nu massacre [Rohingya Blogger - 2/2/18] 



Tamil Diaspora organisations across the world marked Sri Lanka’s Independence Day by sending a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Chief.

In the letter to Rights Chief Zeid Al Hussein,  the organisations outlined Sri Lanka’s failure to progress on its commitments to accountability and reconciliation ... [Tamil Guardian - 4/2/18]



The transfer of three Tamil political prisoners from Vavuniya to Anuradhapura has been halted by the Court of Appeal. ... [Tamil Guardian - 3/2/18]



A 21 year old Tamil detainee was attacked by guards in Jaffna prison last month. 

Ravikumar Yathushan, from Kodikaamam, was subsequently admitted to Jaffna teaching hospital where he received treatment for the past 5 days.  ... [Tamil Guardian - 2/2/18]



The United States’ Ambassador to Sri Lanka said his country “has stood shoulder to shoulder with Sri Lanka” as it prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two governments this month.

As part of celebrations, new bilateral initiatives will be highlighted by the US as well as “exercises between the two countries’ militaries will enhance disaster response capabilities and expand interoperability”. ... [Tamil Guardian - 1/2/18]



The United National Party pledged to build 1000 Buddhist viharas in the Tamil homeland, under the guise of reconciliation. ... [Tamil Guardian - 1/2/18]



@AzimiFaraidon [4/2/18]:  19th days our peaceful protest in balikpapan IDC Indonesian detention center we want our right freedom is our right ... 



@Refugeeright [4/2/18]:  Afghan migrants peaceful protest againt worst and horrible situation in #Balikpapan_IDC_PrisonCamp of #Indonesia reached to its 19th day. #being_refugee_is_not_a_crime #4years_in_jail #we_are_still_battling_to_get_our_freedom #afghanistan_is_not_safe   



@Aussies4Refugees [3/2/18]:  Indonesia Immigration Detention Profile | Global Detention Project ...



Excellent overview of Australia's refugee enforcement archipelago: Lecture by Professor Alison Mountz [2015]



@Jamshid05271784 [3/2/18]: ... Protest in #Balikpapan Indonesian Detention Center. ... It’s about 4 years that we’re imprisoned here.



Asif Rahimi [3/2/18]:


Day 18 from #AsylumSeekers successive protest for #Freedom in #Balikpapan detention center.

The result is as it was expected. Restriction of medical services, cutting bread off, and lately banned money transformation and phone credit and SIM cards as well. Immigration has done all these since we have started protesting for freedom.

Tomorrow is still unpredictable that what will happen to all of us. Note; Sorry for not publishing yesterday's and the day's before it. Here was some bad thing going on and I could not share it. ... 



Erfan Dana's report on protests at Australian funded IOM refugee prison Balikpapan (Translated by Omid Tofighian - who translates Behrouz Boochani's writings from Manus Island) [Hazara International Network - 3/2/18]:


... Minutes after they began their protest, after sounding their cries for freedom and their pleas for help, the head warden of the prison arrived together with a group of local police officers. At this point everyone was calm and they raised their hands up in a show of submission.

For some time the head warden of the prison camp hurled as much abuse and insults as he could muster up; he also threatened to press criminal charges and imprison the refugees in the local jails. This is what he told the refugees.

A few were so unbearably tired and felt so totally hopeless.

They were completely shocked, their hearts had faltered and they felt they would never be free from this prison… they lost all control of themselves.

Two individuals collapsed for the first time ever and began to tremble. The refugees, who had no medical or first aid skills whatsoever, rushed over to keep the two of them stable lest they hurt themselves or anyone else.

The security guards watching the whole situation unfold not only did not help, they called the local police over and then closed the door and left the scene.

The situation continued like this for a period of time until more individuals began to suffer from heart pain and fainted from the shock.

The whole thing was totally out of control. Everyone was screaming, and some were helping the fallen. ...



How is it that Australia can host a conference about refugee trauma featuring speakers who endorse anti-refugee torture policy i.e "deterrence'?




... You'll all be safe with us to protect you

And keep you out of harm's way

You'll thank creation and your liberation

From the dark into a new day ...


'After We Torture Our Prisoners' David Rovics  [2005]



Letter to the Editor, The Age [20/12/12]:


Paris Aristotle suggests the refugee sector and the opposition will be responsible for 30,000 asylum seeker arrivals and more loss of life at sea next year, unless they support all the recommendations of his expert panel (“MPs told: join asylum plan or 30,000 will come by boat”, The Age, 18/12).

This is gross hypocrisy.

Mr Aristotle has been silent for months as the government cherry-picked his panel’s recommendations, implementing only those they considered politically expedient, and condemning asylum seekers to hellish conditions on Nauru and Manus Island.

Now he seeks to blame refugee campaigners and supporters for the failure of government policy to deter boat arrivals.

Mr Aristotle, you gained enormous respect and admiration over many years for your treatment of refugees traumatised by their experiences.

But your political naivety in lending your good name and reputation to the policies of a morally bankrupt government bereft of political courage has eroded much of that respect.

If you can’t say something constructive about refugee policy any more, please say nothing at all.


Bob Muntz, Ascot Vale.



Michael Gordon, the then National Affairs Editor of The Age, helps Paris Aristotle justify Prime Minister Gillard's rounding up of refugees into offshore concentration camps at a "human rights " event [September 2012]



I urged Gillard to challenge Kevin "this party ... will not be lurching to the right on the question of asylum seekers" Rudd: Bill Shorten [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/6/2010]



Prime Minister Julia Gillard's announcement of her government's policy on asylum seekers at the Frank Lowy Institute [July 2010]



@Aussies4Refugees [4/2/18]:  February 2002: Immigration Minister Ruddock and Opposition counterpart Julia Gillard visit #Manus Island and #Nauru ...


... Asked by Kerry O’Brien on ABC TV on her return about centre conditions, Gillard answers: "The conditions aren’t what you or I would aspire to, but I do understand that by the conditions of refugee centres around the world, that they are, you know, adequate conditions, not bad conditions." ...



4 February 2018