United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 4/1/17]



Migrants released from Malaga detention centre due to overcrowding [Spanish News Today - 4/11/17]



‏@JuanMazaCalleja [4/1/17]:  Last night 30 migrants & refugees arrived at Almeria port, Spain (23:00 h) Since begin 2017 at least 8 dinghy has arrived to Spanish coast



Man attempts to cross into Spain smuggled inside suitcase [The Local - 3/1/17]






Australia's political prisoners protest on Manus Island - 23 May 2016



Why do Manus Island refugee death camp authorities think any of Australia's political prisoners would believe the "US deal" bullshit after all these years of lies and mistreatment? ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



‏@BehrouzBoochani [4/1/17]:


 Manus prison: if Australia is serious with the American deal it should involve UNHCR. Sounds like an another political trick.


The gov wants to waste time again. Their plan is to maintain the cruelty in a new camp close to Lorengau town.



UNHCR endorses bogus "US deal" it claims to know nothing about [Media Release - 13/11/16]:


... It is on this basis that UNHCR will endorse referrals made from Australia to the United States, on a one-off, good offices, humanitarian basis, in light of the acute humanitarian situation.

The full details of the agreement are not yet known, and UNHCR is not a party to it.  ...



UNHCR tells refugees they will be imprisoned on Nauru for 10 years.



"UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"  [Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru - 3/5/16]



Manus Island:  PNG advises Faysal's family of his passing on behalf of gutless Australian fascists as anti-refugee policy continues unopposed [PNG Loop - 4/1/17]



The captain of a Vietnamese fishing vessel was allegedly killed and a crew member sustained injuries after PNG Defence Force patrol boat fired at the vessel for illegally harvesting beche de mers (sea cucumbers) in Milne Bay waters, police say.

Police Commander Chief Supt Joseph Morehari said yesterday he would request a joint police – PNGDF task force team to investigate the incident which occurred near Budibudi Island in the Samarai-Murua electorate on Dec 23.


PNGDF Chief of Staff Colonel Ray Numa had said the patrol boat had intercepted three foreign fishing vessels in Milne Bay last week and confiscated 77 drums containing sea cucumbers.

Numa thanked the Australian Maritime Border Command and the crew of the naval ship HMPNGS Seadler for the successful operation.  [The National - 4/1/17]



PNG government launches joint police and military operation in Hela [RNZI - 28/12/16]



ExxonMobil will be working with joint venture partners to better determine the full resource potential of the high quality sandstone reservoirs discovered at the Muruk-1 Well in Hela.

ExxonMobil Exploration Company President, Steve Greelea, said this during their announcement of the discovery recently.

The Muruk-1 well encountered similar high-quality sandstone reservoirs as the main Hides field, which is the main source of the PNG LNG Project.

Sandstone reservoir refers to sandstone that contains petroleum which can be extracted. ... [PNG Loop - 4/1/17]



Exxon Mobil Corp and Rex Tillerson agreed to sever all ties to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements as the company's former chairman and chief executive awaits confirmation as U.S. secretary of state. ... [Reuters - 4/1/17]



Indonesian military says cooperation with Australian military suspended [Reuters - 3/1/17]:


... According to a report in Indonesian newspaper Kompas on Wednesday, the Indonesian military sent a letter to their Australian counterparts warning that cooperation could be suspended and then the head of the country's military, Gatot Nurmantyo, sent a telegram putting this into force on Dec. 29.

An Indonesian special forces trainer had seen training material that insulted Indonesia's founding principles of "Pancasila", which include belief in god, the unity of Indonesia, social justice and democracy, Kompas said.

The offices of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne and Australia’s Department of Defence all declined to comment on the suspension of military cooperation. ...



KBR defeats appeal in US over Nepal, Iraq trafficking claims [Reuters – 3/1/17]:


A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday refused to hold KBR Inc liable for alleged human trafficking, in connection with the 2004 kidnapping and murder by insurgents of 12 Nepali men being transported in Iraq to work for a subcontractor at a U.S. military base.

By a 2-1 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld a lower court judge's 2014 dismissal of civil claims against KBR, an engineering firm and military contractor sometimes known as Kellogg Brown & Root, by surviving family members and a Nepali worker who was not captured.

Circuit Judge Edward Prado said dismissal was proper because KBR's alleged misconduct lacked a sufficient connection with the United States to justify letting the lawsuit proceed there. ...



Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles and a number of surrogates she had recruited to carry foreigners’ babies were hauled into Phnom Penh Municipal Court for a round of questioning yesterday, court officials confirmed.

Ey Rin, administrative chief at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said investigative judge Ros Piseth spent a full morning questioning Davis-Charles for her alleged role in facilitating surrogacy in the Kindgom. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 4/1/17]



Garment workers strike after leader fired for founding union [Phnom Penh Post - 4/1/17]



Container vessel collision causes 300 tonn oil spill on Singapore-Malaysia border [Reuters - 4/1/17]



... Pulau Ubin, located on the north east of Singapore, is one of the island republic's last nature retreats and plays host to a significant number of birds, both native and migratory.

Only about 100 people live on the island currently.

The extent of the damage the oil spill could have on Pulau Ubin remains unknown for now. ... [New Straits Times - 4/1/17]



The 146-hectare Raffles Country Club site in Tuas will be acquired by authorities to make way for the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project. 

The club announced the move on its website on Wednesday (Jan 4). The announcement included a letter from the Singapore Land Authority informing the club of the acquisition.  ... [Channel News Asia - 4/1/17]



Armed men storm prison in southern Philippines, freeing more than 150 inmates [Reuters – 4/1/17]



A government official was suspected to have carried out a rare shooting rampage in China on Wednesday in which two officials were wounded when a gunman burst into a meeting and opened fire, the Xinhua news agency reported.

The shooting happened at an exhibition centre in Panzhihua city in Sichuan province.

The gunmen fired multiple shots at city leaders assembled there before fleeing, Xinhua reported.

The shooter was suspected to be the chief of the city's Land and Resources Bureau, who was found dead after committing suicide on the second floor of the building, it said. ... [Reuters - 4/1/17]



A fire at a private nursing home in China killed seven people on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, the latest deadly incident in a country struggling to improve its safety record. ... [Reuters - 4/1/17]



Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it will cancel a planned $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and invest $700 million at a Michigan factory, after President-elect Donald Trump had harshly criticized the Mexico investment plan. ... [Yahoo - 4/1/17]



The third day of mass mobilizations against a dramatic rise in gas prices saw stoppages and gas seizures across the country.

Mexicans angered by a mass gas hike, soon to affect food and public transport costs, continued disruptions against the now-privatized gas company Pemex across the country for the third day in a row, with many activists sacking and taking over gas stations to redistribute the gas freely or at a lower cost. 

Organizers include carriers, unions, farmers, students and possibly even a drug cartel, united against the unpopular President Enrique Peña Nieto’s neoliberal policies that have seen his approval rating of 23 percent, a record low. ... [teleSUR - 3/1/17]



Turkey's state of emergency will be extended for another three months, the government said Tuesday. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus made the announcement following a Cabinet meeting ... [Anadolu Agency - 4/1/17]



Ethiopia straining to help drought victims [All Africa - 3/1/17]:


... Approximately 11pc of the population in the country is experiencing food shortage and relying on government assistance.

More than 600,000 individuals have been displaced due to the impact of El Niño between August 2015 and June 2016. ...



Eastern Libyan jet makes deadly strike on rival military's plane [Reuters - 3/1/17]



Assailants on a motorcycle fatally shot an Egyptian policeman and wounded another when they opened fire on their vehicle south of Cairo, security sources said.

The attack took place on Tuesday night in Abshway, a town in the governorate of Faiyum, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) from the capital. ... [Naharnet - 4/1/17]



Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi was released on Tuesday, a week after being abducted from her Baghdad home by gunmen, her sister and security officials said. ... [Middle East Eye - 3/1/17]



‏@wikileaks [3/1/17]:  Leaked recording of John Kerry private meeting with anti-Assad Syrian representatives at UN in Sept, removed by CNN



On this episode of The Geopolitical Report, we counter the establishment’s narrative on the conflict in Syria and the flashpoint of Daraa, a town near the Syria-Jordan border where the CIA, working with the Muslim Brotherhood, attacked police and set the stage for a conflict that has so far claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Syrians.

The proxy war is designed to take down a secular government and replace it with a Salafist principality controlled by the Brotherhood, a longtime CIA and British intelligence asset. [ICH/Newsbud - 2/1/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/1/17]



A police officer was videotaped slamming to the floor a female African-American student at a North Carolina school on Tuesday, according to officials and a video of the incident, which sparked outrage after circulating on social media. ... [teleSUR - 3/1/17]



A toddler has shot a person every week in the US for two years straight [Press Union - 1/1/17]



‏@wikileaks [3/1/17]:  To be clear, our statements about our US election publications are only: 1) Our publications are accurate. 2) Our source is not a state.



To many Democrats for whom killing a million people in Iraq just didn’t rise to the level of an impeachable offense, and who considered Obama’s bombing of eight nations and the creation of the drone murder program to be praiseworthy, Trump will be impeachable on Day 1.

Indeed Trump should be impeached on Day 1, but the same Democrats who found the one nominee who could lose to Trump will find the one argument for impeachment that can explode in their own faces. ... Fantasies about Russia could doom opposition to Trump, David Swanson [Foreign Policy Journal - 2/1/17]



@WLTaskForce [3/1/17]:  US is now conducting so many wars that Defense Secretary Leon [Panetta] cannot even count them all  



Africa has seen the most dramatic growth in the deployment of America’s elite troops of any region of the globe over the past decade, according to newly released numbers.

In 2006, just 1% of commandos sent overseas were deployed in the U.S. Africa Command area of operations.

In 2016, 17.26% of all U.S. Special Operations forces — Navy SEALs and Green Berets among them — deployed abroad were sent to Africa, according to data supplied to The Intercept by U.S. Special Operations Command.

That total ranks second only to the Greater Middle East where the U.S. is waging war against enemies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. ... [The Intercept - 1/1/17]




And I know there's a freedom that's still in me

But they've taken all I have away

And the torture they do

Well it's killing me

And we're doomed but there'll be no escape


Sing toorali-oorali-addity


Sing toorali-oorali-addity

And we're bound for Botany Bay ...

'Toorali', The Herd [2008]



@LighthouseRR [3/1/17]:  "Our mothers came to Greece the same way, almost 100 yrs before." In new guidebook, the words of a true humanitarian



As authorities seek to improve living conditions for migrants at reception centers around the country amid forecasts of another cold snap later this week, a 20-year-old Afghan man died of hypothermia early on Tuesday after crossing the Evros River in northern Greece.

The man’s body was found in a field near the Greek border town of Didymoteicho after police were alerted by another Afghan who said he had traveled with him across the river.

Temperatures in the area plunged to -14 Celsius (7 Fahrenheit) on Monday night and are expected to drop even further from Thursday.

Authorities near the Turkish border have seen an increase in migrants crossing into Greece’s Evros region amid a crackdown on people smuggling in the Aegean as part of an agreement between Turkey and the European Union. ... [Ekathimerini - 3/1/17]



US deported almost 500,000 migrants last year [Jamaica Observer - 3/1/17]



Father mourns baby son who died during escape from Myanmar - region continues pushing Rohingya refugees back to Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [CNN - 3/1/17]



‏@drzarni [3/1/17]:  @KenRoth It was Myanmar Police units that she officially says is under her gov control that got caught torturing #Rohingya on camera. ...



‏@Arakan_Times:  3rdJan17 Many #Rohingya Prisoners Shifted From #Buthidaung Jail By Four Truckd With The Tough Security Forces



Rohingya' villages YaeKhatChaung and KwaSone torched by the Myanmar military [Arakan Times - 3/1/17]



On the pretext of erection of houses without official permission(s), Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) have indulged in demolishing at least 250 Rohingya houses, shops and religious structures across the Maungdaw Township in the recent weeks, reliable sources in Maungdaw reported.

The houses and shops being destroyed in the rural villages are not modern buildings that require officials’ permission(s) but traditional country-type structures built of bamboos and woods and covered with ‘Nipa Palm Leaves.’

These widespread destructions of homes are now seen among the locals as yet another attempt of cleansing their (i.e. Rohingya) population through systematic displacement of the people.

Mostly, the BGP have forced the Rohingya villagers to dismantle their own houses and shops at gun-points or by means of using threats of imprisonment.

In the occasions when the locals resisted, the BGP themselves have demolished many homes. ... [Arakan Times  3/1/17]



‏@nslwin [3/1/17]:  This #Rohingya house in #ZeePinChaung VT, #TaungPyoLatWel sub-Tsp was built 60 years ago. Demolished by #Myanmar troops on Dec 30, 2016.



As we await the next death, NOT ONE Australian politician, NGO, human rights organisation, union or professional association has challenged the direct and predictable consequences of our anti-refugee torture, exile, turnback and murder policy.


 Haranguing Peter Dutton (while other culprits also remain unaccountable) only empowers him - see today's welfare beatup cooked up with the Murdoch Press.





Aussies please help us!! Please help our children!! We cannot live like animals in this detention camp anymore.



Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, May 2016



Next time I visit the doctor, I will ask the practice whether any of the doctors have benefitted financially from Australia's refugee concentration camps, and will boycott accordingly. ----> Stay safe at festivals this summer [AMA Media Release - 28/12/16]



Australian media cannot understand why this group would hack the Victorian Human Rights Commission website.



‏@BehrouzBoochani  [4/1/17]:


The court hearing for the refugees who were beaten by immigration and police has been postponed until tomorrow (Thursday) morning.


If Australia claims that is real liberal democracy has to send IHMS manager to prison.There are enugh documents that how Faysal died



Fake News:  Horrible old fascist pisshead drinks beer at cricket [Huffington Post - 4/1/17]



Bob Hawke was approached for an interview for this story and he declined. "There was no CIA interference in Australia's trade unions" --->  Former spy Christopher Boyce speaks out in an explosive new Dateline interview. [VIDEO - SBS - February 2014]



1992: Fences go up around the "boat people" [AP Archive]



... The federal government feared that confidence in the plan could be undermined if Cambodians in Australia were found to be refugees or if their personal stories were allowed to become public.

Hawke was quick to declare categorically that the Cambodians were not ‘political’ but ‘economic’ refugees.

He said he would not allow Cambodian asylum seekers to ‘jump the queue’ of Australia’s orderly migration program .

The label ‘queue jumper’ has been used to denigrate asylum seekers arriving by boat ever since. ... Australia's sledgehammer, Peter Mares [APO - 25/2/2004]




3 January 2017