Doctor shot at mosque conscious, expected to recover [Click2Houston – 3/7/16]:


A doctor remains in an intensive care unit after being shot near a mosque in southwest Houston.

Investigators said Arslan Tajammul was shot around 5:30 a.m. Sunday outside the Madrashah Islamiah mosque in the 6900 block of Bintliff and DeMoss drives.

Tajammul told leaders he was helping someone in a wheelchair to the mosque on Bintliff for morning prayers.

He told them a man in a van drove up and demanded his belongings.

The doctor handed over his wallet, but the robber still shot him.

Witnesses said the well-respected optometrist and longtime member of the mosque was on his way to morning prayer when three men ambushed him. ...



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 4/7/16]



Iraqis on Monday mourned the more than 200 people killed by a Daesh-claimed suicide car bombing that was among the deadliest ever attacks in the country. ... [Gulf News - 4/7/16]



‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center:



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near shops west of Baghdad resulted in death and 7 injuries.................  [4/7/16]




Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Latifiya nahiya south of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries.................  [4/7/16]




Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb targeted KIA bus in Ureifiya neighborhood in Jisr Diyala area today afternoon killing 3 persons and wounding 4.......................... [3/7/16]



13yo invented sex attack story about ‘dark-skinned’ man in Austrian pool - police [RT - 4/7/16]



Police on Monday carried out orders from Palermo's anti-mafia investigative unit to detain 38 people in cities across Italy in connection with an alleged migrant-trafficking ring, ... [ANSA - 4/7/16]



Migrants unable to pay for their journeys across the Mediterranean are being sold to organ traffickers, an Eritrean smuggler has told Italian authorities.

Nuredin Wehabrebi Atta, who was arrested by Italian police in 2014, is the first foreigner given witness protection by Italian authorities, after revealing details that have led to arrests of dozens of alleged members of an elaborate criminal network trafficking drugs, arms and migrants from Africa to Europe. 

Those who were unable to pay for their voyages “were sold for €15,000 to groups, particularly Egyptians, who were involved in removing and selling organs,” Mr Atta claimed.


Also on Monday a Palermo court heard that another alleged Eritrean smuggler extradited to Italy with the assistance of Britain’s National Crime Agency was the wrong man.

At a preliminary court hearing, defence lawyer Michele Calantropo presented documented testimony from two refugees now living in Sweden claiming that the arrested man is not alleged notorious people smuggler Medhanie Yehdego Mered, as authorities say.

Calantropo told the court the arrested man was Medhanie Tesfamariam Behre, who the refugees say has no connection to people smuggling, and asked for him to be released from prison immediately. 

The hearing has been adjourned until July 21. ... [Telegraph - 4/7/16]



@MSF_Sea [3/7/16]:   Half way through 2016 & 2861 #people have died in the #Med whilst trying to reach Europe. That's ~7 jumbo jets.  



Day 107 refugee protests, Nauru




WHERE IS JUSTICE?  AFTER THREE YEARS!  ‏@elahe_zivardar [4/7/16]



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [4/7/16]




Rakhine State saw mass protests yesterday as thousands of Buddhists, including monks, demonstrated in a show of opposition to a government edict referring to Muslim communities in the restive province, organisers said. ... [Myanmar Times - 4/7/16]



Myanmar "reproductive health program" a proud achievement as Australia for UNHCR mark 14 years of invisibilising the plight of refugees in South East Asia [Media Release - 4/7/16]




Myanmar urged to address electricity loss [Eleven - 9/6/16]:



... Much of the discussion was also devoted to oil and gas exploration in the country.

Lynn Myint, general manager of North Petro-Chem Corporation (Myanmar) and former chief geologist at Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, said more than 80 per cent of Myanmar's onshore and offshore blocks have not been explored yet, most of them being in the western part of the country.

Before 2012, Russia and China played leading roles in exploration. International players emerged only after public bidding.

Lynn Myint has high hopes about new discoveries, thanks to very high technology and highly capable companies.

Woodside recently discovered gas at a block in Rakhine basin owned by Total E&P and MPRL. ...



@RNBigIdeas [4/7/16]:   Offshore processing & detention on Manus Island is unlawful, says the PNG Supreme Court. So why is there no Plan B?   <---- Because the crimes of LNP and ALP politicians are protected by the self censoring Australian media, who refuse to challenge their "deterrence" lies.





Dutton is an expendable cog.  Bowen - and the rest of the ALP - are refugee hating fascists.   Why doesn't Nicole Hasham ask Dutton what has happened to Hodan?   Former Labor immigration minister Chris Bowen said the Manus Island detention centre was not appropriate for children but was advised by intelligence agencies, including ASIO to publicise a "blanket exemption" when he re-installed the controversial offshore detention centre.

Mr Bowen told the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention that he supported offshore processing as a deterrent to people smugglers, saying exempting children from the hardline policy would have encouraged people smugglers. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 9/9/14]




The Establishment Media keep missing the important point about this "Cliffhanger" election.

Far more often than not the ALP and LNP vote together in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Whether it is on running our offshore refugee concentration camps, removing our rights, spying on us or any other issue that radically changes this country - they vote together regardless of what the cross-benches and the rest of us think.

And the media almost never report it that way, maintaining the illusion that we have a fierce and vibrant adversarial contest between two "sides" when in fact they are both the same thing. Holden/Ford, OMO/ColdPower, Shell/Caltex, Coles/Woolworths or ALP/LNP - it's a distinction without a difference.

THAT is what Australian voters are sick and tired of - this duopoly.




Australia's offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]




Sydney Morning Herald [13/8/12]:


Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed an independent report on asylum seekers, saying the government will move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru.

Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra this afternoon that the government would reintroduce its migration bill, with amendments, to the Parliament tomorrow.

The expert panel on asylum seekers, Michael L'Estrange, Angus Houston and Paris Aristotle, have handed their recommendations to the government.

The government will also move immediately to implement the report's recommendations to remove family reunion concessions for people who arrive by boat.

An expert panel led by former Defence chief Angus Houston has recommended that Australia process asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and that the Malaysia people swap should be "built on further" before anyone was sent to Malaysia.

Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen [protect] told a special Labor caucus meeting this afternoon that the government should adopt all 22 recommendations in the report. …




Australian deployments to ramp up for US Navy, Marines [Marine Times - 29/6/16]




Six people appear in court over Lae killings [RNZI – 4/7/16]




Imbonggu MP Francis Awesa has called for the sacking and deportation of Dr Albert Schram, the vice-chancellor of the University of Technology. ... [The National - 4/7/16]




The UPNG student trial went in favour of the University Registrar, Jennifer Popat, and the administration after the court found the student reaffirmation form did not infringe on any rights of the students.

The ruling came today after an hour trial was conducted at the Waigani National Human Rights Court by Justice David Cannings.

Justice Cannings, after hearing counsels’ submissions, ruled that the reaffirmation form issued by the university administration was to make students refrain from ‘illegal activities’ or detrimental activities and it was not capable of taking away any human rights of the student body.

He however, said the form must only be restricted to illegal activities during their enrolment and that must be read down so it does not conflict with the rights of the students. ... [PNG Loop - 4/7/16]




An off-duty police officer returning from buying breakfast died after he was attacked by a man armed with a knife at Waigani in Port Moresby on Friday. ... [The National - 4/7/16]




Recall of Parliament case returns to court [The National - 4/7/16]




Malaysian authorities on Monday confirmed that the Islamic State (IS) was responsible for a grenade attack on a nightspot last week, which is believed to be the first successful attempt in the country by the militant group.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said two men have been arrested in connection to the attack, and that they received direct instructions from Muhammad Wanndy Mohamed Jedi, a known Malaysian IS fighter. ... [Reuters - 4/7/16]


Three Dhaka cafe ‘attackers’ from schools with Western curriculum, ‘rich’ families [ – 3/7/16]





A spending bill approved by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee last week proposes to make U.S. aid to Cambodia in 2017 contingent on an end to the government’s harassment of the opposition and civil society.

It would also suspend aid to the Khmer Rouge tribunal unless the government agrees to “consider” Case 003, which Prime Minister Hun Sen has personally—and repeatedly—vowed to block. ... [Cambodia Daily - 4/7/16]





Man loses leg to mine near border in Battambang [Phnom Penh Post - 4/7/16]:



... According to statistics from the Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, between January and April there have been 13 people killed and 20 injured by unexploded ordnance accidents.




Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea, a study showed Monday. ... [Japan Today - 4/7/16]





The Bank of Israel bought "hundreds of millions" of dollars of foreign currency on Monday, dealers said, after the shekel ILS= continued to strengthen for a fifth straight session.

One dealer at an Israeli bank said the central bank started buying at a dollar-shekel rate of around 3.84.

The exchange rate, which quickly moved to 3.85, had weakened to 3.90 on June 27 in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The central bank declined to comment. ... [Reuters - 4/7/16]





UKIP leader Nigel Farage to stand down [BBC - 4/7/16]





Lawyers launch Brexit legal challenge [France 24 - 4/7/16]





Predictions of a Chinese banking system bailout are going mainstream.

What was once the fringe view of permabears and short sellers is now increasingly being adopted by economists at some of the world’s biggest banks and brokerages.

Nine of 15 respondents in a Bloomberg survey at the end of last month, including Standard Chartered Plc and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, predicted a government-funded recapitalization will take place within two years.

Among those who provided estimates of the cost, a majority said it will exceed $500 billion. ... [Bloomberg - 4/7/16]






Angela Merkel 'to oust Jean-Claude Juncker' as Europe splits deepen over Brexit response [Telegraph – 3/7/16]





... You don't really need to find out

What's going on

You don't really want to know

Just how far it's gone ...



'Dirty Laundry' is a hit song written by Don Henley and Danny Kortchmar, from Henley's debut solo album I Can't Stand Still, released in 1982. ... [Wikipedia]




News Corp Launches the Marie Colvin Fellowship at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism [27/6/16]




APN News & Media has sold its regional newspaper business to its own shareholder, News Corp, for $36.6 million. 

However, major shareholders have expressed surprised at the price, given it was only two times annual earnings.  ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 21/6/16]




 Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.



Abraham Lincoln




"WHAT WAS OUR GUILT TO PUT US HERE?"  "WE ARE POLITICAL HOSTAGES"  ‏@racvictoria [3/7/16]:  Day 52 of protests on #Manus ...




‏@Mums4Refugees [4/7/16]:  Yesterday was Day 106 of protests by the refugees on Nauru. ...




Nauru opposition MPs claim dictatorship is hampering their attempts at election campaigning [RNZI - 4/7/16]  To fellow Americans in the South Pacific celebrating July 4th #HappyIndependenceDay!  ‏@AmbCefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu [4/7/16]



@wikileaks [2/7/16]:  Ruth Smeeth, Labour MP that attacked #Corbyn, listed as "strictly protect" US informant ...



AEC Media Statement [3/7/16]:


On election night, the AEC counted more than 11 million House of Representatives votes.

These included the votes cast in polling places on election day and votes cast in early voting centres. These results, down to polling place level, are available on the AEC's Tally Room.

The AEC also conducted a first preference count of Senate ballot papers cast in polling places.

The AEC's focus today, Sunday 3 July, is on the declaration vote exchange.

The declaration vote exchange is where the large numbers of absent, interstate, postal and other declaration votes are reconciled, sorted and packaged ready for despatch to the home division from Monday.

Only once the declaration votes are received and processed in the home division can the counting of these votes begin. Any counting today will be limited to the small numbers of votes collected by AEC mobile teams.

On Monday, the AEC will continue the process of verifying more than one million postal votes already returned to the AEC so that they can be admitted to the count beginning on Tuesday.

The legislation requires that postal votes are included in the count if the vote is received by the Returning Officer within 13 days of election day.

In parallel, the count of Senate pre-poll ordinary votes and any remaining House of Representatives ordinary pre-poll votes not already counted on Saturday night may also start on Monday.




‏@AusElectoralCom [4/7/16]:  What's happening now? Summary of AEC activities to progress the count  ...





4 July 2016