Copts call for Christian asylum seekers not to be deported back to Egypt; Australia's arbitrary - and bipartisan - anti-refugee policy continues unchallenged [Sight - 2/3/18]:


Australian Copts are appealing for a group of 10 Melbourne-based Christian asylum seekers not to be deported back to Egypt where they fear their lives could be in danger.

The 10 include a couple aged in their 70s who say they have no one to look after them in Egypt, a journalist and political activist who says he was threatened and assaulted after writing articles on the suffering of persecuted Copts, and two cousins who arrived in Australia in 2012 after Muslim extremists attacked their village.

Peter Tadros, spokesperson for the Australian Coptic Movement, says that Copts in Egypt are living in "daily danger" because the Egyptian Government does not protect them.

He says that granted only tourist visas on arriving in Australia, "these families will be forced to return unless the Australian Government stands by its promise to not send Coptic Christians back to face persecution and acts of terrorism". ...



Egypt detains TV host Khairy Ramadan over ‘police insults’ [Egyptian Streets - 4/3/18]



Saudi, Egypt sign $10bn deal for mega-city in Sinai [Gulf Business - 5/3/18]



Egypt's top court has upheld a deal to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Situated between the two countries, the islands of Tiran and Sanafir are largely unoccupied but they lie in a strategically important and politically sensitive area. ... [Al Jazeera - 4/3/18]



3 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi air strikes [ABNA - 4/3/18]



... Put me on a plate with petals and a fire

And send me out to sea

Turn my angry sword against my heart

And let me free ...


'Bring Me Home', Sade [2010]



@Aussie4Refugees [5/3/18]: Behrouz Boochani's film 'Chauka Please Tell Us The Time' [which should be uploaded to the internet so the people - not just privileged audiences - can see it] illustrates how retribution works in #Australia 's immigration gulags ...



@caragcoventry [5/3/18]:  #Coventry residents holding Solidarity vigil 4 #AllWomenCount on hunger strike in #YarlsWood #Immigration #Detention on Wed 7 March. ...


... You don't need to know someone personally to be part of their freedom fight.

For example Mandela saw the need for freedom for those he saw as his children, friends, brothers, mothers, fathers, grandparents and neighbours who made a country a whole, so he began a journey of change for that freedom. ...



Woman brought to UK from Botswana as a child 14 years ago given last-minute reprieve from deportation after being driven to Heathrow [The Independent - 3/3/18]:


A woman who spoke out to The Independent about Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre just days ago has narrowly avoided deportation following an intervention by MPs.

Opelo Kgari, who came to the UK from Botswana when she was 13 years old, exposed poor conditions faced by detainees in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Centre in The Independent this week. 

Despite having lived in Britain for more than half of her life, Opelo and her mother Florence were taken to Heathrow Airport on Saturday and told they were going to be deported on a flight at 8.15pm.

With just moments to spare, their lawyer and several MPs succeeded in halting the deportation. ...



@detainedvoices [3/3/18]:  'The fact that you are currently refusing food and/or fluid: may, in fact, lead to your case being accelerated and your removal from the UK taking place sooner.'



@irinnews [4/3/18]:  More migrants and refugees are being kept within #Libya’s borders and the number of arrivals in #Italy has significantly declined. But at what cost and for how long?  



The joint European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) Task Force visited Tripoli last week welcoming progress made evacuating and returning migrants and refugees out of Libya.

EU has announced three new programmes, for protecting migrants and refugees in Libya and along the Central Mediterranean Route, and their return and reintegration.

Bundestag Research Services and NGOs raise concerns over EU and Member State support to Libyan Coast Guard. ... [ECRE - 2/3/18]



@NCTorture [1/3/18]:  Fatima Boudchar and her husband Abdul-Hakim Belhaj - both rendered by NC's Aero Contr. - are going to argue their case of torture and abduction in the UK's supreme court. Boudchar was pregnant at the time of her rendition. ... 



The Manchester bombing is blowback from the west’s disastrous interventions and covert proxy wars [Alternet - 25/5/17]:


... As the insurgency gathered steam, Belhaj found a powerful ally in John McCain, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

After a friendly meeting with Belhaj and his militiamen in Benghazi on April 22, 2011, McCain called on “responsible nations” to provide the Libyan rebels with “battlefield intelligence, training, and weapons.”

McCain emerged from the meeting stirred with inspiration.

"I met these courageous fighters, and they are not al-Qaeda,” the senator proclaimed.

“To the contrary: they are Libyan patriots who want to liberate their nation. We need to help them do that.” ...



@GraffitiExpert [3/3/18]:  December 2017: New charges against Hambali in 2002 Bali nightclub bombing add two Malaysian captives to the proposed case as alleged co-conspirators



The US detention of a Pakistani man, Ammar al Baluchi, at Guantanamo Bay is arbitrary and breaches international human rights law, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded. ... [UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - 28/2/18]



The man shot and killed by an agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in the parking lot of a Scottsdale Whataburger Friday had recently been convicted of human trafficking, police said in a statement released Saturday morning. ... [azcentral. - 3/3/18]



7-Eleven ICE raid a ‘first of many,' with more ‘large-scale compliance inspections’ likely [CSP Magazine - March 2018]



... The United States is in the midst of a “great expulsion” of immigrants, both lawfully present and unauthorized, who tend to be non-violent and non-threatening and who often have deep roots in this country.

This relentless campaign of deportation is frequently justified as a war against “illegality”—which is to say, against unauthorized immigrants.

But that justification does not come close to explaining the banishment from the United States of lawful permanent residents who committed traffic offenses and who have U.S.-based families.

Nor does it explain the lack of due-process rights accorded to so many of the immigrants ensnared in deportation proceedings. ... The criminalisation of mmigration in the United States [American Immigration Council - 13/7/15]



4 March 2018