Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia, France for security talks: Spokeswoman [Ahram - 4/515]
French President François Hollande arrived in Qatar on Monday for the start of a two-day Middle East tour designed to wrap up the sale of French fighter jets and showcase his country’s ever closer ties with the Gulf monarchies. ... [France 24 - 4/5/15]
Scores killed, wounded in Saudi air raids on Yemen [Press TV - 4/5/15]
Islamist rebels led by Al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate launched a preemptive strike Monday on pro-regime forces in a mountainous area near the Lebanese border, setting off fierce clashes, a monitor said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Al-Nusra Front and other groups attacked positions belonging to the regime and Hizbullah, which backs the government, in the Qalamun region. ... [Naharnet - 4/5/15]
A small group of insurgents, including a suicide bomber, carried out an attack in Damascus on Monday targeting a Syrian military logistics and supply facility, militants and activists said.
Syrian state media said the bombing took place in the Rokn al-Deen neighborhood, and said the militants were killed. It provided no further details or information on casualties. ... [Ahram - 4/5/15]
Breaking the Silence has harshly criticized the Israel Defense Forces for its operational policy during last summer’s war in Gaza, saying it led to “immense and unprecedented harm to the civilian population and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip.”
The army veterans’ organization has released a report containing testimonies of 60 IDF soldiers and officers who fought during Operation Protective Edge last July and August. According to the group, the testimonies are indicative of a general principle that governed the entire military operation: minimum risk to the Israeli forces, even if it meant civilian casualties.
The rules of engagement basically established that “Anyone found in an IDF area, which the IDF had occupied, was not a civilian. That was the assumption,” one of the soldiers stated. ... [Haaretz - 4/5/15]
Nine-year-old Palestinian boy's detention in Israel raised at UN [Al Arabiya - 4/5/15]
... But president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Robert Goot, said on Thursday he had rung federal Labor leader Bill Shorten's office and been told that any moves to change the ALP's national position did not carry Mr Shorten's imprimatur. ... [Foreign minister Al-Malki: Australia lacks balance on Israel and Palestine - 4/5/15]
Suicide attack target government employees in Kabul [Khaama - 4/5/15]
Unknown gunmen shot dead a senior woman’s affairs department official in central Logar province on Sunday, an official said. ... [Pajhwok - 3/5/15]
Texas police shoot dead 2 gunmen at exhibit of Prophet Mohammad cartoons [Reuters – 4/5/15]
Libyan embassy in Washington cancels $1 million PR contract [Libya Herald - 2/5/15]
Nine MSN [4/5/15]:
A top European official has hosed down Prime Minister Tony Abbott's suggestion that Australia and Europe are in talks on how to stop asylum seeker boats.
European Commission spokesman Natasha Bertaud also said that even if there were talks between the two, Europe would never adopt Australia's controversial asylum seeker policy. ...
@ItalianNavy: #MarinaMilitare Iniziato lo sbarco dei 675 #migranti ad #Augusta da nave Vega
#MarinaMilitare Terminato lo sbarco
a #ReggioCalabria di 779 #migranti dalla fregata Bersagliere
@ItalianNavy: Nata bimba su nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare durante i soccorsi ai numerosi migranti - @Cisiamocisom @Fondazione_Rava
Around 6,800 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats crossing to Europe over the weekend, including a mother who gave birth to a baby girl on an Italian navy ship, the coast guard said. ... [Reuters - 4/5/15]
Greece releases refugees from immigration detention.
Australia proudly tortures refugees and doesn't stop the boats.
Does Detention Deter? [International Detention Coalition - April 2015]
The ALP is not "pro refugee".
The ALP are racists.
If the ALP were "pro refugee", their policy would stop people from paying to get on dangerous boats by sending seaworthy boats to pick them up - for free.
They would also massively increase refugee intake and demand the end of support for illegal wars of aggression and dictatorships that cause people to flee their homes in the first place.
The Age [4/5/15]:
... "I have no disagreement with some of the reports, which are shocking, about the way people are being treated at Manus and being treated at Nauru," he [Shorten] said.
"But I cannot also lie to myself, and I will not live in an intellectually dishonest world where I say that if we have policies which drag people here to hop on unsafe boats and drown at sea, well I'm not going to be party to that either." [Torture is the policy. The ALP support torture.]
"How do I ask people to fish people out of the sea, and not be prepared to deal with the policy consequences of it?"
Labor immigration spokesman Richard Marles is leading the formulation of the party platform at present, in concert with Labor MPs including Gai Brodtmann, Matt Thistlethwaite, Lisa Singh and Lisa Chesters.
One Right faction MP, who asked not to be named, said there was "no way we can dismantle the policies that have stopped the boats" and vowed to resist any push from the Left to wind back sections of the party's platform at national conference, such as the provision which was inserted in 2011 that allows turn-backs. ...
If an admitted liar tells you something is "my understanding", then that is confirmation what they describe is not true.
... KERRY O'BRIEN: No, but I'd like you to explain it. Tony Abbott feels with conviction we will not have a new tax in any way, shape or form, we won't have a new tax; a month later, you do.
TONY ABBOTT: Well, again Kerry, I know politicians are gonna be judged on everything they say, but sometimes, in the heat of discussion, you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark, which is one of the reasons why the statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth is those carefully prepared scripted remarks. ...
[ABC, 7.30 Report - 17/5/10]
Times Union [3/5/15]:
Europeans grappling with mass migration from Libya were seeking information about Australia's controversial success in stopping asylum seeker boats reaching its shores, the Australian prime minister said Monday.
Abbott did not identify which European country or countries had sought Australian advice.
"My understanding is that there has been some contact at official level between Australian people and Europeans," Abbott told reporters.
Australia's establishment media would have us believe immigration is the only reason British voters are rejecting the major parties, and that the only minor party running in the UK election is UKIP. [Natalie Bennett: From 'Jillaroo' to Green Party leader - BBC - 30/4/15]
Stop the boats is a lie.
Resettlement is a lie.
Australia tortures, deports and exiles (and does who knows what else to) refugees.
EVERY SINGLE TIME these reptiles (and their friends in the media) air their demented, bipartisan "deterrence" ideology it must be countered.
They are getting away with murder.
Let the dogwhistle blow back.
That 40-foot wood boat contains a staggering 369 ppl. Using RHIBs #MSFSea & @moas_eu moved all of them to the Phoenix
Image: @MSF_Sea [3/5/15]
... The private Migrant Offshore Aid Station, whose ship set sail from Malta yesterday, in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, said it had saved 369 migrants, mainly from Eritrea, from a single overcrowded wooden boat. ... [Times of Malta - 3/5/15]
Budget dividend from stopping the boats [Joint media release - The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister and the Hon Peter Dutton MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection – 4/5/15]:
The ongoing success of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) and its flow-on effects will deliver savings measures of more than $500 million in the 2015-16 Budget.
OSB has halted the flood of illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) that were continually filling detention centres across Australia under Labor.
It has allowed the Coalition Government to empty and close many of the 17 additional detention centres opened by the Rudd and Gillard Governments at great cost to the nation between 2008 and 2012.
Closures now of Phosphate Hill and Construction Camp on Christmas Island, Bladin detention centre in Darwin and fewer numbers at remaining centres will realise savings of $326 million over the coming years.
These closures will bring to 13 the number of centres closed since the Coalition took back control of our borders.
With fewer numbers in detention further savings will be made with reduced use of charter flight transfers between the various detention centres providing savings of $66 million.
Reductions in other logistics and service requirements across the detention network will add a further $112 million.
In total, this adds up to savings of more than $500 million over the forward estimates.
Stopping the boats will continue to add further savings of hundreds of millions of dollars over coming years with the financial dividend for Australian taxpayers running into billions of dollars.
Only one people smuggling venture has reached Australia since Operation Sovereign Borders began turning back boats – it carried just 157 IMAs who were transferred to Regional Processing Centres – compared to 534 boats loaded with 35,000 IMAs in the last 18 months of the Labor Government which led to budget blow outs reaching over $11 billion.
In its 20 months of operation, OSB has delivered results that many thought were unattainable – our borders are stronger, countless lives have been saved and our costs are down.
The Coalition has ended Labor’s costly and failed border policies and is working to clean up the people smuggling mess Labor left behind with a legacy caseload of 30,000 IMAs to process.
Dundalli: Queensland history's hidden warrior [Brisbane Times – 3/5/15]:
... From 1841 and into early 1842 settlers pushed out into the Brisbane Valley, but it was when up to 60 Aboriginal people were poisoned at the MacKenzie's station near Kilcoy that relations changed.
"The owner was away and the Yaggerah Aboriginal people to the west had already attacked a nearby station to the west," Dr Connors said.
"And in December, January is the big bunya nut gathering time which happened at nearby Baroon Pocket."
She said "hundreds of Aboriginal people" came to look at these new white people and their new animals after the bunya nut gathering.
"There are descriptions of how the Aboriginal people would just camp near a hut or camp near the head station and just watch the Europeans."
Dr Connors said there was confusion among Aboriginal people.
To the west, the Yaggera people said these Europeans were bad, would not share and complained when they took sheep on their lands.
To the north, the Dalla people – who were interested in their metal and food – said they were talking to them and wanted them to plant food on their land.
"There was obviously this period, when all the people to the north of Brisbane were saying they were not sure how to respond," Dr Connors said.
In the absence of the Shepherds, who owned and ran the Kilcoy property, staff panicked and poisoned either the flour, the meat or the bread to ward off the Aboriginals.
Between 1842 and 1843, "the bora" – the collective council of the aboriginal people – met twice to decide their strategy against the Europeans.
And Dundalli slowly became the warrior for these people.
@rousseau_ist: We Take the Power We Come In Peace We Take the Power We Take the Streets #BaltimoreUprising
Baltimore Curfew Lifted [teleSUR - 3/5/15]
@chriskingstl: Joseph Kent addresses the crowd at Pennsylvania & North, Baltimore, May 2 by @LBPhoto1
US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kenya on Sunday for talks on security cooperation and ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit to his late father’s home country. ... [France 24 - 3/5/15]
Egypt's government agreed Sunday to a defence ministry request to extend the deployment of Egyptian armed forces units in the Gulf area and Red Sea for another three months, or until the end of the Saudi-led operation in Yemen, whichever is earlier.
In a short statement, the cabinet said that it accepted the request "for the sake of Egyptian and Arab national security". ... [Ahram - 3/5/15]
@YemenPostNews [3/5/15]: FOOD AID attacked by #Saudi missile today. Driver BURNT alive. No weapons found, only food......... #Yemen ...
Yemen: Saudi-led coalition used banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States [Human Rights Watch - 3/5/15]
Saudi Arabia oversees deployment of ground troops in Yemen [Telegraph - 3/5/15]
US, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 3/5/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. May 1 and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Clashes erupted in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Sunday as thousands of people gathered to protest police brutality toward Israeli Jews of Ethiopian descent.
At least 46 people were injured - at least 23 of them police officers. Police made 15 arrests.
Police fired stun grenades and tear gas while some protesters tried to break into the Tel Aviv City Hall, located at the square. ... [Haaretz - 3/5/15]
About 4,800 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya over the weekend and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard and navy said, in what looked to be the biggest rescue operation of its kind so far this year. ... [Reuters 3/5/15]
4 May 2015