United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 4/9/16]



‏@moas_eu [4/9/16]:  All persons rescued by #Responder safely transferred to #Italy coastguard. Best of luck to all for their journey on!  



@moas_eu [4/9/16]: ... #Responder crew just completed rescue of 123 people in #Med; @crocerossa medics giving post-rescue care



‏@AFPphoto [4/9/16]: @AFP photographer @ArisMessinis wins Visa d’Or News award for 'War in Peace' ...




... This is something that we have to show to the world.

This is something that will not stop.

These people will keep coming, risking everything.

The weather will soon get worse and it will become much worse as the winter sets in. 

Maybe if we keep showing these things, maybe something will change.

I hope so. 


War in peace [AFP - 6/11/15]



Migrants from Sri Lanka gesture aboard a boat off the coast of Indonesia on Monday. Authorities in the province of Aceh are preparing to tow the boat out to sea. [National Post - 17/6/16]



Australia-bound Tamil boat refugees expose complicity of Australia, media and regional human rights organisations with genocidal Sri Lanka [TamilNet - 10/7/16]:


On 15th of June, Indonesian authorities apprehended 44 Eezham Tamils en route to Australia in a fishing trawler in the eastern province of Aceh.

Indonesian officials prohibited the refugees from disembarking upon Indonesian soil stating that they were not eligible for asylum.

During one incident, as five Tamil women attempted to disembark, Indonesian authorities were reported to have fired gunshots in the air.


Eezham Tamils have consistently been fleeing from the structures of ‘Sri Lanka’.

At the same time, those at the helm of the affairs of international scrutiny conveniently ignore the institutional persecution of Tamils in the island.

Subsequently an international legitimacy is upheld pertaining to ‘democratic’ nature of the Sri Lankan State to the effect of denying or silencing the oppression and dispossession of Eezham Tamils. ...



Australian prosecution of Tamil deportation protest raises questions [Tamilnet - 3/9/16]



Day 169 refugee protests, Nauru



Image:  ‏@InsurrectNews [4/9/16]



Boat turnback and "deterrence" fans continue deflecting their own responsibility for the continuation of Australia's anti-refugee policy, even at social justice forums [Catholic Leader - 3/9/16]



Refugee concentration camps and exile are Shorten's personal ALP policy. Turnbull is under no pressure while ALP fuckwits pretend otherwise.



Helen Clark has won a poll taken among United Nations staff on who the best candidate for secretary-general is.

Miss Clark has been insisting she will keep campaigning for the job, despite disappointing results so far in informal ballots taken among Security Council members. ... [RNZI - 4/9/16]



Bodies of a man and a woman found at a home in Sydney’s west [Nine MSN - 4/9/16]



Teenage boy charged after stabbing at party in Sydney's north-west [Nine MSN - 4/9/16]



Police used capsicum spray to break up a brawl involving up to 15 people in Carlton, Melbourne, this morning. ... [Nine MSN - 4/9/16]



Cyclist seriously injured after being hit by a car, Sunshine Coast [Brisbane Times - 4/9/16]



Two pedestrians have died in separate incidents on Queensland's roads.

A 24-year-old man was found dead on a far north Queensland road around 4.45am on Saturday following a hit-and-run.

Police say he was struck by a car in Junction Road, Mossman, and are looking for a black car with damage to one of its headlights.

The death followed that of a woman struck by a car while crossing Lemke Road at Taigum, in Brisbane's north, about 8pm on Friday.

The driver of that car is assisting police. [Yahoo – 3/9/16]



Man charged after armed robbery and police pursuit, Harristown [Brisbane Times - 4/9/16]



No disciplinary action should be taken over the death of a Brisbane man who had been administered lethal levels of morphine in a hospital, a Queensland coroner has recommended.

Michael Calder, 33, died in Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital at Chermside in July 2014, days after being admitted for a severe headache. ... [ABC - 2/9/16]



A social justice advocate has had her personal file accessed by Queensland police 1,400 times since 2008, which she says is an abuse of privacy.

The database, where her file was accessed, is a secure online tool capturing administrative and intelligence information, which police access during the course of their work, such as when checking a speeding motorist.

Queensland Council for Civil Liberties advocate Renee Eaves, who does not have a criminal record, submitted a Right to Information (RTI) request in to see how many times her Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange (QPRIME) file had been accessed.

She was startled to see it had been checked 1,400 from 2008 to May. ... [ABC - 2/9/16]



Queensland government says it will extensively insult the Gold Coast community - who they know very well DO NOT WANT ANOTHER CASINO - especially on public land [Yahoo - 4/9/16]



China has allocated 100-billion yuan (15 billion dollars) in structural adjustment funds for the steel and coal industries, making the country one of the first major economies to tackle excessive industrial capacity, said Chinese vice finance minister Zhu Guangyao on Sep. 2, two days before the G20 Hangzhou Summit opening. ... [Ahram - 3/9/16]



Climate change 'mother of all risks' says Aviva CEO amid calls to end fossil fuel subsidies [CNBC – 30/8/16]



The pipeline no-one talks about ---> ... The 622km pipeline will link Tennant Creek in the Territory to Mt Isa in Queensland, driving commercial exploration and development of currently untapped gas reserves, unlocking the next phase of economic growth for the Territory and helping build a stronger Northern Australia. ... [Jemena]



The propaganda is sabotaging itself ---> New Constables and Police Dogs sworn into service [QPS Media - 2/9/16]



Police surround a pool and use a dog to threaten a child at Cleveland detention centre, August 2015. [Amnesty]



Police seize more children for torture in Queensland prisons [QPS Media - 4/9/16]:


Five boys will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justices Act following police investigations into the alleged break-in of the Mount Isa PCYC overnight.

It will be alleged that the Isa Street, Parkside business was broken into between 5pm yesterday and 6.30am today during which time several windows were broken and cash, food and drinks were stolen.

The boys, aged between 10 and 12, will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act in relation to enter premises and commit an indictable offence and wilful damage. ...



Giving $60 million to corporate charities is not child safety or family services - it's outsourcing governmental responsibility [Queensland Government Media Release - 4/9/16]



Symposiums on native police while destroying communities - ALP cynicism and racism knows no bounds! [Guardian - 3/9/16]



The fascist Queensland government doesn't care about keeping anyone safe - let alone young people [Nine MSN - 2/9/16]:


Two Queensland communities plagued by disturbing levels of sexual violence and abuse are sceptical about a new push to make young people safer.

The state government on Friday received an interim report by a task force working to address serious problems in West Cairns and Aurukun.

It was appointed after the current Labor government decided to release parts of a study revealing shocking levels of sexual violence and abuse involving underage youth in the two communities. ...


Minister Lynham the new Russ Hinze in takeover of Aurukun II [First Nations Telegraph - 17/8/15]


The Aurukun Bauxite Project:


The Aurukun Bauxite Project is an important project, with the potential for very significant direct and indirect benefits to the Aurukun and Cape communities, as well as royalty contributions to the state over its mine life.

Throughout 2012/2013, with the assistance of a probity auditor, the Queensland Government conducted a Competitive Bid Process to select a Preferred Proponent to develop the Aurukun Bauxite Project.

On 19 August 2014, Glencore was selected as the preferred developer for the project and a Development Agreement was negotiated in December 2014. ...



ADF deployment in remote Cape York community a win-win for residents and soldiers says the ABC [24/8/16]



More damage control and diversion from the fascist Queensland government and opposition regarding the torture of children in prisons [ABC - 3/9/16]



Nearly a week into the the hunger strike of six Palestinians who have been held in custody by the Palestinian Authority (PA) for five months without charge or explanation, demonstrators gathered in Ramallah on Saturday demanding the prisoners’ immediate release.

The protests came as reports continued to emerge of the torture and mistreatment of the six detainees.

Criticism has also mounted that the case marked yet another escalation of the PA’s “security coordination” with Israel through what critics have called a “revolving door policy" of funneling Palestinians from PA jails into Israeli prisons -- criticism that most recently surged after Palestinian police detained and beat to death a senior leader of the Fatah movement's military wing. ... [Maan - 3/9/16]



Palestinian Journalists' Union express worry over journalist detained in Gaza [Maan  - 2/9/16]



Israeli naval forces open fire on Palestinian fishing boats off the coast of Gaza Strip [Maan - 3/9/16]



A Palestinian photojournalist was injured by Israeli forces Friday afternoon, as dozens others suffered from tear gas inhalation during the weekly protest in the northern occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum.

Popular resistance coordinator in Kafr Qaddum Murad Shtewei told Ma'an that Israeli forces "assaulted" participants in the protest minutes after it began.

The soldiers injured photojournalist Nidal Shtayyah after hitting him with a tear gas canister in the back of his head.

He was taken to Rafidia hospital for treatment. ... [Maan  - 2/9/16]



Israeli captain: “I will make you all disabled” [Electronic Intifada - 1/9/16]:


The Israeli army invaded the Dheisheh refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem early Friday morning last week.

Soldiers shot the legs of two youths among those confronting the raiding army.


Such raids are nothing new, nor is the camp’s resistance against them.

The army has shot approximately 30 residents of Dheisheh, which has a population of approximately 15,000 Palestinians, with live ammunition since January.

Most have been shot in the legs and knees.

In several testimonies gathered by The Electronic Intifada, youth in the camp say that an Arabic-speaking officer with Israel’s domestic intelligence agency known as the Shin Bet has been provoking youths during clashes and threatening them with physical harm.

The officer goes by the alias Captain Nidal.

“They choose [to shoot at] the leg to disable and torture you,” 20-year-old Muhammad, not his real name, told The Electronic Intifada.

During raids, snipers shoot protesters under Captain Nidal’s directives, youth say.

Youth told the Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz that they believe the Shin Bet officer is exacting revenge after someone took his photograph during a raid and posted it on Facebook. ...



At least 36 people were killed and 28 others were wounded in a deadly traffic incident on Kabul-Kandahar highway in the early hours of Sunday morning.

According to the local security officials in Zabul, the incident took place around 4:00 am local time after a fuel tanker collided with a passenger bus. ... [Khaama - 4/9/16]



Kunduz-Takhar highway reopened following "militant clearing" operation, claims police chief [Pajhwok - 3/9/16]



Enlightenment Movement continues anti-government protests [TOLO News - 2/9/16]



Egypt court orders release of rights activist Ahmed Abdallah, prosecution appeals [Ahram - 3/9/16]



15 oil workers kidnapped at gunpoint in southern Nigeria [Ahram - 2/9/16]



The Malian army has regained control of a central town briefly held by a hardline armed group, according to UN and Malian security sources, but the fighters have allegedly left with a local official they were keeping hostage. ... [Al Jazeera - 3/9/16]



Dedicated to all the Fathers imprisoned in Australia's gulag archipelago ...


… you have to understand,

that no one puts their children in a boat

unless the water is safer than the land

no one burns their palms

under trains

beneath carriages

no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck

feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled

means something more than journey.

no one crawls under fences

no one wants to be beaten


no one chooses refugee camps

or strip searches where your

body is left aching

or prison,

because prison is safer

than a city of fire ...

'Home' by Warsan Shire




‏"WE ARE PAWNS IN INHUMANE POLITICAL GAMES.  END THIS PRISON PLEASE" @racvictoria [4/9/16]: Day 115 of peaceful protests on #Manus. ...



"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL"  ‏@InsurrectNews [3/9/16]:  Day 168 of protests  ... [Nauru]




... Hamid N is still in prison and they didn't let his son and wife visit him ...  


Image: ‏@SuchNigel [9/6/16]



Nauru asylum seeker's court hearing delayed another month [28/7/16]



Nauru police arrest protest organiser because despite media censorship and misinformation, the world can see and hear the refugees' clear demands [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 5/6/16]



The leader of Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi faction accused the United States of providing logistical support and political cover for Saudi-led air strikes in the 18-month Yemeni conflict.

In his first published interview since the start of the civil war, Abdel-Malek al-Houthi also told the Houthis' quarterly magazine his group was open to a peaceful solution of the conflict, in which at least 10,000 people have died. ... [Reuters - 2/9/16]



At least 3 killed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemeni province of Sa'ada [Press TV - 3/9/16]



A Queens man broke down sobbing at a funeral for his slain wife, telling more than 2,000 mourners on Friday that he doesn’t know how he’ll carry on in her absence.

“She’s innocent. She came from work,” a weeping Shamsul Alam Khan, 75, said in Bengali of his slain wife, Nazma Khanam, 60.


The Bangladeshi-born victim, who was wearing traditional Muslim attire, was walking ahead of her asthma-stricken husband when she was ambushed on Normal Road about 9:15 p.m.

“He was a big guy, and he stabbed her with enough force to break the knife,” said the police official, who added that detectives are scouring the area in search of the knife handle. ... [NY Daily News - 2/9/16]



Bangladesh hangs Islamist party figure for 1971 war crimes [Reuters – 3/9/16]:


... Media tycoon Ali is the last of a number of Jamaat leaders to be executed, having been sentenced to death in 2014 by the war crimes tribunal.

Jamaat-e-Islami, which said the charges against Ali were baseless, has called for a half-day strike for Monday in protest.

It said Ali had been "hanged unjustifiably as part of the government’s conspiracy to make Jamaat-e-Islami a leaderless party.”

Ali’s family and the party alleged law enforcers abducted his son Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem, a member of his legal defence team, last month.

The security forces have said they knew nothing about the matter. ...



... My guide can be applied to other types of harassment and I knew that from the moment I decided to create it.

I deliberately chose to focus on Muslims because they have become a target of choice.

I think it is important to empower specific, vulnerable minorities because they need it the most; I however encourage everyone to apply this method to every kind of harassment they witness.

Don’t let our Muslim brothers and sisters down when you see they need assistance! [Independent -1/9/16]



2 killed, 8 injured in rocket attacks on Aleppo [SANA - 3/9/16]



Turkish military opens new battlefront, sends more tanks into Syria [RT - 3/9/16]



Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are discussing the prospects of restoring full-fledged bilateral cooperation, including in energy, at the meeting in China’s Hangzhou. ... [TASS - 3/9/16]



More than 100 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants were either killed or wounded in clashes with Turkish security forces on Saturday, the military said. ... [Reuters - 3/9/16]



$147 for an 18-hour week at McDonalds - thanks to one of Australia's most powerful anti-worker unions [Sydney Morning Herald - 3/9/16]:


... Greg Donnelly, the union’s former NSW secretary, was on a crusade.

From his parliamentary office in early June this year, the state Labor upper house member – one of many SDA-backed MPs across Australia – fired off a letter to a group of big employers not about how much they paid their workers, but about their public support for what he described as “same-gender” marriage.

Would support for this issue become a condition of employment?

“Is the company requiring its employees to associate with and support same-gender marriage?”


Brendan Browne is one of a rare breed – a former SDA insider willing to talk about his time there.

During a 2002 interview for a job in the union’s membership unit in Melbourne, he was asked a carefully worded question: if he represented the SDA in ALP debates, would he be comfortable opposing an extension of abortion rights?

He was later queried about why he and his partner had had a child out of wedlock.

As a Catholic aware of the SDA’s conservative reputation, Browne was not surprised by the questions.

But he is unclear about their relevance to the shelf stackers and burger flippers who’d be paying his salary.


The SDA has grown as a force in the party and ACTU since its reaffiliation to Labor in 1985.

Where other private-sector unions have dwindled in size and influence, the Shoppies have maintained a steady 200,000-plus membership.

This gives it proportionately more influence in the ACTU, ALP and parliament than at any other time in its history.

The SDA is Labor’s single biggest power bloc.

The SDA is an active player in union-ALP factional politics and branch-stacking.

The luxury of rare internal elections allows the union to build big war chests.

It's wealth makes the union a major Labor patron, able to forge alliances by bankrolling parliamentary candidates and factional friends in other union elections.

The union had a hand in killing off the political aspirations of former Australian Workers’ Union national secretary Paul Howes when it blocked his 2013 bid for a NSW Senate position.

Howes attributes his withdrawal from the race in part to the SDA and his support for same-sex marriage.

In the federal sphere, politicians with some link to the SDA, either as former officials or through pre-selection support, include Tony Burke, Kate Ellis, David Feeney, Amanda Rishworth, Nick Champion, Don Farrell, Helen Polley, Jacinta Collins, Chris Ketter, Deborah O’Neill and Catryna Bilyk.

Its influence on Labor and ACTU policy has been profound, most topically in its blocking of moves to make marriage equality a binding party policy.

Marriage equality campaigner Rodney Croome told Fairfax Media in 2015 that had Labor voted as a bloc, a same-sex marriage bill tabled in 2012 “would have had a fighting chance of passing both houses”. ...



Ralph Nader: I was not a ‘spoiler’ in 2000. Jill Stein doesn’t deserve that insulting label, either. [Washington Post - 3/9/16]



‏@wikileaks [3/9/16]:  Hillary Clinton threatens war with Russia (should WikiLeaks keep publishing true information about her campaign)



Debate scene - Man of the Year [2006]




4 September 2016