United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 5/10/16]
@MSF_Sea [5/10/16]: Samer paid $7,800 to make it to #Germany but his family got stuck in #Greece. He felt so guilty that he came back to live in Softex camp.
@guardiacostiera [5/10/16]: #SAR #NaveDattilo #GuardiaCostiera: giovani #migranti, con assistenza personale @CIS0M, danno alla luce 3 #NuoveVite
@moas_eu [5/10/16]: #Mediterranean: 10,000 people rescued in past 48hrs, MOAS vessels assisted almost 800 last night ... #SafeAndLegalRoutes
@ArisMessinis [4/10/16]: DEATH IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. #Refugees and #migrants. Part 1
As the US drops bombs, the UNHCR has another gabfest, and navies "test amphibious skills" ---> Twenty-eight Europe-bound migrants were found dead on a day of frantic rescues off Libya on Tuesday, including at least 22 in an overloaded wooden boat, an AFP photographer and the Italian coastguard said. The photographer, who was able to go aboard the vessel, said it appeared that many of the dead had suffocated. ... [France 24 - 5/10/16]
Day 200 refugee protests, Nauru
We will Never give up
Image: @elahe_zivardar [5/10/16]
@SuchNigel [5/10/16]: I heard of my friend that people are working with immigration department try to find information about my account and others #Nauru
@SuchNigel [5/10/16]: I wanted to talk about something happened inside the camp but I couldn't coz a lot of time I was threatened they will know me
Report from #BehrouzBoochani award winning journalist and human rights defender on events today on #Manus @drobwlldiad [5/10/16]:
Today a lot of security officers, case managers, immigration staff and PNG police have tried to separate people (refugees) from each other in Manus prison.
Their plan is to separate people with negative status from people with positive status.
The refugees have had some serious arguments with them but they say that you must move and don't have any choice.
They are like a primitive tribe that attack us.
Everything in Manus prison is done by force and under a big dictatorship.
Anybody that resists is put in Manus jail, the small jail in Lorengua town that is meant for local people.
The atmosphere of Manus prison is full of stress and pressure.
The system is completely illegal, the prison is illegal, separating people is illegal and their processing is illegal.
An order from the Supreme Court against the deportation of asylum seekers in Manus is still active, says lawyer representing over 600 asylum seekers in Manus, Ben Lomai.
“They have no right whatever to categorise the asylum seekers anymore but to move them back to Australia,” he said.
Meanwhile, two of the asylum seekers’ cases being pursued in the Supreme Court will return on Oct 27, where two applications will be heard by three judges.
The first application will be moved by PNG Immigration and State's lawyers in relation to a jurisdictional issue.
They claim that Lomai, as a lawyer for the asylum seekers, has no right to sign the Enforcement of Constitutional Rights' Applications on their behalf.
The second application was filed by Lomai on behalf of the asylum seekers, asking for Summary Judgment from the Supreme Court.
That also covers compensation for the illegal detainment of his clients following the five-man Supreme Court bench ruling on April 26. [PNG Loop - 4/10/16]
PNG Opposition finally says something about Australia's illegal concentration camp on Manus Island, Greens useless [ABC - 5/10/16]:
... PNG Opposition Leader Don Polye told ABC's Pacific Beat program that the Government is not adhering to the court decision.
"A court order is a court order and it must be respected," he said.
"The Foreign Minister, neither the Prime Minster can give excuses in interpreting the court order in a completely different perspective."
Mr Poyle said the PNG Government is distorting the court's decision.
"I think the Government is doing it for reasons, none other than serving business and serving political interests," he said.
He has also called on Australia to recognise the court's decision.
"The Australian Government has the responsibility also to look at the court decision and Australia should maintain its compliance to the order of the court," he said.
Mr Polye said if the PNG Government doesn't recognise the supreme court decision, the opposition will take legal action.
"What I will do, if the Government interprets it wrongly … we will take the matter to the court," he said.
"We will also make sure that those giving a completely different interpretation of the supreme court decision are in contempt of court. They should be charged for contempt of the decision by the supreme court."
Australian Greens Immigration Spokesman Nick McKim said the court ruling can't be ignored.
Senator Nick McKim said it was an extraordinary move that flew in the face of public comments from the PNG Government and Mr Dutton. Media player:
"It wouldn't matter where people are being processed, where on Manus or anywhere else in Papua New Guinea that people are being processed," he said.
"The whole system of indefinite offshore detention is inhumane, is illegal.
"Now they seem to us to be trying to work around a decision made by the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, when the solution is actually staring Peter Dutton in the face, and that is to bring the people who are currently detained on Manus Island here to Australia." ... <--- You can't end a bipartisan policy of torture by attacking one side. Perhaps McKim would rather support the ALP than free the refugees ?
Richard Marles lies about refugee concentration camps stopping death, says PNG should change their law [ABC - 28/4/16]:
... LOUISE YAXLEY: The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, says there will be continued discussions with the PNG government to resolve the matters. And the shadow minister, Richard Marles, says it is very important to try to convince PNG to keep the centre open.
RICHARD MARLES: Because it is very clear that offshore processing has been the single most important decision of any Australian government in bringing an end to the loss of life at sea.
LOUISE YAXLEY: Mr O'Neill is definitive that the centre will be closed but he also talks about the harm that that will cause the local economy and the need for Australia to help support businesses that will suffer. Richard Marles says the Government should talk to PNG about potentially changing the law to make the detention legal or offer PNG more money.
RICHARD MARLES: All of those options need to be talked through with the PNG government. ...
@RichardMarlesMP [11/3/14]: Great to meet my old friend Rimbink Pato, PNG Minister for Foreign Affairs & Immigration in Port Moresby yesterday.
Which is one of the reasons why the UNHCR will not demand the release and resettlement of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru? ----> At #UNHCR #ExCom High Commissioner Grandi recognises Australia as one of UNHCR's strongest supporters, donors, and resettlement partners @EwenMcDonald_ [4/10/16]
Good to hear New Zealand continuing to support #asylum and
#nonrefoulement at UNHCR #ExCom - words we didn't hear from many others
New Zealand government rejects refugees, refers them to the UNHCR regional representative in Australia - who ignored them [RNZI - 13/6/15]:
The Government has told 65 asylum seekers wanting to live in New Zealand to contact United Nations officials in Australia.
The people, from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar, say they were heading for New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef earlier this month.
In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, the group made a plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return home.
A written reply from the office of the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, said while New Zealand accepted 750 refugees annually, it could not pick and choose.
It said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra was responsible for inquires dealing with New Zealand and suggested the group approach that office. [The UNHCR Canberra said nothing.]
A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees. [As far as we know, these refugees are still detained in Kupang.]
Politely calling bullshit on the anti-refugee "global compact" and dodgy UN Summit [IRIN - 28/9/16]
... One key lesson from Evian: failing to tackle a mass refugee problem is a decision that is neither neutral nor without consequences. Look back and learn: The Evian Conference, 1938, [IRIN - 18/11/15]
Displaced Muslims barred from returning home in Meikhtila following pressure from extremist group [Burma Human Rights Network/Rohingya Blogger - 5/10/16]
Journalist threatened inside Sri Lankan police station [Tamil Guardian - 5/10/16]
Government spokesperson denies North Korea Embassy officials in Beijing want to seek asylum in Japan [Japan Today - 5/10/16]
A Dhaka court has cleared Tahmid Hasib Khan of all charges related to the Gulshan cafe attack by Islamist militants, two days after he was granted bail.
Tahmid, a Gulshan cafe attack 'hostage', was arrested as a suspect in a case started under Section 54 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, allowing police to arrest suspects without warrants.
Former North South University teacher Hasanat Rezaul Karim was also arrested with Tahmid in the same case.
Hasanat has, however, been shown arrested in another case filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act over the Jul 1 terror attack and is now in jail.
On Wednesday, a Dhaka metropolitan magistrate’s court cleared Tahmid of the charges in the case under Section 54. ... [bdnews24.com - 5/10/16]
When he was released with seven other hostages after a harrowing night of terrorist violence last Saturday, Tahmid Hasib Khan expected to be greeted with welcoming arms.
Instead, Mr. Khan, a 22-year-old University of Toronto student, was grabbed by the Bangladeshi police, beaten and taken into custody. ... [New York Times - 8/7/16]
Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.
The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events. ... [Reuters - 4/10/16]
Western media use death of "Hanoi Hannah" to pretend they don't do propaganda ---> ... “The message I wanted to deliver to the U.S. soldiers was that they were fighting an unjust war and would die in vain,” Ngo told Vietnamese newspaper Thanh Nien in 2008. ... [VnExpress - 4/10/16]
Kashmir: By banning our newspaper, government is only looking for scapegoats [The Indian Express - 5/10/16]
The UN’s highest court on Wednesday threw out a bid by the tiny Marshall Islands to sue India for failing to halt the nuclear arms race, saying it lacked jurisdiction.
“The court upholds the objection to jurisdiction raised by India… and finds that it cannot proceed to the merits of the case,” judge Ronny Abraham told the International Court of Justice in The Hague. ... [The Indian Express - 5/10/16]
Philippine leader tells Obama 'go to hell', says can buy arms from Russia, China [Reuters – 4/10/16]
Heavy rainstorms struck South Korea's southern resort island of Jeju as well as other major cities on Wednesday, the safety ministry said, as Typhoon Chaba approached the Korean Peninsula.
Five deaths have been reported so far, with another person missing in an area in the southern part of the country hit by the typhoon. ... [Yonhap - 5/10/16]
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong has been detained on arrival in Thailand, where he was due at events marking the anniversary of a military crackdown, his party and activists said Wednesday. ... [Bangkok Post - 5/10/16]
Lawyer representing University of PNG student leaders during June protests facing contempt charge [The National - 5/10/16]
US ramps up its interference in Cambodia's industrial relations system [Cambodia Daily - 5/10/16]
Concluding an uncharacteristically amicable three-month wage negotiation process, the government yesterday increased next year’s minimum wage for the garment sector from $140 to $153 a month – a figure far short of unions’ demands for $171. ... [Phnom Penh - 30/19/16]
South African police have used tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades against students protesting for free education in Johannesburg.
Two students were arrested and another and one staff member were injured in the violence on Tuesday at the University of the Witwatersrand, or Wits.
Similar unrest has occurred since last month at other financially struggling South African universities, forcing a number, including Wits, to close. ... [Al Jazeera - 4/10/16]
Australia: Torture at youth detention centre "more like punishment than normal way to stop bad behaviour" [ABC - 5/10/16]
Don Dale officer who pinned boy in spit hood defends restraint [ABC - 4/10.16]
Amnesty Australia petition should be addressed to Turnbull AND Shorten. Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.
Israeli forces reportedly shell targets in northern Gaza after rocket falls in Sderot [Maan - 5/10/16]
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning have opened fire on the farmers, shepherds and fishermen east of Gaza city. ... [PNN - 5/10/16]
A Palestinian prisoner has been tortured in Israeli custody during a 33-day interrogation period, a lawyer for the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) said in a statement on Monday. ... [Maan - 3/10/16]
In North Dakota, land defenders disrupted the gubernatorial debate in Bismarck Monday night to demand an end to the construction of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which has faced massive resistance from North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, as well as members of hundreds of other tribes from across the U.S., Canada and Latin America. ... [Democracy Now - 4/10/16]
France recognises first Tahiti nuclear test victim [RNZI – 5/10/16]
UN peacekeeper killed, others wounded in Mali attack [France 24 - 4/10/16]
Destroying Syria: A joint criminal enterprise [Counterpunch - 4/10/16]:
... The timing of this petition is eloquent.
It comes exactly when the Syrian government is pushing to end the war by reconquering the eastern part of Aleppo.
It is part of the massive current propaganda campaign to reduce public consciousness of the Syrian war to two factors: child victims and humanitarian aid. In this view, the rebels disappear.
So do all their foreign backers, the Saudi money, the Wahhabi fanatics, the ISIS recruits from all over the world, the U.S. arms and French support.
The war is only about the strange whim of a “dictator”, who amuses himself by bombing helpless children and blocking humanitarian aid.
This view reduces the five-year war in Syria to the situation as it was portrayed in Libya, to justify the no-fly zone: nothing but a wicked dictator bombing his own people.
For the public that likes to consume world events in fairy tale form, this all fits together.
Sign a petition on your computer and save the children.
The Avaaz petition does not aim to end the war and restore peace.
It clearly aims to obstruct the Syrian government offensive to retake Aleppo. ...
US blocks UN Security Council statement on Russian Embassy shelling in Syria [TASS - 5/10/16]
Contacts between Russian and US military will continue to avoid serious incidents in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. ... [TASS - 4/10/16]
Moscow delivers S-300 missile system to Syria for defense of Russian naval base [RT - 4/10/16]
Syrian government tanks crossed the front line in the battleground city of Aleppo for the first time in four years, as a Russian-backed offensive to retake the [US-backed] rebel-held east escalated on the ground. ... [Al Jazeera - 4/10/16]
Seven killed, 71 injured in terrorist attacks on neighborhoods in Aleppo, attack in Quneitra causes material damage [SANA - 4/10/16]
Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari said on Tuesday that the Israeli continued occupation of the Syrian Golan and its looting of the natural resources in the occupied Palestinian lands and its direct intervention in escalating crisis in Syria through supporting terrorists in the disengagement zone in Golan undermine the agreement of disengagement and seriously pose a threat to stability and security in the region. ... [SANA - 4/10/16]
Pro-Kurdish TV shut down live on air in Turkey [RUDAW – 4/10/16]
@pajhwok [4/10/16]: Reports of 4 civilians were killed in a night raid in Kama dist in Nangarhar by Aghan special force. ...
At least 56 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group were killed in the latest operations conducted in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, local officials said Tuesday. ... [Khaama - 4/10/16]
13 Daesh militants killed in Nangarhar Drone Strike [TOLO News - 4/10/16]
@pajhwok [4/10/16]: #Afghanistan: Parwan teacher killed on World Teachers’ Day ...
Baghlan residents take up arms to defend Pul-e-Khumri city [TOLO News - 4/10/16]
The Taliban have forced their way into the capital of northern Kunduz province after capturing the city’s main square and raising their white flags, local officials said on Tuesday. ... [Pajhwok - 4/10/16]
EU deal clears deportation of unlimited Afghan refugees [Al Jazeera - 4/10/16]:
... One anonymous Afghan government [official] told Al Jazeera the government "felt pressured" to sign the deal.
"They said it was a rather diplomatically put 'polite threat’, and that perhaps if it weren't signed before the Brussels conference, it could affect the level of aid that Afghanistan gets," said Al Jazeera's Glasse.
EU Commission spokesperson Maja Kocijancic declined to comment on the memo and said EU work to implement the deal will respect international standards.
Among those attending the aid conference formally starting on Wednesday will be US Secretary of State John Kerry, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and European Council President Donald Tusk. ...
Nothing About Us Without Us" - Today tweets by ex-detainees at RISE on #Day200NauruProtest
Image: @Mums4Refugees [27/8/16]
@riserefugee [5/10/16]: #Day200NauruProtest Waterboarding & detainees were ziptied to a metal bed with cable ties ...
@riserefugee [5/10/16]: #Day200NauruProtest "UN & UNHCR keep writing reports after reports but failed to take any action against Australian govt" ex-detainee
If you were serious about speaking truth to power - which the Australian media obviously isn't - the next question is: Why isn't the UNHCR calling for the release and resettlment of men, women and children imprisoned on Nauru and Manus Island?
ABC still trying to deflect the utter outrage of imprisoning men in an ILLEGAL CONCENTRATION CAMP - Australia's anti-refugee policy remains unchallenged [4/10/16]
@democracynow [4/10/16]: Live now ... We're #expandingthedebate, joined by @ajamubaraka responding live to #VPDebate questions. Tune in!
Chicago immigrant rights organizer and educator Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco has received notice that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved her request for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Unzueta Carrasco had previously been denied due to “public safety concerns” cited by the Chicago USCIS Ombudsman related to her participation in various civil disobedience actions for immigrant rights.
She now points to other cases of undocumented organizers who are in a similar situation, in particular Lizbeth Mateo, a law school graduate and organizer whose DACA is about to be denied for reasons relating to her participation in direct action in defense of undocumented immigrant youth. ... [#NOT1MORE - 4/10/16]
National Immigration Law Center decries justice denied to millions of immigrant families [3/10/16]
Clinton: I don’t recall joking about droning Julian Assange [Politico - 4/10/16]
WikiLeaks will release documents on the US presidential elections before November 8, the group’s founder, Julian Assange, said in an eagerly anticipated address via videolink at the Volksbuhne Theater in Berlin to mark WikiLeaks’ 10th anniversary.
WikiLeaks hopes to be publishing documents “every week for the next 10 weeks,” Assange said. ... [RT - 4/10/16]
Civilians killed by shelling in Libya's Benghazi [Reuters – 4/10/16]
The health system in the Libyan city of Sirte has collapsed and thousands of residents are facing shortages of food and medicine as pro-government forces battle to seize control of the coastal city from Islamic State, a medical charity said on Tuesday. ... [Reuters - 4/10/16]
Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down restrictive abortion law [Reuters – 4/10/16]
Central Command says US killed more people in another drone strike, Yemen [Reuters - 4/10/16]
US ‘tacitly’ supporting Saudi atrocities in Yemen, Bahrain: US analyst [Tasnim - 3/10/16]
5 October 2016