US drone strike kills six in Yemen [Reuters - 5/9/16]
Militia loots Sunni village; 46 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 4/9/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 5/9/16]
40 civilians killed, scores others injured in six terrorist bombings in the cities of Homs and Hasaka and the countryside of Tartous and Damascus [SANA - 5/9/16]
Five people injured in rocket attacks in Hama and Daraa [SANA - 5/9/16]
Calais locals hold demo to protest Jungle migrant camp [The Local - 5/9/16]
Germany's interior minister has suggested the nation could send migrants back to Greece.
There are over 50,000 in Greece waiting to be divided among EU states, but he said much had been done to improve the situation. ... [Deutsche Welle - 4/9/16]
@SantiPalacios [5/9/16]: Today: Migrants rest aboard Iuventa ship after being rescued by @PROACTIVA_SERV & @jugendrettet off the Libyan coast
@MSF_Sea [5/9/16]: 2 hours after #Aquarius started the rescue all 142 ppl are safely on board.
@Federation [5/9/16]: 350+ people have been rescued since 6am today by @crocerossa @moas_eu teams on board the Responder #StopIndifference
@ItalianNavy [5/9/16]: #SAR Navi Orione e Borsini #MarinaMilitare hanno soccorso quasi 500 migranti e recuperato 6 salme
Where was the UNHCR in June this year? Why have they abandoned refugees in South East Asia? ---> @melissarfleming - Chief Communications and Spokesperson UNHCR [5/9/16]: "From the centre of the rubber dinghy we could see two babies being held high by their parents." Saved by @moas_eu
Day 170 refugee protests, Nauru
Never give up
Shut down offshore
Image: @elahe_zivardar [5/9/16]
@SuchNigel [5/9/16]: I want #freedom ...
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former U.N. chief Kofi Annan on Monday oversaw the first meeting of a panel tasked with bringing peace to a region where violence between Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims has cast a pall over the country's democratic transition.
The plight of the Rohingya has raised questions about Suu Kyi's commitment to human rights and represents a politically sensitive issue for her National League for Democracy, which won a landslide election victory last year.
The commission, whose aim is to stop human rights abuses in the northwestern state of Rakhine, was chaired by Annan. ... [Reuters - 5/9/16]
Resettlement offers slim ray of hope for miniscule percentage of Rohingya [Nikkei Asian Review - 4/9/16]
Woodside buys BHP's Scarborough LNG stake in $US400m deal [WA Today - 5/9/16]:
... Perth-based Woodside has been active during the recent period of weak oil prices, having spent $US430 million in July buying ConocoPhillips' exploration acreage in offshore Senegal, and having last year launched a failed $US8 billion bid for Oil Search.
In April 2015 it spent $US2.75 billion buying Apache Energy assets, including a stake in the Wheatstone LNG project in WA.
It has also established a small presence in Myanmar and Ireland over the past three years. ...
... Woodside’s 1H results for 2016 show the discoveries made late last year at the Shwee Yee Htun-1 and Thalin-1a fields have so far identified 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.
“We are looking at how we can access and pursue options to commercialize these discoveries,” Mr Lawrie Tremaine, Woodside’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told the teleconference, AOG said.
“We're processing and evaluating currently more than 31,500 square kilometres of newly acquired high-quality seismic data across this [Rakhine] basin and we're preparing for a drilling campaign in 2017 with our JV partners and the Myanmar government,” Tremaine said. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 29/8/16]
Hong Kong pan-democrats boost functional constituency tally, taking 11 including three from ‘super seats’ [South China Morning Post - 5/9/16]
Fraud case of Street Swags founder Jean Madden adjourned [Brisbane Times - 5/9/16]
A woman has died after the car she was in left the road and hit a power pole in Far North Queensland.
Police say the crash happened at Mourilyan at around 8pm on Sunday and the 59-year-old woman who was a passenger in the vehicle was taken to Innisfail Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The 22-year-old male driver was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. [Yahoo - 5/9/16]
A truck driver has died after a trailer became unhitched from a caravan and hit his vehicle.
The crash happened around 3.45pm on Friday when the Hino truck was being driven west on Brookton Highway in Kelmscott. ... [WA Today - 5/9/16]
Woman injured in four-car crash at Southport [MYGC - 5/9/16]
Four injured in crash at Mudgeeraba [MYGC - 5/9/16]
A three-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition after a tractor incident in rural Queensland this morning.
It is believed the incident occurred around 9am on a private property in Glenmorgan, around 400km west of Brisbane.
It took paramedics several hours to stabilise the boy before he could be transported to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital about 3pm.
Paramedics confirmed the boy had suffered serious head injuries. [Nine MSN - 5/9/16]
A man has died in a timber yard accident in north Queensland.
Paramedics and police attended the scene at Bohle, in Townsville's west, around 8.45am on Monday. ... [Yahoo - 5/9/16]
Residents near Oakey Aviation Base 'likely' ingested toxic chemicals, report finds [ABC - 5/9/16]
... The ABC has learned wallabies, possums and native birds are being culled on Hamilton, renowned as one of Australia's premier island tourism destinations.
The resort island's managers have Queensland Government permission to kill an unrestricted number of agile wallabies, which were introduced to Hamilton in the 1970s.
Between November 2014 and May 2016, 393 agile wallabies were shot dead. ... [ABC- 5/9/16]
Man in court over 'suspicious' Fortitude Valley youth hostel fire, guests escape unharmed [ABC - 5/9/16]
An argument outside a north Queensland home has ended with a 19-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man suffering shrapnel wounds when a man allegedly fired a gun at them.
Detective Senior Constable Belinda West said three people pulled up in a car outside the house in the Townsville suburb of Kelso around 9pm on Sunday and a fight broke out.
One man, who was known to the victims, fired a gun as they retreated back inside the house after the argument with the bullets ricocheting off a fence and hitting them, causing minor shrapnel wounds.
Det Snr Const West said police have identified a person of interest, but were still not clear on the identities of the other two people in the car, described as a small hatchback. [Yahoo - 5/9/16]
Australian teenager sentenced to 10 years prison for thought crime [ABC - 5/9/16]
Beware of politicians who want to take away your internet by stealth ---> 'Revenge porn' to be criminalised in response to NSW privacy inquiry [ABC - 5/9/16]
... TERRI BUTLER: Obviously this is an issue that was brought to the attention of the Senate committee because of the bill that Tim and I moved.
I think that they have been very sensible and sought to respond to this issue in a very non-partisan manner which I very much welcome.
I think for the Senate committee to be saying that we should criminalise revenge porn is exactly the sort of outcome that I wanted from that inquiry so I'm really pleased with it. ... [ABC - 26/2/16]
... Bill C-13 touches upon cyberbullying in an almost cursory manner.
It makes it a crime to share an intimate image without the consent of the person depicted in that image – a reasonable provision – but much else in the bill seems tacked on simply to increase police powers to investigate our online activities.
Yes, it’s a nasty crime, but so is murder and we don’t allow the police to pop into our homes on a whim to check our knives for traces of blood. ... Bill C-13 is about a lot more than cyberbullying [The Globe And Mail 6/12/13]
'I remember as if it was yesterday': Woman tells court in alleged day care abuse trial [Canberra Times - 5/9/16]
Royal Commission chair has told a senior Marist to name the Brothers who admitted sexually abusing children [Newcastle Herald - 5/9/16]
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle Catholic diocese day four [Newcastle Herald - 5/9/16]:
Turton joined the Marist Brothers in 1957 when he was 18.
He was principal of the order’s major Ashgrove school in Queensland, and principal at Hamilton for two years after leaving Ashgrove in 1976.
He held senior positions in the order including superior at Hamilton; vice provincial in 1983 – making him second in charge for a province including northern NSW, Queensland and Canberra – and provincial from 1989 to 1995.
He was made director of professional standards for the Marist Brothers from 2002, and received complaints about abuse, physical and sexual abuse.
Turton has just told the Royal Commission he worked with Brother Dominic (Darcy O’Sullivan) twice, at Ashgrove from 1965, and Hamilton from 1977.
Turton has said in his statement that he didn’t receive or hear of any complaints about Dominic.
Turton has been shown a recommendation written by him about Dominic for the Board of Teacher Registration in Queensland.
Counsel assisting the Royal Commission, Stephen Free, has read out a section of Turton’s recommendation, saying “he’s a man of exceptional character and integrity, his personal values provide an excellent model for young people who he might encounter in his role as educator”. ....
Ipswich parents are outraged that a teacher accused of indecently touching young girls was sacked from one school, and then hired by another.
Timothy Draper was arrested on Friday before being granted bail on Monday. ... [Yahoo - 5/9/16]
Lismore man charged with murdering neighbour [Tweed Shire Echo – 5/9/16]
The body of a 23-year-old missing man was found at the bottom of a steep hill in dense bushland at Tomewin, near Murwillumbah, after an extensive police search and rescue operation. ... [Tweed Shire Echo - 4/9/16]
Father's Day visit ends in suspected murder-suicide in Smithfield [Sydney Morning Herald - 5/9/16]
Mystery surrounds death of two women at unit block in Mount Gambier [Nine MSN - 5/9/16]
Police identify woman whose body was found in suitcase in Perth's Swan River [Nine MSN - 5/9/16]
The family of Indigenous woman Rebecca Maher is desperately seeking answers about how their daughter died in NSW police custody, after they sighted a report saying no illegal drugs or alcohol had been found in her system. ... [ABC - 5/9/16]
Police dog savages Rockhampton man [Yahoo - 5/9/16]
... The action down on the banks of the river ...
'Short Memory', Midnight Oil 
Unpopular leaders of settler colonies meet and greet [DEKBA - 4/9/16]:
Australia’s contribution to the UN peacekeeping forces in Sinai and the Golan won praise from Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman when he met Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Sunday during her three days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
Ms Bishop noted that Australia was committed to standing up for Israel in multilateral fora when “obviously biased, discriminatory and unfair resolutions put forward.”
President Reuven Rivlin, like other Israeli leaders, stressed the importance of the close bilateral ties with Australia, when he received her in Jerusalem.
He noted the historic importance of the forthcoming ANZAC Centenary that will commemorate the 1917 Battle of Beersheba, in which the Australian Light Horse Regiment allied with the British Army defeated the Ottoman forces.
This victory paved the way for the Balfour Declaration on November 2, 1917.
The Australian minister, who visited Yad Vashem, is scheduled to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and visit Australian entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv as well as talking to Palestinian leaders in Ramallah.
Israeli jets attack Syrian government positions in Golan Heights [Press TV - 4/9/16]
Israeli occupation tanks on Sunday midnight fired shells at a Hamas resistance site in the northern Gaza Strip in response to alleged shooting at border troops. ... [PNN - 4/9/16]
Recently, a compelling photo of a bleeding and seemingly confused young Syrian boy seated in an ambulance in Aleppo was widely distributed and commented upon in domestic and international news media.
In response, some journalists have called for the Obama Administration to "take action," including bombing government military targets in Syria.
The widely seen photo of the young Syrian boy is just the latest and most graphic example of the psychological warfare being waged against public opinion in the U.S. and worldwide.
Almost every day, the media misrepresents the conflict in Syria as a fight between democracy-loving “rebels” and the “brutal dictator Assad.”
What is actually happening in Syria is foreign intervention to destroy the last secular, multi-religious nation in the Middle East. ... [Veterans for Peace - 29/8/16]
Israeli settler indicted for minor charges after opening fire on Palestinian vehicle [Maan - 4/9/16]
Israeli forces briefly detained and assaulted a Palestinian minor Saturday evening in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of al-Tur, local sources told Ma’an.
Locals said 16-year-old Jamal al-Zaatari was released Saturday evening after he was detained by Jerusalem police for several hours.
During his detention, Israeli forces pepper sprayed and beat Jamal, resulting in injuries to his face, back, and feet, in addition to several bruises. ... [Maan - 4/9/16]
Holot "residents" go on curfew strike over Eritrean politics [Hamodia - 4/9/16]
Today I visited Holot, Israel's concentration camp for 2,000
@dancohen3000 [4/8/15]: These brave men fled ethnic cleansing & political persecution only to be forced into Holot. They remain steadfast.
The Green Party of Canada has adopted a policy of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel into its official platform after a hard-fought resolution successfully passed at the party’s annual convention, over the weekend.
Despite pressure from pro-Israel lobby groups, supporters of the BDS resolution within the party say they hope it will break down the stigma in Canada around using BDS to fight for Palestinian human rights. ... [IMEMC - 3/9/16]
Palestinians urge Turkish people to reject Israel ties [Electronic Intifada - 2/9/16]:
... The discovery of large gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean could allow Israel to expand its influence in the region by becoming a major energy exporter. Israel is now seeking partners to which it can export its gas and through which its gas can reach European markets, despite regional disputes on Israel’s claims to some gas fields and the potential legal quagmires that may result from them.
There is an ongoing maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon over some of the discovered oil fields in the Mediterranean. Israel is seeking to prevent Lebanon from extracting gas sitting within Lebanon’s territorial waters.
In the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Israel has begun extracting oil in direct violation of international law and a 2006 UN resolution affirming the inalienable rights of the Syrian-Arab population in the Golan over its natural resources.
The Turkish-Israeli rapprochement agreement opens up the possibility of Israel exporting natural gas to Turkey.
This has been a primary objective for the Israeli regime for several years and is manifest in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s joint remarks with US Secretary of State John Kerry that the rapprochement has “immense [positive] implications for the Israeli economy.” ...
Kashmiri leaders refuse to meet Indian home minister [GEO TV - 5/9/16]
While the all-party delegation was holding discussions in Srinagar with various groups to assess the situation, clashes between protesters and security forces continued across the Valley.
More than 400 people were injured as the security forces foiled protest rallies and fired pellets to disperse crowds.
Just minutes before the arrival of the all-party team at the Srinagar venue, the security forces foiled a rally in Pinjoora village of south Kashmir’s Shopian.
A senior health official in Shopian said 275 injured people were admitted to government hospitals and 15 people with serious injuries were referred to Srinagar.
Two local photojournalists were injured in Srinagar’s Rainawari area when the forces fired pellets to disperse a protest rally.
Freelance photographer Zuhaib Ahmad suffered injuries in the left eye and around the chest and abdomen. ... [The Indian Express - 5/9/16]
Bangladesh police arrest second militant suspected of killing publisher [Reuters – 4/9/16]
#Lateline won't let the people speak, their job is to protect the oppressors. ---> @albericie [5/9/16]: For 2 decades Paris Aristotle has advised both sides of politics on refugee policy. Tonight he's our exclusive interview @lateline ...
... We are living in a camp in the jungle. This is where they ‘re-settled’ us. This is no place to live. If we are refugees why are we not living in community? We have no neighbours here. Our ‘neighbours’, our ‘relatives’ are mosquitoes and flies and dogs. Please listen to our issues. We want to tell you that we are here like animals. ...
Refugees protest on Nauru, 26 September 2014
[Statement and Questions from the more then fifty refugees - given ‘temporary protection visas’ to ‘re-settle’ on Nauru - 4/8/14]:
... We want to tell you that we are here like animals. In a zoo there is different animals from different countries and people go to look at them. Nauru is a zoo.
We are just different animals from different countries. People come to visit here and then asks some questions then they note it down.
But we know from experience that they are doing just paper work and nothing will happen.
They just come to look at us.
Recently one man called Paris Aristotle came to our accommodation and he said he was from a NGO in Victoria. He said he is here to help us and to listen to us.
On that first day we asked him to take our problems to the media and he said that he cannot because he has good relationship with the minister!
We are confused. Is this man here for us or immigration?
The second day when he came, he came with Mark who is the deputy chief secretary of immigration and, as he told us, he is in charge of all detention centres of Australia.
When we were talking Paris was supporting Mark, not us. When we tell them some things they laughed at us. We are confused, is this man, Paris, here for us or for the DIAC? ...
The ABC still haven't given Nauru refugees the right of reply to UNHCR slurs ---> No UNHCR staff member or any other individual in our presence throughout last week's mission to Nauru made comments to asylum seekers that they could expect to be on the island 'for up to 10 years' or otherwise return to their country of origin. ... [EDITOR'S NOTE - 4th May, 2016 - ABC]
@Aussie4Refugees [5/9/16]: Aus media continues compartmentalising human rights and protecting politicians like Steven Ciobo #BoycottAustralia
Imaginary journalist asks George Newhouse: Isn't your purported refugee advocacy compromised by your membership of the ALP?
[SBS - 25/2/14]: ... "It's not designed as a processing facility, it's designed as an experiment in the active creation of horror to deter people from trying in the first place." ... ---> Regional resettlement arrangement between Australia and PNG, signed in Brisbane 19 July 2013 [DFAT]
Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]
ALP affiliated "refugee advocates" continue condemning Dutton for his ruthless implementation of ALP policy [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 4/9/16]:
The National Justice Project has condemned Immigration Minister Peter Dutton for organising a squad of Police to forcibly remove refugee children and their family from Papua New Guinea (PNG) where they had been seeking medical treatment.
George Newhouse, the Principal Solicitor at the NJP said today that family were from Iran who arrived on Christmas Island in September 2013 and were then transferred to Nauru. ...
Notwithstanding the vile exploitation of refugees for partisan gotchas, only condemning Turnbull, Dutton, and selected "service providers" like Wilson, protects the LNP and ALP's genocidal anti-refugee policy. ----> ALP helps LNP lock in offshore detention [ABC - 24/6/15]
Labor will be supporting this legislation because it is our policy. "Opposition" Leader, Bill Shorten speaking on the Migration Amendment (Regional Processing Arrangements) Bill 2015 [House of Representatives Hansard - 24/6/15]
The Coalition and Labor have joined forces to vote down a motion to grant amnesty to almost 270 asylum seekers currently in Australia.
The 267 people, including 37 babies, are facing the prospect of being sent to Nauru in the wake of yesterday's High Court judgement which upheld offshore immigration detention.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today moved a motion in the Senate, asking for the Federal Government to allow the asylum seekers to remain onshore.
In full, the motion read: "the Senate calls on the Turnbull Government to grant amnesty to the 267 men, women and children in Australia as part of the M68 High Court challenge, and allow them to stay." ...
Danish MP explains that it is the country's minority fascist party who are keen on Australia's bipartisan anti-refugee policy [RNZI - 5/9/16]
NGOs "delighted" with Victorian government's funding stunt as refugees continue being tortured and pushed away by the LNP and ALP [Pro Bono Australia - 5/9/16]
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
5 September 2016