Yemeni forces have killed scores of Saudi mercenaries in the war-hit country’s northern province of al-Jawf, local reports say.

According to a report on Yemen's al-Masirah news website, the rocket hit a building belonging to Saudi mercenaries late Tuesday and killed 70 of them.

At least 100 others were injured in the attack, it said. Local sources said the death toll may increase as the position was targeted while the mercenaries were distributing arms and munitions among themselves.

Saudi warplanes bombed an area in al-Zabab region in southern Yemen and the Hayran city in the northwestern province of Hajjah, al-Masirah reported without saying if there were any casualties.   

Meanwhile, Saudi state television said that three people were killed in shelling by Yemeni forces on the kingdom’s southern province of Jizan.

The report said the shelling happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday and the child died at a local hospital.

The attacks came despite a ceasefire announced by both Houthi and Saudi officials.  ... [Press TV - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

The US military has an official record of its full investigation of the Kunduz hospital bombing, in Afghanistan, but is censoring parts of it to make it acceptable for public consumption,  Jonathan Witthall, Head of the Humanitarian Analysis of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) told Radio Sputnik. ... [AUDIO - Mint Press - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

39 ISIS loyalists killed in Afghan forces raids in Nangarhar [Khaama - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least 30 militants were killed in two separate operations conducted by the Afghan National Security Forces pounded militants in southern Uruzgan province in coordination with the Afghan Air Force. ... [Khaama - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

A civilian was reportedly killed and nine others were wounded after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the restive southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. ... [Khaama - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herat to host conference on multibillion 4-nation gas project [Pajhwok - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

A US defense contractor has reached to an agreement with the Afghan and Iraqi immigrants for a $3 million settlement over claims for a training program for US Marine Corps.

The immigrants had claimed they were owed overtime pay after they spent years in the California desert posing as combat bystanders for US Marine Corps training exercises, it has been reported. ... [Khaama - 6/4/16]

 

 

Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria

 

 

 

US Department of Defense [5/4/16]:

 

 

U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Strikes in Syria

Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted [six strikes in Syria:

-- Near Raqqah, a strike disabled two ISIL pump jacks.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Manbij, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL rocket systems and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Mara, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units.

Strikes in Iraq

Rocket artillery and attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Baghdadi, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL vehicles, an ISIL front-end loader, seven ISIL vehicle bombs and an ISIL mortar position and suppressing two ISIL rocket positions.

-- Near Huwayjah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Fallujah, a strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and five ISIL defensive fighting positions.

-- Near Hit, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL supply cache, an ISIL fighting position and seven ISIL boats.

-- Near Kisik, four strikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL staging area, an ISIL bunker, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL headquarters.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units, destroying an ISIL vehicle bomb, five ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL rocket system and an ISIL trench, suppressing an ISIL sniper position and denying ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike suppressed an ISIL tactical unit.

...

 

 

 

A pregnant woman and three children were among 18 civilians killed when Syrian rebels shelled a Kurdish neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo, a monitor said Wednesday.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 70 people, including 30 children, were also wounded in Tuesday's attack, adding that the shelling was a violation of a ceasefire agreement. ... [Naharnet - 6/4/16]

 

 

@IraqiSMCEn - - Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/4/16]: 

 

Anbar : The neighborhoods in Fallujah have been violently shelled by rockets and heavy artillery .............

 

Diyala: The government forces -federal police-have closed the entries and exits of Asri neighborhoods in Muqdadiya district and made a raid on it...........

 

 

 

Anbar: Breaking news: The international coalition planes and government helicopters have violently shelled Heet district .....

 

 

 

Kirkuk : An oil well has exploded in Khabbaz Oil Field west of Kirkuk City ,reasons unknown...................

 

 

 

 

Baghdad: News agencies: A roadside bomb exploded near shops in Sho'la area northwest of Baghdad today evening killing a person and wounding 7...........................

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [6/4/16]:   These are #people from #Syria #Iraq #Afghanistan & elsewhere warehoused in miserable camps. This is #Europe in 2016.  

 

 

 

 

 

@MSF_Sea [6/4/16]:  "We demand a peaceful place to live." Is that really so unreasonable, #Europe?

 

 

 

 ‏@PROACTIVA_SERV [6/4/16]:  Prefieren morir aquí a volver al lugar del que huyen.Allí solo les espera la muerte. UE cómplice y asesina

 

 

 

 

‏@moas_eu [5/4/16]: 

 

 

 Amira, 19, made the crossing w/ her younger brother Amir, 6. They escaped #ISIS attacks on their village in #Iraq.

 

 

They hid in mount #Sinjah w/ thousands of other #Yazidi while #ISIS destroyed their homes, enslaved women & girls, & murdered villagers.

 

 

At 19, she took responsibility for her young brother and chose to look for safety in #Europe. #RefugeesareHumans

 

 

 

 

Thousands of asylum applications submitted, slowing process of migrant deportations [Ekathimerini - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A deal between the European Union and Turkey appeared to show tentative signs of slowing the flow of migrants to the Greek islands on Wednesday, but many were still trying to cross the sea and the route remained far from sealed off.

...

Turkish authorities detained several groups at sea shortly after dawn, including about 40 Iraqis, some of whom set sail in a small dinghy from a cove 20 km (12 miles) south of the town of Dikili, a Reuters witness said.

Some were left on the beach as the dinghy was too small to carry them all.

They watched as the Turkish coastguard intercepted the vessel moments later.

"Greece does not want to host us. Turkey is not allowing us. Where should we go? We drown in the sea with our children, that's it," said one Iraqi, declining to give his name. ... [Reuters - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

UNHCR calls for urgent action as Central America asylum claims soar [Media Release - 5/4/16]:

 

 

... "UNHCR considers the current situation in Central America to be a protection crisis. We are particularly concerned about the rising numbers of unaccompanied children and women on the run who face forced recruitment into criminal gangs, sexual- and gender-based violence and murder," Edwards told journalists.  ...

 

 

What's our guilt? @childrennauru [6/4/16]

 

 

Refugee protests escalate on Nauru - Australian media and human right establishment blackout continues

 

 

 

Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [6/4/16]:


Daily protests continue at the RPC 3 family compound despite increasing efforts by Immigration and the Nauru police to stifle them.

More protests are expected today as the asylum seekers were promised a response, by today, from Australia’s Border Force following tent-top protests by children detained in the RPC 3 camp, over two nights on the weekend.

Border Force agreed to send a letter written by the children to Canberra outlining their concerns. In particular the letter highlights that some people who were on the same boat as others who arrived after 19 July 2013 have been allowed to make protection applications and will be resettled in Australia.

The letter demands that they be treated the same as the people who were allowed to stay in Australia even though they arrived after 19 July 2013.

Anti-ABF graffiti appeared overnight Sunday on a wall in Anijuw, a compound inside RPC3, after Nauru police confiscated four phones from refugees filming the protests, at the behest of the ABF.

No response has been received from ABF by this afternoon, although the family of one of the boys in the roof-top protests received a positive determination this afternoon (Wednesday, 6 April).

“We are very angry,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition, “They are trying to separate us. We have been kept in hell for three years. Why are we in Nauru?”

 

 

 

 

A naked woman armed with a knife and pushing a four-year-old boy in a trolley has been tasered by police in Western Australia's South West region.

Police say the 43-year-old woman refused repeated requests to put the knife down before she was tasered and taken to Bunbury Regional Hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

The child was not injured and arrangements have been made for his care by family members while the incident is investigated. [Nine MSN - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

NT land claim settled after 37 years [Nine MSN - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A 63-year-old man has died after his car crashed into a tree in southeast Queensland.

Police say the man's car collided with the tree in the southern suburbs of Gympie shortly before 6am on Wednesday.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. [Yahoo - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Truckie acquitted over fatal far north Queensland crash that killed British tourist [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

A prominent News Limited journalist who police allege drove on the wrong side of the road while drunk has been told she is "facing a jail sentence".

News Limited political editor Samantha Louise Maiden, 43, pleaded guilty to two charges of not obeying the direction of police and driving with a mid-range prescribed content of alcohol. ... [Canberra Times - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Circus performer jailed for infecting girlfriend with HIV wins High Court appeal [Yahoo - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Sydney siege survivor recalls Tori Johnson’s final cry for help [Nine MSN – 6/4/16]:

 

 

An inquest into the Sydney siege has heard what is believed to be the harrowing final words of Tori Johnson before he was executed by gunman Man Haron Monis.

Selina Win Pe, who was one of the 18 hostages held in the Lindt Cafe during the December 15, 2014 incident, told the inquest she heard Mr Johnson’s final cry for help as she and several other hostages escaped.

Ms Win Pe said she heard Monis shout "get down, get down, get down on your knees" then a "strong, deep, Australian voice" say "oh my God" followed momentarily by a bang as the gunman shot Mr Johnson in the back of the head.

"They were definitely the words I heard and it was an absolutely, fearful, ‘help me God, this is it’,” Ms Win Pe said.

"A very dire, sad, frightened, last cry for help."

The survivor recounted her experiences during the siege whereby she volunteered to call media and authorities to relay demand Monis' demands.

“If I did not take responsibility and charge of the situation and speak up with the values instilled in me, we were going to die," she said.

"I had very quickly estimated that he was someone who was clearly seeking a sense of self promotion.

"I knew that when I started to take charge to protect the people around me, and myself, and I am naturally a very strong, assertive person, and I knew he would like that."

She said Monis made the other hostages applaud her whenever she yelled or swore at an unresponsive media outlet or law authority, in one instance telling police to "f-----g do this (and) f-----g do that."

"I like that, that’s what I want," Monis allegedly told the hostage in reponse to Ms Win Pe's phone calls.

Ms Win Pe said the crushing ordeal has left her with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

"I have a variety of symptoms I’m treated for to this day," she said.

"I’ve had to relearn at the ages of 43 and 44 to re-normalise and reprogram that I’m no longer in that cafe,” she said.

"My entire life has changed dramatically. It’s been a soul destroying experience."

 

 

 

 

... Matthew James Thielemans-Stirling, 25, will be eligible for parole later this year after pleading guilty to the assault in the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He was charged after attacking paramedic Brad Johnson in the back of an ambulance at Upper Coomera, on Gold Coast, in December last year.

Mr Johnson suffered serious facial injuries. ... [Yahoo - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

James Coleman 'down on himself' over friend's disappearance after camping trip, inquest hears [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A Queensland man has faced court over the alleged murder of a woman in a caravan park on Brisbane's southside.

Nathan Rodney O'Malley, 37, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday after police charged him with the murder of a 41-year-old woman who died after being found with internal injuries at the Eight Mile Plains caravan park on March 16. 

The two were not married but are believed to have been in a relationship.

Magistrate Judith Daley adjourned the case until May 3 after O'Malley's lawyer, Lyall Parker, indicated his client didn't wish to apply for bail but was aware he would need to have the matter heard in a higher court. [Brisbane Times - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

A 53-year-old man is in hospital after a serious sawmill accident in south-west Queensland.

The CareFlight helicopter rescue crew reported he suffered suspected pelvic injuries after being crushed between plates in a sawmill.

But a Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said it looked more like his leg had "made contact with the saw", slicing him from hip to knee.

The man was airlifted from a property on Tyrconnel Road, Mungallala, west of Roma, about 12.30pm Tuesday.

He was taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a serious condition. [Brisbane Times - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Assault occasioning bodily harm charge, Everton Park [QPS Media - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Police think sailor killed woman: Inquest [Nine MSN - 6/4/16]:

 

 

A former sailor who confessed to killing three people may have been responsible for the death of a woman he met at a bar in Western Australia almost 20 years ago, an inquest has heard.

Sara-Lee Davey, 21, went missing in January 1997 after going to the Broome Wharf at 2.30am with 19-year-old Richard Dorrough, who was a Royal Australian Navy sailor on shore leave from HMAS Geelong.

Counsel assisting the coroner Sergeant Lyle Housiaux said in his opening address on Wednesday that Mr Dorrough tried to bring Ms Davey onboard HMAS Geelong, but was stopped by Able Seaman Dean Mildenhall, who was responsible that night for ship security.

Mr Dorrough told his colleague he was going to take Ms Davey to the end of the wharf to have sex with her.

"This was the last time Ms Davey was seen by a credible witness," Sgt Housiaux said.

Several people were fishing off the jetty and one fisherman said he heard a woman yelling and screaming, and he may have heard a splash.

Sgt Housiaux said Mr Dorrough returned to HMAS Geelong a short time later with scratch marks on his face that were not there before.

Mr Dorrough told his colleague Ms Davey would not have sex with him and had left, but Mr Mildenhall never saw her leave the wharf.

Police interviewed Mr Dorrough but never charged him over Ms Davey's disappearance. Mr Dorrough was 37 when he took his own life in August 2014 and left a letter saying he had killed three people.

It prompted police in January last year to review the investigation into Ms Davey's disappearance.

Mr Dorrough was charged with the 1998 murder of 29-year-old prostitute Rachael Campbell in Sydney, but was acquitted at trial.

 

 

 

 

Photos emerge of burlesque performer having sponge bath at WA cricket award night [Nine MSN - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Royal Commission:  Child abuse victim allegedly infected with HIV by soccer coach [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A cricket club in rural Queensland has conceded it could have done more when child abuse allegations were made against a coach, while the governing body admits it cannot guarantee protection policies are in place. ... [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Queensland Police and AFP join forces to pursue proven policy failure of entrapment [Yahoo - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Empowered minority of Murdoch Press reading bigots and geezers applaud Planning and Environment Court's Gold Coast mosque decision [Yahoo - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Murray Shire Council to vote on giant Kwinana Freeway crucifix [WA Today - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Bundaberg Church Pharmacy catches fire [Brisbane Times - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Parts of a north Queensland shopping centre will be demolished after a blaze destroyed several businesses on the weekend.

A fire broke out in the Whitsunday Shopping Centre at Cannonvale just after 7:00pm (AEST) on Sunday, with three banks, a deli, hair salon and department store all gutted.

Police said it was still not clear was caused the blaze but it was not suspicious. ... [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

A Nobel Prize winner and hundreds of Australian scientists fear new laws granting the Department of Defence power to monitor and control sensitive research are designed to intimidate the scientific community.

Email correspondence between 470 fellows at the Australian Academy of Science, obtained by Fairfax Media, reveals some of the nation's leading researchers are intimidated by the law and fear it will have a chilling impact on academic freedom.

The laws, which came quietly into effect on Saturday night, require Australian scientists working on projects of interest to military or intelligence services to seek permission before consulting overseas colleagues. ... [Canberra Times - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

Chevron's Gorgon LNG faces two-month shutdown [WA Today - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

New Planning Minister Donna Faragher has excused herself from dealing with Chevron's involvement with the Barnett Government's signature infrastructure project, Elizabeth Quay, over a conflict of interests.

Mrs Faragher's husband Scott works for Chevron, which has delayed plans to build a new office tower at Elizabeth Quay. ... [West Australian - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Rural and regional Queensland will be further disadvantaged when Australia Post's contract to process passport applications expires in June next year.

Australia Post has provided application lodgement services on behalf of the Australian Passport Office since 1983.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will replace the existing application process with an online capability.  ... [North West Star - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong student leader says HSBC refused to open accounts for his new party [Channel News Asia -  6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

An air force jet with six people on board was missing in southwest Japan on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The U-125 aircraft left a base in Kagoshima prefecture on the island of Kyushu in the early afternoon, NHK said, citing the defence ministry and other sources.

Contact with the plane was lost when it was 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) north of the base, NHK said, adding helicopters were sent to search for it.

The defence ministry could not immediately confirm the report. [Channel News Asia  - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

The New Caledonian government has authorised the exportation of low grade nickel ore to China to offset the loss of exports to Australia.

This also comes after truckers threatened to block the capital, Noumea, to force a favourable decision.

Two companies will be allowed to sell 350,000 tonnes each for a year but have to avoid producers which are in direct competition with New Caledonia's smelters.

The new export channels are meant to compensate for the loss incurred by the suspension of work at Queensland Nickel in Australia.

Last October, the government gave only one company an export licence for China.

The entire sector is in a deep crisis, prompting the government last month to release 5.5 million US dollars of a special Nickel Fund to help exporters and contractors hit by the slump of the nickel price. [RNZI - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Diet debate on TPP deal begins amid opposition [Japan Today - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

Fiji on alert as Cyclone Zena intensifies [RNZI - 6/4/16]

 

 


PNG court decision opens way for police case against PM [RNZI – 5/4/16]:


The director of Papua New Guinea's Police Fraud and Anti-Corruption unit has welcomed a decision by the Supreme Court to discharge orders preventing his team investigating the prime minister over alleged fraud.

An arrest warrant was issued for Peter O'Neill over two years ago in relation to his role in allegedly illegal state payments of around 30 million US dollars to a law firm.

Both Mr O'Neill and his Finance Minister James Marape, who is also implicated, were able to effect stay orders preventing fraud officers from arresting or interviewing them in relation to the case.

But following today's court decision, police appear to be a step closer to arresting the prime minister.

However the Fraud unit director Matthew Damaru said this was just one of two Supreme Court proceedings to be adhered to.

"This one of them has already been... the orders have been discharged, and we are free to carry on with our investigations," said Mr Damaru.

"However there is still one yet to be determined, so that is still going to prevent us from interviewing the prime minister at this stage."

The prime minister quickly issued a statement welcoming the Supreme Court decision, describing it as "another indication that the judiciary in Papua New Guinea is vibrant and independent in its decision making".

However he said the case relating to legal fees for the alleged fraud case remained outstanding before the court through a judicial review by Justice Bernard Sakora, which also reaffirmed that the warrant of arrest be stayed until the judicial review is heard.

Mr O'Neill appealed to all citizens to remain calm, respect the rule of law, and allow the judicial process to take its course.

Meanwhile, PNG's former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta has called on Peter O'Neill to step aside to allow the criminal case against him to proceed, in order to protect the reputation and integrity of the Office of Prime Minister.

Mr O'Neill has previously refused to step aside to allow a probe into his role the Paraka Lawyers fraud case, or "Parakagate", saying the charges have been politically motivated.

When the arrest warrant issue came to a head in 2014, the prime minister moved to dismantle the anti-corruption body Taskforce Sweep from whose investigations the warrant stemmed.

He also replaced the Attorney-General and Police Commissioner.

But the fallout has been hard to supress, with the new Attorney-General charged with perverting the course of justice, and the replacement police commissioner sentenced to jail for obstructing the arrest warrant on Peter O'Neill.

Sir Mekere said that following today's Supreme Court orders, the Prime Minister can be arrested and charged on any case other than the specific matters raised in the Parakagate arrest warrant.

"This decision should end all the delaying tactics used by the Prime Minister and Finance Minister to prevent their arrest and questioning," he said.

 

 

 

Ambassador for the European Union Ioannis Giogkarakis- Argyropoulos today commended the Departments of Finance for having started implementing the Public Financial Management (PFM) Reform roadmap following its endorsement in September 2015.

Giogkarakis says these reforms are expected to improve efficiency and effectiveness of accountability and contribute considerably to the success of the decentralized processes. ... [PNG Loop - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

Myanmar's Minister of Religious Affairs and Culture criticised over anti-Muslim remarks [ABNA - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Aung Ko, Burma’s new religious affairs minister, has twice in less than a week stirred controversy, with the latest involving his visit to nationalist Buddhist monks from the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion on Monday in Rangoon, including the firebrand U Wirathu.

Ashin Nya Neinda, a spokesperson from the organization better known by its acronym Ma Ba Tha, told The Irrawaddy that Aung Ko met eight senior monks from the Buddhist nationalist group on Monday before later meeting Wirathu. The spokesman did not provide details on what was discussed at the meetings. ... [The Irrawaddy - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

"I am in the middle of an unknown journey." Indonesian learning centre offers hope to refugee children [VIDEO - BBC - 5/4/16]:

 

Most of the 13,000 refugees living in Indonesia arrive planning to make the journey across the sea to Australia, but the government there is refusing to accept anyone who arrives by boat.

Indonesia has not signed the UN Convention on Refugees, meaning asylum seekers are not able to work or get an education in the country, so many are left with few options.

But a learning centre in Cisarua is offering refugee children a rare chance at education while they wait in limbo.

 

 

 

Gay student from Malaysia has refugee claim accepted by Canada [CBC - 5/4/16]

 

 

I have no sympathy for anyone who voluntarily works in a concentration camp. QUIT, or shove your free speech up your arse --->  Introducing “HushTag”. A tweet that’s all-hashtag, leaving no room for freedom of speech. So workers can retweet this message, without fear of imprisonment. ...

 

 

 

At work inside our detention centres: A Serco guard's story [The Global Mail - February 2014]

 

 

 

 

 "He just wanted freedom. He'd just had enough. This place [Villawood concentration camp], it breaks you ..."  [RNZI - 6/4/16]:

 

The New Zealander who died in an Australian detention centre just wanted freedom from a place that "breaks you", a fellow detainee says.

Meanwhile, official figures show New Zealanders make up about 10 percent of those in detention.

Rob Peihopa, 42, was found unconscious by staff at the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney on Monday night.

Australian Department of Immigration said Mr Peihopa was suspected to have suffered a heart attack, but fellow inmates claimed he was viciously attacked before his death.

Peter Uelese, 32, who had been at Villawood for three and a half years, said Mr Peihopa had been preparing to come back to New Zealand and fight his case from here.

"He just wanted freedom, he'd just had enough. This place, it breaks you, you know, really bad, like it really hurts.

"It's just funny because we were meant to meet up, some of the boys that were here, we were going to go back, then at the end of the year spend some time with each other."

The father of six said he too would return to New Zealand if his sixth appeal, which had just been heard, was not successful.

He paid tribute to Mr Peihopa, who he said motivated people, kept them positive and was always willing to lend a helping hand.

The New South Wales coroner has begun an investigation into Mr Peihopa's death.

...

 

Australia moves to forcibly disappear refugees incarcerated in Manus Island concentration camp

 

 

 

Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [6/4/16]:

 

Extra police, some believed to have been brought from Rabaul, have been patrolling the perimeters of the detention compounds on Manus Island ahead of today’s deadline for transfers between compounds to separate those found to be refugees from those who have so far received negative determinations.

Immigration and Broadspectrum have stated that they intend to house refugees on Oscar and Delta compound while those who have negative determinations will be housed in Mike and Foxtrot.

At meetings with detainees last week, PNG Immigration said that people who refused to be transferred could be forcibly moved.

Yesterday, those with negative determinations in Delta were given notices saying they were to be at the gate of the compound at 8.00am.

It is not known, how many, if any, were at the gate this morning.

In Mike Compound, those found to be refugees were given notices to be at the Mike gate at 1.00pm.

It is believed that Delta negative guys are to be moved to Foxtrot and while Oscar negative detainees will be moved to Mike.

While there have been some voluntary transfers of negatives in the last few days, it is understood that many will resist the transfers.

The prospect of forced transfers has raised fears of a repeat of the brutality unleashed on detainees in 2015, when a mass hunger strike by detainees stopped the transfer of refugees to housing outside the detention centre.

“The police patrols are clearly designed to intimidate the asylum seekers and refugees to accept the division of the camp,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Immigration want to divide the camp so they can put even more pressure on refugees to move out of the camp. Refugees are already denied points that they can use at the canteen. Being separated will leave both positive and negative groups even more vulnerable.”

One Iranian man who self-harmed in Mike Compound was taken to the medical clinic last night .

The move to separate the camp comes as the PNG and Australian governments face a Supreme Court constitutional challenge to the Manus Island detention centre.

The challenge is scheduled to be considered in the full Supreme Court sittings in late April.

 

 

 

Australia no longer accepts refugees, and is stopping people from seeking asylum by pushing back boats and torture - yet the political and media establishment's lies and damage control continue unchallenged --> Social Services Minister Christian Porter says the Government has resettled more than 180 refugees as part of the Coalition's one-off intake of people displaced by violence in Syria and Iraq. ... [ABC - 6/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Fate unknown of nearly 100 South Asian asylum-seekers suspected of being deported to life threatening danger [#NOT1MORE – 5/4/16]:

Late Sunday night, advocates at DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) received a call from a detainee at Florence detention center reporting several busloads of South Asian men who had been transferred there en masse were being loaded on to buses in the middle of the night.

By Monday afternoon, many of the asylum-seekers were listed as “no longer in custody” in the detainee tracker, a status associated with either being released or deported.

But Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities refused inquiries from lawyers and Congressional offices seeking answers to what happened to the men the nearly 100 asylum-seeking migrants of Indian, Bangladeshi, and Nepali origin.

If deported as is suspected to be the case, many of them, especially Punjabi Sikhs from India and Bangladeshis associated with the opposition Bangladesh National Party, are being sent to life threatening danger.

The group is the first of at least 400 still detained who advocates believe are slated for removal to danger as well, prompting supporters to use the hashtag #Deported2Death

One of the men likely deported Monday, Mr. Singh, made crying pleas over the phone beforehand saying “My family has already been visited by the police in India, where they abused my family and threatened that they will ‘teach me a lesson’ when I am returned.”

Many of those likely deported were the same detainees who launched the #FreedomGiving hunger strikes last Fall out of fear of what would happen if returned to the countries they fled from, and to bring attention to the discriminatory treatment they were receiving in detention and in immigration proceedings as South Asians or as Muslims, with excessively long detention periods, low rates of parole, and high rates of bond amounts.

In recent weeks, news of their imminent removal prompted calls from Congressional representatives such as Crowley, Honda, and Chu to delay any deportation and allow the men to have their cases fully heard. The AFL-CIO, APALA, MPower, and others joined in voicing concern and driving calls to the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to prevent their return to danger.

Even with complaints pending with the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties within the Department of Homeland Security, authorities have not paused in their removal pursuit, exposing the men to even greater danger by by having their names and asylum claims being exposed to the same government they were seeking asylum from in violation of federal and international laws.

“DHS is deporting the victims of and the witnesses to DHS’ violations of federal law,” said Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving.

“While many are talking about the danger of blatant disregards of due process, and demands for anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant laws from candidates Trump and Cruz, the current administration is already vigorously implementing those policies and practices,” he added.

One of the Bangladeshi men reported that “they had promised all my information would be kept private when I applied for asylum. But after the US government gave our names and asylum information to the Bangladeshi government, my home was visited by the police, and then my home was attacked by unknown men, and now my family is living in hiding.”

Last week, DRUM and supporters rallied outside Clinton Campaign Headquarters to demand that presidential candidate Clinton and candidate Sanders speak out publicly and take action to pressure DHS to halt the imminent deportations of the South Asian migrants. The Clinton campaign greeted the protesters, but it did not address the cases of the men threatened with removal while the Sanders campaign issued a response yesterday, after the suspected first round of removals, saying the deportation of the hunger strikers is ‘wrong.’

“In the last 6 months, the detainees have been victims to Civil Rights violations,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA’s Executive Director.

“We have to keep pressuring the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security in order to halt further deportations. We must see to it that these men find the justice they deserve and continue to fight the mass criminalization of our communities and all people of color.”

On this Friday afternoon, former detainees and hunger strikers and community members will hold a symbolic funeral in Jackson Heights to commemorate those who have been deported to life threatening danger, to highlight the Obama administration’s #Deported2Death policies, and to continue to pressure Congressional leaders, Candidates, the Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department to ensure the safety of those deported back to countries they are seeking asylum from.

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Dingo put down on Fraser Island [Brisbane Times - 5/4/16]:

 

A dangerous dingo was euthanised on Fraser Island on Tuesday, after multiple reports of violent and aggressive behaviour.

The dingo was put down following an attack on two visitors on Monday, with the animal biting a woman on the leg four times.

Rangers noticed a concerning trend in the dingo's behaviour, with reports of increased aggression towards tourists over the past month.

Fraser Coast Principal Ranger, Ross Belcher said the animal's increasingly aggressive behaviour meant it had to be put down.

"Rangers have been conducting extended patrols in the Eurong area in response to the concerning behaviour exhibited by this animal and others from the same pack," Mr Belcher said.

"Euthanasia is a last resort but the safety of visitors to Fraser Island must come first. It is vitally important that everyone on the island follows the advice of rangers when it comes to being safe around dingoes."

Cheryl Bryant from Save Fraser Island Dingoes said the euthanasia of another Fraser Island dingo is bad news for the species' genetic diversity on the island.

"Since an accurate population is unknown and genetic diversity is an issue, we cannot assume that the death of even one animal will not have consequences. It certainly has consequences for the Eurong pack," Ms Bryant said.

"It's time to consider alternatives and end the 'humane destruction' of young, vibrant and vital animals."

The dingo death comes as calls from researchers who fear the extinction of the island's dingoes within the decade due to lack of genetic diversity, describing the population as "critically inbred." <--- Which the dominionist, South East Queensland media used to present as a natural - and inevitable - extinction, in their usual PR for the Queensland Labor government's obvious goal of eradicating all dingoes on Fraser Island.

 

 

 

 

 

New concerns have been raised over the wellbeing of the Fraser Island dingo population as visitors are expected to flock to the island during the school holidays.

On Monday (21 March), a concerned tourist sent photos to Noosa Today of a dingo they said looked to be emaciated, chaffing from a “heavy” tracking collar, and laden with an ear tag that could impact it’s hunting ability.

Cheryl Bryant a spokeswoman for advocacy group Save Fraser Island Dingoes said the photos were “sad” and “distressing” and that the condition of the animal indicated how the dingoes on Fraser Island were treated.

Ms Bryant said the condition of the dingo was “appalling” and raised concerns about the impact of visitors on the island that had led to dingoes being labelled as aggressive.

“Dingoes are not aggressive by nature but are extremely curious and notorious thieves. ... [Noosa Today - 31/3/16]

 

 

 

 

 

Authorities are expanding a mosquito spraying program in the Torres Strait, off far north Queensland, to tackle a worsening dengue fever outbreak.

Queensland Health said there were now 14 confirmed cases on Badu and Darnley islands and several more suspected cases on other islands. ... [ABC - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

 

What could possibly go wrong?  --->  Incitec Pivot signs deal with QGC to deliver gas to Phosphate Hill [North West Star - 4/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Another huge sulphuric acid spill in North Queensland [Brisbane Times - 22/3/16]:

 

A highway in northwest Queensland remains closed where a truck rolled and spilled sulphuric acid.

The Flinders Highway at Maxwelton, near Richmond, is expected to be shut for most of Tuesday as authorities clean up the hazardous material.

The truck was carrying three tanks of sulphuric acid when it rolled on the highway on Monday afternoon.

One of the tanks leaked, prompting authorities to establish a 10km exclusion zone.

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Agricultural  lime is being used to raise the pH levels in a dam exposed to sulphuric acid that leaked after a train derailment. 

The Garomna property stock watering dam owned by grazier Nigel Simmons was exposed to some of the 31,500 litres of sulphuric acid that leaked from the train that derailed 20 kilometres east of Julia Creek on December 27.

It caused the dam’s pH levels to fall to 2. 

The sulphuric acid belonged to fertiliser company Incitec Pivot, which owns an acid plant in Mount Isa and the Phosphate Hill site in the Cloncurry shire. 

A company spokeperson said the neutralisation should be completed by Friday.  ... [North West Star - 25/1/16]

 

 

 

Freight train derailment: Mount Isa rail line reopens after sulphuric acid spill - Queensland Greens M.I.A. [ABC - 13/1/16]

 

 

 

Queensland government renews contract for monopoly, outsourced rail freight provider, immediately following Julia Creek derailment [Media Release - 31/12/15]

 

 

 

The derailment of a fertiliser train travelling to the Port of Townsville caused the Townsville railway line to be closed for three days.

Rail, Train and Bus Union Northern District organiser Les Moffitt said the loaded Aurizon train and six wagons derailed near Warrigal about 6.15am on August 10.

“It appears that an axle broke on one of the wagons, which caused the derailment, resulting in a considerable amount of fertiliser product spilling onto the ground,” Mr Moffitt said.

Mr Moffitt said the derailment could have been due to a “rollingstock failure”.

A Queensland Rail restructure had caused hundreds of job losses along the 1032-kilometre track between Townsville to Mount Isa.

Aurizon’s Rollingstock servicing depot in Hughenden and the South Yard Workshops in Townsville have also been closed. Cloncurry Rollingstock servicing depot trade staff has also been reduced. ... [North West Star - 17/8/14]

 

 

 

Profit is Aurizon's "key priority" [Brisbane Times - 18/8/14]

 

 

 

 

A federal judge in the US state of Louisiana has granted final approval to an estimated $20bn settlement over the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, resolving years of litigation over what caused one of the biggest ever environmental disasters.

The settlement, first announced in July last year, includes $5.5bn in civil Clean Water Act penalties and billions more to cover environmental damage and other claims by the five US states along the Gulf coast, including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

The money is to be paid out over roughly 16 years for what has been called the biggest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

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While overall reaction to the settlement has been positive, there were lingering complaints that some of the BP payments may be tax-deductible for the oil giant.

Court documents state that the civil penalties will not be tax-deductible, although other settlement costs could be.

"We are saddened to learn that the gross negligence of BP continues to enjoy taxpayer subsidies," Lukas Ross of Friends of the Earth said in an emailed news release.  [Al Jazeera - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Greens voters are not sheep like Labor voters.  You cannot manipulate them to the right ----->  ... The founding member of the UTG, Kevin Kiernan, said he supported the re-establishment of the original party, arguing the Tasmanian Greens had "lost the plot" and the party's representatives in Parliament did not have a strong background in environmental issues. ... [ABC - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

... In supporting the lesser evil you silence the progressive agenda.  It becomes disappeared.  Silence is not an effective political strategy ... We have to be a threat to the political establishment in order to move it forward  ... We need to forget the lesser evil and stand up and fight for the greater good, like our lives depend on it.  The Empire Files: Abby Martin interviews Greens US Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein [VIDEO - TRNN/teleSUR - 3/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Democratic party myth that Nader gave us Iraq war haunts 2016 election [Shadowproof - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Queensland Labor government hoodwinks public and proudly wedgies Murdoch Press, LNP zealots and police [Guardian - 6/4/16]:

 

 

Just before the architects of Queensland’s bikie crackdown accused Annastacia Palaszczuk of going “soft” on bikies, the premier called in the “Bearcat”.

On Tuesday, Palaszczuk stood in front of the $400,000 armoured personnel carrier with the police commissioner, who avowed that Labor’s new organised crime laws would be “stronger than what we had in the past”.

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Queensland government announces expanded police powers on same day Attorney-General hopes for more convictions with toughened anti-rights [VLAD] laws [Premier and Police Minister Media Release - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

SERT pointed guns at children in Palm Island raids, court told [Guardian - 21/9/15]

 

 

 

 

How the CIA managed to leave explosives on a special-needs school bus - without noticing [Richmond Times-Dispatch - 4/4/16]:

 

... That the CIA was using live explosives and lost track of them in a place where children and teachers spend their days has raised concerns among parents about the use of a school facility for such kinds of law enforcement training.

It also illuminates the fact that local authorities and school systems feel obliged to prepare for scenarios that once seemed unthinkable, such as gunmen opening fire on schoolchildren and bombs hidden on buses. ...

 

 

 

... Mr Hrafnsson, who worked on the ‘Cablegate’ leak of diplomatic documents in 2010, suggested the withholding of documents is understandable to maximise the impact, but said that in the end the papers should be published in full for the public to access.

He told RT's Afshin Rattansi on Going Underground: "When they are saying this is responsible journalism, I totally disagree with the overall tone of that.

"I do have a sympathy to stalled releases, we certainly did that in WikiLeaks in 2010 and 2011 with the Diplomatic Cables… but in the end the entire cache was put online in a searchable database.

"That is what I’d want to see with these Panama Papers, they should be available to the general public in such a manner so everybody, not just the group of journalists working on the data, can search it."

The full interview will be aired Wednesday at 11:30am on Going Underground on RT. ...  Panama Papers: WikiLeaks' Kristinn Hrafnsson calls for data leak to be released in full [Belfast Telegraph - 5/4/16]

 

 



President of Transparency International Chile resigns after being named in the Panama Papers [TIME – 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

Iceland's leader resigns, first casualty of Panama Papers [Reuters - 5/4/16]

 

 

 

 

"... ‏The soldiers find two wounded children in the minivan ... " @wikileaks:   Today is the 6th anniversiary of Collateral Murder  ...

 

 

 

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