Police union officials insisted in July that North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda shot Charles Kinsey — an unarmed black behavioral technician — by accident, believing that one of Kinsey's autistic patients was armed with a gun nearby.

"It appeared to the officers that the white male was trying to do harm to Mr. Kinsey," John Rivera, head of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said at the time, according to the Miami New Times.

"The officers, realizing and believing that there was a firearm — many officers thought the white male had a firearm."

But a newly uncovered audio recording casts doubt on this version of events. In an interview conducted by Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators with North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene, the chief reveals that Aledda was told there was no gun on the scene. ... [Mic - 6/4/17]



Plan to overhaul Baltimore's police force goes before the public [US News - 6/4/17]



An alleged car-ramming attack occured at the Ofra junction near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ofra in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah on Thursday morning, according to the Israeli army, killing an Israeli and lightly injuring another.

Israeli media reported that an Israeli soldier was killed in the incident, while another soldier was injured.

A spokesperson for Magen David Adom told Ma'an that two Israeli youths were hit by the car.

One was declared dead and the other was lightly injured in the incident.

However, the spokesperson could not confirm whether the two were Israeli soldiers.

According to Israeli media, Israeli soldiers opened fire at the Palestinian driver of the vehicle.

Their injuries are not yet known.  ... [Maan - 6/4/17]



Israeli forces shoot, injure Palestinian in Hebron [Maan - 5/4/17]



A 23-year-old Palestinian was critically injured with live fire during clashes Wednesday before dawn in the al-Duheisha refugee camp in the southern occupied West Bank Bethlehem district, as Israeli forces conducted a detention raid in the camp. ... [Maan - 5/4/17]



Israel approves construction of new settlement, provides new budgets to develop others [PNN - 5/4/17]



Explosion targets Pakistani census team, killing at least 5 in the eastern city of Lahore, officials say [Al Jazeera - 5/4/17]



Yemen: Warplanes hit Dhabwah area, causing heavy damage to citizens' houses and properties [SABA - 5/4/17]



The Pentagon carried out over 70 airstrikes in March against targets inside Yemen, which was more than US forces carried out in all of 2016.

That trend of escalation appears to be continuing into early April, with officials saying over 20 strikes were launched just in the first two days of April. ... [Antiwar.com - 5/4/17]



Theresa May's visit to Saudi Arabia [RT - 5/4/17]



Car bomb rams cafe in Somalia's capital, killing seven: officials [Reuters - 5/4/17]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/4/17]



Security and paramilitary forces in Salahuddin province killed six suicide bombers on Thursday, while a seventh blew himself up, killing a child north of the province, according to security sources.

Alsumaria News quoted the sources saying the attackers, clad in military uniforms, sneaked into al-Hajjaj village, south of Baiji.

Troops killed two before blowing themselves, but third hid inside a house, blew himself up and killed a child. ... [IraqiNews.com - 6/4/17]



 One civilian was killed and eight others were wounded on Thursday when bomb blast rocked areas east and west of Baghdad, according to security sources.

Alghad Press quoted sources saying that an explosive device exploded near a cattle market in MAdaen, southeast of the capital, killing one and wounding three others.

Another bomb, also planted near a cattle market, exploded in al-Haswa district, leaving five wounded, according to Al-maalomah website. ... [IraqiNews.com - 6/4/17]



Civilian killed, another wounded in bomb blast south of Baghdad [IraqiNews.com - 5/4/17]



The father of the 4-year-old Hawraa, who is slowly recovering from severe wounds she suffered in a coalition airstrike on her home in Mosul that killed her mother and most of the family, told RT about the horrors and desperation he went through during the raid.

Hawraa miraculously survived the US-led coalition airstrike on al-Jadida neighborhood in Mosul on March 16 that claimed the lives of her mother and two other relatives. ... [RT - 5/4/17]



@wikileaks [6/4/17]:  While western establishment media beat the drum for more war in Syria the matter is far from clear ...



Al-Moallem: Syrian Army didn’t and will not use chemical weapons even against terrorists [SANA - 6/4/17]



Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a telephone conversation that it was unacceptable to make “groundless” accusations concerning the alleged chemical weapons incident that took place in Syria earlier this week. ... [RT - 6/4/17]



Moscow reminds all chemical weapons were taken out of Syria in 2014 with US help [Sputnik News - 6/4/17]



Putin and Erdogan agree to support ceasefire in Syria, fight terrorism [AMN - 5/4/17]



Jumping to conclusions; something is not adding up in Idlib chemical weapons attack [AMN - 4/4/17]



It's WMD all over again.  Why don't you see it? [Daily Mail - 5/4/17]



Humanitarian ships rescue more than 700 migrants in Mediterranean [Reuters - 5/4/17] 



A total of 124 migrants and refugees have landed on Greek shores in the past 24 hours, with 80 arriving on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos, 30 on Chios and 14 on Leros.

According to official figures, 62,204 migrants and refugees are currently stranded in mainland Greece and its islands. [Ekathimerini - 5/4/17]



‏@teacherdude [5/4/17]:  This morning Greek riot police raided the Albatross occupied space in port city of Thessaloniki, 13 detained, including refugees



Living in abandoned wagons near Thessaloniki's railway station, refugees squeeze into tiny holes inside freight trains as they try to sneak out of Greece.

DW's photojournalist Dimitris Tosidis met them in Thessaloniki. ... [Deutsche Welle - 4/4/17]



Six migrants rescued from sinking boat in English Channel while trying to reach Dover in thick fog [Telegraph - 4/4/17]



IOM gives Europe-bound migrants a showbag as they push them back to Gambia [Reuters - 4/4/17]



Fourteen migrants were injured on Tuesday when a van crashed into a highway safety barrier during a police car chase in Belgium, prosecutors said.

Five of the seriously wounded, who include two minors, are in a critical condition, Belgian prosecutors said in a statement.

Police first spotted the vehicle early Tuesday driving on the wrong side of the road about 40 kilometres (24 miles) south of Brussels, and a car chase ensued. ... [Yahoo - 4/4/17]



Hundreds protest Afghan deportations in Helsinki [yle - 4//4/17]



Oxfam criticises Europe's pushback of refugees as Szoke continues shielding regional impacts of Australia's border policy from scrutiny ---> Oxfam Report [6/4/17]:


People who are trying to access the EU in search of safety and dignity are being routinely abused by law enforcement officials in countries in the Western Balkans.

State agents responsible for upholding fundamental rights are instead subjecting people to violence and intimidation and denying access to asylum procedures to those seeking international protection.

Governments in the region must immediately end these violations and initiate processes to ensure safety and dignity for people on the move in their territories. ...



Oh mercy, mercy me

Things ain't what they used to be, no no ...  


'Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)', Marvin Gaye [1971]



Hundreds evacuated in eastern Bay of Plenty as floodwaters continue to rise [RNZI – 6/4/17]



About 20 residents evacuated their homes after a 10m wide mudslide collapsed onto an east Auckland apartment complex, smashing windows and bursting through doors.

The cliff collapsed into the San Remo apartment complex, in the coastal residential area of Kohimarama, just before 8pm on Tuesday.

Police confirmed everyone was accounted for, after initial reports two people were missing.

An Urban Search and Rescue team was alerted, several nearby dwellings were evacuated and the McKillop rest home was being protected, the Fire Service said. ... [RNZI - 5/4/17]



@lifesavingqld [4/4/17]:  Another day, another turtle rescue Our Dawn Patrol found the little dude at #SurfersParadise & passed him into expert care at #Seaworld.



Rockhampton residents install a giant tarp to stop their homes from vanishing underwater [Daily Mail - 5/4/17]



Investigation into Queensland dam after dramatic rescues [Brisbane Times - 5/4/17]



Tweed River tragedy mum a hero [Tweed Shire Echo - 4/4/17]



Locals say road where mum and children died was not closed [ABC - 5/4/17]



Media, authorities on imaginary natural disaster stickybeaks -> "So if we see people disobeying signage we will take action" [Brisbane Times - 5/4/17]



The myth of disaster looting [Next City - 5/11/12]



Queensland's coking coal exports look set for weeks of major disruptions after Aurizon confirmed that some of its key rail lines had been seriously damaged by flooding associated with Cyclone Debbie. ... [ABC - 3/4/17]



‏@mir_sidiquee:  Today 05/04/2017 08am: Abt 60 #BGP entered into #NgasakyuVT (#NysaFuru) #MGDNorth #Genocidal operation against #Rohingya continues:right now



Myanmar military razes ancient mosque in Buthidaung [Rohingya Vision - 5/4/17]



... Back in Taung Paw camp, after five years of confinement in which even citizenship has not improved the lot of those fortunate enough to attain it, the passing of time only adds to the desperation.

And the goals of its inmates seem to be far more modest than many in Myanmar believe.

“I don’t know what human rights are,” said Gulban.

“I just know I would like to have food at my table, freedom of movement, education for my children, access to healthcare and for my family to live without fear.” The Rohingya who sacrificed their identity for Myanmar citizenship [Southeast Asia Globe - 4/4/17]



More than 600 people have died in Malaysian prisons and immigration detention centres over the past 2 years [Reuters - 4/4/17]:


... More than half the dead were from Myanmar. ...



Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds]  isn't Australia's problem anymore"


[Senate - May 2015]





... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.

This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."

Australia announced at the conference its contribution of AD300,000 to care for the Rohingyas in Aceh.

IOM said the Dutch are promising a similar donation, perhaps conditional upon a U.S. donation. ...




STOP KILLING FAMILIES:   Rohingya refugees - now political prisoners of the Australian government and opposition - protest at Manus Island concentration camp [November 2016]



... "I ask the world to do something to end Australia's political game on vulnerable refugees." ... Imran Mohammad - Rohingya refugee and one of the 1,000s of political prisoners of the Australian government and opposition, Manus Island [The Age - 12/1/17]



The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.

A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]



Australia’s ambassador to Myanmar tours Karratha on regional outreach to help inform his foreign affairs work [West Australian - 5/4/17]



Woodside considers fixed-priced LNG sales as market evolves [Reuters - 4/4/17]:


Woodside Petroleum is considering sales of some of its liquefied natural gas (LNG) on a fixed-price basis, the chief executive of Australia's largest independent oil and gas producer told reporters on Tuesday at a conference in Japan.

LNG supply contracts need to evolve by diversifying their pricing basis, particularly for new entrants into the market, said Peter Coleman at a Gastech press briefing.

"We've talked about a lot of innovation in our business models but the reality is that the way we contract hasn't changed very much at all," he said, adding that most supply contracts were still linked to oil prices.



After a two-year delay, the Myanmar-China crude oil pipeline is expected to begin operating in May [Myanmar Times - 3/4/17]:


... The pipeline will provide a shortcut for crude oil from the Middle East to reach China, rather than being shipped southwards and passing through Singapore.

Crude oil can be offloaded on Made Island in Rakhine State and transported via a 700-km pipeline across Myanmar to its terminus in China’s Yunnan province. ...



In 2016, there were 356,595 attempts to contact Kids Helpline with 181,165 answered?



A cognitively impaired Aboriginal man jailed for killing a 21-year-old man in Western Australia's north claims he gave a false confession because his lawyer said he'd get a longer jail term if he pleaded not guilty. ... [NITV - 5/4/17]



Treatment of young offenders moved to Barwon prison akin to torture, former head of youth jail education says [ABC - 4/4/17]:


... Mr Murray is highly critical of the Government's decision to send two dozen young inmates to the Grevillea wing of Barwon Prison.

He claims that when he visited the jail in November, young inmates were being intimidated by guards, denied medicine and locked in their cells for up to 23 hours a day.

"Each child told stories about not seeing sunlight, not being able to contact family, not receiving medication, being fed through a slot and being told that this is what they deserve," he said.

"I have never seen anything like this in my time at youth justice. There were often isolated incidents of child cruelty, but the coordinated approach to emotional and physical abuse was confronting.

"Teaching staff at Grevillea have all been distressed and most have made daily complaints to me, including in writing, about the conditions and treatment of detainees and how impossible it is to provide education in such a setting." ...



Refugee punishers and concentration camp profiteers have zero credibility on issues of child detention [Save The Children Media Release - 31/3/17]


“If you don’t know about the camps and what you are signing up for with the job, where have you been living for the past 23 years? Doctors and nurses and teachers are not high school students. They know about the abuses.

"Doctors, nurses, teachers — just say no. Boycott the jobs.”  Save The Children not saving anyone [Green Left Weekly – 10/9/16]



"The best training we got was how NOT to speak to a journalist." Former worker at Nauru refugee concentration camp, Mark Isaacs [ABC - 5/4/17]



The Immigration Department developed its new, highly restrictive policy on media visits to detention centres with reference to US military arrangements governing media access to the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention centre.

Documents released under freedom of information show the ''deed of agreement'' that Immigration insists journalists and media organisations visiting detention centres must sign was ''informed by … the current US Department of Defence media access policy for its detention facility at Guantanamo Bay''.

The department also justified extremely tight media control and censorship to the Immigration Minister, Chris Bowen, as ''the right balance'' in circumstances that included ''the current climate associated with media ethics, media 'phone hacking' [in Britain]''. ...  [Sydney Morning Herald - 14/3/12]



... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru.  ...



Not a single Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the 2013 riot trials.  @CSerow [23/8/13]



2015 Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:


... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.

The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.

I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.

As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.

After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.

It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.

Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...



Nauru Senate Inquiry - Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:


... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.  ...



Nauru Senate Inquiry - Public Hearing, 20 August 2015:


... Mr Nichols: There is a strong culture of what has often be referred to as RAR, Royal Australian Regiment. A lot of the staff over there are ex-military—whether it be the New Zealand Defence Force or the Australian Defence Force—and a lot of them still harbour the hatred towards whom they perceive to be the enemy, which are the people that they are supposed to be providing care for.


... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?

Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air. This occurred after the riots. Personally, I believe it to be retribution. 



Guards brag openly about waterboarding on Nauru [RT - 21/8/15]



Nauru dictatorship - which hosts one of Australia's refugee concentration camps - seeks Ombudsman [RNZI - 5/4/17]



@BehrouzBoochani  [5/4/17]: ... 'I will not be silent' ...



Deportations are an essential element of ALP anti-refugee policy.  Turnbull will do nothing while Shorten has his back, and the Australian media censor and/or refuse to scrutinise bipartisan "deterrence" ---> A Manus Island refugee says the asylum seeker resisting deportation to Lebanon fears for his life if he is sent home


The refugee Naji said following the second deportation attempt Mr El Sheikh was assaulted by police.

"I was there when they brought him back to the police lock-up. They were kicking him and pushing him on the ground."

The Police on Manus Island did not respond to requests for comment. ... [RNZI - 6/4/17]


If Amnesty and the UN have "raised concerns" about sham refugee determination, they've done it VERY quietly.  

Where is Amnesty and the UN's actual statement calling for an immediate HALT to deportations, and the release/genuine resettlement of refugees?

... Both Amnesty International and the United Nations have raised concerns about the refugee determination process on Manus Island, where it was reported men too mentally ill to attend interviews were automatically given negative refugee status. ...



Surely Loghman Sawari's attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal "resettlement" regime - and his ongoing persection - presents an opportunity for Amnesty to DEMAND AN END TO THE POLICY? [Guardian - 5/4/17]



Fishermen in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu said they would picket Katchatheevu in protest on April 25 at Sri Lanka's impounding of their fishing boats, the Times of India reported. 

Demanding the release of their boats, the fishermen association's head, N J Bose said, "foreign secretary S Jaishankar, who will be visiting Sri Lanka on April 7, should take up this issue with Sri Lankan authorities to secure the release of Indian fishing boats". 

Earlier this week the Sri Lankan government released 18 of the 38 fishermen currently detained. [Tamil Guardian - 5/4/17]



@JulianAssange [4/4/17]:  The government of Sweden continues to be in breach of the UN's findings in Assange v Sweden



A Northwestern Professor sued the State Department, demanding that it respond to her requests for documents about its purported aim of influencing Al-Jazeera’s coverage of the U.S. and its wars in the Middle East via American university satellite campuses. ... [Courthouse News Service - 4/4/17]



@wikileaks [4/4/17]:  German diplomats meet journalist detained in Turkey for covering WikiLeaks' publication on Erdogan's son-in-law ... 



Want to buy an old CIA rendition jet? [Mother Jones - 5/4/17]




6 April 2017