United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/12/16]
Pushing back the bottleneck: Netherlands funds IOM to coerce stranded migrants in Libya to fuck off and die [Media Release - 6/12/16]
Europol to investigate mass drowning in April, as war rages and momentum for keeping migrants out intensifies [BBC - 6/12/16]
Over 1,300 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 48 hours with 16 bodies recovered, the Italian coastguard said on Monday evening. ... [The Local - 6/12/16]
Hamid Khazaei inquest hears more banality of evil accounts of aberrant medical care at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [ABC - 6/12/16]
@mdskar [6/12/16]: #Rohingya boat casualties increased to 26, 5 returned alive & 4 missing as #Burmese Border Guards' shooting rampage capsized 3 boats on Dec4
@nslwin [6/12/16]: #Rohingya dead body floating in #Teknaf #Bangladesh. According to local they have got 3 Rohingya dead bodies within today, Dec 6th.
70-year-old Rohingya man in critical condition following attack by Burmese troops [Rohingya Vision - 6/12/16]
Note these names for future reference: Queuing up to give their blessing to genocide under the loving, watchful eye of the United States [FMT - 6/12/16]:
Malaysian armed forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin met Myanmar’s president U Htin Kyaw and commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing here yesterday.
Acording to the Myanmar Times, the meeting was to smoothen Myanmar-Malaysia ties following the harsh critisicm of the Myanmar government by Prime Minister Najib Razak at a rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. ...
After 2 months of atrocities, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi travels to Myanmar for a progress report on Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [ANTARA News - 6/12/16]
"Co-operation gap", "durable solutions" and a spoonful of Kofi makes the genocide go down ... [Myanmar Times - 6/12/16]
LRA fighter Dominic Ongwen faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to attacks on refugee camps in northern Uganda [Reuters - 6/12/16]
Khmer Rouge Tribunal hears of ambush before Commander’s suicide [Cambodia Daily - 6/12/16]
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ripped into critics of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and suggested that the U.S. look in the mirror rather than criticize Cambodia for cracking down on post-election demonstrators.
“Things that have happened in Cambodia have also happened in the U.S.,” Mr. Hun Sen said in a speech to inaugurate a new Coca-Cola factory in Phnom Penh.
“There are always demonstrations after elections in Cambodia [and] this time after the [U.S.] election, demonstrations erupted in the U.S. in many states.”
“Your Excellency needs to look at your country, not just talk about others,” Mr. Hun Sen said, addressing U.S. Ambassador William Heidt, who attended the inauguration.
“If what happened in the U.S. last month…is not wrong, it is also not wrong in Cambodia.” ... [Cambodia Daily - 6/12/16]
The Philippine Marine Corps on Sunday has augmented its forces securing coastal towns in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces with an additional battalion to help local authorities address fanatical Islamic militants. ... [Philstar - 6/12/16]
Philippine Vice-President resigns, promises to lead opposition to Duterte policies [South China Morning Post - 5/12/16]
President Park Geun-hye hinted in a meeting with Saenuri leaders Tuesday on her departure from office, that she would face impeachment.
Chung Jin-suk, floor leader of the ruling Saenrui Party said at Cheong Wa Dae in the afternoon that the president had not explicitly said that she would step down in April, instead indicating that she would face impeachment “according to legal procedure.”
The meeting came three days before the National Assembly vote on an impeachment bill which, if passed, will immediately suspend her presidential power. ... [Korea Herald - 6/12/16]
Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbour 75 years on [Japan Today – 6/12/16]:
... Both Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima have mythic symbolism in their respective countries and are deeply intertwined in historical justifications.
Without Pearl Harbor there would have been no Hiroshima, goes one argument. Another is that a conventional attack on a military base is not the moral equivalent of targeting civilians with nuclear weapons. ...
The cause of several suicides among US airmen stationed in Japan is under investigation, Stars and Stripes reports.
A preliminary investigation suggests that an underlying trigger for these suicides is overwork and stress, brought on by budget cuts. ... [Sputnik News - 5/12/16]
Thailand: Southern floods spread, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan declared disaster areas [Bangkok Post - 6/12/16]
Australia's ABC to end Pacific shortwave service [RNZI - 6/12/16]
Bipartisan visit to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu [Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Media Release - 6/12/16]:
... From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific. ...
Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]
@crimesofbrits [5/12/16]: Crimes of Britain Facebook page was shut down for "hate speech". Full statement ...
Fake news about 'fake news' - the media performance pyramid [Medialens - 5/12/16]:
... In one news report, seven different Guardian journalists discussed the rise of 'fake news' around the world without mentioning the key role of 'mainstream' media.
This led to conclusions such as:
'Fake news is not a problem of any scale in Australia: the media market, dominated by a handful of key players serving a population of just over 21 million people, does not seem fragmented enough.'
Some perspective was provided by former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi in 2009:
'The Rupert Murdoch chain has been used extensively to publish false intelligence from the Israelis and occasionally from the British government.'
Another Guardian piece was titled:
'Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds - Social media has made it easy to live in filter bubbles, sheltered from opposing viewpoints. So what happens when liberals and conservatives trade realities?'
The problem being:
'Facebook users are increasingly sheltered from opposing viewpoints – and reliable news sources [sic] – and the viciously polarized state of our national politics appears to be one of the results.'
Facebook readers, then, are sheltered from the giant, global corporate media that dominate our newspapers, magazines, publishing companies, cinema, TVs, radios and computer screens – even though social media are themselves corporate media.
And presumably we are to believe that readers of 'reliable news sources' – the BBC, Guardian, The Times, Telegraph and other traditional outlets - are forever being exposed to 'opposing viewpoints' by these media. ...
Recounting a Presidential Election: The backstory [Counterpunch - 5/12/16]
Democratic lawmakers slam Trump over Bahrain National Day reception [Al-Monitor - 6/12/16]
... We thank His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for supporting and advancing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s friendship with the United States of America.
We also express our deep appreciation to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and gratefully acknowledge their dedication to building a strong and mutually beneficial partnership.
The United States values greatly our strong strategic partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain, which encompasses fields as diverse as economy and education, security and culture.
In fact, in 2016 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the first such agreement the United States signed with a GCC country and an important symbol of our commitment to Bahraini-U.S. friendship and cooperation. ... US Ambassador William Roebuck’s statement on the occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day [Media Release - December 2015]
Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s attendance at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in the Bahraini capital Manama this week (6-7 December), Amnesty International has urged the prime minister to publicly raise human rights issues.
In Bahrain, the prominent activist Nabeel Rajab is among several activists from Gulf Cooperation Council countries to have been unlawfully prosecuted for comments posted on Twitter.
Speaking out freely to criticise government policies and call for peaceful reform also saw Sheikh Ali Salman, head of Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, sentenced to nine years in prison in a shocking attack on freedom of expression.
The al-Wefaq party was also shut down. ... [Amnesty Media Release - 5/12/16]
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: UK supports Saudi bombing of Yemen [Antiwar.com - 5/12/16]
Lebanese army units carried out extensive raids in north Lebanon in search of perpetrators involved in the armed attack against an army checkpoint in the Dinniyeh town of Bqaa Sifrin that left one soldier killed and another wounded. ... [Naharnet - 6/12/16]
"Libyan forces" claim control of ISIL stronghold of Sirte [Al Jazeera - 6/12/16]
Clashes between a tribal militia and security forces in a province of central Congo killed at least 31 people at the weekend, its vice governor said on Monday. ... [Reuters - 5/12/16]
Djibouti military chief-of-staff visits China amid base building [Reuters - 5/12/16]:
... Djibouti, which is about the size of Wales, is located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal.
The tiny, barren nation sandwiched between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia also hosts U.S., Japanese and French bases. ...
STOP THE LIES.
END THE POLICY.
FREE THE REFUGEES.
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, July 2016 - they're still there.
"It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015
Mark Forbes has resigned as editor-in-chief of The Age, as publisher Fairfax Media investigates allegations against him of harassment. ... [The Age - 5/12/16]
Another PNG report on Manus Island release, resettlement and compensation case as the Australian media's lies and censorship continue [The National - 6/12/16]
@ManusChefAU [11/6/16]: "Zabra chicken used as medication on us. Breakfast zabra lunch zabra dinner zabra. When I go to sleep I dream zabra"
More attempts to neutralise the Australian government's atrocities against refugees. No journalism. No opposition. Torture, exile and turnbacks continue. [ABC - 6/12/16]
Barnaby Joyce tells constituent to 'piss off' [The Age - 11/6/16]
Homeless person sleeping outside Joyce's electoral office - Tenterfield, December 2015
Myanmar "reproductive health program" a proud achievement for UNHCR in support of anti-refugee policies across South East Asia [Media Release - 4/7/16]
A prison inspector's report said abuse is "an ever present risk" at Yarl's Wood migrant detention centre in the UK [RT - 5/12/16]
Asylum seeker Mabel Gawanas speaks about solidarity and resistance within Yarl's Wood detention centre [RT - 5/12/16]
Border Patrol agents capture migrants trying to enter US by crossing Mission Canal in Texas [RGV - 5/12/16]
Cuban migrants spend weekend in cold, rainy weather awaiting asylum at the Texas border [KENS5 - 5/12/16]:
... Estandar Chacon traveled 37 days and 9 countries to get to the south Texas border.
Turning back and walking to Mexico was not an option.
He fears Mexican authorities would deport them.
He says they even took their money. So he preferred to endure the wait rather than risk falling into the hands of organized crime.
But there were moments of temporary relief.
People on both sides of the border responded to the scene with acts of kindness. Donating clothes and bringing them a warm beverage.
“Just like them, I could one day be in their place,” said Mexican native Ivan Morales, who along with his wife and children, helped bring food from neighboring Reynosa to help what he called their brothers. ...
ICE releases nearly 500 from Dilley, Karnes City detention centres over weekend [mySA - 5/12/16]:
A legal aid group representing immigrant families at two controversial detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley said the federal government released 460 women and children, about 25 percent of those being held, over the weekend.
Some of the families had been in detention only a short time and have not yet had their credible fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said in an announcement about the releases.
The Interfaith Welcome Coalition, a group that provides services to families after their release, operates shelters in two houses south of downtown, but a nearby church and convent opened their doors after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off more than 200 people Saturday, said Amy Fischer, RAICES’s policy director.
“We had people being dropped off after midnight last night, and we expect it to continue today,” Fischer said.
Immigration officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.
RAICES noted the releases came after a judge in Austin on Friday ruled that the state of Texas could not license the detention centers as childcare facilities.
ICE, however, said the releases “were scheduled as a part of normal operations and not in response to the court ruling.”
“ICE is currently reviewing the court’s ruling on the matter of the operating license for the South Texas Family Residential Center,” spokesman Carl Rusnok said. “Operational activities continue without interruption at this time.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought licenses for the facilities last year after a judge in California ruled that the Karnes and Dilley centers were in violation of a court settlement governing the treatment of immigrant children.
The centers opened in 2014 to detain the large numbers of women and children crossing the border in South Texas and surrendering to Border Patrol agents to request asylum.
Immigrant advocates have said the families being held there are fleeing violence in Central America and are entitled to pursue their asylum cases while living in the U.S.
ICE has said the centers are necessary for them to screen families and determine who should be released.
The numbers of families entering the U.S. in the Rio Grande Valley this fall rivaled the records set in 2014.
@ShutGuantanamo [5/12/16]: Trump's not bringing torture back, he's continuing a #GitmObama tradition
Authorities and media unleash violence and totalitarian-style exaggerations against children who dare to rise up against Australia's racist and abusive youth gulags [Nine MSN - 5/12/16]:
Another violent incident at Perth's juvenile detention centre in which a female prison officer was injured and inmates threw rocks at staff and damaged cells has been labelled minor by WA's Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis.
Three young detainees climbed on to a roof at the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and pelted rocks at prison officers.
Another six inmates locked themselves in their rooms, smashing windows and causing other damage to the cells.
Special Operations Group staff got the boys off the roof after more than three hours on Sunday.
A woman who works at the centre suffered an injured wrist during the incident.
The latest incident comes only a few days since WA police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan complained about his officers repeatedly having to deal with incidents at Banksia Hill because its employees cannot get the centre under control.
Flash bombs and chemical sprays have been used repeatedly this year to control aggressive detainees going on rampages. ...
Just like Queensland ---> Victorian Premier makes no apologies for disregarding the human rights of children [The Age - 6/12/16]:
I've just returned from Barwon maximum security adult prison.
I found myself squatting on the floor to talk to one of our clients – a 16-year-old child – through the trapdoor to his cell.
The tight steel opening so small I could only see his anxious eyes.
He is being held in solitary confinement; pacing his cell, uncertain when he will be let out.
He hasn't seen the sky since Thursday. ...
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.
How the government is usurping (removing) the three components of First Nations peoples Sovereignty: - Land, Law and People with Constitutional Recognition.
Report from 2016 Gathering of First Nations and Peoples by Alice Haines. ... Aboriginal Tent Embassy [6/12/16]
Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalise settlements [Reuters - 5/12/16]
Officials of the Hamas movement condemned Egyptian authorities on Monday for flooding a tunnel along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt with seawater last week, causing the death of four Palestinians. ... [Maan - 5/12/16]
Dozens of relatives of Palestinian prisoners from the besieged Gaza Strip left the coastal enclave Monday morning through the Erez checkpoint after they were granted permission to visit their relatives being held in Israel’s Nafha prison. ... [Maan - 5/12/16]
Israeli forces besiege Palestinian cemetery outside Jerusalem's Old City, prevent burial [Maan - 5/12/16]
'Young lives taken too soon': Activists dedicate memorial to Tamir Rice in Aida refugee camp [Maan - 3/12/16]
Standing Rock protesters now have an unlikely ally: time [Wired - 5/12/16]
A man who authorities said shouted "go back to your country" at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer.
Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son.
When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. ... [ABC News - 5/12/16]
Berat's Box [WikiLeaks – 5/12/16]:
Today, Monday 5 December 2016, WikiLeaks publishes an authoritative, searchable archive of 57,934 emails from the personal email address of Berat Albayrak, who is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law and Turkey's Minister of Energy.
The emails detail Albayrak’s involvement in organisations such as Powertrans, the company implicated in ISIS oil imports.
On 11 November 2011, the Erdoğan government passed a bill prohibiting all import, export, or transfer of oil or its by-products into or out of Turkey. But the bill also stated that the government could revoke the ban in specific cases.
This exception was used to grant Powertrans the sole rights to oil transportation without holding a public tender.
There have been numerous allegations in the Turkish media about Powertrans' imports of ISIS-controlled oil to Turkey.
Albayrak has repeatedly denied his connection to Powertrans, but the emails prove the opposite. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [5/12/16]:
Baghdad: The toll of blast which had targeted Sadr City east of Baghdad has amounted to 12 deaths and injuries.
Anbar: The government forces have stormed into the displacement camps in Habaniya City southwest of Fallujah and arrested 20 ones under the pretext of joining to the Islamic State in spite of their displacing during the controlling of the state on their areas.
Displaced executed near Kirkuk; 110 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 5/12/16]
2 Russian paramedics killed, 1 gravely injured in militant attack on hospital in Aleppo [RT - 5/12/16]:
... After the shelling of the hospital, an RT crew with a producer from RT Arabic, Somar Abudiab, arrived at the scene.
They were filming when the shelling resumed and Abudiab was injured by a shell fragment.
The Russian Defense Ministry attributes the blame for the hospital shelling to “terrorists and their patrons in the US, the UK and France.”
“It is beyond doubt that the shelling was conducted by the ‘opposition’ militants. Moscow understands who gave the Syrian militants the coordinates of the Russian hospital right at the moment when it started working,” Konashenkov said. ...
Russia, China veto UNSC resolution on Aleppo ceasefire [RT - 5/12/16]
Moscow, Tehran discuss crisis in Syria [SANA - 5/12/16]
A man and his young daughter were killed and 25 others were injured on Monday when terrorists fired rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city. ... [SANA - 5/12/16]
6 December 2016