United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/1/17]



Where the FUCK are they supposed to go? ---> Residents and shop owners in parts of central Athens have told Kathimerini that an increasing number of derelict buildings are being occupied by activists and refugees and that appeals to the police and local authorities to intervene have failed to produce a solution. ... [Ekathimerini - 6/1/17]



Migrants seeking Europe catch their breath in Morocco [Inter Press Service - 6/1/17]:


... Aziz Kattouf, an activist with the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), confirms that those people camping on the forest live in terrible conditions, but he says at least they are in a “safer place” than Nador.

“They’re far from the police’s eyes. They don’t want to stay, their only hope is to cross,” he told IPS, adding that there are other four large camps in the forest where undocumented people have erected tents. Every two or three weeks, the police raid the camps.

“They apprehend men and sometimes children, destroy their tents and take their phones. Many are sent by buses to further areas in the south of Morocco. But they always come back to the camps,” said the activist. ...



The US Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, has warned Morocco that Daesh could carry out attacks in Morocco and Tunisia using trucks similar to those in Berlin and Nice in the coming days. ... [Middle East Monitor - 6/1/17]



EU and IOM train "rescuers" to capture refugees trying to flee Libya [Media Release - 6/1/17]



POLITICO helps regional pariah Australia promote its pristine borders as rest of region contends with genocide and displaced people [6/1/17]:


... On the ethics of boat turn-backs, Molan argued that Australia has the moral high ground because it has stopped people dying as they make their way to the country.

“Every Australian should be proud of what we do in relation to refugees,” he said. ...



Corpses of Rohingya women and children float in Naf River – Bangladesh Marine Engineer [The Stateless - 12/12/16]




“When I see the picture, I feel like I would rather die,” toddler’s father Zafor Alam told CNN. “There is no point in me living in this world.”



Carbonated.TV [4/1/17]:


... “In our village, helicopters fired guns at us, and the Myanmar soldiers also opened fire on us. We couldn't stay in our house. We fled and went into hiding in the jungle,” Alam continued.

“My grandfather and grandmother were burnt to death. Our whole village was burnt by the military. Nothing left.”


After Alam made it to the Naf River, which runs between Myanmar and Bangladesh, he  started swimming and was rescued by some fishermen who helped him across the border.

Once there, he began trying to get his wife and sons to safety.

“I called (my family) on Dec. 4. They were very desperate to leave Myanmar,” Alam recalled.

“They were the last words I had with my family. When I was talking to my wife over phone, I could hear my youngest son calling 'Abba-Abba' (father-father).”

Alam had made a deal with a boatman to help his family cross the river, but just as they were making their escape, the security forces found them.

“When the Myanmar police got a sense that people were preparing to cross the river, they opened fire,” the man explained.

“Hurriedly, the boatman took all people on board to escape the firing. The boat became overloaded. Then it sank." ...



The ALP and LNP voted against a Greens Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the Rohingya refugees during the May/June 2015 boat crisis [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]



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]



Guardian [3/6/15]:


... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.

“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.

“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”

He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.

“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights atrocities and regional refugee bottleneck - signals turnbacks as an acceptable course of action [3/6/15]



CBS [1/6/15]:


... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.

"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...





... 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. ...



Bangladesh forestry officials fire on Rohingya refugees for protesting the demolition of their shelters [bdnews24.com - 6/1/17]



‏@nslwin [6/1/17]:  This #Rohingya refugee in #Bangladesh said their huts were destroyed by Forest Dept. One man was gunshot to the head and hospitalized.  



More than 400 Rohingya refugee tents demolished in Kutupalong [The Stateless - 6/1/17]



‏@JamilaHanan [6/1/17]:  US ambassador meeting with genocidaire currently overseeing #Rohingya clearance operation.



After imposing economic sanctions on Myanmar for nearly 2 decades, US formally abolished the blacklist on October 7 [Myanmar Times - 10/10/16]



Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) continues its Israeli-style demolition of Rohingya homes across Maungdaw District, a campaign which began in mid-December 2016, leaving thousands of people homeless in this winter, more than half of them women and children, local sources said. 

The Border Guard Police (BGP) have demolished more than 1,000 Rohingya homes in Maungdaw District which includes Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships since the mid-December on pretext of building homes without permission or not being in the household map and left more than 6,000 people displaced, apart from the burning of more than 4,000 homes in northern Maungdaw region after October 9, 2016, which had left more than 50,000 people displaced.

Further 100 more Rohingya homes have been demolished in the district since the last week of December.

In many villages in Maungdaw Township, the BGP has demolished some homes by themselves but mostly forced the local Rohingyas to destroy their own homes, while deliberately setting some homes on fire claiming dismantling homes consumed too much time, said a local in northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity. ... [RVision TV - 6/1/17]



UN "rights" office announces another visit to Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide progresses with impunity and region punishes Rohingya for fleeing [Media Release - 6/1/17]



She needs time to make it "right": Thailand proclaims its support for Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Bangkok Post - 6/1/17]



Héli-Union receives certificate for safe and efficient services for Woodside’s oil and gas exploration in Myanmar [Helicopter Investment - 3/1/17]



Tamil nursery children terrorised on "tour" of  Sri Lankan air force base [Tamil Guardian - 6/1/17]



Relatives of Maaveerar, fallen LTTE cadres, and former cadres have been issued court summons after attempting to construct a monument at the LTTE cemetery in Kangapuram.

Six people have been told to appear before Kilinochchi magistrates court after beginning work on a general memorial to Maaveerar at the Kanagapuram Thuyilum Illam, in which thousands of Tamils recently gathered to mark Maaveerar Naal in November.

The individuals were taken for questioning at the Kilinochchi police station today for having failed to get permission to carry out works or services at the cemetery from the divisional council (pradesiya sabai). [Tamil Guardian - 5/1/17]



Cognitive dissonance writ large as Australian media criticise Indonesians on refugees [ABC - 6/1/17]



"I saw the navy patrol boat towing the Indonesian fishing boat out to sea away from Christmas Island ...


"It's a wicked thing to do." [SBS - 20/11/15]



Image:   ‏@KJBar [20/11/15]



... After five days at sea, their boat reached Australian waters, but the engine failed as they struggled to make their way closer to Christmas island.

The Rohingya desperately waved to the crew of a passing Australian Navy vessel, which Mr Abdul said did not respond.  ...  [The Straits Times - 1/2/16]



... Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers:  Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... [AUDIO - ABC - 22/7/14]



@BehrouzBoochani [6/1/17]:  Immigration came to the detention centre ... [Manus Island]



... The PNG Supreme Court ordered that keeping people in detention is illegal.  There is no difference between Lombrum detention centre and East Lorengau camp and if they move refugees to East Lorengau camp it would be illegal too. ...



There is no "Australia-US refugee deal" and there is no "resettlement" - there never was.  There is only indefinite detention - and THAT is the policy. ---> I was told to lie: Manus Island staffer [SBS - 25/2/14]



Michael Gordon is NOT holding politicians or Australia's anti-refugee policy to account. He's maintaining the deadly status quo by doing damage control and protecting the complicit UNHCR (and all the other shady players) [The Age - 6/1/17]



UNHCR endorses bogus "US deal" it claims to know nothing about [Media Release - 13/11/16]:


... It is on this basis that UNHCR will endorse referrals made from Australia to the United States, on a one-off, good offices, humanitarian basis, in light of the acute humanitarian situation.

The full details of the agreement are not yet known, and UNHCR is not a party to it.  ...



UNHCR tells refugees they will be imprisoned on Nauru for 10 years.



"UN UN! SHAME ON YOU! SHAME ON YOU!"  [Political prisoners protest UNHCR complicity in Australia's anti-refugee policy, Nauru - 3/5/16]



Remember this? ---> "It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015


... The Age believes strongly, and we will say this until the policy ends, that the strategy of turning back boats carrying asylum seekers is ignoble.


It is time to call an amnesty, to end the imprisonment of people who came here seeking help and a better life.


No good can possibly be served by detaining people a day longer in camps in Third World nations. ... <--- LIARS.



... We are all family NO MORE DEPORTATIONS ... Love Train 2017 [#NOT1MORE]



On route to the US, children seeking asylum are imprisoned in Mexico’s detention centers [PRI - 3/1/17]:


... According to a Congressional Research Services report released last March, the State Department contributed $20 million, mostly in the form of equipment and immigration enforcement training, as part of Plan Frontera Sur.

Obama praised the collaboration with Mexico during a meeting with Peña Nieto in January 2015.

“I very much appreciate Mexico’s efforts in addressing the unaccompanied children who we saw spiking during the summer. In part because of strong efforts by Mexico, including at its southern border, we’ve seen those numbers reduced back to much more manageable levels,” Obama said. ...



@wikileaks [5/1/17]:  Are Obama's top 3 intel chiefs trustworthy?  ...



@wikileaks [5/1/17]:  CNN apologizes to Julian Assange after former CIA Dep. Dir calls him ‘a pedophile’ ...



Paramilitary militias nominally operating as part of the Iraqi armed forces in the fight against the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are using arms from Iraqi military stockpiles, provided by the USA, Europe, Russia and Iran, to commit war crimes, revenge attacks and other atrocities said Amnesty International in a new report today. ... [Amnesty - 5/1/17]



17 civilians killed in Islamic State shelling east of Mosul: officer [IraqiNews.com - 5/1/17]


@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [5/1/17]:


Nineveh: News agencies:14 persons including women and children were killed and 15 wounded as US-led coalition conducted raids on Garage and Fatih areas in Mosul City.


Baghdad: 10 persons were killed and 7 wounded as a car bomb exploded in Bab Al-Mua'dham area in the middle of Baghdad.



Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Ma'lif area south of Baghdad,further details unknown.



Baghdad: A woman was wounded as an IED exploded in Baladiyat area east of Baghdad.



The dead body of lawyer of Tareq Al-Hashimi -the former deputy- has been found after he was kidnapped days ago by militias believed to be Hashd Militias.



The rebel forces in southern Damascus are planning to surrender at least four towns to the Syrian government in the coming days, as a new reconciliation agreement is currently being discussed.

According to an Al-Masdar field correspondent in Damascus, if the rebels accept to the terms of this agreement, they will surrender the towns of Beit Sahm, Babila, Yalda, and Aqraba in exchange for free passage to the Idlib Governorate in northern Syria. ... [AMN - 5/1/17]



11 civilians killed, 35 injured in bombing near Municipal Stadium in Jableh city, Lattakia [SANA - 5/1/17]



Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Thursday that cutting off water supply in Damascus is a war crime and a crime against humanity which comes in a series of violations of the international law and a series of criminal acts perpetrated by armed terrorist groups in the Syrian main cities, particularly in Damascus and Aleppo. ... [SANA - 5/1/17]



‏@fatherdave [4/1/17]:  ... Australian delegation meets Syrian Information Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister ...



... Hassoun pointed out to the negative effects of the unjust economic blockade imposed on the Syrian people by the US and Western countries. ...  ‏@fatherdave [4/1/17]:  ... Australian delegation meets the Grand Mufti ...  



... Rev. Smith said that what he saw in Syria is different from what had been reported by media outlets which attempt to distort facts and events, affirming that the delegation will convey the truth about the fraternity and tolerance among the Syrians to Australians.

He also hailed the steadfastness of Syrian people in facing terrorism. [SANA - 4/1/17]



Pentagon: US will ‘offer’ support to Turkey in North Syria invasion [Antiwar.com - 4/1/17]



... Look at the faces, listen to the bells

It's hard to believe we need a place called hell ...


'Devil Inside', INXS [1988]



‘F**k Trump! F**k white people!’: Horrific video of torture leads to 4 arrests  [Sputnik News - 5/1/17]:


... Shortly following the arrests, Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson called the video "sickening," describing the incident as a "brutal act."

 Johnson said, "It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat someone like that." ...



The hidden: How Chicago police kept thousands isolated at Homan Square [Guardian - 13/4/16]



Ask Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore why this is happening in Australia  ----> The first nationwide study into deaths in aged care homes caused by physical restraints shows that people are still suffering accidental death from the devices.

The investigation shows that five people died over a 13-year period, and that most were suffering with dementia.

But the lead researcher says their investigation showed just how little information is available about the use of restraints in aged care facilities. ... [ABC - 6/1/17]



In August 2015, 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 Senator Claire Moore objected.  



Senate Hansard [11/8/15]:


... Senator MOORE: Yes, Senator Wright, we did deny formality to this important motion, because it is our longstanding practice.

Where we have an issue such as this which is complex and creates a number of complex situations and also determines significant discussions across all states and territories, we believe it is not appropriate to use the notice of motion process for that, and that is our standard practice.


... The benefits of ratification of the OPCAT do not end with immigration detention.  

Independent bodies would carry a mandate to inspect and report on all places of detention in Australia including police cells, prison cells, and mental health institutions.

This offers immeasurable benefits for the lives and rights of those detained in these facilities – who we know are likely to be the poorest, most vulnerable people in our community, with an over-representation of Indigenous Australians.

It also offers positive, flow-on effects for the health and efficiency of the overall system of criminal justice and mental health in Australia.  ... Former Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright [Lawyers Weekly - 11/8/15]




6 January 2017