United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [Department of Defense - 6/6/16]




Iraqi civilians fleeing the city of Fallujah have been shot at by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters who are holed up in the besieged city, an international aid group told Al Jazeera.

Nasr Muflahi, country director of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), confirmed several such incidents based on testimonies from civilians who were directly targeted by ISIL gunmen on Sunday. ... [Al Jazeera - 6/6/16]




Egypt punishes 31 refugees who survived Mediterranean shipwreck [Egypt Independent - 6/6/16]




More than 6,000 migrants who entered the island of Lesvos illegally are trapped and tried to find ways to escape while waiting for their asylum applications to be processed. ... [Greek Reporter - 5/6/16]




@jsanchezhachero [4/6/16]:  Hoy en Cádiz recordamos con un naufragio simulado que el Mediterráneo es una fosa común, ayer 117 cuerpos en Libia..




Day 79 refugee protests, Nauru



"WHERE IS FREEDOM?  AFTER THREE YEARS!"   via @fawaz_ss088129 [6/6/16]



Stop insult Stop torture Stop abuse Protest in #Nauru ...



Image: ‏@SuchNigel [6/6/16]








Students at the University of Papua New Guinea have decided to continue their boycott of classes despite calls from the university administration for some classes to resume today.

The students protests, which began on May 2, are calling on the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, to step down and face corruption allegations.

Last week, the university said classes at the school of medicine and health sciences would recommence today while classes at the Waigani campus were to begin next Tuesday.

But a student leader, Gerald Tulu Manu-Peni, says the students' representative council met with medical students last night and it was agreed that boycotts would continue.

Mr Manu-Peni, who was at the medical campus this morning, says classes are empty and everyone is attending a public forum.

"We had a meeting with them and the outcome was that we will still not attend class. We will not attend class although it may have whatever ramifications, academic ramifications against us. We believe that what we are doing is for the good of this nation [and] that is why we can put our education on the line." [RNZI - 6/6/16]




Artist asked to remove separatist Papuan flag mural in Darwin, Indonesia accused of applying pressure [Jakarta Post - 6/6/16]




Thai police "hunt" Rohingya women and toddler who escaped refugee concentration camp [Bangkok Post - 4/6/16]




A journalist might ask the UNHCR - and the Bali Process main players - why refugees in South East Asia are caged, deported or left to die ----> ... Likely all we will be able to read is the reports that have continually been republished by the Human Rights Watch, regarding the abysmal conditions in Thai detention centres, “including severe overcrowding, putrid sanitation, and an atmosphere of violence”.

Or accounts such as that, in 2013, when journalists found 276 male Rohingyas detained in two small “cages” meant to hold no more than 15 people at the Phang Nga detention centre.

Based on such reports, it wouldn’t take a brain surgeon to work out why anyone would want to risk their lives to escape such conditions, and it’s easy to sympathise with the migrants, who had already escaped persecution from what should be their homeland, only to be caged like abused animals, indefinitely.

To add insult to injury, as a result of their attempted escape, said migrants now face charges under section 90 of the Criminal Code: Escape during Confinement – in which participation of three or more persons in an escape is subject to up to five years imprisonment, or a fine of up to B1000, or both. ... [The Phuket News - 5/6/16]




Maldives' former vice president jailed on terrorism charges [Reuters - 6/6/16]




Police will ensure that three persons are not riding a motorcycle together, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

The announcement on Monday came a day after three men, riding a motorcycle, stabbed and shot dead a senior police officer’s wife in Chittagong.

“Three riders on a motorcycle will be not allowed anymore,” he told the media at the Secretariat. ... [bdnews24.com - 6/6/16]




Explosion at Sri Lankan armoury kills one soldier, thousands evacuated [LBO - 6/6/16]




Tamil officials from the Forest Conservation department and local civil society in Batticaloa staged a protest after being attacked by two Sinhala military personnel. ... [Tamil Guardian - 5/6/16]




Two arrested over Sri Lankan journalist attack [Tamil Guardian - 5/6/16]




The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha on Saturday sent another letter to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, urging him to ensure the release of Indian fishermen detained by the Sri Lankan navy. ... [Tamil Guardian - 5/6/16]




A suspected illegal drug trader was killed in a shootout with policemen in Lipa City in Batangas province on Monday morning, police said. ... [Inquirer - 6/6/16]




President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he has enough money unspent during his campaign and he could use it as bounty for the arrest or killing of notorious drug traffickers in the country. 

“I have money good for 200 persons. Tanang drug lord ihawa ninyo (Kill all the drug lords),” Duterte said. ... [Philstar - 6/6/16]




Media group slams Duterte over journalist killings-comment [GMA - 4/6/16]




The U.S. Navy slapped a drinking ban on sailors stationed in Japan on Monday and halted off base liberty after police arrested a U.S. sailor on the southern island of Okinawa on suspicion of drunk driving following a car crash that injured two people. ... [Japan Today - 6/6/16]




Anti-US base relocation bloc gains majority in Okinawa assembly [Japan Today - 6/6/16]




Marshall Islands police say 18 kg of cocaine has washed up on Enewetak Atoll, the former United States nuclear weapons testing site.

It's the latest in a string of cases of drugs washing up on shore. ... [RNZI - 6/6/16]




Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday. ... [Yahoo - 6/6/16]




A company under contract to a Queensland Government-owned corporation is facing a wind-up application in the Supreme Court and allegations of misusing coal waste at both of its sites.

Coal Reuse collects and resells fly ash from Tarong and Tarong North power stations near Nanango in the state's southern inland, both assets of the Government-owned Stanwell corporation. ... [ABC - 6/6/16]




Tasmania weather: Two elderly people missing amid widespread flooding [ABC - 6/6/16]




The bats of south-east Queensland have left some of their largest colonies, opening the door on one of the biggest mysteries in the world of nature.

That means towns and forests on the east coast of Australia are about to suddenly find they are host to anywhere between 15,000 and 500,000 bats feeding on newly flowering eucalypts.

This change is linked to Australia's drying and warming temperature, one of Australia's leading bat researchers says. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/6/16]


Normanby Hotel Moreton Bay Fig topples in weekend storms [ABC – 4/6/16]




Car engulfed in flames at Burleigh [MYGC - 6/6/16]




A man has been rushed to hospital after crashing his motorbike on the Pacific Motorway this afternoon.

The motorcyclist, believed to be aged in his mid 30s, collided with a guardrail at Gaven just before 1.30pm. ... [MYGC - 6/6/16]




Man pleads not guilty to manslaughter and grievous bodily harm following Ballandean home brew tragedy [ABC - 6/6/16]




Sydney siege inquest: Hostage exchange agreement blocked by police negotiators [ABC - 6/6/16]






A tense stand-off has ended peacefully after police stormed a home in Queensland where a man was armed with a gun.

SERT officers made the decision to storm the unit in the Ipswich suburb of Woodend when they hadn't heard from the man.

When they went inside, they found he was asleep.

The siege started at 1am this morning after the man threatened two other men inside the unit.

A woman in her 30s was sent to hospital with with back and leg [injuries] after police found her unconscious inside. ... [Yahoo - 6/6/16]




Police officer pulls gun on speeding motorist in outback Queensland [ABC - 6/6/16]




Large group of police taser and subdue man, Tiaro [Yahoo - 6/6/16]




Boys arrested after fascist police pursuit south of Brisbane [Yahoo - 6/6/16]




A man has a fractured skull and cuts to his face after an attack on Palm Island, off Townsville.

Police who were called to a disturbance on Clump Point Road on Sunday night found the 40-year-old unconscious.

He was taken to Townsville Hospital while police searched for his attaker. [Brisbane Times - 6/6/16]




Right wing union backed campaign to criminalise patients continues in South East Queensland [Brisbane - 6/6/16]




Unions representing border control workers [xBorder - 22/7/15]:


... United Voice has been organising detention centre workers, including guards, since 2009.

As the numbers of members working in detention centres has grown, sources from inside the union have noted a diminishment in the union’s public opposition to detention policies, including an effective silence over laws that give stronger protections to guards to use deadly force against detainees.

United Voice has also taken positions against the closure of onshore detention centres in Tasmania and Darwin.

The recent amalgamation of Customs and Immigration into the Australian Border Force drew the CPSU into dispute with the government over the termination of the Customs enterprise bargaining agreement.

This campaign, however, should not be mistaken as resistance to the running of Border Force operations as such.

As has been the case with United Voice, industrial action of this kind helps the union to both retain and increase its membership base in this industry. ...




 Kesler Lee James: Coroner urges expanded aeromedical retrieval services after Mount Isa death [ABC - 6/6/16]




Accusing people of driving around in an extreme weather event is not leadership or journalism.  The Australian political and media establishment are victim blaming to deny empathy and deflect responsibility.  Lies about looting and rubbernecking will be next. [Canberra Times - 6/6/16]:


Wild weather has led to chaos and tragedy with police confirming the death of a 37-year-old Kambah man, whose ute was swept away in flood waters as emergency services attempted to save him.

The man was found stuck in his car in Paddy's river below the Cotter dam on Sunday evening around 5pm. Emergency personnel were assisting him when his vehicle was flipped by the floodwaters and swept away. ...




... Power to the the people that have freedom in their focus ...


'Addicted', Bliss n Eso [2010]



Broadbeach [6/6/16]




 ‏@brian_bilston [5/6/16]:  Fed up with 2016 taking various heroes from my youth, I wrote a poem about the premature death of 2016.




@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:   Update: everyone is safe and no arrests. Thank you so much for your support everyone #CloseTheCamps. Not #inourbackyard not in our name!




"NO RACISM!  NO FEAR!  REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE!"  ‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:   We are now being removed from the Dept of Immigration ...






@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:  Cage removed by police ...  





‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:  Huge police presence at our peaceful protest ...




‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:  Police reinforcements have just arrived. ...






"Freedom is important.  I am not guilty.  I am not a criminal.  How many days do I have to wait here?  Where are our human rights?" Message from a person in detention. via ‏@approachingcrit [6/6/16]




"They treat us like a criminal.  If we go for a medical appointment they put handcuffs on us.  They hold us.  I feel very sad.  I feel like we live in a jail."



Message from a person in detention via ‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]



 Protesters lock themselves in cage @ Immigration Dept in Melbourne ...



Image: ‏@fightingempire  [6/6/16]




‏@ourbackyardact [6/6/16]:  4.5h now in cage w same dimensions our friends sleep in. Won't stop until detention offshore & in #ourbackyard ends



@FFFADmelbourne [6/6/16]:  Maaike talks about why she disagrees with detention. ...




‏@SuchNigel [5/6/16]:  We are still fighting to get our freedom Protest in #Nauru ...  #BringThemHere #CloseTheCamps RPC2 & RPC3




‏@fawaz_ss088129 [5/6/16]:  Tonight in the OPC2 camp on #nauru "Stop Torture Release Us" #freethepoliticalprisoners #closethecamps #bringthemhere  




Behrouz Boochani via @KateSusabu [6/6/16]:



The situation is crticial for about 17 persons that are now in the Port Moresby hospital. 

Two of them cut themselves by razor, one his shoulder and the other, his wrist and three of them has gone on hunger strike since three days ago. 

The problem is that they are seriously sick and some of them need to have surgery urgently.  However, there is not any enough medical facility and treatment at the hospital. 

Also they have been imprisoned in a small hotel and can not go outside.  All off them have been in the Port Moresby hospital several times, but their medical issues were  not treated before. 

The Australian immigration has used people's illness and their medical issues as a tool for pushing people and putting pressure on them.

It is such a cruel and inhuman policy that they have used for three years.




The Australian media are letting these people get away with murder.



Australia's offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]




SBS has appointed Peter Khalil to the position of Director, Strategy & Communications, effective 21 May, 2012.




People who worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq are continuing their "work" all around the world today. This 2007 documentary gives a little context about their achievements --> No End in Sight [2007]




Sydney Morning Herald [13/8/12]:


Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed an independent report on asylum seekers, saying the government will move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru.

Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra this afternoon that the government would reintroduce its migration bill, with amendments, to the Parliament tomorrow.

The expert panel on asylum seekers, Michael L'Estrange, Angus Houston and Paris Aristotle, have handed their recommendations to the government.

The government will also move immediately to implement the report's recommendations to remove family reunion concessions for people who arrive by boat.

An expert panel led by former Defence chief Angus Houston has recommended that Australia process asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and that the Malaysia people swap should be "built on further" before anyone was sent to Malaysia.

Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen [protect] told a special Labor caucus meeting this afternoon that the government should adopt all 22 recommendations in the report. …




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.






... Andrew Goledzinowski is a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of its International Organisations Branch.

He has served on the personal staff of two Foreign Ministers - Gareth Evans and Alexander Downer.

From 2000-2002 Mr Goledzinowski worked as Chief of Staff to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

From 2003-2004, he was deployed to Iraq where he served under Paul Bremer as a senior official of the Coalition Provisional Authority.

He was then seconded for a further nine months to the World Bank as its senior adviser in Baghdad. ...



... "They focused on an information campaign, that's all. Not about helping people at sea and not about humanitarian assistance," a U.N. official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. ... Thai migrant crisis meeting ends without any solution on offer  [Reuters - 4/12/15]




South East Asia refugee and migrant genocide can continue being covered up with weasel words and the complicity of a racist, victim blaming media [UNHCR Media Release - 4/12/15]




ABC [28/5/15]:

Australia has been accused of being xenophobic, parochial and nationalistic in its response to asylum seekers, on the eve of a regional people smuggling summit [Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean].

Australia's former Ambassador to Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, John McCarthy, and Thailand's former foreign minister, Kasit Piromya, have both expressed their dismay at the Federal Government's policies.

It comes as Thailand begins the first concerted search and humanitarian effort to locate thousands of Rohingya missing at sea.

Seven navy ships, four small patrol vessels and aircraft have been dispatched to search an area in the Andaman sea where scores of boats are currently believed to be adrift with up to 10,000 people onboard.

Hundreds of the ethnic minority, mainly Muslim refugees, have made it ashore in the past couple of weeks, despite initially being forced back to sea as countries in the region — including Australia — ruled out taking them in.

Now warnings are being sounded about the slow response to this crisis.

Mr McCarthy told Lateline Australia's response placed it on shaky moral ground going into tomorrow's talks in Bangkok.

"We need to show that we are a decent country," he said.

"Right now we are not showing that we are. And I think it is very much open to question that we are behaving as a decent country. I don't think we are."

Mr McCarthy said a regional solution to the problem was needed and Australia should be looking to increase its refugee intake.

"Merely because at some stage somebody got on a boat and somebody may have paid somebody should not preclude them from being regarded as worthy of being given sanctuary," he said.

"People like Angus Houston and the committee that was established two years ago argued that we should increase our intake to 20,000 and then to 27,000."


Mr Piromya said Australia and Thailand had a history of working together to resolve regional refugee crises and that is what tomorrow's talks should be seeking to achieve.

He pointed to the post-Vietnam War response.

"The international community was able to solve the Vietnamese boat people [crisis] successfully, so that experience should transfer, be translated into action with the Rohingya," he said.

Mr Piromya said when almost 1 million Vietnamese refugees fled their country by sea in the 70s and 80s, Thailand committed to following Australia's lead.

"When we were receiving the Vietnamese boat people the Australian government at that time was telling the Thai government to follow the principle of non-refoulement, the French word for not to push back," Mr Piromya said.

"So today I think Australia must also work hand in hand with the countries in Asia and the Pacific region to find a common solution to the Rohingya's problems."

Tomorrow's meeting in Bangkok will bring together 17 countries from the Association of South-East Asian Nations, as well as international organisations.



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]:


... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess. The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats.

You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not.

And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come.

But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...




Yahoo [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. ...



As Bali Process condemns 1,000s of refugees in South East Asia to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide --->    Indonesian Foreign Minister asks for support to resettle refugees as UNHCR helps Australia shirk its international responsibilities following sham Bali Process meeting [23/3/16]



Bali Process affirms Australia's obsession with stopping people from seeking asylum, and criminalising refugees throughout South East Asia [Foreign Minister and Minister for Immigration Media Release - 23/3/16]



... However, since the Australian government cut [ended] its resettlement programs — effectively barring the UN Refugee Agency from submitting any new cases registered in Indonesia since July 2014 — asylum seekers and refugees have found themselves stranded in Indonesia.

Since the cessation of settlement programs in Australia the burden of processing new arrivals in Indonesia, and finding a safe place for them, is straining organizations that were already struggling to deal with the influx.

"We're trying our best to provide the most vulnerable refugees with assistance," Vargas says, "but we unfortunately have a very limited budget given the terrible crisis that we are seeing right now globally, with the refugee situation."

... UNHCR says that Australia's policy of pushing boats back into harm's way, and essentially assisting ruthless smugglers, is unacceptable.

"From UNHCR's point of view any state that intercepts a boat in international waters, or in their own territorial waters, becomes responsible for the safety of the passengers on that boat, including refugees and asylum seekers," country representative Vargas says. ... [Jakarta Globe - 21/3/16]



How would you react if you'd been held hostage on an island for three years and shadowy representatives from the UNHCR told you to expect to be imprisoned for another 10 years? 


... UNHCR Representative Thomas Albrecht told Ref Coord he had had to deliver a stern warning to the refugees: either shape up or he will ask the GOG [Government of Ghana] to post several military officers inside the camp. To emphasize the seriousness of his message, he suspended all UNHCR services to Budumburam during the week of May 1-7. ...



  Today the Australia - United Nations Parliamentary Group, co-chaired by Melissa and Senator Chris Back, along with the United Nations Association of Australia hosted a morning tea to celebrate Refugee Day (20 June). Mr. Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR regional representative spoke about the plight of refugees around the world and reminded the audience that it was important to also “celebrate” refugees on Refugee Day as these are courageous people who have come through so much, are resilient and contribute enormously. [Melissa Parke - 25/6/14]




Human rights establishment tweet links to "fact sheets" as refugees illegally imprisoned on Nauru and Manus fight for their lives ---->  ‏@madelinegleeson [6/6/16]:   Check out @KaldorCentre's new factsheets on #refugee status determination on #Nauru and #Manus ...



Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.




... Prior to taking up this assignment in early 2014, Mr. Albrecht served as Head of the UNHCR Regional Support Hub in Nairobi ... [UNSW Kaldor Centre]





6 June 2016