Australian immigration officials were worried about more asylum seekers joining a high court legal challenge and called for the return of as many people to Manus Island and Nauru “as soon as possible”, an internal email reveals.
The email, which was obtained by the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) under freedom of information laws, can be revealed on the eve of a high court hearing about the constitutionality of the federal government’s funding of regional detention centres. ... [Guardian - 6/10/15]
High Court to hear test case from asylum seeker mother facing return to Nauru [Human Rights Law Centre]
Nauru: Australia's punishment of refugees continues as PR machine goes into overdrive - UNHCR, Amnesty, lawyers and journalists still barred from the island
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [6/10/15]:
The Refugee Action Coalition rejects the assertions of the Nauruan government made in a press release specifically attacking the Refugee Action Coalition.
“The press release was nothing more than self-serving rhetoric designed to cover-up the serious levels of violence on the island,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
The Nauru government has a history of publishing misleading press releases regarding the treatment of refugees meant to be in their care.
In March they denied the police violence when arresting peaceful refugee protesters. They specifically denied arresting children during those protests until their own police and court reports revealed otherwise.
The abuse of women, children and men held in custody at that time is well documented.
Despite the claims made in the press release about domestic violence, the Nauru government stands condemned by its own publications that admit the high level of domestic violence on Nauru.
The Nauru country plan published in July 2014, by the Pacific Forum says, “…there is a general consensus that domestic violence, including sexual and physical violence against children and against women is a growing problem on the island.”
Nauru’s own, Universal Periodic Review in January 2011 recorded that domestic violence was ‘systemic’ on the island.
Tragically it is the official attitude of the government denying basic rights to refugees that encourages a minority on Nauru to regard refugees as literally second -class citizens who can be preyed upon with impunity.
Local Nauruans have broken into the house that accommodates unaccompanied minors, sometimes with violent and threatening behaviour at least six times in the last 12 months, the latest incident only in August.
On the case of the attacks on the two boys reported by the Refugee Action Coalition, it was other local Nauruans who witnessed the attacks and called the police. But the police have never interviewed those local witnesses.
Nor is it co-incidental that the Nauruan police have not investigated the series of rapes of refugee women on the island. In May, the Nauruan police denied for four days that an Iranian woman had been raped, before finally admitting the truth.
The New Zealand government has recently withdrawn funding to Nauru’s judicial system because it is not independent and accountable and because of their growing concern at civil rights abuses on the island.
“It is to the eternal shame of the Australian government that it has been rendered mute in the face of the abuses on Nauru,” said Rintoul, “But their silence is evidence of their own complicity.”
Neither the Australian nor the Nauruan government will face up to it, but the facts are on the side of the Refugee Action Coalition.
Refugee raped on Nauru begs Malcolm Turnbull to let her come to Australia for an abortion [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/10/15]
... Only last week, a video was aired showing pleas for help from a refugee on Nauru, after she was allegedly raped by local men.
This video followed months of testimony by former staff and increasing media reports about human rights abuses taking place on Nauru and in the Australian-run detention centre.
After repeatedly being denied access to asylum seekers on Nauru, Amnesty International is hopeful that the move to an open facility on Nauru will end the secrecy surrounding the detention centre and allow greater access for human rights observers to investigate the consistent reports of abuse.
If these serious safety and health concerns for asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru remain, then the centre on Nauru must be permanently closed and all asylum seekers relocated to Australia. [Amnesty - 6/10/15]
Al-Jazeera's Fahmy release "gives hope that
things can change in Egypt": Amal Clooney
Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy's lawyer Amal Clooney said on Monday that her client's presidential pardon from a three-year prison sentence "gives us hope that things can change in Egypt."
Fahmy, who was charged with spreading false news during and following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in 2013 among other charges, was released from custody in September.
In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour Clooney called Fahmy's pardon "a relief" as he "could have been stuck in a spiral of appeals within the court system".
She said the release also gives hope that "media can be free to report on what's happening there". Some experts have suggested that press freedom in Egypt has been severely limited since the current regime came to power in 2013.
Fahmy's pardon was part of a large presidential pardon of 100 detainees, mainly activists. It included Fahmy's Al-Jazeera colleague Baher Mohamed. The pardon came ahead of El-Sisi's visit to New York, where he attended the United Nations' 70th General Assembly.
According to Fahmy, she has been in "almost daily contact with either [Fahmy] or a member of his family."
"His brother told me the first phone call he made was to me," Clooney added.
Fahmy, whose initial arrest was in December 2013, holds dual Egyptian-Canadian nationality but gave up his Egyptian nationality in a futile effort to get deported.
Amal Clooney, née Alamuddin, is an internationally renowned lawyer known for bringing to her cases, on top of her professional abilities, the media spotlight . She has a celebrity husband called George Clooney.
Amal Clooney is currently defending the Maldives’ former president Mohamed Nasheed, working on his release from arbitrary detention. She is also involved in efforts to secure international recognition of the Armenian genocide.
Egypt has not requested our financing: IMF [Ahram – 6/10/15]
A trial has been launched against outspoken journalist Mehmet Baransu, who has already been under arrest since March 2 for releasing classified documents, on charges of staging a coup against the Turkish government via news articles about genetically modified rice.
The indictment was prepared by Mersin Chief Public Prosecutor Talip Akgedik, who accused Baransu of staging a coup against the government by covering reports about genetically modified rice in the Taraf daily in 2013. ... [Todays Zaman - 5/10/15]
UN panel warns against 'designer babies' and eugenics in 'editing' of human DNA [Media Release – 5/10/15]
A system enabling data transfers from the European Union to the United States by thousands of companies is invalid, the highest European Union court said on Tuesday in a landmark ruling that will leave firms scrambling to find alternative measures.
"The Court of Justice declares that the Commission’s U.S. Safe Harbor Decision is invalid," it said in a statement.
The decision could sound the death knell for the Safe Harbor framework set up fifteen years ago to help companies on both sides of the Atlantic conduct everyday business but which has come under heavy fire following 2013 revelations of mass U.S. snooping. ... [Reuters - 6/10/15]
Wash your hands after meeting Modi, activists tell Facebook CEO [India Today – 29/9/15]
US, states announce settlement with BP over gulf oil spill
The Justice Department and five states on Monday announced a $20 billion final settlement of environmental damage claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The deal, once approved by a judge, would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over a 134 million-gallon spill that affected 1,300 miles of shoreline. It also would bind the company to a massive cleanup project in the Gulf Coast area aimed at restoring wildlife, habitat and water quality.
"BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries that it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a Justice Department news conference.
"The steep penalty should inspire BP and its peers to take every measure necessary to ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again," Lynch said.
The settlement, filed in federal court in New Orleans, finalizes an agreement first announced in July. The next steps are a 60-day public comment period and court approval.
In a statement, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said the settlement total announced Monday includes amounts previously spent or disclosed by the company, and "resolves the largest litigation liabilities remaining from the tragic accident."
Among other requirements, BP would have to pay $5.5 billion in Clean Water Act penalties and nearly $5 billion to five Gulf states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
A coalition of conservation organizations, including the National Audubon Society and the Environmental Defense Fund, praised the arrangement. The groups said in a joint statement that while the full damage of the oil spill may not yet be known, the process "will help bring the Gulf back to the state it was before the spill, and the release of this plan is a positive step toward that end."
But Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the oil spill had damaged the Gulf region in a way that money could never fix. She said the real solution would be to curb offshore oil and gas drilling.
"All of this drilling is really just deepening our climate crisis," she said.
A Harvard scientist says if New Zealand wants to find out what's killing its bees, it should try banning the pesticides known as neo-nicotinoids, and see what happens. ... [RNZI - 6/10/15]
"(They) were not treated as one might expect in a civilised society governed by the rule of law," Justice Atkinson wrote in a judgment published on Tuesday.
... The Court of Appeal awarded David Bulsey $165,000 and his former partner, Yvette Lenoy, $70,000 in damages on Tuesday for trauma suffered during and after a November 2004 dawn raid by police.
Mr Bulsey was dragged into the street handcuffed and partially clothed by armed and masked police, and held for days on charges that were later dropped.
His then-heavily pregnant partner, Ms Lenoy, was intimidated and detained briefly at gunpoint during the arrest, which occurred in front of their young children.
In overturning a February Supreme Court ruling against the pair's claim, Justice Roslyn Atkinson said the treatment breached the couple's "most fundamental human right, the right to personal liberty".
"(They) were not treated as one might expect in a civilised society governed by the rule of law," Justice Atkinson wrote in a judgment published on Tuesday.
Fellow judge Duncan McMeekin said a deliberate decision had been made to treat the couple as dangerous criminals with "no regard whatever" for their dignity and rights.
And according to Justice Hugh Fraser, Mr Bulsey had been seriously wronged, while Ms Lenoy had been made "a frightened and shocked prisoner in her own home".
Mr Bulsey had been on a list of men to be arrested following violent rioting on the north Queensland island a week after the death in custody of resident Mulrunji Doomadgee.
All charges were later dropped, and Mr Bulsey and Ms Lenoy sued the state for damages for assault and false imprisonment.
The Supreme Court dismissed the claims in February this year, more than two-and-a-half years after the trial - an "extraordinary" delay, Justice Fraser said.
He and his fellow judges found errors were made by the trial judge and they upheld both appeals.
Israel demolishes Palestinian homes over attacks last year [Maan - 6/10/15]
Israeli forces shoot, kill Palestinian boy, 12, in Aida refugee camp [FOA - 5/10/15]
A television reporter covering unrest in East Jerusalem returned to work just hours after being injured in the face by a stun grenade during a live broadcast.
Hana Mahameed with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV was covering clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters following the closure of Jerusalem’s old city to all Palestinians who do not live, work or attend school there.
According to the Associated Press, Mahameed was reportedly hit in the face by a sound grenade, which promptly exploded.
The projectile was one of several fired by Israeli authorities against the protesters. ... [MEDIAite - 5/10/15]
'Let the people of Israel enter the gates and kill Arabs' [Haaretz- 4/10/15]
A roadside bomb targeted on Monday a Hizbullah passenger van from Lebanon to Syria, reported LBCI television.
It said that the explosive was placed in an alley behind the Customs building in the Bekaa town of Chtaura.
The bomb went off, but no one was injured in the attack.
The army later announced that the bomb was rigged with four kilograms of explosives. ... [Naharnet - 5/10/15]
Turkish jets again bomb PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq [RUDAW - 5/10/15]
Syrian Kurdish militants backed by the United States in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) belong to a terrorist organisation and are collaborating with the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Monday. ... [Todays Zaman - 5/10/15]
Grenade explosion kills detained militant leader in Bangladesh [The Hindu - 6/10/15]
At least 18 people have been killed in rocket-propelled grenade attacks on a hotel in the Yemeni city of Aden, reports say. At least one rocket was fired at the gate of the Qasr Hotel, which is located in Aden’s western suburbs.
There are conflicting reports about the nationalities of the fatalities, with some reports saying that those killed were soldiers from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) guarding the hotel. Other reports say there were only two Emirati soldiers among the dead, and the others were Yemenis.
Former officials said to be in hotel A number of officials from the former Yemeni regime, including fugitive former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, were allegedly using the hotel when the attacks occurred.
According to some reports, the former Yemeni officials at the hotel, including Bahah, were evacuated unharmed by helicopter following the attacks. ... [Press TV - 6/10/15]
Yemeni women protest Saudi-led aerial campaign outside UN office in Sana’a [Albawaba - 5/10/15]
Afghanistan: Kabul guesthouse attack ends with killing of 4 bombers [Pajhwok - 6/10/15]
Police officials in Karachi city of Pakistan have arrested a group of terrorists from a hospital who had fought in Afghanistan.
According to news published by Pakistan’s ARY news agency on October 5, Inspector General Sindh Police Ghulam Hyder Jamali has said that several terrorists wounded in Afghanistan were arrested from a hospital in Karachi where they were being treated.
The report further states that IG Ghulam Hyder Jamali after distributing cheques to the families of the slain policemen said that strict action will be taken against the staff of the hospital. ... [Khaama - 6/10/15]
Afghan officials warn food not getting to embattled Kunduz [Daily Star - 6/10/15]
UN envoy says inquiry into fatal Kunduz hospital air strike must be impartial [Media Release - 5/10/15]
The radically changing story of the US airstrike on Afghan hospital: From mistake to justification [The Intercept - 6/10/15]
Amnesty International has launched a petition, calling for the immediate release of a Bahraini activist doctor currently in prison for denouncing Manama’s response to 2011 anti-government protests. ... [Press TV - 6/10/15]
An 11-year-old boy in the US state of Tennessee has been held on suspicion of shooting dead an eight-year-old neighbour in a row over a puppy.
The boy has been charged with first-degree murder as a juvenile.
According to police, he shot the girl on Saturday evening with his father's shotgun after she refused to let him see her puppy. ... [BBC - 6/10/15]
NATO says Russia's violation of Turkish airspace over the weekend "does not look like an accident" [BBC - 6/10/15]
Russia would consider air strikes in Iraq at Baghdad's request: RIA [Reuters - 6/10/15]
A senior Russian military delegation will visit Israel on Tuesday for two days of talks on how the countries can avoid accidentally clashing while operating in Syria, an Israeli military officer said. ... [Reuters - 6/10/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [5/10/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, six strikes struck seven separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Hawl, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Palmyra, one strike produced inconclusive results.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Fighter, fighter-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:
-- Near Baghdadi, one strike destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Huwayjah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.
-- Near Beiji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL structure.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL buildings.
-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed four ISIL rocket rails.
-- Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons storage facility.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position and wounded one ISIL fighter.
-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL buildings, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL tactical vehicle, an ISIL anti-tank weapon, two ISIL mortar positions, and five ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL heavy machine guns and four ISIL fighting positions.
Did you think the TPP was about trade? ---> Great couple of days for the US - deliberately bomb a hospital and bang final nail in coffin of Pacific sovereignty [US Department of Defense - 5/10/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [5/10/15]:
Wasit: A doctor working in Zahra'a Hospital in Kut area -center of Wasit governorate -south of Baghdad has been killed ..........................
Baghdad: "An owner of cars showroom was killed and two wounded as unknown armed men attacked him in Baiya'a area today evening"a security source said.................................
Diyala: "A farmer and his son were killed as a roadside bomb exploded near a farm in Zuheirat Village in Abi Seida nahiya northeast of Ba'aquba today evening",a security source said...................
The United States will not coordinate its operations in Syria with Russia as long as Moscow continues to give support to Syrian President Bashar Assad and gives a guarantee to the safety of US pilots operating in the area, US Army Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said. ... [Sputnik News - 6/10/15]
Lavrov denies allegations that Syrian army is not fighting against terrorists [TASS - 5/10/15]
@ItalianNavy [5/10/15]: #UltimOra #SAR Nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare termina soccorso al gommone recuperando 117 #migranti
@ItalianNavy [5/10/15]: #UltimOra #SAR Nave Bettica #MarinaMilitare inizia soccorso ad un gommone con numerosi #migranti a bordo nello Stretto di Sicilia
Over 1,800 migrants were rescued Monday from six vessels found adrift in the Mediterranean, off the coast of Libya, Italy's coast guard said.
A total of 1,830 people were brought ashore in six different operations to save passengers in four stricken boats and two rubber dinghies, the coast guard said.
Three Italian vessels and one ship each from Britain and Ireland, which are taking part in the EU Navfor Med mission, were involved in the rescue effort.
Over half a million migrants and refugees have landed on Europe's shores so far this year, according to the UN refugee agency. Some 2,980 people have perished or disappeared trying to make the crossing.
Most of those setting out from Libya are Africans, with Turkey being the main launchpad for crossings by people fleeing conflicts and misery in the Middle East and Asia.
From Wednesday, ships operating under the aegis of EU Navfor Med will have new powers to tackle the people smugglers who pack migrants and refugees into overcrowded boats.
Members of the force will have the right to board, search, seize and divert vessels found in international waters that are suspected of being used for smuggling. <---- And what will happen to the refugees and migrants in these cases? Will they be returned to danger and/or disappeared like the Australian method? [Yahoo - 5/10/15]
Rohingya refugees attempting to escape detention in Thailand rounded up [The Nation - 6/10/15]:
Some 14 Rohingya escaped detention at a Phang Nga family home in Takua Pa yesterday morning by climbing down a makeshift "rope" of blankets from the building's second floor, where they slept.
The escapees were identified as 12 women aged from 13-32, plus a five-year-old boy, and a seven-year-old girl.
After the escape was reported at 3am, police inspected the scene and were told some escapees fled in a bronze-coloured van that was waiting on Phetchkasem Highway (Takua Pa to Khao Lak) while others ran towards the woods.
Police later apprehended nine women hiding in the woods reportedly waiting to be picked up by a labour agent.
The remaining five escapees were recaptured later.
Police are examining security camera footage along the route to identify the van that picked them up.
The escapees reportedly said that the agent had promised to take them to another country.
Security forces raid Maungdaw neighbourhoods [Burma Times - 6/19/15]
A coalition of Muslim groups has filed suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority, which they say amount to genocide.
The complaint, filed on Thursday, asks United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman to issue summonses to Sein, Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin and other officials under the US Alien Tort Statute, which has been used in the past by foreign citizens seeking damages from human rights violations committed outside the United States.
The suit alleges the Rohingya "are primary targets of hate crimes and discrimination amounting to genocide fuelled by extremist nationalist Buddhist monks and Thein Sein government."
"Since 1962, the Burman Buddhist supremacist government of Myanmar has ruled with an exclusionary, authoritarian ideology," it says, adding that Rohingyas are excluded from obtaining citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and are "brutally persecuted because of their faith and ethnicity".
This treatment has led large numbers to flee the country, causing a regional refugee crisis.
The plaintiffs include the Burma Task Force, a coalition of 19 Muslim groups, and a member of the Rohingya community who fled Myanmar for the United States.
They claim in the suit they and relatives "were subjected to genocide, torture, arbitrary detention, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the officials". ... [Al Jazeera - 5/10/15]
US Envoy on US Refugee, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia, UNHCR and IOM press conference fobs off regional 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. ...
Today we announce the appointment of Mr Andrew Goledzinowski AM as Australia's next Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues. ... [Foreign Minister Media Release - 24/11/14]
Another case challenging legality of Australia's refugee death camp on Manus Island to go before full bench of PNG Supreme Court 29 October
PNG Loop [6/10/15]:
The case challenging the legality of the Manus Regional Processing Centre will go before a full bench Supreme Court hearing at the end of this month.
Applicant in the matter Beldan Namah filed the application against Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato as the first respondent, the National Executive Council and the State as second and third respondents.
The matter came before Justice George Manuhu during the Supreme Court hearing on Monday (October 6).
The hearing of the matter has been set for October 29 and will be heard by a panel of five judges.
Namah filed the application against the State on the ground that the processing centre was unconstitutionally set up and thus the asylum seekers were detained contrary to their rights under section 42 of the PNG Constitution.
Former Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki’s conviction appeal before the Supreme Court will remain pending due to the absence of Jema lawyers’ overseas counsels. ... [PNG Loop - 6/10/15]
New Defence Minister checks out how Australia's war on refugees is progressing ----> @Australian_Navy [6/10/15]: Defence Minister visits HMAS Canberra ...
One of the world’s most advanced warships, the HMAS Adelaide, has let 9NEWS cameras in for a first look. [VIDEO - Nine MSN - 5/9/15]
Dutton NEVER said Nauru is safe for refugees. Last night Alberici asked him several times and he dodged it. [ABC - 5/10/15]:
... EMMA ALBERICI: But they're now your responsibility to keep safe.
PETER DUTTON: Well, in terms of those who are on our shores, we provide so-called legacy caseload and there are about 30,000 people. We provide support to those people. People who are in the regional processing centres are the responsibility of either the Nauruan Government or the PNG Government, but we provide support to those governments to capacity build, to provide support through education, through housing, through hospitals ...
EMMA ALBERICI: So what you're saying is you're doing as much as you possibly can to keep these people safe. You couldn't be doing any more?
PETER DUTTON: We're doing a significant amount. And, yes, we do want two things. One is to make sure that the boats don't restart so we don't fill the vacancies, and two, to provide people with a new opportunity in life, which is not going to be settling in Australia, but settling in a third country, or where it's appropriate to do so, to return back to their country of origin. ...
... Mr Stephen, a former president, says he only found out about the release of the asylum-seekers yesterday.
"That process, how safe and with this process is one question that needs to be answered as well. Even ourselves, we are not aware of what is going on with the refugees. They need to make an announcement that so and so numbers of refugees have be processed and released into the community."
Marcus Stephen also says Australia needs to provide properly trained police for the island. [RNZI - 6/10/15]
Woman allegedly attempts suicide on Nauru after daughter raped, family separated [Buzzfeed - 5/10/15]
... ‘I am watching my mother die as I was watching my sister die. Now we are separated. I want to close my eyes and never wake’. ... [Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites Media Release - 4/10/15]
There is no evidence the AFP are working to protect refugees on Nauru, rather than to ensure their rape, torture and misery continues. [The Age - 5/10/15]
Can't see where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees "welcomes" Nauru's PR stunt in this speech --> Guterres says UNHCR and partners struggle to meet humanitarian needs - Media Release - 5/10/15]
Whose afraid of a teenage thought criminal?
... Uh oh, where can I go?
Everybody's watching me ...
'Everybody's Watching Me (Uh Oh)', The Neighbourhood 
Police in western Sydney have arrested a student on his way to Arthur Phillip High School, the same school attended by the 15-year-old who shot a man dead at Parramatta's police headquarters last week.
New South Wales Police said they spoke with a teenage boy on his way to school this morning in relation to alleged posts on social media.
They said the student then threatened and intimated police and he was arrested.
It comes after Farhad Jabar shot and killed 17-year police force veteran and accountant Curtis Cheng at close range outside the Parramatta police headquarters on Friday.
The Year 10 student was killed by police in front of the building after he shot dead Mr Cheng.
There was a heavy police presence at the school this morning which is just metres from the scene of last week's fatal shooting.
The student arrested this morning had his belongings emptied on the footpath. He was handcuffed and taken away in a police van to Parramatta Police Station.
The arrested student told the ABC that police took offence to him videoing them on his mobile phone. The ABC saw a senior police inspector looking at the content of the boy's mobile phone.
Students at Arthur Phillip High School returned for the first time today since the fatal shooting last week.
The NSW Department of Education is offering counselling services to students and teachers this morning.
A number of students expressed their shock at the shooting incident, describing Jabar as quiet, polite and "a nice kid".
Students who knew Jabar said he enjoyed playing basketball at the school.
Shooting incident, Kallangur [QPS Media - 6/10/15]:
Detectives are investigating an incident in which a man sustained gun shot wounds in Kallangur this morning.
Police were called to a Marsden Road address around 5am after receiving reports of man being shot.
A man in his 20s has been transported to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries to his legs and buttocks.
A crime scene has been established and investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
Armed robbery, Mount Cotton [QPS Media - 5/10/15]
The trial of a former Melbourne Grammar student accused of
murdering a homeless man will start again after it was aborted. ...
Australian - 6/10/15]
NSW Police officer charged over domestic violence [Nine MSN - 5/10/15]:
A male police senior constable has been charged over the alleged breach of a domestic violence order.
The 35-year-old, who works in an investigative squad, was charged on Sunday following a "domestic incident" in Sydney's north-west, police say.
He's been granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Windsor Local Court on Thursday.
A Perth businessman has denied an accusation he made an indecent proposal to a teenage girl, saying he was concerned about her.
Duncan Harvey Calder is charged with procuring a child aged over 13 and under 16 to do an indecent act.
On the first day of his trial in the West Australian District Court on Monday, the court heard Calder had been walking in the city in the early hours of January 19, 2008 when he saw a girl wearing a t-shift, shorts and no shoes.
Prosecutor Katie Goddard-Borger said police saw Calder, who was wearing a business suit, speaking with the 14-year-old and thought something didn't seem right.
Ms Goddard-Borger said Calder started walking the other way when he saw police and the girl told the officers that he had offered to take her for a drive and give her $500 to show him her breasts.
She claimed he also offered her $20 to buy food. ... [Nine MSN - 5/10/15]
Fire crews battle Rochedale South house fire [MYGC - 6/10/15]
11-year-old girl hit by a car, Southport [MYGC - 5/10/15]
PNG Diplomat accused murderer told to find lawyer
PNG Loop [5/10/15]:
The man accused of the wilful murder of former diplomat, Dennis Bebego has been told by the National Court to find legal representation.
Billy Sapsi Pokea of Suma village, Mendi, Southern Highlands Province was committed on May 19 to stand trial at the National Court.
It is alleged Pokea was responsible for the willful murder of Dennis Taylor Bebego, a former diplomat and senior director at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade office on July 5, 2014.
Pokea appeared at the National Court on August 3 where he was instructed to find legal representation for his trial preparation to commence.
He returned to the National Court today (October 5) requesting for the court to endorse the Department of Foreign Affairs to release his entitlement and at the same time ask Nasfund to release his savings to assist find a lawyer.
The court told him that such requests cannot be endorsed and that he must find a lawyer before he returns to court for the next call over date on November 2.
Pokea remains in custody at Bomana.
The late Dennis Taylor Bebego was from Gona village in the Oro Province.
Police reports allege the late Bebego was slashed to death in his office by Pokea, a long service public servant who knew Bebego well.
Police reports say he suffered fatal slashes to his head, right arm and leg, and stab wounds and died from loss of blood after struggling with Pokea behind closed doors.
Former Diplomat murdered in Port Moresby [PNG Facts – 6/7/14]
Sun reporter knew his informant was breaking the rules
Asked if he paid Officer 2044 to "get a competitive edge over your rivals," Mr Pyatt, 52, replied: "That's what journalism is all about."
He told the court: "I was encouraging him to bring me stories, yes. It was my understanding that I was doing nothing wrong."
Open Democracy [5/10/15]:
Sun reporter Jamie Pyatt knew a police officer was breaking the rules of his employment by covertly supplying information on investigations to the tabloid, he told his trial today.
Entering the witness box at the Old Bailey for the third day, Mr Pyatt said he believed Officer 2044's motivation for helping the newspaper was "primarily money.”
He agreed with the Crown’s claim that the officer – first a constable, then a detective constable with Surrey Police – was risking his career every time he gave information to the Sun.
However Mr Pyatt said that he had been advised by the paper’s lawyers that he was doing nothing wrong if he paid a public official, as long as the public official had approached the newspaper and not vice-versa.
Mr Pyatt told the Old Bailey: "I knew he was in breach of his terms of employment, but I wasn't in breach of mine."
Mr Pyatt, Thames Valley reporter, and Chris Pharo, Sun's Assistant Editor (News), deny aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office between 2002 and 2011.
Smurfette, Papa Smurf, and Clumsy Smurf, left to right, ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, July 29 2011 [Richard Drew / AP]
Edward Snowden interview: 'Smartphones can be taken over' [BBC - 5/10/15]
This Tuesday, the European Court of Justice will release a much-anticipated judgment on whether private European data stored on servers in the US are secure. Difficult times could await Facebook and other companies. ... [Deutsche Welle - 5/10/15]
Dotcom lawyers say fair hearing is impossible [RNZI - 5/10/15]:
Lawyers for Kim Dotcom and his co-accused are asking for their extradition hearing to be halted, saying a fair hearing is impossible at the moment.
Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato face extradition to the United States to face charges of copyright violation, money-laundering and rackeetering related to their website Megaupload.
The men's lawyers are making applications to the court today for a stay in proceedings. If a stay is granted, it would halt the case temporarily or even permanently.
Mr Ortmann and Mr van der Kolk's lawyer, Grant Illingworth, said a US forfeiture order had prevented them from paying for expert witnesses and legal advice anywhere outside New Zealand.
That overrode Hong Kong and New Zealand courts allowing them to use frozen funds to pay for their legal defence, Mr Illingworth said.
That was preventing the men from getting the legal advice they needed on American law to properly defend themselves, he said.
They said that meant they can not present their defence properly and it would be a breach of natural justice to continue the hearing.
The order had also delayed their preparation for the case, Mr Illingworth said.
Mr Illingworth earlier got into a heated exchange with Judge Nevin Dawson over the judge's own instructions to the court in a minute issued last Friday.
Mr Illingworth told Judge Dawson his meaning was not clear.
"Well, that's what my memorandum says," Judge Dawson replied.
"No, it's not what your memorandum says, sir," Mr Illingworth said.
The exchange prompted Judge Dawson to adjourn the court so he could decide whether Mr Illingworth could present the arguments he wanted to.
The Democratic minority on a U.S. congressional committee investigating the attack in Benghazi, Libya, intend to defy the committee's Republican leaders by releasing the transcript of a closed-door interview with a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton, they said on Monday. ... [Reuters - 5/10/15]
CNMI regard US military move as victory [RNZI - 5/10/15]:
The Northern Marianas community is viewing a US military decision to have a second draft environmental impact statement for its plans as a moral victory.
The military made the announcement after the deadline passed for feedback on the first draft, which was strongly opposed.
The CNMI governor said the proposals presented a threat to the economy, ecosystem and resources while the government consultants had called for more time for feedback.
There had also been complaints that the first draft was only made available in English and not the two indigenous languages.
Our correspondent says people on CNMI see the new move as a win.
"The consultant and other government agencies and other private individuals who made comment, moved the Department of the Navy and the US Military in general to look at the problems that would impact the CNMI once large scale training and bombing on Tinian and Pagan are allowed. They are coming up with a new study due by early next year and hopefully it addresses our concerns."
The Marine Corps now says potential impacts on groundwater and coral from live-fire training needs further analysis.
Bolivia to investigate alleged US plot to kill Evo Morales [teleSUR - 4/10/15]
Gunmen have shot dead a television journalist in northern India, the latest in a string of killings in recent months of reporters in the country, police said Monday.
The reporter, Hemant Yadav, who worked for Hindi news channel TV 24, was returning home from a market in Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday night when he was shot by unknown assailants on a motorbike. ... [Naharnet - 5/10/15]
Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.
The law, based on a similar measure in Oregon, allows doctors to prescribe medication to end a patient's life if two doctors agree the person has only six months to live and is mentally competent. ... [Reuters - 5/10/15]
At least 7 injured in blast at China chemical plant [Sputnik News - 5/10/15]:
At least seven people were injured in a blast at a chemical plant in the Chinese city of Shaoxing in the eastern province of Zhejiang, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) reported on Monday.
According to the CCTV, the blast occurred at 9:52 a.m. local time (01:52 GMT). At the moment, about 70 firefighters are involved in tackling the fire, while the seven workers of the plant had been sent to hospital.
A warehouse with some 55 tons of sodium chlorate and other highly flammable substances is located near the site of the fire, according to media reports.
In August, several blasts took place at the country’s chemical plants and industrial warehouses, resulting in people's deaths.
French workers attack Air France executives, rip their clothes off [Zero Hedge - 5/10/15]
South African coal miners begin strike [Reuters – 4/10/15]
Canada: Massive wheat pile dumped at Tory campaign office in TPP protest [CBC - 5/10/15]
... The issue of protections for new biologic medicines like Genentech’s Avastin cancer therapy has pitted the United States against Australia and five other countries.
The United States has pushed for longer monopoly protections for pharmaceutical companies to encourage innovation. Australia has countered that such measures would strain national healthcare budgets and keep life-saving medicines from patients who cannot afford them.
The United States provides 12 years of exclusivity for biologic drugs. Australia has insisted on five years of protection to control healthcare costs.
A two-track compromise hammered out by Australia and the United States would set a minimum threshold of five years during which drug makers would have exclusive rights to clinical data behind new drugs while adding an additional protection of several more years as applications for competing drugs are reviewed, people involved said.
Under a second track, pharmaceutical companies would have eight years of exclusive rights to a new product outright in some countries, they said.
It was still unclear how that set of standards would influence pricing for future drugs. It was also unclear if other delegations, including Peru and Chile, would endorse the proposal. ... [Japan Today - 5/10/15]
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): The New Supreme Court [The Real News - 5/10/15]
A company has been fined $90,000 in a West Australian court after a worker was injured three years ago while unloading pipes from a truck.
In October 2012, Process Minerals International employee Meliton Garcia and another worker were rigging 20-metre polyethylene pipes to a crane before they were unloaded from the truck, when Mr Garcia was struck by a one-tonne pipe and fell four metres.
Process Minerals, which operates the Woodie Woodie fines treatment plant, pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to provide a safe working environment and was fined in Port Hedland Magistrates Court. ... [Nine MSN - 5/10/15]
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