Disturbing new video footage shows multiple guards at a for-profit jail on the border between Texas and Arkansas pinning down an African-American father and pepper-spraying him as he cried repeatedly, "I can’t breathe."
Thirty-five-year-old Michael Sabbie died in a jail cell only hours after the attack, which took place in July 2015. ... [Democracy Now - 6/10/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/10/16]
President Bashar al-Assad said his forces would recapture all of Syria, including Aleppo, in a television interview on Thursday but added he would prefer to do so using local deals and amnesties that would allow rebels to leave for other areas.
According to the transcript of an interview with Denmark's TV 2, he said there were no moderate rebels and that the United States was using the Nusra Front, which changed its name in July and broke allegiance to al Qaeda, as "a card" in Syria's war. ... [Reuters - 6/10/16]
@oulosP [6/10/16]: #France claims #Syria has bombed two hospitals in #Aleppo, but uses images from #Gaza. Says it all really
The ongoing media propaganda war against Syria [ICH - 5/10/16]
Obama DOJ drops charges against alleged broker of Libyan weapons [Politico - 5/10/16]:
... Turi was indicted in 2014 on four felony counts: two of arms dealing in violation of the Arms Export Control Act and two of lying to the State Department in official applications.
The charges accused Turi of claiming that the weapons involved were destined for Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, when the arms were actually intended to reach Libya.
Turi’s lawyers argued that the shipments were part of a U.S. government-authorized effort to arm Libyan rebels.
It’s unclear if any of the weapons made it to Libya, and there’s no evidence linking weapons provided by the U.S. government to the Benghazi attacks.
“The proposal did not result in an actual transfer of defense articles to Libya,” the State Department official told POLITICO on Tuesday.
But questions about U.S. efforts to arm Libyan rebels have been mounting, since weapons have reportedly made their way from Libya to Syria, where a civil war is raging between the Syrian Government and ISIL-aligned fighters.
In an interview last year, Turi said the U.S. was aware that weapons being shipped into Libya during the unrest there were being immediately diverted to Syria. ...
EU launches border force to stop people from seeking asylum [Yahoo - 6/10/16]
This Greek grandmother could win the Nobel Peace Prize [USA Today - 5/10/16]
@nicola_pinna [6/10/16]: L'applauso dei 1200 #migranti appena arrivati al porto di #Cagliari. In #Sardegna non ci sono più spazi liberi per l'accoglienza - @LaStampa
@campsoscar [6/10/16]: Rescate en Lesbos 27 personas 9 son niños, el mar está muy movido y el cruce del Egeo ya es peligroso. @PROACTIVA_SERV @bouckap @essamdaod
983 migrants rescued by Norwegian patrol boat off coast of Sicily [Middle East Monitor - 6/10/16]
More than 11,000 migrants rescued off Libya this week [Reuters - 5/10/16]
Day 201 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [6/10/16]
Weasel words, indefinite detention, torture and pushbacks: Australian appointed to oversee neocon overhaul of UNHCR [ABC - 6/10/16]
Eva Orner promotes her despair inducing anti-refugee propaganda film at the Australian Embassy in London [Guardian - 6/10/16]
After ignoring the Supreme Court ruling that declared Manus refugee concentration camp illegal and unconstitutional, PNG pretends to care about human rights ---> Man committed to stand trial for human trafficking [The National - 6/10/16]:
... Willie Gare, from Korokoa village in Gumine, Chimbu, is charged with human trafficking, rape and deprivation of liberty.
[Magistrate] Bidar said Gare’s charge of trafficking was one of the first cases in PNG under the recently amended Criminal Code Act 2013.
Police allege that on July 30, last year, that 10 girls and two boys from Lealea and Boera villages in Central were recruited by Gare to perform the hula-hula dance at the opening ceremony of his guest house in Chimbu.
Gare allegedly told the parents of the group that he would be keeping them for two weeks in Chimbu.
After the opening, Gare allegedly used the girls to lure customers in and threatened them with a pistol when they refused.
It was alleged that Gare also raped one of the girls.
Following complaints to police from the relatives and parents of the victims, the group was rescued from Chimbu and arrived in Port Moresby on Nov 9, last year.
The United States is calling on the Papua New Guinea Government to certify and gazette its anti-human trafficking legislation to eradicate modern-day slavery.
US Ambassador to PNG Walter North said his country welcomed the legislation on human trafficking passed in July last year which unfortunately PNG was yet to enforce.
“The Criminal Code (Amendment) Act 2012 passed in Parliament six months ago would have amended the criminal code of PNG on issues related to human trafficking and people smuggling,” North said.
“The bill would have given PNG law enforcement agencies and prosecutors the necessary tools to address trafficking crimes.
“Unfortunately, six months later, this important legislation is not yet in force in PNG. The US government urges swift certification and gazettal of this legislation.
“This amendment to the PNG Criminal Code is a significant step towards combating modern-day slavery.
“As we said six months ago, Parliament’s action and vigorous implementation of the new legislation offer hope that the scourge of human trafficking can be eliminated in PNG.”
North said the US Department of State was funding a project to combat trafficking of human beings in PNG through the International Organisation for Migration. ...
US Embassy in Port Moresby awards two new grants totalling US$1 million to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) [11/12/14]
Six PNG Defence Force soldiers committed to stand trial for the murder of a teenage boy in Port Moresby last year [EMTV - 6/10/16]
Oro Governor, Garry Juffa has warned expatriates working in his province not to swear at or treat his people in a racist manner.
The Governor has warned that such people were not welcome in his province and he would see to it that such people were removed from his province.
He has also warned companies to screen their staff before employing them.
Juffa stated that several companies were developing the habit of employing neocolonial racists who behaved as if they were in apartheid South Africa.
He said the Oro Provincial Government was going to pass laws to fine companies whose expatriate staff behaved in a racist manner towards his people. [PNG Loop - 6/10/16]
Major flaws in project results in stop work in Oro [PNG Loop - 6/10/16]
Dubious moments in Australian history [Merge]:
5. Billy Hughes (27 October 1915 - 9 February 1923)
Representing a total of four electorates in two different states, and changing political parties five times, Billy Hughes showed all the loyalty and faithfulness of Hugh Heffner.
Described by Woodrow Wilson as a ‘pestiferous varmint’, Hughes almost single-handedly derailed the  Versailles Peace Conference with his outrageous demand that Australia be awarded Papua New Guinea, and that the Japanese not be extended racial equality, with the latter move putting Japan on a path that would eventually lead to war with Australia. ...
Japan's Kyushu Electric Power Co said it shut the No.1 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant on Thursday for planned maintenance, leaving Japan with two reactors online, more than five years after the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. ... [Reuters - 6/10/16]
Private prison operator Serco sacked 28 staff while running Mt Eden Prison, including a staff member caught sparring with inmates, it says.
It has so far fired 11 staff at Wiri Prison, which it still runs.
The Chief Inspector of Corrections' report into allegations of fight clubs and contraband at Mt Eden Prison - which Serco tried to block - was released today.
It found that fight clubs happened at least weekly and lasted from 15 to 50 minutes, and inmates who refused to take part were threatened with attacks by gangs.
The report was also critical of staff, saying one was caught sparring with inmates on CCTV, and staff played table tennis and pool while fighting went on around them.
Staff were also probably the main source of contraband, according to the report. ... [RNZI - 6/10/16]
Triple-zero emergency service up for grabs after being run by Telstra for more than 50 years [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/10/16]
Queensland union moomin has no problem with selling off public assets if it's under an ALP government. HYPOCRITES AND FRAUDS. [ABC- 6/10/16]
Two men have been crushed to death by a concrete panel that collapsed at a construction site at Eagle Farm Racecourse in the northern Brisbane suburb of Ascot, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) says.
QAS spokesman Glen Morrison said a concrete wall in a construction pit collapsed onto the men about 4:00pm. ... [ABC - 6/10/16]
@9NewsGoldCoast [6/10/16]: A magistrate has reserved his decision in the case against controversial police officer, Chris Hurley. ...
The man allegedly assaulted by policeman Chris Hurley has told a Gold Coast court the officer may have been angered by a joke he overheard, believing it was directed at him.
Hurley, the police officer at the centre of the 2004 Palm Island death-in-custody scandal, allegedly grabbed plasterer Luke Cole by the throat and slammed his head against a car during the November 2013 incident on a major Robina road.
Hurley was initially charged with one count of assault, but three more were added at day one of a two-day hearing in the Southport Magistrates Court. ... [ABC - 5/10/16]
A police officer will face court tomorrow, charged with raping and indecently treating a child in Queensland.
The 46-year-old constable from the Southern Region has been charged with 11 counts of indecent treatment of a child and one count of rape. ... [MYGC - 6/10/16]
NSW Police to help criminalise customers at supermarket self-service checkouts [ABC - 6/10/16]
A gun-wielding man who tried to kill his ex-partner but was fought off by their young children could spend more than a decade behind bars.
Daryl James Fields, 41, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Supreme Court to attempting to murder Rachael Moore by trying to shoot her in the chest at her home in April 2014. ... [Nine MSN - 6/10/16]
Woman tortured over several hours at Manoora house, police allege [ABC - 4/10/16]
A Sydney woman has been sentenced to a minimum of four months' jail for refusing to answer questions at a Crime Commission hearing into terrorism allegations. ... [ABC - 6/10/16]
A Queensland police officer stabbed in the neck while on duty is suing the state and a Townsville nightclub for more than $2 million.
Luke Peter Weiks was patrolling the Santa Fe Gold nightclub in December 2013 when a former bouncer attacked him.
The 36-year-old claims his injuries were so severe that he continues to suffer pain and restriction of his enjoyment of life. ... [Yahoo - 6/10/16]
A central Queensland man has faced court over a fight that left a man with fatal injuries.
Thomas Charles Kenyon, 52, has been charged with unlawful striking causing death after allegedly being involved in an altercation with 65-year-old man at a Gin Gin house last month.
Kenyon faced the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after the man died in hospital from injuries sustained in the fight, and he'll reappear in court via videolink on December 8. [Yahoo - 5/10/16]
The manager of a Brisbane veterinary clinic where a depressed dog groomer took her own life with a drug used to euthanise animals says it's possible an opened bottle of the substance could go missing without raising alarm.
A pre-inquest conference in August heard Donna Alexia Cowley-Persch, 58, was found by her colleagues in September 2013 after having administered the "rapidly fatal" substance.
Now, the inquest is investigating regulations applied to the drug, which legally must be locked away and monitored when in tablet form but not when in injectable form.
Practice manager of the Ascot Veterinary Clinic Kate Miller told the Coroners Court on Wednesday the site now kept the injectable version in a locked safe after Ms Cowley-Persch's death. ... [Yahoo - 5/10/16]
Two Sydney truck drivers killed in 'horrific' head-on collision [Nine MSN - 6/10/16]
Police are investigating claims an injured man's ute was stolen and set on fire in the middle of the night on the Gold Coast.
They were called to Eggersdorf Road in Jacobs Well on the northern coast about 12.20am, where a man had suffered superficial burns to one of his arms after his ute caught fire. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/10/16]
A tram and a car have collided on the Gold Coast Highway.
The accident happened just before 3.15pm at Broadbeach.
The driver of the car, in her 30s, suffered neck pain and was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
The trams were briefly suspended but were up and running again within the hour. [Brisbane Times - 5/10/16]
Man fighting for life after being hit by car while crossing road in Logan [MYGC - 5/10/16]
Car crashes into Mermaid Waters shop [MYGC - 4/10/16]
Police and Workplace Health and Safety are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a three-year-old boy at a Queensland playground centre.
Police say the child from Coomera was found unresponsive at Inflatable World Toowoomba on Sunday afternoon. ... [MYGC - 5/10/16]
Man charged over train stabbing on Coomera train [MYGC - 5/10/16]
A young man has been rushed to hospital after being shot at Logan. Police confirmed the shooting occurred in bushland at Kingston, just after 10.15am.
The 19-year-old victim was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Logan Hospital for treatment of a wound to the leg. ... [MYGC - 4/10/16]
Man arrested after robbing Ashmore Pub with a gun [MYGC - 4/10/16]
Gladstone siege ends after 36 hours [Yahoo - 6/10/16]
Accused cocaine kingpin John Touma is expected to face a committal hearing on the Gold Coast on Monday.
The former Eastern Suburbs Roosters rugby league forward didn't comment to waiting media as he left the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday, where his matter was stood over until next week.
Touma is accused of heading a syndicate that supplied cocaine to a host of former and current NRL players, having been charged as part of a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into the alleged drug ring. [Yahoo - 6/10/16]
Gold Coast's 'Candyman': Thieves steal $300K in cigarettes from Travers Beynon's warehouse [ABC - 5/10/16]
Whale cut from shark nets at Surfers Paradise [MYGC - 4/10/16]
Boat sinks off Evans Head after hitting whale [Tweed Shire Echo - 3/10/16]
Australia to pay the US to expand its occupation [Reuters - 5/10/16]
Dumb as dogshit stooge sellouts are making us sitting ducks ---> ... Carter held the bilateral meeting with Australia's Defense Minister Marise Payne and Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, Cook said in a statement summarizing the meeting.
The three leaders discussed their continued mutual commitment to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Cook said.
“They exchanged views on security issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including the importance of building a principled and inclusive security network,” he added.
“They also discussed opportunities for defense industry collaboration.”
In addition, the press secretary said, the three leaders welcomed the conclusion of negotiations over their approach to cost sharing for the force posture initiatives in northern Australia, and they emphasized the importance of that cooperation to the alliance. [US Department of Defense - 5/10/16]
McDonald's nears deal to sell Singapore, Malaysian franchise to Saudi group [Reuters - 6/10/16]
The FBI "secretly arrested” a National Security Agency contractor on suspicion of stealing and revealing malware the NSA used to hack foreign governments, according to The Justice Department. ... [RT - 5/10/16]
... The system is completely illegal, the prison is illegal, separating people is illegal and their processing is illegal. [Report from Behrouz Boochani on events today on #Manus @drobwlldiad [5/10/16]
Is Ben Doherty not allowed to ask the UNHCR why they silently endorse this barbarity? ---> ... Sources inside the meeting have reported that there was significant disquiet at the announcement, largely among Australian expatriate staff from the healthcare company International Health and Medical Services and other service providers.
Staff asked how the men could be classified “illegal overstayers” when none of them came to PNG voluntarily or of their own volition.
They were told: “This is the way it will be.” ... [Guardian - 6/10/16]
It is well beyond time to start holding these individuals to account. ----> ... 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.
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @InsurrectNews [5/10/16]: Day 200 of continuous daily protests by #refugees held hostage by the Australian government on #Nauru. ...
First they deny freedom and health care to the refugees ... ---> A former Nauru President, who has been denied access to overseas medical care, is in the island's hospital after collapsing.
Sprent Dabwido, who had his passport confiscated in August, just as he was set to depart for Australia to see a cardiologist, collapsed at Nauru hospital on Wednesday. ... [RNZI - 6/10/16]
Weasel words from neocons as people daring to seek asylum are tortured and dying. ---> UNHCR's protection chief Volker Turk at #ExCom2016: "Protection must be the guiding voice of this renewed professed multilateralism". @RefugeesChief [5/10/16]
"Good news" for refugees, or "good news" for ascendent neocons in the UNHCR currently pushing the anti-refugee "global compact"? ---> Some very good news for refugees @OzRefugeeCounc [6/10/16]
It's "confusing to keep track" because the government - aided by dimwitted NGOs - are exploiting handpicked Syrians to invisibilise the impact of Australia's anti-refugee policies in our region ----> How many Syrian's has Australia settled - and whys it been so confusing to keep track? @OzRefugeeCounc [6/10/16]
A cosy coterie smile for the cameras as refugees fight for their lives in ALP/LNP concentration camps ----> Delighted to be with Senator @Lisa_Singh for Senator @corybernardi's delivery of Australia's 1st Cttee statement #un @AustraliaUN [4/10/16]
Australia: Empowered vigilantes threaten children after cars stolen from Kununurra dealership [SBS - 4/10/16]:
... The cars were stolen on separate nights over the last week after thieves broke into a dealership and obtained keys from a locked office.
The perpetrators drove one car through two front glass doors, and another through a locked gate, damaging the dealership building. One car was found crashed in to a tree in bushland.
Police Sergeant Dave Loverock said he told the administrators of a Kununurra community Facebook page to delete posts suggesting people patrol the streets and take the law into their own hands.
Police have charged six youths and arrested two more over the thefts. Sergeant Loverock said it was a terrible situation to see a private business targeted but he also believed it should not be blown out of proportion.
"I don't want to see anyone targeting kids for being stupid. Yes, their behaviour is criminal but they are juveniles and they are going to make bad decisions," he told AAP.
"A person doesn't raise a child, a community raises a child and this is where the community needs to start saying: what are you doing and what is the greater community doing to provide something for these kids to do."
As well as the crime spree, the town has also been rocked by the recent suicides of two teenage girls.
Acts and threats of suicide and self-harm have become major problems among young Aboriginal women in the area, especially girls in their early to mid-teens, Sergeant Loverock said. ...
Jeremy Corbyn support group Momentum removed Black and Jewish anti-Zionist activist Jackie Walker as vice chair on Monday night. ... [Electronic Intifada - 5/10/16]
Women’s Boat to Gaza boarded by Israeli navy, concerns for women’s safety [GUE/NGL - 5/10/16]
Israeli pilot killed in fighter jet crash after reportedly carrying out Gaza airstrikes [Maan - 5/10/16]
Investigations by human rights groups into the killing of a 15-year-old Palestinian by Israeli forces last month east of al-Bureij refugee camp in the Gaza Strip have revealed that the boy did not pose a threat when he was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier with a flare at close range, after the Israeli army denied responsibility for his death altogether. ... [Maan - 5/10/16]
ICC delegation to visit Israel, Palestine in 5 day trip [PNN - 5/10/16]
Women raped by Mexican police bring case to International Court [Democracy Now - 5/10/16]
Four migrants died in Mexico’s eastern state of Veracruz, apparently suffocating in a truck that was carrying them and dozens of others to the border with the United States, Mexican officials said Wednesday. ... [Washington Post - 5/10/16]
Iraqi group demands payments for US invasion after ‘Sue the Saudis for 9/11’ bill passes Congress [RT - 4/10/16]
An air strike has killed at least 20 Iraqi pro-government Sunni tribal fighters in an area south of Mosul, according to the security forces and a minister.
It was unclear whether it was the Iraqi military or the US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) that mistakenly hit the fighters on Wednesday.
Mosul is the last major ISIL stronghold in Iraq.
The raid happened at around 1am on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on Tuesday) in the east of the town of Qayyarah, which was recaptured from ISIL in August, the officials said.
Sheikh Nazhan Sakhr al-Lihaybi, the commander of the fighters who were killed, said they had succeeded in repelling an attack by ISIL in the area, and were bombed when they gathered after the end of the fighting. ... [Al Jazeera - 5/10/16]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [5/10/16]:
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded near an aluminium firm in Rashidiya nahiya north of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 8 injuries.
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Mahmoudiya district south of Baghdad resulted in two deaths and 8 injuries.
Baghdad: A roadside bomb has exploded in Mada'in area south of Baghdad resulted in 3 deaths and 5 injuries.
Son of former Deputy PM assassinated; 144 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 4/10/16]
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault will hold talks in Moscow on Thursday.
The talks are expected to focus on the situation in Syria, particularly in Aleppo, and settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. ... [TASS - 6/10/16]
Putin and Erdogan discuss joint energy projects, Syrian crisis [TASS - 5/10/16]
Syrian army reestablishes control over blocks of buildings in Damascus countryside [SANA - 5/10/16]
Aircrafts of US-led Coalition committed a new massacre against the Syrians, killing and injuring more than 60 civilians in the village of Thelthanh in the countryside of al-Bab area to the north of Aleppo city.
Local and media sources said that the village, which is located 50 km north of Aleppo city, was last night the target of heavy air raids launched by the US-led Coalition, claiming the lives of at least 20 persons, including 3 children, and injuring 40 others, most of them are in a critical condition, which makes it possible for the death toll to rise. ... [SANA - 5/10/16]
State Department: US considering ‘military, other options’ against Russia in Syria [Antiwar.com - 5/10/16]
... They can play a bugle call like you never heard before
So natural that you want to go to war
That's just the bestest band what am, oh honey lamb ...
'Alexander's Ragtime Band' is a song by Irving Berlin. It was his first major hit, in 1911. ... [Wikipedia]
'Neutral' first aid responders in Syria promoting regime change [VIDEO - TRNN - 5/10/16]
... The bravado displayed by the White Helmets under Syrian government and Russian bombardment has captivated some of the most influential observers of the Syrian conflict.
Among the group’s biggest boosters is Sophie McNeill, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation correspondent who was among the first reporters to publish the now-famous photo of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh being extracted from the rubble of an Eastern Aleppo apartment building.
On her Twitter account, McNeill urged readers to donate money to the White Helmets and expressed her hope that the group wins the Nobel Prize.
(McNeill did not respond to questions sent to her publicly listed email.)
Back in November 2014, Tim Dixon, the managing director of Purpose Europe, a former adviser to Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and an original Syria Campaign board member, issued a report detailing how his firm’s “White Helmets campaign uses compelling storytelling to mobilize public support.”
Dixon wrote: “Purpose believed their story had the power to inspire empathy and action in the wider public, and launched the White Helmets campaign in August as part of an ongoing effort to build support for the protection of civilians.” ... [Alternet - 2/10/16]
Why everything you hear about Aleppo is wrong [VIDEO - Ron Paul Institute - 29/9/16]
6 October 2016