United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/4/17]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [7/4/17]:
Nineveh: News agencies:The aircraft has targeted the largest hospital in Mosul"Ibin Sina" in the medical city west of Mosul.
3 persons were either killed or wounded as an IED exploded in Taji district north of Baghdad.
More than 40 civilians were killed on Thursday in air strike targeting a house northwest of Mosul Nineveh governorate.
Local residents told The Baghdad Post the government air strikes on a house in Shaheed Mayuf village, west of Badush town, northwest of Mosul.
The victims were trying to escape towards safe exit corridors before they were arrested by ISIS and taken as human shields.
Separately, two government pilots were reported killed on Thursday in Nineveh province after ISIS terrorists targeted their aircraft in the left bank of Mosul.
Also, eight students were killed and four others were injured when four bombs exploded at Mosul University. [The Baghdad Post - 6/4/17]
UN Security Council to meet Friday on US strikes in Syria [Reuters - 7/4/17]
Syrian Army Command: US missile attack violates int’l laws, makes the US a partner of terrorist organisations [SANA - 7/4/17]
Nine civilians, including four children, were killed in the US missile attack on a military airbase and the nearby villages in the southeastern countryside of Homs province.
Civil sources told SANA that two missiles used in the US attack that hit al-Shairat airbase in the Central Region killed five civilians, including three children, in addition to causing huge material damage to the houses.
Another US missile fell in al-Hamrat village, killing four civilians, including a child.
Moreover, seven civilians were injured as a missile struck houses in al-Manzoul village, 4 km away from al-Shairat airbase. ... [SANA - 7/4/17]
@GrayInGlasgow [7/4/17]: On Tuesday I reported that @AirWars' number of civilians killed in western-led bombing of Syria-Iraq since 2014 was 2,831. It's now 2,978.
@trevortimm [7/4/17]: Brian Williams refers to this Pentagon video of missiles going to kill people as "beautiful" 3 times in 30 seconds
Another dangerous rush to judgment in Syria [Consortiumnews.com- 5/4/17]
WikiLeaks reveals how the US aggressively pursued regime change in Syria, igniting a bloodbath [Truthout - 9/10/15]:
On August 31, 2013, US president Barack Obama announced that he intended to launch a military attack on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack in that country that the US blamed on the Syrian government.
Obama assured the US public that this would be a limited action solely intended to punish the Assad government for using chemical weapons; the goal of US military action would not be to overthrow the Assad government, nor to change the balance of forces in Syria's sectarian civil war. ...
The U.S. Army paid tribute Thursday to the 100th anniversary of the American military entering World War I, a move that would cost the lives of nearly 117,000 Doughboys.
A modest ceremony at the Pentagon marked the decision by Congress on April 6, 1917, to declare war on Imperial Germany for its campaign of unrestricted submarine warfare.
Period art and recruitment posters flashed on two digital screens, offering such slogans as "The Pep of the Yankee Boy," "We've called the Kaiser's Bluff" and "Berlin or Bust."
Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," dressed in World War I-era uniforms.
The U.S. Army Chorus sang "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" and "Over There." ... [Military.com - 6/4/17]
7 mins 30 secs in ---> What would you say this war is about Jack Reed?: Profits. [Reds -1981]
@sol2refugees [6/4/17]: 49 #refugees were deported today from #Lesvos. ...
1,350 migrants rescued in Mediterranean [Reuters - 6/4/17]
Passover Seder conducted for refugees at Holot [Jerusalem Post - 6/4/17]
Documenting signs of life around an Israeli refugee concentration camp [Hyperallergic - 4/4/17]:
... Doing Time in Holot could be a timely and informative comment on the large population of African asylum seekers in Israel — estimated at nearly 46,000, with 92% from Eritrea and Sudan — that the right-wing government has mistreated, restricted , and repeatedly referred to as “infiltrators.”
What better way to acquaint Israeli museumgoers with the realities faced by their unseen neighbors than an exhibition that communicates the impossible decisions asylum seekers are forced to make?
These decisions include, but aren’t limited to, returning to the dangers of their home countries; leaving Holot and facing imprisonment; and accepting monetary incentives to relocate to a third country — usually Rwanda or Uganda — where their legal status cannot be guaranteed. But visitors to the exhibition won’t come away with any of this information, unless they buy the catalogue. ...
The state calls them family residential centers.
Opponents have called them “prisons for profit” and “little jails.”
On Wednesday, committees in both legislative chambers will address bills that would allow the Department of Family and Protective Services to license Texas facilities that house unauthorized mothers and children while they await their immigration hearings.
At issue is the licensing of the Karnes County Residential Center — which can house up to 830 unauthorized immigrant families awaiting hearings — and the South Texas Family Residential Center, which can hold up to 2,400 people.
Both are run by private prison companies.
The facilities were converted to hold unauthorized immigrant families after an influx of Central Americans in 2014. ... [Dallas Morning News - 4/4/17]
Media allows Nauru dictator to use Australian visit to promote his country's torture of refugees and phony Obama-US "deal" [Nine MSN - 6/4/17]:
... Mr Waqa and his wife Louisa will visit Brisbane and Canberra after Sydney.
He will also meet with officials from the Asian Development Bank, opposition MPs and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey. ...
Political prisoners of the Australian government and opposition protest on Nauru, June 2016
Profiting from people's misery won't last forever: Asian Development Bank to Nauru [RNZI - 1/3/17]
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has appointed Deborah Stokes [Former Australian High Commissioner to PNG] as Vice-President for Administration and Corporate Management. ... [Media Release - 24/11/15]
June 2015 edition of Australian government's Manus Island pro-concentration camp/pro-torture propaganda an example of fascism which mocks locals, refugees and Australians. [ABC - 24/6/15]:
The operator of the Manus Island detention centre has donated a mobile boxing ring to the community, despite local staff being accused of bashing an Iranian asylum seeker to death last year.
The donation was publicised in the Australian High Commission's monthly newsletter.
"The mobile boxing ring will assist the Boxing Association to stage boxing tournaments in all places in Manus," said the newsletter caption. ...
Probably the last time the former protected and unaccountable High Commissioner in PNG was questioned by the media - 11 mins in ----> [VIDEO - Keep Out! - SBS Dateline - 28/3/13]:
… Just days before Prime Minister Gillard's arrival in Port Morseby, the Australian High Commissioner, Deborah Stokes, made a flying visit to the refugee centre, not expecting to be bugged, it would seem, by the presence of any journalists on the island.
REPORTER: Ma'am, it's Mark Davis from SBS TV, can I ask you how your trip was to the facility?
DEBORAH STOKES, AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER: It was a very straight forward trip to the facility.
REPORTER: Are you concerned - I mean there's been various rumours published about the place. Are you concerned about those rumours of inadequate facilities for children and mistreatment of adults?
DEBORAH STOKES: I've had a good look at the facility and that's all I can say at this point.
REPORTER: Could I ask you one question - why is the place so obsessively secretive - no access to journalists, NGOs, lawyers?
DEBORAH STOKES: It's run by the Papua New Guinean Government and that's their decision.
REPORTER: The Papua New Guinean Government says it's not, the Prime Minister says he's happy for journalists and others to go there because he's worried the rumours are growing to such a degree no-one can verify them or otherwise.
DEBORAH STOKES: We will have a discussion with the PNG Government about that.
REPORTER: So as far as you're aware, the Australian Government has no problem with access?
DEBORAH STOKES: The PNG Government is the administrator of the centre and it is on their land, and we will have a discussion with them about that.
REPORTER: So theoretically if they're happy with it, it shouldn't be a problem?
DEBORAH STOKES: Yes. ...
Current Affair personality deported from Manus Island while undertaking hit job on pro-ALP "advocate" who has married a refugee? ---> An Australian journalist has been detained on Manus island and is to be deported today.Yesterday immigration was searching for her @BehrouzBoochani [7/4/17]
.@Lulu_Mary @DianneBaumann LIke this? ... Or this? ... @Aussie4Refugees [25/3/17]
It is 1 year since Australia's refugee prison [on Manus Island] was declared unconstitutional and ordered to close. It is still open. Where is your story on that? @Aussie4Refugees [25/3/17]
New charges against man who attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal anti-refugee "resettlement" regime mentioned in court [PNG Loop - 6/4/17]:
Iranian refugee Loghman Sawari has been slapped with two more charges under the Migration Act.
The 21 year old refugee was taken to the Waigani Police Station on Tuesday afternoon straight from his court trial at the Waigani District Court by police and Immigration officials.
He was then charged for making False Representation under section 16(1)(e) of the Migration act.
He was also charged under section 16(1)(k) of the same act for using a passport which was fraudulently obtained.
His case under these new charges was briefly mentioned in court today by Magistrate John Kaumi.
Sawari was not in court and the matter was adjourned to next week.
He allegedly used false identification to obtain travel documents which he later used to leave PNG for Fiji.
For the first case, his lawyer, Loani Henao told the court on Tuesday that there was no evidence that he used a PNG Passport, number e133854 to travel out nor obtained the passport from falsified information.
A ruling on the no-case submission is expected on April 11. ...
Loghman Sawari - and all the other men, women and children imprisoned on Manus and Nauru - are stateless because of the inaction of the UNHCR [ABC- 23/2/17]
Turnbull visits PNG in leadup to election, as Australia's atrocities against refugees continue unopposed and unscrutinised [The National - 7/4/17]:
National Health Board deputy chairman Dr Mathias Sapuri hopes that Australia and Papua New Guinea will talk about the health sector during Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s visit to PNG this weekend.
Sapuri said despite all the assistance, PNG was not getting the maximum benefit from these programmes.
He said most of the money returned to Australia through high management costs and expensive consultants to run these programmes.
“This is a long overdue visit and I am pleased that this happening now,” Sapuri said.
“Australia and PNG should a have a frank discussion about health sector AusAID programmes. We thank the Australian taxpayers for the aid in donor programmes but despite all the help, we not getting the maximum benefit from these programmes.
“Most of the money returns to Australia through 30 to 40 per cent of management and paying expensive consultants to run the programmes.
“I feel strongly that it is about time Australia and PNG stop these programmes and directly fund health infrastructures, upgrade facilities, fund a new cancer institute, upgrade specialist services with new facilities and train specialist overseas, fix the drug supply system and fix the rural health programmes.
“This visit also should address Manus refugees centre, assist PNG in sustainable agriculture development.”
PNG lawyer calls on public to vote out MPs, back fresh faces [The National - 7/4/17]
@BehrouzBoochani [7/4/17]: Bloody company IHMS coming back to #Manus, Paradise company will leave soon. Corruption, a dirty game for money. Torture continues
The Manus Island detention centre’s controversial healthcare provider – International Health and Medical Services – has been forced to abandon the island because it was found to be practising medicine unlicensed. ... [The National - 7/4/17]
... Dr Dudley said various modern states have purported to protect citizens by identifying security threats, targeting "undesirables" and eliminating public scrutiny.
"Australians may be psychically numbed about boat interceptions and gulags, but cannot claim ignorance," he wrote.
In the journal, Dr Dudley said health and welfare workers who assisted the Nazi regime were usually ordinary people motivated by "peer and situational pressures, careerism and ideological commitments", and that "euphemism, bureaucratic routines and missionary zeal facilitated psychic numbing and denial".
He called for the healthcare of asylum seekers to be transferred from the immigration bureaucracy to state and federal health departments to strengthen clinical independence and help uphold ethical codes.
Dr Dudley said health professionals working in the detention regime were "lending credibility to abuses", whether deliberately or inadvertently. ... [Brisbane Times - 18/2/16]:
Two 14-year-old male juveniles attending a primary school in Lorengau in Manus were arrested and charged by police for sexual penetration of their female schoolmate, also a 14-year-old.
Acting police commander Senior Inspector David Yapu said on Wednesday that the three students were in Grade 7.
He said the victim was returning home from school to her home when she was confronted by the two suspects who pulled her into the bushes on the roadside and sexually penetrated her and later released her. ... [The National - 7/4/17]
Alleged rape victim kills herself [PNG Loop - 31/3/17]:
The body of a young woman in her early 20s was recovered by police in Manus on Monday this week after she went missing on March 23.
Her lifeless body was discovered hanging from a tree at Kambos village, in the Penabu/Nalisopat Local Level Government, Lorengau, Manus Province.
Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, Inspector David Yapu, said the woman was identified as Akili Chris who recently completed her Grade 10 at Manus Secondary School.
The cause of death is yet to be determined by police at this stage but according to police reports, she was earlier raped by her uncle. ...
Manus Island rape claims: Censored report shows Australia's Immigration Department hiding something [ABC - 2/6/16]:
The MP for Manus Island has accused the Federal Government of a cover-up after the Immigration Department released a largely censored report into the alleged rape of a detention centre employee.
The 68-page document obtained by Lateline under freedom of information refers to the alleged rape of the Papua New Guinean woman by three Australian security guards in July last year.
It is alleged the woman had been drinking with the Wilson security guards, when she was allegedly drugged and later found naked and unconscious in a bathroom at the security staff quarters.
A short time after, the men were stood down and returned to Australia.
In December last year, Lateline lodged a freedom of information request into the case.
Six months later, the Department released the document, however almost every page has been redacted.
The Department argued making the information public would damage Australia's relationship with Papua New Guinea. ...
@Aussie4Refugees [17/2/17]: US Congressman Jason Chaffetz visits Port Moresby, 15 February 2014
... A stand and deliver moment against 20 guards knowing they were going to smash me. @nampix Nick Moir [22/2/14]
Guardian [1 March, 2014]:
Chilling footage has emerged of “war zone”-like scenes during last week’s unrest at the Manus Island detention centre, showing dozens of asylum seekers – most unconscious or semiconscious and many with serious injuries – receiving treatment from frantic staff tending to them by torchlight. ...
Q. Why has there never been a coup in America?
A. Because there's no US Embassy in Washington.
US Marines to be based in new US Embassy in Port Moresby [The Loop - 6/4/17]
... Construction work on the compound began in 2010 but was put on hold in 2012 following the attack of two US Government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith.
Following these the US Government endorsed and approved new security features to be included in all foreign US missions. ... [PNG Loop - 5/4/17]
A Papua New Guinea NGO says poverty is a prominent factor in ongoing sorcery-related attacks and killings.
Four years ago, parliament repealed the 1971 Sorcery Act which criminalised sorcery and recognised the accusation of sorcery as a defence in murder cases.
Ms Igo said moves to establish a new Sorcery Act to adequately define the problem had stalled, partly because the nature of sorcery made it difficult to prove it has happened. ... [RNZI - 7/4/17]
National Cultural Commission says Christian fundamentalist "Burn the Witch" National Day of Repentance incites violence against PNG traditional culture [PNG Loop - 25/8/15]
Thousands of people braved the heat of Port Moresby and gathered at the Jackson's International airport to welcome the historical 404 year old King James Bible from the United States.
The bible was brought in by a government delegation led by parliament speak Theodore Zuorenuoc.
It is a gift of State of Indiana in the United States to the people for Papua New Guinea.
Men, women and children from many denominations began praying and singing praise, giving glory to the Lord as soon as the plane doors opened.
Reverend Walters along with other church elders carried the Bible out from the plane, along the red carpet and onto the stage.
Tears of joy were shed by the people who were crying out openly, praising the Lord ... [PNG Facts - April 2015]
US Ambassador Ebert-Gray visits New Tribes Mission in Goroka [PNG Loop - 18/2/17]
PNG PM sign deal with Israel for defence, security [PINA - 17/10/13]
... At the moment, more than 20% of the approximately eight million citizens of Papua New Guinea are born-again believers.
But this does not give the full picture of the spiritual landscape of the nation.
About 80% call themselves Christians and in this country it means you have turned away from idols to the living God – the God of the Bible!
So as a people, they have now gone from paganism to being a God-fearing nation in just a few short generations. ... [International Christian Assembly Jerusalem - 23/3/15]
PAPUAN SEPARATIST ACTIVITY [9 February 1975]:
... 9. AUSTRALIAN PRESS, SEEMINGLY BORED WITH RUN OF THE MILL DOINGS HERE, TENDS EXAGGERATES SUCH SITUATIONS COMPLETELY OUT OF PROPORTION. WITHIN HOURS RAG TAG GROUP OF FRUSTRATED LAND HUNGRY VILLAGERS WERE MYSTICALLY TRANSFORMED INTO SERIED RANKS OF NEW REVOLUTIONARY ARMY. VILLAGE SORCERY HERE INEFFICIENT WHEN COMPARED TO MEDIA CONJURORS. ...
7 April 2017