368 killed in Iraq; executions continue, mass grave found [Antiwar - 6/8/16]



Protesters clash with police near Iraq oil site [Al Arabiya - 7/8/16]:


... “Zubair’s oil is being stolen by thieves” the protesters chanted.

“It’s our oil, we have a right to it,” was another of their slogans.

“I graduated in computer engineering five years ago and I still haven’t found a job,” said one of the demonstrators, Ahmed Hassan al-Tamimi. ...



Media reports claiming that terrorists entered al-Hamadaniyeh in Aleppo denied [SANA - 7/8/16]



Army engages in fierce battles in Aleppo, establishes control over large parts of town in Eastern Ghouta [SANA - 7/8/16]



At least 10 people, including three children and four women, have been killed in air strikes on a hospital in northwestern Syria's rebel-held Idlib province. ... [Al Jazeera - 7/8/16]



United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/8/16]



Members of the US-led coalition have been accused of deploying a “scorched earth policy” in Syria by activists who claim to have documented scores of civilian deaths.

One group of anti-ISIS activists, called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, has said air strikes supporting a key offensive in Manbij are killing innocent families.

“The international coalition is using a scorched earth policy in the city and supporting the Syrian Democratic forces that have been surrounding the city for two months,” the group said. ... [Independent - 6/8/16]



@AlessandroPens2 [7/8/16]:  Tourists photograph a #Syrian family who has just disembarked on the north of the Greek island of #Lesbos.  



... He can't imagine that Europe will deport people to Turkey after they've gone through such perils in their journey to Europe.

 "I'm not afraid because these people want to live," he says.

 "They want to survive. If there will be peace in their countries, I believe they'll return." ... The fishermen of Lesbos saving refugee lives [Al Jazeera - 7/8/16]



‏@guardiacostiera [7/8/16]:  #StrettodiSicilia #centraleoperativa coordina 2 soccorsi:unità #GuardiaCostiera NaveDattilo e CP325 salvano 399 vite




Day 141 refugee protests, Nauru


We won't give up



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [7/8/16]





An out-of-control ute became airborne before crashing into a carport in Holland Park during the early hours of Sunday morning. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/8/16]



A Queensland man has died after his car rolled and hit a tree on the Bruxner Highway in New South Wales on Friday.

The crash happened about 10.40pm on the Bruxner Highway near Yetnam, about 40 kilometres west of the Queensland town of Texas on the New South Wales border. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/8/16]



Four people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a ute and car crash at Beenleigh on Friday night. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/8/16]



Eight people injured in multi-vehicle crash at Burleigh [MYGC - 5/8/16]



Fools help capture man wielding pitchfork at Palmwoods pharmacy [Brisbane Times - 7/8/16]:


... While in a separate incident, police have also charged a man and a woman following an armed robbery at a Carina supermarket on Saturday afternoon. ...



Woman dies from injuries sustained in alleged domestic violence attack in Sydney home [Nine MSN - 7/8/16]



A Brisbane man with a history of domestic violence breaches has been accused of throttling his latest girlfriend.

The 35-year-old father of two appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday on a charge of unlawfully strangling his partner of six months following an argument over finances.

It was conceded there was a lack of medical evidence to back-up the claim and the accused man was bailed on his own undertaking.

He is required to report to police three times a week and have no contact with the female. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/8/16]



Law that maintains status quo on domestic violence, but looks to incarcerate more people for longer periods in ALP privatised jails, passes Queensland Parliament [ABC - 20/4/16]



A driver is on the run after fleeing the scene of a crash in Sydney's south-west, which left his female passenger fighting for her life in hospital. ... [Nine MSN - 7/8/16]



Teenager Aidan Smith dies, six injured in stabbing at Ryde party [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/8/16]



A 71-year-old man has a broken leg after being attacked by the owner of an aggressive dog north of Brisbane.

Police say the elderly man had been fishing at the beach at Clontarf on Saturday afternoon when an unleashed dog came up to him and started acting aggressively.

He prodded the dog with a fork to get it to go away, drawing the ire of its owner who punched him in the face.

The elderly man lost a tooth after he was knocked to the ground and broke his leg.

He was taken to Redcliffe Hospital for treatment and police have appealed for help to track down his attacker.

Anyone who can help identify the man should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. [Yahoo - 7/8/16]



Police are searching for two men who allegedly mugged a 79-year-old woman as she walked along a busy Gold Coast road this afternoon.

The elderly woman was walking with her 80-year-old friend along Nerang-Broadbeach Road in Carrara when she was targeted around 4pm.

Police said a passenger in a passing vehicle reached out from the window and yanked the 79-year-old’s handbag from her shoulder. ... [MYGC - 7/8/16]



Police are investigating the armed robbery of a taxi driver north of the Gold Coast.

Around 5.05am on Sunday the 33-year-old male taxi driver took a man to an address at Fryar Road at Eagleby where he was robbed.

When they got there the man threatened the driver, demanding money and property. ... [MYGC - 7/8/16]



An teenager has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm over a violent home invasion left a 57-year-old resident with serious facial injuries needing hospital treatment on Saturday morning.

Police allege just before 9am a 17-year-old man attempted to steal money from the 57-year-old male occupant of the Wesley Street, Lutwyche, unit. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/8/16]



A fight between two men in Eagleby during the early hours of Saturday morning, has ended with one being taken to hospital with stab wounds to his back. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/8/16]



Five charged over violent Burleigh brawl [MYGC - 5/8/16]



The 2010 death of a Gold Coast man after he was kicked in the back has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions by the Queensland coroner.

In a decision published this week, coroner James McDougall referred Jeffrey Walter Zinn to the DPP following the inquest at Southport. ... [Brisbane Times - 5/8/16]



Man charged with obstruct police and serious assault police for acting suspiciously and allegedly wielding a knife, Banyo train station [ABC - 7/8/16]



A second Queensland police officer in a week has been nabbed for drink driving.

The 45-year-old sergeant from the Road Policing Command was off-duty when he allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.133 early Saturday morning but has not been stood down. ... [Yahoo - 7/8/16]



Party police "wearing protective equipment" attacked while dispersing young people socialising and having fun, Perth [WA Today - 6/8/16]:


... A 17-year-old boy had also been charged in relation to the two parties and a third man has been charged with being hired as a DJ.  ...



Right-wing Melbourne man, arrested in spectacle designed to garner the "left leaning" public's acceptance of militarised policing, charged with thought crimes  [Reuters - 7/8/16]



... During a brief hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, Galea sat in the dock and made no application for bail.

He said he would fight the charges and believed they were a conspiracy against the patriot movement.

He is due to reappear in court for a committal hearing on August 9.

A member of the True Blue Crew, an anti-immigration group, told the ABC Galea was a member. ... [ABC - 7/8/16]



The re-opening of an inquest into the disappearance and murder of Daniel Morcombe will examine the 2011 police investigation into his killer Brett Cowan.

Launched in 2010, the inquest initially explored the adequacy of the police response to the abduction of Daniel Morcombe in 2003.

Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, pleaded for a reopening of the inquest.

They hope the inquest, set to resume late this year or early 2017, will allow police to form recommendations for future investigations. ... [Nine MSN - 6/8/16]



Valmae Beck: On the care of criminals [Faith and Theology - 7 May, 2008]



A machete-wielding man yelling "Allahu Akbar!" (God is greatest) injured two female police officers before being fatally shot in the Belgian city of Charleroi on Saturday, in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist act.

The attacker was shot by a third officer and subsequently died of his wounds, but the police officers were out of danger, police said. ... [Reuters - 6/8/16]





... "So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford.  "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?" ...



'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish' by Douglas Adams [1984]




"... We are surrounded by fences and by gates ... " ‏@racvictoria [6/8/16]:  Day 86 of peaceful protests #Manus ...  



"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL": Day 140, peaceful protests continue on Nauru via ‏@elahe_zivardar [6/8/16]



While the ABC continue to censor and/or justify Australian atrocities, this is nothing but "refugees are not our problem" propaganda ---> A grassroots group in Bougainville is scrambling to relocate the Carteret Islanders before rising sea levels swallow their land forever. ... [ABC - 7/8/16]



US forcibly return 97 Cuban migrants,  conducts 7 interdictions in past week [Reuters - 6/8/16]




... "We live in an age of mendacity and criminality," [Professor Cornel] West said. "The truth means cutting against the grain."

In that theme, he commended Assange with his signature passion.

"That's what we love about Julian. He's not perfect," West said.

"That brother is honest. He's willing to disclose the truth about the American empire."


Assange a hero:  US Greens Presidential candidate Jill Stein [CNN - 6/8/16]



WikiLeaks's Julian Assange, in an address to the Green Party Convention, said that the Clinton campaign's tactic of encouraging Americans to vote for her to avoid a Trump presidency is "a form of extortion."

He also discussed the importance of sticking to one's principles so that the movement does not become marginalized. [TYT Politics - 6/8/16]



Julian Assange at the US Green Party Convention FULL SPEECH 8/6/16




... We talk to the founder of WikiLeaks about how his recent DNC leaks have no connection to Russia.

Plus what are Hillary Clinton's connections to ISIS and Russia ... [RT - 6/8/16]



National attention is focused on Russian eavesdroppers’ possible targeting of U.S. presidential candidates and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Yet, leaked top-secret National Security Agency documents show that the Obama administration has long been involved in major bugging operations against the election campaigns -- and the presidents -- of even its closest allies.

The United States is, by far, the world’s most aggressive nation when it comes to cyberspying and cyberwarfare. The National Security Agency has been eavesdropping on foreign cities, politicians, elections and entire countries since it first turned on its receivers in 1952. Just as other countries, including Russia, attempt to do to the United States.

What is new is a country leaking the intercepts back to the public of the target nation through a middleperson. There is a strange irony in this. Russia, if it is actually involved in the hacking of the computers of the Democratic National Committee, could be attempting to influence a U.S. election by leaking to the American public the falsehoods of its leaders.

This is a tactic Washington used against the Soviet Union and other countries during the Cold War. ... [Reuters - 4/8/16]


Clinton friend McAuliffe says Clinton will flip on TPP, then walks it back [Politico – 26/7/16]



DNC drops “Democratic” mask, as Hillary takes it over, openly. (This is not a joke.) [Mark Crispin Miller - 19/6/16]



Neoliberal think tank report reveals ‘blueprint’ for US empire under Hillary Clinton [Mint Press News - 7/6/16]



Bill Leak, and ‘difficult conversations’ we need to have [Indigenous X - 5/8/16]



30 years of "Doonesbury" on Donald Trump: Cartoonist Garry Trudeau on the GOP's "natural born toon" [Democracy Now - 5/8/16]:


... AMY GOODMAN: I wanted to go to a quote of yours a few years ago. You said, "Traditionally, satire has comforted the afflicted while afflicting the comfortable. Satire punches up, against authority of all kinds, the little guy against the powerful. ... Ridiculing the non-privileged is almost never funny—it’s just mean. By punching downward, by attacking the powerless, disenfranchised minority with crude, vulgar drawings closer to graffiti than cartoons, Charlie wandered into the realm of hate speech." You were talking about Charlie Hebdo


AMY GOODMAN: —the magazine in Paris.


AMY GOODMAN: And the—this, after the attack that took place that killed a number of the cartoonists. Explain what you were saying.

GARRY TRUDEAU: I did. And that was very controversial at the time, to my great surprise. It didn’t seem like I was saying anything particularly controversial. But feelings were still raw. This was only a few months after the killings. And although I had honored the cartoonists in the strip, by name, and including their drawings in a Sunday section, I nonetheless disagreed with what—you know, what they were trying to do with their art. I just simply wouldn’t have done it. Life is full of editing decisions. You can’t go through a day without making a dozen decisions not to do something. Editors do that with newspapers. We do it in relationships. It’s just something I wouldn’t do, and most cartoonists in this country wouldn’t do. You don’t do it just because you can. We all understand that you can. That’s—we all get the First Amendment. But each person has to decide for themselves when you cross a line. ...




7 August 2016