No journalism. No opposition. Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy continues. ---> Media and politicians now using Murdoch Sky hate propaganda to blame Nauru political prisoners for not accepting the bogus "US deal" [Canberra Times - 7/12/16]
Have any Australian politicians demanded that the Australian public be able to see details of bogus "US refugee deal"? [Australian Financial Review - 7/12/16]
Teachers 4 ALP do anti-Dutton protest theatre and don't call on their union to divest from refugee concentration camps [Daily Mail - 7/12/16]
A gentle reminder: unions are part of the detention industry [xBorder - 22/7/15]
@nslwin [7/12/16]: Today at 5am #Myanmar military enters into #USheyKya village and firing without any reason. Now they are beating the #Rohingya women.
Myanmar Army reported gang raping Rohingya women and plundering homes in Myaw Taung [Rohingya Blogger - 7/12/16]
@JonahFisherBBC [7/12/16]: Empty villages and more allegations of rape - our latest piece. Myanmar: Inside the closed Rakhine region
The bipartisan anti-refugee policy of successive Australian governments led to another tragedy last Friday.
A young Rohingya man, who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager nearly four years ago, reportedly doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a suburban branch of the Commonwealth Bank. ... [WSWS - 22/11/16]
Evidently Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide is having a positive impact on gas exploration activities [Prothom Alo - 5/12/16]:
... South Korean resource developer Posco Daewoo Corporation, which has been engaged in exploration of a nearby gas block in the maritime area of neighboring Myanmar, is expecting to develop offshore gas fields in Bangladesh’s deep sea gas block-12.
The deep sea block 12 is located near the Thalin-1A gas exploration well in block AD-7 of Myanmar that the Korean resource developer succeeded in discovering gas reserves in February this year. ...
Their atrocities greenlighted by the "international community" and Kofi Annan, Myanmar stops sending workers to Malaysia [Yahoo - 7/12/16]:
... The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing "genocide", during a rally in Kuala Lumpur that drew thousands of people. ...
Aung San Suu Kyi laughs when she says the Muslim-Rohingya genocide is just 'fabrication' [Malaysian Digest - 5/12/16]
More than 15 illegal firearms were seized during raids in far north Queensland just weeks after a gun factory was uncovered on the Gold Coast.
Police searched seven residences between Gordonvale and Cairns and seized three semi-automatic rifles, three shotguns, eight centre fire rifles and five concealable handguns during a week-long investigation last week. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/12/16]
Forklift used in Carrara ram raid [MYGC - 6/12/16]
Accused murderer allegedly 'eaten up' by inability to control ex-partner [ABC - 6/12/16]
Human remains found on a rural property in southwest Queensland are those of missing Gold Coast man Jamie Hardgraves, police have confirmed.
The remains were found on a Kerridges Rd property at Glen Aplin, south of Stanthorpe, on Thursday December 1. ... [MYGC - 5/12/16]
Mary Valley farmers fear manganese mine proposal could cause toxic soils [ABC - 7/12/16]
Cane farmers north of the Gold Coast will send their cane to a New South Wales mill for crushing as their "disastrous" harvest continues.
The Rocky Point Sugar Mill has been barely functioning all crushing season, and is now out of action for the rest of the season following a fire that destroyed the mill's control room last week. ... [ABC - 7/12/16]
A pet dog has been rescued from a burning home at Elanora on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Quick-thinking tradie Garry Webber rushed to the animal’s aid, retrieving it from the inferno. ... [MYGC - 7/12/16]
Two people had to be hospitalised after a house fire broke out at Ashmore.
Fire crews were called to the home on Maralinga Drive went it went up in flames around 4am on Tuesday. ... [Gold FM - 6/12/16]
A boy has been taken to hospital and a number of residents have been left in shock after lightning strikes on the Gold Coast.
QAS Gold Coast operations supervisor Gavin Fuller said paramedics responded to three reported lightning strikes to homes. ... [Brisbane Times - 7/12/16]
Man killed by lightning strike on Mount Warning [Tweed Shire Echo - 6/12/16]
Teenage girl seriously injured after falling down gorge at North Stradbroke Island [MYGC - 6/12/16]
@QldAmbulance [6/12/16]: 4 y/o girl taken stable to Gold Coast Hosp after a near drowning in #Tallebudgera Valley this afternoon.
@QldAmbulance [6/12/16]: Male in his 40s stable to @pahospital with a hand injury after a power tool incident at a construction site at #Bulimba at 1.45pm.
@QldAmbulance [6/12/16]: 50 y/o male taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital w/ serious head injuries after he was hit by a car on Thompson Rd, #Deception Bay about 9:50pm
Man hospitalised after being hit by car, Burleigh Waters [MYGC - 7/12/16]
A family has had a lucky escape after a driver lost control and smashed through a Logan home in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Police say the man was driving along Gaskell Street around 1.45am when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed through the back fence of a residence in Leelaban Place before ending up in the lounge room of the house. ... [MYGC - 7/12/16]
A teenage boy has been taken to hospital after a car slammed into a tree on the Gold Coast this afternoon.
The accident occurred on Currumbin Creek Road at Currumbin Valley just before 1.00pm. ... [MYGC - 6/12/16]
Queensland Rail sale will protect passanger services and capital building jobs [Premier and Treasurer Media Release - 6 June 2009]:
... "In the long term, a privatised Queensland Rail would be a stronger more sustainable business that will continue to grow and create jobs in Queensland. ...
A train believed to belong to Pacific National derailed five kilometres east of Julia Creek on Wednesday morning.
Several readers of the North West Star have said it is a Pacific National train and we have asked Pacific National to confirm.
Queensland Rail confirmed that two wagons of a zinc concentrate mineral freight train derailed at low speed at Quarrels, east of Julia Creek. ... [North West Star - 7/12/16]
Hughenden in crisis after Aurizon cuts [North West Star - 7/12/16]
If you want people to work at your Commonwealth Games, you can bloody well pay them ---> The State Government is calling for Gold Coasters to sign up as volunteers at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. ... [MYGC - 6/12/16]
The ALP are fascists ---> The Andrews government on Tuesday will introduce laws banning parole for police murderers, which is likely to be swiftly passed in the final week of parliament with bipartisan support.
The new laws will be retrospective and cover three police killers in Victorian prisons, including Russell Street bomber Craig Minogue. ... [The Age - 6/12/16]
The Queensland Premier says she stands by the police service, although she was yet to read a Federal Court judgment that police were unlawfully discriminatory in responding to a 2004 death in custody on Palm Island.
Ms Palaszczuk praised Palm Island's recent history.
"That whole community has completely transformed," she said.
"They are going from success after success after success and the building of community on that island is absolutely wonderful to see." ... [ABC - 6/12/16]
Kalgoorlie to follow suit after Palm Island court ruling [SBS - 7/12/16]:
... Following the death of 14-year-old Elijah Doughty earlier this year, the Kalgoorlie community has experienced a series of violent incidents and protests, which have flared tensions in the town and with authorities.
Now, locals believe the Palm Island ruling could open the door for a similar challenge.
Earlier this week, Indigenous activist Lex Wotton, who led the Federal Court action on behalf of Palm Island after being jailed for 'leading the riots', had already mentioned that the decision could trigger other court cases around the country.
Wotton told NITV: “Hopefully, I will just take up causes in other areas. This is just one case in the area of policing. But there is a lot of institutional racism out there, and that needs to change. That’s where people need to get up there and voice it, and bring it to light.”
Palm Island also sets a precedent for Ms Dhu's death in custody case.
The West Australian Coroner announced it will hand down findings from the coronial inquest, including the family’s request for the release of CCTV Vision, on the 16th of December.
The mother of former Don Dale youth detainee Dylan Voller says her son is too scared to give evidence at the Royal Commission into youth detention in the Northern Territory for fear of retribution, and he has plans to go on a hunger strike.
Voller had been expected to give evidence at the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory about his experiences as a child detainee at Darwin's Don Dale youth detention centre.
He is now 19 and detained at Darwin's adult prison, where his mother Joanne Voller said he had been threatened with violence by some of the guards.
Ms Voller told the ABC her son did not want to give evidence to the Royal Commission via a telelink with guards "standing next to him". ... [ABC - 7/12/16]
Changing the date of Australia Day because of the offence caused to Indigenous people by celebrating on January 26 is part of a proposal sent to all levels of government by a Broome resident. ... [ABC - 6/12/16]
@Clintonswalk [5/12/16]: Herbert & Sylvia at Lockridge Community Gate! Herbert sits here every Monday waiting to be allowed back on his family's land. #ClintonsWalk
@Clintonswalk [3/12/16]: #ClintonsWalk Timesheets page has been updated! New map! New state! Over 1800kms and counting! ...
Blind in Kashmir with 100 pellets lodged in his head [Al Jazeera - 7/12/16]:
... On the evening of July 17, 2016, after the curfew had been lifted, Danish was hit by pellets in his face and eyes from a distance of about 10 metres, as he sat chatting with his friends at a tea stall near his house. ...
Indian security forces suppressing protests in Kashmir used 12-gauge shotguns unsuited to crowd control, causing permanent injuries to hundreds of people, including blindness, a U.S.-based rights group said Tuesday.
The group Physicians for Human Rights said that security forces have routinely blocked access to medical care in violation of international law. ... [Yahoo - 7/12/16]
Kashmir Today [7/12/16]:
... Clashes erupted in Murran village of Pulwama in south Kashmir on Wednesday after government forces foiled a pro-freedom rally.
Protests broke out after forces raided the Murran to prevent the rally, reports and witnesses said.
They said that youth hurled rocks at forces who responded by firing teargas shells.
Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has backed federal financial support for Indian company Adani Group's $16.5 billion Carmichael mine. ... [Australian Financial Review - 7/12/16]
Adani Carmichael coal mine objection [Environmental Defenders Office, Queensland – 27/4/15]:
In a dramatic revelation, the Land Court of Queensland today heard evidence that suggests that Adani has grossly inflated its job numbers to try to secure approval of its huge Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin.
Adani’s own independent expert witness, Dr Jerome Fahrer, admitted that the mine and railway will only produce 1,464 net jobs per annum – far, far less than the 10,000 jobs figure Adani has trumpeted on its website for mine, rail and port. ...
Private dinners, lavish parties and shoulder rubbing. How coal giant Adani charmed Australia's political elite [Guardian – 21/8/15]:
... In October 2010, Queensland’s then Premier Anna Bligh travelled to India on a trade mission to promote the state’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games and “strengthen Queensland’s position as an ally and destination for future trade and investment in the eyes of the Indian market and nation leaders”.
A report tabled to the Queensland Parliament shows that Bligh’s first official meeting with Indian figures was with Adani, where the company’s owner Gautam Adani and his international development executive Harsh Mishra got to quiz the Premier about policies relating to rail lines, underground coal gasification and support for mining in the Galilee Basin.
Bligh also “agreed to attend the opening” of Adani’s offices in Brisbane later that month and extended an invitation for Adani to meet with its co-ordinator general when they were next in Brisbane.
After Campbell Newman won power for the Liberal National Party in Queensland, he led a trade mission to India too.
While there, Newman joined former Labor Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and a 76-strong business delegation for a tour of an Adani port and a power plant, reportedly getting there on a private jet.
The report on the trade mission, tabled to Parliament, shows that Mr Adani then hosted a lavish reception at his home for the entire delegation.
Judging by one freelance photographer’s images, the event was quite an affair with much handshaking all-round.
The event was part of “OzFest” – Australia’s “largest cultural festival” for which Adani was a “platinum sponsor”
In 2013, the Queensland Governent was again in India for a trade mission led by then Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and, again, the Adani company was on hand.
Seeney’s delegation travelled with Adani executive Harsh Mishra to visit an Adani-owned port and power station before Seeney had a private lunch with the company.
Later that same day, Seeney met with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now the Indian Prime Minister) and… Gautum Adani. ...
Arundhati Roy in Chicago on Modi and the Hindu Nationalists [VIDEO - March 18, 2013]
From 'The Chequebook & The Cruise-Missile: Conversations with Arundhati Roy by David Barsamian' [Harper Perennial, 2004]:
In March 2002, a pogrom was carried out against the Muslim population of Gujarat. You've written an essay on this entitled "Democracy: who Is She When She Is at Home." What happened in Gujarat?
In February 2002, the BJP was gearing up for elections in Uttar Pradesh. They had trundled out their favourite campaign issue, the building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. Communal tension was at a fever pitch. People were traveling to Ayodhya by train to participate in the building of the temple.
At the time, Gujarat was the only major state in India to have a BJP government. It had for some time been the laboratory in which Hindu fascism had been conducting an elaborate experiment.
In late February, a train carrying belligerent VHP and Bajrang Dal activists was stopped by a mob outside the Godhra station. A whole compartment of the train was set on fire and fifty-eight people were burnt alive.
Nobody really knew who was responsible for the carnage. Within hours, a meticulously planned pogrom was unleashed against the Muslim community. About two thousand Muslims were killed.
One hundred and fifty thousand were driven from their homes. Women were publicly gang-raped. Parents were bludgeoned to death in front of their children.
The leaders of the mob had computer-generated lists marking out Muslim-owned shops, homes, and businesses, which were burned to the ground. Muslim places of worship were desecrated.
The mob was equipped with trucks loaded with thousands of gas cylinders that had been hoarded weeks in advance. The police did not merely protect the mob, but provided covering fire.
Within months, Gujarat's Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, announced proudly that he wanted to have early elections. He believed that the pogrom would win him Hindu hearts.
Congolese troops last week detained dozens of South Sudanese soldiers who were fleeing a rebel attack across the border, a local radio station and aid workers said on Tuesday, increasing fears of spillover from South Sudan's conflict. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]
More Chinese peacekeepers arrive in South Sudan [South Sudan News Agency - 5/12/16]
Fourteen suspected criminals were killed after a confrontation with police and marines in Mexico's Gulf state of Veracruz, Mexican police said on Monday. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]
@wikileaks [7/12/16]: Assange releases full testimony in Swedish 'sex case' ...
@WLTaskForce: WikiLeaks editor Julian #Assange has been detained for six years without charge as of 7 December 2016 ... #6YearsTooLong
Fourth UN agency in Jordan dumps G4S [Electronic Intifada - 6/12/16]
STOP THE LIES!
END THE POLICY!
FREE THE REFUGEES!
For over 3 years the Australian media, human rights establishment and snouts in the trough NGOs have remained largely oblivious to the articulate and effective protests and resistance on Nauru and Manus Island.
Their infantilization, victim blaming, intellectual dishonesty, endless opinionating, seminars, forums and partisan pantomimes have played a key role in keeping the (illegal) policy - and its deliberately deadly impacts - beyond scrutiny.
"WHERE IS FREEDOM? AFTER THREE YEARS!"
Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, April 2016
... The great achievement of this movement was to send a message of freedom to people all around the globe. ... Viva Freedom: Message to Australia from Manus Island following the mass hunger strike in January 2015.
Australia, exceptional in its brutality, Behrouz Boochani [25/4/16]:
... These island camps on Manus and Nauru can be conceived similarly to the wheel cages that criminals, those accused and those sentenced to death, were put in and taken to cities to represent and advertise the power of violence.
I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe. ...
Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island 
@Jay_Williams003 [7/12/16]: S195/2016 (Manus Island detention case) was adjourned for two weeks for the parties to negotiate a special case.
More on Manus Island political prisoners' High Court challenge [The Conversation - 5/5/16]
... A solicitor for the group, Mathew Byrnes, also called for a Royal Commission into the operation of the Manus Island centre.
"In addition to the orders being sought from the High Court in these applications, we are of the view that there is an urgent need for an inquiry or a Royal Commission in relation to the arrangements," Mr Byrnes said.
Mr Byrnes said any inquiry should be headed by retired High Court justice Michael Kirby. ...
On 26 April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court ruled Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island illegal.
Medical neglect aspect of Australia's anti-refugee "deterrence" policy takes considerable effort to defend: Doctors 4 ALP [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/12/16]
Only 3 months of anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy to go until the "Refugee Alternatives" conference! [Refugee Council of Australia]
In Cairo, Ethiopia's Oromos protest the UNHCR [Reuters – 6/12/16]:
In Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been the target of bitter criticism and even violent protest this year.
Protests at the agency's Cairo headquarters - including one man setting himself on fire - have been led by Oromos, the single biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia.
The Oromos say the UNHCR - which by agreement with the Egyptian government has responsibility for determining asylum applications in Egypt - has routinely rejected their asylum claims.
The Oromos claim the UN agency has been hostile to their allegations of discrimination, persecution and even torture by the government of Ethiopia.
Protests and a government crackdown in Ethiopia have left 140 (the government estimate) or 314 (Human Rights Watch) dead since July and pushed thousands of people to flee the country.
UNHCR said the criticism is unfounded. It conceded there had been delays to processing applications but said those were caused by a shortage of resources.
It was "absolutely not true to say we reject everyone," said Tariq Argaz, a UNHCR spokesman.
Nevertheless, an increasing number of Oromos in Cairo have tried to get to Europe this year.
Almost half of the estimated 150 Ethiopians who drowned in a sinking on April 9 joined the voyage straight from the UNHCR protest, according to relatives and survivors, who said the UN agency effectively pushed them to risk the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.
"We have come to feel in Cairo, it is Europe or death!" said Arafat Abdulrahman, an Oromo who lost several friends in the April disaster.
He set off for Italy himself and arrived safely in July.
Muaz Mahmud, the Oromo migrant who lost his wife Duniya and their two-month-old baby in the shipwreck, is furious with the UN.
"If our case had been taken seriously we would have waited for the UN to make a decision," he said.
"We wouldn't have dared to leave. But we lost hope."
Mahmud, 25, said he fled Ethiopia after being arrested for protesting.
He said police had tortured him with electric shocks.
"'You don't have the right to speak,'" he said they told him.
"'If you want to be silent and live silently, you go ahead and live silently.'"
In late April, UNHCR in Cairo agreed to work with Oromo groups to resolve the growing dispute there.
But 40 or so refugees remained camped outside the agency's office.
In July, Getu Ayana, 26, doused himself with petrol and lit a match. Another migrant, Asli Nure, tried to put out the flames.
Her clothes caught alight, and both died. According to other Oromos, the self-immolation was in protest at the high number of rejected asylum claims.
Argaz, the UNHCR spokesman, said staff helped get the two medical attention.
He said every refugee application is treated on its merits and processed in a transparent and fair way.
Abdo Mohamed, chairman of the Oromo Sons Refugee Association in Cairo, said frustrations remains.
"The UNHCR have promised to work on this issue but they are still rejecting people," he said.
“Omid was doing well, enduring hardships for better future. What happened to Omid’s hope? Who has taken his hope? Who has taken our hope, our Omid? Who has made the life so bitter for him?”
(And why isn't anyone interested in pursuing the truth? Doesn't Omid's wife and family deserve that?)
[Guardian - 21/5/16]
Omid [ABC - 29/4/16]
Questions the UNHCR have not yet answered ---> ... Why we are treated so inhumanely??? Why the humanitarian organizations around the world (UNHCR, Amnesty International, US Committee for Refugees) are the silent spectators on the inhumane treatment and harsh policy of Australian Government. To UNHCR from refugees on Nauru [13/5/16]
Austria to fine or jail migrants who lie to authorities [Reuters - 6/12/16]
Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested eight Bosnian Serbs suspected of killing around 120 Bosniak and Croat men and boys in northwest Bosnia at the start of the 1992-95 war. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]
Israel deports African World Council of Churches official over BDS ties [teleSUR - 6/12/16]
Syrian expatriate raises Syrian flag in Antarctica [SANA - 6/12/16]
Syrian army restores security to several neighborhoods in Aleppo city [SANA - 6/12/16]
Terrorists fired rocket shells at a center for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in al-Nairab camp east of Aleppo city.
SANA’s correspondent said that terrorists located in the southeastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city fired rocket shells at an UNRWA center in al-Nairab Camp, injuring 6 people and causing massive damage to a warehouse belonging to the center which contained food and relief supplies. ... [SANA - 6/12/16]
@AlertNet [6/12/16]: ... Displaced Iraqis who fled #mosul wait to fill fuel used for cooking and lighting, at Khazer camp, Iraq.
Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul centre [Reuters - 6/12/16]:
... Islamic State's news agency appeared to confirm the advance, saying three car bombers struck the troops near Salam hospital.
A Reuters team saw thick black smoke rising from the area around the hospital.
"We made good advances today," said a soldier who identified himself as Abu Ahmed.
A colonel in the armored division said Tuesday's assault, launched at 6 a.m., aimed to ultimately reach Mosul's Fourth Bridge, the southernmost of five bridges spanning the river.
The bridge, like three others, has been hit by U.S.-led air strikes to prevent Islamic State sending reinforcements and suicide car bombs across the city to the eastern front.
The last and oldest bridge, built in the 1930s, was targeted on Monday night, two residents said.
The structure was not destroyed, but the air strikes made two large craters in the approach roads on both sides. ...
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/12/16]:
Nineveh: News agencies: The US-led coalition air forces has mistakenly targeted the government forces near salam Hospital southeast of Mosul.
Nineveh: News agencies: 3 car bomb explosions have targeted the government forces in wihda neighborhood southeast of Mosul, further details unknown.
Ta'ameem: The director of a radio station called Baba Gurgur belonging to the state-run Iraqi Media Networ was killed when a militant attack targeted him in Urooba neighborhoodin the middle of Kirkuk.
Baghdad: 6 persons were either killed or wounded as an IED exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda area east of Baghdad.
Ta'meem: The government forces have arrested 135 persons mostly displaced people in Urooba neighborhood and Nasir area east of Kirkuk.
Right makes might, not other way around: Obama proclaims as he sums up his murderous legacy [RT - 6/12/16]
7 December 2016