A woman livestreamed the heartbreaking moments after her boyfriend was shot and killed by a cop in Minnesota late Wednesday.
In a Facebook video, Lavish Reynolds claims that the couple were pulled over in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for a busted taillight and that her boyfriend, identified by WCCO as Philando Castile, was shot four or five times. ... [New York Daily News - 7/7/16]
The situation in Afghanistan remains “precarious,” President Barack Obama said here today, and that is why he will keep 8,400 U.S. service members in country through the end of his term.
“As president and commander-in-chief, I have made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again,” Obama said.
“I strongly believe that it is in our national interests, especially after all the blood and treasure we’ve invested in Afghanistan over the years, that we give our Afghan partners the very best opportunity to succeed.” ... [US Department of Defense - 6/7/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/7/16]
Thousands of migrants from Cuba, Haiti, Africa and Asia stranded in Colombia as route to US closed [Al Jazeera - 7/7/16]
UK: Labour motion on EU migrants 'right to remain' passes Commons vote [Guardian - 7/7/16]
Hungary: Crackdown on the rights of refugees and migrants continues unabated amidst European Commission inaction [Amnesty - 6/7/16]
A recent amendment to asylum laws in Sweden has resulted in a number of asylum seekers living homeless after access to assistance was cut off, Sveriges Radio reports.
Since June 1st, people who have received a final rejection on their asylum application in Sweden are no longer entitled to accommodation or a daily allowance from the Swedish migration authority, Migrationsverket.
New figures cited by Sveriges Radio show that in just over a month, 2400 people have lost their access to daily allowances, and 1700 have left Migrationsverket accommodation. ... [The Local - 6/7/16]
@MSF_Sea [7/716] ... The #Dignity1 is on the way to #Catania in #Sicily with 263 rescued #people on board.
@ItalianNavy [6/7/16]: #SAR #MarinaMilitare nave Margottini in #MareSicuro ha trasbordato 248 #migranti sulla motovedetta CP 905.
Day 110 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [7/7/16]
UNHCR's "no resettlement" durable solutions in South East Asia [Rappler - 7/7/16]:
While people in Jakarta returned to their hometowns for the end of Ramadan and to celebrate Idul Fitri, others had nowhere to go – their family and friends thousands of miles away.
During lebaran, most Muslim families gather and enjoy reunions like those around the world who celebrate the end of Islam's holiest month. But for Muslim refugees in Jakarta, there were no fesrtivities. Ali Ahmad Jafari, a 19-year-old Afghan who was born in Pakistan, is one of 13,500 refugees and asylum seekers currently living in Indonesia stranded in transit.
"Especially at this moment, I extremely miss my family," Ahmad told Rappler.
He added that his parents passed away, and his two brothers and sister now live in a Hazara community in Quetta, in Pakistan.
After arriving in Jakarta for 6 months, UNHCR identified him as a refugee, and 5 months later, he got his refugee identity card.
"They told me to wait, and I've been waiting for 30 months," Ahmad said.
He has had to renew his identity card every year, but except for an interview with UNHCR, he has never met any other officials.
When asked about his dreams, Ahmad said he wanted be an engineer as a child, but now he has no dreams being older – only hoping his family is safe.
"I want to go to a country where I can live safely, no matter where it is," Ahmad said.
He also said he would love to stay in Indonesia since he is safe here. ...
Buddhist nationalists plan more anti-Rohingya protests [Myanmar Times - 7/7/16]
A group of farmers in Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu township are hoping for negotiations with the Southeast Asia Gas Pipeline (SEAGP) company, after being told by local authorities not to sue the firm over damage to farmland. ... [Myanmar Times - 6/7/16]
... After spending the past three years reshaping its global exploration footprint and gathering seismic data, Woodside expects to drill up to 17 high-impact wells over the next two years as it tries to replace 120 per cent of its oil and gas production.
About one third of the wells will be drilled off Myanmar where Woodside sees potential in an emerging domestic gas market as well as pipeline connections into China. ... [West Australian - 23/5/16]
Thousands displaced by northern Rakhine floods [Myanmar Times - 7/7/16]
Officers from Sri Lanka's Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) detained two former LTTE cadres on Tuesday evening in Mullaitivu. ... [Tamil Guardian - 6/7/16]
Policeman killed, several injured in blast near Bangladesh’s Sholakia ground before Eid prayers [bdnews24.com - 7/7/16]
One of the three Bangla-speaking youths who threatened more attacks on Bangladesh in a new video reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS) has been identified as the son of a former election commissioner by people who know him. ... [bdnews24.com - 7/7/16]
The Constitution of the University of Papua New Guinea’s Student Representative Council (SRC) has been suspended by the University Council. ... [PNG Loop - 7/7/16]
A girl attending Kimbe Primary School in West New Britain has been arrested and charged for posting what police said were defamatory and false statements on Facebook. ... [The National - 7/7/16]
The Charlie Company of the First Royal Pacific Island Regiment (1RPIR) at Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby will be deployed to the PNG-Indonesia border. ... [The National - 7/7/16]
Won't get fooled again Bob [ABC - 7/7/16]:
Independent MP Andrew Wilkie has rejected a claim by former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown that the Tasmanian MP has taken the "easy option" by not doing a deal with a major party.
In 2010, Mr Wilkie was instrumental in helping Julia Gillard form a Labor minority government, but ahead of this federal election he ruled out entering into any similar arrangements.
As the outcome of the election remains on a knife-edge, Mr Wilkie spoke to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, but said he would keep his word.
Mr Wilkie said Mr Brown's comments about him sitting on the sidelines and failing to make a deal — to in effect not break his promise — was evidence of why voters were looking for alternatives to the three main parties.
Mr Brown, who also negotiated a power-sharing arrangement between Labor and the Greens in 2010, labelled Mr Wilkie's strategy as "weak".
"I think it's a big mistake by Andrew Wilkie to be saying: 'I'm not going to be doing that for Tasmania, I'm just going to sit on the sidelines'," he said.
"That's not how the electorate expects you to use power."
Mr Wilkie hit back, suggesting his comments were part of the reason voters were deserting political parties.
"You've got people of the stature of Bob Brown who thinks as soon as the election is over, the parties should just break any commitment they made, to break any promise they made in good faith," he said.
"Maybe that gives us an insight into the way these parties and the party leaders think, that the promises they make before an election amount to nothing.
"I'm very disappointed in Bob. I think it diminishes him."
Mr Brown said Mr Wilkie's strategy would short-change the Denison electorate.
"He's not putting forward the opportunity to get some legitimate gains in the glare of full publicity ... for the people who voted for him, and for the many people who voted away from Labor and Liberal in the recent election," he said.
Mr Wilkie would not go into the details of his discussions with the Prime Minister, but said it was important to maintain a good relationship with the man most likely to remain the leader of the country.
Andrew Wilkie to keep pressing for Iraq war inquiry [Australian Financial Review - 7/7/16]:
... "We know this now more clearly than ever that the Howard government took us to war on a lie. Every time it's said that Iraq had a massive arsenal of weapons of mass destruction and it was co-operating with al-Qaeda, it knew that was not the case, that it was either clearly not the case or, at best, for them it was ambiguous," he said.
"They took us to war on a lie. No wonder John Howard and Tony Blair and George W. Bush do stand accused of war crimes. I'd like them to see an international court." ...
Hidden voices from Australia's human dumping grounds [Refugee Rights Action Network WA]:
Come along and hear some inspiring stories and spoken words from survivors who are or have been incarcerated in Australia's human dumping grounds.
Hosted by Hani and Ravi, two poets who have lived experience of writing through the fences.
Food will be available. Donations are welcome.
When: from 6:30pm, this Friday
Where: First Home Project (54 Dudley Street, Midland)
@elahe_zivardar [6/7/16]: Day 109 of peaceful protest in Nauru
"DON'T SAVE LIVES AT SEA BY KILLING PEOPLE ON LAND." @racvictoria [6/7/16]: Day 55 of peaceful protests on #Manus No name for 3 years Just an ID number ...
Iraqi refugees illegally imprisoned and exiled by the Australian government on Manus Island hold a candlelight vigil for those killed in this week's attack. @manusFad22 [6/7/16]
Tony Delroy helps neutralise ongoing human rights atrocities as the ABC produces their umpteenth "deserving" refugee story [7/6/16]
Begin exposing a regional scandal, then run dead after giving the UNHCR the final word. ---> @liamfoxabc [7/7/16]: Expose cruelty to dogs, govt bans racing. Expose cruelty to cattle, govt suspends live trade. Expose cruelty to humans on Manus & Nauru ...
Fairfax editorial [28/12/15]: IT'S TIME TO SET THE REFUGEES FREE. So where's the followup journalism directly challenging the LNP and ALP's lying "deterrence" ideology? ---> @SarWhyte [7/7/16]: Remember this story about guards who were flown off PNG after an alleged rape? #abc730 has an update coming online.
Cue establishment pro-detention activists demanding that Wilson must go ---> Wilson Security paid at least one Australian security guard to keep quiet about an alleged sexual assault of a local Manus Island worker, in a number of separate payments of up to $15,000 made by the company. ... [ABC - 7/7/16]
Because it's far better to have G4S running Australia's refugee concentration camps? [SBS - 22/9/15]:
Papua New Guinea police have called for the return of two expats potentially implicated in the murder of asylum seeker Reza Barati in Australia's Manus Island detention centre.
... "(Censored) said: 'F*** you m***** f*****!' (Censored) took a big swing at Reza, hitting him on top of the head."
The account suggests the presence of two Australian G4S security staff.
"Ten or 15 guards from G4S came up the stairs. Two of them were Australians. The rest were PNG locals, I know who they are. I can identify them by their face," the asylum seeker said.
"They started kicking Reza in his head and stomach with their boots."
Security company G4S's role on Manus Island ended last week when it handed responsibility to Wilsons Security. ... [ABC - 5/4/14]
Report shows how war profiteers are now refugee profiteers, too [Common Dreams - 4/7/16]
This documentary outlines the Coalition Provisional Authority's achievements in Iraq --> No End in Sight 
Neocons who worked for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, are now working to keep refugees out of Australia ---> Offshore refugee concentration camps were reopened by the ALP under the watchful guidance of the United States [Buzzfeed - 4/6/16]:
Star Labor candidate Peter Khalil has confirmed he acted as a protected source for the US government, feeding them information about Labor’s asylum seeker policy.
Khalil served as a foreign policy adviser to former prime minister Kevin Rudd back in 2007 and was also director of national security policy for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from 2003-04. ...
Sydney Morning Herald [13/8/12]:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed an independent report on asylum seekers, saying the government will move urgently to restart offshore processing on Manus Island and Nauru.
Ms Gillard told reporters in Canberra this afternoon that the government would reintroduce its migration bill, with amendments, to the Parliament tomorrow.
The expert panel on asylum seekers, Michael L'Estrange, Angus Houston and Paris Aristotle, have handed their recommendations to the government.
The government will also move immediately to implement the report's recommendations to remove family reunion concessions for people who arrive by boat.
An expert panel led by former Defence chief Angus Houston has recommended that Australia process asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, and that the Malaysia people swap should be "built on further" before anyone was sent to Malaysia.
Ms Gillard and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen [protect] told a special Labor caucus meeting this afternoon that the government should adopt all 22 recommendations in the report. …
... 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.
NEW DEPUTY PERMREP TO AUSTRALIAN MISSION TO UN: ANDREW GOLEDZINOWSKI:
... Andrew Goledzinowski is a career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and head of its International Organisations Branch.
He has served on the personal staff of two Foreign Ministers - Gareth Evans and Alexander Downer.
From 2000-2002 Mr Goledzinowski worked as Chief of Staff to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.
From 2003-2004, he was deployed to Iraq where he served under Paul Bremer as a senior official of the Coalition Provisional Authority.
He was then seconded for a further nine months to the World Bank as its senior adviser in Baghdad. ...
... "They focused on an information campaign, that's all. Not about helping people at sea and not about humanitarian assistance," a U.N. official, who declined to be named, told Reuters. ... Thai migrant crisis meeting ends without any solution on offer [Reuters - 4/12/15]
@xBorderOps [7/7/16]: Don't participate in culture-washing the detention industry. Boycott #FODI.
The reality of Australia’s collateral damage in Iraq [Online Opinion - 4/8/08]
National Assembly of Ecuador passes resolution of solidarity with Julian Assange [NTN24 - 6/7/16]
7 July 2016