Though similar perscution afflicted our ancestors less than a few 100 years ago - many Australians have been conditioned to think this could never happen to us

By refusing to help rescue, aid (and resettle) these refugees we are complicit in genocide. [The Malaysian Insider - 7/6/15]:



Buddhist hardliners in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state are planning a day of protest against local authorities helping desperate boat migrants found adrift in the Bay of Bengal, organisers said today.

Rakhine, one of Myanmar's poorest states, is a tinderbox of communal tension between its Buddhist majority and a heavily persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, many of whom live in displacement camps after deadly unrest erupted there in 2012.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent years, alongside Bangladeshi economic migrants, primarily headed for Malaysia and Indonesia.

The exodus largely went ignored until a crackdown on the people smuggling trade in Thailand last month caused a regional crisis as gangmasters abandoned their quarry on land and sea.

Some 4,500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have since washed ashore in the region while the UN estimates around 2,000 others are still trapped at sea.

After years of turning a blind eye to the exodus, Myanmar's navy in the last fortnight discovered two boats with more than 900 migrants who were brought to western Rakhine state.

Myanmar insists the majority of the migrants are from Bangladesh and has vowed to send them across the border. It has also stuck to its line that Rohingya are not fleeing persecution.

The country is yet to clearly state what will happen to migrants who are not deemed to be from Bangladeshi territory.

The rescue operations have stirred anger among Buddhist hardliners and citizens in Rakhine who want the central government to cease helping any migrants.

Local groups met in the state capital Sittwe yesterday and vowed to hold a protest next weekend.

"The meeting decided to stage a protest on June 14 against keeping Bengalis from Bangladesh in Rakhine State," Soe Naing, a coordinator for social programmes in Rakhine who attended the meeting told AFP.

 "We will contact other towns in Rakhine state as well to join in protests on that day," he added.

Myanmar's government does not recognise the 1.3 million Rohingya living in Rakhine as citizens. Instead it classes them as illegal immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many trace their origins back generations.

The Rohingya face daily prejudice and a raft of restrictions on their movement, family size and access to the job market. Many Buddhist nationalists in Rakhine want them pushed out of the region altogether and are opposed to the central government offering stranded boat people any help.

"We will ask to send them back. The Bangladeshi government has to accept them. Our government must pressure Bangladesh as well," Soe Naing said.

Some 150 of the 900 migrants are expected to be sent back to Bangladesh tomorrow after authorities on both sides of the border agreed on their origins. But the others currently languish in limbo inside a series of fetid scrubland border camps as authorities wrangle over which country they belong to.

Neither nation has shown a willingness to accept them and rights groups are concerned some could be pushed to the wrong side of the border.


Prothom Alo [7/6/15]:

The government of Bangladesh on Friday summoned the Ambassador of Myanmar, Myo Myint Than, to the foreign ministry and to issue a protest. Myanmar's Rakhine Affairs minister U Zaw Aye Maung had made a remark, blaming Bangladesh for the humanitarian problems of the migrants at sea. Prior to his remark, Myanmar had stated that all the persons rescued at along the Myanmar coast were Bangladeshi. They had come on purpose.

The Myanmar government should be reminded that Bangladesh is still proving food and shelter to 26 thousand Rohingya refugees, according to official accounts, and 400 thousand according to unofficial accounts.

So instead of talking about Bangladesh "weak social economic state", they should admit to their oppression of Rohingya Muslims and put an end to it immediately. They must accept Rohingya Muslims are Myanmar nationals and provide them with all citizens' rights.

And Myanmar must prove to honest in identifying its nationals when the migrants people are recovered from the seas and are to be sent back to their respective countries. They must be given an answer to their crafty attempt to identify all the rescued people as Bangladeshis, simply as they refuse to give Rohingyas official nationality.

Alongside strong diplomat exercises to resolve the problem at a bilateral level, international pressure must be applied on Myanmar as well.





Fairfax NZ  report on the plight of 65 refugees recently refouled by Australia.  Why is Fairfax in Australia censoring this?


NZ Herald [7/6/15]:

The asylum-seekers who were shipwrecked after attempting to reach New Zealand have apparently circulated photographs and a letter calling on the Government to help them.

The 65 refugees are now in a detention centre at Kupang in West Timor, having earlier had their boat turned around by Australian authorities.

Now photographs and a letter have been circulated, apparently by members of the group.

Some photographs were taken on the open sea, with one apparently showing an Australian Navy vessel.

Another shows a group with a large sign that reads, "please try to understand our painful life New Zealand Government and save our life. Please".

A letter, written in both English and Tamil, said it was unsafe for the group's members to return to their home countries of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

It states that the group left Indonesia on May 5 and travelled for 12 days before encountering Australian officials.

After confirming they were not attempting to enter Australia, the group were allowed to continue, the letter states.

A short time later the asylum-seekers were turned around by Australian authorities, after being transferred to two smaller boats, the group's letter states.

When a boat hits rocks near an Indonesia Island, "we jump over the boat to sea and swim more than one and a half hours [to] reach island".

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has been contacted for comment.

His spokeswoman earlier told Radio New Zealand that the Government had not received the letter, and the group could not claim asylum without being in New Zealand.





Woman repeatedly stabbed in suspected domestic attack at Whyalla Playford

ABC [7/6/15]:

A man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a woman in a suspected domestic violence attack at a home on South Australia's Spencer Gulf.

Police were called to the Whyalla Playford property just before 9:00pm and found the woman with multiple stab wounds to her head and face.

She was taken to the Whyalla Hospital for treatment before being flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Police arrested a 44-year-old man from Whyalla Stuart a short time later and charged him with attempted murder.

Police said the man was known to the victim and warned that they would take every possible action to protect victims of domestic violence.

He has been refused bail and will appear in the Whyalla Magistrates Court on Tuesday.





South Australia proposes draconian anti rights laws [ABC - 4/6/15]:




... The laws propose to ban more than two gang members meeting in public or members entering licensed premises displaying club colours and logos.

They will directly affect 10 clubs based in SA and a further 17 interstate clubs whenever members cross the border into SA. ...




Rugby mums raise funds for Tara Costigan's three children [Canberra Times – 6/6/15]



Mark "penis homes" Driscoll is just saying what Australia's political and media establishment think.



Why are they pretending to be outraged?



Yahoo [6/6/15]:

The man whose actions sparked one of the biggest sex scandals in the Australian Army has spoken publicly for the first time, admitting he ruined lives, and apologising to his victims.

In an exclusive interview with Seven News, the ringleader of the so-called "Jedi Council" also exposes the army culture that allowed it to flourish.




Murder charge, Caboolture

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

Police have charged a woman after the death of a man in Caboolture this morning.

At around 1.15am a 26-year-old man walked into a Lower King Street service station with an apparent stab wound.

He was transported to Caboolture Hospital but died a short time later.

A 22-year-old Caboolture woman has been charged with one count of murder. She will appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Investigations are continuing.


Unlawful wounding, Marsden

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

Police are investigating after a man was assaulted in Marsden this morning.

Around 10am police were called to a Tarla Street address after reports of a disturbance.

Upon arrival police located a 17-year-old man with a wound to his abdomen. He was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police are speaking with a number of people in relation to the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.



Armed robbery, Marsden

QPS Media [7/5/15]:

Police are searching for two men who robbed a Marsden service station at knife point overnight.

Preliminary information indicates that the men, aged between 18 and 22, attended the Browns Plains Road business around 10pm where they stole cash after threatening a 34-year-old male attendant with a knife.

The men are described as Pacific Islander in appearance, approximately 170 to 175cms tall, one with a slim build and the other a proportionate build. One of the men was wearing a dark hooded jumper and the other a hat, dark top and dark blue jeans. One of the men also had shoulder length wavy hair.

No one was physically injured and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Robbery with violence, Palm Beach

QPS Media [6/6/15]:

Gold Coast police are searching for five men after a taxi driver was assaulted and robbed at Palm Beach this evening.

The taxi had been transporting the men when one of them grabbed the driver’s personal property from the front of the cab.

The driver, a 30-year-old Gold Coast man, stopped the taxi in 23rd Avenue, Palm Beach around 6.40pm.

He was then punched a number of times to the head before the group fled with his wallet and a sum of cash.

They were last seen running towards the Gold Coast Highway.

They are described as Caucasian; one was bald and wearing a black jumper with a white logo on the back, and jeans.

The driver sustained minor injuries and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.





Update – Arson charge, Southport [QPS Media – 6/6/15]



Armed robbery, Springfield

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

A tavern at Springfield was robbed last night by two men brandishing a rifle and a knife.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the pair threatened a female and male employee at the Springfield Parkway business around 10.30pm before fleeing with a sum of cash.

One of the men was wearing a light brown / beige hooded jumper, black pants and black shoes, and the other was wearing a black hooded jumper, black pants and black shoes. They were also wearing balaclavas and gloves.

No one was physically injured as a result of the robbery and police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.


Armed robbery charge, Clifton Beach

QPS Media [6/6/15]:

Police have charged a man following an alleged armed robbery of a chemist at Clifton Beach this morning.

About 9am a man entered the Captain Cook Highway premises where it will be alleged that after being served, he presented a knife and demanded prescription drugs.

Staff co-operated and upon being provided the drugs the man left the store.

No one was physical injured during the robbery.

The man is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on June 9 charged with one count of armed robbery.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.




Serious traffic crash, between Gin Gin and Miriam Vale

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

Police and emergency services are currently at the scene of a truck rollover on the Bruce Highway, between Gin Gin and Miriam Vale.

Preliminary information indicates that the truck rolled and caught fire shortly before 5pm this afternoon.

The fire has been extinguished and investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit continue.

No information in relation to the driver is able to be provided at this time.

The highway is expected to be closed for several hours with motorists advised to consider delaying travel or travel inland with northbound traffic asked to divert through Rosedale and southbound traffic to divert through Miriam Vale

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.


Serious traffic crash, Maudsland

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious traffic crash in Maudsland yesterday afternoon.

At around 3.35pm an orange Ford Falcon XR6 was travelling through the intersection of Maudsland Road and Guanaba Creek Road when it left the road and crashed into some trees.

The 24-year-old male driver was transported to hospital with serious injuries.

Anyone who saw the car or witnessed the crash is urged to contact police.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.


High range drink driver, North Booval

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

A woman was charged with high range drink driving after the vehicle she was allegedly driving clipped a police vehicle at North Booval earlier this morning.

Police will allege that officers were conducting a routine traffic stop on Jacaranda Street around 1.20am when their police vehicle, with its emergency lights activated, was side swiped by a passing car.

Police chased the vehicle on foot and intercepted it after it mounted the gutter a short distance away.

A 37-year-old North Booval woman was charged with driving under the influence of liquor after she allegedly returned a breath alcohol concentration of 0.257 percent.

She is due to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on June 23 where she also faces a charge of failing to comply with the duties of a driver involved in a traffic crash.

The driver’s side mirror on the police vehicle was destroyed.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.




PR for dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuits --->  The Queensland Police helicopter has captured a dramatic car chase through Logan on Friday night, in which a man was captured after allegedly fleeing a stolen car on foot. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/6/15]







Four people including firefighters injured after explosion at power station outside Port Augusta

ABC [7/6/15]:

Four people including two firefighters have been injured at Alinta Energy's Northern Power Station outside Port Augusta after an explosion this morning, the Country Fire Service (CFS) says.

The CFS said a fire in a coal deposit has now been contained but crews were now battling smouldering coal dust on the sixth and seventh floors of the plant.

The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is also on scene, along with police and ambulance officers.

"There are four known injuries as a result of the incident, with one person being transported to Adelaide," a CFS spokesman said.

"The cause of the explosion is still being investigated."

He said crews are expected to remain at the scene on Power Station Road at Port Paterson, just south of Port Augusta, for another few hours.

The fire started this morning and the alarm was raised about 10:45am.

A spokesman for SA Ambulance said two MFS firefighters had been injured, one with back injuries and the other with facial and arm burns.

Both were taken to the Port Augusta Hospital for "assessment and possible treatment", an MFS spokeswoman said.

A spokeswoman for Alinta Energy said only one of its workers were among those injured.



New Zealand:  Federated Farmers appeals GMO decision

RNZI [5/6/15]:

Federated Farmers has lodged an appeal with the High Court over a decision allowing Northland Regional Council to regulate the use of genetically modified organisms in the region.

The farming lobby group had previously appealed to the Environment Court over the matter. Last month the court ruled the council had jurisdiction under the Resource Management Act to decide whether GMOs can be used.

The council would would do this though regional policy statements and plans.

Federated Farmers' president William Rolleston was seeking clarification on some points of the decision but would not discuss details because it was before the court.

Green Party GE spokesperson Steffan Browning criticised the federation for challenging the outcome.

"Federated Farmers [is] still trying to influence and ride over local communities that want to protect their economic futures, they want to protect their local environment, they want to have all decisions around genetic engineering to be able to go through their local councils to ensure they have those protections.

"Federated Farmers coming in appear to be blocking what we would see as progressive decisions and it's very, very disappointing."

The appeal is expected to be heard later this year.



S Kidman & Co: Sale of iconic Australian pastoral giant attracts Chinese, US, Swiss interest [ABC – 6/6/15]


We Sense an Atmosphere of War: Pope Francis in Bosnia

NDTV [6/6/15]:




Pope Francis today attacked "the atmosphere of war" besetting the world as he urged Bosnians to step up reconciliation efforts, 20 years after a conflict that ripped the country apart on ethnic lines.

Many conflicts across the planet amount to "a kind of third world war being fought piecemeal and, in the context of global communications, we sense an atmosphere of war," the pontiff said in a mass at Sarajevo's Olympic Stadium during a one-day visit to the Bosnian capital.

"Some wish to incite and foment this atmosphere deliberately," he added, attacking those who want to foster division or profit from war through arms dealing.

"But war means children, women and the elderly in refugee camps, it means forced displacement, destroyed houses, streets and factories: above all countless shattered lives.

"You know this well having experienced it here."



United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [6/6/15]:


U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

-Near Al Hasakah, four airstrikes struck two large and two small ISIL tactical units, destroying six ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL armored personnel carrier.

-Near Kobani, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL vehicle, two ISIL anti-tank weapons and ISIL improvised explosive device manufacturing material.

Airstrikes in Iraq

-Near Baghdadi, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL motorcycle.

-Near Bayji, three airstrikes destroyed two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and an ISIL armored vehicle.

-Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike struck an ISIL large tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.

-Near Haditha, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.

-Near Makhmur, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle.

-Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL mortar position, destroying an ISIL weapons cache.

-Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area, destroying three ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL improvised explosive device.

-Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL sniper position, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.







Fierce fighting rages near airbase in Iraq's Anbar [Al Jazeera - 7/6/15]




Brownlee confident NZ troops are safe [RNZI - 7/6/15]:



Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says there may be Islamic State cells in the vicinity of Camp Taji, where New Zealand forces are stationed in Iraq.

But Mr Brownlee, who recently visited the troops in Iraq, told TVNZ's Q and A programme this morning he was confident about the safety of the New Zealand forces.

He said they were good at intelligence-gathering, and the military base was patrolled and secure.

"Their accommodation is units that are underneath two feet of concrete up above them, so that would protect them in that event.

"And as they move around the base they do carry personal weapons and there is, of course, all of the patrols around there as well."







... As for the Syrian army, their adversaries were clearly better armed and outnumbered the soldiers.

Jabhat al-Nusra possessed night-vision goggles – essential for any modern war – yet the Syrian military had none.

How did this equipment reach Nusra? And what was Turkey’s role in the fall of Jisr al-Shugour? ... [Independent - 6/6/15]









Saudi air raid claims five lives, injures 19 in Yemen [Press TV - 7/6/15]





The Israeli military says it carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip in response to the latest rocket attack toward southern Israel.

There were reported casualties in Sunday morning's strike.

It comes on the heels of the third rocket attack from Gaza in the past two weeks. … [ABC News – 7/6/15]






Six civilians have been perished in a bomb blast in Urozgan province, a day after six others were killed in the neighboring Kandahar. 

Dost Mohammad Nayab, spokesman for the governor of this province said that the incident took place in Zar Tala area of Dehrawoud District this afternoon.

He said a vehicle in which these people were traveling ran over a landmine leaving six civilians killed and their vehilce destroyed in the explosion.  ... [Khaama - 6/6/15]








US drone strike kills eight in North Waziristan [Khaama - 6/6/15]





Russian and Egyptian warships have begun a week of exercises in the Mediterranean.

Russian news agencies Saturday cited the Defense Ministry as saying the exercises were aimed at practicing protection of coastal areas and would last through June 14.  ... [Daily Star - 6/6/15]







Artillery shells have hit a local market in the north-western district of Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine.

At least one person has been wounded, according to the head of the district’s administration aligned with Donbass rebels.

RT's Ilya Petrenko was on the scene at the spot which came under attack.

He reports the local market was still burning after taking a direct hit, with self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s emergency personnel trying to extinguish it. Two residential homes were also devastated. ... [RT - 6/6/15]









Six convicts who killed a combined nine people in cold blood were executed on Friday, the Ministry of Justice confirmed.

Justice Minister Lo Ying-shay signed the execution orders on Thursday for the six death row inmates put to death on Friday, the ministry said.  ... [Focus Taiwan - 5/6/15]





"I asked my parents what they did during the Nazi period and they did nothing," she said.

"I don't want to tell my children and grandchildren the same thing."

Thousands protest G7 summit in Germany [Las Vegas Sun – 6/6/15]



Anadolu Agency [6/6/15:


... “StopG7Elmau” initiative, which organized the rally on Saturday, has announced that it will continue demonstrations as G7 leaders meet at the Schloss Elmau on Sunday and Monday.

StopG7Elmau is a platform bringing together anti-capitalist groups, anti-war activists, globalization opponents and environmentalists.

The protestors are opposing the neo-liberal policies of the G7 states and demanding suspension of talks for a free trade agreement between the U.S and the EU. 

They are also calling on world’s wealthiest nations to change their restrictive asylum and refugee policies and accept more refugees.





From the typhoon-ravaged Philippines to the Arizona desert, thousands of people gathered across 79 countries Saturday for what was touted as the world's largest-ever public debate on climate change.

Results of the day-long consultations will be submitted to climate change negotiators meeting in Bonn, Germany ahead of a year-end United Nations summit in Paris where global leaders will gather to forge a new treaty aimed at curbing global warming. ... [Yahoo - 7/6/15]



Thousands of Hondurans took back to the streets Friday holding torches in their hands in order to protest against the alarming levels of corruption in the country and demanding the resignation of the president. ... [teleSUR - 5/6/15]


New Zealand says cannot help refugees refouled by Australia, now detained in Indonesia


RNZI [7/6/15]:

The Government says 65 refugees wanting to live in New Zealand cannot claim asylum, as they are not in the country.

The 65 refugees say they were on their way to New Zealand when they were shipwrecked on an Indonesian reef.

In a letter seen by Radio New Zealand, they made a collective plea to the Government for asylum, saying it is unsafe for them to return to their home countries of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

They were now in a detention centre at Kupang, in the Indonesian province of West Timor.

An accompanying photograph showed them holding up a sign saying: "Please try to understand our painful life New Zealand government and save our life, please".

A spokesperson for the Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse said the Government had not received their letter.

She said they also could noy claim asylum without being in New Zealand, but they could ask the Australian government for help.

Following the plight of the group, Amnesty International said the Government was out of step with general opinion on the number of refugees New Zealand lets in.

Amnesty International's executive director Grant Bayldon said the country's annual quota of 750 refugees had not been increased for 30 years and needed to be reviewed.

"This is really something that the Government needs to address, we've seen every political party indicate support for increasing the refugee quota not apart from National."

The Government said the quota was at the right level.


"How do we count a balance in the budget if we are ethically bankrupt"




Refugee Rights Action Network WA [6/6/15]:  



This is the great letter my friend Shayne Chester has sent to SMH in response to this article. Hopefully it gets published and it causes a few more people to ponder on how we have let successive governments treat "the other" as less than human.





Russian photographer reports from Nauru ----> Dream Turned Nightmare for Boat Refugees Seeking Asylum in Australia [RIA Novosti - 2/11/14]:


...  Despite apparent attempts to prevent human rights activists and journalists from coming to the island, Russian photographer Vlad Sokhin managed to visit Nauru as a tourist. He has recently shared a heart-breaking account of what it is like to live on the islands as a refugee in Russian Reporter magazine.

“Everyone is spying on us here. Every our step is reported to the police. We are strictly forbidden from talking to foreigners or journalists,” Mujtaba, a Shia refugee from Pakistan, told Sokhin.

Mujtaba works at Capelle & Partner, the only supermarket on the island, which makes him one of the few lucky refugees to have work. Unemployment in Nauru is as high as 90 percent.

Mujtaba recalled deplorable conditions in the detention center, where he had spent 10 months. Like other asylum seekers, Mujtaba had to share a tent with 20 people.

“The tents got unbearably hot in the sun; it was extremely hot inside – no fans, no air conditioning. Children and pregnant women had to live under the same conditions. There were eight toilets for 400 people. We were allowed to use shower for two or three minutes if there was water. Sometimes there was no drinking water,” Mujtaba said.

“I think, Australians deliberately forced us to live under such conditions, so that we would spread the word – don’t try to enter Australia illegally, you will go to hell instead.”







New Zealand’s electronic eavesdropping agency is spying on its neighbors and sharing communications it intercepts in bulk with the National Security Agency through a controversial Internet mass surveillance system, according to newly revealed secret documents.

Government Communications Security Bureau, New Zealand’s equivalent of the NSA, has been sweeping up the data from across the Asia-Pacific region, targeting island nations such as Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga and France’s overseas territories New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Each of these small nations and territories maintains friendly relations with New Zealand.  ... [The Intercept - 5/3/15]





Rohingya, Bangladesh refugees still trapped


Sudden, intense interest in bikini, Zoo personal defamation, negative gearing as Australian political and media establishment ramp up efforts to neutralise refugee issue and our complicity in genocide



3 News [7/6/15]:

Unwanted by Bangladesh and unwelcome in Myanmar, hundreds of stick-thin migrants [refugees] found adrift at sea as a transnational trafficking route collapsed are now living in tents on a frontier scrubland.

After weeks crammed together on a boat bound for Malaysia - a treacherous journey many braved to flee persecution or poverty [genocide] - they are back near to where they began.

Since Southeast Asia's migrant crisis erupted more than a month ago, 4500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants [refugees] have been washed ashore, and the UN estimates that around 2000 others are still trapped at sea.

Myanmar found the boat of 733 Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshis - the majority men but also including women and children - abandoned by people-smugglers late last month, and eventually allowed them to disembark in its western Rakhine state Wednesday.

The would-be migrants [refugees] were then driven to camps in a remote region near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, where an earlier boatload of 200 men was already being held, to wait in limbo as authorities wrangle over which country they belong to.

Neither nation has shown a willingness to accept them and rights groups are concerned some could be pushed to the wrong side of the border.

There have been previous reports of migrants [refugees] being forced to make the dangerous journey south as brokers can earn hefty sums in the lucrative trade by demanding their relatives pay release fees of around US$2,000 (NZ$2,839) as well as selling victims on to businesses in Malaysia.

The migrant [regional humanitarian] crisis, that spiralled after a Thai crackdown on people-smuggling threw the multi-million dollar industry into disarray, has sparked international condemnation.




Pakistan's Prime Minister forms committee to help Rohingya [ - 6/6/15]:

In order to extend help to Rohingha Muslims, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday formed a cabinet committee, comprising Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, advisers to PM on foreign affairs Tariq Fatmi and Sartaj Aziz.

According to a statement issued by Interior Minister Nisar, the committee will recommend the steps to extend help to Rohingya Muslims.

He said the first meeting in this connection will be held on Sunday in the Federal Capital.

In his statement, the Interior Minister also criticized the international community, human rights groups for their ‘criminal silence and failing to take appropriate steps’ to highlight the persecution and genocide of Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Meanwhile, business tycoon Malik Riaz has also announced a financial help of Rs100 million for Muslims in Burma.






BBC "trending" devotes Rohingya attack piece to what isn't happening, completely ignoring what is happening [BBC - 6/6/15]






Six years after ditching its OceanWay plan to build an LNG import terminal in California to feed a gas-hungry America, Woodside this week swung 180 degrees with a bold move to join the throng of US-based LNG exporters in Texas.

Woodside's switch underlines the rapid change forced upon LNG suppliers in the wake of the flood of cheap US shale gas which is headed for customers in the same part of the world that have historically relied on places like Australia for their cargoes.

Woodside chief executive Peter Coleman says the Sempra Energy non-binding deal, to investigate the merits of a 10 million tonne a year LNG plant, is all about "sourcing the lowest-cost LNG globally".  ... [West Australian - 6/6/15]








Woodside takes up more acreage in Myanmar with BG [Australian Financial Review - 23/3/15]






Not "fleeing people smugglers".  Fleeing US backed wars and repression. ---->  Naval vessels from across Europe have converged in the Mediterranean north of Libya to rescue 3,000 people crammed on just five open boats in one of the largest mass migration attempts of the year.  ... [Telegraph - 6/6/15]




7 June 2015