Prime Minister Scott Ludlam apologises to the Tampa generations
“F*ck the politicians”: Benedict Cumberbatch blasts inadequate response to the migrant crisis after “Hamlet” performance [Salon - 30/10/15]
... All across Europe, artists are similarly rallying to the migrant cause, determined not to let anger at governments squabbling over the crisis drift into indifference or hostility towards refugees fleeing war and misery.
An Austrian artist topped the iTunes music charts with a minute of silence to symbolise deafness to their plight, "performing" it later in front of 150,000 people at an open-air Vienna concert, while a theatre backed by some of Britain's leading directors has opened in the Calais "jungle" to lift the spirits of those stuck in the squalid camp on France's north coast.
Austria's Nobel prize-winning writer Elfriede Jelinek has even updated her 2013 play "The Wards" to castigate the "smugness and cynicism" of Europe's response to suffering on its doorstep. [Ahram - 6/11/15]
@ellipsii [7/11/15]: I fixed the #ADLfringe [Adelaide Fringe Festival] poster. it was missing something.
Police have defended the time it took to alert the public about a missing Queensland schoolgirl whose body was found on a riverbank almost a week after she disappeared.
Police say Tiahleigh Palmer, 12, was last seen being dropped off by her carer at Marsden State High School in Logan about 8.10am on Friday, October 30.
Her body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River on the northern Gold Coast on Thursday afternoon. ... [Yahoo - 7/11/15]
Police busy with dangerous, resource wasting, class and race based police pursuits, Sunshine Coast [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
Taskforce Maxima detectives have arrested an alleged patched member of the Finks Outlaw Motorcyle Gang (OMCG) after allegedly uncovering dangerous drugs at a residence on Paradise Island overnight. ... [QPS Media - 6/11/15]
A north Queensland policeman has been stood down for allegedly assaulting a prisoner.
The 49-year-old senior constable has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm against a man in police custody, which is being investigated by the Ethical Standards Command.
The officer has been given a notice to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on November 26. [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
A Queensland police officer who urinated on a patrol car and gave a colleague dog food has had an appeal against his sacking dismissed.
Former constable Anthony Richard Francis was fired from the Queensland Police Service this year for a string of conduct breaches committed while stationed on the Gold Coast between 2006 and 2010. ... [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
Teenagers attacked by group of 30 men shortly after police shut down party, Melbourne [Nine MSN - 7/11/15]
The owner of a pet dog shot dead by police is threatening to sue the force.
Security video, shown on Nine News, shows a male police officer drawing his gun when the Staffordshire Bull Terrier approaches him on a street in Kinross.
The video shows the dog, called Biggy, wagging its tail and then sitting down just before the officer fires a single shot and kills the dog. ... [WA Today - 7/11/15]
Armed robbery, Bundaberg [QPS Media - 7/11/15]
Armed robbery, Brighton [QPS Media - 7/11/15]
Fatal traffic incident, Dayboro [QPS Media - 7/11/15]
A driver aged in her 70s was killed when she crashed into a tree stump in Queensland's Wide Bay region.
The Hervey Bay woman, who was driving alone, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency crews around 8am on Friday. ... [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
Victorian cyclist dead after being hit by car [Nine MSN - 7/11/15]
A woman is dead and a child has been taken to hospital following a crash between a truck and a car in Western Australia.
The truck and the car collided on the North West Coastal Highway in Geraldton, 400km north of Perth, on Saturday morning. ... [Nine MSN - 7/11/15]
Man dies in gyrocopter crash near Charleville [ABC - 7/11/15]
Woman finds more than 40 fish-hooks, screws buried in Thornlie playground sand [WA Today - 6/11/15]
The Anglican Church has defrocked a Brisbane priest who pleaded guilty to making and possessing child exploitation material. ... [ABC - 7/11/15]
Child Abuse Royal Commission: Victim rejects tearful admission of failure by Brisbane Grammar School chairman [ABC - 6/11/15]
A far north Queensland physiotherapist has been charged after female clients, including a girl, were secretly filmed at his Mareeba business. ... [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
The cause of Glenn Richard Newport's death is still unclear and an inquest was held at Brisbane on Thursday and Friday to investigate how the man died and whether his medical treatment was adequate.
In January 2013 Mr Newport, 39, was working at a GLNG project site during pre-construction work outside of Roma on a very hot day when he started feeling unwell.
He was taken to the work site's medical centre where a paramedic and registered nurse assessed him during about a two-hour period.
Mr Newport was sent back to his donga and a few hours later he collapsed and was rushed to hospital.
In the ambulance on the way to Roma Hospital he had a heart attack and died.
Clinical medical experts believe Mr Newport died from dilutional hyponatremia that occurs when a person becomes over hydrated and their levels of electrolytes are not in proper balance. This can occur in marathon runners if they drink too much while running.
One of the main doctors who examined Mr Newport's body died in the MH17 crash and other experts were called in to assist with this inquest. ... [News Mail - 6/11/15]
Beach-themed art in progress
Surfers Paradise [7/11/15]
... In a scathing assessment of the Thiess John Holland deal, Mr Stoljar also said payments to the AWU weakened the union's bargaining position in industrial negotiations. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/11/15]
The faux left is more vital to fascism than the far right [ABC - 7/11/15]
Membership of the UK Labour Party doubled with Corbyn ascendency to leadership ----> ... Democratisation of preselection processes is something Combet strongly supports, but he points to the outcome of the recent Labour leadership ballot in Britain as a warning sign that engaging rank-and-file members in a leadership vote must be “balanced with common sense”.
Two days before Turnbull ousted Abbott, democratic socialist Jeremy Corbyn, a left-winger who supports the renationalisation of public utilities, won a landslide victory in the ballot of Labour supporters. Thousands who had paid just £3 to sign up were eligible to vote.
“It’s hard to see how he [Corbyn] is going to be electable, and yet he is the result of a completely democratised process from Labour supporters in Britain,” says Combet.
“The one thing you have to be very careful of is to not end up with a Labor leader who may not enjoy strong support from Labor parliamentarians and caucus. That’s just self-defeating. I’m quite concerned for the British Labour party on that front. At the moment, it’s hard to see him being competitive with David Cameron and Labor needs to be cautious in Australia not to go too far down that path, either.” ... [The Saturday Paper - 7/11/15]
... A group of about 50 protesters yelled throughout Mr Turnbull's short speech, chanting "hands off ... penalty rates" while also holding placards calling for tax and education reform. ... [Yahoo - 6/11/15]
Mind the rhetorical snakecharmers: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on corporate control, faux liberals and Hillary Clinton [VIDEO - Truthdig - 3/11/15]
Cleveland Democratic Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci tried upside down billboard ...
It didn't work - and his policies were crap.
In the late 1990s, over the Christmas holidays, the Brisbane City Council allowed all bus commuters to travel for $1 per trip.
Anecdotally it was hugely popular, with services packed to capacity and traffic congestion substantially reduced.
It would be interesting to know what patronage rates were, and how they compared to previous years.
However this information has never been released, and the transport chair (Maureen Hayes) was removed shortly afterwards.
But you don't care Rod Harding - you're just like all the rest.
So fuck you and your upside down billboard.
... The strike comes after Lufthansa and the union failed to reach an agreement in a long-running dispute over early retirement benefits and pensions. ... Cabin crew strike at Lufthansa [Deutsche Welle - 7/11/15]
Jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday (Nov 7) criticised the police questioning of former Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad, calling it "harassment". Dr Mahathir was called in to give a statement in connection with his call to Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down over a scandal over the finances of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). ... [Channel News Asia - 7/11/15]
China, Singapore to negotiate upgrade of FTA, sign MOUs [Channel News Asia - 7/11/15]
Cambodia gets Chinese anti-aircraft missiles [The Straits Times - 7/11/15]
British journalists who filmed doco on tourist visa to be deported, blacklisted from Indonesia [Jakarta Post - 7/11/15]
Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday, October 22 recommended that two British journalists on trial for trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas be sentenced to 5 months in jail.
Prosecutor Bani Ginting told Batam district court that Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, had been proven "legally and convincingly guilty" of misusing their tourist visas for "inappropriate activity".
"Each of them should be jailed 5 months... and fined 50 million rupiah ($3,700)," he said.
Having no previous convictions, being cooperative and expressing regret for their actions were mitigating factors, he said.
Foreign journalists wanting to report in Indonesia must get a special visa. However, foreign reporters detained in Indonesia for illegal reporting in the past have been deported immediately or handed short prison terms.
The pair arrived in Indonesia in May to shoot the film for production house Wall to Wall with funding from National Geographic, according to their indictment.
It added they had hired several Indonesians to act out a scene of a tanker being boarded by a group of pirates off Batam. The island is in the Malacca Strait, a major shipping lane.
Later Thursday, their lawyer Aristo Pangaribuan called for the court to free the pair, claiming prosecutors lacked evidence.
"The charges could not be proven. Why? They did not define clearly what activities committed by our clients that were considered violations," he told the court.
US Congress committee to look at changing TPP – Greens call on Australian government to clarify
Greens Media Release [7/11/15]:
The House ranking Democrat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Sander Levin has begun a process to review the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement and has left open the possibility of changing the Agreement saying “The upcoming 90-day period was established to facilitate an intensive and informed debate over the merits of TPP as negotiated, as well as the necessity for any modifications to the agreement, before the agreement is signed.”
Greens spokesperson for Trade, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson is calling on the Australian government to clarify if the United States still has the ability to change the Agreement at this stage.
Senator Whish-Wilson said “It is outrageous that members of the US Congress are still talking about the ability to change the TPP to make it more in their favour, but for Australia it still remains a take-it-or-leave-it prospect.
"The TPP will give US-based multinational corporations the ability to sue future Australian governments for making laws in the public interest if it affects their profits. The Greens are especially concerned about what this means for Australia's ability to rein in carbon pollution and increase rates of renewable energy generation.
“The Australian Government should immediately clarify if the US has the ability to change the text at this stage. And if so, does Australia have this ability too.
"If Australia has the ability to change the agreement at this stage then we should be looking to remove the dangerous and undemocratic investor-state dispute-settlement clause.
“The US already get the final say in Certification, when they get to say whether Australian law changes to accede to the TPP have met up to their standard,” he concluded.
TPP would give Wall Street a trump card to block regulations [The Intercept - 7/11/15]
Refugee Council of Australia AGM and Public Forum in Perth, 16 November 2015:
Whilst the the world’s attention is drawn to the refugee crisis unfolding in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region is struggling to deal with the needs of 3.9 million refugees.
We know that billions of Australian taxpayer dollars are being spent on keeping asylum seekers from our shores.
This public forum, taking place at the State Library of WA, will explore the less widely known implications of Australian policy in the Asia-Pacific region and feature:
•Paul Power, Refugee Council of Australia CEO and Board Member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network.
•Sunili Govinnage, Human rights lawyer with The Humanitarian Group, and researcher in Indonesia.
•Ashraf Mohammad, who arrived in Australia three years ago from Indonesia as an asylum seeker.
Protected and unaccountable Foreign Minister of Australia Media Release [6/11/15]:
Today I launched the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct in Port Moresby with Papua New Guinea (PNG) Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu and Minister for Higher Education, Science and Research Malakai Tabar.
The institutions involved in the Precinct will work closely with public and private sector to foster the ethical, practical and intellectual framework to help build the leadership qualities and skills of government officials. ... <--- What a crock of shit.
"Opposition" discuss "Climate change challenges" with the IOM.
Do these "challenges" include keeping refugees out of Australia?
Meeting w/ Angela Saunders + team from IOM-Marshall Islands abt climate challenges @billshortenmp @RichardMarlesMP
Image: @tanya_plibersek [1/11/15]
Refugee Rights Action Network WA [6/11/15]:
Date: Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:53 PM
Subject: John Ennis: I worked on Manus
No longer can I maintain the stress of not becoming a whistle blower.
Almost every night I speak with at least one of numerous of my poor suffering ex students.
Almost all night I am awake waiting for a call because I know that if they take the risk of phoning it is because they really need me to be there for them
How bad is it there for them after 28 months in captivity following their arrival as already desperately suffering people?
A colleague who has worked on Christmas Island, Nauru and Manus rated the three on a scale of 10 to 1 where 5 is a bare fail
They rated CI as 5.5 to 6: Nauru as 3.5 to 4: Manus as a 2 and weren't sure if they would rate Hell as a 1 or a zero.
I am happy for you to contact me for more details and you are welcome to widely share this email.
My mobile is ********** . Plenty of up to date facts available from me.
I am sharing what I can share in 1.5 hours at Clive Palmer's office Monday morning.
All the best, Tanya.
PS. Did you know about the food poisoning in Delta compound this week? Over 100 cases of "explosive" diahoria. Only 15 toilets and remote from quarters. That meant torturous queuing and many humiliating events. No toilets then available for the other 100 plus. No way of isolating the infected who live 4 men to each 2.5m x 2.5m rooms with windows that don't open. I have inspected them so I really know.
Just to cap it off, during the outbreak the base ran out of toilet paper and soap.
Why didn't this hit the headlines and every TV news?
... Mr Ennis says some of his best experiences on the Island were with his students.
"Most of my students were wonderful, tolerant, patient people," he said.
"One of the guys I met was an incredibly intelligent man.
"I asked him what he did and he said he was one of the engineers that designed the sewerage system at the Beijing Olympics.
"He said he went home [to a Middle Eastern country] and it didn't work out." ... [ABC - 20/6/15]
But one thing that is very clear is that they are not asking for anything other than to be released, for their freedom ...
They came to our country for protection, but we have put them in this prison.
US urged to free immigrant female hunger strikers [Al Jazeera - 6/11/15]:
A rights group has urged US immigration authorities to end "retaliatory" measures against detainees as an estimated 500 female undocumented immigrants hunger strike in a Texas for-profit detention centre, in protest of the facility's harsh conditions.
Texas United For Families (TUFF), an umbrella organisation of rights groups, called on US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to halt "retaliation against women on hunger strike and that all women on hunger strike are immediately released".
TUFF says that at least two hunger strikers have been transferred to other detention centres as a punitive measure and six more are being prepared to be moved to other facilities.
At least one woman was temporarily put in isolation last week, the group adds.
The strike initially started with 27 women on October 27, says Grassroots Leadership, an Austin-based group that campaigns against for-profit detention centres.
The women are mostly from Central America - including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras - and are protesting harsh conditions in the T Don Hutto detention centre in Taylor, a town 56 kilometers south of the Texas capital.
"Their grievances are like the grievances we always here about in immigrant detention centres - bad food, belittling or abusive treatment by guards, poor medical care," Cristina Parker, programmes director at Grassroots Leadership, told Al Jazeera.
"But one thing that is very clear is that they are not asking for anything other than to be released, for their freedom," she said.
"They came to our country for protection, but we have put them in this prison."
As part of an agreement with ICE, the detention centre is run by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private prison contractor.
The federal government pays CCA $150 per day for each detainee, said Parker.
T Don Hutto's spokesperson has denied that a hunger strike is taking place. Meanwhile, ICE released a statement claiming that it "takes the health, safety and welfare of those in our care very seriously and we continue to monitor the situation".
"Currently, no one at the T Don Hutto detention centre was identified as being on a hunger strike or refusing to eat," said ICE.
Parker said that most of the detainees are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where female homicide rates rank first, second and seventh respectively in the world, according to United Nations figures.
In an October 2015 report, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) painted a grim picture of life for women subjected to gang and domestic violence, who are fleeing by the thousands.
Women fleeing those countries endured "harrowing experiences of rape, assault, extortion and threats by members of the murderous street gangs", the UNHCR report concluded.
In T Don Hutto and similar facilities, many of the women are unable to access or afford legal counsel and have to represent themselves in their asylum cases, despite not speaking English fluently.
The situation is doubly difficult for immigrants who have been deported from the US in the past, said Parker, explaining that they are often detained for longer periods and face a higher threshold for proving their need to attain asylum.
Speaking to Al Jazeera on the condition of anonymity, a member of the community who has been visiting the detainees for the last two years, explained that "several of the women are extremely ill" as the hunger strike moves forward.
"I've met with people who are escaping political and criminal violence, and others who are being denied asylum even though they are facing serious domestic violence," the source said, adding that many of the women have been in T Don Hutto for more than a year.
"The women are scared and they see others being sent back to certain death," the source said.
"When you ask for asylum, you're basically saying your home country is unable or unwilling to protect you."
T Don Hutto is one of more than 22 for-profit immigrant detention centres run by private contractors in Texas. Similar facilities dot the map of the US.
The record number of deportations under President Barack Obama led the National Council of La Raza advocacy group to deem him "deporter-in-chief".
During the first five years of his presidency, Obama deported more than two million people, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
Congress has set a quota mandating that ICE holds a minimum of 34,000 immigrants in detention centres each day.
For-profit detention centres across the country have been hit by wave of hunger strikes in recent weeks.
Since October 30, more than 300 men are believed to be on hunger strike in another for-profit detention centre in Adelanto, California.
At least 54 detained Southeast Asian immigrants held a week-long strike in a detention centre in El Paso, Texas.
Hun Sen defends decision to cancel annual water festival [Cambodia Daily – 6/11/15]
The judgment in the first phase of Case 002 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, in which two senior regime leaders were found guilty of crimes against humanity, was “grossly inadequate” and fell below international standards of justice, court monitors said in a report released on Wednesday. ... [Cambodia Daily - 6/11/15]
PNG soldiers condemned after rampage at police station [RNZI - 6/11/15]:
Papua New Guinea's deputy police commissioner has condemned soldiers involved in a rampage at a Port Moresby police station that left two policemen seriously injured.
Jim Andrews says about 10 soldiers in civilian clothing arrived in a pick up truck and stormed the Waigani police station yesterday.
He says the soldiers were apparently frustrated over police delays in settling a feud between members of the two forces, and decided to take matters into their own hands.
Mr Andrews says the incident stemmed from an incident a fortnight ago in which an allegedly drunken soldier was injured while resisting arrest.
He says the soldier then mobilised his comrades and appeared at the Waigani station to demand compensation, which hasn't been paid.
Mr Andrews says an investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding both incidents, but says unethical and unlawful acts should not be allowed to creep into the disciplinary forces.
Dozens missing in Brazil mine disaster, death toll uncertain
[Reuters – 6/11/15]:
Rescue teams searched through mud and debris on Friday for dozens of people missing after a pair of dams collapsed at a Brazilian mine owned by two of the world's biggest iron ore producers.
Walls of water filled with mining waste cascaded downhill when the dams burst on Thursday, engulfing a nearby village in a sea of mud and flooding others far removed from the open-pit Samarco mine jointly owned by BHP Billiton and Vale.
"I heard screaming and saw the water coming fast, about 15 to 20 meters high (49-66 feet)," said survivor Antonio Santos, a construction worker who was at home in the village of Bento Rodrigues when the dams broke. Bento Rodrigues is about 93 miles (150 km) southeast of Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third largest city and the capital of the mining state of Minas Gerais.
"Within 10 minutes the whole lower part of the village was destroyed, about 80 percent of it," he said in a gymnasium crowded with survivors in the nearby city of Mariana.
Santos said he knew of four people who were swept away, including two children and two adults in their 50s.
Mine operator Samarco's chief executive officer said a tremor in the vicinity of the mine may have caused the dams to burst, but that it was too early to establish the exact cause. The company said one worker died and 13 were missing.
Firefighters initially put the death toll at two but later said they could not immediately confirm more than one fatality connected to the mine disaster.
They said the count could rise because dozens of people are still unaccounted for in six villages hit by floods unleashed by the successive bursting of the two dams holding waste, or iron ore tailings, from the mine.
The fast-moving wall of water tore off roofs, leveled trees and swept away cars in Bento Rodrigues, population 600.
Samarco is a 50-50 venture between BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, and Vale, the largest iron ore miner.
The company said it had set no date to restart the mine, which produces about 30 million tons of iron ore annually. Output is shipped to Brazil's coast and converted into pellets for export to steel mills.
The cleanup bill and potential environmental lawsuits could be more costly than the loss of output and come at a bad time for BHP Billiton and Vale, with iron ore prices at their lowest in a decade and one quarter of their 2011 level.
A lawyer specializing in environmental and mining cases said it was too early to estimate the financial setback for the mining companies, since the cause of the disaster was still unknown.
"It impossible to calculate now, but it is not going to be cheap," said Danilo Miranda, of the Marcelo Tostes law firm.
The head of the local miners union, Ronaldo Bento, said it was too early to say whether the company had been negligent.
A Minas Gerais state prosecutor in charge of environmental crimes, Carlos Ferreira Pinto, said he would seek a temporary suspension of Samarco's license on Monday, however.
Samarco CEO Ricardo Vescovi said Samarco had been working on the drainage system for the dams. But both had valid licenses from environmental authorities, who last inspected them in July, according to Samarco.
The University of Sao Paulo's seismic center reported four weak tremors in the general area of the mine in the hour before the disaster. But Vescovi said there had been no sign of any breach in the dams immediately after the tremors occurred.
Shares of Vale closed down 5.7 percent in Sao Paulo trading and BHP Billiton also dropped 5.7 percent in New York.
Analysts at Clarksons Platou Securities said the likelihood of a lengthy stoppage at the Samarco mine, which accounts for about one-fifth of seaborne pellet market, could lift iron ore prices. Prices were not immediately affected, however, and continued to fall on Friday.
Pellet prices have plunged by one-third this year to their lowest in six years amid a global glut and waning Chinese demand.
So-called tailings ponds, masses of finely ground waste rock mixed with water left over from extracting more valuable minerals, can contain harmful chemicals, adding to fears of potential contamination from the Samarco dam bursts.
The company sought to play down those fears, saying there were no chemical elements that posed health risks when the accident occurred.
It was the second major tailings dam disaster in Minas Gerais in 12 years. In 2003, 1.2 billion liters of waste from a tailings dam at a closed cellulose mill broke, flooding local rivers, cutting off fresh-water supplies to more than 600,000 people, and killing fish all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Turkish riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Friday
on students demonstrating against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and government
control of universities. ... [Ahram
US officials have no problem leaking classified information about surveillance—as long as it fits their narrative [Freedom of the Press Foundation – 6/11/15]
US holds final auction of bitcoins from Silk Road case [Channel News Asia – 6/11/15]
Israeli forces shoot dead 72-year-old Palestinian woman [Al Jazeera - 6/11/15]
Palestinian residents of the besieged Gaza Strip gathered in the southern city of Rafah for the funeral of 18-year-old Faris Meqdad, a fisherman who succumbed to wounds caused by fire from an Egyptian warship late on Thursday evening. ... [Al Jazeera - 6/11/15]
Israeli agents disguised as protesters draw guns on youth [Electronic Intifada - 6/11/15]
Leaked internal emails from the powerful Democratic think tank Center for American Progress (CAP) shed light on several public controversies involving the organization, particularly in regard to its positioning on Israel.
They reveal the lengths to which the group has gone in order to placate AIPAC and long-time Clinton operative and Israel activist Ann Lewis — including censoring its own writers on the topic of Israel. … [The Intercept – 6/11/15]
The United States plans to expand its military aid to Lebanon, newly arrived Charge d’Affaires Richard Jones announced Friday, also highlighting the civilian assistance his country was providing to the nation. ... [Daily Star - 7/11/15]
Louisiana 6-year-old is year’s youngest police shooting victim [Washington Post - 5/11/15]
Saudi warplanes target Abbs, Hairan in Hajjah [SABA - 6/11/15]
Yemeni forces bomb several Saudi army bases in Jizan [Press TV - 6/11/15]
The UN refugee agency has provided emergency relief including tents, bedding and cooking utensils to more than 1,600 families displaced by Cyclone Chapala, which struck the Arabian Sea coast of Yemen in recent days sweeping away houses, boats and livestock. ... [UNHCR Media Release - 6/11/15]
Burundi: amid rising violence, top UN officials call for end to killings, start of inclusive national dialogue [Media Release - 6/11/15]
Libya's unrecognised government Thursday accused UN envoy Bernardino Leon of a conflict of interest after he negotiated a high-paying job in Abu Dhabi while trying to defuse the Libyan crisis.
In a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, the president of the General National Congress (GNC) voiced concern that Leon had taken up a post in Abu Dhabi, which openly backs a rival administration. ... [Ahram - 6/11/15]
Prominent religious cleric killed in Ghazni province of Afghanistan [Khaama - 6/11/15]
Harrowing details are emerging regarding the Afghan girl who was stoned to death in western Ghor province of Afghanistan.
According to the local officials, preliminary investigation reveal that the 19-year-old Rukhshana was stoned to death based on a Fatwa issued by a local anti-government militant commander who had repeatedly proposed her to marry with his younger brother. ... [Khaama - 6/11/15]
After being repelled from Nad-e-Ali district and parts of Lashkargah, the provincial capital, the Taliban insurgents have moved towards Marjah district and seized control of some areas. ... [TOLO News - 6/11/15]
A report released today by the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (Médicins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) alleges that a U.S. gunship killed doctors and medical staff as they fled from a burning hospital targeted in a deadly October 3 aerial bombardment in Kunduz, Afghanistan.
In addition to documenting the havoc wreaked by the attack, the report also claims that just a day before the bombing, an unnamed U.S. government official in Washington, D.C. had contacted the organization asking whether any Taliban fighters were “holed up” at the Kunduz hospital facility. ... [The Intercept - 6/11/15]
US forces in Afghanistan no longer targeting Taliban, says Department of Defense spokesperson [Pajhwok - 6/11/15]
8th anniversary of Baghlan Attack victims held in Kabul [TOLO News - 6/11/15]
A man was killed and two others injured -- including a 6-year-old girl -- in a drive-by shooting in Union County, N.J. Friday afternoon. ... [ABC 7 - 7/11/15]
Flash flooding in Iraq has left nearly 60 people dead over the past few days, says the country’s health ministry.
The Iraqi Health Ministry said on Friday that most of the victims died due to electrocution caused by flood-related incidents.
Iraq was hit by days of heavy torrential rain that caused major flooding in the capital, Baghdad, and other areas. ... [Press TV - 6/11/15]
Iraq: amid fears cholera outbreak may worsen, UN agencies step up support to government-led response [Media Release - 6/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [5/11/15]:
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, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Strikes in Syria
Fighter aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:
-- Near Mar’a, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Hasakah, one strike produced inconclusive results.
-- Near Hawl, one strike struck a large tactical unit and two ISIL buildings.
Strikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, remotely piloted aircraft and rocket artillery conducted 20 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Abu Hayat, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle bomb, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL building, and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Beiji, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL bunkers and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Mosul, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Ramadi, three strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit, and destroyed 18 ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL heavy machine guns, an ISIL mortar position, an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL motorcycle, two ISIL resupply warehouses, and damaged three ISIL buildings.
-- Near Sinjar, eight strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL weapons caches, two ISIL assembly areas, eight ISIL fighting positions, and six ISIL staging areas.
-- Near Sultan Abdullah, three strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
Russia’s Sukhoi-25 planes have destroyed a warehouse in Syria’s Idlib province containing anti-tank missiles meant for the terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov has said. ... [TASS - 6/11/15]
Aga Khan visits UNHCR headquarters to discuss enhanced cooperation [Media Release - 6/11/15]
What an insult ---> ... The U.S. State Department confirmed the plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, before the end of 2015, and to resume refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016, said spokeswoman Danna Van Brandt. ... [Reuters - 6/11/15]
@MSF_Sea [5/11/15]: ... Yesterday #Kos had a backlog of ~2500 #people & #Leros ~3000. Many new people arrived today and will continue arriving tomorrow.
Cost of Australia's offshore refugee concentration camps blows out by $100 million becaase politicians are protected and unaccountable. [ABC -7/11/15]
Julia Gillard defends Australian authorities' decision to leave bodies in the Indian Ocean ... [Guardian -11/6/13]
The bodies were left in the sea. Crimes against humanity are your legacy Gillard - nothing's going to change that. Go back to Washington where you belong. [Sydney Morning Herald - 30/8/12]: ... The men said they had been in the water since about 7am yesterday, local time, and were finally pulled onto the boat at 4.48am. Captain Nistorescu said his crew also spotted what he believed were bodies in the water. ''I think I saw some of them dead,'' he said. ...
Australia’s border control policies leave refugees to die [Green Left Weekly - 8/9/12]
7 November 2015