... We live in a sort of silly cultural hell where the columns are composed by Thomas Friedman, the novels are written by Jonathan Franzen, the debate is framed by CNN, and the fact-checking is done by no one. ...


The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison [The Intercept - 7/10/15]



Warsaw: Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed receive free speech prize [Ahram - 7/10/15]

Journalist and writer Bayram Kaya testified to prosecutors in Ankara on Tuesday after a complaint filed against him over alleged insult to three police chiefs in a social media post. ... [Todays Zaman - 6/10/15]



Singapore asks Indonesia to name firms suspected of contributing to haze-causing fires [Channel News Asia - 7/10/15]



PNG chief magistrate accused of misconduct [RNZI - 7/10/15]:

Moves are afoot in Papua New Guinea to suspend a chief magistrate, Nerri Eliakim, over alleged misconduct.

Magistrate Eliakim had issued an arrest warrant against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill early this year.

The actions against her have come to light in a leaked letter from the Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc to the Attorney-General Ano Pala who expressed surprise at the document being made available to the public.

Mr Pala has confirmed he received the letter, which will now go through the normal legal process for a decision or determination to be made.

Chief Magistrate Eliakim has told the Post Courier that she is aware of the attempt to remove her but stands ready to defend herself though the legal process of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

Last week, two senior police officers investigating the prime minister were sacked for ill-discipline.


Bar Association of Queensland – Media Release – Call for withdrawal of Uplift Ban from Papua New Guinea [2/10/15]


Community libraries get boost from ExxonMobil [PNG Loop – 7/10/15]



Top UN officials 'shocked' by allegations against former General Assembly President [Media Release - 6/10/15]:



Top United Nations officials expressed today that they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced this morning by United States' federal prosecutors against John Ashe, a former President of the UN General Assembly.

Prior to his appointment as leader of the 68th session of the General Assembly in September 2013, John Ashe had been Antigua and Barbuda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He was arrested earlier today in New York.

Speaking at the regular UN briefing to news correspondents, the spokesperson of the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, said these allegations “go to the heart of the integrity of the United Nations.”

Asked about whether the UN was involved in the United States attorney's investigation, Mr. Dujarric said the UN was not informed of the case until it was featured in the press.

“Obviously, if we're contacted by the relevant US authorities we will cooperate with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the current President of the General Assembly's 70th session and former Speaker of the Danish Parliament, Mogens Lykketoft, held a press conference today, during which he underlined that he can only echo the UN Spokesperson.

“Coming from a country which is consistently number one on the world transparency index and having served for 34 years in Danish politics without being rich, I certainly am shocked about it and I think that the United Nations and its representatives should be held to the highest standards of transparency and ethics,” Mr. Lykketoft told reporters.

He added that when he took office as the President of the UN General Assembly on 15 September, he committed himself to uphold these principles during his tenure, as “corruption has no place at the United Nations or anywhere else.”






An explosion on a speedboat carrying Maldives President Abudullah Yameen was an assassination attempt, the minister at his office told Reuters on Tuesday, citing the findings of international investigators.

Two military officials have been arrested, Mohamed Hussain Shareef added. ... [The Star - 7/10/15]

Lebanon: 'You Stink' campaign stages protest near central bank as activist briefly detained [Naharnet – 6/10/15]




Pro-Palestinian activists were kicked out of a campaign event for US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Boston, Massachusetts over the weekend, video footage posted on Monday showed.

Members of the Boston chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) who attended the independent Vermont senator's event on Saturday brought a sign with them that read: "Will Ya #FeelTheBern 4 Palestine??!" ... [Middle East Eye - 7/10/15]




@intricateizzy [6/10/15]:   Protest today in NYC in solidarity with #Palestine's Day of Rage #FreePalestine #Intifada3





‏@MillionsMarch [6/10/15]:   NYC in solidarity w/ Palestine's day of rage outside the Israeli Consulate. Long live the Intifada! #FreePalestine






2 Palestinians shot, injured after attack on Israeli settler [Maan - 7/10/15]




An Israeli civilian shot and injured a Palestinian woman in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem after she allegedly tried to stab him, an Israeli police spokesperson told Ma'an. ... [Maan - 7/10/15]




Jewish settlers shot and seriously wounded a Palestinian in the occupied West Bank early Wednesday, the Red Crescent and witnesses said.

The 18-year-old was in intensive care but in a stable condition after the shooting east of Bethlehem, a medic told AFP.  ... [Daily Star - 7/10/15]




At least 14 people were killed in three separate suicide bomb attacks in Damaturu, northeast Nigeria, on Wednesday, the country's National Emergency Management Agency said.

The blasts came after Boko Haram militants this week claimed to have carried out three suicide attacks on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, last Friday that left 18 dead and 41 injured. ... [Naharnet - 7/10/15]




Fears for Nigeria's "counter-radicalisation programme" as British-trained head is ousted [Telegraph - 7/10/15]




Afghanistan:  Militants gun down religious scholar in Nangarhar’s Bati Kot District [Khaama - 7/10/15]




Médecins Sans Frontières denounces blatant breach of international humanitarian law [Media Release - 7/10/15]




An education officer at the police training center in western Ghor province was killed and three policemen were wounded in an ambush by intelligence agents, an official said on Tuesday. ... [Pajhwok - 6/10/15]




Saudi warplanes kill eight in northwestern Yemen [Press TV - 7/10/15]





Amnesty International has accused the Arab coalition fighting in Yemen of carrying out unlawful air strikes, some of which amount to war crimes.

The UK-based rights group on Wednesday called for the suspension of transfers of certain arms to members of the coalition, which launched an air campaign against Houthi rebels in March.

Amnesty said in a report that it had examined 13 deadly air strikes by the coalition, assembled by Saudi Arabia, that had killed about 100 civilians, including 59 children.  ... [Amnesty - 7/10/15]





Suicide bombing outside mosque kills 7 in Yemen capital [Naharnet - 7/10/15]



United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria




US Department of Defense [6/10/15]:

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.

Airstrikes in Syria

Bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven strikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, five strikes struck four separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, five ISIL buildings, and an ISIL checkpoint.

Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike struck an ISIL crude oil collection point.

Near Manbij, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL building.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, attack, fighter-attack, ground-attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 17 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the government of Iraq:

-- Near Huwayjah, three strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed three ISIL fighting positions and suppressed an ISIL mortar position.

-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike destroyed an ISIL weapons cache.

-- Near Mosul, one strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Ramadi, nine strikes struck six separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL vehicle-borne bomb, four ISIL buildings, ten ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL excavator, two ISIL mortar positions, an ISIL improvised explosive device compound, three ISIL homemade explosive facilities, an ISIL house bomb, an ISIL homemade explosive cache, and denied ISIL access to terrain.

-- Near Sinjar, two strikes destroyed six ISIL bunkers.

-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike suppressed an ISIL mortar position.






What took them so long? --->  US Treasury inquires about ISIS use of Toyota vehicles [CNN - 7/10/15]





Diyala Provincial Council announced on Tuesday, that the outcome of Khalis bombing has rised to more than 100 dead and wounded, while called for an investigation into the incident.

The deputy head of the council, Mohammad Jawad al-Hamdani, said in an interview for IraqiNews.com,  “The outcome of yesterday’s bombing in Khalis rose to more than 100 dead and wounded.”

Al-Hamdani called the security forces to “open an urgent investigation to uncover the reasons for this serious breach that led to the killing and wounding of innocent people.”  [Iraqi News - 6/10/15]





@IraqiSMCEn  Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/10/15]:   Anbar: Jame'iya ,Ta'ameem ,Aziziya areas and Mustawda'a Street in Ramadi have been shelled violently ...............................




... The number of Australian special forces personnel in Iraq also dropped from 200 to 80.

Their mission is to advise and assist Iraqi forces in tackling IS in the north and west of the country. ... Defence Force 'ready to protect Australian fighter jets' after Russia begins Middle East air strikes [ABC - 7/10/15]




The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday US proposals for coordinated efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Syria could be accepted.

Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said: "The Russian Defense Ministry has responded to a request from Pentagon and swiftly considered US proposals to coordinate actions to fight the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. These proposals can be accepted for implementation in general," he said. ... [TASS - 7/10/15]





Uruguay: Syrian refugee detained after dousing himself with gas in protest against "resettlement" and restrictive visa conditions [Yahoo - 6/10/15]



‏@jorgencarling - Research Professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo  [7/10/15]:   My argument on @BBCWorld this morning: If the EU's war on human smuggling succeeds, babies like Sophia will simply be stuck in Libya.




Seven Syrian refugees rescued from Calais port [Guardian - 7/10/15]




We don't just do the dirty work of empire:  Australian Navy demonstrates they can rescue people - as long as they're not refugees --->  @Australian_Navy [7/10/15]:   #ICYMI HMAS Broome assists in civilian search and rescue http://ift.tt/1MXLv7P  ...




Australian Operation Sovereign Borders personnel told asylum seekers:  Fuck your mothers ... fuck your family ... [ABC -  Law Report - AUDIO - 22/7/14]



Thailand: Armed security guards stationed at so called "shelter" to prevent Rohingya refugees escaping [Phuket Gazette - 6/10/15]



Renée Feltz wins Newswomen's Club of New York Award [6/10/15]:

Democracy Now! criminal justice correspondent Renée Feltz has won the Front Page Award for TV Special Reporting from the Newswomen’s Club of New York for her Democracy Now! report on the Obama administration’s mass detention of women and children from Central America in private prisons.

You can watch Part 1 and Part 2 of her award-winning reports at democracynow.org.



Getting journalists to Nauru [Go Fund Me]:



... One of Australia’s most esteemed and experienced journalists, Wendy Bacon, has agreed to go to Nauru to cover the story as she finds it on the island.

Elder stateswomen and former Premier of Western Australia and federal Health Minister, Professor Carmen Lawrence will accompany Wendy.

Professor Lawrence will be there to bear witness and stand in solidarity with the women and families on Nauru.

But this is where we all come in.

As members of the Australian community who are ashamed of the treatment meted out to those coming to Australia seeking our protection we are crowd-funding the cost of getting both Wendy and Carmen to Nauru.

That cost we estimate to be around $20,000 for the visas, flights, fundraising fee, transport and accommodation.

Twenty-three men, women and children have now been raped or sexually abused and need the real story told.

Donate now to raise the funds urgently needed to send Wendy and Carmen to bear witness on Nauru.


Lawyers argue detention centres on Nauru breach Australian constitution [Guardian – 7/10/15]



... Lawyers for the Department of Immigration successfully sought to have the open centre arrangements included as part of the case.

In a submission they said the plaintiff intended to argue she would be detained upon return to Nauru, however this would not be the case under the new arrangements.

However counsel for the plaintiff Ron Merkel QC told the court the legal framework surrounding detention on Nauru remained unchanged and a "critical event" might occur that caused the Nauruan government to say "the open centre is now finished". ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/10/15]



No change in accommodation for Nauru detainees despite 'end of detention' [Guardian – 7/10/15]



The South Australian Government was aware of allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a Salvation Army-run boys' home from as early as the 1940s, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard. ... [ABC - 7/10/15]



... When you don't give me love, you give me pale shelter

You don't give me love, you give me cold hands ...

'Pale Shelter', Tears for Fears [1982]




@marcoorca [7/10/15]:   Ten ppl arrested after 1.5hr occupation of Dep of Immigration demanding Turnball brings Nauru rape survivors to Aus. ...



@marcoorca [7/10/15]:   Students and refugee supporters occupy Dept of Immigration in Sydney CBD. ...  




A group of 20 refugee supporters, mostly students, have staged a sit-in at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Sydney office on Lee st, at 11.45am today. They are protesting the ongoing rapes and assaults against refugees on Nauru. ... [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 7/10/15]




Australia is refusing to grant an abortion to a Somali woman who was raped after Canberra sent her to Nauru.


A gynecology professor, Caroline de Costa, says the woman, who is under the care of the government of Australia, should be transferred without delay to Australia to a service where she can have appropriate care to make an informed decision.

She says if this woman's story is correct she would be lawfully entitled to a termination of pregnancy in any jurisdiction in Australia except South Australia.

Australia's opposition leader, Frank Shorten, has told the ABC that it's a travesty if the raped woman cannot obtain an abortion in Australia. ... [RNZI - 7/10/15]


Explainer: is abortion legal in Australia? [The Conversation – 30/9/15]




Detainees on Nauru may have been 'released', but they are not free [The Conversation - 6/10/15]




Nauru’s prison island changes must be opened to media scrutiny: Greens [Media Release - 6/10/15]




Through our consultations at the medical centre, Professor Isaacs diagnosed a baby with typhoid.

We were in the consultation room with the baby and the mother, and the dad was waiting down the end of the corridor, so I went to get him. I said, ‘You can come with me now. We’ll go and see your baby, he’s OK.’

The female security guard pushed the dad full flight in the back and he went flying.

The dad just looked absolutely hopeless.

He just took the abuse and looked at me with these dead, sad eyes.

He can’t fight back because that will impede on his asylum application. ...




“When you silence doctors and nurses you’re getting into dangerous territory”  Alanna Maycock  [Marie Claire - 6/8/15]




Nauru guards accused of assaulting children in detention camp [Guardian - 24/4/14]


UQ News [1/10/15]:

Assault-related injuries are significantly more severe and lead to greater long term disability in Queensland than do childhood injuries from accidents, a child safety researcher says.

The University of Queensland’s Professor Justin Kenardy has highlighted the shocking statistics to encourage the federal government to keep children front and centre of its new $100 million domestic violence policy.

Professor Kenardy said 2012 research from Queensland’s trauma registry showed children under the age of one were experiencing assaults at a rate similar to adolescents, but their outcomes were three times as severe.

“As well as loss of life, we are also talking about psychosocial problems, loss of quality of life, disability in survivors, and an enormous economic burden,” he said.

“It’s encouraging the federal government has committed new funding to addressing domestic violence, but I encourage them to keep child victims at the forefront of their programs and policies.”

Professor Kenardy, who works with the UQ School of Psychology and the Child Health Research Centre, said proven prevention and intervention strategies could arrest the cycle of violence over time.

Some high-profile domestic violence cases in south-east Queensland have drawn particular attention to the issue of domestic violence in recent weeks, but Professor Kenardy said the problem occurred around Australia in all sorts of environments.

“Rates of assault-related injury for Indigenous children are highest outside major urban areas,” he said.

“Indigenous female children have the highest rate of assault-related injury, 15 times higher than non-Indigenous females.

“Research showed the majority – 63.9 per cent – of assault-related injuries on children younger than 12 occurred within the home.”

The most frequent injuries from assault in infants were head and brain injuries.

Professor Kenardy worked on the 2012 study with fellow Queensland researchers Dr Fumiko Irie, Jacelle Lang, Dr Melissa Kaltner and Dr Robyn Le Brocque, and it was published in the journal Injury.



Reporter: Rebekah Brooks's remarks made it OK to pay police

Byline [6/10/15]:

A Sun reporter told a court he felt justified paying a police officer for information because Rupert Murdoch's top executive, Rebekah Brooks, made it clear "News International pays public officials."

Jamie Pyatt said that he had watched a TV news report of Rebekah Brooks, then Sun editor, telling a Commons select committee in 2003: "We have paid police officers for information in the past."

Mr Pyatt who paid a Surrey PC £10,000 between 2000 and 2011 said that Mrs Brooks's comments reinforced his belief that he was acting properly.

"It made it clear to me that I was not doing anything wrong," Mr Pyatt, 52, told the Old Bailey.

He said he had never made a secret to the Sun that he was paying a Surrey police officer.

Mr Pyatt and Chris Pharo, the Sun's Assistant Editor (News), deny aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office.

Giving evidence for the fourth day at his trial, Mr Pyatt told Court 13 that he had always been "open with the office" that he was paying the PC, known as Officer 2044.

Of Mrs Brooks's comments to MPs about paying police, Mr Pyatt said: "It made it clear to me that I was not doing anything wrong."




Australia:  Police raid thought crime teenager's home and this pretty much sums it up ---> "I know we have to be scared" (neighbour)



Could the activity of thinking as such, the habit of examining whatever happens to come to pass or to attract attention, regardless of results and specific content, could this activity be among the conditions that make men abstain from evil-doing?



Hannah Arendt




Three of five males arrested this morning over last week's fatal terrorist attack at Parramatta police headquarters were targeted in Australia's biggest counter-terrorism raids a year ago.

Police this morning arrested five males aged between 16 and 24 in a series of raids across western Sydney.

Police allege four of those arrested are directly linked to the fatal shooting of police accountant Curtis Cheng outside the Parramatta police HQ last Friday. ... [ABC - 7/10/15]




ABC [6/10/15]:

Police have raided the western Sydney home of a teenager charged with threatening a police station on his Facebook page.

The 17-year-old student, who attended the same school as the teenager who fatally shot a police accountant last week, was charged earlier this evening with assaulting and intimidating police, two counts of resisting arrest and using a carriage to menace, harass and offend.

Police raided the teenager's Guildford home and seized two laptops and other items. They were at the house for over an hour.

Neighbour Maggie Semaan said the student and his family were good neighbours.

"They're very nice people. They're quiet. We've never known that there was any trouble," she said.

"Good and quiet and friendly. They're very nice people.

She said she was surprised to hear the teenager had allegedly threatened police.

"Shocked. What can we do? I know we have to be scared but I've known the people," she said.

"They seem quiet people, very nice people. We've never heard anything about them that's bad."

The teenager has been given strict conditional bail and will appear at a children's court on November 9.

Police said they spoke to the teenage boy on his way to Arthur Phillip High School in Parramatta this morning in relation to alleged posts on social media.

He was arrested outside the school.

It is alleged he posted a video on Facebook of New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione addressing the public about the shooting with the caption "merryland [sic] police station is next hope they all burn in hell".

Police said when they spoke to the student, he threatened and intimidated officers and he was arrested.

On Friday, fellow student Farhad Jabar Khalil Mohammad shot and killed 17-year police force veteran and accountant Curtis Cheng at close range outside the NSW Police headquarters in Parramatta.

The Year 10 student was killed by police in front of the building after he fatally shot Mr Cheng.

There was a heavy police presence at Arthur Phillip High School this morning, which is just metres from the scene of last week's fatal shooting, as students returned for the first time since the attack.

The NSW Department of Education offered counselling services to students and teachers.

A number of students expressed their shock at the shooting incident, describing Farhad as quiet, polite and "a nice kid".

Students who knew Farhad said he enjoyed playing basketball at the school.



West Australian [7/10/15]:



A man being held on remand in Queensland charged with a range of terror-related offences has applied for legal aid funding.

Agim Kruezi, 23, was arrested during counter-terrorism raids in September last year and is facing a number of charges including committing acts in preparation for a terrorist act, preparing for incursions into foreign states, and recruiting people to join a terrorist organisation.

Kruezi was due to face a committal hearing next week but the hearing was cancelled on Wednesday, after the Brisbane Magistrates Court was told he is still awaiting approval for legal aid funding.



Brisbane Times [23/1/15]:


Court documents have revealed how an undercover police officer infiltrated a Logan Islamic bookstore community, gaining the trust of three members who were later charged with terrorism offences.

The Australian Federal Police agent known as UCO317656 met Omar Succarieh, Agim Kruezi and Robert Louis Maestracci in June 2014 at the iQraa Islamic Centre, according to material filed in the Brisbane Supreme Court this week.

iQraa, which was run by Mr Succarieh, was raided on September 10 last year by AFP anti-terrorism police.  [Following a Murdoch beatup.]




FBI informant exposes sting operation targeting innocent Americans in new "(T)ERROR" documentary [Democracy Now – 20/4/15]:

… AMY GOODMAN: They were apartment neighbors.

LYRIC R. CABRAL [Directors of (T)ERROR]: They weren’t neighbors. Tarik actually didn’t live in the brownstone, but he frequently played music gigs in Harlem, and so he would stop by a lot, just because it was a—you know, the FBI had engineered this environment so that it was comfortable for him, so that he would have a place that was available late at night after he would get off of a gig. And so, ultimately, Saeed used this child support need that Tarik had—he owed about $70,000—and said, "Well, you know, if you use your martial arts service in service of 'al-Qaeda,'" quote-unquote, "we can get you $70,000. I can get your passport back."

AMY GOODMAN: So, Stephen Downs, explain ultimately what happened to Tarik, what he was charged with.

STEPHEN DOWNS [Attorney]: Well, he was charged with material support for terrorism, for essentially, I suppose, nothing more than, in a kind of a scripted plot—or not a scripted plot, but a scripted play by the FBI, he took some sort of an oath to al-Qaeda that he would treat al-Qaeda soldiers if they were injured somehow, or would train them in martial arts. And I think the request was: Would you train al-Qaeda soldiers? And he said, "I’ll train anybody. I’m a martial arts instructor." And that was essentially the—for what he was convicted of. ...




Al Jazeera Investigates - Informants [VIDEO – 20/7/14]:


Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit takes you inside the shadowy world of FBI informants and counterterrorism sting operations. Following the 9/11 attacks, the FBI set about to recruit a network of more than 15,000 informants.

Al Jazeera's investigative film tells the stories of three paid FBI informants who posed as Muslims as they searched for people interested in joining violent plots concocted by the FBI.





A veteran police officer has been charged with murder over the fatal shooting of a driver during a routine traffic stop in Windsor.

Leading Senior Constable Timothy Baker appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged over the death of Vlado Micetic on August 25, 2013.

Leading Senior Constable Baker shot Mr Micetic, 44, during a traffic stop in Windsor when Mr Micetic allegedly produced a flick knife. ... [The Age - 7/10/15]



Dangerous, resource wasting, race and class based police pursuit ends in vehicle plunging into ocean, Yanchep Beach [WA Today – 6/10/15]



Man claims Cairns police edited 'assault' video [Yahoo - 6/10/15]:

A Cairns man facing charges of assaulting police is considering suing the Queensland Police Service after claiming he was bashed by an officer during a routine traffic stop.

Kenneth Wong says police took his phone and edited footage of him being assaulted by a male constable.

But the QPS will not look into the allegations until Wong, 24, has been through court for a string of charges himself, including failing to stop, contravening a direction and assaulting police.

"As the matter is currently before the court it is not appropriate to comment further," a police statement read.

Wong says he was repeatedly punched in the face by the constable after he was pulled over on August 29 for failing to completely stop at an intersection while on the way to visit his sick mother in Cairns.

An emergency department report obtained by AAP shows Wong suffered two black eyes, a cut under his left eye, bruises to both wrists and a bruise to his right shoulder.

The law graduate and education student says the officer called for back-up when he questioned why he had to hand over his licence.

After realising Wong was recording him, the officer then allegedly took Mr Wong's glasses off, punched him multiple times and tried to pull him from the vehicle while he was still strapped in.

Once at the police station, he was pressured into giving police his phone's passcode, Wong says.

He says police then disabled the iCloud function so he could not download the video remotely.

Wong's phone was returned last week and he is convinced the video has been "trimmed" to remove possibly incriminating evidence. He plans to have a computer expert look at it.

Wong can be heard on the video file telling the officer: "No, you can't do that. You don't have the power under PPRA (Police Powers and Responsibilities Act).

"I give you licence, you better leave me alone.

"Do not touch it, it's my property."

The officer repeatedly replies: "Don't start, mate."

Wong says his facial injuries have prevented him from continuing his placement at a Cairns high school, while the incident itself has left him frightened and distrustful of police.

Wong approached the Crime and Corruption Commission to investigate the officer, but the complaint was forwarded to the QPS's Ethical Standard Command.

Wong has sought advice and said he is considering legal action.

It comes amid a QPS review into a recent spate of police brutality incidents on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Council of Civil Liberties, which has been assisting Wong, says police behaviour is a growing concern.

"We're receiving at least one complaint or allegation about police violence or brutality a week," acting president Julie Jansen told AAP.



Shooting incident, Clayfield

QPS Media [6/10/15]:

Police are investigating an incident at Clayfield this afternoon in which a man received gunshot wounds.

Initial investigations indicate around 12.45pm two men became involved in an altercation in a carpark at Bonney Avenue.

During the altercation a firearm was discharged.

A man has presented at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. The injuries are not believed life threatening.

At this time it is not believed to be a random incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have information that may assist with investigations to call Crimestoppers.

Police investigations are continuing.

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



Update: Shooting incidents Kallangur and Clayfield [QPS Media - 7/10/15]





A man has been rushed to hospital after he was stabbed outside Southport Court on Tuesday night.

Police received a call around 9.00pm saying a man in his 50’s had been stabbed in the back along High Street.

He was rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with minor wounds to his back.

The victim told police he saw two men, believed to be in their 20’s, running away from the scene following the incident.

Police are on the hunt for the offender/s and investigations are continuing. [MYGC - 7/10/15]





Man arrested after siege in Biggera Waters [MYGC - 6/10/15]





A man has suffered burns to his face and arms after a house fire west of Brisbane.

The 67-year-old also suffered smoke inhalation from the fire, which has destroyed the home at Minden.

He has been taken to the Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition.

A woman was also treated at the scene for emotional distress. [Yahoo - 6/10/15]





Inquest into Lockhart family deaths begins [Nine MSN - 6/10/15]:


NSW canola farmer Geoff Hunt spent his final hours doing the things fathers do.

He took his children - the two girls, Mia and Phoebe, and their big brother Fletcher - to see their grandparents for a belated Father's Day visit.

He fed them their dinner and packed their lunches for school the next day.

And then, the evidence now before the coroner suggests, he gunned down his wife Kim in the driveway of their home before walking from bedroom to bedroom and firing a single shot into each of his children's heads.

The first day of an inquest into the Hunt family deaths heard the evidence suggests Mr Hunt then turned the shotgun on himself.

The bodies of Kim and the children - aged six, eight and 10 - were found on September 9 last year, and divers located Mr Hunt's body in a dam on the property the following afternoon.

The inquest heard on Tuesday that a note left on the kitchen table, which a forensic expert has testified was probably penned by Mr Hunt, read simply: "I'm sorry. It's all my fault. Totally mine."




Man allegedly kicked partner in the head while she was bedridden [Canberra Times – 5/10/15]



Sexually abused foster child claims ACT government knew carer was paedophile [Canberra Times – 5/10/15]





A report into an IT glitch that led to hundreds of suspected child abuse cases failing to reach police in Queensland will be released publicly this month. ... [Yahoo - 6/10/15]





A Gold Coast man jailed for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in the late 1990s has failed in a bid overturn his conviction.

John William Chardon - whose wife Novy has been missing since 2013 - had his legal challenge dismissed by the Court of Appeal in Brisbane on Tuesday. ... [Yahoo - 6/10/15]





A woman who pleaded guilty to bestiality for performing a sex act with a dog to please her male lover has had her conviction set aside.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had struck up sexually loaded chats with the man over the internet before they met up.

During their eventual tryst, he persuaded her to let him film her sexually interacting with a dog before she told him to stop. ... [Yahoo - 6/10/15]




Armed robbery, Thornlands [QPS Media – 6/10/15]





A water-ski racer from the Gold Coast has died following an accident in the New South Wales northern rivers region.

Jared Coey was catapulted off his ski during the Grafton Bridge to Bridge race on Sunday. ... [MYGC - 7/10/15]





Woman injured after being hit by car, Broadbeach [7/10/15]





Fatal traffic crash, Westbrook [QPS Media - 6/10/15]



Fire destroys truck trailer on Gold Coast roadside [Nine MSN – 6/10/15]







TPP a blow to democracy, just Corporate Colonialism, says Katter [Media Release - 6/10/15]





The High Court has ruled the breast cancer gene BRCA-1 cannot be patented.

Two-time cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy has led the legal battle over the ownership of the patent by US company Myriad Genetics. ... [ABC - 7/10/15]



ISDS: Important Questions and Answers [The White House Blog – 26/3/15]:

… Where did ISDS come from?

Before we had investment rules and ISDS international agreements, unlawful behavior by countries that targeted foreign investors tended either to go unaddressed or escalate into conflict between countries.

In fact, early in our history, the U.S. had to deploy “gunboat diplomacy,” or military intervention, to protect private American commercial interests.

ISDS is a more peaceful, better way to resolve trade conflicts between countries.

In addition, ISDS strengthens and promotes the rule of law by creating incentives for governments to follow basic due process and rights that are recognized around the world.




No trust in a corporatised, outsourced health system that puts profit before patient care and ethics, and is constantly blaming and punishing the sick  ---->  37 000 Australian cancer cases could be prevented  [QIMR Media Release - 7/10/15]





Outsourced bandaids for the amputation ---->   The Palaszczuk Government has today unveiled a plan to improve the mental health and wellbeing of Queenslanders by taking early action.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick also announced more than $450,000 in funding to improve mental health through greater social inclusion and community participation, particularly in regional areas. ... [Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Media Release - 6/10/15]








This is not governmence, and it certainly isn't healthcare [Yahoo - 6/10/15]:



... the plan recommends things like meditation apps for new and expectant parents to guard against perinatal anxiety and the establishment of online hubs to educate school staff on how best to deal with students with mental health difficulties.

A Griffith University interactive game called Creature Quest will also be trialled with students from Logan primary schools from the start of next year.


Laws to introduce a Multicultural Queensland Charter to promote the state as an "inclusive" society will also be drafted.

Support for the elderly will come through seniors legal services dotted across the state, as well as Beyond Blue awareness campaigns targeted at older adults.






"Opposition" leader clarifies his denigration of public education ---->  Low fee religious schools are better than state schools [Canberra Times - 6/10/15]:



 ... "The truth is a lot of Australians depend upon penalty rates - they depend upon the penalty rates to be able to afford the things in life which give them a chance to have aspiration and hope," Mr Shorten said on Tuesday.

"I was referring to the local Catholic schools, the primary schools in my electorate, where a lot of the parents there - both are working, both need the penalty rates.


Mr Shorten on Monday tweeted: "There is no greater supporter of public schools than I only @AustralianLabor is backing #Gonski's needs-based funding for our schools."






Marking the first World Teacher’s Day after the adoption of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, senior United Nations officials appealed to the international community to value, support, and empower teachers, “for it is they who will educate a new generation of children who, in turn, will carry forward all our goals to build a better world for all.” ... [UN Media Release - 5/10/15]




I gave a Gonski and it got me nowhere [En Passant - 16/4/13]




Cambodia:  Police block marchers on World Habitat Day


 Cambodia Daily [6/10/15]:

More than 1,000 demonstrators from about 50 communities across the country gathered Monday to mark U.N. World Habitat Day and protest against widespread land and housing evictions, but found their march blocked by municipal authorities, who claimed the protesters posed a risk to security.

Beginning the march at around 9 a.m. in the former Dey Krahorm neighborhood—the site of a violent forced eviction in 2009—the protesters, led by a group carrying a large model wooden house, walked to the nearby National Assembly, pausing for around 30 minutes as four representatives delivered a petition to lawmakers inside.

Carrying banners that included the slogans “No Home, No Land, No Life,” and “Land and Housing Protesters are not Colour Revolutionists,” those assembled then attempted to march toward Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home near Independence Monument, but were blocked by more than 100 municipal police and military police officers who had set up a barricade at Siha­nouk Boulevard.

Undeterred, the marchers doubled back on National Assembly Street to proceed to the ministries of interior and land management to submit petitions, but were once again halted—this time by a police barricade near the Australian Embassy.

Confined to the area in front of the National Assembly building, the demonstration wound down about an hour later.

“The government used the barricades to block the road to prevent the people from giving their opinion because they were seriously criticizing human rights abuses,” said Am Sam Ath, technical supervisor at rights group Licadho, which helped organize the event.

“We twice tried to ask permission from Phnom Penh City Hall to hold the event, but they told us that the letter was wrong and they returned it to us to make repeated corrections,” he added.








On Tonle Sap, Vietnamese families face mass eviction [Cambodia Daily - 6/10/15]




ANZ reported half-year cash profits of $3.68 billion last week, a record for the Australian bank. Much of that growth has come in Asia, a market that the bank has pursued aggressively, generating extraordinary wealth for its investors.

But ANZ’s “super regional strategy” has come at an extraordinary human cost in Cambodia. Between 2011 and 2014, the bank lent tens of millions of dollars to finance a controversial sugar company. Relative to the bank’s enormous profits, the loan was small. Yet it contributed to outsized misery for thousands of poor villagers. ... [Cambodia Daily - 13/5/15]





7 October 2015