Work is about to begin on “a big, new wall” in Calais as the latest attempt to prevent refugees and migrants jumping aboard lorries heading for the Channel port, the UK’s immigration minister has confirmed.
Robert Goodwill told MPs on Tuesday that the four-metre high wall was part of a £17m package of joint Anglo-French security measures to tighten precautions at the port.
It will be made of smooth concrete in an attempt to make it more difficult to scale, with plants and flowers on one side to reduce its visual impact on the local area. ... [Guardian - 7/9/16]
Hungary charges camerawoman accused of tripping fleeing migrants [Reuters – 7/9/16]
Government officials on Tuesday determined which reception centers for migrants across the country are to close and where new, improved facilities are to open but did not determine a time-frame, even as authorities on the Aegean islands warn of dangerously cramped and tense conditions in local camps.
More than 12,500 migrants are currently living in reception centers on five Aegean islands – Lesvos, Chios, Kos, Leros and Samos – and hundreds more are arriving every day from neighboring Turkey. ... [Ekathimerini - 6/9/16]
Rescuers have saved 177 African migrants after six boats were spotted off the coast of Spain.
The group, which included eight children, were spotted by aeroplane, Spain’s maritime rescue service said.
Said to be from sub-Saharan Africa, the boats were found off the southern Mediterranean coast.
The country’s rescue service sent ships to carry out the rescues at various points on Spain’s southern shore, including near Malaga. ... [Metro - 6/9/16]
Day 172 refugee protests, Nauru
Image: @elahe_zivardar [7/9/16]
Manus refugee concentration camp lobby fills void left by media censorship with incendiary lies [The National - 7/9/16]
The customary landowners of Kaevaga, now known as Morata one in Port Moresby, are supporting the settlers to stop the National Capital District Commission from evicting them. ... [EMTV - 7/9/16]
The Nauru government has passed amendments to the country's passport laws to give it broader powers to cancel passports.
It had earlier canceled the passports of several former MPs and others who allegedly took part in an anti-government protest in June 2015.
The Justice Minister David Adeang introduced the amendments to the Passport Act 2011, which passed with a voice vote in the house, where the government enjoys a 16-2 majority. ... [RNZI - 7/9/16]
ABC continues exploiting handpicked Syrians to invisibilise refugees being tortured and pushed away by the Australian government [7/9/16]
Australian forensic pathologist Beng Beng Ong, who testified for murder defendant Jessica Kumala Wongso in the Central Jakarta District Court on Monday, was deported from Indonesia on Tuesday for a visa violation.
Besides deporting Ong, the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s immigration office also banned him from reentering Indonesia for six months, Central Jakarta Immigration Office head Tato Juliadin Hidayawan said.
“Ong came to the country on a free visa for a short visit but he appeared as an expert witness in court. His activity was not accommodated in the visa he held. If he had planned to testify as a witness in the court, Ong should have applied for a limited stay visa," he said on Tuesday.
The senior lecturer at Queensland University's School of Medicine was deported to Australia via Singapore on Wednesday. ... [Jakarta Post - 7/9/16]
A Queensland psychologist who gave $19,000 to a patient to keep their affair a secret is fighting to keep his job.
Khosrow Shahinper is appealing to have his registration reinstated after the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal last month found him guilty of professional misconduct. ... [Brisbane Times - 6/9/16]
Nicotine for vaping should be legalised in Australia: 40 international and Australian experts [The Conversation - 7/9/16]
Doctors around the world have been over-treating early stage thyroid cancer at the expense of patient health and government pockets, scientists from three Australian universities have discovered. ... [ABC - 7/9/16]
Black lung: 54 year-old man confirmed as 15th case in Queensland since 2015 [ABC - 6/9/16]
A WA miner has survived being dangled up to 10 metres above the ground by a helicopter after his leg became tangled in a rope being used by the chopper to lift and relocate a drill rig. ... [WA Today - 7/9/16]
The owners of a Chinese coal carrier that destroyed part of the Great Barrier Reef are trying to avoid paying a multi-million dollar cleaning bill.
The Australian government is seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport to pay for the clean-up of the Douglas Shoal, which was contaminated with toxic paint flakes when the Shen Neng 1 went off course and grounded in April 2010.
The Federal Court has heard the crash site is contaminated with hundreds of kilograms of paint particles tainted with the highly toxic anti-fouling agent tributyltin, also known as TBT. ... [Yahoo - 7/9/16]
Man injured in West Ryde unit explosion caused by 'cockroach bomb' [Nine MSN - 7/9/16]
Parents to 'chain themselves' to son's roadside memorial at Mandurah after removal threat [WA Today - 6/9/16]:
... "So we're not going to let it go, absolutely not.
"If anything can come out of losing my son, it's to make motorists aware of motorcyclists, to drill people about bike awareness, to prevent another young life being taken away."
Ms Vernon and her husband Darrin said they wanted the memorial to be part of a campaign to save lives.
"If just a couple of motorists a day see it and just check to see if they're driving safely, then that has to be a good thing," Mr Vernon said. ...
Newcastle hotels, motels and apartments offer temporary accommodation to women and children fleeing domestic violence [The Herald - 7/9/16]
... The message from Brother Hill, who was the then-provincial for parts of the country's east, was sent after a Brisbane student made a complaint about a man known as Brother Patrick touching his groin. ... Senior Marist brother put Jaws 2 line in child sex email [Nine MSN - 7/9/16]
Hunter Region priest made boys sodomise each other [ABC - 7/9/16]
A former Victoria Police officer has admitted trafficking ice, growing cannabis and professional misconduct.
David Cameron Lister, 37, faced the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to six charges, including possessing anabolic steroids, LSD and heroin.
The former senior constable was arrested in Queensland in April after police intercepted him at Townsville Airport with a quantity of ice, the court has previously heard.
He was bailed before returning to Victoria, where he was arrested again and charged. ... [Nine MSN - 7/9/16]
The families of the Lindt cafe siege victims feel they have been "gagged" by a coroner's orders that bar them from making public submissions until after he hands down his findings next year. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/9/16]
Lawyer Tim Meehan, who represented Daniel Morcombe's killer, accused of stealing $160,000 from law firm [ABC - 7/9/16]
... Law graduate Jacob Lazar Reichman was fined $1500, ordered to pay $4000 in costs and had a conviction recorded for acting as a solicitor in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
It's the second time the 24-year-old has been charged with engaging in legal practice when not entitled after pleading guilty to a similar charge in 2014. ... [Yahoo - 7/9/16]
Queensland police officers do not have the right to remain silent during internal disciplinary investigations, the Court of Appeal has found in a landmark legal case. ... [ABC - 6/9/16]
A hydroponic cannabis crop has been found during a search of a home in Pacific Pines on Tuesday afternoon.
Detectives executed a search warrant at an address on Moorea Court.
They will allege the home had been modified and was being used as a hydroponic cannabis production site.
During the search 71 plants were seized.
A 40-year-old Helensvale man has been charged with one count of produce dangerous drug and is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday. [MYGC - 7/9/16]
A man faces charges, accused of smashing into a police car and other obstacles in Broadbeach Waters on Tuesday morning.
It will be alleged that around 4.45am, police were called about a man acting suspiciously in Poinciana Boulevard.
The man left and was spotted driving erratically in the Broadbeach Waters area.
It is alleged he damaged three vehicles including a police car, a fence and hit a tree.
A 28-year-old man from Edens Landing has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
He is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday. [MYGC - 7/9/16]
A Queensland police sergeant accused of using excessive force has returned to duties, while another officer has been suspended for allegedly providing false and misleading information.
The 52-year-old sergeant was stood down in September last year and while criminal proceedings have been finalised he could still face disciplinary action, Queensland Police say.
In a separate case, a 46-year-old South Eastern Region sergeant has been suspended while claims he gave false and misleading information are investigated. [Yahoo - 6/9/16]
Chris Hurley stood down over Gold Coast police pursuit [Nine MSN - 21/5/15]:
The Queensland government says it won't be changing the state's police pursuits policy after two officers were stood down over a chase on the Gold Coast.
Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley and his partner Senior Constable Barry Wellington were stood down from the South Eastern Queensland region on Thursday.
The officers are subject to a disciplinary investigation to determine if they engaged in an unauthorised and dangerous pursuit, drove or caused a police motor vehicle to be driven in a manner likely to endanger other road users, and used an inappropriate amount of force.
The allegations partly stem from a weekend car chase on the Gold Coast in which Sen Sgt Hurley and Sen Const Wellington allegedly fired shots. ...
Man punched, kneed by 8 police officers in violent arrest caught on video, Fortitude Valley [Yahoo - 6/9/16]
An investigation is underway into an alleged 70 kilometre police chase through Queensland's Darling Downs that ended with a driver critically injured after he hit a tree and had to be cut from his car.
Queensland Police deny Monday night's incident was a "pursuit", instead saying officers tailed the car at a considerable distance before a failed attempt at using road tyre spikes to stop it.
Police first spotted the car driving dangerously on the Warrego Highway at Dinmore near Ipswich at around 8.20pm.
They then followed the vehicle until it ploughed into a tree east of Helidon twenty minutes later.
The driver had to be cut free from the wreckage and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
The Forensic Crash Unit and Ethical Standards Command are investigating. [Yahoo - 6/9/16]
Torture continues as Queensland government maintains the racist and violent detention of young people with weaselly worded delaying tactic [Media Release - 7/9/16]
Another attempt by Queensland police to justify the draconian VLAD anti rights laws [QPS Media - 7/9/16]:
Detectives from the Organised Crime Investigation Unit in partnership with staff from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission have charged four people during the closure of Operation Kedge. Yesterday, police extradited a 24-year-old NSW man back to Queensland.
He will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court this morning with three other men arrested as a result of raids conducted on properties in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
All were charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs (ice) and being part of a criminal organisation under the current VLAD laws. ...
UK: Radical cleric Anjem Choudary sentenced to five years for supporting ISIS [Independent - 6/9/16]
Fox host Sean Hannity invited extremist anti-Muslim activist Pamela Geller to debate radical Imam Anjem Choudary on his show, disingenuously creating a false dichotomy with two extreme figures in a debate on Islam and free speech. ... [Media Matters - 6/5/15]
One of the three people in French Polynesia labelled as Islamic extremists has been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for assaulting his partner. ... [RNZI - 7/9/16]
Bearded men who tried to flee Australia by boat may not get fair trial [ABC - 7/9/16]:
... Lawyer Rob Stary told the court the cases were funded by legal aid, and the defence did not have the resources of a Commonwealth investigative team.
"We need the brief in a digestible form," he said.
"We don't have a bottomless pit of resources and cannot spend weeks analysing the brief without any extra funding.
"It's unfair to the accused. He has the right to understand the case."
The brief includes 2,000 items, including audio, intercept material and data found on mobile phones, and the prosecution has more than 100 witnesses.
The court ordered hard copies of 100 witness statements to be provided and moved the committal hearing until February. ...
... After the arrests, police confirmed the men are considered to be extremists, and their passports had already been cancelled. ... [Nine MSN - 12/5/16]
Air passengers in Britain and beyond faced delays on Tuesday after a "Black Lives Matter" protest on a runway halted flights for six hours at London City Airport and a computer glitch hit British Airways in London and the United States.
More than 120 flights were canceled, delayed or diverted at City, a few miles east of the Canary Wharf financial district, after nine protesters locked themselves together on the runway.
Police said late on Tuesday morning they had arrested all nine and the airline was preparing to resume flights.
The British arm of the group, which started in the United States as a reaction to fatal shootings of black people by police, said it wanted to highlight Britain's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.
Members blocked a main road to London's Heathrow Airport in August.
"Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis," the group said in a statement.
"When black people in Britain are 28 percent more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts, we know that environmental inequality is a racist crisis." ... [Reuters - 6/9/16]
Githabul elders allege Aboriginal flag was stolen and 'desecrated' by security guard at Kyogle quarry protest [Northern Star - 6/9/16]
... All of these things I do
To get away from you ...
'I Could Be Happy', Altered Images 
Mission Australia bonds with Murdoch gang to attack the most defenceless of us all. What have we become? [Image: @chrismurphys - 8/4/13]
New research has cast doubt on the capacity of a significant proportion of disability organisations to meet expected demand under the National Disability Insurance Scheme while a separate report has raised the risk of "critical market failure" as the program rolls out across Australia. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/9/16]
Brisbane's bipartisan public transport privatisation agenda advances (with support of region's only self-appointed advocate) [Brisbane Times - 6/9/16]
Queensland government "welcomes" another gas pipeline [Media Release - 7/9/16]:
... The pipeline will link APA's Wallumbilla Hub to the Australia Pacific LNG Pipeline at Reedy Creek north of Wallumbilla in southern Queensland.
The new APA pipeline will have a capacity of up to 300 terajoules a day and mean that more Queensland gas can be transported to southern states via Wallumbilla and then to Moomba in South Australia.
Construction will start in 2017 and the pipeline is forecast to be commissioned in mid-2018.
Oklahoma officials order fracking disposal wells closed after earthquake [Democracy Now - 6/9/16]
"WE ARE ASKING THE WORLD TO TAKE US FROM THE HELL" @InsurrectNews [6/9/16]: Day 171 of protests by #refugees ... #Nauru
"WE ARE HUMAN BEINGS" @racvictoria [6/9/16]: Day 117 of peaceful protests on #Manus ...
22 migrant women held in Pennsylvania start a hunger strike to protest detention [New York Times - 2/9/16]:
... “I have been here for 320 days,” Amparo Osorio, 26, who came from Honduras and has a 2-year-old son, said on Tuesday.
Like all the women detained at Berks who spoke in telephone interviews conducted in Spanish, she asked not to be identified by her complete name, for fear of retaliation by staff members.
“What we want is for our voices to be heard,” Ms. Osorio said.
About a third of the women are plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit brought in March by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Department of Homeland Security.
The suit contested the legality of their initial asylum interviews.
A district court in Philadelphia said that it did not have jurisdiction in the case.
But on Monday, a federal appeals court went even further.
It ruled that the women, because they had been apprehended hours after having “surreptitiously” crossed the border, had no right to sue.
That, said several legal scholars this week, violated habeas corpus, the basic constitutional right to challenge the legality of imprisonment or detention.
Only suspended in times of rebellion or invasion, that right has been extended to slaves and, more recently, to noncitizen “enemy combatants” held at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba.
“It was exactly designed to protect outsiders,” said Eric M. Freedman, a professor at Hofstra Law School who specializes in constitutional law.
“If this decision is left intact, it’s going to be the first time in the history of this country in which noncitizens who enter the United States and are on U.S. soil, are not going to have the opportunity in habeas corpus to challenge their removal orders,” said Lee Gelernt, the lead lawyer arguing the case for the ACLU. ...
As someone born after World War II who grew up in India, I have always wondered how it was possible for a highly civilized society like Germany to have been complicit through silence in the horror of the Holocaust.
It simply wasn’t possible for people not to have known what was being done to the Jews on an industrial scale, and that too in their name.
For the first time, as an Australian, I begin to get glimmers of understanding.
NOPE ---> The politics of demonizing boat-based refugees — by the very descendants of those who came by the boatloads to dispossess the Aborigines and take over their land — began under Prime Minister John Howard and the notorious Tampa affair in 2001. ... [Japan Times - 6/9/16]
... But the routine detention of asylum seekers arriving without visas and the construction of remote detention centres to house them followed the landing of a boat carrying 26 people at Pender Bay near Broome in November 1989.
It was the first boat to carry asylum seekers to Australian territory since 1981 and its arrival marked the beginning of a second wave of boatpeople landing on Australia shores.
(The first wave lasted from 1976 to 1981. It was made up of about 2000 refugees arriving in small groups who were fleeing Communism in Indochina after the end of the Vietnam War. They were not detained on arrival.)
There were many Cambodians aboard the Pender Bay boat and subsequent vessels and their arrival came at a sensitive time for the Labor government of Prime Minister Bob Hawke.
Hawke’s high-profile foreign minister Gareth Evans was deeply involved in crafting a peace process for Cambodia, which involved the repatriation of 300,000 Cambodian refugees from camps along the Thai border.
The federal government feared that confidence in the plan could be undermined if Cambodians in Australia were found to be refugees or if their personal stories were allowed to become public.
Hawke was quick to declare categorically that the Cambodians were not ‘political’ but ‘economic’ refugees.
He said he would not allow Cambodian asylum seekers to ‘jump the queue’ of Australia’s orderly migration program .
The label ‘queue jumper’ has been used to denigrate asylum seekers arriving by boat ever since. ... Australia's sledgehammer, Peter Mares [APO - 25/2/2004
47th Pacific Islands Forum pretends US militarism, resource exploitation and refugee concentration camps don't exist [Media Release - 6/9/16]
What refugee concentration camps? ---> Great to see Ambassador Cefkin with representatives from Fiji, Kiribati and Tonga at the Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The week-long conference brought together young Pacific Leaders passionate about combating climate change, preserving oceans, and environmental protection. ... [US Embassy Suva - 6/9/16]
MANILA, Philippines — Addressing military leaders from 29 Pacific nations, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today voiced concern over North Korea's recent missile activity and highlighted progress against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
In an opening statement today at the 2016 Chiefs of Defense conference, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford noted "particularly troubling" actions from North Korea, including its continued development of capabilities in nuclear and ballistic missiles and cyber. ... [US Department of Defense - 6/9/16]
Obama, South Korean President reaffirm US-South Korea alliance [US Department of Defense - 6/9/16]:
... North Korea continues its threatening and provocative behavior in the Asia-Pacific region through its missile launches, Obama said.
The United States, he said, is deploying a missile defense system -- the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system -- to its ally South Korea to deter North Korea.
Obama added: “In recent years, we’ve worked together to strengthen our alliance, and to ensure our readiness against any threat. For instance, our missile defense cooperation -- THAAD -- is a purely defensive system to deter and defend against North Korean threats. And today, I want to reaffirm that our commitment to the defense and security of South Korea, including extended deterrence, is unwavering.” ...
Interior Ministry slams ‘grave and untrue’ court decision that Israel may be contravening UN Refugee Convention [Times of Israel - 6/9/16]
Israeli intelligence on Tuesday informed the family of Mustafa Nimir, who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday during a military raid on the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem, that the 27-year-old was “killed by mistake.” ... [Maan - 6/9/16]
Israeli army seizes agricultural road in Qaryut village for settlers [PNN - 6/9/16]
Israeli forces shell military training sites in northern Gaza, damage civilian home [Maan - 6/9/16]
Netanyahu announces Israel, Netherlands building gas pipeline to Gaza Strip [i24 - 6/9/16]
Did the Dakota Access Pipeline company deliberately destroy sacred Sioux burial sites? [Democracy Now - 6/9/16]:
... AMY GOODMAN: On Saturday morning, when we went out to the camps that have been set up—I mean, this is quite something, this largest gathering of Native American tribes in decades—we went to the Sacred Stone Camp, which was launched on April 1st on the land of the Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian LaDonna Brave Bull Allard.
She told us about the repression and surveillance they’ve faced since the camp began.
LADONNA BRAVE BULL ALLARD: So, from the time we started the camp, April 1st, the helicopters and the planes, low-flying planes, have been here almost daily on a routine. We have the drones that come in in the evening. We know they are [infrared], because they come in at night. They come through the whole camp. And when the people were gathering, the planes were numerous here, the helicopters are numerous here. We have been under surveillance. Right now, today, we have four large boats out in the river over by the access site. ...
... The files reveal for the first time how the NSA has used the British base to aid “a significant number of capture-kill operations” across the Middle East and North Africa, fueled by powerful eavesdropping technology that can harvest data from more than 300 million emails and phone calls a day.
Over the past decade, the documents show, the NSA has pioneered groundbreaking new spying programs at Menwith Hill to pinpoint the locations of suspected terrorists accessing the internet in remote parts of the world.
The programs — with names such as GHOSTHUNTER and GHOSTWOLF — have provided support for conventional British and American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But they have also aided covert missions in countries where the U.S. has not declared war.
NSA employees at Menwith Hill have collaborated on a project to help “eliminate” terrorism targets in Yemen, for example, where the U.S. has waged a controversial drone bombing campaign that has resulted in dozens of civilian deaths. ... [The Intercept - 6/9/16]
... “The events in Syria can’t be described as civil war as thousands of foreign terrorists have entered Syria through neighboring countries, al-Jaafari [Syrian Envoy to UN] said. ... “Responsibility to protect” from crimes is the function of states that should boost national sovereignty [SANA - 6/9/16]
SANA reporter in Aleppo said that 6 civilians including a woman and two children were killed and 12 other civilians were injured by rocket shells fired by terrorist groups on al-Athamiyeh neighborhood in Aleppo city on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, four civilians were killed when ISIS targeted residential neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor with rocket shells. ... [SANA - 6/9/16]
Turkey, US working on Gulen's extradition: Deputy PM [Anadolu Agency - 6/9/16]
Around 50 US soldiers arrive in Turkey to use newly-deployed HIMARS system [Hurriyet Daily News - 5/9/16]
Turkish fighter jets bombs PKK targets in northern Iraq [Anadolu Agency - 6/9/16]
Baghdad-Rusafa Health Directorate confirmed that the casualties of the bombing that hit Karada area yesterday have increased to 49 persons. ... [IraqiNews.com - 6/9/16]
US envoy supervises Baghdad-Erbil talks [IraqiNews.com - 6/9/16]
France announced deploying artillery forces in Iraq and preparing an aircraft carrier to promote the foreign military aid to the Iraqi army campaign in order to restore Mosul, the last stronghold of ISIS. ... [IraqiNews.com - 6/9/16]
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/9/16]
7 September 2016