US drone strikes kill 17 civilians in Paktika province, Afghanistan [New York Times - 7/4/16]
Bombs continue raining down upon Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [7/4/16]:
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, 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
Attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight strikes in Syria:
-- Near Raqqah, two strikes destroyed an ISIL front-end loader, disabled seven ISIL well-heads and neutralized an ISIL pump-jack.
-- Near Ayn Isa, a strike destroyed four ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Manbij, three strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL mortar systems, an ISIL rocket system, four ISIL vehicles, three ISIL excavators, and three ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Mar’a, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
Strikes in Iraq
Rocket artillery and attack, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with Iraq’s government:
-- Near Baghdadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and a cache of ISIL improvised bombs.
-- Near Rutbah, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Habbaniyah, a strike destroyed two ISIL-used bridges.
-- Near Hit, two strikes struck a large ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 10 ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL front end loader, an ISIL supply cache and an ISIL vehicle bomb and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL supply cache, three ISIL assembly areas and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Kisik, a strike destroyed an ISIL tunnel system.
-- Near Mosul, five strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL tunnel system, an ISIL assembly area, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Qayyarah, a strike destroyed eight ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Sinjar, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas, an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL assembly areas.
The coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant recently killed two "motivated" foreign fighters in Iraq, while local partners continue the fight to reclaim ground in Iraq and Syria, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said today.
In a videoconference call from Baghdad, Army Col. Steve Warren told Pentagon reporters that the two foreign fighters were killed on the same day in separate strikes in Iraq. ... [US Department of Defense - 7/4/16]
ISIL kidnaps 300 factory workers in Syria [Al Jazeera - 8/4/16]
Turkish warplanes struck targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq on Thursday, the military said in a statement on Friday. [Reuters - 8/4/16]
"No borders, no nations, stop deportation" ---> @PROACTIVA_SERV [8/4/16]: Siguen las deportaciones hoy. La violencia de la policía sube de tono, nuestros gritos también. ...
@Baitona [8/4/16]: #Activists jumping in water as a protest against the deportation of #refugees from #Lesvos to #Turkey
@Baitona [8/4/16]: #Demonstration outside mytilini port demanding the release of detained and stop deportation
@Baitona [8/4/16]: Second #deportation to #Turkey today; 4 police buses with frontex personnels left the port heading to #Moria
'We love you' but you've got to go, brochure tells migrants at Pireaus [Ekathimerini - 8/4/16]
Greece: Refugees detained in dire conditions amid rush to implement EU-Turkey deal [Amnesty International - 7/4/16]
@MSF_Sea [8/4/16]: Do Europeans realise that their tax money is being spent locking up children like these?
Nauru protests continue as refugees ask: Who is responsible for our safety here? Why and with what right did security hit us?
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [8/4/16]:
Seven teenagers assaulted by Wilson Guards during a protest on Nauru on Wednesday night have lodged a complaint (see here) with authorities on Nauru.
A complaint signed by at least 75 other asylum seekers in the family compound has also been handed to authorities at the camp. (See here).
The complaints and the photos put the lie to the denial by the Minister Peter Dutton that children were either involved or assaulted by guards on Wednesday night in the Nauru family camp.
Another photo of the bruised arm of the mother of one of the teenage boys has also emerged as more evidence of the force used by Wilson guards during the protest.
“The evidence that children were involved and were hit by Wilson guards on Wednesday night is confirmed by photographs and by the complaints signed by the teenagers and by scores of adult witnesses,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“It is not the first time that the Minister has been loose with the truth. No matter how many times he denies it, there is no resettlement arrangement with Nauru. The deal with Cambodia is a failed political fix, too.
“The Minister’s excuses and cover-ups for the abuses on Nauru get weaker and weaker. There are hundreds of asylum seekers from Nauru in Australia because Nauru is not safe and asylum seekers and refugees cannot be properly cared for.
“The Australian government brought them here and families are now in community detention. It is shamefully inconsistent and hypocritical for the government to do one thing in Australia and another on Nauru and Manus.
“It is time to end the hell of offshore detention.”
More protests are planned for this afternoon at the gates of the family camp.
It will be the 20th consecutive day of protests at the family camp.
How is this ongoing exile and brutalisation of men, women and children in Australia's interest? [Guardian - 8/4/16]
FUCK your plan to ban all gambling ads Senator Di Natale. I am getting SO SICK of the Greens' silence about this fascism --> An Australian family has been torn apart after the immigration minister, Peter Dutton, cancelled a man’s visa on the basis of a secret security assessment and placed him in detention.
In a decision that is likely to alarm migrant communities, Dutton cancelled the visa of Mustapha El Ossman, who had been living in Australia for several years.
El Ossman is Lebanese and was on the verge of gaining a partner visa. His wife, Mariam Albaf, and his infant daughter, Haffa Arwa Albaf, are both Australian citizens. Mariam Albaf and her family have lived in Australia for more than 20 years, after her parents emigrated from Lebanon. El Ossman has never been accused of any criminal wrongdoing and has always complied with his visa conditions.
He has had three positive security assessments from the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation since he first visited Australia. But suddenly, and with no clear explanation, that position changed. After an adverse security assessment from ASIO in August 2015, Dutton used his discretion to cancel El Ossman’s visa on Asio’s recommendation, which led to his placement in the Villawood detention centre in Sydney.
The immigration department and Serco, the private contractor that manages Villawood, decided to place El Ossman in the highest security area of the Villawood compound, known as Blaxland. ... [Guardian - 7/4/16]
Police state of Queensland celebrates itself
QPS Media [8/4/16]:
On Saturday April 9, Seafire will see Queensland’s greatest pyro-technicians battling it out in the skies above the Gold Coast with cutting-[edge] fireworks timed to a vibrant and thumping musical score.
This year Seafire will also include a special tribute to the QPS and fallen servicemen and women, which will see POLAIR lighting from the sky, rhino buggies on the beach, an Oath reading, a police piper and a complementary fireworks display.
Seafire is a free, family-friendly event, taking place on Saturday April 9 at 7pm at Surfers Paradise Beach. ...
Three men have been charged with numerous drug offences following three search warrants executed over the last two days by Taskforce Maxima.
Three separate addresses in Bowen Hills, Capalaba and Alexandra Hills were searched on April 6 and April 7 and it will be alleged that a large quantity of drugs and other items were seized. ... [QPS Media - 8/4/16]
Silent rally held for Queensland violence victims [Yahoo - 7/4/16]:
Anti-violence campaigners have staged a silent rally in Brisbane in the name of two Queensland mothers killed in alleged domestic violence incidents in the past week.
Dressed in black and clutching red roses, the campaigners also pointed out the mums were among five women allegedly slain by partners or members of their families in Queensland over three weeks.
Dozens of them stood near Queensland's parliament holding placards saying, "Lives destroyed by domestic violence" and "Most female homicides are due to domestic violence."
A bigger rally for domestic violence victims will be held in Brisbane next Thursday.
The Queensland Says Enough: Stop Domestic Violence Related Deaths group is organising the rally outside the city's court complex.
Military aircraft flies over Surfers Paradise raising awareness for domestic violence. Sick joke? [VIDEO - 5/4/16]
A man has been charged and his prized skyline has been impounded after he was caught hooning through the streets of Surfers Paradise this week.
Police say that on Wednesday just before 1am, a man in a Nissan Skyline sedan made rude gestures and performed a burn out in front of the Surfers Paradise Police Station on Orchid Avenue.
Around 7.30pm on the same day, the driver is alleged to have excessively revved his engine creating smoke and noise on Surfers Paradise Boulevard and did the same again yesterday around the same time on Hanlan Street.
A 32-year-old Ipswich man has been charged with eight dangerous operation of motor vehicle related offences and has had his vehicle impounded for 90 days.
He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court today. [MYGC - 8/4/16]
A man has died in an accident involving three cars on Ipswich-Boonah Road at Washpool, south-west of Brisbane. ... [Yahoo - 8/4/16]
Boy seriously injured after being struck by a truck at Caloundra West [Yahoo - 8/4/16]
Fatal motorcycle crash, Cooktown [QPS Media - 7/4/16]
The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an application to stop the introduction of controversial changes to the conditions of self-employed truck drivers.
The three judges on the bench also refused an interim stay of the order until April 11, to enable the National Road Transport Association to apply for special leave to appeal the decision in the High Court of Australia.
The legality of the controversial order, developed by the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal, will be dealt with at a hearing in May. [Yahoo - 7/4/16]
A Brisbane man has died after a quad bike fell on him earlier this week.
The man was trying to load the bike into a ute about 12.30pm on Monday when he became stuck between the two, Queensland police say.
The 62-year-old was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital but died on Thursday night. [Yahoo - 8/4/16]
Three injured in Helensvale smash [MYGC - 8/4/16]
Car ploughs into Burleigh Waters home [MYGC - 7/4/16]
No one managing a Sydney waste facility site where a supervisor was sucked down a drain and died knew the dangers of working near the inlets during torrential storms, a coroner has found.
NSW deputy coroner Hugh Dillon has recommended waste management company SITA review its safety policies and consider giving workers water safety risk training after the March 2014 drowning of 43-year-old employee Paul Smith. ... [Nine MSN - 8/4/16]
A man has been killed as he worked on solar panels on the roof of a Gold Coast home.
Ambulances were called to the house at Cottesloe Drive in Robina at 12.30pm.
The Queensland Ambulance service says paramedics performed CPR on the man, believed to be in his 60s, but he could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene. [MYGC - 7/4/16]
Police and Workplace Health and Safety authorities are investigating the death of a dive boat skipper at Green Island off Cairns yesterday afternoon.
The 38 year old, who captained the Ocean Free sailboat, failed to surface after jumping into the water to retrieve a dinghy.
She was pulled unconscious from the water soon after but attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. ... [ABC - 7/4/16]
A teenager has died after being found face down in the surf in central Queensland.
A police spokesman said the 18-year-old woman had been snorkelling with friends in rough surf at an unpatrolled beach near Agnes Water before she drowned. ... [Brisbane Times - 8/4/16]
A Queensland police sergeant praised by colleagues for his usually calm temperament has been ordered to pay $400 to a prisoner after hurling a stapler at him.
John Lloyd-Jones, 51, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.
He had been charged by the Crime and Corruption Commission last year over the incident, in which he threw the office item at the arrested man in the Richlands Watch House in August 2015.
But Queensland Police Union lawyer Calvin Gnech said the incident was out of character for Lloyd-Jones, who, the court heard, had a reputation among colleagues as the officer usually responsible for calming tense situations.
One colleague said he'd never seen him lose his temper before.
"This is not a traditional police brutality case," Mr Gnech said.
"He lost momentary control of the situation." ... [Yahoo - 8/4/16]
A male sergeant from the Education and Training Command who was served with a Notice to Appear on April 5 for drink driving has now been stood down from official duty with the Queensland Police Service. ... [QPS Media - 8/4/16]
A man has been charged with the murder of Kylie Blackwood, a day after police warned they would catch the Melbourne mum's killer.
Morwell man Scott Alan Murdoch, 38, appeared before a bail justice on Friday charged with the 2013 murder of 42-year-old Kylie Blackwood.
Murdoch has been remanded in custody to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday. [Nine MSN - 8/4/16]
Man charged over Parramatta River murder [Nine MSN - 8/4/16]
A woman has been threatened with a gun during a home invasion west of Brisbane.
Police say three men entered a house in the Ipswich suburb of Raceview about 10.30pm (AEST) on Thursday, and threatened residents, including brandishing a gun at the woman.
The woman suffered minor cuts and abrasions and police are still hunting for the trio, who fled through a broken front security screen. [Yahoo - 8/4/16]
Detectives are investigating an incident at a Rockhampton shopping centre where a man violently shoved a heavily pregnant woman.
The incident occurred in a store at the City Centre shopping plaza on Wednesday morning.
In closed-circuit TV vision of the attack the man can be seen repeatedly pushing the 31-year-old woman, who is 33 weeks pregnant, trying to rip a purse out of her hand. ... [ABC - 8/4/16]
An emergency declaration made under the Public Safety Preservation Act at East Brisbane has been revoked.
Around 10.15am, officers responded to reports a man was armed with a knife inside a home on Sinclair Street.
The declaration was made at 11.11am and affected the area between Vulture Street, Rosina Street, Mowbray Terrace and Elfin Street.
A man was taken into custody around 11.30am and was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
The declaration was revoked at 11.45am.
Investigations into the incident 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 [QPS Media - 7/4/16]
Indecent treatment of a child charges, Bald Hills [QPS Media - 7/4/16]
Armed robbery, Kingaroy [QPS Media - 8/4/16]
Robbery with violence, Marsden [QPS Media - 7/4/16]
Assault occasioning bodily harm charge, Everton Park [QPS Media - 6/4/16]
New South Wales and Queensland rural detectives charge three over alleged cattle theft [QPS Media - 8/4/16]
Missing teen Kyle Coleman shot and killed by friend, inquest told [ABC - 7/4/16]
Inquest to be held into Townsville Hospital patient suicides [ABC - 7/4/16]
Queensland child rapist kept in jail indefinitely [Yahoo - 7/4/16]
Ex-Townsville restaurateur found guilty of drug trafficking [ABC - 8/4/16]
Two Hong Kong nationals at the centre of Western Australia's biggest methylamphetamine seizure will stand trial after pleading not guilty.
Yik To Ng and Pak Cheong Cheung were charged in September after raids on a Canning Vale home and at an apartment and hotel room in Perth's CBD that uncovered 320kg of the drug, worth an estimated $320 million.
A Perth magistrate threw out their charges over a technicality last month, but the pair were swiftly re-arrested and charged again.
On Friday, Ng and Cheung were committed to stand trial in the District Court of WA, where they will appear on July 1. [Nine MSN - 8/4/16]
Trio charged after weapons, drugs seized in Sarina raid [ABC - 7/4/16]
A man will face court after police allegedly discovered more than 9kg of cannabis in his car in southern Queensland.
Officers also found a small amount of methylamphetamine when they pulled over the 23-year-old man's car on the Bruce Highway at Gin Gin on Wednesday.
He's facing a string of drug charges, including trafficking dangerous drugs, and is expected to face the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on June 10. [Yahoo - 7/4/16]
Palaszczuk Government welcomes support for white elephant Cross River Rail project [Queensland Government Media Release - 7/4/16]
Power failure cuts morning Gold Coast Light Rail services between Broadbeach South and Southport [Brisbane Times - 8/4/16]
Useless politicians refuse to fix Gold Coast Light Rail noise pollution [VIDEO - Surfers Paradise Boulevarde - 5/4/16]
A house has been evacuated after reports of gas leaking from a freight train north of the Sunshine Coast.
The suspected leaking gas cylinder was reported just after 6.30am at Steys Road, Curra, north of Gympie. ... [Brisbane Times - 8/4/16]
With Splashez Aquatic Centre being forced to close due to operation issues in recent weeks, Council has been working with pool specialists to identify the issue.
Managed by Mount Isa Aquatics and owned by Mount Isa City Council, Splashez Aquatic Centre has been experiencing water turbidity – or cloudiness- which has become a safety issue. ... [North West Star - 8/4/16]
Queensland is like a beautiful girl with lots of money. But stupid. For some reason she just loves to open her purse and bare her big pink arse to the world and say 'Fuck me over, please' to all comers. And trust me, the fuckers come running.
Andrew McGahan, 'Last Drinks' 
The Queensland government won't continue to pursue tech giant IBM over its role in the state's $1.2 billion health payroll debacle.
The former Newman government unsuccessfully tried to sue IBM after thousands of staff were unpaid or paid incorrectly under the system, with the Supreme Court on Monday ordering the state pay IBM's costs and on Thursday formally dismissing the case.
"We think it's time to close the chapter and move on," acting Premier Jackie Trad said on Thursday when asked whether the government would appeal the court's rulings. [Yahoo - 7/4/16]
Queensland Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk today encouraged Hong Kong entrepreneurs to attend the Advance Queensland Summit to be held in Brisbane later this month.
After meeting with the Secretary for Innovation and Technology Nicholas Yang and touring Hong Kong’s Science and Technology Parks over the past two days, Ms Palaszczuk said it was crucial that Queenslanders exchanged big ideas with innovation leaders. ... [Queensland Government Media Release - 8/4/16]
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! -----> Queensland's Environment Minister has warned of the need to "reduce as many pressures" on the Great Barrier Reef as possible, and the danger climate change presented to the World Heritage-listed site, less than a week after Queensland approved mining leases for the nation's largest coal mine. Steven Miles said the latest update on the coral bleaching event impacting the reef was "deeply concerning" with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chair Russell Reichelt confirming "many of the corals from the central region to the north were extremely bleached". ... [Brisbane Times - 8/4/16]
Queensland government helps its constituents maintain their bottom line [Media Release - 8/4/16]:
A core group of coal mining medicos is to be developed as part of the government’s review into a key health issue for the state’s coal miners.
Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said doctors who undertake the regular official health assessments of miners’ ---- known as nominated medical advisers --- would be given standard introductory training and require minimum training and experience.
Black lung disease: Ventilation woefully inadequate in mines, Senate hearing told [ABC - 7/3/16]:
... Ian Hiscock worked in Queensland coal mines for more than a decade, and told the hearing ventilation was woefully inadequate.
"It's not enough," he said.
"The bane of the coal mine worker at the start of every shift is we always say we want more air, we need more air, and we're not getting it, because the act and regs (regulations) say 'This is what you need to work to' and the companies supply the minimum amount of air. But it's not enough," he said.
Explosive evidence given in the Qld Land Court yesterday has revealed that an estimated $500M in royalties from the Acland Stage 3 coal mine expansion on the Darling Downs will flow to the coal company and a small number of property owners, instead of to the Qld Government. ... [Lock The Gate Media Release - 7/4/16]
A Federal Court judge has labelled a Fair Work lawsuit against the CFMEU and a number of its officers "an abuse of process".
Justice Darryl Rangiah on Thursday ruled the case, which related to the shutdown of two Brisbane construction sites in 2013, was "unjustifiably vexatious and oppressive", because the union had previously reached a settlement with the construction company behind the projects. ... [Yahoo - 7/4/16]
Perth boy forced into chemotherapy not an isolated occurrence, expert says [WA Today - 8/4/16]
New TPP timeframe an attack on New Zealand democracy
[RNZI - 8/4/16]:
MPs have been given just five days to consider hundreds of submissions on the controversial TPP trade deal after the timeframe was drastically cut from four weeks.
The select committee was originally give a month to write its report and present it back to Parliament.
Opposition MPs were furious at the sudden change and they called it an attack on democracy.
The trade deal has already been roundly criticised by its opponents for being too secretive and lacking consultation.
The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee had been hearing submissions on the TPP from hundreds of people across the country and that will continue until the end of the month.
But opposition members on the committee say they were told yesterday the government wanted to cut down the time they had to analyse the submissions, so the legislation could get through by the end of the year.
They said they were stunned by the news and felt angry and frustrated.
22-year-old faces two years jail after halting flight in refugee protest [New Matilda - 7/4/16]:
Three women will face Victorian courts today in relation to two separate refugee protests, one of which saw the interruption of the men’s final at the Australian open.
Karoline Morwitzer and Emily Connors were charged after allegedly making a dramatic drop onto the court at Rod Laver Arena during the 2015 men’s singles final, in an attempt to draw global attention to refugees held on Manus Island.
The pair will front a Melbourne court today, with police alleging they breached sections of a State Act barring entry to ‘sporting competition space’ and disrupting proceedings without a ‘reasonable excuse’.
If convicted, the pair could face heavy fines.
Update: Morwitzer and Connors were both handed an unconditional dismissal, avoiding a conviction or fine.
The 2015 protest garnered widespread media coverage, and inspired a second similar protest at the Cricket World Cup later in the year.
Coincidentally, a third Melbourne woman, 22-year-old Jasmine Pilbrow, is also facing court today on separate charges stemming from a refugee protest.
Turnbull's "war on women" would end if it wasn't supported by the rest of the Australian political, human rights and medical establishment [ABC - 7/4/16]
Dutton lies again ---> @childrennauru [8/4/16]:
This is not true. Children were involved.
ABC Current Affairs @amworldtodaypm Dutton
says no children involved in Nauru incident, accuses media of 'peddling
So where is the "opposition" and the rest of the political, media and human establishment? Too busy working out how to defend the lie? eg Dutton LIED about self harm and the "opposition" protected him: 21 mins in ---> Wilkie MP moves censure of Immigration Minister [VIDEO - 22/2/16]
House of Representatives Hansard [22/2/16]:
... I am not going to preside over a situation where we have people self-harming to come to hospitals in this country because they believe that is the route out into the Australian community for Australian citizenship. ... [Dutton]
I have looked very closely at the motion and spoke with the minister, briefly, to get his recollection—and I, obviously, have my own recollection of what was said in here.
The motion suggests the minister said something he did not.
There is a principle in all of this that matters: that we get the facts right as we seek to debate this issue, that we be absolutely and forensically and passionately and zealously accurate about it, because we as a country are not going to resolve this issue so long as we make spin a part of how we go about this.
In circumstances where what the minister has said is a matter that is plainly on the record, we are not going to be voting for something that suggests something different. ... [Marles]
Political, media and human rights establishment pretend Australia's policies of stopping people from seeking asylum aren't bipartisan, thus invisibilising and disconnecting the plight of regional refugees from the international humanitarian context [Sydney Morning Herald - 7/4/16]
Students, teachers, and community members rallied outside the Democratic Party Offices in Atlanta, GA & Raleigh, NC on Thursday calling on candidate Clinton to “do everything in her power” to put her words into action and stop the removal and see to the release of 10 young teens raided by ICE in their homes and in some cases on their way to school. ... [#NOT1MORE - 7/4/16]
Federal immigration agents may be looting or failing to return personal belongings to immigrants before deporting them back to Mexico, leaving them vulnerable to extortion without their identification cards or money, alleges a new complaint from various human rights and immigrant advocacy organizations.
The complaint, which was submitted on behalf of 26 migrants deported from the El Paso Border Patrol sector in 2015 and 2016, accuses U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of confiscating items of “great personal value and necessity,” including U.S. dollars, Mexican pesos, identity cards, legal papers, cell phones, clothing, prescription eyeglasses, and prescription drugs. ... [Think Progress - 6/4/16]
When immigrants are deported without their belongings or IDs, they are placed in even greater danger [American Immigration Council - 7/4/16]:
... This complaint is not a new problem for CBP. A report from American Immigration Council in 2013 found that the confiscation and failure to return belongings is a systemic practice, with just over one-third of deportees reporting their belongings being taken and not returned.
However, this complaint is especially alarming because many of these incidents occurred after CBP released new “Transport, Escort, Detentions and Search’ standards in October 2015, which lay out specific policies related to the return of belongings.
As Mary Kenney, Senior Attorney with the American Immigration Council stated, “The numerous case examples in this complaint underscore the failure of the existing policies and procedures. DHS and CBP must adopt procedures that work – procedures that will ensure that an individual is able to retrieve his or her belongings before being removed to Mexico.”
Palestinian hunger-striker's health worsens as Israel moves another to solitary [Maan - 7/4/16]
Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) have carried a wide wave of demolitions across cities all over the occupied West Bank, as part of either collective punishments or under claims that these facilities have no building permit, especially in the C areas. ... [PNN - 7/4/16]
Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters, calling for the liberation of Palestine “from the river to the sea,” disrupted a lecture being delivered by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at San Francisco State University on Wednesday. ... [Times Of Israel - 7/4/16]
Students at Ohio State University occupied the campus building Bricker Hall Wednesday to demand the university divest from the corporations Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard and G4S over the companies’ business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.
The students also demanded more transparency in the university’s finances. [Democracy Now - 7/4/16]
... "(Censored) said: 'F*** you m***** f*****!' (Censored) took a big swing at Reza, hitting him on top of the head."
The account suggests the presence of two Australian G4S security staff.
"Ten or 15 guards from G4S came up the stairs. Two of them were Australians. The rest were PNG locals, I know who they are. I can identify them by their face," the asylum seeker said.
"They started kicking Reza in his head and stomach with their boots."
Security company G4S's role on Manus Island ended last week when it handed responsibility to Wilsons Security. ... [ABC - 5/4/14]
Bill Clinton spars with Black Lives Matter protesters [CNN - 7/4/16]
A widely seen cell phone video of a school police officer in San Antonio bodyslamming a 12-year-old girl was decried by two rights groups on Thursday who called for schools to rein in violence by officers against students.
Almost 31,000 police officers are at U.S. public schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and incidents of violence by officers in schools, especially against racial minorities, have raised concerns. ... [Reuters - 7/4/16]
... Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. His new book, "Consequence: A Memoir," has just been published. ...
ERIC FAIR: ... But again, when we were there in Iraq, we were never under the impression that we were doing anything illegal. Whether or not we thought we were doing something wrong, I think, is a much broader question. I think some, like me, were confused and not certain. Others quit immediately. There were people that showed up, saw it, quit, and then others who certainly stayed long-term. ... [Democracy Now - 7/4/16]
Ex-Abu Ghraib interrogator: Israelis trained US to use "Palestinian Chair" torture device [Democracy Now - 8/4/16]
Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of many? Your answer to this moral dilemma may reveal how popular you are [Daily Mail – 8/4/16]:
... Jim Everett, a psychologist at the University of Oxford who led the work, said such rule-based decisions - known as deontological morality which focuses on ideas of right and wrong – may have served to increase group cohesion in the past by helping people trust each other.
'Psychologists have argued deontological intuitions arise from 'irrational' emotional responses, but our work suggests another explanation - popularity,' he explained. ...
8 April 2016