Teenagers who escaped brutalisation and racism at Australian prison hospitalised after being injured by police during pursuit and arrest [ABC - 8/4/17]



Australia must reduce the “astounding” rates of imprisonment for indigenous peoples and step up the fight against racism, a United Nations human rights expert has concluded, at the end of an official visit.


“The rate of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth is alarming,” Ms. Tauli-Corpuz said.

“I visited Cleveland Youth Detention Centre in Townsville, Queensland, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children constitute 95% of the children detained. Many have been going from out-of-home care into detention. 

“Aboriginal children are seven times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be in contact with the child protection system or to be subject to abuse or neglect, Ms. Tauli-Corpuz noted. 

“As already recommended by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, I urge Australia to increase the age of criminal responsibility. Children should be detained only as a last resort. 

“These children are essentially being punished for being poor and in most cases, prison will only aggravate the cycle of violence, poverty and crime. I found meeting young children, some only 12 years old, in detention the most disturbing element of my visit. ... [Media Release - 4/4/17]



Visa of Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi revoked hours before travel to Australia [ABC - 8/4/17]



Israel’s white supremacy [teleSUR - 31/3/17]:


While the Israeli state espouses multiculturalism and diversity, it oppresses not just the Palestinian population, but also any Black person within its borders.

From warehousing African asylum seekers in giant prison camps, to criminalizing and carrying out eugenics programs against its Ethiopian Jewish citizens, Israel’s treatment of Black people reveals that the Zionist project is not just about Jewish supremacy, but also white supremacy.

In this on-the-ground investigation, Abby Martin talks to Osman Ali, a refugee from Darfur, at Holot prison camp about the treatment of refugees by the government, and Tehune Maharat, an Ethiopian Jewish activist whose cousin was killed in an apparent hate crime by Israeli police, about the rampant and institutional racism in the country.



Why queer immigrant rights activists shut down the Phoenix Pride Parade last weekend [Fusion - 3/4/17]:


... The activists were protesting law enforcement participation in the event, as well the presence of corporate sponsor Bank of America, one of six banks that have been leaders in funding private prison companies that operate immigration detention centers, according to a petition published by the LGBTQ immigrant rights group Trans Queer Pueblo.


“This is not your day, go do this at the park, you’re ruining our parade,” a woman wearing a purple hoodie and a rainbow fedora hat shouts.

The comments heard in Phoenix sound eerily familiar to those heard at a 2015 White House Pride celebration, when immigrant rights activist Jennicet Gutiérrez interrupted then President Obama’s speech.

“This is not for you,” a male voice yelled, after Gutiérrez told Obama to release transgender women detained in men’s immigration detention centers. ...



US Coast Guard: Boaters lost at sea were Cuban migrants [CBS - 6/1/17]



Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica's doorstep as IOM plays key role in delegitimising their right to move [The Tico Times - 6/1/17]




WHERE IS THE JOURNALISM? ---> Media stenographists persist in presenting bogus Obama-Australia refugee "deal" as authentic [SBS - 8/4/17]



If you cannot see this "US deal" sideshow is bullshit, then you are stupid, and beyond help.



@BehrouzBoochani [8/4/17]:  An Iranian refugee assualted by PNG immigration officer last night in #Manus. The refugee trying to access police, but no justice after 4yrs



"PLEASE HELP ME, THEY ARE CRIMINAL" Refugee hounded for his attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal anti-refugee "resettlement" regime [ABC - 5/4/17]



New charges against man who attempted escape from Australia/PNG illegal anti-refugee "resettlement" regime mentioned in court [PNG Loop - 6/4/17]



The Australian government and opposition are denying us the RIGHT to welcome refugees who come by boat.









... About 30 protesters from the Great Lakes branch of Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) attended the demonstration [Monday] marching with their protest banners held high and chanting as they crossed the bridge from Tuncurry to Forster.  ...  [Great Lakes Advocate -10/5/16]



Just because she conveyed the humanity of these guys to Australians. ---> This photo shows Australian journalist Nikala Sim having lunch with [the Australian government and opposition's political prisoners on] Manus Island detainees on Wednesday. ... [Buzzfeed - 7/4/17]



Manus Island concentration camp documentary filmed in secret [RNZI - 7/4/17]:


... The movie was named after a bird endemic to Manus Island, whose morning call is like an alarm clock for the Manusian people.

But Chauka is not just the name of a bird. It was also the name given to the detention centre's notorious solitary confinement jail. 

"That's the worst jail in the camp. When they want to torture somebody they send them to the Chauka." said Mr Sarvestani.

"Chauka is the name of the bird found just in Manus Island. It's so important for people in Manus, it's their identity. It's in their flag"

In dialogue from the movie, a Manusian man explained that Australia's use of the name Chauka was deeply offensive to the people of the island.

"It's so frustrating to hear that name Chauka being used for the purpose of abusing people, or torturing people, or threatening people," he said.

"We took them here to care for them until they find such place where they can settle."

Mr Sarvestani said at the heart of the movie was how Australia abdicated responsibility for the refugees it detained offshore.

"The whole story is kind of metaphor. They use the Manusian identity to torture refugees," he said. ...



Loving a village [Penn Museum - November 1993]:


In 1928 the newly married young anthropologists Margaret Mead and Reo Fortune lived for six months in a village called Pere, off the south coast of a small island called Manus in the Territory of Papua New Guinea.

Toward the end of her life, on the last of her seven visits to Pere Village, Mead delivered this message to the younger generation of a people whose culture had undergone a radical transformation since her first visit almost five decades earlier  ...



More than 400 men, women and children whose houses were destroyed during a clash at Lae’s Boundary road settlement in October 2015, are still waiting to return to their former homes.

The displaced families are still negotiating with authorities. ... [EMTV - 7/4/17]



Rohingya villagers bear witness to genocide in Myanmar [TIME - 6/4/17]:


On the morning of Oct. 10, Hussein Muhammad, an old Rohingya man who doesn’t know his age, was awoken at 6 a.m. by a noise outside his home.

When he stepped outside, he saw that dozens of soldiers and members of Myanmar's Border Guard Police had his hut surrounded.

“They asked us if there was any ‘terrorist’ in our house," he says, speaking from his home in Myo Thu Gyi village near Maungdaw town, in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.

"Then they dragged two of my grandsons. I tried to stop them and give them my family list to show them they were my grandsons, but they beat me up and threatened me with their weapons,” Muhammad recounts, breaking into tears.

His two grandsons, Ali Muhammed and Ali Ayaz, were 20 and 13 years old respectively.

They were dragged to a small forest locally known as “betel garden” on the fringe of the village.

There, Muhammad says, they were executed along with another man. ...



A Rohingya woman was penalized by her village administrator in southern Maungdaw on March 31 for erecting fences surrounding her home.

The poor woman identified as Ilm Bahar (35) from the village of ‘Wachcha’ in southern Maungdaw was summoned by the administrator of the village, U Maung Maung Sein, a Rakhine ultra-nationalist, on March 31.

The village admin extorted Kyat 20,000 alleging her of illegal erections of fences surrounding her home.

The woman is one of the many victims subjected to the arbitrary actions by the authorities recently.

“The authorities punish women for doing something so that they can move around safe, secure and with dignity within their home premises. Our region has always been calm. So, is the authorities refusing the people to live with security with their homes to maintain peace or to trigger unrest here?” said an elderly man in southern Maungdaw. ... [Rohingya Vision - 7/4/17]





Which country on this map of  South East Asia is currently expanding deeper business ties with Myanmar, while simultaneously pushing back and torturing refugees?



West, Gulf complicity in oil-fuelled genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya [Middle East Eye - 11/11/15]:


... US, British, Australian and European oil majors have been awarded contracts by the junta, including BG Group and Ophir (UK); Shell (UK-Netherlands); Statoil (Norway); Chevron and Conoco Phillips (US); Woodside (Australia); Eni (Italy) and Total (France).

Many of these contracts - particularly those involving Chevron, Ophir, Woodside, and Eni - are production-sharing initiatives in the Rakhine basin, just off the coast of the Rakhine state where local Rohingya Muslims face the prospect of extinction. ...



Families of disappeared protest for 24th day in Maruthankerny [Tamil Guardian - 7/4/17]



A draft of Sri Lanka's Counter Terrorism Act was leaked on Thursday by unknown sources. ... [Tamil Guardian - 7/4/17]



Mannar locals have been protesting against a gazette notification declaring private land including the area of Musali as nature reserve.

Muslim and Tamil agriculture workers from Musali and surrounding villages would be affected by the land-grab. ... [Tamil Guardian - 6/4/17]



Tamil identity under the spotlight at student event featuring M.I.A. [Tamil Guardian - 6/4/17]



Israeli settler attempts to run over Palestinians near Hebron [Maan - 7/4/17]



Israeli forces raided the central occupied West Bank village of Silwad before dawn on Friday, detaining two relatives of a Palestinian accused of carrying out an alleged car-ramming attack which killed an Israeli soldier a day earlier.

Malik Hamid, 23, was detained on Thursday after his car ran into two Israeli soldiers at an intersection near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ofra in the Ramallah district, killing 20-year-old Elchay Teharlev and injuring the other.

Israeli forces detained Ahmad Moussa Hamid, 52, and Moussa Ahmad Hamid, 17, Hamid’s father and brother during the raid in Silwad, locals said, adding that two other residents -- Muhammad Omar Hamid, 23, and Mutasem Abd al-Majid Hammad -- were also detained. ... [Maan - 7/4/17]



Five people, including one child, were injured Friday after armed clashes erupted between Palestinian joint forces and an Islamic militant group in Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, according to Lebanon's National News Agency (NNA). ... [Maan - 7/4/17]




Hundreds rally at New York's Union Square to tell #DonaldTrump & #Democrats: Stop U.S. war on #Syria! #HandsOffSyria ... ‏ @redguard1971 [7/4/17]



@YOUSEF_SYRIAN [7/4/17]:  LIVE protest in front of Trump Towers in #NYC #StopTheWarOnSyria #handsoffsyria ...



@YOUSEF_SYRIAN [7/4/17]:  Right now at the White House. Hands off Syria



Demonstrators decry US attack in Syria at Dealey Plaza [Dallas Morning News - 7/4/17]:


... "We are upset with the path President Trump took after stating during the Obama years how much he was opposed to being entangled with Syria," said Jawad, who has been advocating for peace in the Middle East for three decades.

"I am just shocked that we are choosing to start another war. We still haven't learned our lesson. ...



Lambasting the United States' aggression against Syria, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti compared the basis for the unilateral move to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's infamous 2003 presentation to the body, when fraudulent evidence of an alleged Iraqi weapons program was presented to justify the U.S. war on Iraq. 

Holding up an enlarged photo of Colin Powell's “weapons of mass destruction” speech, Llorenti made an impassioned plea to hold the U.S. to account for Thursday's unprovoked attack on Syria, noting the U.S. history of imperialist interventions in other nations, including Latin America. ... [teleSUR - 7/4/17]



@GraffitiExpert [7/4/17]:  NOT IN MY NAME YOU FASCIST. #HandsOffSyria #auspol 



8 April 2017