@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [8/8/16]:
Nineveh: The coalition air force has re-targeted educational buildings and industrial institutions in Mosul including Islamic Sciences College in Mosul University and Badoush cement firm west of Mosul.....
United States continue bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/8/16]
Displaced persons immolated; 92 killed in Iraq [Antiwar - 7/8/16]
Six Russian long-range bombers Tupolev Tu-22M3 have delivered a strike against the facilities of the Islamic State terrorist organization outlawed in Russia in the areas near the Syrian city of Palmyra, Russia’s Defense Ministry reported on Monday. ... [TASS - 8/8/16]
Russia admits it mistakenly flew drone over Golan Heights into Israel [Haaretz - 7/8/16]
@Theurgia_Goetia [8/8/16]: 1 pregnant among the refugees arrived today. Photos by Salvamento Marítimo Humanitario fb #chios #refugeesgr
Another 126 migrants have arrived on the islands of the eastern Aegean over the past 24 hours. ... [Ekathimerini - 8/8/16]
@MSF_Sea [8/8/16]: Building walls in the #Med risks lives & kills. Let's rethink it...#protection not #deterrence
Red Cross launches search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean [Media Release - 8/8/16]
Residents of a Libyan town have buried the decomposing bodies of 21 migrants who had washed up on their beach after authorities failed to act, an NGO and medics said Monday. ... [Yahoo - 8/8/16]
The #Olympics of every day for thousands of people, without advertising or medals... test jump of obstacles @GabrielTizonf1 [7/8/16]
Day 142 refugee protests, Nauru
We won't give up
Image: @elahe_zivardar [8/8/16]
PNG Supreme Court ruling on resettlement of men illegally imprisoned by Australia on Manus Island further delayed until August 22 [PNG Loop - 8/8/16]
The Australian government is fighting tooth and nail for refugee concentration camps to remain a permanent feature in our region. This policy is bipartisan, and the lack of Australian media coverage (and silence from human rights establishment) = complicity ---> PNG Chief Justice requests Australian government provide a response to statement of five facts regarding the illegal detention of men on Manus [EMTV - 8/8/16]
PNG authorities use waterfall tragedy to articulate a similar disdain for their legal system as Australian fascists do [PNG Loop - 8/8/16]:
The body of the late refugee, who drowned at a waterfall in Manus last Tuesday, is undergoing post-mortem.
Chief Migrations Officer Mataio Rabura confirms that the refugee slipped on the waterfall rocks, resulting in his death.
33-year-old Kamil Hussain of Pakistan nationality was found drowned at a waterfall at Rossun village, on Tuesday this week.
He was found 2 hours later by police with the help of locals.
Manus Acting Provincial Police Commander Inspector David Yapu said the refugee was rushed to Lorengau General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
His body is currently undergoing post-mortem. After the autopsy, Rabura says the late Kamil’s body will be flown to Port Moresby. It will be kept at the Funeral Home whilst migration officers try to contact his family if the body is to be repatriated.
Calls have been made by the Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander and leaders in Manus to control the movement of these refugees, who are now walking around freely in Lorengau since the Supreme Court’s decision declaring their detention illegal.
The Chief Migration Officer says they previously used to provide escorts to follow the refugees around, but now they have no control over their movement.
The operators of the huge ExxonMobil LNG plant in Papua New Guinea say work is continuing normally despite a protest by landowners.
The disgruntled landowners claim they have not received any of the royalties due to them from the government.
Stanley Mamu of LNG Watch said they had barred access to the Hides gas conditioning plant in Hela Province. ... [RNZI - 8/8/16]
Businessman supports calls for LNG shutdown [PNG Loop - 8/8/16]
ASEAN regional cooperation necessary to address root causes and protect Rohingya [Fortify Rights - 8/8/16]
The impact of Australian policies: What "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum in our region [Academy of Social Sciences in Australia - 2016]:
... Australia has only resettled 250 Rohingya since 2008 (most from Bangladesh) and refused to accept any who were rescued after being stranded in southeast Asian waters in May last year.
This further diminishes their resettlement prospects and leaves little space for them to find safety anywhere. ...
Australia stopped accepting refugees in July 2014.
Secret federal government documents cast doubt over whether Australia told Indonesia and the United Nations about a retrospective ban on taking refugees from official channels.
In November last year Australia announced it would no longer accept refugees who applied for resettlement through the UN’S refugee agency in Indonesia.
The ban applied to anyone who registered with the UNHCR from 1 July 2014. ...
A series of clashes between government forces and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) over the past week has forced hundreds of people to flee from gold-mining sites in Kachin State’s Kamaing Township.
San Oo, a vendor at one of the sites, said that Burmese troops were blocking roads in and out of the area, cutting off access to food amid fighting with the KIA that began last week. ... [DVB - 8/8/16]
So that's where Australian donations go? UNHCR facilitates deportation of more Tamil refugees from India [Colombo Page - 8/8/16]
How very Israeli ---> Hundreds of fishermen from island were on Sunday forced to return without catch after Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly snapped the fishing nets of ten mechanised boats near Katchatheevu.
The fishermen had put out to sea in 641 mechanised boats on Saturday and were fishing near Katchatheevu in the Palk Strait when Sri Lankan Naval men rounded up ten boats on Saturday night, Rameswaram Fishermen Association President P Sesuraja told reporters in Rameswaram. ... [The Indian Express - 7/8/16]
Thailand votes for military-backed constitution [Reuters - 8/8/16]
Emperor Akihito, 82, in a rare video address to the public on Monday, said he worried that age may make it difficult for him to fully carry out his duties, remarks seen as suggesting the elderly monarch wants to abdicate.
In nationally televised remarks, Akihito also said there were limits to reducing the emperor’s duties as the “symbol of the state”, the status accorded him under Japan’s post-war constitution. ... [Japan Today - 8/8/16]
Molotov cocktail attack injures 15 at Tokyo parade [Japan Today - 8/8/16]
Japan has filed a protest to Beijing after the discovery that China installed radar equipment in a gas exploration platform close to disputed waters in the East China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday. ... [Reuters - 7/8/16]
Guided missile destroyer the USS Benfold holds signals exercise with Chinese Navy [Yahoo - 8/8/16]
Protesters continue calls for change at Chicago Police Department after Paul O'Neal shooting [CBS - 7/8/16]
Saudi-led coalition launches 30 air strikes in Yemen - residents [Reuters - 7/8/16]
Forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi launched a new offensive east of the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday, the military command said, after United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Kuwait ended without an agreement.
The offensive, which is backed by air strikes from a Saudi-led coalition, came as the Iran-allied Houthis and the party of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced a 10-member governing council, against the wishes of the U.N. ... [Reuters - 7/8/16]
FBI orchestrated ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest to incite unrest [Your News Wire - 8/8/16]
Relative of Charlie Hebdo attacker arrested en route to Syria [France 24 - 8/8/16]
At least two people have been killed in the southern French city of Marseille in a shooting that involved Kalashnikov rifles, French officials told local media, adding that it was “a real ambush."
The incident took place in the Chatreux neighborhood on Saturday morning, the Marseille-based La Provence newspaper reported. ... [RT - 7/8/16]
A United Nations peacekeeper was killed and four others wounded on Sunday when their vehicle hit a mine in Mali's restive north, the U.N. mission (MINUSMA) said.
About two hours later, another mine exploded near a U.N. peacekeeping vehicle two km east of the mission base in Kidal but only caused material damage, the MINUSMA statement added. ... [Reuters - 7/8/16]
A blast at the accident and emergency department of a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta, where a group of mourning lawyers were gathered to accompany the body of a slain colleague, has killed and wounded several.
At least 30 people were killed in the blast on Monday, Quetta police chief Zahoor Afridi told Al Jazeera.
At least 30 others were wounded, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said.
"The blast occurred after a number of lawyers and some journalists had gathered at the hospital following the death of the president of the Balochistan Bar Association in a separate shooting incident early this morning," said Bugti. ... [Al Jazeera - 8/8/16]
Explosion in Kabul leaves 1 dead, 3 others wounded [Khaama - 8/8/16]:
... This comes as at least five policemen lost their lives in a similar attack in the outskirts of Kabul late on Friday evening.
The provincial governor’s spokesman for Logar province Salim Saleh said the commander of the Public Order Police forces was killed along with four others as they were travelling on a highway to Kabul. ...
Unknown gunmen have kidnapped two foreign university professors from the west part of Kabul city on Sunday evening, it has been reported.
Hailing from US and Australia, the two professors were reportedly working with the American University in Kabul and were kidnapped at gunpoint near the university campus.
The identities of the two professors have not been ascertained so far but reports suggest the two were kidnapped by gunmen in Afghan forces uniform.
Security sources have said the professors were in a vehicle just outside the university when they were stopped and seized. ... [Khaama - 8/8/16]
ISIS seize US military equipment in Nangarhar [TOLO News - 7/8/16]
40 "Taliban insurgents" killed in Kunduz airstrike [TOLO News - 7/8/16]
'Solidarity ships' set to sail from Spain to the besieged Gaza Strip [Maan - 7/8/16]
Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan and Interior Minister Arye Dery decided at a meeting on Sunday to establish a joint taskforce that will work to prevent the entry into Israel of foreign activists from organizations that support the boycott of Israel.
The team will also work to deport those who have already entered the country.
The team will not seek the passage of new legislation or to tighten provisions of existing legislation. Instead it will primarily be aimed at gathering intelligence making it possible identify the foreign activists who are in Israel and to collect evidence in support of their deportation. ... [Haaretz - 7/8/16]
Palestinian music band Dawaween performed an impromptu protest concert, as Israeli Security forces prevented them from participating at the Palestine International Festival for Dance and Music.
While travelling from Gaza to the festival in Jerusalem yesterday, the band was denied passage through the Erez border crossing.
To protest the block, the band decided to hold an impromptu concert at the gates of the crossing. ... [Middle East Monitor - 7/8/16]
Israeli forces detained a 13-year-old Palestinian boy from occupied East Jerusalem on Sunday after allegedly finding a weapon in his possession, amid an ongoing crackdown on Palestinian children in the city, and following the passage of Israeli legislation permitting the imprisonment of Palestinians as young as 12 years old. ... [Maan - 7/8/16]
Grenade explodes in Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, no casualties [Daily Star - 7/8/16]
Palestinian national Abd Abu Sannan was killed on Thursday at the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon, state-run National News Agency reported. ... [Naharnet - 4/8/16]
Erdoğan: I will approve death penalty if parliament votes [Hurriyet Daily News - 7/8/16]
Most Germans want to end EU-Turkey refugee outsourcing deal - poll [Reuter s- 7/8/16]
Turkey's ongoing media purge [Al Jazeera - 7/8/16]
The Gülen Movement, which has been labeled a shadowy organization for constructing parallel societies in various countries, was increasingly a topic in WikiLeaks documents.
Diplomatic cables regarding the movement soared in the years between 2003 and 2013 as well as questions and concerns about the movement due to its ambiguous intentions. ... [Daily Sabah - 2/8/16]
Egypt parliament discusses Saudi nuclear cooperation agreement [Ahram - 7/8/16]:
... Egypt's Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker told reporters that Egypt and Russia are about to sign a final deal to build four nuclear power plants in Egypt.
Shaker said the agreement is being revised by Egypt's state council, and once complete it will be ratified by parliament and the government.
The Russian company Rosatom will build the first plant in El-Dabaa, west of Alexandria. ...
Power plants built by Germany's Siemens in Egypt are set to go online in December this year and will reach full capacity in May 2018, the Egyptian prime minister's office said on Sunday. ... [Ahram - 7/8/16]
Iran has executed a nuclear scientist convicted of handing over "confidential and vital" information to the United States, a judicial spokesman said on Sunday.
"Shahram Amiri was hanged for revealing the country's top secrets to the enemy," Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie told reporters in Tehran. ... [Naharnet - 7/8/16]
Executed Iranian scientist named by Hillary on unsecured email server [YourNewsWire.com - 8/8/16]:
... The scientist shows up in Clinton’s emails back in 2010, just nine days before he returned to Iran.
“We have a diplomatic, ‘psychological’ issue, not a legal one. Our friend has to be given a way out,” the email by Richard Morningstar, a former State Department special envoy for Eurasian energy, read, according to the Associated Press.
“Our person won’t be able to do anything anyway. If he has to leave so be it.” ...
Rodrigo Duterte: 'I don't care about human rights' [Al Jazeera - 7/8/16]:
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has named several government officials, including judges, members of Congress and military officers accused of having links to the illegal drug trade, just hours after vowing to maintain his "shoot-to-kill" order against drug dealers.
In a televised national address early on Sunday morning, Duterte declared that the officials he accused would have their day in court, but quickly added while reading the list that "my mouth has no due process".
He justified his reading of the list, saying he has a sworn duty to inform the public about the state of "narco-politics" in the country.
According to the news website Rappler, Duterte named a total of 158 officials, many of whom are police and military officers, but also include three members of Congress and seven judges.
Duterte was speaking from his constituency of Davao, where he served as mayor before winning the presidency.
Earlier on Saturday, Duterte had vowed to keep his "shoot-to-kill" order "until the last day of my term, if I'm still alive by then".
"I don't care about human rights, believe me," he said, according to official transcripts released by the presidential palace.
About 800 people have been killed since Duterte won a landslide election in May, according to reports by the local press, which has been tracking reports of extra-judicial killings.
Later on Sunday, local television GMA News reported that five mayors and three vice mayors from the southern island of Mindanao surrendered to police, and denied Duterte's allegations. ...
PNG court orders K144,000 for police brutality victim [PNG Loop - 6/8/16]:
... Sarufa was in his late 20s when he was shot multiple times at a family residence near the Oro Coffee mill in Popondetta on both his legs.
He was shot from the ankle up to his knee caps during a Police Operation on the Christmas Festive period in 2000.
He was later carried to the road where more policemen assaulted him by hitting him with sticks, rubber hose, and rifle butts as well as kicking him all over his body as he lay on the ground.
Sarufa was then wanted by police as a prime suspect of some major crimes committed in the Northern Province however he was never charged with any criminal offense in respect of his arrest and detention.
He spent three months in hospital and was discharged on Mar 5, 2001.
During that period, his right leg was amputated due to infection. ...
Me too ---> I would like to know why they disrespect the PNG high court decision?
Irrelevant [adj]: Not connected with or relevant to something ...
@mk_writes [8/8/16]: This is a refugee from #Manus messaging me for help ...
On what grounds they have imprisoned people who haven't committed any crimes in an unconstitutional and illegal place more than 3 years.
A place that you cannot even imagine what is going on is there.
Even those who are working here have got mental problems.
I don't want to talk about their terrible behaviour, I am not going [to] debate about the filthy and unhygenic conditions, I have not a tendency to describe unhealthy food, I would like to know why they disrespect the PNG high court decision?
Guys are going to do hunger strike.
"Dead or alive we will be buried on Manus" @racvictoria [7/8/16]: Day 87 peaceful protests on #Manus ...
Deliberations on bogus refugee exile process, and who is responsible for the illegally imprisoned men, will resume in PNG Supreme Court today [PNG Loop - 4/8/16]
Where is Hodan? Day 141 refugee protests, Nauru via @elahe_zivardar [7/8/16]
Before raising 1 more cent, the UNHCR should be held to account for abandoning refugees in our region.
The Australian human rights establishment are still ignoring this Amnesty report calling for Nauru concentration camp to be closed [2/8/16]:
... Dr. Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International, who conducted Amnesty’s investigation, revealed that the Australian Government has “designed a system of deliberate abuse” in Nauru, to deter people who are seeking safety that arrive by boat.
“It is essentially like an open-air prison for these refugees & people seeking asylum”.
"I've conducted over 60 investigations into human rights abuses in countries like Afghanistan, Syria, Zimbabwe, China but few other countries go to such lengths to deliberately inflict suffering on people searching for safety and freedom. I was not expecting this kind of shocking abuse.”
“Australia’s atrocious treatment of the refugees on Nauru over the past three years has taken an enormous toll on their well-being,” said Michael Bochenek, Senior Counsel on Children’s Rights at Human Rights Watch, who conducted the investigation on the island for the organisation.
Amnesty International calls on the Australian Government to immediately:
Settle all the people assessed to be refugees in Australia.
Assess all people applying for refugee status in the Australian community.
Close the Regional Processing Centre on Nauru.
As if the LNP and ALP are somehow not jointly responsible for Australia's refugee concentration camp policy? ---> Corporate social irresponsibility continues: Ferrovial forced to run Nauru, Manus detention centres until 2017 @profbensaul [8/8/16]
Because it's easier to engage in protest theatre against selected service providers such as Ferrovial and Wilson, than hold both the LNP and ALP to account for ongoing atrocities? ---> No profit in misery #BoycottWilson @melbcentral … @directactionmel [7/8/16]
Refugee boat interdiction FOI case to be heard at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal [Guardian - 8/8/16]:
... A key part of the case will turn on whether the government can reasonably claim that all documents relating to asylum seeker turnbacks are a matter of national security, and should not be released under freedom of information laws.
The case will also examine the public interest considerations at the heart of the government’s policy of secrecy.
The government’s decision not to provide comment on “on-water matters” has faced considerable scrutiny from Labor and the Greens. ... <--- WHAT A CROCK!
... What about the people who would have boarded boats headed for Australia, but have not done so because of its current policy of absolute deterrence?
Has a “stop the boats” policy resolved the global challenge of forced migration?
Evidence has emerged in a recent paper by Caroline Fleay and Lisa Hartley  that “Australian policies are having disturbing impacts beyond our borders.”
The authors describe how the Australian government’s direct collaboration with Sri Lankan security agencies has prevented the departure of people who are in fear of persecution and would like to seek asylum elsewhere. ... [Jesuit Refugee Service Australia - 28/7/16]
Medical complicity in CIA torture, then and now [Just Security - 1/7/16]
8 August 2016