United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 8/12/16]



Danish MP suggests shooting at boats carrying migrants [Reuters – 8/12/16]



‏@SavvasKarma [8/12/16]:  General #strike in #Greece today, thousands gathering now in #Athens



The European Union's executive said on Thursday that member states should be allowed to send some asylum-seekers back to Greece from mid-March, in a step Brussels hopes will help restore the bloc's migration policies, which collapsed under a mass influx last year. ... [Ekathimerini - 8/12/16]










What's news Behrouz? - Some journalism from Manus Island as Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy continues UNOPPOSED [8/12/16]:


This photo is of a refugee who police and Wilson security put on the ground and handcuffed in Foxtrot prison.

The man was only asking 'what is my crime that you attacked my room?'

During the last few days we had a lot of tense situations in Manus prison.

 A group of Police and Wilson officers came to our rooms and searched our belongings.

We are denied the right to have private space and they can come any time inside our rooms and tents. Its completely against our rights.

This is not the first time that they attacked our rooms. During the past four years they have suddenly attacked our rooms a lot of times.

The searches affect people's mood and several times we have had serious arguments with the Wilson officers.

This prison is illegal and its not acceptable that Wilson or Police take our private space without any reason and without us having committed any crime.

I think the system is torturing people in a sadistic way and can not tolerate if people are calm and in peace



... The medical evidence makes clear that the responsibility for Kehazaei’s death rests entirely with the Australian political establishment.

He died as a direct consequence of the refugee ban and detention regime established by the previous minority Labor government, which was kept in office from 2010 to 2013 by the parliamentary votes of the Greens.

That policy has been enforced and extended by the current Coalition government, which is now seeking to bar detainees from even visiting Australia for the rest of their lives.

Not just Kehazaei but thousands of other refugees are victims of a system determined to deter and punish asylum seekers. ... Inquest evidence shows Australian government was responsible for Hamid Kehazaei's death [WSWS - 8/12/16]



PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill visits Sydney to promote his ongoing role in Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy [The National - 8/12/16]



Teachers 4 ALP protest theatre plays straight into Turnbull's hands [Guardian - 8/12/16]



UN urges Sri Lanka to investigate itself over ongoing torture and war crimes [Reuters - 7/12/16]:


... In a report, the United Nations Committee against Torture cited continuing reports of abductions of people disappearing into "white vans", deaths in custody, poor conditions of detention and the use of forced confessions in court. ...



Bangladesh continues proudly pushing back Rohingya refugee boats with the blessing of the "international community" [Dhaka Tribune - 8/12/16]



... “We were chased out of Burma. We were chased out of Bangladesh,” Kohinoor says in the film.

“Now, we are in India [and] the people here tell us that India is not our country.” ... [Link TV - 8/12/16]



Arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances by Burmese forces continue in Rakhine (Arakan) [RVision TV News – 8/12/16]



Stand in solidarity with the Rohingyas [The Star – 7/12/16]:


... we call upon the relevant authorities in Myanmar to:

1) Undertake immediate action to stop all crimes against humanity against the Rohingyas in Myanmar including the cessation of all discrimination and violation of human rights of the Rohingyas;


As Christians, we are taught to speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute to speak out, judge righteously and defend the rights of the poor and needy.

We are opposed to religious intolerance, Islamophobia and marginalisation of minorities, and condemn intolerant attitudes.

We feel deeply the pain of attacks on all who suffer from hostility and violence and urge those in conflict situations to acknowledge the humanity of the other.

We stand with those who suffer in our words, prayers and deeds.

Therefore, we urge more Christians and Christian organisations and churches to speak up and stand in solidarity with Muslims with regard to the Rohingya situation because this issue now is much larger than a Myanmar only problem; it affects national and regional security in ASEAN, and it affects every single one of us globally as humans because it is a humanitarian crisis.



Advisor to Association of NextGen Christians of Malaysia and Malaysia Christian Youth Association (MCYA)



Indonesia's President Widodo meets Kofi Annan to help "international community" whitewash Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [Jakarta Post - 8/12/16]



Remembering Riyanto, the Muslim youth who sacrificed himself to save a church from a bomb on Christmas Eve [Coconuts Jakarta - 8/12/16]



The Indonesian Naval Base (Lantamal) I in Belawan, North Sumatra, has readied four warships to carry basic necessities and medical aid to victims of the strong undersea earthquake that hit Pidie Jaya regency in Aceh on Wednesday. ... [Jakarta Post - 8/12/16]



Search widens for US Marine Corps pilot missing after ejecting from jet [Japan Today - 8/12/16]



The Philippine defense secretary said Thursday it's highly unlikely his country will allow the U.S. military to use it as a springboard for freedom of navigation patrols in the disputed South China Sea to avoid antagonizing China.

Delfin Lorenzana said U.S. ships and aircraft could use bases in Guam, Okinawa or fly from aircraft carriers to patrol the disputed waters. ... [ABC News - 8/12/16]



Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef [Reuters - 8/12/16]



Tonga has officially submitted a request to the US to extradite Dean Jay Fletcher, the US citizen wanted for the murder in Tonga.

The Attorney General's Office said it made the submission for his return so that he can be tried for the murder of his wife Patricia Linne Kearney in Vava'u. ... [RNZI - 8/12/16]



Frenchman found dead with stab wounds on Koh Samui [Bangkok Post - 8/12/16]



A meeting has been called in New Caledonia on Monday between the government and striking workers of the Koniambo nickel plant.

This follows a stoppage at the plant over the planned dismissal of 41 local employees as part of a company restructure.

The unions said it is not normal to go ahead with the sackings after significant sums have been made available to support the multi-billion US dollar plant.

Last week, one of the main investors, Glencore, said the second furnace would be rebuilt but it also said the planned dismissal would still go ahead. ... [RNZI - 8/12/16]



Transport Minister Sun Chanthol has vowed to reinvigorate a long-dormant project to connect the Kingdom’s sole operating railway line to the capital’s biggest industrial park – a move that would boost rail traffic ahead of the completion of a rail link to northwestern Cambodia and Thailand. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 7/12/16]



Russia sells $11 Billion stake in Rosneft to Glencore, Qatar [Bloomberg - 7/12/16]



Turkish police detained dozens of people on Thursday in an investigation of student dormitories suspected of ties to the network of the U.S.-based cleric accused by Ankara of being behind July's failed coup, state-run Anadolu agency said.

Turkey has jailed pending trial some 36,000 people and suspended or dismissed more than 100,000 state personnel over links to Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the state of Pennsylvania.

He has denied involvement in the putsch.

Arrest warrants were issued for 136 people in the dormitories' operation across 20 provinces, Anadolu said.

It said 35 people had so far been held and 70 suspects were found to have used Bylock, a smartphone messaging app which Ankara says was used by Gulen adherents as a communication tool.

The warrants targeted administrators of 29 dormitories which were closed down with an official decree, and representatives of companies linked to the halls of residence, Anadolu said. ... [Reuters - 8/12/16]



Royal Dutch Shell has signed a provisional agreement to develop oil and gas fields in Iran, a move that could signal energy companies will not be deterred from doing business with the Islamic Republic despite uncertainty whether a Trump administration will scrap a nuclear deal agreed to by world powers. ... [NPR - 7/12/16]



ThyssenKrupp secrets stolen in 'massive' cyber attack this year [Reuters - 8/12/16]



Lawmakers are set to take a deeper dive into whether the Defense Ministry adequately protected the country’s interests in deals to buy ships and submarines from a firm partly owned by an Iranian government company, as tumult continues over Israel’s relationship with the German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp. ... [Times of Israel - 8/12/16]



Palestinian youth shot dead by Israeli forces after alleged attempted stabbing near Nablus [Maan - 8/12/16]



Two Hamas fighters were killed when a tunnel between the besieged Gaza Strip and southern Israel collapsed on Wednesday night. ... [Maan - 8/12/16]



UNRWA condemns escalating violence in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon [Maan - 8/12/16]



Two Israelis Beat Sudanese refugee to death [Palestine Chronicle – 7/12/16]



A foreigner militant recruiting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed during an operation of the Afghan security forces in eastern Nangarhar province.


This comes as the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Tuesday that a commander of the terror group was killed during an operation in the restive Achin district.

Earlier, another commander of the terror group was killed in a US drone strike in the same district, the officials added. ... [Khaama - 8/12/16]



Bagram suicide attack toll rises to 5 as another US soldier dies of wounds [Khaama - 8/12/16]



The NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the alliance’s commitments to Afghanistan’s security is strong and steadfast. ... [Khaama - 8/12/16]



Yemen: US-made bombs used in airstrikes [Human Rights Watch - 8/12/16]



... On Tuesday morning, Saudi fighter jets launched nearly two dozen airstrikes against Baqim, Kitaf wa al-Boqe’e, Majz, al-Dhaher, Monabbih, and Thu’ban districts in the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada. ... [Press TV - 6/12/16]



Saudi jets attack Pakistani boat off Yemen, kill six sailors [Press TV - 5/12/16]:


... Meanwhile, a child was killed as Saudi fighter jets bombed residential buildings in the province of Sa’ada.

The girl’s father and two of her brothers were also injured in the attack, which targeted the province’s district of Razih.

In the same province, another airstrike hit the Baqim district and left a Yemeni woman dead and two children wounded. ...



At least 36 people have been rescued after a ship carrying more than 60 people capsized in the Arabian Sea as search efforts continue for the missing passengers, a Yemeni military official said. ... [Yahoo - 8/12/16]



The statement added that the vessel was sailing from the southeastern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut.

There were women and children among the ill-fated passengers.


Hadhramaut Province is controlled by Saudi-backed militants loyal to the government of former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, which is engaged in fighting with the Yemeni army and allied Houthi fighters. ... [Press TV - 7/12/16]



Kya Gaung Taung:  Myanmar military force women and children into an open field where they have been for three days [The Stateless - 8/12/16]



Woodside and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology announce the first Woodside Irish Cetacean PhD Scholarship [Media Release - 7/12/16]



... Woodside’s 1H results for 2016 show the discoveries made late last year at the Shwee Yee Htun-1 and Thalin-1a fields have so far identified 2.4 trillion cubic feet of gas.

“We are looking at how we can access and pursue options to commercialize these discoveries,” Mr Lawrie Tremaine, Woodside’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, told the teleconference, AOG said.

“We're processing and evaluating currently more than 31,500 square kilometres of newly acquired high-quality seismic data across this [Rakhine] basin and we're preparing for a drilling campaign in 2017 with our JV partners and the Myanmar government,” Tremaine said. ... [Frontier Myanmar - 29/8/16]



Myanmar’s Rohingya genocide is aided by friends in high places [Mint Press News - 28/1/16]



Chosen ones celebrate as Australia continues its genocidal, anti-refugee, torture, exile and turnback policy ---> Iraqi Archbishop sees signs of new life in Syriac families handpicked to live in Australia [Catholic Leader - 7/12/16]



Political prisoners protest on Nauru, March 2015


James 2:1-4


My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism.  

Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 

If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?



Australia's Attorney-General George Brandis: "Thanks to this government, it [the right to seek asylum as a genocide unfolds]  isn't Australia's problem anymore".


[Senate - May 2015]



The ALP and LNP voted against a Greens Senate motion for Australia to provide SAR assistance and to help resettle some of the Rohingya refugees during the May/June 2015 boat crisis [Senate Hansard - 24/6/15]



Sham Bali Process condemns 1,000s of refugees in South East Asia to indefinite detention, refoulement and genocide --->  UNHCR leadership "pins hopes" on democracy in Myanmar and "repatriation" -  calls on Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to sign the refugee convention, while ignoring the role of Australia's exclusionary policies in creating the bottleneck [23/3/16]



US Envoy on Refugees, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia [Anne Richard] press conference with UNHCR and IOM fobs off concerns about Myanmar human rights atrocities and regional refugee bottleneck - signals turnbacks as an acceptable course of action [3/6/15]



Yahoo [1/6/15]:


... Anne Richard, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for population, migration and refugees, said resettling all Rohingya refugees in the United States would entice others to leave their homeland.

"The answer to the issue is peace and stability and citizenship for the Rohingyas in Rakhine state, and that is the solution," she said at the end of a three-day visit to Malaysia. ...



Guardian [3/6/15]:


... Goledzinowski [Australia’s ambassador for people smuggling issues, Andrew Goledzinowski] said resettlement was raised during the Bangkok meeting on 29 May.

“All who spoke on resettlement said that this was not a durable solution for the Rohingya problem and that it would constitute a pull factor,” he told a Senate estimates committee on Wednesday.

“The UNHCR was the most articulate on this point.”

He engaged in bilateral meetings with representatives from some of the other 16 countries in attendance, and is adamant that at least one will seek further briefings on adopting Australia’s key asylum seeker measures.

“We also were able to talk a little bit about our own experiences during operation sovereign borders where we’ve been very successful in disrupting people trafficking and smuggling networks,” Goledzinowski said.





... We also told the Australian delegation that since the conference did not formally discuss the Rohingyas - originally slated to be the key point of the conference - that the AHG [Ad Hoc Group] mechanism should be pursued quickly to address this pressing issue.

Bringing Burma to the table was a major accomplishment, we acknowledged; however, we cannot wait for Burma to change its policy before discussing the Rohingya crisis.

This can be discussed without Burma.

Foreign Minister Steven Smith later approached us privately to assure us that Australia would press for the AHG mechanism to "be invoked soon to deal with the Rohingyas."  ...



The impacts of Australia's fanatical anti-refugee 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. ...



Bangladesh continues pushing back Rohingya refugee boats with the blessing of the "international community" [Dhaka Tribune - 7/12/16]



‏@MurtazaGeoNews [7/12/16]:  What have you done over the #RohingyaGenocide of Muslims, @NazShahBfd MP asks British govt demanding halt 2crimes against humanity



@nslwin [8/12/16]: At least 37 innocent #Rohingya men arrested and 2 #Rohingya man & woman injured in gunfires by #Myanmar Army in #USheyKya VT on Dec 7th.



Syrian Army retakes 70% of East Aleppo, evacuates over 1,200 civilians – Russian military [RT - 7/12/16]:


... In the meantime, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Russia is still holding talks with the Syrian opposition. Russia “still maintains contacts with the Syrian opposition,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told journalists during a news briefing on Wednesday, stressing that Russia “has never concealed this fact.”

“We have always spoken about what Russia is doing [in this direction] and stressed that [everyone] could join this process,” she said.

Her statements come as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is due to meet his US and German counterparts, John Kerry and Frank-Walter Steinmeier respectively, in Hamburg on Wednesday on the sidelines of the OSCE foreign ministers’ meeting, particularly to discuss the situation in Syria. ...



Twelve persons were killed and tens others were injured due to terrorist attacks with rocket shells on a number of the residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city.

A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter that terrorist organizations targeted with tens of shells the neighborhoods of Maysalon, al-Masharika, al-Martini, al-Iza’a and al-Azamyeh in Aleppo city.

The source added that 12 persons were killed and 64 others were injured, most of them children and women, and some of them are in a critical condition. ... [SANA - 7/12/16]



Israeli missiles hit near al-Mezzeh Airport in Damascus [SANA - 7/12/16]



@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [7/12/16]:


Press sources:98 civilians from Mosul were either killed or wounded in the last 48 hours when the aerial and artillery shelling targeted the neighborhoods in the city.


Hundreds of Tal Abta people in Tala'far district west of Mosul were displaced today morning by bombing executed by Hashd Militias and the fear of being arrested or killed by the militias as happened in previous battles involving militias .


Anbar: News agencies: 60 civilians were killed and 100 wounded as the government air force targeted the neighborhoods in Qa'im City west of Anbar.



A Greek court ruled on Tuesday that three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan in July could be extradited, court officials said.

The three were among a group of eight who fled to northern Greece in a helicopter and sought political asylum, saying they feared for their lives in Turkey.


The three have appealed to Greece's Supreme Court, said Stavroula Tomara, a lawyer representing them in their claims for political asylum.

If Greek courts decide the soldiers should face trial in Turkey, that would override their asylum applications and they would be sent back to Turkey, a court official said.

On Monday, the Appeals Court ruled that three other Turkish soldiers should not be returned home.

But a chief Athens prosecutor has appealed that ruling, court officials said. ...  [Reuters - 6/12/16]



United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 7/12/16]



Spain rescues more migrants crossing from Morocco [The Local - 7/12/16]:


... A navy rescue plane had been searching since Monday for a makeshift boat which had set off from the northern Morocco coast not far from the Spanish enclave of Melilla.

After finding it the spotters also found a second one.   

All the migrants, who appeared in reasonable condition, were handed over to the Red Cross in the southeastern port of Almeria, Spain's sea rescue service said. ...



‏@moas_eu [7/12/16]:  Husain, #Syria "I'm a lawyer, at least that's what I did before the war..." ...  



Investigation after death of second immigrant in UK detention in a week [Guardian - 8/12/16]:


... One detainee at Morton Hall posted a message on Detained Voices about the latest death.

It read: “He was a very quiet man. He kept himself to himself. He was very caring and helpful to people doing applications and writing letters. He would just help people through the goodness of his heart for nothing in return. He was a really nice person. You don’t often find people like that. When you find them it’s like a diamond in the rough, you know.

“He’s also the type of person who you can talk to if you’re stressed out in detention. He would talk to you and say keep strong when he saw that you were depressed or stressed out. When a guy like that leaves us like this, it puts a lot of stress on the people who really connected with him on a spiritual level. If he was given bail and left here [sic]. People would have been proud and happy. But the way he left, really weighs heavy on your heart. ...



‏@MSF_Sea [7/12/16]:  This is the queue for our #Belgrade clinic this morning. It's below freezing. We are treating lots of skin issues linked to the conditions.



Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to head US Department of Homeland Security [Washington Post - 11/12/14]:


... There are currently 136 detainees remaining in the detention center at Guantanamo.

Kelly said they are treated well, despite human rights activists and detainees asserting otherwise.

One sore spot remains the military’s use of enteral feeding, in which some detainees are force-fed a nutritional drink into their stomach through a tube inserted through the nose and down the throat.

The process is uncomfortable at best and agonizing at worst, human rights advocates say.

Kelly defended the process, saying it is only done when necessary to keep detainees who choose not to eat healthy. He also asserted that some human rights advocates have quietly acknowledged the need for it.


As SOUTHCOM commander, Kelly oversees a variety of operations in the Caribbean, Central America and South America from a headquarters in Miami.


“They’re economic refugees, overwhelmingly,” Kelly said.

“They pay these traffickers, if you will, and in some cases they will put 100 people on a boat — and I use the term ‘boat’ lightly — on a floating thing that 20 people shouldn’t be on. And, in some cases we know they will take them to sea and push them over the side. It’s pretty dangerous, and not a lot of them end up going to the U.S.”



One of the ways Australia's anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy stays unchallenged  ---> Cairns diocese’s Catholic Education Services new deputy executive director was involved in helping Australian Border Force with education needs on Nauru.

CES has appointed Ian Davis deputy executive director to succeed Diarmuid O’Riordan, who resigned to become principal of St Edmund’s College, Ipswich.

Mr Davis takes up his new role from January 16. ... [Catholic Leader - 8/12/16]



The Roman Catholic Church in France apologized to the Jewish people today for its silence in the face of French collaboration with the Holocaust.

The apology by France's bishops, pronounced in this Paris suburb whose name is synonymous with the deportation of tens of thousands of French Jews to Nazi death camps, amounted to an extraordinary admission of responsibility in a country that has long struggled to come to terms with the acts of the World War II Vichy government.  ... [New York Times - 1/10/1997]



“If you don’t know about the camps and what you are signing up for with the job, where have you been living for the past 23 years?

Doctors and nurses and teachers are not high school students. They know about the abuses.

"Doctors, nurses, teachers — just say no. Boycott the jobs.”

Save The Children not saving anyone [Green Left Weekly – 10/9/16]


Hamid Kehazaei inquest told 'life-threatening' infection warning didn't seem urgent [Guardian - 7/12/16]:


... Under questioning from Emily Cooper, the counsel assisting the Coroner, Little said her response was not a disputation of the doctor’s recommendation.

“My questions are not challenging that statement, but seeking clarification,” Little said.

“Did that statement indicate any urgency at all to dealing with this request?” Cooper asked.

Little: “It paints a picture of the gentleman being unwell, it doesn’t paint a picture of urgency.”

Challenged that the medical request said Kehazaei faced a risk of “life-threatening widespread systemic infection”, Little said the risk was not “immediate”. 

“The form ... didn’t state that it was an immediate risk, nor did it say Mr Kehazaei was suffering from sepsis.”

Stephen Keim SC, representing Kehazaei’s family, put it to Little that her “clarification” was not that, rather a rejection of the clinical advice and “denying the request for transfer”.

“I don’t agree with that,” Little said.

“And that by seeking clarification and delaying the transfer, you were ignoring the risk that had been clearly spelled out to you?”

“I don’t agree with that.”  ...



... ''The whole time I was there it was just a disaster, medically,'' Dr Valentine said.

''They ought not to be in Manus Island. It's just too remote and the medical facilities are quite inadequate.''

Dr Valentine said that he continually sent lists of equipment he desperately needed to his manager and staff in Sydney, including oxygen, antibiotics, bladder catheters, anaesthetic agents, sedatives and so on.

''The oxygen was terribly important and it didn't arrive. Where was it? Where was it? We kept asking, could we have it? Send it up. It never came.'' ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 29/4/13]




8 December 2016