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Three Syrian refugee children have been hit and threatened
with a knife by a gang of right-wing youths in eastern Germany, according to
The boys, aged five, eight and 11, were getting out of a bus
in the town of Sebnitz, around 40km east of Dresden, when they came under
attack, police said in a statement on Friday.
Following the assault, the attackers started chanting
right-wing slogans, police said.
A spokeswoman for the police said the identity of the
attackers was not yet known. ... [Al
Jazeera - 8/10/16]
Today deported to Turkey, 8 Asian men and 2 Syrian women, with flights
organised by Frontex @JigginoRuss [7/10/1]:
#Grecia Oggi deportati in Turchia, da Lesbo, 8 uomini e 2 donne siriane,
con un volo affittato da Frontex
Forced deportation of Afghan mother and child to
Turkey @Souidos [6/10/16]:
#syriza_xeftiles μια μέρα θα
πληρώσετε για το κλάμα και την απέλαση αυτού του παιδιού #refugeesgr έννοια
Scuffles break out in Oraiokastro over refugee, migrant children’s schooling
[Ekathimerini - 8/10/16]
Souda refugee camp left in ruins after fire rips through site [VIDEO -
Ruptly - 8/10/16]
After the fire to 5 containers of NGOs in the field of Souda the
police stopped 15 migrants and arrested 3
Fire was reportedly an act of protest. Conditions further
deteriorated today due to rain. NGO containers targeted out of frustration.
Sinking in mud after last night's strong rain in #Moria #Lesvos. Winter is
only starting but "what choice do we have" say #refugeesgr there
Calling in tears to say they're safe. A speed
boat just landed 24 #refugeesgr from Afghanistan in Northern Lesvos. Many
A coast guard patrol on Saturday responded to a distress call
from a yacht carrying 130 migrants off the coast of the seaside village of
Methoni in the southwestern Peloponnese.
A few of the passengers had managed to reach the shore after
the craft managed to anchor securely in the village’s harbor. ...
#ESPAÑA Llegan al puerto de #Malaga 57 migrantes de origen subsahariano
interceptados en el #Mediterráneo
Day 203 refugee protests, Nauru
ABC's anti-Syria propagandist exploits handpicked Syrians to invisibilise
Australia's atrocities against refugees [ABC - 8/10/16]
Anything reported by the ABC's Sophie
McNeill should be viewed with skepticism --->
Inside the shadowy PR firm that’s lobbying for regime
change in Syria [Alternet - 3/10/16]:
... In fact, The Syria
Campaign’s founder, Purpose co-founder Jeremy Heimans, was also one of the
original founders of Avaaz.
As he told Forbes,
“I co-founded Avaaz and [the Australian activist group] Get Up, which
inspired the creation of Purpose.”
One recent incident
highlighted The Syria Campaign’s skillful handling of press relationships
from Aleppo to media markets across the West.
It was August 17, and a
Syrian or Russian warplane had just hit an apartment building in rebel-held
Sophie McNeill, a Middle
East correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, received a
photo from the Syrian American Medical Society, which maintains a WhatsApp
group networking doctors inside rebel territory with international media.
The photo showed a
five-year-old boy, Omran Daqneesh, who had been extracted from the building
by members of the White Helmets and hoisted into an ambulance, where he was
filmed by members of the Aleppo Media Center.
The chilling image
depicts a dazed little boy, seated upright and staring at nothing, his pudgy
cheeks caked in ash and blood.
“Video then emerged of
Omran as he sat blinking in the back of that ambulance,”
McNeill wrote without explaining who provided her with the video.
She immediately posted
the footage on Twitter.
“Watch this video from
Aleppo tonight. And watch it again. And remind yourself that with #Syria
#wecantsaywedidntknow,” McNeill declared.
Her post was retweeted
over 17,000 times and the hashtag she originated, which implied
international inaction against the Syrian government made such horrors
possible, became a viral sensation as well.
(McNeill did not respond
to questions sent to her publicly listed email.) ...
A member of Myanmar's governing party
has pressed charges against two villagers for insulting Aung San Suu Kyi,
the country's de facto leader.
Police confirmed that the pair were
charged for allegedly going on an obscenity-laced rant against the Nobel
Laureate after a heavy evening drinking session in a village not far from
the capital Nay Pyi Daw. ... [Bangkok
Post - 8/10/16]
Bangladesh: 7 suspected militants killed after counter-terrorism
unit raids Gazipur hideout [bdnews24.com - 8/10/16]
Defence relations between Malaysia and Turkey will be
elevated to a more focused and structured level, said Datuk Seri
The Defence Minister said the
enhancements would include strengthening and coordinating defence
industries, improving military-to-military cooperation and tackling
strategic matters of interest.
Hishammuddin was on his inaugural
working visit to Turkey. ... [The
Star - 8/10/16]
Vietnam declares California-based activist group
a terrorist organisation
[Reuters - 8/10/16]
Russian military considers return to Cuba, Vietnam
[AP - 7/10/16]
The Waigani National Court has stayed
the termination of eight national Air Niugini pilots after they were
terminated between Sept 1st and 15th over allegations of misconduct.
Their lawyer Moses Murray successfully
obtained a stay order that was issued by Justice Collin Makail this
afternoon against their termination.
Captains Joseph Kumasi, Vincent Tonga,
Norman Daniel, Boris Ageda, Benjamin Lopa, and first officers Elijah
Yuangi, David Seken and Abel Kanego, have been allowed by the court to
resume work, pending the hearing of the judicial review.
The decision of the National Court
today came after leave was granted for a judicial review into their
Air Niugini has also been restrained
from evicting the pilots from its properties. ... [PNG
Loop - 7/10/16]
toll rises to 18 in east China landslide, 9 still missing [Xinhua -
Two of China's main state-run
newspapers heaped scorn on the U.S. presidential elections on Saturday,
saying the endless stream of scandals surrounding both main candidates
showed the United States had no right to lecture others on democracy. ...
Duterte responds to 'people power' warning: 'I don't give a s—' [GMA
News - 7/10/16]
President Rodrigo Duterte cited
China's assistance in helping build a "dormitory" for drug addicts in Nueva
Ecija while blasting the United States and European Union for not being as
helpful. ... [Rappler
Japan Federation of Bar Associations
seeks end to death penalty
[Japan Today - 8/10/16]
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo must
issue a moratorium on the death penalty in the government's upcoming legal
system reform package, Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR)
executive director Supriyadi Widodo said on Friday. ...
Post - 8/10/16]
Indonesia offers Japan Jakarta-Surabaya high speed rail project [Jakarta
Post - 8/10/16]
The Podesta Emails
[WikiLeaks - 7/10/16]
The disastrous failure of lesser evilism
[Counterpunch - 6/10/16]:
... By spending millions to whip up
support for corporate Democrats, by bending social movement priorities
around the singular goal of electing the Democratic Party, and by clinging
to the false hope of one day “reclaiming” the Democratic Party from big
business domination, the left is undermining its ability to defend people of
color, women, immigrants, and working people generally from right-wing
Searching for a mender: Guterres as UN Secretary General
[Counterpunch - 7/10/16]
Come Monday, Dutton will reaappear to
reassert Australia's war of attrition against refugees. He is able to
keep doing this because the torture and push back policy remains
Damage control for the UNHCR featuring another report NOT calling for the
closure, release and genuine resettlement of men, women and children
imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru [Saturday Paper - 8/10/16]
Human Rights Watch says UN report "blistering" - won't call for the
immediate release and resettlement of men, women and children imprisoned on
Manus Island and Nauru [7/10/16]
was doing well, enduring hardships for better future. What happened to
Omid’s hope? Who has taken his hope? Who has taken our hope, our Omid? Who
has made the life so bitter for him?”
(And why isn't anyone
interested in pursuing the truth? Doesn't Omid's wife and family
Omid [ABC - 29/4/16]
A media that wasn't
corrupt would be asking why the UNHCR is not calling on the Australian
government to immediately release and resettle refugees imprisoned on Manus
Island and Nauru.
Israel High Court overrules police attempt to ban Eritrean concert in Tel
Aviv [Haaretz - 7/10/16]:
The High Court of Justice on Thursday
overruled a police attempt to force the cancelation of a planned concert in
Tel Aviv by an Eritrean singer, finding for a petition filed after
Haaretz reported that police had ordered the event called off citing
A three-justice panel ruled that the show
had go on as planned at the Barby Club on Thursday night and that the owner
would post four more security guards in addition to a dozen he had already
hired, and ticket sales would be limited to 742, a bit shy of the hall's 900
Singer Abrar Osman, a 65-year-old German
national of Eritrean origin popular with asylum seekers from that African
nation living in Israel, had been invited to perform at the event planned
The event had been organized by an
Eritrean resident of Israel, married to an Israeli woman, who asked to be
identified by the letter “A,” who foot the bill for visas for the
entertainer and his two-member crew who arrived in the country earlier this
Osman was also scheduled to perform for
asylum seekers at the Holot Detention Center in the Negev today. ...
Even the US government’s own Advisory Committee wants to end family
detention [American Immigration Council - 7/10/16]:
... First and foremost, the Committee
recommends that DHS adopt a presumption that “detention is generally neither
appropriate nor necessary for families” and “never in the best interest of
The Committee proceeded to issue a series
of detailed recommendations, drawing on the public documents filed in the
ongoing Flores litigation, which seeks
to hold the Government accountable to the commitments it made under the
1997 Flores Settlement that outlines the
required treatment for children in detention and set a maximum period of 3-5
days during which children may be held.
The Committee’s Report speaks
authoritatively about ICE’s misguided use of civil detention, recognizing
that management of family detention centers is currently “improperly,
premised upon criminal justice models rather than civil justice requirements
Emphasizing that detention cannot be used
to deter migration, to punish, or to hold people indefinitely, the Committee
highlighted the plight of the mothers and children detained in Berks
County, PA, some of whom have now been detained more
than a year.
Indeed, this week
17 Senators wrote to DHS Secretary Johnson,
calling the decision to hold asylum-seeking children and their mothers at
Berks in prolonged detention “unconscionable.” ...
Thousands of people, heeding School of
Americas Watch’s call for a U.S. Border Convergence, will be meeting on both
sides of the U.S. and Mexico today for a weekend of protests against U.S.
militarization and in support of migrant rights.
The international convergence will
take place between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora in Mexico, from
Oct. 7-10, and will see more than 430 human rights, social justice,
faith-based, labor, and immigrant rights groups come together.
The gathering plans to “highlight U.S.
foreign policy as one of the root causes of migration, and to stage protests
and nonviolent direct action against racism, xenophobia and U.S.
militarization at home and abroad," according to SOA Watch’s statement. ...
hurricane looms -->
US Coast Guard conducts 4 at-sea interdictions, forcibly returns 70 Cuban
migrants in past week
[Media Release -
Hurricane Matthew's trail of
destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday,
with the number of dead soaring to 877, tens of thousands left homeless and
outbreaks of cholera already claiming more lives.
Information trickled in from remote
areas that were cut off by the storm and it became clear that at least 175
people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of
Haiti's fertile western tip.
Rural clinics overflowed with patients
whose wounds including broken bones had not been treated since the storm hit
Food was scarce and at least seven people died of cholera,
likely because of flood water mixing with sewage. ... [Reuters
National Guard uses helicopter to raid elderly woman for one pot
plant [Mint Press News - 7/10/16]
The ways you can comply and still die
during an encounter with police
[Counterpunch - 7/10/16]
A Black Detroit man who advocated
killing white police officers on social media has been charged with making a
terroristic threat and using a computer for a crime, the Michigan attorney
general’s office said Wednesday. ... [Mint
Press News - 6/10/16]
Land defenders face growing repression in gight to stop Dakota Access
Pipeline [Democracy Now - 7/10/16]
Obama announces lifting of US sanctions on Myanmar
[Reuters - 7/10/16]
Myanmar: Bodies of dead Rohingya found in Maung Daw
[Arakan Times - 7/10/16]
relenting in pursuit of genocide masterminds - Prosecutor General
[All Africa - 4/10/16]:
The extradition process of hundreds of
masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi entails a lengthy process
but government will not relent,
Prosecutor-General Richard Muhumuza has
said. Muhumuza's comments, last week, followed the extradition of Leopold
Munyakazi by the US immigration department.
Munyakazi is accused of using his position
as an academic to entrench discord among Rwandans, on top of ordering
massacre of the Tutsi in his birthplace of Kayanzi commune in the former
Gitarama Prefecture, now Southern Province, according to the Prosecution.
Genocide researcher Tom Ndahiro was at
Kigali International Airport, last week, when Munyakazi was handed over by
US authorities to Rwanda National Police and Rwanda National Prosecution
Ndahiro said: "It was a great moment to
see a Genocide fugitive like Munyakazi disembarking from an aircraft. I knew
it had crossed the Atlantic Ocean just to bring him back to face justice.
"It was a political gesture by the US
government that they are still mindful of the duty and responsibility they
have as a nation to prevent and punish the perpetrators of the most heinous
"It is also a slap on the face of people
like Ken Roth and his organisation, Human Rights Watch, who defended
Munyakazi ignoring serious accusations against him," Ndahiro said.
"It should be everybody's wish that the
world emulates what the US, Canada, Norway and others have done in deporting
the likes of Munyakazi. Unfortunately, I don't expect much from France which
was principal baker of the genocidaires' government before, during and after
Some stray incidents of stone- pelting
were reported from various parts of Kashmir on Friday even as curfew was
again imposed in parts of Srinagar district and restrictions were put in
place elsewhere in the valley in view of call by separatists for a march to
the local UN office. ... [The
Indian Express - 7/10/16]
India says kills seven militants in
Kashmir [Reuters -
Islamist militants from the Somali group al Shabaab killed
six people in an attack in northeast Kenya on Thursday, the latest in a
series of raids by the group in the region. ... [Reuters
Chief of Staff of 207 Zafar Military
Corps said that security forces have launched a special operation in Farah
city to clear the region of Taliban and will continue until the insurgents
have been pushed back from the city.
Meanwhile, a number of civil society
activists have said that high ranking officials in Farah province are busy
embezzling money and are not managing the war. ... [TOLO
News - 7/10/16]
Taliban attacks Pul-e-Khumri city [TOLO News -
... "The national security had warned our
commander that armed men had taken up positions at the back of our
checkpoints, and asked him to send more soldiers to the checkpoint, but he
failed to do so. The insurgents attacked us and we fought with them and
finally our ammunition ran out and I wounded," said a wounded soldier. ...
Army base attacked in Kandahar's Maiwand district
[TOLO News - 7/10/16]
Police in northern Baghlan province on Friday claimed killing
and wounding 23 militants after an attack on security forces’ convoy.
However, the militants rejected the police assertion as
Instead the Taliban said heavy casualties and losses had been
inflicted on the security forces. ... [Pajhwok
Fighting in the northern Afghan city
of Kunduz has led to a "rapidly deteriorating" humanitarian situation,
officials said on Thursday, leaving thousands of people with limited access
to food, water, or medical care.
Street-to-street gun battles have
continued for four days after Taliban militants slipped past the city's
defenses on Monday.
Government troops, backed by U.S.
special forces and air strikes, have repeatedly declared that they are in
control of the city, but residents report that heavy fighting has forced
many people to flee.
The fighting has forced as many as
10,000 people from their homes in Kunduz, the United Nations reported, with
those who remain facing serious water, food and electricity shortages, as
well as threats from the fighting. ... [Reuters
We want you to come home.
#7RAR Snipers #coach, #Mentor one on one
for Iraqi #Sniper's at Taji. Snipers are critical to the #defeatDaesh [Image:
@7th_RAR - 6/10/16]
All support to Iraq must respect
international laws and principles regarding territorial sovereignty, a UN
spokesperson has said after Iraq requested the Security Council address its
concerns regarding Turkey’s military presence in northern Iraq.
Russia used to be the only voice at the UN strongly calling
for the exit of the Turkish army from Iraq.
Now, however, on issues between Baghdad and Ankara, neither
Russia nor the US is ready to take sides but instead choose to remain
neutral. ... [RUDAW
Provincial Branch administrator Hurşit Külter who was not heard from for
months spoke and said he managed to escape the [Turkish] special operations
police who wanted to execute him and he travelled to Kirkuk in Southern
said he wasn’t executed in custody due to the intense reaction from the
public: “They were talking among themselves, I heard them saying ‘He is on
the spotlight now, let’s wait a while, the protests will die down, then we
will kill him’,” he said. ...
News - 7/10/16]
Three Turkish diplomats seeking asylum in Germany after coup: media
[Reuters - 7/10/16]:
... Germany is relying on Turkey's help to
stem the flow of illegal migrants to Europe. ...
The [Syrian] army continues to make
advances in several provinces, driving out terrorist organizations from a
number of areas, mostly in Aleppo. ... [SANA
Tens of people, mainly women and
children, have left the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city through
humanitarian routes and are being relocated to equipped makeshift centers,
said SANA reporter. [SANA -
Six civilians were killed and others
were injured due to rocket shells fired by terrorists on al-Midan,
al-Hamadaniah, New Aleppo, and al-Muhafaza neighborhoods in Aleppo on
Friday. ... [SANA
France to put draft resolution on Aleppo
at UN Security Council voting on Saturday
[TASS - 7/10/16]
State Duma ratifies deal on Russian air task force’s indefinite
deployment in Syria [TASS - 7/10/16]
John Kerry’s statement on the
necessity of a probe into Russia’s operation in Syria is obviously meant to
divert attention from Washington breaching the Syrian ceasefire deal,
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday.
She said Kerry’s words can be
explained by Washington’s non-fulfilment of its liabilities under the
agreement on ceasefire in Syria. ... [TASS
8 October 2016