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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 police.

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 σας!



Scuffles break out in Oraiokastro over refugee, migrant children’s schooling [Ekathimerini - 8/10/16]



Greece: 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  ‏@JigginoRuss [8/10/16]



‏@ChiosMonitor [7/10/16]:  Fire was reportedly an act of protest. Conditions further deteriorated today due to rain. NGO containers targeted out of frustration. #Chios  



‏@GiorgosKosmop [8/10/16]:  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



‏@GiorgosKosmop [8/10/16]:  Calling in tears to say they're safe. A speed boat just landed 24 #refugeesgr from Afghanistan in Northern Lesvos. Many kids #withrefugees



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. ... [Ekathimerini - 8/10/16]



‏@SRodrigoruiz [8/10/16]:  #ESPAÑA Llegan al puerto de #Malaga 57 migrantes de origen subsahariano interceptados en el #Mediterráneo



Day 203 refugee protests, Nauru



Image: ‏@elahe_zivardar [8/10/16]



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 eastern Aleppo.

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 Hishammuddin Hussein.

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 respective terminations.

Air Niugini has also been restrained from evicting the pilots from its properties. ... [PNG Loop - 7/10/16]



Death toll rises to 18 in east China landslide, 9 still missing [Xinhua - 8/10/16]



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. ...  [Reuters - 8/10/16]



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 - 7/10/16]



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. ... [Jakarta 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 attacks. ...



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 unchallenged ---> 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]



“Omid 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 deserve that?)


[Guardian - 21/5/16]



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 security concerns.

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 capacity seating.

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 months ago.

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 week.

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 children.”

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 or needs.”

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. ...  [teleSUR - 7/10/16]



Even as hurricane looms --> US Coast Guard conducts 4 at-sea interdictions, forcibly returns 70 Cuban migrants in past week [Media Release - 7/10/16]



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 on Tuesday.

Food was scarce and at least seven people died of cholera, likely because of flood water mixing with sewage.  ... [Reuters - 7/10/16]



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]



Rwanda: No 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 Authority.

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 crime; genocide."


"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 1994." ...



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 - 6/10/16]



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 - 6/10/16]



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 - 7/10/16]:


... "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 baseless.

Instead the Taliban said heavy casualties and losses had been inflicted on the security forces. ... [Pajhwok - 7/10/16]



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 - 6/10/16]



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 - 7/10/16]



DBP Şırnak 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 Kurdistan.


Külter 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. ... [ANF 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 - 7/10/16]



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 - 7/10/16]


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 - 7/10/16]



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 - 7/10/16]




8 October 2016