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Young refugees attacked on Nauru


 Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [4/10/15]:

Two eighteen year-old refugees have been attacked on Nauru.

The attack took place around 11.30pm on Wednesday, 30 September as the two refugees returned to their camp at Ewa.

The two men, Jafar, an Afghan refugee, and Zijah, a Pakistani refugee, were ambushed as they were walking into the Ewa refugee camp, by up to 12 local Nauruan men.

Along with the abuse hurled at the refugees, the attackers demanded money and stole their mobile phones.

Zijah was left with severe cuts on his knee, his hand as well as extensive bruising and scratches on his back from being knocked to the ground.

The Ewa camp has also been the site of a rape and a number of attacks on single refugee women; but, in what has become typical of the lack of local police response to attacks on refugees, the police did not attend.

The refugees themselves went to the police station to make a statement.

They later went to the hospital for treatment for the cuts and abrasions, when the ambulance also failed to attend the scene of the attack.

“This has got to stop,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“The situation on Nauru is badly out of control. The safety of the refugees cannot be guaranteed.

“There is no security in the community or the refugee camps. There is no lighting. The government has simply created camps where single women and young refugees are preyed upon with impunity.”

Responding to the announcement that the Nauru government intends to create an “open camp” arrangement for asylum seeker, Ian Rintoul, said, “The vicious attacks on refugee women in the community and these latest bashings make the ‘open camp’ arrangement a meaningless gesture. The Australian government is trying to avoid elements of the M68 case before the High Court starting 7 October.

“Some people found to be refugees are just too afraid to leave the detention centre. One Iranian refugee was savagely raped in May while she was in the community under the open camp arrangement.

“The whole of Nauru is a dangerous gulag if you are an asylum seeker or a refugee.”




Save the Children workers deserve redress BUT refugees on Nauru are being subjected to death threats and rape.






With no explanation, Fairfax deletes a story about the AFP pursuing whistleblowers (rather than those who allegedly raped and assaulted refugees on Nauru), and publishes another version of an old story about workers seeking an apology [Sydney Morning Herald - 4/10/15]:


... Save the Children last week wrote to Immigration Department secretary Michael Pezzullo calling for an urgent response to the Moss report's recommendation.

 Acting chief executive, Mat Tinkler, said while the former staff had been exonerated, there had been no apology from the department or minister. ...




Save the Children suggest things Turnbull can do to make Australia's refugee concentration camps fluffier since they lost the Nauru welfare contract [25/9/15]



All aboard the bipartisan ship [Overland - 11/8/15]:


... Writing in The Australian, Save the Children Australia CEO Paul Ronalds makes a more reluctant argument for the same conclusion: that organisations supporting refugees should embrace the opportunity for bipartisan consensus by abandoning active support for the principle of non-refoulement:

Although we may not like turnbacks, it is clear the policy is here to stay. Now we and other advocates for the rights of asylum-seekers must look beyond this aspect of the policy and concentrate our efforts on implementing a genuine regional framework, which we have long called for.


As NGOs have taken on major government contracts for refugee and asylum-seeker services, such as the $19m contract Save the Children currently holds with the detention facilities on Nauru, these organisations have become structurally invested in maintaining government control over asylum seekers.

But liberal humanitarians are more deeply invested in government control over asylum seekers than can be explained by any direct financial benefit.

They may disagree with right-wing conservatives on how many refugees should be accepted, or the details of how those who are turned away should be treated, but they share the premise stated by John Howard during the Tampa crisis: ‘We will decide who comes here and the manner in which they come.’  ...





Who would want to convey the clear message that refugees: 1. Should go back to where they come from and accept their fate; 2. Should not be allowed freedom of movement if they do manage to flee; 3. Will be subjected to attacks, threats, torture and rape for even daring to hope for sanctuary; 4. Will be punished if they complain about their rights; and  5. The UNHCR is not interested?



Jakarta Post [2/10/15]:


... More than 200 ethnic Rohingya stormed out of their camp in Aceh on Tuesday as tensions erupted following claims of rape and torture at the site where the members of Myanmar's long-persecuted minority have been held since arriving four months ago by boat.

The incident occurred after authorities forced a female detainee to go to a hospital. Other Rohingya did not want her to leave, fearing she could be abused more if separated from the group, said Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration, who was at the scene. ...




Bangladeshi and Rohingya refugees sheltering in Aceh are progressively being deported by the IOM [TRIBUNnews.com - 27/9/15]




Stay where you are: US Embsssy in Colombo to provide $1m for "resettlement efforts" in North-East Sri Lanka [Tamil Guardian - 25/8/15]




US Ambassador Cefkin with the Republic of Nauru media team [17/8/15]




Judith Cefkin - US Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu [Term of Appointment: 11/20/2014 to present]


All Gov [11/10/14]:

... Since 2013, Cefkin has been senior advisor for Burma (Myanmar). She has spent much of the time working on normalizing relations between the United States and that nation, traveling there as part of that effort.



US Envoy on US Refugee, Migration Policy in Southeast Asia, UNHCR and IOM press conference fobs off regional concerns about Myanmar human rights abuses and refugee exodus [3/6/15]:


... A/S RICHARD: Well thank you for your question. I did meet with Australian colleagues at the May 29th meeting in Bangkok including the Ambassador for People Smuggling -- or Against People Smuggling, I guess. The United States takes a different approach off our shores to people coming toward us in boats. You know our Coast Guard intercepts the boats and then conducts interviews on its decks to find out if the people, if the boat people in the Caribbean have a credible fear of persecution or not. And if it is judged that they are economic migrants they’re returned to places from which they’ve come. But if it’s judged that they may have a case for asylum then they are not returned and that they get follow-on interviews and they may end up being moved as refugees to a new country. So the numbers we’re talking about in the Caribbean are quite small, but this, with this approach of ensuring that people get a chance to express their case is a part of what the US is doing that I think is needed throughout the region. I think that’s mostly on that issue. ...



Myanmar failed to ensure justice after riots: UN chief [Myanmar Times - 3/10/14]:


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accused the government of largely failing to take legal action against those responsible for outbreaks of religious violence over the past two years.

Fighting between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine State in July and October 2012 left around 200 dead and 140,000 displaced, while serious conflict has also occurred in Meiktila, Mandalay, Lashio and elsewhere.

Yet those responsible for the clashes have not been brought to justice, Mr Ban said in his annual report to the General Assembly's Third Committee.

“Legal proceedings against the perpetrators remain blocked,” he said. “[And] the suffering and complaints of the affected people, especially the Muslim communities in the internally displaced persons camps, whose basic rights have been severely curtailed, remain largely unassuaged.”

Police forces have routinely rounded up dozens of suspects in public shows of force following outbreaks of violence. However, rights groups say these mass arrests have largely targeted Muslim men and other individuals involved in the violence have not been prosecuted.

Presidential spokesperson and Minister for Information U Ye Htut declined to comment on the specifics of the report as he had not read it in its entirety. He did say, however, that the government welcomed the secretary-general’s acknowledgment that progress had been made in Rakhine State and Myanmar more broadly.

Mr Ban has regularly expressed concern about the conflict in Rakhine State, saying just last week that he was “deeply troubled” by the continued rift between the Buddhist and Muslim communities. He also called for the government to address the citizenship status of Rohingya Muslims, who are not recognised as citizens of Myanmar under the current country’s current legal framework.

The government has said it will only consider assessing their claims to citizenship if they agree to be called Bengali rather than Rohingya.

Mr Ban’s comments contrasted with those of the Myanmar delegation at the General Assembly. Last week it began lobbying to be dropped from the UN’s human rights agenda, arguing that reforms undertaken by President U Thein Sein’s government mean it should no longer be singled out.

Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin told officials at the UN General Debate on September 29 that the country had addressed “all major concerns related to human rights”.

The UN General Assembly has adopted resolutions against Myanmar for its poor human rights record every year since 1992.



Nauru:  Australian government and AFP pursue whistleblowers instead of those who allegedly assaulted and raped refugees


My Informs [2/10/15]:


The federal government called in the Australian Federal Police to investigate information leaks from the Nauru detention camp six times in as many months, prompting claims it is pursuing whistleblowers instead of those who allegedly assaulted and raped asylum seekers.

While Immigration Minister Peter Dutton insists that crimes allegedly committed in the Nauru centre should be dealt with by the island's local police, his department routinely asks Australia's top law enforcement body to probe who is disclosing information from inside the camp.

Leaks about alarming incidents at the Australian-funded facility add fuel to domestic and international claims the government has abandoned its human rights obligations by allowing asylum seekers to live in dangerous, inhumane conditions.

In the six months to March this year the Department of Immigration and Border Protection asked the AFP to investigate six alleged cases of "unauthorised disclosure of Commonwealth information" from the Nauru centre. Four were investigated but there was insufficient evidence to make any prosecutions.

It is believed one referral related to a submission by Save the Children workers to a Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention.

Legal experts claimed such use of anti-whistleblower laws was draconian and designed to intimidate others into silence.

Figures supplied to Fairfax Media show the department was by far the heaviest user of anti-whistleblower laws – specifically, section 70 of the Crimes Act.

In the period the department made six Nauru referrals, just three other referrals were made relating to Commonwealth operations.

One was by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who referred the office of former Immigration Minister Scott Morrison over the alleged release of Nauru information to a journalist.

A department spokesman said it did not identify specific offenders when asking the AFP to investigate unauthorised disclosures.

While such disclosures should, in some circumstances, be referred to the AFP, "sexual assault in Nauru is a matter for the Nauruan Police Force", he said, adding the government was committed to helping provide safe conditions for detainees and refugees.

A Senate inquiry into the Nauru centre in August found local police, which are reportedly under-resourced, had laid charges in just five out of 50 cases referred to them.

It said the department and the AFP should fully audit all criminal conduct allegations from the Nauru facility.





Tossed down the memory hole because it contradicts the "Nauru is suddenly fluffy and kind - Turnbull is 'concerned' and 'alarmed' - and the refugees are now sort of free" narrative?




ABC [1/10/15]:

Speaking on Radio National this morning, Mr Turnbull said he was concerned by the cases.

"The story on 7.30 on Monday night did reveal, as you said, a very alarming issue of safety for women there and we take that very seriously," he said.

"We're taking a number of steps to work closely with the Nauru government to ensure the safety and the security of all the refugees living in that community."

Mr Turnbull said the Australian Government was working with Nauru to provide a "safe environment" for asylum seekers who were sent there after being intercepted trying to reach Australia by boat.

"We fund the deployment of the AFP officers to support and mentor the Nauru police in their basic investigations and their policing," he said.

"The Nauru government has recently established a gender, violence and child protection unit within their department of home affairs.

"The whole government is very committed to ensuring that women - that all of the transferees and refugees, but in this context women and children - are absolutely safe in that environment."

He said a number of the refugees were in a position to be sent back to their home nation and the Government was actively working to achieve resettlement for others. ... <---- REFOULEMENT.





Australia's refoulement and disappearing of 65 refugees scandal:  AFP travel to Rote to get their money back - and investigate how and why the New Zealand media managed to get their hands on (and publish) the refugees' account of what happened? [Sydney Morning Herald - 11/6/15]




South China Morning Post [14/6/15]:


Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused again on Sunday (June 14) to deny allegations an official paid thousands of dollars to turn back a boatload of asylum-seekers, despite calls from Indonesia for answers.

The claims - that the captain and five crew of the boat were each paid US$5,000 (S$6,719) by an Australian immigration official to turn back to Indonesia - were made to Indonesian police on Rote island in the country's east.





... "They all looked so wet and cold," Mr Semuel said.

"I said: 'Don't worry about returning the clothes because God will pay us back."

Mr Semuel's wife cooked noodles, fish and rice but some of the asylum seekers were too petrified to eat.

One of the Bangladeshi men, who spoke broken Indonesian, said they were scared the police would come and shoot them.

"I calmed them down and said: 'Don't worry, the Indonesian police are very kind'," Mr Semuel said. ...  [Sydney Morning Herald  - 14/6/15]




And in all the racist, exceptionalist sound and fury not one Australian media outlet - or politician - has considered the welfare of the 65 refouled refugees - still detained in Indonesia. [Times of Malta - VIDEO - 13/6/15]




... A UN representative in Indonesia said they met with the group, 52 of whom were registered as refugees. [RNZI - 13/6/15]




Read the letter sent to the New Zealand Government by the refugees




Sure Australia abuses human rights, but there are nations worse than us: Bishop  [West Australian - 4/10/15] ---->  ... "And particularly when there are other countries that get elected to the human rights council whose record is dubious, to say the least," the minister told ABC television.




From the UN to the MCG, Australia's war mongering, refugee hating Foreign Minister is protected and unaccountable [West Australian - 4/10/15]:


... “I have enjoyed my eight days in the UN representing Australia, but there’s nothing like a grand final at the MCG with our home team the Eagles playing,” she said.

“I can’t think of anything more exciting. It means a lot to me to be at an Eagles grand final, without doubt.” ...



Refugee services "ramping up programs" as PR for Australian government's cruel "handpicked, non-Muslim Syrian refugees who don't come by boat" stunt continues [SBS - 3/10/15]


Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.




Police "raid" Parramatta mosque?


Really? Or is the Australian media - particularly the ABC - deliberately fanning Islamophobia?

Why are dogwhistling politicians "holding discussions" with the Muslim community?


Why isn't there any journalism in Australia anymore?



ABC [4/10/15]:

The Parramatta Mosque has been raided, a senior police source has told the ABC, as investigations into Friday's fatal shooting of a civilian police force employee continue.


The ABC's Fran Kelly told the Insiders program that a phone hook-up between "the Premier, the Police Commissioner and the Prime Minister with seven or eight members of the Muslim community" took place last night.

She said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull used the phone call to convey the message that "we have a remarkably cohesive society, respect is key to that and [urged] everyone to work together to expose preachers of hate".

The ABC understands the community leaders were impressed by the move and communicated their willingness to work with governments. One leader said the conversation reset the relationship.




Man accused of McDonald's gas bottle explosion was on bail after attempting to torch restaurant, court hears [Canberra Times - 2/10/15]


Hit-and-run in Canberra's south: Man hit in Tuggeranong suburb of Monash


Canberra Times [3/10/15]:

A man has been left with a broken collar bone and shoulder blade after a hit and run in Canberra's south in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police continue to search for witnesses after a vehicle hit pedestrian David Todd, from Richardson, at the intersection of Barraclough Crescent and Ashley Drive, Monash.

At about 1.40am ACT Policing received a report a 28-year-old man had turned up at Canberra Hospital with serious injuries.

It is believed a vehicle hit Mr Todd at 12:10am and that the vehicle fled the scene, police said in a statement. Mr Todd could not describe the vehicle. Speaking from the hospital on Saturday, he said he had suffered mild concussion and was set to have surgery to repair the broken bones on Sunday.

Police called for anyone who may have witnessed the incident or seen the 28-year-old man in this vicinity to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via act.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information can be provided anonymously.


Second Victorian cyclist in hit-run incident


Yahoo [3/10/15]:

A female cyclist has suffered serious injuries in the second hit and run incident in Victoria in less than three days.

The woman was riding on the Gisborne-Melton road, northwest of Melbourne, on Saturday when she was hit by a car about 12.45pm.

A detailed description of the car and its young male driver, who did not stop, has been released.

Police are looking for a white Commodore sedan that has damage to the passenger-side windscreen, mudguard and side mirror.

The driver is Caucasian, has a shaved head and tattoos on his neck and arm.

The earlier hit and run incident occurred in inner Melbourne on Thursday evening.

A 22-year-old man was cycling in Carlton when he was struck by a black VW sedan and thrown from his bike.

The car, which sped off, has some damage and is missing a side mirror, police say.

The male cyclist is recovering in Royal Melbourne Hospital with minor back injuries.

Stolen bakery truck, Runaway Bay

QPS Media [3/10/15]:

Police are investigating following an incident this morning involving a stolen bakery truck at Runaway Bay.

Around 6:30am the driver exited the truck while completing a bread delivery at a Lae Drive shopping centre before an unknown man got into the vehicle and fled the scene.

Police sighted the vehicle and attempted to intercept it on Hope Island Road at Helensvale a short time later, but the truck failed to stop.

Around 8:30am, the vehicle was sighted at an address on Armstrong Road at Biddaddaba where police arrested a man.

A 22-year-old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

No one was injured during the incident.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.


Man accused of McDonald's gas bottle explosion was on bail after attempting to torch restaurant, court hears [Canberra Times - 2/10/15]

A Queensland man who violently killed a dog last year will be examined by a forensic psychiatrist prior to being sentenced for the worst category of animal cruelty offences.

Preston Arapere Barton-Cootes, 23, on Friday pleaded guilty to two counts of serious animal cruelty and three counts of wilful damage, including of police property, in the Brisbane District Court.

In October 2014, police found the blood of two small dogs throughout a house at Kallangur in Brisbane's north.

One had been bashed to death and the other had been injured after being stuffed in a plastic bag and swung around.

Jennifer O'Brien, for the Crown, told the court a psychologist's report tendered by the defence team found "underlying patterns" made it difficult to predict whether Barton-Cootes would offend in the future.

A "thorough neuropsychological investigation" could shed more light on the problems of the defendant, according to the report. ... [Yahoo - 2/10/15]




Love your police state [QPS Media - 23/9/15] ---> ... Yesterday, local police held a ‘Junior Detective Day’ for the kids in the area on school holidays.  ...  Their hard work paid off and they found the long-haired culprit and arrested him. ...   Feel safe Queensland?



Fortescue helped fund Wirlu-Murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal elders' campaign against mine land owners [ABC – 28/7/15]





Israeli settler shoots, injures 6-year-old Palestinian near Qalqiliya [Maan - 3/10/15]




Ten Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in the West Bank on Saturday during a raid by troops hunting the murderers of a Jewish settler couple, Palestinian police and medical sources said.

Palestinians protesting against the raid in the territory's main northern city of Nablus hurled stones at soldiers, who responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition, the sources said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said "10 people were wounded by live rounds to the legs or stomach," and "four others were wounded in beatings" by security forces. ... [Daily Star - 3/10/15]




Nigeria's Abuja hit by two blasts with at least 15 dead [BBC - 3/10/15]




Nigeria’s ex-petroleum minister has been arrested in London for money laundering [Quartz - 3/10/15]




Over 500 children dead, 1.7 million at risk of malnutrition owing to Yemen violence – UN [Media Release - 2/10/15]





A senior Saudi military commander has been killed in the country’s southwestern province of Asir near the border with Yemen.

The commander, identified as Naser al-Ahmari, was slain in rocket strikes launched by Yemeni forces in al-Rabuah area of the province, Yemen-based Arabic-language Khabar news agency reported on Friday.

Several other Saudi soldiers were also killed and a number of military vehicles were destroyed as Yemeni army forces and allied popular committees targeted the area with dozens of rockets in retaliatory attacks, the news agency further added.

Yemeni forces also targeted a Saudi military base in Jizan, a province in Saudi Arabia's southwest, with rockets and artillery fire and destroyed an armored vehicle and several other military vehicles.

 Earlier in the day, Saudi warplanes carried out at least 15 airstrikes on Harad district of Yemen’s southwestern Hajjah province and 14 airborne strikes on Shida district in northwestern province of Sa’ada.

A Saudi missile attack also hit the Munabbih district of Sa’ada. ... [Press TV - 2/10/15]



UN human rights body passes Saudi proposal on Yemen [Gulf News - 2/10/15]



The Saudi-backed Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has decided to sever diplomatic relations with Iran, state-owned Aden television reported on Friday without elaborating.

Bahrain had recalled its ambassador from Iran on Thursday. ... [Reuters - 2/10/15]





Nearly half of the population of Libya has been affected by violence and needs protection and some form of humanitarian aid, the United Nations says. ... [Ahram - 2/10/15]





Tony Blair urged Gaddafi to stand down and find 'a safe place to go' during Libyan uprising [Independent - 2/10/15]




U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale stated on Friday that his country is doubling the baseline amount of U.S. military assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces this year compared to last. ... [Naharnet - 2/10/15]



OECD 'ready to assist' Europe over refugee crisis [Hurriyet Daily News - 3/10/15]





Around 200 migrants tried to get into the Channel Tunnel in France overnight, clashing with staff and police and forcing the suspension of rail services, a spokesman for Eurotunnel (GETP.PA) said.

The disruption was the latest in a series of incidents involving migrants who are camped around the northern French port of Calais in the hope of reaching Britain. ... [Reuters - 3/10/15]





The Russian Air Force has destroyed an ISIL command center and underground depot with explosives near the Syrian city of Raqqa, Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday. ... [Sputnik News - 3/10/15]





Thousands of Iraqis demonstrate for reforms [Ahram - 2/10/15]:

Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad and several other cities Friday, urging the government to deliver on its promised reform package aimed at tackling corruption and improving services.

Iraqis have been staging weekly protests since July.

The movement that stemmed from exasperation over power cuts in the searing summer heat gradually led to broader demands for political reform. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, with backing from the country's most revered Shia religious cleric, announced a reform package but change has been slow to materialise and the protests have continued.

"Baghdad will no longer be silent," chanted thousands of protesters in the capital's Tahrir (liberation in Arabic) Square.

Regular protesters -- dominated by secular groups, journalists, artists and social activists -- were joined Friday by supporters of Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr.





@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [2/10/15]:


Kirkuk: The international alliance planes have shelled separated areas in Haweeja city resulted in killing and wounding of persons.......


Ta'ameem: "Two civilians were killed and 7 wounded as international alliance air force shelled the civilians in Rubeidh Al-Asriya Village in Haweeja district",news agencies reported......................


"Baghdad: "5 civilians were killed and 5 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded near lamps factory in Taji north of Baghdad",news agencies reported..........................


Baghdad: "Two persons were killed and 6 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Baya'a area ",news agencies reported..........................


Baghdad: "A person was killed and 7 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded near a traditional market in Mahmoudiya district south of Baghdad",news agencies reported..........................






About the time my Daddy left to fight the big war

Saw my first pistol in a general store

In the general store, when I was thirteen

I thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen

So l asked if I could have one someday when I grew up

Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up

She really blew up, she didn't understand

Mama said the pistol was the devil's right hand ...


'The Devil's Right Hand', Steve Earle [1988]




United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria  [US Department of Defense - 2/10/15]:


U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft conducted eight airstrikes in Syria:

-- Near Hasakah, six strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and an ISIL crude oil collection point and destroyed an ISIL excavator, an ISIL building, and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Palmyra, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL vehicles and two ISIL anti-air artillery platforms.

Airstrikes in Iraq

Bomber, fighter, attack, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 20 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of the Iraqi government:

-- Near Huwayjah, six strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL ammunition cache, an ISIL vehicle, an ISIL vehicle bomb assembly area and an ISIL mortar system.

-- Near Albu Hayat, a strike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Beiji, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed 17 ISIL tactical fighting positions and wounded an ISIL fighter.

-- Near Kirkuk, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Kisik, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL rocket

-- Near Ramadi, two strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL command and control node.

-- Near Mosul, a strike destroyed an ISIL tactical vehicle.

-- Near Sinjar, four strikes struck three separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL vehicle.

-- Near Tal Afar, a strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.




Afghanistan:  MSF staff killed, hospital partially destroyed in Kunduz following US airstrike [Yahoo - 3/10/15]



Three staff are confirmed dead and more than 30 are unaccounted for after the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) trauma centre in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was hit several times and badly damaged during sustained bombing at 2.10am on Saturday 3 October.

Our medical team is working around the clock to do everything possible for the safety of patients and hospital staff.

“We are deeply shocked by the attack, the killing of our staff and patients and the heavy toll it has inflicted on healthcare in Kunduz,” says Bart Janssens, our Director of Operations.

“We do not yet have the final casualty figures, but our medical team are providing first aid and treating the injured patients and MSF personnel and accounting for the deceased. We urge all parties to respect the safety of health facilities and staff.”

Since fighting broke out on Monday, our staff have treated 394 wounded. When the aerial attack occurred this morning we had 105 patients and their care-takers in the hospital and over 80 MSF international and national staff present.

Our hospital is the only facility of its kind in the whole north-eastern region of Afghanistan, providing free life- and limb-saving trauma care. ... [MSF Media Release - 3/10/15]




Pajhwok [3/10/15]:


... US military spokesman Brian Tribus said they had struck a Taliban hideout in Kunduz City.

 "US forces conducted the airstrike at 2:15am against individuals threatening the force. The strike may have resulted in collateral damage to a nearby medical facility. This incident is under investigation."




Taliban claim shooting down four-engine US aircraft in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province [Khaama - 2/10/15]




Afghan National Security Forces have recaptured Baharak District of northeastern Badakhshan province from Taliban. ... [Khaama - 3/10/15]





A new wave of several thousand migrants and refugees has arrived in Presevo, southern Serbia, in the past 24 hours, Tanjug said on Friday afternoon. ... [b92 - 2/10/15]





‏@MSF_Sea [2/10/15]:   ...  The #Dignity1 has rescued 128 people from #Mali #Senegal #Guinea #IvoryCoast and #Cameroon




‏@ItalianNavy [2/10/15]:   #UltimOra #SAR Nave Cigala Fulgosi #MarinaMilitare inizia soccorso a gommone con numerosi #migranti a bordo





‏@ArisMessinis [29/9/15]:  An Afghan girl cries upon her arrival to the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey.





Myanmar president is sued in US over alleged abuses of Rohingya Muslims [Reuters - 2/10/15]:


Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election.

The complaint filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court accused Thein Sein and top officials of planning and instigating "hate crimes and discrimination amounting to genocide."

According to the plaintiffs, Muslim Rohingya are "subjected to genocide, torture, arbitrary detention, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" by officials controlled by Thein Sein and his ministers.

Myanmar's government spokesman was not immediately available for comment, and did not respond to emailed requests.

The civil lawsuit was filed by Burma Task Force, a group of 19 Muslim organizations, and the Rohingya man Hitay Lwin Oo.

It seeks compensatory and punitive damages for alleged violations of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), a U.S. law often invoked in lawsuits alleging human rights abuses.

The government will have a chance to respond to the lawsuit once it is served. It typically takes at least a few months for a judge to decide whether a case may proceed.

In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court made it harder to pursue many ATS lawsuits. It said claims must "touch and concern" U.S. territory "with sufficient force" to displace the presumption that the law does not cover non-U.S. conduct.

Myanmar does not consider the Rohingya to be citizens, rendering them effectively stateless, while denying that it discriminates against them or that they are fleeing persecution.

A tide of anti-Muslim sentiment swept through the country a year after the military ended its rule in 2011, morphing into communal violence.

At least 200 people were killed and more than 140,000, mainly Rohingyas, were displaced in fighting between Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine State.

During the flare up of the boat people crisis in Asia in May, Myanmar denied that its treatment of the Rohingya caused their exodus.

Religious and ethnic tensions are rising ahead of Nov. 8 elections in Myanmar. The government has barred most Rohingyas from voting and registering as candidates, drawing criticism from western countries and undercutting Myanmar's efforts to portray the poll as its first free and fair election in 25 years.

Myanmar has defended its decision, with its foreign minister recently comparing the situation to the United States barring foreign citizens who hold "green cards" that let them work in the country from voting in elections.




Aceh NGO determined to punish Rohingya refugees for attempting to escape their detention as the IOM looks on.  Where's the UNHCR? [Jakarta Post - 2/10/15]:


... More than 200 ethnic Rohingya stormed out of their camp in Aceh on Tuesday as tensions erupted following claims of rape and torture at the site where the members of Myanmar's long-persecuted minority have been held since arriving four months ago by boat.

The incident occurred after authorities forced a female detainee to go to a hospital. Other Rohingya did not want her to leave, fearing she could be abused more if separated from the group, said Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration, who was at the scene. ...





Japan citizen shot dead in Bangladesh, second foreigner killed this week [Channel News Asia - 3/10/15]




PNG Communications Minister to introduce cross-media ownership laws  [EMTV - 2/10/15]



Marijuana pioneer Uruguay said on Thursday it had granted licenses to two companies to grow the plant for commercial distribution, adding that the pot should go on sale in pharmacies next year.

The South American country was the world's first to legalize the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, aiming to wrest control of the trade from drug gangs while regulating and even taxing its consumption.

But the novelty of the endeavor has thrown up challenges preventing the government from meeting its own deadlines in implementing legislation passed nearly two years ago. The country originally planned to distribute licenses a year ago.

"Twenty-two proposals were presented ... and two licenses for production and distribution were given out," Juan Andrés Roballo, head of the National Drug Board, told a news conference.

The two companies chosen were Symbiosys and Iccorp, start-ups financed by Uruguayan and foreign capital, and they were allowed to produce two tonnes of marijuana each per year, Roballo said. He said the government will provide security to secure the perimeter of the companies' marijuana plantations. ... [Reuters - 1/10/15]



"I'm signing because it's time Australia behaved decently."


Open letter to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader signed by over 20,000 Australian women




“Free the Children; Free Everyone; Close Manus and Nauru; End Offshore processing.”

Response to @RACVictoria’s “Open Letter to the Refugee Movement” by @xBorderOps [2/10/15]:


RAC-Vic recently posted an Open Letter on the renewed push by the Greens and GetUp’s ‘No Business In Abuse’ to remove children from detention.

We share RAC-Vic’s concerns at the reductive call for the removal of only children from detention.

The call for “children out” is a backward step in the campaign to close the detention industry down.

We do not see it as pragmatic but as a recurrent attempt, over the span of more than two decades, by pro-detention groups to obscure their own practical support for and links to the detention industry, and as a means to limit the movements for freedom and against the camps.

Implicit in the call to remove only children from detention is an assumption that children are “innocent” and therefore that adults (without children) deserve to be detained.

There is nothing pragmatic about supporting these racist arguments for detention.

There is nothing “tactical” about peddling racist assumptions while imagining that this might serve to lessen or be a challenge to that racism.

GetUp’s various positions are therefore inexplicable as part of a strategy to close the detention industry down. If this were indeed the aim, the approach is tactically incompetent, conveys no information about the financial and corporate arrangements in the detention industry, and is so contradictory, ambiguous and without legal significance that any detention industry contractor could, for instance, agree to sign GetUp’s ‘pledge’.

Given the successes of the boycott and divestment campaign, we are particularly concerned with GetUp’s attempts to derail that momentum by aligning it with the reductive call for ‘children out’ and a ‘corporate code of conduct.’

This is merely their latest effort at astro-turfing [2].

Here are the previous and ongoing boycott and divestment campaigns: DivestFromDetention.com

To be clear, GetUp’s NBIA are in no position to assure companies that divestment and boycott campaigns will cease if those companies engage in the window-dressing that NBIA have offered them.

xBorder has never supported detention [3] – every reason for detention is ultimately an argument for institutionalised racism.






... Greens national co-convenor Penny Allman-Payne, from Queensland, said there were clearly people who were upset about the reshuffle.

“I would only say that we work best as a national organisation and that this is an issue that is being worked through at the national council level,” she said. ... [Greens lurch to the right - The Saturday Paper - 26/9/15]



Four days out from the High Court Challenge ...


ABC [3/10/15]:


The Nauruan government has said asylum seekers would be granted full freedom of movement around the island.

In a statement, the Nauruan Department of Justice and Border Control said asylum seekers would be allowed to come and go from the detention centre without any restrictions from Monday, October 5.

"Open Centre arrangements of the Regional Processing Centre will be expanded to allow for freedom of movement of asylum seekers 24 hours per day, seven days per week," the statement said.

"It is the intent of the Government of Nauru that these arrangements are enshrined in legislation at the next sitting of Parliament."

All detainees on Nauru are currently allowed to leave the camp during the daytime, but are subject to a curfew at night.

The ABC understands a 9:00pm to 9:00am curfew has been in place, while no-one is allowed to leave the camp on Thursdays.

The Nauruan government said the network of community liaison officers would be expanded to provide assistance in the transition, with other security measures being put in place.




Almost 200 refugees on Nauru arrested as police crack down on peaceful protests [Guardian - 5/3/15]:


...  They [refugees] are restricted by government decree in where they can go: they cannot visit schools, the hospital, the harbour or airport, but are, usually, free to move about the small island.


Video from the island at the weekend shows police clashing with demonstrators, including women and children, and it shows one man attacking a refugee as he peaceably filmed the demonstration.

The video, shot on mobile phone, shows a group of demonstrators walking slowly towards a police line on a road.

The group is noisy, chanting “justice”, but peaceful. Several protesters have their hands crossed above their heads and some are kneeling.

A policeman holds up his hand to stop the protesters.

As the protesters come close to the police, scuffles break out between police and some demonstrators, including one woman wearing a chador.

One refugee close to the camera is filming the demonstration on his mobile phone.

A Nauruan man, not wearing any uniform, steps from behind the police line to punch the refugee in the face while he is not looking.

The refugee staggers, and drops his phone, but picks it back up and resumes filming. He does not retaliate.

The assailant retreats behind the line of police officers.

The Nauru government has said protesters threw stones at police, injuring three and damaging a car.

Nauruan president Baron Waqa said in a statement: “There has been no violence against refugees from police, but police will continue to enforce the law, which includes preventing mobile protests that endanger lives”.

The emergence of the video comes as refugees and asylum seekers were given a four-page document from Corey Caleb, the director of police of Nauru.

In the document dated 2 March, Caleb writes that while the Nauru constitution protects a person’s “right to freedom of expression”, the Queensland Criminal Code of 1899 – which is operative law on Nauru – states that “any person who takes part in an unlawful assembly is guilty of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment”.

The director of police writes that any assembly of three or more people on Nauru can be broken up by a justice of the peace, saying: “His excellency the president of Nauru charges and commands all persons here assembled to immediately disperse themselves and peacefully to depart to their habitations or to their lawful business or they will be liable to be imprisoned. God save the president of Nauru.”

The missive from Caleb says demonstrators will be given 15 minutes to break up any protest.

“Any persons who, being so assembled, continue together to the number of three or more, and do not disperse themselves within the space of a quarter of an hour after the giving of the command are guilty of an offence, and each of them is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment.”

Calls to Caleb from Guardian Australia were not returned.





Refugees settled on Nauru woke on Monday to find an ominous letter, signed “Youth of Republic of Nauru”, had been delivered overnight. Copies had been left at shops, homes, workplaces employing refugees… [Manifesto for a pogrom: hostility to exiled refugees grows on Nauru  -  The Conversation - 20/11/14]






"I'm proud of what Transfield is doing" --->  ‏@AusFrontPage:  AFR Weekend - Saturday 3 October 2015 ...





Pure fascism ---->   Last month the Coroners Court of Victoria handed down their findings, which emphasised Mr Seemanpillai's despair at the prospect of being sent back to Sri Lanka as a significant factor in his death. ...  [Tamil Leo Seemanpillai's parents are still not allowed in to visit his grave - The Age - 3/10/15]





Protected and unaccountable Fluffy pushes against an open door --->  State governments are being encouraged to open up the delivery of health and education services to the private sector.  The push for more competition was recommended by the Harper Review, which will be put before state and territory treasurers at their next meeting, scheduled for later this month. The federal treasurer, Scott Morrison, told News Corp Australia on Saturday the review highlighted a number of areas overseen by the states “where they thought things could be done a lot better”.  ... [Guardian - 3/10/15]



RNZI [20/4/15]:

A contractor International Health and Medical Services, or IHMS, says it supports an Australian Bill that would allow its staff to use force against detainees in immigration centres.


Mary Baines reports.

"In its submission to changes on the Migration Act, IHMS, which has 260 staff at Australian-run detention centres, says it has seen an increase in violent and aggressive behaviour.

It says that includes the damaging of furniture, walls and doors, throwing objects, and some isolated incidents of inappropriate touching and physical aggression.

It says there has been a small number of serious attempts to harm IHMS staff in which individuals have had to be physically restrained by security staff.

It says given the serious repercussions should security personel not have the capability to restrain an individual who is harming themselves or another person, IHMS supports the Bill.

Opponents of the Bill say it would allow immigration officers to beat asylum seekers to death with impunity, and allow excessive force to be used in almost any circumstance."


AMA welcomes powers to sedate ice addicts [Canberra Times - 27/9/15]



Some Australian medics refuse to be silenced over refugee abuse at detention centres, Brian Martin [Open Democracy - 1/10/15]:


... The effects of long-term detention are horrific: After months or years in isolated camps in unhealthy conditions, with uncertain futures, limited opportunities for self-development, and incidents of sexual abuse, many detainees suffer physical and mental problems. Traumatized in their home countries, they are additionally traumatized by their life in the camps. Children — some of them born in the camps — are especially badly affected.

Harsh, punitive treatment of asylum seekers is a scandal. Australian politicians cultivate a fear of “boat people” for electoral purposes. Each major party has tried to outflank its opponent by being tough in the hope of causing splits in the other party, a process called “wedging.”

However, the government, whichever party is in power, also needs to reduce public outrage from its policies.

When governments break the law, harm people or do something else that might generate concern, they typically use several methods to reduce public outrage.

One common method is cover-up: If people don’t know about an abuse, they won’t be worried. Most detention centers were set up in remote parts of Australia. In recent years, they have been set up outside the Australian mainland, in Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Most journalists are prevented from gaining access to the camps.

Another key method to reduce outrage is devaluation of asylum seekers. They have been persistently called “illegals,” even though seeking asylum is legal, and “queue jumpers,” even though there is no formal queue for refugees. Some politicians suggest, without any evidence, that asylum seekers might be terrorists, though actually most are fleeing wars and terrorism.

The government provides numerous rationalizations for its policy. “Stopping the boats” has been reinterpreted as a matter of national security, to be handled by the Australian Navy, rather than a humanitarian issue.

The government has undertaken legal manipulations that are ingenious in getting around refugee commitments. For example, in 2013 parliament excised the Australian mainland from “Australia” for the purposes of the refugee convention, so that arriving at Darwin or Sydney by boat does not count as arriving in Australia and thus triggering treaty commitments. It is now impossible for asylum seekers arriving by boat to be permanently resettled in Australia.

Then there is intimidation, a technique used for several purposes. The idea of detention and, in some cases, indefinite imprisonment in harsh conditions is to send a message to potential asylum seekers not to come to Australia. Intimidation is also applied to those seeking to expose the government’s actions. This brings us to the 2015 Border Force Act, criminalizing the reporting of conditions in camps.





[New Zealand] Labour says an alleged assault at the Serco-run prison in Wiri is yet another sign the company is unfit to run New Zealand prisons and should go.  ... [RNZI - 3/10/15]



New Zealand: Israeli soldiers' talk 'a propaganda exercise'

RNZI [3/10/15]:

A university-hosted talk from two Israeli soldiers was an opportunity for them to celebrate the loss of Palestinian life in 2014, and should have never been allowed to go ahead, a group of academics says.

Raphael Wein and Naftali Gross, both 26, say they are students travelling New Zealand to observe the High Holy Days in Christchurch, but protesters say the trip is purely propaganda from the Israeli Government.

The men spoke about the part they played in Operation Protective Edge last year to a crowd of over 100 people at the Victoria University of Wellington on Tuesday to a background of chanting from protesters, and opposition from a group of academics.

Protesters lined the hallways outside the lecture room, and some managed to get inside, chanting 'free free Palestine' and 'murderers'.

A group of 23 academics also penned a letter opposing the soldiers' talk, saying it gave them a platform "to celebrate the very conflict that led to such massive Palestinian loss of life".

"Hosting Israel Defense Force apologists at Victoria will have a chilling effect for Palestinian and Arab students studying in our community, many of whom have experienced either direct loss as a result of the conflict or the more generalised threats of anti-Arab racism generated by the Israeli rhetoric of Palestinians as 'terrorists'," the letter said.

The operation was launched by Israel with the stated aim of ending rocket attacks from Gaza and destroying tunnels used by Palestinian militants.

More than 2000 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip during the operation which ran between July 8th and August 27th. The United Nations said of about 2104 Palestinians killed, 495 were children and 253 women.

Israel lost 66 soldiers, six civilians and a Thai national.

The soldiers shared their stories of death and disaster during the Gaza war in 2014, and their hopes for peace.

Mr Wein, who was born in Australia but had moved to Israel to study, was a reservist for the Israel Defense Force having already completed his mandatory military training in 2010.

He was a university student when the war broke out in 2014, sparked by the deaths of three Israeli teenagers. The country was soon in the throes of war, with rockets showering down upon the land and 80 percent of the country under attack, he said.

"Every 20 minutes you are running for cover, you can't get through a lecture, you can't get through an exam, you can hardly go to the bathroom."

Operation Protective Edge was launched after failed attempts by the Israel Defense Force to secure a ceasefire, Mr Wein said.

He said he was in the middle of a lecture when he received a phone call that would throw him into action. An automated voice told him a code and a meeting place.

"By Sunday morning we had all our gear, all our guns, all our bullets. If anything happens to Gaza we are going to serve."

He was in charge of 30 soldiers and their job was to protect the villages closest to the Gaza Strip from attacks out of the numerous tunnels dug under the Gaza border and into Israeli towns.

One day he had to pick up the bodies of five 18-year-olds who were shot dead by soldiers that tunnelled into Israel from Gaza, he said.

"I went to sleep that night and I literally cried myself to sleep thinking there were five new mothers entering the family of bereavement in Israel."

Mr Wein reiterated to those attending the lecture that Israel never stops believing in peace.

"We are not fighting a war in foreign lands, we are not fighting halfway across the world, we are defending ourselves. We are here defending our borders, our towns and our families."

The other speaker, Naftali Gross, has a different story, but it's a similar message of sparing civilians, serving his country and preventing terrorism.

He is medical student in Jerusalem, and has lived in Israel since he was six-months-old, undergoing his mandatory military training from 2009 to 2011.

Mr Gross was in the middle of medical exams when he was drafted by the IDF into Operation Protective Edge.

His mission was to protect the West Bank barrier, a controversial separation wall built in 2002 by the Israeli Government to reduce suicide bombings and terrorist attacks.

As a medic he walked with patrols from the separation wall into the city of Hebron during the early hours of the morning to avoid public attention.

They would enter houses whilst children and women were sleeping, and he would have to calm down the family while his patrol bound the wrists and covered the eyes of those they wished to arrest.

"I didn't know what was going to jump out, I always had to be sharp and 100 percent ready for someone to stab or shoot me."

One man was released with a warning as they feared his deteriorating health meant he wouldn't make it back to the fence without having a cardiac arrest, he said.

He goes further to defend the IDF's reputation, saying people need to open their eyes about the Gaza conflict and realise the efforts IDF goes to to protect civilians.

He finished his address by saying the conflict in Israel was between Israel and Hamas, terrorists and non-terrorists and that he hoped for peace.

More than 20 academics from Victoria University joined a group of students opposing the soldiers' talk.

The academics signed a letter opposing the visit, describing the talk being allowed to take part on university grounds as "astonishing".

Their letter said the operation killed 2194 people over 51 days, 1523 of which were civilians - a toll the UN said "may amount to a war crime".

"This attack had a devastating effect on educational and academic life in Gaza. Three universities, seven United Nations schools and at least 140 local schools suffered severe damage from Israeli attacks," the academics said in the letter.

"Our academic colleagues in Palestine are unable to play their part in normal scholarly life due to Israeli blockades, disruptions, and harassment of Palestinian life in Gaza and other occupied territories.

"Palestinian students have their movements restricted, and are thus unable often to take up opportunities for studies abroad or for other normal exchanges.

"It is astonishing, therefore, that an exercise in propaganda and apologetics for military violence should be hosted at a university setting under the guise of education and learning opportunities.

English Lecturer Dougal McNeill said the two men were not just travelling students and their visit was instead driven by the Israeli Government.

Mr McNeill believed the soldiers would not be allowed to speak about the operation without approval from the Israeli Defense Force.

He said it was an attempt to recover from the social media damage done during the Gaza conflict with images and personal narration ruining Israel's reputation.

"This is a desperate rear-guard attempt using academic freedom and personal experiences to win back that ground they lost."

He warned that this would not be the last time New Zealand will see such tactics.

"We should expect more of this. The Israeli state and its apologists worldwide are rattled by the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, they are rattled by growing sympathy for the Palestinian cause."

The Students for Justice in Palestine group, who picketed the university's hallway, agreed with Mr McNeill, saying the soldiers were touring the world as part of the Israeli government's attempt to justify Operation Protective Edge.

Protest organiser Ian Anderson said the talk should never have gone ahead.

"Hosting it on university grounds legitimises the occupation and the killing of civilians."




An indigenous group is calling on the United Nations to help them stop an Indian coal group building a $16.5 billion mine on their lands in Queensland.

Adani's Carmichael mine, expected to export at least 50 million tonnes of coal a year, is slated for the Galilee Basin on traditional lands of the Wangan and Jagalingou people.

Members for the indigenous group are now urging the UN's Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to intervene to protect their lands from "irreversible destruction".  ... [Nine MSN - 3/10/15]




Private dinners, lavish parties and shoulder rubbing. How coal giant Adani charmed Australia's political elite [Guardian – 21/8/15]:


... In October 2010, Queensland’s then Premier Anna Bligh travelled to India on a trade mission to promote the state’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games and “strengthen Queensland’s position as an ally and destination for future trade and investment in the eyes of the Indian market and nation leaders”.

A report tabled to the Queensland Parliament shows that Bligh’s first official meeting with Indian figures was with Adani, where the company’s owner Gautam Adani and his international development executive Harsh Mishra got to quiz the Premier about policies relating to rail lines, underground coal gasification and support for mining in the Galilee Basin.

Bligh also “agreed to attend the opening” of Adani’s offices in Brisbane later that month and extended an invitation for Adani to meet with its co-ordinator general when they were next in Brisbane.

After Campbell Newman won power for the Liberal National Party in Queensland, he led a trade mission to India too.

While there, Newman joined former Labor Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and a 76-strong business delegation for a tour of an Adani port and a power plant, reportedly getting there on a private jet.

The report on the trade mission, tabled to Parliament, shows that Mr Adani then hosted a lavish reception at his home for the entire delegation.

Judging by one freelance photographer’s images, the event was quite an affair with much handshaking all-round.

The event was part of “OzFest” – Australia’s “largest cultural festival” for which Adani was a “platinum sponsor”

In 2013, the Queensland Governent was again in India for a trade mission led by then Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and, again, the Adani company was on hand.

Seeney’s delegation travelled with Adani executive Harsh Mishra to visit an Adani-owned port and power station before Seeney had a private lunch with the company.

Later that same day, Seeney met with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now the Indian Prime Minister) and… Gautum Adani.





Laguna Quays: Homes no longer under threat from large Queensland bushfire [ABC - 2/10/15]




1. The VLAD act doesn't even mention "bikies".

2. The ALP voted for the VLAD laws.

D'Ath is pissfarting around.


Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills [Meda Release - 2/10/15]:


Chairman of bikie laws Taskforce to undertake additional statutory review

The head of the Queensland Government’s bikie laws Taskforce has agreed to also undertake a separate statutory review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said the statutory review would assist the Palaszczuk Government in determining whether the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 should expire on April 15, 2017 or whether it should continue in its current, or an amended, form.

Mrs D’Ath said the statutory review would use the expertise of former Supreme Court Justice Alan Wilson QC, complementing his work as the chairman of the Taskforce into the Organised Crime Legislation, which was due to report back by December 18.

She said that date will now be extended to March 31, 2016 so that Mr Wilson could undertake the statutory review and have that work inform the final report.

“Since the Taskforce’s work began on June 22 this year it has focused its resources on making a full and careful inquiry into the extent of the so-called bikie laws that were introduced by the former LNP government, including whether they are effective in detecting, investigating, preventing and deterring organised crime in Queensland,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“As the chairman for the VLAD Taskforce review, it makes sense for Mr Wilson to also complete the statutory review of the Criminal Organisation Act 2009 and to ensure a consistent and integrated approach to organised crime in this state.”

Mrs D’Ath said Mr Wilson would be required to complete the statutory review by December 15.

“After considering the additional work Mr Wilson will be required to do as part of the statutory review and in order to give the Taskforce appropriate time to make its recommendations, I made the decision to provide a small extension of three months.

Mrs D’Ath said the extension of time would allow the Taskforce’s members, including police, departmental staff, barristers, lawyers and the Public Interest Monitor, to assess additional material as part of its ongoing scope.

“This extension will also provide the Taskforce with additional time to consider the finding and any recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry into Organised Crime that is due to report on October 30,” she said.

“The Palaszczuk Government wants to shine a light on organised crime in all its forms, not just bikie gangs, and that’s why the Taskforce’s review is such a critical piece of the puzzle.”

Mrs D’Ath said she wished to thank Mr Wilson for his commitment to undertaking the statutory review while also chairing the Taskforce.



Individuals who have unfair convictions from unjust laws that criminalised homosexuality should be able to have their names cleared – and a major research report from legal and community organisations has developed a blueprint for reform in Queensland. ... [Human Rights Law Centre Media Release - 29/9/15]




Feel safe Queensland?  Gold Coast police chase man into Broadwater then rescue and arrest him


Anyone who behaves in an anti-social manner towards other members of the community, such as acting aggressively or in an intimidatory manner, can expect to be dealt with to the full extent of the law.


[QPS Media - 7/1/14]



Tweeting on the beat with #GCPolice & PSRT. Loads of people out enjoying a glorious Sunday arvo.

Crowds well behaved - Surfers Paradise - Image: @QPSmedia [29/9/13]



QPS Media [2/10/15]:


There is never an ordinary day when it comes to policing and officers from Southport Police Station demonstrated that recently.

At about 9:00am on Wednesday, September 30 the officers were conducting Operation Nucleus which involved a combination of bicycle patrols, quad vehicle patrols and traditional foot patrols, to provide a highly visible policing presence within the Southport CBD and Broadwater Parklands precincts.

Police were speaking with a 50-year old man on the foreshore of the parklands when they established he was wanted for breaching his court bail.

As police went to arrest the suspect he ran into the Broadwater and swam away from police towards Marina Mirage. Police called for Water Police to assist but observed the male starting to struggle in the water.

Thinking quickly, Acting Sergeant Will Davies of Southport Station gained the attention of a passing Jet Ski and sought the owner’s assistance to allow police to use the Jet Ski to arrest/rescue the suspect, who was about 200m into the Broadwater. Acting Sergeant Davies rescued the offender and towed him to shore before promptly arresting him.

The offender thanked police for saving him, before he was charged with breach of bail offences and obstruct police.

The ingenuity and resourcefulness of police in rescuing this person from the Broadwater is another example of the excellent work Southport Police do on a daily basis, and goes to show there is never a boring day at the office.




Police reject claims Tara Brown was turned away before her murder [MYGC - 1/10/15]:


A leading police officer claims young Gold Coast mother, Tara Brown, was not turned away by police in the days leading up to her murder.

Ms Brown was allegedly murdered by her ex-partner, Lionel Patea, after he ran her off the road in Molendinar last month and then beat her to death as she lay trapped in the vehicle.

There were several media reports following the incident claiming that Ms Brown had visited police a week beforehand to seek advice on breaking up with her former partner.

It was claimed Ms Brown was told to “go elsewhere”.

Gold Coast acting Chief Superintendent Michelle Stenner told AAP says those reports are inaccurate.

“The Tara Brown matter is a horrific incident, as well as the other domestic-related homicide that we had,” Supt Stenner told AAP.

Supt Stenner said she believed police did a good job, but admitted there was always room for improvement.

“I’m not saying we’re perfect,” she said.

“We can always do things better and it’s about educating our own service as well about an attitudinal change to sexual violence and domestic violence.

“In terms of our training, we have a limited time in which we can train the people that we recruit to the service, but the majority of their training is on-road and during the first five years of their service.”

Claims she was turned away are being investigated.




Murder charge after Melbourne 'hit-run' [Nine MSN - 3/10/15]




Fatal traffic crash, Woolloongabba



QPS Media [2/10/15]:


Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died after being struck by a car at Woolloongabba earlier this evening.

Initial investigations indicate around 6pm the man was crossing O’Keefe Street near the bus station when he was struck by a car.

The 80-year-old Mansfield man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital but was pronounced deceased on arrival.

The 27-year-old female driver of the car was not injured.

Investigators from the Forensic Crash Unit are appealing for anyone who many have witnessed the crash or who may have driven through the area around 6pm to contact Crimestoppers.

Investigations into the cause of the crash are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.



Fatal traffic incident, Mount Isa


QPS Media [2/10/15]:


 Police are investigating a traffic incident in which an 86-year-old man has died in Mount Isa today.

Initial information suggests around 11.15am a road train was travelling east on Marian Street when a male pedestrian entered the roadway from the footpath and made contact with the side of [was hit by] the vehicle.

The man was transported to Mount Isa Base Hospital in a critical condition but was pronounced deceased this afternoon.

The 56-year-old male driver of the truck was uninjured and is cooperating with police inquiries.

Mount Isa Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the incident and is appealing for any witnesses of the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Serious traffic crash, Springwood



QPS Media [2/10/15]:


Police are investigating a traffic crash in Springwood overnight.

Initial inquiries indicate at about 9.10pm a vehicle was travelling northbound on the Pacific Motorway when the driver stopped on the shoulder of the road to inspect the roof top cargo.

Whist inspecting the cargo he has been struck by a passing vehicle.

A man in his thirties has been taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the other vehicle stopped and has been interviewed by police.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.





A man has died after his truck rolled down the side of a mountain near Wongawallen on Thursday afternoon.

According to police, the truck was travelling along Tamborine-Oxenford Road at 3.00pm when it left the road and crashed down the embankment, leaving the driver trapped.

Police and emergency services were quick to attend the scene and removed the man from the truck.

Unfortunately, he died a short time later. ... [MYGC - 2/10/15]





Fatal traffic crash, Flinders View [QPS Media - 2/10/15]





Appeal for witnesses – Palm Beach traffic crash [QPS Media - 2/10/15]





Former Kleenmaid director jailed over offences that contributed to company's collapse [ABC - 2/10/15]





Armed robbery, Indooroopilly [QPS Media - 3/10/15]





Robbery charge, Highgate Hill [QPS Media - 2/10/15]




Armed robbery charges, Brisbane Region [QPS Media - 2/10/15]




Armed robbery, Coopers Plains [QPS Media - 1/10/15]




Steroid seizure, Morningside [QPS Media - 2/10/15]




The Taskforce Maxima Road Policing Unit have arrested a 24-year-old man for a number of serious drug offences as a result of a traffic intercept at Browns Plains yesterday.

Officers conducted a search of the man and his vehicle about midday, allegedly locating a quantity of Ice and about $6000 in cash.

He also tested positive to Methylamphetamine during a roadside drug test. The test will be sent for further analysis and pending the outcome further charges possibly will occur. ... [QPS Media - 2/10/15]




Drug charges, Durack [QPS Media - 1/10/15]




Police shutdown online synthetic drugs shop, Upper Mount Gravatt [QPS Media - 1/10/15]



Gold Coast security guard allegedly underpaid more than $7,000 [MYGC - 2/10/15]





Man taken to hospital after becoming trapped in lift for over an hour, Southport [MYGC - 2/10/15]




Four former council workers have launched damages claims worth $1 million in Queensland over alleged sexual harassment by a foreman.

The four tradesmen claim they were sacked by the Gold Coast City Council after complaining about unwanted sexual comments and behaviour directed at them by the male supervisor at their depot. ... [Yahoo - 2/10/15]



MH17 victim's partner in compensation fee dispute [Yahoo – 1/10/15]



Ralph Nader’s Tort Museum [New Yorker – 28/9/15]




Man in critical condition following workplace accident, St Lucia

Yahoo [1/10/15]:

A man's heart has been pierced after he was accidentally shot with a nailgun on a Brisbane worksite.

The 45-year-old was struck in the chest by the high-powered tool in St Lucia just before noon.

"The nail actually penetrated his heart," Queensland Ambulance Service's Dr Stephen Rashford said.

A number of critical care paramedics were dispatched to the site and urgently treated the man, he said.

The man was then rushed to an operating room at the Royal Brisbane Hospital in an induced coma.

He is in a critical condition.

A portable ultrasound was used to diagnose the injury to his heart.

Workplace Health and Safety have been advised about the incident.



Stories police officer funnelled to the Sun for cash were in public interest:  Reporter


Open Democracy [2/10/15]:

All the stories a police officer funnelled to the Sun for cash were in the public interest, the reporter who made the payments told the paper's corruption trial today.

Jamie Pyatt, the Sun's Thames Valley reporter, said he had not received a single complaint about any of the stories for which the constable provided information or photographs.

Mr Pyatt, 52, is on trial at the Old Bailey in London for aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office by paying Officer 2044 for stories published in the Sun between 2002 and 2011.

Chris Pharo, 46, Assistant Editor (News) at the country's biggest newspaper, on trial alongside Mr Pharo for the same charge, allegedly approved payments to Officer 2044.

Mr Pyatt admitted during his first day of evidence that he had lied to detectives when he told them he had not paid any police officers for their help. He now accepts that he paid Officer 2044 on 11 occasions for 13 stories.

Entering the witness box for the second day, Mr Pyatt was asked by his barrister Richard Kovalevsky QC: "Did you ever have any complaint from anybody about the content of any of these stories?"

Mr Pyatt told the court: "No, I didn't have any complaint from anybody."

Mr Kovalevsky went on: "Are they all justifiable in the public interest?"

"Absolutely," the journalist replied.

Mr Pyatt explained much of the information for the stories "was already in the public domain," saying: "One of the primary reasons for having a source was to check information."

Asked about his relationship with the police, Mr Pyatt said that he had previously had a good working relationship with officers because they appreciated that his presence on their patch meant he was a "conduit" to the country's biggest newspaper.

One example of that relationship was that in 2009, Mr Pyatt had received information from a "police contact" who had alerted him to the fact that detectives had interviewed Jimmy Savile for abusing girls at Duncroft approved school.

He told the court the police contact was not Officer 2044, a detective constable.

Mr Pyatt explained he had followed up the Savile story by contacting former Duncroft pupils on the Friends Reunited website. In an attempt to "expose" Savile while he was still alive, Mr Pyatt said he persuaded "four or five" ex-pupils to go on record saying that Savile had molested them.

But, he added, a Sun executive, whom he believed was Victoria Newton, had decided the Sun would only run the story if Surrey Police confirmed it, because Savile was "very litigious" and had previously been awarded £200,000 damages against the paper.

Mr Pyatt said Surrey police press office would not help and the Sun did run the story, against his best judgement.

He said that although phone records showed he phoned Officer 2044 several times on another story, when detectives were checking whether a body in a river was Milly Dowler, he had not managed to get through to him.

Mr Pyatt said a cash payment for help on that story had not gone to Officer 2044 - as the Crown claimed - but to a member of the public who had rung into the paper with the initial tip-off.

The veteran reporter said Officer 2044 had passed him a photograph of the "Trophy Rapist" Tony Imiela, which allowed him to investigate a tip-off that the sex offender was also a regular user of sex workers.



Their narrative --> "Radicalised youth from a middle eastern background."

Previous examples indicate that what this actually means is "Victimised, monitored and prejudged".

Cue a parade of  deeply unpopular, bigoted Australian politicians jumping on the bandwagon with the same dogwhisting lies.


... Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the captain lied ...



'Everybody Knows' Leonard Cohen [1988]




Australia’s declared war on Muslims, Ghali Hassan [Countercurrents.org - 31/12/14]:


... Muslim Australians are not “radicalised”. These are false accusations to demonise the entire Muslim community.

If some Muslim youth are “radicalised”, it is because of Australia’s complicity in U.S.-led war of aggression on Islamic countries, and more importantly, Australia’s systemic racism and racist attitudes toward Muslims in particular.

Muslim Australians are marginalised, discriminated against and often abused because of their religion and the colour of their skin. They are alienated and made to feel they do not belong here.

The government and its agencies, the Anglo-Zionist media, the police, the justice system, and the education system, including universities cannot function without a daily concentrated dose of insidious racism.

Whether in government departments, the media, the Justice system or the universities, the most indoctrinated and insidiously racist Australians control key positions.

They decide who is “Australian” and who is not. Who they employ and who they don’t. Employment in these departments and the universities is based entirely on racism and nepotism, and it is exclusively for white Anglo-Europeans. It creates a very corrupt apartheid-like system. ...





... Using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we found that from 2004 to 2013, 316,545 people died by firearms on U.S. soil. (2013 is the most recent year CDC data for deaths by firearms is available.)

This data covered all manners of death, including homicide, accident and suicide.

According to the U.S. State Department, the number of U.S. citizens killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism from 2004 to 2013 was 277. ...  [CNN - 2/10/15]



Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) is exploring merging some of its information technology and services businesses, with a value of about $4 billion, with another government services contractor, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The contemplated transaction would create the largest government services contractor in the United States and would generate an estimated $2 billion windfall for Lockheed, the people said.

Lockheed, the Pentagon's largest supplier, is looking to pay down debt following its agreement in July to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft, the helicopter unit of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N), for $9 billion in cash. ... [Reuters - 2/10/15]





Nine dead, 600 missing in Guatemala landslide [Yahoo - 3/10/15]




The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship missing off the Bahamas in heavy seas whipped up by Hurricane Joaquin was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day.

News the vessel had lost contact with shore came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the potentially catastrophic storm further away from the U.S. East Coast, but there were still warnings about the possibility of severe flooding in the Carolinas from unrelated heavy rains. ... [Reuters - 2/10/15]





A Government sanctioned environmental audit into the extraction of water at Londolovit river on Lihir island by Newcrest’s Lihir Gold Limited (LGL) has found breaches in the Environmental Permit held the company.

Australia’s North Victorian based company Moroka Pty Ltd carried out the environmental audit of the Londolovit river between May and August this year after been commissioned to do so by Conservation and Environment Protection Authority (CEPA) of the PNG Government. ... [PNG Facts - 2/10/15]


Queensland Government failed to charge Santos over 250,000 litre oil spill despite evidence [ABC – 1/10/15]



Kill Kill Kill.  It's all they know.  ---> Feral horses to be culled in north Queensland after teenager's death on Bruce Highway [ABC – 1/10/15]


... Commuter advocate Jeff Addison said the transport network would not cope with the massive population increase.

"There's no infrastructure to support it," he said.

"I mean it borders on negligence by the State Government to allow this to happen when the Sunshine Coast is predominantly serviced by a single line track." ...  $5b Caloundra South housing development to create new suburb 'Aura' [ABC - 1/10/15]



France, Germany, Poland ... ten European nations to go GMO-free [The Ecologist – 30/9/15]



Mars, Nestlé and Hershey face fresh cocoa child labour class action lawsuits [Confectionary News – 30/9/15]




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