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"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time ... but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." - Lilla Watson, aboriginal educator and activist, Brisbane
* Other Things *
Australia hasn't accepted UNHCR refugees since October 2014.
Australia is stopping people from seeking asylum by denying their right to access protection and torturing them.
The 12,000 handpicked Syrians are being used in a PR stunt to whitewash Australia's ongoing human rights atrocities of pushing back boats, refoulement and the horrors of our gulag archipelago.
That the media "opposition" politicians, academics and the human rights sector continue legitimising this deception - instead of holding the government to account - is a scandal.
Important lecture about seeking asylum - and how Australia is subverting the UN Refugee Convention ----> Professor Alison Mountz, of Harvard University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the Balsillie School of International Affairs, responds to and challenges the crisis narratives unfolding in the media as she discusses political struggles over the erosion of asylum taking place globally. This talk explores shifting geographies of migration and border enforcement in major transit sites where migrants and asylum seekers seek entry and protection. The talk dwells in islands and enforcement archipelagos, offshore sites where struggles over entry and exclusion transpire and where the infrastructure of border enforcement and detention are growing. ... [VIDEO - Centre for International Governance Innovation - 12/11/15]
We are human.
We are not animals.
In defiance of international law: How Australia stops people from seeking asylum ---> Andrew Thomas reports on the conditions of a prison in Papua New Guinea that was set up for refugees ... [VIDEO - Al Jazeera - 1/12/15]
Earlier this year you may of heard about Mohammad Albederee, an Iraqi man held in Manus Island. For more than 6 months now he's gone without food in protest against his poor medical treatment after he was allegedly beaten while in the centre. Doctors and lawyers have renewed calls to bring him to Australia for proper care as his condition worsens. But the Australian government has been reluctant to bring people seeking asylum to the mainland from the centre, with Immigration Minister Peter Dutton saying that Albederee shouldn't seek permanent resettlement. Program host Sam Baran spoke with Jeanie Walker, asylum seeker advocate and member of the South Australian Democrats, who has been working with Mohammed Albederee. Sam began by asking what state Albederee's health is currently in. ... [AUDIO - 2SER - 30/11/15]
... As Managing Contractor, Decmil was responsible for the management of all design, labour, materials, delivery, plant and equipment, access, supervision, shipping and logistics for the project. ...
Decmil Group has bought telecommunications services business SC Services for $14 million as part of its strategy to diversify its operations amidst the resources sector slowdown.
Decmil said the business had a strong historical presence in WA and a growing presence nationally. ... [West Australian - 1/12/15]
UniSuper, Transfield, Serco, Decmil and Other Super Fund Info | #DivestFromDetention [xBorder - 20/3/14]
Image: @drobwlldiad [27/11/15]
Free Reza from jail on Nauru: contact Nauruan Consulate-General [Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney - 1/12/15]:
Reza Khestinzhad, the Iranian asylum seeker who climbed the crane on Nauru on Friday 27 November, to send a message to the world about freeing the asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru, is still in jail.
He was been in jail since Nauruan police took him from the IHMS clinic on Sunday morning, 29 November.
His sister has not been allowed to see him since he was taken to the police station.
Reza was taken to the IHMS clinic on Friday, around 6.30pm, after he ended the protest and came down from the crane.
Please email or fax a message to the Nauruan consulate in Brisbane, calling for Reza Khestinzhad to be released from jail ...
Free the Children NAURU [27/11/15]:
25.11.15 Connect told to refugees in Nauru : "we have new accommodation for you" when I went there I didn't have room
I lied on the street and Nauru police arected (arrested) me and 3 strong Nauruian men with force pushed me in the police car and they kept me in the jail, still I don't have room for live.
please help me just I need a room for live.
I asked Australian connect worker (her name is (deleted) and they left me alone and Nauru police arested me and they kept me in ...the jail and they left my belongs in the street, I need your help please. still I dont have any place for live.
I am not alone,we are 4 single ladies.
This morning 27.11.15 a protest started at RPC3 one man (Name deleted) climbed to the top of a crane
He was protesting about having another interview with Australian immigration because he has had many interview and he still doesn't know about his refugee statue .
he has a message to world : ( WORLD ,KIDS IN NAURU NEED YOUR HELP )
End the torture of Nauru rape victim Nazanin's mother - bring her to her daughter's side [PETITION]:
Almost 8 months ago Nazanin, a 23 year old asylum seeker was raped in Nauru. She was found naked by the side of the road in Nauru by police officers, who allegedly kept her in the back of their car for 45 minutes while they watched fireworks. With no adequate care, Nazanin attempted suicide multiple times, resulting in kidney failure.
With the help of people like you, a Change petition helped to save Nazanin's life by bringing her to Australia for urgent treatment. The story does not end there. Four months later, Nazanin is still in hospital. Alone.
Her brother was kept in a cell and urinated on for asking Nauru guards to talk to his sister. Her mother has developed diabetes and is psychologically disturbed by her grief and separation from her critically ill daughter.
We cannot let this family's anguish go on any longer. Nazanin needs her family in order to recover from her rape and abuse. Nazanin's mother should be flown to her daughter's side. Only a mother can heal such a devastating wound.
Sign this petition and tell the Australian government - we have not forgotten about Nazanin. We do not condone the tearing apart of families and lives.
We demand that all women under our care are looked after, not isolated from their families - even refugees.
Grave fears for Australian surfers missing in Mexico after burned van found [CNN - 30/11/15]
Eight men were found dead, their throats slit, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, a local emergency services official said.
The bodies were discovered in a car in a municipality on the border with the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the official said in a message sent to Reuters on Friday evening. [Reuters - 28/11/15]
Father of missing Mexican student on how US drug war aid "being used to annihilate students" [Democracy Now - 10/4/15]:
As the Summit of the Americas commences, several U.S.-based groups and university officials have signed a letter to President Obama questioning his response to the 43 students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero for over six months.
The letter asks why the Obama administration has placed sanctions on Venezuela, but maintained normal relations with Mexico, despite the students’ disappearance.
Mexican authorities have declared the 43 students dead, saying local police acting on the orders of the mayor of Iguala attacked them and turned them over to drug gang members, who killed and incinerated them.
But so far the remains of only one of the 43 have been identified, and reports have pointed to the involvement of federal authorities.
We are joined by two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York: Antonio Tizapa is the father of missing student Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of another missing student, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa.
"What I would tell President Obama is to stop supporting Plan Mérida, because the weapons, the arms that are supposedly supporting the war against drugs, those arms are being used to annihilate our students," Tizapa says.
Sheldon Silver, one of New York's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.
A federal jury in Manhattan found Silver, 71, guilty of all seven counts he faced following a three-week trial, including fraud, extortion and money laundering.
The verdict caps a stunning fall for Silver, a Democrat who as speaker of the New York State Assembly enjoyed immense political influence before his arrest in January. ... [Reuters - 30/11/15]
French minister wants end of Wallis airport blockade [RNZI - 1/12/15]:
The French overseas minister has called for an end to the blockade of the airport of Wallis which has been shut since the beginning of last week.
George Pau-Langevin made the call in her first comment since disgruntled villagers began their action to back their demand that two locals be hired by the airport company.
She says the airport occupation is illegal.
According to the territory's public broadcaster, she has denied reports that her office has received a request by Wallisian chiefs to appoint a mediator.
Last Wednesday, the territory's prefect secured an order from the court of appeal in New Caledonia that the airport be opened immediately, threatening five Wallisian chiefs with a daily US$900 fine each for non-compliance.
The chiefs have ignored both the court ruling and the requests by the French prefect, saying they are still waiting for their letter to the minister to be delivered.
The blockade, which has affected mainly links with New Caledonia, has stranded hundreds of people and is causing growing disruption.
The people of North Fly in Western Province continue to suffer from the lack of clean water and food.
North Fly Disaster Coordinator Greg Isau says a report of those affected in six LLGs was sent to Waigani five months ago and to date no relief assistance had reached the people.
Situation reports compiled from the district state that a total of nine hotspots have been severely affected.
Isau says the Olsobip LLG is now in category 4 with water sources drying up. ... [PNG Loop - 1/12/15]
Marshall Islands representatives are among 120 leaders who will meet in Paris for the UN climate talks to seek a deal to cut back on global emissions. ... [VIDEO - Canberra Times - 29/11/15]
200 arrested amid violent protests at Paris climate talks [TIME - 30/11/15]
The capitals of the world's two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are among the participants. ... [Reuters - 30/11/15]
China factory gas leak: 10 killed in Shandong province [Zee News – 30/11/15]
Eight civilians dead as Saudi jets hit new areas in Yemen [Press TV - 30/11/15]
Heavy fighting in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has forced more than 30 hospitals and medical facilities to close.
Doctors say they also face an acute shortage of supplies.
In addition to that, the humanitarian situation is getting worse by the day.
Many homes are without power, food and water are scarce, and supplies cannot get in. ... [Al Jazeera - 30/11/15]
Israel's Jerusalem District Court on Monday convicted two Israelis for the murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir last summer, with a third suspect who admitted to the killing escaping conviction on the grounds of his mental health. ... [Maan - 30/11/15]
Israel suspends dialogue with EU bodies involved in peace process [Maan - 29/11/15]
Israeli forces issued an order for the closure of a Hebron radio station on Sunday morning, the third news outlet to be shut by Israel this month in the occupied West Bank city. ... [Maan - 29/11/15]
Why has UN rebuilt just one house in Gaza? [Electronic Intifada - 29/11/15]
... Despite G4S' role in human rights abuses in Palestine and across the world, the UN is contracting G4S to provide it with security services worth more than US$22 million each year.
In doing so, the UN is contradicting its own stated contracting principles and turning a blind eye to the role that G4S plays in Israel's oppression of Palestinians and in human rights abuses all over the world. ... Tell the UN to drop its contracts with Israeli Occupation prison contractor G4S
At least 20 insurgents have been killed and 10 others wounded during airstrikes in the Chardara district of northern Kunduz and Jawzjan provinces, a security officials said on Monday. ... [Pajhwok - 30/11/15]
Two Taliban Commanders killed in Sar-e-Pul [TOLO News - 30/11/15]
UN peacekeeper among 12 killed in Ugandan rebel attack in DR Congo [Yahoo - 29/11/15]
Lawyers for two journalists from an Turkish opposition newspaper on Monday appealed a court ruling to detain them on spying charges over a report suggesting Ankara had shipped arms bound for Syria, the daily said. ... [Ahram - 30/11/15]
At least five civilians including a child have died following Iraqi army shelling on residential areas in and around the city of Fallujah, medical sources say. ... [Al Jazeera - 30/11/15]
A military statement has ordered civilians to leave the "Islamic State"-held city, without giving further details.
Some analysts believe a major US-led operation to retake the city is imminent.
Monday's statement was broadcast on Iraqi state TV, requesting that Ramadi civilians leave the city from its southern Himaira area. No further details were given. ... [Deutsche Welle - 30/11/15]
81 Syrians arrested for "living illegally" in Lebanon [Daily Star - 30/11/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [29/11/15]:
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.
Strikes in Syria
Remotely piloted aircraft conducted three strikes in Syria:
-- Near Raqqah, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL vehicles.
-- Near Dayr Az Zawr, one strike destroyed an ISIL front-end loader.
Strikes in Iraq
Bomber, fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 19 strikes in Iraq, coordinated with and in support of Iraq’s government:
-- Near Huwayjah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and wounded an ISIL fighter.
-- Near Qaim, two strikes struck two ISIL bomb-making facilities.
-- Near Fallujah, one strike destroyed an ISIL rocket rail.
-- Near Habbaniyah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, an ISIL sniper position, and an ISIL building.
-- Near Hit, one strike destroyed an ISIL-used bridge.
-- Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Mosul, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Qayyarah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Ramadi, seven strikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL heavy machine gun position, two ISIL buildings, two ISIL weapons caches, wounded an ISIL fighter, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
-- Near Sinjar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Tal Afar, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
@munduhurbila [29/11/15]: A local man makes fire after the arrival of a boat to warm up the people #Lesbos #refugees #refugiados
Beloved Japanese artist who depicted horrors of war dies at 93 [Reuters - 30/11/15]:
An award-winning Japanese manga artist, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War Two helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93.
Shigeru Mizuki, a beloved household name in Japan, was an art student when he was drafted in 1942 and sent to fight in New Guinea, where he lost his left arm and witnessed scenes that haunted him for the rest of his life.
Debuting in 1957, Mizuki went on to write manga dealing with the U.S. wartime bombing, the abuse he and other military recruits suffered under their emperor-worshipping commanders during World War Two, and a biography of Adolf Hitler.
In 1979, he illustrated "The Darkness of the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor" about the lives of workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant that was crippled by the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.
A 1991 piece in an educational magazine depicted wartime abuses committed by Japanese soldiers in China and Korea, including one scene where a soldier boasts of testing his new sword on "five or six" civilians.
But he was probably best known for "Ge-ge-ge no Kitaro," a manga series about a young ghost boy fighting off a series of monsters based on Japanese folklore that was subsequently made into an animated series that ran for several years.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has asked New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor to urge his government to issue a policy to protect Indonesian migrant workers.
Previously, Susi stated that up to 61,000 Indonesian boat crewmembers were allegedly being treated as slaves on foreign fishing boats operating in New Zealand waters. ... [Jakarta Post - 30/11/15]
I was in an Indonesian jail for eight or nine months when I was 16 years old. I was trying to meet my Dad in Australia. Now I'm 18 years old and alone in Malaysia.
Rohingya refugee in Penang
It’s been six months since as many as 1,000 Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar died in the Andaman Sea. And still, neighboring nations remain resistant to recognizing the Rohingya people’s rights as refugees. ... [Refugees International - 17/11/15]
Myanmar's President, army chief to hold talks with Suu Kyi [Yahoo - 30/11/15]
Police stabbed me then urinated in my mouth – Victim’s aunt [PNG Loop – 29/11/15]:
The woman who was in the company of her nephews when one was killed on Thursday night says she was urinated on after she resisted a policeman.
Londe Pindia was seated in the back of the CRV her late nephew was driving when they were chased by police.
She says after her nephew Nelson Rema was shot dead and the other Private James Beno wounded a policeman tried to drag her away from the car and make her lie down.
“I fought off a policeman which resulted in me being wounded with a kitchen knife and ordered to lie down on the ground,” Pindia says.
She told reporters she was ordered to lie down and open her mouth.
“This policeman urinated into my mouth and told me to drink it,” Pindia recalls.
She resisted the policeman because she feared he was going to rape her.
Pindia also said after shooting, the policemen spat and urinated on their bodies.
The incident on Thursday night sparked retaliation by soldiers who say they were looking for their comrade who was missing after Rema was shot dead.
Soldiers told LOOP PNG they started looking for private Bono at 9:30 and found him at 3:30 am Friday morning at the emergency area of Port Moresby General Hospital.
Bono who is suffering from bullet wounds alleges police had taken him in their vehicle and tortured him until early hours of Friday morning.
Soldiers say they retaliated on Friday morning because their comrade could have died from loss of blood.
The families of the late Rema are calling for police to investigate events of the night and have those responsible arrested and charged.
... The children told their lawyer Masalhah that the IDF soldier did not give them water and food, and when they asked for water, the IDF urinated over their faces and ordered them to open their mouths to drink. They then forced them to drink the water in the toilet seat and took some pictures. ... [Occupied Palestine - 10/12/10]
What the bones remember: Israeli doctors talk torture [+972 - 1/4/14]
Asylum seeker on Nauru jailed after attempting suicide
... In one of the photos sent to us his wife and 5 year old child can be seen crying. ... [Tamil Refugee Council]
Refugee advocates are concerned for a Sri Lankan asylum seeker on Nauru who has been jailed after he attempted to commit suicide at the detention centre there.
The Tamil Refugee Council, based in Australia, says the 30-year-old man climbed up a tree and remained there for nine hours on Sunday, threatening to jump.
Its spokesperson, Aran Mylvaganam, says the man's refugee application was rejected recently, after being in detention for two and a half years.
Mr Mylvaganam says detention centre workers told the man he and his family would receive help if he came down, but when he did, the police arrested him.
"The police came and arrested him and according to the information we are getting from the refugees inside the centre he is in jail but we don't know the reasons why the police have arrested him. It may be illegal for someone to attempt suicide in Nauru, that may be the case."
Ex Nauru refugees jailed in Darwin concentration camp begin hunger strike after being tricked by Australian government
We have some asylum seekers, but that’s pretty much stopped.
We have stopped the boats with our policies, which are regarded as cruel by many people.
But I have to say again, our policy on border protection is harsh, but it has been absolutely demonstrated that it is better than any other alternative.
Israel and Australia: A conversation with Turnbull [Jewish Journal - 25/8/15]
Refugee Action Coalition, Sydney [30/11/15]:
Sixteen, out of a group of 27, asylum seekers brought from Nauru a year ago to be released, have begun a hunger strike in the Darwin detention centre at Wickham Point to draw attention to their plight.
The sixteen (11 Palestinian, 1 Iraqi, 2 Lebanese) began the hunger strike nine days ago.
Three of the Palestinian hunger strikers were hospitalised on Sunday 29 November.
Out of desperation, both of the Lebanese cut their wrists on Saturday night.
The 27 were among the asylum seekers who were charged after the riots on Nauru in July 2013, which substantially destroyed the original detention centre.
No evidence about any involvement in the riot was ever presented against them.
In September 2014, they were offered a deal to get off Nauru.
At the time, they had already been waiting 14 months for a trial to clear their names.
They were told that if they pleaded guilty to ‘unlawful assembly’, no conviction would be recorded.
They were told that after some community service on Nauru, they would sent to Australia and be released while their refugee claims were assessed in Australia.
The 27 were brought to Australia on 1 November, 2014 and expected to be released on bridging visas by Christmas 2014.
A year later and they are stillwaiting; and are still being told their applications for bridging visas are on Peter Dutton’s desk.
All the other asylum seekers who had been held in Nauru prior to July 2013 have been released on bridging visas and are living in the community.
On 10 October, 2015, around 11 asylum seekers from Nauru, who had similarly been charged after the riot, but who were only transferred to Australia in April 2015, were released.
“The injustice is obvious. The department of immigration has broken the promises made to these asylum seekers. Everyone who followed the case, understood that they would be released on bridging visas a year ago,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
“These guys should be released. There is no excuse for keeping them in detention. It is arbitrary detention and bureaucratic delay at its worst.”
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Not one Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the riot trials.
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Turnbull and Dutton continue Abbott, Morrison, Gillard, Bowen, Rudd, O'Connor and Burke's persecution of these men [ABC - 21/7/13]:
... Immigration Minister Tony Burke says those responsible will be subject to the criminal laws of Nauru and could face severe penalties.
He has hinted that he could cancel or refuse a visa for those involved in the riots on the grounds of character.
"And now I can't prejudge that test before individual applications come to me, if I do it simply creates a legal problem with the possible overturning of my decision," he said.
"But I don't think it would take much guessing for people to work out how incidences like what we've seen overnight in Nauru reflect on character."
Nauru Senate Inquiry Public Hearing [20/8/15]:
... Senator HANSON-YOUNG: In relation to the issue of zipping, can you explain to the committee how you know about that? You have described it in quite a bit of detail. Did you see that occur yourself?
Mr Nichols: I did not actually see the action occur but I have had numerous conversations with people known to me with regard to it: that members of the ERT had secured asylum seekers to their beds with zip ties, cable ties, and thrown them into the air. This occurred after the riots. Personally, I believe it to be retribution.
Senator JOHNSTON: My last question, Mr Nichols—and I do thank you for your cooperation seriously; it is obviously not easy revisiting these things. What was the building where you saw the person wet and coughing up water?
Mr Nichols: This is a tent in Bravo compound.
Senator JOHNSTON: A tent—
Mr Nichols: Yes.
Senator JOHNSTON: in Bravo compound. Whereabouts in Bravo compound?
Mr Nichols: The actual compound is comprised solely of tents.
Senator JOHNSTON: Does this tent have an identification?
Mr Nichols: It would be tent 11.
Senator JOHNSTON: Tent 11. So you saw someone wet and coughing up water coming out of tent 11?
Mr Nichols: That is correct. …
... Mr Nichols: There is a strong culture of what has often be referred to as RAR, Royal Australian Regiment. A lot of the staff over there are ex-military—whether it be the New Zealand Defence Force or the Australian Defence Force—and a lot of them still harbour the hatred towards whom they perceive to be the enemy, which are the people that they are supposed to be providing care for. ...
Nauru Senate Inquiry - Supplementary Submission [Mr Jon Nicholls No. 95.1]:
... Despite what one may find on the internet, at no time has Mr Nichols suggested waterboarding etc was part of some organised intelligence gathering for whomever - he says it occurred in a modern day 'Lord of of the Flies' - 'Stanford Experiment' type situation - the guilty parties did it for mere enjoyment and human nature is what it is.
There is no protection on Nauru from this behaviour because there is no Rule of Law, just arbitrary, crude and evil behaviour. ...
This is wrong.
Why is it happening?
I'd like an explanation please Xavier Rudd.
... “My biggest problem with society now is the mass production and no one even considering all those lives that are being factory farmed for human greed” ... Xavier Rudd shows his vegetarian spirit [PETA - 5/12/12]
KFC has revived its Home Cricket Ground cricket campaign with a new TV ad celebrating some of the rituals people have while watching the game.
Earlier this month KFC’s marketing head Nikki Lawson admitted the first incarnation of the campaign had achieved a form of accidental authenticity by moving away from ads starring cricketers to more real people.
The ad is once again created by Ogilvy Sydney and sees sports fans young and old enjoying their favourite rituals and messing about while eating KFC.
The campaign also sees the brand become the first globally to partner with listening app Shazam across packaging and media touchpoints.
Lawson said in a statement: “For almost 15 years KFC has been supporting and celebrating cricket in Australia. We’re thrilled to be celebrating Australians’ HCGs and rituals, activities and fun that happens across the country. We see the HCG as a place where all cricket fans are free to be their true selves and we can’t wait to help deliver this with a number of new initiatives and KFC firsts.”
“For the past five years, the KFC T20 Big Bash League has become synonymous with Aussie summer bringing energy and excitement to HCGs around the country. With even more stars recently confirmed from Australia and across the world, the 2015-16 season is set to be the biggest and best yet. We’re so excited for the league kicking off in January.”
However the brand has nopt totally abandoned the use of players creating a series of short videos with some of Australia’s top talent including Steve Smith, George Bailey, Mitchell Starc, Shaun Marsh and David Warner, talking about their time growing up in the HCG. ...
Santa Claus arrived in an army truck to acknowledge the 100 year commemoration of World War One.
He arrived at Buchanan Park with representatives of the Mount Isa RSL sub-branch to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with Mount Isa children on Sunday evening. ... [North West Star - 30/11/15]
Pedestrian killed by car, Oakey [Brisbane Times - 30/11/15]:
A pedestrian has died after a suspected hit and run in Queensland's Darling Downs.
The man was found in the town of Oakey about 4.45am on Monday, the Queensland Ambulance Service said.
He was declared dead at the scene and police are investigating after a member of the public found him lying on the side of Hamlyn Road.
"We suspect it was a hit and run," a Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said.
Navy chief Tim Barrett has apologised to the family of a woman murdered by her former sailor boyfriend over the service's involvement in his funeral.
Coulson was interred with full military honours with his coffin carried by uniformed sailors. ... [Nine MSN - 30/11/15]
Police divers have resumed searching the river where the body of Queensland schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer was found.
Tiahleigh, 12, was last seen alive on October 30 when she was dropped off at Marsden State High School by her foster carer.
Her body was discovered on the bank of the Pimpama Rivera on the Gold Coast by three fisherman six days later.
Investigators returned to the river on Monday to search for clues, while further SES searches are expected nearby later this week.
SES crews have previously combed land surrounding Marsden High, with police appealing for CCTV and dashcam footage from Chambers Flat Road outside the school.
Police are yet to identify a suspect or determine her cause of death. [Yahoo - 30/11/15]
April and Ian Bailey cold case murder under review [Brisbane Times - 30/11/15]:
... April and Ian Bailey were found dead in their Deception Bay home on May 28, 2004.
The first of three emergency calls from the area, made before the fire was lit, captured what was believed to be Mr Bailey's scream.
Investigators believed April, 29, and her 31-year-old brother were murdered before the house was set alight about 1.50pm, with accelerant used around their bodies.
Ms Bailey's four-year-old daughter was unharmed when emergency services found her wandering in the yard of the blackened Warren Crescent home.
A $250,000 award was issued in 2006 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of those responsible.
A second triple zero call, believed to have been made by the four-year-old, recorded an argument in the background and a neighbour made a third call to alert emergency services to the fire.
Detectives from the Homicide Group and Moreton District CIB have been reviewing the case, more than 10 years on. ...
A 35-year-old man is in custody and assisting detectives with their investigations into the death of a 24-year-old man in Bundaberg on November 27. ... [QPS Media - 30/11/15]
Two people have died after a truck and car collided on a major southeast Queensland highway.
A third person was injured in the crash on the Pacific Motorway at Eight Mile Plains, south of Brisbane, and is being treated at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. ... [Yahoo - 30/11/15]
Truck engulfed in flames on Logan Motorway [MYGC - 30/11/15]
Police are investigating a crash between a motorcycle and a car at Broadbeach in the early hours of this morning.
Initial investigations suggest around 3am a motorcycle travelled through an intersection and collided with a car.
Prior to this collision a police vehicle attempted to intercept the motorcycle which was reportedly travelling at high speed on the Gold Coast Highway.
The motorcycle failed to stop.
The male rider sustained multiple injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
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.
Police officer suspended Northern Region [QPS Media - 30/11/15]
A police prosecutor failed to apply to have a prisoner appearing in court handcuffed before he jumped the dock and tried to escape, Queensland's chief magistrate says.
Orazio Rinaudo says media reports that Southport magistrate Bernadette Callaghan had refused to allow police officers to put the man in handcuffs for his court appearance were incorrect.
Magistrate Rinaudo said the prosecutor had made no application to handcuff the man, who escaped from a domestic violence courtroom on Friday before being caught by officers near the complex's glass security doors. [Yahoo - 30/11/15]
Elderly patient abandoned for eight hours at Fiona Stanley Hospital [WA Today - 29/11/15]
Senior Catholic education officials warned a Melbourne principal that children were not safe to be left alone with the school's new priest, the child abuse royal commission has heard.
But when former St James Primary School principal Patricia Taylor took her concerns about incoming priest Wilfred "Billy" Baker to her regional bishop Peter Connors, she claimed he told her "once a paedophile always a paedophile".
She said she did not hear from the bishop again and that Baker was appointed to the parish a short time later. ... [Sydney Morning Herald - 30/11/15]
“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything”
― Albert Einstein
Andrew Hastie MP joins chorus of Frydenberg/Murdoch anti Islam incitement. Non Murdoch media unquestioningly repeat. Civil, human rights groups, interfaith organisations, "opposition", Greens .... "crickets" ....
... Calls for Muslims to reject terrorism are presented as an innocent suggestion, a piece of well-intentioned advice. But, in reality, these calls for condemnations often further entrench the stereotype that Muslims and their religion are inextricably tied to violence. ... [Informed Comment - 14/11/15]
The end of history: Australia's political and media establishment express sudden and urgent interest in Japanese whaling and the Eureka Stockade
Peter Greste says Julie Bishop’s death stare helped get him out of prison [Buzzfeed - 26/3/15]
Second reading debate on bill to strip citizenship scheduled to resume in the Senate this week: Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015
Journalist Mohamed Fahmy says Tory law made him fear losing Canadian citizenship [Huffington Post - 9/11/15]
Trudeau government plans to scrap two-tier citizenship [The Straight -7/11/15]:
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister John McCallum says he'll soon eliminate the government's ability to strip people of Canadian citizenship.
"I can't tell you exactly the date," McCallum said on CBC Radio's The House. "We have a loaded agenda."
The former Conservative government passed Bill C-24, the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act.
It allows citizenship to be revoked if a Canadian born in another country is convicted of terrorism.
McCallum said that terrorists with Canadian citizenship should be sent to jail. "A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian."
He also told The House that he won't wait for a legal challenge to wind its way through the courts before eliminating two-tier citizenship.
In August, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers filed documents in court, alleging that the provision is unconstitutional.
"Bill C-24 is anti-immigrant, anti-Canadian, and antidemocratic," BCCLA executive director said in a news release last summer.
"It undermines—quite literally—what it means to be Canadian."
Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste seeks pardon from Egypt [Democracy Now - 28/9/15]
Journalist Peter Greste has questioned the Abbott government's proposal to strip Australian citizenship from terrorism suspects, saying that as a dual national who has been accused of terrorism charges, he would be a 'prime candidate'. The al-Jazeera reporter spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison after being accused of aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Speaking at the Lowy Institute on Wednesday, Greste said 'due process underpins democracy' and 'to take away judicial oversight and hand it to a political figure is a very, very dangerous thing to do'. [VIDEO - Guardian - 11/6/15]
Religious fundamentalist fascists believe the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth
Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed that the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda. ... [Reuters - 29/11/15]
... The videos were made over a period of 30 months, and have been released at a pace of about one a week. The purpose has been to increase exposure, including media coverage, and to allow the public more time to consume and react to each video. Americans United for Life began working with CMP beginning in January 2015, providing them with advice. There were widespread protests at PPFA affiliates. The debate over abortion was reinvigorated. ...
Victims in Colorado clinic shooting include Iraq war veteran [New York Times - 29/11/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [29/11/15]:
A roadside bomb attached to a car owned by an employee of mayoralty of Baghdad has exploded in A'dhamiya area north of Baghdad........
Ta'ameem: 4 dead bodies of unidentified persons shot have been found in Rokhan area in Laylan nahiya east of Kirkuk.......
Baghdad: A roadside bomb was exploded near shops in Hamamiyat Village in Taji district north of Baghdad today morning resulted in two deaths and 9 injuries .....
At least 44 people were killed and scores wounded on Sunday in a suspected Russian air strike on a crowded marketplace in Idlib province, activists have told Al Jazeera.
The strikes hit the town of Ariha, which is controlled by the Army of Conquest, a rebel alliance which includes the Nusra Front, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
In addition to the market, several other areas of the town were hit, the group said. ... [Al Jazeera - 29/11/15]
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