SPRING HILL VOICE

 

STOP THE LIES!

 

END THE POLICY!

 

FREE THE REFUGEES!

 

For over 3 years the Australian media, human rights establishment and snouts in the trough NGOs have remained largely oblivious to the articulate and effective protests and resistance on Nauru and Manus Island.

 

Their infantilization, victim blaming, intellectual dishonesty, endless opinionating, seminars, forums and partisan pantomimes have played a key role in keeping the (illegal) policy - and its deliberately deadly impacts - beyond scrutiny.

 

"WHERE IS FREEDOM?  AFTER THREE YEARS!" 

 

 

 

Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, April 2016

 

 

... The great achievement of this movement was to send a message of freedom to people all around the globe.  ... Viva Freedom: Message to Australia from Manus Island following the mass hunger strike in January 2015.

 

 

Australia, exceptional in its brutality, Behrouz Boochani [25/4/16]:

 

... These island camps on Manus and Nauru can be conceived similarly to the wheel cages that criminals, those accused and those sentenced to death, were put in and taken to cities to represent and advertise the power of violence.

I should mention that all journalists, human rights defenders and politicians against offshore detention have unintentionally been in line with this policy and the government’s purposes as they are playing a critical role in advertising the violence and exporting it to the globe.  ...

 

 

Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island [2015]

 

 

‏@Jay_Williams003 [7/12/16]:  S195/2016 (Manus Island detention case) was adjourned for two weeks for the parties to negotiate a special case.

 

 

More on Manus Island political prisoners' High Court challenge [The Conversation - 5/5/16]

 

 

ABC [4/5/16]:

 

... A solicitor for the group, Mathew Byrnes, also called for a Royal Commission into the operation of the Manus Island centre.

"In addition to the orders being sought from the High Court in these applications, we are of the view that there is an urgent need for an inquiry or a Royal Commission in relation to the arrangements," Mr Byrnes said.

Mr Byrnes said any inquiry should be headed by retired High Court justice Michael Kirby. ...

 

 

On 26 April 2016, the PNG Supreme Court ruled Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island illegal.

 

 

Medical neglect aspect of Australia's anti-refugee "deterrence" policy takes considerable effort to defend: Doctors 4 ALP [Sydney Morning Herald - 6/12/16]

 

 

Only 3 months of anti-refugee torture, exile and turnback policy to go until the "Refugee Alternatives" conference! [Refugee Council of Australia]

 


In Cairo, Ethiopia's Oromos protest the UNHCR [Reuters – 6/12/16]:

 

In Egypt, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been the target of bitter criticism and even violent protest this year.

Protests at the agency's Cairo headquarters - including one man setting himself on fire - have been led by Oromos, the single biggest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

The Oromos say the UNHCR - which by agreement with the Egyptian government has responsibility for determining asylum applications in Egypt - has routinely rejected their asylum claims.

The Oromos claim the UN agency has been hostile to their allegations of discrimination, persecution and even torture by the government of Ethiopia.

Protests and a government crackdown in Ethiopia have left 140 (the government estimate) or 314 (Human Rights Watch) dead since July and pushed thousands of people to flee the country.

UNHCR said the criticism is unfounded. It conceded there had been delays to processing applications but said those were caused by a shortage of resources.

It was "absolutely not true to say we reject everyone," said Tariq Argaz, a UNHCR spokesman.

Nevertheless, an increasing number of Oromos in Cairo have tried to get to Europe this year.

Almost half of the estimated 150 Ethiopians who drowned in a sinking on April 9 joined the voyage straight from the UNHCR protest, according to relatives and survivors, who said the UN agency effectively pushed them to risk the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

"We have come to feel in Cairo, it is Europe or death!" said Arafat Abdulrahman, an Oromo who lost several friends in the April disaster.

He set off for Italy himself and arrived safely in July.

Muaz Mahmud, the Oromo migrant who lost his wife Duniya and their two-month-old baby in the shipwreck, is furious with the UN.

"If our case had been taken seriously we would have waited for the UN to make a decision," he said.

"We wouldn't have dared to leave. But we lost hope."

Mahmud, 25, said he fled Ethiopia after being arrested for protesting.

He said police had tortured him with electric shocks.

"'You don't have the right to speak,'" he said they told him.

"'If you want to be silent and live silently, you go ahead and live silently.'"

...

In late April, UNHCR in Cairo agreed to work with Oromo groups to resolve the growing dispute there.

But 40 or so refugees remained camped outside the agency's office.

 In July, Getu Ayana, 26, doused himself with petrol and lit a match. Another migrant, Asli Nure, tried to put out the flames.

Her clothes caught alight, and both died. According to other Oromos, the self-immolation was in protest at the high number of rejected asylum claims.

Argaz, the UNHCR spokesman, said staff helped get the two medical attention.

He said every refugee application is treated on its merits and processed in a transparent and fair way.

Abdo Mohamed, chairman of the Oromo Sons Refugee Association in Cairo, said frustrations remains.

"The UNHCR have promised to work on this issue but they are still rejecting people," he said.

 

 

“Omid was doing well, enduring hardships for better future. What happened to Omid’s hope? Who has taken his hope? Who has taken our hope, our Omid? Who has made the life so bitter for him?”

 

(And why isn't anyone interested in pursuing the truth?  Doesn't Omid's wife and family deserve that?)

 

[Guardian - 21/5/16]

 

 

Omid [ABC - 29/4/16]

 

 

Questions the UNHCR have not yet answered --->  ... Why we are treated so inhumanely??? Why the humanitarian organizations around the world (UNHCR, Amnesty International, US Committee for Refugees) are the silent spectators on the inhumane treatment and harsh policy of Australian Government. To UNHCR from refugees on Nauru [13/5/16]

 

 

Austria to fine or jail migrants who lie to authorities [Reuters - 6/12/16]

 

 

Bosnian police on Tuesday arrested eight Bosnian Serbs suspected of killing around 120 Bosniak and Croat men and boys in northwest Bosnia at the start of the 1992-95 war. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]

 

 

Israel deports African World Council of Churches official over BDS ties [teleSUR - 6/12/16]

 

 

Syrian expatriate raises Syrian flag in Antarctica [SANA - 6/12/16]

 

 

Syrian army restores security to several neighborhoods in Aleppo city [SANA - 6/12/16]

 

 

Terrorists fired rocket shells at a center for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in al-Nairab camp east of Aleppo city.

SANA’s correspondent said that terrorists located in the southeastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city fired rocket shells at an UNRWA center in al-Nairab Camp, injuring 6 people and causing massive damage to a warehouse belonging to the center which contained food and relief supplies. ... [SANA - 6/12/16]

 

 

@AlertNet [6/12/16]: ... Displaced Iraqis who fled #mosul wait to fill fuel used for cooking and lighting, at Khazer camp, Iraq.

 

 

Iraqi army launches fresh assault toward Mosul centre [Reuters - 6/12/16]:

 

... Islamic State's news agency appeared to confirm the advance, saying three car bombers struck the troops near Salam hospital.

A Reuters team saw thick black smoke rising from the area around the hospital.

"We made good advances today," said a soldier who identified himself as Abu Ahmed.

...

A colonel in the armored division said Tuesday's assault, launched at 6 a.m., aimed to ultimately reach Mosul's Fourth Bridge, the southernmost of five bridges spanning the river.

The bridge, like three others, has been hit by U.S.-led air strikes to prevent Islamic State sending reinforcements and suicide car bombs across the city to the eastern front.

The last and oldest bridge, built in the 1930s, was targeted on Monday night, two residents said.

The structure was not destroyed, but the air strikes made two large craters in the approach roads on both sides. ...

 

 

‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [6/12/16]:

Nineveh: News agencies: The US-led coalition air forces has mistakenly targeted the government forces near salam Hospital southeast of Mosul.

Nineveh: News agencies: 3 car bomb explosions have targeted the government forces in wihda neighborhood southeast of Mosul, further details unknown.

 

Ta'ameem: The director of a radio station called Baba Gurgur belonging to the state-run Iraqi Media Networ was killed when a militant attack targeted him in Urooba neighborhoodin the middle of Kirkuk.

 

Baghdad: 6 persons were either killed or wounded as an IED exploded in Baghdad Al-Jadeeda area east of Baghdad.

 

Ta'meem: The government forces have arrested 135 persons mostly displaced people in Urooba neighborhood and Nasir area east of Kirkuk.

 

 

Right makes might, not other way around: Obama proclaims as he sums up his murderous legacy [RT - 6/12/16]

 

 

United States continues bombing everyone, especially in Iraq and Syria [US Department of Defense - 6/12/16]

 

 

Pushing back the bottleneck: Netherlands funds IOM to coerce stranded migrants in Libya to fuck off and die [Media Release - 6/12/16]

 

 

Europol to investigate mass drowning in April, as war rages and momentum for keeping migrants out intensifies [BBC - 6/12/16]

 

 

Over 1,300 migrants have been rescued from the Mediterranean over the past 48 hours with 16 bodies recovered, the Italian coastguard said on Monday evening. ... [The Local - 6/12/16]

 

 

Hamid Khazaei inquest hears more banality of evil accounts of aberrant medical care at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Manus Island [ABC - 6/12/16]

 

@mdskar [6/12/16]:  #Rohingya boat casualties increased to 26, 5 returned alive & 4 missing as #Burmese Border Guards' shooting rampage capsized 3 boats on Dec4

 

@nslwin [6/12/16]:  #Rohingya dead body floating in #Teknaf #Bangladesh. According to local they have got 3 Rohingya dead bodies within today, Dec 6th.

 

 

70-year-old Rohingya man in critical condition following attack by Burmese troops [Rohingya Vision - 6/12/16]

 

 

Note these names for future reference:  Queuing up to give their blessing to genocide under the loving, watchful eye of the United States [FMT - 6/12/16]:

 

Malaysian armed forces chief Gen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin met Myanmar’s president U Htin Kyaw and commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing here yesterday.

Acording to the Myanmar Times, the meeting was to smoothen Myanmar-Malaysia ties following the harsh critisicm of the Myanmar government by Prime Minister Najib Razak at a rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday. ...

 

 

After 2 months of atrocities, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi travels to Myanmar for a progress report on Aung San Suu Kyi's genocide [ANTARA News - 6/12/16]

 

 

"Co-operation gap", "durable solutions" and a spoonful of Kofi makes the genocide go down ... [Myanmar Times - 6/12/16]

 

 

LRA fighter Dominic Ongwen faces charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity linked to attacks on refugee camps in northern Uganda [Reuters - 6/12/16]

 

 

Khmer Rouge Tribunal hears of ambush before Commander’s suicide [Cambodia Daily - 6/12/16]

 

 

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ripped into critics of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and suggested that the U.S. look in the mirror rather than criticize Cambodia for cracking down on post-election demonstrators.

“Things that have happened in Cambodia have also happened in the U.S.,” Mr. Hun Sen said in a speech to inaugurate a new Coca-Cola factory in Phnom Penh.

“There are always demonstrations after elections in Cambodia [and] this time after the [U.S.] election, demonstrations erupted in the U.S. in many states.”

“Your Excellency needs to look at your country, not just talk about others,” Mr. Hun Sen said, addressing U.S. Ambassador William Heidt, who attended the inauguration.

“If what happened in the U.S. last month…is not wrong, it is also not wrong in Cambodia.” ... [Cambodia Daily - 6/12/16]

 

 

The Philippine Marine Corps on Sunday has augmented its forces securing coastal towns in Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao provinces with an additional battalion to help local authorities address fanatical Islamic militants. ... [Philstar - 6/12/16]

 

 

Philippine Vice-President resigns, promises to lead opposition to Duterte policies [South China Morning Post - 5/12/16]

 

 

President Park Geun-hye hinted in a meeting with Saenuri leaders Tuesday on her departure from office, that she would face impeachment.

Chung Jin-suk, floor leader of the ruling Saenrui Party said at Cheong Wa Dae in the afternoon that the president had not explicitly said that she would step down in April, instead indicating that she would face impeachment “according to legal procedure.” 

The meeting came three days before the National Assembly vote on an impeachment bill which, if passed, will immediately suspend her presidential power. ... [Korea Herald - 6/12/16]

 

 

Japanese navy veteran recalls Pearl Harbour 75 years on [Japan Today – 6/12/16]:

 

... Both Pearl Harbor and Hiroshima have mythic symbolism in their respective countries and are deeply intertwined in historical justifications.

Without Pearl Harbor there would have been no Hiroshima, goes one argument. Another is that a conventional attack on a military base is not the moral equivalent of targeting civilians with nuclear weapons. ...

 

 

The cause of several suicides among US airmen stationed in Japan is under investigation, Stars and Stripes reports.

A preliminary investigation suggests that an underlying trigger for these suicides is overwork and stress, brought on by budget cuts. ... [Sputnik News - 5/12/16]

 

 

Thailand: Southern floods spread, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan declared disaster areas [Bangkok Post - 6/12/16]

 

 

Australia's ABC to end Pacific shortwave service [RNZI - 6/12/16]

 

 

Bipartisan visit to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu [Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells Media Release - 6/12/16]:

 

... From 6th to 8th December we will travel to Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu, accompanied by Labor Senators and portfolio counterparts, the Hon Penny Wong and Claire Moore to emphasise Australia's bipartisan commitment to stability and economic growth in the Pacific. ...

 

 

Web giants YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. ... [Reuters - 6/12/16]

 

 

‏@crimesofbrits [5/12/16]:  Crimes of Britain Facebook page was shut down for "hate speech". Full statement ...

 

 

Fake news about 'fake news' - the media performance pyramid [Medialens - 5/12/16]:

 

... In one news report, seven different Guardian journalists discussed the rise of 'fake news' around the world without mentioning the key role of 'mainstream' media.

This led to conclusions such as:

'Fake news is not a problem of any scale in Australia: the media market, dominated by a handful of key players serving a population of just over 21 million people, does not seem fragmented enough.'

Some perspective was provided by former CIA counterterrorism official Philip Giraldi in 2009:

 'The Rupert Murdoch chain has been used extensively to publish false intelligence from the Israelis and occasionally from the British government.'

Another Guardian piece was titled:

'Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds - Social media has made it easy to live in filter bubbles, sheltered from opposing viewpoints. So what happens when liberals and conservatives trade realities?'

The problem being:

'Facebook users are increasingly sheltered from opposing viewpoints – and reliable news sources [sic] – and the viciously polarized state of our national politics appears to be one of the results.'

Facebook readers, then, are sheltered from the giant, global corporate media that dominate our newspapers, magazines, publishing companies, cinema, TVs, radios and computer screens – even though social media are themselves corporate media.

And presumably we are to believe that readers of 'reliable news sources' – the BBC, Guardian, The Times, Telegraph and other traditional outlets - are forever being exposed to 'opposing viewpoints' by these media. ...

 

 

Recounting a Presidential Election: The backstory [Counterpunch - 5/12/16]

 

 

Democratic lawmakers slam Trump over Bahrain National Day reception [Al-Monitor - 6/12/16]

 

 

... We thank His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for supporting and advancing the Kingdom of Bahrain’s friendship with the United States of America. 

We also express our deep appreciation to His Royal Highness the Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and gratefully acknowledge their dedication to building a strong and mutually beneficial partnership.

The United States values greatly our strong strategic partnership with the Kingdom of Bahrain, which encompasses fields as diverse as economy and education, security and culture. 

In fact, in 2016 we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Bahrain-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, the first such agreement the United States signed with a GCC country and an important symbol of our commitment to Bahraini-U.S. friendship and cooperation. ... US Ambassador William Roebuck’s statement on the occasion of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Day [Media Release - December 2015]

 

 

Ahead of Prime Minister Theresa May’s attendance at the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in the Bahraini capital Manama this week (6-7 December), Amnesty International has urged the prime minister to publicly raise human rights issues.

...

In Bahrain, the prominent activist Nabeel Rajab is among several activists from Gulf Cooperation Council countries to have been unlawfully prosecuted for comments posted on Twitter.

Speaking out freely to criticise government policies and call for peaceful reform also saw Sheikh Ali Salman, head of Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, sentenced to nine years in prison in a shocking attack on freedom of expression.

The al-Wefaq party was also shut down. ... [Amnesty Media Release - 5/12/16]

 

 

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson: UK supports Saudi bombing of Yemen [Antiwar.com - 5/12/16]

 

 

Lebanese army units carried out extensive raids in north Lebanon in search of perpetrators involved in the armed attack against an army checkpoint in the Dinniyeh town of Bqaa Sifrin that left one soldier killed and another wounded. ... [Naharnet - 6/12/16]

 

 

"Libyan forces" claim control of ISIL stronghold of Sirte [Al Jazeera - 6/12/16]

 

 

Clashes between a tribal militia and security forces in a province of central Congo killed at least 31 people at the weekend, its vice governor said on Monday. ... [Reuters - 5/12/16]

 

 

Djibouti military chief-of-staff visits China amid base building [Reuters - 5/12/16]:

 

... Djibouti, which is about the size of Wales, is located at the southern entrance to the Red Sea on the route to the Suez Canal.

The tiny, barren nation sandwiched between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia also hosts U.S., Japanese and French bases. ...

 

 

STOP THE LIES.

 

END THE POLICY.

 

FREE THE REFUGEES.

 

 

Australia's political prisoners protest on Nauru, July 2016 - they're still there.

 

 

"It's time for Australia to set the refugees free", The Age - 28 December 2015

 

 

Mark Forbes has resigned as editor-in-chief of The Age, as publisher Fairfax Media investigates allegations against him of harassment. ... [The Age - 5/12/16]

 

 

Another PNG report on Manus Island release, resettlement and compensation case as the Australian media's lies and censorship continue [The National - 6/12/16]

 

 

‏@ManusChefAU [11/6/16]:  "Zabra chicken used as medication on us. Breakfast zabra lunch zabra dinner zabra. When I go to sleep I dream zabra"

 

 

More attempts to neutralise the Australian government's atrocities against refugees. No journalism. No opposition. Torture, exile and turnbacks continue. [ABC - 6/12/16]

 

 

Barnaby Joyce tells constituent to 'piss off' [The Age - 11/6/16]

 

 

 

Homeless person sleeping outside Joyce's electoral office - Tenterfield, December 2015

 

 

Myanmar "reproductive health program" a proud achievement for UNHCR in support of anti-refugee policies across South East Asia [Media Release - 4/7/16]

 

 

A prison inspector's report said abuse is "an ever present risk" at Yarl's Wood migrant detention centre in the UK [RT - 5/12/16]

 

 

Asylum seeker Mabel Gawanas speaks about solidarity and resistance within Yarl's Wood detention centre [RT - 5/12/16]

 

 

Border Patrol agents capture migrants trying to enter US by crossing Mission Canal in Texas [RGV - 5/12/16]

 

 

Cuban migrants spend weekend in cold, rainy weather awaiting asylum at the Texas border [KENS5 - 5/12/16]:

 

... Estandar Chacon traveled 37 days and 9 countries to get to the south Texas border.

Turning back and walking to Mexico was not an option.

He fears Mexican authorities would deport them.

He says they even took their money. So he preferred to endure the wait rather than risk falling into the hands of organized crime.

But there were moments of temporary relief.

People on both sides of the border responded to the scene with acts of kindness. Donating clothes and bringing them a warm beverage.

“Just like them, I could one day be in their place,” said Mexican native Ivan Morales, who along with his wife and children, helped bring food from neighboring Reynosa to help what he called their brothers. ...

 

 

ICE releases nearly 500 from Dilley, Karnes City detention centres over weekend [mySA - 5/12/16]:

 

A legal aid group representing immigrant families at two controversial detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley said the federal government released 460 women and children, about 25 percent of those being held, over the weekend.

Some of the families had been in detention only a short time and have not yet had their credible fear interviews, the first step in the asylum process, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services said in an announcement about the releases.

The Interfaith Welcome Coalition, a group that provides services to families after their release, operates shelters in two houses south of downtown, but a nearby church and convent opened their doors after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement dropped off more than 200 people Saturday, said Amy Fischer, RAICES’s policy director.

“We had people being dropped off after midnight last night, and we expect it to continue today,” Fischer said.

Immigration officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

RAICES noted the releases came after a judge in Austin on Friday ruled that the state of Texas could not license the detention centers as childcare facilities.

ICE, however, said the releases “were scheduled as a part of normal operations and not in response to the court ruling.”

“ICE is currently reviewing the court’s ruling on the matter of the operating license for the South Texas Family Residential Center,” spokesman Carl Rusnok said. “Operational activities continue without interruption at this time.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought licenses for the facilities last year after a judge in California ruled that the Karnes and Dilley centers were in violation of a court settlement governing the treatment of immigrant children.

The centers opened in 2014 to detain the large numbers of women and children crossing the border in South Texas and surrendering to Border Patrol agents to request asylum.

Immigrant advocates have said the families being held there are fleeing violence in Central America and are entitled to pursue their asylum cases while living in the U.S.

ICE has said the centers are necessary for them to screen families and determine who should be released.

The numbers of families entering the U.S. in the Rio Grande Valley this fall rivaled the records set in 2014.

 

 

‏@ShutGuantanamo [5/12/16]:  Trump's not bringing torture back, he's continuing a #GitmObama tradition

 

 

Authorities and media unleash violence and totalitarian-style exaggerations against children who dare to rise up against Australia's racist and abusive youth gulags [Nine MSN - 5/12/16]:

 

Another violent incident at Perth's juvenile detention centre in which a female prison officer was injured and inmates threw rocks at staff and damaged cells has been labelled minor by WA's Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis.

Three young detainees climbed on to a roof at the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and pelted rocks at prison officers.

Another six inmates locked themselves in their rooms, smashing windows and causing other damage to the cells.

Special Operations Group staff got the boys off the roof after more than three hours on Sunday.

A woman who works at the centre suffered an injured wrist during the incident.

The latest incident comes only a few days since WA police commissioner Karl O'Callaghan complained about his officers repeatedly having to deal with incidents at Banksia Hill because its employees cannot get the centre under control.

...

Flash bombs and chemical sprays have been used repeatedly this year to control aggressive detainees going on rampages. ...

 

 

Just like Queensland --->  Victorian Premier makes no apologies for disregarding the human rights of children [The Age - 6/12/16]:

 

I've just returned from Barwon maximum security adult prison.

I found myself squatting on the floor to talk to one of our clients – a 16-year-old child – through the trapdoor to his cell.

The tight steel opening so small I could only see his anxious eyes.

He is being held in solitary confinement; pacing his cell, uncertain when he will be let out.

He hasn't seen the sky since Thursday. ...

 

 

Last August, a Senate motion to expedite the ratification of OPCAT [Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment] didn't even get to a vote because protected and unaccountable  Queensland ALP Senator Claire Moore objected.  

 

 

How the government is usurping (removing) the three components of First Nations peoples Sovereignty: - Land, Law and People with Constitutional Recognition.

Report from 2016 Gathering of First Nations and Peoples by Alice Haines. ... Aboriginal Tent Embassy [6/12/16]

 

 

Israeli legislators advance revised bill to legalise settlements [Reuters - 5/12/16]

 

 

Officials of the Hamas movement condemned Egyptian authorities on Monday for flooding a tunnel along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and Egypt with seawater last week, causing the death of four Palestinians. ... [Maan - 5/12/16]

 

 

Dozens of relatives of Palestinian prisoners from the besieged Gaza Strip left the coastal enclave Monday morning through the Erez checkpoint after they were granted permission to visit their relatives being held in Israel’s Nafha prison. ... [Maan - 5/12/16]

 

 

Israeli forces besiege Palestinian cemetery outside Jerusalem's Old City, prevent burial [Maan - 5/12/16]

 

 

'Young lives taken too soon': Activists dedicate memorial to Tamir Rice in Aida refugee camp [Maan - 3/12/16]

 

 

Standing Rock protesters now have an unlikely ally: time [Wired - 5/12/16]

 

 

A man who authorities said shouted "go back to your country" at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer.

Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son.

When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. ... [ABC News - 5/12/16]

 

 

Berat's Box [WikiLeaks – 5/12/16]:

 

Today, Monday 5 December 2016, WikiLeaks publishes an authoritative, searchable archive of 57,934 emails from the personal email address of Berat Albayrak, who is President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's son-in-law and Turkey's Minister of Energy.

...

The emails detail Albayrak’s involvement in organisations such as Powertrans, the company implicated in ISIS oil imports.

On 11 November 2011, the Erdoğan government passed a bill prohibiting all import, export, or transfer of oil or its by-products into or out of Turkey. But the bill also stated that the government could revoke the ban in specific cases.

This exception was used to grant Powertrans the sole rights to oil transportation without holding a public tender.

There have been numerous allegations in the Turkish media about Powertrans' imports of ISIS-controlled oil to Turkey.

Albayrak has repeatedly denied his connection to Powertrans, but the emails prove the opposite. ...

 

 

‏@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [5/12/16]:

 

Baghdad: The toll of blast which had targeted Sadr City east of Baghdad has amounted to 12 deaths and injuries.

 

Anbar: The government forces have stormed into the displacement camps in Habaniya City southwest of Fallujah and arrested 20 ones under the pretext of joining to the Islamic State in spite of their displacing during the controlling of the state on their areas.

 

 

Displaced executed near Kirkuk; 110 killed in Iraq [Antiwar.com - 5/12/16]

 

 

2 Russian paramedics killed, 1 gravely injured in militant attack on hospital in Aleppo [RT - 5/12/16]:

 

... After the shelling of the hospital, an RT crew with a producer from RT Arabic, Somar Abudiab, arrived at the scene.

They were filming when the shelling resumed and Abudiab was injured by a shell fragment.

The Russian Defense Ministry attributes the blame for the hospital shelling to “terrorists and their patrons in the US, the UK and France.”

“It is beyond doubt that the shelling was conducted by the ‘opposition’ militants. Moscow understands who gave the Syrian militants the coordinates of the Russian hospital right at the moment when it started working,” Konashenkov said. ...

 

 

Russia, China veto UNSC resolution on Aleppo ceasefire [RT - 5/12/16]

 

 

Moscow, Tehran discuss crisis in Syria [SANA - 5/12/16]

 

 

A man and his young daughter were killed and 25 others were injured on Monday when terrorists fired rocket shells on residential neighborhoods in Aleppo city. ... [SANA - 5/12/16]

 

 

 

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