Turkey begins offensive against US-backed Kurdish in Syria

Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army fighters in the Syrian town of Azez near the border with Turkey, on Friday.

Turkey has complained for months about US support for the Syrian Kurds. Afrin is controlled by a Kurdish militia affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has waged a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state.
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via Turkey begins offensive against US-backed Kurdish in Syria

Refugees needing medical care told to leave children alone in offshore detention | World news | The Guardian

An Amnesty International image of children playing on Nauru. Refugee parents needing to travel for medical treatment are no longer able to take their children with them.

A refugee who needs to travel for heart surgery has been told by Australian Border Force she must leave her son alone on Nauru

via Refugees needing medical care told to leave children alone in offshore detention | World news | The Guardian

Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam claims parts of Sweden “are being turned into war zones” due to migration

Read these links and see just how unoriginal Peter Dutton in fact is. He’s not only inspired by Breitbart but he’s applying their tactics to his misinformation campaign in Melbourne. The man does not deserve to be a Minister and wecan’t wait to see him lose his seat in the next election. ( Olddog Thoughts)

via Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam claims parts of Sweden “are being turned into war zones” due to migration

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In urban Sweden and heartland America, xenophobic fake news looks the same

Radical White Terrorists committed Most 2017 Killings in US

Radical White Terrorists committed Most 2017 Killings in US

 

In 2017, 53 percent of domestic extremist-related killings were perpetrated by white supremacists, while in the period between 2008 and 2017 it was 71 percent. The report warns that the “alt-right” movement’s jump from the internet to the physical world raises “the likely possibility of more such violent acts in the future.”

via Radical White Terrorists committed Most 2017 Killings in US

Construction manager with links to tax office sting arrested in Belgrade bust

Serbian police arrest Australian Rohan Arnold, right, during a raid at the Metropol Palas Hotel, Belgrade, on January 16.

Arnold is a prominent steel businessman who made regular trips to China and raced in the Sydney to Hobart just three weeks ago.

Waters, a former nightclub security manager and labourer from Canberra, is referred to in Serbian reports as a “big narco-boss” who relocated to Dubai in recent years and owns hotels and assets worth more than $1 billion.

Waters was connected to several companies set up by, or involving, key members of the ATO tax fraud syndicate allegedly run by Adam Cranston, the son of the then ATO deputy commissioner Michael Cranston.

via Construction manager with links to tax office sting arrested in Belgrade bust

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: Malcolm’s Day of disappointment

Firstly, the 26th of January does not mark the formation of the nation of Australia. The Federation, when all state colonies came together to form the Commonwealth, happened on 1 January 1901.

Secondly, the 26th of January has not always been the date for Australia Day.

Thirdly most Australians don’t care about the date.

So much for “uniting Australia” — divide and conquer is the Liberal way. It takes a pretty special leader to use the national day to drive a deeper wedge into the nation in an effort to bolster his languishing political fortunes….

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: Malcolm’s Day of disappointment

Fox uses flawed data from DHS to fearmonger about immigrants

One needs to ask why 1.4% of crime in Australia is being given so much political attention by Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull and the 98.6% is being ignored and why Victoria and Melbourne is their focus when crime and youth crime in the state has had a dramatic fall. Is it because Sudanese are Black? Is it because they are Christians or is it because Victoria is a Labor State? After all, Qld Dutton’s home state has 50% more youth crime and on the rise and is less populated than Victoria and NSW Turnbull’s has 150% more crime. Why is their political and racist focus so obvious? Is this the caliber of politicians this country needs? Don’t look for the answers in Murdoch’s media. (old dog thought)

Fox uses flawed data from DHS to fearmonger about immigrants

As US throws Kurds under the Bus, Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? | Informed Comment

As US throws Kurds under the Bus, Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria?

The BBC reports that Turkish armed forces are massed on the border with Syria in preparation for a possible move into the Kurdish-held areas of Afrin and Manbij. The Kurdish militia, the YPG, took Manbij away from ISIL with US support. Afrin, home to some 500,000 mostly Kurdish residents, is one of three Kurdish-majority cantons in northern Syria,

Kurds were the greatest US and Australian Allies in the fight against ISIS. There is not a word in Australian media about this great betrayal. (old dog thought)

As the US throws Kurds under the Bus, Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? | Informed Comment

US media reverse Ahed Tamimi’s reality | The Electronic Intifada

When 16-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi stood up to Israeli occupation soldiers, she couldn’t have known just how much of her story mainstream US media would cut away and twist.

Salient facts – like how Ahed has spent her entire life under military occupation and Israel’s near-fatal violence against her cousin – were either ignored outright or downplayed. Others – such as the indisputable reality that Palestinian land is being stolen by Israel – were treated as if they were simply matters of opinion.

Some in the US press even presented Ahed as the aggressor, rather than the Israeli forces she challenged through mild physical contact.

Ahed’s use of slapping, kicking and angry rhetoric received more attention from David M. Halbfinger in The New York Times and especially from Dana Dovey in Newsweek than the much more harmful Israeli resort to violence, theft and seemingly permanent occupation. ( No attention in Australian Media)

US media reverse Ahed Tamimi’s reality | The Electronic Intifada

Trump cut causes “worst financial crisis” in UNRWA history | The Electronic Intifada

The cut makes good on threats President Donald Trump and his UN

 

 

 

 

The cut makes good on threats President Donald Trump and his UN ambassador Nikki Haley made in recent weeks to slash funding for Palestinians in retaliation for the Palestinian Authority’s objection to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and its rejection of American sponsorship of currently nonexistent peace negotiations.

Cutting assistance to POWs simply because of Trump’s stance on Jerusalem is typical of the US’s Presidents ego-centric fascist power. ( old dog thought)

 

Trump cut causes “worst financial crisis” in UNRWA history | The Electronic Intifada

Military court orders the Tamimi women to remain in prison | +972 Magazine

Ahed Tamimi is seen before her hearing at Ofer Military Court near the West Bank city of Ramallah, January 17, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Tamimi is charged with five counts of assaulting security forces, as well as with incitement. Her mother is accused of incitement via social media.

Military Judge Haim Baliti rejected most of the arguments put forth by Attorney Gaby Lasky, who represents the Tamimis, during a previous round hearings held on Monday. Lasky argued against the prosecution’s decision to deem both Ahed and Nariman a “danger,” questioned why Ahed was subject to a different legal system than Israeli minors in the West Bank and called the arrests politically motivated.

Military court orders the Tamimi women to remain in prison | +972 Magazine

 

 

Day to Day Politics: How enlightened are we really? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

Why is it, in “the name of free speech”, that we need to enshrine the right to abuse each other, in law?

You would think that an enlightened progressive free thinking society would want to eliminate it not legislate it.

It is not a question that requires great philosophical, ideological or even theological debate. It is a black and white question. Supposedly we live in an “age of enlightenment,” a period where the world has made enormous technological advances, but at the same time our intellects have not advanced the capacity to understand simple tolerance.Indeed, if we were truly enlightened we would treat our fellow human beings, with respect love and faithfulness.

We would do unto them as we would expect them to do unto us and we would strive to do no harm. We would love life and live it with a sense of joy and wonderment.

We would form our own independent opinions on the basis of our own reason and experience; and not allow ourselves to be led blindly by others. And we would Test all things; always checking our ideas against our facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it did not conform to them.

We would readily admit it when we are wrong in the knowledge that humility is the basis of intellectual advancement and that it is truth that enables human progress.

via Day to Day Politics: How enlightened are we really? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Life, death and politics in Hawaii: 125 years of colonial rule

 

The effects of a political overthrow that happened 125 years ago in Hawaii could not have been felt more vividly this month. The fear and distress that cast a shadow over the Hawaiian islands on Saturday morning during a false missile alert is part of the legacy of American occupation.

Parallels of Colonial takeover of Hawaii apply to Indigenous Australian takeover.

Life, death and politics in Hawaii: 125 years of colonial rule

Liveable Melbourne: why the city is on top of the world – The Age – Brand Discover

In the EIU survey, Melbourne got a perfect score in healthcare, infrastructure and education for an overall score of 97.5 out of 100, but Stuart Moseley would add creativity to the list of things that make a city more habitable. “The sort of interchange of lifestyles, insights and perspectives coupled with education, a young population and innovation,” he says. Melbourne has a number of hubs that encourage creativity like the streets of Fitzroy or cafes of Collingwood, but a liveable city also sees creativity happen spontaneously and organically.

via Liveable Melbourne: why the city is on top of the world – The Age – Brand Discover

Day to Day Politics: One man’s journey into an interest in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

But for me my early journey has shaped what I believe in, the way I think about social justice and my world view. I hope you enjoy this account of my first 14 years.

via Day to Day Politics: One man’s journey into an interest in politics – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Aboriginal threshold – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The argument that ‘our school has no Aboriginal students so Aboriginal content is not relevant’ is grossly inaccurate and irresponsible. How can learning the original history, culture and language of your homeland ever be irrelevant? A comprehensive knowledge of traditional Aboriginal society and colonial history are vital to fully understand Australia’s social, cultural and political evolution and the ongoing legacy of this today in terms of Reconciliation and addressing Aboriginal disadvantage.

via The Aboriginal threshold – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Alternative Facts: “Right-wing Gang Threatens People Of African Appearance” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The impetus for Peter Dutton and his followers like Turnbull to criticise Victoria for lawless African gangs – as opposed to lawless caucasian groups like the ones threatening vigilante action or the youths who rioted in Torquay – was the trashing of an Airbnb. Unfortunately, it turns out that the Sudanese youth who did this were actually down from Sydney, so it’s not because of the Victorian State Government – it must be the fault of the NSW government. I can’t wait to hear the Federal flops attacking Gladys Berejiklian for her inability to maintain law and order.

via Alternative Facts: “Right-wing Gang Threatens People Of African Appearance” – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Every day I am crushed’: the stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years | Australia news | The Guardian

Said Imasi

Imasi arrived in Australia – by plane and intending only to pass through – in January 2010.
Said Imasi
Said Imasi has been held in immigration detention by Australia without allegation, charge or trial for almost eight years.

But he has been detained in this country – without allegation, charge, or trial – for nearly eight years. It has cruelled his physical health and sent him plunging into depths of suicidal depression.

Imasi is stateless – there is no country on earth that accepts him as their citizen – and his case appears to have confounded Australian authorities.

via ‘Every day I am crushed’: the stateless man held without trial by Australia for eight years | Australia news | The Guardian

Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is Australia’s Donald Trump.

Trump thinks African countries are shitholes. Dutton thinks African men are arseholes or, as he says in public, gangs.

Since I last wrote about this, Dutton has renewed his attacks on Africans, called for Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews to resign, and has blamed “civil libertarian” judges in Victoria for youth crime.

via Dutton and Turnbull are Nazi enablers

Who’d Prefer Their Country to Trump’s US? Norwegians Would

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Who’d Prefer Their Country to Trump’s US? Norwegians Would
President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way?

“Norwegians generally live longer than Americans. There’s a generous safety net of health care and pensions. And although it’s pricey, the country last year was named the happiest on Earth.

President Donald Trump says the United States should take in more Norwegians, but is it any wonder that more Americans are going the other way?

The country of 5.2 million people that seldom makes global headlines awoke Friday to the news that Trump wanted to have more immigrants from Norway, rather than Haiti and countries in Africa that he disparaged with a vulgar term.

The comments came after Trump met Wednesday with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Washington. His remarks were seen in Oslo as racially charged and sharply at odds with Norwegian values of inclusivity.”

Who’d Prefer Their Country to Trump’s US? Norwegians Would

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

China has already stolen a march on the US with regard to trade with Africa. Beijing does $200 bn a year in trade with the continent, while the US does only $100 bn. The next time an American firm is competing with a Chinese one for a contract and the offers are similar, you could well see a tilt away from the US on the basis of Trump’s filthy language.

Did Trump just Paint a target on backs of US Diplomats & Businessmen?

Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News | Crooks and Liars

Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News

When Roger Ailes left Fox News, the network lost its programming mastermind. But Donald Trump has stepped into the void.

In an article posted on Vanity Fair Friday, correspondent Gabriel Sherman explained how Trump has replaced Ailes as the Programmer-In-Chief:

via Gabriel Sherman: Donald Trump Is Now De-Facto Programmer Of Fox News | Crooks and Liars

Norway pokes fun at Australia’s travel warning of polar bear attacks on tourists – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A stuffed polar bear sits in an exhibit

“Thank you Australia for your concern. We can assure you that in mainland Norway all polar bears are stuffed and poses only limited risk,” the Norwegian Foreign Ministry tweeted.

via Norway pokes fun at Australia’s travel warning of polar bear attacks on tourists – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here | The Saturday Paper

Poor Andrew Bolt. Not long ago the right-wing blogger and News Corp columnist was in line to become the Bill O’Reilly of Australian television, leading the way into a Foxified future, assisted by changes to Australia’s media laws.

But not anymore.

via Murdoch’s failure to launch Fox here | The Saturday Paper

Day to Day Politics: Him or Him? What do you think? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

it’s hard not to see a group of people who have no idea how to govern for the country as a whole, who are purely in politics for what they are able to extract from being an MP for themselves, being able to win the next election.

What a disaster it would be, if for whatever reason they were given the reins for another three years.

When a party is in such disarray the need to stay in “power” becomes the overarching imperative. This gives rise to the likes of Dutton to take any short cut to maintain his and the government’s grip on power. The Coalition’s only policy has been the demonising of those who are not white, Anglo-Saxon, and Christian.

So Dutton and others see no reason to deliver good government so close to an election. They see the rhetoric of blame as a “winning formula”.

 

Day to Day Politics: Him or Him? What do you think? – » The Australian Independent Media Network