AAradio News 21 October

Nauru bullying increases tension and self-harm

Refugee advocates in Australia reported that 15 pregnant women would be sent to the Nauru detention camp on October 18, as the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) released alarming information about conditions in the camp.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison had earlier overseen the transfer to Nauru of two pregnant women — one seven months pregnant with twins. He said Nauru’s hospital had two delivery beds, six post-natal beds and a “special-care baby unit”.

RAC said on October 16 that tensions were rising to violent levels — including self-harm and beatings — in the island compound. Its statements are reprinted below.

An Afghan asylum seeker detained in the main single-men’s compound on Nauru has slashed himself after Nauruan guards denied his requests to see a doctor.

The 27-year-old Afghan began suffering chest pains on his left side in the afternoon on October 14.

Worried that he was suffering a heart attack, the man asked to see a doctor; but the Nauruan guard refused his request.

Other concerned asylum seekers also requested that the man be allowed to see a doctor, but were also refused.

Late that night, the man severely slashed his chest.

He refused attention and bled for two-and-a-half hours before he was taken to the medical centre.

He was released from the medical centre into the detention centre the next day with extensive stitches and bandaging.

TENSIONS

About 150 asylum seekers have now been waiting in appalling conditions for up to seven months for the Nauruan government to give answers to their refugee claims.

Clashes between the Nauruan guards and asylum seekers in the overcrowded detention centre are becoming increasingly common.

Yet asylum seekers report that complaints about the heavy-handedness of the guards are routinely ignored.

One asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition (RAC) that harassment by guards has become a daily feature of the detention centre.

“We are forced to wait and queue for everything, guards tried to force people out of a queue for the phone or for meals to get identification, which is not necessary.

“If you refuse, you are bullied or threatened and sometimes guards punch the asylum seekers.”

RAC spokesperson Ian Rintoul said: “We welcome the announcement today that refugees will not be permanently confined to Nauru. But the Nauru and Australian governments are deliberately delaying the refugee assessments.

Tensions are rising.”

LOCALS BANNED

A fight between asylum seekers and a Nauruan local on October 11 has resulted in all local Nauruan workers being banned from Bravo compound of the main detention centre on Nauru.

Reports indicate that the Nauruan local who attacked the Lebanese detainee works for the Salvation Army.

The Lebanese detainee hit by the Salvation Army worker required stitches to a head injury.

There are also more reports of self-harm, attempted suicides and individual hunger strikes in Bravo compound.

Bravo compound is a separate area of the main compound that holds about 70 people facing charges over the July 19 protests.

The fight came only two days after immigration minister Scott Morrison visited the detention centre.

Tensions have been increasing particularly in recent weeks driven by the overcrowding as more asylum seekers have been dumped in the makeshift tent camp.

There are long lines to use the limited number of toilets (there are now about 10 toilets for between 500 and 600 people; queues at meal times with waits up to an hour; lines for the strictly regulated four-minute showers.

The condition of the toilets is appalling and there is an epidemic of skin problems, particularly on feet, attributed to the filthy conditions.

Complaints about inadequate medical treatment are also growing. “They just can’t treat people,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action Coalition.

There are also reports of Nauruan detention workers being harassed by other locals hostile to the presence of the detention centre.

Iranians’ hunger strike reaches 30 days

A group of Iranians continue their hunger strike outside the immigration department in Melbourne.

Local Australian-Iranian man Jahangir Hosseini has been on hunger strike for more than 30 days.

Another four women and one man have joined him on hunger strike.

The hunger strikers plan to continue their hunger strike until seven hostages abducted by Iraqi forces are released.

Hosseini called on the Australian government to intervene to secure the immediate release of the seven hostages, six of who are women.

The hostages were seized during a massacre of Iranian refugees in Iraq’s Camp Ashraf on September 1.

The massacre was carried out by the Iraqi armed forces on behalf of the Iranian regime.

Fifty-two people were killed and seven were abducted.

Izzy Brown recorded this interview about the hunger strikers in Melbourne.

Pressure grows on NSW MPs to reject anti-choice bill

 

A bill to recognise crime or harm against a foetus was debated a second time in NSW parliament on October 17.

About 100 protesters rallied outside before filling the public gallery to witness the debate.

Liberal MP Chris Spence’s bill, the Crimes Amendment (Zoe’s Law) Bill 2013 No. 2, also known as “Zoe’s law”, aims to amend the NSW Crimes Act.

It would give rights and personhood to foetuses of more than 20 weeks (or weighing more than 400 grams), which has troubling implications for women’s reproductive control.

The bill is supported by NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith, former president of NSW Right to Life.

The protesters said the bill represented a dangerous attack on women’s reproductive rights, which are already constrained in NSW.

The law is opposed by Family Planning NSW, the NSW Bar Association, the Australian Medical Association, the Federation of Community Legal Centres, the Greens and women’s health services.

 

ABBOTT WATCH: Plan to privatise HECS, charities

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is considering a plan to sell off Australia’s $23 billion Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debt

The debt, owed by university students, could be privatised and sold to investors.

The Greens strongly oppose to the proposal. Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “Shifting the ownership of debt into private hands creates perverse incentives to increase student debt in the long term. The private sector isn’t lobbying for this change out of the goodness of their hearts. They’ve looked at the United States, are keen to replicate that model here — where the private sector profits from student debt.

Total student debt in the United States is over $1 trillion dollars. HECS debt in Australia is already projected to double to $42.1 billion by 2016-17.

This is likely to increase even further due to the Coalition’s plan to slash Start Up Scholarships — adding thousands of dollars to the debt of low-income students.”

Dick Cheney reveals heart defibrillator was altered to thwart terrorist hacks

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney has revealed that his heart implant was altered to prevent terrorists from hacking into it.

Mr Cheney, who was former president George W Bush’s right-hand man in the “war on terror,” has had a long history of heart troubles.

Prior to his heart transplant nearly two years ago, Mr Cheney underwent a series of life-saving procedures, including an implanted defibrillator.

But his doctor, cardiologist Jonathan Reiner, had the device’s wireless function disabled when it was replaced in 2007 so that terrorists could not trigger a fatal shock to his heart.

“I was aware of the danger… that existed… I found it credible,” Mr Cheney told CBS television.

But the man who was a the heart of the war on terror launched by the US in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks insisted that his health concerns never got in the way of his job.

Mr Cheney not only played a major role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but also in terrorist surveillance programs, harsh interrogation tactics used on terror suspects and wiretapping.

 

France’s Hollande says deported schoolgirl Leonarda Dibarani may return without family

 

French president Francois Hollande says a Roma schoolgirl whose controversial deportation sparked mass student protests will be allowed to come back, but without her family.

Leonarda Dibrani’s eviction caused an outcry because she was detained during a school trip before being deported with her family to Kosovo, and students took to the streets this week demanding the 15-year-old return and interior minister Manuel Valls resign.

“If she makes a request, and if she wants to continue her studies, she will be given a welcome, but only she,” Mr Hollande said live on television, in his first remarks on an affair that burst into the limelight on Wednesday.

He cited the results of a formal probe published on Saturday, which found that the deportation was lawful but that police could have used better judgement in the way they handled it.

Ms Dibrani immediately turned down Mr Hollande’s offer, speaking from the town of Mitrovica in Kosovo where she has been living with her family since their October 9 deportation from the eastern French town of Levier.

“I will not go alone to France, I will not abandon my family. I’m not the only one who has to go to school, there are also my brothers and sisters,” she said in fluent French.

Her father Resat, 47, added that the family would not be divided and would return to France by any means.

“My children were integrated in France, we continue to fight as my children are strangers here (in Kosovo)”, he said.

Ms Dibrani’s deportation only emerged into the public realm this week after it was brought to light by a non-governmental organisation.

Her parents and five brothers and sisters had lived in France for four years while their asylum bid was processed. It was eventually rejected in the summer.

ANTIFA WORLDWIDE II

Another episode with antifa songs ……… plus some news of events around the world.

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Playlist

Curse Ov Dialect – Forces of Hatred

Stage Bottles – Sometimes Anti Social Always Anti Fascist

Oi Polloi – Bash the Fash

Matt Bleak – Army of Alexis

The Coup – Strange Arithmetic

MIA – Come Walk with Me

The Black Market – I have a Dream

The Bell Divers – Blood on the Breeze

Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This Your Children Will be Next

NASTY – zero tolerance

Abbott Has it Coming

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Civil Society Against Fascism in Australia ………

*NO BORDERS *NO NATIONS *NO DICTATORS *NO ONE IS ILLEGAL

Featuring:

>>>> Josh Wood from the Refugee Action Collective (QLD)

>>>>>> Steve Towson

>>>>>>>> Basil ( super raelene brothers)

>>>>>>>>> No Pain No Gain (NPNG) (Bolo and Mantist)

>>>>>>>>>> The Bell Divers

……………Just as Caesar Had it Coming………. so does Tony Abbott ……

Come down under the bridge for a night of music encouraging diversity and compassion…… for a better world…..

AAradio NEWS

Rapper’s stabbing sparks protests across Greece

Police arrest suspect reportedly linked to far-right party Golden Dawn.

 Anti-fascist Greek hip hop artist Pavlos Fyssas, known by his stage name Killah P, was stabbed to death on the night of Tuesday 17 September in Athens.

Police arrested the alleged killer, who reportedly confessed to the murder and also admitted to being a supporter of the neo-nazi party Golden Dawn. 

The party’s Athens offices were searched on Wednesday in connection with the murder, but officials deny involvement. 

 Public reaction to the killing has been swift. According to London’s Guardian, the incident drew hundreds of anti-fascist rallies to the scene in the wee hours of the morning.

The Greek musician Nikos Xydakis wrote in the Athens newspaper Ekathimerini that the country has hit its “red line” when it comes to Golden Dawn.

A crackdown on the far-right Golden Dawn (GD) is under way with the arrest of several Golden Dawn party leaders.

Another Abahlali baseMjondolo activist murdered in Durban, this time by the police

The housing allocation dispute in Cato Crest has claimed another victim, this time a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed during a housing protest in Cato Manor, Durban.

 Nqobile Nzuza, a grade 9 learner at Bonella High School and an Abahlali baseMjondolo (also known as the red shirts or shack dwellers) supporter was gunned down at around 5:00 a.m. on 30 September.

Nqobile was shot twice from behind with live ammunition. There are currently no investigations into the shootings as Durban policing is based on shoot to kill.

Dozens killed in Egypt as clashes erupt between security forces and Morsi supporters

At least 44 people have been killed in renewed clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

 Crowds of members of Mr Morsi’s support base, the Muslim Brotherhood, took to the streets to renew their protests against the military coup that ousted him three months ago.

Security was tight in Cairo and the soldiers and police fought pitched battles with the protesters in several locations.

 Clashes broke out in several neighborhoods of Cairo, where police fired shots and tear gas to disperse stone-throwing protesters. The Mediterranean city of Alexandria, the canal city of Suez and in the central town of Delga were also affected.

According to officials most of the dead suffered gun shot wounds, with a further 83 people injured across the country.

 The renewed clashes fell on the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Arab Israel war, a day when the army is celebrated in Egyptian society.

 Divers recover more bodies from asylum seeker boat wreck off Italy

The boat had set sail from Libya and was less than one kilometer from the shore of the island of Lampedusa when it caught fire and sank.

 Improved weather conditions have allowed divers to resume the search for bodies, with 70 new corpses brought to the surface.

 Around 500 asylum seekers were on board, and a total of 181 bodies have now been recovered and placed in make shift morgues. More than 100 people are still missing.

Protesters stormed the Darwin offices of the Department Immigration and Citizenship after the shock deportation of six West Papuan refugees to Port Moresby.

 The small group held placards and chanted “stop the deportations” before they entered the Cavanagh St office at .

 The group of Papuans including a woman and a 10-year-old child fled in a tinnie to Boigu Island in the Torres Strait on September 24.

The Department of Immigration has refused to answer any questions about them and has deported them to the Papua New Guinean capital within 48 hours.

Asylum seeker advocates fear they may be deported straight back to Indonesia as Papua New Guinea signed an extradition treaty with Indonesia in June, a month before Kevin Rudd announced Australia would process and resettle asylum seekers in the Pacific nation. 

It now appears the West Papuans may be sent to a refugee camp on PNG-Indonesian border.

Lakota and Dakota lead anti-fascist rally in North Dakota

Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in the tiny North Dakota town of Leith to protest plans by an American Nazi group to move in and take over the local government.

The loud but peaceful demonstrators, many of them Native Americans from nearby reservations, were on hand for a visit from Jeff Schoep, commander of the National Socialist Movement, and several followers.

The National Socialist Movement is America’s largest neo-Nazi organization, founded in 1974 by former members of the American Nazi Party, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The group hopes to move enough members into Leith – population 17 – to take over the local government.

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ANTIFA WORLDWIDE

After news of the murder of 34 yr old Greek antifascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas (Killah P) by 25 neonazis on the night of Tuesday 17 September I decided to do a special of #antifa songs.

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More information on the murder can be found here.

In the aftermath of the Australian election which saw the country lurch even further to the right with the election of Tony Abbott it doesn’t take much imagination to fear the rise of fascist organisations such as the Golden Dawn in Australia.

So now is the time for us to educate and organise communities to promote tolerance and diversity.

Playlist available on 4ZZZ website

(show originally aired 30/08/2013)

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