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Thursday, 16 July 2015

#png2015 #PacificGames #OpeningCeremony

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Some #PNG2015, #PacificGames, opening ceremony pics.

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#PNG PEOPLE: "Together We Can" Yu stap laif bilong mi, ples stret bilong mi, long bel bilong mi.

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#AUSTRALIA POLITICS: #UN finds Oz guilty of 143 violations wrt indefinite detention of #AsylumSeekers.

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USA #TEXAS #LGBT MARRIAGE: a note from the Texas governor instructs state employees to continue discriminating, because SCOTUS? Pffft: that don' mean sheeit. It's all about cis privilege: people do NOT understand how deeply freaky life would be for them if EVERY "sincerely held religious belief" had to be honoured. They mean the common values held by "Conservative, Political-Evangelical Blond-Haired-Blue-Eyed-Jesus Christianity". Even the *regular* "sincerely held religious beliefs" have had their moments (in not-100-years-ago news: segregation, old white guy in Missouri groping a black waitress, bi-racial marriages criminalised/denied). Who gets to decide what is a "sincerely held religious belief" and what is a crackpot idea that should never be voiced or respected? Because you KNOW it'll be a bunch of rich white guys going, "oh, no, you misunderstood: it's OUR 'sincerely held religious beliefs' that are being threatened, yours don't count."

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#PNG PEOPLE: crowd-sourcing employment. Are there any opportunities in your sphere of influence at the moment, for NGO/expat jobs? Admin, Doc Control, records management, helpdesk...

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PNG #MoneyLaundering #CORRUPTION PROBE: PM O'Neill trumpets his intention to investigate lawyers/money as per the SBS exposure of same. Déjà vu, anyone? QUOTE: Papua New Guinea's former attorney-general says he has no confidence in a probe announced by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill into allegations of high-level money laundering. [...] Kerenga Kua, who was sacked by Mr O'Neill last year, says PNG and Australia already have relevant agencies to investigate the allegations. Mr Kua identifies five agencies which can and should probe the allegations: PNG's Ombudsman Commission can investigate alleged breaches of leadership code by politicians; alleged criminal acts can be investigated by the Taskforce Sweep Team, which has demonstrated capacity to deal with criminal issues, the PNG Law Society's disciplinary arm (PNG Lawyers Statutory Committee) should investigate any professional midconduct of lawyers, the conduct of of Australian lawyers needs to be referred through Australian regulatory authorities such as the Queensland Bar association and criminal matters in Australia can be referred to the Australian Federal Police. /QUOTE

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#FDOTM AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers: sexual abuse of children in camps? Meh. http://bit.ly/BasicallyEvil

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USA #CHARLESTON #RACISM #TERRORISM #DylannRoof: why some still resist calling out #WhiteTerrorists. Conor Friedersdorf [http://theatln.tc/1RBfwdK] of The Atlantic addresses "the wrongheaded reflex of some media outlets to label all violent Muslims 'terrorists' and all violent white men 'mental cases'." QUOTE: Years ago, after an attack on a Sikh temple that’s mostly forgotten because it wasn't regarded as terrorism, I argued [http://bit.ly/WhiteTerrorists] that the reluctance to apply the label to acts carried out by white people is partly due to an awareness of what might happen next. When terrorism is invoked, many Americans––Republicans especially––have assented to indefinite detention; the criminalization of gifts to certain charities; secret, extrajudicial assassinations; ethnicity-based surveillance; and the torture even of people who mightknow about a future attack. Having undermined so many civil-liberties protections in pursuit of terrorists, the white majority and Republicans especially are alarmed at the idea of the homeland-security bureaucracy treating them as they’ve treated Muslim Americans. /QUOTE http://theatln.tc/1djKo4H

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USA #LGBT #EQUALITY FTW http://bit.ly/1eO5l9J

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AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers #LosingOurHumanity: middle of the night, transfers of Asylum Seekers back to #Nauru... QUOTE: Three babies are among more than 40 asylum seekers transferred to Nauru early this morning from the Wickham Point detention centre near Darwin, an advocacy group says. [...] "Asylum seekers have been reporting since about 2:00am that men and women have been handcuffed and removed from the centre," he said. "We're very concerned that these people have been taken back to Nauru, INCLUDING SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE AT NAURU." /QUOTE My emphasis added. http://ab.co/1IzRrzd

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#PNG #MANUS #AsylumSeekers: "you're free to go"... But you can't leave the island. QUOTE: "...we [...] have a duty of care to ensure that refugees are adequately prepared to successfully and safely settle in Papua New Guinea." /QUOTE So where are the cultural acclimation workshops? Where are the gainfully employed Manus locals, explaining to the "freed" refugees that you must never step over food, or a baby; that women will not make extended eye contact with men; that it will be difficult for them to integrate if they find pigs abhorrent? If you want to make them ready, then start preparing them already!

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USA #GunControl #MassMurder #ThisAgain? To be clear: "the NRA" as an institution does not (publicly) blame the victims. One of their Board Member does, though. QUOTE: Board member Charles Cotton [...] posted a comment online [late on Thursday] blaming the pastor killed in the South Carolina shooting, Clementa Pinckney, for the death of his eight congregants. Cotton, who did not return a message left at his Houston-area law firm, pointed out on a Texas gun forum that Pinckney was a state senator who had voted against a law allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons without permits. “Eight of his church members who might be alive if he had expressly allowed members to carry handguns in church are dead,” Cotton wrote. “Innocent people died because of his position on a political issue.” “Individual board members do not speak for the NRA,” [official NRA spokesperson] Baker said. The remark has since been deleted. /QUOTE

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USA #RACISM in #POLICING? To be slightly fair, the guys arresting the white kid were aware there would be cameras present. But the point stands.

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AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers #FOI #FASTTRACK: asylum seekers given 30 days to lodge their applications under the new agreement to fast-track claims, given estimate of 60 days to process any application for FOI documentation. Applying *without* access to your FOI documents means having to remember everything you said or did some years ago. See what happens when we let the asshats win?!

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Commentary on #JonStewart's commentary on the #Charleston shootings. Full Daily Show "bit": http://bit.ly/JSonSC

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AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers v. #ABORIGINAL, + HIDEBOUND BUREAUCRATS: oh, no cause for alarm - just an Aboriginal man who went into Centrelink and ended up being held in an Immigration Detention Centre. For the second time.

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#freeWestPapua #INDONESIA: debuting the "at least we're honest" defence. Imagine Australia [arresting/beating/shooting/raping/torturing] members of groups that advocate moving our government from a Monarchy to a Republic [and any journalists covering that story]; imagine the PNG government [arresting/beating/shooting/raping/torturing] everyone calling for a separation of the Papuan half of the country [and any journalists covering that story]; imagine the UK [arresting/beating/shooting/raping/torturing] those who supported the campaign for an independent Scotland [and any journalists covering that story]; imagine the USA [arresting/beating/shooting/raping/torturing] everyone who supports the secession of Texas [and any journalists covering that story]. Now: consider the appalling human rights stories that have come out of North Korea, China, the old Soviet bloc, Uganda [arresting/beating/shooting/raping/torturing] their dissidents [and any journalists covering that story]. Now place Indonesia in the right category.

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#freeWestPapua - and STOP TORTURING PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY CHILDREN!!

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AUSTRALIA #HAZARA #AsylumSeekers : again with the Hazara #genocide - when does it end? How can we blame desperate people escaping this daily, constant, hypervigilance and death of family members and the ever-present threat of being killed just because of the way you look? And #Abbott says it's perfectly safe now, to send the Hazaras back home to Afghanistan/Pakistan, because "the region has stabilised" - NO, IT HAS NOT.

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

UN finds Australia guilty of 143 violations of international law for indefinite detention of...

UN finds Australia guilty of 143 violations of international law for indefinite detention of...:...
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Jamie-Lee "TOGETHER WE CAN" ft. Jagarizzar, Briena Micah, Tinzy Mau, Henry & Santanya Gewang

Jamie-Lee "TOGETHER WE CAN" ft. Jagarizzar, Briena Micah, Tinzy Mau, Henry & Santanya Gewang: #PNG...
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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Kua has no confidence in PNG PM's probe call

Kua has no confidence in PNG PM's probe call: PNG #MoneyLaundering #CORRUPTION PROBE: PM O'Neill...
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Friday, 26 June 2015

The Charleston Attack Was Terrorism, But What Does That Mean?

The Charleston Attack Was Terrorism, But What Does That Mean?: USA #CHARLESTON #RACISM #TERRORISM...
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PNG breaking international law by restricting refugees' movements: UNHCR

PNG breaking international law by restricting refugees' movements: UNHCR: #PNG #MANUS...
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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Babies among asylum seekers transferred to Nauru: advocates

Babies among asylum seekers transferred to Nauru: advocates: AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers...
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Saturday, 20 June 2015

NRA blames Charleston victims as the mass shooting reaction echoes Newtown

NRA blames Charleston victims as the mass shooting reaction echoes Newtown: USA #GunControl...
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Asylum Seekers Lose Freedom Of Information Rights | newmatilda.com

Asylum Seekers Lose Freedom Of Information Rights | newmatilda.com: AUSTRALIA #AsylumSeekers #FOI...
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Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Charleston shooting: 'This was a terrorist attack'

Daily Show's Jon Stewart on Charleston shooting: 'This was a terrorist attack': Commentary on...
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Monday, 8 June 2015

Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences

Hillsong church drops controversial US preacher Mark Driscoll from conferences: AUSTRALIA/USA...
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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Brazil passes femicide law to curb domestic violence | Al Jazeera America

Brazil passes femicide law to curb domestic violence | Al Jazeera America: PNG #DV/#VAW/#GBV...
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Friday, 5 June 2015

Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News: #PNG: this is exactly the reason why the #DeathPenalty should not be used - 3 men...
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