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August 30, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \’Euphrates Shield\’

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation ‘Euphrates Shield’

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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On Monday, special presidential envoy for the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Brett McGurk, urged for the “unacceptable” clashes between the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and Turkish troops, who are allied with theFree Syrian Army (FSA) to end.

Over the weekend Turkey targeted the PYD in Jeb el-Kussaa, near the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Reports state at least 20 civilians died, and 50 were wounded due to Turkish air-strikes and artillery fire. On Sunday, another 15 civilians died, many of which are reported to be Kurdish civilians. So far, 35 civilians have died due to the operation, however on Monday, Turkey refuted this and claims only 25 Kurdish militants died in the strikes.

Turkish forces in allegiance with the (FSA) and backed by the U.S, launched operation “Euphrates Shield” on August 24, and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, where ISIL fighters seem to have fled without a fight. Approximately 40 Turkish tanks and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus via the Turkish border that day. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” targets “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the PYD, who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really to prevent the PYD, who had been marching towards Jarabulus, from gaining territory in Northern Syria and creating an independent state.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government for starting an insurgency within Turkey. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support. Later that day, US State Secretary John Kerry said the Syrian Kurdistan forces had retreated east from Euphrates.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.” Following a complaint from Syria to the United Nations (UN), a spokesman from Secretary General Stephane Dujarric de la Rivière, confirmed Turkey’s actions were considered an invasion.


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August 28, 2016

Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

Court decision to rule on Frances burkini ban

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{{France} On Friday France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied that the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem, objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis, “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Ahedan Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini claimed that her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans’ will be made at a later date.


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Court rules on France\’s burkini ban

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Court rules on France’s burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

File photo of a burkini.
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The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the women had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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French court suspends burkini ban

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French court suspends burkini ban

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On Friday, France‘s highest administrative court suspended the ban on the burkini, a type of swimwear designed for Islamic women, in the southern French town of Villeneuve-Loubet, near Nice.

File photo of a burkini.
Image: Giorgio Montersino (flickr).

The court ruling only applied to the ban enforced by Villeneuve-Loubet, which was found to be an illegal breach of fundamental freedoms. Mayors from 30 French towns, who have been imposing the ban, were urged to follow the court’s ruling. However several of the towns, including Nice, have vowed to continue the restrictions and will still fine women who wear the swimsuit.

The decision to ban the burkini faced international scrutiny and sparked debate over women’s rights and French secularism, after photographs emerged on Wednesday of police surrounding a woman in a headscarf on a Nice beach. The women was issued with a fine for her attire but French officials denied the woman had been forced to remove parts of her clothing, as had previously been reported.

Moroccan-born education minster Vallaud-Belkacem objected to the wording of the ban which likened the measure to preventing terrorism. “In my opinion, there is nothing to prove that there is a link between the terrorism of Daesh and what a woman wears on a beach,” she said, using another term for Islamic State.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defended the ban on burkinis. “We have to wage a determined fight against radical Islam, against these religious symbols which are filtering into public spaces,” Mr Valls said in an interview on BFM-TV. Mr Valls went on to equate the burkini as “a symbol of the enslavement of women.”

Aheda Zanetti, the Sydney designer who created the burkini, claimed her design was intended to be empowering. “My symbol is freedom, flexibility and confidence,” Zanetti told SBS. I wanted to give power back to them, I wanted to make them more confident,” she said.

The court’s final decision on the legality of the bans is to be made at a later date.


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August 26, 2016

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation \”Euphrates Shield\”

Turkey invades Jarabulus, Syria under operation “Euphrates Shield”

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On Wednesday, Turkish forces in allegiance with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and backed by the United States (U.S.), launched operation “Euphrates Shield” and quickly captured the ISIL held city of Jarabulus, which is located on the border of Turkey in Northern Syria. Many Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters seem to have fled without a fight.

Turkish President, Recap Tayyip Erdogan said operation “Euphrates Shield” would target “terrorist groups” such as ISIL and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), who Erdogan claims have been threatening and attacking Turkey from Syria. However analysts have said the operation is really aimed at the PYD who had been marching towards Jarabulus, and are also allied with the U.S. and Israel.

Ankara considers the PYD and its military wing (YPG) to be a faction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), who are regarded as enemies of the Turkish government. Earlier this month, the YPG helped regain control of the formerly ISIL held city of Manjib, and have been deemed as one of the strongest U.S. backed forces in Syria.

Approximately 40 Turkish tanks, and 2,000 FSA troops entered Jarabulus on midday via the Turkish border. Unconfirmed reports also state the operation involved artillery, MLRS, and Turkish commandos. According to the Turkish military, 224 airstrikes were carried out on 63 targets, which destroyed 12. In support of the operation, U.S. A-10 and F-16 warplanes also hit targets within Syria.

The Syrian regime condemned Turkey’s actions claiming their invasion violates Syria’s sovereignty and added that Turkey was merely “replacing one terrorist group with another.”

On Thursday, U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. sided with Turkey’s demands and asked the Kurdish troops to withdraw over the Euphrates River or risk losing U.S. support.



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August 25, 2016

North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

North Korea fires balistic missile from submarine

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North Korea test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine yesterday, which landed in the Sea of Japan after travelling approximately 500 km (about 300 miles), according to officials of South Korea and the US.

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The missile was fired from a submarine off North Korea’s east coast near Sinpo, officials said, and was reportedly North Korea’s first successful launch after missiles only traveled a small distance in previous tests. The South Korean military accused the North Korean government of using the test to increase military tension during the annual South Korean–US joint military drills, which involve 80,000 South Korean and US troops. North Korea has threatened a preemptive nuclear strike saying the drills were practice for an invasion.

This came on the same day as a meeting between the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea where, according to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida of Japan, they “urge[d] North Korea to exercise self-restraint regarding its provocative action, and to observe the UN Security Council‘s resolutions”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the test’s intrusion into Japan’s air defense identification zone “a grave threat to our country’s security.”


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August 19, 2016

Australia\’s offshore processing facility on Manus Island to be shut down

Australia’s offshore processing facility on Manus Island to be shut down

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Friday, August 19, 2016

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After meeting with Papau New Guinea‘s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill in Port Moseby, Australia’s Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton confirmed on Wednesday, that the Manus Island Processing Centre will be shut down. There was no mention of where the 854 men currently detained will be resettled to, except that Australia refuses to accept them.

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In an interview with the ABC, Dutton gave no time frame for the closure of the facility and said, the process can’t be rushed. Dutton also said he was currently talking to third countries to discuss options for resettlement.

O’Neill also released a statement confirming the closure of the Manus Island Processing Centre, which he has called for since April, when Papau New Guinea’s Supreme Council ruled that Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on the Pacific Island was illegal.

News of the closure came shortly after {{w:The Guardian}} published over 2,000 leaked incident reports (the Nauru Files) from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, last Wednesday, which revealed the poor treatment and living conditions endured by asylum seekers, some of which have been detained for three years.

Last Thursday, Dutton dismissed and downplayed the asylum seeker’s reports of sexual assault, child abuse and self harm; which were exposed in the Nauru Files. Dutton accused asylum seekers of fabricating sexual abuse reports; and setting themselves on fire in an attempt to seek asylum in Australia. He even insinuated that the claims were false since the asylum seekers payed people smugglers to gain access to Australia.

Chris Lougheed, The Deputy Education Manager with Save the Children, who reviewed and submitted some of the incident reports within the Nauru Files, rebuked Dutton’s comments and said the reports were accurate and “written by experienced professionals.”

Nauru’s detention camp had previously been shrouded in secrecy, as local journalists are rarely granted permission to film or interview asylum seekers, and foreign journalists are required to pay an $8,000 application fee to visit and report from the remote island.

In response to the Nauru files; 103 current and previous employees from Australia‘s offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus Island signed and released a letter, urging for the detained refugees to be granted asylum in Australia instantly. Human rights, legal, religious, and medical groups have also demanded for the Australian government to end what they consider inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in the offshore processing centres.


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Employees from the Nauru and Manus Island Processing Centres speak out

Employees from the Nauru and Manus Island Processing Centres speak out

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After meeting with Papau New Guinea‘s Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill in Port Moseby, Australia’s Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton confirmed on Wednesday, that the Manus Island Processing Centre will be shut down. There was no mention of where the 854 men currently detained will be resettled to, except that Australia refuses to accept them.

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Image: IU.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

In an interview with the ABC, Dutton gave no time frame for the closure of the facility and said, the process can’t be rushed. Dutton also said he was currently talking to third countries to discuss options for resettlement.

O’Neill also released a statement confirming the closure of the Manus Island Processing Centre, which he has called for since April, when Papau New Guinea’s Supreme Council ruled that Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on the Pacific Island was illegal.

News of the closure came shortly after {{w:The Guardian}} published over 2,000 leaked incident reports (the Nauru Files from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, last Wednesday, which revealed the poor treatment and living conditions endured by asylum seekers, some of which have been detained for three years.

Last Thursday, Dutton, dismissed and downplayed the asylum seeker’s reports of sexual assault, child abuse and self harm; which were exposed in the Nauru Files. Dutton accused asylum seekers of fabricating sexual abuse reports; and setting themselves on fire in an attempt to seek asylum in Australia. He even insinuated that the claims were false since the asylum seekers payed people smugglers to gain access to Australia.

Chris Lougheed, The Deputy Education Manager with Save the Children, who reviewed and submitted some of the incident reports within the Nauru Files, rebuked Dutton’s comments and said the reports were accurate and “written by experienced professionals.”

Nauru’s detention camp had previously been shrouded in secrecy, as local journalists are rarely granted permission to film or interview asylum seekers, and foreign journalists are required to pay an $8,000 application fee to visit and report from the remote island.

In response to the Nauru files; 103 current and previous employees from Australia‘s offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus Island signed and released a letter, urging for the detained refugees to be granted asylum in Australia instantly. Human rights, legal, religious, and medical groups have also demanded for the Australian government to end what they consider inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in the offshore processing centres.


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Naked statues of Donald Trump appear in various US cities

Naked statues of Donald Trump appear in various US cities

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A number of statues depicting US presidential candidate Donald Trump without his clothes on were erected in various US cities yesterday morning.

File photo of Donald Trump, 2011.
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The statues were unveiled in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Seattle. Titled “The Emperor Has No Balls”, the project was devised by the anarchist collective INDECLINE, presenting present Trump in an unflattering and humiliating way.

A spokesperson for INDECLINE told The Washington Post the project was inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Emperor’s New Clothes” which depicts a vain and overconfident leader. The spokesperson also said the project is meant to poke fun at the tendency for those in authoritarian positions to raise monuments of themselves.

The statues are credited to a Las Vegas-based artist called Ginger, who said he was approached by INDECLINE because of his pervious work designing monsters for horror movies and haunted houses. A video of Ginger creating these statues went up on INDECLINE’s YouTube page.

The New York City statue became a busy tourist spot until the parks and recreation department took it down. A spokeswoman for the NYC parks and recreation centre stated: “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.”



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August 17, 2016

Australia\’s Immigration Minister responds to leaked incident reports from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre

Australia’s Immigration Minister responds to leaked incident reports from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre

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Today, 103 current and previous employees from Australia‘s offshore processing facilities on Nauru and Manus Island signed and released a letter, urging for the detained refugees to be granted asylum in Australia instantly, in order to assure their safety. Those supporting the letter include: case workers, teachers, doctors, social workers from Broadspectrum (previously Transfield), Save the Children and other contracted workers for the Nauru and Manus Regional Processing Centres.

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The letter comes in response to {{w:The Guardian}} publishing over 2,000 leaked incident reports (the Nauru Files), which totalled over 8,000 pages from the Nauru Regional Processing Centre, last Wednesday. The Nauru files revealed the poor treatment and living conditions endured by asylum seekers, some of which have been detained for three years.

The Guardian’s analysis shows children are involved in 51.3% of the incident reports, despite only consisting of 18% of people in the detention facility during the time of reports, between May 2013 to October 2015. The leaked files were published by the Guardian, who claimed the Australian public has a right to know.

A Senate Inquiry has since been proposed by the Australian Labor Party, but the current and former employees involved in the letter believe it to be an inadequate move. In the letter, former child protection officer from Save the Children, Toby O’Brien said the evidence brought forth from the Nauru Files is “overwhelmingly clear” and action was required immediately. The Nauru and Manus staff also said many had given evidence at the last Senate Inquiry, which was ignored as conditions didn’t improve and the mental health of the detained asylum seekers continued to deteriorate on both Nauru and for the males held on the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre.

Last Thursday, Australia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, dismissed the asylum seeker’s reports of sexual assault, child abuse and self harm; which were exposed in the Nauru Files. Dutton disregarded the seriousness of the abuse, claiming it had been already reported. He said he was aware of some of the incidents reported, but accused asylum seekers of fabricating sexual abuse reports; and setting themselves on fire in an attempt to seek asylum in Australia. He has also insinuated that the claims are fabricated due to asylum seekers paying people smugglers to gain access to Australia.

Chris Lougheed, The Deputy Education Manager with Save the Children, who reviewed and submitted some of the incident reports within the Nauru Files, rebuked Dutton’s comments and said “these reports are accurate observations written by experienced professionals.” Lougheed also demanded for the Australian government to take immediate responsibility and release the asylum seekers to Australia.

Nauru’s detention camp had previously been shrouded in secrecy, as local journalists are rarely granted permission to film or interview asylum seekers, and foreign journalists are required to pay an $8,000 application fee to visit and report from the remote island. Yesterday, the Nauruan government’s official Twitter account tweeted that the reports were false and being used for a political agenda.

In response to the Nauru files; human rights, legal, religious, and medical groups have also demanded for the Australian government to end what they consider inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in the offshore processing centres. Over 1800 academics have pressured Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnball, to call a summit to consider ways Australia can help these asylum seekers and put an end to the ordeal endured in the facilities.


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