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Wednesday, 19 December

16:52

Fare thee well until next year! Overland literary journal

In solidarity, so long, proshchay, take care, wadaeaan, all the best, adiao, shalom, see you next year!

14:27

Retired SAS operator John Anon with a reminder about Clinton and The Left Michael Smith News

As President Trump is considering the case of former US Green Beret war hero Matt Golsteyn, here's a reminder of the way Hillary Clinton and The Left views our heroes. Thanks John for the tip. Merry Christmas mate!

14:14

Highest-Ranking Vatican Official Convicted Of Child Rape "IndyWatch Feed World"

Cardinal George Pell has become the highest-ranking Vatican official to be convicted on several counts of child rape.  Pell, who served as senior advisor to Pope Francis, was found guilty by an Australian court last [...]

The post Highest-Ranking Vatican Official Convicted Of Child Rape appeared first on News Punch.

14:12

Judith Sloan warns about union control under Labor's IR policies Michael Smith News

Professor Sloan writes in The Australia today about the IR settings if Labor gets back behind the wheel, we should expect: a hybrid arrangement in which unions will be able to pick and choose whether industry-wide bargaining, single-enterprise bargaining or award adjustment based on compulsory arbitration will be the preferred...

13:19

IBAC charges - 9 January in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court Michael Smith News

Thank to court watcher Bill Thompson for the tip - after our story about IBAC charges a few days ago! Do you know more? Please let us know too. Bill wonders if there's any connection.

12:53

Adani activists drop in on COAG National News Echonetdaily

Jamie Dunn (L) and Donna Smit (R) bookend Senator Canavan with their Stop Adani signs during yesterdays COAG press conference. Photo supplied

On the first day of the COAG Energy Council meeting in Adelaide yesterday (Tuesday December 18), two citizens entered Senator Matt Canavans press conference and stood either side of him bearing #StopAdani signs. Interrupting his opening statements, they asked him why he supports the Adani coal mine.

One of the pair, Donna Smit, 49, said,I interrupted Senator Canavan because Queensland is burning up and he wants to fuel the fire.

More coal means our bushfires, droughts and storms will be even more deadly. I want to know why Senator Canavan, in all good conscience, supports the Adani coal mine when scientists are clear we must leave thermal coal deposits in the ground.

Senator Canavan hides behind the minimal jobs the Adani mine will create, as if coal is the only way we can provide for our families. The Adani mine threatens farmers livelihoods and the 70,000 jobs reliant on a healthy reef.

The federal government must help communities reliant on coal to transition to a cleaner economy of renewable energy, she said.

Jamie Dunn, 23, who held the other sign, said, as a young person, the opening up of the Galilee Basin to new coal mining will have a catastrophic effect on my future.

Climate change is the single biggest threat to my generation and Senator Canavan is determined to make it worse. I will not stop until the Galilee Basin is protected from coal mining for good, he said.

 

The post Adani activists drop in on COAG appeared first on Echonetdaily.

11:46

"Somalis, go home and rebuild your own country". Michael Smith News

Danish authorities have concluded that the situation in some parts of Somalia is safe, and that Somalis no longer have valid grounds for asylum. Following a review of the situation in Somalia, which began in 2017, residence permits will therefore be withdrawn for no less than 1,000 Somalis. It is...

11:42

Great editorial in The Australian today Michael Smith News

MP scandals undermine democracy from within 12:00AM DECEMBER 19, 2018 Former assistant minister Andrew Broad will leave parliament next May but, like other scandal-prone MPs before him, he will leave a legacy of deeper distrust and cynicism about politicians. His alleged conduct flying to Hong Kong to meet a...

11:06

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Africa"

Ulterior Act of Going Against Trend Towards Peace
Of late, Australia decided to dispatch a sea-patrol plane to the vicinity of the Korean peninsula under the pretext of keeping a close watch on the DPRK's violation of "sanctions resolution."

The defense minister of Australia said that Australia would maintain pressure upon north Korea until the latter takes measures for CVID, noting that the recent step is aimed at blocking the evasion of sanctions and illegal dealings of north Korea and organizations involved.

This cannot but be called into question as it is a very unreasonable act of going against the trend towards peace created on the Korean peninsula and the region.

Thanks to the DPRK's proactive measures, a good atmosphere has pervaded the Korean peninsula this year in line with the aspiration and desire of humankind for peace and stability.

Now the neighbouring countries and many other countries actively support the hard-won trend of dtente, hoping this trend would be lasting and durable.

It is evidence of positive actions to further develop the trend of the situation that voices calling for detente and lift of sanctions on the DPRK rang out at the recent G-20 summit.

Contrary to the efforts of the international community, Australia is chilling the peaceful atmosphere created on the Korean peninsula and the region, regardless of the time.

It dispatched a P-8A Poseidon patrol plane and two AP-3C patrol planes to Japan in April and September. It was for the purpose of watching the sea-borne trade of the DPRK's vessels.

In October it took the lead in committing acts against the DPRK by dispatching a guided-missile cruiser to the waters off the Korean peninsula while talking about "economic and diplomatic pressure on north Korea".

If it seeks to get its status acknowledged by infringing upon the sovereignty of an independent country in the region which is of weighty significance in preserving peace and security of the world, it would be little short of pricking its own eyes with its own fingers.

The Australian authorities should not forget the bitter lesson of history that they were taught in K...

10:38

Queensland police officer charged with leaking domestic violence victim's address Corporate Australia


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Every week an Australian woman is murdered by her current or former partner and Australian police are at the forefront of that crisis, responding to incidents of domestic violence every two minutes.

But this week a Queensland police officer was stood down from duty after being accused of leaking the address of a domestic violence complainant to her former partner.

Senior Constable Neil Punchard will face court next month after being charged with nine counts of computer hacking.

The Senior Constable allegedly accessed a confidential police database to look up the woman's details then allegedly passed them on to her former partner, who was subject to an ongoing domestic violence order.

If you're in an abusive situation, or know someone who is, call 1800 RESPECT that's 1800 737 732.

Statement from the QLD Police Service:
The Queensland Police Service (QPS) conducted a review into a matter which led to further inquiries being conducted. As a result of this criminal investigation, an officer was issued with a Notice to Appear for nine counts of computer hacking.
The Queensland Police Service holds substantial intelligence and information holdings and takes information privacy very seriously. All members are required to adhere to QPS policy and procedures concerning the access to and use of this information. The QPS provides significant training to all members on the use and access to confidential information contained on QPS databases.
Training on the use of these databases commences with recruit training and continues throughout the member's service. Such training includes online learning products and face-to-face training on how to use the information contained in the databases. Breaches of QPS policy and procedures are subject to a robust internal investigation process. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time due to matters before the court.


Source: abc.net.au

10:37

All over the globe public housing is under siege The Pen

The following is from Save Public Housing Victoria

Have you seen the ABC documentary about Waterloo called There Goes Our Neighbourhood? 

Quote All over the globe public housing is under siege.

And now its Australias turn.

Whichever major party is in power across Australian states the despicable covert privatisation of Public Housing and public land is likely to continue, because whats driving it is money, power and mega-profits.

Homelessness of course will worsen!! The homeless, to our shame, are our internal refugees

Personal testimonials (1)

At a meeting in Gronn Place in West Brunswick earlier this year, we heard from Louise who spoke about her sisters experience in Millers Point in Sydney.

Here are some extracts from her speech.

When the government said they wanted to renew Millers Point, they said the main reason was that it was costing too much in maintenance. I can tell you right now, they spent nothing on maintenance. People had to paint their own places, had to replace their own stoves. The government spent nothing.

In Millers Point, to get them out, they offered them the world not telling them they were finding them alternative accommodation by throwing those (public) tenants out. The same pretext they said to existing tenants, Youll only be out for 3 monthsand well fix the place up. In the meantime, they brought in people from Millers Point.

Theres two reasons why people live in Public Housing. The first reason is they choose to because of their community. Secondly, they cant afford any other accommodation, either temporarily or permanently. There has to be a place in our society for people who cant afford to buy or pay high rents. Everybody is a citizen. 

Regarding the displacement process underway in Melbournes inner-city under the Labor government

Louise: People have mentioned the government coming along with pieces of paper and smiles on their faces. What happens is they tell lie after lie. The minute people give up their place in Public Housing theyre heading down the road of homelessness for a number of reasons.

...

10:33

Australia Announces Moving its Embassy to Jerusalem: Is there any Surprise? "IndyWatch Feed War"

By James ONeill New Eastern Outlook 18.12.2018 When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12%) Jewish population in the electorate where []

10:04

What is Trade Justice and how does it relate to Labor Policy? AFTINET

AFTINET is a network of both individuals and 60 community groups including including unions, churches, environment, public health, aid and development, womens groups and others advocating for fair trade (also called trade justice), based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability.

Donald Trumps rejection of trade agreements and aggressive use of unilateral tariffs, and One Nations similar policies in Australia have tapped into resentment of current neoliberal trade policies, which for many people have not delivered promised jobs and growth, and have contributed to growing inequality.

Trump and One Nation have mobilised this resentment from a conservative and racist perspective, fanning ultra-nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment. But their simplistic responses of high tariffs on imports will not magically restore lost jobs. Building walls and discriminatory migration policies based on fear will not improve peoples lives but will bolster militarism and the danger of war.

AFTINET is part of the global movement of progressive groups supporting peace, human rights and global solidarity. We are not opposed to trade, but want a more just global trade system

What Trumps rupture with some neoliberal trade policies does demonstrate is that they are not immutable economic rules resulting from market forces, but political decisions that can be changed. As advocates for trade Justice we must seize the opportunity to challenge bad policy and develop alternatives which benefit the majority, not just the top 1%.

Whats wrong with current trade policy

Fundamentalist neoliberal trade policy as practised by the Coalition Government aims to achieve not only zero tariffs but also zero other barriers to all trade and investment.

Each country should specialise in its most narrowly-defined competitive products or services, import everything else at the lowest possible prices, have no active industry policies and minimise other government regulation. Australia would be a farm and a quarry, with deregulated service industries like tourism and financial services.

This policy culminated in former Treasurer Joe Hockeys  admission that his government decided to end al...

09:43

ANZ to face questions from shareholders about its human rights record News | Human Rights Law Centre

At ANZs annual general meeting in Perth this morning, questions will be asked of CEO Shayne Elliott about the banks failure to compensate Cambodian farmers pushed off their land to make way for an ANZ-funded sugar plantation.

Keren Adams, a Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that ANZs failure to take any responsibility for the consequences of its actions was shocking:

ANZ has profited from serious human rights abuses. They admit that their systems were lacking and as a result, they funded an initiative that destroyed the lives of hundreds of Cambodian families.

In 2011, ANZ provided a $40 million loan to Phnom Penh Sugar, which had forcibly displaced hundreds of local farming families and employed school-aged children in dangerous conditions at its sugarcane plantation in southern Cambodia. The loan was recently found by an Australian Government complaints body to contradict the banks own internal policies and international human rights standards.

In October, in response to questioning about this decision, Mr Elliott told an Australian Parliamentary Committee that what had happened in Cambodia was a dreadful situation and that the bank would look to do the right thing with the profit made from the loan. However the bank appears to have subsequently backed away from those statements.  In a letter sent to interested stakeholders this week, the bank suggested the farmers should instead look to the Cambodian government for compensation, despite the governments known intimidation tactics.

After Mr Elliotts recent public comments, the Cambodian families left destitute by this land grab were looking to the bank to do the right thing. The banks decision is another slap in the face for them, said Ms Adams.

We call on ANZ to immediate divest the profit from its loan to Phnom Penh Sugar to help address the harm caused to these families.

A statement to be provided to shareholders by NGOs Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International outlines a further five recent cases in which ANZ has allegedly financed companies implicated in land grabbing and other serious human rights violations.

For interviews, call Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519.

09:21

Parliamentary debates on Queensland Police corruption from 1984 Corporate Australia


Queensland Police motto: WITH HONOUR WE SERVE

Within the first line of an article by The Guardian from August this year, on Queensland police corruption, it is stated that:

"The culture is now far worse than before the Fitzgerald reforms, advocates say"

One did not realise that corruption was a 'culture' but rather lack of it.

In any event what else would one expect from a colony whose police where actual convicts, i.e. not people of 'honour', where this is reflected in the 'culture' today.

See Hansard (Parliamentary Debates) on the topic of Queensland police corruption from 18 September 1984.


Please note: that official government documents have known to be falsified.

See the article mentioned above:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/aug/05/independent-group-targets-misconduct-and-corruption-in-queensland-police

08:47

Prime Minister to set up anti-corruption commission with no teeth The Pen


Contributed from New South Wales

Last week Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed the creation of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission, after months of refusing to do so.

The intensity of public pressure and loss of a parliamentary majority forced the issue.

It is tempting to see this as a major back down. But things are not always quite what they seem. There is no intention to set up a commission to properly tackle corruption in Canberra. A smokescreen to cover up public  anger against lack of action is being erected.

Its there is black and white, in the paper submitted last Thursday, which boldly states that the CIC will not investigate direct complaints about ministers, members of parliament or their staff received from the public at large.

The implication is that information passed on by a whistleblower will not be followed up either.

All that the CIC will be mandated to do is take referrals from established government agencies and regulators. This means that the machinery to edit out what the government does not want pursued is in its hands. After all, these agencies operate under the guidelines provided by the government of the day.

Even if specific government direction does not exist, hurdles and delays conveniently in place, to  make it much harder for any complaints to be heard.

The Federal Police, for instance, has a mandate to investigate corruption. But its track record is nothing to brag about. If those who have some information to pass on, have to go to the Federal Police, and wait for them to build a case, and pass it on to the CIC, it may be a very long wait, if anything is done at all.

This will send out the message that making a complaint is a waste of time.

Secondly, any case coming under suspicion, must meet a perceived threshold test of criminality on paper. But how is this to be tested?

Those involved in corruption do not put their behaviour out there in public to be seen. Cracking cases must involve following up leaks and pulling aside the cloak of secrecy. The CIC will lack the power to do this.

Thirdly, even if a case reaches the CIC, all it is empowered to do is hand over the case to a special prosecutor, who will decide whether a criminal case should take place. Who appoints the special prosecutor?

This is a CIC without teeth.

Every indication is that there is significant corruption in Canberra. The high number of multi-million contracts, widespread connection between those in the political system and the corporate world, and the penetration of the business lobbyists provide fertile territory to induce payments for favours.

It is naive to suggest that it deosnt exist, when rising corrupt and improper behaviour is a growing feature of business and political life across Australia.

Scott...

08:33

PERTH Ben Cousins to face Perth court again CrimeView

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Ben Cousins to face Perth court again .

December 19, 2018 at 02:30AM .

Those matters were adjourned to join his remaining 16 offences in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The court previously heard the former West

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08:00

HRC Arrest and the Notes at George Bush Srs Funeral Gumshoe News

by G5

Jebs note was a short copy of Trumps execution order for GHWB.

That given to Hillary was a note concerning orders by DC Judge Royce Lamberth to the State Department and the DOJ to produce HRCs file and asking why they have acted in Bad Faith.

Forcefully announcing that the double speak, lies, and deceptions concerning HRC is One of the greatest modern offences to government transparency.

He [Trump] wants to start gaoling State and DOJ dupes. They were given 10 days to deliver.

They lacked complete candour. How much ratting do you think there will be from the Feminese big mouth nut jobs? He said they have Strained Credulity.

Kavanaugh will gaol them if they falter, or treason will be played as the hidden file concern...

06:50

Xi Jinping: Chinas economy open but Communist Party will remain in control "IndyWatch Feed War"

China would continue with its strong Communist Party control of its society as it sought to further open up its economy, Chinas President Xi Jinping said in a landmark speech yesterday celebrating the countrys 40 years of reform.

The speech, made at the Great Hall of the People on the 40th anniversary of the reforms made by Deng Xiaoping in opening the economy in December 1978, was a signal that the Communist Party intended to strengthen its control over China and its people, while focusing on delivering further improvements in the countrys standard of living.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Schiefelbein)

Chinas President Xi Jinping applauds during a celebration meeting marking the 40th anniversary of Chinas reform and opening up policy. Picture: AFP

In his 90-minute speech, which did not contain any new announcements, and was focused largely on his domestic audience, Mr Xi highlighted the countrys economic achievements, including lifting more than 740 million people out of poverty and building the worlds largest social security system with an age pension covering more than 900 million people and medical insurance covering 1.3 billion.

China had also become the worlds largest exporter and the worlds largest holder of foreign exchange reserves.

Mr Xi said China now stood tall and firm in the East, following the unprecedented miracle of the past 40 years, and would continue to step up its role as a player on the global scene.

But he said its rise from near poverty to the worlds second largest economy would not represent a threat to any other country, and China had no intention of using its economic power to seek dominance over other countries.

China does not represent a threat to any one country, he said. China will never seek hegemony.

But he said no one was in a position to dictate to the Chinese people what should or should not be done.

The speech, which made no reference to Chinas trade war with the US or the trade negotiations with the Trump administration, was seen as a disappointment for observers who had been hoping it might signal Mr Xi was planning further reforms of Chinas economic system, which is still dominated by state-owned enterprises. The private sector is now also exp...

03:43

Great moments in presidenting "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

I am sure that readers would be expecting this post to be about Donald Trump, who has given us many great moments in presidenting by virtue of his grifting, incompetence, and sheer brazen lying. But this is actually about Sri Lanka where the president there seems to be trying to give Trump a run for his money when it comes to making impulsive and stupid decisions without thinking things through, feeling that the sheer office of his office was sufficient to make any decision he makes become reality.

I wrote earlier about the crisis in Sri Lankan politics that was triggered on October 26th by the decision of the president Maithripala Sirisena (MS) to summarily fire the prime minister Ranil WIckremesinghe (RW) and replace him with the leader of the opposition (and former president) Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR). RW insisted that MS did not have the constitutional authority to fire him and refused to vacate the official residence. Meanwhile MR appointed his own cabinet to run the government even though he tried but failed to show that he had the support of the majority of parliament, a necessary requirement to form a government in a parliamentary system.

So we had an impasse with, depending how you looked at it, either two prime ministers and two governments or no prime minister and no government, and there were rowdy scenes of fisticuffs in parliament and public demonstrations in the streets as the two sides claimed legitimacy. The rest of the country went about its business as this craziness went on.

The president MS had apparently never heard the sage advice that when you are already in a hole, you should stop digging. In an effort to end the impasse without backing down, MS then issued a proclamation dissolving parliament and calling for new elections. This was challenged in court and the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the constitution prohibited the president from dissolving parliament until a specific time had elapsed and since that time had not as yet been reached, his order was invalid.

There did not seem to be any resolution without somebody backing down in an embarrassing public defeat, something that rarely happens in politics. But that actually happened. The issue got resolved suddenly with MR resigning as prime minister and MS swearing RW in again as prime minister. This has to be seen as a serious loss of face fort he president. I think that there will be such general relief that this whole mess has been resolved without too much violence that embarrassing legal technicalities, such as why RW had to be sworn in again as prime minister if he had never been legally r...

02:34

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" sets new Australian December daily rainfall record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Cyclone "Owen" brought extremely heavy rains to parts of Queensland, setting a new Australian December daily rainfall. Owen made its first landfall well north of Cardwell, Queensland early December 10, exited into the Gulf of Carpentaria and...... Read more

01:29

Australia Announces Moving its Embassy to Jerusalem: Is there any Surprise? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12%) Jewish population in the electorate where a by-election was being held.

Following the governments humiliating defeat in an electorate it had held for more than a century, the idea was expected to die. That possibility was reinforced by the widespread criticism that followed the prime ministers announcement. That criticism was couched almost solely in terms of the damage such a move would do to Australias relationships with its near neighbours such as Indonesia.

Supporters of the Prime Minister also argued that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would enhance progress in the two state solution to the problem between Israel and the Palestinians.

More recently however, the Australian cabinet has approved the idea that the embassy should be moved, but not immediately. The delay was purportedly on cost grounds, financial cost that is, not reputational.

Almost completely missing from news bulletins and mainstream media analysis are the arguably far more important elements in the Tel Aviv Jerusalem equation.

The term international law is now avoided in political discourse, for the very good reason that the actions of the western powers do not sit well with adherence to international law.

The invasions, occupations, and attacks upon Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, among others this century alone make the point. In all of these illegal endeavours Australia has been a willing, indeed eager, participant. This is quite apart from Australias own violations of, for example, the Convention on Refugees and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Australian politicians als...

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22:28

Amazon wrongfully fires worker "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 17 April 2018 video says about itself:

Amazon Employees Have To PEE IN BOTTLES Under Horrendous Working Conditions | Whats Trending Now!

According to an undercover report from journalist James Bloodworth, some Amazon warehouse employees fear going to the restroom, as the 10-minute walk could get them written-up or even fired.

By Nick Barrickman in the USA:

I think the whole shipping business is a little corrupt

Amazon worker wrongfully fired for theft reveals companys dead-end appeal system

18 December 2018

A former employee at Amazons BWI-5 facility in Baltimore, Maryland contacted the International Amazon Workers Voice to describe what can only be called a nightmare of corporate red tape.

Hired in 2016, the 25-year old workerDwas a permanent warehouse employee, meaning he had surpassed the standards of the internet giant and had survived the corporations onerous and indefinite probationary period without an infraction, allowing them to receive minor benefits granted to permanent workers.

Unfortunately, job protection and the right to a fair hearing were not among the benefits that were listed. In August 2017, D was terminated from his position as a warehouse associate for allegedly stealing an item of food from the in-house food vending systema Twix ice cream bar. I had been in a conversation with friends before my shift started and forgot to pay for it at the Canteen [vending company] kiosk, he said.

As I began my shift, I was approached by one of the managers and was told that I had been called to the Human Resources office. Waiting in HR, D struggled hard to figure out why the manager had requested his presence. I finally realized that I had forgotten to pay [for the ice cream]. The worker noted that he had a tendency to be forgetful but had never stolen anything in his life or had any previous infractions at the company.

D was about to enter a...

21:07

The Demands of the Yellow Vest Movement Are Growing Into Rea Systemic Change Real News Australia

Originally posted on Waking Times Phillip J. Watt, Contributor Long story short; French citizens have revolted for the fourth week in a row calling for changes in governmental and corporate design. Even though UN Military and thousands of French police have been deployed in response, the police have actually been filmed removing their helmets in solidarity with the French []

20:07

Criminalising Dissent: Turnbulls Attack on Protesters and Journalists Real News Australia

Originally published by Paul Gregoire at Sydney Criminal Lawyers on July 5th 2018 but given the recent uprising in France its about time I shared this. Its as though our so-called leaders got wind of what was in the works in France with the yellow vest movement as it was started back in may! This []

18:20

Wildlife, ecotourism industry at stake in Madagascars election, says scientist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Madagascars election on Wednesday could have major implications for the future of the islands environment and wildlife and by extension, its rising ecotourism sector says a prominent conservation scientist. In an op-ed published this week in Al Jazeera, William F. Laurance, a researcher at James Cook University in Australia, warns that if Madagascar elects former president Andry Rajoelina, the countrys dwindling natural resources could face renewed assault. Under Rajoelinas previous reign, which followed a 2009 coup, Madagascars forests, wildlife, and coastal waters were pillaged. Rajoelina himself was linked to trafficking in rosewood timber: Upon his removal, a stash of rosewood logs was found in the presidential palace, writes Laurance. A critically endangered indri lemur (Indri indri), the largest lemur species. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. The environmental devastation under Rajoelina continued through his successors Hery Rajaonarimampianinas rule, with a surge in deforestation and an auctioning off of community-managed fishing areas to foreign industrial fleets. With 95 percent of Madagascars lemurs classified as as either endangered or critically endangered, there is a real risk that a Rajoelina presidency could diminish some of the islands biggest attractions for nature tourists. We can see Rajoelinas predatory attitude to the environment as demonstrated by his track record, writes Laurance. One must only look to the appalling state of the Malagasy rainforests to witness his rapaciousness. Appallingly, one of Rajoelinas first acts was to legalize the felling of precious hardwoods by executive decree, he continues. The illicit trade flourished: after a year of

16:01

A Blue Carbon Sink In Australias Midst "IndyWatch Feed World"

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Researchers studied the carbon storage of deep-water seagrasses living at Lizard Island, Australia. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Thanks to National Public Radio for this:

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Crypto"

1.00 AUD = 0.00019 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 5.20 AUD
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15:55

2018 Top 10 TV ads complained about by sundry whingers, whiners and wowsers Michael Smith News

1. 0116/18 Sportsbet TV Free-to-air A man is seen naked from the waist up and appears to be manscaping. Upheld Number of complaints: 793 Issues of concern: 2.1 Discrimination or vilification, 2.2 Exploitative or degrading, 2.3 Violence and 2.4 Sex/sexuality/nudity 2. 0113/18 ...

15:39

Australias Shameful Gift to Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Jeremy Salt Source Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. A land without people for a people without land was the Zionist lie. Terra nullius was the Australian white settler equivalent. Australian aboriginal ownership was collective and traditional. []

15:23

News | Human Rights Law Centre

Support and wellbeing of survivors is, and always should be, at the heart of this issue, said Anna Brown, incoming CEO of Equality Australia and Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

It is imperative that there are stronger laws and support for survivors, and also education about the harm caused by the cultural ideas and messaging prevalent within faith communities.

Its fantastic that the ALP has listened to survivors and researchers. Changing their policy to reflect that gay conversion is broader than therapeutic practices and acknowledging that the ideology behind gay conversion is also harmful, is an important step toward protecting the community, said Mr Csabs.

The changes in the ALP platform reflect a key recommendation of the Human Rights Law Centre and La Trobe University Report ...

14:59

Tsarnaev Case: A Fodder Person in the Watertown Shoot-out? Gumshoe News

(L) Ed Deveau, and (R) Ric Donohue

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Dear Dr Mindy Hull, Massachusetts Medical Examiner

I mailed you a letter (copy enclosed) back in August of this year, 2018, in which I requested an Inquest into the April 19, 2013 death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I am writing to you now to demand an inquest into the death of another person whom we will have to call John Doe.

At famous shootout took place on Laurel St, Watertown, in the wee hours of April 19, 2013, allegedly in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred four days earlier.

Officer Ric Donohue was injured in that sho...

14:31

MACKAY Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars CrimeView

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

Child grooming accused to spend Christmas behind bars

December 18, 2018 at 04:56AM ,

The 24-year-old man fronted Mackay Magistrates Court over videolink from prison on December 12, appearing relatively cheerful in the circumstances

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14:31

MACKAY Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face CrimeView

MACKAY December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Man capsicum sprayed after kicking police officer in face

December 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Facing Mackay Magistrates Court, Bridger pleaded guilty to two counts each of assaulting and obstructing police on November 24. Prosecutor Josh

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MACKAY Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court CrimeView

MACKAY December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Alleged prison escapee to learn fate in higher court

December 17, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

In Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, Magistrate Mark Nolan noted Brown would be required to serve time related to the escape lawful custody

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14:23

Nine's Kate McClymont reports NSW ICAC raid on Labor HQ in Sussex St Michael Smith News

The Independent Commission Against Corruption has raided the NSW Labor Party headquarters in Sydney on Tuesday morning. The Herald understands investigators arrived at the Sussex Street offices, looking for records as part of an ongoing investigation. Senior union and Labor Party officials are in Adelaide for the ALP National Conference...

13:50

Put a little love into the world with something beautiful for Ruby at Christmas Michael Smith News

In August 2012 Mr and Mrs Ralph and Ruby Blewitt had a difficult conversation. Ralph explained to his wife that he'd been involved in union corruption in Australia during the 1990s. And he said he was going to go back to Australia to fess up. Ruby comes from a lovely...

13:09

Signal App to Australia: Good Luck with That Crypto Ban "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: Ars Technica: Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute. By design, Signal does not have a record of your contacts, social graph, conversation list, location, user avatar, user profile name, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars, Joshua []

11:37

Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction The Pen

You say you love your children above all else, yet you are stealing their futures right before their very eyes. This 15-year-old activist just called out world leaders for their global inaction on climate change.

Video from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

The post Video: 15-year-old climate activist calls out world leaders for inaction appeared first on The Pen.

11:29

This is Home For Now Global Hobo

Fresh off the plane, a trail across the world left on the maps, I walk through the picturesque German town I have chosen as the location for my future stories. Ill walk these streets past bright coloured houses with wooden shutters as I fight to earn that expensive piece of paper in endless hours of studies.

I enter the administration office, one of the many cornerstones of bureaucratic Germany. A thick line on the floor warns me to not take another step. Good citizen that I am, I halt right in front and maintain discretion as requested. The room smells like a stuffy office that has never heard laughter. Three clerks sit behind their narrow desks and stare at flickering screens from the early 2000s.

One of them raises her voice to explain a line of incomprehensible instructions in the type of administrative German even natives have trouble understanding. Her client stares back in confusion. I sigh and stare at the shiny literature given out by the government to make sense of the many hoops and never-ending forms that frame German life. This is the third time Im here, waiting for another form to fill out for my landlord amidst snarky comments from the staff regarding my incomplete pile of documents.

As her last client passes me by, a document smelling of fresh ink in hand, a clerk waves me over. I sit down as her fingers dig into the keyboard. She doesnt look up.

What can I help you with? she says in a monotone voice.

Id like to register my residence, I reply.

Do you have the certificate of tenement provision filled out?

 Yup, I say. Now were talking.

Your identification papers?

I hand her my folder of documents and wait in silence as she examines them.

Please be patient for a moment, Miss, she says and starts punching the keys again, asking questions occasionally.

As I endure the procedure, I observe the clerk at work, wondering what she might do in her free time.

Before I know what is happening, she draws a long ruler out of nowhere, places it over the name of my birthplace on my passport and crosses it out with a fat marker. I lose my breath. What did she just do?!

There is no chance to ask whats going on. She already works to thoroughly wet a stamp in a black ink pad and slams the ugly crest of my new place of residence next to the line that just cancelled my former life off the books.

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10:19

COP24 summit finishes and produces joint statement committing to lifting response to climate change by 2020 The Pen

Contributed by Ben Wilson and Joe Montero

The COP24 summit in Poland has finally come out with an agreement.  The Unites States and Australia celebrated coal. Brazils new Jair Bolsonaro regime showed its climate warming skepticism. Oil producing countries Russia, Saudi and Kuwait, argued to slow things down. Despite this, some progress was made.

Measures were supposed to be adopted to step up the implementation of 2015 Paris Agreement. But a compromise was made to delay this till 2020, when the next summit takes place in Chile. The agreement says that commitments already entered into must have been met by then.

Time is running short, however. The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned just two months ago, that the global temperature rising above 1.5 Celsius will have grave consequences, and that there is little more than a decade to turn the situation around, by halving all carbon emissions.

The current path could result in the temperature rising by up to 3-4 degrees Celsius, according to the science. This suggests that the global political establishment is not yet aligning with the science.

Discussion in Poland concentrated on standardising reporting and improving transparency. Both of these are needed. But this should not delay stepping up action.

It is understandable that countries want to minimise the negative impacts of making a transition. This is best achieved through cooperation between nations and mutual assistance. The longer it takes to do enough, the higher the cost will be.

Failure to act on a sufficient scale will destroy many species, and upset the life cycle, on which human beings are also dependent.

Changing weather patterns will mean that not enough food will be available to feed the human population. Rising sea levels will mean small countries disappearing and many cities being inundated. Economic collapse, the failure of political institutions and social turmoil will be inevitable.

What is clear, is that reliance on the political elite is not enough. Only when there is sufficient pressure coming up from below, is  movement on the political stage possible. The little progress that has been made has come about this way. It is only the beginning, and  much more  is needed to lift the game.

There must be a turning away from unrestricted capitalism that always puts the private bottom line in first place, towards the adoption of a cooperative effort. which build...

10:05

Animal rights protesters crash sick children with Santa's reindeer at Children's Hospital Michael Smith News

"Protester Daniel Heggie said the reindeer were being exploited". By sick children and their families at the Brisbane Children's Hospital. Charming people. Animals rights protesters fronted a group of sick children and their families who were meeting a pair of Santa's reindeer on Monday afternoon. Police were called to remove...

08:34

PERTH Perth woman avoids jail over Tinder date fraud CrimeView

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December 17, 2018 at 03:47PM .

In Perth Magistrates Court today, Gray received an eight month prison term, suspended for a year after being told she would have gone to prison if she

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07:57

Market Talk- December 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Both the Hang Seng and the Shanghai indices recovered from last weeks poor data and the DOWs late Fridays decline. Volumes continue thin and that appears to be spreading to many markets. It is not uncommon to see markets drier ahead of the holiday season, but this year it seems to gets more attention probably because prices are in decline. Once the bounce back to unchanged was over, both played in a narrow range to close fairly neutral. Japan on the other hand, traded well following the open and managed a +0.65% gain on the day. We are seeing renewed weakness in the Yen, in Asian trading, but looks to have found the safe-haven bid again for the moment anyway. A ray of hope was also displayed in Australia and India, as both markets finished around 1% higher. Overall a fairly quiet session awaiting China, the FED and Germanys IFO report.

Europe attempted to hold just slightly lower levels Monday, but once the US markets opened that proved just too much of an ask! Growing fears of a global slowdown continue to spread and recent data tend to support that sentiment. China numbers Friday, followed by further BREXIT and European uncertainty are all in the mix ahead of the Federal Reserve and a devastatingly slow retail sector. Talk this evening is that Jeremy Corbyn (Labour Leader) apparently intended to propose a no-confidence motion in Theresa May, but then decided he didnt need to after Theresa May tabled a date for the Parliamentary vote ( Week of January 14th, 2019). If this vote were to happen, it is in her and not the government. BREXIT and all its shenanigans will continue for at least another three months, so buckle in it could get wild! GBP however, has traded higher against the USD as speculation that the FED holds after this weeks move. Most core European bourses closed around 1% lower.

US markets have been heavy all day and are looking to close at their lowest levels for the year. Having retreated from close to 15% from their highs, markets are trading nervous as we await the FED and data starts to slow again. Housing numbers today were their slowest in three years, but there was a pick-up in business activity. Although volumes are better than their 20day average, the 20day average is still way down...

06:43

What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

Get The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS here. What better gift can you give than the truth that the political and media elites are working indefatigably to obscure? What we must know about 1400 years of the religion of peace, by Bill Muehlenberg, Spectator Australia, December 16, 2018: The Communists relished having hordes []

05:49

Benjamin Fulford Report (Exerpt): "Big Changes Coming" -- December 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Weekly Geo-political News and Analysis

Secret head of world finance, Cardinal Pell, fired and big changes coming

By Benjamin Fulford, White Dragon Society
2018-12-17



Last week Cardinal George Pell was found guilty of sexually abusing children by an Australian court and was subsequently fired by Pope Francis because he was elderly.

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses

This is huge news in the secret world of finance, because Pell was the person in charge of financial matters at the Vatican and thus was a secret controller of most world government leaders, P2 Freemason and CIA sources say. This is because when most world rulers take power, they get a visit from an official of the Vatican Bank who hands them a bank book with an astronomical number written in it (a billion dollars or more for big countries; less for smaller countries). They are then told, Welcome to the world of the rich, and are gently reminded that if they refuse to accept the money they will be removed.

This is the choice of silver or lead that has allowed the Vatican P2 Freemason Lodge, run by descendants of the Caesars, to secretly rule most world governments. The 200 leaders who last week affirmed the fraudulent carbon causes global warming agreement are all slaves of this system, P2 Freemason and CIA sources agree.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/14/18139402/cop24-climate-change-katowice-pol...

05:30

Israel never satisfied: Israeli minister slams Australia for Jerusalem 'division' "IndyWatch Feed World"

On December 15 the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as a capital of Israel, adding that Canberra "acknowledges the aspirations of the Palestinian people for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem," thus abiding by the so-called two-state solution. Tzachi Hanegbi, the Israeli minister for regional cooperation, noted that Israel is not satisfied with the Australian decision to recognize West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in conjunction with the acceptance of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, according to the Guardian. "Australia is a deep and intimate friend of many years of Israel. We were happy to hear that it has an interest to clarify its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. But to our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake. There is no division between the east of the city and the west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel's control over it is eternal," said...

01:56

Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

By Kent Heckenlively, JD After having my talk at the Commonwealth Club of California cancelled because of protests, being thrown out of Age of Autism for daring to pen a few articles for BolenReport, and being BANNED from speaking in Australia for three years, I have a new honor. Ive been Snoped! If you dont Continue reading Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here)

The post Oh No! I Just Got Snoped! (Laugh Here) appeared first on BolenReport.

01:54

Five Eyes spy chiefs warned Trudeau twice about Huawei national-security risk "IndyWatch Feed War"

Spy chiefs from the Five Eyes intelligence network briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on two occasions this year about the national-security risk from Chinese high-tech giant Huawei meetings that took place months before Canadas arrest of a top Huawei executive severely strained relations with Beijing.

Sources say Mr. Trudeau met the spy directors at a Five Eyes meeting in mid-July in Nova Scotia and at secret intelligence talks on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit in London in April, where Huawei and its ties to the Chinese government dominated discussion.

By ROBERT FIFE AND STEVEN CHASE
The Globe and Mail

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Justin Trudeau

The Five Eyes network is made up of Canada, the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, which co-operate to combat espionage, terrorism and global crime.

During the discussions in Halifax and London, sources said the spy chiefs stressed that their countries cannot become dependent upon Huaweis 5G technology because they view the Shenzen-based company as beholden to the Chinese state. Under Chinese law, the countrys companies must work with Chinas intelligence agencies if requested.

Senior federal officials, including the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, would not discuss the Five Eyes deliberations on Huawei.

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CSIS will not comment on the nature or substance of meetings held with its Five Eyes partners. Canadas relationship with these partners remains strong and is focused on keeping Canada safe from a variety of threats, CSIS chief information officer Tahera Mufti said in a statement.

Mr. Trudeau is facing a difficult decision on whether to join the majority of his Five Eyes allies and bar Huawei equipment from being used in next-generation 5G mobile networks.

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00:31

Bahraini FM Defends Australias Decision on Al-Quds, Slams AL Statement "IndyWatch Feed War"

December 16, 2018 The foreign minister of Bahrain has defended Australias formal recognition of the so-called West Al-Quds (Jerusalem) as Israeli capital, saying the move would not affect a future Palestinian state with East Al-Quds as its capital. Australias government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would []

Monday, 17 December

22:30

Orange Is the New Black actress Yael Stone accuses Geoffrey Rush of sexual harassment "IndyWatch Feed World"

A New York Times report on Stones allegations against Rush parses the difficulties of coming forward in the #MeToo eraespecially in Australia.

As many strides as the #MeToo and Times Up movements have made in a short time, they still have a long way to go. Exhibit A is the latest allegations against a well-known actor.

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21:39

Belgium: Thousands try to storm UN to protest migration pact "IndyWatch Feed World"

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel's stubborn endorsement of the UN Global Migration Pact has brought his government to its knees and caused massive demonstrations against the Pact in Belgium. Charles Michel now governs with a minority, because the center-right Flemish N-VA has walked out over the PM's move to have Belgium support a UN migration pact. The Prime Minister is now trying to govern with assorted and reshuffled Liberals and Christian Democrats. The upcoming Migration Pact has divided international alliances: Austria, Hungary, the US, Israel, Australia and several other states rejecting the accord. [1]Belgium's migration minister, Theo Francken, commented on Thursday, "It's way too pro-migration. It doesn't have the nuance that it needs to have to also comfort European citizens." He said that, although it was not legally binding, it was also not without legal risks. He said that wide interpretation of human rights laws in EU courts were "tying the hands of migration policy-makers." [2]

The Belgian government has split apart after Prime Minister Charles Michel ignored the objections of his ruling coalitions biggest party and insisted he would sign the UN migration pact.

The Flemish nationalist New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party quit the government following crisis talks over the weekend, prompting Michel to announce he would travel to Marrakesh to sign the controversial compact representing a minority government.

Stepping down as interior minister on Sunday, the N-VAs Jan Jambon told local media I think that, formally speaking, we are stepping down. We said that if the coalition goes to Marrakesh, it will be without us.

The patriotic party had previously produced a list of 30 objections to signing the so-called Global Compact on Safe and Orderly Migration including a lack of differentiation between illegal and legal flows, and questions over whether the agreement, which declares mass immigration to be inevitable, desirable and necessary, could have a chilling effect on objective journalism.

Vice Prime Minister Alexander De Croo rebuffed the N-VA for branding the parties set to sign Belgium up to the UN document as a Marrakesh coalition, asserting that ministers will continue to have firm but humane migration policies because no one in this government want....

21:26

The Portal: Cobra's Update -- Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Portal

The Intelligence Hub for the Victory of Light

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Yellow Vests and the Vortex of Paris

On November 10th, 1793, there was an activation of Goddess of Reason and Liberty in the Notre Dame church in Paris:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/monkeymind/2017/11/goddess-reason-enthroned.html



That church was the location of the temple of Isis in Roman times:

https://gnosticwarrior.com/the-parisii-of-isis.html

Where initiates into the Goddess mysteries still meet today:

http://secretebase.free.fr/complots/edifices/paris/paris.htm

Exactly 225 years after the activation of Goddess of Reason, certain Goddess priestesses of the Resistance Movement came to the surface in Paris and did a special planetary kundalini activation.

The activation was taking place from November 8th to November 11th, 2018, during the meeting of the world leaders in Paris. The second basement DOES exist, although the waitress denied it.

This activation served as a trigger for planetary kundalini awakening where people will finally rise up against the oppression of the Dark forces.

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21:15

Hotels and apartments for illegal boat people medical treatment cost $1.4BN Michael Smith News

This comes courtesy of the Daily Mail - the photos from Christmas Island came to us from Shaz of CI and were first published here on this website. I can think of at least one Australian war veteran who lives overseas but has to return for medical treatment who will...

20:51

Support for our website Michael Smith News

As we move towards the end of 2018 - the 7th year I've been at this - I need your help to keep going more than ever. I wouldn't do it if I didn't think is was worthwhile. I wouldn't do it if I thought someone else would. And I...

20:37

Our post on CFMEU Hanna at the TURC - includes covert audio recording. Michael Smith News

TURC hearing into CFMEU officials and their apparent destruction of evidence subject to TURC's Notices to Produce Monday, 21 September 2015 AT 2PM the Commission commenced its hearing, former National President of the CFMEU Dave Hanna in the witness box. Ms McNaughton opened by having Mr Hanna confirm the names...

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20:15

CFMEU's Hanna guilty of destroying tonnes of evidentiary documents - walks free on bond Michael Smith News

Unbelievable. Covered up the video cameras. Destroyed tonnes of documents as they were being called by the Royal Commission. Fought the charges, didn't cooperate, plea of not guilty. And walks free on a bond. An ex-union boss has avoided jail after being found guilty of dumping and burning tonnes of...

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