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Tuesday, 06 November


MACKAY REVEALED: Identity of accused change room filmer "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY November 06, 2018 at 02:30PM ,

REVEALED: Identity of accused change room filmer

November 06, 2018 at 02:30PM ,

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John Macris: CCTV footage shows the moment of assassination in Athens "IndyWatch Feed National"

Footage from CCTV shows how the 46-year-old Greek-Australian John Macris was shot down outside his home in Voula suburb of south Athens on October 31st 2018. Macris is in his car when a man approaches and fires at him from the co-passenger side. The man wears a jockey cap,a two-colored jacket, black trousers and black

The post John Macris: CCTV footage shows the moment of assassination in Athens appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.


Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Volga Dnepr Antonov AN-124 RA-82044 at Rockhampton Airport to take RSAF Apache Helicopters Home "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Sunday 4 November, Volga-Dnepr Airlines Antonov AN-124-100 RA-82044 made a spectacular arrival onto Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.  It arrived as "VDA1119" direct from Dhaka, Bangladesh. 



Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twitter user @Jay09784691, in a tweet dated today, tweeted that:

"Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies released a newsletter in 2010 that links BAASS with a 'Nuclear Materials Group.'"

@Jay09784691 provided a link to a seven page PDF file.


The PDF file was a copy of the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies, University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Spring 2010 Newsletter titled "HRCeNews -2010, Spring." Page three carried a short item which read:

"The Nuclear Materials Group (lead: Dr Thomas Hartmann) has established a formal collaboration with the Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). The collaboration provides analytical assistance to BAASS for characterizing solid phases and precipitates."


@Jay09784691 posed a question in his tweet:

"Do we know if BAASS studied normal issue, or were specifically tied to phenomena?"

My thoughts on this question are reflected in a statement on the Bigelow Aerospace website of September 2008.

"Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a sister company to Bigelow Aerospace, is a newly formed research organization that focuses on the identification, evaluation and acquisition of novel and emerging future technologies worldwide as this specifically relates to spacecraft. BAASS is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada."

A search of Nevada State records reveals that BAASS was created in January 2008. In September 2008 BAASS received a contract as a result of its bid arising from the 18 August 2008 Defense Intelligence Agency's solicitation for work on its Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) 


Saudi Regime Survives but Enters the Time of Troubles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downers disclosure completely transforms the narrative about Khashoggis death and it is bound to be hugely consequential.


Australia - LETTERS: Don't force fluoride on us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Don't force fluoride on the population
THIS is not about fluoride, rather it's about our right to choose how we live.
Does the community have the right to force the ingestion of a substance many of us don't want and don't need?

Fluoride won't stop tooth decay any more than a reduction in our sugar intake and good oral hygiene will.
The fact is for every expert who lauds fluoride there is one who decries it!
No, not really surprising this is normal when it comes to experts.
If people really want to ingest fluoride there are many ways they can do so, without the need to enforce their will on the rest of us.
The 'right' to mass medicate is a slippery slope which leads, who knows where?


Chinas Trade Olive Branch Cant Dispel Fears of Clash With U.S. Both sides still think they have the upper hand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

  • Top Xi deputy says China still wants trade talks with Trump
  • Kissinger warns conflict would destroy hope for world order
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said the Communist Party leadership was coming to terms with a fundamental shift toward a more assertive China policy in Washington. Henry Kissinger who helped broker the U.S.s 1970s rapprochement with China said he was fairly optimistic a wider clash could be avoided, but warned that failure would destroy hope for world order.
China Stands Firmly Against Unilateralism, Trade Protectionism, VP Wang Says

A top Chinese officials offer of trade talks with the U.S. on Tuesday did little to assuage concerns that the worlds two largest economies were headed for a confrontation that could disrupt the global order.

Chinese Vice Pres...


Mehreen Faruqi - compare and contrast - Muslims & animals v. civilisation & animals "IndyWatch Feed National"

Islam's big day out for our animal friends Australia's Big Day Out Mehreen Faruqi wants to stop the Melbourne Cup Michael Smith News (@mpsmithnews) November 5, 2018


Revealed: Big Pharma can access My Health Record "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted on TOTT News:
Your health, all in one digital location. Photo: NGCM Pharmaceutical companies will be allowed to apply to access data from the controversial My Health Record system, a Senate committee hearing has been told. BACKGROUND The My Health Record is a digital health record for Australians where personal health information can


HPV vaccines: My daughters lost years "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fiona Mackenzie, Cromdale, Grantown on Spey, Highlands of Scotland

Chelsea: HPV vaccine survivor from Scotland

Chelsea had 2 injections of Cervarix in the fall of 2012 before we went to Australia. A few months after we returned, we took her in for the third jab.  The GP practice stated that they didnt stock Cervarix any longer, but would check whether they could use Gardasil to finish the series.   The next week in May 2013 she had her final vaccination, but it was Gardasil, not Cervarix.  I did not question this because I trusted the doctor to protect her health. However, looking back I had so little information to go on at the time, I certainly should have questioned the decision to mix the two HPV vaccines.  Until after the third injection, Chelsea was a normal healthy girl.

In late August of the same year, she started complaining of back pain. At first, I discounted it but 3 weeks later it had become so serious we had to take her back to the doctor.  She was referred for physio, but it did not help.  As time went on, Chelsea b...


Australia central bank raises economic growth forecast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias central bank on Thursday said the economy was performing well and lifted its growth outlook while keeping interest rates at a record low but warned there were concerns about global trade.

The announcement comes as worries also begin to emerge about the countrys once booming housing market, which has slowed in recent months.

The Reserve Bank of Australia said this G20 economy continues to chug along and should expand around 3.5 this year and next, a fraction up from its previous forecast and continuing a global record 26 years of continuous growth.

AFP/File | Australians have looked increasingly jittery, with consumers tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year

Its main cash rate was left unchanged at 1.50 percent to stimulate consumer and business spending.

But it said there were doubts prompted by the direction of international trade policy in the United States, with Donald Trump having embarked on a protectionist agenda sparking standoffs with key partners including China and the European Union.

Meanwhile, at home consumers have looked increasingly jittery, with Australians tempering their spending and confidence steadily ebbing this year.

And a drop in house prices may be good news for renters, but it could hit the broader economy with recent buyers saddled with assets worth less than they paid for.

It wouldnt be too much of a concern yet, in the near term, Jason Yek of Fitch Solutions told AFP. But I do think housing prices are going to go down over coming quarters.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have increased by around 70 percent this decade, with wage growth lagging well behind, despite low unemployment rates.

Many Australians already find balancing the household books tougher despite the booming market and household debt remains at one of the highest levels of all OECD.

Some analysts predict household finances will only get tighter as a rash of interest-only home loans granted in 2015 end a five-year grace period.

By 2020, Yek said, many Australian home owners will have to start paying down the principle too.

According to NABs Consumer Anxiety Index the cost of living is still the biggest driver of Australian consumer angst.



The States Where Theres Still Progressive Hope In The American Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the next 48 hours, US politics may once again markedly change the world we live in. Thomas J. Adams, a lecturer in history and American studies at the University of Sydney, breaks down the states to watch.

It may be a clich that American political life has become a global reality sideshow, but nevertheless it bears a good deal of truth.

Horrifying, outlandish, disturbing, occasionally hilarious, entirely predictable, and utterly and completely absurd, Donald Trumps presidency has enraptured a global audience with all the hallmarks of a great middlebrow piece of mass entertainment. Plot twists, schadenfreude, sex, dastardly villains, backstabbing, unabashed lies, tragic martyrs, porn stars, and the possibility of the fall of empire, Gibbon-style. Game of Thrones eat your heart out.

For those who follow American politics whether within the United States or from 12,000 kilometres across the Pacific the nearly two years of Donald Trumps presidency has made it harder than ever to focus ones attention on the slow and arduous processes required to build an actually existent progressive politics.

American political analysis especially that which reaches Australia or occurs within its ever-narrowing media confines tends to be of the handicapping and horserace variety. Such myopia can obscure the substantive shifts on the ground that are important not just for resisting Donald Trump, but building a real alternative grounded in redistribution, a robust defence of democratic rights and equal protection, and a less imperial global posture.

US president, Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

If the last two years (or more to the point, the last 50 years) of American life have made anything clear, it is the simple fact that there is no left in the United States worth speaking of. That is, there is no mass progressive and anti-imperial institutional structure capable of mounting a credible challenge for power at the national level of American governance.

As the first major democratic referendum on Trumps America approaches, its hard to remove oneself from all the narrative plots, liberal hand-wringing, and Trumps constant self one-upmanship of offense, lies, and attacks on the Constitution. Making fun of a sexual assault survivors memory? Lets raise it by a horde of economic refugees on foot and w...


Australian army arrives in PNG for APEC operation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Photo: ADF
An array of Australian military assets has arrived in Papua New Guinea to provide security during the upcoming APEC summit.

Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Photo: ADF
PNG's capital Port Moresby is to host world leaders within the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation group in under two weeks.

The Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock, HMAS Adelaide, and two patrol boats arrived in Moresby at the weekend.

The vessels are to assist with monitoring restricted access to parts of Moresby's Harbour

The Adelaide will house and support many of the roughly 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel coming to PNG for APEC.

In addition, Royal Australian Air Force jets will patrol the skies around Moresby in coming weeks.

PNG's Police Commissioner advised Moresby residents that due to the deployment there would be an increase in air traffic and noise this month

Gary Baki said the helicopters and jets would be flying day and night as part of familiarisation training before APEC commences.

Australia's control of the airspace comes as the result of a direct request for assistance by PNG whose Defence Force only has one airplane and one helicopter.

"I would like to reassure the community that they should not be alarmed by the increased presence of ADF maritime and airspace assets," Mr Baki said.

"They are here at our request in order to assist the JSTF with security arrangements and will make every effort to minimise any disruption to residents."

The PNGDF and the ADF are co-operating for the APEC security operations under the auspices of the so-called Joint Security Task Force.

Other countries are also providing support for the security operations, including the US Coast Guard which is to provide "inshore security" in the capital.

Indonesia and New Zealand have provided training and other assistance to the PNG Police for their APEC arrangements.

Radio New Zealand


Is a fingerprint scan secure? "IndyWatch Feed National"

The general population is being 'sold' on the idea that the new technology of bio-metric scanning is secure, more secure than your previously used PIN or pattern lock or picture password with regards to consumer grade mobile phone technology.

Wouldn't it be a terrible business idea to prove that the new implementation of technology is not so secure as spruiked by the corporations that need to make profits from their invented technology.

Could you image exposing the technology called RFID  used within the bank's cards as being insecure, where people would not use them if they knew how insecure it was?

Well, the researchers at Mythbusters thought it would be a good idea to detail how easily hackable the technology used by the banks was.

The 'problem' there was that the lawyers for the banks and the technology manufacturer stepped in and shut them down in terms of exposing how insecure it really was.

See post:
How easy is it to skim your credit card?
The current spate of tech reviews and setup instructions with regards to smart phones that have inbuilt fingerprint scanners does not give the user the full picture.




WESTERN AUSTRALIA PART 3 Cheynes Beach to Perth: Honey Possum , Red-eared Firetail, Rock Parrot & three mega-skulkers "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After checking out Corakerup Reserve we headed west to Cheynes Beach for a 3-night stay in a chalet in the caravan park. The site is the best known hotspot for three notoriously skulky south-west WA endemics Western Whipbird, Western Bristlebird and Noisy Scrubbird. We were fortunate to see the whipbird at Corakerup because we failed to see or hear it at all at Cheynes Beach, unlike my last visit there. The coastal scenery was outstanding as usual and the wildflowers put on probably the best display of the trip.

Cheynes Beach wildflowers



PERTH Record seizure of illicit tobacco in WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Record seizure of illicit tobacco in WA .

November 05, 2018 at 05:07PM .

A 28-year-old Perth man has been charged after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 9.5 million cigarettes into Western Australia in a sea container. .



PERTH Drugs, cash found during traffic stop in Forrestdale "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drugs, cash found during traffic stop in Forrestdale .

November 05, 2018 at 11:07AM .

failure to obey orders given by an officer and a return to prison warrant. He was due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Sunday. .



Australian Little Bittern at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands reported by Arthur & Sheryl Keates on 03-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An adult male observed at 07:00 in reeds on far side of pond after flushing from western side of track near viewing platform.


Melbourne stock surge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Listings rise sharply in Melbourne

A big jump in listings in Melbourne and Canberra this month, with Melbourne's available stock now comfortably exceeding 39,000, according to SQM Research's latest data and media release

There were small declines in October for Brisbane, Adelaide, and notably Darwin and Perth.

But the two major capital cities are well up from last year...

It took a bit longer to get there, but Melbourne has now well and truly joined Sydney with its slowing market, with stock levels leaping 5.9 per cent higher in the month of October alone.

From a year earlier, Melbourne listings are up by 24.3 per cent, suggesting very slow sales activity in the Victorian capital.


Making Our Own Mulch. Global Warming & Hotter Weather using too much water! "IndyWatch Feed National"

With the weather being much hotter here now we have had to use a lot of shade cloth & mulch. Purchasing mulch is expensive these days, the reason for that can probably be blamed on Global Warming too! So we decided to make our own mulch, we have been cutting the reeds down at Cattail Pond whilst the water level is low (!), & carting it up to the gardens to use as mulch. Some we use as is where we can, the rest we run through or mulcher. It works well & makes great mulch.


Timeline in the GILLARD/WILSON slush fund saga "IndyWatch Feed National"

I know we have a lot of newcomers to the website today - I'm reprinting this article to give you an insight into some of the key times, dates and places in this saga. I've put this timeline together to help tell the story of the incorporation of the AWU...


Your help in supporting a matter of public importance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our next steps will be difficult but worthwhile. I have received a 6 page, 2,000 word document from the Registrar of the NSW Local Court setting out a broad range of exquisitely detailed requirements I have to satisfy to advance the private prosecution. I am now diligently working through each...


The Best Odds Youll Get All Day: 3 to 1 Chance A Horse Will Die Before Nightfall "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A horse died during the running of the Melbourne Cup see details below.

If youre looking for good odds on the Melbourne Cup racing carnival today, then find yourself a bookie whos prepared to lay out some cash on the odds a racehorse will die some time today, during the Melbourne Cup carnival.

According to website a racehorse dies on an Australian track, on average, every three days.

From August 1 last year (the Horses Birthday) until July 31st this year, 119 horses died on tracks around the country. NSW led the slaughter, with 52, followed by Queensland and Victoria, both with 24.

That equates to around a 33 percent chance of it occurring today, which should roughly translate to odds with a bookie of around 2-1.

In terms of the Melbourne Cup carnival itself, the 2014 carnival bucked the national trend with a higher than average death rate two horses were killed, Admire Rakti (died in his stall after the race), and Araldo, who broke his right hind leg and had to be euthanased.

In 2015, Red Cadeaux also shattered her leg during the race and was also later put down.

And thats just the statistics horses who make it. The ones who dont about 40 per cent of Australias racing stock are sent to the abattoir. We use them primarily for fertiliser and dog food.

If youre after a really safe bet, you might convince a bookie to stump up some cash that pays out if the horse you back in the Melbourne Cup gets whipped.

The odds on that occurring are basically 100 per cent, so youll probably only get even money.

Happy Punting.

UPDATE: If you found a bookie to back the 3 to 1 chance a racehorse would die in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, then you would have doubled your money. A short time ago, the RSPCA confirmed the death of the sixth horse in the last five years of the carnival.

And heres a tweet with an image of the horse injured on the ground, covered by a large barrier so that none of us actually have to see what it is we endorse.


Despite glaring failure banking regulator boss gets to keep job "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ugly

reappointment of the head of the body that has been supposed to regulate the behaviour of the banks is an insult to the suffering Australian community.  His position should be terminated when the contract period comes to an end in July next year.

The recently concluded inquiry into the banks has revealed, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has been missing in action.

As its head since 2014, Wayne Byres bears considerable responsibility for what has occurred.The buck should stop at the top. One would have expected that he would have stepped down. Instead, treasurer Josh Frydenberg has not only given him another five-year term but thrown an extra $58 million into the body.

Frydenberg goes out on a limb to suggest, I think hes done a very good job. The public deserves to have some evidence of this put before it. Given the failure to properly regulate the banks, what has been done that deserves the praise? The inquiry report was highly critical of APRAs failure to prosecute misconduct.

The  minister covers himself by talk about a review of APRAs enforcement strategy. What this means he doesnt say.  A thorough investigation of the operation of APRA is what is needed. Has there been wilful misconduct within this organisation? Does it have the the stain of corruption? Should certain people be prosecuted? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, APRA should be scrapped and a new and proper regulator created. Those who failed in their watch should certainly not be rewarded.

Maintaining the mates club is more important than this, to our excuse for a government. By failing to act immediately and decisively, it is proving its own collusion with wrongdoing, and that it is part of the problem.

There is going to be no real action to stop what the banks have been doing. A few cosmetic changes may come about. It will change nothing. Business will continue as usual. Australians of all walks will continue to be ripped off. The money laundering will not come to an end. Millions will roll in and they will still pay almost no tax.

If Australia wants a change, it needs to look elsewhere.

The post Despite glaring failure banking regulator boss gets to keep job appeared first on The Pen.


"You Cant Trust the Polls" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"You Cant Trust the Polls"
By Jim Rickards

"Forecasting elections is more art than science. One of the problems in forecasting elections is the nature of polls. Many polls are misleading and suffer from flawed methodology.  I was flying around the world just before the 2016 presidential election, telling audiences in Europe, Australia and here at home that Trump would win. I got a lot of funny looks and gasps from the anchors, who didnt take me seriously at all.

The major polls were all giving Hillary something like a 95% chance of victory on the eve of the election. Now, that doesnt mean that the polls were 95% to 5% in favor of Hillary. They werent. They were more like 52% to 48% or 53% to 47%. But the polls were in so much agreement the experts were saying the chances of them being wrong were less than 5%. 

Hillary actually did win the popular vote, as we know. But unfortunately for her, most of those people were concentrated in states like California, New York and Illinois, which are only three states out of 50. You need to win state by state to take the Electoral College. 

I dont say it to brag, but I got the last laugh. I wasnt trying to be controversial for its own sake or to try and make headlines. For me, predicting a Trump victory was simply the result of a lot of hard analysis. 



Cruelty, Cruelty, Cruelty: Nauru, Yemen, Gaza "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa sparked international outrage. And then theres Gaza, and Nauru and Yemen, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Seventy years ago, at the United Nations, every effort was made to define and outlaw acts of cruelty. Wanton cruelty referred to conduct without regard to what is right, just or humane. Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights decreed, No-one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the General Assembly on November 20 1989, had similar aspirations.

Those rules and standards seem to have been forgotten or disregarded.

An Orwellian facility for doublespeak enables leaders to pretend compassion yet maintain their cruelty. As thousands of Australians demonstrated against their governments continued containment of children on Nauru, Prime Minister Morrison reassured himself that he was filled with compassion. No surprise. In his maiden speech in the Federal parliament he had extolled Christian virtues loving kindness, justice and righteousness. Denial and deceit facilitate cruelty.

The Prime Minister dismissed the calls of the AMA and almost 6,000 individual doctors who had called for the removal of all children from off-shore detention centres because of their deteriorating health. MSF and UNHCR argued that everyone, including single adults should be evacuated from Nauru and Manus. Nevertheless, in order to appear strong, the Prime Minister said that his border protection policies were non-negotiable, hence his rejection of a New Zealand offer to take at least 150 asylum seekers.

Children locked up in immigration detention on Nauru, August 2016. This image is courtesy of Mums 4 Refugees.

After five years of incarceration on those islands, there has at least been public outrage at the cruelty inherent in the governments asylum seeker policies. The same cant be said about responses to the war in Yemen.

Armed to the teeth by western powers, Saudi Arabia, infamous for beheadings, floggings, amputations, the Jamal Kashoggi murder and endless brutalities in Yemen, knows cruelty as the way to rule. President Trump of the trade-always-trumps-human-rights-attitude, the Saudis arms sales ally,...


EDITORIAL: The Difference Between Us And Them "IndyWatch Feed National"

The latest editorial in the New Matilda digest, which you can sign up for (free) here.

Its always good in business, Im told, to emphasise the difference between you and your competitors.

Thus, a fortnight ago, New Matilda published a lengthy investigation which alleged that Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham sexually assaulted a former staffer in 2011. At the same time, Fairfax media published a story that complained Greens MP David Shoebridges wife had an expensive house.

Last weekend, we also published a lengthy investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua, after sending UK Journalist of the Year Michael Gillard there in March (and again in June), posing as a doctor. Journalists are not allowed in the region. They can be jailed, or worse. We helped financed Michaels trip with  $1,000 prizemoney we won in the United States earlier this year (the Andrew Schneider Memorial Award) for a previous investigation by Michael which revealed a Kazakhstan absestos company was involved in an international spying ring targetting anti-asbestos activists.

Correspondingly, also over the weekend, Fairfax published its latest Luxury magazine, which told you where to find good pearls, and how to buy a Tesla.

If you want independent media that invests its resources into stories that matter, that focus on corporate greed and human rights abuses that dont include not having fast access to Chanel perfume and polo, then you can start by supporting New Matilda. If you havent already, you can subscribe here for $6 a month. Admittedly thats $2 a month more than it will cost to buy one copy of the Financial Reviews Luxury magazine, but its still pretty cheap for campaigning journalism.

In other news, Dr Lissa Johnsons 5,000 word demolition of modern politics is a tour de force when it comes to writing and researching. Helen Razer explains why Julian Assange matters. Oh, and we started a...


Holocaust Revisionism. Part 1: The Major Claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ursula Haverbeck, young and old

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Its time to celebrate the 90th birthday of a very intelligent, elegant German lady, Ursula Haverbeck, who has worked hard to restore the good name of her country.  She was born on November 8, 1928, in Breslau, Germany. In her honor we will run a series here about Holocaust Revisionism. Yay!

I have been criticized by one of our GumshoeNews readers for skirting around the subject of Holocaust denialism here and...


Mehreen Faruqi wants to stop the Melbourne Cup "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anything else we do that pisses you off Mehreen? Things must be lookin' pretty good back in Pakistan. Horse racing kills. Dont make gambling-fuelled cruelty your entertainment today.#NupToTheCup #HorseRacingKills Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) November 5, 2018


Report - Pakistani children taught how to hang Asia Bibi "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pakistani children being taught by their families how to hang Asia Bibi and whoever insults prophet Mohammad Imam of Peace (@Imamofpeace) November 5, 2018


Man killed in shark attack near Australia's Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man has died after being attacked by a shark near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Officials said the victim was swimming near Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast on Monday when the animal struck at about 5.37pm local time. The man, thought to be in his thirties, was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after sustaining "significant leg and wrist injuries", Central Queensland's helicopter rescue service said in a statement. He later died in Mackay Base hospital of massive blood loss, according to the Courier Mail.


Greed Is Good, Luxury Is Grand. And For Just Four Bucks A Month, You Can Have Both! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Want to know where to play polo, or make yourself smell like Keira Knightley? Cant find an appropriate set of pearls, or a Bugatti that will save the world? The Financial Reviews latest edition of Luxury magazine has got you covered. Warren Ross drapes himself in frippery and avarice to go where no average Katoomban has gone, or could afford to go, before.

About once a month I buy the Australian Financial Review. I like to know what the financial spivs and their colluding journalists are up to. I rarely get a laugh out of it but a recent edition was a real knee-slapping, side-splitter.

From the middle of the paper dropped the 46th edition of Luxury. This was the Jewellery Issue. The feature story was about the Paspaley family and their pearl exploits.

The article discusses trophy assets such as a bottle of Macallen Whisky from 1926 that sold for $1million. It also points to the portability of pearls. So if you want to hide your assets, pearls are hard to beat.

I am reminded of David Graebers observation, You cant loot credit. We may well be approaching that stage and this article seemed to understand this history.

Leafing through Luxury we find Keira Knightley plugging CHANEL over two pages, then two pages of Kennedy. Jackie, JFK and family are now a watch brand. They reach from the grave to yet another page flogging Kennedys Patek Philippe Geneve watch that you never own, You merely look after it for the next generation; la prairie follows, a caviar skin cream, Lifting Elevation to New Heights. The use of lower case proves this elevation.

An interview with Laura Turner Seydel (with the caption Environmental advocate) advises us that lucky Laura, Ted Turners daughter, is the second biggest landowner in the United States with 890,00 hectares over seven states. How hard must she have worked to acquire that. She tells us that environmental concerns need scaling, what her favourite piece of jewellery is and how she came by it. She loves horseriding and her Tesla Model S with its 5-star safety rating.

Its hard to leave Laura but theres more to discover like, Paspaley pearls are the most beautiful in the world; and a Bugatti that might be the absolute peak of combustion energy performance and of mechanical jewellery.

Nothing screams wealth like two men in black sui...


Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has added his voice to growing calls across the international community for one of the worlds biggest oil companies to rethink its involvement in a gas-mining operation in occupied West Papua, as Indonesia continues to face accusations of grave human rights abuses.

Earlier this year, UK Journalist of the Year, Michael Gillard snuck into West Papua posing as a doctor to investigate British Petroleums operations in Bintuni Bay, where its trying to exploit a $10 billion gas field called Tangguh.

Journalists are banned from the Indonesian-occupied territory. Even the United Nations cant gain access.

Gillards exclusive report on the situation in West Papua was released yesterday. Gillard found:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military;
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base;
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators. The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures; and
  • Violence in the region has increased markedly, with activists rounded up by Indonesian military.

Critics fear that the counter-terrorism is a cover for increasing state surveillance on the growing student and social movements seeking political freedoms and ultimately self-determination for West Papua.

The head of the Papuan organisation that provided human rights training to BP security told New Matilda that a network of undercover military intelligence agents is also targeting peaceful social movements in Bintuni Bay, who are being swept up in mass arrests.

Richard Di Natale, who leads the Greens party in Australia has a long history of advocating on the rights of West Papuans, who have faced a brutal occupation by Indonesia since the 1960s.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale, pictured with former WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam pictured with West Papua activists in 2016.

West Papuans are som...


Reflections on the role of women in PNG elections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Ireland women
New Ireland women - vital to the well-being of the community; overlooked at election time


CARDIFF In 1987 I campaigned for a provincial seat in New ireland after 17 years living in the electorate.

A candidate for an adjoining seat informed me, You havent got a chance as you have done little campaigning!

I explained to him that I might not have done much since the legal campaigning period began, but that I had lived, worked, socialised and worshipped with the people of my area for 17 years.

They knew all about me, including the bad things and also the good. I won.

I think the now long established way of diminishing the prospects of a woman winning is for clever party hacks to persuade a woman she should stand as 'you have a good chance!

This happens across several main parties so we have woman versus woman vying to win.

The answer to this is to pool resources and for all female candidates to advise electors to vote strategically by casting their preference votes 1,2, 3 for women only.

In the first election I administered as an electoral official in 1972 three small islets made up one local government seat. The incumbent had been there since the establishment of the council. A good councillor too.

After closing the polls, I publicly counted the votes and pronounced the result. To my amazement the only female candidate had no votes. Not one.

After congratulating the winner, I was spoke to the woman candidate.

Why didnt you vote for yourself? I asked.

Her answer has lasted with me, Mi seim long votim mi iet!

I was ashamed to vote for myself!


PNG men find comfort in seeking help from online counselling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ChildFund-pNG-Hotline-UnveilingSTAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's first national telephone counselling hotline has had to broaden its service to cater for demand after receiving more than 15,000 calls over the past year.

The hotline was established by the non-government organisation ChildFund PNG as a service for survivors of gender-based violence, predominately women and children.

ChildFund's Wesh Siku said more than two-thirds of women in PNG experience domestic violence.

"When the project was actually designed, [it was] designed to assist survivors of gender-based violence and it just complemented those services that have already been established, Mr Siku said.

The primary focus was to support survivors of gender-based violence, mainly women and even children."

But he said the service had allowed men to get assistance that they otherwise would not seek.

Now more than half the callers are males who call as witnesses or perpetrators of violence.

"A lot of men do not feel comfortable talking to a woman in a face to face scenario, Mr Siku said.

So when this project was put up, it became comfortable for them to pick up a phone and call a counsellor for the issues they are going through.

"In Papua New Guinean culture, men will not front up [to] a woman and ask for their support."

Mr Siku said after the Highlands earthquake in February, the hotline was mobilised to provide trauma counselling and psychosocial support.

He said the hotline has eight staff on the phones but this may have to increase as the workload has doubled since last year.


The Australian today - Gillard slush fund saga is back "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Brad Norington, Associate Editor of The Australian today. BRAD NORINGTON ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington NOVEMBER 6, 2018 An Australian Workers Union slush fund saga that hounded Julia Gillard throughout her political career might not be over, with former Sydney radio broadcaster Michael Smith taking the unusual course of launching a...


Boulevard to nowhere: China dresses Port Moresby for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New cars on a new road
Symbolising a land where the elite has created its own bubble in Port Moresby: new Maseratis parade along a new highway against a backdrop of new buildings 


You can read the full Reuters report here

SYDNEY - Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guineas capital to visiting world leaders at this months Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Critics say the six-lane road - complete with wide, illuminated footpaths - is emblematic of a regional power play whereby donor countries vie for influence with show-stopper gifts, even as deeper problems plague the Pacific nation.

Australia, PNGs traditional partner and a close Washington ally, is lifting aid and has ploughed more than A$120 million into APEC, seeking to keep its sway over its neighbour.

Allan Bird, a parliamentarian and governor of PNGs second largest province, said the boulevard outside parliament house had little practical benefit.

Whatever the Chinese government spent on it, it could have been better spent somewhere else, buying medicine or building a school, Bird told Reuters.


China asks Australia to drop 'cold war attitude' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

STAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

BEIJING - China has called on Australia to drop its Cold War attitude' to its growing role in the Pacific Islands and recognise that no one country has a sphere of influence in the region.

Lu Kang (AFP)
Lu Kang - China has a "legitimate role" in the Pacific islands region

Commenting on plans by the Australian government to help Papua New Guinea build a naval base, foreign affairs spokesman Lu Kang said China was pursuing "wide-ranging friendly and cooperative ties with the Pacific Island countries".

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said last week that the Pacific islands are like "family", saying he wants to strengthen his country's engagement in the region because this is their home.

However, The Australian newspaper reported that Mr Lu rejected any argument that China does not have a legitimate role in the region.

He said China hoped that the relevant parties can discard out-dated mindsets of Cold War mentality and zero sum games and objectively view China's relations with Pacific countries.

Mr Lu said China's increasing ties with PNG and the Pacific islands were based on its approach of promoting south-south co-operation and were not aimed at targeting any third party.

He said China's goal was to "help the Pacific Island countries realise peace, stability and prosperity".


Pacification in the Eastern Highlands in the 1940s 1960s "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tobias Schwrer

TOBIAS SCHWRER | Summary of PhD Thesis

Ending War: Colonial processes of pacification and the elimination of warfare in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea by Tobias Schwrer. Summary of PhD thesis, 2016. University of Lucerne, Lucerne. See further information on the thesis and related papers here

LUCERNE - Pacification denotes a process whereby a state attends to extend its monopoly of violence onto politically  autonomous  groups  outside  its  sphere  of  control  and  thereby  curtails  any  further collective violence between those groups and armed resistance against the imposition of state control. 

It  is  a process  that  has  been occurring  throughout  history  in  situations  of  colonial conquest and  state expansion.

Despite the importance and prominence of these processes not only  for the state but even more so for the indigenous groups affected, there is remarkably little systematic analysis  and theoretical reflection  on the causal factors  that led members  of such  groups  to agree  to  lay  down their  weapons  and  refrain from  pursuing  further  acts  of collective violence.

In this thesis, I  look at colonial processes  of  pacification in the Eastern  Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and establish the  causal mechanisms that lead to  the elimination of indigenous warfare  between  the  late  1940s  and  the  mid-1960s.

I not only document and  analyse  these processes  in  detail,  but  also ...


Papadopoulos claims deep state agents engaged in scheme to entrap him "IndyWatch Feed National"

George Papadopoulos - a central figure and self-admitted dupe in the Obama administration's targeted spying on the Trump campaign, gave a wide-ranging interview to Dan Bongino on Friday, detailing what he claims to have been a setup by deep state operatives across the world in order to ultimately infiltrate the Trump campaign. Reviewing events In March 2016, Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud told Papadopoulos - an energy consultant who had recently joined the Trump campaign - that Russia had "dirt" on Hillary Clinton, a claim which Papadopoulos repeated in May 2016 to Australian diplomat Alexander Downer in a London bar. Of note, former FBI Assistant Director of counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, reportedly traveled to London directly before Downer met with Papadopoulos, while a few months later former FBI agent Peter Strzok met with Downer in London directly before the DOJ officially launched their investigation into the Trump campaign.



New Dawn FM News

The former secretary for Community Government, WESLY KENNETH says that our leaders, especially Ministers must be supported by professionals as their staff and not their family members.
He told New Dawn FM that he was concerned that many Ministers were employing their family members as staff which could be seen as conflict of interest by our leaders.
MR. KENNETH said that even recruitments for Ministers staff must be done by the Human Resources Development based on merit.
In this way Ministers can be properly advised on issues affecting their ministries.
He said recruiting family members will only affect the ministries and the departments that the ministers are responsible of.




New Dawn FM News
Police in Buka have started arresting people who decide to drink beer and homebrew on the streets and public areas within Buka town.
According to Sergeant LESLEY METEN Officer In-charge of the Bougainville Community Auxiliary Program, sixty people were arrested and had to spend the weekend in the cells to wait for their cases to be heard on Monday.
Sergeant Meten said that these sixty included women homebrew manufactures and sellers.
He warned that Police will continue with their operation into the festive season and more arrests will be made if people continue to do the same mistake on weekends.
Sergeant Meten also warned those licenced beer shops to follow strict liquor shop operating times to avoid losing their beer stock.
He said bottle shop owners caught operating at wrong times will have their stock removed.





New Dawn FM News
The Acting Managing Director for PNG Power, CAROLINE BLACKLOCK said that her trip to Bougainville was at the invitation of the Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU to look at Power in Bougainville, how we can improve it, how we can make it more renewable and also look at establishing Power in Buin, South Bougainville.
She told New Dawn FM just before she boarded her plane to Port Moresby last Saturday that this was her second visit to Bougainville and was happy to have seen the Power stations in all the three main towns of Buka, Arawa and Buin.
She said that Arawa was the best setup and the town itself was one of the cleanest town and neat towns she has been to.
On the Buin Power she said that she was part of the PNG Power Board which has to make its decision to set up in Buin and makes changes from the current innovative model to a regulated power supply under PNG Power.
The Managing Director also mention several issues that must be changed in both Arawa and Buin and that is for Buin power to be moved closer to the wharf at Kangu and Arawa power to be moved to the BCL power was at Loloho.
She said that it was not good to have the Power stations in the middle of the town but closer to the beach so that storage tanks can be installed to have a continuous power supply.
For the Buka power she said that the diesel station can be supported by solar energy to provide uninterrupted power supplies to its clients.
The MD for PNG Power said that once the 3megawatt power from RAMAZON comes on Buka will definitely have uninterrupted power supply in the future.
She said that the 3rd contract for the RAMAZON Project failed but hopefully everything will be finalized once the final contract is awarded early next year.


PNG POWER CEO 031118 009



New Dawn FM News
Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Joseph Nobetau today released the latest quarterly update report on the public service.
The report notes a number of areas where the public service has made progress. These include:
* Referendum preparations, including the question, the voting criteria, awareness and establishment of the BRC;
* Continued efforts to address peace and stability, including work on weapons disposal, reconciliation and dialogue with national and international partners;
* Public sector reform, including work to align priorities to the Strategic Development Plan, establishment of the Policy and Planning Unit, and proposals to restructure current departmental arrangements;
* Work to promote good governance, including progressing the finalisation of experts reports for the Second Joint Review of Autonomy Arrangements, reform of the SMC and the promotion of best practice;
* Initiatives to enhance economic development, investment, taxation reform and management of government owned businesses;
* Work to address corruption, including audits, investigations, referrals to the Ombudsman Commission, the BSAC and the police;
* Strengthened engagement with our key partners; and
* Enhanced support to District offices.
Nevertheless, the Chief Secretary noted that a number of challenges remain. These include the need to strengthen institutional linkages, ongoing funding constraints and the need for more effective evidenced based policy development and planning.
The ABG Public Service has made some good progress, and I am pleased to see this. However, the fact is that the public service needs to be more responsive to government, more strategically focused on service delivery and more accountable to the people of Bougainville, the Chief Secretary said.
A key focus over the coming six months will be supporting the referendum on Bougainvilles long-term political future which is scheduled to take place in June of next year.
We must ensure that both the National Government and the ABG are engaged in the referendum process and supporting the Bougainville Referendum Commission to do its job, Mr Nobetau said.
Mr Nobetau also noted the need for continued engagement with the National Government on constitutionally guaranteed grants and other aspects associated with the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Without funding it is not possible to deliver on the key priorities of the Government. It is essential that the issue of arrears owed under the Restoration and Development Grant be resolved as soon as possible, the Chief Secretary said.
These issues, and others, will be considered when the Joint Supervisory Body next meets in January of next year.



Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting
6:04 pm today

Two more West Papua Liberation Army members have been killed in hostilities with Indonesias military in the Highlands of Papua province.

The latest fighting on Saturday was in Lanny Jaya regency, where troops from Indonesias military, or TNI, exchanged gunfire with the Liberation Army in rugged terrain.
A TNI spokesman in West Papua, Colonel Inf Muhammad Aidi, said the deaths stemmed from an earlier alleged killing of a local civilian by the Liberation Army.
He said that as Indonesian security forces tried to evacuate the mans body, dozens of Liberation Army fighters opened fire on them from nearby hills.
Colonel Aidi said the TNI responded by sending a team to attack the Papuan fighters, two of whom were shot dead, while most of them retreated to the bush.
A Liberation Army spokesman, Akouboo Amatas Douw, has accused the TNI and police of numerous indiscriminate attacks on Papuan communities in the Highlands region this year.
The Australia-based spokesman said the international community should pay attention to the conflict in Papua, especially since Indonesia took up a seat at the UN Security Council.
He has accused the TNI of "cruelty", "barbaric" actions and killing innocent civilians from villages in remote Highlands regions around Puncak Jaya, Nduga, Timika and Lanny Jaya.
"Even uncounted thousands civilians were displaced until today no one care about their lives," Mr Douw said.
"The 56 years of Indonesian occupation in West Papua resulted systematic genocide, massive human rights and humanitarian crisis by their military operation at large."
But Colonel Aidi, who along with other Indonesian authorities refers to the Liberation Army as "separatists", said that they had lured the TNI into a trap.
"This separatist group which has bases in remote jungle around Papuas centre mountain area, has long record doing crimes in Papua," he added.
"In last few months theyve killed three civilians, injured a young boy with chopping knife, killed a taxibike in Ilaga, shot a civilian flight in and killed two army soldiers in Mulia", Colonel Aidi explained.
He said the TNI would continue to assist police in their pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army whose Highlands commander declared war on the Indonesian state in January.

Note. Lots of photos etc in article.


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Worlds record breaking longest non-stop flight arrives in New York "IndyWatch Feed National"

The worlds longest non-stop commercial flight has landed in New York, ending a journey from Singapore of more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes.

Singapore Airlines relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive.

Flight SQ22 landed at 0529 US Eastern time with 150 passengers and 17 crew.

Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of, said the time passed swiftly and had not seemed like a 17-and-a-half hour flight.

He told the BBC: The flight was effortless and very smooth.

On board the consensus was that the time passed very quickly and didnt seem like 17.5 hours.

The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newarks international airport, which services New York, took off amid much fanfare.

Qantas launched a 17-hour non-stop service from Perth to London earlier this year, while Qatar runs a 17.5-hour service between Auckland and Doha.




Remembering the 43 Group (Marcus Bennett, Tribune, NovDec 2018) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Remembering the 43 Group Marcus Bennett Tribune NovemberDecember 2018 When 24-year-old Morris Beckman returned to his house on Amhurst Road in Hackney, hed experienced quite a lot. His time fighting fascism abroad had seen him survive two Nazi torpedo attacks Continue reading


Black-eared Cuckoo at Mosquito Creek Rd reported by Roger Jaensch on 02-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Bird uttering soft mewing calls, in roadside shrubs under remnant woodland, with cleared fields adjacent, about 1.5 km north of highway. North of Coolmunda Dam.

Barred Cuckoo-shrike at Gladstone, New Auckland reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 05-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Three Barred Cuckoo-shrikes were feeding with A. Figbirds in a fruiting fig tree in our backyard. During the last two weeks a small flocks (2-16 birds) of Barred Cuckoo-shrikes appeared at Gladstone whenever the fig tree are fruiting. It is the first time we have seen them in such numbers here.


Geoffrey Rush Lawyer Says Telegraph Newspapers Actions Improper, Unjustified or Lacking in Bona Fides "IndyWatch Feed National"

The barrister acting for Geoffrey Rush in his defamation claim against The Daily Telegraph has blasted the newspapers extraordinary attitude during the litigation and argued its conduct should lead to a higher-than-usual award of legal costs if the Oscar-winning actor wins the case.

On the eleventh day of the high-stakes trial, Mr Rushs senior counsel, Bruce McClintock, SC, accused the Telegraph of adopting a stiff-necked or stubborn attitude during the litigation, including disputing facts such as that Mr Rush was an Oscar winner and was named Australian of the Year in 2012.

By Michaela Whitbourn

Sydney Morning Herald

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Why? Why would a litigant do this? Mr McClintock said. Its an extraordinary attitude towards the conduct of litigation.

Mr Rush, 67, is suing the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, in the Federal Court over two news stories and a newsagent billboard alleging inappropriate behaviour towards a cast member during the Sydney Theatre Companys production of King Lear.

His accuser was not named in the stories but was later revealed to be Eryn Jean Norvill, who played King Lears daughter Cordelia. Ms Norvill did not speak to the Telegraph for its stories and initially did not agree to give evidence for the newspaper in court.

Tom Blackburn, SC, for the Telegraphs publisher, Nationwide News, said Mr McClintock appeared to be arguing that it was about time [the Telegraph] was taken down a peg or two, but the court could not award punitive damages in defamation cases.

He said the Telegraphs alleged conduct would need to be improper, unjustified or lacking in bona fides and increase the hurt to Mr Rush to justify an award of aggravated damages, which can be awarded by courts in defamation cases, but there had been not a stitch of evidence about how the actor felt as a result of the newspapers approach to the litigation.

Mr Blackburn agreed the parties conduct during the litigation was relevant to legal costs.

If its not relevant to aggravated damages, so be it, Federal Court Justice Michael Wigney said.

The Rush trial was slated to run for almost three weeks and has featured a string of high-profile witnesses,....


Asian Stocks Lower As No Breakthrough in U.S.-China Trade Xi Jinping speech falls flat "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midterm elections draw near.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 index fell 1.6 percent at 21,898.99 and South Koreas Kospi dropped 1.4 percent to 2,070.83. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index slipped 2.1 percent to 25,928.62. The Shanghai Composite index shed 0.9 percent to 2,652.95. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia fell 0.5 percent to 5,818.10. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand but rose in the Philippines.

WALL STREET: Technology stocks slumped on Friday as Apple reported poor earnings and said it would stop disclosing quarterly iPhone sales. The companys stocks gave up 6.6 percent to $207.48. But high-growth stocks rose after the U.S. and China said they had made some progress in trade talks. The S&P 500 index dropped 0.6 percent to 2,723.06 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4 percent to 25,380.74. The Nasdaq composite, which has a high concentration of technology companies, slipped 1 percent to 7,356.99. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.2 percent to 1,547.98.

US-CHINA TRADE: Global markets rose Friday after President Donald Trump said that he talked to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about trade. Trump added that the discussions were moving along nicely ahead of a planned meeting at the Group of 20 summit later this month. Larry Kudlow, a top White House economic adviser, later said there may be a little thaw going on here. The two countries have already imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of each others exports and there are hints of more to come if relations do not improve. On Monday, Xi promised to reduce costs for importers and raise consumer spending power at a high-profile trade fair, without addressing an escalating dispute over Beijings technology policy.

People stand near an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midterm elections draw near. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
People stand near an electronic board showing Hong Kong share index outside a local bank in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. Asian markets tumbled Monday as traders feared that President Donald Trump only reported progress in trade talks with China to score political points as the U.S. midter...


The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is proud to announce its 2018 2019 National Committee Members! "IndyWatch Feed National"

The National Committee is elected each year during the annual Food Sovereignty Convergence. The folks on the Committee help to guide the work of AFSA, offering their talents and expertise in everything from ethical farming techniques to international food policy advocacy. AFSA is lucky to have a team of dedicated and passionate people working to create equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians. Join us in welcoming this year's Committee members:

  • President- Tammi Jonas
  • Vice President- Katie Johnston
  • Treasurer - Anna Treasure
  • Secretary - Ruth Gaha-Morris
  • International Liaison - Anisah Madden

General Members

  • Ant Wilson
  • Fraser Bailey
  • Jess Brugmans
  • Dan Cordner
  • Katarina Munksgaard
  • Ray Palmer


  • Sarah de Wit - Paralegal
  • Aly Brody - Policy, Research, and Administrative Officer

Committee Member Profiles

Tammi Jonas, President

Tammi considers herself an ethicurean farmer, mindful meatsmith, and agrarian intellectual. She has been the AFSA President since 2014, and will continue to fulfill this role for the 2018 - 2019 committee year. Tammi is a known leader, lending her strong female farmer's voice to the fight for food sovereignty in Australia.

Tammi is the Chief Butcher at Jonai Farms located in Central Highlands Victoria. She and her husband Stuart, Chief Farmer of Jonai, raise heritage breed Large Black pigs and a small herd of mixed cattle, as well as a small ann...


Passport Index 2018: Lebanon 85th in the world, UAE surges to 4th best "IndyWatch Feed National"

Arton Capitals updated Passport Index released on October 30, which ranks passports of the world by their total visa-free score, has listed Lebanons in the 85th place [89th in 2017], while UAEs passport still has the lead in the Gulf region but has rocketed to the 4th most powerful passport worldwide, ahead of countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Singapore and Germany sit on top of the pile in 2018.

Emiratis can now visit 113 destinations without the need for a VISA, while requiring in advance to apply for one at 36 only, and receiving one upon arrival in 49 countries. This year, UAE citizens have gained visa-free access to several countries including Ireland, Canada and China.

Lebanese, on the other side, can only access 16 VISA-free destinations, and get one upon arrival in 27 others, while they still need to apply for one at a wobbling 155 territories. Weirdly enough, South Africa, which recently stated Lebanon among the countries that dont require a VISA to their country, is still listed in red. You can find the VISA details linking Lebanon to every other country here.

Barely 6 other passports (4 from the Middle East region) are worse than the Lebanese one, including Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan respectively.

Below are the rankings in the Middle East region:


Pakistan caves in to Muslim mobs - refuses Asia Bibi permission to leave country "IndyWatch Feed National"

Animals. Pakistan caves in to the mob: as thousands of Islamists call for murder of judges & paralyze the country to protest acquittal of Christian woman accused of blasphemy, Imran Khan's government bars Asia Bibi from exiting the country. Pakistan sits on the UN Human Rights Council. ...


Karno: In Remembrance "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Saturday 10th November at 6:30pm (E.S.T.) Christine Walker, (Karnos Wife) ourselves and others will be honouring the third anniversary of his passing. Whether an open fire (fire restrictions permitting) or three candles, that flame is an offering of respect and reverence to an absolutely stunning practitioner of the Old Way Lore and Protocol. You are welcome to join in this ceremony. Just remember he is no longer here but everywhere and will be present when each flame is dedicated to Karno, of that there is no doubt.
With Christine Walker, Viv Greenshields,...


Virgin caves on decent gesture that hurt no-one & required nothing of anyone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lest We Forget. Thank you to our veterans for your service*. *Michael Smith certifies that no one was harmed during the making of this announcement.


Fair Australia Prize 2018: the shortlists "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted writers and artists for the 2018 Fair Australia Prize.


An Unexpected Sex Show With My Spanish Teacher in Puerto Escondido "IndyWatch Feed National"

My Spanish teacher in Puerto Escondido dressed like the Fonz and liked to flaunt the collection of selfies on his blackberry. The photos were always edited in really outdated camera effects like negative and stencil. It seemed he was more interested in convincing us he was cool than teaching us to speak Spanish. This was confirmed when he announced that we were going on a field trip. He told us it was a must-see of Puerto, rich in culture, a place where we could see the real Mexico.

We met at 10pm in a bar down town; Jos had popped his collar, gelled his mini-mohawk, and was wearing dark shades, which must have significantly impeded his vision considering the sun had set two hours prior. After draining his cerveza, Jos announced it was time to head to the main event.

We exited the bar and turned into a dark alley leading uphill away from the beach and ending in large concrete stairs built haphazardly around a drainpipe. We clambered up and found ourselves on the busy main road that leads in and out of town. We passed a row of women dressed in skimpy sequined outfits and ill-fitting neglige, sitting legs-apart. They were lined up  along the side of a wide driveway as we proceeded towards the entrance of the building.

Is this a fucking brothel? I hissed at Jos as we crossed the threshold.

Ha ha no, relax! Its a strip club, the best in town. Theres some really dodgy ones around, you know?

I glanced over the room, and turned back to him, eyebrow raised. Either the interior decorator had gone for oriental primary school disco, or this place doubled as a Chinese restaurant during the day. Cheap neon flashing lights and disco balls hung amongst red Chinese lanterns painted with dragons. There were two feature walls covered in street art and a smoke machine that exhaled every couple of minutes, suffocating everyone around it. The stage was a slightly raised platform strategically placed next to the bathrooms. Its hard to believe I noticed any of this, though, considering there were two giant televisions at different vantage points playing explicit pornography. It was a sensory overload, and not in a good way. To top it all off, we were the only patrons.

Jos ordered us beers and we took a seat at a small round table. The Madam poked her head out from behind a curtain that presumably lead backstage. Seeing that there were people awaiting entertainment, she marched out to the girls and before long, a despondent dancer was stage front.

Now, I dont want t...


Dare ya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On 21 August, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said I think in the immigration portfolio, you are defined by Nauru and Manus I would love to get everybody off there tomorrow. If I could have brought them to Australia in a charter flight overnight I would have. Admittedly this was the kind, warm and fuzzy Dutton

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SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: BP In West Papua Slow Motion Genocide, High Speed Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for reporters. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. This is what he found.

BP is profiting from a giant gas field in West Papua while the indigenous population face slow motion genocide under Indonesian military occupation, an undercover investigation by New Matilda can reveal.

The oil giant is collaborating with the army and police who are implicated in the killing and torturing of pro-independence activists as part of an escalating militarisation to secure West Papuas gas reserves.

Indonesia jails foreign journalists who enter the occupied country without permission. Even the United Nations human rights rapporteur has been refused entry.

However, New Matilda snuck into the remote and forbidden land where BP is operating a US$10bn gas field called Tangguh to bring this exclusive report on the human rights quagmire.

Posing as a doctor, the undercover reporter travelled around the highly militarized Bintuni Bay and found evidence that behind a carefully crafted veil of corporate social responsibility, after fifteen years in West Papua, BP is endangering human rights and failing to deliver a material improvement in fundamental living conditions of some of the worlds poorest people.

Wooden shacks in Bintuni on the north shore of the bay. (IMAGE: Michael Gillard)

New Matilda can reveal that while still claiming to operate a community-based security approach:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military.
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base; And
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators.

The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures. BP is expanding the Tangguh operation at a cost of US$4bn and says it needs to vet thousands of construction workers coming from the Indonesian mainland for possible in...


BP Responds To Accusations Of Human Rights Abuses In West Papua "IndyWatch Feed National"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for journalists. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well-known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. You can read the main feature here. As part of his investigation, Michael Gillard sent a list of questions to BP. Theyre printed below, along with BPs response.


New Matilda asked:

  1. BP and the TIAP have abandoned a community-based security policy and the company is endangering human rights by intelligence sharing with the military and police, who are implicated in serious human rights abuses, while encouraging spying on villagers. Comment please?
  2. According to one of your security advisers, at least 10 Indonesian soldiers are stationed at the base in Babo since May this year. Comment please?
  3. What are the additional security measures and capabilities that BP is giving to security staff. Does that include firearms? See TIAP 2017.
  4. What are the behaviours looked for in profiling by your security guards and please provide the manual given to staff.
  5. How many alleged human rights violations by public security forces has BP reported to the Indonesian Human Rights Commission?
  6. How many alleged violations by BPs internal security or contractors have been investigated and what had been the outcomes of those investigations?
  7. How does BP explain that while making bumper profits it has failed to deliver on its promises to close the development gap between the north and south shores of Bintuni Bay during 15 years of operation? See TIAP reports 2015 and 2017.
  8. Lord Harries, the former bishop of Oxford, says BP is profiting from the slow motion genocide of the occupied and oppressed Melanesian people. Comment please.
  9. Alex Sobel MP says BP is operating amid clear human rights violations and has called for the company to pull out of West Papua until it gets self-determination. Comment please?
  10. Does BP support independence for West Papua from Indonesia? If not why not?


BP responded:

Tangguh LNG has been operating successfully since 2009 were proud of our operations, track record, and relationships with the local communities. As in all our activities across the world, the safety of our operations and employees at Tangguh LNG is our top priority. BPs policies are clear in supporting the rights of individuals as set ou...


Tiga Hal Yang Menentukan Referendum Kanaky 4 November 2018 Bisa Terlaksana "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sebagai pelengkap dari tulisan Ibrahim Peyon tentang 6 hal yang membuat referendum Kanaky dimenangkan oleh pihak penentang kemerdekaan Kanaky tanggal 4 November 2018, sebagaimana telah kami publikasikan dalam situs ini, dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP) mencatat beberapa hal tentang Rererendum di Kanaky tahun 2018 dan referendum di Bougainville Juni 2019

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Australian Indigenous Governance Institute


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Australian Indigenous Governance Institute


Ibrahim Peyon: Enam Hal Penyebab Kekalahan Kaum Pro Kemerdekaan Referendum Kanaky "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post by: Ibrahim Peyon | 5/11/2018 Referendum Kanaky dimenangkan oleh kelompok pro Prancis karena enam hal: 1. Kriteria peserta Referendum dalam perjanjian tidak diatur secara tegas. 2. Kriteria Migran Eropa dan Asia sebagai peserta referendum dengan alasan lama tinggal. 3. Perjanjian referendum dibuat tahun 1988 dan Referendum dilaksanakan 2018 maka generasi yang menginginkan kemerdekaan sebagian

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Victor Yeimo: Referendum Kanaky, 4 November 2018. Opsi Merdeka: 43,60 % Opsi tidak: 56,40 % "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hasil Referendum Kanaky, 4 November 2018. Opsi Merdeka: 43,60 % - Opsi tidak: 56,40 %. Selisih 17.788 suara. 33.896 orang tidak memilih. Bagi FLNKS ini adalah kemajuan dari perjuangan. Mereka telah berjuang meyakinkan rakyat Kanaky yang telah lama terhegemoni dalam kekuasaan kolonial Perancis. Hampir semua orang asli Kanaky memilih merdeka di berbagai wilayah kota dan

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Failure in Protection The Ten Breaks In The Family Court System "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr Amanda Gearing

THE INK is well dry now on the recommendations of the Royal Commission that pave the way for improved child protection in institutions in Australia.

One of the first systemic reforms that needs to be addressed now is to apply the recommendations as far as is possible to children who are under the control of the institutions involved in the Family Law system. Failures of the past, of disbelieving children until there was a criminal conviction cannot be allowed to continue.

To cite just one example: a girl of 8, who described being bound and sexually assaulted was found by...


Bukti Joko Widodo adalah Soeharto untuk OAP Hari ini "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Setelah Joko Widodo dengan senyum dan bermuka pura-pura orang baik dan polos bergerilya selama hampir lima tahun, dalam waktu singkat itu pula telah dirasakan pertama-berapa tama eksistensi dan hak asasi Orang Asli Papua (OAP) menjadi teracam dan ancaman ini sengaja ditabur dengan kujungan ratusan kali ke Tanah Papua, padahal di belakang layar dia memerintahkan pembasmian

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ED Confirms Oil, Gas Discovery
02 NOV, 2018 - 00:11
Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter
Zimbabwe Herald

President Mnangagwa yesterday officially announced the discovery of oil and gas in the greater Muzarabani area by Australian Stock Exchange-listed company Invictus Energy stretching over 200km.

The size of the land makes the discovery the largest undrilled gas deposits in Africa so far.

The announcement comes as exciting news for Zimbabweans who are experiencing fuel shortages.

Addressing journalists at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare yesterday, the President said if all goes according to plan, Zimbabwe would have its first oil exploration well by 2020.

The Government of Zimbabwe has over the last few months worked with and facilitated Invictus Energy Limited which is quoted on the Australian Stock Exchange to undertake oil and gas exploration studies in Muzarabani, said President Mnangagwa.

Invictus is utilising data which was generated by Mobil Oil in the 1990s when extensive oil and gas geo-physical work was undertaken in the greater Muzarabani area. As part of its exploration studies, Invictus has engaged a number of worldwide professional companies with extensive experience in oil and gas.

We have since been advised by Invictus that the findings are positive and point to oil and gas deposits in the area. Government of Zimbabwe will work very closely with Invictus to ensure that Invictus realises its plans to sink an exploration well by mid-2020. After the exploration well, the next stage will be commercial exploitation of the resource. In the interim, additional geo-physical work is ongoing to identity further exploration targets.

Updates will be given as and when the planned exploration work results come in.

The result, as communicated by Invictus, is an exciting development for our country. Invictus has committed itself to enter a production sharing agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe which will be applicable when the project proceeds to commercial production stage.

Mines and Mining Development Minister Winston Chitando gave a detailed te...


Barbara Bush Was the Daughter of Famous Satanist Aleister Crowley "IndyWatch Feed National"

The earth is given into the hand of the wicked! [Job 9:24]

The Bush family are by far, the greatest example of a successful American crime family. No other American family can claim the kind of success that the Bush family has, over the past century. We must give credit, where credit is due. Right?

Samuel Bush was a very successful businessman. He was Skull & Bones I believe. He was instrumental in organizing the military industrial complex, with the Harriman family, and the Remmington gun & ammo company.

Together, they conspired to orchestrate WWI, and made many billions of dollars in 1917 money. That would make them trillionaires by todays standards, which they in fact are.

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Scott Morrison is in Queensland to thank Mick Fanning's mum or something "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

My thank you message to @Mick_Fanning's mum. Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) November 5, 2018 $200 million to secure Townsvilles water future. Were backing Queenslanders and theres more to come. Im listening, Im hearing and were getting on with it. See you on the road! Scott Morrison...


Pacific (Fork tailed) Swift at Pinbarren - Sunshine Coast hinterland reported by Steve Popple on 05-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

6 Pacific Swift accompanying a flock of White throated Needletails. First sighting of Pacific Swifts this season {Moderators note - there seems to have been a small arrival of Pacific Swifts in SEQ over the last few days. We will not be publishing further sightings unless they are a significant count, unusual location etc }


Australian Little Bittern at Sandy Camp Road Wetlands reported by Roger Jaensch on 03-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Adult male feeding at edge of reed-bed at far side of pond behind viewing platform, from 0845 to 0855 am. A second bird calling softly deeper inside the reed-bed.


America should be a warning to other countries according to Joseph Stiglitz "IndyWatch Feed National"

Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who will be in Australia next week to receive the Sydney peace prize on 15 November and talk about the lessons the rest of the world can learn from Americas mistakes,  was interviewed by Gareth Hutchens. This was published in the Guardian 5 November 2018.  Stiglitz will also be speaking at the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne on 19 November

We were a very different country 40 years ago, he said. The downhill slide has been pretty fast. America, I think, should be an important warning to other countries not to take for granted their institutions. I worry that things in the United States could get much worse.

The renowned economist and Columbia University professor has been awarded the 2018 Sydney peace prize for leading one of the defining public policy discussions of our age the crisis caused by economic inequality.

Stiglitz is credited with pioneering the concept of the 1 per cent, the idea that the upper 1% of Americans have accumulated so much political power and wealth in recent decades through voter suppression, gerrymandering, and the corrupting influence of money that the countrys economy has suffered, and its democracy has been undermined.

In 2011, barely two years into Barack Obamas first presidential term, he warned the political upheavals then roiling countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and Bahrain could one day be visited upon the US, but in an American way. Later that year, the Occupy Wall Street protest emerged in Manhattans financial district.

His bestselling book The Price of Inequality (2012) explained in detail how America had been growing apart, at an increasingly rapid rate. He argued forcefully that the severe inequality in the U.S. was a choice of the countrys leaders: a consequence of their policies, laws and regulations.

Most Americans want a higher minimum wage, they want gun control, they want access to healthcare yet our democracy cant deliver it

This month, he plotted in Scientific American how inequality had worsened so much over the last 40 years that US democracy was imperilled.

Whereas the income share of the top 0.1% has more than quadrupled and that of the top 1% has almost doubled, that of the bottom 90% has declined,...


Broken White Trail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cover by Austin Neill 

My gap-year trip, 2012, is about running towards something. No pain within me, no angst, just enthusiasm for what the world offers. I want to meet other people who represent this kind of freedom, not trapped in repetitious small-town mundanities, however arrogant that may sound. Enter Chris, a guy who becomes my best mate. My very own Dean Moriarty from On the Road, someone who really lives in the moment with little regard for social conventions or consequences, searching for it.

On our first night in Amsterdam, he and our mate Alastair and I walk through the Red Light District, window shopping. After a few enquiries, its clear that any appointment costs fifty euros for twenty minutes.

Thats about as communist as you can get, says Chris, passing yet another perfect faade in a window. People are gathering in the street, chatting, some walking their bikes amid all the pink and cherry backdrops. At the end of a block he says, Im going to that sexy brunette back there. He strides back half a dozen windows. Alastair and I sit on the canal, legs hanging over the ledge. Im uninterested in fucking a prostitute. I cant get over the need for mutual desire.

The streetlights leave a light-shaded residue on the canal. Enigmatic, superficial purples, beneath a footbridge. Sin on full display. No smoke and mirrors. Residential buildings in the city appear so transparent, huge windows displaying apartments interiors. Apparently, this openness reflects or shapes the Dutch people. I dunno. Hard to judge when Im only here a few days but given their relaxed nature towards sex, drugs and even bicycle helmets, I guess it makes sense.

I think back...


PNG Kumuls beat England Knights 32 - 22 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea  LNG Kumuls maintained their home ground record at the Oil Search National Football Stadium following a competitive 32-22 win over the England Knights on Saturday.
The win was also an early birthday present for Kumul captain David Mead who turned 30 years old yesterday as his birthday falls on November 4.
Despite having only 5,686 spectators in attendance, the home team led by Mead and the aggressive tackles by Nene Macdonald, who was later named man of the match, was a collective team effort to give the spectators something to cheer for.
THE England Knights took an early lead on the scoreboard by scoring two tries to Tom Lineham and Tom Davies in the opening 20 minutes of play. Dec Patton successful converted two from two that gave them a 12-0 lead over the home team.
The Kumuls regrouped and reshuffled their attacking sets with substitutes coming off the bench to add the extra boost. Ase Boas was also at the back-end of setting up plays for Nixon Putt to slice through for a try.
The visitors did not let the tempo down as they muscled up in defense resulting in a one-on-one strip to send Jack Walker for their third try of the opening half.
Again Patton found the uprights to add the two points to make it 18-0.
Macdonald put on his trademark aggressiveness in defence which kept the home fans cheering at the top of their voices. And with the seconds counting down to half-time, Justin Olam crossed over for the second try. Watson Boas was superb in his kicking, converting two from two for a 18-12 halftime score.
At the restart, the Kumuls refreshed and polished up on their opening half approach. This time the halves combination of Kyle Laybutt, Ase Boas and Watson Boas shifting to dummy half, gave the visitors some headache in their defensive sets.
It was strong and physical style of play, especially in defence from both teams resulting in brawl among players but match referee John Stone was in control to settle the situation and allow play to continue.
Kumuls had the upper hand on the scoreboard scoring three tries to Ase Boas, Mead, Macdonald while Watson had a field day with his boots kicking three from three, including a penalty to give the Kumuls a 32-22 victory.
Lineham bagged a double for the visitors in their only try scored in the seco...


China's boulevard to nowhere: The battle for influence in APEC's Pacific host "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guineas (PNG) capital to visiting world leaders at this months Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Critics say the six-lane road - complete with wide, illuminated footpaths - is emblematic of a regional power play whereby donor countries vie for influence with show-stopper gifts, even as deeper problems plague the Pacific nation.

Australia, PNGs traditional partner and a close Washington ally, is lifting aid and has plowed more than AUD$120 million (US$86.5 million) into APEC, seeking to keep its sway over its neighbor.

Allan Bird, a parliamentarian and governor of PNGs second largest province, said the boulevard outside parliament house had little practical benefit.

Whatever the Chinese government spent on it, it could have been better spent somewhere else, buying medicine or building a school, Bird told Reuters.

Bird said such gifts put pressure on traditional partners such as Australia to place less restrictions around donated funds and refrain from criticising PNGs own spending, which controversially includes buying 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys for APEC.

There is no transparency around the use of public finances, Bird said.

The government can turn to other donors and tell them to toe the line or else well be quite happy to take Chinese money. They use it as leverage.

The PNG government did not respond to questions on funding for the boulevard project or other aspects of APEC. PNG has previously thanked China for its infrastructure funding and aid, and denied Beijing had asserted any diplomatic pressure.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said people should be supportive of the PNG governments efforts to promote regional economic integration by hosting the summit.

At the request of the Papua New Guinea side, China has proactively provided support and help for the hosting, which I can tell you has been warmly welcomed by the Papua New Guinea government and people, Lu told reporters in response to Reuters questions, without providing a figure.

Speaking in Port Moresby last Wednesday, the Chinese governments top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said in recent years his country had helped build more than 100 projects in PNG and other Pacific island nations, including schools and hospitals, which these countries had greatly appreciated.

Whether Chinas aid is g...


New studies show negative impacts from Pacific Island trade deal (PACER Plus) as Cook Islands delays ratification "IndyWatch Feed National"

5 November 2018: Chatham House has published an article by research fellow Cleo Paskal which argues that PACER Plus mainly benefits Australia and New Zealand, and could damage their relationships in the region. She says that Fiji and PNG, representing 80% of Pacific Island Countries combined GDP, have not joined PACER Plus because the increased imports from Australia and New Zealand may threaten their developing industries.  Nine smaller Pacific Islands have been pressured to sign a deal they are reluctant to implement.

So far only New Zealand has taken steps to ratify the deal and bring it into force. The Cook Islands government has announced that it is delaying ratification because of uncertainty about its access to Australian and New Zealand development assistance to implement the deal.

Meanwhile the community group Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has produced a new study showing the nine Pacific Island countries signed on stand to lose up to 10% of total government revenue each year from tariff cuts under the deal. Samoa would lose $US12.5 million each year, the Solomon Islands $US13 million, Tonga $US7.2 million and Vanuatu $US7.5 million. This could affect the capacity of these small economies to provide essential services, and there is no clear means of replacing this revenue.



Pacific is our island home too, says China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China has called on Australia to drop the Cold War attitude to its growing role in the Pacific Islands and recognise that no one country has a sphere of influence in the region.

Commenting on plans by the Australian government to help Papua New Guinea build a navy base, which were confirmed in a speech by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Asia Society this week, Chinas Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said China was pursuing wide-ranging friendly and co-operative ties with the Pacific Island countries.

Morrison told the Asia Society the Pacific Islands were like family to Australia, saying he wanted to strengthen its engagement in the region because this is our home.

Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press conference, Lu said China rejected the argument that it did not have a legitimate role in the region. The Pacific Islands are no sphere of influence for any country, he said.

We hope that the relevant parties could discard the outdated mindsets of Cold War mentality and zero sum game (and) objectively view Chinas relations with Pacific Island countries.

Lu said Chinas increasing ties with PNG and the Pacific Islands were based on its approach of promoting South-South co-operation and were not aimed at targeting any third party. He said Chinas goal was to help the Pacific Island countries realise peace, stability and prosperity.

He said China regarded its co-operation with the region as being mutually beneficial.

Lus comments came as Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi hit out at criticism of his countrys aid spending in the Pacific, insisting it came with no strings attached.

In providing assistance, China fully respects the will of governments and people of the countries in question, Wang said.



Nautilus Minerals Sets New 1-Year Low "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In August we reported on a record twelve month low at 11c. Now Nautilus has sunk another 30% to 7.5c

Nautilus Minerals Inc. shares have hit a new 52-week low. The company closed at C$0.075. 

This follows a previous 12-month low of 11 cents set in August this year.

The new low is just the latest in a long series of bad-news stories for Nautilus Minerals and it crisis hit plans to mine the seafloor in Papua New Guinea.


Traditional Owners mount Korea tour to block Adani finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Media Release 5 November 2018

BREAKING: Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management rule out finance ahead of visit

Brisbane, Australia: With Adani claiming to be close to securing finance, and media reporting the miner is holding talks with Korean finance companies interested in buying a stake in their port, leading Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners are today travelling to Korea to urge investment banks there to shun the Adani coal project, pointing to the final violation of their rights that will occur if the mine proceeds. Three investment banks have ruled out finance in response to W&Js tour (ABC today). 

The heavyweight Korean lender Korea Development Bank (KDB) ruled out involvement last Wednesday, writing they have no intent to provide finance, as has the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) and KDB Infrastructure Asset Management, following meeting requests from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family Council. Documentation here. Meetings with the The National Pension Service, Mirae Asset Daewoo and NH-Amundi have been requested and W&J will visit their offices to conduct media events. In 2015 a visit by W&J to Europe, the UK and United States saw major institutions, including UKs largest investment bank Standard Chartered, publicly back away from financing the mine. Further background below.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, Whoever assists Adani financially at this crucial time will become complicit in a grave breach of our rights, and the destruction of our lands and waters and sacred places. They are also exposing themselves to financial risk because success....



PNG APEC- A- FAILURE Even before hosting it "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

1. The USA Vice President Mike Pence will be living, loving and enjoying Tropical Cairns and commute to PNG daily.

2. All the private planes and jets will be parked in Australia and Indonesia.

3. Australian citizens and Members of Parliament are very furious about the wastage of (tax payers) money on Maserati and Bentleys

4. The International Communities are not confident of the APEC Security arrangements that they have demanded PNG government to lower the curtains for them to provide their own security completely undermining the severeignity of this nation

5. The International Governments/media are keenly questioning and observing why there is absolute secrecy and no transparency in the finances of hosting APEC meeting which defeats the purpose of what APEC stands for.

6. The APEC Meeting is overshadowed by the powerplay between Western Allies and China (PNG succumbing to the traps).

7. Human suffering in PNG at the cost of hosting APEC is immeasurable.

8. The one day sit in protest sends a very strong message to 21 APEC member countries of the disrespect and discontentment the common people of PNG have about Oneils corrupt regime.

9. The Government of Peter Oneil is overshadowed with so many allegations of corruption, collusion, squandering, non transparency, secrecy and massive debt creation that their is no trust by foreign countries anymore. The front they will show during the meeting will be just plain diplomacy and show.

10. The 21 APEC member country dignitaries will come to PNG with mixed feelings whilst the people of PNG will live in fear for security risk during APEC meeting period. Hence, the experience won't be so welcoming and free for all stake holders involved.

11. Etc...

From the outset, the image potrayed and the message echoed is a resounding absolute wastage and failure!!

PNG is not economically, socially and politically placed strategically to reap any conceivable reward. There is nothing good that PNG should be proud of in hosting APEC - our leaders out of greed and selfish deeds have used APEC to squeez millions and worse so from borrowed money. Hence, passing the responsibility and burden down to our common people to bear and suffer in the many more years to come.

The only gain is our PRIDE, BIG MEN MENTALITY and EGO!!
(-> that translates to nothing from c...


Brown Songlark at Archerfield Airport reported by Richard Fuller on 04-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Singing male on the airfield viewed from the junction of Balham Rd and Barton St.


Morrison government cuts funding for leading reef research centre "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Contributed from Townsville

The Morrison government has done it again. This time they have defunded the worlds premier coral reef research centres through the back door. The Townsville-based Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARC), which carries out important research into coral bleaching, was not short-listed for the next round of funding, according to an estimates report tabled in the Senate.

TIn the rush to silence damaging information, this is a new low.

Together with James Cook University, which sponsors the Centre, this is the largest concentration of scientists working on the Reef. It is world renown and has earned citations from 1644 institutions in 103 countries.

How can education minister Dan Tehan can say that there was no targeting of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies, and that it lost out in funding, because it failed the tendering process? It doesnt add up.

It is no mere coincidence that it happened at a time when community concern over the extent of coral bleaching, and a glaring failure to take appropriate action. The government might be motivated to hide it.

Nor is it a coincidence that the funding cut comes on the heels of Aprils controversial $443.4 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, a newly created group without coral reef expertise and largely representing pro coal interests, which wants to put the reef at greater risk, by transporting the stuff through it.  This attempt to pretend that action is being taken, while servicing major contributors to the government parties backfired

The Morrison government has no intention to protect the reef. Its destruction would mean that a globally important habitat would be lost.

Queensland would lose its most important tourism industry resource, costing jobs and sending businesses broke.

The Morrison government deserves to be condemned for this cynical act, and anyone who values the Great Dividing Reef, must insist that the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef studies is funded once again and the pandering to the coal industry come to an end.



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Greedy, shiftless fakefugees are playing us for mugs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

If anyone is still gullible enough to believe that the country-shopping asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus are anything more than opportunistic economic migrants, they should be rudely disabused of their romantic delusions now. But, as we all know, the delusions of the compassionate left are remarkably resilient to facts. Quote: More than 70 asylum-seekers [] The post Greedy, shiftless fakefugees are playing us for mugs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Manus, great power rivalry & PNGs non-aligned status "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Patrick Kaiku - "The agreement to build a joint naval base on PNG territory is seriously flawed"


PORT MORESBY - Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Peter ONeill recently signed off on a bilateral arrangement committing both countries to building a joint naval base on PNG's northerly island province of Manus.

Australia's upgrade of its security cooperation with PNG advances Australia's interest in counteracting China's growing influence in the Pacific Islands.

Australia, a traditional ally of the United States, is frantically trying to deter the expanding influence of China in the South Pacific.

As a former colonial administrator of PNG, the focus of Australias bilateral relations has always been rationalised on the notion that a stable PNG is vital to Australian strategic interest. A delicate approach respecting PNGs sovereignty has underpinned previous dealings.

In the current context, this latest move to build a naval facility on PNG territory is unprecedented.

It is the first time an Australian naval base has been constructed on territory of a sovereign state in the Pacific Islands. This Australian strategy challenges the neutrality and political legitimacy of small states caught up in the geopolitical tussle for influence.

The agreement to build a joint naval base on PNG territory is seriously flawed.

The announcement comes as PNG prepares to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meet later this month. The decision by PNG to be party to a joint naval base agreement has not been debated in PNG's parliament and nor has civil society been engaged in discussions.

In previous arrangements of Australia-PNG cooperation, beginning with the 2004 enhanced cooperation program and the 2013 Manus offshore processing of asylum seekers, the PNG courts belatedly ruled these bilateral agreements unconstitutional.

Australian engagements with PNG have an unsavoury history of not conforming to a legitimate process of debate...


Note to Their ABC & Fairfax - This is Trump's America "IndyWatch Feed National"

.Everytime I hear Blue Wave I know that Democrats have no idea who they are dealing with! 63+ million Americans who are sick of Liberal Hypocrites and Corruption! As Patriots we need to get to the voting Booth and #VoteRedToSaveAmerica JamieR {} Army Girl (@Jamierodr10) November 2, 2018...


Pastor Danny Guglielmucci of Edge Church Adelaide, Australia. Now in Stage 5 of Lymphoma chemotherapy treatment. "IndyWatch Feed National"

 Round 5 of chemo today . So thankful for the prayers and support of all my friends praying for me . Im truly grateful
Pastor Danny Guglielmucci of Edge Church Adelaide, Australia. Now in Stage 5 of Lymphoma chemotherapy treatment.
Pedophile protector of Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong, Brian Houstons father.

Rev William Francis Frank Houston.  Founder of Hillsong Church. Over 400 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Self-confessed pedophile. Confessed to lifelong secret child sexual abuse of little boys, male preteens and male teenagers. But mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. Frank Houston The worst Pentecostal pastor since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. A Son of Lucifer. Frank Houstons eyes are black like Lucifer...


PERTH Police officer bitten by dog during arrest of man "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police officer bitten by dog during arrest of man .

November 04, 2018 at 06:03PM .

He appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The dog has been impounded and Dog Act offences are currently under review with further action .


PERTH Police officer is viciously mauled by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest an armed motorcyclist "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Police officer is viciously mauled by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest an armed motorcyclist .

November 04, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A police officer was attacked by a bull mastiff dog while trying to arrest a man allegedly armed with a knife. Western Australia police were called to a .



On patrol in colonial PNG: The attack at Numbaira "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bob Cleland
Bob Cleland in more recent times. "As the heavy rifle jolted into my shoulder I was instantly appalled Id deliberately attempted to take a human life"


BRISBANE - I was on a routine census, health survey and general administration patrol in the Tiaora Division South of Kainantu in 1956.

Though the people were reputed to be surly and uncooperative, I found them tractable enough and the patrol proceeded smoothly.

Close to the southern extremity of the area I heard reports of tribal fighting even further south at a village called Numbaira. Two policemen Id sent to have a look were warned off with alarming threats and derisive insults, so I decided Id better take the whole patrol in to investigate.

The Numbaira lived on the headwaters of the mighty Purari River in the same valley system as the fearsome Kukukuku. They had a reputation as warriors who loved a fight and resented intruders. They had attacked a Government patrol some years earlier.

We were on the track well before dawn and climbed to the rim of the ridge surrounding a collection of hamlets in a small valley. It was steep, rugged limestone country. With binoculars I could see apparently normal early morning village life, with women and children bustling about their houses.

Suddenly, cries of alarm drifted up to us through the still morning air and the villagers began rushing about and disappearing into the long grass and craggy limestone outcrops. One of my policemen said to me, Look, they have lookouts whove seen us.

Some distance away, across a gorge, was a distinct smoke column rising as a warning signal. Within five minutes, there was no sign of life in the hamlets or elsewhere in the valley.

We needed to reach the Government Rest House on a spur some few kilometres away, well positioned for a strategic defence, but to get there we had to follow the track down through the Numbaira hamlets and then up a ridge to the Rest House.

We came into the open and descended to the village. Apart from the noise of our own progress, there was dead silence. We che...


Joseph Stiglitz: 'America should be a warning to other countries' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ahead of his Australian visit, renowned economist warns of the triple threat of rising inequality, the undermining of democracy and climate changeIt was a stark message from a Nobel-prize winning economist.We were a very different country 40 years ago, he said. The downhill slide has been pretty fast. America, I think, should be an important warning to other countries not to take for granted their institutions. I worry that things in the United States could get much worse.Most [...]


Russia, China, Norway dispute "supposed need" for Antarctic marine reserve, reject plan "IndyWatch Feed National"

A proposal to create one of the world's largest marine reserves in a vast area of pristine Antarctic waters has been rejected, prompting concern among conservation groups about the ecosystem's future. After two weeks of deliberations, Russia, China and Norway on Friday blocked the plan for a 1.8m square kilometres maritime protection zone in the Weddell Sea at a summit of the 25-member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. The proposed reserve, roughly five times the size of Germany, would have made the area in question a no-go zone for fishing and other commercial activities. Antarctica's waters and landmass are home to penguins, seals, whales and huge numbers of krill, a staple food for many species, among other animals.


Censored Al-Jazeera film on Israel lobby reveals important truths "IndyWatch Feed National"

My following essay appears in the Israel/Palestine news outlet +972 magazine

Theres a moment near the end of the four-part, Al Jazeera documentary on the U.S. Israel lobby  censored by its own network due to pressure from the U.S. government and incensed U.S.-based, pro-Israel lobbyists where the shows undercover reporter, Tony, films a key Israel advocate in Washington. Eric Gallagher was a senior manager at The Israel Project and admits that the dominant pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, faces an existential crisis.

People at AIPAC know that something has changed, Gallagher says. They know something is wrong. They are not as effective as they used to be. He worries that the day is coming soon when AIPAC wouldnt be able to deeply influence the Israel lobby crafted in the U.S. Congress, as it does today, and that the pro-Israel lobby will have to operate without AIPACs power. Theres this big bowling ball thats being hurled towards them [AIPAC] and the response is to run faster, Gallagher continues. They need to get on the bowling ball and start dancing.

Gallagher doesnt explain why so many Americans are turning against Israel in public opinion polls. The latest figures from The Economist and YouGov, an online data analytics firm, find that U.S. liberals, millennials, and women have turned against the Jewish state in large numbers. The 50-plus year occupation of Palestinians and their lands, constant killings of civilians in Gaza, and the Trump administrations obsessive embrace of Israels hard-right are all factors.

Republicans and conservatives still back Israel in large numbers, as do many in the evangelical Christian community (though younger members are more skeptical). For the foreseeable future, however, Israel will likely receive unprecedented financia...

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Victorian Labor government environmental policy nobbled? (National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The National Dingo Preservation and Recovery Program (NDPRP) today expressed dismay at the failure of the Victorian Labor government to put its own apex predator conservation policy into practice.

The Victorian Labor government recently committed to:
recognise and protect the ecological function of existing dingo populations within Victorian ecosystems as part of biodiversity programs and management initiatives
and to maintain:
, existing native apex predators in natural ecosystems and, investigate the potential functional role of reintroduced native apex predators in north-west Victoria.

Although the Victorian Labor government has recently refined and extended its policy commitment to protect dingo populations and their crucial ecological role, the government has failed at the very first significant test of that commitment, NDPRP spokesperson Arthur Gorrie said.
In September 2018, the Victorian government had the opportunity to correct the serious deficiencies of earlier dingo protection measures put in place after the listing of the dingo as a threatened species in 2010. The expiry of these measures provided the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Lily DAmbrosio, with an opportunity to rectify these deficiencies.
Many areas of Victoria where the dingo was unprotected at the time of the dingo threatened species listing, under the pretext of protecting farm stock from dingo predation, have in practice proven unnecessary, as in north western Victoria where there is very little sheep farming, with negligible stock losses. Yet, lethal dingo control in this part of the state was sanctioned with significant numbers of dingoes killed annually. Also, the very narrow genetic definition of the dingo used by the Victorian government means that many high conservation value dingo hybrids continued to be governed as vermin in Victoria by Agriculture authorities rather than as wildlife by biodiversity authorities.
In July 2018, an extensive list of pre-eminent Australian environmental scientists jointly wrote to the Victorian government, urging it not to renew the dingo un-protection arrangements, along with the Humane Society International and other conservation organisations. The current arrangements were deemed to be unnecessary, ultimately i...


Same story, different soil: the Deathscapes Project gets under way "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hawk Newsome: Its the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.


lead Hawk Newsome, Black Lives Matter. All rights reserved.

From Australias offshore prison on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the author and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani, who has been incarcerated there for five years, sent an impassioned appeal to Australian academics to mark a National Day of Action on October 17:

Definitely Manus and Nauru prison camps are philosophical and political phenomena and we should not view them superficially. The best way to examine them is through deep research into how a human, in this case a refugee, is forced to live between the law and a situation without laws. There are laws that can exile them to an existence where they have recourse to no law.


In this situation, the human is living as something in between a human and another kind of animal. How is the Australian government able to keep two thousand innocent people, especially children, under these conditions in remote prisons for years in an age of revolutions in information technology? How can the government convince Australian society to maintain this policy, when so much damning evidence is available?


Its not the first time in modern Australian history that the government is perpetuating this kind of fascist policy. Just remember the Stolen Generations, and what governments have done and still do to First Nations people. The government has now reinvented those barbaric policies at the beginning of the 21st Century, but this time to also inflict them on...


Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

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