Yarl’s Wood guard suspended over alleged assault on women

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Inspectors say footage of incident at Serco-run immigration detention centre has ‘caused considerable concern’ The Guardian - Mark Townsend A guard has been suspended following an alleged “revenge” assault on two women inside Yarl’s Wood in what is the latest in a series of incidents at the Bedfordshire immigration detention centre. The guard is understood to have been the subject of ... Read More »

Countdown to death: Bali pair given final notice

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Jakarta: Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may have just three days left to live after they were officially given 72 hours notification of their executions on Saturday. Brisbane Times - Jewel Topsfield, Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax The condemned men are bracing to be killed on Tuesday night however Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana said no date had been set and they may have longer. Their Australian lawyer ... Read More »

More calculated cruelty to asylum seekers: is this really us?

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Here is a report from Pamela Curr of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. Βy Julian Burnside | Asylum Seekers, Human Rights | 1 comment Read it and ask: is this really what Australia has come to?  Is this really how we should behave?  Are we really this uncivilized? And for those who read this who disagree fundamentally with my stand on ... Read More »

Tensions flare as Mediterranean migrant crisis knocks on the door of Germany’s small towns

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Italian judge orders migrant boat accused capitan and crew to remain in custody ​Captain slammed boat with 850 migrants into a rescue ship Vorra,​ Germany: Even as European officials struggle with an unrelenting tide of migrants trying to enter the Continent, tranquil villages like Vorra in a picture-book valley in northern Bavaria are coping with the legions who have already arrived. Alison ... Read More »

Russia knows genocide well, Turkey fires back

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Hurriyet - Turkey said on April 24 that it rejected and condemnedRussian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Ottoman Armenians a “genocide.” “Taking into account the mass atrocities and exiles in Caucasus, in the Central Asia and Eastern Europecommitted by Russia for a century; collective punishment methods such as Holodomor as well as inhumane practices especially against ... Read More »

Refugee resettlement adds $40m to struggling Victorian town’s economy

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A study has found refugee resettlement added $40 million to a struggling rural Victorian town’s economy. By SBS, AAP Refugee resettlement has created 70 full-time jobs and added $40 million to a struggling rural Victorian town’s economy, a new study shows. Since early 2010, about 170 Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) have resettled at Nhill in western Victoria’s wheatbelt, with the ... Read More »

Two arrested over drowning of up to 900 migrants off Libya

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EU emergency summit to discuss plans to tackle crisis The Irish Times – Paddy Agnew Mohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday’s migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of trafficking, watching the bodies being disembarked, at Senglea in Valletta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi /Reuters Two men have been arrested over last weekend’s boat disaster off the ... Read More »

The Chaos in Darfur

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Africa Briefing N°110 - ICG – Nairobi/Brussels – OVERVIEW Violence in the Darfur region of Sudan’s far west continues unabated. Some 450,000 persons were displaced in 2014 and another 100,000 in January 2015 alone, adding to some two million long-term internally displaced persons (IDPs) since fighting erupted in 2003. The government remains wedded to a military approach and reluctant to pursue a ... Read More »

What Armenian genocide? “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe’s disgraceful Turkish fantasy

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The star’s directing debut might just be a sentimental throwaway — if it didn’t whitewash a major historical crime. Salon - ANDREW O’HEHIR So “The Water Diviner” is a saga of war and fatherhood and beautiful scenery and implausibly hot young Turkish widows. It’s a standard-issue Hollywood blend of Orientalism and sentimentality, roughly two parts romantic adventure, two parts family weeper ... Read More »

Judge blocks deportation flight for rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

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Charter flight due to depart on Tuesday night cancelled after warning by Afghan minister for refugees and repatriation that 80% of country is not safe to return to The Guardian – Alan Travis Home affairs editor A charter flight which was due to depart on Tuesday night with dozens of Afghan asylum-seekers facing removal from Britain has been cancelled on the ... Read More »