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Tuesday, 20 September

20:05

Meet Australia — America’s Latest Pawn on the Syrian Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.

Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.

Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.

If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.

What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?

No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.

The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...

20:00

Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks "IndyWatch Feed National"

Huge sinkhole leaks waste into Florida drinking water, concealed for weeks

A large sinkhole has caused contaminated wastewater to flow into an aquifer in Polk County, Florida in the US.

The sinkhole appeared at the Mosaic phosphate fertilizer plant about three weeks ago, and 215 million gallons of water containing sulphate, sodium and gypsum, which contains low levels of radiation have drained into the aquifer since then, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The aquifer is the state’s main source of drinking water.

The 45 foot wide sinkhole appeared under a “gypsum stack” of Mosaic waste material, which is created during the process of producing fertilizer from phosphate.

Mosaic claims there is no risk. “Groundwater moves very slowly,” David Jellerson, Mosaic’s senior director for environmental and phosphate projects said. “There’s absolutely nobody at risk.”

The company says it started to divert the water as soon as the alarm was raised. The company became aware of the the sinkhole in late August, but kept it from the public as they said there was no risk. It did inform the Florida Department of Environmental Protection(DEP), but the DEP did not tell the public either.

“The department’s focus at this time is on the oversight of Mosaic’s first-response efforts in order to safeguard public health and the environment,” DEP spokesperson Dee Ann Miller told the Tampa Bay Times.

Mosaic, the world’s largest phosphate mining company,says it has been draining the contaminated water from the aquifer.

Locals say Mosaic – who only last year paid...

19:49

Denmark is also bombing in Syria--along with the rest "IndyWatch Feed National"

"British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition's airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the "cessation of hostilities," military officials said Monday." (thanks Amir)

16:46

An “Update” for the Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

As a child- I was designed to be a shell. So that when the day came when I was needed- I could house what was to inhabit me. But Shamanism showed me how to transform myself from a shell into a DOORWAY. And I have opened that which can never be shut. How do you fight someone who can go on the other side- seek out your victims- and enlist them to completely fuck you? Because THAT is EXACTLY what I have done. And since the doorway is ALWAYS open and NEVER shut- they are able to come and go at will- with the one provision that they are too inflict as much pain and humiliation upon you as possible. Let me remind all of you that what you are fighting are PRINCIPALITIES- and this just happens to involve ALL OF HEAVEN. You are all completely fucked- and the most humorous aspect in all this for me is that YOU ALL KNOW IT! Mean- manipulative- overbearing- with no idea how fucking stupid sons of bitches you all really are. Deny what you taught me all you want- it will not change the truth. And it CERTAINLY won’t change the fact that I am going to completely fuck you in more ways than you could ever imagine- AND HAVE ALREADY.

16:29

Lone Waikato DHB board member says no to fluoride "IndyWatch Feed National"

A health board member has broken ranks to accuse his colleagues of pushing through what he calls a “rubber-stamp” statement supporting water fluoridation.

Andrew Buckley unsuccessfully opposed the re-adoption of the Waikato District Health Board’s position statement on fluoridation, dubbing it “flawed decision-making”,  but chairman Bob Simcock said the board was simply following the science and Buckley was a lone voice.

Local councils, not the health board, decide whether or not to put fluoride in the water. But many, including Hamilton City Council, have been the subject of campaigns to remove it and have looked to the DHB for a stance on it when making their decision.

The government has signalled a move to give the decision to DHBs and Waikato’s current policy is based on Ministry of Health guidelines.

Buckley claimed the policy was presented at a recent board meeting without any supporting evidence.

“I was elected to the board [for the first time] in 2010 and the first challenge I faced was when I asked for discussions around [fluoridation],” Buckley said.

“But I was told that it had already been discussed before and that was that. We were told we were not there to discuss it, we were there to endorse it.

“I believe that attitudes and statements like this are a serious threat to our democracy and move us closer to a place where faceless bureaucrats make major decisions without taking into account the voice of the community.”

Simcock said the policy was not pushed through and the board clearly took a position reflecting the consensus of health science.

“The reality is that there was some debate. The board members were very clear about re-supporting that position.

“I’m not sure if rubber-stamping meant that people don’t agree with him (Buckley), well, if it does then that’s the case.

“They were obviously of the view that that is the policy statement of the board and they’re comfortable with it. If they weren’t they would not have voted for it.”

“People of Hamilton have also expressed a similar view,” said Simock in reference to the 2014 city referendum where 70 per cent of respondents backed fluoridation.

The Waikato DHB resolved to “support fluoride, at accepted safe levels being introduced into non-fluoridated reticulate drinking water supplies to increase access to fluoridated water. Fluoride should be maintained in already fluoridated supplies.”

DHB’s director of public and organisational affairs, Lydia Aydon, said a renewed position statement was needed as it had expired and it gave the public health team the ability to advocate on the issue in the name of the DHB.

In April, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said putting water fluoridation decisions in the hands of district health boards, rather than local councils, should lead to more water supplies being fluoridated.

And in the same month, Hamilton City Council agreed to provide fluoride-free water at the Taitua Arboretum and the Claudelands Events Centre. The tap at the events centre cost $70,000.

The most comprehensive survey of research on fluoridation yet done was released in Australia this month and found it was safe.

The report from Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council found fluoridation reduced tooth decay by 26-44 per cent in people in areas where it was conducted, with the only side effect minor tooth discolouration in some.

16:01

How millions of trees brought a broken landscape back to life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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16:00

The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing writer for Wake Up World Dr. Andrew Wakefield is largely known for the firestorm created by his 1998 Lancet paper, which found evidence of a possible association between the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. Critics of Dr. Wakefield are quick to point out ...Continue Reading - The Doctor Behind Autism MMR Vaccine Controversy Speaks Out
 
 

16:00

Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing – and How to Restore It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Katrin Geist Contributing writer for Wake Up World Shit Happens, Easily ⏠Or Does It? It may come as a surprise: your intestines play a vital role in your good health. If somethingâŹ"s amiss there, youâŹ"ll know it. Sometimes malfunction expresses as mere inconvenience, other times it points to severe imbalance ...Continue Reading - Why a Healthy Gut is Essential to Your Wellbeing ⏠and How to Restore It!
 
 

16:00

Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 21st, 2016 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World According to the FDAâŹ"s legal definition, a drug is anything that âŹSdiagnoses, cures, mitigates, treats, or prevents a disease.âŹÂ The problem with this definition is that there are numerous substances, as readily available and benign as found on our spice racks, which have been ...Continue Reading - Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances
 
 

15:19

Syria Solidarity Movement Statement on the US Attack against the Syrian Army at Deir ez-Zour "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Syria Solidarity Movement unequivocally condemns and denounces the vicious US bombing attack on the Syrian army defending Deir ez-Zour, and we wish to make the following observations.

The attack killed at least 62 Syrian soldiers and wounded more than 100. This is larger than the number of casualties inflicted in any US bombing on any terrorist target in Syria since the US announced its "war on ISIS".

The bombing inflicted no known casualties on ISIS, which the US says was its intended target.

The US has produced no evidence that it notified its Russian counterparts, as required by agreement. In fact, joint action against ISIS was not expected for another two days. This leads to suspicions that the US attack was intended to preempt the provisions of the agreement.

Syrian soldiers report seeing reconnaissance drones the previous day.

ISIS fighters were poised to begin fighting the Syrian army units as soon as the US bombing raids ended. How did they know what constituted the end of the bombing?

Although the Russian military presence in Syria is legal because it came at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian state, the US presence is illegal and was never approved, either by the Syrian government or by the United Nations. All US military actions in Syria therefore constitute an illegal invasion of Syrian territory, and must end now.

We find the US explanation of "unintended" targets, and especially the belligerent performance of Ambassador Samantha Power at the United Nations Security Council, to be false, disingenuous and counterproductive. The only credible explanation is that the US attack on Deir ez-Zour was intentional. The US has never seriously tried to fight ISIS other than to defend Kurdish fighters, with rare and largely ineffectual attacks against ISIS fighters in their strongholds, and none during the ISIS campaign against Palmyra, when they were very vulnerable by air.

We believe that the US intention is to dismember the sovereign Syrian state, and that the Syrian army base at Deir ez-Zour constitutes an obstacle to this plan, and is therefore a US target. In accordance with this plan, the US does not mind if ISIS continues to occupy a large portion of the Syrian Euphrates valley, and in fact prefers to maintain ISIS as a destructive force that weakens Syria and is available as a proxy fighting force for other US regional designs, in partnership with their Israeli allies.

We are doubtful that the US intends to honor its agreement with Russia, and implicitly with Syria. US strategists are seeking to weaken and threaten Russia and not to form cooperative and mutually beneficial agreements. Accordingly, the only option may unfortunately be to make the cost to the US too high to be acceptable, and thereby to force a change in its priorities.

There is another and more constructive alternative, as follows.

The US should immediately issue a formal apology to the government of Syria and offer restitution for damages, both to the Syrian government and to the families of the dead and wounded.

The US should withdraw completely from all Syrian territory and end its support for all fighting forces there.

The US should enforce its end user agreements on the use of its arms supplied to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and other countries, to prevent their use in non-defensive roles outside their territories, and in particular to prevent supplying them to subversive forces in Syria.

The US should use its influence in international banking and commerce to prevent the transfer of funds to ter...

15:04

Syria: Did U.S. Airstrike intend to help Daesh? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 18 September US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes killed 80 or more Syrian Arab Army soldiers who were attempting to combat ISIS from a Syrian military base. There seems little doubt that this was a war-crime, but it has already been displaced by media-saturation cover of a single act of terrorism in Manhattan where 29 people were injured. Well, the western media may believe it can hide the truth, but Eastern media and the alternative media cannot let this go. Inside this article there are two video debates on the motives and consequences of the US-Australian-Canadian-Danish airstrikes that killed 80 Syrian Arab Army soldiers two days ago. In the first video, "U.S. Bonus for Terrorists," Press TV conducts an interview with Brian Becker, with the ANSWER Coalition from Washington, and Frederick Peterson, a US congressional defense policy advisor from New York, to discuss these US airstrikes in Syria. This debate was originally published by Iranian Press TV at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/18/485337/US-bonus-terrorists on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

In the second video debate, "Tenuous Truce" [see video below] there was another debate on the same matter conducted with Scott Bennett, a military expert and former US army psychological warfare officer from San Francisco, and Michael Lane, the founder of American Institute for Foreign Policy from Washington, to discuss the failed ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia in Syria. This was originally published at http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/09/19/485484/US-Russia-Syria-ceasefire.

How does the international community handle a rogue-state U.S.A.?

What can we do when the United States keeps on pulling more and more shocking stunts in the Middle East. It seems to be proving that it is the maddest and the baddest, and that anyone trying to stop it would risk a nuclear war. And Australia and other countries are stupidly being sucked in. Scott Bennett in the second debate, suggests that the world needs to demand a UN inquiry into the US airstrike as a war-crime and that the alternative media and the non-western media - like Rt and Press TV - have to try to raise the profile of that demand to get through the block of fizz that issues from the mainstream western media, which simply puts any challenge to US warmongering to one side:

SCOTT BENNETT: "Secretary Kerry and Obama and the political powers right now, I think, [...] they're off the chain. I think the military is doing its own thing in its own time in order to create fires that the next administration will have to put out. They're seeding their own future job applications. But the facts are - if you're arguing this in court - if you were arguing this to the United Nations Criminal Court - you simply could say, 'The United States engaged in targeting operations and the Russian intelligence forces will provide the appropriate electronic surveillance that will prove that the United States was engaged in chatter and conversations in targeting that resulted in the murder of 80 Syrian military personnel. In order to roll back the Assad military that was attempting t...

14:36

With Concerns About Jacob Wetterling and My Father- Jacob’s Abductor… "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know- it JUST occurred to me that, although they may have “solved” the Jacob Wetterling abduction- the Ricky Chadek old case abduction and murder has YET to be answered for- and since that is MUCH CLOSER TO HOME- and it would be WAY OBVIOUS if I began speaking about this case and IT TOO got solved immediately after- I have realized that THIS CASE needs to be my new focus.

Esp. considering when I went to Det. John Pankonin who worked at the Nebraska State Patrol in the cold case department and demanded that he take my DNA and compare to the DNA that was left in Ricky’s murdered corpse- he sent his sister Tru Pankonin into BOTH mine and my sister’s lives. Interesting- isn’t it- that after going after this case- SUDDENLY the detective in charge’s SISTER would befriend my family?

Guess the ball is in MY COURT NOW.

14:34

Shatter Boys UK on DavidShurter.com and AwakeRadio.us "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shatter Boys UK is a group of men who have come together because they have had enough of being silenced by taboos that exist in society myths that exist and the universal misconception that this doesn’t happen to boys and men.

We came together because we knew we would be stronger together as Survivors and unity was key a collective voice needed to smash this thing apart.

We knew from our own experiences that there is a distinct lack of support services for adult male Survivors of Childhood sexual and adult male rape.

This had to change as people are dying out there. People we knew, our peers , have taken over doses and committed suicide because they had no where to go.

We realized that mutual aid was the key what worked for us was one Survivor helping another.

We decided to plant Peer support groups across the UK so support would be available for free and accessible to men.

We are all about supporting men to empower them selves to move forward with there lives and have a voice.

We understand unity is the answer we aim to plant Peer support groups across the UK in areas where there is no support of which there are many.
https://shatterboysuk.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/shatterboysuk/?fref=ts

13:10

A Sneak Peek at the Planning of a 1996 Massacre (Satire) "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB How did Australia get to where she is today?  I’ll play-act three scenes here of some 1990s “planning meetings.” The setting for this is a foreign land. I’ll pretend I am the boss, giving out assignments for an event to take place in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996. […]

13:07

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective "IndyWatch Feed National"

Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective  by Susan Dirgham, July 2015 PART ONE Introduction Australians have had a connection with the people of Syria since the First World War, when…

Source: Anzacs and War – Considering a Syrian Perspective


12:40

Vaccine manufacturers paying out millions to victims while still claiming they’re ‘safe’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(NaturalNews) Think about it: If vaccines are perfectly safe, then why does a federalVaccine Injury Compensation Program exist, and why are pharmaceutical companies paying out millions of dollars to vaccine victims?

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12:01

THE WAR ON REALITY "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(NaturalNews) Dear fans, supporters and citizens of the world: It’s time to reclaim your mind from the globalist social engineers who are filling your skull with false narratives rooted in the failed philosophies of Big Government and social obedience.

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09:29

Besides USA, UK ,Denmark & Australia involved in the illegal airstrike which killed 60+ Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

US-Led Strike on Syrian Army Included British, Danish, Australian Jets British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition’s airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the “cessation of hostilities,” military officials said MondayFiled under: Al Qaeda, Australia, Denmark, ISIL, Syria, UK, US Congress, US […]

07:21

Credit where it’s due: How distributed energy could save $1bn on grid costs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The introduction of regulatory measures to reward local energy generators for their contributions to the grid could unlock savings of more than $1 billion in avoided network costs, a major Australian study has found.

The study – which was led by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, and funded by ARENA – found that paying ‘local network credits’ to local generators for their role in reducing overall investment in the electricity network could reduce network expansion costs by 59 per cent, representing an overall positive economic benefit of approximately $1.2 billion by 2050.

The findings are based on the results of five virtual trials conducted by the ISF in five different locations around Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, which modelled the benefits of local network credits and local energy trading (also known as virtual net metering).

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As we reported in May, early results from the modelling found that the current National Energy Market structure not only offered little financial incentive to export distributed energy generation, but created a strong incentive for customers and product developers to keep generation “behind the meter”, and a “perverse” incentive for networks to duplicate infrastructure.

The final findings, published on Tuesday, tell much the same story: “Results of four out of five virtual trials of Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading completed to date indicate there is potential for distributed generation to meet local consumption, which is unlikely to be realised under current market conditions,” the ISF says.

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The Willoughby trial results, in particular, said the ISF, “demonstrate that even a relatively low Local Network Charge can send a meaningful signal to operate dispatchable generation when the network is most likely to need support.”

The report finds that offering a Local Network Charge for the cases investigated would keep solar and other distributed generation on the grid, “in an era of increasingly locally derived supply.”

Such an incentive would also maintain the network charges paid by the proponent, the report notes, “relative to a significant increase in behind the meter consumption using a private wire approach, even taking into account payment of the Local Network Charge itself.”

The result, it says, leaves the proponent and other customers better off, due to the fact that money is not wasted on more and more poles and wires.

...

06:59

On the Next Act on of the Global Political Game in Vientiane "IndyWatch Feed National"

3453452342342After Beijing staged the G-20 Summit political show (which is becoming increasingly popular after superseding the long defunct political number a.k.a the G-7 Summit), the wandering troupe of political actors of various levels of importance and talents moved on to Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

What caught the attention of these masters of the global political game and drew them to this more humble place? The fact is that on September 6 through 9 this year, it was here where a few equally interesting and dramatic performances were scheduled (with elements of a particular sense of humor), which invariably included the ASEAN acronym.

The aforementioned acronym denotes the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which includes ten nations in the region and is increasingly becoming the center of attention in real world events. It is in this reality that the participants of these world games try to respond to the event mentioned above, as well as other political platforms.

Firstly, Vientiane hosted the regular summit of the member-countries of ASEAN itself. Secondly, several summits were held in the format of ASEAN + 1, where the world’s leading players, including China, Japan, India, participated as “plus ones”. It is worth recalling that the last ASEAN + US summit (with its grand entourage) took place in February this year at the Californian ranch, Sunnylands.

Following this, there was the ASEAN + 3 summit, which included China and Japan, as well as South Korea. Finally, the holding of the 11th summit of the ASEAN + 8 forum was the apotheosis of the series of events held in Vientiane. The United States, China, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea and New Zealand all participated. This forum is also referred to as the East Asia Summit (EAS).

All the events of recent years at various international platforms (including the most important one in New York) can be reduced to the following maxim: it isn’t the official well-attended events on stage that are important but the negotiations amongst the actors that take place on the sidelines on the eve of the big performance and during its breaks.

As a rule, an outside observer can only guess the content of such negotiations. But they are the ones that are motivated by the realities of life and define the really important parts of the final documents that are formulated at the end of official events.

The essence of the real events in Southeast Asia and in the South China Sea in the region can be reduced to the fact that it is here that the global political game waged by the world powers is being stoked....

05:23

This is not a memoir: the c-word in women’s writing "IndyWatch Feed National"

Having your work of journalism sidelined into a memoir – a genre, nonetheless, worthy of good writing – still demonstrates that women’s personal writing cannot be commercially seen as journalism or ‘serious’ documentation. When women writers seek to share 'truth' – not confessions – it shouldn’t be sold off as memoir when those stories are about collective human experiences.

04:05

Conceptual Polyamory: the social and political weight of keeping options open "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 2011 and I was in the Hunter Valley. I’d just had a very expensive indulgent meal and was ungrateful, scribbling furiously in my journal about how my family didn’t understand me. This is pretty standard fare for a seventeen year-old nearing the end of their high school life and dating a girl living …

The post Conceptual Polyamory: the social and political weight of keeping options open appeared first on Archer Magazine.

04:00

Justice Reinvestment: Giving kids a life not life in prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

ANTaR, national advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, today called on all governments to listen to First Peoples in order to address crisis levels of incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. 

National Campaigns Manager, Ms Jane Powles said that “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have been calling for the implementation of Justice Reinvestment since 2009 to address high incarceration rates.” 

“It's about time governments started to listen” 

Last night’s episode of ABC’s Four Corners featuring one of the first Justice Reinvestment trial sites in Australia, highlighted the common sense approach that Justice Reinvestment supports.

“Driver licence programs that keep young people and the roads in Bourke safe make a lot of sense,” said Ms Powles

In NSW, over half the children in jail are Aboriginal. This costs $800 per child per day. In 2014 NSW taxpayers spent an average of $293,200 on each child in custody.

“Bourke is showing us that there is a much better way to invest tax payers money that will create stronger and safer communities.” 

Despite multiple reports and inquiries into the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the justice system incarceration rates continue to rise. It’s time to think differently to address this crisis and create sustainable solutions.     

“Last night we saw a whole community stepping up and collectively developing practical solutions that address the drivers of crime.”   

Ms Powles said “With youth detention on the next Council of Australian Governments agenda, the Prime Minister has the opportunity to take the lead on developing a nationally co-ordinated approach to addressing the incarceration crisis and forging a collective commitment to Justice Reinvestment.”

“It’s time for governments to act, and start listening to and working with First Peoples so we don't lose another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to the justice system.”

To learn more and take action visit our Justice campaign page.

03:50

Victory! Australia Bans Cosmetic Animal Testing Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Amanda Froelich via True Activist

Starting July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing ingredients that have been tested on animals.


There's something powerful happening down under. First, New Zealand banned cosmetic animal testing in 2015, and now, Australia is passing a similar ban which will go into effect July 2017. The nation will join the ranks of the European Union, Israel, Norway, and Turkey, all of whom have passed similar measures to cut down on animal testing.

Thanks to the insistence of community groups such as #BeCrueltyFree campaign, cosmetics which have been tested on animals or any products containing anything that has been tested on animals will be banned next year.

Humane Society International relays that Australia's Liberal-led government drew support for the bill across the aisle. Ken Wyatt, Australia's Assistant Health Minister, says:

"We no longer need to test cosmetics on animals and many countries, including the European Union, have banned the use of cosmetic ingredients tested on animals."

"Testing the ingredients of cosmetics on living creatures is a completely unnecessary cruelty and it's time Australia joined a growing number of communities by banning it," he added.

This news shouldn't come as a surprise, considering that 85% of Australians oppose animal testing, relays a 2013 poll.



Spokesperson for the #BeCrueltyFree Australia campaign, Hannah Stuart, told the press:

"Using live animals to cruelly test new ingredients for cosmetics such as hair dyes and skin cream is ethically unjustified, so we're thrilled that following motions recently passed by both the Senate and the House, the Government has now promised specific legislation to ban cosmetics cruelty. There is a growing global trend towards eliminating the sale of newlyanimal-tested beauty products and their ingredients, and today's announcement will put Australia on the map as the next country to say NO to cosmetics cruelty."

Stuart mentioned that activists with the campaign look forward to working with the government to "develop meaningful legislation" that eliminates...

03:44

Video: Police attack new anti-labour law protestors "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Telesur Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets across France on September 15 and were met by riot police as the trade...

The post Video: Police attack new anti-labour law protestors appeared first on The Pen.

02:56

RedFlow names accredited installers for ZCell home battery "IndyWatch Feed National"

With its first shipment of residential battery storage systems set to be delivered to customers in October, RedFlow has announced the first round of accredited installers for the ZCells.

The Brisbane-based company has revealed an initial list of seven companies in states around Australia who are trained and approved to install the 10kWh zinc bromine flow battery.

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Further installer training sessions are being conducted – as we reported last month, these are being done by RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett, himself – for a number of additional companies, which will be added to the website as they are approved.

The companies named on Tuesday include Geographe Electrical Communications (WA), Off-Grid Energy Australia (SA, VIC, ACT, NSW, TAS and southeast QLD.), SolarQuip (VIC), Standard Solar (national), Suntrix (SA, VIC, NSW, QLD), The Solar Depot (SA, NSW) and WES Group (QLD, NT, WA).

The ZCell, which was officially launched to the market in March, is described as a flow battery that can ‘timeshift’ solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

Some of the benefits of the battery chemistry and design – which are both Australian made – include a long cycle life, reusable parts and a better depth of discharge and storage capability than some of its main competitors, including lead acid and lithium-ion batteries.

“ZCell has natural advantages over lithium in terms of its recyclability and reusability, better depth of discharge and storage capability,” said Ian Grayson – managing director of newly accredited installer WES Group, a Sunshine Coast-based electrical and mechanical contracting company.

“I believe energy storage will be a long-term growth story, like solar PV, and it will also be a game changer for the major electricity suppliers, especially with the advent of aggregation,” Grayson said.

Another ZCell installer, Troy Ryan from Solar Depot described the ZCell as a low maintenance and long-life battery system that would integrate easily into the company’s projects.

“ZCell’s well-suited for grid-hybrid and larger standalone applications and also answers safety concerns that plenty of people have about lithium batteries,” Ryan said.

The full list of ZCell installers can be found here.

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02:49

Newsletter 129 Open Letter (3), University of Wollongong, Correcting UOW Academic’s Comments on Immunisation "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health
University of Wollongong
Australia
19 September 2016

Dear Professor Alison Jones,
As I await your response to my previous email (16 September 2016)  I would like to address the comments about immunisation that have been promoted by the University of Wollongong (UOW) on its website. I note that you have signed your name, with 60 other academics, to the personal opinion made by Heather Yeatman in her professional capacity. However, it is necessary to point out that Heather Yeatman’s expertise is in nutrition, as President of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), and not immunisation, and she has made misleading and unsupported statements about immunisation in her comment.

Heather Yeatman’s comment was published on the UOW website on the 18 January 2016 – one week after my PhD was published on the UOW website. My PhD is a critique of the Australian government’s immunisation policies and yet her comment does not address the evidence I have presented in my in-depth study of Australia’s immunisation policies. I also note that you have supported her comment without reading my thesis. You have stated:

From what I’ve seen of the thesis it doesn’t represent the views of a science evidence-based approach” (Australian Skeptics Inc lobby group website).

Again, you have not provided any evidence for your claim that my research is not evidence-based and this is contradicted by the examiners and professors supporting my research. I will outline below the unsupported statements made in Heather Yeatman’s personal opinion of immunisation that you have supported. Unless these comments can be supported with evidence UOW academics are endangering human health by signing their names to this comment. This political strategy of UOW in promoting this comment has enabled lobby groups, such as the Australian Skeptics Inc group, to promote personal opinions of immunisation instead of researched information.

Here are the incorrect or unsupported statements made by Heather Yeatman (in bold below). The evidence for my comments is provided in my PhD thesis:

  1. Immunisation protects children and saves lives” . This generalisation is incorrect. Some children do not gain immunisation from vaccines and the adverse events (AE’s) to vaccines are under-reported in the population (PhD thesis Chapter 7). Until an accurate figure of AE’s is determined this statement is misleading and harmful to children’s health.
  2. For more than 50 years children have been immunised and it is one of our best success stories in public health”. This is incorrect. Vaccination campaigns started 50 years ago but they were voluntary and only recommended for one or two diseases at the time (PhD thesis Chapter 2 and 3). The schedule gradually increased but the government did not begin enforcing vaccination campaigns for multiple diseases until 1990 – after the diseases were controlled (Professor Fiona Stanley – Australian of the Year 2003) and childhood chronic illness increased at the same time as the use of vaccines increased. Correlation is not causation but this...

01:18

Video: Bayer admits giving AIDS to kids "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Video clip from NBC and posted by Awareness Act Company records showed that medications were contaminated. They were used in countries outside the United...

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01:07

Australian jets involved in US-led air strike "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero So the Defence Department has admitted Australia’s involvement in a bombing incident that caused the death of between 62 and 83...

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01:07

Syrian ops continue despite botched raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

A RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornet. (AAP)

Australia will continue its air operations in Syria, despite a review into how coalition forces allegedly killed more than 60 Syrian troops in a bombing raid.

RAAF aircraft were involved in air strikes on what was believed to be an Islamic State fighting position in eastern Syria on Sunday.

The strikes were called off when Russian officials told air operations controllers the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australia regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

“It is a very complex environment and as soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russians that Syrian forces were being affected, the operation discontinued,” he told reporters in New York.

He said it remained to be seen whether it impacted on the already brittle ceasefire.
Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support Islamic State.

She said Australia would cooperate with an international review, however operations would continue.

“We will continue in an appropriate and measured way with the international coalition to do what is required, but there has been no hold put on Australia’s activity,” she said in Sydney on Monday.

“Our commitment is to eliminate the threat of Daesh.”

She said Australia was seeking an end to hostilities, access for humanitarian aid and a path to a political solution in Syria.

The minister declined to say what Australian aircraft were involved, but it is known the RAAF operations involve Super Hornet bombers, a refuelling aircraft and a Wedgetail early warning and control aircraft.

RAAF personnel would not be exposed to any legal action as the target had been assessed as legitimate under the laws of armed conflict, Senator Payne said.

A Pentagon spokesman said Russian officials had not voiced any concerns about the operation, in the Dayr Az Zawr area, when first notified of it.

Acting Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the loss of Syrian soldiers is tragic but the greater tragedy would be letting Islamic State extremists win.

“We have to make sure we beat these people.”
Australia Strategic Policy Institute director Peter Jennings said he did not recall a similar incident over the past two years.

“We’ve been extremely careful over two years to make sure that we don’t engage in any strikes which lead to civilian deaths or the deaths of non-combatants.”

He said a communications failure was the likely cause, as the Russians had issued their advice half an hour into the air strikes.

“I think this is the result of the lack of trust which seems to be created between the Russians and in particular the US right now.

“We have come to the end of the ceasefire as a viable moment in the war.”

The Greens and South Australian senator Nick Xenophon have called for a separate, independent review into Australia’s role.

“We need to know what went wrong and why because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of this botched operation then there is a risk it may be repeated,” Senator Xenophon said.

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie said it was in the publ...

01:05

Reef spill payout ‘inadequate’: activists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

Conservationists have slammed a $40 million fine levied against a Chinese company that polluted the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller)

The federal government’s acceptance of less than a third of what it was seeking in compensation for a coal carrier accident on the Great Barrier Reef has left conservationists outraged.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg this week announced the government had reached a $39.3 million out of court settlement from the operators of the Shen Neng 1, which ran aground 100km east of Rockhampton at Douglas Shoal in 2010.

The money will be used to remove polluted rubble in a clean-up operation expected to begin next year.

But the government had been seeking at least $120 million from Shenzhen Energy Transport Co Ltd.
Greenpeace Australia say the settlement is inadequate.

“While we welcome the end of this six-year saga, it has to serve as a reminder that accidents happen,” spokeswoman Shani Tager said.

“It’s clear that coal and the reef don’t mix and the government needs to do more to protect this precious place.”

Maritime insurer The London P&I Club again expressed regret over the spill and said it had always wanted to reach a “fair and justifiable settlement”.

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01:02

Aussies are using technology to tone-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Exercise is becoming high-tech. (file pic)

Exercise is becoming high-tech. (file pic)

Personal trainers are being traded in for tablet workouts with the simple click of a button an easy and cheap means for fitness inspiration, new research has found.

More than half of Australians surveyed by nbn say they would use the internet to help improve their training techniques, research nutrition and map out their fitness progress.

Almost two thirds of those who hop online for fitness inspiration watch online video tutorials and 48 per cent find themselves drawn in to researching the latest fitness trends.

Whether it is a stiletto aerobics workout streamed in from Brazil or the latest Hollywood trend in soul-cycling, Aussies are opting for a wealth of online information ready at their fingertips.

The research also found 62 per cent of Aussies prefer to train in their own living room than at the gym, with the majority admitting cost is a major influence.

Broadband network nbn is teaming up with fitness expert and chiropractor Tim Robards to create a series of virtual trainer training films.

The 30-minute long routines, ranging from animalistic moves to Bollywood inspired dancing, are designed to be streamed from the comfort of home living rooms.

“The workouts are designed to give busy, on-the-go Aussies no matter where they are, the chance to connect with health and fitness expertise online from the comfort of their home,” Mr Robards said.

“They will get you growling, stretching and sweating all at the same time.”

Yoga, weight training methods and pilates are the top three online fitness clicks with millennials, survey respondents aged 18-34, the most inclined to get their hearts racing with technology.

Mr Robards said the workouts are fit for any age and are adaptable for all fitness levels.

“Whether you’re stuck behind a desk all week long, you’re an exercise novice or fitness junkie, there’s something for everyone to adapt to their own level.”

“The most important thing is to keep challenging your body with new skills and routines, as well as keeping it fun and fresh in ways that work for you.”

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01:00

The Flaw in Being Fearless "IndyWatch Feed National"

All I could think to do was cup my hands over my head as I tumbled around in the ever-changing rotations of the waves. The saltiest water I’d ever tasted was rushing into my mouth and painfully stretching my sinuses. I was increasingly sure that this was too risky, that I needed to breathe that instant, that this might even be the end. A short way out from Old Man’s Beach in Canggu, Bali would be the place of my imminent death; any minute now a blow to the back of the head and the bright turquoise would become black.

I was probably underneath the surface for a total of about six seconds.

A moment earlier I had been perched on a chunky beginners’ foam board trying to take a group selfie with a borrowed GoPro. Determined not to be the frightened little girl from England, I hadn’t taken much convincing that trying an hour’s surf lesson was a good idea. I’d even convinced myself I’d be good at it. Filled with visions of myself sporting the beach hair and body I don’t have, I saw myself slicing up enormous waves in images that looked suspiciously like old RipCurl adverts.

It wasn’t until I was ankle deep in water that I realised just how far from the beaches of Cornwall and South Wales I had come. The force of the waves wasn’t anything I’d experienced before, and it was fucking terrifying. When I broke the surface with a panic-filled, fish-like gasp (or 12), I collapsed onto my board and felt exhausted. I suddenly realised I’d spent my first week in Bali piling first upon first, and in the pursuit of valuable new experiences and traveller’s cool points, I had spent a good percentage of that time nervous enough to soil my knickers too.

But no one really talks about the fear involved in travelling. I’d spent the week in a hostel dominated by 30 or so other twenty-something crunchy nomads. In amidst the swapping of stories, retelling of crazy experiences, and general spirit of one-upmanship, if fear was ever mentioned it had simply become something funny. That time you were “absolutely bricking it” as the police chased you through the streets of Hanoi, or you were “totally freaking out” when your shroom guy pulled a knife because your haggling skills weren’t working, or that “pretty fucking crazy” time you were hospitalised for internal bleeding. You can tell all these stories with a cheeky grin on your face and the assurance that all your new mates know precisely how intrepid, wild and cool you are.

Very quickly, the interactions with other travellers can start to feel like high school – particularly when you’re dealing with young travellers and those who weren’t raised in the British spirit of prim suburban hedges, mortgages, and conservatism. The currency is coolness and rebelliousness, two things I have never been particularly rich in. And when I try them out, I find that life deals me a swift reminder: remember how that RipCurl surfer babe morphed into a kneeling, screaming, and inevitably face-planting mess?

There are, of course, those who just don’t feel afraid when they travel. Not phased by severing ties with home cooking and the-devil-you-know, these lucky ones get to skip the fun pre-trip activity of reading through each clause of your travel insurance policy and gaining a hundred new ideas of creative ways you could die. But the real danger comes when this nonchalant crowd joins forces with those just feigning fearlessness. Suddenly, us fearful ones are left feeling like the worthiness of our trips and our ballsiness (or lack thereof) are in direct correlation.

The encouragement we receive from other travellers often requires a lot of boldness: to immerse ourselves in local cultures, to tr...

01:00

New plan to break the welfare trap "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians stuck in the welfare trap could soon be forced into new rules and programs to help them break the cycle of dependency.

A long-awaited report into the impact of long-term welfare reliance is set to be released on Tuesday by the federal government.

The result of years of analysis, it will show how 4370 young parents will remain on benefits for long periods of time because they will have more kids, costing the taxpayer some $2.4 billion over their lifetimes.

Most of those young mothers getting welfare for the first time had a parent who also received benefits at some stage of their life.

On students, the report shows that almost 30 per cent of those who have received study payments will draw on the system at some point over the next 60 years.

About 594 students who have moved onto payments such as unemployment benefits straight out of study will continue to seek benefits each year for the rest of their lives.

On young carers, almost half of the 11,000 getting welfare are predicted to remain on benefits over the next 70 years, costing $5.2 billion.

Social Services Minister Christian Porter, who will release the report at the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, is set to use the data to call for a revolution in the way social security is paid.

While welfare has long been considered a helping hand to those in times of need, it wasn’t good enough that passively giving money to people turned some into dependents.

“For too many people inside the system the money flows but nothing changes and lives are not improving,” he said.

No longer would welfare be a “set and forget” payment.

“Instead we will target new programs and rules and then measure rigorously what works and what doesn’t,” he said.

“The helping hand of welfare should wherever possible be a helping hand out of the system, not help that sees people stay in the system for life.”

 

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00:54

Trump could ‘disrupt’ Aust-US alliance: US "IndyWatch Feed National"

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump as US president could unleash a trade war, plunge the US economy into recession and disrupt alliances with nations including “longtime ally Australia”, according to new analysis by a Washington DC-based think tank.

The Peterson Institute for International Economics report released on Monday assesses the trade agendas of presidential candidates Mr Trump and main rival Hillary Clinton.

Both are criticised for their opposition to the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal between 12 nations including Australia, the US, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and Singapore.

But Mr Trump’s “belligerent trade policies”, according to the report’s analysis, would devastate viable American businesses and be disastrous for US economic well-being and national security.

“Make no mistake, the proposed trade policies of both Hillary Clinton and Donald J Trump, the 2016 Democratic and Republican Party candidates for president, would deeply harm the American economy,” Adam Posen, president of the self-described non-partisan Peterson Institute, wrote.

Mr Trump has threatened to “rip up” existing free trade agreements with Australia and 19 other nations and “make really good ones” and slap a 35 per cent tariff on Mexican imports and 45 per cent on China’s.

“Withdrawal of support for TPP is bad enough but the ramifications of Trump’s trade policies go much farther, threatening to inflame relations with China and disrupt existing alliances with free trade partners, including South Korea, Singapore, a critical partner in Southeast Asia, and longtime ally Australia,” the report states.

Export-reliant US industries that manufacture machinery used in the information technology, aerospace and engineering sectors are forecast as being worst hit by a trade war incited by Mr Trump.

“Trump goes much farther than Clinton on trade and investment policies,” according to the report.

“He threatens to slap punitive (and possibly even firm-specific) tariffs on products imported from China and Mexico, withdraw from the World Trade Organisation and abrogate existing preferential trade agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement.

“If implemented, these proposals would provoke retaliation by US trading partners, unleashing a trade war that would send the US economy into recession and cost millions of Americans their jobs.”

Ms Clinton’s proposed trade and international economic policies “would damage American well-being” primarily due to her opposition to TPP.

“While Clinton’s stated trade policy would be harmful, Trump’s stated trade policy would be horribly destructive,” the report states.

The report’s release comes as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week and lobby US leaders to move forward on the TPP.

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00:52

Game of Thrones breaks record at Emmys "IndyWatch Feed National"

Lena Headey appears in a scene from

Lena Headey appears in a scene from “Game of Thrones.” (AAP)

Game of Thrones has conquered the Emmy kingdom, honoured as top drama for the second consecutive year and becoming the most honoured TV series ever on a night of surprises.

Veep repeated as best comedy series and its star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, won a record-breaking sixth Emmy as best comedy actress.

Jeffrey Tambor’s trophy as top comedy actor for Transparent also was his second.

But the top drama acting trophies were far from predictable: Rami Malek of Mr. Robot and Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black were the winners, both overcoming heavyweight competition.

“Oh, my God. Please tell me you’re seeing this too,” said a stunned Malek, who plays an emotionally troubled engineer caught up in a dangerous hacking conspiracy.

Games of Thrones, the fantasy saga based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, received a total of 12 awards and at last weekend’s technical arts ceremony for a cumulative 38, beating Frasier by one to claim most prime-time series awards ever.

The Emmys proved more adroit than the Oscars at recognising and honouring diversity in Hollywood’s top ranks, with trophies going to minority actors and behind-the-scenes artists including writers Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang of Master of None.

But Viola Davis of How to Get Away with Murder failed to repeat her 2015 best drama actress win, the first for a woman of colour.

Tambor, who plays a transgender character on Transparent, called on Hollywood to make him the last non-transgender actor to get such a role.

A shaking Louis-Dreyfus ended her speech by dedicating the trophy to her father, who she said died on Friday. Before that, she honed in on GOP contender Donald Trump’s campaign.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to personally apologise for the current political climate,” she said.

“I think that Veep has torn down the wall between comedy and politics. Our show started out as a political satire but it now feels more like a sobering documentary.”

Her victory gave her six best comedy wins – five for Veep, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine – and broke her tie with Candice Bergen and Mary Tyler Moore.

Maggie Smith was honoured as best supporting actress in a drama series for the final season of Downton Abbey.

It was her third win for playing the formidable dowager but she did not attend the awards.
Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn of Bloodline won as best supporting drama actor and also was a no-show.

John Oliver captured the top variety talk series award for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, beating competitors including Jerry Seinfeld and host Jimmy Kimmel – who received barbed consolation on stage from Matt Damon, his longtime faux nemesis.

The loss “makes a lot of sense,” Damon said.

The People v. O.J. Simpson, which earned the second-highest number of nominations, converted five to trophies.

Louie Anderson was honoured as best supporting actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of a loving but tough mum in Baskets.

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00:38

Here’s how much forest we’ll have to destroy to feed our growing junk food addiction "IndyWatch Feed National"

Junk food consumption is on the rise around the world, even though processed foods that are low in essential nutrients and high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and fat aren’t necessarily part of a healthy diet. And as it turns out, junk food like cookies, ice cream, and potato chips isn’t very good for forests, either. A key ingredient in junk food is vegetable oil, and 60 percent of edible vegetable oil is produced from oil palm and soybeans — crops that are currently associated with massive deforestation in Southeast Asia and South America, respectively, as well as the loss of biodiversity and release of sequestered carbon that comes with that forest destruction. “Often when agricultural development occurs at the expense of tropical forests, food security is used as a reason to support such development,” Princeton University’s Janice Lee, the lead author of a study published earlier this month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, told Mongabay. “However, food security encompasses more than just food availability and must take into consideration food nutrition.” Lee and a team of researchers from Princeton, Adelaide University in Australia, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore estimated the amount of land — and the potential amount of forests — required to produce the palm and soybean oil used in junk foods, “which have little or no nutritional value to people,” as Lee noted. “Therefore, our findings highlight a problem in our global food system, where land is used in a manner that is…

00:35

“Burkini” and French Imperialisst Mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Europe, oppression is never really called by its true ugly name. It is constantly concealed by lofty slogans such as culture, even tolerance. Repression, discrimination and harassment are administered in order for the ‘entire society to be free’.

Or so at least the official narrative goes.

In France, a recent and ugly row over so-called burkinis, a swimsuit used by many Muslim women all over the world, has demonstrated how little tolerance there really is in today’s Europe for other cultures and for different ways of life.

Recently, France’s highest administrative court has ruled that “burkini bans” being enforced on the country’s beaches are illegal and a violation of fundamental liberties. Still, more than 90 percent of French people are supporting the ban, which is thoroughly illogical and philosophically as well as ethically indefensible.

*****

What is suddenly so shocking about a woman wearing a wetsuit on some French beach? And let’s face it: burkinis are nothing else but a wetsuit, which is commonly used on countless beaches of California, Australia, and Europe, in fact all over the world, by surfers and other water sport enthusiasts.

Just compare these images and these. Can you really tell much of a difference?

According to Wikipedia, a wetsuit is:

… A garment, usually made of foamed neoprene, which is worn by surfers, divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water sports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy.

If courts manage to resurrect the ban (and actually some municipalities have already declared that they will uphold it no matter what), are the French police going to interrogate women on public beaches, while trying to determine whether they are wearing these plastic garments simply because they are planning to go surfing, or because of their religious beliefs? Would the first reason be allowed, while the other one forbidden?

Are we heading towards an era when people will be forced to confess to the authorities, why they are choosing to cover their bellies and shoulders? And is this going to re-define the meaning of ‘freedom’?

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Who would be free to cover and who would not? Would the French state be permitted to decide what is the legitimate menace from which a woman should be allowed to protect herself from?

For instance, would the cold be okay? Imagine Paris, in January or February; 100 degrees Celsius below zero… Most of the women you pass on the streets (Christian, Muslim and atheist) are “fully covered”, aren’t they? What can you see of them? Nothing, almost nothing! Their entire bodies are covered; their heads are covered, even their feet and hands are covered (unlike the hands and feet of women wearing burkinis). You travel to Grenoble in the winter, and the chances are that women will even be covering their faces with scarves. You know why, right? Because they are cold! Is this reason OK, or should the French authorities demand that they expose their bellybuttons or shoulders or legs, in order to prove how “European”, how “French” they are?

Fine, so covering yourself up from the cold is most likely admissible; it is not ‘un-European’.

But what about the heat; is it OK to protect yourself from sun? In almost the entire Southeast Asia, but also in some parts of Latin America and the Sub-Continent, women want to be as white as possible. Unlike Western women, they hate suntan. I used to live in Vietnam and in Indonesia, as well as in many parts of Latin America, so I know… In the...

00:17

Reaction to Adani Federal Court case "IndyWatch Feed National"

From Kelly O’Shanassy, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Conservation Foundation Since we launched our campaign to stop Adani’s mine and protect the reef, thousands...

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00:14

More WADA leaks: British Olympic champion Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal outed as doping cheats "IndyWatch Feed National"

The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.

More WADA leaks: British Olympic champion Mo Farah, Spanish tennis star Rafael were given 'exemptions' to take performance-enhancing drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

The hacker group known as 'Fancy Bears' has released its latest list of WADA drug test results of well-known athletes, including those from Great Britain, Denmark, Australia, Spain and Germany. The most high-profile names on the list are Great Britain's 'double-double' Olympic champion Mo Farah and Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal. They appear on a 26-name list alongside athletes from Argentina, Belgium, Burundi, Canada, Denmark, France, Hungary and the USA. The country that features the most athletes is Great Britain with eight, including Farah and Rio 2016 golf gold medalist Justin Rose.

00:02

British Air Force Admit To Helping America Bomb Syrian Army "IndyWatch Feed National"

The British Air Force has admitted to helping the US conduct airstrikes on the Syrian army, which Russia say has ignited World War 3 in Syria.  Britain’s military helped the US to kill 60 Syrian army troops, by deploying a MQ-9 Reaper drone in eastern Syria. Rt.com reports: The strike in the area of Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian, US and Danish forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on Monday that it had been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Dayr az Zawr on Saturday, and we are fully cooperating with the coalition investigation. Today’s Defence news includes coverage of air strikes in Syria and IHAT https://t.co/T86PCtXceT pic.twitter.com/rr0juRtCbw — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 “The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” On Monday afternoon Defence Command Denmark, the headquarters of the Danish military, also admitted it’s involvement in the deadly [...]

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00:02

Britain needs a new vote on Syria, suggests former Syria Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Tapestry

MQ-9 Reaper drone © U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Ricky Best

UK participation in strikes on Syrian troops: ‘The buck must stop with Theresa May’

British PM Theresa May must take responsibility for the crass blunder when UK troops got involved in US-led coalition airstrikes that hit Syrian government troops and the truth must be revealed, says former British ambassador to Syria Peter Ford.

RT: The UK Ministry of Defence has confirmed to RT it took part in the deadly coalition airstrikes in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on Saturday. Earlier Australia and Denmark did the same. The US is investigating with all of these countries involved. Will it be difficult to identify who was actually responsible for the strikes that lead to the killing of over 60 Syrian troops? Will we ever get to the bottom of what went wrong?

Peter Ford: I am doubtful we will get to the bottom of it. But what is clear is that there has been an enormous blunder. Those of us who opposed Britain’s involvement in the bombing of the so-called ISIS from the beginning have been vindicated, as mistakes in judgment and professionalism have occurred on a massive scale. If Britain and America wanted to help ISIS they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they have done shamefully in Deir ez-Zor. If Britain and America wanted to undermine the ceasefire painfully negotiated and teetering already on the brink, they would not have gone about it any other way than doing what they did. What should be first and foremost on the part of the British government – an open disclosure of the facts, a formal apology to the Syrian government and people, an offer of reparations to the hundreds of family members now left bereft, the whole thing reeks of being a shambles.

RT: Should the buck stop with the US, as they are leading this coalition?

PF: The buck must stop with Theresa May. She is the British commander-in-chief; Americans like to call that head of the government. As the commander-in-chief, she must take responsibility for this crass blunder. The truth must be given to the public.

RT: There were some harsh words coming from US officials who accused Russia of exaggerating the problem. The US Secretary of State even went on to say that it’s Russia and Syria that should take the ceasefire seriously. Was it a suitable response for him, do you think?

PF: The Americans are trying to mask the fact that they have failed to deliver clients for the ceasefire. They were supposed to put pressure on the jihadists and other Islamists to respect the ceasefire. That has not happened. Almost all the ceasefire violations have been from the jihadi side, virtually none from the side of the Syrian government. The Russian government did apply the necessary pressure; but that has not been reciprocated. The ceasefire now is probably in its last hours. I don’t see how it can recover from the mortal road in Deir ez-Zor.

RT: What’s your prognosis for the ceasefire in Syria? Do you think it is going to last?

PF: I am very doubtful now after what has happened and the absence of signal from the American-Islamist side that they are going to respect the ceasefire…

‘Syrian army location was known, the...

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Asylum policies in Europe and Australia eroding global refugee rights - report - Reuters Africa "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asylum policies in Europe and Australia eroding global refugee rights - reportReuters AfricaLONDON, Sept 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poorer countries are following the lead of Europe and Australia in tightening asylum policies, eroding protections for refugees on a global scale, according to a report on Tuesday. The British-based ...and more »

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Beyonce Is Destroying Your Daughter, Not Empowering Her "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Over the weekend, pop singer Beyonce released a new album called “Lemonade” (because if life gives you lemons). For a piece of work hailed as “groundbreaking” and “brilliant,” it’s strange that the title is one of the most overused cliches in the history of cliches.… Read More

22:38

Syria Fights Colonialism: Australia, UK, Demark Confirm Roles In Brutal Deir Ezzor Massacre "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Jonathan Azaziah

Weekend massacre executed against Syrian troops atop Deir Ezzor’s Thardeh Mountain now looks like some kind of a murderous colonialist get-together as Australia, the UK and Denmark have all admitted their role in the unspeakable atrocity. Their statements on the crime read just about identically, with each respective Imperialist stain on humanity claiming that they, like the American regime, didn’t “intend” to hit the SAA, that they “regret” what took place and that they offer their “sincere condolences” to the families of the innocent souls whom they had butchered. The reason why this, also like Washington’s bullshit, does not hold even the weight of a termite, is because these are some of the bloodiest regimes to ever grace the stage of geopolitics.

The Australian settler regime wiped out hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people and played a key role in the overthrow of Indonesian revolutionary Sukarno as well as the Suharto coup regime’s aggression against Eastern Timor. Canberra is also in thick with the usurping Zionist entity and its intelligence services and foreign affairs institutions have literally been outsourced to the Mossad, making it complicit in every criminal act ‘Israel’ carries out. Not to mention, Australia has allowed large numbers of Takfiris to flock to Syria in service of the Oded Yinon balaknization agenda. Denmark, for its part, once ran a hideous colonialist empire, with colonies of theft and mass murder in Africa, India and notably, the Caribbean, where the Jewish-dominated Danish West India Trading Company ran cruel schemes of slave-trading and sugar-thieving. And Britain? Does one really need to enumerate how many countries that the London ZOG colonized, raped and ruined at the height of its colonialist dominance? How much suffering that the London ZOG has inflicted–and continues to inflict–on the entire Global South? As Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei once remarked, the British regime is the “most evil” of all the Western powers. Thus, such regimes cannot feel “regrets”. Such regimes cannot offer “condolences”. Because such regimes are inhuman.

Mark it down and adjust the narrative ladies and gentlemen: Syria and its Hizbullahi, Iranian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Russian allies are not just fighting a foreign mercenary invasion, with terrorists descending upon Bilad al-Sham from 100 different countries. They aren’t merely battling the Najdi-Dönmeh-originated, Khaleeji-financed backwardness of Wahhabi-Takfirism. They are in fact standing their ground and defending the Syrian Arab Republic against a unified colonialist alliance, the likes of which has never been seen before at any other point in history, as this Old Joint Colonialist Conglomerate is attempting to manifest its supremacist bloodlust into a New Zio-Imperialist World Order spearheaded by ‘Israel’ and its main ZOG, i.e. Washington.

Makes the sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army soldiers on Thardeh Mountain that much more heroic; that much more significant; and that much more inspiring, doesn’t it? These men didn’t die to “prop up a regime”. They didn’t give their lives to simply fight “Islamists”. They didn’t depart this world to “serve a dictator”. And they sure as hell didn’t fall whilst “repressing a revolution”. They were martyred,...

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U.S. Allies ‘Volunteer’ To Share (Implausible) Blame For Deir Ezzor Attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The U.S. is trying to distribute the blame for its air support of ISIS against the Syrian Arab Army in Deir Ezzor.

The facts, not put into doubt by any U.S. statement, via the Russian military report after Saturday’s incident:

“Today at 17:00-17:50 Moscow time, international anti-Daesh coalition (two F-16 and two A-10 jets) carried out four strikes on Syrian government forces’ units encirled by Daesh near Deir ez-Zor airport. The coalition’s aircraft entered Syrian airspace from the side of the Iraqi border,” Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

As a result of the attack, 62 Syrian soldiers were killed and some 100 others were injured, according to information received from the Syrian command in Deir ez-Zor, he said.

The Syrian government now says some 82 soldiers were killed in the attack which also destroyed 3 T-72 tanks, 3 infantry fighting vehicles, an anti-aircraft gun and at least 4 mortars. Following the attack the Islamic State troops stormed the Syrian government position on the Jabal Thardeh hill. They are now able to harass the airport of Deir Ezzor, the only supply line for the ISIS besieged city and the 150,000+ civilians living there under government protection.

We note that this was not the first U.S. attack on Syrian government forces in Deir Ezzor. Back in December 3 Syrian soldiers were killed in an air raid.  In June a U.S. air attack on Manbij killed some 100 civilians. No U.S. attack on any ISIS target in Syria ever came near such casualty numbers.

It is very doubtful that this was not an intended attack. Even Human Rights Watch recognized Saturday’s mass murder as “signal” to the Syrian government (before deleting its tweet).

Now the blame has to be spread.

Early Sunday Australia jumped in claiming its jets had taken part in the attack:

Australian aircraft were involved in a US-led coalition operation which killed dozens of Syrian soldiers stationed near Eastern ISIS stronghold city of Deir Ezzor, the Australia’s Defense Department confirmed.

“Australian aircraft were among a number of international aircraft taking part in this Coalition operation,” the Defense Department said in a statement.

Late Sunday the Danes followed:

“Two Danish F-16 [fighter aircraft] participated in these attacks along with the aircraft of other nations. The strikes had been stopped immediately after the Russian side reported that the positions of the Syrian servicemen had been hit,” the military command authority of the Danish Armed Forces...

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Manhattan explosion being used to coverup US war crime in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Filip Karinja

Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.

The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.

The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.

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However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labelling it as fact.

Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.

Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.

Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.

For example, when the US isn’t bombing civiliansbombing hospitals,...

17:47

Blyth’s paradise-flycatchers take turns on nest "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

13 July 2016

Balancing parenting with foraging can be difficult, but birds such as these Blyth’s Paradise-Flycatchers seem to have the schedule worked out. To ensure that both parents have an opportunity to feed without leaving their eggs unsupervised, many passerine parents will take shifts on the nest incubating their eggs.

Blyth’s paradise-flycatchers live in Asia.

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British-US-Danish-Australian killing of Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest- London, 2015.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Britons also involved in attack on Syrian army

Today, 16:33

The British air force was also involved in an air raid by the international coalition in which dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed. It had already become known that Denmark and Australia participated in the attack on Saturday south of Deir al-Zor.

The British Ministry of Defense speaks of a mistake ….

In the attack also Danish F-16s, Australian Hornets and US American aircraft were involved. According to the BBC, the British contribution to the attack was a Reaper, an unmanned aircraft. Which can fire Hellfire missiles and laser-guided Paveway bombs.

At least sixty-two Syrian troops died and 100 were wounded on Saturday when US jets bombed a Syrian government base on Al-Tharda mountain near Deir ez-Zor. Remarkably, the US Central Command has still not apologized for the attack, even though its bombing allowed the Islamic State (IS) militia to storm and capture the base shortly afterwards. This massacre is a flagrant act of war that threatens to escalate the Syrian conflict into an all-out war pitting the US-led NATO alliance against Syria and its allies, including Russia. Everything suggests that the attack, coming in the initial days of a US-Russian ceasefire in Syria openly criticized last week by the US army brass, was deliberately committed by forces inside the US government hostile to the ceasefire: here.

In a front-page article entitled “Errant strike impairs effort to calm Syria,” the New York Times Monday provided an unconditional alibi for the air strikes carried out by US and allied warplanes two days earlier that claimed the lives of some 90 Syrian army soldiers, while leaving over 100 more wounded: here.

17:15

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cancer Cure May Have Finally Been Found In The Australian Rainforest

By Christina Sarich

Queensland, Australia — A rare, cancer-fighting compound has been found in nature, and it only grows in one place in the entire world.

This cancer-fighting blushwood berry, also known as Hylandia dockrillii, has been uncovered in a far northern part of Australia, known for its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and over 70 national parks, in the rainforests of North Queensland. The phyto-active compounds in this berry, namely a molecule which scientists are calling EBC-46, are so potent that they’ve killed cancerous tumors in lab experiments in as few as seven days. Other cancers were eradicated within only 48 hours.

Numerous clinical trials have already shown promise for treating cancer in laboratory animals, including horses, rats, and dogs, and the first human trials on a drug made from blush berries may have kept one woman from having to undergo an amputation of her arm. In a shocking twenty minutes, she says the tumor, “went purple, then black, and within a couple days, the tumor just shriveled up and died.”

The compound causes no side effects, and works faster than almost anything doctors have ever seen. It works specifically on spot-melanomas, like skin cancer.

EBC-46 seems to trigger an immune response when injected into cancerous tumor sites. Our white blood cells then attack the tumor and shrink it so that the body can completely dispose of the cancerous cells which formed it.

Blushwood berries seem to be chock-full of this tumor-fighting compound. QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Queensland, Australia, recently conducted a study on the blushwood berry and found that in over 70 percent of cases, when the compound was used, cancerous tumors die.

Dr. Glen Boyle, who led the study, says, “There’s a compound in the seed — it’s a very, very complicated process to purify this compound and why it’s there in the first place, we don’t know.”

Boyle explains that the tree is “very, very picky” about where it will grow. He says, “It’s only on the Atherton Tablelands at the moment and they’re trying to expand that to different places of course because it’d be nice to be able to grow it on a farm somewhere.”

Though Dr. Boyle says the blushwood berry compound could be used to augment chemotherapy treatment, there is a possibility that the drug could help cure cancer simply through ingesting the fruit, itself, or applying it topically. No clinical evidence has yet proven the blushwood berry to work in its whole, natural form, but if the compound gained from its flesh is so effective, might not the fruit itself prove efficacious in healing non-metastatic cancers?

Blushwood berry compounds are thought to...

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Victory! Australia Bans Cosmetic Animal Testing Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed National"

wistar_ratBy Amanda Froelich via True Activist  Starting July 2017, Australia will ban cosmetics which have been tested on animals as well as any products containing […]

16:23

US helps ISIS takes over Jabal Tharda "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Royal Australian Air Force has now admitted its forces were involved in the strike, which a Syrian army general claimed was proof the US and its allies were supporting ISIS." "Islamic State said in a statement on its Amaq news channel it had gained "complete control" over Jebel Tharda."

16:04

Rally Sunday: Australia Keep Your Hands Off Syria! End the Sanctions! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Rally at 1.30pm. This Sunday 25 September 2016, Martin Place (Railway Station outside MLC Centre), Sydney City.

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This Sunday 25 September 2016

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HANDS OFF SYRIA strongly condemn the recent massacre of at least 62 Syrian soldiers (and another 100 wounded) in Deir al Zour, Syria.




US and Australian governments have admitted the soldiers were killed on the 17th of September by a joint operation carried out by the US air force in collusion with the Australian military. The martyred Syrian soldiers were guarding a military fortification
used as a base for repelling attacks by the Islamic State death-squads who completely surround the city.




People across the world are finding it extremely hard to believe that this attack was a "mistake" or an "accident".




Why? Because these actions are entirely consistent with US-led attempts to topple the Syrian government by covertly (or in this case overtly) supporting their enemies - these policies have resurrected Al Qaeda and its offshoots
like ISIS.



Whether the massacre was ‘accidental’ or deliberate should be determined by an independent war crimes tribunal. Assertion by the perpetrators, ‘sorry, we didn’t mean it’, is completely inadequate.



1. We demand that Australia remove itself from the alliance of predatory nations currently waging this proxy-war against the Syrian government.




2. We demand that Australia reestablish diplomatic relations with the Syrian government who by all accounts represent the will of the majority of the Syrian people.




3. We demand that Australia lift the crippling economic sanctions on Syria that are blocking normal trade, finance and the diaspora from supporting their families at home.



SPEAKERS: TBA



WHEN: Sunday, 25th of September, at 1.30pm

WHERE: Martin Place, outside the MLC centre

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Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 20th, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World Is the expanded PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea marine area a new U.S. Military zone? Another government âŹÜland grabâŹ" occurred last month when the US Federal Government announced that it had massively expanded the scope of its marine protected area near Hawaii, known as the PapahĂŁnaumokuĂŁkea Marine National Monument. With this top-down presidential ...Continue Reading - Another U.S. Territory Grab? Marine Area Twice Size of Texas Now Under Federal Government Control
 
 

16:01

The myth of Muslim tolerance for Jews and Christians "IndyWatch Feed National"

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A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 20th, 2016 By Stacy Vajta Guest writer for Wake Up World Ok letâŹ"s face it; there are some folks out there who are amazing manifestors and there are some who, well⏌ not so much. Yet when you have a goal or a vision for your life that you can feel deep into your bones, figuring ...Continue Reading - A Guide to Manifesting Change in the New Energy Paradigm
 
 

16:00

Stop Fighting Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 20th, 2016 By Lissa Rankin, MD Guest writer for Wake Up World I have two friends who are trying to do beautiful things in the world. One is an ardent environmentalist who really passionately yearns to save the biosphere and protect the planet; the other is a social worker serving abused, abandoned, neglected, traumatized children in ...Continue Reading - Stop Fighting Life
 
 

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The Demise of Rainwater "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Britain Says It Also Took Part In Airstrike On Syrian Troops "IndyWatch Feed National"

The British military has confirmed that it participated in the coalition airstrike that killed dozens of Syrian government troops. The strike near Deir el-Zor was originally attributed to Australian forces operating as part of the US-led coalition but Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) say that it had also been involved. MOD statement on involvement in recent #Syria air strike. pic.twitter.com/DyPxE8rmiL — Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) September 19, 2016 The Ministry of Defence said that RAF reaper drones took part in the strike which ‘accidentally’ killed more than 80 Syrian soldiers An MoD spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK participated in the recent coalition air strike in Syria, south of Deir al-Zour on Saturday and we are fully co-operating with the coalition investigation. The UK would not intentionally target Syrian military units. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.” The BBC reports: The attack is likely to endanger an already shaky ceasefire deal, which was agreed by the US and Russia and came into effect in Syria on 12 September, but important terms of the deal, such as the safe passage of aid, have still not been fulfilled. The Pentagon said it was targeting what [...]

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UK admits RAF was involved in attack on Syrian army "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Britain joins Denmark and Australia to confirm they were involved in air strike on Syrian government position that killed at least 60 soldiers

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Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

1032853301Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.

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Australia Involved in Coalition Attack Killing Syrian Servicemen "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Australia was involved in a US-led coalition airstrikes which accidentally killed Syrian servicemen, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Saturday, coalition planes hit the Syrian army positions near the Deir ez-Zor airport, killing 62 servicemen and injuring more than 100, according to the Russian Defense Ministry. The attack was later confirmed by the US Central Command, which said that Syrian troops were mistaken for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “As soon as the coalition commanders were advised by the Russian command in the region that Syrian forces had been affected, the sortie was discontinued We regret the loss of life, and injury to any Syrian personnel affected. That is all I can say about the incident at the moment,” Turnbull said Sunday, as quoted by The Guardian newspaper.

The prime minister called coordination with Russia in Syria “desirable.”

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups, including the Islamic State (IS), which is outlawed in many countries, including Russia. The government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor has been under siege from IS since July 2014. The US-led coalition has been carrying out anti-IS strikes since September 2014 without Syrian government consent.

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11:09

United States-Danish-Australian killing of Syrian soldiers "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

U.S. airstrike on Syrian army position kill 62 soldiers, paving way for Daesh [ISIS] attack

17 September 2016

UPDATE by SANA reporters from the battlefield: Army and Armed Forces units recover control over areas that it had lost control over earlier due to American aircraft attack on positions in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport.

The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said that US alliance aircrafts targeted at 5 PM on Saturday a Syrian Arab Army position in al-Tharda Mountain in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Airport, causing losses in lives and equipment and clearly paved the way for ISIS terrorists to attack the position and take control of it.

In a statement, the General Command said that this act is a serious and blatant aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic and its army, and constitutes conclusive evidence that the United States and its allies support ISIS and other terrorist organizations, stressing that this act reveals the falseness of their claims of fighting terrorism.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Danes and Australians involved in mistaken Syria airstrike

Today, 09:22

The air raid on Syrian government forces that has been designated by the US as a mistake was carried out by at least Danish and Australian warplanes. This say the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and Australian Prime Minister Turnbull.

Aircraft of the international coalition that is fighting against Islamic State [ISIS] probably mistook the Syrian military for ISIS warriors. In the attack on Saturday dozens of Syrian soldiers were killed.

Investigation

According to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, two Danish F-16s were involved in the attack. The Danish Defence Minister is willing to coöperate in the investigation into the air strike, the newspaper writes.

The newspaper says also other countries were involved in the attack, but does not say which countries.

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Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said during a visit to New York that Australian aircraft took part in the attack. He regretted that Syrian soldiers were killed in the attack and that the Australian attack stopped immediately when the Russians told them what was going on.

The Australian defense minister refused to say to the Australian news channel ABC whether Australian aircraft were involved in the attack. …

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11:05

Video: Journalists are hopping mad over ASIC sale "IndyWatch Feed National"

A GetUp petition by journalists is aiming at blocking the sale of ASIC, Australia’s premier resource for corporate information. Watch and support.

The post Video: Journalists are hopping mad over ASIC sale appeared first on The Pen.

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Manhattan explosion being used to coverup US war crime in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 18, 2016 By Filip Karinja

Before today’s explosion in Manhattan, the news for the day was of the United States airforce conducting four separate airstrikes on the Syrian army in Syria killing 62 soldiers and injuring 100 more.

The soldiers, representing the elected Syrian government, where in battle against ISIS when the US war planes came and were essentially acting as air support for ISIS by bombing the Syrian soldiers near the city of Deir ez-Zor, Syria.

Russia called for an immediate UN meeting to find out why the US had once again acted on behalf of ISIS in Syria.

The United States’ only response was to accuse Russia of grandstanding, avoiding the actual subject as to why they had bombed soldiers of an elected foreign government, a clear act of war.

However, western media has done it best to coverup the latest Syrian incident and when it does talk about it, like all the other times the US has killed innocent people, language such as ‘may’ ‘allegations’ ‘reports say’ ‘could’ is used rather that labeling it as fact.

Australian media has completely buried the story, the same way they didn’t even report on the news in July of this year when US and French planes bombed a Syrian village killing over 85 civilians. Apparently this was not newsworthy either, but news on what some celebrity did that day apparently was.

Hence if you speak to people who get their information from the mainstream media about the incident they will tell you that they have never heard about it, the same people who still don’t know about things like WTC building 7.

Perhaps this is why trust in the mainstream media is at its lowest point in history against all demographics, as people are beginning to wake up to see the bigger picture of what’s going on and why.

For example, when the US isn’t bombing civilians, bombing hospitals, training ISIS terrorists, airdropping 50 tons of weapons to ISIS, they are staging false flags to start wars.

Let’s face it, the US economy runs on war.

Last week the US handed Israel a record $38 billion in military....

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What International Law permits the American & Australian airforce to fly over Syria? @TurnbullMalcolm "IndyWatch Feed National"

Churkin: US airstrikes on Syrian army positions in Deir Ezzor violate international law Churkin added, in a press conference held on Sunday morning at the New York-based UN headquarters, that the US carried out a reckless airstrike, wondering why it did it at that time. He affirmed that the US attack is dangerous and that […]

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What impact #sealevelrise on Melbourne’s privatised port facilities? asks @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Andrews Victorian state government has been successful with the sale of the Port of Melbourne for $9.7 billion, an election promise. The government had been expecting around $7 billion for the asset. Technically, its not a sale, but a 50 year lease of the port’s commercial operations. The long term lease of Australia’s largest […]

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The Swedish Way of Selling Booze is a Little Different "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bottle-o in Sweden doesn’t look like anything you’re probably used to. From one end of the nation to the other, their aesthetic hardly varies. The only advertising around the store  encourages you not to drink. Or at least to seriously consider the lighter option. It asks you you to ponder the effects alcohol might have on your athletic training, or presents some alcohol-related statistic, or reminds you that the glass of wine you drink to settle your anxiety isn’t going to stop it coming back  Everything is neatly, individually stacked at around eye-level and nothing is favoured or particularly stands-out. The lighting is bright and sterile, like some sort of weird amalgamation of a hospital and an ALDI.  There are no ad-ons, no mixers and no drinking snacks. And all products are sold at room temperature, because cold drinks “might encourage spontaneous purchases”.

Selling alcohol in this giant, Scandinavian nation is strictly regulated. All beverages above 3.5% can only be purchased in the state-owned liquor store chain, SystemBolaget. There are no other options.  It’s like a Centerlink for booze.  Brought about by a complicated history with alcohol abuse and distribution, and the recognition of its severe detriment to society, the Swedish solution is unlike any other, prioritising public health over an extremely profitable industry.  All products are taxed on alcohol content rather than price, which means that even ‘cheap’ hard liquor is damn expensive. The stores nation-wide close at 3pm on Saturday and close completely on Sunday . Walk past a window after opening hours and the shopfronts are boarded up and dark. Nothing might instil the desire to buy something another time or even suggest that alcohol exists just beyond the glass. And you really have to plan ahead for a backyard Sunday sesh.

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“More creative after one glass? Maybe, but the result is usually a disappointment.”

As an Australian, I’m used to the idea that alcohol is a commodity much like any other in terms of reasonable marketing, upselling and promoting. Advertisements back home make the products seem enticing or encourage bulk buying, as long as an enjoy responsibly is written somewhere on the label. Enter any of the privatised liquor stores and your peripherals are bombarded by signs emblazoned with things like: the four best foamies for the footy or this week’s top special or 3 x Sunnyvale Fruity Lexia for $33. That does seem like an excessive amount of goon.

No one can deny that Australia has a binge-drinking culture, or that drinking is a part of most of our day-to-day lives. But mostly I accepted it and never truly understood the societal implications of how the liquor was sold and advertised. After having lived in Sweden, it began to seem ethically wrong to encourage people during their bottle-o visit to purchase more alcohol than what they had already intended. An extra bottle of wine isn’t like a side of fries. A recent SystemBolaget advertising campaign poked...

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ENDANGERED SPECIES MONDAY | PHOCARCTOS HOOKERI EXTINCTION LOOMING – NATIONAL EMERGENCY. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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This Monday’s endangered species (E.S.P.) article I’ve chosen to document on the New Zealand sea lion. Image: New Zealand Sea Lion. Credits: Tui De Roy

Listed as (endangered) the species was identified by Dr Gray back in 1866. Dr Gray John Edward Gray, FRS (12 February 1800 – 7 March 1875) was a British zoologist. He was the elder brother of zoologist Dr George Robert Gray and son of the pharmacologist and botanist Dr Samuel Frederick Gray (1766–1828).

Dr Gray was Keeper of Zoology at the British Museum in London from 1840 until Christmas 1874, before the Natural History holdings were split off to the Natural History Museum published several catalogues of the museum collections that included comprehensive discussions of animal groups as well as descriptions of new species. He improved the zoological collections to make them amongst the best in the world.

Scientifically identified as the Phocarctos hookeri the species was listed as vulnerable from 1994-2008. Unfortunately due to continued population declines the New Zealand seal is now bordering complete extinction within the wild (and things really aren’t looking good neither)  Endemic to Australia (Macquarie Is.); and New Zealand (South Is.), the species is also native to the Pacific North West.

To date there is estimated to be no fewer than 3,031 mature individuals remaining within the wild. New Zealand sea lions are one of the largest New Zealand animals. Like all otariids, they have marked sexual dimorphism; adult males are 240–350 cm long and weigh 320–450 kg and adult females are 180–200 cm long aMnd weigh 90–165 kg. At birth, pups are 70–100 cm long and weigh 7–8 kg; the natal pelage is a thick coat of dark brown hair that becomes dark gray with cream markings on the top of the head, nose, tail and at the base of the flippers.

Adult females’ coats vary from buff to creamy grey with darker pigmentation around the muzzle and the flippers. Adult males are blackish-brown with a well-developed black mane of coarse hair reaching the shoulders. New Zealand sea lions are strongly philopatric.

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Image: New Zealand Sea Lion Pup. Credits: NZ Fur Seals

Back in 2012 populations of New Zealand sea lions “were estimated to be standing at a population count of 12,000 mature individuals”. However since that count took place, from (2014) populations have ‘allegedly plummeted’ to all new levels although there doesn’t appear to be any evidence as to why the species suddenly declined – fish trawling and disease have been noted though!.

Like the Maui’s dolphin, the sea lion has come under intense scrutiny this year after research showed its numbers had halved since 1998. It has been cla...

05:55

Bloc Party: From All Sides "IndyWatch Feed National"

Originally posted to It’s Going Down

As of tonight, the prison strike has entered into its second week. All of the news is pouring in like a tidal wave. The amount of solidarity actions across the world has been a goddamn inspiration to say the least. From graffiti to banner drops, noise demos to nighttime actions, marches to letter writing, the momentum is incredible. There are times that these types of acts of solidarity can feel abstract. Right now there does seem to be solid evidence of a feedback loop from the outside to the inside.

In light of that, we want to highlight ways in which we have already achieved victories, and spread the strike just in two weeks. Out in Australia supporters on the outside held a noise demo to support inmates at a juvenile corrections facility. These tactics can begin to feel a little routine if you’ve been doing prisoner solidarity work for a while. This time was different than usual however, because the very next day, the youth inside let loose and rioted. Headlines read “Kid jail chaos: armed youths run riot and attack guards leaving expensive clean-up bill.” These noise demos are more than a fist in the air and some boom boxes, they hold the potential to spread this strike and to spread rebellion. These demos don’t only give people a little hope that they aren’t forgotten in there, its also to say, “We are here, we are with you and we hate prisons too.” They are ways to reach through the prison walls and help light the match. We want to see noise demos continue to be a way of connecting. This can extend to family as well. Sometimes its hard to get close enough to a prison for the anyone inside to actually hear you, so we suggest trying to hit them just as visitation is letting out. Make sure to bring plenty of literature and contact info, because if you can strike up conversations with family members and close friends, you can get the news to those inside that there are those of us out here that hate prisons. When that kind of news reaches inside the walls, who knows what kinds of rebellion can spread.

As prison guards begin to refuse to show up for duty down in Holman, we can’t help but wonder where the coming weeks and months will lead this strike.

Now for all that news from the Bloc:

Jayne Waller has a new address. Sacramento Prisoner Support has also put together a beautiful new flier for spreading the word of support for Jayne. You can write Jayne at:

jaynewaller

Janye Waller BA2719
California Correctional Center
Facility B
PO Box 2400
Susanville, CA 96127

Sacramento Prisoner Support also had this to say:

We need consistent money for commissary, phone calls, and transportation for visitations. That is why we ask, if you can, to sign up for MONTHLY RECURRING DONATIONS for one year (or up until May 2017). Even if it’s just $3 or $5 or $15 per month (or $30 if you can do it!) if a bunch...

05:35

The census is watching: on the surveillance of Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

But, she points out, it can also be those minority groups who are of the greatest interest to the Australian Government for purposes of surveillance. ‘It’s mostly Muslim people who are inflicted with increased surveillance in our post-September 11 world’, says Edney-Browne. The Australian public is frequently divided over whether or not this is okay.

03:55

The C-Word: Its Manners, Customs and Many Varied Uses "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last week, a protestor crashed a stage with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and dropped the c-bomb. Intrepid New Matilda columnist Dr Liz Conor asks the age old question: Is using a female body part as a term of derision misogynistic? And a language warning… there’s quite a bit of it to follow.

Last month a group of protestors intercepted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he fronted the Committee for Economic Development (CEDA) in Melbourne. They sought to publically shame him for the abuse of refugees in indefinite detention on Nauru and Manus Island.

Waving a placard, ‘FFS Close the Bloody Camps’, one of the protestors mounted the stage and hurled ‘Cunt’ through her teeth at a dumbfounded Turnbull.

When one of the group was later interviewed on The Project, Waleed Aly pointedly asked whether swearing at the Prime Minister was the most effective way to get their message across.

Samantha Castro, of WACA (Whistleblowers Activists and Citizens Alliance) replied their main message had indeed been communicated and the use of language was proportionate to the substantive issue to hand – the exposure of vulnerable asylum seekers, including children, to sexual and physical abuse in these negligently mismanaged tropical gulags.

Feelings ran high. The Nauru papers, detailing over 2,000 incident reports of abuse, including assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm between 2013 and 2015 (now the subject of a Senate inquiry) had been published by The Guardian. Adrenalin was pumping. Appalled, incensed and no doubt jittery, the intrepid interceptor spoke for many of us when she reached for The Very Worst Word to hand. That is Cunt.

It comes up a lot, Cunt: its appropriate uses, its acceptable invocations. Since half of us are literally hinged by this soft and slippery assemblage of intensely attuned tissue, it’s been a matter of feminist consternation that it’s the best worst descriptor for derision.

Given what a great source of pleasure it is for women (albeit periodically high maintenance) why should Cunt signify tyrant and tormentor, despot and bully, liar and narcissist, namely all the foulest, basest traits to which, I note mostly men, can be ascribed.

For is Cunt not Origin of the World, life-giving, incarnate sensuality, a circlet of steeped, clasping flesh, orgiastic rapture, ardent enclosure, we could go on and on… with so much to recommend it, you do gotta ask, why be so negative?

Because it is at the apex and core of human experience. No other body part brings forth life. Its capacity for pleasure and pleasure-giving has made it a focal site for commodification, medicalization, regulation, warfare, but also for destabilising heteronormativity and radical feminist reclamation.

It has been mythologised with teeth (Vagina Dentata), monologued, squatted over mirrors, plaster moulded, and Toys actually R US women, ‘fraid.

Because it is ineluctably the custody and experience of the feminine. It is ours, despite the zealous, at times fanatical attempts of patrio-nazis to take possessi...

03:39

The plebiscite and the impasse on marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed National"

But now this long campaign for equality has taken what I think is a self-defeating turn by making its main focus stopping the proposed plebiscite. And with Bill Shorten’s apparent decision to oppose a popular vote no matter what, that approach may kill not only the plebiscite, but with it any chance of marriage equality being legislated in this term of parliament.

02:59

Australia’s Floundering Involvement In Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dee McLachlan What a mess. Hang on, I thought there was a cease fire (i.e., “a temporary suspension of fighting”). Seven days ago The Guardian reported: “Syria ceasefire begins as agencies prepare to deliver aid” and “Trucks set to bring humanitarian supplies to besieged city of Aleppo amid cautious optimism that ceasefire will hold.” […]

01:35

The drugs squad copper who dealt drugs to his terminally ill son "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pen received this moving story from  a police officer whose son became ill with cancer and subsequently died. The illness led the father and...

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01:13

SolarReserve aims to build 6 solar tower power plants in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Following article was published on 13 September 2016 in RenewEconomy and written by Giles Parkinson. The Pen has republished it because it sheds light...

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00:26

Syrian toll rises to 90 in US-led air raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Firefighters extinguish a fire following an airstrike in the rebel-held area of Douma, outskirts of Damascus. Photo EPA/Mohammed Badra

Cairo [DPA]

The death toll among Syrian government troops in air strikes by the US-led coalition the day before has risen to 90, a monitoring group reports.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added that the raid, which the US said was unintentional, lasted 40 minutes, hitting several Syrian positions near an air base in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour.

The Observatory initially estimated that 83 Syrian soldiers were killed and 120 injured in the Saturday attack that sparked a row between Russia, a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the US.

US Defence Department spokesman Peter Cook said the pilots believed they were striking Islamic State targets, and that Russia had been notified of its plans to operate in the area earlier in the day but that ‘no concerns were voiced.’

Australia said Sunday that its planes were among the coalition aircraft over Deir al-Zour. ‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never target a known Syrian military unit,’ the Defence Department in Canberra said.

Damascus said that the attack allowed the Islamic State terrorist militia to advance in the area.

Shortly later, al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russian air power, recaptured the positions they had lost out to militants, the Observatory said.

Growing tensions between the US and Russia over the coalition bombardment of the Syrian military have cast doubts over a ceasefire that came into effect in Syria last week.

The truce was brokered by Washington and Moscow earlier this month as part of an ambitious plan aimed at halting fighting in Syria and relaunching a UN-sponsored peace process.

The truce excludes operations against Islamic State and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

In February, a ceasefire, brokered by the US and Russia, went into effect in Syria, but did not hold for long.

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00:18

PM regrets Syrian deaths, injury from raid "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks to the media in Central Park, New York, on Sunday. AAP Image/Jennifer Rajca

Jennifer Rajca

New York [AAP]

Malcolm Turnbull says Australia regrets the loss of life and injuries to Syrian soldiers as the result of a bombing raid on what were believed to be Islamic State targets.

The prime minister confirmed Australian aircraft were involved in the coalition exercise and pulled out when Russian officials advised the targets may have been Syrian military personnel.

‘We regret the loss of life and injury to any Syrian personnel affected,’ Mr Turnbull told reporters on Sunday in New York, where he is for the annual United Nations General Assembly.

He said Australia’s rules of engagement are to target IS but it is a very complex environment.

‘You’ll find over the next little while no doubt arguments or issues about why there wasn’t more co-ordination or who was meant to be advising who,’ he said.

Mr Turnbull admitted it remains to be seen whether the Syrian ceasefire will be put in jeopardy.

‘While Syria remains a dynamic and complex operating environment, Australia would never intentionally target a known Syrian military unit or actively support [Islamic State],’ Defence earlier said in a statement.

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00:15

Female nurses at higher risk of suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Nurses and midwives at a Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) members meeting at the Melbourne Convention Centre in May. AAP Image/David Crosling

Melbourne [AAP]

The rate of suicide among Australian women is double for those working as health professionals, with nurses and midwives most at risk, a study has found.

A University of Melbourne and Deakin study of close to 10,000 suicides by employed adults between 2001 and 2012 found 3.8 per cent of them were health professionals.

Long working hours, exposure to trauma and the fear of making a mistake may increase rates of suicide in those working in health professions, the study says.

Dr Allison Milner found the age-standardised rate of suicide for female health professionals was 6.4 per 100,000 person-years, while nurses and midwives were even higher at 8.2.

The average suicide rate for women in other professions was 2.8.

While men working in nursing and midwifery also had a higher rate of suicide, the overall rate for male health professionals was similar to other occupations, according to the study.

Men’s risk of suicide was overall higher than women’s, at 14.9 per 100,000.

‘Qualitative research has found that some male nurses experience anxiety about the perceived stigma associated with their non-traditional career choice,’ the authors wrote.

‘These anxieties may constitute a risk factor for suicide for men in these occupations.’

The authors said that women in male-dominated areas of medicine may struggle, feeling there are barriers holding them back from career advancement.

‘Female professionals may still feel pressure to undertake child care and household roles, leading to considerable gender role stress,’ the report said.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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00:12

Nalder to challenge Barnett’s leadership "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Dean Nalder speaks at a Perth Freight Link protest in Perth in November 2015. AAP Image/Rebecca Le May

Perth [AAP]

Dean Nalder will challenge West Australian premier Colin Barnett for the Liberal party leadership if a spill motion is put forward this week but says he will not instigate it.

‘If the party room does put a spill motion on Tuesday, I will nominate for the position of leader,’ Mr Nalder told reporters on Sunday.

He quit as minister for transport and agriculture this weekend ahead of the March election and said while he had never done the numbers, there were people who privately supported him and were pushing for a leadership change.

The premier has also ruled out launching a spill motion to settle speculation about his leadership, saying he does not play games, but intends to remain in the role.

Mr Nalder said he left a message for the premier about 7.30pm on Saturday regarding his resignation, but never received a call back and had to contact Mr Barnett’s chief of staff.

Mr Barnett, who marks eight years as premier this week, fronted the media with his wife and said he received a message from Mr Nalder at 10.30pm.

He said Tony Simpson, who quit earlier in the day as local government minister and told reporters the state government had lost its way, never mentioned any leadership concerns to him.

‘I am extremely disappointed in both Tony Simpson and Dean Nalder that they did not have the courage or integrity to tell me of their decision face to face or even on the telephone,’ Mr Barnett said.

‘There is something orchestrated about this.’

The premier said he had given Mr Nalder, who had only been a minister for a little more than two years, a great opportunity with important portfolios but he walked away from it.

‘I had shown great faith and confidence in Dean and he let me down,’ he said.

The premier said Mr Nalder had assured him he was not involved in a recent poll organised by businesspeople that was ‘clearly designed to topple’ Mr Barnett, but said he now had some doubts about that.

‘Orchestrated campaign’

Mr Nalder denied he and Mr Simpson quit as part of an orchestrated campaign against Mr Barnett and said he took offence to the premier saying he failed to show integrity.

Mr Nalder said it took him six months to get a one-on-one meeting with Mr Barnett and criticised the premier’s lack of consultation and refusal to support his plan for the Perth Freight Link.

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23:26

The System Has Failed Retail And Fast Food Workers, Says Coles Fair Work Winner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Duncan Hart recently won an important court action over underpayment of wages as an employee of supermarket giant Coles. He takes aim at his employer, and the union that failed to protect him.

The unprecedented wage theft at Australia’s largest employers, including Coles, Woolworths, Hungry Jack’s, KFC and McDonalds, and the “trade union” which helped to facilitate them, should be nothing less than a national scandal.

Thanks to a lengthy investigation by a group of dedicated reporters and the work of principled unionist Josh Cullinan, we now know the full extent of this theft.

Every roster examined at these large employers shows a majority of workers being paid less than they are entitled to under the federal workplace award.

The scale of this wage theft means roughly 250,000 workers (at least!) are receiving less than the supposed legal minimum- the award “safety net” upon which enterprise agreements are supposed to rest.

In monetary terms we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars every year finding its way into the pockets of corporate giants, rather than low wage workers.

Yet the problem is not new, and not confined to the latest round of enterprise agreements negotiated by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association (SDA), the retail and fast food union.

Actually, we’re talking about 20-plus years, and billions of dollars lost to workers, thanks to the collaboration of the SDA and employers, since enterprise bargaining replaced centralised wage fixing in the early 90’s.

The SDA, and the employers, went into negotiations for enterprise agreements with eyes wide open about their purpose – they wanted to undermine penalty rates for weekends and night work in exchange for a higher base rate of pay.

In a 1999 interview with Woolworths’ National Employee Relations Manager, six years after the first agreement was signed between the company and the SDA, he explained that Woolies had estimated an 8 per cent saving on their total wages bill by moving from the award to the union agreement.

This first Agreement instated the all-too-familiar set-up for today’s retail and fast food giants – the total scrapping of penalty rates on Saturdays and between 6pm and midnight Monday through Friday, and a reduction of the Sunday rate.

This has been the model for every subsequent agreement signed between the SDA, and the employers able to strike a deal with it. Only now has there been an accounting of what this cost workers.

The recently revealed wage theft that has been facilitated by the SDA stretches back to the early 1990’s, but looking at retail wages even further reveals just how bad it is.

In 1974, on the back of strikes involving thousands of retail workers, the SDA – just before it was taken over by its current faction – achieved a NSW state award with an hourly rate for shop assistants of $19.57 in today’s dollars.

This hourly rate remains higher than the hourly rate as laid out in the modern award, which since July 2016 sits at $19.44 an hour.

By 1974, all the important features that still hang on in the modern award, such as penalty rates for night work and weekends and four weeks annual leave, were all established. Equal pay was only entirely introduced into the industry in the same year.

That’s the stark reality of the situation for retail and fast food workers today – our award entitlements today have not increased since the achievement of equal pay in 1974, 42 years ago.

And the SDA’s strategy of undermining award conditions for increases to the base rate of pay have left the majority of us earning less than our legal entitlements, even as those entitlements have stagnated.

As a union movement, we have to look reality in the face and learn the lessons of our past. The last 20 and more years have been years of betrayal for retail workers in this country.

...

20:29

Selling Australia’s Security and Refugee agenda. Prime Minister Turnbull as Fantasist "IndyWatch Feed National"

Island mentalities do not travel well.  When their sellers hawk the agenda before world forums, these start looking ludicrous. Coming close to this ludicrous display is Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has done what other Australian prime ministers have…

20:26

Australian Jets Participated in Massacre of Syrian Soldiers in Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia’s Defense Department have admitted that its jets have participated in an airstrike against Syrian Army positions near Deir Ezzor that left tens dead. Australia has offered its condolences to the victims of the soldiers families and has announced it…

Saturday, 17 September

18:52

If I speak at your conference, conservatives will be upset, liberals will congratulate themselves, and the colonised won’t be helped "IndyWatch Feed National"

Response to the Anthropological Association of Israel’s keynote invitation

Dear …
I have spent a bit of time writing this so it is a bit formal. That’s not the intention. It’s more that I want to be as clear as possible about my reasons.

I sincerely appreciate your invitation to give the keynote at the Anthropological Association of Israel. And I accept that it is an invitation made in good faith that emanates from your desire to open up the association to voices that are strongly critical of Israel as it has come to exist in the world today, and that as you say are not heard enough.

I am afraid I have to decline from accepting your invitation. I can’t say I am overjoyed to decline. As I mentioned to you before by temperament I am always inclined and disposed to dialogue, but I have thought hard about what my presence would achieve and I feel that the end result is negative not positive. But in thinking what is positive and what is negative I am thinking of how it impacts on the struggle of the Palestinian people to free themselves of colonialism, not the struggle of Israeli anthropologists to make their society more open minded and receptive. It is a mistake to equate the two even though they might occasionally overlap in terms of interest. You probably don’t want to hear me giving you a full blast of my reasons. And you might even think that you have heard it all before. But I genuinely accept that you want dialogue. And so I want to quickly say why, while I am also all for dialogue, I am not for the dialogue as you are proposing it, even though I am more than flattered about what you say about my work and thankful that you thought of me as a possible keynoter.

Israeli anthropologists face a number of situations that are similar to those we face in other settler colonial environments such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. We are all anthropologists working in a social space that is always already vampirically sucking a native population dry and violently (legally and illegally) blocking its claims to the land. You Israelis have to face the extra situation that your vampiric history is relatively short and new, the population that has been colonised by you is still relatively strong and still making claims of national sovereignty and autonomy over the land. The dominant forces in your society aspire to get to a situation where this will stop being the case. It aims to efface the existence of Palestinians as claimants of sovereignty and it is subjecting them to horrendous inhumane violence of a scale, intensity and permanence that is so beyond acceptable. This is what your own Baruch Kimmerling has beautifully called politicide.

So to me, the beginning of any decolonial anthropology is to be anti-politicidal. It has to be concerned with how to stop this horrendous violence and how to give presence and political and social power to the colonised. It is not about making the anthropologist of the colonising society more liberal and open minded and capable of confronting difference. This I feel is all what me presenting a keynote for your organisation would achieve: some conservatives will be upset. But that’s because they are dumb. Then there will be the intelligent liberals who will leave saying “what a feeling. I have heard a genuinely and authentically anti-Zionist intellectual with really confronting views, and with an Arab background to boot. It was a really enriching experience, I must be so open minded and groovy.” This does not and never did help the colonised. There will be a minority however who will fully understand these limitations and who will genuinely want to move towards the territory of decolonising anthropology. Those, I would love to work with, but I don’t believe the AAI is the best frame for this to be done.

I have many ideas of what a dialogue towards establishing a decolonial Israeli anthropology would entail. The first a...

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