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Sunday, 15 January

22:53

THE INVISIBLE ATROCITIES IN THE STREETS OF PARIS "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Sweden decided in 1975 to welcome immigration. Since 1975 violent crime in the country has increased by 300% and rape has increased by 1,472%. Read More

22:12

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill promises efficient, effective elections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The 2017 National Elections will be delivered in an efficient and effective manner right across the country, vows Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“National elections are the opportunity for our people to have their say and elect the Members of their choosing.

“The Nation’s Electoral Commission has been preparing for this election since 2012, and I am confident that 2017 elections will take place in a transparent way that will deliver certainty for our people.

“We cannot allow the wastage and exorbitant cost that was seen at previous elections to continue.”

O’Neill assures the country that the 2017 national elections will be delivered within budget, in a safe and secure environment and the integrity of this process will be maintained.

22:10

11,000 TESAS Scholarships award in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A total of 11,000 scholarships have been awarded for 2017.

In a statement, Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST) Minister, Francis Marus, says the scholarship comprises of 5,000 new intakes and 6,000 continuing students. “Government targeted programs include agriculture and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), also in line with government commitment to APEC policy priorities and PNG Vision 2050,” says the Minister.

“This is reflected in the 2017 awarding of the Tertiary Education Students’ Assistance Scheme (TESAS) Scholarship.

“Over the years, the majority of students have gravitated towards business, law and social science courses, where unit costs are lower and private rates of return are high relative to social rates of return.

“Parents and sponsors are urged to appreciate that Government continues to meet its obligation towards human capital development against the backdrop of a very challenging economic situation arising from falls in commodity prices.

“Stakeholders should also appreciate that Government is heavily committed to the quality of primary and secondary education, as evidenced in the K3 billion TFF Policy investment in the last five years.” Marus says parents and students have been greatly relieved of costs at lower levels.

“Thus it is only proper that some costs at this level are met directly by parents of students who have been admitted into colleges and universities.

“This is the best way to distribute limited resources on scholarships and ensure financial sustainability in the sector.”

For this year, a total of 9,999 school leavers were selected for tertiary institutions across the country.

(University of Papua New Guinea main campus last year)

22:00

Political leaders involved in illegal fishing: Governor "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Certain prominent political leaders were allegedly implicated in illegal fishing activities involving the lucrative beche-de-mer (BDM) fishery in Milne Bay Province.

However, concerns have also been raised about law enforcement agencies, including National Fisheries Authority, appearing to have been compromised and cannot discharge their constitutional duties with impartiality.

These were among a number of serious issues raised at an urgent top-level meeting convened by Governor Titus Philemon at his office in Alotau on Tuesday (Jan 11).

“We have a big problem on our hands, not only about foreign fishing boats illegally operating in Milne Bay waters but also our own people engaging in illegal fishing activities,” Governor Philemon told the meeting.

He claimed that a member of parliament was encouraging people to dive for BDM in the Engineer Group of Islands when there was a current ban in place.

“That’s my biggest concern. How are we going to handle this? People are diving in Woodlark, Tubetube, Kwaraiwa and Anagusa and the NFA and the police are not doing anything about it,” Philemon said.

“As governor, I can’t sit back and allow illegal fishing activities to continue.

“It’s unfair. The rest of our people are law-abiding and respect the law but a minority, encouraged by certain leaders, are breaking the law.

“Don’t tell me that some people are inviting the Vietnamese to come here and fish illegally.”

Deputy committee chairman and principal adviser for fisheries and marine resources, Nathan Belapuna, said: “It’s very interesting. The Vietnamese boats know exactly where to go and are targeting only the very rich fishing grounds.

“Most of these activities are happening in Samarai-Murua,” he claimed.

Present at the one-hour meeting were PPC Chief Supt Joseph Morehari; Provincial Administator and chairman of the Provincial Beche-de-mer Management Committee, Michael Kape; deputy committee chairman Belapuna; Provincial Legal Officer Mea Arua; committee member and PEC Chairman for Commerce, Napoleon Liosi; and several other senior officers.

The NFA Board imposed the ban in 2010 initially for three years, but extended it twice since then. After that, the Board decided late last year (in 2016) to lift the ban for a temporary trial opening of the fishery, beginning on December 1.

However, Governor Philemon su...

20:31

Reincarnation as a Biological Adaptation to Natural Selection "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Collaborative behavioral neuroscientists, Professor Todd Murphy and Dr. Michael Persinger, have steadily built up an empirical, correlative assessment of ancient metaphysics through the field of speculative research called, “neurotheology” since the 1990’s.

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20:23

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20:21

Japan and Australia to Strengthen Defence Ties "IndyWatch Feed National"

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull listens during a media conference after their bilateral meeting at Kirribilli House in Sydney, Australia, January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Pavlich

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull listens during a media conference. Credit: Reuters/Chris Pavlich

Sydney: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney on Saturday where the pair agreed to deepen defence ties and stressed the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Abe’s visit comes amid heightened regional tension in the South China Sea and fears US president-elect Donald Trump will push ahead with his pledge to kill the trade agreement once he takes office on January 20.

“We have confirmed our commitment to the rule of law, free trade and open markets in our region,” Turnbull told reporters at a joint press conference.

Abe said the increasingly uncertain geopolitical landscape made the relationship between Japan and Australia more important than ever.

“It is important to guard and increase the robustness of the free, open and rules-based international order,” Abe said.

Both leaders spoke of their desire to see the TPP ratified, despite opposition from Trump.

The 12-member pact aims to cut barriers in some of Asia’s fastest-growing economies, but it does not include China.

Without US approval the agreement cannot come to fruition.

Following bilateral talks, the two leaders announced the signing of an Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA), which will increase cooperation in combined military exercises, training and peace-keeping operations. The agreement is expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.

The announcement comes nearly nine months after Australia chose a French bid over a Japanese design for a new fleet of submarines.

The loss of the $40 billion contract was a major blow for Abe’s ambitions to develop Japan’s defence export capabilities as part of a more muscular security agenda.

Japan, as well as Australia, is looking to protect its strategic and trade interests in the Asia-Pacific region, especially as China becomes increasingly assertive in...

20:14

The allure of second-hand bookshops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I love second-hand book shops.
Yesterday I wandered through two second-hand shops along Waigani Drive in Port Moresby, hunting for books, while the place was chock-a-block with people looking for clothes.
Books on virtually anything are available at second-hand bookshops.



Such a treasure trove of information and English at a time when our  literacy levels have reached alarmingly-low levels. 
They are literally a gold mine.
You can look no further than Facebook to see how low the level of English in this country has stooped to.
...

16:11

Asian Dowitcher at Tinchi Tamba Wetlands Reserve reported by Ged Tranter on 15-01-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird feeding with 3 Greenshanks on the claypan - at the end of the peninsula.

16:08

Humanity In Crisis, Part 4: Trashing Our Planet "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Bobolas family had been been hoarding for over 26 years. Their Bondi Beach, Sydney, home (above) was then forcibly sold in 2016, so the council could recover approximately $160,000 in cleaning costs. The council probably sent the trash to the Bronte tip (below). by Dee McLachlan In cities across the globe you get hoarders. […]

16:01

Ruby Sea Dragon, First Live Portrait "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

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A ruby sea dragon that washed up on the Point Culver cliffs in Western Australia. Credit Zoe Della Vedova

Click the image above, a Ruby Sea Dragon washed ashore, to go to a moving image of another member of this creature’s species, alive and well in the wild waters off Australia:

For the First Time, a Ruby Sea Dragon Flaunts in Front of the Camera

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Famous for their flamboyant, leaflike appendages and mesmerizing movements, sea dragons are aquatic works of art. Since the 19th century, marine biologists had thought that only two types of these enchanting fish existed — the...

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

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15:04

Rare Ruby Sea Dragon Caught on Film, First Discovered in 150 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

A rare red seadragon isn’t a mythical creature. It is real, and was first discovered in 2015. The species (Phyllopteryx dewysea) has now been captured on film.

They are so rare, in fact, that scientists presumed that they would have to comb at least a quarter-acre of ocean on average before finding a single individual.

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Zoe Della Vedova

The cousins of the ruby seadragon are the common and leafy seadragons as well as sea horses.

The footage, filmed in Western Australia’s Recherche Archipelago, also marks the first time that the 10-inch-long fish has been seen alive. It is just the third known seadragon species, as well as the first discovered in 150 years.

Seadragons and sea horses are already enigmatic creatures. A female sea horse may have the babies, but the male sea horse carries eggs in his pouch until they are old enough to hatch. On a rare occasion, male sea horses can even give birth! They also represent some of the most intriguing life of the ocean.

“There is hidden biodiversity in the sea,” says Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist Greg Rouse, who discovered the species with graduate student Josefin Stiller and Western Australian Museum researcher Nerida Wilson. “A big, charismatic fish like the ruby seadragon represents that.”

This species was found swimming almost 170 feet underwater, a very different habitat than its leafy seadragon cousins that swim along the southern Australia’s coastlines.

Scientists had to travel to the remote Recherche Archipelago to find the ruby seahorse. After four dives in rocky, windy seas with a remote-controlled mini-submarine, they finally filmed two ruby seadragons more than 167 feet underwater, as the fish swam through rocky gardens of sponges and nibbled at their prey, most likely tiny crustaceans called mysids. Footage of the species was published in...

13:58

Greedy Corrupt Australian Government Refuses to help WW2 allies!!! "IndyWatch Feed National"

I can't see how any Australian can say that they are proud to be Australian after seeing these images. Our corrupt Australian Government not only sanctions this genocide in West Papua, but it is funding it!!! Rape, murder, disemboweling whilst still alive, men women & children! When will the majority of gutless uncaring mindless Australians grow a backbone & sack this corrupt government & change our whole corrupt government system. How can Australians bury their heads in the sand & allow this abominable treatment of our WW2 allies to continue?



Women & children slaughtered!

This is a trophy picture, the Indonesian military hunt these people down as if they were feral animals.

11:51

The Truth Library With Bernie Smith "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bernie Smith 
We started the Truth Library because for years we have been getting astounded with the information we came across.… Read More

11:44

Flock of angry sheep over throw their shepherd "IndyWatch Feed National"

Does this mean that there is a chance that the majority of Australians could eventually wake up & overthrow our corrupt government system???!!!



09:11

PNG Foreign Affairs department employs cost cutting meassures over money woes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The number of officers serving at Papua New Guinea's foreign missions may be reduced as the Department of Foreign Affairs embarks on a cost-cutting measure, to ease financial constraints it is currently experiencing.


Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm, says the department's operating expenditure for overseas missions have been cut by K15 million, compared to its 2016 allocation.

Mr Dihm did not say how much was given last year, but he made it clear that the department is feeling the pain of this cut to its operational budget for 2017.

Despite this cut Mr Dihm says their aim is to make sure the department and overseas missions receive their legally appropriated allocations in full and on time each month or quarterly.

The acting secretary says his senior management team will be working closely with Minister's of Treasury, Finance and Foreign Affairs to find practical solutions to the current situation.

Some of the cost cutting measures the department will employ include cheaper office and rental accommodation, some disposal of excess vehicles and other assets, and a review of locally engaged staff.

Mr Dihm says the bottom line is for the Foreign Affairs Department to identify cheaper and cost effective ways of doing business on post.

NBC News/ PNG Today

08:57

Juffa questions Government's electoral reforms "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Governor for Oro Gary Juffa has labelled the 12th hour electoral reforms as the Governments effort to manipulate the 2017 elections. He said it was totally absurd to be suddenly making amendments and reforms now when the Government had 5 year to do so with adequate consultation with all stakeholders.
 "To not consult stakeholders such as the people, is totally arrogant and autocratic. It smacks of election rigging. Why now? Why also withhold funding for electoral roll updates for provinces and why delays on security assessments and other preparatory work?

 Since the economy is doing so well as the PM keeps telling us there should be no excuses for the suppression of funds. The shortened period of time for campaigning is also a deliberate ploy at suppressing the peoples right to information to choose a true leader. Many candidates are marginalized by these sinister reforms and most of PNG will be denied democracy in choosing their leaders." The Governments mistreatment of democracy and its total disdain for its people are uncalled for.

08:05

Stuff to visit outside of Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

So I have been here a week and have decided that for the next two years I am likely to live here I would like to see a bit of North Queensland and get out of TSV when I can. Starting with things nearby before branching out further towards Cairns and down near Mackay. I have had a look on the QLD tourism page for things nearby like Hinchinbrook Island. Just wondering if there are any tips from the locals, like fresh water swimming holes, nice towns etc. looking for day trips/overnight. Local info usually results in less tourists traps and more fun.

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07:00

Appalling treatment of women is not a cultural norm "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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The publication of My Walk to Equality – the first collection of women’s writing from Papua New Guinea – has been a landmark event. In planning the book, editor Rashmii Amoah Bell invited forewords from two Papua New Guinean women whose writing has impressed because of its candour, insight and intellectual honesty. To celebrate the anthology, today we publish Elvina Ogil’s contribution; tomorrow, Tanya Zeriga-Alone - KJ

IF PAPUA New Guinea is to claim its place among civilised nations, its women must walk with its men. Not behind, not beside but with.

When conceiving of a united nation of a thousand tribes and hundreds of languages, our forebears took the first steps in this walk, articulating the unequivocal role of women as equal partners in our development and progress in that magnificent document that is the Constitution of Papua New Guinea.

Our Constitution, richer than so many others in the sheer depth of rights it accords to its citizens, chief among them is its direction to equality.

It is not so much the words on the paper in our National Directives and Goals within our Constitution as it is the tone – for women are not to be passive in this progress and development but active and equal participants.

Forty-one years on, our joint progress as equal partners in nation building has atrophied. How our forebears would measure our progress, we may never know however my presumption is that many would share a large measure of disappointment at how far we have regressed.

My Walk to Equality is the first anthology of its kind. At the core of this collection of short stories, essays and poems is a collective acknowledgement of the path still to tread.

Gender equality remains on the fringes of mainstream conversation in Papua New Guinea. When a woman marks a personal achievement in her life, we still remind her she is a woman and her achievement is only relative to that of me...

06:00

The Pen Must Have a New Vibe "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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The pen in the hand of fools imprisons,
but when the wise wield it, it liberates.
And there are many who have built dungeons
for dissenters that pen as heart dictates.

But as the heart is free so must the pen,
and a poet is he who can speak his heart
even when it brings him hell or heaven,
for to be free and fearless is true art.

Cursed be the fool who tries to dictate art!
In the school of poetry there is no dean,
but geeks and gurus who are very smart,
and all are equal for they speak from within.

It's foolish to control art or subscribe
to a thought. The pen must have a new vibe.

Kawasaki teams up for 2017 ride days "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kawasaki Motors Australia teams up with Champion’s Ride Days in 2017 to offer a range of road motorcycles for customers to hire at their track ride days.

The Queensland-based company has 18 years of experience with track days throughout Australia, hosting up to 120 events this year with the addition of NSW and NT venues.

Now it teams up with Kawasaki to not only offer green machines for riders, but to also host their Kawasaki Team Green Australia Track Ride Day events.

Kawasaki teams up with Champion's Ride Days for 2017Kawasakis begin arriving at Champion’s Ride Days HQ

National Sales and Marketing Manager of Kawasaki Motors Australia, Robert Walker, says the partnership which will provide Champion’s Ride Days customers with “the opportunity to ride a range of formidable Kawasaki motorcycles”.

Previous Team Green events have included a range of Kwakas from a Z125 PRO, Versys 650L and Ninja H2R to more classic Kawasaki motorcycles including a 1976 Kawasaki Z1000.

Champion history

Champion’s Ride Days started when now managing director Scott Osborne was racing, says Nicole Osborne, Sales and Marketing Manager of Champion’s Ride Days.

“He found that there were limited opportunities and it was difficult to find safe ways to practice, so he wanted to start a company that focused on safety and its alignment with riding on a track,” she says....

05:00

One picture, many stories, as PNG’s history reveals itself "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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ONE picture. A thousand stories, let alone words, from a rich tapestry of connections woven from people and events spanning 135 years of Papua New Guinea’s history.

That’s what’s come from this single photograph of a group of tennis players taken in post-war Rabaul in 1951 or 1952.

An avalanche of information was sparked by the sharp recall of a former Rabaul resident who celebrated her 88th birthday on Friday.

It was followed by a blizzard of information on Facebook– some from people who wouldn’t exist except for the incredible tales of survival and heroism of their forebears in World War II.

The photo is from the collection of my mother, Mary Louise Uechtritz. She was Mary Lou Harris then and is the young, blonde British woman second from the right in the back row.

When the photo was taken, Mary Lou was teaching at the Rabaul Chinese School and running the local girl guides.

The Chinese girl guides would soon be in the guard of honour at her wedding at Francis Xavier Catholic Church, just down the road, to my father, Alfred Max Parkinson Uechtritz.

When I dug out the photo and emailed it to Mary Lou a few days ago, she hadn’t seen it for decades. But as quick as her 1950s forehand return, she identified several of the players for certain and some as educated guesses.

Two were her fellow teachers at the Chinese school – Thomas Mow (second from left, front) and Jean Sargeant (second from left, back).

Her good friend Col Parry (middle back row) went on to a stellar career in the combined Royal Papuan Constabulary and New Guinea Police Force; Samson Wong (far left, front) forged a distinguished commercial career in Lae; and the two other women at the back, were immediately identified on Facebook by their nieces...

04:45

Awww.. Lost Child Finds Mum 25 Years Later When He Recognised His Home 6000 Miles Away On Google Earth "IndyWatch Feed National"

A man who was accidentally transported 1,000 miles from home in India when he was just six years old traced his mum 25 years later from Australia using Google Earth.

Lost, Saroo Brierley ended up begging on the streets of India after being separated from his family.

But he was picked up by a charity that arranged for him to be adopted in Tasmania, Australia.

His story is now set to be featured in a new film, Lion, starring Nicole Kidman, charting his amazing life story.

Despite growing up in a loving family in Australia, he admits he spent years looking at maps and eventually at Google Earth for signs of the landmarks that he knew as a child.

And after recognising the village he was born in, Saroo traveled home - where he enjoyed an emotional reunion with his mother.

Saroo, who grew up in rural India, said that as a child he rarely had enough to eat and would often travel on trains in the area together with his brother.

But during one ill-fated trip in 1987, aged six, he had been dozing at a station with his brother and when he woke up he found that he was alone.

He said: "I opened my eyes and couldn't see my brother, but I saw a train in front of me with the door open and for some reason I thought he was on board.
...

01:03

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits south of Fiji "IndyWatch Feed National"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Fiji region at 06:11 UTC on January 14, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 0 km. According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more »

00:26

What is AUSGOV for if it can't send Julie to the polo? #good-gov-lost-its-way "IndyWatch Feed National"

News Ltd reports this under the moniker, ahem: politics Julie Bishop pulls out of Portsea Polo JANUARY 14, 20179:36PM Staff writersHerald Sun FOREIGN Minister Julie Bishop has been a last minute no-show at today’s prestigious Portsea Polo. Ms Bishop and her partner David Panton were listed as guests at the...

00:09

Australia’s biggest tax cheats? Kerry Stokes’ Seven Group Holding. $3.6 Billion revenue – No tax paid "IndyWatch Feed National"

The publicly listed Seven Group Holdings which is controlled by Kerry Stokes had $3,583,478,772 revenue in the 2014/2015 financial year but paid no tax. That is almost $3.6 billion but they apparently did so badly there was no tax to pay. It wasn’t much better the previous financial year of 2013/2014 when they had $3,975,156,028 […]

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Saturday, 14 January

23:42

Ruby seadragons, first ever video "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

12 January 2017

Researchers at Scripps Oceanography and the Western Australian Museum capture on video the first-ever field sighting of the newly discovered third species of seadragon. As they observed two Ruby Seadragons on video for nearly 30 minutes, the scientists uncovered new details about their anatomy, habitat, and behavior.

See also here.

20:57

Meet Mike Enoch &/Or Mike Peinovich : They’ve got ‘The Right Stuff’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

FTR & FWIW … In the last coupla weeks, various nazi dingbats active on the #altright in the US have been doXXed — seemingly as a result of some internecine online warfare. The latest casualty in this war is Some … Continue reading

20:35

Sam Dastyari. Shallow Halal. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Elvis anticipated this. The Shallow Halal tribute. For Sam. Because Elvis has left the building. And he liked a drink.

19:36

More truths emerge on U.S. 'regrettable mistakes' bombing in Syria "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called 'coalition', led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport. Comment: Russia-brokered ceasefire shattered as US airstrikes against Syrian Army in Deir ez-Zor leaves 80 soldiers dead, over 100 injured (UPDATES) At the time, the attack was labeled a "mistake". Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel. A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was "intentional", a view shared by Syria's ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than "regrettable mistakes" are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned. Often, some reason is found to attribute the "error" to the enemy's actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan. Comment: Switching tactics: U.S. now claims that the Kunduz hospital bombing was due to an 'intelligence systems failure'

18:26

M6.1 Earthquake Strikes SW of Nadi, Fiji "IndyWatch Feed National"

Strong Earthquake Strikes 152km SW of Nadi, Fiji EQ Details Magnitude: 6.1 Location: 18.588°S, 176.230°E; depth=10.0 km Time: 06:11:41 UTC  2017-01-14 Source: USGS/EHP Analysis available from FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. Filed under: News Alert Tagged: Australia plate, earthquake, Fiji, FIRE-EARTH PULSARS, M6.1, Nadi

17:05

Crowdfunding Terrorism Through Halal Certifications "IndyWatch Feed National"

Middle East (SCF) – Although it is well known that the Wahhabist governments, royal families, and top businesses of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain directly finance jihadist terrorists in Syria, Iraq, and countries around the world, many consumers are unaware that percentages of their purchases of Muslim «halal» (imam-certified) food products eventually end up in the hands of jihadist organizations. Halal refers to any food product that can be eaten by observant Muslims. Anything other than halal is «haram» and prohibited for Muslims. Haram includes pork, blood, or meat from approved animals but which have been strangled or slaughtered with blunt knives.

Food and drink producers pay Muslim halal certifiers fees to certify their products as halal. According to Australian One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson and others, certain Muslim halal certification agencies use profits from certification fees to fund terrorist attacks around the world. During an election campaign in Queensland in 2015, Hanson told reporters: «ASIO [Australian Security Intelligence Organization] has picked up that this money has been funded through an organization to fund Syria and the terrorism there». ASIO, all too quickly, denied the charge.

Even if a small percentage of imams who certify products as being halal are passing the profits on to terrorist organizations, it potentially represents a large amount of money. Malaysian studies have valued the worldwide halal food industry as between $600 billion to $2.1 trillion. Halal certifications are usually paid by food companies at set annual rates. Considering all the firms worldwide that pay such fees to imam halal certifiers, this amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars. Some halal certifiers have become quite wealthy from the halal certification scheme. Halal certifiers have also been quite secretive about who receives donations, with some admitting only that the funds go to Islamic madrassa schools and mosques. However, many of these madrassas and mosques are linked to the Wahhabis.

Some Muslims have opined that halal certification is nothing more than a money-making scam, with the most ridiculous aspect being halal certification for dog food. It is ironic that the same imams who declare dogs to be «unclean» animals also willingly charge pet food manufacturers to certify food for the «unclean» beasts to be halal. Other Muslims have conceded that the halal certification scheme has become as financially corrupt as segments of the Jewish kosher product certification system. South African Muslim authorities have pointed out, to the dismay of the halal certification industry, that the Koran forbids imams from charging money to certify food as halal. Yet, the practice continues with fees charged for halal «stamps» on food, in some cases, i...

16:01

Reader Comments & Observations "IndyWatch Feed National"

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COMMENT #1:  Regarding your post Currency vs Language, I wanted to add that in NY I have an abundance of IT co-workers that are H1-B visas holders working as consultants from India. They are extremely nice and I’ve enjoyed learning about their culture. As I’ve stated before, these consults overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. Some of the consultants were naturalized and voted for Hillary. People from India are social and they often gather and speak among themselves; therefore, as more before naturalized and vote, you can expect more Democrat voters. With regard to language, they’ve confirmed to me that they speak their India state language at home, not English. You are correct, even in NY, “If that subculture then becomes the majority, the culture of the state will change and therein lies the seed …”

COMMENT #2: The Xi Jinping article about the coming new world order, in it you provide a good explanation of why we think linearly and they think cyclically. My explanation lies along the lines of religious background. Even if/when people leave the confines of religion, the subconscious thought remains. I believe that we think linearly because our religion teaches us that things begin and end. They think cyclically because their religion teaches them that things begin and end and then begin again and end again.

COMMENT #3: Hi Martin, I appreciate the work you do and making your blog available for free. I thought you might like to know that Canada is also moving toward a cashless society. Yesterday I went into Scotia Bank and tried to buy foreign currency. I offered them cash and they refused it. They told me that the money had to be paid by cash transfer. Because I didn’t have an account with them I could not buy the foreign currency. The Canadian banking system is primitive compared to New Zealand and Australian banks where I have also lived. Another bank would not allow me transfer money online from my own bank to a relative’s bank account at their bank. I would have to personally go into...

15:17

To Jan 14 Climate and Nuclear News "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

A week away from Donald Trump taking over the USA Presidency, and it’s anybody’s guess as to how bad the repercussions of that will be, for climate action, nuclear safety, and the public good. If there happen to be some accidental unintended benefits for they public good, I doubt that these will compensate for the world’s most powerful nation being run by the lead bully boy for corporate America. Barack Obama retires graciously, claiming that “we did”. Perhaps more accurately “we tried”.

Don’t for one minute think that nuclear power is in any way “green“.

Record loss of sea ice in 2016-both Arctic and Antarctic.

Alexei Yablokov, grandfather of Russian environmentalism, dies at 83

AUSTRALIA

Australian not-for-profit, the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) installs solar household systems in East Timor villages.

Loss of Great Barrier Reef will be part of major collapses of ocean ecosystems.

Australia and USA trail behind in renewable energy, as China and India lead.

ACT. Australian Capital Territory prepares for role as clean energy hub and exporter of renewable technology

South Australia. Pro nuclear former Senator Sean Edwards to run for South Australian Parliament, considers leadership of S.A. Liberals . Prominent wealthy nuclear industry fans back former Senator Sean Edwards.

Western Australia....

14:26

Minister Nahan "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been a very long time since I have accused a Minister of the Western Australian parliament of Institutionalised racism. As many of you would know I have been at various times since 2001, the President, Treasurer and Secretary of the body known as the Ethnic Communities Council. I am, as we speak, the […]

14:10

Financial assistance needed urgently for Rod Culleton "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Rod has achieved more to restructure the illicit banking industry in his short tenure as a senator for Western Australia than most other politicians have in a lifetime. The banks have targeted him with the aid of the political parties and sections of the judiciary. The moves made by Rodney, such as getting the High Court of Australia to admit its rules were faulty by reinstating process under the Queen and the latest manoeuvre to summons Senate President Stephen Parry and Attorney General Brandis to the High Court will force it to determine if only the senate can remove one of its members, as stated in the Commonwealth Constitution of Australia.

Please dig deep to help Rodney, he is fighting for you, your family and your property. Rod described the banks yesterday as the “biggest asset strippers in our history.” Unfortunately making a deposit into a bank account is at present the only method of getting funds to help with court costs.

Maitland Lawyers Trust Account:

Commonwealth Bank

BSB 063840

Account  10237728

From the Cairns News team across Australia, thank you.


13:25

Will Trump Be Killed? What Would Happen Next? "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York Times photo of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Mary W Maxwell Right now we’ve at least got a president-elect, Donald Trump, who makes leaderly noises. Does that mean he is a person of vision? I have no idea. He does talk a good game, though.  It will be nice if it turns […]

13:12

Hitler defeated Lenin, Chiang defeated Mao "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow that its ideas triumph in the longer term.

Consider contemporary China. Mao Zedong defeated Chiang Kai-shek in their epic decades-long conflict, driving him and his Kuomintang forces to exile in Taiwan. Now, look at contemporary China–is it closer to Mao’s vision or Chiang’s?

Obviously Chiang’s. As a wit observed, the story of post-1979 politics in both “Chinas” (the People’s Republic and Taiwan) is the Communist Party of China trying to become the Kuomintang and the Kuomintang trying to become the Democratic Progressive Party. Mao may have won the military struggle, but Chiang’s vision won the wider social war. It turns out that social reality is not entirely plastic to our visions, and Chiang’s proved to be more human and achievable than Mao’s. That matters, in the end.

Lenin‘s successor Stalin, with huge help from the Anglo-Americans (who provided trucks, rolling stock, canned food, and munitions crucial to the Red Army while their bombing campaign diverted the Luftwaffe and many thousands of tank-killer 88mm guns from the Eastern Front), defeated Hitler on the Eastern Front. But consider contemporary postmodern identity progressivism (PIP), with its concern for authenticity, identity, emotion over reason, environment, obsessions with the Jewish state, dismissive treatment of workers and belief that a sufficiently interventionist state does not have to own firms to control them: whose obsessions does it better reflect, Hit...

10:47

LAUNCHED in powerful Guardian article. What next? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

 

We have launched our direct action campaign with a powerful feature article in The Guardian. Please post this amazing article on social media and encourage friends to register for action.

We’re currently organising get-togethers in capital and regional cities around Australia. Due to the risk of infiltration, these meetings will be open to known and trusted activists only. Send us some information about yourself and we can go from there. Encrypted connections also available.

Not an experienced activist? No worries! We have almost 8000 people committed to local direct action and will make sure we have events and direct actions you can be part of in your region. Follow us on social media for real time updates.

We’re totally self-funded so please contact us if you can donate or organise a fundraising event. Otherwise, please tell your friends about the campaign by email, social media, carrier pigeon or even in person. Together we will win!

10:24

Is the Dam of Disclosure About To Break? -- 2017 Could be the Year of Unveiled Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Stillness in The Storm

There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBC, CNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a "fast, strange, mysterious" radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.

The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.


Related Chilean Navy Releases Shocking Declassified UFO Footage

We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also ...

10:04

The Solution to Exposing Gov’t Child Trafficking and Pizzagate As the Fraud It Is "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since the real foundation of these absurd allegations started with the fraud of Franklin Credit in Omaha, Ne in the 80’s- which was what caused the the horrible witch hunt that ensued as a result- until it was completely debunked as the hysteria based on falsehoods that is was- there is no better person to represent the facts of this than the VERY person who did so then- Col. Michael Aquino- Founder of Temple of Set, government official- and the one MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE as to what occurred back then.

He WAS the “unofficial” spokesperson for False Memory Syndrome Foundation- and was all OVER every media outlet at the time, and since he is the ONLY ONE left of that group- I believe that it just make sense that such a distinguished and educated government official- ranking as he does, who was THERE and fought it so well- should represent the accused and defend them against these allegations as he did before when it occurred the first time.

Now, since Ted Gunderson is dead, and John DeCamp doesn’t even know who he is anymore as he is suffering from Alzheimer’s- I believe that I- David Shurter- should represent the other side. I was there- I have an established reputation with MANY people as being an expert on the situation- and I would be willing to represent that side that Mr. Aquino did such a marvelous job defeating in the 80’s,

However- I have some stipulations.

One- it will be PUBLIC- and FACE TO FACE- just as he was willing to do with Ted Gunderson many years ago. I have absolutely NO history of violence- and so claiming he is afraid of me in public can’t really be argued effectively, although he can have as much protection as he deems necessary.

And two- it will be videotaped. This just makes sense- since we are doing this to resolve this insane issue that is so similar to the “satanic panic” hysteria that enveloped this country back in the 80’s- and so this is important for the PEOPLE to see as well as just a select group.

I think to put this country at ease- we must rise- as good American’s, and try to put this matter to rest- and the oaths that Col. Aquino took to protect and honor America I believe should compel him to agree.

We owe it to our country to do this- so that we can put our fellow American’s at ease and assure them that their children are safe. After all- this IS the land we all love and we ARE Americans after all.

09:55

West Papua independence bid continues decades after 1969 UN backing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/west-papua-independence-bid-continues-decades-after-1969-un-backing/news-story/3034661a776e37c97fb6011018c1624c

West Papua independence bid continues decades after 1969 UN backing

Matt Connors, The Courier-Mail January 14, 2017 1:00am

Video Sorong Samurai – Airileke Feat. Twin Tribe

They gathered on Biak, a small island nestled in the crystalline waters of Cenderawasih Bay.

In July 1969, hundreds of stoic Papuans stood and listened, sweating in the jungle heat. Standing witness were Reuters journalist Hugh Lunn and a Dutch newspaper colleague, Otto Kuyk.

Those gathered were there to hear about the Act of Free Choice, a long-promised,
UN-backed vote to allow all the Papuan people a say in their independence.

What they instead heard were the first murmurings of a broken promise that, to this day, plays an enduring role in the bond between Australia and its nearest neighbour, Indonesia.

Just how pivotal played out in curious fashion last week when the TNI, the Indonesian armed forces, announced it had suspended all military ties with Australia.

Indonesia’s program of transmigration has seen the Mela...

09:00

Is the Dam of Disclosure About To Break? — 2017 Could be the Year of Unveiled Truth "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Pitfalls of Partial Disclosure - Examining the Process of Disclosure and the Reasons why a String of Half-Truths Just Won't Cut It

By Jordan Sather

Only thirteen days into 2017, and there have been many breaking stories presented by the mainstream media that suggest grand changes are taking place behind the scenes. The truth that has been withheld and obfuscated for so long seems to be coming to light.

There have been multiple stories in the area of Extraterrestrials and Ufology. On January 5th, The Huffington Post reported on a 9 minute video released by the Chilean Navy purported to be an official UFO sighting, with this even reaching the trending page on Facebook. Then, on January 4th through 6th, the BBCCNN, and again the Huffington Post all simultaneously release a story on a “fast, strange, mysterious” radio burst detected by astronomers in Australia who have gotten 20 puzzling bursts over the past 10 years, emanating from a galaxy 2.5 billion light years away.

The Chilean government also released footage from a UFO captured by the Navy.

Related Chilean Navy Releases Shocking Declassified UFO Footage

We have also had disclosures on US intelligence agencies and Wikileaks front. On January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange sat down for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News. This interview was split into three parts and aired during primetime television. On January 6th, Fox News also...

07:36

Melanie Shaw and the UK Child Abuse Shit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Melanie Shaw, in a secret court hearing, was given two more years in jail. So if you fuck children in the UK- you are protected and given ZERO jail time. But if you make the mistake of trying to protect children- it is off to jail you go. And more than that- into solitary confinement.

And what do the people do? They sit back- entertained. And expect Heaven to serve them cake and ice cream for their efforts.

Yeah- the world- and ESP. The people in it- SUCK. Although I am sure if you ask any of them- they would argue the point.

07:13

1) Papua Sees Better Economy, but Stagnant Politics, Security: Expert "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Silence equals complicity: Indonesia’s Jokowi blamed for human rights failures
3) TNI Should Be Indonesia-Centric, Not Java-Centric: Jokowi
4) Raja Ampat gears up to attract more tourists
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1) Papua Sees Better Economy, but Stagnant Politics, Security: Expert




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07:04

Kennt ihr den schon?Zum Thema "Geschlechterforschung" ... "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kennt ihr den schon?

Zum Thema "Geschlechterforschung" sollte auch Sachsen-Anhalts AfD-Landeschef André Poggenburg sprechen.
Uh-oh, man kann sich schon grob vorstellen, was als nächstes passiert ist.
Als Poggenburg mit seiner Rede beginnen wollte, entrissen ihm die Studenten sein Manuskript. AfD-Anhänger versuchten, ihn zu beschützen. Dabei kam es zu einer Prügelei.
Einer warf sogar einen Böller auf Poggenburg.

Und so haben es die Demonstranten geschafft, dass nicht die AfD wie die Nazis aussehen hier, sondern sie. Wieso setzt ihr euch nicht lieber ins Publikum und stellt peinliche Fragen, die die Unkenntnis der AfD über Genderstudies bloßlegen und die Daseinsberechtigung von Genderstudies ein für alle Mal zementieren? Oder habt ihr solche Fragen womöglich gar nicht, und müsst deshalb zu Gewalt greifen?

Update: An dem Artikel hängt jetzt ein Update dran:

Anmerkung: In einer früheren Version hieß es, Poggenburg sei von einem Böller getroffen worden. Tatsächlich wurde der Böller nach Angaben der Polizei Richtung Podium geworfen.

Update: Die Zeit dazu, die Huffington Post dazu, der MDR dazu, jetzt (SZ) dazu.

07:00

PNG government continues to fail on rights, says watchdog "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police at UPNG, 2016 - students were shotHUMAN RIGHTS WATCH | Edited extracts

THE Papua New Guinean government has failed to adequately address gender inequality, violence, corruption or excessive use of force by police, says the global NGO Human Rights Watch in its 2017 World Report.

In May 2016, Papua New Guinea’s human rights record came under detailed scrutiny during its periodic review at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

A month later, police opened fire on protesting university students in Port Moresby, wounding 23 people. The protesters had attempted a march to the national parliament to call for a vote of no confidence in the government of prime minister Peter O’Neill.

They had been protesting for five weeks demanding O’Neill step down over corruption allegations. Anti-corruption officers have held an arrest warrant for the prime minister on corruption charges since 2014, although a court order has prevented its execution to date.

In Papua New Guinea, police abuse, including of children, continues with little accountability even for fatalities and egregious physical abuse.

Between 2007 and 2014, 1,600 complaints of police abuse were received by the Internal Affairs Directorate with 326 classified as criminal cases. The government has not publicly said how many, if any, of these resulted in criminal convictions of police officers.

“People took to the streets to voice concerns about corruption, and the only government response was gunfire,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch.

“Corruption and abuse will only end when abusive officials are held responsible for their crimes.”

Despite some worthy legal and institutional initiatives, inadequate implementation has meant few genuine improvements for victims of human rights violations in...

06:32

1) West Papua independence bid continues decades after 1969 UN backing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Interpol: Red Alert!
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1) West Papua independence bid continues decades after 1969 UN backing
Matt Connors, The Courier-Mail January 14, 2017 1:00am
Video Sorong Samurai - Airileke Feat. Twin Tribe
 They gathered on Biak, a small island nestled in the crystalline waters of Cenderawasih Bay.
In July 1969, hundreds of stoic Papuans stood and listened, sweating in the jungle heat. Standing witness were Reuters journalist Hugh Lunn and a Dutch newspaper colleague, Otto Kuyk.
...

06:22

The link between creative problem solving and finding hidden pictures "IndyWatch Feed National"

Information analysis, followed by step-by-step logical deduction is often our go-to method to solve problems we encounter in life. Yet, for some problems we seem to suddenly gain insight - we realize the solution in an "Aha!" kind of moment. Known as 'insight problems', they can seem impossible or unsolvable until creative insight appears and a solution is unexpectedly realized. Is it possible to increase the likelihood of the arrival of such creative insight? PhD candidate Ruben Laukkonen along with Dr. Jason Tangen at the University of Queensland in Australia, have recently published a study in the journal Consciousness and Cognition suggesting that it is. "We might be taking a walk, riding a bike, or having a shower, when we finally understand something we've been struggling with. One goal of this study, and ongoing research, is to understand what it is about those situations that evoke epiphanies," Laukkonen says.

06:19

FSRN - January 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Stories in this edition of the weekly: U.S. Senate starts Affordable Care Act rollback during budget reconciliation process Trump downplays ethics, transparency in first post-election press conference Cabinet confirmation hearings: week one Opponents of planned Louisiana pipeline document 144 pipeline accidents in 2016 Tribal and Non-Native Water Protectors urge Wells Fargo to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline Seabed mining project advances, Papua New Guinea locals consider lawsuit For more information about individual stories, including transcripts, visit: https://fsrn.org/2017/01/fsrn-weekly-edition-january-13-2017/

06:18

Seabed mining project advances, Papua New Guinea locals consider lawsuit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The deep seas are some of the most uncharted ecosystems in the world. Scientists say we know more about the surface of the moon than the deep seas. Yet the world’s first commercial deep sea mining operation for gold, copper and silver in the Bismarck Sea could be underway in just a year. But, as Georgia Clark reports, Papua New Guinea locals are considering a lawsuit, calling for greater transparency and fearing the project could cause irreversible damage to one of the world’s few pristine frontiers. For more information on this story, including a transcript, visit https://fsrn.org/2017/01/deep-seabed-mining-project-advances-papua-new-guinea-locals-consider-lawsuit/

06:00

FSRN Weekly Edition – January 13, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

  • U.S. Senate starts Affordable Care Act rollback during budget reconciliation process
  • Trump downplays ethics, transparency in first post-election press conference
  • Cabinet confirmation hearings: week one
  • Opponents of planned Louisiana pipeline document 144 pipeline accidents in 2016
  • Tribal and Non-Native Water Protectors urge Wells Fargo to Divest from Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Seabed mining project advances, Papua New Guinea locals consider lawsuit

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06:00

West Papua issue gains momentum but no Christmas present yet "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papuan leaders & Vanuatu PM meetBONIFACE KAIYO

FOR West Papua the winds of change are blowing steadily, but Christmas has come and gone and not brought any presents yet.

When it met at Port Vila, Vanuatu, in December, the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) delayed a decision on the application for full membership by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua West Papua (ULMWP).

ULMWP officials met with the prime minister of Vanuatu on the sidelines of the MSG leaders’ summit (photo) and, in a traditional ritual, offered gifts to signify the connection between Vanuatu and the independence struggle in West Papua.

It was a further sign that, since December 2014, Papua’s international diplomacy has continued to gain momentum.

Papuan political factions no longer present themselves as different voices.

The three major Papuan political organisations - West Papua National Coalition for Liberation, Federal Republic of West Papua and West Papua National Parliament - have jointly stated “that all West Papuans, both inside and outside West Papua, are united under this new body (the ULMWP) and that we will continue our struggle for independence”.

The ULMWP has put on notice critics and skeptics who remain unconvinced of its ability to drive aspirations, articulate demands and mobilise popular mass support for Papuan nationalism.

The united organisation has secured international recognition from the Melanesian Spearhead Group and has gained more attention from the United Nations and the Pacific Island Forum. Papua has become an effective insurgency.

West Papua is part of the MSG family, a natural proxy to Papua New Guinea, and the issue of its independence struggle cannot be just wished away.

It took 15 years for the Papuan leaders to convinc...

05:00

Teenage surfer stable following shark attack at Ballina, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A teenage surfer was in stable condition after he was bitten by a shark Monday at the same Australian beach where a Japanese surfer was fatally mauled last year, officials said. Cooper Allen, a 17-year-old high school student, was surfing with friends on the first day of the students' spring vacation when he was attacked off Ballina's Lighthouse Beach at midmorning, Ballina Mayor David Wright said. The shark struck from behind and bit across the board's fins as the boy lay on the board paddling. The shark's lower jaw tore into the fiberglass as its upper teeth clamped his right hip and thigh, Wright said. "The shark lacerated his leg in three or four places fairly deep," Wright said. "Luckily the lifeguards were on duty and got down there quickly."

05:00

Quietly as a mouse she slipped into the world "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Gerega_LeiaoLEIAO GEREGA

Quietly like a mouse she slipped into the world
Oh, but dad she’s a girl
my fate he held that night
And like in ink he wrote my story
Page by page my journey went
None for me all but for his glory

Ten and tall I stayed at home
everything a women did I learnt so well
thin and wiry like a donkey
day by day stooped with loads
20 kilos and more

twelve and round my flowered skirt
I held between my knees
eyes downcast I moved among men
loud they talk, proud and strong
beside the fire my back to them

I sit and stare and watched my journey
with the flames up it went and disappeared
the fire crackled my tears dropped
no it wasn’t  from the smoke but
were they to look into my youthful heart
my tears they would not count

it came to pass a beat somewhere
an answer and a bust of light through the dark
a chance to fly away
oh my heart! But
tel...

01:45

Mystery of the Knights Templars: Protectors or Treasure Hunters on a Secret Mission? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mystery of the Knights Templars: Protectors or Treasure Hunters on a Secret Mission?

By Bryan Hilliard

The Knights Templars were a secret society whose true purpose remains a mystery or is at least vigorously debated among scholars and historians to this day.  The Templars left behind many clues of their actions which have been passed down through generations, hidden in ancient manuscripts and discovered by archeologists in the modern era.  Their story is one that has captured the fascination and curiosity of people throughout the ages – were they sent to the holy land in Jerusalem to protect Christians on pilgrimages, or were they sent there on secret missions by higher authorities in order to unearth lost artifacts and buried treasure under temples and sacred holy sites?

The Knights Templars were members of a religious military order of Christian knighthood founded around 1118-1119 in Jerusalem by the French knight Hugh des Payens.  For nearly two centuries this organization was the most powerful order in the medieval world.  They were the first standing army in Europe since the fall of the Roman Empire and by the time they reached their pinnacle of power in 1300, it is said they numbered in the tens of thousands.  In the beginning, there were a total of nine founding knights who made up the organization and were all related to one another through blood or marriage.  As both monks and soldiers, they were a paradox without precedent since there had never been praying priests who took up arms who also took vows of poverty, obedience and celibacy.  Knights Templars did not surrender unless they were outnumbered three to one and believed that since they were fighting for God they would be immediately sent up to heaven upon falling in battle.

Friday, 13 January

23:00

Syria and the US: More Truths Emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

8634434On 17 September 2016 aircraft of the so-called ‘coalition’, led by the United States, bombed Syrian Army troop positions at Deir Ez-Zor. Aircraft from the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark and Australia took part in the attack. Between 62 and 90 (reports vary) Syrian troops were killed and more than 100 injured. The attack allowed ISIS forces to take control of what was a vital area protecting the airport.

At the time, the attack was labeled a “mistake”. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull apologized, saying he regretted the loss of life and injury to Syrian personnel.

A spokesman for the Syrian government said that the attack was “intentional”, a view shared by Syria’s ally, Iran. The US military ordered an inquiry into the incident. It is usually the case with such inquiries that little is done, nothing other than “regrettable mistakes” are admitted, and no-one is sanctioned.

Often, some reason is found to attribute the “error” to the enemy’s actions, as with the bombing of the Kunduz Hospital in Afghanistan.

Two recent developments however, cast some new light on that “mistake” in September 2016.

The first is the release of the report into the investigation by the US Central Command based in Qatar on 29 November 2016. As is almost invariably the case, the report found “no evidence of misconduct.”

The report did acknowledge however, that the US did mislead the Russian military command about where the strike was to occur.

Further, the report acknowledges that the US Command ignored both actual information and intelligence analysis that the positions targeted were occupied by Syrian government troops and were not ISIS terrorists.

The third revelation was that the air strikes shifted from the strategy of “deliberate targeting” to one of an “immediate strike.” This violated usual US Air Force operational procedure. No explanation was given for this violation of normal procedure.

The fact that the Russians were misled, the ignoring of their own intelligence and factual information, both electronic and human, and the abrupt change in operational procedure without a good reason, all reinforce the conclusion reached at the...

22:41

Red and grey squirrels in Britain "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is an Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) video from Germany.

By Peter Frost in Britain:

The battle of the squirrels

Friday 13th January 2017

PETER FROST’S affection for the native British red squirrel sends him in search of measures that would boost its survival chances

There were once three and a half million of our native red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) in the forests and woodlands of Britain.

Today that population is down to well under 150,000 and although still reducing dramatically a number of initiatives are reducing the rate of decline.

What happened? Well, in 1876 some stupid aristocrat decided to import grey squirrels (Scirius caroliniensis) from their native North America releasing them in Henbury Park, Cheshire.

It’s not clear why they were introduced, probably as a live novelty garden decoration. Rich Victorian land owners simply had no idea about the risks of introducing non-native species to their estates.

Other landowners in other parts of Britain also imported the greys which spread rapidly. There are now estimated to be about 2.5 million grey squirrels in Britain.

Unlike the bold and oft seen greys our native red squirrels are very shy and elusive and spend much of their time in the tree canopy. Telltale signs to look for include large dreys in trees, scratch marks on bark and chewed pine cones that look like chewed apple cores. You might also hear the distinctive “chuk chuk” noise they make.

Although the grey squirrels don’t actually attack the native reds they carry the squirrel pox virus which is fatal to red squirrels without harming its grey carriers. Squirrels come in all colours.

Entirely black ones are becoming common and originate in colder regions of Canada where their dark skins absorb more winter sun to keep them warm.

A family of at least...

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19:59

HR Watch says PNG has failed to protect women and children "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

 A student protest in Port Moresby in June 2016. Human Rights Watch says PNG has failed to respond to corruption and police violence. Photograph: AAP

Author: Helen Davidson     Source: The Guardian

Papua New Guineans took to the streets to protest against government corruption and were met by gunfire, Human Rights Watch has said in a scathing assessment of Australia’s nearest neighbour.

In its annual assessment of more than 90 countries, Human Rights Watch has warned of the rise of populist leaders threatening the protection of human rights. It says PNG has failed to protect women and children, or to respond to corruption and police violence.

Anger against the Peter O’Neill government – linked to numerous and high-profile corruption scandals and allegations over recent years – became the focus of student protests, culminating in the march on parliament in Port Moresby in June calling for O’Neill’s resignation.

The students, who had boycotted classes, were stopped from boarding buses to parliament where O’Neill was set to face a vote of no-confidence. Police opened fire, and 23 people were injured.

O’Neill was defiant, and blamed “agitators” funded by the opposition for the protests, which spread and escalated across the country.

“People took to the streets to voice concerns about corruption, and the only government response was gunfire,” said Elaine Pearson, Australia director at Human Rights Watch.

“Corruption and abuse will only end when abusive officials are held responsible for their crimes.”

O’Neill, who continues to avoid an arrest warrant over a long-running corruption investigation, survived a no-confidence motion in parliament the next month.

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Hidden Valley mine review agreement endorsed for signing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE revised agreement of the Hidden Valley mine will now be forwarded to the National Executive Council on January 19 for its endorsement.

The long delay of the revised mining agreement was finally endorsed by all the parties at the Lae International Hotel recently.

MRA managing director Philip Samar and his officers who attended the meeting said they will hold another meeting within this month to look at the revised agreement and they will forward it to the national government for its endorsement on Jan 19.

Harmony Gold CEO Mr Van Heerden also approved Mr Samar's comment and said that the revised agreement will now be given priority by all parties to have it ready to be forwarded to NEC for its endorsement.

Hidden Valley landowners were represented by the Nakuwi Landowners Association chief Mr Mauri, deputy chairman Wayang Kawa, secretary Ben Joseph, executive Maurie Mita and Ayamba Suwara.

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