White Rock – a story of Afghan refugees in Iran

Much like our own governments and media fuel hatred and resentment about refugees so too does the Iranian government about refugees from Afghanistan who have crossed their border seeking safety from war.

This is a story of a massacre of 630 Afghan prisoners at the Safed Sang (White Rock) refugee camp after they began to protest the aberrant conditions they were being kept in.

There is no happy ending to this movie as 2 Iranian helicopters arrive and open fire.



The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.



On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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Daily Meds – Money in the Bank info
Kids on the Run – Barkly Desert Culture – Ali Curong Community info
Marx and Tu P – March is Long info
Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
thejuicemedia – G20 info
BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info

EXECUTION – Reyhaneh Jabbari is dead

Iran has executed Reyhaneh Jabbari for an act of self defence.

Ms Jabbari was arrested in 2007 for the killing of Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence who she said tried to sexually abuse her.

She was sentenced to death by a Tehran court in 2009 under  qesas (“retribution-in-kind”) and her execution verdict was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court.

Her case drew international outcry and sparked a petition urging her release, which collected over 240,000 signatures.

The court ruling says Ms Jabbari, 26, stabbed Sarbandi in the back in 2007 after purchasing a knife two days earlier.

It says the execution was carried out after Sarbandi’s family refused to pardon Jabbari or accept blood money.

The campaign and world-wide media attention granted her a last minute stay of execution on 30 September, although the reason for the postponement was never officially confirmed.

Amnesty understands Ms Jabbari admitted to stabbing the man once from the back but said another man killed Mr Abdolali Sarbandi. The group said her claim is believed to have never been properly investigated.

Raha Bahreini, Amnesty’s researcher on Iran, told The Independent: “Like many others, we are absolutely shocked by this travesty of justice. Reyhaneh’s execution is a tragic moment for many people in Iran and for the members of the international community hoping for different outcome.

“Her case personifies the outrage of many in Iran and across the globe over the use of the death penalty, which is a despicable, cruel and inhumane punishment.

Source – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/reyhaneh-jabbari-executed-iran-hangs-woman-for-murder-of-her-alleged-attempted-rapist-9817712.html


Manus Island Update

  • Sunday an Iraqi man escaped from Manus Island Detention Centre by jumping over the fences. When he escaped, he ran into the ocean and tried to drown himself. He is still incredibly distressed and wants to kill himself, he is under constant watch with 2 officers with him at all times.
  • 62 days since the Syrians on Manus Island have been on hunger strike.


"G4S utilised personal protection gear but no batons or otherweapons were i situ":  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Supplied

“G4S utilised personal protection gear but no batons or otherweapons were i situ”: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Supplied

Papua New Guinea nationals attacked asylum seekers on Manus Island

Papua New Guinean nationals employed as security guards on Manus Island attacked asylum seekers at the detention centre more than 24 hours before Iranian Reza Barati died in a night of shocking violence, new footage shows.

The footage, obtained by Fairfax Media, shows the security guards attacking a group of asylum seekers who had absconded from the centre after being told they had no prospect of being settled outside PNG if their claims for refugee status were eventually recognised.

There are also images that show no action was taken to rope off the scene of Mr Barati’s killing before evidence was either compromised or completely cleared away, including the rock that witnesses say made sure he was dead.

The footage and images raise new questions about what was done to reduce the risk of violence at the centre and the adequacy of the subsequent investigation.

Location of Australia's off shore detention centres

The morning after the violence, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison reported that the centre would resume “normal operations” and maintained: “G4S utilised personal protection gear but no batons or other weapons were in situ and were in control of the centre for the entire period.”

But the footage clearly shows security guards throwing stones and other objects at asylum seekers seeking refuge in a room after being chased back into the centre by the guards.

Fairfax Media has also obtained images that show how the fence at the compound was pushed in by PNG nationals who entered the centre, allegedly enraged by offensive chants by asylum seekers.

They also show bullet holes within the complex at “stomach” level, challenging the assertion that the only shots fired were warning shots in the air; and they show damage to an asylum seeker’s door from a machete as asylum seekers say they were hiding inside.

Interviews with security guards support the emails of an Australian who warned colleagues that the detention centre was “totally unprepared” for any major incident, such as the violence of February 16 and 17, when Mr Barati died and more than 60 others were injured.

“The incidents at Manus Island are the subject of an independent review and police investigation”: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Leigh Henningham

It was reported on the weekend that Paul Skillen, who worked as a G4S security supervisor at the centre, emailed colleagues in November expressing concerns that poorly trained workers were staffing the centre, which was “a tinderbox ready to ignite”.

The emails have been submitted to a Senate inquiry set up to investigate the violence at the centre.

Security guards who asked that they not be identified also claimed those managing security at the centre had been urged to develop a “dedicated investigative capacity”, but had failed to act.

They also accused security contractor G4S, since replaced by Transfield, of failing to conduct a skills audit of its staff. “They didn’t know who they had on the ground and who could do what,” one source said.

They also claimed:

  • The training of PNG nationals employed as security guards was totally inadequate, with the nationals unprepared to perform many of the duties assigned to them, including being part of an emergency response team.
  • Command and control on the night of the extreme violence was hampered because many security guards did not have radios. “Hardly anyone had a radio, regardless of what they say,” one said. “They ordered new radios in and they forgot to order spare batteries, so they get used for four or five hours then on charger for four or five hours. How can you control a riot when you’ve got no communications?”
  • Control on the night was also hampered because of a lack of torches when the power was cut to two compounds.
  • Acts of self-harm and attempted suicides were common at the centre. “The fortunate thing was that they are that crammed in that someone would raise the alert,” a source said.

Security guards and local residents also criticised the failure of those managing the centre to allow for interaction with locals that, they say, would have built a level of trust and goodwill and dispelled damaging rumours.

They also say the refusal to allow detainees any capacity to humanise their environments by growing plants contributed to the tensions. Asylum seekers were not allowed to have brooms to sweep their quarters because of concern that they could be used as weapons, a source said.

The decision to cover the view of the ocean with a screen to prevent media from taking pictures was also cited as a contributing factor.

A spokesman for G4S said the company would not comment in detail on individual allegations.

‘‘Suffice it to say it is not G4S’s role to investigate any crimes that may have been committed on Manus Island; that is the role of the PNG police, which has jurisdictional authority.’’

The spokesman said: ‘‘We are and will continue to fully co-operate with all investigations and reviews by the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea.’’

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said he would await the outcome of an independent review and the police investigation before commenting further on the Manus incidents.

Iran: Young Activist Receives Lengthy Jail Sentence

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A LENGTHY prison sentence handed to a young student ­activist in Iran has raised doubts President Hassan Rowhani can deliver the political and social reforms that he promised on the campaign trail.

Maryam Shafipour has been jailed for seven years after refusing to abandon a campaign of peaceful protest. She is charged with “spreading propaganda against the system”.

Maryam Shafi’ Pour was arrested on 27 July 2013 after obeying a summons to appear before the Prosecutor’s Office at Evin Prison in Tehran.

After her arrest she spent over two months in solitary confinement, with no access to a lawyer.

On 2 March 2014, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran found her guilty of “spreading propaganda against the system”, “assembly and collusion against national security”, and “membership of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education” which is not officially recognized by the Iranian authorities.

Judge Salvati, who sentenced Shafipour, is known by many Iranians as the Hanging Judge, or the judge of death.

He earned this title by sentencing more than a dozen protesters to death since the controversial 2009 election period when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed to have obtained over 60% of the vote, and won another term as President.

Maryam Shafipour’s conviction is a chilling reminder of how little Iran’s human rights record has changed since 2009, when students were arrested in droves during post election unrest.

A relative of Shafipour told the opposition website Kaleme that the activist had been under pressure from her interrogators to confess and had been mistreated and tortured in jail.

Her sentence has been followed by further arrests in ­recent days, a development that activists fear marks a new strategy by Tehran: to stifle dissent at home while maintaining the co-operative image fostered by Mr Rowhani abroad.

His apparent stance has raised hopes of a deal to end the crisis over Iran’s ­nuclear program.

Rather than the mass purges that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election, reformists believe the judiciary will instead hand down occasional ruthless sentences like Ms Shafipour’s, to send a warning to others.

“You don’t know what your punishment might be, and that unpredictability ensures the survival of the regime,” one Tehran-based activist said.

The quiet crackdown has unsettled the legions of supporters who swept Mr Rowhani to power in last summer’s election.

“If Rowhani cannot deliver on those promises we will look at other options. He has four years to deliver and if he cannot implement change he will not be elected again,” said Farshad Gourbanpour, an activist for the President’s campaign team.

Such warnings from Mr Rowhani’s supporters barely six months into his four-year term underline the pressures on him from all sides.

Already fending off attacks by some regime hardliners, the President is also tasked with overseeing the nuclear talks, mending Tehran’s relationship with the West and rebuilding the shattered economy.

Sources close to the Rowhani camp insist his desire for reform is genuine, but say that he faces heavy resistance from conservatives.

Before his charm offensive at the UN in September, signalling Iran’s readiness to open nuclear negotiations, Mr Rowhani secu­red the release of 11 prominent political prisoners. Since then, however, prisoner releases have dried up.

One issue in particular hangs over the Rowhani administration: Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the leaders of the Green Movement during the 2009 election, have been held under house arrest for more than three years, and failure to secure their release would constitute a betrayal in the eyes of many supporters.

“For many supporters, the nuclear talks are not the priority. Releasing Mousavi and Karroubi is a key demand, we cannot just forget about it,” said Mr Gourbanpour.

Mr Rowhani also appears to be backing away from campaign promises to allow greater freedom of the press after dozens of reformist newspapers and websites were closed.

Two reformist newspapers have been closed in the months since the President took office and the Association of Iranian Journalists, which he pledged to reopen, remains banned.


Hello and welcome to this episode of Autonomous Action Radio … I’m your Anarchist host Linda and I am ready for action. This is the first show for the year thanks for tuning in or downloading.



Why am I ready for action? I am ready for action because since the election of the Abbott consverative govt in Australia and the Newman conservative govts in Queensland things are just that little bit worse than under Labour govts.

And this obvious disregard for human rights, democracy and law is really starting to change the apathy which infested the general public for so long.

Street March
Street March for Reza Berati

Last week I got to take to the streets without a permit with hundreds of others in Brisbane and the feeling was empowering.

 Author and activist Naomi Klein said recently that to get noticed you have to stop traffic and that’s what we did and I’m looking forward to that happening again soon.

 The march I went on was in response to the murder of Iranian refugee Reza Berati inside the Manus Island Immigration Detention Center last week.

His untimely death is the spark that light the fuse for tens of thousands Australia wide to make their opposition to Australia’s detention of refugees heard.

Light the Dark vigils were held in over 750 locations around Australia on Sunday night making international media coverage.

Underlying Australia’s treatment of refugees and the reason such a small issue has become so polarising is a current of racism which we often fail to acknowledge.

 To address this issue first on today’s show I’m going to play episode 6 of a documentary series I co produced last year on peace psychology – Peace in Mind.

 This episode looks at racism or the belief that ones racial group is superior and that ones’ skin colour or ethnicity influences their intelligence or moral qualities .

Later in the show I will be talking to Morgan Rogers Gibson about the bi centenial of Mikhail Bakunin’s birth and why this is significant.

You just heard Asylum is a Crime by Pataphyshics and Refugee from the United Struggle Project

Refugee advocates with contacts on Manus Island are reporting witnesses saw PNG police and locals attacking refugees after security employees allowed them into the Immigration Detention Center.

One asylum seeker is dead and over 77 injured after the attack.

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has been forced to admit that his initial assertions that injuries were sustained outside the center were false.

The incident is another in a long line of human rights breaches and international relations disasters for the Abbott government.

Although the reopening of Manus Island occurred when Labour was in power and the party still supports the sending of refugee boat arrivals there.


Greens and refugee advocates are calling for the closing of Manus Is. and the sacking of Minister Morrison.

Senator Hanson-Young says…

“Scott Morrison’s attempts to blame the victims of this incident are sickening.

“Responsibility for this policy failure falls directly at the feet of the Abbott Government and the Immigration Minister.

“The Government was warned about the toxic environment on Manus Island repeatedly by organisations like Amnesty International and the UN but those warnings were ignored and dismissed.”

On Sunday there was an uprising after asylum seekers were stonewalled by immigration officials who had promised to give them answers about their future.

Despite the Australian governments plans to settle asylum seekers who arrive by boat in Papua New Guinea, PNG has not yet agreed to do so.

This uncertainty has caused raised tensions on at the detention facility.

As I mentioned earlier in the show I attended a protest rally on Friday.

It was organised by The Refugee Action Collection of Queensland and held at King George Square on Friday at 5.30.

There were a number of speakers including Hassan Ghulam from the World Hazara Council.

He spoke about one particular refugee from Afganistan then about the situation on Manus and Australia’s refugee policies.

King George Square
King George Square


Pataphysics – Asylum is a Crime

Refugee – United Struggle Project

Astrid and the Astreroids – Love Right

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