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Books read, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 08:53 pm

Buchi Emecheta. The Moonlight Bride.
Judith Burnley (ed). Penguin Modern Stories 4.
William Gibson. The Peripheral.
Ha Jin. The Bridegroom.
Krys Lee. How I Became a North Korean.
Neal Stephenson. Seveneves.
Neal Stephenson and George Jewbury (as Frederick George). Interface.
Charles Stross. The Jennifer Morgue.
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti. Zeroes.

Anthony Bourdain. Typhoid Mary: An Urban Historical.
Dean Buonomano. Brain Bugs: How the brain's flaws shape our lives.
Roger Luckhurst. The mummy's curse: the true history of a dark fantasy.
Serena Nanda. Neither man nor woman: the Hijras of India.
Hunter S. Thompson. Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72.
Kevin Warwick. Artificial Intelligence: the Basics.
Fay Weldon. Auto da Fay.

The Probably Unwise "Man's Inhumanity to Man" Reading List Project:
Hannah Arendt. Eichmann in Jerusalem.
Anne Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl.
John Hershey. Hiroshima.
George Orwell. Animal Farm.

Manga etc
Hirano Kōta. Hellsing vol 1.
Hamish Steele. Pantheon: the True Story of the Egyptian Deities. No less silly (or rude) than the myths it's based on. :)

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Words in Print, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 01:04 pm

Keeping Mum, short story, 4800 words (published by Cosmos magazine online, March 2016)

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Completed writing projects, 2016

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 10:44 am

Set and the Goddesses, essay (submission for A Silver Sun and Inky Clouds: A Devotional Anthology for Djehuty and Set)

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Refugee Update

Oct. 23rd, 2016 | 11:11 am

A lot happened this week:

The ABC's current affairs program Four Corners (18 October) ran an expose on Nauru, The Forgotten Children, in which child refugees were secretly asked to speak about their experiences of detention. Politicians and the media pushed back hard. Teacher Tracey Donehue responded powerfully, and the ABC stood by its reporting.

Amnesty International released a new report, Australia: Island of Despair: Australia's "processing" of refugees on Nauru, on 17 October, telling the Guardian Australia: "What we see in Nauru essentially amounts to torture – a system set up to cause deliberate harm to people." The SMH summarised some of the refugees' stories. A New York Times editorial, Australia's Stranded Refugee Prisoners, responded to the report, calling Australia's 'ruthlessly efficient policy' a 'disgrace'.

Doctors freed to speak about Australia's detention regime after U-turn after Amendment signed into law on 30 September (GA, 20 October 2016) | Teachers, social workers demand right to talk about offshore detention centres (GA, 21 October 2016)

'Fear, censorship and retaliation': United Nations rapporteur slams Australia's human rights record (GA, 18 October 2016)

'Trauma and tragedy': Australian detention centre staff to get 'resilience training' (SMH, 18 October 2016)

Nauru files dominate Senate hearing as third detention facility in PNG revealed (GA, 17 October 2016) | New transfer centre for detained asylum seekers set for construction, PNG Government says (ABC, 18 October 2016)

Looking for more information about the suicide of Omid Ali Avaz in March last year brought me to something I didn't know existed: the Australian Border Deaths Database, which "maintains a record of all known deaths associated with Australia’s borders since 1 January 2000".

Catching up on links:

Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre (The Shipping News, 5 March 2015)

Police investigate alleged gang-rape inside Villawood detention centre (SMH, 16 August 2016)

Australia's shameful treatment of Sayed Abdellatif (GA, 8 December 2015) Have I used the word 'Kafka-esque' lately?

One man's journey to despair (The Age, 8 June 2014) "Refugee Leo Seemanpillai's journal opens the pages to a gentle, tortured soul."

How Mohammad Nasim Najafi died in a detention centre (The Saturday Paper, 8 August 2015). "Overcrowded prisons mean half of the detainees at the [Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre] are convicted criminals rather than asylum seekers."

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Australia and racism

Oct. 17th, 2016 | 12:21 pm

'Angry white men' much more intolerant of cultural differences than women (SMH, 24 August 2016) | Australia broadly tolerant but pockets of intense prejudice remain, report shows (GA, 24 August 2016) | Migrants from Africa bear brunt of discrimination but remain positive, Australians Today survey finds (ABC, 24 August 2016). Naively, I'd thought that perhaps because of our different history, Australians might not be as racist towards Africans as, say, Americans or Britons. More fool me.

Half of all Australians want to ban Muslim immigration: poll (SMH, 21 September 2016)

This is not the Australia I know: first Muslim woman MP hits back at immigration poll (SMH, 22 September 2016)

New national snapshot finds 60 per cent of Australians would be concerned if a relative married a Muslim (SMH, 27 September 2016). Survey respondents showed plenty of other forms of Islamophobia - and anti-Semitism.

Turnbull and Shorten denounce 'racial intolerance in any form' in immigration policy (GA, 10 October 2016) "Leaders move parliamentary motion in response to One Nation rhetoric as prime minister says 'inclusive nation' the most effective weapon against terrorism." | Scott Morrison warns resentment to free trade and immigration threatens economy (GA, 30 September 2016). These guys have to walk a fine line between exploiting xenophobia and not actually screwing up the economy.

So what do Australians really think about selecting migrants based on religion? (GA, 13 October 2016) "Surveys do not simply identify a rock-solid public opinion; they explore, with the potential to distort through questions asked."

First Dog on the Moon's reverse-racist history of Australian racial intolerance (GA, 23 September 2016)

Australia's Secret History As A White Utopia, Complete With Slavery (Gizmodo, 17 November 2015). Because I didn't study history, it took me a long time to understand that Australia, too, has indulged in slavery - the Indigenous people's unpaid and sometimes forced labour, the kidnapping of Islanders to work our plantations.

ETA: Muslims face racial discrimination, but don't have protection under act, report finds (SMH, 5 November 2015) "... the Racial Discrimination Act has only a 'limited' ability to protect Muslim Australians, because 'religious identity' is not covered under the act... This is different from Jewish Australians, as the Federal Court has found they have a common 'ethnic origin' and are therefore owed protection under the act." Time for Muslim Australians to have the same protection.

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Refugee Update

Oct. 17th, 2016 | 11:18 am

We Care Nauru is preparing to send another load of goods to the refugees on Nauru, this time with Christmas in mind, and are seeking donations. Scroll down their FB feed for images of the previous deliveries.

Meet the forgotten children of Nauru (Four Corners, 17 October 2016) The episode will be shown tonight at 8.30 pm, Eastern Daylight Savings Time - lots of repeats and an e-version too.

Nauru files: review confirms 19 police referrals over abuse claims, yet no prosecutions (GA, 5 October 2016)

Three Nauru refugees volunteer to be resettled in Cambodia (GA, 15 October 2016)

Masoud, the Somali refugee with a dangerous head injury, is still on Manus, where he can't receive adequate medical treatment. His friends have been refused permission to see him.

Catching up on links:

Nauru refugee who set herself alight 'denied basic social support' in Brisbane hospital (GA, 22 September 2016)

The American solution: Could Malcolm Turnbull's promise see an end to Manus and Nauru? (SMH, 21 September 2016)

Newly leaked Nauru reports detail harrowing accounts of sexual abuse and self-harm (GA, 19 September 2016)

Nauru support workers to leave before Christmas after decision not to retender (GA, 19 September 2016) "It is understood the employees [of Connect Settlement Services] were told the services required on Nauru were beyond the capabilities of a settlement agency. The agency is believed to have consistently raised concerns about insufficient mental healthcare and child protection services on the island." Will this strand Nauru refugees without support, or will it force Australia to bring them here?

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Refugee Update

Oct. 12th, 2016 | 11:33 am

Get me off Manus Island: Assaulted Somali refugee and aid worker's plea for medical treatment (SMH, 10 October 2016). Masoud Ali Shiekh, 27, fomer UNHCR worker who fled death threats in Yemen only to end up being stoned by seven men on Manus Island. "The thing is there is no X-ray. It is broken. There is no scan. There is no anything. The injury is deep in the head and I can't open my eyes. When I stand up I feel like I would fall."

He should be brought to Australia at once for treatment. If you've got a minute, look over the article, then send a short, polite note to:

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Immigration Peter Dutton

UN tells Nauru to take urgent action to investigate abuse of refugee children (GA, 7 October 2016)

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton spends $8 million on spin doctor army (SMH, 1 October 2016)

Wilson Security hired investigator to find sources of stories about detention centres (29 September 2016)

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Refugee Update: Manus Island

Oct. 8th, 2016 | 12:51 pm

Leaked UNHCR report: Manus Island world’s worst (The Saturday Paper, 8 October 2016). The UNHCR visited Nauru and Manus in April and May, and provided their interim reports to Australia, which was "dismissive". UNHCR doctors and officials meet with the Department of Immigration next week to discuss the final reports.

Manus Island staff told deportations will begin this month (GA, 6 October 2016) | 'It’s simply coercion': Manus Island, immigration policy and the men with no future (GA, 29 September 2016): "Detention centre staff say refugees are being encouraged to return to places where they face arrest, persecution or torture."

Papua New Guinea has asked the international community for help in resettling the men found to be refugees (98% of them). The Refugee Transit Centre on Manus will not be closed, and I have a horrible feeling that's where a lot of the men are going to be stuck.

Meet the men Australian policy keeps imprisoned on Manus Island at bringthemhere.org.

For refugees kidnapped and exiled to the Manus prison, hope is our secret weapon, writes refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani (GA, 3 October 2016).

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Oct. 1st, 2016 | 02:53 pm

Absorbing the knowledge and wisdom of many writers and editors here at Conflux. Equal parts intimidating and inspiring.

The advice I've given to many newcomers to writing - not to worry too much about any individual story, because as a writer you'll write hundreds in your life - has come home to bite me on the bum. I've been 110% invested in my novel for a long time; now that the dust is settling on the first draft, I'm gaining the perspective that it's not the be-all and end-all of my writing career or my life either.

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