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Sep. 30th, 2020 | 10:21 am

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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. Drifting House. I realised I'd already read this whole book, probably in Rockville Library, so this was really a re-read, but I didn't regret a word of it.
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.
Monique Witting. Les Guérillères. 'There was a time when you were not a slave... Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent.'

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.
Phil Sandifer. Neoreaction a Basilisk.
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

Nov. 20th, 2016 | 01:12 pm

The big news is that Australia and the United States have made a deal in which the US will take some of the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru. There are many questions about the deal, including whether President-Elect Trump will honour it, as it will take months for anyone to be resettled. (Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says he knows but can't say whether Trump will accept the deal?!)

Anything that gets people out of those hell-holes and to safety is a positive thing IMHO. But then there's this: Refugee deal: Sex assault victims must return to Nauru, Manus for chance at US resettlement (SMH, 15 November 2016): "Asylum seekers and refugees who have left Nauru and Manus for medical treatment in Australia, including sexual assault victims and mental health patients, will have to return to the islands if they are to have any chance of being accepted under the US resettlement deal. However, they risk being forced to stay on Nauru if they are rejected by US authorities or the deal is scrapped."

GetUp have responded to the deal with a petition demanding Safety For All.

More: What we do and don't know about the refugee resettlement deal with the United States (ABC, 13 November 2016) | Refugee deal: United Nations to determine numbers to be resettled in US from Manus Island, Nauru (ABC, 17 November 2016) | Asylum seeker deal: US officials arrive in Australia to assess refugees for resettlement (ABC, 19 November 2016) | Nauru and Manus Island refugees and asylum seekers sceptical of US deal (GA, 14 November 2016): "Some greet news with joy while others concerned about Donald Trump’s ban on Muslim immigration and not being able to join family in Australia." It’s hard for me to leave Manus Island without justice: Behrouz Boochani on the US refugee deal (GA, 13 November 2016)

Will the US resettlement deal restart flow of boats? (SMH, 19 November 2016) SPOILER: no. This article mentions the reason for the boats: our offshore humanitarian intake - that is, our intake of refugees who haven't reached Australia - excludes those waiting in Indonesia.

Lifetime ban on refugees visiting Australia in trouble as crossbenchers voice opposition (GA, 14 November 2016). Senators David Leyonhjelm, Derryn Hinch, Stirling Griff, and Skye Kakoschke-Moore all expressed concern. Contact them to let them know you oppose the proposed ban.

Iranian refugee says he was attacked by a group of men on Manus Island (GA, 10 November 2016)

Asylum seekers who came on boats to Australia jailed in Vietnam, advocacy group says (ABC, 14 November 2016)

Australia's immigration measures are keeping families apart, study says (GA, 19 November 2016)

Lawyers want PMs from John Howard to Malcolm Turnbull in dock over asylum detention (SMH, 14 November 2016) "The group of seven British, American and Australian lawyers, which includes high-profile barrister and refugee advocate Julian Burnside, has petitioned the International Criminal Court to investigate the treatment of asylum seekers by successive governments, beginning with John Howard's." Go for it!

APEC Summit: Malcolm Turnbull plays down possible refugee resettlement deal with Malaysia (ABC, 19 November 2016)

Perhaps emboldened by Mr Trump's success in the US election, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has made another broad swipe at immigrants. Because that went down so well before the Australian election.

This must also apply to Australian politicians: How to Make Your Congressman Listen to You. So many things that are beyond my reach.

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Refugee Update: "it seems our pain has become very good business."

Nov. 9th, 2016 | 11:19 am

The government continues to try to get a lifetime ban on refugees arriving by boat through:

Senator Nick Xenophon said this am he may support the government's proposed lifetime ban. Contact him!

Senate looks for compromise on legislation to ban refugees from ever entering Australia (ABC, 9 November 2016) "Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he wanted a vote in the Lower House by the end of the week. With Labor and the Greens opposing the legislation, the Government needs the support of eight out of 10 Senate crossbenchers."

Analysis: Labor's confidence to break ranks on refugee policy sign of Malcolm Turnbull's troubles (ABC, 9 November 2016)

In other news:

Where asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru could be resettled (ABC, 8 November 2016)

Refugee deported to Nauru had arrived in Australia on cruise thinking he had valid visa (GA, 8 November 2016). Legal experts say case of African man, who was secretly deported from Melbourne last week, 'exposes the lie that the government's policies are some sort of humanitarian crusade'. You know, I'll bet you a buck it was a valid visa.

Syrian held on Nauru lands in Cambodia as sixth refugee to take up resettlement offer (GA, 8 November 2016)

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak (GA, 7 November 2016). "I was yearning for justice in a country which claims to uphold women's rights but all I have experienced is terror and panic."

Australia's people smuggling ambassador hasn't been to Nauru since appointment: FOI documents (ABC, 9 November 2016)

Major parties' taxpayer-funded pre-election campaigns criticised by audit office (GA, 20 October 2016) including Labor's 2013 'If you come here by boat without a visa' campaign.

And finally some much-needed relief: Syrian refugees share excitement and nerves while journeying to new home in Australia (ABC, 8 November 2016)

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Refugee Update

Nov. 8th, 2016 | 04:25 pm

Labor rejects government's proposed lifetime refugee travel ban (GA, 8 November 2016). What's great about this news is not just the abandoning of another pointless piece of cruelty, but the fact that the ALP didn't just timidly go along with the government as usual. On ya guys. Now, do it again!

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Refugee Update

Nov. 7th, 2016 | 10:18 am

How is the Government changing Australia's immigration policy? (ABC, 7 November 2016) The skinny on this week's proposed legislation. The ban on boat arrivals would probably violate the Refugee Convention. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's claim that the new laws are needed to prevent the use of spousal visas based on "sham relationships" has been described as 'frankly ludicrous', with tens of thousands of applications already being checked each year under existing law.

Manus Island detainee tries to exit 'hell' - by attempting to set himself alight (SMH, 5 November 2016) Fortunately he was rescued by another detainee. Given they can't even treat his psoriasis properly, a death by burns would be as unimaginably horrific as it was for Omid Masoumali on Nauru.

AMA says attempts to help asylum seekers on Nauru frustrated by immigration department (GA, 4 November 2016) | Doctors attack immigration department over Nauru and Manus Island medical cases (SMH, 6 November 2016). "In a submission to a Senate inquiry, the peak medical body revealed it is regularly contacted by asylum seekers seeking intervention in their healthcare, but is frustrated by a lack of co-operation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection."

Human Rights Law Centre condemns secretive deportation to Nauru (HLRC press release, 4 November 2016). 'A decent and compassionate government which respects the rule of law doesn’t choose to secretively deport people found to be refugees in the middle of the night without any transparency, due process or access to legal advice.'

Study finds people smuggling 'boosted, not broken' by Europe migration policy (phys.org, 3 November 2016). " The failure to open up safe and legal routes to protection and the focus on border security has actually driven demand for the smugglers." You don't say.

Immigration official says department is 'freezing' release of documents about Nauru (GA, 2 November 2016) An internal email accidentally sent to the Guardian suggests the Department is deliberately breaking Freedom of Information laws.

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Refugee Update

Nov. 1st, 2016 | 12:35 pm

Debate continues on the proposed lifetime ban on asylum seekers arriving by boat settling in Australia. Refugees in Australia bridging visas may or may not be affected, depending on which Coalition member you ask; they could be deported. Some ALP MPs and Senators are critical of the proposed legislation, but Bill Shorten has stopped short of opposing it.

Contact your Member and Senators and ask them to oppose the proposed ban.

Nauru prosecutors under fire from judiciary in asylum-seeker cases (GA, 30 October 2016). The magistrate's scathing criticisms "call into question Australian government’s insistence that Nauruan system is capable of properly administering justice to the people it sends there."

However, the Nauruan police have finally managed to actually charge someone for assaulting a refugee - in this case, for sexually abusing a six year old boy.

UN human rights investigator to visit Australia's immigration detention centres (ABC, 1 November 2016) An 18 day trip, starting today. Have fun, mate.

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Oct. 30th, 2016 | 11:52 am

*randomly dissociates* wtf? Not now, I have shit to do.

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