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"Abyan" is the pseudonym of the Somali refugee who was allegedly raped on Nauru, flown to Australia, then flown back to Nauru, and now will be once more flown to Australia. Australia ignored three requests from Nauru medical staff to bring her here for a termination; presumably it was only when her situation became public knowledge that the government allowed her to come her on the first yo- of her Pacific yo-yoing. (Coincidentally, I learned this week that even Australian citizens may have to travel internationally to obtain an abortion.)

I hope she sues their dicks off.

Lateline (ABC 21 October) revealed further distressing details of the treatment of Nazarin, another rape survivor, whose entire family is now at risk.

The husband of a diabetic pregnant woman pleaded for her to be sent from Nauru to Australia because of her serious medical issues, with no success.

A seriously mentally ill asylum seeker frightened of being sent back to Iran took his own life at Brisbane airport. His is the latest in a series of suicides by asylum seekers on bridging visas.

Transfield given $1.5bn over three years to manage Nauru and Manus centres: "Report by No Business in Abuse says operator paid $1.4m a day and point to 47 violations of international law at the detention centres since Transfield took over." (GA 27 October 2015)

Use of force on detainees in onshore immigration detention soars (GA 30 October 2015) (Today I read a fascinating blog posting from someone who routinely defuses conflict with mentally ill youths without anyone getting hurt. Remarkable what you can accomplish if you train your staff.)

Buying silence? "Charities [including the Red Cross and Save the Children, who just got raided again] were asked to pay multimillion-dollar bonds that could be forfeited if they spoke out against government policy, as the Coalition sought to maintain secrecy over border protection." (SMH 30 October 2015)

Australian officials paid asylum seeker boat crew, Amnesty investigation alleges: "all of the available evidence points to Australian officials having committed a transnational crime". (GA 29 October 2015)

Tony Abbot finally said it out loud: stopping the boats is about race, not water safety: "it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever."

Sydney doctors walk off the job in protest at detention of children: "We think it's torture." (SMH 29 October 2015) | Healthcare workers around Australia protest against 'child abuse' of detention (GA 30 October 2015)

Up to 100 asylum seekers on Manus Island struck by food poisoning (GA 30 October 2015)

'Dad, why are we here?': No money, no life and a baby on the way at Nauru (SMH 26 October 2015)

The two Australian girls and their mother living in 'jail' at Villawood detention centre (SMH 27 October 2015)

After being given the flick by the Philippines, the government is considering sending offshore refugees to Kyrgyzstan - a country I can still just about find on a map after explaining repeatedly on Usenet why refugees from Iran and Afghanistan do not try to settle there. (Nobody seems keen on Papua New Guinea, either, for some reason. Two Rohingya refugees will be sent to Cambodia, lowering the price of our deal with that nation to $11 million per person. Another Rohingya left Cambodia for Myanmar.)

Finally, enjoy a little schadenfreude at the expense of Nauru's PR manager.


Aug. 22nd, 2015 01:06 pm
dreamer_easy: (*ZOMG!!)
Be wary of studies that link mental ill health with creativity or a high IQ (Guardian 21 August 2015). "The idea that genius and madness are intertwined is an ancient one. But in truth, in this desperately underfunded field, we don't even have objective tools to diagnose disorders of the mind, let alone back up claims such as this." The main effect of Bipolar II Disorder on writing, in my case, is the inability to actually do it.

Reading Shakespeare Has Dramatic Effect On Human Brain (Science Daily, 19 December 2006). "Shakespeare uses a linguistic technique known as functional shift that involves, for example using a noun to serve as a verb [causing] a sudden peak in brain activity and forces the brain to work backwards in order to fully understand what Shakespeare is trying to say."

Tips for working with someone with Aspergers (Penelope Trunk, 17 October 2012)

Kids Helpline: Increase in emergency interventions, more than one third of young people experiencing mental health issues (ABC 20 April 2015)

Australia's suicide rate could be halved in five years with European approach, researchers say (ABC 26 June 2015)

Nearly half of all patients hospitalised after suicide attempt receive no follow-up mental health treatment, research shows (ABC, 9 August 2015) | Black Dog Institute suicide attempt study finds that patients get no follow-up (SMH, 3 September 2015) |
Medical staff 'negative, angry and irritated' towards patients who have attempted suicide, report shows (ABC, 3 September 2015).

Mapping will be used to pinpoint areas of high male suicide and self-harm (ABC, 9 October 2014)

Studies confirm that the leading cause of death in young Koreans is suicide (Omona They Didn't, 30 April 2015)

Concern post-traumatic stress leading to an increase in number of veterans in prison (ABC, 16 October 2015)


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