Material World
No man wants to say “I raped her” so we use “sexual assault”. No white person wants to say “I’m racist” so we use “privilege”. No Christian wants say “I’m homophobic” so we use “God said it.”

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no one wants to say, I bash my family including small children and the female I expect to cook, clean and sexually service me, so we use “domestic violence”.

How to physically abuse refugees, manual leaked


Remember when in October last year when I wrote extensively about the corporations that run immigrant detention camps? Back then, I mentioned the conditions that immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees in detention camps run by Serco, in Australia, were exposed to:

Naomi Leong, a shy 9-year-old, was born in the detention camp. For more than three years, at a cost of about $380,000, she and her mother were held behind its barbed wire. Psychiatrists said Naomi was growing up mute, banging her head against the walls while her mother, Virginia Leong, a Malaysian citizen accused of trying to use a false passport, sank into depression.

Turns out Serco’s training manual for the treatment of these detained persons was leaked to the press yesterday. via Serco training manual: how to “hit” and “strike” asylum seekers:

The “control and restraint” techniques included in the 2009 training course manual recommends the use of “pain” to defend, subdue and control asylum seekers through straight punches, palm heel strikes, side angle kicks, front thrust kicks and knee strikes.

“Subdue the subject using reasonable force so that he/she is no longer in the assailant category,” it explains.

“If justified, necessary force is to be used to bring the subject to cooperative subjective status whereupon they respond favourably to verbalisation.”

Under a section headed “principles in controlling Resistive Behaviour”, guards are told to cause pain, stun, distract, unbalance and use “striking technique” to cause “motor dysfunction”. […]

“They enhance your ability, to compel compliance from unco-operative subjects,” it explains. The “expected effect” is “medium to high level pain”.

I cannot write about this without exploding in a ball of rage. More at the link above, including the text of the whole manual, though I must warn for potentially triggering content.

H/T @jonanamary


AN INDIAN student who paid thousands of dollars to study in Australia was illegally detained at the Villawood detention centre for 18 months because of mistakes by immigration officers, the Australian Human Rights Commissioner has found.

The commissioner, Catherine Branson, has found that Prashant Cherkupalli, 31, should be paid $597,000 in compensation for the 509 days he was illegally detained between November 2004 and April 2006.

Mr Cherkupalli, 31, who kept his ordeal secret from his family, is now suing the Commonwealth in the NSW Supreme Court for damages.

”I was ashamed to tell my parents. I came here to do something and ended up in prison. I spent thousands of dollars from my family,” he said.

The detention caused him to miss classes and forfeit $57,000 in student fees. He has since graduated with a master of engineering degree from Sydney University.

…Mr Cherkupalli believes he lost the opportunity to gain permanent residency in Australia because the time spent in detention meant he was too old when he applied after graduation. ”Everyone’s aim after being a student is to get a job and settle down. I can’t do that,” he says.

via sqhaird

Damn. Immigration abuses are so common here, it’s amazing that anyone still believes in the system with the regular court appeals against really shocking neglect, abuse and incompetence.

Also, it’s an open secret in the public service that the NSW section of the immigration department is the worst. The % of their decisions overturned on court appeal, including the High Court, is so high it’s obvious that mismanagement and politicization of the APS is enabling corruption.

Arjit Singh Rahi has lived in Griffith [Australia] even longer than his friend Armajit Singh, and like Armajit he has a fierce loyalty to his home. ”We have never had any problems here, this is a happy place,” he says. ”We are like a big family, the Indians, the Italians, the Aboriginals, the English.”

But, he says, the rise of contract labour has soured the lives of many workers. ”In the Sikh temple we have some students weeping before us. Contracting is the route of the evil.”

Indian student murder in Melbourne

*potentially triggering for racial violence*

This is so terrible. A murder, a series of assaults and now, setting Indian men on fire. With the number of influential white Australians denying the pattern of racially targetted victims emerging, I’d like to know whether they really feel maintaining ‘face’ by denial is more important than people’s safety, and more important than what kind of place ‘we’ are making this to live in.

On second thoughts, maybe I don’t.