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Seven days in January: War, Twitter and Iran

A DEADLY game of cat and mouse on Twitter so far has narrowly avoided sparking full-scale war between the United States and Iran over seven days in January. United States President Donald Trump moved first. He posted an image without caption of a US flag on Twitter, which confirmed the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on January 3. Mr ... Read More »

Iraqi bishop visiting Brisbane calls for fighting between ‘big powers’ to stop

MOSUL’S leader of Syriac Catholics has asked “the big powers” in the United States and Iran to let the Iraqi people live in dignity, as tensions escalate over the combating countries. Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe is leader of the Syriac Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul, in northern Iraq, located about 90km from the Erbil US military base that was struck by ... Read More »

Catholics pray for peace as Iran launches ‘tens’ of missiles at two United States air bases in Iraq

ESCALATING tensions between Iran and the United States have led to a missile bombardment across the Iraqi border, striking two US airbases at Al Asad and Erbil. It is as yet unknown if there have been any casualties. Iranian state television confirmed the launch of “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed responsibility for the attack ... Read More »

Immigration decision sparks outpouring from hundreds of supporters for Iranian asylum seeker

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with husband Milad Jafari

IRANIAN asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor has been granted a further six-month bridging visa allowing her to stay in Australia – but there’s a hitch. Immigration officials have set a new condition on Brisbane-based Ms Shamsalipoor in her long-running battle to avoid deportation – she is not allowed to study. The decision has sparked a bittersweet social media outpouring from hundreds ... Read More »

Mojgan Shamsalipoor shares struggle to remain in Australia with Brisbane students as part of book tour

Mojgan Shamsalipoor with Mt Alvernia College students

IRANIAN woman Mojgan Shamsalipoor has started a tour of schools across Queensland explaining to students and teachers the plight of refugees and asylum seekers held in detention. The 24-year-old remains on a temporary bridging visa, and still faces deportation or detention by the end of the year. As she awaits an Immigration Department decision about her future, Ms Shamsalipoor has ... Read More »

Mojgan’s future still uncertain as Australian immigration law threatens possible return to Iran

mojgan in limbo

THE future life in Australia for 22-year-old Iranian asylum seeker Mojgan Shamsalipoor remains “in limbo” despite her release from detention last month. She was awarded a bridging visa and released into the arms of her Australian resident husband Milad Jafari on September 21 after two years in detention centres in Brisbane and Darwin. It is understood that Ms Shamsalipoor was ... Read More »

Detention centre ‘hell’ kept young married couple apart over Christmas

Milad Jafari

A YOUNG Brisbane woman has one hope for 2016 – that she will “come back from this hell” in immigration detention and be reunited with her husband. Mojgan Shamsalipoor is in detention in Darwin facing possible deportation back to Iran. In the meantime, her husband Milad Jafari is back in Brisbane working tirelessly for her release. Catholic refugee advocate Brendan ... Read More »

Manus teacher recalls asylum seekers’ despair

Former Manus Island teacher Jacob Rice

ASYLUM seekers on Manus Island have told one of their former English teachers they would prefer death than their indefinite sentence in detention.  Jacob Rice worked as a fly-in, fly-out maths and English teacher at the Manus Island immigration detention centre for nine months between December last year and August this year. “They tell me that they’re praying for death,” ... Read More »

‘This is killing me’: Husband desparate to be with detained wife

Refugee Milad Jafari

By Peter Bugden “THIS is killing me,” Milad Jafari said in Darwin after having visited his wife Mojgan Shamsalipoor in immigration detention. The 21-year-old refugees from Iran, married for 10 months, were separated on August 7 when Ms Shamsalipoor was transferred from a Brisbane detention centre to another in Darwin after her asylum claim was rejected. Hundreds of people, including ... Read More »

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