USA: Republican wants Castro murdered


Pat Robertson, cartoonFrom PEEK blog in the USA:

Republican congresswoman calls for assassination of Castro [VIDEO]

Posted by Evan Derkacz at 1:10 PM on December 4, 2006.

In the video to the right, from 638 Ways to Kill Castro, Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen “welcomes” the possibility that Fidel Castro should be assassinated.

She goes on to expand her calls for vigilante justice to “any leader who is oppressing the people…”

Geez, that’s a fairly wide net. No judge, no jury, just the will of “anyone” who believes their leader is oppressive. I don’t want to invite late night knocks on the door, but…

The irony of this call for the assassination of Castro is that the Executive Order that prohibits the assassination of foreign leaders, No. 12333113, came about as a result of an investigation into a series of covert assassination attempts in the 50s and 60s — one of which targeted Fidel Castro

Ms Ros-Lehtinen probably got infected by her fellow Republican, religious Right wingnut Pat Robertson, who called for murdering president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Lunatics? Certainly.

Lunatic fringe?

Well … err .. without Robertson and Ros-Lehtinen (and without electoral fraud), George W Bush would not have become president in 2000 and 2004.

Ms Ros-Lehtinen instead of inciting to capital crime should do something about the electoral fraud in her own Florida.

However, it is doubtful whether she will, considering her connections to those other wingnuts, the ‘church’ of Scientology, involved in many fraud scandals … including with people ending up dead …

Any connection between Ms Ros-Lehtinen’s bloodthirstyness and Scientological ‘Fair Game‘ policy?

Update: here.

Robertson: Bush not Islamophobic enough: here.

Bird migration to Hokersar wetlands in Kashmir


This is a video of two Eurasian wigeon in Spain.

From Daily India:

Hokersar Wetland (Srinagar), Dec.4 (ANI): Over five lakh winged foreign visitors have made the picturesque Kashmir Valley their residence this winter, as plunging temperatures and freezing lakes in their native lands have compelled them to visit other places for safety.

Abundance of natural food at the Hokersar wetlands, barely 17 kilometres from Srinagar, the State capital of Jammu and Kashmir, has been a favourite with migratory birds. …

The dozens of species of birds arriving this year include Grey-legged Geese, Grey Heron, Little Grebe and others.

But among the species that can fascinate nature lovers is the arrival of the Bar headed Geese, which had stopped coming to the Valley for the last few years.

However, the huge arrival of migratory birds is a big responsibility for wildlife officials who are ensuring that no poaching activity takes place.

The annual migration of the rare and exotic birds from the high altitudes of Siberia, Afghanistan, China, Central Asia and Northern Europe begins around September, with most birds nestling in the Valley till March every year.

Hokersar is a world-class wetland, spread over 13.75 kilometre area including lake and marshy area. It is the most accessible and well known of Kashmir’s wetlands, which include Hygam, Shalibug and Mirgund.

A record number of migratory birds have visited Hokersar in recent years.

An estimated quarter of a million birds have already been spotted at Hokersar in the current season.

Birds found in Hokersar – Migratory ducks and geese– include Brahminy Duck, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Garganey, Greylag Goose, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Northern Shoveler, Common Teal and Eurasian Wigeon.

Ferruginous duck breeding in Cyprus: here. Ferruginous duck in Wales: here.

Bharatpur birds in India: here.

American ruddy ducks in Britain: here.

USA: bye bye John Bolton


John Bolton cartoon

From CBC in Canada:

Bush reluctantly accepts UN ambassador’s resignation

Monday, December 4, 2006 | 11:06 AM ET

The Associated Press

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is stepping down.

Unable to win American Senate confirmation, John Bolton will resign once his temporary appointment expires within a few weeks, the White House said Monday.

Bolton‘s nomination has languished in the Senate foreign relations committee for more than a year, blocked by Democrats and several Republicans.

Bye bye Bolton.

Good riddance to bad warmongering rubbish.

Like with Donald Rumsfeld (see also here).

Now Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rice, the whole gang, have to go.

Bolton update here.

August 2009 update: Washington’s ambassador to the UN said that the United States had paid the price for “stiff-arming” the international community and declared that it has embarked on a new era of global engagement: here.

George W Bush’s UN ambassador John Bolton was wheeled out by Sky News at the weekend to issue dark threats about the future of the “special relationship” if Britain ever scrapped its nuclear weapons: here.

Decline of grassland birds in The Netherlands


Skylark

From Agri Holland:

Of 9 meadow bird species, 8 are declining, most conspicuously so the skylark.

In farmlands, during the last fifteen years, this species declined 60%.

In the 1970s it was still a very numerous species with over 500.000 breeding couples; however, today it is estimated at 50.000 to 70.000.

The only species increasing is the tufted duck.

See the site of the CBS.

Farmland birds in Europe: here.

Tony Blair’s persecution of Iraqi Kurdish refugees


Tony Blair, cartoon by Martin Rowson

By Stuart Crosthwaite:

BRITAIN

New Labour‘s war on the Kurds

Early morning on September 5 security guards burst into the sleeping quarters of Colnbrook immigration detention centre in west London.

The guards had come to take 32 Iraqi Kurdish men away.

Barefoot, handcuffed, with the guards swearing at them, the 32 were taken to RAF Brize Norton airforce base.

Their threatened forced deportation to Arbil in northern Iraq was imminent.

In response, one man slit his throat and up to 14 others took overdoses or cut themselves in a desperate attempt to avoid “removal”.

One eyewitness described the scene at the holding area at the airport as “carnage with blood on the walls”.

The Kurds knew the danger of returning to Iraq. They had fled the country years before because of that danger.

The British Home Office is alone in its view that northern Iraq is safe for Kurds to be forced to return to.

Amnesty International, the Refugee Council, and even the British Foreign Office all stress the lethal danger to those entering northern Iraq.

But if northern Iraq, like the rest of the country, isn’t safe, and if Saddam’s “weapons of mass destruction” never existed, then why was the war on Iraq waged?

In a March 2003 speech Prime Minister Tony Blair laid out the Labour government’s reasons for its planned war on Iraq.

“Our objective is to protect the people in the Kurdish autonomous zone” and, he added, “to secure the northern oilfields” (of northern Iraq/Kurdistan).

The latter was certainly true.

But the first stated objective — protecting the Kurds — was a lie.

Britain has in fact waged war on the Kurds over 80 years — this war has followed the Kurds from their homeland to the streets and detention centres of Britain.

The Kurds are the biggest stateless ethnic group in the world.

This fact is not unconnected to their repeated abuse and manipulation by the imperial powers and their proxies.

Britain’s record is particularly shameful. Winston Churchill set the standard in 1919 when he told the War Office (referring to the Kurds and Afghans): “I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes.”

Iraqi refugee executed on return: here.

Iraqi refugees in Jordan: here.

Refugees in Britain: here.

And here.

Women refugees in Britain and rape: here.

From British daily The Guardian:

Life for ordinary Iraqis is now more dangerous than under Saddam Hussein as the country descends into violence “much worse” than civil war, according to the outgoing secretary general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.

Mr Annan gave his hardest-hitting assessment yet saying Iraq was the toughest issue he had dealt with during his 10 years in office, and he believed “we could have stopped the war” if weapons inspectors had been given more time.

“If I was an average Iraqi, I would make the same comparison [about life under Hussein],” he told the BBC.

“They had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets: they could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying ‘Am I going to see my child again?’.

Kurdish Iraqi Swiss professor killed by US troops here.

Nine more US military deaths in Iraq: here.

Chavez re-elected as president of Venezuela


Chavez supporters demonstrateBy Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter in Caracas:

VENEZUELA

Chavez wins with over 60%

December 3 — Wild celebrations have broken out here as the National Electoral Council (CNE) has announced that left-wing incumbent Hugo Chavez has won the Venezuelan presidential elections with a vote of over 60%.

In pouring rain, thousands of cheering supporters have flocked to the Miraflores presidential palace to applaud the president, who has spoken to the people from the balcony of the palace.

CNE president Lucena Tibisay announced at 10pm that, with around 78% of the vote counted, Chavez had received 5,936,000 votes (61.4%), to right-wing opposition candidate Manuel Rosales’s 3,715,000 (38%).

In his victory speech, Chavez said the electorate had defeated George W Bush.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

US ‘regime change’ strategy in Yugoslavia and Venezuela: here.

Pantanal nature reserve in Paraguay


This video, recorded in Brazil, is called The Pantanal: A Jewel of South America.

From BirdLife:

In 2005, the Paraguayan Pantanal was designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Guyra Paraguay/BirdLife International based on its importance for congregations of waterbirds and regionally endemic bird species.

As well as being important for birds, the Pantanal IBA also represents crucial habitat for a number of other species.

Over 300 species of fish, 40 amphibians, 55 reptiles, 120 mammals and 2,000 species of plant are known to exist there.

All will be protected within the boundaries of the site.

Hyacinth macaws in the Pantanal: here.

May 2011: Rotational grazing of cattle in native pasturelands in Brazil’s Pantanal and Cerrado regions can benefit both cattle and wildlife, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS): here.

One of the last male Hyacinth macaws has had a rough life–and now he needs a mate: here.