Mysterious missile firing in Los Angeles, USA


This video from the USA is called Pentagon Investigating Mystery Missile.

More than 24 hours after an apparent missile ascending off the coast of Los Angeles was videotaped Monday evening, no official explanation had been offered by any US government agency: here.

Pentagon says mystery plume was a plane: here. And here.

The nazi Kristallnacht and US Islamophobia today


This video is called Survivors Remember Kristallnacht: Susan (Hilsenrath) Warsinger.

By Brian Levin, J.D., Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, California State University in the USA:

On Kristallnacht Anniversary, Critical Lessons Remain Unheeded

NAZIS SMASH, LOOT AND BURN JEWISH SHOPS AND TEMPLES UNTIL GOEBELLS CALLS HALT, The New York Times announced on its front page of November 11, 1938. From Austria, the newspaper reported “All Vienna’s Synagogues Attacked” and “Many of those arrested were sent to prisons or concentration camps in busses.” From Berlin, correspondent Otto Tolischus wrote of concentration camps and the errie noise of the “shattering of shop windows falling to the ground.” …

The most probable and immediate threat to American Muslims today is not that they will be rounded up over a couple of days in some dramatic orgy of state approved violence like Kristallnacht. Rather, the threat lies in a continuing incremental erosion and estrangement of them by other Americans. …

The tragedy of Kristallnacht lay not only in what the Nazis did do, but in what the majority of the world failed to do. That may well be Kristallnacht’s most important, yet most unheeded lesson. As Martin Luther King declared:

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

All of the mistrust, prejudices, and abuses that Muslims face in the post 9/11 world are things Jews should be quite familiar with. It was not so long ago that prominent public figures like Father Coughlin and Henry Ford proclaimed publicly that Jews were enemies of American values, that our leaders were secretly maneuvering to undermine the Constitution in favor of an anti-Christian state, and that we were simply not to be trusted. This resulted in pervasive discrimination that permeated all aspects of our lives, from where we went to school to where we lived and where we felt safe to walk. Our American Jewish history provides an important backdrop for the solidarity that we could show to our American Muslim brothers and sisters, should we be so inclined: here.

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British war crimes in Iraq


This video says about itself:

The British army has been using various sexual intimidation techniques to interrogate Iraqi prisoners and today some of them are demanding a public inquiry, taking a collective case to the High Court of Great Britain. Human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, the head of Public Interest Lawyers, says that from March 2003 to December 2008, his 142 clients went through a whole range of insults and threats and that these aspects of the British interrogation policy has never been fully explored.

The government conceded today [9 November 2010] for the first time that British troops could face war crimes charges over the alleged abuse of Iraqi detainees: here.

From British daily The Guardian today [10 November 2010]:

Investigations about the Iraq war should be conducted by international officials, not British ones (Iraqi prisoners ‘abused at UK’s Abu Ghraib‘, 6 November). It is dismal news that the Ministry of Defence is about to appoint a former CID officer to investigate what appears to be a large body of evidence of very serious crimes in British detention facilities.

Talking about the Iraq war: from the USA: Joseph C. Wilson: Having read that people began lining up in front of bookstores before former President Bush‘s memoir, Decision Points, was due to be released, I hurried off to purchase mine early. I have a special interest in understanding how the former president sees his decision to invade Iraq and his use of intelligence to justify the invasion. I have also been curious about what he might have to say about the betrayal of a CIA covert officer’s identity, my wife’s, by, among others, two senior members of his staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and Karl Rove. Click here to read more.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates signaled that the US is prepared to scrap a 2011 deadline for withdrawal of all US troops from Iraq: here.

On Sunday October 31 a group of militants seized a church in Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of Iraqi Christians and signalling yet another episode of unimaginable horror in the country since the US invasion of March 2003. Every group of Iraqis has faced terrible devastation as a result of this war, the magnitude of which is only now beginning to be discovered: here.

Dutch seventeenth century paintings exhibition


This is a video in Dutch, with English subtitles, about a Dutch seventeenth century paintings exhibition in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The exhibition, called Made In Holland, shows paintings in a private collection, rarely visible for the general public.

Treecreepers on a tree


On Tuesday 9 November, I was looking for waxwings at the Nova passage.

There were no waxwings.

However, two short-toed treecreepers on tree branches were interesting as well.

This is a video about a short-toed treecreeper nest.

Fair Isle waxwings: here.

Waxwing photos: here.

England: Local bird-watchers have been following flocks of waxwings, called irruptions, around the county: here.

Xenophobia in Australia


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As if the anti-refugee policies by the Australian “Labor” government are not already bad enough, people like Rightist official opposition leader Tony Abbott and neo-nazi Holocaust denier Fredrick Toben are pushing for even more inhumane hardline measures.

This video is called Indian students protest racist attacks in Australia.

By Renato Perdon in Munting Nayon News Magazine from the Philippines:

IELTS, a latter day dictation test?

Sydney, Australia

Sat 6th November 2010

Many international students have bid goodbye to friends in farewell meetings and send off parties with their dreams of staying in Australia dashed off by new immigration regulations implemented July this year.

Even for students who graduated in Australia already, the prospect for applying for visas and stay for further 18 months has been rendered useless as many students fail repetitively in the pre-requirements to pass a second International English Language Test System or IELTS when in fact the students already took IELTS testing before they even enrolled and started their school courses in Australia. These remind many of the dreaded White Australiadictation test’ which restricted immigrants many years ago.

Australia:
High Court finds treatment of two Sri Lankan asylum seekers lacked procedural fairness: here.