This video from the Czech Republic says about itself:
Little crake trapping
These birds are caught for scientific purposes – bird banding.
This video from the Czech Republic says about itself:
Little crake trapping
These birds are caught for scientific purposes – bird banding.
By Joana Ramiro in Britain:
Non-white bar staff told to avoid work during EDL session
Friday 10th October 2014
Police force bar to host EDL thugs before march
UAF issued a statement on Tuesday reporting that Bar Risa has told non-white staff they should not come to work on Saturday.
Bar managers issued the advice to workers after West Midlands Police told them they must host the street gang because they’re the only bar big enough.
Anti-racism campaigners suggested Risa Bar management’s instructions could be considered racist.
In their statement UAF said: “We believe this could be an act of direct race discrimination and the bar may have already opened itself to employment tribunal claims.
“All the evidence suggests that where racism is not challenged it is allowed to perpetuate and grow. Ducking the issue does not deal with the risk staff and the public face from violent street thugs.”
“Bar Risa’s multicultural customers should be able to enjoy the venue at the times that it is open, catered by their multicultural staff, free from the racist thugs and their abuse which blighted our city last year.”
Last year Bar Risa replied to customer complaints about its association with the fascist group saying: “We do not, have not and will never support the EDL in any way, shape or form.”
The bar argued it had originally declined to host but felt it was “left with no option.”
A statement from West Midlands Police said it has once again requested Bar Risa to open outside hours and welcome the EDL as it is one of the largest venues in the city.
Superintendent Rich Baker added: “This has been a difficult and reluctant decision for the owners and we appreciate the support that Bar Risa is giving to this large-scale and complex policing operation.”
“West Midlands Police do not have any powers to stop any group drinking alcohol pre-protest so having one such venue makes absolute sense,” argued Superintendent Baker.
When contacted by the Morning Star West Midlands police insisted Saturday’s protest was “business as usual.”
A police spokeswoman declined to confirm both the numbers of EDL members expected and the projected number of forces on the ground that day.
BIRMINGHAM police have a responsibility to safeguard the security of the city’s residents and visitors, not to act as the social secretary of the racist and Islamophobic English Defence League: here.
USA: Co-founder of Traditionalist Youth Network, Matt Parrott, “Nazism isn’t radical enough”: here.
This video says about itself:
21 March 2014
Paul Robeson, The Welsh Connection, born 1898 – died 1976
Paul Robeson was one of the greatest Americans, who was loved the world over and he captured the sympathy of the miners of Wales and lived in Britain during the 1930’s.
Performing concerts at Aberdare and Mountain Ash and exhibitions about his life and connections/attachments to Wales were set both in Cardiff and by The National Library of Wales.
Robeson association with South Wales dates from 1928 whilst performing in the hit musical Show Boat in London’s West End during which he met a group of unemployed miners and to provide support to their cause, he visited South Wales on numerous occasions from 1929 onward.
In particular he performed in 1938 in front of a live audience of over 7000 people to commemorate the 33 Welshmen who had given their lives during the civil war in Spain and told his audience: “I am here not only for me, but for the whole world. I feel it is my duty to be here” and at a reception given in his honour by the South Wales National Union of Miners he told his audience:
“You have shaped my life – I am part of the working class, of all the films I have made the one I will preserve is The Proud Valley.”
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Pioneering trade unionist Thomas Hepburn remembered
Monday 6th October 2014
MORE than 250 ex-miners and their supporters packed a parish church in Tyneside on Saturday to commemorate the death 150 years ago of pioneering socialist Thomas Hepburn.
Credited with founding mining trades unionism in the north-east, Hepburn lived from 1795 to 1864.
He went to work down Urpeth colliery at the age of eight in 1803 to support his family following his father’s death, and was later blacklisted for leading strikes.
The heroic figure of labour movement history is buried in the churchyard at St Mary’s, where a monument honours him.
Inside the Heworth church the walls were bedecked with more than a dozen banners from the union lodges of former Durham and Northumberland collieries.
Among them was the legendary Follonsby banner, one of the few pit union banners to bear a likeness of Lenin, a hammer and sickle, and red star.
Lingey House school choir sang movingly to commemorate Hepburn’s achievements, with the National Union of Mineworkers’ North East Brass Band also playing inside the church.
At close of ceremony wreaths were laid at Hepburn’s monument.
Translated from the Dutch SOVON ornithologists:
Friday, October 3, 2014
On October 2, the first wave of white-fronted geese arrived in the Netherlands. At bird counting sites more than 90,000 flying individuals were total counted. The geese are slightly later than last year, but still very early. The last decade on average white-fronted geese arrive earlier and earlier.
This video from Britain is called EDL Nazi Salute Compilation.
By David Peel in England:
Racist Ukip supporters attack protest
Monday 29th September 2014
RACIST fans of Ukip leader Nigel Farage gave nazi salutes as they attacked a peaceful march on the party’s conference by local people opposed to its divisive politics.
Hundreds of trade union members and anti-racists converged on Ukip’s Doncaster conference from across Yorkshire.
People from groups scapegoated by Mr Farage also came from across Britain at the Stand Up to Ukip rally.
Campaign spokeswoman Jo Caldwell told the crowds: “Nigel Farage says he is standing up for the working class in this country.
“But when I look around at all the trade union banners here in Doncaster we know that he does not.
“We must continue to make sure workers’ organisations like the trade unions join us in this fight.”
The peaceful protest faced a barrage of abuse from street thugs who were pictured making nazi gestures — in front of an Israeli flag.
The far-right mob, thought to be members of the EDL, threatened violence and hurled abuse as the demonstration made its way through the town’s narrow shopping streets.
They chanted “paedo, paedo” at demonstrators in a desperate bid to spark violence.
But police moved in to isolate the group as their threats escalated.
Hundreds of Doncaster shoppers stood on the pavements photographing the protest and watching families with children walked past.
Anti-racist protesters replied with chants of “Farage is a banker” and “say no to Ukip.”
Mr Sparks said the 1,000-strong rally was a huge success in spite of the racist attacks.
“I think it went really well, had a lot of people clapping and giving us thumbs up as we went down the streets,” he said.
“It is an amazing sight,” said one student and migrant minimum wage worker, who travelled from London to take part.
Another described it as a “moment of hope” for the many migrant workers contributing to the British economy and keeping the NHS and other public services from complete collapse.
This video, with Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah from England, is called Women in Judaism seminar – Part 1/2.
This video is the sequel.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
What did this lesbian rabbi do to make Julie Burchill mad?
A lesbian Jewish leader says she has endured years of vitriol from the writer renowned for her strident style
Friday 26 September 2014
Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah had been warned that welcoming one of Britain’s most controversial writers into her synagogue might have its pitfalls.
But when Julie Burchill, who lists “spite” among her hobbies, showed an interest in the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue in spring 2009, the rabbi was keen to give her a chance. “I thought she was a very good writer and I knew she was interested in Jews,” Rabbi Sarah recalls. “I also knew that she was a bit of a loose cannon but… we don’t try to label people.”
Things began well. Burchill attended the Saturday shul regularly and was talking about converting. After a few weeks Rabbi Sarah and her civil partner, Jess Woods, even had the journalist and a friend over for a Shabbat dinner at their home.
But a couple of months later the rabbi got a sharp insight into her new congregant’s views. An email had gone round asking whether people would help with the synagogue’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Burchill replied: “No, because your rabbi respects PIG ISLAM”.
“I could have done a big public exposure,” Rabbi Sarah told The Independent this week. “But what I did was email her and said: ‘Julie, firstly this is deeply, deeply offensive. Both Jews and Muslims don’t eat pig. I don’t know what you’re doing but this is really unacceptable and offensive. I was incredibly polite.”
When this newspaper asked Burchill about the email, she replied: “PIGS AND APES are what some Muslims call Christians and Jews, by the way. Even in school textbooks! Google it.”
Burchill is not Jewish but describes herself as a Philo-Semite,
‘Philo-Semites’ of the Burchill type are basically anti-Semites turned inside out. They want to use Jews as battering ram cannon fodder in their Islamophobic violent crusade fantasies. If Jews don’t want to play along with these delusions, then these Jews become objects of hatred by these ‘Philo-Semites’.
Let us imagine that Islamophobic racists like Burchill succeed in their aim of cleansing all Muslims, supposedly the cause of all problems in Britain, ethnically from the United Kingdom. Then, people would find out there would still be problems. And who would people like Burchill blame for that, now that the Muslims were gone? Wouldn’t they blame ‘the Jews?’
and has become a vociferous defender of Israel. In a book out next month, The Unchosen, she charts her love affair with Judaism – but ends with an acerbic 23-page rant against Rabbi Sarah, whom she dubs “Call-Me-Elli” for her informal style.
In one of many withering put-downs, Burchill writes: “When not boasting about being gay and cool, she was – via the scenic route – boasting about how tolerant she was by ceaselessly ramming the merits of Islam down the collective throats of her captive audience.”
Looking at a copy of the book for the first time, in the home she shares with her partner overlooking the South Downs, Rabbi Sarah is appalled by Burchill’s words. “What do you do about somebody who has such vile attitudes which really stoke Islamophobia?” she asks.
She reads aloud a phrase about her partner Ms Wood, where she is described as “the partner-in-petting during that fateful Shabbat dinner” – and yelps. Burchill makes many more overblown references to the couple’s “canoodling” at the Shabbat dinner and whether it would “turn into a full-on Sapphic free-for-all”.
Rabbi Sarah is mortified. “It’s outrageous. In good faith I invited her into my home. My partner and I – anybody will tell you we’re not like that at all. On Shabbat what you do is greet everyone. Everybody is kissed and she will have been too. If you met my partner – I mean, how were we in our home? We are so not outrageous. We’re so ordinary and boring and middle aged. Do me a favour.”
Burchill’s deconstruction of the meal extends to the drinks the hosts did (and did not) serve, after Burchill brought bottles of champagne. “Surely I started to dislike Call-Me-Elli at the moment she substituted her homebrew for my Veuve Clicquot,” she writes.
For Rabbi Sarah, the critique epitomises the writer’s betrayal of their hospitality. “It’s such an invasion… We served the elderflower [wine] that my partner had actually made,” she says. Burchill is unrepentant, telling The Independent: “I don’t call giving someone home-brewed elderflower filth when they’ve brought two bottles of Bolly ‘hospitality’.”
Rabbi Sarah had tasted public criticism from Burchill before the book came out. In a Jewish Chronicle column in December 2009 the polemicist complained about the rabbi’s sermons, but did not name her. Ms Wood, Rabbi Sarah’s partner, who has an MBE for her charitable work with young LGBT people in Brighton, even took Burchill to the Press Complaints Commission over claims that Christians are persecuted all across the Muslim world. She lost the case because the article was judged to be fair comment.
As one of the first two lesbians to become Rabbis in Britain, 25 years ago, and as a Jewish supporter of a two state solution, Rabbi Sarah is used to being pilloried. But few have made their attacks so personal – or so concerted. Her chief crime, in Burchill’s eyes, was “nagging about the Palestinians” and using “her pulpit to hammer home the joys of Islam”.
The rabbi believes Burchill’s religious views are dangerously simplistic. “The problem is she doesn’t have any in-depth knowledge. I can imagine her endlessly watching the film Exodus with Paul Newman. She’s got a kind of Hollywood view of Jews. You know, ‘Jews are so clever, we’ve survived…’,” she says.
After five years of abuse in print from Burchill, Rabbi Sarah has come to the conclusion that the author is fixated on her. “One has to question Julie Burchill’s psychological motivation,” she says. “Here’s someone who claims she loves Jews who’s actually persecuting an individual Jew. She’s being a persecutor.”
By Peter Lazenby in Britain:
Chucked into jail for missing bedroom tax payments
Thursday 25th September 2014
Man with history of mental illness evicted over cruel tax
A LANCASHIRE man with a history of mental-health problems has been left to rot in prison for more than three months after falling into arrears with his bedroom tax.
He was evicted from the house and arrested after more than 20 police officers supported bailiffs who broke in to the barricaded home. His son was also evicted.
Mr Hilton, 53, had lived in his three-bedroom home in Accrington for 33 years. His student son Johnny, 29, had lived there all his life.
It was a council house before being transferred to a housing association.
Johnny told the Morning Star his unemployed father had a history of mental-health problems, including depression and schizophrenia.
He said that after the bedroom tax was introduced by the coalition government, arrears built up and the housing association took court action to obtain a possession order.
“At that point he owed about £500, including some pretty excessive costs,” he said. “Dad argued that he was exempt from the tax because he had lived in the house since before 1992 — it was a legal loophole that had been found.”
He said that when bailiffs and two police community support officers turned up at the house, his father opened an upstairs window and told them there was a gas cylinder behind the front door and there could be an explosion.
“His gas had been cut off and he heated the house using propane gas cylinders,” said Johnny.
“Dad was near the end of his tether. He came to the top window and said he was not coming out. He said ‘what you are doing is wrong. I am protesting against the tyranny of government and this unjust tax.’
“He barricaded himself in. More police turned up and cordoned off the house. There were 24 police officers there, armed polic and two fire engines. Dad climbed up into the loft and tried to bash through the roof tiles. When they forced entry to the property he gave himself up.”
The incident happened on June 4. Mr Hilton has since pleaded guilty to committing criminal damage and has been remanded in custody Mr Hilton has been in Forest Bank prison in Salford since June 5. He will be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on October 9.
A protest in his support took place outside the court on Monday and another is expected at the court on October 9.