Saker falcons in Serbia threatened


This video is called Hungarian Saker Falcon and Hobby Nests – Fledgings 2013. 26.08.2013.

From BirdLife:

Serbian Saker decreasing despite intense efforts

By Elodie Cantaloube, Thu, 10/07/2014 – 09:04

Pigeon breeders, farmers, poachers and strong winds: the many threats to the rare Falcon.

Fourteen, maybe seventeen pairs: that’s all that remains of the rare and beautiful Saker Falcon in Serbia. Estimated at some 55 pairs in 2007, the population has dramatically decreased according to the data gathered by the Bird Protection and Study Society of Serbia (BPSSS; BirdLife Affiliate).

Just like in other Central and Eastern European countries, Saker Falcons tend to breed on high-voltage electro pylons, mostly in the Pannonian area of Serbia, an intensively cultivated open land, densely inhabited. Saker falcons tend to occupy the nests of common ravens and carrion crows on the pylons, which make them vulnerable to a large number of threats.

According to Draženko Rajković, head of the Saker Conservation Programme at BPSSS, the biggest threats these birds are facing are nest destruction, killing of adult Sakers and stealing of chicks from the nests. These human pressures add to natural causes, such as the disintegration of nests by strong winds and rainstorms.

The Saker Conservation Programme started 7 years ago and began a number of actions aimed at solving the problems, “Following the succesful installations of artificial nests in neighbouring Hungary, which led to a stabilisation of the Saker population in the country, we decided to consult with MME-BirdLife Hungary on how to proceed. The first wooden trays were installed in 2006, and by 2008 we had installed 100 of them with the financial support of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. The first pair of Saker started breeding in the wooden trays in 2013, and until now an additional two have accepted such nests”, says Rajković.

The efforts to provide safe nesting to Sakers is still ongoing. Recently 30 metal boxes with a roof were installed on pylons with the key logistical support of Elektromreža Srbije Public Enterprise (EMS), a state-owned company that maintains a high-voltage distribution system.

BPSSS Secretary Marko Tucakov stressed the importance of the role played by EMS in this conservation effort:  “There is no state company nor governmental institution with whom we have achieved such a high level of understanding and collaboration, to the extent that they have asked us to organise educational workhops with EMS workers, who have effectively become responsible for the future of the Saker population».

Sadly, despite all efforts being made to preserve the life of this species, BPSSS still asseses their conservation status in Serbia  as “very unfavorable”. The main reason for this, according to conservationists, is the pigeon breeding activity, especially of the races meant for fast flying and orientation contests.  Conservationists blame criminals among the pigeon breeding community for being responsible of the intentional killing of adults and the destruction of their nests, since the majority of the Serbian Sakers are extensively preying domestic raised pigeons during the breeding period. Serbian ornithologists therefore call on the inspectors, the police and the prosecutors to take urgent actions to stop this acute threat to the already critically small Serbian Saker population.

Save macaws in Peru


This video says about itself:

18 June 2014

THE MACAW PROJECT – Help saving the enigmatic macaws of Peru with the power of media

http://igg.me/at/macawmovie

A scientific research project is being implemented in the Tambopata-Candamo region of the southeastern Peruvian Amazon. Thanks to the voluntary work of researchers, we already have a repository of suitable full-HD footage that would require professional editing to produce the desired documentary. Such editing, or post-production, of the footage would include all activities carried out after filming such as editing, sound mixing, recording voiceovers and creating subtitles.

To make this project we have 2 main collaborators:

- Rainforest Expeditions (www.perunature.com) is a Peruvian eco-tourism company that operates 3 award-winning lodges in our research area.
– Filmjungle.eu Society (www.filmjungle.eu) is an NGO funded in 1996 by independent filmmakers. By now the Budapest-based Filmjungle.eu had become the most productive production unit for wildlife films and conservation documentaries in Hungary. Its award winning list of films include titles as Wolfwatching, Invisible Wildlife Photographer, Sharks in my Viewfinder and Budapest Wild.

Nowadays most scientific research [is] only available for a very narrow academic audience by publishing in scientific journals. Often the reality of the field-based research, which underpins these journal articles, is most interesting part and is worth to be communicated to a much broader audience by this kind of documentary. Public awareness is an important goal of any conservation research, and documentary films are great tools to accomplish this — not only by conveying our conservation message to many people around the world, but more crucially revealing truths based on scientific evidence.

You can find more detailed information about the research project at this site.

Read more here.

Hungarian neonazi party Jobbik


Jobbik demonstrator in Hungary

Exit polls about the European elections in the Netherlands say that Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party lost, compared to the earlier 2009 elections. Let us hope that this will not happen not just in these polls, but also on Sunday evening when the real results, in the Netherlands and in other European countries, will be published. And that other extreme Right parties in other countries will lose as well.

By Victor Grossman:

Friday 23rd May 2014

In the third part of his Euro elections survey, VICTOR GROSSMAN examines the rise of Hungarian’s fascist party Jobbik

The Euro elections in Hungary follow quickly on the landslide victory of right-wing ruling party Fidesz in the April 6 parliamentary poll under Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s new constitution. Third placed in those elections was the extreme-right Jobbik party.

Officially the Movement for a Better Hungary, the name Jobbik is an acronym of its original title, Right-Wing Youth Association, which is also a pun meaning something like “better go right.”

Founded by Catholic and Protestant university students as “a principled, conservative, radically patriotic Christian party … to protect Hungarian values and interests,” others describe it as fascist, neonazi, extremist, racist, anti-semitic, anti-Roma and homophobic.

Since inland Hungary does not have large numbers of refugees or immigrants from Africa or Asia to attack, the fascists seek domestic prey. Its population of close to 10 million includes 50,000 to 100,000 Jews and 700,000 to 800,000 Roma people (“Gypsies”). The latter, the poorest group, are its main target.

Again and again Jobbik utilises local disputes or its own provocations to send gangs, mostly young men, to terrorise Roma communities, sometimes inflicting severe casualties.

“Not all Gypsy people are criminals,” Jobbik avers, but “certain specific criminological phenomena are predominantly and overwhelmingly” associated with the Roma minority.

To solve “one of the severest problems facing Hungarian society,” Jobbik proposed the creation of “public order zones … sealing off, registering and monitoring criminal elements,” segregating Roma children by sending them to boarding schools, increasing the “deterrent power of tough punishment and long sentencing” with a strengthened police force and a return to the death penalty.

When polls indicated a temporary drop in public support for Jobbik three years ago it renewed its campaign against Roma with rallies in villages across the country, often ending in violence.

Attacks were often carried out by a formation called Magyar Nemzeti Garda, founded in 2007 by Jobbik leaders and similar to nazi stormtroopers even in its uniforms.

But in 2009 some judges, remnants of a more moderate era, ruled it illegal. With or without uniforms, it still makes itself felt.

The reactionary, authoritarian ruling party Fidesz with its wannabe dictator Viktor Orban has said little to all this. As one Green member of the small opposition stated, near silence at national level allows Fidesz “to avoid confronting right-wing voters sympathetic to Jobbik whom they hope to keep in their camp.” One poll found 60 per cent of Hungarians agreeing that “the inclination to criminality is in the blood of Gypsies.”

On the question of anti-semitism Jobbik is equally fascist though less violent ­— as yet. A newsletter edited by a Jobbik candidate for the EP included the sentence: “Given our current situation, anti-semitism is not just our right, it is the duty of every Hungarian lover of his homeland, and we must prepare for armed battle against the Jews.”

A Jobbik deputy in parliament wanted a commemoration of the notorious anti-semitic “blood libel” case of 1882 on trumped-up charges of “Jews murdering Hungarian children.”

In 2012 a leading Jobbik deputy publicised his speech saying it is “timely to tally up people of Jewish ancestry here, especially in parliament and the government, who indeed pose a national security risk to Hungary.”

The other parties, also the ruling Fidesz, vigorously denounced this and Jewish organisations called it a reintroduction of nazism in the parliament. But Viktor Orban remains cautious ­— he dislikes unfavourable international attention, but then he also wants those votes.

During attempts to erect statues idolising the pro-fascist head of state Horthy and his government (1920-1944), Orban tried to avoid taking any position.

Like most righ-wing parties, Jobbik loudly opposes the EU, building on popular views ranging from apathy or scepticism to hatred of “the slave-drivers in Brussels.”

Scepticism is more than appropriate, but for very different reasons, and meanwhile Jobbik takes part in the Euro elections. In 2009, with a surprisingly high 14 percent, it won three of Hungary’s 21 seats, and hopes to seize many more in the polls happening now.

Jobbik and the Golden Dawn mob in Greece are probably the most rabid and openly fascist of the far-right parties in Europe.

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Anti-racist victory in Wales


This video from Britain is called BNP and Hungarian neonazis.

It says about itself:

10 July 2009

So why would a political party such as the BNP which claims to be anti-racist anti-nazi be holding hands with the Hungarian neo-nazis Jobbik? Jobbik also have their own private army. This is them in this video; they are called the Magyar Gárda (Hungarian guard). Jobbik sees this private fascist army as an essential weapon to keep the Hungarian state protected from immigrants, the Jewish community and gypsies.

This is not an official army but a neonazi militia paid for by Jobbik and other neonazi sympathizers. In return they make sure their political allies are protected from anti-fascist groups, violence is their first approach at any hint of dissent or protest aimed at Jobbik. So why would Nick Griffin and the BNP be joining forces with Jobbik? Well, we all know, because the BNP are in fact nazi scum. … The Magyar Gárda have direct links to Stormfront and a host of other neonazi internet warrior sites.

By John Haylett in Britain:

Welsh activists celebrate as BBC drops fascist debate invite

Thursday 15th May 2015

WELSH anti-fascists celebrated yesterday after forcing the BBC to drop plans for a radio debate with fascist guests.

Activists gathered outside the BBC Wales headquarters in Cardiff to celebrate their success in keeping the nazis off the airwaves.

Britain First and BNP candidates had been invited to take part in a European election debate scheduled to take place yesterday afternoon.

But the debate was pulled after Green and No2EU — Yes to Workers’ Rights candidates Pippa Bartolotti and Rob Griffiths refused to take part.

The BBC have instead agreed to interview all candidates and to cover their comments in other programmes as and when appropriate.

Ms Bartolotti welcomed “a very wise compromise by the BBC,” pointing out that it had been put in a difficult position by the electoral commission, which had approved a party name including the words Remember Lee Rigby.

Ms Bartolotti called this “abhorrent,” adding: “Lee Rigby’s family was appalled. I am appalled.”

The Star revealed on Monday that 100 people had complained to the BBC about the contents of Britain First’s party election broadcast, aired in Wales on Friday.

Mr Griffiths explained that debating issues with the BNP and Britain First would have effectively normalised fascism.

“In some European countries, fascist parties are treated as legitimate when in reality they are criminal conspiracies to incite racial hatred,” he said.

“Many of their leaders have long records of criminal convictions and should not be given any platform to promote their odious views.”

THE BNP’s European election campaign has been thrown into disarray after promotional leaflets posted through thousands of letterboxes in Nick Griffin’s own constituency were found to be illegal, it was announced yesterday: here.

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Welsh European election candidates refuse to debate with fascists


This video says about itself:

10 October 2013

NEO-NAZI TAKEOVER: Far-Right Hungarian Party Support Surges Across EUROPE

Neo-Nazi sentiments have been gaining strength across the EU. The European Commission is expressing “great concern” over the rise of anti-Semitic incidents across the block. RT’s Alexey Yaroshevsky reports from Hungary where the far-right neo-Nazi party is currently enjoying a huge surge of support.

By Luke James in Britain:

Monday 12th May 2014

TWO Welsh European election candidates confirmed yesterday they will refuse to take part in a debate with fascist party leaders.

NO2EU – Yes to Workers’ Rights lead candidate Rob Griffiths and Welsh Green Party leader Pippa Bartolotti pulled out of a BBC Radio Wales debate in order to avoid sharing a platform with BNP and Britain First representatives.

Mr Griffiths and Ms Bartolotti will instead join a Unite Against Fascism demonstration outside the studios on Wednesday.

“I will not take part in any event which normalises fascism and treats its ideas as a legitimate part of the political spectrum”, said Mr Griffiths.

He added that it is a “tragedy” that British government and EU politics are creating “new breeding grounds for fascism” from France to the Ukraine 69 years after they were defeated in World War II.

Mr Griffiths’s stand comes after Britain’s First offensive party election broadcast (PEB) was aired on BBC Wales and ITV on Friday evening.

It included the slogan “Remember Lee Rigby” that the Electoral Commission has allowed to stand and will appear on ballot papers on May 22 and repeatedly stated “Enoch Powell was right.”

Almost 100 members of the public have already contacted the BBC to complain about the fascist propaganda since it was aired.

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Hungarian fuehrer’s failure in London


This music video is called Der Fuehrer’s Face by Spike Jones.

By Ryan Fletcher in Britain:

Jobbik fascists forced to flee

Tuesday 28th January 2014

Protesters drive off far-right as Vona attempts to rally hatred in London

Anti-fascist campaigners struck a blow against the far-right yesterday by kettling supporters of the Hungarian neonazi party Jobbik inside Holborn Tube station.

A planned rally in Camden with Jobbik leader Gabor Vona, scheduled on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day, was cancelled as more than 70 fascists were surrounded by protesters and forced to shelter in the station ticket hall.

After two hours they had to get back on the underground and reconvene at a dismal and last-minute gathering in Hyde Park.

Hundreds of anti-fascists gathered in the pouring rain outside the station at 12.30pm to protest against the arrival of Mr Vona, whose racist and anti-semitic political party is now the third biggest in Hungary.

There were tense scenes as fascists dressed in Hungarian colours and carrying flags attempted to leave to attend the rally but were pushed back by demonstrators.

The stand-off lasted around two hours with police forming a line separating the two groups.

The fascists’ numbers swelled as small groups appeared outside the station to attend the rally, which was supposed to start outside Holborn station. Police officers escorted them inside as protesters shouting “nazi scum – off our streets” surrounded them.

Hungarian Marta Berai attended the protest.

She said: “I am against this fascist development in Hungary. It’s terrible that it has developed like this. I was surprised – I didn’t know there were so many fascists in Hungary.

“It’s shameful.

“The Hungarian community in London are outraged.”

London Assembly member and former Labour MP Andrew Dismore spoke outside Holborn station after hearing that the meeting had been cancelled. Earlier this week he wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May demanding that Mr Vona be banned from holding the event.

He told the Star: “I think it’s been magnificent that we’ve been able to stop them. We’ve been able to stop the nazis peacefully and that’s what it’s about.

“We don’t want to get into fights with nazis we simply want them off our streets.”

After being forced to get back on the underground the Jobbik supporters re-emerged at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park, where police allowed a 100-person rally with Mr Vona to go ahead.

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) said the disruption of Mr Vona’s plans was a “good day for anti-nazis.”

The organisation’s joint national secretary Sabby Dhalu said: “UAF has played a central role in driving back fascism in Britain. Jobbik’s fascist hatred has no place in a modern society here or in the rest of Europe.

“Wherever fascists have a presence, racist, anti-semitic and Islamophobic attacks increase.”

This video is about the anti-nazi demonstration at Holborn Tube station in London.

On Holocaust Memorial Day LINDSEY GERMAN charts how the nazis were able to perpetrate their crimes by eliminating all effective and organised opposition: here.

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