Tufted duck family feeding, video


In this video, a tufted duck mother feeds with her ducklings.

The ducklings dive sometimes.

Jurgen Rotteveel from the Netherlands made the video.

Dutch nazis praise foreign mercenaries in Kiev’s army


This 1942 video shows Dutch Waffen SS March Before [SS leader] Heinrich Himmler [and Dutch nazi leader Anton Mussert].

The Dutch openly nazi Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU; Dutch Peoples-Union) party was founded originally in the 1970s to rehabilitate Dutch members of Hitler’s Waffen SS, who had committed horrible mass murder crimes against Jews and others in Ukraine. The NVU has a Facebook page (I won’t link to their page).

On that page, the NVU praises foreign mercenaries, fighting the war in eastern Ukraine in the armed forces of the Kiev government. Mercenaries like Swedish nazi Mikael Skillt, now an officer in the Azov battalion.

Azov battalion symbol

This picture (also reproduced on the NVU Facebook page) shows the Azov battalion symbol; source: here. It is the wolfsangel, or wolf’s hook. Also the symbol of the Dutch nazi party NSB in the 1930s and 1940s.

SS division Das Reich wolfsangel symbol

And this picture shows the same wolfsangel, only different direction, used by Hitler’s SS division Das Reich.

Wolfsangel on Dutch NSB nazi flag

On the Dutch NSB nazi flag for their paramilitary organisation, the WA, the wolfsangel’s direction was different again.

Dutch daily De Telegraaf on 29 July 2014 wrote about Mikael Skillt. Without mentioning Skillt is a nazi (just calling him “nationalist”, which sounds more innocently); which the BBC does not forget to mention, however. De Telegraaf is a rightist daily, abusing the grief in the Netherlands about the MH17 disaster for beating anti-Russian war drums. In 1941-1945, De Telegraaf supported Hitler’s war against the Soviet Union, and had SS members as editors.

From the Telegraaf article (translated):

In Kiev he [Skillt] joined the paramilitary organization C14, an outfit which in its own words fights against Russians, Jews and every Ukrainian who gets in the way. Skillt showed himself very impressed with C14 …

According to Wikipedia, C14 is another name for the Right Sector neo-fascist paramilitary organisation. According to this interview on a Swedish site, it is a similar but separate organisation, with close links to the anti-Semitic Svoboda party, represented in the Kiev government.

The site German-Foreign-Policy.com writes about C14:

Svoboda, according to activists in Kiev, still disposes of an illegal armed wing known as “C14.” …

The name “C14″ (“Combat 14″) is probably a semantic flirt with the name “C18” (“Combat 18″) one of the international networks of neo-Nazi terrorist organizations …

The “18” in Combat 18 stands for the first and eighth letters of the alphabet=AH=Adolf Hitler.

At the same time, the name points to the number “14.” In fascist circles this refers to the “fourteen words” slogan of commitment to the “white race.” As the leader of Svoboda’s ally “C14″ explained, his organization is in a “struggle” with “ethnic groups” that are wielding, among other things, “economic and political power.” The “ethnic groups” he is referring to are “Russians and Jews.”

The Telegraaf article continues:

Besides fighting [the war in East Ukraine] Skillt supports the government in Kiev by recruiting foreign volunteers. Thus, Americans, Poles, Germans, French, and even Africans are deployed as mercenaries by the Ukrainian army.

The NVU comments on this (translated):

Germans, Italians, English, Austrians fight as one for a Europe of Nations and Fatherlands, for Ukraine, against the Red Peril!

The NVU does not mention African mercenaries, mentioned in De Telegraaf (if we are to believe De Telegraaf). They would not fit in the NVU image of the war in Ukraine as a racist crusade. In the NVU’s fantasy world, non-communist, non-socialist Putin and all Russians and east Ukrainians become perilous Bolsheviks, to be fought like the 1970s founders of the NVU fought for Hitler in the 1940s.

Hungry young spoonbills, video


This video is about hungry young spoonbills, following their parents during feeding.

Simon Brumby made the video in the Netherlands.

‘Dutch secret service, stop cover-up about war criminal’


In this Dutch TV video, recorded in 1969, but never broadcast, former Captain Raymond Westerling confesses that his troops had committed war crimes three times in Sulawesi island, and once in the west of Java island in Indonesia in the late 1940s.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

GISS should look at its Sukarno archive again

Wednesday 30 Jul 2014, 13:16 (Update: 30-07-14, 15:28)

It is unlikely that the AIVD [GISS] Dutch intelligence service have only one document about the failed coup against Indonesian president Sukarno in 1950. The Council of State decided this in a lawsuit which historian Fredrik Willems had brought.

The Nijmegen scientist is working on a book about Raymond Westerling, who tried a coup against Sukarno. Westerling is one of the most controversial figures in Dutch military history.

Westerling was a self-styled war criminal, who had many civilian people, eg, on Sulawesi island in Indonesia, killed.

When Willems asked the interior minister for documents, he was told that one document was found at the AIVD that he could see. The document consists of eleven pages.

The Council of State says more documents should be in the archive. They may be stored under a title other than “the coup against Sukarno in 1950″. The ministry must now look at the archives again.

Badger at its sett, video


The maker of this video, Gerrie van der Meulen in the Netherlands, hoped to be able to film a badger leaving its sett. However, a badger entering the sett came instead.

‘Kiev government kills Ukrainian pensioners, children’


A man mourns the dead along a road near Horlivka in Ukraine, photo: EPA

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine

Tuesday 29 Jul 2014, 13:11 (Update: 29-07-14, 13:30)

The pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say that today 22 civilians were killed by shelling. According to the rebels in Lugansk a retirement home and other houses were shot at. Five people were killed in this. Russian television showed images of bodies in wheelchairs, covered with blankets.

This video shows shocking images of the destroyed Lugansk home for elderly people.

In Horlivka, besieged by the Ukrainian army, there are 17 dead, according to the mayor, including three children.

Civilian dead

Human rights groups say that both sides in the conflict are using unguided missiles, causing more and more victims within the civilian population. Yesterday, they say, in Lugansk and Donetsk eight people were killed. Because of the fighting in eastern Ukraine, the Dutch [flight MH17 disaster] research team is unable to reach the disaster site.

According to figures from the United Nations, between mid-April and July 26, 1129 people have been killed in Ukraine.

As if these many Ukrainian deaths are not already horrible enough, there is also the MH17 disaster, killing hundreds of people from many nationalities. This disaster should be investigated thoroughly, instead of politicians and corporate media abusing it for militarist propaganda.

An example about Dutch media abusing grief about the Malaysia Airlines disaster.

Hans De Borst, whose daughter Elsemiek was one of the victims, wrote (translated):

Thank you very much, Mr. Putin, separatist leaders, or the Ukrainian government for the murder of my dear and only child, Elsemiek de Borst.

So, in this quote, at least three parties are potentially guilty of the MH17 disaster.

However, when Dutch RTL commercial TV mentioned this, their headline was (translated):

‘Putin, thanks for murdering my only child’

So, the at least three potential sets of guilty people in Mr de Borst’s comment had miraculously been reduced to one person. That is ‘better’ if, being a Big Media corporation, you want to make people war-minded.

In corporate media abuse of the M17 horror for war propaganda in Germany, contrary to Dutch RTL, not one person is blamed. The whole Russian people (pro- or anti-Putin, view A, view B, view C, or view D on Ukraine) is accused by corporate journalist Jan Fleischhauer. Bringing back unpleasant memories of war propaganda during Hitler’s 1941-1945 war on the Soviet Union.

THE Communist Party of Ukraine called today for the release of Volnovakha district committee secretary Sergei Filindash. They said that Mr Filindash had been kidnapped by armed masked men as soon as the forces of Kiev’s “anti-terrorist operation” had taken back control of the town from rebels. The communists noted that Mr Filindash’s name had appeared in a report which then acting president Oleksandr Turchynov sent to the minister of justice on May 19 demanding that he ban the Communist Party. But the report only mentioned that Mr Filindash had led a protest by 40 unarmed people: here.

National garden butterfly count in the Netherlands


This video is about Dutch butterflies.

On 1, 2, and 3 August 2014, there will be a national garden butterfly count in the Netherlands.

Hedgehog mating season, video


This video is about hedgehogs mating in a garde in the Netherlands.

Vriesml made the video on 11 May 2014.

Helping animals in trouble


This video is about wildlife wardens in South Holland province in the Netherlands helping animals in trouble; like a young pine marten and hedgehogs.