This video is about young lambs in spring in a meadow in the Netherlands.
By Maria Duarte in Britain:
Film: The Invisible War
Friday 7th March 2014
The Invisible War
Directed by Kirby Dick
Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick exposes one of the US’s most disgraceful and well-guarded secrets in this powerful and shocking documentary about the rape of soldiers within its military ranks, which is of epidemic proportions.
It makes such sobering viewing that two days after US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta saw it in April last year he made changes to the way sexual assaults are investigated in the military. Unfortunately they didn’t go far enough as they are still being looked into by military personnel.
The problem lies in the fact that victims have to report any case of rape to their commanding officers which often results in a conflict of interest.
The documentary reveals how a third of servicemen did not report their attack because the person they had to report it to was friends of the rapist. A quarter failed to do so because the person they had to divulge it to was the rapist himself.
It also shows how more than a fifth of female veterans have been sexually assaulted while serving and that a female soldier is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than be killed in combat.
Once they report their attack the women are the ones who are blamed and court martialled, with some being charged with adultery because their attacker was married while the perpetrators face no reprisals and are free to rape again and again.
The US military seems to be a haven for serial rapists, with 15 per cent of incoming recruits having attempted or committed rapes before joining up, according to a navy study.
Through a series of compelling and harrowing interviews with female victims and their families, followed by unflinching head-to-heads with politicians and members of the military hierarchy, Dick paints a disturbing picture of systematic abuse and its cover-up.
To add insult to injury, in 2011 rape was deemed an occupational hazard of military service in an unsuccessful court case brought by 16 male and female rape survivors against former secretaries of defence Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld.
And even though significant reforms were passed by Congress last year to tackle the issue, what this film demonstrates is that until rapes in the military are investigated by an independent body instead of in-house nothing will change.
This video from Britain says about itself:
Gatecrashing the arms dealers‘ dinner
On 29th January 2013, the arms industry‘s trade body, ADS, held a huge dinner to bring together top-level arms company representatives, and their guests: MPs, journalists and MoD representatives. Priced at £230 a head, campaigners couldn’t afford a ticket, but managed to find a way in nevertheless..
By Solomon Hughes in Britain:
The arms-dealing company taking over our NHS
Friday 7th March 2014
They are being arrested over the arms deals. Inspectors talk about bullying and maltreatment in their hospitals.
In any sane world they would be thrown out of the NHS and the system that put them there would be stopped.
But the Choudhrie family and their Alpha Group are major donors to the Lib Dems. By funding the Tories’ junior partner, they help hang on to respectability.
The C&C Alpha Group was founded by Sudhir “Bunny” Choudhrie, a multimillionaire who moved from India to Britain in 2002.
“Bunny” and his son Bhanu were arrested and questioned by the Serious Fraud Office last month in connection with multimillion-pound corruption connected to Rolls-Royce deals – that’s the firm that sells military jets, not luxury cars.
Choudhrie was previously investigated by the Indian police over his work on arms deals in India. At one point he was put on a list of “unscrupulous persons” by the Central Bureau of Investigations, India’s elite police agency. The Choudhries deny wrongdoing.
I became interested in the Choudhries mainly because their Alpha firms have NHS contracts.
It doesn’t seem right that arms-dealers are running three mental hospitals for the health service.
And indeed they don’t seem to be any good at it. Since I last wrote about their hospitals in January, things have got worse.
Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission have issued formal warnings and are “taking action” against Alpha’s private low-security mental health hospital which treats young people and adolescents for the NHS in Woking.
The inspectors have “warned Alpha Hospitals Limited that it needs to make immediate improvements at Alpha Hospital – Woking.”
Inspectors said that during unannounced visits they found the hospital “was failing to meet five of the six national standards,” including “care and welfare of people” and “safeguarding people from abuse.”
The details sounded even worse. Youngsters were put in seclusion for “whispering.” The teenagers in seclusion did not receive medical help even when they were seen “lying on the floor being sick” or” “rolling [their] eyes and losing balance.” Inspectors were told that “seclusion and inter-muscular injections are regularly used as threats.”
Last year inspections also uncovered other worries, including strip-searching and restraint.
Inspectors reported: “One female adolescent patient had been restrained by nine members of staff, one of whom was a male” because she refused to remove her underwear at the Woking hospital.
The Choudhries’ other mental hospitals were also criticised by inspectors. You would think that they would start losing contracts. Or even that they should never have got them in the first place.
Indeed, you might expect leading Lib Dem Simon Hughes to complain. After all Hughes has attacked the Tories for “widespread privatisation of NHS services” and demanded the “NHS should be responsive to patients’ needs, based on co-operation rather than competition, and promote quality and equity not the market.”
But the Choudhries’ Alpha firm has given £500,000 to the Lib Dems since 2010. At the end of last year the Choudhries gave £60,000 to Hughes’s own Lib Dem constituency party to help him get re-elected.
The Choudhries also used their own small charity to mingle with Lib Dems and other politicians.
Ironically, this charity, called Path to Success, mostly did this through donations to healthcare causes. Path to Success gave out around £200,000 over five years, so was pretty good value for company PR.
Bhanu Choudrie and his wife Simrin used the charity to host events with Norman Lamb MP – he is the Minister for Care, who should be shouting about poor conditions at their hospitals.
Lib Dem MP Paul Burstow also went to their events when he was a health minister.
Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam was patron of the Choudhrie’s charity – the pair even hosted an event for the charity. So the Lib Dems get some big money and have a few “charity” functions. We get stuck with an arms-dealing firm making a mess of the NHS.
This is a video about a glossy ibis feeding.
A. Wansing made this video in Germany, close to the Dutch border.
This video from Scotland says about itself:
Scottish Independence – Secrets and Lies (Part 3) – NUKES
15 Oct 2012
Do the UK’s nuclear weapons, stored at Coulport and deployed via submarine from Faslane, really improve the safety of the British isles, or of Scotland? What effect would Scottish independence have on our current WMD capability?
The declassified launch failures of Polaris, Trident I, and Trident II missiles are shown, radiation risks at Faslane and Dalgety Bay are outlined (two examples of the high-handed negligence the UK Ministry of Defence routinely shows toward the people it is supposed to protect), corruption of the lobbying system involving BAE Systems and retired generals is shown, and also the many mishaps involving the next-generation HMS Astute.
By Rory MacKinnon in Britain:
CND calls for suspension of ‘radiation risk’ submarines
Friday 7th March 2014
Engineers detected radiation spilling into the reactor coolant of the Trident fleet’s Vanguard vessel in January 2012
Anti-nuke activists demanded an immediate suspension of Britain’s nuclear submarine patrol yesterday after MPs heard of a radiation leak – over two years after the fact.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond sought to “reassure” the Commons yesterday after admitting that engineers detected radiation spilling into the reactor coolant of the Trident fleet’s Vanguard vessel in January 2012.
Mr Ainslie said the submarines’ continued round-the-clock operation was putting lives at risk.
“Trident and Astute submarines should all be kept in port until the cause of the fuel cladding failure is fully understood,” he said.
The ageing fleet docked at Scotland’s Faslane naval base is due for a £65bn replacement scheme before 2016 in order to remain functional, according to the Ministry of Defence.
But anti-war and anti-austerity movements have pressed Westminster to abandon the project instead, with full-cost estimates of up to £100bn.
The Scottish government has vowed to eject the fleet following a vote for independence in September – which experts say would leave the programme without an acceptable base of operations anywhere in Britain.