Jumbo squid video

This BBC video says about itself:

Jumbo squid caught on camera for Blue Planet II | Earth Unplugged

8 March 2018

Profile on Edith Widder, bioluminescence expert who took enormous steps in understanding animals’ behaviour in the deep sea.

Italian government arrests for helping refugees escape from slavery

This 28 November 2017 video says about itself:


I bumped into this documentary and I decided to upload it on YouTube so as to shed more light on what is going on in Libya. Ross Kemp covered this months ago and till now, no European or Western country has condemned the act. We need to stop the slave trade in Libya!!

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 18 March 2018:

Italy seizes aid organization’s ship

The Italian authorities have seized a relief organization’s ship. The ship had 218 migrants aboard, who left at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily. The aid agency ProActiva refused to transfer the migrants at sea to Libya ….

Indeed, to Libya. Where they would have been sold into slavery.

The present Italian government is a ‘center left’ caretaker government. The leader of the extreme right Northern League party wants to become the new prime minister, but neither his party nor any other party has a majority, meaning there is no new government after the election yet. It looks like the ‘center left’ caretaker government is emulating the extreme right’s xenophobia.

Italy has now reluctantly allowed them in.

The crew was detained and the commander and coordinator of the ship were charged with cooperating with illegal migration …

They are accused of bringing the migrants to Italy instead of transferring them to Libya.

Italy wants to reduce the flow of migrants, only allowing ships from non-governmental organizations affiliated with Frontex, the EU agency that monitors the external borders of Europe.

A pro-refugee non-governmental organization, if it affiliates with anti-refugee governmental Frontex, of course ceases to be ‘non-governmental’ and ceases to be humanitarian.

Red fox on too thin ice

This 9 March 2018 video shows a red fox on too thin ice.

Theo Haarsma in the Netherlands made this video.

Trump’s CIA torturer in chief Gina Haspel

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Wants Her Running CIA, Germany Wants Her Arrested

18 March 2018

Germany would love to arrest Gina Haspel. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

On Tuesday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson via Twitter. In the same tweet, the president announced CIA Director Mike Pompeo, who is a close ally of the Koch brothers, would be nominated to become the new secretary of state. Trump also tapped CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel to head the CIA. Haspel was directly involved in the CIA’s torture program under George W. Bush. She was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002 where one prisoner was waterboarded 83 times and tortured in other ways. Both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel must now face Senate confirmations, but barring any Republican defections, both can be confirmed without any Democratic support. Last year, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights asked German prosecutors to issue an arrest warrant for Haspel for her role in the torture program. For more, we speak with Wolfgang Kaleck, founder and general secretary of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights.

Read more here.

Snipe and jack snipes video

This 9 March 2018 video is about a snipe and two, smaller, jack snipes.

Luuk Punt made this video in the Wieringermeer in the Netherlands.

Pro-peace rally in the USA, elsewhere

From the Global Call for Peace in the USA:

Join the Global Call for Peace. March 18, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT

Who will be on the call? Thousands of people from over a dozen countries, with special guests

The Emergency

After months of personal insults, military deployments, escalating sanctions, and threats of nuclear war, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have suddenly agreed to an unprecedented direct meeting. This unexpected twist fills many of us with both hope and fear. Will Trump really use these historic talks to open up a true path to peace? Or will he use them to provide cover to justify an even more relentless rush to war?

One thing’s certain: The stakes are far too high to sit back and wait for an answer. As the White House staff formulates their approach, the American people must immediately demand nothing less than a sincere diplomatic initiative, which delivers a strong and lasting peace. And people around the world must stand together in solidarity. The threat of war affects us all, and the call for peace must come from everywhere.

The Global Call for Peace

On March 18—just two days before the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq—thousands of people from many nations will gather for a live video call to discuss our common situation and how we can tip the balance toward peace.

Raed Jarrar of Amnesty International will share his lessons watching from Iraq as the “coalition of the willing” rushed into a tragic and preventable war. Christine Ahn, leading activist for peace in Korea, will discuss the situation on the ground in Korea and share insights about what successful diplomacy would require and what people everywhere can do to help. Senator Bernie Sanders will talk about how American and global people’s movements can shift the equation in Washington before it’s too late. Jenny Town is a top expert on North Korea with a focus on nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, the US – South Korea alliance and Northeast Asia regional security.

The call is hosted by OPEN, a global network of progressive grassroots campaigning organisations in nearly 20 countries, who will be joined by allied groups around the world. We’ll share our message of solidarity and discuss how we can work together in the months ahead.