Britain: London police boss may face charges on killing of innocent Brazilian De Menezes


Commemoration of Jean Charles de Menezes in London

From British daily The Independent:

De Menezes: Sir Ian Blair may face charges

By Jonathan Owen

Published: 04 June 2006

In the latest development in the long-running saga since the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes last year, the Crown Prosecution Service is reported to be considering bringing possible civil charges against Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner and Britain’s most senior police officer.

According to The Observer newspaper, Sir Ian and two of his senior commanders are named in a CPS report into the bungled shooting at Stockwell Tube station last July.

The report, a review of the findings of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry into the De Menezes shooting, is said to be virtually complete.

See also here.

Iraq: Ishaqi massacre: US coverup, like in other cases?


Bush and Iraq war, cartoonFrom Editor and Publisher (USA):

Press Accounts Suggest Possible Military ‘Cover-up’ in Ishaqi Killings

By Greg Mitchell

Published: June 03, 2006

NEW YORK The U.S military said Saturday it had found no wrongdoing in the March 15 raid on a home in Ishaqi that left nine Iraqi civilians dead.

But, as with the apparent massacre in Haditha, will a military “coverup” in this case come undone?

The Iraqi police charge that American forces executed the civilians, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old baby.

The BBC has been airing video of the dead civilians, mainly children, who appeared to be shot, possibly at close range.

Photographs taken just after the raid for Agence France-Presse, and reports at the time by Reuters and Knight Ridder, also appear to largely back up the charge of an atrocity.

Update on Ishaqi here.

More on these massacres in Iraq here.

And here.

And here.

And here.

Death of British aid worker Margaret Hassan in Iraq: here.

USA: cartoon contest on war on science by George W Bush and other politicians


Bush and medicine, cartoonFrom Slashdot (USA; with other hyperlinks there):

The Union of Concerned Scientists has announced a cartoon contest for amateur and professional artists.

‘The absurdity of political interference in science is fertile ground for satire,’ said Dr. Francesca Grifo, Director of the UCS Scientific Integrity Program.

‘We hope these contests encourage amateur and professional cartoonists alike to express concern–through humor and art–about the impact of the abuse of science on our safety, health and environment.’

A celebrity judge panel will select twelve finalists and the public will then choose the Grand Prize winner.

The winner will receive a host of prizes, including $500 and an all-expenses-paid trip to have lunch with the celebrity judge of his or her choice.

See also here.

Mating great crested grebes. Damselflies; dragonflies


Great crested grebe mating

Today, blue tailed damselflies on the water lily leaves.

On the meadow: oystercatchers, including at least one chick.

Redshank. Northern lapwing.

On the castle pond, a parent great grested grebe with a chick.

On the grebe nest: one grebe bending forward

The other grebe first swimming behind the nest, gently pecking the other one.

Then, climbing on the nest as well and mating.

While I had often seen great crested grebes courting, this was the first time I saw them mating.

Male and female great crested grebes are very similar, and apparently often change positions in mating.

From a bench near the small pond: a black tailed skimmer dragonfly flying.

And a song thrush eating a snail.

At the white stork nest, one parent. And two chicks.

So, unlike, alas, many other young storks, they survived the rainy weather.

And it is sunny now.