Spanish probe of Guantanamo torture

This video from the USA is called TORTURE: From Guantanamo to Chicago Interrogation Rooms.

From AFP news agency:

Spanish judge to probe Guantanamo torture claims

Saturday January 30, 2010

Spain‘s top investigating judge Baltasar Garzon is to probe suspected torture and ill-treatment of inmates at the US prison of Guantanamo Bay, a judical source said Saturday.

The judge will be acting on complaints lodged by a number of associations, focussing on one prisoner, Ahmed Abderraman Hamed, who has Spanish nationality, the source added, confirming a report published in daily El Pais.

Three other detainees, Moroccan Lahcen Ikasrrien, Palestinian Jamiel Abdulatif al-Banna and Libyan Omar Deghayes would also be concerned as they had links with Spain.

In 2005 Spain declared itself competent to investigate any crime committed abroad, but after diplomatic problems the scope of the inquiries was reduced in 2009.

Spanish courts can now deal only with cases that have a clear link with Spain, or cases that are not being investigated in countries where the offences are alleged to have been committed.

Omar Al-Deghayes: My Guantanamo Nightmare: here.

The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected: here.

Aafia speaks out about her ordeal in US custody: here.

The Obama Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has concluded that Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who penned the infamous memos justifying torture under the Bush administration will not be subject to disciplinary action: here.

Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously overturned a Federal Court decision ordering Canada’s Conservative government to seek the repatriation of Omar Khadr, a Guantanamo Bay detainee and Canadian citizen: here.

This Saturday will mark the eighth year of incarceration without trial of British Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer: here.

Tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid and other Spanish cities on Saturday in a huge show of support for Judge Baltasar Garzon: here.

Bramblings and redwings

This morning, a walk along the Peerlkamplaan.

Two redwings eating berries in a shrub near a window.

This video is about great spotted woodpeckers and bramblings.

A bit further, eleven male and female bramblings in a tree. See also here. And here.

Nuthatch and greenfinch sounds. Three blue tits on a tree. Great tit.

Along the old canal, a grey heron and two wrens.

In the old harbour, the female common pochard, the tufted ducks, and one mute swan are still there. We see the female mandarin duck. Is the male hiding under overhanging branches somewhere?

From the USA: The Wood Duck Aix sponsa is a survivor. Hunted nearly to extinction during early 20th century, careful management procedures and nest box placements have succeeded in raising the population to well over a million: here.

Dutch birds of prey counted

This is a Dutch film about a little owl on a rainy day.

Translated from the Stad Tiel site in the Netherlands:

Many buzzards in annual raptor count

Saturday, January 30, 2010 19:42

Buren – The annual raptor count by the Natuur en Vogelwacht Culemborg (NVWC) was this Saturday, January 30th with beautiful conditions: 5 cm freshly fallen snow, no wind, sunny and about 0 degrees centigrade. They made for a nice total count of 122 buzzards, 15 kestrels, 5 sparrowhawks, 3 goshawks and 2 little owls.

February 2011: Goshawk chicks in Kielder Water & Forest Park are having their mouths swabbed in a bid to discover more about the creature’s blood lines in the 62,000 hectare (155,000 acre) Northumberland wilderness: here.

Feeding mandarin ducks

Mandarin drake, photo by Jelger Herder

Lots of snow last night, and also today sometimes.

During a sunny spell, to the old harbour.

The tufted ducks and female common pochard are still there.

The two mute swans have returned.

The male and female mandarin duck are under overhanging branches on the other bank of the canal.

When they see that my bread attracts the swans, coots, and mallards, they come as well, swimming and walking across an ice floe, and join in eating.

A redwing on the other bank.

Winter weather sees influx of bittern sightings in UK: here.

First ever sighting of a Bittern at Oxfordshire reserve: here.

The loss of wetlands in the prairie pothole region of central North America due to a warmer and drier climate will negatively affect millions of waterfowl that depend on the region for food, shelter and raising young, according to research published today in the journal BioScience: here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

At National Wildlife Federation headquarters in Reston, VA in the winter, I rarely spot anything more than a sparrow. But some fresh snow fell over the weekend, revealing visitors who don’t work 9 to 5.

Birdfeeders leading to evolution: here.