Japanese protest against Fukushima disaster

This video is called Fukushima residents report various illnesses.

Tens of thousands of people rallied near Japan‘s crippled Fukushima plant today to press authorities to ditch nuclear power on the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered a meltdown: here.

See also here.

Rare shell on Texel island beach

Gari fervensis

Translated from Ecomare museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

First on Texel beach – 03/12/11

Donna Veenekamp from Alphen aan den Rijn discovered a Texel first. On 19 February, on the beach near Ecomare, she found a Gari fervensis seashell. This species was never found on Texel. This is not surprising, because the animal does not live in the North Sea. They live further south, including in Spain and France. However, they are occasionally found around the North Sea. Probably they came along with floating objects such as buckets and fish crates.

US soldier’s bloodbath of Afghan civilians

This video is called Exclusive: NATO attack on Afghan civilians caught on tape.

From the BBC:

March 11, 2012

US soldier kills Afghan civilians in Kandahar

Local tribal leaders said women, children and men were among the dead

A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed 10 civilians and wounded five in Kandahar province after suffering a breakdown, officials say.

He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire after entering local homes, the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports from Kabul.

Nato said it was investigating the “deeply regrettable incident”.

Anti-US sentiment is already high in Afghanistan after US soldiers burnt copies of the Koran last month.

US officials apologised, but the incident sparked a series of protests and attacks that killed at least 30 people and six US troops.

Local people have reportedly gathered near the base in Panjwai district to protest Sunday’s killings, and the US embassy is advising against travel to the area.

The soldier, who has not been named, is said to have suffered a nervous breakdown.

He walked off his base at around 03:00 local time (22:30 GMT Saturday).

According to a resident quoted by Associated Press, he opened fire in three separate houses.

After carrying out the killings, he reportedly handed himself over to the US military authorities.

Local tribal leaders said women, children and men were among the dead.

Panjway, Afghanistan – A United States service member walked out of a military base in a rural district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday and opened fire on three nearby houses, killing at least 16 civilians, including several children, local villagers and provincial officials said: here. And here. And here.

Massacre in Afghanistan: US soldier kills 16 villagers, including 9 children: here.