Children, separated from parents by Trump’s policy, cry, audio


This 18 June 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Leaked Audio Of Children Separated From Parents Will Break Your Heart

“The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.

The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. “Well, we have an orchestra here”, he jokes. “What’s missing is a conductor.” Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says she’s memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. “My mommy says that I’ll go with my aunt”, she whimpers, “and that she’ll come to pick me up there as quickly as possible.””

Read more here.

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian.

This 18 June 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Ann Coulter: Don’t Fall For The Actor Children!

Ann Coulter has monetized white supremacy. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. “Conservative commentator Ann Coulter called children crying at the border after being separated from parents “child actors” during an appearance Sunday on Fox News.

Coulter also said President Trump should not fall for the “child actors” as he faces pressure to end his zero-tolerance policy at the border, which has resulted in parents being separated from their children so that they face immediate deportation. “I would also say one other thing, these child actors weeping and crying on all the other networks 24/7 right now — do not fall for it, Mr. President“, Coulter said on “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton.”” Read more here.

Yeah, right, Ms Coulter. Thank you so much for your discovery about the two-year-old girl from Honduras crying in Texas when separated by Trump’s Border Patrol from her mother. You, Ms Coulter, have opened our eyes to your discovery that this two-year-old is really an actress with over six years training at the acting school of the Communist International, the Learned Elders of Zion and the Muslim Brotherhood, at how to cry convincingly to mislead the American people [sarcasm off].

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Scottish Conservative politician supports Honduras, Haiti dictatorships


Scottish Conservative Andrew Bowie campaigning with British Prime Minister Theresa May in 2017

By Conrad Landin in Scotland:

Exclusive: Ruth Davidson called to condemn Scottish Tory MP over links to coup-backing lobby group

Andrew Bowie took sponsorship from International Republican Institute accused of links to coups in Honduras and Haiti

SCOTTISH TORY leader Ruth Davidson is facing calls to condemn one of her MPs, after he met with a US lobby group linked to a series of coups d’etat.

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie was sponsored by the International Republican Institute (IRI) on a two-day junket to Paris worth £450, the Morning Star can exclusively reveal.

The Tory politician told parliamentary authorities that the purpose of the January trip was “to discuss from a British perspective the response to populism and the changing political landscape in the West.”

The IRI has been linked to the failed 2002 coup against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

It has also been accused of playing a role in the successful removal of Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004, and of Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in 2009.

Labour’s Holyrood shadow Brexit minister Neil Findlay said: “The Scottish Conservatives have tried to distance themselves from the more extreme elements in the Conservative Party.

“And yet here we see one of their MPs working hand-in-glove with an organisation that is implicated in the undermining of democracy and sovereign states.”

Mr Findlay said Scottish Tory leader Ms Davidson “should condemn and distance herself from the actions of this MP.”

The IRI is one of several organisations funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, which was established by the US Congress in 1983 after US president Ronald Reagan’s seminal speech at Westminster calling for an international alliance “to foster the infrastructure of democracy.”

It received a US government grant of $339,998 (over £230,000 at the time) for “political party building” in Venezuela prior to the short-lived 2002 coup.

On the day Mr Chavez was temporarily ousted, IRI president George A Folsom said Venezuelans “rose up to defend democracy.”

Stanley Lucas, institute boss in Haiti, was accused by former US ambassador Brian Dean Curran of behaviour which “risked us being accused of attempting to destabilise the government.”

Mr Lucas was an avowed opponent of president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and counselled the opposition to refuse to work with the social democrat government in order to cripple it, according to the New York Times.

In 2004 a group of right-wing military chiefs ousted the Aristide government in a coup.

In 2009 Mr Zelaya was ousted as Honduran leader in another military coup.

The IRI said the sham election which followed was “free of violence and overt acts of intimidation” and appeared credible.

SNP MP Chris Stephens told the Star: “This revelation demonstrates that the Scottish Tories, far from being centrist, are hard-line rightwingers, whose views on domestic and international issues continue to alienate the electorate.

“Ruth Davidson should distance herself from Bowie. The extremist views held by the Scottish Tories are the reason they have lost 21 elections in a row in Scotland.”

Nine years on from the coup, we still need to stand up for Honduras: here.

Washington presses Central America to militarize and turn away from China: here.

Rusty tussock moth lays eggs, video


This 19 June 2018 video shows a female rusty tussock moth laying eggs. The females of this species don’t have wings, so they don’t move much. Often, they lay their eggs on the cocoons of their chrysalis days; like in this video.

Toon Gevers in the Netherlands made this video.

Refugees, stay out, European Union says


This video says about itself:

Human Flow Official Trailer

18 August 2017

A ground-breaking new documentary about the global refugee crisis from Ai Weiwei.

About Human Flow: Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II.

Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.

Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Human Flow is a witness to its subjects and their desperate search for safety, shelter and justice: from teeming refugee camps to perilous ocean crossings to barbed-wire borders; from dislocation and disillusionment to courage, endurance and adaptation; from the haunting lure of lives left behind to the unknown potential of the future.

Human Flow comes at a crucial time when tolerance, compassion and trust are needed more than ever. This visceral work of cinema is a testament to the unassailable human spirit and poses one of the questions that will define this century: Will our global society emerge from fear, isolation, and self-interest and choose a path of openness, freedom, and respect for humanity? Amazon Studios, Participant Media and AC Films present Human Flow, a film directed by Ai Weiwei.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

EU now wants to keep refugees outside its borders

The European Union wants refugees to be stopped “on the edges of the EU” from now on. This must be done at special places where ‘real’ refugees are separated from economic refugees. …

Now, dear European Union bureaucrats, what is an ‘economic refugee’? A farmer in Syria who cannot keep farming because of climate change? A worker in Yemen, unemployed as the Saudi royal air force has bombed his factory and who cannot get food in any other way because of Trump-Saudi royals coalition famine warfare? A fisherman in Sri Lanka, whose ship was bombed by the government as part of their civil war? A poor Afghan, who, if he wants to survive, has two ‘solutions’: selling his eight-year-old daughter as child bride to a rich warlord; or selling his little son as child prostitute ‘dancing boy’ to a rich warlord; neither of which he wants, so he flees the country?

This can be read in the preliminary conclusions that European leaders will talk about at a summit next week. At this moment, top diplomats discuss the texts.

The reception of refugees on the edges of the EU probably means creating special places

an euphemism for prison camps. Called ‘concentration camps’ by, eg, Pope Francis and by the Greek government.

in countries such as Tunisia or candidate country Albania. …

The Libyan Coast Guard needs to be strengthened further

So they can do more torture and more selling of refugees into slavery.

and new refugee routes must be stopped immediately.

Furthermore, it is stated in the text that refugees who are not entitled to asylum will be deported sooner. …

The diplomats did not agree on a thorny issue in the refugee debate: who would let the migrants in and then will they be allowed to travel to other countries? Later today, German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron discussed the migration problems at a meeting in Berlin.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk from Poland, will take the conclusions during the course of his tour of several European capitals in the coming days. Today he is in Stockholm and later he will fly to Madrid. Tomorrow he will visit the Austrian Prime Minister Kurz,

who has a government coalition with a neofascist xenophobic party

who will play an important role as the new President of the EU from July onwards, and on Friday Tusk will call on the Hungarian capital Budapest for an interview with Prime Minister Orban. Next week he will also visit the Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Merkel and May. He hopes to get the European countries singing from the same hymn sheet with his tour.

The idea of ​​receiving refugees outside the EU has already been suggested in the aftermath of the major refugee crisis of 2015 by, among others, the Hungarian Prime Minister Orban. Almost two weeks ago it became known that Denmark

where the government steals refugees’ jewelry and persecutes old ladies for helping refugee babies

and Austria were writing a plan to absorb refugees outside the European Union.

Dutch daily De Volkskrant headlines on this today: ‘Tusk chooses Fortress Europe’.

The same Volkskrant writes today that in 2017 there were more refugees than ever fleeing violence and oppression.

EU ‘deliberately condemning people to drown at sea’, warns Doctors Without Borders.

Hungarian right-wing Orban government wants to jail people for helping refugees.

There is agreement between liberal and far-right ‘populist’ EU leaders over strengthening the repressive Fortress Europe measures against refugees and asylum-seekers. They just disagree about how to do it, writes KEVIN OVENDEN.

Macron moots sanctions against EU members who won’t co-operate over refugee crisis: here.

Germany: The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has approved the asylum package of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU). The SPD, which is part of the ruling three-party grand coalition government, has lined up behind the refugee programme of CSU Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, which lays out a policy of sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed refugee camps: here.

EU foreign policy chiefs asks for cash for network of African refugee holding camps: here.

Under the slogan “Stop the deaths in the Mediterranean,” tens of thousands demonstrated in Germany on Saturday against the savagely inhumane refugee policy of the federal government and the European Union. In Berlin, over 10,000 people demonstrated, more than ten times as many as the organizers of the coalition “Seebrücke” had originally expected. Demonstrations also took place in Hamburg, Hanover, Bremen and a dozen other cities in Germany: here.

European Union reduces maritime rescue operations in the Mediterranean: here.

European Union emulating Australian anti-refugee policy; in some ways even worse than Australia: here.

Red-breasted flycatcher sings, video


This June 2018 video shows a male red-breasted flycatcher singing in the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

He hopes to attract a mate; but he does not have much chance, as red-breasted flycatchers nest in eastern Europe, not in the Netherlands.

Jeroen van Wijk made this video.

Macron, stop your anti-refugee policy, Amnesty says


Amnesty protest slogan in Paris: By protecting their [the refugees'] dignity, we preserve our humanity. AFP photo

Not just President Trump of the USA gets lots of criticism for his harsh anti-immigration policy. So does French President Macron, Trump’s partner in crime in bombing Syria and in other issues; since Trump’s trade war and Iran shooting warmongering, now (temporarily?) a bit less of a partner.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Migration causes headaches for President Macron

Amnesty International protests in France against the new harsher migration policy of the Macron government. Today the debate on this begins in the French Senate. The first version of the law has already been approved by the French House of Representatives, the Assemblée nationale.

With light rays, Amnesty projected words and sentences on the Palais Bourbon, the stately Assemblée building. “There is room for everyone”, was read on the facade. And also: ‘How can you let people die at sea with a good conscience?’

President Macron recently came under fire because of his migration policy. Paris initially said not welcome as the [rescue ship] Aquarius drifted around the Mediterranean with more than 600 migrants on board.

What is behind the Aquarius refugee ship crisis? The European Union has to recognise that its war adventures caused the refugee crisis and start working on a real solution, by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo, 17 Jun 2018.

The government got criticism from within their own party, La République en Marche. “We have to take care of these people, it’s about human lives,” said MP Sonia Krimi of LREM.

It was only after the growing criticism that Macron came up with a concession: the boat refugees can apply for asylum in France, but the procedure must start in Spain, where they could land.

Illegal camps

Last month there was already criticism from the city council of Paris. In the capital three illegal camps were created with a total of 3000 migrants in tents and hovels on sidewalks and under viaducts. “The government must take its responsibility and provide shelter for these people“, said Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

The new asylum law is also controversial. Many aid organizations are particularly angry that the government is locking up children in anticipation of their deportation. Paris has often been criticized by the European Court of Human Rights for this.

Last year, an estimated 300 minors with their families ended up behind bars because they were illegally in France. A petition against this has now been signed by more than 100,000 French people.

Addressing the migration crisis creates divisions in the European Union. At the end of this month, the EU is organizing a migration summit to come up with solutions to the refugee crisis. Macron talks about it today with the German Chancellor Merkel and has already sat around the table with the Italian Prime Minister Conte.

Amnesty protest slogan In Paris: There are thousands of reasons to welcome refugees. Which one is yours? AFP photo