Hummingbird hawk-moths on video

2018 is a good hummingbird hawk-moth autumn in the Netherlands.

The video is by Gerrit Stronks Aalten, Marieke Vinckers, Silas van Brakel, Erik de Rijke, Lieke Kortenhorst, Hilde Bronder and Marloes Lunenborg.


London Grenfell disaster poisoned soil

Local residents joined the FBU/Justice for Grenfell march last June – soil in the area around the Grenfell Tower has been found to be toxic

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Take action over toxins around Grenfell Tower – Lords

‘WHAT steps will they take in response to concerns over the level of toxins found at the Grenfell Tower site and calls for survivors, firefighters and local residents to undergo immediate tests to monitor any damage to their DNA?’ Labour peer Lord Kennedy of Southwark asked in the House of Lords yesterday.

He asked Lord O’Shaughnessy, Under Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who claimed that a DNA test cannot be used to ‘determine if those who were exposed to contaminant suffered any damage.’

Lord Kennedy pressed about a report by Professor Anna Stec, a world leader on toxicology, which exposed the fact that after the fire the soil around the area around Grenfell Tower was contaminated. Kennedy said: ‘Can he then confirm if it is true or not that Professor Anna Stec did privately urge Public Health England and the Department of Health to organise a range of tests to ensure a potential health risk, to be properly assessed and Public Health England decided not to do that until on receipt of Professor Stec’s report which we expect sometime next year.

‘Is he also aware of what is now being called the “Grenfell Cough” which Professor Stec has said seems to indicate a high level of contaminates?’ O’Shaughnessy claimed that levels of asbestos and other contaminates in the air are not above average for London.

Baroness Williams of Trafford interjected: ‘The concentration has been on the effects of the cladding of the tower, does the Lord appreciate that there are thousands and I mean thousands of chemicals involved in furniture and furnishings being burned. Whilst the air maybe clear, I understand that the soil may be contaminated and it is not just by inhalation that people become poisoned, but by skin absorption.’

Saudi regime murder, other crimes

This video from the USA says about itself:

Media Praise for Saudi Crown Prince Turns to Fury After Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance

16 October 2018

Pundits are outraged over the disappearance and likely execution of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But where was the outrage over the last three years as the Saudis obliterated Yemen and created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the EU and U.N.

The atrocious human rights record of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, known by his initials MBS, has not been a secret. But over the last year, media pundits were heaping praise on MBS as he toured the globe to promote his so-called reform movement and to attract international investors.

The Saudis’ problematic record on human rights has been evident for a while. Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance is not an aberration. But MBS’s brutality has now impacted a person that D.C. insiders and journalists all know, so they’re finally admitting what critics of MBS have warned about for years.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Riyadh ‘preparing statement admitting Khashoggi killed in consulate’

PRESSURE was mounting on Saudi Arabia today after it was reported that Riyadh was preparing a statement admitting that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate last week.

It would see the despotic Gulf state backtrack on previous claims that the Washington Post columnist had left the building alive after he went to obtain routine papers for his forthcoming marriage.

US President Donald Trump appeared to back claims made by the Saudi king that “rogue killers” were involved in a botched interrogation of Mr Khashoggi.

“It wasn’t like there was a question in [King Salman’s] mind. The denial was very strong”, he told reporters at the White House on Monday.

Yesterday Republican Senator Lindsey Graham appeared to shift the blame onto Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, branding him a “wrecking ball” and accusing him of ordering the murder.

“There is difference between a country and an individual. The MBS figure is, to me, is toxic. He can never be a world leader on the world stage”, he said, urging sanctions be imposed.

He insisted that Saudi Arabia was “a good ally” but accused the crown prince of “tainting” the country.

NATO governments letting Saudi tyrants get away with murder?

This video says about itself:

Does Saudi Arabia Own Donald Trump?

16 October 2018

In the aftermath of the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump tweeted: “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

Is this yet another barefaced lie from the commander-in-chief? In this video essay, Mehdi Hasan examines Trump’s long history of doing deals with Saudi royals and reminds us how the former reality TV star even bragged about his financial ties to the kingdom during the election campaign. He also highlights the controversial payments made by the Saudi government to Trump-owned properties since the Republican businessman entered the White House. With the president refusing to take a strong stance against the Saudi government’s alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Mehdi asks: “Does Saudi Arabia own Donald Trump?”

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The West seems to once more make a deal with Saudi Arabia. In exchange for lucrative deals with the country, the enormous violation of human rights is not condemned.

Internationally, there are few harsh words towards Saudi Arabia and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the moment, the country seems to be engaged in making a ‘beautiful compromise’, says Turkey correspondent Lucas Waagmeester.

According to the American news channel CNN, Saudi Arabia is now working on a statement about the death of the journalist. It would say that he died when he was questioned at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Justice Department in Turkey is said have found evidence of this.

The interrogation supposedly ended wrongly, without permission from the Saudi government. …

If there is such a statement that also includes Turkey and the United States, Saudi Arabia will get away with something that no other country could ever get away with, says Arabist and lawyer Laila al-Zwaini. “If, for example, Iran would kill a journalist at their consulate, everyone would respond immediately, but we are silent about the actions of the Saudi royal family. We never talk about the human rights violations of Saudi Arabia or their war in Yemen.”

Oil and weapons

Why? Our dependence on oil, trade in arms and strategic interests in the Middle East, says Zwaini. …

Human rights in Saudi Arabia

According to Amnesty International, there is much wrong with human rights in Saudi Arabia. Examples: the country conducts manhunts on people who criticize the regime, executions and corporal punishment are regular, and trials are mostly unfair. Meanwhile, the country is carrying out air raids in Yemen that are causing many civilian casualties and leading to a humanitarian disaster.

In recent years, the West has become increasingly confident in Saudi Arabia, said Dutch researcher Pieter Wezeman yesterday to Nieuwsuur TV show. “Otherwise you would not give them weapons.” Wezeman works at the Swedish research institute SIPRI and keeps an eye on the arms flows to the Middle East. He saw that Saudi Arabia has become “the second largest customer for the arms industry”.

As a result of trade with the country, Western economies have become increasingly intertwined with those of Saudi Arabia, according to Zwaini. The country is also trying, by paying millions to public relations companies, to get into the news favourably. “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tries to pose as a modern Arab reformer. Eg, he allows women to drive cars“, says Zwaini. “That is something that most of us have received with cheers, while we did not see him giving them a favour, but meanwhile jailing the real reformers or having them executed, he uses something like distraction, so we look the other way.”

Buying time

She sees what is happening now, with a team that is investigating the disappearance of Khashoggi, as buying time. “They now have the time to come up with a plan, so that people do not find out what really happened.” Zwaini does not believe that a joint statement by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States will reflect the truth.

“And I think it is serious that Saudi Arabia apparently has so much power over us, and if we once more will let them get away with this, we will end up in a very bad situation, and we all will be taken hostage by that country.”