Beautiful jellyfish off Puerto Rico


Divers swim alongside great white shark

This 18 January 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Divers swim alongside famous Deep Blue shark

The female great white shark was photographed by divers off the coast of Hawaii.

Bahraini torture of political prisoners

This December 2018 video is called Naji Fateel, human rights defender, Bahrain.

By Phil Miller in Britain:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hunt urged ‘intervene’ to help hunger-striking political prisoners in Bahrain

TWO British parliamentarians have written to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt demanding his “urgent intervention” to help political prisoners on hunger strike in Bahrain.

Labour MP and Corbyn ally Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven are raising the case of Ali AlHajee and Naji Fateel who have been on hunger strike for over 60 days.

Mr Fateel, a director of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, is serving a lengthy jail sentence for his activism. The UN committee against torture has called for his immediate release.

Opposition to Bahrain’s tyrannical King Hamad is routinely met with torture and imprisonment.

Britain is one of Bahrain’s closest allies and has trained hundreds of guards at the Gulf kingdom’s high-security Jau prison where inmates are refusing food.

Last year the Morning Star revealed that political prisoners at Jau are shackled with handcuffs made in Birmingham.

We reported on the case of jailed opposition leader, frail Hassan Mushaima, who was being denied medical treatment unless he wore shackles to the sick bay.

His exiled son Ali launched a hunger strike outside the Bahrain embassy in London, and only resumed eating when the Jau prison authorities finally promised to improve medical care at the jail.

However, that pledge proved to be short lived with other inmates now warning their health is at risk.

The British parliamentarians described conditions at Jau as “inhumane” and said in their letter: “Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel are constantly being denied basic entitlements while in detention in Jau prison.

“While Mr AlHajee needs surgery to his lower jaw and requires urgent dental implants, Mr Fateel needs surgery to extract iron splints from his leg.”

They warned that another 20 inmates have since gone on hunger strike at the jail, and said Mr Fateel is threatening to dramatically escalate his hunger strike tomorrow and begin refusing fluids.

The prisoners’ complaints are particularly embarrassing for the Tory government which has spent millions of pounds training Bahrain’s jailers, including on their healthcare policies.

“It is highly concerning that Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel are putting their lives at risk to get their basic entitlements,” the politicians warned Jeremy Hunt.

“Therefore, we urge you to act swiftly on behalf of Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel by making representations to the Bahraini government to grant both inmates immediate access to medical care and release them.”

British Prince Philip’s traffic troubles

British Prince Philip in a car, EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Prince Philip on the road again shortly after collision, without a seat belt

The police in Norfolk gave the British prince Philip a reprimand because he was yesterday behind the wheel without a seat belt.

If the man behind the wheel without a seat belt shortly after causing a collision would not have been a prince, but unemployed/disabled Joe Bloggs, then I suspect police might have done a lot more than a ‘reprimand’.

According to the BBC: ‘A person caught not wearing a seatbelt could receive an on-the-spot £100 fine. If a case goes to court, the fine could increase to £500’.

On Thursday, the 97-year-old prince was involved in a car accident in which his Range Rover rolled over. Philip remained unharmed, unlike a passenger in the other car involved in the collision. She broke her wrist.

British tabloids yesterday placed photos of Philip who drove at the entrance of the Royal Estate Sandringham without a belt. Those photographs led to a storm of criticism by people who felt that the Duke of Edinburgh was irresponsible, so shortly after the accident. …

‘No apology’

The investigation into Thursday’s accident is still ongoing. Witnesses say that the prince came from a side road at Sandringham, without taking traffic into account.

The 46-year-old woman who was injured in the collision tells The Sunday Mirror that Philip has not apologized. “It has been such a traumatic and painful time and I would have expected more of the Royal Family.” …

Still, the woman wonders whether the absence of personal apologies means Philip has no regrets. ““I love the royals but I’ve been ignored and rejected and I’m in a lot of pain. What would it have taken for him and the Queen to send me a card and a bunch of flowers?” the newspaper quotes her.

From the BBC today:

Ms [Emma] Fairweather, who was a passenger in the car being driven by her friend, told the Sunday Mirror: “I’m lucky to be alive and he hasn’t even said sorry. …

She said she had not heard from the royal household but had got a call from a police family liaison officer.

“The message he passed on didn’t even make sense. He said, ‘The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would like to be remembered to you,'” she said.

“That’s not an apology or even a well-wish.”

Prince Philip ‘drives like he’s only one on road’ and is ‘notorious in Sandringham’. EXCLUSIVE After his horror crash on Thursday, a Sandringham resident has claimed to have multiple near-misses with the Duke of Edinburgh: here.

‘Prince Philip nearly ran my dad off the road – then stuck his finger up at him’. EXCLUSIVE: Rob Stevenson says his dad David was forced to take evasive action after the Duke allegedly sped around a tight corner near the Sandringham Estate two decades ago: here.

Prince Philip ‘threatened to throw Queen out of car’ after she ‘yelped’ in terror. Gyles Brandreth, a friend and biographer of The Duke of Edinburgh, spoke about the royal’s love of driving fast following Prince Phillip’s accident on Thursday: here.