River otters in Florida, USA

This 17 December 2018 video from Florida in the USA says about itself:

Wild River Otter Encounter

A pair of River Otters frolicking and rolling on the bank of a marsh. It’s mating season now, so these two may be a couple. Most glimpses of otters are as they cross roadways as in the thumbnail and sadly many get killed by cars so it is a delight to see these amazing creatures living safely in their natural environment. Special bird moment for those who watch until the end!


‘Britain, don’t support Trump’s coup in Venezuela’

This 27 January 2019 video is called What’s happening in Venezuela.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Backing US-led coup in Venezuela would be a ‘mistake’, says Shadow foreign secretary

Labour MP for Derby North Chris Williamson also hits out at the Tories’ ‘double standards’

SHADOW foreign secretary Emily Thornberry warned yesterday that it would be a “mistake” for the government to back a US-led attempt at regime change in Venezuela, ousting President Nicolas Maduro.

She said in the Commons that the economic, humanitarian and political situation for Venezuelans is “totally dire”, but that it would be wrong for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to believe that changing leader would solve the problems, “let alone the kind of US-led intervention being threatened by [US President] Donald Trump and [National Security Adviser] John Bolton”, she said.

Labour MP for Derby North Chris Williamson hit out at “intervention from Western powers.”

He said: “The truth is, millions support the Maduro government and there is huge opposition to it. But intervention from the United States could precipitate a civil war and lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.

“So can the minister explain why the double standards? Is it that he’s wanting to facilitate another humanitarian catastrophe as we’re seeing in Yemen with British arms?

“Does he want to see the same in Venezuela and does he not support self-determination of peoples around the world rather than intervention from Western powers?”

The pair made the comments during an urgent question on the issue following the US’s decision to recognise Juan Guaido, the head of the country’s defunct National Assembly who has unconstitutionally declared himself president.

Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan said that the government is “looking at the legitimacy of the [Venezuelan] government.”

He attacked Labour for a letter to the Guardian signed by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and other Labour MPs and campaigners.

The letter criticised the far-right governments of the US and Brazil, saying they offer “no hope” to Venezuela and that there there is “no justification for backing the US attempt at regime change under way.”

It called for dialogue [with the help of] the Mexican and Bolivian presidents.

A rally will be held by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, trade unionists and representatives from Stop the War and CND on Thursday from 6.30pm at teaching union NEU’s London head office against US intervention.

Don’t extradite tortured footballer to Bahrain regime

This 28 December 2018 video says about itself:

Hakeem al Araibi: Football’s Political Prisoner

The story of Hakeem al Araibi, and how regimes punish those that speak out, and how football and the Asian Football Confederation became complicit in that persecution.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

FIFA demands release of Bahraini footballer in Thailand

FIFA, the world football association, demands that the Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi be immediately freed from his Thai prison. Al-Araibi was arrested in Thailand in November at the request of Bahrain and has been in a cell since. Bahrain has asked for his extradition.

Araibi applied for political asylum in Australia in 2014, where he plays with a refugee status at Pascoe Vale, a club in the second division. He was arrested during a holiday to Thailand. …

The case causes a lot of turmoil, especially in Australia. Craig Foster, former Australian team captain, campaigns actively for the release of Araibi and met with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura in Zurich on Monday.

“We all feel that this is an emergency situation that requires steps from all parties involved to protect Hakeem”, Foster said. “We call on Thailand again to release Hakeem immediately and to respect his international human rights.”

Araibi fears that he will be tortured if he would be handed over to Bahrain. “He was physically tortured in 2012 and he knows what lies ahead”, Foster said. “That’s why the Australian footballers have spoken up so strongly.”