First Iceland gull ever in Belarus


This 2012 video from Britain says about itself:

March is a great time to catch up with Gulls, as the birds that have been spending the winter months here begin to head back to their breeding areas. This winter saw a huge influx of Iceland and Glaucous Gulls into the UK. This video hope to help with the ID of these two often confused species.

I saw many glaucous gulls in Svalbard, where they nest.

Puerto Rico video by Bernie Sanders


This 9 March 2019 video from Senator Bernie Sanders in the USA says about itself:

It is unconscionable that in the wealthiest nation in the world we have allowed our fellow citizens to suffer without the full resources of the United States Government. Today I introduced legislation with Rep. Nydia Velazquez that would end unequal treatment of the territories, help Puerto Rico recover from the hurricanes and aid the most vulnerable in our society by providing sustainable economic relief going forward.

This 12 March 2019 video from the USA is called AOC Was RIGHT About Puerto Rico.

Big pro-climate march in Amsterdam today


This 10 March 2019 Dutch video shows hundreds of anti-global warming activists at Rotterdam central station, preparing to go by train to the big pro-climate march in Amsterdam.

Many people came, even though the weather was rainy and stormy today.

Ten-year old climate activist Lilly Platt was also on her way, as this tweet shows.

This video is a live stream of the event.

Pro-climate demonstrators gather on the Dam square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, today, ANP photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Amsterdam many thousands of people are on their feet for the Climate March, which started at 13.00. The protest started on Dam Square and via the Rokin and Vijzelstraat streets to the Museumplein square.

The organization says that there are 30,000 participants, the municipal authorities estimates the number of demonstrators at 35,000. Because of the large attendance, the organization decided to start the march earlier, in consultation with the police.

Many participants in the march carry banners or protest signs. “The dinosaurs also thought that they still had time‘, someone wrote on a piece of cardboard. The Groningen Province Soil Movement marches along and writes: “The worst evil: a Shell and Climate Government Department.”

On Twitter, participants complain that the trains to Amsterdam are very short. The Dutch railways say that they were “less adequate” in “adjusting” the length of the trains because the march was announced relatively shortly in advance.

It was announced already on 22 January.

About fifty organizations and political parties have joined the march. The organizations say they are sick of vague promises and half measures [by the Dutch government] and want concrete agreements about the climate.

This sign mocks the logo of Shell oil corporation.

This banner says, translated, A better environment starts with you, Shell.

This 9 March 2019 music video is a song, written especially for the demonstration today: Climate Action Cannot Wait (based on I Only Wanna Be With You – by Dusty Springfield).

Interviews, in Dutch, with demonstrators are here.

A report in Dutch is here.

Gray wolves in Yellowstone Park, USA


This 6 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Tracking the Gray Wolf in Yellowstone | Explorer

The gray wolf is a top predator that was nearly wiped out from North America. But in 1995, a recovery program began in Yellowstone with surprising results.

‘Epic Yellowstone’ captures the thriving ecosystem of the world-famous park. A new documentary series highlights the interactions of predatory, prey and environment. By Jeremy Rehm, 7:00am, March 17, 2019.

Uganda refugees, European Union propaganda and reality


This 12 May 2018 video from Uganda says about itself:

The plight of Somalia refugees in Kisenyi

Somali refugees living in Kisenyi, a Kampala suburb opens up about what they go through, especially the intimidation and individuals who term them as terrorists. Curthbert Kigozi tells this story.

Translated from Belgian (‘center right’) daily De Standaard, 9 March 2019, by Kasper Goethals:

The propaganda camps in Uganda

“This is hell. Here our dreams die”

An example of how successful ‘reception of refugees in the region‘ can be. That is the way the European Union likes to depict Uganda‘s policies.

Like they also depict the hellish situation for refugees in the camps in Greece in a very rose-coloured way. These are refugees from NATO-European Union wars in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Somalia, etc. Refugees from Somalia in Uganda are also refugees from the Ugandan government; which uses its soldiers as cannon fodder to wage NATO’s war in Somalia.

In return, they [the European Union] look the other way concerning corruption and repression in the country. However, a tour through several camps leaves little to the imagination. “We want to get out of here. There is nothing here for us.”

Sudanese women flogged for demonstrating for democracy


This 1 February 2019 British Channel 4 TV video says about itself:

The women on the frontline of the protests in Sudan

Yousra Elbagir reports on the women on the frontline of the protests in Sudan, who describe their experience at the hands of government forces. You may find some of the images in her report distressing.

The dictatorship in Sudan is one of the favourite dictatorships of NATO countries’ governments. Because they helped NATO in the war on Libya. Because they help the European Union to stop refugees. Because they help the Donald Trump-Saudi crown princeGerman war profiteersBritish war profiteersFrench war profiteersSpanish war profiteers war on the people of Yemen, by sending Sudanese child soldiers.

That is why the governments of NATO countries like Belgium or the Netherlands deport refugees to Sudan to be tortured.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 9 February 2019:

In Sudan, nine women were sentenced to twenty lashes and one month in jail after being arrested at a demonstration. According to the judge, they were guilty of incitement.

The conviction comes a day after Sudanese President Bashir had released all women arrested earlier. He announced this on International Women’s Day

According to them [demonstrator sources], the release was enforced by the female doctor Ghada Samir, who was beaten the day before yesterday at a demonstration and was also sentenced to lashes.

According to the demonstrators, the security services had found out that she had a US American passport, and then wanted to let her go. She is said to have refused that. She would then have threatened to go on hunger strike if not all women would be released. To that threat, Bashir was sensitive, the demonstrators say.

The president declared a state of emergency last month, after which the protests in his country continued to swell.

Yesterday hundreds of people also took to the streets in the cities of Khartoum and Omdurman.

According to a spokesperson for the demonstrators, who are part of a big trade union, more than 800 people have been tried in the emergency courts that Bashir has set up with the introduction of the state of emergency.