Red Sea coral reef wildlife, video


This video says about itself:

The Incredible Sea Life of the Red Sea Coral Reef | BBC Earth

Simon Reeve dives into the Red Sea to get close to its incredible fish and marine wildlife.

Scientists offer a new way to accurately map coral reefs using a combination of Earth-orbiting satellites and field observations. This first-ever global coral reef atlas contains maps of over 65,000 square kilometers (25,097 square miles) of coral reefs and surrounding habitats: here.

Millions on strike against climate change


This video from Canada says about itself:

Youth Climate Strike demonstration in Montreal, March 15, 2019

By Bryan Dyne:

Millions of students and youth march against climate change

16 March 2019

An estimated 1.4 million students and youth walked out of school and took part in Friday’s worldwide demonstrations against climate change. The internationally coordinated protests, the largest in sixteen years, were organized in response to the growing realization among young people that the governments of the world are incapable of taking any significant measures to halt global warming.

The latest UN report states that there may be as little as eleven years before the impact of climate change on human civilization becomes exponentially more devastating. …

The initial impulse of the movement, known as the Youth Climate Strike and Fridays For Future, was given by 16-year-old Greta Thurnberg, who began striking against climate change outside the Swedish parliament building last August. This has been followed by a series of protests over the past several months.

Yesterday’s protests were on a larger scale. The official list counts actions in more than 2,000 cities in at least 120 countries on every continent, including Antarctica. There were 235 in Italy, 214 in France, 200 in Germany, 195 in the United States, 144 in Sweden and 120 in the United Kingdom.

The single biggest demonstration was in Milan, where an estimated 100,000 students and youth marched. Organizers counted 60,000 participants in Montreal, 50,000 in Naples, 40,000 in Paris, 30,000 in Brussels and Rome, 20,000 in Berlin and 10,000 in London. Smaller protests involving dozens or hundreds of students and youth occurred in every corner of the globe, including Cape Town, Tokyo, Moscow, New Delhi, Mexico City, Jakarta, Buenos Aires and Shanghai.

More than 23,000 German, Austrian and Swiss scientists signed a statement supporting the protests under the name “Scientists For Future.” They declared, “The concerns of the young protesters are justified and supported by the best available science… The young people rightly demand that our society should prioritize sustainability and especially climate action without further hesitation. Without far-reaching and consistent change, their future is in danger.”

The demonstrations reflect a growing radicalization of young people internationally, not only in relation to climate change, but in response to mounting social inequality, the victimization of immigrants and refugees, and unending war.

This was reflected in many of the slogans on handmade banners that students brought to the rallies. Some included: “Capitalism is killing the planet; kill capitalism”; “Profit or future”; “Open borders for refugees”; “Capitalism is killing us”; and “World strike for the future.”

Members of the Socialist Equality Party and other supporters of the World Socialist Web Site attended demonstrations in several countries, where they distributed copies of the WSWS perspective “The Youth Climate Strike and the fight against global warming” and other statements, explaining the SEP’s fight to mobilize the working class against capitalism. …

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality at the University of Michigan spoke with students and youth in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marisol, a high school junior at Community High School, said, “The corporations and politicians are totally unwilling to change anything. The working class just needs to wake up and see our power.” She added, “It’s not the fault of the people at the bottom, who have nothing. It’s the rich and the corporations and the politicians who are responsible.”

Lys, a high-school student in Paris, noted that “Today in France there are 280,000 soldiers. They are deployed throughout the world. I find that France has a sphere of action that is far too large. The wars are for private interests, whether they be financial or political, and not for humanitarian concerns. That’s what I find dangerous. That’s also what I’m afraid of for the climate. It’s the private interests which buy politics and power. That’s why I came today.”

The massive influx of resources needed to halt and reverse climate change requires the reorganization of economic, social and political life on an international scale. Energy production must be coordinated on a global scale in order to transition to renewable forms, which in turn requires the most serious scientific investigation into new techniques and ideas.

Such a fundamental shift, however, comes into direct conflict with the nation-state system and the drive of corporations for private profit. It is not a question of youth appealing to the powers that be, but of directly opposing the domination of society by a handful of billionaires and the social system over which they preside. At the same time, as the global nature of the protests objectively demonstrates, students must turn to the only progressive international social force on Earth, the working class.

Just as economic and technical development under capitalism has caused a worldwide ecological crisis, it also contains the ability to address this crisis in a rational way. However, to free up the resources needed to tackle climate change—along with war, poverty and inequality—requires a complete socialist reorganization of economic life. The economy must be placed in the democratic control of the working class, the only social force capable of establishing a society based on human need, including a healthy global environment.

This 15 March 2017 video says about itself:

Alexandria Villaseñor is a leader in the US youth climate strike, a movement that is seeing students skip school to protest inaction over combating climate change. The 13-year-old activist was a lead organizer of US Youth Climate Strike in New York City on March 15, which has spread to over 100 countries across the globe.

From the World Socialist Web Site, 16 March 2019:

Reporting teams from the World Socialist Web Site interviewed students who protested in countries around the world on Friday for action on climate change.

Britain

Ladan, 18, who had left classes at her school in Oxfordshire, told the WSWS, “Me and my friend really care about climate change and have wanted to do something about it for so long. If we don’t do something soon, we won’t have another opportunity.”

British students on climate strike

Asked why so many young people had come to the demonstration, Ladan’s 16-year-old friend Lucy said, “A lot is due to social media. It’s much easier to access and find an answer. There are so many accounts that advocate doing something about what is wrong. People are realizing that capitalism and money aren’t the most important things anymore.

“Capitalism is responsible for climate change because capitalists want to find the cheapest solution to sell things to people.”

Four students from the Tunbridge Wells Bennett Memorial School held up banners declaring, “We are the revolution for the solution” and “Change the government. Not the climate.” They told the WSWS that they thought climate change is the biggest problem for young people.

“It is also political,” one student noted. “We need to change the system and the approach to climate change. Because right now there is no real policy.

What capitalism doesn't get is there is no economy on a dead planet, this British student says

“Our school was telling us to write [about climate change], not strike, but we decided to strike. It makes a difference to come here. Because we are all together. Young people were portrayed as apathetic to politics but now they are finding a way.

“This planet is one thing we have all got in common. And it is being ruined by capitalism for the sake of profit. It is going downhill so quickly.

“They don’t care about wealth for ordinary people. It’s got to the point where money, profit margins are what matter. It’s not about the people that work or the people who do the production that matters anymore.”

One of the students declared, “The two-party system is not working anymore.” Another said, “I’m proposing a democratic form of socialism, where there isn’t the one percent that controls 60 percent of the wealth anymore.”

Three other students had also come to the demonstration together. One, holding a “Kill Capitalism. Kill Climate Change” banner, explained that he had attended the previous demonstration in the UK on February 15 and wanted to “stop the slide forward to catastrophe.”

Capitalism kills the planet. Kill capitalism! and Open borders for climate refugees, British students say

His friend explained that recently MPs had held a climate change debate and only 30 were present. “It was the first debate for two years and no one turned up. It shows they do not care.

“One of the reasons governments don’t care about climate change is that they are lobbied and funded by oil corporations. We can change things through protests but also calling for public ownership instead of private property. Today is a good way of making change.”

Another of the students insisted though that “There is little you can do individually. It comes down to international agreements and cooperation with other countries.”

His friend said, “It’s much more about changing ownership. People realize that the system has got worse and seen the rise of right-wing extremism. It’s about controlling corporations and putting them into the hands of the people.”

France

Lys, a high-school student in Paris, said, “We came to the protest to show that the youth have a chance to change things and that we want things to actually get done—not just more promoting the government’s image.

“There is pressure from lobbies. There are fake solutions put in place. Hybrid cars—that’s great, because they don’t pollute in the cities, but the batteries still pollute a lot … I want actions to happen on a world scale, across Europe or the whole world.

Some dream for a bank [banque]. We dream for icebergs [banquise], this Paris, Frence student says

“Today in France there are 280,000 soldiers. They are deployed throughout the world. I find that France has a sphere of action that is far too large. The wars are for private interests, whether they be financial or political, and not for humanitarian concerns. That’s what I find dangerous. That’s also what I’m afraid of for the climate. It’s the private interests which buy politics and power. That’s why I came today.

“I think it is totally unhelpful to tax products from gas usage. People living in rural areas have no other means of transport than their car. Parisians drive to work but could do without them.”

A high school student from Lycée Saint-Louis in Paris said:

“We’re not going to revolutionize the environment through a petrol tax. We have to change everything; the society, the economic model that is made for the profits of the banks and capitalism. I think that it’s by changing the economic system fundamentally that we’re going to save the planet. At the moment we are not deciding things based on saving humanity but on saving profit.”

Our inaction today is a crime for tomorrow, Paris students say

“As far as I see it the Paris agreement was a big show to give the impression we were doing something.”

Asked about Macron’s announcement of compulsory military service in France, the student said: “Go fight for Macron? Absolutely not. Nor for France. I don’t consider myself ‘French’ but a human being. My only region is that of humanity. The service should not be for the military but to teach us things like first aid.”

German pro-climate demonstrators

This photo shows German pro-climate demonstrators have a sign saying that dinosaurs (like politicians neglecting climate change) also thought there still was time.

Germany

Arvid and Finn are physics students at the Free University of Berlin.

Arvid said, “I am enthusiastic about the mobilization that has taken place in recent weeks for climate protection. But I think it’s very difficult to tackle this great task of climate protection with the current economic system where everything is designed to compete. In this system, companies or nations fight for themselves. Capitalism is not the best way to meet this challenge.”

Finn added that “every effort to protect the climate is considered a ‘competitive disadvantage’ in this system.”

Liz, Pascal, Valerie and George are geography students at Humboldt University.

Pascal said, “Climate policy concerns us all. We are natural scientists, geographers. The politicians have slept on this for years, even though we know the limit of global warming of 1.5 degrees set by science to prevent a natural disaster. We can’t accept that. It’s the generation taking to the streets today that will be massively affected. It will change all our lives. But I think we can still turn the rudder around. But we only have 10 years left and that is an extremely short period.”

Students protest in Berlin

George said he was not opposed to the capitalist system, but that it would need to be “restructured” in order to address the problem of climate change, so that it was not focused on “growth.”

“We have lost about a quarter of our humus soil in the last 25 years,” Pascal said. “Nobody from government politics is interested in that. It is dramatic and we see the dangers everywhere. Biodiversity continues to decline. We must act now, at all levels.”

United States

The International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at the University of Michigan spoke with students and youth in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Marisol, a high school junior at Community High School, said, “I feel that we are living with a cloud over our heads. The corporations and politicians are totally unwilling to change anything. The working class just needs to wake up and see our power.”

Isaac and Marisol at the University of Michigan in the United States

She added, “It’s not the fault of the people at the bottom, who have nothing. It’s the rich and the corporations and the politicians who are responsible.” Isaac agreed the capitalist system was the root of the problem of climate change: “We need to break out of the two-party system for sure, they are both for the rich.”

Nissa and Isaac, who are students at the University of Michigan, came to the protest because they think climate change is among the most pressing issues facing the working class today. Nissa explained, “I believe this is a systemic issue, meaning the capitalist system. And in order to solve it we need to understand that. The world elites are so far from fixing this issue, and they can’t. Nothing has been done, it’s actually getting worse.” Isaac added, “I think we both agree that the only people who can solve this is ordinary people, the working class.”

At New York University, IYSSE campaigners attended several protests around the city. Lucie, a New York University student majoring in European and Mediterranean studies, said, “I was inspired by marches in Europe and we need to show our support. We don’t have a planet B. We are not seeing the change that is needed. The politicians are not changing laws that were written before this research was done, and they act like it is too hard to change now.” When asked if she thought change was possible under capitalism, she added, “No! We need radical changes now. The alternative needs to become the norm.”

Lucie’s friend, Audrey, said, “I don’t understand why everyone is not here. We see that this issue hits some people harder, but it affects everyone. The politicians are just ignoring us and pretending that everything is fine.”

An IYSSE campaign team in New Orleans interviewed Darryl. He said, “I think this growing worldwide movement driven by the youth is really key in getting something to happen. I think we need to have a complete change in policy on energy issues and keep oil and gas in the ground and move rapidly toward solar and renewable resources.” When asked what it would take to implement these policies, Darryl said, “I think it’s going to take a mass political movement. I’ve seen the Green New Deal but it needs to go a whole lot farther than what they’re talking about.”

Canada

A WSWS team interviewed students in Montreal. In response to a question about the inaction of governments around the world, one student replied: “We have to change them, but they all end up the same.” His friend added that “everyone has to oppose their governments”, otherwise, the consequences would be that “there will be nothing left on our planet in a couple of generations.”

Explaining why he was protesting, Theo, a high school student, replied, “We are here to protest against climate change, because governments do nothing, and big business does nothing.”

Emphasizing the international character of the protests, the WSWS reporter asked another group of students what they thought about its significance. In response, they pointed to their sign, which said “F**k capitalism.”

“What’s needed is a system change,” one student said, adding, “It’s good to see all people, students, people who have kids, old people, coming together to protest.”

Fanny, a student from Switzerland, said she had already participated in similar demonstrations in her own country. Recognizing the importance of the international character of the demonstrations, she stressed the need for global political action, adding that attempts to present climate change as an individual problem must be countered. “Governments dodge responsibility for this by presenting it [environmental action] as an individual issue.”

This 16 March 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Kids Go On GLOBAL Climate Strike

Doing what the adults refuse to do. Cenk Uygur, John Iadarola, and Tommy Vietor discuss on The Young Turks

“An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history.”

Read more here.

By Oscar Grenfell in Australia:

Tens of thousands of Australian students join climate strike protest

16 March 2019

Tens of thousands of Australian high school students participated in strikes yesterday, demanding immediate action to address climate change and environmental destruction. The rallies were part of a series of protests around the world, including across Europe and in the United States.

The demonstrations were the largest in Australia involving high school students since at least 2003, when there were mass protests against the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq.

An estimated 30,000 participated in Sydney, with similar numbers in Melbourne. Around 10,000 protested in Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, while thousands rallied in Perth, Adelaide and Hobart. In Newcastle, a working class regional city north of Sydney, at least 2,000 demonstrated. Dozens of smaller protests were held in country towns and regional centres across the country.

Part of the Sydney rally

The size of the rallies makes clear that young people, who have grown up amid endless war, soaring inequality and an assault on the working class, are being propelled into political struggle. They are animated, not only by concern over the destruction of the environment, but also the dominance of the banks and corporations over every aspect of social and political life, the rise of militarism and the turn to authoritarianism by governments around the world.

In the lead up to the strike, senior politicians and the corporate press expressed the fear and hostility of the political establishment at the emergence of a movement among young people. Members of the federal Liberal-National Coalition government denounced the students as “truants”, while the Murdoch media ran a stream of articles, claiming that the protests were the result of “left-wing indoctrination” in high schools. Teachers who publicly supported the rallies were threatened with punitive measures.

Bill Shorten, the federal Labor leader, also condemned the protests, demanding that students demonstrate outside of school hours. …

Other politicians, however, including NSW [New South Wales] Labor leader Michael Daley and leading Greens representatives declared their support for the rallies. …

High school students who addressed the Sydney rally condemned the continuing use of coal, including the establishment of the Carmichael mine in central Queensland by multinational corporation Adani.

They denounced the close ties between the major parties and the coal industry. Some denounced Labor MPs for refusing to commit to ending the expansion of coal mining and to action to stem climate change. Others spoke powerfully on the devastating impact of climate change on the Pacific Islands, and on the dire plight of Aboriginal communities, partly resulting from environmental degradation and a lack of clean water sources.

A section of the Melbourne protest

The … federal Labor government of Julia Gillard did nothing to stem carbon emissions, when it was in office from 2010–2013. Under its signature carbon tax policy, Australia’s carbon emissions actually increased. According to Labor’s own 2012 modelling, if the tax had remained in place from 2012 to 2020, annual national carbon emissions would have grown from 582 to 621 million tonnes by 2020. …

The Newcastle demonstration

The attempts by the political establishment to co-opt the climate strike movement must be resisted.

Climate change is a product of the profit system, and the irrational division of the globe into competing capitalist nation-states. What is required is a turn to the working class, and the construction of a mass socialist movement against war, inequality and authoritarianism. Only by establishing a world socialist society, based on social need, not private profit, can the scourges of climate change, poverty and the threat of nuclear war be ended.

This 15 March 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Youth Strike 4 Climate: London

The #YouthStrike4Climate global day of action on March 15 could be a game changer. With school student strikes in 2099 different towns and cities in 123 different countries, things have come a very long way since Greta Thunberg walked out of school demanding urgent action over climate change just three months ago.

In London, around 40,000 students descended on central London and ran the police ragged, breaking through police lines near Buckingham Palace, and joining Extinction Rebellion youth to block Westminster Bridge. Militant, joyful and determined, the school students are literally fighting for their lives – and on this evidence, look well capable of changing the future.

By Ceren Sagir and Chantelle Billson in Britain:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Youth continue strike for climate

THOUSANDS of schoolchildren and young people brought central London to a standstill today to protest against the government’s inaction on climate change.

A number of them dodged police barriers and climbed onto the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace with one making it 82 feet to the top.

Others blocked off the roads around Trafalgar Square. Chants of “oh Jeremy Corbyn” and “hey, ho, climate change has got to go” were heard as they marched there from Parliament Square.

Anna Taylor, one of the organisers of the YouthStrike4Climate protest, said the government was failing to recognise the severity of the environmental crisis.

The 17-year-old said: “We’re here because we feel betrayed and we don’t feel we can trust them to protect our future, which is why we’re having to go on strike to make our voices heard, and let them know that unless they change something we will keep striking until they consider our demands.

“They’re failing to make environmental reform and environmental policy a priority, they’re focusing on economic policy and Brexit and failing to address the climate crisis facing us.”

Action was also taken across Britain with students striking in major cities, as well as around the world with 2,000 events expected to have taken place in more than 120 countries.

Ahead of the protest, Labour’s shadow youth affairs minister Cat Smith said the party was in solidarity with the protesters.

She said: “The strike demonstrates that young people care deeply about environmental issues and will use their collective power to bring about meaningful change.

“This should serve as a wake-up call to the political establishment that young people’s views can no longer be ignored, and urgent action is needed to tackle the escalating ecological crisis.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also backed the strikers, tweeting: “Thank you for standing up against climate change. You shouldn’t have to pay the price for the mistakes of previous generations.”

Prime Minister Theresa May and Education Secretary Damian Hinds previously criticised the young protesters for being on strike from school during the first nationwide action in February.

Conservative MPs have now lined up to praise the “inspirational strikers.”

In a video released ahead of the strikes Environment Secretary Michael Gove told students they agreed that collective action on climate change can make a “profound” difference.

New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West – affecting birds that use these wetlands for breeding, migration and wintering: here.

USA: GOP SENATOR: HAVE MORE BABIES TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) tore into the Green New Deal on Tuesday, stating on the Senate floor that the only thing needed to combat climate change is for Americans to “fall in love” and have “more babies.” Lee, who has previously expressed doubt about the scientific consensus that human activity is the main driver of global warming, bashed a resolution laying out the tenets of the Green New Deal. [HuffPost]

Wild animals of Singapore, video


This 14 March 2019 video says about itself:

The Wild Animals of Singapore | Wild Cities | BBC Earth

Hannah Stitfall explores the Botanic Gardens of Singapore, where animals like monitor lizards, otters and rare birds have found a new home.

Worldwide anti-racism demonstrations today, after Christchurch massacre


This 15 March 2019 video from England says about itself:

UK: Corbyn joins vigil outside Finsbury Mosque honouring New Zealand victims

A vigil was held outside London’s Finsbury Park mosque, Friday, following the terrorist attack in New Zealand’s Christchurch that killed 49 Muslim worshippers.

The Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn addressed the crowd, encouraging the people of the world to embrace one another and fight hate with love, celebrating London’s multiculturalism and vowing to fight racism.

The main suspect was identified as Brenton Tarrant, an Australian national. In a manifesto believed to be from the attacker, he justifies his acts through white supremacist and anti-migrant ideology.

Finsbury Park mosque was the site of a terrorist attack in 2017, when a man used a van to kill one person and injure nine more.

By Peter Lazenby in Britain:

Friday, March 15, 2019

Worldwide anti-racism demos ‘come at a critical moment’

A WORLDWIDE anti-racism demonstration tomorrow [so, today, SAturday] “comes at a critical moment” as it will fall a day after the massacre of 49 Muslims in New Zealand, an organiser of the British protests has said.

Stand Up to Racism (SUTR) co-convenor Weyman Bennett said that the terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch is a result of long-term “demonisation” of migrants and Muslims.

“The global protests are about saying we have had enough, we will not allow a rise in racism and fascism to go unchallenged,” he added.

Protests will take place in 22 countries and more than 60 cities including London, Cardiff and Glasgow. Numbers are expected to swell following the horror of Friday’s terror attacks by white supremacists.

“We must robustly stand up to Islamophobia, in solidarity with Muslim communities,” SUTR co-convenor Sabby Dhalu said.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who will be at the London protest, said: “Deepest sympathies to the people of New Zealand following this horrendous terrorist attack.

“It has never been more important to mobilise here and link up with our supporters abroad to fight all forms of racism.”

Trade unions also made a call for anti-fascists to join the protests.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The far-right are a growing menace in Britain, bolstered by a global network they are taking their hate-filled messages onto our streets and into our communities.

“As trade unionists we will continue to stand up to the forces of hatred and division and to promote our values of tolerance and diversity.”

Mick Cash, general secretary of transport union RMT, said: “For RMT members racism and associated hate crimes are a daily reality. All of the statistics show a rise in violence, abuse and threats across the transport network with racism an ever-present issue.”

Maswood Ahmed, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said: “Although much progress has been made, the crippling poison of racism, fascism and Islamophobia still persists.

“This national demonstration is an excellent example of solidarity for achieving the common good.”

David Rosenberg, on behalf of various Jewish groups who will march as a Jewish bloc during the protest, said the British government cannot escape criticism for being “openly allied” with far-right governments in other European nations and for having policies such as its own “hostile environment” for migrants.

This video says about itself:

Vigil for Christchurch, New Zealand

15 March 2019

What a sad, sad day yesterday was for my adopted country and for our Muslim brothers and sisters in humanity. I have been searching for words to share my sadness and support for those affected by this tragedy, and seem to only be coming up with music. As a white immigrant to this beautiful, peaceful country, mine is not the voice most needed to be heard and amplified at the moment. But I can’t seem to focus on anything else today, so here is my musical hand extended in shared grief and support.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Friday, March 15, 2019

In order to overcome racism we need to address its roots

THE tragic events of today have shocked the people across the world and, notwithstanding the disgusting attempt by one senator from Queensland to blame the attack on the victims, messages of sympathy and solidarity have been issued by governments and politicians, presidents and prime ministers.

There is a tendency with events like these to speak about them almost as if they were some terrible natural disaster or adversity that we all need to pull together to overcome.

They are not. This horrific attack was the result of a conscious decision, made by human beings, to carry out a massacre.

In order to “overcome” it, in order to prevent attacks like this in the future, we need to address its roots — to understand the thinking, the ideology, which justifies such an act.

This was fundamentally a racist attack. Whether dressed up as Islamophobic or anti-immigrant, at root, this is about racism, an ideology as old as class society itself.

That is somewhat arguable. While in the Roman empire there was discrimination between citizens and ‘barbarians’ who might be enslaved, barbarians and slaves were not just Africans, but might be Europeans or Asians as well. Roman society was a class society, but not yet a capitalist society. Arguably, modern racism started as an effect of the early capitalist trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Racism, as an ideology, is fundamental to sustaining racial oppression — the oppression of people based on their perceived racial or ethnic origin.

Just like the oppression of women, sustained by sexist ideology, racial oppression is a structurally integral part of class society.

The oppression of women and of black people has enabled the economic super-exploitation on the back of which capitalism developed and on which it still rests today, while the ideologies of racism and sexism are used to divide the working class and ensure its continued subjugation to capital.

Just think of the continued gender pay gap, or the effects of institutional racism on the wages of black workers. Class, race and sex are fundamentally intertwined.

Of course, the ideology of racism comes in many forms, from the violent words and actions of the far right, through the “populist” Islamophobia of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to the racist jokes of politicians like Boris Johnson.

But it is all part of the same ideology, an ideology whose purpose is to sustain oppression and to put people in their place.

And so we must fight racism in all its forms. We must fight for legal action to tackle hate speech, institutional racism and the activities of the far right.

We must mobilise on the streets to confront the far right when they try to march through our communities. We must work and build in those communities to unite people in opposition to racism. And we must confront racism ideologically, challenging the lies about immigration, exposing the racism behind policies like the “hostile environment” and the serious problems with initiatives like the Prevent strategy, and calling out casual racism by politicians and workmates alike.

But we must also go further. We need to build a positive sense of solidarity. The opposite to the ideology of racism and sexism is not simply the absence of racism and sexism, it is class ideology.

We must replace the politics of racism and sexism with class politics, and heal our divided communities by uniting the working class in the struggle for our rights.

If racism and sexism are systemic features of capitalism, essential to sustaining it in its current form, then the fight to overcome them, and to overcome the oppression of women and black people, is integrally intertwined with the fight to dismantle class society.

As we march tomorrow, and as we remember the victims of today’s atrocities, we must commit ourselves to challenging racism and oppression in all its forms, and to the struggle for a better society.

This video from Canada says about itself:

Toronto vigil honors victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

Hundreds showed up at Nathan Phillips Square to support and honour the victims of the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand.

By Steve Sweeney in Britain:

Friday, March 15, 2019

New Zealand shocked as white supremacist guns down Muslim worshippers in mosques …

NEW ZEALAND is in mourning after a self-styled white supremacist shot dead 49 Muslim worshippers and injured dozens in terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. …

New Zealand police confirmed the recovery of a number of guns at the mosques. Tarrant’s rifles were covered in white supremacist graffiti.

The number 14 is visible on the rifles, likely referring to the 14 words of white supremacist slogan “we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” …

In a “manifesto,” Tarrant described himself as an ethno-nationalist … He claims to have briefly met with Norwegian fascist Anders Breivik who shot dead 69 socialists at a Workers Youth League summer camp on the island of Utoya in 2011.

Tarrant also claimed to have been inspired by the Finsbury Park Mosque terror attack carried out by Darren Osborne who was jailed for life last February after he drove a van into Muslim worshippers. Osborne killed one man and injured many more.

Osborne had said that he wanted to kill Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn — who was punched on the back of his head by a man at Finsbury Park Mosque earlier this month.

He has also called for London Mayor Sadiq Khan, whom he calls a “Pakistani Muslim invader”, to be killed.

Demos across the world tomorrow [today, Saturday] — including in London, Glasgow and Cardiff in Britain — will rally against Islamophobia and fascism ahead of the UN’s Anti-Racism Day next Thursday.

On Friday, Mr Corbyn laid a wreath at a vigil outside the New Zealand High Commission in London. He told attendees: “We will not allow these people to divide us, we will stand in solidarity with all those who suffered egregiously in New Zealand.”

Speaking at a service at Finsbury Park Mosque after Friday prayers he said: “An attack on a mosque, an attack on a synagogue, an attack on a church, an attack on a temple is an attack on all of us.

“So, those people who’ve died in New Zealand, that’s an attack on all of us. The only answer is one of respect for each other, support for each other, and solidarity.”

Speaking at East London Mosque, Mr Khan announced that policing will be increased at places of worship in London over the coming days.

He added: “We may be more than 11,000 miles away from Christchurch in New Zealand but we feel the ripples of hatred, we feel the ripples of fear and we feel the ripples of sorrow of our brothers and sisters in Christchurch.”

Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand president Mustafa Farouk said his organisation was “seeking the prayers and support of all New Zealanders for the victims of this senseless attack.

“We ask our Muslim brothers and sisters to remain calm and display common sense. We are resolved to maintain cohesion and peace among all New Zealanders.”

Baby Tyrannosaurus rex, how did it look?


This 9 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

What Did a Baby T. rex Look Like? 🦖 Find out in T. rex: The Ultimate Predator (Now Open!)

Did you know that when Tyrannosaurus rex was a hatchling it was most likely covered in fluffy feathers?

According to other scientists, Tyrannosaurus rex was mostly covered in scales.

Go behind the scenes of the new exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, which opens March 11 at the American Museum of Natural History, with paleontologist Mark Norell and the model makers to find out how they create the stunningly detailed, life-sized models of the iconic dinosaur as a baby, juvenile, and menacing adult. Warning: you may never think of T. rex the same way again.

For more information, visit the exhibition website.

Did Berlusconi murder witness of his underage sex?


Imane Fadil at the courthouse in 2012, AFP photo

From ANSA news agency in Italy:

Ruby witness Imane Fadil dies

Murder probe opened

Milan, March 15 – A Moroccan-origin model who was a key prosecution witness in the ‘Ruby’ underage prostitute trials involving ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi has died after claiming to have been poisoned.

A murder probe has been opened, police said.

They said she had died after a “month of agony”.

She was awake until the end despite progressive organ failure. Imane Fadil, 34, died March 1 at the Humanitas Clinic at Rozzano near Milan where she had been admitted at the end of January.

She told her relatives and lawyer that she was afraid she had been poisoned.

Berlusconi was cleared of paying for sex with an underage prostitute

on appeal, after having been convicted in another court earlier

after judges said he did not know Ruby was a minor.

He has since been embroiled in cases of allegedly bribing witnesses to lie about the real nature of his bunga bunga sex parties.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Italian media report that a mixture of radioactive substances has been found in Fadil’s blood. …

According to the Italian press, Fadil was working on a book about her experiences at Berlusconi’s controversial parties. The public prosecutor is said to have a copy of the manuscript.

Miocene giant extinct animals in Italy


This 5 March 2019 video from the USA, about Gargano, formerly an island, now an Italian mainland peninsula, says about itself:

The Island of Huge Hamsters and Giant Owls

Back in the late Miocene epoch, there was an island–or maybe a group of islands– in the Mediterranean Sea that was populated with fantastic giant beasts. It’s a lesson in the very strange, but very real, powers of natural selection.

Pro-climate students strike in Britain, worldwide


Yesterday youth took over the grass in Parliament Square, London, England, part of the millions worldwide striking against climate change

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Youth are marching against capitalism

Yesterday youth took over the grass in Parliament Square, part of the millions worldwide striking against climate change

OVER 10,000 school youth from around the South East of England descended on London’s Parliament Square yesterday shouting: ‘Solution not pollution! We want change!’ They were part of tens of thousands nationwide and millions of youth around the globe who joined in the global youth strike against climate change.

In Sheffield, thousands of school and university students held a mass rally in the town centre. Ellie, 19, studying General Engineering at University of Sheffield told News Line: ‘Young people have not been involved enough in questions about climate change. These things should be part of our education. We are now faced with the necessity for everyone to come together to do something about it. People have got the ideas now, but we need to implement them through mass action.’

In Brighton, thousands also walked out of their schools and colleges and joined a mass march through the city. Right across the world in more than 1,200 cities over 90 countries in every continent, youth walked out of school and joined the strike. On the London demonstration many of the youth blamed capitalism for climate change and demanded revolution and socialism.

Natasha Mula, from the Arts Educational Schools (known as ArtsEd) in Chiswick, Hounslow said: ‘We want to take responsibility for our planet and make sure we are not passive but instead part of a whole community which wants to see change.

‘Capitalism is a system designed to only let a tiny percentage of people be rich. The sooner we realise that we can’t win in the system and we have to completely change it, the better. I am for revolution 100%. Karl Marx’s principles are admirable.’

Sam Bolton also from ArtsEd added: ‘I do not want our future generation to pay the price for what we or the government have done. We have the right to protect and preserve the world we live in and the lives of the future generations. We can take the helm of this country. The people in power are not making the best decisions. They have enough money to help people but they don’t. They have the opportunity to, but they choose not to. This world is run by the rich people, international companies and governments. We have had this government for a long time. We have to raise our voices for the future.’

Jack Long from Colchester Sixth Form said: ‘Capitalism puts the needs of the rich and the wealthy above people who really need it. We need a revolution to sort this mess out. We have had a capitalist government since 2010 and we need a change. We have got to get rid of the system. We have to get rid of capitalism itself.

‘There are impoverished people around the world and there are impoverished people where we live in Clacton. The UN had an ambassador who did a report recently on poverty in the UK.’

Dallala Giberthorpe from Nower Hill School in Pinner, northwest London, said: ‘We have been given the opportunity for our voices to be heard and I think that it is very important for us to take that opportunity, and I want this government out.’

Nischhal Rai also from Nower Hill School said: ‘Capitalism does not work. If you give too much wealth to a few people at the top it is always going to fail. Everyone must have their basic rights, food, shelter, water. I am for a socialist society and socialism is the best system when compared to capitalism.’

This 15 March 2019 video from England says about itself:

Youth Climate Strike Brings Thousands to Streets of London

TRNN’s Jaisal Noor speaks to some of the 5,000 youth that marched in London, England.

Also from News Line:

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Global youth are striking against climate change

In every continent, and in 90 countries, tens of thousands of school students walked out of class, took to the streets and demanded a future, something which capitalism cannot provide for them. Young people rose up across Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

They demanded ‘save the planet’ and pointed to capitalism as the source of the climate change disaster. The strikes began last year when one teenager, Greta Thunberg, held a solo protest outside the Swedish parliament. Since then the movement against climate change has erupted worldwide.

Yesterday, there were 51 protests in Canada, 158 across the States, 27 in Mexico, 17 in Brazil, 17 in Argentina, 48 in Australia, 16 in New Zealand, 26 in India, 178 in Italy, 63 in Spain, 123 in Sweden, 25 in Finland, 195 in Germany, 209 in France, 28 in Ireland and 107 across the UK.

This is truly an international revolutionary movement of young people determined to stand up, speak out and change the world for the better. In fact, the youth are the most revolutionary section of the working class, and revolutionary situations have always begun with a mass revolt of the youth against the oppressive system of the day.

Today this system is capitalism. It is in its death agony and determined to drag the whole planet down with it. The rebellious millions of youth are now fighting alongside and inspiring the only really revolutionary class in society to take action.

For instance in Belgium, thousands of workers joined the youth strike yesterday in Antwerp, Bruges and Liège, before travelling to Brussels for a large demonstration. Gina Heyrman, a spokeswoman for the 1.6 million-strong Belgian socialist trades union ABVV-FGTB, said the movement has similarities with the Paris protests of 1968.

She said: ‘This is the first time we have had a political strike together with young people. Maybe we’re at the beginning of a new era. I hope so. Everyone talks about the climate now. Everyone is aware of it, thanks to the students.’

However, the situation is much more revolutionary now than in 1968. This revolutionary movement of youth comes at a time when capitalism is completely bankrupt, where the working class is on the move in country after country, where the ‘Yellow Vests’ uprising in France is escalating.

There are constant battles on the streets of Greece between workers and police, there is mass youth unemployment in both Spain and Italy, and the Italian banks are on the verge of a further crash. That crash will bring the banking system of Europe down with it. …

In Britain, there is an entire generation of workers who have had enough after ten years of austerity, with school heads and nursery heads marching on Parliament furious that education has been cut to the bone, three years of rail strikes to keep the guards on the train, strike after strike of NHS staff. The strike wave in Britain has only just begun.

As one school student from east London said on the London march: ‘I am for socialism because capitalism is the wrong way forward. Capitalism is destroying the planet. The only way is a worker-controlled country for a sustainable world. I try not to buy too many products. There is overproduction and crisis which causes job losses. Revolution must be done here and all over the world.’

Youth know that capitalism by its very essence must destroy to survive, it is a system completely driven by profit. Where bosses exploit markets, use an army of slave labour, make as much profit as they possibly can … and when they can make no more, sack the workforce, shut down the industry and move on in search of a new market to exploit, just like a swarm of locusts.

This 21 June 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

YouthStrike4Climate: Trade unionists join school students in calling for strike action

The May global student strike took place in over 120 different countries and over 1,000 different locations. In London, trade unionists joined school students in calling for workers to join the climate strike planned for September 20.

As one student says, “when future generations ask you what you did to stop this global crisis, and you tell them ‘Well, my boss didn’t want me going so I did nothing’, they’re not going to be very happy about that.”

So no more excuses. Start working out how your workplace can join the strike now.

Big Dutch strike against education austerity


This 15 March 2019 Dutch video is about over 40,000 people demonstrating yesterday, in spite of storm and rain, on the Malieveld in The Hague.

They were teachers on general strike. Not just striking primary school teachers and secondary school teachers; also university teachers. And students as well.

In this video, students explain why they support the striking teachers.

And parents.

On this video, Jeroen de Glas, father of schoolchildren, addresses the rally.

This video shows Mr De Glas’ complete speech.

This is another video on the The Hague rally.

And yet another video.

And another one.

They protested against the right-wing government‘s cuts on education leading to overworked teachers.

The government claimed yesterday that they cannot spend more on education as they also have to spend on defence wars.

This is another video on the 15 March protest. It starts with a teacher with a sign depicting right-wing Prime Minister Rutte with a dunce cap on his head.

Another sign says: Are only rich people allowed to become smart?

The Hague was not the only education protest yesterday. This video is about Gorinchem town.