Flowers, Sardinian warbler and swallows of Tilos


This 30 October 2018 video is called TILOS island in the sun, GREECE.

After 25 April 2019, 26 April on Tilos.

Once again, walking to Eristos beach.

Monastery, 26 April 2014

Close to the graveyard of Megalo Chorio village is this ancient monastery building.

Plants, 26 April 2019

Again, fields full of flowers.

Megalo Chorio, 26 April 2019

Looking back, we see Megalo Chorio village.

Sardinian warbler, 26 April 2019

This Sardinian warbler is one of many of its species here.

A hoopoe calls.

Arum dioscoridis, 26 April 2019

Along the path, this Arum dioscoridis flower.

Oats and poppìes, 26 April 2019

And these oats and common poppies.

Purple flowers, 26 April 2019

And these beautiful purple flowers.

Purple flowers, on 26 April 2019

A grey heron flies.

So does a clouded yellow butterfly.

Not far from Eristos beach, a woodchat shrike on a wire.

Eristos beach, 26 April 2019

We arrived at the beach.

Eristos beach, on 26 April 2019

Searocket, 26 April 2019

Searocket flowers.

Again, a shag swimming in the bay.

Alpine swifts and barn swallows flying north in their spring migration.

Near the bus stop, a barn swallow sits down on a wire. Minutes later, a second swallow sits next to it. Still minutes later, a third bird joins them.

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French Macron meets Bahraini absolute monarch


Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, right, is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron before a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, today

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Macron urged to demand Bahraini king releases political prisoners during state visit

Failing to raise the issue would be ‘a stain on France’s historical commitment to human rights’, Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said

Hundreds of thousands of French workers demonstrated on Thursday as part of a nationwide public sector strike to oppose the Emmanuel Macron government’s draft law on the “modernization” of the public sector: here.

Eight new bug species discovered on Texel


This November 2018 video says about itself:

This video is exploring the general characteristics of the insect order Hemiptera.

The blog of wildlife warden Erik van der Spek on Texel island in the Netherlands reports today (translated):

Bug researchers Dik Hermes and Berend Aukema have found eight bug species new for Texel in 2018, four of which are also new for the Wadden Sea area. Meanwhile, 342 of the 641 bug species known from the Netherlands are also known from Texel.

Pentagon sacks Guantanamo commander for mentioning torture


This February 2017 British TV video is called Torture: The Guantanamo Guidebook.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

Pentagon fires Guantanamo prison commander for calling attention to US crimes

30 April 2019

The Pentagon has announced the abrupt firing of the commander of the infamous US prison camp at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

In a statement released Sunday, the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which oversees the extra-legal detention center, claimed that Rear Adm. John C. Ring, the camp commandant, had been relieved of his command because of a “loss of confidence in his ability” to lead. The facility has a staff of 1,800 troops and civilian personnel deployed to continue the imprisonment of 40 remaining detainees.

The dismissal comes just weeks before Ring was to complete his tour as the 18th commander of the prison camp, which was opened in 2002 as part of the “war on terror” launched under the administration of George W. Bush. The timing suggests retaliation by the top brass over what it sees as the rear admiral’s overly frank statements to the media.

Last December, he gave an interview at one of Guantanamo’s detention centers to NBC News in which he complained about the deterioration of the camp facilities and the failure of Congress to appropriate funds for their replacement or repair. He also warned that the aging of the prisoners could soon turn the notorious site of torture, rendition and illegal detention into something resembling a nursing home.

Ring had estimated last year that $69 million was needed to replace the most dilapidated of the camp’s facilities, which houses the 15 so-called “high-value detainees” who were transferred to Guantanamo in 2006–2007 after being imprisoned and tortured at CIA “black sites” around the world.

His firing came on the same day that the New York Times published a lengthy article titled “Guantánamo Bay as Nursing Home: Military Envisions Hospice Care as Terrorism Suspects Age . ” Written by Carol Rosenberg, who has reported from Guantanamo since 2002, previously for the Miami Herald, the article included extensive statements made by Ring during a recent press trip to the prison camp.

“Unless America’s policy changes, at some point we’ll be doing some sort of end of life care here,” the Times quoted the commander as saying. “A lot of my guys are pre-diabetic… Am I going to need dialysis down here? I don’t know. Someone’s got to tell me that. Are we going to do complex cancer care down here? I don’t know. Someone’s got to tell me that.”

The oldest prisoner at Guantanamo is now 71, while the average age is 46. Many have been held since the facility opened in 2002, and the majority of them, 26 in all, have never been charged, much less tried for any crime.

Defense One quoted Ring as stating: “I’m sort of caught between a rock and a hard place. The Geneva Conventions’ Article III, that says that I have to give the detainees equivalent medical care that I would give to a trooper. But if a trooper got sick, I’d send him home to the United States. And so I’m stuck. Whatever I’m going to do, I have to do here.”

Any US military personnel with serious health problems are airlifted to the US Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Laws passed by Congress, however, bar any Guantanamo detainees from being brought onto US soil for any purpose whatsoever. As a result, detainees who suffer serious medical conditions, in many cases the result of systematic torture, receive either inadequate care or none whatsoever.

The Times article cited the case of Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, accused of leading resistance to US troops who invaded Afghanistan. He was left untreated for degenerative disc disease and back injuries exacerbated by torture until he lost the use of his legs and became incontinent. What followed was a series of botched spinal surgeries performed in the prison camp that has left Hadi, 58, in a wheelchair and dependent upon painkillers. While medical personnel concluded that he needed complex surgery that could not be performed at the camp, the law bars his being transferred to a US military hospital.

The Times article also cited the case of Mustafa al Hawsawi, a Saudi man alleged to have provided assistance with travel and expenses to the 9/11 hijackers. He “has for years suffered such chronic rectal pain from being sodomized in the CIA prisons that he sits gingerly on a pillow in court, returns to his cell to recline at the first opportunity and fasts frequently to try to limit bowel movements.”

Another prisoner, an Indonesian man known as Hambali, who is accused of being a leader of the Southeast Asian Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah, requires a knee replacement as a result of injuries suffered during torture at CIA black sites, including being continuously shackled by his ankles.

Space satellites’ discoveries on animals


This 29 April 2019 video about the Antarctic says about itself:

Filming Animals From Space Leads to Incredible Discoveries | Earth From Space | BBC Earth

Satellites filming animals from space lead to unexpected discoveries, from a seal birth to colonies of albatrosses and penguins.