Nazi murder of German politician

This 17 June 2019 German video says about itself (translated):

Nazi arrested for murdering Lübcke

The Kassel government president Lübcke has apparently been the victim of a right-wing nationalist assassination: this is suggested by media reports on the suspect. This man has probably tried to kill people before – and possibly announced his latest crime.

In Germany, a high-ranking politician has apparently been killed by a right-wing extremist because of his refugee-friendly views. This is suggested by the latest developments in the case of the assassination of the Kassel district president Walter Lübcke. The man arrested on Saturday is a 45-year-old with a relevant past.

According to information from “Zeit Online”, the suspect is supposedly Stephan E., who had been convicted for extreme right-wing crimes years ago. In 1993, at the age of 20, E. is said to have attacked an asylum seekers’ accommodation in Hohenstein-Steckenroth, Hesse, with a pipe bomb. The bomb had been in a car that E. had set fire to. However, residents of the building managed to extinguish the fire before the detonation of the bomb. The would-be assassin went to jail for this.

E. according to Die Zeit previously attracted attention with right-wing extremist motivated crimes: assault, arson and violations of the weapons law. According to the research network of NDR, WDR and “Süddeutsche Zeitung” E. had announced the attack [on Lübcke], at least by allusion: On his Youtube channel E. had said that if the government would not act soon [against refugees], there would be dead people. The search of his apartment found weapons …

The arrested man was engaged in the NPD [neo-nazi party]. The man is said to be from Lichtenfels in Bavaria and to have engaged in the environment of the Hessian NPD and a right-wing group called Autonomous Nationalists. As reported by “Spiegel Online”, E. was also sentenced to seven months probation for breach of the peace, because he is said to have attacked a trade union rally in Dortmund together with 400 Autonomous Nationalists.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“It’s a shock. This case is very important for Germany”, said Holger Schmidt, an expert on terrorism at German broadcaster ARD, about the murder of CDU politician Walter Lübcke.

The German justice department assumes that suspect Stephan E. had an extreme right-wing motive. Today, the national public prosecutor’s office took over the case, which only happens in exceptional cases. If the suspicion turns out to be true, then it is the first post-World War II political murder in Germany with a right-wing extremist background.

No. Maybe it is the first post-World War II political murder in Germany with a right-wing extremist background of an establishment party politician. However, German neo-nazis of the NSU armed gang and other gangs had already murdered 152 people from 1991 until 2013.

The act by E. is celebrated online by neo-Nazis and the extreme right. “He himself is to blame, I have no empathy. This is how Merkel and the others will perish”, someone in a Facebook group writes. Another one writes: “Hopefully this dirty pig has suffered. Rest in peace, in hell.”

Lübcke received a lot of attention at the height of the refugee crisis. He supported the … asylum policy of Chancellor Merkel and was therefore threatened by the extreme right. Schmidt: “When people say something [positive] about refugees, they are attacked or killed. In 2015, during the mayor elections in Cologne, candidate Henriette Reker was attacked with a knife. She supported the same values ​​as the now murdered Walter Lübcke. Now for the first time, someone dies, that’s new.”

Not monitored

Recently, Lübcke was no longer under police security. At the same time, suspect E. was not being monitored by the authorities. This while it was known that he has extreme right-wing views, says Schmidt. Moreover, E. has a long criminal record. He was arrested in 1993 for an incident with a bomb at an asylum seekers’ centre … Before that, he had come to the attention of the police for assault causing bodily harm, arson and illegal possession of weapons.

In 2009, he participated in an attack by extreme right-wing supporters on a trade union meeting in Dortmund. Last year he reportedly threatened political murder on social media. “Either this government will resign soon or there will be deaths”, he is said to have written.

“Racism and neo-Nazi ideology were the motives for all the crimes for which he was convicted”, says Schmidt. “And he was probably still in contact with neo-nazis [eg, according to Der Spiegel, of the terrorist gangs Combat 18 and NSU] . Should the authorities have been keeping an eye on him? That is an important question in the coming weeks. His name was not on the list of the domestic security service.”

That is because, apparently, the domestic security service and the police are so busy spying on and intimidating pro-climate activists, Muslims and leftists that they don’t monitor the neo-fascist AfD party, people like Stephan E., and neo-nazi networks among German armed forces officers and among German police officers.


Scottish water voles and water

This 29 April 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Do water voles really need water? | Natural History Museum

Water voles are normally found near waterways. But in 2008, Cath Scott, Biodiversity Officer at Glasgow City Council, was called to an unusual finding: water voles living in urban areas a kilometre away from any water.

In this video, Cath tells us more about Glasgow’s unique population of water voles.

For more on this story, see here.

German police attack pro-climate movement

This 1 March 2019 video from Germany says about itself:

Germany: Swedish teen activist Thunberg joins Hamburg climate school strike

Teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of demonstrators as they marched through Hamburg on Friday, calling for more and faster action on climate change. The protesters, predominantly students and pupils, marched under the motto ‘Fridays for Future’, skipping Fridays classes, to highlight the importance to act sustainably immediately.

‘Fridays for Future’ was begun by a then 15-year-old Thunberg in August 2018 when she started protesting for climate justice in front of the Swedish parliament building in Stockholm on Fridays instead of attending school.

The school strike protests have subsequently been adopted and expanded by students and young people around the globe. Speaking to the assembled crowd of young protesters, Thunberg said “Yes we are angry. We are angry because the older generations continue to steal our future, right now.”

By Harold Hambacher in Germany:

German police threaten climate change protesters

17 June 2019

Ahead of the cross-border protest for climate justice planned in the German city of Aachen on June 21, the city’s police praesidium has sent a letter to the organisers of Fridays for Future that can only be described as a blatant attempt to intimidate protesters.

The threatening letter, which was also sent to parents’ associations, the education ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, and district administrations in Cologne and Düsseldorf, explicitly threatened youth with a police response and criminal prosecution. The letter warned against “aggressive confrontations” and informed “disrupters” that they should expect to be kettled: groups could be “‘enclosed’ by the police” and “individuals could be taken into custody.”

The letter to students, teachers, and parents, which was undoubtedly sent with the agreement of the state government and North Rhine-Westphalia’s Interior Minister Herbert Reul (Christian Democrats, CDU), was also published on the police website, where it is declared in large type, “Police can also take measures against children and young people.”

The provocative letter comes in the lead-up to the “Climate Justice without Borders” student strike and march planned for Friday, June 21. Some 20,000 participants are expected. School students, university students, academics, and artists from 16 countries have already announced their intention to participate in the protest in Aachen, which is located on the borders of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

To give their threats extra weight, the police employed the tried and tested tactic of pointing the finger at an alleged “minority prepared to commit violence” in order to justify the use of ruthless violence from the outset. Based on the fact that the group “ende Gelände” is protesting the logging of the nearby Hambacher forest by the RWE energy concern on the same weekend, the police wrote, “Keep your distance from groups ready to commit violence like ‘Ende Gelände’, don’t allow yourselves to be instrumentalised to conduct illegal acts! Do not fall into the ‘criminality trap’.”

Further on in the letter, another threat is made, “The police are also obliged to protect private property rights”, and the police will not hesitate to provide “those damaged” with the personal details of the culprits, as has happened in the past. In a first draft of the letter, the police even claimed that protesters in the past had been ordered to make compensation payments totaling €2.1 million. However, this false report on an ongoing legal trial, which RWE is pursuing, had to be removed by the police.

In fact, the Fridays for Future organisers have explicitly declared their solidarity with the protests against the logging of the Hambacher forest. They call for participation in a protest planned at the Garzweiler mine, and declare together with the Hambacher forest protesters on their Facebook page to make “the holiday weekend into a weekend for climate justice.”

The police letter threatening all of these protests represents a frontal assault on the right to demonstrate. For several weeks,
until the European elections in May, the climate protests organised by students were tolerated. But now, with the elections over, the authorities are showing their true colours and the police state is rearing its ugly head.

As in France, where the state cracked down violently against Yellow Vest protesters six months ago, German authorities are now preparing to brutally attack peaceful protests. The police are even threatening children and young people with kettling, detention, and criminal prosecutions.

The warning in the letter that young people could “fall into the ‘criminality trap’” merely by taking part in the protest is particularly revealing. This statement is entirely in keeping with the new Police Obligations Law, which
criminalises under certain circumstances the mere participation in a protest, and similar laws in almost every German state. North Rhine-Westphalia’s new police law, passed in December 2018, permits people to be detained for up to 28 days for a mere suspicion that they may conduct a criminal act.

Tens of thousands have taken to the streets on several occasions to protest against the law. The letter from the Aachen police thus is not merely directed at the students who are organising the climate justice protest, but also against all workers and young people who are moving into struggle against militarism, war, and social inequality. At one stroke, it sheds light on the true balance of power, while at the same time underscoring the hopelessness of appealing to any of the bourgeois parties which keep the state running smoothly.

It is clear that there is only one way to fight for the preservation of natural resources and the basic necessities of life: young people must turn to the working class, which is the only force capable of overturning the source of this destruction: the capitalist profit system. They must take up the fight for a socialist society based on the needs of the vast majority, and not the profit interests of the banks and major corporations.

The first international mass demonstration organized by Fridays for Future, the student environmental activist group, brought together young people from 15 countries in Aachen, Germany on June 21. The protest in Germany’s westernmost city, near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands, was held under the slogan, “Climate Justice Without Borders—United for a Future.” Some 40,000 students demanded a rapid shutdown of coal-fired power plants and other measures: here.

Increased solar radiation penetrating through the damaged ozone layer is interacting with the changing climate, and the consequences are rippling through the Earth’s natural systems, affecting everything from weather to the health and abundance of sea mammals like seals and penguins: here.

Large portions of Europe were hit by intense heat waves over the past week. Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic all experienced their hottest-ever temperatures for the month of June. France recorded its hottest day ever on Friday, reaching a high of 45.9 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) at the town of Gallargues-le-Montueux near Montpellier, in the southern Gard region, making it temporarily warmer than California’s notoriously hot Death Valley: here.

Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys in cold climate

This 17 June 2019 video says about itself:

How Snub-Nosed Monkeys Adapted to Extreme Cold

Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys have several adaptations to deal with the cold: from upturned noses that protect them from frostbite, to special blood vessels that help them increase their oxygen uptake.

German politician murdered by far right

This 17 June 2018 video says about itself:

Killing of German Politician Is Treated as Possible Terrorist Act

BERLIN — The killing of a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right party in central Germany this month is being treated as a possible act of terrorism, with federal prosecutors taking over the investigation on Monday after the arrest of a man with reported links to neo-Nazis.

The federal authorities take over cases that are thought to be politically motivated and pose a nationwide threat. The prosecutor’s office is expected to release more details regarding the case later Monday, but German news media reported that the main suspect had a history of neo-Nazi activity.

The victim, Werner Lübcke, 65, a member of the Christian Democrats who served on a regional council, was found shot in the head on his terrace on June 2. Investigators quickly ruled out suicide and had initially focused on a personal motive for the killing, though he was known to have provoked the ire of the far right for suggesting in 2015 that anyone who did not support taking in refugees could leave Germany.

On Sunday, the police in the central state of Hesse said that DNA evidence had led them to arrest a 45-year-old man in the killing, though no further details were released. German news media reported that the man … had ties to active neo-Nazis and a criminal record that included attacks on leftist demonstrators and possession of illegal weapons. The death of Mr Lübcke set off a chorus of jubilation among some members of the far right on social media.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

The German Public Prosecution Service assumes that the politician Walter Lübcke was murdered by an act with a right-wing extremist background. It bases this on “opinions and views” that the 45-year-old Stephan E. “openly” expressed. …

Lübcke [who, according to the German far right, was not anti-refugee enough] was killed in early June, he was found outside his house with a bullet wound in his head and died in a hospital. Suspect Stefan E. is from Kassel, a city in the centre of Germany where Lübcke was politically active. The police tracked the perpetrator through a DNA match.

Bonaire island marine life, video

This 13 June 2019 video says about itself:

The Dazzling Marine Life of the Salt Pier in Bonaire

A trumpetfish swims along in its unusual vertical pose, while a stoplight parrotfish performs its reef-cleaning duties – these are just some of the dazzling marine life that inhabit Salt Pier.