Giant squid in Gulf of Mexico, video


This 22 June 2019 video says about itself:

Amazing close-up footage of elusive giant squid

Scientists get a rare close encounter with a giant squid in the Gulf of Mexico. The monster of the deep comes in for a closer look at their underwater camera. It’s estimated this particular specimen was up to 3.7 metres long. Report by Jeremy Barnes.

From National Geographic:

Watch first-ever video of a giant squid in U.S. waters

NOAA scientists filmed the 10- to 12-foot squid in the the Gulf of Mexico

By Jill Langlois

PUBLISHED

When Edie Widder saw the giant squid come into view for the first time, its tentacles splayed as it tried to attack the electronic jellyfish lure in front of the underwater camera, she felt a sense of vindication.

After years of trying to develop ways to observe deep-sea animals, the CEO and senior scientist at the Florida-based Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), had finally figured out the key. The special camera system she developed, called Medusa, emits a red light invisible to most creatures living in “midnight zone,” some 3,280 feet below the ocean’s surface, where it’s pitch black.

Warplanes, guns kill Libyan torture camp refugees


This 3 July 2019 video is called Libya: Air raid kills dozens at Tripoli migrant detention centre.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

‘Guards shot at migrants after Libyan camp air strike

During the air raid on a refugee camp in Tripoli, guards may have shot migrants. The United Nations says it has reports that those who tried to escape the bombing were shot at.

Because the refugees from bloody regime change wars in these Libyan torture camps are slaves. And the slave owners did not want their human ‘property’ to become free.

It reminds me a bit of the 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin on slavery in the USA. That book describes how armed slave hunters tried to capture fugitive African slave woman Eliza and her small child again. After a very dangerous crossing of ice floes in the Ohio river, Eliza and her child made it to freedom.

Unfortunately, it looks like the slaves in that Libyan camp did not make it to freedom.

Slavery was abolished in Libya in 1853; and came back after the ‘humanitarian’ 2011 NATO war on Libya. In 1853, slavery was still a ‘peculiar institution’ in, eg, the Dutch colonial empire. And in much of the USA. Where it was only ended after a bloody civil war by the victors, the federal government of Abraham Lincoln.

Unfortunately, the bloody civil war, or rather: proxy war between the Macron government in France and the Salvini government in Italy, differs in this. Macron supports warlord Haftar for the profits of French oil corporation Total. Salvini supports the Tripoli paramilitarists for the profits of Italian oil corporation ENI. Neither of them is an ‘Abraham Lincoln’.

The detention center in Tajoura, in the east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, was the target of two air strikes. At least 53 people died, including six children. 130 were injured. Those numbers can still rise because bodies are still being removed from the rubble.

It is the deadliest bombing in a new conflict in Libya. The warlord Khalifa Haftar has been trying to conquer Tripoli since April, during which many bombardments are carried out on the city.

Whoever carried out the attack has yet to become clear from further investigation. According to Michelle Bachelet, envoy of the UN, it may be a war crime.

It look like Macron-Haftar warplanes bombed the camp, killing refugees. And that then Salvini-Tripoli gunmen shot at refugees trying to escape the bombing and slavery.

By Bill Van Auken:

Bombing of detention center in Libya kills at least 44 refugees

At least 53 refugees, the NOS report says.

4 July 2019

Scores of African refugees were killed or wounded when the detention center in which they were being held in an [eastern] suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli took a direct hit in a bombing early Wednesday.

Libyan officials reported that 44 of the refugees had been killed outright and another 130 wounded, but the death toll was expected to rise as bodies were still being pulled from the rubble and many of those wounded suffered grievous injuries. Survivors of the bombing were seen late Wednesday still huddled near the bombed-out detention center, terrified of another attack and having no means of seeking safety.

Photographs published by the Libyan media showed a horrific scene, with the floor of the detention center, located in a hangar-style building, littered with bodies, severed limbs, clothes, bags and mattresses, and the walls covered in blood.

Bodies laid out after bombing of migrant dentention center east of Tripoli. Credit UNHCR

The attack was the bloodiest single incident in a renewed civil war that has gripped the country for the past three months, killing at least 700 people and displacing an estimated 90,000.

The Tripoli-based government blamed the attack on warplanes supporting the Libyan military strongman “Field Marshal” Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have laid siege to Tripoli since April in a bid to topple the UN-backed President Fayez Serraj, whose weak puppet regime is dependent upon a collection of Islamist militias for support.

Haftar’s forces, with their strongholds in eastern and southern Libya, claim to act in the name of a rival government located in Tobruk based upon a House of Representatives elected in 2014. They insisted that the damage was done by a mortar attack by militias supporting the Tripoli regime. Borrowing a page from the Pentagon, a statement issued in the name of Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) stated, “Our air forces are meticulous in their targeting and take into account all the measures that protect civilians.”

The LNA had announced on Monday that it would carry out increased airstrikes on the Libyan capital as “traditional means” of besieging the capital were not working, according to Al Jazeera. It warned civilians to stay away from areas of “confrontation”.

Of course, the African refugees, detained against their will and under inhuman conditions by the Libyan regime and its militia backers, had no means of heeding this advice. The hangar where they were imprisoned was located adjacent to military facilities belonging to the militias in the eastern Tripoli suburb of Tajoura.

After its roof was damaged in an attack two months ago, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a warning about the dangerous position of the prison.

“We called for an urgent evacuation then; they remained detained inside that center and sadly people have paid the tragic price of that with their lives last night,” Charlie Yaxley, spokesman for the Mediterranean and Africa at the UNHCR, told Al Jazeera.

The LNA’s escalation of its airstrikes follows the fall of the town of Gharyan, about 50 miles south of the capital, to militias backing the Tripoli regime. The LNA had taken the town in April and had been using it as a base for its siege of Tripoli.

The reversal of fortunes for Haftar’s army followed Turkey’s more aggressive intervention in support of the government of President Serraj, providing it with arms and flying armed drones out of the Tripoli airport on its behalf. The LNA claims to have destroyed three of these drones on the tarmac.

The LNA, meanwhile, has received major military support from the dictatorship of Gen. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Egypt, as well as from the Persian Gulf oil monarchies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Both Egypt and the UAE have sent warplanes to provide air cover for the LNA. The aim of these regimes, which constitute Washington’s closest allies in the Arab world, is to install a military-dominated dictatorship along the lines of what exists in Cairo.

While the US and European powers are all formally committed to supporting the puppet regime of President Serraj in Tripoli, President Donald Trump spoke by phone with Haftar, after he had launched his offensive in April, discussing what the White House described as their “shared vision” for Libya.

Haftar, a former general in the Libyan army who turned coat after being captured during Libya’s war with Chad in the 1980s, was brought by the CIA to the US, living for 20 years near the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. He was sent back to Libya to join the US-NATO war for regime change in 2011 that ended in the toppling and lynch mob murder of the country’s long-time ruler, Muammar Gaddafi.

Last week, it was reported that militias loyal to the Tripoli regime captured US-made Javelin anti-tank missiles after taking control of an LNA base. The missiles were in shipping crates whose markings indicated that they had been provided by Washington to the UAE.

The United Nations Security Council held a closed-door meeting late Wednesday on the latest atrocity in Libya but was unable to produce a statement condemning the attack because the US representative refused to sign on without approval from Washington. This under conditions in which various governments and agencies have denounced the slaughter of refugees as a crime against humanity.

The hypocrisy of these denunciations is breathtaking. The mass killing that took place outside of Tripoli is the direct outcome of policies pursued by all of the major imperialist powers in their drive to lay hold of Libya’s oil reserves, the largest on the African continent, and in their global war against refugees.

The US-NATO rape of the country in 2011, carried out under the false banner of “human rights” and preventing an allegedly imminent massacre of dissidents in the eastern city of Benghazi, killed tens of thousands of Libyans and destroyed the country’s infrastructure and institutions, setting the stage for eight years of unending conflict and civil war.

Meanwhile, the fate of those slaughtered in Tajoura, along with that of thousands of others held in camps throughout Libya, is the direct result of a reactionary campaign waged by the major European powers. They have trained, armed and financed the Libyan coast guard to intercept refugees seeking to escape war, oppression and poverty by crossing the Mediterranean. Those who are captured are returned to concentration camps in Libya, where they are imprisoned under conditions that have been described as tantamount to torture, in many cases held for ransom, sold into slavery or murdered.

A particularly foul and crucial role in this imperialist onslaught has been played by an entire coterie of pseudo-left organizations, politicians and academics in Europe and America who amplified and embellished upon the phony pretexts of “humanitarian” intervention to justify a war of imperialist aggression against a former colonial country.

UN: LIBYAN GUARDS REPORTEDLY SHOT AT FLEEING REFUGEES The United Nations said Thursday it had information that Libyan guards shot at refugees and migrants trying to flee from airstrikes that killed at least 53 people, including six children, in a migrant detention center late on Tuesday. [Reuters]

There is growing worldwide outrage at the numbers of refugees dying in the Mediterranean and the inhumane conditions in Libyan refugee camps, where people are tortured and die horrifically. After the courageous captain of the Sea Watch, Carola Rackete, landed shipwrecked asylum seekers in Lampedusa, defying an Italian government ban, more than half a million people signed a petition supporting her and quickly raised €1.5 million for her legal defence. Sixty German cities and towns agreed to accept the refugees. The EU has responded with new plans to expand its war on refugees. It is considering military operations in the civil war in Libya and in the Sahel to take over prisons and establish new concentration camps, which are referred to as “transit centres” and “disembarkation platforms.” Military patrols are to block the coast of the Maghreb. Alongside the EU Foreign and Home Affairs Ministers meetings taking place this week, more and more similar demands are being raised: here.

Wolves eating fish, unique video


This 4 July 2019 video from Minnesota in the USA says about itself:

Wolves Catching and Eating Fish: First-Ever Video | Nat Geo Wild

Groundbreaking research in Voyageurs National Park, MN, reveals that the region’s wolves developed a diverse diet that includes fish and fruit.

Roman age relief in Dutch museum


Roman age Greek-Amazon fight relief

The national antiquities museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, reported on 1 July 2019 that they had bought this Roman empire age relief.

It was made about 170-180 AD, and was found in the 19th century in Piraeus in Greece.

The relief, 86 x 87 x 16 centimetre, probably once was part of a sarcophagus.

It shows a fight between a Greek foot soldier and an Amazon horsewoman.

In Greek mythology, there was a war between the Greeks and the Amazon horsewomen nation. The war, the myths say, was because Greek demigod Heracles had stolen the precious girdle of Amazon Queen Hippolyta.

Donald Trump’s militarist Fourth of July


This 4 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Trump Parade Is Total Disaster

Trump’s Fourth of July Parade is set to be a total disaster. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Ron Perlman hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.

“The Pentagon is rolling out military hardware for a Fourth of July unlike any other. Tanks on the National Mall and military flyovers will be part of the capital’s celebration, by order of President Trump. He’ll be the first president to take an active role in any July Fourth ceremony in recent memory.

For the first time since 1970. Nixon‘s July 4 Bash Ended With Tear Gas and Nude Protesters. President Nixon‘s ‘Honor America Day’ featured the Rev. Billy Graham and Bob Hope in an Independence Day event that critics saw as a pro-Vietnam War rally: here.

These flyovers cost tens of thousands of dollars per hour, though military officials say they are essentially training flights and therefore not an extra cost to taxpayers. But the National Park Service is reportedly diverting nearly $2.5 million, originally intended for parks across the country, for the celebration.

“Certainly going to be more expensive than previous years. Anytime you get a presidential visit there are inherent security costs,” said Mark Litterst of the National Park Service. The National Park Service said on Tuesday it was still waiting for the run of show from the White House – proof this is a show, one stage-managed by the president down to the placement of tanks and infantry vehicles and the sequence of military flyovers, reports CBS News’ Major Garrett.

The Fourth of July is typically nonpartisan and a tribute to America’s founding documents and self-government. The event is being called a “Salute to America” but Mr. Trump has made it clear that the military will be front and center. “We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display – brand new. And we’re very proud of it“, Mr. Trump said.”

Read more here.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

Fourth of July 2019: Militarism and the specter of dictatorship

4 July 2019

The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a revolt was apprehended. Throughout all Europe, the armies kept up under the pretext of defending have enslaved the people. (James Madison, June 1787)

The official celebration of the Fourth of July holiday in Washington today will be marked by an unprecedented presence of the military as the backdrop for a speech by Trump directed to an audience of politically connected VIPs, including major campaign contributors.

At Trump’s orders, two M1-A1 Abrams tanks and two Bradley Fighting Vehicles (armored cars) were dispatched from Ft. Stewart, Georgia for the event. The movement of these massive implements of war by railroad car and flatbed truck, coming into Washington in the dead of night to avoid blocking traffic, has dominated American television news for several days.

The vehicles have taken up stationary positions near the Lincoln Memorial because they are too heavy to drive down Constitution Avenue or any other street. Their presence serves an important political purpose: to give the Fourth of July celebration in Washington a militaristic and repressive character. The same vehicles that smashed their way into Baghdad in 2003 have been rolled out in support of Trump’s political efforts to build a fascistic movement based on anti-immigrant repression and violence.

Trump will have air cover for his speech as well. Warplanes are being flown in from all over the country, according to Pentagon sources who spoke with CNN. These include Navy F-35Cs from Naval Air Station Lemoore in California; Apache helicopter gunships from Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; a B-2 stealth bomber from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri; and the “Blue Angels” F/A-18 unit from the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. Other warplanes, including F-22 Raptors, VC-25s, Osprey tilt-rotor planes and more F/A-18s, will come from nearer bases in Virginia and Maryland.

The “Salute to America” is scheduled for the early evening, two hours before the fireworks. Trump will deliver his remarks to a carefully selected audience consisting of VIPs seated close to the podium—with tickets distributed through the Republican National Committee and the Trump reelection campaign—and thousands of military personnel. Event organizers provided 5,000 tickets to the Pentagon.

To reinforce the militaristic character of the event, Trump will be joined on the platform by an array of military leaders. While four of the five members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have absented themselves—reportedly to avoid being displayed as Trump’s acolytes—their deputies and many other military and civilian Pentagon officials will serve as the cheering section for Trump’s address.

The Fourth of July 2019 does not take place in a political vacuum. Trump is asserting his role as commander-in-chief after dispatching the military to the US-Mexico border, where he is using both the soldiers and the Border Patrol to set up concentration camps for immigrant detainees. He has declared a “national emergency” to use Pentagon funds to build his border wall, in defiance of Congress. And he has just launched his re-election campaign with a fascistic rally steeped in anti-immigrant racism and appeals to violence against his political opponents.

Trump’s political agenda is deeply unpopular. He faces new stirrings of militancy in the working class, expressed in strikes by teachers and industrial workers. There is widespread popular opposition to his moves towards war against Iran. There is broad sympathy for asylum seekers and refugees and outrage over their sadistic treatment.

That is why the administration increasingly seeks to base its political survival not on conventional electoral politics, but on the police-military apparatus.

In one of his latest tweets, Trump declared that the purpose of the display of tanks and warplanes was “showing to the American people… the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World.” This is an unintentionally revealing statement: the target audience for this display of weaponry is not a potential foreign adversary, but rather the American population. To put it plainly: Trump is staging a show of force aimed at intimidating potential domestic opposition, particularly from the working class.

Neither the Democratic Party nor the liberal media outlets aligned with it are capable of genuine opposition to the ultra-right trajectory of the Trump administration. The Democrats have primarily attacked Trump from the right, with bogus allegations of Russian intervention into the 2016 elections and claims that Trump is a Moscow stooge. They make no attempt to alert the American people to the threat to democratic rights emanating from the White House.

The Democrats fear a movement from below far more than they fear Trump, because that would threaten the profits and wealth of the ruling elite that both corporate-controlled parties represent and defend.

The Democratic Party has confined its opposition to the Fourth of July travesty to complaining about the cost, a theme also taken up in the media. Setting the tone for the media response is the New York Times, which published an “Editorial Observer” column Wednesday written by Alex Kingsbury, a member of its editorial board, under the headline, “Let Trump Have His Birthday Party for America.”

The editorial comment combines reactionary politics with complacency, cowardice and unseriousness. Kingsbury admits the unprecedented character of Trump’s Fourth of July event, but dismisses it with a series of sarcastic jokes, as though Trump were a figure of ridicule rather than an immense threat to democratic rights.

Kingsbury urges his readers to ignore the Trump event and let “the show, complete with flyovers and armored vehicles, buckle under the weight of its own absurdities and contradictions.” He concludes, “The rest of us have the hard-won freedom to change the channel if we wish.”

Behind the complacency, the Times shares Trump’s adulation of the military, which Kingsbury describes as “one of the nation’s most trusted nonpartisan institutions.” He criticizes a former CIA and Pentagon official for warning that “the Fourth of July should be reserved to celebrate the software of our democratic ideals and freedoms, not the hardware of the world’s finest military”, responding, “Maybe. But America has the capacity for both.”

The Times and the Democratic Party, like Trump, speak for an American ruling class that increasingly looks to the military as the last bulwark against a sea of troubles, both domestic and foreign. There is not a trace, in any section of the US ruling elite, of the genuine commitment to democracy and opposition to authoritarianism that animated the founders of the American republic.

Who within the media or state could recite the words of James Madison, quoted above, as anything more than a self-condemnation?

The Fourth of July marks one of the great liberating events in human history: the issuance of the Declaration of Independence as the opening shot of the American bourgeois democratic revolution. The Declaration written by Thomas Jefferson is an imperishable text, with words that have inspired those fighting against tyranny and oppression for more than two centuries.

It asserts, for the first time in recorded history, the right of popular revolution: “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”

Who can read these words today without seeing in them, changing what needs to be changed, a condemnation of the present state of American society? In the end, Trump’s militarist celebration is an expression not of strength, but of weakness and fear. Behind all the bombast is the awareness on the part of the ruling class that it confronts challenges to its domination throughout the world, and above all within the United States itself.

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On Independence Day 2019, with tanks deployed on the National Mall in a celebration of “America First” nationalism worthy of a dictatorship, and tens of thousands of asylum-seekers crammed into squalid concentration camps near the US-Mexican border, it is worth recalling the elementary proposition, first established in 1776, that the United States is a nation of immigrants: here.

Children in Trump’s cages make drawings


This 18 June 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border

ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, “We have an orchestra here.”

Read the full story here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Immigrant children draw ‘traumatizing’ cage after staying in jail

Three children aged 10 and 11 years made the above drawing of their stay in a US American detention centre. After crossing the border with Mexico, they were separated from their parents and locked up. This has been happening in the United States for some time, but the imprisonment of children is happening more and more often. After they were released, the children made the drawing.

It was shared with NBC News by the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Children do not belong in Customs and Border Protection facilities, or in any detention facilities“, said Sara Goza, the company’s future president. The association warned earlier about the traumatic circumstances in the centres. “No amount of time spent in these facilities is safe for children.”

Concentration camps

Several children have already died in the detention centres. “More children will continue to die if we do not make sure that every child who passes through federal custody is seen by a paediatric-trained medical professional”, said Goza. “I personally toured two CBP facilities and did not encounter a single paediatrician at either one.”

Several Democratic Members of Congress also recently visited the migrant centres. There they saw that migrants had to drink from toilets, were banned from having showers and had to sleep on concrete floors.

Degrading circumstances, said Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She compared the centres with concentration camps.

More Than 400 Holocaust, Genocide Experts Think Ocasio-Cortez Should Be Allowed to Call Migrant Detention Centers ‘Concentration Camps’: here.

Another drawing by the jailed children

This is another drawing by the imprisoned 10-11-year-old children.

Shouting ‘Never Again,’ 1,000 Jewish Activists Shut Down Central Boston To Protest Immigration Detention: here.

A new report issued on Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) further exposed the horrid conditions which immigrants are being subjected to at facilities managed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley: here.

NUNS ARRESTED WHILE PROTESTING KIDS’ DETENTION Seventy Catholic activists, including nuns and priests, were arrested in Washington protesting the government’s treatment of undocumented immigrant children. [HuffPost]