Deep-sea shark tagged, video

This 29 July 2019 video says about itself:

Massive Deep-Sea Shark Checking Out Our Submarine

Help name our ship and you could win a dive in this submarine.

In partnership with the Cape Eleuthera Institute (@ceibahamas), we managed to achieve history, tagging an animal from a submersible (submarine) for the first time EVER.

Our objective was the deep-sea shark, the bluntnose sixgill. This ancient species predates most dinosaurs, and is a dominant predator of the deep sea ecosystem. The lead scientist on the mission, FSU Marine Lab’s Dr. Dean Grubbs has been the first to put a satellite tag on one of these elusive sharks, but until now had only been able to do so by bringing them up to the surface.

‘United States racism, misogyny cause terrorism’

This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

Ex-FBI Agent Speaks Out: Federal Authorities Have Downplayed White Supremacist Violence for Too Long

According to The New York Times, white extremist shooters have now killed at least 63 people in the United States over the past 18 months. Late last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that crime driven by racism and white supremacy was on the rise compared to the past nine months. But former FBI agents say there is reluctance within the agency to tackle white nationalist violence in part due to President Trump’s rhetoric. We speak with Mike German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. From 1988 to 2004, German served as an FBI agent specializing in domestic counterterrorism.

This 5 August 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

After Dayton Shooting, Gun Violence Reporter Says Misogyny “Clear Link” Between Many Mass Shootings

Over the span of 13 hours, the country was shaken by two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, where a total of 29 people were killed. Shortly before the attack, the El Paso gunman posted an anti-immigrant manifesto on the far-right message board 8chan, while there is still no clear motive for the Dayton shooting. Senator Bernie Sanders and other Democratic leaders are calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold a special session of the Senate to vote on two gun safety bills recently passed in the House. This all comes as the National Rifle Association is imploding. We speak with Alex Yablon, a reporter at The Trace, a news outlet devoted to gun-related news.

Dayton Gunman Showed Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Video To Girl On First Date: here.

Eastern kingbird at United States osprey nest

This video from the USA says about itself:

Eastern Kingbird Visits Hellgate Osprey Nest – Aug. 5, 2019

Start your Monday off right with a visit from this sharp-looking Eastern Kingbird to the Hellgate Osprey nest! During the breeding season, these bold flycatchers are fierce defenders of their nesting areas. They are quick to harass bigger birds—like Ospreys, Red-tailed Hawks, or Great Blue Herons—that pass over their territory.

Indian government abolishes Kashmir autonomy

Indian communists demonstrate today in Kolkota against the abolition of the autonomy of Kashmir, Reuters photo

This Reuters photo shows Indian communists demonstrating today in Kolkota against the abolition of the autonomy of Kashmir by the right-wing Indian government.

Translacted from Dutch NOS TV today:

India abolishes special status of Kashmir: “We are afraid we will lose everything”

Emigrants from Kashmir are desperate about their family members and friends, now that the government of India has intervened in the autonomy of their state. This morning, the Hindu nationalist government in Delhi abolished the special status of Kashmir, which had been in the Indian constitution since 1947.

With the measure, India is trying to get a grip on the only predominantly Muslim state in the country. That goes against the will of a large part of the local population. India had sent thousands of additional troops to the region in advance and cut off all internet, telephone and television connections.

“I called around 23:00 with friends there last night, and said goodbye. We had no idea what would happen the next morning.” That is what Tabish Rafiq (25) tells the NOS. He is a Muslim from Kashmir who now lives in the South Indian city of Bangalore. “It is of course very disturbing because now we can no longer reach our friends and family. It gives a desperate feeling to be cut off from them like this.”

Tabish Rafiq, NOS photo

Due to the blockade on telecommunications, the rumor circuit is running at full speed, says Rafiq. “We could predict that India would repeal Article 370, but there are also rumors of killing among the population in Kashmir. People are quick to believe that because the Indian army has done that more often and nobody stops them.”

“The last time I spoke to my mother, I advised her to stock up on enough food and other things for at least a month. And I told her to stay calm,” Rafiq adds. “It’s hard to grasp that nobody knows exactly what’s going on in Kashmir. It’s dystopian.”

The repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, which regulates the special status of Kashmir, is the most far-reaching political action in nearly seventy years around the conflict region in the Himalayas. Neighboring Pakistan, against which India has waged war twice because of Kashmir, is angry and calls the move a violation of UN resolutions. …

The measure taken by India will alienate the people of Kashmir from Delhi and drive them further into the arms of Pakistan, according to Professor Ashok Swain, conflict expert at Uppsala University in Sweden.

“I think that the opposition in Kashmir will become stronger, that we will see more unrest and terrorism, and that the relationship between Pakistan and India will further deteriorate. This decision by India is also going to strengthen the position of hardliners in Pakistan. Making a solution at the negotiating table more unlikely.” …

“India wants to colonize Kashmir”, says Omair (23), a Muslim from the north of the state who left for the capital Delhi two weeks ago. “They are already talking about founding settlements. Of course we find that very threatening. We are afraid that we will lose everything.”

But their biggest fear is what Indian troops are going to do in the coming weeks, Omair tells the NOS. “We can’t talk to each other, and that increases fear. We don’t know what is happening right now, but we are afraid that India will repeat what they did in 2009, 2010 and 2016.” The last time India intervened militarily, a large number of young people became mutilated and blind.

“When I last spoke to my family in Kashmir last night, they were hysterical. It’s scary. They don’t feel safe at all,” said Omair.

Through actions that are tantamount to a constitutional coup, the Indian state has not just abrogated the broad autonomy that Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) enjoyed—at least on paper—under articles 370 and 35 (A) of the Indian constitution. The new governments of the bifurcated state have been given a status inferior to that of the Indian Union’s remaining 28 states, enabling New Delhi to exercise wide powers over the territories’ affairs in perpetuity: here.

India’s Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government is mounting an unprecedented military-security crackdown in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region to quell popular opposition to the patently illegal changes that it has made to the region’s government and relations with the central government: here.

Indo-Pakistani conflict sharpens with New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir: here.

New Delhi’s assault on Kashmir and the fight against communal reaction, imperialism, and war: here.

India’s disputed Kashmir region remains today for an eleventh straight day under an unprecedented security lockdown that is being enforced by tens of thousands of Indian soldiers and paramilitaries, as well as local police. Its 13 million people are subject to sweeping restrictions on their movements and all internet and cell and land phone use has been suspended: here.

INDIA DETAINS THOUSANDS IN KASHMIR At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, have been detained in Indian-administered Kashmir during a security lockdown and communications blackout imposed to curb unrest after New Delhi stripped the disputed region of statehood. [AP]

NO ‘LIFE AS USUAL’ IN KASHMIR Kashmir’s local administration has arm-twisted street vendors to ply the streets, jailed store owners for refusing to keep their shops open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and urged gas station owners to stay open, police sources told HuffPost India. [HuffPost]

The state of siege that India’s Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has imposed on Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is now well into its third week: here.

India’s Hindu supremacist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and corporate media are crowing about the full-throated support Washington has given New Delhi in its assault on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K): here.

THOUSANDS rallied in protest at political attacks on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)], which has seen two party workers killed in the past month and the arrest of a senior party leader. Safiur Rahman was shot dead in Nakashipara, West Bengal, on Thursday, an act which the CPI(M) blamed on the “goons of the TMC [the All India Trinamool Congress]”: here.

‘Shell helps Myanmar Rohingya genocide’

This 28 August 2018 United States TV video says about itself:

This Is Where The Rohingya Genocide Happened (HBO)

On Monday, a UN fact-finding mission released a damning report that accused Myanmar security forces of genocide, saying that the military “kill[ed] indiscriminately, gang rap[ed] women, assault[ed] children, and burn[ed] entire villages”.

This is the most serious charge the UN can make against a government.

It’s unclear, however, what the new report means for the estimated one million refugees living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

These camps became the world’s largest settlement of its kind less than a year ago, when Myanmar’s military launched a brutal crackdown that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee northern Rakhine state in a matter of weeks.

The UN, Myanmar and Bangladesh had previously agreed that the Rohingya would eventually be returned to their homes. But until their safety is guaranteed and long-term peace is assured, it’s unlikely they will be able to go back.

Myanmar authorities have denied almost all accusations, refusing to cooperate with international investigators and human rights organizations. The UN team behind Monday’s report, as well the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, have all been barred from entering the country at all.

So, not only Facebook corporation helping the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

UN wants sanctions against Myanmar corporations, including Shell

The United Nations wants the international community to stop doing business with 147 Myanmar corporations associated with the country’s military regime. Sanctions should also be imposed against those companies.

In a research report, the UN mission of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Myanmar writes that 45 Myanmar companies have supported the military regime with at least 10 million dollars. According to the organization, the corporations could know that the money would be used by the military to carry out human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority in the Rakhine region between 2011 and 2018. This involves, among other things, building a border wall and infrastructure projects on the land of Rohingya.

Many of the companies mentioned have foreign business partners, including in the Netherlands. “Companies run the risk of contributing to human rights violations or at least financially supporting the military regime,” the UN said.

Shell is a partner

Although only a few foreign business partners are mentioned by name in the report, the UN states that there are many more partners. One of them is the Dutch oil corporation Shell, according to research by the NOS.

Shell has concluded an agreement with Max Energy Myanmar in July 2017 for the supply of gas stations. The relevant press release (.pdf) states that Shell pumps must be installed throughout the country within three years. U Zaw Zaw, chairman of parent company Max Myanmar, said at the time: “I am proud that we have concluded this agreement with Shell“. It is not known how much money was involved in the deal.

A month after the agreement, in August 2017, the military regime increased the persecution of Rohingya and 700,000 people were driven to neighboring Bangladesh. A new border wall to be built was to prevent them from coming back. In the research report, the UN specifically links two companies to finance the wall; one is Max Myanmar.

1.5 million for border wall

According to the UN, Chairman of the Board U Zaw Zaw transferred money in September and October for the construction of the border wall. In September it amounted to more than 975,000 dollars, in October to 654,000 dollars. In November he went to the border himself, the media reported at the time.

According to the UN, the company knew that their support would be used for “inhuman acts”. For that reason, the organization wants criminal prosecution to be brought against managers for involvement in crimes against humanity.

Bottlenose dolphin mother adopts melon-headed whale calf

This 5 August 2019 video says about itself:

Dolphin Mom Adopts a Calf From a Different Species | Nat Geo Wild

A bottlenose dolphin mother off the coast of French Polynesia was spotted caring for a melon-headed whale.

Wedding guests killed in NATO’s ‘new’ Libya

This 3 July 2019 video is called Airstrike hits migrant detention centre in Libya.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“At least 40 dead in bombing of Libya wedding”

At least 43, AFP news agency writes.

At least 40 people were killed in an air strike in southern Libya. AFP news agency and the British broadcaster BBC report that, based on Libyan government sources.

The BBC writes that the victims fell at a wedding in Murzuq, a city located in the southwest of the North African country.

The bombs were said to have been dropped by General Haftar’s troops. News channels affiliated with Haftar confirm that Murzuk has been bombed …

It looks life Haftar is a diligent pupil of his sponsors in Washington and in Saudi Arabia, sponsoring his bloody war in Libya. As both the United States government and the Saudi government habitually bomb weddings; from Afghanistan to Yemen.

EX(?)-CIA asset Haftar, by the way, calls himself higher than general: ‘field marshall’.

In April, Haftar launched an offensive to also take the capital Tripoli. According to World Health Organization WHO, at least 1,000 people have died in those fights since then.

French-backed Libyan militia airstrike kills 42 civilians: here.

Central American leaf frogs, new discovery

This 5 August 2019 video from England says about itself:

He Spent His Career Studying a Frog. Then He Discovered Its True Identity. | Short Film Showcase

Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum spent his career studying the Splendid leaf frog. However, when a supposed new species arrived from Central America, he made a shocking discovery. Using the original specimen of the Splendid leaf frog—first collected in 1902—as a comparison, Gray noticed several unique distinctions between the latest arrivals and those he had been studying. These were, in fact, the Splendid leaf frog and the frogs Gray had been studying were the new species.