This video from the USA says about itself:
Even though the peak fall migration period has passed, there are still plenty of hummingbirds journeying south through the Davis Mountains in West Texas.
This 26 September 2019 video about the USA says about itself:
From daily News Line in Britain:
2nd November 2019
THE INTERNET is being used to promote a modern-day online slave market, where women and children are being sold into domestic servitude. This is an extremely lucrative online business, facilitated by Google, Apple and Facebook who allow the adverts to be shown, the UN special rapporteur has alleged.
Nine out of 10 Kuwaiti homes have a ‘domestic worker’. They come from some of the poorest parts of the world to the Gulf, aiming to make enough money to support their family at home.
Urmila Bhoola said: ‘This is the quintessential example of modern slavery. Here we see a child being sold and traded like chattel, like a piece of property.’
In most places in the Gulf, domestic workers are brought into the country by agencies and then officially registered with the government. Potential employers pay the agencies a fee and become the ‘official sponsor of the domestic worker’.
Under what is known as the Kafala system, a domestic worker cannot change or quit her job, nor leave the country without her sponsor’s permission.
One popular app promoting humans for sale is called 4Sale. The 4Sale app allows you to filter by race, with different price brackets clearly on offer, according to category.
‘African worker, clean and smiley,’ said one listing. Another: ‘Nepalese who never dares to ask for a day off.’ This is the true meaning of ‘free market capitalism’. Everything, including humans, is bought or sold to make a profit.
The northern states in the US all abolished slavery by 1804. Britain abolished slavery throughout its empire by the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 (with the notable exception of India). The French colonies re-abolished it in 1848 and the US abolished slavery in 1865 with the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution.
If there is any need for further proof that this system is rotten ripe for overthrow, then surely we need look no further than humans being trafficked into slavery around the world using the internet, with the big capitalist giants Google, Apple and Facebook allowing the adverts which promote this sickening business. The highest developments of science and technology are being used for the most backward and degrading exploitation of women and children.
This technology must be ripped out of the hands of the millionaires and billionaires and taken under the control of the people. This can only be done through socialist revolution.
Meanwhile, the rest of the capitalist world is locked into wage slavery. In this country, you have warehouse workers on zero-hours contracts and poverty pay, trying to keep up with robots which pack at three times the speed of humans, and collapsing of exhaustion in the process.
Ambulances were called to Amazon warehouses once every two days last year as workers collapsed and suffered broken bones. Eleven of the company’s 21 warehouses in the UK were attended by ambulances 606 times since 2016.
Tim Roache, the general secretary of the GMB trade union, said: ‘Behind the slick exterior lie working practices that owe more to Victorian workhouses than what we would expect of a reputable online retailer.’
All forms of slavery including wage slavery must be abolished and that means abolishing capitalism. It is through the victory of the world socialist revolution that science, technology and all the means of production will be expropriated, seized from the tiny minority who use it to enrich themselves, and put to work under public ownership where it can be used to enrich the whole of society.
Karl Marx called socialism the beginning of the real history of humankind. Everything before it will be considered a barbarous pre-history.
This 31 October 2019 video from the USA says about itself:
‘I don’t understand how deporting critically ill kids is consistent with these values.’ — This Trump official squirmed as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) demanded answers about his call to end deportation deferment for children with dire medical concerns.
Two sanderlings flying past.
Then, east of Oosterend, about 50 golden plovers in a meadow.
There were rabbits as well.
And this white wagtail.
Along the Wadden Sea shoreline, shelducks.
And a greater black-backed gull.
A female pintail duck flying past.
Two bar-tailed godwits.
Four red knots.
Later, many more red knots. With some black-headed gulls in winter plumage in the background.
Stay tuned, there will be more on Terschelling on 22 September 2019 on this blog!
This 4 April 2019 France 24 video says about itself:
Brazil: Military discipline at school
Brazil‘s new minister of education caused an outcry among some when he proposed that schoolchildren recite President Jair Bolsonaro‘s campaign slogan each morning. But plenty of other Brazilians are happy to see more conservativism in schools. They are followers of a movement close to the Bolsonaro administration, and to Evangelical churches which claim to be fighting indoctrination in public schools after too many years of leftist government. Our correspondents report.
Translated from Belgian daily (Roman Catholic) De Standaard today:
To the class in army uniform
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro wants public schools to get less money. Unless they transform themselves into military schools, then the money is ready. “A conscious strategy to anchor yourself ideologically.”
So, extreme right Bolsonaro, just like his United States ally Trump; who was educated at a military academy, but was a draft dodger, avoiding having to go to the Vietnam war (like that other United States president, George W Bush).
Barely two days after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, of the Workers Party (PT), left jail thanks to a Supreme Court (STF) ruling granting some five thousand Brazilian prisoners the right to remain free until exhausting their appeals, President Jair Bolsonaro threatened to have the ex-president re-arrested under Brazil’s dictatorship-era National Security Law for “inciting violence”: here.
This video is about a Siberian tit in Sweden.
This 22 July 2019 video says about itself:
Unaoil, the company that bribed the world
Welcome to The Wife of Caesar, this week we talk about Unaoil, the company accused of paying bribes for other companies; Siemens and its corruption scandal and a typology related to the Siemens case.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Friday, November 1, 2019
Three businessmen in court over claims they paid bribes for Iraqi oil contracts
THREE businessmen will stand trial in London over allegations that they conspired to make corrupt payments to win oil contracts in Iraq.
At a directions hearing today, Judge Martin Beddoe said the trial at Southwark Crown Court of Paul Bond, Stephen Whiteley and Ziad Akle should begin on January 20, 2020 and could last until the end of April.
The bribery case centres on the energy giant Unaoil, whose staff are being prosecuted by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
The company is also being pursued by the Department of Justice (DoJ) in the US, where prosecutors announced on Wednesday that three senior Unaoil personnel had pleaded guilty to facilitating bribes.
That trio, who are all British residents, includes the brothers Cyrus and Saman Ahsani – both members of the powerful family that owns Unaoil – as well as a former company director, Steven Hunter.
In July, Unaoil’s ex-Iraq manager Basil Al Jarah pleaded guilty to five offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments, after he was targeted by the SFO.
In the US, Cyrus Ahsani, 51, and Saman Ahsani, 46, are due to be sentenced on April 20 next year in Texas. Mr Hunter will be sentenced on March 13, 2020.
WHAT IS THE UNAOIL SCANDAL?
The allegations against Monaco-based Unaoil have been described as the world’s largest bribery scandal, after a leaked cache of emails obtained by Fairfax media in Australia sparked probes around the world.
In Britain, the Treasury awarded the SFO extra funding to prosecute the company’s officials, who are accused of facilitating corruption across the oil industry.
Prestige brands such as Rolls-Royce are among the companies that have said they hired Unaoil for various work.
On Wednesday, the DoJ said that between 1999 and 2016, the Ahsani brothers “conspired with others, including multiple companies and individuals, to make millions of dollars in bribe payments to government officials” in nine countries.
Further, they “laundered the proceeds of their bribery scheme in order to promote and conceal the schemes.”