Ortolan bunting singing in Sweden, video


This video is about an ortolan bunting singing in Sweden.

Londoners demonstrate against Trump’s Iraq-Iran war


This 4 January video from the Evening Standard daily in England says about itself:

Hundreds protest against threat of war with Iran following death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell has criticised the [Conservative] Government’s response to the Iran crisis as he joined protesters at a Stop the War Coalition demonstration outside Downing Street.

Mr McDonnell and his colleague shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon are among demonstrators who are calling for the US to avoid any further conflict with Iran.

“We’ve been here before, we were here 17 years ago. And there’s one lesson that came from those events, is that violence begets violence”, Mr McDonnell said.

“And it was acts like this that led us to the catastrophic war in Iraq.”

THE assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani by the United States means 2020 begins with the risk of a devastating Middle Eastern war coming closer than ever. This targeted killing was not just a “provocative and disproportionate action,” as US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi describes it — though the fact that even right-wing Democrats (from Joe Biden to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate Tim Kaine) are voicing concern over “escalating aggression” and attacking President Donald Trump for having “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox” shows just how reckless it was: here.

Trump endorses tweet comparing top Senate Democrat to Iranians: here.

Pompeo: European response to Suleimani killing ‘not helpful enough’. US secretary of state unfavourably compares European reaction with [Saudi] ‘partners in the region’: here.

Beached whales saved by New Zealanders


This 3 January 2020 New Zealand TV video says about itself:

Hundreds of beachgoers race to save pilot whales stranded in Coromandel

Seven of the pilot whales were successfully re-floated and four died.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Rescue workers and hundreds of residents and vacationers kept the whales wet until they could be led back to deeper water when the tide was high.

A total of ten [eleven] pilot whales washed ashore on the beach of the Coromandel peninsula of the North Island. Three [no, four] animals did not survive that. They were buried on the beach.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders oppose Trump’s Iraq-Iran war


This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Trump Iran Attack: “Now is the moment to decide if you are pro-peace

Earlier this afternoon, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimaniin Baghdad, because the attack on Suleimani was undertaken without the necessary congressional approval and oversight.

But Alexandria Ocasio Cortez made other key points, which is that powerful forces will tell you there is no alternative but conflict with Iran, when the reality is that peace is possible. She also noted–like Bernie Sanders has done–that “War is a class conflict, too. The rich and powerful who open war escape the consequences of their decisions. It’s not their children sent into the jaws of violence.”

It’s good to see AOC take a stand against Trump and for peace.

This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders And Ro Khanna Introduce Bill to Block Trump War on Iran

In light of Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, Bernie Sanders and Ro Khanna have proposed legislation that would block funding for any offensive military force in or against Iran without prior congressional authorization. This is because many felt Trump’s unilateral attack on Iran general Soleimani
was unconstitutional, and as such, he needs to be reined in by congress.

It’s working-class kids who will have to fight and die in a disastrous new Middle East conflict—not the children of billionaires“.

FEARS are growing in the Democratic Party establishment that Bernie Sanders could become their presidential nominee, as party grandees started to round on the Vermont senator: here.

This 3 January 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders continues to warn of Trump-Iran war escalation. John Iadarola and Brett Erlich break it down on The Damage Report.

This 3 January 2020 video about Canada says about itself:

Earlier today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and NDP MP Charlie Angus critiqued Donald Trump’s attack on Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad as an act of aggression against Iran, and expressed a desire to take an approach against further conflict. Justin Trudeau has yet to speak, but Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne took the same hedge-betting approach that Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren took, which was to call Suleimani a bad guy, critique the Quds Force, and worry about procedure.

But Singh and Angus took a clear line like Bernie Sanders: This is a foolish move that is an act of aggression on Iran, and will harm Americans and Iranians. Jagmeet Singh is the leader Canada needs on this issue.