Horned lizard defends her eggs against predators


This 20 January 2020 video says about itself:

Lizard Fends Off Predators To Protect Her Eggs | Life | BBC Earth

Life as a single mum isn’t easy – but where predators are concerned, this horned lizard isn’t having it.

Birds, lake, cows in Schoorl sand dunes


Vogelmeer, Schoorl 19 January 2020

After 18 January 2020 in the Schoorl sand dunes nature reserve came 19 January. We went to this lake, called ‘Vogelmeer‘ (bird lake). Like all photos in this blog post, this is a Lensbaby photo.

As we started walking, we noted two flowering common daisies, where two days earlier there had been only one.

Great tit, great spotted woodpecker sounds.

Heather and crowberry plants in the Waterbosvlakte heathland.

We arrived at the ‘bird lake’. Unfortunately, not any birds; though there were footprints of birds, probably geese, in the mud of the bank.

Vogelmeer in Schoorl, 19 January 2020

Clouds over the lake predicted rain.

Wagyu cow, Schoorl 19 January 2020

As we walked along the east bank of the lake, we met a herd of cows. These cows are there to keep the landscape open. They are Wagyu cows, originally from Japan.

Moss, Schoorl 19 January 2020

As we walked back, we saw this moss on this tree.

Lichen, Schoorl 19 January 2020

A bit further, this lichen.

‘Trump brings ISIS terrorists to Iraq’


This 24 January 2017 CNN video from the USA says about itself:

Donald Trump is under scrutiny for remarks he made during an appearance at the CIA where he suggested the United States might “have another chance” to take Iraq’s oil supply. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

By Steve Sweeney:

Monday, January 20, 2020

US accused of sending Isis fighters to Iraq after government vote

WASHINGTON has been accused of transferring Isis fighters into Iraq to force parliament to reverse a decision demanding its troops leave the country.

The Council of Representatives voted 170-0 on January 5 in a non-binding resolution ordering an end to the US presence in Iraq where it had around 5,200 troops stationed in military bases.

This 6 January 2020 BBC video says about itself:

President Trump has threatened severe sanctions against Iraq after its parliament called on US troops to leave the country.

The Steve Sweeney article continues:

They were invited back into Iraq in 2014 to help in the coalition fight against Isis, after the jihadists took control of large swathes of the country and made Mosul its regional caliphate.

But anger has deepened after the targeted assassination of the Iranian Quds Force commander General Qasem Soleimani who was killed in a US drone strike at Baghdad International airport on January 3.

Washington has given mixed messages about whether it will comply with the request and critics have accused the US of acting as an occupying force for a second time since the illegal invasion in 2003.

Qusai al-Anbari, who leads the Badr Organisation in Anbar province, claimed on Sunday that US forces are relocating Isis fighters from Syria to the region after the area was cleansed of jihadist forces.

This claim was supported by Iraqi security commentator Karim al-Khikani who said Isis operatives had been trained at US bases in Syria, including al-Tanf.

Protests took place across Iraq on Sunday, including the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala as demands for political and economic reform continue to grow.

Preparations are under way for Friday’s “million-man march” called by Islamist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr to demand that US troops leave Iraq.

Mr Sadr called for the government to refrain from attacking the demonstration.

“I hope they are committed to peace, not to harm the security of the people and to subject the country to a fierce civil war,” he said.

Million-man march today to expel all US troops from Iraq: here.

Stop Trump-Iran war, Brussels demonstration 25 January


This 10 January 2020 Associated Press video says about itself:

‘No war with Iran’ demonstrations across U.S.

Demonstrators in dozens of US cities gathered Thursday night to protest the Trump administration‘s killing of an Iranian general and the decision to send thousands of additional soldiers to the Middle East.

The progressive political action committee “MoveOn” organized the national “No War With Iran” protests.

The group previously held rallies against the travel ban and white nationalism.

Protest organizers said the Trump administration has essentially started an illegal war with Iran by assassinating Qassem Soleimani.

Activists carried signs with messages like “Peace Now” while chanting anti-war slogans.

They also heard musicians performing songs with lyrics calling President Trump a liar.

Several speakers also called for the President’s immediate removal from office.

Others called for the US to stop spending money on war and instead invest in health care and the fight against climate change.

Translated from the Belgian peace movement Intal today:

Noi another war in the Middle East!

25/01: Action day – 2 pm Central Station Brussels

Seventeen years after the invasion of Iraq, the world seemed to be heading for another disastrous war in the unstable Middle East. For the time being, a further escalation of the conflict between the US and Iran seems to have been averted, but a small spark may be enough to escalate it. The US American sanctions regime is being further strengthened, and threatening language is still heard from both sides.

The USA plays with fire. The extrajudicial execution of Qasem Soleimani with drone rockets, whatever one thinks about his role and that of Iran in the region, is a war act and a violation of international law. We cannot tolerate that US President Donald Trump is constantly undermining the international legal order. We cannot accept that Belgium and the other member states of the European Union, through their passivity or even support, will ensure that we evolve towards an international system in which only might would be right.

Various organizations, including Intal, ask:

that Belgium and the other Member States of the European Union unambiguously condemn any provocative action and violations of international law and human rights;
that Belgium and the European Union play an active mediation role in achieving sustainable de-escalation with Iran;
that Belgium would in no way make itself complicit – if requested – in acts of war and violations of international law by the USA and other countries in Iraq and Iran, neither individually, nor in a NATO context or through other international coalitions.
that Belgium, as a member of the UN Security Council, should take appropriate initiatives to help restore peace and stability in the region and promote political dialogue, under the auspices of the UN;
that the European Union clearly distance itself from the White House’s attempts to make the nuclear agreement with Iran fail. The EU should further encourage Iran to respect the provisions of the agreement and, in return, refuse to implement the US American sanctions that hit the Iranian people hard, but also help them to bypass and compensate them. In the medium term, the Middle East should become a nuclear-free zone.

We express our solidarity with the Iraqi and Iranian protest movements that fight against foreign interference and strive for sovereignty, democratic rights and social justice in their countries.

On Saturday, January 25, an action day will take place in various places in the world at the request of the US peace movement. In Brussels, too, the peace movement will be on the streets at 2 pm at Brussels Central station. Welcome!

Wall Street weapons company CEOs cash in on Iran war danger. Share traders know that a war with Iran would mean more lucrative contracts for US weapons-makers, says SARAH ANDERSON: here.

War and the quest for profits are intrinsically linked: here.