This 29 June 2015 video from Australia says about itself:
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This 5 May 2015 video from the USA is called Human Rights Watch: Saudi-Led Coalition Bombing Yemen with Banned U.S.-Made Cluster Munitions.
From Doctors Without Borders:
Yemen: Hundreds Wounded in Attacks on Markets and Residential Areas
July 06, 2015
SANA’A, YEMEN/NEW YORK—Medical facilities supported by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have received hundreds of people wounded in airstrikes and ground shelling across Yemen in recent days, and MSF teams have treated scores of people in several locations, including victims of a July 4 attack on a crowded marketplace in Harad District.
An MSF team treated more than 67 injured persons in Beni Hassan, in northwestern Yemen’s Harad District, following a series of airstrikes targeting a busy marketplace after people broke Ramadan’s fast on the night of July 4. An estimated 20 people were killed in the attack in the market, and the MSF team recovered nine dead bodies among the debris the following day. An elderly injured man was also rescued and transferred to Beni Hassan health center, where MSF has provided support since May 2015.
“It is unacceptable that airstrikes take place in highly concentrated civilian areas where people are gathering and going about their daily lives, especially at a time such as Ramadan,” said Colette Gadenne, MSF head of mission in Yemen.
The attack on the market in Beni Hassan, called Aahem triangle, first hit a cooking-gas station at about 8:30 p.m. At about 9:00 p.m., a second attack hit the heart of the crowded market, as well as two restaurants and a hotel.
The MSF team was called to Beni Hassan an hour later, when private cars and public transport vehicles were already taking dozens of injured people to the health center. The team stabilized the wounded patients and referred three to the main hospitals of the region, al Jumhuri (Hajjah City) and al Olafi and al Thawara hospitals (Hodeida City).
MSF donated war-wounded kits for 100 persons to al Jumhuri hospital, which received over 40 referrals in total, and also provided fuel and ambulances.
Medical teams were quickly overwhelmed by the number of wounded persons and the severity of their injuries. “It has been terrible. We could never have imagined that we could receive so many severely injured people at one time in a small health center like Beni Hassan,” said one member of the MSF team, Dr. Ammar. “The whole team is shocked by what they have seen, especially since it happened to people enjoying an evening in Ramadan.”
Elsewhere in Yemen there have been several attacks with mass civilian casualties. In southern Yemen, MSF teams assisted 23 injured civilians due to an airstrike that took place in Alfayush market, in Lahj Governorate. In the nearby city of Aden, more than 80 injured people, including women and children, were treated by MSF staff members on July 1 as a result of heavy shelling on a residential area in Al-Mansoora district.
Ground shelling and clashes in Aden cause MSF teams to continuously receive wounded patients in the Emergency Surgical Hospital. In the last four months, more than 2,800 injured people, including women and children, have been treated there.
On July 5, in Amran governorate, in the east of the country, an MSF-supported hospital received seven injured people, including three children under 13 years old, due to airstrikes targeting Harf Sufian District.
“Millions of Yemenis have nowhere to go because of the bombing‘
“We have a clinic in Beni Hassan in the northwest of the country. There the coalition of Saudi Arabia are also bombing. …
What happened yesterday she calls an extreme example. “A very busy market is just bombed by a jet. There at one stroke nearly thirty people were killed. As far as we know, there was not even one military person among the victims.”
MSF/doctors Without Borders says that they do not really understand what is happening in Yemen. Kleijer: “Dropping a bomb there has nothing to do with eliminating the warriors of the other side. Then you are deliberately murdering people and one should not do that.”
She calls on the Saudi coalition and their Western partners like the US, Britain and France to accept their responsibility and ensure that this will no longer occur. “We consider this to be irresponsible and totally unacceptable.”
A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a suburb of the southern port city of Aden killed more than 45 civilians on Monday. The deadly attack on a livestock market in the town of Foyoush also injured 50 civilians: here.
Jihadis likely winners of Saudi Arabia’s futile war on Yemen’s Houthi rebels: here.
This video from England says about itself:
See also here.
This video says about itself:
Germany: Thousands march in solidarity with Greece and refugees
20 June 2015
Thousands rallied in Berlin on Saturday in solidarity with refugees fleeing to Europe and with the people of Greece who are suffering from a long-running debt crisis.
By Victor Grossman in Germany:
Oxi to austerity, nein to the far-right
Tuesday 7th July 2015
While many progressives are celebrating the courageous Greek vote against the banking elite, VICTOR GROSSMAN warns of a worrying new development within the German far-right Alternative fur Deutschland party
For some Greece may seem distant and marginal, a few narrow peninsulas and scattered archipelagos jutting out of the sea. Some may vaguely recall school knowledge about it. “Didn’t some fellow named Prometheus steal fire from the gods? Or was it Alexander the Great untying some ‘Gordian knot’? Or a Hercules who fought a lion and cleaned out filthy stalls?”
But Greece is not marginal now. Stolen fire today is the political kind, the metaphorical lion needing to be conquered is snarling in Berlin and Brussels. And while there are still plenty of stalls to be cleansed, inside and outside the country, the huge knot, once easily untied with a stroke of Alexander’s sword, is today a very tangled barrier with a more than uncertain future.
One thing is not uncertain — the Sunday referendum in Greece, with an amazing turnout of 62.5 per cent, saw an equally amazing 61.31 per cent of the voters choosing Oxi, which means No. This courageous vote hit usually smug politicians and bankers so hard you could almost hear their teeth rattle — or gnash — in well-appointed cabinet rooms from Berlin’s Tiergarten to the Palais de l’Elysee, and oak-panelled bank executive offices in skyscrapers high over Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Luxembourg.
These harsh demands for austerity, most ardently voiced by Angela Merkel and her Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble, were aimed primarily at enriching Germany’s finance and industry and strengthening its leadership position in all Europe and beyond, with the aid of any other European Union politicians who could be bought or browbeaten. Sometimes these endeavours collided with ambitions of the US-centred banks and corporations, which were willing to leave much of Europe to their German buddies, but had their own ambitions in areas like Ukraine, the Near East and Africa and close allies at the top in one-time communist countries like Poland and the Baltic mini-states.
But all could agree on one basic aim — progressive governments with the well-being of their non-wealthy citizens at heart, which required paring the billion-size incomes of the giants, were not to be tolerated. Above all, they were not to be permitted to prosper and serve as models.
This policy, tragically pursued back in the 1930s in the Spanish civil war, has been US foreign policy for years. Indeed, for well over a century. It was sharply demonstrated in Latin America, with invasions of Guatemala, Cuba and Grenada, putsches or putsch attempts as in Chile, and current efforts to undermine or overthrow undesired governments in Venezuela or Ecuador and buy out some of the others. But in Europe, for Germany, this meant Greece.
If rebellious Greece could reject the miserable conditions imposed on it by the financial powers that be, then who knows? The people of Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Italy could learn some lessons and take some cues. This must be prevented by all possible means.
A first upset was the victory of Syriza in the January elections. Since then everything possible was done to defeat progress there and either force Syriza to surrender or split the population and then depose it. When Syriza made its daring decision to risk its survival by calling a referendum, all stops were pulled. Europe’s prominent leaders warned of the dire consequences which they threatened might mean that Greece would have to give up the treasured euro and stand alone.
The Greek people’s answer was a slap in the face for all of them, including, sadly, leaders of the Social Democratic Party like Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel. Now they are all hysterically rushing from Berlin and Paris to Brussels to decide whether to sacrifice prestige and face up to dealing with Greek representatives who now have a big popular majority behind them, or to play it tough, let the Greeks, already hungry and poor after five years of pre-Syriza deceit, now sink into even worse poverty, which would risk tearing a first fissure in the euro currency structure, Merkel’s legacy.
And who knows, maybe those oh-so-stubborn Greeks might just possibly manage to cut through that knot, beat the snarling lion, clean the stables — and save their bold fire as a flare for brothers and sisters in other countries.
A gargoyle of a different kind — but not fully unrelated — raised its ugly head in the city of Essen this same weekend. It could also gain new importance — in a very negative way.
The Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) was founded as a party in 2013 to oppose, from the right, both the European Union and the euro. Its main leader, Bernd Lucke, 52, was an economics professor best known for opposing higher wages for working people.
But the party’s main attraction soon became its opposition to foreigners, especially immigrants, asylum-seekers and all “Islamists” — in other words, people of Muslim belief from Turkey, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine or northern Africa. As the party began to split between Lucke’s far-right policies and the ultra-far-right policies of his opponents, Lucke aimed at ending the party’s rule per trio by becoming its solo boss.
But in Essen the tables were turned — the extreme far-right not only chose instead the very ultra-right Dresden chemist Frauke Petry, 40, as new boss but booed Lucke from the podium and cut off the microphone when he tried to defend his position. She smilingly rejects same-sex marriage and wants to limit abortions. He, like other less extremist leaders, will probably quit the party. Indeed, he may have to.
A big question remains — will the party lose or gain members as a result? The polls show it hovering between 4 and 6 per cent. If it overcomes the 5 per cent barrier in 2017 it will get seats and a voice in the next Bundestag, and while it cannot now be defined as a neonazi party it is not all that far from it and could attract the extremists in Pegida, the National Democratic Party and other far-right groups.
Far-right groups are definitely on the rise, from the Rhone valley in France to Skagerrak beaches in Scandinavia, their rabid mobs looking for trouble in Dresden, Budapest, Vienna. Progressives, in Greece and elsewhere, are marching and demonstrating where they can, hoping their — as yet figurative — barricades will hold. No Emperor Alexander is desired, though a Prometheus or a democratic Hercules might perhaps be welcome. But the Titan really needed in the years ahead is a combined force of determined people overcoming all divisions of nationality, age, sex, orientation, language, religion or colour.
Here and there we have seen potential strength, most recently in Berlin, Frankfurt and other European cities with countless signs saying Oxi, No! Such emulation of the courageous Greek people means No to repression and austerity but Yes to many vitally needed goals, beginning with decent jobs. These signals need to multiply — they are our hope.
Martin Schulz has blatantly lied and threatened the Greek people trying to persuade a nation to vote Yes in the 5th July referendum. This is unacceptable behaviour of the president of the European Parliament. Investigations are demanded whether this is either legal and/or ethically correct: petition here.
‘Austerity in Greece brought malaria, spikes in AIDS, suicides': here.
This video is about a little tern with chicks.
A bit more to the east: three Kentish plover couples.
This 28 March 2015 video is called ‘Saudi-led coalition helping ISIS by bombing Houthis in Yemen’.
From Deutsche Welle in Germany, 6 June 2015:
Saudi-led coalition bombs Yemen market, killing dozens
More than 40 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a Saudi-led bombing raid in southern Yemen. …
Eyewitnesses and security officials said a coalition warplane fired a rocket into a busy livestock market in the southern port city of Aden Monday, killing at least 41 people. Dozens of civilians were also wounded in the bombing in the city’s Fayoush neighborhood.
“I came right after the explosion and saw dozens of dead strewn about and a sea of blood, while the wounded were being evacuated to nearby hospitals,” resident Abu-Ali al-Azibi told Associated Press.
Last week, the UN declared the situation in Yemen to be a “Level 3″ humanitarian emergency – its most severe category – where over 80 percent of the population needs assistance.
The body says the conflict has left 20 million Yemenis without access to safe drinking water and displaced more than one million people. Nearly 3,000 people have been killed in bombing raids and fighting since March.
See also here.
Saudi-led coalition air strikes and clashes killed at least 176 fighters and civilians in Yemen on Monday, residents and media run by the Houthi movement said, the highest daily toll since the Arab air offensive began more than three months ago: here.
Warden Ronald in ‘t Veld made this photo on 25 June 2015 near Puttershoek in the Netherlands. It shows a kingfisher which had collided with a window. Fortunately, the bird had not broken anything. After recovery at the Vogelklas Karel Schot in Rotterdam, the kingfisher was freed again, warden Wicher Pen writes.