Grey heron nesting season video


This 2017 video from the Netherlands is about the grey heron nesting season in Frankendael park in Amsterdam.

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Red foxes in central Amsterdam


In this October 2017 Dutch video, two twin brother biologists look for red foxes in the Vondelpark in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Charlottesville solidarity demonstration in Amsterdam


This video from the Spui square in Amsterdam in the Netherlands tonight shows a solidarity demonstration with the anti-nazis in Charlottesville, USA.

People shout: ‘Fascism, never again!

Against Charlottesville, USA nazi murder, Dutch Amsterdam solidarity tomorrow


This video from the USA says about itself:

Historian: Trump Defends White Supremacy to Maintain Elite Power Structure

16 August 2017

Gerald Horne says Trump‘s comments seek to disperse the culpability of white nationalists in the murder of Heather Heyer.

The anti-racist demonstration against the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was the most frightening I have ever been to. Yes, I was in the crowd when a car—driven by a man who had been marching in uniform with a neo-Nazi group—slammed into the crowd, killing one and injuring at least 19. But that was only part of it: here.

Amsterdam Charlottesville solidarity demonstration

From Facebook in the Netherlands:

17-8-2017 DEMO AMSTERDAM: SOLIDARITY WITH THE ANTI-FASCISTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Spui, 1012 XA Amsterdam

This Thursday there will be a demonstration in Amsterdam in solidarity with anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. Last Saturday, a neo-nazi drove his car into an anti-fascist protest against one of the biggest ever nazi demonstrations in the US, which took place on the same day. This resulted in multiple serious injuries. 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed. Solidarity with all anti-fascists in Charlottesville, Heather’s bereaved, and with everybody affected by extreme right violence.

Last Saturday, a large group of neo-nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, various Alt-Right groups and the National Socialist Movement wanted to come together in Charlottesville under the name “Unite the Right”, in order to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, Confederate general and a symbol of racism and segregation in the US. Already on Friday night, the day before the demonstration, a large group of extreme right activists gathered in Charlottesville. Armed with shields, bats, and torches, they shouted racist chants and attacked a small group of counter-demonstrators.

The following day, the extreme-right already flooded the city in the state of Virginia hours before their planned demonstration. There was a large amount of extreme-right militia members with automatic firearms in attendance. There were also massive counter demonstrations. The day resulted in many fights, and sometime after 12:30 PM, a neo-nazi drove his car into a crowd at an anti-fascist protest resulting in several serious injuries and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

We would like to express our sympathy and our anger in the streets. Anti-fascism is and will always be necessary and is always legitimate. Come on Thursday to Amsterdam, 20:00, Spui!

AFA Nederland
AFA Amsterdam
AFA Den Haag
AFA Noordbrabant
Antifa Utrecht

See also here.

Amsterdam Pride reclaimed for liberation


This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

AMSTERDAM GAY PRIDE 2015 | OFFICIAL AFTERMOVIE

3 September 2015

Amsterdam Gay Pride is a nine day festival to celebrate that you can be who you are and love the one you want. We share love and accept differences.

The city turns into a rainbow of events in gay and open-minded venues, from dance parties to film festivals, sporting events, debates and culture. The second weekend we blow your mind with a weekend of outdoor parties, the world famous canal parade and a Human Rights Concert on the closing Sunday.

About the 29 July-6 August 2017 Amsterdam Pride, especially the 5 August canal parade, from We Reclaim Our Pride:

We Reclaim Our Pride!

Because we do not wish to celebrate the freedom of one group at the expense of other groups.

What’s going on?

Where Pride once began as a movement that fought for freedom, these days it has grown into a party about commerce and money. What is more, Pride has become a celebration that involves the participation of certain corporations and political parties that are far removed from this fight for freedom. But for us there is no Pride in arms trade and the construction of destructive pipelines like those financed by the ING [banking] Group. There is no Pride in the ethnic profiling of youth of colour by police, or in joining the war over natural resources. And there is certainly no pride in the racism and nationalism of the VVD [political party, part of the Dutch coalition government]. Just like in the Stonewall times, our Pride is intersectional: we cannot celebrate the freedom of one group at the expense of the freedom of other groups.

We also see how LGBTQI+ rights are being used for a racist, populist, and far right smear campaign against Muslims and refugees. They are said to threaten ‘our values’. This homonationalism is misguided, because The Netherlands isn’t really that ‘tolerant’ and many white people discriminate on the basis of sexuality and gender identity. Like many other people who are fleeing poverty or war, LGBTQI+ refugees are mercilessly being deported. Moreover, in many non-western countries a battle is being fought against sexuality and gender oppression, and in those countries there are also people who do not want to be put into the dominant sexuality and gender categories. People who value LGBTQI+ rights should actually support this rather than employ it in a politics of racism and Islamophobia.

Where are we from?

Forty seven years ago the Stonewall riots in New York―led by Sylvia Rivera and Marcia P. Johnson―marked the beginning of the Pride movement as we know it today. The constant intimidation and threatening by the police, combined with their disadvantaged position in society, were the final straw. The group that came into action, consisted primarily of women, transgender people and people of colour from the lower classes of society.

Although the LGBTQI+ movement has made significant progress since the Stonewall riots, there is still a lot to gain when it comes to the liberation from hetero/cis-normativity and sexism in the Netherlands. Because of these forms of oppression people are not safe out on the streets, and are being forced to hide their sexual orientation and gender identity. Many among us do not dare to hold hands in public for fear of being confronted with homophobic slurs or even violence: on the streets, in school and at work. Stonewall teaches us that it is important to pay attention that the degree of exclusion and discrimination often depends on colour, race and gender. And that we must strive for an emphasis on intersectionality in our struggle!

What do we want?

These radical roots of Stonewall seem to have been forgotten in the mainstream celebration of Pride. This is why we want to gather―in all our diversity―on a big bridge, during the Canal Parade on August 5th, to show what the LGBTQI+ fight is about: radical liberation.

We stand up against our rights being hijacked and used for racist political arguments and homonationalism. We want the Pride to be ours again, instead of a commercial party.

Because we do not want to celebrate the freedom of one group by oppressing others. That is why on this day we will reclaim our Pride and bring it back to the fight for our liberation.

Stop the scapegoat politics!

WHAT: Anti-capitalist Decolonial Intersectional Queer Solidarity Block!!
WHEN: August 5th
WHERE: Location will be announced a.s.a.p.
TIME: gathering at 8.30AM is crucial for this action

Anti-capitalist Decolonial Intersectional Solidarity Block Coalition

Co-signed in solidarity:

Gloria Wekker
University of Colour
vreer
Amsterdam Black Women Meetup
International Socialists
Haar Minaret [Muslim women]
Les Minas
MVVN [Organisation of Moroccan women in the Netherlands]
Prisma
Utrecht voor Iedereen
Feministisch Verzet [Feminist Resistance]
Muslims for Progressive Values
Doetank Peer
Expreszo [LGBTQ young people]
Geender
ROOD [youth organisation of the Dutch Socialist Party]
De Verrekijker
Amandla Awethu!
Joke Kaviaar
Partij voormalig Artikel 1
The F Word Festival [Amsterdam feminists]

The activists on 5 August 2017

Report: here.

Anne Frank’s stepsister’s lecture on Holocaust and xenophobia


This video from the USA says about itself:

Jewish Survivor Eva Schloss Testimony Part 1

4 April 2012

You are watching Eva Schloss, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Eva and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit http://vhaonline.usc.edu.

These videos are brought to you by the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, which was founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. The Institute has video testimonies of 52,000 Holocaust survivors, witnesses, liberators, and others. Each individual’s video testimony was indexed with the specific terms, names, places, and dates applied to noted in each minute of video.

This video is the sequel.

From De Balie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands:

‘I blame the world for the Holocaust. I blame the world for the refugee crisis.’

Eva Schloss

The 18th Freedom Lecture will be by the 88-year-old Eva Schloss. In 1938, Eva’s family emigrated to Amsterdam, after the annexation of Austria by the Nazis. In Amsterdam, Eva meets Anne Frank, who happens to live on the other side of the street. In 1944, before their deportation to Auschwitz, Eva and her family are imprisoned in a detention center located on the Max Euweplein. Next to the former district court, now known as De Balie. Eva Schloss survives Auschwitz, and did not speak about the horrors she experienced for forty years. After the war, Eva’s mother married Otto Frank, Anne Frank‘s father. So Anne Frank is Eva’s step sister. Eva Schloss lectures almost every day, in that she relates her own history to current events, and speaks out against racism and xenophobia in the Western world.

In June, Eva will return to De Balie, to reflect in this emotionally loaded place on her life and current events during her Freedom Lecture.

After the lecture, we will have a conversation with author, columnist and trainer Babah Tarawally and architect Arna Mackic about the ways in which their personal refugee story recurs in their work. How do they relate to the past, and in which ways do they feel a certain responsibility to speak out publicly against issues such as racism and xenophobia? And what are the differences between the situation for refugees then and now?

Actress and film maker Martha van der Bly currently works on a documentary about the impressive story of the life of Eva Schloss, Eva’s Mission, and will give an introduction.

The evening will end with the performance ‘One in a Million’ by the Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh, who became famous after the documentary about his life, ‘Dance or Die’. In the performance, Ahmad shows that freedom is not self-evident for so many people around the world. With ‘One in a Million, Ahmad does not only tell us his own personal story, but the story of millions of people. The performance is accompanied by music of the German composer Max Richter.

About Eva Schloss

Eva Schloss has regularly spoken about the Holocaust at educational institutions since 1985. For her dedication to this work, Northumbria University awarded her an honorary doctorate in Civil Law. Also, she has become a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust in the UK. The positive as well as the negative influence that the story of Anne Frank has had on Eva’s live, is described in Eva’s autobiography After Auschwitz (2014).

This programme is a cooperation between De Balie and Martha van der Bly. Please find more information on the film Eva’s Mission here.

Language: English

Unknown Malevich drawing discovery in Amsterdam


The newly discovered Malevich drawing

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:

Unknown Malevich discovered in archive box of Stedelijk Museum

For thirty-five years, Geurt Imanse has worked for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, but he never discovered such a find. In a depot of the museum he found an unknown drawing of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), one of the founders of abstract art. The Stedelijk manages the largest collection of Malevich works outside of Russia.

By: Michiel Kruijt

What makes the discovery even more beautiful: the small sketch, 14 by 10 centimeters, is a preliminary study for An Englishman in Moscow, a famous Malevich painting from 1914, which is also in the collection of the Stedelijk. No preliminary study was known of that work. …

The sketch and the painting An Englishman in Moscow, according to the Stedelijk Museum, belong to Malevich’s “a-logical” work, in which reason had to be ruled out in painting. It was a first step towards his new style, the abstract suprematism. The text on the preliminary study and the painting reads: ‘Partial eclipse’. According to Malevich, a solar eclipse was required. The old aesthetics had to disappear. The drawing will be visible to the public from the 2nd of June on in the museum.

See also here.