Important dragonfly art rediscovered

Norfolk hawker dragonfly, KBIN, Brussels

This picture shows a Norfolk hawker dragonfly. It is part of a recently rediscovered collection of 19th century dragonfly and damselfly art.

Translated from Dutch Vroege Vogels radio:

Dragonflies on watercolors

Friday, December 1, 2017

At the end of the nineteenth century, the Belgian Baron Edmond de Sélys Longchamps drew and painted many hundreds of dragonflies. Not for fun, but for science.

An important and valuable collection. Still, the folders with dragonfly aquarelles fell into oblivion. But in 2002 they were found again, almost literally under a layer of dust in a cabinet at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.

Since then the Dutch dragonfly researchers Karin Verspui and Marcel Wasscher have studied the drawings. ‘We are talking about a time when there was obviously no good photography yet. This kind of drawings and watercolors were the gold standard for describing species”, says Verspui. ‘There are very special examples, including many so-called holotype specimens. These are the original individuals used to describe a new species. Where most of the type specimens themselves have completely lost their color, these watercolors are still of exceptional quality. These drawings deserve a larger audience”, says Verspui.

The digitized watercolors can be found on the RBINS site.

Ms Verspui said today on radio that Baron Edmond de Sélys Longchamps was an amateur entomologist. Nevertheless, he wrote scientific descriptions of about 700 dragonfly and damselfly species; about a third of the 2000 species known to science then.


Belgian police arrests anti-slavery demonstrators

This 20 November 2017 video is called Libya Slave Auctions Horrify UN Chief.

Translated from Belga news agency in Belgium:

11.11.11 [Belgian charity for the Third World] no longer wants support for the Libyan Coast Guard

November 23, 2017

As long as Belgium can not guarantee that the EUR 10 million invested in the European Union Trust Fund will be used to prevent slavery, 11.11.11 asks for the suspension of this funding. The reason for the 11.11.11 step is a CNN report, in which a hidden camera showed that refugees from Nigeria in Libya are sold as slaves for a few hundred dollars.

‘Belgium invests € 10 million in the EU Trust Fund and is, like most other EU member states, partly responsible for the degrading treatment of migrants by the Libyan coastguard‘, they say.

The Belgian government is also responsible by supporting the 2011 NATO war on Libya.

Like in France, today in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, there was a demonstration against the slave markets in NATO’s ‘brave new’ Libya; organised by the Africa Liberation organisation. Police, according to Dutch NOS TV, attacked demonstrators wiith a water cannon and arrested over fifty people. Like the Paris, France police threw tear gas at anti-slavery demonstrators.

This video is about the 25 November 2017 Brussels anti-slavery demonstration.

This video says about itself:

Black people sold as slaves in Libya, North Africa

17 November 2017

“History will one day have its say, but it will not be the history that Brussels, Paris, Washington or the United Nations will teach, but that which they will teach in the countries emancipated from colonialism and its puppets. Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity” – Patrice Emery Lumumba.

EU migrant deal with Libya is ‘inhuman’ – UN: here.

Migrants from west Africa being ‘sold in Libyan slave markets’: here.

Gaddafi gold-for-oil, dollar-doom plans behind Libya ‘mission’? Here.

To be black in Libya: here.

African migrants sold in Libya ‘slave markets’, IOM says: here.

Libya’s spectacular revolution has been disgraced by racism: here.

Belgian criticism of arresting Catalan politicians

This 20 September 2017 video is called Angry protests in Barcelona as Spain rounds up Catalan officials.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

There is growing criticism in Belgium about the arrest warrant for the deposed Catalan government president Puigdemont. The Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said to VTM News that Madrid has gone too far. “When will Europe anything at last?” He said. “Beating up peaceful people and jailing government ministers. I’m asking questions.” …

Former Belgian Prime Minister and Socialist Party leader Di Rupo calls it on Twitter shocking to put Puigdemont in a cell. According to him, Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy behaves like an “authoritarian Franco follower“, referring to Spanish ex-dictator Francisco Franco.

Carles Puigdemont bailed pending Brussels ruling. Ousted president of Catalonia and four former ministers await decision on extradition to Spain after 10-hour hearing: here.

Bitter conflicts erupted inside the European Union (EU) this weekend over Spain’s suspension of the elected government of Catalonia after the October 1 Catalan independence referendum and the flight of deposed Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to Brussels. As Madrid escalates its repression in Catalonia after General Fernando Alejandre threatened the region with military intervention, a historic political crisis is shaking the EU to its foundations: here.

Campaigning has begun in the Catalan regional elections scheduled for December 21. The elections are a travesty of democracy, proceeding in the shadow of the repression instigated by Spain’s Popular Party (PP) government: here.

Belgian authorities interrogate Catalan refugees

This video recorded in Catalonia by British daily The Guardian says about itself:

1 October 2017

Video footage of police brutality against voters in Girona has appeared. The video shows police hitting people in the crowd with batons while voters hold up their hands. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has told reporters that ‘violence will not stop Catalans from voting‘.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Puigdemont and ministers report to Belgian police

Today, 12:48

The deposed Catalan government president Puigdemont and the four ministers who are with him in Belgium have reported themselves to the Belgian police. The Belgian authorities announced that at a press conference.

Puigemont and his ministers have declared themselves a quarter past nine this morning. In the presence of their lawyers, they were officially informed about the European arrest warrant. They are being interrogated this afternoon by a investigating judge. He must say within 24 hours what he will do with the European warrant.

That judge has several options. He may refuse to carry out the arrest warrant, or he may arrest the Catalans or free them under conditions.

Issue not yet finished

If the judge agrees with the European arrest warrant, then a council must take a decision within two weeks on the Spanish arrest warrant. After that, an appeal may take another two weeks. …

The Catalans are being prosecuted in Spain for rebellion, rabble rousing and abuse of government money. There is a prison sentence of 30 years for that.

Catalan refugees won’t be arrested, Belgian government says

This video says about itself:

Catalonia referendum: Thousands protest Spanish police violence – BBC News

3 October 2017

Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona and other Catalan cities to protest against Spanish police violence.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Belgium denies that Puigdemont will be arrested this afternoon

Today, 12:48

The Brussels Public Prosecutor denies that Carles Puigdemont and four other Catalan politicians will be arrested this afternoon, as two major Spanish newspapers report. At 14.00, the parquet will hold a press conference, says a spokesperson.

El País and El Mundo write that a warrant was issued for Puigdemont and his supporters to be arrested this afternoon. They traveled to Brussels last week.