Lesser spotted woodpecker in Belgium

This video shows a lesser spotted woodpecker in the Zevenbergenbos woodland near Ranst in Belgium.

Marc Gorrens made this video.


Tawny owl bathing, video

This 30 Decemberr 2017 video from the Zevenbergenbos woodland near Ranst town in Belgium shows a tawny owl bathing.

Marc Gorrens made this video.

Belgian government lies on sending refugees to torture in Sudan

Demonstration against Francken in Brussels, 30 December 2017, EPA photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Cabinet crisis is threatening in Belgium

Today, 11:45

In Belgium, high political play is being played and there is a threat of a cabinet crisis. It is about the position of junior minister for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, who has already been discredited.

Francken of the New-Flemish Alliance (N-VA) is under fire because he is said have lied about expelling a group of Sudanese. Other parties want him to resign, but N-VA leader Bart de Wever threatens to pull the plug out of the government if Francken is sent away.


The N-VA politician as Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration is responsible for a group of Sudanese who were deported from Belgium to their country of birth last year. Francken decided to do so, even though he was warned by a committee that the refugees in Sudan might be tortured. … According to statements by the Sudanese in Belgian media, they were actually tortured after their return.

Other coalition parties charge him with the issue and say he lied to the parliament and the prime minister. They do not want to send Francken away, but believe that he should resign himself.

UPDATE: Francken’s coalition partners swallow their criticism.

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.