No to Trump-Iran war, Brussels demonstration

This 18 June 2019 video from congresswoman and Democratic party presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard in the USA says about itself:

Stop Trump from waging illegal Iran war

Here we go again! The US sending more troops to the Middle East for what will be disastrous war with Iran. To prevent Trump and future presidents from waging war illegally (without Congress approval) we must sign my No More Presidential Wars Act.

On Thursday 27 June 2019, there will be a demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against the plans of the United States Trump administration to start a war on Iran.
It will be at 5pm at the United States embassy, Regentlaan 27, 1000 Brussel.

Among the organisations calling for the demonstration are CNAPD, intal, Pax Christi Vlaanderen, Viva Salud, Vrede vzw, Aardewerk, Hand in Hand vluchtelingenwerking Gent.

As the British Ministry of Defense announced on Sunday that a second UK destroyer, the HMS Duncan, had arrived in the Persian Gulf, calls were escalating across the European ruling elite to deploy a European naval flotilla or “eurofleet” in the Persian Gulf to threaten Iran: here.

German government and Greens promote military mission in Persian Gulf: here.

No more blackface in Brussels, Belgium

A noiraud in Brussels, Belgium

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

No more blackface make-up for Brussels ‘noirauds’ [‘darkies’]

A Brussels tradition to collect money for charities in blackface is going to change. From now on the ‘noirauds’ will take to the streets in the colours of the Belgian flag.

Since 1876, the city’s celebrities have been collecting money every year in blackface. They supposedly represent ‘African noblemen’, because the conquest of Africa at that time [by Belgian King Leopold II] appealed to the imagination.

Recently the tradition came under fire, just like Zwarte Piet in the Netherlands. In 2015 there was even an international fuss when [Foreign Affairs] Minister Didier Reynders took part in the custom.

Many critics made a connection with the colonial past of Belgium and pointed to the atrocities in Congo. The minister did not see the problem …


The noirauds organization sees it differently nowadays. “The mission is jeopardized by the fuss about our appearance, which is why we want to evolve”, says a spokesperson. “A new look fits the spirit of the times.”

The next collection campaign of the ‘noirauds’ will be held from 14 to 17 March. Then the new colours will also be seen for the first time.

Brussels climate march with Greta Thunberg

This 21 February 2019 French language video is about the pro-climate march of striking students today in Brussels, Belgium, with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

This video is about Greta Thunberg‘s speech at the Brussels climate demonstration today.

This 21 February 2019 video says about itself:

Greta Thunberg: “We want politicians to listen to the scientists

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was in Brussels on Thursday (21 February) to take part in one of the climate school strikes that have taken place every week in Belgium since December.

Before joining the march, the Swedish activist was invited to make a speech in front of the Economic and Social Committee (EESC), an EU consultative body representing civil society organisations. And as usual, she didn’t mince her words.

“We know that most politicians don’t want to talk to us,” Thunberg said from the outset. “Good. We don’t want to talk to them either,” she told a roomful of EU policymakers, which also included Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission.

“We want them to talk to the scientists instead. Listen to them. Because we are just repeating what they are saying and have been saying for decades,” she continued. “We want you to follow the Paris Agreement and the IPCC reports. We don’t have any other demands. Just unite behind the science – that is our demand.”

Student climate strike in Brussels, with Greta Thunberg

This 21 February 2019 video says about itself:

Greta Thunberg to join thousands in Brussels for today’s “School Strike for Climate

Week after week, students are taking Thursdays off school to march for climate action and they are not backing down. Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who started the movement, will be in Brussels later today to march with the activists.

This 21 February 2019 video says about itself:

Greta Thunberg to EU’s Juncker: “We started to clean up your mess, stop sweeping mess under carpet

16 years old climate activist Greta Thunberg has given a rousing speech at an EU event in Brussels. The teenager opened a European Commission event in front of President Jean-Claude Juncker where she told politicians to stop ‘sweeping their mess under the carpet for our generation to clean up’.

Greta, from Sweden, defended the hundreds of thousands of children who took part in global school strikes saying: ‘If you say we are wasting valuable lesson time, let me remind you, our political leaders have wasted decades through denial and inaction and since our time is running out we have started to take action.’

Today, Greta Thunberg is joining Belgian students who are skipping classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels to draw more attention to fighting climate change. The 16-year-old Thunberg said youngsters are being forced to skip school and protest because adults are not addressing climate issues quickly enough.

She told the European Economic and Social Committee plenary session that “we are school striking because we have done our homework” on the dangers facing the Earth. Thunberg has become her generation’s voice on climate change after inspiring students around the world to go on strike to express their anger and angst over global warming.

This video is called Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s press conference in Brussels (21st February 2019).

This Dutch tweet is about Groningen city students on strike for the climate today.

This Dutch tweet is about Nijmegen city students on strike for the climate today.

The Australian government has confirmed the extinction of a small rodent native to a tiny spit of sand in the northernmost part of the Great Barrier Reef ― the first known mammal lost to human-caused climate change.

Scientists say the colors of the world’s oceans will intensify by the end of the century due to climate change, threatening the marine ecosystem from the bottom up.

Greta Thunberg at Belgium pro-climate strike tomorrow

Belgian daily Het Laatste Nieuws, 20 February 2019, reports that 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has arrived in Brussels, Belgium.

Tomorrow, Thursday she will participate in a march by striking Belgian pro-climate students. It will start at 1pm at the Brussels North railway station; and will finish at the southern railway station.

TRUMP CLIMATE PICK DOESN’T BELIEVE IN SCIENCE William Happer, Trump’s reported pick to lead a new panel on climate change, is a science denier with a history of controversial comments. [HuffPost]

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg to Brussels demonstration

This 24 February 2019 video says about itself:

Some 35,000 Belgian school children skipped classes on Thursday to protest global warming and pollution in one of Brussels’ biggest ever student protests, vowing to miss school once a week until the Belgian government takes action.

Students banging drums and carrying signs decrying global warming gathered around the European Parliament, in what Brussels police said was an unprecedented turnout for a student protest in the Belgian capital, also home to European Union institutions.

Translated from Belgian daily De Morgen today:

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16) will come along to Brussels demonstration next week [Thursday 21 February]

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16), who became famous worldwide for striking week after week against climate change, will come to the Brussels climate march next week to join the protest. Anuna De Wever of Youth for Climate recently announced this.

Next week the climate action will not take place in Namur, as communicated first, but again in Brussels. The reason for this is a special guest: Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who is the source of inspiration for the Belgian climate truants, will come to the demonstration.

“Of course we are very satisfied with her arrival”, says Anuna De Wever. “She ultimately lies at the basis of the movement.” With the arrival of Thunberg, Youth for Climate hopes for a big turnout.

Greta Thunberg became famous all over the world for skipping school to go to the parliament building in Stockholm every Friday to demand a better climate policy. She inspired thousands of students from all over the world to do the same, including the Belgian girls Kyra Gantois and Anuna De Wever, who have been mobilizing multitudes of students for climate marches in Brussels for 6 weeks in a row.

Thunberg was previously invited to the World Economic Forum where she addressed the world leaders and called for a more ambitious climate policy. “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day, and to take action, as if something is on fire somewhere, because that is the case,” said Thunberg. “We still have a small chance to stop greenhouse gas emissions and save a lot of people on our planet from a lot of suffering.”

The Swedish girl then also on Twitter mentioned the success of an earlier edition of “truancy for the climate” in Brussels. “A Belgian journalist just told me that 35,000 students play truant in Brussels. Heroes!” she said. Now she will join such a climate demonstration herself.

The Belgian student‘s sign, top left of twis tweet, says, translated from French: if the climate would be a bank, then it would have been saved already.

Biggest ever pro-climate demonstration in Brussels, Belgium

This Dutch language video is about the 17 January 2019 high school striking students march in Brussels, Belgium. Then, there were over 12,000 demonstrators.

A week later it was over 35,000 striking demonstrators.

This video is about that 24 January 2019 demonstration in Brussels.

So is this video.

And today, 27 January 2019, there was the biggest pro-climate demonstration ever in Brussels: over 70,000 people! Not just students this time; all age groups.

This 27 January 2019 video shows many pro-climate demonstrators arriving in Brussels, in spite of the rain. The Belgian railways had trouble transporting so many people to Brussels.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Some 70,000 people participated in the climate march through the streets of Brussels. In Belgium there are regularly demonstrations demanding climate measures, but never have so many people joined them. The organization counted on 30,000 people.

The fact that many more people have come to Brussels shows, according to the organization, that many Belgians believe that the government is not taking the climate problem seriously.

On Thursday, 35,000 high school students marched through the Belgian capital to draw attention to climate change. There was a lot of criticism because supposedly for the pupils it was just truancy.

According to NOS correspondent Thomas Spekschoor, many pupils were marching again today. “They wanted to show that they really mean it and that the strike was primarily meant to attract extra attention.

On banners, the demonstrators, eg, criticized the Flemish Minister for the Environment Joke Schauvliege, who does not participate in the march: ‘Joke is a joke’ [in English], writes one of the demonstrators.

Ms Schauvliege belongs to the conservative ‘Christian Democrat’ party.

This video from France calls for a pro-climate march in La Rochelle city. With the slogan also seen in self-made signs in Brussels today: ‘Let us change the system; not the climate’.

This video is about an 18 January 2019 pro-climate march of 10,000 striking students in Lausanne, Switzerland.

This video shows a September 2018 pro-climate march in Marrakech, Morocco.