Beached blue whale saved in Chile, another video


This video says about itself:

RAW: Huge stranded [blue] whale rescued from Chilean beach

29 December 2015

Police, navy, fishermen & beachgoers use a large net to help a whale stranded on a Chilean beach return to the sea

The science behind blue whale feeding patterns: here.

Beached blue whale saved in Chile, video


This video from Chile says about itself:

29 December 2015

A 65-foot [blue] whale has been saved by fishermen during a three hour rescue operation after it became beached off the coast of Chile.

The huge creature was rescued after a lengthy rescue operation was staged to tow it back out to sea.

Video footage shows beach-goers, who had been surfing, struggling to move the whale as it was rocked backwards and forwards by the waves.

After dragging it for some 5 kilometres, the whale was cut free from the rope and able to glide off into the water.

The triumphant rescue was celebrated by the rescuers, all pleased that the magnificent whale was free to enjoy the ocean again.

The whale was spotted swimming further out to sea after that, causing a huge cheer from those on the boats responsible for the rescue operation.

The fishermen were alerted to the drama by authorities after it was spotted washed up on the beach of Iquique, a coastal city in the north of Chile.

Naval officers, police, employees of Marine Rescue Centre ‘Kaitieki’ and local fishermen banded together to coordinate the three-hour rescue operation.

The maritime governor of Iquique, Navio Gaston Guerrero, said: ‘It is important to highlight the support of the authorities, fishermen and civilians who helped accomplish this difficult but gratifying rescue, showing that by working together they were able to successfully achieve their objective’.

Beached blue whale saved in Chile


This video says about itself:

The Corcovado Gulf: a unique ecosystem for blue whales in Chile

3 October 2013

The marine ecosystems in southern Chile are highly productive and rich in biodiversity. From cold-water corals to blue whales, we must endeavor fully for its conservation.

From the Daily Mail in Britain today:

Locals look on as 65ft blue whale lays beached on Chile beach

A huge whale that got beached was saved after a huge rescue operation was staged to tow it back out to sea. Fishermen helped after they were alerted to the drama by authorities on the beach of Iquique, a coastal city.

More, in Spanish, is here.

Chilean Pinochet dictatorship soldier confesses massacre


This Associated Press video from Chile says about itself:

University of Santiago symbolically graduates 39 students who disappeared after Pinochet coup

31 July 2015

Ahead of next week’s 40th anniversary of the coup that began Chile’s brutal regime under General Augusto Pinochet, the University of Santiago on Friday symbolically graduated 39 students who disappeared or were executed during this period.

On the day of the coup, military officers swept the University of Santiago campus in the Chilean capital, took thousands of students and teachers as prisoners and moved them to a nearby stadium.

Many former prisoners have reported they were tortured and abused while detained and some others were killed.

Others were never seen again.

Initially, organisers planned to leave 39 empty chairs in honour of the students, but so many people attended Friday’s ceremony the seats had to be filled.

Ana Araneda Yevenes, the sister of Rafael Araneda Yevenes, a student who disappeared on 12 December 1974, attended the ceremony with her family to collect her brother’s diploma.

“This is wonderful because after so many years, after waiting so long, after so many things, this is comforting for the family,” Yevenes said while holding a portrait of her brother.

The head of the University of Santiago Juan Manuel Zolezzi presided over the symbolic graduation.

Zolezzi called the relatives of the absent students one by one and presented a diploma in their honour.

“I find it remarkable that students who participated in such a big way in the Popular Unity period are recognised, they gave their lives, as students,” said Luis Aravena Mardones, who received a diploma on behalf of his brother, Jorge Aravena Mardones.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Thursday asked anyone with information about those who “disappeared” to come forward and help heal the country’s wounds.

In 2011 Pinera’s [right-wing] government officially recognised 9,800 more victims of the dictatorship.

That increased the total list of people killed, tortured or imprisoned for political reasons during Pinochet’s regime to 40,018.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Former Chilean military man confesses 18 executions on the radio

Today, 13:50

The Chilean police have arrested a 62-year-old former soldier on suspicion of murder. The man was found after he had told on the radio about eighteen executions he carried out during the dictatorship of General Pinochet.

ON Wednesday the man who called himself ‘Alberto’ phoned to a popular Chilean radio. He said he wanted to commit suicide.

After a brief conversation about a failed relationship, the man started speaking about his involvement in executions of opponents of Pinochet, who was in power between 1973 and 1990.

The presenter of Sentimental Chacotero was getting quieter and quieter as the man told about the first time he killed someone. “I cried, but the lieutenant said I was a good soldier, a brave soldier.”

“Pow, pow,” the caller yelled. And then: “The second time I liked it, then I enjoyed it.”.

What followed was a conversation of twenty minutes, in which ‘Alberto’ said he was involved in eighteen executions. He also explains what happened to the bodies, a question about which many survivors have struggled in recent decades. “We blew the bodies up with dynamite. There was nothing left of them, not even their shadow.”

The caller did not give his real name, but the police tracked him yesterday and arrested him. He is 62-year-old Guillermo Reyes Rammsy. He has been officially charged with the murder of two members of the Socialist Party who were arrested in 1973. Their bodies were never found.

Chilean human rights organizations welcome the arrest and hope that there is now greater clarity about the fate of many disappeared opponents of the Pinochet regime. An estimated 40,000 people were arrested and tortured during the military dictatorship.

Chile’s President Salvador Allende remembered


This video is called Last words to the nation of Salvador Allende – Ultimo Discurso 11 September 1973 (English subtitles).

By Peter Frost in Britain:

Hope brutally snuffed out

Friday 4th November 2015

PETER FROST looks back 45 years to an all-too-brief period of socialism in Chile – and its swift, bloody end

The US, police force to the world, has always thought it had the divine right to decide on how the peoples of South America should be ruled.

Even before Salvador Allende was elected as the first ever Marxist president of Chile the CIA and its Chilean right-wing puppets were planning a coup.

In 1969, a year before Allende’s election, three Pentagon generals dined with five Chilean military officers in a private house in the suburbs of Washington.

When one of the Pentagon generals asked what the Chilean army would do if Salvador Allende were elected, General Toro Mazote replied: “We’ll take Moneda Palace in half an hour, even if we have to burn it down.”

So who was this man who terrified the US and its Chilean lackeys?

Allende was born in Valparaiso in 1903. While still a medical student he studied Marxism and became involved in radical politics. He was arrested several times while at university.

In 1933 Allende helped to found the Chilean Socialist Party. He was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1937 and served in the government as minister of health (1939-41). He was also senator between 1945 and 1970.

Allende stood for president in 1952, 1958 and 1964, gaining support but failing to win.

Then 45 years ago, in November 1970, he was elected president of Chile.

His new Socialist government faced huge economic problems. Inflation was running at 30 per cent and one in five of the male adult population were unemployed.

Half of Chile’s children under 15 suffered from malnutrition.

Allende introduced a radical socialist programme to redistribute wealth and land. He introduced wage increases of around 40 per cent. At the same time companies were not allowed to increase prices.

Chile’s main industry, the mining and refining of copper, was nationalised alongside the banks.

The government restored diplomatic relations with China and the German Democratic Republic.

Five thousand miles away in Washington you could hear the angry roars. Fidel Castro in Cuba was bad enough but a democratically elected socialist in South America was just too much to take.

The CIA moved into action. Top operatives were smuggled into Chile and local right-wing military officers were offered money and support.

A special task force was organised with only one order: remove Allende.

The CIA attempted to persuade Chile’s chief of staff, General Rene Schneider, to help. He refused and on October 22 1970 his car was ambushed.

Schneider drew a gun to defend himself, and was shot point-blank several times. He was rushed to hospital, but he died three days later.

Military courts in Chile found that Schneider’s death was caused by two CIA-sponsored military groups.

CIA documents now available show that as early as September, before the election, president Richard Nixon asked Henry Kissinger planned to organise a coup against any Allende government.

Another CIA document, written just after the election, said: “It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup.

“It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the United States government and American hand be well hidden.”

Two CIA-backed groups — one calling itself Order and Freedom, another Common Protection and Sovereignty — started an arson campaign in Santiago. Carlos Prats, head of the Chilean army, resigned after a CIA-inspired smear campaign.

Allende and his socialist government struggled on until September 11 1973, when a CIA-backed and funded military coup removed his government from power.

He fought till the end. He died with an AK47 rifle, a gift from Fidel Castro, in his hands in the heroic fighting in the presidential palace in Santiago.

He would be replaced by the fascist dictator General Augusto Pinochet. Thousands of Chile’s democrats, trade unionists and socialists would be rounded up, imprisoned and executed.

Dictator Pinochet would become Margaret Thatcher’s darling. When he was finally placed under house arrest in Britain in October 1998, Thatcher got her public relations hack Patrick Robertson to lead the opposition to his being bought to justice.

Pinochet was eventually released in March 2000 on medical grounds by the home secretary Jack Straw without facing trial. Straw had overruled a House of Lords decision to extradite Pinochet to face trial in Spain.

He did come to justice in Chile but died during the trial. Evidence revealed not just human rights offences but also crimes including fraud, theft and money laundering.

Today the dream of a democratic socialist Chile that Allende started lives on but the fight continues. In January 2006 Chileans elected their first female president, Michelle Bachelet Jeria, of the Socialist Party.

In January 2010 Chilean elected Sebastian Pinera as the first right-wing president in 20 years. His election campaign cost nearly $14 million. Then in March last year socialist Michelle Bachelet returned to office. The spirit of Allende survives in Chile today.

Save Humboldt penguins in Chile


This 8 November 2015 video, in Spanish with English subtitles, is about conservation of Humboldt penguins in Chile.

From Indiegogo.com:

Let’s Save The Humboldt Penguin

Algarrobo, Chile

Take care with the future of Humboldt Penguin#PenguinProject

The reason why we are conducting this campaign is to take actions now in favor of the conservation of the Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti),, which is a currently protected species, yet still in a vulnerable condition, and the rest of the seabirds that live around.

The increase in property market of the Central coast of Chile has led several changes jeopardizing the biodiversity of the area, which is now also affecting the Humboldt Penguin, species that used to nest in a protected islet called “Islote Pájaro Niño” where the population of this seabird has decreased a 70% in the last 15 years.

The artificial breakwater built by the private Chilean nautical association, “Cofradía Naútica del Pacífico Sur”, has produced many negative effects on the ecosystem including the invasion of exotic species such as rodents that cross to the island through this bridge eating the eggs of the birds that make their nest there. Beside this, it has been reported seabirds slaughter and nest destruction caused by people who feel bothered by seabirds.

The goal of this campaign is to create a seasonal record of the species in order to measure their evolution, work with and train the local people in the identification and explanation of the seabirds and their conservation, and the importance for the local and global ecosystem, information that will be transmitted next to the large number of tourists that Algarrobo city receives every season.

We believe that the conservation of the species and their habitat is a shared responsibility, it is our mission to give the correct tools to make aware and educate about the importance of keeping alive our biodiversity. We want to invite you all to become part of this challenge; your cooperation will help us assure to reach our goals.

WHAT WE NEED WHAT YOU GET!

We need your support and activism to accomplish this project; we need you to spread the news and to share with your friend, relatives, co-workers and co-mates.
To accomplish our mission, we need to collect $15,000 dollars in order to implement and organize the current work for the Humboldt Penguins conservation.
If you cannot grant money, you can grant us time supporting us spreading the campaign.

SUPPORTING US WE CAN GET:

1. – Film a documentary to show the complete process of the Project that can help as educational material to free Access to the community.

2. – Conduct a seasonal survey during the year to measure the Humboldt Penguin evolution (Spheniscus humboldti) and also to identify seabirds’ species.

3. – Make training activities for local people having as purpose learn about the identification of species and the importance of the local and global ecosystem.

4. – Train environmental rangers to talk about environmental care particularly about the Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) to the large number of tourists in Algarrobo beaches.

5. – Create a plan to expand the current IBA site to the Peña Blanca Islet, place where important species make their nests and a large number of individuals can be found.

Take part of our Project and you can get interesting rewards and protect the Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) life expectancy.

‘Chilean poet Pablo Neruda murdered by Pinochet’


This video says about itself:

Pablo Neruda Documentary (Part 1 of 6)

8 July 2007

The life and work of Chilean Poet and Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda is examined in this powerful and inspiring documentary film. His first two books ‘Crepusculario’ and ’20 Love Poems and a Song of Despair‘ are briefly analyzed and brough to life.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Chile admits poet Pablo Neruda may have been murdered by Pinochet coup forces

Saturday 7th November 2015

CHILE’S government has acknowledged that Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda may have been murdered after the 1973 coup by General Augusto Pinochet.

The Interior Ministry released a statement on Thursday amid press reports that Mr Neruda might not have died of cancer.

The statement acknowledged a ministry document dated March of this year, which stated that it was “clearly possible and highly probable that a third party” was responsible for Mr Neruda’s death.

A close friend of President Salvador Allende, who died in the September 11 coup, the poet had planned to go into exile.

But a day before his departure he was taken by ambulance to the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago, where he had been treated for prostate cancer. He died there on September 23, officially of natural causes.

Tests for toxins on his exhumed body in 2013 were negative, but the judge investigating has ordered new tests for other substances.