This 2013 video is about a black-throated thrush in Norway.
Today, Dutch birder Ruud van Beusekom saw a young female black-throated thrush.
This Asian species is rare in western Europe.
This video from Norway says about itself:
1. Wide high angle of demonstration with torches lit
2. Close up of torches being lit
3. Wide of people holding torches at protest
4. Mid of people marching in protest with banner
5. Mid of man chanting “We have right to protest war. By EU countries”
6. Close up of man marching with torch, chanting
7. SOUNDBITE (Greek) Dimitris Kodelas, Greek Syriza Party Member: ++TRANSLATED BY INTERVIEWEE++
“I think it is the people in the movements who really want peace and not the European Union, especially Mrs. Merkel and the others who tell us what we should do.”
8. Wide of people marching with torches
9. Close up of man marching with torch
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Elsa Enger, Grandmothers for Peace protester:
“The peace prize was intentionally going to go to people who were not warmongers but [pro-]disarmament, and we cannot say that about the EU. They are about as strong warmongers (as there are) in the world.”
11. Wide of people marching
12. Close up of people marching and arriving at parliament
13. Wide pan of people assembling outside of parliament
14. Zoom out from parliament to people assembled outside
About 200 people protested against the European Union being awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Sunday – a day before the prize-giving ceremony was due to take place in the Norwegian capital.
The protesters say the fact that the EU member states combined account for a military expenditure that is second only to the US make the union unfit for a peace prize. …
Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland will hand over the prize, worth 1.2 million US dollars, during a ceremony at Oslo City Hall on Monday, followed by a banquet at the Grand Hotel, against a backdrop of demonstrations in the EU-sceptic country that has twice rejected joining the EU.
The decision to award the prize to the EU has sparked harsh criticism, including from three peace laureates – South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina – who have demanded the prize money not be paid out this year.
They say the bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize because it relies on military force to ensure security.
The EU is being granted the prize as it grapples with a debt crisis that has stirred deep tensions between north and south, caused soaring unemployment and sent hundreds of thousands into the streets to protest austerity measures.
By Steve McGiffen in Britain:
The European project is not about fostering peace – It’s about fostering capitalism
Monday 24th August 2015
MY appreciation of Syriza has not really changed since the Greek capitulation to the Brussels-Frankfurt gang.
Syriza used to be Synaspismos, and the majority in that party never did really “get” the European Union, what it is, what it’s for and how those things make it unreformable. No matter. Until 10 years ago I worked alongside them in the European Parliament and they consistently voted against neoliberal proposals.
The same goes for the party I represented on the secretariat of the United European Left, the Socialist Party of the Netherlands (SP), though they were and remain much closer to “getting” the EU.
Others in the group varied in their views, but continued to vote consistently — and to organise — to oppose the increasingly extremist plans coming out of the European Commission.
Yet in the last few years, as criticism of the EU from the radical parliamentary left has become better informed and more acute, a position has developed which sees the honing of “Europe” into a hugely effective weapon of corporate capital as a recent activity. It is no such thing.
The position is based on the dangerously erroneous belief that the “European project” was originally motivated by a desire for peace.
The story goes like this — after the second world war a number of countries in Europe decided to move towards a partial integration of their economies. Hitler and others had tried this at various times in the past, but always by violence. This time democratic countries would co-operate of their own free will.
The goals would be freedom, peace and prosperity. And so, in 1957, with the Treaty of Rome, the European Economic Community (EEC) was born, and a gradual process of economic integration began, accompanied by a cautious political integration.
Everything changed in 1992, with the Maastricht Treaty which established the European Union as a vehicle for a specific form of politics, a neoliberal politics aimed at holding down wages, running down social security and deregulating markets.
Since then democracy has been increasingly revealed as window-dressing, as a series of popular votes against EU plans — France and the Netherlands 2005, Ireland 2008, Greece 2015 — has been ignored, or worse.
The main impulse behind this false view of the European project is a desire to counter the accusation — common enough — that to take an EU-critical position is to be a nationalist.
That’s why I have always described myself as “opposed to this European Union.” To go further than that, however, and to suggest that the EU is a good idea gone bad, is very misleading, perhaps dangerously so.
The EEC was not established to foster peace. This is not to say that there was no impulse to create a peaceful community of nations in place of the warring tribes who had been at each other’s throats, on and off, since time immemorial. This was a widespread feeling among ordinary working-class and middle-class people, but it was not something which particularly motivated the ruling class.
The impulse to economic integration was instead done under pressure from the two post-war superpowers.
On the one hand, fear of the Soviet Union’s appeal to working people in the West — evidenced by mass communist parties in Italy and France — meant that it was imperative that as Europe recovered from war, organised labour got a share of the spoils in the form of rising standards of living, solidly social democratic welfare states and, most importantly, full employment.
On the other, European integration and the creation of accessible markets and opportunities for investment were vital to the post-war programme of the other superpower, the United States.
Indeed, the idea of a Soviet military “threat” to western Europe was largely a US invention. It allowed the US to establish not only the EEC but Nato, a sort of protection racket which would enable it to subordinate former enemies and allies alike.
The European bourgeoisie had no problem with this, as it consolidated its own hold on power.
But as the economy hit the buffers in the 1970s and the rate of profit began to decline, the welfare state could no longer be afforded. Elements which have been retained are either those to which people, including many ordinary Tory voters, are most attached — the NHS, for instance — or those, like the benefit system, which have been retooled as disciplinary mechanisms.
Neoliberalism, a fringe philosophy until then, had come into its own. Capitalism gives only what we can extract from it. Working men and women in many countries died fighting for parliamentary representation. So if they give us a European Parliament which no-one ever asked for, let alone demonstrated for, you should smell a rat.
Only fear of our power has ever made them use their power to give us what we want. That fear has long been at a low ebb. As Thatcher and Reagan successfully stuck the boot into the labour movement, the right went on the attack.
As the Soviet Union collapsed, taking most western communist parties with it, capitalism suddenly found itself without serious organised opposition.
The Maastricht Treaty was the consequence of all of this, and it was indeed a harsher version of neoliberal economic integration than anything which went before.
Yet it is also a logical development. Like the welfare state, it is a tactic to preserve capitalism. This is the EU’s only real function.
Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis approached the Brussels-Frankfurt gang as if they were negotiating with reasonable people who wanted the same as they did — to restore the Greek economy and save people’s lives — but had different ideas about how to achieve it.
In reality they were engaged in class war. To stand on a battlefield convinced you’re a diplomat and not a soldier is unlikely to end at all well. That’s what the Greek government did, and that’s why — for the time being — it lost.
This video from the USA says about itself:
Knights Templar Cited by Norwegian Shooting Suspect; Anders Breivik Invokes Christian Military Order
25 July 2011
The Knights Templar are trending after Norwegian shooting suspect Anders Behring Breivik referenced the group in his manifesto, “2083: A European Declaration of Independence.” Breivik, who is charged with killing more than 90 people in a shooting spree and bombing attack, cites the group as an “international Christian military order” that fights against “Islamic suppression.”
But who were the Knights Templar? Back in the 12th century, their responsibility was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land during the Crusades. The Knights subsequently joined the fight to reclaim Jerusalem from the Arabs, but were forced out and returned to Europe where they were persecuted by King Philip of France with the backing of Pope Clement V. They were disbanded by the year 1312, but Breivik claims the Christian military order has been re-founded under the name PCCTS as an armed “anti-Jihad movement.”
Another video from the USA which used to be on the Internet used to say about itself:
From Associated Press:
Norway’s Utoya youth camp to reopen, four years after mass shooting
Island was site of nation’s worst massacre, when Anders Behring Breivik killed 69 during 2011 rampage
August 6, 2015 10:27AM ET
Four years ago a far-right fanatic gunned down 69 people, shattering tranquillity on the idyllic Norwegian island of Utoya after killing eight in a bomb blast in the center of the capital, Oslo.
This week a flood of newcomers will be arriving on the island as the Labor Party’s youth camp opens for the first time since the massacre, on July 22, 2011.
Emilie Bersaas, a camp organizer, said they won’t allow “that dark day [to] overshadow the nice and bright” memories of past camps or future weekend youth meetings and social events organized by the party’s youth wing, which owns the island, about 25 miles from Oslo.
More than 1,000 students have enrolled for three days of seminars on politics that start Friday. …
Many of the island’s traditional red-and-white wooden buildings have been renovated, and construction continued feverishly Wednesday to complete new conference and meeting rooms. A bright circular steel memorial engraved with the victims’ names has been given pride of place among pine trees on a secluded spot overlooking Tyrifjorden, the surrounding lake.
Mani Hussaini, the president of the youth group, believes that a good balance was found in constructing buildings and restoring old ones, describing the reopening as “an important step” for going forward after the events of 2011.
Utoya will “always [be] a place where we honor and remember our comrades, a place to learn and a place for political engagement,” he told reporters.
The murderous rampage of the self-styled “militant nationalist” Anders Behring Breivik, who randomly shot students as he walked through the island, shocked Norway, a nation of 5 million people in the far north of Europe. About 1 in 4 people in the country were affected by the massacre, through family, friendships or work connections.
It left lasting traces on Utoya, including the dark green cafeteria, which bears bullet marks from the murder of 13 people. It has not been renovated and will open as a center for learning after another building has been built around it.
Survivor Ragnhild Kaski, secretary-general of the youth organization, remembered with glee and excitement how she gave her first political speech in that fateful cafeteria — tinged with deep sorrow and emptiness over the loss of her friends.
“For me, that building will always be the building where I was giving a speech for the very first time, when I was 17 … At the same time, that’s the place where people lost their lives and I was saving mine,” she said. “So it kind of shows it’s part of the island. You have both the good and the bad memories.”
In 2012, Breivik was convicted of mass murder and terrorism and was given a 21-year prison sentence that can be extended for as long as he is deemed dangerous to society — which legal experts say likely means he will be locked up for life.
But his attack on the government quarter in the capital and the students of a left-wing movement in Norway that prides itself on equality and democracy has left a scar on its reputation as a country that doesn’t need armed police and where political leaders can walk freely.
Since the shooting, 16 regional support groups and a national organization were set up to help families of the victims.
On Utoya, the victims’ names, engraved in longhand on the suspended memorial, glittered in the cloudy sky. The youngest was that of a 14-year-old boy; the oldest, that of Breivik’s first target on the island, a 45-year-old security guard.
But not all 69 names are there. Eight spaces have been left for those names parents do not want displayed.
“It’s still too early for some now, and that’s a natural thing, I think,” said Lisbeth Roynehold, whose 18-year-old daughter, Synne, was killed. “Because we grieve in different ways and some parents need more time.”
Roynehold, who is the leader of a July 22 support group, welcomes the reopening of the camp.
“By going back to the island, I think the youngsters will fight for what my daughter fought for,” she said quietly, her folded hands twitching. “They are fighting for democracy.”
‘We are taking the island back’: Norway’s long road back to Utøya. Four years after Anders Behring Breivik murdered 69 people on the island of Utøya, the political youth group he attacked has returned for its annual summer camp for the first time. Will their defiance in the face of such horror bolster the country’s uneasy healing process? Here.
Mass murderer Anders Breivik gave the Nazi salute as he appealed solitary confinement today: here.
This video says about itself:
MASS MURDERER: Breivik gets 21 years for 77 LIVES & REGRETS not killing MORE
25 August 2012
He’s been jailed for the maximum 21 years, for committing the country’s worst atrocity since World War 2, with his bombing and gun rampage in Oslo and Utøya island. But, broken down, his sentence equates to just over three months for each of his victims.
Breivik smirked when he heard the verdict. At the end of his sentencing, he apologised to ‘militant nationalists‘ for not killing more people. He’s always insisted on his sanity, and that the killings were part of his fight against the ‘Islamification of Norway.’ EU countries were suffering a rise in far-right activities before the tragedy but, as Tesa Arcilla reports, Breivik‘s ideas are fuelling even more hatred towards immigrants and Islam.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Four years after the Breivik attacks, Utøya youth camp again
In Norway it is commemorated that Anders Breivik exactly four years massacred people on the island Utøya and in the Oslo city center. Killing 77 people. For the first time the youth wing of the Labour Party is organizing this year a summer camp on the island.
Most of the deaths from the attacks in 2011 were young people from the Labour Party who were at the camp on Utøya. …
The chair of the youth organization AUF of the Labour Party, Mani Hussaini, said Utøya now more than ever is important for the party.
“The island symbolizes so much more than July 22, 2011. It is an island where we always will commemorate and honour our friends that we have lost,” says Hussaini. “On the island, we will learn more about the ideals that were attacked on that dark day and how we as a society can prevent something like this from ever happening again.”
There are said to be over a thousand interested people who want to come to the camp in August. The AUF president says that everyone is welcome. “By going back to Utøya, we show that we are stronger than ever,” said Hussaini.
This video is about dwarf minke whales off Australia.
No whale meat in SPAR supermarkets!
OceanCare is calling on SPAR International to use its influence to persuade NorgesGruppen and SPAR Norway to immediately withdraw from all purchasing, processing, sales and distribution of whale products. Raise your voice to save the whales now.
Dear Mr. Leutholds,
To my dismay I’ve discovered that SPAR/EuroSPAR stores in Norway are selling whale meat. These activities fuel a cruel, unnecessary and antiquated hunt, which ignores the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling, which came into effect in 1986.
The Norwegian Government has allowed the killing of more than 12,000 minke whales since the whaling ban took effect, including at least 534 individuals that have been killed so far this season.
However, demand for whale products in Norway is very limited; this is why the whaling industry is desperately trying to find new ways to boost the domestic market. It is more than disappointing that SPAR’s parent company NorgesGruppen has let itself be taken in by this strategy, and is actively cooperating with a Norwegian whaling company and the Norwegian government to boost whale meat sales.
While I am aware that SPAR stores outside Norway do not sell whale meat (this would be in violation [of] national and international laws), SPAR Switzerland should act in its own best interest by urging NorgesGruppen and SPAR Norway to immediately stop sales of whale meat. The name of the SPAR group must no longer be tainted with the blood of protected whales.
I call on you to help to stop this bloody business.
PS: This message will be forwarded to your colleagues from SPAR International (Netherlands) and national SPAR Central Offices in Germany, Austria, England, and France.
WHALES ARE DYING IN DROVES OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is incredibly worried. The news comes on the heels of the agency’s announcement that July was the hottest month on record. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]