How to put up a nest box in your garden


This March 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

How to put up a nest box in your garden

Want to attract more birds to your garden during the breeding season? Here’s my tips on how to put up a nest box.

This February 2017 video from Britain says about itself:

The Brushwood Robin Nester with Simon King

The Brushwood Robin Nester is an original design by Simon, who has used his knowledge of birds and robins in particular to create a habitat that is tailored to the nesting habits of the species. Unlike many other bird species, robins are known to prefer open fronted nesting spots and can be found building their nests in flowerpots, boxes and kettles! With this in mind, Simon King and Wildlife World created the Brushwood Nester to reflect this particular habit and create a beneficial habitat for the species, which doubles up as an attractive feature for gardens. The brushwood finish allows the nester to be hidden easily amongst foliage, or as an eye-catching focal point in a garden.

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British army child soldiers recruitment


This 2017 Child Soldiers International video says about itself:

16 or 17 and want to be a soldier? Watch this first.

Are you 16 or 17 and thinking of joining the British army? It might not be what you think – take two minutes to find out why.

Help make sure other people see this by giving the video a thumbs up and sharing on Twitter and Facebook.

From daily News Line in Britain:

The UK Army Drive To Recruit Youth Is Stepped Up As The Crisis Of UK Capitalism Deepens

23rd August 2019

THE BRITISH armed forces, especially the army, are making a big turn to recruit youth, with military colleges springing up everywhere.

More than one-in-10 new army recruits are boy soldiers of just 16 years old, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

More than one-in-four of all new army recruits are under 18, currently too young to be sent into combat – but that can be changed! This trend follows on from the … deployment of 17-year-olds to the Gulf War in 1991, and to Kosovo in 1999.

After an outcry against boys being trained to be killers, the army amended its rules, stopping soldiers under 18 from being sent on operations where there is a possibility of fighting.

Despite this, at least 20 soldiers aged 17 are known to have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. There are more than 1,700 teenagers in the armed forces below voting age.

The vast majority of 16- and 17-year-olds in the armed forces are in the army, according to the 2014 annual personnel report. And the proportion of army recruits aged just 16 has risen from 10 per cent in 2012-13 to 13 per cent in 2013-14. Many of them would have begun the enlistment process when they were 15, according to campaigners.

Colonel Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, has defended the practice of recruiting 16-year-olds. ‘Some of the finest soldiers I commanded during my 30 years in the army started their careers as juniors, enlisting at 16.’ The approach ‘unquestionably boosts the quality and fighting effectiveness of the armed forces’.

He added: ‘Calling this scheme unethical and operationally unsound not only betrays Child Soldiers International’s ignorance of military matters but also insults the young men and women who serve their country with courage, pride and distinction.’

But Madeleine Moon MP, a member of the Commons Defence Select Committee, described the increase in recruitment of under-18s as ‘alarming’. ‘The failure to recruit adults should not be used as an excuse to flood the army with vulnerable youngsters.’

Army advertising has now turned towards youth. The latest ad targets youth with its appeal to ‘snowflakes’, ‘phone zombies’, ‘binge gamers’ and ‘selfie addicts’.

Lieutenant General Tyrone Urch, Commander of Home Command, commented: ‘You may feel like the army is dumbing down on who it seeks to recruit as these ads are a change to the norm, but the army is open for business.’ However, that business is supporting reaction abroad and maintaining capitalism at home – by force.

The army is targeting youth from poorer backgrounds, such as on the edges of cities in the north of England, according to data from the Child Rights International Network (CRIN), which campaigns against recruiting under-18s.

No doubt the army command is longing for the return of the days when young offenders were given the ‘choice’ of a prison sentence or joining the army. The fact is that UK capitalism is in a huge crisis with its ruling class split and divided over whether to serve the EU or the US.

Poverty, homelesness, and cheap labour are on the rise, and the working class and its youth are becoming more and more opposed to capitalism, a society where the rich are getting richer and the poor ever poorer!

Youth are disaffected with crisis-ridden capitalism and long for a decent future. The capitalist state is now turning to sections of youth from which to build its forces for the military actions that are ahead in the UK against the working class and the poor, to maintain capitalism by force.

As the class struggle sharpens, the state will require an army that uses the same tactics in the UK that were used in the north of Ireland – to maintain the UK ruling class.

Youth are the most revolutionary section of the working class. We urge them: don’t allow yourselves to be used by the capitalist state.

Neo-fascist violence against British journalist Owen Jones


This 21 June 2019 video from Britain says about itself:

Owen Jones meets Francesca Martinez | ‘Austerity is a psychological attack on the disabled

Comedian and activist Francesca Martinez went viral on Question Time for calling out the government’s legacy on austerity – and the impact it has had on disabled people. Francesca has cerebral palsy and says that changes to disability support have made her feel ‘humiliated and embarrassed’ and calls austerity measures a ‘psychological attack on the disabled‘. We also found time to discuss her groundbreaking role in Grange Hill and working with Ricky Gervais on Extras

By Robert Stevens in Britain:

Guardian columnist Owen Jones attacked by fascist thugs in London

19 August 2019

The Socialist Equality Party condemns the vicious attack on Owen Jones, the Guardian columnist and prominent Labour Party activist, by fascist thugs in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The attack is the latest in a series on prominent left-wing figures and political organisations. On his twitter account Jones describes himself as “Socialist, antifascist, Guardian columnist, author…” He has over 1 million followers between his Twitter and Facebook pages.

Jones was attacked by a group of four men after coming out of a pub in Islington, London at around 2am. He had been celebrating his birthday with his partner and five friends. Jones sustained injuries to the head and back in the attack. A photo showed scrapes on Jones’ back.

Describing the events after his party, Jones told the Guardian, “We were about 30 metres away, saying goodbye to each other, when four men charged directly towards me: one of them karate kicked my back, threw me to the ground, started kicking me in the head and back, while my friends tried to drag them off, and were punched trying to defend me.

“It was clearly a premeditated attack and I was their target. They all attacked me and only assaulted my friends when they tried to defend me.”

On twitter he added, “The group then scarpered: I don’t know if they said anything in the melee. I’m fine other than a big bump on my head and a cut back.”

Jones said the assault was bound up with “the rise of an emboldened far right, which is increasingly violent, and targeting minorities and people on the left.” He told the Guardian, “In the past year I’ve been repeatedly targeted in the street by far right activists, including attempts to use physical assault, and homophobic abuse. I’ve had a far-right activist taking pictures of me, and posting threatening messages and a video.”

“Because of this, and escalating threats of violence and death, I’ve had the police involved. My friends felt it was a matter of time until this happened. Give the context, it seems unthinkable that I was singled out for anything other than a politically motivated premeditated attack.”

Jones has posted videos of various attacks, one of which can be viewed here.

Jones is followed down the street and verbally abused by a fascist mob, including the far-right provocateur James Goddard. One shouts, “Why are you doing the dirty work for Corbyn?”

Goddard asks Jones, in relation to Corbyn, “Why do you support a communist?”

Jones is gay and the abuse dished out includes homophobic slurs.

The journalist posted a tweet Saturday reproducing a photo taken previously by a far-right activist of Jones in a pub, with a threatening message. The photo is captioned, “Picture today Islington London Owen Jones.”

Above the post, a message read, “It gets worse hope not hate [the name of an anti-racist group] I can get that close to your like minded people its [sic] scary. Do not underestimate my talents of my past and present I even know your address [sic] of all you radicals.” It was signed, “Scott Timothy … and I’ve had enough.”

On Sunday afternoon, Jones told the BBC, after being asked if his attackers said anything to him, “It is very difficult when you’re suddenly on the floor being kicked in the head.” He added that “I’ve had evidence since, which I can’t discuss … which suggests political motivations.”

He added, “What happened—to be clear—is they spotted me in the pub, waited for us to leave, and then launched their attack when we were away from the pub—it was planned, not a random attack.”

In the last year alone, three leading figures on the left in the UK have been attacked by far-right forces, along with other incidents in which left-wing groups have been targeted in violent assaults.

In July last year, Steve Hedley, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union assistant general secretary was savagely assaulted in a pub by fascists after he spoke at a Stand Up to Racism demonstration in London. Hedley was left bleeding heavily from a head wound. His partner was also assaulted, including being hit by a chair, and ended up in hospital. No charges were laid by the police over the attack.

In March, Labour leader Corbyn himself was subject to an attack by a far-right thug at the Finsbury Park Mosque’s Muslim Welfare House. John Murphy approached Corbyn and smashed an egg in his clenched fist into the side of the Labour leader’s head while he was sitting down eating with his wife, Laura. Murphy was only given a 28-day sentence for “common assault” despite previously threatening to kill … Muslims in online posts.

It emerged during the 2018 trial of Darren Osborne—who killed a Muslim worshipper and injured 12 others when he ploughed a hired van into a crowd outside Finsbury Park Mosque in 2017—that he had planned to murder Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Last August, fascists attacked the Bookmarks bookshop in central London, run by the Socialist Workers Party. Again, no charges were brought by the police.

In January this year, far-right activists surrounded a Rail, Maritime and Transport union picket line at Victoria Station in Manchester, verbally abusing striking guards.

Only weeks ago, more than 100 supporters of fascist Tommy Robinson marched through Manchester city centre, holding an unprecedented demonstration inside the privately owned Arndale shopping centre. As part of their rampage, they smashed up the stall of a left-wing organisation, the Revolutionary Communist Group.

The police have said they will be look at CCTV footage relating to the attack on Jones, but as is demonstrated by the incidents listed above, they have done little or nothing to arrest and charge any perpetrators.

It is beyond doubt that if anyone from the wider left had committed such crimes as the attack on Jones, they would have been immediately rounded up, arrested and charged.

The SEP warned after Corbyn’s attacker received a paltry prison sentence that the attack on the Labour leader must be taken as “a serious warning of the dangerous right-wing political climate being whipped up by Britain’s ruling elite and its media outlets.”

The attack on Britain’s most prominent left journalist underscores these warnings and raises the necessity for heightened political vigilance and security regarding fascist provocateurs, combined with a determined political counteroffensive for socialism based on a mobilisation of the working class.

Among the tens of thousands who tweeted their support for Jones after the attack was Corbyn who said, “Owen believes it was politically motivated, and we know the far right is on the march in our country. An attack on a journalist is an attack on free speech and our fundamental values.”

… Among the leading forces giving succour to the far right are the Blairites—who speak in similar terms as the fascists about the danger of a “hard left”, “communist” government if Corbyn were ever to take power.

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Three Owen Jones attack suspects arrested: here.

Snow buntings in winter plumage, video


This video is about snow buntings in winter plumage.

This 2017 video from Britain says about itself:

BTO Bird ID – Winter buntings

If you find brown, streaky buntings hard to identify, this workshop is for you. Using video footage, still photographs and sound recordings we highlight the differences between four species of bunting that can be found in coastal areas in winter: Reed, Little, Snow and Lapland Buntings.

Iraq war whistleblower Katharine Gun, interview


This 19 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

This U.K. Whistleblower Almost Stopped the Iraq Invasion. A New Film Tells Her Story

In 2003, Katharine Gun, a young specialist working for Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, exposed a highly confidential memo that revealed the United States’ collaboration with Britain in collecting sensitive information on United Nations Security Council members in order to pressure them into supporting the Iraq invasion.

Gun leaked the memo to the press, setting off a chain of events that jeopardized her freedom and safety, but also opened the door to putting the entire legality of the Iraq invasion on trial.

Acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg described Gun’s action as “the most important and courageous leak I have ever seen.”

Gun’s incredible story is depicted in the new film “Official Secrets”. which premieres in the U.S. August 30. We speak with Katharine Gun; the British journalists who reported on Gun’s revelations in The Observer newspaper, Martin Bright and Ed Vulliamy; and Gavin Hood, director of “Official Secrets.”

This 19 July 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

15 Years Later: How U.K. Whistleblower Katharine Gun Risked Everything to Leak Damning Iraq War Memo

We speak with a British whistleblower whose attempts to expose lies about the Iraq invasion was called “the most important and courageous leak” in history by acclaimed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. Her name is Katharine Gun.

Official Secrets: A whistleblower attempts to prevent the Iraq War: film review here.