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Deux photographes de Presse ont été tués en Libye

Écrit par – 21 avril 2011

Deux photographes de Presse ont été tués hier Mercredi 20 Avril en plein coeur de Misrata par des tirs de roquettes anti-char.
Tim Hetherington et Chris Hondros ont donné leurs vies alors qu’ils s’efforçaient de nous informer, de nous montrer au travers de leurs images un aperçu de la situation en Libye et plus particulièrement dans à Misrata, la ville assiégée par les forces fidèles à Moammar Gadhafi.
Misrata, une ville dont population civile serait sous la protection des Nations Unies.

Tim Hetherigton et Chris Hondros étaient tous deux  des professionnels aguerries qui connaissaient les dangers et risques des conflits armés.
Ils rejoignent Mohammed al-Nabbous et Ali Hassan al-Jaber deux autre journalistes abattus dans l’exercice de leur fonctions en Libye depuis le début de cette révolte armée.
La mort de ces deux champions de la liberté d’expression poussera elle enfin les Nations Unies ou les pays membres de l’OTAN d’intervenir de façon réellement efficace de façon a protéger toutes les populations civiles en Libye ?

Nos pensée vont vers leurs familles et celle des autres victimes de Misrata..

un interview de Tim Hetherington avec la photo du WolrdPress de 2008

Is it really possible

Écrit par – 5 mars 2011

Could they have gone that far ?
Why have those pictures not been seen around the world yet ?
It seems that troops answering to outgoing president MGabo fired on a peaceful women demonstration killing at least 6 of them…

Impossible yet – You Tube

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorrist

Écrit par – 2 février 2011

Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist

Peter Jay Brown was a photographer and a film maker before he became an environmentalist.
In 1982 Peter boarded one the Sea Shepherd’s vessel in Iki Island, Japan on assignment for a network.
« I was working as a cameraman for NBC and got busted. Paul walked away free and clear. however I had liked what I had seen and I signed up »

While being involved as a Sea Shepherd alongside Paul Watson for the past 30 years, Peter managed to remained true to his passion, filming, documenting the life and actions of these activists when ever possible.
In January 2009, having captained the Steve Irwin for two Antartic season against Japanese Whalers, Peter Brown decided to quit when the show, Animal Planet’s Whale Wars, became more important than the mission itself, upping the stakes, putting lives at risk.

His defection had nothing to do with the producers making him into the Bad guy, a reputation he did not mind for it is notorious that those TV characters attract the most attention.

Attention Peter will soon be needing to promote his own projects.

Peter has just come up with his very own confessions.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST, a 90 minutes film telling his side of the story, was projected for the very first time at the Blue ocean film festival in Monterey the last week end of august 2010..

Having left the Sea Shepherd, Peter was unable to remain out of the environment business for very long. While working in LA on his film, he agreed to join a few friends who wanted to set up a rapid response media intervention team using sea planes to get directly where it matters to cover marine conservation issues.

Also they had not plan to get started before Peter’s film was finished, the Blue Seals where pushed into action by the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the following oil catastrophe.
In May Peter travelled back and forth between the Studio in LA, where he was assembling his film, all the way to Louisiana, to help set up the very first Blue Seal Mission.
In early June the first team of Blue Seals was assembled in a Motel next to the International airport in New Orleans and set out to help document the unfolding tragedy in the gulf of Mexico using a rented Albatros sea plane to reach the unthinkable…

they are burning it

1st February 2011
8 months later, Peter is about to present the HD version of his CONFESSIONS OF AN ECO-TERRORIST
It opens at the SANTA BARBARA FILM FESTIVAL in CALIFORNIA on the 2nd of February 2011
and will be played again on the 4th and 5th.
You can find out more about the film and the schedule in the internet:
on facebook

I have known Peter Brown for a while.
In the mid 1990′s I myself covered a few of the Sea Shepherds adventures producing reports that were printed by various European publications.
I met Peter on the side of a seal hunt story in Canada.
When he came back from Antarctica two years Ago, it was clear that Peter had a mission.
I had heard of his film projected for along time not knowing what to expect.
When I finally received a low res DVD of his confession in the mail a few weeks ago, I could not wait to get that DVD stuffed into my computer.
Well suffice to say that once I had started, I could not turn it off and when I reached the end I realized I would have enjoyed seeing some more of that stuff.
Now, I could rant and tell you all about it spoiling some of the fun.
I for one, had hope to travel east to see CONFESSIONS on a large screen in HD among others on the 2nd.
Unfortunately these days last minute tickets to the other side of the world don’t come cheap and the Media are short of money at least to pay us independent reporters well enough that I can afford this extravagance.
So I can only recommend others do go and see it and hope they en joy it as much as I would have.

The only detail I will reveal here is the dedication for I find it so appropriate.

Bob Hunter
currently in Heaven saving
cherubim from extinction
Earth owes you big time, Bob.

Peter Jay Brown


There is skimming and skimming

Écrit par – 15 août 2010

There is skimming and skimming.

A few online articles and then Blogs picking on those articles have been portraying Eric Vial and the Ecoceane skimmers as the victims of Politics hiding behind the Jones Act.

I do not know if Eric Vial lied in person to them.

I know for a fact that the information about the Ecoceane Skimmers is untrue.
I am an independent journalist and was on assignment in the USA for one week in early June to cover this particular Issue for the Figaro Magazine, a French News and Entertainment magazine.
At the time a newly launched environmental group, The Blues Seals were trying their best to get those boats in.
Those shimmers would have been long in the water if that had been Eric Vial’s intention.
Eric Vial, the CEO of Ecoceane, whose English is sketchy at best met on the 10th of June with a BP official and a Coast Guard decider whose name he could not remember to present what he calls his proposition.

The blue Seals had offered to pay to ship all available Ecoceane skimmers to the gulf and politicians like Congressman Bob Filner from San Diego, CA had vowed to help brake the Jones Act if needed.
There was a press conference held to that effect in New Orleans on the 8th of June.

What really delayed those boats was Greed.
It was Eric Vial who chose to wait.

I attended a meeting Between Ecoceane’e team and the Blue Seals financiers on the 10th of June.
It was held in Eric Vial’s suite on the 14th floor of the Intercontinental hotel.
I actually acted as an interpreter that day to try and avoid some of the discrepancies I had heard on the day of the press conference.
The fact is that Eric Vial was waiting for BP to make a commercial decision.

Also this would have been his favourite choice, he was actual waiting for any one willing to purchase his boats cash for that matter.

Vial reminded me in an interview produced on the 13th of June in New Orleans Louisiana. « If we were to put and use our boats in the gulf now it would be under our responsibility as the owners.
We can not afford to take such risks. We sale boats. If Blue Seals want to purchase boats I will sale them boats.

So if originally the American Government and BP may not have chosen to retain the offer for the French skimmers, made by the French government, ultimately the Jones Act is not what delayed the French Skimmers intervention.
The Ecoceane boats were never refused access in the USA under that pretence.
On the 22th of June Eric Vial wrote to me that the Jones Act if now officially waived for the Ecocean vessels.
I have since obtained a copy of the said waiver.
Eric Vial sold all of his boats shortly after that to AshBritt who had to pay the whole 2 million Euros upfront.
Unfortunately for Ecoceane that sale included the trial vessel that had just landed in Port Everglades leaving them with nothing to show for but Videos.

I will add here that the Blue Seals had offered to help set up the construction, the assembly of  100 ecoceane skimmers in the gulf states using War Veterans.
Eric Vial was only interested if Ecoceane was to head that effort through a joint venture.
What he was proposing and really interested to skim was not oil but a large profit margin.

Every Story has more than one angle.

The truth is that BP was never interested by skimmers.
What can be skimmed can be accounted for.
Deciders at BP had chosen instead very early on to repeat and better the use of Dispersant as in 1979 Ixtoc 1 incident.
Corexit was already used then.
(yet every one claims the effect of dispersant on wildlife in the gulf were never studied.)

A policy of hiding evidences that is well illustrated by the different once the well was capped between CG Admiral Thad Allen and BP about reopening the valves and collecting all of the oil on board the various vessel as planned.
If they had done so we might have actually known the actual flow on July 15th and that could have been very dangerous for BP.

Marc Cleriot

Blue Seals First Mission

Écrit par – 14 juillet 2010

« -The Blue Seals marine Conservation was set up in the early spring this year to confront issues involving the conservation of our planet’s oceans with the aim to become a rapid response organization. »
« -We are to be the eyes in the sky of the Ocean conservation movement. »
« -We were in our infancy, looking to purchase an Albatross sea plane when we got kicked into action by the Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Our very first mission using a leased aircraft was to have been a joint mission cooperating with local groups to document the impact of the spill but also helping bring in some vitally needed skimmer boats to the Gulf all the way from France.
« -If our documenting mission was a success, albeit a port engine problem, we were however unable to bring the first the Ecoceane boats to the gulf ourselves. »
« -Yet, we may have succeeded in making enough publicity around them for a Florida based clean up firm to purchase outright all available boats.

« -Although we would have liked and had organized for veterans to be involved in building 100′s such boats in the gulf area, we had to pull out of that project when Eric Vial, Ecoceane’s boss proved to be just another money grabbing opportunist who had come to the gulf to sale his boats not help with a catastrophe. »`

For Peter Brown an all time activist, this was a slap in the face to all the people of good will, activists and Congressman alike, who had volunteered their time to get a solution going, to help in a disaster where man is racing against time to protect and clean up what can be rescued.
« -We wasted precious weeks trying to get the boats shipped to the Gulf, while Eric Vial was sitting tight waiting for BP to call him back. »

According to Eric Vial, the President of Ecoceane: »-The Blue Seals played a major part in making our products known to the Public. However we never seriously considered running boats in The Gulf under our ownership as it would have been under our responsibility. We are however studying the possibilities of a partnership with Blue Seals, but I remind you that we sale boats.
-If Blue Seals want to buys boats there is no problem I will sell them boats. »

Ecoceane may have been desperate for cash.
Eric Vial sold all of his stock including a prototype to the first buyer willing to pay up front. He even rented their only ocean rated demonstration vessel leaving themselves with nothing but videos to show other potential clients.
Only time will tell if this was a wise choice when communities all around the gulf are desperate for such potentially environment saving products.

Ash Britt who has various clean up contracts with Gulf Parishes but also Gulf States, Mississippi and Florida, has thus far refused to communicate with us about the location where the boats have been deployed.
According to Mark Berge « -it is the company’s Policy not to communicate any operating details ».

« -I think they too got screwed » says Peter who has not been unable to locate any signs, any pictures of those boats at work in the gulf.

-Also we tried very hard, in the end our non profit organization just could not compete with the like of Ash Britt a private company which spends hundred of thousands of dollars supporting politicians, while receiving government contracts worth billions. »

©2010-Marc Clériot