Daily Archives: May 1, 2017

Italy | ‘Anti-fascism is a duty’: European parliament member joins Donbass Caravan

by Greg Butterfield

Eleonora Forenza is a member of the European Parliament and the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy. In May 2017 she will accompany the 3rd Antifascist Caravan to Donbass, organized by the revolutionary musical group Banda Bassotti. The European-wide caravan promotes solidarity with the people of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke away from Ukraine after a U.S.-backed far right coup in 2014. Ukraine’s war against the republics has continued for more than three years.

Australia | Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Across parts of Australia, reports have been pouring in of strange voices chattering high in the treetops — mysterious, nonsensical conversations in English. But while this phenomenon is certainly quite odd, its explanation isn’t paranormal. It turns out that escaped pet birds, namely parrots and cockatoos, have begun teaching their wild bird counterparts a bit of the language they picked up from their time in captivity — and, according to witnesses, that includes more than a few expletives. Jaynia Sladek, an ornithologist from the Australian Museum, says that some birds are just natural mimickers, able to acquire new sounds based on things they hear around them. For birds kept as pets, these sounds tend to mirror human language — but that influence doesn’t cease even after said birds escape or are released back into the wild.