It’s a species of jumping spider, Simaetha sp., found in the Sraburi Province of Thailand. Again, not sure of the exact species so not much info on this guy except that these particular fellows were only 4mm in length.
So precious! They look like they’re covered in festive candy wrappers.
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On 1 November, the Gaza Strip’s power plant shut down due to lack of fuel as a result of Israel’s years-long siege. The crisis has been exacerbated by Egypt, which has destroyed smuggling tunnels under its border with Gaza and has prevented the transfer of fuel donated by third-party states. Power outages of up to 16 hours a day have disrupted vital services in Gaza including health, water, sanitation, solid waste disposal and schooling, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported.
According to OCHA: “The Ministry of Health in Gaza has indicated that essential specialized health services, such as kidney dialysis, operating theaters, blood banks, intensive care units and labs, among others, have been affected.”
None of Gaza’s approximately 300 water and sewage treatment facilities are functioning adequately due to a lack of fuel to power back-up generators, OCHA reported, causing sewage to be diverted to open channels, the sea or storm water lagoons. The main sewage pump station in Gaza City overflowed into the streets during a power outage, affecting 3,000 persons.
The freedom of movement of Palestinians in Gaza continued to be severely restricted; Rafah crossing with Egypt, the sole point of entry and exit for the vast majority of Gaza’s nearly 1.7 million residents due to Israel’s years-long closure of other crossings, was in operation for a total of ten days during the month because of closure by the Egyptian authorities. Meanwhile the shortage of cooking gas in Gaza continued for the second month in a row.
Four armed Palestinians were killed and another was injured between 31 October and 1 November when Israeli tanks and bulldozers entered Gaza east of Khan Younis to destroy a recently-discovered tunnel leading to Israel. Five Israeli soldiers were injured during the operation.
Israeli forces shot dead five Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in November and a 30-year-old Palestinian laborer was killed by a volunteer of the Israeli Border Police during a 30 November raid carried out in a cemetery in present-day Israel aimed at arresting workers without permits. In two separate incidents on 7 November, Israeli forces controlling military checkpoints shot and killed two young Palestinian civilian men, OCHA reported.
And in two separate incidents in the Hebron governorate of the West Bank on 26 November, Israeli forces shot and killed three alleged members of a Palestinian armed group. “According to eyewitnesses, in none of the cases did the Palestinian men open fire against the Israeli force,” OCHA reported, adding that the incidents triggered clashes across the southern West Bank resulting in the injury of 55 civilians, including 44 children.
Clashes also erupted in Jerusalem following the death of a severely ill Palestinian girl who was delayed while en route to a hospital due to a traffic jam caused by an Israeli checkpoint. Protests and confrontation with Israeli forces also broke out near Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem after a Palestinian man from Qalandiya refugee camp died of his injuries sustained when Israeli forces shot him in the head with a rubber-coated metal bullet on 1 March 2013. Israeli forces have killed 26 Palestinians in the West Bank so far this year, including at least 22 civilians, according to OCHA, a sharp increase from the total of six killed during the equivalent period in 2012.
Half of the Palestine refugee population in Syria, an estimated 235,000 persons, are internally displaced or have fled to neighboring countries. UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, reported on 17 November that 29 Palestine refugees in Syria were killed in the past two weeks, and on 25 November the agency reported that 17 Palestine refugees were killed in the previous two weeks, an increase from previous reporting periods.
Demonstrations were held across Palestine and around the world on 30 November in a “Day of Rage” protest against the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government scheme to forcibly transfer tens of thousands of Bedouins from the southern Naqab (Negev) region of present-day Israel in order to replace them with Jews.
Given the fact that the majority of prisoners are poor people and/or people of color, and that the majority of prisoners are convicted of non-violent crimes such as drug use/sales and/or theft, etc., this is a crime against humanity.
Moreover, the for-profit private prison industry is one of the fastest growing in America. That means that already-super-rich investors and owners make millions of dollars off of super-exploited slave labor in the prisons. This is an outrage. It is the intersection of racism, capitalism, and repression and it is a blight on the U.S. and the human species.
Protests against Chevron’s activity in Silistea – Pungesti, northeastern Romanian, area escalated on Saturday, December 6, triggering the American oil and gas company to suspend its activity on site.
Protesters destroyed the fence Chevron had built around the 20,000 – sqm land plot at the village outskirts. One day later, however, Chevron re-started their activity on site.
Protests were staged downtown in capital city Bucharest as well, with a peak registered on Sunday evening (December 7), when three protesters were taken into custody by the gendarmes.
Silistea – Pungesti has now been declared a special area for public security, with authorities implementing special measures against violence including placing gendarmes all around the village, according to Romanian media, which has been following the topic all throughout last weekend.
The gendarmes have been checking the documents of everyone visiting the village while villagers have complained of the intrusion, saying gendarmes were in front of every house asking people of their whereabouts.
The group of protesters in Pungesti, some 400 people, were a mix of locals and ecology activists from Iaşi, Bucureşti, Braşov and Sibiu. They initially protested peacefully, but the protest became violent as some of them began throwing stones into Chevron’s vehicles, and tearing down the fence surrounding the exploration site. Footage from the Pungesti protests, here.
Meanwhile, Chevron has again stated that all exploration activities will use conventional technologies based on the permits it received in the beginning of October. “We respect people’s right to express their opinion, but we believe this should be done within the limits of the law,” Chevron wrote in an official statement. The company had started its activity on site in Silistea – Pungesti on December 2, after a first delay earlier in October, also because of local protests.
The protests against exploration for shale case was triggered by concerns that exploration would be harmful to the environment, and coincided with protests against gold mining in Central Romania, at Rosia Montana, where the planned used of cyanide also caused concern.
margherita spiluttini, from the series nach der natur