Posted by: Khepera | Wednesday, 7 January 2009

The Truth About Somali Pirates…REVISED @ new info!


This was originally posted 7 Jan ’09, and as is the case in any developing story, new info has arisen which needs to be included, to help fill out our collective understanding.I have appended links to an interview(2 parts) of one of the Somalis by Davey D.  Listen closely, and watch — especially the discussion of the role of Somalia in African history as resistors to colonial influence.  I am mightily proud of their struggle, and it is no wonder they have suffered famine/disease/etc. as they have, with so little help.  To give some perspective, Somalia is apparently the *Haiti* of Africa, in terms of its political, economic & international isolation. It also helps to put into context the attack on the US embassy in Somalia, and the people’s response, known as the Battle of Mogodaishu/The Day of the Rangers (Somalian Maalintii Rangers) in 1993, which led to the book & film Black Hawk Down.  All these are worth a serious reconsideration, careful scrutiny.  Feel free to check back to this, over time, as further revisions/inclusions will be added as they become available.  This story is of particular interest, no, under Pres. Obama’s administration, especially, given his Kenyan heritage.  His first African test has arrived.  There are other videos available online, of Somalis speaking out, so do your own searches.

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Original post text follows…

This is a classic example of the public being conned, being swept along by disinformation, being told what big business and governments want us to believe, instead of the actual truth. As long as we continue to NOT use our critical thinking skills, to ask tough questions — and demand straight answers — as long as we buy into the lie of ‘the rights of corporations to do business’ as justifications for nations to go to war on their behalf, supposedly defending *our way of life* (see The American Way Of Life), we can expect to consistently find ourselves on the wrong side of conflicts, like the genocide occurring in Gaza, Sudan, Niger delta & elsewhere.

This is not new:

“When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.”

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

The tools to do your own research, to seek your own answers are now in your hands. There are no more excuses. The Age of the Victim will soon go the way of the dinosaurs….

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Source, for the rest of the article

Who imagined that in 2009, the world’s governments would be declaring a new War on Pirates? As you read this, the British Royal Navy – backed by the ships of more than two dozen nations, from the US to China – is sailing into Somalian waters to take on men we still picture as parrot-on-the-shoulder pantomime villains. They will soon be fighting Somalian ships and even chasing the pirates onto land, into one of the most broken countries on earth. But behind the arrr-me-hearties oddness of this tale, there is an untold scandal. The people our governments are labeling as “one of the great menace of our times” have an extraordinary story to tell — and some justice on their side.

Pirates have never been quite who we think they are. In the “golden age of piracy” – from 1650 to 1730 – the idea of the pirate as the senseless, savage thief that lingers today was created by the British government in a great propaganda-heave. Many ordinary people believed it was false: pirates were often rescued from the gallows by supportive crowds. Why? What did they see that we can’t? In his book Villains of All nations, the historian Marcus Rediker pores through the evidence to find out. If you became a merchant or navy sailor then – plucked from the docks of London’s East End, young and hungry – you ended up in a floating wooden Hell. You worked all hours on a cramped, half-starved ship, and if you slacked off for a second, the all-powerful captain would whip you with the Cat O’ Nine Tails. If you slacked consistently, you could be thrown overboard. And at the end of months or years of this, you were often cheated of your wages.

Pirates were the first people to rebel against this world. They mutinied against their tyrannical captains – and created a different way of working on the seas. Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the eighteenth century.” They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.

The words of one pirate from that lost age – a young British man called William Scott – should echo into this new age of piracy. Just before he was hanged in Charleston, South Carolina, he said: “What I did was to keep me from perishing. I was forced to go a-pirating to live.” In 1991, the government of Somalia – in the Horn of Africa – collapsed. Its nine million people have been teetering on starvation ever since – and many of the ugliest forces in the Western world have seen this as a great opportunity to steal the country’s food supply and dump our nuclear waste in their seas.

Yes:  nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died. Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy to Somalia, tells me: “Somebody is dumping nuclear material here. There is also lead, and heavy metals such as cadmium and mercury – you name it.” Much of it can be traced back to European hospitals and factories, who seem to be passing it on to the Italian mafia to “dispose” of cheaply. When I asked Ould-Abdallah what European governments were doing about it, he said with a sigh: “Nothing. There has been no clean-up, no compensation, and no prevention.”

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Part 1

Part 2

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See also: Why We Don’t Condemn Our Pirates in Somalia

An excerpt:

“Already by this time, local fishermen in the coastline of Somalia have been complaining of illegal vessels coming to Somali waters and stealing all the fish. And since there was no government to report it to, and since the severity of the violence clumsily overshadowed every other problem, the fishermen went completely unheard. But it was around this same time that a more sinister, a more patronizing practice was being put in motion. A Swiss firm called Achair Parterns, and an Italian waste company called Progresso, made a deal with Ali Mahdi, that they could dump containers of waste material in Somali waters. These European companies were said to be paying Warlords about $3 a ton, where as in to properly dispose of waste in Europe costs about $1000 a ton.

In 2004, after Tsunami washed ashore several leaking containers, thousand of locals in the Puntland region of Somalia started to complain of severe and previously unreported ailments, such as abdominal bleeding, skin melting off and a lot of immediate cancer-like symptoms. Nick Nuttall, a spokesman for the United Nations Environmental Program, says that the containers had many different kinds of waste, including “Uranium, radioactive waste, lead, cadmium, mercury and chemical waste.” But this wasn’t just a passing evil from one or two groups taking advantage of our unprotected waters, the UN Convoy for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, says that the practice still continues to this day. It was months after those initial reports that local fishermen mobilized themselves, along with street militias, to go into the waters and deter the Westerners from having a free pass at completely destroying Somalia’s aquatic life. Now years later, that deterance has become less noble, and the ex-fishermen with their militias have begun to develop a taste for ransom at sea. This form of piracy is now a major contributor to the Somali economy, especially in the very region that private toxic waste companies first began to bury our nation’s death trap.

Now Somalia has upped the world’s pirate attacks by over 21 percent in one year, and while NATO and the EU are both sending forces to the Somali coast to try and slow down the attacks, Blackwater and all kinds of private security firms are intent on cashing in. But while Europeans are well in their right to protect their trade interest in the region, our pirates were the only deterrent we had from an externally imposed environmental disaster. No one can say for sure that some of the ships they are now holding for ransom were not involved in illegal activity in our waters. The truth is, if you ask any Somali if they think getting rid of the pirates only means the continuous rape of our coast by unmonitored Western vessels, and the production of a new cancerous generation, we would all fly our pirate flags high.”

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Responses

  1. thank u Bro.K

    4 redirectin me HERE…!!!

    peace
    seatreasure

  2. Interesting information. An innovative form of protest and for funding your country; however, is it working? Obviously, no one who has the ear of the masses is asking why piracy has recently increased. Perhaps this information you have provided will finally make it into the public so that it can shame its governments into taking action. Now, what about that deal for take this waste for $3 a ton? If you make a deal with the devil, what would make you think there would then be honor among thieves?


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