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Showing posts with label Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Are The Somalis Just Defending Their Land And Shores?

I was reading two interesting articles today, just 3 days after Capt. Richard Phillips was rescued from that hostage situation in Somalian waters...the article explains why Somalians don’t condemn, and sometimes even encourage, their pirates... The argument has been tossed around the Internet a bit, but I haven’t seen it much in mainstream media, and especially not now that we’ve just recovered one of our very own from a dangerous situation...The argument is many Somali pirates are just trying to keep Somalia’s waters clean...Yes, that’s right!... Forget all the loot that comes with pirating... The pirates are merely conservationists, working in a country that has no government to do the dirty work they must take on. For the most part the Somali complaints goes toward European unions,who frequently dump waste illegally into Somalian waters... European companies were supposedly (and they might still be) paying warlords in Somalia to dump waste in the Indian ocean off the coast of Somalia. The reason is because it’s a lot cheaper to pay warlords than to dispose of the waste legally...The matter came to light in 2004, when a tsunami washed up toxic-waste containers onto the Somali shore. At the time, people started showing a variety of serious symptoms, including skin peeling off.

I was looking to see what other news organizations have covered the environmental nature of the pirate attacks, and came across this article from Al Jazeera, the Arabic news network... “Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the UN envoy for Somalia confirmed to Al Jazeera the world body has ‘reliable information’ that European and Asian companies are dumping toxic waste, including nuclear waste, off the Somali coastline.”Nobody in the story would name any specific companies or expand on this “reliable information.”I chose to highlight this article because it is written from overseas, and because the comments after it say a lot.