April 28, 2009

Dem pirates still robbing i

Filed under: opinion article — newritings @ 3:17 pm

Since our last posting on pirates, I must say some of the talk generally seem to talk about the problem more holistically. However, much more is to be done, as Johann Hari writes in The Indendent “Somalia: You Are Being Lied to About Pirates” April 15, 2009. In this piece he outlines that during the years of no state existence in Somalia, the fish of the people has been pillaged, and more, some crooks (my words) have been dumping nuclear waste on its shores. And what is more, no one is paying for it.

I will give you a peep into this article but you will have to read it all. Where? Unfortunately, I thought the only fair thing to do was to refer you to the newspaper that ran the story first, but I, like many others, have found it difficult and I am thus not surprised many bloggers have as reference the website. I would recommend that readers take a more serious look at how media ownership filters the news and that is something that our sister blog has been covering much lately.

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.” (empasis added)”

To conclude I repeat: who are the pirates? For an answer look, at the cartoon in an earlier posting.


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